* Posts by davenewman

308 posts • joined 13 Feb 2008

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Silicon brains ready to plug into London

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If you really liked to see us, you wouldn't charge so much.

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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We need bad bomb-making information on the Internet

So that people make dud bombs that just burn instead of explode because they couldn't calculate the stoichiometric mixture (plus a bit extra oxidiser) that any 3rd former chemistry pupil could work out, or many people in Northern Ireland pubs.

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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It was just an example

They could have picked any group that people hate. But having found one that targeted thousands of people they used that as an example, set up a small targeted Facebook post and wrote about it.

A thorough research project would have compared the number of people who self-identify as haters of someone. But to prove there is a problem with Facebook, you just need one example.

So the only reason to object to the choice of example is when the objector also hates that group.

As for search terms in Facebook employer fields, take a look at the number of people who type search queries in to the Google Android App Facebook page. There is even a video singing about those search terms.

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Totally uncool California bureaucrats shoot down drone weed delivery

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So what has the state of California got against rail freight? Locked containers on a train are safer than cars.

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Sci-Fi titan Jerry Pournelle passes,
aged 84

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JP versus other SF authors

Milwright said:

> Am I the only one here who thought his story writing dreadful, ill-constructed, predictable drivel only saved from utter uselessness by the Niven collaboration?

He wasn't anywhere as good as Arthur C. Clarke or the recently deceased Brian Aldiss. But his stories were good readable yarns.

> And the only one who found Chaos Manor a sink of ill-informed, name-dropping posturing?

You probably are the only one. Most of us found Chaos Manor as the light relief in a serious magazine we had to pay a lot of money for in the newsagents that stocked US imports.

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Re: Science provides facts, you decide.

The IPCC is tens of thousands of scientists, not politicians. They work on investigating different aspects of the problem, then a group of a few hundred synthesise the research into a range of models. 97% of scientists agree with the consensus coming out of that meta-analysis. There is rational disagreement about what to do to mitigate the effects of climate change. But it is no longer rational to dispute the greenhouse effect (as any gardener would tell you) or that it is the direct and indirect consequences of human activity that is the overwhelming contributor to the accumulation of CO2 and CH4 in the atmosphere.

When Jerry Pournelle wrote about it, the science was less clear cut. In 2017 it is as close to a certainty that science gets. And in some of his novels, terraforming relied on creating an atmosphere to retain heat.

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Use Insync instead

Some time ago I switched to using Insync to synchronise selected folders on my PC to Google Drive. It works much better than the rudimentary downloadable client that Google supplies. And Insync works under Windows, OSX and Linux.

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Detox from your weekend kebabs with a healthy storage golubtsy

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Pint

Recipes more interesting that the article

Who cares about the ins and outs of people in storage companies? It is boring. Food is much more interesting - as is drink.

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Then there is professional lying

as in South Africa, where a British PR company has been caught disseminating fake news to reracialise politics in South Africa.

Let's make professional lying (by PR flacks, journalists and politicians) an imprisonable offence.

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If Machine Learning is the question, open source is the answer. Right?

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People have been trained in Machine Learning since the 1980s

It was part of my M.Sc. at Kingston Polytechnic in 1988. Even then it wasn't new. By the 1990s there were simple systems to apply ID3 to your data. One of my students built a system to diagnose congenital dislocation of the hip in two days.

It is doing it at a large scale, and with more neural network layers, that is new.

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Japanese sat tech sinks Sea Shepherd anti-whaling activists' hopes

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Sea Shepherd submarine

Sea Shepherd should buy a submarine to shadow the whaling boats. Disguise it as a whale.

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Uh oh, scientists know how those diamonds got in Uranus, and they're telling everyone!

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Re: De Beers sponsoring the next probe?

This month's Wired has an article on producing large diamonds by chemical vapour deposition. Purer than mined diamonds. But each diamond takes 20 min. to grow.

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Phisherfolk dangle bait at dot-fish domain

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ISIRTA

Still a way to go to match the I'm Sorry I'll Read That Again fish puns sketch.

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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When they announce their emigration as they hand the country back to native Americans.

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Slurping people's info without a warrant? That's OUR JOB, Google, Facebook et al tell US Supreme Court

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Congress could vote to adopt the GDPR

If all of the EU, Canada and other countries can have data protection laws, why not the USA?

Ask Congress to pass a law similar to the GDPR and require both private companies and government agencies to stick to it. Then there won't be arguments trying to stretch contract law and the 4th amendment to cover data collection and use.

