* Posts by JetSetJim

2130 posts • joined 4 Jul 2009

Australian court rules an AI can be considered an inventor on patent filings

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Re: AI can be an inventor

We can already have an Infinite Number of Monkeys registering copyright.

Perhaps what we need is AI Patent Examiners, although at the moment the "training set" seems to be "apply rubber stamp marked 'Pass'"

Are you a 1%er? Windows 11 turns up in the usage figures

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There was me thinking I might have trouble running it on 64bit architecture, but waddaya know.

I wonder how fast it runs....

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I see no app store on my win 7 install, 2nd Gen Intel machine

I'm starting to think I might upgrade soon...

‘Fasten your seat belts, raise your tray table, and disconnect your Bluetooth headsets from the entertainment unit’

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They will, for a small fee, lend you a pre-paired set of headphones?

I was fired for telling ICO of Serco track and trace data breach, claims sacked worker

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Re: Whistleblower protection

> Or have I missed something?

I'm sure there's a 1-point font "*" with caveats about what happens if the wrongdoer was a mate of a govmt minister

Nvidia adds Arm support to its 5G kit, and a 16-core BlueField DPU to speed up edge, HPC

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> Just why the 5G edge needs AI wasn't explained to The Register.

Variety of use cases available in the real-time optimisation category that vendors are happy to say are "AI enabled" to make them sound more modern and cutting edge.

Plus the posibility of deploying a model to be trained/tested/validated on bits of the network without having to backhaul loads of data to a central server (farm).

Options include:

a) radio parameter optimisation (handover thresholds, antenna tilt adjustments)

b) mobile geolocation

c) traffic analysis/prediction

And that's all in the existing traditional fields, which can further expand when you start playing with multi-user-MIMO.

Regular analytical techniques can require a lot of modelling expertise - AI can possibly simplify this, assuming deployed correctly (and no doubt mistakes will be made...)

Facebook granted patent for 'artificial reality' baseball cap. Repeat, an 'artificial reality' baseball cap

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Re: prior art?

Indeed, I'm shocked that this has been granted (although not shocked when considering other things granted in the past!).

I wouldn't expect this to survive a challenge, except perhaps on very specific narrow claims that are buried in the patent somewhere but don't leap out at all as obvious.

There are claims for:

a) eye-tracking (used in military pilot HUDs, IIRC)

b) facial expression tracking (an obvious extension?)

c) body tracking of whatever is in field of view of device (as per (b))

d) local environment sensors (duh, in a phone)

e) authentication methods (hat won't work for everyone, but phones do this so prior art should cover this)

f) Notifications (isn't that what a HUD is partly for?)

g) neural input sensors in the hat (probably lots of prior art for that)

h) bone conduction output for audio (exists already)

i) computing power in the hat structure to deal with all these sensors (duh)

j) flip-away display (obvious extension to existing stuff)

Can't be arsed to read further into the detail beyond the claims.

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Re: prior art?

Prior art indeed.

That last link, to me, shoots this patent squarely in the face as prior art, although would need to examine filing date and date of this picture to determine who might have had the idea first... (EDIT: quick check has FB filing in 2019, "hacked-hat" in 2012, so he's in the clear!)

Playmobil crosses the final frontier with enormous, metre-long Enterprise playset

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They are not Tribbles, they are flat cats.

A hotline to His Billness? Or a guard having a bit of a giggle?

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Paris Hilton

Is his title usually prefixed with a "The"? A bit objectifying, isn't it?

Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…

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Re: British Office for Reconstruction and International Sales

It will be "Office of Brexit Excellence" for the incoming chum of Boris/Gove/Truss/Hancock, which will have an impact on their honorifics & titles later on in life...

Canadian province's supreme court orders Dell to pay nearly $500,000 to sales rep fired in his twilight years

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Re: 64 years old, $390K retirement package

Not a bad payoff, but he seemed to have been doing quite well in his job before he was shoved out the door.

I am curious as to why it might matter whether he was actively and continuously looking for work after being sacked. Should the compensation for wrongful termination be influenced by that?

