* Posts by Steve K

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Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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Re: Access to the Open LV dataset...

Armature I have seen worse

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Cortana, please finish my sentences in Skype texts for me

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Re: Let's see how it works...

Rumour has it that even that avenue is being closed off as only Skype Mobile 8 will work with the Skype servers at some point.

The desktop Skype remains untouched as yet on Windows (so you don't have to install the W10 Store Skype App) which matches the Mobile version.

The design motif to my mind is like the guy in the Skittles advert (milking the giraffe) has eaten too many, vomited into the bucket and then the giraffe has crapped rainbows on the resulting steaming heap.

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Let's see how it works...

The new Skype Mobile version is crap on its own (smiley option with each message - really?)

Let's see how it goes

<Typing a TXT> The June update for Skype Mobile is completely s.. (shit, shocking, stupid, snapchat wannabe, so bad I installed it)

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Oracle’s automated database is a minimum viable release - analyst

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Re: Should I surrender control...

Good point - is the autonomous cloud database actually a Mechanical Turk/Romanian/etc.?

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Researchers promise demo of 'God-mode' pwnage of Intel mobos

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Re: Asus?

Thanks

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Asus?

For my server board (Asus Z10PA-D8) this note is published on AMT.

They say "ASUS server product is not featured with Intel Active Management Technology(AMT)."

Does this mean that Asus have already disabled/blocked it in Firmware - or is their statement not strictly correct?

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Quebec takes mature approach to 'grilled cheese' ban

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Re: If even the Canadians can do it

Edam it, surely?

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Uber Cali goes ballistic, calls online ads bogus: These million-dollar banners are something quite atrocious

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Re: I'm unsure

I've emailed Ed Witten to find where I can get strings small enough to fit the violin needed to accompany the lament here.

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Dell EMC refreshes its entry-level arrays

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Re: $10k for unit only?

Curses - otherwise I would buy one and strip out the flash drives ;-)

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$10k for unit only?

I presume that $10k is for the unit only and not the Flash drives?

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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The engineering perspective is that the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

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Pretty please get Lewis Page to comment!!!

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Would you get in a one-man quadcopter air taxi?

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With the 120Kg max payload, anyone with the balls to get in to one of these would need a second drone to carry them....

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: Compare like with like

Ditto for Nokia X6 - it was shit but Nokia thought it was equivalent.

I drop-kicked mine and then jumped up and down on it as it was so awful.

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

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Re: will the rise of the Robots

Good point.

There may also be a level of self-regulation of robot numbers here since at some point there will not be enough people to buy whatever it is that the robots are making also - therefore fewer new robots will be needed - i.e. peak robot.

The taxation argument can be applied to other new technologies (e.g. electric vehicles) since if fuel taxes/duties diminish due to lower consumption then they have to be raised elsewhere. However we know that governments frequently "innovate" creatively on the taxation front...

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Working out what AI is thinking and why

“It should always be possible to find out why an AI made an autonomous decision,” says Winfield, referring to it as “the principle of transparency”,

I'm not sure that this is possible with some aspects of AI/ML, since the algorithm is honed by the AI/ML itself and may not be transparent/apparent to its developers at all even if logged in a black box log.

I recall reading something similar recently in relation to this - may have been to do with Machine Translation where the AI/ML was able to translate directly between 2 languages it had not been specifically trained on, via triangulation.

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Virginia scraps poke-to-vote machines hackers destroyed at DefCon

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Re: Replacements

Is Precinct 13's password OK because they used a salt on it?

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Scotiabank internet whizzkids screw up their HTTPS security certs

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It is surprising that they have not noticed for so long - wouldn't you have some kind of heartbeat monitoring set up to check that the site is alive/accessible externally?

(On a slightly pedantic note: 5-month anniversary? That's not even a thing..)

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Solaris update plan is real, but future looks cloudy by design

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Re: Come one, come all, to the Solaris cloud

"Learn how easy it is to move your Oracle Solaris–based workloads to … Oracle SPARC–based cloud solutions"... running Linux.

