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An attorney says she saw her library reading habits reflected in mobile ads. That's not supposed to happen

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Re: tl;dr but...

There is a very well known thought from Brendan Behan years ago ... that only needs a minor update to describe today's world - "Data critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves."

Graph database shows Biden outspends Trump in social media ad war

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That's a fair view Lars that I agree with (upvote & icon), I'm not personally in the rich environment so all I'm saying is just what seems to be happening.

Your thoughts remind me of a very good old quote from a very smart guy: "To give an accurate description of what has never occurred is not merely the proper occupation of the historian, but the inalienable privilege of any man of parts and culture." - Oscar Wilde.

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"I don't think Biden remembers what money is." ... that's certainly possible because Biden has never had his situation published in the New York Times.

More then 20 years ago Trump was published describing that when you spend money then it can be retrieved by filing it as a tax deductible expense. And years ago Trump was sending a lot of money to the Democrat party ... essentially he's always just been a business man wanting to be seen as supporting the political party that controlled the economic environment that he was making money in. All his current legal issues are pretty much the same as we see in so many business Boss and company owner environments when the owner make more money and has plenty of women working around them.

e.g. If you are male, and known to be making a million every few months, then do you think that everyone would always ignore all your sexual offers? That's just always been the rich male environment (icon)

IMF boss warns of AI 'tsunami' coming for world's jobs

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Re: How can they believe this crap?

Zo wheen a eye kalls meeee eye annesir width meye hellpfool achsent, fuch a eye, its hitty ... AI totally ignores me.

RSA Conference 2024: The good, the bad, and the downright worrying

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A great RSA conversation

The Register is always very helpful describing the world today.

I've always secured my data by writing it to a NAS called Macavity ... organized so that when anyone looks for it they will say "Macavity's Not There!"

I think that the comments on today's drug laws are OK but I remember seeing nobody with any drug problems in the days before all these drug laws, I thought that LSD was nice and we would all smoke together every night listening to music. In the days before the drug laws nothing was expensive like it is these days and nobody ever had any of the problems that we see today.

Drug laws have created all the current "drug problems" and today's world of "collecting data and selling it" has resulted in all the malware issues.

Hubble Space Telescope hasn't had any visitors for 15 years

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Re: No visitors for 15 years

If there is any other intelligent life in the Universe then all these efforts wold-wide, offer us a little chance of discovering our future. I'm so happy and impressed with these efforts - all excellent examples of our intelligent human development ... when sadly compared to our worlds politics, spam, malware, and climate changes.

Ex-White House election threat hunter weighs in on what to expect in November

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Re: I will no longer vote for humans

The UK view is that voting in America is for Democrats, or for Republicans ... but if you are an American citizen voting in America then you normally only vote "against" one party.

A tale of two Chinas: Our tech governance isn't perfect, but we still get to say no

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LOL, I'll upvote you for an honest comment, you poor snivelling, miserable coward (LOL again and fair enough). My view is just that we're currently looking for traces of life on Mars as a result of seeing it once covered in water but now there is no water and nothing that suggests any current or recent life. So we need to work for a decent future on our planet, regardless of what countries are busy being these days.

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It's worth looking at the whole world's policies for the last few thousand years ... Like China, there is a Good West and a Bad West ... I don't see China as better than the West or the West as better than China, because when you just look at the current issues we are only each political country attacking another for personal benefits.

How will this change in the future? It's never improved in the past. We need to all work to be "The Earth" not just little political counties, otherwise will our current climate problems stay unfixed to only benefit one country? If we don't fix our climate issues soon then in a few thousand years we might start to look like Mars.

It would be so much nicer and we would all be happy if we were all Earth people, not just individual country people - a better future for everyone.

Cheyenne supercomputer sells at auction for just $480K

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A nice memory

Originally when these machines were designed and built, it was a technical view everywhere. This quote was not a complaint like it would be if you say it today - he was just describing the early computing technology world to keep all the users happy (and working very hard).

