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Destroying the city to save the robocar

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The best of both worlds

Turf the streets and run cars underground.

It's not hard to have anything we want; the limit is having the will and ambition, being willing and able to pay for it, and accepting there will be a good deal of upheaval required in the short term.

Perhaps we need some war or other as that's often an enabler of change. When one's got to rebuild there's an opportunity of making things better and more appropriate than they were.

Our greatest societal problem is we want the new but won't accept change, or reject the new because we fear change. Most people seem to be NIMBY by nature whenever something affects them.

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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The delivery driver should not have had access to the buyers phone number

Indeed. There's no absolute requirement that Just Eat had to pass the phone details to the restaurant, and no absolute requirement for the restaurant to pass it on to the delivery guy. The service is fulfilling food delivery to an address and that doesn't require having a phone number.

If there is a problem with the delivery the delivery guy can phone the restaurant and they can phone Just Eat who have kept the phone details safe within their system.

And, yes, I know that's a potential PITA, but that's what it takes to keep data from being abused.

Just Eat passed the number on knowing it could be abused, the restaurant passed it on knowing it could be abused, the delivery guy did abuse it. So I'm also with the 'everyone is to blame' crowd.

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Amount of pixels needed to make VR less crap may set your PC on fire

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Make it sew

"don't expect to do any VR sewing in the next decade or two"

Sewing is actually a case where 'tunnel vision' isn't a problem and even current VR appears to be suited to that

It's the effort and strain of dealing only with 'what's in the tunnel' for prolonged periods which is the real problem, whether sewing, performing surgery, or similar.

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

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Back doors

"Firstly, after last week, we know just how secure American chips are. If the security of US infrastructure is of concern to lawmakers, they should start closer to home"

America should be equally concerned about its home grown product but there is a considerable difference between an unintended design consequence and deliberately putting secret back doors in a product for the purposes of spying or espionage.

(I am not accusing anyone of having done such a thing!)

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Apple agrees to pay £136m in back idiot taxes to UK taxman

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Re: "...the company has agreed..."

I think what they mean is that they are going to accept the figure rather than dispute or challenge it which seems fair enough. It is after all only right that people should be able to dispute amounts asked of them and how that was arrived at.

I would say that all tax demands are an invitation to negotiate. It's just that for most people there's little to dispute or challenge.

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Sky customer dinged for livestreaming pay-per-view boxing to Facebook

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Re: The real point

According to the linked article, it was Foster's iPad and was logged into Foster's FB account.

It seems he knew the fight was being streamed, that it was wrong to do that, but did nothing to terminate it.

"I know streaming the fight was wrong. I didn’t stop my friend but I was watching the boxing. I’m just a bloke who had a few drinks with his friends."

"They’re demanding the names and addresses of all my mates who were round that night but I’m not going to give them up. I said I’d take the rap."

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Apple, quit milking tech-addicted fruit of our loins – shareholders

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It's the end of the world as we know it

Marijuana, Rock and Roll, Television, Video Games, D&D, Punk Rock, Furbies, Piercings, were all harbingers for the end of society as we know it. There's always something new to add to the list.

I can however confirm that masturbation does indeed weaken the knees and damage eyesight. Or maybe that's just part of getting old.

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Oh good. Transport for London gives Capita £80m for WAN, LAN and Wi-Fi

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Re: Crapita public wifi ????

Who in their right mind would connect a device to a wireless network operated by Crapita ????

One could say that about anyone capable of implementing the scheme really.

If not Crapita I don't know who anyone would suggest should implement the scheme. Maybe everyone should just do nothing?

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Windows Store nixed Google Chrome 'app' hours after it went live

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Re: Store is a Verb

There's a shop near me which claims to be a warehouse. It also claims to sell carphones though I haven't seen one of those for a few decades.

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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Radiation shielding does the opposite

the agency advises against using products that purport to block radio frequency energy because such products "may actually increase your exposure."

That's interesting because I may have observed the same a couple of weeks ago. Testing a Wi Fi link on the bench I was checking RSSI was working. Having wrapped one unit in cooking foil I expected signal strength to go down. Instead it increased.

