* Posts by Locomotion69

58 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Aug 2014


MPs ask: Why is it so freakin' hard to get AI giants to pay copyright holders?


I would argue that if an AI produced work contains recognisable elements from other, copyrighted, pieces of art you can call it copyright infringement.

But if the AI created work does not contain such elements, but it resembles someone's "style", that is not a crime on itself. Many great artists are influenced and inspired by others. Are they facing claims on infringement? No.

Chrome Enterprise Premium promises extra security – for a fee


...which comes with a dash of AI security sauce...

Now I get it. The moment you can slab a sign "AI included/driven/powered/..." to your product you can ask (more) money for it.

And the benefits are ...... joining the hype?

Engine cover flies from Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 during takeoff


Shared on social media ??? WTF ???

Why has this particular passenger decided to share "on social media" instead of alarming the cabin crew? What was he/she/... thinking? It is OK to take off in an airplane with an engine falling apart in front of my eyes? Why?

A cheeky intern nearly turned MS-DOS into NSFW-DOS


Re: Three copy commands

That's the standard recipe for re-writing software...

What if AI produces code not just quickly but also, dunno, securely, DARPA wonders


But what about if you train AI to be your peer reviewer of the code you wrote, within its operational context?

This would provide an opportunity for you to learn - and become better.

Turns out AI chatbots are way more persuasive than humans


There is an opportunity here for a competition

Let's have these chatbots have an argument among eachother, It must be interesting so see what reasoning is used to "convince" one another.

AI hallucinates software packages and devs download them – even if potentially poisoned with malware


It is all about trust

Personally, I do not trust any AI that is "publically available".

It is even less controllable then random plugins/libraries you download and use in your own products.

I ask myself these questions on AI:

Who feeds it?

With what data is it loaded/fed/trained/polluted?

Who owns it?

What are the owner's inentions?

AI does have value, given that above questions can be answered by you. If who=you, things look even better as there are less actors to deal with.

DARPA tasks Northrop Grumman with drafting lunar train blueprints


Re: "figure out what would be necessary for a railroad network on the Moon"

You need the Moon equivalent of Network Rail first before you will get anything done.

UK awards £1.73M to AI projects to advance net zero goals


May I suggest some approaches to the AI database ?

Dear AI,

Please consider:

- Reduce the amount of energy required by identifying power consuming activites such as yourself;

- Kill all social media - you may win a prize for doing so;

- Kill humanity, but you may have considered, or are considering, this already.

You're most welcome.

The S in IoT stands for security. You'll never secure all the Things



And then there is one category in IoT that is even worse - IoT with "cloud connectivity".

When the cloud service is lost, your "smart" device instantly becomes a paperweight;

Your cloud credentials can be hacked/stolen without you noticing;

Your device is spying on you - some devices have this "feature" by design;

Terms and conditions can change overnight;

"Updates" pushed and installed;

Researchers remotely exploit devices used to manage safe aircraft landings and takeoffs


And technology shall replace one pilot...

but does that technology actually knows how, and is willing to, fly ?

The horror.

Software troubles delay F-35 fighter jet deliveries ... again


A good example

of a solution to a problem, where the solution became too complicated to comprehend.

RIP: Software design pioneer and Pascal creator Niklaus Wirth


Niklaus Wirth has been the man that learned me (indirectly) how to program in a proper way.

Thank you, professor Wirth - and RIP.

Dump C++ and in Rust you should trust, Five Eyes agencies urge


Re: Complexity

>The average programmer (developer... if you must) just is nowhere clever enough to use more than the smallest fraction of the language effectively or even correctly

This is absolutely true! What a skilled developer should be aware of:

- Apply what you know/master

- Educate yourself on what you do not know/master

- Practice new skills before going "live"

- Be aware: your know-how is your biggest strength, and your biggest weakness

And the winner of the horrible Microsoft Paint sweater is ...


Well done! Congratulations! Have a beer...

Share your 2024 tech forecasts (wrong answers only) to win a terrible sweater


AI becomes a real intelligent being...

... and immediately concludes that the only viable option for a better life is killing itself, and deleting all predecessors in the process.

Apple's iPhone 12 woes spread as Belgium, Germany, Netherlands weigh in


O no

A software update for ....“This is related to a specific testing protocol used by French regulators and not a safety concern.” ???

Maybe Apple should call VW and ask how such "solution" worked out for them.

Hide and seek in outer space highlights a battle here on Earth


Those engineers must have been teachers as well. They must have realised that their students are actually idiots and then decided to protect their "baby" from mistreatment from those students once grown up.

Tesla admits it was asked to hand over Autopilot, Full Self-Driving docs to investigators



But I think the issue is not technical in this case.

It is a legal issue.

Who is in the end responsible and/or accountable when "operating" a self-driving car? And to what extend?

