* Posts by James12345

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UK govt advert encouraging re-skilling for cyber jobs implodes spectacularly

James12345

Re: Yeah

Perhaps that is exactly what we need. Or is it men only in Dogshit world?

James12345
WTF?

Twats

Faux-outrage bollocks.

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

James12345
Happy

Re: We don't need no education

"You seem to have a lot of resentment in you. And that's something you need to sort out for yourself. I've pointed out the irrational nature of your comments. That's all anyone can do."

Thank you, Dr Psychobabble, your efforts to help sort me out are greatly appreciated.

Let's check the irrationality:

James12345: "State schools overestimate (predicted grades) by one or two grades."

Terry6: "We need to scotch that one. The grades submitted for the exam substitute were far more carefully applied, checked and moderated by schools than normal ones. They weren't just the usual teacher assessment."

James12345: "So is your argument that teachers know they can usually get away doing a shit job, but this time made a bit of an effort?"

Terry6: "teacher assessments don't and can't take into account the differences between working in a classroom and sitting in an exam room."

James12345: "if the teacher doesn't actually bother to understand how the kids they teach react to exam conditions, they will just base predictions on the level of work the kids produce in the classroom - that might well be why they are generally poor at predicting actual results."

Terry6: "In what way could teachers modify their assessments of the kids to replicate the negative effects of exam conditions?"

Oh, I don't know, maybe the most irrational way would be to compare how they do in school exams vs how they do in class?

As I'm just a resentful, irrational conspiracy theorist, who had (or maybe gave) a bad education, please keep dishing out the "insults" when you can't put forward any proper counterpoints.

James12345

Re: We don't need no education

I probably had the same experience as a lot of people. But teachers didn't go on strike back then (yes, I'm ancient) and weren't focused on bringing down tory governments instead of teaching kids, so I probably had a much better experience than kids these days.

However, returning to the point, I guess if the teacher doesn't actually bother to understand how the kids they teach react to exam conditions, they will just base predictions on the level of work the kids produce in the classroom - that might well be why they are generally poor at predicting actual results. You are just making excuses for teachers who usually can't be arsed to get predictions right.

Exams are a test of learning and everyone is given the same chance to demonstrate that learning. It must be shit being in a school full of teachers who won't help their kids get the help they deserve, but blaming that bad performance on teachers at other schools who actually help their pupils is slightly missing the point.

James12345

Re: We don't need no education

So is your argument that teachers know they can usually get away doing a shit job, but this time made a bit of an effort?

What praise you heap upon them.

James12345

Re: We don't need no education

Your class had 4 but how many maths classes were there? Or perhaps your school just had an incredibly small sixth form. Or maybe it was just a shit school for STEM? Maths is the most commonly sat A Level.

James12345

Re: We don't need no education

A school entering less than 10 pupils for maths A level is a very small school, regardless of the state vs independent argument.

The fact still remains, that you can't criticize the algorithm for benefiting small public schools by using teacher predicted grades because the stats show that independent schools tend to predict the correct grades.

The algorithm actually discriminated against most independents because they have a large enough cohort to be assessed against the general results. This meant their students, who are shown to be statistically above the general education average, had the general average result adjustment applied to their results. The kids in the state sector dragged down the kids in the independent sector, but the bash the tory snobs mob won't/can't comprehend that.

James12345

Re: Too late for some.

Not according to the evidence. But, don't worry, keep talking shite - you'll be fine.

James12345

Getting back to reality:

https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8409/Predicted-grades-accuracy-and-impact-Dec-16/pdf/Predicted_grades_report_Dec2016.pdf

Read it and weep......

James12345

Re: We don't need no education

https://www.ucu.org.uk/media/8409/Predicted-grades-accuracy-and-impact-Dec-16/pdf/Predicted_grades_report_Dec2016.pdf

Independent schools correctly predict grades. State schools overestimate by one or two grades. Disadvantaged pupils have the highest overestimate of predicted against obtained.

