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2675 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Which distant Mars-alikes could we live on? Ask these Red Planet data-sifters

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How many are habitable? ALL OF THEM!

By the time we have developed the technology to travel to those planets, parallel developments in all other spheres of research and development will have provided the techniques for adapting them to our needs.

And since (the real) Mars is far closer than any of those other worlds, the teraforming or genetic modification programmes will have had a long, long, time to get their tech. working - before the need to use it elsewhere in the galaxy becomes a requirement.

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Australian central bank says 'speculative mania' and crime fuel Bitcoin

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What goes up

> cryptocurrencies are most useful “to those who want to make transactions in the black or illegal economy, rather than everyday transactions”

Although with Bitcoin's current wild fluctuations in value ... or at least: cost, it isn't much use to anybody for making transactions.

When a "currency" is rapidly gaining in value buyers don't want to part with it. And when it is rapidly losing value sellers don't want to accept it.

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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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Re: Traditional

> Regarding sprouts ... as long as they're not overcooked.

My view too. I reckon that the people who dislike sprouts are simply doing them wrong.

Prepare them and the carrots at the same time. Toss 'em all in the same pot. Bring to the boil and then down to a simmer. When the carrots are done (soft but firm), the sprouts are, too.

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Never again!

> something more exotic such as a Beef Wellington

Tried that one year. But the boots gave off a nasty rubbery smell once the oven got hot.

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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

> As a boss, if someone has a cold/flu/whatever, I'd rather they not come into the office. One person off ill is inconvenient. Half a dozen staff off a few days later with the same infection is much worse

But where do you draw the line? If someone has a cold (almost none of the self-reported "flu" is anything more than a cold, if you had real flu you wouldn't be well enough to make the call) and is capable of getting themselves into the office, it can't be that bad. So to suggest that others would get it worse and be confined at home for several days sounds a lot like slacking.

As it is, most people work at far below their capacity, so a little bit of illness won't affect their ability to delete unread emails, sit in boring meetings or add bugs to code.

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Shady US sigint base upgrade marred by stolen photograph

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snookered!

Given the picture shows three balls in a row with another further up the "table", shouldn't they be coloured green brown and yellow (going L to R) with the one in the background being blue?

C'mon yanks. Show a bit of cultural awareness.

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Sucks to be a... chief data officer, when they're being told: Boost revenues

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A data protection racket

> monetise the data companies hold

Surely a CDO /. CIO can do far better than that?

Just have a quiet word with the payroll team a few days before the end of the month. Something along the lines of: "It would be a pity if all those bank transfers were late ... so how about a little bit of cross-charge to make sure everything happens on time?"

Or a similar approach when the VAT return is due.

They could even "leverage" all the pr0n that users (aka employees) leave lying around to "persuade" them to not record all that overtime.

Or ask other C-levels for a "small contribution" when a critical file goes missing, or needs to go missing.

Since IT is at the very heart of almost every company, there should be no possible reason why they ever feel under threat from other departments or the top boss. Provided they learn how to use their position. Capisce!

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Report: Underwater net cables are prime targets for terrorists and Russia

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Two sides to the coin

Internet cables are needed both to enable international communication and trade and ALSO for the bad people to push their propaganda to the west. Without the internet, many terrorist organisations could not operate.

So it is debatable whether sub-sea cables would be a terrorist target - they'd be cutting off their own supporters as well as hurting us.

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

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smart not-smart

This seems to be a very good device for doing all sorts of things that simply don't need doing.

I like having discrete remote controls. They work far better in a multi-person house with levels of techo-savvy ranging from the couldn't-care-less to the <ahem> uber-geek.

And as for the rest, all I ask of a "smart home" and its lighting system is that it turns on the light when the first person enters a given space and turns it off again after the last one leaves. A truly smart home would know what level of lighting is appropriate at each juncture and would therefore not need programming.

