The future is distributed.
And everything will be remade accordingly. You don't need the backing of such a large company to be part of GAFA 2.
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The race to digitise has seen stuff that doesn't need to be digitised made easily nickable.
We are not a police state (quite yet). The Tories have cut the numbers of police too much. So why does an employer need passport scans? It's the BL not MI5. OK if they want to look at passports as part of an interview check do so, but why scan them and hold them (apparently insecurely). Worst case scenario, photocopy them on to paper, and put it in a folder in a locked cupboard in HR.
Once something is digitised it is inherently less secure. Data is very portable. So don't effing digitise stuff like this if you don't need to. Paper is not evil. Paper works. The BL is proof that paper works quite well.
Lose the idiot push to digitise absolutely bloody everything into an easily liftable pdf or jpg files, and then it won't get nicked by hackers a thousand miles away.
Plus those who attack public sector services should be taken down as terrorists. What the hell are our governments doing if they can't even do that. Get on with it.
I received a cheque in the post this morning, and deposited another in a bank last week.
The belief that something isn't important and can be ditched because someone doesn't personally require it or use it is what led to Brexit seeming like a plan to millions of people who knew absolutely zip about economics. That shaved 25% off sterling and gave the UK third world inflation, undermined the labour market and half emptied supermarket shelves.
The US sanctions on exports to China and Chinese allies are going to hamper the US chipmakers, making them reliant on the sort of subsidies that only the Chinese and US governments can afford to hand out (because they were never going to win in a free market). Germany has just discovered that it might not be big enough to go head to head with the big boys on Chinese/US state funding terms. No EU nation may be, although the EU as a whole probably could.
Pre-Brexit, the UK was on course to overhaul the German economy. Now relegated to the lower leagues, post-Brexit UK can't go head to head with them any more and are paying the Japanese and the Germans to build cars here and the Chinese and Indians to make steel. The latest idiot Tory scheme is to block all sub-£35k wage immigration, which will wipe out the care home sector and much of the agriculture and hospitality sectors. It's as if we have been invaded on the quiet by an enemy power, pretending to be Tories, intent on wiping out the UK economy.
Herd immunity was inevitable in the end. It always is with anything like Covid. Suppress it and it just takes longer, plus the rest of the collateral damage that played out due to lock downs. We still don't have honest stats on deaths as every country recorded them differently. The UK recorded you as a Covid death if you tested positive before being run over by a truck. I wouldn't call that 'clinical'. Nobody will be raising that issue in the inquiry.
If they had locked down sooner, I'd have been stuck in Japan for 2 years (yay!) rather than having to sit at home watching the UK fail in slow motion. Japan had no lock downs (they just shut the izakayas a few hours earlier) and recorded a reduction in mortality over seasonal norms in the first year of the pandemic. Yes, a reduction. [See: https://academic.oup.com/ije/article/51/1/75/6413683]
The purpose of the inquiry is likely to be a mechanism that closes the borders at the drop of a hat, when someone, somewhere gets something nasty in the future, as soon as scientists ask for it. It's easier than shutting down the airports every couple of months when someone at NATS has a tummy ache and they are 'short staffed'.
The US having spent years complaining about Chinese state funding, is now copying them. So much for the free market.
Anyone planning on relying on USG cash will have to consider what a future Trump regime would do.
And once the US have onshored the entire Taiwanese chip industry, how safe will Taiwan be?
It's a hardware/software combo delivering to the public the AI tech that they want and need the most.
It's a keyboard with an extra key - The F-Off key - that turns all the AI off.
If anyone out there has $200m to invest, I'm open to offers, bribes and honey traps.
quote: an essentially lost decade, where nothing much happened
Always good when companies like Google take a holiday from ruining stuff for a period of time.
Do people really care that much about blocking ads? I don't even see them anymore when they are directly in front of me. More folk will be concerned about any loss of video downloaders.
There is a lot that could be done but often isn't, more intranet use with no internet access, crimping networks to very low speeds if that is all that is required, modular systems, unattached from each other, airgapping with carbon-based lifeforms, and having an unattached duplicate system to secure and then flip to (hardware costs aren't that high). I do like the honeypot idea.
If I was at GCHQ I would be boasting about a new, infallible encryption protocol and storing large files of random data where the 'state actors' could get at them. Knock yourselves out, guys.
The problems are not Chinese or Russian, but failures in the UK.
Too much stuff is connected to the public internet when it really doesn't need to be. Use intranets more. And too many basic security errors are being made.
Brexit Britain now has a weak, undeveloping economy and lacks the money and staff to deal with this. The Tories can take credit for that.
Why should anyone encourage their kids to do STEM courses when so many tech folk are losing their jobs?
quote: While we don't believe, right now, that anyone has both the intent and capability to significantly disrupt infrastructure within the UK.
Tell that to the British Library.
Corporations will pay to hide their own criminality and corruption. They don't care that much about their customers.
Journalists need to trawl through leaked data as with Wikileaks and the Paradise Papers.
