* Posts by IGotOut

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UK procurement is too glacial to bring AI into defense, MPs told

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Military suppliers prefer proven technology over flash in the pan buzzword bingo.

US govt IT help desk techie 'leaked top secrets' to foreign nation

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Re: Never trust people with foreign ancestors...


Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death

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So answer this.

If they didn't use the SatNav, would this of still happened?

Yes, then it's not Google's fault.

No, then it's still not Google's fault.


I live in rural Shropshire and many, many roads are 60mph. On great deal of these, if you go above 20mph, you are riskng ending up in a ditch, a hedge or slamming into a car or tractor around the blind bend.

You drive to the conditions and the surroundings, end of.

If you are unfamiliar with the road and it's dark, slow the fuck down.

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Re: Were there no signs indicating that the Bridge was out?

But then Google would be sued for not telling them there are big lumps of concrete in the road.

Neuralink's looking for participants willing to be part of human trials

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Re: I can't believe I am going to type this

So you skipped over all the parts where they cut corners, side stepped regulations, killing and maiming animals in the process.

The rules are there for a reason. If a medical company ignore these, then I sure as hell wouldn't trust them.

So what if China has 7nm chips now, there's no Huawei it can make them 'at scale'

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Re: another idea

15 years ago I attended my Ex's masters graduation at one of the UK's top Universities.

I'd say 90% of all the maths and science graduates had names of Chinese origin.

Being part of the Russell's group, I'm pretty sure they were well funded overseas students, just not sure from where, but I'll take a good guess.

Marvell disputes claim Cavium backdoored chips for Uncle Sam

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Re: Motherboards containing spy chips

Just like the blank panels on a car dashboard so they can add government tracking switches hardware.

Or its simply for other variants of the car.

Thousands of Juniper Junos firewalls still open to hijacks, exploit code available to all

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Bloody M$

and their Swiss cheese security.

If they had been running an open source based OS this would NEVER happen.


Unity closes offices, cancels town hall after threat in wake of runtime fee restructure

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Re: On false equivalences

On a side shift, the justification that Adobe, MS (office) and a HUGE amount of industry software house charge so much, is they EXPECT you to be making money off it, so effectively you are paying the fees in advance.

Really it would be like saying if Photoshop was FREE, then they would want a cut.

Britcoin or Britcon? Bank of England grilled on Digital Pound privacy concerns

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Re: "... where the government can basically determine what you look at, what you're spending ..."

But most are US owned

Meet Honda's latest electric vehicle: A rideable suitcase

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Re: Dysfunctionally conservative

If you can't lift 18kg out of a boot, then this is not for you, or you need to get some exercise.

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Re: Great!

I thought the elderly and less abled were the assholes riding up and down pavements, just in mobility sectors not much smaller than the original mini

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Re: there's only one, minor, catch

What's that in Ariana Grande's?

Ex-Twitter employees pull Musk back to money table over missing severance

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Re: The dumpster fire is intensifying

"no amount of money can shield an asshole forever."

No, but filing for Bankruptcy can

Adobe's AI tools may paint a pretty picture, but they also cost a pretty penny

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The monthly rate is close on Affinity's lifetime costs.

For 90% of Adobe users, Affinity will do the job.

UK government hurt by delays in legacy tech upgrades, skills shortages

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Don't worry....

...we've just done a load of trade deals with India, so I'm sure it will improve it.


How to snoop on passwords with this one weird trick (involving public Wi-Fi signals)

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So 85% accuracy..

.... probably in a very controlled and quiet lab.

Chuck in noise and different key layout (after all a iPhone keypad layout, is different to a Samsung, a Samsung different to Motorola, Motorola different to Huawei.Daves Huawei different to Bob's Huawei...and on and on. Throw in typos, corrections and autocomplete.

Add all this in your're going to be somewhere around 0%

China caught – again – with its malware in another nation's power grid

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So other OS' have no holes?

Yup, those Widows based hardware firewalls and iPhones are are nightmare.

Just grow up and learn everything has holes in them. Sticking fingers in your ears and going la la la I run Linux is the most dumb thing you can do and the sort of thing idiots do.

