* Posts by Steve K

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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Unencrypted?

If these documents are genuinely classified/sensitive then why weren't they encrypted too?

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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Rouge Techs - Damn Commies!

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Absolutely... fabless: Marvell swallows a large dose of Cavium

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Brilliant Heading

Nothing relevant to say except - what a brilliant heading - hats off for that one, Sir!!

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Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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Re: Is it just me?

Like the Crimson Permanent Insurance office in "Meaning of Life?"

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Re: What about disturbing others?

My brother-in-law had one of those in his office years ago - always listened to his Voicemail on speaker and irritating everyone.

So he left an anonymous voice message along the lines of "Hello - You're an annoying, inconsiderately loud bastard who won't shut up".

When said annoying person played that one, the message got home and the problem was (amusingly) solved!

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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Is that the same Janko Mrsic-Fogel who is CTO of RCL?

He must be busy...

Did you ask him about the Vega+ while you were talking to him?

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Ex-Intel exec Diane Bryant exits Google cloud

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Re: I am confused

You can have it when we've finished with it over here, but not before... We can't risk bad weather affecting our current cricket form (at least for ODI/T20).

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Re: I am confused

Don't worry - it's AManFromMars's summer plumage....

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Cisco snags potential customer-sniffing biz for an undisclosed sum

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...associate these learnings...

What's wrong with "lessons"? No need for a made-up noun plural.....

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OnePlus 6 smartphone flash override demoed

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The problem is It's a bootable disk image not a picture/logo...

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UK's first transatlantic F-35 delivery flight delayed by weather

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Re: Alternatives

If it's the F35-B (VTOL) then they don't even need a crane as long (as the deck can take the hot exhaust downwash......)

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Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door

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Re: And yet people have bought curated news for years

A fair point, but LinkedIn is not meant to be a newspaper.

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Re: See what's trending

See also LinkedIn’s “Curated News” feed that you cannot turn off in the LinkedIn App.

I am not comfortable with those with other agendas curating what they think I should read - thus I have deleted the App.

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Kill the blockchain! It'll make you fitter in the long run, honest

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Re: Real Gains

Not sure if a house is a good example here - unlike shares/bitcoins you can at least live in it.

Additionally its value is also dictated by location - i.e. to live somewhere with amenities valuable to you (and others) you have to pay more.

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Max Schrems is back: Facebook, Google hit with GDPR complaint

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Re: My address has gone off whois!

GoDaddy at least are switching my domains to hidden WHOIS for nothing and are refunding the balance of my domain privacy fees.

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Re: he is missing the lowest hanging fruit

Shadow profiles too please!

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Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Re: Also watch out for hidden alarms

Was it a sign that said "Beware of the leopard"?

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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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Re: Electric Monk?

The Sofa was indeed stuck on Dirk's stairs.

The horse was in Professor Chronotis' bathroom at Oxford university and I believe it was coaxed/pushed down the stairs by the Electric Monk.

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Re: Somewhat baffling

Qubits obviously - mysterious ways and all that...

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Electric Monk?

Is this the emergence of the Electric Monk?

Look out for hoof prints on the stairs...

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Boffins: Michael Jackson's tilt was a criminally smooth trick

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Yeah...but what's he done lately?

No - you're thinking of his sister, Janet

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Achilles tendon and spinal injuries are not fun.

No - in fact they are Bad, Bad - really Bad (Ow!)

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Astronaut took camera on spacewalk, but forgot SD memory card

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Re: shiny!

2 omissions?

2a. Check that SD Write-Protect tab is set to Write-Enable/Off prior to insertion in to camera

6. Open pod bay doors, Hal

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That's what checklists are for

That's why they have validated checklists for the REALLY important stuff....

Embarassing/frustrating but not life-threatening in this case

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Brit reseller Aria PC mounts appeal against £750k taxman VAT fiddle ruling

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Ignorance of the law is not a defence...

Aria has also argued that Taheri did not know enough about the deals to realise they were fraudulent, as well as asserting that he did not know what MTIC fraud was and therefore did not recognise the warning signs in his firm's suppliers

On this point I suspect that he will find that ignorance of the law is not a defence (i.e. that's why you have an external VAT Accountant if you don't have a qualified Finance Director/Controller in-house).

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Industry whispers: Qualcomm mulls Arm server processor exit

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Don't forget AMD's current resurgence on the Server CPU side

Don't forget AMD's current resurgence on the Server CPU side - this may add some pressure to Intel to cut prices or raise specs at a price point.

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NASA demos little nuclear power plant to help find little green men

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Re: Doh!

MARGE - Molybdenum-Augmented Radioisotope Generating Electricity

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Europe fires back at ICANN's delusional plan to overhaul Whois for GDPR by next, er, year

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Re: What's the problem?

Which is what you have been able to do for a long time for personal (i.e. non-business) domains - for an additional fee - with many registrars

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Brit bank TSB TITSUP* after long-planned transfer of customer records from Lloyds

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Re: We're not in Kansas anymore, Tony.

Re your point on Banking IT, If you are in the UK then I would recommend the Horizon from 1977/78 on iPlayer.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/p01z4rrj/horizon-19771978-now-the-chips-are-down

I watched it the other night and it is fascinating looking at it 40 years later (having been around 10 when the program went out).

