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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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It'll be better in the future

Stardate 11143.3 is much easier to understand

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DeepMind Health told to explain business model, relationship to Google

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De-personalised

They have access to health records and search records*, how hard is it going to be to link the two and have a reasonable success rate at joining health records and people, their entire business is based on linking things.

* And email, and blogging, and video searches etc. etc.

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UK digital secretary throws cold water over bid for laws on kids' use of social media

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@wolfetone "The sexualisation of children in the UK especially has run unabated for decades now ... Everyone from the BBC..."

The BBC and their sweeping under the carpet of the sexual abuse of children (for the good of the institution) has sexualised many more young people than we will ever know. Same goes for the NHS, public schools, the churches and the government.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Ads?

I love the adverts on El Reg, if only these bloody articles didn't keep getting in the way when I try to click through to the advertiser.

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Watchdog slams TSB boss for underplaying extent of IT meltdown

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Re: You ain't seen nothing yet...

Did they start with the Mexican drug cartels or the rogue nations? It's so hard to keep up with HSBC these days.

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DIYers rejoice: Hitting stuff to make it work even works in space

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Boffin

As we make the pathways for electrons smaller it becomes ever more likely they will get jammed so bashing the system will clearly be the most effective fix going forward.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Nothing to see here...

Joking aside, I'm sure these types of issues have all been worked out before any government would even consider mandating the installation of 'smart' meters in people's homes to control energy consumption, right?

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You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Say what now?

"Suffice to say, this episode was unexpected."

Nope. Fully expected and predicted.

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UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather

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UK

Do we have any actual defensive duties?

Who the heck is looking round Spain and France to attack us?

Can we rename the department from defense to offense?

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Defence

So our most advanced "defence" ship is permanently in the gulf?

Orwell is so proud of us.

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UK's spy auditor: What should we ask when reviewing super-slurp warrants?

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Only one question needed:

Is it a BULK warrant?

If so, denied.

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Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo

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God already has a twitter account

@TheTweetOfGod

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Re: 42

"HHGTTG is awful"

Leave him to his Vogon poetry.

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

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Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation

There are only a couple of wavelengths of these things. It is surely not beyond the realm of possibility to have an extra layer of material, or tint of the glass, that absorbed these frequencies then we could avoid the loss of life without going overboard with sentencing?

Also, what about that bastard 93 million miles away that keeps trying to blind everyone, they even went after the President of the US during the last eclipse.

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US prison telco accused of selling your phone's location to the cops

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Re: That's all citizens, by the way, not just prisoners

The distinction is that one set gets free healthcare and fed daily whereas the other group can die on the street for all the government cares.

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T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta

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Confusion reigns supreme

Neither company allows me to make or receive calls indoors, neither company allows me to stream Netflix or YouTube reliably and neither company enables me to use all the features on my phone.

The only difference I can see is T-Mobile charge me £30 per month for the privilege.

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MacBook Pro petition begs Apple for total recall of krap keyboards

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Issue 1 of a comic

What is wrong with you people? This is a work of art, you aren't supposed to use it, you're supposed to appreciate it and to do that you have to hermetically seal it and never let the dust or dandruff reach the internals, or the sweat and grease from your hands destroy the perfect aesthetic of your $1.5k work of art.

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High Court gives UK.gov six months to make the Snooper's Charter lawful

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I applaud the fight...

... but it's ultimately a losing one, the government will just keep amending the rules and appointing the judges to get whatever outcome they desire.

If only we had some set of founding principles that a minority voter, majority MP government couldn't simply vote out of existence, a constitution, a Magna Carta for example.

Or how about having a monarch that sees her subjects having their rights routinely stripped by a government the majority of the people did not vote for and stopped signing those bills into law? C'mon Lizzy, do your job!

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Who will fix our Internal Banking Mess? TSB hires IBM amid online banking woes

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Fight Club

Was Tyler Durden on the migration team? Is this just the start of Project Mahem?

