* Posts by andyp-random-number

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Samsung touts bonkers-fast 8 Gbit DRAM for phones, AIs

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Re: Overwriting cells with zeroes

not to worry, security software patch will cure that and slow it down....I've heard of clothes shops selling 2nds / rejects but hadn't realised chip makers are now following the same business idea.Find a product idea on their books that had previously been binned and resurrect as a feature.

It walks, it talks, it falls over a bit. Windows 10 is three years old

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Usable

I have solely been using Linux for 15 years with only the odd foray into Windows once in a while but I'm starting University at the age of 50 this Sept so have gone with the flow, bought a new laptop with Win 10 on and have been very surprised.

Windows 10 with a fast processor and SSD is usable, genuinely usable, and dare I say it, I quite like it. I have been a Windows "hater" for a long while and while it'll never be my preferred OS (I dual boot Fedora and Win 10) I won't get tearful when it boots into Win 10 by mistake.

My opinion is totally ignoring the stuff forced upon me and snooping / data leakage because since I'm off to Uni I've been told to accept things as they are an concentrate on the course (so I've even joined in with Facebook et al).

With the new laptop it did take me 2 or 3 days to get Win 10 setup with all the software I wanted / updates etc etc and at the same time Fedora 28 went on and took about 1.5 hrs to do the same thing.

Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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I like Python and C

What I don't understand is why a language allows you to do things in two different ways (a python one liner or spread over multiple lines) and the Police at StackOverflow tell you how wrong you are when you write Python in a C style, and in fact belittle you, when since it works is good code.

Coming from a C background some of the Python List comprehension stuff confuses me so I avoid it. Those that tell me I am wrong and belittle me seem nothing more than fashion victims who probably tell others that wearing a baseball cap with the peak at the front is wrong. If writing Python in a C style is so wrong why does it work in Python. Seems like the developers themselves didn't know what they wanted.

The style Police who show themselves in StackOverflow are clearly demonstrating the problems Python PEPs will have now that their dictator has gone. With a dictator a project moves forward, when fashion and committees come together to make a decision nothing can happen without a style war and bloodshed.

I like Python because I can pick and choose how I write code, and have flexibility. There's nothing better nor easier than writing (something that could be a one liner) over multiple lines so a simple print statement can be inserted as an extra (if condition, print the state at this point) that can be removed later. Then once happy I can combine into a one liner if I choose. Show this development code to a Python fashion victim mid way through development and you'll get lambasted as a dim wit.

We are already at the stage where a PC needs two versions of Python, where loads of modules that worked perfectly ceased development and then no longer work with Python3. The way Python is going (may go) it'll repeat the Python2 to Python3 problem with Python4 or 5

Who fancies a six-core, 32GB RAM, 4TB NVME ... convertible tablet?

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Windows on a powerful machine

I haven't used windows properly for years, then the other week I bought a new laptop from HP (I7 8550U with 16GB and 256SSD) and can't believe how much better Windows (10) is on SSD compared to HDisk...it's become useful. It feels responsive now and only 1 crash (task bar lock up) in a week. I still prefer Linux but for general using there isn't such a big difference now. (I have Fedora 28 running from the HDisk, Windows from the SSD)

The last machine I compared Linux and Windows on (Desktop) had Win 7 and Fedora was simply better IMO, speed wise and lack of problems. (Both were on HDisk)

So, perhaps a 4 core 8 thread CPU rattling along towards 4Ghz, 16GB and PCI SSD is where the requirement for Windows 10 is at :)

At last – a use for AI! Predicting an England World Cup victory

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What, we've forgotten about the Octopus already?

How fickle, wasn't long ago the Octopus was being hailed as the way to go....

The great wearables myth busted: Apps never, ever mattered

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It's like every thing else...

...it's just another market, there is always a certain amount of people that want these things just not everyone and when everyone doesn't buy them PR people seem to be surprised. Why doesn't everything have to be a kill app. What's wrong with just a product that suits just a certain amount of people?

If you want a step counter, that's it you want a step counter, not an MP3 player that trebles up as a sewing machine. Just a good step counter.

