* Posts by Don MacVittie

13 posts • joined 6 Dec 2007

Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

Don MacVittie

Re: Pugwash 2.0?

You are (mostly) told incorrectly.

Normal process is for the President to sign a treaty then Congress to ratify it. Historically we have allowed the President to honor the treaty in the time between signing and ratification.

But as we recently learned, if a President stalls ratification so they can pretend it is a valid treaty, then a new President is elected, the new President gains the power to say "nevermind" because it was never ratified.

Had the process flowed as designed, ratified treaties cannot be abrogated by a new President.

The entire process is built around the idea that one person not have the power to commit the US to treaties or to break them. It was abused, and it backfired.

Britain's new F-35s arrive in UK as US.gov auditor sounds reliability warning klaxon

Don MacVittie

Re: I wonder...

I grew up five miles straight off one of the runways for a B-52 base. We didn't notice them unless it was low enough to shake the house.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant

Don MacVittie

Re: Taking it personally?

As long as things like Listserv are kept firmly in mind when claims of the media not being a shadowy group out to do evil, I pretty much agree.

But this publication's inane perpetual ramblings about both Trump and Brexit - whether relevant to the article or not - show that at least to some extent the hive mind is real, so previous cabal attempts must be held firmly in sight.

New Facebook political ad rules: Now you must prove your ID before undermining democracy

Don MacVittie

Still no mention

Stil crickets about their "We'd ban anyone else, but we'll let you do this because we're on your side." Comment to a US political campaign. I'm far more concerned about that meddling than a few thousand bucks in poorly focused (and viewed) ads.

But this whole circus has been to silence that discussion, so no surprises.

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

Don MacVittie

Wondering why...

El Reg, who are arseholes to just about everyone, even outside of tech, spent this article treating Amazon with kid gloves?

Not even a "forgot to add .cia.gov to the address" comment.

Revenge pornography ban tramples free speech, law tossed out – where else but Texas!

Don MacVittie

Admit to thinking that myself...

"Well, since you provide a list, perhaps your headline writer should have RTFA to answer their own question."

Mum? Dad? Can I have a 3D XPoint disk for my birthday?

Don MacVittie

Re: I have tested these

To expand on your second paragraph, blocking factor is almost always CPU/RAM/Network/Disk in a never-ending cycle. I would certainly rather they are innovating for their next swing on the cycle than wait until it is the blocking factor to start looking for improvements.

Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

Don MacVittie

Re: Normal differences, nothing to see here.

My first argument with my wife was about curly bracket placement. Seriously. We have never argued about social issues or SJWs.

(I was project lead, I won the argument. It has been many years, and I'm still regularly reminded...)

Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Don MacVittie

Re: Teaching kids about cyber security and ethical hacking early on

All true, but they're already learning online, outside of the formal setting. So run with that, and give them places online that meet the need without driving them black hat.

The problem would be keeping such places from becoming recruitment grounds for black hats or governments, but hey, not my job. :-)

Barrister fined after idiot husband slings unencrypted client data onto the internet

Don MacVittie

Everything is relative.

I think part of the problem is that we're a bunch of IT pros discussing the mistake of a barrister and her husband.

Every lawyer that has seen my contracts has either shaken their heads, or offered me services.

Just as I am not a Lawyer, she is not an IT pro.

Should she (and hubby) het training? Yes. But the mistake they made is made 1000 times a day across the globe... By people who see computers as tools for their real jobs.

Just as I see my contracts as tools for my real job.

BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample

Don MacVittie

Re: "IT skillset of a potato"

I worked at a digital mapping/GIS software shop that hired a CMO away from Lays Inc. (potato chip manufacturer) We commonly said "computer chips are not potato chips" when he did dumb things, which was all the freaking time.

McKinnon loses extradition fight

Don MacVittie

Wrong Thinking.

1. Where he sat when doing the crime is - must be - irrelevant. Failure to extradite him when the crime is an attack on government computers in another state would set a scary standard. Why not extradite him if his attacks were not government sponsored?

2. All this talk of disproportionate punishment in the states is wrong. I'm not certain where you get your info, but our criminals are treated better than many citizens of third world countries. It's not like he'll get bread and water and the guards will beat him or anything - And he didn't commit a violent crime, so even if they don't give him a break for being a foreigner (they will), he'll be out relatively quickly.

3. Maybe I missed the point (as a US reader), but it was the European court that stopped his appeal, so why the grousing about Labor? If it was a UK court that would make sense to me. Just trying to understand that bit.

4. It utterly surprises me that so many people are willing to come to the cause of a criminal. There are so many needy people out there, go try to help homeless or cancer sufferers or veterans and let the criminal serve his punishment.

Wikipedia black helicopters circle Utah's Traverse Mountain

Don MacVittie

No surprise here.

Wackipedia has gone through this in several areas I have an interest in, most notably miniature wargames, where one genius managed to hold off a bevy of experts in the space for months before arbitration backed him down - but only somewhat backed him down.

My concern: Teachers are beginning to use this as a teaching tool, and my experience is that the coverage is likely to be slanted on nearly every topic.


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