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NASA to commission independent UFO study

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Alien

Re: We're not advanced enough to understand "aliens".

Not really. Most alleged sightings seem to boil down to “small thing moving fast in the sky”. No smartphone will be able to capture that well, even if you had advance warning and could set up a tripod.

So for once I won’t fully agree with Randall https://xkcd.com/1235/

NASA's 161-second helicopter tour of Martian terrain

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Headmaster

Re: FYI 5.5 meters per second is about 20 kilometers per hour

The rule of thumb I use is to double the value of m/s to get an approximation for mph.

So 5.5 m/s is about 11mph.

If you want, you can then add 10% for better accuracy, which would take you to 12 mph.

Actual value is 12.3 mph.

AI models still racist, even with more balanced training

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Re: As I commented in an earlier story on AI

Given that nobody is totally open-minded and unbiased, you’re setting a high bar there. I’d settle for “as good as or better than an average, trained human”.

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Isn’t this just down to the fact that judging facial features will always be easier when the skin tone is lighter?

And by “fact” I mean “my totally unqualified assumption” :)

A proposal to beat below-the-belt selfies: Crowdsourced machine learning using victims' image stashes

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Coat

“there are some really sorry ass-guys out there that do not have a clue about what women want”

Not entirely surprising!

https://xkcd.com/37/

Nvidia CEO Huang jointly files patent for software tech in the metaverse

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The article links to a granted patent not a patent application. Filed in 2016 and granted Aug 2021.

Antitrust battle latest: Google, Facebook 'colluded' to smash Apple's privacy protections

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Holmes

What the spokesperson said is factually correct but it’s a long way from being a denial of the allegations…

It's 'near-impossible to escape persistent surveillance' by American ISPs, says FTC

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WTF?

Re: Yet Another Easy Fix (YaEF?)

So….. exactly what percentage of the general population do you think would find your solution to be “easy”?

WhatsApp's got your back(ups) with encryption for stored messages

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Meh

Re: Ah......end-to-end encryption.....criminals, "think of the children"....and so on.....

Actually the cleartext is “meh”.

User to chatbot: Help! My kid has COVID! Chatbot to user: Always wear a condom

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Re: "practicing safe sex is the way to help a child with COVID"

Safe sex is boring

https://xkcd.com/414/

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Joke

Re: Where did that chatbot answer come from?

It is sensible advice for anyone with a pregnant partner - you don’t want to get two birds up the duff!

Lawsuit claims hospital ransomware infection cost baby her life

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Re: Riiiiight

They could e.g. have been diverted to a different hospital that was fully functional.

And it seems they had people with the skills and experience in place, but were unable to contact them.

We have some sad news about Facebook. It has returned to the internet after six-hour mega outage

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FAIL

Re: All their tools were down as well...

Even that won‘t help you if you’re locked out of the building. As Facebook techs were.

Too many eggs in one basket?

Airline meal-sized £700k awarded by UK.gov for green aviation: That's for eco-tech rather than planes, mind

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Facepalm

Re: wireless charging for electric planes

Absolutely! Every now and again I read about some development, like a new paint or wingtip design, that will save 1-2% in fuel and hence $billions in annual savings. But they’re happy to throw away 10-30% (or whatever it is) just for wireless charging???

I genuinely can’t think of a single advantage of wireless changing for a plane that is parked up for (dis)embarkation.

Same for cars tbh.

Having said all that, in-air wireless charging could be fun :)

Tobacco giants don't get to decide who does research on smoking. Why does Facebook get to dictate studies?

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What’s the difference?

Anyone can study social media/Facebook, just as anyone can study tobacco companies.

What I think this is about is getting privileged access to data/APIs to help with the research, and no doubt FB do indeed keep this for “friendly” researchers.

But I doubt that tobacco firms opened up their internal archives to any random person that asked…

NASA halts Mars comms for two weeks as Sun gets in way of Red Planet

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Re: Comms relays?

Pigeons can fly *around* objects. Are they not an option?

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This regolith…

…is it the broken remains of the stone tablets upon which the sacred Register articles were once chiseled?

