* Posts by Jimmy2Cows

1950 posts • joined 6 Feb 2015

Cyberlaw experts: Take back control. No, we're not talking about Brexit. It's Automated Lane Keeping Systems

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Re: central control

Absolutely not. Just need vehicle to vehicle comms within a speed-dependent radius, and better sensors than just relying on cameras i.e. radar, lidar.

There's simply no need for some kind of overlord watchdog system to know where all vehicles are at all times. There's enough of that with ANPR as is.

Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker

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Re: exhibit ingrained racist assumptions in the design

I think we can all understand the point you're trying to make here, but that statement is a bit of a stretch.

There's no racist assumptions in the design, it's just that dark anything reflects significantly less light than pale anything. Elementary physics. Cameras either need a longer exposure to properly image dark things, which will affect image quality in other ways, or need higher gain which can lead to image noise and overexposure of brighter image regions.

There's no easy answer. It's not like this is an already-solved problem whose solution is being deliberately ignored because racism.

Physics isn't racist, it's simply physics.

Facial-recognition technology gets a smack in the chops from civil rights campaigners

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can be used to personalise in-store marketing and improve customer service

Oh God, no! Just NO.

I don't need or want personalised in-store marketing. I want to buy what I want/need from the store without being hassled. I want customer service that is available and responsive when I need help finding or returning something.

AFR solves none of that. Fuck off with it already.

[Icon = what should be done with AFR, especially in retail environments as a customer experience tool]

BT to phase out 3G in UK by 2023 for EE, Plusnet, BT Mobile subscribers

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Re: sensible thing

Covered the "smart" meter with a Faraday cage? Refused to allow them in your home at all?

Lenovo says it’s crammed a workstation into a litre of space – less than three cans of beer

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Simple or bendy?

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Depends on your preferred tipple. Some are 500ml, others the full-on 568ml.

Either way it's not a reliable standard for a unit of volume. El Reg authors should stick to approved El Reg units.

OK, you're paying data charges in the EU, but you can still roam free in, er, Iceland

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Re: duct tape

Only if said duct tape is also "oven-ready" and "world-beating".

Richard Branson uses two planes to make 170km round trip

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Re: At workers' expense

Not sure anyone is forced to work for ol' Beardy. Yeah he should've given credit where it's due, but had VG spent their "money to burn" on salaries, surely they'd not have a product to build (setting aside whether or not said product is a worthwhile endeavour or simply a "because I can" vanity piece). No product = no reason to employ anyone.

If you've mastered Python 101, you're probably better at programming than OpenAI's prototype Codex

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Re: public repositories mis-parse

I initially scanned that sentence as public lavatories. Apt, given the output quality.

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So it's useless, then.

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

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Re: current technological level

Nice rant. Seems pretty clear his goal is to advance our technological level, not stick at current levels.

Massive 3D catzilla gets crowds purring in busy Shinjuku district of Tokyo

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Komatsu make a (possibly) adequately sized mobile litter tray:

Komatsu mobile kitty litter tray

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Big Brother

Re: what's not to like

So, umm, steganografeline...?

Belgian boffins dump Starlink dish terminal's firmware, gain root access and a few ideas

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Re: Here's my guess

login: elon

password: muskrulez

The James Webb Space Telescope, a project dating back to the late 1900s, may launch this very century

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Re: Well

No such thing as "rapid" when building space telescopes. It took 4 years just to develop a test demonstrator for a single mirror segment:


Now they have it, things could go faster in the future. Maybe. The mirrors still take a lot of time to grind, for example. Maybe loft a few more JWST-class 'scopes pointing in different directions, if orbital dynamics permit.

But that's just keeping like for like. Going bigger, better, more capable means pushing the envelope still further, which means long leads times, technical demonstrators, designing and trying different approaches.

British Airways data breach lawsuit settled: Airline coughs up potentially millions to make sueball bounce away

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Re: It won’t cost BA a penny

That's not how it works. They don't pay £32M less tax. It just reduces the amount they are taxed on.

Ransomware-hit law firm gets court order asking crooks not to publish the data they stole

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Re: rouge states

By making themselves conveniently red?

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Re: D'oh

Lawyers thinking like lawyers...?

The bastards stole our data. Quick! File an injunction to prevent them disclosing the content!

Pentagon scraps $10bn JEDI winner-takes-all cloud contract

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More likely it's all spin for DoD to save face. Avoids them admitting they didn't specify the contract properly in the first place.

NHS England staff voice concerns about access controls on US spy-tech firm Palantir's COVID-19 data store

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Re: Up to the elbow

I'm sure the penetration is being greased by brown envelopes and future non-exec directorships.

Brit firm fined £200k for banging on about missold PPI in 11.4 million nuisance calls

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It also told them that failure to do is a criminal offence

Doing it the first place should be a criminal offence, with mandatory serious jail time for the directors and executives of any company committing said offence.

Minimum 5 years, no early release. Sentence scales by a year per million calls made, to a maximum of 10 years, again with no chance of early release.

Cross-discipline boffin dream team issues social media warning: FIX IT NOW!

