* Posts by Citizen of Nowhere

78 posts • joined 20 Mar 2019


Sharing medical records with researchers: Assumed consent works in theory – just not yet in practice

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"Unfortunately, polls don’t lend themselves to “not yet” answers."

Difficult (for me at least) to fathom how someone who specifically points out the potentially lethal results of data of/about Afghanis collected under the previous regime falling into the hands of the Taliban and still comes the conclusion "Not Yet" rather than "Not Ever" in answer to the question being polled.

EU Commission may extend antitrust probe into Nvidia's $54bn merger with Arm

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Re: Check mate

Not sure how China annexing Taiwan gives them the ability to take control of ARM or do anything with ARM IP. NVidia is a US corporation.

Patients must know how their health records are used – and approve any sharing for research

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Re: genuinely anonymous, not just “anonymised”

>Anyone working with datasets knows that anonymised data can easily be de-anonymised. The higher the level of detail in a dataset, the easier it is to find unique points that can trace back to individuals.

This. And the fact that datasets can be combined and once they are, what appeared "securely" anonymous in only one of them may not remain so after the data is combined.

Clearview CEO doubles down, claims biz has now scraped over ten billion social media selfies for surveillance

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Re: It's happening

I think it’s fair to assume that everything they say is a lie.

China demands internet companies create governance system for algorithms

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It may not be a contradiction if it means the CCP wish to prevent the creation of companies with a monopoly, or at least stranglehold, in particular markets such as online shopping etc. There is only one monopoly which they find acceptable, which is their own on the levers of power.

Nothing works any more. Who decided that redundant systems should become redundant?

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Re: Keyboard Please!

And each missing sock, having made whatever journey it makes, re-enters the normal space-time continuum as a a lid which fits none of the tupperware containers in your possession.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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Re: So it "stifles innovation"

>so that it can extract a maximum of additional moolah from the idiots that buy from it

I find what people say and how they say it are far more reliable indicators of idiocy than choice of kit. Sneering is rarely a positive sign.

Is it OK to use stolen data? What if it's scientific research in the public interest?

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> if the data is anonymised, using it causes no harm whatsoever to anybody, regardless of consent.

Unfortunately, nobody can guarantee that anonymised data cannot be de-anonymised. In fact, there was an article on El Reg a short while ago showing that in many cases doing so was a trivial exercise.


RIP Sir Clive Sinclair: British home computer trailblazer dies aged 81

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Re: Proof that all it takes

>There are a few other prominent "Sirs" from the same era who were far dodgier businessmen - they only risked other stole peoples money.

And there are plenty of examples from more recent times as well.

Dowden out, Dorries in: Is UK data protection in safe hands?

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Re: Current shower

Indeed. So stop trying to bore us to death with your humourless, trite trolling :-)

Magna Carta mayhem: Protesters lay siege to Edinburgh Castle, citing obscure Latin text that has never applied in Scotland

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Re: Mars Bar

>I have seen plenty of deep fried pizza, however, and even tried it once. It was truly disgusting.

No doubt true if you take some shop-bought crap and ram it into a fish fryer. Done right, the Italian way (or more correctly the Pugliese way), fried pizza is delicious:


Pi calculated to '62.8 trillion digits' with a pair of 32-core AMD Epyc chips, 1TB RAM, 510TB disk space

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Re: Bah. I've done more.

You'll have to be very careful its doesn't all go titsup in that case.

Apple responds to critics of CSAM scan plan with FAQs, says it'd block governments subverting its system

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Re: I also believe....

No, I'm saying that contrary to your statement otherwise, it is not a government agency. I'm not a lawyer, let alone a US constitutional lawyer, so I doubt my opinion on whether that amendment applies is of much worth. I'm fairly confident that working with government agencies doesn't make a private corporation a government agency, on the other hand.

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Re: I also believe....

>NCMEC is a Government entity. 4A applies.

Not according to the NCMEC: "The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children is a private, non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation" (https://www.missingkids.org/footer/about)

Hey, AI software developers, you are taking Unicode into account, right ... right?

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Back when I did tech support, a lot of the bugs we came across were related to text encodings and how they were (mis)handled going between different applications and systems. Once got a box of beer sent to me from Norway after I managed to identify a bug with the handling of the thorn character used in Norwegian and get it squashed. I guess I don't have the right mindset (cybersecurity researcher/cybercriminal) because I would never have figured out how to systematically exploit them.

Full Stream ahead: Microsoft will end 'classic' method of recording Teams meetings despite transcription concerns

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Admins will be able to change the expiration date to a maximum of 273 years.

That's a strangely specific number. What exactly does Microsoft have on their roadmap arriving in 2294? Presuming anything vaguely like civilisation still exists on this planet by that point.

