* Posts by Paper

99 posts • joined 24 Jul 2009


We give up, Progressive Web Apps can track you, says W3C: After 5 years, it decides privacy is too much bother


Just remove the manifest too?

When the user goes to "Clear browsing data", just delete the manifest file, or start_url at the least, too... Next time they visit redownload. Problem solved. User may need to have an internet connection for the initial revisit.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO


Mob is bad

This guy made a very clearly nasty racist rant and the concequence is social shaming and possibly a boycott of his company by a few. And he nominally got banned from a restaurant he likely would never return to anyway.

On the other hand that dog walker who called 911 - had her dog confiscated, lost her job, shamed relentlessly in every avenue online, and is facing jail time, even after issuing a sincere apology. Well she's a smallish woman and he's a large tall guy...

So yeah, society is backwards.

Imo, best thing the dog walker could have done is no acknowledgement, no action. If you say and do nothing, it's hard for anyone to accuse you of anything. Just walk away.

Also, top best thing is to not be racist.


Re: When will people learn

100% agree. Obviously racism is never good. But it's also not worth expressing ANYTHING publicly in this day and age, that isn't very privately between you and your best friend.

ZFS co-creator boots 'slave' out of OpenZFS codebase, says 'casual use' of term is 'unnecessary reference to a painful experience'

Big Brother


I'm not discrediting the need for systematic reform, and - well - some self-reflection by society as a whole (including us white folk). I feel that the developer world is quite partisan.

At the same time, I'm a bit sick of social justice advocates deciding what can and cannot be said, what language is taboo or not.

Does policing the minutia of language really contribute to the needed change? Or are we potentially alienating possible allies?

Wall Street analyst worries iPhone is facing '2nd recession' after 2019 annus horribilis


Poor quality

Last year I ditched iPhone for Android. No regrets. Apple need to refocus on quality, because recently a lot of their products have more issues than their competitors.

It's 2020 and iPhone still can't do a basic file transfer, you either have to sync, bluetooth or email files to yourself, or some other contrived method.

Only because it's Apple do we still buy laptops with keyboards whos buttons are known to break. If it happened for any other brand we'd buy an alternative and just use Linux.

GitLab can proclaim diversity all it likes, but it seems to have a real problem keeping women on staff or in management


Diversity = a Nice-to-have

Well, diversity is a nice to have imo, I'm a gay developer so knowing a company is an open environment and not broish etc is encouraging; my previous experiences at overly broish companies haven't been great. If you're too different, you get judged more harshly.

Companies very often just do robotic diverse hiding but that alone won't work. It's a mindset on how welcoming and open the company is. It usually comes from the top down, so if the leadership is cliquey...

However it can't be at the expense of the company's revenue or hiring the right talent. If someone doesn't live up to their responsibilities, they gotta go. Nor should companies necessarily be penalised if diversity decides to leave. There's few of us, and it's a competitive world. Nor should it discriminate against white cis het men, that wouldn't be fair.

So the situation is not black and white. A load of women quiting could mean everything or nothing or 50/50.

Optional (un)chained melodies for those who like their TypeScript to be more assertive in 3.7



I get why Typescript exists, however does it honestly bring any real benefit? Does Javascript really have that many problems?

Google sounds the alarm over Android flaw being exploited in the wild, possibly by NSO



Why doesn't Google implement every single kind of exploit, and those being used in the wild, and run full exploit testing against every one of the devices they manufacture after each update?

Google bans politics, aka embarrassing stuff that gets leaked, from internal message boards

Big Brother


Good, all companies should follow suit. You are there TO WORK. Not to discuss how terrible it is being a white well educated hipster with a dog, great apartment and awesome wage!

Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants


Women + Queer equality

This is the first time I'm hearing of a woman and trans person committing this type of crime. So at least one positive takeaway is we are achieving "criminal" equality :D :| :D :|

Stiff penalty: Prenda Law copyright troll gets 14 years of hard time for blue view 'n sue scam


Re: Is there a lawyer in the house?

The situation is more like this: You tell your wife you're popping out for milk, but meanwhile you pop down a back ally where a masked man freely gives you a penguin fury porn DVD. You know you should probably pay, but it's already free everywhere else (Pornhub etc), and you just wanna see the HD version.

