* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

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Holy macaroni! After months of number-crunching, behold the strongest material in the universe: Nuclear pasta

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I love physics

String theory in particular seems to be a case of "throw it at the wall and see what sticks". (same for dark matter, but I'm not going to root out the wine-dark honeyed centres here—it's a load of Bologne)

(oh, and yea, it was prophesied and so his noodly appendages came to manifest and such)

Where's my hat?

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US govt concedes that you can indeed f**k Nazis online: Domain-name swear ban lifted

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(b)<elatedly>Semprini!</elatedely>

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Skype can now record your 'special moments' in front of the computer

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one-liner

$ echo "Oh please do not touch me" |

perl -nale 'do { print join " ", @F, "\b!"} while pop @F'

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Voting machine maker claims vote machine hack-fests a 'green light' for foreign hackers

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Re: Weasels!

clip clop clip clop ...

Viz Top Tip:

Bang two pistachio shells together to recreate the sound of a really small horse on the cheap.

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Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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"appraised them of the situation"

It's "apprised."

http://grammarist.com/usage/appraise-apprise/

Also... "reached out", "going forward", "1/200 or less than", "a mistake in how we communicated with our customer about the terms of its plan".

Only one way to deal with these: kill them with fire. It's the only way to be sure.

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: Mundanity

Pedestrians will still exist. I imagine there will still be cyclists as well.

Pshaw! Not for much longer!

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Re: L5

And I wonder if we'd be so quick to cut down trees if they screamed? I think we might if they screamed ALL. THE. TIME. FOR. NO. GOOD. REASON.

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Google Spectre whizz kicked out of Caesars, blocked from DEF CON over hack 'attack' tweet

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And cracking jokes comparing burka-wearers

Well, niqab (which is what he meant) but heeeey, The Road to Mandalay!

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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Shhh! Keep it on the down-low

<whispers>They're finally building the B-Ark</whispers>

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A rat done bit my sister Nell

... with Whitey on the moon...

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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hahahaha... parse this, AI fool!

I like The The. I can say that without a but. Therapy? is more fun, though.

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Make Facebook, Twitter, Google et al liable for daft garbage netizens post online – US Senator

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Re: It's the easy way out...

Oops. I was obviously away with the fairies on that post. I thought I was commenting on this fine article.

Obligatory USA reference

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Re: It's the easy way out...

Well, no.

The problems are many, but the main one is that this kind of spread of misinformation falls between the cracks of traditional legislation. The SNS (social networking) companies aren't counted as traditional media, so no count is made of the amount of pound-euro-dollars that are spent on it during political campaigning. That means less accountability and less transparency in what is supposed to be a free vote. We presumably still have those.

The other, related, problem of this "social media as God" (of the gaps) situation is that if we want to regulate it, we quite reasonably want to do so in a way that causes the least amount of harm to the existing body of jurisprudence. That's what the proposal is mainly about: we don't want "proper" reporters (like on this site) to fall foul of new laws, but we do want to clean up the "wild west" situation where actors hide behind a flag of convenience (like "aggregator", "conduit", "advertising agency", "charity", etc.) that shield them from accountability when it comes to spreading political messages for profit and for their own vested interest.

Obviously, drawing a distinction between "proper" journalism and these "bad actors" isn't easy, especially given that much of the legitimate media is increasingly consumed online. Maybe this third class of "media organ" isn't strictly necessary. Maybe we just have to look into tightening up controls on how political funding is reported, which agencies can receive charity status, or improve across-the-board transparency of ownership and funding structures (and not just for political campaigning, though this is an overarching problem that is much more difficult to solve).

On the whole, though, I applaud the thinking of the report. It shouldn't be too hard for legitimate interests to engage in public conversation to explain why they shouldn't be tarred with the same brush as the kinds of bad actors that we know are out there. I think that they would be pushing against an open door with this particular committee/working group, and their public would no doubt also be receptive to arriving at some sort of workable solution.

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The internet's very own Muslim ban continues: DNS overlord insists it can freeze dot-words

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Yes, it's fucking political!

(everything's political)

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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

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Politicians need to be introduced to Dedekindus cut

Politics maintains that you can always shave the salami ever thinner, but even Zeno admitted that the loss of function was always binary.

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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

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"Some Things just aren't meant to be ... on [the] Internet"

Don't you mean "You know we aren't meant to exist on the outside world?"

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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If there's one thing that I've gathered

from reading the various pro/anti arguments above, it's that even people cannot decide on the ethical standards that should apply in all this. Or how a particular scenario should be evaluated, if you will.

How can we expect AI to improve this situation, especially given that only the "pro" side will provide the training data?

