* Posts by Chris the bean counter

128 posts • joined 6 Nov 2018


Australia's Lion brewery hit by second cyber attack as nation staggers under suspected Chinese digital assault

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

By not picking a side you are by default choosing to not confront evil.

When it is Democracy v Non Democracy it is always Democracy to choose and usually the winning side.

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

Russia in terrible trouble due to long term low oil prices.

I expect Russia was doing some interference, doubt it had much impact and a lot of the evidence was lacking in credibility.

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...


Economist magazine does the rankings of democracies. Not perfect but pretty much the gold standard. You are welcome to come up with an alternative.

Countries split into leagues with top 2 considered to be a democracy. This comprises 75 countries. UK is league 1 mid table, slightly below Germany and above France.

USA iirc is league 2, mainly due to gerrymandering, lack of limits on campaign spending etc.

Until Xi came along China was heading in right direction. Democracy usually driven by middle class, the only non democracies richer that China were oil states that do not have income tax.

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Re: If China has nothing to hide...

Whataboutism that assists the enemy, another useful idiot.

To compare a tyranny like China with democratic countries is naive or corrupt.

Choose your side

'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam

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Google can easily verify identity and address of the person doing the listing

Not perfect but simple to do and would reduce fraud massively

Boffins find that over nine out of ten 'ethical' hackers are being a bit naughty when it comes to cloud services

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Do clouds do KYC?

iirc my aws asked for no hard to falsify identifiable information other than credit card details.

KYC is imperfect but adds to a hackers hassle...usually deters people if the competitor is easier to sign on to.

From my insurance days we used to find a phone call was a great way to deter fraud (the surname and accent could trigger an alarm for any semi experienced call centre handler) ...although no doubt hackers with their social engineering skills may not be as vulnerable to this.

Google and Parallels bring Windows apps to Chromebooks, in parallel with VMware and Citrix

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Re: "evidence of [..] greater interest in working from home"

Plus a knock on impact to construction, transport and leisure/catering workers if people commuting less and fewer conferences.

Offices outsourcing non core activities overseas will also no doubt get a boost along with loss of jobs in call centres & admin as the move to online got a 5 year acceleration in 5 weeks

Interesting times.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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reply later

is a good idea. Hopefully will be copied by others

Facebook caves to Australia's call for explanations of News Feed algo changes

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Oz government should hit facebook with nic big sales tax

And use some of it to subsidise Australian media . Yes difficult to decide who gets it because of bias but I am sure they can have a fair dinkum stab at it.

Arm wrestle round two: Chinese outpost says it's fired the replacement CEO foisted on it by HQ

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Don't bother most of the people on this forum hate Trump with such a passion they don't care about the evils Xi and the CCP commit.

They are more concerned about the latest linux update than Democracy

British Army pulls up its SOC: New regiment to do infosec work even civvies will recognise

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This regiment could really benefit from having additional territorial regiments.

Many civvies have immense hacking talents and would like to give back something.

Also and believe me or not I am being serious, many geeks who may not be the most macho, would love a pic of them in uniform to impress their family (and discretely on dating sites), even if the only time they wore the uniform was for the picture. Maybe a uniform with some sci fi touches.

Moore's Law is deader than corduroy bell bottoms. But with a bit of smart coding it's not the end of the road

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Python 3

Looks like the language could benefit from some behind the scenes tweaking in algos and also to make the most of the Hardware and OS that the program is being run on.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Electric planes do not need batteries - Ammonia in a Fuel cell may be better

Ammonia can be generated from renewables and in a fuel cell create no pollution

Has very high energy density compared to batteries, when considering its greater efficiency in an electric motor on a par with kerosene.

Drawback is has to be handled very carefully, however that level of competence is a given at the larger airports.

Currently the technology for the fuel cell not good enough but a little tinkering...

Switzerland 'first' country to roll out contact-tracing app using Apple-Google APIs to track coronavirus spread

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So EU told Google & Apple to enhance privacy

Then the individual EU countries ask that they reverse the decision.

Not sure who is right but it is pretty pathetic

Vietnam accelerates – dare we say it? – digital transformation for a fourth industrial revolution

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Apple probably concerned of Western Boycotts of iphones

If made in China.

Yes Vietnam government not much nicer but less of an existential threat to Western Democracy

FYI: There are thousands of Chrome extensions with so, so many fake installations to trick you into using them

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Do Google verify developers identity?

Apple does for their app store along with a small annual payment. Definitely not foolproof but highly effective deterrent

Unmanned drones to slash NHS delivery times to one-fifth of road 'n' rail transport

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What if it is lost in a storm?

