* Posts by Whitter

819 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

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Texas jury: Apple on the hook for half a billion dollars after infringing 4G LTE patents

Whitter
Joke

Eastern Texas

I wonder if any company has ever set out Terms and Conditions stating thier product was not for use in Eastern Texas, in an attempt to avoid ever being pulled into court there.

UK data watchdog having a hard time making GDPR fines stick: Marriott scores another extension, BA prepares to pay 11% of £183m penalty threat

Whitter
Devil

Falling on sword time?

In order to continue the pretense that the gov actually wants GDPR enforced - while ensuring funding and will for such are entriely lacking - is it time for the Information Commissioner to take one for the team?

i.e. Resign, wait a few months then get a pass into the House of Lords?

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

Whitter
Coat

Eleven!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMS2VnDveP8

Lock down your data – or get the cheque book out: ICO privacy violation fines are rising, say lawyers

Whitter
Unhappy

Maybe an increase in fines but

As the prosecution rate is so low, one can see why a CEO may just choose to ignore it.

Soft press keys for locked-down devs: Three new models of old school 60-key Happy Hacking 'board out next month

Whitter

Re: Alternatives?

You could try Redragon Gaming Mechanical Keyboard K552

It's quite loud, so I put some o-rings on too to quieten things down a little. Still quite loud thogugh!

Once again, racial biases show up in AI image databases, this time turning Barack Obama white

Whitter
Meh

What if the image is only very slightly blurry?

Maybe it has some legs as a photo sharpening tool rather than trying to patch up a shoddy surveillance cam image?

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

Whitter
Paris Hilton

Be careful what you wish for Mr Trump

That is all

UK.gov announces review – not proper inquiry – into Fujitsu and Post Office's Horizon IT scandal

Whitter

I had assumed that private criminal prosecutions could not be started while there is a potential judicial review on the cards.

Now there isn't, there's just a pointless committee.

So can people now start to being actual prosecutions and ignore the window dressing?

I don't really know

Latest NHS IT revolution is failing to learn lessons from the last £10bn car crash

Whitter
Unhappy

Same as it ever was

Has any large-scale IT project ever learnt any lessons from previous failures?

Other than the lesson that folks who plan out these repeated failures are none-the-less handsomely rewarded, so it isn't a failure from their personal POV?

What do you call megabucks Microsoft? No really, it's not a joke. El Reg needs you

Whitter
Joke

Can we also change Google to "The Monopolist Formerly Known As Not-Evil"?

Whitter

Tricky

Been playing with Has Been, Yesterday's Man, Once Mattered and suchlike. Not really getting anywhere however, my best shot being:

The-Once-And-Future-Borg

which is a tad long IMO.

Then got onto How the mighty have fallen which led to the more succinct

The Fallen

which has a nice Lucifer Morningstar ring to it.

Don't trust deep-learning algos to touch up medical scans: Boffins warn 'highly unstable' tech leads to bad diagnoses

Whitter
Headmaster

Hmm...

A rather long read to establish the idea that AIs aren't very good at handling types of data that were not in their training set.

ICANN finally halts $1.1bn sale of .org registry, says it's 'the right thing to do' after months of controversy

Whitter
Mushroom

Going forward

Time for a new board.

'Nuff said.

Why should the UK pensions watchdog be able to spy on your internet activities? Same reason as the Environment Agency and many more

Whitter

Yup: the line "for no reason other that it will make bureaucrats' lives easier" isn't directly true, in that it should be "for no reason other that it will cost to fund sufficient policing"

Upstart Americans brandish alligators at the almighty Reg Standards Soviet

Whitter
Headmaster

How literal?

Did they mean "keep as far away from somebody as (the length of) an alligator" or "keep as far away from somebody as you would an alligator", a.k.a. stay the hell far away!

Ding-dong. Who's there? Any marketing outfit willing to pay: Not content with giving cops access to doorbell cams, Ring also touts personal info

Whitter

Re: Why are we focusing on the collection of personal information?

Or "as well"?

Uber forks out $4.4m to settle claims of rampant sexual harassment and retaliation in the Travis Kalanick era

Whitter
Unhappy

What's the differernce

between 'paying to settle' and 'blood money'?

