* Posts by Schultz

1572 posts • joined 22 Oct 2007

The UK's favourite lockdown cheese is Big and Red but doesn't require a stinking great audit after consumption

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... chew a bar of soap for all the flavour it doesn't have...

You didn't properly chew your bar of soap if you think it tasteless. I once bit into one as a kid, taking it for marzipan. It takes a lot of water and time to recalibrate your tastebuds after such an experience. .

Nothing beats experimental science, I say.

Australia to refund $720m in 'debts' determined by dodgy algorithm

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"...the conclusion that I was some kind of welfare cheat."

For some, the fact that you received welfare payments is enough to make you a welfare cheat. Righteous citizens collect tax credits and subsidies, not welfare benefits!

It's funny how 'class warfare' is no longer waged by the poor and suppressed, but by the rich and influential. They developed an acute understanding that every dollar going into the welfare system is a dollar that could have (should have) lined a deserving pocket nearby.

CEO of AI surveillance upstart Banjo walks the plank after white supremacist past sinks contracts

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"AI can't be intrinsically biased"

Isn't thar statement a bit like "humans are born free of sin"? Technically correct, but not very helpful to discuss the human condition.

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Carrying a gun in a non threatening manner....

I actually went to look at the raw video just now to see how the shooting happened - also because I was curious how you carry a shotgun in a non threatening manner. I saw a black man trying to run around a pickup truck and emerging on a fight with a guy holding a gun. No indication that he did anything but try to get around the guys who blocked his way. But then, the video doesn't seem to show some crucial moments in the confrontation.

I guess everybody will see what he likes in a video such as this. Call it a Rohrschach test for the viewer. So we won't learn anything about the shooting here, but may learn a lot about our fellow commenters.

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Spacecraft with graphene sails powered by starlight and lasers

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Graphene: The solution looking for a problem.

But really, their light-sail is mostly copper with a bit of graphene on top. They did punch holes in the copper, so the graphene does fill some holes in the copper surface :).

What I found troubling was a statement in the abstract, tat: "The measured thrust is one order of magnitude larger than the theoretical calculations for radiation pressure alone. This calls for further theoretical studies and increases the interest of graphene as light-sail material."

Sounds like they are ablating some material, which would make it more of a rocket, less of a light-sail.

When the chips are down, thank goodness for software engineers: AI algorithms 'outpace Moore's law'

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Learning curve

I would claim that there is a significant difference between the learning curve described here and the engineering capabilities described by Moore's law. Learning curves can be expected to start steep and fall off rapidly, whereas Moore's law remained steady for decades.

Did we reach maximum AI hype (haip?) yet? You know it's around the corner.

OK, so you've air-gapped that PC. Cut the speakers. Covered the LEDs. Disconnected the monitor. Now, about the data-leaking power supply unit...

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Re: SecureFiles (TM)

At some point we have to accept that an all-purpose computation and communication device (aka, a personal computer) is not the right device to handle and store sensitive information. If it should really stay secret, then you have to invest some more money, effort and time. Paper copies might still be a large part of that effort :). And they are easy to destroy.

A big part of our modern problem is the proliferation of "sensitive data". If everything is labeled secret and a million people should have access to it, the the system is designed to fail. But our modern governments, for some reason, like to declare lots of things secret. It'll only get worse with the US-China tensions and the predictable claims of stolen technology that we'll hear as Chinese companies continue to grow.

International space station connects 100Mbps symmetric space laser ethernet using Sony optical disc tech

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Nice technology

But for space-to-space communication, they should find a better compromise between sender and receiver size. Adding 1 m receiver telescopes to satellites sounds like an expensive proposition and might not be competitive with simple radiowave antennas. Having a 1 m telescope on earth is, of course, much simpler.

In the end, lasers will only be superior if you require the spatial collimation of the laser beam for directional transmission. This comes with a cost because modulating signals onto a laser beam is rather inefficient as compared to transmitting the same signal directly through an antenna. It'll be interesting to see where this technology goes. On earth, laser communication has been proposed many times -- but real-life applications seem rare.