Great reset? More like Fake Reset: Leaders need a reality check if they think their best staff will give up hybrid work

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Re: Generals always fight the last war

>a sinister plan to take over the wealth of the planet

I thought that part had already been put into operation. Seems fairly advanced, in fact ;-)

UK celebrates 25 years of wasteful, 'underperforming' government IT projects

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Asked whether they thought the criticisms were fair, a government spokesperson...

... spouted the usual inane nonsense.

In fact, it is a perfect illustration of the mindset and behaviour which informs the very failures highlighted by the NAO.

Everyone cites that 'bugs are 100x more expensive to fix in production' research, but the study might not even exist

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Re: Example

Sadly the only jail time which will result from this has already been done -- done by the victims. There is no chance anyone in PO or Fujitsu management will suffer any real consequences for their despicable behaviour.

Lawn care SWAT team subdues trigger-happy Texan... and other stories

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Re: The Lawnmower Man

Where I live the authorities do not cut back growth on many of the public grassed areas, nor do quite a lot of owners, right here in the city. Nobody seems to mind. It allows insects on which we depend rather badly to thrive. It is cut at the end of the season ("late cutting"). Makes more sense to me than all those lawns cut with stripes and bushes pruned into ridiculous geometric shapes. Of course, as in most things, opinions and local ordinances vary.

Radioactive hybrid terror pigs have made themselves a home in Fukushima's exclusion zone

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Re: “Re-wilding”

That's when they took it away from us for their own enrichment. Now, they are selling us back access to it, for their own enrichment.

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Re: “Re-wilding”

>I think it's a sad reflection on society that we have to call everything outside the managed and risk-averse city as "wild something"

Perhaps it is because far more than the city is managed and risk-averse, coralled and commercialised. Places we visited and activities we enjoyed spontaneously must now make money for someone. The fences and gates have been put up, the ticket sheds built and the "fun" organised.

Google cans engineering diversity training scheme after alumni complain of abysmal pay packages

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Re: Talent should trump a sheepskin

The article states that once completing the program and going on to work on the same footing as other Google employees, their salaries and bonuses start and stay lower than that of their directly-hired colleagues. Of course, there could be many individual factors involved in that. But it would certainly look a little strange if it were the case in every single case, as it were.

UK gains 'adequacy' status on data sharing with EU, but making that stick all depends on how much post-Brexit law diverges

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Re: It's a feature not a bug

>If data can arbitrarily be re-used for any old purpose without getting further consent, then it's not really protected is it?

And unprotected is precisely the state those responsible for the TIGRR report want our data.

Unfixable Apple M1 chip bug enables cross-process chatter, breaking OS security model

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Re: Hum, so now crackers can go full multi-process against criminally negligent practices?

>Does it help you, AC, to know and realise they're more prognostications discombobulations


Dominic Cummings: Health secretary's 'stupid' targets delayed building UK test and trace system to combat COVID

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Re: Hindsight

Whatever approach is adopted needs to be competently managed and the required actions effectively executed and communicated. None of that appears evident in the UK government's response to this pandemic.

Basecamp CEO issues apology after 'no political discussions at work' edict blows up in his face

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Re: What part of that so people have issues with?

>It's funny you say that, because there's an important part missing from the article

Yes, the background and a great deal of context is missing. I am not sure how, journalistically, one would justify reducing important aspects of the situation to a single unilluminating sentence: "The policy changes provoked fury both internally and externally."

Without knowing who thus reacted, why they felt such a reaction was justified and what the actual content of said reactions were, the article is at best incomplete, and might at worst be highly misleading.

UK government gives Automated Lane Keeping Systems the green light for use on motorways

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Re: Is anyone actually asking for this?

Upvote for Country Joe and the Fish reference; and the sentiment expressed :-)

God bless this mess: Study says UK's Christian beliefs had 'important' role in Brexit

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Re: I'm a leaver

>Good point, or would be if the EU Parliament had any power...

What, like the UK one sidelined by the government throughout, prorogued and given a laughable amount of time to read the final agreement to leave before voting on it? Glass houses.

Harassers and bullies succeed in tech because silence is encouraged

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Re: Rednecks incoming.....

>I find it quite remarkable that you've somehow managed to draw a link between a suggestion that workers should expect better protection from harrassment by colleagues without being contractually silenced, and a decent into Sharia Law.<

To be fair, the hyperbolic ranting about wokeness, anarchy and kangaroo courts was something of a give away as to the general direction things were heading ;-)

'There was no one driving that vehicle': Texas cops suspect Autopilot involved after two men killed in Tesla crash

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Re: El Reg

>No mention of the massive almost uncontrollable fire....

Probably because the result would be exactly the same with any electric vehicle which crashed into a tree at speed and caught fire?

