* Posts by Mathman

12 posts • joined 7 Dec 2016

India tells WhatsApp to add filters, ASAP


Maybe some compromise

It should be possible to detect messages that are being forwarded on to many people and add some kind of warning - without actually intercepting encrypted communications. e.g. Hash the message and if the same message is spreading like wildfire, slow down the spread and insert warnings to suggest the message may be fake.

Watch how Google's AI catches shoulder surfers spying on your phone


Could be useful

I should think it would work OK if the user has full control of when this feature is enabled. e.g. sending a personal message - turn on "no-peeking" feature. Then turn off to save battery.

Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition


Re: Obvious problem there

Nope - it's a random distortion of the key features so each in-painted face is different and you can generate an arbitrary number of them.

No, Samsung, you really do owe Apple $120m for patent infringement


Re: Who invented what?

Quick Google of Samsung patents reveals they filed more US patents last year than any other company.


Big-in-Japan AI code 'Chainer' shows how Intel will gun for GPUs


Neural Networks are a technique that allows software algorithms to appear to perform "intelligent" processing such as recognition tasks. This falls under the term "artificial intelligence".

Obviously there is more to AI than learning and NNs (or "deep learning").

Note that "artificial intelligence" never claimed to be something similar to human intelligence (or consciousness). Hence the term "artificial". It is just the study of systems that perform tasks that humans would regard as requiring some intelligence (even if none is needed. e.g. chatbots that blindly follow a simple set of rules or scrabble software that just brute force tries every possibility).

Londoners will be trialling driverless cars in pedestrianised area


Re: Glad I'm not a pedestrian in London

And yet statistically cyclists almost never hit pedestrians (unlike cars) despite the Lycra lout scaremongering.

Startup remotely 'bricks' grumpy bloke's IoT car garage door – then hits reverse gear


Re: Why would you need to control your garage door

Or just give your brother-in-law a spare key if you trust him. And trust yourself to lock up when you leave town. And stop checking up on your loved ones. Not convincing use cases really.

D'oh! Amber Rudd meant 'understand hashing', not 'hashtags'


Re: To be fair

Numeracy is a good start but it is also useful to understand the basics of probability (how likely you will be killed by a terrorist) and statistics (median salary v mean salary, error bars, significance tests).

So mathematics can help you better understand the world and the numbers that are reported in the news.

Android beats Windows as most popular OS for interwebz – by 0.02%


Not Dead Yet

Lots of commentards surmising the death of Windows. As Mark Twain quipped...

"The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated"

Windows OS is currently a close second to Android and still in a strong position (much higher than OS X for example).

Europe to push new laws to access encrypted apps data


The only way to enforce a ban would be make it illegal to run non-approved software on any device. Otherwise if you can side-load or install an executable then it could be an end-to-end encryption application or contain hidden somewhere in the interface the possibility of end-to-end encrypted communication.

The only "walled garden" where this is remotely achievable is on locked down Apple devices (iOS) - where even developers are required to acquire special certificates to test their own software.

In such a world, software development would be a potentially illegal and dangerous activity - especially if not being done for a "legitimate" approved organisation. Even then it would be difficult because any software application that supports a scriptable interface (including Javascript) is a potential encryption device. Spreadsheets would also be banned. Javascript would be ditched. Only "approved" code can be executed. All OS's would be locked down, Linux would be frozen. Open Source would be restricted.

Basically running or controlling software would be licensed under the sole auspices of the "authorities". In this dark world all developers would be vetted and regularly checked up on.

And all for what? So we can see the last "goodbye world" message sent by a deranged individual.

Autocomplete a novel phishing hole for Chrome, Safari crims


Re: lastpass-cli: a safe and open-source work-around

Or you can use the offline application Lastpass Pocket. I'm afraid you will have to live with a graphical interface though!


Crims using anti-virus exclusion lists to send malware to where it can do most damage


Sig check

Would have thought exclusion lists include signature hash of each executable. So should be difficult to spoof if not impossible.

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