* Posts by David 164

482 posts • joined 28 Aug 2009

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AI clinician trained to save humans from sepsis – and, er, let's just say you should stick to your human doctor

David 164

Re: The Wright Brothers

Unless you add in a second source of feedback and that the outcome of it own prescriptions. Given how there's a shortage of train personnel in most countries in the world, it likely AI will be use to relieve the work loads of doctors and patients in every country on the planet.

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So, about that Google tax on Android makers in the EU – report pegs it at up to $40 per phone

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They had to find a way to distinguish between low, mid and high range of android phones.

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Because IT industry just likes what works and Android works brilliantly, so why waste time reinventing the wheel when the real money is in creating games such as candy crush.

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The laws of unintended consequence are absolutely brilliant. Not only has the EU raise prices for consumers they will have undoubtedly made buying a mobile phone a more complicated process in the future.

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FBI fingers the Norks it wants to pinch for Sony hack, WannaCry attacks

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So North Korea premiere hacker was allowed to wander into and out of North Korea.. An was allowed to take other jobs. He even has a CV! All seem a bit suspect to me. An if they had all of this info why wasn't a trap laid to capture him next time he was allowed to leave North Korea.

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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I doubt Google need Epic to tell them, they can simply download the game themselves and see if it is patched or not.

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Google goes bilingual, Facebook fleshes out translation and TensorFlow is dope

David 164

Re: Google Assistant is bilingual

Hope the word before or after no is easily identifiable as greek by the system. Google assistant can recognise different people voices, so perhaps it will build a profile of which language a person uses the most in the household and use that to give it direction on what the user want it to do.

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A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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Re: amazon is charging 30 % too.

I doubt that, that would have certainly got everyone a slapdown by the EU Commission by now.

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David 164

Re: say again, how are they dodging 30% apple tax?

You do realise the The Register is one of the biggest haters of Google on the web for reasons unknown to me.

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Re: Apples and Oranges

But what kind of intervention?

Forcing both Apple and Google to allow multiple stores on their phone? s/ Of cause I'm sure the competition watchdog will be fair to both google and Apple on this issue /s

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David 164

Re: But we're taking about games here

well Google can justify the costs by stating it got to fund the development of Android operating system and it doesn't have much of a hardware to do it.

What does apple do to justify the cost of it store?

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David 164

Because Google and Apple want a fair playing field. Blockbusters apps already got every advantage going over smaller rivals they don't need a cheaper deal from Apple or Google to survive or increase their advantage over small rivals.

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We're all sick of Fortnite, but the flaw found in its downloader is the latest way to attack Android

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I'm just filling up with sympathy for epic here, so much sympathy I don't think I will be able to contain it, lol.

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Apple leaks rekindle some hope for iPhone 'supercycle' this year

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The reason it is becoming harder for Apple to integrate new technologies is simply because Samsung an co have cotton on to the simple fact that they are the ones that are inventing the technology in the first place not apple. An they don't actually have to sale their hardware to apple, they can keep it in house for it own phones, like Samsung has largely done for its infinity screens.

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It always amazes me what ifans are willing to buy from apple.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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None of the phones are impressing me from anyone. I think everyone is just waiting for foldable displays to arrive, cameras that see through the screens, an screens with fingerprint sensors built in.

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Don't mean to alarm you – but NASA is about to pummel the planet with huge frikkin' space laser

David 164

Let hope this climate monitoring satellite make it to orbit. Climate monitoring satellites seem to have a suspiciously high failure rate in the US.

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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Re: But do you know it exists?

Yep, https://www.paypal.com/gb/smarthelp/article/how-do-i-close-a-deceased-customer's-paypal-account-faq1694

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David 164

considering they are effectively a bank, not sure if they are registered as such in all jurisdictions, they should act as a bank. Therefore a death certificate, probate and a letter setting everything out is all one should need to access a person paypal account after they have died.

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David 164

I think you mean Generation Z, most millennials didn't spend their entire childhood online and know what offline is unlike generation z who have indeed live their entire childhood and teen life online and will short of an apocalypse spend their entire adult lives online as well.

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Game over for Google: Fortnite snubs Play Store, keeps its 30%, sparks security fears

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Tell that to banks and countless other institutions that have been trying to prevent such attacks for a good decade and customer continue to fall for them.

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Gov.UK to make its lovely HTML exportable as parlous PDFs

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Let be honest most of it is because the people writing those PDFs are force to make them public by law or convention. If it was their choice they would be printed off and locked in some filing cabinet where members of the public or the media or even MPs would have to fight through a pile of bureaucracy to get to them.

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Google Cloud AutoML: Neural nets designed by neural nets? It may as well be AI hyped by AI

David 164

Basically she asking for all of Google secret knowledge and unless she start working for Google she ain't going to get it. Neither is anyone else.