Gone are the days when companies made 50 different products, one to suit everyone, now they want one product that suits everyone and fail 9 times out of ten because they are only interested in money. They'd get their money if they made smaller runs of many more decent products.

Blood spilled from another US high school shooting has yet to dry – and video games are already being blamed

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Re: Too complex for black and white

Couldn't agree more. The problem has elements of all of the above, plus other things not listed. My kids have had very little access to video games but as they get older they are getting access to more violent games more often. I can see that after hours of playing the most violent games their behaviour gets considerably worse compared to normal, but, they also have bad behaviour for other reasons, like when tired, and when hungry and when stressed and definitely when they have had too much sugar. Subject them to more of anything that alters their brain and thinking and their behaviour gets worse. So, video games do make a difference, but on a par with other things. We try to limit our kids to all these things and in doing so can see the difference they make when they are exposed. Sugar, or high energy stuff, plays a huge role in behaviour as well as lack of sleep.

Most modern kids (and adults) are having more and more sugar, screwed up body clocks for lack of sleep, blue light from screens, screwed up chemical composition of their blood due to poor diet and exercise (yes, exercise makes a difference, just go for a run and see how different you feel), more stress and more of all bad things. Put all this together and behaviour changes, for everyone (more road rage etc).

Now simply give another outlet to violence, guns, and guns will be used with violence.

The same kind of thing can be seen with the internet and the feeling of being anonymous, that extra thing (the net) in our lives gives us another outlet for abuse and you get trolls and hate coming out in another direction. Internet isn't the cause and neither are guns but they do play a role.

The general society, bad eating, lack of sleep and stress are behind all of this.

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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It's hardly surprising

There has always been business sectors whereby they sell something, then wind the company up when they have earn't enough money, so that they don't have to honour warranties. Think double glazing, solar panel installers etc.

Software industry does the same only upfront, license says not our problem, only this way they don't have to wind up and restart as a different company rather than deal with historic liabilities. I personally think this is a better method.

Anything financial has a short term outlook. Once you have the money in your pocket, you spend it whether you use Open Source or Closed Source. No one likes to receive money only to have it taken back 5 years down the road because of a liability, that's what an insurance company is for.

...the sub title to this news story was good, but I can't get the song out of my head now!

It's World (Terrible) Password (Advice) Day!

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The priorities are wrong.

We try and set complicated passwords. Then we immediately tick the box allowing that site or app to share the data that we are trying to protect.

If the data needs securing how about not writing it into an app / website, then it doesn't need securing and then we can do without 99% of passwords.

The priority for websites shouldn't be passwords it should be data.

What's on a phone? Personal contacts, information about what we do and when we do it. We try and secure the phone by putting a password on it but the whole ideology of having a phone is dictated to by the manufacturers who make everything available to themselves by design.

Aren't we kidding ourselves about the importance of passwords?

Even when we take perfect precautions, big companies get hacked and all information is now out in the wild.

If the information we are securing is important then someone will insist that we give it to them and we oblige, whether it be government or commercial organisations.

Surely the problem of password needs to be dealt with by the people storing our data, not the user. After all, I can only lose my info, but big company can lose millions of people's info.

Amazon, LG Electronics turned my vape into an exploding bomb, says burned bloke in lawsuit

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Re: Batteries in the pocket, eh?

you can't expect people to follow simple instructions for batteries. Batteries like all electronic kit is a pure black box, they have absolutely no idea, no comprehension. This stuff isn't taught it is just told once or twice in a leaflet as a passing comment to kids / adults.

Our world is a black magic box to most people.

Go into most peoples houses and you still find a plug with loose wires or a tangle of mains cables.

Products should be fit for idiots to use. Fit for purpose means a dumb thick illiterate tosspot who watches day time TV should be able to pick it up and use it without getting burnt. Just because they don't care what they are buying doesn't mean they should spend 3 days in intensive care.

Two's company, Three's unbowed: You Brits will pay more for MMS snaps

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Re: Crazy Prices

A standard contract is £14 for 300 minutes of calls plus texts plus data

...if you used it all for phone calls it works out as 4.6ppm ... that's how they justify the crazy consumer prices, they aren't crazy, they're cheaper.

