* Posts by sebt27

15 posts • joined 4 May 2018

Chief EU negotiator tells UK to let souped-up data adequacy dream die

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Re: The more I listen to the EU...

"In Italy the pro-EU President has just vetoed the elected Finance Minister because he says the EU wouldn't like him. This is a person elected by the people, and refused office by EU technocrats."

Huh? As another commentard has already asked, how is the President of Italy an "EU technocrat"?

"Don't the 'Remain' voters understand what freedom is?"

Yes. All too well. Deciding your cabinet on the basis of not pissing off important neighbours before you've even started work is a terrible restriction of freedom, deliberately imposed by the fascist EU Reich/neoliberal EU/EUSSR (delete according to taste).

Luckily, in the UK we're "free". We just appoint Boris Johnson.


Re: Well, duh

"Of course, and that will happen. Simply, it will not happen anymore through participation as a member inside the EU institutions, but instead through negotiation of an outside 3rd party with the EU."

That's a nice idea, and would produce a vaguely-sensible Brexit. But it's not going to happen. As a Leave voter I know was telling me* over the weekend, if that was the aim then triggering Art.50 ASAP and starting a 2-year countdown, when no-one had a clue even what they wanted, was pretty frunking stupid.

May did it to appease the screaming WANTZ MY BREXITZ NOW! toddlers over at the Mail. And guaranteed that there would be no chance of Brexit ever working.

* for "telling me", read "ranting furiously"

Slurp up patient data for algos that will detect cancer early, says UK PM


Re: It's just a BS "reason" to allow patient data to be sold off

"All to great acclaim, until some wag pointed out that the software was picking out the X-ray shadows of the chest drains the doctors had put into those patients, which they were ethically bound to do..."

What a great illustration of the idiocy of trusting in idiot's AI. I'm sure there are plenty of real AI researchers out there who know this problem backwards; however, I'm sure they don't get invited to tech-marketing conferences.

"Alexa, are you ready to analyse some data?"


"Hold on while I find the file....

... Alexa, don't listen to this next bit, OK?"

"OK, scout's honour"

"Jim, where's the file of diagnosed patients?

.... OK, got it. Alexa?





"You told me not to listen"


"The Register is well aware that none of the data-crunching solutions described thus far, including DeepMind's Streams, can be properly described as AI."

Except by marketurds. To marketurds, anything more advanced than an abacus must be "described" as Cloud-based Distributed Machine-Learning AI.

But then marketurds would probably describe being thrown headfirst into a septic tank as "vigorously expressed, invaluable customer feedback".

(I realise this is just an unsupported assertion. For science's sake, I think we need to all join in a distributed research project to find out if it's really true).

We've found it! A cloud-and-AI angle on the royal wedding


"feed the signal to an AWS Elemental Live small form factor appliance located nearby for real-time ingest to an entirely cloud-based workflow.”

This, children, is what you'll sound like if you generate all your speech by "ingesting" bollox and putting it through an "entirely cloud-based workflow". Don't do it. It's not big and not clever.

UK's Rural Payments Agency is 'failing on multiple levels' – report


General law

"The RPA's history of failing to deliver workable payment systems does not fill us with confidence that it has either the capacity or expertise to deliver a seamless Brexit transition"

Isn't this just a particular case of the general law

"The entire government's history of failing to deliver anything workable does not fill us with confidence that it has either the capacity or expertise to deliver a seamless Brexit transition"


Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed


On the arrest photos...

"Despite a 2012 High Court ruling that said keeping images of presumed innocent people on file was unlawful, the government has said it isn't possible to automate removal."



Photos p


Convictions c

ON p.PersonID=c.PersonID


There. Done that for you. Where do I pick up my £1.5m?

Hacking train Wi-Fi may expose passenger data and control systems


Re: Trivial exploit

"Will somebody please think of the orphan children!"

To really annoy the "think of the children" crowd, you should take over the orphan children's devices and play pr0nz on them as well. Then they'll not only die, but not go to Heaven.

UK Home Office tiptoes back from slurping immigrants' NHS files


Effective immigration control

"effectively remove a person's rights as a data subject – for instance, their ability to access information stored about them, or ask how it is being used – if granting said rights would prejudice "effective immigration control.""

How could granting any rights prejudice "effective immigration control" more than the Home Office already does itself? (previous prop. T. May, previous prop. A Rudd, currently owned by (today, at least) S Javid)

If only they'd said what they really meant: "would prejudice arbitrary, ineffective, target-led, incompetent, sadistic immigration-theatre designed to appease smalled-dicked Daily Mail readers". Then their point would be crystal clear.

Brit govt told to do its homework ahead of talks over post-Brexit spy laws and data flows


"It's called planning."

Planning!!! I unclog my nose in the general direction of your "planning". So 20th Century.

Luckily we have a thrusting, up-to-date government, freed from hideously-outdated Waterfall dogmas, making glorious progress towards an Agile Brexit.

The Minimum Viable Post-Brexit Britain they're developing will have the same geological structure as now, so don't worry. It'll still be an Isle, and still be Sceptred. The rest is just minor UX tweaks. Anyway, Brexiters still don't have a clue what they want, so why waste time planning for it?

It's Galileo Groundhog Day! You can keep asking the same question, but it won't change the answer


Re: snooty

We didn't invent the "Will of the People" (or, as Steve Bell has renamed it in his current series, "The People's Willy"). Some bad Germans did that.

And no, they won't be wanting it back off us, even with the "improvements" we've made to it.

UK.gov expects auto auto software updates won't involve users

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Doesn't this amount to openly admitting that the software for driverless cars is going to be developed on the fine, industry-standard methodology of

"Just get it released, we can fix any problems with a mandatory update"


following the <i>gloriously successful</i> track record of this revolutionary new method elsewhere in software development?

"safety critical update."

Don't be silly. ALL updates are safety-critical. Because safety'n'security is the new way to get people to Obey. It's like saying "in the name of God". You <b>must</b> install this update

<s>so that we can slurp more of your data</s>

<s>to disable the cigarette lighter in line with legislation</s>

for the safety'n'security of you and other road users.

T-Mobile owner sends in legal heavies to lean on small Brit biz over use of 'trademarked' magenta


Just asking...

.... do you have to be already be a total utter **** to get a job in "corporate branding"? Or are you allowed to learn to be a total utter **** on the job?

Asking for a friend, of course...

Yes, people see straight through male displays of bling (they're only after a fling)


And so....

They theorised that people would jump to certain conclusions about these men, based on folk-wisdom. Designed an experiment, and found that.... yes, people jumped to these conclusions?

What is the point of evolutionary psychology again?

BOFH: But I did log in to the portal, Dave


You forgot the update software for the monitoring software that monitors the device update management software.

The other day Task Manager showed me the *update* service for some pissy little utility I downloaded was taking 40Mb of memory. How TF can


If (update exists)

Install upate


Do nothing

end if

take 40Mb????????

I just deleted it.

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