Microsoft decrees that all high-school IT teachers were wrong: Double spaces now flagged as typos in Word

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Re: What's next?

Why not type the German Style? Capitalize all Nouns like God told you to? Makes your Sentences look nice and removes the special Treatment of God, Monday, my dog Boomer, the Catholic church, and New York.

Seriously, it's all just a convention and we should keep it simple. Don't sweat the details, that's why you type in LaTeX.

Beste Gr\"u\sse,

Dein Grammatiknazi

Somewhere, way out there, two black holes, one large and one small, merged. And here on Earth, we detected the gravitational wave blast

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Big black holes and critical mass ...

There is a critical mass required to make a black hole, but there is no indication that there is an upper limit for their size. If two black holes collide, they create a bigger black hole. And then the black hole shrinks by evaporation, as described by Hawkins. Nothing particularly spectacular, as long as you stay away from that event horizon!

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Speed of gravity waves

All waves (electromagnetic force, gravity, weak and strong nuclear force) travel more or less with light speed. Interaction with matter slows down the wave propagation, but as gravity interactions are weak (long-range, but weak) and space is very empty, the speed of gravity waves is very close to that of light in vacuum.

We watch these mergers happen in real-time (just shifted by the propagation time until the waves traveled here). You could say that these mergers happen over millions of years, but we only detect signals from the last fractions of a second, when those massive objects circle with extreme speed at close range. When the masses are farther apart and travel more slowly, the gravitational waves are just too weak to detect.

ICE cold: Microsoft's GitHub wrings hands over US prez's Trump immigration ban plan

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"... it is difficult to justify bringing in non-Americans to take the jobs that do remain."

Except that a big part of the US success story is based on bringing in those immigrants. I shouldn't have to mention people like Nadella or Musk as paragons of success (you heard those stories, right?) -- but it is a hard fact that the US took in lots of immigrants and became the preeminent economic power based on their hard work and creative influence.

In the bigger picture, foreigners taking your job is a load of xenophobic propaganda. The purpose is to distract people from the politics that matter. Hands up, who had his job stolen by a Mexican gardener, a Polish plumber, a Syrian refugee? Thought so. There surely are some issues with immigration -- but the next generation of your kind is at least as troublesome in staling your jobs, depressing your pay, and destroying your great and holy culture.


Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps

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Quite some use

Here in Korea, testing and tracing seems to work pretty well. If someone is infected, his recent movement is analyzed (not with a proactive tracking app!). If the person visited a public place while infectious, the public is notified (e.g., supermarket, restaurant, or now with the recent imported cases the airport and public transport). If you think you may have caught it because you were in contact with someone infected or you have symptoms, you can go get tested at a dedicated drive-in facility. You are strongly discouraged to show up in a hospital -- you will get picked up by the specialists if required.

Korea is now down to a single-digit number of cases per day. Although I wonder how the numbers will change after the recent relaxation of stay-at-home advisories.

ICANN delays .org sell off after California's attorney general intervenes at last minute, tears non-profit a new one over sale

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As any TV-watching fool knows...

the AG has resources to investigate and has a short line to the judge if the investigation turns up something interesting. So you don't want to draw his attention.

ICANN suffers split-personality disorder as deadline for .org sale decision draws close

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Re: You bet?

Nice theory. Any facts?

The opacity created by the shell company structure is a quite solid fact. Why go to such length to hide the men behind the business? Well, there would be the one obvious explanation offered by the original post.

Just because graft is hard to prove doesn't justify that ICANN closes both eyes and waves the transaction through. Maybe they should take their responsibilities seriously -- and stay aware of how their public image might be affected. Trust is easily lost but hard to earn.

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Re: "to make sure the technical side of the internet always took precedence over the financial"

"In the world we live in, all that counts is the almighty dollar."

