* Posts by TheMole

40 publicly visible posts • joined 24 Feb 2014

Google, YouTube ban election trolls ahead of US midterms


Re: MAGA Republicans

"Evidence so far indicates that the Russians have been pouring money into far-right extremist groups in the West"

Indeed they have, they have also poured money into others such as BLM and far-left groups.

One might almost think they are trying to sow division in the West, however a quick glance down this thread's comments shows that they have failed miserably - nobody on either side of the political debate has taken the bait.

Taiwan bans exports of chips faster than 25MHz to Russia, Belarus


Re: Intermediaries

Be a brave person that tried that, they would have to put rubber gloves on before opening their front door for the rest of their lives.

Antitrust battle latest: Google, Facebook 'colluded' to smash Apple's privacy protections


"Don't be evil"

When you abandon "Don't be evil" as your company motto, it might be a clue....

US bans Chinese firms – including one linked to HPE’s China JV – for feeding tech to Beijing's military


Re: Military / Encryption / Stone Age / SWIFT

"Didn't they just throw 100 billion dollars into the chip fab industry within China to try and catch up just cos of such sanctions from the US?"

That or to prepare for the inevitable shortage after they blitz Taiwan.

China's hypersonic glider didn't just orbit Earth, it 'fired a missile' while at Mach 5


Re: Money Can't Buy Everything

30,000 ?

According to https://www.armscontrol.org/factsheets/Nuclearweaponswhohaswhat, the entire world has less than 15,000 and of those over 3,000 are decommissioned awaiting dismantling.

Failed insurrection aside, Biden is going to be president in two weeks. What does it mean for tech policy?


Re: Rent a mob

Biden refused to condemn the BLM/Antifa riots that lead to over 30 deaths and thousands of businesses being looted and burnt. Whole city blocks raised.

Biden's VP even organised bail for the few rioters to actually be apprehended.

And before the TDS crowd pile on, criticism of Biden does NOT equate to support for Trump.

Alibaba admits it built facial-recognition-as-a-service to detect oppressed Uyghur minority in China


but had not put it into production for any clients.......

That statement may be true, but potentially meaningless as it allows for :

"but we did sell them the source code and a compiler."

"because they haven't yet finished the beta test"

"given that state security are not a client in the standard definition"


Jeff Bezos: I will depose King Trump


Err... democracy ?

Am I the only one here uncomfortable that the world's richest man is trying to depose a democratically elected president because the president denied him the chance to become even richer ? Or is Bezos saying that AWS is so superior to the alternatives that it trumps democracy itself ?

The USA has a collegiate system and he won that, live with it, POTUS has a lot of executive power. Thats the point of having one. Elect a crap one and you have to accept the consequences for 4 years until you get to choose again. That's the downside to democracy but its a lot better than the alternatives.

Talk in Trump's tweets tells whether tale is true: Code can mostly spot Prez lies from wording


Poacher turned Gamekeeper ?

"the researchers used a set of tweets from President Trump that had been fact checked by the Washington Post and could be characterized either as accurate or not. "

The Washington Post regularly prints misleading, slanted or even innacurate articles itself. So using them as the arbiter is kinda dumb.

Uber says it's changed and is now ever-so ShinyHappy™


Shades of Facebook

We are very sorry for being caught doing "insert thing we were caught doing here" and promise to try harder not to get caught in future. Your trust is important to us.

Facebook suspends, investigates CubeYou, another data-harvester


In case anyone is tempted to believe Zuckerberg....


What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


Re: That's Yorkshire fucked then

Except that Scunthorpe is in Lincolnshire.


kcufing sreknaw !

Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men


Equality of outcome vs equality of opportunity

Seems to me you can only have one or the other, but not both.

Having largely (and rightly) won the battle for equality of opportunity, the progressives have changed approach and are now battling for equality of outcome.

Unfortunately this can only be achieved by abandoning equality of opportunity - if not enough representatives of group A are applying for posts, then to achieve equality of outcome (proportional representation), you must discriminate in favour of Group A applicants by awarding them jobs at the expense of better qualified non Group A candidates, or vice versa if too many group A candidates apply.

Equality of outcome necessitates discrimination.

Uber, quit shoveling money into the fire for one second and explain that hack – US senators


If Uber told their backers about the hack

Do the backers have any legal obligation to notify the authorities ?

Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom


Hypocrisy thy name is Google

Their arguments might carry a little more weight if Google was not currently launching a campaign to suppress political views they disagree with on Youtube, through demonetizing and sandboxing videos even if they do not violate its policies (but Google happens to disagree with).

Faking incontinence and other ways to scare off tech support scammers


Put a 3 year old on the line

When my daughter was younger, I used to tell scammers that I was too old to understand technology, but that my daughter knew more than I did and ask if it was ok to put her on. She was a very chatty toddler and would happily witter away until they hung up. Usually 2-5 minutes.

Bullyboy Apple just blew a $500m hole in our wallet, cries Qualcomm


Dining with the devil

They should have use a longer spoon.....

Apple Store in Pennsylvania hit with discrimination complaint


Re: Aren't we oh so judgmental.

"For example, the level of annoyedness of your colleagues about having to work on Sundays when one arsehole claims they can't for religious reasons will be growing over time."

Seventh Day adventists celebrate the Sabbath on Saturday I believe.

Uber blackballs 'Greyball' tool it used to deny rides to regulators


Re: Reward the little guy

So shortsighted, I am amazed you can even see the keys on your keyboard.

