* Posts by onemark03

113 posts • joined 9 Aug 2018


Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time


Re: What's the false negative rate?

As far as I'm concerned, the question is still why the police deployed software with a 96% failure rate.

Details of Beijing's new Hong Kong security law signal end to more than two decades of autonomy


The Chinese government's cracking down on dissent

Probably has a lot to do with China's Confucian tradition, which includes acceptance of authority.

Or something like that.


government (...) doesn't have enough faith in their own policies to hear criticism.

Hardly surprising.

Authoritarian governments of all stripes typically don't tolerate criticism.


... Hong Kong people who want to leave.

Assuming the authorities let them leave.

But I stand to be corrected.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


Re: Protecting culture...

Yeah, like we're supposed to accept FGM, forced marriages and honour killings.


Some men won't work for women.

Some white people won't work for non-whites.

Some older people won't work for younger bosses.

We're not much better.

Detroit cops cuffed, threw a dad misidentified by facial recognition in jail. Now the ACLU's demanding action


What the eff did those cops think that they were playing at?

Not difficult, really: your basic American police racial prejudice coupled with pressure to achieve an arrest target.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references


"Some Mothers Should Have Had Their Tubes Tied"

The trouble is that some mothers should have their tubes tied before they become mothers.

After is too late.

Bring on the downvotes.

Singapore already planning version 2.0 contact-tracing wearable


Re: Workarounds if device made compulsory?

Then they'll have your arse for being untraceable and for destroying the tracing function.

Sorry mate, they've probably got that one taped already.

Only true boffins will be able to grasp Blighty's new legal definitions of the humble metre and kilogram


British football pitches

If we're talking football pitches, are we talking about soccer or rugby? (I am excluding American football and Aussie Rules football for the purposes of this argument).

And if we're talking rugby, are we talking union (94 - 100 m long & 68-78 m wide: https://www.harrodsport.com/advice-and-guides/rugby-pitch-dimensions-markings) or league (112-122 m long & 68 m wide: https://www.harrodsport.com/advice-and-guides/rugby-league-pitch-dimensions-markings)?

Just asking.

Travel-sick Windows needing a Systemwiederherstellung would be in Germany, right? Austria? Not necessarily


Re: You ain't seen nothing yet...

Not quite:

Beef Labelling regulation & Delegation of Supervision Act

Tech set responds in wake of American protests, police violence and civil unrest


... birth rates in caucasian America are falling ...

Caucasian birth rates in America are indeed falling - and white America knows it. This is what has spawned the rise of various white supremacy groups over the last ten or so years.

White America is scared.

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


... First Amendment protected peaceful demonstrations ...

In a country whose origins are based on a revolution, I find it gigantically ironic that peaceful protesters (I exclude all the bad actors) risk possible investigation by various law enforcement authorities for peacefully exercising their democratic right to protest and dissent. It is heartening that some police are joining their protests but will this be enough?

Just a thought.

Oh, right, it's (presidential) election year in the US. How could I have forgotten?

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg


Upsetting Civil Rights Groups

Y'know, in a country whose origins are based on a revolution, I find it gigantically ironic that peaceful protesters (I exclude all the bad actors) risk possible investigation by various law enforcement authorities for peacefully exercising their democratic right to protest and dissent. It is heartening that some police are joining their protests but will this be enough?

Just a thought.

Oh, right, it's (presidential) election year in the US. How could I have forgotten?

You're not getting Huawei that easily: Canadian judge rules CFO's extradition proceedings to US can continue


"We expect that Canada's judicial system will ultimately prove Ms Meng's innocence."

The Chinese said that because it knows that Canada is anxious to get its two prisoners back from Chinese jails and in an effort to prevent Canada from sending Ms Meng to the US. The two Canadian prisoners are nothing more than hostages.

IBM cuts deep into workforce – even its Watson and AI teams – as it 'pivots' to cloud


Everything better with beer? Except driving.

And bonking.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police


The Police

On the one hand, the police often have to do a dirty job and deal with many nasty "clients" at the more unpleasant underbelly of society. In short, they do a job which not many of us would like to do. ("Where are the police when you need them?" Well, as we all know, the police cannot be everywhere.) Not surprisingly, doing a job like this requires a certain pyschological toughness that not many of us possess.

On the other hand, this pyschological toughness usually turns into into a mentality which might not inaccurately summed up with the idea that "To maintain the law, you sometimes have to break it." I will not debate the validity or otherwise of that idea here.

In other words, many such police officers the world over believe (a) they are the goodies, (b) that justice is (or should be) what they personally believe it ought to be (a bit like many of us, if truth be told) and (c) that for that reason they themselves are or should be above the law. This is what gives rise to the contempt towards and the feeling of betrayal towards "whistle-blowers" who report breaches of the law by colleagues - usually at the price of their own careers.

