* Posts by Eddy Ito

4442 posts • joined 27 Apr 2007

Forget your deepest, darkest secrets, smart speakers will soon listen for sniffles and farts too

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Re: Bollocks to this creepy shit.

I don't know, I noticed my brother got one and I think at this point you could start a company called Ingsoc and build a speaker that responded to "big brother" or "the party" and it would likely fly off the shelves.

I can see it now, "big brother, how long until two minutes hate?"

LG's beer-making bot singlehandedly sucks all fun, boffinry from home brewing

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Re: Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??

As the kids today would say, it all depends on your level of wokeness or stay woke. I assume it's an actually an acronym for something like 'Willfully Overlooking Knowledge & Education" or something like that.

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Re: Does it despense vast amounts of bog rool??

I get the feeling any success will depend on three factors; hipsters, price, and hang on...

Two weeks, as in 14 days, for 5 litres?!? That isn't even one beer per day! Are they saying we need to buy 2 of these things just to have one single lousy beer each day?

Huawei CFO poutine cuffs by Canadian cops after allegedly busting sanctions on Iran

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Re: China is not a democracy

because in a democracy there are at least mechanisms for checks and balances. In the dictatorships of the World what the dictator declares goes...

A true democracy doesn't have any such mechanisms, it's largely just mob rule and in its pure form is little different from any other oppressive regime. Democracy's only fortune, or failure, is that it tends to be less consistent in its oppression.

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Re: China is not a democracy

As far as I can tell, the US isn't one either. It has always pretended to be one, but whatever it ought to be considered now, a democracy it ain't.

Actually the US has never been a democracy. In fact the word democracy doesn't even appear in the US Constitution so it's hard to understand why so many people get it wrong. Per Article IV Section 4 of the Constitution the US is a republic. Besides, two wolves and a sheep voting on what to have for dinner isn't necessarily the sort of government people should really strive for.

Wow, what a lovely early Christmas present for Australians: A crypto-busting super-snoop law passes just in time

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Re: In other news...

... make both pi and e equal to 3.0.

e + 1 = 0

Oh dear, this is going to get messy.

Giraffe hacks printers worldwide to promote God-awful YouTuber. Did we read that one right?

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Re: Babysitters are for babies

So no like people working in the tv industry they are not assholes.

Right, TV folk are just self-important, narcissistic, self promoters and completely unlike these Youtubers you speak of. Oh wait...

On another note, I've concluded we're dealing with a parody of the PDP-11. Clearly lacking the skills of Ocean's 11.

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Re: Get me a babysitter

@veti, I was thinking exactly the same thing. I came up with either someone is really butt hurt or it's an attempt at parody and I haven't quite figured which. At this point it's boring so I'll leave the figuring to pewdeepi or whomever.

Musk's popstar girlfriend Grimes croons about next-gen AI, plus more machine-learning news

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Re: Why not instead

But I wonder what problem AI lawyers are intended to solve, and for whom?

Simple, upwards of 90% of lawyer work is simply filling out and filing forms because the entire legal code was written by lawyers and every attempt was made to intentionally obscure it from the typical person. Having AI lawyers means the real lawyers can release the paralegals in the office and save a few bucks.

Have no fear, there won't be any AIs blustering away at juries any time soon because they still haven't mastered the art of tear jerking. I'm sure they're working on it though.

Canuck couple returns home after night on tiles to gaggle of randomers hanging out in their flat

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Re: @jake - It always pays to carry a Micro-Uzi in a shoulder holster

Read about the Waco Texas massacre and come back and tell us about scaring the government.

And just how many times do you think the line 'it's to save the kids in the compound from being raped and abused' is going to win over with the tank drivers?

Besides, Koresh was first, a tactical idiot for thinking he could hold out in that dinky compound, and second, a contemptible prick for using children as a shield. These days I think everyone knows you need to be able to move unless you also think you're the messiah.

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Re: Police are investigating?

Because they're canadians, the most polite and friendly nation on this planet.

Presumably so were the ne're-do-wells so if they are so polite and friendly, why didn't they clean up after themselves or at least use coasters?

Dog with 'psychotic tendencies' escapes home to poop on his neighbours' pillows

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It seems an awfully harsh punishment but did they try looking under the dog's tail?

GTA gamer cuffed, charged after PS4 live mic allegedly overheard him raping teen girl

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What about successful suicides?

Interesting question, but since suicide isn't a crime in the US there was no need for the DOJ to track the recidivism statistics. Perhaps you should propose a study, I'm sure it's a near lock to get government funding.

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Re: Waiting for The Dail Mail et al...

Why wait? It's actually worse, so much worse.

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In 2014 the US. DOJ put out a recidivism study covering 30 states from 2005 to 2010 that showed sex offenders aren't any more likely than other groups to repeat offend within 5 years, the length of the study. In fact, the only two groups of offenders less likely to repeat offend were homicides and DUIs.

Study (PDF) here and there's handy tables on page 8 (Table 8) and page 9 (Tables 9 & 10) breaking it down somewhat.

