* Posts by Sykowasp

23 posts • joined 2 Feb 2017

Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

Sykowasp

That's pretty much my use-case for driverless cars - going to pretty countryside pubs, getting absolutely shatfaced, and getting home nice and safely afterwards. None of that crap city centre pub 'fun' on a Friday night followed by public transport 'fun' or wallet emptying taxi 'fun'.

Could do wonders for pubs that are a bit out of the way of the main routes.

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Funnily enough, when Qualcomm's licensees stop sending in their royalty checks, profits start going south

Sykowasp

They'll probably use the massive drop in profits as evidence that the fees they are asking for are fair.

And it seems that Qualcomm likes to stiff all of its clients over, so that's fairly non-discriminatory! Not very reasonable maybe...

I'm not losing tears over two massive bully companies having a tiff. I feel for the people involved, patent/license cases are not the most exciting.

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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What is the probability of being drunk at work and also being tested? Let's find out! Correctly

Sykowasp

Re: Another thing you forgot

Indeed. Assuming testing first thing in the morning (before you drive your train/bus/lorry into people), you will merely ensure not being too tipsy for these activities at that time.

Which leads to inevitable lunchtime drinks, and afternoon drinks, and then getting home and not drinking, because you've got to get your liver to process six pints in the next twelve hours.

This is actually a far better way to do drinking than the British 'neck a load in the evening until 1am' methodology, that guarantees a nasty hangover the next day.

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Equifax's IT leaders 'retire' as company says it knew about the bug that brought it down

Sykowasp

I'm going to guess that patching Struts on hundreds of internal applications was decided to be too difficult in a short time.

So they patched their external-facing routers/firewalls to remove #cmd=xyz strings from http headers.

And it went wrong or wasn't applied everywhere, regardless, the attacker found a way past this to an affected server.

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

Sykowasp

Names Co sent the same type of email as well.

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Atlassian releases 'Stride', because HipChat isn't hip enough to whack Slack

Sykowasp

The integration with other Atlassian products could prove very attractive to potential business users.

A lot of custom work in businesses is done integrating notifications from CI/Wiki/Build tools into the business chat systems. This sounds like it will be native now (I guess with a plugin for said CI/Wiki/Build system to tell it where to send the notification).

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Brace yourselves, Virgin Media prices are going up AGAIN, people

Sykowasp

I might be moving house soon.

I've had Virgin service since 2001 (when it was NTL, and 600kbps) in various houses.

The price rises in recent years (anyone got a graph?) will make me look elsewhere when I move. Certainly unlike the past where access to Virgin Media in a house was a definite plus point, I feel it's just an option now.

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Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Sykowasp

Abysmal showing from the hotel.

At the very least, they need to repay her money, plus interest, as soon as possible.

They also need to cover any incurred fees.

They also need to restore her credit rating back if it has been affected by their actions.

They need to contact the people she couldn't pay to explain that it was their fault.

They need to provide a decent good will payment ($thousands, not $hundreds) in compensation.

They need to explain to their merchant bank just what they are doing with credit card numbers for this to occur.

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Gravitational waves permanently change spacetime, say astroboffins

Sykowasp

Re: So,

More like a stretch mark.

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Fancy a relaxed boozy holiday? Keep well away from Great Britain

Sykowasp

Re: How about taxing other "sins"?

It's not as if you can do those in public in this country either without someone complaining!

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Rich professionals could be replaced by AI, shrieks Gartner

Sykowasp

I think five years is quite optimistic, even at current development rates.

However in 5 years we could have triage AI in many different aspects of professional work. For example in healthcare, this could keep GP load and A&E load lower, which will help the NHS greatly. In IT, it could investigate all the common causes for IT faults and only require expert assistance once it has exhausted all the tedious reasons.

The long term issue is that people don't become experts themselves without going through the process, and in the future that won't be possible. So all there will be is the AI experts.

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Former RCL director: It was me who cancelled their domain names

Sykowasp

So let's get this straight.

One guy wanted to get his name disassociated from the domain names that technically he should no longer have had any right to since leaving the company that owns them.

Nominet (a useless entity in general) told him to cancel them rather than transfer the ownership?!

