* Posts by mrobaer

102 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010


Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected


Re: Work with facts

There actually are rare disorders where you do get XX males and XY females, they fall under the DSD category you mentioned.


Re: facts

Your 'fact' of 1-2% of the world being biologically intersex is far from a fact. Also, why not include the percentage of that chance out of 100 men who might not be genetically/chromatically/hormonaly men? Furthermore, isn't it far more common for intersex people to be sterile/infertile? That might not be considered ordinary and functional by many people.

With the US election coming up, when better to petition regulators for a controversial way to chill online speech?


The thinkers and doers might want to try and actually serve the nation, as public servants should. The left/right wings (of the same bird) won't have any of that. Did you watch the culling of the Democratic candidates, from the party who decried, "We don't want another old white guy!", leave themselves with Joe Biden? There are silent majorities on both sides, and clearly the Democrats underestimated their own.

By the time the candidates are whittled down to each party's messiah, half the country has no interest in voting for the lesser evil. It remains a great challenge to get the non-voters involved from the beginning.

'First ever' snap emerges of something vaguely resembling our solar system 300 ly away. We'll take 10 tickets


Re: One of those two gas giants ...

LV-426 is in Zeta Reticuli, 39 light years away. Totally different neighborhood.


Re: Are those numbers right???

All the places I looked report the same numbers. It makes me wonder what else might be orbiting our sun that we're not aware of.

Black hole destroys corona


I believe Space and Time sort of flip-flop once you cross the event horizon, if we're to trust Roger Penrose. That's difficult for me to grasp. Outside the black hole, time seems to go on for infinity. If that flips inside the black hole, then space would go on for ... nearly infinity. There's plenty of room to not bunch up. I haven't slept in a long while, so feel free to disregard this as nonsense.

Twitter says hack of key staff led to celebrity, politician, biz account hijack mega-spree


I don't think anyone would trust our Con-Man in Chief to double their donation. A general stereotype of Republicans/Conservatives is that they do not like handouts. That's could be why they were not targeted.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world


Re: Hmm

If you look objectively at the economy from Obama's first term until the pandemic hit, you'd see it had been steadily growing. It's the spin that makes you think one way or the other. The reality is that capitalism is fueled by greed, which doesn't care what political party you're aligned with. How many countries don't have massive wealth gaps?

Social distancing, if actually done, really would help slow the spread. The only outbreaks in the area where I live and work were in long term care facilities. We've had people self quarantine due to symptoms, but so far, we've been 100% operational at work since the beginning of this madness with no reported cases of COVID-19.



The United States isn't a true democracy where majority rules. We're a representative democracy. I don't fault you for not realizing that, because I think over half this country thinks we're a democracy as well! If it weren't for the representative part, the population centers would decided the outcome for the rest of nation, which is quite vast.

Trump won in 2016 because many people would rather gamble with an unknown than put Hillary Clinton in the office. If he wins in 2020, it'll be for similar reasons. We don't have very good choices this election year.

As Uncle Sam flies spy drones over protest-packed cities, Homeland Security asks the public if that's a good idea


Domestic Terrorism Surveillance ?

I suspect the Predator drones are flying around to provide intel on some of the bad actors in this mess. There are anarchists attaching themselves to the Black Lives Matter protests. These people are inciting violence, riots, and looting. Some of it has been captured on, you guessed it, cell phone video. In several cases, the peaceful protesters have taken a stand and stopped these bad actors, exposing them before they are chased away. Kudos to them! I worry though, that the current administration, in it's private war on ANTIFA, will use this for the impending overreach that governments are known for.

Google Cloud's AI recog code 'biased' against black people – and more from ML land


Recurring trend?

A previous El Reg article reported similar troubles with racial profiling AI.

UK enters almost-lockdown: Brits urged to keep calm and carry on – as long as it doesn't involve leaving the house


Re: Here in the UK... off topic

Right. The US and South Korea had their first reported cases of COVID-19 the same day. The state of New York alone is responsible for about half of the cases here in the entire country, with New York City responsible for half the state's cases. If you were to take California and Pennsylvania (the 1st and 5th most populated states, getting you a population roughly equal to South Korea, albeit greater area) and their cases of COVID-19, it's about 1/3 of what South Korea currently has.

