* Posts by Doctor Syntax

16426 posts • joined 16 Jun 2014

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Re: How many billions of dollars are being spent chasing this?

"t takes months for babies to be able to do anything non-instinctive."

Don't think that nothing's happening during that time. For one thing it's correlating what it can see with what it can touch and coming to understand the concept of solid objects. At that point it's achieved something that AI doesn't do. It might be one reason why the AI crashes into things as reported in TFA; it doesn't know that the car in front is solid because it doesn't understand solid (or anything else for that matter).

Supernovae may explain mass extinctions of marine animals 2.6 million years ago

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Re: Coincidence?

"The first humanoids popped up after this time"

I was thinking more along the lines of a an ecological change. Maybe the removal of a large predators.

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"I'm confused, is it millions or billions of years."

2.6 million. The Pliocene is relatively recent. Our Australopithecine ancestors would have seen it.

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Re: Interesting, but radiation killing through water?

"it would then emit the radiation whenever an atom decays"

OTOH the half-life is currently estimated at 2.6 million years. cf Carbon-14 at 5.7 thousand years.

Dixons Carphone smarting from £440m loss as it writes down goodwill on mobile biz

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I was surprised to find that they had the best price on a particular motherboard I was looking for. However, there's still a chance for them to screw up: it was on their business site and they won't sell unless you set up an account.

Ticketmaster tells customer it's not at fault for site's Magecart malware pwnage

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Re: Java f'in script !

"I would love to see your conversation with your dev team or agency for a significant modern ecommerce website where you stipulated no client side code can be used but the results must be easy to use, have a great user experience and the sort of modern functionality that consumer require."

Have you ever heard the saying that security should be built in from the start? Where was that in your list of requirements?

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Re: Their Site

"It could all get a bit messy if they go down the GDPR route."

It's the sort of attempted weaselling that'd likely to get them into top tier fines.

25% of NHS trusts have zilch, zip, zero staff who are versed in security

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Re: It's okay computer secure themselves

"If company security fails were seen in the same light as H&S fails then you can bet that the insurance companies would push for greater diligence."

You're right, of course, but I'm not sure this applies to the NHS. Back in my Civil Service days the policy was to "self-insure". That meant that when the lab burned down HMG paid for rebuilding. If the NHS works in this way then that pressure is absent. But I'd like to think the insurance companies would push other businesses a bit lot harder.

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Re: Security costs

"most of the administrators are desperately trying to make sure money is spent well."

Most but maybe not all. There are occasional reports in the local press of the non-for-profit business (maybe owned by the local trust but I can't remember the details) or the people it employs to do the work, district nurses etc., having pay squeezed. There are also reports of large pay increases for the top management. Not for profit? Oh yes?

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Re: I wish this was a unique situation

"Some banks are at least trying."

Most banks are very trying.

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It would be interesting to see how these results divide between those who were hit with WannaCry and those who dodged the bullet.

The internet is going to hell and its creators want your help fixing it

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Re: Saving democracy

"It's not that hard to figure out what's false news, you just have to think about it and ask yourself who's benefiting for this?"

Plenty of people seem to find it too hard.

OSIRIS-REx space probe catches a whiff of water on asteroid Bennu

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Re: There's no mystery

"Are you saying that life on Earth owes its existence to Manchester?"

No, the Lake District where Manchester gets its water from.

Remember Misco? Staff win protective award at employment tribunal

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"If they did not have their fees protected then no-one would do it"

Sadly, you're right. However, it ought to be possible to provide a more equitable split. A cost of £1.1m to raise £600k out of the assets is probably a less cost-effective management than the one that went bust.

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism

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Re: Hopefully

"t is a biological FACT."

As a matter of curiosity, are you actually a biologist? Holder of a degree or two in the subject? Some of us here are. Including me.

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Re: Hopefully

"Transgenderism should be treated as such"

It can arise from hormone imbalance in utero which is a far more complex biological phenomenon that you seem to believe. Fortunately you seem unlikely to have the knowledge to ever be in a position to treat it. But don't ever let facts stop you having a rant.