He cancelled them, and the other guy picked them up as he had a watch on them.

These are fully grown men apparently.

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Male escort forgot pregnancy protection, scores data protection instead

Sykowasp

Seven years?!

It's a long time to wait to try and get child support.

I wonder what the in-between story is such that she only recently went after him.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

Sykowasp

Re: Who to choose?

The only way to avoid hard Tory Brexit under the skilled watch of Gove, Johnson, etc, is to vote to the most viable party to the left of the Tories in your particular constituency.

So if it's Tory-Labour-LibDem, vote Labour. If it's Tory-LibDem-Labour, vote LibDem. If it's Labour-Tory-whoever, vote Labour. If it's LibDem-whoever, vote LibDem.

Doesn't matter if that goes against all you believe in (apart from opposing Hard Brexit), you don't have to say who you voted for, and if Brexit is cancelled then imagine not having years of Brexit news in the media! So you deal with it. Tactical voting.

If you want hard Brexit, then you cannot trust Shifty U-Turn May, so vote UKIP.

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Sykowasp

"April, May: June."

Was the best summary I've seen.

The polls make this look like a sensible (if u-turney) move. But there's a lot that can happen in 7 weeks.

Tory MPs in remain areas are at high risk. In addition Tory MPs who scraped a win at the last election (South West in particular). Lib Dems could win 30-50 seats if they get their act together consistently (and that seems likely).

Tories are hoping for Labour to collapse, and whilst that looks likely, it's one thing polling a disillusioned lifetime-Labour voter outside of the election cycle, and what they do when pencil comes to paper at an election. Assuming that Labour actually work together now this has been dumped on them (instead of sniping at Corbyn until he is unseated), maybe they could limit damages. Never mind UKIP's zombie corpse taking critical votes from the Tories (and Labour in some areas).

So 50 SNP, 50 Lib Dem, 200 Labour, some others - enough to mean May could have a majority that isn't that dissimilar to now - i.e., all for nowt, and it would look pretty bad for her.

But she'll dodge the election fraud by-elections.

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Why is the Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ project so delayed?

Sykowasp

Re: Mmmmmmmmmmmm

Well there's a crowdfunding idea.

A mobile gaming device that accepts a Raspberry Pi Compute Module.

So a PSP-shaped shell with gaming buttons, a display, a battery, a slot for a compute module, and some break-out I/O (SD card, etc) and charging.

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AWS's S3 outage was so bad Amazon couldn't get into its own dashboard to warn the world

Sykowasp

Re: @Phil Kingston

Indeed this 'instead of' methodology that many IoT thingies have is a serious worry.

The IoT aspects should be a layer on top of, not instead of, a working self-contained system.

App settings - sure, back them up so you have them preserved or migratable to a new system. But don't have them as the sole storage for settings.

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I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

Sykowasp

Re: What interests me

I guess that is what he is aiming for. His argument:

- What he did was not a criminal offence. He had authorization to access the systems. Therefore the law was misapplied.

- What he did was likely a breach of contract, a civil matter.

I don't rate it a strong hand, but if his lawyer thinks it is a loophole in the law, then maybe it'll stick.

If he wins I don't know what he'll be able to do regarding the 3 years in jail already served. I guess the fine would be repaid (if he has paid any of it), and then I guess he would have to file suit against either the police or the ex-employer, or both, to get restitution.

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King's College London bods recruit members for penis ring study

Sykowasp

I was imagining one of those lampshade things that dogs wear...

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Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

Sykowasp

Re: Does not compute

"in order to cover the additional cost of ... erm, what exactly"

An executive's new lear jet.

And the fact that Adobe is a US company and earns in dollars, so the exchange rate means more £s to get the same $ value. But they've gone way over the real world change, unless they didn't change prices since 2014.

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Brexit White Paper published: Broad strokes, light on detail

Sykowasp

"a list of desired outcomes"

A worthless wishlist that will be devastated by reality.

What is also needed is a detailed cost benefit analysis of various Brexit options, so the least-worst can be picked. This is usually included with a whitepaper, but oddly enough seems to have been excluded from this one...

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