But the regulation of internet names is not a business with an open market fostering competition. ICANN supervises a monopoly that controls access. When they allow companies to extract rent from this system then this creates zero beneficial value for society.

It is akin to highway robbery - somebody gets rich by extracting value from everyone traveling on the streets. Or maybe I am unfair here, because those registrar companies actually invest in the internet infrastructure. So it's more like selling a monopoly on placing street signs - together with the right to tax all traffic at unregulated level.

This whole story about the org sale just illustrates that the system is broken. Street signs are part of the road infrastructure but should not make an insane profit for somebody. And it doesn't become right even if the proceeds go towards otphan homes, all the saints, and your favorite animal shelter.

Come to GoDaddy: 12 million domains – from .biz to .nyc – acquired from Neustar amid promises of lower prices

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“flexible terms” for domains

Am I the only on reading this as: "we wait until you have a user base and make money and then we own you"? Maybe I am cynical here, I just recently learned that domains are monetizsble on the gigadollar scale.

Concerning that "strict separation between the registry and registrar sides of the business", doesn't anybody remember how that impenetrable Chinese Wall worked out in investment banking? A conflict of interest remains a conflict of interest and will not vanish when the company waves their magic wand.

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture

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What would Orwell say?

Checking for "wordiness, use of clichés, complex wording, and vague or unnecessary adverbs" sounds reasonably close to his six rules for writing. But sending all your writing to the somewhat big brother?

I call it a doubleplusgood Orwellian innovation. (What would Clippy say?)

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it

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Oooh the hype!

Let me first clarify the science behind this story:

The researchers take an ordinary, boring high-frequency source (they show data using a 10 MHz source) and send it through their "switch". Each time the "boring source" output exceeds a threshold voltage, their switch turns on very fast, leading to a sharp (picosecond) voltage rise at the output. When the boring source output goes low, the switch output falls again -- although slowly.

When you take that fast rising pulse and send it through a suitable circuit, you can get some very short pulse corresponding to the derivative of the pulse rise. So they can get a very short THz frequency pulse (picosecond duration). Then they have to wait for their boring source to go low and go up to the threshold voltage again before they can get another pulse (100 ns wait time for the 10 MHz boring source).

The great "power" of the source (power = energy / time) is, of course, calculated for the picosecond duration. But when you account for the long wait between the pulses, you'll notice that the average power is not impressive. It's a nanoscale device, so don't get overexcited!

The yadayada on the Great Power of Microwaves is factually correct, but falls into the category of the famous exam answer: "The questions about worms is interesting, because worms have similar shape and mobility to elephant trunks and I can tell you all about elephants ..." Concerning wireless communication, I don't see how a fast switch with very long reset time will help. Maybe some more magic to come...

Don't believe the hype: Today's AI unlikely to best actual doctors at diagnosing patients from medical scans

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What is Science?

Strictly speaking, science is the observation and modeling of those things we can't yet observe or model. Maybe substitute 'understand' for 'model' for a clearer picture of what science does -- although most scientists would be careful to use such vague wording.

Applying a technology (e.g., AI) to second guess clinical diagnostics is technology, not science. Science would enter the picture if something unexpected would be learned from such a system. But that is not the goal of AI in most cases. In a clinical setting, the goal is to systematically exploit our knowledge of "this image shows cancerous tissue, that image does not".

The boundary between science and technology can be fuzzy sometimes -- new technology is often required to make new observations. But you can quite clearly distinguish the two if you look at the motivation of the researcher / engineer, or at the results (in hindsight ;).

Theranos vampire lives on: Owner of failed blood-testing biz's patents sues maker of actual COVID-19-testing kit

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Bad arguments

The fact that Theranos owned the patent doesn't reflect on the novelty or validity of the patent at all. Similarly, the fact that the company being sued works on Coronavirus testing kit (who doesn't, these days?) does not reflect on the merits of the case.

