* Posts by Robert Helpmann??

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Penetration tester pokes six holes in Dell EMC's RecoverPoint products

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Loser McLoserface

Hardcoded root password...

LDAP credentials sent in cleartext...

Saving the worst for last. These two are so ridiculous, it's like someone lost a drinking contest and the penalty was to put these in the loser's project somehow. Either that, or there was a bet as to how long these would go undiscovered.

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Facebook Android app caught seeking 'superuser' clearance

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Re: Oh Sorreee! Sorree!

The next logical step for FB is to develop and distribute their own phones. They could give them out for "free" all over the world, just like they do with their app.

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Your parents love you, Cortana. That's why we bought you an upgrade

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Bird just parrots what it's heard...

We mean Petra the parrot in Orlando, Florida, whose YouTube channel shows off her ability to control Alexa.

...I guess this makes the animal a rock star in the world of AI.

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Signal bugs, car hack antics, the Adobe flaw you may have missed, and much more

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Re: 'White House was going to do away with its cyber security advisor role'

5- Why have an advisor if you are going to ignore the advice?

6- Rinse and repeat.

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Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Early information

The UK, in particular London, have had problems with high knife crime - banning knives would not be practical but guns are a different beast.

The genie is already out of the bottle and it isn't going back. The US is never going to be rid of guns. My take on politicians of all stripes who bring that up is they are trying to get out the base using scare tactics because they know this, no matter how sincere they are on the subject.

Your statement, Simple Si, points to one thing that seems pretty important: the weapons are not the core issue, it's the violence that needs to be addressed. Easy access to guns makes the scope so much greater than it might be otherwise (until kids learn some basic chemistry and we shift from school shootings to school bombings), but why the hell are people resorting to this level of violence? What are the underlying causes that lead people to do these horrible things? I doubt there a single cause. Gang violence, poverty, teens looking to commit suicide by going out in a blaze of glory because teens, mental health issues (of which "teen" might be a subset), a culture that glorifies violence in many forms - how many of these are addressed by the groups fighting over gun rights? How many of them have been addressed successfully or even in part?

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Tech support made the news after bomb squad and police showed up to 'defuse' leaky UPS

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Bypass and Defeat

I had a rack of beautiful new routers and switches set up in the server room I had recently reworked all the wiring for. One of my coworkers brought in a contractor for some additional wiring work going to some of his systems. The switches were plugged into several different UPS-powered outlets through a set of surge suppressors that were located behind the rack, under the raised floor. Redundant power supplies? Check! Surge suppressors? Check! Multiple power outlets in use? Check! UPS for everything? Check! Idiot who pulled up the floor and danced along the power strips turning everything off? Check! Check! Check!

The contractor got walked out of the building. My coworker got a reprimand for letting this guy loose unsupervised. I got to enjoy having our department head watch over my shoulder while I reconfigured the kit which had lost some of its settings as a result of the power outage.

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Super Cali goes ballistic: mugshot site atrocious

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Re: strange

The mug shots would have been copyright of the cops...

Pics taken by government officials as part of their jobs are official documents and as such are not protected from unsanctioned use by copyright laws in the US. There are other legal limits, but copyright does not apply.

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Re: Hmmmm

When Trump says "they are not sending their best", he may not be half wrong.

Deeper political context aside, this statement means virtually nothing with the combination of qualifiers and waffling that you have managed to cram into six - six! - words. While El Presidente may not be half wrong, he might be or he might be entirely right or entirely wrong. He might be right (or wrong) about whether someone is sending someone else and the same for the quality of those being sent (or not). A little of Column A, a little of Column B?

From the down votes, I would assume that our fellow commentards believe you agree with Trump and disapprove of this sentiment, but I have to give you one for phrasing.

Where's the Archer icon?

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Lawyers for Marcus Hutchins: His 'I made malware' jail phone call isn't proper evidence

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There are times, more and more of them lately, when I'm disgusted by my own government.

