* Posts by nethack47

13 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Nov 2012

It's been a day or so and nope, we still can't wrap our head around why GitHub would fire someone for saying Nazis were storming the US Capitol


Re: The problem

I was watching a bit of it live and they did have a couple of prominent people who had pretty open nazi paraphernalia. Granted most of the racists and bigots was carrying the Confederate flag but there was also a couple of nazis.

We warned people in the office because there was 3 terrorists at Burough Market 2017 even though it was just 3 of them and most people was just trying to get away.

In my view the people supporting trump planned terror attacks but probably for several different reasons most of which wasn't really because they have a strong support of the NSDAP but because they wanted to win an election by any means necessary.

10 social networks ignored UK government consultations


Re: mystery

I think they understand vaguely about the internet but understand very well that to a majority of voters this looks like they are taking action and sticking it to those pesky social media companies. Given the polarisation of debate and general prevention of discourse they're probably trying to get access to a ban-hammer on platforms they do not control. It is never for the public now is it.

LLVM contributor hits breakpoint, quits citing inclusivity intolerance


The suggestion that one can discount people based on skin colour is a problem because it doesn't see nuances and doesn't actually fix the problem.

Supposedly I am privileged because I am male and generally look northern European. I get treated differently because I am an immigrant, because I have a disability, because I have children, because I don't share others interests and generally because I am different.

Being preferentially treated is mostly about who you know and how you behave. I happen to work with people who see my worth but I've got a very long CV of places that wasn't inclusive of me.

Privilege is only obvious when making assumptions about people based on their looks but that is no good for activism or gestures. Worst case like Earth Hour potentially causing instabilities in the electrical grid.

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector


Missing the point really.

I am getting pretty fed up with the focus on a very narrow field as the problem.

Using what is essentially Math there is a different solution to the disproportion.

Say we have 100 students who are going to higher education. I think currently the ratio is 55 female and 45 male but trying to find consistent numbers is almost impossible other than it being more female by at least 5%.

If we have 20 male and 5 female students going to into STEM we have an imbalance there which we could try and fix by pushing more females that way. The problem is that there will be a lot of competition for the spaces which is known by both views of the gender disparity to be less hospitable for women.

Healthcare for instance has a massive imbalance. The workforce is 80-20 including all the technical staff and nursing for example has a 90-10 split. If more men could be encouraged to go into nursing they'd have to come from somewhere since people going for further education doesn't just magically appear but redistribute so STEM would by definition end up with less men applying making room for more women.

I have listened to people trying to explain why their young ones who clearly have a great aptitude for computer science should study something else and I think much of it boils down to "it's something weird I don't understand".

Age checks for UK pr0n site visitors on ice as regulator cobbles together some guidance


Is this why I get so much ads for VPN providers. Thought it was for watching media in other regions but this makes more sense.

Ecuador tried to make Julian Assange a diplomat


Re: It's a weird world...

It's been a few years but I read Swedish case that's been handed over to the courts (Sweden makes a lot public on principle) and it was a bit iffy on the whole raping bit.

He's a slob and two-timing bastard of the first degree but the case would not go to court in almost any other country.

He supposedly wanted to be without a condom but put one on anyway but caused the end of it to break.

Then they had another go the next morning which she felt uncomfortable with afterwards making it a problem after the fact.

The other girl talked to the first because he was a bit of a creep and they both decided to go to the police.

When it happened I remember there was also a private familiarity between the girls and the prosecutor who decided it was rape and not mere molestation. There was a lot of conspiracy accusations initially as the whole lot in Sweden was either active Social democrats (the Labour party there) or closely linked since it's hard to see how unprotected sex and after the fact regrets amounts to rape.

Brit film board proposed as overlord of online pr0nz age checks


Re: Why not copy mobile?

I think the plan is to make sure the worried parents feel like they did something since they are horribly misguided and want to block "bad things" rather than confront their own insecurities.

Same thinking that brings them to believe the comparison with for instance Netherlands youth who are taught early on about sex and similar has nothing to do with their pretty impressive lack of youth pregnancy and infections etc etc. No it must be that children go off and have sex at the earliest mention of it just like with math and all the other subjects. All that disturbing division and times tables they keep doing the moment they get a chance to be alone with a pen and paper.

