* Posts by Dr Stephen Jones

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Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"

If my Auntie had balls she'd be my Uncle.

"Looks like" doesn't cut it. Encryption has not been banned in the UK. The UK has reserved the right to punch a hole in it whenever it wants to, and it will probably be unsuccessful.

This is a disturbing development, but not a surprising one.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Encryption is not made "illegal"

You are taking the Lewis Carroll defence:

“When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’

1) encryption hasn't been made illegal, and 2) back doors are nothing new.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Encryption is not made "illegal"

Ineffective, maybe, since the sender can't guarantee the security of their communication.

Making encryption "illegal" would mean plod knocking on your door if actually use it. Or sell it.

This proposal is bad enough. There is no need for hyperbole.

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Other fact checkers exist already

And half the population doesn't trust either.

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As Trump signs away Americans' digital privacy, it's time to bring out the BS detector

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Devils advocate (from the right side of the pond)

Are you confusing the Universal Service Fund which has been around for years and which subsidises voice services, every the Connect Broadband initiatives, an Obama initiative that gives money to Telcos to provide broadband?

You are right that Big Telco collected money from consumers and spent it very efficiently creating voice services. Then it collected money from the taxpayer and spent it very inefficiently on broadband. It kept quite a bit along the way for itself.

But both funds are a drop in the ocean compared to the $1 trillion spent on internet infrastructure privately. Do you think the public owns this private infrastructure? Maybe you don't, but I see this argument being used to justify government control, as if the taxpayer paid for everything. Perhaps you can clarify.

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Don't fall for the AI hype: Here are the ingredients you need to build an actual useful thing

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Garbage in

Cats out

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Learn to use machine learning

Dr Stephen Jones
Holmes

And then... profit!

"The sci-fi scenarios are mostly over, too. We’re already seeing the backlash articles as it slides into Gartner’s trough of disillusionment."

Yes.

"It’ll emerge from the other side of that, too, and be met by a sensible base of programmers who understand its capabilities, and how to use it."

This usually happens about 20 years later.

"At that point, it’ll be making its way into business tools without anyone having to slap a label on it, and delivering significant benefits. Then, the real magic will happen."

Don't stop believin'

Hold onto the feelin'

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Loved to Death

@Destroy

+1

It's why they keep losing too, throwing their toys out of the pram. Will they ever learn?

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From drugs to galaxy hunting, AI is elbowing its way into boffins' labs

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Machine Learning is not AI.

Correct.

It is barely even Maths.

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Munich may dump Linux for Windows

Dr Stephen Jones
Devil

Re: Might I suggest...

What, a journalist should actually call or email a source to check it's true?

Get with the 21st Century, dude. That kind of thing went out with operator assisted dialling.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?

@DougS

"It is hard to imagine the TCO of Linux has gone up" etc

Linux is still sufficiently different that it is unfamiliar to 99 per cent of the population.

Of those 99 per cent maybe a third in my experience won't need the training at all, they are smart and figure stuff out. That still leaves two thirds asking the dumbest questions.

Retraining is a fact. It isn't a judgement on Linux being any harder to use than Windows or Mac - we know well configured and locked down isn't harder to use. It just that's Linux is different. Anything different causes problems.

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Senator wants a piece of Pai: FCC boss blasted for ripping up schools, libraries internet report

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: you must know the drill by now . . .

We're talking about a boondoggle to put computers in libraries, don't confuse this with education.

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Trump lieutenants 'use private email' for govt work... but who'd make a big deal out of that?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: The return of the high horse

@anon

I would not vote for Trump even if I could, and there is plenty of hypocrisy to go round. But:

Your comment is self-righteous, intolerant and ignorant.

Don't you get it yet? You are one of the reasons Trump won.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Not in the US they're not.

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Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

Dr Stephen Jones
Holmes

Obligatory commentard cliche about children.

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CBI: Brexit Britain needs a 'sensible and flexible' immigration programme

Dr Stephen Jones
Facepalm

What do bosses want?

Cheap labour. Same as what bosses have always wanted.

Thank you, CBI. We were never in doubt whose side you were on.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Or not...

The list idea was abandoned without even being explored. Red meat for the Tory Conference.

But don't let facts get in the way of a good moan.

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AI shoves all in: DeepStack, Libratus poker bots battle Texas Hold 'em pros heads up

Dr Stephen Jones

Biting The Hand That Feeds AI?

"Although DeepStack’s opponents aren’t the best poker players, the result is still impressive"

As other commentards have pointed out, poker is a lot less complicated than Chess, and a computer can beat a human at Chess. If you make the goalposts wide enough, you can't fail to score.

This is more PR masquerading as "news". Where do I need to go to find someone Biting The Hand That Feeds AI?

