* Posts by Uffish

827 posts • joined 28 Aug 2012


Fujitsu pitched stalker-y AI that can read your social media posts as solution to Irish border, apparently


Re: Technological Solutions

I have been going back and forth across the Calais Dover link since the days of onboard passport checking and have come to believe that pretty up to date tech is already in use for screening and has been for some time. If you have triggered the system they (the UK authorities in the UK and, when they feel like it, the French authorities in France) will ask you to stop, get out and open the car boot. I guess that is for a very low level trigger but I guess also that is sufficient. If the authorities think this is necessary then a real smuggling suspicion must trigger a much bigger response.

Where is any sign of tech which could eliminate the need for live checks of vehicle and driver - it doesn't exist!

If the physical checks are for border control reasons it doesn't matter where they are done - they are physical border control checks.

NASA pops titanium tea cosy over Martian InSight probe instrument


Re: tea in France (or America)

It's tea STOP_FORTH, just not as we know it.

Japanese astronomers find tiniest Kuiper Belt object yet – using cheap 'scopes and off-the-shelf CMOS cameras


Re: Outstanding work!

Not amateurs but a research team led by Ko Arimatsu at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. But still, as you say, outstanding work and bloody brilliance to work out that "big science" can sometimes be extrapolated down to "petty cash account science" and still come up with big results.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide


Re: A core is what I say it is, nothing more, nothing less

... and that little nugget of truth triumphs because there is no accepted definition for a CPU core so everyone's definition can stand on it's own merit.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly


Re: "3-axis accelerators are everywhere these days"

And most especially, they say, in a nice hot cup of tea.

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

Black Helicopters

Re: "The CIA did not respond..."

That is what you are supposed to think.


Re: Eminence Grise

Eisenhower said it was the Military Industrial Complex, now its just the NSA, soon it will be Facebook.

Which scientist should be on the new £50 note? El Reg weighs in – and you should vote, too


Francis Bacon

Because he invented the scientific method.

'He must be stopped': Missouri candidate's children tell voters he's basically an asshat


Re: Democracy At Work

Seen "Democracy At Work" in the preparation of a Brexit Referendum, the implementing of the Brexit Referendum and the negotiations for Brexit. Hasn't been an edifying political process in my opinion.


Re: "Trump, for all his faults, has swung from Democrat to Republican"

As you say Trump has associated himself with both the main US parties, but he belongs to neither. Trump is a dictator, pure and simple.

("dictator" in the technical sense of how he prefers to operate in politics).

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound


Foley Fake Sounds

The Hollywood Foley artists are to be congratulated on the accuracy of their generic sounds.

AI's next battlefield is literally the battlefield: In 20 years, bots will fight our wars – Army boffin


AI ? We don't need no steenking AI.

The M18A1 Claymore mine has the words "FRONT TOWARD ENEMY" embossed on the front. That is all you need for the killing game.

US may have by far the world's biggest military budget but it's not showing in security


Re: They're not much good at communication either

But Google is very good at finding things;

"694913.pdf" gives "https://www.gao.gov/assets/700/694913.pdf" as the first response.


... and the second response was "https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/694913/dwp-ss030-security-standard-oracle-database-security.pdf" _ what is it with 694913 and cybersecurity?

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?


Re: Second chip added, bollocks

"all part of the info wars going on" Upvoted for that - whether you are right or wrong.

Quit that job and earn $185k... cleaning up San Francisco's notoriously crappy sidewalks


Re: homeless druggies

'Twas ever thus - actually the percentage of 'homeless druggies' was not always the same, maybe there is a solution.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data


Re: Secure communications

You have nothing to fear if you have nothing to hide. Oh, you do have something to hide ...

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


Re: Not in that lawyer's law school

Corporate lawyers do what they are asked to do. Blame the Intel Marketing Dept.

Former NSA top hacker names the filthy four of nation-state hacking


I just go with...

... every country just trying to further its own interests. Nothing new, just the technology.

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves


Re: off-air standard

Hi M0LPT, Dept. of Superfluous Clarification here - shouldn't that be 'on-air standard'.


Re: cardboard replica of the Great Pyramid

... full size I hope?

LG G7 ThinkQ: Ropey AI, but a feast for sore eyes and ears


Re: Mobile

The word, used as a noun, belongs to Alexander Calder.


Re: May we please stop calling them phones?

But, but, my phone is a phone not a fondleslab.


Re: "budget (£50) earphones"

Sorry, I lost interest at that point.

‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it


Re: Pentahol

or Pentothal.

Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars


Re: Deal with it..

I would love to deal with it for you, just how big a budget have you got, and are you planning on coming along as well?

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU


Re: NATO...

But you could use it in combination with glonass and gps. Might even help with accuracy if things got tricky and all of them were set to random dither mode. Would the average of three falsified positions be closer to the real position? I don't know and I don't care, it's to hot to care.

BOFH: Is everybody ready for the meeting? Grab a crayon – let's get technical


Re: Technical, English and Idiot.

My moderately fluent version of French, after thirty years of working in France, is a mix of basic French from half-remembered O level and a book on irregular verbs (the 'Jip en Janneke') plus a lot of 'argot' (the 'Bootwerker'). Works fine but causes some amusement in polite society.

