* Posts by #define INFINITY -1

194 posts • joined 24 Feb 2016


UK spies: You know how we said bulk device hacking would be used sparingly? Well, things have 'evolved'...

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Re: Equipment interference

... pretty sure that happened in the 1940's and 1950's to all elements.

Tumblr resorts to AI in attempt to scrub itself clean from filth

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@Teiwaz Re: "All of these images are both porn (at least to me)"

"You almost might as well try to correct the cracker/hacker mislabel."

Upvoted for the Ken Thompson reference.

YouTube fight gets dirty: Kids urged to pester parents over Article 13

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Re: Maybe copyright itself is an idea whose time has been and gone?

"Is it really too much to suppose that there might actually be ... "

Debate seems to be obsolete.

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@LDS Re: "Intellectual property is a "right" only insofar as the law says it is"

"And asking people to surrender their rights is totalitarian."

Have we all suddenly become fans of patents (because isn't that a clear example of IP)?

The debate around intellectual property has certainly taken some rather unexpected twists (and I would challenge anyone to make the bold claim they saw this coming 20 years ago).

European fibre lobby calls for end to fake fibre broadband ads

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Re: It's a start

You might want to take a peek at this news-site, which will keep you up to speed:


Sorry, we haven't ACLU what happened in sealed 'Facebook decryption' case, but let's find out

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@tfb Re: Gendered Connectors

Interesting point, and not universally accepted. But extrapolating from this, we could say the 'active' connector (involving spring loading) is female; this definition makes identification of USB 'sex' quite simple. If the spring is just there to hold the plug (ground connection) then the socket is still male.

Earth pins (in the socket) are just weird--anyone care to hypothesise (or explain) why they were invented?

GCHQ opens kimono for infosec world to ogle its vuln disclosure process

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I get the age-old spy vs spy--no stopping that and it means that spy agencies using vulnerabilities is just good foreign-affairs business.

Holding onto them indefinitely is unmitigated villainy.

AI snaps business titan jaywalking

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Re: Jaywalking

You none of youse know nuffin. Down here (where it went extinct) we have 'quagga crossings'. It's a bit daft as a pedestrian to look for legal crossing places, 'cause there you'll be guaranteed to have to risk your life. Anywhere else you can probably time it.

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Re: So they have an "AI" system dedicated to shaming jaywalkers ?

Chairman Mao he say "no trying to make silly of our government will be tolerated".

Sorry... one of the worst British comedies of all time, but still relevant.

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Re: "And by 2030, they will dominate the industries of AI"

Let us all take a moment to thank the vice called Greed....

IBM's Ginni Rometty snipes, er, someone for being irresponsible with data, haven't a clue who

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The online platform El Reg is definitely shaping my opinion. Time for regulatory intervention!

Doctors join wombats in sh!tting bricks to help parents relax about kids chowing down on Lego

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If I had swallowed one...

This article would've gotten it out.

I _did_ convince a friend (no children involved) to swallow a R50 note (about 2 pounds at that time)... and he subsequently retrieved it, and snapped it (after cleaning).

Great Scott! Is nothing sacred? US movie-goers vote Back To The Future as most-wanted reboot

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@not.known@this.address Re: Great Scott!

The children are taking the reigns. Woe to thee oh earth and sea. Life was totally shit, fucked up, miserable, when we were at the butt-end of those people... until we learned about, say, the French peasants.

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Re: Great Scott!

Isn't that now acceptable, because "LGBTQ"? Of course it then doesn't mean "LGB or T".

Lush scrubs its card-processing servers squeaky clean

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Re: Mummies Basement

Are you saying that you are a woman? I haven't really been paying attention or trying to deduce whether 'Anonymous Coward' even exists in our understanding of 'existence'... let alone being the worthy beneficiary of the pronoun 'man'.

Oh, I wish it could be Black Friday every day-aayyy, when the wallets start jingling but it's still a week till we're paiii-iid

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Groan! It isn't the 'fattys and thickos' making this happen, it is the capitalistic system. I will refrain from mocking someone to whom this isn't as clear as freshly cleaned toilet (?)

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Re: Speaking of queuing..

Sounds a bit harsh to me... people who hunt for bargains often are, you know, cash strapped. Like maybe a few steps down the ladder from those who don't need to.

Tech bosses talk kids' books! Could they show a glimmer of humanity? You only get one guess

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Re: Devil's advocate speaking

The 'reasonable person' is not catered for by those concocting the responses.

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Oi! Had some good friends who went through the Waldorf system. Contradictory to corporate life, sure--but the alternative is a brick in the wall, aint it?

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Re: A more relevant book comes to mind...

'Starting in the early 1900's' ... minus a few years.

The Friend of the Free State....

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

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"lousy t-shirt"

"I can't believe it's not butter" I'll sing as I'm flogged?

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

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Re: Research into critics

According to whose rules?

Then again, I suppose you live in a place where rule-of-law aligns with tolerance and consideration. Down here in Sunny SA....

