* Posts by jpo234

72 posts • joined 16 Jan 2017


Teen turned away from roller rink after AI wrongly identifies her as banned troublemaker


I'm pretty sure there are more people mistakenly turned away every single day by humans than by computers. I get it: This sucks. But it's something that happened since the first bouncer stood outside the first tavern.

Facial-recognition technology gets a smack in the chops from civil rights campaigners


And once again: Is it worse than what has basically always been there? Are human biases in human brains better than in artificial neural networks?

Humans are notoriously bad witnesses. It does not take a lot for AI to do better.


Is facial recognition worse than an old fashioned lineup or a eye witness?

Not for children: Audacity fans drop the f-bomb after privacy agreement changes


Re: Strike three

> developers' interests

As I understand it, it was the developers who sold it, whatever that even means with GPL licensed software. A fork that doesn't attract the main contributors is bound to fail.

Cross-discipline boffin dream team issues social media warning: FIX IT NOW!


So: Do it like China?

Ireland warned it could face 'rolling blackouts' if it doesn't address data centres' demand for electricity


Re: Lucky Ireland

I don't think taxes have anything to do with this. Wind farms are generally financed through private investment.

Google says its artificial intelligence is faster and better than humans at laying out chips for artificial intelligence


> Get ready for more neural networks designing hardware to make neural networks more powerful.

First phase of the Singularity...

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings


Fog of war. Is this really "explosive"?

UK Court of Appeal rules Tiny Computers' legal remains can sue Micron and Infineon over 2002 DRAM price-fixing cartel


Infineon's DRAM business was spun off in 2006 to become Qimonda. Qimonda became bankrupt in 2009. It's still around to market its patent portfolio.

Starlink's latent China crisis could spark a whole new world of warcraft


This is covered by ITU regulations and is called "landing rights". Starlink will not go rogue and violate international treaties.

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon


I see a mohawk.

AI brain drain to Google and pals threatens public sector's ability to moderate machine-learning bias


‘Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.’

Welcome to the splinternet – where freedom of expression is suppressed and repressed, and Big Brother is watching


You know that the backbone of the Internet are huge telcos that are often state owned?


Re: Starlink?

Nope. StarLink requires "landing rights" in each nation. StarLink in China will either go through the Great Firewall or not be available. Same is true everywhere else: Play by the local rules or don't play at all.

Example: https://spacewatch.global/2020/01/uks-oneweb-awarded-satellite-communications-landing-rights-in-nigeria/

Linux Foundation, IBM, Cisco and others back ‘Inclusive Naming Initiative’ to change nasty tech terms


Newspeak is coming.

Five Eyes nations plus Japan, India call for Big Tech to bake backdoors into everything


Re: A thought

That was never claimed. The US just refuses to give up jurisdiction.

'Robbery, economic plunder, victim of larcenous cronyism and a heist'


That's rich coming from a country that blocks foreign companies (Google/Facebook/...), requires car makers to give up their know how in joint ventures and used to steal intellectual property left and right. I'm not a fan of the TikTok saga, but China had it coming.

US military takes aim at 2024 for human-versus-AI aircraft dogfights. Have we lost that loving feeling for Top Gun?


> The European Laboratory for Learning and Intelligent Systems (ELLIS), set up to help Europe remain competitive in the field of AI and machine learning

That train left the station 25 years ago when Europe failed to produce a single global tech giant similar Google/Amazon/Baidu/Alibaba during the dotcom boom. Chickens coming home to roost...

Talk about a control plane... US Air Force says upcoming B-21 stealth bomber will use Kubernetes


Re: "the whole post could be misdirection"

> its flight software running in the Cloud

Nobody said that. Running Kubernetes isn't the same as putting it into the cloud.


> As the internet giant is still big on Kubernetes, might Chocolate Factory staff – or the wider Kubernetes community now that it is open source – make their displeasure known?

Why? Linux or Android runs a lot of military stuff, how is this different? Have a look at ATAK, the Android Tactical Assault Kit.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'


>Apple has experience here, following the move to Intel from PowerPC.

And Motorola 68K ==> PowerPC before that.

Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic


This would only be illegal if the briefing contained company specific information. A general "this is going to be bad for airlines and the hospitality industry" does not qualify as insider information. And I kind of doubt that these confidential briefings had anything more to say on this topic.

The confidential part is almost certainly about stockpiles of masks or the contingency planning of the military.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very


> Heart Bleed, Spectre and the very latest Intel Management Engine vulnerability are all either signs of verification failure or, even worse, problems that came out during verification but were too expensive to fix and too dangerous to admit.

Heart Bleed was a bug in the Open Source OpenSSL library. Doesn't belong here at all, I think.

Labour: Free British broadband for country if we win general election


Re: Infrastrucutre

> county wide infrastructure, phone lines, train lines, roads etc, are poor candidates for privatisation

That's why natural monopolies are subject to special regulations, e.g. Ofcom in the case of communications services.


Labor is pro-remain, right?

Would such a move be compatible with EU regulations? A simple Google (Ha!) search found this: https://ec.europa.eu/regional_policy/sources/conferences/state-aid/broadband_rulesexplained.pdf

"Thus, compatibility with internal market requirements is a key building block of competition policy in Europe. A guiding principle is that any State intervention should limit as much as possible the risk of crowding out or replacing private investments, of altering commercial investment incentives and ultimately of distorting competition as this is viewed as contrary to the common interest of the European Union."