...and on top of crappy OVM.....

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Whoosh, there it is: Toshiba bods say 14TB helium-filled disk is coming soon

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Re: Fuck a duck!

Indeed do remember - 20MB hard drive in a PC-AT supporting a group of 30 people (started work in 1990 at a Big 6 accountancy firm).

The Internet was only available in black and white then - and they switched it off at the weekends (your recollections may vary............).

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China: Cute Hyperloop Elon, now watch how it's really done

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Re: Pressure suits?

..air breaking..

Great typo in this context!

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Re: Something I think people have missed:

So how do passengers embark? How do they exit? How do they breath?

Not that I believe that this will be feasible but these 3 challenges at least are fairly easy to answer I think.

Embark/disembark

This would have to happen at atmospheric pressure and the car would then move through an airlock to join/leave the depressurised tunnel.

If the tube is a close fit for the cars then you would be unable to board/exit whilst in the system (the doors would open inwards but the clearance would be minimal for crawling out - assuming that there was an egress point you were aiming for.

How do they breathe

Compressed Air carried onboard. You have an issue of what happens if the cabin depressurises enroute, and I don't think that drop-down oxygen masks will cut it here.....

Maybe they would wear pressure suits anyway as a safety precaution (the mind boggles though given that most people would probably be unable to put a lifejacket on quickly). The pressure suits would have to be worn at all times since a sudden depressurisation would not leave time to put helmets/gloves on.

This means that::

* Passenger comfort - how do you go to the toilet during the journey if pressurised.....

* If you get stuck mid-tunnel then after recovering from your deceleration you have to rely on stored air supplies OR require that section of track at least to be repressurised whilst you await rescue - if you can't get out

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Re: Pressure suits?

Followed by uncomfortable emergency braking for the following cars (whether intentional via safety systems or from the loss of vacuum/power), depending upon their speed.

A tunnel breach could spell disaster for more than one car in that scenario, depending upon separation distances and velocity at that time..

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Terry Pratchett's unfinished works flattened by steamroller

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

Bad form, I know, replying to my own post, but while we are discussing gifted authors departing us far too early, I would recommend "Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency" and possibly "The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul" (not as good) by Douglas Adams

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Hi John

I salute you sir, and wish I had thought of that one!

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Re: I'm touched by the weirdness of this request...

I would recommend "Good Omens" (an unrelated collaboration with Neil Gaiman).

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Disc 0 World 1

(Hard) Disc 0 World 1

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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Re: In the near future

Amanda Treefield is a great one to use here

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Re: We will all get there. Eventually

He might be a she....

The handle being a cunning ruse to throw you off the scent

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

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Quid pro quo

I think the issue here is that if you are being flexible by travelling long distances on your own time (or avoiding a hotel stay expense for doing so) then a coffee or sandwich etc. is a fair quid pro quo for the inconvenience.

The result of this is likely to be people heading home early, or not being able to make those 08:00 meetings any more since - people will not feel the urge to be flexible.

It seems a short-sighted approach, which cannot add up to that much over a year even for an operation Vodafone.

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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Odegra

Aha, the dread sigil Odegra as represented by the shape of the M25 (thanks to Crawley's handiwork)

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IT worker used access privs to steal £1m from Scottish city council

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Re: Scotsman steals a million pounds?

Calm down, calm down ;-)

(I can't do the accent)

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Paris nightclub red-faced after booze-for-boobs offer exposed

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Re: Outrageous Sexism

On a loosely-related note, many years ago, participating in a Central London stag night dressed (in drag) as old ladies, we overheard a US tourist observing this in McDonalds at Tower Bridge and remarking "Gee, these UK cross-dressers sure are ugly"...

No photos remain, I am relieved to say! To anyone reading, if you saw any of this in early December 1999 (or were that US tourist) then I can only apologise.

