* Posts by fraunthall

21 posts • joined 26 Nov 2016

That this AI can simulate universes in 30ms is not the scary part. It's that its creators don't know why it works so well

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Very interesting and almost frightening article

What intrigues me is that if a neural network can do what is described, that is to learn on its own without programmatic guidance to analyze and simulate things so very different from what it started with, and do it so quickly, then it is approaching the level of biological intelligence. I would love to see it being used to analyze and predict the outcomes of human planned activity based on available information about the plans, the risks associated therewith, the reasons why the activity was wanted in the first place, the predelictions or intentions and hoped for outcomes of the originators of the plan, and frailties of the planned concept, and of the planning and implementation processes involved, etc. What a tool that would be.

Let's check in with our friends in England and, oh good, bloke fined after hiding face from police mug-recog cam

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Fascism at Work in NAZI old Britain

I didn't realize it, but Hitler and his GESTAPO must have won WW2, as this story definitively establishes beyond any doubt. Don't worry, all you poor Brits born to unwed biological parents, it is happening every-where else in the world. You only get fined, not necessarily beaten up, tortured and murdered by the State, or am I wrong about that bit?

London's Metropolitan Police arrest Julian Assange

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This is a bizarre comedy of epic proportions , worthy of a Greek or Operatic Comedy-Tragedy

Assange has literally been a prisoner of the Americans, Ecuadorians and the Brits for 7 years, all because of the NAZI-like policies of the US. It reminds me of the recent Canadian experience where the Chinese woman was shanghaied by Canadian police and politicians to satisfy the American thirst for blood based on not many facts or much evidence. The US, the world's worst example of a prosecutorial fascist culture masquerading as a democracy, is involved up to their eyebrows in both messes. The poor sob has thrown his life away and has little hope of redemption (not in the eyes of God, I must clarify). One does not stand up against a massive, powerful dictatorial regime without expecting to be crucified, as he will be.

Free online tax filing? Yeah, that'll soon be illegal thanks to rare US Congressional unity

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The political 'Swamp' that still hasn't been drained.

If ever any proof was needed to skewer the Democrats and the Republicans as what President Trump calls the 'SWAMP' that needs draining and fumigating, this is it. The bureaucrats at the IRS are obviously trying to make things easier for both themselves and the beleagured and harrassed tax victims of Congress had a brilliant idea. Too bad. It is not permitted because the crooked and corrupt politicians of both major parties rallied to protect their true constituencies - the blood-sucking corporations who produce tax filing software at, no doubt, an enormous profit. If Trump is awake and looking he should veto this legislation 'toot sweet', to use a foreign popular phrase.

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

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Fascism Doing its jolly work

The UK is rapidly becoming the incarnation of NAZI Germany. You've got CCT cameras everywhere spying on your citizens, you have no constitutional protections against the government depriving you of due process and democratic freedoms, and you have laws like this one the GESTAPO would have been happy to have at their beck and call. At least you don't have fascist laws like "Its a crime to slander the state" like most of the rest of Europe does, or am I wrong about that?. Its no wonder that the world's first fascist states were established in Europe. Welcome to the New Fascism. Your authoritarian governments are trying to qualify for that label, and doing well at it. The rest of the so-called democracies are not far behind you. The US and the mis-named Democrats were a keen exporter of fascist ideas including Eugenics, adopted by such left-wing luminaries as George Bernard Shaw, all welcomed by Mussolini and Hitler. There is nowhere to go anymore. Good luck to us all.

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...

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Some folks are worthy of exclusion because they are flaming idiots, so the new SQLite (is that supposed to mean SQL Lite or Light?) CofC seems to have outed them. For that we should all be grateful. I read the full code. There is nothing offensive in it, and the rules, although difficult to adhere to, are all reasonable. Opposition to them is only revelatory of the extreme ill-liberal biases of the critics.

Oz intel committee: Crypto-busting is only bad if you're a commie, and we're not by the way

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No, they're not Commies, just good, old-fashioned Fascists - Nothing to worry about here

They may not be Commies - but they surely are Fascists. Of course, that makes it OK in the Australian Orwellian political world of Double-Think. Jamal Khashoggi should have gone to the Australian Consulate for help - Yeah, Sure.

Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Why the high price?

It sounds like no camera - fine, and no slew of useless apps - fine, just a phone - fine. Then the price should be under $50.00, otherwise I will be one who ignores it. These devices must be cheap to make - fine. So sell them at a reasonable price.

Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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Re: Obviously...totally uncalled for

Try being a bit less arrogant. People will like you better.

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Can Microsoft not get anything right?

The latest Windows 10 update (April - for ver 1803) was a piece of shit. It blew up my laptop's ability to see itself in "network" in W. Explorer, and it has caused many other users I know about untold headaches on their computers. Can't they get anything right? All the BS bells and whistles provided by W10 cannot replace the reliability of Windows 7. What do they do? - I suspect its just adding new layers and modules into the old code instead of cleaning it up or rewriting the OS. Plenty of room there for bug after bug after bug. Ugh! I know what I am doing with Windoze, but I feel the pain of the ordinary user who, at best, can only roll with the punches. I wish I could use the other OS which shall go nameless.

'Plane Hacker' Roberts: I put a network sniffer on my truck to see what it was sharing. Holy crap!

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There must be a way to counter vehicular spy hardware

There must be some way to place a faraday cage or otherwise block electroic signals emanating from a vehicle's spy hardware. Amyone got any suggestions?

No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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CC Alarmists Get Facts All Wrong

Electric cars from production through use release more CO2 per mile than efficient gas or diesel ones. Of that there is no doubt. Even then, CO2 is not a harmful gas and contributes so little to global warming that its effects are negligible. You religious fanatics, as usual, have it all wrong. Wise up!

