* Posts by tiggity

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UK.gov plans £2,500 fines for kids flying toy drones within 3 MILES of airports

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Re: Droning on

There was no evidence of anything.

Other than eye witness claims, which I would take with a bucket of salt as people are crap at observing things (not deliberately, it how your mind works, a lot of what you "see" is your mind filling in the gaps - so people can 100% believe they have seen something when actually its just an accidental fictional construct of their mind) - especially once the whole drone hysteria hits, people will be subconsciously triggered to be more likely translate a badly observed distant hovering kestrel (or whatever non drone object) as a drone

Struggling with GDPR compliance? Don't waste money on legal advice: Buy a shredder

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GDPR compliant one night stands

I ensure I get really hammered so I do not remember their name or address when i leave in the morning

French data watchdog dishes out largest GDPR fine yet: Google ordered to hand over €50m

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Re: Switch to duckduckgo.com

Irony is that duckduckgo is heavily java script dependent, so if you run with JS disabled by default (as a basic security precaution) then duckduckgo will not work.

so, privacy at the cost of increased risk to security.

.. Too many sites use JS unnecessarily when there are non script alternative methods available.

Holy crappuccino. There's a latte trouble brewing... Bio-boffins reckon 60%+ of coffee species may be doomed

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Re: Add this to the list?

@chivo243 re bananas & cocoa (chocolate)

There are some nasty pathogens affecting those, so that's a big immediate concern.

Almost a bit of history repeating itself if we look at bananas

Back in the day a banana variety "Gros Michel" * was the primary commercial banana, a nasty disease devastated it (hence the song - "Yes, we have no bananas") and there was a dash to find a version that was Panama disease resistant (the Cavendish, bizarrely developed at the decidely non tropical Chatsworth House, Derbyshire).

The cavendish is now itself under major disease threat, so the search is on for alternatives

The Gros Michel was claimed tp be a far tastier variety than the starchy tasting Cavendish

Looming EU copyright rules – tackling Google news article scraping, installing upload filters – under fire from all sides

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robots.txt allows newspaper sites to stop Google (etc.) from finding their content so easy for them to stop those snippets.

Google bots do obey robots.txt directives (sadly not all search bots do)

Up to the news site to decide if their content not being visible via big name search engines is a good idea in terms of click throughs / monetization.

I consume news in 2 ways, visit some sites specifically (e.g. el Reg), get other news via news feed tools (so the sort of thing that could be nobbled by snippet tax). The only way I will click a story by a "news" outlet outside my few regularly visited sites, is if interesting item appears in my news feed tool

As for music '/ video - big problem is false positives, coupled with suspect copyright claims, look at takedown requests for white noise sound uploads as a classic example, other examples of it going wrong are recordings of old (original work) out of copyright classical stuff uploaded and false copyright claim (e.g. your (decidedly amateur) string quartet sounds too much, according to the "AI" like some big record companies recently released version (even though that's performed by significantly more proficient players and is essentially flawless compared to your amateur effort and nobody with any musical appreciation would confuse the two!)

World's first robot hotel massacres half of its robot staff

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Re: The room doll was removed

and it responds nicely to American Express

(resist the urge to speculate on providing a cyber version of NTNOCN Gerald scenarios)

Begone, Demon Internet: Vodafone to shutter old-school pioneer ISP

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Driven Away

The takeovers and sidelining by big companies sounded the death knell for Demon.

I'm amazed there were any customers left after the various changes made for no other reason (IMHO) than to alienate customers.

Ex Demon user, was with Demon in the 90s, left a few years ago as too much functionality was removed / limited as the perception was that Vodafone did not want to give the "legacy" customers what they wanted / needed (esp as many early Demon adopters were quite "techy" and so made use of features other users may not care about ).

Amazon exec tells UK peers: No, we don't want to be dominant. Also, we don't fancy being taxed on revenues

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Re: Death of the High St

I know 2 local shops that sell mothballs (may well be more - just remember seeing them in 2 shops)

But one of the few advantages of living in the sticks is that there is still a bit of shop variety and lots of quirky independent places left.

Real-time OS: Ordnance Survey gets snuggly with Intel's Mobileye

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Re: Disappointing...

.. You assume we can even see the picture (images are optional!)

Microsoft wins today's buzzword bingo with empowering set of updates to Teams

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Raise v Praise

I left a job where I got lots of praise .. because the pay was too low once I had dependents.

