* Posts by BebopWeBop

2398 posts • joined 11 Dec 2015

Clearview AI sued by ACLU for scraping billions of selfies from social media to power its facial-recog-for-cops system

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Re: GDPR

How do you know my postman has an Aunt Bertha - he keeps that very quiet?

After 30 years of searching, astroboffins finally detect the universe's 'missing matter' – using fast radio bursts

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Pesky stuff - every time it thinks we are looking it goes and hides. But we've caught it unawares this time.

VR flop Magic Leap’s ‘pivot’ spins CEO right off his throne

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Translation: It was a good gig while it lasted, but I've been rumbled. Never mind, I made a tidy sum out of all those 'investors'. Enough to tide me over until people have forgotten anyway.

HP Ink sales are in the red: Total revenue down 11 per cent as CEO says coronavirus knackered supply chain

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Re: Just thrown out an HP inkjet ...

Thars good recycling on them critters....

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: You supported a system...

More likely an alliance between East and west in my experience.

Broadcom sends its England-based staff back into office as UK lockdown eases – though Welsh workers get a free pass

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Re: Aaah...

You might hope so, but voting patterns, unfortunately, don't seem to support it . Meanwhile, I hope that in Scotland we can do so.

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That might have something to do with the fact that Wales has different rules on lockdown?

IBM's sacking spree reaches Australia – and as staff wait to exit, they're offered AU$4k to find new workers

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But the Americans seem to lurve selecting elderly men for the presidential post. Oh, they are all rich men, that explains it.

Contact-tracing app may become a permanent fixture in major Chinese city

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Of course, it will be 'welcomed' - more control over what people do and who they see, and all in the name of public health.

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: Not unbelievable

Where was it implied that it was 'dumb grunts' working on the project?

For the price tag, this iPad Pro keyboard better damn well be Magic: It isn't... but it's not completely useless either

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Similar - but only if you tether a PC to it or the Wacom runs a decent editor surely?

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Re: Because ... it’ll just work : Nope

Yup, I updated our time capsule with an SDD - mainly because the HD gave up the ghost after 9 years and three house moves with much abuse in between. It still works quietly very happily and in the background - although it is not a terribly difficult thing to do.

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I (and my partner and daughter) use 12" (approx) iPad Pros for drawing and photo manipulation with the rather wonderful Affinity Photo. Very portable, very fine control with a pen - but of course eye wateringly expensive. However for the job (and my daughter is a professional in that illustrations and photo editing are part of her day job) they are difficult to beat at the moment. It does other things as well, so I justify it on the basis that I also use Mathcad and Mathematica as well as a decent word processor and spreadsheet - so it is a legitimate business expense :-)

HPE's Black Thursday: Staff face pay cuts or the ax, office closures to save $1bn+ after coronavirus slams IT titan

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Many years go, while I was at HP, just after Fiorina arrived (certainly the beginning of the end), we were asked to take a 10% cut to save posts. As far as I am aware (I was not a manager), takeup in our R&D group was about 80%. It lasted for 3 months, following which they promptly slashed and slashed. At least at that time, they were offering decent redundancy terms (which I left on about 8 years later).

Combined with the explanations and choices made, that action destroyed a lot of goodwill - to the companies detriment. A vicious feedback loop that inevitably did not help.

IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it 'pivots' to cloud

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Re: Best of luck

I am told by some that even driving is better after drinking

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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Re: Would never have happened in my day

Bunch of Nasty Pricks

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Re: British Rule of Law

c/o The Daily Thump

https://newsthump.com/2020/05/21/if-you-dont-like-obeying-our-laws-then-you-should-get-out-of-our-country-britain-firsts-paul-golding-told/

Less succinctly but in an amusing way.

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Trollface

The Daily Mail is hot on the case.

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because he was worried about giving police personal details of Britain First's members.

If he thinks that they don't already know then he is stoopider than he seems.

We really doing this again? Rumour has it that Apple is nearly finished developing augmented-reality glasses

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Re: I really doubt they'd call it "Apple Glass"

Small furry mammals might disagree and sue....

Rogue ADT tech spied on hundreds of customers in their homes via CCTV – including me, says teen girl

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Re: And this is why I don't do cloud based access.

Roll your own with a Pi - what's what we did.

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Maybe in your somewhat distorted world?

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'Push back'!!! I would neither do it myself (and I do have some security cameras in and around the house - although installed by me and locked down). No camera in any bathroom or bedroom.

I would expect any sane individual not just to push back, but say GET THE FUCK OUT OF HERE.

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat

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Loose lips cost lives

Easyjet hacked: 9 million people's data accessed plus 2,200 folks' credit card details grabbed

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Re: Highly sophisticated

Not to mention apologising for their "robust security measures,"

Insider threat? Pffft. Hackers on the outside are the ones mostly making off with your private biz data, says Verizon

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Re: 86 per cent of the breaches were financially motivated

One might suspect that espionage of one sort or the other would be smeared across the results.

