* Posts by teknopaul

1153 posts • joined 11 Mar 2011


Meta trains data2vec neural network to grok speech, images, text so it can 'understand the world'

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I believe they are using the same model for different data types and that's the new thing.

Lots of what ifs and hype in that article, with just 80 days of audio it is surprising that the audio input helps at all.

Tougher rules on targeted ads, deepfakes, crafty web design, and more? Euro lawmakers give a thumbs up

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Dark Patterns

End of the most abusive dark patterns would be good, I have not and never will give Google my credit card details.

How will we be able to report these things?

Apple preps fix for Safari's web-history-leaking IndexedDB privacy bug

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With chrome and Fire Fox bugs are fixed when the devs are told about the bug.

With Safari bugs are fixed when Twitter is told, it's as if the crims have access to free zero days.

Big difference.

APNIC: Big Tech's use of carrier-grade NAT is holding back internet innovation

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Re: That old chestnut

I see a big problem with IPv4 and Nat is that it breaks push. You can push over nat just pull.

That means essentially either each app does polling (battery intensive) or you use Apple/Google proprietary services.

Apple/Google are very happy about that I'm sure but it's not in Internet citizens interest.

IMHO Ipv4+nat works for Google/Apple but it doesn't work for you.

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Re: That old chestnut

Yeah but what?

Google are happy that all push to Android goes via them. Apple likewise.

If you ask me it is efficient push that's missing from Internet infra and currently that needs fixed IPs, nat breaks it. Or you have to wake your phone for each app and poll. IPv4 plus nat just doesn't work and with Google and Apple happy about that everyone loses except them. If you try to poll they flag up your app as "inefficient".

If your device had at least a semi permanent Internet routeable address without Google/Apple involvement you have some chance of breaking the monopoly.

As it is you can't really write apps without Play.

Big tech won't change without a hefty incentive or a direct order.

If you want less CGI and more real effects in movies, you may get your wish: Inflatable film studio to orbit Earth

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Re: Breathtaking

"boundless entertainment possibilities" is also a bit rich given you have to fit cast and crew in a six meter sphere.

No more DRM-free downloads as Amazon's ComiXology app set to disappear inside Kindle

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While we still let market leaders buy up the competition they can do what they like, because no alternative lasts very long.

Boffins' first take on asteroid dust from Japanese probe: Carbon rich, less lumpy than expected

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It's not necessarily DNA that has to travel just the building blocks to get to DNA eventually, ie complex enough chemicals for the cycles of life to be kickstarted.

Seem some interesting stuff that showed some such chemicals could be created by the impact of asteroids even if the astoroid itself contained simpler molecules.

Developer creates ‘Quite OK Image Format’ – but it performs better than just OK

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Re: Pronouncing...

qoif Presumably pronounced queef.

Quoting Akwafina : what can you do when your queef goes viral?

Newly discovered millipede earns its name by being the first to walk on one thousand legs

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Re: 1,306 legs

They start with 8 legs when they hatch from their eggs and add segments and legs as they grow.

At one point (s)he had exactly 1000 legs.

Presumably they have a coming of age at that point, and all the other pseudomillipes and protomillipes respect them as the one true eumillipes.

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Re: Clearly it should be millepedes or millepeda

There is a fantastic answer to that question.

The key is that there are 5280 feet in a mile which is a nice round number in furlongs.


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Re: Drill hole habitat.

It was already living there before the drill hole was made.

You can be sure the mining is damaging an existing habitat.

US Commerce Dept says China has brain-control weaponry

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Re: Brain Control, Havana Syndrome, Microchips, USA and China

Save your self a click. the video is nonsense rant about Biden and Trump. It explains nothing, just makes accusations.

What does 2022 have in store for Asahi Linux on Apple chips? Drivers aplenty, but that GPU still needs tackling

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Je n'entend pas

What's with the piccy of the drunk Spanish and French sports fans?

No comprendo?

Insurance firm Admiral fails to grab phone location data of 'fraud' claimant's mother

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Re: Hmmm...

I think the fraud was that the parents claimed rent. I interpreted it as a scam where mum and dad claimed not to be at home and have rented the house to thir kid while actually living in their own house the whole while.

Not sure if it matters if the claimant was living there at the same time? The scam is moving money from the insurance company to mum and dad.

I didn't think the leak was fraudulent.

Cerner, a company that scooped more than £100m in NHS deals in a year, is in Oracle's crosshairs

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Re: Didn't look like a good fit

Until I read the last sentence - "failed to deliver key benefits"

A perfect fit since that's Oracle's MO.


