* Posts by Redstone

42 posts • joined 17 Jan 2017

Mi casa es su casa: Ubuntu bug makes 'guests' anything but

Redstone

Re: Poettering's Law*

of course people are going to blame systemd, given how much software has it as a dependency. That is kind of what forced so many distros to adopt it in the first place...

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Travel IT biz reportedly testing 100TB SSDs

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Now I feel old...

I can still remember feeling pleased with myself for getting an 80MByte hard disk with my shiney new 386 PC. Then less than five years later the IT manager plopped himself down next to me to boast about the massive 2GByte hard drive his new server came with...

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How to reward an IBM exec for lower sales and shrinking profits? Promotion

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I would guess that..

IBM are just following the Peter principle - where managers rise to the level of their incompetence. Of course when you have mind-boggling incompetence, these managers have to be promoted to the very top.

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Blighty bloke: PC World lost my Mac Mini – and trolled my blog!

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I thought PCW was...

why forward planning and the internet were invented. But I will admit that both can fail. When I need a 'why-the-f-did-they-fit-that-connnector-to this-device' adapter immediately, I tend to go with Maplin who almost always have that strange adapter in stock.

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Re: I'm barred from all PCW's....

Surely we can fix that by setting up an international regulatory body for the sport?

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Lib Dems pledge to end 'Orwellian' snooping powers in manifesto

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Liberal Democrats have pledged to end the "Orwellian nightmare" of mass-snooping powers..

..and a stopped clock is right twice a day.

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Sorry, Dave, I can't code that: AI's prejudice problem

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There is a flip side...

Playing Devil's advocate here - maybe there is very little bias in the algorithms but as the outcomes don't match the biased expectations of the observers, that is the actual reason they are calling foul.

I don't know the state of bias that has been coded into AI, but then, I don't think that these researchers do either. I have an inherent distrust of 'researchers' whose basic assumption sets essentially have a pre-determined outcome for their research.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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What I find even more sinister...

is the amount of information that ArseBook(TM) collects on people who have not agreed to have their data hoovered up and resold.

As an experiment, I created a fake FB account (using a brand-new fake email address) and was quite disturbed by the accuracy of the 'people you may know' offerings - which included people who are actually known by other family members who are not on ArseBook either (IP tracking, perhaps?). All of which points to quite an extensive database on someone who has never officially signed on the dotted line.

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UK patent troll protections tweaked – lawyers exempted

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After all...

why should the legal profession ( I believe the legal term is: socialis parasitus) face any legal consequences for inferior work? Legal consequences are only for the plebs.

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Controlled remote access reviews of Optane SSD give qualified yes

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Hmmm

Most of the reviewers seem to be locked into a very IT-centric worldview as to how storage should behave. There is a whole universe of embedded and high-end applications where high throughput random access and guaranteed low latency would be a major boon - virtually any real-time digital signal processing application, for example.

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Expedia IT bod gets all-expenses-paid trip to prison after hacking execs' emails for profit

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Remember Kids

insider trading is only OK if your office is in the Exec Suite.

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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...helped an Evil man get into a position of power in the States

Putin got Piers Morgan on the judging panel of America's Got Talent?

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Man nicked trying to 'save' beer from burning building

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The poor judgement

was in his original choice of beer. Now if it had been a true Bavarian weissbier...

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Jimbo announces Team Wikipedia: 'Global News Police'

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Fake News is pretty old..

..as Mark Twain pointed out:

“If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed.”

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Gordon Ramsay's in-laws admit plot to hack sweary celeb chef's biz

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Re: Holy drama lama mama!

That's because this isn't regular stupid: its advanced stupid.

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Wouldn't it be great to be a fly on the wall for their next Chistmas dinner...?

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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They would have got away with it if they hadn't indulged in the twin pillars of getting caught: they got cocky and they were greedy..

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Google fumes after US Dept of Labor accuses ad giant of lowballing pay for women

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The thing I find sinister about all this is that simply making the accusation becomes the punishment for most people: it means you will be tied up in court for a decade fighting the primary accusation (which is designed to blacken the company's name) and then anything else they think they can get an angle on from the discovery process. Your coffers will be sucked dry paying the only winners in this game: the lawyers.

I don't suppose it matters so much for Google as they have very deep pockets, but for small firms....I guess they had just better get used to the gummint micromanaging their pay scales and making sure they don't reward superior performance by a non-approved demographic.

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Hundreds of millions 'wasted' on UK court digitisation scheme

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They are going about this all wrong - trying to run before they can walk.

What they need to do is start with something closer to the legal system's digital technological development:

1. Buy an old arcade cabinet from ebay

2. Install in court

3. Have trial by Mortal Kombat

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British biz Imagination Technologies admits Apple may dump its IP

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I guess Imagination Technologies' lawyers will need to put some Intellctual Property infringement cases into the sclerotic US court system and tie up any designs Apple comes up with in legal crap for the next decade.

I know some of the guys at IT from using their Creator Ci40 IoT dev kit. Sucks when people you know and like get a blow like this.

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As of today, iThings are even harder for police to probe

Redstone

Yes, but all worthwhile file system upgrades have to start out as relatively untested. Don't get me wrong, I'm always corporate-skeptical but a significantly better encrypted filesystem and metadata is a good thing in the long term, even if there is the odd (hopefully) minor bug here and there along the way.

