And, uh, yes. That's Mornington Crescent.
937 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009
Lenovo certifies all desktop and mobile workstations for Linux – and will even upstream driver updates
Re: Vendor support is one thing...
Didn't downvote your original comment, but how about this:
> I, for one, stopped clicking years ago.
Right. So after reading the article and writing a 4,000 word essay explaining everything wrong with the world, you end by saying you don't even bother clicking through to articles like this any more.
Nobody likes a whiner.
Re: The real reason for fairly small line lengths
> Let's say I'm reading/writing code with the occasional line which is 200 characters long. And I'm not using a pretty-printing editor which will dynamically reformat code for me.
Isn't that the exact crux of Linus's argument? That you should get a better editor, which can handle this?
Re: Tesco is paying shareholders £900m in dividends while enjoying £585m from the government
Ooh, can we do Jake too?
When I was running Tescos from the USS Nimitz during 911, I forewent my entire paycheck to keep the kids in school. Of course it wasn't easy, as we were limited to using IBM 5100s, but I wrote the assembly code myself to lash things together, while under fire from the Japanese.
Long-term Linux Mint: 19.3 release unchains the Gimp, adds HiDPI, is kind to your older, less-beefy kit
#MeToo chatbot, built by AI academics, could lend a non-judgmental ear to sex harassment and assault victims
Good luck deleting someone's private info from a trained neural network – it's likely to bork the whole thing
Re: Why use personal data to train AI?
What about trying to link employment and home address to car insurance premiums? Or lifestyle choices to predicted medical issues?
There are plenty of legitimate uses too. Or was it wrong for the early HIV campaigns to target the gay community? Because that's the sort of information that a model like this could produce, with massively increased accuracy.
Re: An interesting problem.
Here are some names you should have used:
Arheddis Varkenjaab and Aywellbe Fayed
Arhevbin Fayed and Bybeiev Rhibodie
Aynayda Pizaqvick and Malexa Kriest
Awul Dasfilshabeda and Nowaynayda Zheet
Makollig Jezvahted and Levdaroum DeBahzted
Steelaygot Maowenbach and Tuka Piziniztee
Re: By the time it's ingrained and encoded into a deep learning net...
> is it still identifiable private info?
This was my question. To take an example, Bob is gay, and has HIV. That's pretty sensitive information.
However, the relevant trained healthcare model will simply weigh the sexuality as a factor against HIV infection. In simplistic terms, the inclusion of Bob's data may push the model's link between those two facts from 20.1 to 20.2. Bob's statistics affect the model's behaviour slightly, but there is no way you could ask the model if Bob is gay - it simply doesn't know or care.
Obviously if the training dataset is retained, that's a completely different story - but I can't see how personally identifiable information could be gleaned about a single subject from a true "black box" model.
Boeing... Boeing... Gone: Canada, America finally ground 737 Max jets as they await anti-death-crash software patches
Re: Negligent certification
This style of response upsets me.
Basically what you are saying is that, in the event of this system failing and trying to nose-dive the aircraft into the ground and kill everyone on board, if nothing else is going on and the cockpit is quiet, there is a procedure to handle the situation.
Now assume you are climbing towards mountains, and your airspeed indicators are bollocksed. You think you are going too fast, so you withdraw the flaps. Your angle of attack rapidly increases, then the stick-shaker activates, there are voices shouting "DON'T SINK! DON'T SINK!", "TERRAIN! TERRAIN! TERRAIN!", "STALL! STALL! STALL!" or similar. The noise of the stall warning horn is blaring out, the yolk is shaking aggressively. Meanwhile the nose of the plane keeps being forced down. Your airspeed is increasing, but you don't know how fast you're going. You disable auto-trim, and there's a temporary lapse where you get the nose back up, bu all the stall warnings continue, so your reflex is not to pull up hard. The nose drops again. You are pulling back on the stick with around 50kg of force, which should also disable all auto-trim and autopilot (as it did on previous 737s) but by that point you are only 1000ft above ground level, your instruments are still reading nonsense, you have no fucking clue why the plane is nosediving and you can't pull the stick back any harder. There is a quiet clickity click noise from the trim wheel, which you already disabled but for some god-forsaken reason it's going again. You're in a nose-dive, 40 degrees down, 500ft above the rapidly approaching mountains.