Brit competition regulator will soon be able to seize rogue traders' domains – and even Amazon accounts

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Re: Broad terms..

A start for a creative leap maybe in interpretation? Well, governments have a habit of doing that sort of thing.

A real loch mess: Navy larks sunk by a truculent torpedo

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Re: Pure 'Carry on ' gold.

For those a little more (if not necessarily) much more advance, the BBC Radio website can help.

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Re: I wonder if it was here?

Thanks for the link to Abandoned Scotland - we have a couple to add to their collection.

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Re: What could have been ...

It kept calm and carried on.

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"If I tell my wife I was torpedoed while fishing, she'll never believe me."

Mine wouldn't either :-0)

Indonesia imposes 10% digital services tax

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Yous seem to have a distorted view of the definition of fairness, at least as far as the majority of people see it. But lawful != fair.

Doors closed by COVID-19, Brit retro tech museums need your help

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Cheers

Like many who will read these pages, I have given my modest donation.

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10 PRINT "HELLO "; 20 GOTO 10

Ahh a wonderful game for machines that were left 'open' as demos way back in the day of a plethora of 'consumer' machines, all of which appeared to have some sort of basic interpreter available. HOWEVER

Invariably 10 PRINT "**** is sh*t "; 20 GOTO 10 was a more usual intervention.

No, at the age of 14 we were not very subtle let alone mature, and my partner assures me that 40 odd years later things have not improved.....

Cyber attack against UK power grid middleman Elexon sparks in-house IT recovery efforts

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Re: What ?

Maybe an independent system that ensure the files are usable?

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Re: Backups

Even then, a careful data backup and replication that uses an independent data checker will deal with most instances of that.

Back from the dead: Appeals court resurrects lawsuit claiming IBM stiffs its own salespeople on commissions

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Re: How are IT salespeople surprised when they don't get what they expected from a deal?

Alas, other companies have gone the same way. I was at HP while Bill and Dave were still alive (but not running the company) - and now look at the wreck of a once ethical, successful company.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?

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And so begins an early erpisode in the never-ending chronicle of providing support for your friends and families computers

Vint Cerf suggests GDPR could hurt coronavirus vaccine development

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дух желает, но плоть слаба

The vodka is strong but the meat is rotten

with apologies for an early attempt at rule based machine translation.

NHS contact tracing app isn't really anonymous, is riddled with bugs, and is open to abuse. Good thing we're not in the middle of a pandemic, eh?

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Wisconsin is 'special' not 'normal'.

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Re: Clowns in a Blue Rosette

The joke amongst those doing proper degrees when I was a lad, was that at the end of the first year, they dropped the economics - too many hard sums, in the second, philosophy because the problems were too complex and that left them just reading politics for the last year - to their relief.

You overstepped and infringed British sovereignty, Court of Appeal tells US in software companies' copyright battle

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Re: Should WPL exit the USA ?

Yes, my sone is one of them - and duly fills out a tax return for various reasons. However, he did get a cheque on Monday for $1200 so that has made up for some of his time.

If you're going to spend $3tn, what's another billion? Congress urged to inject taxpayer dollars into open anti-Huawei 5G radio tech

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Re: I have wondered this before

We can, but I suspect it is a forlorn hope. I suspect that the US is more likely to split than (most) of the EU at the moment.

The Rise of The (Coffee) Machines: I need assistance. I think I'm running Windows. Send help

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Re: What a curious picture

Upvote - but mine of a bag of Yorkshire Tea.

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Re: What annoys me intensely ...

Actually what the user generally needs is a bloody cup of coffee - the rest is academic.

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Re: Not quite Windows

I have unfond memories of the 'Ryan Macfarland' Fortran compiler (I think I have the name right - it is 30 years) that came up with 'Unkown Fatal Erro' during compilation. This was for a large numerical; code I was working on.

After some experimentation - a sort of binary search on a rather wide range of parameters. I worked through naming, array sizes, variable mixes, expression complexity - I was tearing my hair out.

It turned out that a few of the variable names were too long (although within F77 standards). I was actually given a beer or three for the fix (and that was not cheap - I was working in Norway at the time) by my colleagues.

Compilation by friction was not an experience I had had up to then.

More automation to suddenly look like a jolly good idea as businesses struggle through coronavirus crisis, say analysts

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In a totally automated world (OK reducto ad absurdum) who is going to pay?

Mad dash for webcams with surge in videoconferencing has turned out rather nicely for Logitech

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Re: My actual webcam costs $5000...

While I have a DSLR, I have solved all such problems of choice by simply refusing to video conference for almost everything. Very soothing.

Psst... Wanna buy some stock in a spaceplane company? Virgin would like a word

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Re: Hmmmm

I suspect a pay per view on some of those suggestions would be very lucrative!

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