* Posts by Ivan 4

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Take that, gender pay gap! Atos to offshore hundreds of BBC roles

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Doubt it's the last I'll see of them before the build is complete.

If they do show up again get your camera and then go and take photos of the car and person, that generally has them moving.

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ALIS in Blunderland: Lockheed says F-35 Block 3F software to be done by year's end

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Simple answer. US marketing wonks talked to the MoD MBAs who thought it would be jolly good to spend more UK taxpayers money so they could have triples all round.

I very much doubt that any engineers, maintenance staff or pilots were involved in the decision

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Creepy tech tycoons Zuck and Musk clash over AI doomsday

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Follow the money...

... and you will find they both have some vested interest to cover.

The question to ask is how much money would Musk lose if someone other than one of his companies developed a real AI? This could well be the root of all his fears. Zuck, on the other hand, appears to understand that a real AI is not going to change his business in a way that would cost him money.

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Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook blow massive amounts lobbying Trump administration

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Re: But did it do any good?

You also need to consider that this in nothing new, they were doing it with the previous administrations as well. After all US politics is the best money can buy!

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You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

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I can't help smiling at all the buzzword and hype used to try and push software sales, DevOps is no different.

We have a couple of engineering manufacturing companies that had a major software update in 1996 and all we have done since then is replace the computer hardware ans cables as they succumb to the environments.

The machine tools have an estimated 50 years life before they need to consider replacements. The software driving those tools will last that long.

There is no need to change that software just for the sake of change, in fact doing so could be counter productive. The only real change in the office is that they have moved to laser printers and we designed new invoices for them.

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The eyes have IT: TSB to roll out iris-scanning tech for mobile banking

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Are they now going to give us all top of the range smartphones because not everyone has a phone with the necessary tech to do this, I know my €50 phone doesn't.

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.. ..-. / -.-- --- ..- / -.-. .- -. / .-. . .- -.. / - .... .. ... then a US Navy fondleslab just put you out of a job

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Where's El Reg's Naval Correspondent when you need him?

He got the push because he didn't follow the party line on CAGW.

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Re: Other than failing, what do the following have in common

Plenty of successful women CEOs in other industries, wtf happens when they enter IT?

The answer is simple - they are either MBAs or marketing wonks. Gender does not really enter into it other than there are not a lot of good female engineers that want top management positions.

Any tech company that replaces engineers on the board with MBAs and/or marketing wonks is headed in the down direction and, in this case, 'the bigger they are the harder they fall'.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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Re: Uh huh

Thank you for reminding us that in situations like this we should always 'follow the money', more-so when the person calling for the regulation is one that requires indirect government support to keep some of his companies afloat.

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US border cops search cloud accounts? Ha ha, nope, negative, no way, siree – Homeland Sec

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Re: Sighs

Isn't that what you are supposed to do?

Anything like that I take through customs/border only have the basic OS on them and the phone has only my home number. Any thing else I want can be picked up from our servers - even books for my e-reader.

As for going to the US I gave up on that 25 years ago after they messed me around at an airport - never again.

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Slower US F-35A purchases piles $27bn onto total fighter jet bill

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Re: Sea Gripen

We can't do that, the backhanders wouldn't be bug enough.

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Microsoft drops Office 365 for biz. Now it's just Microsoft 365. Word

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We said that was going to happen when win 10 was first foisted on to the unsuspecting public, After all how were they supposed to make money from a 'free' operating system?

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Boffins start work on data centre to analyse UK infrastructure

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Re: No need to spend £8 mil

If they are looking at energy that has already been done by http://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ but they won't look at that because it doesn't follow the agreed agenda of wasting money on unreliables.

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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Re: Maybe we should start by getting humans to obey the laws first

You must realise it was a vastly different world when those 'laws' were first produced.

The social and moral outlook of all social classes was so different that those 'laws' were logical. There were no professionally offended or SJWs for a start, likewise there was no 'me first' snowflakes.

In many ways I think we have gone backwards not forwards. At the time people were looking forward to what technology bring to make life easier for everyone. What have we got now compared to what might have been? As I said, backwards.

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Tick-tick... boom: Germany gives social media giants 24 hours to tear down hate speech

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Re: And is there an actual definition of hate speech attached to this bill?