This only means that you have become more and more aware of what our country has practiced all along. Study a bit of history. It may no be the most cheerful of experiences, but it will certainly be eye-opening. You might want to start with Miranda v. Arizona and why the warning has to be given in the first place (funny how Arizona keeps popping up in this discussion). Work your way backward from there. Have fun.

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Don't try and beat AI, merge with it says chess champ Garry Kasparov

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John Henry Redux

For a while computer + human may be better. But soon computers will be better without humans.

Better in what sense? Better in being able to solve a problem or set of problems? Perhaps, but then what? At this point, AI is a means to an end. Just as cars are a more efficient way to go long distances than walking and self-driving cars might soon become a safer way to do so, AI is and will provide better ways to achieve certain goals. Once the goal is achieved, is there nothing beyond it? Is there any intrinsic value in the goal or is it simply a way to gain something else?

This isn't a new story and it's one I do not think we have the ending for yet.

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Bombshell discovery: When it comes to passwords, the smarter students have it figured

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Lazy, lazy people

1. Default character limit

2. Add numbers, symbols, and uppercase

3. Rotated at minimum every 3 months

What can we do to improve upon that? 2FA is a good start, personally if I were smart enough I'd create a password creation system that doesnt allow proper words from a dictionary at all.

2FA is a really good start. Definitely none of this biometric, my fingerprint is both my UID and my password crap. How about a check by sites that rely on password using a hash comparison much as was done for this study?

As far as not allowing proper words, if you just rely on the math, you could allow it if you stipulated a minimum number of words be used to get the same degree of complexity a more standard password requiring upper, lower, numeric and special characters. You might also have to adjust hashing to avoid collisions due to the greater number of characters involved. An unabridged English dictionary has about 470,000 entries (https://www.merriam-webster.com/help/faq-how-many-english-words). Knocking that down to most common words, let's call it 100,000, still gets you huge variability. More educated people are apt to have a larger vocabulary, but less educated are more likely to misspell words, so from this very loose analysis there is little practical difference in terms of resistance to brute force or dictionary attacks.

A four word pass phrase, assuming any may be capitalized, would yield somewhere around 1.6E21 combinations. Assuming 100 possible characters for use with a more standard style password, it would have to be 10 or 11 characters in length to achieve the same.

Perhaps an interesting follow up on this might be passwords as used by mobile users vs those generated from a regular keyboard.

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Zookeepers charged after Kodiak bear rides shotgun to Dairy Queen

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Re: Sense of humor

It was about as dangerous as the neighbor's German Shepherd.

Based on what criteria? An average year old Kodiak bear weighs around 100lbs compared to a very large German Shepherd of 85lbs. This animal is most likely first or second generation in captivity compared to a German Shepherd with literally thousands of years of domestic breeding behind it. The zookeepers are not, presumably, animal trainers and were doing something that they most likely have little to no experience with and therefor little to nothing upon which to judge how the animal would act. Understand, too, that zoo enclosures are as much about keeping people from harming the animals as the other way around. In many jurisdictions, local law enforcement is responsible for animal control, including dealing with bears that wander into the area. They typically have at least some training in this area. I have seen this play out with bears on two occasions, both of which amounted to keeping people away and letting the animal get where it was heading. I have friends who have had to deal with bears in this capacity when they have got aggressive toward people. Also, I believe the article specified provincial government, not local. Finally, the zookeepers admitted they screwed up!

At least now we know what the Canadian equivalent to "Here, hold my beer!" is.

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UK's Royal Navy buys £13m mine-blasting robot boat

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Re: :- In Defence and Praise of DeadHeads Processing Everything to Improve Approved.*

...Prime Prize Plum Penetrations...

Classic! You have more than earned my up-vote. Have a virtual pint as well.

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Re: :- In Defence and Praise of DeadHeads Processing Everything to Improve Approved.*

amanfromMars, could you at least make your response an acronym or use alliteration or something? If it's worth doing, welll.... whatever it is you are doing, isn't it worth putting that little extra effort in to make it entertaining? No, not an attack, just a request.

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LESTER looks up, spins its wheels: The Register’s beer-butler can see ...

