* Posts by Flywheel

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Waymo presents ChaufferNet, an neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: How many billions of dollars are being spent chasing this?

millions of pictures of dogs at all different angles before it can recognise a dog with reasonable accuracy. A baby only has to be shown a dog once or twice and it knows "dog"

Unfortunately I only seem to get quizzed about buses, store fronts, traffic lights, "crosswalks" and fire hydrants whenever I have to prove I'm not a robot. I assume they'll get around to "people", "dogs" and "babies" at some stage - until then, stay off the streets!

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Look to SciFi for inspiration

If we can assume the infrastructure of the Internet is ok (for now), we can fall back on TOR. What I foresee though is an alternative Internet which doesn't use the existing Internet and would be Mesh-based, probably running on numerous 4/5/nG cells. Set up a few in your neighbourhood and get some real community going. Use decentralisation and help build the Fediverse. Let the existing Internet fester in its current form and let the rest of use the Other Internet.

Lenovo tells Asia-Pacific staff: Work lappy with your unencrypted data on it has been nicked

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WTF?

Lenovo takes the security of employee information very seriously

If I had a quid for every time I heard this I wouldn't be working. #FFS

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"ultimately the state has ways of making us comply."

It won't be a problem - they could probably capture a large percentage of the population by getting the ID card to double as a loot box unlocker for whatever moronic falling fruit app people are playing on their mobiles.

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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WTF?

Ericsson - they may well have found the problem

Ericsson customers affected were using two specific software versions of the node “Serving GPRS Support Node - Mobility Management Entity” (SGSN-MME).

“An initial root cause analysis indicates that the main issue was an expired certificate in the software versions installed with these customers,” it said.

According to Reuters....

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Re: Awkward

Would that be "didn't have one before but really ought to" or "X has left - replace them ASAP" ?

Waiter, what's this? SpaceX delivery delayed for a day by moldy food

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WTF?

Spelling!

It's mould round here matey, unless that "mold" is specifically American, in which case I dunno...

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Black Mirror

.. is going to find it increasingly difficult to find original material for new episodes - looks like the Chinese keep doing it first.

When selling security awareness training by email, probably a good shout not to hit 'reply all'

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Re: Holland was clearly making a point..

any decent client should default to BCC - and do so visually

Aha! That sounds like a job for Clippy. "It looks like your making a f*ckup - would you like some help with that?".

LastPass? More like lost pass. Or where the fsck has it gone pass. Five-hour outage drives netizens bonkers

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KeepassX also allows a separate key file, and Yubikey options for the truly paranoid careful user.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Re: AWS?

There's a Hole in My Bucket, dear Liza, dear Liza...

Australia's 'snoop minister' wants crypto-busting law probe wound up, proposals back into parliament

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Re: "criminals are “going dark,” "

All criminal activity should be out in the open

That'll be the Government - they always do things out in the open.

Health secretary Matt Hancock assembles brains trust: OK, guys. Let's cure NHS IT

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Anyone remember NHSbuntu?

They were called that until the Government decided they should change their name due to the inclusion of the letters N H and S. They did a lot of good work before they closed down. However, MPs memories are short...

https://www.openhealthhub.org/t/nhos-closedown-the-final-straw/1385 and https://www.digitalhealth.net/2018/01/nhos-project-ending-after-legal-challenge

Finally a platform for train puns: IBM Halt station derailed

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Unhappy

Re: The timetable for this station is intentionally left blank.

Someone issued the final pend command.

Congrats to Debbie Crosbie: New CEO at IT meltdown bank TSB has unenviable task ahead

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Re: Here's a suggestion...

benefits of customers

No, that's outdated thinking, sadly. Banks are not run to benefit customers, as many have found out.

Google swallows up DeepMind Health and abolishes 'independent board'

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Re: Even though I opted out

Same here - it's probably got a flag in a column labelled "UNCOOPERATIVE" with a value "Y". I'm sure that won't be open to abuse.