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Re: Have I misunderstood?

> given that NASA apparently failed to organise a fixed cost contract with Boeing for initial copies of their capsule, which is now costing billions more of taxpayers money than was originally estimated

Are you confusing Starliner and Orion? Starliner is the Boeing capsule for Commercial Crew and on a fixed price contract. Orion is the Lockheed Martin capsule for SLS/Artemis.


Re: Have I misunderstood?

Pad abort was in 2015. Next is in flight abort.

Leaked EU doc plots €100bn fund to protect European firms against international tech giants


I think this is about second round effects. The EU fears that the huge money stashes of the big US and Chinese tech companies will allow them to dominate other new fields: think Google ==> Autonomous Driving (Waymo), Amazon ==> Space Flight (Blue Origin), Google ==> Smart Home, ...

No company in the EU has the deep pockets to risk unlimited funding to build a reusable rocket (Musk made his money with Paypal, Besoz with Amazon).

Green search engine Ecosia thinks Google's Android auction stinks, gives bid a hard pass


> It should be up to Android users which search engine they use, and absolutely not up to Google

That has always been the case. The ballot is about the "default default search engine". Users are free to change this setting to whatever they want.

This major internet routing blunder took A WEEK to fix. Why so long? It was IPv6 – and no one really noticed


> Google currently claims that 28 per cent of its visitors are using IPv6. We don't buy it

Akamai's numbers are in line with Google's: https://www.akamai.com/us/en/resources/our-thinking/state-of-the-internet-report/state-of-the-internet-ipv6-adoption-visualization.jsp

What do we want? Decentralised, non-siloed social media with open standards! When do we want it? Soon!


Welcome to the ultimate filter bubble.


There is really long list of failed Facebook alternatives. Sure, make it longer.

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land


Would this be compatible with the constitution?

Please stop regulating the dumb tubes, says Internet Society boss


How is DNS over HTTPS different from a normal VPN?

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it


Re: The title is no longer required.

If you don't like it, don't use it. Simple.

Musk loves his Starlink sat constellation – but astroboffins are less than dazzled by them


Re: Debunked?

You can add Amazon's Project Kuiper (3,236 satellites), OneWeb (650 satellites) and Facebooks Project "Athena".

Google plonks right-wing think tanker and defence drone mogul on AI ethics advisory board


Re: cats standing up



> Most of the internet: Yikes

Don't confuse Twitterati with "most of the internet". Most of the internet is far to busy sharing pictures of cats standing up.

Humanitarian champ or sex-trafficking profiteer? Fresh sueball argues Salesforce is the latter


Create embarrassment and go for the deep pockets. The oldest trick of trial lawyers.

What bugs me the most? World+dog just accepts crap software resilience


Re: Adding features

I would rate current MS software as high quality. It's used by billions every day and mostly just works.


This article misses a lot of nuances:

* People can and do develop software without formal training and there is little that can be done to change this

* PEBCAK: problem exists between chair and keyboard, e.g. the user didn't bother to learn how to use the software

* interaction between software that was written independently (the cookie example: is the bug in the browser or the web app?)

* bad specifications

FAANGs for the memories: Breaking up big tech's biggest isn't a matter of if, but of when


Re: "these engines of amplification, toxification, division and disunity"

Exactly. Instead of Facebook there would be gab, closed, encrypted Signal groups or services outside their jurisdiction.

The problem isn't Facebook per se, but the self selected filter bubbles enabled by the Internet.


> more persuasive case put by the guarantors of national security, who have weighed these engines of amplification, toxification, division and disunity and found them wanting. States wanting to remain coherent have no choice: break up the internet giants – or fragment into a Hobbesian war of all-against-all.

So instead of a single social network that is at least willing to follow the law, they might be confronted by end-to-end encrypted closed groups (Signal) or networks completely out of their control (gab). They will fondly remember the good, old days when there was at least somebody who would pick up the phone or whom they could pressure to remove content.

A Delta IV Heavy heads for space at last while New Horizons' fumes OK for 'future missions'


> It would also severely erode the lead Musk's rocketeers have over arch-rivals Boeing, whose CST-100 Starliner capsule is due to take its own uncrewed flight atop an Atlas V in March.

Latest whispers are, that the Starliner launch has already slipped to May.

Having AI assistants ruling our future lives? That's so sad. Alexa play Despacito


Re: F@$% the creapy stalker tech

Exactly. If you don't like it, don't use it. Where is the problem?

Cops: German suspect, 20, 'confessed' to mass hack of local politicians


Re: CDU right wing - ahh what?

Just a few weeks ago a CDU state governor was musing about future coalition governments with the far left (Die Linke). If anything, the CDU by now is slightly left-of-center.

Chill, it's not WikiLeaks 2: Pile of EU diplomatic cables nicked by hackers


Pity the poor schmuck who has to wade through all this stuff that nobody was ever meant to read. He will be bored to tears, it's probably as entertaining as reading the phone register.

Mything the point: The AI renaissance is simply expensive hardware and PR thrown at an old idea


To quote Stalin: Quantity has a quality of its own.

We just see that the old ideas with new hardware can indeed produce new results.

EU aren't kidding: Sky watchdog breathes life into mad air taxi ideas


> But where the aircraft doesn’t have conventional wings or a main rotor, this poses problems.




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