* Posts by FF22

196 posts • joined 9 Oct 2013


Claims of AI sentience branded 'pure clickbait'


Re: Definition

"Another important factor is understanding, an "AI" can spew out reams of conversations but it does not have any underlying understanding of the subject, it's just following (admittedly complex) rules."

That's true for most humans. You still won't claim that they are not sentient, will you?


Re: Definition

"Sentience means having the capacity to experience feelings and emotions. Consciousness is an awareness of internal and external existence. Something can be considered conscious and sentient when it has an awareness of itself in relation to external factors, and when it can experience feelings and emotions.The definition isn't difficult. "

Those are not objective definitions, because they rely on words that aren't well defined either. That's the exact problem I talked about, and shifting it will not solve it, just shift it.



Until we have a universally accepted definition of what is "consciousness" / "sentience" and when can be something considered "conscious" / "sentient", this discussion is purely academic, and neither position (on whether this particular chatbot is conscious/sentient) can be objectively confirmed to be correct or incorrect.

Also interesting choice of wording: "_tricks_ humans into thinking".

The many derivatives of the CP/M operating system


Yeah, no

DOS was not a derivative of CP/M. It did not copy neither source code, nor on-disk structure from it. And mostly everything that CP/M and DOS had in common was also copied by CP/M from other operating systems that "inspired" it, like the TOPS-10, and included things like filename.extension thing, the naming of most built-in command line utilities, or even the concept of an API.

It was merely Gary Kildall who kept insisting that DOS (and really any OS that came after CP/M and wasn't absurdly distinctive in its concept) merely copied CP/M, which was in many ways similar to how Steve Jobs also always accused other OSes having copied the Mac OS - while in reality the Mac OS was also just a blatant copycat of the Xerox Alto (and not Apple's or especially Jobs' invention by any means), just like CP/M was copying the OSes that came before it.

Landmark case recognizes Bored Ape NFT as an asset


Monopoly money

What's next? An injunction to stop sale of monopoly game money, recognizing the latter as an asset?

Elon Musk says Twitter buy 'cannot move forward' until spam stats spat settled


Hopefully the guy will end up in jail for this

For all the stock price manipulation he's already done, this should be the last drop

Microsoft points at Linux and shouts: Look, look! Privilege-escalation flaws here, too!


Cry me a river

Linux fanboy's feeling hurt, because Microsoft did what for ex. Google did a million times over in the opposite direction (like publicize a Windows vulnerability, quite often even prior to public patch being released to fix it), and because his pet operating system has been exposed as "not even a tiny bit more secure" than the one he despises (and that not even just now, but every single month, for 25 years now). News at 11.

Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods


Re: Hrrrmm.. this feels like a stretch....

Funny how right I was with this consent wall stuff, half a decade ago. Nowadays every site greets you with the consent wall prompt, and you can't actually access the content until you click through it. If I would not be completely sure that he had virtually no influence on it because of his insignificance, I'd congratulate Alexander on bringing this plague upon all of us, for nothing.

China: Attacks from US IP addresses hit us, moved on to Russia and Ukraine


China was attacked from US IP addresses

And the radio station in Gleiwitz was attacked by Polish terrorists

Cyberwarfare looms as Russia shells, invades Ukraine


Re: Just disconnect them

"I commented on that in the comment to which you replied. I pointed out that, if you could block literally every packet, you could cause them a temporary problem but that they would find an alternative (E.G. put some people in a different country and relay instructions through a different connection such as phone, satellite, etc."

And your (invalid) point has been already addressed in the original comment, which explained, that even though the block couldn't be perfect, because Russia could circumvent it by phone or satellite, but it would still heavily restrict their bandwidth available to carry out and control such attacks, which in turn would severely hamper their abilities to do so. More importantly: it would make Russian people turn against their own government, because they would now be also paying the price directly and in many many way for Putin's ruthless actions.


Just disconnect them

Just block all traffic coming from Russia. This will also block 99% of cyberattacks originating from them. Obviously there will be ways for them to get around this, but with the bandwidth available to them restricted to possibly 1/1.000.000th of what they had originally, will also mean that their capabilities to attack will also be dramatically decreased.

Saved by the Bill: What if... Microsoft had killed Windows 95?