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Douglas Coupland: The average IQ is now 103 and the present is melting into the future

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Re: Evolution until someone pulls the plug

Don't worry, the greatly mocked and maligned preppers are already off the grid waiting to continue civilization after everything has gone south...;)

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Re: Automation

Maybe because, despite the automation, productivity has stubbornly refused to get off the plateau its been on for the last 15-20 years? Just my guess...

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MPs slam 'dismal' cost savings of government procurement body

Redstone

This seems to be an embodiment of the adage:

If the answer is more government, you asked a really dumb question.

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This AI stuff is all talk! Bots invent their own language to natter away behind humans' backs

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Re: These "agents" of which you speak

You haven't heard bot-Shakespeare until you've heard it in the original Klingon.

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You're Donald Trump's sysadmin. You've got data leaks coming out the *ss. What to do

Redstone

This is what always kills those conspiracy theories...

When the yarn is spun, the question (for me, at least) is: does this story require large volumes of government employees not to leak any information? If the answer is 'yes', then the likelyhood of the story being fiction tends toward unity.

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Java and Python have unpatched firewall-crossing FTP SNAFU

Redstone

This is why everything should be coded in assembler... ;-)

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Uber hires Obama's attorney-general to review its workplaces

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Given the amount of corruption Eric Holder managed to miss in the Obama administration, I'm sure he will give Uber a clean bill of 'diversity' health.

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Former NSA techies raise $8m for their data governance startup

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The great thing about using this company is that they will hoover up your data and store it elsewhere (so they can govern it) without you even knowing they have done it....

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Sigfox leads with its chin on security for internet-connected things

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This should convince anyone on the fence that LoRaWAN is probably the way to go for their IoT app....

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Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

Redstone

There are only two reasons not to like Microshaft: everything they do and everything they say. Other than that, they are flawless.

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GoDaddy CEO says US is 'tech illiterate' (so, yeah, don't shut off that cheap H-1B supply)

Redstone

Re: It's not about pay

Nah, this is capitalism as it is supposed to be: making sure the other party pays the agreed amount for what they are getting.

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Brexit could further harm woeful rural payments system

Redstone

The alternative is that after Brexit, UK farmers go back to actually producing food efficiently, negating the need for subsidies.

The whole system was set up to keep militant French farmers, with their unviably small farms, from going broke and jamming up Paris with their tractors. Then we got subsidies for farmers to NOT grow things on their land! The dumping of the EU’s CAP is just one of many things that will galvanise the UK economy once we orient ourselves to trading with the rest of the world.

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Big Tech files anti-Trump brief: Immigration ban illegal and damaging to business

Redstone

Re: ...

If you are talking about Sweden where 77% of rapes are comitted by a certain 2% of the population, then yes.

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Re: BREXIT...

Hey - leave Jeremy Corbyn alone.

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Re: ...

It seems like the only principle at work here is: cause enough trouble and maybe we can bully him into leaving the H-1B's (and our super-cheap, imported slave labour) alone.

The flip side of this argument is that the Obama administration identified these countries as places from which it is impossible to get any kind of verification information for visa applicants. There is also a lot of terrorist related activity in each of these countries. Some caution on folks arriving from there would seem reasonable.

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UK Cybersecurity: Permanent job salaries growing faster than contractor pay rises

Redstone

Re: Why are IT salaries in the UK so low compared to the US?

Probably because if you are in IT you are considered to be a tradesmen by the folks that count: you know, the 'professionals' like HR and accountants....

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Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

Redstone

I agree that we ought to be researching better alternatives to fossil fuels. The key word in that sentence is 'better'.

I'm not convinced the 'alternatives' we are forced to subsidise now are the answer. If all the money thrown away on subsidy/wind farms were directed at sensible research on, say, stable fusion reactors, we might be getting somewhere. But the green scream queens won't wear that kind of research because, horror of horrors, it's a nuclear technology.

Historically, the boom times for human development have been when we have harnessed new cheap forms of energy to increase productivity (e.g. steam engines). We desperately need a step change for cheap energy and the productivity leading to wealth generation that creates, but the current (expensive) 'renewables' are a step backwards.

Also, when it comes to the environment, have you seen how destructive neodymium is to extract? But for most greens, as long as the environmental destruction is happening somewhere other than their own back yard (i.e. China) they don't care. As long as their feelings of moral superiority are preserved.

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Redstone

You mean the cleaner technologies that taxpayers are going to have to subsidise to the tune of trillions of dollars because they don't work very well and are therefore not commercially viable?

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Redstone

I think people are misunderstanding the risk that is being refered to by the clock:

"Climate change, and the American government's attitude to it, is also cited in the report. While last year's Paris agreement on emissions controls proved hopeful, the fact that one of the world's largest polluters now disputes the effects of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases is giving the scientists serious cause for concern."

Their cause for concern is the massive risk to the billions of dollars of taxpayer funding for their gravy train...

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Two new Raspberry Pi models emerge steaming from the oven

Redstone

Re: Thermals

Asus (as in, the motherboard maker) have a Pi clone based on the Rockchip RK3388 quad core ARM Cortex A17 processor. There are Debian and KODI images available for it.

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Re: Whats this GUI thingy?

Hi Rob,

There are any number of IoT applications that don't require masive computational power. Bluetooth based information beacons in 'smart' cities could be one application. Another application that I know Compute Modules are being used in is digital signage.

I hope that helps.

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