"It would appear that we have reached the limits of what it is possible to achieve with computer technology, although one should be careful with such statements, as they tend to sound pretty silly in five years." - John Von Neumann, circa 1949

Has Windows 11 really lost marketshare to Windows 10?

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Re: Deja vu

I would be happy to pay for a new release of Windows 7 Professional that restores the original working environment on the new W11 laptop I bought in December. No Adverts, No personal data export and running all my original applications on the current Windows 11 PC would make working so much better.

I think that a new release with the original environment on the new hardware would be very popular.

For years Microsoft was been making money by forcing everyone to buy new computers with a new version of Windows, but originally everyone was only buying new software updates on their original computer. That resulted in all the machine manufacturers complaining and the new Windows version only running on the new computers. Every manufacturer was only working to make more money by forcing users to update, not just offering new improvements that would make everyone want to update and be so happy with the new environment (that's never happened for years now).

Some scientists can't stop using AI to write research papers

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When you are an AI user with writing problems

After reading this story in El Reg I asked AI to update "I am a drinker with writing problems" ...

The immediate AI recommendation was "Finding Inspiration in a Glass"

It may take decade to shore up software supply chain security, says infosec CEO

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Re: Always releveant article

We need a lot of discussions about cybersecurity prevention but just talking about "solutions" is only a discussion ... so many discussions everywhere sound wonderful but then we discover problems when we implement our "solutions" ... it's a bit like talking about how we can get to the top of Mount Everest; do we need to ride a bike, ski up there, drive a Tesla, or maybe even walk?

I'm not complaining, this is just the software environment that we've all lived with for years now - We have to describe a problem, wait for a solution, install an upgrade and then see a few new problems so we buy a new computer but starting seeing a few problems again that may have evolved from the original infections. We all want easy access on the Internet but thinking about how nice it is for us normally means that we often don't realize that easy access has become the wide problem. For years now I've been thinking that we need an icon for our security discussions - a pair of wire cutters - LOL El Reg, this is me laughing about the icons every time, this icon choice is so much better!

Chinese government website security is often worryingly bad, say Chinese researchers

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website security is often bad

We need to revise all website and internet issues to completely prevent access to everything other than just allowing visitors to view the text.

Hacking is universal ... the Internet was only designed originally just to provide universal access ... a feature when there were no websites and the Internet was only being designed ... ever since websites first appeared they have only been planned to be accessible ... "safety" was never much of a risk originally but hacking has now become virtually a universal internet feature.

NASA plasma propulsion project promises Mars in a flash

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"manned missions to Mars to be completed within a mere two months"

That would be amazing in the current environment although that might be two months to get there, two months to explore, and then two more months to get home. That would be a big improvement on today's estimates but let's just watch the history of traveling improve if we can eventually get up to light speed then we might start to visit the universe.

Billions on the line for Google as web search monopoly trial nears end

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Today ... yesterday

Originally this was discussed: "If McDonald’s were run like a software company, one out of every hundred Big Macs would give you food poisoning, and the response would be; We're sorry, here’s a coupon for two more." - Mark Minasi

He's termed as "one of the world's leading Windows authorities" and he probably made this statement originally when Microsoft was competing only with Apple PC's but these days the software environment has devolved so much that his quote covers software (and AI) everywhere. So often we see code created with problems (not errors) appearing. Human programmer intelligence works to create an event, and then when we see user problems we have to rework it to try and fix the problems to make happy users. AI doesn't seem to work that way, it creates an event and if you don't like it then you are the problem.

Not a Genius move: Resurrecting war hero Alan Turing as your 'chief AI officer'

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Re: Turing misinformation

"When we drink, we get drunk. When we get drunk, we fall asleep. When we fall asleep, we commit no sin. When we commit no sin, we go to heaven. Sooooo, let's all get drunk, and go to heaven..." - Brian O'Rourke

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Re: What does the "C" stand for . . .

"Cash" these days

REvil ransomware scum sentenced to almost 14 years inside, ordered to pay $16 million

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Ukraine programming

We had hired a Ukraine programmer for several years prior to the start of the recent 2022 invasion which caused him to disappear, probably killed but we were trying to offer him life in the US before every effort to communicate with him vanished.