So, I went to a job with better pay.

So, in my case raise outweighed praise by a huge margin

Who cracked El Chapo's encrypted chats and brought down the Mexican drug kingpin? Er, his IT manager

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Re: This is why it's pointless putting in back doors

Plenty of encryption algorithms out there (look for those that have been analysed by proper encryption experts and given a clean bill of health ... and re-check periodically in case things change, yesterdays "secure" system is today's flimsy tissue paper barrier (SHA-1 anyone?))

If someone has sufficient skills they can do their own encryption

Challenge is not to unwittingly introduce a flaw in your implementation so that it can be "easily" broken (a couple of examples, not an exhaustive list by any means)

A bug where there is reduced entropy in the calculated values

Implementation may work great, but code disassembly of user "app" / inspection of computer memory while app running / associated log files etc., reveals key information that could break it.

Steamer closets, flying cars, robot boxers, smart-mock-cock ban hypocrisy – yes, it's the worst of CES this year

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Or wear it in the meeting & activate if / when meeting gets boring

Reg Standards Bureau introduces the Devon fatberg as coastal town menaced by oily blob

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Re: But seriously though...

Most fatberg blame is applied to various wipes (be they face, lower regions or whatever wipes) that people flush away without really being aware they do not easily break down like "classic" loo roll.

I'm sure inspections (or lack of them) do not help, but widespread use of long sewer lifetime wipes is regarded as key issue - look at some of the fatberg images (including cross sections) - an awful lot of wipes in there.

Wipes labelled "flushable" in 2018 did not break down when tested by water companies sewer trip simulation tests (less agressive than tests teh manufactuers use) (doubt much has improved since 2018) - and those wipes really ought to be labelled not flushable (in huge letters that take up most of the packaging)

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports

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not even a drone needed.

Wait for correct winds (blowing in direction of your target)

Big helium filled balloon, with (very) long string, attached to end of string is cardboard mockup drone - light enough that balloon will lift it

Set off balloon, which will go up in air, long string uncoils, finally you can let go of mock drone

Mock drone will be visible whilst supporting balloon far higher so good chance of it not being spotted (sensible colour choices on balloon may help) and mock drone assumed to be a real drone.

Ministry of Justice abandons key plank of £280m IT project

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2000 AD

I always get thoughts of Dredd when i see "Ministry of Justice"*

.. And the Judge said "This isn't a court of justice, son this is a court of law" **

*yes I know slightly different wording, but near enough

** obligatory Billy Bragg quote

Attention all British .eu owners: Buy dotcom domains and prepare to sue, says UK govt

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Re: Don't worry, it's only money

Imposing penalties on the UK makes sense ... idea is to discourage other states from leaving when they see how nasty the outcome is. Perfectly logical long term tactics, a bit of short term financial hit for the EU is worthwhile in the long game.

Given the rabid anti EU content of a lot of the UK media over the years ("Up yours Delors" etc.) and abuse from lots of UK politicians who (bar the odd ultra virtuous paragon of moral perfection) could blame some EU bods for twisting the knife when the opportunity arises as most of us are fallible grudge bearing humans despite our efforts to rise above petty revenge.

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Re: Wow, it's almost...

Rules were dubious though as UK born folk who had been based (home and job) for years in an EU country were not allowed to vote, even though decision affected them massively. Deliberately disenfranchise the group with most experience of the benefits of EU freedoms to live & work anywhere in the EU.

Huawei's 7nm 64-core Arm server brain, fresh Intel desktop Core chips, IBM tapping Samsung for Power10, and more

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autonomous cars

Not in my lifetime on UK minor roads.

What would be nice is some of the tech to filter into "normal" cars

LIDAR / RADAR data, cameras that cope better than human eyes with being "blinded" of what is on road ahead by oncoming vehicle full beam (or dipped beam, but driver on a hill so has same effect of hitting you straight in the eye).

A little HUD with data from the shiny tech would be great in assisting driver when dazzled.

.. With move to LED lights dazzle seems to be getting worse (most roads I am on are minor rural roads with no street lights so "dark driving" thus dazzle effects far more of an issue than in well lit urban areas where the instant dark / full beam transition does not occur)

FYI: Twitter's API still spews enough metadata to reveal exactly where you lived, worked

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Hope they have fun

With some old auto generated tweets i did.

