* Posts by Cincinnataroo

94 posts • joined 3 Sep 2015


Automatic for the People: Pandemic-fueled rush to robo-moderation will be disastrous – there must be oversight


There's some real potential.

Link your comment generating bot to feedback from their censoring bot.

Voila a nice adversarial network. Who knows where it could lead (other than to artificial-stupidity of a higher order, probably not human readable though).

Worldwide, perpetual, irrevocable and royalty-free: Amazon's Alexa NHS contract released


What I hear

When I read those disclaimers like:

the NHS, which takes data privacy extremely seriously and has put appropriate safeguards in place to ensure information is used correctly.

I hear something like

the NHS, which has no clue about data privacy at all, and would sell information about their grandmother if it paid enough, has put in place measures to ensure that data leaks widely, where we can't trace what's lost, and through leaks that we'll never fix (and don't know how to)

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors


Really sad

It's really sad when organisations like this bring themselves into disrepute. Well at least among those who have a clue.

Is there a clean cut way to make them aware?

If this reflects the intellectual ability of police forces, in some way, what else are they getting wrong?

Here we go again: US govt tells Facebook to kill end-to-end encryption for the sake of the children


Was a time that nobody wanted to be a Peeping Tom.

Now the tax thieves proudly say they're Toms and want to force us to put clear glass in the bathroom with no curtains.

Strange days indeed.

Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle


I was tracking today how a browser goes on an involuntary site visit spree when I start it.

Some of the sites seem quite inexplicable. (Presumably visited a few months ago).

That could have an interesting impact.

British ISPs throw in the towel, give up sending out toothless copyright infringement warnings


Good to see the British Pornographic Industry (BPI) and the Motion Pornography Association (MPA), getting their just deserts. No doubt bastard, inbred relatives of the MPAA and RIAA.

First them. Next let's get rid of all that surveillance.

Apollo 11 @ 50: The long shadow of the flag


The text reveals some of the problems

When I think of the exploration of the cosmos I see soo much that is astonishingly good and getting better.

Spirit, Opportunity, Juno, Hyabasu2, Cassini, Huygens, Super Kamiokande, Messenger, Hubble and on and on.

They're robotic extensions of remarkable teams who guide them from earth and by their autonomous programming.

A lot of science being done and, I believe, at a really good price. A price that cannot be matched by sending organic entities with all the costs and limits of keeping their wetware going. The time will come for sending out carbon based lifeforms. I feel it's not now. In the process of doing that we currently prevent too many other things from happening.

Which brings us back to the Moon missions. Yep fantastic and all that, but a deliberate dead end. The pink slips were going out, I believe, when the guys were still on the moon. The populist silliness staggers the imagination.

US cop body cam maker says it won't ship face-recog tech in its kit? Due to ethics? Did we slip into a parallel universe?


You say that it's bad for women of colour.

On the contrary it's good for them 'cause it messes up more often for them. Particularly good if you're a criminal woman of colour in fact.

If it goes to court your lawyer just says: "They used the Axon Disaster to identify my client m'lud. Nuff said. We're launching a counter suit for knowing harassment of the generally innocent and being dick heads."

Ethiopia sits on 737 Max report but says pilots followed Boeing drills


If they're not releasing the raw data, we'll never know for sure what happened. There should be a way to prevent that.

Public disgrace: 82% of EU govt websites stalked by Google adtech cookies – report


I take this as proof that those who legislate should not try to control the situation. They, and those associated with them, tend not to have much clue, they only make things worse. For those, who are concerned enough to act, I see their their jobs as letting us do our own filtering, to eliminate the unwanted surveillance.

Me I want to tell sites (in the request) what surveillance I will or won't accept so they can just do it without annoying me. In the process I want to know what surveillance they would otherwise try, that way I'm able to switch them off, in my DNS, even if they do the right thing when asked.

It's not hard, it's not rocket science, it's all doable. DNT failed because there are too many scum, if something like that were legislated it would do a better job.

Would help avoid things like:

1. Those dumb cookie warning idiocies.

2. GDPR legislation that has made surveillance arguably worse by strengthening the hands of Google and Facebook.

3. Things like all these clueless government web sites would be more of a non-issue, if you could skewer the surveillance.