Arm's lawyers want to check assembly expert's book for trademark missteps

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So what would do?

A multi-billion Dollar lawyers say remove or we'll sue, effectively bankrupting you. They then just put up a wall of silence.

Do you

a) fold like you said

b) pay more than you earn in a lifetime to fight the case?

Easy to spout your mouth off until it happens to you.

Morgan Stanley values Tesla's super-hyped supercomputer at up to $500B

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This goes to show how...

...stock market valuations are so distanced from reality.

The only time we see the connection is when it all comes crashing down and the poorest are hit hardest, whilst the scum at the top running the show, make even more money.

And it's just getting worse...

Microsoft to kill off third-party printer drivers in Windows

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Re: Confused

"Scrap Microsoft instead, because the printers say so."

At least Windows can run my Samsung Laser printer without some hell on earth kludge job, unlike Linux....

G20 sets 2027 as the year in which it hopes members can tax crypto transactions

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They need four years...

So the likes of PWC can work out how the rich can avoid paying the relevant taxes.

China iPhone curbs reportedly extend to local government and state-owned businesses

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Re: Not just iPhone


New to this?

It's all security theatre, bought on by "the west" banning Huawei with absolutely no evidence of wrong doing or backdoors ; scratch that, despite evidence proving there were no back doors.

What surprises me is that it took this long.

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Re: All your communications are belong to us


NixCon drops Palmer Luckey's AI combat drone maker Anduril as sponsor due to military ties

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Ahh the classic....

""This is an outrageous example of censorship in open source software,""

You see, the "Freedom" you mob always champion works in both ways

You see, (usually right wing) people, don't get is that freedom also includes not accepting cash and choosing to work with, companies or people you disagree with.

This is not censorship, the same as if ComiCon decide to be sponsored by Smith & Weston, and all the cosplayers decide to boycott it.

Power grids tremble as electric vehicle growth set to accelerate 19% next year

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Re: For many of us, hybrids make more sense than BEVs

"Something like 75-80% of vehicles in the UK are able to be parked off road at home (RAC figures I've quoted often here).."

I've no idea where the fuck the RAC got these figures but I call total bullshit on them. Maybe in suburbia, but go to ANY post industrial revolution town, especially Victorian era town or villages and that figure is, way, way off.

In my large village for example, and old mining area, I'd estimate 75 -80% of parking is on street. Just go round the central areas of Birmingham, the Black Country, or in most industrial northern towns, you'll see it repeated over and over.

But I guess I can sling a cable out of the window, through the small from yard, across the road, around the corner and eventually reach my car.

Apple races to patch the latest zero-day iPhone exploit

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Re: Apple races to patch the latest zero-day iPhone exploit


You're new to IT right?

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Remind me how Apple steal my vote? Just wondering if I need invest in better door locks or tim foil shares

Bombshell biography: Fearing nuclear war, Musk blocked Starlink to stymie Ukraine attack on Russia

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Re: WTF?

Please explain Jake, how you even think this is a war crime?

Please enlighten us.

I suggest you actually look up what constitutes a war crime before answering.

Google Chrome pushes ahead with targeted ads based on your browser history

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It's called the EU.

Those in the USA and UK, well unless you have a few hundred million (or in the UK went to Eton*) to force change, then forget it

*We all know that MPs are exempt from any laws regarding....well anything really

Guild behind actors' strike fears video game workers also at risk from AI

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Learn to code!

Or does that only apply when the elites destroy blue collar jobs.

Odd seen so many bitching about AI coding on here

Give it 5-10 years and that'll be mostly obsolete.

Desk jobs are amongst the easiest to replace. Why employ 25 coders when you can get AI to do most of the work and just the odd person to check and ammend.

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+1 for Cautionary Tales.

As he pointed out (backed by academic research), that it took over 100 years for average people to actually benefit from the Industrial Revolution.

Ignorant people go "it bought great benefits for humanity", ignoring the mass population were forced to live in slum housing, life expectancy DROPPED, horrific injuries were common place (think young girls getting their scalps ripped off as they crawled under looms, or people dying of chronic lung disease in their early 20s, due to toxic fumes).

