* Posts by Pat 11

192 posts • joined 9 Jul 2009

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Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System

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Excession?

Or a Contact GCU taking a look?

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UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS

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It only needs to semi automate the process

The task of automating this isn't as hard as folk are saying. You don't need the algo to make decisions, you just need it to constrain the candidates to a level where human judgement can be used.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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who's the contractor

Who's building this, and what is their track record in delivering on time within budget?

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France and UK want to make web firms liable for users' content

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User Moderation

The problem for FB etc is volume, their business model probably doesn't scale to employ enough moderators. The solution might be to incentivise users to moderate posts, perhaps in return for some kind of bonus like going ad-free. So you get a stream of random posts to check and in return for flagging up the odd thing for formal moderation, you get a nicer experience. Several mods would have to get the same material though so again it probably doesn't scale.

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Infosec guru Schneier: Govts will intervene to regulate Internet of Sh!t

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Black Helicopters

Offline mode

I like the sound of an offline mode. I'll start to worry when these things have their own network provision that I can't block. Won't be long before your fridge has a Vodafone logo and you have to snip the antenna to disable the snooping.

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So despite all the cash ploughed into big data, no one knows how to make it profitable

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It doesn't have to actually work

Google have got a great way to monetise big data but it's entirely independent of whether it actually improves results. All they had to do was convince marketing execs that it might give them an edge. Maybe it does, or maybe it doesn't, it's all the same when you have captured the advertising industry.

When it comes to me important subjects like health, the evidence has to be a lot better, and nobody wants to be that guy who used an algorithm and killed a bunch of patients.

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UK PM May's response to London terror attack: Time to 'regulate' internet companies

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nice extremism and nasty extremism

May owes her right to vote to the actions of extremists. Under her mindset the Suffragettes would have been locked up. Gay men like Turing would still be imprisoned. Countless positive social changes have resulted from the actions of people who were initially classed as undesirable extremists. Nobody can argue in favour of "Islamist" terror, but how the hell is any of this going to restrict just them?

I wonder if there could be a framework where intrusive surveillance was enabled but that the target matter had to be legally constrained. Ie nobody cares about what you did on the internet unless it involves giving one to the great Satan.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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Re: thoughts on future regulation of encryption

1i - tough, it not your taxes, cancer, depression and it helps us stop tewwists, suck it up

1ii - that's an empirical question, you might or might not be right, but things like support vector machines are pretty handy

2i & ii - hard wired endpoint based license. Your blagged banking server will only work on Barclay's ips, aything else gets a red flag

3 - Always an option but this is about encryption

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Re: thoughts on future regulation of encryption

Apart from a couple of daft autocorrect errors, why?

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Microsoft sparks new war with Google with, er, $999+ lappies for kids

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Just give it native printer support and it will clean up

I am so sick of Google Cloud Print Sometimes.

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Google's 'adblocker' is all about taking back control

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Noise

I guess people who care will just stop using Chrome, but it might also increase the "load random urls in the background" noise generating technique.

Also, for Android, Adguard is great and can block https and app ads as well. And pi-hole for the LAN of course

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Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Some people do hate all adverts, they're messing with our heads

Even unobtrusive advertising is trying to influence me against my will - in fact the less obvious they are the more sneaky I perceive them to be and hate them all the more for it. And as for their attempts to influence my kids, well they can fuck the fuck off.

90% of the web can die in a fire for all I care, and 100% of the advertising industry. Not the Reg of course, I'd happily pay for the pages I read via microtransactions.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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confidence intervals

These kind of algorithms are using statistics to estimate parameters and make decisions. One way to make them more accountable without be to require all such processes to produce confidence intervals. For example, predicting recidivism - if the algorithm says X has a 68% chance of committing another crime, that sounds worrying, but if it also says that estimate has a 95% confidence interval of 26-81% then it looks much less certain. And if they can't generate confidence intervals, it's a shit algorithm that should not be trusted.

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Windows 10 Creators Update general rollout begins with a privacy dialogue

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GDPR

Isn't it going to be hard to square all this data collection with the GDPR, which is very tight on consent?

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'Trash-80' escapes the dustbin of history with new TRS-80 emulator

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Tandy

Tandy still exists! Who knew?

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Great news

Linux users have found a browser hack to make onedrive perform acceptably in Windows?

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

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Re: Short term 'fix'

Isn't the issue with torrrents that every downloader is also sharing, which puts them in a much worse legal position than simply streaming?

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

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Only negative ones?

Surely a rational thing to do is to bar all tweets positive or negative. Otherwise it looks like you support him. Surely the HO don't support him do they?

