* Posts by johnrobyclayton

13 posts • joined 11 Jan 2018

What bugs me the most? World+dog just accepts crap software resilience



I remember a scene in the movie Idiocracy.

It was in the triage section of the emergency department of a hospital.

There was a girl in front of a full graphical patient classification interface.

It had pictures of red marks on a picture of a body and she would select which one that most matched the problem described.

It had all the complexity of the classic game operation without the requirements for good hand eye co-ordination. The icon pictures were rather large.

I have worked in support for many point of sale companies.

I have seen the evolution of this type of software on a daily basis. I have heard comments from the owners of more than one business that they wanted software that someone who was not very good at reading to be able to use.

Users get stupider and stupider because they are allowed to by companies that want to sell to the stupidest people they can find because these are the ones that will pay the most for software no matter how many issues it has.

The demands on software are increasing every day not just by the increasing complexity of our operating environment but by the requirements that stupider and stupider people need to be able to use it safely and profitably.

The problems of allocating blame for software that fails to meet requirements is a difficult one because it is the responsibility of everyone that contributes to its development, design, testing, marketing, use, selling, purchasing, training, legislating, securing, compliance, etc etc etc ad infinitum.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!


You get what you...

You get what you pay for

Facebook, Youtube etc, are free or cheap enough, except for your attention and the information about yourself that you give up.

You get what you vote for

If you want something different, vote differently, if you do not like the choices, run for office yourself.

You get what you do nothing to stop

Evil happens when good people do nothing to stop it irrespective of what their opinions on what good and evil are.

If you do not like a company's behaviour:

Go to another company.

Create your own that out competes them that behaves as you see fit.

Buy them and change their behaviour.

Vote for legislators that create the regulations that enforce the behaviours you require.

Become a legislator and vote for the regulations that you require.

Do something that stops behaviours that you deem evil. Convince others to prevent evil from being done. Share your attempts with others.

You might want to create a manifesto in this case, just so people can understand your choices and the intent of your actions.

As has been said before, there are no easy options here.

There are plenty of easy to state wishes that are in a lot of cases, especially now extremely heartfelt.

But as has been observed many times before magical wish based thinking and requirements in the political/technological/social/environmental spaces serve no useful purpose.

It is only the choices that we make, the actions that we engage in that makes the world what we want. We live in a world full of other people that are choosing and acting as they see fit.

If these events prompt you to choose something or do something, then make your choice. Act.

Strewth! Apoplectic Aussies threaten to blast noisy Google delivery drones out of the sky


Not all that usefull in urban areas, but in the sticks ...

Trialling this in an urban or suburban area is a mistake.

Too many neighbours to bother and it would only be used by people too lazy or time poor to go to the local chemist or corner store.

Providing deliveries to people in remote areas would avoid the noise complaints. Only the target of the delivery is likely to hear the drone and it would be serving a definite need for remote families.

Might be better to use a hybrid fixed wing - vtol drone configuration that can handle significant distance and weight while maintaining landing accuracy.

Did you know?! Ghidra, the NSA's open-sourced decompiler toolkit, is ancient Norse for 'No backdoors, we swear!'


Perhaps they have moved on

Once you have pwned the compilers and other elements of the toolchains that build the toolchains that build the toolchains that ....

To get a clean from start you would have to wire up the processor from transistors, design and build your chip fabricators, code your compilers and bootstrap yourself into the modern age.

Not many people or organisations have the patience, ability or resources to go through such a process.

One iteration of Linux from Scratch was enough for me.

There is no way to fully trust that any technology today has not been pwned to some degree or another.

The only defense is to get as many different individuals and groups investigating and testing in as many different ways as possible.

It is probable that the NSA's largess is not something that is a significant threat to the NSA itself.

It will be though, something that can increase the exposure of their counterpart's efforts along with those of non-state threat sources.

When the bits hit the FAN: US military accused of knackering Russian trolls, news org's IT gear amid midterm elections


The IRA in news is dead, Long live the IRA

Irish Republican Army

Internet Research Agency

Isn't it nice when the current affairs torch gets passed on.

Fool ML once, shame on you. Fool ML twice, shame on... the AI dev? If you can hoodwink one model, you may be able to trick many more


AI Buster Buster Buster Buster

Train an AI to recognise something.

Train the next AI to fool the first AI.

Train a third AI to recognise the attempts to fool the first AI

Train the fourth AI to fool the third AI

Train the fifth AI to recognise the attempts to fool the third AI

Wash, rinse, repeat

Tech sector meekly waves arms in another bid to get Oz to amend its crypto-busting laws


If anyone is interested in my thoughts on secure communications

Some thoughts that I have had on anonymity and security.


Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament


I have been thinking

Elected governments can only promote legislation that can be understood by, and desired by the voters.

There are plenty of technical people that know and understand the futility of effectively controlling decent encryption technologies.

But there a lot more people that do not understand the impossibility.

Therefore elected governments have to say silly things like the law of the land overrules the laws of mathematics even though that is cringe worthy.

What is needed is a description and demonstration of a secure communication infrastructure that is as impossible for any governments to effectively control as possible. This needs to be as simple in the individual operational elements as possible. There may be a lot of operational elements but if each piece is simple enough then a lot more people will be able to understand it.

I have been writing up something to do this as a hobby for the last couple of years.

Its a bit of a read and is a work in progress but I think that there is enough for sharing.

I have been using a github wiki for this:


Brain brainiacs figure out what turns folks into El Reg journos, readers


C, C++, C#, C99 shaped nubs?

Explains a lot.

NSA boss: Trump won't pull trigger for Russia election hack retaliation


Instead of attacking the predators, reduce the vulnerability of the prey.

There are always going to be enemy's trying to attack.

In this case they are attacking through a vulnerability in how our civilisation works.

We can counter attack or we can reduce the vulnerability.

Improving the critical thinking capabilities of our populace and improving their political awareness and comprehension would be an effective method of reducing our vulnerability.

Allowing yourself to be effectively lied to is a choice. Never trust, always question, always verify, always fact check and never let the desire to fit in override your good sense.

Hospital injects $60,000 into crims' coffers to cure malware infection


Predators always exist in the presence of prey

If you choose to be prey then you encourage the existence of predators to the detriment of everyone.

Choosing to be prey is not taking preparatory steps to avoid being taken advantage of as well as the immediate surrendering of value to predators.

A Hospital holding up their patients to defend themselves from the righteous criticism of their behaviour is deplorable.

What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...


Objective Measurement

Receiving consent is required before engaging is sexual activity by another.

This is enforced by law and evaluated in the courts.

At this point in time, as far as I am aware, there is no generally agreed upon standard for objectively measuring or determining consent prior to engaging in sexual activity with another.

Therefore, as far as I can see, any sexual activity between two or more people must be defined as suspect until a legally binding statement has been recorded by all participants that they did indeed consent to the sexual activity.

This is insufficient.

Consent has a very complex definition and it is getting more complex all the time.

It includes any one or any combination of:

State of mind of any of the participants, before during and after

State of mind of others, before during and after

Age of any participants

Information available to any of the participants

Information provided by any of the participants

Differing local statutes

The list goes on ...

I for one do not like an environment where the appropriateness of my sexual activities with others simply cannot be defined before or during the event and can sometimes only be guessed at after.

You might dislike the solution presented in this article.

If so, present a better solution to this problem.

Romance, love and tenderness are all fine and dandy but they are a pile of crap in a court of law.

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