* Posts by aks

516 publicly visible posts • joined 16 May 2015


To pay or not to pay for AI's creative 'borrowing' – that is the question



Why not train the model using solely out-of-copyright materials?

One clear bonus would be to raise the quality of the output

The years were worth the wait. JWST gives us an amazing view of Neptune's rings


"click here for a closeup"

This ends up with a 404

Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death


Re: So answer this.

The article mentions the "owner" of the road. I assume this means that this is a private road across private land.

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


Re: Follow the money

I see that as a good thing. Professional companies doing the testing rather than bureaucrats.

G20 sets 2027 as the year in which it hopes members can tax crypto transactions


Making the Ponzi scheme of cryptocurrency legal is the opposite of sanity.

Farewell WordPad, we hardly knew ye


Re: So LibreOffice it is then.

I've used them all at various times for various purposes, sometimes untangling a Word document by saving to rtf then saving back as doc or docx.

It's not free but I use EmEditor in preference to Notepad++, especially for mass changes to various files, including folders full of xml or html.

Uncle Sam accuses SpaceX of not considering asylees and refugees for employment


Refugee is a looser term. Asylee is in Collins dictionary as British English meaning "a person who has been granted asylum".

Such a person does not have allegiance to the host country although one would hope they have respect for their host.


Surely, asylees means those who have been granted asylum not those who are simply seeking it.

Cruise self-driving taxi gets wheels stuck in wet cement


Re: Having some empathy for the machines...

It would be easier to mislead a machine than a person into this kind of error. I foresee deliberate sabotage being part of our future, sadly.

We need to be first on the Moon, uh, again, says NASA


As I remember it from the time, the USA wanted to get to the moon before the USSR so they didn't build unreachable missile sites with which to threaten Earth.

The rest of the "large rocket" program was to develop ICBM technology, just like the current DPRK rocket program.

Let's take a look at those US Supreme Court decisions and how they will affect tech



This Wikipedia article says it better than I could.


Supreme Court says Genius' song lyric copying claim against Google wasn't smart


I wonder why the owners of the original copyright weren't part of the suit, alongside Genius.

My first assumption is that they don't have deep enough pockets to go up against Google.

As it is, Genius have copyright over REDHANDED, being their modifications to the original lyrics.

MIT discovery suggests a new class of superconductors


Re: "Room temperature"

Liquid oxygen is more desirable than liquid nitrogen. Therefore, nitrogen is the by-product.

Desirability trumps availability.

Another redesign on the cards for iPhone as EU rules call for removable batteries


Re: As luck would have it....

I tried to get the International version of Amazon's Fire TV stick. They advertised it but wouldn't sell it to me. The only one they would sell was the UK version, at the same price. I live in the Channel Islands, which aren't even inside the UK. I assume there's all sorts of licencing issues that control this but maybe there are various restrictions hard-wired in.

America ain't exactly outlawing gas cars but it's steering hard into EVs


The other point made clearly in the article but not in the comments is the protectionist nature of Biden's proposals.

Starlink opens final frontier for radio astronomers


Re: Sorry but no.

I fully agree with the concept but quibble about the name "dark side". The "far side of the moon" is as fully lit/unlit as any other longitude of the moon.

Calling it the far side is anthropocentric, but then "I'm only human".

Building bits of brain in the lab will change our minds



I remember reading somewhere that birds have more efficient brains than mammals.

Once the scientists start using the compute power of these organoids, they may find it better to use cells from birds rather than humans.


Signal says it'll shut down in UK if Online Safety Bill approved


Re: Stop operating?

Not only Signal but Telegram, that is being used heavily by journalists and others in Ukraine, etc.

Bank of England won't call it Britcoin but says digital pound 'likely to be needed in future'


Re: But why is this necessary?

Multi-currency account already exist. Mine is with Wise (formerly Transferwise). Go to their website or look them up on Wikipedia.


Re: But why is this necessary?

UK notes are now plastic, not paper.

Anti-money laundering bill targeting cryptocurrency introduced in US Senate


The danger of legitimising cryptocurrencies

Regulating and attempting to control the use of cryptocurrencies leads to them being treated as semi-legitimate.

They are a simple Ponzi scheme and should be treated as such as they're nothing but vapourware. The fact that they're also being used for criminal activity, including money-laundering and the withholding of information about profit/income to the tax collector is a different issue.

