* Posts by nijam

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AI trained to sniff out fake news online may itself be fake news: Bot has mixed results in classifying legit titles

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> Die Hard Democrat came up as Left...

Die Hard Democrat came up as slightly-less Right?

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Apple forgot to lock Intel Management Engine in laptops, so get patching

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Re: ME capability should be fused

> You absolutely did pay for the capability... we all have, whether we wanted to or not

Sooner or later, we're all going to pay very heavily for this kind of idiocy.

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AI-powered IT security seems cool – until you clock miscreants wielding it too

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It may simply be because they have a different understanding of "risk". IT types will see "risk" as meaning "security risk" whereas PHBs will simply be thinking of the "business risk" of it simply not doing what they want (which is, in any case, something they don't really know either).

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You know all those movies you bought from Apple? Um, well, think different: You didn't

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Re: Yet another Apple "problem" click-bait article

> ... every other in the domain has same problem...

Well, unlike Apple, they don't say they're selling you the movie (implicitly, since it's what you get when you pay them money) as opposed to a subscription that let's you stream it.

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We're doomed: Defra's having a cow over its Brexit IT preparations

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I know we've heard "Brexit mean brexit" often enough, but what it actually means (hidden behind the laughable triviality of the phrase) is "brexit means 'no deal'", surely?

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

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Re: The layers keep piling up

Maybe changing an injector was that simple 20 years ago, not so much these days.

> I own a car it is my duty to know how it works.

I doubt many people have the time or mental capacity to apply that principle to everything they own. Knowing how something works is - very obviously - not the same as being able to repair it; how far down the rabbit hole do you think people should be expected to go, I wonder?

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I blame the idiots who started the trend of using www. as a way of (re)writing http: at the beginning of a URL.

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Apple shocked, SHOCKED I tell you, to find gambling in its Chinese App Store

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> ... users claimed they were being scammed out of money ...

Err... isn't that what gambling is, actually?

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The Death of the Gods: Not scared of tech yet? You haven't been paying attention

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Re: --->Götterdämmerung.

> ... many of the ancient scholars seemed to have believed that the search for secular knowledge led to perdition...

Well, they would, wouldn't they?

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Amnesty slaps Google amid crippled censored China search claims

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Re: It's just a test.

> They'll be deploying stuff like the "right to be forgotten"

Actually, this is indeed a variant of the "right to be forgotten" - namely the right to have someone/something else "forgotten".

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Censorship is a tool of corrupt government. That is to say, government.

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2TB or not 2TB: Microsoft fiddles with OneDrive as competition offers twice the storage

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> ... also gets you Office for PC or Mac ...

So would a 2TB offering dump 2 copies of Office on you?

Personally, I'd rather forgo Office, and have the extra space. But that's not in the MS plan for making money, is it?

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UK cyber security boffins dispense Ubuntu 18.04 wisdom

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Re: Good idea.

> ... those who should know better are often the worst offenders ...

You expect the "Director" to know better?

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Linux kernel 4.18 delayed: Bug ate my rc7, says Linus Torvalds

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Re: That's the advantage of running Windows...

> Sixty upvotes: you all do realize he's being sarcastic ?

Hmmm... Are you completely sure about that?

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How much do you think Cisco's paying erstwhile Brit PM David Cameron?

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Re: BFH

> Majority of the UK population? Growing support?

Maybe not now, but at the time, definitely so. Don't forget they polled more votes than the SNP, who have many more seats in Parliament.

The only reason they imploded is because they were set up to fight the battle, not clear up the mess afterwards. Neither UKIP, nor Cameron, nor any sensible person, expected the vote to go in favour of brexit. Cameron thought, along with apparently politically-informed people, that offering the brexit referendum was an empty promise to silence the whingers. Not his fault he was wrong about that, though you seem convinced that blaming him as an easy target (because he's doing something else now?) is better than blaming those more directly responsible. There's a long enough list still active in UK politics, after all.

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Re: Dual use is hard.