The same philosophy applies to all other "smart" functions. To live up to the name, they should be smart enough to work out for themselves what needs to be done. Simply trading a switch on the wall for one on a phone or web interface is not my idea of progress.

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

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one for you, one for me

> It found that 17 per cent of the IT crowd were female

and only 20% of teachers are men.

We hear a great deal about the lack of women in IT, yet very little about the proportion of men in other professions. If people are going to start crusades about gender equality in work, it would help their cause appear impartial if they addressed the general issue rather than specific cases.

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Dawn of The Planet of the Phablets in 2019 will see off smartphones

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A numbers game

All phones and (t|ph)ablets are basically the same. They perform the same functions: primarily running apps, occasionally taking photos and rarely making calls.

As such, to the man in the street, their only distinguishing features are brand recognition and the numbers touted in their specifications.

It seems that there are only two numbers that people either understand or care about. One is the number of megapixels the camera claims and the other is the size of the screen. MegaPix seems to be a busted flush, since the numbers are getting so large - yet the picture quality of a 20 MPix "phone" is no better than a 4 MPix phone's. And when you view them on the screen they are the same.

So stop pushing camera specs and focus on the other number. However, buyers will soon tire of over-large phones. Whether due to their unwieldy nature or their excessive weight. I can't see many people wanting to lug an 8-inch screen around - we had that with laptops.

Personally, I'd settle for any size screen. Just so long as you could see what was on it in daylight.

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Watchkeeper drones cost taxpayers ONE BEEELLION POUNDS

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Sounds like we need to start another war

The small number of combat hours for £1G of "toys" is only because we aren't currently bombing the crap out of any third-world countries. Personally, I would say that the number of hours NOT flown is a mark of a successful defence strategy and not something that should be criticised.

But it does also raise a question about the need or wisdom in buying F35s. Given that (at the current rate) the cost of just 1 F35 could keep all the remaining Watchkeepers flying for the next next half-century.

And if there aren't any combat missions for them, maybe Amazon would be interested in using them for deliveries?

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'Break up Google and Facebook if you ever want innovation again'

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The river of progress

> if the tech industry wants another wave of innovation to match the PC or the internet, Google and Facebook must be broken up

It's a catchy meme to promote a book and make some money. But it is wrong.

Think of progress as being a river. It flows in one direction, from the "primitive" past through the innovative present and into the "futuristic" errr, future.

While I see no reason to consider Google or FB to be anti-innovation (they produce many new products, continually change - maybe even improve - search engine's abilities to give us useful stuff rather than promoted stuff) I suppose if I was trying to wring money out of the techno-world, being anti-establishment is the way to go.

But even if they were choking off innovation, they would be little more than boulders in the river of progress. And we know that water flows round a rock in a river. Even if there are enough of them to stop the flow, the river will just change direction and go off elsewhere. Or roll over the top of the blockage and continue on its path·

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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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One small step

> One day the same technology can be used to help human amputees control robotic prosthetics with the brain,

And presumably the next stage after that would be to train monkeys (or people) with a full set of limbs to control a remote robotic arm. Possibly for remote controlled surgery. Possibly to work in hazardous areas. Possibly to "walk" a robot across the surface of the Moon.

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Seek 'passion' and tech skills will follow, say recruiting security chiefs

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Geeks looking for lurve?

> the industry should be looking for "passionate people and inspire them"

Isn't this what has led to many of the I.T. industry's problems with sexism?

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Stick to the script, kiddies: Some dos and don'ts for the workplace

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Something missing?

the important aspects of the script:

Who is running it?

Is the script version controlled?

Is the script approved for implementation?

Pardon my ignorance, but isn't the single most important aspect of a script that it actually works?

I would also suggest that the differences between scripting an operation and performing it manually is little different from performing it "manually" (on a computer) and actually doing the operations in person.

