* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

UK.gov sits down with mobile big four to formalise plans for rural shared 4G network

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Why's a UK government dept putting out coverage figures of a proposed UK network enhancement, by UK service prodivers, for rural UK areas, in kilometers? Did we go fully metric overnight or something? Seems odd for a country that typically measures distance - especially roads and large areas - in miles and square miles. Maybe they know something we don't...

NSO Group fires back at Facebook: You lied to the court, claims spyware slinger, and we've got the proof

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Have. ...would have bothered...

Of all grammatical bastardisations, for some reason this one irks me the most.

Upvote for the post, though.

Four months, $1bn... and ICANN still hasn’t decided whether to approve .org sale with just 11 days left to go

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Re: PIR is soliciting comments until March 13

Ah, to be idealistic once more...

Regardless of what Joe Public has to say, they'll continue pretending nobody really cares.

ICANN is just gonna sit back, have a nice cup of tea and wait for all this to blow over.

Want to own a bit of Concorde? Got £750k burning a hole in your pocket? We have just the thing

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Re: donner vehicle

For anyone who always wondered where those "elephant's leg" giant skewered lumps of kebab meat came from... the mystery is at last solved!!

[ I like my kebab meat well done -------------------------> ]

Alleged Vault 7 leaker trial finale: Want to know the CIA's password for its top-secret hacking tools? 123ABCdef

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Re: more scary than coronavirus

So more scary than something with a far lower mortality rate than seasonal flu, with mostly significantly milder symptoms. Sure, no one wants either, but it seems there's a lot of hyperbole and hysteria around COVID-19.

If you're wondering how Brit cops' live suspect-hunting facial-recog is going, it's cruising at 88% false positives

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Re: There were 8600 faces detected and 7 were flagged as probable matches

Oops... 7292 people on the watch DB, not 7492. My bad. My other points still stand.

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Re: Motives and false negatives

Requires that they give two shits about false-negative rate. I doubt they do. I'd be surprised if those in charge of deploying this stuff even know what it means, or why it's so important.

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Re: There were 8600 faces detected and 7 were flagged as probable matches

We don't know how many people on the watch list of 7492 were actually among the 8600 people scanned. We don't know how many real people-of-interest it missed. Are the 8592 people it didn't flag true-negatives, or are some false-negatives? We have no assessment of false-negatives.

We only know that of 8 people it thought it found, only 1 of those was a correct match (true-positive). The rest were false-positives, innocently going about their business.

So that's a 12.5% success rate for flagged possible matches. Not an auspicious start.

They aren't sharing the false-negative rate. Probably don't even care about such things. After all, nothing to hide, nothing to fear right?

But without knowing the false-negative rate it's impossible to assess accuracy, acurately.

Hence we can only draw conclusion based on the false-positive rate, which shows piss-poor 12.5% accuracy for true-positives.

And that's the best possible interpretation. It gets worse the more false-negatives there are.

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Re: "inaccuracy rate of 87.5 per cent"

They'll paint it as an accuracy rate of 99.9186 per cent (8600 people scanned and only 7 false positives).

Stats are great for making shit smell like roses.

Brit MPs, US senators ramp up pressure on UK.gov to switch off that green-light for Huawei 5G gear

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Re: Why is it a risk?

All fair questions. Trouble is, governments everywhere are full of confused non-techies who believe China will somehow be able to exfiltrate any data they want without being detected, just because Chinese (the horror!!) hardware is in our civillian networks. Conveniently oblivious to where most electronic gear is made these days, because it comes in a box with a non-Chinese name.

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Re: I remember...

Would those be for blockchain, er... logs...?

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Re: Cisco or the NSA

A little from column A, a little from column B, plus some good old MAGA protectionism for good measure.

Uncle Sam's nuke-stockpile-simulating souped-super El Capitan set to hit TWO exa-FLOPS, take crown as world's fastest machine in 2023

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Re: And the most unintelligible article title award goes to....

Uhhh... you know this is a tech publication right? Pretty sure most people here can follow it no problem at all. Hardly word salad.

Fancy that: Hacking airliner systems doesn't make them magically fall out of the sky

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But only when there's a conveniently placed crash barrier to turn left into.

MPs to grill Post Office and Fujitsu execs on Horizon IT scandal after workers jailed over accounting errors

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Re: lives in the toilet

But is that glowing praise, or a damning indictment...?

