Now that you've all got your blindfolds on, can anyone see where I'm going with this?
939 posts • joined 20 Sep 2007
"The potential of facial recognition technology to make our communities safer and commerce secure is just beginning to be realized" - Yes, and do you all remember how "digital technologies" made the same promises at the start of the century. And yet, here we are, some twenty years later, with consequentially far higher and ever increasing levels of financial/identity fraud and scamming on-line! Where software patches and updates are rolled out on a near daily basis!
No, Clearview (et al), I think that you, and others like you, simply want to protect businesses, their data sets and their profitability. I don't believe that this offers any real benefit to customers, but you will no doubt pull off the same illusory trick, so often used before, to fool everyone into letting you harvest all that lovely personal data! Only then to become evil gate-keepers of our individual daily drudgery.
Well, I suppose it is the way of the furure. Personally I would be happier if I were fully confident that my bank had thoroughly tested and resilient pen and paper (and pocket calculator) Backup Plan for when the cloudiness goes off-line for a bit of a rest, as it were.
I mean IRL clouds do have a tendancy to burst etc. Fingers crossed everyone.
Especially in the case of banking / fintech etc. is there not a very strong case for demanding that such digital infrastructure undergo a comprehensive, independent, testing phase prior to being permitted to go live? In order to bring such potential disasters to light before they can happen!
Are there not machine learning models and wotnot that could allow such testing to be both rapid and very thorough and free from prying human eyes - if there are any security issues with that?
(goes back to counting groats with an abacus)
Machine learning helps us learn about machines, when there are 7+ Billion soft and squidgy humans who seem to be in an endless loop, frequently repeating the mistakes that they made in the past.
Put the output from the latter into the machines designed and built by humans and you get what exactly at the end of it?
There's hope yet.
Many years back I knew of a local building supplies company where the sales office was inside a large wooden hut. Sat upon the big desk inside the terminals / cash registers were continually put upon by a barrage of plaster, sand, cement dust and fine grit etc. I kid you not each one of them looked ten times as bad as the probe in the photo does and yet, somehow, they continued to operate. I can therefore only assume that someone at the company either had the good foresight to order Mil-Grade equipment, or that maybe they were in fact conducting tests for NASA.
Here we go again!
This is like hanging baubles on the dying stump of an Xmas tree. There is little or no healthy foundation of growth and development left on the desiccated remains of the tree (NHS) and yet those in high office deem it a suitable moment, despite financial pressures from all sides, to distract attention away from a very dire situation and proceed with applying some costly shiny shiny decorations instead of getting the bedrock fundamentals back into shape first!
It is so obviously a complete dereliction of duty and care towards the populace and our most treasured public health facilities in order to take attention away from the utter crapfest that mires the current holders of that high office as they continuously prioritise ways of directing funds towards their own ilk, rather than towards the delivery of such services that the majority of the populace rely on!
Be clear and honest about the matter please, just for once! Do you want to run the NHS into the fecking ground and force us all to pay into private care packages, with personalised health apps on our phones and all our personal health data, and more, passed into the hands of private companies? - asking for a friend, or two, or a hundred or many millions!
Microsoft says the internet is the nicest it's been since 2016. Obviously they didn't look at The Reg comments
Somewhat like a playground the internet would seem overly full of shouty, immature individuals who have determined for themselves and themselves alone, that the internet is a forum where everyone must pay attention to them and to the bile that they very often espouse. Much to the detriment of more considered thought and expression, which is sadly often drowned out my the former. Imho, this is all the proof that is needed to see that mankind, as a whole, is nowhere near intelligent enough for such technology and hasn't been for about 100,000 years.
"I prefer gingerbread pigeon myself..." - Perhaps you refer to the Highland Red Tufted variety. Over the years this breed of carrier pigeon frequently demonstrated the ability for increasingly independent thought and motivation and could not be relied upon to stay 'on message' (pun intended).
Which is a great shame because they are a very hardy breed with great tenacity, determination and otherwise a most worthy asset.
It's been said here before, but . . .
Is it really too much to ask, or even demand, that such companies (e.g. rather important infrastructure etc.), "took steps to enhance the security of our systems and processes" BEFORE such fecking attacks take place! I mean let's face it for several decades ahead global powers are going to be increasingly slugging it out in this manner!