Unfortunately table 10 doesn't break it out quite as far as it could but it seems that most of the recidivism arrests are "Public Order Offenses" which could simply be mean they missed the bus that takes them to their meeting with their parole officer.

What a meth: Woman held for 3 months after cops mistake candy floss for hard drugs

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Re: profilling

@DougS: It was Newsone and if you check their About Us page you'll see it starts with

NewsOne.com is your destination for news and information for and about Blacks in America.

@Trixr: The linked article has the dashcam video which at 0:34 shows both occupants and the vehicle with the open trunk in the background.

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Re: profilling

That's one odd profile.

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The moral of the story is don't ever help the police. The cops gave up any reasonable suspicion once they admitted the windows were fine so when they ask to search your car, because they're bored and want to go fishing, the correct response is "no". It's also best to follow it up with "am I free to go?"

LG: Fsck everything, we're doing 16 lenses in smartphones (probably)

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It does mention capturing moving images so perhaps phased array video photography. Whether it flies or not, it might just see like one.

Big Falcon Namechange for Musk's rocket: BFR becomes Starship

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Super Heavy is the rocket booster needed to escape Earth’s deep gravity well (not needed for other planets or moons)

Really, other planets? Why not just say Mars? Very Little Gravitas Indeed.

Trump in Spaaaaaaace: Washington DC battles over who gets to decide the rules of trillion-dollar new industry

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for once it's not between Democrats and Republicans, but over who gets to decide the policies for a new trillion-dollar market: The internet in space.

So it won't be dumbarse or dimwit, it will be some other fucktard which will undoubtedly screw it up. Huzzah!!!?

Hands up who isn't p!*$ed off about Amazon's new HQ in New York and Virginia?

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Re: Crony capitalists* are happy

Ah, I have the definitive word, it should be pwned bitches so says Amazon Cuomo.

I can't help but wonder how he gets the brown off his nose and whether Bezos gets tired of washing Cuomo's lipstick off his penis.

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Ah, I detect the unmistakable scent of cold hard truth in that statement. Actually it's very strong and quite overwhelming with just a hint of napalm.

Well done.

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Crony capitalists* are happy

Just to name a couple. There's Bill de Blasio and Andrew M. Cuomo who are as happy as a pair of eels screwing in a bucket of snot over the Amazon HQ2 (2-1/3, 2-7/16, sqrt(5)?) announcement.

*Maybe capitalists is the wrong word, money grubbing bureaucrats?

Facebook's CEO on his latest almighty Zuck-up: OK, we did try to smear critics, but I was too out-of-the-loop to know

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in an effort to deflect criticism over the Cambridge Analytica scandal... hired "a Republican opposition-research firm to discredit activist protesters..."

Marky, Mark, Mark, don't you know that two fuck-ups don't ever make a 'good-on-ya'?

Apologies to the real Marky Mark and the rest of the Wahlburgers.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge

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Re: Sounds about right

I wouldn't have one of those things in my house irregardless.

I think you mean "disirregardlessly".

Up to three million kids' GPS watches can be tracked by parents... and any miscreant: Flaws spill pick-and-choose catalog for perverts

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Shocking? More crap security on IoT (Internet of Tots) kit. Security, it's a word in the dictionary right before shite.

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges

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Focus @anonanonanon, focus! This was the cops who did the shooting. It wasn't a mass shooting and, albeit surprisingly, no puppies were harmed. There's no need for a non-sequitur so you can go off on a rant. I'm sure cops in your 'civilized world' have shot innocent people too although they might have been able to plant the required evidence to make it look like a "good shoot".

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Re: Guns vs Laws

@chivo243, while I agree with you, I fail to see where you're going. The only ones with guns was the police.

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Re: Hostage situations...

Let's put ourselves in the cop's shoes. If you have a hostage situation, why do you think the hostage taker is going to come out alone and in plain sight to see what's up? He's either the dumbest hostage taker in the world and has unwittingly just let the hostages go, he's a hostage who's been released, or he's totally clueless as to what you're talking about and likely can't hear or understand the vague and often contradictory commands being given.

This is about training, bad training. They're taught to neutralize the any potential threat and then ask questions - maybe, collateral damage be damned.

Samsung unveils next-generation 8nm Exynos silicon

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Re: Cryptos

It also probably had a lot to do with the high price of bitcoin earlier this year.

What's big, blue, and short on Intel? The supercomputer world's podium: USA tops Top500 with IBM Power9

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Re: It's in the list.

Agreed, it's quite toasty indeed but still remarkable since many others in the top tier do far worse. Tianhe-2A, ranked 4th, uses twice the power and only manages half the score and only three others in the top 20 managed over 10 TFlops/Watt with Japan's ABCI coming very close at 14.4 TF/W.

Hmm... I wonder what the mark has to be to make mining bitcoin profitable.

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That Summit machine is quite impressive as it also ranked 3rd on the Green 500 list turning out 14.7 GFlops/Watt. While it's a way behind the leader, Shoubu system B which turned in 17.6 GFlops/Watt, it's still quite a feat to pull off #1 overall and #3 in green especially when the Sierra machine ranked 6th on the green list at 12.7 GFlops/Watt.

