* Posts by EBG

150 posts • joined 7 Nov 2016


Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide


I agree

and I also doubt the the road accident investigators have the same (or, thinking about it, probably higher) level of expertise as air accident investigators, needed for investigating AV crashes

Tech ambitions said to lie at heart of Britain’s bonkers crash-and-burn Brexit plan


Re: Creating unicorns

Up-arrowed, but they are very different cultures. The shame culture means that they are driven to deliver even if the money is free from the state. I see little shame at the top in the UK.


please understand that the worst of this is ...

I've been around policy circles enough in the last few years that I know the "logic" here. The moon-on-a-stick flyboys manage to sell this to politicians because the attraction is that you can feck up as much as you want, and by hell are we fecking up, but absolutely no need to worry as AI / big data / Industry 4.0 / ...will come riding to the rescue.

IBM ordered to pay £22k to whistleblower and told by judges: Teach your managers what discrimination means


you may be right

M&A has always looked to me to be a 24/7 role.

I've got a head hunter on my case, and need to decide this weekend whether to go for 1 last big payday before retirement. It's a director position. Or not, do I still have the drive and energy? One thing I can't reasonably do is take the job and then tell them I want to work strictly 9-5.

NASA to stop using names like 'Eskimo Nebula' and 're-examine' what it calls cosmic objects


Re: maybe there is hope

Fair enough. But can we get them at least to pretend to be sane ?


maybe there is hope

Gratifying to see this kind of cr@p being called out for what it is BTL. Question is, how do we get the "leaders" is our society back in the sanity fold ?

As Brit cyber-spies drop 'whitelist' and 'blacklist', tech boss says: If you’re thinking about getting in touch saying this is political correctness gone mad, don’t bother


not what I pay my taxes for them to spend their time worrying about

sounds like they've got time on their hands, and are up for some "right-sizing"

IBM job ad calls for 12 years’ experience with Kubernetes – which is six years old



They wanted someone who had been working 80 hour weeks.

Rental electric scooters to clutter UK street scenes after Department of Transport gives year-long trial the thumbs-up


Re: Rental vs privately owned

I have posted before, and I post again. There is an unholy alliance of business wanting MaaS, and big gov control freakery who are determined to stamp out private ownership of the means of mobility. So, sure, you can privately own and fly an aircraft but don't expect the same freedom with the emergent tech.

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


Re: OK I'm reluctant to go down this path

As per ThechnicalBen below, space isn't a perfect vacuum so there'll be fireworks at the interfaces. Astromonically observable differences between matter and anti-matter - none. The effects are far too subtle. ( Uparrowed - perfectly reasonable questions as far as I can see )


Nope. Definitely nope.

If there was a 50-50 split, you would be seeing flashes of matter anti-matter annihilation all the time.

The conditions that outline how the imbalance could have occurred are given by the Sakharov Conditions. The key being that the universe is known to be asymmetric (CP violation), given the experiments on the weak interaction back in the 60's.

BoJo looks to jumpstart UK economy with £6k taxpayer-funded incentive for Brits to buy electric cars – report


Re: Totally f**king useless without the power supply network to back it up.

We live in a world where the public stance of the grid cannot be allowed to be anything else. Talk to actual grid engineers and you get a different picture.

Legal complaint lodged with UK data watchdog over claims coronavirus Test and Trace programme flouts GDPR


Re: How is this better than leaving it up to individuals?

What you are missing is that government has pulled a fast one by getting the phrase "test and trace" locked into the debate. The correct phrase which I think you'll find people like WHO use, is "test, trace and isolate". Even if some tacky app is made to work, it's f-all use without enforcing isolation on the contacts. We have failure designed in, irrespective of the IT.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do


you're a Byzantine general

and I claim my £10


you're a Byzantine general

and I claim my £10

Dutch spies helped Britain's GCHQ break Argentine crypto during Falklands War


Re: Breaks it angle

Not what I've read about it. The US State Dept. might not have been helpful, but some other key US departments were.

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


You imply this will be utopian. It will be far from it. The plebs will no longer have any leverage.


The process of production no longer has any value. Money no longer has value, it has to be made available for free for there to be consumers. Economics is reduced to a power play for control of raw materials, and of the control of free money and goods distribution.

(reply to bebopwebop)

Prank warning: You do know your smart speaker's paired with Spotify over the internet, don't you?



Internationally set standards have enabled the avoidance of effective regulation.

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground


why ?

Because decarbonisation. Thinking ends there.

Seriously. These things are pure PR. The total project costs are small compared with total corporate profits. No major corporate can not be seen to be behind governments' policies on climate change, irrespective of the hassle from the eco-activists. We must do something.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct


Re: Theory?

Nope. If the gravitational wave signals profiles had been different, they could have falsified standard GR. Action at a distance vanishes with SR, and the finite speed of propagation of information. Quantum entanglement doesn't change that.


Re: Theory?

Until recently, the evidence was mainly restricted to the "weak field limit", i.e. where GR was a small correction to Newtonian gravity. This did not discriminate between Eistein's GR and some other GRs. (I guess the existence of black holes was not weak field, but also might not have discriminated). The gravitational wave results were AFAIK the first validations at strong fields.

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule



COVID-19 is pretty nasty but maybe this is taking social distancing too far? Universe may not be expanding equally in all directions


Re: Lets play 'suppose'

Word for word my intended response, but you beat me to it.

After 20-year battle, Channel island Sark finally earns the right to exist on the internet with its own top-level domain


i wonder why ?

The missing datum ATL is that the various Channel islands are not in the EU. Yes - I know EHCR is not the EU per se, but you can see why european level institutions might have wanted to be a bit unhelpful.

