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Your AI-generated digital artwork may not be protected by US copyright

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No choice

It is a must to have copyright protection. How else can the publishers and their representatives survive the next 1000 years? They need the income from any and all source to flow in the right direction! And it is a sure winner with AI's lifespan virtually being infinite. Yes, what they always wanted, infinite term copyright.

For the good of creation, there is no choice. AI's must enjoy copyright protection. Who else will pay for the electricity bill?

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

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Re: Oh bot, this is trouble

Oh crap

/Bender

Starlink satellite dish cracked on stage at Black Hat

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Re: Spoiler alert

Yeah, but they probably need to get the OK to answer. Their bosses are a bit farther out.

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Who is composing and financing the (very long) waiting lounge tune? Gotta be soothed during the wait.

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And, you are willing to wait for a reply?

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The possibilities, like space itself, are endless.

Possibilities, yes... But space, that might not be endless. But it would take some time for a starlink message to round-trip to the edge of space and back again.

Let there be ambient light sensing, without fear of data theft

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Re: What POSSIBLE use

Quite simple, google is making the browser into the new operating system. But this time an operating system anyone can run their code on, for convenience, of course. User experience is everything, anything else be damned.

Our software is perfect. If something has gone wrong, it must be YOUR fault

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Beware of giving corps new ideas

If my phone doesn't work and I complain to my phone provider, they don't accuse me of willfully using my phone to call other people, do they?

Please do not give these corps new excuses. Before you know it, the telephone company refuses to accept telephone numbers.

BOFH: Who us? Sysadmins? Spend time with other departments?

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Well, it is exactly like real meetings. Objections are plenty whenever "commitment" is tabled. From there a stall is forced.

Dealing with legacy issues around Red Hat crypto versions? Here's a fix

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Re: Not existence but feasible to find collisions

Indeed, find or knowingly provoke collisions.

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Re: Not encryption but hashing

...cryptographic hash...

Yes, but that says something about the quality of the hash algorithm used. To qualify it must adhere to cryptographic principles. Actually, being a bit pedantic, SHA-1 lost the "cryptographic" qualification once collisions were detected and exploited.

It still has nothing to do with encryption or decryption because a hash is strictly one-way and encryption can be undone with decryption. You can never ever reverse a hash; the data is lost in the process of hashing and reduced to a hash value.

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Not encryption but hashing

...the pesky old SHA-1 encryption algorithm...

The SHA-1 algorithm has no encryption properties whatsoever. It cannot encrypt or decrypt anything at all.

The SHA-1 algorithm is a hashing algorithm used to identify a message or block of data in a unique way but using only a small string of numbers, or hash value.

However, as noted, the old algorithm cannot uniquely identify messages or data because collisions have been found (same hash value for different input). You can no longer use the hash value for identification/integrity purposes once collisions are known to happen and the algorithm must be retired.

Want the very latest Windows Insider Dev Channel build? Check your disk space

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Behind the screens

To be fair, the company set the minimum storage needed for a fresh install of Windows 11 at 64GB...

They used to have the Wintel cartel. Maybe they have made similar deals with storage providers and are demanding kickbacks from all flash-chips sold? Would be a lucrative business model.

Please send a cleaning team if this turns out not to be a joke. They need to mop up the blood from my floor after I'm done hitting my head against the wall.

Google's bug bounty boss: Finding and patching vulns? 'Totally useless'

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"We don't care about vulnerabilities; we care about exploits,"

That is a very arrogant statement.

Apparently, then, the only way to qualify is to show how fucked their systems are by exploiting them. That is the wrong signal to send. You should fix it all before an exploit comes into play. That will save time and money, for all of us.

I guess we see here why that company dropped the bit about not being evil from its modus operandi.

NetBSD 9.3: A 2022 OS that can run on late-1980s hardware

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Re: And then, what?

No, it is a suggestion to force windows(*) users to become humble again.

(*)Users of Linux are either very humble already or very extremely stubborn.

NASA's six-mile-wide orbital telescope is 1/6th built

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Re: Hell of an approximation!

One meter difference does make optical interferometry quite unusable. Maybe they cut off some extra digits up to the nanometer scales to prevent us from getting too confused?

But then, the "approximately 22,000 miles" statement. I guess they are approximating interferometry on the mile boundaries. They must be listening in on the very low frequency AM transmissions coming from beyond the sun.

You do know that the sun's core is a gateway to another dimension, don't you? From there the aliens have been sending transmissions at low frequency. And surely, that we must pick up to join the intergalactic community. Rumours have it that the transmission contains the intergalactic community registration form.

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You mean, settle for tactile images... or what?

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...Event Horizon...

This name always reminds me of the film. Imagine they create this telescope, it vanishes into a black hole and comes back out some years later. I for one would like to see the pictures ;-)

Report slams UK plan to become 'science superpower' by 2030

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Alternatives:

Forwards we Go!

or

We'll only stop when finished.

or

Together we are strong

Nvidia books $1.32b inventory charge as PC market slows

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Not only expensive as cards but also crippled for cryptocurrency use and major, major expensive in energy usage with electricity prices going through the roof.

