* Posts by TechnicalBen

2051 posts • joined 23 Mar 2012

Your phone may be able to clean up snaps – but our AI is much better at touching up, say boffins

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AI in everything.

Even the local Pizza place:

"Powering our business with cutting edge technology, we use data and tech to put customers first. Artificial intelligence drives everything we do, from the recipes customers see on our website, to how we put the boxes together. We’re proud of our industry-leading product and service, which helps our customer enjoy the good food, they want."

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Re: No?

If it is trained on "noise" and/or text defacement/watermarking then it will mainly remove that.

It's like sanding down a rough edge. If you want a textured edge on a surface (grip on a hand held device), you don't sand it down. If you want a smooth edge, you sand it down.

This is a tool, it could be used to fake things, it could be used to improve (actual data processing for sub pixels) the image. It's down to the user, as with most tools, to decide how to use it.

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Imagine a patent on organizing computer files being used against online shopping sites. Oh, it's still happening

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Re: See maths.

Information is information. While DNA was not know of. For centuries (or more) before hand, animal husbandry was know. Seeing the colour of domesticated animals being passed on, or mixes of (if other parents used) was know. Spotted/speckled and striped sheep etc. Though this may have been given different meanings or causes, no doubt many would have realised somewhere, such info was stored in the creature to pass to its offspring.

The "proof by cutting off a tail" is failure to understand the logical observation and statements made from evolutionary theory. Such failure to analyse the conversation would fail to argue for any point (for or against). :P

Where is my understanding wrong? Is applying patents to code, no more beneficial than asking to patent π ? (sorry if I misspelt before)

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Re: See maths.

So, if I patent a specific method of counting?

Easily circumvented by counting a different way (different base, different order but then lookup table to put back, or different system (only evens, then take 1 away when I want an odd number etc).

My examples may not be very good, but as said, if there is one method to do something in code, there is an infinity variable ways to also do it. Problem being, mathematically it often reduces down to one main method (see counting in binary!!!). To change on the whim of someone else having a patent on code, is like changing the meaning if pie, because someone else wants royalties for it!

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Re: Move on please, there's nothing to see here.

Generally I'm against blaming the victims. But I can agree, if you put your fruit in an ants nest/wasps nest, then don't complain if you get stung!

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Re: IMO

IMO does not matter what the claims are. Patenting code is so silly, because concurrent or prior discovery are just so common, it's like trying to patent individual numbers.

Mine is the jacket with all the patent on all the primes, starting with the largest in descending order.

(XKCD reference ;) )

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Re: Is NASA sending 5-year old austronauts now?

Yeah, this thing needed less human like features, and more human relevant features.

Think less Bucky, and more TARS. :)

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This will not end well...

I've seen how this one goes. Disney made a documentary on it, entitled "The Black Hole"!

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Ready, get Sets... no? App-grouping whizzery for Windows 10 killed

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Re: More tabs?

Yeah... after 8.1... and now 10... seems like MS is doing the carnaval roundabout quicker than phones!

"Smaller is better... bigger is better..." ad infinitum.

Now it's "no windows, tiles instead... no, tabs now, no windows, um tiles?"

Who has not caught on that they are just deleting and reintroducing "features" with the adage that it is "new"?

Granted there are some nice real improvements under the hood. Like compressed RAM memory access . But AFAIK the likes of MacOS (and thus hopefully Linux too) can do In-kernel memory compression also!

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Buttonless and port-free: Expect the next iPhone to be as smooth as a baby's bum

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Re: 30 feet?!

So I need new shoes too then?

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OpenBSD disables Intel’s hyper-threading over CPU data leak fears

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Re: Bulldozer?

IIRC AMD said they don't allow cross thread access to those caches... or something about security checks before releasing the cache.

They may have a different exploit (it's still possible other ways), but mostly, other than the Spectre variants, they were doing things differently to Intel.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Joke enters stage left...

There are some examples around of people asking "how do I print off this video on page 3 of the PDF*"....