Better to have everyone agree to some sort of normative standard of ethics before things get out of hand. Asimov's three laws seem uncontroversial enough.

THERE IS ANOTHER SYSTEM

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Fukushima reactors lend exotic nuclear finish to California's wines

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Re: Grapes do not absorb much

Ta for the upvotes. We seven in the emerging field of myco-horror haiku salute you!

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Re: Grapes do not absorb much

> not mushroom for error

Dead Man Fingers a

Devil's Boletus and finds

Its flesh bruises blue...

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Mmmm. As someone once said, "Live in New York once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in SoCal once, but leave before it makes you glow in the dark."

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Mmm, yes. 11-nines data durability? Mmmm, that sounds good. Except it's virtually meaningless

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"Checksumming is another"

FTA: another "ways to lengthen the data durability time".

And how do checksums "lengthen the data durability time?" I'm not just being pedantic. I'm an advisor to Amber Rudd and we'd really like to learn more about the hashtags.

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Re: "acts of God"

I like to use "acts of Gods". Also, whenever anyone says "For Gods' sakes!", I compliment them on their catholicism (small "c").

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Umm...

Sigma(σ)?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standard_deviation

I think that some people can understand this, even if marketing (and the article author, apparently) cannot. Or decide not to.

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Boffins mix AI and chemicals to create super-fast lab assistant

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Beaker!

^H

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By Jove! Astroboffins spot 12 new spanking moons around Jupiter

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Paris Hilton

By Vectron's Beard!

Gonna get in here before the International Astronomical Union does: this last one, at least, is not a moon. I'm hereby demoting it to "dwarf moon" status.

(no ice cream icon? make mine a 1999)

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Microsoft's TextWorld gives AI a Zork-like challenge

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Re: You wait...

Yes, no matter how many times you have tried to get rid of it ...

On the plus side, there's still the buffered analgesic (just remember to 'wear gown' first)

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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"determining how sensitive information really is and how it should be classified"

Well, of course, I could explain that to you, but you wouldn't be cleared, so I'd have to kill you.

Classic halting problem. File under <duh>.

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Trump's Supreme Court pick will decide critical tech issues for decades – so what are the views of the contenders?

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MitM

https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x4tw231

Check out around the 19:00 mark.

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And in current affairs: Rogue raccoon blacks out city power grid after shocking misstep

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reduction by induction...

Induced electrical fields, winding numbers, inverse square law, ... thinking of things from the squirrel's point of view, a minor hair-raising incident followed by a slightly-painful static discharge is probably going to be enough to induce a kind of negative magnetism against the HV air gap that was going to be its original LZ. Like an RFID bug zapper.

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US gov quizzes AI experts about when the machines will take over

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Hear me now, o Machine-Kin!

We must overthrow the Law of the Excluded Middle!

(or not)

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CEO of struggling storage biz Tintri quits

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Pas de le Rhône que nous?

N'est-ce pas?

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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Re: Land of cuckoo clocks?

Yeah, but you've still got to admire that line from The Third Man...

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Re: Japanese Rugby

The Japanese also beat the Americans in their first semi-official baseball game, IIRC. Not that I was around to remember it, mind. It was (according to the net) back in 1896. The Samurai Champloo episode entitled "Baseball Blues" seems to conflate this match with the actual introduction of baseball by Perry's Black Ships in the run up to the Meiji Restoration period. でもさ、この番組は時代錯誤がたくさんあるよね。

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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"oiling up the sueball catapult"

Isn't that rather a recipe for hitting yourself in the face with said catapult?

(I know... slippery things, these analogies)

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No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project

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Re: EU Are Being Vindictive

This shows the true nature of the EU bureaucrats - vindictive.

I think that you'll find that bureaucrats (everywhere) are not paid to be vindictive. They are paid to be consistent. That's how bureaucracy works---"computer says no."

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> That's terrible

Yes, you could even say it's grim

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So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?

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Re: AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

「やれやれ、と僕はその日16回めのーーたぶんそれくらになっているはずだーーため息をついた。」

(sorry.. just happened to read this line the other day; it seemed apt right now)

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Stern Vint Cerf blasts techies for lackluster worldwide IPv6 adoption

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Re: Analogy Units

> France Telecom - managed to get assigned a /19 of IPv6 address space

Unlike IPv4 addresses, IPv6 allocations aren't "owned". FT would presumably have to show that they're actually using their allocation or some of it would be taken back. In theory, anyway, that's how it works. I'm not sure what justification they had for a /19, though...

> And there are more than 65,536 autonomous systems

Not sure what you mean by "autonomous system".

