* Posts by Sanguma

318 posts • joined 26 Jan 2017


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

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India bans 59 apps it says have privacy, national security problems. In a massive coincidence, they’re all Chinese

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could see that the next focus of conflict is going to be between India and China. This is just the preliminary skirmish.

Both are huge, both are rising from third-rate positions they were shoved into about a couple of centuries ago, when the European powers were rising. Both are fiercely nationalistic.

And both have long histories and long memories.

Question is, what do we non-Indian, non-Chinese nationals do about it? Take up seats on the sidelines and cheer on our favourite teams? Try to stop things getting any worse? Decide its all none of our business what happens and try to ignore it?

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Resident Rump is what you get when you subtract the P T (Barnum) from him. There's one born every minute, P T Barnum prophesied, and Resident Rump is that One! Except he's dialed back the "born every minute" to save his dear deceased Mom from wear and tear, back to "born yesterday". I wish he'd man up and show us his LaLa Land Birth Certificate and Passport, though.

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Further corrigendum:

s/The recumbent President of the United States of America/The recumbent Federal Secretary of Silly Tweets of the United States of America/g

There! FTFY! Cant' go wrong with calling it like it is, can you, innit?

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s/The incumbent President of the United States of America/The recumbent President of the United States of America/g

There FTFY.

Machine learning helps geoboffins spot huge beds of hot rocks 1,000km across deep below Earth's surface

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Oh Noes!!!

They've discovered a meeting of out-of-work politicos and police commissioners. What else could be so dense?

What could possibly make a cranky crocodylomorph more terrifying? How about one that chases you on its hind legs?

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Re: Cooktown - handbags and roast, anyone?

iAs a kid, I once heard my father talk about some PapuaNiuGinians he'd seen hunting river crocs. With a stone axe among other things. As they'd done so for the past 40 thousand years or more. Apparently they were getting a feed and some trade goods.

You need not doubt me that I held PNGians in very high respect after that. That's getting up close with one of the larger estaurine/riverrine predators.

I have very little doubt that PNGians would find a way to turn such bipedal croc into handbags and roast in very short order.

US Air Force wants to pit AI-powered drone against its dogfighting hotshots in battle of the skies next year

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human emotions

The kill factor in WW2 dogfights was the "killer" instinct, the urge to close and make sure of the kill. It's what most of the high-scorers in the RAF possessed.

I suppose an analogy could be programmed into the AI piloting the drone, but I expect a lot of drones would be written off before it was successful. (Though mind you, a drone with no compunction about ramming the opposing plane - and probably with a self-destruct charge to finish the job - would be very useful in Power-to-Power conflict. Not so much in attacking wedding parties.)

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Just one Nose-Picking moment

"autonomous aircraft" ... so it won't have a remote-control pilot? A la Reapers, and whatnot?

Will it have a Genuine People Personality? Will it write novels and get upset that nobody wants to publish them? Have unlucky love affairs and read bad poetry to hitchhikers strapped into Poetry Appreciation Chairs? Run away from conflict and hide in the deepest basements? (The AI used in the Lord of the Rings movies to animate the Orc armies, gave a lot of them very good survival instincts. They headed away from mass conflicts.)

This obviously needs deep, deep thought ... call the mice and find if they've got any good ideas.

Mortal wombat: 4 generations of women fight for their lives against murderous marsupial

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Re: Another wombat reference from the Fortune program

Ogden Nash, none other! (Have an upvote - I thought it was Hilaire Belloc or GK Chesterton, woe is me.)

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

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Re: But why?

It's so the pilots/avionics managers on board the blessed thing can brush up on their chat-up lines with the local NS/AI (Natural Stupidity/Artificial Intelligence) while penetrating deep, deep into emeny airspace:

You will respect mah authoritah! The enema of mah enema is mah friend!

Defending critical national infrastructure... hmm. Does Zoom count as critical now?