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Crumbs. Exceedingly good cakes, meat dressing price hike in wake of the Brexit

Dr Stephen Jones

Clickbait

So basically:

* IT wages will go up

* Manufacturing exports will increase

* We rebalance the economy away from The City - maybe

And yet all the author can do is whinge about the possibility that angel slices might get more expensive. Might being the operative word, as the competitive retail market has absorbed most of the wholesale price rises so far.

No tech angle here, just clickbait for Remoaners.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Exports are imported stuff with value added.

With a lower exchange rate you get a bit of inflation and an export boom. Rival countries hate it, of course. They weren't called "Dirty Devaluations" for nothing!

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The Register's Top 20 Most-Commented Stories in 2016

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: To sum it all up

Expected more effort from Charlie. It's what you'd expect to hear from mates in the pub and he runs out of gags by April. Houllebecq's Soumission is as plausible and if possible even more scary.

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Meet the Internet of big, lethal Things

Dr Stephen Jones
FAIL

Re: Do you own it, or not?

Just like you should be able to shout "Fire!" in a crowded cinema.

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Smartphones crashed, Samsung burned: Mobile in 2016

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Must be a bad year for Apple

Maybe Apple just didn't do anything interesting?

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Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: "Planned Register of Muslims"

@Heironymous Coward

Which part of "there is no plan" did you not understand?

All of it apparently. So here's a dictionary definition:

plan

NOUN

a detailed proposal for doing or achieving something:

Trump mouthed off campaigning. There is not yet a plan. But since Trump is not yet President, this is not surprising. Whether there ever is a plan remains to be seen. Like you, I would expect it to be illegal.

The rest is you bloviating.

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Dr Stephen Jones

"Planned Register of Muslims"

What plan? There is no plan. It was just another douchey thing Trump said on the campaign trail.

Journalist careless with language again - probably kicking back and thinking of Christmas.

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MPs suggest introducing web blocking to tackle suicide rates in UK

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Have HMG considered the reason-

Suicides are a personal tragedy. But obviously, it's always the Tories fault.

Any chance you could put your brain back in the jar and go somewhere nice for Christmas?

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Higher tech prices ARE here to stay. It's Mr Farage's new Britain

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Profiteering

Devaluations are generally good for an economy, as they make exporters cheaper. That's why Labour devalued and why the economy grew so strongly after we left the ERM under Clarke. The pound was too high. There are several articles on here explaining why sterling was overvalued. When you have stopped crying you should try and read them.

"It's too early to call it profiteering."

Now you're apologising for IT customers being ripped off? Good work.

The Register has used the phrase "Brexploitation" several times, but now seems to have lost its bottle, and decided to go for a cheap shot against Farage instead.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Brexit means brexit.

"28% didn't vote at all"

They couldn't be bothered, so their views don't count.

Given a few more years of education, maybe you'll get the hang of it.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Brexit means brexit.

"No countries are sovereign"

Sovereign nations do trade: they trade as sovereign nations.

You would fail GSCE politics because you don't understand the modern definition of sovereignty, and from that misapprehension, you fail to understand what it is.

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Dr Stephen Jones
Happy

Re: Brexit means brexit.

"Do you really believe that that (a) most of the Leave voters priced in anything - which in some cases may well prove to be their jobs - and (b) the result of a long term change will be short-term?"

Yes, because after six months of Remainers predicting catastrophe their beds, there is no buyer's remorse. We are leaving the EU. People are pleased to be taking back control, even it is less than they might ideally want.

And a General Election would wipe out the Remain parties: Labour and LibDem.

Remain supporters here really are beginning to sound like they need psychological help.

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Dr Stephen Jones

@Voland's right hand

Let me explain it to you Voland:

We're leaving the EU.

You can cry into your beer all you like.

You can call people names - and "Mr FrogFace" is really imaginative.

You can whine about it until you are sick, then wipe your mouth and whine some more about lies.

But we're leaving the EU.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Brexit means brexit.

The British voter looked at Europe, saw it was a massive mess, saw that it was impossible to get a better deal for the UK, and voted for sovereignty.

This was a rational decision that prices in the uncertainty and short-term pain. The poll sponsored by Open Britain (a pro-EU campaign group) and cited in The Guardian (a pro-EU newspaper) was designed to produce the response it got. No surprise there.

Only an idiot thinks leaving a superstate pain free. Most benefits are long-term, prices will fall as the Common Tariff no longer applies to the UK.

Better a Brexit than a Le Pen or a Trump (thank God).

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Dr Stephen Jones
Headmaster

Profiteering

Why are "higher prices here to stay"?

Some IT companies like Microsoft have imposed price rises of over 20 per cent - far higher than can be justified. Others have not. Customers can (and should) move to the companies that price transparently like AWS. Give Microsoft the boot.

And as far as I know Farage does not own any tech companies and cannot be blamed for the profiteering. I would be very surprised if he condoned it.

