* Posts by Whitter

787 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

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

Whitter
Boffin

DWP declined to answer questions from El Reg

Are they allowed to?

FOI and all that.

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

Whitter
Flame

"Likely to be useful"

Lately, being able to drive has been useful to committing terrorism offences.

Jail everyone how's read the highway code then?

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

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Boffin

... recording video and / or audio on private premises is not legal without the consent ...

Does that include car parks?

Just wonderin' like.

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

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Thumb Down

"Workers in the Leeds and some in the Glasgow site will move to the Manchester premises"

I think you'll find they won't.

Which is obviously the plan.

Facebook's pay-for-more-eyeballs shtick looks too good to be true: Page views, Likes from 'fake' profiles

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Thumb Up

Re: The open secret

Milton eh? Sounded like poetry to me!

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

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Meh

Press release?

Or a mini-interview that was essentially a press release?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

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Unhappy

Pulled the plug...

I just go to the "Weeks headlines" now.

"Most read" and the like are just aping the print red-tops.

GDPR: Four letters that put fear into firms' hearts in 2018

Whitter
Unhappy

Re: Oh No It Isn't...

Alas if it were true.

Alas, even if you are paying, you are still the product.

Take a bow MS Office and no doubt many others.

Corel – yeah, as in CorelDraw – looks in its Xmas stocking and discovers... Parallels

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Unhappy

Re: Oh no!

PSP7 is still entirely usable and useful.

A shame that nothing after the Corel buy-out was anything like as good.

UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

Whitter
Boffin

The underlying message

It seems to me that what they are saying is that they will pretty much try their damnedest to sniff all encrypted traffic if they can. Hide in plain sight may be the only option for the <insert bad group here>

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

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Mushroom

How to get businesses to care?

No bonus for any board member on any year with a major outage or security fail.

Of course, the top floor parasites would just spend most of the year arguing about what 'major' means.

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

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Boffin

Duty to disclose

I was under the impression that all persons involved in the patent application have an on-going "Duty to disclose" any material they become aware of during the lifetime of the patent, not just during the application process. If so, then why the notion that an inventor cannot (or shoudl not) query their own invention?

Any lawyers in the house to check on that?

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

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Headmaster

"must be capable of being seen and heard"

Surely that should be an "or" in there?

Legal advice eh?!

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

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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?

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

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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.

HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

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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>

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

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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"

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

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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!

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

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Boffin

Re: divide by zero - this one is solved

There is also NaN/0 = NaN

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

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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?

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

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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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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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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?

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

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Unhappy

"Coding error"

Coding error yes.

Also testing error.

Potentially specification error.

But let's blame the code monkey.

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

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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!

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.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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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>

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

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Coat

not sure how they would get political persuasion

Maybe just "Do you buy the Daily Mail" ?

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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"?

Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

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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."

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...

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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WTF?

WTF?

This research actually got published?

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

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

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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.

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

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Black Helicopters

Privacy Shield is Acceptable?!

I put his credibility in the bin right there.

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

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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.

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

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Meh

If there's been no action

Then what was the £21 million spent on?

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?

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.

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

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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.

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

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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?

Brit police forces spend peanuts on cybercrime training

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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).

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

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Unhappy

Deletion

Anyone know when the data is scheduled to be deleted?

</Sarcasm>

IBM thinks Notes and Domino can rise again

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Angel

Re: Interface Hall of Shame

I apologise for any distress I may have caused.

Thoughts and prayers perhaps?!

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