* Posts by Destroy All Monsters

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Kaspersky: Clumsy NSA leak snoop's PC was packed with malware

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Re: Cheapskates?

Well, if the contract didn't say anything about OpSec requirements....

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Mocus! Found on the PC of Bickus Dickus!

One wonders why the NSA both is incapable of delivering a 100% top notch open-source antivirus program to US folks or why they even consider Windows an acceptable endpoint system.

Maybe a few billions that went to Middle Eastern wars could have been productively used 15 years ago. Project Flask / SELinux is not enough.

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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

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Platooning stuff ahead!

Although Efford's proposed clause was withdrawn, by mutual agreement, the question is a thorny one that has long vexed ethicists and others

It completely depends!

Depending on whether the car has declared to follow the example of Cat Stevens and become righteous out-meter of bearded punishment, adheres to the somewhat moribund sect of Jesus of Nazareth or prefers to safely stay in the traditional but very stern and not-averse-to-ultrakill original Abrahamic Community, different results can be expect as a function of the religious affiliation of the people uncomfortably attached to tracks / standing in the middle of roads / delivered in cages near burning fires, as the case may be.

The Great Popes of Tensorflow will have to congregate for a lively synode...

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How about that time Russian military used a video game pic as proof of US aiding ISIS?

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Re: Pah.

...which are being made more DIFFICULT to follow to follow by the confused upstanding but 100% NAÏVE citizen (in need of Amber Rudd and her probing handwill) via MERCILESS RUSSIAN TWEETS!

(Which may actually be coming out of Glasgow, who knows nowadays!)

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Yeah, what about them?

Well, we don't need much evidence to know that the US and ISIS are not exactly mortal enemies as Hapless Kerry himself has gone the mic saying that the US let ISIS grow to implement a bit of regime change (on behalf of, apparently, aliens, because aliens celarly are interested in seeing Syrian regime change, who else could be?), thinking it could be controlled later.

"To date, the Syrian regime and Russian Federation have not demonstrated long-term success in ridding large pieces of terrain from ISIS influence, then establishing the conditions necessary to prevent terrorists' return."

The mind boggles. I don't remember a single town that the US has liberated (flattened, yes). Indeed they are actively opposed to any Syrian operations or Iranian aid (which is sadly often accompanied by cleaning operations, but then that's the local custom).

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TensorFlow lightens up to land on smartmobes, then embed everywhere

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Re: Grisha

Is that the same tensor flow though?

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Coming live to a warzone near you: Army Truck Driver for Xbox!

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Re: Second hand sources?

nowhere in the linked article there's mention that the attack you describe took place in Crimea

Not only that but I distinctly remember that there were only very few dead bodies during the "Uncontested Arrival" of the Little Green Men, these being Ukraine barracks inhabitants who didn't take adequate cover as "warning shots" were fired.

Does El Reg gets monies from the House of MoD for printing pablum?

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: The Quantum of Firefox

THUNDERBIRD!

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How can airlines stop hackers pwning planes over the air? And don't say 'regular patches'

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Old News!

We know that Russians have been doing since "Die Hard on a tarmac".

But seriously, we need more details on this "hack". These things are always overblown for fame and ego-stroking.

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Heads up: OnePlus phones have a secret root backdoor and the password is 'angela'

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"Angela", eh?

How fitting.

Backdoor access to whole subcontinent....

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Secret HPE AI chip, TensorFlow updates, neural networks writing themselves – and more

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Re: Then HP will add RSA signed certificates to lock the firmware ?

Stay away from that crap. Don't ask for quotes, blacklist, hide.

Why We Must Fight for the Right to Repair Our Electronics: Pending U.S. legislation could force manufacturers to make repair parts and information available at fair prices

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Re: A matrix of meh-ristors

"Probabilistic Programming" has nothing to do withz Neural Networks and pattern recognition. Rather, it is about constructing models of some real-world system expressed as statememts, (e.g. "there is an earthquake" or "the burglar alarm is on"), conditional probabilities (e.g. "if there is an earthquake then the burglar alarm is on with p=0.9") or à priori probabilities (e.g. "probability of a burglary is 0.1", "probability of a false alarm is 0.05"). One then wants to ask things likes what is the probability of a burglary given that the burglar alarm is on and there was an earthquake?

See this introduction from a Manning book about a probabilistic programming language based on Scala: Probabilistic programming in a nutshell or this lecture at ETAP 2016: Structure and Interpretation of Probabilistic Programs.

Why Uber feels the need to invent Yet Another Probablistic Programming System is beyond me, but so it goes.

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Equifax Q3 results: Not as bad as you might have hoped – hack only cost biz about $87m

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Many of these organisations (e.g. Insurance companies) already openly engage in racial and sex discrimination

Evidence?