Insert data into a table, or place it in a filing cabinet

Delete a file or shred a document

All equally prone to error - filing "B" before "A", failure (the shredder jams), incorrect instruction - which files to destroy. The only difference being that the supervisor feels more confident by having a person doing the work, rather than a machine. Either that, or they know they can blame the individual for any mistakes rather than taking the blame themselves.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Determinism

> concern over speeding up autonomous vehicle testing processes – particularly when it comes to assessing the artificial intelligence aspect of them

I am not at all convinced that AI should have any place in the control of an autonomous vehicle. The one thing you want from an AV is repeatability. Not just to know that it is following "the rules", but also so that forensic examination of accidents is possible. When a vehicle is autonomous - making decisions for itself, based on what it has "learned" - the concept of liability disappears. You can't blame a driverless car that learned or failed to learn, if it causes an accident.

And if I was running an insurance company I would not be prepared to cover a vehicle who's behaviour was therefore not predictable. You couldn't perform an actuarial assessment of risk to work out the cost of a policy.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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Show us the money

> Others dubbed AR a "minor sideshow" to accompany Apple's iPhone noise

Maybe the lack of enthusiasm is because Apple do not yet know how to monetise AR

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

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inter-intelligence sex.

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

Shouldn't they be stopped?

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Fear not, driverless car devs, UK.gov won't force you to write Trolley Problem solutions

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Academic problems

> We may be creating a complication where the insured party, or no party in fact, gets paid for some time while these complications get sorted out.

It would be quite easy to define the law such that in the first instance the car's insurance policy pays out. It would then be up to the company to recover the cost. They would either claim against the supplier for a faulty car: whether a mechanical or software fault - it makes no difference, or against a third party which they consider to be at fault.

But that is a purely civil matter, not a criminal one. It gets the right compo to the victims quickly. The matter of criminal charges could fall under existing negligence laws. There is no need for any new ones as there are no new legal principles at stake. A negligent software design or implementation is no different from a negligent hardware design or implementation and there is a lot of precedent in that area.

The "trolley problem" is a largely bogus, merely academic exercise. If a vehicle was ever in that situation, the default action would be to stop as quickly as possible. Sure, anyone can dream up some fictitious circumstance where that would be sub-optimal, but it's just an intellectual game. The decision would be made by the prosecutor of who to go after and a jury would decide the result.

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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Re: Why stop at prosecuting Dev's? andy why just the car manufacturer?

> Is lack of design for predicting a situation the same as an error?

In many cases, yes it is. There is a huge class of foreseeable events. Not just in autonomous vehicle design but in every aspect of software. No programmer only writes error handlers for situations that have already shown up in testing. (Actually, looking at the state of a lot of software, many programmers don't handle any errors at all - but let's limit the discussion to responsible individuals and professionally run organisations).

it would be the responsibility of governments to define the standards to be applied. It is then incumbent on the manufacturers to adhere to those and to pass certification. Just as it is with car design and manufacture today. There is no need for laws to define the "how" a safety feature is produced, just the "what" it should do or prevent.

One side-effect of stringent safety certification will be (hopefully) a small number of software updates - assuming the whole system would need to be re-certified in the event of any software change.

Another would be the absolute prohibition of AI in a vehicle's safety-critical systems, All software would have to be standard, unchanging (apart from legitimate updates) and adherent. Self-altering systems could not possibly meet that criterion.

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First, find the problem

I can see three separate types of failure that could lead to an event requiring liability to be identified

1.) An operational failure (including a mechanical problem)

2.) An implementation failure

3.) A failure to define a suitable standard of operation

Operational failures, such as a blow-out, computer failure, faulty battery have a lot of case history to determine where blame lies. There would obviously be some extensions to this as new technology becomes included, but that is always the case.

An implementation failure is an entirely new concept. Since having a software driven vehicle (i.e. fully autonomous - no human input at all) is something that has never been considered. This is what the new laws are all about. Every level of "autonomy" lower than this - the ones that require a qualified driver to be able to take control - is already covered.

