* Posts by jpo234

57 posts • joined 16 Jan 2017


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.



Re: In Germany there actually is a strong push for those ideas in the ruling party

A lot of things we take for granted today was considered a mad idea when people came up with it. We will see what comes from it. A lot of very smart people think there is some merit...

Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes


I have a Fossil Q Explorist and like it. For me the most useful feature is the Google Notes app. It's really nice to have the shopping list on my wrist. It's much easier to access than on the phone.

Audi chief exec arrested over Dieselgate car emissions scandal


The reason is interesting: so far it's not about the original sin, e.g. developing the defeat device and lying to regulators. This is about the handling of the aftermath: Prosecutors claim that he did not immediately stop deliveries in Europe after the scandal broke and those knowingly allowed non-compliant cars to be sold.

Internet engineers tear into United Nations' plan to move us all to IPv6


How is this ITU paper relevant if nobody is willing to implement it? After all, the ITU has no networks and no army...

I've got way too much cash, thinks Jeff Bezos. Hmmm, pay more tax? Pay staff more? Nah, let's just go into space


The problem is, it's not just the Soviet Union. The latest example is the collapse of the Socialism of the 21st century, namely Venezuela.

What else do you have? China with it's turbo charged capitalism? North Korea (no comment needed)? Cuba?

There is no example of a working socialist country, none.


The US is currently at full employment (4.1%). If conditions at Amazon were really that unbearable employees would just move on.

That said, "Millions of people living and working in Space" is a grand vision that somebody has to pursue. If we always push it out to tomorrow, it will never be done.

C'mon, Zuck... don't make us feel second class. Come talk to us in Europe – EU politicos


Nobody is forced to have a Facebook account. If you do, accept the consequences of your choice.

Who wanted a future in which AI can copy your voice and say things you never uttered? Who?!


Get over it. Voice and images are data. Computer create and manipulate data. Nothing in digital form can really be trusted.

Facial recognition software easily IDs white men, but error rates soar for black women


In an open market there is now an opportunity for dark skinned women to build a better solution. Will they take it?

Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX


Re: Compare with Raptor not Merlin

The BE-4 engine fired at 50-percent power.


Re: And the ultimate aim?

Musk wants to go to Mars and Bezos wants to move all polluting industry into space to protect our blue origin (hence the name).


Re: Something doesn't add up

First at all the numbers you quote are to GTO, not LEO.

The New Glenn number (13,000 Kg to GTO) is reusable, the F9 number (8,300 Kg to GTO) is expendable. The reusable number for F9 is about 5500kg to GTO.


ULA has not yet commited to BE-4

The race is officially still open between Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR1 and the BE-4.


The Test was Wednesday

but only announced on Friday.

ESA trying to 'bake, rattle and roll' gravity wave space probe


> positioned in a triangular formation 2.5km on a side so that the craft will be nicely isolated and therefore deliver more reliable results

The LISA project site (https://www.elisascience.org/articles/elisa-mission/elisa-technology) says:

"LISA will consist of three spacecraft in Earth-like orbits around the Sun. They will fly million kilometers apart in an equilateral triangle formation."

Where do these 2.5km come from?



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