* Posts by Whitter

756 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

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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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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

Whitter

Re: Use median speeds instead

Or better yet, lower quartile or P10, as 49% is a lot of wiggle room.

And require that the lower value is always at least twice as visible as any other (be that mean, median, upper quartile, P90 or whatever)

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

Whitter
Paris Hilton

I was under the impression that the system automatically checked every UK licensed vehicle for a current valid tax payment, removed those with a current SORN declaration and then pestered the rest for payment.

Is that later pestering section failing? Not being done thanks to overculling staff? Are there a lot of false SORN declarations?

Drivers forgetting should have little to no impact if the system worked as adverstised, so what is wrong with the adverts?

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Anonymized location-tracking data proves anything but: Apps squeal on you like crazy

Whitter
Mushroom

company downplays the value of ... "mobile location exhaust data"

Anyone else immediately think of https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_VI:_The_Undiscovered_Country#Plot

... Spock and McCoy modify a photon torpedo to home in on the exhaust emissions of Chang's vessel...

Icon for the end result (rather than a youtube url)

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Uber loses appeal against UK employment rights for workers

Whitter
Flame

Independence of expert comments?

"IPSE drives on with Uber partnership

Posted on: Thursday 27th of April 2017 14:14

IPSE is committed to representing all self-employed people in the UK. We are therefore delighted to announce a new partnership with Uber that strengthens IPSE’s position as the most influential voice for the self-employed in the UK.

The new venture will see IPSE offer a bespoke membership package to drivers who use Uber, the popular app which connects riders with licensed private hire drivers."

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No venture capital please, we're British: Why a pair of storage startups went it alone

Whitter
Coat

Underachieving

Is that VC talk for "likely to still exist 10 years from now"?

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'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

Whitter
Boffin

I may not be in DevOps, but this looks a killer quote (if true...?)

"We've heard from our customers, if you cross $100,000 a month on AWS, they'll negotiate your bill down," said Polvi. "If you cross a million a month, they'll no longer negotiate with you because they know you're so locked that you're not going anywhere. That's the level where we're trying to provide some relief."

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Health quango: Booze 'evidence' not Puritan enough, do us another

Whitter
Thumb Down

Impartial advice?

"... which had commissioned the researchers for impartial advice."

Quite clearly they commissioned (and got) the advice they wanted. Impartiality wasn't at the races.

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USB stick found in West London contained Heathrow security data

Whitter
Flame

Re: How as this even possible?

Compare and contrast:

"We ... are confident that Heathrow remains secure".

We have ... launched an internal investigation to understand how this happened”

Leaking security files obtained outwith the controlled distribution list is itself a security risk. Thus until you know how it happened and can verify you've plugged that hole, you cannot declare Heathrow safe.

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Licensing rejig and standard price rises set for Windows Server 2016

Whitter
Meh

Long term cost projections

What percentage is reasonable to put into the "once we're in they'll screw us" column of the cost projection spreadsheet?

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Tories spared fine after being told off by ICO for election telemarketing

Whitter
Mushroom

ICO or police?

If the law was broken, then its the police / CPS that should be making the call.

Not a political appointee.

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Another day, another cryptocurrency miner lurking in a Google Chrome extension

Whitter
Boffin

HOSTS file

Coin-Hive.com is an obvious must: any others?

And for an Android handset: implement via uBlock Origin or the like?

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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

Whitter
Paris Hilton

...environments rated to OFFICIAL and OFFICIAL-SENSITIVE

Are these environments really capable of meeting the GDPR requirements, or is it just the same fig-leaf as was/is used for Privacy Shield (or whatever its being called these days)?

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Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

Whitter
Meh

Re: Quick - call a sociologist

In forum software of yesteryear, posts are often editable for a short while so typos can be corrected. There is usually a flag that the post has been edited and sometimes a history. Other platforms allow editing at any time until the next post is made (at which point all previous posts in that thread become non-user-editable), or a combination of the two. Or edit whenever and so what - its just a forum board.

It seems odd that FB didn't take any notice of who people like to edit/maintain their posts on a public(ish) thread-based conversation model given all the prior history. Probably just because they didn't need to, so less work.

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You can't find tech staff – wah, wah, wah. Start with your ridiculous job spec

Whitter
Meh

Not specific to IT

companies claiming there aren't enough "good people" and "failing schools/education" is commonplace, and for very common reasons:

a) They won't pay enough to recruit the skilled people that are already present (except at C level)

b) They won't pay enough to keep the skilled people they already have, so typically leak skills

c) They won't provide training to create new skill sets of use to them

d) HR interpret all requests for "would be nice to have" as "must have", resulting in impossible skill sets

e) They want to replace experienced staff with new-starts to reduce staff costs but retain all the benefits of expert staff to maintain company performance. Hint: you can't.

f) Poaching good staff can be more difficult than you think: its not just about money. Skilled technical people expect a combination of poor management and no loyalty from most management, certainly faceless new management, and thus need to factor-in the risk of being replaced at the drop-of-a-hat by notionally (and erroneously) cheaper new-starts by a potential new employer

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Microsoft Azure ████ secret ██ █████ ██ US govt's ███ ███ centers

Whitter
Boffin

"Secret" isn't a very high classification level

It sounds very important of course, but isn't.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

Whitter
Boffin

Re: Flirc case

Its likely no longer made, but the Hush case was simply beautiful.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/08/13/review_hush_atx/

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Apple's iOS password prompts prime punters for phishing: Too easy now for apps to swipe secrets, dev warns

Whitter
Unhappy

Overengineering

Given that a huge swath of folks use the same password for everything, all you need to do is a write an app (or webpage) that requires a password and odds on you've now got it.

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Microsoft's foray into phones was a bumbling, half-hearted fiasco, and Nadella always knew it

Whitter
Unhappy

What the market wants...

It's always tricky to reliably determine what "the market" wants, particularly if your own job relies on a getting specific answer.

In my spectacularly unrepresentative case, I'd like a phone that doesn't spy on me.

So Google? Hmmm...

Apple? Hmmm....

Windows to the rescue? What's that? "Remember Windows 10"? Hmm......

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