* Posts by druck

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From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

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GAN?

GAN might result in nice pretty pictures, but that's all it is, you can only do science on the real data.

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LTE-U R gd 2 go: FCC gives unlicensed spectrum its coat, pushes it out the door

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One word...

..see the icon -->

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'Hey, Homeland Security. Don't you dare demand Twitter, Facebook passwords at the border'

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What next?

Protests about taking finger prints at the border came to nothing, as will the handing over of passwords.

What next, a full DNA sequence and a brain scan in order to enter that god forsaken former colony?

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Automated, insight cannot be: Jedi master of statistics was good – but beware the daft side

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Hockey sticks

Graphing tip for climate researchers (I'm looking at you NASA) if you want to have any credibility; don't release updated graphs where you've just rotated the data around the axis to make the past colder and the present warmer. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2008/05/02/a_tale_of_two_thermometers/

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Software glitch, not wind farms, blacked out 60,000 in South Australia

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Power optional

If all you've got is windmills, don't expect to grind corn unless the wind is blowing.

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BT and Virgin Media claim 'broadband' tax will cost £1.3bn

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Re: Why are they whinging?

BT has already screwed over both their customers and everyone using wholesale broadband infrastructure with big prices increases to pay for the takeover of EE, and football for their failing TV channels.

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'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

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Not as good

People stopped using streetmap because it was simply not as good, in just about every way you can think of.

If it has been an equivalent offering with smooth scrolling and zooming instead of an incredibly tedious and clunky tiled interface, then they may have been able to argue the built in search results had something to do with it. As it is she's just made the lawyers richer, and literally lost the farm.

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Jun-OH-NO! NASA's Jupiter probe in busted helium-valve drama

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Re: Well, crap....

(US billion, not the UK one)

Oh please keep up at the back, the UK hasn't used the long scale billion since 1975.

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US visitors must hand over Twitter, Facebook handles by law – newbie Rep starts ball rolling

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Re: Huh?

Why go to the USA at all? That place is getting nuttier and more random for every year that passes.

Hell, I stopped going when they started finger printing people at the border. There are plenty of places to go that don't treat people like criminals being booked in to the cells.

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Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

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Re: ...or go buy it in the USA

@ Richard Scratcher & AC:

Or perhaps they are scared of the Mexican drug cartels, who are just as effective at removing opposition as their own medieval death cult.

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GitLab invokes the startup defence to explain data loss woes

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Astroturf

What was the name of that reputation management company again Mr ACs?

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As Microsoft touts Windows Insider for biz, let's take a look at W10's broken 2FA logins

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Anyone who's business relies on this unfinished OS with its ever changing forced updates, is in for a world of pain. Pick an OS, make your applications work with it, don't change until something demonstrably better comes along.

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All of Blighty's attack submarines are out of action – report

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Re: It is not UK defences it is other places UK should worry about

Oh here we go again with the worlds top armchair military strategist - Voland, shouldn't you still be apologising and trying to scrub off that brown tidemark half way up Vlad's arm?

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OK, 2016 wasn't the best, but look for a buyer? That's Cray

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Reminisce...

Oh for the days when people spoke in awe about the Cray vector supercomputers being the fastest money could buy.

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Brought to you by UK.gov: 'Most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world'

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2027 Headline prediction

2017 'Most ambitious programme of change of any government anywhere in the world'

2027 'Biggest IT disaster of any government anywhere in the world'

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SQL Server on Linux? HELL YES! Linux on Windows 10? Meh

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CYGWIN

Sorry, needed to repeat your point and give it a title, so people can see it.

I'd have never kept my sanity all these years without cygwin to run bash, find, grep etc instead of the hopeless Windows tools.

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Vintage Space Shuttle fuel tank destroyed by New Orleans tornado

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Those cows are far away

The twisted tube in that photo doesn't look nearly big enough to be an external tank.

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Big blues: IBM's remote-worker crackdown is company-wide, including its engineers

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First they came for...

First they came for the marketeers, but no one cared as who knows what they really do.

Then they came for the sales, but no one cared as they only promise shit we can't deliver.

Then they came for the techies, and now we are up shit creek.

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Pulsating white dwarf described as a 'dynamo' found, no, not in the back pages, 380 LY away

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Re: ~10.000 @druck

And you may wish to review my middle finger, this is an English language website.

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~10.000

Is ~10.000 an approximation with 5 significant figures, or European cluelessness as to what the decimal point is for, and should really be ~10,000 ?

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Laptop-light GoCardless says customers' personal data may have been lifted

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Re: Repitiion

Wall as I told you, there is no need to say it twice to say it twice.

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Repitiion

Why the repetition on the quote in the article?

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Japanese team unveils terahertz band 100 Gbps wireless tech

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Re: Rural Folk aren't this fcuking stupid.

To prevent you bickering bunch of ACs call each other shills, either post in your own names, or take each others advice and shut up.

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NASA's Curiosity puts cat among the climate pigeons: Lack of CO2 sinks water theory

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Re: Materials perspective

That's why they are drilling to rocks, to get samples unaffected near-vacuum and radiation.

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Three drops £250m on UK Broadband

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4, 3, 2...

Well another couple years when Ofcom can't go running to EU for help keeping to its dogma of 4 networks,Three could have another play for O2.

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Update or shut up: Microsoft's choice for desktop Skypers

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Re: Old news

I stopped using Skype then, but I didn't get around to installing it from every machine until a few months ago, when we suddenly found it started up automatically after Windows updates, despite being set not to.

