* Posts by Mark 85

10029 posts • joined 22 Nov 2012

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

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Re: Magic Wand

I recall a science fiction tale where the courts used computers to determine guilt or innocence. It didn't end well. There probably never will be an infallible computer/AI. The reality is that there's just too many ways for any AI system to go wrong.

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Fraudster admits she was OPM dealer: Leaked US govt staff files used to bag cash, car loans

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Re: Take that!

I am always confused by yank sentencing guidelines, but I know they always tend to the maximum. Unlike in Aussie where offences committed in the one sequence of acts allows for at least partial concurrency.

It's called "leverage". The prosecutors can tell the perp that they'll push for the maximum sentence unless the perp "helps". Usually turning state's evidence for their cohorts in crime or maybe to be part of the sting. And sometimes just to get them to confess so the prosecutors don't have to spend a lot of time preparing a case and they going to trial. If they have political ambitions, "confictions" (either by trial or negotiation) make them look "tough on crime".

BTW, the US does concurrent sentences also.

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Microsoft shoves US govt IT contract where ICE throws kids: Out of sight in a chain-link cage

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Re: 'always just a question of PR'

Its far easier and costs way less to just edit a Wikipedia article about Ethics. Think Orwell's Animal-Farm 7 ever-changing Commandments etc. When media eyes turn away, Google will go back to creating killer drones and Microsoft sectioning off kids.

Well said. The motto of all corporations right now is "Profit is our most important product."*.

*With credit for the original motto from GE: "In engineering, in research, in manufacturing skill, in the values that bring a better, more satisfying life, at General Electric, progress is our most important product.". Harkens back a bit to maybe a more consumer oriented time with less open greed.

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What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave

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I do wonder what would happen if everyone suddenly refused promotion or walked.

The manglement culture would kick in and they'd just hirer new bodies. Manglement doesn't care. Look at the IBM example. "Layoff everyone you can and hire cheaper bodies."

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You are steps ahead. Just do it. Move on, the sooner the better. The crash is recoverable, the burn, not so much.

- From one who's been there and didn't recognize it until too late.

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Developer’s code worked, but not in the right century

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Wot? No hill named "medium cockup"? :)

Cockups are either big or small, there is no medium. Or so it seems.

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Re: Re : Can someone explain to me...

"Why this wasn't tested offline first before applying it to a LIVE database ?"

No test database?

That wasn't uncommon. Been there, done that and screwed up the "live" data base once... lesson learned. I didn't start seeing test databases until around 2000 due to the costs involved for storage, etc. In at least one case, it was the IT manager who felt that programmers were perfect and thus no need for one.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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Re: Mouse balls.

If it's someone you really don't like, try a chocolate ball.

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Re: Keyboard ecosystems

It was alive I tell you, alive!

In that past, I found more than a few of those around the office that were growing entirely new civilizations inside. There were some that really shouldn't have been opened unless one was wearing a full hazmat suit. It took some doing (like getting the boss to help clean some) to get to the point where we didn't clean them but binned them and gave the user a new keyboard. Heaven knows what's growing underground at the dump site where these things went to.

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BOFH: Got that syncing feeling, hm? I've looked at your computer and the Outlook isn't great

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Those who are best at it, of course, go into politics.....

And you got downvoted for this? I'm shocked. There must be a mole among us that wants us to believe that politicians are honest, hardworking, and saints in disguise.

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ICANN pays to push Whois case to European Court of Justice

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Re: This one could run and run

Well, it is about money, so judge the reasoning/time it will take/etc. for yourself. Start by asking "

what does ICANN have to loose by complying?". Answer that and you'll get an idea of how long this will take.

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Sir, you've been using Kaspersky Lab antivirus. Please come with us, sir

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Thanks to the secretive nature of intelligence agencies and the potential sensitivity of the alleged stolen data, that evidence is unlikely to be shared any time soon.

I would like to think that in a perfect world, the agencies would share their concerns (and the proof) so that others not in the agencies can make an informed decision. I guess the spooks don't want to tip off the citizens that we're being watched.

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Swiss cops will 'tolerate' World Cup rabble-rousers – for 60 minutes

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@Shades -- Re: Being sensible

I'd like to add the morons who move to an area around an airport. particularly off other end of the runway(s). They know the airport is there, a look at map would confirm it. But usually a week after they move in, the bitching starts.

Same for the ones that move next to an auto racetrack.

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Ex-Rolls-Royce engineer nicked on suspicion of giving F-35 info to China

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Re: There was something the Chinese didn't know already?

