* Posts by Kaltern

502 publicly visible posts • joined 2 Jan 2013


Red Planet roommates have been stuck on 'Mars' together for 100 days


I wonder what effect Mars' gravity would have on conception and birth... Would the child forever be stuck on Mars? Would it's body change to adapt to Mars gravity? Could it handle Earth gravity?

Conversational AI tells us what we want to hear – a fib that the Web is reliable and friendly



Badda-Bing Badda-Bye bye bibliotheque, beaten by Big Blue's Bigger (bigger!) brother. But Beware... Baby brains bring bad by-products back...biased beliefs, blunt basis... boom!

Epson zaps lasers into oblivion, in the name of the environment


Re: I agree.

Light brushing with alcohol based hand gel does a fine job too. Less fire risk too...

Elon Musk issues ultimatum to Twitter staff: Go hardcore or go home



Twitter termination trending thanks to Tesla twat #ta-ta

James Webb, Halley's Comet may be set for cosmic dust-up



This is why I sent an email to NASA, specifically advising them to fit it with a forcefield, like the one recovered from Roswell. I knew this would happen.

I didn't get a reply, but I figured that would be the case, given my security clearance.

Will optics ever replace copper interconnects? We asked this silicon photonics startup



As long as my new Optical Motherboard can have 5 billion shades of Azure I'll be ready to switch.

This is going well: Meta adds anti-grope buffer zone around metaverse VR avatars


Never had such luxury in IRC... Think Zuck is trapped in his own reality distortion field, thinking he's invented a whole new way to interact...

I'm surprised you can have faces. Those suggestive winks. They can be very scary.

Mind you, this Personal Barrier would be great in the Real World© - especially while I'm in Tesco.

Facebook far too consumed by greed to make itself less harmful to society, whistleblower tells Congress


Facebook. We are here for you.

Facebook say its all just misunderstood. So we cool?

Valheim: How the heck has more 'indie shovelware with PS2 graphics' sold 4 million copies in a matter of weeks?


Re: Not here

SatisFactory just as good as Valheim - which for the uninitiated isn't a surprise as it's the same Swedish development team, Coffee Stain.

Both games are pretty epic. I can see a lot of similarities in many ways between the games, and both are far more entertaining than pretty much any 'AAA' shovelware released in the last .. I dunno, decade...

And don't pick on Unity folks - it's a great system that, among other things, teaches you how to code efficiently lest you lose half your fps....

50%+ of our office seats are going remote, say majority of surveyed Register readers. Hi security, bye on-prem


Re: Not here

Romanians. They're the flavour of the day.

I'm being made redundant because the entire IT team is being 'moved' to Romania. In cheap offices. Everyone WAS remote, in the UK and Romania alike, but I suspect due to Brexit, my very large multinational company has decided They pay me a little too much and so I have been dumped into a small redundancy pot (1 year, 11 months and 3 weeks so no monies for me...) and everyone in Romania is getting a payrise.

And as I am housebound, I HAVE to work remotely. And because I'm not under 23, noone wants to give me any work.

So while I applaud the move to remote working, I think it's going to end up being VERY remote, at least far away from the UK.

Bored binge-watchers bork beleaguered broadband by blasting bandwidth: Global average speeds down 6.31%


Not bad,

Although I would have said 'bored boxset botherers break beleaguered broadband by binging bandwidth ' just to have avoided the hyphenated word not starting with a B... looks untidy.

But yours is good too.


Russia drags NASA: Enjoy your expensive SpaceX capsule, our Soyuz is the cheap Kalashnikov of rockets



And the Dragon has touchscreens. I mean... I dunno how much work the pilot needed to do to dock, but they seemed to be accurate enough.

Touchscreens. To pilot a ship. Very Trek.

Top tip: Using AI to detect alien civilizations is dangerous because if it spots anything, even just a blurry blob, people are going to go nuts


Isn't someone who says aliens exist just a theoretical scientist?



Re: AI could easily spot things we miss

I feel I should clarify I completely agree with the use of the phrase AI, I used it purely in the context of this article.

However my point still stands. It is through machine learning monitored by humans that will have more success in spotting truly unusual and unexplained phenomena. Humans do indeed see patterns in everything, but an algorithm can be 'trained' to ignore such things, and concentrate purely on the numbers.

I am not suggesting Alexa is going to make the discovery. We will. By properly using the tools we have. Right now,any concept of a computer being better than humans is immediately scoffed at, but the blunt truth is we simply are not patient enough, and while we might miss something a computer churning through data will not. And if it is wrong, it learns and keeps going.

No I think the problem is twofold. Aliens dont win political votes, and therefore will never receive the funding needed to truly search in an effective manner.

