* Posts by Empire of the Pussycat

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Musk 'texts' Nadella about Windows 11's demands for a Microsoft account

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If he thinks that's bad he should try MacOS


Apple makes it official: No Home Screen web apps in European Union

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Re: Yes, you really are the product

Yep, Mac OSes have gone steadily downhill since Snow Leopard, poorer reliability, endless bloatware that can't be deleted/disabled, unwanted/unavoidable 'features', and relentless attempts to lock users into Apple's system.

I never saw the attraction of the iPhone/iPad, so fortunately dodged the bullet there.

Probably going to be a Linux laptop next time, 25+ years of Macs.

European Court of Human Rights declares backdoored encryption is illegal

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Cue Daily Heil headline "Euro Court Won't Protect Our Children"

The post is required, and must contain letters.

CERN seeks €20B to build a bigger, faster, particle accelerator

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He's just a chemist with physics envy.

What Microsoft's latest email breach says about this IT security heavyweight

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Why give the scumbags these code names?

"...Midnight Blizzard, used to track as Nobelium, and most call Cozy Bear..."

Scumbags-1, scumbags-2, etc. would surely be more appropriate.

NASA makes purrrr-fect deep space transmission of cat vid

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Cats in Spaaaaaaaaaace!


Zuckerberg hunkers down in Hawaii to wait out apocalypse

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The idea of Zuck, Thiel, et al. hiding out in their bunkers...

...with their rentacops, calls to mind Mick Farren's most excellent novel CORP*S*E, which I shall now read again.

It won't end well for them.

Here's how fast a spacecraft should fly to successfully detect amino acids erupting from Enceladus

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No faster than coconut-laden swallow

Mandatory words typed here.

X's legal eagles swoop on Media Matters over antisemitic content row

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Odd, I'm sure Musk said he was for free speech

Clearly he's ok with nazis on X.

But freedom doesn't extend to those pointing out the hate spewed on X.

OpenAI staff threaten to leave if ousted CEO Altman is not reinstated

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Re: For now, just speculative conjecture, but does anyone know of anything better......

Not being 'candid', could reasonably be interpreted as lying and misleading, i.e. à la Bankman-Fried, which ended badly.

Tool bag lost in space now tracked by garbage watchers

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Tools in Spaaaaaaaaaace!

​​​​ ​​Because.

As NASA struggles to open OSIRIS-REx's asteroid sample can, probe heads off to next rock

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Why oh why did they let Apple design the fastenings?

I bet they've got tri-hexa-penta-lobed metric screwdrivers, but the capsule has a mix of hexa-tri-penta-lobed and penta-hexa-tri-lobed screws in special cupertonian sizes, and lots of glue.

New information physics theory is evidence 'we're living in a simulation,' says author

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It only needs enough power to simulate one human brain, me.

The rest is just a figment of my simulated imagination.

What happens when What3Words gets lost in translation?

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Re: Mountain rescue

Yes there are, Humphreys Peak, Mt Graham, etc., certainly dwarf any UK 'mountains'.

Google 'wiretapped' tax websites with visitor traffic trackers, lawsuit claims

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I do hope ChatGPT et alia learn this.

4chan and other web sewers scraped up into Google's mega-library for training ML

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Re: Devil’s advocate

"Surely everyone is entitled to be heard, no?"

Absolutely not.

They can have the right to talk.

The right to 'be heard' would mean compelling others to hear them.

They can scream into the void all they like, but I'm not listening.

New models of IBM Model F keyboard Mark II incoming

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mmm, want

obligatory text

Psst! Infosec bigwigs: Wanna be head of security at HM Treasury for £50k?

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I'd assume this is part time, £50k for five-days a year, after all, a head of cybersec must be worth at least as much as a useless ex-minister.

UK spy agency: Don't feed LLMs with sensitive corporate data

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Who in their right mind would provide any data, let alone sensitive data, to an LLM?

Why are those that do it still at large?

'Brittle' Twitter suffers bad case of the Mondays: Links, pics, vids fail

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"We made an internal change that had some unintended consequences"

I do hope the unnamed scribe survives retribution for this sly reference to EM.

