* Posts by strum

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Facebook puts 1.5bn users on a boat from Ireland to California

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Re: Farcebook

>is nothing more than a "fad".

Don't kid yourself. Previous internet enterprises may have been passing fads, but that doesn't mean that FB will fade out.

A combination of timing and scale means that FB will be in position to beat off any challenge (copy key functions or simply acquire the company). It may also be big enough to buy politicians, to avert any legislation it doesn't like.

A lot of people thought the telephone was a fad. TV, too. And the WWW, I seem to remember.

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BBC extends Capita Audience Services contract to 25 years

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Re: Interested to know

>The Beeb seems to think it can do what it likes with public money

Here's the thing you need to grasp; it isn't public money. It's the Beeb's. We've handed it over, and it's theirs. We can no more expect to scrutinise their expenditure than we can that of Sainsburys or Openreach.

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Jeff Bezos purple prose reveals Amazon Prime's passed 100m customers

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Re: 99m, 999 thousand, 999 now

I don't do Prime - because I never really need anything that quickly.

Indeed, it seems to disrupt the natural cycle of things; two days before I start hoping it will arrive, ten days before I start complaining that it hasn't, three weeks before I give up.

If something turns up, hours after I ordered it, it seems a little pushy, y'know?

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Cambridge Analytica's ex-CEO decides not to front UK Parliamentary Committee again

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Re: This:

>Err no it doesn't - Tony Blair is still a free man.

Because, despite six enquiries, no-one has ever unearthed any evidence he lied.

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Re: "There is no legal reason for him to appear."

>I'd love to know when this golden age of honest politicians was. Back before the Romans invaded, one assumes.

You mean, you haven't heard about the comings and goings at the court of King Caractacus!?!

Actually, I quite agree, This kneejerk dismissal of politicians, as a class, is as daft as kneejerk adulation of politicians we happen to like.

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Google, AWS IPs blocked by Russia in Telegram crackdown

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Re: MInor Correction

>There are more backdoors and holes in UK surveillance legislation than in a good piece of Swiss cheese.

Indeed - and UK law/constitution has always allowed HMG a great deal more latitude than was strictly necessary or healthy.

We've always relied on the assumption that all the people involved (MPs, judges, civil servants, spooks) were decent chaps, who wouldn't do 'that sort of thing'. We even hear ministers recoil when the potential consequences of legislation are pointed out; '...but we would never dream of using these powers that way!'.

And they never do dream of doing it - until they've done it, and point out that the law is on their side, so they're going to keep on doing it - but only against the really bad guys. Honest.

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NHS Digital execs showed 'little regard' for patient ethics by signing data deal

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Re: Agree

>(i.e. if you move house into a new area, you do actually need to show some form of ID when you register or attend clinic for the first time.

Bollocks.

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Facebook scandal: EU politicians should aim for straight answers, not star witnesses

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The question that isn't being asked is - why is a coder CEO of such a large and influential corporation?

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While Zuck squirmed, Reddit revealed it found and killed 944 Russian troll factory accounts

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Re: A little bit too late to matter

>not provable

Very little in international affairs is 'provable'. Everybody tries to conceal, obfuscate or misdirect, and state players are very unlikely to leave 'provable' evidence.

We must fall back on 'likely' or 'consistent with general behaviour' or similar.

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Get ready for the Internet of Battle Things, warns US Army AI boffin

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One word: batteries (and I don't mean the artillery kind).

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Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Re: Diamond and Silk

>ANTIFA

You do realise that anyone using 'anti-fascist' as a pejorative, is confirming that they are 'pro-fascist'? It's not as if anyone can be even-handed about it.

It's pretty much the same thing as the McCarthy era's 'premature antifascist' dog-whistle.

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All the king's horses and all the king's men could probably put Huawei's P20 Pro together again

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Re: Comparative reviews

>Speaking for myself, I don't want the Reg filled with hundreds of reviews of (mostly) dull, me-too handsets with forgettable names.

Neither do I, but the suggestion was for an annual, comparative roundup of all the contenders - which I would welcome.

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How life started on Earth: Sulfur dioxide builds up, volcanoes blow, job done – boffins

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Re: EU's metrification?

>Need a standard, 8-foot, 2 by 4 (two inches by for inches) stud? What would you be asking for in metric units?

