* Posts by deive

200 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008


Cyber-insurance shock: Zurich refuses to foot NotPetya ransomware clean-up bill – and claims it's 'an act of war'


I suppose this could be a good thing overall, if companies feel they can't just pay some insurance company to take the fall then they may start taking their security responsibilities seriously.

EU politely asks if China could stop snaffling IP as precondition for doing business


Downvote as they are not stealing - this is part of a contract to do business in China.

If they chose to the companies involved could have not done business there, however they know there are a lot of people getting a lot richer there and they want a slice of that pie.

Introducing 'Happy Quit', where Chinese smokers are text-spammed into nicotine abstinence


"Happy Quit" hmm, more like annoy the sh*t out of you until you quit?

Small American town rejects Comcast – while ISP reps take issue with your El Reg vultures


Re: Democracy at its best!

Yeah hopefully more will reject the crappy large monopolistic companies, just don't tell those who have voted for it that this is called socialism...

The British Home Office was warned about its crappy data management – then Windrush happened


Re: What Data?

Send it was planned by civil servants under Labour, then destroyed while May was home sec.


Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim


@fandom: "But then, she is in sales, she may be "embelleshing" what happened."

You know I hate sales in general as much as everyone else seems to here (in general), but you would not as an individual take a large corp to court in America if you didn't at least have truth on your side. The courts are just too expensive and unreliable. This is why I believe she is telling the truth, plus the fact that.. it's bloody oracle!

Can you trust an AI data trust not to slurp your data?


Re: This is clearly some strange new usage of the word "ethics" I wasn't previously aware of

An ethics committee writes procedures to get around ethical concerns. Literally the opposite of what most people would assume.

Ex-Microsoft manager sues former coworkers and Windows giant over claims of sex assault, gender discrimination


How can they even attempt to ban her from working for a totally different company?

Exiting DWP digital boss Mayank Prakash switches to energy biz Centrica


Yet another revolving door....

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


Modern take on that poem

At 17 Shannon is pregnant

As young as her mom when she had her

Her kid is never gonna have a dad

The same old way that Shannon never had

What comes around well it goes around

Nothing changes cause it's all the same

The world you get's the one you give away

It all just happens again

Way down the line

And all the things you learn when you're a kid

You'll fuck up just like your parents did

It all just happens again

Way down the line

-- The Offspring

...and where is my coat??


Re: "his comments had been taken out of context"

Indeed, even if you are extolling the virtues of vegetarianism, you still would not say that hitler was right. There is NO context where anyone should say it.

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


It may not be a word, but sounds are very important too. Think about any onomatopoeia.

Also, imagine comics if they didn't use sound words (with many exclamation marks) they just wouldn't be the same - POW!!! BANG!! BIFF!!!

OK, I'll get my coat.

Haunted disk-drive? This story will give you the chills...


Re: Not me

Good for you...assume that you do eat though, so a long lunch is still something you can get behind, right?

Australia, US and Japan want Huawei local submarine cable project


Re: Primary problem is Western investment comes with onerous conditions.

"Generally along the lines of, privatize and sell off the public sector to finance or underwrite loans." - Upvote for this

"China's loans come with no strings attached." - And back down again, sorry.

UK cops run machine learning trials on live police operations. Unregulated. What could go wrong? – report


On the positive side, at least they aren't thinking that it is A.I.

Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say


Re: The answer is...

"most industry is on a 2-day week"... actually that sounds quite nice to me, 5 day weekends!

Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland


14300000000 / 4803748 = 2976.84

Seems like almost 3k for every person in Ireland, unless I have got the wrong billion or missed a 0 somewhere...

Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. UK.gov: Here's £80m


Re: Funding based on historical precedent

Agree, however quantum is an entirely different world. You'll never be able to just experiment in the same way.

Russia: The hole in the ISS Soyuz lifeboat – was it the crew wot dunnit?

Thumb Up

Re: Interviewed on Russia Today...

Wish I could give more than 1 upvote for this :-)

Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity


Can't wait until they are developed into something that can eat all my excrement and keep a battery charged at the same time!

Solid password practice on Capital One's site? Don't bank on it


Yeah, I have this problem on the XBox - got a nice long strong unique password for my MS account. Then I had to enter that using a joystick. That took a while.


A good password manager clears the clipboard for you after you've pasted.

There are also still way too many sites restricting password length as well in my opinion.

Unity tweaks AI training tools, makes bid for academic respect


There are a lot of misnomers and mistakes around machine learning, the main being the media calling it artificial intelligence when it is not AI (as I keep pointing out in this hallowed comment section).

I would also say you seem to be mixing up hardware vs software - nVidia make hardware that runs ML code, whereas Google have a "cloud" that runs ML as a service. nVida have "cloud" software https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/gpu-cloud/deep-learning-containers/ but this is not a SaaS, it enables others to run their own SaaS using nVidia hardware. Google's SaaS uses their own hardware for training/running the ML code on.