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Tails Linux farewells 32-bit processors with imminent version 3.0

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Re: Sad to lose old hardware

It's not just old hardware, I've got quite a few VM's (various distros) which are 32 bit, some of which date back to before 64 bit hardware, others were set up deliberately as 32 bit so as to minimise memory usage, but they've all updated smoothly through numerous major releases (except Ubuntu which broke twice).

Given most will be dropping 32 bit support soon, I'd like an upgrade path to 64 bit, but only Open Suse has so far done so. I converted Open Suse 13.2 to 64 bits and then upgraded to Leap 42.1 with remarkably little difficulty.

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US government agency pops 16 years of solar weather data online

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Re: solar weather

I think you'll find that denying the solar weather has any affect on the Earth's climate, is one of the founding tenants of the AWG theology.

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For $deity's sake, smile! It's Friday! Sad coders write bad code – official

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Knowledge worker?

I don't like the term knowledge worker, its almost as bad as sex worker. I'm all for calling a prostitute a prostitute, and a programmer a programmer.

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Hard numbers: The mathematical architectures of Artificial Intelligence

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Re: The problem with defining artificial intelligence

Cuddles wrote:

Importantly, note that the "data mining" step in the article explicitly states that this is something human intelligence is no good at. It ultimately defines artificial intelligence as something qualitatively different from human intelligence.
The human brain is extremely good at data mining, it just depends on what the dataset is. When recognising patterns in visual or audio data, and things we have experienced, it is far better than machines. When it comes to a data mining a billion supermarket transactions in a database, then the computer is better.

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GitLab.com luckily found lost data on a staging server

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Re: Ofcourse they went public...

They couldn't do a Talk Talk defence and bluster on about a tiny number affected users, and hope some more idiots will join up next week, developers aren't that stupid.

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Ohio bloke accused of torching own home after his pacemaker rats him out to cops

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Re: Pleading the Fifth

Good point!

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HMS Queen Elizabeth is delayed, Ministry of Defence confesses

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Re: Spring or Summer?

The summer season starts on the solstice, which is indeed June 21st this year.

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'Grey technology' should be the new black

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The reason for assistive technology costing 10x more is because it either qualifies for direct government subsidies to individuals, or disability discrimination law means businesses have to provide it for employees that require it.

Some products such as full screen readers are very complex products which are expensive develop and keep up to date with every change to the underlying operating system, so would not be cheap under any circumstances. But subsidies or captive markets really put those extra zeros on the end.

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Ransomware avalanche at Alpine hotel puts room keycards on ice

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Re: @2+2

The days of clay copies are indeed long behind us, a simple photograph and a 3D printer is all you need these days.

And those safes in the room, even if they weren't next to useless security wise (default master codes) and far too small for anything else but a couple of passports and some jewelery, they are usually at additional cost, and most people don't bother.

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'Maker' couple asphyxiated, probably by laser cutter fumes

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Poor Cats

Won't somebody think of he cats.

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Bloke launches twinkly range of BBC Micro:bit accessory boards

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Re: x2 NICs

There are plenty of ARM chips with fast interface buses, just not the cheapest SOCs aimed at mobile phones or set top boxes which are used in Raspberry Pi like boards.

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Forget Tony Stark's Iron Man – exosuits of the future will be spandex

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Re: Great ... but ...

@PhilipN are you arguing for more legs? How many, 4, 6 or 8?

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Revenue is vanity and profit is sanity. Right, Seagate?

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16TB is a horrific amount of data to lose, when just enough Helium has leaked out to cause the heads to be aerodynamically unstable and crash in to all those tightly packed platters. But then again, a similar sized SSD running out of write life will also ruin your day. So if there's one thing about these large drives that is for certain, you'll need to use more of them for backups.

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It's official: Ejit – sorry – Ajit Pai is new FCC boss (he's the one who hates network neutrality)

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Re: from article: "President Snowflake"?

Last night my 3 year old had exactly the same reaction to being called snowflake as Bombastic Bob, he called me a "poo face" and bagged the keyboard until a lot of capitals letters came up.

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Government to sling extra £4.7bn at R&D in bid to Brexit-proof Britain

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NEB

Lets hope this isn't the start of another National Enterprise Board thowing money at buzz words and lost causes.

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Mozilla wants infosec activism to be the next green movement

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They want to do for Internet security what climate change has done for scientific rigor?

Gawd help us!

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Boffins ready to demo 1.44 petabit-per-second fibre cables

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Re: Priorities

That's probably sooner than they'll have finished writing the cargo ship full of micro SD cards.

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Trump's 'cyber tsar' Giuliani among creds leaked in mass hacks

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Re: Enquiring minds...

El Reg has always been a tabloid!

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All the cool kids are doing it – BT hikes broadband and TV bills

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Sport

BT: stop spunking money on sport for BT-TV no one watches, leave that for the fools on Sky to pay for, and get back to providing a phone/broadband service.

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Elementary, my dear IBM: When will Watson make money?

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@Ledswinger

tl;dr Ask Watson: How do we make some fucking money out of you?

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Wintel part deux? Microsoft Azure first for Intel Clear Linux

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Re: Optimised for x86 ?

A decreasing number of distros are supporting x86, AMD64 is what they are targeting now.

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Adobe's naughty Chrome telemetry code had XSS problem

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Re: The fix

The fix is simply to say NO when Chrome asks if you want to enable this piece of malware.

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Square Kilometre Array precursor shrinks 5TB of data to 22MB – every second!

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Re: My desktop computer has 4TB and can easily write 22mb a second

Not if it's a fast gamma ray burst, or other short lived phenomenon.

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