* Posts by Dr Scrum Master

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Google, propaganda, and the new New Man

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Silicon Valley sitcom

You keep describing the show Silicon Valley as a "sitcom".

I caught some clips of it once and that word you keep using, I do not think it means what you think it means.

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UK.gov to treat online abuse as seriously as IRL hate crime

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Re: TLA?

"That is demonstrably NOT a TLA

Yup, RTFM is an FLA :)"

Bbbut - that's ambibigeous innit? Shirly that could be either a FLA or a FLA ... or a F***LA ...

ITYM ETLA

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Science fiction great Brian Aldiss, 92, dies at his Oxford home

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Re: Super-Toys

Vail Brian Aldiss.

Vale?

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PayPal, accused of facilitating neo-Nazi rally, promises to deny hate groups service

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I wonder when all the companies that have profited from slavery are going to issue a statement.

Do you mean the West African kingdoms?

How about the Italian government?

Time to rename July & August - no more months named after slave-owning war criminals!

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Intel's diversity numbers are out – and that 'push' has become more of a 'gentle nudge'

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Re: I'm old enough to remember

I'm pretty sure that Asian men are not a minority group in Asia - where Intel also has offices/plants

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Amazon admits flouting sanctions by flogging consumer tat to Iran

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Red Logo

The last time I talked to prospective customers in Iran I mentioned that we used a certain database for our software. That didn't seem to bother them...

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Game of Pwns: Hackers invade HBO, 'leak Game of Thrones script'

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fans will be disappointed to realize it's the same sword-sorcery-sex-and-intrigue as previous episodes.

There was me waiting for Eddard Stark to wake up and say, "That were some dream I just had."

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Apple removes VPN apps in China as Russia's Putin puts in the boot with VPN banlaw

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Thorough

All this to stop Chinese from watching Justin Bieber and Korean soap operas!

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Uncle Sam says 'nyet' to Kaspersky amid fresh claims of Russian ties

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Photographic Equipment and Related Supplies and Services

GSA IT Schedule 70 and GSA Schedule 67 – Photographic Equipment and Related Supplies and Services

Well, I'd never have thought to look there for AV software...

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Elon Musk reveals Mars colony rocket capable of bringing pizza joints to the red planet

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Re: Hmmmn.. pizza!

Well, sure, as long as you have a lifetime's worth of guests at hand... otherwise you'll be left with an awful lot of stale pizza.

You could always make it into a tower, but be careful otherwise it might lean.

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Social media vetting for US visas go live

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and it's only supposed to take an hour to complete!!??

Is that just the writing time, or is it supposed to include gathering the information?

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Uber fires robo car exec for insubordination

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Dropped

Salle Yoo dropped the ax

She also dropped the letter e.

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TensorFlow: I want to like you, but you're tricksy

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Re: Did I understand the example?

it's about generalising patterns across lots of users, not about building up a concept of each individual user.

That's what most of the so-called AI actually is, just creating correlations with no actual understanding. The real AI is concerned about understanding.

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HTC seeks salvation with squeezy design

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When?

When's the 5th of Quadridecember?

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

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Re: Well duh

The Tay experiment said more about Twitter than societies in general.

Wasn't there a Chinese bot launched on Weibo which was a lot more polite?

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World's worst botnet fiends switch from ransomware to stock scam spam

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Botnets?

Botnets or distributed cloud service providers?

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

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"It should have had a written procedure in place which made it clear that any storage items removed from the office which may have contained personal were thoroughly checked before disposal."

Or it could have employed people who had a modicum of common sense.

Meanwhile, it's the council tax payers who'll eventually foot the bill.

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Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

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Just like the countless lawyers who'd be reading legal documents on the train into Leeds in the morning?

Or the secretary who backed up her laptop to a company shared drive whilst upgrading it and left the credit card, passport, etc details of senior staff for all on the network to see?

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

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Re: AI Really?

Is this the same recommendation engine that recommends that I watch videos I've already watched, or if I've watched something from one loony conspiracy theorist then it fills up my list of recommendations with other loony conspiracy theorists?

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Euro Patent Office puts itself on Interpol's level, demands access to staff phones and laptops

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Re: Einstein started as a patent attorney

...and Genrich Altshuller was a patent clerk sent to the Gulag by Stalin.

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Palmtop nostalgia is tinny music to my elephantine ears

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“My beloved, your effulgent beauty brings me back to life and swells my heart!”

As my wife points out, no man talks to a woman in this way.

They do in Nigeria: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-38827888

(Unless that's fake news.)

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Belt and Braces

they insist on wriggling their way out of my apparently gigantic earholes, sometimes with an audible pop, within seconds of being thrust forcibly in there

Which is why I insist on over-ear earbuds. If they pop out then they are at least still hanging next to my ear hole.

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Net neutrality? Bye bye, says American Pai

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Re: "What idiots made this happen?"

The inability to empathize with the very real concerns of those who brought Trump to the white house will guarantee him a second term.

Understand the problem then provide solutions.

Too many politicians are like enterprise software salesmen, selling solutions for the wrong problems and getting themselves and their buddies rich in the process.

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Engineer who blew lid on Uber's toxic sexist culture now menaced by creepy 'smear campaign'

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Re: Technically the smear campaign has not begun

That starts when they've collected enough stuff they can twist into a form that something that can discredit her.

