* Posts by MOH

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FTX crypto-crook Sam Bankman-Fried gets 25 years in prison

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Re: Is that the end of it all?

Or friends like that

AI hallucinates software packages and devs download them – even if potentially poisoned with malware

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Can we please stop using the nonsense marketing term "hallucinate" and instead just say "bug" or "error".

Or else start using it more widely: "the website.was down due to a leap year hallucination in the code", "The Y2K hallucination", "the seven deadly hallucinations", etc.

Uncle Sam wants to know how big airlines use passenger data

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I nearly got knocked over last week walking from the plane into the terminal building by a guy rushing past me. He vanished off up ahead.

At passport security I ignored the facial recognition scanners which are always a nightmare and joined the short queue for a human at a desk.

I'd been standing at baggage reclaim a few minutes when I noticed the guy in a hurry arrive into the baggage hall. I can only assume he'd been stuck at one of the facial recognition machines, since he should have been at least 5 mins ahead of me.

Windows 10 failing to patch properly? You are most definitely not alone

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Microsoft is a cancer. Except intentionally

Copilot can't stop emitting violent, sexual images, says Microsoft whistleblower

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Why are Google getting a pass? For playing the "oops" card?

'We had to educate Oracle about our contract,' CIO says after Big Red audit

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Well, that's Gartner, do guaranteed to be wrong. Only question is which direction

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Oracle are basically a protection racket. At some point a large sueball needs to be lobbed at them

Reddit rolling out AI bouncer to halt harassment

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This could solve the problem of unruly users. Simply replace the users with AI. And handily boost your engagement numbers ahead of the IPO.

There's already a ludicrous number of AI posts anyway

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up to be coders, Jensen Huang warns

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A man whose massive annual bonus is best on selling gfx cards which are just losing sales from the crypto card overload is now insisting the future is the other overhyped use of said cards. I am shocked

Wyze admits 13,000 users could have viewed strangers' camera feeds

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It mixed up the device ID and user ID because it was overloaded? That makes zero sense

Someone had to say it: Scientists propose AI apocalypse kill switches

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Another week, another Sam Altman hypefest.

Roko's Basilisk is really going to go to town on him.

50 years ago, the all-rookie, final Skylab crew returned to Earth

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That's a nice anecdote, and good to see that at least someone is acknowledging the anniversary now, even if it didn't get proper media coverage at the time

Sam Altman's chip ambitions may be loonier than feared

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There's a lot of competition, but Sam Altman must in the running for "Modern PT Barnum of the Decade"

AI-driven booze bouncers can ID you with face scan

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Yeah, the face scanning is totally about protecting you and yours from kids buying drink .

And not just an excuse for data gathering in a country that is starting to give Singapore a run for its money.

Side note: are warrant canaries even a thing any more?

Simon Willison interview: AI software still needs the human touch

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If I set up The Registrar, posting tech related articles in the style of (and sourced from) El Reg journalists, purely automated and Ai-generated, would everyone be ok with me publishing articles about "AI"

Silicon Valley weirdo's quest to dodge death – yours for $333 a month

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Re: consuming no more than 1,977 calories a day

Because if he's 46 then that's the year of his birth.

And clearly that should define the number of calories you eat

With OpenAI GPT Store imminent, apps are already being ripped off by copycats

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Leopards eating faces

"I never thought AI would rip off _my_ content, sobs woman who voted for the AI-ripping-off-peoples-content party"

Avoiding AI-capable PCs will be impossible by 2027

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Re: To paraphrase Dilbert

The more overhyped AI bullshit I read, the less the extinction of humanity seems like a tragedy

Infosec experts divided over 23andMe's 'victim-blaming' stance on data breach

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So that's two security "experts" who might struggle to find work in the near future

CEO arranged his own cybersecurity, with predictable results

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Re: Customers are the security liability

Last company I sent for kept sending those really obvious phishing messages, along with appallingly bad legit internal comms which view all the hallmarks of phishing.

My favourite was the one with poorly phrased English that told me I urgently had to fill in a form to supply the CISO with my contact details or I'd lose my remote access.

Which I naturally reported as phishing to the CISO team, who ignored the report. Eventually turned out to be legit.

I'd you're training users to respond to mails like these, there's no point wasting money on phishing training

Eufy security cams 'ignore cloud opt-out, store unique IDs' of anyone who walks by

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This story is very confusing without an initial indication that the (all lower case) "eufy" is a brand name

Microsoft Forms feature request still not sorted after SEVEN years

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Re: Atlassian are the worst

My favourite recent one is trying to Bulk Edit Jira stories to change the sprint.

Can type the sprint name in the sprint field, but it doesn't offer autocomplete options like other fields. And then gives an error that the field must be numeric.

Turns out you need to use the internal id that Jira assigned to the sprint. Which would be a bit of an inconvenience, but for bonus points this id never displayed in the UI. Anywhere. Or when you extract data from Jira.

The only way to find it is to search for issues in a particular sprint (which correctly autocompletes the sprint name) then change the search type to advanced, which then shows the internal sprint id in the query.

There are tickets asking Atlassian to fix the autocomplete issue, or even just display the sprint id _somewhere_ in the UI.

Over eight years later and nothing.

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Atlassian are the worst

Every week I come across some new basic feature that doesn't exist (or has been removed) in Jira or Confluence.

Of course, you can usually get the functionality by buying a third-party plugin from the Atlassian store, and thus giving them a cut.

A cynic might even say this is intentional.

Thirty-nine weeks: That's how long you'll be waiting for an AI server from Dell

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"There'll be 300 million PCs turning four years old next year"

There's one 3-year-old PC for every 24 people on the planet???