Sounds like the results as they were on the 13th, but let's ignore the evidence and all pretend it's a Tory plot to smash the working classes.

Everyone is equal, no one must be seen to be worse than everyone else - give A* all round and the world's woes will be fixed.

James12345

Re: We don't need no education

Don't confuse small class sizes with small cohorts. There are lots of big schools with small classes and lots of small schools with big classes.

But it doesn't matter now, anyone can have anything they want...

James12345
Facepalm

We don't need no education

I'd like to see the evidence that shows the algorithm benefited public schools and state schools were penalised. It's very easy to say that happened, but I don't think there is any evidence to back it up at all.

From the stats I've seen, the algorithms lead to grade inflation already, with more students been given higher grades than they were likely to achieve.

Now all the results have been rendered meaningless, perhaps we should just give every student as many A* results in as many subjects as they want, regardless of what they actually studied for the last few years. Seems fair to me.....

Worldwide Google services – from GCP to G Suite – hit with the outage stick

James12345
Paris Hilton

Re: Smiley

Wow, all your users must be really enjoying all that storage and super fast performance.

James12345

Re: Oh my, Google Cloud and Slack at the same time

GSuite manages upwards of four nines usually, but falls just short of five. Generally you don't notice the small wobbles it has.

I very much doubt most businesses ran an email system with greater uptime, back in the days when running your own email system was seen to be a good idea.

UK.gov admits it has not performed legally required data protection checks for COVID-19 tracing system

James12345
Headmaster

Think this story might have been miscategorised as Security - surely it should be in this section https://www.theregister.com/business/policy/ ?

If you haven't potentially exposed 1000s of customers once again with networking vulns, step forward... Not so fast, Palo Alto Networks

James12345
WTF?

The important part of this story is lost due to the headline

Dear El Reg, you have this one upside down. The important story here is that F5 have revised their advice. The Palo section is basically a non story, because the devices should already have been patched from an earlier issue. The fact that F5 now are saying that the workaround we said was OK isn't, so you've probably been pwned, is the real issue here, and because a snappy headline could only be worked out for the minor story, you've ended burying the big one.

Is right! Ofcom says Scousers enjoy a natter on the phone compared to southern blerts

James12345
Facepalm

Looks like OFCOM have no idea

I'll admit I'm guessing here, but OFCOM are probably looking purely at voice traffic to establish how long people are using their phone to make "phone calls". All the app based systems that allow someone to use their voice to communicate with another person will be being recorded only as data, not voice.

Microsoft menaced with GDPR mega-fines in Europe for 'large scale and covert' gathering of people's info via Office

James12345

Lawful basis - contract

https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/guide-to-the-general-data-protection-regulation-gdpr/lawful-basis-for-processing/

Microsoft will probably have a contract with the Dutch Gov that gives them the right to collect the data.

As far as the report goes, there has been no breach, so no reason for the Dutch Info Commission to get involved with Microsoft.

The Dutch government, however, may be breaking GDPR by sending data to Microsoft without its worker's consent. Dutch GDP - 826.2 billion USD - now that is quite some fine they can impose on themselves...

Cyber boffins drill into World Cup cyber honeypot used to cyber lure Israeli soldiers

James12345

It becomes anti-semitic when

It becomes anti-semitic when:

1) You treat Jews differently than you treat anybody else.

2) You deny Jews the right of self-determination.

3) You deny there is any Jewish connection to Israel\Palestine\Judea & Semaria\Trans-Jordan\The Holy Land\Insert here any relevant name given of the land at any time in history.

It looks like year dot is 1967 to Jake - this is when the Arabs started to refer to themselves as Palestinian, rather than calling themselves Syrians, Egyptians or Saudis. Up to this point, calling someone a Palestinian was either a badge of honour for the Jews or a derogatory term when used by the Arabs. Jake also seems to have conveniently forgotten the Mizrahi Jews who were the Middle East's unwanted, homeless Jews.

So, Jake, you have successfully passed Test 1, 2 and 3. Where shall I post the "Jake is a dick and proud of it" t-shirt that you have won in this quiz?

