* Posts by anonanonanon

64 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Jul 2018


As Twitter blocks white supremacists posing as anti-fascists, FBI appeal is flooded with images of cop violence


Re: "white supremacists posing as anti-fascists"


Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump


Re: To be honest ...

You're country is an international joke

This AI is full of holes: Brit council fixes thousands of road cracks spotted by algorithm using sat snaps


Re: AI 101

This is, something else....

I'm just about to inform myself of the evils of Base 10 math


Is satellite imagery even high enough resolution?

I'm not sure satellites can provide the resolution to detect anything but the very largest of holes

Use our stuff for free and sell your application? That's Qt. Time to give something back


All about mobile and touch? I wish, only cpp oss folks think QT is good for mobile, it doesn't appear on anyone elses multi platform mobile radar, because it's a gigantic mess that makes mobile development ten times more complicated for the justification of one code base. that's not much good if your code base is now ten times larger than it was before with a mess of dependencies of things never compiled for arm and never optimised for mobile. We spend more times on conan scripts and fixing the build every couple of days than coding.

All optimised UI elements, throw them out of the window and use QTs home built system. Could do something with a few lines in native, ha, no, get new library, and all it's dependencies, and write a mass of cpp code with ten times more room for error.

Memory management? Manage it all yourself again. Multiple device sizes? you need to implement all that yourself. Latest OS features? maybe in a few years they'll get round to it. AR, forget it, you'll implement it all native anyway, like other little things that just don't quite work.

And multi platform??? We still haven't shipped an android build after a year.

World's richest bloke battles Oz catastro-fire with incredible AU$1m donation (aka load of cheap greenwashing)


Re: The problem with small-scale private philanthropy by the wealthiest is that it achieves little

Pet projects staffed by family members with very generous salaries, buying very valuable artworks that other family members can borrow to decorate their mansions

Why is a 22GB database containing 56 million US folks' personal details sitting on the open internet using a Chinese IP address? Seriously, why?


Re: late capitalists

That doesn't really hold up, at all.

Take this article, DB with millions of peoples info in it, Did they buy from checkpeople?


But someone else is, not the subjects of the data breach, it's valuable to someone else.

Even if the subjects of the data brach did somehow fund the owners of the DB, saying you won't buy after the fact that the data breach has happened won't get them their privacy back will it?


treating complex issues and problems as if they were much simpler than they really are.

I spy, with my little satellite AI, something beginning with 'North American image-analysis code embargo'


Re: Floppy discs are no longer required.


I know this because Apple make you declare your encryption standards in any app you submit app with the specific reason that your app will be uploaded to apple servers in the US and they have to do that to comply, we have to write a little note to some department somewhere too.


Not just satellite imagery

It's not just satellite imagery, geospatial imagery also covers drone/arial photography, and AI is already being used frequently in solutions we and others provide in this field

Cool 'joke', bro, you could have killed someone: Epilepsy Foundation sics cops on sick flashing-light Twitter trolls


Consider not using the internet? What world do you live in?

Hate speech row: Fine or jail anyone who calls people boffins, geeks or eggheads, psychology nerd demands


Your title is too long

I feel this is more an anti SJW thing, as in, huh, I'm oppressed by being called these words, no, my cv s aren't just chucked in a bin or anything like that, nor do I get paid less, get my rights restricted, or suffer systematic bias.

Red Dead Redemption 2 on PC: Howdy buck do you get a solid 60FPS in Rockstar's masterpiece?


Re: Just out of interest...

I didn't find that to be true at all in well over hundred hours of gameplay on the PS4


Not sure if possible on a PC, but there's a companion RDR2 mobile app that shows the live map view, among other things


Re: And this, dear friends...

Yes, fraction of the price of a gaming PC. And didn't all the PC guys through a hissy fit because alternatives to steam started appearing and they didn't like exclusives outside of their own little gilded gaming cage.

