* Posts by kyndair

82 publicly visible posts • joined 31 Jul 2009


When you try to hire a freelancer to write SQL and all you get is incorrect AI garbage


At least they weren't lying...

If you don't ask the sensible questions you'll never get a sensible answer.

When asking about fluency in any language accepting an answer like native is daft as it gets, the average native of Burnley is not going to be any help with Hungarian.

The HeirPod? Samsung Galaxy Buds teardown finds tiny wireless cans 'surprisingly repairable'


Re: Wireless?

All cars have soundproofing, some a lot more than others. High end luxury cars barely let any noise in as it would annoy the people being driven around by their chauffeur.

Most roads have vehicles driving in two directions not all going in the same direction. Cyclists are banned from motorways and no sane cyclist goes on dual carriageways.

If your headphones block your hearing then you've got it turned up to loud and will be damaging your hearing. I can listen to music, podcasts etc. and still have a quiet conversation with others.

That scary old system with 'do not touch' on it? Your boss very much wants you to touch it. Now what do you do?


easy translation

it means £2200 a day plus costs per person assigned

Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman


Re: We're the ones to blame

But they don't pay huge amounts of VAT NI or income tax, they just collect it by order of HMRC. The employee pays NI and income TAX (yes the employer also pays a bit of NI) and the customer pays VAT. It disingenuous to claim a business pays those taxes and is generally used by those trying to distract from the fact the larger the business the more they get advice from the large accountancy firms on how to best use the loopholes the accountancy firms put there through staff secondment to the treasury.

Capita still squats on top of the UK's software and IT services heap


outsourcing, making the world a worse place one deal at a time*

*where the outsourcing is required to ensure day to day business not some specialized help required on an occasional basis

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart


For most people they're not going to needing perfect shots as they just immediately upload to facebook etc. for others they can look around for a decent camera (for where they tend to use it) at lower price points. Yes some people insist on the latest shiny shiny and if they've nothing better to with the money fair play to them. I'd rather use the money for more interesting things. Personally I'm running the xiaomi MiA1 which for £150 has all the bells and whistles I need (4GB RAM, 64GB on board plus can add an external card or go double sim). Being on the android one program means it gets updates each month from google rather than wait wait in vain for an update, got tired of samsung et al. doing launch and forget.

Ecuador's Prez talking to UK about Assange's six-year London Embassy stay – reports


Re: definition of "rape" in this case is a broken condom

Gving consent for sex once does not give consent in perpetuity. The fuckwitted arse is alleged to have sex with someone who was in no condition to give permission that is defined as rape in any civilised place. As for the other case that needs to be tried before anyone can say if he was innocent.

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


Re: Not in IT...

It's not the backhander it's the bonus for the supposed savings, they then quickly move onto the next victim shouting loudly of the savings they made at all their previous jobs leaving a trail of devastation in their wake.

No fandango for you: EU boots UK off Galileo satellite project


In this case it is the rule we insisted be put in (that no-one outside the EU can have the PRS or bid for contracts) that is now coming back to cost us even more billions, but the brexiters still carry on saying it's all the EU's fault or the remainers fault or whoever else they can blame for kneecapping the UK.

Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

Big Brother

Re: Wearables are just

but it does raise the important question of steps/wanks equivalency, enquiring minds etc.

Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI


Re: Hot Office?

It is well known that humans operate best (for sustained intellectual pursuits, the human brain gets hot quick) in the 18°C to 22°C range, explains a lot about microsoft code.

Universal Service Oh... forget the Obligation. BT offers to stump up £600m for 10Mbps



EU standard is 230v plus or minus 20v, with mainland Europe being 220 plus or minus 10v and the UK sitting at 240 plus or minus 10v. The EU standard is written so that it just gives the range used in such a way that any electronics kit sold to an EU customer should be safe anywhere in Europe

Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election


Re: Feeding children properly is generally

there is no sanctuary

Why the UK is unlikely to get an adequacy determination post Brexit


Re: Justice versus reality

and on top of al that the fun thing this dna fingerprinting is very far from perfect. Your 'fingerprint' will match lots of other people in the country so if you were once picked by an overzealous plod and had dna taken but nothing ever proceeded because his sergeant told him to grow-up and stop wasting time then some Muppet commits murder/rape/terror elsewhere and they match you well tough luck for you as our system now operates on guilty unless you can prove yourself innocent.

Chap creates Slack client for Commodore 64


cool, just cool

Investigatory Powers Act signed into UK law by Queen


Re: I wonder.....

well, I'm sure the FBI will let plod know as they host about have of the kiddy fiddling sites out there, the met and city of london probably only have about a third poor souls.

Microsoft's nerd goggles will run on a toaster


Re: Are you from the future?

I wouldn't try plugging it into a toaster, the bloody thing will just frak you up if you try.

As far minimum spec goes 'all of this has happened before, and will happen again' but chaos theory suggests at least once by accident they will get it right.

Red squirrels! Adorable, right? Wrong – they're riddled with leprosy


Re: As I once heard....