Den Automation raised millions to 'reinvent' the light switch. Now it's lights out for startup

Whitter

Re: What really nagged at me was...

"Who wonders 'is the light on in this room?' and then looks at the switch to find the answer?"

Somebody who wants to change the light bulb and doesn't want a nasty surprise if it happens to be on.

ZTE Nubia Z20: It's £499. It's a great phone. Buy it. Or don't. We don't care

Whitter
Happy

Re: Not a Yotaphone

I still use my Yota phone 2 and have no intention of changing any time soon.

The e-ink rear screen is genuinely very useful, be it for low power drain (5 days if you avoid the main screen), seeing the time in day-light, reading books on the train, capturing the front screen to the e-ink for parcel / ticket bar scannable QR codes and so on.

Chemists bitten by Python scripts: How different OSes produced different results during test number-crunching

Whitter

Re: Fixing the symptom…

If your algorithm cares about the the specifics of FP representation beyond 'double', you probably want to refactor that algorithm. No doubt sometimes there's nothing you can do. Personally, I'm 25 years in and I've only had to use the decimal type once.

Google causes more facial-recog pain, machine learning goes quantum ­– and how to lose a job if an AI doesn't like your face

Whitter
Unhappy

Re: The easy way

That was a joke in The Office wasn't it? Has it become an urban legend now? Or did some numpty watch David Brent and think it was actually a good idea?

HMRC's HTTPS howler: Childcare payments site cert expired at 1am on Sunday, down for hours

Whitter
Joke

They need to get themselves some self-employed IT contractors

Obvs.

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler

Whitter
Joke

Eh?

Is Cortana still a thing?

Is Bing still a thing?

Why?

Here's a great idea: Why don't we hardcode the same private key into all our smart home hubs?

Whitter
Trollface

Smart hub

Can we just call them "Stupid hub"s now?

Open-heart nerdery: Boffins suggest identifying and logging in people using ECGs

Whitter
Thumb Down

What a dreadful idea

Its a 30 second recording of ECG taken by that device.

A 30 second log-in? I think not.

IBM raising axe for 'significant workforce balancing in Europe', says staffer rep council

Whitter
Thumb Down

EWC foresees a further increase in workload for the remaining IBMers

The word the workforce are looking for is "no".

Help the Macless: Apple’s iPadOS is a huge update that will enable more people to do without a Mac... or a PC

Whitter
Meh

Privacy concerns?

"A neat touch is what Apple calls "Attention awareness". Voice control is only active when you are looking at the screen, as detected by the front camera."

So the camera is always on, rather than the mic?

Have you always wanted an algorithm that can search like Bing? Well, if you change your mind, one's on GitHub now

Whitter
Flame

What I'd like is...

A search engine that rates information about <blah> above some random shop/service selling something tangentially related to <blah>.

It began with the deliberate avoidance of blog that were "messing up" the search results. (OK, probably true at the time).

And its ended up with what is tantamount to search engines searching only business adverts, rather than "the web".

</rant>

How much open source is too much when it's in Microsoft's clutches? Eclipse Foundation boss sounds note of alarm

Whitter
Unhappy

How narrow are El Reg pages these days?

Its like its wrong to use anything other than a phone.

Photo 'memories' storage biz Ever uses family snaps to train facial recognition AI

Whitter
Boffin

*When* was it in the TOS?

If the TOS changed to allow this use of (personal) data, does it only apply to the photo's of people who signed the TOS after its inclusion?

Veteran vulture Andrew Orlowski is offski after 19 years at The Register

Whitter
Pint

Live long and propser

Hope life post-E-Reg treats you well!

Julian Assange jailed for 50 weeks over Ecuador embassy bail-jumping

Whitter
Headmaster

"... a fear that, ironically, is now coming to pass"

As far as I can tell, that isn't irony.

Guess who's working on a health data-slurping digital tool? Bzzt! Nope, it's the UK Department for Work and Pensions

Whitter
Boffin

DWP declined to answer questions from El Reg

Are they allowed to?

FOI and all that.

