* Posts by BarryUK

56 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Oct 2010


Corking story: Idiotic smart wine bottle idea falls over, passes out


Re: These clowns were still in business?

A Vacu Vin works for a few days (actually they never work very well with Pinot Noir), but a Coravin lets you drink a bottle over months if you want.

He's cheesed it! French flick pirate on the lam to swerve €80m fine, two-year stretch in the clink


"A Frenchman? Running away? Gawd, you don't say"

Have you got Nigel Farage working for you or something?

KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software


It's really worth checking out who KFC follows on Twitter.

James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto


Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Social Justice Warrior - for some reason those who use the term tend to think that it's derogatory to suggest someone is fighting for social justice. Those on the receiving end usually tend to be quite pleased with the label.


Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

Considering that there are plenty of excellent female engineers it's pretty obvious that any 'scientific' theory which suggests women are not suited to scientific careers gets smashed to pieces against a big wall of reality.

Checkmate: DeepMind's AlphaZero AI clobbered rival chess app on non-level playing, er, board


Re: Google /Alphabet PR

They kind of do - you would expect Stockfish running on 100 CPUs to beat Stockfish running on 1 CPU, which seems to be about the level of disparity here.Unless the computing power is the same you can't say whether Google's algorithm is superior.

Given how amenable chess is (unlike Go) to the brute force style approach I would be surprised if the neural network AI could really produce a better engine.

ZX Spectrum Vega firm's lawyers targeted by empty-handed backers


Realistic experience

To be fair, isn't this just like waiting month after month for the original ZX Spectrum to arrive?

Algorithms, Henry VIII powers, dodgy 1-man-firms: Reg strokes claw over Data Protection Bill


Re: A problem for democracy

"This didn't deter them so I wrote on the envelopes before they went back in the post that I wouldn't vote for any party that continued to send me mail. That did have an impact."

A good lesson in doing it the right way. How are the parties supposed to know that a "return to sender" is a request to stop sending mail?

Always a shame when people have so little interest in their area that they won't spend a few minutes reading about what the local parties are doing, but your choice I guess.

And, one of the reasons we have access to the register is as a safeguard against electoral fraud.


Re: A problem for democracy

"Where would these forms be?"

If you've given your e-mail address on a petition or a neighbourhood survey normally.

"You clearly haven't grasped the difference between specific emails and spam"

And if you haven't given your e-mail address, or have but subsequently unsubscribed you won't get anything. My last mailing to over 500 people in my ward got a 43% open rate and not a single unsubscribe request. Clearly it's going to people happy to receive it.

After GDPR it's unlikely I'll be able to use those e-mail addresses any more because I don't have the specific permission to use them for mailings about local issues. How is that a good thing?


Re: A problem for democracy

"Any candidate who tried to "engage" me that way would be granted a swift lesson in rules of engagement."

Well, at least it's swift - we always try to get away from people like you as quickly as possible. You might like to think about what that means for getting politicians to listen to your views.


Re: A problem for democracy

"What form? I've never filled in any form giving politicians, local or otherwise my email address nor would I."

Then you won't be getting any e-mails. Also, the local political parties will know nothing of your views.

"And there's only one way in which spamming would improve the democratic process - it would tell voters which parties to avoid."

Well, if you're so freaked out by the thought of having to spend a couple of seconds clicking an unsubscribe link so they never e-mail you again that you'd silence important democratic communication then you've no-one to blame but yourself when the politicians ignore your views.

"If a candidate wants to communicate with the public they can get out there and talk face-to-face so they can have their fallacies explained to them"

Even a council ward has around 10,000 residents; a constituency has around 200,000. Think about it.


A problem for democracy

These new regulations could potentially pose a serious problem for democracy, especially local democracy. At present political parties can collect and use e-mail addresses with a relatively simple disclaimer on a form, and provided all the expected unsubscribe options are offered. After GDPR it is likely that explicit permission would be needed for every separate use of an e-mail address.

The upshot of this is that it would become far harder for political parties to communicate directly with the public and instead news organisations would effectively become the only source of information. The problem of editors distorting or ignoring anything they don't like is obvious. Local politics would suffer most as it is rarely deemed that newsworthy anyway.