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Re: "I don't think it's specifically antisemitic"

I think that happened years ago.

Facebook to appeal against ICO fine – says it's a matter of principle not to pay 18 mins' profit

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Re: I think this is probably just to keep Facebook in the news ...

Are the under 20's not now using another portal of the some vendor?

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Re: Zuck off?

Had to downvote... our memories are not _that_ short.

Can you trust an AI data trust not to slurp your data?

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Re: So they've already redefined the notion of AI

Dave Nutt... sacked?

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Re: "And now they're redefining the notion of ethics"

According to 'Fowler's', ethics is the principle, morals the practice; by which means it is concluded that ethical and moral (adjective) are much the same. Additionally that the term 'ethical' is often used because 'moral' has connotations of sexual 'misbehaviour'. Oh for the days UK public servants read and quoted these (thought-provoking, not necessarily absolutely definitive) sources.

Influential Valley gadfly and Intel 8051 architect John Wharton has died

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Re: iRMX -- RiP

And by a cosmic coincidence we began to believe that musical compositions and arrangements of computer instructions could be owned at about the same time. Weird huh?

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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Re: Handy if you want to send a description of some technology to another civilisation.

Wouldn't the other civilization be inclined to assign the correlation to coincidence?

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@A.P. Veening Re: Economists

In 1889?

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Re: Reg Standards

Good idea. Reg standards go relative and us commentards are found killing off Great White Sharks or Adult Badgers when the average ratio goes out of whack.

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Re: My calculator is out of date

Well... there's a thought. The redefinition will make 'physical ratios' as constant as Pi. How many decimal places will Planck's be? It's a matter of choice right now.

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Re: The candela is odd.

X-Windows has a few functions based on TekTroniks's research into HSV spaces--can't find much else on their theories relative to 'modern' ones that Adobe use. I understand the 30-59-11 of RGB is the values which make colour-to-gray TV's 'work'.

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I certainly hope not; that would be a total fail on the part of scientists.

If they are diverging and they DO know why, then the redefinition has merit. Otherwise they're just bloody lazy and lack inquisitiveness.

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I despair

... that switching away from ounces made it easier to shave of 'grams'.

Would you accept a change from a 4 once chocolate to 3? From 100g to 90g?

Say, shall we take a survey of which of the two has actually happened?

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@Lars Re: Sad case of science ignoring the evidence

Except I have a suspicion that a Kibble balance costs more than 40kg of gold....

Is the relative cost comparable to the relative difference in accuracy?

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Re: Sad case of science ignoring the evidence

It seems more that the journalism has been tailored for those less inquisitive and more willing to believe 'new tech'. I'm sure there is an explanation--I would guess when it was removed from the vacuum in order to compare to the other standards.

Are there any physicists around who can argue that gold would not have been a better choice?

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"you can derive the distance wherever you are without relying on a single artificial reference object."

Is there an app for that?

(There's also the question not answered here, as to how the Ampere will be accurately measured--whether the process of measuring a single "e" is stable yet)

If at first or second you don't succeed, you may be Microsoft: Hold off installing re-released Windows Oct Update

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I'm not going to throw a snide remark, but how often I've heard wise men warn us against the use of the word 'democratic' for a nation or a party is cause for thought.

Disclaimer: I get to watch the US show from afar. Serves them right too--imposing their Broadway _and_ Hollywood infections on the rest of the world.

Berners-Lee takes flak for 'hippie manifesto' that only Google and Facebook could love

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Re: "So you may find our encounter from 2007 illuminating."

Divide and conquer.

My hoard of obsolete hardware might be useful… one day

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Re: assuming you know what it is

Just hoard the twist tie cables you get with everything.

Actually I've made good use of junk. Wombles weren't anything to jeer at.

(Have a box of HP calculators--working--that I 'inherited', which you will pry out of my cold... etc)

Dell upping its margins again: Precision 5530 laptop will sting you for $13m. Yep, six zeroes

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Re: New strategy?

Please explain the joke (for readers who may be foreign). Was the lemonade stand IoT enabled? Maybe a physical 'like' button that only required Lucy's customers to accept the biometric Ts&C? Was she going to ride off on that $100 bike just as Charley was about to kick the ball?

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

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@Michael Wojcik Re: Needed: prosocial data diode for amplifier

You sound like a die-hard C programmer. Can I interest you in some of these C++ features you'll wonder how you ever did without?

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@JohnFen Re: Death, destruction, and hate posts..... situation normal.

The trouble is the association of 'internet communication' with Facebook. Sadly that does seem to have become automatic in the last decade.

International politicos line up to get shot down by Facebook

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Assuming a blow job from the hotel staff (etc) in between flights I suppose we must expect CEOs of US companies can't make it around the world in 800 days, eh?

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Re: A Safe Haven, Zuck

I think you missed the pearl 'Lead for Heavenly SuperVisor Provision'. amfm1 forever.



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