Re: Windows 95 was more masterful marketing

Windows 95 was actually more a technical marvel than was NT (which was probably the most advanced general purpose operating system of its time when it was released and for decades to come), because it provided virtually full backwards compatibility with DOS and with 16-bit Windows drivers and applications, while also employing a fully 32-bit kernel with virtual machines and everything.

NT had it relatively easy, because it had a clean architecture and could drop compatibility with virtually anything, but Windows 95 had to be compatible with three different architectures, and it did do that to a degree that today's operating systems can't even provide between their own major versions.

Of course people not in the know will always moan about the remaining few percentages where the compatibility was not perfect, or about the unavoidable results of the trade-offs that had to be made to make this extraordinary feat possible in the first place, but this won't change the fact, that whoever at MS designed and implemented Windows 95 were geniuses of their time, more so than the designers of NT.

Turns out there is something everyone may agree on in Congress: Let netizens use mostly algorithm-lite apps



You could at least put the word "algorithm" or "algorithm-lite" in quotes, because that word obviously doesn't mean what all these clueless senators and representatives understand it to be, and which is similarly stupid as 'understanding' the internet to be "a series of tubes".

And this isn't just pedantry, because not understanding what some words and concepts actually mean is part of the problem, and is a major hindrance in reaching a solution. For ex. if we'd call those "algorithms" what they actually are, ie. "filtering and prioritizing content in a way to optimize and maximize engagement, ignoring the societal and mental cost of this", then it would be more obvious what the solution would be or how to word a law that bans such behavior by social media companies.

But if we (well, they) will just keep calling them "algorithms", the solution will also elude us, because you obviously can't ban "algorithms" per se, and that's the last thing you really want to ban anyway.

Report: Apple short of 10 million iPhone 13s this year due to ongoing chip shortage


Chip shortage is the new "the dog ate my homework"

Your self-driving tech is crashing left and right and can be trusted with anything?

Say that you only cancel it because of chip shortage!

You want to get even richer than you already are, even though you are already the world's richest?

Say that you only need to raise the price of your already pricey electric car because of chip shortage!

People are not interested in buying your iPhones anymore?

Say that you will only make less of them because of chip shortage!

Tachyum's Prodigy emulator achieves first boot, runs Linux and says 'hello, world'



Anyone remember Transmeta? ...... Exactly.

Apple responds to critics of CSAM scan plan with FAQs, says it'd block governments subverting its system


Re: One big flaw with your plan

If the system is really using SHA or similar hashes on exact byte streams, then you're right about the practical impossibility of generating colliding hashes, but then the system is also utterly useless in what it's designed for, because a simple recoding of the pictures into another format, slight changes to gamma or aspect ratio, or even saving with a different compression, etc. will all change the bytes of the image, and thus allow evade detection.

However, it's more likely that when Apple is referring to "hashes", they actually just mean some kind of fingerprinting technology, that's not working on explicit byte streams, but analyzes the contents and composition of the image (and Apple is only using the term "hashes" because "fingerprinting" would cause confusion and associations Apple doesn't want to foster). In this case recoding or distorting the picture will not hinder detection, so the system is generally fit for the purpose it's supposedly intended for, but the hash-collision considerations don't apply anymore either, and it will be a lot easier to find or even possibly generate images that will be falsely identified as matches by the system.

The latter will also mean that no defense lawyer and court will allow anyone to be prosecuted just because a matching "hash" was found on their iPhones, and cops will have to somehow retrieve the actual images in order to prosecute someone, which however will clash with precedents set Apple prior to this and their refusal to unlock devices of suspected criminals.

Either way it looks like this whole child protection initiative from Apple is either is an umbrella/cover operation for something more sinister and is designed to enable scans/searches way beyond just child abuse images to begin with (which would make a lot of sense), or Apple has been again proved to be incompetent at addressing some technical problem, and shoot itself in the foot when they failed to assess the backlash this was actually generating.

Ad tech ruined the web – and PDF files are here to save it, allegedly



Firtman is right. This guy is so ignorant, that he's incapable of recognizing how stupid his idea is, for a multitudes of reasons also ADDITIONAL to not fulfilling the goal he supposedly set out for it.