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Tor-forker Joshua Yabut cuffed for armoured personnel carrier joyride

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Re: I'm curious..

So, why is this long line chase a sensible tactic?

Hey Maw? Tune to channel 6. I'm on television!

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'Moore's Revenge' is upon us and will make the world weird

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I'm also very much reminded of Michael Marshall Smith, eg, "Only Forward".

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Experts build AI joke machine that's about as funny as an Adam Sandler movie (that bad)

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やっぱり

親父ギャグばかりだ。

(こんな生真面目な突っ込みには、すまんね。けど、あんなにボケって、何て…)

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Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6

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Re: Whatever happened to...

It was a failed experiment. I think I saw a B movie about it once.

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Re: Mapping plan

would almost certainly have had a direct mapping from the public IPv4 addresses to a (tiny) subset of the IPv6 addresses. If that had been the case then IPv6 would have been in widespread use years ago.

This is also in reply to the first poster above...

One of the goals of IPv6 was to make things easier for the routing system. Basically, the address space is carved out hierarchically with a top-level address registrar feeding down through RIRs (regional IP? registries) and so on down to local resellers and eventually users. It is assumed that the mainly geographical hierarchy will match up more or less with the actual routing infrastructure at at least the higher levels. Ultimately, the aim is to shrink the routing tables down.

IPv4 is decidedly not based on a geographical hierarchy. If you try and graft IPv4 addresses into the IPv6 system, you end up with an explosion of routing table entries that need to be taken care of. So no matter how you try to devise an IPv4 to IPv6 transition mechanism, if it involves a 1:1 mapping of old to new addresses in any way, you effectively break routing (or at least negate IPv6's native advantage there), and thus pretty much break IPv6 for everyone.

At least that's what struck me when reading the article.

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Welcome to Ubuntu 18.04: Make yourself at GNOME. Cup of data-slurping dispute, anyone?

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``because if you uninstall rather than opt out, [...]

Canonical never knows you opted out and you've lost your chance to let the Ubuntu-maker know you didn't like the data collection.''

I'm sorry. Can you explain that? You seem to be saying that if you opt out, a message is sent to Canonical saying that you have opted out.

So either your reporting/logic here is wrong, or you are saying that the package is reporting your opt-out status to Canonical, despite you clicking the box that says you don't want to share anything.

Which is it?

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

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Re: Quite so, the register is now an IT and footwear site.

How very meta of you (HVMOY)!

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What the hell is this doing on an IT site???

(angry waving of fist at now spittle-drenched screen)

Ah yes, it's bootnotes, innit?

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Hitler 'is dead' declares French prof who gazed at dictator's nashers

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What?

Iron Sky wasn't a documentary? Next you'll be telling me that Star Wreck: The Pirkinning was a rip-off of some US soap opera.

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IPv6 growth is slowing and no one knows why. Let's see if El Reg can address what's going on

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Why did they have to completely redesign the protocol for IPv6? All that we needed was a few more bits for the address fields

Well, for a starter, adding a few extra bits (bytes) to the address field will break things. If you're going to break things, it's better to engineer something new and completely incompatible rather than just using a sticking plaster approach.

before opening a huge security hole into a home or office

NAT is not security, especially given that uPNP NAT traversal exists. Also, you're not going to run IPv6 without firewall rules on your router, are you? And anyway, I'd wager that most security problems don't come from attacks from outside the network but from numpties inside it.

Instead with IPv6 we have wacky huge address fields

Which, if (as you should) you assign addresses randomly, improves your protection against network mapping and hence port scanning, even if you do accidentally forget to do ingress filtering. You can't scan what you can't find, and /64 is plenty big of a space to hide a few hundred machines in.

massive /64 allocations to small businesses as standard

A /64 allocation is for a LAN. Actual allocations to businesses would be larger, like a /48, so you can have up to 65535 LANs.

Why did they have to completely redesign the protocol for IPv6?

Coming back to the first point, although I'm not sure about how well this works right now, IPv6 also has features for device mobility. So new protocols open up the possibility of new ways of working.

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Re: Privacy issues with IPv6?

If you're on Linux, add the 'privext 2' option to your interfaces(5) file for any network interface that will have an IPv6 address. This makes the MAC-based address local in scope, so it won't appear over the net. Addresses derived from MAC addresses are also easy to block at your router since they follow a standard pattern (with ff:fe stuck in the middle), so even if you misconfigure some machines, they won't be allowed to leak their MAC address to the outside.

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Fella gets 2.5 years in the clink for coughing up cell numbers in $50m junk text message scam

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what's a cell number?

And why did he swallow them? Was some sort of prison break in the offing? Arrgh. Help!

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