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Fake prudes: Catholic uni AI bot taught to daub bikinis on naked chicks

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I wonder which they think more important, covering up various lady parts in photos or helping to relieve suffering and poverty in the world?

What a fucking waste of a University education.

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Alien sun has smashing time sucking up planets

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Re: "First case of solar suckage"

If you won't stand for it, you could always kneel.

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Elon Musk, his arch nemesis DeepMind swear off AI weapons

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

@strum.

My CPU is bigger than yours and it's overclocked!

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Re: AI will line up the Politicians first

Once the conflict has started, AI will target anyone who is armed. If I were the NRA in the States I would be thinking about the right to bear EMPs.

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Re: Meaningless.

@ fandom, the aiming and shooting was cracked a long time back, I think by the British on the Chieftian/Conqurer tanks,along with stabilised aiming, all the gunner had to do was acquire. For acquisition you could use the Met's FR tech, what could go wrong?

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Re: Pugwash 2.0?

@Tigra 07.

Yes but UK developed War Furbies will be sneaky and capable of killing you with satire and irony.

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Brit watchdog fines child sex abuse inquiry £200k over mass email blunder

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Re: The Independent non-Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse

@AC

I see why you are posting as AC; "Adults are designed to find the young appealing/children are designed to be appealing, and it doesn't take much for that dependency to go very or even slightly (these days) wrong."

Adults are designed to feel 'protective' towards the the young not exploitative, there is a big difference between caring for and protecting the young as opposed to exploiting them and/or abusing them sexually or otherwise.

Being 'all too human does not and cannot be an excuse or reason, only the worst and most mentally lacking could possibly say they didn't know they were doing wrong and even they should be removed from society.

I really don't think almost anyone is capable of these acts, all I can say is, having known one or two victims of abuse, it's a good thing you haven't said any of this to my face.

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Wearable hybrids prove the bloated smartwatch is one of Silly Valley's biggest mistakes

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I ain't Spartacus.

I can swim with my watch and phone, the phone takes pretty good pics down to two metres, the watch doesn't take pics but is good to dive with.

Being an old sod I expect my preference for a watch is as much habit as convenience but a watch fits on my wrist, the phone not so much.

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gotes. I also don't have my phone in my hand at all times, or when driving I just angle my wrist to see the time rather than (illegally) fumbling with a phone to see the time.

I spend a fair amount of time in environments that would damage or destroy even my tough phone but the titanium watch I wear will withstand a lot more.

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@tiggity.

I find writing on and stuffing a piece of paper in my pocket with a pencil the most efficient way to shop.

In the supermarket holding my smart phone, negotiating to the notes app and then trying to delete as I fill my needs is not easy while pushing a trolley, however, holding a bit of scrunched up paper and pencil with the steering hand while loading with the other is easy and striking through each thing on the list with the pencil is faster and simpler.

Low tech is sometimes a higher order of thinking.

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PayPal's pal Venmo spaffs your pals' payments – and yours

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Weasels

The words; "we take /insert particular case here/ very seriously" must now be some of the most devalued words in the language.

Every mouthpiece from governments down to the local infants school all wheel out the same weasel words after they have screwed up because they are too stupid/ don't give a shit/ don't care etc regarding the personal information in their care.

I notice more and more lately that many organisations are also trying to wriggle out of their responsibilities by describing their role as something not requiring responsibility or dumping the responsibility onto someone else.

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Shouting lager, lager... Carlsberg's beer AI can now tell pilsners apart

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Re: The real test

When I lived in California for a while I was surprised that all of my American friends regarded Bud as dishwater. It was probably the lowest selling drink in the bars where I lived.

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Sad Nav: How a cheap GPS spoofer gizmo can tell drivers to get lost

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Re: Luckily

My brother was sailing off the Brazilian coast when he got knocked don and turned round by a tropical squall, needless to say the knock down damaged his GPS antenna, swept his sextant overboard and for a few moments, convinced him thathis compass was buggered. The squall turned him 180 degrees in a second, with no GPS and no sexant he used a protractor stuck to piece of wood and his compass to cross the Atlantic backto Europe. Any blue water skipper could do that because at sea you don't rely entirely on anythi g that can go wrong because it will.

The best thing for driving is a combination of Google maps and earth, you can see clearly any alternative routes including tracks and unfenced back gardens for detours.I hate listening to the GPS instructions as I always miss them.

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Luckily

I only use use GPS when sailing and from force of habit check it regularly against old fashioned methods (compass, sextant occasionally and when heading for land that shouldn't be there, I usually stop, land is bad for boats).

If I'm driving anywhere, I read a map a couple of times, memorise it and go there.

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Irish fella accused of being Silk Road admin 'Libertas' hauled to US

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So crime doesn't pay!

If that's all he got paid, he wasn't doing anything that important, an honest plumber does way better than that.

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Crooks swipe plutonium, cesium from US govt nuke wranglers' car. And yes, it's still missing

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Want your nukleer stuff back?

