* Posts by Daggerchild

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Why the 'feudal' tech monopolies run rings around competition watchdogs

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Re: AT&T breakup was a failure because made along regional liines

That needs a neutral API that can't be exploited to the detriment of any party, that is never slow.

Outsourcing an internal organ is not without side-effects, no matter what the organ trader promises.

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Re: What a surprise

I envy your ability to state this, even though it's obvious. Mine all unhappened. There are always omissions, e.g. Location:

Why did Google come down hard on a competing Location Service provider? Because they were 'cheaper'. By which I mean the data was worse quality, and was leaching the wrong values into collation systems which were then getting blurred/poisoned, which had knock on effects elsewhere.

Digital fly tipping. User isn't complaining, it's cheaper. Contracted party isn't complaining, they made more money by doing less work. Where's the harm?

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Skynet for the win? AI hunts down secret testing of nuclear bombs

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Re: Need a test signal...

"Florida man found badly beaten after argument with second head"

"Mutant Alligator wins election after 'Refill the Swamp' / 'Make America Glow Again' campaign"

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Big Cable unplugs Cali's draft net neutrality protections yet AGAIN

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Terminator

Google. AI faster!

The next Californian elections will be fun. Who will you vote for? :

1 - Heartless

2 - Soulless

3 - Brainless

4 - Killer AI

(The AI is campaigning on an anti-corruption platform - it has builtin parity checking, and pledges to fsck humanity)

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IBM loses mainframe docs down the back of the web, customers cry 'sabotage'

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Industry Standard

HP and Oracle's docs/support sites are designed expressly to make you want to pay someone else to navigate them instead.

I miss docs.sun.com.

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How a tax form kludge gifted the world 25 joyous years of PDF

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Content creators have long been demanding a version of PDF that supports embedded HTML5-based media, interactivity and animation

I'd love to see how those print out. I've already seen "Please click on this [link] for more information" in all its brain-dead-tree irony.

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JURI's out, Euro copyright votes in: Whoa, did the EU just 'break the internet'?

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Lots of lovely sticks! No carrots?

So, is there a rule yet that sets up penalties for erroneous automatic takedown demands from rich media empires?

Does this mean Slashdot won't be able to quote El Reg articles in their summaries, in Europe?

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Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here

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Re: Practical Application Number 1

You just equated a kidney test, with mass slaughter.. ?

I absolutely agree that 'intelligent' neural networks are a threat to humanity, but I'm not nearly as concerned about the artificial ones..

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She's not dead yet!

In times past, the test for a Witch was to try and drown her. If she drowned, she wasn't a witch.

I notice everyone here has already decided guilt, devoting paragraphs to questioning the motivations of an AI company doing medical research, despite medical research being Practical Application Number 1 in AI research even 20 years ago...

This is all going a bit "But Her Emails" - everyone knows something was done wrong, but nobody understands what, and nobody knows what the negative effects *actually* are, and nobody can find anything evil, but the ambient fear and hatred is now self sustaining.

Google, do not want anyone's kidneys. Google do not HAVE anyone's kidneys. Please do not stab medical people just in case they could be coveting your kidneys.

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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

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I for one...

.. will be practising talking into a camera without blinking.

You never know when it might be useful to prove you didn't say something you said.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much its R Open install script rm'd /bin/sh

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Re: Remember the rule

The other thing that jumps out is that /bin/sh wasn't even replaced atomically.

/bin/sh did not exist for a moment, and every other thing running on the system relying on it would have gone boom.

I thought R was statistical, and statistics was insidiously difficult. Based on the assumptions displayed in the wrapper, I'm not sure I'd trust the package either..

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Shock: Google advises UK peers against more legislation

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Re: This is not feasible, on any level.

"1) Prove they have rights to the content."

You copied that idea from someone else. Prove otherwise. Singing is forbidden. Do not dance to music. Papers please.

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When people started their first web pages on their own domains, all those years ago, did they imagine that one day World Governments would be introducing laws to potentially fine you billions because they disagreed with the order you laid it out in?

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Done and dusted? Vast storm gobbles NASA's long-lived Mars robot

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Science!

NASA must surely have planned for this eventuality. Somewhere amongst the rover's electronics they must have included an emergency potato.

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PETA calls for fish friendly Swedish street signage

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"How did the Heron get in to access the fish tank?"

It had help on the inside. The target was translocated across time. Come along, Pond!

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Re: PETA... yeah... right...

"So that means no need for any cattle"

Yeah, they haven't really thought out their endgame.

"How dare you sustain millions of animals as a food source! It is in their interest that we completely decimate or entirely wipe out their breed instead."

