* Posts by Jedit

1548 posts • joined 3 Jul 2010

Australian court overturns 'Google is a publisher' decision

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One reason is that libraries don't tell you which books to read unless you ask, whereas Google is specifically for providing recommendations based on popularity and relevance metrics. This isn't unreasonable; it's what a search engine is for, after all. But it does bestow some degree of responsibility on them for the output of their algorithm.

NASA wants a hundredfold upgrade for space computers

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Coat

"Does it hope to run Doom on the Moon or something?"

I thought everyone knew that Doom runs on Mars?

(Mine's the one with the BFG-9000 in the pocket...)

Dutch authorities arrest 29-year-old dev with suspected ties to Tornado Cash

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FAIL

"First, I am a crypto Hodler"

I don't know how anyone can say that and still think they're smart. The mark in any scam is the person left holding the bag, and a HODLer is someone who explicitly wants to hold the bag.

Philippines orders fraud probe after paying MacBook prices for slow Celeron laptops

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Big Brother

"fraud is not required for such a stupid waste of money"

Very true, but even if there was no criminal intent I still wouldn't want to be the person responsible for this. Rodrigo Duterte is not a kind or forgiving man, and the Filipino Department of Education is headed by his daughter.

Meta's AI internet chatbot demo quickly starts spewing fake news and racist remarks

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Boffin

"Meta's AI chatbot demo quickly starts spewing fake news and racist remarks"

I would have thought that was inevitable. All these "AI"s really are is an algorithm applied to a content aggregator.

'I wonder what this cable does': How to tell thicknet from a thickhead

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Joke

"I'm not sure the loose cannon needed to be body shamed like that"

It wasn't a Canon, though, it was a Compaq.

Facebook hands over chats to cops in post-Roe abortion case

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Headmaster

"Unfortunately it takes 38 states to ratify an amendment"

It didn't need a constitutional amendment. It just needed to be passed into federal law, which doesn't require ratification by 38 states - just a Senate vote. In five Democratic presidential terms, nobody ever did that. They also haven't removed the filibuster clause that has been endlessly exploited by Republicans to block legislation.

Don't get me wrong; the theocratic fascists are to blame for doing this. But the Democrats just let it happen.

Iran cheerfully admits using cryptocurrency to pay for imports

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"If you want the government to give the energy companies massive cheques then why not say so?"

Because that's not what I want. It should be painfully obvious to anyone that if a private company can't make a profit while charging what people can afford, then they've failed. And if what they're selling is an essential service, then that service should not be in private hands. The cap and associated bailouts aren't an argument for government subsidy of private industry; they're an argument for nationalisation, which is also what is happening to EDF in France. And before anyone goes off about "lefty nonsense": the TUC has costed out privatisation of the Big Six at less than the cost of the bailout issued to cover Bulb.

Re: profits - I'm not talking about a single quarter for BP. It's all of them. BP did indeed suffer large losses in 2020, but their 2021 profits were an 8-year record and have only continued to increase in the first six months of 2022. Centrica made £262m profit in the first half of 2021; in the first half of 2022 they made £1.34bn. And Shell's profits are also surging to record levels, with Total's not far behind.

Sources:

https://www.itv.com/news/2022-07-28/british-gas-owner-centrica-profits-rise-to-134-billion-as-energy-bills-surge

https://www.reuters.com/business/energy/bp-records-highest-profit-eight-years-2021-2022-02-08/

https://www.ft.com/content/39cc3cb6-b054-438b-819d-e391c0701e44

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"there is not enough oil and gas to go around so people are having to outbid"

This is not accurate. The generation cost per kWh is lower now than it was six months ago.

And no, the government can do something short term. It's called price capping. France has done it, which is why French energy prices have only risen by a few percent instead of tripling - and also why EDF are gouging customers in countries like ours where the government puts business profits ahead of the lives of its citizens. If you think that energy companies can generate record profits while their customers have to choose between buying food and being able to cook it and nothing can be done about that, then you are an idiot.

And thanks for the free heating, but it's actually quite warm right now so I don't need it.

Tesla Full Self-Driving 'fails' to notice child-sized objects in testing

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Joke

"the American solution would be to arm the little darlings with the anti-tank weapons"

To be fair most problems with a Tesla can be fixed with a rocket launcher. For best effect you need to use it before the ignition is turned on, though.

How a crypto bridge bug led to a $200m 'decentralized crowd looting'

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Angel

Re: I propose a change to the nomenclature

No, they're definitely still crying and will cry more.

I would, however, like to pose the question: at this point, is there any cryptocurrency left that hasn't been stolen>

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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Headmaster

"some surreptitious scooting when presented with a chair on wheels"

In my day this was called execugliding.

Browsers could face two regimes in Europe as UK law set to diverge from EU

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Stop

"easing the burden of cookie consent on website users"

Come on, just say what it means - they're going to relieve us from the trouble of refusing cookies by not giving us the chance to do so.

