* Posts by John69

48 publicly visible posts • joined 9 Mar 2022

Microsoft 365 Copilot 'generally available' – if you can afford 300 seats


Can this be done in open source?

It seems the components are there. With all the models on HuggingFace, libreoffice and the noncommercial text and data mining exception to copyright this shoud be doable and it shoudl be able to eclipse the non-comercial models is they are restricted in what they can use to train.

Google says public data is fair game for training its AIs


Re: This will eventually go to the courts

It is certainly a difference, but not one that makes a difference in IP law.

Scientists think they may have cracked life support for Martian occupation


Re: How about plants ?

Given water, CO2, poo, some microflora and time I would expect to get something to grow. It does not take long for volcanoes to be colonised.

Deepfakes being used in 'sextortion' scams, FBI warns


Is this any different from photoshop?

There was a time when if you saw a photo then what was depicted must have happened. Then photoshop came along and there was a short time when some people could be fooled by a photoshopped image. Then everyone learned and photoshop became an everyday tool.

I see no reason to think deep fakes will be any different. Once we learn we cannot trust video this will be no different to photoshoping someone head into a sex scene.

I do not believe there is much future for freely available AI image detecting software. The nature of generative adversarial networks means people will just incorporate whatever detection tool in the learning algorithm.

GitHub, Microsoft, OpenAI fail to wriggle out of Copilot copyright lawsuit


Re: Not at all

What CoPilot is learning, and this is the same for all LLMs, is what the most likely next word is given the preceding words. How exactly the output relates to the input in a legal sense is something the courts will decide. How similar that process is to human learning is something we shall all have to figure out.

Online Safety Bill age checks? We won't do 'em, says Wikipedia


Re: The Lords said they felt that "anonymous age verification is possible."

Making more of the lawmakers "presidents or equivalent of the the chartered institutes" will really help correcting with the societal imbalance in representation within the UK.

British industry calls for regulation of autonomous vehicles


Re: We do not want "British" regulations

Historically national regulations come before international ones. Obviously the right international regulations will be better than the right national regulations, but that is no reason not to implement the national regulations before the technology hits the street.

Cyber-snoops broke into US military contractor, stole data, hid for months


Re: If you want to minimize your chances of getting hacked...

The M$/linux debate can go on, but Microsoft Exchange is not military grade security, right?

Rather than take the L, Amazon sues state that dared criticize warehouse safety


Re: Who are their lawyers?

Is it better that people have to work in unsafe environments until every appeal avenue has been exhausted?

DoJ ‘very disappointed’ with probation sentence for Capital One hacker Paige Thompson


Disappointed with whom?

The hacker does porridge, those responsible for security but put all that data in a "cloud bucket" (read a third party computer that was not properly secured) do not. Which is what justice looks like?

Tesla Megapack battery ignites at substation after less than 6 months


Re: Look to Dinorwig

Electric cars totally should be acting as these batteries, while they are sitting plugged in.

US accident investigators want alcohol breathalyzers in all new vehicles


Have they not heard of gloves?

China discovers unknown mineral on the moon, names it Changesite-(Y)


> The highly valuable gas is also extremely useful for cooling quantum machines.

That is any Helium. You do not need Helium 3 for that.

LabMD gets another shot at defamation claim against 'extortionate' infosec biz


Surely if Tiversa was able at access this document then LabMD was as guilty as if the document had been put on bittorrent? If their security was so bad that Tiversa could access the file it was only luck that hackers did not make it available. Like claiming drink driving is fine as long as you do not kill anyone?

Woman forced to sell 4-bed house after crypto exchange wrongly refunded $7.2m


Re: ..and the interest?

They are quite happy to waste everyone else's time and money though. Respect for me, not for thee.

Tesla faces Autopilot lawsuit alleging phantom braking


Or they could have a user operated control, perhaps a pedal, that allowed the driver to determine if it is safe to continue...

California lawmakers approve online privacy law for kids. Which may turn websites into identity checkpoints


Re: Whatever.

Does it "work" in the UK? I have not proved my age to anyone, and use the internets a bit.

