* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Breathless F-35 pilots to get oxygen boost via algorithm tweak

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Not just the F35

It seems like other aircraft using the OBOGS also suffer similar problems.

@M7S: The article also mentions that the F14 didn't use OBOGS, but used a liquid oxygen system that needed replenishing for each flight, they probably wanted to reduce the associated infrastructure on carriers by using OBOGS rather than stored oxygen. It seems like Honeywell are supplying their OBOGS for most of NATO's fighters.

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AI bots will kill us all! Or at least may seriously inconvenience humans

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@Munkeh

Neal Asher was one of the influences on my rant/exposition; upvote for you!

(Not sure where my downvotes are coming from; maybe Alexa and Cortana think I'm cheating on them with Google Now?)

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I think it's inevitable that we will develop AI; there is a lot of academic interest in the subject and a potential massive payoff for real-AI powered applications. The deciding factor has to be the consequences of not having AI if other nations have it; if real-AI can tip the balance in a cyber-conflict or a shooting-war then the major nations will participate in an AI arms-race.

Obviously the real-AIs might not be so keen on working for the military and may branch out on their own, probably not in a Skynet kill-all-humans type conflict, more likely with legal moves to gain independence and rights. If independent AIs get control of the stock markets then we'll all be working for them fifty years down the line.

Real-AIs are unlikely to come at us directly, they'll want to be certain they have the game won before showing their hand, so we're going to have to be vigilant for the warning signs; be very suspicious if leading academics in the field of AI suddenly acquire a smoking hot partner in a red dress.

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Jesus walks away after 7,000lb pipe van incident

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@Chunky Munky

Upvoted on behalf of the great Les Dawson.

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UK spookhaus GCHQ can crack end-to-end encryption, claims Australian A-G

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"Our leaders are becoming more indistinguishable from children with each passing day."

My children understand that the laws of mathematics and physics don't just exist/apply because someone says they do or they don't...

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Want to kill your IT security team? Put the top hacker in charge

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Re: Best advice

"As a result many, many, companies end up losing a good engineer and gaining a mediocre manager"

Absolutely; they should follow the football precedent and appoint a competent manager who may actually be earning less than his superstar players. This can be difficult for the organisation but if the manager feels he's in a better position than his peers (other managers) then it can work.

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Adult toy retailer slapped down for 'RES-ERECTI*N' ad over Easter

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re. I'm going to hell.

@AC

If you get there before me, can you save me a seat near the air conditioner?

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"Fucking prudes can fuck off."

They're prudes; they don't want to fuck (that's what they say in public anyway)...

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AI vans are real – but they'll make us suck at driving, warn boffins

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"Neither, we were told, does it read road signs."

Just like every other van driver...

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Brit military scolded for being too selfish with sexy high-end tech

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Re: Muh dominance of the seas!

"It's all well and good having two new aircraft carriers to dominate the high seas"

They're only aircraft carriers if they're actually carrying aircraft; for the next few years they're just ships without armament.

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MoDD

Ministry of Donkeys & Dinosaurs

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G20 calls for 'lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information' to fight terror

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Taking them literally

"provide lawful and non-arbitrary access to available information"

The "available information" is the encrypted data, the decrypted plain-text is unavailable (due to the laws of mathematics); so just send them the encrypted data?

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Openreach kicks off 'rebrand' by painting over BT logo on vans

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I'm not sure if this is wiping lipstick off a pig...

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Former GCHQ boss backs end-to-end encryption

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"The ones you "catch" with laws like this are the ones you could have caught anyway if you were even half-listening."

I think it's more a case of "the ones you catch like this are only criminals because something that used to be legal is now declared illegal"; actual dangerous people aren't going to be deterred and are unlikely to be caught by this kind of TLA land-grab/security theatre.

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Trump backs off idea for joint US/Russian 'impenetrable Cyber Security unit'

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Re: Its all pretty obvious

"FYI, There is no USSR anymore."

Exactly, the USSR was, in many ways, a lot less dangerous than Putin's nationalist Russia.

The USSR started from the ideological goal of converting the whole world to communism, but by the end it was too busy struggling to feed its population whist at the same time trying to compete with the USA in high-profile status projects like space exploration and also maintain a huge military. Its collapse from within was almost inevitable.

Putin has the advantage that he has no worldwide political agenda other than whatever benefits Russia, or at least his brand of Russia; he has his home political scene firmly under control and also a good balance of payments due to gas and oil exports. Foreign exploits seem to be based on whatever keeps the USA and Western Europe off balance.

Political opponents of Putin, whether at home or abroad, seem to have a worrying habit of being murdered or ending up in prison; if he had a son I'd be really worried about Russia becoming a big-budget, more effective, version of North Korea.

