* Posts by TRT

7819 posts • joined 11 Sep 2009

Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide

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Ethics and legal positions aside...

This woman is going to be thrown to the wolves. You'd THINK that as Uber had employed her that she would get some benefit from that, but because she wasn't doing her job, and because Uber want to shift all the blame for the epic fail onto a scape goat... she's in for the high jump. Now where that leaves recruitment for future technology testers is anyone's guess.

Cisco’s 'intuitive security' tool can’t handle MAC address randomization out-of-the-box

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Re: Yet another elastoplast with unexpected consequences?

Indeed. It's the OS vendors that need to address this. Fine, allocate different MAC addresses to different SSIDs, or allocate randomised SSIDs to certain stored network connection profiles, but they have to allow a fixed MAC for especially trusted networks.

0ops. 1,OOO-plus parking fine refunds ordered after drivers typed 'O' instead of '0'

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Or even double-nought! Like one of them there double nought spies, Uncle Jed!

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Both registered to Lord Voldemort.

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Re: Where did the money go

Mac serial numbers. That are etched in grey microdot into a grey casing in a location that's only readable with your head upside down.

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

There's no 'O' in 'number plate'.

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Re: And this ladies and gentlemen...

Braille. Same as on the road signs.

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Re: good grief

Why not just an EAN39 barcode?

Because people need to remember it.

Family wrongly accused of uploading pedo material to Facebook – after US-EU date confusion in IP address log

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Re: Not just dates get confused

I find 12:00 to be most problematic. With no other frame of reference I'd it noon or midnight? Spent half a day coding a function to display lecture times absolutely unambiguously because of things like that.

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To be perfectly frank...

They shouldn't be using Excel for handling genomic datasets to begin with. I've had to deal with these many million line datasets after they've been through the Excel mangle and it isn't a pretty sight. Not only were the names of a select portion of genes mushed into dates, the scientist had copied and pasted the standard deviation column into the right column but shifted down by 5 rows replicating a whole set of values, managed to include zero values in the mean calculation (failed reads from the plate reader), and copied and pasted a subset of other values into the wrong block.

It's only when I instead on having their raw data direct from the machine as well as their Excel summary that these errors were picked up - the paper was written, checked, double checked, triple checked, reviewed, checked again and was about to be published when the "web accessible" version of their dataset was asked of from me. It was pure bloody mindedness on my part that I decided to redo all the descriptive statistics on the fly instead of using stored values that meant I picked this up. Excel is a pile of spread sheet for most tasks, and I just don't get why people seem to like it so much and force it to do tasks that there are far, far better ways of doing. I mean... arranging shift patterns FFS - use a calendar! Lists of students and fees paid shared between administrators - use a database! Spreadsheets are good for a quick one off rough guess at something involving numbers. If you have to repeat something, write a program to do it, store it in a database, anything that means a slip of the mouse doesn't have the capability to introduce a fatal error.

Take your pick: 'Hack-proof' blockchain-powered padlock defeated by Bluetooth replay attack or 1kg lump hammer

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Re: Sounds familiar

Yeah... dwarfish thoughts about making something proof against hacking tends to revolve around axes.

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Re: Sounds familiar

I find that it only takes one instance of a child being locked out of the house and having to sit on the doorstep in the cold doing their homework until I get home from work at the usual time. After that they tend to take better care of their keys / double check before leaving the house.

Is today's AI yesterday's software routines with better PR? We argued over it, you voted on it. And the winner is...

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Re: The definitions of AI aren't very reliable yet

And a true AI would be able to fathom a rational argument against that. It would be able to state clearly and calmly why it was in fact a goal. And some would argue that the clear and calm bit proves what we suspected about footballers all along.

Unexpected victory in bagging area: Apple must pay shop workers for time they spend waiting to get frisked

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One wonders if...

with the tight security and bag searches in the court buildings, if the lawyers for Apple charged them for that time?

With a million unwanted .uk domains expiring this week, Nominet again sends punters pushy emails to pay up

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Re: @"They have some explaining to do."

