* Posts by Felonmarmer

69 posts • joined 29 Aug 2012


Your software doesn't work when my PC is in 'O' mode


My guess is they used the wall socket to turn on/off, like a toaster.

This was also the time of the Turbo button, so it's vaguely understandable, but they must have been only using the PC for running one piece of software, autorun from boot for them to think it was a fault in this software, rather than on anything run on the PC, like the OS for example.

Machine needs more Learning: Google Drive dings single-character files for copyright infringement


Sorry but I've already patented the business practice of using time travel to set patent start dates. It only applies in this universe though as defined by -infinity < (x,y,z,t) < +infinity so feel free to use higher dimensions or pop over to another universe.

US-China chip cold war? It's only helping the Middle Kingdom, silicon makers warn


Why America is not the greatest country in the world

I think the main problem is because they insist that they are the greatest country in the world, with the best form of government, military, technology, health care and everything else.

Why would they change anything if they think they are the best in every way? It seems that the main reason they believe this is lack of knowledge of what the rest of the world are doing judging by the multitude of videos on youtube and other sites where Americans react to aspects of life elsewhere.

This is coupled with intense propaganda and education forming this viewpoint for the majority of the last century that is as insiduous as that carried out by their opponents.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the world, other nations have advanced in all these things (excepting democratic government in many cases) and have equalled or exceeded the initial advantages the USA had post WW2.

To paraphrase Al Murray, the rest of the world don't have an American dream, because they are awake. America is still dreaming the dream of the last century.

NASA boffins seem to think we're worth saving from fiery asteroid death so they're shooting a spaceship at one


More Red Dwarf than Armageddon

Sounds like Planetary Pool to me...

RIMMER: What the smeg is going on?

LISTER: She rides!

RIMMER: You jammy goit!

LISTER: Played for, and got!

KRYTEN: Surely not, Sir!

CAT: Are you trying to say that was a trick shot?

LISTER: (Doing the touch-up shuffle) Intended! Pool God! King of the Cues! Prince of the Planet-Potters!

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done


Re: A massive lack of ingenuity

Yep, it's as good as it gets.

Real ingenuity doesn't get planned, it just happens out of the blue. If you look at all the real inovations over the last century, they weren't predicted or planned. What was predicted was personal hovercraft and jet packs.

This is turd-polishing recast as genius, like everything else FB does.

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


Seeing as the entire point of the internet is to protect it from single points of failure, up to and including destruction of entire cities, the fact that FB runs not only all their services but also all their internal management tools through a system vulnerable in this way is pretty special.

Only 5% loss in share value? They were lucky.

NASA blames the wrong kind of Martian rock for Perseverance sample failure


Re: Still a complete waste of money.

If they went there to just drill that one hole, you might have a point.

Revealed: Perfect timings for creation of exemplary full English breakfast


Re: What is the world coming to?

Except in the world of Tarantino, where they are the cornerstone of a nutritous breakfast.

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence


"The neural network is content with laying out a chip that to a human may look like an unconventional mess, but in practice, the component has an edge over a part planned by engineers and their industry tools. The neural net also uses a couple of techniques once considered by the semiconductor industry but abandoned as dead ends."

Do that for a few iterations, so even the first AI in the sequence can't follow the latest AI's work and that's how you end up with the Zeroth Law.

Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage


"The fact that we were planning on hosting the telemetry data on Google and Yandex was (I think) what convinced some people that we had underhanded intentions."

Underhand was doing the telemetry in the first place, hosting on Google and Yandex just adds to the suspicions of what you want to do with it.

Here's some software that people use to make a comercial product, and you want to spy on them to see what they are doing? What could possibly be your motive?

We have never given census data to anyone – not even the spy agencies, says the UK's Office for National Statistics


"The UKSA and the National Statistician will always refuse to allow it, and will contest the case to the maximum extent possible under the law, using each stage of appeal in the Courts if necessary, in order to ensure statistical confidentiality; and will do so in an open, public and transparent manner, to the extent permitted under the law."

So those two "extent permitted under the law" clauses, means that the government can do it and hide the fact that they are doing it using appropriate legislation.

Australia sues Facebook for slurping user data from Onavo Protect VPN app


Re: “deprived Australian consumers of the opportunity to make an informed choice"

And for those who thought they were protected by UK privacy laws when they signed up...


Mysterious metal monolith found in 'very remote' part of Utah


So long and thanks...

When building an interstellar bypass, it's good practice to mark obstacles for demolition so the locals can raise any objections with the local area galactic authorities.

Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it


I wouldn't say we tolerate it. Also remember this is with annual flu jabs for the vulnerable. Without those, as you are suggesting for a virus with a fatality rate aprox 10 times worse, who knows how many people would be dying from flu.

If all goes well, the annual flu jab will start to include for CV19 from next year, or maybe two jabs will be needed.

