* Posts by RunawayLoop

73 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Oct 2018


Musk tries to sell Tesla's Optimus robot butler to China


Likely no need to physically destroy your shiny new (murderously malfunctioning) bot when bricking it is easily done....

Just ask it to calculate Pi to infinity.

Or there's this ... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=katN5TNEnkM

Binance exec says scammers made a 'deep fake hologram' of him to fool victims


Days gone

Max Headroom has entered the chat

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture


More data slurping from a large corporation, surprise surprise!

Does anyone know what port they use? Wish there was a simple firewall script that could block all this slurping

Crazy idea but hear us out... With robots taking people's jobs, can we rethink this whole working to survive thing?


Automation heaven

Can we please start by automating politicians. I for one cannot wait to be rid of this particular class of 'people'.

This episode of Black Mirror sucks: London cops boast that facial-recog creepycams will be on the streets this year


There's quite a number of youtube videos about this. Search for "police photography" or "police owned".

In short you can take photo's/video's of police in public as long as you don't interfere with them carrying out any lawful duties.


Re: If I object to my face being scanned and I pull my jumper up over my face

"What about my right to privacy?"

TL;DR - in public you don't have any privacy.

The general argument is that if you are out in 'public' spaces (ie. walking the streets, in a shopping mall, at the cinema, eating out, etc) then you have not expectation of privacy, as anyone and everyone is able to see you.

While you are quite free to pull your jumper over your head, wear a mask or do other things to obscure your face in doing so you inadvertently bring attention to yourself. AFAIK it is not illegal to obscure your face unless the police tell you to identify yourself (usually that involves comparing some form of photo identification against your actual face), so you may run into issues there. Also were you to obscure your face around anywhere there are valuables (say a bank, jewelry store, etc) then it's likely, again, you would quickly bring attention to yourself. Having said all that I note that some Muslim women get around quite fine with full face veils and can say 'don't discriminate against my religion' if challenged. Not sure how they go around banks, jewelry stores, etc.

There are methods to confuse facial recognition systems using clothing, but I believe these only work on against specific algorithms, so you would have to know what you're up against and dress accordingly (if anything had even been designed to confuse the systems in your local area) and then you'd have to keep on top of any changes that might be made to said algorithm(s).


Photo 'memories' storage biz Ever uses family snaps to train facial recognition AI


Uploading all your pets photo's as yourself could be a hoot also!


Re: WTF!

"But what happens if you ask Ever IA to find "idiot"?"

Go with "Hot babe" you might have more fun

Behold the Internet of Turf: IoT sucks waste energy from living plants to speak to satellites


Let's lock in the beard-second as the official unit of measurement for plant communication!



Perhaps a biodegradable coating over top of this would do the trick... bees wax is a possibility although I don't know if that would interfere with the operation of the circuit. This Instructable uses paper and lead pencil to create a functional circuit.


Welcome to the 2020s: Booby-trapped Office files, NSA tipping off Windows cert-spoofing bugs, RDP flaws...


Re: Confusing.

Hacking commencing in 3...2....1....

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls


Re: one would think

I thought xbox was windows 10 (or the other way around)

What’s that Skippy? Google’s coughed up $330m in tax Down Under?


It's a start, albiet belated. Still a ways to go however... The tax office's own data showing 30% of companies (big one's) paid zero tax.


Motorola's mid-range One Hyper packs 64MP cam, huge screen and – ooo – 'Quad Pixel' tech


What's the quality like?

I grabbed an Oppo Reno Z recently because of the stated 48MP camera however upon using it I find the image very blocky when I zoom in on a scene, so after my initial 'wow' I was quite disappointed. Anyone know if this is the case with this phone in terms of the image quality?

Interpol: Strong encryption helps online predators. Build backdoors


Re: Here we go again...

Are you really trying to correlate murder with freedom?