Singapore distances itself from local crypto companies

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Headmaster

"guarantying bail out future crypto crashes with tax payers' money"

You're acting like the government won't be the people buying the crypto and receiving the bailout.

The dumb people in a scam are the people who buy in thinking they can get out with someone else's money. The scammers are the people who buy in knowing that they can. If you know can bail yourself out with the taxpayers' money, then you're not one of the dumb people. You're someone who has a sucker you can sell to without them even agreeing to it.

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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Mushroom

"The next worst place on the list is Ukraine, another ally of the US"

Yes, Ukraine is a very dangerous place for journalists to be in 2022, what with being an active war zone and all.

In a war of aggression started by Russia.

Who are murdering journalists in the country.

Which is the exact accusation you're trying to deflect.

Good grief, could you be any more transparently a Russian asset?

Oh, wait, you went on to spontaneously mention the Banderites. So, yes, you could.

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"it's a bit difficult to get full citations in Moscow at this point in time."

Maybe he should Google them?

SCOTUS judges 'doxxed' after overturning Roe v Wade

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"Don't want the child, plenty of other people will"

Really? Then why are there still more than 600,000 children cycling through the US foster care system? You'd think that if there were so many people willing to take your unwanted baby, the orphanages would be empty.

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"The problem with (2) is that sooner or later you are likely to run out of states to move to."

No, the problem with (2) is that the post-Roe states are also planning to introduce legislation to prosecute women who travel across state lines to procure an abortion. Some, I think, have already done it.

Twitter sues Musk: He can't just 'change his mind, trash the company, walk away'

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Headmaster

"A tad strong to wish his fans destitute"

The only Musk fans who will wind up destitute because it comes to pass that their idol fucked around and found out are the ones who followed him into crypto. And every single one of those asshats deserves destitution, because their get rich quick scheme relied on making someone else destitute.

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"Musk founded The Boring Company"

No, he just inherited it along with a big stack of blood emeralds.

Leaked Uber docs reveal frequent use of 'kill switch' to deactivate tech, thwart investigators

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Pirate

Re: UBER revolutionised Taxis

Yeah, before Uber there was a solid chance that my taxi driver knew where he was going.

Union tells BT: Commit to pay rise talks next week or else

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FAIL

"Scabs? What are we back to the days of Arthur Scargill?"

The term "scab" to refer to a strike breaker is from at least as far back as the 1770s, not the 1970s.

Near-undetectable malware linked to Russia's Cozy Bear

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IT Angle

Re: “Roshan Bandara” you say

I thought she was normally called Getya Legova?

Google said to be taking steps to keep political campaign emails out of Gmail spam bin

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Pint

"There is always something better to do than watch TV."

Like post on The Reg.

China's blockchain boosters slam crypto as Ponzi scheme

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Stop

"Blockchains have a useful purpose outside of crypto."

Name one. And it has to be something that can't be done without a blockchain.

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WTF?

"You can't say that of crypto, it's right out in the open."

Are you not aware that crypto takes its name from the Greek word for "hidden"? The whole point of it was that ownership of any given coin couldn't be directly traced to an individual.

Yodel becomes the latest victim of a cyber 'incident'

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Angel

So, Yodel are immune to cyber attacks?

I mean, the attack literally took days to notice because the disrupted services weren't sufficiently different from the normal services.

This reminds me of the time many years ago when Apple put out an ad bragging that while thousands of viruses existed for PCs there were next to none for Macs. A virus creator responded with an open letter saying "Yes, it's hard to create viruses for Macs - the market share is so small that they don't propagate effectively".

US must adopt USB-C charging standard like EU, senators urge

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Boffin

"This, he added, could speed transfer and charging rates."

Is this not a straight up admission from an Apple analyst that Lightning is an inferior spec to USB-C in every regard of performance?

US senators seek ban on sale of health location data

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Unhappy

"the police in Tx are a bit squeamish"

The Uvalde police department's refusal to release the body camera footage from the recent massacre has already made a lot of people strongly suspect that they don't find it difficult to shoot children.

Cookie consent crumbles under fresh UK data law proposals

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Headmaster

"What in "American-style lobbying" implies they invented bribery?"

The "American-style" part implies that they're the ones who started doing it that way and other people are copying them. At the very least it gives them undue credit.

Japan makes online insults a crime that can earn a year in jail

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Holmes

"The world is full of fucking snowflakes."

I'd like to propose an amendment to Godwin's Second Law to include "snowflake" alongside "woke".

Database from the 1980s needs time travel says author

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Joke

Time travel?

I surely can't be the only person who read the title and pictured Christopher Lloyd turning up in a DeLorean and saying "Marty, you need to come with me back to 1985! It's your database!"

Crypto market crashes on Celsius freeze, inflation news

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Meh

"with a name like that, it has to be going to the moon!"

As I recall, that's exactly why Luna is called that.

