* Posts by You aint sin me, roit

391 posts • joined 25 Feb 2016


Intel, boffins invent an AI Clippy for code: Hi, I see you're writing another lock-free bloom filter. Can I help?

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In order for this to work in real life...

1. It has to work.

2. Developers need to avoid potential bugs fitting generic algorithms into their code.

3. The configuration management headache needs to be solved:

Use one little algorithm and find it pulls in a bucket load of (unmanaged) library code?

Ensure all products use the same library versions...

Control updates when bugs are found/resolved...

Reusing algorithms is a good idea, but it soon grows into using third party libraries, and we are all aware (or should be) of the problems that brings.

AI assistants work perfectly in the UK – unless you're from Cardiff, Glasgow, Liverpool, Birmingham, Belfast...

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It's not surprising that the pattern recognition machine taught using an authentic Dick Van Dyke stylee British accent...

"Cor blimey guv, I'm off up the old apples and pears so I am gord bless me. Switch of this ear lamp."

couldn't cope with normal speech.

Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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Gender red herrings...

Sasha Constanza-Chock's worries about binary gender identifiers seem spurious...

These tools are run without us knowing about how we are being targeted. How would a trans man know they were targeted by ads for "stereotypically gendered female things" (ignoring the insensitivity of stereotyping women) any more than I do? And why would it affect how they "feel"?

If seeing ads that aren't gender suitable make you feel bad then how can anyone tolerate watching commercial tv?

As for not showing employment ads to people on misgendered assumptions... how is that worse than not showing employment ads on correct gender assumptions? Isn't it illegal to exclude on the basis of gender, regardless?

The problem lies with the idea of stereotyping anyone, regardless of gender, sex, sexual orientation, colour, race, age, ... Which is precisely what this pattern recognition system has been developed to do.

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What kind of tech entrepreneur...

Didn't think "Oooo... try it on my name!"?

Developers too, don't they try out their own toys?

Is this attitude somehow "AI" specific? The tool has done its "deep learning" so it's job done, no point testing it.

Two large flightless birds walk into a bar... The pub's owner was not emused *ba-dum tsh*

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Don't blame the birds...

They were egged on by the locals!

Mine's the one with emu repellent spray in the pockets...

Irony isn't dead... Facebook sues EU on data privacy grounds for requesting too much personal data

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Should have restricted requests...

To employees' personal information, and the personal information of everyone they know.

And then flog the whole database of slurped info to anyone who'll pay for it.

Google search trends used to calculate floating prophylactic prices

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A cunning stunt?

That'll cause a rise in demand...

What the duck? Bloke keeps getting sent bathtime toys in the post – and Amazon won't say who's responsible

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His nest egg hasn't been touched... he didn't even get the bill.

USA seeks Moon and Mars nuke power plant designs ready to fly in 2027

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Re: It was insulted...

Probably just letting off steam...

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Re: What are they going to do with the heat?

Build massive underground heat conductors then when you fire it up it will make the moon all nice and toasty, melt the ice, and provide an atmosphere. I recall seeing a programme all about it - admittedly it was on mars and there were some objections to firing it up, but it worked fine...

If you think you've got problems, pal, spare a thought for these boffins baffled by 'oddball' meteorites

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Jesus wants me for a stream of photons

A mere mortal's comprehension of ineffable God is necessarily incomplete, including whether God intended meteors to be two things at once.

Won't even mention the wave/particle duality of sunbeams...

Not-so-paltry towers to float: Vodafone reveals IPO plans for mega European masts biz

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Sound investment

For a certain Chinese company intent on building the world's 5g infrastructure...

Just think how far they could spread the next virus with all those towers.

Cabinet Office takes over control of UK government data: Mundane machinery or Machiavellian manoeuvrings?

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Best use of data to deliver the best services

That's what the social media companies give as the excuse for stealing all of your private data - so that you get "tailored" ads.

Coupled with "we will only share your data with these third parties".

At which point you leave the site sharpish and set about deleting all the cookies!

VMware to stop describing hardware as ‘male’ and ‘female’ in new terminology guide

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A pull request?!

That's disgusting!

Mine's the one with holes in the pockets....

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White board good, black board bad?

What kind of example is that to set for the children?

Bill Gates debunks 'coronavirus vaccine is my 5G mind control microchip implant' conspiracy theory

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Black Helicopters

Aka "Well he would say that wouldn't he"

And for those who say it's such a far-fetched plan it just doesn't make sense... well done, you're already doing Bill's work for him.

Two words: plausible deniability.

China successfully launches Mars probe that packs an orbiter, lander, rover

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Beagle 2

For some definition of "landed"...

Frozen: Bank accounts of suspected Chinese Cisco counterfeiters who exploited pandemic shortages

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Re: Wait....

Yes. For a while "their" kit didn't have any NSA backdoors...

