* Posts by Empire of the Pussycat

94 posts • joined 7 Sep 2017


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.

Pen Test Partners: Anyone could view Gumtree users' GPS location by pressing F12

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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

Boffins find way to use a standard smartphone to find hidden spy cams

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Thunderbird 1 had camera detection years ago

Perhaps the Hood finally stole the secret

Brit MPs blast Baroness Dido Harding's performance as head of NHS Test and Trace

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If only there'd been some evidence of past performance to assess her on before appointment

I propose that lessons will be learned, game changing, best in class lessons.

Build back blether.

US nuclear submarine bumps into unidentified underwater object in South China Sea

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Run silent, run deep, run into things

<picture of fluffy kitten>

Telegraph newspaper bares 10TB of subscriber data and server logs to world+dog

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"...details of at least 1,200 Telegraph subscribers..."

That'll be all of them then.

China demands internet companies create governance system for algorithms

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Re: CCP repression and control by any other name is still CCP repression and control

Them too, and us, everyone else, several AIs, those sneaky dolphins, and the aliens.

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CCP repression and control by any other name is still CCP repression and control

Given its vast troll army, relentless censorship, rewriting/expunging of history, misinformation campaigns, and the physical reality of the brutal repression/elimination of Uyghurs, it's hard to see why anyone would suspect the CCP of being up to no good with this.

If it's going to rain within the next 90 mins, this very British AI system can warn you

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Only three rules needed

It has rained.

It is raining.

It will rain.

Google emits Chrome 94 with 'Idle Detection' API to detect user inactivity amid opposition

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Would've been good to give the settings link

i.e. chrome://settings/content/idleDetection

Court of Appeal says AI software cannot be listed as patent inventor

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Re: What happens when a highly advanced extraterrestrial civilization visits Earth?

I'm guessing that, he, for one, will welcome our highly advanced extraterrestrial overlords, they will impose patEnT rules, and he will not be able to patent anything at all.

Space tourists splash down in Atlantic Ocean after three days in orbit

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Crew? More like modern day Laikas

Except this lot were allowed to return.

DARPA plans thousands-strong satellite constellation Space-BACN sandwich

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"a low-cost optical aperture which can utilise all infra-red wavelengths in the C band"

My proposal is a hole in the side of the box, wonder if I could get DARPA funding to develop the concept? Hmm.

This is AUKUS for China – US, UK, Australia reveal defence tech-sharing pact

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Airstrip Two is much bigger than Airstrip One

Plenty of secluded bang bang testing space and nice beaches too.

A developer built an AI chatbot using GPT-3 that helped a man speak again to his late fiancée. OpenAI shut it down

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Re: ElReg has it's own chatbot.

Nooooooo, it can't be!

I thought AMFM is the log lady.

British data watchdog brings cookies to G7 meeting – pop-up consent requests, not the delicious baked treats

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If this quote is accurate...

"No thanks, EU! Hated rules SCRAPPED as UK to end 'pointless' web cookies in Brexit bonfire," crowed the headline in the pro-Brexit Daily Express.

...they think it's the EU imposing the cookies, and yet brexiters get annoyed when people call them stupid.

Another big year for tape as ... oops. 2020 sales dropped 8% thanks to 'global shutdowns'

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105EB surely.

If only there were an el Reg unit that could be used. perhaps as Waleses based upon Bekenstein-Hawking.

Treaty of Roam finally in ashes: O2 cracks, joins rivals, adds data roaming charges for heavy users in EU

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Re: As Soon As They Could...

Doesn't matter how had you push your nonsensical excuse, it doesn't cut it.

Or are you providing proof that UK rates have fallen now? Thought not.

Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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It's a novel experience to find myself agreeing with Cummings

Always expected Johnson and his gang of second-raters to be incompetent.

Unfortunately, Cummings didn't consider that while he was gleefully helping them damage and degrade the UK, and in the process enact the greatest stripping of individual rights in the history of the country.

Then came the pandemic, and things got worse.

Apple is happy to diss the desktop – it knows who's got the most to lose

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Last orders

I've used Mac's 20+ years, but the last few releases of what is now MacOs have been a steady slide into unwanted, CPU-burning, pointless, bloat (Apple glorify new emojis ffs), bugginess, and increasingly annoying/unproductive controlware masquerading as security, as Apple continues to turn it into iOS for keyboards.

With the GPU design flaw ruining my trusty old 17" MBP, I refreshed with the 16" MBP, even though it required adding umpteen adaptors and external drive to get similar functionality.

Can't see Apple changing course, the next refresh will be running Linux with a VM for anything that can't run native..

Docking £500k commission from top SAS salesman was perfectly legal, rules judge

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"... the judge, who heard the strike-out application alone and not as part of the usual three-member panel."

This makes it an iBunal, explains everything.

Mac OS X at 20: A rocky start, but it got the fundamentals right for a macOS future

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Re: I don't *love* MacOS, but I do like...

Er, no it doesn't.

Try using it to migrate to hardware, it's train wreck.

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Re: Hardly a success

But almost 2.024 trillion of those reasons are unrelated to MacOs.

It's become bloated, slow, fiddly and flakey.

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It was all downhill after Snow Leopard

Fluffiest of the big cats.

What happens when your massive text-generating neural net starts spitting out people's phone numbers? If you're OpenAI, you create a filter

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The response to GDPR subject access requests will be interesting


Out of this world: Listen to Perseverance rover fire its laser at Mars rocks as the wind whips around it

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NASA should've designed the zapper to have a better noise (even if fake)


US courts system fears SolarWinds snafu could have let state hackers poke about in sealed case documents

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Re: Pre-SolarWinds....just ask Ciaran Martin.........