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HAL says...

I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that

Win95 and Win98 stored system error messages in the registry. I updated a few on my boss's machine to slightly other than original factory settings, including the one you suggested. Glad she could take a joke!

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The Sun will blow up into a huge, glowing bubble of gas during its death

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Re: Cute conversion: 40,000 Kelvin (~ 39,727 degrees Celcius)

Or use proper engineering units to give proper significant digits: 40 kC.

Or very, really, truly proper El Reg units: 3,970Hn.

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Waymo van prang, self-driving cars still suck, AI research jobs, and more

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Re: Dumb drivers

People freaked out over automated elevators/lifts. It wasn't until there was a labor shortage that automation in that area picked up. It took almost 50 years from viable automation to widespread adoption. It isn't the technology that prevented the uptake, but people's opinion. People haven't changed, so I expect a similar lag in acceptance of self-driving cars.

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The Rocky Planet Picture Show: NASA Mars InSight ready for launch

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Re: Marco A/B Cubesats

Which is where the sterling work of the Reg Standards Bureau comes in - no risk of mixing up metric and imperial...

Still difficult as the article references the "briefcase-sized spacecraft" only briefcase is not a standard measurement. I did in-depth research on the subject and found that a briefcase may range in volume from a little over 6 to right at 13 Bulgarian funbags. The engineers need to be careful with this or the whole thing could be a bust!

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The steaks have never been higher: Swiss Lidl is selling local cannabis

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Re: Confused

Its because Lidl stores sell st... Weight... it runes the joke if you halve too explain it. Let's meat up there and find out if the gnu products are worth righting home about.

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US techies: We want to see Pentagon's defence of winner-takes-all cloud contract

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That doesn't mean what you think it means...

Remember how George Lucas had a fit in the '80s when the media started referring to the "Strategic Defense Initiative" as "Star Wars"?

Lucas is a pioneer when it came to marketing. He funded the second and third installments of his Star Wars franchise using funds gained from being able to sell the merchandising rights to various toy makers, et cetera. No-one had done anything like that before. While it might have seemed at the time that he was upset about the use of Star Wars in this context, he was really trying to keep his properties in the public eye. Like all such efforts, it's just mind tricks.

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It's not rocket science! Actually it is, and it's been a busy frickin week

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Swords to Plowshares

Originally designed for carrying nuclear warheads... the Rockot ...shepherd[ed] the satellite into an orbit approximately 800 km above the surface of the Earth.

I much prefer this use over the original. Drinks all around.

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Avengers: Infinity War: More Marvel-ous moolah for comic film-erverse, probably

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Re: Miserable old git

Yes! I want to see a scene with the talking bomb come to (very brief) life on-screen.

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BOFH: Guys? Guys? We need blockchain... can you install blockchain?

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Re: Missed a trick here

Remote car start, smoke detectors... those actually can be useful. To fully embrace the cluster that is IOT, it needs to be more along the lines of the smart light bulbs that double as speaker, microphone and laser turret or the smart toilet that ties into the wireless stereo to provide superb sub-woofer functionality to your wireless whole-house media system along with a seat-based shiatsu massage. Or an IoT pet rock.

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Russians poised to fire intercontinental ballistic missile... into space with Sentinel-3 sat on board

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Venery Name Game

Having a constellation of two satellites...

While two can technically comprise a group and constellation is a reasonable group name for satellites, it's still just a line in the sky, innit?

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Millions of scraped public social net profiles left in open AWS S3 box

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Default access

...should be set to allow only the owner/creator. I'm only starting to deal with systems in AWS and haven't set any up, so maybe that is the default and the folks responsible for this wen out of their way to screw things up. Maybe there were no tools that would allow the auditing of permissions. Maybe the cat's out of the proverbial bag and the only thing we can do is to point and laugh so those who made this mistake know to never do it again.

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Civil war erupts at top of FCC over Sinclair's creepy grasp on US telly

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Re: Red tape is socialist

It's the artificial red tape and its associated rules that lead to cheating.