A no, "the premiums are higher because your multicultural environment is not particularly safe" is NOT racism, whatever the crazy corner says about that.

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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Re: AWS Lambda “lock-in”

Python can be ok for small to mid sized projects, but javascript is a joke. Why would you? Professional server side coders wouldn't - they'd use C++,C# or Java. But our ranks have been infiltrated by former web and/or "app" coders who know the square root of bugger all about 24/7 uptime requirements or anything to do with efficient CPU usage or frankly even decent coding. The only thing they know is javascript so they've brought their toy language over from the browser world and are now trying to use it to do business critical systems programming with. If it wasn't so worrying it would be funny.

Printed out, framed, put into a little Shinto shrine I keep in the server room, with a glass of Sake. White paper decorations rustle in the ventilator breeze.

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Brace yourselves, fanboys. Winter is coming. And the iPhone X can't handle the cold

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Apple said that, over the past year, its overall percentage of women employees was flat at 32 per cent, while underrepresented minority employee levels were only up one per cent, at 23 per cent overall.

What an eldritch horror. Can't something BE DONE to attain those activist-imposed musrt-have pewrcentages?

But then, you know, when the bottom line is on the line,. Social Justice Bullshit and their retarded defenders can go f*ck themself and one actually wants to hire people good in tech...

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Learn client-server C programming – with this free tutorial from the CIA

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No Node.js?

Wunderbar!

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US government seizes Texas gun mass murder to demand backdoors

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Gun Control you say?

Gun Control failed because this Democrat should never have been able to obtain one (Devin Patrick Kelley got his gun illegally.)

But then; Texas church massacre: Man hailed a hero for chasing gunman after killings

"The shooter got in his truck, the gentlemen with the rifle came to my truck as the shooter took off, and he briefed me quickly on what had just happened and said we had to get him, so that's what I did," he said.

That's the spirit. And maybe we can concentrate on something else now.

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Irish priests told to stop bashing bishops

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Sceptical Deplorable is Sceptical

Those worried for the church as a whole might take some comfort from the fact that priests seem to be in great demand in other parts of the world.

Definitely not in the Middle East and other countries ravaged by a series of invade-the-world/invite-the-world US presidents allied to NATO allied to batshit crazed Sunni from Hell out of Saudi Barbaria.

I hear adherents of The Christ on refugee boats may even be considered excessively diverse, beaten up, then thrown overboard to feed the fish (the converse of using fish to feed the flock).

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US domestic, er, foreign spying bill progresses through Congress

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Well, who cares?

It's probably a devious plot by PutlerPutletPutin, Deng Xiao-Ping and Hubba Bubba to trash our cherished belief in democracy and Bambi. We know that the US TLAs are unanimous about two things: Trump has russian ties and Assange and Snowden are China-Soviet plants out to besmirch all the good things Obomba and Killary did to the world. And who would not trust TLAs?

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Google, Volkswagen spin up quantum computing partnership

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I'm beset by doubts

I don't see where the few-qubit computer from D-Wave comes into the "traffic optimization" problem, which can be solved nicely using any of a large library of optimization algorithms, among which simulated annealing. On mid-sized classical computers.

Has anyone from the theoretical IT crowd looked at these claims?

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US says it's identified six Russian officials as DNC hack suspects

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Re: Incident response firm Mandiant ..

God help us when the war comes.

Please enlighten us, oh neocon lord!

Pretty depressing that El Reg actually filters commentary linking to the debunking of both the "DNC hack" fakery and the "US intelligence community unanimous" NYT-peddled crap. Instead we get McCarthy screeds (Kieren or otherwise).

But bread is buttered in many ways.

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Russia is everywhere, it is even the opposition!

Anti-Trump Resistance Played By Russia: Growing Evidence That Russia Using ‘The Resistance’ To Stoke Division

The weekend after Trump’s election, thousands of people attended a left-wing anti-Trump protest in New York City that was secretly organized by Russian operatives, ads released by the House Intelligence Committee revealed.

Where is Gordon Freeman? We need him to shore up the Resistance and have him get Breen, I mean Putin.

In other news, Congress thinks people are dumb as bricks (makes you wonder what they think they are accomplishing by having people vote in the first place?): Great Moments in Congressional Hearings

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Re: Re : "confused"

ask whether the aim was to cast doubt on the election itself and both characters involved

Yeah.

"People where shitting all over the place (actually have been since like forever) so we deviously brought more shit in to make them believe they were actually in a shithouse."

Yeah.

"I find the lack of coherence in your plan disturbing!"

Soviet Choke him!

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Giza geezers' muon-geyser visor reveals Great Pyramid's hidden void surpriser

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I don't get this muon thing

Muons streak through our planet close to the speed of light.

