* Posts by You aint sin me, roit

297 posts • joined 25 Feb 2016


Britain ignores booze guidelines – heads for the pub

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Re: "Politics has no place in science,"

The problem is that the "representatives" are not representative, they are just the people who want to climb the greasy pole. Is the prime minister the person best suited to run the country? No, she is merely the person who floated to the top of the scum vying for the job.

That's why science and engineering are virtually ignored by UK politicians - they all did PPE or law at university and don't have a clue. While people who do understand don't want to play the political popularity contest.

Hey girl, move a little closer. 'Cause you're too gun shy. Hush, hush, bye says Pai

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Re: Keep in mind, Pai *is* a lawyer and you'd think this migh thave been part of his induction

Erm... this is Pai, in the pocket of US ISPs. It's not a bribe, it's "lobbying".

Also he didn't refuse the award, for "saving the internet", he just complained that the pesky ethics department wouldn't let him take the goodies. Tacitly acknowledging that he had no qualms about it himself.

Deep in remote Oz, an antenna has 'heard' the oldest stars

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Re: Why dark matter?

Slow down that pesky inflation and let things cool naturally. Or speed it up for a fridge effect. After all, inflation is just a hypothetical solution to a bunch of other problems, why not let it sort out this too?

Boffins baffled as AI training leaks secrets to canny thieves

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Re: Let me get this straight

I was thinking "But... but... but..." until the final paragraph: "never feed secrets as training data".

Quite, it's live data, not training data. The clue is already in the terminology.

In fact, did my sensitive data sign up to be used for training purposes? I think not.

Martian microbes may just be resting – boffins

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Re: Total Tautology

Aren't Matt Damon's faeces more appropriate?

Mine's the one with the potatoes in the pocket...

Self-driving bus in crash just 2 hours after entering public service

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Re: German Efficiency

"Vehicle to vehicle collisions would be almost non-existent if all vehicles were autonomous and were in communication with each other as there would be no surprise maneuvers."

On motorways maybe, but not in towns and cities when you have pedestrians and wobbly cyclists to contend with.

And on Saturday nights you'll get people thinking "That driverless taxi will have to avoid me if I step out into the street right in front of it... give the passengers a right scare!"

Or playing car snooker... "If I step out now that white car will have to swerve into oncoming traffic, forcing that red car to mount the curb to avoid a collision"

Fending off cyber attacks as important as combatting terrorism, says new GCHQ chief

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Re: Soooo....

I would say that they should provide all citizens with free (well, paid for by the taxpayer) software defences. But you know they wouldn't be able to resist putting in some snooping backdoors. Who would trust GCHQ?

One idea that arose following the Kaspersky (alleged) snooping of NSA secrets was that an ordinary citizen in the UK or the US is better off being snooped on by Russians than their own government - after all, the Russians can't get to you as easily. And if they did, then killing you, zipping you up in a bag and padlocking it from the outside might make the coppers think there's something suspicious going on...

Calm down, Elon. Deep learning won't make AI generally intelligent

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Re: "AI is more artificial idiot than artificial intelligence"

"What field do you work in?"

"Deep learning..."

"Wow, cool."

Yes, so much more cool than processing based on data representations and pattern recognition.

We all have our vanities.

UK not as keen on mobile wallets as mainland Europe and US

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"Impossible to clone"?

Like counterfeiters have gone out of business... and if you get caught trying to pay with counterfeit money, even if it's not your own handiwork, it will be confiscated.

Though used notes are the payment vehicle of choice for *certain* transactions...

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Re: Trading security for convenience

Then again there's the Consumer Credit Act 2006.

Or maybe even

The Consumer Credit (EU Directive) Regulations 2010.

Laws get updated, and some are updated to include EU Directives. Hence my surprise that German law didn't...

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Re: Trading security for convenience

"The difficult part is actually getting the money out of your merchant account (which you have to have to get the money using card systems in the first place) before the fraud reports shut it down and refund all the cash. Turns out that isn't easy to do , which is why this isn't happening all the time right now..."

Absolutely right.

The scare stories are deliberately missing out the inconvenient fact the people aren't losing out - particularly if they use a credit card.

And I'm surprised people are saying there is no protection in the EU for using a credit card, I thought the Consumer Credit Act was an EU Directive.

P≠NP proof fails, Bonn boffin admits

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Re: I have a remarkable proof...

If it weren't for the smallness of Mr Fermat's margins we wouldn't have a whole bunch of number theory, not least Galois Theory - even though those discoveries were obtained while failing to prove the theorem.

I wonder what advances have come from all the failed attempts to prove P=NP, or otherwise.