Back in the day worked at company where devs had to (bizarrely) have social media presence (alerting customers of forthcoming new features etc.).

I created a PC based tool for automating this (tweet based on content of specially tagged text in source code commits).

Back then (no idea if its changed as this was years ago), it was possible to set location data from API, so I had it "randomly" set location from a list read it from a text file, so there would have been tweets with dubious locations possibly including Easter Island, Christmas Island, Rockall, the Arctic (I remember those were on my list among some more sensible ones)

Low-power chips are secret sauce behind long-life wearables

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Is the next step

The battery watch equivalent of the old style self winding (automatic) watches? If manufacturers are really creating low power use devices then maybe just using wearer movement to power the watch would start to be feasible.

Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers

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Stored data

Were their procedures properly vetted for PCI DSS compliance?

It is heavily recommended you use a token based method, so do not need to store card details, (with the onus on the specialist CC token companies to securely store card details)

If you do decide to store them yourself then you really should have been getting your systems checked (and periodically, not just once back in the day, as what seemed a secure system 5 years ago could well essentially useless now based on new exploits) - PCI DSS compliance (if you are silly enough to store CC data yourself) includes requirement for periodic security test e.g. pen tests etc.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Never mind China

Too expensive for the majority of us in UK

Only major selling point of iPhone (beyond whatever "wealth flaunt" / fashionable status aspect there may be) is easy integration with rest of Apple ecosystem e.g. the little things such as photo taken on iPhone is seconds later accessible via iPad, iMac etc. I know a few (very much non techie) people who are wedded to Apple products due to the ease of use / integration without them needing any tech skills to achieve it.

.. But, for anyone not using other Apple products, I'm really struggling to see any reason to buy at that price.

More nodding dogs green-light terrible UK.gov pr0n age verification plans

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access cannot be stopped

If kids want to access pr0n they will, whatever the era, ways will be found.

Back in the day of mags being the main source, young kids would club together and give cash to an older sibling of one of the kids who would then purchase jazz mag for the group of younger kids.

.. or, more simply, they just nicked one from the newsagents (have a listen to Ian Dury classic song "Razzle in my pocket")

When video came along, a huge amount of "blue" video copying was done, and these videos ended up with younger kids.

etc, etc with different technologies

As a side issue, the sites banned will not cover the most well known social media sites so leaves a huge source wide open.

.. do not get exposed to accidental "blue" content on standard web searches, have found unexpected "blue" content served to me on social media (in the days when I unfortunately had to use social media as part of my work)

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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I'm a bit unconvinced about the 5 second fixes, especially on someone elses (and hence very unfamiliar to you) code.

.. If its in a non trivial application it will take more than 5 seconds to load it all in development tool of choice and open the appropriate files that need investigating.

Many (not all, some need major rewrites) bug fixes are "quick" in terms of amount of code change needed, but tracking the bug down is typically a lot slower when you are looking at code you are unfamiliar with (even worse when none of the people who originally wrote it are around to talk to!).

Oz cops investigating screams of 'why don't you die?' find bloke in battle with spider

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In the UK you do get a few instances of cattle killing people

This is most likely to be female protecting a calf - some tend to react really badly to people walking dogs near to them (maybe instinctive predator response as hard wired wolf response could have been useful in the past or maybe just bad experience with being hassled by dogs in the past)

So treat cattle with due respect and don't just think its bulls you need to be wary of ... (especially if you risk taking a dog with you)



It's 2019, the year Blade Runner takes place: I can has flying cars?

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Re: 30 years, perhaps more, to reach human-level AI

"We don't even understand dog, cat, Corvid, ape or human intelligence. "

Nobody will ever understand cat intelligence, that is the nature of cats.

On a more serious note, cats can understand a a range of words, we have to to spell out certain "trigger" words when the cats are around (e.g. "chicken", "outside" - basically food related or related to cat flap opening and them going outside) - otherwise we get a queue at the fridge or flap as appropriate (depending if food related or cat flap related word)

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Re: The real hangup is an instinct for self-preservation.

drink with tapeworm(s) in?

Bored IT manager automates Millennium Eve checks to ditch snoozing for boozing

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Automating stuff can be useful.