I would agree that the patent system is broken, but you can only fix it by thorough screening of the patents, by figuring out what type of innovation should be patentable, by killing the incentives to submit, grant, and litigate in quantity rather than quality. This story does not contribute to the discussion in a meaningful way.

If you're looking for a textbook example of an IT hype cycle, let spin be your guide

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"the hype is somewhat needed to get the basic research [...] funded"

Hype is quite poisonous for science ... but excellent for scientific careers: Hype attracts serious money and that's what will propel a scientific career and, collectively, the careers of everyone in the field. As long as we have smart scientists and less-smart politicians funding them, the hype-driven science will prevail. But it surely won't maximize the scientific output. What do you expect from the 1001st scientist working on the same hyped question? Do you think the extra million (sometimes billion) will warp space-time to create some revolutionary break-through? It's the small (= badly funded) research teams that create disruptive break-through science: They work on something nobody sees coming.

The problem with hype-based science is that it eats all the funds and other fields run dry. Politicians (and their audience of voters) want to irrigate selectively to maximize the harvest from the scientific endeavor -- hence they are so attracted by hype. But, arguably, science has already finished if you can predict how something will work and it's only engineering to iterate through all the errors until you have a working product. So scientists are caught between publicly funded engineering jobs (predictable and productive, but the industry will take it from here, thank you very much), hyped BS projects (unpredictable, but funded), and the poorhouse.

I would argue that publicly funded science should remain a wild garden with resources being spread around. The strong ideas will grow, eventually. Some grow faster and some grow slower but you won't know what comes out of the seed unless you irrigate it. Politicians pretend that tax money can buy you the 4th industrial revolution (and the impossible battery, and the magic CO2 removal, ...). But it can't. So next time you read a big announcement about funding the Next Big Idea, cry a tear for all those interesting projects that got terminated to make room.

Broken lab equipment led boffins to solve a 58-year-old physics problem by mistake

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Re: I just loved "the nuclear charge is slightly potato-shaped"

Well, scientifically speaking, it can be a prolate potato or an oblate potato.

Four months, $1bn... and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go

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PIR is soliciting comments until March 13

Go to https://www.keypointsabout.org/public-engagement and tell them what you think. Otherwise they'll continue pretending that nobody really cares.

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There is no way to justify this sale ...

but a billion dollar needs no justification. It creates its own ripple in space-time, pulling even the most ethocal minds into its vortex of possibilities.

Think your smartwatch is good for warning of a heart attack? Turns out it's surprisingly easy to fool its AI

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Is AI really suited for this problem?

When I look at the two traces in the figure illustrating the adversarial attack, I immediate see the irregularity of the first trace and the structure in the second. I am not a medical professional, but it makes perfect sense to me that the first looks problematic and the second seems healthy.

I am also no professional programmer, but I could pull together a function to identify the deviation of the 'healthy' pattern from a healthy one in a few hours. Why would anybody use AI to address this issue?

Looks like a case of: "if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail".

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%

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Re: Sauce for the goose?

Arvind Krishna is an American, so it's not quite clear what you refer to. Maybe they should move their headquarters?

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Next person in line have two options

No, there is exactly one option:

First year: Write off X billion dollars. Blame predecessor for every problem (found and unknown). Collect big bonus for cleaning up.

2nd-4th year: Report brilliant numbers based on the write off. If not possible, continue cleaning up and writing-off.

5th year ...: Collect rewards or start looking for a new job. You are now officially a troubleshooter able to take the hard steps required to fix up an ailing company.

Don't be fooled, experts warn, America's anti-child-abuse EARN IT Act could burn encryption to the ground

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UN mandating content moderation with rules and standards...

is the only way to make sure the US will oppose any restrictions on their, now patriotic, freedoms!

AI-predicted protein structures could unlock vaccine for COVID-19 coronavirus... if correct... after clinical trials

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Protein structure prediction has been done for ages...