"If one would give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest man, I would find something in them to have him hanged"

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Re: Well

Grab may have Malaysians at the helm, but they're Singapore-based.

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Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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On the premises or off?

Presumably the 1 hour would include travel time.

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Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

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Why?

I wonder why people want to be associated with Uber, but then there are plenty of people who want to work at Capita and the like.... well, there were.

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Re: Just look at Uber's CEO

> it would be nice to hear Uber's side of the story...

I agree in a general sense that in a dispute (if a dispute there is) both sides have to be heard, but your comments sounds a bit too close to being apologetic ("but Your Honour, she was dressed provocatively!") for comfort.

Dear Mr Coward, considering that I wrote "I know Uber are a bunch of cnuts, but it would be nice to hear Uber's side of the story..." I would have thought you, dear reader, might have deduced that I was not blaming the woman and that I was also no fan of Uber's management and their practices to-date. However, for reasons of journalistic completeness I generally appreciate the tale from the opposing side, whilst in Uber's case I expect that to be an exercise in weasel-worded PR bullshit which may prove entertaining or may provoke a reaction of sickened exasperation - or both.

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Re: Careful there...

Other ride-sharing facilitation marketplace companies are available...

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Re: Just look at Uber's CEO

I know Uber are a bunch of cnuts, but it would be nice to hear Uber's side of the story...

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Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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Seeing the "football" carrier is nothing new.

I'm sick and tired.... err, I mean I'm sick and tired of everything associated with Trump being labelled as something new and nasty. Much of what he's done or has been done around him has been done by his predecessors.

Complaining about such precedents devalues people's arguments against him. If people are going to criticise him for something then criticise him properly.

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A webcam is not so much a leering eye as the barrel of a gun

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Enterprising

There's a whole industry of web-cam covers that's sprung up. So no need for your masking tape and sticky residue...

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Identity disorder: Does UK govt need Verify more than we do?

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Overseas?

I'm not sure if Experian will remember who I am given that I've been overseas for a while, as for my children born overseas...

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Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit

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Resilient

It doesn't have to be completely bug-free, but code should at least be resilient.

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The Register's guide to protecting your data when visiting the US

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Re: Timely advice

Visiting pre-revolutionary Romania was a breeze. Though the lack of street lighting combined with large pot-holes and poor sign-posting made for an exciting time whilst also watching out for the Securitate.

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"now's the time to make life difficult for some people entering the country"

You mean that it's going to get even worse?

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Roses are red, violets are blue, fake-news-detecting AI is fake news, too

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Blockchain and Chatbots

Blockchain and chatbots are the answer.

Now, what's the question?

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Voila! Bazinga! Amazon turns Alexa into an annoying 'cool' aunt

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once caught an episode of the Sopranos and now talks in a terrible Jersey accent whenever there's spaghetti for dinner.

It's terrible when people start mixing up The Sopranos and Bergerac...

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ISIS videos, adtech, and the 'smartest guys in the room' (Google)

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Ads?

There are ads on YouTube?

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IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

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Mushroom

Dirk works at an Iranian nuclear lab?

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USMC: We want more F-35s per year than you Limeys will get in half a decade

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Swap

Can we have the Harriers that the USMC don't want and put them on HMS QE instead?

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Revealed: 'Suicide bomber Barbie' and other TSA quack science that cost $1.5 billion

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Re: TSA

Was a Brit selling dowsing rods to Iraq

Not just Iraq.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ADE_651#Investigations_and_export_ban

Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Georgia, India, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Niger, Pakistan, Qatar, Romania, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, but still not the TSA, yet.

Plus, other brands of dowsing rod are available...

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KGB

Have some retired KGB chaps been providing advice to the TSA?

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Re: TSA

Was it the TSA that were buying high-priced dowsing rod "explosive detectors" from a woo-woo science scammer some years ago? Or was that DHS?

Dowsing rods or not, DHS have certainly been stocking up on ammunition...

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More tech companies join anti-Trump battle, but why did some pay for his inauguration?

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Am I the only one who finds it a little peculiar that companies fund the inauguration in the first place? Or is this a peculiarly American thing?

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Ex-NSA contractor Harold Martin indicted: He spent 'up to 20 years stealing top-secret files'

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Martin?

Who's this Martin chap? I thought his surname was Ill?

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Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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Re: What about the consequences of admitting guilt?

Never mind that "Have you been convicted..." question, there are enough situations where one is asked "Have you been arrested..."

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Want to come to the US? Be prepared to hand over your passwords if you're on Trump's hit list

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It's not so much as wanting to visit the US but wanting to go anywhere where a connecting flight is needed from the US.

There's an opportunity for some airlines and airports here!

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IBM's Marissa Mayer moment: Staff ordered to work in one of 6 main offices – or face the axe

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Up the Organization

How about Robert Townsend's solution for Marketing?

Get rid of them and have all senior managers responsible for marketing.

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Teach undergrads ethics to ensure future AI is safe – compsci boffins

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Re: Why?

Teach ethics to politicians. Hell, teach ethics to everybody. Let's get the world free of evil, greed and corruption.

Because teaching philosophy, of which ethics is a branch, in France has been such a success in that regard?

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