* Posts by jmch

1800 posts • joined 6 Mar 2017

Journo who went to prison for 2 years for breaking US cyber-security law is jailed again

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Re: What an idiot, if true.

"...even though they must have known his criminal record"

To be fair, I struggle to understand why publishng his user/password should have landed him a criminal record and time in prison rather than a civil lawsuit and fine / compensation to be paid.

CFAA is effed up

Tomorrow's wireless world will be fatter, faster, and creepier

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Re: This is stupid

"You can't get richer input to your senses than full motion 4K/8K video unless/until we get true volumetric holography..."

You neglect to mention direct-to-brain embedded chippery

This always-on culture we're in is awful. How do we stop it? Oh, sorry, hold on – just had another notification

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Re: Not office hours? No contact

"Young people especially, in their first job or first office job, don't tend to have much of a reference point other than school, so they're under the impression that they have to do everything that's asked of them"

This, I believe, is part of the education systems of most countries by design. Schools are there to churn out obedient workers with just the minimum skill necessary to do a job, and as little crtitical thinking skills as possible.

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Re: Not office hours? No contact

"But people work for them and you might ask why ? It comes down to that basic need to have a roof over your head and food on the table "

which is exactly why minimum standard working conditions have to be legislated for by the government and not left to companies to set for themselves. If for reasons of flexibility companies want to have employees available outside of working hours, or employees want flexible hours, the agreement should be clearly stated in a contract, and extra hours worked should be paid in time off in lieu or cash

Go to L: A man of the cloth faces keyboard conundrum

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"In which way was February 2nd, 2000, different from every single date in the 1000 years before?"

Feb 2nd is Groundhog day... so was it the time Bill Murray finally got it right at the 1000th time of asking? :)

Seriously now, I would say it's the first time since September 30th, 999 that there was no "1" digit in the full date... that Perl script must have been seriously scrweed up if that is what triggered it.

Seoul adopts AI for suicide prevention on Han Bridge: Uni boffins train machine learning model on rescue teams' data

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Suicide rate

"Korea has the highest suicide rate of any country in the OECD at 23 per 100,000 people"

Apropos of nothing, I seem to remember an article on El Reg that S. Korea was reducing working hours from 80 to 68 /week

Who would cross the Bridge of Death? Answer me these questions three! Oh and you'll need two-factor authentication

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Re: You're absolutely right, Dabbsy

"If I wanted my phone number to be available to the general public, I'd not have chosen to subscribe to the liste rouge, the French version of Do Not Call."

Except that if you're on the liste rouge, your number is available to every marketer who checks whether or not you are on the liste rouge...

Russia spoofed AIS data to fake British warship's course days before Crimea guns showdown

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Brings to mind the (probably apocryphical) tale of the US aircraft carrier and the lighthouse...

Lego bricks, upcycled iPhone lenses used in new low-cost, high-res microscope

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Re: we remove all the fancy electronics, but we only need the lens

Eppur si muove!

Hungover Brits declare full English breakfast the solution to all their ills

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Re: No cure for a hangover

"The cure is just not to get them."

As I have grown older (and loosened the shackles of a student budget) I have found that a major factor in having or not having a hangover is the quality of the booze. Doesn't have to be a single malt whisky or £20 bottle of wine, but drinking a decent quality alcohol instead of the cheapest plonk available in the off-licence significantly reduces hangover severity.

Another factor is sugar - more sugary drink = worse hangover, but that could be just me

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" I have always tried to knock back a pint of milk before retiring, that will either purge the system quite rapidly or help to rehydrate."

I have found that during the night out, alternating a glass of water with every glass of alcohol both keeps hydration up and alcohol consumption (and the bill!) down.

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Re: Monopoly

"I agree that some sort of dispute resolution classes in schools is a bit of an odd idea"

I don't. School should be a place where kids learn to be good adults, learn how to get along with others, how to collaborate and negotiate, how things get done in the real world. In practice most schools are factories to churn out capable and obedient workers.

Why are students forced to do the majority of their work alone, when in real life they need to do most of their work as a team? Why are they forced to learn a bunch of names and dates by heart in detail, when they can be taught the general gist and can look up the details so easily? Why is physical education such an afterthought, and proper nutritional education almost nonexistant? And then we wonder about health and obesity crises!