Court of Appeal says AI software cannot be listed as patent inventor

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The invention itself is irrelevant

For those who are questioning the substantive merit of the food container invention, bear in mind that a patent application will not even land on an examiner’s desk until certain formal requirements are met. These include eg fees being paid and a valid inventor being named.

Without commenting specifically on Dr Thaler’s invention, many many patent applications have no chance of being granted and they should not be taken as indicative of how easy/hard it is to meet patentability requirements.

As I’ve said before, this is clearly a test case and the invention itself is irrelevant.

UK gives military's frikkin' laser cannon project a second roll of the dice

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“Directed energy weapon”

Erm…doesn’t that describe any non-chemical/biological weapon since homo-something picked up a rock?

Tech widens the educational divide. And I should know – I'm a teacher in a pandemic

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If the learning objective was “how to cope with business meetings, it was probably spot on!

Lenovo blames 'firmware' issue for blank-screened Smart Displays, says Google's working on a fix – 6 months after complaints started

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Headmaster

How many customers affected?

“At this stage, the full scope and scale of the problem is still not known.”

Ooh Sir, I know, I know! It affects “only a very small minority of their customers”.

Italian stuntman flies aeroplane through two motorway tunnels

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Trollface

What’s the big deal?

I’ve done it in Wii Sports loads of times.

Perseverance rover drilled a rock on Mars and probably snaffled a core sample

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Alien

On the other hand

Maybe the killer Mars microbes are drooling with excitement because there is not much fun they can have with a rover, but when they get their tentacles on a fully-resourced terrestrial lab…

Singapore is the only nation with a dedicated 'net link to China. And they've just agreed to expand its use

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Trollface

Re: How can this possibly be "first"?

Simples. They installed a local copy of the Internet from one of those AOL disks.

Dallas cops lost 8TB of criminal case data during bungled migration, says the DA... four months later

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To be fair…

…an off-the-shelf NAS would appear to be better than the Dallas method!

Russian Arm SoC now shipping in Russian PCs running Russian Linux

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Re: ambition comes at a price on the desktop

As a non-consultant, I can only really talk about my own experience in a large company. The option to homework is here to stay and a big chunk of staff will be exercising that option. Which means that, even post-COVID, the vast majority of our internal and external meetings will be by videoconference.

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Re: ambition comes at a price on the desktop

Sorry I was not referring to Russian workers in particular. Just responding the the comment which seemed to be about office workers in general.

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Re: ambition comes at a price on the desktop

You know homeworking is quite a thing these days, right? Without videoconferencing I’d barely see most of my colleagues. And every time my laptop turns into a hairdryer…

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Unhappy

Re: ambition comes at a price on the desktop

Workers don’t need decent computers? Well a lot of office workers need Teams and that is a right processor hog when you start videoconferencing.

Elementary OS 6 Odin released on a 'pay what you want' basis

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Facepalm

You say it’s easy

Typing a command into terminal is as easy as pie….if you know what to type.

My first foray into the world of Linux/Ubuntu (about 10yrs ago I think) had me trying to install OpenOffice the Windows way, ie downloading the installer from the website. Guess what, double-clicking the installer file doesn’t work and trying to install the program from the file (.deb?) took me, a competent Windows user but a Linux novice, into a world of pain (I’ll spare you the details).

Of course, I was doing it all wrong but everything i had read about Ubuntu was that it had made great strides in usability and for basic computing tasks a Windows user would have no problem. A bit of a rude awakening for me!

Have you turned it off and on again? Russia's Nauka module just about makes it to the ISS

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Unhappy

What if?

I’m now wondering how easy it would to be for that module to irreversibly de-orbit the ISS if the thrusters were firing in the wrong direction…

We've seen things you people wouldn't believe. An exoplanet building its own moons

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Re: So, how long…

Reminds me of that pitch drop experiment or the 10,000-year clock.

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Trollface

So, how long…

…before a moon is formed? I’ll stick the date in my calendar :)

That’s the problem with astronomy. We essentially only get photographs and not videos. Someone needs to fix this!

