* Posts by caffeine addict

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Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: The wrong day

Technically that's quitting too, after all , you won't be doing any more will you?

I'm not sure I'd consider a hit that lasts the entire of the rest of your life quitting. That's the holy grain of getting high.

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blamesplaining

There are currently 30 google results for that abomination for a word.

If it becomes popular, we're holding you directly responsible. The tar is already being warmed and the chickens are being plucked...

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Keen for much-hyped quantum computing to finally land? Don't expect it for a decade

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The original concept of AI i.e a robot brain as or of greater intelligence than person is still a long way off. However in certain limited applications we already have AI. The google search engine for example

about 15 years ago I did a degree level course about AI. There were only really two things I remember about it:

* Strong AI is about ten years away

* Strong AI will never happen, because whenever you get close to it, people will dismiss it as algorithms and brute force, not intelligence.

Anything much short of Star Trek's Data isn't Strong AI (IMO). Google self driving cars are very clever, but they aren't AI. It'll weave its way through time square, but stick it in the middle of a cattle ranch or on the moon and it won't know what the hell to do, even though it's still basically the same job.

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Things that have always been a decade away

* quantum computing

* strong AI

* flying cars

* driverless cars

* cure to cancer

* fusion power generation

All six have made their spot in headlines this year...

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Take my advice and stop using Rubik's Cubes to prove your intelligence

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Re: Do they have to be in his mouth at the time?

Well played, sir or madam. Well played.

Thank you. I like to keep my options open.

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Do they have to be in his mouth at the time?

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Australia to build a pirate-proof fence: Brace yourselves, Google

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Can we have a sweepstake on how long it takes from implementation to a 14 year old blowing a hole through it you could sail the pirate bay galleon through?

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Montezuma's Revenge can finally be laid to rest as Uber AI researchers crack the classic game

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Re: Confused.

That confused me too.

If it's "play game. if that worked replay what you did last time" then this isn't AI, it's brute force.

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iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

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Re: Not me

Don't clip a curb or they'll explode...

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Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker

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Re: all tasks likely to be beyond the capability of a Google executive

Aaaand now I'm imagining Boston Dynamics trying to make a sex robot...

Time to go find beer.

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Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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There's nothing special about Lincolnshire. It's basically your good old fashioned ram-raiding.

Round my parts they prefer Landies and JCBs to smash the wall or the front door, then a Subaru to scarper with it. Earlier in the year they hit three local Aldi's on three consecutive nights...

The other one I've heard is basically filling the machine with gas, although I don't recall if that's to use the gas pressure directly or to ignite it and blast the things open.

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Re: Physical access is quite easy

Many years ago (mid 70s maybe) my father ended up trapped airside at Heathrow pretty much by accident because he was holding a clipboard and people kept holding doors open for him... :/

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And they are probably NOT running Windows XP. Instead they are likely to be running Windows XP Embedded or Windows Embedded Standard 2009, which is still under extended support, and both of which have much less attack area than vanilla XP.

Came here to say the exact same thing. I'd expect that kind of cockup from the Daily Mail not El Reg...

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iPhone XR guts reveal sizzle of the XS without the excessive price tag

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"I love lamp."

Do you really love the lamp, or are you just saying it because you saw it?

I love Wamp? *shrug* I love lamp!

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I love lamp.

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Hi there, Hubble, glad to hear you're doing okay

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Sorry, what? Hubble is in a decaying orbit that needs to be regularly pulled up out of the atmosphere?

Is this intentional (and why) or is it in the wrong place?

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Sorry friends, I'm afraid I just can't quite afford the Bitcoin to stop that vid from leaking everywhere

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Re: I've seen a definite uptick in these

TonyJ : "Had a few land in my spam folder this week."

We've moved on to euphemisms for the women now, have we?

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Motorola: Oops, phone busted? Grab a spudger and go get 'em, champ

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Re: "You are responsible for ensuring the roadworthiness of your own vehicle"

the report of the state of the vehicle involved was damming.

As was the Land Rover. Assuming it was a small enough river...

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Silent running: Computer sounds are so '90s

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Re: Sage 50!

Sage 200 was worse than Sage 50 is? Are Sage numbering backwards or was that a typo?

Still, it worked for XBox...

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: Kyden-Titty, Fay

Oh, FFS...