I would guess because the foil wasn't grounded, wasn't a true Faraday cage, power had been boosted to compensate for the obstruction.

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Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!

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Twats

I suspect she never knew what it actually meant

Perhaps because it means different things in various places in the UK, from a rather innocent "idiot" upwards.

I still remember that old airline joke which ends; "I'd rather have your TWA tea".

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Can you imagine visitors from Bury trying to stop themselves from saying "this black puddings shite"?

Or the outburst when fined under 'section 127 - Apostrophe abuse (a) lack of'.

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Irony's lost on old Pope Francis: Pontiff decrees fake news a 'serious sin'

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but judas can fuck off.

"Oi! I did nuffin'. It was those bastards down at the Gethsemane Chronicle spinning it like it was all my fault. I wasn't even in the country at the time. I come back, find I'm dead, apparently, I'm hated by everyone, and not a sign of those thirty pieces of silver I am meant to have earned.

"And meanwhile there's some geezer calling himself Pontiff pushing out relics and saints like there's no tomorrow. "It's all kosher", he says. Sure; Happy Hannukah.

" It's the last time I vote to leave the Roman Empire. Fuck Rexit."

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Poor NASA sods sent to spend Xmas in Antarctic ahead of satellite launch

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I am surprised no one has actually transported one there, just they can play the pedant's pedant card.

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Protecting underwater cables is easy

... compared to protecting European GNSS satellites which America's military has said it would be prepared to put out of action if they believed that were necessary.

The one with "America: The Good Guys!" reprint in the pocket.

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UK's map maker Ordnance Survey plays with robo roof detector

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Re: The Next Stage

Turf the roof and plant a hedgerow above the guttering. Not only will it not be detected for what it is but an automatically generated cheque for the additional hedgerow should soon arrive in the post.

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At Christmas, do you give peas a chance? Go cold turkey? What is the perfect festive feast?

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Christmas Chilli

I have a 20 litre saucepan which means I can brew a batch up before Christmas Eve and it lasts all the way through. All without any effort other than reheating and a few minutes to cook up some rice and a variety of accompaniments. The best part is it gets hotter as it ages.

There are better and more enjoyable things to do than slaving over a hot stove at Christmas.

Someone always wants to drop round and enjoy a break from the traditional so I usually get offered a return visit with a Proper Crimbo Dinner (TM) at some point over the holiday.

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Millions of moaners vindicated: Man flu is 'a thing', says researcher, and big TVs are cure

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Re: Man Flu - banter OK but no balance

My experience is not that it's bravery driving people to come in when ill, it's fear of reprisals.

As professionals we are the lucky ones. I have a bus driver friend who simply did not get paid if he took time off ill and it is the same for many other people out there.

Effectively forcing people to work when ill, particularly in direct public facing roles, has huge consequences for all of society.

I have had far fewer colds and sniffles since I began working from home. When I do go down with a cold I can usually pinpoint it to some snotty-nosed kid on a checkout a few days earlier.

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Coventry: Once a 'Ghost Town', soon to be UK City of Culture

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Re: Must have known...

The UK government must have known this...

Maybe if some lazy sod had actually done their impact assessments :-)

It was probably just more of the wishful thinking which has afflicted the government and brexiteers since we had the referendum result -

We can retain the EBA and EMA agencies. We will host the Capital of Culture. There is a solution to the Irish border issue. We will get a brexit deal which would be suicidal for the EU to give us. We won't need a transition period. The square mile won't flee the UK. A brexit deal is easy. Free trade deals are a cinch. We'll be billions of pounds a week better off. Everyone will love it. Britannia will rule the waves.

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Capital of Culture

"It comes after the EU cancelled the UK's previously agreed turn to have a European City of Culture in 2023, writing off bids from Belfast/Derry, Dundee, Leeds, Milton Keynes and Nottingham."

That a nation has to be a member of the EU, or aspiring to be one, to host Capital of Culture was agreed by the EU - including Britain - way back in 2014.

The EU did not cancel our agreed turn; leaving the EU has ensured we are not eligible to be a host. Something a competent government and its departments would have recognised.

