* Posts by TopBanana

12 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Feb 2016

Neuralink's looking for participants willing to be part of human trials

Black Helicopters

Life imitates fiction

Does nobody remember LImetown!? This won't end well.

Get ready for the Internet of Battle Things, warns US Army AI boffin



It's a good job that the communications between all of this will be encrypted with a secure algorithm. One that can only be hacked by the "Good guys(tm)", as per FBI/NSA/GCHQ mandate.

16 exoplanets found huddled around 12 lightweight stars


What is the point of getting excited about this, apart from the soapbox of pure science, when you have no, even theoretically, viable means of reaching them is anything like a reasonable time? No way of supporting any enterprises set up to exploit the resources available if you managed to get there in one piece.

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor



"Wray told the conference he's spent the last six months “catching up on all things cyber”, and that as a whole, the agency needs “more cyber and digital literacy in every program throughout the bureau”."

A sentence like this proves that they just need more general old fashioned literacy throughout the organisation. Once they have that, they may have the ability to understand the books on strong cryptography that explain why it is not possible to have the ability to bypass strong encryption.

Bespoke vending machine biz Bodega AI trips cultural landmine


Because then the Upper Middle Class residents will have no poor people to feel superior to. They will be left with trying to feel superior to each other.


Re: Stupid Bay Area Hipsters...

"Call it what it is, a rip-off of the Shadowrun universe's Stuffer Shack."

@FrankAlphaXII It is only 2017, where do you think StufferShack(tm) got their business model from?

-- <<TopBanana - 14/09/2017 13:01>>

WINNER! Crush your loved ones at Connect Four this Christmas


Does Munchkin count?

If only someone could come up with a formula for winning at Munchkin. Teach your children that double crossing your opposition can be for fun as well as profit.

Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other


"Why does the House of Commons not have a select group of experts they can mandate all MPs to run this sort of idiocy past prior to it being given air-time?"

They had one of these for drugs, remember? They ignored them when the evidence and science didn't conform with their policy desires, and then sacked them when they had the temerity to point out to the public, who they server, that the ministers had ignored them.

What makes you think that the result would be any different for experts in any other field?

Microsoft to overhaul Windows 10 UI – with a 3D Holographic Shell


Ready player one

Although as I recall the OS was free, and would run on nearly any hardware.

One in five consumers upgraded to Win10 for free instead of buying a PC


Re: Having just bought a new laptop...

I tried to upgrade my laptop OS from Windows 7 to Windows 10. It wouldn't do an in-place upgrade. So I backed up anything useful and did a fresh install, that worked. Performance was "Meh!" even on an SSD, and the mid grey form backgrounds uninspiring. After it tried to restart in the middle of a training video I was watching I had had enough and did a proper upgrade to Linux. Fast, Smooth and everything works "out of the box". I can even run some non-free apps to give me access to Spotify and Skype, so I have lost nothing and gained quite a lot.

Maplin Electronics demands cash with menaces


Bye bye Maplins

They are very expensive and only worth the extra if you absolutely must have it today, otherwise Amazon are your friend.

Bye Maplins, it hasn't been fun.

Latest in Apple v FBI public squabble over iPhone crack demand


Encryption doesn't kill people

"Fourteen people were slaughtered and many more had their lives and bodies ruined."

None of whom were killed or injured because of a phone, or its encrypted content. Maybe the FBI should try to get a court order to change America's ridiculous firearms laws first, then they wouldn't have to worry about encryption.