* Posts by Magani

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Bosses using AI to hire candidates risk discriminating against disabled applicants

Magani
Holmes

Seems an apt quote

"To err is human, but to really foul things up you need a computer."

Paul Erlich

Google shows off immersive maps, AR-flavored search, Pixel 7, and more

Magani
Big Brother

A slight misquote

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google parent Alphabet, opened the keynote by sounding familiar themes. He leaned into the implied sentiment, "We're here to help,"'

We regret that our CEO's quote was accidentally truncated in the autocue. What he was meant to say was...

"We're here to help gather and onsell as much data about our users as possible."

A discounting disaster averted at the expense of one's own employment

Magani
Happy

Re: Access is not the problem

It got a bad wrap. It was a really useful front end when you wanted to build something fast to show a client (or your boss). It kept me in coffee and TimTams for a number of years.

The Access back end though... The less said the better.

Magani
Flame

Sounds like something the BofH and the PFY would cook up.

Twitter preps poison pill to preclude Elon Musk's purchase plan

Magani
Facepalm

Re: The Crap-Meister

Elon, it's obvious that's the way you operate, but it comes out more like a stream of ordure.

Magani
Headmaster

Which site?

...and will kill you on-site...

So which particular site is that? Tesla, Space-X, The Boring Company, OpenAI or ???

US, UK, Western Europe fail to hit top 50 cheapest broadband list

Magani
Happy

Re: France ($28.92)

It seems to be a thing in Europe.

And at the opposite end of the planet here in Oz as well. For about AUD120 (GBP70, USD90) per month, we get 100mbps down / 25 up unlimited data, cable entertainment equivalent to Netflix/Foxtel, land line with free calls to all national and mobile numbers as well as free calls to most countries that we'd want to call (Nth America, UK/Europe and most of Asia) as well as some others in Sth America.

Compared to average weekly earnings here, it's quite affordable.

IFS bags Japanese airline and printermaker software deals

Magani
Coat

As per the headline...

... why don't Japan Airlines and Konica have Independent Front Suspension already?

Meta sued for 'aiding and abetting' crypto scammers

Magani
Megaphone

Farcebork Technology Fail

"We use technology to detect and block scam ads and work to get ahead of scammers' attempts to evade our detection systems."

All I can say is they do a piss-poor job of it. My 10 year old grand-daughter could do better! Next they'll be saying they have a 'Centre of Excellence'.

Like others above, I've reported these generally well-known folks spruiking dubious schemes, and had much the same response. Pathetic.

I hope Twiggy Forrest takes them to the cleaners.

Ukraine invasion: This may be the quiet before the cyber-storm, IT staff warned

Magani
Meh

Re: Now is the time to be a prepper – the computer security kind

>> 'How do I get to insert name of destination?'

Farmer Brown: "Ya can't get there from here."

As mentioned above, it's something that has to be planned from the start, not added on after.

Australian court finds Facebook 'divorced from reality' as it tried to define doing business down under

Magani
Thumb Up

Where's Mr T?

"The decision allows the OAIC to serve legal documents on Facebook Inc. in pursuit of its privacy suit."

I love it when a plan comes together.

Hannibal Smith - A Team

Meta trains data2vec neural network to grok speech, images, text so it can 'understand the world'

Magani
Facepalm

Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

In a previous press release we said: "Meta trains data2vec neural network to understand speech, images, text so it can 'understand the world'"

That release should have said "Meta trains data2vec neural network to understand speech, images, text so it can 'take over the world'".

UK, Australia, to build 'network of liberty that will deter cyber attacks before they happen'

Magani
Facepalm

Re: Look a squirrel/koala

"or Dutton setting himself up as leader if they lose their majority in May?"

What a horrific thought.

Magani
Happy

Re: network of liberty that will deter cyber-attacks before they happen

...with a name that sounds like some medical support garment.

"Thank you for your support. I shall always wear it"

Spike Milligan

Magani
FAIL

Buzz words

'Network of Liberty', - sounds like 'Centre of Excelence' but with American characteristics.

Total fail.

Aircraft can't land safely due to interference with upcoming 5G C-band broadband service

Magani
Thumb Up

A better explanation?

If you want a deeper and a bit more techy explanation, try this one from a B777 pilot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=942KXXmMJdY

From the studio that brought you 'Mortal Wombat' comes 'Pernicious Possum'

Magani
Holmes

Re: There's a monster in the garden

Obviously Spiny Norman

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done

Magani
Coat

Re: Meta what?

