* Posts by frank ly

6112 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Doomed Chinese space lab Tiangong-1 crashes into watery Pacific grave

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re. The radar picture

Does that picture represent the best capabilities of the JFSCC radar system or have they degraded it for security reasons? (I'm not expecting a reply from any JFSCC staff.)

Wanna work for El Reg? Developers needed for headline-writing AI bots

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I don't have any experience ....

... but I am a fool. Do I get the job?

Magic Leap ships headsets at last, but you'll need a safe

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The eye of the beholder

"... it is possible to bring whatever is being looked at into focus and blur everything else. .... since this is how our eyes actually work."

To actively blur 'everything else' would require additional processing. In the eye, anything away from the central FOV has lower resolution and colour depth (to a surprising extent). So, what they'd probably do is devote less processing power and resolution to the image in the region outside the central FOV. Any pixelation or loss of colour fidelity would be even less noticeable when the image is moving.

Can I take it out of the safe now?

Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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What about the El Reg commentardiat?

Does that count as a social media account? (Or is it a subversive organisation?)

The Register Opera Company presents: The Pirates of Penzance, Sysadmin edition

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That was good

A virtual pint to Patrick.

What would be good now is a song about someone in high office who's been appointed beyond their level of competence, ability, experience and suitability. Is there anybody who fits that description?

Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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read the fine print

"... without submitting the dispute to any extrajudicial settlement of conflicts."

What about a judicial settlement? Probably expensive, I know.

Boffins stalk house-hunting bees, find colony behaves kind of like a human brain

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Unreported fact

Towards the end of the simulated runs, after being presented with many conficting choices and changes of parameters, the 'bee colony' suddenly stopped looking for new nest sites and built an extension onto their existing nest.

Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

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Re: Rule Britannia!

Talking to yourself again?

Cash-machine-draining €1bn cybercrime kingpin suspect cuffed by plod

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I'm living my life wrong

"... prepaid cards linked to online alt-coin wallets were used to buy flash motors and nice houses, ..."

When I tried to transfer £200 to my prepaid card that I've had for two years, my bank stopped the transaction because they suspected fraud and left me a voice message to tell me to contact them.

Criminals seem to have all sorts of convenient financial facilities available to them.

India: Yeah, we would like to 3D-print igloos on the Moon

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Re: What to use as a binder?

"... what to do about soiled astropants; ..."

I'm not sure about where my mind is going but it might work.

Reg writer wins quite prestigious journalism prism

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re. ... journalism prism

Is it a proper optical glass prism or is it an artistic representation of a prism?

Either way, I'm sure he'll be proud to display it in his home or his office.

Tiangong-1 re-entry window shrinks: Duck from March 30 to April 3

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"The station's rotation will affect the weather?"

If a space station flaps its solar panels in the upper atmosphere, then ....... oh, wait.

AI software that can reproduce like a living thing? Yup, boffins have only gone and done it

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Re: "A version of Microsoft Office..actively tries to kill you .......

How about:

The Geneva traffic control AI cross breeds with the CERN LHC control AI. Then the offspring deliberately causes cars to crash at high speed in an attempt to understand the fundamental properties of 'The Traffic'.

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I'll be impressed ....

.... when they cross breed with other software; in the wild!

Imagine the possible consequences?

Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

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If you wait, 'romance' may come.

"With a crushing lack of romance, scientists named the planets b, c, d, e, f, g and h."

That's the standard astronomical convention for naming stellar/planetary systems. The parent star is 'a'. (It gets more complicated for a binary star.)

If they become significant, due to us going there, or 'someone' coming from there, they might get a more interesting name.

No, Sierra Leone did not just run the world's first 'blockchain election'

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re. " ... blockheads ..."

Nice one.

Here is how Google handles Right To Be Forgotten requests

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"the adoption and use of prescriptive rules ..."

Also known as laws. (Which are often badly thought out and written anyway.)

"... seeking to suppress search results for illegitimate reasons."