And even if nothing is found, I suspect other data gathered during the search will be useful for some other studies.


Could it be...?

While I of course understand that the discovery of alien intelligence would be an earth shattering event, and we must not blindly jump to conclusions, I'm saddened by the continuing efforts by a large group of people to quickly stamp out any remote possibility that such life exists.

While it's easy to say nothing is real until it is, trying to block every possible Avenue of investigation is just wrong. AI could easily spot things we miss, and should then be examined by humans to make an informed decision.

Saying it is unsafe is scaremongering of the highest order.

OK. We're off. Water ice found just below the surface of Mars. Good enough for us. Let's go. Impulse power, Mr Sulu


Re: Mars.

I do it occasionally when I get bored.. :D



Might Moist Mars Make Martians Move Many Million Miles... Must Miss Meddling Man Messing Mount Mons. May Mean Mankind Martian Militance...!

Two years ago, 123-Reg and NamesCo decided to register millions of .uk domains for customers without asking them. They just got the renewal reminders...


Re: they have simply stuck those domains on auto-renew

"I downvoted you because unlike the people that Kaltern was talking about, you actively tried to prevent the auto-renew. Your insurance company ignored your request. That is significantly different to Kaltern's discussion and as such Kaltern's post was not deserving of your downvote."

Yeah... what he said! *blows raspberry*.

Ok, back to grownup-ing.


Re: they have simply stuck those domains on auto-renew

Difference is, you knowingly and willingly signed up for these packages. It's what 'subscription' means, and I get very tired of people who have 'forgotten' they signed up for an annual renewal, and then say 'Oh I forgot, and I've been using your service for 3 months since... I want my money back'... it isn't going to happen. Not enough people bother to actually check what they're signing up to, and thus blame everyone else for their own mistake.

In THIS case, no one signed up for anything, no one knew they were going to be charged, and in many cases no one actually used the product they were unwillingly forced to have. And as it appears there was no obvious opt-out for these domains, it is pure theft.

This won't end well for Nominet I suspect...

Be still, our drinking hearts: Help Reg name whisky beast conjured by Swedish distillers and AI blendbot


Curiously Quantum

For when you don't know if you exist.

Yuge U-turn: Prez Trump walks back on Huawei ban... at least the tech sector seems to think so


Re: Money

...can't argue there either... It IS Monday. I'll do better next time :D



Can't believe I forgot to include Tweet as a word....


Trump Teeters Trying To Topple Tech Trade, Turnabout Topples Trust, That's Tenously Transparent...

'AI is not the cause, it’s an accelerant. The pace of change is challenging' Experts give Congress deepfakes straight dope


This is turning into a Flat Earth type discussion...

Please be aliens, please be aliens, please be aliens... Boffins discover mystery mass beneath Moon's biggest crater


Must Mention....

Might Men Mining Magic Moon Metal Make Much Money? Maybe Mini Metallic Monsters Munching Many Miners May Modify Minds.

Brit bomb hoax teen who fantasised about being a notorious hacker cops 3 years in jail



He'd make a fairly interesting Batman villian.

Why millions of Brits' mobile phones were knackered on Thursday: An expired Ericsson software certificate


No sympathy whatsoever.

If your business is SO dependent on mobile networking, then, in the same way you always make a safe, reliable set of daily backups for your important data, you should already have a contingency plan for such events. Such as a cheap PAYG secondary driver.

Blaming o2 for your 'loss of business' is like saying 'I always meant to get those backups done...'. And people are asking for compensation? Seriously?

And the way the Sky news anchor was absolutely ripping into the CEO of o2 last night was ridiculous - literally asking if he was going to resign, and virtually demanding financial compensation...

I would imagine there is plenty of contract clauses that cover unforseen issues such as these. I think the country as a whole needs to stop jumping on things like this - we're ALWAYS so quick to blame everyone else for our own oversights.

(I'm not suggesting that there are not SOME legitimate complaints about what happened - but these will be special cases, and I imagine o2 will already be dealing with such companies due to contractual obligations)

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13



I can see this being an issue for people who review things - gaming channels, or probably anything that has a trademark.

Favourable reviews will be left alone, but the moment someone leaves a bad review, one copyright claim later and it can be removed.

This doesn't tend to happen right now, as the mechanism for doing so isn't QUITE as easy - although it can still be done. However, I can definitely see this being abused in such a way as to control data flow, rather than restrict it completely.

Alexa, cough up those always-on Echo audio recordings, says double-murder trial judge


I've said this before - people are more willing to believe the evil corporate nightmarish vision, than the idea that these companies - while indeed using data WE VOLUNTARILY­² GIVE to these companies - are just listening to everything we do and say, and that these listening devices are exactly the same as eavesdropping bugs favoured in spy movies - despite the overwhelming proof this just isn't the case.

