* Posts by Zog_but_not_the_first

1650 posts • joined 18 Feb 2014

Cambridge Analytica's administrators misled judge, High Court told

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Big Brother

What?

Was in the boxes?

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Tech support discovers users who buy the 'sh*ttest PCs known to Man' struggle with basics

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Re: Alternatively...

@MrMerrymaker

'I couldn't decide whether to upvote this. While you're right that to understand some topics a prerequisite level of other knowledge is required...'

Hmm, I just took it as 'explaining is one thing, but understanding isn't guaranteed' rather than some slight about why, exactly, the understanding isn't taking place.

Coming to understand things is, I believe, an internal process, always down to oneself.

Yet you're... Kicking off, as if this is an elitist concept. Funny what we understand being different, isn't it :)

Exactly. As I said, I can explain it...

OK, just a touch of trolling here.

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Alternatively...

I can explain it to you.

But I can't help you to understand it.

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More data joy: Email scammers are buying marks' info from legit biz intelligence firms

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At what point...

Does the Venn diagram of data miners - Nigerian criminal gangs on one side, Facebook, Google etc., on the other, merge into a single circle?

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Awkward... Revealed Facebook emails show plans for data slurping, selling access to addicts' info, crafty PR spinning

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Riddle me this?

The claimed reason for collecting users' personal data is targeted advertising. But has ANYONE ever received a truly targeted advert? In my experience, they seem to fall into one of two camps; "people who bought this, bought that", and those bloody things that haunt you after a purchase based on the principle that since you bought a tap washer yesterday you'll be in the buying zone for more for the next two weeks.

So no, it ain't for targeted advertising. What then...?

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Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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Perhaps...

They could pick up a tip from the self-driving car boys and use unpaid labour to identify all variants of traffic lights, bridges, buses etc., via RECaptcha*.

* Replace traffic lights, bridges, buses etc., with *******, *********, *****, etc.

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Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

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See icon

See title

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Here's the list of space orgs big and small sparring to send next NASA gear to the Moon

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Re: IT Services for CLPS

Probably not, because there isn't a cloud in space.

{Yeah. Weak, weekend trolling.}

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It's all a matter of time: Super-chill atomic clock could sniff gravitational waves, dark matter

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Do they...

Adjust them for daylight saving twice a year?

Just asking.

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Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

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Er,

Aren't children's gastro-intestinal tracts smaller than adults?

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Facebook spooked after MPs seize documents for privacy breach probe

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Happy

The irony....

Facebook don't like other people collecting their data.

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Groundhog Day comes early as Intel Display Drivers give Windows 10 the silent treatment

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Drivers?

Are they still a thing?

An old IT colleague used to use "it's yer drivers mate" as a standard get-out to any computer support problem.

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Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

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Eye...

...told you so!

Zog passim

(continued on Page 94)

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Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'

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Struggling to understand...

Remove barriers, remove impediments, encourage etc., so that anyone who wishes to participate in any activity (job, sport etc., etc.) can, but what's the reasoning behind a group being represented in line with their abundance in the general population?

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Linguists, update your resumes because Baidu thinks it has cracked fast AI translation

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Beware of rogue programmers...

"My hovercraft is full of eels..."

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Amazon's sexist AI recruiter, Nvidia gets busy, Waymo cars rack up 10 million road miles

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Shirley...

" it can still penalize female candidates for including things like “women’s netball team” on their resumes"

Not the Coventry University one?

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Cisco sneaks hardcoded secret root backdoor into vid surveillance kit

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Another pesky "rogue engineer"

"And I would have gotten away with it too, if it weren't for you meddling kids".

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Tech to solve post-Brexit customs woes doesn't exist yet, peers say

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Try to be positive...

For example, Tesco have opened a new class of shop for Brexiteers. Full of Union Jacks. And shit.

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What's Big and Blue – and makes its veteran staff sue? Yep, it's IBM

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First kill...

... all the accountants.

Sorry, Shakesy.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Capricorn One set

Time to pull off the dust sheets?

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Microsoft tells volume customers they can stay on Windows 7... for a bit longer... for a fee

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Some grounds for optimism?

Maybe we can have a referendum on Windows 10 and ALL go back to Windows 7.

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Trainer regrets giving straight answer to staffer's odd question

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I find it heartening...

... that human ingenuity will always find a way to defeat bureaucracy.

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Huawei's Alexa-powered AI Cube wants to squat in your living room too

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Will...

...no one rid me of this turbulent priest these turbulent spybots?

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Russian volcanoes fingered for Earth's largest mass extinction

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Oooooo Matron

{fnar, fnar}

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AI image recognition systems can be tricked by copying and pasting random objects

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Re: The elephant in the room!