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Re: punish the corporate officials be making them retire with a golden parachute

Hardly a punishment. Fire them with extreme prejudice then charge them with fraud, perjury and perverting the course of justice. There's ample evidence so secure convictions.

In other words, nuke them from orbit.

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Re: The whole thing stinks

Is it too much to hope criminal records will be expunged after such a catastrophic clusterfuck? Certainly should be expunged.

And 10k compo is just a joke. Try 200x that, with PO and Fujitsu execs jailed for their roles in this.

Brexit Britain changes its mind, says non, nein, no to Europe's unified patent court – potentially sealing its fate

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Re: pharmaceuticals

So what you're saying is: anyone found to running a patent troll company should be crucified? Pray continue...

Drones must be constantly connected to the internet to give Feds real-time location data – new US govt proposal

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Re: I'm doomed

I see someone is hearing "Wooosh" as they press the downvote.

Maybe their sarcasm detector is unable to recieve a network signal, or they failed to pay their monthly sarcasm detection subs, so it has shut down to prevent illegal operation.

Have an upvote to balance.

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Re: Sounds like FUD, surely this data is just for ATC/LEOs.

Yeah, just like cellphone user location data is privileged private infomation, only availble to the cops. And to anyone with $100 in their pocket (see the long and inglorious history reported in these hallow'd pages e.g. bounty hunters, anyone pretending to be a cop, etc.)

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Re: "... destroy privacy ...", they wrote, unironically.

Totally not the same as a blanket requirement that your car be permanently connected to the internet, reporting constant position information, and stopping / unable to start if no network signal is available.

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Re: Hmmm..

You just described a Whitehall data fetishist's wet dream. Stop giving them ideas, damnit!

If it's Goodenough for me, it's Goodenough for you: Canuck utility biz goes all in on solid-state glass battery boffinry

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Re: Still a problem though

Significantly more feasible and attainable than liquid helium temperatures, though.

Sophos was gearing up for a private life – then someone remembered the bike scheme

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Re: Well that's embarrassing

Ummm... woosh...?

The Ghost of Windows 10 Past shrinks back as Microsoft's axeman tiptoes ever closer

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90k PCs, 5k Windows Store apps, "a handy pointer"...

So... a tiny proportion of all PCs running Win10, with sample data entirely skewed toward those running a subset of Windows Store apps. That's some quality* surveying right there.

Like looking out the window and saying "I can see blue sky therefore it's sunny everywhere.".

The only thing "handy" about this report is if it's printed out and I've run out of toilet paper.

*For values of quality at or near useless.

Rotherwood Healthcare AWS bucket security fail left elderly patients' DNR choices freely readable online

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I thought that actually was one of his tweets.

London's top cop dismisses 'highly inaccurate or ill informed' facial-recognition critics, possibly ironically

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Re: Possession...

Can we get them to rush that through and apply it retrospectively, to... let's say... plucking a number off the top of my head... 15 years ago?

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Re: What next?

But if you tread on the squares you marry the bears. What's a chap (or chapette) to do?

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RE: Dick claimed that “the tech we are deploying is proven not to have an ethnic bias.”

Yet one of the mouthpieces with her went the opposite way, saying bias in the UK system has not been proven due to lack of evidence either way.

Dick contnues being a dick, treating absence of evidence as evidence of absence.

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Have to wonder which specific crimes she's on about, that would have been prevented by LFR. Resigning myself to the answer being "all of them".

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Nah, for such grossly heinous crimes, burn them at the stake. The irony of them generating the very CO2 they are fighting passively-resisting against...

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Re: How do we combat this?

Easy to say, but I expect anyone trying that is likely to get nicked for being 'obstructive'.

Protesting one's rights further will be seen as arguing with the cops i.e. resisting arrest.

Making any defensive action against the ensuing violence as the cops attempt to grapple you to the ground so they can cuff you will be seen as assaulting a police office.

They'll make up the rest from there, disorderly conduct, likely to cause breach of the peace etc.

Don't worry, IT contractors. New UK chancellor says HMRC will be gentle pushing IR35 rules

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Re: Icon is closest thing I could find...

Surely this ----->

BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms

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Not this again.

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Re: *HIS* point

Would you have objected to "her" point instead? I suspect not.

"Their" is typically for plural use. "its" would be singlular but is considered rude. There is no genderless singular equivalent that's considered polite.