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I've been with Three since 2003/4 after having tried O2 and Vodaphone, Orange etc. Their service has only every got cheaper for me every year. I started off at £150 per month, now down to £14 and can reduce that next contract.

Signals have always been worse inside a building compared to other operators but I think that was because they used a higher frequency signal - not everyone can have the lower bands. When I had no signal in one house I bought an amplifier. Now in this house , if there is a poor signal it auto switches to calls over wifi.

Combined with BT broadband (with their 5 million + hotspots) the service has been excellent.

No provider gives everything for nothing with the best service and the technology has it's black holes, poor reception near hills, inside buildings etc but instead of moaning I always find a way of making it very useful.

I've lived in Northumberland, Bedfordshire and now Lincolnshire - all very rural and the mobile broadband I get has always seemed as good as anyone else's and often better. If I need better signal I just move a street or two in 5 minutes and I have wifi, or of course lean by 43.2 degrees and get a signal.

The fact is, every operator gets slagged off, every operator advertises they're the best but as we all know mobile phone signals are iffy often, all over the place so just accept it and get around the problem with wifi.

I really don't understand why half the people here will pay £1000 for an iPhone and then quibble about £20 a month to make it work. So what if the bill goes up by 4%, you just accepted a 50% price rise for the phone. You can avoid all phone charges by using other free messaging services. I had a block put on my account so that my phone will not spend any more money than the monthly amount.

As techie people we are all used to fiddling about to get technology and software to work, after all that's what a lot of us do to earn money so just do it for the phone. Simples. It's modern life, nothing is perfect, everything goes up in price, everyone rips you off, every gadget goes wrong...get around it and enjoy life :)

Machines learned to assemble IKEA’s semi-disposable furniture

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Not the real world

Having two robots assemble a chair in my house doesn't take into account the problem that there isn't enough space to swing a cat. What is needed with furniture assembly is the ability to limbo under and around things....and to find that screw that you dropped in shaggy carpet....only a small child can do this.

Design a robot that can do the things we can't, like predict the most important part will get lost and have a pocket with one of those in. Locating the allen key that you last used 3 years ago is also a key skill...only a wife can do this job.

...and who will stand back and admire the almost complete job and tell the robot "you've done really well". No one will invent a robot just to stand there and give compliments, it isn't cost efficient but is really necessary.

Guess who's still most moaned about UK ISP... Rhymes with BorkBork

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Re: Talk rhymes with Bork?

Try beer. It does sound similar. If not, try more beer, it will sound similar. Keep trying!

Google accidentally reveals new swipe-happy Android UI

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I can't cope with gestures

I hate gesture control. Swiping left or right to answer the phone gets me every time. My brain simply doesn't remember what direction to swipe. I get confused. All the smart features on the phone seem to mean that when the phone rings the display stays blank for a fair while, so I just swipe and end up cancelling the call. If the display comes up I often try pressing the button (green answer one) only to find I've moved at the same time as pressing and it tries to move the icon.

I can't be the only one who's brain freezes up in a panic when the alarm of phone ring goes off and loses the ability to think. ?

I just want a button that accepts being pressed even when I move a little (and it doesn't try and move the icon instead). In fact, I'd like a button 4 times bigger.

Cancelling the alarm gives me the same problem....and I want the display to immediately come on to show me who is calling rather than wait 5 seconds (especially outdoors).

...perhaps I'm just old and dementia is coming on :)

'Well intentioned lawmakers could stifle IoT innovation', warns bug bounty pioneer

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'Well intentioned lawmakers could stifle IoT innovation' (title)

I didn't read much past that and thought...yep, why not? Seems like a plan to me.

Go away, kid, you bother me: Apple, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla kick W3C nerds to the curb

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W3C dead?

Isn't the W3C dead now? Google and friends are the boss of all web standards in the future?

Chemical burns, explosive fires, they all come free with Amazon power packs

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"They really don't have the grassroots demand for quality that other countries do."

I'm not sure the demand for quality is there at all, anywhere.

...oh look, something that costs £50 else where is on sale for 99p, let's buy it, what a bargain... that's the consumers level of demand for quality. And that's why there is cheap tat sold everywhere.