Meanwhile, the masked man actually owns the penguin fury porn. He then calls the authorities who sniff around and hear you m*sturbating to the penguin fury porn (who needs privacy?), and you get a letter either to pay up for "illegally obtaining said porn" or to go to court.

Given you don't want your wife, or community, to know - you just pay the $3k rather than reveal your penguin fury porn fetish.


Re: Who says crime dorsn't pay?

I think he should have had to pay $3.5m restitution. 0.5m just to ensure he'll always be downtrodden.

YouTube's pedo problem is so bad, it just switched off comments on millions of vids of small kids to stem the tide of vileness

Big Brother

Let the public moderate

If a post gets a critical mass of down votes, just hide it. I realise that's tyranny by the majority but it's better than waiting a week for such comments to get deleted.

Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct


Just don't be a doosh, don't take guidelines seriously

Long ago came to the conclusion that guidelines can be pretty much ignored. They're just psychological masturbation for the bored and untalented.

Just never be a doosh and 99% time you'll never hear about the guidelines anyway. And if that 1% time happens, just nod along mindlessly, offer a fakepology and throw out a compliment. Then promptly pretend the offended person doesn't exist.

And it doesn't hurt to at least strive to treat others exactly as we would want and expect to be treated, including trying not to makes jokes at the expense of others in a public forum.

Here's 2018 in a nutshell for you... Russian super robot turns out to be man in robot suit


в России…

In Russia, robot controls YOU!

Linux.org domain hacked, plastered with trolling, filth and anti-transgender vandalism


Re: "Hopefully" you do some reading.

In fact we don't even need to invoke science here. Anyone with half a braincell can deduce that trans people don't chose to be trans - who in their right mind would randomly opt to cut off their penis/breasts at a whim? No one. QED: Gender (aka brain sex) is not a choice.


Re: Hopefully

@Garymrrsn: Yeesh all the replies to your post - don't people get a joke anymore?

Macs to Linux fans: Stop right there, Penguinista scum, that's not macOS. Go on, git outta here



If you own a Mac, you may as well use MacOS. It's basic Unix, does the same kind of things almost. Yes, yes, it's not free. The kind of development you do on them is for non free stuff like iPhone development etc.

I got my mac and my linuxified PC.

Manchester man fined £1,440 after neighbours couldn't open windows for stench of dog toffee


Re: An inspection by the RSPCA might ...

Nowadays you could simply record that and post it on Facebook and YouTube. A mob would soon take care of it for you.

As Tesla hits speed bump after speed bump, Elon Musk loses his mind in anti-media rant


The title to this article should read...

The title should read "A completely click baity article in response to being criticised for making click baity articles!"

Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help


I understand Linus. I too want to shout at many people every day! I too have done therapy to anethetise my sensitivity to stupidity.

How an augmented reality tourist guide tried to break my balls


Europe is overrated

I used to love mainland Europe, as someone from the UK. Then I moved to Canada and travelled around the Americas and Asia.

Now every time I go to Europe I just find myself annoyed. The people are often meh. Except for the Swedish and Portuguese. They're both awesome. Everyone else, somewhat including my fellow Brits, offer very poor service compared to America and East Asia, and occasionally are extremely unfriendly.

Even in conservative Asia no hotel staff made any comments or looks about the fact that my other half is also another guy. The one time we went to the UK, the hotel receptionist exclaims "The same bed?!". Pretty much had to whisk my Canadian bf away, as he was hangry and began proclaiming the entire UK was a piece of sh!t island over and over. It didn't help that the next day our train to my parent's was 2 hours delayed.

Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism


Re: My hovercraft is full of eels

Or Madam William! Don't be so sexist!



Erm what?

1. On one hand the article seems to imply that Google Translate should be aware of job fields with respect to gender ratios whilst simultaneously complaining that STEM fields are male by default. What if there are more men in a given field?

2. Surely it would be more sexist to stereotype certain jobs as being male or female?

3. If I gave you a sentance using gender neutral pronouns, would you be able to tell me whether to use he or she? No! How do you expect the computer to be able to?

4. There are fewer female software developers than male developers. By far less than 30%. If Google has 30% female developers, they're doing very well.