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Re: Monopoly

"Alcohol has a major advantage over most of them : it's legal"

Yes it is, but should it? You might want to read up on actual drug effects, and the history of prohibition. Both heroin and cocaine were legal relatively recently, with very little in the way of societal problems, mostly because, being legal, it was available in medicinal grade (without cutting additives and easily dosed correctly). Marijuana has been used safely for millenia. The legality or lack thereof of many drugs was pushed by the US getting other countries to follow its lead. In the US the outlawing of heroin, cocaine and marijuana (while alcohol was re-legalised) had nothing to do with their properties, but with who the majority users were: Alcohol was white peoples drug of choice, heroin was popular among Asians, Cocaine among South Americans and Marijuana among blacks.

Out of these, heroin is the most dangerous (highly addictive and low ratio of lethal dose to effective dose), alcohol the second-most (quite addictive and relatively easy to overdose). Cocaine is slightly more addictive to alcohol but less dangerous (more overdoses occur because illegality leads to unknown purity of batches). Marijuana is very slightly mentally addictive and not at all physically addictive. There are also literally zero cases of death attributed to MJ overdose in thousands of years of recorded history. The probability of indirect death is also much less as your average stoner is far more likely to lounge on a couch looking for munchies than partake in dangerous behaviours very often fuelled by alcohol.

In other words, if an objective assesment were made of perils of drugs, and their availabilty were to be made based on that and not on cultural history and profit-driven multinationals, alcohol would be far more severely restricted.

I agree completely that many people can control their alcohol intake and control themselves, but many cultures, particularly European and related, correlate manliness to being able to hold one's drink, and particularly Anglo-saxon 'lad culture' glorifies the stupid things done under the influence. The French and Italians seem to handle a glass of wine with every meal without a problem, so it's a cultural problem as well a chemical one.

Do you come from a land Down Under? Where diesel's low and techies blunder

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Re: looking at the DNS log

"Alternative answer"

The actual answer was the same as teh alternative answer. Just not so blunt!

Security researcher says attacks on Russian government have Chinese fingerprints – and typos, too

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"Oh yes, definately."

... he said defiantly

FYI: Today's computer chips are so advanced, they are more 'mercurial' than precise – and here's the proof

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Re: The Spanish Inquisition

We'll come in again

NASA to return to the Moon by 2024. One problem with that, says watchdog: All of it

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Re: OAIP

"If you dropped a pig from orbit could you cook it at the same time ?"

There's an xkcd for that... https://what-if.xkcd.com/28/

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Re: Hurry up guys

"Back in the day, a homestead in the USA required that the property be developed somehow, either by using it for agriculture or mining or "whatever" but you couldn't just claim it and then prevent others from doing so."

"Back in the day" it was still thought that development and expansion was always good at all costs. In fact the whole point of the policy was to encourage as many people as possible to settle as much land as possible as quickly as possible. Ecologically unsound, not to mention how much of the land was taken from Indian tribes.

The problem with any development policy is it's either discriminatory (some are allowed to develop but not others, because the space is limited), which leads to monopolistic and rent-seeking bahaviour. Or only those who can meet the strict guidelines are allowed, which translates to: those who have the resources (riches) to do so will profit exclusively. Or everyone is allowed with minimal entry barriers and screw tghe ecological consequences.

When it comes to resource extraction from space, none of those options is particularly palatable.

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing

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Re: Tea....

"was rejected without tasting"

"green eggs and ham" comes to mind

New IETF draft reveals Egyptians invented pyramids to sharpen razor blades

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Re: A useful project

"The problem with those things is the placebo effect"

I'm not sure the placebo effect is a problem, as long as the desired outcome is achieved. If I convince an asthma sufferer to go into a pyramid to breathe better, and they get better, then does it matter if they got better because of the placebo effect?

What's really a problem is the nocebo effect - people genuinely getting sick because they've convinced themselves (or allowed someone to convince them) that they are somehow unhealthy.

China all but bans cryptocurrencies

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Hu said Xi said ?

