* Posts by deive

184 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008

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

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Devil

Re: The answer is...

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

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Apple hands €14.3bn in back taxes to reluctant Ireland

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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...

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

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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.

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

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Re: Interviewed on Russia Today...

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

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

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Pint

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

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

deive

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.

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deive

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.

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Unity tweaks AI training tools, makes bid for academic respect

deive

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 :-)

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

deive

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.

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Activists raise alarm over insidious creep of surveillance in the UK

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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

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: buzzword

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

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

deive

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...)

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

deive

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.

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

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

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

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

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

deive

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.

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

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WTF?

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.

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

deive

Re: Why are we still seeing...

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

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deive

Re: Why are we still seeing...

Too right, this is absolutely shocking

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Profit-strapped Symantec pulls employee share scheme

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Trollface

Imagine if all their staff left at the same time

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

deive

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.

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

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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/

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

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Re: Know what you are

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

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

deive

Re: LG G7 ThinQ: Raising a StinQ.

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

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

deive

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!

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

deive

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....

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

deive

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.

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

deive

Re: Monzo..

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

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

deive

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...

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

deive

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

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

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

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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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Devil

Re: Rickrolling....

We could just "terroroll" all the MPs?

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UK taxman has amassed voice profiles of 5.1 million taxpayers

deive

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.

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

deive

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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Canadian utility makes blockchain upstarts bid for their ravenous rigs' electricity supply

deive

Good. Proof of work is such a waste of time and energy. If a chain was based on something useful like protein folding then I could get behind it.

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Trainee techie ran away and hid after screwing up a job, literally

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IT Angle

Maybe the problem was asking a tekkie to do the job of a chippy?

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

deive

Re: Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

Again, this is just the press and the public calling machine learning, artificial intelligence. It is not artificial intelligence - it is machine learning and I think The Reg really should be doing better on that front.

As so many call it AI, now people think it is actually AI... but it isn't.

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

deive

Re: I'm uncertain...

No downvote as it is quite hard to do, but for a start don't use bing. It's called bing FFS! https://duckduckgo.com/?q=alternative+search+engines&t=canonical&ia=web

Also, why does a VPN app require Google Play Services? It shouldn't require your location or push messages or a cloud database or any of the other things that the services offer - perhaps you should look into changing that too. This another way Google are locking Android down - all the apps that use their services.

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Cops fined £80,000 for revealing childhood abuse victims' names

deive

Personally I think it is the MANAGERS of those responsible who need to face the music. For not providing the correct training/software to do the job. Outlook should never be used for this sort of thing.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Trollface

Re: Thales

But but but, conservatives tell us that private companies are amazing.... so it couldn't be Thales' fault, could it?

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Intel claims it’s halved laptop display power slurpage

deive

"Intel officials said the tech will be baked into displays, will need an Intel display adapter and drivers"

Stop it with the propriety crap already! Intel display drivers are so poor even Intel are now using AMD.

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Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

deive

I've been watching 4k HDR Netflix over WiFi for as long as they have offered it without problems. Should be OK - over streaming it is compressed though so it still isn't as good as a 4K bluray.

Have to say though that HDR a much bigger improvement than 4K, BBC should concentrate on getting that out first :-)

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GCHQ bod tells privacy advocates: Most of our work is making sure we operate within the law

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"difficulty for GCHQ to interpret laws that weren't clearly written" - what's the odds on GCHQ having a hand in writing those laws in the first place? About as much as business "leaders" helped write tax laws with all their vagaries and loopholes.

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US Congress mulls expanding copyright yet again – to 144 years

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Don't say that to them... They'll increase patents as well!

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Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

deive

Thanks for making our country a slightly more open place. Truth is the only way to fight the corruption.

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Facepalm

So if we were to link against proprietary libraries they will be automatically updated and all installations updated without any issues?

Either I am missing something or this is just calling out open source for FUD.

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Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador

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I really can't understand why everyone seems to hate him so much now - this "squatting" isn't his choice, bet he isn't having fun there.

Think we need to remember why he is there - total fabricated charges by the US, Sweden and the UK. Like the current leaker -https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/05/15/vault_7_leak/ I doubt was a rapist/peodo, unless every one of them suddenly has uncontrollable sexual urges as soon as the US discovers who they are but have no evidence for a court case.

If the UK wasn't spending so much money just to keep the US happy then he wouldn't have to hide? The skipping bail is an offense here, but wouldn't have happened if Sweden didn't do the same thing on the fake rape charge.

This has nothing to do if you like him or not - I hate outspoken, self-aggrandising people as much as everyone else.

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Ex-CIA man fingered as prime suspect in Vault 7 spy tool manuals leak

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Devil

"However, he is facing unrelated charges in the New York Southern District court for possession and distribution of child abuse images." - totally completely and utterly unrelated m'lord

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Oh Capita! Thirsty outsourcing titan finds small oasis in contract desert

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Public funding

"In fact the only deals London Stock Exchange-listed Capita has shouted about on an official basis is the extension with M&S, one with the Beeb and one with NI Invest."

Financial Services Compensation Scheme - public body

Beeb - public funded

NI Invest - public body

So that just leaves M&S...

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Decades-old data reveals shows Jupiter’s moon sprayed alien juice over Galileo probe

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Re: Reaction Mass?

You mean, let's scoop up this ejaculate and use it for our own nefarious purposes? Good plan, along with asteroid mining!

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