1281 posts • joined 24 May 2007
Re: The other way around
But Twitter is full of actual literal nazis. Like you can't criticise a racist for having racist opinions without having hundreds of nazi sockpuppet accounts pile on you and that is apparently fine by Twitter's security systems. Reporting them tends to get a "*shrug* What do you expect? It's just nazis" type response.
It's pretty clear by this point that it is by design and by this point Twitter is a site for nazis and the rest of us who use it are incidental to their core mission.
More like the I...OH NO... sphere.
Of course, GUIDs are hard to pronounce, but it transpires practically they are no worse than 60% of the Welsh language.
A dystopian technology
This take on Twitter is one I've found pretty convincing, discussing whether it is a true dystopian technology- "a technology that makes each user better off, but makes the world worse off as a whole."
That seems like a fairly good description of it.
Bad news for those of us who willingly put our voices out into the world, I guess. Or at least we need to start giving our families some kind of codeword to indicate we are for real. Even if this is, as yet, not something anyone has seen in the wild it's a fairly dystopian concept.
So if I recently purchased an Intel-based system on the grounds of it being fast and it is still under warranty, should Intel be sorting me out with a new processor as soon as they have figured out how to security? It seems like it would be the right thing for them to do.
Re: MF - EMF
Re: July and August must Go!
You appear not to be in favour of "Sextember" but I have only just discovered that was a thing that might have existed and it's already my favourite month. Perhaps we should just make it last slightly more than two months to celebrate it's greatness, so that the official conclusion of Summer would become the 69th of Sextember.
Re: Does this mean the NY DA has evidence of large scale identity theft?
It certainly looks that way, also a new and pernicious variety of identity theft which we can anticipate seeing happening much more in future.
Of course, in this specific case it may be that the emails would all track back to the correct ISP for that user and even to the correct endpoint. Given who the players are in this case it seems a little hazardous to trust anything short of physical letters or in-person meetings.
Re: VERY simple search form
If that is your real name and you aren't working for Monsanto, nominative determinism is dead.
What about that identity theft thing, though?
I'm surprised this doesn't pick on the veracity of the accounts of huge numbers of people's identities being faked to send in the faked messages on the topic. I get that you're looking at the end as more important than the means, but if the reports are correct and potentially thousands of genuine citizens' information was used to create the impression that they supported a political point of view without their knowledge, that seems to me a pretty big story in its own right- possibly the first occurrence of a new kind of identity theft. Also it seems like regardless of the source it probably ought to be illegal.
Certainly something I'd be interested to get a Reg angle on, seeing as most of the reports I have seen have been interesting and strongly suggestive but lacking in that necessary edge and sense of the big picture.
"... until finally the politician let my ass go" is apparently a standard international conclusion to tales of political engagement.
Re: Perfect climate
Little known history fact: The Romans actually had these weapons. That is why a) they conquered the Mediterranean so easily and b) they were eventually defeated by goths.
Re: another kind of SEO
This is a genuinely massive story - as far as I'm aware a totally new kind of identity crime. I'm surprised we haven't heard from El Reg on it yet, though I guess they are doing the research to be able to produce something more in-depth when they do a story on it.
So we need to create a Wide Area Network of Kinetic Energy Recovery Systems? Got it.
Re: Axions were not axioms after all...
I mean, they certainly sounded logical.
A lot of these numbers ignore that even if we can afford these extra amounts of money post-Brexit it will be because £350 million will amount to about 4 euros by then.
If my work is anything to go by I think ORM is just a standard thing now for most people, so it may not get separated out from other areas as much as it did. Also with object store type databases, the need to map objects to relational data becomes more limited.
The answer to the riddle of the headline is: Nothing. Nothing does that. In particular "Amazon" doesn't.
I hear that ale from CAMRA's fun,
And makers of flim-flam are stunned,
Before you put pajamas on
Just put down that hammer, son
I am the one to slam 'er on
And plenty rhymes with Amazon.
In spite of this I have my calm,
Like Alladin why harm
Someone whose rather alarmed
Not one of them is Azerbaijan.
"And as the baggage cherub of time tips the packing create of the universe onto the the runway of existence I see that it's time to end the show..."
Re: Banked with Smile for years
And yet if we use two organisations with basically the same name, it is very hard to avoid some degree of mental conflation - humans simply aren't that rational. If the Co-op electricity constantly do a terrible job and make you feel bad about every interaction with them then the term "co-op" gets tied into that and you start to look for the bad in every other interaction associated with it, in my case that is the banking.
This is the basics of how branding works. It doesn't matter that they are unrelated legally.
Re: electricity provider
Of course, but there seems to be a pattern of being very poorly run. I mean the co-op bank had a drug crazed nutter of a chief executive for ages, the electricity provider have assured us that the only way to resolve a very simple customer query is to go to the ombudsman and you can go into almost any co-op shop of any size and they will not have the thing you want to buy, regardless of what that thing is.
