* Posts by Brewster's Angle Grinder

2929 posts • joined 23 May 2011

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

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The art-makers were always the gate keepers, not the labourers. Now the gate keepers don't need to pay the labourers - they can just select their favourite image to promote.

DoE digs up molten salt nuclear reactor tech, taps Los Alamos to lead the way back

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Re: No shit, Sherlock

I always thought it was because they were worried about attacks by landsharks.

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Re: No shit, Sherlock

"...there appears to be no potential shortage of seawater."

Varies by location.

South Korean regulator worried Apple, Google, may be working around app store payment choice law

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Re: Competition is the basis of capitalism

" It is up to third party payment systems to be smooth though so it will not be a hassle to use."

And that's the rub. Do you know how many road blocks Gapple can throw up that prevent that being the case? Their own payment systems have privileged access to the system and can do things a third party system can't hope to compete with.

These really need to be system components that are installed with elevated privileges by the OS and made available to client apps that request them.

Google's ChromeOS Flex turned my old MacBook into new frustrations

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"I never understood why SSBs didn't take off,"

They're alive and well. They're called PWAs. (Progressive Web App.)

India’s latest rocket flies but payloads don't prosper

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Re: Verbing Nouns

So we're saying the actual error is declining a Latin verb like an English verb and then surrounding it with other English words...?

UK Parliament bins its TikTok account over China surveillance fears

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If it's not safe enough for the parliament, then it's not safe enough for anyone to use, and they should ban it outright. Otherwise, let the kids see clips of MPs being behaving like toddlers. Maybe it might get them interested in politics.

Post-quantum crypto cracked in an hour with one core of an ancient Xeon

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Re: I use my own encryption system

"this also renders all copyright claims invalid since everything is in the digits of pi somewhere"

Conjecture: the number of bits required to hold the index and length of arbitrary data in pi is greater than or equal to the number of bits it takes to store the data itself, for non-trivial values.

"Trivial values" includes the digits of pi itself. You can store the first thousand digits of pi as (0,999) which is pretty small. But for most useful things, you quickly find its further into pi that it takes to represent the data.

TL;DR the good stuff is closer to infinity, than the decimal point.

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Re: Counter to standard practice

But it's fifty grand now rather than having to wait.

And planning a scot free getaway take a lot of effort that could be used to study algebraic geometry.

'Nobody can control TSMC by force': Exec dismisses fears China could seize fabs

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I think you're underestimating her stature. She's second in line from the president - effectively deputy Vice President - and so one of the most powerful politicians in the country. And her powers are more akin to what you would get if you fused the the role of Leader of the Commons with the Speakership of the Commons.

But the Chinese just don't want international relations with Taiwan normalised. Every step has to be fought against hard lest it becomes accepted and commonplace and allows somebody else to toe the new line in the sand.

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Re: "if you take it over by force, you can no longer make it operable"

If I follow the argument correctly, the fabs would quickly fail if people outside Taiwan stopped co-operating, even if everybody inside Taiwan went along with them.

And that's aside from how obvious and vulnerable a target would be for guerilla insurgents, remaining national forces, or international allies.

Bad news, older tech workers: Job advert language works against you

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Re: Anon CVs

I take it your published works include "Fly fishing by J.G.Harston"...?

(Old person's joke there.)

Scientists use dead spider as gripper for robot arm, label it a 'Necrobot'

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Stop all debugging!

And would have no qualms about thwacking it with a shoe if it was crawling across the living room floor. "Eight eyes, mate, and you still couldn't dodge that..."

Meta proposes doing away with leap seconds

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Oh dear, the earth is spinning wrong.

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Re: Meta are free to switch from using UTC to TAI or GPS, if they so choose.

Every dynamical model makes that assumption and you have to deal with the fall out. (Shift the Prime Meridian...)

Russian ChessBot breaks child opponent's finger

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But if you put down a lump of wood, it can carve the piece that's needed...

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Re: Questionable Explanation

Ahhh, yes; that makes sense. The kid's effectively gone, "don't bother putting that bishop down - my rook's going to feast on it." But, as good as the AI is at chess, it's useless at anticipating a rudimentary social interaction, even within the confines of a chess board.

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Re: Questionable Explanation

It's a really grotty video. And doesn't make much sense.

It looks like the robot removes the White Queen on D1. (Why?) The kid then moves the castle from its starting position to that square. It's look like he's still holding onto the piece (castling?) when the robot goes for his finger

Speculation: the AI thinks the arm failed to pick up white queen and is re-attempting the move.

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You called?

