* Posts by Mycho

2645 posts • joined 28 Mar 2007

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

Therein is the problem. Just because one "side" doesn't do those weapons doesn't mean someone else won't either.

At least we'll have our best agents infiltrate them and steal their secrets while absolutely not working on the same problem to maintain their cover and blaming it on the other side.

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Capita strikes again: Bug in UK-wide school info management system risks huge data breach

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Re: Their real business is taking the blame for government screwups.

Exactly my point. Even now you're letting Capita distract you from the arsehole politicians responsible for this mess.

That, my friend, is what they get paid for.

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See above. They're running this the way the government would run it if they had the choice, but when it goes wrong the government get to say it's not their fault.

Worth every penny if you're the MP whose salary is on the line.

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Their real business is taking the blame for government screwups.

I thought I'd get that out there before someone asked the inevitable question which requires that answer.

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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A modest proposal on BCC

I propose that the To, CC and BCC lines be renamed or removed. Users are too easily confused.

We don't need CC any more, multiple users in the To line works fine.

So replace To with PublicRecipients and BCC with To. Now people will default to using the To line as usual and will only use PublicRecipients when they have a good reason. The name is deliberately ugly so mouth breathers won't want to use it ever.

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The Inquiry said it takes data protection "very seriously"

We can already see that it doesn't.

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Re: There's something wrong with social media

No, the bet was more of the same. Incoherent, probably intoxicated ranting.

He hasn't offered a defence, probably because he's smart enough to realise that there is none. An apology would only make his position worse, better to get sued for a few million and get over it.

I hope the guy does sue him and get a seven figure settlement. On the other hand if I had to advise Musk on how to handle this situation ... I'd probably kick him in the balls and walk away.

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Re: There's something wrong with social media

Ah, I see - the Rosanne Bar defence.

He didn't state it as a defence. I stated it as a more likely explanation for his meltdown than social media having secret powers to turn ordinary people into twats with no sense of self preservation.

His admission is from a year ago.

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Re: mixing alcohol with sleeping pills

Documented cases

Not making any excuses, guy knew whatever it was he may have been doing.

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Re: There's something wrong with social media

Musk has publicly admitted mixing alcohol with sleeping pills for recreational purposes (citation as per wikipedia). I don't think the paedo rant was social media induced.

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Re: Trump Filters?

I thought they meant those deodorising underpants for a while there...

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What's in a name? For Cambridge Analytica, about a quid apparently

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Was that a pound for the assets, or just for the name?

I'd be tempted to buy the name and donate it to a toilet manufacturer.

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It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Re: Traditional stuff

Don't forget ME and 98 first edition.

In general every other Microsoft OS sucks badly, but thanks to the new system you no longer have the option to skip it.

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Re: Windows Update on 10

Speaking of slow shutdowns, has 10 got any better with aborted shutdowns? Let's say you go to shutdown, an application asks if you want to save first and you abort the shutdown long enough to save and close that application cleanly, then shut down properly.

Last time I tried that 10 crashed horribly.

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Re: "the Windows 7 hold-outs should finally feel able to make the upgrade"

The death of Windows 7 is when I go fully virtual.

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Tech team trapped in data centre as hypoxic gas flooded in. Again

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Re: New version of Cluedo

I figured you were describing a game of identify the body.

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Adtech-for-sex biz tells blockchain consent app firm, 'hold my beer'

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Re: This is incredibly misogynistic alright

Those have been around since the 80s at least.

This for example contains advice on how to convince your partner that science has proven a direct correlation between promotion chances and how often you eat pussy.

... I was a schoolboy, okay? Schoolgirls were reading it and some of them ... left it unattended.

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The second part, certainly.

Anyone remember pheromone sprays?

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Re: Did zUckERbErG create this on his day off `

And as people have pointed out, this has nothing to do with Silicon Valley, so your accusations are irrelevant.

Though it might just have come from Silicon Hell.

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Re: Time for a new browser plugin...

I thought JunkBuster already had that facility.

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Do you really want your kids' future in the hands of Capita? Well, too bad

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Re: Why?

Why are we still dealing with this bunch of yahoos?

Because they take the blame.

That's their entire business model. Get paid to take the blame by the government yahoos who are actually to blame.

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East Midlands network-sniffer wails: Openreach, fix my outage-ridden line

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Re: Logic and engineering don't always work

No, this wasn't logic and engineering, it was noise. Lots of noise. A whole village who knows what to put in their reports so that the BT engineers will have to record it, informed by a former BT tech support guy.

Pointing out the exact problem isn't going to work, everybody pointing out the same symptoms throughout an entire village using BT's own terminology, that gets noticed.

Not that we got good broadband, but 3.5Meg that stays up was an acceptable compromise.

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What you had there was an "old school" engineer

Or like me when I worked on a BT helpdesk, someone who has done the assessment and decided that if management want to kick them out for fixing the stuff they are supposedly employed to fix then they may happily use that decision as a suppository. Tolerate the job while it tolerates you but they're hardly a good employer.

