* Posts by Will Godfrey

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We're all saved. From the killer AI. We can live. Thanks to the IEEE

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Autonomous cars

These hitting the road is not a problem.

Hitting things on the road...

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Europe's 'one patent court to rule them all' vision may be destroyed by EPO shenanigans

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Tip of the iceberg

This sort of attitude seems to be rather common, and is becoming more obvious as those in any form of power no longer seen to even attempt to hide what they are up to - just look across the pond.

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Amazon may still get .amazon despite govt opposition – thanks to a classic ICANN cockup

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Bugrit.

Run out of popcorn.

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Apache says 'no' to Facebook code libraries

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Re: No winner here

Read the terms of the Apache license.

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No winner here

I'm not keen on the Apache license, because of the loss of rights, but the facebook one is seriously toxic. The way it's worded, someone way down the software chain can effectively revoke your license without you even being aware of it until the vultures descend.

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UK regulator set to ban ads depicting bumbling manchildren

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Actually...

I quite like the idea of being considered useless around the house - it means I have an easy life as I don't have to do anything more than is expected of me.

If people smile condescendingly at my poorly ironed shirts I consider that an indication of success and smile back happily.

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Eggheads identify the last animal that will survive on Earth until the Sun dies

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I for one

... welcome our sub-millimetre overlords

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User left unable to type passwords after 'tropical island stress therapy'

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Re: One week at Bigger Blue.

I disagree. When starting a new job it's up to you to ask what you are likely to be doing and dress appropriately. If in any doubt, you should ask.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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I call that a result

What kind of idiot makes comments like that when in the rental business - lucky to get away with still having a roof over their own house!

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Boffins' five eyes surprise: Bees correct colour for ambient light

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Re: Please

Have one of these for making me laugh ->

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Photobucket says photo-f**k-it, starts off-site image shakedown

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Well that was news

I'd completely forgotten photobucket even existed.

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Five-eyes nations want comms providers to bust crypto for them

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A classic

Anyone remember Arnold Schwarzenegger's reply when an attempt was made to block his budget?

His real reply was to be had by reading the first letter of each paragraph, but he managed to get it published before anyone cottoned on.

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A minister for GDS? Don't talk digital pony

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Tip of the iceberg

Software mission creep and price gouging is only the latest example of the old pals' act, funny handshakes and secret societies - something that been going on not just for decades, but a century or two. The only real difference is that these days, information spreads fast enough for us to hear about it before someone manages to hide it away.

I don't see any likelihood of this changing in the foreseeable future.

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Huge ransomware outbreak spreads in Ukraine and beyond

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Place your bets

How long before May claims this is another reason to ban encryption?

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Pwned UK SME fined £60K for leaving itself vulnerable to hack attack

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OK

Seeing as government and big business have got their act totally together and never ever make such silly mistakes, it's high time the little guys were brought into line /s

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SpaceX nails two launches and barge landings in one weekend

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Re: @John Brown Even old curmudgeons are happy!

All very well, but then again who's shoulders were NASA standing on?

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Capita flogs Asset Services division for £888m

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Re: Smart meter bill

What could possibly will probably go wrong?

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PC rebooted every time user flushed the toilet

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BBC B

That reminded me.

Mate told me the disk drive wasn't working, so I asked him to check both cables were properly plugged in. "Yes." He said "I can see the light is on so it must be trying to do something."

I'd seen this so often I just told him to unplug the 'wide' cable, turn it over and plug it in again, to be greeted by "Oh, I didn't know it mattered".

A lot of cheap plugs had no bump, just the slots on the other side. The sockets on the Beebs only looked for the bump.

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BOFH: Putting the commitment into committee

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Re: The only committee I would be part of

... or as the electrician said to the manager-droid:

"Just cos I don't have a screwdriver in my hand, doesn't mean I'm not thinking about the job."

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It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering

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'sOK

Gimp isn't easy to use, but is quite good enough for the limited image manipulation I do. It would probably get easier if I used it often enough to remember the keyboard shortcuts.

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Conservative manifesto disappears offline – then mysteriously reappears

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Sneaky

It was done, specifically to draw people's attention away from [REDACTED]

Oh, wait. Someone at the door...

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Tesla death smash probe: Neither driver nor autopilot saw the truck

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Re: RTFA

@Stoneshop

Thanks for that. Gives a very different picture from what the article suggests.

Have one of these.

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Re: RTFA

How does pulling on to a highway result in a 90degree hit in the middle of a trailer?

How wide was the highway?

What lane was the car in?

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Missing information

Presumably this accident happened at a crossroads, as the car appeared to hit the middle of the trailer at 90 degrees. If so, what were the road priorities?

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Fighter pilot shot down laptops with a flick of his copper-plated wrist

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Re: Seen this with mobile phones on dell laptops

Youi made that up!

What boss would admit anything was his own fault?

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Oh yes!

I learned the hard way. If you get really weird faults (especially at switch-on) change the battery. This will often be completely hidden by the makers - just to make your job harder.

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Brexploitation! PC price wars? Yep. Vendors see who can go higher

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So What's new?

