* Posts by deive

321 posts • joined 22 Jan 2008


Space is hard: Rocket Lab's 20th Electron launch fails


Re: What one has to remember is.......

We have - it's called insurance :-)

Google Docs users, you are on notice: Code rewrite may break browser extensions


"which is unacceptable if we want to maintain a smooth 60 frames per second (FPS) in the terminal"

In what version of the universe does a terminal need to render at 60 FPS for??

South Korea orders urgent review of energy infrastructure cybersecurity


Re: Is transportation by road so special?


Big Tech bankrolling AI ethics research and events seems very familiar. Ah, yes, Big Tobacco all over again


Then there is the bigger picture, of why is history repeating itself? Why have we not learned this lesson?

Half of Q1's malware traffic observed by Sophos was TLS encrypted, hiding inside legit requests to legit services


"nearly half of all malware TLS communications went to servers in the United States and India." - This fact seems a bit commy!?!

Telecoms Diversification Task Force urges UK government to give smaller hardware vendors a bigger slice of the 5G pie


"Smaller telco kit makers should provide 25 per cent"... "If this 25 per cent suggestion becomes law, it could give room for other smaller traditional (non-OpenRAN) vendors to grow in the UK market. Samsung, for example"

Just because they are not in the UK doesn't mean they are small, what would be the point of replacing one huge monolith with another?

W3C Technical Architecture Group slaps down Google's proposal to treat multiple domains as same origin


If Google want their domains to be as one... then they can move to one domain.

A borked bit of code sent the Hubble Space Telescope into safe mode, revealing a bunch of other glitches


Time for NASA to switch to rust?

ISP industry blasts UK Telecoms Security Bill for vague requirements, high costs of compliance


Is this the end of the last semblance of conservatism, and their "small" govenrment?

The sooner AI stops trying to mimic human intelligence, the better – as there isn't any


I remember it as tanks and trees... but I have just found this: https://www.gwern.net/Tanks#origin

President Biden weighs in on Amazon unionization efforts, warns giant to steer clear of threats, coercion


Re: Ah, Amazon

Not just US either... https://news.sky.com/story/boohoo-facing-possible-us-import-ban-after-allegations-over-use-of-slave-labour-12232343

Netflix reveals massive migration to new mix of microservices, asynchronous workflows and serverless functions


Re: Additional Features Services and Innovations

Why would Netflix upscale? A 4K sub allows you to watch films that are output in 4K.

Otherwise they would quadruple their bandwidth needs for no reason...

Don't scrape the faces of our citizens for recognition, Canada tells Clearview AI – delete those images


"alaskan pipeline" I mean, I know people will use literally anything as slang for something sexual; but you can't block on that!

It's a huge and relevant current issue - blocking that is just as bad as China blocking Tiannaman Square.

No ports, no borders, no hope: Xiaomi's cool but impractical all-screen concept phone


Re: Reset hole?

I don't see how capacitive buttons are any different from soft buttons, they both require a circuit to detect them?

Big data: Study suggests even a moderate gambling habit is linked to increased mortality and other bad stuff


Re: "the study is silent on these factors"

All that is true, although one large difference is there aren't any multimillionaire prostitutes "donating" to our politicians.

Amazon deploys AI cameras inside delivery vans, misspells 'surveillance' as 'safety' in reason why


Re: Put those cameras where they are actually needed...

and in the board room, to make sure they are paying some tax.

Showering malware-laced laptops on UK schools is the wrong way to teach them about cybersecurity


Why ethics? Are there good malware that we can choose to install on kids laptops?

Manchester United email servers remain offline amid what is being called a 'ransomware' attack


anonymous "cyber security expert"

It's cummings... and I claim my free eye sight test!?!

How's this for open government? Amsterdam, Helsinki put their AI system designs on public display


I think the important not about this has nothing to do with machine learning really.

In the example explaining the parking network the only bit of ML is probably the camera numberplate recognition (that may not even be using ML), but it is the explanation of the system as a while that is the interesting thing, such a good idea.

It's the year of Linux on the... ThinkPad as Lenovo extends out-of-the-box Ubuntu support to nearly 30 machines


Oh yeah, they were beaten to it by a few months! I totally missed this https://twitter.com/TUXEDOComputers/status/1263862722564960256?s=20


Is that the first laptop you can buy with Linux and AMD? I'm very tempted!

Contractor convicted of pinching supercomputer cycles to mine cryptocurrency


Re: Economics 101


Although, what is the likelyhood of that AU$76,000 being lost revenue, not being able to charge someone else, rather than actual cost of running the machine for whatever length of time?

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly


Exactly, that is why it is called a simulator and not an emulator!

Laughing UK health secretary launches COVID-19 Test and Trace programme with glitchy website and no phone app


Re: Oh No Surely Not...

you'd think so, but my bank can't even handle that!

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?


Re: But no one cares what Trump has to say

The numbers are based on historical deaths, so you can see the increase from the normal.


BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam


ARM was * bought * by a * Japanese * company.


If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything


Seems a bit of a shame they went it alone though, rather than something like https://e.foundation/eos-degoogled-phones/

Node.js creator delivers Deno 1.0, a new runtime that fixes 'design mistakes in Node'


"Rust: like C++11, but with OOP and strong typing removed" - err... the main point of rust is is is much more strongly typed than C++, borrowing wouldn't work without that.

If you like C and C++, then good for you - but don't pretend they don't have problems.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told


Re: Dreaming up barriers to adoption...

One thing they certainly aren't is conservative. What would you describe them as?

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


Epic, and to think when discovered/invented no-one knew what to do with them :-)

Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app


There is an alternative literally in the article.

edit... ah - one post, joined today...

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground


Re: Electric planes?

Smaller buffer battery with multiple hydrogen fuel cells?

From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard


Re: Simple solution

Yeah, because the people who go around setting fire to stuff are totally going to research that first.

Look ma, no Intel Management Engine, ish: Purism lifts lid on the Librem Mini, a privacy-focused micro PC


Re: If they are touting security ...

I really want one, but I will not buy intel :-(

People have been asking for a while, interesting discussions around the different trust platforms being a fairly valid reason why they haven't https://forums.puri.sm/t/should-the-next-librem-be-amd-based/3010

They do now have an ARM device, so maybe they will consider some more machines based on that instead?

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very


Re: Eh?

The source is avaliable at:

Chromium: https://chromium.googlesource.com/chromium/src/

Android: https://source.android.com/

So; not sure why you think they are not open source?

What could power an early-warning system for harmful radiation storms in Earth's Van Allen belts? AI? Let's see, say Los Alamos boffins


Re: Suggestion

AI does not yet exist - when anyone talks about AI at the moment I just read ML.

It does annoy OCD me; sure ML is part of AI, but it is only the start of what is required for it :-(

Chrome deploys deep-linking tech in latest browser build despite privacy concerns


Re: re: Wonder what the GDPR implications of this are?

...and for completeness: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2020/02/20/google_is_shifting_its_uk_data_hoard_from_ireland_to_us/


Re: re: Wonder what the GDPR implications of this are?

Also @ https://www.engadget.com/2020/02/19/reuters-uk-google-users-lose-gdpr-protections/

Git your coat – you've pulled: Standalone command-line interface for GitHub hits beta


This would be useful, if it weren't only for GitHub. Some standard way of managing repos and PRs across any GIT host would be much better.



One reason is for containerisation - very easy to use command line tools in Docker etc.

Throw a sofa at this guy with your mind. She's in Control. Oh look, now I've learnt to bloody fly. She's in Control


Yeah, you are right, I meant shooters in gernernal; rather than just first person ones! My bad.


First person shooters in gerneral arn't my thing, but you are missing out if you haven't played Quantum Break!

I suppose part of it for me was that it was the first 4k HDR game I'd played, but still was great.

Top tip: Using AI to detect alien civilizations is dangerous because if it spots anything, even just a blurry blob, people are going to go nuts


A machine learning algorithm like that should be run by astonomers and they should then check any potential signs spotted by the ML before any kind of press release?

We need to make it even easier for UK terror cops to rummage about in folks' phones, says govt lawyer


Re: No

You missed the news on that then? https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2020/jan/10/xr-extinction-rebellion-listed-extremist-ideology-police-prevent-scheme-guidance

You're not Boeing to believe this: Yet another show-stopping software bug found in ill-fated 737 Max airplanes


Re: Those moneychangers...

And also the UK computer industry...

Just in case you were expecting 10Gbps, Wi-Fi 6 hits 700Mbps in real-world download tests


Re: My Mantra

It is super annoying that ther are still no consumer 10G wired motherboards!

123-Reg is at it again: Registrar charges chap for domains he didn’t order – and didn't want


Re: Credit card

Someone else on these hallowed boards recommended https://www.mythic-beasts.com/ (can't remember who, soz)

I've just moved to them from 123-reg, so far I am very happy!

Silicon Valley Scrooges sidestep debt to society through tax avoidance to the tune of $100bn


"Amazon is primarily a retailer where profit margins are low, so comparisons to technology companies with operating profit margins of closer to 50 per cent is not rational."

Also seems to be a lie, as AWS provides most of their profits.

e.g. https://www.theregister.co.uk/2019/07/26/amazon_intel_google_q2/

and https://www.zdnet.com/article/in-2018-aws-delivered-most-of-amazons-operating-income/

and https://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-web-services-cloud-online-shopping-profits-chart-2017-5?op=1&r=US&IR=T

Sure, we made your Wi-Fi routers phone home with telemetry, says Ubiquiti. What of it?


Re: Once more, with feeling

And what about the security holes that the same update also patches? At my workplace here we use them, and they are pretty damn good - until this.



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