* Posts by Whitter

774 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

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Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

Whitter
Paris Hilton

Can we get the "+" search operator back again now?

Given that Google hamstrung search just to appease marketing types with the Google+ name, can we get the + search term (must contain) back again now?

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California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

Whitter
Meh

Broken updates

Who's going to take the chance that their house's power system goes down after a borked security patch to the "smart meter"? Could Joe-punter rectify the situation if it did happen? In general, no. How big are the test teams working on IoT updates? Ermm.. about as big as the team making them; likely zero.

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HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

Whitter
Flame

"HMRC settled the tribunal case immediately before it was due to start"

Settling at the last minute should be seen as a form of willful obstruction.

Public bodies in particular should be constrained from using such a tactic, as the interest of a public body should be getting it right ASAP, not "winning".

</rant>

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

Whitter
Flame

"We want your input"

"We want your input!" .... honest.

... "Please remove the 'Most Read' section" ... endless times in the comments later:

Err.. sorry, didn't quite catch that...

"And here it is: the new format with a great new 'Most read' section!

We hope you like it"

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make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

Whitter
Devil

Work out-of-work

Is it not bad enough that work might send an email, possible even phone you, when on holiday?

Wonder then at those who would bring the entire office in person to your family holiday!

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FBI boss: We went to the Moon, so why can't we have crypto backdoors? – and more this week

Whitter
Boffin

Re: divide by zero - this one is solved

There is also NaN/0 = NaN

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

Whitter
Paris Hilton

Elf and safety

Do the staff all keep their own keyboard which they can plug into one of the generic chromebooks, or is there massive cold/flu/sweaty-euggh transference going on?

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You wanna be an alpha... tester of The Register's redesign? Step this way

Whitter

Forum section

I note the structure of the forum section still doesn't tally with the structure of the articles.

e.g. MainPage > Software is a busy enough section.

However, MainPage > Forums > Software is a bleak desert, populated only by Applications > Verity Stob!

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Whitter
Windows

And on a side note

It's got nowt to do with the new design, but let's just take the opportunity to ask for only static silent ads please!

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Whitter
Thumb Up

Duplication

Nice job all-in-all.

In the same manner as the current site design, there is a good bit of link-duplication (going as far as link+image duplication). One link per story on the main page is quite enough, and definitely no image duplication.

I agree with a previous comment above that "Most read" isn't a useful section for me, though it demands a fair bit of room.

And when clicking on the #comments section on a story (bottom RHS), perhaps we could jump straight to the commentard section?

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'Coding' cockup blamed for NHS cough-up of confidential info against patients' wishes

Whitter
Unhappy

"Coding error"

Coding error yes.

Also testing error.

Potentially specification error.

But let's blame the code monkey.

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Labour MP pushing to slip 6-hour limit to kill illegal online content into counter-terror bill

Whitter
Stop

Illegal

It's not illegal until a court says it is.

So is that 24 hours after the court judgment is passed to the relevant company?

I suspect not!

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Audit of DeepMind deal with NHS trust: It checks out, nothing to see here

Whitter
FAIL

Who pays the piper

So the Trust paid a company to audit them and the audit said "Yeh, you're fine!"

There's a shock.

PwC said the same about BHS etc. etc. etc.

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Tesla undecimates its workforce but Elon insists everything's absolutely fine

Whitter
Boffin

the problem with electric cars has always been ... the batteries ...

the problem with electric cars has always been the capacity of the batteries and the speed at which they recharge

Those are certainly the biggest current issues but, should we try to scale-up electric cars, the delivery of enough electricity to recharging stations (@home, @work, @'petrol' stations) - with massive spikes in typical demand times (after driving to/from work) - will become an extremely difficult problem to address.

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Lack of governance on new police tech leaves 'worrying vacuum' – Brit biometrics commish

Whitter
Unhappy

retention ... for general crime

Wiles said that although the police are generally compliant with laws on the use and retention of DNA and fingerprints for general crime....

Maybe: but what about retention for no-crime? As I recall, they "couldn't delete" that stuff, which rather suggests Wiles is being more than a little generous.

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Just a third of Brit cops are equipped to fight crime that is 'cyber'

Whitter
Flame

Cheap, cheap, cheap.

<rant>

The lasting legacy of the UK over the last 30 years is "do it on the cheap".

Cheap buildings; cheap education; cheap infrastructure; cheap public services.

Not that the costs are necessarily low, but 'specified' to be cheap and of cheap quality, though typically costing a bomb thanks to top-notch management.

So when the Police need to pay for new recruits who have marketable skills - what will the government do? Something useless on the cheap as always.