Working with him had been very interesting, his old programming abilities were very good (we were working to upgrade our applications that had been written in 1995 to 2002) and it seemed that the programing world in the Ukraine was similar to that in the USA in the late 1990's - so many people just learning to program everything at home and then walking out into the employment world with serious abilities.

I don't see learning to create malware as a serious problem because I did it originally to work out how to protect everything we were doing, I never released my "infections" because all I was doing was just trying to protect our products. Learning to create malware can help you block so much of it.

China to launch sample return mission to the far side of the Moon – maybe next week

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Re: Looking forward!

Certainly a few samples that are probably all very old. The chances of "life" on Mars were quite reasonable up to about 50 million years ago but so far we have not found any fossils on Mars. The chances of seeing bones are very low (but possible) while a chances of finding fish related data are a little higher.

Right now we have no serious life evidence from Mars at all but we haven't taken a good look yet - so more research will be good worldwide.

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Looking forward!

Samples returned from Mars will be very scientifically interesting, Mars has a slight potential of some forms of life in the past but we've only looked at the planet, not collected any samples that might show a past history at a little level yet. It's nice to see China planning to do some science that the rest of the world has not bothered to do recently.

UK lays down fresh legislation banning crummy default device passwords

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Create 100% reliable passwords.

OK so you can record and write down your password e.g "Admin123" but just remember that's only a hint because the fully functional and safe password would be "Gweinyddol123" - just never create passwords in English because that's the worlds most common language researched by hackers. Even if they are using AI then it's a bet that hidden Welsh will never be hacked. I've started using Welsh passwords since the early days, just planning (and 100% successful) never to get hacked.

Microsoft dusts off ancient MS-DOS 4.0 code for release on GitHub

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Nice to hear

It's worth documenting the environment that led to MS-DOS being created, originally just a local "new operating system" based on the public discussions about CP/M which we were all discussing as 8080 code but didn't know about the original PLM Gary Kildall code, all we were doing then was reading the binary version and translating it into assembly code. We were all wrong, it was never written in assembler code, it was PLM ... but I still have my old printed Z80 version code (LOL) - reviewing the original code was very helpful.

Sharing the original code from years ago is a good environment ... reading it and using it will be highly educational!!!! It would be nice to see the early Windows source code versions too.

The eight-bit Z80 is dead. Long live the 16-bit Z80!

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The Z80 taught me so much

I was just a young hardware worker soldering when the Z80 appeared, I'd been reading about the 8080 and I started building a Z80 unit running code from an EPROM and sending data to a pair of ADC's, I manually digitized clinical EKG data on paper and wrote the code to create a dual channel EKG simulator in paper too, then manually converting the code to digital values that I manually stored in the EPROM - I was so happy that it worked great and my company paid me to make four more simulators.

A few years later I was doing CP/M programming, MSDOS programming and then move to the DEC RSX11M world - Gosh "assemblers" ... After learning to easily manually code Z80's on a few sheets of paper had taught me so much and tripled my annual corporate income because the company was so happy.

Turns out teaching criminals to write web code keeps them out of prison

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Yea, a big improvement

The American prison activity for years has been only to punish everyone, not help the prisoners learn to avoid all criminal activity once they are released. But that has made it hard for a released prisoner to earn any money (they often just become "homeless") so the crime rates stay up in the US. But teaching everyone how to work honestly, and earn money to live on, is going to help.

This is based on watching the US situation for 40 years now and recently helping a homeless former pensioner who was trying to live but only being offered $10 a day for a job. His imprisonment was a result of being in a bar with a fight starting and then he worked to stop the fight, when the police arrived he was arrested but the court case had jailed him for 10 years, destroying his home life.

Waymo robotaxi drives down wrong side of street after being alarmed by unicyclists

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I see people driving cars like that locally but very few problems because they all keep the window open on the passenger's side. That makes it easy to throw the empty beer cans out so the bikers tend to dodge when the cars go past them.