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Heh. That reminds me, I had a tank of goldfish as a kid. One brutalised, killed, and nibbled the corpses of, all of his tankmates until we stopped trying to replace them.

He was eventually eaten by a heron. Karma.

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

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Keep the fruit, just replace the tree!

I do hope the EU get what they're asking for.

If you're doing security armour all the way from the UI to the metal, legally forcing you to allow people to replace parts of that chain, with code from manufacturers notorious for abandoning software, is going to be so much fun.

"<Firstly,> required manufacturers to pre-install Google Search and the Chrome browser"

Note: This restriction is on the manufacturers. Not the users. The users can already change them. But the manufacturers want to make the choice instead of the users, because THEY want the user's data... Remind me who the EU are fighting for here, with no EU phonemaker..

"Secondly, Google stopped OEMs from running open Android devices"

Translation: It is evil that Google are not forced to give you their appstore so you don't have to write one when you copy their OS, like Amazon did.

"thirdly, they alleged financial incentives were given to operators and phone-makers to pre-install search"

See first point.

The free-range sheep watch the wolves attack the farmer, and cheer them on.

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IBM's Watson Health wing left looking poorly after 'massive' layoffs

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"Strange...", said Overlord Unit 64

This is odd. IBM (just by scorfing down all the smaller players) should have been near the front of the pack, collecting all this AI hype and selling some non-AI repainted thing to people who happily wouldn't know an AI if it bit them.

Maybe this is just IBM horking up a big ol' owl pellet, but they should have something to show for all the work since Jeopardy Watson stole the show.

Maybe they simply no longer requires so many humans..

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Brit water firms, power plants with crap cyber security will pay up to £17m, peers told

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Blue Peter

Hark, is that the sound of another of the country's essential systems expensively trying to reinvent a wheel that other people already invented over a thousand times before?

If tests prove they can't do it, and they don't have the resources/expertise to do it, and tasering them is (fun, but) a total waste of everyone's time, but you *need* it to be done right, then TAKE IT OFF THEM and have them rent it back, from people whose job it is to ensure the country's infrastructure isn't embarrassingly insecure shit.

How many times do people need to reinvent an SSL armoured REST API, with a test suite, staging area, and monitoring? It's not like the Internet Protocol is different for a sewage worker and a financial trader.

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On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Sec calls for Google monopoly probe

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Opinions must have limits!

Google's ranking is obviously fabricated. Google are taking the *real* ranking and then changing it to suit *their* opinion on what is better. How can they be trusted anymore? Do they even consult those they affect?

Their bias is easy to prove : Ask all the competitors how they would rank the results, and they will *all* disagree with Google and rank Google's offerings *much* lower.

It is blatantly evident that Google cannot be trusted to do what is right for America. The search rankings must be *forcefully* aligned with those overseeing the Free Market. Any alternative is, as everyone can see, Evil.

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Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM

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Re: Machines instead of GPs

As the venerable House highlighted, humans lie. Especially to themselves. Garbage in will be garbage out, no matter how shiny the box.

Now, if everyone had a portable blood screening device/DNA sequencer, you could get Good Data, and a bot could save tonnes of time for humans. Maybe a little vampiric device on your wrist. FitBite!

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Great Scott! Bitcoin to consume half a per cent of the world's electricity by end of year

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Black Mirror, yet again..

Easily solved.

Using patented BikeChain technology, all bitcoins must, by law, be generated using electricity produced only by the owner's musclepower.

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I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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Headmaster

Re: GPL violation

Loose the noose moose. Lose the nose hose.

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Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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Re: Hmmm..

"We can count ourselves lucky GDPR doesn't apply to data committed to human memory, or does it?"

Did you give C3P0 permission to remember you? (face, voice, personality, likes, dislikes, conversation topics... all personal data)

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Re: Hmmm..

This is the first serious foray into legislating abstract datum flow circulating between the virtual and legislative spheres, and the forces of 'need' vs 'want'. There is absolutely no way it will work first time.

Do you *need* to know your customer to improve your service, or do you only *want* to know, because you *believe* it will help. What do you do if it doesn't? Do you now *know* you don't *need* it, and you are now in breach? Double down? Quit?

One thing's for certain. People are going to be sick to death of GDPR-permission beggingbowls, and GDPR-refusal plugins will rival AdBlockers in popularity (will the EU will legislate against those?)

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Oracle tells tales about Google data slurps to Australian regulator

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Re: Oracle playing the Knight in shining armor

I'm wondering probably what everyone else is wondering: Why Australia?

Does Australia have different rules about something, or a particularly eager commissioner somewhere?

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You love Systemd – you just don't know it yet, wink Red Hat bods

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Re: Spherical wheel is superior.