Privacy folk raise alarm over schools snooping on kids' online habits

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Re: Privacy? What's that?

...I was in the process of wondering what I felt about it all.....then I read this and I guess the debate was had and is now over, and I missed it.

My kids schools certainly haven't mentioned this, at least not in this way, although I will admit they may have used some BS words that sounded all a bit bland and I just ignored when I signed some bit of paper.

Interesting...

Air gapping PCs won't stop data sharing thanks to sneaky speakers

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Since you have to physically get to the device...

...that has been air gapped, why not just plant a listening device on it, or in the same room? Seems far easier. And since no one saw you, and you defeated all the intruder alarms, why not just sit there and listen because you're probably invisible?

Auto manufacturers are asleep at the wheel when it comes to security

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Re: "...can pick up the signal from keys..."

because modern programmers are all 'Standing on the Shoulders of Morons.'

Quote of the day, if not week, for me. Have a beer.

Your entire ID is worth £820 to crooks on dark web black market

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I'm not a number

Not only am I just a number I'm seen as just a very small number.

With the way everyone tries to get hold of my details via slurping and stealing you would have thought it was worth a good bit more than that.

It's not as if products are designed and then someone sees an opportunity to use the product to slurp, its the other way around, they see a need to slurp and then design a product that can entice you to use it for the purpose of slurping.

Slurped data is then so valuable that companies even design software and hardware to store it, manage it and pay staff to make adverts based upon it.

...just surprised I'm only worth 820 when so much effort goes into getting the stuff off me.

Yes, Alexa is all very well... but we want YOU to talk machine learning and AI

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Re: In my house I teach the dimmer in a different way

A tad cynical, but I know what you mean. I've thought the same but recently I started to learn "machine learning" and have applied to go and do a degree in Computer Science (haven't been accepted yet).

Obviously I haven't got very far down the machine learning route yet, but the simple examples that you start with don't appear to offer any better way of solving the problem than a standard algorithm, but I am well aware that I am simply not far enough down the road to understand it all yet.

How ever, with AI, I am getting off my bum and finding out what all the fuss is about...I just haven't found anything yet, so, so far it is just a new sales buzz word and a new sector to baffle other people in, just like "cloud storage" used to be Samba, NAS, FTP etc.

It may simply be that machine learning is a far superior method than what has gone before, but no one has mastered it yet.

Hackers create 'ghost' traffic jam to confound smart traffic systems

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Re: Yet we applaud this 'always connected' world????

...a prototype system they would like to sell "as is"....normally.

What would have been nice is if the same type of people, with the same enquiring minds, that did the "hack" (new word for software testing), were part of the development / testing process before roads dug up etc.

At present things are always said to work....until someone just happens to properly test it. If that someone happens to not come along and study it, then it would have gone into production, and then at some inconvenient time in the future would have produced a problem.

....yeah, go on then, I'll take a hug :)

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Same old story

When it comes to software, earning money takes priority. No one seems to take time to test properly since that reduces profit. If the one scenario that it is built for seems to work, get it out the door and let the user test it.

There's also money in changing the design further down the road once it's been signed off by the customer and will then be called an upgrade as it is outside the original contract.

10 PRINT "ZX81 at 37" 20 GOTO 10

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Re: Thank You Mr Chester...

"3D Monster Maze"

...that scared me...I wasn't ever ready for the monster!

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A picture says a 1000 words

If there is one picture that summed up the entire excitement that I ever felt as a teenager that picture at the top of the story just says it all. The picture either means a huge amount to you or zero.

At the age of 49 that picture just brings floods of memories.

I, for one, can happily salute Sir Clive without mentioning the C5...oops.

UK takes first step towards criminalising driverless car hackers

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The number of laws we have...

...surely there is already one that would cover this? I mean, it's almost impossible to say how many laws effect the UK but between Scotland, England and Irish laws we must have one suitable one, then add the 49,000 or so passed by the EU, surely something fits?

Perhaps they can't be bothered to look and it's easier to add another one :)

I'm sure if I had a driver less car and crashed it (it crashed) someone would find a law just for me that I broke, so perhaps they're looking for a law that fits you lot!

