* Posts by IamStillIan

17 posts • joined 10 Apr 2017

Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

IamStillIan

Creative thinking

Data Canonical seeks "would include" the following:

- Network connectivity or not

So in the case of not, how does it report back? Print it out and ask you to post it?

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Uber: Ah yeah, we pay women drivers less than men. We can explain!

IamStillIan

That's rather mixed bag then:

"due domestic demands" - that would indicate the issue is socital bias in domestic responsibilities; not really within an employers scope to mitigate, but clearly a route cause for various other gender issues.

"gaming the system" - seems to be about experience rather than gender. It's probably still something Uber should address; presumably through tweaks to the pricing model to try and minimise the advantages so all fares yield equvilant rewards. They'll never get that perfect, but can probably do better that an current. This however, would be primarily for the benefit of the customers rather than the

drivers.

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UK Home Office grilled over biometrics, being clingy with folks' mugshots

IamStillIan

Re: "Computer says no..."

What you've overlooked is that they've deliberately not assigned any ids or dependable reference data to anything, in order to make sure nothing like this could be forced up on them.

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Serverless: Should we be scared? Maybe. Is it a silly name? Possibly

IamStillIan

Re: Oh, shit...

JavaScript for infrastrucutre? Anyone can use it; but no one can use to make anything you'd be confident in..

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UK.gov denies data processing framework is 'sinister' – but admits ICO has concerns

IamStillIan

That's my assumption as well, and I see the point of that; otherwise any crook can just turn round, claim to be a researcher and simply "not have reported it yet".

Whether 72hrs is the right number is a fair question, along with how extensive the report is.

If it's a simple "Dear ICO, I believe that combining X with Y can reveal Z, but I'm sitll working on. Cheers" then that could be reasonable. If we're talking about an indepth analysis, then that's a different situation.

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Up, up and a-weigh! Boeing flies cargo drone with 225kg payload

IamStillIan

Just think what Joseph Barbera could do with that.

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Braking news: Nissan Canada hacked, up to 1.1m Canucks exposed

IamStillIan

Re: Not too bad, all things considered

I'm inclined to agree with jmch.

While there is some residual risk fo taking 10 days to notify, it's probably better average for something of this size.

it practice it does take a bit of time to confirm it's actually happened, evaluate exactly what data has been taken, and which people need notifying.

They could have used the 2 step-model; of a general "something has been breached, be alert, details to follow", followed by a "this does/doesn't actually imapct you peronsally, in this way...", but I guess that's being balanced vs reputational damage risk of broadcasting a worse meessage than they actually need to.

I guess

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Oi, force Microsoft to cough up emails on Irish servers to the Feds, US states urge Supremes

IamStillIan

Re: It should be about where the user was, not the server, it seems to me.

It's more than difficut to manage. In infeasibly problematic without effectively a new interational agreement on it and a huge wodge of policy everyone has to find ways to implement.

There are issues around how to record such information, confidence in such information, burden of proof.

Then there are ambiguities around things made in multiple juristrictions (collaborative authoring), out of duristiction (international waters), the list goes on and on.

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No more mister nice GUI: Visual tools stapled to Azure Data Factory

IamStillIan

"Because, yeah, devs hate code and love GUIs."

I actually think that's a misunderstanding. There's quite a mix of people who do this knida stuff.

Devs who write it themselves where there's an off-the-shelf solution available have special circumstances or are doing it wrong.

The data science crowd prefer to save their smarts for the analytics bit, they'd probably rather just push some buttons and have the data automagically become available.

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Slack re-invents the extranet and shared Notes databases with cross-company teams

IamStillIan

Interesting timeing, I believe Microsoft Launchers this features on Teams yesterday..

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So much data, so little time: How to not flip your wig processing it

IamStillIan

I concur; usecase is everything.

Additional reporting servers are a cost; not all systems need to be so timely; why make things more expensive when there's no benefit?

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If Machine Learning is the question, open source is the answer. Right?

IamStillIan

Re: So "Tensorflow" is going to be like VBscript for machine learning?

They tried that, but it worked out it was unquiely capable and started demanding a ludacris salary.

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Numbers war: How Bayesian vs frequentist statistics influence AI

IamStillIan

Re: "How can you possibly do statistics on a guess!?"

I think the response is "How can you possible do statistics without a guess!?". Given that there are no comprehensive models of the world, and practically nothing is truely independant, you always assume something, whether you realise it or not.

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UK Tory party pledges 'digital' charter, wants Verify to back online gov

IamStillIan

Re: One must ask ones self

"Usually the last time you announce it."

Do you have evidence to back that up? We often see already assigned funding being reannounced under new guises again and again...

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Nest leaves competition in the dust with new smart camera

IamStillIan

"If you already have a Nest device set up in your house, the new camera won't require you to enter any login or Wi-Fi password details, but will grab the information through your existing account."

How exactly; they're broadcasting your local network credentials out of your house into the www? Why?

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Health data 'vault' app floats into UK.gov's G-Cloud. *cough* GDPR *cough*

IamStillIan

Re: Compliant?

It's a wider process thing, you can't just buy a bit of "compliant" software for it anyway. That doesn't, of course, mean you can't market a bit of "compliant" software for it.

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How their GDPR ignorance could protect you from your denial

IamStillIan

Re: Purging convictions

I believe the view is that it's their data, and you're not entitled to hold it.

Even if you aren't using it, you're still exposing them to risk as it could be disclosed, mistakenly used etc.

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