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich

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Re: Tax avoidance costs

@codejunky - don't have the time to dig it up, but my figures were global not just US. Granted they might be skewed by stupidly rich sheiks and Russian oligarchs who are multi billionaires paying little or no tax. And double - granted my memory may be faulty.

Having said that the figures you quote seem fair enough, keeping in mind it's only income tax (sales tax / vat disproportionately falls on lower income earners)

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I did read the post I was replying to, perchance you didn't read my reply? Just because a lot of high-profile wealthy people such as singers, actors and formula 1 drivers are moving abroad doesn't mean there is a mass exodus of the rich.

And I wasn't at all advocating a return to the 70s Labour taxes of 70%+ (up to at one point 83%). That's totally insane. If you read my post you can see that I said teh UK could afford to edge up their rate a little. Not massively and certainly not double!!

Indeed if you see any of my other posts, I advocate simpler solutions: (1) pool all income, whatever the source, and tax it at the same rate (2) remove all tax exemptions, breaks deferrals etc for any income above say 5 million. This will not only lead to fairer taxation it also simplifies the system.

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Re: $1M a year — is that a lot?

"Compound growth on the investment over a few years/decades can do wonders."

True, but most people can't use that.

Anyone make £20k a year is likely spending pretty much all of it just to cover rent, food and basic expenses, and has zero left over to invest.

Anyone making £100k a year can live quite comfortably on half of that and have loads left over to invest (even though in practice most people earning £100k will simply spend 80-95k of it).

Compound growth isn't available to those living paycheck to paycheck

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Re: $1M a year — is that a lot?

"you don't expect one to drive the same car two days in a row?"

Then you need ...erm.... 2 Lamborghinis?

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Re: Absolute DREAMING

"I believe in the laffer curve"

Firstly, the Laffer curve is simply a way to maximise government tax income, it very simply says that as you increase tax %age from 0% or reduce it from 100%, government tax revenue will increase until there's a maximum somewhere in the middle. It has nothing to say about social equality or inequality, or the optimal outcomes thereof. True to Goodhardt's law (measurements become targets), governments have followed the idea of increasing GDP per capita simply because it's easier to measure than how happy their citizens are. But the job of governments isn't to increase a country's economy above any and every other priority, hence tax at a non-maximal point of the Laffer curve might be a more desirable outcome.

Secondly, it very notably is an observation, not a formula. So there is no known way to calculate where the peak is, and indeed that would depend on dozens of other societal factors. If you listen to supply-side economic theories, even with current extremely low tax rates we are on the 'right' side of the curve and reducing rates will increase tax take, but there's absolutely nothing to support that view. Indeed, Trump's tax cuts given to the richest Americans didn't increase government tax take overall, they just increased the deficit. Which clearly shows that the Laffer curve 'sweet spot' for current US conditions is at a higher tax %age. For UK / EU conditions

Finally, a simple thought experiment - the idea of trickle-down economics is that if the rich are richer they will spend more and there will be more for everyone. But half a seconds critical analysis would point out that a dollar spent by a rich person is no different to a dollar spent by a poor person. Also, poor people, exactly becuase they are poor, do not spend as much as they would like to, but would spend more if they were slightly richer. Rich people on the other hand, already save or invest a good portion of their income, so a marginal increase in their income will not change their spending habits much. In other words, given the same total economic base, there is a higher increase in the economy if the poor have more money. This in turn means they have more to spend on whatever rich people sell (Henry Ford's wisdom that if his workers earned enough they could buy his cars).

The 'rising tide lifts all boats' metaphor only works if the poor (small, but far more numerous) take the metaphorical part of the sea, and the rich (fewer and economically 'larger') are the boats. And yet the metaphor is mostly used the opposite way!

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Re: Tax avoidance costs

"Investment into the business to serve more people and even employing more people is an expense before there can be profit to tax."

Amazon spenmt many years trading at a loss because it was busy driving competitors out of business using investors' cash to absorb the losses

"the top 1% pay a large chunk of the tax collected."

Yes, you're right, the top 1% pay about 25% of taxes. However they also rake in about 50% of the income*

The numbers are from independent estimates I saw a few years ago, but they won't have shifted much. They probably vary across countries vs globally, but the pattern is clear. The richest people pay the least as a %age of tax.