Amazon has repackaged surveillance capitalism as reality TV


Re: Apathy is the problem

If in the UK, the ICO has a tool to determine this: https://ico.org.uk/your-data-matters/domestic-cctv-systems-guidance-for-people-being-filmed/

It frequently ends up with "Call the police".

Airbnb turns its anti-partying tech on American lodgers


> Airbnb has said that long-term stays "of 28 days or more" remain its fastest-growing category

Is it only me for whom this is the most worrying thing? Does this not indicate that AirBnB is now an accommodation provider rather than a holiday provider? When I stayed at an AirBnB in NY everyone else there was living there not on holiday.

Excel @ mentions approach general availability on the desktop


Re: Gerrof my lawn!

Quite. What does "assigning of tasks using the @ mention" actually mean? Are people using excel as a task tracking system? Is this a task tracking system for people who's tasks involve excel? Is this an IM client?

I generally thing that if you are using excel for anything that matters you are using the wrong tool, but I am quite sure that using it as a task tracker is wrong.

Facebook hands over chats to cops in abortion case


> a quick search shows me stats of 37% survival rate for babies born at 23 weeks

The number is very context dependent. For comparison, the WHO says 90% to those born under 28 weeks die within the first few days of life in poorer countries. What the number is for a poor woman in a country with one of the highest maternal mortality in west is certainly a question but I would be surprised if it is that high.

Charter told to pay $7.3b in damages after cable installer murders grandmother


Re: $7.3 billion for a murder ?

If this was an individual and they were responsible for a murder in Texas they could be killed, and would certainly not get away with paying one years income. Charter is getting away lightly with this fine (that they will never have to actually pay anyway).

Meta accuses data scrapers of taking more than their share


Re: Can a web crawler agree to TOS?

I am not convinced. If the person never visits the site, never sees the TOS, never clicks on "I agree" how do they legally agree to the terms?


Can a web crawler agree to TOS?

If the web site has terms of service that one agrees to to use the site, and a web crawler uses the site, has anyone agreed to the TOS? My understanding is that only persons can form contracts, and web crawlers are not persons.

FBI and MI5 bosses: China cheats and steals at massive scale


Re: S IP mple gix

If your business relies on keeping something secret you really should keep it secret. If someone finds your secret they are not stealing from you.

Tech world may face huge fines if it doesn't scrub CSAM from encrypted chats


Re: Irrelevant really though, isn't it ?

Exactly how widely that will be adopted is a question, but it will certainly be the MO of kiddie porn flingers.


If they can do why do they not tell us how?

"We, and other child safety and tech experts, believe that it is possible to implement end-to-end encryption in a way that preserves users' right to privacy, while ensuring children remain safe online." They believe this, but refuse to say what leads them to believe this. Open source implementations of E2E encryption have been around for ages, if it was possible then they could easily demonstrate it.

Taiwan creates new challenge for tech industry: stern content regulation laws


Re: "Transparency of algorithms used to determine ad placements"

> When platforms decide to take down content, they'll need to list each instance in a _public_ database

California's attempt to protect kids online could end adults' internet anonymity


The "good" result of all this could be switch back to a more decentralised internet

Unless there will be a way of criminalising diaspora or mastodon or whatever, then the big companies will become unusable for most people, and the decentralised solutions will be in a perfect place to take over.

FBI warning: Crooks are using deepfake videos in interviews for remote gigs


What role does the deep fake play?

It is not clear exactly what the deep fake is doing here. Is it just about the ethnicity of the applicant, in that the company would not employ someone who looks Korean or whatever? Or is this pretending to be actual people who put their real identifiable photograph on the web (seriously, who does that in this day and age of scammers scraping the web for photos)? If you are giving out security information just because an applicant looks a bit like a picture on the web deep fakes are the least of your problems.

It seems like if this is a security hole then it has been created by the companies for no good reason.

Totaled Tesla goes up in flames three weeks after crash


Re: Deja vu again

I think the best answer is removable batteries. As well as this issue, it makes the problem of degrading batteries less, makes it quick to change rather than slow to recharge, allows faster adoption as the users do not have to buy the batteries, and makes closed loop recycling easier.

