* Posts by Sir Runcible Spoon

5794 posts • joined 29 May 2007

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time

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That depends on whether or not you wish to include grammar and punctuation.

I'm no expert, but I believe your question should have looked something like:-

"Regarding Google's new hotness, will that be translation into American or real English?"

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Re: Dumb question

This technology is vastly more proficient at producing false positives than the mk1 eyeball.

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Re: Not surprised

Whilst the chances of it happening are small, the impact on you would be huge. Risk analysis is based on both factors.

For example, if something is likely to happen, but the impact is low (such as a <1kg meteor entering the atmosphere) it can be considered a lower risk that something that is unlikely to happen, but the impact is huge (such as a >1 tonne meteor entering the atmosphere).

We don't lose sleep over the latter (rightly so) but it *is* still a risk.

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

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Re: AIrcrew redundancies willbe far higher than reported so far

To be fair, the OP acknowledged that lack of access to public funds, I didn't read the comment as a complaint per se, more of a 'challenging times ahead for <reasons>' kind of thing.

ymmv of course.

Brit MPs vote down bid to delay IR35 reforms, press ahead with new tax rules for private-sector contractors

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"it should be clear enough."

Some people might not have realised, hence my helpful reminder :P

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"the employer who has kindly provided them with a job"

Obvious troll is obvious.

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Re: The big consultancy firms want IR35

It's not unusual, but you can bet that a big IT-Con. firm will put in an employee wherever possible as they charge the client the same amount either way,and of course an employee costs far less to them.

Putting in contractors only usually happens when they can't find the required skill-set in their permanent staff.

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Re: If you keep poking the pig with a stick

Full disclosure: I'm a well paid contractor.

The main issue for me with ir35 isn't the additional tax burden or even lack of employee rights, it's a combination of that change in the client->contractor relationship and the effect it has on my business.

For example, I don't like being told how to work. I'm good at what I do for a reason, and that reason isn't that I do exactly what some clueless middle management tool tells me to do. They give me work, and I do it, I even help others do their bit (especially if it supports me completing my work).

Converting to an umbrella company and pseudo-employee status appears to be giving the managers of my clients the impression that I suddenly work for them as a regular employee. Sure I still have the right to bugger off as I always did, but this has really confused the relationship.

I also had plans for my business, to grow it and branch out into other areas, mainly funded by the contract income from my clients. By forcing me to take all that income as PAYE into my personal account immediately starves my company of funds and effectively shuts it down.

I'm left with the option of either a) trying to find another role that is outside ir35 or b) close my business and throw all my plans in the bin.

It *is* poorly thought out and implemented - there are many 'blanket' appraisals going around under the guise of individual assessments as well, which is against HMRC policy - but clients don't seem to mind breaking *that* rule.

It's National Cream Tea Day and this time we end the age-old debate once and for all: How do you eat yours?

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Re: Too much arguing = not enough eating

omg, you mean you eat your like a sandwich!? You filthy, filthy beast.

UK police's face recognition tech breaks human rights laws. Outlaw it, civil rights group urges Court of Appeal

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

That's fine, I'm not talking about the Police not being able to work out where I was if they are investigating a crime, but that's a world away from live facial recognition.

How can you not see that?

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

So if I borrow my mates car (legally) I have to register it with DVLA? Don't be absurd.

The objection is about real-time tracking using a metric which cannot (reasonably) be changed.

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Re: What's a "Human Right"?

The difference between ANPR and AFR is that you can change your vehicle quite easily, not so easy to change your face.

iPadOS 14: Apple's attempt to pry fondleslab from toddlers' mitts and make it more businesslike

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Re: The image that it's just a large phone

It feels like the browser is the de-facto killer app on iPads, it's just too useful to be able to pick up my ipad mini and browse for something instantly.

Ah lovely, here's something you can do with those Raspberry Pis, NUC PCs in the bottom of the drawer: Run Ubuntu Appliances on them

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I think so, I heard something about it on Linux (Chimney) Stack

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Coat

Isn't that only available around Christmas?

If Daddy doesn't want me to touch the buttons, why did they make them so colourful?

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Paris Hilton

Re: Not IT, but...

"Fortunately, the Director and I had known each other for a long time and had done fieldwork together"

..and just how long had he worked with your wife?

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Re: I'll just leave this here.

omg, I never knew our standard OP had a name! :D

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR

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Thumb Up

Re: The tracking is important, the tracing, nope.

I'm pretty sure that most commentards could have guessed most of this, but it's always nice to see that our cynicism is well founded - thanks for posting.

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Re: So what's the problem?

"they are not going to stop no matter what you think."

That doesn't appear to be a valid reason to stop fighting it every step of the way though, but that's just my opinion.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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"they confirmed my address."

So you told them your address and they said 'yep, that's correct' ?

Ever felt down after staring at your phone late in bed? It's not just you – mice do too

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Re: mice are currently unaware

We are being controlled by these mice deciding to get depressed under controlled circumstances, it's a ploy to stop us playing games at night.

Nokia's reboot of the 5310 is a blissfully dumb phone that will lug some mp3s about just fine

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re:podcast

That always used to confuse me, especially when it first started being used, a bit like 'the cloud'.

