* Posts by analyzer

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You've heard of HTTPS. Now get a load of HTTPA: Web services in verified remote trusted environments?

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Facepalm

So which SGX?

I mean is it this one

2020

or this one

2021

I mean, they can't be the same one Intel are referencing since that one must be secure and we all know that Intel would never tell a lie just to sell silicon.

UK's competition regulator announces market study into music-streaming biz

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Spotify user here

A subscription one no less, it's worth it not to have the adverts.

I use it to find stuff I haven't heard before and if I like it then I'll buy the CD. The wife thinks I'm a little insane doing that but I then also have the control of what, when and how I wish to listen.

I did try Amazon and Google but they are way behind Spotify in both range of music, new artists and usability of the app.

No idea how iTunes compares as I've never owned Apple kit.

So after costs and everything else is deducted how much of my tenner per month is going to the artists that I've listened to?

Spotify obviously knows how much and to whom I've listened so I would be really interested as to how they break the sums down.

Only 'natural persons' can be recognized as patent inventors, not AI systems, US judge rules

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Judge is right

To gain a patent you have to swear under oath and under penalty of perjury that this is your invention and meets the requirements that patent law requires for a monopoly to be granted.

Once the AI* can do that and contend with the punishment dealt out for perjury** then maybe we should revisit this

* AI is currently just pattern recognition on steroids

**Not sure that's ever happened

Ransomware-skewered meat producer JBS confesses to paying $11m for its freedom

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Most sophisticated??

Why is it always 'most sophisticated', 'most specialised', 'most magical' or whatever rather than the real reason 'We couldn't be arsed to pay the cost of proper security because that would affect the CXX bonus package'?

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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Re: It is not Apple or SIS who lied ...

Incorrect on both sides of the pond.

When official statements are made they are made by representatives of the company involved and these very same representatives present the view and position of the company they represent. A statement of shoplifting to the police is most certainly an official statement.

Therefore those employees that in their official capacity ordered police to make false arrests were implementing the will and the wonts of both businesses.

If that is not the will and wont of those businesses then the businesses are still at fault because they provided training that was insufficient to the task required.

Hope he is awarded a serious pot of dosh.

Microsoft hits Alt-F4 on Windows 10X: OS designed for dual-screen PCs axed

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Re: So you might say ...

No they probably don't. There are so many aural brevity codes to choose from that different organisations could not communicate with each other with full clarity when Hurricane Katrina blew in. This prompted FEMA to nerf the 10 codes and replace the critical ones with one or two words, that was in 2005??

Once you get away from the 10 codes there are also so many others to pick from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brevity_code

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged

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Illegal in the UK and EU

It is illegal to have a section of a contract that circumvents or breaks a law on this side of the pond. This applies to both personal and corporate contracts.

Where I work there has always been avenues to report bullying and harassment and has been posted up on notice boards and elsewhere for a few years now.

Turns out humans are leading AI systems astray because we can't agree on labeling

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AI in everything is the problem

Current AI is just pattern recognition on steroids, there is still no real intelligence in any AI system. The single word tagging of pictures has been known to be suboptimal for a long time now and yet it is still done. If there was any of the I in AI then multiple word tags should not be an issue as it should be capable of recognition of multiple items in one picture.

Additionally, and I can't find the fine article that was in this exalted place, you can carry a tag around with you and be misidentified as the tag because the AI 'learns' the tag as well as the picture.

Certainly artificial, definitely not yet intelligent.

IBM, Red Hat face copyright, antitrust lawsuit from SCO Group successor Xinuos

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Reread

So we can just hop over to Groklaw and change the name from SCO yes?

Drag Autonomy founder's 'fraudulent guns' and 'grasping claws' to the US for a criminal trial, thunders barrister

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WTF?

OOoooooK

So criminal activity took place in the UK, some impatient blinkered USofA company decided to skip due diligence despite warnings of imperfections and drop a metric shedload of dosh to buy said company. <-- that's certainly my synopsis

I just cannot see how this UK company harmed any USofA stockholders since it is the *board* of the USofA company that failed entirely to protect the company, and so the stockholders, by skipping due diligence. The US DOJ should be prosecuting the board members of the USofA company at the time of the takeover for gross criminal negligence or whatever they have over the pond, and the UK MOJ should be nailing up the cell door on Mr Lynch.

Having just noticed that the US DOJ tries really really hard not to prosecute rich people the stockholders should be suing the members of the board at that time.

Facebook and Google’s Australian pay-for-news nightmare finds a European admirer

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Coffee/keyboard

Re: Please tell me you missed "#sarcasm" on the end of that.

love it

European Commission redacts AstraZeneca vaccine contract – but forgets to wipe the bookmarks tab

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Re: Clearly states the first batch is manufactured in EU, not UK

The EU is 3 months behind the UK regarding AZ orders.