The composition of the flu jab changes each year based on the expected virus strains that are predicted to be severe and / or prevalent enough to warrent it. The companies that do the research, produce the vacines, distribute them and the GP's, medical centres and pharmists for adminster them are also part of the economy.

Virgin Galactic takes another step towards blasting Richard Branson into space


Re: extra passengers

And let Trump pilot it. On manual.

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy


Aren't you going to have too many false positives though? If the idea is to uise to relax lockdown, then we could end up with as many at home on 14 day exclusion waiting for symptoms as currently off with the current lockdown measures?


So like every other aspect of the pandemic, the UK want's to do this differently from everyone else. How's that worked out so far?

But also, studies suggest that coronaviruses (including preliminary information on the COVID-19 virus) may persist on surfaces for a few hours or up to several days. Doesn't this make the whole concept a bit dodgy? If this is being used to open up the lockdown, and a person going to work is confirmed to have an infection, there may be a trail of infected surfaces going back hours. They would need to track not only proximity at any point but a trail of movement corelated with time for each phone and match those trails with every other to see if you moved throught that trail within hours of the infected trail. Surely this would quickly escalate to flag a huge number of suspected cases quite quickly (every bus passenger on a bus for hours after an infected trail has travelled by that bus for example, and then track everyone of those passengers throughout a city?)

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%


Re: Adding insult to injury

The rule at all companies is if you are an executive and the market improves globally (from no effort on your part), you claim it was all down to your actions, and if it falls then it's someone elses fault or just the way things are.

And the people who reward you are also executives, all on each others boards.

Like a Virgin, hacked for the very first time... UK broadband ISP spills 900,000 punters' records into wrong hands from insecure database


Also when they contact you.

Boris celebrates taking back control of Brexit Britain's immigration – with unlimited immigration program


Re: Good, good.

You do know, of course, that the Scots only voted to stay in the UK in 2014 so they could stay in the EU?

Call-center scammer loses $9m appeal in stunning moment of poetic justice


Actual effect?

And the moral of the story (from the scammers perspective), don't scam people from the same country you are living in.

Nuisance call boss gets 8-year ban after trying to dodge firms' £700k fines


Re: Not bad, but...

First offence, probably get away with crucifiction.

Nail em up, nail some sense into them!

Hunt for Planet X finds yet another planetoid, just not the right one


Re: The Goblin is very eccentric

Only journalism maths can round 34,000 to 40,000.

Trump wants to work with Russia on infosec. Security experts: lol no


Re: Well, with all of NATO being either personal foes or parts of the "greatest Foe"

Don't forget the shoe smuggling!


An $18m supercomputer to simulate brains of mice in the land of Swiss cheese. How apt, HPE



US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR


Re: Wankers

Not only that, but nearly all of the emails asking me for consent are doing it via MailChimp whose terms and conditions make it clear they will be taking this info for themselves, aggregating it and then using it to spam me from outside the GDPR zone.

This includes my landlord who claimed he needed consent to have a copy of my email address in order to communicate with me, and in order to allow him to email me, I would have to give my email address to this US based email marketing firm.

None of the companies who send me emails need to get consent under GDPR as they are using the data for the purpose for which it was collected, are keeping it securely, and are not passing it to others. However this GDPR consent via MailChimp is breaking all those rules and more.

Zuck to meet Euro MPs for ‘please explain’ session


Only if they are successful by breaking the law.

Julian Assange said to have racked up $5m security bill for Ecuador


Re: Heroes

The man's a twat, I'll give you that, but the fact that he's a bit of a twat doesn't invalidate my point.


Re: Heroes

Almost as if there had been a sustained campaign to discredit him by those his organisation exposed isn't it?

Facebook can't admit the truth, says data-slurp boffin Kogan


Re: "none of this would be in the news whatsoever."

Well they were hired by Trump and Leave to do what they have been accused of doing. Leave probably broke spending limits by using them and Trump probably bent the rules on foreign participation in US elections by doing so. They claimed to have got a 7% shift in undecided voters and boasted that their work swung the election and have been selling there wares around the world to dodgy politicians on the back of the boasting.

Now they say it's worthless.

Even if it didn't work the way they claimed, they still tried to do it, it's like bank robbers claiming they are innocent because the vault was empty.

Super Cali's frickin' whiz kids no longer oppose us: Even though Facebook thought info law was quite atrocious


Re: for the subedit

Remember you own your own data. So you like cars - you own that fact. You like cats - that's yours too. But you like cars and cats - that's my data, I get to keep that when you delete the rest.

And lo! Crypto-coins came unto the holy land. And the wise decreed they must all be taxed



So if the price goes down can you claim tax relief?

