* Posts by tiggity

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TV piracy ring walks the plank after Euro cops launch 14 raids and shutter 11 data centres

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whack a mole

With how eye wateringly expensive it is to subscribe to Sky sports in UK (especially if doing it as a business like a pub), it's no surprise there are crims cashing in by offering a cheaper alternative.

There are 3 main reasons for piracy / going to a dubious content provider that you assume probably are of parrot on shoulder persuasion.

1. Content not available in your country

2. It is available but the price being asked is ludicrously high

3. Providers make viewing the content massively inconvenient (e.g. cannot save to watch it offline- can only watch if connected to internet, fat lot of use on long distance UK train journeys where no signal so much of the time)

If content providers stop ripping off customers & make offline viewing more viable then watch piracy fall.

.. yes I know offline viewing not relevant for live sports, but applies to other "non live" content

Our amazing industry-leading AI was too dumb to detect the New Zealand massacre live vid, Facebook shrugs

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No surprise

Current "AI" will always struggle, even when trained to pattern match something, a few edits to a video and its soundtrack can allow it to slip through, even though it's essentially the same offensive content as its now fooled the algorithms.

.. Alternative is just a blunderbuss algorithm, where false positives reign supreme and just about anything with any potentially offensive content needs human OK

Too many politicians / legislators have an idea of all sorts of magic algorithms that can be applied (be it for copyright tests, detecting offensive material) - the big tech companies need to emphasis that there is no intelligence in the AI, its just pattern matching that is very flawed and we are decades away from technology that can analyse content in the way a human does *

* Even then there are issues, someone adapt at using Unreal engine (or other game creation tools of choice), albeit with lots of time needed, could create a "game" footage video sufficiently similar to the NZ actual video to trigger erroneous pattern match

What's holding up the 5G utopia in Britain? Quite a lot, actually

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Remote areas

s someone who often hikes in remote areas with no signal of any sort, my top priority would be 100% UK coverage, so if I fall on a hill (UK hills too small to merit being called mountains!) and survive then being able to request help would be good.

Fast data speeds etc. all well and good, but please mandate 100% coverage (by land mass not population as plenty of great walking / climbing areas in zero population areas).

.. Especially given that "normal" mobile comms are supposed to be used (date keeps slipping, surprise, surprise) for emergency services use replacing the (old, limited but still better coverage than mobiles) airwave system

.. Yes I know there are various satellite comms using devices you can get that allow this (and at the cheaper end a pure personal distress beacon) but lots of people don't even have an emergency location beacon with them, never mind a satellite phone (and they are expensive) whereas most people have a mobile phone of some sort.. and its often the least prepared who get into trouble (not always, experience and having gear for "any reasonable situation" can make people over confident sometimes e.g. going out when avalanche risk is high)

Brit Parliament online orifice overwhelmed by Brexit bashers

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Re: Random thoughts on this sad situation

Indeed, it was insanity to not allow UK citizens who had resided in EU for years not to vote, precisely because they could be extremely adversely affected by a leave decision

The cynic might think it was deliberately rigged and that the campaigning did not exactly push the economic and other (e.g. anti pollution regulations) benefits of being in the EU... and the fact that the UK chose not to make good use of the measures the EU allowed to make the UK less attractive to other EU citizens long term (if you know anyone who has moved to Spain to live ask them what a PITA and often quite costly the Spanish make lots of services as an EU but non Spanish citizen)

Size isn't everything when talking mobile performance: The UK's largest cities suck at it

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Not exactly exhaustive

A whole 16 cities / areas covered - feeble coverage of the UK

Does not include some big urban areas I visit a lot that are dismal and far worse than London (based on my comparative experience of London visits, using 2 different networks)

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

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Re: 1,440 loo rolls != lifetime supply to a school

Though potentially optimistic for lifetime supply of her Maj

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Re: Grow your own

That's because we hacked down most of our forests to graze sheep or to allow sadistic *****s to blast captive bred birds to oblivion. way back in history.