Once worked at a place where we had to have social media presence, including dev team for some deranged reason.

so on code commits I had (using special delimiting tags) nice user friendly PR style description describing the new feature (if a bug fix did not use the tags) and outside those tags all the proper commit comments (links to feature / bug requests, any gotcha comments)

A bit of code that checked new commits, if any magic social media delimiter enclosed text was found, it posted to FB & Twatter describing the exciting new feature that was ready for testing and would soon be with customers in release "n" (release no the change was scheduled for was also tagged as one of our standard "fields" of a commit message)

We also automated sending of messages on significant dates e.g. Xmas etc.

Social media with no human involvement, best approach IMHO!

Could you speak up a bit? I didn't catch your password

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Why no mention of

Jim Morrison (Doors) backdoor man vocals?

The delivery drips licentiousness

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Dolls House & ex colleagues

Used to be an unfortunate search term.

Back in the day when looking for Dolls House bits & bobs for the sprog, many results were not for small dimension houses, furniture, dolls etc. but were brothels / smut sites

Being UK based I had not realised likelihood of doll with the US double meaning

Though fortunately this was on home PC

On work related theme, a long time ago (late 90s), a bloke was sacked for their downloads - not sure if it was usenet new content grab or whether it was spider & download tool (he was a dev so quite possible he had written his own downloader) - My boss told us about culprits dismissal reasons and just said it was automated background download of pr0n content, so culprit was never viewing anything on his PC (so nobody would spot anything amiss if they walked past him). Culprit would then copy files to external storage (back when external device access to PC far less locked down than now). That caused company to actively inspect what sites / content were accessed by people (he was caught because amount of bandwidth and amount used outside of break time triggered investigation, that later led to discovery of the type of content) - amazing how lax things were back in the day.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace

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Re: No gumption

My consumer grade thermal imager has a surprisingly good range - and if you add use of IR illuminator into the mix it gets far better.

Though my use of it is mainly on spotting local wildlife (primarily bats) in the dark, a lot smaller and more maneuverable than the alleged commercial grade drones mentioned, but bats potentially a more distinct heat signature depending on drone shielding

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE

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Re: remote-code execution hole in the browser's scripting engine.

AC - yes all browsers have vulnerabilities. Hence best to use one that can be (if necessary via addons) locked down as much as possible.

All browsers are flawed, but at least some other browsers make it easier for you to limit your risk than IE does and so are better, albeit far from perfect.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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user base

Lots of my relatives & friends use it (I don't - even though they keep asking me to as it is the main way they communicate), and because it has become so integral to their social life I would be surprised if they ditched it no matter how many nasty stories about FB hit the press (& as they get lots of their "news" via FB I doubt FB will be pushing stories about its scummy behaviour)

There is an interesting age profile on Facebook though, not much used by younger friends / relatives (though lots of them have a minimal account just so older family members can contact them), but they use different apps with their own generation ... but FB well aware of this - look how many other social media sites they have consumed, including big names such as Friendster, WhatsApp, Instagram. FB will aim to stay ahead by acquiring (or at least significantly investing in if takeover not possible) whatever shows signs of being the next big thing in social media that may compete with them*

* competitor being the key, so not e.g. Twitter, which fills a different niche to FB (indeed a vibrant Twitter is good for FB as it allows them to say they have not effectively monopolized the social media market)

Is Google purposefully breaking Microsoft, Apple browsers on its websites? Some insiders are confident it is

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Chris Beard said some nice things but sadly Mozilla seems more keen to ape Chrome rather than compete, the unique differentiating factors in favour of Mozilla get fewer each release, proper competition is not becoming a clone of the market leader but by offering something different .

.. Yes I am still seething about switch to webextensions and no support for all the most useful and powerful addons

Suunto settles scary scuba screwup for $50m: 'Faulty' dive computer hardware and software put explorers in peril

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old skool

When I learned to dive, dive computers were crude and expensive, so i did everything the manual way - dive plan in advance and no fancy kit (depth gauge, watch and check air supply status) & memorized "emergency" ascent best practice (if emergency not critical enough to let you do the stops, e.g. supply fail from one tank but using 2 tanks)

I used them later but only as an emergency backup in case of nitrogen narcosis (your concentration fails if affected by that so having a device warn you is a potential life saver in worst case scenario where dive buddy also impaired).

I'm sure if I had learned to dive later, when the tech was better & cheaper, I would have been a keen dive computer user.