AI's most convincing conversations are not what they seem


Re: The real issue

That does not sound like a definition of sentience. If one made a machine that was functionally identical to the human brain except "you call a function with words and it returns an answer and then everything stops" would that make it non-sentient? We need a usable definition before we make a machine that fits it.


The real issue

It seems this, along with most commentary, is missing the main issue. Few if anyone thinks LaMDA is really a sentient being worthy of rights. The issue is that we do not have the tools to determine if it is or not, so we just come up with unfalsifiable statements that it is not, or what it means to be (both in this and the linked "expert" article). If we cannot distinguish LaMDA from a child who has only been exposed to the trillions of lines of text that LaMDA has been trained on, then we should spend the research money to making sure we do have the tools before we actually build an AI that may be a sentient being worthy of rights.

Businesses brace for quantum computing disruption by end of decade


> Organizations may want to address threats like this by taking steps such as ... increasing the key sizes for current crypto algorithms like AES

And how long is going from 1024 to 4096 bits supposed to gain you once QC come online? A year, a month or a week?

Quantum computing startup probed in report, securities suit


Re: Quantum startups

Not that I like the the people who do this, if we vote for a system that allows people to make money this way can we really complain that some people chose to do so? Should we not "hate" the politicians who let them to it, or the voters who put the politicians in place? But that may get a little closer to home.

Threat of cross-border data tariffs looms over WTO


Re: "taxing e-commerce the same way that [..] physical goods traded internationally"

> Competitiveness is driven by competition not protectionism.

Historically all major economies have used protectionism to become competitive. They generally only go free market fundamentalist once they are globally competitive.

Meta slammed with eight lawsuits claiming social media hurts kids


Re: Social media is killing us

> Social media is one of the worst things to ever have been invented to use the internet

Social media came before the internet, see usenet.

Facebook phishing campaign nets millions in IDs and cash


It basically is though. I read it that they are getting people to look at ads, which fecesbook pays them for. They may be using the tools they have been given in ways that they were not designed to use, but in the end of the day it is fecesbook serving the ads, collecting the money and paying the scammers.

Alibaba sued for selling a 3D printer that overheated, caught fire, and killed a man


Re: Utterly tragic, and it's awful someone lost their life without the chance to learn, but..

This is true, but it is not a reason not to sue the pants off them if you can.

US Copyright Office sued for denying AI model authorship of digital image


That is easy, eg. https://app.inferkit.com/demo. Deciding if what it produces has any meaning is another question.

Millions of people's info stolen from MGM Resorts dumped on Telegram for free


Re: DOB?

You do not need to store the DOB for that. When presented with a DOB. you check if it was more than 18 years ago. If it was, you record a boolean that it was.

How to explain what an API is – and why they matter


Is the terminology correct here? An application programming interface is a description of how a service works. An application programming application can implement an API and provide a service from an endpoint.

Amazon internal chat app that censored talk of unions and ethics may 'never launch at all'


Re: It is amazing how much

I wonder how that share ownership is distributed. If 10 employees hold 99% of the stock that does not make it particularly progressive.

Dems propose privacy-respecting digital dollar


Have they invented a solution to the double spend problem, or is this just fantasy?

Hackers weigh in on programming languages of choice


Re: Who wrote this survey?

Those who think bash is not a programing language may not have read the article on wordle in bash https://www.theregister.com/2022/02/02/bash_wordle/

AI drug algorithms can be flipped to invent bioweapons


Bioweapons or chemical weapons?

Usually bioweapons means pathogens, this is making "ordinary" chemical weapons.

Where are the (serious) Russian cyberattacks?


Re: What about us?

> we're told Ukrainian towns have been under continuous heavy bombardment, but we're not shown that.



What about us?

Is not the bigger question where are the (serious) anti-Russian cyberattacks? The whole of the west is happy to send them planes and missiles, surely this is a time to take off the gloves in the cyber war? Yet we hear about more harm to Ukraine's IT than Russian, and what damage is done is attributed to the anonymous collective. Is this the best the combined offensive IT militaries of the west west can do?