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Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

"Here in Japan the cellphone providers are so nice to block all email from non japanese domains"

So don't use your cellphone for email.

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Re: Using Yahoo! mail for something important?

"If you're the owner of a web domain I'd expect you to be using an email account for that domain or paying for your own separate hosted domain with email"

If a free gmail account is good enough for all those professional SEO "companies" that keep spamming me...

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Re: Hopefully

"deserve to be hired when in Actuality Linus is the kind of boss Linux needs and people should be hired for skills"

You clearly don't realise that Linus hires nobody. What he does is act as a gatekeeper for code submissions. Some of those submissions may come from people who have been hired, at least in part, to work on Linux. Some may come from people who are paid to work on other things. Search for "who writes Linux" to learn more.

If you're able to get code accepted it means you're good enough whoever or whatever you are.

Identity stolen because of the Marriott breach? Come and claim your new passport

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"hey wanted to backdate it to well before GDPR came into effect, otherwise the fines would bankrupt Marriott"

How would that help if it continued after GDPR implementation?

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Re: Hotel-chain turned data faucet Marriott

"And the responsibility should be with a C-level security officer."

Even better, every C-level officer should have a statutory security responsibility.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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"Could someone sell her the notion that it can all be handled by blockchain?"

There'll be a doazen consultants queuing up to do that right now.

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Re: another iteration

"FFS, please someone introduce a minimal level of understanding prior to appointment to cabinet posts."

It might make it impossible to appoint a full cabinet, maybe not even a single minister. We need to require a minimum level of understanding to stand for any elected office.

For fax sake: NHS to be banned from buying archaic copy-flingers

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The real problem with fax machines is that you can't install Matt Hancock's app on them. They have to be replaced with something compatible.

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Re: At least 10 years late

"If they are already on NHS.net, prior instruction should be between 10 and 30 seconds."

That's assuming NHS net isn't down. What do you do when it is?

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Re: The first rule...

"Maybe someone should put in a FOI request to find out whether there was a spike in use of faxes while all computer systems were unplugged!"

And during the recent NHSMail outage.

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Re: Ban a system that works and is malware free*...

"And works, even when everything else* has fallen over....

(*except for the VoIP PABX)"

Give it it's own exchange line and it doesn't even mind if the PABX falls over.

College PRIMOS prankster wreaks havoc with sysadmin manuals

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Re: Value added installer

"Cue sit down with cup of tea not having to do anything."

If that were coffee I'd claim you to be Dilbert's Wally.

Ecuador says 'yes' to Assange 'freedom' deal, but Julian says 'nyet'

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Re: What will mostly

"so he ran away from the consequences of his actions."

And at the same time demonstrated his foresight by carrying out another consequence bearing action.

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Re: The deal being essentially worthless

"World Bank approves $400 million in new financing for Ecuador "

Can we clarify this? Are you saying that the US, via the World Bank, is paying $400 million to have Assange extradited?

I'm sure Assagne would love that interpretation - it must be getting close to his own evaluation of himself.

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Re: Assange is a political prisoner, in the United Kingdom, end of

"Echo chambers are a wonderful thing, until someone from outside your echo chamber challenges your world view."

Challenges from people outside appear not to have any effect on your world view.

Cambridge Analytica's administrators misled judge, High Court told

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"We say that for reasons that are not easy to understand, disclosure of none of that was made to Mr Justice Hildyard."

I think this is an example of barrister's humour.

Expired cert... Really? #O2down meltdown shows we should fear bungles and bugs more than hackers

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Re: you have global SAN

"once they put it all back and system rebooted it was then found the SAN had never saved configurations so it went back to day one."

This is why you test your restore/recovery procedures.

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Re: Incompetance

"that 'once in a career' real DR event such as a data centre fire or flood."

