* Posts by Androgynous Cupboard

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As we stand on the precipice of science fiction into science fact, people say: Hell yeah, I want to augment my eyesight!

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Why bother?

Improving my eyesight would only give me a better view of the misery squalor and degradation that is modern britain, as we plunge headlong into the bleak winter with our international trade ruined, national health service stretched to breaking, food shortages likely, on a train driven blind by the least capable political leadership in living memory. Improved eyesight? All I can see is death. Death death death.

Have a super day.

Adtech's bogeymen are tracking everything - even your web visits to mental health charities, claim campaigners

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Oh, I've got a better one than that...

In the UK? Go to your "NHS patient access" page (https://app.patientaccess.com) detailing al your medical records. It loads the google-analytics.com/analytics.js, as well as content from googletagmanager.com

Click on anything llisted on your health record, and it takes you to a site: "patient.info", which - as well as the usual batch of advertising cookies (doubleclick, amazon-adsystem, plus a huge number of behind-the-scenes trackers), it also loads google-analytics.com/analytics.js

Can we conclude that google are able to link the two? And that google could have a reasonable guess as to which medical conditions you have?

Something to look forward to: Being told your child or parent was radicalized by an AI bot into believing a bonkers antisemitic conspiracy theory

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Re: Wibble Wobbles and Letting Cats Out of Bags

Will we generate some sort of linguistic infinite loop if we train GPT-3 on posts from amanfrommars?

I can 'proceed without you', judge tells Julian Assange after courtroom outburst

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Re: The London One

He's in a glass cage of emotion.

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan

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Re: Why is the reg being political?

I'm almost certain Thomas Mann was quoting Skunk Anansie.

Apparently seen on a poster recently in Belarus:

"Hey, do you know which concentration camp they're taking us to?"

"No, sorry. I'm not really interested in politics"

Paragon 'optimistic' that its NTFS driver will be accepted into the Linux Kernel

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Re: @DS999 - Whatever for?

All companies have commercial interests. They're companies. Organizations that don't have commercial interests are called charities or governments.

India flies Mach 6 scramjet for 20 whole seconds

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Britain has a shortage of affordable housing. A woman starved to death in scotland last month, and we are widely expected to have nationwide supply issues after brexit. We are not without gang rape, and a falling conviction rate. We have political incompetence and corruption (Robert Jenrick and Richard Desmond being the most recent). We have a long history of sectarian violence and religious prejudice in several flavours, and up to and including politicians and journalists inciting hatred of and violence against muslims.

I don't want to downplay India's obvious social issues, but people in glass houses etc.

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Re: And...

Don't worry. They've thought of this and put a large mountain range in the middle, just in case.

Microsoft: We're getting rid of Flash by the end of the year - except you can still use it

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... neatly demonstrating that you understand neither Flash nor WebGL.

TCL's latest e-ink tech looks good on paper, but Chinese giant will have to back up extraordinary claims

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Re: Can you fold it or cut it?

Can you stain the carpet with it or squeeze it out of a squid? If not, it's definitely not digital ink. So I'm not sure your effort ot naming is much better Mike137

Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy

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Re: I feel for Facebook ...

Indeed. In fact if you think about it, this change is actually good for advertisers. First, they're paying for 50% less impressions so that's 50% less spend. Second, the people that are seeing their ads are the ones that don't have any major issue with internet advertising, meaning the click-rate should - in theory - go up.

The only people that stand to lose from this are Facebook. I can not imagine a violin small enough to play the appropriately sad music for this.

Forget your space-age IT security systems. It might just take a $1m bribe and a willing employee to be pwned

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Re: Well the FSB ain't what it used to be

FSB? Could be I suppose, but it looks like private enterprise to me. What did said Nevada company do I wonder?

'There is no way we can keep coding local': GitPod's cloud development platform released into sunlight of open source

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Get off my lawn!

Mumbles something about ssh and vim for the last 30 years, before going back to his thousand-class, quarter-million lines Java project.

