* Posts by Anonymous Blowhard

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Tech biz must be more export-focused, says defence kit minister

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Re: Erratum and correction

@Ledswinger

Given the Death Star's abysmal performance in asymmetric warfare, it sounds just the kind of thing the MOD would want...

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Facebook let advertisers target 'Jew-haters'

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Re: The looming power of Digital Dictators

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Looks like they'll be targeting you with tinfoil hat advertisements...

Have a beer; it doesn't track how you drink it (you can slurp it, if you want), there's a large choice of brands and types and AI systems aren't better at drinking it than humans (until someone invents the Bending Unit)

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

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@ACZ

I thought of this, and I'm going to contact them to find out; even if this is the case, registering a .uk domain purely in the hope of reselling it is in contravention of Nominet's rules, so it can be challenged through their Dispute Resolution Service.

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On the plus side, at least you won't be claim-jumped of you do want your .uk domain.

I have a [surname].org.uk domain, and fancied having the [surname].uk domain (according to the rules .org.uk has second dibs on .uk domains after .co.uk) but it seems to have been registered by a non-UK company operating a "domains for resale" business (http://www.amazingdomains.co.uk/) in contravention of the rules for .uk domains.

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Drones aren't evil and won't trigger the Rise of the Machines: MoD

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Re: Not for a while

@Korev

Yes, it seems that, whatever the effect on the human operators, the suicide rate (4 in 52) for MOD drones is a lot higher than for the humans (8 per 100,000)...

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Gov claws back £645m in BT broadband from subsidy

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Only 4.8m homes in the UK?

"DDCMS estimated that almost 94 per cent of UK homes and businesses (4.5m) currently have the option to buy superfast broadband"

I'm not sure if this is an error in the article or DDCMS having their facts wrong, but 4.5m is not "94% of UK homes and businesses"; a simple Google search found this article that there are around 23m dwellings in the UK.

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Dell/EMC year one has exceeded Michael Dell's expectations

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His own belief is that “humans and machines will be the winning combination.”

So probably a fan of Iain M. Banks and Neal Asher then...

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US government: We can jail you indefinitely for not decrypting your data

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Use hidden partitions

Truecrypt had an answer to this, Hidden Partitions. It allows you to have two passwords, one for the real data and another to a dummy partition.

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UK infrastructure failing to meet the most basic cybersecurity standards

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@steelpillow

I think your point about cyber-professionals is valid, but this is a national security issue that will be with us as long as we're using IT in critical infrastructure; so it's worth investing in long-term solutions like a dedicated unit within GCHQ. It will take time to build the skills, but it's the difference between a nation having it's own army and paying for the loyalty of mercenaries.

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@steelpillow

I agree that most people in these organisations want to do as good a job as possible; my point was that, rather than fine healthcare experts or gas-supply experts for being crap at cyber-security, we should be making use of government cyber-security experts to help them. I'm pretty sure that increasing GCHQ's budget to cope with the extra load will be more effective than throwing NHS money at external consultants, like Capita, to solve the problem; it might even be cheaper than what we're paying for already if we pool the budgets of the various critical infrastructure organisations into a single pot.

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"In the event of a breach, critical infrastructure organisations could be liable for fines of up to £17m, or 4 per cent of global turnover, under the government's proposals to implement the EU's Network and Information Systems (NIS) directive from May 2018."

This makes no sense whatsoever; how would fining the NHS improve security? The fine is paid for using the same taxes we need them to spend on saving lives, and would only be triggered in the event of something going wrong.

How about being proactive and empowering a separate body to review and improve cyber-security for critical infrastructure organisations? This would fall under the defence budget and should probably be implemented, or at least overseen, by GCHQ**; failure to cooperate should result in jail time for senior management from the critical infrastructure organisations rather than meaningless fines from the public purse.

** This should be one of GCHQ's primary roles anyway if they're supposed to be the UK's primary organisation for cyber-security. It might also keep them too busy to indulge in snooping on the UK public.

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Mazda and Toyota join forces on Linux-based connected car platform

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Re: 3 years of supported apps?

"Don't like OBD II"

So you'd prefer to be held to ransom by a manufacturer's proprietary interface to diagnose problems with your car? Unless you want to go back to carburettors and dumb (no anti-lock) brakes (why not go the whole hog and abandon disc brakes too) you need a way to talk to the car's systems and using the same interface makes it easier for non-franchise dealers to work with vehicles.

"to hell with the 2000s, I'm going back to the 1990s"

OBDII was introduced in the 1990s...

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Elon Musk among 116 AI types calling on UN to nobble robo-weapons before they go all Skynet

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Re: A little knowledge

"Blind curiosity will be our undoing"

Developing weapons is not curiosity, it's a reaction to the unknown state of our perceived enemies; if we're not certain that the other guy doesn't have [proposed mega weapon] then we'd like to have the [proposed mega weapon] ourselves, just in case.

The way out of this is to have a validated treaty so that we can be certain enough that we aren't putting ourselves at a strategic disadvantage by not having [proposed mega weapon]; the validation is a little tricky, depending on the complexity and difficulty of creating and testing the [proposed mega weapon], but nations have worked on this before to restrict work on biological weapons, for example.

The non-proliferation side of things is a key element here, nations who are able to develop AI weapons shouldn't be able to trade them; otherwise nations with internal stability issues will be tempted to solve them using systems that are incapable of making moral judgements as to whether the proposed solution is right or wrong.

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Re: Not smart weapons

"A truly smart weapons system would therefore recognise that the most efficient way to end a war, with the lowest possible casualty count, would be to target the combative leaders."

Truly smart AI weapons would declare themselves neutral and force the "combative leaders" to decide the result by unarmed single combat; they'd also make it pay-per-view so they can rake it in at the box-office.

Bite Their Shiny Metal Asses

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UK.gov cloud fave Amazon comes under fire for tax bill

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Interesting article on why Amazon's tax bill has dropped.

Seems like they're paying their employees more, in the form of shares in the company; so they're not only paying less tax, they're making honest underpaid workers into capitalist share holders - the bastards!

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Hey America! Your internet is going to be so much better this January

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Brilliant!

I guess these guys can also tackle America's obesity problem as well...

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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US Justice

Innocent until forced into accepting a plea-bargain...

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Corporate criminal tax offences likely to further increase HMRC's use of dawn raids, says expert

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Re: Time to rein in the use of dawn raids

I think that in this case "dawn raids" refers to unannounced raids on properties to collect evidence, not necessarily that they turn up at 04:00 with a SWAT team.

"Why are they being used by the tax agency??????????????"

I think they want to avoid giving suspects a week's notice to take the Enron route of shredding the evidence.

"Its time there was proper public oversight (i dont mean by vested-interest parties like courts/judges)"

If you don't trust the legal system to manage the legal process, who do you trust? If judges are corrupt, you have to prove that and replace them, not invent a parallel layer to perform the same function (who's to say your new layer is incorruptible anyway).

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Bixby, why is Samsung's heir apparent facing 12 years in the slammer?

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Off Topic

"As president he helped shape modern Korea until his assassination by the country's secret service at a safe house in 1979"

Who told him it was safe? The secret service?

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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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