* Posts by veti

2633 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Azure consultant to sue Google for linking his cached pics to cloned site, breach of copyright

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Re: I don't understand all the ramifications, but...

You're making it up as you go along.

No, models do not have special legal privileges. Photographers might sign restrictive contracts to work with them, but that's purely voluntary on both sides. Like any contract.

Backdoors won't weaken your encryption, wails FBI boss. And he's right. They won't – they'll fscking torpedo it

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Why do you need backdoors

... When the front door is so easy to kick down?

I have nothing against the feds doing whatever it takes to crack any system that is physically in their possession. Once they've - done whatever they need to do to seize it from its owners, they can go nuts.

If they're not willing to do that, fuck right off.

And that's my idea for a compromise.

Airbus A350 software bug forces airlines to turn planes off and on every 149 hours

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Re: Could be worse.....

Happens all the time. The entertainment system is not considered critical, so frankly I'm surprised when it lasts a whole flight.

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Re: Why is there a choice?

You know how much disruption it causes, to hundreds of thousands of people, when a whole fleet of planes is grounded? Even briefly (and we don't know how brief it would be)?

That's an order that only goes out when they find something really dangerous. This hazard is easy to manage, once you know about it. Indeed, if it's been in service for two years without anyone noticing, that suggests it's pretty easy to manage even if you don't know about it

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General

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Re: Big Business vs. Individuals

The endgame here is to ensure there will never again be an administration that he doesn't agree with. That's the logical trajectory of US politics right now.

That's why the Supreme Court has disclaimed all interest in gerrymandering, and the last act of the outgoing Rep state governor in Wisconsin was to sign a law stripping his own office of powers. If you really believe, as increasing numbers of these scumbags do, that the other side is Evil, then you can't allow democracy.

(And yes, the Democrats are moving the same way. Arguably the only reason they're lagging is because they're the underdogs, so have more to gain from pluralism. If Americans can't get over this, the country is finished.)

Brussels changes its mind AGAIN on .EU domains: Euro citizens in post-Brexit Britain can keep them after all

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Re: Do you want a second referendum

The European elections were subject to many of the same flaws as the original referendum, plus several more that it didn't have. It's hard to interpret a vote - even for the Brexit party - as unequivocally about Brexit and nothing else.

I would favour two more referendums, to be held a week apart. The final referendum would be "should we leave or remain?" The penultimate one would be "If we vote to 'leave' next week, should that mean 'this deal' or 'no deal'?" And both referendums should be considered as binding on parliament, on the strength of a simple majority.

That way everyone would have the chance to vote for what they want, and it would be clear which of the three currently available options they were voting for.

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Re: .fu


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You are missing the point, which is that a .uk TLD is only useful if you're scamming - sorry, I mean serving - the UK market. You may be based in Nigeria, but that TLD will give a useful false sense of familiarity to only one market segment. It wouldn't help you scam, e.g., Germans or Americans.

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Re: Do you want a second referendum?

You make a strong case for a second referendum. Was that your intention?

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag

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Re: The most expensive dick swinging contest in history

I assume that people who post AC are usually trolling (i.e. don't really believe what they say), unless there's an obvious alternative reason.

That goes for you too.

Literally braking news: Two people hurt as not one but two self-driving space-age buses go awry

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Re: Not sure? Why not?

Wraparound cameras would capture some but not all of the relevant data. You'd also need to examine the LIDAR logs, and rerun the decision algorithm to see if it thought that pigeon over on the left was in fact a small child who was about to run across the road...

At some stage, you start wondering "how much data is enough to analyse 95% of incidents, and how much more would we need to spend to figure out that last 5%?" And likely come up with numbers that make a city council look a bit thoughtfully at their budget.

Those facial recognition trials in the UK? They should be banned, warns Parliamentary committee

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Missing detail

Could the committee suggest what a satisfactory "legal framework" would look like, and how we would know if we had one?

Elon Musk's new idea is to hook your noggin up to an AI – but is he just insane about the brain?

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Where's the privacy policy?

If people are upset about web servers accessing their cookies and the NSA tapping their Skype calls, how are they going to feel about Elon frickin' Musk reading their thoughts?

Literally rings our bell: Scottish eggheads snap quantum entanglement for the first time

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Re: Scotch eggheads???

The difference is that Deutschland and francaise are foreign words in foreign languages. Scots and Scottish, however, are perfectly cromulent English words used by native English speakers speaking English.

