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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

biodata Re:Warnings are discoverable ... (138 comments)

So they are going to pay extra to have proof that the letter was delivered, and to whom? What a giant waste of our money.

2 days ago
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For Now, UK Online Pirates Will Get 4 Warnings -- And That's It

biodata Re:Illigal or not? (138 comments)

I think this would be difficult to prove. All experience in the music industry seems to indicate the opposite, that people who listen to music shared by their peers are MORE likely to buy it later than those who don't.

2 days ago
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All Web Developers Should Have Access to a Device Lab (Video)

biodata Re:Only if the PC is made by Apple (60 comments)

I don't think people are bothering to check Safari compatibility any more, unless they happen to use a Mac themselves. I'm finding more and more sites where Safari has buttons completely missed from the rendering (or hidden behind something else or otherwise invisible). If Safair won't run on anything but a mac then a large proportion of the dev community is never going to bother checking it.

about two weeks ago
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US Arrests Son of Russian MP In Maldives For Hacking

biodata Prisoner exchange? (176 comments)

It would be a shame if your son comes to harm in some foreign jail, perhaps we can come to some arrangement about Owd Sneedon?

about two weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

biodata Re: User Beware (349 comments)

It is now clear that github is unreliable in their core mission - to allow robust hosting and sharing of useful technology. Unfortunately for them they are in a legal jurisdiction which is no longer suitable for their core activity.

about three weeks ago
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Google Reinstating Some 'Forgotten' Links

biodata Censorship through comment (74 comments)

The Preston case was particularly pernicious - a whole article disappears from search results just because one person adds a comment to the article then decides to 'retract' their comment because 'it is not relevant any more'. It would have introduced a very easy attack route for anyone to take down any article they didn't like by posting a comment then asking Google to retract it thus hiding the whole article.

about three weeks ago
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Use of Encryption Foiled the Cops a Record 9 Times In 2013

biodata Re:Yay exponential growth! (115 comments)

Is it really exponential growth? From 2011 to 2012, growth was infinity%, and between 2012 and 2013 it was only 125%. Growth seems to be slowing a lot.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

biodata Re:E-mail? (346 comments)

This x 10^6 Anyone who has used the internet should have realised pretty early on that sending an email is equivalent to sending a postcard - it will probably arrive at the destination if you use the right address, but there are no guarantees, and you have no control over who sees the email on the way as it is not a private protocol. People should have to get a licence by demonstrating minimal competence before they are allowed to use potentially dangerous technology, just as they do with driving a car.

about three weeks ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

biodata Re:Nonsense (230 comments)

I guess you are trolling right? Even Facebook's facial recognition is consistently worse than a human's and a human's is significantly worse than perfect. If by robust you mean "frequently correct, and but wrong sometimes", then OK, but then that is what OP was saying about neural nets.

about 2 months ago
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The Flaw Lurking In Every Deep Neural Net

biodata Average across models (230 comments)

Neural networks are only one way to build machine learning classifiers. Everything we've learnt about machine learning tells us not to rely on a single method/methodology and that we will consistently get better results by taking the consensus of multiple methods. We just need to make sure that a majority of the other methods we use have different blind spots to the ones the neural networks have.

about 2 months ago
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Chelsea Clinton At NCWIT: More PE, Less Zuckerberg

biodata Re:How many code monkies do we really need? (255 comments)

Healthcare will be redundant fairly shortly. The main problem facing humanity is too many people and not enough food and water, not too many sick people. The most important 21st century skill is going to be agriculture, and the production of more food from less resources.

about 2 months ago
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Curiosity Rover May Have Brought Dozens of Microbes To Mars

biodata Re:Experiment proposal (97 comments)

I'm not an expert on this by any means but I think the problem might be available Nitrogen, given what I saw from the atmospheric and regolith analyses that came out of the early Curiosity experiments. Perhaps someone who knows what they are talking about would care to comment?

about 2 months ago
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Russia Bans US Use of Its Rocket Engines For Military Launches

biodata Re:Exports for a struggling economy (522 comments)

I think they will probably struggle on with the gas revenues they earn for keeping the lights on in Europe.

about 2 months ago
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Why Scientists Are Still Using FORTRAN in 2014

biodata Why are scientists still using LATIN in 2014? (634 comments)

In the cutting edge world of biological research scientists are still using the ancient language latin to name, classify and describe species of organism. The thing is why would they change?

about 2 months ago
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Mathematical Model Suggests That Human Consciousness Is Noncomputable

biodata Re:lossy memory (426 comments)

This. Memories are changed by recall.

about 2 months ago
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RightsCorp To Bring Its Controversial Copyright Protection Tactics To Europe

biodata Re:Hi, I'm a copyright enforcement company. (196 comments)

Wait, so under DMCA anyone can extort $10 per IP address out of ISPs by claiming they are involved in piracy? Glad I live in Europe where this could never happen.

about 3 months ago

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Air Traffic Control 'telephone glitch' delays hundreds of UK flights

biodata biodata writes  |  about 8 months ago

biodata (1981610) writes "The BBC is reporting that hundreds of UK commercial air flights have been delayed for most of today due to an internal telephone systems problem in the National Air Traffic Control Service, and delays are likely to continue into the evening. A spokesperson said that it was a difficult software bug from the one which grounded flights in the summer."
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US asks Iceland to extradite Snowden before he arrives

biodata biodata writes  |  1 year,14 days

biodata (1981610) writes "Iceland Review reports that, in what has been described as a thinly veiled threat, the US has written to Iceland asking it to extradite a 'US citizen' presumed to be Snowden. Snowden is not believed to be in Iceland at the current time."
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Björk seeks Kickstarter funds to port Biophilia app from iOS to Android,Win

biodata biodata writes  |  about a year and a half ago

biodata (1981610) writes "From the Iceland Review site:

Björk hopes to raise GBP 375,000 (USD 591,000, EUR 438,400) on Kickstarter to transfer her Biophilia-app over to Windows 8 and Android operating systems. Björk says the goal is to make the app, which is currently only available for Apple products, more accessible to children from low income households, as reported on ruv.is."

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Which TLD avoids government censorship?

biodata biodata writes  |  more than 2 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Now we have been reminded that .com et al are wholly owned subsidiaries of the US government, which TLD should an organisation choose to avoid censorship?"
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UK police integrate their data

biodata biodata writes  |  more than 3 years ago

biodata (1981610) writes "Following the murder of two school girls in 2002 a review of disparate unconnected police data resources recommended the production of a national database. Now the database is in production, it is reported that the details of approximately one in four people in the UK are on the database, including criminals, victims, and those questioned but not charged in connection with crime. The father of one of the murdered school girls welcomed the new database."
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