No way are they going to risk delivering organ transplants or short of supply drugs by such an unproven method.

I expect RAF helps out in such an emergency

BoJo buckles: UK govt to cut Huawei 5G kit use 'to zero by 2023' after pressure from Tory MPs, Uncle Sam

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Re: We shall not suffer our citizenry to be spied upon!

Whataboutism -

USA a democracy, saved UK and West 3 times in last century.

China a tyranny

As Orwell nearly said

" It is a strange fact, but it is unquestionably true that almost any English intellectual would feel more ashamed of acknowledging help of USA than of stealing from a poor box. All through the critical years many left-wingers were chipping away at English morale, trying to spread an outlook that was sometimes squashily pacifist, sometimes violently pro-Russian, but always anti-American.”

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Re: Its OK...

Twits who buy Apple have blood on their hands.

Xi will carry on using concentration camps for Uyghurs, Killing Tibetans, threaten HK and Taiwan while he sees that Westerners care so little that they still buy Apple products.

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The ARM staff and skills are still in UK which is the main thing

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Re: Is it wrong to be in favour of this?

Tosh , zero evidence that President Trump is under Russia's thumb.

Last year he put a stop to the Nord2 gas line which has caused Russia no end of problems.

Also USA is a democracy , China aint. To me it is always democracy right or wrong. Democracies rarely go to war (yes be a pedant and publish the wikipedia entry of the democracy wars, most of which only happened because one side did not hear that a peace deal had been agreed).

Your Whataboutism is the enemy of peace and freedom.

Imperial College London signs £5m campus sponsorship, 5G deal with Chinese comms bogeyman Huawei

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Nowt so thick

As academics sometimes.

Anyone else would see the optics of this deal are a total disaster.

Unfortunately China has so corrupted British institutions (Barry Gardiner £200K etc) that they have managed to water down the legal protections

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Re: Anyone else reminded of John Hammond

Oxbridge has solvency issues as while very wealthy their pension assets currently guarantee the pensions of all other UK universities pension funds, many of which are probably broke if an unbiased actuary did the calculations.

The calculations used currently are somewhat similar to a stats model beloved by Imperial college

Taiwan trumpets Apple planting next-gen monitor plant in local science park

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Well done Taiwan

Apple probably starting to worry that their brand will be damaged if they manufacture in mainland China

Fake crypto-wallet extensions appear in Chrome Web Store once again, siphoning off victims' passwords

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Does Google make developers prove their identity?

Aooke does for their app store, including a small fee paid by credit card, and while fallible does make life more difficult and put off chancers.

Intel is offering more 14nm Skylake desktop processors, we repeat: More 14nm Skylake desktop processors

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Re: HELP!!!

No because Intel (to be fair most companies) pick and choose what to compare. Everyone different.

However basically the table is AMD yes INTEL no

To be fair Intel can still be slightly faster at single core which some gamers prefer and have bribed some games companies to allow their games to look a bit better on their chips. Doubt most people would even notice and to get the performance INTEL far more expensive and runs hot.

We're not Finnished yet: Nokia chalks up €200m sales hit to 'COVID-19 issues'

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It appears they also use Chinese parts if they blame supply chain disruption for poor results

India to build contact-tracing app for feature phones that still use 2G, don't have Bluetooth and can't run apps

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They could give every person with an Aadhaar a free basic samsung smartphone

Or if they can prove they already have a smartphone a 750 credit to their smartphone bank account.

Might cost $15 Billion or so but would be very popular and improve literacy, ebanking etc

Mystery cloud added 10,000 new AMD Epyc servers in under ten days to handle demand for you know what

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They are funding my retirement, sadly my Cardlytics shares are not

SpaceX's Elon Musk high on success after counting '420' Starlinks in orbit and Frosty the Starship survives cryo test

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Would China, North Korea be scared of starlink ?

Would it be able to circumvent censorship and if so would china be able to jam signals of satellites when overhead? I understand that even if it could circumvent few would bother and they can mostly already use VPNs but every little helps

Free users become losers as AI startup with AWS bills to pay pursues viral opportunity

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Doesnt AWS offer a transcription service?

Patently dogged: Apple unleashes lawyers to slash $454m patent rip-off bill – even after Supreme Court snub

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Apple rapidly becoming public enemy number one

They could become boycotted due to their kowtowing to China.

President Xi knows that the West does not care less while an icon like Apple happily continues to make their phones in China

Airbus and Rolls-Royce hit eject on hybrid-electric airliner testbed after E-Fan X project fails to get off the ground

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Lithium has issues too.

The key thing is that Airports have stringent safety handling than the farmers who currently may handle ammonia.

Would not want joe public filling up their cars with Ammonia at self service stations.

