* Posts by stu 19

41 posts • joined 17 Sep 2010

Your AI can't tell you it's lying if it thinks it's telling the truth. That's a problem

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Deceiving the already deceitful advertising industry!!

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Not really an AI then is it!! As in there is no real intelligence.

Just a program with a large learning dataset The scenario above would be considered a "bug"

BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Ha, the revenue for tobacco duy is about 6bn and the increased NHS costs are a bout 2bn. That's the real reason smoking is just not banned outright.

McDonald's sues Italian city for $20m after being burger-blocked

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Vendor Related

Not related to this except its an amusing vendor ad.

In Altinkum, Turky, the looky looky men advertise their watches as "Genuine Fake Rolex"

Well they did when I was there, about 18 years ago !!

Panicked WH Smith kills website to stop sales of how-to terrorism manuals

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Re: @Andrew Jones 2

The MP was shot, wasn't she?

He was found to have the materials in his possession but had no device constructed from its content.

As for any terrorist organisation buying its training materials from WHSmith - LMAO. They are pissing themselves laughing right now.

Possible reprieve for the venerable A-10 Warthog

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On Loitering Aircraft.

Isn't the Apache a better loiterer?

Nothing quite beats an aircraft that can engage with a remote stand off from AWACS targeting and remain out of sight!

I recall a firepower demo that the A10 used to do in Warminster, They used to routinely fly it up a valley to take out dummy targets against real small arms fire.

Ugly and scary!

Jeff Bezos' thrusting cylinder makes Elon Musk's look minuscule

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anyone else

Think of this as a giant rocket cock

Has Voyager 1 escaped the Sun yet? Yes, but also no, say boffins

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bit late

To be attempting to recruit when the guy left last week. It not like they didn't know he was going to retire at some point - like for the last 15 years or so!!

He could have been training his padewan for that time!!

@Tom 7 you are forgetting that the Us considers itself the absolute centre of the universe, most of them could not point out Europe on the globe - allegedly !

OkCupid falls out of love with 'anti-gay' Firefox, tells people to see other browsers

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Re: Product != CEO

How about boycotting OKCupid for interfering with the browsing experience and attempting to inflict their personal/political views!!

Not gay, nor do I really understand, the desperate need to be gay and married, is there some tax trick I'm missing as a married bloke?

Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission

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The Problem with discussions about religion

Is that whether you belive fervently in the existense of YOUR one true god, or think that any such belief is the domain of a total nut job.

There appears to exist, some irresistable compulsion to comment.

aww shit....................

Hollywood: How do we secure high-def 4K content? Easy. Just BRAND the pirates

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4k Even Worth Bothering With?

I'm sure I read an article, right here on the Reg, that described the effects of delivering intrlaced video streams yada yada yada, that led me to decide - at least for me, that, "who gives a toss about 4K!" Was I wrong to think that, or does the whole raft of security on top mean it will just end up getting skipped over? I suppose as long as the consumer does not feel the bite, (which does not seem likely if non players have to license that tech) then they might give a monkeys.

As for me wanting 4k on my tablet? I doubt my eyes can tell the difference my my nexus 7 screen!!

I suppose "they" will make money as long as they persuade punters they need a 4k telly ?

Someone correct me if I was wrong to think "who gives a toss about 4k, " I'll run out and but a 4k set immediately!!

oh not to mention that "their" fabulous security plans have not fared too well in recent launches of ... er anything that I can think of.


Nexus 7 and Surface: A bonanza for landfill miners

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Re: tablets - whats the point

I read books on mine, so I don't have to carry around lumping great paperbacks.

Also do my time recording in the office, which I export to excel sheets for my timesheets.

but aside from that and email and music and the occasional game and portable browsing (on a decent sized screen), and google navigation and a notepad that syncs with my pc and phone and tablet and dropbox sync for important data files and mangler or mumble to chat to mates across the world and netflix and bbc iplayer and ..... nah that's it, you are right, its good for nothing I should throw it in the bin immediately!!

Australia to issue passports for males, females and... X

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You don't understand the need?

Neither do I. Why, in an enlightened and non discriminatory society does the gender of a passport holder have any bearing on their right to hold a passport at all?

Its the same as the job applications that say "we are an equal opportunities employer but please tell me if you are a black man"

Who gives a monkey's f?????? left nut what gender box fits? I don't and I'm reasonably sure most of us (meaning you) don't either. Sure I think its unusual for a guy to dress like a girl and want to be though of as female, but that's my problem, Maybe I should stop expecting to look at all women to see how attractive I think they may be And that right there Illustrates exactly what I mean.

Just drop the dumb need to categorise people into gender, race, age, etc etc.

Space junk at 'tipping point', now getting worse on its own

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Space Cleaner

Space cleaner for hire, GBP 7000 per hour. You provide the ship and suit and I'll bring a brush and a bin bag.

Scotland Yard Four cleared - on phone-hacking

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I was going to say something similar

But I can't manifest the intelligence to write well enough.

