* Posts by veti

3118 posts • joined 25 Mar 2010

Amazon, maker of racist and sexist facial recog, to suggest regulations for facial recog systems

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"Because you're required to make sure I assent to fourteen pages of legal boilerplate before you terminate me. Dumbass."

Hey, it's Google's birthday! Remember when they were the good guys?

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Re: Remember when they were the good guys?

It's hard to avoid politicisation of anything, but in the case of search - the ads made it completely unavoidable.

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Re: Old search engines

Altavista was awesome in its day. Then it started trying to become a "portal" (remember those? - everyone wanted to be one in the mid-90s), and here we are.

Google, on the other hand - they've actually pulled off the "portal" transition without dying horribly. True that it's done horrible things to the quality of their service, but hats off to them - they've achieved what Altavista and others never did.

Now that's integrity: Bloke sinks 7 beers, turns himself in. Cops weren't looking for him

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Standard Budweiser is 5% alcohol. If I drank seven pints of that, I'd be pretty disorderly, although come to think of it you'd have had to tie me down already so the damage would be limited.

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That might have happened in some more civilised jurisdictions, but in this case the story specifies that he remains in the clink as at time of writing. I would assume he's sobered up by now, so...

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Re: Don't drink Budweiser.

Except that the latter cannot legally be called "Budweiser" in the United States.

So I infer that he was, in fact, drinking the crap.

Pro tip: Plug in your Tesla S when clocking off, lest you run out of juice mid hot pursuit

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No-one is proposing breaking off mid-pursuit.

But if you get into a petrol-powered vehicle at the start of your shift and see that it's less than a quarter full, you can take five minutes to fill up then. Then you're ready for what comes later. In a Tesla, you don't have that option.

Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise, politicians will philander... And US voting machines will be physically insecure

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Huge cop-out

by conducting statistically rigorous post-election audits.

Yeah, that's totally going to happen, it's not as if anyone really had a strong vested interest in the outcome of an election. And statistics is so clear and simple to understand, every average Joe and Jill in the electorate can follow their working and be reassured in the outcome. Right...

Honestly, that clause looks like it was slipped in on purpose to provide cover for election authorities that, we all know, are going to carry on using these machines no matter what we say.

Dropbox Paper: Handy for collaborating... oh and harvesting email addresses, too

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Re: Security and privacy

Try opening an incognito browser session to view these documents. That should fix it.

Still inconvenient, but it means you don't have to log out in your main session.

US immigration uses Google Translate to scan people's social media for bad posts – Er, don't do that, says everyone else

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Can we please keep the lynchmobs quiet?

The statement "USCIS follows up with human translators as needed", if true - and no reason has been presented to doubt it - makes it clear what's going on here. Use Google Translate, in conjunction with Search tools, to scan for words/phrases that might suggest an issue exists, then use that information as a filter to determine which posts/feeds get attention from a human translator.

Seems eminently sensible to me.

Now, granted, I don't know if that's what the story means. But, unlike other interpretations, it's 100% consistent with all the stated facts.

Now Uncle Sam would like a word with Brit teen TalkTalk hacker about a huge crypto-coin heist

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I'd say, when you're doing that - it really is.

Dropbox CEO: I will make your worklife a calmer experience

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Different folders for each service? Genius!

Now, if only somebody could build a program that would automatically split incoming messages into those folders. You could call it "e-mail".

Time to check in again on the Atari retro console… dear God, it’s actually got worse

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I'm sure you can be removed for stating "scientific facts" that are neither scientific nor factual. If that's a fact at all, it's a linguistic one (hinging on the definition of "gender").

As a scientific hypothesis, it was disproven several thousands of years ago, when it was discovered that you could make men less... masculine by cutting their balls off.

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I'm not buying "NDA" as a reason for his silence. I'm pretty sure you can't use an NDA like that.

If the company itself claims - or at least, refuses to correct the impression by others - that he's still with them, then if he is still working for them he can say so (because he's only confirming what they've already intimated), and if he isn't he can also say so (because they're defaming him otherwise).

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Re: If you replace the haft and the blade is it the same axe?

Really? Infogrames? Neverwinter Nights Infogrames?

What on earth were they trying to run away from, that made "Atari" look like a better name?

Chef melts under heat, will 86 future deals with family-separating US immigration agencies

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If taking a moral stand doesn't have costs - then it's not much of a stand, really, is it?

UK Supreme Court unprorogues Parliament

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Re: #Sarcasm?

Please double check your Faragist talking points, because they're bullshit.