We have one place responding horribly (New York) while the rest of the country isn't as bad as it's portrayed to be.


Re: Here in the UK... off topic

South Korea is a poor example. They've got more infected per capita than the US or UK.

White House turns to Big Tech to fix coronavirus blunders while classifying previous conversations


Re: Prediction - America will suffer a shit storm

Not going to the hospital to get tested because you can't afford it is a bit ... silly. They'll do the tests and send you a bill. If you're too poor to pay it, more often than not, for critical things (such as this) the county/state pays for it. This is why even with a few cases of COVID-19, most states have declared an emergency of sorts, that allows more funding to become available.

The sick days thing, yeah that is a huge problem. Where I work we have to use our vacation time to cover sick leave or risk losing our job. We've brought up the 14 day quarantine with HR and they're "looking in to it." We do have unemployment benefits if your hours are reduced at work, such as a 14 day quarantine would do.

Let's look back at how my government (under Obama's care) responded to another outbreak: the 2009 swine flu. The response then was slower than the current response, and in four months there were 25,000 cases. We ended up with about 12,000 fatalities from it in a year's time. To be fare, this outbreak began much closer to home.

Most of the public has been aware of this risk from the get go. With so many gatherings, events, etc, being cancelled right now, and the months of media alarm sounding, I would say the biggest threat are the meatheads who were downplaying the seriousness of it. I see this all the time on social media, some tool claiming the seasonal flu is more dangerous, blah blah blah. Right now, the majority of Americans are not at an elevated risk for becoming exposed to this. We'll see how long that remains true.


Re: Testing in US is not as bad as reported?

Testing in the US is not as bad as being speculated. It's not very practical to compare what's being done here to other countries, such as South Korea. South Korea is smaller than many of the States that make up this country, and the population there is much more dense. Geographically, all the cases in my state (20 so far) are on one side of the state near a large metropolitan area. As of four hours ago, there are 219 people under investigation, 116 have tested negative, 81 are pending results, 20 presumptive positives, and 2 confirmed positive by the CDC. Our Department of Health for this state has assured us that we have enough tests for the current 'demand' and do not foresee running out of them. There have been just over 13,000 tested and we've found less than 1,300 positive results, I would speculate that testing is not falling horribly behind.

Alleged Vault 7 leaker trial finale: Want to know the CIA's password for its top-secret hacking tools? 123ABCdef


Re: Cell phones in prison

Often times there are prison staff complicit in smuggling in such things.

Time to patch your lightbulb? Researchers demonstrate Philips Hue exploit


Re: It's not just Smart bulbs that are at risk

You think that's bad. My electrical outlets are vulnerable to a DoS from people who insist on clapping.

A sprinkling of Star Wars and a dash of Jedi equals a slightly underbaked Rise Of Skywalker


Did I miss something important?

I fell asleep about 45 minutes into the debacle and woke up (about) 40 minutes from the ending. My pals were so enthralled by the movie they didn't notice I was snoring until a quiet scene, which is when someone woke me up. I'm sure I snored the entire time I was asleep, if what my ex-wife says about me sleeping while sitting is true.

Full disclosure: I was already physically and mentally exhausted going into this adventure.

OpenBSD bugs, Microsoft's bad update, a new Nork hacking crew, and more


Prisoners must serve at least 85% of their federal prison sentences here in the USA.

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market


Re: SUVs and pickups are just a lifestyle fad.

Pickups and SUVs have certainly become novelty vehicles for many of us Americans. There are a few guys I work with who drive a pickup and have never hauled anything in the back of it! My personal favorite is the full size diesel pickup with an eight foot bed, over-sized exhaust pipes coming up through the bed, four doors, battering ram of a brush guard on the front, enough lights to distract aircraft, and dual rear wheels being driven as a daily driver.


