* Posts by Dr Scrum Master

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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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"Case studies are rarely memorable, ..."

I found Isaac Asimov's case studies to be quite memorable.

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Boffins build laser satellite data link

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Sharks?

So sharks can communicate via satellite?

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Why does it cost 20 times as much to protect Mark Zuckerberg as Tim Cook?

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Lily Savage

To our reckoning Tim Cook comes in at a bit of a bargain at just $220,000, seeing as he is one of the most recognizable CEOs in the world.

That's not surprising given his showbiz career.

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Coming to the big screen: Sci-fi epic Dune – no wait, wait, wait, this one might be good

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Re: Oh dear. Another egregious Trump reference...

"Trump just casually discussed invading Mexico. I think it's clear which character most suits him from that film."

Woodrow Wilson?

James Polk?

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Re: I am obviously alone in this.

Lynch's version was promising but it did have a Sting in the tale.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic medals to be made from old electronics

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IoT? Bitcoin?

What, no IoT or Bitcoin angle?

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We need to talk about Granny: She's way more likely to fall for phishing

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Boiler Rooms

Don't boiler room operations also tend to target the elderly? Or they just find more success with them?

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Did you know? The FBI investigated Gamergate. Now you can read the agents' thrilling dossier

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A pox on both your houses

I have no sympathy for the "ungentlemanly" so-called gamers just as I have no respect for Sarkeesian's tenuous arguments.

(I also have no sympathy for universities on the one hand allowing firearms to be carried whilst on the other hand not creating safe spaces for free academic discourse - in complete contrast to the so-called "safe spaces" which muzzle thought.)

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Plump Trump dumps TPP trade pump

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Re: Bah!

One feature was items like carrier bags and T-Shirts with a "Union Jack" motif and emblazoned with the slogan. Unfortunately it turned out that many of them were made in other countries like Hong Kong or Portugal.

But HK was at least British at the time.... and Portugal's our oldest ally.

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UK.gov still drowning in legacy tech because no one's boarding Blighty's £700m data centre Ark

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Re: Legacy stuff isn't the problem.

it is usually flaky after a lot of use, it is usually insecure as it wasn't built with security in mind and assumed that nobody would be able to get through the front door of the network.

Whilst I will admit that older systems may be less secure than more recent ones that does not usually prevent them from being isolated behind interfaces to protect them from the nasty outside world.

As for getting flaky after a lot of use? The software certainly doesn't get flaky. Hardware may fail and storage may exceed its intended capabilities.

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Trump inauguration DDoS protest is 'illegal', warn securobods

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Anonymous, which declared "total war" on Trump

Given that a few Trump supporters are a bunch of racist red-necks makes all his supporters racist rec-necks, that makes Clinton voters a bunch of script-kiddies?

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Zuck off: Facebook's big kahuna sues Hawaiians to kick 'em off their land

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The Zuckerberg Effect

Zuck paid a car ownership dealer $56m to acquire half of the estate in 2014 – that space is now worth $18m, according to county valuators.

So, Zuckerberg buys some land and it then goes down in value. Why hasn't the Daily Mail reported Facebook's effect on house prices? (Maybe it has, but as I don't read it I wouldn't know.)

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