I like the theory of the co-operative movement, but the practice seems to be inept at a very profound level.
Re: Banked with Smile for years
Literally still with Smile only out of pure laziness and because it's hard to find a bank that has any positive qualities. Sifting through looking for the least bad option is not great fun, but I increasingly mistrust Co-op with my money, especially after having them as an electricity provider and they are SO BAD.
It goes deeper than that - the problems of AI are not just about how brains work, they are about the underlying philosophical questions regarding the nature of knowledge and consciousness. Many of the greatest minds of the last three thousand years have explored this and still not got to any definitive answers, so assuming that we can ram a bunch of information into a big database then run some statistical rules across it and come to any useful conclusions is perhaps a trifle optimistic.
And they say public-owned banks are a bad idea.
Re: Oh well
I think the odds of winning a EuroMillions jackpot ( and lets face it, we don't really care about the chump change smaller prizes ) are so slim that one probably has as much chance of finding a winning ticket lying in the street as buying one.
In fact I think I'm more likely to be crushed by a meteorite than win that Jackpot, although I bet if either of those happened they would happen on the same day. Typical.
I sometimes feel that no matter how hard I work at it, I'm never going to win the lottery.
Re: I'd bet my monies on...
Of course the key strategic failing of all the Great Houses on Dune was that they would always attack the most southerly(? I think? It has been almost 20 years .) unit first, so you could put something unimportant at the bottom of the map and build up your troops easily to overwhelm their bases.
I aint going Oort like that!
Because that is exactly the way Trump wants things to be.
Quantumware: Software or hardware that manages to both exist ( in research and marketing papers ) and not exist ( in the hands of any actual developers or users ) at the same time.
Re: EMACS. Is there anything it cannot do?
Philosophically, no. Emacs is a simple pure text editor that allows one to extend it in various directions but is, at heart, easy enough that anybody with the ability to instantly memorise 8000 keystroke sequences could master it in only a couple of decades.
Excel, meanwhile, is really complicated.
Re: citizen infractions of rules can be prevented?
Something that weirds me out is that politicians have a desperate authoritarian hunger for data about all their citizens, but they resentfully reject the outcomes of any research performed on their behalf. How will they react when their systems start giving them the same suggestions that their data scientists have been doing for the last fifty years?
Re: Not forgetting...
Do you mean the cameras in the automated passport control queues where you go in and it fails to scan your face three times then a human customs officer lets you through but it's still worth it because it is quicker than the queue for the regular passport?
Those can't even recognise my face from a photograph of my face. I don't think there's a great risk of them identifying anybody in any kind of disguise.
Re: bye bye china
You know who is making the investment in all sorts of parts of the developing world? China.
Re: This is some really useful medical science
Would it work for shipbuilding too?
If so, it could constitute... NOAH'S ARC.
Re: The Greats have gone
Surprised I have got this far with nobody mentioning Adrian Tchaikovksy's Children Of Time one of the most enjoyable SF novels I have read lately.
Also weird that everyone has apparently forgotten Neal Stephenson - Seveneves is pretty hard sci-fi and a lot of fun with it.
Re: Just wondering
I only regret that I have but one like to give.
The good news is that we have slightly over 18 months to prepare and large public sector IT projects created here have a great record of arriving well ahead of deadline, working well and costing surprisingly little.
Re: You call that a quiz?
This does remind me of the classic NPR April Fools from a couple of years ago.
To be honest it is hard to see much value in most comment sections- 80% of them are simply a habitat for trolls, ideologues and credulous chumps. Not the erudite Register commentards, obviously, we barely break 50%.
Re: When is the last time you used yours?
I heard an account of an office where they were used on everyone's desks, activated whenever they broke the build.
I suspect the story was completely spurious, but I rather like the idea because it gives you a brief window of opportunity after your build break to get it fixed before it becomes super obvious...
If your house is that small it's no wonder the conveyancers weren't able to find out much about it.
The clear litmus test for futurist bollocks
I assumed this story was overblown future-panic bullshit, but then when it was covered on Radio 4 who should pop up on my radio but Professor Kevin Warwick. No further evidence required.
Re: Repulsive attraction
And how do they even work? Can we get some first rate science juggalos on this?
Just invite Fran Healy over.
They would learn to do that eventually, but until then they would probably get cross.
Re: broken by design?
Most developers see a language that looks a bit java-like and assume they can write java ( or C or C# ) with it, which is understandable, and then desperately try and squidge the language into their expectations. That makes for cumbersome code that eventually gets the job done and is fairly easy to read.
Re: Never fucking heard of it
It has some very high profile users - for a long time Old MacDonald hosted his farm at eie.io