Sanofi has not yet failed but have run into difficulties that could take a further month or 2 to overcome.

The EU is helping AZ build production inside the EU borders.

It was the EU that made the Irish border a hard one for purely bully tactic reasons and gave the facile excuse they are 'frightened' that there may be vaccine leak from NI to the rest of the UK. Despite the UK being far ahead of the EU in terms of vaccine distribution and the NI NHS being supplied from the UK mainland,

There are good things about Europe but their response to this is certainly not one of them.

Takes from the taxpayer, gives to the old – by squishing a bug in Thatcherite benefits system

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Re: Timing

It's all good, everybody knows that the US completely turns any British story around to fit their needs :-)

What happens when the internet realizes the stock market is basically a casino? They go shopping at the Mall

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big short selling

So 140% of shares of GME are placed in a virtual manner on a bet that they will fall in value, none of this naked short selling stuff going on no sirree.

Nowhere is it reported about what percentage of shares are now placed in a virtual manner on a bet that they will rise.

If the fall number is larger than the rise number then the hedge fund could be in very serious debt, sob, sob.

If the rise number is larger then some redditers will be out of pocket.

Now the thing about share contracts is that there is usually a time limit to how long you can borrow the shares. So how long are the contracts bought by the HF and /r and do they overlap. If /r have to close first then the share price will collapse and the HF will make big money. If the HF have to close first then how much money /r makes or loses will depend on the percentage of shares in options to rise.

Also what's the opposite to naked short selling?

Dressed long buying?

Naked tall obtaining?

MediaTek's latest Dimensity phone chippery is 25 per cent faster than its predecessor, supports 200MP cameras

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Tri configuration?

What's its name?

HuGe.big.LITTLE

UlTrA.big.LITTLE

MaSSiVe.big.LITTLE

People need to know these things, investigation is required

Search history can calculate better credit ratings than pay slips, says International Monetary Fund

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Mushroom

Scary then hilarious

Non users of septic media are thus potentially sidelined in future, that's kinda scary. Then there's this quote

“Governments should follow and carefully support the technological transition in finance. It is important to adjust policies accordingly and stay ahead of the curve.”

The very thought that *any* government could 'stay ahead of the curve' is just so funny.

Icon, the consequence of the level of horror and humour colliding

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker

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Features yes but..

There are a vast number of features in Oracle RDMS but how many of them actually get used in a typical application and how many features are used just because it's the latest thing. It's a bit like MS Word, an un$(deity) number of features but how many actually get used?

The car comparison is actually really appropriate, both have a wheel on each corner and an engine but you can buy 14 Fiestas for your 1 Rolls Royce ( New 2020 versions ). The Rolls may be much nicer in all comparisons but 1 Rolls will not be able to do the work of 14 Fiestas and the maintenance cost of 1 Rolls is higher than the cost of 14 Fiestas.

If you really need the Rolls then by all means you should get one, but don't diss the humble Fiesta when it can still do a decent job.

US govt wins right to snaffle Edward Snowden's $5m+ book royalties, speech fees – and all future related earnings

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No hipocrasy at all

All governments borrow money from future taxes these days, they are not only morally bankrupt they are essentially financially bankrupt as well.

So you could end up with all their money, but there'll be this huge -ve sign in front.

China sets out world domination plan for its digital currency

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And so begins the middle game

Chinas BRI is very extensive, giving them a huge market to play with this. It may well become the only digital currency that is sovereign backed and there are large parts of the world, including the oil producers, who may well have no problem using it.

As Chinas economy continues to grow faster than the US this is the biggest threat to the dominance of the US dollar since it took over from Sterling. This presents the US with a major issue of debt repayment, a big chunk of which will need to be paid back when the transition occurs. The UK got away with it because that transition was relatively smooth, well it cost the empire over the next 30 or so years but hey. If the US fights tooth and nail because 'exceptionalism' then it will be very painful collapse of its empire.

The power of Bill compels you: A server room possessed by a Microsoft-hating, Linux-loving Demon

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Visions of foriegn nightmares

Twice in the 80s for some poor Vaxen where a stake in the ground was the building earth and it needed watering. First time took a week to hunt down, second was deja vu.

Techie studied ancient ways of iSeries machine, saved day when user unleashed eldritch powers, got £50 gift voucher

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Alert

took 3 times to read this

Each time I suffered a deep gut wrenching feeling from times long ago and thought forgotten, I'll bet that I'm not the only one.