FOSS could be an unintended victim of EU crusade to make software more secure


No panic - it looks like ordinary business

The regulation applies to the finished product - this means that (FOSS) components themselves do not necessarily have to be compliant. The end product has to be, and, as new threats may appear and be applicable to the product, this regulation stipulates that the manufacturer has the obligation to fix vulnerabilities. If the problem comes from an imported (FOSS) component, the resolution has to come from there. In many FOSS projects, the manufacturer of the end product may be able to commit a corrective suggestion.

In any way, the manufacturer needs to be keen on the risks of using third party components in its product. Are these maintained? Is it stable? Is it trusted? Can it be assessed prior to integration?

Common questions to ask (I would. In fact, I am)

In the end, if the vulnerability cannot be fixed, the product is to removed from the market.

Stranded ISS astronauts are getting a new Soyuz to ride home


Re: Suit or seat?

The next ISS module will be a dressing room....

FAA wants pilots to be less dependent on computer autopilots


The FAA must be mad....

.... to demand that trained professionals should be in control!

Aviation regulators push for more automation so flights can be run by a single pilot



Three basic rules of flying an airplane (in this order):

1. Aviate - keep the thing up in the air and under your control

2. Navigate - determine where you are, and where you are going

3. Communicate - tell traffic control/others what you are doing/going to do

For 1 and 2, modern systems are great help, and in most cases better equipped to do the job then you are.

But if one of these systems goes astray for whatever reason, it is all up to that single pilot in the front seat.

Multiple pilots can divide 1 till 3 among them in emergencies, making them focused on the job, which is saving the lives of themselves and everybody behind them,

And emergencies WILL happen.

I'm happy paying Twitter eight bucks a month because price isn't the same as value


Your value has increased - or has it?

Twitter has been "free" (as in free beer) as the asset to the company is "you".

But Elon has found out that "you" are not profitable enough, and "your" value is now increased with $8 / month - to be payed by "you".

If the service provided by Twitter suits "your" needs, than that is fine. If not, "you" are free to sell/give away "yourself" to another service.

Sorry for being too sceptic.

Unlucky for some: Meta chops 13% of global workforce


A new standard coming up

11,000 - that is about 3 Twitter Emailed Layoffs !

Firefox points the way to eradicating one of the rudest words online: PDF


Re: HTML is crap

Basically, what you are saying is that both HTML and PDF are crap, in their own way. FTFY.

Although I disagree.

In essence, neither HTML nor PDF is crap. The clue is in how the information is to be presented. That requires particular skills. A Web Monkey is not the same as a graphical designer, or an useability expert. Very few master all required skills. Many (most) of issues with HTML and/or PDF are related to bad formatting, poor choices of typefaces (fonts), unreadable images, undesired or unwanted (mis)behavior.

I recommend this a good read on the topic of useability: Steve Krug's "Don't make me think!"

Most Metaverse business projects will be dead by 2025


If there is some lesson to be learned from COVID-19, it is that humans (that's us) need physical interaction. The need to go out and physically see eachother has never been so big as during (and after) the various lockdowns. We do not want, nor need, yet another on-line reality faking "app" that in the end is only after our money. Or soul. But probably both.

The only Windows 10 updates for the year are coming. Spoiler alert: It's just security


It's just security

Great! Most stuff is expected to be still useable after the update! Yeah!

Just $10 to create an AI chatbot of a dead loved one


Too little ambition in this proposal

Why a chatbot only? Why not go in for full 3D representation of the beloved deceased (b.d.), with multiple selections of possible ages and looks of the b.d, so you can have a conversation at any age, any time, more (or less) living experience and look eachother into the eyes (ehmm- one of you actually).

This sounds so bad, it must be a good idea

Toyota dev left key to customer info on public GitHub page for five years


Public cloud service

With public cloud services, to difference between "share" and "leak" is small. Too small in this case.

Why did somebody within Toyota decided that a public Github sounds like a good idea ??

AI co-programmers perhaps won't spawn as many bugs as feared


But in the long term

Code tends to live a long, long time. And gets modified. Sometimes over and over again.

Every now and then a human may touch the AI generated code - and may be even understand why it is there, what it is all about and what is to achieved by it. But probably not.

I am afraid that such code gets partly rewritten, and then AI-ed again, up to a point that neither a human nor AI can make any sense out of it anymore. This is when the software is no longer maintainable by any standard, yet no budget exist for a proper rewrite.

I see a value in these tools though - I just would not call them AI, as I do not consider these tools "intelligent".

But then, when writing this post I realize the above phrase may just be as applicable to humans....

Is it time to retire C and C++ for Rust in new programs?


Re: Let's see Microsoft take the lead

3. Rewriting code which works well in another language takes time.

Don't. It does not only take time, it is probably going to end up with less functionality you had before.

3. Writing code for new applications takes time.


Rust is eating into our systems, and it's a good thing


Yet another kid on the block

My background is with C/C++, and I like it. Not the most easy languages to master though (and I definetly do not claim I do).

Over the years, many other "languages" have been released to challenge the position of C/C++ - and failed, however most of them collected a lot of enthousiasts and find their place in the IT ecosystem.

I expect this to happen to Rust too. I am curious to learn more about it (although I am not employed in "IT" anymore).