As an aside, I really wish they wouldn't label the column GFlops/Watts as it potentially confuses the issue - how many watts?

GDPR USA? 'A year ago, hell no ... More people are open to it now' – House Rep says EU-like law may be mulled

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Re: Inquiring minds

I think I see the problem between the EU and US. I'm pretty sure it's the common letter that causes the confusion. Let's see if I can explain graphically.

EU-----US > EU---US > EU-US > EUUS > EUS!!!

See, it's really hard to determine where one ends and the other starts.

Granted, both do it with the entire world and in a much less direct way than Russia and China do with actual land grabs but the principle is the same.

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Re: Kudos to him

I believe it's called "reaching across the aisle". It also won't hurt his potential influence to be seen as someone willing to be an intermediary in such contentious times especially since his road trip with Beto.

P.S. I'd put money on him being a presidential candidates in the near future, 2024 perhaps.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype

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Re: Deals between certain mobile phone networks and certain video streaming companies

This does seem a bit shady and may be grounds for an anti-trust or racketeering investigation, perhaps both.

Dutch cops hope to cuff 'hundreds' of suspects after snatching server, snooping on 250,000+ encrypted chat texts

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Re: So

No, that was when the US learned that what goes around comes around and...

I get what you're saying which is that it was before, and that's fine. However you are mistaken to think that the US government has learned anything about things coming or going around.

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Re: So

At what point has it moved from protecting us to being used against us?

I believe it was 11 September 2001 if not before.

Bill Gates joined on stage by jar of poop as he confesses deep love for talking about toilets

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Does this mean he is founding a new Manure System?

Supreme Court raises eyebrows at Google's cozy $8.5m legal deal

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Re: The Bret thing

FFS, can the red and blue team faithful please take this shit somewhere else? And that includes you too Kieren!

Jeheebus H wholly muthafuckah this petty back and forth shit being injected at every forking opportunity is getting exhausting. Fuck, there's a reason both D and R teams are below 30% and shrinking. Now run along and go play in the street with your frenemies and let the remaining adults go on about our day.

AMD's shares get in a plane, take off and soar to 12,000 ft – then throw open the door, and fall into the cool rushing air

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Re: Looks like idiot machines

The thing is the GPU drop was quite predictable as it coincides with the current price of bitcoin and small miners being pushed out since the cost of electricity makes mining with GPUs unprofitable in many if not most locations.

Look back to mid August, AMD was about the same price as today and it rises to over 30 by mid September and has been dropping through October. Meanwhile BTC had just finished it's drop in mid August and has largely been flat ever since which means many non-ASIC miners are losing money on GPU based rigs.

It's pretty clear a bunch of analysts missed that even though it's much easier to buy a GPU today than it was six or nine months ago.

It only took Oz govt transformation bods 6 months and $700k to report that blockchain ain't worth the effort

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Re: In all fairness

Alexander also didn't slam the door tight and merely implied it was insufficiently mature and at this time there are better tools for the respective jobs. At least that's how I took the comment of "blockchain is an interesting technology that would be well worth being observed, but... for every use... today, there is a better technology".

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Re: Not the first piece of absurd preaching to come from the SQLite team

But that's true, threads are evil. I pulled one once and it seemed like the whole thing was going to unravel.

The one with the short left sleeve, thanks.

The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Re: The real challenge for Huawei

Historically the Chinese actually did quite well in the innovation arena. Granted they didn't keep up with the control freaks of the world and they wound up subjugated by one imperial power or another and ultimately got stuck with their own control freak in Mao. They're only really starting to try to fix that but Xi is still a control freak and hasn't grasped the concept that you can't command innovation.

Google Cloud chief joins Saudi shindig exodus over journalist's worrying disappearance

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Catch 45

It's like a catch 22. If he says nothing people will be complaining that he hasn't said anything about it and if he says anything it will probably sound dumb and people will complain about it like you did.

Your RSS is grass: Mozilla euthanizes feed reader, Atom code in Firefox browser, claims it's old and unloved

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I like the KISS aspect of RSS El Reg and that it doesn't succumb to the whims of the latest UI/UX fads like the main page does.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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It does have an odd choice of features since it does have GPS/GLONASS as well as accelerometer, gyro, and compass but apparently nothing to use them as I wouldn't call that screenshot a proper mapping app. Once it's tethered, does it send the data (NMEA?) to the device with the mapping software along the tether link or does that need a separate connection?

Either way given they're going for the minimalism vibe I'm surprised they didn't go with an e-paper display.

Facebook's new always-listening home appliance kit Portal doesn't do Facebook

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Re: "Facebook doesn't listen to, view, or keep the contents of your Portal video calls,"

Don't they have an analytics firm in Cambridge to do that sort of menial task?

Wi-Fi Alliance ditches 802.11 spec codes for consumer-friendly naming scheme

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Re: Let's Cook!

I always had lots of questions that nobody would ever answer. Can I get that with bacon? How about a bit of toast with jam on the side? Are coffee refills free? etc.

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