5. If Google Translate had showed a bias towards female pronouns, would anyone have accused Google of sexism? Why is it automatically problematic to default to male pronouns but not female pronouns?

6. Relating to (5), why do some activist/far-left types seem to hate men so much? What did my penis ever do to you?

What can you do when the pup of programming becomes the black dog of burnout? Dude, leave


For me, burn out is caused bad managers. Examples -

Lack of feedback:

"OK, take another task then"

"Well the problem is when do I say well done to the team?"


Destructive feedback:

-360 silly review thing-

"Well your colleagues all gave you very good ratings and constructive feedback, however I think you have a very bad ethic, don't care about your work and seem to lack motivation"

Contradictory feedback:

"I need you to be able to do tasks without me having to check to make sure you're doing this right... -completes task-... "We can't use this, too complex, you should have checked with me!"

I've worked with very difficult CEO's but managed it due to having a very good working relationship with them and feeling their feedback was honest and impersonal.

I've struggled with managers who basically have a superiority complex and look down rather than viewing themselves as someone actually "managing" a team towards the goal of building a product.

Unbreakable smart lock devastated to discover screwdrivers exist


I think the fact that you can take bolt cutters to it renders it pretty useless from the outset.

Leave it to Beaver: Unity is long gone and you're on your GNOME


Re: Good riddance!



Good riddance!

Unity was an abomination. They didn't want you to be able to rearrange anything, insisted that the logo be mandatory, etc. I was simply enraged by a Linux distribution telling me how to use it.

As Zuck apologizes again... Facebook admits 'most' of its 2bn+ users may have had public profiles slurped by bots


Re: I'm having trouble deleting my FB account!@

"Oh, wait, I never created one."

Hope you didn't give your phone number and name to anyone who might be using the FB app and decided to sync their contacts...


Deactivated mine, I could not bring myself to delete it yet as I worry about losing access to people I may need to contact again. Luckily I never did submit my number or sync my contacts.

I created a new FB account mainly for keeping in touch with close friends and family, but ensured that it contained no real data of mine, no public anything, etc. I wish I could dump the FB platform altogether but it's insidious in this modern world.

I don't really trust Google's social platform any more than FB.

Furious gunwoman opens fire at YouTube HQ, three people shot


Re: "odd how you didn't mention female wearing headscarf"

Wait, animal rights activists... killing people?! Slightly ironic, no?


"odd how you didn't mention female wearing headscarf"

It's the 21st century, we should be, err, humbled to see that we have achieved equal-opportunity gun-mass-shooting perpetrators. We men were starting to look like the bad ones, so it's, err, terrifyingly relieving to have a woman join the league of crazy-people-who-should-not-have-been-allowed-to-buy-guns!


Re: Of all places

Here in Canada you cannot just walk in and buy an assault gun over the counter at your local Walmart store. That seems to solve a lot of problems.

In fact, the Canadian government is currently tightening laws (or may have happened already) to reintroduce licencing registration after the supreme court, for some bizarre reason, shot it down in 2012 (pun intended). Guns seem fun, I would be up for trying them at a shooting range, but as far as I'm concerned they should be something drug gangs (to be used only against other gangs, please), farmers and hunters buy solely.

Fleeing Facebook app users realise what they agreed to in apps years ago – total slurpage


Re: well

Fortunately I was late to the party with installing it, and it had already transitioned to the individual permission Android model, so I clicked Deny to allowing it to have access to my contacts. Similarly I deleted my number from Facebook (I wish I could go back in time and tell myself not to be so silly).

You lucky creatures! Mammals only JUUUST survived asteroid that killed dinosaurs



And now WE mammals eat the modern dinosaurs (i.e. birds) for dinner. Oh how the tables have turned, dinosaurs, how they have turned ;)

Developer mistakenly deleted data - so thoroughly nobody could pin it on him!


Re: Never edit the fstab table on a production system...

Anyone going to ./share what happened?

Screw everything! French swingers campsite up for sale, owners 'tired'


J'ai visité Lyon il y a quelques années, aussi Paris et Nice avant ceux. Je dois dire que, bien que Lyon était agréable, encore j'ai préféré Paris (cependant peut-être je pense que les parisiens adore-déteste toutes personnes qui sont anglophone ;) ). Les gens de Nice étaient "nice" aussi.

