* Posts by FSM

40 posts • joined 23 Nov 2012

Equifax fooled again! Blundering credit biz directs hack attack victims to parody site

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Top video game dev nerve-center Unity can now be used to train AI


Time for AI to conquer Fidget Spinner Simulator and other appalling asset flips!

(I admit I assumed FSS is a Unity game because it's an asset flip, but I'm not 100% sure about that.)

Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks



"Last year, he proved that eels could jump [start a car!]"

Lottery-hacking sysadmin's unlucky number comes up: 25 years in the slammer


Re: Way too harsh

It's America.

(Search: Marcus Hutchins)

US prosecutors drop demand for 1.3m IP addresses of folks who visited anti-Trump site


Re: smokescreen

Oh wow, did we submit more-or-less the same message at the same time, both with the word "smokescreen" in the title?

What's the probability of that? (Unless you copied me!)


Isn't this all a huge smokescreen?

Who is in any doubt as to whether the authorities already have logs of internet traffic, especially HTTP(S) IPs/domains visited?

Of all the things we know the NSA is capable of, this sounds rather primitive. I'm certain I've read that this level of information has been required to be collected by ISPs in the UK for many years.

I say, BING DONG! Microsoft's search engine literally cocks up on front page for hours


"A Microsoft spokesperson told us the Windows giant has nothing to say."

That's a contradiction.

WannaCry vanquisher Marcus Hutchins pleads not guilty to flogging banking trojan Kronos


Re: The Wannacry server domain?

I think they're referring to the killswitch domain that Marcus himself bought to stop the vulnerable variants of WannaCrypt from propagating.

Yes, it's that f**king stupid. It's like adding insult to injury if it actually does mean this. Welcome one and all, except those who help others; f**k them, we'll treat them like terrorists and degrade them, stopping short of actually physically torturing them.

StarCraft. Intel's 100 robo-rides. Nvidia's license to print money. Your Friday AI roundup



I imagine the bots in SC2 are insanely strong already, if Blizzard's other game Warcraft 3 is anything to go by. (Yes, I get rekt by easy bots in that game... The bots in C&C Red Alert 2 and Generals are easy as hell in contrast.)

OpenAI bot bursts into the ring, humiliates top Dota 2 pro gamer in 'scary' one-on-one bout


Interesting, but also not

AI in continuous games isn't particularly impressive as it comes down to reaction times, and in that respect AI will always have the upper hand. It's a completely different type of game compared to Go, a turn-based game, where latency isn't crucial.

This proof-of-concept match has very stringent rules, such as both human and AI being able to play only one hero, and other environmental boosters ("runes") not being permitted. It's a million miles from the actual game of Dota 2, which is a 5 vs 5 astronomically more complex game.

There are very few details on how this bot works. We don't know if the AI is receiving the screen data as input, or if it's getting easily-parseable representations of the world. These are two massively different things for several reasons; a big one, IMO, is recognising animations. Vengeful Spirit (not the hero the AI is using in this case) is the most extreme example I can think of as all of her animations look *very* similar; one of which is a very powerful, fast-moving stun. If it's her stun, you have very little time to recognise it, both from sight and sound cues.

If the AI is "seeing" these animations as events in an easy-to-parse world representation, then the bot can surely instantly recognise that it is about to be stunned and take action much quicker than a human ever could. That being said, all ability casts can be cancelled a certain way through, so the bot could potentially be duped into a loop of thinking it's going to be stunned and then not. This adds some more interesting potential for the bot to recognise whether it's beneficial for the enemy to stun the bot, so it knows whether to actually bother reacting. But Dota 2 is an imperfect information game, so it sounds complex.

Anyway, I felt I had to rant about this. It's interesting, yes, but I don't think it makes any difference to everyday Dota 2. If you want to make a strong bot that has the same level of skill as a human then clearly it will need delays adding to its decisions, or perhaps it would have to make occasional deliberate mistakes. But otherwise, it's just Elon Musk's company waving their "deep learning" dongs around, showing that they've done it first.

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims


If someone else took his proof-of-concept code and used it to create malware, that makes him no more of a malware writer than anyone who's ever posted code on a blog, or in an answer on StackOverflow.

Gamers red hot with fury over Intel Core i7-7700 temperature spikes


[citations needed]

Germany, France lobby hard for terror-busting encryption backdoors – Europe seems to agree


Re: Two options

That's actually a Red Dwarf reference. You're thinking of the '15" black rubber cock' that Hatchet Harry beats poor Smithy to death with.

But otherwise, well put!

German police ARREST SQUIRREL for stalking woman


You know that feeling

... when you're not sure if you've woken up yet?

Law changed to allow GCHQ hacking ... just as GCHQ hauled into court for hacking


Eric King, the Deputy Director, criticised the "underhand and undemocratic manner in which the Government is seeking to make lawful GCHQ's hacking operations."

He then went on to say, "SURPRISE MOTHERF**KER"

Friends don't let friends use Internet Explorer – advice from US, UK, EU


C'mon M$

Run it through Valgrind!