Very unlikely. These are not neutrinos.s

Muons have charge so should be slowed rapidly then be pulled into atomic shells where they decay.

Electrons for example are not known for streaking through our planet close to the speed of light or very deeply for that matter.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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SatNad's vision

PHB's clicking on their animated dashboards all day long, monitoring Enterprise KPIs via vibrant Azure-hosted analytics, while diversity hire worker drones mindlessly complement auotmated Microsoft buiness operations as Cortana heckles them to install the latest update or to click on the ads appearing in the Metro interface while their vestigial human reflexes are collected, pseudo-anonymized, sent to Redmond and big-dataed for the yearly indivdualized performance assessment, seamlessly integrated into the formerly mentioned KPI indicators.

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Virtually everyone in Malaysia pwned in telco, govt data hack spree

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Okay

As they say, "Welp!". It's the 21st, dontcha know...

This brings to mind William Gibson's "Count Zero" (1986, back when we had home computers on dial up lines, and BBS, and cops going after "The Anarchists's Cookbook", things like that)

Silicon doesn't wear out; microchips were effectively immortal. [of course this is untrue, your Xeon will go titsup at some point] The Wig took notice of the fact. Like every other child of his age, however, he knew that silicon became obsolete, which was worse than wearing out; this fact was a grim and accepted constant for the Wig, like death or taxes, and in fact he was usually more worried about his gear falling behind the state of the art than he was about death (he was

twenty-two) or taxes (he didn't file, although he paid a Singapore money laundry a yearly percentage that was roughly equivalent to the income tax he would have been required to pay if he'd declared his gross). The Wig reasoned that all that obsolete silicon had to be going somewhere. Where it was going, he learned, was into any number of very poor places struggling along with nascent industrial bases. Nations so benighted that the concept of nation was still taken seriously.

The Wig punched himself through a couple of African backwaters and felt like a shark cruising a swimming pool thick with caviar. Not that any one of those tasty tiny eggs arnounted to much, but you could just open wide and scoop, and it was easy and filling and it added up. The Wig worked the Africans for a week, incidentally bringing about the collapse of at least three governments and causing untold human suffering. At the end of his week, fat with the crearn of several million laughably tiny bank accounts, he retired. As he was going out, the locusts were coming in; ofher people had gotten the African idea.

The Wig sat on the beach at Cannes for two years, ingesting only the most expensive designer drugs and periodically flicking on a tiny Hosaka television to study the bloated bodies of dead Africans with a strange and curiously innocent intensity. At some point, no one could quite say where or when or why, it began to be noted that the Wig had gone over the edge. Specifically, the Finn said, the Wig had become convinced that God lived in cyberspace, or perhaps that cyberspace was God, or some new manifestation of same.

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Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert

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Re: The ad was in keeping with the game...

Itchy and Scratchy, now with added sex!

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Re: The single (in every sense of the word) complainant

Probably more like a cat lady.

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Facebook and pals to US Senate's Russia probe: Pleeease don't pass a law on political web ads

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You are shitting me

Each acknowledged that the impact of political ads over the US presidential election – paid for by Russian agents – was far greater than they have previously admitted to.

Ridiculous. Actually insulting.

What "Russian Agents"? How is that impact even measured? Does it even exist? Admitted by whom?

In other news, cranks have found that the impact of mobiles on brain tumor prevalence is far greater than anyone has previously admitted

No, sorry, wrong headline.

Claims of Russian interference in US election ‘dead & buried’ – George Galloway.

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IBM's Phase Change Memory computer can tell you if it's raining

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Computronium!

Sounds interesting, but of course only useful for some algorithms (that have characteristics of "physiciality": they are local and far away nodes need to be messaged first). In computers, memory is used as "super-lightspeed" communication medium.

But yeah, basically the Connection Machine 1 without the hypercube communication channels? (Upon which, it is always interesting the re-read The Book. It's likely floating around on the 'net somewhere. I mean come on MIT Press, USD 34 for a 30-year old extended paper in B&W?)

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Manafort, Stone, Trump, Papadopoulos, Kushner, Mueller, Russia: All the tech angles in one place

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I smell unbelievable bullshit, artfully applied

I'm waiting for this crap to settle down and the journalists to stop panting over material they barely comprehend. But I hear the ties are far more to Ukraine (which is not Russia since the coming of the Freedoms and various ugly events involving Nazis that shall not be mentioned) than to Russia.

A political job, dragging in dirt? Of course not! How could that be!

Btw, I wonder whether anyone has been looking into activies of AIPAC influence peddling recently. No. I don't think so either.