Lots of "scenic" areas e.g. the almost treeless wastelands of the Lake District, Peak district etc. should have lots of tree cover (bar on a few of the boggy areas that are not conducive to good tree growth)

College student with 'visions of writing super-cool scripts' almost wipes out faculty's entire system

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Re: To err is human

Not the greatest idea to use a chainsaw on metal *

Once saw the unfortunate effects of a neighbour using a chainsaw to take down an old timber structure that had a few substantial size nails used in its construction - results of the chain hitting the nail could have been very nasty, and my neighbour was very lucky to escape unscathed.

actually * Unless it was using carbide bladed chain (or similar) that are designed for dealing with metal. Even "professional lumberjack" use chainsaws do not cope with non trivial amounts of metal.

Carphone Warehouse fined £29m for mis-selling mobile insurance to punters who didn't need it

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Still the same

Lots of pressure to look at a more expensive phone (even though partner knew what phone spec they wanted), continually slipping insurance into conversation when partner and I were in there a while ago (visiting several bricks & mortar shops to see if any better than online deals on offer). Needless to say they lost any hope of a potential sale by being too busy trying to upsell instead of just detailing best offer they could give on precise phone spec partner required.

That marketing email database that exposed 809 million contact records? Maybe make that two-BILLION-plus?

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Re: Pawned - or not.

@Vince It is always interesting to have a look: Creating fake addresses and trying them has long been a thing. I remember some very bizarre prefixes before the @ that would never be real addresses in a million years, when, for a bit of an investigation* I (briefly) disabled auto bounce of unknown addresses.

* To trick malicious senders into thinking they had a few legit addresses due to non bounce, and then I could carefully investigate subsequent emails sent to those addresses (perm disabled bounce for them) for hints of potential attacks to be aware of

FBI warns of SIM-swap scams, IBM finds holes in visitor software, 13-year-old girl charged over JavaScript prank...

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She was doing a valuable service - illustrating why JavaScript enabled by default can be a really bad idea - might teach any "victims" of the harmless prank to take more care in future

Buffer overflow flaw in British Airways in-flight entertainment systems will affect other airlines, but why try it in the air?

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Some major over reaction here

Any parts of the inboard entertainment system someone can access as a paying passenger should be totally separate from the important keep the plane in the air networks.

In flight entertainment is normally fairly fragile anyway* so hard to imagine how a bit of messing about can make it much worse than it already is.

* I'm old enough to remember no such thing as in flight entertainment systems & so still have the mindset of ensuring I have what I need onboard with me to keep me entertained (e.g. real books, not a "device" I may be asked to switch off due to paranoia)

Put down the cat, coffee, beer pint, martini, whatever you're holding, and make sure you've updated Chrome (unless you enjoy being hacked)

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Lack of info

From Google was irritating.

No info on whether exploit can be triggered without JS (i.e. HTML / CSS only or just being served a "tweaked" file) as would be extremely useful to know in those cases where upgrade awkward to apply (e.g. where people use Gold images and have a rigid protocol on changes to it, which makes zero day issue response a massive pain)

Sure, we've got a problem but we don't really want to spend any money on the tech guy you're sending to fix it

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cheap skates

Had to go for a tech / dev oriented training course on some software in the USA (I'm in UK)

We were UK reseller / customizer of this software and it was a new product, still rapidly evolving based on feedback

Also attending that course was dev guy from one of our customers and a reseller from another country that ur company occasionally worked on joint projects with.

Instead of booking me on direct flight to USA, company booked me on flight to Dublin, then there was huge wait (about 8 hours!) before Dublin to USA flight.

They had also booked it so I arrived in USA late at night with course starting next day

I was up at stupid o clock to drive to mainland UK airport as long travel to airport 1 for Dublin flight.

No chance of sleep in long wait in Dublin airport and did not really get proper sleep on Dublin - USA flight.

So upshot was, got to hotel massively sleep deprived / jet lagged, late at night and was in no fit state for anything the next day and really struggled on the course day one due to being jet lag zombie.

Also missed out on valuable chance to bond with tech guy from customer before course started.