Zubin's probably not happy either.

Facebook's greatest misses: The five nastiest bits from recent leaks

Magani
Alert

Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

In a previous press release, our beloved founder was misquoted as saying:-

'... the media has made "a coordinated effort to selectively use leaked documents to paint a false picture of our company".'

His real quote was :

'... the media has made "a coordinated effort to selectively use leaked documents to paint a true picture of our company".

We regret if you were misled and we also apologise for his split infinitive.

Shatner breaks the age barrier, goes where no nonagenarian has gone before with Blue Origin rocket trip

Magani
Linux

Next time, an orbit?

Live long and prosper, Captain Kirk.

Facebook overpaid FTC fine by up to $4.9bn to protect Zuckerberg, lawsuits allege

Magani
Angel

Douglas was prescient

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy defines the marketing division of Facebook, Inc as "a bunch of mindless jerks who'll be the first against the wall when the revolution comes,”

Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition

Magani
Happy

Clippy's joined Google

"I see you're not paying attention. Would you like help with that?"

Space tourists splash down in Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit

Magani
Angel

Option #1

"...learning what to do in case anything went wrong."

Pray?

China's biggest chipmaker to build colossal chip factory

Magani
Coat

"China's biggest chipmaker to build colossal chip factory"

Will there also be an accompanying colossal fish factory to go with it?

Busy day in China: Xi Jinping announces tech-sharing, services export push and a bourse for startups

Magani
Linux

Re: "young men who dress fashionably and don't conform to male stereotypes"

"Which "male stereotypes" are acceptable in China now ? The rugged woodcutter ?"

Thanks. I now cannot get Mr M. Python's "I'm a Lumberjack" out of my head.

India makes a play to source rare earths – systematic scrapping of its old cars

Magani
Joke

Attention all 1958 Morris Oxford Owners!

Here's a terrific opportunity to corner the spares' market with all the Hindustan Ambassadors about to hit the junk heap.

Taiwan president pokes the bear by saying the nation needs to lessen its supply chain dependency on China

Magani
Pirate

A courageous decision, minister

"Tsai described the government's approach to China as "maintaining the status quo," ..."

That might sit well with the Taiwanese government, but I suspect that the CCP have different ideas. That particular bear doesn't need any poking to react.

AI algorithms uncannily good at spotting your race from medical scans, boffins warn

Magani
Big Brother

Can't let a dollar go by, can they?

"Adverts for these goods could then pop up whenever they logged onto their social media accounts."

Yet another reason to tell Farcebork where to go.

Alan Turing Institute to spend UK.gov grants on AI for air traffic control and banking

Magani
Black Helicopters

A bit simplistic, but...

...if you get AI to study outcomes and the ways they were achieved by human ATC bods, then all you've ended up with is a system that will 'think' like a good controller given the constraints of performance and sep'n standards, and in the future, come up with solutions that the ATCO at the time will probably have already (or shortly thereafter) come up with anyway. All you've added is a distraction.

Any further improvement needs to see a change of separation standards, and/or the building of lots more runways.

OT: Last century, the Oz ATC PHBs in 'Bullsh1t Castle' decided that there were parallels between trains and aircraft. They got in a train expert and asked him how to improve efficiency in moving aircraft. After an appropriate period, his (because they were always 'hims' in those days) report said that aviation had it all wrong. Railways had (generally) two lines between main stations, and lots of platforms at each end. Aviation had lots of airways and only one or two runways at each end, and hence had it all backwards.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

Magani
Unhappy

Definition?

AI - Artificial Ignorance.

Report: 83% of UK software engineers suffer burnout, COVID-19 made it worse

Magani
Meh

Agile...

Agile: First entry in the list of approved software development Buzzword Bingo terms.

UK arm of international charity the Salvation Army hit by ransomware attack

Magani
Coat

Re: I'm surprised

@Hubert Cumberdale

From those comments, I know that you write the closing comments on ISIHAC, and I claim my £5.

Facebook CEO puts picture of himself wearing too much sunscreen on new board

Magani
Holmes

From the mouths of babes...

“I really should have thought that one through more,” he told Instagram...

Seems to reflect the general attitude at Farcebook.

Mars race: China dreams of nuclear rockets, manned bases, and space elevators

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Here's the plan

I can see the headlines in the Global Times already:-

"Uyghurs, start your new life on Mars NOW!"

To CAPTCHA or not to CAPTCHA? Gartner analyst says OK — but don’t be robotic about it

Magani
Unhappy

Just a suggestion

... the least-annoying CAPTCHAs you can find.