Re: Electricity in the USA

There are certainly longer traveling distances here. But most people don't travel very far in vehicles. My small 25 year old pickup gets about 400 miles per tank. My 10 year old mid-sized sedan gets about 450 miles per tank. The truck has about 6 more gallons of fuel capacity. It's the go-to for hauling things or winter driving when 4x4 is required. Otherwise, I'm using the sedan.


Feeling safe in an SUV (in the USA)

The average mid to large size car come with as much risk as the average SUV. The compact and subcompact cars have slightly more risk. That being said, the risk SUVs impose on others is about twice as much as the mid to large size car. The pickup truck is probably the biggest concern we have on our highways. There are far more of them than there are sports cars, and the sports car is the only vehicle with more risk than the pickup.


Electricity in the USA

Hydro, wind, and solar make up about 15% of the net electricity we produce here in the USA. Nuclear provides more, coal even more, and natural gas the leading source. That means electric vehicles are using electricity produced mostly by fossil fuels to (re)charge their batteries. On top of that, I think we're now the top oil producing country. That leaves our fuels relatively cheap compared to the rest of the world. I'm not suggesting there is no concern for the environment. What I'm surmising is that money is the primary factor behind the resistance to electric cars, and the source of the electricity may be a major contributing factor.

Republican senators shoot down a triple whammy of proposed election security laws


Re: One Billion Dollars for FY2019

If you read the top portion, you'll see it was introduced in Senate (05/16/2019).

S.1989 was introduced in Senate (10/19/2017)

S.277 was introduced in Senate (02/28/2019)

Russian spacebot stranded outside the ISS as Soyuz fails to dock


Re: Transporter

"... doing it for an entire person has it's problems. As while every atom is an exact copy, and reaches it's destination... you may not be able to glue them back together as easily as teleporting a watch!"

Refer to Seth Brundle's fix: Teach the machine to be made crazy by the flesh.

Gonna be so cool when we finally get into space, float among the stars, work out every day, inject testosterone...

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Upvote for the effective trolling. :)

Hate your IT job? Sick of computers? Good news: An electronics-frying Sun superflare may hit 'in next 100 years'


Re: Valves

" I've seen all those US-based post-apocalyptic documentaries."

You've been watching the Detroit nightly news, have you?

America's anti-hacking laws are so loose, even Donald Trump Jr broke them. So, what do we do about it?


It's not a viable defense. It is something that would be taken into consideration in sentencing phase if it went that far, or in this case, in deciding to press charges at all.

Wannacry-slayer Marcus Hutchins pleads guilty to two counts of banking malware creation


Re: FBI acting on a tip-off collared Hutchins?

I don't think the tip-off was regarding his location. It probably had to do with what criminal activity he was involved with.

Humanity gazes into the abyss to get its first glimpse of a black hole


Re: Cross-Section?

I'd imagine the accretion disk of a black hole would form around it's equatorial plane, much like rings around a planet, and planets around a star, etc.


Re: Cough splutter

Isn't that what the graphic at the end of the article is?

Patch this run(DM)c Docker flaw or you be illin'... Tricky containers can root host boxes. It's like that – and that's the way it is


Downvoted for a RUN DMC song title. Fitting.

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It's not funny.

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can


Re: Great

Mine are from Nov 2018, and indicated that the last *check* was mid December. It tells me, "The latest updates have already been installed." Gee thanks, Sprint.

Friday fun fact: If Stegosauruses had space telescopes, they wouldn't have seen any rings around Saturn



I came here expecting incredible discoveries regarding the vision capabilities of the Stegosauruses.

On the first day of Christmas, Microsoft gave to me... an emergency out-of-band security patch for IE


Re: Really?

Oddly enough, IE has more market share than Edge does.

Adobe Flash zero-day exploit... leveraging ActiveX… embedded in Office Doc... BINGO!


Re: Flash, ActiveX, Office doc embedding/scripting - should already be DISABLED

I had one pleasant sip left, and now my laptop is wearing it. Thank you!