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Re: $1M a year — is that a lot?

It's a lot for a lot of people.

The thing is humans are very bad at correctly grasping numbers at extreme scale. For someone making $30k/yr, there isn't much difference between $1m and $1b, it's anyway just a huge unattainable number.

I don't think there's anything hypocritical about well-off people wanting higher tax rates, and it's not just a question of cutting a cheque themselves. Tax systems disproportionately favour business owners, investors and inheritance beneficiaries over employees because of different built-in rates for capital gains, investment and inherited income vs 'earned' income.

A simple first step towards more tax fairness would be to pool income from all sources (including deemed benefits such as use of corporate jet) and tax the total using the current income tax rates. A fairly simple second step would be to exclude all tax breaks, exemptions, deferments etc etc for any income above, say, $5m. System is simplified and no rate changes needed

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"Historically that doesn't work, people just leave the country and move to a tax haven"

I'm sure there's a level of tax at which the rich will up sticks and leave, but that level is certainly well above 50%. Pretty much every non-micro country in mainland Europe has a highest tax rate of 45-55%, and rich people don't leave there in droves. Partly because, contrary to earlier poster, most rich people are business people and investors (eg owners of SMEs) and have to be based close to home. Sportspeople etc are more high-profile but there are actually very few of them that are both mega-rich AND can up sticks and leave. The largest category of high-paid athletes, footballers (and generally any team-sport members), have to live wherever their club is based.

Generally speaking, the UK could probably edge up it's maximum rate without many rich people upping sticks, and the US has considerable margin to do so (for most of US history, the rate was 70%+ for high incomes, it's only since the cold war ended that it's been consistently under 40%)

Are you ready to take a stand? Flexispot E7 motorised desk should handle whatever you dump on it – but it's not cheap

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better sitting

I used to have something similair to this at my work office. Very comfortable, works very well, but most often I would be too involved in what I was doing to remember to change position every so often.

My home office doesn't really have a space for anything like this, but I have found a better way in the meantime - inflatable gym ball. The great thing about it is that you are forced to maintain a correct position with straight back. Basically, if your posture isn't good, you'll fall off. It took me a couple of weeks to get used to but I wouldn't go back to an office chair again. As a bonus it can also be used for exercising as intended (really great for those boring online meetings - camera off and get a workout in while someone drones on about uninteresting stuff they invited you to unnecessarily)

The disadvantage is that the height isn't variable so it can only be reused by anyone else of the same height, and you can't move around much with it. For me that's not a problem but if you tend to want to roll around here and there while sitting, it's not the best option. It's also quite practical to store since while quite bulky, it can be rolled right under the desk and out of the way. Oh, and it costs about a tenth a high-end office chair / a twentieth of a high-end motorised standing desk.

Man paralyzed from neck down uses AI brain implants to write out text messages

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Re: Morse code

Why force the disabled person to learn morse code when you can get a machine to do the heavy lifting? Or to put it more simply, why make it more difficult for the user in order to make it easier for the machine?

Accidentally wiped an app's directory? Hey, just play the 'unscheduled maintenance' card. Now you're a hero

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Facepalm

Back when I was young and greener than green, it had not occurred to me that while local deleted files went into the trashcan, network deleted files were just gone.

I learnt that lesson the hard way...

Basecamp CEO issues apology after 'no political discussions at work' edict blows up in his face

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Re: Sex, Religion and Politics

"I'm a left-wing anarchic communist, and I can only reasonably conclude that "all lives matter""

Yes, of course, because "all lives matter" is an obvious truth to any righ-minded person.

But the right-wing nutters pushing "all lives matter" aren't doing so out of their humanitarian spirit, but as a deliberate diminishing of "black lives matter". And saying "black lives matter" doesn't mean other lives matter less, the real message is "black lives matter as much as all other lives, so please stop treating them as if they were worth less"

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Re: What part of that so people have issues with?

"...they are not standing around doing nothing. They are standing around selling various products..."

Fair enough. But firstly, unless their contracts explicitly state that they have to stand during the anthem, they can choose to stand or kneel. Secondly, kneeling is hardly going to obscure any adverts they are wearing, on the other hand there's a strong chance of cameras zooming in on any kneeling players.

