* Posts by trashsilo

45 posts • joined 8 Jan 2014

AI in the enterprise: Get ready for a whole new era of smart software fueled by mountains upon mountains of data


Re: The Computer Says No ...

Randomness is a true building block of nature and intelligence. Computers can not and have never done true random, IMHO.

Case in point, the only animal that confounds the AI driverless car is the incredibly 'stupid' kangaroo. The AI can predict with complete accuracy other animals 99% going this way or that. The kangaroo is so random it blows the AI away, completely. This is a beautiful animal that has survived at least 40,000 years on this planet according to Aboriginal rock art.

I'm with "...the quality of randomness, spontaneity, surprise, unexpectedness and irrationality in our lives is a very precious thing." Simon Jeffes, proprietor of the Penguin Cafe.

China proposes ‘Global Initiative on Data Security’ forbidding stuff it and Huawei are accused of doing already

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1962 rebooted

The US approached the AI arms race from the perspective of sanctions and demands.

China is now countering with a focus on setting the new 'rules of the game'.

"There is one and only one social responsibility of business — to use its resources and engage in activities designed to increase its profits so long as it stays within the rules of the game, which is to say, engages in open and free competition without deception or fraud."

Milton Friedman, Capitalism and Freedom 1962.

AI in the enterprise: Prepare to be disappointed – oversold but under appreciated, it can help... just not too much


Choose your weapon.

We are in the foothills of an AI War. Choose your weapon, early word processor, type writer, pen or quill. Maybe we will never know.

"From the point of view of keeping secrets, the most primitive method is preferred: a human hand with a pen or a typewriter." Nikolai Kovalev


Re: Whose intelligence?

1) Machines can perform many, maybe more tasks better and more efficiently than humans.

2) Machines do not have the same basic human needs such as food, sleep, water.

3) Machines do not share the same powerful human motivations, such as fear, health, safety.

Clearly therefore straight Human intelligence and Artificial intelligence are different. The intersection of Human and Artificial intelligence is the question. Is there true new innovation ? We can fake machine needs, motivation as being autonomous, full autonomy with no off switch could be the last leap of faith/doom.

"Success in creating AI would be the biggest event in human history. Unfortunately, it might also be the last, unless we learn how to avoid the risks." Stephen Hawking

'We're not claiming to replace humans,' says Google, but we want to be 'close enough' that you can't tell it's a bot talking


Re: And . . .why ?

Maybe because of all those granted, enforceable patents they have. About 31 patents for this stuff granted since Jan this year, 7 in August 2020 alone.

Becoming ever clearer who AI will ultimately 'belong' to.

What about my voice, understand that can't be copyrighted yet, though they hold the rights on the recordings of course.


Dudley legends

During the war, a British General visited an Army Hospital of the South Staffordshire Regiment. Sensing a doom and gloom atmosphere he tried to rally the men by asking :

"Now you men didn't come here to die did you?"

To which Aynuk and Ayli replied

"Na sur, way booth coomd ere yesterdie."


I'll be straight back.

"...we advise our customers to let people know they are talking to a bot"

Surely there is an ethical 'need' to let people know they are talking to a bot ?

Just imagine those poor abusive customers. They will be flat out abusive, crude, lewd or worse and then suddenly hit the wall with these call bots.

Begs the age old question, When is a bot pretending to be a person, a person ?

In the eyes of [Turing|Person|$Law$].

Again very <del>RED</del><ins>UNDER</ins>HANDED

Australia to force Google and Facebook to pay for news and reveal algorithm changes before they whack web traffic


Hat tip

Not so many 'then they go out of business' and more 'they have gone out of business' at the local level.

My hats off to :

"The newspaper in a town of this size and calibre is such a pivotal communication engine,"

Michael Waite for Naracoorte's The News


There's no getting Huawei from 5G – Chinese giant joins Qualcomm, Samsung in bunging high-speed comms in mobe brains

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These AI Chips (NPU/NPE whatever you want to call them) are the personal carried around building blocks to the AI vision of an 'Intelligent Economy'.

So Object, Audio, Image detection/id/recognition, VR/AR, Autonomous, IOT interactions, Smart Wearables, Robots, Home, Vehicles, City services and likely part of government, public safety and social network such as credit scoring, blockchain, financial services stuff.

The chip development platform, APIs clearly benefit from the chip specs and onboard nature.

Paris Hilton

No intention of small bets then

Government enterprise at its finest, whatever way you look at it. Cutting edge in a 2 way horse race that promises great reward. 7nm and all those cores.

'Place your bets please...errr, maximum table limit is' <Blank look>

You're not Boeing to believe this, but... Another deadly 737 Max control bug found


WTH, FAA says 'risk', Boeing self-regulators say 'additional requirement'

Boeing should lose the PR spin attitude immediately. You do not backspin a fatal risk as 'another additional requirement from the FAA after 8 months'

"The FAA recently found a potential risk that Boeing must mitigate."