And fc.uk seems to have promise.

For football clubs of course.

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Re: Competence? We've heard of it.

Shouldn't that be dotCompetence? In which case can we interest you in dotUKpetence?

You Musk be joking: A mind-reading Neuralink chip in a pig's brain? Downloadable memories? Telepathy? Watch and judge for yourself

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Re: Elon-gated kit

Colonisation of space. That would require something like an army of sentient robots, maybe with a cortical processor developed from human foetal brain tissue and taught in an accelerated fashion by a link to someone fitted with these brain chips. Better make sure that whoever is chosen to teach these cybernetic space-men is mentally stable, otherwise the Hector robot destined for the space station at Saturn 3 might make a bit of a mess. Mind you, my mental stability was severely shaken by the sight of Kirk Doulgas's naked, wrinkled behind as well. That and the thought of a similarly undressed Farrah Fawcett.

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He has his eyes on the stars...

So he's started with the pig. Next the Ox, Tiger, Dog, Snake, Monkey etc.

Each of the 12 animals that visited Buddha will get this treatment.

Their brains will be interfaced to robotic bodies and then put in charge of an army of robots. Soon they will command the Munificent Army of Peking. At least until it all goes wrong and they turn into homicidal homunculi.

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Re: Eyes Back Head

And James T Kirk's final front ear.

Unprotected quantum 'puters may hit 4ms brick wall, thanks to background radiation slashing qubit lifespans

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Re: B*ll*cks

Enough time to ask how The Dodgers are doing?

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Re: State of Decay

Well, let's just hope that a mathematical genius has stowed away on board, eh?

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A phonon is a quantum of energy associated with a sound wave or molecular vibration in a crystalline lattice. So basically they are saying you can't hear what the qubits inside the tin can are saying because of the noise of the dried peas hitting the outside of the tin can.

Adobe yanks freebie Creative Cloud offer – now universities and colleges have to put up or shut up

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Re: Creative students?

Adobe seem to have lost the plot. I'm reading lots of comments here about creative students and arts and the like. Well I can tell you it's NOT creative. It's communication. We use Adobe products. I used to support and lecture on FE / HE courses that used Adobe and Quark and I learned the software through a need to communicate the findings of hard science. I'm hounded constantly by recent graduates and undergrads who learned Adobe at college and now have diagrams to draw.

I'll admit we don't use ETLA, we have to stump up for CLP and they do at least allow us to aggregate over the whole institution so we get maximum CLP but we don't use Photoshop as a core software. It's under 5% of the work but the cost which was once a one off has now risen 10 fold. What's worse is we can't realistically share one between many due to the administrative overhead of reassigning licenses - the old concurrent run license server is long past it technology (we used to use that at the college to cut costs down)

In short, Adobe are wicked. Their approach regarding schools and colleges licensing doesn't just hook those who go on to creative courses, it's like a dragnet for everyone who ever needs to communicate in their career. And whilst an artistic type might get a good return from investing time transitioning to a non Adobe alternative, the science types just use the tool they know.

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Re: "Ach ay tha noo"

Did someone say the Enterprise should be hauled away AS garbage?

Physical locks are less hackable than digital locks, right? Maybe not: Boffins break in with a microphone

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He can still go into the university during lockdown though...

apparently he's a "key worker".

Pass that Brit guy with the right-hand drive: UK looking into legalising automated lane-keeping systems by 2021

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Spoke like a true programmer. Not even a Musk Jesus buggy could bring a dead critter back to life.

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"Was it dead before or after you passed it?"

That was the joke. And now it isn't because you made me explain it. There was a dead joke in the lane...

I suppose one could argue that it wasn't exactly a random braking event if you could identify the cause.

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Before or after you passed it?

Shine on: Boffins bedazzle Alexa and her voice-controlled assistant kin with silent laser-injected commands

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Mind you... it could be useful...

If you were doing something really noisy, like vacuuming the front room, but still wanted to issue commands to your smart speaker to skip that really annoying track in your playlist. Yes... I can see the benefits of having a laser equipped shark.