Realistic I think that like the P2P stuff they are adding more lovely tools to block what they need blocked. Just like the IWF we don't get to ask what is blocked and you don't really get to appeal it when you inherit things on the list after whomever was blocked moves on from the IPs.

Remember this is the same people who are trying to put a master key to your encrypted communication because of .... terrorism/childporn/whateversoundsgood.

UK Prime Minister calls on internet big beasts to 'auto-takedown' terror pages within 2 HOURS


What language?

The pesky terrorists have been using all sorts of ways to obfuscate so what languages are you defining terror content in?

I heard a story about the efficiency of wiretaps back in the 80s which was problematic because the pesky terrorists used things like Gaelic which put a lot of strain on the few that could actually understand it. They already worked out that the solution to terror isn't a lack of data or powers but instead it's manpower.

Anyone want to bet this system will quietly be expanded to block porn, copyrighted content and ultimately things that are bad for you. Anorexia glorification perhaps?

May is reducing the workforce and handing over management and costs for to people who can't bill them for what they want.

Child abuse image hash list shared with major web firms


Re: Hmm

There's a lot of reasons why doing "anything" isn't a good idea.

I suggest you look up scope creep or feature creep and remember what fantastic success we have had with the anti-terror laws. It does little good with no transparency what-so-ever as IWF is by design set up to stop people asking questions.

PhotoDNA is good but it should be applied to already uploaded pictures and humans generally are required in this process to verify and IWF has their own setup for that. Hopefully they are now beying the origial 5 people and actually process false positives.

This time we really are all doomed, famous doomsayer prof says


I don't mind reading predictions but what bothers me is news outlets retelling it as fact while it the science hasn't gone through any real testing.

We get this a lot with the what we should eat science and over a period of 10-20 years we'll be full circle.

What do UK and Iran have in common? Both want to outlaw encrypted apps


What about the Data Protection Act and the FCA

The DPA mentions encryption quite often which means we will be in breach of either this regulatory law or whatever law the government decides to bring in forcing us to not protect the sensitive data.

Cameron is probably thinking we can have a completely separate consumer and enterprise device ecosystem and that no terrorist will use a business or rooting to get access to encryption.

I don't see what good this will do when the current regulation already lets the state lock you up until you give up your encryption keys.

Taylor Swift dumps Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you


Dad woes and calculations

I am pretty sure I'll be forced to but that album soon enough as I have a 9 year old daughter but since it's between that and One Direction I'm not enjoying either option really.

Looking at the streams you get a couple of suggestions

$0.006 and $0.0084

SEK0,02 + 0,05

Both look fairly reasonable and I'd say the per song play for an initial song cost on buying an album for $1 works out to be around the same as 500 plays per sale.

With some guesstimates of music consumption I would say you normally listen for the new and shiny song a lot 2 the first two months after which you are sick of it and listening gets more sporadic.

A regular to and from school/work listen makes it at least 2 plays per day for around 60 days but since you might not listen in the weekends it's probably only 50 days. Since it's new and shiny there's a good chance you listen to it a few times more the first week so add 50 more to make the numbers nicer for comparison.

50 days x 2 + 50 spur of the moment listens makes about 150 for that early profitable period when it is the most profitable in sales. Not quite

Looking at when I was young, my friends and my children I am certain the initial numbers tend to be a bit higher.My personal experience with "Everything is awesome" which I happen to have a counter on got over 250 plays since purchase a little while ago.

I guess the recoup from streaming is around half of the album sale over the first year but the cost of albums downloads needs about halving so this is more about trying to keep download prices up than protecting the unique and special.

If it's not then why would Taylor Swifts 1989 be $9.99 as a physical album and $12.99 as a download?

British Ruby conference cancelled after diversity row


Solution is obvious

Since there is a lack of women in IT in general and programming Ruby in particular we'll just have to sue women. I am sure there is some way this can be motivated along with some moral outrage that women in general are treating IT careers as second class over more social professions.

While we're at it I ask myself how the organizers didn't see the massive stupid hammer descending when answering the original criticism. The obvious solution would have been to quickly swap in 3 female speakers citing scheduling conflicts, personal commitments and perhaps sickness.

Having had to deal with hiring in IT I know how hard it is to find women at all when wading through applicants and stacks of CV's from headhunters and we actively looked for women. I'd say most companies I've worked for the women are given a leg up and are treated as more valued than the male counterparts because they are so rare....