"..the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) identified an additional requirement that it has asked the company to address through the software changes that the company has been developing for the past eight months."



Some things are still A-OK

Don't worry flyers, no such microprocessor lock occurs during the iPad Boeing certified MAX computer training undertaken by the pilots.

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


Re: Wise words

It's Pants...more racy !

'A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.' Winston Churchill.

The sad fact is the truth never catches up to all the people the lie reached.


Let Milli Vanilli entertain you ?

Look the 4 person panel came across as 1x Lawyer, 1x AI director/journalist, 1x Academic/DARPA, 1x Defence/NSA with an overarching Law/National Security agenda. Yes I watched it all ;->

Clearly the panel was salivating at the prospect of more funding, more recognition especially the lawyer, more extradition laws, more offensive cyber power, more penalties and the possibility of sanitised freedom of speech.

Congress members asked some good questions, proving particularly entertaining with Dantes Inferno, Milli Vanilli, Truman Show and Forrest Gump references.

Where to now then, is this the start of one world law for the wild, wild west internet ?..though law is too expensive. Or is it simply discovery to enforce punitive measures or are there other motivations ?

We don't know whether 737 Max MCAS update is coming or Boeing: Anti-stall safety fix delayed


System Autoreactivation Device (SAD)

It now appears the pilots turned off the MCAS software, only for the software to reactivate and turn itself back on numerous times - uh oh !!!

Is this a triply redundant aircraft meeting certification standards ?

Many people will likely refuse to board this plane going forward, I think I'm one.

Bonus Question :

For self driving cars, SAE Ground Vehicle Standards classifications.

Level 1 (no automation), level 2 (drive assistance), level 3 (partial automation), level 4 (conditional automation) and level 5 (full automation).

Does level 5 mean has no automation 'OFF' switch ?

Decoding the President, because someone has to: Did Trump just blow up concerted US effort to ban Chinese 5G kit?

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Trump university

Predictable Trump, when he's not pandering to his core voters, unemployed wall builders and comb over enthusiasts. Hes 'hard on' a 'great deal'.

Just needs to remember freedom has always cost too much to be cheap now.

Great article, 'It doesn't mean he'll stick with that position, or even remember what his position was..' lol ;->

The record shows I took the blows, and did it... Huawei: IT titan will start tackling GCHQ security gripes from June

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5G gaffer

Ding has a point, anyone who watches Manchester United knows the minute you put on that shirt you do 'exactly' as the gaffer says, else your expendable.

Question is, who's the 5G gaffer for Huawei.

You're on a Huawei to Hell, US Sec State Pompeo warns allies: Buy Beijing's boxes, no more intelligence for you


National Security stuff = ?

I understand as a Chinese company, Huawei along with Chinese citizens are required by laws (‘must not refuse’) to assist the Chinese government with China’s state security.

We all know national security is a big thing for governments...

"National security is the first duty of government but we are also committed to reversing the substantial erosion of civil liberties." Theresa May (UK Home Secretary,2010), clearly work in progress.

IBM HR made me lie to US govt, says axed VP in age-discrim legal row: I was ordered to cover up layoffs of older workers


Re: Age...

The ONLY "expensive lead weight" I saw was paid 341 x MORE

than the average IBM employee pay of $55,000.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again


PUB Underflated Inflation ALERT

Fantastic article. That $25,000 in today’s money is according to US gov figures of course.

Does it pass the 'PUB Test'(Asking average pub punter his thoughts).

Q ) Is $9,995 in 1984 dollars more likely :

-> $24,156.06 in today’s money as per US Gov.Consumer Price Index CPI figures)


-> $137,047.93 in today’s money as per the [well respected]Shadowstats US price

inflation figures.


Really enjoyed reading that article and surprisingly I am no a fanbois.


Alphabet gives bipedal robots the Schaft 'cos no one wants to buy its creepy machine maker


Just the facts ma'am

I imagine 'tethered, or human-controlled machines' could get a 'full automony' speed upgrade.

Should they come up short against other full automony machines out there.

A bit drugs in sport-esque, that Atlas parkour performance looked impressively enhanced...

IBM sits draped over the bar at The Cloud or Bust saloon. In walks Red Hat


It's life Jim, but not as we know it.

What a massive culture clash.

Act in Open Source best interests v's Act in Commercial best interests.