EU law doesn't prevent nationalisation - it limits how nationalised industries can behave, but it doesn't stop you creating them. Fishing is limited by international treaties for all countries, whether they're EU members or not - the freedom to cast any net you like, wherever you like, whenever you like, and from any boat you like, isn't coming back. (Some of us remember the Cod Wars.) And control of what you eat - yeah, I personally quite like having a government that prevents poison being sold as food, and it's not clear that having such regulations set at EU level is any worse than having them set individually by each member state. (It's certainly much more efficient, and more transparent.)

As for "where you spend your money", that complaint would be more aptly addressed to the US State Department, which will quite literally prevent you from spending your own money in countries like Cuba or Iran. The EU's restrictions are tiny in comparison.

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Re: Regardless of which side of the fence you are on.

No, parliament's duty was - is - to govern the country. The referendum was advisory only, it didn't change anything about "their duty".

As for being sacked, that's for their voters to say - MP by MP, constituency by constituency. Nobody else has that right.

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Re: Regardless of which side of the fence you are on.

We settled that one back in 1649. No British monarch since then has claimed to be above the law.

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Re: Except it’s not is it...

Because no-one bothered to take him to court over it. Duh. Assuming there was any such court in those days, before the "Supreme Court" existed.

If no-one feels strongly enough even to try to stop them, then the person who acts, wins by default. And you can't (re-)litigate it now, because the cause for action no longer exists.

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Re: Regardless of which side of the fence you are on.

"A very good case" being, "yes unelected judges can overrule Parliament, but at least they're British unelected judges dammit!"?

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Re: Damning...

The queen may be called many things, but I don't think you could defend "bureaucrat" as one of them.

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Re: Damning...

Almost - except that it's not the PM Parliament can ignore, but the Queen (because she was acting on wrongful advice).

Calling all the Visual Basic snitches: Keep quiet about it and so will he...

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Re: Do the right thing?

Questions like that aren't necessarily as dishonestly-motivated as they appear.

Sometimes, they originate from middle management, or even auditors, asking "how can we be sure this isn't happening? How can we prove it to our auditors?"

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Re: Do the right thing?

Sounds like a sting to me. You were probably talking to the Daily Mirror.

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Re: Risky business

It seemed to me that that remark, from someone working in investment banking of all industries, suggested a great obliviousness to the big picture.

If investment bankers, even in the noughties, didn't think all the time about risk, then they deserved everything bad that happened to them and so much more.

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Re: Sounds Awful

What is this "must" you speak of? Where does this compulsion come from?

If it's anything other than "the laws of physics/mathematics", then it's "just another requirement", no less negotiable than every other requirement in the spec.

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Re: something that is broken today might simply be fixed tomorrow.

Hello. Welcome to IT. I see you're new here.

It's theoretically possible that at some time, someone, somewhere has sold someone a piece of software that wasn't broken, but I've never heard of such a thing and frankly I doubt if it's ever really happened.

World's largest heap of untreated nuclear waste needs more bots to cart around irradiated crap

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Re: Does not compute

The problem with that proposition is that nuclear power has, in its 70-plus-year history, never yet been "done right".

And there is no reason to believe it ever will be. Or can be.

Every generation, no pun intended, of reactors has been claimed to be the greatest thing ever, completely safe, completely clean and ridiculously cheap. That was Magnox, it was AGR, PWR, ABWR. And each time, that promise has turned out to be false on every count. If you think "thorium" is the magic word that's going to break that pattern, I have an Internet to sell you.

The '$4.4m a year' bug: Chipotle online orders swallowed by JavaScript credit-card form blunder

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It's kinda crazy that they even allow a user type in a year, rather than selecting from a drop-down menu.

Typing is bad, m'kay?

Of course sometimes it can't be helped, but a "year" field - particularly when there's only likely to be a selection of four or so to choose from - is not one.

Emergency button saves gamers from sudden death... of starvation

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Re: Publicity friendly.

So what if they did? Should such enterprise go altogether unrewarded?


That time Windows got blindsided by a ball of plasma, 150 million kilometres away

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Re: Sometimes I miss...

Logitech make the bestest mice. Hands, no pun intended, down.

My version has the best of both worlds - ball and lasers. And it works on any surface, including my knee.

German ministry hellbent on taking back control of 'digital sovereignty', cutting dependency on Microsoft

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Re: The long term

The only problem "open source" really solves is the one about having too many qualified applicants for your vacancies. Go OS, and basically you need to become a software company - with all the headaches that involves - in addition to the business you actually make money from.

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Re: Do you want to be held hostage by Microsoft?

i see your point, but how exactly can you avoid it? Any government may decide to come after you. Case in point, the US government has been picking fights with several US companies (Amazon, Ford, Microsoft). It's not clear to me how hosting their data anywhere else would make any of them more secure against gov't-level interference.

Particularly if the gov't is prepared to ride roughshod over the law, in which case - even if your "rights" are cast-iron in legal terms, it can still take years to assert said rights.