Forget trigonometry, 'cos Babylonians did it better 3,700 years ago – by counting in base 60!

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Re: Trigonometry is not about triangles...

The Coward is right - and the diagrams show it.

The authors seem a little confused...

"it does not use angles and it does not use approximation": " A squared index and simplified values of b and d to help the scribe make their own approximation to b/d or d/b" - so did they approximate or not?

As has been pointed out, the examples are just special cases of right angle triangle ratios, only relevant when processing those triangles, or the "half a rectangle", whereas the sine/cosine/tan ratio mechanism is not restricted to right-angled triangles, just to angles. Even better if you further generalize to the circle view and bring in radians...

Then they say "The Babylonian approach is also much simpler because it only uses exact ratios. There are no irrational numbers and no angles, and this means that there is also no sin, cos or tan or approximation."

Well a 30 degree angle, which has a lovely sine value of 0.5, would have an inconvenient "ratio" expression that is irrational in any base. So much for exact calculation.

The only reason those examples are exact and don't involve irrationals is because they cannot handle the cases where irrationals are needed and so restrict themselves to a few special cases.

There's a reason why we don't do things their way, and haven't for a long time. And it isn't because the ancients had a deeper understanding of trigonometry than we do... two thousand years ago the Greeks knew you can't square the circle.

Riddle of cannibal black hole pairs solved ... nearly: Astroboffins explain all to El Reg

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We have two mutually orbiting stars.

The first goes nova, producing a black hole at its core, blowing off considerable amounts of matter, but let's say it has mass X which wasn't too different from the original star.

The second probably has a bit of a wobble (possibly an understatement) and goes nova too, producing another black hole, let's say it has a mass Y.

The mass of the black holes isn't that different from the original stars, and they are in essentially their same mutual orbit. Suppose for some reason they slowly circle closer to each other, eventually spiralling in to collision...

How is that different from star one of mass X spiralling in to star two of mass Y?

Why do we need them to be black holes? Wouldn't two equally massive stars cause the same gravity waves that were detected?

WikiLeaks exposes CIA anti-forensics tool that makes Uncle Sam seem fluent in enemy tongues

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Re: Attribution is a myth

"What seriously? I never knew that Iraq never invaded Kuwait. It goes to show you learn something new every day!"

Yes, I wondered about that too... pretty sure I remember oil fields set on fire by the Iraqis, a limited action to liberate Kuwait and some criticism that the first war wasn't prosecuted all the way back to Baghdad.

Which led to Bush the younger starting the second Gulf war to finish what his daddy started.

I'm still surprised they didn't *find* (know what I mean...) any WMD. I don't classify myself as an evil genius, but if I were to start a potentially illegal war on the flimsy basis of the presence of WMD, my first thought would be

"If we don't find any WMD then we'd better bring some that we can find."

Lochs, rifle stocks and two EPIC sea gates: Thomas Telford's Highland waterway

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Wellington might have a different view...

"Napoleon was long gone, too – beaten twice over, forced to retreat from Russia and decisively beaten in Belgium in 1814"

Alternate facts say the decisive Battle of Waterloo took place in 1815.

Conviction by computer is go, confirms UK Ministry of Justice

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Re: Prosecution Costs?!


I'll take my chances with a jury... chokey would be better than using IE!

One BEEELLION dollars: Apple sues Qualcomm, one of its chip designers

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Fair and reasonable rates...

Which Apple agreed to pay, and have paid for years. And now they are saying

"You know that contract we had, the one where we agreed to pay those royalties? Well we want to rewrite it. Looks like you now owe us a billion."

Qualcomm's response should be the time honoured "No backsies!"

Blue sky basic income thinking is b****cks

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Re: Haven't we just had this rant?

Yes, but it's nearly Christmas!!

'Tis the season to expect a plethora of anti-humbug articles!

HBO slaps takedown demand on 13-year-old girl's painting because it used 'Winter is coming'

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Why does nobody stop to think?

HBO meeting...

"Some girl has uploaded a picture with Winter is Coming written on it..."

"Well, we could threaten to sue her, demand the site takes down the picture... crush the girl and show the world we are serious about protecting out trademarks...


We could offer to buy her picture, set up an online gallery using her picture as a centrepiece... encourage other people to come up with their own Winter is Coming artwork. Think of the positive publicity! Think of the goodwill! Imagine the love we'd get from the fans of the most popular TV show out there!

And it would cost us next to nothing!"

Robotics is coming on leaps and bounds – literally: Bushbaby bot most vertically agile yet

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Re: Underwhelmed by the video

Spring loaded suction cup was precisely what sprung to my mind!

This whole idea of height * rate seems a bit unfair to me - it doesn't take into account the size of the jumper, putting our insect friends at a considerable disadvantage.

