* Posts by Ken G

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California upgrade company aims militarized 'Tactical' Cybertruck at police forces

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Re: Musk Exposure

I think Mr Blake meant that making fun of Musk is great fun.

Euro banks worry AI will increase their dependence on US big tech

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Re: This is globalisation

I've got nothing better to do right now.

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Re: Old infrastructure is a bigger concern

People are thinking about that - with a coating of GenAI on the top.

In the last year or so I'm hearing about offerings to analyse older code to extract business rules and/or port it to newer languages (using AI tools).

Russian hacktivists vow mass attacks against EU elections

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Re: Business as usual

Hopefully Mick Wallace and Clare Daly will lose their seats this time around.

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Re: Just another reason

and they're trying to make it bigger by sending a lot of different people into Ukraine.

I think you know that naming a country is shorthand for saying "the actions of the government of" that country. No one hates every individual Russian but there are a lot of people who hate the kleptocratic power structure there and many more who hate their military and criminal activities around the world.

Study finds 268% higher failure rates for Agile software projects

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Re: Next Week

Fail faster, fail often, bill your time and move onto your next job.

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Re: Just maybe?

There's no single bible either, that doesn't stop heretics from being burned at the stake.

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Re: Just maybe?

I worked for a while alongside a project manager who became agile.

He organised 15 minute daily stand ups every morning. Then he found 15 minutes wasn't enough to find out exactly what everyone had done and tell them what to do next.

The stand ups grew to 90 minutes over the space of a few weeks. But they didn't have chairs, so it was still agile.

HMRC must grow 'intelligent client' function to sort out post-Brexit tech issues – watchdog

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quicker?

I think you've a few decades of bridge building before that happens and IBM are better at building systems than your government are at building bridges.

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Re: Single Trade Window

I thought that was the capacity planning requirement - must be able to handle a single trade within a 24 hour window.

UK PM Sunak calls election, leaving Brits cringing over memory of his Musk love-in

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Re: Disappointing

The Croatian EU compliant passport is a beautiful shade of blue.

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Re: Disappointing

I had hoped that wasn't true yet.

In fact if your government had hung on to September I'd have put a fiver on Grant Shapps becoming PM.

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Re: Disappointing

Realistically, you have a lot of bridge building with the EU (and EFTA) before you're in the EEA. I think it'll take more than a decade since both your major parties are anti-European.

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Re: Disappointing

It took 'til 2019 but it's over, all done.

And it wasn't as bad as expected (like Y2K) because (like Y2K) of years of frantic effort to get the structures and planning in place.

The all Ireland economy wasn't harmed, Northern Ireland didn't go up in flames, the EU didn't collapse, people are still buying German cars.

MX Linux updates Libretto, belts out 23.3, based on Debian 12.5

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I run MX on an old Thinkpad to serve Plex. It's nicely light and just complicated enough to do anything you need.

I had Windows on the machine before but it would stop streaming whenever an update arrived from MS and run out of memory at the worst times.

Ford's BlueCruise driving assistant probed by US watchdog after deaths

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Trollface

Same, easier to set it to speed limits and not worry about constant speed cameras.

Now what I want is an automated launch control that checks road ahead is clear, revs engine and drops the clutch when it auto detects the green light on to get me to 50kph as quickly as possible.

Tax helpline callers left on hold for nearly eight centuries

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Re: Cost to the economy ?

At a basic rate of 20% that works out to £15,994,218 in tax.

The ONS publishes a salary of £20,148 for a junior grade civil servant operating a telephone line which means the time wasted would pay for 793 additional staff.

Dublin debauchery derails Portal to NYC in six days flat

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Big Brother

Armed guards

One aspect not elaborated on is the article is that while the Dublin end was exposed raw to the people of Ireland, the New York side had "security" which, being America, probably means armed guards. That's the kind of thing which would put the damper on NY origin craic.

Palantir's CEO calls 'woke' a 'central risk to Palantir, America and the world'

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Re: Thin pagan religion

I liked their early recordings but they've gone too commercial now

Microsoft, OpenAI may be dreaming of $100B 5GW AI 'Stargate' supercomputer

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Re: Apophis is a more apt designation /s

I'd have gone with SuperClippie!

Chrome Enterprise Premium promises extra security – for a fee

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Re: $72 per user per year...

Relax, you're not the customer for this. Companies with more money than sense are.

First you need to have someone in internal audit point out it exists and that adoption as your default corporate browser would be an improvement. Google will push out articles saying this in the hope someone takes the bait. Then wait for a breach. Someone must do something and adopting Chrome premium is something therefore it must be done. Ker-ching!

Irish power crunch could be prompting AWS to ration compute resources

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Re: Irony

I'll be that guy again and point out that "British Isles" is a loaded term which is rejected by the government of Ireland.

I accept the point about power grids - ESB Networks runs Ireland's and Northern Ireland's infrastructure. The island of Ireland is a net importer of electricity from GB but a net exporter of electricity to the UK, because NI has underinvested in infrastructure for decades and doesn't have enough generation capacity for it's own needs. Most is supplied from elsewhere on the island of Ireland but some comes from Scotland which has a surplus.

What happened to agility and new business models? Cloud benefits have all gone to IT

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GENerative AI

not general, as in large language models.

But yes, it's the blockchain of this decade, no discernable value.

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It's easy to measure cost, it's hard to measure benefit

Reading the article, the "benefit" seems to come from cost savings in IT. I assume from reduced capex and moving opex to the consuming business units.

Benefits other than that notional saving are aspirational and seldom measured.

Databricks claims its open source foundational LLM outsmarts GPT-3.5

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Terminator

You're thinking small, how about an individualised chatbot that messages you (or calls, through that'd be more expensive to set up) with reasons why you should vote for their local candidate based on where you went to school, where you work, what age you are and what family you have etc. maybe pretending to be an old friend you haven't heard from in years.