There's no fool-proof way to control the flow of real (fiat) money in and out of them other than to have *complete* control over the interface between the two. Unlikely to happen.

Crypto craziness craps out – and about time too


Re: My favorite new article

"NFT's, which are clearly a rip-off scheme"

Agreed, but unless you're talking about banning them, regulating them would simply legitimise this new Ponzi scheme.

As with Bitcoin, some people jumped in early and made money. Those people cashed in and moved on to the next scam.

BBC is still struggling with the digital switch, says watchdog


TV Licence future

Television transmitted through the air or via satellite are starting to fade away in favour of streaming. This trend can only accelerate. I know few people who watch any live TV in preference to selecting the content on demand. This includes watching news channels.

Changes are underway in the UK regarding TV watching. Fewer and fewer people are watching live TV and few young people take out BBC licences.

BBC's iPlayer still requires a licence but none of the other streaming providers do unless you want it free of advertisements. The BBC have pulled out of BritBox but will still supply (sell) content to them. BritBox will now become absorbed into the new itvX which replaces itvHub. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BritBox#BritBox_UK_and_ITVX

This article from the Daily Express is interesting in showing which countries have never had a licence fee or have abolished it. A number add it to the electricity bill, which is one way to hide the tax. The article doesn't say what the money raised by the tax is used for. https://www.express.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/1706991/tv-licence-fee-payment-streaming-BBC-UK-2022

The UK Government has floated the idea of funding the BBC out of general taxation as a way of hiding the subsidy. The idea of converting the BBC, BBC2 and BBC4 into one streaming service, presumably as a revamped iPlayer is floated in the Express article.

There is no specific tax for listening to radio, but I assume that the BBC national and local services are paid for from the TV Licence Fee income.

Personally, when living in the UK I have not paid a Licence Fee for about 25 years. For most of my time in the UK I did not have a TV capable of watching any programming. It was occasionally used with VHS or DVD players. This was triggered by failing to find anything worth watching and my strong antipathy to the BBC resulting in my not wanting to fund them. I do not watch live TV, nor have I ever used iPlayer.

The changes underway with itvX will accelerate and my prediction is that within the next couple of years the number of people watching TV over terrestrial or satellite will drop sharply, triggering a panic within the BBC.

London cops break into gallery to rescue lifelike art installation


I assume that this was a planned stunt and the "concerned citizen" was one of the staff.

Any insurance claim should be denied, maybe prosecuted for fraud.

FTC wants to pause Microsoft's Activision Blizzard mega-takeover


Re: A ten year agreement

Alternatively, Activision's experience and credibility on these other platforms might allow Microsoft to sell it's home-developed products more widely while using any FTC agreement to counter accusations of fishing in other people's waters.

FTX's crypto villain Sam Bankman-Fried admits 'I made a lot of mistakes'


Re: As far as I understand, he had a backdoor

All cryptocoin are part of a Ponzi scheme. Other than criminal organisations that saw it as a way to launder money, it was always obviously so.

Finally, governments are waking up.


Time Lords decree an end to leap seconds before risky attempt to reverse time


Re: Didn't someone previously propose

The second is scientifically defined and doesn't vary. It's days that are being fiddled with.

Boffins are studying Martian clouds to avoid another Opportunity episode


Re: Martian weather forecasting

Designing an array with tilted faces plus gaps between might allow occasional clearance using vibration.

Reducing partisan divide alone does not boost support for democracy, study finds


In many parts of Europe, voting day is Sunday.

Boffins shatter data transmission speed record


Re: All the cat videos in 1 second?

Cat porn?

Musk reportedly wants to gut Twitter workforce by up to 75%


"The newspaper claims that cuts are on the horizon whether or not Musk's takeover goes ahead. Citing corporate documents and "people familiar" with the matter, management wants to reduce payroll by $800 million, or nearly a quarter of the workforce."

It's hard to get clarity here but seems to be the current Twitter management who're proposing this. Another poison pill?

CEO told to die in a car crash after firing engineers who had two full-time jobs


Re: Judge on results, not appearances

images don't need to be 24 fps etc, slow scan every 2 seconds will use very little bandwidth. otherwise, reduce the resolution as youtube does.

US Air Force announces plan to assassinate molluscs with hypersonic missile


Re: What about "President" Biden?