(Sorry, me again) There is only one sure way that you can, at the very least, increase some efficiency in the NHS and that requires the full-time services of a regiment of trained snipers using high velocity, hollow-tipped rounds with 100% head-shots guaranteed. At least that way you can get rid of the old and demented, the druggies and highly dependant alcoholics etc.
One size does not fit all in a public health service. Imagine you ran a car plant producing a range of five family saloon cars. Then one day you get a letter from the department of transport insisting that you also produce; buses, tractors, tanks, fire engines, diggers and HGVs all from the same single manufacturing plant that you use for your saloon cars. Oh, and you won't be told in advance how many of each type are needed each week either. That's what the NHS is like - there is no way on earth that you can tell what size, shape and age the problems are going to be and yet they continue to walk in through the door 24/7!
You can't just say oh look demand on the renal unit is down 40% in the last month, well then, we can shift half of the ward and equipment over to maternity, they seem to be constantly dealing with babies over there! There is very little if any predictability to work with.
The NHS is a bit like a prism - the white light of constant patient demand that streams in through the front door is then separated out into a broad spectrum of complaints and dealt with accordingly. So what looks like a single line of uniform customers actually represents a whole gamut of things that need fixing.
Of course if you want to increase efficiency further down the line, in the output stage, you could provide well funded, well staffed and well trained NHS community outreach services for say drug and alcohol dependency units. Success in that area would almost certainly release some resources in other public facing areas, such as policing, probation and the courts etc. Those released resources could then be re-directed to more urgent policing matters etc.
So it is an almost impossible task to achieve efficiency in general. That's not to say that you can't spend resources carefully, with hindsight and juggle rotas/be flexible with agency staffing etc., but in the main the demands still require constant flexibility and there is always a cost to that. Then again, you can push that flexibilty too far and, guess what, it breaks!
Dear NHS - Get well soon
Once the envy of developing nations, now it appears the NHS has been put on an end-of-life pathway for some decades. I was once acquainted with a post-grad in the 1970s who was part of a team tasked with examining every last detail of it's structure in order to bring about massive changes, supposedly for the good, he once said to me (and I quote): "You won't recognise the NHS in ten years time".
Well what I do recognise is that over a much longer time billions of public money has continuously been pissed away, by various administrations, without bringing about any tangible good and which appear to have only served "chums" and overpaid external consultants etc.
As difficult as it is to accept, I take the view that a high class public health system, such as our dear old NHS, requires a continuous and quite significant level of public taxation in order to both fund it sustainably and to develop the staff and systems (IT etc.) in an effective manner going forwards.
All that would appear to have taken place is an endless waste of significant public monies on successive 'sticking plaster' measures which just cannot be expected to hold the whole thing together, but which successive administrations parade as splendid fixes.
And who is left to actually hold the thing together, day in day out, the beleaguered staff! (on all levels), who soldier on and who continuously have to find workarounds in order to keep the ship from sinking!
I feel that the repairs need to be driven from the inside out, properly costed and transparently examined by experienced auditors and with tangible, meaningful, input from staff who have worked at all levels of the NHS coal face, not from top-down directives fed by highly paid external consultants.
So going back to that post-grad with whom I was once acquainted, I mean he appeared diligent in his work and honestly dedicated to the idea of making things better, but I do have to wonder about the quality of the data he submitted and about the quality of the decisions that were based upon that data.
In this country (UK), I fully expect that the term " Data Privacy is a right" does in fact mean that all your (our) data will be harvested and put into Private Hands, where it will be traded, exploited and mis-used in all manner of ways imaginable and great riches will be made by a select few - right!
Re: "Our Bill will put a firewall around everyday tech"
But . . . but . . . but, going forwards the gubermints far thinking proposals will synergise the security of the emerging digital landscape for all IoT / Tech users in the land, honest! Imagineering Pepper Pig onto the advisory panel and everything!
On second thoughts, no, your right.
Rolls-Royce set for funding fillip to build nuclear power stations based on small modular reactor technology
Low hanging fruit
Is this not just the low hanging, if rather risky, nuclear fruit? By which I mean several things;
1)-Right now we have no scalable/workable energy storage solution for wind and solar, sadly (although efforts to devise such methods are on going).
2)-It gets us towards lowering emissions more quickly than getting 68M+ people to adjust their life style choices to eat very little if any meat, give up jetting off abroad twice a year for hols and giving up on ICE powered vehicles.
3)-It has the potential to be a nice little earner for some!