One of the things about having had your place of work burn down is that you realise such things can actually happen and potentially more than once in a career. Those who haven't experienced one tend to put them in the "won't ever happen" category.

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Re: Acronyms

"No, these are all TLAs (Three Letter Acronyms)."

Two out of three ain't bad.

Three Letter Abbreviations.

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"The article explains why this is a bad idea"

I wonder how many times this statement is going to have to be repeated.

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"If the beancounters can get something done by a certain date, why can't the IT monkeys?"

One of the things that the beancounters get done by a certain date is to outsource the IT monkeys who had their calendars sorted. And when the IT monkeys get outsourced are they really going to tell the beancounters "by the way, you need to keep an eye on this."? At some point beancounters get to discover that the IT people they outsourced weren't monkeys but there's a distinct possibility the outsourcers were - or maybe they were snake-oil salesman.

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Re: V2X

"An autonomous vehicle must be able to work without a network connection!"

If it needs a network connection it isn't autonomous.

UK Supreme Court considers whether spy court should be immune to legal probes

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Let's say Privacy International get a verdict in their favour. What happens next? Yet a new piece of legislation just sufficiently different to be claimed as different. It's already probably written, just waiting for the date to be added to be introduced into Parliament.

HCL picks up Notes, spanks total of $1.8bn at Honest John's IBM software sale

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Maybe they're planning to make it work.

Galileo's magnifico measurement: 1976 redshift test updated

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Re: When life give's you lemons....

There's an inevitability in a greengrocer's apostrophe when lemons are involved.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate

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Re: An expired certificate....

"Wow. There was no point building in any other resilience elsewhere then."

Do you mean a back door? Not necessarily a good thing when the whole point of the certificates is to secure the system.

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Re: Simple monitoring...

"For a variety of 'things' and a variety of customers, from ESN to businesses to my own personal usage."

Who or what receives the alerts from the monitoring? For your personal stuff, presumably you. But if those from your customers are handled by the customers themselves do you know if there's still anyone looking out for them? If they all come through to you then you become a single point of failure for the customers and what happens then if you retire or fall under a bus?

It's not the setting up of something to raise alerts that's the problem. Monitoring is an on-going process and these days on-going processes are apt to be interrupted by system failures reorganisation by management, especially those processes that deal with rare events on demand.

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Re: I don't get it

"Surely,... they could find a way of bypassing the need for certificates that expire."

They could also make things more convenient by not putting locks on doors etc.

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Why the joke alert icon?

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Re: Standby?

"If it is REALLY essential, and you have not taken precautions, I find myself very short on sympathy."

Remember the people at the sharp end are not usually those taking the decisions. The OP of this particular thread was someone whose employers had done so. There will be others whose employers hadn't and even a few where an original dual provision had been cut to save money.

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Re: More detail

"thats if someone has actually configured it to send out emails...."

And if the recipient of the emails is still there.

It's easy enough to set up a warning system. Protecting that warning system against the ravages of management changes is a different matter and almost certainly outside the powers of whoever set it up. If you were the one who was the designated recipient of the email and you've just been booted out of the job are you going to be in a mood to warn whoever did the booting that that particular mail box needs to be monitored? Is the booter even going to listen if you did? And will the booter get booted out in the next bout of changes?

There needs to be personal responsibility on those making such changes to ensure that everything like this gets covered under the new organisation. HMG has woken up to the fact that national infrastructure needs to be protected even when it's in private hands. Maybe that protection should extend to personal sanctions on those involved, even up to CEOs and board members. Make them sweat a little. After a few big personal fines or gaol sentences businesses would become a little less cavalier about reorganisations and outsourcing.

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Re: These things don't have internet access

but are you telling us that the "core nodes in a telecom network" which provides Internet access to millions ... don't have internet access?

No longer having internet access was the problem.

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

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"So, Bill worked for RM then?"

You never had Time to look at other makes?

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"until we found where the manufacturer had hidden the power switch on the case."

Style over function. The sign of a company run by marketing.

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