* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

8549 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

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

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Re: Understandable but Problematic

Remember the laws to freeze bank accounts of terrorists ?

Remember how it got used against Icelandair?

Remember the laws allowing surveillance without a warrant - to stop terrorism?

Remember them being used for school catchment areas?

Remember the laws allowing websites to be shut down if they supported terorrism ?

Remember them being used to block -------------

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Re: "or many people in Northern Ireland pubs."

Even the bombs were better before the internet

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Re: Why not fuck off and sort out Brexit instead

jihadi material which is photographs of Arabic, given the low value of foreign languages in the UK.

That's how you know it's bad - it's in foreign

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CCleaner targeted top tech companies in attempt to lift IP

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Re: Is it just me....

I would assume only small companies and individuals were customers/users?

Once you are inside the corporate network security is generally much weaker.

So only only need one developer / CxO / salesperson with either root access on their work machine or permission to connect a personal machine to the network and ....

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Re: "Peoples Republic's timezone"

Whois says the registrant is in Seattle.

Blame Amazon

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CCleaner targetted?

I think the virus which infected CCleaner attacked them.

You don't claim "Intel targeted" for every single virus running on x86

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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they would be a gold mine if hackers could get access to them.

Cheaper than just paying a copper to copy the data for you ?

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Behold, says robo-mall-cop maker: Our crime-busting dune buggy packed with spy gear

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Re: Maybe

If you legalise it then productivity would drop to national average.

The nice thing about illegal activity is that it's amazingly productive.

The amount we spend on marketing compared to drug dealers is ridiculous

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Re: Maybe

trillion dollar negative impact

It's only negative for one half of the deal, to the party it's a one trillion $ opportunity of equipment and services to supply

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Then you need those weapon detecting robots everywhere, not just airports.

Presumably to detect anyone who doesn't have a gun and dispense one.

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Congress battles Silicon Valley over upcoming US sex trafficking law

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Re: "Two wrongs don't make a right."

So, what's your solution to keep young women from being bought, abused and murdered ?

What did we do before Facebook - Policing ?

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Re: The most effective way to stop online crime is to shut down the Internet

That's just silly - it's like saying that the best way to reduce school shootings is to ban children from taking guns to school.

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Stack Overflow + Salary Calculator = your worth

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Re: DBA

DBA you don't do it for the money - it's about the lifestyle !

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as evidenced by the adverts immediately below the calculator, all of which fall below the lowest percentile.

So the subset of employers who have unfilled vacancies that they are so desperate to fill that they have to run web ads fall below the likely range of salaries for that specialty?

Is there an economist in the house ?

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Re: No server side development, no Unix

Stack Overflow is would be biased towards Web development, seeing as they are a web-based entity.

I can see how S.O. would be biased toward silicon designers since they use silicon based semiconductors in all their machines

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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Re: Red Bull have design genius Newey

So what a competitor needs is some sort of Artificial Inteligence that could - "perform calculations and analysis that would otherwise take up the time of a team of engineers."

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VMworld schwag heist CCTV didn't work and casino wouldn't share it

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Re: Obvious

"failed to protect his health and safety"

Rather like the USAF "failing to obtain a construction permit" for Hiroshima ?

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Brit ministers jet off on a trade mission to tout our digital exports...

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Re: Brexit

Brexit is, as usual, irrelevant here.

Unless you need any people to implement any of this stuff.

Or any of the other countries have any rules about privacy

Or there are any sort of licensing or professional qualifications to work with the data

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Senators call for '9/11-style' commission on computer voting security

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Re: '9/11 style' commission on computer voting security

No they will conclude that Russian backed hackers did it and so America will invade Iraq in retaliation

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SpaceX releases Pythonesque video of rocket failures

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Re: Fix Earth's Climate Using Terraforming Instead of Seeking Escape!

Doesn't do you much good if you are hit by an asteroid

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Re: More transparency from IT companies?

Microsoft, Apple, Oracle, Intel - were as open with their failures

They launch their failures with huge marketing campaigns and make people buy them - you can't get much more open than that !

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Things I won't work with blog

Fixed link above:

sand won't save you now

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Just how are HMRC’s IT systems going to cope with Brexit?

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Re: How difficult can it be?

But all those votes will be subject to adding extra clauses to protect eg the Oatmeal biscuit makers of upper-lower Walloonia - so the deal won't be nailed until the day before Brexit

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How difficult can it be?

You have two years (well 18months now) to imagine all possible scenarios for trade with Europe from total free market access to a Cuba style blockade of Britain.

Then you implement all of them and the day before Brexit when we are told what the deal is - you just turn on that strategy for the morning.

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Farewell Cassini! NASA's Saturnian spacecraft waves goodbye for its Grand Finale

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WEEE directive

Are we allowed to dispose of obsolete 90s equipement by crashing it into a planet?

I have some dead HP printers that I would be happy to donate.

The planet in question may have to be a little closer to home

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UK attorney general plans crackdown on 'trial by social media'

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"That is why a jury composed of members of the public is a bad idea"

However, every alternative ever tried has proved worse.

