* Posts by Hemmels

20 posts • joined 16 Jan 2019

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?


Re: Two conflated things

I love that you started the sentence with "One trouble with (1)". Of course there are many.

What's wrong with how DuckDuckGo et al operate whereby adverts are old fashioned (non-targeted and static image+links)?

No need to do any browser callbacks or anything, a page view count by IP will do just fine for "number of times the advert has been served)

Cortana makes your PC's heart beat faster: Windows 10 update leaves some processors hot under the cooler


Re: Hoovering

In only the same way people bathe in "jacuzzi"s instead of hot tubs.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy


ECGs from 200m

Well i've learned something today.

Mine's the one lined with bismuth.

And we're back live with the state of the smartphone market in 2019. Any hope? Yeah, nah


Re: Perhaps there is a positive story here as well?

4) Less precious metals ending up in landfill etc?

Darkest Dungeon: Lovecraftian PTSD simulator will cause your own mask to slip


Narrative flavour

"Curious is the trapmaker's art - his efficacy unwitnessed by his own eyes."

Wayne June's voicing is a treasure to behold.

Virgin Media blocks Imgur, literally tens of people rage at UK ISP


Re: Porn versus abuse

Sorry about your friend's circumstance. I'll drink to his good health -->

Good luck deleting someone's private info from a trained neural network – it's likely to bork the whole thing


Re: By the time it's ingrained and encoded into a deep learning net...

Well yeah, I understood if someone "Bob" wants to be deleted, then that means removing all references to Bob, not deleting the data. If someone looked at the 20.2 model's data they wouldn't be able to say "Hey look, here's Bob".

Why anyone would want to run AI over a dataset of personally identi....

UK's MoD is helping itself to cops' fingerprint database 'unlawfully', rules biometrics chief


I didn't know had a Biometrics Comissioner, bloody glad we do though. Because it's public office, I assume he hasn't been lobbied hard enough yet (kerching). Good luck to him.

Gonna be so cool when we finally get into space, float among the stars, work out every day, inject testosterone...


Hahaha! My first though was "running, how does that work", but your thought is better.

'AI is not the cause, it’s an accelerant. The pace of change is challenging' Experts give Congress deepfakes straight dope


Re: Missing the point

If your boss puts you on garden leave for something you didn't do, happy days. If anyone else wants to presume guilty, more fool them.

And yes, I know in the real world this isn't a thing, and trial by media exists and lives are ruined (hospital staff turned killers anyone?) but that doesn't mean we can't stress the point that this isn't acceptable and bow down to it.


Missing the point

Isn't everyone looking at the technology involved and looking for regulation or protection of interests of this stuff? Take deepfakes out of the equation for now. I guess the concern is "But they are so misleading, or will be in future and that's a worry" - But why is it a worry?

"Fake news" has grown a lot recently because of the prevelance of social media, but as far as I'm aware, even before the 90s we learned at school how to find and trust primary sources before jumping to "OMG THEY SAID THIS".

Doctoring videos has been around as long as videos. I don't even trust newspapers given their funding sources and interests of their owners.

Surely it's up to the consumer/viewer to say "I've seen a video showing X said Y" and not "X said Y". Isn't "don't believe what you see on the internet" a thing still too?

Alexa, are you profiting from the illegal storage and analysis of kids' voice commands?


Honest question.

Do people actually follow "influencers"? What do they gain from it? They KNOW they are getting paid to advertise and push products etc, so it's not for their "unbiased, trustworthy reviews and opinion".

I just thought it was a big circlejerk where bots create accounts to "up" follower numbers and overstate "influencers" and their reach, and the lucky few at the end get phat YouTube revenue.


Just like it says in the terms and conditions. Somewhere. Probably.

Another TITSUP* on this lovely Tuesday: Virgin Mobile takes time out to enjoy the sunshine


Re: There is a solution

Upvoted because the exact same words would have been uttered by myself.

Yours, 30s_IT_guy.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative


Re: Remembering loads of long passwords

"oh balls"


Remembering loads of long passwords



Boffins debunk study claiming certain languages (cough, C, PHP, JS...) lead to more buggy code than others


Powerful tool

I for one would love to know how they can scan github for "buggy code".

And then I can fix all my issues in realtime.

Human StarCraft II e-athletes crushed by neural net ace – DeepMind's AlphaStar


"Imitation" learning for AI

I much prefer "imitation" learning over training by "playing against each other" ala Dota2's OpenAI.

I cringe a bit when I think about how many CPU cycles are being used for this sort of stuff, slowly heating our planet in the process.

We did Nazi see this coming... Internet will welcome Earth's newest nation with, sigh, a brand new .SS TLD


Bin Laden was as afghanistian af

Army had 'naive' approach to Capita's £1.3bn recruiting IT contract, MPs told


Re: Actually...

Dunno about anyone else, but I would sooner work in the private sector than public. (Wages? Personability?).

I assume all the best people for the job of scoping / speccing / requirement gathering etc etc feel the same as me.

With no central government IT quango to handle the pre-process, the only alternative is to throw large sums at someone else to do it (badly, but better than them).


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