Apple quietly deletes details of derided CSAM scanning tech from its Child Safety page without explanation

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Maybe Apple just decided to stop telling people what they are doing.

Another Debian dust-up with Firefox dependencies – but there is an annoying and awkward workaround

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Re: Linus sums up Debian

Gotta love Linus' turn of phrase

N.B. 2012 was a while back

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Re: Nothing wrong with Debian here..

Build Firefox from source does not resolve dependecy issues, Shirley?

Feds charge two men with claiming ownership of others' songs to steal YouTube royalty payments

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Re: And thus has innovated in ways the legacy content industry never could

YouTube is the go to source for copyrighted video and audio material and has a monopoly, minor players with legal content have no option but to put their content there, and accept what ad revenue Google sees fit today.

While the US supports tech monopolies and ignores the fact that its hard for them to police themselves, precisely because of their scale, there is no hope for any alternative.

They filled the whole, they aren't going away.

NixOS and the changing face of Linux operating systems

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Re: The right to fix things oneself doesn't necessarily accord the ability

Wrong diddly wrong wrong.

The right to fix things, made fixers out of all of us.

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There is a special place in hell for people who put capitals and whitespace in directory names.

Interesting fact many filesystems support / in a file name although very little software does.

Define rules and Bork early is my approach.

Ubuntu desktop team teases 'proof of concept' systemd on Windows Subsystem for Linux

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Systemd for Windows will probably be a shim, except systemd has no spec it just does whatever pottering wants this week. It will never be a viable solution.

It will be like the /proc system work systemd team have crowbared into lxc. Systemd won't work in containers because systemd is broken by design, but instead of accepting that, they try to hack at other projects to compensate bad initial design.

It's a mess: if wsl is poisoned it matters little, its just more fuel to the fire.

As System76 starts work on its own Linux desktop world, GNOME guy opens blog, engages flame mode

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Re: Desktops must be multiplied beyond necessity

If you want to write it in a memory safe language, starting afresh might not be a bad thing.

New year, new OS: OneDrive support axed for old versions of Windows from 1 Jan 2022

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Win10 support

Can we get the removal of oneDrive ported to windows 10 please.

I have a cmd script on my desktop to remove it. Which needs running regularly to stop it uploading .m2/repository

And an avatar thats says "Victims of OneDrive" for all the time and data loss that it has cost me

FYI: Code compiled to WebAssembly may lack standard security defenses

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Re: Stack smashing

Tempted to agree with this not being a new "security" issue. If every sublty different behaviour on different platforms that don't crash bang or allow remote exec are considered security issues, a whole lot of commom bugs are security issues and this muddies the waters. You don't get the same bounty for bugs so people are overly keen to find a security angle to potential bugs.

Almost any type of bug is a security issue in some code but I don't see it helps to categorise them that way.

Basically take note: certain types of bug don't crash they continue on wasm and build your code conscious of that. Depending what you are doing this wasm feature is likely not a security issue. It's certainly not something you didn't already have to worry about.

Feds cuff Russian said to be developer of 'Trickbot' ransomware

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Malware Manager

Some days that feels like my job.

Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W: Nippy stocking filler for the nerd in your life – if you can get one

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Re: Ordered. Been waiting for this.

Re software, _motion_ to a good project.

With unix you typically patch together a solution rather than finding one app that does everything.

It's the Unix way.

'We will not rest until the periodic table is exhausted' says Intel CEO on quest to keep Moore's Law alive

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Re: "progressing along a trend line to 1 trillion transistors per device by 2030"

Cpu failure is not what makes a device unusable at the moment and I don't forsee that in the near future.

Density per _device_ is easy to double by chucking in another whole chip, or a task specific chip. You could double the volume of a modern phone or laptop easily by making it fatter. It's not really needed and expensive but it seems to me its far from infeasible.

Raising the price of in-demand processors really helps the bottom line, says AMD

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OK but can it run Windows

Singaporean minister touts internet 'kill switch' that finds kids reading net nasties and cuts 'em off ASAP

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Re: This is Singapore

When the government say kill switch, they probably mean it, these guys will kill you for smoking a bifta.

Apple arms high-end MacBook Pro notebooks with M1 Pro, M1 Max processors

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Data xor design

That performance graph, ahem, is so clearly drawn with bezier curves its crazy people take these guys seriously.

We've made everything better by pointing upwards and telling you as little as possible.

EasyJet flight loadsheet snafu caused by software 'code errors' says UK safety agency

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Re: Weight of passengers

How come planes can't measure tire or shocks pressure to work out what they really have and how well balanced they are?

Canon makes 'all-in-one' printers that refuse to scan when out of ink, lawsuit claims

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Re: Standard Industry Malpractice?