11-year-old graduate announces plans to achieve immortality by 'replacing body parts with mechanical parts'


Not right in the head

A 11 year old that's already obsessed with immortality is definitely a case for some serious psychotherapy. Also the fact that he doesn't realize that even if he'd be successfully able to replace his body parts with mechanical ones wouldn't allow him to reach any kind of actual immortality (and at our current technological level would actually shorten his lifespan dramatically) makes it clear that he's not as smart as some try to make that out.

DARPA nails cash to project 'FENCE' — a smart camera that only sends pics when pixels change


Differential compression....

.. is the term DARPA doesn't seem to know, and want to reinvent, despite being like half a century old.

I myself have written remote control software for slow modems (1200-9600 bauds) that used it and only sent those regions of the screen over the cable that have actually changed, reducing typical bandwidth usage by >95%.

Ah, you know what? Keep your crappy space station, we're gonna try to make our own, Russia tells world


Don't believe it for a second!

Russia simply can not afford to build a space station of its own, and it wouldn't make any sense either. This is just one of Putin's empty promises whose only purpose is to stop the further tanking of his popularity. It's his version of building a wall at the Mexican border.

Google sees signs of success in its campaign to water down Australian pay-for-news plan


Wishful thinking

"the company is not entirely opposed to paying publishers but opposes the arbitration model. "

Google definitely does not oppose an arbitration model. But it opposes a model in which it's not them who's the arbiter that can force his arbitrary pricing, conditions and and decisions on others.

Also the paragraph at the end about ACCC makes it obvious that there's not substantial change planned to the model of the law, despite of what Google's saying. Which is a good thing.

Google and all other companies which make their living off taking other people's stuff and not paying anything in return needs to be stopped, and this is the first step. And the arbiters of prices should definitely not be these companies, but those who actually own the stuff that's used by them.

If Google or Facebook think they're providing actual value "in return" to content creators with their "services", then they are free to put a price on that, too, and let creators decide whether they really think it's worth that and are ready to pay that. But one has nothing to do with the other, and Google and Facebook shouldn't be allowed dictate terms on both.

Australian regulator slams Google ‘misinformation’ in pay-for-news-fight



" doing so hurts publishers because the ads and search giant sends so much traffic their way. "

Nope. Google merely redistributes the existing traffic. People will still get their news somewhere - it will just not be through Google News or through sites that rank high in Google News, but some other way and possibly at other outlets.

And that's exactly the point here. News sites, as a whole, owe Google nothing, and do not depend on Google (again, as a whole, not a few particular site who got good at gaming Google's system or are ranked high for some other reasons). It's Google who's using news sites' content to make a profit off that and to extend its control over web publishers. And that's the reason why it should pay up.

Apple faces further iPhone 12 supply chain woes, per famed analyst Ming-Chi Kuo



So, tell me again, why is someone with an insider leaking info to him called an "analyst"?

When the chips are down, thank goodness for software engineers: AI algorithms 'outpace Moore's law'



Moore's law is not about AI, and because it can not be outpaced by AI development. It's also not like AI's are getting more effective at using raw computing power.

Ever wondered what Microsoft really thought about the iPad? Ex-Windows boss spills beans


Ultimate failure

And, yet, 10 years later, after the tablet fad is mostly gone, iPad is nothing more than the ultimate technological failure. A solution still looking for a problem, even more so than it did when it was first introduced. There's nothing a tablet is good at that other kinds of devices would be better at. Then again, isn't this the very definition of virtually every Apple device ever?

Whoa, whoa... Tesla slams brakes on allegations of 'unintended acceleration' bug: 'Completely false and was brought by a short-seller'


Culprit denies having done anything wrong

Isn't that what virtually all of them are doing when faced with the consequences of their actions and the prospect of a punishment?

Woman sues Lyft, says driver gang-raped her at gunpoint – and calls for app safety measures we can't believe aren't already in place

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Microsoft plays chicken with Extended Support for Exchange 2010 end date and swerves first


Makes no sense

It makes no sense for Microsoft to prolong the support of the Exchange server, but not that of the Windows Server it runs on. So, I'm pretty sure that they will announce shortly that they have also extended the free support end for Windows Server 2008. They just don't want to make the announcement too early, because that would stop a lot of people from migrating to a newer version of Windows Server already now.