My worst offense was teaching my colleagues that if the customer doesn't know the IP address of their router then ipconfig probably lists it as the default gateway. Or reassuring a customer who was worried about blocking her wireless router's line of sight by listing what my own signal at home had to go through. Using personal experience to inform your support was a massive no-no.

Funnily enough my usual response to customers swearing never got a response from anyone.

"Please be aware, these calls are monitored, so please don't say anything to me you wouldn't say to a little old lady, because some of our managers are right old women."

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Had the same problem

When my former local area were campaigning for proper broadband, I wrote a circular explaining things like how to check for packet loss and how to describe it when reporting the problem, to flood their fault reports with one small area so they'd do some upgrades.

To their credit they did the upgrades. To their discredit they started them on a friday before a bank holiday weekend and left us with dialup equivalent speeds for the whole long weekend.

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Did you know? The word 'Taiwan' would crash iOS thanks to a buggy filter for the Chinese govt

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Re: What about the Republic of China?

That was why I used the acronym, I could leave the punctuation vague.

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Re: Just out of curiosity...

I think it's called rubber hose cryptanalysis.

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What about the Republic of China?

You know, the real name for Taiwan (not to be confused with their neighbors the PRC)

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Sysadmin cracked military PC’s security by reading the manual

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Re: Protected web pages

No I didn't, I pay for my porn.

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Re: Protected web pages

Not to mention the web pages that have little widgets that cover the text if you're not allowed to read it, that you can just right click > inspect element > delete node > carry on.

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Every step you take: We track you for your own safety, you know?

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Re: Get out more?

I prefer Lightningmaps.org personally.

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Security guard cost bank millions by hitting emergency Off button

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Re: "The Security guard and his boss of course both got fired"

In my experience the guards often get rotated about other sites manned by the same company instead. Guy probably ended up pulling security three doors down.

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Greek Wrestling vs Greek Fire

why not both?

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... is it settled with greek wrestling?

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Re: "The Security guard and his boss of course both got fired"

Often times the guards work for an external company. In cases like this it's commonplace to fire the company and give the contract to a new one.

It amounts to the same thing, and yes it's unfair but it looks less unkind on paper.

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Only after someone else signs off that you can do that. I wasn't taking the blame.

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I had to maintain a small server room with two UPSes and simple instructions in big letters about what to do to switch them off in an emergency.

Problem came when another department got a machine in the same room and started treating my sign as a storage space.

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European Parliament balks at copyright law reform vote

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Coincidence that an algorithm of the sort they want to use misidentified America as a Nazi ideology just hours before.

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Godzilla vs Gorgo

Whoever wins, we're all collateral damage.

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Who fancies a six-core, 128GB RAM, 8TB NVMe … laptop?

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What does it run?

If I can get it in a seamless penguin suit I'm tempted.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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@JDX

Not a bad first try at a Harlan impression, but you're still holding back.

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Re: Minor pedant

That was one of the descriptions JMS sometimes used when people asked what Conceptual Consultant actually meant.

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Re: Minor pedant

Ellison's main involvement in B5 was in the role of the person Straczynski trusted to tell him if he thought something was shit.

Literally their first conversation years before ended with Ellison telling him to stop writing shit, which JMS credits with saving his career.

Reference

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Drug cops stopped techie's upgrade to question him for hours. About everything

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Re: Made it here first!

Oxytocin?

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Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill

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Re: Funny how everyone points at the Tories doing all kinds of shenanigans...

It's a shame there are still so many Blairite Labour MPs, isn't it?

Don't know this one, but I see he was an adviser to one of the big Blairites before he entered parliament, so I would expect he'll be one of them.

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UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts

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Re: Private member's bills

You aren't pro-pervert are you ?

Freud would call that being pro-human, so kinda?

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Re: Private member's bills

How much examination and debate is this one likely to have though?

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Re: 6 units/day = Max. Longevity. 13 == teetotaller longevity.

I saw a report that attributed under-reporting to special events. People drink much more at weddings, funerals and so on but when asked about typical drinking they ignore that. They also ignore the odd low drinking week too but how many of them do most people have?

Personally whenever I signed up with a doctor and they asked me how much I drank in a typical week I replied that there was no such thing as a typical week where I'm concerned. They accepted that.

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GDPR forgive us, it's been one month since you were enforced…

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Re: NPR and Bodhi Linux

The problem is that they have a valid point. Move the forum to someone else's system and you have 0 risk of being found in violation, even if you put it on Facebook.

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Re: And once again...

In general, if you get all the letters in there then you're right in at least one European language.

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If you store your data, I tell you I'm your man: You flash some, lose some, all arrays to me

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You know you're gonna lose.

Security's for fools.

But that's the way they like it, baby,

GDPR's here forever!

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