NSA takes one-two punch to the face

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There are some courts that are not toadies of the fascist system

UK and Canadian governments and their fascist political parties shamed by still functional US courts which uphold democratic rights. There is still some validity to the phrase - 'Land of the brave, home of the free'.

Leaked: The UK's secret blueprint with telcos for mass spying on internet, phones – and backdoors

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The NAZIS finally Won

It only took 72 years, but the NAZI'S finally won. The totalitarian state is in full bloom and the sheep are not even bleating - "Huh? What? Chomp - Chomp - Good grass. Don't bother us. Thinking is too hard."

US judge halts mass fingerprint harvesting by cops to unlock iPhones

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US Magistrate Reigns in Cops trying to force mass fingerprint seizure re iphone

First of all, it is extremely likely that a Magistrate's decision carries little precidential weight or force affecting other courts across the country, so it probably won't have any major effect or scope, so it's real value is primarily persuasive.

The more interesting question is why UK geeks have gotten their knickers in a knot over this. The state of effective civil rights protection in the UK is much, much worse than it is in the U.S. and other places that have a history of judicial independence AND court decisions protecting civil rights encroachments by cops and other arms of the State. The UK essentially has no constitutional protections against abuses of power and its people are at the mercy of courts that have no true boundaries set by a constitution designed to prevent state abuses of its powers. The almost blanket coverage of spy cameras in the UK is an example of this. The situation in this regard is much worse in most of Europe, particularly Germany and France, which are, in my view, little better than fascist states.

We've found a ‘vaccine’ for fake news. Wait! No, we really are Cambridge researchers

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Cambridge Researchers cure for 'misinformation' - Ha!

As if the Cambridge researchers could recognize mis-information if it hit them in their faces. I strongly suspect that their dogmatic views on global warming are dominated by the IPCC and the complicated and error-filled models used to produce the desired results - ie.,that man-made CO2 is the only culprit that matters. Hang the economically harmful results of carbon-taxing, banning of coal, natural gas or petroleum and nuclear fuel, and even water-power, based energy production, as well as the risks and excessive publicly paid-for costs associated with windmills and solar panels. If I turn out to be wrong here, I will apologize. Fat Chance!

CIA boss: Make America (a) great (big database of surveillance on citizens, foreigners) again!

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Trumps recruits Fascist CIA Boss

Hold your collective noses. The Register's description of Pompeo (Pom-pee-u) reveals that Trump may very well be a worse fascist, authoritarian, dictatorial nut than Obama, who supported spying on absolutely everyone. The pee-u prick even wants to murder Snowden, whom I admire for his courage and dedication to democracy, despite his recklessness in endangering his own life. What a great beginning to Trump's U.S. autocracy. The word 'Fascist' is used here out of historical context, merely to highlight the anti-democratic nature of the appointee and his boss.

UK's new Snoopers' Charter just passed an encryption backdoor law by the backdoor

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Re: Fascism/Totalitarianism knows no boundaries

Rattus - You must be one of the liberal/lefties I referred to. Whether you like it or not, the worst political criminals include the leftists and liberal-leftists who believe that their 'academic expertise' or knowledge of Marxism makes them superior to the 'common crowd', which justifies depriving them of democratic and human rights because they are either too ignorant or stupid to make their own decisions. Stalin, Mao, Hitler, Castro, Pol Pot and others like them and their supporters are among the leftists of history of whom I speak. Even the Canadian darling of the left, socialist politician Tommy Douglas, was a believer in Eugenics (just like the Nazis) until he finally realized its evil nature.

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Fascism/Totalitarianism knows no boundaries

For years now I have been referring to the UK, Canada, the US, NZ and Australia as the 'former democracies'. In some ways it has been true that we used to enjoy some aspects of democracy. But certainly any more.

You poor Brits. CCTV now spies on your every move outside your homes and, now, all of your most important communications are subject to complete spying on by the government. Yet, no doubt, the liberal-minded (whatever that means in the above context), rushed to judgment about President-elect Donald Trump being a new 'Hitler'. Obviously, few among the lefties and near-lefties know what the 'Hitler' label really means.if they support or tolerate the police state now occupying the UK. I fear Canada will soon follow. We have used Fascist laws before. You may have read how Junior Trudeau, our newest Prime Minister,has revealed his love for murderous dictators, such as Fidel Castro, the Chinese dictatorship and the Moscow bunch, just as his Dad did, several decades ago. In fact, Senior Trudeau cavalierly imposed marshal law across Canada in October, 1970, in a completely dishonest move to destroy a civic election populist movement about to unseat a Liberal Partyt favourite, then Mayor Drapeau of Montreal. Long Live The Dictatorship of Left-Wing Politics!.

Meet the Loughborough 'emo' boffins who predicted Trump's victory

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re too many tweets make a twat

Great comment. It really broke me up. Same sense of humour I have. I refer to the 'twitterati' as twits. I don't know where that term originated, but I have been using it for 60 years. How appropriate.

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They are not alone

Because you folks are from the UK you may not know about Scott Adams, the Dilbert cartoonist, persuasion expert, blogger, etc. He predicted Trump's victory slightly over a year prior to the election day, and posted countless blogs about the progress of the campaign right up to and after election day.

He gave his detailed reasons for his prediction, allowed that there could be a number of things, events, or happenings along the way that could change the result, but he dealt with all of those as the campaign progressed. He is not a computer modeller/statistician, just a man who was able to recognize reality and see through the haze of wishful thinking and cognitive dissonance that befuddled almost all of the pundits, academics, reporters and other media types, and certainly a lot of the general public and the politicians. Check out his blog. You will be amazed. Google Scott Adams' Blog.

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