Google, Oracle cloud servers wilt in UK heatwave, take down websites

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Re: The Great British Server Bake Off

You mean it takes away the fun of running around* trying to stop on prem servers from overheating?

* Running around creates a large, convection current which may stop your servers dying and/or prevent you having to shut down vital money making services.

British intelligence recycles old argument for thwarting strong encryption: Think of the children!

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I left my bomb is in my other pants. Soz.

"..and criminals will move to their own apps, as it doesn't take much time to create your own..."

And that kind of arrogance is what the security services are hoping for. Because the chances are you will botch it in some way that their experts can penetrate. For example, here was a recent story on Mega screwing it up. But you can look at any pro app, and the chances are they've had issues - and may yet have issues only the security services know about.

With most software, the proof is in the pudding. But crypto is different. It may seem to work. But you can't be certain until it has survived an attack by a state actor. You'll never know if it has passed. And you will only know it has failed when your door is broken down at 3am and you're put on trial for suggesting politicians who try and ban crypto are idiots.

Judge approves Twitter's request to hurry along Musk trial to October

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Re: An elongated fine?

You credit him with too much intelligence. I think he impulse bought it and now he's realised the economy's heading into the crapper and he can't afford it, and he's trying to return it.

Surely you've seen the same behaviour with more lowly customers? "This product is damaged/broken/doesn't work and therefore you should give me money back."

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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A Russian Google would be easy: it would just be the government's own web site. All the truth you need is there. Anything that is not there is a lie against the good name of Russia and you would be in a gulag if you ever admitted you beleived it.

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons

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Re: Melania

That's an easy kill?!

If you can find and fix this subtle Chromium bug that breaks some extensions, there's $8k waiting for you

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Re: Not just extensions?

I have an exciting collection of CCD images of cosmic rays at various interesting angles from head on blobs to near horizontal traces. Earthbound, too. This was back when CCDs needed to be cooled and not everybody had multiple devices in their phones...

FWIW, I think you could update your error mechanism to a disturbance caused by an unintentional, row-hammer-style bit flip.

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Re: Not just extensions?

It could as easily be a bug in the page. IIRC, thanks to the magic of threads, the browser can appear responsive while the page is blocked. Or it might have "debounce" logic that has failed. (Something threw and it didn't catch it? Or async code never returned at all?) Or something could have erroneously swallowed the event. Or it could have accidentally set `pointer-events:none`. And so on.

In short there are a myriad things that could go wrong. The first step would be to open the web inspector and see was happening.

Tech professionals pour cold water on UK crypto hub plans

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Presumably these plans will continue if he becomes PM. And he's definitely a stronger contender than Suella Braverman...

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In search of continuing relevence...

No. Because they were all BCS members...

Gtk 5 might drop X11 support, says GNOME dev

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You don't have to be an open-source zealot to think the licensing of Qt has been problematic through its entire life.

W3C overrules objections by Google, Mozilla to decentralized identifier spec

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Re: Good article

Yeah, proof-of-work is ice-cap meltingly expensive. The solution is proof-of-stake - Google tells me Etherium is on track to switch later in the year or early next year - and that will reduce the energy cost. And I can't see why you would be designing new systems around proof-of-work.

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Re: Good article

This is why we have WHATWG, eh?

But I'm glad to hear they didn't approve proof-of-work. In this day and age, it shouldn't be on the table.

Rufus and ExplorerPatcher: Tools to remove Windows 11 TPM pain and more

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Re: Thanks Rufus

I was just starting to worry about the Windows 7 EOL, when Windows 10 came along. So I'll give Microsoft two years to change their mind before worrying. (And if we all do that, it might encourage them to change their mind and/or extend the Windows 10 deadline.)

And, as much as I quite like Windows as a shell (heresy, I know), these days, the only things that bind me to it are testing for other Windows users, a CS6 licence for illustrator, and some old games. I've just about finished de-windozing everything else.

British Army Twitter and YouTube feeds hijacked by crypto-promos

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A fish with a rotting head is rotten to the core...

I've heard that joke before and still don't get it - not least because we've repeatedly seen how air superiority assures ground superiority in conventional conflicts. (Another of Russia's failures in Ukraine seems to be a failure to gain total air superiority - although maybe drones have changed the game.) And, as noted above, media superiority assures superior national moral and funding.

Moreover, a power that can build tanks and artillery and train infantry to win a ground war should be able to do the same for the air war. And vice versa.

Likewise, any organisation that can secure battlefield coms and maintain operational security, should be able to secure their social media. (And, conversely, if squaddies think you don't give a shit about the security of your twitter account, what useful information have they also decided you don't really care about?) Modulo out-sourced Crapita, if applicable.

