* Posts by Danny Boyd

37 posts • joined 19 Feb 2017

There once was a biz called Bitbucket, that told Mercurial to suck it. Now devs are dejected, their code soon ejected

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>new trendy "BitMasturbate" or whatever the new RCS system is called

That would be 'Master Byter".

Criminal mastermind signed name as 'Thief' on receipts after buying stuff with stolen card

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Re: Yup

The signature is not needed for transaction. The seller needs your signature in case you try to contest the transaction later.

How do we stop facial recognition from becoming the next Facebook: ubiquitous and useful yet dangerous, impervious and misunderstood?

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That was a reference to China, not lack of understanding of term "social contract". Thanks for the clarification though.

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"Moore admits that facial recognition use is going to be based on a "social contract""

Yeah, sure. And "social credit" too.

Trump: Huawei ban will be lifted!
US Commerce Dept.: Yeah, about that…

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I'm merely saying that DOC stated the fact that the ban is still in force. DOC didn't say "Oh no you won't!" when Trump said the ban *might be* lifted.

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"Might be lifted", "Will be lifted" and "Is lifted" are not exactly one and the same thing. DOC is not "holding strong on the ban", they merely state that the ban hasn't been lifted yet.

More households invite creepy smart speakers indoors: Arch-slurper Google top dog for Q1

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But, but ... Of course Europeans are safe buying eavesdropping machinery from Google and Amazon. GDPR protects them, n'est ce pas?

$30/month email upstart Superhuman brought low with a blast of privacy Kryptonite

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Re: The nuclear option

And receive back a receipt for each of these mails, each receipt unleashing a flurry of new mails? Sounds like fun.

Here's a great idea: Why don't we hardcode the same private key into all our smart home hubs?

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Re: Can we just call them "Stupid hub"s now?

Receive an upvote, Sir, for introducing an IT reference in the discussion.

DeepNude's makers tried to deep-six their pervy AI app. Web creeps have other ideas: Cracked copies shared online as code decompiled

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What to fuss about?

Lord created man and woman naked, didn't He? So dressing up (bar the weather conditions) defies His will, doesn't it?

Microsoft has Windows 1.0 retrogasm: Remember when Windows ran in kilobytes, not gigabytes?

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Interesting hypothesis about "Windows One". Very interesting. Low probability, of course, but still...

ReactOS 'a ripoff of the Windows Research Kernel', claims Microsoft kernel engineer

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Re: Precedents already set?

Nobody is suing nobody. Microsoft released Research Kernel (redacted Server 2003 kernel) to academia in 2004-2005 as part of Windows-based OS course curriculum. The universities signing up for this OS course agreed not to publish the code on outside and to use it solely for teaching and experimenting purposes. Nonetheless the code almost immediately appeared within public reach.

Did Microsoft sue the universities for breach of contract? No.

Was Microsoft so stupid not to anticipate it would happen? No.

I haven't seen ReactOS code, but I have seen Research Kernel code. Believe me, it is easily recognizable, so Rietschin is most probably right.

So what?

What would Jesus tweet? Church of England hands down commandments for Anglicans on social media

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Re: One day, one of them got a message from Jehova...

Moses comes down from the mountain and tells the awaiting Jews: "OK, folks, I have a good news and a bad news. Good news is, we're down to ten. Bad news is, adultery *is* included."

What do we want? Decentralised, non-siloed social media with open standards! When do we want it? Soon!

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People go on the social media to socialize, meaning blabber things about themselves, their relatives, friends and acquaintances. What privacy are we talking about when the central function of social media is publication and dissemination of private (sometimes false) information? You can make a social media platform distributed, open-sourced, whatever. The implementation details. Its central function will still be the same.

People who value their privacy simply don't post anything on social media. Don't look for privacy where it can't be found by definition.

London Zoo offers a night tour with Ronnie and Reggie

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Hatching - maybe. Laying them, on the other hand, ...

Look out, Titan. Plutonium robots from Earth are on their way

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From a conversation of Somewhat Drunk Janitor and a Little Green Man:

SDJ: "Is there life on Mars?"

LGM: "Frankly, none either."

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Re: Construction material?

Titanium is much more rust-resistant than stainless steel, just ask any diver.

Italian data protector makes Facebook an offer it might want to refuse: A €1m fine for Cambridge Analytica data leak

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A whole meeeeellion! Zuck must be devastated.

Scumbags can program vulnerable MedTronic insulin pumps over the air to murder diabetics – insecure kit recalled

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It's a fast reaction from Medtronics - mere eight years since the vulnerability and way of exploit were reported. Very commendable! Keep up the good work, Medtronics!