I'm not suggesting these companies then get a free ride. But the amount of hyperbole and hysteria I read about these things are only based upon more hyperbole and hysteria which itself is based on nothing substantive.

²-Except Facebook. Because they don't always get our permission...

Bloke jailed for trying to blow up UK crypto-cash biz after it failed to reset his account password



Besviken Bitter Bloke Bungles Bitcoin Biz Bombing By Bad Bomb Bearer Booking, Banished Behind Bars.

Has science gone too far? Now boffins dream of shining gigantic laser pointer into space to get aliens' attention



Must admit, while I'm all for SETI and Breakthrough, I fail to see ANY point to this project.

Even the longest burst of laser is going to take hundreds of years to be detectable by ANY telescopic device in the galaxy because as we all know, light has to GET there first. And by the time it does, we may not even be here as a species.

It's a complete waste of time and resources. I like the idea of using it for a spacecraft energy source though...

Chinese biz baron wants to shove his artificial moon where the sun doesn't shine – literally


Re: The silver lining

Oh, that's when the hidden multi-terrawatt laser beam will cut through the clouds to provide light and tranquillity for anyone standing below...

UK ruling party's conference app editable by world+dog, blabs members' digits


Nothing a General Election can't sort out.

(who am I kidding...)

Fortnite 'fesses up: New female character's jiggly bits 'unintended' and 'embarrassing'


Re: Wtf?

"Get over it, ffs.

If people are that offended by jiggling boobies, don’t fucking look.

Stop this over-the-top PC shit, now!"

I could have gone into a tirade against the lunacy of people with nothing better to do than complain about things that offend them so much they believe EVERYONE should be offended....

... but I think BugabooSue said it far more eloquently than I could ever manage.

Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code


Consider what this actually means.

'View As' exposes your account as whatever setting you want. So if you locked it down to Friends, generally speaking, you'll not be hiding very much. So ANYTHING you have on there was viewable by whoever used the correct token.

The amount of information people put on their supposed 'safe' FB account is staggering. Dates, addresses, full names, photos of all types... Not to mention the friends list, which will show other photos of potentially 'interesting' things... which would then be ripe for leeching info from.

This is EXACTLY the reason Facebook etc are just such a bad idea. Identity thieves will be having a field day from all this - far more valuable than just a simple debit card number...

And what will be the result? The repercussions? The world is watching because if FB is not taken to task for this, then what's the point of GPDR and whatever other rules should apply to this...

Good news: Sub-surface life on Mars possible, moons from big impacts. There is no bad news


I do hope that, if microbial life is indeed found on Mars, or even our own moon, that they don't try and bring it right back to Earth...I don't really fancy being exterminated by an unrelenting bacterial infection that, being from a completely different ecosystem, is totally invulnerable to all forms of anti-biotic, and that the human immune system is incapable to fighting off.

Now, where's my oxygen tent...

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook


Re: Cruel and unusual

Unfortunately I would assume that the more hardened criminals of society would probably enjoy such gruesome imagery and thus would not be very objective in their decisions.


From experience, the horrors that content moderators are exposed to is really quite horrific. The general Facebook user has no real understanding of the absolute depths of depravity and disturbing imagery some people post on a daily basis.

Some do it purely because they find beheadings funny.

Some do it to prove a point (PETA), which most often has the opposite effect

Some do it as revenge against others who have 'wronged' them

Whatever the reason, content moderators are given no real counselling, and certainly are not paid enough for the exposure of terror they see every day, so you don't have to.

And, typically, the only real time you hear about moderators, is when they decide to censor something that some people think shouldn't be. Regardless if the rules, or interpretation of such, are broken; too many people forget that the use of social media is at the behest of the service provider, and not a right that everyone has - the number of people who complain when an image is taken down that, while breaking specific rules, is also considered a 'breach of free speech' or whatever nonsense they come out with, forget that it's entirely up to the platform if they wish to keep it up or not.

And yes, while it is true that people more or less know what they're signing up for when they choose to moderate any social media UGC, it doesn't make it any less horrifying for them when they come across content which is just beyond normal human tolerances for either gore, suffering or deviance. So it is unsurprising that people feel they can sue such firms, if they feel their time and effort to, let's face it - make these companies money, is undervalued by not offering proper support and training for such unpleasant content.

Generally speaking, the human race is a group of despicable beings, who delight in the pain and suffering of other people.

Oi, you. Equifax. Cough up half a million quid for fumbling 15 million Brits' personal info to hackers



Maybe Equifax should have a 'trust rating', held by some company that measures the level of trust you can have in companies who deal with sensitive data. And anyone can check the rating of said companies, who must display their rating in any and all correspondence and advertising.