Um, almost the entire Scots Wikipedia was written by someone with no idea of the language – 10,000s of articles

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Not the robot edit I'd expected

As Frankie Boyle observed when playing to his home crowd in Glasgow, they swear so much that "fucking" just means there's a noun on the way. Would have made for some more interesting edits:

In fucking Greek meethology, the fucking Minotaur wis a fucking creatur wi the fucking heid o a fucking bull an the fucking body o a fucking man or, as describit bi fucking Roman poet Ovid, a being "pairt fucking man an pairt fucking bull". The fucking Minotaur wis eventually killed bi the fucking Athenian hero Theseus.

Better Java than Java: Kotlin 1.4 introduces new compilers for JVM and JavaScript

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Re: Sprouting like mushrooms (or are they toadstools?)

Twas ever this. Prolog, Delphi, Modula-2, Oberon are all ones I remember from my yoof. I think the bar for entry is quite a bit lower now you have projects like Graal and LLVM

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A thousand times yes to the module management issues.

I've built a very simple Json parser in Java. Hosted on github, no dependencies, single package, ant script to build it is about 15 lines. I thought I might integrate it with a Java Json benchmark suite, for which I needed to have it building under Maven and distributed from bintray.

I spent literally a day on this before I gave up. Getting it to compile under maven was manageable, although more verbose than it should be. But the precise incantation required to get it distribute from bintray and make it a "proper maven module" was beyond me. The sheer complexity of the layers wrapper around what is a very simple requirement made me weep for the industry. I can't sum it up better than in this image.

Linux kernel maintainers tear Paragon a new one after firm submits read-write NTFS driver in 27,000 lines of code

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Bit harsh

While I get the problem, donating a read-write NTFS module to Linux is a good thing, isn't it? Paragon devs are not kernel devs, but that's hardly their fault. I suspect 20 years ago, someone would have said thanks, jumped on it and cleaned it up for inclusion.

UK govt reboots A Level exam results after computer-driven fiasco: Now teacher-predicted grades will be used after all

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Re: Cause and effect

Donald? Is that you?

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Exactly this. The playbook moves were similar to the ones I recall being used in the anti-PR campaigns used in NZ in the late 80s.

Huawei Matebook X Pro 2020: Nothing too crazy but at least it's more fixable and cheaper than comparable Apple wares

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Re: Like comparing an apple with a watermelon

Well you say that.

But I just bought a watermelon for half the price of an apple. It has pips, just like the apple, and it also has a green outside just like the apple. The watermelon is a decent 17", and unlike your overpriced apple I can eat it all day without it running out of juice.

So you apple-loving sheeple go ahead and pay your malus tax, we watermelon eaters will continue to think you're crazy, and will wittily demonstrate this by throwing in an out-of-context "you're holding it wrong". For japes.

How did you spend your time at university? Pizza, booze, sleeping? This Oxford student is snooping on satellites

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Satellite or no...

Who the actual f*** connects a Windows LAN to an unencrypted internet service? In 2020?

Dynabook Portégé X30L-G: So light, you might even forget about its terrible keyboard

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Re: "...a capable machine for the road warrior..."

> the Masked Twat.

Coincidentally, also the name of the next Marvel blockbuster.

At historic Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google CEOs hearing, congressmen ramble, congresswomen home in on tech market abuse

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Re: Only Jeff bothered to find an interesting room for the video-chat hearing ...

You should totally cancel your subscription.

UKIP blackmail, data breach sueball allegations were groundless, rules High Court

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Re: Standard are slipping...

The fact he led UKIP is nominative determinism at its finest.

Cabinet Office takes over control of UK government data: Mundane machinery or Machiavellian manoeuvrings?

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Re: A bit lost here...

He's like a pound-shop Rasputin.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

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Re: More useful to most ...