Basically it's stuff we are already familiar with (as techies) but re-branded for the great unwashed.

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Coat

Re: Would this be a good 'phone to have ...

'shit down'.....sounded like an australian saying 'shut down' to me.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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Alien

Re: Well that's great confidence from GCHQ

Can you steal something that someone literally threw away?

Also, very secure from theft *from Earthlings*. AMFM has plans for a free Tesla apparently.

What's worse than an annoying internet filter? How about one with a pre-auth remote-command execution hole and there's no patch?

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Headmaster

Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

"I note my critic has removed they're post!"

Please don't keep doing that, I'm at my whitsend with all these grammarly mistakes.

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Re: It wouldn't make the slightest difference.

Don't you mean moist octopus? Plus your!=you're

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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I've gone back to using a safety razor.

£2 for 20 blades, and one blade lasts around 5-10 shaves, especially if I shave after a shower when the whiskers are a lot softer.

That's a minimum cost of £2 for 100 shaves! (I hope I got my maths right there)

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Re: Wow

A fair point, especially the use of other materials.

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Re: Wow

If there was no Sun, then the water would be frozen and you couldn't have tidal power at all.

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Re: Trantor

They probably used blacks holes as corner pockets for inter-galactic billiards contests.

They also make great trash compactors.

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Wow

3 percent of the speed of light! Holy shit. That must look awesome from up close*

If we ever want unlimited free energy, we really need to harness gravity - it just doesn't seem to run out, certainly not on the scale that we can use it.

Our current technology is still -->

*Say, 6 trillion miles, with suitable radiation shields

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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Alien

optional?

Thry could have given you a better memory than that :)

Getting a pizza the action, AS/400 style

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Facepalm

Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

Doesn't 'cd ~' change the prompt (assuming you have the path displayed in the prompt of course)?

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Trollface

Re: "Hopefully he also added a bit of text along the lines"

Computers like feedback too, or your browser session would still be running on udp.

20 years deep into a '2-year' mission: How ESA keeps Cluster flying

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Pint

A very fine example of the truism..

Necessity is the mother of invention.

Well done those boffins, have a cup of Brownian motion on me (cunningly disguised as beer!)

That critical VMware vuln allowed anyone on your network to create new admin users, no creds needed

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Big Brother

Re: Wow, I am sure it was not a backdoor type thing

"Giggling"

Medication time perhaps?

UK Information Commissioner OKs use of phone data to track coronavirus spread

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Re: Wedge

I'm beginning to think they might have had a point though. Human nature encompasses a wide variety of persona's, the worst of which tend to gravitate to positions of power. Technology amplifies that power. Oh well, at least we can all work towards a gilded cage these days.

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Re: Wedge

So..Luddite is worse than drug dealer - who knew!?

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Re: Wedge

If you don't possess a 'smart' phone do they forcibly give you (or make you pay for) one?

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

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Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

Overzealous policing at its finest..

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=teSPN8sVbFU

Of course Rowan does say that it isn't an offence to cough without due care and attention - which it obviously is now.

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Joke

"Opinions are like arseholes, everybody's got one."

You forgot to add:- "and they all stink (except for mine, coz I shit rose petal scented nuggets of a uniform size, which require minimal subsequent use of loo roll."

Hey, China. Maybe you should have held your hackers off for a bit while COVID-19 ravaged the planet. Just a suggestion

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Re: Cisco Kit

Made, or coded?

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Re: Fight Fair?

See 'The Art of War' by Sun Tzu

Whoa, someone actually texted you in 2020? Oh, nvm, it's just Boris Johnson, telling you to stay the f**k at home

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Re: Spam spam spam spam

"it's not just the COVID-19 patients who will die"

^This. Definitely not a time to be climbing ladders in high winds in your slippers.

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Headmaster

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Not to mention the grandma.

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Re: Visions of a lackey tapping out 50,000,000 messages on his T9 keypad

The good news being that a lack of loo roll won't be an issue --> (State of the arse)

It's time to track people's smartphones to ensure they self-isolate during this global pandemic, says WHO boffin

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Re: Huge opportunity

"A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it. "

Captain Caveman rides to the rescue, solves a prickly PowerPoint problem with a magical solution

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This is why it shouldn't be common knowledge - it is incumbent on all those who know how to reprogram computers with an axe to keep such knowledge safe for those who know *when* to use it, and when to try and be reasonable.

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Re: Understated..

....paper mill....no wonder the wife was complaining about splinters*!

*There's a joke about little pricks in there somewhere, but I'm too shy to find it.

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I once 'cured' a friends computer of a nasty virus that neither he nor anyone else he had contacted before resorting to asking me (oh, the shame!) to help.

Turns out some joker had changed his background image to include a pop-up box that couldn't be clicked on to get rid of (unsurprisingly). Found the original file and restored his background. When my 'mate' came back to the computer he was amazed and asked how I had done it.

Foolishly I told him. My reward? A disparagement of my skills, claiming I hadn't 'fixed' anything and was treated as if I had cheated him somehow, even though I didn't charge and it cost me petrol and time to sort out.

His reward? Never to see my face at his house ever again. After all, I wouldn't want him to feel cheated again would I?

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