* Posts by Dr Scrum Master

337 posts • joined 6 Aug 2012

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New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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Keep politics out of the workplace and there won't be a problem.

That becomes rather difficult when the workplace HR departments push politics within the workplace.

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Stop calling, stop calling... ICO goes gaga after home improvement biz ignores warnings

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@handleoclast have a double up-vote, or even trebles!

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IBM's chief diversity officer knows too much and must be stopped!

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Chief Diversity Officer?

That's a job title? A real job title? Not something that one gives to an intern? With real money behind it?

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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Re: "trying on shoes in a shoe shop"

I'd only ever buy DMs without trying them on. Anything else, fitting is a must.

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What did we say about Tesla's self-driving tech? SpaceX Roadster skips Mars, steers to asteroids

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Re: It was never going anywhere NEAR Mars

Problem?

During a press conference after liftoff, Musk said it was dicey whether the second stage would power up at all. The fuel could have frozen, the oxygen boiled off, or the avionics failed, as the rocket spent more than five hours in our planet's high-radiation Van Allen belts before firing up.

I'd rather like my space craft to be a bit more reliable, and for people to retain domain knowledge. Domain knowledge? There are enough (>=1) old-time rocket scientists who managed to point out problems with fuel, valve, and time-in-space problems with certain NASA missions, namely: don't use certain fuels for missions longer than a certain duration. I would have hoped that someone would have been able to calculate the thrust correctly, ensured that fuel did not freeze, shield the avionics, etc.

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MPs: Lack of technical skills for Brexit could create 'damaging, unmanageable muddle'

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In case you can't remember what systems that were scrapped 25 years ago were like: They ran on paper.

Yes, they ran. They worked. Maybe not a brilliant system, but it worked.

What preparations have been made so far?

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The time to innovate was before the referendum was even conceived - we should be putting the final touches to the implementation by this stage.

The time to innovate is always now.

David Cameron asked for a referendum, and sufficient members of the House of Commons agreed to the bill. It would have been good for the undertaking of some serious studies to have been mentioned in the bill... not just some measly position papers. Still, there were only 650 people supposed to scrutinise legislation along with their armies of SPADs and assorted assistants....

Instead, we had a battle between Project Fear and Project Freedom followed by several months in which one could have undertaken some serious preparation but that opportunity was tossed away.

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Re: "what a hard brexit would mean - a study..the civil service..failed to undertake. "

"what a hard brexit would mean - a study..the civil service..failed to undertake. "

Perhaps because that nice Mr Davis didn't ask them to?

Perhaps he should have.

Perhaps the senior civil servants should have also suggested it.

With the way this has been handled nobody is going to come up smelling of roses.

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The UK only entered the Common Market less than 50 years ago. We only entered the Single Market in 1993. That should hardly be a long time ago for the civil service. It's not as if we have to re-invent everything from scratch! (Though having said that I do remember there being some fuss over innovative headgear for Sikh police officers - as if the British had no history whatsoever of Sikh police at any point.)

On a related note, the current negotiations appear to be a complete shambles, shuffling from one weak position to the next. If you want to negotiate you negotiate from a position of strength, and the only position of strength for the UK would be a firm understanding of what a hard brexit would mean - a study of which the civil service singularly appears to have failed to undertake. To paraphrase: prepare for the worst. By planning for a hard brexit the UK would already be on the way to finding innovative solutions instead of continually being mentally wedded to the Single Market, which will only lead to a poor deal for the UK.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Can't sell it, the battery's old and tired.

Sending it into the Sun would have been easier than Mars, work with the gravity well, not against.

But the car's the wrong colour for that, it would have to be black, with black trim, black switches, black dials, etc.

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Billionaire bros Bezos, Buffett become bonkers bio brokers: Swap W in AWS for H for healthcare

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Re: Health care or health insurance?

what's the point of health insurance if not providing health care?

I thought the point was to provide a means to pay for the care, not to actually provide the care itself...

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Health care or health insurance?

These two different terms keep getting thrown around, but which one do you actually mean?

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Kremlin social media trolls aren't actually that influential, study finds

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Re: Sigh...

Example. For a westerner, this does not compute. At all:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/tank-russia-man-steals-wine-bottle-supermarket-armoured-vehicle-apatity-a8152861.html

It certainly doesn't compute. The story keeps referring to a tank, but I don't see one in the pictures.

I know Private Eye wrote that The Independent was now written by illiterate teenagers (I may be paraphrasing) but I didn't expect that.

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US govt shutdown lobs spanner in SpaceX's Falcon Heavy launch

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It's that time of the year again...

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In Soviet California, pedestrian hits you! Bloke throws himself in front of self-driving car

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Normal

People throwing themselves at cars in order to claim compensation is pretty much par for the course in China..

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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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Re: Obviously the solution is....

I'm now looking forward to an evening when I'm thrown over the handlebars when a plastic bag gets mistaken for a small child by the cheap as chips LIDAR sensor

Ah, you mean it should have the intelligence of a horse.

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Re: why are people seeking to preserve the concept of the city at all?

Where that interaction is not just about work but is also about the exchange of goods and services.

If everyone can sit on their arses* at home and consume services on-line or receive goods by drone, then it'll be the year 2525 (or 252525).

*Google was unhappy with arse and arses.

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We translated Intel's crap attempt to spin its way out of CPU security bug PR nightmare

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Re: KAISER, huh?

KAISER. So, say...?

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Beyond code PEBCAK lies KMACYOYO, PENCIL and PAFO

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Headmaster

Re: No more Acronyms

Indeed, I see few acronyms but many initialisms.

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Twitter's not dreaming of a white supremacist Xmas: Accounts nuked

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Re: Not applied to Government, of course

"accounts that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes."

So that would include organisations that bomb civilians in the course of furthering their cause against Islamist extremists? Such as certain military groups?

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Engineer named Jason told to re-write the calendar

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July and August must Go!

July and August need to be removed from the calendar. For centuries these dead, white, slave-owning war criminals have been glorified every year for a whole month each.

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: So...

and the bands are going to play once more?

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Adverts?

Adverts on YouTube? I seem to remember those...

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Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims

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Pint

Re: What Proof It Was Him ???

I don't give a flying f*** at a rolling doughnut what legal pastimes our MPs enjoy, but I am deeply concerned if plods, ex or otherwise, take their work home and use it to manipulate national politics.

Sir, I salute you.

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Watch how Google's AI catches shoulder surfers spying on your phone

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The Future's So Bright

you've got to wear shades... to snoop over people's shoulders now.

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Robot granted Saudi citizenship has more rights than Saudi women

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Passport

Does Sophia get a passport?

Can the robot seek assistance from a Saudi diplomatic mission?

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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

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Re: Repackaging

Why did they miss out: "Don't invent news to match the target audience's bias"?

Because matching to the target audience's bias is the part that Facebook plays.

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Uber's revolting sexism, the movie

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One Dimension?

I suppose we will expect it to focus only on sexism and barely touch the whole dysfunctional system with its cavalier attitudes.

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Dying! Yahoo! loses! fight! to! lock! dead! man's! dead! account!

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Re: No need to rule on terms of service

Wait for the next judgement to say that they're not possessions but a service...

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Twitter to be 'aggressive' enforcer of new, stronger rules

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Violent Groups

Armed forces?

Martial arts groups?

Boxers?

Wrestlers?

Rugby clubs?

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Arabian, sorry, Amazon Web Services to land in Bahrain and UAE

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Cool

Keeping the data centre cool should be easy. Just put it next to the ski slope in Dubai.

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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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Headmaster

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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Headmaster

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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Headmaster

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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