But don't both of those have air arms? I know that the Marines used to..

Yes they do. Army has some (or did) some fixed wing spotters along with the choppers (which they do have still) including attack versions. The Marines still have both fixed wing fighters/bombers/attack and helicopters of all sorts as prefer (when then can) being self-sufficient.

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Re: There was something the Chinese didn't know already?

I'm not sure why military types of each generation believe that they can combine....

The generals who are in charge of doing the initial quotes/specs are all ex-fighter jocks. They don't even like bombers. For details, reference the fact that the brass never wanted the A10 and keep trying to kill it off. The guys on the ground love the A10 and the support it provides. Inter-service "rivalry" prevents the Army and Marines from taking it over.

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Re: Really?

For military aircraft you virtually never have enough power.

Very true. The only exception I can think of was the F-15. Intentionally overpowered for intercept duties. Airshow favorite with the ability to take off and before hit the end of the runway, point it's nose up and climb vertically. True, no missiles or bombs for that bit it with missiles for intercept it was quite speedy to get into the air and to altitude.

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US senators get digging to find out the truth about FCC DDoS attack

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Re: "maintain paper trails to help track ballots and guard against tampering"

Where I live (Oregon) it's all done via mail. They send you the ballot, you mark it up and send it back. Seems to work very well compared to other States I've lived in.

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But then certain corporations and "advisors" wouldn't make some pretty big money off the elections.

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Would you rather health data or finance data in the cloud?

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Re: The proper question is...

From what I read on these august pages is that no data should be stored in the cloud. Especially if the company needed storage hasn't a clue on how to set the permissions, etc.

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HP PC boss quits tech for fur baby future

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I've never stepped foot into a Petco. Petsmart for grooming (although three's a local lady who does a great job but is usually booked out months in advance), vet for food (special diet) and meds, Target for snacks. No fuss, no muss as I go as close to home as I can find.

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Quantum cryptography demo shows no need for ritzy new infrastructure

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Meanwhile, MS, Google, Facebook, Amazon etc are trying to make encrypted fibre irrelevant for ordinary folk.

Needs fiber so many, if not most of us in the States will never have access to it.

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

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Unintedned Consequences?

Let them perfect this a bit more and security agencies will be begging for it. Probably airport security such that the AI will see someone reaching in their jacket for a bit of a scratch on an itch and the AI might just assume "reaching for a gun". Hopefully, the AI won't be equipped with a gun of it's own.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: Sigh ...

And the fact some of them are driving Telslas means there's no correlation between wealth and brains.

It's actually called "culling the herd" and maybe should be added to the Darwin Awards as added incentive.

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... Aaaand that's a fifth Brit Army Watchkeeper drone to crash in Wales

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Re: what are they doing?

You guys put up with alot more of this kind of crap than we yanks would.

Give it time, we'll catch up with them.

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Re: Thales...so it couldn't be Thales' fault, could it?

The answer is simple. What are Thales fairly good at? Trains. Cut the wings off, fit two bogies, the new Watchkeeper Railway Drone.

Might work. But, it also would need the upgrade to have a built in "jump off the tracks mode".

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Da rude sand storm seizes the Opportunity, threatens to KO rover

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Re: A place in history

Wish I could upvote this more than once. You've nailed the problem with the entire US space program. On second thought, it's not just the space program but just about every facet of life today.

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Thought the AT&T Time-Warner tie-up was scary? Comcast says 'hold my beer'

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Here in the States, since there isn't choice in broadband services. The majors had already cut things up into nice chunks for themselves. Now they're sucking up the content providers. This will lead to fragmented content such that if you want content from Company A and it's owned by a provider other than your own, you will be out of luck.

And yes, there will be political lines drawn that will only favor what the providers want you see. Same for news, etc.

We have been basically owned by the local broadband services with no choice or miserable options for a long time.

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Citation needed: Europe claims Kaspersky wares 'confirmed as malicious'

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I thought they already offered to do that and there were no takers.

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All I hear is bureaucratic BS.

That's about all you'll ever hear from a bureaucrat or politician. They haven't a clue what they get on about and write into laws.

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Solar winds will help ESA probe smell what Mercury's cookin'

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Re: I haz a disappoint

Now all we have to do is crowdfund a falcon 9 or three......

You'll need either a bigger rocket or a lot more of them. Probably both. The list is huge.

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: He is all over the Internet now

Some would say that there's no such thing as "bad" publicity.

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Re: ProperDave

Dave?

Hello Dave?