In a country with a legal system based on the rule of law, this violates the principles of observance of the law by all (including the police), neutrality of the law and equality before the law. Such violation is a massive, massive mistake and arguably represents a threat to both the legal system and (indirectly) to democracy.

Bring on the downvotes.

New Zealand releases Bluetooth-free COVID-19 tracing app


Re: Trust?

The NZ (govt) authorities and private sector have a shocking attitude to data confidentiality.


Police don't get it

The NZ Police won't get those data? Yeah, right!

And if Amazon really wants that data, it will find a way: like a backdoor or it will pay someone enough.

Beer rating app reveals homes and identities of spies and military bods, warns Bellingcat


Sensitive Jobs

Frankly I'm surprised that the entire armed forces simply don't make it a disciplinary offence for serving members in sensitive positions to use social media - or at the very least somehow censor contributions before publication.

Such an offence should also apply to relevant civilian employees.

Failure to comply would be subject to severe penalties.

Disclaimer: I have never served, so happily stand to be corrected.

Mirror mirror on the wall, why will my mouse not work at all?


Re: Only way

I far prefer a trackball.

I find a mouse too clumsy and I don't have enough space on my desk anyway.

If American tech is used to design or make that chip, you better not ship it to Huawei, warns Uncle Sam


Re: Globalization: Who's fault is that?

@ sanmiguelbeer

1. America's (school) education system is not going to improve any time soon. It is controlled at local level (big mistake) which sees no point in teaching of "overly academic" subjects – after the motto "You don't need to know about Shakespeare or history or geography to be able to work in a warehouse, flip hamburgers or even write software". Or something like that.

2. As someone else said in these comments, manufacturing is going to become increasingly automated in the future, which means that the workforce will not require many well-educated people anyway.


Re: Globalization: Time to rethink education?

@ chivo243

Yes, but did anybody force you to take these subjects? No, thought not.

Whatever you're doing now, I venture to suggest that you are a far more rounded person for this knowledge than someone without it.

Beer necessities: US chap registers bevvy as emotional support animal so he can booze on public transport



@ spamfast:

If you book early enough* on the ICE (not everyone can, admittedly), you can get really dirt-cheap fares.

Just saying.

*Three months out max.



Nah, Heineken's dog's piss.

I far prefer Becks or Holsten - both beers with balls.

Uncle Sam courting Intel, TSMC to build advanced chip fabs on home soil – report


Re: Missed Opportunity

@ John Savard:

Come on, mate, you don't really believe Russia would have voluntarily given up its nuclear weapons, do you?

Total Eclipse to depart: Open-source software foundation is hopping the pond to Europe


Re: A long time coming

@ Len:

Couldn't agree with you more.

However, what puzzles me is that many newspapers that normally use British English also use the "month-day-year" date format.

Anyone know why? Is it for historical reasons? It's a mystery to me.

In this connection I'd also be interested in your views on the not-too-common "year-month-day" format.

And I couldn't agree with you more on use of the 24-hour clock. It's a hell of a lot more sensible, especially where people forget to use "a.m." or "p.m.".

Oracle faces claims of unequal pay from 4,000+ women after judge upgrades gender gap lawsuit to class action


Oracle's Gender-Gap Lawsuit

Nah, just personal financial liability (not covered by D&O insurance) and some serious jail time.

Come to think of it, that would cut out a shit-load of managerial greed generally.

Assange should be furloughed from Belmarsh prison, says human rights org. Here's a thought: He could stay with friends!


Re: time marches on

Julian Assange just pissed Uncle Sam off and Uncle Sam is reacting vindictively.

Then again, Uncle Sam always was vindictive.

Zuck loves free speech so much Facebook will censor 'anti-state' content in Vietnam after telcos 'crippled' access


Shakes Head

@ Will Godfrey:

It's not that difficult.

Zuck only believes in freedom of speech/expression to the extent that it doesn't interfere with his revenue stream, i.e. his compliance with Vietnamese law is purely conditional.

If he considers his revenue is in danger, he's more than ready to compromise on his principles.


However, whether his compliance with Vietnamese law in this case is some kind of tactical withdrawal until such time as he can organise other means of transmission to/from Vietnam that renders such compliance superfluous/unnecessary (such as the abovementioned satellite internet) remains to be seen. We'll see.


I'm another one who generally believes that we should shut him down until he toes the line.

Former UK PM Tony Blair urges governments to sort out online ID


Same numbers for NI, Passport, Hospital, Tax etc.


This makes the card more attractive to thieves and forgers.

Bad idea.

What's required is compartmentalisation, i.e. separate numbers for each service, so that if you lose one card, you still have others, can still officially exist and it's a hell of a lot easier to replace the lost card.


