* Posts by Ordinary Donkey

44 posts • joined 10 Jul 2019

Well, well, well. Fancy that. UK.gov shelves planned pr0n block

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Re: Yay!

At least his insults stayed on topic. This is indeed a story about wanking.

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands

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Re: Make it like owning a vehicle

Things like that already exist.

Stalker attacks Japanese pop singer – after tracking her down using reflection in her eyes

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Re: Creepy?

I think they use vampires these days. Or is that old hat now as well?

Online deepfakes double in just nine months, scaring politicians – and fooling the rest of us

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Any independent verification?

This statistic is lifted from promotional material written by someone who is trying to sell a product to counter the problem they claim is out of control.

Their tool (which you can't see) gave twice as many positive results (no word on the accuracy) and now people need to give them money or they'll give even more positive results next year.

Euro ISP club: Sure, weaken encryption. It'll only undermine security for everyone, morons

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Re: The European ISPA is better than ISPA UK?

I guess that EuroISPA was founded before ISPA UK was bought.

Android dev complains of 'Orwellian' treatment as account banned after 6 years on Play store

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Re: Orwellian?

I think we may need to redefine "googly".

Hey, I wrote this neat little program for you guys called the IMAC User Notification Tool

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There was a famous one at a local company (in the days of typewriters) that supposedly missed two letters from "my client's account" - but fortunately didn't get to a client.

Linky revisited: How the evil French smart meter escaped Hell to taunt me

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Re: Le Diable

Roasted, with onion gravy.

UK ads watchdog bans Burger King Twitter jibe for condoning chucking milkshakes at politicians

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So, just to be clear about this, when did an acid attack cause less than permanent impairment?

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Yes, but as was pointed out in the Jo Brand controversy, if you throw an open bottle of bleach at someone in the UK it's a mandatory life sentence even if you miss.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS

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Yeah, I bought a set of the conical drill bits from the closest hardware store (since I was on foot) and they removed those fancy-schmancy screws easy as anything.

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Even in older cars, I once bought a Citroen that required a rare size of Torx screwdriver to even get close to the battery. Suffice to say it the screws were already pretty knackered by the previous owner and I ended up drilling them out.

Now that's integrity: Bloke sinks 7 beers, turns himself in. Cops weren't looking for him

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Re: Why so much hate for Bud?

That is indeed a different beer to the 4.5% version sold exclusively in the UK, Ireland and Australia.

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur

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That word exists.

It called you a civil servant.

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Paris Hilton

Re: AI Absolutely Rocks - Proof

It said Paris looked creepy.

UK Home Office web form snafu allows you to both agree and disagree – strongly – all at once

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I guess they're aiming to get the opinions of the Vicky Pollard section of the community.

Brit MPs: Our policies are crap and the political process is in tatters, but it's Twitter's fault, OK?

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Re: it's Usenet all over again.

It's all over. Again.

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Re: I suspect the worst thing about social media

A subset of how easy it is for proof you lied about anything to go worldwide, surely?

From pen-test to penitentiary: Infosec duo cuffed after physically breaking into courthouse during IT security assessment

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Re: I can't help thinking

Cash bail is also turning into a political ball in play in the upcoming presidential election.

In case people missed it, Bernie Sanders said it was a bad thing that 200,000 Americans are in jail because they can't pay lots of money for their bail bonds. Politifact then said this was only half true because the actual number is 400,000.

Still a lot of people to lock up for not being rich.

Fairphone 3 stripped to the modular essentials: Glue? What glue?

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Re: What's the alternative?

The Librem 5 ships in a few days. Entirely free of Android.

Cloud, internet biz will take a Yellowhammer to the head in 'worst case' no-deal Brexit

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Re: Transhumanism for the win

I noticed the Adam Smith institute just issued a statement saying that the law needs to be updated to allow people to go full transhuman and get body modifications and all that.

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot

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Occams Label:

No need to overthink things.

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Occam's Label.

Because all things being equal, the simplest solution is usually alcohol.

Let's recap reCAPTCHA gotcha: Our cunning AI can defeat Google's anti-bot tech, say uni boffins

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Re: Confused

Nothing new. Most deepfakes use ML systems to make fakes that other ML systems can't detect as fakes. They reason that if the other ML system can't spot the difference then neither will a meat based classifier.

Allowlist, not whitelist. Blocklist, not blacklist. Goodbye, wtf. Microsoft scans Chromium code, lops off offensive words

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Just for comparison I put my tea under a colour scanner but it got all steamed up and stopped working.

Home Office told to stop telling EU visa porkies

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I find if I travel to the UK on my British passport and return on my EU one I get a higher number of people wanting to check my passport. I guess it flags something that this passport number wasn't recorded as entering or something.

But once they've looked it over, no drama.

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Very big deal for those affected.

"That's all I need? No problem, I've got until $DATE, I'll do it a few days before."

"What do they mean in most cases? Better find out more with plenty of time to spare."

Google bans politics, aka embarrassing stuff that gets leaked, from internal message boards

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Perfectly viable.

My own political standpoint is that Boris Johnson is faking being quite as dumb as he makes out he is, and I'll deck anyone who says differently.

I don't expect my employer to want me to voice that at work, so I don't.

Can Amazon's AI really detect fear? Plus: Fresh deepfake video freaks everyone out again

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The only thing I saw clearly change was that there was a discernable artefact across his forehead for a moment.

You can easily secure America's e-voting systems tomorrow. Use paper – Bruce Schneier

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Didn't they already decide not to do that?

New UK Home Sec invokes infosec nerd rage by calling for an end to end-to-end encryption

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It's only a change of organ grinder. The tune is always the same.

Privacy? Watchdogs? Fines? Whatever, nerds, more people than ever are using Facebook and filling its deep coffers

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Re: more people than ever are using Facebook

More "people" are using Facebook.

Gordon Dimmack counted as hundreds of people in Facebook's statistics at the height of his internet marketing career and he was hardly prolific. Facebook's final form will be 200 billion advertising bots talking to each other while they try to find the last fleshy users in the noise, unaware that they died months ago.

Here we go: Uncle Sam launches antitrust probe into *cough* Facebook, Google *cough* Amazon *splutter* Twitter...

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I find myself wondering if Barr's new repeated calls for backdooring everything aren't intended as a negotiating chip in this.

It's Prime Minister Boris Johnson: Tech industry speaks its brains on Brexit-monger's victory

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Re: Disaster

I'd guess probably the same way that they did it in the 20th century and before?

When you play the game of Big Spendy Thrones, nobody wins – your crap chair just goes missing

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I'm sure we will never know who it was that did it. There are no clues here.

Awkward! Bernie tells Bezos-sponsored event he'd break up Amazon and other tech titans

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Re: Dance with who brung ya

Some of us still do think he was the worst president.

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Joke

Re: Dance with who brung ya

Far be it for us to question the wisdom of such an erudite political genius as George W Bush.

Google's Go team decides not to give it a try

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Pint

Re: On error GOTO

On Error Pub

You can't say Go without Google – specifically, our little logo, Chocolate Factory insists

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Re: Python took 30 years to get this popular

I wonder how many other people first heard of Python as a serious language when it was used for this little thing called Bittorrent?

Good luck deleting someone's private info from a trained neural network – it's likely to bork the whole thing

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Re: Why use personal data to train AI?

A recording of your voice is personally identifying information.

GDS, what is it good for? According to a UK parliamentary committee: 'Increasingly unclear'

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"But addressing these challenges requires money and the Government must be willing to invest to save in the future"

Translation: We're screwed.

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