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You're burning £1.2bn for what? UK spending watchdog gives digital court plans a kicking

David 164

Another IT program aimed at saving money not improving services, it will probably burn through that 1.2 billion long before the 2023 and long before any of this reaches the public domain.

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

David 164

Re: Find it difficult to believe

Now with the advent of digital library and very large computing capacity, I presume that using this method now insecure as places like GCHQ can brute force crack the code by running through every book in their digital library until they find the right one.

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Fork it! Google fined €4.34bn over Android, has 90 days to behave

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Re: "Without Google we still would live in a 90's hell of .NET dominated internet sites"

So it greedy to provide a free OS to all the manufactures. All the manufactures have to do promise is not to remove any of Google own apps and not support copycats of the OS under a different name.

That doesn't sound greedy to me at all, in fact it sound like a fair deal to me.

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David 164

Re: Apple

to stop the fragmentation of the Android brand. If manufactures don't want to use android they should go and do what google did and build their own OS.

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David 164

Re: Choice on Apple?

So google could just say they will stop updating android, lock down the code, encrypt it and no longer issue any new updates to non google made phones.

That the nuclear option for google and a pretty frightening one for all of the smaller OEMs, it would likely reduce competition down to just Apple, Google, and well Samsung, once they played catch up building their own OS or work on learning how to continually evolve a fork version of Android on their own without google support and infrastructure.

A whole host of mobile phone manufacturers would likely go bankrupt within months or withdraw from the mobile market.

So instead of increasing competition the EU would have decimated!

Anyway I think the commission completely ignoring apple in the market will be shown as illegal in a court of law and the commission will have to go back and redo all of it work taking Apple into account.

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David 164

Re: Meh ...

The commission have lost a lot of antitrust court cases over the last few years.

Google argument here will be simply that the commission didn't look at the whole market and actively ignore iOS and Apple, I suspect they have a very good case of getting this overturn.

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Fix this faxing hell! NHS told to stop hanging onto archaic tech

David 164

Re: @ wolfetone

but most blue sky research is done by charities or government funded universities, they will be the ones to find the cure, it will either be take up by pharmaceuticals or other source of funds will fund clinical trials. Or the NHS will do it itself. An it has shown increasing willingness to actually fund clinical trials itself over the years, the recent successful hemophilia trials was partially funded by the NHS.

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David 164

Re: They'd still be using...

Even the most expenses implant, some device they stick in the heart, cost about 30,000 ground, only need to keep the patient in their own home for about 2 years for it to pay for it self, just 2 years.

Knee, hip and other artificial joints that keep the elderly in their own home are no doubt even more cost efficient. Some of them only cost a thousand pounds each. This is why we have NICE to actually work through all these costs and see what is cost beneficial and what isn't.

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David 164

Re: Not the only Guvmint dept to use fax

Yes, well I have had about half a dozen companies in the last year ask for a photocopy or picture of my passport.

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David 164

Re: @ wolfetone

It only needs more until we can actually find cures for conditions which really weigh down the NHS finances, a easily administered cure for type 2 diabetes on it own would save the NHS 10% of it entire budget, about 12 billion pounds. That for one single disease. cystic fibrosis patient, they cost about 500 million a year. Dementia that something like 4 billion a year in costs alone could saved if we found a cure, plus billions more on the social care side of things.

There are other areas such as spinal cord damage which if we could repair them would no doubt save a large amount of money in both health and social care cost. Same with brain damage from strokes, luckily at least for one type of stroke brain damage from them should be extremely rare events in the 10 years or so.

This is where the real savings in the NHS and all health services can be made, of cause we have no clue when cures might arrive. Hemophilia for example it look like both A and B form will be curable in the next 5 years if current success of trials continues.

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The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought

David 164

I know this was a tongue in cheek article but the notch isn't there for the fingerprint scanner, which work really well being place on the back. It there to accommodate front facing camera and other sensors that the selfie generation demand.

Personally I would love nothing more for a manufacture to release a phone with zero front facing cameras, with 100% front edge to edge screen with the screen being use as a speaker,. But I suspect such a design wouldn't go over well with the selfie generation, even with a second screen on the back for self photos.

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Wasn't too hard, was it? UK has made 'significant progress' in spy control

David 164

Re: "could possibly pass the test of necessity and proportionality,""

So from the five that voted me down, I take that as a no, you can't disprove the government claims that it needs these records for 5 years.

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David 164

Re: "could possibly pass the test of necessity and proportionality,""

Can you prove it isn't?

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David 164

Re: I'm sure Joseph Cannataci had a nice expensive lunch in Cheltenham.....