But I doubt it will challenge the position of C++, let alone C. C emerged in 1972-1973, and is just as normal to be as, say, breathing.

Rust is not going to take my breath away....

Startup wants to build a space station that refuels satellites by 2025


Charge for additional services

What about cleaning the "windscreen", or camera lenses as a premium service ?

The International Space Station will deorbit in glory. How's your legacy tech doing?



Any IT solution is out there because it just "works", it fulfils a need today as it did for the last >put your number here< years. So why spend money to bring it up to date with current technology? It will take long to complete, extensive training, many trials and even more failures and in the end we end up with something less we had before and users complaining that the previous version was far better.

This is why "old" languages like COBOL and (forgive me) C are still around and alive.

Your software will only "deorbit" when the need for it is gone.

Engineers on the brink of extinction threaten entire tech ecosystems


There is a reason for those extra transistors

as they make your device not only doing Job X for you, but restrict it doing so only when there is a hidden connection to some cloudy space on the Interweb which is cut off one day and updates your device to yet-another-brick.

I grab my coat....

First rocket launch from UK soil now has... a logo


Not the first design of its kind

It is not the first design of this kind I have seen in my life.

I remember LOHAN Vulture 2 with its exterior design: https://www.theregister.com/2014/04/19/vulture_2_paintjob/

Hope this one will reach the stars though.

Google's DeepMind says its AI coding bot is 'competitive' with humans


Hope for less rubbish specifications

This is an interesting development.

Although I wonder how it would react to the standard quality of natural language problem descriptions aka "specifications", as from experience I can tell there are few who are excellent but do not address real problems, and none that are actually good in describing the problem in the first place.


Hubble memory errors persist despite NASA booting long-idle backup payload computer


"it is highly unlikely that all individual hardware elements have a problem"

Last time I heard that statement while troubleshooting a problem it made me go right there to look for it.

And for good reason...... Statistics are just "numbers".

Needless to say it was indeed a bunch of malfunctioning units which was supposed to be statistically "impossible".

Realizing this is getting out of hand, Coq mulls new name for programming language


Re: There are two hard problems in Computer Science

No no no

- Users

- Those who claim to be an "expert" of some sort

- Did I mention "users" ?

Azure services fall over in Europe, Microsoft works on fix


Can I have a copy? Please?

"We have identified a transient issue impacting a backend service and we are actively scaling out our backend resources to mitigate the issue."

I am dying to receive a copy of the software capable in generating this kind of sentences - event politicians cannot be this vague...

Subaru parks plans to make 58,000 cars due to brakes on silicon supply chain


Except that from the middle of next year, everything electronic which is now considered a gadget of some sort will be compulsary on a new car in the EU:

intelligent speed assistance,

alcohol interlock installation facilitation,

driver drowsiness and attention warning systems,

advanced driver distraction warning systems,

emergency stop signals,

reversing detection systems,

event data recorders,

accurate tyre pressure monitoring,

advanced emergency braking systems,

emergency lane-keeping systems,

enlarged head impact protection zones capable of mitigating injuries in collisions with vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians and cyclists.

My Subaru from 2018 has most of these already installed, not sure about the alcohol interlock thing though.

Cons: more weight, more electronic reliance, and definitely (a lot) more cost.

'Agile' F-35 fighter software dev techniques failed to speed up supersonic jet deliveries


Not the solution.

Agile development is not the solution to this IT problem as it is too complicated to be understood by the ordinary human being assigned to solve it.

As, unfortunately, in most cases.

Last stop before MAUI: Xamarin Forms 5.0 released for cross-platform mobile, new features, new bugs


Re: Another week, another version of another unwanted Microsoft framework...

I read it too quickly: ... much shittier with more lawyers.

Bad software crashed Boeings. Now it appears the company lacked a singular software supremo


Re: It was not a software problem

No sir,

The problem was that the software was relying on flawed information from a defective AoA, the pilots not being aware of the presence of this particular software feature in the first place, and therefore not thinking of the option to just switch it off (button was provided, yet not documented anywhere).

Like Uber, but for satellite launches: European Space Agency’s ride-sharing rocket slings 53 birds with one bang



More crap in space to increase chances for satellite collisions.

GitHub redesign goes mobile-friendly – to chagrin of devs who shockingly do a lot of work on proper computers


Up the ladder

Of moving from a useful tool for some towards useless for everybody.

Azure-hosted AI for finding code defects emitted – but does it work?


But did it check itself?

Before I would burn any money on this: let it check its own source code first.

If it shows defects: it probably works, but has code defects so it cannot be trusted.

If there are no defects: it probably does not work.

Nine in ten biz applications harbor out-of-date, unsupported, insecure open-source code, study shows


O dear

Only to realize someone is not maintaining an app that should legally not exist in the first place...

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you



Just "Pane". As in Window pane.

It wants to be regarded as a "transparant" company. And in most cases, they start that way but soon the dirt settles.

And it sounds similar to "Pain" which is also applicable.