@ Aladdin Sane: "Papers please!"

Oh, for fuck's sake!

Iran military manages to keep a straight face while waggling miracle widget that 'can detect coronavirus from 100m away'


Re: you may laugh

@ Chairman of the Bored:

I take it you mean Fort Detrick.

India allows half of IT services workers back to the office next week


Re: Good grief.

@ anonymous coward:

No, this is not illogical.

"Count" used in this context is simply an old-fashioned word for "consider" or similar.

Nothing more.

In this context, the use of either word is correct.

Watch out, everyone, here come the Coronavirus Cops, enjoying their little slice of power way too much


people who sow grass seed with a tape measure.

Over here in Germany there are people who literally trim their hedges using a tape measure (in addition to manual hedge-clippers or an electric hedge-cutter) to ensure that the final result is absolutely and mathematically even.

I am not making this up.


Re: Lord Sumption: ... police are citizens in uniform. ...

Not any more, mate.


When I go out cycling into the (much quieter now) country,

Just make sure you go cycling in the general proximity of shops, not too far away into the boonies.

If you're stopped, your claim to be going shopping is then a lot more credible.

(Not at all. You're entirely welcome.)

Who's going to pay for Britain's Aunty Beeb to carry on? Broadband users, broadcaster suggests to government


Re: April Fool

Here in Germany, your car radio and your PC/laptop are also subject to the broadcasting licence as these are considered capable of receiving German (state) TV programmes, regardless of whether you have a radio, TV set or (internet-capable) computer or not.

What's worse, every household is subject to the broadcasting fee regardless of whether it has a radio/TVset/internet-capable computer ("media-receiver", if you like) of any kind or not. So you end up paying for a service whether you use it or not. It's never been stated publicly but I suspect this scheme (charging all households) was introduced (only a few years ago) to simplify collection. Previously they used to have inspectors and detector vans.

I'd be interested to know whether this (or something similar) applies in the UK as well.

FTR, I don't have a car but I do have a TV set and a PC, so I pay €17.52 a quarter. Fortunately I can deduct this expense from my taxes.

Amazon says it fired a guy for breaking pandemic rules. Same guy who organized a staff protest over a lack of coronavirus protection


... it's true that some unions are inefficient and/or corrupt

@ baud:

1. There are more crooks in the nation's boardrooms than there are at trades hall. And the former get away with more. (You can steal more with a briefcase, a laptop and a suit and a collar and tie.)

2. In general, I would say than unions are an essential part of any functioning democracy.

(Bring on the down-votes. [Sigh.])

Sunday: Australia is shocked UK would consider tracking mobile data to beat pandemic. Monday: Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads


Australia to deploy drone intimidation squads

Well, fuck me rigid!

(And here's us worrying about the introduction of ID cards. (Well, me, anyway!)

UK Information Commissioner OKs use of phone data to track coronavirus spread


... let's see this applied to the politicians first

@ batfink


I said the same thing about politicians and ID cards on ElReg a year or two ago.

(But let's not get off-topic.)

Want to see through walls? Electroboffins build tiny chip in the lab that vibrates at just the right frequency to do it



I think the author was looking for a word that means making a product of this capability.

Admittedly, a phrase should have been chosen.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites


I can't understand a lot of Scots.

Pedantry on:

Sorry but your example is a bit off.

The dialogue in the Scottish lift skit is Scottish English, not Scots, which - depending on your point of view or which textbooks you have read - is either a dialect or a variant of English or even a separate language. (I will not go into that debate here.)

Pedantry off.

Asterix co-creator Albert Uderzo dies aged 92


I can only add that the Danish translations were very good too

So are the German ones.

(I like the Low German ones but that's just me.)

Oracle staffers in Europe weather cloudy job cuts: As many as 1,300 workers face chop after sales slide


Oracle staffers in ... job cuts...

On a more general note, I suspect that many employers the world over will be using this Corona-virus pandemic as an excuse for getting rid of staff they might not have been able to get rid of more easily beforehand.

When the world ends – coronavirus plague, WW3, whatever – all that will be left are cockroaches and Larry Ellison trash talking his rivals


... you need a dictatorship ...

Irony on:

@ Lorribot

You mean a military dictatorship backed up by martial law - arguably the most efficient form of government.

(Bring on the down-votes!)

Irony off:

Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?


Re: FFS - NO

Several countries in continental Europe operate this policy: France, Switzerland and Austria.

However, life in these countries is quite difficult without ID cards (e.g. the police are allowed to check your identity - often "just because") so most people obtain voluntarily carry them all the time as a matter of sheer convenience.

And in Austria, foreign nationals are required by law to carry their own national ID cards or passports.



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