* Posts by SloppyJesse

172 publicly visible posts • joined 27 Apr 2017


How 'AI watermarking' system pushed by Microsoft and Adobe will and won't work


Re: They have it backwards

Store the original on a blockchain, each transformation is a transaction, the result is the published version.

Will Flatpak and Snap replace desktop Linux native apps?


Re: Since we are being profane, Fsck linux Desktops.

> very few people will notice the performance hit from the virtualization overhead

More likely, very few people will realise that the sluggish performance they experience is due to the way the app developers have shipped the product - they'll just blame the application itself. And then probably get told to go buy a bigger machine.

GitHub accused of varying Copilot output to avoid copyright allegations


Re: Software is not a creative work?

> If it doesn't require creativity it should be easy to automatize and so far attempts to automatically generate programs have not been very effective.

Of course it's easy to automatize. If you can just write down a detailed list of exactly what you want it to do...

China debuts bonkers hybrid electric trolley-truck


Re: All True, But

> Just lower the pantograph before you switch the lane or enter a junction.

Trains cannot raise and lower the pantograph at will - they have to do it at a specific section of reinforced cable (source: Pops is a train nut and often rants about the terrible implementation of railway electrification in the UK)


So you'd need significantly stronger cables than used on railways.

Better to build a system of guided routes with more control over the vehicles and designated on/off points.

Anyone up for a BYOD railway?

Sick of smudges on your car's enormo touchscreen? GM patents potential cure


> why are we touching screens when we have voice control?

Did you forget the joke icon?

Bank of England won't call it Britcoin but says digital pound 'likely to be needed in future'


Re: Digital Cash..

> Shops like Tesco with an EPOS/ERP system can't even take cash payments without the internet because they can't log the transaction in their stock-keeping database.

Is this an assumption or do you know it to be true?

Certainly when I worked on supermarket EPOS the store -> HQ was a batch link. It could go down for several days without severe implications. Obviously no new offers, central pricing changes, but things could be managed locally and the tills would keep taking cash. Local failover was tested weekly and comms failure was tested monthly.

I can believe that at least some of that resilience is no longer there as we've moved to a more connected system. Loss of connection to the payment system would be the biggest pain - I wonder if they still have the card imprint machines? Probably not since card providers are now issuing cards that are not embossed (Which is for improved security and nothing to do with the embossing costing money)


> people of the UK should have a referendum on the proposal.

Careful now...

In our current environment the proposal would be so wishy-washy, and so misrepresented in the media (either through incompetence or deliberate subversion) that the outcome would be rendered meaningless.


Mondex V2.0 ?


  • Transactions occur on a peer to peer basis - no central tracking of the individual transactions - No loss of privacy w.r.t cash
  • Wallet can be 'locked', limiting opportunity for physical theft - More secure than cash
  • Money can be added to wallet over the phone - Easy access
  • No transaction fee - Actually cheaper for retailers and banks to handle than cash
  • It is digital - Therefore better :-P


  • It's so 1990's
  • Payphones used to load it no longer exist :-D

Microsoft tells people to prepare for AI search engine that goes Bing!


Re: Two things always come to me when I hear bing

I always thought the indicator that something has happened was a 'ping'.

As in "This is the machine that goes 'PING!', and this is the most expensive machine in the hospital. Aren't you lucky?"

Maybe things go "Bing" in left pondian.

Personally my brain responds "Chandler?" Which seems appropriate as whenever I accidentally use it I look at the results and think "Could it BE anymore annoying?"

JD Sports admits intruder accessed 10 million customers' data


Re: no payment information was among the mix

> Seems ever time these these companies report their servers got hacked the hackers never get away with payment information.

Because PCI DSS - https://listings.pcisecuritystandards.org/documents/PCI_DSS-QRG-v3_2_1.pdf

Unlike retailers when storing personal details, the credit card networks (Mastercard, Visa, etc) do take security seriously. They're still not perfect, but security requirements around the actually payment information is significantly more than 'just' personal data.

Smart ovens do really dumb stuff to check for Wi-Fi


Local network only

"I think that companies developing appliances that want to "smartify" should first consider having local control on the current Wi-Fi network, and then make the cloud optional,"


If governments had a clue they'd be mandating on this kind of rule.

(Although they'd probably mess it up - due to incompetence or brown envelopes)


Re: Samsung "smart" TV in the UK

Had a similar experience with a recent Samsung TV.