No particular point to make, just trying to clear up these misnomers :-)

Vodafone hounds Czech customers for bills after they were brute-forced with Voda-issued PINs


Re: 3 strikes and you're out ?

They were attacking different amounts with the same pin, not one account with different pins.

Still should have something in place to protect against that though.

Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK


Well said 45rpm. The only thing is "people are concerned that they might end up on a list for doing something as innocent as protesting" has already happened and is being swept under the carpet as we speak. https://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/feb/09/undercover-police-female-activists-inquiry-farce

Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot


Re: buzzword

Yeah... but it's <sarcasm>ON A MOBILE!!!!!</sarcasm>

It's 2018 – so, of course, VMware is touting open-source blockchain code, Internet-of-Things tools


Yeah, wake me up when someone has replaced "proof of work" with something actually useful rather than just a waste of energy! (and pyramid schemes with some actually useful product...)

'Oh sh..' – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car's movements by its leaky cellular gateway


Re: It's almost like...

I'd go further than that and day it is a central tenant of capitalism, to maximise returns to investors produce the bare minimum you can get away with.

HPE flies low-energy Eagle into National Renewable Energy Lab's data centre


"new low-energy supercomputer" 1,728 Dual Intel Xeon-Gold Skylake 6154 running at 200 W each?

Foreshadow and Intel SGX software attestation: 'The whole trust model collapses'


... and this is why security by obscurity doesn't work.

Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!


Re: I thought printing systems

Yeah, it is because they'll be paid a large "competitive" remuneration to "compete" with private firms, so obviously way too clever and above such things as worrying about spelling.

Ex-VMware veep loses attempt to throw out his own $1.5m legal win


Every tech company I've worked for has a non-compete agreement - you can't just quit and go to the competition! What are the lawyers doing, surely they can't quit directly for the other side? Suppose this is the same as the old politician revolving door style job opportunity.

Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn't need? 23 security vulnerabilities


Re: Why are we still seeing...

Would love to know who the guy that thinks SQL injection in the 21st century isn't shocking?


Re: Why are we still seeing...

Too right, this is absolutely shocking

Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme


Imagine if all their staff left at the same time

Relax, Amazon workers – OpenAI-trained robo hand isn't much use (well, not right now)


Re: Excellent (what's with the trans bluhair style?)

Yeah, all of what people are calling A.I. is machine learning.

This is interesting, new(ish) and quite different from the expert system stuff, but is a long way off A.I.

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


Re: See also...

Sounds about right - managers get all the extra money for the "responsibility" then shirking it at every opportunity. leading to https://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/10/10/vw_boss_engineers_blame/

Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare


Re: Know what you are

I kindda think MS do much better hardware than software....

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


Re: LG G7 ThinQ: Raising a StinQ.

Hopefully this will be project treble enabled, so we will have to see how that goes.

Sub-Prime: Amazon's big day marred by server crashes, staff strikes


Re: Prime Day is Bogus

It was worth it at 30 before they forced added all the streaming stuff. I just want the delivery, oh well nothing for them instead then!

Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs


Re: Print to PDF

Did this almost 15 years ago now, it is dumb, for the reasons stated, however I used https://xmlgraphics.apache.org/fop/ and it wasn't too hard. If your source is pretty well standardised....

Be The Packet. Take each hop it makes. Your network will repay you


Re: Wrong Problem

That is easy to say (and I am not necessarily disagreeing with you here), but with the high complexity nowadays it would be almost impossible to make something without expecting to have a bug somewhere. Therefore it will require updating.

Startup bank Monzo: We warned Ticketmaster months ago of site fraud


Re: Monzo..

Just do it. They are soooooooo much better than any other bank :-)

IBM memo to staff: Our CEO Ginni is visiting so please 'act normally!'


Re: IBM hasn't been IBM for a very long time

For all those who say they want the old IBM back, maybe you should read https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBM_and_the_Holocaust and then be very careful what you wish for...

MongoDB turns on, tunes in, drops ACID and goes mobile


Re: Don't need transactions?

FYI, dropping acid is a slang for taking it... https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=drop%20acid

Edit... just thought that the fact I read it that way right off may say more about me that I should do online, oops

Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc


This is why weed needs to be legalised :-) that is something the US is leading on though (or at least the forward looking States)!

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


Re: Rickrolling....

We could just "terroroll" all the MPs?

UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers


Symon, I think you may have misunderstood Macjules - or at least I read it differently to you!

The word citizens is deleted and replaced with subjects as that is how the government are treating us. They currently think they are our superiors and not working for us.

Mate, have a Flutter on the Darts: Google's mobe app toolkit for Fuchsia, others emerges


Re: Another one?

Downvote, as it is compiled there is no interpreter (in the mobile case - there is a javascript compiler for web frontend dev too).


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