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Re: It's already there

Where do you think most of the UK central government email system lives?

And a lot of their documents/data seem to live on Amazon's cloud. I'm sure that's fine...

Japanese cyber security minister 'doesn't know what a USB stick is'

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What does a cyber security minister actually do?

In his case, he delegates. He's been doing it for decades, so he must be good at it.

Want to hack a hole-in-the-wall cash machine for free dosh? It's as easy as Windows XP

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Re: all of the attacks mentioned require access to the hardware

Explosives you say?

Round our way they tend to use compressed air - to literally blow the ATM out of the wall. It's a lot easier to find a compressor lying around than dynamite ...

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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I have a PCMCIA card that is a carrier for a CompactFlash Hard Drive, capacity 256Mb. I can't bring myself to part with it, but why?!

If Shadow Home Sec Diane Abbott can be reeled in by phishers, truly no one is safe

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Only to eject safely right at the last minute...

Premiere Pro bug ate my videos! Bloke sues Adobe after greedy 'clean cache' wipes files

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Re: Man...

Beta testers don't come cheap (enough) these days, obviously...

'Blockchain SAVED my Quango'

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Re: Blockchain Innit?

Interesting video and thanks for sharing. On an unrelated point, in the second one , did you see that truly atrocious piece of modern "art" nailed to the back wall? How much did us taxpayers get stiffed for that ?!

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Re: Eddie Hughes MP (Con) - "an intellect in blockchain"

Wow! It's not often you here the words "MP" and "intellect" in the same sentence: I'm impressed...

HSBC now stands for Hapless Security, Became Compromised: Thousands of customer files snatched by crims

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Re: There's no excuse...

the general public think 2FA is a time consuming annoyance

I agree, but I'd rather be slightly annoyed for a few moments while I find and use my 2FA token - much better than being majorly annoyed when some remote spiv rolls my account for everything in it and steals all my credentials. Until technology really improves, the public will have to suck it up if they want to be safe.

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here

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Chromebook + Gallium OS for meeeee

If you want cheap and cheerful, and don't need blazing performance you could do a lot worse than a cheap Chromebook, purge Chrome and install Gallium OS on it. Works for me!

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

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Joke

The CIA did not respond to a request for comment

It's okay, we'll just ask the Iranians what they said ...

Should a robo-car run over a kid or a grandad? Healthy or ill person? Let's get millions of folks to decide for AI...

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Stop

overweight, old

That'll be most of the House of Lords then, and probably quite a few of the 'Commons.

And then someone needs to define "young" - all very well to say the cars will mow down people that aren't young, but let's set some clear ground rules...

Uncool: Google won't be setting up shop in disused Berlin electrical substation

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FAIL

You forgot the /S, I think

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs

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Re: Im sure theres only one reason why a tourist would visit that town...

thats to pose by the welcome to... sign

You'd probably have to nip over to Penistone to pose by their welcome sign - it's about an hour away from Scunny..

Alibaba pulls dust covers off its new London cloud presence

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Re: Secure

>> have you discussed it with Interpol?

As soon as the Head of Interpol gets "un-disappeared" from his visit to China I'm sure OP will...

GitHub.com freezes up as techies race to fix dead data storage gear

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Re: Time to move away from shabby Linux servers...

/S

Well slap my ass and call me Judy, Microsoft's Surface Pro 6 is just as hard to fix as the old one

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Re: Overpriced

African landfill

Somehow I don't see the smelting fields of Ghana being used for glue extraction - still the same clouds of toxic smoke, but little else: they won't be touching Micro$oft hardware from now on.

RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: If there is any afterlife

I hope he is forced to maintain their systems using Registry Edits

and he has to use edlin ...

