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* Posts by Steve Button

316 posts • joined 21 Jun 2007

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The eyes have it: 'DeepFakes' bogus AI-meddled videos outed by unblinking gaze

Steve Button

Re: Repudiating democratic norms

Imagine a fuzzy video of naked Donald Trump pissing all over a Russian prostitute. If that comes out in 2020 and goes viral it could swing the next election (assuming it's close). It wouldn't matter if he was blinking 17 times / minute really. It's a pretty disgusting image to have in your head, and would be hard to un-remember. Regardless of if it's fake or not.

Actually, I'm struggling to un-imagine it now, and I wish I hadn't started typing this post. Ewww.

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Keep your hands on the f*cking wheel! New Tesla update like being taught to drive by your dad

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Re: The autopilot is not an autopilot ?

Sorry but people will do that. No point being pedantic about it, if people get into the habit of thinking the car is driving for them, some people will forget they might need to take over. Call it what you like, but many people WILL confuse autopilot for autonomous drive.

That's why we have guards on heavy machinery. Some people will get overconfident and stick their hands in at the wrong moment while the machine is working, thinking they can quickly remove a blockage or something. People WILL do stupid things, guaranteed. It doesn't do much good to say after the accident "We told them not to do this in the manual, so they weren't doing it wrong".

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Re: Auto-crash-pilot

brake? Not quickly enough as for 1/4 second or so you are thinking "is it going to brake? Am I supposed to take over? Oh shit it's not doing to stop"

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Crash Test Dummies.

It's shocking really as Tesla are doing a massive beta test with this software, and someone has died as a consequence. And they then try to blame that person.

Inevitably when you have autopilot engaged you will start to lose concentration and start to learn to let the car do the driving. This will happen even if you've got your hands on the wheel and you are looking straight ahead. You will start to get complacent and trust the car. At this point you will lose valuable time, if the car doesn't do what it's supposed to and you need to take over. You will have to re-focus and evaluate the situation around you, which you probably aren't prepared for.

Just better hope there aren't too many fatalities before the software gets good enough. And by good enough, I mean something like 10x safer than a human.

Even when it's 10x safer, you are still going to be rightly upset if one of your loved ones gets killed by mis-behaving software.

Still, once we get over this hump it's going to be super safe and everyone will forget what all the fuss was about.

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Hold on

Wait?

Your real name is not Anonymous Coward?

You are one of the busiest people on this blog and they don't make you use your real name?

Shocking!

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Ex-staffer of UK.gov dept bags payout after boss blabbed medical info to colleagues

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When asked for comment.

The DUP said "I don't see what all the fuss is about. It's only chlamydia for heavens sake and can be easily cleared up with a course of antibiotics. ... oh wait, hang on. Are we on the record here?"

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HMRC opens consultation to crack down on off-payroll working in private sector

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Re: "most contractors would go permie"

"average contractor is probably on a lower total package"

What? Really? In what universe?

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Waymo robo-taxis to accept fares in Arizona in 2018

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Surely an offence, not a crime? (or would that be a misdemeanour ?)

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Every major OS maker misread Intel's docs. Now their kernels can be hijacked or crashed

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Most importantly...

what's it CALLED? If it don't got a name, we ain't tekkin it serius.

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Blame everything on 'computer error' – no one will contradict you

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only $11.99 this week only!

Be quick though, Udemy only have these very special sales on days with a Y in the name.

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DIY device tinkerer iFixit weighs in on 15-month jail term for PC recycler

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Re: Pedant Alert!

Well no. It's a bit like saying someone got a shit score of 0 out of 10

It's not a score of 0 of of 10, which is shit.

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Zucker for history: What I learnt about Facebook 600 years ago

Steve Button

Perhaps I should read something else?

As I found myself agreeing with you most of the way through.

Isn't that confirmation bias?

I might try the Daily Mail, to get a more balanced view. ;-P

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Oh bucket! Unpack the suitcases. TRAPPIST-1 planets too wet to support life

Steve Button

Why doesn't ice float?

I'm a bit late to the party here, but does anyone know why the ice doesn't float on top of the water?

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Desktop PC shipments dip below 100m/year

Steve Button

Or to look at it another way...

... Despite the decline Desktop PC shipments still 100m / year.

Which is pretty much what you allude to in the last paragraph, but not what the headline suggests.

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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

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Re: tips & corrections

Funny my literal brain read that and thought "What's that got to do with this story?" and didn't realise it was a typo.

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HP starts slinging Apple hardware, tech support vending machines

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so?

HP are selling apple kit, which enterprises sometimes want, but is protecting itself by selling... VR? which no one really wants. At least not in the enterprise. Not yet anyway. Perhaps when Minority Report tech becomes more of a thing.

Back on planet Earth. The vending machines is an interesting idea, just present your ID card and type in a cost code and out pops a replacement mouse?

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Arrrgh! Put down the crisps! 'Ultra-processed' foods linked to cancer!

