* Posts by FeepingCreature

31 posts • joined 31 Oct 2018

Once again, racial biases show up in AI image databases, this time turning Barack Obama white


Re: this is not bias

Yeah I don't see it either. Both images look equally black.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements


Wouldn't it be much easier (and more accurate)

to rename "black people" and "white people" to brown and pink, respectively? Nobody's using "pinklist", or "brownhat".


Re: Unpopular opinion here

"The government isn't banning them" yet. "Companies aren't firing people for using the old terms" yet.

"They're just trying to gently change the language over time." The only reason they're being gentle is cause they think they can't get away with force. Yet.

This is indeed "death by a thousand cuts."

GitHub to replace master with main across its services


Re: Master copy

The main, please.

'Beyond stupid': Linus Torvalds trashes 5.8 Linux kernel patch over opt-in Intel CPU bug mitigation


Re: There must be a simpler fix...

Xor cache address input with a per-process key? Xor should be fast...

This would somewhat degrade cache performance as the switched-to process overwrites the addresses of the switched-from process, but two processes shouldn't share all that much cache anyways. And if we switch back quickly, a lot of the cache should still be intact.

This seems equivalent to per-address layout randomization (with 64 bits).

Though if we're screwing with the silicon anyway, might as well tag cache entries per process.

Watch an oblivious Tesla Model 3 smash into an overturned truck on a highway 'while under Autopilot'


"Better" and "worse" are not a one-dimensional spectrum. The Autopilot (apparently) causes less, but different kinds of accidents. It's "superior on net", not "strictly superior."

NASA makes May 27 its US independence day from Russian rockets: America's back in the astronaut business after nearly nine years


Re: Not Fair!

"It's the company's first crewed launch since its founding" is a nonsensical sentence, since the qualifier "since its founding" does absolutely nothing. Obviously SpaceX did not do any launches before it was founded, crewed or otherwise.

Hence "why don't you count the (obviously nonexistent) crewed launches before SpaceX was founded?"

'VPs shouldn't go publicly rogue'... XML co-author Tim Bray quits AWS after Amazon fires COVID-19 whistleblowers


Re: Who are the downvoters, in this comment thread

Political activism regarding the workplace absolutely has a place in the workplace. Where else?

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy


All these things they say they need centralization for

Customized messages, additional data reporting: all of that can be done just as well using the decentralized model, by having the app store the information on the phone and report it when it finds a contact.

The only thing centralization helps with is doing analysis without a match and without asking the users.

Google Cloud CEO says Istio will be handed to a foundation. The Reg: But what about..? Google: That will be all.

Thumb Up

So what you're saying is

> Adam Jacob, former Chef CTO, said: “It’s the thing I like the least about the current 'cloud native' climate. You’re either giving away all your IP to have any hope of adoption by other large players, or routed around like damage.”

The system works?

Europe publishes draft rules for coronavirus contact-tracing app development, on a relaxed schedule


Re: One big problem with the bluetooth approach

It's significantly easier to not touch surfaces and then your face, than it is to not pass within a meter of another person, especially in supermarkets. Where you put your hands is within your control; where other people put their body is not.

It's official! Space travel increases the brain size of astronauts, even when they're back on Mother Earth


Re: This is a spanner in the works.

Or rotating stations... no need for sci-fi.

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?


Re: I am getting worried

There's nothing wrong with that, per se. But Microsoft did go the extra mile deep into assholishness in how they pursued that legitimate interest. Compare "You used to threaten to lose the Mafia money, now you gain the Mafia money so you don't have to worry about being gunned down in the street anymore." Factually it's correct, and it's legitimate to want to gain money and not lose money, but there are better and worse ways to go about it and Microsoft has gone about it in the worst ways again and again. That now their interests are aligned differently doesn't change one iota of their historic or even ongoing strategy.

Would-be .org gobbler Ethos Capital promises to keep prices down in last-ditch effort to keep $1.1bn deal alive


Re: Tendentious again, Kieren

"Don't blame businesses" Why not, if it works? Blame is also part of the environment in which businesses are expected to operate. The free market includes private individuals freely casting blame on bad actors. There is no moral imperative in the free market to not assign blame.


Re: None of the 'concessions' address the real problem:

Public outcry is a way to deal with the consequences. Seems to be working.

AMD takes a bite out of Intel's PC market share across Europe amid microprocessor shortages, rising Ryzen


This is how business works, right?

"She claimed demand for enterprise PCs should fall this year, with the Windows 10 refresh cycle coming to an end, so Intel shortages may become less of an issue."