I use postal voting as it's the only way available to me but it's so open to fraud that I'd ban it even though I'd lose my vote.

One man's battle to get patent rights for AI inventors in America may be over


Re: when the AI can, without prompting...

I'm assuming that since there's no prospect of DABUS doing any of those things that any money will be pocketed by Stephen Thaler or his company Imagination Engines.

Since there's no way for him to pay the AI money, does this mean the AI will be treated as a slave (self-aware intelligence being treated as property)?

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years


Re: NASA and other acronyms are all upper case, you illiterate artiste morons.

I dislike both small-caps and smart-quotes, but that's merely a personal preference. All-caps produces a much stronger negative reaction.

Your AI-generated digital artwork may not be protected by US copyright


I only think of him as a performer, not as an author of words or music, except for some of his later output.

50 years was the limit for most European countries until Disney cajoled the USA to extend it then pushed the rest of the world to extend. It was his portfolio he was ambitious to enhance.


Re: In my mind, this is a null line of questioning.

Agreed. AI and other complex software is created by humans. Adding AI to Photoshop still doesn't make Adobe the author of the image or AI added to PowerPoint the author of the presentation.


He fought long and hard for the Disney law to be extended from the USA th the UK and EU. Some of his copyrights were nearing expiry.

I assume he'd retained copyright to some of his own material and has a large portfolio of other performers works, unlike most performers.

Is the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope worth the price tag?


Re: And the answer to the question is

As the technology now exists and has been proven to work, a clone of the JWST could presumably built on-time and on-budget.

That's not how science and science-funding works. You learn from what works and what doesn't and plan for an even more capable device that will have new ideas, newer technology, and new obstacles to overcome. Just look at the Mars exploration adventure.

Twitter claims Elon Musk bailed from sale with 'invalid and wrongful' reasons


Is there a method behind Musk’s Twitter-deal weirdness?

An interesting opinion from the Washington Post regarding this deal/not-a-deal.


US floats framework for international crypto regulations that cement its power


I'm with the Chinese and many other people who argue that cryptocurrencies and NFT's are simply new Ponzi schemes.

UK, South Korea strike data-sharing pact


Re: Use LibreOffice

It depends on whether their files have a published, open format in the way that LO and MS Office do. The language poses no difficulties. I've worked on it since the 1990's on multiple platforms.

Intel demands $625m in interest from Europe on overturned antitrust fine


Re: Anti-Competitive or just stupid competitors

It wasn't the lawyers who brought the case. The EU (and USA and UK) see such massive "fines" as a way to extort money from large, profitable companies.

India seizes $725 million of Xiaomi's cash


Re: Everyone does it

Corporation tax is a tax on profits.

VAT is a tax on turnover.

Many other taxes apply to a company with a footprint in the country.

At the end of the day, all taxes on companies are paid for by the end consumer.

Second Trojan asteroid confirmed to be leading our planet around the Sun


Re: XL5

L2 according to Wikipedia


Almost there: James Webb Space Telescope frees its mirrors and prepares for insertion


L2 Orbit versus second Langrange Point

The article's mention of the L2 Orbit made me wonder if orbit is the correct term. That goes of all of the Lagrange points.

L2, the second Lagrangian Point


I wonder just how much stuff congregates at each of the points.

Offering Patreon subs in sterling or euros means you can be sued under GDPR, says Court of Appeal


Re: On the other hand...the corollary

On the other hand, the USA might be reluctant to make its currency less attractive as a medium of exchange. As I remember, moves by Middle Eastern countries such as Iraq under Sadaam Hussein were suggested as possible motives for his removal. China is moving to strengthen its own currency as a medium of exchange.


Re: On the other hand...

It's still not definitive. The pound sterling is used in a number of locations outside of the UK and EU. I don't know if all of those locations / jurisdictions have implemented GPDR.

What do you mean, 'Microsoft doesn't care about Windows on Arm'? Here's a cheap, underpowered test rig


Existing WoA hardware

A simple and cheaper option is to perform the development work using existing Windows on Arm hardware.

My first choice would be the Microsoft Lumia 950xl phone which already runs Windows (no longer supported). You could even use the docking station.

Second hand 950xl hardware is easy to find on eBay. I still use this as my main phone.

You might find this existing Github project useful. https://woa-project.github.io/LumiaWOA/