'We think autonomous coding is a very real thing' – GitHub CEO imagines a future without programmers


And the hype continues...

"People write less code now than they once did due because so much functionality comes from libraries"

Is this true though? Where once people might have written a simple, standalone program they now write a full blown Enterprise Architecture based solution for about the same effort, because it's so simple to use frameworks like Spring, Hibernate, etc. Does this mean people are actually writing that much less code?

I remember 30 years ago my manager told me programming would soon be obsolete thanks to CASE tools. 15 years ago Scott McNealy no less, told me the same thing about OO. I reckon programming will see me through to retirement in another 15 years or so without any trouble.

El Reg gets schooled on why SSDs will NOT kill off the trusty hard drive


Basic economics

Basic economics would suggest that, at any point where companies believe a profit can be made from building another fab, then another fab will get built. So, while SSD keeps selling at a price where manufacturing is profitable companies will continue to expand capacity.

Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork


"And so it was with James Damore who, it is fair to say, did not expect to be fired, condemned by his own CEO, held up as a martyr by right-wing ideologues, and lambasted as the very worst sort of privileged white boy within days of posting a 10-page document on an internal noticeboard."

When I was at Goldman Sachs, the guideline was "don't post or e-mail anything you wouldn't be happy to see on the front page of the New York Times". I would imagine Google has a pretty similar guideline, and this episode shows why.

The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip


Fake News. So Sad.

Class clowns literally classless: Harvard axes meme-flinging morons


Re: Bah!

Sorry, how is this a free speech issue? The government is not going to lock anyone up for what they said. Free speech doesn't mean complete impunity. Private individuals and organisations are perfectly free to take any legal actions they like as a response to what you say. That's freedom too.

UK PM Theresa May's response to terror attacks 'shortsighted'


Yes, but they don't have to. That's my point. They could implement trusted communication from your client to their server and from their server to the recipient if they wished. They don't have to create a broken protocol. Such a solution would basically be as secure as their servers.


Re: shame

If you want a Brexit alternative to the Tories you already have Labour. If you want an anti-Brexit alternative to the Tories you have the LibDems. If you're still not satisfied, then perhaps it's time you stopped complaining and got involved in politics?


Who needs broken algorithms

WhatsApp, for example, controls a trusted server in the middle, which alone is enough to make conversation interception possible - that's before you consider they also control the client software.

They would certainly not need to introduce a backdoor'd encryption in order to intercept conversations. Trusted man-in-the-middle style interception would be trivial for them.

Unpaid tech contractor: 'I have to support my family. I have no money for medicines'


"One possible reason for the mess is that Plutus did not charge for its services. "

Ah. Getting what you pay for then?

New plastic banknote plans now upsetting environmental campaigners


I imagine Boris could provide a similar amount of Tallow to one cow, so problem solved.

GCHQ dismisses Trump wiretap rumours as tosh


Tin Foil Hatters have taken over the free world

Why would anyone bother tapping Trump anyway? He already Tweets every moronic thought that scurries across his brain. Someone really needs to get Sean Spicer a tin foil hat.

This ferry is said to weigh 250 cows. We say that is actually 20,600 Lindisfarne Gospels


How does that speed compare to the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow?

Felted! AI poker bot Libratus cleans out pros in grueling tournament, smugly trousers $1.8m


Well, you can fire up an Amazon EC2 instance with 36 CPUs and 60Gb RAM for $1.60/hr. Not sure what sort of computing power is needed for this software, but it sounds potentially profitable to run this in the cloud.

Russia to convicted criminal hackers: 'Work with us or jail?'


Doesn't seem like a great idea - by definition the recruitment pool consists entirely of hackers who got caught.

Banks 'not doing enough' to protect against bank-transfer scams


So what is the argument for making the banks liable anyway? Sure, there are some measures the bank could take to try and catch unusual transactions but at the end of the day, if you transfer money from your account to someone else's why would you expect the bank to pay for your mistake?

Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe's GPS-like network switches on


Pah. We are leaving the EU. We have our maps and compasses ready. #TakeBackControl

It’s Brexploitation! Microsoft punishes UK for Brexit with cloud price-gouging


Or, Brexiteers continue to blame effects of Brexit on anything but Brexit.

Mac book, whoa! Apple unveils $300 design tome


Is it April 1st again already?

Brexit judgment could be hit for six by those crazy Supreme Court judges, says barrister


Re: Media and entertainment

Yes, it sets precedent - and it's worth noting here that the precedent would be one which granted the government a lot of power to overrule parliament in the future. A very dangerous precedent, in other words.

Crims cram credit card details into product shots on e-shops


Re: am I missing something?

A little primitive too, considering steganographic tools and techniques are pretty easily available.

Mercedes answers autonomous car moral dilemma: Yeah, we'll just run over pedestrians


Sounds fair enough - I'd be a bit upset if my car was programmed to crash me into a tree because some idiot walked out into the road without looking.


Only from the perspective of insurance liability.

Dublin shopkeeper catches forecourt fouler with his pants down


Yeah, very amusing, but the guy obviously has mental health issues. I assume you wouldn't poke fun at someone with a broken leg for walking funny? I guess it just shows how poorly understood mental health is that you consider this an amusing story.

Brave idea: Ex Mozilla man punts Bitcoin adblocking browser


Sounds good - will The Register be pioneering it?

UK IT consultant subject to insane sex ban order mounts legal challenge


I'm sure this can't be legal under the European Human Rights Act - but hey, once we #TakeBackControl the government can do whatever they like to us.

Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London


Re: Ministerio de Movilidad Humana

Well, given that the US never asked the UK for extradition in the time he was wandering the streets here after the leaks you have to wonder why it's more likely they would ask the UK, or indeed Sweden, for extradition now.

Maybe it's all been about avoiding the rapey charges all along?

Bleeping Computer countersues Enigma in software review libel row


If only Enigma would put the same effort into software production that they put into litigation and marketing...

Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study


What is it you're trying to achieve Andrew? Your snotty, condescending attitude is never going to convert anyone to your point of view.

Pollster who called the EU referendum right: No late Leave swing after all


Meh, anyone can get a winning streak of one. Let's see how he does next time.

Patriotic Brits rush into streets to celebrate… National Cream Tea Day


It's national bloody Dunning–Kruger day, is what it is.

Patent trolls, innovation and Brexit: What the FT won't tell you


So why is Brexit the answer?

Ok, the problem is legitimate, but why is Brexit the answer? Let's say we leave the EU and you have your startup here - patent trolls will still be able to prevent you selling in EU or US markets under the scenario you paint. Furthermore, they will be able to licence the technology to another company which could then sell your innovation around the world.

Surely, as with so many problems the Brexit campaign likes to dump at the EU's door, the best option for Britain is to remain in the EU fighting for our interests, not to leave and hope we can succeed with the North Korea model.

Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.


Re: There is *something* somewhere ...

So, a wearable clock which can give you the time without needing to take the phone out of your pocket... Hmm, what would be really great is if it was still able to work when you didn't have your smartphone on you.

Pastejack attack turns your clipboard into a threat


Re: Or there's this one -

.. or, in this case if you do the copy by right-clicking and selecting 'Copy' from the menu then the exploit does not work. The script only works for Ctrl-C

The PC is dead. Gartner wishes you luck, vendors


Hmm, seems to be confusing meeeeelions with BEEEELIONS in this article.

We're calling it: World hits peak Namey McNameface


Why spoil the fun with that Booty McBootnote?

Spying on you using fake social media profiles: One Scots council could


Re: Legality?

Really? You think the authorities should only be allowed to investigate criminals in ways the criminals would want to be investigated?

Wow, I don't think even Liberty would suggest that.

Tokyo rebrands 2020 Olympics


Hmm, the new one isn't bad, though it does look a bit like a migraine attack.

Woman scales Ben Nevis wielding selfie stick instead of ice axe


Re: Fucking moron

Well, no-one from Mountain Rescue was actually involved, and no-one other than her was ever in danger. Still, as you accurately identified yourself in your header I guess we'll leave it there.