"His" is taken in this context to be singular and genderless, as would be "her's". The two are interchangeable and in no way sexist unless you're on dubious feigned moral high-ground trying to pick a fight.

Windows 7: Still looking after business (except when it isn't)

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Can't help thinking you've missed the point of this particular corner of El Reg.

Ofcom measured UK's 5G radiation and found that, no, it won't give you cancer

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Giga HURTS, people

Pah you call that evidence!?! That's nothing.

Animals, even people within the transmission radius have died at or within hours of 5G masts being activated, not to mention myriad oh-so coincidental traffic accidents, personal injuries, headaches, stubbed toes, unwanted pregnacies and premature ejaculations.

All coincidences you say? Impossible!! Clearly 5G has caused them all. Ban it. Ban it now before it turns your children into lizards!!11!1!

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You are of course free to publish your own, peer reviewed scientific studies on said cumulative effects. Presumably you'll be doing this, since you believe the methodolgy thusfar is flawed. Your methodology must be superior. We await your detailed findings.

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Re: electromagnetic hypersensitivity

Circular phenomenon. Self-reinforcing.

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Thanks for that ------------------>

Your McDonald's demo has expired. For full functionality, please purchase a licence or try another fast-food joint

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Re: Demo food

Ok I'll bite.

Good cuts of beef...?

Anything they haven't scraped off the slaughterhouse floor...?

Oracle plays its Trump card: Blushing Big Red gushes over US govt support in Java API battle... just as Larry Ellison holds Donald fundraiser

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Justice Dept mouthpiece is a moron, then

"[Google] suggests...that it was entitled to copy 11,330 lines of [Oracle's] declaring code because that code standing alone is not commercially valuable," the brief states. "If that approach were sound, a developer could steal half of another developer’s program and finish it herself, so long as the stolen half did not function on its own."

Clueless moron. Either learn how this stuff actually works or STFU.

Declarations describe the interface. Definitions are the bits that do the work. The distinction is critical to this case, and the existing software world simple couldn't exist if no one could extend an interface by copying its declarations and providing their own definitions.

Everyone would have to reinvent the wheel, every wheel, every time, or the combined licensing and royalty costs would quickly overwhelm any project. Interoperability and standards would be a nightmare. Anyone complying with a standard could be accused of plaigarising others simply because the declarations match. Crazy.

FCC forced by court to ask the public (again) if they think tearing up net neutrality was a really good idea or not

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Re: Net Neutrality is to Free Open Internet as PATRIOT Act is to Patriotism

Hard to know where to start counting the ways your rant completely misses the point.

Google product boss cuffed on suspicion of murder after his Microsoft manager wife goes missing, woman's body found, during Hawaii trip

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Re: She had vanished

It can happen (my girlfriend does so occassionally), depends on severity, but I agree it's generally unlilkely.

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This seems to be a fairly common mistake killers* make when trying to appear traumatised by the disappearance. They aren't genuinely traumatised, so don't usually think like someone who is and little (or not so little) signals begin to slip through the facade.

*Yes I know this one hasn't been proven. Just making a generalisation.

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Re: Sad yes, but is this really pat of El Reg's core mission?

Hmm I tyhink you missed the deadpan humour alert. That, or your empathy and good-taste chips have been bypassed.

London's Metropolitan Police flip the switch: Smile, fellow citizens... you're undergoing Live Facial Recognition

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Big Brother

There is no legal requirement for you to pass through the LFR system.


Do your public duty, Citizen.

Researchers trick Tesla into massively breaking the speed limit by sticking a 2-inch piece of electrical tape on a sign

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Re: Sigh.

No. Those drivers are idiots regardless.

The context is driving at 25 in a 30, 30 in a 40 etc. when the conditions do not require it. That's just causing an unnecessary obstruction, and anyone is fully within their rights to overtake when safe. Which is not the same thing as your little rant in any way.

I'm sorry, Elon. I'm afraid I can't do that... SpaceX touts robo-rides for orbital vacations, lift-off in 2021-ish

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Re: Sounds like a trial of the first B Ark

[Waits for someone to try it...]

Don't Flip out or anything, but the 'flexible glass display' on Samsung's latest pholdable doesn't behave like glass

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Re: Why can't they...

Then there'd be two seams which would eventually become visible, even if not visible to start with. Plus it loses the wow factor (for some) of a single highly flexible homogenous screen.


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