Folk sure like to stick electric toothbrush heads in their ears: True wireless stereo sales buck coronavirus trends

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Amazed

That no one has mentioned bone conduction headphones. I use these all the time now when out and about as you can still listen to everything around and still play music, etc etc. Granted the playback is not as deep and rich as headphones or earbuds but if you don't want the proverbial 59 bus up your arse they do the business.

Exoskeletons-as-a-service offered as helping hand to warehouse workers exhausted by pandemic

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Already been there

Exoskeletons were tried out in one of our warehouses for a few days. The general feedback was that there was a genuine difference between with and without when picking. Major problems were battery life, we could only get a maximum of 6 hours use before changing but it took nearly 10 hours to recharge. As our warehouses are 24/7 that would mean 2 spare batteries for each exoskeleton. This of course pushed the cost up quite a bit, but to the point where even the people who would benefit felt that was too much when our maximum weight is 25KG.

Renting may change the economics but the back of the envelope says it would increase case costs by about a penny per item, and it may sound like a really stupid thing to say at the moment, food retail can't afford another increase in costs.

Tech set responds in wake of American protests, police violence and civil unrest

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Re: The next step...

If corporations are people in the USA, and the IRS tax American people on their worldwide earnings then why aren't these American people being prosecuted for tax evasion?

The obvious reason, to me at least, would be the money they pour into US politics to dictate how things are done. So just turning off the Washington cash tap would likely have far more effect than postponing a few things that don't really matter and chucking chump change around.

Just an idle thought.

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Yeah right

You call that satire now, but you just wait and see what happens if the orange oaf gets to see it

Sadly, 111 in this story isn't binary. It's decimal. It's the number of security fixes emitted by Microsoft this week

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Disappointment

That no one, and I mean no one, took advantage of that being a Nelson. The headlines possible from that.

Microsoft users sinking under a Nelson of fixes

A Nelson of fixes broadside Microsoft users

The possibilities that have been squandered :-(

Britain has no idea how close it came to ATMs flooding the streets with free money thanks to some crap code, 1970s style

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lil Bobby tables

I tried the above at the login screen for a brand new super duper system being introduced but used users instead of students, it didn't work but when I used employees it did. Anon because for some strange reason I haven't been hauled up for a disciplinary and I'm keeping it that way.

Who's still using Webex? Not even Cisco: Judge orders IT giant to use rival Zoom for virtual patent trial

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Re: Am I the only one using Google Meet?

Certainly not, the business I work for has gone GCloud big style and Meet ramped up very rapidly after lockdown started.

Written Sunday March the 61st 2020

China strings up red tape barrier that shows businesses they're better off buying local tech

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Unlikely, the US has become a very 'fragile' trading partner over the last few years. It no longer wants to do business with the rest of the world unless we bow down and kiss your current incompetents feet, sorry meant incumbents there but it still fits.

China is just pointing out that they require certainty and security of supply neither of which the US can ensure. This is noteworthy because it is being done at a national level but there are many firms who are investigating possible escape from US made critical infrastructure.

This is what happens when a lying, cheating, untrustworthy guttersnipe of the lowest scum level possible gets elected to lead the largest economy on the planet.

NASA mulls restoring Saturn V to service as SLS delays and costs mount

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lmao

Love it AF

Internet use up 40 per cent in San Francisco Bay Area – but you know what’s even higher? Yep, alcohol, weed use

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Re: Makes sense

Between 60% and 70% alcohol content which is 105 to 122.5 proof in the UK 120 to 140 in the US. It has to be at least 60% ABV to destroy the fat coat of the virus and must stay on your hands for around 20 seconds. If it is more than 70% ABV then there is insufficient other content to hold the alcohol and it will evaporate too quickly.

How do I know? Even if I drink that bottle of 14 YO Balvenie matured in Caribbean rum cask in my drinks cabinet in one go I will still have more alcohol on the outside of me :-(

Data surge as more Brits work from home? Not as hard on the network as their nightly Netflix binges, claims BT

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Not quite, in a full lock down food and pharmacy will still be running so some poor buggers will have to put up with a gen pop trying to infect them.

We regret to inform you there are severe delays on the token ring due to IT nerds blasting each other to bloody chunks

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Doom

Ah Doom, well named, slaughterer of many a lunchtime network

Uncle Sam challenged in court for slurping social media info on 'millions' of visa applicants

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Re: Slightly confused...

Yes, that is what they are saying, it's one of the few differences between an ESTA and a full visa.