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Yahoo! dismemberment! begins! as! Oath! offloads! Flickr!

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Bit like the new Oculus ones then

"accept our new privacy T&Cs or you're out".

That's a bit like the new Oculus Terms of Service - basically accept or you pretty well can't use your Rift device (maybe can still do via Steam) or downloads from their store....

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LESTER gets ready to trundle: The Register's beer-bot has a name

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Re: Any volunteers?

Or Esther (sweet sherry for the ladies...;-))

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Signal app guru Moxie: Facebook is like Exxon. Everyone needs it, everyone despises it

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Re: everyone dispises?

I completely agree with your sentiment on shadow profiles, but I don't think that your suggestion is workable. I speak as a non-Facebook user also.

How are you (as a non-Facebook user) going to know if anything is shared on Facebook about you?

It is unrealistic to expect that any Facebook user will have a means to filter their non-Faceboook contact when uploading them and also that they will use a codeword (e.g. notJohnFen) when mentioning you in their posts.

I think that the only way to do this is at a back-end level by Facebook where they match mobile numbers/emails with user profiles and anything not corresponding to a user is blocked from collection (not perfect as people change mobiles/emails etc.), and purged. I suspect that this won't happen without court sanction....

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Pentagon sticks to its guns: Yep, we're going with a single cloud services provider

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Re: Single payer

I imagine that Oracle only put their own corporate stuff on their cloud - there is one for him...

Ditto Azure, AWS . Ooh that’s 3 now.

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Re: JEDI Cloud

Larry, this isn't the Cloud you're looking for.....

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Re: Seriously??

The offeror is who the contractor is pre-contract (i.e. the supplier offering the contract for acceptance) - it's an established contract law term.

Once accepted then the contract is binding on the offeror.

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Don’t fight automation software for control, just turn it off. FAST

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Re: I know that military aircraft...

If you are on the ground, how do you know it is functional...

Also in this case it appears that the autopilot was functional, but operated incorrectly

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The law of run Nintendo consequences: Sega brings out mini Mega Drive / Genesis

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Puggsy also please!

Puggsy also please!

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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Re: Not the worst of it

Yes, beware the Marmite laser!!

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Buggy Verge crypto-cash gets hacked, devs go fork themselves, hard

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Re: Eventually...

Maybe that is what is actually around Tabby's star?

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AI can't help without your data, says Gartner, so share, share, share!

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Re: You What?

..and then your phone will automatically inform the insurance company and they will automatically refuse to pay out if the place has been robbed..

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Re: And how is Uber going to know you need a lift?

Renewing anything is fraught with difficulty.

Unless all insurance providers offer precisely the same cover and ask precisely the same questions then you cannot perform a valid renewal. If the AI has done it then who is responsible for errors/omissions which invalidate the insurance (similarly to the autonomous car situation).

If you have to double-check it then what was the point in the first place...

If a "Smart" AI fridge notices that I am out of Product A how does it know that I really want to order more of it? Maybe I now like Product B, or it is on special offer this week etc.

The list goes on.

Second-guessing human behaviour means that a lot of the time people will need to take a second go at correcting the AI for what they really wanted.

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Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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Re: Old news

Careful what you wish for - AManfromMars1 is already an AI - they've never debugged him fully (or slightly...)

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No DevOps?

You missed out DevOps from the requirements - shome mishtake shurely?

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Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

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Re: Cause of Death: Ostrich Algorithm

I think they disabled the standard Volvo safety systems because they were using their own and - as they are not integrated - did not want them to interfere with their sensors.

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Skip-wrecked! Boat full o' rubbish scuppered in Brit residential street

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As someone said last week on the announcement of Jim Bowen's demise just after that of Stephen Hawking:

"Jim Bowen always let the non-darts player go first..."

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Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage

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Re: Has it gone?

As a non-FB user, can I request that they delete my phone number(s) from their systems?

I suppose the problem is that to do this, I have to give them my details and it's GOTO 10...

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Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Self-driving Uber

..when he realised how important self-driving cars were to the business.

QED. So there you have it - Uber is indeed a taxi company and NOT a ride-sharing website.

I am also struggling to understand the economics here - all this LIDAR (particularly the sort required here) and real-time processing power is not cheap and then integrating that with a vehicle cannot be either.

This cannot drive Uber profits in the short-term at least simply because of the time required to scale up and also the cost of doing so - especially if a safety driver is required (equivalent to a man with a red flag in car history).

The real-time processing and sensor technology impressive as a demonstration BUT the 80/20 rule is in play here. It work up to a point BUT the remaining 20% will take a significant amount of time to solve - and probably won't be solved entirely.

"By the end of the year" is a pipe dream - what sort of pipe is left as an exercise for the reader...

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UK's data watchdog seizes suspected Scottish nuisance caller's kit

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Probably

"Has your company been shut down by the ICO? Call this number now to see what you could win."

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2 + 2 = 4, er, 4.1, no, 4.3... Nvidia's Titan V GPUs spit out 'wrong answers' in scientific simulations

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Repercussions...

They tore them into 63 bits

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