[edit]* By that I mean PowerPoint Slideshow, because AFAIK you cannot embed a video in PDF :P

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Apple takes $9m kick down under after bricking iPhones

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Re: Ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch, ouch,

It is way more complicated that you think.

https://youtu.be/cDYeby1Vanw

Apple made a mistake.

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Re: weird decision by Aussies

Or go for a system that uses both? Can they not offer 2.1 amp over compatible cables (tested via data over their charger) and 1.3a over everything else?

Besides. If they offer a standard and a chip, it's proprietary right? I don't think it's wrong for a customer to request to have an option not to use it.

If I buy a table, I am allowed to get my own plates. If you wish to try to enforce DRM on plate shape/supplier, by all means, *try*.

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Re: Apple Pay?

Again... how does a single broken part (not able to authenticate/not authenticated at an Apple Store/Repair shop) stop the entire OS?

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Re: NontechnicalBen

So, how does this magically impossible system work with the rest of the whole world?

Oh wait, they don't brick the entire internet if one PC fails security.

But they brick your entire phone if one part fails?

Also, if you are so technical, explain how to source and fit a legitimate Apple Id fingerprint scanner?

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Re: Worse!

Apple were bricking Apple parts! If you swapped the Touch ID sensor from one phone to the other, to (for example) fix two and old broken phones you had spare into 1 working one... it still bricked!!!

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Senior judge: Put AI in charge of reviewing social media evidence

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Re: Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

Even then, machine learning is being given far too much credit. If most gamers and kids can find exploits to it, the mathematicians can publish proofs of it's failure, what do we do against those exploiting it's weaknesses?

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Hahahahahahahahahahaha...

I'd laugh if it was not so tragic I'll cry.

I understand "evidence too big to sift by hand", but calling an automated search/sort "ai" is joking right?

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Apple will throw forensics cops off the iPhone Lightning port every hour

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Re: Easy good passwords, here I go again...

I also had experience with a system that accepted numerical characters in some fields (user name and surname) when they had a typo... but of cause refused them in the login field. I was only paid to answer the phone... so my efforts to fix that obviously broken system were to transfer the call.

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Shatner's solar-powered Bitcoin gambit wouldn't power a deflector shield

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Percentage?

For percentage pop/user to generation?

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Quantum cryptography demo shows no need for ritzy new infrastructure

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Re: So...

I have upvoted... as while interception is detectable, AFAIK, if the QM is not end to end, then anyone can intercept the network stack/computer/router that is not fibre optic, and insert their own replacement service to this.

If you are certain the photon is travelling from sender to receiver, and not sender to CIA, then down cat 5 to you, then it is "uncrackable". But as soon as you get a delivery method switch (optic to wire, wire to wifi, wifi to PC OS) that is compromised, they could be decoding/encoding and then passing back to you pretend content/communication.

https://news.netcraft.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/mitm-simple.png

The attacker would have to setup 2 QM connections, one to you, one to the sender, and "know" your setups well enough to not be detectable.

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Intel chip flaw: Math unit may spill crypto secrets from apps to malware

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Re: Bah!

Finding rot in the house? Any amount of removing the rot now, is less painful then:

1) Finding more rot later, having more to remove (either this in addition to others, or this but going back further).

2) Not finding the rot, until it gets everything/is too late.

A bit like losing your house keys in the road. Are you going to change the locks? But what if every day, you lost the same set of keys? Eventually someone will find those keys, and find your lock, so you need to stop losing them!

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True but...

I would assume it is like dropping keys in the street. To know which house it is for is near impossible. But a criminal could deduce something, else just try brute force. But the number of houses with 1 known good key, is an order of magnitude (or more) easier to brute force than the same number of houses and an unknown number of random keys.

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Creepy software knows what you are about to do... to that poor salad

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Re: Unintedned Consequences?

Worse. Reaching for a scratch *is* partially suspect. The problem with AI is, if we don't know their entire makeup (we don't, as we don't have the computational power/time mix to reverse analyse the data), then every single one might have a single pixel (or data point) of failure!!!

Just as those "turtle/gun" or "Cat" picture tricks they did to the AI (and a few others) that used a single pixel/dot/shape to totally trick AI with very high "accuracy".