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Re: looking at pictures of cats and hope it all goes away

They don't know yet. I dimly recall a documentary disguised as an advert showing that cats had developed opposable thumbs.

Catmagedon approacheth, as certain as night follows day.

Digital delinquent deletes developer's database during disastrous Docker deployment, defaults damned

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Re: my compliments

I think you left your coat behind. I'll get it for you.

‘What are the odds someone will find and exploit this?’ Nice one — you just released an insecure app

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Re: Life is full of surprises


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Re: Why = Money

Where do you draw the line between poor software, and tried really hard to check as much as possible but stil missing something?

I've been doing this 30-odd years and while I'm always generally improving, I'd never claim my code is completely bug free, vuln free, 100% tested and audited.

We have design reviews, unit tests, functional tests, smoke tests, security audits with hundreds of rules covering a wide range of possible vulnerabilities. Can that cover anything? Hell no. 100% coverage is impossible, and chasing it rapidly hits diminishing returns.

Occasionally something still sneaks through, or a new problem is discovered that none of the checks and audits could find as it wasn't even a recognised problem.

How much mitigation would that provide us under your "bunch of liability"?

Some places a happy to bang out shitty code. A lot of places are not. Quality is important as a driving factor for customer adoption and retention. Other places sit somewhere in between. It's a continuum, and painting the situation as black and white feels deliberately disingenuous. Or should that be ingenuous...? I guess either can work. This wholy black and white perspective is certainly naive.

Pyjama bottoms crew, listen up: In 2022 we'll still be at home

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Re: Be careful what you wish for

If you want to quickly sort companies that are good to work for, from companies no one should touch with a 10ft dogshit-tipped barge pole, that kind of invasive surveillance seems an ideal tool.

Trust people to do their job and mostly it'll happen. You'll quickly identify unproductive workers, because, well, they'll be unproductive.

Micromanaging staff into a state of paranoid fear is not the way to get good results.

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence

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Re: 3 Laws Safe?

That would imply the ads are vaguely useful.

Au contraire.

The ads will be for an item or activity you recently purchased which may or may not be in any way related to the situation you now need rescuing from.

Linus Torvalds tells kernel list poster to 'SHUT THE HELL UP' for saying COVID-19 vaccines create 'new humanoid race'

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Re: Critical Thinking

More that kids used to be taught to question things, instead of blindly following whatever drivel is spouted.

But that leads to older kids and adults daring to question what teachers and "authority" tell them, and teachers and "authority" figures don't like that.

Oh, the temerity. The very idea that someone might dare question their betters!

People are far easy to manage, manipulate and control when they are taught from an early age not to look behind the curtain.

Hong Kong to explore its own digital currency and keep testing China’s Digital Yuan

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Re: Anonymous

So, Richard, how's that anonymity working out for you?

Tesla owners win legal fight after software update crippled older Model S batteries

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Re: The overwhelming majority of the ongoing maintenance cost and effort is ... the ICE itself

Au contraire, starfish hair... maintaining the ICE is but one aspect. Brakes, suspension, steering, tyres, heating, cooling, AC, bodywork, trim, interior, safety features, electronics... EV have all of these which still need to be maintained.

The motor still connects to a powertrain, just it's electric instead of dino-juice. It still needs to be maintained, though it's arguable simplier than an ICE. But, there is still the transmission system: driveshafts, differentials, axles, ball joints, control arms, linkages, possibly a gearbox. Plus, an EV has a bunch of complex power electronics not found in pure ICE cars. Or you may have multiple electric motors, per axle or per wheel, which eliminates some transmission complexity but adds others.

So, no. EV's haven't removed complexity. Just some aspects are different. The vast majority is unchanged.

Frontier sued by FTC, six states for allegedly over-promising, under-delivering broadband

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Re: The ideal Amercian business

I think you could say the same of any business anywhere in the world. Minimal outlay for maximum return tends to be a common driving force. Some US companies take that to extremes, but it'll happen anywhere one has a real or effective monopoly.

iFixit slams Samsung's phone 'upcycling' scheme for falling short of what was promised

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Re: useless

Most likely referring to the perception of uselessness, obsolecence and underperformance that phone companies and network providers want consumers to believe. If Joe Public believes their current phone will be perfectly good for many more years, where's the compulsion to buy a new one, sign up for a new X-year contract?

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet

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Re: Nothing there...

I believe it's the tired old trope of why spend money sending stuff to other planets using public money while our own planet has so many problems etc. I think specifically it's the public money aspect that galls him so, but ISTR he has similar views on SpaceX (which also receives some public money by way of NASA contracts).

Ignores the fact that the money spent on these projects won't even scratch the surface of fixing the myriad problems here on Earth, and also the fact that, well, different groups of people are generally allowed to work on different things for the overall advancement of human knowledge.

Yahoo! Japan! offers! free! comment!-moderation!-as!-a!-service! API!

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Re: depends on who decides what the priorities are and what constitutes 'positive'

Precisely this ^^^

The differences between a controversial viewpoint promoting healthy discussion of a topic, and being outright trolling, may be subtle. People can struggle to spot that at the best of times, never mind if handed off to an AI which may or may not have been trained to meet someone's specific agendas and personal / corporate takes on morality, ethics, offensiveness, triggers and positivity.