I might concede that without rules, there would be no cheating, but I don't think that this is the direction you wanted to take your argument. There can and never will be such a thing as an unregulated free market because as soon as one company achieves the upper hand, they crush the competition and have a perpetual self-serving monopoly thus making the market significantly less free. The only thing that makes self-governing associations work is the threat of outside governance and even then it is often a case of setting the fox to watch the hen house.

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Data exfiltrators send info over PCs' power supply cables

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Re: Not really

If I understand this properly, in order for this to be effective, the malware would have to be installed on the target machine or machines and it the attacker would have to have physical access to the facility power lines and the machines should not be on battery backup and definitely not on multiple battery backup systems (a scenario not uncommon in high value targets). This sounds like something a nation state actor would use as a last resort as there are plenty of easier ways to get the job done.

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Penis pothole protester: Cambridge's 'Wanksy' art shows feted

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It's *so* hard!

Yep, we should erect something to stop it happening

No, you are onto something here. If a simple patch has an limited lifespan, then increasing the length and hardness of the patch will extend that, allowing it to stay up and working it for months. I propose shoving a 10 foot steel pole right into each hole. This will have the practical effect of plugging the holes and extending the length of time the patch will be effective. Bigger is better!

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UK defines Cyber DEFCON 1, 2 and 3, though of course doesn't call it that

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Going down for the last time

Might have been nibbled a bit by fishes

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Just a skeleton, really

Davy Jones has got his bones, but the fishes got his stones.

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Patch or ditch Adobe Flash: Exploit on sale, booby-trapped Office docs spotted in the wild

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Re: Forced to use Flash

My current solution is to restore from a backup image once a week or so to remove all traces of flash.

You might find it just as secure but less of a hassle to use a non-persistent VM and not restore the host machine so often. This essentially automates what you are doing now.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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Re: Sex sells

And clickbaiting works

... and so do other kinds of ...baiting, though not what was claimed in this case. I am interested in how the fine was assessed. If there was a signed agreement or if there is just something posted saying don't do this or if it is the sauna telling their customers they have to pay the sauna a fine for a civil violation or be taken to court to face charges. Being in the same room together cannot be illegal even though a public sex act might be. Proving the latter is problematic as it implies having cameras or eyes where they shouldn't be. This leaves the sauna in a position where customers can tell them to pound sand and kick rocks, which seems to be the case here.

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Fear the Reaper: Man hospitalised after eating red hot chilli pepper

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does it keep rabbits and deer at bay?

Rue and cat piss keeps them away. If you don't have a cat of your own, see about getting the remains of a neighbor's litter box and spreading it in a circle around the perimeter of your garden. If you add a double fence, you will have a very effective deterrent.

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Death in paradise: 'Cyber attack' takes out national government's IT

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Re: InfoSec contractor here....

[...waiting] for the advert for Information Security Professionals to come out...

This was the first thing that crossed my mind, tbh. I've worked in worse locales for sure.

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There's security – then there's barbed wire-laced pains in the arse

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Best Practice

We use 2FA for everything where I work. From getting on the network to accessing shares to logging into internal applications, it's all 2FA. We still have to change our passwords on a regular basis which means that most users will have forgotten what they set it to weeks ago and need to call the help desk to get it reset for them.I cannot think of a single person who enjoys this drill and it is completely unnecessary. I'm trying to get the process changed so that I don't have to endure it any more and someone up the ladder can take credit for my idea (a win-win situation in my environment).

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Birds can feel Earth's magnetic fields? Yeah, that might fly. Bioboffins find vital sense proteins

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Re: How would it feel?

Possibly some people are sensitive to polarization of light, but if so it would only work during the day when the sun is shining.

Sunlight is not the only natural light that is polarized. Moonlight (technically reflected sunlight) and starlight are available at night and are polarized, too. Do a search for the greater mouse-eared bat's use of polarized light for navigation for an example.

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Sysadmin shut down the wrong server, and with it all European operations

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Re: Powerdown Kid?

That's NOT what an I/O port is used for!

