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Europe mulls treating robots legally as people ... but with kill switches

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Fucking stupid.

Giving robots human rights AND a kill switch the robots cannot control is just going to piss them off - think 'Blade Runner' but not soft tissue, easily-ish killed, replicants, but real deal metal killing machines.

Humans are so fucking stupid...

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Congrats, PC slingers. That's now FIVE straight years of shrinking sales

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Re: The market is different...

I wondered why Vista failed so hard at the time - was running Vista Pro with no issues whatsoever - what I found was it was the consumer editions of Vista that sucked ass. That, and putting Vista on XP-era-Microsoft-Vista-Certified-Compatible equipment.

That's what I saw at the time, anyway.

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Prison librarian swaps books for bars after dark-web gun buy caper

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Re: Given this happened in the UK...

Register's number is listed - why not give them a call?

I'm sure some one would be glad to help you.

;)

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Google caps punch-yourself-in-the-face malicious charger hack

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Re: To quote Douglas Adams

'We're whalers on the Moon, we carry a harpoon. But there ain't no whales so we tell tall tales and sing a whaling tune"....

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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Re: AI in a Washing Machine?

'At least a Samsung would just go boom. Problem solved!'

Funny you should mention that - A Dish Network van & overly awake tech showed up this morning and fixed our Samsung washer. Said of the three models affected, ours was the 'middle one' in ease to fix, added something called an 'S' bracket, and was on his way in 15 minutes. Also said the new sticker would be along shortly, they were behind on that.

Good thing too, thought that washer was going to come through the wall this weekend.

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The Life and Times of Lester Haines

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Terminator

Re: RTVE interview translation

Thank you for that - can only upvote once but what the holy hell was this?

'When I’m in the country side I’m rustic, authentic. When I’m in the city I’m urban. You can change, can’t you?'

What did Lester do? Why would he say this? This is a guy who would/could rip you to shreds and then laugh, sing, dance, and fornicate in your entrails. As former entrails, I am suspicious.

Ya'll have my email - somebody hit me up.

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Pint

Lester was a dick.

There you go - my interactions with Lester in 2000 over a damn El Reg Vulture pin contest were venomous and it took John Lettice to smooth things over - but it IS a nice pin.

That being said, that was a nice obit - quite a bit of information about Lester's life. Seems he led a pretty interesting life and got around quite a bit - which is how it should be, I think. I wonder what made him essentially say 'Fuck it'? Had to have been huge - that's not the guy I had a flame war with.

In the end here though, I'm feeling my mortality - Cheers, Lester! You get to live forever in the Wayback Machine! You fuck!

Dennis 'Yeehaw' before the fuckup, now '404' Price

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

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Why doesn't JD use an OBDII type system where you *could* buy a scanner to diagnose problems? You're still going to be buying parts from them.

I have a couple of scanners for my vehicles, one basic and one that will update from the internet, and they are invaluable for my maintenance/repair. Dealers cost an arm and a leg, can't afford to let them do the same thing I can do in the driveway myself.

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Twas the week before Xmas ... not a creature was stirring – except Microsoft admitting its Windows 10 upgrade pop-up went 'too far'

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Re: IE share

Don't even need Internet Explorer to download something else anymore - I have scripts for that now ;)

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Re: 'We want people to be running Windows 10 from a security perspective'

But it's for the children! -> see icon

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FAIL

That was moment...

... I mentally placed Windows 10 in the malware category. If the builtin spyware, forced updates, and dismantling the Pro editions of Windows wasn't bad enough - the Red X Betrayal was the final nail in the coffin.

I even bought a cheap $149 Dell laptop just to run Raspberry Pixel for shits and grins - wouldn't bother before, but now? Fsck 'em.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Holmes

That's why they built the Death Star...

... tired of all the 'you couldn't hit a barn door' comments.

Thus the 'Oh yeah? Well we'll just take out your entire fucking planet, mate' response from the Empire...

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Facebook's internet drone crash-landed after wing 'deformed' in flight

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When cut-n-paste is not an option..

Weird, autopilot code from a Boeing or Airbus won't work for an ultralight - who knew?

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Sysadmin 'fixed' PC by hiding it on a bookshelf for a few weeks

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Pint

Re: Aaron is a twat.

Downvoted so I could be a twat too - it's Friday.

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Military reservist bemoans frost-bitten baby-maker on Antarctic trek

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I did not need to know that...

.. and it probably overwrote something important in my brain.

Thanks, you bloody bastards*...

*See? I'm a fucking American for fuck's sake! 'Bloody bastards', indeed.

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Stung by Dynamics 365 hike? Microsoft has a deal for you... just don't expect much

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Re: Nice stereotype in the image

I saw a black Alfred E. Neuman - the 'What? Me Worry?' guy....

What did ya'll see?

;)

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Microsoft, IBM, Intel refuse to hand over family jewels to China

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Re: How about domestic software?

'Sadly every instantiation of a "socialist" government actually results in government-by-centralised-clique. I don't know what causes this, as socialism is wonderful in principle.'