It wouldn't do anything (even scan free to air) until it was connected to the WiFi. But it couldn't connect to WiFi successfully.

Eventually worked out it needed a firmware update which I had to download and load via USB stick.

Along similar lines to this article, it seemed it's shipped firmware was checking a now defunct samsung address and when it got no answer it declared the internet not working.


Re: Frightening

> The issue isn't "Unattended operation", that's been happening for years,

But in the non-connected scenario, the person setting the timer is present and can ensure the device is suitably setup. Between the timer being set and the activation anyone in the physical vicinity can see the timer is active and take appropriate action/precautions.

In the connected, remote activation scenario, when the remote user starts the process they do not know (for sure) the state of the device.


They play a little ridiculously long tune on the beeper when they are finished


It's like they had a competition in the programming dept. at how long a tune they could fit into the available memory.

You can turn it off on mine - but then you get no sounds at all. No beeps when you're setting it going. No confirmation it's started.

If your DNS queries LoOk liKE tHIs, it's not a ransom note, it's a security improvement


Re: Colour me surprised (in upper case)

Still gets my goat how many web forms claim an email address with a plus sign in it is not valid.


Re: Am I being Dense?

You missed the other 3 letters in the domain.






So 2^5 for that short example.

Surely you can't be serious: Airbus close to landing fully automated passenger jets


Hudson, we have a problem

Automated guidance for taxiing around a major airport I get.

But would it determine the Hudson a viable alternative or just plough into buildings attempting to reach the nearest runway?

Flaming USB battery halts flight from Taiwan to Singapore


Re: Speed of a battery in a vacuum...

> Why not just remove all of the oxygen from the hold... not much chance of a fire then.

Did you forget the joke icon or are you unaware lithium batteries don't need atmospheric oxygen to burn?..

Royal Mail, cops probe 'cyber incident' that's knackered international mail


Re: Hmm, 'Incident'?

> Fujitsu are just as culpable, if not more but appear to have escaped without much impact.

So, exactly like those responsible at the Post Office then...

Here's how to remotely take over a Ferrari...account, that is


Information Commissioner has been alerted

> Toyota Financial app that disclosed the name, phone number, email address, and loan status of any customers.

> Toyota Motor Credit told The Register that it fixed the issue, and noted "this had no connection to Toyota vehicles or how they operate."

I presume they alerted the relevant IC of this GDPR breach.

Forget the climate: Steep prices the biggest reason EV sales aren't higher


You do understand that when you charge a battery you convert the electrical energy into chemical energy, right?

The energy conversions in both cases is



Re: "a strong desire to reduce refueling costs"

"I live in a terrace, with no off road parking."

You could do what several houses on the terraced street round the corner from me do and run an extension cable across the pavement.

2 of them even put those little rubber strips over the cables now!

Openreach offers more wholesale fiber discounts, rivals call foul


Re: Admission

@myithingwontcharge said

> The fact we already have an effective broadband monopoly in many parts of the country is why fibre prices are

> high and availability poor. We need more competition, not none. As an example, Openreach often seem to add

> fibre to an area only when prompted by the plans of a competitor."

So in an area where there is competition the price would be cheaper, right? I can get BT FTTC, Virgin or CityFibre FTTP. The prices are the same despite the local competition.

Your example of Openretch magically being able to install fibre when a competitor comes along indicates a failure of regulation.

Seems the issue is poor regulation of what should increasingly be regarded as a critical infrastructure. Competition is either being stifled or is an ineffective driver to delivering a good service to more people.

UK arrests five for selling 'dodgy' point of sale software


> "So what might happen is that the customer orders a $60 steak and a $100 bottle of wine,"

> Ford explained, at which point the software changes the transaction so it is recorded in the

> point of sale system as "a $10 bowl of chips and a $4 bottle of soft drink."

Obviously this is not the correct way to reduce tax.

They should be opening the wine with a 'special' corkscrew, the use of which is licensed through a company registered in the Seychelles. $60 of the $100 therefore goes in 'licensing' to "Corkage.S.A.R.L." The steak was bought for $70 from "CMOT Dibbler Enterprises" registered in the Caymans, shipped via Luxemburg and sold at a loss

Once you've taken into account the rental of the building (Owned by Mrs Oligarch via Bermuda) and the tables, cutlery, etc which are owned by "Tables And Chairs.Co" registered in Maryland you realise the restaurant is running at a loss and the owner a Mr Oligarch is actually running it out of the goodness of his heart.