Google all at sea over rising tide of robo-spam

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Re: I actually see less spam than I used to

I see less email spam too but I'm getting AI generated phone call spam all the time, I'm old too and the calls are all inquiring about my health to "monitor" it ... so I just reply, "I'm fur king healthy" and the call drops immediately.

UK data watchdog questions how private Google's Privacy Sandbox is

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Re: It is perfectly private

I just AI searched on Google for your name Pascal Monett and saw the result: "Paschal is the top provider of heating and air services in Monett, MO, as well as plumbing and electrical services."

So I guess AI stupidity is helping your privacy.

Watchdog tells Dutch govt: 'Do not use Facebook if there is uncertainty about privacy'

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I have only one privacy issue with Facebook

When Facebook was opened to allow the public to sign up, I immediately tried to sign in with Facebook. But I was told that my actual family surname was fake, and that Facebook would prosecute me if I ever tried to setup an account with them any time again.

So I have no personal data issues with Facebook although my wife, my brother, my mother, and my daughter were all allowed to setup accounts with the same surname many years later.

Microsoft is a national security threat, says ex-White House cyber policy director

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Re: Microsoft is not a security company!

This whole thing is normal American views ... for example locally the news is "3 separate shootings overnight in Baton Rouge leave 2 dead, 1 hurt" and America is saying everywhere that all the laws that would have stopped people walking around with guns in their pockets are deleted.

Another situation is that Microsoft is not a national security threat, it just uses the Internet (a bit like walking around town with a big gun in your pocket) - guns a only a problem when people use them badly and the internet is only a problem when people use it badly.

Today's world is that companies are busy making lots of money without worrying about people being shot or malware delivered.

Microsoft teases deepfake AI that's too powerful to release

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"speak scripted words in a cloned voice"

Low Hell, Mood Gorning AI ... Oh sorry AI, you don't understand spoonerism?

Ransomware feared as IT 'issues' force Octapharma Plasma to close 150+ centers

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Re: BlackSuit ransomware infection vector

For years now companies have all been busy sharing data and access, both within the company and outside into the internet, an environment that makes one infection reach everyone.

Creating the Internet was so helpful before malware was invented, but now we need to make some very big internal "access" changes to prevent malware access at this level.

AI PCs are here but a killer application for biz users? Nope

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If "these PCs MIGHT be beneficial" and commonly used by so many people all the time, then will we start seeing a lot of stories about AI in El Reg everyday?

Crypto conferences liquidated after biblical flooding in Dubai

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We're very clean on the Gulf coast although we'd be saying Dubai's still dirty, they only got a little rain. We're seeing a little rain to the north of us now, the Mississippi was locally only 5 feet deep last most of last year but is now going up to to about 32 feet next week. Locally for us that's not too much.

NASA confirms nuclear-powered Dragonfly drone is going to Titan

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We're starting to learn about the past and getting ready for the future

The work that NASA has always done has been higher educational and helpful.

To send a little visit to Saturn's moon could result in a mission in the future to start investigating all our other planetary options for our future. Today it's tough but our world would be so great in the future if we were able to live on other planets locally for a year or two and then head towards other solar systems. The technology changes might make the future talk about our world as "like the stone age" but that would be so wonderful for humanity if we can make the technology so great that today we're all "just primitive" in future.

NASA confirms Florida house hit by a piece of ISS battery pack

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Re: Here on Earth

Al fazed, it didn't arrive on November 5th. I think it's interesting that the Earth is shooting so much stuff into space and seeing so many items fall back to our planet even when comets go past us. But we only see a few rocks (meteorites) from the rest of the universe, never any old alien cell-phone batteries thrown away in the universe.

We throw some much trash around the universe but see nothing that we didn't create.

Google will pump more than $100B into AI, says DeepMind boss

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Re: Question

These days likely to be:

google> Hi AI, how much monies we should pump into you?

AI>

AI>

AI>

AI>

AI>

AI>

AI>

AI> yes

Busy Google search results are slowing down so investing in a lot more computing search speed would be good for Google.

