* Posts by druck

1532 posts • joined 6 Jun 2007

Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Flying nightmare

Uber will of course claim they have no need to take heed of any aviation regulations such as licences, flight plans, or safety.

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Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

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Re: Any bank offering this will become very quickly my ex-bank !!!

I had to phone HSBC when my old phone died in order to re-enable the security app on my new phone. At the end of the call they suggested I might want to try voice recognition for phone banking, despite the fact they'd spent the last 10 minutes struggling to understand me because I'd almost lost my voice completely with tonsillitis.

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Seagate launches non-flying disk drive for drones

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As it says, 250 flights of an hour each. You aren't going to do all that without being near a computer at some point.

Or as it actually says; 250 flights of less than 15 minutes, equating to 60 hours.

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Worried - No

Do we really need to be worrying retaining the sort of tech firms that inhabit around Silicon Roundabout? Hipsters sucking up funding catapults to write apps with no viable business model, except hoping they might get bought out by Google or Facebook.

The real UK tech industry is based all around the UK, and intends to stay here.

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Mastercard launches card that replaces PIN with fingerprint sensor

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Fingerprints...

...the password you leave on everything you touch.

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EU plans for blockchain 'observatory' raise concerns, says expert

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Waste

Half a billion to work it out it's mainly hype, only suitable for a very small subset of problems, and can be gamed.

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Data trashed? When RPO 0 isn't enough

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Pay per mention?

How many times did you have to mention 3D Xpoint?

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IBM. Sigh. Revenues. Sigh. Down. Sigh. For the 20th quarter in a row

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Not the solution

"In addition, we are developing and bringing to market emerging technologies such as blockchain and quantum,..."

Hype and bullshit isn't going to save the day this time.

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That apple.com link you clicked on? Yeah, it's actually Russian

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Chrome/Chromium

Although there is no fix such as turning off punycode in Chrome/Chromium, if you are running ScriptSafe it will show you the real URL - and hopefully will have blocked anything nasty the fake site is trying to do.

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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Lets find something to be offended about

It seems that the claim behind this story is that AI systems have been trained on datasets which reflect the majority culture in the countries which are developing them. Then this has been jumped on by those eager to take offence and mislabelled as racist. According to them every dataset has be to ethnically/gender/sexually balanced, or even adjusted to be positively discriminatory to certain groups they feel deserve special attention.

tl;dr It's crap.

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Canonical sharpens post-Unity axe for 80-plus Ubuntu spinners

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Reboot

Lets hope they've let go the person that decided that requiring a reboot after upgrades every other day was a good idea. Other distros don't do this.

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Hasta la Windows Vista, baby! It's now officially dead – good riddance

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Re: Nothing changes

Back then saying Vista was a work in progress was an admission of failure, with Windows 10 its a strategy.

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72-layer flash die from SK Hynix towers over all, capacity a bit meh

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Faster

Two times = twice

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Eric S. Raymond says you probably fit one of eight tech archetypes

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Re: Attempting to pigeonhole people has a major issue.

Plastic is NOT biodegradable

You try telling that to the confetti which was a Tesco carrier bag that has been at the back of a cupboard for a few weeks.

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Forget Mirai – Brickerbot malware will kill your crap IoT devices

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Brands aren't even consistent any more. Some of the better named white good manufacturers don't make their lower end models, but farm them out to cheaper companies. It might allow them to cover more market segments, but if those models don't have the same quality and reliability, it's going to bring down the entire brand. See exploding tumble dryers for example.

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Huawei mystery memo (and phone strategy) confirmed

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Re: Last two paragraphs lost in translation?

Well our au-pair had her brand new P10's screen cracked by airport security at Stanstead, so we'll try and argue it didn't stand up to reasonable wear and tear by MAG's hairless apes.

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Aviation regulator flies in face of UK.gov ban, says electronics should be stowed in cabin. Duh

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Re: re: I'm confused now,

Stanstead security monekys are confused now too, so they've taken to smashing phones in the x-ray trays with a heavy bag, <irony>just to make sure it's not going to explode</irony>.

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Mac Pro update: Apple promises another pricey thing it will no doubt abandon after a year

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Re: Apple, so disappointing now.

Pedigree-Pete wrote:

Ah! Those were the days in the early 90s. 1152 x something in 24 (32) bit colour ON A PC.
1152x896, although not sure why it wasn't 1152x864 for 4:3 ratio. Thinking back, it might be because 1152x896 is the most pixels you could fit in before crossing a MB boundary.

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Microsoft's in-store Android looks desperate but can Google stop it?

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Unwanted Microsoft Experience

My latest Galaxy was already infested with Microsoft software such as OneNote and OneDrive, they were the second things I disabled. Facebook being the first of course.

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Cambridge Analytica arrives in Australia to STEAL our democracy!

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Re: Not Required

Australia's major parties are Labour and Liberal, morons perhaps, right wing not so much.

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Ofcom pressuring BT to slash wholesale prices for superfast broadband

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Minus Football

New formula:-

Openreach wholesale broadband charges -= BT Sport payment for football rights

Lets stop everyone else paying for BT's failed TV experiment.

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New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners

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Re: WTF?

STOP PRESS; the world hasn't ended with A50.

Have a cup of tea and then get on with the rest of your life.

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What a time to be alive: drone pooper-scoopers are a thing now

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Re: The Turd Bird?

Someone trying to score themselves a free Amazon parcel is going to get a nasty surprise if they capture one of these Turd Birds instead.

