* Posts by spold

714 posts • joined 8 Feb 2012


Starlink's success in Ukraine amplifies interest in anti-satellite weapons

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Keep it simple

Big frikin' space butterfly net and when it's full head downwards.

IBM adds side order of NLP to McDonald's AI drive-thru chatbots

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NLP - Not Likely Palatable

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...they can use it to take delivery orders over the phone and they will turn up in a Johnny Cab...

A quarter pounder my dear Watson.

Intel plans immersion lab to chill its power-hungry chips

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Re: Not a new idea, correct

With the hot oil, servers, and some Sea++ ..another by-product being fish and chips?

Lithium production needs investment to keep pace with battery demand

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Lithium is used in batteries that power smartphones and laptops, but there is also rising use in electric vehicles which is putting additional pressure on supplies.


I guess we can expect higher charges....

San Francisco police use driverless cars for surveillance

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...due to the machine learning dataset, they keep stopping at doughnut stores.

Google's FLoC flopped, boffins claim, because it failed to provide promised privacy

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Re: The snag.

...but by using someone's browser the ads give you great clues as to what they are into - ooo-err vicar.

NASA's modified Boeing 747 SP SOFIA to be grounded for good

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I see it in the stars

Sept 30th - VIRGOne

Accenture announces 'Accenture Song' – not a tune, but a rebrand

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Re: I Apologize Wholeheartedly and Absolutely

It's OK - they are charging you by the minute for singing it.

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"on track to become a $14 billion business".

I guess it is not going for a song then. Are they singing from the same hymn book? The messaging sound more like bad Garage Rock.

Got to pay for those creative marketing types.

Elon Musk set to buy Twitter in $44b deal, promises stuff

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Rebranding inevitable

I think it is going to be called Mutter.

ZX Spectrum, the 8-bit home computer that turned Europe onto PCs, is 40

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Re: Where it all began...for some

I went Science of Cambridge MK14, Commodore Pet, Apple II...

The Spectrum was referred to as "the world's most intelligent doorstop" :-)

I will give it a break on that one though, it was a good starting point for many people.

Plans for Dutch datacenter to warm thousands of homes

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I guess it only works in cold weather

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heated water from the datacenter can be used to boost waste water processing, after which some of the treated water gets fed back to the datacenter for cooling purposes.


...so when the treatment part breaks down I have sewage in my servers.

Uni team demo algorithm to shield conversations from eavesdropping AI

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Just simplify it....

Get it to whisper "bollocks...bollocks...bollocks" all the time.

Kraft Heinz signs up Microsoft to lift it into the cloud

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...my ketchup keeps turning blue...

AI models to detect how you're feeling in sales calls

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I have a special track for that...

My standard sales-git response is to ask them to please hold, then play them some death metal reserved for the occasion. It would be interesting to see what an Artificial Unintelligence made of that.

At last, Atlassian sees an end to its outage ... in two weeks

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Small typo....

>>> <6 hours

Sorry we meant months

Google funds first sub cable to cross Pacific from Japan to Canada

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Luckily it doesn't cross any US borders (Vancouver being in Canada) and the NSA does not have any jurisdiction in Canada, so I don't think that is an issue. As for the Canadian authorities, it is no different from any other part of the internet in Canada. I'm not getting into 5 eyes that is also no different.

IBM highlights real-time fraud detection in z16 mainframe

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Enhanced Portability.

We gave it wheels so it can roll up and down corridors, as in the photo.

Google talks up its 540-billion-parameter text-generating AI system

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A script for Shakespeare

....an infinite number of monkeys (or AIs?). OK, the monkeys won.

How Google hopes to build more efficient, multi-capability AI systems

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Tells jokes, makes tea, takes the dog for a walk.

1,000-plus AI-generated LinkedIn faces uncovered

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the fake ones came across as more intelligent.....

Skyhigh Security rises from McAfee-FireEye’s SSE

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It's in the name

.... I assume this will refer to their prices

China's tech hub relaxes COVID restrictions to restart industrial production

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IT Angle

Re: Covid's done, the vaccines work

I think El Reg is primarily IT related - the monster raving loony farm is up there on the left

UK Home Office dangles £20m for national gun licence database system

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Re: Bids

It means it is already wired for someone who has already made a pitch - short response times mean the favoured company is ready to go...

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Re: Tracking

It doesn't do much to directly make a dent in crime since criminals tend to use unregistered illegal guns. Licensed gun owners are typically very responsible people, have been screened, and secure guns against theft. It can be used to run people convicted of other crimes through it to see if there is a match and if so consider revoking their license and seizing firearms (e.g. if someone is convicted for spousal abuse).