The sight of my Kiwi ex-brother-in-law with huge colourful tattoos, wig and what remained of an old lady dress running down a platform at Waterloo is not easily erased from one's mind.

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Re: Outrageous Sexism

Maybe they would pay more for you NOT to do either.....;-)

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Energy firm slapped with £50k fine for making 1.5 million nuisance calls

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Can I replace your idea with a wedgie for each transgression?

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Re: Spawn of Satan

The regulators don't work well enough to provide automatic cross referrals to the responsible regulator

The TPS is not a regulator as such - it is a self-regulation scheme/sop run by the Direct Marketing Association, with no connection to government, but against which DIrect Marketers are legally supposed to check.

This explains why TPS do not really make it easy to complain about various dubious practices, why TPS opt-outs are so non-permanent unless you are very careful, and that the only cross-referral is a URL or two pointing to ICO/OFCOM.

A scheme independent from the vested interests of the (direct) marketing industry and the phone companies (or maybe the ICO or OFCOM doing the full job themselves...) would be far more sensible.

Which is why it does not happen.

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Bizzby balls-up: Handyman app spams customer's details to world+dog

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Don't look behind the curtain!!

If they really got $10m VC funding AND their back-end tradesperson matching system is just based on an email list then we are definitely approaching dotcom meltdown 2.0.

Someone may want back what's left of their VC funds pretty soon.

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Qualcomm moved its Snapdragon designers to its ARM server chip. We peek at the results

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The picture of Anand Chandrasekhar chosen for this article looks like he has a HUUUGE chip on his shoulder - is that intentional/subliminal?

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Infosys CEO quits, citing 'untenable atmosphere' created by critics

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Re: Don't know anything about Infosys..

took us Techies on a skiing holiday

Let me guess, it was all downhill after that?

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Russia's answer to Buckminster Fuller has a buttload of CGI and he's not afraid to use it

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Re: Emptier

Agreed - more like Buckfast Wine - he must have had a few before coming up with this...

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Re: Motorway median

The motorway bridge blocks them too, not just the pillar

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Virtual assistant backlash imminent so buy them anyway

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No way - more like 86.4837445% and rising fast.

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Hmmm

I love the new diagram and hope that Gardner picks it up for their next report.

On Gartner's own diagram I am surprised that Speech recognition is so far along the Productivity plateau.

From a business perspective i am struggling to think of a case where productivity would be truly improved by that. Call centre call routing maybe, but real productivity?

Can anyone list instances where they have gained business productivity from Speech Recognition?

Genuinely interested (Alexa shopping etc. does not count here)

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Commentard Quizwall experiment ends with more quizzing than commenting

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True, but...

Correct, unless they are referring to the ice cream (although they would have used a capital "W" there, I suppose).

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Brit firms warned over hidden costs of wiping data squeaky clean before privacy rules hit

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Re: Backups?

Although less of a problem these days, does this apply to paper-based or microfiche records (e.g. as a backup or if there are records that old - like with life insurance or pensions?).

As to your point on life insurance etc. I suppose in this case you could argue that if you are still living then you are not about to ask your life insurance/pension provider to delete the information it has on you under GDPR anyway!

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Re: Hold on a second....

Sorry - didn't mean to piss in your knitting ;-)

It's been a long week...

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Re: Hold on a second....

Unless I have missed something, aren't you confusing Salesforce with Parcelforce here?

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His Muskiness wheels out the Tesla Model 3

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Re: @Steve K

Ok - apart from yesterday (9th August), Fornebu weather proves my innocence in the matter of Norwegian summer weather.

I rest my case, your honour! (Og med at mitt tilfelle, din ære).

And with that Steve K also gets away with a grievous assault on the Norwegian language too...(aided and abetted by Microsoft Translator)

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At last, a kosher cryptocurrency: BitCoen

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Not kosher at all....

Yes - there is no requirement to compute any hashes here, and no indication of the supply of BitCoen being capped.

I do however have some magic beans if you are interested...

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