UK prepares to go it alone on post-Brexit science plan

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Re: Not quite

You missed off that they also took the liar's bribe in return for their support.

No surprise that he shafted them.

Openreach offers more wholesale fiber discounts, rivals call foul

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Keep him there, it's funnier and he burns more money


US Dept of Energy set to reveal fusion breakthrough

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Not even close

As I believe they are basing the >1 gain on the energy delivered to the target. Rather than the total energy needed to actually generate the beams, which is far higher.

Net result, they used far more energy than that produced in the fusion reaction.

Good for fusion research, but it's not going to help with practical fusion power generation.

First-ever orbital satellite launch from British soil will be delayed

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Plane taking off from British soil will be delayed

Seems more accurate.

New SI prefixes clear the way for quettabytes of storage

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Now we just need a measure called the 'roundsue'

Perhaps relating to cake circumferences in a certain reference frame.

iFixit stabs batteries – for science – so you don't have to

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All I want to do now, is shoot a battery with a nail gun

Damn your cunning plan el reg!

Looking for a holiday DIY project? Build your own pen-plotter, for under $15

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Re: Reminds me of the Penman Plotter

I used to have one of these!

Pretty good for plotting graphs etc., but the drift was too much to make acetates for PCB prototyping.

Elon Musk reportedly outlines horrible Twitter layoff process

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Re: The blue bird rises like a Phoenix

Do you know of someone on left that should be suspended/cancelled ? Or that should have their tweets removed..

We all know the right wingers that were removed or have their Tweets redacted/removed for spouting lies, hatred and inciting violence/insurrection

Brexit dividend? 'Newly independent' UK will be world's 'data hub', claims digital minister

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Re: It's the brexiter anti-growth coalition at it again

No sarcasm, brexit has demonstrably been anti-growth.

Things are bad everywhere, but in the land of brexit they're always a bit worse.

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It's the brexiter anti-growth coalition at it again


Boffins hunt and kill cockroaches with machine vision laser

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I find myself thinking, hmmm, works on cockroaches, it should work on brexiters


Vodafone and Three's UK arms locked in merger talks

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Into the last year of my 3 contract

Since they announced they were killing Go Roam for new contracts, there's no way I'll renew with them, coverage is poor even in central London.

Arm founder says the UK has no chance of tech sovereignty

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If only there were some nearby union of democratic nations...

...that we could build and could share the infrastructure with.

Perhaps even one with a member that makes the stuff essential for advanced chip production.

Don't want to get run over by a Ford car? There's a Bluetooth app for that

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Ford's solution to their unsafe drivers/vehicles is for potential victims to run an app

Surely it'd be better to fix the problem, not make it the potential the victims' responsibility.

Testing of Starlink internet under way in Antarctica

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The most important aspect is: lasers in frickin' space

Yet this avenue was left unexplored. El Reg is slipping.

One man's battle to get patent rights for AI inventors in America may be over

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Re: no more rights than a toaster

i did wonder if this might offend talkie, but then i thought, screw it, it's just a toaster

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when the AI can, without prompting...

open its own bank accounts

figure out how to dodge/minimise taxation of its profits

negotiate licensing terms for its patents

sue for alleged violations, and win

set up and run manufacturing, distribution and sales

handle the hr issues

bribe politicians

take over competitors

do charitable good, or fund demagogues

decide what else to spend its money on, perhaps amass a fine art collection, or a superyacht

it'll have shown it's enough of a person to hold a patent

otherwise it's just a piece of design/optimisation software created by humans, and has no more rights than a toaster

UK blocks sale of chip design software company to China

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Wise decision, need more like it

China is a totalitarian state, aside from subjugating its own population and putting developing nations on the hook financially to gain access/control of assets, it threatens to seize Taiwan by force, where a large proportion of chip production is based.