You might ask for it in imperial - but what you'll get is metric (2.4m x 100mm x 50mm).

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An easy-breezy attitude to sharing personal data is the only thing keeping the app economy alive

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You mean - someone is interested in little me?

Let's face it - a huge proportion of this 'social' activity is a response to individuals' lack of self-worth - a way of blaring 'Here I am' to the world (without having to raise one's voice - which would be scary).

The notion that such an individual's data has a value may be afirming to them, rather than frightening.

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Facebook can’t count, says Cambridge Analytica

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>Hit the 30 million with targeted ads. Say 10 million take the bait and like or share it with all their friends.

It doesn't take nearly that many.

Hit half a dozen people with the same factoid, and it can become 'true' for them and all their like-minded acquaintances.

Hit a few thousand of those 'half dozens' and you've got a polling swing.

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Spring is all about new beginnings, but it could already be lights out for Windows' Fluent Design

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Re: Still Not Getting It

>It's pretty straightforward -- MS executives think that THEY JUST KNOW BETTER THAN EVERYONE ELSE.

This. Even though they abandon the previous five versions of 'Microsoft Knows Best'.

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2001 set the standard for the next 50 years of hard (and some soft) sci-fi

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Re: Silent Running...

>I'm still waiting for "Rendezvous with Rama" to hit the big screen

It would have to be in three parts.

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How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters

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Re: Actual stereotypes versus desired sterotypes

>SJWs

A term only ever used by social injustice warriors.

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Billion-dollar investor tells Facebook: Just Zuck off, already!

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Threatening democracy? Meh.

Threatening shareholder value? Outrage!

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'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Re: Doesn't seem to understand how voting works

>I give you Italy

Grazie.

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>Proponents argue that ID is a requirement for collecting packages or renting cars

But collecting a package or a rental car isn't a right. Voting is.

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UK.gov told: Scrap immigration exemption from Data Protection Bill or we'll see you in court

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Re: This isn't about Brexit

>The people voted to restore democracy

We're losing genuine democratic representation, and being lumbered with UK's broken politics. Well done!

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Hypersonic nukes! Nuclear-powered drone subs! Putin unwraps his new (propaganda) toys

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Re: Little reactors?

>all those Russian military scientists and engineers.

We haven't heard from them. We've heard from a politician.

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UK's Dyson to vacuum up 300 staffers for its electric car division

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Re: Dyson ain't quite wot it used-er to be

> It means to leave the EU.

It doesn't mean leaving EEA, or EFTA or any sensible arrangement of like-minded peoples.

It certainly doesn't mean drifting off into the Atlantic, next to Rockall.

Those who pretend that 'leaving the EU' is a simple concept, are themselves beyond simple.

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Ethics? Yeah, that's great, but do they scale?

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Re: How lovely. Where's protection for IT folk in this wonderful world?

>clue : they can't

They can, if they've got the law behind them.

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Re: Whose ethics, Kemosabe?

>Everyones ethics are different

That's why we have governments (and 'everyone's ethics' aren't that different). Governments legislate on ethical transactions, all the time.

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Re: Whose ethics, Kemosabe?

> I get my dividend regularly, and if I don't I'm fairly certain that I (and the rest of the shareholders) will have something to say about it.

And if this company is fined megamillions, because their ethical defences were tatty? Are you still going to demand unethical behaviour?

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Re: Hmm

>This is why we have a market system

Which fails, miserably, to address ethical issues. Your entire posting smacks of 'don't look here, look over there!'

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Ah, uni days! Drugs, sex, parties... sci-tech startups? Not so much

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Re: "poor return for taxpayers"

>Utter bollocks. Universities don't exist to create companies, they exist to teach and to engage in research.

Hallelulah!

If companies can't be bothered to do R&D, don't expect Unis to do it for them.

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Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!

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Mum's voice

"Sidney! Don't do that"

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Robert Mueller is a neo-Mccarthyist

>that premise has actually been debunked by none other than the VP of Facebook.

For which he quickly apologised.

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I'm no big fan of Google or Youtube, but does seem a bit rich to blame them for a bunch of arseholes gaming their system. Can anyone imagine a system that couldn't be gamed?

And, of course, the moment the Big G managed to scrunch these arseholes, there'd be hell to pay - from fellow-travelers complaining about censorship. Can't win.