DEFRA thinking always seems to follow logical fallacies such as:

All rats are rodents therefore all rodents are rats.

This also explains why they couldn't sort out a simple farm payments system like every other country but had to go for the most complex bureaucratic system with a failed IT solution behind it.

In short they couldn't organise a piss up at a free bar.

Brexflation: Lenovo, HPE and Walkers crisps all set for double-digit hike


Re: Whilst I don't disagree with the thrust of the article...

re: Voland's right hand

Also profits need to be kept up and when those profits are declared in a currency other GBP to keep them up prices need to be raised, after the city was given promises and ceo bonuses are at stake.

re: Dan 55

Law and Ethics have very little to do with each other especially tax law, people spend a lot on money on clever people who then help the tax authorities write the law to make sure it looks solid at first glance by everyone else and that they can legally move

Boffins turn phone into tracker by abusing pairing with – that's right – IoT kit


IoT kit is kinda insecure - just like lava is kinda warm

The sooner we get some minimum security standards for the IoT (e.g. new username and password required on first bootup) the sooner we can get back to enjoying robots doing all the work for us

Survey finds 75% of security execs believe they are INVINCIBLE


does anyone have these peoples names and numbers as I have a bridge in London and a lot of scrap metal in Paris for sale.

But seriously the first step in getting owned on the net is assuming you could never be hacked, that somehow you are a miracle worker how can defend against all exploits even those not yet publicly released. Layered defences help but even then you can't assume you've covered all the gaps, there will be a blind spot some clever/lucky (part of luck is looking) bastard has found as is selling on to others for a high price.

Capita STILL hasn't delivered usable Army recruitment IT system


serious question - Have they ever delivered a system on time and on or under budget?

England expects... you to patch your apps and not just Windows


Re: sudo apt-get update

true as long as you the repsotories you can update loads of stuff but microsft have seen the closed world of phone app stores and they would like to head that way for desktop, that's appears to be part of the thinking in windows 8+ and why some design decisions went the way they did, got to turn the heat up slow enough the frogs don't jump out before they're cooked.


Re: sudo apt-get update

Such things are great in the linux world (for arch it's pacman -Syyu), where distributions compile, test and package the applications for you and as long as maintainer can be found pretty much any software will be included (choice is a good thing), but do you really want Microsoft having that sort of control over the windows application ecosystem. I know that's what they want but it would make many people nervous at best.

Stiff upper lips and sun glasses: the Chancellor bets on Brexit feeling


britain - open for business

if you include the fact it appears to be the closing down sale, everything must go

Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1


Re: downgrade rights != license

correct downgrade rights are not a license for the older version but they are providing the older version with license pre-installed using the downgrade rights to do so

Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works


Re: Where to start...

In the main yes but if you look at world population graphs with the dates blanked out you would be very hard pushed to spot the wars, they really don't make that much different (not to say the next big won't) things like spanish flu had vastly larger impact but even that was soon made up for (human fecundity is a problem that we need to actively manage after all)


Re: I'm not paid a lot

The problem is with general purpose robots on the way even a lot of the low paid jobs will be gotten rid of, then on top of that there's the ai issue that will take over a lot of the clerical and skilled workers and even creative workers, this will include code monkeys and helldesk fodder the last employed person could well be the final programmer that sets the final ai going


Re: Simple

even if that job opened up it would be a fraction of the previous workforce and soon taken over by autonomous recovery vehicles


Re: Make robots pay tax

modern money is nothing less than universal rationing vouchers, society agrees that is has worth in that you don't have to barter goods/time directly. But if most people become unemployable as the general purpose robot/ai takes over the work then money itself could start to become worth less.


Re: Errrm

>>but it would be incorrect to assume that every product we make is at the cost of one of our competitors.

In general if you are growing faster than your industry then you are getting business from someone else, that means they need less work to be done so someone is feeling the hurt.

Yes it can occasionally be that one business gets all/most of the growth and the other business stagnate or get little growth but that often leads to the point where other business are then not able to invest in upgrades to push themselves back into growth/relevance so they end up becoming niche or exiting a market so in the end someone gets the short end of the shit stick.

>> But there are many more cars

Yes but that is the past/current economy, one without general purpose robots and ai's to do the work far more cheaply than humans. If you have no job and no pay how many tv's and cars can you buy in the future?


Re: Errrm

Yes but car manufacturing was putting the horse tack manufactures out of business it was people that were being employed, when agriculture was being mechanised many people were required for work in the factories producing the machines (even then there was massive upheaval and shockwaves through society), with this next wave it is ai's that will be doing the work and humans need not apply https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Pq-S557XQU

All in all it's a big difference to many previous changes and will have consequences that people need try and predict and make plans for.


Re: Errrm

Yes while no-one in your firm has been laid off another firm would have to scale back or go out of business as your firm took their business, while economics isn't a zero sum game it's not an infinite game either. Their is only so much growth and so much elasticity that economic players can take advantage of before someone has to lose.


automation has always been difficult

Automation has always caused societal problems, in response society has evolved (not always without riots etc.). The big problem coming is the types of jobs that will be automated, that is finance, legal and numerous white collar jobs as well as driving etc.. While some people may be able to get other similarly paid work a lot won't and will be left looking at low paid manual work that society deems important enough to be done but expensive to automate and not important in a 'value add' way so there won't be enough to go around.

