* Posts by PastyFace

15 publicly visible posts • joined 22 Sep 2010

Who's using Mueller Report Day to bury bad news? If you guessed Facebook, you're right: Millions more passwords stored in plaintext


Re: They make billions

For all the issues you can rightly raise with Agile, it can't be blamed for poor spec or QA.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito


First To Market vs Longevity

It's often the case that those brave/well financed enough to be the first into a new market are generally not those ultimately most successful long term. They take the pain to prove a market exists, then competition comes along and drives improvements for the customer, at the cost of the pioneers.

For the voice assistants, as the technology exists today, there is a need for truly massive amounts of data to train the algorithms on and for hugely powerful cloud compute for the context inference to work. This is a huge barrier to entry, leaving Amazon, Google and to a lesser extent Apple and Samsung as the only options right now.

Until an open data set is available and until the AI can run on less massive compute, or the compute becomes more available, I don't see the situation improving. Sadly.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge


Re: Sounds about right

Suspect it goes into the algorithm AI training dataset. Question is, why would the original user metadata still be attached at this point?

Death notice: Moore's Law. 19 April 1965 – 2 January 2018


or Windows NT

BBC telly tax drops onto telly-free households. Cough up, iPlayer fans


Technical Challenges

Seems to me retro fitting pass code access to iplayer will be a fairly tricky undertaking. I'm thinking of all the semi-smart devices with an iplayer app which are never updated and don't have a simple means to enter codes...

China set to be buried under mountain of surplus robots, warns biz chap


Bubbles are financially ruinous but do tend to leave us with some cool leftovers...

IT blokes: would you say that lewd comment to a man? Then don't say it to a woman


Call them out?

"I will be honest. After those guys treated me the way they did, while proudly wearing their company shirt, I did everything I could to avoid their booth on the expo floor. Based on their behavior, I punished their company and any potential business they may have got from me, even though the company wasn't to blame."

Or go further, note the names and send a few emails? Also, I wouldn't let the company off so lightly. In all likelihood a number of these pathetic excuses for human beings will be known to behave badly under such circumstances, yet still get sent...

Top 10 tech essentials for the festival season


Re: 10 things to get stolen during the festival season

Quite. I'd consider myself a gadget tech enthusiast but part of the reason I go to festivals is for an escape from all this guff...

DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE


Re: Load of Shite

My 2 year old son loves the original Danger Mouse; we managed to track down a couple of DVDs. Just goes to show we don't need fancy remakes and that the originals stand the test of time!

Waiting gamer slams no-show show: E3 – was that it?


Action Quake 2

Happy happy memories...

China 'in discussions' about high-speed rail lines to London, Germany – and the US


Stretched too thin?

With the massive state subsidy in infrastructure still growing, how long until it all come crashing down around the PRC? I have visions of a USSR style collapse, however pessimistic that may seem...

China slips behind US in technology innovation stakes


Don't Underestimate

One can learn a great deal from copying. I wouldn't be surprised if the next few years saw some impressive innovation coming from China, using this knowledge as a springboard.

Reg readers scrap over ultimate bacon sandwich


Nobody else have avocado with theirs? *ducks*

Slices of well ripe avocado do make a tasty bacon sarnie additive, honestly try it...

Smartphone-wielding Obamaniacs trounce Romney in poll


Re: Apparently you have to choose between the noose and the needle!

I always thought he sounded and looked a bit like those animated characters on a Brtish Gas advert a few years back. "Easily turn on and offable".

Moses' parting of the Red Sea: New sim explains whole thing


Another Explanation?

What of the theory that it was a tsunami, the receding waters allowing the Israelites through then the big wave bit swooshing away the Pharaoh baddies?