* Posts by Felonmarmer

151 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Aug 2012


Trump threatens to send Meta's Mark ‘Zuckerbucks’ to prison if reelected president


Follow the Krill

Whales must be major shareholders in the oil and gas industry then. Krillionaires.

Breaking the rules is in Big Tech's blood – now it's time to break the habit


Same as it ever was.

"Microsoft has shown a very variable attitude to intellectual property."

There is one constant always, what we do is fine, if you do it, see you in court. Bring your most expensive lawyers because we will and you will end up paying costs.

Tesla chair begs investors to bless Musk's billions or face an Elon exodus



If Musk's deal is 136% of the profits made since the deal was made, then the rise in the share cap from $53B to $557.57B is 1,491% of the profits made in this time.

The whole lot is over inflated nonsense isn't it?

Palantir bags $480M from Pentagon to inject battlefield AI into the entire military


Re: This is NOT good news.

I have to keep reminding myself that they chose the name Palantir, the communication device of the evil side in LOTR, for themselves. A benign device used for evil purposes by it's users, and the fictional device is just as bad.

China shows off machine-gun-toting robot dog and its AI-powered puppy


Re: Charge! (at the nearest power outlet)

Yep, if the plan is to use them as expendable units, charging isn't an issue - like the Ukrainian kamikaze drones.

But then you'll want something less complex and cheaper than a walking dog-bot.


Charge! (at the nearest power outlet)

2 to 4 hours is enough time for one assault, which is probably all the time needed. Then the humans bring in more battery packs for the next one. The pace of war in the future is going to be determined by charging times.

I stumbled upon LLM Kryptonite – and no one wants to fix this model-breaking bug


So the task was comparing two bits of IP (patents presumably), to see if one was infringing on the other. So they must have been fairly similar, just approaching the solution from slightly different directions. So the AI got tied up in knots trying to differentiate between two unbelievably complex bits of text that probably make no sense in themselves let alone in comparison.

The AI gave the correct answer I reckon, both these patents are stupid!

UK PM Sunak calls election, leaving Brits cringing over memory of his Musk love-in


If they used it for party purposes (like this election announcement), other than government purposes then they might have had let the opposition use it too for their announcements. That said use of a brolly and looking at the weather forecast should not have been beyond their powers (or maybe it is).


Re: Disappointing


They looked at how Apple made it's billions using child labor in China and thought, we can have a bit of that. But this pesky ECHR is blocking us treating our workers like cattle. What can we do to make people vote for their own downfall? Here's an idea - blame immigrants for everything, they will believe that despite the fact that it's us bring them legally for the most part in to get lower paid workers. But they are mainly European workers who look just like them, do you think they will be stupid enough to get rid of them based on their hatred of brown people, especially when we will have to increase immigration from Asian countries after we block those from Europe after Brexit?

And the answer was yes, they are that stupid. Even now these pages are full of people still thinking it was a good idea.


Re: Disappointing

It's the people who haven't changed their minds that is key (look at the ratio of up/down voting on these pages for a rough idea), and they never will. So this minority will vote for any party that encourages their thinking pretty much regardless of any other issue.

First Past the Post means that this small group of single issue voters can tip voting in a lot of seats one way or another much more easily (or so the politicians and pollsters believe) than people with a broader range of issues and they are more motivated to get out and vote also.

That's the belief anyway, we can only wait and see on July 5th if that translates to actual votes, but no party wants to risk it.

And for the people saying it was 8 years ago, forget it, would they do the same if it went the other way by the same margin. When it looked like it was going against, Farage came out and said it's not over and they would push for a another referendum until they got their way.

When AI helps you code, who owns the finished product?


I don't think there is anyone who fits the bill yet.

It's going to take a few law suits to establish something. Right now it's arguments about what is covered by Fair Use, with obvious biases from the appropriate sides, and the problem that Fair Use doesn't apply universally.

Scarlett Johansson voices anger at OpenAI's unauthorized soundalike


Re: Eh?

"Even if it was completely faked, even if it was proven to be completely faked, some people would still believe it."

Even if it was nothing like her, some people would still believe it.

Look-a-likes and impressionists out of a job too from the sound of it, a long with all parody accounts. Fairly sure these are currently protected under Fair Use legislation in the US.

BBC exterminates AI experiments used to promote Doctor Who


Doctor Who replaces top half of Dalek with top half of R2D2, upgrading both at the same time.

Britain enters period of mourning as Greggs unable to process payments


Yep it's just about OK, with a low risk of food poisoning.

But in British eyes, that means it's world beating.

Virgin Media sets up 'smart poles' next to cabinets to boost mobile network capacity


Power and comms eh.

That's going to make C2 utility enquiries interesting. We'll have to assume all telecom cables are also an electrocution risk. Touch safe don't mean nothing if you stick a shovel through it.