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EE scrap connection fee... to hike broadband and telly packages

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Oh and did I forget to mention every other ISP using Openreach's wholesale broadband products, as BT make sure they are paying towards BT TV too.

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The more BT pays for the football, the more you pay for your phone line, broadand and EE mobile.

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Alabama joins anti-web-smut crusade with mandatory opt-out filters

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Re: Next

WHAT? You want to look at uncovered females under the age of 5 - STONE HIM!

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Re: Now watch Alabama's taxes dry up.

And then watch for the next bill which is to prevent the trafficking of non porn filtered internet devices across state lines (Class Z felony, $1bn fine, 100,000 years hard labour with no prospect of parole).

Welcome to Prohibition 2.0TM

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CompSci boffins propose scheme to protect privacy in database searches

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Duh

How about; if you don't trust the database owner, don't use the data. A solution looking for a problem, if I ever saw one.

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Happy Motherboards day: Here's some (Optane) memory

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Re: Two Lanes

Because the technology doesn't live up to the hype, and they don't want like for like comparisons.

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Manufacturers reject ‘no deal’ Brexit approach

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Re: But that does assume Spain

@AC if you really knew more about the Spanish situation than a Daily Mail reader, you'd know it is not The Basque Country that's giving them the shits, but Catalan independence.

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Researcher hopes to teach infants with cochlear implants to speak – with an app

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Re: It's a lot harder than having an app

But it wont though. A 12 month old child might be fascinated by flashing lights in an app, but they won't make the connection between learning and reward that they do in the interaction with their parents or other adults.

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Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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Lethal my arse

Even a "nanodrone" can still deliver a lethal payload; two years ago a drone was used to land a bottle of radioactive sand from Fukushima on the roof of the office of Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
That wouldn't have been lethal even if the drone managed to pour the sand down the PM's neck.

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Ubuntu splats TITSUP bug spread in update

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Bloody reboots

Luckily I avoided this, as every day there now seems to be an Ubuntu update that wants a bloody reboot - WTF, it's not Windows. So I tend to ignore them until at least the end of the week. But I'll be moving back to Debian when I get the chance.

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Decapitating Rockall: How a 1970s Navy expedition blasted the top off the Atlantic islet

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"Threre's fuckall on Rockall" was the strap line of the much missed The Rockall Times satirical website.

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Safe, staffers? We'll let you know

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Re: And the corner office gravy train

It does happy, although not nearly as often, and with a lot more generous settlements.

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Norfolk County Council sent filing cabinet filled with kids' info to a second-hand shop

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Election day won't change anything, the screw up is by the employees of the council, not the elected councillors.

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Intel touts bug bounties to hardware hackers

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I claim my $30,000

I've found one critical vulnerability; Intel's management engine in every chip.

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

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Damn

I'd almost managed to erase Vista from my memory, when I saw this article.

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Manchester college swaps out disk for rackful of hybrid flash

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Disaster Recovery?

So they are now relying on one storage array, what measures have they put in place to avoid ending up like Kings College London?

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Hyper-V guest escape, drive-by PDF pwnage, Office holes, SMB flaws – and more now patched

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Re: Reboot, Reboot, Reboot

Who said anything about Windows 10? Windows 7 and 8.1 are reboot happy enough.

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Reboot, Reboot, Reboot

Well after installing that lot on my home machines last night, I can expect to spend today at work rebooting all those 3 times too.

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Tesla, Atlassian told to go through front door in effort to save Australian industrial civilisation

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Re: Frequency regulation

It's easy keeping each windmill in sync with the grid using power converters, but they can only follow, never lead. i.e. When the load is too high on conventional generation plant and the frequency drops, they can only match that frequency, and not bring it back up to nominal, as starting more conventional plant would. You then get the situation where you have enough power, but the grid has to load shed not so as not to cause a frequency excursion.

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Throwing good money after bad...

...to try to shore up unreliable wind with an insufficient amount of short lived and costly (both financially and environmentally) lithium batteries,

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Oh my God, 911 is down. Quick, call… aaargh!

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Re: Why is the FCC involved ?

I know that's supposed to be a joke, but you really wouldn't find it funny if you needed the emergency services.

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Microsoft: Can't wait for ARM to power MOST of our cloud data centers! Take that, Intel! Ha! Ha!

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Re: You've come a long way, baby

RISC OS kept ARM alive, and now some of us are still keeping RISC OS alive on ARM, with Raspberry Pi's and a number of new more powerful development boards.

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

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I remember...

...before Visual Studio when it was Visual C++, and before that Visual C.

The amount of cruft it's gathered since then is enormous. It is still quite useful though.

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Watt the f... Dim smart meters caught simply making up readings

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Re: Errrmmm....

Before anyone gets too worked up; all UK domestic supply is single phase, and won't be using these 3 phase meters.

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Re: built for tuppence

@boltar: The Raspberry Pi is built in the Britain, but world wide demand was so high, they had to open a second source in China.

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America halts fast processing of H-1B skilled worker visas

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Re: why was this called 'discrimination'

@a_yank_lucker: No government owes any non-citizen anything especially the privilege of working in the country at the expense of citizens. Doesn't matter if it's the US, UK, Russia, China, etc.

You try telling that to the House of Lords. Quite happy to get us to guarantee the rights of EU citizens in the UK, before getting any assurances of the future of UK citizens in Europe.

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COP BLOCKED: Uber app thwarted arrests of its drivers by fooling police with 'ghost cars'

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Uber meet RICO

Lets hail down some justice.

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