It's not the error, where the AI was close. It's not the AI that sees a spot of dust on your shoulder thinking it is a tactical nuke target. It's the person stupid enough to allow the AI to act without human supervision/intervention and respond to the faulty analyses.

(But we are past that point, we did long ago, the point where humans check the calculations we do on machines/computers. We assume they are right, until they break and we lose the system/car/airplane/internet/password database etc, etc, etc)

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Re: 1,712 videos of 52 different actors making breakfast.

This AI must be massively complicated. I mean, tomato... = tomato in salad?

I'm too unwashed to even begin to read this AI article to deduce if this is an algorithm in a net, or some onions in the net.

It's a bit like those articles stating "man invents space ship" when really, they have written down on a bit of paper the calculations of the rocket equation. Both are noble feats. But one is not the other.

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Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here

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Google is tracking your phone.

They will know trips to the DRs and/or which department. Which year. Etc. Enough data to build a "person" out of it.

Any amount of data can be correlated. Any. All that is limiting, is how fine the data is, vs how broad the number of people are. The less people, and the finer the data, the better the correlation to find the exact match.

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Which? calls for compensation for users hit by Windows 10 woes

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Re: So...

"But Asbestos never killed me" and "But I never got Ebola" or "But my car does not roll over and explode" are not relevant arguments. Sorry.

I agree that use cases can vary. And even I tend to frown at people complaining all the time when the user is 90% to blame and not the programmer/manufacture etc. But things being what they are now, a LOT of the time it is a forced update/change in code/change to T&C/Services that messes up the product the customer just paid for! (See stores still selling products at full price that are paperweights because the online only device service ended months ago).

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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Re: Removing services as a service?

Ingenious! I'm about to patent IOT wireless internet connected locks, that for a fee *don't* update online and crash loop boot!

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Monday: Intel touts 28-core desktop CPU. Tuesday: AMD turns Threadripper up to 32

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Re: 10Ghz as hot as the sun?

Kit hit 7Ghz this week... granted on Liquid Nitrogen, but still, 7Ghz! We were hitting 3 or 4 on L in the past, now it's run on air or water cooling easily.

10Ghz is possible, may take a Looooong time though.

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No lie-in this morning? Thank the Moon's gravitational pull

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Re: Are you sure?

Are we sure it would stay in one piece and not be tidally broken if orbiting at 400km? That seems too close some how. Especially to then recede, and not have atmospheric drag and crash (though the size of the thing, the energy it would contain in orbital velocity probably could never be slowed by just atmosphere...).

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Oops! You said *if* it was, not *it* was... my mistake.

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Clock blocker: Woman sues bosses over fingerprint clock-in tech

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Ah, ok, if the company is not storing and salting a hash, then no, this is not helpful for them to do. But replies are still nicer than downvotes, as my point stands providing that is what companies do.

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Re: Stupidity

If you cannot trust your staff without the use of a fingerprint scanner for clocking in, why are you employing them?!

(Security of access is a different kettle of fish fingers. But timesheets are rather mundane in access rights)

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Re: elDog

Are you sure? An employee number identifies a person, but is not personal identification for the purpose of this case.

If the hash is all that is transmitted, then it would not be personal information, just a confirmation the employee has clocked in at work. That information though, that they are attending work, could be construed as personal information that Kronos would be party to without her permission.

PS, ok DougS, if the fingerprint is hashed *and* salted, then theoretically reconstruction can be "impossible"? Most hash functions may have some "collisions", that would make reconstruction rather impossible, even if you know the algorithm (theoretically different inputs can give different outputs, brute forcing gives you these, not the actual real input, as IRL the chances of 2 fingerprints being identically hashed is an acceptable risk, as not filling the search space as a brute force attack will).

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Dual-screen laptops debut at Asus' Computex chat

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Re: Why only now ?

Power consumption plus size, possibly cost.

Waiting for these things to get to manageable levels before Apple can claim to be the first... ahem, before everyone else manages to adopt this "new tech".

Most things are possible with today's tech, but doing so well, cheaply or with longevity is difficult.

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Schadenfreude for UK mobile networks over the tumult at Carphone

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Re: Phone on contract...