But a failure of the vehicle's (and we are talking lorries, buses as well as cars) systems does need to be defined. And the liability has to be determined.

From the point of view of either someone inside the vehicle (aka a passenger) there can clearly be no blame. Thus everything else comes down to "equipment failure" - just who's equipment would merely be a matter for the various suppliers to sort out in civil proceedings. But that is no different from what we have today. I reckon the major legal cases would be between the (vehicle's) insurance company and the producer of the vehicle - and after that between the maker and their subcontractors.

The third point, about situations that aren't covered by the safety standards imposed by governments is again, something we already have to deal with. Those will get closed as a matter of course, though probably only after the fact, as accidents happen and regulations get tightened.

From the cyclists' point of view, I would get worried. All these (truly) autonomous vehicles will have such a vast array of sensors that they will record every facet of an accident. Video from every direction, audio, weather conditions, positions of every object in the vicinity. All of that will be of "forensic" quality, It wold be very difficult for a cyclist, or pedestrian, who was faced with a weight of evidence that they were in the wrong, to defend against. No longer would there be an automatic presumption that every collision was always the car's fault.

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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fast forward.

UBI is a great idea in theory. But so is giving everyone everything for free. Forever.

And it is the "forever" bit that is the problem. All the descriptions of UBI portray it as something that will go on for a year or two .... maybe 5 years, tops.

But consider 100 years in the future. Where will the UBI come from then? What will the citizens of 2117 be getting. And more importantly, what about the families that have known nothing except getting all their money from the state for as long as any of them can remember - what will they be like?

Will they have any education (unnecessary when the UBI pays for everything, and expensive). Will they have any skills? If UBI stopped - what would they do. And most important of all: when your entire population is dependent to a greater or lesser extent on government pay-outs, do you still have any form of democratic process? Or is the entire place run by a small elite who can use money to keep the vast majority in subservience: too scared speak out, or do anything wrong in case their UBI gets cut.

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Sure, Face ID is neat, but it cannot replace a good old fashioned passcode

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Re: Read my lips

> you're basically screwed?

It's Apple. You're basically screwed whatever you do.

Just as if your spectacles go dark in daylight after you've grown a beard and caught a cold, put on weight, had a nose job, have a sticking plaster on your "printed" finger and been given a black eye by whoever broke your tooth - though they probably stole your phone, so the whole thing becomes moot.

Though I do agree: those features mightn't be much use if you knew a ventriloquist.

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Read my lips

A static solution: merely looking for matches on a stationary (or very nearly so) face seems too simple. A better solution would be able to check several metrics simultaneously.

For example having to say "hello iphone¹" while having the camera watch how your mouth moves. It could recognise both the sound of your voice, the words you spoke plus the shape and movement of your mouth. Move the fingerprint detector to the side of the phone (where you hold it) and it could use that as another factor.

With a little refinement it could even make a dental appointment for you if it detected the signs of caries.

[1] or whatever phrase the user had chosen

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IBM asks remaining staff to take career advice from HR-bot

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Re: So basically, management are admiting IBM's failed as a company?

I think it means (what every IBMer has known for decades) is that IBM Management, and specifically their HR operation is a failure.

Although it is 20 years since I worked for them, even in those days there was a huge chasm between the day-to-day technical staff: generally on the ball, practical, knew what had to be done, just wanted to get on with doing it - and the managers. They had little or no experience of actual customers. Knew nothing except "processes". Managed by numbers. Simply did not understand any technical reasons for anything that didn't run 3270 protocols. And had no motivation to do anything that didn't directly improve their own lives.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Too complicated

It seems to me to be pretty simple to do. Even if it isn't what Rudd thinks she wants.

Just give each post an AI scan between the time the poster hits SEND and the message appears. If it is "approved" then it just passes into the general population of pointless witterings.

However if it fails that first test, there are all sorts of possibilities. The bluntest instrument would simply be to lose the post (maybe Yodel would tender for that job?). But that might not be subtle enough. A far more amusing possibility would be to alter the post somehow.