300,000 edgy folk pledge themselves on Facebook to storming supposedly UFO-tastic Area 51

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Shooting at one guy, who was given plenty of warning, is one thing. (If that even happened. Can you link to a report?) Shooting at a huge crowd of people who might, for all you can tell, include your brother and your mother, is something else entirely.

If nothing else, it would guarantee a one way ticket to federal prison for everyone concerned. Even in Trump's America, you can't just turn military weapons on a crowd of unarmed civilians - not without starting a real war, anyway.

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Re: If 300,000 truly determined people really did show up there

Well yes, probably. Also in all likelihood the guards would refuse to open fire with live rounds on such a large crowd of civilians. And the officers would refuse to order it.


But it's not going to happen anyway, because ticking boxes on the Internet is a lot easier than driving out hours from nowhere into the Nevada desert. And of the maybe 30 people who do turn up, at least 28 will decline to risk their lives because the crowd won't be big enough to make them feel safe.

So that leaves the potential for an incident involving maybe a couple of people who will either be swiftly and non lethally overpowered, or more surprisingly will be allowed to wander round a few warehouses and see nothing. Unless of course the base commander has a sense of humour, and gets some nice props ready for them to find.

SQL Server 2008 finally shuffles into the home for retired relational databases

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Re: AnzoGraph DB

I just told you how to make money. If you can't do it, then we will draw appropriate conclusions about your technology.

If you simply choose not to do it, that's another matter. I sympathise, I'm a lazy bastard myself. But then we'll draw another set of conclusions about your technology.

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Re: AnzoGraph DB

If your database architecture is so great, why are you shilling it here? Build something useful with it and blow away the competition. That's how you can make a name for it.

There are hundreds of industries that rely on databases. Here's an under-served market you can have right now: strata billing. People who buy commodities in bulk, then retail them to a niche or captive market. E.g., an apartment building owner billing their own tenants for electricity and water. There are tens of thousands of buildings like that in the world, and right now most of them are doing their billing in Excel.

'It’s not a surveillance program'... US govt isn't going all Beijing on us with border face-recog, official tells Congress

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Re: Spot the double talk - we've been here before..

No, it's great. If they can't spy on US citizens, they can't spy on anyone. The constitution is crystal clear on that.

"Equal protection of the laws", it's called. Any person within US jurisdiction has all the same legal protections as a citizen.

Keep that in mind, Americans. If they can do it to us, they can do it to you.

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Re: It's not a surveillance program

"Keep coming back every year" is no help. They'll just make small changes every now and then, each one individually not big enough to rouse much opposition, and in ten years you'll be there all the same.

We've seen this before. It's what happened when the US began fingerprinting tourists. Even the reassurances were the same: the immigration database was separate from any other set, they'd never be compared. What they didn't say was that this was not policy, it was sheer incompetence on their part - they were storing the data in an incompatible format - and two years later, that bug had been fixed.

Internet imbeciles, aka British ISP lobbyists, backtrack on dubbing Mozilla a villain for DNS-over-HTTPS support

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He is now.

Front-end dev cops to billing NSA $220,000 for hours he didn't work

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Re: Huh?

If his direct employer really had no idea what he was doing, that suggests a degree of negligence on their part. They have a duty to ensure the accuracy of invoices they present to the client.

I can see taking the guy at his word for a few weeks, but this went on for years. At that point, I'm less inclined to accept the claim that they acted "in good faith".

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Re: And...

It shows that there is at least one instance of overcharging. It doesn't show anything about how widespread the issue may be.

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Re: Huh?

The "$220k" is what his employer billed. The amount that he got would have been a small fraction of that.

I hope he's not being asked to repay the whole of that amount himself, because that would be ridiculous.

Apart from that, I agree with you - this guy has nothing to complain about.

Metropolitan Police's facial recognition tech not only crap, but also of dubious legality – report

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The fact is, every time we see these statistics we only ever see one side, usually the false positive rate.

What was the false negative rate? Without knowing that, we don't know whether it's a good deal or not.

If you're screening a million people, and you get 42 alerts, of which 8 turn out to be correct - that means you've checked out 42 people, instead of a million, to identify your 8 targets. That's a pretty good deal.

If the original sample included another 1000 people who should have triggered matches, then - no, it's not good. But if it only included half a dozen or so, that's not bad.

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Re: Jean Charles de Menezes wasn't a victim of facial recognition cameras.

Menezes' death was a tragedy, but that was fourteen years ago. There are people old enough to vote today, who are too young even to remember that story. If you can't come up with some more contemporary examples than that, you should consider the possibility that perhaps you really are making a lot of fuss about nothing.