An do the general public even want that? A lot of these discussions are being led by people with agendas more complex than just providing the public with privacy.

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David 164

Re: "Wasn't too hard, was it? UK has made 'significant progress' in spy control"

Nah of cause not, they just have to palm some more work out to the NSA, ASD, CSE, NZSIS. An of cause congress pass some laws restricting NSA, so GCHQ been doing the job NSA no longer allowed to do, whilst NSA being doing the work GCHQ is no longer allow to. An if either of those agencies can't do the job they ask the other three to see if they can.

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Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

David 164

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

Most of them aren't own by Britain, they are own by foreign companies or even worst own by companies effectively control by foreign governments both only care about themselves. They have no loyalty to the UK and will move to where the work is, which Airbus has already announce it will do for Galileo. The UK only tool to fighting this is really deny export licenses for technology on security grounds but that so anti business that Tories funders are unlikely to be happy with the tories doing this and could well withdraw there funding for the Tories, even if that risk Corbyn getting in.

Tories really are the worst party you could imagine to implement a successful Brexit as everything you need to do a successful Brexit goes directly against core Tory ideology.

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David 164

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

Many people did and try to raise them during the campaig, I did, and why I'm patriotic, I couldn't vote leave for the simply reason the leave campaign had no answers to these questions and even if they did have the answers they weren't in a position to implement those answers because they weren't the government.

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David 164

Re: HS2 and the Galileo replacement

That not how being a club member works. If you join a club and then help build a clubhouse, you can't throw a tantrum leave and expect to be able to take the bit of the club house you built with you, it just not how it work. An no person in there right mind would think it would work like that.

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David 164

Re: Fgs

Trump is already launch trade wars with everyone in the world. An he hardly a person we can rely on for anything.

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David 164

Re: Fgs

Germany and France will likely fight dirty an tell Airbus, which they control not to bid on the contract, which means alternative facilities will need to be built an companies establish to build the system. Also there no guarantee others won't play silly buggers when we try and find rockets to launch the system on.

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David 164

Re: Fgs

Then the UK will need to invest tens of billions in all type of manufacturing projects because that the only way government can make sure the money is invested in the UK and in the areas it wants in the UK and not shuffle off to some offshore tax haven.

Investing on such a scale goes against every instinct the Tories have.

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David 164

Re: Brexit means Brexit

Most leavers have low levels of interests in these subjects as a consequence of having a very low level IQ.

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David 164

Where the 5 to 10 billion pounds coming from?. Hammond have already stated their no extra money for other departments and the MOD is already struggling to pay for all of it current equipment on order for it.

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National ID cards might not mean much when up against incompetence of the UK Home Office

David 164

The Lib Dems could have stopped them, after they got the tories stuck in a fixed term parliament, the tories needed them to get anything done. A strong leader could have stood up to the tories a lot more, they got annihilated at the next election because they didn't. They didn't get a single one of their policies that the general public actually cared about through intact. aka the general public really really really don't care about constitutional reforms and how we vote politicans into power in this country. An even the referendum on changing our electoral system was watered down by the tories to the point where there was no point in changing it.

An it happens in similar coalitions all across the world, minorities getting at least one or two of policies fully implemented. Ultimately Nick Clegg will go down as one of the worst politicans this century, David Cameron and Theresa May won't be far behind them.

Gordon Brown will at least be remember for taking leadership during the financial collapse in 2008 an leading the world to solutions to stave it off. Through at the bottom it will probably have something along the lines of the bloody idiot called a election either three years to late or two years to early, both would have led to election 2012, where the economy the on the up, as the tories policies didn't completely kill off growth.

How Blair will be thought off will ultimately depends on how Middle East turns out in the long term. I suspect in the fullness of time he may actually be considered someone who change the middle east for the better. People in the future won't care about how he lied to get it done or how many people died because of his actions, after all we don't care about how churchill sacrifice Coventry to hide the fact we broke the german codes or the devastating bombings of Dresden, we just care that he lead us to victories over the Nazies. An ultimately I believe Iraq change the middle east in ways that we won't see the full extent off for decades in the future.

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David 164

The passport office, 100% competent and I have never had any problems with it.

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David 164

Which is one of the theories I had one why they cancelled Labour government project, so that argument over immirgration would carry on and the tories are always stronger on those grounds than Labour.

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Capita admits it won't make money on botched NHS England contract

David 164

Let be honest now the upfront costs into staff training, equipment, office hire are done, they hope NHS is now dependent on them and they will have this contract in perpetuity and can cream large profits off future contract extensions.

Only problem is Simon Stevens seem to taking non of capita bullshit. An if the chancellor can't get him fired, I'm pretty sure capita ain't going to get rid of him anytime soon either.

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