Yeah, okay, I feel dense now.

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Can someone explain to my friend the "Kyden-Titty, Fay" name? I he gets the "fayk" bit but doesn't get the "yden" bit.

Personally, I often use Burton, Ernie...

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HP Ink CEO: That $550m Apogee buy was to stop rivals slurping it

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It's friday and I'm hard of thinking. Is this article about the A3 home/office market? Or a professional grade thing?

Because I'm sure they made an A3 inkjet around 2000...

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Apache OpenOffice, the Schrodinger's app: No one knows if it's dead or alive, no one really wants to look inside

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Re: Team Lotus

Okay, tabs within Excel I can understand, but is that really tabs across the entire Office Suite?

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What do Zuck, Sergey, @Jack and Bezos have in common? They don't want encryption broken

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Dear Amazon, Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

If encryption in Australia is broken, it is your moral duty to block all traffic coming from Australian IP addresses. The data can't be trusted. You can't trust that it's correct coming in, and you can't trust that any response you give won't be compromised.

Same goes for any international financial service - block all Australian traffic.

It's one thing standing there with your hand in the air. It's another thing to actually stand by it. Do it.

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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I tried to get cards of my junk for 144 family and friends. Moonpig sent me some bull about the Royal Mail and gross indecency...

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Perfect timing for a two-bank TITSUP: Totally Inexcusable They've Stuffed Up Payday

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Doesn't First Direct use HSBC's infrastructure? Does this mean that their smug video has bitten them in the arse?

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Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Re: squaremilenews.blogspot.com

You can. But the general effect will be the same, even if Bong haven't deliberately removed him from their results....

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Barclays and RBS on naughty step: Banks told to explain service meltdown to UK politicos

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I understand why the treasury gets involved if data leaks, banks look dodgy, or they shutdown key infrastructure, but what business is it of theirs if the online banking app goes down for a few hours? The money was still there and accessible, just not through one particular channel.

I get why *we* are annoyed by it, but I don't see what the hell it has to do with the treasury...

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Fat chance: Cholesterol leads boffins to discover world's oldest animal fossil – 558m years old

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Should have said - yeah, I got that. It just seemed a rather weird joke for our wonderfully childish, pun loving hacks. I'd have expected it the other way round...

Just reminds me of the Tyson Gay headlines...

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/blog/2008/jun/30/computerautocorrectssurname

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Why does the subheader refer to "Richardinsonia"?

Is it a joke more subtle than most, or has a bawlderising script/editor got involved somewhere it shouldn't?

( Since this is about rocks and fossils, should that be boulderising? )

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30-up: You know what? Those really weren't the days

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Re: Ligatures in editors

That ligature font looked really nice at first. Then I saw their code samples and I realised just how awful an idea it was. I'd quite like to be able to *see* === not have to guess it from it's relative width...

I have to admit that I've been tempted by ligatures on the web. Mainly because I quite like the idea of using the word "menu" but have it ligature to the hamburger icon. Strikes me as a nice accessibility wossit.

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Deliveroo to bike food to hungry fanbois queuing to buy iPhones

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Re: Idea for a new company :

Now I'm wondering what Mitchell & Webb's "Diddlidee" adverts were actually for...

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Re: Why anyone would do business with Apple is a mystery.

I told them they could either take it back & give me my refund, or I could place it on the hood of my sighted helper's car & plow it through their front doors in a shower of broken bodies, shattered glass, & chunks of brick. They opted to give me my refund.

Nicely done. I have a strange respect for people who know the right thing to say at the right time, and not 30 minutes later fuming in a local coffee shop.

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Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

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Re: Interesting take on the legislation

There's only one possible safe option. Refuse to serve any web traffic from Australia, and refuse to accept any encrypted data from Australia.

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Man cuffed for testing fruit with bum cheek pre-purchase

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There's no suggestion in the police ledger that he was checking the freshness. Anyone want to research what he claimed he was doing?

Quick goggle reveals "Senior Police Officer Charles Sharp told USA TODAY he does not believe the incident was mental health related."

Are you sure about that...?

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Google's 'other' phone platform turns up in post-apocalyptic mobe

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It must be. I mean, it's impossible to put a phone down in under 59 seconds...

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HTTPS crypto-shame: TV Licensing website pulled offline

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Re: TV licensing agency

You don't need a license for a TV.