When lots of jobs go and there is not enough to go around society will have decide how to progress, it is helpful to have looked at possible choices ahead of time and discussed how they could be implemented rather than sticking your head in the sand and saying that the current capitalist system is perfect and nothing will change is at best a waste of time at worst a distraction.

Drone idiots are still endangering real aircraft and breaking the rules


Re: Some numbers...

It's only plausible if the drone can also match the speed of the plane long enough to move from below to above and be visible at the same time which given the size of even the biggest consumer units. One of the planes was doing 200 knots which for grounds people is about 103 m/s.

If we take the 6 m/s ascent speed as realistic for the drone to climb 80 m while moving in front of the plane, that's 13 s of flat out climbing (and that ignores that it was also supposed to have moved left to right as viewed from the plane which would significantly slow the ascent) all of which means the pilot had to have spotted the drone at least 1.3km (more likely 2+km). As even the best pilots only the eyeball mk1 the resolution means that something like the phantom 4 would only be a single dot at 1km it makes it unlikely that the report is accurate.


Re: C'mon

Ah you forget, THEY are the law so whatever they do is correct and lawful, so it was obviously your fault for being in control of a motorglider and not paying due attention to the whims of a cop


I want whatever drone that can do 200+ kts while performing acrobatics. Or just maybe it wasn't a drone but as that's what UFOs get identified as now maybe I'll have to wait a while longer.

Sweet, vulnerable IoT devices compromised 6 min after going online


so the new IOT economics goes

1. take a small processor add it to x

2. get a script kiddie not even considering security to programme it

3. sell x

4. organised crime profits

Court finds GCHQ and MI5 engaged in illegal bulk data collection


I'm shocked, shocked I tell you. That the statutory bodies would break statutes and the executive would hide and abuse the sovereign will of parliament.

Well at least when we've got rid of all that EU nonsense we can put new laws in place to make it legal to tap anyone's communication without oversight.

More than half of Androids susceptible to ancient malware



More like as soon as it's left development they abandon it to start the new pretty pretty. Most phones never see an update, some get a single update, very few get 18 months and you can count the companies that do more on one hand

Drone exercise will transform future naval warfare, says Navy


Re: Navy obsoletes itself, not many medal wearers dead. Film at 11

Apart from those mini nuclear reactors used in satellites and probes. Admittedly they don't generate a large amount of power but I wouldn't put past someone to stick one as the long term power source for a torpedo to keep it on station.

Smell burning? Samsung’s 'Death Note 7' could still cause a contagion


Re: Is Apple to Blame? Conspiracy Theoriests Unite!

yes and no, with fixed batteries some manufacturers are saving a few cents by doing it on the phone side rather than battery side (i.e. fabbing it into their bespoke soc rather than separate fail-safe control in the battery), this could be the case here with someone having messed up the calculations and phone pushing or pulling to much on the battery (or both)

Should Computer Misuse Act offences committed in UK be prosecuted in UK?


Re: Autism.

but not even the best lawyers and judges know all the laws even in one country let alone all countries covered by reciprocal extradition treaties. This is one of the problems facing the modern world that politicians avoid talking about and then make worse with more and more badly (and broadly) worded laws.


Re: A historian writes...

Although back at the height of empire Britain could mean anything from the large island to a large chunk of the world depending on context, sometimes it sounds like certain politicos and their rabid supporters want to make option 2 viable again


and little britain is nowadays called brittany

Brexit makes life harder for an Internet of Things startup


Only in certain limited areas, otherwise it takes from iso or make up is own stuff having various technical committee's looking at all sorts of things including food, toys and cosmetics. Other countries even use the EU work instead of doing it themselves to save money.

While it's possible the UK may do this it will still mean an increase in the civil service to manage everything and had been noted elsewhere or civil service always does things in the most onerous way possible.

R2D2 delivery robots to scurry through the streets of San Francisco


The Jawas will have field day nicking them and selling them to unsuspecting shops

Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste


Re: Sheep shall safely graze

1. CEO's blame everything and everyone all the time then get their mates on the remuneration committee to give them a big rise and bonus while denying the staffs.

2. Again not unique to government it happens in both public and private organisations.

3. Ministers don't write detailed specs for outsourcing that's civil servants, ministers might interfere (got to look after that future income) but it's the service that do the leg work filling in the detail or as mostly happens completely missing the detail so that any little thing can be charged as an expensive extra.

4. Unfortunately yes we do

5. Anytime I've worked directly for government (Whitehall and local) furniture has all been good and the hourly rate for the work I saw getting done was OK, most places I saw people spend 2/3 of the time moaning they had to much work which then only took the other 1/3 to do. Not saying it was the majority of people but it was enough that it was noticeable and with no one managing the situation.