* Posts by strum

1134 posts • joined 17 Jun 2009


The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Dear fragile and wonderful academics...

>Using something to make money is a GOOD thing.

Always? Using a child? Using a police force? Using an army - to make money, a good thing?

No. There are limits. And there are controls and constraints that society has a right and duity to impose.

China doesn't need to nick western tech when Google is giving it away

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Re: Tariffs are a poor remedy for either issue

>Regardless of what one thinks about Trump, it is pretty obvious that manufacturing jobs have been leaving the US and going to China.

It's not nearly as obvious as you might think. The chief destroyer of US jobs hasn't been China - it's been automation in general.

Trade wars aren't going to 'bring back' those jobs. On the contrary, the high taxes are going to impinge even harder on US prices.

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess

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The Beano.

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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>what is the EU going to do

Perhaps point out that UK is a welcher - not a good look as we try to re-negotiate 700 trade deals.

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>The EU's action in seeking to "Punish" the UK...

...is entirely mythical. There hasn't been any interest in 'punishing the UK' - that's Daily Mail talk.

They've driven a tough bargain, sure - but why wouldn't they?

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Re: It'll be like decimalisation all over again, but spelt decimation due to a shortage of letters.

>We're a tiny little island with the 5th largest economy on the planet.

I think you'll find we've slipped down that scale somewhat. On some measures, India has a bigger economy than us.

Yes, we used to be number one - but that was when we could 'trade' behind a huge army & navy. I don't think our salesmen can get away with shooting the competition, these days.

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Re: Three weeks...

>And thats not hyperbole.

No - it's just a plain lie.

There was never any prospect of an 'EU Army', while the UK was a member. Now we're leaving - that could change.

Net neutrality is heading to the courts (again): So will the current rules stand or be overturned (again)?

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Re: Yes, this will happen

>according to the U.S. Constitution, it's CONGRESS that makes the laws

The great weakness of the US Constitution derives from the very thing left-pondians crow most about - the separation of powers.

The problem with separation of powers is that it also separates responsibility. One branch of govt can always blame another. And it can block any other branch that tries to push things forward.

Brexit: UK will be disconnected from EU databases after 2020

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

>Before Schengen i used to drive across Europe a lot. At the German border a huge customs post checking stamping stopping. On the Belgian side, a bored official waving yiou through.....

But that was before Security Theatre kicked in. It'll be more than their jobs worth to wave anyone through - especially a truck that could contain immigrants, explosive or....oranges.

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Re: Just build a wall down the middle of the Channel

>It did.

ROFL! Priceless delusional thinking.

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

>Well, the British people do:

The British people just wanted to give 'them people' a good kicking. They didn't have a clue where they were going (still don't).

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

>The EU exports more to the UK than the UK sells to the EU

UK exports to EU = 45% of our exports

EU exports to UK = 7% of their exports.

The liars keep 'forgetting' that.

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

>Unfortunately no brexiteer has been allowed near the leave process.

Except for Boris Johnson & David Davis & Dominic Raab - Brexiteers all.

The odd thing is that Brexiteers seem oblivious to how cynically they are being manipulated.

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Re: Ah, the UK gov

>And think about democracy as you do.

Don't just think about it - do it. Democracy isn't a one-time offer.

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Re: Guys, guys, Project Fear Mark 75 can be wound up now!

>What about democracy at an EU level?

An excellent question. Where is it?

Substantially more democratic than the UK.

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Re: @ John Brown (no body)

> But democracy relies on honourable people willing to pass power to the victor of the vote.

It also depends on the ability to change one's mind, before too damage is done.

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

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Re: radio waves

>Need a VERY big dish

We send a Von Neumann device, which builds a dish when it gets there...

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

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Re: about time

>Select members by random ballot.

...and get inexperienced politicians the lobbyists can run rings round, and who haven't a clue how to put together a broad-based network of interlinked policies.

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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Re: Wikileaks and Trump?

>Is it the ones peddling the Trump colluded with Wikileaks and Russia, for which we can show the following overwhelming proof ... >sound of crickets<

Erm. There is the evidence of Trump actually asking the Russians to hack the Dems, and Stone's boast about Podesta , swiftly followed by Wikileaks release of the the Podesta emails. That's pretty strong evidence, in any court.

YouTube supremo says vid-streaming-slash-piracy giant can't afford EU's copyright overhaul

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Re: So what?