"The phone cost (AUD)100"

No, the phone cost the usual price for a iPhone 4s (I forget what off the top of my head), but the "call time contract" was WAY over inflated in price to cover the cost.

Now a lot of companies put the phone loan and the call time contract into separate bills. Else they just put about £/$100/200 on the price of the handset in store, and let you pay it off monthly "with no interest".

The interest cost is always hidden in there somewhere. They are a business. What has mainly changed, is most got into trouble for trying to dupe customers and forced to show costs up front, so now their expensive fees are obviously expensive.

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

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Re: Skype

"Only allow Office365 subscribers to reset their passwords, or sometimes only outlook.com emails or occasionally only live.com - which depends on the phase of the moon.

Remove the code checkin/out feature but add new options to post photos to your project timeline"

Oh, I see you have used Skype then.

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Russian battery ambitions see a 10x increase in power from smaller, denser nukes

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Re: As predicted (again)

Nope. A 50-2000 year battery does not need an upgrade every 2 years. ;)

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Re: Other pacemaker solution...

Magnetic winding or Induction charging? As I'd not want it running out if I was bedridden!

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Boffins quietly cheering possible discovery of new fundamental particle: Sterile neutrino

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Re: Possibly a Stupid Question...

This result may show part of the problem. Some of them are only interacting via the gravity. That, and I assume, if sparse enough plasma in the spaces between Galaxies, we would not be able to detect the temperature difference/emissions from our current telescopes.

As with the current 3 flavours. If our instruments are setup for detecting only 1, we need to make the other 2 instruments now! (Though I don't know how you detect the other 2 flavours :P )

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Is Microsoft about to git-merge with GitHub? Rumors suggest: Yes

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Re: It could have [been Google]

Hopefully though, if Google did buy it, they would spin it out again to sell/opensource like they did with the likes of Sketchup.

It (though I may be wrong) seems to be internal Google projects that get temally ended, where as externally purchased software/services get spun out and/or sold on. Hardware though, they seem to cement it 6 foot under if it does not turn profit.

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Smart bulbs turn dumb: Lights out for Philips as Hue API goes dark

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Fixtures?

Fixtures need to meet actual safety standards and be useful I assume.

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Dawn spacecraft to get up-close and personal with dwarf planet Ceres

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Optionally

We can promote it to the 9th planet... just to REALLY mess things up. ;)

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The glorious uncertainty: Backup world is having a GDPR moment

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Re: banks ... haven't considered this at all.

That's ok, just try asking the Register to forget all our private information related to the existence of reality... oh, I know some have already forgotten reality exists... ;)

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Half of all Windows 10 users thought: BSOD it, let's get the latest build

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Re: "typo"

"Know" or "now" seems to be the MS aprach, you only get to choose if you know they updated now, you don't get to choose now or never. ;)

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Beardy Branson: Wacky hyperloop tube maglev cheaper than railways

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Re: Picking nits

The force of a device able to use the nuclear power equivalent of 2 mars bars in one go, would probably get you to orbit nicely. Building a capsule to survive such a blast may not be as easy though. ;)

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FBI to World+Dog: Please, try turning it off and turning it back on

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Re: reconnect to host website?

If the FBI now have the host, does that not mean reboots would let them know where or possibly also where not these are. Not a cure. As cures don't get you more funding, but busy work does.

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Hold on. Here's an idea. Let's force AI bots to identify themselves as automatons, says Cali

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Re: Easy solution...

Have all in the Turing test introduce themselves as robots. Problem of conflict of interest solved.

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Re: Sophistry

You mean that is not what happened?

/This particular article does not look like word spaghetti, but a lot on the internet do these days... and it's harder to know if recycled off bots scraping sites, or recycled off people recycling sites.

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Within Arm's reach: Chip brains that'll make your 'smart' TV a bit smarter

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Re: Hoodies?

If hoodies are used to subvert normal security personnel/CCTV, then can similar not be done for this tech too? I'd expect all the local thieves just to get a plastic third leg or something to throw the AI off... though I suppose a firmware/software update could adjust for them.

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