Both customer & other reseller guy thus had awful opinion of my company for its cheapskateness in not getting me there early and on a one hop flight, regarding it as very unprofessional as in addition to missing out on "bonding" also meant I was not on top form for crucial first day of course (which was obviously massively counter productive when it was new software to get to grips with)

So end result was one customer and another reseller thought people who ran company I worked for were ****** (choose your own expletive) - not great when these were people company would be dealing with over the years.

Huge negative company image ramifications from penny wise pound foolish approach of saving a few hindered quid.

Unless you want your wine bar to look like a brothel, purple curtains are a no-no apparently

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Optional comment

"Who'd have thought some purple curtains could cause so much of a stir?"

Such a beef over some curtains, who would have thought it.

'Java 9, it did break some things,' Oracle bod admits to devs still clinging to version 8

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Back compatiblity lost

Is the major cause of "legacy code" stuck on an old version of a language & platform tools

Unless the change to get software working on new version are quick and easy to implement, then management, with time pressure to add new features, have devs working on other software, will often make a choice to keep software on the old version as cannot spare time / resources. As the old version becomes more and more obsolete, then chances are port to latest and greatest version gets more and more difficult, so even more likely the legacy code languishes on old version.

Obviously other issues can creep in due to lack of upgrade (e.g. security / performance bugs due to being on old version)

Most language / development tool providers are guilty of this.

Full back compatibility might cause oracle (etc.) grief, but would ensure software was updated to use new versions.

Could be in the interest of Oracle etc.

Seen cases where rewrite for new version was so non trivial that decision was made to implement a new version (using different language and toolset) from scratch

UK Ministry of Justice: Surprise! We tested out biometric tech in prisons and 'visitors' with drugs up their bums ran away

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ID deficient

Plenty of people with no passport or driving licence.

With unwillingness of utility companies, banks etc, to send you paper statements, wanting everything online to save them pennies, it can be non trivial for people without passport and driving licence to get "proof of identity".

As has already been said, prison staff are always a potential weak link as far as smuggling things go.

For more sophisticated smuggling with infiltration of supply chain there's loads of options e.g. hiding it in food goods supplied to the prison and kitchen staff removing the contraband.

And drones of course

The goal posts will always move (impregnating materials in drugs used to be a thing until the authorities caught on, inmate could then just e.g. soak letter they received in some water and wait and voila LSD (or whatever hard to detect drug) solution to quaff ).

"Low level" smuggling will be unaffected by fake ID as if family member / close friend feels enough pressure to smuggle then they will regardless ... and lots of "low level" contraband is from family / friends of inmates

It's not your imagination: Ticket scalper bots are flooding the internet according this 'ere study

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I long ago gave up

On trying to buy tickets for "big name" gigs.

I now just go and see smaller performers, in smaller venues as that way I can at least (usually, even if not able to buy one the nanosecond the box office opens due to being busy with more important things) get a ticket and at the advertised price.

Advantage is that also get exposed to music I might have otherwise missed (I look whats on in venues I can reach / afford on days I have "free", if its a band / person I am unfamiliar with I track down some of their music online and if I like it then it I will go to the gig (obviously for a band I already am familiar with that search step not required!)

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Re: Too easy to fix

And Google captcha is very N.America oriented in its things you have to ID.

Which makes it difficult, doing a captcha on a tiny mobile screen, with many tiny images when the street signs, road markings etc are all different to those in the country you live (and you are not a person who watches much US TV / films so have not got a great feel for US signage that way).

Frankly the bots are probably far better at captcha solving than I am

Three-quarters of crucial border IT systems at risk of failure? Bah, it's not like Brexit is *looks at watch* err... next month

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Re: Cheer up, what's the worst that could happen?