Boffins show sleight-of-hand tricks to Corvids, find they are smarter than people

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Re: Bird brain ?

Perhaps not as efficient as the dragonfly. Only 16 neurons for that.

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I suspect the authors will swiftly be nominated for an Ig-Nobel prize. Icon for deserved equivalent prize.

Tech contractor loses IR35 tribunal appeal: 'Right' to substitute didn't mean he could, say judges

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Re: Typical

> "unexplained expenses"

Pfft, booze, drugs, expensive holidays and hookers is my bet. Easily explained

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Paris Hilton

Possibly important:

Step 0) ensure your contract contains a clause giving you the right to substitute anyone (from your Ltd Co?) without vetting by client

I wonder what the client might make of your actions if you don't have that? (IANAL, just curious. You might be on OK grounds as the contract is between client and your Ltd Co, and it is another employee of your Ltd Co doing the work)

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>Any substitute would need to go through vetting checks and an interview and get up to speed on the project

So, outside IR35 status is now only reserved for unskilled labour? Most times a substitute would need to "get up to speed" - at the very least because they wouldn't know anyone in the contracting company, as well as not instantly knowing the status and work items remaining on any project being undertaken.

Drop a coder in on a half-completed project and, however skilled, they'll need to "get up to speed" just like an employee

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: In a stockyard...

> I find it interesting that it was the people short-sightedly trying to save money that caused the virus to become endemic and will have cost most of them far more in the long run

Turn that around and look at the UK govmt, for example - they seem to have been actively trying to make money (on the side)

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

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Re: 'What kinds of mobile phones would these be then?'

> Most people are cheap1 and don't want to take on even the cognitive load of figuring out how difficult it would be to encrypt their communications,

Agreed, and the greedy/stupid crims leapt on the "here's a box that does what you need for minor numbers of currency per month" solution offered to them. It's just surprising that no-one's done it yet with the open-source solution - the BOM is probably ~£200, and they could probably contract an IT outfit to make it without raising eyebrows if they were really lazy.

Unless they're the ones that haven't been caught (yet).....

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Re: 'What kinds of mobile phones would these be then?'

How hard would it be to roll-your-own: Ras-PI, mobile network device, small usb keyboard, small screen, box to stick it all in/on. Insert some encrypted messaging app, of which there are myriad. Insert PAYG SIM and off you go

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Priti will just reply that they haven't looked in enough haystacks yet - if they look hard enough at enough stuff they're bound to find something

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Re: 'What kinds of mobile phones would these be then?'

Presumably one of three possibilities:

a) remove mic, speaker and headphone jack, build custom ROM that doesn't have a dialler app, or "contacts" as we know it. Phone can still connect to a phone network for data purposes, and this is basically a WhatsApp-like device, with an app-specific contacts list. Relies on some form of IMS mobility via a server so that messages can be routed properly. Still needs a SIM - but PAYG is easy enough to manage for this.

b) remove entire SoC for network connectivity, can only use Wifi for data

c) build the device around a USB data dongle - a bit like (a), not sure which would be easier

In (a), the device is still trackable in the network - probably useful for the police to have this info to locate the devices, and therefore the criminals

In (b), tracking very difficult as WiFi SSID shouldn't make it into higher layer communication with network infrastructure.

Bonus points to make the device small enough to fit in a cosy orifice for smuggling into prisons

Daimler and Nokia settle long-running patent spat over cellular tech

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Re: Daimler?

If Nok's patent is a SEP, then they would have filed it in as many countries as humanly possible - especially China considering both the scale of manufacturing and consumer market size there.

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Re: Daimler?

IANAPL, also, but that seems bent even if probably true. Probably akin to buying a DVD and selling it on to someone selling tickets to see the film in private screenings.

IIRC, FRAND rates sometimes came in "x% of finished product sale price". Might have been an interesting discussion at that time...

Apple's expert witness grilled by Epic over 'frictionless' spending outside the app

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Re: Hitt's hit

Shouldn't apple's lawyers have prepared him better? All the high powered legal dramas I've seen on telly have witnesses put through grueling mock cross examinations. Even accounting for TV dramatisation, surely that's a sensible thing to do with so much at stake.