Mr Oligarch is a director in all the above mentioned companies, but you shouldn't worry about that. And since he isn't intending to stay in the UK on a permanent basis he retains his non-dom status so doesn't need to declare any income from those overseas companies.

Inadequate IT partly to blame for NHS doctors losing 13.5 million working hours


Re: Confused..

> We can't expect reasonably medical staff to be informed buyers with regards specifications for complex IT programmes.

Well, if you set the expectation that low you're not going to get much useful input from the highly qualified professionals you're expecting to use the system. These are the same medical professionals that specify highly complex medical equipment balancing functionality, interoperability, servicing, upfront versus ongoing costs, etc.

Why would you think they cannot provide insight into an IT purchasing decision?

Victims of IT scandal in UK postal service will get fresh compensation


Re: Dont get your hopes up

> The PO told defence lawyers for the postmasters courts that the horizons data was correct


And they repeatedly refused to provide detail level data to justify their position.

During the BBC radio serialisation one of the postmasters was reduced to trying to add up till rolls to understand where the issue was and even when he pointed directly to transactions that appeared twice they denied there was an issue.

Given many of the Postmasters were jailed for false accounting, maybe the P.O. board should face the same charge? They knew that their accounting system was incorrect, afterall.

Microsoft 365 faces more GDPR headwinds as Germany bans it in schools


Re: This regulator's no good, I'll get myself another

MS: "[we] have already implemented many suggested changes to our data protection terms."

That may well be the case, but you've not actually changed what you are doing with the data.

As recession looms, Workday warns that legacy HR systems need updating



I had 4 different employers last tax year and 2 of them had not ended the employment so the HMRC portal showed I had 3 active employments. I found the option to update the employment and say which ones had ended. It's not fully online, but a week later it had updated and then my actual current employer was allocated a proper tax code. All sorted by the next months payslip.

The navigation is still as confusing as ever, but the functionality is improving.

UK cuts China from Sizewell nuclear project, takes joint stake


Save up on economy 7, cheaper electricity....

> the old 'Economy 7' tariff

It still exists. Cheaper electricity between the hours of 23:00 and 06:00 IIRC[1]. But more expensive than the flat rate tariff at other times. Very much depends on you having a reasonable consumption in the cheaper hours to make it worth it - 70/30 used to be about break even but I haven't checked in several years.

[1] I think the exact time depends on region.

Time Lords decree an end to leap seconds before risky attempt to reverse time


> I think you'll find that is due to a worldwide pandemic. Other European countries are experiencing the same issues,

> France is at more risk of power cuts for example.

Not sure you can blame low river levels on the pandemic.

UK's National Health Service will roll existing Palantir work into patient data platform


"enable NHS decision makers to best plan use of resources and improve patient care."

Did you mean "Identify the bits that might be profitable for healthcare companies to lobby government for more public-private partnerships[1]"

[1] because privatisation is so 1980s

Aviation regulators push for more automation so flights can be run by a single pilot


50% reduction in pilot fatalities

"EASA's Safety Risk Assessment Framework for Extended Minimum Crew Operations (eMCO) and SPO aims to address the following points:


Pilot incapacitation"

How does one address that? Fly in circles until they feel better? Or Hollywood style aircraft to aircraft transfers to get another pilot on board?

Hey, GitHub, can you create an array compare function without breaking the GPL?


Re: Hey, Github!

Github, eh?

Tired: Data scientists. Wired: Data artists


Domain knowledge is important

Reminds me of a data analytics team that spent several months coming up with a complex model to identify high risk credit card customers. Quickly demolished by one analyst who matched their performance using a much simpler test - has the customer taken cash out at a cash point.

His reasoning was simple - if you're taking cash out on a credit card, you're either on holiday or in financial trouble.

Some of the IT management that have swallowed Gartner's previous kool aid about big data should probably take note that it didn't magically fix everything.

Microsoft feels the need, the need for speed in Teams


Re: Travails through telemetry

> I'd much rather they fixed that the Linux versions are variably unreliable,

It sounds like they're sorting that by getting rid of it.

I expect in a board meeting somewhere they will be trumpeting "100% reduction in issues with the Linux client"

9front releases new version of Plan 9 OS fork: The Golden Age of Ballooning


We used Plan 9 when I was a student at University of York. They always claimed it was named after the film.

In the days of text terminals, or if you were lucky a graphical workstation and Orbit, it seemed pretty much like any other Unix.

