Re: Not just GDPR
"There's no way around it, this is going to be a cliff-edge Brexit."
However the Brexiteers will read that as a White Cliffe-edge Brexit and cheer - because Vera Lynn.
16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014
"our Prime Minister elect(hah!)"
I take your ironic point that we don't directly elect Prime Ministers. However to style someone as '$OFFICE elect' indicates that although they have been elected to that office they haven't yet taken it up. It would have been correct to refer to Trump as POTUS elect between his election and inauguration, subsequently he became simply POTUS. By contrast, as May is PM your use of "elect", even ironically, is inappropriate.
"Simply POTUS" is left on the table for those of you who want to play with it.
"I'm not sure that this is possible with some aspects of AI/ML, since the algorithm is honed by the AI/ML itself and may not be transparent/apparent to its developers at all even if logged in a black box log."
If liability falls on the manufacturer - and I think it should - it's then up to that manufacturer to decide whether they want to ship something whose workings they don't and, more importantly, can't understand. It seems to me that they really shouldn't want to. Should they even be allowed to?
"This bovine bounty accounts for about 2.5 per cent of annual greenhouse gas emissions in the US."
If the waste is digested aerobically all it will do is put back into the atmosphere the carbon dioxide that was recently removed by the grass on which the animal was fed. It's called the carbon cycle and we've known about it for years.
Digesting it anaerobically is a different matter unless you're able to effectively trap the methane and burn it.
Or do US farmers feed their stock on oil?
"Whether you encrypt the payload or authenticate slave nodes isn't within the CANBus bailiwick, it's the responsibility of whatever protocol you run on top of CANBus."
IOW add it later, so standard operating practice.
And then when things go wrong everybody asks why security wasn't built in from scratch. In this case by including the necessary protocols in the spec instead of of waving hands and saying it's SEP.
"I'm sure that there is a medically definable mental condition that kicks in when normally rational people commission anything to do with IT projects."
Careful. You're in danger of equating manglement with normal rational people.
They aren't. They believe that because they're paid more than you that their understanding of everything must be better than yours and that because they want something it must be possible.
This underlies the magic of consultants. If the consultant is paid more than management he can take your advice and pass it on, adding price. Manglement equates this with adding value because they know the price of everything and the value of nothing. Because it costs them so much money the advice instantly becomes believable.
"No really new ideas."
I thought multiple cores per die were the new idea once there was little "faster" to be found.
Maybe the next new idea is to accept that semiconductors are a mature technology and that there are no further gains worth investing in in that direction.
"What is it that makes creatures have rights and the law apply to them?"
Back this up a little.
What is it that makes humans have rights?
Simple: it's a convention we adopt amongst ourselves to make human society work better. Rights are a description of human behaviour
Can this apply to other species?
Some species are social, some aren't. Those that are have their own behaviours some of which are vastly different to humans. Start going down PETA's route and you end up trying to apply modern slavery legislation to worker bees.
"Can files created or saved in Android be seen from Linux, or are they on completely different partitions?"
Being on a different partition wouldn't stop Linux being able to see it. This Linux laptop has several partitions. For one thing, it's always good to keep the home directories on a separate partition so that the partition(s) holding the OS can be reformatted if a new OS is to be installed.
"I now watch people who are oncall take their laptops with them to the pub, to be able do work that I used to be able to do with a small device in my coat pocket."
Nokia Communicator? I used to have one of those & if I wasn't retired I'd certainly be in line for a device like this. Waaaay back I was using a Nokia to check the (internal) emails on a Unix server; "DBAing his box on his phone" (and from the pub, of course) flabbergasted a couple of visiting USians.
"It would be legal (if done right) but doesn't make any logical business sense"
If it allows the business to make more profits after tax then of course it makes business sense. That's why companies do it.
The EU is as it is and the countries' tax rates are as they are and that's exactly what happens. If a country taxes its resident businesses highly it can't expect multi-national businesses to accrue most of their profits elsewhere.
Whilst France makes little money from the multi-nationals it makes more from its local companies than the others. It's not the French government that's being disadvantaged by this, it's French businesses and they're actually being disadvantaged by their own government, nobody else.
I suspect that the EU ministers hope that the mere threat will encourage the tech sector to comply and "play the game properly"
They do play the game properly by the rules laid down by the EU and the various governments. When a company is multinational it's able to look on taxation as a competitive market. So we have countries not offering competitive rates relative to Luxembourg and Ireland complaining that they're not competitive in the market.
"Given that HMG is also an enthusiastic user of such services, WHAT ARE THEY DOING TO PROTECT THEIR CITIZENS, apart from the fuck-all currently on display."
Working hard at getting out from under any sort of extra-territorial jurisdiction that could hold them to account (standard MP uselessness will make sure Parliament won't).
"I don't consider a bigger M2 SSD cheap"
Use a cheaper technology.
As a professional you should be aware that speed/cost (or speed/capacity which amounts to the same thing for a given level of budget) ratio comes in a series of tiers. SSD introduced another tier, the others, by and large*, still remain.
* A few have disappeared but but the HDD isn't one of them.
"Imagine if you found a planet full of neanderthals, that didn't know what a spaceship was, could barely communicate, had little idea of community, let alone the wider world they lived in"
I'll let you have the spaceship as an obvious anachronism but I'm pretty sure the rest are wrong.
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