Boffins don bad 1980s fashion to avoid being detected by object-recognizing AI cameras


Waiting for someone to build a QR code with some sort of embedded instruction(s) that can crash surveillance cams

USAF spaceplane back on Earth after mystery 2-year jaunt in orbit. Jeepers creepers, what has it been doing up here?


Obama was on it

Funny how the spaceplane just landed then suddenly Bbama is making comments about being 'woke'.

I think they stuffed him on the spaceplane so he wouldn't embarass Trump (by calling him out on his stupidity and lack of diplomacy).

Fortunately Trump handled that all by himself.

Just take a look at the carnage on Notepad++'s GitHub: 'Free Uyghur' release sparks spam tsunami by pro-Chinese


Thumbs up

Here's at least one thumbs up to the dev for his stance, from one freedom lover to another.

Sticks and stones may break your bones but robot taunts will hurt you – in games at least


This is news to who(m)?

This is news really? Well here's another news flash...

People perform poorly when <stabbed/gassed/acid attacked/etc> by robots.

This isn't news people.

WhatsApp slaps app hacker chaps on the rack for booby-trapped chat: NSO Group accused of illegal hacking by Facebook


All of them.

Telstra chairman: If those darn kids can earn $5m playing Fortnite, why can't execs?


The only way to describe this guy is 'wanker'.

The big corporations in Australia happily screw over their customers on a daily basis, there was a huge inquiry into the banking sector here earlier this year which showed among their other misdeeds, banks charging fees to deceased people. Telcos also regularly screw people over (roaming fees, singing people up to premium services they never asked for).

And he earns 40x more than the average worker.

WTF has he got to complain about? Hence my assessment of this guy in my opening line.

What? No way. Apple? Censoring iOS 13 to appease China? Gosh. How shocking. Who'd have thought it?


Re: Dragonfly never got off the ground

"Folks love to hate on it, but globalisation's creation of economic interdependencies of trade and foreign investment is the main force for peace protecting weaker countries"

Not in all cases. In my country a majority of our exports go to one country. Guess which one. In return my spineless government stays quiet on the human rights abuses, lest is upset the 'economic interdependencies'.


Re: China?

If Apple thought they could get away with it, they would definitely do it.

Do you run on a cloud Down Under, where data's shared and governments plunder... Oz joins US, UK in info search-warrant law


Peter Dutton. A man who heads up Australia's 'Home Affairs' department, which is quite powerful as it includes police, immigration and border security sections.

Previously Dutton intervened in his own border security staff decision to deport two British au-pairs from Australia due to a suspicion they were not tourists but actually here to work in Australia. Working on a tourist visa is ILLEGAL in Australia (ok remember that part for later). Dutton *allegedly* received phone calls from two party donors to grant the two au-pairs tourist visa, so they could gain entry to the country. Dutton knew that actually these two au-pairs would go to WORK for the party donors which is ILLEGAL in Australia (remember I told you earlier). So in effect Dutton was complicit in enabling a crime (x2). Our police and jurdiciary have not bothered to do anything about this ILLEGAL behaviour by a government MINISTER.


Also recently Dutton effectively said the climate activists should be DOXXED and their families (effectively) harrassed,


Keep in mind that the right to protest is a fundamental part of any functioning democracy, a concept which Dutton appears to be unaware of despite being a government MINISTER.

Cyberbullying laws in Australia are supposed to prevent this type of harrassment, yet once again, this potentially CRIMINAL behaviour goes unnoticed by authorities. https://www.lawanswers.com.au/blog/cyberbullying-laws-in-australia/

US games company Blizzard kowtows to Beijing by banning gamer who dared to bring up Hong Kong


Blizzard is now on my banned list.


Re: couls gamers care less, really?

A huge demographic of 'gamers' are now middle aged or older. Having careers, life partners, families, bought and sold property and are interested in politics.

Gaming didn't begin with millennials.


Re: What next?

I think they have their eyes on some 're-education' camps... oops... err facilities.