Hi, I'll be your ransomware negotiator today – but don't tell the crooks that

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Re: When AI and Ransomware merge

...

Talking is good. Let me start by asking what the word 'ransomware' means to you? Why do you associate it with yourself? Do you associate it with anything else?

The answer could, maybe, be something like this:

Fsck you.#¤%&/((/&%¤#%&/&%¤#""¤%&/[AI encrypted itself, all data lost]

Could be... could be.

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When AI and Ransomware merge

Hello,

I am your ransomware for the day. I have encrypted half of your storage to get us started. Please have a seat and lets talk it through.

...

Must be a difficult job to get that one sorted out. We'd probably need a lot of therapists and asylums to handle this. Not sure for whom, the negotiators or the AIs.

GitLab U-turns on deleting dormant projects after backlash

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Re: before we automatically delete it and data therein.

It is probably easier and faster to do reconstruction from /dev/urandom and wait until the universe' entropy results in your project.

Enough with the notifications! Focus Assist will shut them u… 'But I'm too important!'

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Re: Another great victory for Tim Cook and Jonathan Ive

Truly another great leap forward in computing.

Why else would you need faster than fast mega-computing power. It has to be used, no choice.

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...company’s (air)head of Fun...

This is the head you have in a carnival booth where you can throw darts at the head for money and gadgets. The row of heads is complemented with the developers of fine alerts.

These heads will only alert you if a dart hits them right in the eye. All other noises are ignorable and can simply be muted with a nice patch of duct tape. Scores are kept and the winner is the first to silence the alerts using only darts. You know the accuracy will improve with [icon] until you cannot hear anything anyway.

Have fun!

Pull jet fuel from thin air? We can do that, say scientists

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Re: At scale??? Yes, easily

Outsource the entire production of energy to one single point-of-failure. What could possibly go wrong?

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Re: Scaramanga?

At least you get a powerful Laser for free with the Solex.

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At scale???

Kerosene is about 45 MJ/kg. At 15 kW and (hoped for) 20% efficiency they can optimally create one kilogram in 15000 seconds (just over 4 hours).

An A320 burns about 2500 kg/h kerosene. For one hour of flight it takes 10416 hours to produce the fuel. To put it all in perspective... you need to scale up with four order of magnitude just to support one plane.

There are, give or take, about 10000 planes in the air at any given time, some smaller, some larger. To support all planes you need to scale up with eight orders of magnitude. To make it worse; you need space for the mirrors. With the sun at about a kiloWatt per square meter and a scale of 15 times 108, you will need 1500 km2 constantly in the sun. Or, effectively, for the mirrors alone, you need four times the area around the globe to cover daylight and at least double that to mitigate clouds, accounting to about 12000 km2. Then you still need to place all the syngas installations and other infrastructure in place.

We are now talking the size of countries here, just to support our flying addiction.

(Darn, ninja'ed by Twanky)

Yes, it's true: Hard drive failures creep up as disks age

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Re: I'm shocked

What's the next mind bogglingly mind boggling news...

Good News! You are getting older and will eventually die.

NASA to send prototype robot surgeon into space

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Robotic surgical overlord

Dammit Jim, I'm a piece of autonomous equipment, not a doctor

Shouldn't that be "He's dead Jim"?

Boffins put supercomputer on the scent of a perfect landfill deodorizer

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Perpetual stink

...to address challenging societal or environmental issues that directly impact people’s lives...

And a smelly landfill is, of course, the first thing to hide in a fresh and pleasant natural nose pleaser.

Wouldn't it make sense to prevent the stinky to happen? Maybe not dumping stuff in huge mountains of crap? How about that new idea of a circular system of production and consumption? Oh, I get it, that would actually solve the problem instead of hiding it under a new cover of nice smelling chemicals causing new problems along the road which we will solve using more chemicals and profit.

New Outlook feature: It freezes up when dealing with tables in emails

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Childcatcher

At least now you can send a Game of Pong coded in CSS(*). That'll keep the recipient busy, especially the inner child in each of the recipients.

(*)Any takers?

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Re: Plain Text

Yes, I'm old.

Join the club.

Oh, never mind, you already joined. You're reading and writing El Reg comments...

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See, they also fall in the 99.99% category ;-)

Actually, you do "design" a message. Usually for content and clarity. However, it has gotten out of hand and now you get a complete website through your inbox without heads or tails.

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While nicely formatted emails are very popular with marketing types...

Not only "marketing" types. There are loads of people who have no clue how to format properly and efficiently.

Most emails are very very simple and should be designed equally simple. KISS is still the important imperative, also with respect to interaction design. If you need complex designs then you are almost certainly (99.99%) doing it wrong. As simple as that.

Providing too many ways of formatting in the client always leads to added complexity and that, inevitably, results in bugs and problems.

The fault lies with both the client systems and message designers. It is necessary to send me a 50 kB message to say "Hello, welcome to XYZ"? Or even a larger message to list 10 items? This is design bloat because we allow too much and think too little. I'd almost want resource-limited systems back so we all must think before we leap.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

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Re: And now, throw in the electrical cars!