Apple's expert witness grilled by Epic over 'frictionless' spending outside the app

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Re: Wider ramifications

This isn't about playing an XBox game on a Playstation. This is about Epic not wanting Apple taking a 30% cut of every single transation in iOS versions of Epic's games, and Apple generally not allowing developers to use payment processors besides Apple, thus forcing all devs to use Apple for all payments.

This guarantees Apple get their cut, and Apple are using the size of their customer-base as leverage. Do it our way or miss out on hundreds of millions of potential users.

That's monopolistic behaviour and needs to be stamped out with extreme prejudice.

Campaigns propose new rules to protect contractors from rogue umbrella companies

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Re: HMRC know the rules but choose to act like Putin

Such requests should never be optional. Pointless having Select Committees if they don't have the teeth to force people and departments to explain themselves.

Water's wet, the Pope's Catholic, and iOS is designed to stop folk switching to Android, Epic trial judge told

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Re: Computing 101 - one platform's software doesn't run on another

That's a sad indictment of reading comprehension, because this is not Epic's argument.

They are arguing licenses to run things should be platform-independent, and the same for things you purchase in-app. The principle of buy once, run anywhere, instead of being forced into vendor lock-in.

Noble, but of course not the reason behind their beef with Apple. Epic is simply trying to spin "we don't want to pay Apple 30% of everything" into "Apple's behaviour is anticompetitive, and we're doing this for the greater good".

Hong Kong floats doxxing laws that would let it force big tech to take down content

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Re: Sexist laws

So, ummm... did you accidentally forget to add the Joke Alert icon, or are you genuinely trying to shoehorn Woke attitudes and political correctness into a dicussion where neither are needed nor wanted?

Train operator phlunks phishing test by teasing employees with non-existent COVID bonus

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Re: spelling mistakes, a really obviously bad url

A good phishing email won't contain mistakes, and the link URL will be convincingly plausible.

File this next to Mars bars under 'things that should not be deep-fried': Marks & Spencer's Colin the Caterpillar

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Re: Deep Fried *

Sounds like the opening salvo on a night of student rugby club initiations. But it would only be a true initiation if you then ate said delicacy.

Known software issue grounds Ingenuity Mars copter as it attempted fourth flight

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Somehwere, buried deep within the rumbling bowels of Redmond, an MS black-ops world-domination skunkworks team, featuring the world's greatest moustache-twirling super-villain developers, is tirelessly beavering away on plans to update Windows on any machine not running windows.

First Coinbase, now Basecamp: Should workplaces ban political talk on internal corporate platforms?

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Ivor Biggun.

Coat, that is.

A trip to the dole queue: CEO of $2bn Bay Area tech biz says he was fired for taking LSD before company meeting

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Re: CEO of Iterable


Pre-increment please. Any fule kno making a copy of your old CEO is inefficient.

Does the boss want those 2 hours of your free time back? A study says fighting through crowds to office each day hurts productivity

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Re: Covid 19 and hot desks

Huh there's always one problem guy.

Incinerating the hot desks between users is a bit extreme.

It's illegal to electrify the doorknobs.

That low window ledge with outward opener needs a limiter and a safety barrier.

Be a team player and get on the solutions side! Equipment replacement is someone else's problem.

Besides, if this helps destroy the idea of hot-desking once and for all, I'm all for it.

Apple faces another suit over its allegedly misleading water resistance claims

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Re: Apple only needs to show...

Sounds like if you're selling X and going to categorically and proveably state "X comes with Y", then you'd better be damned sure X really does come with Y, regardless of whether anyone tests X for Y's existence before buying.

Unless you like being sued for false advertising.

Watchdog 'enables Tesla Autopilot' with string, some weight, a seat belt ... and no actual human at the wheel

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Re: anyone arguing that alcohol interlocks be installed on all cars?

Interlock bypassed in...

3... "Hey could you blow into this for me...?"

2... "Pretty please?"

1... "Thanks"

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b.. p... easy mistake to make.

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Re: 2 x 4

Yes. Yes, they will. There's always a bigger idiot.

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Also, chances are the ensuing lithium fire would have destroyed anything organic, string, plastic, rubber, low-melting point metals. There might be nothing left to find.

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Re: shouldn't the authorities have found evidence of the tampering?

How about the idiots thought FSD was installed and active, and autopilot was active, when all they actually did was ramp up the speed and engage cruise control? Then the driver climbed into the passenger seat, thinking he was showing off how great his self driving car is.

That'll all be fine until the first bend or obstruction, and, by then, given the apparent speed - wasn't it about 80mph? - there's no time to do anything except put your head between your knees and kiss your butt goodbye.

No fan of Tesla autopilot, and making no excuses for Tesla here, but it seems entirely plausible that FSD wasn't present and autopilot wasn't on (not saying this is true, needs to be independently and forensically confirmed), and these victims were simply even more stupid than it seems.

If true, Tesla needs to do way more to eductate their drivers about autopilot's many and gross shortcomings.


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