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I'm a computer security wonk with a particular interest in computational trust, machine learning and Bayesian statistics. And a wonky guitar player.
I'm a computer security wonk with a particular interest in computational trust, machine learning and Bayesian statistics. And a wonky guitar player.

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How to FAIL at Online Customer Service
In just over a week, I'm flying to the US for a conference (the NIST NICE Conference, as it happens). My office has booked my flight with Qantas, and today I received an email from the airline offering me the chance to upgrade for a combination of frequent ...
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Jesus H. Chrysler on a bicycle - shoot me now, and I can die happy, this is just so beautiful.
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Ded now
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Installing YARA from Source Code on CentOS 7
A short post - really more of a reminder to myself - on how to install YARA on CentOS Linux 7. CentOS is an enterprise Linux distribution, and as a consequence aims for stability - it tends to have older versions of many software packages. This can make ins...
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Optus Cable with Google Wi-Fi
We had Optus Cable installed yesterday, replacing an aging ADSL connection. We already had Google Wi-Fi installed, replacing a complicated setup consisting of a Linux-based firewall and multiple access points, but ADSL had become painful, with disconnection...
Optus Cable with Google Wi-Fi
Optus Cable with Google Wi-Fi
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How are folks dealing with the unused light switches after installing smart bulbs? I find it hard to unlearn the habit of flipping the switch when I leave a room - but then the bulb is powered off and won't respond to Google Home commands (or the native app, of course). And visitors don't know about it, so they tend to always switch lights off.

If you remove the switch, the light fitting is always live - how do you change the lamp? Tape over the switch? Stick some kind of box over it? Are there new kinds of switches to solve this problem?

Enquiring minds need to know . . .

Here's a conundrum, involving Assistant, Home, Home Mini and Philips Hue lighting. It's been driving me insane, and I'd appreciate any suggestions.

My name is "Les". My office, obviously, is "Les's office", and it has a Philips Hue light above the desk. But if I tell Assistant, "Turn on Les's office light", I get all kinds of results except the light going on. Assistant parses my speech as:

- Turn on blaise's office light
- Turn on lenses office light
- Turn on leathers office light
- Turn on lasers office light
- Turn on Liz's office light

I even renamed the room to be "The boss's office", but "Turn on the light in the boss's office" gets parsed as "Turn on the light in the bosses office" - Assistant briefly displays "boss's" but then turns the apostrophe into an 'e'.

I'm going insane (and sitting here in the dark ;) ). To make it worse, Assistant has no problem with my wife's name and turns her office light on and off properly! Obviously I could rename the room to be "Study" or something else that's easily distinguishable, but I thought I'd ask the community: is there a way of teaching Assistant and the Knowledge Graph about names and possessives, or some other approach to the problem?

A question for the community - is Google Home helpful for the memory-impaired?

I have an old friend/colleague who has been diagnosed with a form of Alzheimers and is losing his memory. He searches to find the right word, as his long-term memory is rapidly eroding (rather sad to see, but that's another conversation), and his short-term memory is probably pretty dodgy, too. I was wondering whether a Home might be useful to him as a way of getting reminders, facts he can't recall, etc. I'm going to do a little experimenting, myself ("Hey, Google, what do you call that thing that chases mice?", etc.) but would be interested in hearing people's experiences.

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I posted a short note about this the other day, but thought it was worth expanding into a full blog post.
Another Chromebook Use Case
Recent restrictions on traveling with laptops have caused difficulties for business travelers. My better half recently booked airline tickets to visit family in the UK, traveling with a codesharing combination of Qantas (Sydney - Dubai) and Emirates (Dubai ...
Another Chromebook Use Case
Another Chromebook Use Case
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Another Chromebook Use Case
Recent restrictions on traveling with laptops have caused difficulties for business travelers. My better half recently booked airline tickets to visit family in the UK, traveling with a codesharing combination of Qantas (Sydney - Dubai) and Emirates (Dubai ...
Another Chromebook Use Case
Another Chromebook Use Case
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Another use case for Chromebooks: my wife booked a flight to the UK with Emirates, via Dubai, to visit her mother. Then the UK issued a rule that passengers flying to the UK from Dubai would not be allowed to have a laptop in their hand luggage - and we're not prepared to put a laptop, with a lithium battery, in checked luggage for safety reasons.

So we bought an Acer 14 from amazon.co.uk for delivery before her arrival, and she's been using for work, email, video calls, etc. It's the perfect fit because:

* low cost, especially important for a device that will only be used for a few weeks each year
* low maintenance - no need to waste time updating and patching on arrival
* everything is stored in the cloud, so no risk of leaving important work behind on return
* good security - nothing on the local hard drive and anyone else can borrow it to work as a guest

A Windows laptop would have been a major pain by comparison - not to mention the cost of another MS Office licence to make it useful. Of course, this is our second Chromebook and we have Chromebox as well, so it was an easy decision, and it's worked out well.
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