Move along; nothing to see here.

</rant>

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'Tesco probably knows more about me than GCHQ': Infosec boffins on surveillance capitalism

Whitter
Coat

not sure how they would get political persuasion

Maybe just "Do you buy the Daily Mail" ?

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You should find out what's going on in that neural network. Y'know they're cheating now?

Whitter

Hot fuzz

It does look like we are going the way of always "fuzzing" our input data (repeatedly running the network on slightly modified data) to obtain some input-specific evaluation of result stability, in addition to the validation set test metrics of general accuracy.

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Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed

Whitter
Devil

Fixed the obvious error...!

the government has said it isn't possible to automate removal. This means that they remain on the system unless a person asks for them to be removed the system has been turned off

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Shining lasers at planes in the UK could now get you up to 5 years in jail

Whitter

Re: OK-ish

As I read it, it does still require intent to (potentially) dazzle, just not the intent to cause a crash. So a much lower level of wilful harm can be prosecuted. Any lawyers in the house to check on that? As others have said, the law is one thing; finding the culprit is quite another.

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Whitter
Unhappy

Overly bright vehicle lights

Super-bright strobes on bikes and super-bright xenons or LEDs on cars all add up to a nightmare of dazzle on the roads these days (whether I'm on two wheels or four). An indication of "Its better for me - sod you" culture, or "nothing to see here: its just driven by availability"?

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

Whitter
WTF?

slower purchase cycle -> expensive flagship risk

Compare and contrast snippets from the article: the data seems entirely at odds with the conclusion.

"Recent Apple earnings indicate that higher prices have compensated for fewer iPhone Xs sold. Samsung too is seeing the financial benefits of higher prices... the value of its shipments has risen 20 per cent."

Followed by

"if the problem is a slower purchase cycle, then the top-tier vendors risk making things worse by making their flagships ever more expensive. It simply prompts many to defer a purchase."

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

Whitter
Devil

Removable storage

Laptops are eminently removable. I'm sure I've got some stuff sored on mine...

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Mike Lynch's British court showdown v HPE pushed back to 2019

Whitter
Mushroom

My essay is late. Again.

Three years wasn't enough time to get your papers in order? That's your fault. Get on with the case.

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Windows Notepad fixed after 33 years: Now it finally handles Unix, Mac OS line endings

Whitter
Boffin

I only use notepad to...

In my case, my only regular use of notepad to strip out formatting from copied text. Swiftly followed by a copy/paste to where I was going in the first place.

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Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)

Whitter
WTF?

WTF?

This research actually got published?

Is there a meta-trial going on behind-the-scenes seeing how far stuff like this travels?

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Another quarter, another record-breaking Tesla loss: Let's take a question from YouTube, eh, Mr Musk?

Whitter
Flame

"flamed"

I wouldn't call his avoid-the-question responses a proper flame.

Without doubt rude, obnoxious and arrogant, but not a flame worthy of the name.

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Post-Facebook fallout: Americans envy Europeans' privacy – top EU data watchdog

Whitter
Black Helicopters

Privacy Shield is Acceptable?!

I put his credibility in the bin right there.

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Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

Whitter
Devil

Attack vector

There are a good few medical systems where treatment = $$$.

Will there exist medical practitioners who would falsely detect then unnecessarily treat to generate personal profit? (Using a placebo treatment if they are not too sociopathic),

Probably.

Though not many I'd hope.

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NHS given a lashing for lack of action plan one year since WannaCry

Whitter
Meh

If there's been no action

Then what was the £21 million spent on?

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A developer always pays their technical debts – oh, every penny... but never a groat more

Whitter
Devil

CEO jobs are on the line...

The liability issue makes technical debt a governance issue. "CEO jobs are on the line for something that they don't even begin to understand," Curtis points out.

Perhaps the board should begin to accept that the board should not be full of people who don't understand the company?

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

Whitter
Boffin

Re: INterpolation?

To do the job well, the alignment of common points should be performed after upsampling via bandlimited interpolation (see https://technick.net/guides/theory/dar/001/) in order to avoid sub-sample jitter/blur.

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Facebook supremo Mark Zuckerberg has flunky tell UK MPs: Nope, he's sending someone else

Whitter
Devil

Re: The heat is on

Silly MPs. You don't want to question the CEO (except for bragging rights), or indeed, any well-trained-to-say-nothing executive.

You want a middle-management knows-the-strategy-but-never-talks-outwith-the-company to grill. Some sucker who never thought they'd ever have to answer for what they do to anyone who wasn't just as complicit as they were.