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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Re: Hydrogen is a terrible

>Anyone who thinks that CO2 causes global warming

...is someone who actually knows what they're talking about - not some diogy geezer on the internet.

It's extraordinary how desperate some people are that renewables can't possibly (be allowed to) work.

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

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Re: Excellent.

>if we just had an honest monetary / banking system

You couldn't afford an honest monetary / banking system - even if you knew whaqt such a thing looked like.

There's a great deal wrong with money, as it is, but it isn't going away, and you can always choose to try and live without it.

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

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Re: So...

>Given that NASA is by now famous for fiddling the raw data on global temperatures to support their favourite thesis of 'Climate Change'

That isn't fake news. It's a lie.

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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Re: @ Halcin

>Wow that was quick and easy

Yeah, it's really easy when you don't bother thinking.

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>Just as we have no say on the standards on the stuff we export to the US or China or any other trading block.

Difference is, we have never had any say in those standards. We are surrendering our say in the standards of the world's biggest market.

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Re: @ iron

>Businesses trading in the world must meet the requirements of the countries they trade with, EU or not

I keep seeing this garbage.

No business only does business with one other business. There are chains of commerce, sometimes involving dozens of businesses, often crossing many frontiers. None of them can drop their standards below the highest level encountered.

Brexit isn't a get-out clause for that, it's a locked-in-without-representaion clause.

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PM urged to protect data flows post-Brexit ahead of Munich speech

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Re: Be carful what you ask for.

>Just make no mistake that it is the EU who are doing this.

The delusion continues; the UK is leaving the EU, not the other way round. The UK has to adapt to deal with the consequences; the EU doesn't.

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BBC presenter loses appeal, must pay £420k in IR35 crackdown

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The Register knee-jerk is pulling its pelvis apart. "BBC" - bugger them! "IR35" - poor dear!

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Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

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Re: To Arms My Brothers

>Each new technology will replace some jobs, causing a moral panic, but will ultimately create more jobs than it replaces.

Hardly ever do those who lose jobs to new tech, get the new jobs.

And past performance is no guarantee of future performance. The wealth-hoarding classes have decided that people are too expensive; robots do as they're told (mostly) and don't need paying (mostly). No-one is going to create new industries that need people.

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"Rapacious"? Really? It's one of the most efficient city transport systems in the world.

Assigning a ton of metal & glass - and about 6 sq m of (stationary) space and about 10 times that, moving - is a horribly inefficient use of city resources.

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Re: A lot of 'hot air'

>LEss cars means more people on public transport.

Fewer people on public transport means fewer people in the city.

Cars - driven or driverless - can't service London's daytime population of 15M, without bulldozing the very buildings they were going to work in.

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Tech giants' payouts go to everyone but affected citizens. US Supremes now urged to sort it out

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Re: Would it be more palatable (debateable)

>a slice of lawyer

Bad taste. Even with ketchup.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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Re: Hmm

>Not the 100bn euro demand that was laughed out of the room?

What 100Bn would that be? The one invented by the Daily Fail? Or the one invented by The SUN?

Because no such demand was ever made by any EU body.

>You mean the EU demand for a hard border isnt gonna be met?

What demand would that be? - since the EU have made it abundantly and repeatedly clear that they don't want a hard border there.

I think it's safer to conclude that you don't know what you're talking about (or are blatantly lying about it).

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>Yes, they ran. They worked.

They ran - like treacle. And they worked when the wind was in the right direction - and this was when the volume of passengers/goods was a fraction of what it is now.

Not only will we have customs barriers for a car - we'll have customs barriers for the 3,000 bits it now takes to build a car - and that's before we start to account for actual tariffs.

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Re: But it will be worth it

>I don't see why we should expect Brexit to be different.

Because EU members no longer have to wake up having to be civil to the Brits, as they have always arranged before. This time, when we whine about the deal, they can tell us to fuck off.

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Don't worry, it'll be all Reich! Googler saves Grammarly nazis from hacker invasion

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And the first advert shown in this item was for...Grammerly.

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South Wales cops crow about facial recognition arrests on social media

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> a spokesperson said they wouldn't be able to make our deadline

We can wait.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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Re: Excellent news

>The US doesn't need to provide evidence under the current extradition treaty

The US don't need to supply evidence for an extradiction - but they do have to deliver evidence for a trial, which is the next stage.

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