I expect everyone has, at some point or other, typed "now" instead of "not" [ Dilbert reference goes here ]. And I am equally sure there are far more devious possibilities that could be laid at the door of predictive text.

So, it would not be beyond the bounds of possibility to take messages that would and could be flagged as "terrorism" and turn them to your own advantage. Thus: I do now believe America is the source of all that is good from someone who's ovine followers would then be forced to give up the fight and spend, spend, spend.

With luck the originator wouldn't even notice the change!

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

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No chance I'll be replaced

> techies shouldn't be scared, not in the slightest.

Not until someone invents a machine that does absolutely nothing.

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Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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Re: Another wee problemette...

> how does A upload a photo of themselves, (which exists only on B's phone) for Zuk to drool over?

And how does anyone who wishes to have a photo "hashed" prove that they are the person in the photo.

Would you have to send a copy of your passport - and hope Google doesn't hash that one by mistake.

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Re: Only someone as disfunctional as Zuk could have come up with this

> The photo will have to be shared across across a common nude photo platform and made available to other social networks.

Are you suggested there should be a network standard for this?

The Common Naked Photo Interchange Protocol

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280 MEEELLION in Ethereum

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Time to disappear?

So who are these actual companies that have lost hundreds of millions of $$$ - or at least the make-believe equivalent? I find it hard to believe they would be involved in legitimate, honest, above-board, business transactions.

On the assumption that at least one of them is a crime syndicate (or that at least one of them isn't), I would expect the developers to be getting seriously worried about the repercussions of "accidentally" losing a vengeful, violent, law-ignoring, gang a 7 or 8-figure sum.

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Would insurance firms pay out if your driverless car got hacked?

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A one-way street

> driverless vehicle software updates would take place "over the air" and explained that "several BVRLA members have indicated they will not accept [this] as this means that sensitive customer, driver and/or vehicle data could be accessed by the manufacturer

This sounds to me like a rather desperate attempt at misinformation. There is no reason why a software update that is pushed to a vehicle (or PC or phone) would have the need or means to collect any information and pass it back. The payload can be delivered, validated by the vehicle (or PC blah blah) and installed. There is no need for data to travel in the other direction, once the vehicle's unique identifier has been received by the software dispatcher.

A further "safeguard" might be to have the updates handled by a third party. One that is obligated to NOT send any information back to the manufacturer.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Relativity

It is odd that a $500 device with only 720p resolution would be described as "outstanding". It seems that there is no absolute definition, it depends completely on the reviewer's disposition towards whatever is being reviewed. If they have already decided they like a product, then such descriptions will fit. But (I suspect) only until something better comes along: a 1080p projector, for example.

As such, we have to wonder what is actually being reviewed? Is it the gadget itself, or the progress in technological development. It would appear to be the latter.

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No humans allowed: How would a machine-centric data centre look?

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I don't buy this

A datacentre is still a case of data-in, data-out. Irrespective if whether the initial source or destination is another computer person.

As far as ultra-fast, low latency comms. We already understand that at 1 foot per nanosecond, the speed of light is a major drag. Especially when the interconnects between computers (or even their internal buses) can be quite long. The drive to miniaturise has been around for a long time. As has the idea of building your datacentres close to the data - just ask any high-speed traders.

So what, if anything is new? Possibly the only aspect would be with the dedicated and frighteningly speedy programmable hardware. When we get around to having the AIs design and (re)program them on the fly, we could see some very interesting developments. Sadly they would probably need another AI to explain them to us.

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Your future data-centre: servers immersed in box full of oil, in a field

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Re: Back to the 80's @Pete 2

> It'd make security simple - Sharks with frikkin lasers in the server tank.

But maybe more susceptible to FISHING attacks (it took me all morning to think of that - I wish I'd never bothered now)

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Back to the 80's

Didn't Thinking Machines have a liquid cooled supercomputer 30+ years ago?