Sure, some sponsors might not be happy with some players taking the knee and might look to cancel their sponsorship. But surely other sponsors might be MORE interested in sponsoring players who take the knee. It's not black and white*.

*and yes I realise the irony of using this particular expression for this particular argument!!

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"Working in local government..."

I would expect nothing else. Government entities / agencies and by extension their employees are expected to enact the political will of the government without heed to their own personal preferences (which of course they are free to express on their free time)

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Re: What part of that so people have issues with?

"Those athletes are at work"

They're not really taking time out of their work to talk politics though are they? It's not like they would otherwise be doing touchdowns during the national anthem, they're literally standing around doing nothing.

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Re: The rollout didn't help...

Companies aren't democracies, so they don't HAVE to ask for permission, sure. Yet non-democracies can only exist inasfar as tolerated by the people*.

But since the employees aren't serfs, they are also free to leave if they're not happy (as they indeed did), so the CEO might have thought out the messaging a bit better (even though he was actually right about the message content)

*as was discovered by King Louis XVI, Tsar Nicholas II, General Secretary Gorbachev and countless others

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Re: Sex, Religion and Politics

I think the root cause of the problem is this:

"Coinbase had faced internal pressure to express support for the Black Lives Matter movement following the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin, which culminated in a virtual walkout"

So clearly there was political discussion in the company that was distracting from productivity. That in return is because US politics is so screwed up that stating that police officers should not use excessive force (in principle at all, and in practice especially not disproportionately against a particular segment of the public) is somehow even remotely controversial.

Stating that black lives matter in the wake of documented institutional violence against black people should be obvious and non-controversial. Yet some right-wing a-holes are so sensitive about this that they had to transform it into 'all lives matter'*. And some left-wing a-holes abuse of the tragedies to push an agenda which will do absolutely nothing to stop them recurring, which is why supporting the Black Lives Matter movement is very very different than stating that black lives matter.

With regards to Basecamp, their initiative was spot on (they needed a bit more internal discussion and nuance on the messaging maybe, but they were 100% right about the content). As an organisation they are probably better off without the people who walked out. So really no need to issue an apology (except because, as I said, US politics is screwed up)

*Ironically, these so sensitive dudes** accuse others of being snowflakes

**it's almost always dudes, isn't it?

How to hide a backdoor in AI software – such as a bank app depositing checks or a security cam checking faces

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Re: "consider a bank that is building a mobile app to do things like process check deposits"

"No bank is going to replace what works with something that might go wrong."

I wouldn't be so sure. They wouldn't replace an OCR that works with an AI that probably works almost all the time, in the first place because the OCR is cheaper. But say it wanted to replace something semi-sunbjective, such as whether to accept a loan application based on a number of different criteria known about loan and loanee. Currently that's done by (relatively expensive) humans, so if bans see savings potential they'll go there

Bitcoin is ‘disgusting and contrary to the interests of civilization’ says famed investor Charlie Munger

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Re: Insert meme here

"They should be banned globally just for the carbon footprint."

Definitely this. Bitcoin can't be used as a transaction currency because it's too volatile, and it's high value + mining difficulty means that transaction costs are too high / transactions are too slow.

I generally like the idea of cryptocurrency but it has to be clear what it's for. If it's for transactions, not speculation, it has to have a stable value.

If it's for anonymity, while I like the idea of being able to make transactions anonymously (as with cash), that anonymity is abused by corrupt politicians, organised crime, money launderers etc etc. So if it's possible to limit the monetary volume of anonymous transactions per person that would be great. But if it's truly anonymous that 'per person' limit is impossible to achieve.

If the idea is to cut out a central gatekeeper such as Visa/MC or the big banks, I'm absolutely in support given the amounts they suck out compared to the value they add (for example payments still being done in overnight batches and taking days to complete, when the technology exists to complete every transaction in seconds). But fighting financial crime requires some sort of trust network, and having a central institution do due diligence on financial actors is a good middle ground between complete anonymity and complete transparency.

It seems to me that modern 'online' banks satisfy the criteria of lower transaction costs (including currency exchange at interbank rates) and immediate(-ish) transactions.