Change Healthcare’s ransomware attack costs edge toward $1B so far

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A long time ago

In the years before the Internet, the first computer (the Analytical Engine, created by Charles Babbage in the 19th century) was relatively secure. Hacking one, with our current data storage levels, would probably require about 30 large trucks to carry it away. We have made so many great technological changes since then, but while computing is so much more wonderful, hacking in a few minutes has also appeared.

I'm not saying that hacking is a "feature" ... it's just a result of our technological changes, we just need to revise our technology evolution.

Microsoft to use Windows 11 Start menu as a billboard with app ads for Insiders

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Re: Had an advert with 10

When Windows 10 appeared, and now Windows 11, I started to use them at work but they convinced me to never "upgrade" from Windows7 on all my home computers ... all these Windows "upgrades" make me so happy to continue using the original Windows versions.

British watchdog has 'real concerns' about the staggering love-in between cloud giants and AI upstarts

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Re: "[158] lobbying entities focused on AI"

Definitely Pascal!

This is an excellent story to read and I hope to read a lot more about this in El Reg, It's very good to hear smart thoughts from CEO's who have so much more knowledge and experience of the business environment, and related the internal events, than the rest of us ever see because we are just getting our jobs done to keep the CEO happy.

French issue alerte rouge after local governments knocked offline by cyber attack

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An alerte rouge solution?

I have been running systems in Baton Rouge for years now and never seen any french cyber attacks, mostly North Korean malware etc, I guess the French cyber criminals are scared of getting beaten with a large baton rouge if they are caught?

US 'considering' end to Assange prosecution bid

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Re: Wikileaks

The criticisms today are based based on our current discoveries of the events over time. But originally we only knew what we were seeing ... circumstances accurately described years earlier by the quote "Critics are like eunuchs in a harem; they know how it's done, they've seen it done every day, but they're unable to do it themselves." - Brendan Behan (icon x1000 LOL)

I'm not adding this as a complaint, I just think that we all need to review the history of events and the circumstances that created them, not just what happened.

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Re: Wikileaks

I followed Wikileaks originally and never saw Assange as doing anything except publishing the information that he was given, and was available outside other countries shutdowns. The main reason America was pissed off was that multiple items the WikiLeaker Assange released was only documenting wartime legal failures. Effectively he is a journalist so he need respect, even if you don't like the truth he's revealing.

Assange, I would be happy to buy you a beer in Australia!

96% of US hospital websites share visitor info with Meta, Google, data brokers

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$pam A$AP

Every time I visit my local US healthcare website to just message a minor question to my doctor then I start getting healthcare related spam phone calls. When you are looking at US Healthcare then it's just Useless Healthcare most of the time.

Rust rustles up fix for 10/10 critical command injection bug on Windows in std lib

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LOL, a good joke icon ovation1357

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Re: Argh

I see files emailed to me with names like "Urgent_Purchase_Order.bat" frequently, maybe this Rust update will result in some new file names?

That would be helpful but I've got the mail-server blocking a lot of suspicious attachments so I'm not specifically concerned, but anything like this problem is always added to the mail-server block list.

UK businesses shockingly unaware of how to handle security threats

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Re: "Wot? Cybersecurity? Incident response?"

Every business has always been run by people determined to make the business work well ... that's been the business environment for hundreds of years with very little security threats until recent years. "Easy" data access everywhere has changed the safety world everywhere, currently data security is pretty much like "vaccinations" ... total effective this week, but the risks then evolve to cause problems again.

The environment has had a huge change so we need to make a tremendous change in the way everything is done ... it a bit like the pandemic, we're all wearing masks but we get infected occasionally.

AI could crash democracy and cause wars, warns Japan's NTT

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Re: Facebook

""If generative AI is allowed to go unchecked, trust in society as a whole may be damaged ..."

And we've seen similar issues as social media posts have been universally unchecked too - often creating problems everywhere when false views are promoted. All changes in technology (not just AI changes) need to be fully reviewed and carefully evaluated, not just applied worldwide.