La, la, la, I can't hear you! Apple to challenge Bose's noise-proof cans

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Re: Wait - am I a weirdo?

reassuring in the fact that you can hear they are still running, with you there ... If I ever got off the ground I'd have to sit as close as possible to those engines...someone has to keep an eye on them!

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Re: Wait - am I a weirdo?

I used to live next to the M1 motorway, the constant loud drone wasn't an issue. I moved to a local village high street and that was a problem with just half a dozen cars a night whizzing by.

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Re: Mine is better than yours debates....

...in fact, it's not all bad, I've really started to enjoy Rod Stewart and the Faces recently and expanded my musical taste and reckon I could start to attempt some of this modern POP Music stuff I've read about....maybe, soon, perhaps, I might even enjoy X Factor...you know, with all the pretty colours, because there won't be much sound left!

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Mine is better than yours debates....

Try AC DC full volume with any head phone and quality ceases to matter after 2 hrs, come to think of it so does noise cancellation, the tinnitus takes care of most external noise. Do that for Led Zeplin etc as well for 30 years and the £2.99 ear phones all sound pretty darn good, you just buy which ever one has the biggest dB level :)

Been there, done that, ....pardon, what did you say?

I only need cheap ear phones now, so take that suckers! I'm quids in......DOH!

Miner vs miner: Attack script seeks out and destroys competing currency crafters

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Re: damn...

...isn't that annoying. If there is a case for changing a browser, making the back button work every time would be my number 1 target.

...just like the back button on Android. ie, close the app and go back to where you were. When a browser opens a new tab, close it and return to previous tab

World's biggest DDoS attack record broken after just five days

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Re: ISPs could mitigate this

I don't understand why responsibility is normally passed onto someone else, in this case an ISP. Why not make the people responsible for the problem, sort their problem, legally.

We do it for cars, people have to make sure their car is compliant so as not to be a danger to others, it's called an MOT. While MOTs aren't perfect, at least the responsibility is put onto the owner.

People running equipment on the net that is caperable of causing harm to others should be held to account. Pass the bill on to them, with a fine, perhaps even make them go through a training course to show they are fit to let their hardware loose onto the the wider world.

It's just a principle, why make someone else responsible to fix it.

Facebook regrets asking whether it's OK to let adult men ask underage girls for smut pix

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We're not paid to think.

...a clear case of our job is to come up with survey questions but not to think about what we have written.

A bit like writing a book with no proof reading

New algorithm could help self-driving cars scout out hidden objects

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Re: Vibrations

yes, the real world is so different to a lab. Speed of processing data I think is always going to be key in the real world.

Twitter cries for help to solve existential crisis of whether it's Good

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Re: Seeing as twitter "solves" a non-existant problem ...

"But I also think that something else would replace it."

The masses seem to jump on to anything that is pushed their way as the next thing. The question is how long they stay with it. It will be replaced anyway at some stage by something equally useless as the replacement must appeal to the masses and collect data for someone else who doesn't have the data.

The people that don't have the data simply don't have it because they don't have the money to buy it so the next replacement will come from someone else who doesn't have enough money and thinks they can sell data, maybe.

Because of the data already collected the next big thing will need to be able to collect data not already collected and since it's not already being collected the masses need to be told to use something that is completely different to what we have now.

When the replacement is thought of it will replace the previous must have useless thing just as quick as the previous must have useless things appeared.

Twitter, facebook, whatscrap, instathing are all waiting to be replaced.

I think the replacement will simply be the default acceptance of everything on a mobile, including sensors, being slurped. Presumably Apple and google will simply make a universal app for all messaging types, then push us to take it, destroy the whatsapp, insta, twitter markets and keep their control albeit with more power. The kind of data they will want is medical, heart and blood measurments...then they can see drugs to us and capture the pharma arena.

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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It's all a little pedantic

The idea that something needs to be correctly identified down to the nth degree is a little pedantic. The main rules will be "if there is an object in the road, don't hit it".