One click and you're out: UK makes it an offence to view terrorist propaganda even once

Whitter
Flame

"Likely to be useful"

Lately, being able to drive has been useful to committing terrorism offences.

Jail everyone how's read the highway code then?

Cop films chap on body-worn cam because he 'complains about cops a lot'. Chap complains

Whitter
Boffin

... recording video and / or audio on private premises is not legal without the consent ...

Does that include car parks?

Just wonderin' like.

Nothing 'unites teams' like a good relocation, eh Vodafone?

Whitter
Thumb Down

"Workers in the Leeds and some in the Glasgow site will move to the Manchester premises"

I think you'll find they won't.

Which is obviously the plan.

Facebook's pay-for-more-eyeballs shtick looks too good to be true: Page views, Likes from 'fake' profiles

Whitter
Thumb Up

Re: The open secret

Milton eh? Sounded like poetry to me!

Encryption? This time it'll be usable, Thunderbird promises

Whitter
Meh

Press release?

Or a mini-interview that was essentially a press release?

Happy new year, readers. Yes, we have threaded comments, an image-lite mode, and more...

Whitter
Unhappy

Pulled the plug...

I just go to the "Weeks headlines" now.

"Most read" and the like are just aping the print red-tops.

GDPR: Four letters that put fear into firms' hearts in 2018

Whitter
Unhappy

Re: Oh No It Isn't...

Alas if it were true.

Alas, even if you are paying, you are still the product.

Take a bow MS Office and no doubt many others.

Corel – yeah, as in CorelDraw – looks in its Xmas stocking and discovers... Parallels

Whitter
Unhappy

Re: Oh no!

PSP7 is still entirely usable and useful.

A shame that nothing after the Corel buy-out was anything like as good.

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

Whitter
Boffin

The underlying message

It seems to me that what they are saying is that they will pretty much try their damnedest to sniff all encrypted traffic if they can. Hide in plain sight may be the only option for the <insert bad group here>

Total Inability To Support User Phones: O2 fries, burning data for 32 million Brits

Whitter
Mushroom

How to get businesses to care?

No bonus for any board member on any year with a major outage or security fail.

Of course, the top floor parasites would just spend most of the year arguing about what 'major' means.

Ethernet patent inventor given permission to question validity of his own patent

Whitter
Boffin

Duty to disclose

I was under the impression that all persons involved in the patent application have an on-going "Duty to disclose" any material they become aware of during the lifetime of the patent, not just during the application process. If so, then why the notion that an inventor cannot (or shoudl not) query their own invention?

Any lawyers in the house to check on that?

Cheeky cheesemaker fails to copyright how things taste

Whitter
Headmaster

"must be capable of being seen and heard"

Surely that should be an "or" in there?

Legal advice eh?!

Google now minus Google Plus: Social mini-network faces axe in data leak bug drama

Whitter
Paris Hilton

Can we get the "+" search operator back again now?

Given that Google hamstrung search just to appease marketing types with the Google+ name, can we get the + search term (must contain) back again now?

California cracks down on Internet of Crap passwords with new law to stop the botnets

Whitter
Meh

Broken updates

Who's going to take the chance that their house's power system goes down after a borked security patch to the "smart meter"? Could Joe-punter rectify the situation if it did happen? In general, no. How big are the test teams working on IoT updates? Ermm.. about as big as the team making them; likely zero.

HMRC contractor scores IR35 payout after yet another taxman blunder

Whitter
Flame

"HMRC settled the tribunal case immediately before it was due to start"

Settling at the last minute should be seen as a form of willful obstruction.

Public bodies in particular should be constrained from using such a tactic, as the interest of a public body should be getting it right ASAP, not "winning".

</rant>

Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

Whitter
Flame

"We want your input"

"We want your input!" .... honest.

... "Please remove the 'Most Read' section" ... endless times in the comments later:

Err.. sorry, didn't quite catch that...

"And here it is: the new format with a great new 'Most read' section!

We hope you like it"

make all relocate... Linux kernel dev summit shifts to Scotland – to fit Torvald's holiday plans

Whitter
Devil

Work out-of-work

Is it not bad enough that work might send an email, possible even phone you, when on holiday?

Wonder then at those who would bring the entire office in person to your family holiday!

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