MSDN unleashes a fresh round of unintentional innuendo bingo


re: "handy peers"


I don't know which school you went to but compared to the schools I went to in the 50's and 60's you were sadly under informed and mistaken.

Microsoft Edge bug odyssey shows why we can't have nice things


Re: Horribly Optimistic

This is Microsoft - you are being horribly optimistic. And of course they were testing the fix.

And Mozilla were better.

Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands


Re: autopilot age gap

I'm old generation and autopilot means nothing to me in the context of cars but I can quite believe that the Tesla Marketing Dept is very attached to the 'autopilot' designation - for all the wrong reasons.

As an engineer, if I wanted a self driving car I'd take a taxi or if I was a plutocrat I'd have a chauffeur and a car. I would probably enjoy driving a Tesla but I would rip out the 'auto-da-fé' before I drove it.

I would rather not have an accident in a car but the hurt would be worse if it was some sodding, half baked, handful of assorted transducers and a huge touch screen, marketing department driven, programmable controller that caused the accident.

Foot-long £1 sausage roll arrives


Re: "may contain..."

Don't go talking like that in France or the AAAAA will get you.


(Andouillette - Wikipedia will explain)

Four hydrogen + eight caesium clocks = one almost-proven Einstein theory


Re: This is why science rocks

May I remind you that bollocks are a perfectly good food, if you want to eat them and, speaking for myself, pretty damn good in their intended function and place in (on ?) a body.

Homeopathy, on the other hand, is a mostly harmless pastime for the slightly neurotic.

This time experiment however seems to be one of the more boring* bits of science but I raise a glass to all who participated in the experiment, profound thanks and hearty congratulations on getting the result and the astonishing precision of the result.

*boring - I think it took a lot of work, nothing against rocking, but for science you need work.

Visa Europe fscks up Friday night with other GDPR: 'God Dammit, Payment Refused'


Other cards are available.

I noticed in another journal that we are advised to keep note of any expenses associated with the Visa titsup. Would the annual fees for alternative cards be considered a legitimate claim on Visa.

UK's Royal Navy accepts missile-blasting missile as Gulf clouds gather


Re: additional energy

Giant waterwheels operated by falling rain.

There, I've solved your problem for you, you just have to do some technical work or something and hey presto, we will be self sufficient in energy.

Drone 'swarm' buzzed off FBI surveillance bods, says tech bloke


Re:drop in module

For a 100 km UHF line of sight range I have two questions, what is the "full power' of the transmitter(s) and what is the height of the drone ? I would think that one or both of those values should be 'unusual'.

We wanted a camera, they gave us the eye of Gemini – and an eSIM


Re: Fail

Flounce all you like, I like it and am saving up. The reason is that smartphones are too fiddly and laptops are too big. I have a smallish tablet that is perfect except that it doesn't have a keyboard.

Blighty stuffs itself in Galileo airlock and dares Europe to pull the lever


Re: "our politicians actually followed our instructions"

I sometimes drop my guard when driving and follow the instructions of the GPS without thinking - usually followed by a pretty dangerous moment or two before I can get back to a rational course.


Grande Bretagne

Emmanuel Macron has already announced that London is the sixth biggest French city.

Sysadmin unplugged wrong server, ran away, hoped nobody noticed


Re: Cable Ties

"And ziptied cables are an abomination..." How about modifying a beautifully, waxed-thread, laced bunch of cables for real frustration.

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


Re: It is just me that's noticed.....

I remember when beer was less than 1 shilling a pint.

More to the point, try keeping count of the bits of plastic you throw away each day - yoghurt pots, snack wrappers, bubble wrap and polystyrene popcorn packaging, toothpaste tubes etc,etc,etc - all carefully made, high spec materials made to be thrown away.

El Reg needs you – to help build an automated beer-transporting robot


Re: What's wrong with a fridge...

... it needs a cannon and an app.


GCHQ boss calls out Russia for 'industrial scale disinformation'


Re: Both are lieing...

I would hope that at least the GCHQ bod would be lying.


Re: plus ça change ...

What has changed is that "Eastern Block" tractor production statistics broadcast by a radio station that identified itself at regular intervals have been replaced by often successfully disguised disinformation about "Western Block" matters. The intent has changed.

2018's Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon laptop is a lovely lappie


No dvd drive; no keypad; and Windows 10

1: Meh

2: Good point.

3: This point should be taken to the International Court of Justice as soon as possible.

Law's changed, now cough up: Uncle Sam serves Microsoft fresh warrant for Irish emails


First comes Hubris - then comes Nemesis

Good, old fashioned, observational psychology.


Re: Cloudy

All your data are belong to US, says US.

There, I've put that in a wider context for the benefit of US administration types.

Who had Intel in the 'discrimination lawsuit' pool? Congratulations


Re: Collect data!

Where I worked, before retirement, the max, min and median salaries were periodically published by the unions (France, they even have a union for management).

For some reason, you lot love 'em. So here are the many ThinkPads of 2018


Re: QC

Maybe the production line supervisor said "Get that laptop finished asap".


Something to look forward to

Thanks for giving me a preview of my 'new' home laptop in five to eight years time.

Apple, if you want to win in education, look at what sucks about iPads


Re: "type their exams"

Depends on whether there is a spell checker or not.


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