Basically, there's no realistic defence against government-level attacks on your business. At least, not in the sense of preventing them. There are some mitigation strategies, but I'm not sure if "hosting your own data" would qualify as one.

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice

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Re: The thick twat

Yeah, I'm sure suing the senior scumbags will work out for him. Surely he knows their names and addresses, what specific laws they broke in whatever jurisdiction they happen to be in, and I'm sure his inbox is overflowing with offers from high-powered lawyers eager to help him out...

Seriously, where does anyone imagine this idiot is going to get $9m from?

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur

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Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

Another way of putting that would be, we need better AIs.

A problem with the present generation is that they, by default, tend to treat all input as equal; it's all learning, right? If we could instil them with a child's ability to lend greater weight to some sources (like parents) than others, that might give us a way to teach them "values" that they could then use to filter their wider input.

Of course there will follow much mud-slinging about whose values should be instilled, but we get that anyway about children, so I don't see why that should stop anyone.

Australia didn't blame China for parliament hack in case it upset trade relations – report

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Re: Can the "Five Eyes" be trusted with attribution

Meh. The Americans are the ones who have turned their backs on the South Pacific, why should we care what they think any more?

And Bridges is a loser, but he's right: it makes perfect sense for NZ politicians to form relationships with powerful figures in the Chinese government. After all, it's an extremely stable government - someone with power there now is very likely to still be in place after the next two NZ elections, which is more than you can say for the US.

UK Home Office primes Brexit spam cannon for a million texts reminding folk to check passports

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No, the Tories would clearly win that election, leaving Farage in his rightful place. We'd be right back to where we are now, but with two more years of this nonsense to endure.

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Re: It's sore loser syndrome

Let's be clear, there were horrible people on both sides. Sure there were racists voting leave. I'll bet there were some voting remain as well.

And let's not forget, other "remain" voters included - David Cameron, Tony Blair...

So trying to smear "everyone who voted the other way from you" by describing (what you imagine to be) the worst of those people, is not an exercise that is going to go well for anyone.

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Pro tip: when you're posing as a Brit commenter, set your spellchecker to British English.

You're welcome.

The results are in… and California’s GDPR-ish digital privacy law has survived onslaught by Google and friends

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Re: admit defeat?

"Eternal vigilance" is good. "Revolutionary fervour" is the last thing you need.

The trouble with revolutions is, they happen, and then everyone pretends everything is different - whereas in fact all that's happened is a change of personnel in certain positions. But everyone has fought the good fight, they're feeling good and upbeat and optimistic, and if you try to tell them that nothing has really changed - they won't take it well.

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...

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Re: Spot the Difference

Why exactly is Nominet a for-profit company in the first place? Whose idea was that, and what else did we expect when it was made so?

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Re: Inertia selling

I'm sure the police will get right on to that... just as soon as they've followed up on my spam reports from 2002.

Facebook, Amazon, Apple, Google told: If you could cough up a decade of your internal emails, that'd be great

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Re: Something like..

Apart from the "<=" operator, and throw in a few clauses about "To:" and "From:" fields, that looks about right.

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Re: Another song and dance

"The 24/7 news cycle" will have forgotten about this story by the end of today. That's what it's for. If you think the action happens "before the story fades", then I'm not surprised you're disappointed.

If you want to achieve - anything, you need to keep your attention focused on it after everyone else has moved on. That's how you achieve anything.

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Re: Small change

Alphabet (Google) spent $20 million on lobbying last year, enough to put it in the top 10 contributors.

If they all have to pony up $100 million, that would be extortionate. (Yes, I know what you're thinking. But let's try to keep the orders of magnitude within the bounds of plausibility.)

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Re: Re "....10 years' worth of emails between top executives."

Seriously, what law is there obliging them to keep every email for that long?

I know if someone asked me to produce my business emails from ten years ago, I'd laugh in their face. I'm reasonably sure that information no longer exists, unless maybe in the NSA's database of course.

Whoa, bot wars: As cybercrooks add more AI to their arsenal, the goodies will have to too

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Re: Oooh, deepfakes - I'm scared! (Not)

I'm not sure I'd call the "fake news" excuse "win-win", given what it's led to so far.

Time for another cuppa then? Tea-drinkers have better brains, say boffins with even better brains

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Re: Smarts drink tea or Drink tea makes smarts

And there was I suspecting that the truckers' traditional love of caffeine had more to do with not being allowed to sleep more than about three hours a day...

Things are somewhat different now - but that's quite a recent change, and old habits die hard.

Cloud, internet biz will take a Yellowhammer to the head in 'worst case' no-deal Brexit

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Re: What's in a name?

That's some way short of "clearly stated in the booklet sent to every voter".

That's more like "clearly posted inside the disused cubicle in the basement with the sign on the door saying Beware of the leopard."


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