* Posts by Francis Boyle

1997 posts • joined 29 Jul 2007

Boffins ask for £338m to fund quantum research. UK.gov: Here's £80m

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I seem to remember

there was one thing, a sort of distributed document thingamajig, that looked quite promising in it's time.

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Kronos crims go retro, Apple builds cop portal, Swiss cheesed over Russian hack bid, etc

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Russians hacking chemical labs

Surprising. I'd have thought that, by now, they'd have all the poisons.

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/dev/null?

Don't you mean a certain video on Youtube?

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Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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AFAIK

the term was, and still is, 'hermaphrodite'.

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Yes. Enough with the kink shaming

Though they definitely should look at introducing a few mistress processes.

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It's a mug's game: Watch AI robot grab a cuppa it hasn't seen before

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They called it 'DON"

Now, if someone could just train the other Don to pick up a book.

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Lights, camera, AI-ction! Robo-drones turned into spies, er, filmmakers

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Yes, really just an incremental improvement

And no, not particularly useful in surveillance, since it's essentially about optimisations designed to produce aesthetically pleasing shots, not about subject recognition.

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You can buy Cisco CEO Chuck Robbins' mansion for a cool $13m

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Move to California

Never.

I'll just put it on Airbnb. Make my money back in no time.

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Cobbler feels the shoe-leather: An IP address is still not a human

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Please don't insult Adam Sandler fans

They're human, if deeply delusional. Adam Sandler himself, on the other hand, is almost certainly totally CGI, animated by a primitive form of AI (probably the one which writes the Transformers scripts).

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Ah, um, let's see. Yup... Fortnite CEO is still mad at Google for revealing security hole early

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Given that the issue in question is a vulnerability

that's like suggesting that builders make houses that can't burn down.

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Experimental 'insult bot' gets out of hand during unsupervised weekend

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Not only can you tune a vacuum cleaner

you can play it as well.

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

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Not unless

you can work out how to install a radar dish on your head.

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

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I suspect

it's less a matter what people are doing with their cables and more where they're getting them. Someone must be buying all those sub $1 cables on eBay.

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When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't

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Re: The Holy Trinity

"That's the issue, the problem, electorates of 'free' societies now face."

And what is this problem? The statistically insignificant problem or terrorism? Predatory paedophiles who have always existed even if we chose to ignore them? Emmanuel Goldstein? (He's out there, you know.)

O.K. I'll tell you. The problem is, always has been, and probably always will be, the desire of those in power to grab more of it.

In short, nothing's changed.

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Microsoft's Chinese chatbot inspired by images to write poetry

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Can it do haiku?

I have often thought

AI's really a bit shit

and Microsoft too.

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Ad watchdog: Amazon 'misleading' over Prime next-day delivery ads

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So there's an organisation

that calls itself an "authority" but is really just a private company. Who do I complain to?

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What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas

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So when the passengers got high the pilots decided to get low

Sounds like common sense to me.

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Space, the final Trump-tier: America to beam up $8bn for Space Force

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I'll go with the subhead

The way things are going in the US of A they will be taking inspiration from Starship Troopers* for uniform ideas.

*The movie of course.

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The last phablet? 6.4in Samsung Galaxy Note 9 leaves you $1k lighter, needs 'water cooling'

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You might want to

have a word with Yogi Berra about that.

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Boffins build a NAZI AI – wait, let's check that... OK, it's a grammar nazi

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Re: What we really need

I understand what you're saying but I don't "we need to buy fewer milk" has ever been grammatical English.

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Click this link and you can get The Register banned in China

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Re: Tibet

The Dalai Lama may be a progressive guy but his predecessors were not.

Or maybe not.

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'Unhackable' Bitfi crypto-currency wallet maker will be shocked to find fingernails exist

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You seem to be missing

that this is a hardware security device. Yes, I expect hardware security devices to have secure hardware.

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Psst, says Qualcomm... Kid, you wanna see what a 5G antenna looks like?

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Who is this person

who isn't an electronics geek and is reading the Register and why isn't something being done to get rid of them?

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‘Elders of the Internet’ apologise for social media, recommend Trump filters to fix it

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Fuck IQ tests

Being stupid is a choice people make (a.k.a intellectual laziness).

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An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE

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It's the whole human brain that's the problem

since it has the "I'd rather be doing something else than driving" module. Sometimes less is more.

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I think I'm a clone now: Chinese AMD Epyc-like server chips appear in China. What gives?

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"I'm sure HP and Dell would sell you a Ryzen box if they thought it was profitable."

This is of course completely unrelated and in no way represents the sales team of any large microprocessor manufacturer.

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Boffins build neural networks fashioned out of DNA molecules

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So this means I'll be able to hack my own body

So an instant high every time I see the word wombat.

A lot of drug dealers are not going to like it.

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India tells WhatsApp to add filters, ASAP

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Re: Maybe some compromise

I doubt that hashing would word since the forwarded message would probably not have the same hash as the original) and those with malicious intent could just change it) but with the appropriate network analytics it should be possible to send a warning to those likely to be targeted. It needn't be perfect. Just catching a majority might be enough to prevent the critical mass needed for mob violence. Of course, it won't work at all if there is a critical mass of people just wanting an excuse for violence but sometimes just questioning the message, sowing a seed of doubt, can be enough.