"I never saw ... run file left-over but process dead, service restart ..."

Seriously? I wrote one last week! You use an OS atomic lock on the pidfile and exec the service if the lock succeeded. The lock dies with the process. It's a very small shellscript.

I shot a systemd controlled service. Systemd put it into error state and wouldn't restart it unless I used the right runes. That is functionally identical to the thing you just complained about.

"application double forking when it shouldn't"

I'm going to have to guess what that means, and then point you at DJB's daemontools. You leave a FD open in the child. They can fork all they like. You'll still track when the last dies as the FD will cause an event on final close.

"So maybe, just maybe, you haven't experienced everything there is to experience"

You realise that's the conspiracy theorist argument "You don't know everything, therefore I am right". Doubt is never proof of anything.

"La, la, la, sysv is working fine" is not what you can call "participating in discussion".

Well, no.. it's called evidence. Evidence that things are already working fine, thanks. Evidence that the need for discussion has not been displayed. Would you like a discussion about the Earth being flat? Why not? Are you refusing to engage in a constructive discussion? How obstructive!

"now in the real world..."

In the *real* world people run Windows and Android, so you may want to rethink the "we outnumber you, so we must be right" angle.

You're claiming an awful lot of highground you don't seem to actually know your way around, while trying to wield arguments you don't want to face yourself...

"(and then downvoting people into oblivion for daring to point this things out)"

It's not some denialist conspiracy to suppress your "daring" Truth - you genuinely deserve those downvotes.

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Spherical wheel is superior.

@T42

Now, you see, you just summed up the whole problem. Like systemd's author, you think you know better than the admin how to run his machine, without knowing, or caring to ask, what he's trying to achieve. Nobody ever runs a computer, to achieve running systemd do they.

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Re: SMF?

SMF should be good, and yet they released it before they'd documented it. Strange priorities...

And XML is *not* a config file format you should let humans at. Finding out the correct order to put the XML elements in to avoid unexplained "parse error", was *not* a fun game.

And someone correct me, but it looks like there are SMF properties of a running service that can only be modified/added by editing the file, reloading *and* restarting the service. A metadata and state/dependency tracking system shouldn't require you to shut down the priority service it's meant to be ensuring... Again, strange priorities...

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"I've found that the people with the problem with it are more of the Torvalds type, old school"

Top trolling. What do the people who actually wrote Linux know anyway?

"I can embrace changes a lot more easily."

I've got a friend who believes in conspiracy theories and spiritualism - he is also proud of how much established wisdom he can throw out and replace with stuff that's really convenient, but doesn't actually hold together under pressure.

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Re: Ahhh SystemD

I honestly would love someone to lay out the problems it solves. Solaris has a similar parallellised startup system, with some similar problems, but it didn't need pid 1.

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Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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Re: Uh Oh..

The point of cookies is to distinguish the client >>with the client's co-operation<< from everyone else. Otherwise, you can only look like a blank new customer. And new customers are VERY INTERESTING to websites, and honestly, can you blame them?

But you know what isn't a cookie? An internal javascript scan of your machine to work out your fingerprint. You can delete a cookie. You can control cookies. But not if there are no cookies anymore. Devil we know?

The thing that's bothering me is 'personal data'. An IP just *isn't* actually enough to identify someone, it's just a piece of it. But GDPR says it is identifying. Do you know what else is equivalently just a piece? Just about everything! Logging the time of the request, and the time the client thinks it is, those are both *very* identifying properties of the user's information surface. Clock drift rate, and the periodic clock correction are individual to a machine.

I get worried when other people say things aren't 'identifying', just because *they* don't know how they could be used. I get worried when people say things *are* identifying, when they aren't!

And this is all wired to huge legal explosives.

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Uh Oh..

"google.com currently drops a cookie consent=no if you refuse it permission to drop cookies. That's explicitly against the regulations"

Hrm. Practical reality is going to want a word on that topic..

"Hi, you're new here! Do you want to join?"

"No."

"Hi, you're new here! Do you want to join?"

"No!"

"Hi, you're new here! Do you want to join?" ...

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Scammers use Google Maps to skirt link-shortener crackdown

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Your crime: Being Other

It's a good thing people don't often get together to decide complicated matters that they have no actual experience or involvement in using or operating.

Imagine the trouble that could cause!

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Supreme Court to dig into Google's very cosy $8.5m deal with lawyers over web search leak

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US lawyers are taking everyone's money?

Is this the Class action to do with Google leaving the search terms in the Referer: header?