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Electric planes do not need batteries - Ammonia may be better

Ammonia in a fuel cell is efficient and no doubt with extra engineering even more.

It has zero pollution if made from renewables. This will soon be cost competitive too in places like Australia.

Ammonia has similar bang per buck as current jet fuel but unfortunately requires double the volume. This disadvantage is offset by the greater efficiency.

It is a well known liquid and while needing careful handling so does jet fuel.

Elelctric planes are quieter, less complex (cheaper, more reliable, easier to maintain) and more powerful meaning runways can handle considerably more takeoffs at higher angles minimising disturbance.

My main irritation with current electric engines is they lack elegance. Having 8 or so propellers just does not seem the future.

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis

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I expect 5g will give them good sales this year

There only real chance of good sales from people who held off buying in last few months

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Re: It may not jsut be the coronavirus

They may lose both ways as Westerners boycott Apple for making the phone in china.

The rumor that just won't die: Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length in 2021 with launch of 'A14-powered laptops'

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Itsd the right strategy starting out with the budget PC

Creates a market for the software, especially the most popular apps, so that developers will develop Native ARM apps greatly reducing the need for legacy x86 software and over a year or two will make an ARM based power laptop more viable. They might even offer a cloud service for some legacy x86 software.

Until then they can enjoy the renewed AMD competition in laptop chips.

Google says no more shady anonymous web ads – if you want your billboard up, you've got to show us some valid ID

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Excellent - Hopefully will also exptend to Android App developers too (Like Apple do)

This is excellent to reduce fraud especially if advertisers have to prove personal ID and not just company documents.

Looking forward to it being rolled out globally. I expect its impact over next few months will be surprisingly positive at reducing frauds.

Yes there will be loopholes but not too hard to gradually tighten them up.

Hopefully Facebook will follow suit

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Re: Malicious ads

Its a good first step especially if all advertisers have to prove personal ID and not just company documents.

I expect its impact over next few months will be surprisingly positive at reducing frauds.

Yes there will be loopholes but not too hard to gradually tighten them up

Police drone fliers' wings clipped to prevent them bumping into real aircraft

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Line of ̶D̶u̶t̶y̶ Sight

Isnt the biggest change that the emrgency rules permit police to not be in line of sight of the Drones

This machine-learning upstart trained software to snare online drug dealers. Now it's going after fake coronavirus test equipment peddlers

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Online advertisers should be forced to prove identity before being able to advertise


Websites should have to prove identity of advertisers. Makes frauds more hassle. Tighten loopholes that allow them to receive payments too. Yes I know there are workarounds for both but the more hassle the workaround the less people bother.

Self-driving truck boss: 'Supervised machine learning doesn’t live up to the hype. It isn’t C-3PO, it’s sophisticated pattern matching'

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Re: With 5g

A couple of hundred drones requires far less manpower than millions of cars

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Re: With 5g

99% self driving and 1% remote control

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Re: With 5g

More that one remote person monitoring each stream

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With 5g

His approach is a perfect hybrid to get self driving vehicles working. A remote driver simultaneously monitoring a few cars for the edge cases. As a more experienced driver they may even be able to handle emergencies better than a driver.

As the Software gradually improves the remote driver can handle increased number of simultaneous drives (each drive may be monitored by more than one remote driver providing redundancy)

A first use might be delivering fast food.

The service might only cost £5 an hour so popular with commuters who would rather play on the internet than drive

Revenues up, taxes down: Google UK reports its slice of the Chocolate Factory pie

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VAT a bigger fiddle for Google that Corporation Tax

If the $5B of ads are not going through UK that is $1B a year of VAT the UK not getting in additon to maybe $0.5B of Corporation tax. Assume similar for Facebook and not too far behind for Amazon Ads which are a growing part of their revenue.

Not sure of the rules for Streaming Video and games but if they are billed outside UK by Spotify, Netflix, Disney etc then that is Billions more we are losing

Nation's home workers hitting refresh on 7 April can buy... Honor's bargain-basement Ryzen ultrabook

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Re: All the above questions plus...

You are doing very well for a six year old

Browser minnow Brave nips at Google with GDPR complaint

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Dont quote unnamed spokes people

Dear Register please set an example and refuse to use a quote unless the person is willing to allow their name to be used.

That way the spokes person is less likely to lie and more likely to say something interesting. Also unless they are a subject matter expert insist on the name of the person that provided them the answer and their credentials

NSO Group fires back at Facebook: You lied to the court, claims spyware slinger, and we've got the proof

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Re: Annoying

As Kissinger said at start of Iran - iraq war "I wish both sides the best of luck"



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