In a bad year (such as 2016 and 2017), police in the whole of the UK may kill as many as six people, including deaths in custody. That's far fewer, per population, than France, Germany, Italy, Australia or Canada, and don't even ask about the US. I know it may not feel like it, but the facts speak for themselves - the UK (still) has one of the most civilised police cultures in the world.

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Re: Help with "Innovative Solutions"

How many of these 42 people were shot, exactly? How many were arrested?

How many even knew that they'd been "identified"?

Yuge U-turn: Prez Trump walks back on Huawei ban... at least the tech sector seems to think so

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Re: @AC

I don't see him as an idiot. I think he's a very clever and very nasty man.

Economically he's doing disastrously for the US. Sure, the economy is booming - that's what happens if you pump in trillions of dollars of newly printed money at the height of what was already an economic boom. There is a special place in hell for the congresscritters who blustered and protested about the deficit during the Obama years, but are happy to stoke it up now that an (R) is in the White House.

(Mind you, this is exactly the same as they did under both Bushes, and Reagan. It's why Clinton balanced the budget - it wasn't any particularly great management on his part, it was the Republican congress trying to crash the economy.)

The trade wars were completely unnecessary, and kicked off to make Trump look tough, while leaving open the option for him to declare victory whenever he wants. Take China, for instance - he's never spelled out what it is he wants the Chinese to do, so anytime he feels he wants a victory, he can simply announce that they've given in and the war is won. Of course, that's given China some leverage over the US that it didn't previously have - it can demand concessions from Trump to back up his bullshit - but that's fine - Trump can profit from that too (as in the present story, for instance - he's just created a whole new channel for himself and his henchmen to receive kickbacks, that's what "licenses" mean - as Republicans would be lightning-quick to point out, if it was the other side doing it).

Don't get me wrong, I think Obama and Clinton were both pretty poor presidents. But at least they had some respect for the ideas of law and democracy and republican government. Trump is a whole new level of two-bit, four-flushing, slimy, cheating turd, but he's pulled off the remarkable confidence trick of convincing over 40% of US voters that he's in some way "on their side". Anyone who thinks, at this point, that he's stupid just isn't paying attention.

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Re: I guess...

With the trade war going badly, Trump needed to pull out some sort of "progress" this week. So we got the announcement that "talks with China were on track".

Now obviously, the Chinese could call that statement out quite convincingly. So he needed to get them to play along, and to that end he's tossed them this bone.

DeepNude deep-nuked: AI photo app stripped clothes from women to render them naked. Now, it's stripped from web

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Re: Time passes...

There's a difference between creating a picture and publishing it.

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Re: Benny Hill

You're saying you have trouble finding pictures of underdressed young women to look at?

Have you considered trying the Internet?

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Re: Time passes...

In the first place, is it "the same people"? You would need to cite specific names and posts to establish that.

in the second place, your starting and final positions look like caricatures. If they are only slightly more nuanced, your point disappears. For instance, "should" can cover a wide range of meanings, from "this is how things would be in an ideal world" to "everyone is morally obliged to feel this way" - there's a lot of ground between those positions.

In the third place, lots of things have changed in the past 20 years. If you haven't changed your mind about anything in that time, you're not thinking.

In the fourth place, "SHAME ON EVERYONE!" is a strawman position in itself. If you really don't think there's something a bit off about faking nude photos of real people and distributing them on the Internet, then please come out and say so - then we can argue that case on its merits, whatever they may be.

Could an AI android live forever? What, like your other IT devices?

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Re: Wonderful, have one of these...

Exactly. Immortality is just a perennial storytelling conceit. It used to come from divine power (like Nicholas Flamel, Tithonus, the Wandering Jew). In the age of exploration it came from finding secret places, like the Fountain of Youth or Shangri-la. Early science fiction roots it in Science (Frankenstein). And it's not surprising that modern SF says it comes with IT.

None of the above have any particularly well thought out mechanism for endowing it, but that was never the point. It's just a story device.

What is a bit surprising is that apparently intelligent people seem to believe in it, to the extent of paying to be frozen. Lunatic.

Good news: NASA and Homeland Security just passed their government IT exams – and we really mean *just*

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Re: Uses for a Homeland Security Report

Both Homeland Security and NASA have seen budget increases in the past couple of years. The DHS in particular - locking up children, conducting dawn raids on immigrants, putting up hundreds of Secret Service agents at every major golf course in North America... none of these things come cheap, you know.

US cop body cam maker says it won't ship face-recog tech in its kit? Due to ethics? Did we slip into a parallel universe?

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Note this is only possible because Axon is in a privileged position within the market, it has a near monopoly on this equipment and cozy relationships with police departments.