Full disclosure I did BSAC (not PADI), no longer dive as life threatening chest infection irreversibly hammered my lung function some years ago to the point where diving was not worth it (could have gone the rebreather route to get a vaguely decent dive time with dismal lungs but cost & extra training & certification was a deal breaker as by then I dived infrequently, made sure I just did enough to keep my certifications "live" as had moved a long way from sea by then)

Cloudflare speaks out amid allegations it safeguards banned terror gangs' websites

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Good article

There is too much scope creep in banned organisations, as the article implied its far too easy to squash freedom of speech by defining something as terrorist content / gradually extending what is proscribed speech.

Frankly the security services would be better letting cloudflare do its thing, and if there was *genuine evidence* of "proper" terrorist use then work with cloudflare to try and locate the terrorists - letting known terrorist content stay up can be useful in finding the posters / supporters of that content, sending everything underground just makes tracking the terrorists that much harder.

Microsoft flings untested Windows 10 updates to users! (Oh no it doesn't!)

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"Windows 10 users will be pleased to see the arrival of native sharing in this release"

Not really

I quite like my browser just to be a fairly simple browser, and add functionality via "addons" (addon, extension who cares about terminology) - Firefox has too many needless bells and whistles "baked in" but they keep removing useful core functionality (e.g. you now have to use "addons" for decent cookie control) meanwhile Firefox have killed the most useful browser "addons" by limiting what they now have access to with the switch to less flexible & powerful webextension model

Each new version I like Firefox less and less

Brexit-dodging SCISYS Brits find Galileo joy in Dublin

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Re: Re-Moaners ... You lost

The actions of the EU have shown their politicians can effortlessly wipe the floor with ours (no surprise there, my cats could).

The Mayhem gang could not organise the proverbial in a brewery, so the idea of them in full control without EU rules is a bit worrying.

I doubt it will be good for the low paid, many of whom voted Brexit, if we leave the EU expect lots of nice EU mandated employment rights to vanish in the name of being "more competitive" (ti.e. more sweatshop) though as the shopfloor suffer the C level monetary deals will keep inexorably rising

Oh Deer! Poacher sentenced to 12 months of regular Bambi screenings in the cooler

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Re: 'Murica never ceases...

Culling is only required because the predators have been persecuted.

UK is not any better (no wolves or bears left in UK at all, at least a few populations still in US)

Careful with this latest Microsoft release – tug too hard on the threads and it tends to unravel

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IT Angle

There's scope for a good article on programmable knitting machines (some of the top end ones are very impressive). Especially given Jacquard loom punch card (for "programming" the loom) was known to Babbage and he wanted to use them to store programs .. and I recall using punched cards to program on a PDP-11 when a schoolkid)

The fastest, most secure browser? Microsoft Edge apparently

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Quite a few points diference on phishy flagging so maybe all the Windows data slurp has some use in helping them spot phishing sites better

My main concern with browsers is ability to install addons to protect my privacy / increase my security as malware laden ads my main concern as they can occur on "legit" sites.

Most browsers seem to be making it harder and harder to do basics e.g. granular cookie & JS permissions without having to use an addon / tinker with "here be dragons" config files.

A useful study would be what browser is best with appropriate "lockdown" tools added.

Bulk surveillance is always bad, say human rights orgs appealing against top Euro court

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Bigger haystacks with lots of pins

Can make finding the target needle harder with added distraction of lots more "pins" (false positives).

In the UK there have been plenty of cases of "X was known to the security services" - where X committed a terrorist act, this includes cases where warning came from the local community of X (OK, sometimes accusations can be malicious due to personal / business reasons, but need looking at thoroughly just in case) as surprise, surprise (taking one community example) not all Muslims are extremists and so will report someone who seems to be a bit ISIS or whatever. Given the UK security services are not bursting at the seams with people who could most easily act undercover in Islamic terror circles (BAME likely to have an easier time than a "white", whereas back in the day with Irish terrorism, infiltration (e.g. stakeknife), turning etc. was far easier given the ethnicity, cultural background and language skills of most of security services).

I'm of the opinion that already the security services are already overwhelmed with "chatter" and most likely benefit of "log it all" will be in investigations in the aftermath of an "uncaught" terrorist event.

Maybe a bit more focus on HUMINT rather than SIGINT

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

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Our household phone purchases are purely to replace phones that breakdown / get stolen.