"This kind of idiot is just enabling children to go out and smash up , publicly owned infrastructure...."

Weren't they doing that already? I fail to see how this guy is 'enabling' protesters to riot.

"Please explain WTF has this to do with "freedom" from china?"

'Freedom' is the ability to criticize the government and not get punished for it, which is exactly the opposite of what happened here.


Re: Blizzard Streisand

Apple just pulled an app that let HK'ers track police whereabouts

This image-recognition roulette is all fun and games... until it labels you a rape suspect, divorcee, or a racial slur


Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes

"If we could instil them with a child's ability to lend greater weight to some sources (like parents) than others, that might give us a way to teach them "values"'

That's exactly how neural nets/AI work. They're essentially weighted data points, so your suggestion is already possible.

HP printer small print says kit phones home data on whatever you print – and then some


While i do like the poison well concept mentioned in the first post I think I"d rather have a complete list (compilation) of all the companies/devices/software that are known to phone home along with urls & port numbers so they can be blocked. A script with IP table rules would be great!. Much simpler I think than trying to generate reams of fake data and then having to use my own bandwidth to send it all.

I probably dreaming that such a thing exists.


Re: Not me!

" Does HP actually make anything out of this data"

The answer is probably yes. Even if they can't direct profit from the data there's always to option to on-sell it as it is quite valuable to certain other entities (marketing firms mostly but wouldn't rule out others).

We asked for your Fitbit horror stories and, oh wow, did you deliver: Readers sync their teeth into 'junk' gizmos


I have a charge 2 which I wore continuously (day and night except for showering) for about 18 months. I took it off one day and noticed the skin underneath was going like translucent. Definitely not an allergy, more like the skin was degrading. I stopped wearing the fitbit and after about 3 weeks my skin seemed to return to normal. Needless to say I won't be using it or any other fitbit products (possible any other similar products from other companies) anytime soon.

I also didn't like that I couldn't get access to my time-series data. It seems I can only access one day's worth of information at a time. I really wanted to build up a picture over time so this was no way to download this from the device, especially considering all the data is sitting right there on the device.

Australia didn't blame China for parliament hack in case it upset trade relations – report


Re: What is the fuss?

I liked your comment but really there's no need for Huawei anymore.

PM Shouty is bringing CCP agents straight in the front door, into the highest level of government.

Won't be long before enough follow to control Oz on behalf of their masters.

Welsh police use of facial recog tech – it's so 'lawful', rules High Court


Re: Keeping pace?

"Taking someone's photograph in public is not invasive"

If you are thinking that a single photograph is not invasive then you're probably correct. The problem is there isn't just one camera taking your picture. They're almost ubiquitous, particularly in metro-like areas, and so simply travelling from point A to point B you are likely to be photographed multiple times... that's the invasive part. Ask yourself, what is the purpose of the "free" society I live in? Is it to be tracked everywhere you go, to have all your purchases monitored, to turn people into products?

Imagine if someone followed you around all day, day after day taking your photograph whenever they felt like it. Perhaps you personally would put up with this but what if they did the same to your family? You've been conditioned by authorities that it's "ok" to live like this and that you have no right to privacy when if fact this is completely false. Do you have curtains on your windows at home? Do you close the door when you go to the toilet or get changed? Do you let others watch your family when they are shower? If you do any of these things then deep down you do believe in your right to privacy.

India's Chandrayaan-2 and Vikram lander split amicably above Moon, SpaceX hops over Texas


Back in the day

"India: Ready for powered descent?"

Man I really hope these guys have been practicing in their simulator first...


Fraught 'naut who sought consort's report says: I was up to naught, I will thwart fault tort


A quick out?

Not sure how it works in the good ol but here in Ozstraya you can elect to have your crime heard in the location where it was alleged to have occurred. Not sure this applies to all crimes but if US has anything similar it could be a quick out for el astronatay.