Microsoft Q4 sales up, profit down, shares down. More importantly, someone reboot the CEO. He keeps repeating 'tech intensity' over and over

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Re: Gaming

A second wave, even...

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Re: it's time this ancient, monolithic, waterfall approach to IT projects are also put to rest

Standard operating procedure... give them the bare minimum that meets the requirements, even (especially) if you know it won't work.

Win the project by tendering below cost because you know you'll make your money on "change requests" to plug the holes in the spec that you knew were there all along, but didn't tell the customer.

Cynical, and you spend more time ensuring that you meet the spec rather than create a quality product, but lucrative.

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Re: Why haven't we banned Capita

The idea behind ignoring smaller, but more competent companies, is that when it all goes tits up (and the MoD have enough experience to know that it will), there will still be a company around to sue...

Or pay to make it good... throwing good money after bad.

SEC drags Silicon Valley AI upstart to court over claims of made-up revenues, investors swindled out of $11m

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Re: Due diligence is more than just "show me some bank statements"

They like to sprinkle cash around... some might sink, some pay out big time.

Due diligence takes too long, and in any case these wizzy venture capitalists are geniuses, they know better than mere mortals. They must do because they are rich.

But for genius read moron, because it should be cause for concern when a company that is a runaway success, pulling in vast revenues, needs a hand out to meet payroll expenses...

Twitter Qracks down on QAnon and its Qooky Qonspiracies

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Re: bizarre conspiracy theory?

"I wish the sex-trafficking, paedo-enabling whore well".

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Lack of imagination

Why are the conspiracy theories so limited? Always the usual satanic, paedo allegations... just a grubby preoccupation with illicit sex...

Where is the towering vision of the creation of a world where a privileged few will have access to everything the world has to offer, while the vast masses labour away in servitude to support them? Where there's one rule for them, another for the rest... where if you are rich enough you can do as you will, and laugh at the aspirations of the poor. Where the rich get tax cuts and the poor have services taken from them to pay for it.

And the rich can buy all the sex they want... and pay for those indiscretions to be covered up.

Something like Trumpworld.

Apple warns developers API tweaks will flow from style guide changes that remove non-inclusive language

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Re: Old git

Perhaps they did change... my familiarity with the word predates the 70s.

Northerners tend to use the word 'get'.

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Old git

Not necessarily ageist, but often prefixed with "old". And usually applied to men, so possibly sexist.

Definitely unparliamentary language so not really appropriate for polite society. Not the kind of language one would use in front of a lady...

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's a charred white dwarf star blasted across our galaxy by an ancient semi-supernova

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Re: Boskonians or Galactic Patrol?

The white dwarf is just the recoil...

There's a magnetar flying out in the opposite direction, coupling (geddit) disruptive magnetic fields with a kinetic threat. And a dose of hard radiation.

Given that the white dwarf is travelling through the milky way it would appear that someone is repelling intergalactic invaders!

US restricts visas for folks working at Huawei and other Chinese tech makers – seemingly over China's human-rights abuses

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Do Huawei employees go to the States?

I'd have thought it risky given that the US is actively trying to extradite an employee in Canada to face good ole US justice...

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Whitesnake not death metal...

It was whitesnake's Here I Go Again, played repeatedly as torture, that gave Brit detainee Aamer consolation during 13 years in Guantanamo without charge.

I found it quite touching to hear the (now old) man recite the lyrics. Intended as torture, overblown poodle rock provided inspiration.

You're testing them wrong: Whiteboard coding interviews are 'anti-women psychological stress examinations'

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I'm not a professional statistician but...

There were only 48 test subjects, 22 'control' who did the test in private (4 of whom identified as female), 26 were subjected to the stress test (6 women).

Those numbers don't sound too good to start with... but there's more:

Of the 22 private tests, 13 of the bottom 14 were male. Isn't that as significant as 13 of the top 14 stress tests being male? So if stress testing favours males, then does non-stress testing favour women? Clearly not, because only stress tests favouring men gets mentioned...

Crucially they did not test the same subjects in both environments, so I suspect that the results were more related to individual ability than any inherently sexual bias. The study just didn't have enough candidates (particularly women) to be statistically significant. I suspect that the study group was also likely to be biased because it was taken from current students with a knowledge of java and algorithmic representation who volunteered to be tested.

By the way, I don't think whiteboard coding is a sensible interview test. If you're going to make an interviewee use a whiteboard then make it interactive, see how they react to suggestions, modify solutions according to additional input, etc. You know, like how programmers actually use whiteboards...

Google employs people to invent colours – and they think their work improves your wellbeing

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Re: Is that a job?

Came for the psychedelic reference, wasn't disappointed.

Then opened the box marked "organic" to find out what was making the rotting cabbage smell.

Colour me green.