That all happens in about 2 minutes, in the case of Ethiopia.
Yes, it might be possible to (temporarily) disable the system. No doubt an exceptional crew might handle the situation better. But you know what? Blaming the pilots here is not how you prevent this shitstorm happening again.
Wind tunnel turbulence
I knew a guy who had a student doing some all-night runs in a laminar flow wind-tunnel.
The tests would start in the evening and run smoothly for a few hours, after which (at around 10pm) the flow would unexpectedly transition to turbulent, ruining the rest of the night's results.
The supervisor eventually sat with the student to see what was going on. The tests were set up, the tunnel started, all good. A few hours past, dinner was eaten, and boredom set in. That's when the student turned on the (loud, heavy-rock) stereo system...
Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…
Re: How many billions of dollars are being spent chasing this?
> At what age?
My 2 year old saw a dear for the first time ever, while we were all looking the other way, and immediately said "goat!"
Which, considering she'd only ever seen goats once, about 3 months before, was a pretty good extrapolation, and one that no computer model I'm aware of could currently match.
So I guess "baby" is an exaggeration, but "infant" or "toddler" would be more accurate.
It seems to me that there are two main reasons to brew your own:
1. It is vastly cheaper - a pint of homebrew costs about 20p, and the equipment only costs about £50.
2. You can make the recipe up yourself, tweak things, add stuff in or take it out.
For most homebrewers, it's a combination of the two.
Both of which an expensive, all-in-one, web-connected, "smart," auto sanitising, pod-relying machine will negate.
So what is the point of it, and who is the target audience?
GCHQ pushes for 'virtual crocodile clips' on chat apps – the ability to silently slip into private encrypted comms
Re: Quid pro quo, Clarice...
> ... the hidden deep-state
OK, I was following you up to that point, but then... What is this, an Alt-Right US rag? Let me guess, Hillary runs this deep-state from a pizza parlour?
Conspiracy theories don't do anyone any good. Adopting the same language as the nuts across the pond will do you no favours, any more than shouting "AM I BEING DETAINED" will get the police to take your civil liberties seriously.
Did he catch a bad case of biz-speak?
"Create more velocity in our revenue attainment" = "make more money"
"Jump off a cliff onto new ground" - a fine mixed metaphor indeed. My boss is keen on these, things like "we need to stop climbing the ladder to take a step back and see how far we've come."
"Boosting the quality of service by professionalising people and technology" - what does that even mean?
Re: Very odd company
I ordered an XPS13 with Ubuntu on it. It was the oddest experience.
The computer took so long to ship that my card, linked to the paypal account I payed with, had expired. Instead of holding the shipment when the payment failed, they shipped anyway, and some Indian team were then in charge of trying to get me to pay.
I asked them several times to send me a simple, correct invoice that I could pay via paypal. Eventually, a couple of weeks after the laptop arrived, I got an invoice, without VAT.
By that point, VAT was their problem, and I couldn't be bothered helping them any more, so I paid it.
Some months later, I got another email, from a UK team, asking me to pay the full amount (which was apparently still outstanding on my account). I ignored that, and have never heard back from them.
I've no idea how much they think I owe them, or what will happen if I ever try to order another machine from them...
I've got the key, I've got the secret. I've got the key to another person's DJI drone account: Vids, info left open to theft
Re: So Open Source is the answer?
> Can a third party prove that there's no backdoors in the executable even if the code they give is clean of backdoors?
Assuming the software is fully open-source, it should be possible to recompile from code, and install the locally compiled binary. Assuming your compiler isn't also a DJI product, this should give you near 100% certainty.