ISTM the idea is nothing new and doesn't seem to have changed the world.

As for placing this outside. That's fine until the winter arrives and every bug, insect, and crawly thing is attracted to the nice warm environment and starts to make a nest / cocoon / web in those nice, accessible cooling fins. Followed quickly by all the birds and animals that eat those things.

It would probably be better to drop these boxes in a lake somewhere and use the warmed water for fish farming or summat. That would make a service tech's job even more interesting. "Yes, I'm a qualified Microsoft engineer and SCUBA diver!"

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39 episodes of 'CSI' used to build AI's natural language model

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visuals?

It has always struck me as amusing that the vast majority of the data broadcast / streamed for a TV programme is video. However, that contributes almost nothing to the informational content of a programme. As this is mostly in the tiny little proportion of audio sent along with it. A situation that is even more apparent with HD and 4K: large increases in the (mostly content-free) video, very little if any change in the audio - and none at all in what is arguably the most important part of any TV drama: the script.

I would expect that at least some of the clues, picked up by the audience in trying to guess "whodunnit" would be visual. But that these would be inaccessible to the AI-thingy. So it comes as no surprise that people guess better than computers. It might also be that the human audience knows the "rules of the game" that the perp. won't be revealed before the first ad-break.

Surely a better source of training material would be to use radio programmes, or to only have the audience listening to the sound (and not viewing the screen). That would give a more equal basis for comparison.

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Guess who's now automating small-biz IT jobs? Yes, it's Microsoft

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Progress: but in which direction?

> Indeed, BOFHs are considered a solution of the past,

Now replaced by the Bastard Software From Microsoft BSFM¹ - doesn't quite have the same ring to it.

If the future is anything like the past, it will need many more BOFHs to run this, than it will save.

[1] Not sure why, but my fingers kept adding a superfluous D to that acronym.

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Simon's Cat app rapped for random 'racy' advert

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Nicely played

And now, thanks to all the added publicity (so freely given by the ASA) the advert achieves much more exposure than it ever had in some child's cartoon.

One single complaint, huh? Presumably filed by the advertisers, safe in the knowledge that nothing the ASA could do would have anything except benefits to them.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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A glaring omission

So where is SQL?

All I can suggest is that it simply isn't "trendy" enough for the people at Stack overflow to know, care or hate.

it also makes me wonder whether the "hate" is because a language is difficult to use to achieve the desired result, or due to some factor like unfashionable (i.e. not object-orientated), clunkiness or doesn't have a pretty editor.

My personal "hate" is for any language that resides wholly in an IDE - that doesn't have a printable form, cannot be written in a single file (even if it isn't generally done like that) or that enforces silly rules likeCapitalsInTheMiddleOfWords.

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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

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Simply

Ro - bot

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Why you can't boycott the Mail: Google makes a mint from 'fake news'

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3 no trumps!

> the CfA notes that this includes false positives. The "Trump Excel" website promotes an ebook on mastering the Microsoft spreadsheet

It makes you wonder how all the contract bridge websites are faring. Are they suffering massive boycotts or raking in millions of mistaken clicks?

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Vietnam bans Bitcoin as payment for anything

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Re: dodgy dealings

> @pete2 "defraud the government of tax income",

If you had a business that only accepted BTC and you were then able to use that "money" to buy all your worldly needs, it would be untraceable and therefore untaxable. The business would also be unaccountable - literally - and could deal illegally without fear of being found out.

The beneficiary of such a scheme would therefore avoid company taxes and income taxes, thus defrauding the government of the taxes that everyone else rightfully pays.

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dodgy dealings

> Virtual currencies' represent a threat to command economies that such regimes find hard to tolerate

Well, apart from the possibility of their users losing their shirts as the massive fluctuations in value continue. There is the pretty obvious reason that the anonymity afforded by these transactions defraud the government of tax income. Add to that, BTC transactions also facilitate illegal purchases, as well as enabling the spending of ill-gotten gains - for example from cyber attacks and exploiting their victims.