I suspect that's the one with NO CAPTCHA.

As has been pointed out above, most of these can be bypassed by AI in any case.

'Welcome to Perth' mirth being milked for all it's worth

Magani
Meh

Re: Sydney thinks it is Oz

Spot on. The world revolves around Sydney (according to a lot of its residents) and a certain other large Victorian metropolis (according to their residents).

Just one example:- Naming of State Symphony Orchestras (S.O.)

NSW - Sydney S.O.

Vic - Melbourne S.O

Qld: - Queensland S.O.

Tas: - Tasmanian S.O.

SA. - South Australian S.O.

WA - Western Australian S.O.

'Ring of fire' headed to northern UK – a partial solar eclipse, not the sensation you get after a potent vindaloo

Magani
Coat

How to curry favour

Isn't the Ring of Fire what you get after a memorable Vindaloo?

I'm here all week; try the butter chicken.

US House Rep on cyber committees tweets Gmail password, PIN in Capitol riot lawsuit outrage

Magani
Facepalm

IT Security

"...tweeted a photo from an iPad of his Windows computer, attached to which was a piece of paper with login credentials written on it."

Stupid is as stupid does. (F Gump, esq)

Sold: €15k invisible sculpture that's a must-see for art lovers

Magani
FAIL

A suggestion

The purchaser should read "The Emperor's New Clothes".

Now that Trump is useless to Zuckerberg, ex-president is exiled from Facebook for two years, possibly indefinitely

Magani
Coat

Re: Sic transit

So, are you going to see Gloria on Monday?

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

Magani
Unhappy

What's in a phrase?

It looks like the CCP has decided that the phrase "Pictures, or it didn't happen" is a valid way of rewriting history. Just get the picture to go away, and ergo, no evidence.

Really sad that the CCP shills have burrowed their way into our lives.

US slaps tariffs on countries that hit Big Tech with digital services taxes ... then pauses them immediately

Magani
Megaphone

About bl**dy time

G7 Finance ministers are meeting this week in London and are expected to support US President Biden’s call for a new minimum tax to curtail clever corporate tax dodging.

If Company G generates revenue in country X, then it should pay tax where it's generated, not 'offshored' to tax haven Y. It's not being disproportionate against US tech companies when it's those companies doing what their creative accountants are telling them to do, ie: tax dodging..

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow? We ask because one got into the office and left quite a mess

Magani
Happy

Just what is the poop capacity of an unladen sparrow?

African or European?

This week, Apple CEO Tim Cook faced surprisingly tough questioning from judge

Magani
FAIL

Dept of Corrections and Clarifications

In a previous edition, we printed, "Cooke made clear that Apple's interpretation of user needs took precedent over placating developers.".

This should have said, "Cooke made clear that Apple's bottom line needs took precedent over placating developers."

Here's how we got persistent shell access on a Boeing 747 – Pen Test Partners

Magani
Black Helicopters

How long...

... before some mindless media peon writes the "Boeing Jumbo hacked' article with the requisite insinuations that "WE'RE ALL GOING TO DIE!"

Google's 'Ask me anything' on Privacy Sandbox was more about questions than answers

Magani
Happy

Thanks for the reminder

My Pi-Hole must be just about ready to be emptied of all the ads it's saved me from viewing.

Waymo self-driving robotaxi goes rogue with passenger inside, escapes support staff

Magani
Thumb Up

Obvious comment is obvious

"It looks like your car has paused," the Waymo customer service rep informs Johnson.

Clippy is alive and well and working in Waymo customer support.

WhatsApp: Share your data with Facebook, or we'll make our own app useless to you

Magani
Megaphone

Plus 1 to Fritz

"...the change in policy has even driven Germany to temporarily ban Facebook from processing people's personal info from WhatsApp under the GDPR."

Can we expand this a bit more. Say, to every country with a connection to the InterWebs?

43 years and 14 billion miles later, Voyager 1 still crunching data to reveal secrets of the interstellar medium

Magani
Happy

Re: Voyager

The little engine probe that could.

Chinese rocket plunges into Indian Ocean, still lands sharp rebuke from NASA

Magani
Unhappy

Re: Perhaps,

"Fundamentally this comes down to the different views cultures have on "individual liberty" vs "societal benefit"."

So, Long March booster - 70%

SinoVac efficacy ~50%

It's not just the rest of the world it doesn't give a stuff about.

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