No need for latest & greatest phone, just one fit for purpose (so on last purchase one of the must haves was a "proper" headphone socket, so a bonus was lots of over hyped & over priced phones instantly off the long list)

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Times change

A long time ago their name meant something, but to a whole swathe of younger UKers "carphone" draws a blank

.. and Warehouse is a misnomer as limited range of stock

Other half got a phone from them a few years ago & will never go to them again, sales person was too busy pressurizing for (I assume more commission) phone deal instead of phone & carrier OH wanted.

Thus most recent OH phone purchase due to phone death was made online (albeit with benefit of a same day physical collection (Argos as they had similar price to other online deals and advantage of picking it up that day in a store a few miles away instead of waiting)

I'm guessing lots of other people put off by past experiences (just like PC World) & unlikely to visit again unless for "emergency purchase". When you have a bad rep it's hard to improve it (even if you do improve) as there's plenty of alternatives around and bad customer service gives unhappy customers & less chance of a repeat purchase.

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

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long tail

On my drive this morning (in the dark).

A country road, no pavements, grass verge in some areas (not all), no street lighting on lots of it, pedestrians on it walking to work (nearby factory) - some with Hi Viz gear, some less easy to see. All walking in the road.

So lots of use of hazards if a car behind me, indicating and moving out to give pedestrian room (or slowing if oncoming traffic as roads narrow - in some cases "flashing" communication with oncoming driver who is slowing to let you pass pedestrian with plenty of room ).

Can't imagine much AI training on this

Next part of route, housing area , lots of parked cars, so a slalom of pulling in and out, again lots of "flashing" with other drivers to negotiate movements.

.. A thing they mentioned the AI had problems on was AI crashing into parked cars, so obviously not trained on what is (for many people) a very common driving scenario..

Goes without saying no lane divider markings on these roads

A simple drive where a human has no hassles (other than having to allow plenty of time due to the delays that will be incurred due to the slowing / pulling in required and (on the no pavement stretch)

knowing you need to drive well below the speed limit with darkness and some pedestrians (bizarrely) not Hi Viz.

.. And lets not even get onto the many horses you encounter on the country roads at later times of day - a whole lot of interaction with the riders that needs interpretation of facial expression and hand gestures, as you need to go past these wide and slow.

I would like an AI car (I could do something productive or fun as a passenger) but have no confidence they will be up to dealing with "out in the sticks" driving for a very long time.

Did you know that iOS ad clicks cost more than Android? These scammers did

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@David Pearce

Indeed, always odd that trustworthy torch on / off functionality not available by default - especially when torch apps are renowned for being malware laden so d/l one is a big risk, but people d/l them because they are very useful

Easiest way is torch on / off commands typed in a google assistant window on stock to avoid d/l of a potentially dubious torch app - takes a few seconds longer but safer

.. Obv assumes non rooted phone i.e. you have not removed / disabled various google junk including the assistant

Doom at 25: The FPS that wowed players, gummed up servers, and enraged admins

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Re: Stanger in a strange land..

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Good skills for red teaming

In 2018, Facebook is the villain and Microsoft the shining light, according to techies

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none of the above

FB, MS, Google, Twitter

All have a penchant for data theft / acquisition & treat privacy as a joke.

So really people are just picking best & worst of a bad bunch

Its the do I want a poke in the eye from a sharp stick or an excrement smeared sharp stick choice.

It's official. Microsoft pushes Google over the Edge, shifts browser to Chromium engine

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Its easy to get a site to work in all browsers ... You just need to not have over the top JS and (to a lesser extent CSS) usage.

KISS philosophy works well on websites, problem is sites that pull in hundreds of K of JS cruft to give bells & whistles that marketing want but serve little key functional purpose (just make things slower & less likely to work on all browsers!)

Talk about a GAN-do attitude... AI software bots can see through your text CAPTCHAs

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Re: American imperialism

You beat me to the comment!

Cultural imperialism at its best - plus people unfamiliar with US signage may easily get things wrong - e.g. tiny low quality images on phone - hard to tell if a fragment of a street sign or a bit of something else.

Int being a US person and never driven there, no clue on look and feel of US street signage so useless unless it is an obvious sign (and no I'm not going to research US signage just to pass captchas easily).

Other cultural assumptions I have faced in past captchas include ID the taxi (expecting you to pick yellow cars, and not e.g. black cabs)

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