* Posts by faibistes

20 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Sep 2008

US AGs: We need law to purge the web of AI-drawn child sex abuse material


"One day in the near future, a child molester will be able to use AI to generate a deepfake video of the child down the street performing a sex act of their choosing,"

We want a future where that child molester chooses to physically molest that child instead.

It's been proven again and again that more porn=less sex crime.



WannaCrypt ransomware snatches NSA exploit, fscks over Telefónica, other orgs in Spain


It happened around 12. Siesta is happening sooner today


I'm pretty sure it's not related in that way. It only affects Windows PC's (AFAIK Windows 7, maybe other versions too), none of those services are Windows systems. It's not impacting operations per se... but if an operator needs access to those systems and he needs to do it from his Windows seat, he's screwed.

Donald Trump wants Bill Gates to 'close the Internet', Jeff Bezos to pay tax


Re: Mr Trump is not stupid

I guess you already know why scammers use such a bad grammar. They go for the low hanging fruit.

Mobile phones are the greatest poverty-reducing tech EVER



"every 10 per cent of the population which has access to a mobile causes a 0.5 per cent rise in GDP"

I'd love to know how you figured out that it's not the other way round

Post-Microsoft, post-PC programming: The portable REVOLUTION



¿Just how is an ipad with a keyboard different from a regular laptop?

We have a winner! Fresh Linux Mint 17.1 – hands down the best


Re: Jaw is on the floor

They've been there in nautilus as long as I can remember. The enthusiasm of the reviewer with this fresh feature sets the level of the article.

Not to mention that I can't find any good reasons to install linux on a macbook.

Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?


Pretty much everybody knows it's a prank at this point.

What did the Romans ever do for us? Packet switching...


Why this is a top story in el reg, where most of its readers are IT pros and students, quite scapes me. This looks like high school stuff.

Pano does browser-thin virty desktops


Now please someone tell me how this is better tan a Raspberry Pi.

RIP: Peak Oil - we won't be running out any time soon

Paris Hilton

So, IIUC, all these trends, figures and predictions mean that fossil fuel is infinite, right?

Data for 100m Facebook accounts published to BitTorrent

Dead Vulture


*shrug* For the life of me I can't see the interest of this story. It puzzled me when it hit the big media. Exgirlfriends, colleagues, bosses, neighbours and mostly everybody have been stalked this way via google->facebook since the dawn of time.

And you guys are putting this on "Top stories"?

The only point that's marginally interesting about this is the "Internet is forever" thing. Which, sadly, is far from the truth. I browse the web archive more than I would like, and many thigs aren't there anymore.

Ten free apps to install on every new Mac



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Your producitvity goes through the roof. For keyboard lovers out there.



El Reg is not responsible for the content of external internet sites.


A xbmc fork that's better than the original. VLC becomes irrelevant with Plex.



What's VLC/Plex good for without amule?

Is iFlorist the greatest website in the universe, ever?

Dead Vulture

Shame on you, elreg

The bad reviews are clearly made up by jealous rival companies. The good reviews are clearly posted by honest, happy customers. And this article is playing the rival companies' game.

This is a display of biased, dishonest journalism at its worst. I can't imagine how you will make up for your stain on those decent businessmen's honour.

Concerted Linux-netbook effort needed to beat Microsoft



Zonbu has been doing that for a while. It hasn't failed, but they have dropped the model in some way. They used to subsidize the machines (a minipc, quite like the mac mini - silent and all, for 100$ IIRC) but tie you to a service plan. And the service plan isn't quite pointless, as it includes seamless network storage and support.

Anyway, they have changed their minds and charge less for the service and offer machines at a standard price.

I guess you can't count on people keeping paying for the service. How do you enforce them to return the machine?

Laptop facial recognition defeated by Photoshop

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It's not that bad

OK, it's not a military grade authentication... but more than enough in a home environment. Also, I'm reading shit about 2d vs. 3d and the such. Guys, you don't know the state of the art of face recognition, as it seems:

1) Lenovo engineers aren't quite as stupid as you think. Of course, the dumb 'Hey, let's wave a photo in front of the webcam' was tested. It doesn't fool the system. WTF, it was the first thing they tested.

2) The biometrics authentication systems in commercial laptops are toys. IPhoto (which admittedly, is a toy too) after a dozen of training photos or so, can recognize someone in a timespan of all the person's life. So aging, accidents and all that crap is a moot point.

3) In fact, recent systems are better at recognizing humans than humans themselves. They can distinguish identical twins better than humans. And, let's face it, *any* id system, in the end, goes down to biometrics: a policeman or government officer certifying, looking at ID's photos, fingerprints... that someone is who he claims.

As an example, in Spain you can get a government X509 certificate that for all purposes is as valid as a written signature. You go to the police, hand them you ID card, and here you are. But, wait a minute, isn't the police officer looking at your photo to authenticate you? Isn't your office boss lookng at you to assign you a system password? Have I mentioned that the newest systems are better than humans at recognizing humans? If you ask me, I think that this is a very promising field.

BTW, I don't get what those folks did to cheat the machine. I simply don't believe they bruteforced the webcam waving photos at it. And if they circumvented the wecam... c'mon, the whole thing is more than flawed.

Brit, French nuke subs collide - fail to 'see' each other


Russian subs

Somewhere in the Atlantic Ocean, two submarines, Soviet and American, come to the surface. The Soviet one is old and rusty; the American one is new and shiny. On the Soviet one, the crew lounges about without any order, and a drunken captain yells at them: "Who threw a valenok on the control board? I'm asking you, who threw a valenok on the control board?!". From the American submarine, a shaved, sober and well-dressed captain, notes sarcastically: "You know, folks, in America...". The Russian captain interrupts him, screaming: "America? America??! There is none of your fucking America anymore!" (Turns back to the crew) "Who threw a valenok onto the control board?!"

Academic wants to 'free up' English spelling


Dyslexia (there are few chinese dyslexics)

Quoting wikipedia:

"Some studies have concluded that speakers of languages whose orthography has a highly consistent correspondence between letter and sound (e.g., Italian) suffer less from the effects of dyslexia than speakers of languages where the letter-sound correspondence is less consistent (e.g. English and French).

In one of these studies, reported in Seymour et al., the word-reading accuracy of first-grade children of different European languages was measured. English children had an accuracy of just 40%, whereas among children of most other European languages accuracy was about 95%, with French and Danish children somewhere in the middle at about 75%; Danish and French are known to have an irregular pronunciation."