Whether or not it can see an object in the distance will be down to it's sensor's range and the time it would take the car to stop in those conditions. It needs to work out how far it can see. If it knows that it can only see 30 metres in front (for certain) then it needs to go at a speed which will make it sure that not only can it stop if needed but that it can stop gently, that limits it's speed, down to perhaps 7 mph. It doesn't need to know the top speed limits written on a sign.

On top of what it can see ahead of it, it also needs to take into account the surprise object suddenly appearing from the left from a crowd of moving objects (called people). It doesn't need to identify a child from an adult, male from female, just that it is an object.

On many roads, those moving objects on the path are only 4 ft away from the car. If it takes into account that any one of these objects could suddenly come from the side, and fall in front of it, then just knowing that this is a possibility will keep the car going very slowly just in case.

If the AI car is made safe, it is also made useless, since it moves too slow.

If the car is made useful, it is now going too fast to be safe, risks have been accepted, and so little details like correct identification are now less important.

For me, the question is, do you want to accept a car driven by a human making a mistake or an AI car. The human can be blamed, pointed at and taken to court.

The AI is a faceless corporation backed by government and the legal system that allowed it to be on the road. When it makes a mistake, who are you going to blame, and more importantly how are you going to get "justice" for the dead child? Good luck with prosecuting government / corporation / legal system once they have accepted that the risks are ok.

Leave humans in charge of a car. Just use AI to help avoid human mistake and enforce "a safe speed for the conditions"

Let's get to know each other first: Joe Public won't share their data with just anyone

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NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't

"NHS most trusted with our info, survey says, social media isn't"

...and yet reality shows that people put absolutely everything on social media yet fail to go to the doctor when they have a real problem that needs diagnosing :)

Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks

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Re: code?

cheers for that. Interesting. I downloaded the "code" but it appears to be data and code for manipulating the framework.

I was expecting a source code such as a complete "c" program or Python whereby the program lines went something like

IF nerveA TRIGGERS nerveB THEN

move muscle C

ELSE

X

...but it turned out a little more complicated :)

I'll have to dig a bit deeper when I have more beer.

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code?

I for one would love to see the complete code. Is it like Game of Life? Write the code with a few simple rules then just sit back and wait for a pattern to emerge and then say, "look it did this".

I'm not belittling it, I love watching Mr Conway's creation, wrote my own version not long ago, just wondering exactly what these scientists have done.

I did find https://docs.google.com/viewer?a=v&pid=sites&srcid=ZGVmYXVsdGRvbWFpbnx3d25pcDIwMTd8Z3g6NDQ3YjZhZTZiYWJiNDI5NA

but it's only a tiny algorithm. I guess they are working within a frame work and only applying algorithms within that framework.

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women

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I'm not being racist...

...but they all look the same to me.

I have a slight form of Face Blindness. I have to study someone's overall features (clothes, a scar, hair type, mannerisms, size of ears, voice etc) to help me recognise people. I need to get a handle on someone and I suspect many other people have similar problems, whether they know it or not.

I have more problems with a woman's face partly I feel because so many have make up on which smooths out features. Chubby faced people have skin pulled a little tighter which removes wrinkles. I'm white and black people tend to look younger to me, their faces often look smoother and more round and I've thought this may be to do with darker skin not showing shadows so much on the face.

Is the lack of contrast from light to dark on their faces a valid reason I wonder? Do they have less wrinkles? I think I can think of a few other reasons computers would struggle rather than racism.

Another may simply be that most of the programmers working on these products are white men who when teaching a computer what to look for are using their own "white man's" algorithm in their brains to recognise friend or foe. The area's I have lived in, rural England, simply haven't had many black people in for me to identify them as well as white...perhaps computer geeks who have spent most of their lives in darkened rooms surrounded by other white people and computers in just don't know what the black peoples little differences are.

No, I'm not sold on the racism card within face id.

You strip the hair and makeup off of anyone and I wonder how accurate a human would be at spotting gender. I'm willing to bet your own accuracy would change between different races and colours.

Also, go find a group of black programmers who have made a face ID software and test their results.

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You can normally find a fact to prove your case because any bias can also be within the studies objective.

All test images should have been picked at random, without knowing the colour or persons origin from the start. Results should have been listed for fat people, thin people, ill people, people with make up and not etc etc.