The other big perceived advantage of crypto is that it is not state-issued fiat money and therefore cannot be devalued arbitrarily. But then again, it is generally issued arbitrarily by a private organisation or foundation, and even if they can't devalue their crypto at will because of algorithmnic restrictions, you're left with the downside of only having any value if enough people worldwide subscribe that value to it. In theory no different to any fiat money backed by gold, but in practice the major fiat currencies are universally accepted, bitcoin much less so and (whatevernewcoinjustcametothemarket) even less so than that.

More than 1,000 humans fail to beat AI contender in top crossword battle

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Unfair comparison

Crossword AI : 2 CPUs + GPU - approx 200W (and probably trained on a rig consuming Megawatts

Human brain - approx 20W

Not only were half of an AI text adventure generator's sessions NSFW but some involved depictions of sex with children

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Re: Ethics

Except that corporations have all the benefits of being a person and none of the drawbacks such as prison or a finite lifespan

Streaming mad: EC charges Apple with abuse of dominance, distorting competition in Spotify case

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Re: There is a few hundred million IOS users

"My grandchildren use spotify, they rarely listen to the same song twice"

Be thankful. My children use spotify, and they listen to the same song an/or audiobook over and over and over and over until it either drives me nuts or I can't get it out of my head (or first (b) then (a) )

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Re: Nice article ...... pity about reality changing the actual result !!!

"Apple will fight this through the courts, with pocket change, until they win."

except that however much they pay their lawyers, thy are likely to lose, because the way they operate is precisely as described by the commission report - an abuse of monopoly status which results in consumers paying more than they otherwise would in an open market.

In the end it's highly unlikely that a fine anywhere near that magnitude will be levied, but more likely Apple will be forced to loosen their grip on the App Store (for EU customers at least)

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

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Re: This.

"It should be accept all, accept only functional, reject all or edit. Not what we currently get."

To be fair, I've seen a number of sites with accept/edit, and edit leads to accept all / accept functional / reject. Not perfect but almost.

It's mostly US based sites that have a bajillion options with individual settings for each saying accept and another option something like 'fair use' (I can't remember the exact term but seems to be a legalese for accepting without actually saying 'accept'. I just avoid these sites altogether

Billions in data protection lawsuits rides on Google's last-ditch UK Supreme Court defence for Safari Workaround sueball

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Re: errmmm

"the company at fault is legally held accountable and forced to change their ways "

This particularly the "forced to change their ways " bit. Yes, fines have to be proportionate to income to be meaningful, even if it does end up with a huge windfall for lawyers and $10 or less for millions of people*.

But the really meaningful bit is forcing corporate giants to act anticompetitively, including breaking companies up and imposing limits on their freedom of operation. After all, if a natural person defrauds one or more people out of millions, it's likely they will face jail time. Corporates should face similair punishment in restrictions of some of the liberties they take for granted. If Google's potential punishmet was 6 months suspended and 1 week actual seizure of the "google.com" domain, for example, I'm sure they would be paying a lot more attention.

*Incidentally I don't buy the US way of doing things that says it's too costly / not worth it to reimburse every individual so lets just give the money to an NGO (usually happening to be conveniently linked to lawyers and/or judges in the case). The cost of administering a refund should be tacked on to the damages for the guilty party to pay.

Traffic lights, who needs 'em? Lucky Kentucky residents up in arms over first roundabout

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"traffic light controlled roundabouts"

The absolute worst!

Scam victims find same fraudulent ads lurking on Facebook and Google even after flagging them up

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Re: Ads make money ...

"if people don't respond to ads, advertisers won't pay for them."

Fb, Google etc considerably overstate the impact of their ads, but advertisers keep on paying. And tons of users don't click on ads, but just enough do to keep the gravy train going

Maybe high-speed internet is infrastructure after all, say US Republicans in proposal to spend $65bn over five years

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Funny

"But it's important that any infrastructure legislation have adequate funding levels"

Funny how Republican tax cuts never need adequate funding. They all 'pay for themselves' apparently

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Re: Traditional infrastructure is all well and good but...

It's actually splitting towards both extremes with a smaller and smaller reasonable middle ground

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