Keep making people angry until one of 'em turns green and shreds his shirt.

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Scam alert: No, hackers don't have webcam vids of you enjoying p0rno. Don't give them any $$s

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Re: Ha ha, the jokes on them!

I have to ask; whose was it?

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Re: Ah, the Internet-of-Cesspit

That guy is one sick piece of shit, I sincerely hope he gets a visit (or several)from Karma.

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Re: Webcam?

I usually only surf the web wearing a full face tinfoil helmet with mirrored lenses and smily stickers on the camera lens.

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Chirp unveils free tier of shouting-at-IoT devices audio net tech

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I am pretty sure I have read something about this decades ago for spies sending a burst of sound down a phone line.

I can't remember if it was fiction or an article but it was a long time ago.

The agency in the Lensman series used the chirp at the beginning of each Hyperwave transmission to read every message that had ever been sent, so the concept is certainly not new.

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Are you ready for some sueball?! NFL opens wallet, makes vid stream patent spat go away

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I quite like watching the edited games on TV but I couldn't sit through an entire game at a stadium,which mostly consists of large men inhaling oxygen on the sidelines while everyone watches video replays of every move just after it happened.

Rugby is better, happens faster and is played by blokes who think wearing armour is for cissies.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Sweaty

I first noticed this style of use about four years ago, the user was our very gay HR guy, I thought he was just trying to be different then I noticed a ot of people doing it.

A Spanish mate explained that holding the screen to your face could activate apps, he apparently had a conversation with his girlfriend while studying her earwax.

Maybe the warmer climate generates more facial sweat which in turn makes the face more reactive with smart phone screens.

Being English, I hold my end up, hearing end to the ear, speaking end to my jaw.

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AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

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Yet another piece of chairbound research digging up statistics and trying to call it science.

To be really meaningful it would have to be run along side many different studies using animals for years, to both teach it and compare and develop it. Even then I doubt it will equal the complexity of effects that can be found in mammalian biology.

'Ardly Interesting!

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UK.gov is ready to talk data safeguards with the EU – but still wants it all

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Re: Conflicted

Perhaps you should just keep laughing until you cry.

The UK giv still doesn't get ( or doesy want to get) GDPR, suggesting that the Data Protection Act has much in common with GDPR and will effectively enhance it.

Also suggesting the UK will abide by European Court requirements, when getting away from it is one of the core reasons for May continuing with Brexit.

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Geoboffins spot hundreds of ghost dunes on Mars

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Eh? What was that?

Kwickfry Halibut?

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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At least having read the manual

The hackers will recognise the drone that terminates their activities.

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Brit privacy watchdog reports on political data harvests: We've read the lot so you don't have to

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Not only

Do they continuously resurrect themselves but the publicity ( bad or otherwise) brings them to the attention of other players such as the various intelligence gatherers who are more than happy to recruit them and help to keep them working.

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A curious tale of the priest, the broker, the hacked newswires, and $100m of insider trades

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Re: Priest you say?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k3MkK0rpxk0

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Dudes. Blockchain. In a phone. It's gonna smash the 'commoditization of humanity' or something

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"Chen's LinkedIn profile reveals he has a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree in postmodern philosophy from Fuller Theological Seminary."

Sooo, he's full of crap then?

Calling anything post modern, immediately demonstrates the fact that it is pretentious rubbish.

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Former wig-wearing Twitterphobe replaces Hancock as UK.gov's Secretary of Fun

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Re: Lawyer?

I just knew when reading the article I would be beaten to it.

Though I must confess the lawyer I use here in Spain is one of the best I have come across and not in the least bit criminal, she has become a personal friend.

There had to be at leat one honest lawyer in Europe.

On the possible replacement for the Tin Lady, I just hope the Bojo doesn't have a chance; If the others are abandoning a sinking ship, he would be the one to ensure it went down quicker and with little chance of salvage.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Re: fashion victims

Traditionally tanned buckskin was softened by Indian maidens chewing the hides to soften them, can you guarantee that is the case with your product?

Photos of said maidens chewing your buckskin or it hasn't happened.

I make pretty good journal covers from leather to order, I can guarantee they haven't been chewed by me.

Average price for hand stitched, oiled leather €50-€60.

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Boffins build neural networks fashioned out of DNA molecules

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What is this leading up to?

A slow biological computer like this is inevitably going to come up with an answer of 42!

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Uh-oh. Boffins say most Android apps can slurp your screen – and you wouldn't even know it

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The article does not say what the apps are doing with the recorded screen data, are they phoning home with it or just using it it in the app process?

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Foot lose: Idiot perv's shoe-mounted upskirt vid camera explodes

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"If only there was a law banning morons.

Wouldn't that cause the government to collapse?"

Exactly! If only there was a law banning morons!

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CIMON says: Say hello to your new AI pal-bot, space station 'nauts

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Wilson on a chip

But less useful, even 790 from Lexx would have been more interesting than this.