Yes, better knives meant better swords, better engineering meant better guns, ...

Always has, always will. It's human nature.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: What is autonomous?

> Many weapon systems, both complex and simple, once deployed are autonomous.

This. An arrow, once released from the archer's bow, is autonomous.

As you say, the whole thing is meaningless PR. But then, so is AI.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Re: Mainframe?

> ...Microsoft's cunning plan too. Computing as a service...

Computing as an obstruction, more like.

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Re: Pointless?

> And it's been around for yonks.

And it doesn't work except for the most trivial configurations. Much like Windows itself, obviously.

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Microsoft commits: We're buying GitHub for $7.5 beeeeeeellion

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Re: Aladdin

> They'll want to monetise it somehow...

N..., No..., Nokia

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New UK drone laws are on the way – but actual Drones Bill still in limbo

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> What is a "drone" when it comes to this legislation?

Same as for all other new legislation - a Government spokesman brought in to make fatuous and ill-informed claims about the need for the legislation and to claim that it won't affect anyone except terrorists/paedophiles/tax evaders/...

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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

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Re: Waiting for the EU is a waste of time

> ... fund reduced taxes for everyone ...

Hahahahaha. Hahaha.

No.

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Scissors cut paper. Paper wraps rock. Lab-made enzyme eats plastic

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Re: shipping it around

> What was wrong with old fashioned paper bags anyway?

By some measures (not all, obviously) they are worse for the environment, apparently.

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Re: Ringworld Calling...

> ... Ringworld creator's civilisation failed because of an errant bacteria being accidentally introduced that ate all of their superconductors.

As I recollect, it was not accidental - it was a deliberate act by a (different) alien civilisation.

Which somehow makes all this talk about enzymes and the (presumed) bacteria that produce them slightly more scary.

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GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'

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Re: plus ça change ...

> unless you read ... the average person had very little knowledge of what went on behind the Iron Curtain

I think you might well know even less about it if you *did* read the Morning Star.

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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Re: Civil laws

> ... Plod just doesn't have the resources

They seem to have plenty of resources for lots of things that don't matter very much.

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Re: UK Laws are the problem

> ... if you lose then you may well find that YOU are having to pay the other sides legal fees as well as your own

It's not entirely clear how that is wrong, in fact. The intent is to penalise mendacious lawsuits, which are rife in the USA (or so I've heard).

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Hold the phone: Mystery fake cell towers spotted slurping comms around Washington DC

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> ... I am now wondering if there are any in Paris

Don't worry, I'm sure you haven't been left out.

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Cambridge Analytica 'privatised colonising operation', not a 'legitimate business', says whistleblower

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> ranged from the believable to the stuff of conspiracy theorists

Not all that much of a range, these days, it seems.

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Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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Re: No right to conceal information

> There is no way to read the original court order to imply that it asked for anything remotely resembling a "universal skeleton key..."

And yet, as should be evident to all readers of this august journal, the court order was based on a request from the FIB that they knew full well could only be done in such a way as to be a universal lockpick. I'm surprised that even needs to be pointed out.

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

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> if you had a Notes "evangelist" in the company you would find pockets of little Notes based apps all over the place doing clever (and sometimes not so clever)

Yeah, we had one of those. "Sometimes not so clever"? In fact, usually not so clever, we found.

> ... because there was no easy replacement for what those apps did

Our experience was that the main difficulty was in finding out what they did (what they were meant to do was often somewhat different), so they could be ported to an actually-supported system.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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> If Facebook hasn't played the spam card yet, it surely will...

What? Surely Facebook *is* spam?

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Google to 'forget me' man: Have you forgotten what you said earlier?

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> Might as give up any attempts at rehabilitation.

In this particular case, it's been stated that the SELF-PUBLICIST gave interviews about his activities after being convicted. Rehabilitation may well have ridden off into the sunset at that point.

It may also be a sound reason for this case not to set a general precedent.

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Re: What DOES the EU Want Google to Be?