AMD agrees to cough up $35-a-chip payout over eight-core Bulldozer advertising fiasco


What does that mean for current lineup?

So what does this decision mean for the current AMD CPU offerings which include a (non-native) 12 core chip... a sueball waiting to happen?

Latest sneak peek at PowerShell 7 ups the telemetry but... hey... is that an off switch?


Re: PowerShell Long Term Servicing (LTS) release


And you thought the cops were bad... Civil rights group warns of facial recog 'epidemic' across UK private sites


Re: Hmmm...

Room for an enterprising app here :-).

Also room for an enterprising business. Selling guy fawkes or groucho marx masks at the front door to said <exhibit/gallery/other local event> could start to be a real winner...

GitHub builds wall round private repos, makes devs in US-sanctioned countries pay for it


Re: Who did not see this coming?


Wow so funny. Do you seriously think that BitBucket "being Australian" means anything to the US?

Maybe you should read a little story about a man named Assange, who like BitBucket, is also Australian.

Low Barr: Don't give me that crap about security, just put the backdoors in the encryption, roars US Attorney General


I'll do it if...

Tell you what Mr Barr. Show me the complete and un-redacted contents of your personal phone(s), email(s), and any other electronic devices and I'll agree with you that citizens don't need encryption.

I'm waiting...

UK cops blasted over 'disproportionate' slurp of years of data from crime victims' phones


Screenshots people!

Unless you absolutely have to (like trying to cross a border) NEVER give the po-po (or any other authority) a blanket authority to search your phone.

If confronted ask what information they are seeking and provide screenshots. Would work in the above situation but obviously not in all situations.

It's a facial-recognition bonanza: Oakland bans it, activists track it, and pics taken from dating-site OkCupid feed it


Re: If I visit a .co.uk site, at least tell me if the content is not relevant

I would argue that being informed about current developments in facial recognition is just as "relevant" in the UK (and other parts of the non-US world) as it is in the US.

The fact that the list doesn't specifically include UK sites is perhaps an opportunity for you to add to it. I mean Britain once held (does it still?) the honour of having the most CCTV camera per capita in the world and god knows we've read enough articles about your plod not caring if the tech works or not; they're still using it.

Gamers get a chance to battle an AI on the QT. Plus: Robo-marines, and fisticuffs over facial recognition in Detroit


Black guy against facial recognition tech gets arrested. No surprise there I guess other than a white women wearing a mask at the meeting allowed to apparently freely roam around...

Could an AI android live forever? What, like your other IT devices?


Re: Wonderful, have one of these...

>>know that you need at least 2 printers so that each can print replacement parts for the other.

Unless you have a bit of foresight and print all the spare parts for your only printer while it is still in operable order. A second printer only becomes a necessity if you fail to plan.

White House mulls just banning strong end-to-end crypto. Plus: More bad stuff in infosec land


Re: Goodies and Baddies

Wow that's quite a lot of information. Assuming you are in NZ (via your reference to the Wellington something or other) I'd be careful if I was you given one of your (presumably) fellow countrymen being jailed for simply sharing a link to a video (albeit a link to arguably objectionable material).

What the cell...? Telcos around the world were so severely pwned, they didn't notice the hackers setting up VPN points


Hacker of the day goes to ...


North Korea


Rotate as per the flavour of the day

Yay, for AI: Autonomous pizza-delivery robots. Nay for AI: Big Brother is real and it's powered by neural networks


Defined test subjects

Any AI surveillance offering should first be tested on politicians. If they can handle it then I guess .... I'll still be buying a Groucho Marx mask

Chinese fireworks, Indian orbits, and NASA names Maxar as maker of its first Moon module


So if/when 'merica does return to the moon, lets have the astronaut(s) land at or do a flyby over the sea of tranquility and take some very high def pics of what is there so that we can settle this one once and for all, shall we? Hmmm... I guess NASA's response to this proposal might answer the question anyway.