I hope there is otherwise this becomes nothing more than a way of controlling the population is allowed to see. A typical STASI control technique, so it is to be expected.

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How to avoid getting hoodwinked by a DevOps hustler

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Re: If they’re a 'DevOps Expert', they probably aren’t

In other words it's a load of marketing wonk hype.

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Nations 'ethically obliged' to ensure public health data is up to scratch

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All helping to make the world government a reality - you will be a number that all those in power know everything about. See Agenda 21.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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Isn't it called Windows for Warships?

No, no. We were told years ago that was only a name .

What they are showing us is just to cover that fact up and keep the secret.

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Working in maintenance? Stop reading, we need you in the server room

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It appears to be impossible to instil the idea that regular maintenance will prolong the life of machinery, computers, roads or railways, and therefore will reduce costs long term.

There you see the MBA thinking which has taken over most board rooms. When they then add the marketing wonks is it ant wonder companies go downhill?

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

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I recall someone saying that there are lies, damn lies and statistics and anyone that relies on statistics is a fool.

In the real world t is better to rely on actual facts (numbers) rather than some guesswork based on assumptions that mat not be provable.

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F-Secure's Mikko Hypponen on IoT: If it uses electricity, it will go online

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Re: "We can't avoid the IoT revolution by refusing to play part."

@big-D,

It is amazing what a pair of side cutters and a sharp pointed scriber can do to help personal security.

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Costa Rica complains of US govt harassment over Pirate Bay domain

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Re: Correction

Ah! The best government money can buy.

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Oxford profs tell Twitter, Facebook to take action against political bots

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They were looking at computational propaganda, which is defined as the way algorithms, automation and human curation are used to purposefully distribute misinformation on social media networks.

Question, who defines misinformation? After all, one parties 'truth' is most probably another's 'misinformation' and vice versa. It all depends on your own political viewpoint.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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At this rate there will soon be no IBM worth talking about.

Unfortunately the rot started a long while ago when the MBAs and marketing wonks got control in the board room.

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Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

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Re: Only 1080 high?

Hear, hear.

+1000

Why is there a fixation on 1080 height, 1200 should be the minimum. Height wise more is better.

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Brit hacker admits he siphoned info from US military satellite network

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Re: Only a piffling $628,000?

I assume they are following the usual practice of moving the decimal point five places right to get the figure they publish.

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If you haven't already obliterated your Jaff-infected comp, there is an antidote available

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Re: Don't trust email.

I would add to that, set it show all headers as well.

Better still NO WEBMAIL ever.

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

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Can't help wondering how big a hit the BREIN account took when they bought this ruling, or maybe better by how much did the judges accounts expand.

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Small carriers aren't showing up to IPv6 standards chats, consultant warns

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Re: There are fundamental technical reasons for it

Hear, hear.

+1000

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Five Eyes nations stare menacingly at tech biz and its encryption

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Maybe we should all use the same encryption that the governments use. Then when they put a backdoor in it we can all check up on what they are doing.

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Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

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Re: Re Ivan 4

Hence two computers. We should get the same results from each, if we don't then the warning flags are flown.

I will say that there are other checks that we don't talk about for obvious security reasons.

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Re: Re Ivan 4

Ah, someone that understands equipment and site security.

Yes, we are aware the 'programming panel' is usually a windows PC in disguise - we have converted those we are responsible for to Linux, but even then they are never removed from the equipment lan on pain of instant dismissal. any updates are done by unlocking the access cover (two keys again required) to the active USB port and using a thumb drive that has been checked on two stand alone computers (not connected to anything but the mains and that filtered with a 50hz notch filter.

We do take security very seriously and get paid for it because in the end if anything goes wrong we are responsible.

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Re: Re Ivan 4

Have you read and absorbed ANY analysis or commentary on Stuxnet and successors?

Yes I have. The question is do you have any knowledge of standard equipment security?

I also know about 'sneakernet', hence my comment about keeping certain people away from the equipment. In the factories where my company has IT over-site it is impossible for anyone unauthorised to plug anything into the control system computers (USB ports either disconnected or filled with epoxy, no CD/DVD drive, no floppy drives) and to get at them requires two people with keys to unlock the door and the security person goes with you no matter what.