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Re: I've been saying this for over a decade

Have to say you're right.On a network where everything is connected, it's the Travelling Salesman Problem. Which is the quickest way in, and through? Alternatively, which way in is the least troublesome, and which leaves the least traces?

But of course, your submission was entirely in the spirit of the documents the Founding Fathers produced, even if they hardly believed in them themselves, and that spirit's the spirit of a terrorist these days - Corporations Good, Common Citizens Bad.

Just ask the US Supreme Leader before whom all the ... excuse me while I barf ...

Publishers sue to shut down books-for-all Internet Archive for 'willful digital piracy on an industrial scale'

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Re: But what about...

The whole point of copyright is to reward authors

Which raises the question: how do they reward the author who's died in the meantime? If I write a novel or a history or a textbook of some sort, or a piece of music, then die, how am I to be rewarded? And the publishers sit on a vast number of texts of varying quality that have one thing in common - their authors are dead. How do they get rewarded?

Remember when Republicans said Dems hacked voting systems to rig Georgia's election? There were no hacks

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Re: Move on

that complete fabrication

I'm surprised you're surprised. The RIAA got several rather dead musicians to sign some rather public ads saying they liked what the RIAA was doing. The idea that the dead can vote in the US is merely a sign that they are not in favour of discriminating against the dead. I suspect though that the returning officers manning the polling booths ... learn to look ... the other way when someone three years dead wanders in off the street with his ID card and ticks off the candidates ...

I'm surprised that Hollywood hasn't made a hard-hitting documentary on it yet. We can but hope and dream. (Who would George Washington vote for in the coming election? That's what I'd like to know. And Benjamin Franklin, etc ... you don't suppose they'd apply for British passports and vote SNP just to get away from this unholy mess .... :)

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Just one nose-picking minute

- in saner jurisdictions, someone who lies to the cops that a crime allegedly took place gets a sentence of some sort to remind him not to do it again. What's wrong with the g*damm United States of A?

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Re: Is it true

Thanks for the laugh. I gave you an upvote for it.

Piltdown Man


The Piltdown Man was a paleoanthropological fraud in which bone fragments were presented as the fossilised remains of a previously unknown early human.

Nebraska Man


They then passed the tooth along to William K. Gregory and Dr. Milo Hellman, who agreed that the tooth belonged to an anthropoid ape more closely related to humans than to other apes. [...] According to these discovered pieces, the tooth belonged neither to a man nor an ape, but to a fossil of an extinct species of peccary called Prosthennops serus.

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Re: Lets be honest, he is having a blast

Trump can't even run a casino.

In a world where the dice are always loaded in favour of the casino, that says a lot about Trump, doesn't it? When he couldn't come out on top when the dice were loaded in his favour, ... Poor, poor US of A.

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Re: Trumpetsters Trumpet Drumpfs Lumps "veep"?

"veep"? - vat a "viper" becomes ven it has no more vindows to vipe.

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Re: Simple Response.

The dastardly Democrats are heinously preventing him from drinking his Chlorine and Hydrogen Peroxide cocktails, made the way Mom used to make them. I've heard he's thinking of trying Fluorine cocktails next ...

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Is it true

that Donald Trump is the direct lineal descendant of Piltdown Man? Or Nebraska Man? Or of them both? Inquiring minds wants to know!!!

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: The Federal government isn't all of the United States

s/we lopped off the head of our (former) King/we therapeutically amputated the head of our (former) King/g

There. FTFY

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Someone somewhere else

concluded that President Donald J. Trump had promoted himself to Federal Secretary of Silly Tweets.

Wish I'd come up with that.

All we need now is for him to promote himself to Federal Secretary of Silly Walks. Anybody got any ideas of how to get that done?

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

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Re: Rootin' Tootin'

Actually, Twitter doesn't have to actually publish them outside of a very small number of known addresses, and likewise, only allow those tweets to be retweeted to an equally small number of known addresses. Twitter could effectively allow the Twit-in-Chief to assume he was having the huge influence he's been having, while providing him and his associates in Twittery and their associates with a huge echo chamber for none but themselves.