Is Dave there?

"Dave's not here man."....

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UK.gov online dating tips: Do get consent, don't make false claims or fake profiles

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Re: Mad

Queue up one common post (as I've been told by several lady friends): "send photo of bobs and vagny". I'll get my coat as this will probably get moderated to oblivion.

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AI built to track you through walls because, er, Parkinsons?

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Re: Wrong type of wall

Since they mentioned classrooms it was most likely in some Uni building. Indoors with no insulation in the inside walls. Very few researcher ever venture out into the real world.

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Re: Tinfoil sales to soar

But, if the transceivers are hard wired to transmit the data outside the Faraday cage, then you're still open to monitoring.

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Re: Yeah but...

On the subject of the article, I am increasingly of the opinion that many researchers need a daily slap to wake them up and make them think about the possible consequences of their research.

This... points out so much wrong with the world of research and "publish or perish". While the intent may be ethical, the results and misuse sometimes outweigh the advantage. There should be some sort of ethics assessment made before work progresses. And full disclosure on who's funding this. I can see a lot of government agencies that might be interested and then there's the miscreants...

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AT&T gets clearance to devour Time Warner for $85 BEEEELION

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Simple answer went right by the judge..

In a ruling issued Tuesday afternoon, Judge Richard Leon said that the DOJ had failed to show how the combined tv and telco giants would substantially harm competition in the US market.

There is no competition in the US market thus, no harm could be done. See icon.

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Facebook tells users to report crappy customer service from advertisers

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Re: Where do I report the RNC, DNC, and the Clinton and Trump campaigns?

You forgot the Russians and assorted "special" interest groups.

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That was quick: Seattle rushes to kill tax that would mildly inconvenience Amazon

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Re: The last tax didn't do any good.

The best thing that could happen to that city would be for all those big corporations to move to another city/state where idiots like these aren't in charge.

Move? To what city/state would you suggest? Is there any city/state that isn't run by idiots?

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while protecting good, family-wage jobs

So Amazon has those jobs company wide? Or is it only in the corporate offices? From all reports the warehouse workers are low paid (minimum wage or in some states, less because "part time") with not enough hours to qualify for company medical insurance.

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Men are officially the worst… top-level domain

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Re: Is it too late to get rid of the new TLDs

Not a bad idea except for the money angle. Dig deep and we find out why ICANN is fighting for the WhoIs and why they ignore the spam TLD's.

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Internet luminaries urge EU to kill off automated copyright filter proposal

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and being reasonable human beings.

Normally yes, but lawyers and corporates usually aren't "reasonable" where profits are concerned, thus the loud screams from Google, FB, etc. There is a problem for copyright holders who don't have deep pockets and can afford a copyright lawyer. The abuse by the corporations and copyright lawyers can only make it harder for the little guy to get compensation.

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Brit drone biz Sensat notches up 29km remote-control flight

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Re: Such innovation

True, but that's the hobbyist world. In the profit oriented world, they have to follow certain rules (not all the time but for this, yes). Once the regulators are satisfied, then the sky can be filled with wonderful drones doing deliveries and checking on the neighborhood for law enforcement, etc. without human intervention. Need I mention that having a meatsack monitoring every flight would cost money... err... profit?

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First A380 flown in anger to be broken up for parts

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Re: This underlines one more thing

Also used to fly to New York out of Bristol.

Was awesome - flights were only a few hundred in scum-class, and you always got an empty seat next to you.

No idea why they dropped the route...

The answer is in your post... empty seats = less profit.

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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Re: The ongoing ruthless take backs.

It might have something to do with mineral rights. Not sure but I recall something from the 60's on this.

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So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?

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Re: ER, no, the court will be quite clear

Well thought argument, but who's going to file the suit? Not the TelComs... It'll probably happen once someone figures out how to fund the lawyers.

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Korean cryptocoin exchange $30m lighter after hacking attack

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Re: Insurance?

Probably no insurance. Much like gambling tokens in a casino.

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Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

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At some point will they stop spinning and emitting?

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Tech rookie put decimal point in wrong place, cost insurer zillions

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@Oliver Mayes

If only one of them had just paid the bill without looking we could all have retired, but no. We had to recall and reissue all those £1.3 billion invoices.

In today's world, the employees would have been laid off, the buildings closed, and manglement would have taken the money as a "bonus" and left the country.

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Re: Lira?

Are you saying that the Lira was a Fiat currency?

It is. It breaks down, rusts out, and loses most of it's value as soon as you drive off with it.

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