Ex-Google recruiter: I was fired for opposing hiring caps on white, Asian male nerds


Re: Political correctness BS

Another alternative is to work out what proportion of minority candidates come to your interviews and attempt only to mimic those rates in positive discrimination, not to try mimic the rates in the general population. Otherwise basically every company is vying for a tiny population.


Re: Pity party

Well take for example that gay men seem to gravitate towards subjects like the arts, humanities, nursing, architecture, service industries, clothing, etc. Not so much tech.

Whether that's because of a subtle sub-culture, or some biological basis, or because the sciences literally just require more a lot of focus from an early age...

The reason gay men are probably over represented in PhD's is because we have the time and capital to spare. No kids, takes longer to find ourselves a husband (well there are fewer of us, it is a little bit true about gay men being somewhat slutty), and families often give up putting pressure on us (for better or worse), etc.


Pity party

Well as a gay man I would feel it's just a bit degrading if the ONLY reason I was selected was because of being a minority.

A lot of the time, for whatever reasons, the flow of minorities (including LGBTQ+) into tech is just disproportionately less than "white cishet male". That's hardly white straight men's fault! How can it be, we are the ones not opting to go into the tech field...

Perhaps that's due to peer pressures within our sub communities to opt for certain careers, or not achieving the required academic levels due to have screwed up upbringings due to hardships caused by various factors out of our control, etc.

I just want to be treated fairly during an interview, not to be preferenced so I can make some company HR stats look good. There are simple ways to do this without forcing the issue.


Re: Political correctness BS

Why not just have a panel of hiring judges from different backgrounds who vote? Then if would be harder to be accidently racist based during the interview.

Stop us if you've heard this one: Ex-Googler sues web giant claiming terrible treatment. This time, sex harassment


Re: Don't Play Well With Others

Why do so few people not just take it up with the person in question before going higher up? I appreciate it is shocking when someone transgresses normal social boundaries, but for pete's sake, speak up and make sure the other person knows you are unhappy.

Let's say someone touches you without invitation or you see them making someone else uncomfortable. If it were me, I'd immediately lightly slap their hand and say sternly: "No touching, thank you very much :| ".

Of course it sounds like management in her case didn't do what they were meant to do.

Voice assistants are always listening. So why won't they call police if they hear a crime?


Re: Not just listening...

Ah thank you for the tip. I didn't realise it could be swapped out.


Not just listening...

As an aside, Google (and I assume Apple) keeps anything we ever said to them, tracks where we go, what we search, who we call, what our interests are, when we use our devices, which apps we use, etc, etc.

Five years ago, had either company just introduced all these privacy invasions in one go, would any of us been happy to say yes? Or would we have freaked out an said it would be too much?

I just went through my Google account removing personal info, a shocking amount. It's impossible to disable the Google Assistant on my Nexus 6P - it's always listening when I'm on the home screen. So I denied the Google app permission to use the microphone!

Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?


Useless gift

I got the Windows RT tablet as a gift one Xmas. At first I thought, how cool. Then when I realised how limited it was, it was basically useless. It's sitting in my cupboard collecting dust.

Microsoft quickly discontinued the product and pretty much abandoned its users. After that it pretty much put me off of buying anything Microsoft ever. Never was a customer, never will be. Congrats Microsoft.

Microsoft refuses to open it up to allow people to develop apps openly for it, or to add Linux or Android onto it. When they find a potential whole in the RT OS that could allow people to Jailbreak, they release updates to patch it away. I hate them.

Google can't innovate anymore, exiting programmer laments


Re: I live in Canada


Canadian: What aboot giving us the same services?

American: "abooot!"

Canadian: What are you talking aboot, eh?

American: ABOOOT?!?! EH?!?! *pew pew pew*

Canadian: *This is why Canada can't have nice things*



I live in Canada

It depresses me how Canada is always an after thought. Canada is *literally* attached to the USA, with 90% of the population living within 100 miles of the borders, speaking the exact same language in an almost identical accent (and some frenchies, but we won't talk about those sexy folks). Would it honestly be that hard to role out the same services at the same time? Sorry.



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