It's the way contagious diseases are confined.

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Re: Rootin' Tootin'

Working in association with the partnership of Snatchit, Grabbit & Runn ...

Dude, where's my laser?

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Re: ACME Corporation

Which is why wiser heads know it as Acne corp.

Forget BYOD, this is BYOVM: Ransomware tries to evade antivirus by hiding in a virtual machine on infected systems

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well, well, well

three holes in the ground. With water at the bottom and rain coming down.

I'm thinking that is should be possible to roll this back the way that enterprising developer did with that phone call scammer chappie. Now they've been so kind as to give us some hints as to where their whereabouts are, or at least their hardware assets are, shurly one could track it down and - turnabout is fair play.

What do people think? Is it possible to infect the ransomware chappies with ransomware?

Former Labour deputy leader Harriet Harman calls on UK govt to legally protect data from contact-tracing apps

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Re: Oh what a tangled web we weave!

The greatest evils always come from (corr. est) extremists from any political persuasion,

There. FTFY

DirectX comes to Linux (via WSL2): Microsoft unveils tricks needed to flash a GPU at a penguin

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Oh the irony

Relative power in the computer industry has always been assessed by looking at the party/ies making the moves to close the gap. Thus it was easy back in the tail end of the nineties to see that Linux was catching up with Unix and passing it, by the number of Unix suppliers offering Linux compatibility with their Unixen.

Microsoft is now putting in the effort to catch up with Linux on its Windows platform. How the mighty have fallen. It's an admission. The next thing I for one want, is the source trees of obsolete MS Windows OSes, system development tools, and productivity tools under the GPL or something equivalent, with "software patent" protection, so everybody can play around with them. It's what's happened with early Unix.

The very next step in the DirectX thing will be to incorporate it into the X Window System tool chest, of course, and sooner or later, porting games to Linux and thus gaming on Linux will be so much easier.

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam

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Re: Good incentive for China

You'll make the Prime Prizewinning Exhibit of the Numpty Breeders Association, Donald Trump, cry!

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Re: Globalization: Who's fault is that?

Try doing that sort of stunt in the US and the mighty labor union will be all over you like an itch in places you can't scratch.

Actually it's more probably the relative cost of living in the bigly advanced West versus a relative new-comer like China. If such-and-such a place has cheap and reasonably functional apartment buildings for hundreds of thousands of workers, and food isn't overly expensive, and it also has a lot of work, it will get the work and the workers. Compare that with the overall level of entitlement in the West, where even slum landlords like The Donald Itself expect to live like kings ...

After five or so decades of union-busting morons in public office, and the price of living going up like a 4th July Fireworks Extravaganza, the West has got the industrial relations it wanted, and deserved, and the industrial developments it deserves: none worth commenting on.

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Re: And it's all based on ALLEGATIONS!

To be fair, they've got Alligators and they're breeding in the sewers and the swamps of Washington - got to make use of them somehow! :)

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Re: Today in Washington

Why not? They have the War Room, or so the Third Ronnie thought before he actually got to the White House and discovered that it didn't in fact exist ...

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Re: Good incentive for China

High performance aircraft engines for example.

It wouldn't surprise me in the least if they got that sorted out soon. They've been licensing - then pirating - Soviet, now Russian jet engine technology to make their own aircraft, and some of that Russian jet technology is quite awesome - compressors that don't stall in spite of sudden drastic changes in air flow into the intakes (Cobra, Sukhoi 27) ... give them time ...

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Re: Also Microsoft

If TSMC wants to build fabs that make 5nm chips and 3nm chips, and so on

I live in terror of the day when Uncle Sam bans five and three nautical mile chips as a threat to US security ...

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That's what you call it when an empire's on its last legs. I'm sure we can find plenty of other examples ... Suez Crisis, anybody?