Iran's blame-it-on-Bitcoin 'leccy shortage probably isn't a US hack cover story... yet

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How to preserve cheap electricity for masses and at the same time hinder the bitcoin miners? Simple: make the electricity prices nonlinear. Like income tax in most countries. Will be good for environment as well.

Google's reCAPTCHA favors – you guessed it – Google: Duh, only a bot would refuse to sign into the Chocolate Factory

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Say anything you want about Google, but you must admit - they are highly consistent.

IVE HAD ENOUGH! iQuit. Jobs done. Jony cashes out at Apple to run his own design biz

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Re: Might be beneficial

Please don't eradicate the amputees! What an inhuman thought!

Before we lose our minds over sentient AI, what about self-driving cars that can't detect kids crossing the road?

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I don't quite understand how the problem of unrepresentative learning data sets (which leads to AI systems discriminating by race, gender, etc.) became a problem of "The workforces of Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Amazon, and Apple lack women, people of color, and people with disabilities, relatively speaking."

Adding women and people of color to AI development won't resolve the problem of unrepresentative learning data sets, because I don't think AI developers are so stupid they train their AI systems exclusively on their own faces and voices.

I have nothing against women and people of color, I just fail to see logical connection between two problems.

Hey China, while you're in all our servers, can you fix these support tickets? IBM, HPE, Tata CS, Fujitsu, NTT and their customers pwned

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Re: Huawei

And I quote: "The hackers compromised customer servers that were managed by the IT giants, or slipped in via network links between the tech providers and their big-name clients. Hence the name: Cloud Hopper."

So, esteemed colleague, who needs to re-read the article?

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Re: Huawei

The article says nothing about the alleged victims having Huawei equipment in their networks. Do you have such info? Please share (if you are not under NDA, of course).

If this case isn't another bloomberg, it is another reminder to all concerned not to put anything of any value in the cloud.

Epyc crypto flaw? AMD emits firmware fix for server processors after Googler smashes RAM encryption algorithms

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Chinese Remainder Theorem? Hmm... Huawei again?

Sputnik? No, comrade, this is Spunknik: Frozen sperm manages to survive zero-grav in this totally realistic test

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Re: When I was growing up .....

There was a young man of Cape Horn,

Who wished he had never been born.

And he wouldn't have been,

If his father had seen

That the end of the rubber was torn.

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In other news: scientists discovered you can make a passable Screwdriver cocktail from the frozen orange juice in microgravity, given enough vodka.

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Into the green men?

Iran is doing to our networks what it did to our spy drone, claims Uncle Sam: Now they're bombing our hard drives

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Re: In other news... lying liars.

A politician lying - who could possibly thought of that? Like Homer Simpson said: "Duh!"

And you buddy are a blood-thirsty type! I like it.

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Re: In other news

Ghengis Khan taking the St.Petersburg? That's news worthy disseminating!

FYI:(1) Ghengis Khan never invaded Russia, his descendants (Batu et al.) did.

(2)Tartar-Monghol rule in Russia ended in late 14th century (1380), at the battle of Kulikovo field, where the forces of Dmitry Donskoy defeated forces of Mamai.

(3) St.Petersburg was founded by Tzar Peter I The Great in 1703.

Jeez, man, go learn some history before coming back!

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Re: In other news... lying liars.

*Secular* conflict between Sunni and Shiah? Could you please elaborate? I see you are a specialist in Islam.

Bill G on Microsoft's biggest blunder... Was it Bing, Internet Explorer, Vista, the antitrust row?

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Those who do - make mistakes. Sometimes costly. Those who don't - don't. BillG was a true leader, mistakes or not. His followers (Ballmer and Nadela) are but objects of sorrowful contemplation. <Sigh.> Murphy's Law: what can get screwed up, gets screwed up.

It's official. You can get FUCT, US Supremes tell scandalized bureaucrats in rude trademark spat

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Why no handcuffs on those folks in the picture? Disappointing.

Sniffing substations will solve 'leccy car charging woes, reckons upstart

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I have an excellent solution: charge EVs from portable diesel generators. This way we get emission-free vehicles and no power grid overloads!

Probe President Trump and his crappy Samsung Twitter-o-phone, demand angry congressfolk

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Question nobody seems to ask

Security... for tweeting? Seriously?

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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It's still February, right?

Now please help out me dumb American: was April Fool's Day moved ahead in UK, perchance due to BREXIT I heard something of?

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