GCHQ asks tech firms to pretty please make IoT devices secure

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Re: Internet of S%!£

What GCHQ could do is remotely shut down/disable all IoT devices with these vulnerabilities (after an official warning to the manufacturers of course). The resulting sh*tstorm and general howls of anguish from Jo Public would perhaps "encourage" the Supply Chain to stop selling crap in the first place.

Web browsers sharpen knives for TLS 1.0, 1.1, tell protocols to dig their own graves for 2019

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Management: "do we have enough money in our budget for this?"

Does Google make hardware just so nobody buys it?

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Could I put (GNU) Linux on i though?

If I could get rid of the Google-Dross and put a copy of Gallium OS on it I'd be chuffed to nuts.

Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Get the missus involved!

C'mon Mr Dabbs, you need to make this a family affair - if Mrs D can find a suitable nail bar, she can get your next batch of microSDHCs taken out the country safely, on her hands. The nail technician could decorate them beautifully.

Why, if you can afford it, you could probably get her to carry up to 10Gbs-worth without fear of *cough* intrusive searches - that should be just enough space for a PowerPoint!

US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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WTF?

I hope all this doesn't delay the completion of Jeff's $42,000,000 10,000 year mountain clock!

Priorities chaps! Priorities!

Robot Operating System gets the Microsoft treatment

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Terminator

"It's only a glitch"

I felt I had to leave this here...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrXfh4hENKs

New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: I'm getting to the point now

dd and a microSDHC would be better, and infinitely easier to hide *cough*. Would you really need a CD?

Manchester nuisance-call biz fined £150k after ignoring opt-out list

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Re: ICO information in reports

I spoke to one of the callers and he stated (proudly) that Manchester was kinda the national hub for spam callers. I ended up blocking/ignoring every call that came from a Manchester number after that. They're shameless - most of the time they don't bother hiding/faking their number because they know the ICO's as much use as a chocolate fireguard.

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Good! I hope my bl**dy insurance company's reading this

I had endless calls from this bunch of cnuts last year after "someone" connected to a car insurance claim leaked my details to these and other vampires. In the end they accused me of hassling them> - obviously nonsense - and only left me alone after I was able to block their number on landline and mobile phones. I hope the directors and up on the streets.

Nameless Right To Be Forgotten Google sueball man tries Court of Appeal – yet again

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Re: squaremilenews.blogspot.com

There's one in particular if you want to go way back...

Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

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Maybe they're using a secret Oz AI system to read them - that speed is about right.

US State Department confirms: Unclassified staff email boxes hacked

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That'll be the email server under Hillary's desk then ... I feel reassured now.

Amazon probes alleged bribery of staffers for data on e-tail platform

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Reviews? What's the use?

I use Amazon a lot, but increasingly I've come to decide that the reviews are largely worthless. When you (for example) look for an iPad cover, with 4 stars and above rating and get 30,000 products of the original 50,000 it makes you realise what an utter waste of time it is. Amazon need to stop flooding their own market with crap, get some proper reviews and maybe I'll trust them again.

1-24 of over 30,000 results for Computers & Accessories : Accessories : Tablet Accessories : 4 Stars & Up :

"ipad cover"

The internet – not as great as we all thought it was going to be, eh?

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As a transport mechanism/medium I feel it's superb. Reach, resilience, general accessibility.

What you drive on the Super Highway is up to you, but if you only ever use the WWW you're seriously missing out.

The grand-plus iPhone is the new normal – this is no place for paupers

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Re: Typical Apple

"you could probably chart its decrease in value on a month-by-month basis"

There should be an app for that! It'd run in the background and occasionally advise you when your phone had depreciated and more importantly, when to buy its replacement!

Card-stealing code that pwned British Airways, Ticketmaster pops up on more sites via hacked JS

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WTF?

other company's code, being served from some other company's servers

Good grief! For some reason it didn't click that the idiots are actually running it off someone else's server - I'd always imagined that the 3rd party code had been downloaded, checked and installed. I thought that updates would be downloaded and checked before installation. But no...

Unbelievable!!

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