* Posts by Magani

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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.

China sprayed space with 3,000 pieces of junk. US military officials want rules to stop that sort of thing

Magani
Mushroom

A law unto themselves.

...to create a framework for rules-based order in space.

Hands up all those who think China would give a dead dingo's donger about anyone else's rules.

Icon: What we hope doesn't happen with a certain rocket booster over the next day or so.

Belgian parliament halts China Uyghur 'genocide' debate after DDoS smashes ISP offline

Magani
Unhappy

Give us a clue

... and it’s not clear who was behind the attack nor why.

Here's a hint - it's in your headline. The Middle Kingdom seems to up to its normal belligerent, thin-skinned, 'It's your fault, not ours', rhetoric. At some stage, this country's actions over Uyghurs, Hong Kong, Taiwan, The South China Sea, Tibet, etc need to be held to account.

See also - just letting large rocket boosters fall where they may.

</rant>

In China, the Smart TV watches you, shares IP address, Wi-Fi SSIDs, viewing habits, and more

Magani
Big Brother

Who owns what?

I'm confused (or is that Confucius?). A quick search on the Interwebs brings up the following:-

Gozen Data is funded by 2 investors. Huan.tv and Skyworth are the most recent investors.

Is that the same Skyworth that was allegedly unaware what was going on? Only in China...

China hauls in 13 web giants for ‘supervision interviews’

Magani
Big Brother

Gather round...

... all you 13 web giants and listen for your own good:- If it can happen to Jack Ma, it can happen to YOU.

Appeals court nixes online blueprint sharing ban on 3D-printed 'ghost guns'

Magani
Unhappy

Obviously more guns needed

At 120 guns per 100 people, the US obviously needs to up the production of firearms by letting folks manufacture their own.

Scam victims find same fraudulent ads lurking on Facebook and Google even after flagging them up

Magani
Pint

Re: I helped my Mom yesterday.

If ad blockers are causing problems, research Pi-Hole.

Set and forget basically, and in my 3 month-to-date experience, not one site has complained about it being an ad blocker.

Technoking of comedy? Elon Musk to host Saturday Night Live

Magani
FAIL

Aim lower

SNL obviously going for ratings rather than content.

Banks across America test facial recognition cameras 'to spy on staff, customers'

Magani
Boffin

Tablet?

...about 46,000mm2 – about the size of a tablet.

So is that a Samsung or Apple tablet? My steam powered abacus says that 46000 sq mm is about half a sq ft (or 0.0022 NanoWales in the appropriate El Reg standard units).

Sucks to be you, any aliens living anywhere near Proxima Centauri's record-smashing solar flare

Magani
Mushroom

Was it?

"Was that the Earth-shattering KABOOM?"

Marvin the Martian

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

Magani
Angel

Re: Religion in the UK?

"My patents are Methodist Ministers (retired)"

I didn't know you could patent ministers.

UK's National Rail backs down from greyscale website tribute to Prince Phil after visually impaired users complain

Magani
Unhappy

Shame...

"...who missed hitting a century by about two months."

He also missed out on getting a telegram from his wife.

Satellite collision anticipated by EU space agency fails to materialize... for now at least

Magani
Thumb Up

"Missed it by that much!"

Maxwell Smart

‘Can COVID-19 vaccines connect me to the internet?’

Magani
Happy

D'oh, a deer, a female deer...

Huawei re-org: Chinese giant merges its cloud and compute business units

Magani
Big Brother

Hands up...

...all those who think this will make Huawei more palatable to the Five Eyes.

Australian ponders requiring multiple IDs to sign up for social media, plus more crypto-busting backdoors

Magani
Happy

I think you can take Laming off the list.

Magani
FAIL

Let's just imagine...

...for a moment, that a person wanted to join Farcebook under a different name, say as a Nom d'Internet, like 'Zark Muckerberg'.

What's to stop a person logging on to their favourite VPN and joining said social media in a country that doesn't have these draconian requirements? They could then go back to the Oz site and continuing on as MZ.

Are the Oz authorities going to make every overseas-based person go through this security theatre before they can post on an Australian SocMed site?

Asking for a friend, of course. (Torn between Big Brother, Black chopper and FAIL icons.)