>Search, play, enjoy, move on

I'm no fan of MPAA, but that attitude emphasises the problem - you do not value work that has taken a great deal of time and money to create. You treat a cellphone cat video the same as a $500m blockbuster movie - and vice versa.

Yo do not have a right to access anything and everything you want. Yes, the producers of commercial material don't make it easy to play by their rules - but they are their rules, not yours.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea

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Re: Quite.

>when the child comes to a conclusion you can ask them to explain why they think that is so.

"because it's blue..."

Your argument is wrong way round. If there's a logical, step-by-step rationale for a conclusion, it only requires a well-written, conventional algorithm to achieve it. Real intelligence (human or artificial) reaches conclusions without necessarily knowing how to get there (or find its way back).

Humans seldom reason their way towards conclusions; they reach conclusions and then rationalise the whys and wherefores.

US draft bill moots locking up execs who lie about privacy violations

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>The current position of the Republican party is SMALLER government

Not really. They just want to replace elected government with corporate government. That power doesn't just dissipate into thin air, if you take it away from 'da gummint'. It will be wielded by others, with no democratic restraint.

'Pure technical contributions aren’t enough'.... Intel commits to code of conduct for open-source projects

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Re: what.

>It's almost as if the last few decades of awareness of mental illness didn't happen.

Don't equate 'being a douchebag' with mental illness. A few douchebags may be suffering from mental illness, but most are just douchebags - while most sufferers of mental illness can be delightful.

Roscosmos: An assembly error doomed our Soyuz, but we promise it won't happen again

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>Truth was british car workers back in the day were short sighted, cretinous, lazy fools who would use strong arm tactics to get what they wanted no matter what the long term cost

I lived through the 70s, and recognise that propaganda from the right-wing press of the time. The real truth was that British management was crap - as we discovered when foreign management managed to produce decent cars - with British workers.

As Geoffrey Goodman later observed - you could always predict when there was going to be a wildcat strike; when the storage car parks filled up with unsold cars, some issue would be created, to annoy the workers enough to walk out (and allow some cars to be sold, to clear the storage parks).

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

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Re: @El Reg Your ANTIFA t-shirt is showing...

I assume you are wearing your pro-fascist T-shirt with pride?

Concerns over cops' crap computer kit: UK MPs call for cash, capacity, command

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From U. of Bradford evidence to HoC (http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/science-and-technology-committee/digital-government/written/90141.html):

" In material on “digital government” there is no recognition that the public sector exists as a result of administrative law that implements public policy, and most bodies exist to administer legislation objectively, consistently and fairly under the Rule of Law, and under NAO and parliamentary scrutiny — including “front line” ones like health and social services that apply entitlements. Commercial or technical terminology such as “deliver services”, “customers”, “end users”, “innovation” and so on has distorted the frame of reference, leading to wrong diagnoses of problems, inappropriate approaches to applying technology, and flawed research. For example, what are commonly called “services” are actually statutory processes with multiple stakeholders."

Policing isn't like anything else. Bringing commercial perspectives to it is like hiring a painter&decorator to paint your family portrait.

Memo to Mark Sedwill: Here's how to reboot government IT

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A lot of commentards seem to be missing one of the Professor's main points; that the nature of government isn't compatible with 'agile' or any similar rubric.

It isn't Amazon - it's much more complex, and it matters a lot more. If Amazon barfs, you might not get your LED lamp or your drone when you want it. If government (on-line) barfs, you could lose your job, your home, your citizenship, your freedom, your money to live on this week. These are statutory issues, not just business dealings.

Apple boss decries 'data industrial complex' while pocketing, er, billions to hook Google into iOS

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Re: He's mostly right

>exorcise anonymity

While I applaud your rational and thoughtful comment, this bit needs examination.

There are many territories where expressing an opinion, or reporting a crime, can be very dangerous indeed. There must be some route for anonymous expression. It need not be easy, or generally-available (think penet.fi, of old), but it does need to exist.

There's another layer, where a comment can be anonymous, but traceable (you may not know or care who 'strum' is, but Theregister does - and could identify me, if I did something naughty).

Finally, in an anon-free world, there would still be sockpuppets and fake posters; who is going to check each and every logon for a real person? It may be that the price paid is not worth the value extracted.