Director, deputy director, CTO of Free Software Foundation quit after Stallman installation

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Re: Nonsense.

Anyone who sees a different big picture than you is apparently a loud-mouthed idiot. Which is also a useful contextualising element.

Scottish National Party members found among list of names signed up to rival Alba Party after website whoopsie

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Unfortunately Michael Gove doesn't currently require recycling. Composting maybe ;-)

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Re: "Donald, where's your troosers?"

Really? What would I know, I only grew up there.

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Re: "Donald, where's your troosers?"

Fairly sure it is British nationalism which gets the free pass.

In the 2014 referendum, the population of Scotland was enfranchised to decide on their future. Not Scots. Anyone, regardless of whether they were Scottish, English, Polish or anything else, as long as they were stably resident in the country and should therefore have a say in its future. If the Scottish independence movement is xenophobic, they sure have a strange way of showing it.

In the Brexit referendum on the other hand millions of people resident denied a vote on the future of the country where they were stably resident and a lot of people who had not even lived in the country for up to 15 years and little stake in its future enfranchised.

Still, the kind of trite misrepresentation and hectoring condescension you exhibit continues to fuel support for independence, so feel free to continue.

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Re: Shocker

And a far worthier recipient of independence-supporting second votes than the Alex Loves Being Adored Party.

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Re: "Donald, where's your troosers?"

Either is acceptable Scots. "Far" meaning where you would be more likely to come across where "the Doric" is spoken -- the north-east of the country. You might also hear the greeting "Fit like?" rather than "How ye daen?"

And I am Scottish.

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>Any connection ?

Yes, the party is an attempt to recycle a Scottish politician who has managed the remarkable feat of being less popular in Scotland than Boris Johnson.

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies

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Re: But ...


No, just keep him off the board of the FSF basically.

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Re: Oh how the woke wimper

How about you "uncancel" the cancelling of Colin Kaepernick for doing nothing more than taking the knee to protest against racism? Or maybe you're not on his side?

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Re: want to control what everyone is allowed to say or think.

>He hasn't harassed any women though to my knowledge

His harassment of women has been an open secret for decades. Brushed under the carpet, certainly; lots of blind eyes turned, for sure; but evident and remarked on time and time again, definitely. He can say whatever he wants as far as I am concerned. His attempts to justify the idea of consensual sexual relations between children and adults were hardly original and really quite vile, but he has the right to say them I guess. It's his behaviour which is, and long has been, a problem and why he should not be on the board of anything.

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Re: such audacity

So, it's follow the guru or git goin'? Got it. Wouldn't touch a toxic movement like that with a barge-pole.

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Re: With a name like mine ....

Nobody is asking for the software he created to be destroyed. Nobody is asking that his ideas and contributions to free software be somehow expunged. Some people are saying that perhaps he should not be on the board of a free software foundation given his well-known previous behaviours towards women.

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Re: Let this be a warning to all decent people

Well, let's just say that continually asking women out even after they have communicated their lack of interest seems like fairly shitty behaviour, at best, to me. Nor did he limit such behaviour to social settings. Nor even stop when asked by the organisers of events he was attending, Not the kind of person I would want to work alongside. If that's the FSF board's idea of a role model, good luck to them. They'll probably need it.

Move aside, Technoking: All hail the Sweat Master and his many inspirational job titles

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Re: Mock tech-knocking as much as you like ...

>... but do you have any actual figures for environmental damage?

He was on about the environmental impact of bitcoin mining, not rocketry.

The Roaring Twenties: Future foreign policy will rely on rejuvenated 'cyber' sector, UK government claims

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Re: Let's start a nuclear ware in a spiteful tantrum

So it would definitely matter who was right at the top in the US, then. We have quite recent evidence that citizens of the US will vote in large numbers for individuals who cannot really be described as cautious, evidence-driven and well balanced. Might matter after all ;-)

Memo to scientists. Looking for intelligent life? Have you tried checking for worlds with a lot of industrial pollution?

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Re: Redefining Intelligent

>Since we consider the human race which inhabits the Earth to be a valid example of intelligent life

Well, relatively evolved life anyway. We remain violent and irrational primates who live in tribes which regularly try to wipe out other "competing" tribes, That and trashing our planet's environment. Perhaps we should stick to "potentially intelligent life" as the verdict is not in yet. Joke alert as I am kind of, half joking ;-)

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"So remember, when you're feeling very small and insecure

How amazingly unlikely is your birth

And pray that there's intelligent life somewhere up in space

'Cause there's bugger all down here on Earth"

Surprise: Automated driving biz finds automated driving safer than letting you get behind the wheel

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Re: Different defects

Been living in a drive on the right country for the last 11 years. I still, very occasionally, find myself momentarily on the wrong side of the road after a right turn.



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