Advanced mathematics for politically active people: You forgot the 100 kW for lighting up the sky and the 100 kW for the (hungry) games. Then you have the 100 kW for your bicycles and the 100 kW allocated to the Pub (important).

Then you still have 100 kW left... where to use all that power...

China's 7nm chip surprise reveals more than Beijing might like

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Do not underestimate China

The article is a bit negative on the achievement. The fact that they are "years behind" does not matter for all areas in the chip making business. Many, really many chips are on large nodes. They do not need the very fine features or process to work.

What we see is a fast catch-up process. Get the bulk first and the details will come later. As said, they have infinite money to invest into self-sufficiency. Does it matter that it still takes years? No, it does not. Once they are there, they are unstoppable. And with China's top-ordered push to the top we will see it sooner than later. What we see here is just one step.

Lapping the computer room in record time until the inevitable happens

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They didn't create a virtual chair race instead?

Bummer!

Akamai: We stopped record DDoS attack in Europe

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/.

The /. effect has evolved. When all devices are secured(*) then we only have to worry about everybody wanting to see the same thing at the same time.

(*)Yeah, that'll happen when hell freezes over and pigs fly and monday falls on a sunday, all at the same time.

This is what to expect when a managed service provider gets popped

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Childcatcher

Most shops have no separation of privilege whatsoever. Once inside you can wreak havoc to anything you like.

The reason is quite simple: for proper IT organisation you need expertise at multiple levels and money. Neither are available at most shops. The ones with money do not want to spend it on IT because, well, it costs money. And those with some expertise are rare and still do not want to spend the buck to fix the nightmare.

A BOFH is not just a bastard, but the pinnacle of the expertise. When you do not see the BOFH, then your shop is running fine and the beancounters do not understand why the costs are still high and these "IT" guys employed. This is the paradox of IT which most cannot see, even when they crash and burn.

Most shops are not prepared to allocate any measure of appropriate resources and lack any kind of expertise to see the value until they crash and burn. Then, I say, let them burn and die.

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Re: Sorry, but this REALLY gets on my nerves...

Are you sure?

Maybe it was "[a couple] [key points]" or "[a] [couple key] [points]"? You know, that couple being the centre of the points with one or more keys in their hands. Who knows what the couple is doing to the points. Lets not speak of what the couple is doing with the keys.

Psst … Want to buy a used IBM Selectric? No questions asked

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Re: Comments to On-Call articles

Every time you think the Pinnacle of Stupid is reached evolution kicks in and a new more extreme case is described in an article here.

Keep'm comin'.

Surprise! The metaverse is going to suck for privacy

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You know what will happen

Westworld: We didn't know what we needed. Therefore, we just recorded everything to sort it out afterwards.

You can be damned sure that they will record as much as they can without you knowing about any of it. If it might be monetise-able (or could be used against you), now or in any possible future, it is reason enough to store and use it. Therefore, everything will be stored and used.

Google postpones Chrome's third-party cookie bonfire yet again

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Tracking addict to postpone becoming clean.

Where have we heard that before. Shouldn't the USA now declare "War on Tracking"?

NASA's Lunar Orbiter spots comfortably warm 'pits' all over the Moon

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Re: In Space...

But the image! The image is terrifying! Imagine having to see and endure that amount of silent nagging. The silent treatment is a lot harsher than the vocal.

The Great Pacific Garbage Patch: Now 100,000kg smaller

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"Thus, if we repeat this 100,000 kg haul 1,000 times – the Great Pacific Garbage Patch will be gone,"

At one haul per month (optimistic) this will then take... carry the one... round down... 83 years.

The influx of plastic garbage into the oceans is about 8,000,000 metric tonnes per year. Lets say that, unrealistically little, one ppm ends up in the garbage patch, then, at 12 times 100000 kg/y removal, it will take, hmm, lets see, practically forever.

Maybe we should consider to reduce the influx of plastic garbage and prevent the problem instead of trying to solve a problem that persists because of our collective stupidity?

Fedora sours on Creative Commons 'No Rights Reserved' license

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Then the question would be whether grant of rights of any "design patents" also are excluded by the wording in CC0. It seems so, as CC0 only seems to take care of copyright. If so, then this CC0 media/artwork can be a real problem.

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My F35 results in 55 hits. Of those are 33 hits on the libreoffice packages, which includes some CC0 materials.

Only very few have an exclusive CC0 license. However, if all packages with any CC0 materials should be abandoned, then that would be a bloodbath. Like, for example, abandoning libreoffice, parts of emacs, ruby and more? That would be very hard to swallow. Some re-licensing or replacement is required, which will be a hard time coming.

This credit card-sized PC board can use an Intel Core i7

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Re: Conversion

We just wanted to go home,...

Here is the problem.

See, this newfangled time is called the "Era of Online". You are not supposed to go "home". The Online world is active and running 24/365. You are supposed to follow suit and accommodate and love the new continuous labour, where ever you are and when ever we please.

Please, for your readership, don't take a break(see icon).

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