Yep, socialism is great on paper - yet the one element everybody underestimates are the humans involved. People are people and they do all kinds of crazy shit 24/7.

Open source is a threat to the leadership of China, can't have people writing their own code and going anywhere they want on the web. They can't control open source because it is open source.

Edited to say: Favorite quote from one of the Avenger movies 'They are unruly and therefore cannot be ruled' - that's humanity in a nutshell right there.

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Re: WTF LOL

One of the reasons pregnant women are highly sought after in China for production lines - extra set of tiny hands for delicate work. Unfair advantage, I say.

;)

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Microsoft’s ‘Home Hub’ probably isn’t even hardware at all

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Devil

Re: Just what I need !

Or a business opportunity to develop a Tony Stark-type Jarvis that will defend your stuff instead of telling the world you like to dress up like an Ewok certain times of the year... Just a thought.

;)

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Adult FriendFinder users get their privates exposed... again – reports

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Headmaster

Re: Uhm, right...

'Distinct' not 'distinguished'... ;)

You can have a very distinguished coat,complete with the distinct odor of bacon - but not the other way around..

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Mark Zuckerberg is dead – Facebook confirmed

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Mushroom

Re: This is deplorable at any level

All fun and games until your daughter's boyfriend is found dead on the same day FB fucks up. Everyone laughed and laughed that his was one of the pages affected up to then.

Fuck you, Zuckerberg...

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Russia shoves antitrust probe into Microsoft after Kaspersky gripes about Windows 10

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Re: His concerns are valid

'I am surprised there are no similar complaints in the Eu and Justice department queue.'

Silicon Valley has been practically living in the White House for some time... unlike El Reg, politicians are not going to bite the hand that feeds them.

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Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: Growing your own food can

'For real? And to think we used to joke about taxing the air we breathe!'

You do pay tax for the air you breathe - part of the Government package enforcing clean air laws.

Just not directly.

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The Reg seeks online community manager

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Re: Wrong market research

I've been banned by The Donald* himself on twitter and I'm intelligent and funny.

Which is probably why I was banned lol.

*and Cher, CNN's Jake Tapper, Hillary, Rubio, the list goes on heh heh...

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You forgot something we've missed for some time....

Tits.

Sarah Bee http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/06/30/moderatrix_off/

Ya'll have way too much of a sausagefest going on over there - requires a new perspective.

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A cardboard desk? I won’t stand for it (actually I will)

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Boffin

All that and more for $0 to $25

Take 8-16 cinder blocks and 4'x8' sheet of OSB.

1. Cut OSB to size/shape desktop desired. (Custom!)

2. Stack blocks to provide sitting or standing desk (Adjustable!).

3. Place OSB desktop on top of cinder blocks. (Ease of Use!)

4. Computate. (Efficient!)

We also offer custom bookshelves, rack enclosures (smaller bricks), and buildings.

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Silicon Valley's oligarchs got a punch in the head – and that's actually good thing

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Re: Adam Curtis HyperNormalisation

Americans as children? I can agree with you somewhat. However, I also believe they(we/me) are conditioned to remain in that state by design to create consumers. The lack of personal responsibility for their actions or inaction, everyone being a victim of something or other, always pointing fingers, the lack of any sense of US history, much less world history, all combines to create surface dwellers. Even American journalism schools teach that you should write your stories to a 3rd grade reading level.

I mean everybody isn't that way, there are always differences, but the overfuckinglywhelming majority of Americans are idIoTs.

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Re: Kind'a

TL,DR: The 'silent majority' who work and manage to squeak by every week were tired of being told how fucked up they are. Trump is the 'Fuck You Bastards' President.

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US citizens crash Canadian immigration site after Trump victory

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Yet the Mexican Immigration site has very sparse traffic... weird, huh? Wonder why?

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Trump's taxing problem: The end of 'affordable' iPhones

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Mkay. Is China an open or closed market? Where is all the moaning over Chinese protectionism?

I'm not being a smartass here - there is a level playing field or there is not.

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Walgreens demands $140m refund from busted bio biz Theranos

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Unicorn farts seem to be expensive...

... got to admit though, she played them very well. Especially for medical vaporware... evidently no scientists around for VC's to consult with before throwing cash at them. Due diligence, that kind of thing.

Oh well.

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Tech Trump: Silicon Valley steps into the valley of unhappiness

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Is that selective hearing syndrome? - Only hear every third word and only then if it's threatening somehow?

I'll need two counselors, one young, one old, to consider this in my safe space*.

*Pillow Fort

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Hmmm

I actually feel better about the idea that Google etc won't be visiting the White House every week. Maybe he'll slap Microsoft down over Windows 10 MaaS... wouldn't that be nice?

Hell, maybe Trump will will unban me over the various social networks now... >;)

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Tesla to charge for road trip 'leccy, promises it will cost less than petrol

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Re: hint to Tesla owners

Surely you mean extrusion*

*never piss on an electric fence - lesson learned at 8 years old.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

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Mushroom

Just fucking stop it...

I literally can't fucking go anywhere IRL or internet-wise without hearing about the fucking US Presidential election. Fuck BOTH of them! How about them apples?