Here are another 45,000 reasons to patch Windows systems against old NSA exploits


Re: how about

"Oh, and turn UPnP off, which has been standard advice for a decade." - The Article

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao


Kremlin: Now go away or I shall taunt you a second time!

Cosmoboffins think grav waves hold the key to sorting out the disputed Hubble Constant


There is no centre

Wouldn't there have to be a center in the Big Bang theory? In your analogy of the balloon, there is still the center of the balloon while it's surface is expanding.


The uneducated-in-this-field mind of mine wonders what is propelling the unverse from it's center, and how does it get faster in the process? Or is there something that the universe is expanding 'in to' that is drawing it away from the center, faster and faster?

Put your tin-foil hats on! Wi-Fi can be used to guesstimate number of people hidden in a room


3 years ago...

Isn't this just about the same thing MIT did waaaaaaaaaay back in 2013?


And then improved on the concept a bit in 2015?


Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete


Companies won't compete with each other

In my area, the phone lines are owned by Sprint. They refuse to compete in the local broadband market, leaving it all to Comcast. The fastest speed they offer is 40mbit. For the same price, you can get 100mbit from Xfinity, or double the price and get 400mbit. If you're really feeling it, you can tripple the price and get 1000mbit.

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres


Re: What about switching the pump off?

According to the FOX article, this took place around 1pm. That's a rather hectic time for fuel stations in my area, and we're not anywhere close to a major city. I don't know what it looks like from the clerks' point of view when customers are fueling, but it's not uncommon to have a steady flow of vehicles getting fuel, sometimes even waiting in line for it. I'd wager that several vehicles received the fuel before it was noticed, especially if there were people at the counter making purchases (distracting the clerk).

Your last point is very accurate. This poor lad was probably thinking of the ass chewing he'd get for turning off ALL the pumps and losing those profits, so was just focused on trying to turn off the problematic pump.

The butterfly defect: MacBook keys wrecked by single grain of sand


Re: Apple are shit nowadays


Why do large corporations listen to these shite "gurus" instead of their customers who tell them plainly what they want?

Didn't Steve Jobs paraphrase Henry Ford and say, "People don't know what they want until you show it to them."

Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc



It reminds me of the economy headlines where such and such cost $300 million to the US Economy. When compared to the GDP is close to $20 trillion. The numbers are just so out of touch with the average viewer....

Sophos SafeGuard anything but – thanks to 7 serious security bugs


Nettitude blog entry

The disclosure timeline was interesting to see.

I wonder if Microsoft schedules a specific Tuesday within sixteen months of having a bug disclosed to them to release a patch?

'Black hat' extortionist thrown back in the clink after Yelp-slamming biz


Re: 8 years?

He was picked up in 2014 some time and was locked up from that point on. It seems logical he was credited with that time served towards his sentence.


Re: 8 years?

What's wrong with 8yrs for a 2nd offense (and possibly a parole/probaiton violation?) and the nature of it being against a victim of his previous offense? Typically, here in the states 8yrs would be eligible for parole after 4, so he might sit 4 and walk off 4.

NASA eggheads draw up blueprints for spotting, surviving asteroid hits


Re: Border patrol

Here's the thing. There are many places to apply for asylum in Mexico (embassy and consulates). Also, you can do so at the border crossing. If you cross elsewhere, and are seeking asylum to the US, you have a year to apply.

Arresting people on the suspicion of illegal immigration is not illegal. People are arrested all the time, in every country, due to being suspects of criminal activity. Then the judicial process goes to work and if asylum is granted, the migrant is released and not deported. It's not rocket science. It's rather close to common sense.

Also, asylum seekers only make up about 1/10th of the migrants to the US. We get about twice as many migrants from Mexico than from the number two 'sender' China. I speculate that the majority of the migrants are simply seeking a better life, which is certainly attainable here.

Speaking of Mexico, their immigration laws are much stricter than ours. They have a similar southern border problem, probably even worse. Yet, where are they in the news cycle?



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