The only legitimate use that comes to mind is to reduce the commissions and fees for FOREX deals. But again, those could easily be conduits for circumventing state's restrictions on foreign currency dealings: whether for good reasons or bad.

As for why one-party states are more likely to make such pronouncements? Being one-party states, it's a dam' sight easier for them to say and to be able to enforce.

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You're designing an internet fridge. Should you go for fat HTML or a Qt-pie for your UI?

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The code!

loop () {

set_temperature = read_twiddly_thing()

if(get_internal_temperature() > set_temperature) {

run_cooler_until(set_temperature)

}

if(door == open) {

turn_on_light()

} else {

turn_off_light()

}

}

does it really need more?

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IBM wheels out upgraded FlashSystem: Now breathe in and squeeeeze

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Back to the 90's

> IBM provides an optional compression guarantee of 50 per cent capacity savings no matter the workload environment.

I have memories of StorageTek disk arrays from 20+ years ago that used on the fly compression to treble the capacity of their spinning stuff.

All very good, but it made no difference to encrypted data. And I suspect that for pre-compressed content like video, the raw and real capacity will still work out to be the same.

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So long – and thanks for all the phish

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The (traditional) three questions

Things like response plans are laudable, but security is like any other company process. It will always be subject to executive scrutiny. That will involve providing adequate answers to at least these three questions:

1.) What is the company's legal / commercial obligation?

2.) What will it cost?

3) How much will it save?

And I would suggest that one of the barriers against widespread adoption of additional anti-phishing measures is a failure to address those points.

The first one is the easiest. It is probably the only one that has a clearly defined response. Depending on the details of the company, the sort of data it handles and the markets it operates in, demonstrating a requirement to comply with some sort of "best practice" or regulatory requirement could be enough to carry the day.

If you have to rely on a financial argument, the problem becomes a lot trickier. Especially since those costs and savings can be easily measured.

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Fake-news-monetizing machine Facebook lectures hacks on how not to write fake news that made it millions

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Re: 'Biggest drop in organic reach we've ever seen'

> Why don't the majors organize as a cartel, and shun their content away from it...???

I don't think it is the majors who are the problem. ISTM that most of what passes for "news" on FB is merely sensationalised, made-up stuff from people with no interest in informing their audience. They seem to either simply want as many eyeballs as possible or to push their own agenda.

What I would like to see is FB preventing anything from the "news" section being reposted.

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It's time to rebuild the world for robots

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Just who's world is it, anyway?

> we shouldn’t expect that we can simply drop an autonomous vehicle into a road system that’s been designed around human capacities and expect them to perform like we do

Uhhh, yes. We should. Because that is what backwards compatibility is all about. Keeping old standard while introducing new ones isn't easy. We know that from the past 60-odd years of IT development. However, if you want your new stuff to be accepted by a population that has a large investment in the old stuff, it is a prime requirement.

And apart from that, why should all the people on the planet change their world to accommodate a bunch of machines? The example of printer paper is a good one. It was hard for printer mechanisms to do what we do easily - but it wasn't impossible. And with printers now being sold for £30, it doesn't appear to be an overwhelming increase in complexity or cost or loss of reliability. The manufacturers of AVs that get it right will succeed, those that can't will fail. But they should fail before they get a vehicle on the roads.

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Raspberry Pi burning up? Microsoft's recipe can save it and AI

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Doctor, doctor!

When I raise my arms above my head and clap, I get this terrible pain in my shoulders.

Doc: then don't raise your arms above your head and clap.

The same applies to the Pi. While it might, in theory, have enough power to execute the cycles per second needed for AI implementations, it is not designed for that sort of work. You can supercharge a Reliant Robin to pull a caravan - but nobody would.

And so, for the Pi: simply don't try to run an AI implementation on it. It clearly isn't up to the job.

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