Sussex Police gives up on £790k Gatwick drone shutdown probe


Not many drones can fly for 45 min

I'm not aware of any copter drone that can do this sort of flight time, but fixed wing drones can do it, a Parrot Disco for example, cheap(ish) and advertised as being able to do 45 mins flying easily. Most copter drones do around 25 mins, but something like a DJI matrice are advertised at 38 mins max, but they are not cheap at all. They're also fairly large, easily a threat to aircraft, come supplied with multiple batteries for quick turnarounds, and they have a very long range, around 8km I think, still keeping connectivity to the controller, further on a pre planned mission, which means you could be quite a distance away. I would say users are supposed to keep line of sight at all times, but I doubt that would be a concern to someone doing this.

YouTube's radicalizing Alt-right trolls and Facebook's recruiting new language boffins


Re: "ANY thoughtless radical loons are a pointless scourge, of course."

Seems like only one side is marching around with guns and has a disproportionate amount of mass killers associated with them

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship


Re: Meanwhile in other news...

Oh, I didn't realise the full title was "The white male PHP conference"

This argument is moronic.

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android


Re: App Store

I'm mostly in favour of the more rigourous process of the app store. It prevents shovelware, spyware, copycats (to some extent), poor security management, "clever" hacks that play havoc with people devices and generally promotes the ideal that apps should be useable and good.

It's quite clear why Apple do it, although it may be an inconvenience, an app store flooded with terrible apps just puts users off the product as a whole. This policing provides trust for the user that downloading an app won't do anything unexpected.

While you may feel inconvenienced by it, the software industry as a whole has proved time and time again it will do anything it can to shovel crap to users. Apple try to limit that.


Being so dismissive of a platform in excess of a billion devices seems rather short sighted too, but nothing less than I expect from some devs. Of course some of that success comes from deliberately disallowing devs to have free reign to do whatever they want in favour of a consistent user experience, security and power management.


Re: Dropbox failed the "not invented here" test

QT may have a massive user base, but not so much on mobile, which seems poorly supported


QT still has a long way to go on mobile, and trying to stop cpp developers designing their mobile apps like it's a desktop is a pain.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


Idiot tax? or are android phones just subsisidised coz they harvest all your data to sell to 3rd parties.

Dodgy-govt fave FinSpy snoopware is back and badder than ever for Android and iOS kit


For iOS, they have to jailbreak the phone to install, there's various ways to detect that, but also a restore will remove it too.

I was reading a bunch of reviews on another spyware app (flexispy I think), my word it was creepy, various people with no concept of boundaries wanting to track every movement and listen on every private conversation of their kids, spouses, employees, ugh. But many we're frustrated it was hard to install on iOS and demanding their money back

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep


Re: From His Twitter Thread

He didn't have to say anything at all, he'd already been targeted by a mob of asshats looking to give him credit because it's impossible for a woman accomplished anything, and they're definitely not sexist, just pointing out that if a woman get's credit for anything, it's because of a SJW agenda, because while they said asshats are definetly not sexist, women never make the news in science so all existing evidence suggests women can't do science, not sexism, facts.

MoD plonks down £2m on table in exchange for anti-drone tech ideas


Re: surely

'm more inclined to believe there was a drone, I saw a lot of people arguing that it just wasn't possible for a drone to operate in the way it did and use that as evidence for no drone, but as someone who works with all manner of drones, I can confirm that all weather drones with long ranges and large enough to do damage to an aircraft do in fact exist and are fairly easy to come by (though not as cheap as something you'd buy from an electronics store).

And flying them I know how very difficult it is to spot the buggers once they get any distance away, they don't show up on phone cameras, and airports don't let press photographers roam everywhere such that a perfect 100% even distribution of photographers would exist to catch the drone wherever it appeared, so I don't buy that it surely would have been photographed.

In short, while it's true it could all be a hoax, I don't think the reasons I've ever read on why it must be a hoax hold any water.