The {cough}free market{cough} always uses any excuse to price gouge.

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Software dev bombshell: Programmers who use spaces earn MORE than those who use tabs

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Re: What about the important things?

No:- if the code below is beautifully crafted and instantly understandable.

Sometimes:- if I think I understand the code but there just a nagging doubt.

Always, and with loving attention, even to the extent of changing the wording just so the far end lines up perfectly:- if the code is an incomprehensible mess, and I've no idea what it does or what I can do about it.

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Missing the point

It's obvious really. Use spaces, all typed individually by mashing the spacebar on the most rattly keyboard you can find.

The boss hears the staccato rat-a-tat-a-tat for hours at a time, and is amazed at your industriousness. So more dosh!

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Situation Normal

It seems any claim Microsoft makes falls apart once you examine it critically. This whole thing totally misses the point of 'learning'.

Also, this game is based on response time more than anything else. Force the system to have the same times as a human (while the game runs at normal speed) then see how well it fares.

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Disney mulls Mickey Mouse magic material to thwart pirates' 3D scans

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Interesting

So, the company actually based on real theft, right from the day Disney shafted his business partner is still trying (and failing) to stop anyone else copying them.

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British Airways poised to shed 1,000 jobs to Capita

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Warning Signs

I can remember history lessons (in my yoof) describing entire civilisations destroyed not by disasters or invaders, but internal greed and corruption. More and more I wonder if we are heading for another such 'event'.

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Move over, Stuxnet: Industroyer malware linked to Kiev blackouts

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Puzzling

Why are Siemens PLCs so ubiquitous?

They are not only truly horrible, but they're not the cheapest either!

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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... closer than they appear ...

About time they did something about rear-view mirrors making things look closer than they are.

Oh, is it that time already ->

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Break crypto to monitor jihadis in real time? Don't be ridiculous, say experts

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Re: What about privately agreed crypto between private parties?

Indeed so, and still adding his unique colour to the forum

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Sorry for repeating myself but...

1950s SciFi story. Subversives were sending messages under the noses of the oppressors. Messages were 'delivered' by old men walking dogs. The message was the number and the colour of the dogs!

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I fought Ohm's Law and the law won: Drone crash takes out power to Silicon Valley homes

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Reward?

... for the capture of the free electron numpty.

At least 10,000uF

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Paxo trashes privacy, social media and fake news at Infosec 2017

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Never liked the guy

In fact I took an instant dislike to him the first time I heard him speak. Arrogant, aggressive, opinionated. Seems he's actually got worse, and we can add 'ignorant' to the list..

Desidertata:

"Avoid loud and aggressive persons, for they are vexations to the spirit".

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Kaspersky files antitrust suit against Microsoft

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News at 11

Monopolist monopolizes.

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The open source community is nasty and that's just the docs

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Strange

I reside in a very tiny corner of the FOSS world, but still don't recognise any of this here.

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'My PC needs to lose weight' says user with FAT filesystem

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Pah! lightweights!

You've seen nothing if you've not been a 1960s TV service engineer doing (typically) 14 house calls a day. You can't un-see what I've seen, nor un-smell what I smelt.

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Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars

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Eggs

Basket

'nuff sed?

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Tech industry thumps Trump's rump over decision to leave Paris climate agreement

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Fingers in ears?

He would not listen,

He's not listening still.

Perhaps he never will.

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UK surveillance law raises concerns security researchers could be 'deputised' by the state

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Alice in Wonderland

So let me see if I've got this right.

Honest researchers trying to improve security and protect ordinary people from criminals will be silenced if they happen to stumble on vulnerabilities that the spooks are also using (I don't believe for one minute the spooks will be first to discover).

However, criminals using such vulnerabilities will now be actively protected by spooks not wanting these made public.

Therefore, I can only conclude that we now have a criminal government.

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Lexmark patent racket busted by Supremes

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Lexmark, are they still a thing?

I got the message very many years ago, and avoided them like the plague ever since. I also quickly moved on to laser printers - far more economic when only occasionally printing. Generally I've stuck to HP. Quality seems good, and at work we only recently finally pensioned of a Laserjet5M colour printer.

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India sets June 5 as the day it will join the heavy-lift rocket club

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Re: What ARE you guys smoking?

Yes, I immediately noticed that, only my first thought was they were jointing it because it was previously broken.

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Raspberry Pi foundation merges with CoderDojo Foundation

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Hmmm

Just seems rather odd to me. Could do with more details.

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BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'

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Re: I have to agree

I don't.

The Beeb is a well funded 24hr 365 day service. El Reg is not.

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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Like it in principle

I'll be trying this on an older 32bit single core machine first, and see how it goes from there. Not much else that's 'modern' runs on it effectively so it should be a good test.

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UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election

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A Puzzle

What are they really after? I don't believe that they are so stupid as to expect this to fly. Even Joe (really thick) Public is beginning to see the problem here, and also that almost all of these attackers were apparently already under suspicion.

At the risk of tinfoil hattery, I can't help thinking there some other agenda this is masking.

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