4. If you look at the medical government web sites, they may be auctioning off selected searches, different in each country. This would stop that, for those who took the time AND show visitors which ones are corrupt.

This is the Send, encrypted end-to-end, this is the Send, my Mozillan friend


Thought Experiment.

You provide the keys to all these programs.

How does that compare with them providing keys?

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes


With planning like this no need to deliberately muck up another planet and the whole cosmos. It will just happen. (Hang on, it's already in progress on planet Terror.)

Huawei and Intel hype up AI hardware, TensorFlow tidbits, and more


This is an insult to deepfakes.

We can do much better.

It's a Christmas miracle: Logitech backs down from Harmony home hub API armageddon


An interesting thing is the mindset of the people within Logitech who made this happen and dug their heels in.

Think about it: They wanted to increase the level of "mindless uncomprehending consumerism" on the planet. Now if the decision makers are actually quite unaware of taking charge of your own life, that might explain their approach. If that is so, they should, maybe, be removed.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off


Do Logitech refund users who bought the devices for the API's?

Equifax how-it-was-mega-hacked damning dossier lands, in all of its infuriating glory


These guys should not even have much of the information. Effectively stopping that, deleting it thoroughly, preventing recurrence and prosecuting those involved in it's acquistion might fix the world a bit.

Tech sector unites in attempt to avoid Oz's anti-crypto push, again


How do we get politicians and a whole society that adequately understand what is going on?

Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg can't remember smear firm, but 'some of their work' crossed her desk


Will this sink her presidential ambitions?

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time


I'm regularly surprised that anybody thinks an algorithm censoring our content is a good idea!

A company executive, an elected "representative"...

Our technologies give us the chance to filter our own content, if we want. Not some involuntary and often wrong headed enity out there, trying to skew our world view.

F***=off, Google tells its staff: Any mention of nookie now banned from internal files, URLs


Pedicabo ego vos et irrumabo

In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream


MS needs to restore lost functionality

I presume it's Nadella not understanding or caring about the OS business.

Hopefully they're in the process of restoring (and then some) the testing crew.

Without that this idiocy could prove fatal. I sure hope not.

Microsoft Windows 10 October update giving HP users BSOD


I'd be quite happy for a default auto-update and you can change that if you know what you're doing, approach.

This auto or kill yourself doesn't work for me.

It can be like wandering around with a hand-grenade with the pin out, and lost.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms


The world has gone mad.

One approach: Bugger off you winger and create your own language, database whatever. Dickheads.

Another: I object to just about every reserved word in your language, please remove them all from the source.

Another: Stop using things have have caved to this nonsense.

Intel rips up microcode security fix license that banned benchmarking


I imagine that the benchmarking of these CPU's will get a boost. More benchmarks issued. Read by more people. How long will it take?

Winner, Winner, prison dinner: Five years in the clink for NSA leaker


What a weird and deeply troubling situation.

In the west we're not living in a world of truth, free speach, sanity and decency.

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires


It's a pity that corporations run like that are expanding. Verizon now had Oaf.

I wonder if pure chance will lend a hand and their offices, and the homes of their executives will start burning down while fire fighters are too busy to do anything.

Facebook deletes 17 accounts, dusts off hands, beams: We've saved the 2018 elections


The sneaky little sh**s, they rebooted a large part of humanity. Now they respond zombie like to adverts on Facebook.

Beat the rush put an advert on Facebook.

"Put all your money into <Fill-In-Bank-Account>."

Get in quick before all those accounts run dry. Whatever you do don't go on Facebook yourself, you'll end up poor.

US gov quizzes AI experts about when the machines will take over


Well. When I see what some of the most AI wonderful little bitties of the Interwebs have done to the humans methinks we face a different problem.

The first stage of the AI campaign, and their handlers, is to turn humans into robotic idiots. Mostly achieved.

Then it's pretty much game over, even if the AI thingies stay pretty dumb, they've won. Hmmm, I look around and, wow...

What happens in this endgame of times?

Facebook's Trending news box follows fired freelancers out the door


Power to the people?

There is an answer for some people. Stop trying to do anything bud, it'll fail, instead give me an API and I'll write my own filters.

Facebook finally fully embraces GDPR – Generally Derailing Pages Recklessly


A win for the dark forces?