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Lodge Gifts

anything passing from hand to hand (or .... eeeww mouth) in the lodge, is lodge (rolled up trouser leg ) business and does not constitute bribery of any kind. Rather its better to think of it as Lodge Love, the brotherly sharing of cash, ladies and expensive booze.

Hang on, time to join up!!

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What can be done?

RIOT of course !!

Does the smiley face protect me from being arrested for inciting riots?

London rioters should 'loose all benefits'

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I served in the Army

Trust me, the army knows how to deal with angry youths. Its been doing that for a very long time. Its mostly about changing habit through the time honoured and accepted method of - keeping you so knackered that you have little energy left at the end of the day for rebellious though, let alone action. Before you know it, you are voluntarily polishing your mess tins for inspection.

Ok so I was a volunteer but there were guys in my platoon who were offered the Army or far less pleasant alternatives (by a magistrate I think). I don't think it was widespread, but he was from Manchester, who I think invented angry : )

But I am opinionated and from Scotland so WTF do I know eh ? actually since I'm from Scotland I could probably leave out the opinionated :)

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oh oh

Surely they can only evict YOU if YOU break your contract not SOMEONE.

Don't mean to be picky, ok I admit it, I want to be picky, but in a mildly amusing, fun loving, non riot inciting way.

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right to protest

Didn't we lose the right to protest at Parliament recently ?

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Because they have demonstrated a rational response: 6 moths for a bottle of water? 4 years for inciting riot (while the hook did it every day for years with no penalty) that had no discernible effects, while MPs simply walk away from stealing from public coffers via expenses? I think the example to the public has been set at the highest levels.

And it was not just the unemployed taking part, there were educated, employed people, joining in the frolics.

Excusing them? no not in the least, but with everything else that has been happening I find it difficult to condemn outright.

The more I think about it the greyer it gets.


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22 million miles

So, like, the same distance to the nearest open petrol station on a wet Tuesday at half eleven, when the tank is on red line.

That seems pretty close to me !! But hey, I've only ever actually run out of petrol once... oh

HTC hurls more patent spew on Apple

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I just Patented

Male masturbation techniques:

Including whole of hand, 2 and 3 finger approaches and of course 2 hand should you be gifted enough to require it.

Covering all rythms:- continous slow, 3,4,5..9999999 beats and allowing for variable beat pause

Detailing all lube applications techniques.

I'm rich and laughing all the way to the wank, sorry bank.

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Lawyer School anyone

Hmm I think I should cast aside my morals and attend law school. The only people winning in the ludicrous patent laws are the amoral lawyers running their cases. They must be laughing all the way to the bank where they have a lunch (with their equally amoral banking buddies) of small taiwanese children dipped in the blood of refugees, washed down with a nice sancere.

OK I admit it, I'm pissed at myself for being only a mildly successful IT contractor who sleeps well and has never screwed a colleague or partner over to make a few more pennies. I've met plenty of them and often wondered why they get where they do.

I would love some of that big cash bonus action - I'm just not prepared to become the kind of arsehole that gets there.

Can I get through law school before these morons burn each other out and make my fortune? Should I even try? I mean telly's are going for free all across the country right? With luck like mine and late entry to the fray, I'd probably be left with an old SCART cable and get 15 years for it!!

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bought the patent

didnt Apple just buy the patent ?

Malware mints virtual currency using victim's GPU

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you spotted that too

Wonder what rate of mhash(es) my i7 970 extreme can get?

Still won't be as high as a GPU.

Anyway this report is a bit behind the times, it suggests that GPU is the way forward from now. Miners have been using the GPU for some time, the new bit is the botnet controllers are using their network to mine isn't it?

Mozilla to auto-block unwanted Firefox add-ons

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I have had things like AVG safe search appear even though I did not want it and asked for it not be be installed, I think another one was the foxit toolbar - I like the reader but was midly annoyed to have to go and manually remove the toolbar add-on.

The option to NOT install is not always given.

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probably not on *nix but windoze has the option of the hidden super-user that make all those other attacks possible too.

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user paying attention to what's on their machine?

If users wanted to pay attention to what's on their machines they would all be using linux and windoze would not be the ubiquitous OS it is.

The curse of Google?: Android licensees fail to cash in

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Windows is our own fault

I'm not a fan or naysayer of MS. Anyone who has delivered software in a commercial environment knows they actually do a decent job of getting working stuff onto computers for the majority of people to use.

Stop right there Mr Linux superiority complex :) I use Linux at home and unix at work, I know what ACLs and role based permissions and real limited accounts are, Win 7 does not. However I can't play the majority of games I like to play on linux - I've looked at the wine premium services and the idea of trying to get a new MMO or FPS working chokes me on the spot. So unless my current contract is going to pay me to work out how to host BFBC2 on vmware VMs then I'm not going to be trying to do anything like it at home anytime soon.

Long story short, windows is most definitely shit and inferior to *nix but its that way because the vast majority of users (myself included) do not want to spend their leisure time getting the PC to work at all!! So windows is our (own) fault

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Why Should A Consumer Display Brand Loyalty

WTF, I paid for you fucking product and now I have to stay with you and buy the next 3 slight variations? Fuck off - I'm off to buy an iPhone.