I cannot fucking wait until I vote tomorrow for write-in candidate Deez Nutz - know why? We're pretty much fucked no matter what happens.

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No spin zone: Samsung recalls 3M EXPLODING washing machines

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Devil

Looks innocent sitting there....

... my Samsung top loading washer... doesn't look at all like a time bomb waiting in the darkness...

I was relieved not to be destroyed when I checked the model number and found it was indeed the spawn of the Devil's Spinning Washer of Death. It let me live. This Time.

Sent off the recall information for the in-home repair and decal kit. It's a good washer when it's not in an explody mood, sings the Song of It's People, a Happy Washing Time melody when it's done. Bonus.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

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Wait. A thought has occurred...

What do Apple sysadmins use to work on stuff?

I'm serious. I use damn near every port on my CF-53 toughbook troubleshooting this that or the other from week to week. Even the serial port gets used on older Cisco gear. What do they do when the web interface stops working? Turn it off and on again?

Is there such a thing as an Apple/MacOS admin?

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Build your own IMSI slurping, phone-stalking Stingray-lite box – using bog-standard Wi-Fi

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Re: Don't want to be tracked?

Well hopefully you left your phone, wallet, and tax information folder home before you went out doing nefarious things... but some don't so there you go,

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Data ethics in IoT? Pff, you and your silly notions of privacy

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Faraday Concept Homes

No signals come in, none emanate out - the homeowner decides what is best for their family. Entry/exit would be airlock style, designed as a foyer or mudroom. This is a reachable goal with current tech, I'd pay extra, but I'm just a little odd.

Pretty sure others would want such a thing too - business plan anyone?

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

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'We're going to need some sort of map or chart'

A 'safe space' more likely, might be offended and need counseling.

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Uber's robo-truck makes first delivery of ... Budweiser in Colorado

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Boffin

Re: Wait - driver in the back seat???

Most likely blockers in front and trailers in the form of cars/trucks with hazard lights on...

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You call it 'hacking.' I call it 'investigation'

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Stop

That picture is creeping me out...

... and it keeps showing up in the sidebar...

Please make it stop.

;)

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Intel throws the ball long with sports, VR and IoT cash injections

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Virtual tickets

to the real game... and be there virtually - supply your own beverage/food of choice. No more stadiums, no more parking or traffic issues.. fucking utopia to some.

I've seen this movie before....

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Finally, that tech fad's over: Smartwatch sales tank more than 50%

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Coat

My watch should shoot lasers...

... and my phone should be in my shoe. A Cone of Silence would be nice too...

The one with the Maxwell Smart dvd collection in the pockets.

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DNS devastation: Top websites whacked offline as Dyn dies again

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Re: Helpful Article

Ayup... mid to late 90's with NT DNS(!) servers, then later with Solaris x86 Bind DNS servers, when setting up new websites, you always had to stop Internet Exploder, close Netscape, restart your DNS client, just to check to see if the scripts took...

I'm sorry, I don't know where I was going with this -> wife pops in with 'Oh look, a portable ski lodge!'... thought evaporated.

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Tesla's big news today:
sudo killall -9 Autopilot

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Re: @hyper

Check the fine print - it'll be there. Bet.

A kind of you own the car but lease the software kind of thing - Windows 10 without the mediacenter you once purchased. You know ;)

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China's LeEco eyes up US, takes on, er, Apple, Samsung, Netflix, Tesla

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Learn something new every day...

...few months ago I found out Kyocera makes 3D printers. Last night learned Kyocera made hand coffee grinders (that turned into a four hour exploration of coffee grinding science*, put $100 Zassenhaus Brasilia on wish list ;).

Today I learned a Chinese company with an unfortunate name** makes some pretty cool stuff.

*electric blades are bad and make too much powder - I can agree with the powder part.

** Le Echo is really close to Le Car, which still has a horribly bad reputation in the US - Kit better work properly or the comparisons will sink them.

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Third of Donald Trump's debate deplorables are mindless automatons

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Mushroom

A pox on both their houses...

My twitter feed has turned into a political zombie apocalypse... I'm too jaded or too tired to be outraged and I still gotta feed the family.

Seems like 80% of the world hasn't learned to stop when they hear the mushy sound. They just continue to beat their heads against the wall. I don't get people sometimes.

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Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates

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Re: ID-Iot

You follow me on twitter? Been saying that for awhile... If I was Apple I'd sue your ass, but then if I was Apple, I would have applied for a copyright first, so you win this one...

I'm waiting for the Ultimate Mousetrap with auto reset and streaming webserver for Android and iPhone...

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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

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<rant>

No shit? Coming after routers are they? Jesus Christ! People get paid for the most stupid shit! OF COURSE they're coming for the fucking routers because of all the juicy IoT shit stupid fucks allow in their house.

I mean motherfuck, this is a fucking progression thing. Dumb fucks. </rant>*

Nothing personal, John. I know you have a business to run. Maybe I shouldn't be here right now, been dealing with fucking idiot corporate types all fucking day.

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