Not to the average person, no. But certainly to a select few bellends that think they have some sort of divine right to accelerate a tonne of metal to warp speed wherever they please, without insurance.

Oh what a cute little animation... OH MY GOD. (Not acceptable, even in the '80s)

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Re: Regrets cut both ways

> 'The funny thing about regret is....It's better to regret something you have done, as to regret something you haven't done...

There speaks a man who has never stopped a chainsaw with his hands. Presumably.

An email banning our staff from using TikTok? Haha, funny story about that, we didn't mean it – Amazon

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Re: Another non-event distracting us

A quick google and I expect our anonymous, paranoid-sounding colleague has been on the reddit forum linked to above. In particular they may have had a read through this research paper: https://penetrum.com/tiktok/Penetrum_TikTok_Security_Analysis_whitepaper.pdf

I've had a read through. Yes, I can see they harvest a huge amount of information, but it seems to be harvested by a SAAS component from appsflyer, an American company. A bit shit, yes, but also seems a bit rich to point out a chinese company for harvesting data if they're using an american service to do so.

As for the rest of the research from that paper, I would grade it "poor". They've established that a call is made to Runtime.getRuntime().exec(), but have failed to establish what for. I suspect this is the grounds for the breathless "can download and run ANYTHING !!?!?!" claim. They've also picked out use of the MD5 hash algo as some sort of evidence that Tiktok are cryptographically incompetent, which annoys me - MD5 is fine for general hashing, just not cryptographic hashing. Without analysis of how it's used it's a baseless claim.

There are a few other areas which are a bit more concerning - a possible SQL injection in particular - but with virtually no analysis beyond what looks like a quick scan through after reverse-compiling, I'm left more concerned about the sorry state of todays reverse engineers than I am about TikTok. The "oooh, China" factor is getting in the way of any useful conclusions.

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Re: Another non-event distracting us

Again, provide a source for your claim or stop posting it. This isn't the Daily Mail, if you're going to make a claim you need to back it up.

Cereal Killer Cafe enters hipster heaven, heads online: Coronavirus blamed for shutters being pulled down

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You've misunderstood. £6.5m is the threshold above which you can no longer file abbreviated accounts. All we've managed to evidence is that two lads running what is not much more than an extremely well-marketed corner store were unable to turn over more than £3.25m each, which isn't going to surprise many.

I say good luck to them, beards and all. It's not like they're dumping nuclear waste in Africa.

When a deleted primary device file only takes 20 mins out of your maintenance window, but a whole year off your lifespan

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That happened to a mate a few years ago, also South African (although he was in Fulham at the time). Scrotes broke into his flat and took his backup disks as well as his laptop.

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

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Re: Just do a text search

Primates, yes. But, and I speak only for myself here, I don't have a tail.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up

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Re: No they're not an effective means to reduce car traffic

Last time I was in Lisbon, it was actually cheaper to take a taxi than rent one of these.

One does not simply repurpose an entire internet constellation for sat-nav, but UK might have a go anyway

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Re: Re assume...

Lovely juxtaposition there; you start by slating socialism, then immediately suggest our government may have spaffed £100m on satellites to use for rural broadband? Not even Jezza would have come up with that one.

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Where have I seen that figure before?

"I wanna know why 27 MPs died on their arse for what looks to be $91 million worth of satellites that weren't there.". Which implies Dominic Cummings is Kaiser Soze.

Apple gives Boot Camp the boot, banishes native Windows support from Arm-compatible Macs

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Re: No Future

And that is why integrating a screen with the computer is daft. Because you can't upgrade one without the other (yes yes, laptops being a special case)

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: its easy

It's harder than it looks, apparenty: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=waWugm79mQo.

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Re: Of course

How dare you accuse the police of using pseudo-science? Clearly we have to use our lie-detector to find out who posted this.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Re: I called the cops

I had my phone linked to my motorcycle helmet headset. What I didn't know about was that the iPhone has - on, by default - a feature where you press the button on the side 5 times and it dials emergency services.

