Cash For Cronies



This morning.


23 thoughts on “Cash For Cronies

  1. GiggidyGoo

    First off the blocks will probably be Zappone, in all events. €17,500 for a nights work. Better pay than the UN sop.

  2. Junkface

    This is weird. Snitching culture is going into overdrive now with these kind of rewards. With modern tools like deepfake and camera tracking software, this is not a healthy development. Paddy will end up regretting this when someone uploads a video of him blowing a donkey or something.

    1. Micko

      Oh man, that would imply there’s already an existing video of someone blowing a donkey to deep fake Paddy’s head onto


      II really hope not ;(

    2. Junkface

      Just to be clear, I was throwing out a wild example of how bad a deepfake video could be, I haven’t seen a video of someone blowing a donkey. We are entering a bold new world of convincing fake videos. Elections are usually a catalyst for these things.

      1. Micko

        Sure sure ;-)

        Did you ever see the voice sampler / synth software that Adobe created a few years back?

        Like Photoshop for voices. That coupled with deep fakes would be a game changer.

        Haven’t seen much of it in the last few years though

        1. Junkface

          Ha ha! Sure indeed.

          I have seen the new NVIDIA tech that uses A.I. learning to reconstruct a human face in 3D based on a reference supplied. It can match any angle after the original persons head is tracked. Video evidence for anything will become a less reliable source.

          1. ian-oG

            It will definitely muddy the waters around video evidence alright.

            Due to how computers currently handle data and their inability to generate random numbers for example, it would be possible to prove something is a fake but its the time taken to do so that will be the issue, hence me saying muddying the waters above.

            However, if they really do manage to get a viable quantum computer to work that will be a very different story, it might be almost impossible to tell the difference.

            Someone will post a video of someone saying or doing something offensive or criminal, person will have to then show that its a fake which will take time. Also, all they might need do is to actually edit a tiny portion of the video to make the thing so much more confusing and hard to prove.

            I think this type of tech needs to be heavily, heavily regulated at the very least and then some. Nobody will be safe from it.

            Sometimes I am glad I am getting on in years so I will not have to deal with this sort of crap for too long but I shudder for the younger generations.

            Don’t even get me started on A.I. not that I believe true A.I. is ever possible but some version of it with something approaching human levels of cognition and reasoning and problem solving will be very, very scary. Real A.I. though might turn out to be lovely, but its very dangerous all the same. And hopefully will remain in the realms of sci fi for now, enough real intelligent humans with bad intentions as it is, a digital or artificial intelligence plugged into everything? No thanks.

  3. Zaccone

    I’m not a Paddy fan but this is brilliant. Fair play to him.

    Our media is so docile and subservient to FF/FG in Ireland, the only way to inspire investigative journalism is probably big cash rewards like this.

    If he offered a “bounty” like this on information in general that embarrassed government ministers it’d do wonders for the country.

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