Hole blasted in Guntrader: UK firearms sales website's CRM database breached, 111,000 users' info spilled online

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Headmaster

“all lawfully owned firearms and shotguns in the UK are stored in hefty police-approved safes”

I think he means “should be”….

Watchdog slaps down Three's claims to be building the UK's 'fastest 5G network' – again

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Stop

Misleading claims aren’t the half of it

How about banning text in television adverts that cannot be read by an average viewer watching an average-sized TV in the available time?

Australian geoboffins have zoomed in and enhanced CSI-style soil analysis: Bung it in a machine, find the crime scene

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Holmes

You don’t need all these techno-shenanigans…

…you just need Benton Fraser to lick it

New mystery AWS product 'Infinidash' goes viral — despite being entirely fictional

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FAIL

Forget job offers, I’d be interested to know how many CVs claim proficiency in Infinidash!

Wanted: Brexit grand fromage. £120k a year. Perks? Hmmmm…

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Re: My choice

Phone number: Whitehall 5318008?

There was a crooked man who bought a crooked M1 iMac, and we presume they lived together in a little crooked house

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Headmaster

I assume the article should state 1mm and 4mm because there is no way that a 0.4mm discrepancy across a monitor of that size would be noticeable.

Missile systems software dev leaker has sentence almost doubled after UK.gov says 4½ years was too soft

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Headmaster

It's all about the presentation

"Sentences passed by judges are never applied in full."

Without changing any sentence lengths, I always think the headline sentence should be the minimum time in jail, which is then extendable by n years depending on behaviour/risk to the public/whatever else they use to decide parole.

It's always a bit of a disappointment when I hear some evil b*******'s* sentence and a couple of seconds later have to remember to divide by two.

There's no doubt a good legal reason for the judge announcing it as they do (e.g. separation of sentencing guidelines and parole rules) but the press could do the math for us...

*this is not a comment on the subject of the article about whom I've not formed any opinion.

SQL now a dirty word for Oracle, at least in cloudy data warehouses

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Facepalm

lol I literally started learning SQL on MySQL yesterday....

Ex-asylum seeker with infosec degree loses discrimination claim against UK cyber range provider after storming out

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WTF?

Did the judge conclude that some people had not said that they were working for MI5/6 because they didn't actually work for them? So has no-one ever lied in order to bluff their way to threatening someone?

UK draft legislation enshrines the right to repair in law – but don't expect your mobile to suddenly be any easier to fix

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Joke

“Under the new regime, manufacturers of (mostly) white goods will be forced to open up their supply chains to consumers and independent repair shops, giving them access to spare parts.“

So next year all fridges, washing machines and tumble driers will only be available in a nice shade of lilac?

Voyager 2 receives and executes first command in 11 months as sole antenna that reaches it returns to work

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Headmaster

Re: Raise a beer

Fine, I’ll do it. Obligatory xkcd + explanation: https://explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/1189:_Voyager_1

Apple offends devs by asking for Developer Transition Kits back early, then offering them a measly $200 off an M1 Mac

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Trollface

Because...

...it pejoratives the act of scrappaging.

Police drone plunged 70ft into pond after operator mashed pop-up that was actually the emergency cut-out button

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Trollface

Re: Fail safe?

I have to say, I've yet to see an iPhone with a physical button under a flip-up cover...

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Re: Fail safe?

Whenever I do that I think there really should be a delay between a dialogue box appearing and any user inputs being accepted.

Watchdog urges Tesla to recall 158,000 Model S, X cars to fix knackered NAND flash that borks safety features

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Headmaster

Indeed it’s not a fair comment. How many V70s live to clock up 300K? In any case, how many miles has that Tesla in space covered so far (with, I believe, not a single error reported) :)

Farewell to notches and hole-punches? ZTE expected to announce mobe with under-display camera next month

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On the plus side

I’m thinking of every computer monitor having a camera in the centre of the screen so that people can have proper eye-to-eye video chats.

An array of cameras, with gaze detection to select which camera to use, would be even better!

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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WTF?

Ok....but whitespace?

The word has no positive or negative connotations (that I know of), it is purely descriptive.

Erasing the word “white” from our vocabulary would seem to be a step too far...

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