Whilst I am not entirely against the concept of SMRs, this development should not be seen as a silver bullet such that we loose track of the tremendous effort still required looking ahead at least 50+ years in order for us to even start to see some re-balancing benefits. The harder tasks and solutions will still need to be dealt with as well in order to add to what is proposed here.
So by all means pick some low hanging fruit but we had better be building the ladders (technology) that are urgently needed to get us to the prize fruits higher up!
So it is possible for Jeff Bezos to lose: Court dismisses Blue Origin complaint about Moon contract award to Elon Musk
Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done
Like him or loathe him, he did play a part in shedding light on some pretty serious matters. But from a purely humanitarian perspective he sure as hell puts himself, and those close to him, through the mill over his beliefs!
Personally I would not wish any harm, psychiatric or otherwise , upon him.
My hope is that this can be swiftly resolved to the satisfaction of all parties involved. Seemingly endless retribution would seem not to achieve a great deal either way in this instance.
There is always going to be misinformation everywhere, greatly enhanced by the existence of the internet and, in particular, by sites such as Facebook and Twitter, it is available to everyone who ever wants to seek it out. Subsequently we find ourselves in a feeding frenzy for the reaffirmation of our personally held biases, however minor they may seem to us as individuals. The landscape of social media sites reflects our inadequacies back at us, but we are blinded to that by simply seeking out reassurance - an internet playground where you seek out a group of people to cling to and either ignore or pour scorn on other groups, if you are so inclined and believe me, group behvioural pressure is very powerful (look at history). So we have an internet playground with all the bullying and hatred that occurs in almost every school playground - but crucially amplified up to 11 if you really want it that way! - which effectively drowns out any alternative voices. All that is sold to you as shiny and glittery goodness does not have a heart of gold and is not the promised land of the internet - because human nature cancels that bit out rather quickly. For those like Zuckerberg, to have the vision in order to turn all this into hard ca$h and monetize the basest aspects of human nature must surely display both brilliant foresight and a true understanding of human behavior.
Make a start with . . .
Even before opting to install, let alone when opened, each and every social network app is required to have (exactly the same), full-screen banner warning of the potential personal hurt, damage and dangers that lurk within! Akin to the wrapping on cigarette packets etc. Said banner should remain on screen for 30 seconds (with no other activity permitted in that time), and be subtly updated/edited over time (months etc.), so that it is less easy to ignore. Non-compliant networks will be both banned and fined etc.
Russia-based criminals are still the UK's number 1 cyber-foe, NSO Group's wares a 'red flag' says NCSC chief
OMG! I have just been for another regular beauty augmentaion therapy treatment appointment and when I came out two hours later, looking a tad like I had just been through six rounds with Tyson Fury, the facial recognition system in my brand new car would NOT allow me to start my own vehicle! It said "Driver could not be verified"! Just how am I going to get back home to my exclusive prestige condo?
Let us suppose that an AI system were to be granted a patent, my question would be: What should happen to the assignment of that patent ownership if/when said AI system undergoes an update/upgrade procedure which changes the nature of the underlying programme code such that it is no longer recognisable as it's former instance and no longer behaves in a manner entirely equitable with it's former instance/system?
Intel's Mobileye unveils first 'production-grade fully electric self-driving vehicle,' partners with Sixt for Munich launch
Oh damn and double blast! It has been pointed out to me by a fellow researcher at the establishment where I pass my time, that in all likelihood the outcome of the scenario that I outlined above, would result in the electronic-type computer "brains" controlling the vehicle, rapidly coming to the conclusion, through means of machine learning and algorithms etc., that having a squidgy meat-bag of a human draped over the front of the car in no way impedes forward progress and normal driving! Thus, potentially, foreshadowing the rise of the machines etc.! Upon reflection then, perhaps it would be more prudent to have said CEO merely as a front-seat passenger for the duration of the demonstration.
Regulatory approval or not, over recent months I have come to the conclusion that prior to such vehicles being publicly launched, the CEO of whatever company it is, should be strapped, comfortably, with adequate padding etc., to the front of said vehicle and stay in place for at least three months of everyday use, allowing for adequate sleep/food/toilet breaks etc. This way potential buyers will, I feel, be able to pass sound judgment on the validity of the claims made regarding the safety of such contraptions! I know I may sound like the nay sayers who railed against Stevenson's Rocket, but I feel very strongly that the proof really is in the eating of this particular pudding!