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship

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Microsoft, you should look away now: Google's cloud second only to AWS in dev survey


Clueless coders

I bet most developers don't even realize they're actually using Microsoft's cloud platform on a daily basis, because, well, GitHub is owned by Microsoft, and is hosted obviously on Azure. So, in reality most likely the majority of developers are actually using Microsoft's cloud platform, and more than they realize. But even if they wouldn't, it's mostly irrelevant what cloud platform developers are using, because they're an irrelevant minority amongst cloud users. And JetBrains' survey is not representative of the developer community anyway.

Have I Been S0ld? Troy Hunt's security website is up for acquisition



" He believes it is time to put the business up for acquisition"

What business? This is not a business, and it will ever only be a business if the future owner will abuse the data it can collect through the site.

US: We'll pull security co-operation if you lot buy from Huawei



World bully tries to bully the world again to have everything his way and to this benefit. Time to kick him off the school.

The curious case of a WordPress plugin, a rival site spammed with traffic, a war of words, and legal threats


Smart. Not.

So, they first admit that they and their plugin are capable of all what they were accused of, but then go on to say that the statements were untrue and they will sue because of that.

Lovely website you got there. Would be a shame if we, er, someone were to sink it: Google warns EU link tax will magnify media monetary misery


Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

"If this law goes through, you won't have another search engine to go to. Did you think this will only apply to Google?"

Do you really think Google will actually abandon the whole EU? It will not. Google's just using empty threats here to avoid having to pay. But if they will not be able to avoid it, they will very well pay up. And rightly so.


Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

"In what world is anyone forced to supply something to someone because they demand it and want to charge them for it?"

Exactly. What you don't get is, however, that in this case the publishers are the ones who are expected and even forced (by strongarming them and by abuse of market power) by Google to supply content into its services, just so Google can slap and ads on them and sell that as a product, while not paying anything back to the original producers.

"If the EU is saying what Google are doing is wrong "

No, the EU absolutely does not say that. All it says is that you must pay the original creators of content, not just take their stuff for free and use it to generate money without paying anything back.

"So are the EU/Media companies saying you mustn't link to us or that you must link to us. "

No. Articles 11 is not about linking, and not about any kind of prohibition to link to anywhere. It's just Google trying to mislead the public about what this is really about so they will sympathize with their agenda. Just another reason not to give in to Google, if for nothing else, then because of this shameless lying and manipulation of public opinion.


Google makes money through News. If they wouldn't make money with it, they wouldn't keep it alive, but would shut it down, like they do with any operation and experiment that doesn't make them money. Simple as that.


Re: Ah, capitalism at its best

"Hating Google does not make everything they say wrong."

Saying that hating Google does not make everything they say wrong doesn't make anything they say right.

"The claim that link taxes hurt the businesses they were supposed to help has been tested and found to be true - twice."

No, it wasn't. What was proven was that if you leave this an option and not compulsory then a large entity like Google can strongarm smaller businesses into whatever it wants them to do, and can play them against each other.

"News sites in Spain "

No, it wasn't "news sites in Spain". It was "_some_ news sites in Spain". You can't do justice for everyone. Also shilling.

"Google can promptly stop linking to any site demanding money."

No, they can't. I mean theoretically they could, but in reality they will not as long as the fee they have pay is compulsory, and they can't play publishers against each other. Google simply can not afford to exclude the whole EU from its index, because competitors willing jump in no time in its place.

"Think of the smaller sites, having to check every hour to see if the target of any link has started asking for money."

Yeah, that's not how Article 11 works. You don't actually have to pay for links - and it's not a tax either. It's just Google trying to reframe Article 11 as a "link tax" to scare ignorant people and to build on the general hatred against taxes.

"Please take a two minute break from your hatred each day to think of something that will actually do some good."

Please take two minutes to read up on what actually Article 11 is about before spreading misinformation as a consequence of your ignorance. Thanks.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one


Recipe for success

1. Claim to do genetic testing on mailed in samples for a pretty high fee and with highly advanced equipment

2. When samples arrive, generate results using a pseudo-random number generator

3. Profit!

Tesla autopilot saves driver after he fell asleep at wheel on the freeway


Re: Not actually a first

Yeah, that was made up, because even now you can't "program" a Tesla to take you anywhere, especially not in city traffic

European Union divided over tax on digital tech giants as some member states refuse free money



"VAT, aka sales tax, is the only fair way to tax big companies. "

VAT and sales tax are completely different things. The whole point of VAT is that it's only paid at the consumer at the end of the supply chain, and thus can not be used to "tax big companies".