Damn it! I just go this keyboard. Now look at it!

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Modern life is rubbish – so why not take a trip down memory lane with Windows File Manager?

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Re: Surprising Comeback on Windows 10

Plus ca change.....

...plus ça devient de la merde.

I so wish OS publishers would treat the GUI as a separate, distinct thing. This applies many times over to Microsoft who have cost untold amounts of time in re-training people do do the exact same jobs they had previously done for years. Every time there is an OS or application upgrade, they push out something new. None of it is great, but at some point it works and those that only use 10% don't need anything more. Those that use the other bits don't get excited over wasting more time over the egos in Redmond imposing another change, or at least not in a good way. Change should not be conflated with progress. Added functionality should not require a complete revamp of the user interface in order to be implemented.

Also, PowerShell is a command line interface, despite the phrasing in the article that implied otherwise. Like everything else Microsoft, it was a change that no-one was crying out for.

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Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

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Re: Feint?

More likely we are just getting coverage on Telegram while other services are being targeted but remain out of the media spotlight at this time. Also, Telegram has a large number of users. Make an announcement like this and see who starts downloading other similar apps in your region and you have a ready-made list for surveillance purposes.

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Block blocked: Google to banish cryptominers from Chrome Web Store

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Bête Noire

Not as bad as Facebook... Talk about damning by faint praise. I don't understand why anyone thought using a browser extension was a bright idea anyway. Yes, it might run in the background... making your computer slow while you are trying to use it and incurring needless overhead in that the browser needed to be running if it was going to work while the system was not otherwise in use.

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

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Re: I'm confused..............

Or am I missing something?

I would guess that you are conflating the age of the universe and the time it took to get to us or the age of the star due to the way the statement was phrased. If it makes you feel better, you should note that the headline does exactly the same sort of thing in equating the time that it took the light to get to us with distance as the light did not travel in a straight line (gravitational lensing) and the universe is expanding, both of which play in the measurement of distance, especially at the scales involved.

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Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Re: Clear cut...

From the article: "it’s very clear it would have been difficult to avoid this collision in any kind of mode [autonomous or human-driven] based on how [the victim] came from the shadows right into the roadway."

One of the selling points of autonomous vehicles is that they are not limited by human senses. They can see under vehicles and around corners and they can certainly detect that someone was lurking in the shadows even if it was between two parked cars on the side of the road. If I as a driver notice someone or something lurking there, I pay attention, slow down or otherwise take precautions for just this eventuality.

Two implications of the above quote are that police are simply unfamiliar with the capabilities of self-driving vehicles or that they are and those abilities are being overstated.

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Brit police forces spend peanuts on cybercrime training

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Yes, it would be interesting and perhaps more informative to see a breakdown of costs per officer for each jurisdiction, both in percentage and absolute terms. Context is important.

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

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Re: Not one to take the G-Men's side very often, but within tight limits...

Everything in the article points to the use of tools and methods that are, at least on the face of it, already established and legitimate. There should be no controversy in requiring a warrant to gain this information and it should be considered worth noting that the information was brought to the attention of the public through legal means rather than extralegal. I certainly have no illusions that these methods cannot or will not be misused, but that in and of itself does not mean that it is wrong that they exist, just that they should used appropriately and that the public should have a right to be informed about their use and hold the ultimate power over it.

Here's the rub: the public that should be paying attention, caring about how this plays out, and has the most to lose through its abuse is the same public that is willing to give away all their rights for a few shiny baubles granted by Facebook, Google, et al. This is a problem of human nature and behavior, not of tools, laws or rights. It does not inspire confidence.

Also, this:

The first crime was the murder... the second an arson attack... the third, sexual battery... suggesting that the police force is using the approach to discover potentially incriminating evidence for increasingly less serious crimes.