If anyone were realistically placed to compete, they'd see this as an opportunity. But it'd take a competitor at least a couple of years to build themselves into that sort of position, and long before then Axon will see them coming and, presumably, reassess their ethics evidence.

Remember that crypto-exchange boss who mysteriously died after his customers' coins disappeared? Of course he totally stole them

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Well, let's see. He emptied a lot of other people's accounts, in a manner that is trivial to detect if you have access to the records, then - took the key with him on holiday to India, and next thing anyone knows he's "dead" and the accounts can't be accessed.

The timing is suspicious, to say the least.

Of course, since Ernst & Young have evidently hacked the accounts, it's also possible they've helped themselves to the money and set the guy up. But I'm discounting that because E&Y are still here, and their reputation is worth more - despite everything - than the contents of a few crypto wallets.

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I am shocked

Shocked, to hear that financial instruments created specifically to avoid regulation are being used to... avoid regulation.

Out of Steam? Wine draining away? Ubuntu's 64-bit-only x86 decision is causing migraines

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Re: Mint

I suspect Ubuntu needs Steam far, far more than Steam needs Ubuntu. Why should Valve pay for Linux support, when less than 0.5% of their customers use any kind of Linux?


Queue baa, Libra: People will buy what Facebook's selling. They shouldn't, but they will

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Re: As a Facebook refusenik I see a time when

Don't worry, we're already past peak Facebook. What we're seeing now is a Facebook that's increasingly desperate to remain relevant.

The press has turned against it, and politicians have followed. Now the politicians are starting - not a minute before time - to talk about treating Facebook as a publisher, rather than allowing it to write its own special rules, as it has for the past 20 years.

Alexa, am I having a heart attack? Here's how smart speakers could detect their masters spluttering to death

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Re: Going to hell in a handy basket of apps

If trading some of your (increasingly illusory) privacy gives you a longer and richer life, why do you call it "dumb"?

We've been making trade offs like that since before we were even humans. It's sometimes called "the social contract" - it's the same thing.

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We're still a long ways from that. But it'll come.

UK.gov must sort out its crap data and legacy IT, warns spending watchdog

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Re: AI database

Your example is awful.

Not only is "joy" clearly a name in this context - no English speaker would use the noun like that - but also you can't dismiss the possibility that it's Bob who trains a lot.

What, you think the name "Bob" can't take a feminine pronoun? Much to learn, you have.

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Which still qualifies as progress.

If you can make your mistakes faster, you can correct them faster. What's needed is to combine the crappy system with a robust and high bandwidth method for people to appeal against them, and get a resolution from a different system within a matter of hours, not weeks.

The first step in correcting data is to create a channel for entering corrections.

You're Huawei off base on this, Rubio: Lawyers slam US senator's bid to ban Chinese giant from filing patent lawsuits

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Look on the bright side

If this passes, the US will have withdrawn from WIPO, so we'll all be free to copy as much of their tech as we can get our hands on.

Sounds like fun.

A $4bn biz without a live product just broke the record for the amount paid for a domain name. WTF is going on?

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Re: Meh.

I was planning to go with "indifference", myself.

But then that's how I've always treated Facebook, so what do I know.

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Re: "Has whoever sold the domain actually got the money?"

Somehow I don't think the author of that release thinks "cash" means - what I think it means.

Or what did GoDaddy do - slip a brown envelope under the door?

Now you can have a twist of 2019 in your 2012: Microsoft goes back to the future with Edge on Windows 7/8

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Yes, you are. They canned XP, and that was before they put on the whole song and dance routine about predictable lifecycles. They'll do the same to 7.

Bot war: Here's how you can theoretically use adversarial AI to evade YouTube's hard-line copyright-detecting AI

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Internet rules

"Link or it didn't happen."

"We can't show you these products because that would be ILLEGAL but we'll show you this one (even though it's just as illegal), sorry it's a bit crap."

That's some weak sauce, right there. The story reads like a sales pitch aimed at YouTube themselves, which must mean they've already failed to convince them directly.

After years of listening, we've heard not a single peep out of any aliens, say boffins. You think you can do better? OK, here's 1PB of signals

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Re: Misleading headline

"Galactically speaking", the whole of recorded history - about 10,000 years - is the blink of an eye, though. Exactly how much work should we put into this effort, on the basis that it will continue forever and will very likely never turn up anything even then?

Maybe the others never used radio comms. After all, why would you need it, once you discovered slood?

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Re: Misleading headline

... So how do you feel misled, exactly?

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