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Boffins trapped antiprotons for days, still can't say why they survived the Big Bang

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Finally a writeup which makes sense

This Week's Hype

Peter Woit blogs:

Yet another entry in the long line of nonsensical hype about fundamental physics driven by misleading university press releases is today’s news that CERN Scientists Conclude that the Universe Should Not Exist. Tracking this back through various press stories, one finds that the original source, as always, is a university press release designed to mislead journalists. In this case it’s Riddle of matter remains unsolved from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz, a press release designed to promote this paper in Nature.

The paper reports a nice experimental result, a measurement of the antiproton magnetic moment showing no measurable difference with the proton magnetic moment. This is a test of CPT invariance, which everyone expects to be a fundamental property of any quantum field theory. The hype in the press release confuses CPT invariance with CP invariance. We know that physics is not CP invariant, with an open problem that of whether the currently known sources of CP non-invariance are large enough to produce in cosmological models the observed excess of baryons over antibaryons. An accurate version of the press release would be: “experiment finds expected CPT invariance, says nothing about the CP problem.”

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

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Re: Another galaxy? Another star system?

That's not how orbital mechanics work.

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Re: Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

Excellent link, thanks!

And yes, now would be a good time to have nuclear propulsion rockets with huge tanks on standby for a fetch quest. In space, you can never be crazy prepared enough.

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Re: Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

Looks like Space Nazis being troubled by Antifa to me. I would have expected Moties.

Also, from Jimboinfocenter::

Average orbital speed 26 km/s (58,000 mph) (peaking at 87.8 km/s at perihelion)

I would have expected a bit more somehow.

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Re: Another galaxy?

"But would you have clicked?"

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US voting server in election security probe is mysteriously wiped

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Canucks have beef with Soylent as to whether or not it's a real meal deal

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Re: Mystifying...

I've just picked up a fault in the backup unit. It is going to go 100 percent failure within 72 hours.

Good.

Everyone will die. This pleases me and I will now play Bach on my cunningly hidden private church organ while the world ends.

(And not too soon because we are now at the point where Math is racist)

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Watership downtime: BadRabbit encrypts Russian media, Ukraine transport hub PCs

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Re: Ransom demands in BitCoin again

How long before the authorities decide that BitCoin's main use is in laundering the proceeds of crime and that anyone accepting BitCoin payments is an accessory?

We already have the War on Cash, thank you.

Yes, the Surveillance Society, where we can pretend the whole world is a Safe Space where we can be babies being watched over by benevolent civil servants white as driven snow.

Who knows, it could happen!

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Please activate the anti-ransomware protection in your Windows 10 Fall Creators Update PC. Ta

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Re: Cat and Mouse

I have actually had my fill of Holocaust Porn in my life, no longer interested.

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Google and Intel cook AI chips, neural network exchanges – and more

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It's not like any of these ideas are new to people who have been around the block a few times.

tired_sadfrog.jpg

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Special-purpose hardware always is faster than a general-purpose CPU at some tasks. But in the end someone is going to have to do the symbolic processing (or run the floating-point or UNUM-intensive engineering job, control the washing machine, or take out the trash). The "action" there will continue.

And maybe 5th generation "special purpose hardware / logic programming in silicon" will be back eventually, who knows.

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Re: Remember folks

so we won't have any money

We don't have any money already. Anything a central bank can print up at will is not money. It can be used on the bog though.

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Re: And AlphaGo Zero

More at quanta of course: Artificial Intelligence Learns to Learn Entirely on Its Own.

Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson has been spotted being rather busy working at home in the evening.

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AI Meme about to die from overexposure

Ex-Obama advisor to lead the Partnership of AI The megagroup created by industry leaders in AI will be headed up by Terah Lyons.

The Partnership of AI, which includes Amazon, Google, Facebook, Microsoft, DeepMind, and Apple and several other companies focuses on guiding AI "to benefit people and society".

This sounds like a fscking total trainwreck powered by slush money in the full making. It will probably end with politicians in a trasheap of brown envelopes, getting their arse photgraphed for the broadsheets for a "scandal of the day" kind of story, up to the minute when the next lurid story about "Russia did it" breaks wind.

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Resellers on Surface: Yeah, go ahead and kill it. What do we care...

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Re: Who Is Buying Surface ???

At the prices Microsoft are charging for a Surface, I can understand why you're a non-profit.

Being a non-profit does not mean that raking it in and paying hadnsome fees internally is a no-go area.

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Wanna exorcise Intel's secretive hidden CPU from your hardware? Meet Purism's laptops

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Re: Tough Sell

We are going to Stand on Zanzibar anyway, deal with it. The ultrakill of the mid-20th will be laughable. Buy a lappy while you can.

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Re: Spreading b*ll against Intel as usual....

The corporate kool aid is strong with this one.

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Re: We need companies like Purism

There MUST be a third option because you may lack the skills to do it yourself and can't trust anyone else to do it.

That's the DayZ option: Innawoods with AKM and unconnected.

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