Jim Whitehurst (Redhat CEO) and Ginni Rometty(IBM CEO) interviewed together about the deal and neither were comfortable. Andrew Ross Sorkin (Squawk Box CNBC) poses question about culture differences from online analysis and Ginni responds :

"Yeah look,,I,,theres two ways to think about this, first off Jim mentioned this. We are the largest contributor to open source. IBM is. And so when people say geez do we have embrace it, we have embraced it for 20 years..." <Jim Broadbent BIG GULPs>

Interview link follows. Anyone distressed by content viewed, should consider contacting relevant support -> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAWIxYa5hUI

IMHO IBM maybe deluded or desperate. Good article thanks El Reg!

IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits


No button measuring replies needed !

Clean and real medical data-sets are being compiled now...

In Australia, GPs and hospitals are being paid to upload medical records.

Addressing obvious conflicts of interest with privacy or consent, it comes with a 3 month opt out window else the government’s digital 'My Health' record in perpetuity.

The opt out is from 16 July to 15 October 2018, then presumably someone hits the big <LOAD> button.

No button measuring replies needed !

So net neutrality has officially expired. Now what do we do?


net neutrality public support 75 to 85 percent

Sharing && cooperation || democracy is an island, it has to be.

Where exactly is it ?

I have unpatented wheels, no boat and will bring the speakers.

Boffins urge Google to drop military deal after Googlers storm out over AI-based super-drones

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Re: In fairness

The sex-robot needs only be simple and magnifico.

Given monogamy is out in the 'mineshaft gap' scenario, maybe some very rude-mentary recognition might be in order.

Mr Chairman, we must not allow a 'affordable sex-robot shaft' gap!


Such respected conscientious objectors must always be heard, even if tech always rolls on à la Oppenheimer.

"When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and you argue about what to do about it only after you have had your technical success." J. R. Oppenheimer.

El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

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House of Lords has been pretty resilient to employment changes over the years, maybe the right people to ask about future employment change and keeping a job.

The UK certainly punching above their weight in terms of parliament member numbers alright.

Second highest in the world at 1430. China first on 2987 and Italy in third spot manages a paltry 950 or so.

Source : Wikipedia List of legislatures by numbers of members.

Quality and interesting article Andrew, found myself hanging on your observations in the audio.

You asked 'How to start?' - wow, you came bang out all hype sceptic, knocking some straight over.

Spot on with the liability, accountability and privacy issues.

Universal income not a premature argument but overdue for me.

Maybe there has already been an initial "Release the algorithms!" moment in finance and marketing,

with not many really seeing past the non-transparent transparency.

The data will be exploited for marketing purposes. The supplementary aeroplane flying over your house analogy and wanting a fee in royalty is not tight. The AI data agents be they smart phone, meter, cookies, cctv, wearables are flying fast 24x7 and some may not want a fee they may need a off button.

A look over the Rio Tinto, BHP self driving mining trucks suggests they manage a very impressive park unaided.

Grasp the AI opportunity UK, perhaps the biggest risk is bumbling along class lines and being irresponsible with the data.

IBM freezes contractor hires to keep full-time workers fully occupied


NOT a tech CEO.

IBM's Ginni Rometty is NOT a tech CEO !

Now Tesla's Elon Musk or Amazon's Jeff Bezos THAT is a tech CEO !

Have to say I do like that python jacket croc dundee has on, very top end. Which is very hard to admit given how much I love my perl uber all else.

Hackers emit 9GB of stolen Macron 'emails' two days before French presidential election


Re: What a load of guff

Personal freedoms are being lost or given a levy at an ever quicker pace.

Privacy is arguably going to gone for future generations. This incompetent economic system puts price discovery on it all. I love to find free campsites though.

The question is scale ?

Do you want these bigger global corporates, bigger super rich, bigger govts, bigger amounts being skimmed off ?

It does affect us all really.

As to your persuasion I sympathiSe, though its democracy and its coming down to political lines besides left v right, in this case it was a clear rejection of main parties and then maybe elite nationalism v old nationalism.

The future with automation does hold a reckoning.

I see the middle getting crushed by the elite with the aid of automation, aided by corporate influence on weak unaccountable government policy and systems.

So for me local accountability is the right side of history, Mac-Ron is odd and the 9Gb data stuff is fluffy guff.

Good luck and remember the PS5 with the true VR, may well be closer than 2 years away, vive le PS5.


What a load of guff

The main political parties are not in the race.

The people seem no longer represented by the main stream parties or main stream media and have voted accordingly.

Those scared by the actions and lack of control over this election script, should maybe consider the upcoming German election a real challenge.

Joie de vivre le reg.

Amazing new boffinry breakthrough: Robots are eating our brains



Its 11 on inequality, the rich will get to buy amplified AI.

Us crazy fools will be told nothing and left to IT.

nbn™ to cut the charges ISPs pay for traffic


Australia pick two for your National Broadband Network ?

1 ) Fast NBN,

2 ) Good quality reliable NBN,

3 ) Cheap affordable NBN.