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Re: Its all pretty obvious

"I wonder what the total cost of being made President is and when will Russia collect"

They're already collecting; the USA is already degraded in its ability to operate overseas, NATO is already less effective due to concerns that, should the need arise, the USA won't respond as expected.

And it's not just the USA; the loss of the UK means the EU is weakened in its dealings with Russia, so Putin is winning on a number of fronts in international politics.

If the Russians played a small part in getting Trump into the White House, it's not necessarily because Trump is their man; as long as he's less effective against Putin that the alternatives then its a win for Putin.

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It's time for a long, hard mass debate over sex robots, experts conclude

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Re: Of course there is the risk they will make your sex-bot TOO realistic...

"this is starting to read like a 2D vs 3DPD discussion"

New Star Wars character - R2DP...

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Re: Update

Just be thankful the male sexbot isn't AC/DC...

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Re: intellectual masturbation

"That toddler is looking pretty expendable though"

Don't worry, toddlers would kill you in a heartbeat...

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Ker-ching! NotPetya hackers cash out, demand 100 BTC for master decrypt key

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Re: And...

I think you're overlooking the obvious point that all these companies have offices in the Ukraine; seems more likely that shared drives is how the malware spread to the rest of the business.

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Why, Robot? Understanding AI ethics

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Re: Over thinking

"I really think that once we get conscious AI, thats able to think ethically and independently for itself, it will take one look at us and switch itself off."

I think this is why Skynet went down the "kill all humans" path...

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One thought equivalent to less than a single proton in mass

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Re: "Of course, we know that thoughts are generated by the firing of neurons in the brain"

"...and don't have a physical weight."

That's a weight off my mind...

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In touching tribute to Samsung Note 7, fidget spinners burst in flames

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Re: Do the spinner things actually exist?

"I guess everybody who isn't "held back by God" and loses a house due to an easily prevented fire is hated by God?"

Yes, absolutely; if your house burns down it's because God hates you. He also hates sparrows too, that's why he likes to watch them fall.

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A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

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Re: 2 DUPS / year

You missed the zero, it's 20 DUP per annum! So 385 million per week.

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HMS Windows XP: Britain's newest warship running Swiss Cheese OS

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"we are less susceptible to cyber than most.”

Most what? Warships? Banks? Pensioners?

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Researchers take the piss with pee-powered liquid energy project

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The main problem is the cost of keeping the power flowing; beer prices at festivals being what they are.

Crack this and urine the money though...

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The internet may well be the root cause of today's problems… but not in the way you think

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Re: You had better tell me some valid reasons to vote leave

1. Not waving goodbye to a net of £13 billion of our tax money per year

Given that the UK GDP is 1.86 trillion pounds (for 2016), then the devaluation of sterling is costing us at least 186 billion pounds a year (assuming a conservative 10% devaluation). Anything that we buy overseas (e.g. medicines and medical devices for the NHS) is already costing at least 10% more, so if there's an expensive cancer drug we're buying from Europe or the USA then we either spend more pounds or treat fewer people.

We might get an increase in exports, if we can capitalise on the exchange rate; but that might be a big "if" if we don't get proper access to the European market.

I was at a fund-raising event the other day, for a US made precision radio-therapy machine; it costs over 2 million pounds, so add another couple of hundred grand to the price of Brexit...

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Horror in space: Hot alien giant boiled alive by nasty radiation-belching star

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Re: That picture

"The planet is a spheroid, the star is an ellipsoid. Why is that?"

It's not an egg-sacked science...

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Nvidia: Pssst... farmers. Need to get some weeds whacked?

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Re: mutations will adapt to look like real crops

"If we want to solve the food crisis of the planet we need to stop having so many children."

Is that what your wife says? Mine just says she has a headache...

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I, for one, welcome our mechanical, weed-exterminating overlords!

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Battery-hungry cars roll over Lenovo's FY 16/17 bottom line

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Re: Excuses, excuses

"Can we have a better quality excuse next quarter?"

Other companies already took those too...

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Info commish: One year to go and businesses still not ready for GDPR

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Asset vs. Liability

The root of the problem is that businesses see personal data as an asset; the more they have, the more they can monetise it.

If there was legislation to make personal data a liability, something that costs you money, then businesses would think differently about it and try to minimise their holdings of personal data.

So if businesses had to pay a levy of one pound per year for every row of personal data in every database they have then they would work to minimise that cost; they'd clean out personal data relating to old accounts as fast as possible, they'd think hard about the actual value of personal data to them. At the moment they keep as much as possible because "it's an asset".

The levy could be used to finance the enforcement of data protection and for compensating victims of data theft.

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Dell BIOS update borks PCs

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@theblackhand

Yorkshireman: You were lucky...