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"containing a myriad of nutrients and food additives"

So, please help me with the grammar here. The BMJ (and loads of others) say "a myriad of" whereas the book Sapiens (and also loads of other places), just say "myriad". As in "We face myriad choices".

So, journo types, what is it please?

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The blockchain era is here but big biz, like most folk, hasn't a clue what to do with it

Steve Button

Re: From the tagline, I was sure "BaaS"...

well yeah, read the article and that's about right.

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S for Security is Google owner Alphabet's new favorite letter

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Copy editors?

"Whether Chronicle will itself help or hinder remains obscure, as does the exact nature of its service remains ."

That sentence doesn't really work.

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Remember those holy tech wars we used to have? Heh, good times

Steve Button

"something that isn't backed by anything of value can have value?"

Like "money" you mean?

Not that I'm a fan of cryptocurrencies either, but you know.

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Jocks in shock as Irn-Bru set to slash sugar and girder content

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Re: Lateral Thinking

"sugar is the new tobacco"

No you've got it all wrong. Sugar is really good for you and not a slow poison that people have been suggesting for years. Go ahead and consume copious amounts, and us fuckwits will probably die of piousness before you do.

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Linux Mint 18.3: A breath of fresh air? Well, it's a step into the unGNOME

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What's all the fuss about?

I spend most of my day inside a terminal, and occasionally dip out into mail client, chat, or Sublime. I can do this quite happily on Linux, Mac or Windows. There's very little to chose between them. As a contractor, I often don't get a choice anyway, but they all have their little foibles and niceties. I've used all three at home as well over the years, until the Mac blew up. And then my kids needed to use Windows only conferencing software, so had to scrap Mint and switch to Win 10. But really that switch was pretty painless, and it generally just works.

Is it a religious thing? I don't get it.

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

Steve Button

"at a distance of one-inch, a clothes iron emits..."

perhaps. But you don't walk around with an iron strapped to your body for most of the day, and have it on a stand next to your bed at night. Surely it's a sensible precaution to keep your phone in another room*, don't keep your phone in your pocket all day and switch off wifi at certain times of the day (switch off wifi? Is this guy nuts!? Goes into palpitations)

* even just so the sodding thing doesn't keep you awake. With constant dinging, buzzing and too much blue light at night.

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Developers, developers, developers: How 'serverless' crowd dropped ops like it's hot

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Re: A true paradigm shift!

Dataless. That's the future young man! If only all our apps don't need any data, then there would be no need for any sysadmin, or security.

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Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

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"malicious actors"

Like Kevin Spacey?

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Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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it's already doing 17.46 km/hour

That doesn't sound right.

"it's already doing 17.46 km/sec"

Better.

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Yahoo! Groups! Go! TITSUP! for! Days!

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Re: Freetards

Riiiiiight commentard. And I'm sure if GMail stopped working for several days, everyone would just sigh and say "Oh well, we haven't paid anything for this so it's fine".

We have come to rely on these things, regardless of whether we're paying or not. And we are paying anyway, because these things are ad supported plus they harvest all the data. But the added "friction" of having to pay directly for these services mean that most of the people that use them, just wouldn't. They would organise things with email / txt or whatever they used to use.

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Steve Button

"Alternatively, are there other sites that provide this service?"

That's the question I was wondering. I haven't found anything similar (not looked THAT hard though), but have tried several sites such as Google Groups (which is pretty much sort of usenet) but they don't work quite the same way. Like allowing attachments, and having admins for the group.

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Re: Yahoo are irrelevant & shit

Where?

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

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Really useful article.

If you've just left school and want to get into coding.

For the rest of us, I suspect this is bread and butter stuff. Are there really still SysAdmins around who don't know this stuff (apart from at the local council)

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Subscription disappointments keep FireEye in the red

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it posted a US$72.9 third-quarter net loss

That's pretty much the cost of a meal out? They could have cut expenses ever so slightly and made a profit.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Perl.... Arrggh

Sounds like you had a bad book.

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So the 'Year of Linux' never happened. When is it Chrome OS's turn?

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Pixelbook costs $999, don't hold your breath

That's a bit like saying, Google Pixel phone costs £700, don't hold your breath (on Android).

Other Chromebooks are available, and they are the perfect computer for many of my friends and people like... my Dad. People who aren't very good with computers, and just do email and web browsing, etc.

*** And people I wish would leave me alone and stop asking me to fix their bloody computer. ***

I think they have a future, but not for people who read The Reg. For their friends though? But let's wait and see.

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Culture, schmulture. DevOps, agile need to be software-first again

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Nice article.

I think that sums up the state of how we got where we are now. Well done.

I'm guessing many of the haters in the comments are 50 somethings, or retired and just don't get all these "new fangled buzzwords" and think that "we did all this devops stuff on mainframes back in the 70s".

As someone who's seen it actually working in practice, I can can tell you that Agile / Scrum / DevOps *can* work... but done wrong it can spit out a crappy product just like any other method. It's not about being like Twitter or Etsy or Facebook or Google... but they DO have some smart people and there's a lot we can learn from them.

The downvote button is the second one along.