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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I wonder if they considered a choice between an <unknown pedestrian> and the occupants of the AI-driven car? E.g., if there's a bunch of pedestrians in the way, who can all be saved if the car drives off the cliff?

Mr Musk might struggle to sell a car that had the right answer to that dilemma.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do

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Re: The Least Forgotten Generation Ever

>The fact "no one forgets" will excuse all these things because EVERYONE will have something like that in their past.

I am embarrassed by the lack of anything particularly salacious from my youth.

Facebook names former Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg head of global affairs

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>The Lib Dems went into a coalition with the Tories, so voting Lib Dem turned out to be functionally indistinguishable from voting Tory.

That's a very stupid take on the history. The coalition was very different from any Tory govt.

European Commission: We've called off the lawyers over Ireland's late collection of Apple back taxes

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Re: Helping out a mate?

>How anyone can believe an organisation willing to threaten to turn us into a third-world nation

The UK has 'threatened to turn us into a 3rd world nation' - not the EU. We have chosen to set up barriers, they haven't.

NASA gently nudges sleeping space 'scopes Chandra, Hubble out of gyro-induced stupor

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Re: Trivial query


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Trivial query

When one of these super-scopes goes dark for a while, do the experiments scheduled for them lose their time - needing to re-apply for a later slot, or do all the schedules get shifted, so experiments pick up where they left off?

Pixel 3 XL reveals innards festooned with glue and... Samsung?

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Re: "replete with a hidden ribbon cable"

>It's the third definition in the link.

Read the example attached to your third definition. Stop digging.

Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: "Credible Threat"

>"credible threat… to the safety or security of a covered facility or asset."

"credible threat" isn't the key part of the clause. "the safety or security of a covered facility or asset" can easily include a drone investigating a corrupt police dept., a covert (potentially illegal) 'security' operation, a politician screwing his mistress...

UK pins 'reckless campaign of cyber attacks' on Russian military intelligence

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Re: I've no sympathy with the Putin dictatorship

>many hundreds of thousands killed in Western hobby wars (probably over 1m now).

I will join you in criticising Western involvement in Iraq/Afghanistan - but it's worth remembering that vast majority of casualties were Iraqi-on-Iraqi or Afghan-on-Afghan (with occasional help from foreign jihadis).

It always makes a better headline, if you can ramp up the numbers. But headlines aren't reality.

UK space comes to an 'understanding' with Australia as Brexit looms

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>we've had 3 votes now

We've had two - and it's one-each.

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Re: Tigra 07

> is slowly combining armies to achieve military dominion over members

Liar. Any military arrangements, within the EU were always subject to our veto. But, we will lose that veto - so they can do whatever the hell they want.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>There are over 180 other countries, but only 27 of them are in the EU.

And they're just over there - 22 miles away.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>we'll see you in court

HMG wouldn't stand a chance - largely because we wrote the rules we now want to break.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>The only people who have ever suggested that...

...were called Theresa May.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>[CETA] is better than anything the EU has offered to us

Blatantly false. The EU has offered "Canada-plus-plus". We just don't have the political leverage to accept it.

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Re: RE: Mooseman @codejunky

>Pretty much?

Yes, pretty much all of it. Only US and a few others are still tariffed. That's the trouble with hard-line Brexiteers - even facts won't shift them.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>We've had the referendum, we've had an election, both indicated a desire to leave, so we leave. It's the only democratic choice.

We had the referendum, in 1975, (after an election, when the referendum was promised), and we said Yes. (But a bunch of oligarchs decided they wanted out, and threw their barrels of ink at the problem.)

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>After we joined the EEC.

Bollocks. We joined in 1972, but we had been trying to join for a decade - because our economy was on a long slow slide - along with our dreams of Commonwealth.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>The UK can unilaterally decide not to enforce a border or implement our side as we wish. The EU has the same freedom their side.

I keep seeing this garbage from hardline headbangers. It's impossible. It's a madey-up answer to a question you can't answer. There is nowhere on the planet with such a one-sided border - because it can't work.

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>What is the point in having a referendum if you're then going to ignore the result?

What is the point of a referendum if some chancers are going to fabricate a pretend mandate to chop our own feet off?

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Re: RE: Mooseman

>The food bill should go down

More delusion. It takes years (decades, sometime) to negotiate the standards and protections essential for food trade. Currently, we don't have any such agreements in place. (It isn't just about tariffs.)


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