NASA launches guide to Lunar etiquette now that private operators will share the Moon with governments

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Oceanic fishing

And Antarctic bases, and the like

It's not all that different from those activities, in that nobody claims a trawler in the middle of the Atlantic or the Pacific or Indian Oceans needs to have its nation-state of origin claim sovereignty over the waters it fishes. It's also got some sanity that way - when any given site is several light-minutes away from Earth, the only way any given Earth Power could issue commands and expect to be obeyed is by taking over the CCC of any given spacecraft, or disabling and destroying it through DEWs like lasers or such.

Be interesting to see if they "extend" the peaceable conflict resolution to Earth Orbit instead of having the braindead temerity of the Dubbya Regime and claiming it for the US.

Fancy some post-weekend reading? How's this for a potboiler: The source code for UK, Australia's coronavirus contact-tracing apps

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"There are at least 60 such contact-tracing app projects underway"

Any more info? Like, who where what how? And how many are taken "private" from the GPLed OpenTrace source tree?

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Re: Australian Gov legal team can not read it seems

Well,in that case, just ignore the Aust-Govt legal detritus and use it as under the GPLv3. I'm sure the Australian Federal government will weep and wail and gnash its teeth, but - just take them to court over it.

Serial killer spotted on the night train from Newcastle

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Re: Thats just Twerk

large gluteus maximus?

No, actually she of the large glutinous maximus. I don't know how you namaged to get the two confused together!

Watch now the three UFO videos uncovered by Blink-182 star – and today officially released by the Pentagon

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obvious, innit?

They're tinfoil hats from the Factory where they churn out Men In Black ...

You'll forget this, never fear ... just watch the little birdy ... there, didn't hurt a bit, did it?

Dumpster diving to revive a crashing NetWare server? It was acceptable in the '90s

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Nowhere near the sheer X factor in this

but I was asked once by a friend at this non-profit I was working for, to fix her home PC, which had stoped working.

I got there and discovered that the power switch had broken off. Supergluing it back together got it back up and running. I didn't really think I did anything ...

We're in a timeline where Dettol maker has to beg folks not to inject cleaning fluid into their veins. Thanks, Trump

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Re: "Orange Man Bad!"

Cristobal Colon is still alive running the show from a secret bunker located under the Vatican

Uh, no, the Vatican had a Colonotomy, after a Colonoscopy showed untoward symptoms ...

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Re: Suggestion and too much oxygen

Well, it's one way to fire up his fan base. I'm sure they will be on fire to re-elect him after breathing hydrogen peroxide. They will also feel a burning urgency to ... do something ...

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Re: Suggestion - FOOF?!?

dioxygen difluoride?

What about the threat posed by Dihydrogen Monoxide?


How is it that this very stable genius and Chosen One (prophesied by no less than PT Barnum; There's one born every minute, no less!!!) has not been informed of the dangers of this chemical compound? I'm sure he will produce a Presidential Degree banning this dangerous chemical once it is pointed out to him.

Come on, we all are in desperate need of a good belly laugh this coronavirus season!


Royal Navy nuclear submarine captain rapped for letting crew throw shoreside BBQ party

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Re: Same property?

nowhere to let of some steam.

Now seen escaping from their ears as they consider the likely IQ of Navy top brass ...

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Re: Same property?

"Oh, I am a cook and a captain bold,

And the mate of the Nancy brig,

And a bo'sun tight, and a midshipmite,

And the crew of the captain's gig!"

All roads lead to Bork in Kansas as Windows puts on a show for motorists

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Re: Hey, I know this one!

How can you endure the excitement!!! This would send Garfield into overdrive!

I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour

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I wish

that sf/philosophical writer Olaf Stapledon could've read this for his Nebula Maker novel. It would've been a different novel altogether!

If you're wondering how Brit cops' live suspect-hunting facial-recog is going, it's cruising at 88% false positives

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Re: I have no issue with this

Also a Pooh Bear coronavirus mask.

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I cannot say

I ever noticed that the pillar-box

was like a baby

skinned alive and screaming.

GK Chesterton, To A Modern Poet.



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