Naturally it did just this halfway down the A3, with the phone safely tucked in my bag out of reach. Explaining to the operator that I had no idea why my phone had called them was awkward, but not as awkward as saying "no, YOU hang up" when he asked me to end the call - I hadn't yet worked out the buttons on the unit. The best bit was I got to do it again 10 minutes later.

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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Ha, very good StargateSg7 - nice use of caps in particular. Pseudo-science bit subtle though...

(... reads comment history of StargateSg7... )

I am no longer confident that was a joke.

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Re: Eventually

My hoover's just packed up. Maybe if we can get the new collider funded they'll shut down the old one and I can put a bid in for their vacuum generator. Well, so long as I can get it up the stairs

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: I didn't know of the triangle badges in the prison camps

Or, for that matter, that the USA is united.

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Re: Spoken like a true FOX news viewer

Using a symbol used by the Nazis to indicate left-wing or anti-nazi sympathies, to attack a group that has left-wing and anti-nazi sympathies? While it's possible it's because someone just liked triangles, I think it's likely to be either deliberate, or ignorant and stupid. Both should concern you.

(edit: Rush Limbaugh? Hannity? Dearest irony, I see bob is unaware of your presence as always)

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

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Wut? Google "modern slavery act". Or just click. And don't be so naive.

Frenchman scores €50k compensation for suffering 'bore-out' at work after bosses gave him 'menial' tasks

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Re: Horrible flashbacks

Not that it will probably be a popular opinion around here, but while it was bad for you sitting around doing nothing, it was probably worse for your boss - as an ex-boss and old-friend observed, hosing away million quid a month on salaries with no income to back it is not sustainable for long. A few friends have set up service companies only to fold them a few years later - they expanded in the good years, then suffered some bad ones.

Huawei launches UK charm offensive: We've provided 2G, 3G and 4G for 20 years, and you're worried about 5G?

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Re: Swings and roundabouts

> They only turn the donors into useful meat when they need the meat, until then they're alive. You really don't have a problem with it?

I most certainly do have a problem with capital punishment / state-sanctioned murder, but that applies to many countries - China, the US, Saudi Arabia. What they do with the corpse afterwards doesn't seem to be the important part.

> I'd really love to know how you feel about this in 20 or 30 years time. Either you're naive to the risks or you're already self censoring

America is evidentially an imperialist power; China, less so. Don't get me wrong, it's a poor choice either way, but China are already at arms length - it's easier to keep them out. America has wormed it's way into our culture, or legal system and more. The closer the ties, the more they have to gain by exploiting them.

Finally, you've again tried to bring up a moral argument. You can if you like, it's a reasonable one, but to repeat - it's not the one influencing this decision. I can promise you that Iain Duncan-Smith doesn't give a flying fuck about the Uighurs.

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Re: Swings and roundabouts

Funnily enough, of all the things the Chinese government do wrong I think I have the least problem with that. Once you're dead you're just meat, you may as well be useful meat.

But it's also a distraction. No one in government at any point has said this was to do with human rights or anything other than concerns over the state security apparatus. And on that argument, I find China to be considerably less of a threat than the US.

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Enough of these rational arguments!

They won't work you know. This is a purely emotional response from a bunch of ra-ra-brexit backbenchers who will do whatever it takes to try and find a trade deal that's not with Europe. And "whatever it takes" currently involves dancing to the strings of the lunatics running the US (into the toilet).

Technical, financial or any other sort of rational arguments are irrelevant. The only way you'll get Huawei kit into the UK is by offering us very, very cheap chicken to go with it.

Don't panic: An asteroid larger than the Empire State Building is flying past Earth this weekend but we're just fine

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Re: bigger than the empire state building...

Quite a large number of Richard Osmans? That seems to be the unit everyone's settled on

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation

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Re: git broke English

No no no, unpull clearly means "push". "git push" coming up Linus, thanks for the endorsement!

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