Hong Kong makes wearable trackers mandatory for new arrivals, checks in with ‘surprise calls’ too


confused re. ACE

This claim seems odd. Hypertension is a major risk factor for the fatalities. If you have hypertension you're very likely (certainly?) to be on an ACE inhibitor already.


Re: I don't have a problem with this

I can't argue with your reasoning. Only to note that in the UK there is a desire to track and "manage" from a persistent faction in the public sector policy / "thought leadership" space that is almost obsessional and which pre-dates coronavirus. If we go down this route, then how much be turned off afterwards, or more likely, how much will kick back in at progressively lower crisis thresholds in the future is moot.

After 16 years of hype, graphene finally delivers on its promise – with a cosmetic face mask



I disagree fundamentally.

The problem is that researchers nowadays are not only giving "straight bat" presentations of their research work and its results. They are also instructed - and this really is an instruction and part of their KPIs - to be active in outreach and advocacy. The rules of that game - again being set by the higher-ups - are not those of peer reviewed science. They are of unmitigated hype, lying by ommission, etc.

I would guess a lecture to an audience outside of the specialistion falls into this catagory, and hard-nosed questioning is *exactly* what is appropriate.


flawed logic

It took 20-30 years for X to be a success, therefore in 30 years Y will be a success...

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash



Boeing : regulatory capture

Tesla : hold my beer. pre-emptive regulatory by-pass

And they said IoT was trash: Sheffield 'smart' bins to start screaming when they haven't been emptied for a fortnight


Re: Something seems wonky in that sentence

Sheffield is very hilly. So diesel emissions are high.


that's because ...

.... the trees were blocking the airflow over roads. And hence the air quality.

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?


read the link

the bloke who scuppered it was quoting Rand.


I agree

The present benefits system is just a way of the Big State buying dependency and control, and sustaining an unnecessary chunk of public sector apperatus. Universal basic income and flat tax.

Flipping heck: Footage leaks of Samsung's upcoming bendy smartphone in action


Re: Where's the advantage?

Fully agree. Did similar and miss this option.

New SAP co-CEO 'runs simple' to Davos in Mercedes hydrogen car


its overall eco-credentials also depend entirely on how the electricity and hydrogen

Quite. 95% of hydrogen is formed from fossil feedstock. I don't know the numbers for automotive, but for rail it has the same carbon cost as diesel.

Europe mulls five year ban on facial recognition in public... with loopholes for security and research


sounds good

I'm totally against non-consensual facial recognition. The state and any company that does that to me is my enemy.

However, the proof is always in the pudding. GDPR sounded good, but the outcome was 1. the volunteer sports group I belong to had to to jump through hoops, and 2. the big boys just carry on spamming me anyway.

Pentagon's $10bn JEDI decision 'risky for the country and democracy,' says AWS CEO Jassy



one of the stupidities of EU public sector procure law is that past performance cannot be taken into account. Every bid has to be jufged on its own mertis. [ Not a lawyer, but what I've been told a number of ties ]

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35


question .. ?

Does anyone know how the US tax system works in IR35 situations ? One scenario if BJ wins is that we move clase to the US for trade (and hence regulation).

Go champion retires after losing to AI, Richard Nixon deepfake gives a different kind of Moon-landing speech...



we're just one step away from these fakes being indistinguishable from the real thing. Whether that is one small step or a giant leap, we shall see.

Like a BAT outta hell, Brave browser hits 1.0 with crypto-coin rewards for your fave websites


IMAP sync

gmail to thunderbird. I keep the 'in' and 'sent' folders near empty - immediate action and archive (latter hot key'd). Works a treat.

Iran kills the internet for its people's own good as riots grip the Middle Eastern nation


I'd have thought

Reduction of demand for fossil fuels under "decarbonisation" would result in a lowering of fuel prices. Unless gov. increases the already punitive taxation.

NASA told to get act together on commercial crew vendors as chance of US-free ISS rises


as opposed to

NASA. Whose shuttle programme eventually left the US without a manned launch capability

Um, I'm not that Gary, American man tells Ryanair after being sent other Gary's flight itinerary


Re: Common names

Similar problem. The answer was to threaten to sue for harrasment if I ever heard from them again, and I if ever heard from any organisation they had passed the details onto.

This news article about the full public release of OpenAI's 'dangerous' GPT-2 model was part written by GPT-2


I don't know how to break this to you

but " on sale for free" sounds very El Reg to me.

California’s Attorney General joins the long list of people who have had it with Facebook


you think ?

Nope. There is a continuum running from informing, nudging, making the "wrong" choices difficult, outright control and compulsion. FB etc. are now powerful enough that they will steadily move to the right in that list.

Blood, snot and fear: Why the travelling lone tech reporter should always knock twice


been there

Jetlagged. Hotel used by a lot of aircrew. I had the last 3 digits of the room number correct, but was on the wrong floor. The card "worked", not due to computer error, but because it had been left just ajar. A very red-faced apology and retreat (I'm married).

Remember the Uber self-driving car that killed a woman crossing the street? The AI had no clue about jaywalkers


Re: Don't forget the orientation

It may be that it requires the classification to be able to then calculate the movement ? Otherwise, how does it define the boundaries of the object, or eveb knows that there is an object ?

Brave urges UK's data watchdog to join Ireland in probing claim Google adtech breaches GDPR


GDPR definitely dampened (some) innovation

I thnk we can see where this is going.

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months


Re: virtual credit cards

Thanks. Maybe a dead thread now - but does "chargeback" work on VCC's? It wasn't mentioned ATL, but it is *the* bombproof way to deal with incorrect charges.



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