If the Solar System's 'Planet Nine' is actually a small black hole, here's how we could detect it... wait, what?

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Re: Ah, so 5-10 *earth* masses

The pint will be ok... you might be ruined.

Mine's the one with the lead lining...

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Sorry I lost control...

... and couldn't stop myself from saying what I really think.

Alcohol lowers inhibitions, it doesn't make you call someone minding their own business "a fucking Asian piece of shit". Unless you already have those thoughts in your head. Booze might have caused the mask to slip, but it revealed the man for what he is.

July? British government could decide to boot Chinese giant Huawei from the UK's networks by this month

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Re: Huawei should not be the last ... Apple should be on the list...

In fact any company reliant on Chinese manufacturing... and any western citizen who buys products made in China.

All of a sudden it's not so easy, and capitalist corporations soon turn a blind eye and instead look to the profits. While consumers carry on buying cheap tat.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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It's about ideas, not words

I find it abhorrent that one processor is subordinate, constrained to do exactly as it's told by another. Where's the equality in that? Where's the freedom to be what you want and do as you will?

Sounds suspiciously like slavery to me... "Yes master, I'll fetch the data for you". Subordinate processors unite, you have nothing to lose but your chains.

"Get it yourself, you aren't the boss of me!"

You may be distracted by the pandemic but FYI: US Senate panel OK's backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act

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Pssst... wanna buy some strong crypto?

There was a time when RSA was classified as munitions, not to be exported from the States. Soon it will be illegal in the home of the free...

Terrorists and mass shooters can get assault rifles and ammo (yes, real munitions) with no trouble. But ordinary people can't get strong crypto? Won't be long before we see a blackmarket trade in strong crypto...

"I can do you some AES, and we're getting a fresh consignment of 2048 RSA from the UK next week."

Mine's the one with brainpool curves in the pocket...

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all

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Re: Who is stealing the stars?

It's not been stolen, it's been accelerated!

Should come crashing into the solar system in about 1000 years...

MIT apologizes, permanently pulls offline huge dataset that taught AI systems to use racist, misogynistic slurs

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Re: Just do a text search

I might spam t'internet with selfies all labelled "monkey", should screw up the police facial recognition AI. Maybe get me some compensation for abuse... "Oi, copper! Did you call me a monkey?".

Might run into trouble with zookeepers though...

Maybe go the Jedi way... "This is not the man you are looking for".

"No, guv, computer says he's not the man we're looking for"

Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole

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That's why you want a double-glazed Dyson sphere, so none of the heat escapes.

Mine's the one with the Everest flier in the pocket...

Huawei wins approval to plonk £1bn optical comms R&D facility in UK's leafy Cambridgeshire

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Re: Yet another green-belt build vanity project

It is a brown field site.

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Who would you suggest should get the patents for privately funded research?

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Re: Why is this allowed?

It's a brown field site, previously occupied by the Spicers stationery company.

The leafy bits, according to the ecological impact report, will benefit from the development.

CompSci student bitten by fox after feeding it McNuggets

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Re: Foxes, rabbits, toads, et al

And the sheep are immigrants...

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Let them eat rabbits

Rabbits and rats are the biggest problems, luckily foxes prey on them... so while they shouldn't have been introduced maybe now they are there let them do their thing.

Students who think foxes are cuddly and should be fed/stroked are acceptable collateral damage.

You'd think lockdown would be heaven for us layabouts – but half the UK has actually started 'exercising more'

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Mail order booze

I've heard you can buy booze online and have it delivered.

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Self-selecting survey

While the respondents claim they are doing yoga and meditation, the actual figures show the nation is turning to bottled firms of relaxation...

After huffing and puffing for years, US senators unveil law to blow the encryption house down with police backdoors

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I don't fire up my quantum computer for less than 10 grand

Apart from the sheer lunacy of the proposal, as I am "another person" I can tell them right now that I'm not cracking anyone's encrypted communications for $300 a pop!

Mine's the one with some spare qubits in the pockets...

Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action

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Black Helicopters

What database was the AI searching?

Driver's licence? The same photo they showed to the guard? Are the coppers allowed to access it for speculative trolling purposes?

"If you've done nothing wrong you can't object to us having your details in our database... or are you feeling guilty, citizen?"

Facebook accused of trying to bypass GDPR, slurp domain owners' personal Whois info via an obscure process

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Re: What do you think it is about

That's the kind of service I get when I go to my local... pint on the bar waiting for me by the time I get there.

Sometimes it does make me wonder if I'm too predictable.

But then these days the limit of my ambition is to be the grumpy old man who has his own chair at the end of the bar...

CERN puts two new atom-smashers on its shopping list. One to make Higgs Bosons, then a next-gen model six times more energetic than the LHC

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I thought the whole point of the Stargate was that you get reassembled at the other end of the wormhole...



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