It will be interesting if they start releasing government e-mails. A better level of transparency than having to pay millions in public money to fund an inquiry, years later, to discover their incompetence.
Ransoming hospital and school data makes them unpopular. Improving transparency in government would make them hugely popular.
By the time this hits the market, aren't we all supposed to be owning cars that drive us home from the pub?
Probably not in Britain though. At the current rate there will be no pubs here by then.
I prefer my scream detector to shut down industrial robots and equipment. You could do that on a Pi and have it out there in less than a year.
Not if you only get a couple of pages of irrelevant pop culture links, ignoring most of your search terms, as you do now.
The logging is not a problem unless you are paranoid or likely to get tortured by your government.
I'm old enough to remember when Google was good. An unlimited number of results, specific to your search query, global, language-blind, no censorship. That was a search engine. We could do with someone relaunching the original style of search, doing it distributed, and adding all the bells and whistles - persistent searches, multiple contexts, crowd-sourced results.
The internet we have now isn't worth the money. Someone needs to start building the next gen distributed stuff. A whole new world.
The 'robot' was presumably just a machine that moved boxes. If you stand in front of a machine that moves boxes, where the box would be, and turn it on, you will be moved. If you are not box-shaped and as tough as a box, it will hurt.
The 'killer robot' flavouring was added by the hacks to spice up the article and increase their click count.
Ironically, one of the best TV series featuring our interactions with things that are or are presumed to be robots, is Korean - the kdrama 'I'm Not a Robot'.
Maybe in future they should put a label on the front of their machines reading 'Think Twice before doing that' in Korean. But not 'Think about Twice'. Completely different thing.
RIP unwise tech person.
The manner in which governments are developing and releasing policies and restricting technologies... raises concerns about potential harm to consumers, workers, and small businesses.
Someone needs to explore the risks associated with government policies and restrictions, including violations of consumers’ privacy, discrimination and bias, and turbocharging of deceptive practices, imposters schemes and other types of scams.
Re: Investigatory Powers Bill amendments act.
It doesn't have to be possible to do stuff. The law is simply there to scare everyone off. The internet equivalent of a 'Beware of the dog' sign, even if you haven't got a dog.
Brexit is only complete when none of that nasty foreign software can be used in the UK, and no foreign websites can be accessed from the UK. Borders sealed, online and offline. Tribe protected. All UK web content appearing under state license. No fake news via web 2.0 or social media. Just official news from the BBC, telling you what happened yesterday, what is happening today, and what will be happening tomorrow. It worked in China, so surely it will work in the UK too. The EU will then follow suit, keeping their rather larger tribe secure from bad words and other triggers. One unhappy 14 year old is one too many, as I'm sure you will all agree (unless you are an enemy of the people).
Tech is a broad church. IT depts. are good at core services, but maybe not so much use with specialist analysis.
IT would never complain or demand control if Sales employed a consultant and that consultant used a data analyst.
Now Sales may feel that the data analyst can work directly for them.
Not a good idea to run with the turf war school of corporate politics. Ends up toxic.
Time instead to ensure a better understanding of security prevails whenever tech is used, throughout the entity. Maybe should have been like that from the start.
Tech is fragile. Much less resilient than physical alternatives. Yet nobody seems to have any form of Plan B.
In the UK a school had to shut because of a 'system failure'. It's pathetic.
BT are getting rid of UK landlines that work in power cuts, just as climate change is causing more of them, just so they can save cash, their chums in government supporting them.
Every service and institution we have seems to be run by greedy, incompetent morons.
Governments (China, UK, EU) are implementing laws that tap online activity. The only way to avoid being monitored by the state may be to work in an office on an intranet. Any data that touches the public internet may be decrypted and tapped by governments. If you have staff abroad, you may not want their government to monitor your industrial secrets and IP.
This is more important now that governments are treating the business community as a threat to their power and a free revenue stream to patch over their economic failings.
This would give the US access to EU-wide data courtesy of any single nation, on the sly. As happened here:
U.S. spied on Merkel and other Europeans through Danish cables.
Microsoft, Google and Apple are going to have ensure that their software updates, especially virus checking (which might block snooping) fully geocheck before working, so they cannot function in the UK. So no updates for UK users on their operating systems or browsers. The USG will support this, as they don't want a foreign power to have a back door into their systems, even an ally.
The aggressive stance against backwards compatibility in browsers will soon lock UK users out of much of the net.
It will be an issue for UK banks, as users will rapidly have browsers that are not secure, so a reversion to offline banking will be required - cheque books, paper statements etc.
Foreign companies operating in the UK would not be able to use insecure systems that allowed the UK government to snoop on them, and most software would no longer be available here anyway, so they would have to up sticks and move out.
Privacy will be an issue for things like medical data, if a back door is enforced. The NHS, which isn't that secure as it is, will have to move back to paper records, and it then won't be flogging data to US companies. Unless it pays folk to type it all in from paper records on disconnected systems.