Oops, says Manchester City Council after thousands of number plates exposed in parking ticket spreadsheet

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Re: Defaulting to penalty charges

In Oxford you get given a set amount of "guest passes" annually, and you can buy more if you need to.

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it was a light hearted reference to the article premise :)

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> "MC1192" MC=Mobile Camera?

Or "MC1192", MC = Manchester City, or just plain ManChester?

I have a parking ticket from an Oxford warden, ID OXxxx (numbers removed to preserve anonymity)

Microsoft says Outlook hit by 'email visibility issues' – as in, they're blank

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Re: Need for testing

No idea about <INV> tags - but frantic googling around found similar issues with having an AVG plugin installed (I didn't) and disabling graphics accelleration both producing similar effects (at least from text descriptions).

As to this instance actuallly being about INV tags, unless their initial patch inserted it into every single email both in POP3 emails in local PST files and in IMAP emails still on a Google server (which didn't present and unsupported tags when viewed in a web interface), and then their backout stripped them all out again. If such things were inserted, it was by the client software, not the mail server

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Re: Need for testing

Oddly, there was no data "gone" - you just couldn't see it (or you might just see the first line). Click in the preview pane, CTRL+A, CTRL+C, and you could paste the content into an external text editor to see it.

Rude awakening for O2 customers after network runs surprise test of emergency mobile alert system

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Much as I appreciate the value you ascribe to me, if Cell Broadcast doesn't get received by every phone that's switched on inside coverage, then there's a fundamental flaw in either the network configuration, or the s/w implementation of the feature, or some numpty hasn't turned it on properly on the infrastructure.

Or, they weren't testing it in the area I was - it's tied to individual bits of the network and the hierarchy underneath. So perhaps they just prodded a single 4G MME (or even 3G RNC) to initiate this?

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Did they do that by sending an alert?

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My work phone is on O2 and received no such alert. Suspect the warning was perhaps geographically restricted or only sent to customers on particular types of contracts?

'Biggest data grab' in NHS history stuffs GP records in a central store for 'research' – and the time to opt out is now

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Re: Not on your nelly mate

> And please - the medical research line is just that - a line. No truth in it.

Indeed, Ben Goldacre heads up a team in Oxford that mines hospital records with an anonymous trawler engine which (allegedly):

a) doesn't transfer any information outside of where it's held

b) doesn't produce patient-identifiable information

c) does valuable research

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Re: PDF ?

The link given in the article is a Word doc, not PDF.

Don't know why you'd need to print it either way - type your info in using editor of choice. Insert a signature JPG, save (perhaps print to PDF?) and email to your GP

Microsoft emits more fixes for Exchange Server plus patches for remote-code exec holes in HTTP stack, Visual Studio

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Re: Another fine mess...

Happened for SWMBO's laptop yesterday evening. Fixed overnight and ok this morning. Had contacted the MS Helldesk and they said hundreds had been contacting them regarding this. Was also picked up by my corporate IT dept, but I didn't see any impact on that machine.

At lesat the email text was still viewable - select email reading pane, CTRL+A, then copy/paste into editor of choice to view. Not easy, but at least made it more manageable.

The Helldesk suggestion was to use Outlook OWA, which was no use as it doesn't read local PST files

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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Re: Hmm

Presumably they are quoting the ransomware folks with the word "wins", rather than using the more appropriate "extorts"

Samsung stops providing security updates to the Galaxy S8 at grand old age of four years

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Re: Galaxy S8 User

Interesting project, I was almost optimistic for my handset. Go to the web page, drop down the Samsung list for supported devices... no S7 :(

As my S7 is getting rather long in the tooth (3rd battery now slowly dying, case well and truly cracked) am wondering what phone to get next. I think I'll probably give Samsung a miss.

NASA’s getting really good at this flying a helicopter on Mars thing

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Re: Awesome

Well, you can actually make a lead balloon that properly floats :)

A hot air balloon is about 2,000m^3 and weighs around O(100kg) (ballpark numbers), so making one that would work is probably fine. Getting it there and deploying it might be another problem.