The EU actually did us a huge favour. If they had not spoken up the government and candidate cities would have continued to pour money down the drain in pursuit of a unachievable goal.

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Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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what was a couple of years back a few posts on a forum that took 2 minutes to read and view a few static pictures which explained what the widget or special thing was ... is now elbowed aside for 30 minute rambling videos

This. Last week I bought an electronic thingumajiggy and obviously had to take it apart; I couldn't and did not want to break it. I had to skip through hours of pointless video to get to the "you have to press here" secret.

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Re: Yes, it's mad mad world.

View count to date: over 900,000.

I can understand that. People often idly wonder "what would happen if...?", knowing it's likely going to get messy, see someone has done it, go check it out, to save them from having to do it themselves.

I can even understand people watching idiots put firecrackers up their backsides and the like -- we can imagine, but might as well see it, tell all our mates about what idiots are out there.

I would like a multi-million dollar income, I enjoy my occasional 15 minutes of fame as much as the next man, but I'd rather retain some dignity than have the money. But, if people are happy to give it up, who am I to say they are wrong?

I just let others watch them, and get on with my own life. There are better things to get annoyed about.

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Disk drive fired 'Frisbees of death' across data centre after storage admin crossed his wires

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Re: 1980's Technology

Servicing a VCR was like playing with a Hellraiser puzzle box

Kid's stuff. I still have a VHS camcorder in pieces somewhere.

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UK border at risk of exposure post Brexit, warn MPs

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Re: WHAT BREXIT???

Anyone who is taking the agreement at face value has forgotten how many times we have conned people into supporting proposals for "humanitarian assistance" by which we meant military intervention and regime change.

Us Brits are quite skilled and practised when it comes to mendacity. We are experts in not saying what we mean, not meaning what we appear to be saying.

And if anyone thinks May is heading for the hard or soft brexit they would like they are equally being conned. She has hijacked brexit to deliver what she wants, and seems to be firmly on the path of getting that. Don't get distracted by the smoke or mirrors.

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Meet the woman with a supernatural affinity for stiff lovers

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Ah, souls!

^ The oldies are the goldies.

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'Drunk' developers delay software vendor's release

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Re: DVDs?????????????

Trading at £1 a piece and below on the second hand market they are a bargain.

At my age my eyes are lagging behind technology so I (literally) see no benefit from HD over SD, and even VHS is starting to look acceptable.

Enjoy your 4K while you can.

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Games-mart Steam halts Bitcoin payments

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$20 per transaction fee

I remember when micro-payments were meant to be a big advantage of digital currencies. I don't see how with those kind of fees.

What is the reason transactions are taking so long that fees are changing during the process; is it really so volatile it cannot be avoided or are transactions taking an unreasonably long time?

It seems to me Bitcoin is rapidly becoming a speculation-only vehicle, as useless for trading as gold ingots are. Without real world use it seems it will likely implode.

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No, BMW, petrol-engined cars don't 'give back to the environment'

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Re: The only way to make cars give back to the environment

The trouble is that cars have liberated us from reliance on public transport, have created a society and culture that won't easily go back to public transport and which doesn't suit public transport.

There is no easy way out of the situation we have created for ourselves. Electric vehicles are seen as one way of improving things but, while they may fix one set of problems, they introduce others.

And it's not helped through trying to change overnight, trying to bring in changes which society and culture are not prepared for, when the new technology isn't that mature, requiring infrastructure that isn't currently there.

We are going through a 'technology will fix everything' era, believing we will have all-electric vehicles, AI and 'human robots' will be everywhere, and it will just work. It is an era of 'wishful thinking' but we are dangerously banking our futures on it. Let's hope we make it through to the other side.

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Boffins foresee most software written by machines in 2040

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Re: I smell BS

Wonder how I’d apply optimisation like bit shifting and Boolean operations to any of the above ?

That's where you are going wrong, still trying to tell your 'computer code writing secretary' how it should be done rather than letting it get on with it.

"Computer! Write me a program to control my country's defence system". It's that easy. You are over thinking it.