You need a license to receive TV signals at the time of broadcast. That covers TVs (all channels, possibly including satellite, not just BBC content), computers, and recording devices.

It caused an interesting edge case where it was illegal to watch iPlayer live, but not five minutes after the broadcast ended. They've now closed this loophole and you need a license for all iPlayer content, regardless of when (or if) it was broadcast. That's why you need a login for iPlayer nowadays. (That statement has been downvoted in the past, but contacts in Capita & BBC have assured me it was the driving force behind BBCID).

You don't need a license to have a TV for gaming, computer use, watching purchased prerecord (films, tv, etc), or streaming services like Netflix. Pretty certain you can watch the iPlayer equivalents from ITV/C4/C5 freely, but I haven't checked. I believe that watching broadcast TV that someone else recorded for you is against the rules, but god knows how they'd know.

I believe there used to be a few places where you didn't need a license if you only watched ITV/C4 but that was because BBC signals weren't available in those areas (presumably coastal areas with high cliffs or something. Those dark spots no longer exist.

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'World's favorite airline' favorite among hackers: British Airways site, app hacked for two weeks

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Bloke on Radio4 this morning sounded like he wanted to go into details of what happened but had been told not to.

He said that the "very sophisticated" attack got card numbers and CVC codes but that encryption hadn't been broken. He also said that they hadn't spotted it, rather one of their trusted partner security firms (presumably one of those sites that verifies other sites are secure - in which case they suck) which suggests that maybe it was something hiding on a form page.

I've not checked the app out. Is it anything more than a wrapper for some html pages? If it is, it sounds like someone actually got in to their system and listened in there, which is quite a lot worse.

Interestingly, Radio4 said (and wasn't contradicted by blokey) that passports numbers had been taken too, but everything since has said otherwise.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Re: Reg -- AMP technology

Okay. I didn't mean that's all it does. I meant that's the main reason I normally realise I'm on an amp version. As in it doesn't seem to create (visually) anything that an averagely competent web developer couldn't have done without Google's input.

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Re: Reg

You'll (probably) only see amp if you are on a mobile and google search "the register google" (or whatever). Rather than sending you to the actual article it will either send you to a version they're hosting, or one that the news provider has created that it promises is small and mobile friendly. Which, as far as I can tell, normally just means removing the comments section.

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Benchmark smartphone drama: We wouldn't call it cheating, says Huawei, but look, everyone's at it

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Re: VW

OR allow biomechnical mods. Replace Oscar Pestorious's blade springs with real springs and let him do the 100m and long jump at the same time.

I know he's in prison, but with those new springs he wouldn't be for long. Just after he set a new high jump record...

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5G can help us spy on West Midlands with AI CCTV, giggles UK.gov

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Since no-one else has said it...

WHY ARE THEY SPENDING MONEY ON [new technology] WHEN HALF THE COUNTRY CAN@T GET [two generations earlier technology] COVERAGE???!!!1!

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Fourth 'Fappening' celeb nude snap thief treated to 8 months in the clink

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Re: unsavoury incident?

Ms Pacman was the first game character I came to.

Well, that suddenly took an unexpected turn...

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Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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They stopped listening to people who didn't say what they wanted before the whole David Nutt mess nearly a decade ago. They're not even pretending nowadays.

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Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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When you're talking about timescales in the tens of thousands to millions of years ballpark, do they still count as coincidences?

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Re: The Ends of the World

Why? To preserve the species? Are we really all that worth it?

Ultimately, our only worth is so that some future squid creature can create a work of fiction about creating a safari park inhabited by creatures whose DNA was protected by multiple layers of fake tan...

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To be honest, I'm not all that concerned about eruptions that last more than about 50 years. It used to be more, but it's going down by about one per year since 1975...

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Re: Trumpet

Trump knows all about hot yellow erup...

Hang on. I've just remembered which site I'm on.

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Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Does this mean that anyone running a teeny tiny tor exit node is safe from accusations based on IP address?

If this were to be followed in the UK, would it also cover people who have a BT and allow a bit of their connection to be used by the BT cloud thing that is cluttering the 2G wifi round my way?

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It's a phone with a peel, but you'll have to wait a bit more for retro Nokia

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Re: Bogus copies to be replaced

Sadly, the ones you can buy are all bogus...

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