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IT Angle

"There's a limited supply of my shit too"

Announcing the launch of the new cryptocurrency, Shitcoin. With other coins the bottom may be falling out of the market, but with Shitcoin the market is falling out of the bottom!

(The IT angle? SH.)

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Mushroom

"KLF quite enjoyed burning £1 million quid."

At the time, maybe. I recall that Jimmy Cauty has expressed regret about it since.

Meta slammed with eight lawsuits claiming social media hurts kids

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"the Tesla autopilot ... switches itself off if it realises an impact is unavoidable"

Yep - I'd come in here specifically to say that Tesla are being investigated for this. It's really not the disengaging of the autopilot that's the issue, though; human drivers do need to be able to respond to emergencies. It's that the software reports back in such a way as to put the blame for the incident on the driver by saying they were in control.

Concerns that £360m data platform for NHS England is being set up to fail

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"This approach is just repeating the NHS' bad old mistakes"

Actions are only mistakes if they don't lead to the desired outcome. Since the desired outcomes here are 1) lining the pockets of business donors and 2) laying the groundwork for the privatisation of the NHS, it's hard to call this deliberate mismanagement a mistake.

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Pirate

" just got a £1K Samsung Galaxy S22, and no flipping charger in the box!"

That didn't bother me half as much as the fact that when I traded in my old S9+ for my S22, they asked me to return its charger in the box "if possible". As I still need that charger to, y'know, charge my new phone, I deemed that it was not possible and kept it. And let's be blunt: the only reason they wanted it was so they could charge me extra for a new one.

France levels up local video game slang with list of French terms to replace foreign words

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"French guy here"

Thanks for the explanation. While we're on the subject, though, can you explain "le camping"?

Capita to see wave of UK government contracts come to an end by 2025

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Mushroom

Oh, really?

The government just rammed through plans to cut 90,000 civil service jobs by 2025, almost a quarter of the workforce. Some departments face reductions of up to 40%, which is unsustainable.

Luckily, Crapita and G4S will just have had some workers freed up and will be ready to plug the gaps. I'm sure it won't cost more than twice as much as the existing arrangements that don't put money in the pockets of Tory donors.

FTC urged to protect data privacy of women visiting abortion clinics

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FAIL

"doesn’t crossing state lines make kidnapping federal?"

Yes, sorry, I brainfarted and typed the wrong word.

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Unhappy

"how's all that Freedom going?"

Technically, they don't need more laws if a foetus is considered to have the rights of a person. Simply crossing state lines while pregnant for malicious intent would qualify as felony kidnapping.

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Stop

"Kyrsten Sinema worked with Republicans to filabuster that law."

Minor pedant: the bill was voted down in the Senate, and the only dissenting Democrat was Joe Manchin. So even her hypocrisy only goes so far.

But you're right that Sinema and Manchin both need to be removed in the primaries, because they're both DINOSAURs - Democrat In Name Only, Screwing Up Abortion Rights.

Amazon puts 'creepy' AI cameras in UK delivery vans

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"the drivers need to be strongly incentivised to stop being antisocial bastards"

No, Amazon need to stop strongly incentivising their drivers to be antisocial bastards. Amazon drivers aren't shitting in gardens and driving like maniacs because they're bad employees; they're doing it because Amazon are putting them on schedules so tight that they can't even spare two minutes to visit a lavatory. In some cases, such as when there are unlisted roadworks, drivers can't even spare time to deliver their parcels.

Now, think about this for a second. If an Amazon driver will be penalised for not meeting targets if they don't drive too fast, how does it help anything if they are also penalised if they do drive too fast?

Landmark case recognizes Bored Ape NFT as an asset

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Joke

"apes in costumes with varying facial expressions .... Their price peaked at $434,000"

I'm pretty sure that Elon Musk will have to pay more than that for Twitter.

Pentester pops open Tesla Model 3 using low-cost Bluetooth module

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Boffin

"all cars can be hacked easily with a brick"

It's a bit easier to spot a car that has been hacked with a brick, though.

Tech pros warn EU 'data adequacy' at risk if Brexit Britain goes its own way

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"I strongly suspect this gubmint will do whatever it pleases and f**k business."

This, except it's "fuck everyone else". They're happy for businesses to do well out of it, if they can. Their opposition is to being told what to do.

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Re: How all the invested parties never, ever see value in there being less regulation...

The purpose of regulation is to ensure fairness and protect rights. Wherever there is an invested party, there will inevitably be someone who wants less regulation because the rights of others get in the way of maximising profits. In this case businesses, and the UK government acting on their behalf, are also invested parties, and they want less data protection regulation because data is one more thing they can sell.

Arm CPU ran on electricity generated by algae for over six months

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Joke

"10 years later, everybody is using millipede treadmills"

There may be problems with adoption of this system in the EU. They use the metric system, but you're asking them to work in feet.

Palantir summons specter of nuclear conflict as share price collapses

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Mushroom

"I'm fairly confident"

That's nice for you. I'd rather not have it put to the test, though.

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