... now there is money for AI, so it is done with AI. Usually, those algorithms are informed by (learning? Lets make that extra-deep learning to make sure the funding comes through!) and run against known structure to test how well they perform. So it's not like there weren't any yardstick they could use to compare the expected quality of their structure to those of other modeling efforts. Unfortunately, even 98% or 99% correct predictions can be completely worthless, imagine taking just one wrong turn when driving somewhere.

Even if they get the structure of some virus proteins right, that does not give a vaccine. I'd expect that they already plenty of lot of known proteins that are shared between the new virus and other known Coronavirus strains. So yes, it sounds very much like a PR stunt. Made it into the Register through, so it was a good one!

Flat Earther and wannabe astronaut killed in homemade rocket

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It's a bioweapon allright...

engineered by those devious bats. Or was it pandas? Whichever it was, they are out to kill us. Good thing that we have a head start on them.

Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive

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None of the 'concessions' address the real problem:

- Nobody, apart from those who would profiteer, sees any benefit in the deal. That circle of nobodies is quite large, after all it is called the World Wide Web.

- Nobody apart from those profiteering trusts the players involved. Carefully worded statements from corporate lawyers about "legally-binding and enforceable measures" cannot repair this trust issue. We know those lawyers are smart. And we know who pays them.

- Nobody understands why a billion-dollar investment vehicle should control the .org domains. It's not part of the"I built that" capitalism where the rewards go to those who painstakingly built a business. It feels more like a "cash in while we can" capitalism. All aspects of the domain name system resemble a common good: everybody needs it and relies on it. No individual can duplicate or replace it. It's value stems from the public consensus that we need one unified system, open to all. None of this comes from a person's or companies' hard work. Why should some clowns get to cash in on that?

The $10m “community enablement fund” just makes me laugh. Who are they to take my registration fees and hand them off to whatever fund? Keep the fees as low as possible, allow the non-profits to do they work with minimum overhead -- that's the job of the .org registry. No words can hide the fundamental nature of their proposed deal: cash in while they can. Despicable.

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

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"One in fifty scientists fakes research by fabricating or falsifying data."

So what is your point? Is this meant to explain the one-in-a-hundred study that claimed high doses of low frequency electromagnetic radiation had an effect on the life expectancy of rats? Or do you think we shouldn't believe the hundred-plus years of finding that low-frequency electromagnetic radiation is rather harmless?

Context is everything in science. Try to give some context for your statements.

Now Internet Society told to halt controversial .org sale… by its own advisory council: 'You misread the community mindset around dot-org'

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who is being scammed?

So somebody gets to collect a billion dollars and nobody has to pay for that? ("the organizations registering their .org names [...] still get their registrations at a competitive price)"?!

Maybe you should go back to business school. No, make that the school of the bleedingly obvious. Somebody has to pay for that billion and the additional billion in interest, consulting fees, and general operational cost of the beautiful new billion-dollar business. Unless you assume that those investors are total idiots and will sink a billion into a mostly worthless endeavor. Come again?

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"there will be some laundering of money and kick back if the deal is done"

It's not laundering money and kick back if Goldman Sachs takes care of it. It's called deal structuring and consulting. The rules are different when you organize deals on the G$ scale.

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"Line them up behind the chemical shed and shoot them all, I say."

Down-voted for your remarkable lack of human empathy. You are talking about human beings. No matter how much you disagree with somebody, please show some respect for human life.

I come from Germany, and 'line them up ...' sounds just like something my grandfather might have heard or spoken himself. That makes it a bit more real, doesn't it? Imagine how you might feel if others would make such comments about you.

Guess we have to do this the Huawei then: Verizon sued by Chinese giant for allegedly ripping off patented tech

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Re: I'm shocked

"it is a different world now than during the Industrial Revolution. The speed at which IP can be stolen and the ease of espionage over the Internet make IP theft so much faster and possibly easier than it ever was."

--> But the speed with which technology is developed becomes obsolete also became faster so, if anything, the average (adjusted) value of a patent is probably lower now than during the industrial revolution.