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The Great Northern (Rock) Run

Bank runs are only an issue because we don't realise that when we deposit money we are implicitly allowing the banks to lend it back out again to other people. Plus fractional reserve banking, but that's a religious war I don't need to get into right now.

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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True randomness

Couldn't we just use Trump's tweets?

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Professor Chaos

As Butters so safely tells us, there is a huge difference between chaos and randomness. (Hint: it's the ability to get better predictions by having more granular data.)

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: Meh

Kind of my first thought too, but what if the physical access to install the malware happens at the factory or the shipping depot, places where the NSA have been known to place people...

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VMs: Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they're all we have

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Java Microcode edition?

"I would be taking blind stabs at trying to detail what inter-process communication I wanted to allow and not allow"

Encapsulation and APIs? A bit slow, but might do what you want.

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Facebook offers to crack open data for eggheads to find out how badly it's screwed democracy

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Democracy

If anyone can use Facebook to alter elections then we neither deserve nor want democracy.

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Don't want to alarm you, but defence bods think North Korea could nuke UK 'within a few years'

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Oh noes

That sounds scary, can I give up more of my privacy with a side order of rights so that you can pretend to keep me safe?

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Microsoft: Yes, we agree that Irish email dispute is moot... now what's this new warrant about?

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CLOUD???

I wish they'd called this the SUDO Act. Secure Unseen Documents Overseas Act.

FBI: Give me the data.

MS: No.

FBI: SUDO give me the data.

MS: Here you go.

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Re: What Does This Mean in Practice?

"Just like they should have done 4 shagging years ago."

Indeed, however they don't give a damn about this data, what they want is the ability to tell American (owned) companies to pony up any data they have without having to go through unfriendly foreign courts.

This could cause a few ripples in the banking world. It may even mean companies leaving America as their nominal country in order to avoid this law.

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Politicos whining about folks' data rights ought to start closer to home

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Re: Voting is a public duty

The fuck it is, it's a right. And a way for those in real power to give the little people the appearance of having a say in their lives. It's a sham.

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

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Machine machinations monetise moribund musings.

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Facebook exec extracts foot from mouth: We didn't really mean growth matters more than human life

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"I don't agree with it now because it's bad optics"

He was correct. Enabling the sharing of ideas is way more important than human life. I believe that's the principle of the first amendment and why various US wars were fought.

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

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Re: Rule Britannia!

"Sounds like someone is still bitter about how democracy works... "

You mean like how all laws have to be signed by an unelected head of state? Or how they pass through an unelected chamber for modification? Or how no government has had more than 50% of the popular vote in decades but they all claim a mandate? Or how less than half the MPs got a majority of the vote (fact check that one, I was on a roll)? Or how our fundamental rights have been demolished by a voter-minority government with a massive parliamentary majority (Blair)?

Bitter? 3 of and 5 packets of nuts before I get off this dangleberry of a planet.

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El Reg deep dive: Everything you need to know about UK.gov's pr0n block

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You're supposed to...

... think OF the children, not LIKE the children.

Also, is it just me or is thinking of the children in a discussion about pr0n somewhat disconcerting?

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Re: Soporific effect

@DougS "Sitting in front of the computer isn't a problem, so I'm forced to go online and post while buzzed until the wee hours when I'd normally go to bed!"

Are you Donald Trump?

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Techies building UK web smut age check tools: You'll get a spec next week

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Vote them out

We can't vote them out since we never voted them in in the first place - when was the last time a government got 50% of the vote let alone a majority of the electorate? Tyranny of the minority enhanced by gerrymandering and an unelected second chamber and head of state. Vote? Don't make me laugh.

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Protect the children

If the government don't want the kids to see explicit material then they should stop producing legislation that fucks the public in the ass on a regular basis.

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Pharma bro Martin Shkreli to miss 2024 Paris Olympics

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Everyone got their money back, right?