Why be surprised at the views in a (rural east midlands) pub,

East Mids has way too many racist f**ktards especially in the smaller towns / villages (where they are less likely to be meaningfully interacting with people of other nationalities or non UK white heritage )

.. I speak as some born and raised in E Mids - not some metropolitan effete elite person

YouTube's pedo problem is so bad, it just switched off comments on millions of vids of small kids to stem the tide of vileness

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theregister.co.uk

Please can we have the UK spelling paedo (not the simplified pedo)

Age checks for online pr0n? I've never heard of it but it sounds like a good idea – survey

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ISP level

Given that most UK ISPs (be it broadband provider, mobile phone SIM provider) by default set people up as no pr0n (using their own filters) and customers must give age proof of some sort to opt in to adult content as this makes it lots easier for families with young kids (though obviously filters far from perfect)*

So could be useful if ISP could just pass through a "this person is age verified" token (and even better, this would be anonymized so no tracking across sites).

For many UK ISP users who wnat pr0n, a solution of this type would avoid them giving sensitive data to yet another third party when they have already given it to their ISP

* Discovered the default blocking when denied access to a web page that had info on urinogenital medical issues and was erroneously triggering ISP (pathetic) filter technology (I assume a bit slapdash on matching a few "keywords" with no account taken of overall page content context). So now got a perv flag with ISP so I can look at some medical web sites!

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Re: Looking forward to when all porn sites......

. well, there are lots of pussy vids

Foldables herald the beginning of the end of the smartphone fetish

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fetishisable glass slab

Chances are however the tech goes, I will not be a target.

A lot of the phone designs seem to be driven more by the manufacturers than the customers.

It gets harder and harder to find a phone with easily removable / replaceable batteries (of decent size)*, a headphone jack, SD card slot, dual SIM, lightweight "crud free" OS install** / guaranteed to have patches / upgrades provided for many years not just a few months, less slippery than an eel.

I don't fetishize the glass slabs, I just drearily sift through them finding something to meet my needs and not breaking the bank

* Often a new battery can resurrect an otherwise "replace it" phone, making this easy is in customer interest but not manufacturer interest (as it delays a new purchase)

**I should not need to root my phone to get rid of unwanted pre-installed apps be they "popular" (not with me) apps such as Facebook or carrier / manufacturer apps - all the extra crud should be removable by a simple user, should not need rooting

Register lecture: Teaching self-driving cars how to be more human

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I welcome cautious "AI" cars

Given some of the poor quality human driving I see.

But I do not expect to see fully "AI" cars in the near future as it is just too hard a task when a mix of AI and non AI road users...

How they will manage the many situations where face and hand gestures between driver and other road users (i.e. may include pedestrians, cyclists, bikers, horse riders, framers crossing road with livestock etc. - not just "drivers")? Some small Airplane style pop up "Otto" to do the gesture negotiations ? Or just fall back to light flashing? Have a voice synthesis system and external speakers to "shout" communications to other road users.

Its those irritating edge cases that will be the issue

A shame, as I would like a fully automated car (But I'm not one of those people who rates their driving above average and so drive cautiously to ensure decent gaps in case of sharp braking needed, sensible slowing near "blind" bends etc. and find driving a tedious chore, after all the open roads & scenic vistas of car ads do not reflect the mundane reality of UK commuting (main car use for many of us) with its many "traffic jams")

Web hacker 'Alfabeto Virtual' thrown in the clink for 3 months by US judge who wanted to 'send a message'

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Depends

If the hacks were just web defacements, exploiting known old* bugs, then a minor slap on the wrist is fine (also IMHO "hacker" should not be charged for "costs" of patching etc - any hack that works due to an old* vulnerability is a sign of bad patch management / security of that web site, those patches should have been applied. A bit like my insurance will not repay me for burglary losses if burglary happens because I went out and left the house unoccupied with the door open.

A bit of defacement using old* vulns is, in many ways, a helpful wake up call to the site owner to get their act together. Irritating but no data lost / stolen, just a bit of lost pride.

Someone using zero day exploits is a different matter as there is not much can be done to stop them and so I would regard that as far more malicious

*old - more than a couple of weeks - be generous exclude anything ultra recent as legit to have a bit of a patch deploy lag as do need to test if patch breaks anything as they sometimes do.

