Re: Antarctic Bitbarn
It gets worse:
6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009
"... if you wanted to induce a self driving car to think an object was suddenly blocking the road to make it stop ..."
Just push a pram into the road, it would be easier than spoofing LIDAR returns. That would (should) work for human driven cars too.
Has anyone tried analysing their statements to see what their native language might be, based on the 'mangled grammar' of the English?
I realise that this can be faked of course (and probably is), but is it consistently incorrect and does it consistently match any other natural language grammar patterns?
Is it worth bothering to check?
"... changing the EM-1 mission, planned as an uncrewed jaunt into cislunar space between Earth and Luna, to instead carry human cargo around the moon."
So they wanted to change it from cislunar to translunar? I thought the Trump administration was very much against that sort of thing.
"Then, the system identifies the user with the feature values.”
"And the authors say it's privacy-protecting, ..."
Have they made sure it can deal with negative rotation values, for those people who pull too hard and then have to rewind it (or like Lae Ming above)? If not, then the software could have some kind of dump and an overflow problem so things could get wiped.
Here is a small extract from an article on Sunday:
"NHS Digital, which manages the health service cyber security, said fewer than 5% of devices within the health service still use the old system Windows XP."
Is that a reasonable figure or is it one of those special statements where they include things like stethoscopes, thermometers and blood pressure meters in the count of 'devices'?
Regarding patches and updates: The Independent has an interesting article:
I noticed the following:
"Speaking to Sky News, she said: “It is disappointing that they have been running Windows XP - I know that the Secretary of State for Health has instructed them not to and most have moved off it."
Also, get this:
"A former NHS trust chairman, Roy Lilley, told Sky News: “Over time, Microsoft has held us to ransom, and of course the NHS hasn't got the money to pay for it [...] "
Wow, just wow!
I thought there was an old legal principle that for a contract to exist, there had to be 'consideration'. This essentially means there has to have been some form of payment by one party that had been accepted or acknowledged by the other party. (The payment need not be money, it could be work done as part of the contract.)
When I download some GPL software, there has been no 'consideration' between myself and the rights-holder so I'm wondering how there can be a legally binding contract between us. There is of course my implied acceptance of the licensing terms of the GPL.
Is American law different as regards 'consideration'?
"... it also meant that the Trust’s telephone system is not able to accept incoming calls."
Is that because they use VoIP?
"My wife is a GP and their systems were just shut down ..."
Is there not local storage and caching for local patient data? Either it's not very resilient or this is a massive attack.
"... and other things that people have signed up to and don't just want blocked and binned, but also don't want flooding their inbox and making it hard to find regular emails."
That's what your 'crapmail' account is for. Don't people know they can have more than one email account (and more than one crapmail account)?
"The Data Protection Act clearly requires processing of data to take place in countries and using data processors that comply with EU Data Protection principles."
Is that one of those tyranical foreign impositions that will be swept away by the glorious Brexit? (That's a genuine question. The cynicism is just my natural state.)
"The first time the app tries to pop open an overlay, and SYSTEM_ALERT_WINDOW permission isn't granted, you'll be asked if you're OK with the intrusion. .....
.....Users wouldn't or didn't know how to enable access so the application wouldn't work properly."
Am I really that stupid?
"... preferred to send their own children downstairs ..."
They can move fast and low. With a short, sharpened iron bar they're ideally placed to break shins or stab delicate areas. If they get carried away and use lethal force then they can't be prosecuted (if they're young enough).
"Five years ago all this would have come as a nasty shock ..."
Ten years ago, I was asking why a very large site HVAC system was connected to the internet and I was told that it made it easier for the supplier to monitor it and issue corrective commands if anything went wrong. One of the supplier enginners told me that, "just for curiosity", he'd checked if he could still access a pumping station in Spain that he'd worked on a few years previously. He said that he could, from his own home, but that he'd logged out before testing if he could change its operating parameters.
The situation seemed to be normal then and is probably still regarded as normal among many 'cultures' now.
I've been running Stretch for a month now and I'm very happy with it. I recommend you try the RC netinstall installation. I do a manual update every week and that will merge me seamlessly into the official release when it happens. After running Mint for four years, the transition was painless. It doesn't have the hand-holding Software Manager but I don't need that anymore.
For about a year now, the GIMP 2.8 application in Debian and dependent distros, such as Ubuntu and Mint, has had a fault that causes it to freeze and lock up if you try to perform a cage transform. This is because the Debian people used the wrong version of the cegl library when they compiled the GIMP source code. This has been pointed out in various bug reports for some time.
I got around the problem by using the PPA of a main GIMP developer to install the 2.9 development version. A less easy way would have been for me to compile it myself using the correct library version. So, having a well known and respected distro is no guarentee that things will be looked after properly.
In case you're wondering, Debian 9 (Stretch RC) still has this problem with GIMP 2.8.
Also, for about a year, the Mint distro has had a faulty version of IDJC and I did have to compile a later version from source code so that I could have a working version. Debian 9 has the later correctly working version and this should eventually work its way into Ubuntu and Mint.
RSS-Owl simply will not normally work because the standard libraries have advanced while it has stood still. I know how to 'fake it' using symbolic links so I'm ok for now, until the standard libraries become totally unsuitable. A standalone version would be a nice thing to have.
It does bring security advantages due to the sandboxing - provided this is done well of course.
At the moment, I have a few applications that are stand-alone, either as executables in a directory of their own library resources or as an Appimage file. For whatever reason, I trust the providers and they haven't borked my computer yet or stolen my personal data (as far as I'm aware).
Reading the first link......
It works by converting the display to a black and white image and then filling the screen with one pixel at a time so it can monitor the state of the pixel from the light that leaks onto it from the display. This works, as noted, but in practice it would be very obvious that something strange was happening.
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