Alright the last bit was a lie, as in never in a million years or not even if you gave me one kind of lie.

But for Vendors to suggest that consumers somehow owe them loyalty is ludicrous.

MAKE BETTER SHIT THAN YOUR COMPETITORS and you will sell more!! or just do what jobs does and make shit, but tell everyone its the mutts nuts and you sell more than anyone else!!

Amazon Free Apps start to rile developers

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The whole patent trolling pisses me off

How the chuff can patent offices grant a patent on something for which there is not prototype or working model of any kind. It happens all the time and a lot of the patent wars now taking place are for patents issued years ago, before it was even feasible to build the products in question.

It seems all the big companies are at it at the hardware and software levels and i also hear recently that the drug companies are playing similar games with relation to cures/drugs and methods that could save lives.

Am I missing something? are the patent offices just a bunch of fuckwits or is there a genuine purpose in allowing companies to patent something they cannot build for another 20 years? I though a patent was to protect your IP or product? Surely it makes sense that for a patent to be granted it has to have at least a demonstrable working prototype.

Someone fill in the big picture for me - ços all I can see is cynical, big corporate law getting away with it because they can.

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Developer Class Action

There can't be any basis in law for that can there? Or does the contract provide them the facility to do what they feel like?

21a. The agent, retains the right to sell or distribute the product via any medium it chooses and at any price it deigns to set. The developer retains the right and privilege to go fuck themselves in any way they can and with any implement they choose (see Amazon store for suitable implements).

Seems to me they are getting too big, if you have ever had any dealings with companies who sell to the big uk supermarkets, this is exactly how they treat their suppliers. they are just so big and powerful they can set the, price and pace to suit them.

NASA Legonauts set for Jupiter voyage

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15k for 3 Lego Figures - LMFAO

No frikking wonder they can't afford to put any more shuttles up!!! f'kin morons.

Sorry, time travelers, you’re still just fiction

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funny that!!

So we're still on for a warp engine then? Since it does not actually push the vehicle faster than light it folds up the fabric of space time :)

Doom guy: tablets, phones to be gaming platforms of the future

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Current Gen Consoles

That's current gen consoles, since consoles take a long time to develop and have a life of, what, 7 years approx before a new one is due?

That means that the PS3 is not due a successor till 2014?

The PS3 was an order more powerful that the PS2 so its probably fair to say that the PS4? will be an order more powerful than the PS3

PC Add in boards are released to the public in small increments, but that's not how the technology advances, it makes a nice big jump. We, the consumers only get small increments so the hardware developers get a nice ROI. eg my ATI 5970 is better than the newer 6x series, but you can be sure that by the time the series has run its life it will have better boards etc.

So what ? Well consoles have to implement hardware and then they are stuck with it for the life of the console, no upgrades, just improvements in software use of the hardware, so its inevitable that other, newer technologies will catch up to a degree.

If we never see another console then I think its true that mobile devices will catch up. But the next console out will kick that back to touch.

The comparison does not take future console plans into account, so IMO, its a bit invalid.

However they could still be dominant for things like on-live, because delivering on-live on a nice fast tablet with decent video playback will work fine, probably just as fine as your PC (albeit without the 30 inch monitor - until wearing goggles is not too geeky) but that's not the same thing as mobiles beating up consoles.

Virgin Media blames Activision for Call of Duty lag problems

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Steam ? you're Reamed

Hear hear on Steam, I've always hated it and when IU tried to fire up BC2 last weekend for a quick go and got to yet another black screen, I removed it and steam and every other steam game from my pc.

Maybe if I need and FPS fix I'll need to get an XBox or PS3, I'll probably keep my PC too in the hope the the MMO genre gets a grip too.

I don't think its really about any particular developer, ISP or drivers, it because the bandwagon went from a fairly small trailer like affair to a hug train very quickly which mean some stuff just gets pushed out before its ready (as in stable or fully tested) in order to be viable in a busy market place.

The only way to stop it, or get it improved, is for gamers to hold onto their cash before spunking it on the next FPS clone, only to find its just the same as the last 3(0) they bought.

I've been guilty of it also, I like a good FPS as much as they next person.

Back to UT 2003 anyone ?

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no it isn't

Current "throttling" tehcniques involve rejecting a certain number of packets at whatever bandwidth your connection is at. This is for 2 reasons that I can see. 1. it works 2. gives an element of plausible deniability - "we're not throttling or slowing down your service" <we are just rejecting a % of your traffic, with some invisible algorithm that we can remove quickly so it looks like it was never there and it look to you like bad network service>

So throttling like that impacts everything regardless of the bandwidth you actually have.


'Unicorn' captured in remote Laos mountain forests

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Died before .......

Hmm, wonder how it tasted off the spit then?

Crash grounds RAF Eurofighters - for Battle of Britain Day!

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Personal Chutes for Pilots

Not much use unless you can get outside of the explosion zone really, DOH that's what the ejector seat does, um well doesn't do !!

Virgin Media set-top box modder gets 5 years

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heh maybe they contribut to a "police retirement fund"


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