Facebook says dump of 533m accounts is old news. But my date of birth, name, etc haven't changed in years, Zuck

Magani
Happy

Probably because even The Zuck has finally seen the dodgyness of openly telling blatant porkies

Vegas, baby! A Register reader gambles his software will beat the manual system

Magani
Headmaster

Log every user input

I was computerising a manual system that revolved around skilled operators using data presented on small standard sheets. As these sheets were handed to the operators by assistants who logged info on them by hand (this operation was 24/7) so in the wee small highly caffeinated hours, the handwriting became a bit scrawly heading towards complete incomprehensibility. Hence they were to be produced by 2 Epson dot-matrix printers (we're talking 1983 here) whose attached PC had the data entered on it by the aforementioned assistants.

One of the assistants could see his future employment at risk (it wasn't - someone still had to enter the data), so as a good card-carrying Luddite, began entering his own fudge-factors to the data which of course produced incorrect results. This made the about-to-be-commissioned system look bad, along with yours truly.

I asked around and found that it only happened when this one particular assistant was inputting data, so I confronted him, making sure his boss was present, as previous subtle attempts had produced only derision about the system.

Again he denied any foul play, so I then printed out the original correct data, along with his fudged inputs. His face was a delight to see as it went through denial, disbelief and back to denial followed by sounds like a motor boat, "But, but, but...".

I bless my mentor who always said, "NEVER trust an end user".

Apple iPad torched this guy's home, lawsuit claims

Magani
Black Helicopters

Defence Elementary Flying Training School

"a fire erupted at the subject premises as a direct result of one or more defts..."

You can't be too careful where the MoD is concerned.

Black chopper icon, natch.

So, where does Silicon Valley stand on S.230? Zuck wants 'industry best practices', Pichai demurs, Dorsey urges more Bluesky thinking

Magani
Unhappy

Oxymoronic?

'Industry [sic] best practices' is just another way of saying 'The lowest standard we can get away with'.'

Oracle's 'self-driving cloud data warehouse' hides SQL behind a GUI... if needed

Magani
Linux

Hmnmm

"...ADW automatically provides additions OCPUs."

So that's: "SELECT * FROM USERS WHERE hasCreditCard = TRUE"

America's Supremes give Facebook nothing but heartaches: Top court won't stop '$15bn wiretap' lawsuit

Magani
FAIL

Dear Zuck...

"The social network says it put an end to that specific type of tracking back in 2011, after it was exposed by a researcher."

So it only stopped when it was called out. That tells you the moral compass that this company had at the time and (IMHO) it hasn't changed.

Ex-asylum seeker with infosec degree loses discrimination claim against UK cyber range provider after storming out

Magani
Happy

" It came to a head with a shouting match, with the man storming off home..."

So at least one person is channelling Piers Morgan.

Microsoft customers locked out of Teams, Office, Xbox, Dynamics – and Azure Active Directory breakdown blamed

Magani
FAIL

SANS

French - without

English - Software As a Non-Service

So it appears some of you really don't want us to use the word 'hacker' when we really mean 'criminal'

Magani
Holmes

Hacking is honourable

Mainstream media, on the other hand, generally has honour, accuracy and ethics a fair way down the ladder and these seem to be totally overwhelmed when a lurid story involving celebrities or politicians (or, dare I say, The Royals) is at stake. If the media can coin an expression that is simple and easy to remember, they'll use it regardless of its accuracy. <see 'drone'> The average reporter's copy about aviation (my old stomping ground) is enough to make you want to stay at home.

<see “Boeing 777 will struggle to maintain altitude once the fuel tanks are empty.”>

I agree that English is a living language and meanings change over time <see decimate> but with the rise of the 24/7 news cycle and the slow demise of decent journalism thanks to the likes of Murdick and co, I expect this will only get worse.

Must away to read the Apostrophe Police's latest missive.

China sets new rules for Ant Group to play by if it wants to think again about a float

Magani

Dear Jack,

Play by our rules or you'll have more to worry about than a few months at Xi's expense.

Love,

CCP

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news

Magani
Mushroom

Re: Look...

Look Zucker it's a shit law, we all knew it was a shit law, and anyone with common sense was against it, but then you had to go and pull this stunt.

The one thing The Zuck didn't do was seemingly TALK to the Oz Gummint and try to come to some common agreement. You know, like G**gle did. But instead he decided to bring a nuke to a knife fight.

FAIL.

Five years after US promised crackdown on ticket-snaffling bots, the first prosecutions are in... and are a slap on the wrist

Magani
Thumb Down

Getting soft?

...the reduced penalties are because the defendants are unable to pay the full assessed amounts

If you or I claimed we couldn't pay the full amount of a fine, do you think the beak would nicely ask us what we could afford? This bunch of leeches need time in The Big House to reflect.

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