Originally a jury was ONLY of people that knew the defendant and the likely the victim - it was people from the same village

It is only more recently the idea that they should be 12 random strangers with no clue

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Yet more British military drones crash, this time into the Irish Sea

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Re: Accident reasons

IIRC the original anti-crash function refused to go anywhere near the ground if it didn't have good height data on approach. It used a laser altimeter which didn't work in the rain. This made landing in Wales tricky.

The result was that the drone sat there sulking 300ft up until it ran out of fuel and crashed - so the avoid the ground feature was regularly turned off.

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Re: droning on

So you are watching an empty bit of desert for 14hours and occasionally drop a $1M bonb on a camel.

Meanwhile 100,000 phosphorus/thermite/shaped charge bearing drones descend on your camp/HQ/tank army

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Re: droning on

Depends on the target - is it easier to defend against 1 single £15M drone vs 100,000 x £150 drones coming at you at knee height with 1lb of unpleasantness underneath

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There is Stonehenge I believe

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Homeland Security drops the hammer on Kaspersky Lab with preemptive ban

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Re: Quite the planning process, this

And the contract with HPE didn't include uninstalling software so they need to negotiate a deal, which will strangely cost more than the original windows install.

In house staff couldn't do the uninstall because that would violate the warranty and anyway they were all downsized when support was outsourced to HPE

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Re: RE: And I thought El Reg commentards hated Microsoft!

Stallman would have just whistled his comments to the server directly from a payphone

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Re: I wonder who the real oppressor is here...

Although a segment of American politics believe that removing tax breaks on slave ownership is an example of Communism

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Re: If the US administration keep pushing China and Russia...

But opensource is Communist and causes cancer

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Re: McCarthy Lives

Wait until they found out that many people in government are using Arabic numerals

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Former UK.gov IT man and Python king's guide to neural networks

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Re: Well...

It didn't say they listened

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Albatrosses not sharks

But then you wouldn't need carriers

The new BAe shark carriers will be ideal for laser equipped sharks and it is hoped that with further investment and a moderately expensive refit it will be possible to research ways to launch them into the air

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Re: Really Stupid but Genuine Question

It's hard to keep mirrors clean in the real world.

Any speck of dirt, oil, fingerprint or squashed bug gives you a spot that is highly absorbing, this then heats up and blackens, so the damage spreads, so it absorbs more energy and so on.

The super expensive 99.99% reflective mirrors inside the equipement can be destroyed spectacularly by a bit of contamination

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What's the weather like?

So alongside the destroyers with engines that can't work in warm water we have a laser defence that won't work in rain, fog or snow?

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Cops' use of biometric images 'gone far beyond custody purposes'

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Re: Perhaps

On the other hand, being on a police database is rapidly becoming evidence of innocence

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Re: --> greater..chance of a false positive

That's why the police need additonal pieces of corroborating evidence

You need to have been facial recognised AND be irish black muslim

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Pennsylvania cops deploy electronics sniffer dog to catch child abusers

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Probable cause

They are sniffing the luggage of passengers for electronic devices - after we have been 'encouraged' to put anything electronic with a battery in the luggage.

So this wouldn't be an excuse to open anyone's luggage for a quick search because the dog suspected there were child abuse images?

I wonder how they have manged to screen for the dog not to react to the handler's attitude or body language to people of a minority ? Do they blind fold the dog and handler?

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UK's new Data Protection Bill will be 'liberal' not 'libertarian', says digi minister

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It will be protected sovereignly

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Regulate, says Musk – OK, but who writes the New Robot Rules?

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Re: Working out what AI is thinking and why

ship something whose workings they don't and, more importantly, can't understand.... Should they even be allowed to?

Then you are going to have a hard job doing most machine vision without deep learning type nets.

Writing procedural code for "if this horizontal line at the top of the image is n pixels long AND ... AND ... AND " then Peckham high st - is going to be a bit limited

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Linus Torvalds' lifestyle tips for hackers: Be like me, work in a bathrobe, no showers before noon

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Re: Personally, I shower AFTER work.

My hair takes a lot of maintenance

mine seems to have been downsized

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Boffins fear we might be running out of ideas

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Today a Mr Brunel complained that the end of innovation was at hand.

It now takes 70 engineers to make a steam engine engine go only a little faster while the first engines were able to go twice as fast as a horse with only a couple of Geordies

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Re: Eight men control as much wealth as the poorest 3.6 billion people

Is this sustainable

It sustained the Persian Empire, then the Roman empire, then the Byzantine empire, then a succession of Islamic empires, then the Spanish and British empires.

For most of human history the poorest 3/4 of the planet have owned nothing - generally not even themselves

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Achievement unlocked: Tesla boosts batteries for Irma refugees

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Can you imagine a CPU that could run at 3.0Ghz being locked to 2.0 and sold at a lower price?

Or would it make more sense for Tesla to build two separate production lines to make two separate battery packs and pass on the increased costs to both sets of customers

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Daily Stormer binned by yet another registrar, due to business risks

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Re: Free Speech

So can a gay baker refuse to make a straight cake if they are the protected class?

Is it the protected class of the customer or the business that matters?

Can a Jewish baker refuse to make a christmas cake without violating the protected class of the customer or is it illegal for the customer to ask the baker to break a commandment?

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