The insane amounts of VC money going into Uber represents the belief that it will provide massive returns on that investment - which can only be achieved by monopoly dominance and subsequent massive price hikes. If they attain their goals, do you think anyone will be able to challenge them and reintroduce fair/fare competition, given their approach to the norms of business and the law itself ?

Each time you use them is another micro-boost towards monopoly dominance.

Uber is watching your smartphone's battery charge


Re: Quite off the topic of the application monitoring battery charge...

Its not their employment practices that make them sleazy, its their approach to business :




New booze guidelines: We'd rather you didn't enjoy yourselves


Overpopulation and pensions crisis

So why are so many people hell-bent on exacerbating them ?

Why Agile is like flossing and regular sex


I miss the goold old days

In't good old days a business analyst would work with the business to understand what the business actually needed. A System Analyst would work with the business analyst to work out what software was required to achieve it and write it up into a specification. Then a programmer simply coded it up.

Given the cyclic nature of IT trends, who knows, this could be the next big thing !

Tinder porn scam: Swipe right for NOOOOOO I paid for what?


Re: Cogit Ergo Sum of da time

That's cos they have no willies.

Not smiling for the camera? Adobe's Creative Cloud suite can fix that


Just think of how much fun Stalin could have had.....

No self respecting dictatorship can do without this must-have tool.

Look the people love me !

Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim


Just like Amoebas understand electromagnetic radiation

Well they will change direction when lights are shined at them, so presumably they must understand the principles involved.

Forget the drones, Amazon preps its own cargo container ship operation out of China


And it will provide a more traditional way to avoid tax. Register the shipping firm in a tax haven and overcharge itself for shipping. Especially as the EU is trying to close down the Luxemburg tax avoidance schemes.

Anthropology boffins solve 9,000-year-old headless body cold case


Re: the conclusion that doing it was a good idea

Ah, there's nothing like rose-tinted spectacles !



Layabout, sun-blushed techies have pick of IT job market, says survey


Just another bit of propaganda to pressure the Govt to issue more visas.

"We couldn't get locals to work below the market rate, which proves there is a skill shortage so we need to import workers - as proved by this unbiased report that we ourselves wrote"

Apple store staffers probed like 'criminals', lawsuit claims



But aren't the Apple shop staff geniuses ?

You won't catch a genius out with a simple bag-check !

Microsoft tells big biz: No free Windows 10 for you, crack wallets open


QA or what ?

From the company that brought you Vista and Windows 8 :

"We're trying to figure out how consumers get a one-size-fits-all OS and features as fast as possible at a quality bar that businesses wouldn't tolerate. Business wants to get features when they are ready for them.."

am I right in reading this as saying that unlike businesses, consumers will put up with poorly conceived, badly implemented buggy crap, as long as it is free and looks flash ?

Hide your Macs, iPhones and iPads: WireLurker nasty 'heralds new era'


Re: OK so let me get this straight..

"The largest-scale attack of its kind on OSX devices, believed the first to maliciously target non-jailbroken iPhones"

implies otherwise.

I interpreted the article to mean that it may have got into the Apple ecosystem via jailbroken phones but once on a Mac it can infect non-jailbroken devices via USB.

Met Office: 2014 was fifteenth warmest on record


Weather ?

A handful of wet/dry/hot/cold/windy/calm weeks/months/seasons/years on one minor island are surely indicative of the weather, not the climate..

However, unlike Bob Ward, I am not an expert in rocks.....

Are you a fat boy? Get to university now, you penniless slacker


Re: If fat, get tough!

Not so sure about the martial arts, being somewhat rotund and a student of Karate myself. All the exercise simply increased my weight as I gained muscle without losing fat.

And it wore out my joints. I am now barely able to walk due to osteo-arthritis which began in my forties, making weight control a whole lot harder.

JINGS! Microsoft Bing called Scots indyref RIGHT!


I hope they vote yes

Otherwise we will have to go though all this crap again in a decade or so.

Also the look on Salmond's face as all his pigeons come home to roost (currency, EU, NATO, share of national debt etc) will be priceless.

Are you a HOT CELEB? Think your SEXY PICS are safe? Maybe NOT


So you cant trust thieves.

Learn something new every day !

The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal


MET bullies

In 1986 I was stopped in my car and when I asked why, the answer was 'your car is registered in Tottenham and this is a nice area'. A thorough search of me and the vehicle ensued.

A few months later I was stopped and when a passenger asked why, he was pulled from the car, his arm twisted behind his back till he screamed and was told 'We're the fucking Met sonny, you don't mess with us', as three other officers looked on.

That was the 80's.

Fast forward to the 21st century and the Met has modernized itself and (unlike most state-run operations except GCHQ) realised the potential of technology, so no longer are they restricted to physically bullying individuals, they can now cyber-bully the whole nation with one click of a mouse.

That's progress !

Take the shame: Microsofties ADMIT to playing Internet Explorer name-change game


Re: New browser names:

Might I add :

10) "the thing you use to download a proper web browser onto a new Windows pc"

Assange™ makes fresh bid for FREEDOM from Scotland Yard's 'physical encirclement'


How does he know ?

How does Assange know to the nearest penny how much it has cost ?


Muslim clerics issue fatwa banning the devout from Mars One 'suicide' mission


S*** happens.

In ANY group of people there will be a number of total c***s. And if these c***s get their hand on levers of power (social, religious, political, cultural, whatever) very bad things will happen.

If the weak-willed and the misguided fall in line behind the c***s then exceedingly bad things will happen. One of the main problems with religion is that it demands that the weak and misguided fall in line.