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Web-enabled vibrator class action put to bed

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Re: That's the best headline you could come up with?

The judge did better, "The Parties are directed to consummate the Settlement in accordance with its terms."

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Dismayed by woeful AI chatbots, boffins hired real people – and went back to square one

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There are companies that have solved the natural language analysis of recognising what someone types in (e.g. velmai.com) - but not the problem of how to generate a situationally relevant answer, that gives you what you need to know rather than what you asked for.

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WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos

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I thought bail bonds are returnable when he finally surrenders at the court. However, the fees to a bail bondsman to get the loan of the amount are not. At least if Janet Evanovich's explanations in her books are accurate.

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Jocks' USO block shock: BT's 10Mbps proposals risk 'rural monopoly'

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NI did it some time ago

In Northern Ireland, the local government paid for rural broadband using a mixture of companies. Where fixed lines didn't reach, there were companies setting up wireless links to groups of houses. And in the most remote areas they used satellite Internet.

Now they have to do it all again, since bandwidth needs have gone up, but they can still use the same mix of companies and technologies.

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A sarcasm detector bot? That sounds absolutely brilliant. Definitely

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Examples

Try typing in "Brexit means brexit" and see the tears.

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Flash... Nu-uh! Tech folk champing at the bit to switch off life support

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Flash started as a tool for interactive games and presentations

But then people used it to stream videos.

Those wanting to get rid of Flash have forgotten its origins, the things it was good at from the beginning.

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Radiohead hides ZX Spectrum proggie in OK Computer re-release

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Unhappy

Waiting for the tape to load

This is what you can do while waiting for a cassette tape to load!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AL2NhhtIFPw

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Jodie Who-ttaker? The Doctor is in

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Re: Susan

Do you mean Susan, the granddaughter of Death?

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Blue Cross? Blue crass: Health insurer thought it would be a great idea to mail plans on USB sticks

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I often plug odd USB sticks in my Linux computer. No problems so far. No autorun, but obviously I don't start executables, and can do an ls -l to see what is executable.

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Judge used personal email to send out details of sensitive case

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Re: @ Why a gavel?

And here is where you find out about it:

https://inappropriategavels.tumblr.com/

Fine the Register picture editor an hour's pay every time he includes a picture of a gavel.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Come on, the best SF on TV was and ever will be Doctor Who.

No. 2 is The Sparticle Mystery

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All the (IT storage) News That's Fit to Print

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Facepalm

This should have been a blank article. IT storage is boring. Nothing is fit to print.

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UK.gov leaves data dashboard users' details on publicly accessible site

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Example of exceeding open data requirements

data.gov.uk is the place to go to get open data. It looks like they opened up their data on their users and made that freely available as well. It works in Estonia, where if anyone in government looks at your data, you get notified of who did and why.

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

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Of course DUPers have used the Internet - to find old Sunday World photos of Sammy Wilson.

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Virgin Media router security flap follows weak password expose

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Re: Where are the instructions?

http://192.168.0.1/ gets you to the superhub control panel.

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Cheeky IT rival parks 'we're hiring' van outside 'vote Tory' firm Storm Technologies

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Re: How would Storm know?

They write down the ballot numbers so that if there is a legal challenge, they can do a thorough check. For example, if someone comes in and is told they have already voted, the ballot papers of the impersonators can be removed. Obviously they don't do that unless there is a lot of impersonation. There are other kinds of fraud where a matching number check is needed, although most would be picked up at the verification count.

After a time to allow for legal challenges, the ballot papers are destroyed.

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Expansys shutters online mobile gadget souk to consumers

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Still a good import margin from China

I remember Expansys being the only place to get things not yet sold in the UK market. They would import batches.

There are still good margins to be had in importing Chinese mobile phones. I bought a 4G phone sent from China for £50 (a Bluboo). I cannot find an equivalent in the UK for less than £250.

However, since it is so easy to order from Chinese suppliers, even one-off on eBay, why pay Expansys to do the importing? And their b2b business will have to compete with Alibaba, relying on servicing income.

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Scottish govt mulled scrapping £178m car-crash IT system

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We know that the Scottish and Northern Irish rural payments systems were much simpler than the England and Wales system. They had fewer categories and fewer rules. So it should be easier to build a working system to a simpler specification.

Somehow the private contractors managed to mess that up.