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Fog off! No more misty eyes for self-driving cars, declare MIT boffins

Whitter
Boffin

Re: annother obvious question

is that statistically correcting for distortions will likely require guessing the shape/geometry in question (e.g. is it a flat circular object (a sign) or a sphere (a ball)). What if it gets the guess wrong?

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Brit police forces spend peanuts on cybercrime training

Whitter
Meh

Pre-trained

It seems they didn't ask whether any of the forces have actively recruited new officers who already had their "cyber security" credentials, which is odd given that it is their #2 conclusion.

(Granted, there would still be costs in maintaining people's skill levels too).

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US cops go all Minority Report: Google told to cough up info on anyone near a crime scene

Whitter
Unhappy

Deletion

Anyone know when the data is scheduled to be deleted?

</Sarcasm>

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IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

Whitter
Angel

Re: Interface Hall of Shame

I apologise for any distress I may have caused.

Thoughts and prayers perhaps?!

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Whitter
Devil

Interface Hall of Shame

Does the Interface Hall of Shame still exist I wonder?

Yes it does.

http://hallofshame.gp.co.at/lotus.htm

As they say in the product listing:

"Lotus Notes (We needed to devote an entire section for it) "

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Container orchestration top trumps: Let's just pretend you don't use Kubernetes already

Whitter
Pint

...you can check in your code...

"Hotel California: you can check in your code, but it most likely won't ever leave"

Superb!

A beer icon raised in you honour!

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Oi, drag this creaking, 217-year-old UK census into the data-driven age

Whitter
Thumb Down

Re: Anonymised linking == Deanonymisation

"Once it goes through the anonymisation process... our researchers ... link the data together to produce the aggregate insights"

Otherwise known as deanonymisation.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

Whitter
Alert

CSV as an input format

And then there's the use of a comma as a decimal point by a bunch of folks, which doesn't play nicely with CSV at all.

Tabs, or semicolons if you must, but not commas please!

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

Whitter
Boffin

Re: Gapless Playback

According to pub chat, that the tracks are encoded in 2 second blocks or so, and the replay software just decompresses all the blocks, which likely includes empty space at the end of the last block, rather than stopping the track when the total track time (as stored in the header) has elapsed.

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Google slaps mute button on stupid ads that nag you to buy stuff you just looked at

Whitter
Mushroom

Re: Can't remember the last time I...

It's rather odd that given all this personalised ad tracking, they have yet to flag people who just don't click on ads and so don't bother showing them any. A clear win for both the user and advertiser. Google is the only looser. Ah! I see the problem now...!

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Why did I buy a gadget I know I'll never use?

Whitter
Coat

Boil?

Quarter then stir fry.

I'm Scottish.

I like to fry.

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IBM lobs sueball at travel site Expedia for using some old Prodigy patents

Whitter

... and keep updating them

An updated patent, almost by definition, cannot be novel w.r.t. the previous patent application and thus should be rejected immediately. Updates are meant to be for clarity, not to change the content of a patent application. However, I imagine the true process for the big patent companies is not quite the same as for everybody else. I mean, X thousand truly "novel" (not just clever an new) every year? Not likely.

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UK lacks engineering and tech skills to make government's industrial strategy work – report

Whitter
Headmaster

... a prime example of this lowest common denominator approach

Re. Maths Mastery: that would be "the lowest", not "the lowest common denominator".

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Tech giants at war: Google pulls plug on YouTube in Amazon kit

Whitter
Boffin

How does it know?

That was the same thinking I had. But poking about to surreptitiously ID a device type and discriminate against it? Sounds like a GDPR case in waiting.

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Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

Whitter
Unhappy

monetising data

Will new ideas for monetizing data changing the purpose for which that data was originally was collected? I guess the rest of the board haven't read the GDPR then.

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The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

Whitter

Vendor layer

From my own POV, the vendor-layer has only ever been a problem, not a boon.

And certainly not something I want to pay for. I'll but the phone, but not your lock-in thanks.

Anything that simplifies the vendor-added layer into something that does not get in the way with patches (and ideally, something that can be removed or changed) the better.

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Jingle bells, IBM tells more staff it is D-day ♫

Whitter
Unhappy

lure of a redundancy payment

What rather surprises me as an onlooker is that there is anyone still left outwith low-wage employment zones. Everyone knows they plan to shut-up-shop anywhere else, but they have been taking rather a long time to actually do so, which can only have a cumulative negative effect on the performance of staff who are waiting interminably for their inevitable pink-slip.

At least do the decent thing given the company strategy: get on with properly funded redundancies and put your current staff (whom you have a duty of care to) out of their misery.

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