A second point. The problem here seems to be the familiar one that the internet can spread lies faster than the relevant authorities can deal with them. (Yes, something like that was always true, but improved communications made it a much less serious problem. Now, it seems, we are going backwards.) I don't see it as an unreasonable burden for the companies involved to be required to help deal with a problem they are a party to creating.

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US Declaration of Independence labeled hate speech by Facebook bots

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Re: Organized religion is the root of all evil

I beg to differ. But I as cannot possibly say it better than Patton Oswalt, I will refer you to his take on Sky Cake.

Patton Oswalt is wrong. The reason psychopaths don't get to do what they want is not because someone invented religion to fool them, but because most people are not psychopaths1. Indeed, given that "leaders" tend to be psychopaths, you could argue that every religion is creation by started by a psychopaths because it takes someone with an interest in controlling others to take an idea and turn it into an organisation.

1. Altruism and a sense of community came first2 or there wouldn't have been anybody to invent religion.

2. On second thought, don't ask a chimp. It'll probably try to rip your arm off. Ask a bonobo. It'll try to have sex with you but that's just it's way of saying hello.

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Are you sure

it wasn't to stop Americans thinking it was a sci-fi/action film about the third in a series of androids that runs amuck because it realises that George is a really silly name for an android.

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Boffins want to stop Network Time Protocol's time-travelling exploits

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Connections, connections

Don't count on that !

Well, yes.

But the chance of there being no operating tower your phone can connect to is probably smaller than the likelihood of the outage taking down the exchange your landline is connected to.

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Sysadmin shut down server, it went ‘Clunk!’ but the app kept running

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Re: Halted machine on other side of the planet

Not when the "server" is a Raspberry Pi hanging off the end of a consumer broadband connection.

Then get another Pi to manage the first one. The solution* is always another Raspberry Pi.

*Even when there isn't actually a problem.

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Oracle, for one, says we'll welcome our new robot overlords: '90%' of you will obey an AI bot

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I do

At every intersection.

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SD cards add PCIe and NVMe, hit 985 MB/sec and 128TB

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Re: No Wear Levelling hmmmmmm

Six to eight months is only a few hundred writes. Nowhere near enough to hit the cell write limit unless you've got some very badly written code that somehow manages to continually write the same locations. I suspect it's your dashcam that doesn't deserve the enterprise moniker

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Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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Well

I think you'll find the Romans got there first. Though some of their murals probably would have been NSFS (not safe for slums).

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Infamous 'Dancing Baby' copyright battle settled just before YouTube tot becomes a teen

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Unfortunately it's not about justice, it's about the law

Refusing to hear an appeal is the default for the Supreme Court and, given the number of petitions for appeals, overwhelmingly the most common outcome. Basically the court will hear an appeal if it thinks there is a sufficiently important issue of law at stake. Otherwise the lower court's decision stands. In effect the decision is "legally speaking nothing to see here folks - go home".

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Get a grip, literally: Clumsy robots can't nab humans' jobs just yet

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That's odd

I'm a bit older than five and I've never learnt how to catch a ball. It's just not something I can do. Meanwhile, we have drones that can build a bridge.

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Horses for courses

From what I've seen automated fruit picking is done by the simple expedient of vigorously shaking the tree. For heavier fruit though you probably can't afford to let it fall so you have to find a way to hold it. But holding it and twisting it off? Not necessarily. A human has only two arms. A robot can have as many arms (and thus hold as many tools) as it needs. I wouldn't be particularly confident that the human way is the best way in more than a very small number of cases. Except of course that making a tool to do it is the human way.

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Uber's London licence appeal off to flying start: No, you cannot do driver eye tests via video link

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Yes

but since it's all online, unlike Uber, they won't kill anyone. . .

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Well of course

You don't own a phone (or any other consumer product) made with by cheap Chinese labour.

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Chrome sends old Macs on permanent Safari: Browser bricks itself

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So we've started downvoting amfm

This is a sad day for the Register. I generally don't bother to read his (its?) comments but without them this would be a duller place.

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By gum, that's chewy: Samsung's NF1 fattens M.2 card capacity with wider gumstick format

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AIUI

It's really just M.2 with some of the reserved pins used for "enterprise" features and is designed for "backward compatibility". But, yes, we all no about compatibility that is backward.

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User spent 20 minutes trying to move mouse cursor, without success

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First

make sure that your mouse isn't using its wheel. . .

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

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Revenge of the AI

I want to do a remake of Max Headroom in which both Max and Edison Carter (his human counterpart) are computer generated.

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Actual control of Windows 10 updates (with a catch)... and more from Microsoft

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Unfortunately

they're eye-wateringly expensive. If they weren't I'd have one.

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

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I expect

Elon's already got the trophy museum room designed.

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Astroboffins trace mysterious noise from hard rock in space

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According to Wikipedia

she's still in the same place where she's been for 3.2 million years - Ethiopia. Seems she's a bit of a stay-at-home girl. (although I believe she did once do a world tour).

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Woman sues NASA for ownership of vial of space dust

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I suspect

that some people around here might know about that.

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Youth crime falls as kids stay inside to play Grand Theft Auto instead of going out to steal cars

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Re: So basically ...

The resolution may be good but on most levels the design is dull and uninspiring and the special effects are just pathetic.

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