That's why we need a Google 'legal specialist' (who is not by training, a lawyer) to run the process for making the decisions.

It's a mess but what can you expect?

Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

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G Suite in a box?

Could Google provide G suite servers 'in a box' and Airbus have it's own on premises localised cloud storage? For a large company with many 'seats', this might work if they are sure that G Suite provides compelling advantages over the Microsoft offerings.

Goggle would not be selling G Suite software, just allowing the relocation of an image of it to suit a major customer with no deep level access by the customer.

Taxpayers chuck burnt-out Bongs* millions of pounds to 'decelerate'

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It's called the The Trampery for a good reason.

Fun fact of the day: Voice recognition tech is naturally sexist

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Re: females generally have higher pitched voices

"So saying female voice is quieter or masked voice by fan or traffic not a good excuse for the lack of training on the AI with female voices."

It's not a good excuse for lack of training with female voices, as opposed to male voices, which is one problem with the training on data sets. However, if external noise due to traffic and domestic/office noise is in the same frequency range as the female voice, or if the female voice is generally quieter, then the S/N ratio will be lower at the recorded source.

In this situation, you can't improve things by turning the volume up. If you ran some fancy noise reduction process over it then the male voice recordings would be improved as well and so the male recordings would still have a better S/N ratio than the female recordings.

Dolby sues Adobe for dodging license fees

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Re: Who's the pirate?

Quite right. These fine corporations are privateers.

Transport for New South Wales told to stop tracking oldies, students

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How surprising

"In an internal review related in the decision, TfNSW gave itself the all-clear, claiming there was no breach of the state's Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act."

My internal reviews always give me the all-clear.

Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

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"When he had connected his phone to the car earlier, it had crawled his entire address book and email list, taken a copy of SMS messages and logged his most visited locations in the last month ..."

Would this be legal in Europe, with GPDR coming in? Why do they do this anyway?

NHS Digital to probe live-stream spillage of confidential patient info – after El Reg tipoff

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Same old trough

"Yesterday, the Health Service Journal revealed that two online private health providers have been dropped from NHS app library because NHS England decided it is no longer appropriate to promote non-NHS services."

Why was it considered 'appropriate' in the first place?

Would anyone here be surprised if those private providers were owned by friends or relatives of senior politicians or civil servants?

Does Parliament or Google decide when your criminal past is forgotten?

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Re: I'm with Google here...

According to http://hub.unlock.org.uk/knowledgebase/a-simple-guide-to-the-roa/

"The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 gives people with spent convictions and cautions the right not to disclose them when applying for most jobs, and buying insurance."

It doesn't indicate that a potential employer can't turn you down on the basis of a previous conviction they read about in an old newspaper or via a Google search.

That's not the same as your post:

"... that there are circumstances in which certain offences can't be considered ... on a job application ten years later."

I think it would be relevant if you get a job and then your employer later finds out about a spent conviction and decides to dismiss you because of that. e.g. you have a job as an accounts clerk and the managing director finds out about your 10 year old weed possession conviction and sacks you.

Jupiter has the craziest storms seen yet, say boffins

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Appropriate sub-heading

There are nine circles there, so it's apt.

ESA builds air-breathing engine that works in space

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Re: Accelerating the wrong way ?

I'm sure that represents acceleration of the gathered propellant gas. Issac Newton will take care of the rest.

Fancy sitting in a Level 4 driverless car roaming London? Get in line

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Re: Can we have them

"In practice a level 4 vehicle is capable of handling "most" road scenarios it may encounter, though retains the capability to throw control back at the human if it can't cope."

Are you sure?

Apple's new 'spaceship' HQ brings the pane for unobservant workers

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Just wondering

Is this very expensive glass that is super-smooth and very transparent and always very clean? I ask because I seem to have no difficulty seeing and recognising glass when I encounter it.

'Quantum supremacy will soon be ours!', says Google as it reveals 72-qubit quantum chip

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Re: @Dave 126What's the application?


"The quantum circuits used for this algorithm are custom designed for each choice of N and each choice of the random a used ..."