Equally, what should they do with the balloon during high winds (even if at 1% density)? Do you need to be able to reliably and repeatably deflate & reinflate it? Will it accumulate dust blown onto it (adding weight)?

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Re: Very cool

Continuity editor on the sound-stage made a mess up.

Home office setup with built-in boiling water tap for tea and coffee without getting up is a monument to deskcess

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Quooker is a combined cold/hot/boiling tap. But boiling water requires a bit more thought to access than the other two. I never had an accident in over 4 years with one.

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Re: Wrong way entirely

> it's insufficiently hot for tea.

Quooker, at least, state it's 100C, and from experience I can confirm it's boiling as it comes out at least once the (short) pipe from the boiler tank to the tap has heater up (perhaps the first few dozen ml are not at 100C due to the pipe cooling it a bit)

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Re: All that

For sure you'd need a water supply, unless this has a water tank that you fill up every so often.

As for maintenance, a Quooker tap needs a descale once a year but other than that nothing needed. It's a fairly simple job to disassemble the water tank/heater it comes with to do this, too.

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Re: Wrong way entirely

> And there's no tap for the milk, so does it really count as tea?

Hmm. Where might milk be kept? Perhaps in the fridge just to the left on the chair?

Also, not all hot beverages require milk

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I think the Legionella referred to the crap coffee from a crap machine at work, not the boiling water tap.

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Even ones that sit on gas stoves?

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They are a luxury, yes, but it's rather nice to just be able to instantly get boiling water for a cuppa or while cooking, even if it's possibly a bit wasteful on electricity.

True, you can get by with a kettle and a bit of patience, but I'm guessing you don't cook over an open fire in a pit at the mouth of your cave?

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Re: Get a b'desk!

They want £8k.


Low capacity Quooker tap: £720 - assumes plumbing is readily available, both source and waste, plus electrics in place. Perhaps this desk has bodged a "refill with water every day" tank for it to add a little more.

Built-in speakers (presumably with a USB/Aux connector to hook up your rig to) - if BRAND == BOSE, price = £1000, else price=£200 (generous to allow for "built in").

Fridge - small under-desk unit, £100-200

Slabs of material to assemble, Ikea style - looks to be aluminium, but could be a silvered wood, or even just laminate. Perhaps £1000 including all the fittings like the crap monitor stand and keyboard/mouse floating storage shelf.

Sun lamp: £30-100 retail

Foot rest with warmer: £50?

Table tennis bit (looks a bit shit and narrow, imho): £50

"Built in" tablet for note taking: £200

Alarm clock: £10

I may be slightly out, but struggling to get to a £3k BOM, so the rest is pure profit.

Also, very amusing to mount the tap in the corner with seemingly no drainage to take spillages away from the built in tablet just in front of it.

As others have mentioned, a portable commode is all you need to complete this. Available for around £30 online (may not be that luxurious!)

How do we stamp out the ransomware business model? Ban insurance payouts for one, says ex-GCHQ director

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Re: Use traditional security insurance as a model?

> You and your insurer agree a set number of practices that you are required to follow to ensure that you are secure, and to mitigate any attack that might get through

At the moment this is called the Security & Fraud Awareness mandatory eLearning courses that I've been doing every year for the last many years.

Not much has changed over the years - if you get something unsolicited, leave it alone. If you must be curious, hover the links to find out where they actually go. But still not all users have a clue. I remember a boss coming to me saying he thinks summat was wrong with his laptop. Turned out he had been "randomly selected to win an iPod" and had to open a Word doc to fill in a claim form. The filename was "EntryForm.doc .exe".

Needless to say I popped the LAN cable while switching it off and told him to call in IT, but he was a relatively clued up guy in tech, so would have thought he'd be a bit more careful.

Airline software super-bug: Flight loads miscalculated because women using 'Miss' were treated as children

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Re: 11 stone..

How hard would it be to add load sensors in the undercarriage of the plane, too?


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