> The EU mandates a right to be forgotten as a general right.

It absolutely does not. It does not require newspapers to delete or censor their own articles, or even prevent people looking at them, for example.

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FYI: There's a cop tool called GrayKey that force unlocks iPhones. Let's hope it doesn't fall into the wrong hands!

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> I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting and issue a patch?

I'm assuming Apple will get their hands on one of these devices, figure out what zero-day it is exploiting, and deny it's possible to exploit it.

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Trump’s immigration policies costing US tech jobs says LogMeIn CEO

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> They only go off script when you start being a dick

They only go off script when they start being a dick

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Re: Outsource the biggest overheads first...

> ...getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the company...

Getting rid of staff because "we don't know what we're/they're doing" is an admission of failure in the management.

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OK, deep breath, relax... Let's have a sober look at these 'ere annoying AMD chip security flaws

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> Like many here I was deeply involved in fixing Y2K issues

Whereas, like many others here, I was involved in wasting my time confirming that none of our software or IT equipment would be affected by the Y2K issues. (And just to make the point, I'll point out that it was repeatedly hyped as a "millennium bug", when it was merely a "century bug".)

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NASA on SpaceX's 2015 big boom: Bargain bin steel liberated your pressure vessel

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Re: the $5 part that blew up the rocket

> ... might only need, say, $100 of paper trail ...

Oh, how quaint! An optimist!

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Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

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Re: In Loco Parentis

> A school's monitoring of its pupils should reflect that.

Not quite equivalent to behaving like the STASI, surely?

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Slack cuts ties to IRC and XMPP, cos they don't speak Emoji

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Re: Slack? IRC?

> ... it's a no brainer.

I've never been quite clear what that is being used to mean. Is it "the obvious solution", or is it "only something a person with no brain would do"

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Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

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The fact is that Maplin has been a "dead man walking" for years. All the commentards' diatribes about venture capitalists and the like is misplaced, because they are talking about symptoms, not causes.

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> 1) the stuff is not available on the internet

Actually, it probably is.

> 3) the staff are key to the selection process

I take you haven't actually been in a store recently

> 4) buying across internet is otherwise impracticable - DIY materials (pots of paint, length of 2 by 4)

DIY and builders merchants do online sales and they deliver

> 5) browsing is fun (allegedly) - garden centres etc

I refute that allegation

> 6) I need it now!

... so I order online instead of having to wait until the store opens? (Maybe you closer to that particular store than I do, though.)

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Info Commissioner tears into Google's 'call us journalists' trial defence

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Re: Both sides are wrong here

> Thompson and Venables WERE given the right to be forgotten by the trial judge...

...which makes a mockery of the system.

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Good luck saying 'Sorry I'm late, I had to update my car's firmware'

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Re: And the reverse is...

> Even Microsoft waits for you to log off/shut down before borking your system.

No, they install the bork first, *then* tell you to "restart to bork your system" (may not be the exact wording of the message, not sure).

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Re: OTA Updates for Cars

> Down to controlling the radio.

Indeed. Out of interest, why is the radio even on the CANBUS?

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Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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> Wonder what happens when the thing misses its target and then goes off hunting for another nice lump of orbiting metal to hump with?

Or, more plausibly, falls back to earth...

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Re: Finders Keepers

> No you cant sell it, it still is owned by the Chinese govt.

Doesn't it count as an "unsolicited gift" under UK law, or am I thinking of something else?

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British clockwork radio boffin Trevor Baylis terminally winds down

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Re: Optional

> I'm too fed up to tell you why you are so wrong bringing this up (YET AGAIN!)

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> So here is a Wiki article

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> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Design_patent

Can't help noticing that the link very clearly says "patent". So your point is?

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Google: Class search results as journalism so we can dodge Right To Be Forgotten

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Re: "its in the public interest to know of old business fraud"

> I'm quite sure Google pick up the fight with a very dislikeable person

No, it's (once again) a dislikeable person picking a fight with Google.

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