DisplayPort standards bods school USB standards bods with latest revision


> I wonder if the industry will ever decided to stick with a SINGLE video port. You know, kinda like USB (original), CD/DVD, Blue Ray, RAM, etc.

You're right, there are too many different options. What we need is a standard...


Oops, web trackers may have leaked 3 million patients' info


Re: Goodbyeeeeee

their maximum concerns are always the health of the patients profits


The information passed to these trackers is on the consumers side private/personal and on the website owners commercially valuable/sensitive. There is zero reason to pass this to a 3rd party 'to see how people use our services'. Any website owner can get a huge chunk of this information passively from server logs with no additional capturing required. If more detail is needed / application is designed in a way that server logs are not useful there are multiple strategies available up to embedding tracking scripts that send data back to YOUR OWN server for further analysis.

But doing that would require time/money, so let's embedded a google tag - Google can do what they like with our visitors data as long as they give us back some pretty graphs.

If someone weaponizes our robots, we'll be really, really sad, says Boston Dynamics


> a few thousand 'years'

Might need a little longer than that.

UK politico proposes site for prototype nuclear fusion plant


Re: 17 yrs FFS

17 years will probably still be before the new Hinkley Point reactor comes online.

Maybe we'll have some fusion before we get more fission? Although just JRM saying something doesn't make it happen.

Computational storage specs hit v1.0 after 4 years of work


Re: Very Interesting

You just described Teradata's architecture.

Excel @ mentions approach general availability on the desktop


Re: STASI in Redmond, WA....why am I not surprised???

IT security will block key parts of the communication so it won't work even if you have all the prerequisites.

It's 2022 and there are still thousands of public systems using password-less VNC


It's for research, guv

"it witnessed miscreants and bots scanning the 'net for active services on the default VNC TCP port 5900, detecting about seven surges of such activity between July 9 and August 9"

How many were security researchers also looking for exposed servers?

US regulators set the stage for small, local nuclear power stations


Re: More lawyers

> Why would building more reactors be simpler or cheaper?

Think building a whole estate of identical houses versus building a millionaires mansion.


Re: @Dr Syntax - "more radioactive"

> *I saw a curious article that apparently the Earth's rotation has increased. Must be from all the spin

> coming out of our politicians. So our days are slightly shorter, which means there'll be less solar energy.

That's not how it works. If the earth spin increases we increase the frequency of days, but the proportion of day to night remains constant [*]

[*] Unless the Earth is speeding up and slowing during the day cycle [**]

[**] but that would only affect which part of the surface gets the light, not how much the Earth gets.


Re: @Dr Syntax - "more radioactive"

> From a quick glance at my electricity bill and it's rate of increase over the last decade,

> nope. But this is typical of post-normal politics. Cognitive dissonance is the new norm,

> and cheap means 10x as expensive.

YMMV but in the UK there's a lot of financial engineering between the cost of wind generation and what you see on a consumer bill.

Early wind generation had contracts which tied the price they sold to the grid to the price being paid for conventional generation. So if the price of gas goes up, so does the price of wind.

The cost of manufacturing, installing and maintaining wind turbines has dropped significantly. Upcoming offshore wind projects have been agreed at prices that were below gas production (before the recent massive price hikes) - https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-record-low-uk-offshore-wind-cheaper-than-existing-gas-plants-by-2023/ - As more of these projects come on the average price of wind will drop.

UK Parliament bins its TikTok account over China surveillance fears


Re: Security fears, etc, eh?

Quick, get Dido on the phone, we need another world beating app developing...

We could call it WhiffWhaff...

The perfect crime – undone by the perfect email backups


That would require a separate encryption key for each natural person. An interesting option to implement on a database system backup.

As others have suggested, if a system contains personal data that can be removed as part of a GDPR right to deletion request then the restoration processes need to take that into account so the data is not subsequently restored and used.

And to answer the argument "but if you delete all personal data you have to delete the deletion request", GDPR allows retention of personal data that you have a legitimate use for. An audit trail of requests processed is a reasonable reason to hold identifiers to ensure restoration processes are compliant.


Re: "Delete" = "Hide"

I didn't realise the Psion 3 used ZFS!

The end of the iPod – last model available 'while supplies last'


Still use an iPod nano for music in my car. The infotainment interface when using an iPod is leagues ahead of just connecting a generic USB drive.

Unfortunately iTunes long ago gave up genius and recent hire cars do not recognise the iPod (presumably older device support has been removed) so I guess it'll go in the bin when the car gets upgraded.