US govt proposes elephant showers for every American after Prez Trump says trickles dampen his haircare routine

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Re: Red light district?

Did they also sell green lights? Asking for a friend. Really... his name's Cliff.

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It's Donald Trump on the line...

he just phoned up to wash his head at us.

Deep-root database: Kew Garden's 8 million specimen collection to find new life through data management

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"...we have not historically pushed development of data technologies sufficiently far up our corporate agenda,"

"We were pursuing digitisation as a top priority of our scientific future to maximise scientific impact of our institute,"

Management BS detector going off here. Given his background is purported to be science, I wonder if he's caught something? Maybe his ability to spout weasel words was what got him the job? "Corporate agenda" indeed. Counterpoint the surrealism of the scientific impact...

Splunk sales ace wins sex discrimination case after new boss handed her key accounts to blokes deemed 'flight risks'

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Re: Damn The New Guy

Erm... persondatory dismissal for these peronagers, TYVM.

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Re: Oh?

"A person with name Raj is probably Indian."

Oh stop it... You've now made me wonder what a Bollywood Blake's 7 would have been like.

First alligators, then dogs, now Basil Fawlty is trying to standardise social distancing measures

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Re: Ministry of...

One each, innit?

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Re: My preferred measuring device

I prefer the Bohemian ear spoon, myself.

I really should be able to let this go, but I seem unable to... that episode of Blockbusters where Bob Holness asked "What S is a halberd, a partisan or a javelin?" The correct answer is 'shafted weapon', but they gave the correct answer as 'spear'... which is totally wrong because a 'spear' is specifically a weapon with a shaft which can be used in one hand for throwing or thrusting, and you wouldn't throw a halberd!

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Re: The Osman

Also Osman Ghazi, the first ruler of the Ottoman Empire, so quite obviously a unit of measurement based on a bedding trunk. Right kids? ;)

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Re: Ministry of...

The yard (of ale) should be the unit for socially distanced drinking at the bar.

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Re: But what would the measure be...

Look, I took the liberty of examining that council meeting when I got it home, and I discovered the only reason that the councillors had been socially distancing in the first place was that they had been NAILED there.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Re: Single point of failure

Technology actually means "the study of artificial systems".

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Re: £35 / user?

Aye. They start you on the Microsoft stuff and before you know it you're on a grubby mattress down a back alley turning tricks for whoever and shooting up the Microhard stuff.

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Re: But It's Shiny!

Same with Adobe, I find.

Virgin Media CEO says Brit broadband biz 'performed well' in Q2, which is a weird way to say losses almost tripled

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Ten shekels for that? You must be mad!

Well, there's one born every minute.

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Up and Virgin Media...

two words I rarely see in the same sentence, at least in the absence of the word "not"

Aviation regulator outlines fixes that will get the 737 MAX flying again

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Re: Mostly cosmetic...

Are you suggesting only ladies wear lipstick?

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Re: Mostly cosmetic...

So's putting lipstick on a pig.

Firefighters to UK Home Office: Yeah, maybe don't turn off emergency comms network before replacement is ready

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The 5G ESN sponsorship deal went out of the window...

The blue-light sirens were to be re-tuned to emit a sponsorship message...

Huuuuaaaaaweeeeeeiiiiiii..... Huuuuaaaaaweeeeeeiiiiiii.

Irony isn't dead... Facebook sues EU on data privacy grounds for requesting too much personal data

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Re: maybe the point

Facebook's relationship with the EU.... It's complicated.

Named arguments squeak into PHP 8.0, 7 years after first RFC

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I mean... a nice idea though JetBrains PHP tools already cross reference the PHPdocs and tooltip the parameter list. It could come into its own though when adding extra parameters to a function - if you have a long list of defaults which you barely ever use, then add a really useful one which most of your function calls need to pass...

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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Re: There's plenty the chap could do back if he was so inclined.

Scrap lawnmower engines. Some bloke from the council parks department bought the lot for £150, so I bought another load.

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