You could still develop next gen tech in the UK (if you were crazy enough, or too poor to do it elsewhere), but should not release it in the UK, as it wouldn't be considered safe internationally and insurers wouldn't permit it for corporate use. Again, geocheck out functionality in the UK with an ISP check, with GPS as a second line of defence.
There could actually be a few quid to be made licensing code that reliably blocks functionality in the UK, if you get your skates on.
America's gun laws ensure that Americans kill more Americans than terrorists could.
The US government regularly hits an impasse and stops working as the two parties hate each other.
The culture wars and political divide there is as much a tinderbox as the Balkans.
Ukraine is running them out of ammo.
US government sanctions are reducing their access to resources and markets.
The national debt is stratospheric and will only get worse as they seek to replicate everything China does domestically.
The America First policies and subsidies that both parties support are antagonising their allies.
They are taking down their own tech sector, which has driven their economy and their global power for decades.
They are removing Chinese access to US tech, which will block their own ability to spy on China via back doors in it.
So there is nothing that terrorists or enemy powers can do to the US that the US is not doing to itself, far more effectively.
If you buy a printer and it works well, buy a spare. When your first one eventually dies, you can port across the cartridge with unused toner.
Why would a printer need an internet connection to work? Or perhaps, why would anyone buy a printer that needed an internet connection to work?
FWIW, I also use Brother lasers.
Council data transfers could be limited to 10Kb per day, 4 days a week (in computing terms, analogous to the speed at which council workers generally do stuff). That should give plenty of time to check and prevent the wrong sort of data from leaving. It will also improve wellbeing and help save the rainforests.
So tech has to be acceptable to the government of Singapore before it can be released?
Here's what the UK government say about Singapore:
On-the-spot fines are common and can be given for a wide range of behaviours which are tolerated in the UK. You can be fined for littering and for smoking in some public places. It’s also illegal to import chewing gum to sell into the country, except for certain medical chewing gums. If you’re arrested, you may be detained for up to 48 hours. You won’t be allowed to speak with anyone, not even a lawyer, during this period.
Why didn't they go the full Monty and add China to the list of governments with a veto on new tech?
Online services need to cover their costs. A free online service is typically paid for by advertising, just like ITV and other TV stations. So why should you be allowed to freeload? Pay for the premium service or mute the adverts and wait for them to finish.
Despite working on it for years, the personalisation of ads is still really crappy. You shouldn't be afraid of it as 'spyware' because of this. The extra value (that advertisers are charged) isn't matched by the quality of the tracking. GCHQ are never going to use stuff like that to identify you, because they know it is bollocks. So stop whining. You are not superior to the majority of users who just accept adverts in return for free content.
Governments want to abolish the ad-supported model that offers free content. If they do, everyone has to pay, and they can track every user when they pay. So complaining about the ad-supported model plays into the hands of governments and ensures that you will be tracked and monitored by the state in the future, when all access has to be paid for.
Stop being scared of the future. And stop using it as an excuse for state control of tech. Leave that to the pros in Beijing, not the halfwits who destroyed our economy and services in less than a decade.
AI is just an extension of ordinary coding. Trusting it is unwise as idiots who do will find out. After the usual moral panic (of which this is just the latest) and a burst of interest, it will drop down the prolefeed league and hardly get a mention - like BitCoin.
You can trust me more than Musk. I haven't lost about $20bn of asset value in the last year like Xitter has.
You can trust me more than Sunak. I haven't taken 25% off Sterling like his party has.
Despite phones having cameras that can take photos of the surface of the moon on a clear night, all this 'evidence' still appears to be being captured on a 1980s camcorder by a drunk.
Just get 'The X-Files' box set, enjoy your weekend, and get back to grim, crappy reality on Monday morning.
Getting (badly) targeted ads is less annoying than getting untargeted ads. FB can offer people the option of ticking boxes to ask to see specific types of ads and not to see others. I can't see a rationale for legally blocking that.
If this causes EU citizens to lose their social media, EU governments will be hated by large chunks of the population, who will process their loss and unchoose their elected leaders at the next election. Particularly if it equates to censorship by the back door and the wiping out of free web 2.0 services.
El Reg readers are a sniffy bunch of social media haters, but the majority of citizens enjoy it and use it daily. Having it taken away because of a government law may see protests and perhaps a few nooses appearing near government buildings. Governments aren't popular as it is. The Tories will be lucky to retain their deposit at the next election, and French people may finally accept a few years of Neo-Nazis or Communists, if that is what it takes to get rid of Macron.
Taking the things away from people that they enjoy in countries where people have a vote, doesn't end well.
It's not a 'government device'. It's an Android or Apple device. I wouldn't be surprised if the NSA had a backdoor in all of them.
Anyway, aren't the British government getting rid of proper security, as it stops them spying on people? Soon there will be no secure apps, in the name of national security.
And which 'everything' app would you trust more? The Chinese one or the Musk one?