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Currys PC World given a spanking for misleading laptop savings ads

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Re: He made one mistake

There was a regulation on how long something had to be sold at a higher price before being used as a from price on a discount ticket in a retailer. Shops that broke the law were prosecuted by the Trading Standards officers. I don't know if it still exists, but it seems to be ignored by retailers. It could be worth reporting them to the local trading standards department as well as the ASA.

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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

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Re: He made one mistake

The reporter was Ben Jacobs from the Guardian. It all took place in public. See the report on Boing Boing. Why do you make up lies about the assault, Daedalus?

And in any case, two wrongs don't make a right. Just because someone is close to you or even shouting, doesn't give you the right to hit them. It is time politicians with too much testosterone were cured the same way a farmer deals with an agressive bull.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Re: Lysenko on the phone

Simple solution. Expel all the immigrants and their descendants. Send them back to Europe. Keep America for the native Americans.

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Boffins crowdsource hunt for 'Planet 9'

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Isn't Planet 9 an operating system? Or is that plan 9?

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Ever visited a land now under Islamic State rule? And you want to see America? Hand over that Facebook, Twitter, pal

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So you hand over your username and password, the US officials use them to post a picture of a brown person in the Northern Irish national dress (named after a place in Crimea), then they arrest you.

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Microsoft to close its social network on a week's notice – and SIX people complain

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Re: It had #fail written all over it

The other Google one, Orkut, is still going in Brasil. Tem de falar Portugues.

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Round-filed 'paperless' projects: Barriers remain to Blighty's Digital NHS

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Proven cost savings in mobile phone use

At a Digital Health Oxford meeting, I heard from the head of one of the health trusts how they had doubled the number of community nurse visits in a day.

They used to have to drive back to Abingdon to get the paperwork for their next health visit. Now it all comes to their iPads, so they can carry on from one visit straight on to the next. While hospitals stick to paper, these community mental health nurses do everything via an iPad.

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Roses are reddish, exam-takers more so: Cisco's test price hike's a smack to the torso

davenewman
Headmaster

Violets are violet

Not blue. Got it?

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Cardiff researchers get £250k to monitor Brexit hate crime on Twitter

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Re: Why limit it to Twitter?

I have only seen some early research, but there is a pattern to the way Trump and Alt-Right figures post on Twitter - they send out many more tweets (6000 in one case), but hardly ever reply to anyone. There is an article about it in this month's Wired.

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FireEye execs exit, following hundreds of staff restructured into redundancy

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Who cares?

Does it affect consumers? Does it affect developers? Does it affect the whole economy? If not, why bother to tell us such trivia?

When they finally go bust and we can compare the CEO to Phillip Green, then it might be an interesting story.

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Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

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Re: It gets worse every year it seems...

The most common way to access a video conference on a computer these days is via a browser. So the site will need to access the camera and microphone if you are going to talk to someone at a distance using a Google Hangout, Zoom.us etc. The alternative is an app on a phone.

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Dido queen of carnage steps down from TalkTalk

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Great headline

Any comparisons with the original Dido, Queen of Carthage?

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Blue ensign flown by many yachts

It is not only contractor's ships that fly the blue ensign. It is flown by yachts owned by people with an association with the Royal Navy, such as members of the Cruising Association.

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Trump's cartoon comedy approach to running a country: 'One in, two out' rule for regulations

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Re: Trumps orders starts to look like fatwas...

China stagnated when Mao had political commisars in every organization, enforcing ideology over practical people like science and engineering.

Trump and Bannon are now putting commisars into every agency, forcing them to follow public opinion rather than reality.

So expect a serious economic decline in the USA.

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Facebook pimping for politicos despite fake news 'purge'

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Re: Oooh, I see a BIIIIG problem here....

In by-elections all the online advertising should declared alongside the newspaper advertising. You could check that to find the ratio of the different types of advertising, then look at elections where more than one ward or constituency is up to see if there could be undeclared expenses.

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French spies warn politicians of hack risk as election draws near

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No doubt APT28 will take private contracts from politicians as well as the GRU. Maybe Donald Trump knows it wasn't the Russian government didn't hack the DNC, because his companies paid for it.

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Pirates, pirates, whatchu gonna do? Advertisers cop a visit from PIPCU

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Get them to stop advertising with spammers

If only they would stop them advertising with spammers. UKTV is paying bronto.com to send out spam emails promoting their sales, with an ignored opt-out link.

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