So, custom hardware or perhaps something similar to a PGA (Programmable Gata Array) if they can incorporate the reconfiguration elements/switches?

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@Dave 126Re: What's the application?

"Some quantum computers could calculate all possible paths *simultaneously*. "

How are they programmed for that? Where is the database of cities and routes stored and in what form? How do you change the programming to make it crack an encrypted message or solve a crossword puzzle?

These are the questions I've always asked and nobody ever seems to be able to answer them.

Now Europe's largest trade union squeezes Euro Patent Office's pips

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He's still there!

It's like trying to get rid of a stubborn stain. I doubt if he'll pay much attention to them or anybody.

Google powers up latest app it'll cancel in two years: Hangouts Chat

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Re: "Hangouts chat"

It's Ali-G-Suite and the Mountain View Massive!

Fender's 'smart' guitar amp has no Bluetooth pairing controls

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Re: Yes, but does anyone *need* a solar powered whoopee cushion ?

Perhaps if the sun shines out of ......

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"... presets that mimic famous guitarists' signature sounds."

I thought that was due to how you play it and fret the strings. (I've tried but I have two left hands.)

IPv6 and 5G will make life hell for spooks and cops say Australia's spooks and cops

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Some encryption, good; ...

“There's no intention that we have … to undermine legitimate encryption,”

But anybody who uses 'bad encryption' had better watch out. We'll decide which is which.

Stunning infosec tips from Uncle Sam, furries exposed, Chase bank web leak, and more

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Re: El Reg published, "...shit down."

Maybe that was fixed but the mice are still thinking about putting a bell around the bat's neck.

I prefer that spelling mistakes are left in because they're often funny.

We all hate Word docs and PDFs, but have they ever led you to being hit with 32 indictments?

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The wisdom of crowds can be interesting. (It's about grammar, please ignore the surreal spelling mistake.)


Vatican sets up dedicated exorcism training course

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... "spiritual disorders" caused by "supernatural forces".

Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy

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Oh, how the world changes

"... US sanctions designed to punish its government for weakening democratic institutions."

Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

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Perhaps it's working as intended

"... 720p video and two-way audio in real-time ..."

"... China's National Computer Network Emergency Response Team were also contacted, looked at the problems, and decided not to publish an advisory of its own."

Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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An opportunity?

Is it still early enough to make a good profit out of mining Monero? (I realise that the website owners won't be spending the electricity but they will have admin costs.) I was wondering about it from a personal cost viewpoint.

I remember reading that the cost of doing the work to mine Bitcoins will soon be prohibitive, because of the way the blockchain encryption calculations 'grow'?

A game to 'vaccinate' people against fake news? Umm... Fake news

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DIY version

You can do this 'vaccination' thing for yourself at home. At least twice a day, you need to use the internet to watch an Isis/Daesh propaganda video or read an extreme right wing loony/racist website. After a few weeks of that you'll notice a change in your life.

Hot NAND: Samsung wheels out 30TB SSD monster

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Re: Blast radius?

It's a Godzilla reference.

UK.gov calls on the Big Man – GOD – to boost rural broadband

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A crucifix

Does it have a useful or interesting radiation pattern?

Australia's new insta-pay scheme has insta-lookup of any user's phone number

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Re: Stupid

Yes but is the intended recipient's registered name James, Jim or Jimmy? (Maybe the donor could ask them, via a phone call.)

HomePod, you say? Sex sex sex, that's all you think about

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Ahh, wood jokes :)

I've been a keen hobbyist woodworker for years and it never gets old.

Three in hospital after NSA cops open fire on campus ram-raid SUV

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Why oh ....

"We have no reason to believe that there's any nexus at all to terrorism ..."

... why, can't they just say 'connection'?

South China waters are red, Brit warships are blue, HMS Sutherland's sailing there

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It means no mooning at passing ships.

Shock horror! Telegram messaging app proves insecure yet again!

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Is there anything that is secure anymore?

Maybe there never was.

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