"It's okay, guys- demand is drying up anyways, so the fact that we can't deliver will stop mattering."

Not sure how this is supposed to make people feel good about Intel.

Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct


Re: Negative feedback is important for learning from mistakes

Sure but maybe the negative feedback can take a different form than escalation to the point of threatening one's livelihood.

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


Re: Sigh

Trying to prove a claim does not add anything to the meaning of the claim. If I call you a cunt and then later on hire a PI to establish if you have, in fact, a vagina, this does not retroactively recontextualize the claim as anything other than an off-the-cuff insult.

Presumably Musk thought it'd be hilarious if he was, in fact, factual in his random insult. That doesn't mean it wasn't a random insult at the time.

Astroboffins peeved as SpaceX's Starlink sats block meteor spotting – and could make us miss a killer asteroid


Re: Curiousity

Why it would sure be great if some dude was working on better space vehicles.

One sure would wish that the space community wouldn't shit all over that dude as he worked to get them way cheaper access to space.


Not a death spiral, I'm trapped in a closed loop of customer experience


Re: This requirement for paper bills/statements...

No, they transferred it from the previous place of residence.


Re: This requirement for paper bills/statements...

German here- when I moved, I just rented the new apartment, then went to the city office with a copy of the rental agreement and got registered as a local resident. Then they gave me a certificate of residence that I could use to prove I was living there.

Not sure why you'd do it any other way.

edit: Oh yeah, you don't even really need to keep it - for a nominal €5 fee, you can get a new one at any time.

edit: And yes, you can do it online and get it mailed to you.

SpaceX flings another 60 Starlink satellites into orbit in firm's heaviest payload to date


"marking the fourth reuse of a booster"

To clarify: marking the fourth reuse of this specific booster.

NASA Administrator upends the scorn bucket on Elon Musk's Starship spurtings


Addendum to the article

Note that Elon said in the Q&A portion that Starship was using fewer than 5% of the resources of the company, which seems like it'd be an answer to that tweet.

Stallman's final interview as FSF president: Last week we quizzed him over Microsoft visit. Now he quits top roles amid rape remarks outcry


You could easily craft a Linux system with no GNU software on it.

And when you do, you are free to call it something else than GNU/Linux.

Disgruntled bug-hunter drops Steam zero-day to get back at Valve for refusing him a bounty


Things you can do with root

Mess with the Windows folder.

Mess with the MBR.

Mess with the certificate store.

Flash BIOS and device firmware.

Disable the virus scanner.

Disable Windows Update.

Install keyloggers on other accounts.

It's definitely already pretty bad, but it's not necessarily a total loss without a privilege escalation. Without a privilege escalation, the PC may be salvageable. With root, you may as well buy a new computer and restore from backup.


Re: Sort of with Valve on this one..

Sure but now you can do it without a UAC prompt. So with this exploit, UAC is now *completely* toothless, rather than only mostly.

Gamers may ask, "why does this random game need root?" It may give an opportunity to notice the exploit. Now there is no such opportunity.

Donald Trump blinks in his one-man trade war with China: US govt stalls import tariff hike on Chinese phones, laptops, electronics


> Although economists argue that all these levies do is push prices up, with the burden falling on buyers rather than sellers

This is bad economics. Yes they push prices up - that's the entire point. Yes the burden falls on buyers, so buyers don't buy the thing as much. If they would still buy it, the price would already have been raised anyways; otherwise you're suggesting the companies have been leaving money on the table. The goal is that it specifically pushes prices up for chinese products. The point isn't to get chinese sellers' money, as that quote would seem to imply, the point is to *prevent* chinese sellers from getting (as much) money.

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



I mean, Trump wanting to do this, does in no way show China innocent. Freedom can have multiple enemies.

DigitalOcean drowned my startup! 'We lost everything, our servers, and one year of database backups' says biz boss


Re: Sad

Sure, sometimes every penny counts and sometimes things have to be cut. And sometimes DigitalOcean terminates your account and your Fortune 500 clients get angry at you.

There is only one standard that matters, and it's business success¹. Generally when you lose all your customer's data, this tends to end any hope of business success rather terminally.

¹And the law, I suppose.

Google finally touts $150 pint-sized Linux dev board with Edge TPU AI math copro brains


What a surprise

Businesses that reject business lose business?

Darn that meanie Google!

Boffins have fabricated microscopic sci-fi tractor beams for real


Carbon nanotubes?

Could you align a dozen or so of those in a circle and use them to trap and align carbon atoms to produce carbon nanotubes?


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