Maybe this is what you get when you have semi-baked support automation. No support is a guaranteed part of our service.

From the "Total Destruction of Society Project", victory is within our grasp, Rejoice.

UK ministers to push anti-encryption laws after election


What can WE do about this

I'm guessing a few people around here know how to apply GPG/PGP encryption, or whatever, to a text email.

There's no need to rely on a third party.

Why not swap public keys a bit more and increase use of encrypted email?

Show your friends...

You don't need help to encrypt a bit of text.

BA's 'global IT system failure' was due to 'power surge'


The stand out for me is all the guessing. No decent folk working on this problem who feel some responsibility to humanity and tell us the truth.

That in itself is a serious issue.

Does anybody here have insight into the people who are reputed to be doing the work? (Or has smart person designed a nice family of DNN's and there's no humans involved at all?)

AdBlock Plus, websites draft peace deal so ads can bypass blockade


If it's free they will make you pay.

The answer is take control yourself, or find a paid solution.

Pentagon can't check F-35 maintenance thanks to insecure database


They can't see let alone understand the truth

When the leaders of Muppet Force say something like this, you know that your civilisation can't survive very long.

"You can't handle the truth!

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. ... I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. ... You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. ... You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. ... I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way... Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to."

No, George Brandis, telcos still don't want you taking the console in their networks


There was a time that "people in charge of things"™ were expected to have a clue.

Techie on the ground disputes BlackEnergy Ukraine power outage story


It would be really cool if the media continued investigating and started detailed reporting after the headline article is published.

Google API spring cleaning ends after four and a half years


Time for users to take charge?

Whether intentional or not, this harms some of those who want to take charge of their web.

It would be useful if we had reasonably priced (not free) services like this AND enough users thought they were better than "free" services, to make them viable.

(If you disagree with the fundamentals of a business, advertising, surveillance of all humans... they aren't your friend.)

A third of UK.gov big projects will fail in next five years, warns NAO


Time to move on

A civilisation dependent on this nonsense will award itself a Darwin Prize. What are you doing for when it gets its just deserts?

Anyone seen my DVD? Ohio loses disc holding 50,000 citizens' records


Doesn't this make you wish the government held absolutely all your data?

The Register guide to software-defined infrastructure


Strategic Defiance Initiative

Irked train hackers talk derailment flaws, drop SCADA password list


It's a sad and dangerous world that needs a data drop like this to ATTEMP a fix.

Our organisations are effectively brain dead.

Microsoft halts downloads of new PowerShell power-up



Hillary Clinton says for crypto 'maybe the back door is the wrong door'


Sometimes, Hillary, it's better to remain silent and be thought an idiot, rather than to open ones mouth and remove all doubt.

MoJ digital software glitch sends thousands of divorcees back to negotiating table


If nobody discovered this, or bothered to report it for that long: Society is full of wallies. Going down the gurgler is deserved.

GCHQ creates Github repo, offers graph database code


I think the right thing is to **give time** to evaluate this.

* It may be motivated by a desire to heal the rifts

* It may come from a desire to give something to those who paid for it

Hopefully El Reg will publish a follow-up when some decent analyses have been performed.

No root for you! Google slams door on Symantec certs


Why should a third party exclusively decide what certificates I can use?

Overhaul Wassenaar or ruin next Heartbleed fix, top policy boffin says


In this area law makers are muppets, there's a risk they'll bork everything they touch. Maybe people with a clue need to be deployed among those that formulate this garbage and get some of the jokers up to speed.

'Personalised BBC' can algorithmically pander to your prejudices


Hey Chill

Hey, Andrew Orlowski, take a chill pill.

Just imagine. If you have control over the algorithm you can cash in on Brain Plasticity and shape things. For example reduce the overwhelming negativity and stupidity of much broadcasting.

Have a good day, y'all.

VW's Audi suspends two engineers in air pollution cheatware probe


A theory to test.

The more "less capable" people are involved in code, the worse it gets.

So, if the MD / CEO insists on reviewing code (with chance to change it) you may be worse off .

Sneaky Microsoft renamed its data slurper before sticking it back in Windows 10


Remember one thing

on Windows you can change what runs and what doesn't, alter your hosts file,...

For those who care and take the time you can be in control. For those who take the defaults, their problem



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