Brave claims its mobe browser batt use bests whatever you're using. Why? Hint: It begins with A then D then V...

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Re: sigh

Not like a shop - shop ads do not (currently!) have a high risk of malware.

The reason I block JS ads on the desktop is mainly to reduce my risk of exposure to malicious software.

On mobile it is for both reasons - mobile browsing next to impossible without ads disabled, plus on mobile (using SIM data) then far less data allowance than using desktop on big broadband data allowance, so reducing data throughput vital on mobile to keep data use low.

How AI could help docs spot mums who hit the sauce too much while creating their version 1.1

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I wonder

How many of the mothers will still deny pregnancy drinking though?

I'm sure some will get good lawyers as they have done with drink driving cases.

Cops told live facial recog needs oversight, rigorous trial design, protections against bias

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Curated images

It will be fine, Constable Savage* will curate the images

*NTNOCN reference, for those unaware YouTube will help

Moneybags Buffett on ditching Oracle stake: I don't think I understand where the cloud is going

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Re: Come on Warren

People make mistakes.

Buffet has a good track record but nobody is infallible.

As for health.. with age comes experience, but also a few more mistakes as the advantage of experience sometimes loses to the inexorable decline in your mental & physical skills

Given Buffet often likes companies with long term viability, maybe hes being polite and seen the writing on the wall for Oracle with the way they antagonize (some may say fleece) customers and plenty of those customers just waiting for a chance to jump ship when they can - and the general bad customer service rep of Oracle does not exactly help them attract new customers.

To be fair, MS, Amazon (& to lesser cloud market share Google, IBM etc.) also do not exactly have the greatest reputations for highly moral behaviour, but they look almost saintly compared to Oracle. But when all the "main" cloud vendors are less than squeaky clean then it comes down to a bit of least worst decision making, and often Oracle will not be seen as the least worse option

Crowdfunded lawyer suing Uber told he can't swerve taxi app giant's £1m legal bill

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Re: A 2 B

Uber is mainly in a few larger cities / towns in the UK, so not available in many places... (far easier / profitable to focus on big cities with large population & population density than the less lucrative areas outside cities)

I have a few taxi companies that cover where I am based (not a city so not Uber) - using them soon revealed which ones were good and which ones were bad on pick up times / inappropriate (i.e. more expensive) routes etc.

The good ones get repeat business, the bad ones do not.

Nice and simple and no involvement of tax dodging Uber required.

Ironically when i am in nearest city, a lot of the uber drivers are drivers who work for various city based cab firms anyway (the drivers use magnetic labels as cars are their own so no taxi co custom paintjobs, so when working for Taxi Co Z they slap on a taxi Z label, when doing Uber work they put on the Uber label etc.) - found this out by chatting to them (as do use taxis in the city too, just far less often as normally adequate public transport in the city does the job)

Data breach rumours abound as UK Labour Party locks down access to member databases

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Ethics

The labour leavers made a big play about their split being due to ethical reasons.

Interested to see how pilfering member data of a party you have left fits the ethical spin.

Assuming it is ind group leaver(s) would be interesting to know if it was before or after they left that the deed was done.

I would imagine when someone suddenly resigns as an MP that it takes a while before access to various systems are revoked (especially as with the quirks of UK election (individual elected so no compulsory by election if MP changes party even though most people vote on party basis) the person is still MP, their MP email address still valid etc.)

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

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noticed spec said must use node.js

FFS

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

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Re: Goodbye Youtube?

@Halfmad

Indeed

Tories lauding Mandela these days, whereas back in the day they were calling him a terrorist and giving huge support to the white South Africa regime.

I remember (many years ago) being filmed by Special branch at a UK anti apartheid demo where some white SA govt representatives were present

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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a good incentive

To write many lines of cumbersome, inefficient code as lots more key strokes and mouse moves

.. as the "activity" to code a faster more concise solution looks relatively feeble in comparison

Though, as has been hinted, for anything non trivial, its all about the thinking time

Do contractors have to scan all their pen and pencil plans / sketches (I am far happier and faster planning stuff out on paper than using some paint or word processing tools)

Object-recognition AI – the dumb program's idea of a smart program: How neural nets are really just looking at textures

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Re: It seems to be an extension of this study...