A bridge over troubled water: Intel teases Ponte Vecchio, the GPU brains in US govt's 1-exaFLOPS Aurora supercomputer

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Re: We'll burn that bridge when we come to it

Remembering that Intel measure size differently, their 10nm is equivalent to the rest of the industry stating 7nm, 7nm will be 5nm and 5nm will be 3nm. Not confusing at all no siree,

Intel tried to stay with DUV for 10nm, every other major silicon scratcher went for at least 2 layers of EUV. Intel had to restart their 10nm and, lo, just like the rest of the industry it will use EUV in small part. Their 7nm and 5nm processes are on schedule because they have planned EUV in just like everyone else. They are still behind TSMC who are already researching 1nm, will be introducing 6nm next year, 5nm in 2021 and 3nm in 2022ish with 1nm by 2024.

Intel is behind in process and production capability for at least another 6 to 12 months, what happens to the market in this time could be interesting.

Intel insists Xeon vs Epyc benchmark fight was fair, amends speed test claims anyway

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Thumb Up

I thought AMDs response was funny

An AMD spokesperson replied with a link to a webpage containing various Epyc benchmarks. "There are 107 World Records here last I checked," AMD's spokesperson said.

So the Intel claims are so erroneous that they needn't bother checking on if they still held those world records :-D

Windows on Arm keeps low profile at IFA as Intel takes swipe at platform's compatibility problems

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Re: A totally pointless exercise

Just to put that to bed chocolate teapots work after a fashion and are also very tasty so not entirely pointless, just mostly

Ofcom head Sharon White pocketed nearly £500k last year

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Re: Oh dear

They were buggered up a couple of years ago,5% in 2018 and 3% in 2019.

Didn't see any pictures of 'partners' jumping for joy.

She'll be hard pressed to do worse than the current incimbant

Defense against the Darknet, or how to accessorize to defeat video surveillance

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Re: Defense against the Darknet

So just like the Empire of old, $DEITY doesn't trust El Reg in the dark

Wicked

Open sourcerers drop sick Fedora Remix to get Windows Subsystem for Linux pumping

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Re: Seriously ...

Start with the money side.

"If you're willing to provide a large enough budget then technically it is possible", if you start with "Technically, yes" that's all they'll hear.

Privacy, security fears about ID cards? UK.gov's digital bod has one simple solution: 'Get over it'

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Bloody typical

It would be really nice if they actually did this with every single person holding either an elected or a civil service pen pusher post so that security can be properly and fully tested with information that will harm no one important.

Huawei MateBook Pro X: PC makers look out, the phone guys are here

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Happy

Re: I rather like it, but for one detail

Numeric keyboards are abundant at this UK address novatech which do cheap to eye bogglingly expensive laptops all with numeric keypads.

No please don't thank me, you may not be a Brit :-)

Excuse me, but have you heard the teachings of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Chr-AI-st?

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Samo old, same old.

Just goes to prove that some things never change regarding computers and computing.

In this case that old adage, "Garbage In, Garbage Out" comes to mind.

Two weeks before Chrimbo? When Dell V-Class shareholders get to vote on THAT deal

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Re: Chrimbo!

Crimbo!

Originally a pagan festival of mid-winter celebrating the beginning of new life and later usurped by charlatans as some blokes birthday who was actually born somewhere around October.

Screw the religion crap, Crimbo is back and Crimbo stays

MPs' proposal to cash in on public-private algos given a solid 'maybe'

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Mushroom

Re: "MPs [..] call for this to be leveraged"

Don't forget that their, their families and any other exceptions that they can think of will be excluded from the data sale.

After all they are probably already fully aware that data anonymising is actually really hard :-P

Icon, is this how we restart it all over again?

Detroit sh*t shifter's operating costs waste away with Oracle's cloud

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Devil

Re: department 15 to 17 per cent in operating costs

Stop talking crap, they never raise prices by so little

Hmm, there's something fishy about this graph charting AMD's push into Intel's server turf

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Happy

Headline did say

Maybe the fishy axes are the cause of the headline ;-)

Uptight robots that suddenly beg to stay alive are less likely to be switched off by humans

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It's a bloody robot

If it's functional then keep it lit up for when you may need it. Chatty is non-functional, spike the damned thing.

Open justice FTW! El Reg fought the law – and El Reg won

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Pint

Applause

Congratulations and have one of these -->

Having played with the 'Justice' system I know damn well that you earned it :-)

Hua-no-wei! NSA, FBI, CIA bosses put Chinese mobe makers on blast

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Interesting isn't it?

The very idea that a manufacturer, when told that the US is too paranoid to allow it to trade with them, can just shrug and say "OK, it's not like their important or anything"

Also interesting is that the rabid paranoia infesting the feral 'democracy' is so bad they didn't even notice this huge change in their own status.

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