They also bear beer, vlaamse stoverij and frites, they are the best overlords.

It's always DNS, especially when a sysadmin makes a hash of their semicolons

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As it seems to have been a Unix environment, the tools were there long ago.

Back in the 80s I used to create scripts that invoked various bits of SCCS (together with vi) to provide change control on pretty much every config file across umpteen systems.

With makefiles to look after testing, rebuilding etc. for the more complex ones.

Fiddly to set up, but life is calmer once it's done.

UK tech supply chain in dark over Brexit preparations months ahead of final heave-ho

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Re: Awww, kids today...

I remember it vividly, especially c. 24 hours with no food, little sleep and many remarkably heavily armed police, with big dogs.

All because some numpty messed up the paperwork for certain equipment I was carrying. West Germany, they really did not have a sense of humour.

Even now I can't really laugh about it.

As China trials its Digital Yuan with a giveaway, seven big central banks outline response

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Bets on how soon Trump will ban its use?

Today - he's "on the ball, bigly"

Tomorrow - give him time "we have a, there's a plan, a beautiful"

Saving it for the debate - "we're gonna ban the Biden Buck"


Consultant leading Surrey County Council's £30m jump to new ERP system will bag £177,000 as £83m cuts bite local citizens

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Re: Is that a lot?

I'd guess it's part time though

Unis turn to webcam-watching AI to invigilate students taking exams. Of course, it struggles with people of color

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Re: Why use the word racist.

Perhaps it's racist because in spite of similar and well reported problems, of which they must have been aware, they...

apparently failed to train it well enough to avoid the problem

apparently failed to test it well enough to detect the problem

definitely went ahead and used it in a context where the problem could have a negative on the subject

Ring glitch results in global ding dong ditch: Doorbell bling flings out random pings but they're not the real thing

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one ring to rouse them all

some text

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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If Apple doesn't pay more if profits increase why should it expect a reduction if they fall?

After all, it doesn't pay users for lost time/work when brand new Apple things are faulty out of the box, or borked by manufacturing defects or bugs.

Chinese tat bazaar Xiaomi to light a fire under Amazon's Kindle with new e-book reader

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Re: Bazaar?

i believe tat derives from one meaning of 'tatty', and is tat as in bat, not tut as in but

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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If the tolerance on Macbok Pro body-screen distance is within 0.1mm, it's clear from mine that either the manufacturing isn't living up to that, or they've deliberately designed it so that the screen touches the keytips.

You've accused Apple of patent infringement. You want to probe the iOS source in a closed-room environment. What to do in a pandemic?

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Ceiling cat will still be watching

some words

In case you need more proof the world's gone mad: Behold, Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels

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Talking 'bout my wheels of steel

have't listened to Saxon for, well I don't know, what's El Reg's unit of time? the lockdown? the time it takes Trump to flounce?

Crack police squad seeks help to flush out Australian toilet paper thieves

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Re: Anti Theft strategy

As a plus, that'll give the NSA somewhere else to plant spyware

Don't tell us to go Huawei, Chinese ambassadors tell UK and France

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"His comments did not explain why the Chinese state is mounting a multi-nation diplomatic effort to back said private company."

nothing to explain, plenty of governments do exactly the same, including the usa and uk

Stiff upper lip time, Brits: After bullying France to drop its digital tax on Silicon Valley, Trump's coming for you next

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surely a new el reg unit opportunity

Time (Bojo - Bj)

1 Bj is the period of time between Trump telling Bojo what to do and him doing it

Imperial equivalent is the Mogg (Mgg), conversion factor is 1 Bj = 0.0007 Mgg (via the Linguini - Furlong ratio)

Elon Musk gets thumbs up from jury for use of 'pedo guy' in cave diver defamation lawsuit

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hmm, that means it's ok to call musk 'pedo guy'

going to be fun for him, and everyone else

Asteroid Bennu is flinging particles of dust and rock from its surface – and scientists can't work out why

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baby clanger

teasing the soup dragon

Pack your bags, you're going to America, Lord Chief Justice tells accused Brit hacker

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Re: Odd thought

do they state the number of USA citizens extradited to the UK (and vice versa) ?

perhaps the USA is mostly kicking out Brits to be tried at home

Weird flex but OK... Motorola's comeback is a $1,500 Razr flip-phone with folding 6.2" screen

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isn't this really lenovo?

i had the original razr, and before that a startac, both excellently engineered

after a long gap with other brands, i got the lenovo moto z, their 'flagship' at the time

then there was the software update that seemed to bork battery life, they refused to fix the issue, plenty of screwed users on their support forum and elsewhere, two and a bit year old phone effectively trashed

no way i'd get another lenovo phone

Complete with keyboard and actual, literal, 'physical' escape key: Apple emits new 16" $2.4k+ MacBook Pro

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"The £2,399 portable"

that's the price for the 13", need to add another 400 quid to get to the base price for the 16"

Without any apparent irony, Google marks Chrome's 'small' role in web ecosystem

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"spaces won with 51 per cent of the vote"

spacers are just as misguided as leavers, though not quite as prolific

Virtual inanity: Solution to Irish border requires data and tech not yet available, MPs told

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build the wall!


Promise of £5bn for rural fibre prompts Openreach to reach for the trench-digging diamond cutter

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Has Johnson vowed to lay down in front of the spinning wheel of diamonds if the target is missed?

If so, he can save time and do it right now.



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