The results may have shown a inaccuracies with fat white people as well, perhaps also thin and people with a cold may have also have been inaccurate.

Perhaps the software isn't racist but just generally not good. Is Face recognition better or worse for detecting fat old white men with stubble on their face?

UK ICO, USCourts.gov... Thousands of websites hijacked by hidden crypto-mining code after popular plugin pwned

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Do we give up on aeroplanes?

"What do we do? Do we give up on aeroplanes? Or do we "just" mitigate this to a point where you say "fuck it, beyond this it just wasn't your lucky day"."

...I'm a scaredicat. Yes, I gave up on planes....and bungi jumping, as well as the 4th rung on ladders :)

...If only I could give up on government websites I'd be a happy boy :)

Meltdown's Linux patches alone add big load to CPUs, and that's just one of four fixes

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Patches applied yet?

I don't know if any of these patches have been applied yet but for my general use I haven't seen any slow downs. I think for the average Joe this speed thing may be just a storm in a tea cup. I use Linux / Fedora.

The wife's laptop runs windows 10 which is so slow due to pop ups about this that and the other, like software renewals and anti-virus warnings, I don't think any speed decreases will be noticed even if the cpu went 30% slower. She spends half her time waiting for the updates to do their stuff. Turn on then then make a cup of tea, then ask why isn't windows ready yet for the first 10 minutes. It's got so bad the laptop is just left running over night. Against this back ground of update / nag ware this cpu issue means nothing.

Wow, MIND-BLOWING: Florida Man gets an earful from 'exploding Apple AirPod' bud

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My views may not be popular but...

In days gone by, before potentially dangerous things inside "black boxes", such as batteries, the risks inside peoples homes and on their person seemed either obvious to most (bleach has don't drink on the bottle, medicines must be locked away from children etc) or were relatively few, or the risks had been present for many many years. (Think before modern tech).

The risks in the modern age are multiplying rapidly and most of these risks are within an area of people's life that is a "black box" to them. They know absolutely nothing about what's inside. With toys, minus the high tech side, we make sure the box says "not suitable for children under certain age", "contains parts that can cause choking", pens have lids on with holes inside, cots, bed matrices and furniture has fire proof material etc etc. Great lengths have been gone to to help protect people.

Technology though seems to evade most of these warnings and companies can produce very poor products, or, as in the case of lithium batteries, be placed in inappropriate places. Babies and toddlers seem to regularly swallow button cell batteries etc. Shoddy tumble driers burning homes etc.

I think it is high time more effort and thought is placed upon these technologies, either in the way of educating to a far more technical level or with far stricter rules because I feel that profit is the only motivation with these products.

The general population can not way up the pros and cons of this tech and legislation seems to be failing.

The other day doctors and 111 service wanted to send an ambulance out for me because of a very very very tiny risk that I may have internal bleeding that was life threatening, and yet no one is concerned that my phones, tumble drier, USB battery packs etc etc may cause death and fire risks to my whole family. These other risks are far higher than my taking of an ibuprofen once per day for 2 weeks to avoid arthritis.

It appears technology is exempt from health and safety, while we go totally risk averse in another areas.

From July, Chrome will name and shame insecure HTTP websites

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Re: Chrome now installs Spyware that silently scans all files called software_reporter_tool.exe"

I had something similar on Linux with chrome. It was running one of their test suits which put my fan in turbo, kept doing it for 2 days on and off. I couldn't work out what it was actually doing other than two new chrome processes started and took all processor resources.

I understand (although totally disagree and hate) that today's climate is all about giving up all details of everything you do on a PC but there's never a button that says "don't do it" or "don't do it now I want my computer back!". It's all very secretive.

Morrisons launches bizarre Yorkshire Pudding pizza thing

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....it's missing marzipan and icing as far as I can tell from the picture.

The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

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Re: What it is

...that's one of the best descriptions I've seen. Mainly because I feel that I have understood it!

Have a beer (icon) :)

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Re: Am I the only one who doesn't really have a clue what blockchain is?

....so pleased someone put their head above the parapet and asked :)

now, if I could only understand some of the answers I'd be well chuffed with myself!

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