Such a rating should determine how much data they can hold and for how long, subject to GDPR rules. And these companies may not ask to have their rating altered, unless they can prove beyond doubt that their rating is wrong.

Almost like... a credit rating. How coincidental....

Self-driving cars will be safe, we're testing them in a massive AI Sim


Only way L5 will ever be useful is if ALL vehicles are also L5, and able to communicate with each other.

Otherwise there is absolutely no way an AI can figure out potential hazards.

Put an AI through a standard hazard driving test and I guarantee it'll fail.

Drama as boffins claim to reach the Holy Grail of superconductivity


Interesting how the immediate response without seeing any supporting evidence at all was 'this is clearly bullshit'.

Yes, this would be one of the scientific breakthroughs of all time, and naturally something as huge as this needs peer review and replication. However, while it is likely to be incorrect as the odd emails seem to point out, I find it sad that the initial reaction seems to be from other people claiming they're just 'in it for the money' and 'Let their colleagues convince them that it is in their best interest to do so instead of hiding behind technicalities.”' - they wouldn't be saying this if THEY had discovered the secret...

I hope it IS true. Perhaps then the whole concept of peer review and scientific method should be slightly revised as to not immediately pour scorn on those who claim to have discovered something before THEY did...

When's a backdoor not a backdoor? When the Oz government says it isn't


What happens if Bob sends Alice an encrypted email, but spoofs it so it looks like it came from Tom - who is oblivious to his intent to blow up Parliament, and wouldn't know the password anyway?

Let's be honest, it isn't exactly difficult to spoof an email so it looks authentic enough for the police to take action.

Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay


I want one...

Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy


Re: Samsung would get a standing ovation

But then they would have innumerable competition from everyone else who realises that is all people really want.. and then they'd no longer be classed as 'special'.

That is the only reason we're getting all this pointless crap - in order to have something to say 'we're better than everyone at this (oh just ignore the huge amount of data mining, that's not your concern - just click OK, you won't feel a thing...)

Imagine how they'd sell the next Galaxy? "Yes, our phone has no extra features, Google is optional and ... it even has a removable battery.." And next year? "Yes, our new phone has a lower resolution screen.. to save battery power.. well we can't afford a bigger one because we had no data to sell...."

Wondering what to do with that $2,300 burning a hole in your pocket?


So..let me get this straight.

In essence, the 1st iteration IS going to be on sale. It's going to be terrible. We all knew this.

Also, there is ALREADY BUILT another 2 versions, which only 'investors' get to see? I mean, apart from the fact one wonders why they don't just release at LEAST version 2, this whole things is starting to sound very much like a scam.

I think Abovitz has borrowed Jobs' Reality Distortion Field® - but hasn't figured out how to fine tune it.

Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it


Facebook Fielding Financial Firms For Filching Fund Facts From Follower Fools

Facial recognition tech to be used on Olympians and staff at Tokyo 2020


Such a non story - it's accurate tech being used to streamline the safety and security of participants and those watching - and I am unable to see how taking pictures of people they probably already have many pictures of is of any concern.

Obviously if this was to be used on the general public through normal high street CCTV, I could see it being a problem - but that is an entirely different situation and cannot be compared.

Sometimes privacy laws simply do not apply to every situation.

Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections


I wonder if the various countries where the Zuck Zervers are housed have any control over how they're used?

I actually think that there SHOULD be a mass re-registration. On October 1st, all accounts will be frozen, requiring an email verification and a bot-defeating CAPTCHA within 48 hours before permanent deletion... and this should happen at random intervals through the year.

Of course I'd also like to see a mandatory Twat Tax introduced, requiring you to deposit £100 to use FB, with a refund 6 months later... but then I'm not really sure who you'd pay it to..

Now that's a dodgy Giza: Eggheads claim Great Pyramid can focus electromagnetic waves


Re: An attitude based on unfounded snobbery

So you're convinced steel was actually discovered and used 10,000 years ago? Of course not. The only materials they had to use back then was stone and later on, copper. It's already been shown that the standard tools like saws do not work well on granite, for example. And yes, while it has been shown that adding an abrasive material such as sand and lubrication can indeed help to cut using copper, this again, is just a possible theory that is unlikely to ever be proved.

The point I'm making, is you cannot use one theory to disprove another - both are equally valid until concrete evidence is found.


Using Wiki as a source to dismiss theories? Yes.. that makes perfect sense.

These jars DO produce current - that is easily proven. Therefore, by definition, they are batteries. Just because nothing has been found to explain their use, does not disqualify them from what they actually are.

There are many theories that can't be proven due to lack of physical evidence... but you don't hear about those being dismissed quite so easily.