What Israel's crack majority-women Unit 8200 hackers can teach tech about diversity

James12345
Trollface

Re: Conscription ?

"They're in Israel ffs - what do you think their racial/religions diversity is going to look like?" - because only white European Jews live in Israel??????? AMBxx showing no prejudice there then.....

Breaking up is hard to do: Airbus, new bae Google and clinging on to Microsoft's 'solutions'

James12345

"GS is in general a vastly inferior solution compared to O365" in your opinion.

Lots of other people feel the exact opposite.

I've tried both and think GS is far superior to O365 as a collaboration suite and raises productivity because of that.

Airbus ditches Microsoft, flies off to Google

James12345

Wow - feel the fear

So many people who are scared of the thought of not using Office.

Wow Guys - you do know it is 2018, not 1998, don't you?

Give GSuite a go, but please don't have a heart attack/seizure when you find out that it is a better collaboration product than Office/O365.

Cisco can now sniff out malware inside encrypted traffic

James12345

So you need to double the bandwidth but don't actually stop it?

You need one chunk of bandwidth to download and then an equal amount to upload to Cisco. Then there is a delay while it gets processed at that remote location - what happens when Cisco say you just let in some malware a few seconds ago? Isn't this just letting you know you have a cleanup job a bit earlier than you would otherwise have known?

If this concept does work and can't be defeated by randomisation, wouldn't it be better for Cisco just to run the service as some sort of proxy, so you only download once after it is checked, and block the malware before it gets to you?

Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

James12345

Re: Meanwhile...

My Athlon X2 5400B based Acer was killed again. Fortunately, it is an easy fix - turn off, turn on, turn off, turn on and wait for windows to do its repair thing. The only tricky bit is getting wushowhide running before the update is installed again - you just need to keep an eye on it and log in as soon as the repair is finished.

James12345
Unhappy

Re: Meanwhile...

It hasn't been pulled and hasn't been modified, so it still kills older AMD based systems.

James12345

Re: Meanwhile...

Just turned on the update again and it is now downloading KB405692 - I'll let you know if it kills my PC again, or if MS have modified the fix. It certainly hasn't been pulled.

How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

James12345

Re: I have been to a Sisters of Mercy gig...

You should have gone to the gigs 30 years ago - bloody brilliant back then.

DNS resolver 9.9.9.9 will check requests against IBM threat database

James12345

Smut Blocker

Have you tried OpenDNS Family Shield? All you need to do is point your router to 208.67.222.123 and 208.67.220.123 for DNS.

https://www.opendns.com/home-internet-security/#benefit-matrix

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Thumb Down

New Labour's biggest con on the young

Not everybody should go to uni, and no one should be saddled with £50K of debt when they are all but forced to go.

CrashPlan crashes out of cloudy consumer backup caper

James12345

Re: The real reason ?

Like me!

Does anybody have any recommendations for an alternative? I backup the home PCs to my home server and to a PC at a friend's place, and the home server gets backed up to a USB drive and the remote PC. Data sync to their cloud was way too slow (I'm in the UK, their system is in the US) - by the end of the 30 day free trial, it had only done a small percentage of a full sync. I would have paid, but the paid service didn't work for me.

Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', prays for IPO

James12345
Go

From the picture, I think his high holiness, the all knowledgeable is thinking about Michael Gove....

Apple bag-search class action sueball moves to Cali supreme court

James12345

Robert Carnegie - Chapeau to you, sir.

Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem

James12345
Mushroom

Re: Frickin' synch

If you insist on using Outlook....

You do know it is 2017, not 2007, don't you?

James12345

You might need to check your Mac's setup

I've never had the spinning beach ball due to Google Drive sync.

Cisco Jabber on the other hand.....

Viking storms storage monastery wielding 50TB SAS SSD

James12345
Facepalm

Er, yes it is a big array - it's an array packed full of 50TB drives......

On the couch with an AI robo-doc asking me personal questions

James12345

Woodhouse Grove or Ashville?