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Investigatory Powers Act: You're not being paranoid. UK.gov really is watching you

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Re: The cynic in me says it's academic ...

UK (well, E&W) courts are quite happy to admit illegally or unlawfully obtained evidence.

That is because evidence is evidence. We don't have the situation as in America where evidence doesn't amount to proof of something just because the right paperwork wasn't completed or procedures were not followed.

The evidence and how it was obtained are two separate things under UK law. If evidence is obtained illegally that can be separately punished, and should be.

I think that's how it should be; we shouldn't let guilty people walk free just because the authorities are also guilty of some crime.

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Android Wear hardware boss bails

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"Android Wear hardware boss bails"

Should that not be "bales" for a journalist who speaks the Queen's English?

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Brit MP Dorries: I gave my staff the, um, green light to use my login

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More likely she will be well rewarded for her loyal efforts to defend Green from the accusations he faces.

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Is Oomi the all-in-one smart home system we've been waiting for?

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I've got dimmer switches, little knobs on the wall that you turn

Mine are IR controlled. It means another remote but I don't have to get up. I would like to avoid the clutter of remotes, have a universal remote, but, when I prototyped that, it really wasn't half as convenient or as useful as I thought it was going to be.

The benefits of full home automation have proven over-rated to me; as fun and as long lasting as watching an electricity consumption meter. One doesn't need the control it can provide. I'll turn lights on as I enter a room without difficulty. If I accidentally leave one on then I consider the unnecessary walk to turn it off part of my 'five a day'.

I don't need bright red lighting one day, pale green the next. I don't know when I last switched anything at the mains. I have to take the bread out of its wrapper to toast it and out of the toaster to butter it. The kerfuffle of making the perfect cup of tea is not that onerous.

It's great if it suits you, what you want to spend money on. But to me it's mostly unnecessary and expensive gimmick. It has some good features but doesn't justify its cost. I am going to leave 'never having to leave my chair again' until I'm in a nursing home.

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High Court judge finds Morrisons supermarket liable for 2014 data leak

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Re: He got 8 years....

The main reason for disparities in punishments is down to intent and remorse shown. It is not just a matter of outcome or the name we give to any particular crime.

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WDC to move all its stuff to RISC-V processors, build some kind of super data-wrangling stack

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Re: Significance

RISC-V has been building up to its "happening" moment for a while now. This could be the point it hits mainstream as others look up and see one of the big boys taking a serious interest in it.

Once silicon becomes more widely available, ideally a Raspberry Pi style development board, then it should really kick off.

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Lauri Love's US extradition appeal judges reserve decision

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I'll answer both your questions -

I'm not saying he does or does not have Asperger I am asking why within the court no evidence has been presented that I am aware of proving he has had this condition all his life.

The only thing which matters is whether his current condition creates an obstacle to extradition. There is no absolute need to prove he had any condition all his life to prove he suffers from it now.

People slide around the spectrum all the time. I imagine he had far fewer issues when he wasn't facing extradition than he is now. Perhaps that's his fault, maybe not, but that doesn't matter. The question is whether it is an obstacle to extradition.

If this wasn't the US government that he hacked and it was an American university computer system causing the same amount of damage/problems would people still be against his extradition?

Yes. It is not the issue of the crime or victim, it is an issue of the American justice and detention system. He would face the same risk from those in both cases.

I personally oppose all extraditions to America on the grounds that detention, justice, punishment and incarceration do not meet acceptable civilised standards.

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Re: Delays

Reading inmate and other accounts of incarceration at MCC and America's fucked-up punishment regime; it would seem not knowing his fate is going to be walk in the park compared to what he will suffer if extradited.

If we are going to extradite; the most humane thing might be to put a bullet in his head.

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What will drive our cars when the combustion engine dies?

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Re: The downvotes on your post

show how this site is populated by Luddites and/or Oil Company shills.

Or perhaps just sensible people who feel the idea of a battery which can do 500km and charge in a minute is as likely as free nuclear electricity, rocket boots and flying cars, as 'promised' in the sixties.

I expect most have taken the idea seriously, looked at what they can afford and what's available, and figured that it's just not going to be practical for them and others like them.