Back to drawing board as Google cans AI ethics council amid complaints over right-wing member


Re: Diversity not an option?

That's not correct, they're only being respectful of their beliefs, some people don't believe in diversity, so it's only respectful to exclude them.

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech


Re: Relying on filters for copyright violations

The filter isn't part of the law, but many are saying it's actually what will happen in practice. And doesn't the new law place onus on the websites to not allow copyrighted material and that they should take all reasonable steps to stop it.


Re: Just I Thought

For the benefit of others kind of, or rather, people used to be able to share things, socially, if I liked a song/film/book, I could lend it to a friend on physical media, now, that sharing has been monetized, if I tell my friend, you should try xyz, they have to pay for something that used to be just a normal social interaction.


Relying on filters for copyright violations

So what happens when a copyrighted work is not included in the database the filters use?

It's quite easy to get a copyright on something without going through a db. Say, I upload a self made image to my own website which I copyright (some countries this is automatic). This will not be included in any online copyright filter.

Said image is uploaded to a website (without my permission of course, but my security is very lax)

I wait a few months, then sue the target for not taking appropriate access to license my work or failing to block it.

Turn on, tune in, drop out: Apple's whizz-bang T2 security chips hit a bum note for Mac audio


Not the first time apple broke everyone's audio gear

I think it was the High Sierra update that removed a vital component in USB audio, and they didn't fix it for months.

Want to create fake web profile pics? This creepy AI tool makes them on demand. Plus predictive policing, and more


Re: "people could be taken in by AI-generated news articles that read like a child wrote them"

That's been happening since before facebook, in my experience, the sort of people who spread the real nutty stuff barely read past the first few sentences that get them enraged, before immediately reposting to spread the real truth. These posts are often accompanied by linked reputable articles, to try to give legitimacy, that mention similar words to the ranty email in the first few sentences, enough that convinces the nutty reader that the rest of the article will support outlandish viewpoint.

So to auto generate conspiracy theories, maybe all you have to do is skim scholarly articles and sites like prison planet or natural news, looking for words in the opening paragraph of the scholarly articles that overlap with the kook sites, then train the AI to use the language of the kooky site and seeding new posts using overlapped words, then publish with linked article and boom, gay frogs are coming to take over the world or something.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


Re: Offering for your consideration

It's now much better on mobile though, the old design was terrible, and I often wondered why a tech site couldn't come up with a decent mobile site...

But there are more than a few techies who seem to think a useable decent looking UI is for wimps, and people browsing on mobile are stupid millennial types who want the moon on a stick and they should be using a desktop anyway, or possibly android because all apple users are fashionistas or something.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs


Really dodgy idea. People who type regularly all the time might not be doing good work (And it will probably encourage useless work just to look busy), and spending time to think about work you are doing will mean not typing, possibly making good workers look bad compared to busy busy workers.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports


Re: "Fire in a cinema".

I can easily believe it, even filming one up close, let it fly off 50m and you'll have a very hard time seeing one on a camera phone


Re: The silence is deafening

I'm not sure saying drones fly for "minutes" conveys the around 20-25 minute flight times of prosumer and pro drones, which is plenty time of for a drone to fly several km, hover for a few minutes and return, so I'm not sure how knowledgeable your sources are.

For example, a DJI Matrice, a fairly pro drone, but easily purchased, is large heavy and legit concern to an aircraft can fly in bad weather, has several KM range with controller, usually come supplied with multiple batteries to fly multiple missions.

I've seen lot of comments from people who claim to be knowledgeable on drones claim these things impossible, but I can only presume they are familiar with the toy drones you get in Tescos rather than modern drones that have come out in the last few years.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: Mass hysteria, sightings of the Virgin Mary, the Emperor's New Clothes, false positives

Ugh, yes drones can fly in bad weather and the dark, the battery life isn't exceptional as it was only over the airport for a few minutes at a time, with time to and from and takeoff locations, easily within the twenty minute flight times of modern drones, which come with quick change, quick charge batteries. Commercial/Professional drones are readily available to anyone willing to pay the cash.