A bit of pixel edits and sneak that pr0n past the filters as the AI sees a banana, cherry bakewells, kebabs etc.

Treaty of Roam: No-deal Brexit mobile bill shock

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Re: My money's on Vodafone being the first to start charging

Depends on your contract

I have SIM only 3 with no free EU roaming, very expensive to use outside the UK

.. So I use a different SIM abroad

Keep old contract as its cheap unlimited data and no corresponding deal anywhere near as cheap

EE customer: Creepy ex used employee access to change my mobile number, spy on me

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drivers licence image

So how did the ex get that via EE?

Surely no need for EE to have such data (if they did want some photo id for age verification, teh verification should be done and then ID proof images deleted)

Maybe ex had a penchant for words and could not resist changing Bonafede bona fides

UK transport's 'ludicrous' robocar code may 'put lives at risk'

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Potholes

"Potholes are a real disaster – the AV can't spot them."

On some roads near me, even if you can spot them you cannot avoid them as roads are more pothole than OK surface and cannot steer a car to avoid them all (not that easy to navigate a level surface path on a cycle in some parts- so if 2 wheels and a short wheelbase a struggle no hope with 4!)

Google's cash problem: There's just so much of it

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.. all depends what you call cloud

Lots of devs make use of some google apis / tools

Arguably this is "cloudy" (e.g. mapping based APIs, play store, google drive, google pay etc.) - devil is in the definition of cloud - just looking at running VMs, databases, apps etc. in the "cloud" is but one interpretation.

.. Being serious, really hard to pin down whats meant by cloud - ask different people, typically get different answers (obviously depending on their use knowledge & experience) - some people I know who use social media such as FB, Instagram to promote their small businesses ("makers" so sell stuff that photographs nicely so social media images a good promotion tool) regard that as cloud...(after all its hosted externally, FB even lets them make sales so is cloudy ecommerce as far as they are concerned)

I'm sure there probably is some "official" (to some degree) definition somewhere, but its not obvious in real world usage of the term cloud.

British cops told to scrap 'discriminatory' algorithms in policing

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Re: Bias in, bias out @tiggity

Dross AC

I used to live in a very rough area.

I reported (at night) a burglary occurring on the street

Police asked fr my location .. then said they do not come to that area after dark unless there is risk to life

.. So, in that area free pass for "low level" (i.e. property crime with a low risk of person getting killed / injured) crime, rather than police actively targeting the crims they were just writing off an area as a high rate of property crime cess pit.

So, did not report any further property crimes on that street.

Area was predominately non white, but all the burglars and car jackers I saw were white in the time I lived there, so cannot assume inhabitant demographic is equivalent to criminal demographic.

Unsurprisingly I moved to a different area

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Bias in, bias out

Given innate UK police bias its zero surprise any police "AI" systems will use the same biases.

Chance of them fixing it? .. about the same chance of stop and search targeting being modified to reflect actual "race" distribution instead of having a huge bias to targeting "non white" folk

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: IOT=Crap

Strangely I open the door in the dark (using a non IoT lock!), turn on lights, then if I have anything (carrier bags etc) to unload, I then go and bring them into the house. A whole one extra trip from vehicle to door, not a problem.

El Reg talks to PornHub sister biz AgeID – and an indie pornographer – about age verification

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Re: like a passport or driving licence.

Why would someone trust scans of their passport or driving licence to some random third party.

In the UK, only place that gets a scan of my passport is my bank - and they do that on paper, not electronically, and its shredded when finished with.

But with some random "verifier" a lot harder to be sure they will not keep the scans of what are very useful identity theft data (genuine age (not fake DOB given to most web sites), passport number (useful on travel site exploits), genuine name & address etc. )

And lots of UK people lack driving licence and passport

.. and as chivo243 implies, very easy to use someone elses documents, e.g. smut searching kid uses image of a parents ID to create their age verified user account

I'm a crime-fighter, says FamilyTreeDNA boss after being caught giving folks' DNA data to FBI

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Re: Proof of ownership?