Bloke sues Microsoft: Give me $600m – or my copy of Windows 7 back


Re: Ducks

If that's the case can you create a small 1meg partition, create a folder in there mirroring where IOS downloads the update and replacing the actual folder to a shortcut to the mirror?

UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool


False Positives

"detects 94 per cent of Daesh propaganda with 99.995 per cent accuracy."

So how many false positives?

"only 50 out of a million randomly selected videos requiring additional human review"

Ahhhh so you don't know.

Ex-cop who 'kept private copies of data' fingers Cabinet Office minister in pr0nz at work claims


If Green didn't have this on his laptop as he claims, why is the copper being accused of violating confidentiality? If it's not true then the copper should be accused of making stuff up.

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS


Re: The trouble with technology

The trouble is they can always find a (self appointed) expert who will tell them it is possible (and quote them a fee for some consultancy work).

Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user


Re: Biometrics

Think of all those twins. The evil one could steal the others phone!

Brit folk STILL not getting advertised broadband speeds – survey


Re: It's 2017 and advertisers are liars?

Up to 100% of them are tossers.

Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'


Re: HR Fail

At a former company in the 90's. the Personnel Manager was forced to change his title to HR Manager after an external audit when it was pointed out his duties were to represent the company and not the employees.

One memorable incident was during one of tbe first round of redundancies when we pointed out several breaches of legislation in terms of information required to be made available to people under threat of redundancy. He asked how did we know all this and we told him we had got a booklet on redundancy procedure from the Citizens Advice Bureau. He the asked if he could borrow a copy. I think he was quite surprised by our response that we wern't going to help him make us redundant, expressed quite succinctly by some.

'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary


Re: The idiocy of this runs even deeper.

"Imagine a world where e2e encryption is scrapped from WhatsApp.

Terrorist will just stop using WhatsApp.

Public Key encryption exists and will never cease to exist - but we have elected idiots who continually exhibit their stupidity.

I used to think they were all in the cohort of the evil-lizards - but nope, they're just a bit thick."

Not thick at all. All non-breakable communications will be declared illegal. Anyone using them will be locked up until they provide the means to decrypt them (legislation for this already exists it you are arrested for something else).

Terrorists will change to non digital codes like prearranged phrases.

John has a long moustache.

'No decision' on Raytheon GPS landing system aboard Brit aircraft carriers


World +dog detection systems

"JPALS, by contrast, is a GPS-based system. Rather than the ship broadcasting a glideslope to world+dog, JPALS emits an encrypted burst of data that allows the approaching aircraft to precisely fix the ship's position and make a safe landing"

I'm fairly sure that the subset of world+dog that want to and could do anything about a ajrcraft carrier would already be aware if its presence. Probably from the news.

You wait ages for a sun, then two come along at once: All stars have twins, say astroboffins


Fermi Paradox

Maybe multiple suns prevent intelligent life from forming, and our system is a lucky one? Might account for the Fermi paradox?

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers


I tell them about a documentary I saw showed how people who work in call centres like these are frequently ripped off by their bosses with stories of payroll errors that mean they won't be paid till next week, and then next week there's another excuse until finally they give up and leave.

IBM to UK staff: Get ready for another game of musical chairs


Re: Less than 100 people affected.

Unfortunately the 99 person threshold is defined by establishment, which has now been defined as a "local business unit" as opposed to the entire company. So as long as there are less than 99 redundan ies per office they only need 30 days.

See https://www.employmentlawwatch.com/2015/02/articles/employment for details (one of many legal sites that have articles about this).

When I was last made redundant the previous interpretaion was employed, now it's not so easy to tell.

Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama


In the US, a lefty loon is someone who doesn't think it's a good idea to let people die in the gutter if they can't afford private healthcare.

Three certainties in life: Death, taxes and the speed of light – wait no, maybe not that last one


"The speed of light is exactly 299,792,458 metres per second"

I had no idea the speed of light was an integer.

Virtual reality is actually made of smartphones


I've got a couple of PDA's that predate smart phones by quite a while, touch screen and all. The evolution of that to smart phones (i.e. add phone module) to me seems the natural progression.

So in terms of VR if we say their origin is smartphones, then in reality you have to step further back to the PDA's as the VR aspects do not rely on the phone aspects of the smartphone.

Social media flame wars to be illegal, says top Crown prosecutor


Just enclose your comment between "I say, I say" and "Babumtish" and you're golden.

Microsoft deletes Windows 10 nagware from Windows 7 and 8


Optional Upgrade?

KB3184143 is listed as an optional upgrade and not installed automatically, whereas the one that put GWX on was listed as an important upgrade and happened without consent or notification.

Getting rid of it should be the same level priority as the one that put it on.

Apple killed OS X today and binned its $10,000 BlingWatch too


Re: The finish is so beautiful, and so hard

If they build a car then I think we will soon be told they are the inventor of the wheel.



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