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

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Slow hand clap for the ad industry

Dear Ad Industry,

You add nothing of value to the world. You are parasites, the worst expression of capitalist values. Your strident attempts to interfere with people's decision making is unwelcome on the web and in all other media. When you look back on your life, what will you have contributed to the human endeavour? Diddly fucking squat.

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Who's behind the Kodi TV streaming stick crackdown?

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VPNs and TOR?

Really? A quick search suggests you can just install Kodi on phones and PCs and add pirate plugins without any jiggery or even pokery.

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'Exploding e-cig cost me 7 teeth, burned my face – and broke my sink!'

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Cloud chasers, subohm

There's an aspect to this sad tale that hasn't been mentioned here. His device seems to have been a non-regulated unit firing a very low resistance coil. People do this to get denser vapor, it tastes better and looks cool when you blow out the clouds. I think this is a worrying trend aside from all the electrical danger. Vaping looks a lot safer than fags, but that density of vapor tastes nice because it is carrying a lot more of the flavorings. Of the ingredients in vapor, the flavors are the unknown and potentially dangerous ones. Thousands of compounds are used, and they are approved for food use on the basis that there isn't evidence to ban them. Nobody has much evidence at all what long term inhalation might do to the lung epithelium. My guess is that some will be harmful, and heating them may exacerbate this. So I would not be a sub-ohm cloud chaser, I stick to simple flavors like menthol and low wattage. Each to their own, but that's my take on it.

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Revamped Cortana finally lands on UK mobe mass market

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Re: Ha bloody ha

Any recommendations?

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Google's Chromecast Audio busted BT home routers – now it has a fix

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Other routers

I wonder if this is why my non-BT router keeps crashing.

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UK.gov flings £400m at gold standard, ‘full-fibre' b*&%*%£$%. Yep. Broadband

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Re: Fibre for Exchange-Only lines : no chance!

I feel your pain. We are the abandoned urban ADSL peasants.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

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It's not the ads per se, it's the trackers

I'd be happy to turn off blocking for sites I want to support, but only if the ads came without tracking cookies and beacons.

Until then,

pi-hole.net - lan wide ad block, possibly the best thing to do with a RPi

Adguard - add blocking for Android without root, including ads inside apps.

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Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8

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Re: how badly they fuck up something so simple

I don't doubt it's challenging, but none of my Linux machines have ever locked up when patching without so much as an error message.

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Windows Update is unbelievably shit

Several of my machines have got themselves into a state where the updater can't do anything, while fully using an entire CPU core. Fixing it is a dark art. It's hard to believe how badly they fuck up something so simple, the whole thing must be built on a mesh of bad kludges.

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Ad flog Plus: Adblock Plus now an advertising network, takes cash to broker web banners

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pi-hole

Network-level blocking on a pi!

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Free Windows 10 upgrade: Time is running out – should you do it?

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PS4 remote play

Is the only reason for me, you can't do it in W7.

But the privacy problem. Is there any way to so it spying?

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Brits don't want their homes to be 'tech-tastic'

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Admin

It's all just more admin init. It'll all keep needing tweaking, fixing, updating. Who can be arsed, it's bad enough keeping computers running, and they constantly want to monitor you. I'd pay a premium for reliable kit that minds its own business.

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One ad-free day: Three UK to block adverts across network in June

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Landgrab?

Isn't this Three taking control so they can then monetise it? Which could be a problem for blockers as they mostly work on url substring matching. If all the url says is three.com/8y32irh23oirh2o3r.jpg things could get tricky.

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EC cooking up rules change for aggressive tax avoiders

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Bit like hacking

I've always thought tax workarounds are similar to hacking. A system is put in place, with quite complex rules, and clever law-hackers find exploits. We don't have a problem defining in law what hacking computers is and prosecuting people for it. Why can't tax law be written the same way? With criminal consequences for hacking it.

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Whatever happened to ... Nest?

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Flawed concepts and surveillance hardware put me off

The idea that a busy household can be run by these devices seems very flakey to me. Heating demand in a house with a lot of coming and going is hard to predict, for example, and easy enough to switch on and off at will. A lot of it seems predicated on the idea that costs are not a primary driver, yet putting the choices in the hands of an algorithm could lead to arbitrary increases in your bills if it gets it wrong. That Amazon thing that orders shit for you is similar - if you are rich and don't care about a few bucks on the price, it's nice enough, but most people can't afford to become disempowered cost centres in Amazon's accounting system.

And then the spy stuff. Bad enough our phones are sophisticated angle-tags, we want our houses seeded with this stuff? Meh. Any non-electronics with an rfid is going in the microwave, and anything that needs an internet connection to function is going to have to be a LOT better than the nearest non-connected alternative. There's going to be a nice market for physical adblockers like Adtrap (or Pi-Hole for homebrewers) to filter the crap out.