The people that always benefit from massive change are the rich and powerful.

Want tunes with that? India-made POS terminal includes a speaker

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Re: Nice adaptation

I'd rather a beep than someone forcing their taste in music on me

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Re: A speaker and BluTooth in a PoS kit

Many POS kit already uses Bluetooth to connect to a smart phone or ipad to authenticate, so yeah.

Microsoft billing 3 cents a minute to revisit tedious Teams meetings via API

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@that one...

This prices will be for human transcriptions and, in theory, should be 100% accurate.

You only have to watch something on Netflix with subtitles on (English / English) to see how terrible auto transcripts can be, and image how bad it gets when you have several people talking and even worse if they end up constantly over talking each other.

Attackers accessed UK military data through high-security fencing firm's Windows 7 rig

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It probably wasn't on purpose. My guess it had something like uPnP enabled, punched a hole through a badly configured firewall and hey presto, easy access

Farewell WordPad, we hardly knew ye

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@Dr Syntax

So you rage about the fee, but never thought of

a) claiming it back

b) buying a pc without Windows preinstalled

c) building your own.

Arm wrestles assembly language guru's domains away citing trademark issues

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Am I the only one that read the article?

She was using Arm in the URL...yeah could get away with that quite easily but.

She was ALSO using the logos and other things to give the impression it was associated with Arm.

If I set up a website called Amazonsales.com, stuffed full of Amazon logos and sold stuff, I'd expect them to come down on me

Twitter says it may harvest biometric, employment data from its addicts

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It's been full of shit since day one.

It's either "Look at me I post motivational quotes", or Recruitment agencies.

That's it.

It serve no real benefit, except to people that love "Inspirational" quotes (which in reality just piss everyone else off)

More UK cops' names and photos exposed in supplier breach

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Re: IR35

So contractors never fucked up? New one on me.

OpenAI pops an enterprise sticker on ChatGPT to give big biz some peace of mind

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Not sure MS will be worried about OpenAI putting it against their enterprise product, given the fact that MS is one of the largest investors. So if you buy from MS, or OpenAI, they'll be getting money either way.

Silicon Valley billionaires secretly buy up land for new California city

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Something tells me...

this not going to be the next Bournville.

Taiwanese infosec researchers challenge Microsoft's China espionage finding

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...one of the uses of "AI" is replacing call centre staff (it's already happening in India).

So maybe a bit of self interest perhaps? Never saw him complaining about the loss of jobs when they were going their way.

On a serious note, it is a real issue. I'm fine, my job cannot be replaced, but so many can, and as the last massive labour shift (the industrial revolution) took around a hundred years or so for the benefits to filter down to the plebs, laws not on job protection (because it'll happen regardless), but on how to support those that lose their jobs, should be thought of.

Uncle Sam accuses SpaceX of not considering asylees and refugees for employment

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Re: Irony..

I'd hardly call senior members of the SS / Nazi party refugees.

War Criminals, yes.

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No unfortunately, it's the continuation of the dumbing down of the US language. Why write two words when you can create a dumbed down single word?

US Republican party's spam filter lawsuit against Google dimissed

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Re: No bias found, but…

LSD is shown to improve people's mental well being, not turn them into a bunch of whining little brats.

Europe's tough new rules for Big Tech start today. Is anyone ready?

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Virtue signalling?

Given they have the biggest companies in the world change their behaviours, it's a little more than that.

The EU has proven they have the balls to take on big tech, unlike the US government that is owned by them.

Netflix flinging out DVDs like frisbees as night comes for legacy business

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DVD are a bargain.

A friend recently picked up over 1000 for £15.

A lot were just crap, but even so.

It's pretty easy to pick up 250 - 500 for a similar price.

Want tech cred? Learn how to email like a pro

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I'm sorry...

...but that article has far to many links and formatting issues. It just made me look at it and go, nope, not reading.

If you want emails to look professional, just learn the basics of typography.

IBM shows off its sense of humor in not-so-funny letter leak

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"Packing it in" is a British idiom for concluding a day of work."

As a Brit, I've NEVER used or heard it in that context. I've only ever heard it as "I'm giving it up completely"