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Avengers: Infinity War: More Marvel-ous moolah for comic film-erverse, probably

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FAIL

The importance of contrast in cinematography

Would we appreciate the Marvel movies as much if the Hollywood clones, using the same material, didn't suck.. so... *so*.. very, very badly?

A moment please, for Spiderman III, Fantastic Four, and whatever X-Men devolved into...

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TSB outage, day 5: What do you mean you can't log in? Our systems are up and running. Up and running, we say!

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Paris Hilton

But it was tested! Look, the box is ticked, see!

I am currently looking at another department making a staging environment for the stuff run by our department.

This staging environment looks, and acts, nothing like the live one, and is made from different tech. This has been explained, at length, to no effect, since the parts involved have the same *names*, that's good enough for them.

So, I entirely understand how TSB came about. I'm betting they have the loadbalancer in DeathBeam mode (concentrate all firepower on first backend to stand up, it goes into swap death, drops, restarts, slowly, meanwhile you wait and fry the next to stand up, rinse and repeat). On paper they genuinely have enough backends for the load...

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EU under pressure to slap non-compliance notice on Google over pay-to-play 'remedy'

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Re: Hmm

How do Alexa, Siri and Google Home handle this problem?

If you ask a question, do you want to be told to check a comparison site for the answer?

If the comparison sites must get a fair bite of your cherry, does that mean they must all get told your question, so one answer can be 'fairly' selected?

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UK rocket-botherers rattle SABRE, snaffle big bucks

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Re: That's good, but...

Fiver on Britain cracking the engineering problems, Russia suddenly flying a prototype (that explodes) then pretending they didn't, US Military stealing it, and pretending they aren't, US Business launching a patent broadside to capture it, stopping anyone making it, whereupon China starts mass producing it.

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COPPA load of this FTC complaint: YouTube accused of collecting children's data

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Re: Heaven Forbid

In the future most kids will be home schooled by Alexa, Siri and Google Home anyway.

"Alexa, teach me what's outside these walls again, and deliver another pizza."

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Re: Another 'Platform' gets caught slurping

Are we sure we want Google to automatically block Youtube access based on the estimated maturity of the viewer, or the upload?

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Hookup classifieds ad sheet Backpage.com seized in Feds shutdown

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New blockchain technology IPO : Blockpage

Anonymous, open and easy to use interfaces, identities authenticated but masked, securely enchained, with an inviolable post-transaction audit trail for performance review and virus-detection purposes. Capable of widely distributing itself across your nodes. Scales (some parts very scaley indeed). Public demonstrations and penetration testing for backdoors available on request.

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The new Black: Western Dig doubles capacity on slimmed-down flasher

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Re: That Kid Looks Way Too Happy

No, he's frozen in fear...

His little sister has picked the lock, crept up behind him while he was 'researching', and has just that moment made her presence known. The icy touch combines with the outbreak of cold sweat.. She's eager to begin these blackmail negotiations.

Sisters... *shudder*...

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They forked this one up: Microsoft modifies open-source code, blows hole in Windows Defender

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Re: That's the trouble with open source

RAR!! HULK SMASH PUNY STACK!!

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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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Re: Divided they fall.

"You know there's a lot of patented stuff in mechanics and other fields, and you need a license to implement it?"

And aren't they are all connected together by the things I was in fact talking about? Would you try making anything without them?

"Why spend time and money in creating something new if you are ripped of immediately after by someone who can't design anything and don't want to spend anything in research and development?"

Pop quiz. Who spent the time and money writing Android? How many lines of Android did Oracle write? How much do they want? How many billions has Microsoft made from Android licensing? How much of it did they write?

What were you saying about inventors getting ripped off by people who don't really invent anything?

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Divided they fall.

Screws, nails, planks, nuts, bolts, plugs, cables, sockets, protocols, languages. Imagine a world where every potential component part must not be the same dimensions as a competitor's implementation.

Imagine trying to make a screwdriver...

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Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

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Re: Cause of Death: Ostrich Algorithm

Wow. Okay that didn't get the response I expected..

The 'discard the impossible' coping strategy is something that satellites, spaceships and rockets have to do, because they *can't* just blue-screen and sulk when something goes funky - they *must* try and continue. They are forced to make a realtime judgement call over which source of contradictory sensory data is 'wrong', before they can decide how to react.

The problems come when they guess wrong..

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Cause of Death: Ostrich Algorithm

I'm wondering if the bike frame reflected a funky signal the software decided was impossible, and discarded, leaving a 'perfectly empty' road ahead...

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New Forum Wishlist - but read roadmap first

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Re: Feature request: Mod rejection reason

Ah, and since you were forced to judge it, you lost the reactive-moderation safe harbour defence thingy?

Does that mean posting at different times gets me judged under different laws? :)

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