Re: Just a thought

They differ in that they're pretty much self flying, operators only need to provide direction, if you lose signal, drop the controller etc, they'll just hover in place (Or circle for fixed wings), or even return home on their own.


Re: Fire and forget ...?

They definitely consume batteries while idle, I doubt 4 hours is possible. More likely a higher end drone with 4km+ RC range and multiple batteries, taking off and landing at different locations, over countryside making it difficult to chase along roads quickly lost from eyesight. They're pretty much invisible over 500m away to the naked eye.

A few reasons why cops didn't immediately shoot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: Hard to shoot a plastic bag

I'm sure they let the press have free run of the entirety of the airport such that there is an even coverage.


Re: Hard to shoot a plastic bag

Most last at least 20 minutes, and have easily replaceable batteries, "Industrial specification" type drones, probably bigger ones like a DJI Inspire are often sold with multiple batteries.

And if the intent of the perp is to disrupt the airport, being visible would be part of the point no?


Re: Hard to shoot a plastic bag

You try taking a photo of something that small, at night, several hundred meter away with a phone camera, even in daylight, you'd likely only see a speck.

Someone would have to have a semi decent camera with a zoom lens and be quick off the mark.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project


Yeah, talking to a user is great, that user has this one field they want to do their task a little easier, maybe it has impacts on others users, that one user don't care, doesn't care that other users don't need that field, it gets implemented, other users look at it, what's it for? now when they tab through they get this extra field where there wasn't one before and it screws up their workflow, what do they put in it anyway? can you just take it away please?

Or maybe you'll need to make some major refactoring to implement their 'small' change, costing your valuable time, for something that's just not really worth the effort.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


Don't know, if that gated community vetted all tradesmen that came and made sure they weren't casing your joint to rob you later.

Many of Apple's app store restrictions and vetting are very security minded and customer friendly, and I'm sure it infuriates some people, just don't buy an iphone?

I'll say it over and over, on any tech websites, there's a bunch of people who think they're very smart and don't understand how normal people don't want to vet everything they install on their smartphone because it shouldn't be easy to break your goddam phone and then take it to some nerd to sneer at you saying you should have checked the software you installed on it and if only they'd consulted them they wouldn't be in this mess.


As a dev, I don't like the 30% charge, it is too much, but also as a dev, have you seen the amount of free or sub 5 buck apps out there? Unless you're buying real specialised apps, most customers are hardly losing their life savings, or like, the price of a coffee

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


How many mass shootings you had this year? Literally noone else in the civilized world has your troubles mate, and we don't want them.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype


Re: Spectrum grows on trees

Hipster douchebag videostream? I want to know why I have to buy subscriptions with voice calls when all I want is data and the rare ability to receive a voice call from some fossil who still insists on actually calling someone

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time


Re: Ethnic cleansing?

It's almost like you're scolding them. Are you the sort of guy who denies the holocaust by using statistics? There was no holocaust because the germans let too many get away?

Would you be happy that if in your own country, some random bunch of nutters from one group of people or another planted a bomb, and then that was used to justify killing or hounding anyone who looked like said nutters out of the country?

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software


People who work in IT vastly overestimate the abilities of people who don't.It's why Apple is hugely successful and IT types always take this line. I want my computer to do this and do what I want and anyone who says different is stupid.

Apple made it so customers can mostly download app from the store and it doesn't do weird stuff to their phone, doesn't have complete access to all their data, doesn't let the really smart developer try stuff they really shouldn't be messing around with to get some super cool feature they figured out to implement in a hacky way that they know they're smart enough to implement, but will blame the user when it conflicts with some other "shitty app" that the user should have come to the engineer to to be told it was a shitty app.