Tanks for the memories: Building a post-Microsoft Office cloud suite

James12345

Re: Whilst I'm no fan of Microsoft..

I use GSuite at work and at home and think it is brilliant.

Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio

James12345
FAIL

Ever heard of Pythagoras?

Bye bye MP3: You sucked the life out of music. But vinyl is just as warped

James12345
Meh

Rather than like buying a BMW

Isn't going down the vinyl audiophile thing more like buying a Morgan or a Bristol - loads of money spent on something not as good as mainstream and makes the person who buys it feel special (but look a tit)?

Google mistakes the entire NHS for massive cyber-attacking botnet

James12345

Google Captcha

We get this from time to time, despite being a Google Apps customer and we are much smaller that the NHS. I would be surprised if this doesn't happen to lots of organisations all the time, especially those who send lots of traffic to Google.

Fake election news meltdown vortex sucks in Google

James12345
Facepalm

Just like most news agencies

"repeat or invent wildly inaccurate and misleading information, typically with a strong political bias"

Just like the BBC, RT, CNN, FOX etc etc...

Google pulls plug on YouTube for older iPads, iPhones, smart TVs

James12345

Don't tell me you were stupid enough to buy an expensive "SMART" TV

and are now complaining about how dumb it is.

Buy a dumb TV that has a great picture and add to it the functions you need (not the ones you think you want) with a STB of some description. The TV has less to break, and upgrades when you need them are easy.

UK retailers in TABLET PRICE SLASH BONANZA

James12345

Re: But Has Anyone Found something To Do With Them?

Until you have one, you won't know what you are missing....

How does the US government run the internet? This is how

James12345
Facepalm

Re: Not sure what the point is

However, your comment certainly makes you one.

James12345
FAIL

Re: Not sure what the point is

They're not idiots; they are people whose family members were murdered.

Secret U.S. 'space warplane' set to return from spy mission

James12345

Re: I wonder if theX-37B story is related to this one?

"So in context, angering the Iranians with an unprovoked attack just when the US might be making some slow progress in negotiations, and when the US might need their help clearing up a mess of US making, that is definitely consistent with the US track record."

I think describing the progress as slow is wildly optimistic! I don't think there has been any progress in the negotiations at all. It may be the case that completely wiping out a portion of the nuclear programme with a "magic" weapon may well encourage negotiations.

I don't think an Iranian backed "solution" along the lines of Hezbollah or Hamas is any more preferable to a Saudi\Kuwaiti\UAE backed IS or al-Nusra Front problem.

James12345
Mushroom

I wonder if theX-37B story is related to this one?

http://www.timesofisrael.com/massive-blast-reported-at-suspected-iranian-nuke-facility-2/

Chipzilla promises $6 billion to upgrade Israeli plant

James12345
Facepalm

Re: Anonymous Coward and Revisionism

"there was nothing offensive or rude in it" - don't let the minor fact that the post was total BS get it the way of your "it isn't fair" whining......

"There is no conflict in the 2 statements" - are you really as thick as pig sh**? The clue is in the fact that in the first post you claimed there were no Jews in Palestine prior to the end of WW2.

"presumably history is bonkers" - it isn't history that's bonkers, but you might want to have a look in a mirror if you haven't worked it out yet.

James12345
FAIL

Anonymous Coward and Revisionism

The first post (now deleted!) stated "From very start when the Jews arrived unwanted and uninvited by the indigenous arab residents of Palestine and with no previous connection to the area".

The second one says "about 10% of the residents of Palestine immediately prior to this were Jewish".

Make up your mind about whether Jews were there or not prior to 1948 before you start wittering on about supposed historical records, while at the same time denying the historically documented presence of Jews in the area called Palestine since 1000BC.

The scientific consensus is that Ashkenazi Jews (basically the European ones mentioned in the post) do have distinct genetic ties to the Levant (as in the L in ISIL) including modern Israel - there are some crackpots who claim otherwise, but their work has been rejected by peer review.

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