Unless it falls in love with another crew mate.

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Automated payment machines do NOT work the same all over the world – as I found out

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Re: "British petrol stations went fully self-service at least 30 years ago"

In many smaller pueblos in Spain the petrol companies have the attendant to serve you r fuel so that they can load the price and use that to pay the attendant's wages. They need an attendant anyway as the locals would steal the fire extinguishers and anything else not bolted/glued/welded down.

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@herman.

It's worse than that. Pisa may be out of your way but Pamplona is in Northern Spain, something of a problem if you need petrol.

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Similar Experience

WhenI first cam to Spain, I tried using a card in a gas/petrol station. The choices of language were the usual major European ones that immediately reverted to Spanish.

What was really great though was that although you could insert a card, the payment systems had all been disabled, the sign telling you that was in the garage toilet in a filing cabinet with a beware of the leopard sign on the door.

It took me a week to realise this was a region wide phenomenon a a trail of disgruntled service station staff.

Was the reason for the Sicily trip a visit to Il Capo del Regstrare?

Hope it went well, I hate that horses head in the bed thing, it makes the sheets all soggy.

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UK.gov is not being advised by Google. Repeat. It is not being advised by Google

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Re: Even the worst AI

AI is guaranteed to happen before a politician will actually understand what it is and how it can be ethically used.

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Git365. Git for Teams. Quatermass and the Git Pit. GitHub simply won't do now Microsoft has it

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Gitahdavit!

See title.

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Jimmy Hill feted in Shoreditch

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Re: Instead of Jimmy Hill or David Attenborough, who would you like to see commemorated instead?

Upvoted and seconded.

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Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Is it a giant alien space cigar? Whatever it is, boffins are baffled

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'I don't think we should discount the space dildo theory yet.'

In that case at 235M X 35M we really don't want to upset the owners.

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Creep travels half the world to harass online teen gamer… and gets shot by her mom – cops

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Re: I thought of the child(ren)

A .22 unless it hits at right angles to the skull surface, is more likely to graze the bone and ricochet off, imparting little useful energy.

If you are going to have a gun for self defence you may as well have something that will have an effect wherever and however you hit the target, even .38s can be relatively ineffective depending on where and how they hit.

Personally I'm a fan of a big stick, blunt force trauma is very effective and less likely to get me into serious trouble but if I lived in a place where a .45 was legal for home defence, I would probably have one for when the stick is not enough.

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Not OK Google: Massive outage turns smart home kit utterly dumb

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Re: Hmmmm

Who'd have known that writing Spanish software would automatically include 'Mañana syndrome'.

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Uncle Sam is shocked, SHOCKED to find dark-web bazaars trading drugs, weapons, etc

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To put the gains by the cops in the article into perspective:-

"The Organization of American States estimated that the revenue for cocaine sales in the U.S. was $34 billion in 2013. The Office of National Drug Control Policy estimates that $100 billion worth of illegal drugs were sold in the U.S. in 2013."

So they have a way to go in order to make a significant impact but it sounds good on the news when they make headway against things like the 'Dark Net'.

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So woke: Microsoft's face-recog can now ID more people who aren't pasty white blokes

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"If we are training machine learning systems to mimic decisions made in a biased society, using data generated by that society, then those systems will necessarily reproduce its biases."

That's good then, only the poor and discriminated will be eliminated by the machines.

'Goodlife' will be okay.

'Goodlife' see Fred Saberhagen's Berseker books.

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On Kaspersky’s 'transparency tour' the truth was clear as mud

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Re: Only US?

Subsidiary of US Skullduggery; Ukraine Skullduggery.Kiev does what it's paymasters tell it to most of the time, although they are beginning to get ideas of their own lately.

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Re: Seriously?

I have a Russian wife, Romanian,Moldovian, Bulgarian, Ukranian and Lithuanian friends and non of them report in the fashion you state, so what mind blowing conversations have you had and with whom?

Most of my friends and acquaintances are sure Putin is no angel but they all generally support him, apart from most of my Ukranian friends but even they are not enemies of Russians and Russia.

As for Kaspersky I have used their product for quite some time it runs relatively quietly in the background is not, unlike Avast and co, constantly trying to flog me more and better services, it just does it's job.

I am less concerned with what it does with my data than say FB, MS, NSA, GCHQ or Google. Or, for that matter the NHS.

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White House calls its own China tech cash-inject ban 'fake news'

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Re: Fake Comment

Well, I believed it!

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It's worse than that

All aspects of trade between Turkey and Russia are on the up.

Russia is Turkey's closest large scale customer and the two countries have a long tradition of trade between them.

Maybe a new Molniya that works will be in the offing.

https://sputniknews.com/analysis/201804031063170003-turkey-russia-trade-growth/

https://www.dailysabah.com/economy/2017/09/18/turkeys-exports-to-russia-soar-525-percent-since-january

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