German defense chat overheard by Russian eavesdroppers on Cisco's WebEx


Re: Huh?

"And yet it's been confirmed, at least in part."

That's the hybrid bit, mix of truth and lies. Or at maybe truth and truth no one can prove so we can say its lies.

That's the problem with statements about spies by spies - there is no way of knowing what is true.

ChatGPT starts spouting nonsense in 'unexpected responses' shocker


Re: Just as far away as before

We are always 20 years away from...

- AI

- Flying cars

- Nuclear Fusion

- Moon Bases

- Cures for cancer


Dell staff not alone in being squeezed to reduce remote work


Company closed 4 offices and half of mine during Covid. Relocated all the staff to the half of mine that was left so we have 500 or so assigned to 125 seats of which 25 or so are permanently pinched by admin, graduates and mid management types. Not IT support though, that's all over in Poland these days.

Now they say we are all expected to come in 2 days a week. so that's 1000 person days per week with a capacity of 500 person days.

Please install that patch – but don't you dare actually run it


Re: Nine nines and an explosion

I bet he wouldn't pay for a parallel system so you would have two to switch between.

Everyone's suing AI over text and pics. But music? You ain't seen nothing yet


The prompt for those Dune images was specifically asking a screenshot from the 2021 trailer. Sure that might be copyright infringement depending on how it's used, but no more so than taking a screenshot directly.

It's using the AI as a search engine, not asking it to do anything different from the original.

What the AI copyright fights are truly about: Human labor versus endless machines


Re: a moral issue: the future of human labor versus an endless army of machines

The problem is that some papers have published stories based on other papers original stories for as long as journalism has been around and as long as they have rewritten it so it's not a word for word copy and reference the original where needed it's not breaking copyright.

So why when it's an AI doing the same is it now breaking copyright?

Here's a list of thousands of artists Midjourney's AI is ripping off, creatives claim


Re: Piles of styles

Artists certainly develop their own style over time, but I doubt there are many that start that way - they learn by copying (being influenced) by others.

The copyright argument seems to hinge on one aspect, that what AI training does is different from when people do it in terms of legality. It's something that doesn't really get covered in current legislation, but that argument has already be widened in cases to include showing people where to download copyrighted material (Pirate Bay) and the use of particular software that uploads as it downloads (torrents), so it could potentially be widened to include AI training.

I think something like the way musicians get paid for radio broadcasts of their works might be the way it goes for AI use of copyright material. It's that or leave AI to countries where they don't care about copyright.

To be, or not to be, in the office. Has returning to work stalled?


Re: Darn right it's stalled

Every office had a "twatwaffle". Our one was an office manager who used to walk about with a headset talking loudly in fluent management bollocks so everyone could see how important he was. His main job was to sign off the admins staff timesheets and leave requests as far as we could tell.

God knows what he does now with WFH.

Our company is trying to get us to be more hybrid, but they closed half the office, closed 4 other offices and merged them to the half sized one, so we have 500+ staff assigned to 125 seats (some of which permanently booked by admin and managers who don't know what to do unless they can see other people working) and the odds of getting a desk are slim anyway. All my work involves project teams from across the world, so all I'll be doing in the office with regard to meeting people would be Teams meetings I do at home anyway.

So far I've managed to avoid coming in because there's no logical argument for it, but logic won't hold up forever when dealing with management.

Meta sued by privacy group over pay up or click OK model


Re: Stalking and financial abuse

YouTube is even worse. Watch a video of something and your recommendations fill up with do you want to watch a video of someone else watching that video you just watched.

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


I would sooner wait 5 seconds than to be forced to wait for an advert to play (without watching it) for longer. Don't these advertisers realise that they are putting potential customers off buying their products if they are forced to watch the adverts?

OpenAI meltdown: How could Microsoft have let this happen after betting so many billions?


Wait till they succeed in producing AGI and put themselves out of a job!

X fails to remove hate speech over Israel-Gaza conflict


Scaping the barrel

Looking at what people are posting as evidence that they are posting hate speech is against X's terms and conditions.

I can't see that working in court, or looking at bank accounts to find evidence of criminal activities would go out the window. It would take a lot of traffic of Cypriot banks though if all banks could carry out dodgy transactions without fear of exposure.

To pay or not to pay for AI's creative 'borrowing' – that is the question


If they do.

My understanding is that Books 1 to 3 contain originally pilfered material which have been made available by the pilferers for use by others. If they contain processed material then there's an element of open-sourcing going on, albeit without out the originators consent.

The truth is the law on copyright was not set up to cover this sort of stuff and some new legislation and agreement is needed. But you won't get world wide agreement for any new stuff like they could get for the base copyright protection laws because some states which very much want to ignore copyright in this case won't agree to it.


Re: Two questions for the price of one

So the argument is, if the AI copy made during learning is temporary, is this a lawful use of the work?