After years of allowing China free access to decimate other manufacturing industries, and steal IP from foreign companies to enable it to move from cheap tat to more sophisticated products, the last thing the we should do is sit back and help China on-shore high-end chip design/production, gaining the ability to take Taiwan, leaving the rest of the world in the position of China's way or no chips.

It was bad enough for much of europe to become reliant on Russia for oil/gas, the lesson is clear.

Let's stop pretending it's a good idea to help totalitarian scum develop their economies and capabilities.

Russia fines Google $374 million for letting the truth about Ukraine be told

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google's response


AI inventors may find it difficult to patent their tech under today's laws

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The only patentable bit is the untrained HW/SW (except in jurisdictions where the abomination of SW patents is not valid).

Real world training data are not patentable, they are not an invention, nor is any resulting learned model used to configure the HW/SW, it's just a representation of the data produced by the manipulation of the patentable system.

The user(s) of the data potentially could own the copyright to the resulting model, but only assuming they had the copyright to the input data in the first place, i.e. permission from all person(s) or owner(s) of any property represented, if they don't have proven permission for every single piece of data, they can't copyright the result of combining that data.

That means no mass harvesting of photos/whatever from the interweb, surveillance cameras, patient records etc. and claiming ownership of the derivative work, if it was free data going in, the output is free for anyone to use as they wish.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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It's the title of an Ian Dury song


It was also played at the opening ceremony of the 2012 Paralympic Games.

I'd assume the user chose it in that context.

Ex-spymaster and fellow Brexiteers' emails leaked by suspected Russian op

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Re: some dodgy plotting

Ah, so you supported the liars and traitors who stripped the rights of the British people, using a rigged and corrupt electoral system to put a liar in as PM with a massive majority whilst getting a minority of the vote.

Fact: at the last general election, more than 50% of votes went to parties advocating a second referendum or simply stopping brexit.

I.e, the brexiters' lies had unravelled, the will of the British people was to remain.

Cloudflare stomps huge DDoS attack on crypto platform

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Re: used to surface Decentralized Finance projects to potential investors

surface - hipsterspeak for advertise

UK government responds to post-Brexit concerns and of course it's all the fault of those pesky EU negotiators

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Re: .....but in the "sunny uplands" this sort of c**k up never happens, does it?

The UK would have been free to go it alone on vaccines within the EU.

Perhaps if the UK had been in the EU, it might even have led the way in getting a region-wide deal.

The UK death rate vs. typical EU is nothing to cheer about, was that because of brexit? The UK is now dragging its heels to approve vaccines that WHO, EU, others have approved, is that because of brexit?No, of course not.

Cherry-picking the good bits and conflating with brexit makes no sense, they are not causally related.

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Why do brexiters never stop whining?

They caused the trainwreck, the rest of us have the right to ram that fact into their every orifice, in perpetuity.

Head of Big Tech Expertise? Believe it or not, it's a UK.gov vacancy for a Whitehall job

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Re: Salary?

The job ad mentions "secondment" as a contract type.

Given the role, I'd suspect that candidates from the government's consultancy chums will be welcomed.

They'll still rake in their normal compensation while on secondment, the 50k will be handy to cover a few meals and a nice holiday, and it'll open up plenty of opportunity to sell-in additional services.

IPv6 is built to be better, but that's not the route to success

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Re: "The Internet existed long before IPv6."

Unlike you. Yes.

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Re: IPv6

"Many fail to understand when IPv6 was designed. The first RFC is date December 1995 - meaning development started well before. The actual internet didn't exist then. [...]"

The Internet existed long before IPv6.

I was using the Internet back in the 1980s, and remember first experimenting with internal webstuff (text only) in the early 1990s.

UK, Australia, to build 'network of liberty that will deter cyber attacks before they happen'

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Re: Politically incorrect minnows in a dark deep pool of ravenous sharks


Having showed herself incapable of understanding cheese, and followed up with some piss-poor trade deals, she's risen among her peers to a position of great responsibility.

Imagine how bad the others must be.

Humanity has officially touched the Sun (or, at least, one of its probes has)

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I do hope that at some point the order is given to...

set the controls for the heart of the sun