Seems like he's being punished for not this. That's not how justice works. But he plead guilty so that's that.

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Netflix could pwn 2020s IT security – they need only reach out and take

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Re: Can we stop claiming nobody uses bare metal servers?

"Schrödinger's datacentre"

If a server falls over in the woods, does it make a sound?

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Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

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Re: No safe level of anything

@Terry 6,

I was simply meaning that there is no magic number. All things being equal, an increase in fruit and veg intake is generally beneficial to your health. However, back in the real world, parent being stressed about ensuring their kids have to have their "5-a-day" may lead to all kinds of unwelcome outcomes such as:

* ironically malnutrition as poor parents spend more on fresh fruit and veg and don't have enough for a balanced diet;

* obesity as parents ply well fed kids with various fruit juices and salads with calorific dressings;

* children being taken away from parents who don't adhere to this magic "5-a-day"

* eating disorders as children are forced to eat food they don't like/want

* food shaming at schools

* increased divorce rates as the pressure of adhering to 5-a-day causes parents to fight and busy parents also have less time together as they have to take longer preparing food.

And that's just off the top of my head, I'm sure there are many more - but we haven't really looked into any of them, just as we haven't been given any scientific basis for why the number 5 was chosen.

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Re: No safe level of anything

"1 of the 5 a day"

Even a sensible person like you has fallen fallen for this pseudoscientific, policy based evidence nonsense. There is no 5 a day health benefit. It's simply the government taking what seems like a sensible idea and running with it without evidence which will ultimately lead to unintended consequences that could be worse than what they were trying to solve. Like taking fat out of foods leading to producers filling it with sugar which created the diabetes and obesity epidemic we see today.

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Brit spooks slammed over 'gentlemen's agreement' with telcos to get mass comms data

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"This is clearly unacceptable."

It was actually illegal. But don't expect anyone to go to jail or even get fired. We're all about looking forward these days.

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BBC Telly Tax heavies got pat on the head from snoopers' overseers

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Re: Subsidy

"Radio is relatively cheap"

£670m is not cheap. In fact it's more than Channel 4 spend and three times Channel 5's annual programming budget. It's even more than the BBC spend on BBC2!

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Subsidy

Why are TV viewers, who are poorer than BBC radio listeners, forced to subsidise them?

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Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?

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"Crime"

Theresa May's definition of a crime and my definition are quite far apart. That's why we have courts and juries.

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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WTF?

"promoting harmful stereotypes based on race or gender is prohibited"

There are non-harmful stereotypes that you can promote based on race or gender? Please list them.

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

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Videos create terrorists

Shouldn't the security services be looking at this computer given that it has seen hundreds of pro-terrorism videos?

If the computer can look and not get turned shouldn't we trust the people just as much?

In the free marketplace of ideas we need computers to determine what us humans can and can't handle.

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Why aren't you being arbiters of truth? MPs scream at Facebook, YouTube, Twitter

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Election fraud?

How can social media impact elections? I assumed the users were all too young to vote.

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No sh*t, Sherlock! Bloke suspected of swallowing drug stash keeps colon schtum for 22 DAYS

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Re: Nice precedent for our corrupt police

If you have nothing to hide

Says Anonymous Coward.

What are you, some kind of stool pigeon?

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Nice precedent for our corrupt police

So plod can hold you indefinitely by lying to a judge that you have swallowed a packet that might be drugs and haven't pooped yet? That will never be misused.

Stopping this kind of police abuse of power is what the judiciary is supposed to be for.

Icon, because of course...

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It took us less than 30 seconds to find banned 'deepfake' AI smut on the internet

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Creeps?

People doing this are creeps, but bringing back dead people for Star Wars or adverts is technologically brilliant?

I feel some moral judgements are being made here.

On a more serious note, the ability to create material that would otherwise be illegal for therapeutic purposes is one of a number of socially beneficial uses for this technology.

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