If it is, then copyright infringement hasn't taken place.

Google dragged to UK watchdog over Chrome's upcoming IP address cloaking


Remember what Rwanda used to be infamous for, before becoming an unexpected destination for asylum seekers.

Yep one bunch of locals committed acts of genocide on another bunch of locals. The racial stereotype they used to identify the other side was height. To Europeans it didn't appear to be racist, but it was.

You list a number of characteristics for Braverman to "prove" she's not racist, but one characteristic stands out by it's absence, and that's the main one she's being accused of racism towards.

I admit I don't like her, but that's political, I'm allowed not to.

World leaders ink AI safety pacts while Musk and Sunak engage in awkward bromance


Re: Timescales?

"Once there is limited work, how will the economy be managed? If people aren't needed for work, what will they be needed for? Even leisure activities (including entertainment) will need to become autonomous? If nobody earns a wage, the state will need to support."

Either everything is free and provided by the state, and money ceases to exist, or some form of universal income is provided which means permanent relative poverty for most and Musk and Co living it up being so rich that for them there is no money (not far from where we are now).

Couple this with Sunak's advice to risk it all on going into business, when 60% of all start-ups fail in the first year (and that's right now, let alone when everybody is doing it and we are all competing for the same customers) and you can see what they mean for us and them. Imagining betting your career and livelihood on a gamble with less than a 50-50 payout? Rishi Sunak can.

Musk is selling us Star Trek, but we are going to get Bladerunner (without the flying cars).


Re: Edited out

Never rule anything out, after all nothing new was revealed about Johnson, we all knew what he was like. Hancock however has gone down a few grades.

Apply D&D advice, the monster is not dead until you have cut of it's head and burned it and it's body in separate fires and buried the ashes in multiple locations, and even then be wary.

Privacy advocate challenges YouTube's ad blocking detection scripts under EU law


This is a message to any company who is using YouTube to show adverts. YouTube doesn't care that it's showing adverts to people who don't want to buy the product, but you should as they are charging you. If I'm forced to sit through an advert for your product I will not buy it. If I want a product of that type and yours is on the shelf with a bunch of alternatives, I will buy one of the alternatives.

People who use an ad-blocker all think the same way, it's why we use them. So get together and tell YouTube/Google/Alphabet that forcing people who actively block adverts to look at them is going to hurt your business. Because it will.

If you like the idea of targeted adverts, this is the opposite effect. We might of bought your product anyway, but you are ensuring we don't. So save your money and tell YouTube to see sense.

Amazon workers are in a warehouse of pain, independent report finds


I flipped burgers for a summer between school and university, so did my brother.

I worked for British Rails in-house burger chain, Casey Jones. I didn't join the union as I was only going to be there for 3 months or so, but the job still benefited from union influence - reasonable pay, free food and good working conditions (for burger flipping).

My brother joined the cult that is McDonalds. Half the pay I got, begging the manager for "courtesy cups" of drink these were about half the size of the smallest cup they sell and they didn't expect you to need more than 2 per shift regardless of heat. Anyone who said anything negative was fired on the spot.

It's the American way. Later in my career my British company was acquired by an American one. They thought our Staff Council, which is what we called the Staff Reps required by law was some kind of commie plot. They were shocked they couldn't just sack anyone they wanted without notice. One global team had members in New York, during a round of redundancy they were just moved to zero hours contracts and not given any work. They couldn't even get a new job without quitting and forbidden from working for another company while contracted to their existing one, which of course meant that they were leaving voluntarily and not being made redundant in the eyes of American law.

Amazon and others are exporting their cultish working practices to the rest of the world, only moving the absolute minimum they need to to get away with them in other countries.

Police ignored the laws of datacenter climate control


Re: Fun with magnets.

Looked it up on Google, that looks just like it! Even had that pocket on the side with a manual in that some of the photos show.

Cheers, nice to know I wasn't imagining it as some thought.

Yep the degauss was quite impressive, used to scare the crap out of me when I first started using it.


Re: Fun with magnets.

This one did. I know because I used it. It used to make a loud cracking sound when you degaussed. And the button had degauss written next to it. It was old in 1989 when I first used it.

The magnetic fields in that room twice made my bank cards unreadable.


Fun with magnets.

A company I worked at had an old terminal (green text type) connected to a digitising table. The terminal needed degaussing quite often (with a button on the side) to clear the text which was semi persistent as did the digitising table with a large magnetic sweeper.

Guess where they stored the back-up tapes from the MicroVAX that ran the office network?

X confuses the masses by removing all details from links


Re: Making Twitter less useful every day

He needs the image as a link, as that gives him free content.

People like pretty pictures (especially cats).

Textbook publishers sue shadow library LibGen for copyright infringement


Re: They are blocked in France

Either you went to the same place as me, or it's more than one lecturer who did this.