@adnim " A very clever criminal may not leave any DNA traces at all"

.. or they may leave potentially incriminating traces of someone else's DNA

Jammy dodgers: Boffin warns of auto autos congesting cities to avoid parking fees

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Re: Congestion is about work not transport

Free and frequent (and covering many routes) public transport would make a huge difference in the UK to many commutes.

Prices often so high people think they may as well drive.

It would mean subsidies to travel companies but would give overall benefits to society.*

Possibly coupled with peak time car use fees for those who continue to drive the whole commute (instead of just driving to nearest suitable public transport point if no public transport point in walking distance)

*Ironically this passenger subsidy already happens in most places - just that it is for pensioners only who get free travel at certain times of day.

Good public transport (i.e. where you can actually get a seat!) has benefits in that you can read, catch up with social media, do a bit of work, chat to people etc. (whatever you prefer) - instead of having to focus on driving along congested roads, so its more relaxing (unless you find stop - start traffic jam driving relaxing!).

Ca-caw-caw: Pigeon poops on tot's face as tempers fray at siege of Lincoln flats

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Re: Hawks

You can have birds of prey and pigeons in proximity.

In the UK there has been a rapid rise in peregrine falcons nesting on tall city buildings as their population now in full on major recovery mode after crashing with DDT side effects decades ago.

They like to eat pigeons.

However, you still find pigeons near their nesting sites even though the birds hunt regularly...

It's a numbers game - you would need a huge number of falcons to eradicate the pigeons

They do have a few effects - pigeons are more vigilant (which has knock on effect of making feeding more awkward, but in most messy UK cities waste human food is easily found)

Ad-tech industry: GDPR complaint is like holding road builders to account for traffic violations

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@James 47

Optional means very little.

I see huge amounts of APIs where 1 or more (often lots) fields are optional.

When I look at usage of those APIs invariably the optional fields get populated, typically with the mindset of "even if we don't directly use it now we might in future and / or it could be useful in data analysis to improve our algorithms". There has been a long ingrained culture of grabbing and storing as much data as possible, the only way to stop it is to prevent that data being sent.

.. Not that "targeted" ads work well anyway - so a lot of slurpage is counter productive - lots of adverts for something I have recently purchased (and is the type of item I will not be likely to purchase again for a long time (e.g. fridge, oven etc.) is just irritating (but shows that detailed content data on pages I have been visited is used (arguably abused) by ad slingers: I am not affected by ad slingers seeing the tedious home appliance, IT etc. web pages I visit (but object in principle) - but plenty of people will be visiting sites that deal with potentially sensitive health, political, religious etc areas & it's really not a good thing that ad slingers can gather such knowledge (e.g. many countries have nasty approach to non heterosexual behaviour, ad slingers selling on their "inferred" LGBT lists to such countries could have unpleasant consequences for those listed)

Worried about Brexit food shortages? North Korean haute couture has just the thing

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Just in Time

JIT has become so embedded in supply chains that delays cause huge hassles.

Especially as some complex items can involve some things that can cross from UK to EU multiple times e.g. an item is part processed in EU, some more widgets added in UK, back to EU for more widgets, back to UK for final widgets added and back to EU to go into product X.

The above may sound farcical, but it happens where specialist tooling is done in different factories and is hassle free while we are in the EU

There is a way to prevent any food shortages (which is just to carry on as we do now - wave through all the EU goods we currently do, do small amount of spot checks on EU goods) - this will mean no hold ups, but also will make a joke of being in control of borders (and is a nice opportunity for fraudsters)

I studied hard, I trained for years. Yay, now I'm an astronaut in space. Argggh, leukemia!

tiggity Silver badge

Immune system least of your worries

Lets face it, chances of first manned trip to Mars being a successful return trip are probably not that great.

Would be sensible to assume its likely a one way trip (if you even get there in one piece) and choose volunteer crew accordingly.

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