"Governments should have never let greedy Corps move manufacturing to lower cost centers"

--> So you see no positives in the accelerated world economic growth of the past decades? How much of your own wealth would you give up to keep billions elsewhere in poverty? I know that humans' perceived wellbeing relies heavily on how they fare compared to others... But maybe the rational commenters in this forum might rise above such pettiness?

Colombia accused of rigging .co contract for dot-org provider Afilias – is this document a smoking gun?

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Gatekeepers to the internet

There are many players that can claim some degree of control over your internet access: your telco, your search engine, the programmer of your browser, those running the internet registries ...

Looks like they all want to set up their little toll booth, or at least a billboard, to monetize that control. Think about it in terms of a modern street infrastructure versus a medieval street system where each local power will take its cut or waylay you as you transport your goods. How can the open internet be protected from the shady and greedy players that want to extract their rent? Might need a few revolutions until we wrest control into a republic or democratic system.

Attempts to define international infosec rules of the road bogged down by endless talkshops, warn diplomats

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... any country would actually honor unenforceable "rules of the road?"

Well, the same could be said about most rules of the road. Nevertheless, most people trust each other to obey the rules of the road - I just crossed a green traffic light this morning and that friendly driver actually stopped for me.

Most rules, including international ones, are working if there is trust. Trust can only grow if the relevant actors show good behavior. Not all of them, but maybe a majority of them (see: traffic rules). On the world stage, the US used to set an example (not always, but often), but with the cold war mostly forgotten, they now seem to take the lead in destroying trust in international rules. Too bad, because who else would be trusted to lead? The EU is busy with its internal affairs, China is not really trusted -- how should you trust an intransparent party dictatorship that might change direction any day? Russia is busy making wars to keep its people distracted. It's a sad world where the sentiment that 'nobody would care about the rules' becomes the expectation. There used to be much more hope and enthusiasm about the UN, WTO, ... leading us into a better future. Now it just seems to become a race to the bottom.

ICANN't approve the sale of .org to private equity – because California's Attorney General has... concerns

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There is hope ...

that they'll actually get to the bottom of this story now.

On the other hand, if they really got a >1 billion dollar business planned out, what is the chance that some high-powered lawyers start running circles around the Californian AG? I expect that there will be some frantic calls to lawyers right now, because every further step from ICANN and PIR may turn out to be very expensive -- in terms of lawyer fees and (potentially) time served :).

Bu then, they probably can roll-over the lawyer cost onto the .org registration fees. If you have a money printing machine, why not use it?

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans

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Taking responsibility for the ribbon and Windows 8!

I guess that makes him the true nemesis of Steve Jobs. One Steve spent his life and career to make the computer interface more usable and useful, the other ... well, you got the idea.

Protestors in Los Angeles force ICANN board out of hiding over .org sale – for a brief moment, at least

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Re: There is no government mandate

1. Nobody is threatening the organisations or individuals who chose to register names in .org in any way, shape or form.

>>> Wrong: everybody who registered a .org domain is threatened by higher cost and the uncertainty of having his domain registration handled by a company without a track record.

2. Whoever runs the registry (which is only a clerical operation, with no powers of control whatever) will be constrained by the market to set reasonable prices; otherwise people will simply switch to other domains.

>>> Wrong: whoever has a user base and name recognition built on his .org domain will be hostage to the policies of the new, unknown company running the show. Clerical operation my ass. This is waylaying.

3. This clerical operation of registering names has been a competitive business since 1998, when the Clinton Administration gave it away to private industry. So occasional sales or takeovers of registrar companies is business as usual. People should be happy that the Internet Society will benefit from it. If you don't like it, abolish capitalism.

Wrong: The operation of registering .org names was not a competitive business. Stop comparing apple and oranges.

There is a billion-dollar investment at stake. Anyone want to take a guess whether paid shills will start entering the discussion forum? Sorry, make that 'professional PR operations'.