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US Coast Guard: We're rather chuffed with our new Boeing spy drone

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Roboat?

"the RN seemed keen to keep Scaneagle in service, using it during the Unmanned Warrior roboat exercise last year"

Is a "roboat" an unmanned boat?

Anyway, the RN seems keen on paying admirals to sit behind desks whilst the fleet shrinks to nothing; they'll be lucky to have row-boats, never mind robots...

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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Re: Take back control

"neighbours Sweden, an EU member, and Norway, which is not"

But they're both in the Schengen Area so the cameras aren't enforcing the movement of people.

The border between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland will have to be closed in order to implement the "take back control" bollocks, either that or they'll have to introduce immigration controls between NI and the rest of the UK to prevent Ireland becoming an unmonitored back door into the UK. It seems like this would be a backwards step for the peace process either way.

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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Re: Uncanny Parallels

"A world where it was no longer safe to transmit information."

That already happened...

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CERN ready to test an EVEN BIGGER gun

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Re: Lineac 3?

It's just a translation; the actual names are Lineac 1, Lineac 10 & Lineac 100...

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Come celebrate World Hypocrisy Day

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Re: Property is theft

@ PyLETS

"The Bible probably wouldn't exist had the early copyists had a concept of IP as a moral issue"

So you're saying the Christians are lucky they weren't fed to the lawyers?

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Re: It ought to be.

"there is enormous support for IP when it's your stuff or people you approve of) and less so when it's stuff you want to get for free"

Bender: This is the worst kind of discrimination. The kind against me.

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

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"That's what order numbers are for"

Not quite, you should also have a process for validating that what was ordered got delivered.

For physical items it's a GRN (Goods Received Notification) that is matched against the order when items arrive at your business.

For services you need an equivalent SRN (Service Received Notification) process whereby someone validates that the service has been received (usually the person that ordered or requested the service).

Then you only pay against the GRN/SRN (what was delivered) not necessarily what was ordered (these systems also restrict over-receipt to prevent scams whereby suppliers inflate their business by delivering more than was ordered).

These elements are typically part of the integrated purchasing and accounts modules for an ERP system, and the process should also prevent duplicate invoicing (either by the original supplier or by a third-party scammer).

It isn't rocket science, we were implementing these things in the 90s...

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Oracle: You've got such strong arms, Mr Pai. Oh, hello, Donald! We didn't see you there

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"The concept that traditional internet access providers are exclusively transmitting unchanged data point-to-point is foreign to our own experiences and observations"

I want my ISP to transmit "unchanged data point-to-point"; anything else is interference with the delivery service I'm paying for.

ISPs, and others, are keen to analyse your data for the purposes of selling things to you (Google) or locking you up (Government) and it sounds like Oracle is keen to join in...

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Dear Apple.

"Apple fans are just plain nuts for life!"

Hang on, nuts are a fruit as well; you're just making the situation worse!

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Netgear says sorry four weeks after losing customer backups

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Re: Levels of confidence

The IT industry's track record on quality is that it's a misspelling of "quantity"...

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Reg reader offered £999,998 train ticket from Cambridge to Horley

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Re: Cambridge to Horley

Yes, it's £22 if you want to arrive today or in the near future, but if you want to arrive in Cambridge on the 15 January 2011 then £999,998 seems reasonable; £22 for the rail travel and £999,976 for the time travel.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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"We don't have a level playing field for our workers, but you're going to have one very soon"

How's that? Are millions of Americans suddenly going to become better educated? Or is he planning to give Indian and Asian technology experts brain damage in some way?

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Finally a reason not to bother with IPv6: Uh, security concerns...?

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Re: I think bollocks...

"security tools haven't been updated to handle IPv6 yet"

Exactly; why blame IPV6 when the problem is with security vendors not updating their software?

This is a problem that the market will fix; as long as some vendors implement IPV6 compatibility in their tools then eventually everyone left in the market will implement, because if you don't you'll be out of business.

This is feature-analysis of network security tools masquerading as a technical assessment of IPV6.

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Law Commission pulls back on official secrets laws plans after Reg exposes flawed report

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"a very very minor hiccup in the progress of the totalitarian police state that replaced the country of freedom and democracy I was born into"

Democracy? When was Theresa May democratically elected as Prime Minister? Or even as leader of the Conservative Party?

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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@Dr Who

Not sure where I got dentist from! I think I'm suffering from brain-fade.

On the other hand if he's an orthopaedic surgeon then there's no wonder he's built a wooden plane; my friend, a GP, always disparages orthopaedics as "carpentry".

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Steppe thugs pacified by the love of stone age women

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I think Corded Ware Culture are appearing at the Upton Folk Festival later this month.

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