We use cars for a reason. And not because we are sadomasochists, the other alternatives being better.

Yes; for some people electric vehicles will be ideal. But for many others an all-electric solution creates serious problems. It is fantasy to think we can change our culture and infrastructure so completely in just a couple of decades to make it work.

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Used iPhone Safari in 2011-12? You might qualify for Google bucks

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Opt-out

Only by providing a name and address. These data grabbers are everywhere!

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Researcher: DJI RCE-holes offered me $500 after I found Heartbleed etc on its servers

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Keep your friends close, your enemies closer

It doesn't take much to provoke a move from claiming a bug bounty to anonymously dumping knowledge on the net for free.

Respect reflects what's given. Something I expect DJI may soon find out.

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Give 1,000 monkeys typewriters, they'll write Shakespeare. Give them robot arms, and wait – they actually did that?

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Re: WTF happened to these monkeys

It is easy to be suspicious and cynical but I would offset that in noting they had neuron clusters which had adapted to one arm use so they were not recent traumatic events. [ cross-posted with Eddy Ito ]

I cannot however totally put my cynicism aside, can too easily imagine, "when you are done with those monkeys you have cut an arm off; drag them over here".

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Boffins craft perfect 'head generator' to beat facial recognition

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Re: Obvious problem there

@mathman: I expect that's why MiguelC said "friends". Machines may have a harder time making the match but there are likely limits to how many variations there can be before it becomes possible to make wider matches and tie them all together.

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Re: Great for Passport Photos

I am not sure how you think this would be "great for passport photos" or what could be achieved through manipulating a passport photo.

Live image of passport holder matched to image from passport photo. No match and they aren't getting through. There's no need for prosecution when people are punishing themselves.

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Linus Torvalds on security: 'Do no harm, don't break users'

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So if they find a bug with Apache, and the work around is to shut it off, over 75% of the internet would fall offline.

Not a problem when there is an option to allow a buggy program to continue to run as was proposed. Better to let the user make an informed decision; allow a buggy program to run or block it.

If the bug isn't detected and blocked the user would never know it was buggy would be blindly continuing to use it believing it was bug free.

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Mythical broadband speeds to plummet in crackdown on ISP ads

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Re: Well...

I am on Virgin cable and get the advertised 'up to' speeds most of the time, slightly less at peak times.

'Average' is better than 'up to' but the real problem is that no single statement of speed tells the full story.

A better guide would be a table which shows what speeds 50% of customers are getting at particular times, weekdays and weekends, at peak, daytime and overnight, or what percentage gets what is advertised at those times.

Local, regional and national figures would also help. I don't expect all that data to be included in every advert, but they should all be required to make that information public.

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When it comes to ML, reports of JavaScript's death are exaggerated

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Every language has something which some will call 'so insane' that it rules out using it for them.

Automatically creating a local variable when I have forgotten to specify that as 'global' or have typed a variable name wrongly has driven me nuts using Python. "Syntax error" in a line other than the one the error is actually in has had me scratching my head at times. Some people truly hate Python's rigid indentation rules or other peculiarities of syntax.

As Dylan put it; "And the first one now will later be last". I have lived through so many "best language" eras that I have lost track.

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Bitcoin outfit 'Tether' reveals US$31m BitBuck BitHeist

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Re: Load of nonsense

They did not steal bitcoin, only tokens, and AIUI those have now been declared as worthless; the token's source and its value can be checked before any exchange for something else proceeds.

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National Cyber Security Centre boss: For the love of $DEITY, use 2FA on your emails, peeps

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2FA on emails

"We recommend that everyone puts 2FA on their emails"

Maybe it's because it's cold outside and not all of me has warmed up; but what does that even mean?

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Some 'security people are f*cking morons' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: Google's Pixel security team

You cant say there is a risk this has a race but fuckit, lets ship and seeif it crops up in the wild.

It's a tough one. Live with potential bugs or ship with a fix which may itself cause problems with a fall-back for when it does?

It's Linus's project so I guess he gets to decide. I am not always convinced he gets it right and I often dislike the way he deals with those who hold a different opinion to his own.

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