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European Patent Office staff rep blames prez for 'slipping quality'

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Re: A Mystery?

Because people don't stand up to bullies like this, and they just try to avoid them and stay out of their way. Or leave and go somewhere else, which must be bloody difficult if you are a patent clerk. Unless you have ideas about new Physics theories?

Anyway, they should all walk out and refuse to work until this pig is removed and stops doing even more damage.

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Leaky-by-design location services show outsourced security won't ever work

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You are shitting me?

"Can’t someone simply wander through those images, stalking you via a breadcrumb trail of EXIF location data? Of course they can."

Wait, what!? You mean they don't strip the shit out? I had *assumed* they stripped that shit out, and it wasn't available unless you explicitly clicked the "add my location" button. Silly me.

Are you SURE my location can be simply pulled out of all my images??

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30 strong fingers but still no happy ending for robotic back rub

Steve Button

Arachnophobia issues aside

Entomophobia issues aside

There, fixed that.

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AI slurps, learns millions of passwords to work out which ones you may use next

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Re: I'm OK

5..4..3..2..1.. boom. It's guessed your "disposable" email prefix. Ta da.

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For once, Uber takes it up the tailpipe: Robo-ride gets rear-ended

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a lot of humans are, frankly, terrible drivers!?

Rubbish. Most humans are much better than average at driving. Just ask them. ;-)

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Google, VMware and Pivotal team for on-premises Kubernetes

Steve Button

Could be useful.

As people move workloads to the cloud, the tin that's left behind could be useful for non-prod environments and you've already paid for the hardware.

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Why do you cry when chopping onions? No, it's not crippling anxiety, it's this weird chemical

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£3.25 TWICE the price?

£0.75/kg in Tesco. I think you're out of touch with the price of things.

And also Onion Goggles ...

https://www.amazon.co.uk/d/1b3/RSVP-5380-Onion-Goggles/B000H43IVM/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1501746038&sr=8-2&keywords=onion+goggles

... work brilliantly.

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Autonomous driving in a city? We're '95% of the way there'

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But between "the first powered flight" and "planes as a form of relieable mass transport" lie untold billions of R&D money and roughly six decades.

... however, technology changes MUCH faster than it did 100 years ago. So something which took 60 years, could nowadays be done in 15 years. Or even faster if the military feel the need.

I think these will be commonplace sooner than a lot of people (here) think. And a bit later than a lot of investors seem to hope.

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You can't DevOps everything, kids. Off the shelf kit especially

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COTS still needs to be installed and configured.

And to do that install manually could take a long time, and be error prone.

Take something like Documentum which can take around 1 week to install by following a massive Word document which tells you all the step-by-step instructions. Very easy to get wrong and very difficult to automate. You would be much better off choosing a package which can be automatically installed and configured with Chef, Puppet or Ansible. This is still DevOps.

You can forget about Continuous Integration for the COTS aspect, but if you are then further customizing you'll likely need that too.

As for Agile, I think you are conflating two different things here.

In the above scenario it would still make more sense to develop your Config Management scripts using scrum and in sprints, delivering a working solution at the end of each sprint.

Now, when it comes to SaaS your argument probably does make more sense. You aren't going to "do the DevOps" if you are using standard Salesforce.

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Will the last person at Basho please turn out the lights?

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Great Technology.

Shame it won't be supported for a while, but if someone starts a new company (and if that was me, I'd just call it Riak forget Basho) then it could well live on.

I guess this is a lesson to learn when working with Open Source technology. The support can just disappear, but you might still be able to get hold of the "talent" via some other means.

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Feelin' safe and snug on Linux while the Windows world burns? Stop that

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about 12 per cent of servers run non-Windows OSs!?

Seriously?

That doesn't smell right at all.

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New work: Algorithms to give self-driving cars 'impulsive' human 'ethics'

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Save the women and children first!

That's pretty much what people do (when given enough time - 4 seconds - to think about it).

So, it's basically OK to replicate this behaviour in automation? As neither a woman or a child, I don't feel entirely comfortable about that.

What about skin colour? Or hair colour? Would most people choose to eliminate a ginger first (yes, I'm one of them too!)

I'm not sure I'm liking this RotM future.

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What? What? Which? Former broadband minister Ed Vaizey dismisses report

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"...fibre to the premise..."

So, basically they like the idea of having fibre?

Or should that say premises? Either that, or El Reg adds [sic] ??

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Microsoft's new Surface laptop defeats teardown – with glue

Steve Button

Re: Looks like Microsoft is copying Apple... again...

That doesn't really make sense. When any storage device dies you can kiss your data goodbye if you haven't backed it up. So you should be backing up anyway. To cloud or to drives that you rotate and store off-site, it's up to you. Or to another computer, using CrashPlan or similar.

The only difference here is that if the motherboard or memory dies instead of the SSD, you'll effectively lose your data.

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Java Daddy James Gosling goes to work for Amazon Web Services

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Who?

You mean Ryan Gosling? Get your DevOps memes right, Register. ;-)

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