Trying out Microsoft's pre-release OS/2 2.0

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Re: Re You forgot

Upvote for though I had a giant Wang

UK finance minister promises NHS £3.4B IT investment to unlock £35B savings

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Re: Cynical? Me?

Your next government is most likely going to be Labour so Hunt's job is to commit as much spending while cutting as many taxes as feasible, so his successor has to be the meanie who cuts spending and increases taxes during their term.

'We had to educate Oracle about our contract,' CIO says after Big Red audit

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Re: Inspection Legality

If that's in their contract, of course. Wording is probably just "access" so perhaps that means network not physical but it doesn't really matter because you can't see software with the naked eye.

Someone had to say it: Scientists propose AI apocalypse kill switches

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I don't see this working

There's a lot to worry about with the rise of 'AI'* but I think most of it is on a micro level, not the macro level of a singularity event.

The main problem as everyone (reading El Reg) probably knows is that their results aren't explainable and, if you ask them to self explain, you can't be sure they're not 'hallucinating'. That means your medical diagnosis might be wrong, your health insurance may not cover you, your bank might not extend an overdraft etc and no human will be able to say why. Moving forward, your car might crash into a pedestrian or might drive you into a lamppost to avoid doing so and, in the inevitable military setting, missiles may fire where a human would hesitate and avoid conflict.

A 'kill switch' is like a 'backdoor' on encryption, it can be used just as easily by bad actors (I'm looking at you, Hemsworth) as legitimate authorities, especially in countries where both are the same people.

That's even if someone could be certain they needed to use it, when they've just had a video call from their boss/president/pope telling them not to and can't be sure if it was 'AI' generated.

* sorry for the liberal use of 'quotes' but that's to save you from my ranting about the words not meaning what most people outside the industry think they mean

AI is changing search, for better or for worse

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Re: Completeness too

I love you, Wafflebot!

Top LLMs struggle to make accurate legal arguments

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Ready for a career in politics

"AI can't... fully grok the law, or reason about it effectively,"

Another airline finds loose bolts in Boeing 737-9 during post-blowout fleet inspections

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Firefly

Don’t pay anybody in advance. And don’t ride in anything with a Capissen 38 engine, they fall right out of the sky.

Is it 2000 or 2023? Get ready for AI-anchored news. Again

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Re: Scrapers' Paradise

I guess they need to get a lawyer in to help.

Surprise! Email from personal.
information.reveal@gmail.com is not going to contain good news

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Re: but it's not always as easy as that to implement.

I like token fobs. In all my years using them I've never had one run out of battery or fail to start.

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Re: "Many of these victims reported [MFA] was not enforced"

Not to mention that the person bringing it up should be the CISO, not someone from IT.

Europe inches closer to insisting gig workers are treated as employees

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Re: Not difficult

Or a new boiler.

Meta sued by privacy group over pay up or click OK model

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I've been waiting for this case

I use one Meta product, as a friend refuses to use anything else, and it's been nagging me for the last month. So far I've bypassed it's pop-ups because I am neither willing to subscribe nor to give consent. I believe if this isn't a GDPR breach then the whole Directive is pointless. Let's say next time it's a bank, can we share your data or do you want to pay fees to use cash machines? or a hospital trust, do you want to share your medical history with our insurance partners or do you want to go to the back of the queue?

European Commission loves Oracle enough to sign six-year cloud deal

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Roach Motel

OCI - they check in, they don't check out.

The only thing more expensive than hosting your data in OCI is getting your data out of OCI.

Boston Dynamics teaches robo-dog to recognise speech, respond using ChatGPT

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I don't see a dog

It's some sort of Wild Boar / Snake hybrid out of one of the weirder Greek myths.

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Re: Someone missed a trick (or treat) there

That's what's under the Tour Guide persona.

European Space Agency grits teeth, preps contracts for SpaceX Galileo launch

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Re: American Security Threat

Sometimes, especially if you haven't gotten it up for a while, you're willing to take that risk. I know I am.

Scarlett Johansson sics lawyers on AI biz that cloned her for an ad

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Weird Science

She's completely right, but that genie is out of the bottle.

Today it's professionally produced ads from AI companies, in 2 or 3 years it'll be horny teenagers creating interactive hologram girlfriends from characters in her old films.

CompSci academic thought tech support was useless – until he needed it

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Re: "supposed expert who turned out to be anything but"

I remember in college being encouraged to play with the new CAD system as there was nothing we could do at the UI that would break it.

30 seconds later...

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Re: Depends.

That explains why Austrian isn't a language but not why Uzbek, Kazakh and Luxembougish are.

CEO Satya Nadella thinks Microsoft hung up on Windows Phone too soon

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Re: Microsoft Lumia 650

I prefer Signal but I haven't found a current app that works on Windows Phone 10 whereas Telegram does have a port.

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Re: Imagine an HP phone, or a IBM phone

I had an ICL OPD as a student. Buying it (used) to write my thesis was a mistake.

How about the IBM Simon? I also remember seeing an IBM prototype MP3 player from several years before the iPod. It was round.

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Re: Microsoft Lumia 650

Telegram

Pope tempted by Python! Signs off on coding scheme for kids

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Devil

VBA with Aleister Crowley next

I always thought software came from the other place.

Tesla goons will buy anything – including these $150 beers

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Self drink-driving cars

It might be worth it if they came from a tap on the dashboard so you can take full advantage of self driving technology.

Royal College considers no confidence move after Excel recruitment debacle

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inappropriate and poorly managed use of Microsoft Excel

Is that a thing now?

I'd love to read about appropriate and well managed use of Microsoft Excel for hiring processes.

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