+1 for go to your local print shop, I find my local shop can do magic even with low res input from webpages for sensible prices.

I always recommend printing a few good/important photos off your phone now and again as protection against data loss.

Professional printing is not just good quality, it keeps its colour too.

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Re: No print? No buy.

Stick to B&W printers, presuming general office use

Judge rejects claims Cloudflare should be held responsible for customers' copyright infringement

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I am not entirely comfortable that clothing and fashion should be copyrightable. The point about fashion is that people want to wear the latest and greatest thing that everybody else is wearing. I don't see that copyright helps in that market.

Ultimately fashion leaders want people to copy them and people want copies that's what the fashion is.

Air gaps have been 'shattered’, says new Indian policy on power sector security

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Re: Bureaucrats pronounce

That is pretty obscure, obscurity.

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Re: Simples!

Someone needs to invent really high bandwidth one way digital path. Something that is at the physical layer one way, and with sufficient error checking that you don't need to ACK.

Or does such a thing exist?

I have worked in many systems where one would be beneficial but never seen one deployed.

.NET Foundation boss apologizes for pull request that sparked community row

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Microsoft buys github

So at the press of a button they can steal your open source community.

They ought to get dragged before the courts for this, it's pretty close to theft.

Taking possession with no intent to return.

I don't see why something that was collectively owed can't be stolen.

Gartner's Windows 11 adoption advice: Explore but don't rush

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Intel's €80bn European chip plant investment plan not bound for UK because Brexit

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Re: Deal done

One "raft of bureaucracy" is the economic advantage of the EU.

No matter how much red tape the UK removes its still just another set of rules.

Less red tape equates to different code in ERP systems for the UK.

Any difference is effort, and thus cost, in computer systems.

If a difference is likely to change on a politician's whim it is cost + risk.

The UK is free to change its mind on anything and everything now, and Boris has indicated to the world that he intends to do just that. Just as soon as he works out what it is that might win a vote or two.

Microsoft warns: Active Directory FoggyWeb malware being actively used by Nobelium gang

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Re: We need a modern OS that is secure by default and no it isn't your favourite Linux distro.

Written in rust please.

Computer and data scientists should be as highly regarded as 'warriors' says top UK cybergeneral

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Re: Where do attacks come from ?

I'd imagine, those stats show coutries with compromised hardware rather that indicating anything about botnet owners.

By "Ssh attacks" I presume that you mean a knock on port 22. Hardly warfare.

Oracle sets its own JDK free, sort of, for a while

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Re: Confidence implosion

That was when the fun went out of Java.

If Google can persuade Android devs to write Kotlin, Deno can free us from the tyranny of npm, and Rust can answer that "how do we trap out of memory" question.

Java might just die.

From my perspective there has been nothing between 8 and 17 of any compelling interest by Oracle, Jakarta, Eclipse, VMware or any OS project.

Corps change slowly but Java is not the only language that runs on a JVM. That's going to be a problem for Oracle's Java.

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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What am I missing, Op did not mention china?

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Re: Airstrip Two is much bigger than Airstrip One

At least we all agree that septics are not people.

We will have to agree to disagree, that they are not sheep.

Java 17 arrives with long-term support: What's new, and is it falling behind Kotlin?

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Re: Web development still Java 8

Jit compilation means java will never be a good fit for a scripting language. Once you have booted a jvm you want to keep it alive. With -Xshareclasses it can be fast to boot, but that's not really the point.

It's a memory safe language so it makes more sense to write server components in Java rather than tacking scripts on the back of a C based server.

Java starts to makes sense only when you have a fair few concurrent users and your service is going to stay up for long periods. There is too high a memory cost with Java for most other use cases IMHO .

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Re: . Spring framework!

I know little about .Net but the article was about Java, Java Spring is devided into well separated libs.

Spring context is under 1mb, that provides both the xml driven version which is still usable but a little dated as most code I have seen uses the annotation driven style, since Java 5.

You can make a mess with any tool, one of the things I like about Spring is if someone does, you can fix it one service at a time without leaving your ide.

It's more difficult to write spaghetti code.

It's not all good, not a fan of spring-batch,

But I'll take jdbcTemplates in preference to any ORM.

My .m2/repository needs spring cleaning (geddit) it has 19 versions of spring-core + deps (gulp) and totals 85 mb.

If you have a 150mb classpath you have some other problem.

US Air Force puts Godzilla in charge of autonomous warfare effort with Project Kaiju

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Re: Please specify


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Re: I've seen/read enough warnings on this

US Mega Corp will be happy to invest in warehouses full of AI hardware to play chess with the enemy



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