Instead of emulating a bushbaby why not look at the humble flea - after all they article notes that the height record is held by a locust-alike.

Information on smart meters? Yep. They're great. That works, right? – UK.gov

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Re: Energy supplier resonse

When I was with eon they sent me a letter saying that they were fitting smart meters "in my area" and, as it was a legal requirement to have a smart meter fitted by 2020, I should arrange for them to do mine.

At the time I was providing security consultancy* on a smart meter prototype project - which also provided an IoT hub (just showing how I'm prepared to prostitute myself for cash) - so I knew a fair bit about them... and decided I wouldn't accept their "offer".

* Too secure for purpose as it turned out: they went for an insecure solution, I washed my hands of the whole project.

Local TV presenter shouted 'f*cking hell' to open news bulletin

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Re: Done on purpose

Looks like a casual fuck isn't enough anymore to excite the editor...

Expect presenters to go nuclear with the c-bomb!

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging

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I'd be happy...

If they also cut their inane cloud adverts by 22%

What's more, I've bought my last ever version of Windows!

Plastic fiver: 28 years' work, saves acres of cotton... may have killed less than ONE cow*

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Re: Not much of a chemist then?

Imagine the fallout if someone suggested that any synthetic replacement might need to have undergone animal testing before approval...

At least it's only tallow. Things might have got tasty if it had been bacon!

American supremacy, space, liability, funding, openness – AI gurus lay it all out to US senators

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Re: Presentation to the US congress? Beneficial to society?

AI is “available to the bad guys too,”

"It’s important that the US takes control, maintains competitiveness, and becomes a leader in such a powerful area of technology."

As Brexit is currently all the rage, I suppose that would be called Project Fear.

I'm not saying that the US shouldn't plough loads of cash into emerging technologies. I'm not even saying that there aren't bad men out there who will attempt to use technological advances for their own means (as there always have been).

But "take control"? Like they took control over nuclear energy/weapons development? Even North Korea has the bomb. And AI is much "easier" to work on - all you need is some computers and a few clever people...

GET pwned: Web CCTV cams can be hijacked by single HTTP request

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Re: Who writes this crap?

And yet... I bet they thought they did a good job!

Look at the comments (assuming they are in the source and not added for our amusement). Someone clearly thought:

"Better identify the source so people know where the data is coming from. And must leave a comment saying that the data is written to a 256 byte array on the stack or someone might wonder where it's going. Sorted. Quality code!"

Imagine every mistake you can make with a new software rollout...

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Not quite the Swiss army knife effect...

It's all about the expectations of those silly users...

"there will be gaps and they're not going to get exactly what they had before"

Fatal flaws in ten pacemakers make for Denial of Life attacks

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Re: "Security by obscurity is a dangerous design approach"

Compounding the failure of security by obscurity was the "proprietary communication protocol".

What are the thought processes that lead to "Let's make it up ourselves", instead of "I wonder if someone has done this before."?

When is someone going to realize that in the IoT world security is a USP - something they can make money out of!

"It's wifi-enabled, and we did it securely, following open security standards"

Whiffy kitchen after last night's chips? Clear the air with SPACE PLASMA

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Re: Molten chip fat, cold plasma...

At least they weren't advocating the usual plasma method of removing noxious smells...

Lighting a match!

(Mine's the one still floating in the bowl)

Really weird quantum phenomenon spied lurking near neutron star

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Re: Cant help thinking that a magnetic field that strong

They did think about that and considered some alternative models for why the star is emitting and where it is emitting from (surface or atmosphere). This led to a significant caveat in the article:

"For all the considered emission models..."

They considered two options - a condensing surface and a gaseous atmosphere - neither of which, in the absence of QED effects, would be expected to produce the degree of polarization detected.

However, they aren't sure what is causing the emissions, merely "a robust indication that optical/near-UV photons are thermal and come from the surface, possibly from a cooler, larger region than that emitting the X-rays". Even so, they aren't sure why it closely matches black body radiation...

So... maybe we don't understand neutron stars too well, or maybe we do and this is evidence for QED, or maybe we don't really understand much at all, despite how far we have come and the sophistication of our experiments.

Inventor of McDonald's iconic Big Mac dies

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Michael 'Jim' Delligatti

Apart from wondering why Michael's nickname was Jim, I'm really sad it wasn't Mac.

Or Ronald.

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

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It sounds like he wants "mandatory under 18 dick pic identification".

Is there an app for that?

Has Canadian justice gone too far? Cops punish drunk drivers with NICKELBACK

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Re: Lightweights

I was at the checkout of a shop yesterday - Bon Jovi was on.