His reply when asked a question in the first lecture - "I'm not a teacher, I'm a lecturer. I'm here to talk at you, not answer questions."

His lectures consisted of reading out manufacturers chip specifications, none of which he said would feature in the exams.

He said the final exam would solely consist of questions taken from his book, of which there were two copies in the university library, so if we wanted to pass we would have to buy a copy.

He also did the usual trick of getting masters and phd students to effectively write his next book.

He put me totally off the topic of computer hardware, something that I've only started looking at again recently from online vids like Ben Eater's 8 bit computer series. Now he would have been a good lecturer.

Right to repair advocates have a new opponent: Scientologists


Re: Expose

God can have my possessions too, as long as he picks them up in person.

Judge snuffs man's quest to have AI-created art protected by copyright


When does a tool stop being a tool.

Latest versions of Photoshop, used in creation of much digital art whose creators claim copyright, have AI tools within them such as Generative Fill.

So at what level does the mechanical process in those tools take precedence over the artistic choice to use the tool?

How about a bucket on a string with a hole punched in it, spilling paint on a canvas, running entirely on the mechanical process of gravity and hydrodynamics?

Palantir lobbied UK pensions department for its software to tackle fraud


I still can't get over the fact that they called themselves Palantir.

Biden urged to completely cripple AI chips to China


US Gov : All CPUs capable of IO speeds greater than 600GB/sec are banned from exporting to China!

Company : OK, we'll make some 600GB/sec versions for export.

US Gov : You are just trying to get around the ban! We'll impose a lower limit!

Company : OK, we'll make some versions at that limit.

US Gov : There you go again, trying to get around the ban!

I don't expect politicians to know technical details, but I do expect them to know about concepts such as "greater than" and "less than".

Funnily enough, AI models must follow privacy law – including right to be forgotten


Add another AI to solve it.

One way to do it would be with another AI trained on negative data, a list of proscribed results that the first AI passes it's output to and the second AI assesses that output against it's database of blacklisted info and automatically redacts the output.

It would need to store info on what needs to be forgotten though so would fail that test, but surely when a request to be forgotten is put in, that request is stored somewhere also? How under the current system do you check that the forbidden knowledge is not relearned?

If the redacting AI has a much smaller set of info than the main AI, then it could be used as an interim measure until the main AI LLM is updated, solving the time issue.

Sarah Silverman, novelists sue OpenAI for scraping their books to train ChatGPT


"Some tasks, like requesting information from specific military units, can sometimes take staff hours or days to complete, but large language models can provide data within minutes."

Only takes minutes if the info is already included in the LLM. How long does it take for the info to get compiled, and how do you ensure it's not out of date?

Looks like replacing a simple telephone call to the unit, with having to employ someone in each unit whose entire job is updating the LLM. Not to mention ArmyGPT making stuff up when it doesn't have the answer.

Google says public data is fair game for training its AIs


Re: Didn't Google News get banned in some places for doing this?

The copying when you feed into the system isn't the copyright infringement though - it's publishing the info afterwards.

I can cut and paste into a word doc, go through and rewrite it in my own words and it becomes a new work, derivative sure, but that's allowed as fair use in many jurisdictions (like the USA for example, where the first AI copyright trials are taking place). And they are civil claims as well, not criminal cases, so it will come down to who has the most money for their lawyers.

Twitter rate-limits itself into a weekend of chaos


Re: NYT Bestselling Book Title

Are you sure that's not what the Musk entity running Twitter actually is right now?

Open the pod bay doors, GPT, and see if you're smart enough for the real world


Re: Two sides of the coin

Or was it a large number of AI monkeys with a typewriter and a time machine?

US Air Force AI drone 'killed operator, attacked comms towers in simulation'


Re: I've read more realistic fiction that was actually stated as fiction.

No I didn't. It must have a list of valid targets to pick from, or it would have wasted all it's missiles on rocks.


I've read more realistic fiction that was actually stated as fiction.

In a statement to Insider, Air Force spokesperson Ann Stefanek denied that any such simulation has taken place.

"The Department of the Air Force has not conducted any such AI-drone simulations and remains committed to ethical and responsible use of AI technology," Stefanek said. "It appears the colonel's comments were taken out of context and were meant to be anecdotal."

Sounds like the colonel's anecdote was hypothetical at best, which explains why it doesn't make much sense.

If the drone is attacking an enemy's air defence system it would be given a target list. Why would friendly infrastructure and units be included in such a list?

If the simulated drone is being controlled via a communications tower remote from the operator, why would it have attempted to kill the operator first? And how would it know where the operator was if the signal was passing through a comms tower? Also it's unlikely that the operator was located close to the targets, so if the drone was on site, how did it fly all the way back to the operator to attack?

I think either the colonel went off on a ramble without making it clear it was just hypothetical, or the media just missed that bit of his story.