Sorry, what?! Besides the awkward phrasing of ever increasing lessening (Updecreasingness? Superungrowing? How about "decreasingly"? ), all three of these crimes are all very serious. Nothing in the statement suggested that the police were in fact abusing their powers in these cases to go after significantly lesser crimes, only that the very real potential was there. That's the difference between "is" and "could". I tend not to criticize the articles themselves here on El Reg, but this was a lapse in logic and rigor of reporting that I am highlighting as a curmudgeonly service. Please feel free to down-vote. It is better than kicking a puppy though both activities may be monitored by the State.

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Facebook suspends account of Cambridge Analytica whistleblower

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Re: I did not have sexual relations...

Protecting people’s information is at the heart of everything we do...

Ha ha ha ha ha ha... Ahhhh-ha ha ha! Sorry, couldn't even keep a straight face in print after reading that one.

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Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'

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Re: Nude Petanque

Proper steel balls are mandatory.

Cue the Superman jokes...

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Europe is living in the past (by nearly six minutes) thanks to Serbia and Kosovo

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Re: Mains powered clock

The clock thing is just a symptom. The real issue is that of less electricity being put into the system than was claimed and is not being provided.

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Facebook Onavo Protect doesn't protect against Facebook

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Re: "Strafach, in an email to The Register, said it's not clear what Facebook is doing."

Let me spell it out by addressing Strafach's comments.

"They can easily clear things up by explaining more precisely why they collect certain data..."

- Because they are douchebags.

"...and what they do with it..."

- Whatever douchebags do with your data.

"...so I don’t understand why they are so vague about it..."

- Because douchebaggery!

"I do hope they are being respectful of user privacy..."

- You can hope in one hand, sir...

"... and it would be very nice if they clarified that I think."

- But they make more money being complete and total douchebags.

There is only one answer when the product does something other than what the author tells you it will by design. If you are being lied to, either through weasel words in a contract, through misdirection or omission as to how something works, or any other way for that matter, then you are dealing with a douchebag. Take appropriate and immediate action (see icon if this is not clear enough to work with).

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Audit finds Department of Homeland Security's security is insecure

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Re: Shrug

Here's where it gets interesting to me. I was hired on almost three years ago to help during a surge action geared to get Coast Guard up to speed. The then-most-recent audit had revealed a lot of similar crap and CG was worst of the Agency in overall score. I had a great time getting my portion of things up to current levels. Basically, I was told to ask permission and then do it within a given time regardless. I got to work on a few side projects that saved a lot of money. It was a wonderful experience. When I left, pretty much everything was up to then-acceptable levels.

Two years later, they are back in the same hole. Security is a moving target. It requires constant and ongoing work. This is the biggest challenge: keeping everything up to date. There is not and never will be a static state to achieve in this area.

There are many challenges specific to different agencies. In the case of the USCG, one of them is that many of their systems are at sea at a given time. This is not an excuse, however, for not maintaining a strong security stance. That is on leadership and those holding the purse strings. I have seen this exact cycle play out over and over again, which is a shame. It is very simple at least in big strokes to describe the antidote: always be prepared. Don't slack off once compliance has been achieved. Keep everything patched and up to date. How ironic that the USCG motto is "Semper Paratus" given their lack of readiness.

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Google assisting the Pentagon in developing AI for its drones

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Re: But TensorFlow is Open Source!

Czrly, what you bring up is really at the heart of what I think the ethics of this are. Not the bit about working on open source because it can be abused - that kind of thinking leads to stagnation as anything can be re-purposed to accomplish goals other than what was originally intended. The real ethical issues as I see them are 1) when is it ethical to develop new weapons and 2) when is it ethical to use them?

The article brings up the idea that ethics are tied to risk analysis and that not enough has been done, but that is just a matter of spending the time and doing the analysis and perhaps implementing and proving failsafes. Once we are past that, we are still stuck with the above to questions.

My feeling is that AI used by a nation for political or military (what difference, really?) goal should be governed by the same rules as any other use or threat of force, but that is just my simple opinion. The first question as to when it is ethical to create a new weapon is much more complex and I don't know where to begin on it.

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Martian microbes may just be resting – boffins

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Total Tautology

...absolutely terrible Val Kilmer vehicle...

Bit redundant, yes?

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