Come on, Reg. This is clearly nonsense.

Firefox slow to load YouTube? Just another front in Google's war on ad blockers

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If I view a video on YouTube, my machine and Google's server are either side of a transaction.

If they feel they've the right to hobble my machine based on undisclosed arbitrary rules, presumably they'd have no problem with me hobbling their servers if I felt like it?

Sam Altman set to rejoin OpenAI as CEO – seemingly with Microsoft's blessing

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Re: Fake news?

Bad day to mention Dallas

Windows users can soon ditch Bing, Edge, other bundleware – but only in the EU

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But I thought MS have always claimed that Edge is an integral part of the OS and can't be removed? Surely they weren't lying all the time?

50 years ago, Skylab's accidental rebels put Mission Control on mute

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As an IT geek who's spent years trying to get the job done right, properly, while keeping mid level managers happy: this is quite comforting.

The crew knew their own limits and did what they had to. in circumstances I can't even imagine.

'Corrupt' cop jailed for tipping off pal to EncroChat dragnet

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Re: Corrupt cop

El Reg is one of the few sources I still read that shows amazing inventiveness in its headlines, while remaining pretty accurate. Please don't compromise your standards. Especially when 15 second thinking would have yielded a similarly alliterative yet more accurate phrasing

Tool bag lost in space now tracked by garbage watchers

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Or a lasso

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Probably be a big enough impact if it hit you on the head

(Yes, I know it'll burn up)

WhatsApp AI happily added guns to chat stickers of Palestinians, but not Israelis

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...Kevin McAlister, a spokesperson representing the internet giant, warned that the AI sticker tool isn't perfect. "As we said when we launched the feature, the models could return inaccurate or inappropriate outputs as with all generative AI systems....

Oh well that's fine then. You're completely absolved of blame because you were in such a rush to jump on the AI hypewagon that you released poorly tested models.

SBF on trial: The Python code that allegedly let Alameda hedge fund spend people's FTX deposits

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And how many balances does one account need?

Making the problem go away is not the same thing as fixing it

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Re: Sensible to a point

Yep. In fairness, batch support on those sort of jobs what always about getting the jobs finished.

Need a SQL to exclude a bunch of policies from the batch, or suppress a runaway warning message, or whatever - fine, as long as it lets the rest of the jobs complete.

But it's an emergency measure. Still needs to fixed ASAP by whoever is responsible for that.

Gas supplier blames 'rogue' code for Channel Island outage

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So exactly the same chance as anything coming from Mars?

But still ...

SoftBank boss Masayoshi Son predicts artificial general intelligence is a decade away

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Presumably the first thing an AI-powered Investo-bot (or semi-intelligent human) would do in response to these ludicrous claims is sell all shares in Softbank

Northern Irish cops release 2 men after Terrorism Act arrests linked to data breach

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Re: Terrorism?

The man who rushed onto the national news after an anti-Covid restrictions protest to insist it had been organised by the far-right in association with the far-left?

He disappointingly didn't mention the saucer people.

Microsoft ain't happy with Russia-led UN cybercrime treaty

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"The UN proposal has been under debate for over two years. "

And Microsoft publicly weighed in on Tuesday?

Surely their delay is more of a story?

Start rummaging: Atari's new 2600+ console supports vintage cartridges

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Lovingly recreated joystick?

How accurate a recreation is it?

Will the internal plastic housing crack if I'm over-enthusiastic , leaving with with a semi-useless controller?

IBM says GenAI can convert that old COBOL code to Java for you

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Dunno where Omdia are getting their figures from , but Cobol developers aren't expensive. Competent ones who actually know what they're doing yes, but that's not usually an option for mid-level managers keen on hitting their bonus targets.

Should be a fair bit of work in a year or two when all the not-quite-right AI conversions start costing a small fortune and they need proper developers.

Not call: Open source gurus urge you to dump Zoom

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"if you are motivated enough"

There's a significant barrier to exit that doesn't exist for Zoom

Sure, it's not insurmountable, but it's certainly not as straightforward as just deciding to use something else

Veilid: A secure peer-to-peer network for apps that flips off the surveillance economy

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Yep. So is posting someone a 3.5 inch floppy. I still can't believe the postal service is allowed to continue operating.

Want to pwn a satellite? Turns out it's surprisingly easy

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GSaaS?

Seriously. This cloud stuff has reached ludicrous levels.

Official science: People do less, make more mistakes on Friday afternoons

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Re: Dire Straits

I tried to ring the Irish Revenue Commissioners last week and they seem to have abolished all afternoons. They only answer the phone from 9-1

Brave cuts ties with Bing to offer its own image and video search results

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Re: No mention of Duck Duck Go?

Article clearly mention Duck Duck Go

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Re: Other solutions.

Exactly

cf Amazon, which offers you what they want to sell , not what you want to buy

Airbus to help with International Space Station replacement

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Re: 2001

So let's do the moon because that doesn't look like a movie from 1968. Or reality from 1969

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Re: London eye in space

Well I guess it technically is intercontinental?

Quarter of tech pros say they're considering quitting jobs in next six months

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19 billion??

How exactly is people moving jobs going to cost the industry 19 billion pounds?

Unless that's the cost of replacing them all at market rate, plus the cost of all the knowledge that's walked out the door.

In which case, crazy idea, maybe actually value your employees instead of outsourcing everything at the drop of a hat to the cheapest bidder, while assuming the people who haven't been made redundant will pick up the slack and keep things running despite the resulting carnage

Typo watch: 'Millions of emails' for US military sent to .ml addresses in error

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Well half of them would probably still end up in .uz

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