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Assuming this is spread via the internet the the big question is 'why are these controllers connected to the internet'?

One would think that by now the company security people would be demanding dedicated secure lines to all substations and all marketing wonks and non techies being kept away from the control units.

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Forcing digital forensics to obey 'one size fits all' crime lab standard is 'stupid and expensive'

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Re: Technical competence

He's not a lone academic - his views are representative of many analysts in our field.

All that says is that there a lot of people that most probably won't meet the required standard for technical excellence in the legal field.

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Re: Technical competence

but it would certainly drive small companies and the "lone academic" out of the industry.

Maybe that is why a 'lone academic' is making such a noise about it. Such people should get out into the real world and see how people live before mouthing off.

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Kremlin hackers' new target: Montenegro

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FireEye, the company that always sees reds under the bed without looking. Anyone would think they have a contract to stir the sh*t to keep the weapon manufacturers in business especially when one of them has over priced non working fighter jets for sale.

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Cuffed: Govt contractor 'used work PC to leak' evidence of Russia's US election hacking

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it is quite interesting HOW did NSA get their mitts on the information

It was/is all in the Clinton mind, how else could the old bat lose.

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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He didn't go far enough. He should have pulled the US out of the UNFCCC, that would have killed the Paris Agreement leaving requirements dead. It would also have killed the scam of calling an essential plant food a pollutant and forcing normal people to pay for it ('green' taxes to stop the very thing that makes the world green).

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Re: Trumpy the clown

worldwide coastal flooding will be fine as well.

What worldwide coastal flooding? With the seas rising at something like less than 1mm a year it's going to be a ling time before the coasts get flooded. Remember that if floating ice melts the water level doesn't rise and both the arctic and Antarctic are increasing ice extent at the moment.

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Re: Trumpy the clown

Or are you smarter than the excellent engineers and scientists at companies such as Shell, who accept climate change?

Like all big conglomerates Shell and its employees are only in it for the money. Just stop and think, if people reduce their using of the Shell fossil fuel products where does the companies bottom line go, therefore they hedge their bets and hop on the climate change band wagon scam.

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Re: Fingers in ears?

Why should he listen to those that want to rob the country of billions just to line their pockets, Musk with very expensive batteries that might give power for a couple of hours if the mains goes down because there is no reliable generators running, for instance.

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Elon to dump Trump over climate bump

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Re: Whack-a do lobby

@Tom Paine

I see your very biased

www.realclimate.org/

and raise you

http://www.bishop-hill.net/

http://joannenova.com.au/

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Re: Surprised?

Only problem with the xkcd 'graph' is that it is based on junk science data that tries to cool the past, medieval warm period went missing, data and un-validated computer models that are biased to warm the future.

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Re: Surprised?

from things like the scientific process and consensus,

Real science never advances by consensus, it takes real work and understanding.

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Re: Technological welfare queen

Fossil fuels are subsidized to the tune of several hundred billion-

Wrong, you are confusing reduction of tax with payment for nothing. This straw-man gets used every time someone points out just how expensive the unreliable renewable energy con is.

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

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Security

I note the article gives a passing mention to security but dodges any actual information on how lax the security really is - non of these things have good security and with what this is supposed to do security should be the prime information point.

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Europe to splash €120m on free WiFi for ~8,000 villages and cities

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Re: Backhaul?

@Charlie Clark

Backhaul out in the countryside in countries like France is a big problem.

My village (Pop 850) is just over 5km from a telephone exchange and linked to that exchange with copper of dubious age that is reasonable most of the time (1.5 M ADSL) but can be rather problematic when it rains.

Now, if they connected us to the fibre trunk that is 2km away and provided fibre cabinet it would be a very different story.

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Juno's first data causing boffins to rewrite the text books on Jupiter

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a complex atmosphere that is going to take years to understand

Since they don't understand earth's atmosphere yet I would change the 'years' to decades because that would be nearer the mark.

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Google wants to track your phone and credit card through meatspace

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Short answer is yes. Lots of people, almost certainly including you.

Adam, don't be so sure about the OP buying anything on the strength of a web ad. The Op, like several of us, may have all adds blocked on websites and, if they are like me, only go looking for something that I specifically want.

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