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6058 posts • joined 20 Oct 2015

Beware! Medical AI systems are easy targets for fraud and error

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The tests show that AI isn't, yet.

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Yahoo! webmail! hacker! faces! nearly! eight! years! in! the! cooler!

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Re: Yabbut. It wuz forrin 'puters.

Why a hamster?

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No way, RSA! Security conference's mobile app embarrassingly insecure

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This sort of thing is kinda a tradition with RSA security conferences by now, isn't it.

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British Crackas With Attitude chief gets two years in the cooler for CIA spymaster hack

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Re: Irony is they are now owned by law and order

"For password or other reset we should have to type in a serial number provided with the device, i.e. in the battery compartment of mobile phones etc."

Hmm...

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Samsung-backed gizmo may soon juice up your smartphone over the air

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So... in order to make this work, you either have to throw around a lot of energy to make sure a little energy actually reaches your smartphone, losing lots of energy in the transfer, potentially microwaving anything getting in the way; or place your smartphone at a dedicated spot for charging, not moving it until it's charged. Like you'd do when using a docking station. Right.

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Twenty years ago today: Windows 98 crashed live on stage with Bill Gates. Let's watch it again...

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I miss XP.

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Time to ditch the front door key? Nest's new wireless smart lock is surprisingly convenient

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Nope.

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There is no perceived IT generation gap: Young people really are thick

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It's somewhat embarrassing to misspell Kant, too.

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"You might have an answer to online age verification... the user is presented with an advertising jungle from the 90s and has to name the correct product to proceed. A similar system using the theme music to cartoons might also work."

That's basically what "Leisure Suit Larry" used.

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It's US Tax Day, so of course the IRS's servers have taken a swan dive

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Re: "the agency is hoping a hard reboot of its systems will resolve the issue"

"Do you have a backup?" means "I can't fix this."

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Sysadmin’s worst client was … his mother! Until his sister called for help

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Re: DEFCON

DEFCON5 = like, totally chilled out (lowest state of readiness)

DEFCON

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Apple store besieged by protesters in Paris 'die-in' over tax avoidance

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Re: Over 50% here must be one of those billionaire one percenters

Off topic, but technically if the metric is "income" and the scale is "global", anyone earning more than USD 32,000 a year is in the 1% slot.

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Nope, you're still a transport biz, top EU court tells Uber

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Re: Protectionism...

Uber is a scam that uses classic mob tactics.

And once their investors wise up to the fact that Uber's autonomous vehicles will be very, very late to the market (if ever), Uber is history.

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Re: Fahrer von PKW zur gewerblichen Personenbeförderung

Aka Taxischein.

Practically prerequisite for being appointed Foreign Minister.

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German sauna drags punters to court over naked truth

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Looks quite nice, actually:

Badewelt Sinsheim - English homepage

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Accenture, Capgemini, Deloitte creating app to register 3m EU nationals living in Brexit Britain

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" [...] Accenture, BJSS, Capgemini, Deloitte Digital, PA Consulting and Worldreach had been signed up to develop the digital application [...] "

" He estimated the cost would be relatively low for a government IT project, at around £10m-£15m."

Spot the elephant.

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Russian regulator asks courts to disconnect Telegram

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Re: Who are the extremists, exactly?

I would like to use this opportunity to point out that all terrorists, no matter what their affiliation is or was, have in fact, at one point of their lives, been children.

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Lib Dems, UKIP's websites go TITSUP* on UK local election launch day

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Maybe it will dawn on some of them that security of cyberthingies is an important topic after all.

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Police chief wants citizens to bring 'net oligarchs to heel

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What's all this, then?

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Facebook suspends, investigates CubeYou, another data-harvester

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Not to mention to placate investors. I bet the regular telephone conferences have turned a bit nasty lately.

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Googlers revolt over AI military tech contract, brainiacs boycott killer robots, and more

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So... pre-set maximum kill limit?

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AI can't help without your data, says Gartner, so share, share, share!

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Re: Gartner

We laugh at alchemists for trying to turn lead into money... Gartner found out how to turn bullshit into money.

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Holy helmets, Batman! Bane-like mask lets you 'talk' to computers without making a sound

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What's wrong with keyboards?

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OpenAI challenges you to beat 1990s classic Sonic the Hedgehog using machine learning

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Re: I'd Like to see them use the ET game

Pimania.

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Re: Hmm heard something like this before...

I'd like to have something that "solves" the stupid Google capchas for me.

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Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster

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Re: 7800 Light Years?!

"its even better if you ising it toy yourself in Eric Idles voice..."