Large retail ISPs have only picked cheap affordable NBN, at all costs. Speed and quality do not matter as they are selling to end customers and simply want the cheapest price to get as many customers as possible.

Maybe NBN should focus on delivering to the real end customer, 1) Fast, 2) Good quality reliable NBN. There are surely enough bad cheaper services available already and I can see no fast, good quality ones.

NBN should know who their real customers are to achieve success and remember a good service sells itself. Simply get on with that tool to measure consumer quality of service and strict mandates to deliver said quality of service to a customer and NBN may have a chance to fly. As it is many customers know they are being gouged with poor quality and slow NBN.

Same as it ever was...

nbn™ tops AU$400 million half-year revenue


Re: Chance would be a fine thing

Politically hijacked broadband at affordable prices, pah.

A broken business model, broken promises and broken is what it is.

NBN charges for bitstream products, faster speeds and more data then you pay more.

The retailers are offering a completely different business model with data allowance plans and pushing 'unlimited' plans that are woeful.

I signed a business property lease and a 2 year NBN contract with a certain vendor on such an unlimited plan. 8 months in and the connection is untenable, slow with dropouts and traffic shaping. It is dire and unfortunately I cannot blame the vendor

I can only really hope to get out of the contract by becoming a 'high volume data user' and being kicked off, but believe me its not easy to become even a 'medium volume data user'.

NBN / vendors clearly need measures on consumer quality of service and strict mandates to deliver said quality of service to a customer. Ideally some tool the customer can use to determine the level and report it back.

Please save us the political jibes.

Oh, the things Vim could teach Silicon Valley's code slingers


Release v0.12

Apologies, in today's quick software release life-cycle management frame of mind,

have released code errors in previous comment need to re-release code.




Roll on, 'greatest software ever written' list pls


Above and beyond truly universal in power.

Bram Moolenaar surely deserves a %s/beckham\./beckham+knighted./g

for this genius piece of code complete with :help iccf

Come on Queen Máxima of the Netherlands. Pronunciation in Spanish ([ˈmaksima soreˈɣjeta ˈseruti]) and Dutch ([ˈmɑksimaː]) source:Wikipedia, if that helps with the name any, unsure on simple english type pronounciation...sorry.

On that, why is Vi pronounced "vee-aye", not "veye";

when Vim is pronounced "vim" as one word, like Jim and not "vee-aye-im" ???

The keep it simple, stupid in me says "veye" and "vim".

Please is there a 'greatest software ever written' list as good as this article and its comments.

Thanks all;>

Epic snafu takes Australian Securities Exchange offline


Epic snafu alright.

A number of instruments lost all record of last traded price data, before open this morning (the day after) there was a zero value for these instrument values i.e. books had a zero value on these, requiring a full query. This may point to no direct failover to a redundant system taking place and certainly no topend seamless 'failover'.

ASX CEO earning a topend fixed remuneration component of $2m+(STI+LTI variable components up to $5m total) & group execs including a CFO, Chief Risk Officer, Deputy CEO, Chief Information Officer, Chief Compliance Officer, Group Executive Operations exec all earning in excess of $650k I understand. I would think execs might try for a topend 'failover' as well, I know of some good people on here that would get it in shape.

ASIC today on users of the market :

"They have a legitimate expectation that Australia's securities markets perform to the highest standards."

Telstra wins AU$39 million for data retention costs as grants revealed


That list has only the top 9 recipients - the other carrier in the top 10, will get a total grant based on the number of govt emails/pics/documents that are 'failed' to be retained. Something Hillary C suggested.

IBM makes meek apology for Oz #CensusFail, offers no fail detail

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Great post and very real; Great work, El Reg and Patrick Gray.

To draw back the curtain even a little helps us all.

"Lawyers are the first refuge of the incompetent." (Aaron Allston)

IBM used dud DoS shield for failed online census says Oz PM


Re: No way IBM will comment

AC for a near AU$10 million contract - it is probably right for Fed.Govt & tax payers to expect a

'gold plated, bomb proof delivery, support, fix' from the chosen vendor - not 'mud slinging'.


Pattern ripper

The critical 2009 CFA 'bushfire alert' website was another IBM implemented website that dramatically failed when really needed :

"For several hours, amid the hottest and most dangerous conditions since the deadly February 7 fires, Victorians could not call up CFA web pages giving vital information about the status and progress of fires."


That website cost >1.1m AUD according to parliament.vic.gov.au accounts for that year

"IBM AUSTRALIA LIMITED Bushfire Preparedness 1,136,521.49 N/A Welfare Programs"


Sorry, can not find El Reg link for that other outrage

"But today, war [and the NBN] is too important to be left to politicians." General Jack D. Ripper.


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