* Posts by Frumious Bandersnatch

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Yikes. UK military looking into building 'fully autonomous' killer drone tech – report

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war is such a big wheeze, eh?

I'm sure the military are look forward to the droll-out.

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Junior dev decides to clear space for brewing boss, doesn't know what 'LDF' is, sooo...

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Call me clueless, but is it

"Latter Day Fail?"

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Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too

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Thomas Midgley Jr.

Posthumous awards are fine, but they're really just to make us feel good/special/whatever. Wouldn't it be nice if we could also admit that we're often amazingly stupid and doing great harm to ourselves and our planet?

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Hmm. Obviously Isaac Newton

I mean, come on... the cat flap. A work of pure genius... a door within a door!

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Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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Shouldda gone

to Ikea.

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Great. Global internet freedoms take another dive as censorship and fake news proliferate

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You walk into the room

with your pencil in your hand. You see somebody naked and you say "who is that man?" You try so hard, but you don't understand just what you will say when you get home. Because something is happening here, but you don't know what it is.

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Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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ORLY?

Hmm. Originally I had complained here that the correct spelling is "O'Reilly". Otherwise it ends up being pronounced as above...

But now that I've looked it up, it appears that that's actually how he spells his name. Must be one of Orreally men.

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Erm... what did you say again, dear reader?

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reminds me of...

old Japanese man ranting about the national public broadcaster (NHK, like BBC) over loan-words entering the language. I did read an article pointing out some good arguments, such as that many of the "native" words he suggested are in fact imports from China, but I can't find it again.

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London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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and still, ...

... they come

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Hunt for Red Bugtober: US military's weapon systems riddled with security holes – auditors

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let's make love ...

and listen to death from a bug.

(Cansei de Ser Superior)

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US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security

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Nothing's gonna come of it...

... General GAO's chicken.

(Thank you... besides fortune cookies, I also do Bar Mitzvahs!)

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Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one

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Re: Planet X?

Pluto has never been a friend of Stalin. The pictures prove it.

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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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