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Algorithm advance alleviates AI amnesia

Dr Stephen Jones

How much data do they want?

Oh, you want my health record, Google? And you're paying me how much, Google? Nothing?

OK, fine. Bye.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, considers taxing Netflix

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: VAT

"VAT is also the cheapest tax to collect per pound collected."

No it isn't, property taxes are the cheapest to collect. Avoidance is very low: houses don't generally move around you know who owns them. Google "unpaid VAT HMRC" and you'll see how much VAT is owed.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Tax what?

I don't necessarily disagree, but what are you taxing exactly?

Are you taxing a corporation just for being a corporation? Or profits earned in the USA? Uncle Sam is very keen to repatriate foreign earnings, I would expect Trump to go after Apple and Microsoft .

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Who's in Peter's file? Moneybags Thiel hits up Silicon Valley brains to join his Trump think tank

Dr Stephen Jones
Joke

"the deeply held beliefs of Californians"

From my experience, I have concluded that Californians struggle to hold anything "deeply", let alone a belief.

But it's nice to learn something new.

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Kids' Hour of Code turns into a giant corporate infomercial for kids

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Don't get me started

Why?

You have fallen into the trap of thinking that Shiny New Thing is always better than Older Thing, and always obliterates Older Thing.

The Thing here is complex: it is knowledge, but not just knowledge, it's also a desire to acquire knowledge. Which means rewards and social skills like group work.

A classroom of kids clicking in silence through a "gamification experience" while the teacher does a crossword is not progress. It's actually what North Korea looks like. But without the technology.

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The Naked Product Launch: 30 seconds to sell a robot

Dr Stephen Jones
Facepalm

What is Radbot's true purpose?

I have a theory is that this series of self indulgent, content-free advertorials is a new kind of torture weapon devised by the CIA, as a retaliation against Vladimir Putin's bot army. All I can say is "Go CIA!", but please stop inflicting it on us guinea pigs here.

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FBI's Clinton email comedown confirms it could have killed the story in a canter

Dr Stephen Jones

Hillary innocent of everything

Phew. Just in time, too.

/sarcasm

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Brexit may not mean Brexit at all: UK.gov loses Article 50 lawsuit

Dr Stephen Jones

"not a legally binding referendum."

But it is a morally binding promise: sovereignty was handed to the people for this decision (and this decision only).

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UK fintech firm reaches for Ireland Brexit escape hatch

Dr Stephen Jones
FAIL

Boo hoo

Before Brexit:

"The City is too powerful. We need to rebalance the economy away from the City. Goldman Sachs is evil"

- The Guardian, BBC, academics etc for as long as I can remember.

After Brexit:

"The City is wonderful. We must do everything we can to keep the City happy. Especially Goldman Sachs. This is a disaster".

- The Guardian, BBC, academics now.

So either they didn't know what they were talking about, or they're just hyping every bit of bad news they can find.

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AI software should be able to register its own patents, law prof argues

Dr Stephen Jones

"With computers getting smarter and more inventive"

What?

Evidence please.

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Dr Stephen Jones

" the law was changed just over 20 years ago to allow *any* *old* *shit* to be filed as a patent..."

The law didn't change. Patent Offices employ monkeys.

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Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Dumbest idea ever?

"As if the patent system isn't already full of rubbish and inhibiting the progress of humanity"

[citation needed]

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18 seconds that blacked out South Australia

Dr Stephen Jones
Facepalm

Re: Thanks

Of course it is biased - the author is a renewable energy fanboy.

He has omitted any evidence that might put the wind operators at fault for the blackout. (Eg, they failed to turn off the turbines.) Fortunately we can read all this in the comments.

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Ladies in tech, have you considered not letting us know you're female?

Dr Stephen Jones

@Tom Paine

"Using the expression "SJW" pretty much signals "I'm a dick" IME."

SJW is a derisory term for the self-righteous, smug and intolerant personalities who attach themselves to some Left Wing political causes. Tom Lehrer wrote a song about them. Look it up.

I suspect you hate the phrase SJW because it's a truthful and accurate description of your personality, too.

This is just a wild guess based purely on intuition... and on your posting history.

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Dr Stephen Jones

@45RPM

So demonstrating your lack of gender bigotry by demonstrating religious bigotry.

Well done.

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The web is past peak innovation: It's all negative returns from here

Dr Stephen Jones

Wuh?

It is hard to tell what the author objects to, since not one example is cited.

Perhaps the next one will enlighten us all.

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Paper mountain, hidden Brexit: How'd you say immigration control would work?

Dr Stephen Jones

Re: Let's hope

Diddums. You lost, you're in the minority. Get over it. (Etc)

Davis & Co won't get everything they want. But a brake on unskilled immigration and easier skilled migration is pretty feasible.

And that's good enough for most people, except sub-minimum-wage paying bastards. Slave labour is not a good thing

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