Chinese rocket junk may have just smashed into Moon

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I hope....

...no Clangers were injured

Alphabet's Wing drone unit inks supermarket delivery deal

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You could pick'n'mix between them

EU, US close to replacing defunct Privacy Shield II

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Yup - and until Five Eyes is addressed or regulated in some meaningful fashion there will be successful challenges and repeated meaningless changes.... waiting for Schrems 20...

IBM cannot kill this age-discrimination lawsuit linked to CEO

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It was (is?) systemic

...managers had a quota based on age x salary, and executed :-( every quarter - I was there in this time period and a senior person in the security practice ( I'm over 50) and well paid. Despite that this was a strategic role, (so forget old skills) I saw I had a target on my back and sought out another position and resigned before someone took me out back and put me up against the wall. After I left my manager was. This is mostly about trying to prove it.

Fujitsu confirms end date for mainframe and Unix systems

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Re: Should think a lot of UK Government systems will be affected

Fujitsu purchased ICL

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General trend?

Even IBM seems to be touting IBM Z in the cloud more than IBM Z on-prem, probably because it turns it into recurring revenue rather than a one-time sale - though it seems they may have the mainframe market to themselves soon.

A tale of two dishwashers: Buy one, buy it again, and again

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Re: "Lots of people enjoy listening to rap"

The "c" is silent

IBM Consulting assimilates cloud firm for Azure expertise

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...for the ones over 40 - we will take them out back and put them up against the wall.

Taiwan cracks down on China spying on tech firms

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Really, unfortunately, when it comes to Taiwan the national anthem should be changed to "we"re doomed, we are all doomed" written by Private Frazer, You think Russia vs. Ukraine is bad wait for China vs. Taiwan. Actually, it might be good timing for China while everyone is distracted or otherwise busy. A bit sad.... Expect cyber-attacks soon such as we have seen in Ukraine.

Privacy and computer security are too important to be left to political meddling

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Yes I was using it Continetally but I expect you are correct. Whichever way you look at it the statement still applies.

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While some countries (the US for example) mostly think that Privacy is all about things like encrypting credit card information, the European view has generally been that Privacy is a basic human right - the right to be left alone.

Privacy Shield: EU citizens might get right to challenge US access to their data

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We're doomed (nod to Private Frazer)

As long as five eyes is in effect (and I don't see the US opting out of that anytime soon), SCC - Standard Conractual Clauses as a means of international data transfer is in effect, then I don"t see the problem being resolved - waiting for Schrems 3.

p.s. Binding Corporate Rules is a better way to go - just file them with Ireland (business-friendly, or Luxembourg (glad you know where we are)).

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Re: F'ing useless bandaid

...also US authorities can direct a data custodian/processor not to reveal that that an individual's information was disclosed.

Idea of downloading memories far-fetched say experts after Musk claim resurfaces in latest Neuralink development

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My takeaway was....

My monkey Pongs....

ISO.org outage hits day 3: Still in the dark as the important matter of bunk bed standards enters discussion

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Meh - I'm tired of ISO 9098

It's more than 20 years since Steps topped the charts. It could be less than that for STEP's first fusion energy

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I don't have a positive view of STEPS that topped the chart - their lawyers pressured the children's charity STEPS (for lower limb abnormalities) into surrendering their steps.org domain name which they had held for ages, and to which they were not entitled to anyway given the .org definition.

Dog forgets all about risk of drowning in a marsh as soon as drone dangles a sausage

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So to bun it up - Fido follows flying frankfurter - guess he ketchuped with it, mustard done.

Working overtime? Those extra hours might not be hurting your wellbeing after all – just don't tell Jeff Bezos or Jack Ma

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...so it's not just a story put out by an evil HR person?

Virgin Orbit's LauncherOne rocket deploys seven satellites with third successful mission

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and access to a good few trajectories not easily achievable from the surface.


Such as "down"?

Could BYOB (Bring Your Own Battery) offer a solution for charging electric vehicles? Microlino seems to think so

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Re: I wanted an enclosed golf cart.

A roof-rack might work

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Battery swaps

Just make pre-charged batteries available at your "petrol station/garage" - swap your uncharged one for a charged one. There are similar schemes for BBQ gas tanks.

UK competition watchdog closes the comment book on Microsoft's Nuance merger

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The free version...

...just recognises "Owwww", "I don't like the look of that", "That's a small one", "He's dead Jim", and "where did I leave the scissors".

50 US airports to be surrounded by 5G C-band-free zones

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So in your airplane seatback...

...there will now be a tinfoil hat as well as the sickbag?



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