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Re: Appearance of impropriety

Selling a public good that has been entrusted to them is the real impropriety. Whether you can find some added insider dealing and profiteering is just the icing on the cake.

Amazing peer-reviewed AI bots that predict premature births were too good to be true: Flawed testing bumped accuracy from 50% to 90%+

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Why most published research is wrong

Here is the actual paper with that title: https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article%3Fid%3D10.1371/journal.pmed.0020124&ved=2ahUKEwjp4puP353nAhVGUd4KHSoaD8IQFjAAegQIARAB&usg=AOvVaw3ej46EjYOkYi2cVzeTN8z-

Unsurprisingly, this kind of problem is most prevalent in fields where scientists fight about big pots of money. Say, medically relevant research.

In my field, scientists tend to measure hard numbers - - no big financial incentives and wrong results will be falsified (eventually) ruining your reputation. But in fast-moving fashionable and well funded fields (AI, etc.) the incentives are all wrong.

10nm woes, CPU supply shortages, competition from AMD... What? Sorry? Intel can't hear you over the cash register going bonkers

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"the company realized $3.8bn in AI-based revenue"

Is that rebranding of existing business, or is there any actual, palpable 'AI-based revenue'? My not-so-artificial intelligence wants to know...

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia accused of hacking Jeff Bezos' phone with malware-laden WhatsApp message

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"it... may see the kingdom cut out of deals altogether"

Hahaha haha. Good one.

As long as there is oil and money to be had, the ugly kingdom will have plenty of friends. Come on, if you can get away with murder, what's a little spying charge going to do.

Sadly, we live in a world where money and power can buy friends in the best places. The best friends, even the bestest friend in the most beautiful office of the greatest power of the world.

New SAP co-CEO 'runs simple' to Davos in Mercedes hydrogen car

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Re: Greenwashing

I guess the sky is the limit for SAP's future carbon savings stunts. Who knows, somebody might car-pool or even take a train next time!

The delights of on-site working – sun, sea and... WordPad wrangling?

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LabView is everywhere in my field ...

and hated because they repeatedly broke backwards compatibility since I started using it ('90s). I must be the last person on the planet reverting to version 4.0 for controlling experimental hardware. That was the last version you could just carry around on some floppies :).

Those monstrous IEE-488 (GPIB) cables, though, have now vanished in the drawer.

Let’s check in on the .org sale fiasco: Senators say No, internet grandees say Yes – and ICANN pretends there's absolutely nothing to see here

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"just blows my mind that an organization ... can just ... do whatever it wants..."

Sell a public good to the highest bidder -- sounds like something that is bound to happen unless it is explicitly illegal. Turns out that the whole system is still run on "Trust", so we are good on that front! Those registering .org domains trusted the system, bad for them.

It also makes perfect sense that they package it as one giant sale. If they'd sell the Trust piecemeal, the law might catch up to them, or they might even loose the Trust before it is fully monetized! It's clearly essential that the Trust be sold in full and with upfront payment to maximize the profit.

World-record-breaking boffins reveal the fastest spinning thing on Earth – and it's not George Orwell in his grave

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"fastest spinning thing on Earth"

That statement is nonsense, because in molecular spectroscopy molecules are routinely observed spinning with THz frequencies. Paul Corcum constructed an 'optical centrifuge' (just some clever laser trick) to spin up molecules until they broke apart from the centrifugal force, now that is closer to the limit. (see here and here.)

A quick check of the canned researcher press release shows a slightly more specific statement: "Scientists at Purdue University have created the world's fastest-spinning human-made object". But that is still nonsense, those rotating molecules observed in spectroscopy are often humanly made (i.e., synthesized). A correct statement might be that they observed the fastest rotation in a classical object (as opposed to the quantized motion of a molecule).

A nice example of scientific hyperbole:

Step 1: Big paper with big claims.

Step 2: Big press release with even bigger claims (grazing the fact-fiction borderline).

Step 3: Big press articles with even bigger claims that are pure nonsense.


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