"It's to give us a break from the Christmas songs... stop us going mad" the checkout girl semi-explained to me.

"No, it's just because it's still November. Next week it will be solid Christmas songs." corrected her supervisor, grumpily.

50 years on, the Soviet-era Soyuz rocket is still our favorite space truck

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The Russians giving up the race is probably proof enough...

Missile tech helps boffins land drone on car moving at 50 km/h

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Amazon's drone delivery system

Vertical launch drone deployment and delivery system (VLDDADS).

Delivery trucks drive along your street (probably taking video for Streetview), launching drones as it goes to deliver your packages. Drones return to the host truck to recharge, and reload with the next package. The truck never has to stop, avoiding a nuisance to local traffic, and eventually the driver will become obsolete as the system moves to an autonomous vehicle.

What's more, packages will continue to be dropped over your side gate, ensuring the contents are smashed, keeping up Amazon's current delivery standards.

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Re: No video?

I was hoping that the drone would take control of the car.

A bit like the drones used here...


Hackers crack Liechtenstein banks, demand ransoms

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What is it that those cuddly proponents of mass surveillance and backdoor crypto say? Oh yes...

"If you haven't done anything wrong then you have nothing to worry about"

Any Snooper's Charter should have as its first principle making offshore holdings transparent.

Follow the money.

Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one

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Re: I know I'm late to the discussion

There was plenty of light in the earliest stages of the universe (in fact it was mostly photons) but they were affected by the density of mass. It wasn't until approximately 380,000 years after the Big Bang that the universe had cooled enough to allow atoms to form, releasing the photons we see today as the CMB from the sub-atomic soup.

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Re: scrap inflation?

Space expanded incredibly quickly for a very short time with a constant speed of light (insert handwaving explanation here...)


The speed of light changed rapidly over a very short period of time with a steady expansion of the universe (insert handwaving explanation here...)

Meanwhile the universe appears to be expanding at an ever increasing rate (mumble, mumble, dark energy, mumble, mumble).

Maybe we really just don't have a clue!

San Francisco's sinking luxury Millennium Tower: Tilt spotted FROM SPACE

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Re: "there's no problem here"...

"The big quake is going to take the whole city down before a few inches of subsidence becomes a worry."

BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

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Hold on...

Potato plus zinc plus copper = bright* spark!

* Comedic purposes.

NASA sets fire to stuff in SPAAACE. On purpose. Because science

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Re: Really

Looks like it went "woof"

'Data saturation' helped to crash the Schiaparelli Mars probe

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Don't look down!

As Wile E Coyote regularly finds out to his peril, you're OK walking off the cliff... until you look down.

At which point your Inertial Measurement Unit gets saturated...

Space crap: Flap, zap or strap? $30k from NASA for your pooper scooper

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Re: Traditional Glastonbury solution

With all those eggs, the inevitable gaseous ejections might make one as popular as a fart in a spaceship...

(Mine's the one with the integrated arse flap)

Make Christmas Great Again: $149 24-karat gold* Trump tree ornament

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I don't think Elton John will be wearing one...


No super-kinky web smut please, we're British

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I wonder what Keith Vaz will do....

Probably a tough day sitting on the Justice Committee watching some porn.. before another line of coke and f*cking a rent boy.

Hoping he wasn't caught on video, because *that* would be wrong.

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As they seem to want to make criminals out of anyone seeing anything that you might not want your servants seeing, they are bound to force people into using Tor, VPNs and proxies. In fact most internet savvy teens are already using them...

Hopefully one brave ISP (!) will refuse to censor sites (they are hardly "qualified" and won't want the burden), and take it to the courts, if only to point out the idiocy in stopping people seeing acts that they can legally do. Most acts with age limits (smoking, drinking, driving... ) are fine to watch if you are too young to actually do them.

USS Zumwalt gets Panama tug job after yet another breakdown

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Re: Stop limit needed

What's more, doing this increases the price per ship and that only makes the expense look worse.

There's $10 billion of R&D sunk (!) into this ship. Over 3 ships that adds $3 billion to the cost of each. Given a cost of $1 billion per ship that makes each cost $4 billion. Spread over 30 ships, however, each would cost $1.3 billion.

Quite a lot of that 10 billion R&D won't just be thrown away either.

Reg man 0: Japanese electronic toilet 1

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Re: Here I encountered the first of many problems. The labels were entirely in Japanese.

Bluetooth? Arse-wiping is definitely something to be done remotely via my phone, but I want mine connecting to the internet, with full data upload to the cloud so that "analytics" can be done on methane levels, shit density, klingon count and optimized hot water usage.

After all, an IoT crapper is the perfect host for a bot net...


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