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How to build a plane that never needs to land

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why wings rather than balloons for lift

Can anyone explain why these things need to be planes rather than blimps? Or maybe some kind of hybrid? If you don't need energy for lift, surely you don't need much energy at all?

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National Pupil Database engorged to 20 million individual kids' records

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Subject access requests

Would they honour subject access requests, I wonder?

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In this Facebook and Google-owned world, it's time to rethink privacy

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thought experiment

If I do not use any Google services, and I run adblock, ghostery, disconnect and private browsing, do Google still build a profile on me? If so, what other steps would I need to take? If not, have I gone too far, or is that how awkward they've made it?

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Star Wars Battlefront: Is this the shooter you’re looking for?

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Re: Half finished game - Expensive DLC - typical EA

As with Destiny, if you can wait a year it will all be much better and cheaper. You can get the Taken King with all the other DLC for Destiny @ £30 now. Full price on release would have been >£100.

Try telling that to a teen though.

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Royal Mail mulls drones for rural deliveries

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Adds a whole new meaning to interception

Aren't scallies going to pluck these out of the sky with home made net guns?

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Bacon can kill: Official

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Re: Risk assessment...

In other words, if you take 1000 people who eat a bacon sarnie every day and 1000 who don't, 947 of the porkies won't get bum cancer, while 955 of the porkless won't get bum cancer. Most people won't get bum cancer, but an extra seven in the porky group do. So your odds of giving yourself bum cancer through eating bacon is 947:7, or 135:1

I think I'll carry on with my weekly fry up.

(But wait until,,, what about binge porking?)

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R&D money for science – from your taxes?

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Cherry picking much?

Who trains these champion innovators, where did they learn to be cutting edge ceramicists or whatever? Some system is needed to keep universities alive and stop the boffins going and working in industry for more money or your next generation of synthetic biologists won't happen. Who do these white-hot businesses collaborate with (clue, not their competitors)? What about the secondary spend into local hi-tech industries? What about the massive shift to commercialisation of IP in universities?

B-

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Architect of UK’s hated Care.data scheme quits NHS, flees from Britain

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Don't let the door hit your fat arse on the way out.

Best news all week.

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Uber is killing off iconic black cabs, warns Zac Goldsmith

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It's almost as if free markets are fine for other people but if it's messing up something he cares about...regulate!

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DuckDuckGrow: Privacy search soars 600% after Snowden dumps

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Google had no difficulty shutting down Scroogle.

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Scientists love MacBooks (true) – but what about you?

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Status

Nothing says "I have a considerable amount of grant funding - and thus status" like an expensive over-specced Macbook for your Powerpoint, notwithstanding it often won't play nice with the AV. It says you had the freedom to choose, rather than borrow the departmental Dell. Grad students ape this by buying their own.

Not so prominent in the lab, connected to unusual hardware, though. That tends to be PC's mostly because it's always been possible with PCs to get dirty with the hardware.

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Big Data, empty bellies: How supermarkets tweak prices just for the sake of YOUR LOVE

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individual pricing

First to figure out how to offer me prices tweaked to my personal profile to pay will clean up

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Acer Chromebook 13: The best Googletop on the market?

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Printing?

These are great little laptops, the instant on makes it the one I always reach for. The only thing that spoils it for me is the lack of direct printer connection. I have cloud print working via a redundant Pi but it's slow and a bit flakey. Anyone know if they plan to introduce native printer drivers?

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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I call BS

What proportion of those "hacked" (ie cracked) apps do anything malicious, and what proportion have just had their licensing removed for piracy?

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Why can't a mobile be more like a cordless kettle?

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You've missed the point

"...most of the tech industry likes cables. They mean you can charge and transfer data at the same time."

Actually cables mean you can charge and do everything at the same time. I don't want to run out of charge (happens a lot still with smartphones) and have to stop using the device because it's going for a lie down on its special electric cushion. Wireless charging will be more useful when it happens inside a reasonably large volume, not just on a small plane.

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Poll: Yes, yes, texting while driving is bad but *ping* OH! Hey, GRAB THE WHEEL, will ya?

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bloody dopamine

The use of neurobiological terms to make psychology research sound more sciencey is thought to be driven by the rewarding feeling generated by publicity, leading to promotion and reinforcing the bollocks cycle.

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Would Apple godhead Steve Jobs have HATED the Watch?

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should have waited

Ipod: others pioneered it, Apple got a designer to make a nice one.

IPhone: Microsoft made some that were a bit meh, Apple got their designer to make a nice one.

Ipad: see above.

Iwatch: oh no! They've gone too early. Nobody wants one.

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