Even better (IMO, YMMV) - there is a version sung by the late, great Stephen Hawking. It's on the Monty Python Youtube channel.

BTW, a couple of years ago Eric Idle said in an interview that since he wrote the song, he had to update it at least a dozen times in order to keep up with astrophysics.

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Gosh, these 'hacker' nerds are only getting more sophisticated

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"CEO fraud" - I thought it meant something different.

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I say, I say, I say: What's the difference between a king penguin and liquid?

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Re: Fluid felines?

That's basically my gripe with the headline*. It's colonies of penguins that behave like liquids, not the individual penguins themselves. (As you wrote, cats have the patent on behaving like liquids at the individual level.)

* Fancy, that - a somewhat misleading headline on El Reg. Well, I'll never...

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Are meta, self-referential or recursive science-fiction films doomed?

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Re: An even better question

"Unfortunately, the usual Hollywood drones got loose on the sequels and degraded them into the usual hohum product."

It's just that the usual Hollywood drones had the most influence on the first, 1977 movie. Over time and further movies, George Lucas steadily expanded his influence from 'being allowed to do it by the studio' to 'total control over the franchise'.

And we all know the results of this.

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Shhh! Don’t tell KillBots the UN’s about to debate which ones to ban

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Re: Coward Remote Murder Machines

Fun fact: the first treaty banning a specific weapons system banned crossbows. In April 1139.

Additional fun fact: the compelling argument for the ban was the 1%ers of the time realising that, in all their mounted, armoured glory, any lowly footsoldier with a bit of training (or luck) suddenly could kill them from a safe distance.

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Re: Let me laugh at this.

I have to ask - assymetrical weapons?

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Re: Is there a civilised way to kill people?

Talk them to death with polite chit chat over a nice cup of tea?

I'm pretty sure it could work; I've already had some near-death experiences that way.

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

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Re: Dabsy, I disagree about your choice of phone.

Dumbphone + tablet. For me, it's perfect.

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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You need a bigger laptop.

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Re: SIG!

Beat me to it... it does look like something out of a Gerry Anderson production with all those little fins, doesn't it.

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Indian comms satellite gives boffins back home the silent treatment

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Is this about a communications satellite or strawmen?

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Floyd Mayweather-endorsed cryptocoin startup knocked out by fraud allegations

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Looks like they've scammed the wrong investor.

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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Nuke from orbit.

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2001: A Space Odyssey has haunted pop culture with anxiety about rogue AIs for half a century

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Re: a crystal tetrahedron pyramid

Which, no matter how good the production design, would have resulted in some sort of cheesy perspex thingy that would have looked oddly old-fashioned by 1970.

And I'd bet that Kubrick was aware of it.

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Re: Size of HAL

Bowman floats around HAL's holographic memory banks, not his CPU(s).

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Re: For more details....

There is also a TV documentary based on the book, also called "The Lost Worlds of 2001" which may or may not be found on YouTube.

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Happy 100th birthday to the Royal Air Force

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Re: Radar information was "passed down to fighter squadrons"

That was one of the most clever (and long-lived) bits of disinformation ever dreamed up.

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Elon Musk's mighty erection fires sperm at orbiting space station

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IIRC there are theoretical studies on the feasibility of human coitus in weightless conditions from around the Skylab days. Not sure about reproduction.

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Re: There is an easier and cheaper way of getting a usable sample.

Of bull semen? In zero G?

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Grindr: Yeah, we shared your HIV status info with other companies – but we didn't charge them!

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"So, here's your daily reminder that anything you put online – especially publicly online – can be automatically filed, stamped, indexed, and numbered by ad networks, analytics outfits, search engines, government snoops, social networks, and so on."

Can be? Will be.

But it's okay - someone will be making money from this.

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No chance of flying too close to this: Icarus, the most distant star seen, is 9bn light years away

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Re: I take it this star has lovely plumage?

The plumage doesn't enter into it!

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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I post here and on one other site. That it's it for me and "social networks".

If I should visit the USA in the foreseeable future, I will create a user account with VKontakte to have something to show.

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Boffins laugh in the face of Twitter's API limits. Now they can slurp info to their hearts' content

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If this is what is being used to train deep learning networks and "AI" we're fucked. May [insert deity or non-deity of choice] have mercy on us.

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User fired IT support company for a 'typo' that was actually a real word

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Re: Dangers of OCR and spellcheckers

http://fuckyeahkeming.com

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Re: Monsieur Pamplemousse

Could be "Monsieur Pamplemousse takes the cure" as it is set in a health clinic, one with lots of dead patients.

But it wouln't hurt to read them all again.

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