This is how hoby-level drones currently work - Betaflight is one of the primary bits of software used for racing drones, and it is fully open source. It's trivial to compile it from source (and many people do, to make it run on unusual hardware or to disable / enable different bits of it). Although DJI's offering is more complex, it could work the same way.
Re: Autorotate to where?
>It should be easy enough to specify a deployable paraglider or similar controlled-descent device, with independent control system and say 10 mins power supply, for use when the main flight power fails.
A full-craft paraglider, with separate power supply to keep it flying for 10 minutes?
Yeah, I suppose it would be easy to specify that. I can specify all sorts of things - like a spaceship with capacity to take 100 people to mars, and return them, with a transit time of of less than 6 months. Oh, and if something goes wrong, it will automatically return safely to Earth.
Doesn't mean there is any link to physical reality, sadly.
Re: When does the UK start sentencing people?
@Len, I agree 100%.
Despite the shit-storm that is the US political landscape, at least there are other branches trying to sort out the mess. It almost seems like, in the long run, they may make it harder to repeat the current mess.
The UK, meanwhile, is clearly being just as badly attacked, but I'm yet to see anything suggesting we've really attempted to take it seriously.
@imanidiot, I see I misread his comment, so apologies for my tone. He wasn't creating conspiracy theories but rather questioning the official line, which looks very like a conspiracy... Since he's deleted his comment, I've removed mine too.
As an aside, it's worth looking up the pictures of the hole in the previous incident. I hadn't seen them before - it is clearly a drilled hole, not a micro-comet. Likely nothing to do with the current issue, but still more worrying than a hit from in-orbit debris.
Right to be forgotten
I find myself conflicted in these cases.
In some ways, it is unfair for a conviction to follow people forever, where the courts have stated a limit. Assuming ABC is not convicted with a life sentence, his conviction will be "spent" after a certain period. If old reports are damaging people beyond that period, I have some sympathy.
But then, the whole point of a search engine is to make data more easily available. Court records most certainly are data, and opening them up is a massive benefit to the population as a whole. If his conviction is not spent, and someone merely reported about it... well then, tough luck. That's part of the consequences.
What I don't quite understand is what Google et al are realistically meant to do in order to pre-emptively filter out results, or why they should do so at all. The responsibility surely lies with the people publishing the information, not the company organising it. The librarian isn't responsible for the content of a book you object to.
Re: Small leak???
>Must be that GREAT soviet build quality we've heard all about
Are you American, by any chance? Because your stupid is showing.
Firstly, when something breaks, it is normal to try and work out why. And yes, a manufacturing fault is one option, obviously.
Secondly, the very next sentence in the article states that this is unlikely. Did you just stop reading when you came across something that seemed to confirm your slightly xenophobic stereotypes?
Thirdly, and this one is important. Why is the US relying on Russian engineering to get its astronauts into space? Maybe you should stop to ponder the inability of the US to transport its own astronauts before you take a shit on the Russians who have, by all sensible measures, won the space race.
> It’s still difficult for computers to craft long and coherent sentences automatically to do this. A group of researchers from Google Brain tried to get a neural network to do cough up new pages by summarizing snippets of information after scraping relevant webpages.
Apparently it's quite hard for human authors to do cough up coherent sentences too.
For the curious:
Ode to the Spell Checker
Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
Actually, this seems proportionate
Yes, they caused a whole lot of damage, but
1. They weren't violent, and
2. They were young, first-time offenders with a good prospect of rehabilitation.
Given those, and assuming the aim of the justice system is to prevent future crimes and rehabilitate convicted criminals, jail time seems inappropriate.
I completely agree that the current state is pretty good as far as the consumer's perspective. But it's a dilemma, as it has been done that way at the cost of competition and choice. Maybe it could be better if there was real competition? Or maybe the manufacturers and carriers would completely balls it up again? I guess the latter is more likely, to be honest.
Take a political example - it's incredible what China has achieved in a single generation. Reduction in poverty, increased living standards, higher quality employment, greener energy... All through massively controlled, centralised government and almost complete lack of individual choice / human rights. It may be impressive, but I wouldn't want to be part of it.