Absolutely! I'm enough of a techno-optimist to believe that we will develop reliable systems for these kind of tasks ONE DAY, but the headlong rush into "autonomous" vehicles troubles me.

It has the feel of a bubble, with technology companies and car manufacturers falling over themselves and each other to be the next best tulip/web company/sub-prime mortgage supplier.

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Everybody dance now: Watch this AI code fool friends into thinking you can cut a rug like a pro

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Days of Wonder

So I can't believe what I read and now I can't believe what I see.

Thumbs up for the Nap D reference though.

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Southport: Come for a round of golf, stay for the flesh-eating STIs

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El Reg's HR department???

WTF?

You MONSTERS.

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Whoa, is it Patch Tuesday already? No, just an unexpected critical Photoshop fix

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Just wondering...

Why image processing needs Internet access?

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The future of humanity: A Bluetooth ball hitting your face – forever

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Well..

At least this will stop people walking along the pavement with a phone stuck to their face.

Oh, wait...!

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Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim

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Re: "It's a synthetic digital model of the real world,"

When I'm a pedestrian or cyclist, do I get three lives then another go?

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What happens to your online accounts when you die?

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IMHO

"That’s because you’re buying into a licence to use a thing, as opposed to buying the thing itself."

This is the Devil's work of the 21C

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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Re: £750m for the NHS per week

"Get your facts right - it's £350M per week ;-)"

To be fair, it was never a fact.

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Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap

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Shirley...

"Capita still clung to its status as the top UK supplier of software and IT services (SITS) for 2017 "

Missing an "H"?

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All that dust on Mars is coming from one weird giant alien structure

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"Well, I guess a Hoover is out of the question to clean the place up."

Nah! Roomba Rover.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Huh!

"Software and subscription access."

Not for me.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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The smartest watch of all...

Of course

Mine's the coat with a piece of paper in the pocket.

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

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Again?

It only seems five minutes since you last did it. That said, everything seems like that to me now.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Re: Videos Of You Having A Wank

Dan Lob!!!

Priceless

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Evil third-party screens on smartphones are able to see all that you poke

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Happy

So Poke...

... then Peek.

Thanks for that nostalgia hit.

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Nissan 'fesses up to fudging emissions data

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So....

"Unauthorised technicians" break into car plants, design and plan "cheating modifications", install these on production vehicles (under cover of darkness???) and then tiptoe quietly away.

And we're expected to believe this bullshit?

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Chrome, Firefox pull very unstylish Stylish invasive browser plugin

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Re: Problem when software changes hands

Stop complaining and keep using the "cloud".

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ZX Spectrum reboot firm boss delays director vote date again

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Vaseline...

And not on the edge connector.

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As far as the gender pay gap in Britain goes, IBM could do much worse

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For your consideration...

I'll just leave this here.

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RIP Peter Firmin: Clangers creator dies aged 89

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RIP Peter

Your creations had more soul in a knitted sock than much of the CGI in Hollywood.

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HP Ink's UK profits tumble nearly 85% – of course Brexit to blame

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Er...

Why not buy a colour laser?

Just asking.

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Science fiction legend Harlan Ellison ends his short time on Earth

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Re: Minor pedant

Wasn't he credited as "a roaming agent of chaos" for his B5 stint?

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Have YOU had your breakfast pint? Boffins confirm cheeky daily tipple is good for you

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Comparative Risk

I'd like to see the corresponding "hazard rates" for other activities on the same axis as the alcohol-related risk.

E.g. driving, rock climbing, crossing the road, ordering a phall from an unfamiliar Indian restaurant etc....

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Don't panic, but your baby monitor can be hacked into a spycam

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Holmes

See icon

See title

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Are your IoT gizmos, music boxes, smart home kit vulnerable to DNS rebinding attacks? Here's how to check

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Er,

Google Home IPs finished/started: {{googleHome.finishedIps.length}}/{{googleHome.startedIps.length}}

Roku IPs finished/started: {{roku.finishedIps.length}}/{{roku.startedIps.length}}

Radio Thermostat IPs finished/started: {{radioThermostat.finishedIps.length}}/{{radioThermostat.startedIps.length}}

Phillips Hue bridge IPs finished/started: {{phillips.finishedIps.length}}/{{phillips.startedIps.length}}

Sonos speaker IPs finished/started: {{sonos.finishedIps.length}}/{{sonos.startedIps.length}}

Nope.

Continue the research.

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Would you rather health data or finance data in the cloud?

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The proper question is...

Would you rather health data or finance data in the cloud stored on other people's servers?

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