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"...somebody guessing the password for a twitter account is pretty much the definition of negligible...."

For most firms. But not if you are in the information security business, where the reputational damage is huge. And armies are in the information security business; just look at Russia's failures in Ukraine. If you can't properly secure Twitter, what else can't you properly secure?

Meta: We need 5x more GPUs to combat TikTok, stat

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Now I've got your attention...

Would OS manufactures pay it? Because, if so, we'd have reinvented the Windows tax.

FBI warning: Crooks are using deepfake videos in interviews for remote gigs

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It's only a token gesture

But the hard bit's getting the avatar to do something surprising. AIUI these things aren't set up to do anything more than present a human talking - and struggle to even lip sync well.

Once the user can make it snap its fingers (suppose they've got coloured spheres on their hand that the software is tracking) then a sound effect could be produced on the audio; ask your local Foley artist. Maybe it takes some practice. Maybe they screw it up on some interviews. But I don't think producing a click alters the bar very much.

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Re: How is this a new problem?

If you're not on drugs, you don't get the job...?

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Can they be FINGERED as fake...?

Or ask them to hold up $N fingers...? Or ask them to do pretty much anything except talk. These don't seem particularly sophisticated. So far.

India extends deadline for compliance with infosec logging rules by 90 days

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I hope they have a lot of phone lines...

Contractor loses entire Japanese city's personal data in USB fail

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For enhanced security, the machine is not connected to any networks....

Xi Jinping himself weighs in on how Big Tech should deploy FinTech

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Re: Combat monopoly

And he doesn't want anybody else taking away that monopoly...

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash

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Do we think three weeks is reasonable for a fire to break out? Or do we think it had another little dink at some point while it was in the yard - Ted slapped it with the scoop a couple of days ago and that was the real trigger?

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Re: Am I the only one

Yeah, the net effect of burning that Tesla is probably to put into the atmosphere greenhouses gasses in excess of the equivalent CO2 which has been saved during the car's (unduly short) lifetime. Also, we have to count all the CO2 that went into putting out the fire - including getting the appliance in situ, digging that pit, and pumping all those kilolitres of water.

Unless, of course, if it turns out some of the chemicals produced in the fire create aerosol cooling and the whole thing was a net benefit to the environment - in which case we need to BURN MORE TESLAS, STAT.

RISC OS: 35-year-old original Arm operating system is alive and well

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Happy memories of writing IFSes

DOS 1.0 didn't have directories, but already used /x for command-line switches. (You could change this to -x with INT 21h/ah=37h). Hence, for compatibility reasons, when DOS 2.0 added directories they had to use \path\file although it always supported /path/file internally.

How refactoring code in Safari's WebKit resurrected 'zombie' security bug

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From the article: "That's why the 2013 test case wasn't crashing the version of WebKit that should have been vulnerable to CVE-2022-22620."

So they relied on the existing test, and it passed.

Unbelievably clever: Redbean 2 – a single-file web server that runs on six OSes

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This comes across as a fanboy squee spasm - one that completely unravels in the bootnote.

Some of us are old enough to remember when the PE stub was used to supply a working DOS version so the file was a "fat binary" that could run under DOS and Windows. And I can begin to sketch out in my head how I'd generalise the process, if someone paid me to do it. So it would have been nice to read a technical discussion of what the blocking problems were and how they'd been overcome.

Always read the comments: Beijing requires oversight of all reader-generated chat

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Re: Too risky

"...and a postal service much slower than we have today..."

IIRC, in London, at peak, there were about six postal deliveries a day. (I have a link somewhere, I can't be arsed to dig it out.) If Victorian letters sometimes read like early emails it's because they could post a letter and get a response back in hours.

Consultant plays Metaverse MythBuster. Here's why they're wrong

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Holodeck

Okay, I'll bite. You know the tech they're using to film TV shows these days - where they fill a room with LED screens and render the effects to that? "Virtual Production"?

The most likely way we'll get the metaverse is we end up with a room like that in our homes. Somebody will do it. Some more people will do. Manufacturers will realise there is a market. Prices will fall. And we'll all have a holoroom.

Atos, UK government reach settlement on $1 billion Met Office supercomputer dispute

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"The terms of the settlement are not being disclosed."

So we've no idea how much the government have spaffed as a result of yet another mismanaged procurement fiasco.

Woman accused of killing boyfriend after tracking him down with Apple AirTag

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Re: Ban cars?

I propose the world solve the American gun problem by progressively moving the Canadian border south 10 miles every month. As a bonus, it might make the USAsians nicer.

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