Schmidt: Social networks will FREE THE PEOPLE of China


Why would India rather spend billions on a space agency and loads of other things that they don't need rather than help their people?

Nations are hypocrites it seems.

Anonymous Indonesia claims attacks by Anonymous Australia


Seriously though, I laughed out loud when I read that motto. Thanks Reg, you make my Monday mornings much easier!

Got a mobile phone? Then you've got a Trojan problem too


"Smarter polymorphs and the like"

They don't steal your emotions, they take your intelligence.

Or I guess that's technology in general.

IT bloke denies trying to shag sheep outside football ground


Re: Caught on CCTV


India joins list of nations vetting Huawei, ZTE



Is this just nations being paranoid, or do they really pose a serious security threat, due to close ties with the Chinese gov or something?

AMD reveals potent parallel processing breakthrough



I wish they'd cut out the 'it must have a cool name' bullshit and just call it a Heterogeneous Processing Unit. Sounds good and is based on fact.

Very encouraging news nonetheless.

Super-fast super-massive black hole spins at nearly light-speed


WTF radiation?

Could someone please explain to me why black holes can emit radiation, given that their most interesting feature is that light can't escape from them?

New social network is for DEAD PEOPLE


What about DeadSpace? Sounds cool, but it rings a bell already.

Fanbois rejoice: iPhone 5, iPad Mini finally jailbroken


Hackers these days...

I cannot take anyone seriously who chooses l33tspeak names like "evad3rs" and "evasi0n". That means "pre-pubescent teenagers" to me.

Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest


Re: perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny


If you or anyone else thinks that that joke is funny, they should go to India and tell it. I hope they string you up from the nearest lamppost.

Why are admins letting vile jokes like this through?

Live blog: Facebook's 'screw you' to Google revealed at last


How bad can it be?

"Over 3 per cent of Facebook's CPU time is spent on sorting out privacy, Zuckerberg says."

I lol'd. Not sure if that's a lot or not.

Hacking bazaar ExploitHub gets hacked, database leaked


So they may as well have copied and pasted the details from the website. I would laugh but I'm on a train.

Google maps app is BACK on iPhones, fanbois spared death


How bad can it be?

I'm afraid I'm not an expert with privacy. Can someone please explain what data they collect from you using maps exactly? Also, I use an Android phone, but I have location services disabled. What data can google collect about Android users?

North Korean rocket works, puts something into orbit


Re: Keen!

Bugs me that the UN is completely useless in situations like this. The only words to come out of Ban's mouth are something to the effect of "I urge all sides not to do anything that would cause instability [on the Korean peninsula]."

NK has barely any food, surely if they don't grow up and prove themselves worthy of food aid, they'll just die and collapse? Food aid from the US was revoked as a result of the first test earlier this year.

Kim Dotcom shows off new mega service


Re: Pseudo-random?

Hang on, surely mouse and keyboard use are among the most predictable entropy sources possible?

Consider for a moment the likelihood that someone has moved their hands to the left or right, rather than up or down, given our wrist and the movement it makes the easiest.

And for the keyboard, if you're sourcing what people type and they're not aware of the fact that they are participating in entropy "gathering", what's the likelihood they've been using the most common characters the most?

Maybe I'm misunderstanding the concept, but I can't think of a worse choice for getting entropy.



I don't know that much about the maths of this, but I thought you were supposed to "get" entropy from an unpredictable source, such as radioactive decay, rather than something VERY predictable, like ones mouse and keyboard use?

I believe that /dev/random gets noise from attached hardware devices in order to fill an entropy "pool", I believe the term is.

OK, exam over, feedback please!

Iran draws veil over lolcats, launches local YouTube knock-off


Re: Youtube without the offensive bits...

Surely that should be error 69?

Stallman: Ubuntu spyware makes it JUST AS BAD as Windows


What about {K,X}ubuntu?

I recently got Xubuntu to replace my terrible GNOME 3 Fedora 17. Presumably, if you don't pick the Unity ubuntu, you're safe?

Pakistan Cyber Army declares war on Chinese, Bangladeshi sites


Re: Crackers

I'll award points to anyone who can think of a <i>more</i> generic hackers name short of "l33t c0de br34k3r".

Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE


If I wasn't on a train right now, I'd have LMFAO.

Gangnam Style beats Bieber Baby, becomes biggest timewaste EVER


Ulterior motives

I've got a theory that the dance is actually a mind control ritual. Recently, Psy's been teaching it to the world's public populations, but more scarily, politicians who should have nothing to do with 'music' (like Ban Ki-moon! WTF is going on there...) and so he has more and more of a grip on the world, and will eventually invoke the apocalypse. I think you know what day it will be...

Story time over.


Well done.

Reg boffins blow lid on sheepsecs


150000 * 0 = ?

I'm not sure I've ever seen a sheep move. Maybe it meant to say the speed that the sheep eats at?


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