One-in-two JavaScript project audits by NPM tools sniff out at least one vulnerability...


Re: Bah!

"Javascript a security risk?"

You didn't even read the first few paragraphs of the article, did you?


Re: Ignorant

" and the link you provide describes a technique that would not have helped in that case"

The link I've provided was an answer to the nonsensical complaint about JavaScript loading "whatever shit was current on some other guy's website and you picked up whatever malware they were distributing that day". Which obviously has nothing to do with node.js in the first place, which does not have this problem, as it's not loading stuff from "some other guy's website".

So, yeah, that technique would not have helped in the case... because that problem OP complained about doesn't even exist as such in node.js



"Last time I looked, JavaScript just sucked in whatever shit was current on some other guy's website and you picked up whatever malware they were distributing that day."

Then you must have looked a very, very long time ago, possibly in a galaxy far, far away: https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/Security/Subresource_Integrity

Google bod wants cookies to crumble and be remade into something more secure


Zero understanding of cookies

Author has obviously zero understanding of how cookies work:

"Or, in other words, tracking code would be controlled by a browser through a secure HTTP header (a unique 256-bit value) passed along when someone visits a given website, rather than held on the server."

Cookies are already passed in HTTP headers, and cookies are already not stored on the server-side. That's essentially the definition of cookies (ie. information not stored on the server side passed back and forth in HTTP headers), so, this new "secure tokens" thing definitely can't work like this.

Oracle: Run, don't walk, to patch this critical Database takeover bug



"The flaw itself is found in the JavaVM component of Oracle Database Server and is not considered a remote code exploit flaw, as it requires the attacker have a connection to the server via Oracle Net, the protocol Oracle servers use to connect with client applications"

It's not a remote exploit, because it requires a connection to the server? That's the very definition of a remote exploit, ie. that it can be execute over a network connection, and does not require local access to the target.

Western Digital wonders why enterprise isn't keen on its solid-state drives


WD Warranty = Suxx

People don't buy WD drives anymore because of how they handle warranty. When their drives fail - in larger numbers than drives from other manufacturers - and you send them back in to WD for warranty replacement, they will send you out refurb replacement drives, that will die in a short time again. And when you send also that in, they send you sub-par refurb drives again.

Then you just give up and will never ever buy again a WD drive. Even if its an SSD, because... well... it's still the same company with the same - virtually non-existent - warranty service.

Facebook's React Native web tech not loved by native mobile devs


In other news

Grumpy old devs unable to learn new technologies are left behind and getting jobs at Walmart

Microsoft open-sources UI Recorder tool for Windows 10 developers


Fresh up. Right.

v1.0 Release @hassanuz hassanuz released this on Oct 19 2017 <-----

Security? We've heard of it, say web-app devs. 31 in 33 codebases have at least one big bad vuln


That sounds good

31 in 33 for web apps? That sounds pretty good compared to 33 in 33 for C/C++ apps.

How machine-learning code turns a mirror on its sexist, racist masters


Conclusion is wrong

Problem is: some attitudes or phenomena associated more closely or intensely with a race or a gender per se is not a proof of neither racism nor that of sexism - just like Paris being more closely associated with France than with England isn't the result of some form of nationalism either. It's just a pure fact and a valid observation. Which could very well be the case with any or all race or gender "stereotypes".

Only if they could prove that those associations were or are unsubstantiated, and are only the result of prejudice or discrimination - now, that could prove racism or sexism. But until they do that, the results do not actually mean and prove what they are trying to (falsely) conclude from them.

And do not even get me started about how the AI they were using (or any current "AI" for that matter) could possibly not have actually understood the true meaning of the textual resources it were fed to, and how it would have most likely classified even anti-racism and anti-sexism materials (which we, as humanity, have generated in large amounts in the last 50-60 years or so) as sexist or racist - at least in this analysis -, because simply and obviously these texts also carry heavy proximities in between of word (and generally an abundance of words), which are associated with sexism or racism, while the texts themselves being the antithesises of these ideas, and their pure existence in a large number the counterproof is these ideas being widespread and/or accepted in society.



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