* Posts by Snorlax

685 posts • joined 1 Dec 2014


US drugstore chain installed anti-shoplifter facial-recognition cameras in 200 locations – for eight years

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Hey Tesco...

Funny. I was in my local Tesco this morning and saw new iPad-sized screens attached to the self-service tills at head height, displaying each customer. Asked the guy behind the counter what they were used for...”Something to do with shoplifting”.

My phone was in the car, so I didn’t get a photo. Must go back later for a pic or two...

Capita Consulting ditching more than a quarter of its workforce 45 days after consultations with consultants

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Re: AIrcrew redundancies willbe far higher than reported so far

... no recourse to public funds when she returns

And rightly so.

Sorry to hear about your daughter’s unemployment by the way.

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Re: What do you call Capita shrinking by 25%?

I find it hilarious when people lose their jobs too.

I think the irony is lost on you...

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Let me wipe a tear from my eye

...A tear of laughter.

Couldn’t happen to a nicer bunch of people

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Re: Liability

Intent, mens rea, is a key component in any potential case...

Good luck proving intent.

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Re: Liability

I would change the image to Goatse man and wait to see how long it took to be un-hotlinked.

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Re: Liability

Are you liable for what happens to the data of the visitors of the other site?

Of course not.

You had no idea that anybody was hotlinking to your site, did you?

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Re: Once Flash finally dies

Keep your hair on. It’s probably just autocorrect messing things up.

Gulp! Irish Water outsources contact centres to Capita for up to €27m over 7 years

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Re: Thanks management

I personally know customer service staff in another Irish state-run utility who were earning €60k/year for answering the phones before customer service was outsourced.

Those days are gone. To be honest, Irish companies are shite at customer service anyway. They act like you should be grateful that they’re supplying you with a service. :D

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Re: Thanks management

“ I'm kinda surprised they've not hired the expertise in-house.”

Irish Water is a state-run utility.

In-house expertise? The company’s staffed with civil servants so you can forget that idea.

Infrastructure support - pipes, meters, etc - is also outsourced.

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Re: Irish Water

The Irish drink a lot.

Yeah, never heard that stereotype before. Very witty.

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Re: "new software and digital capabilities"

@macjules: If you’re speaking or writing in Irish, the name of the country is Éire. Notice the fada, or long accent , on the first letter of the word.

If you’re speaking or writing in English, the name of the country is Ireland.


You don’t refer to Wales as Cymru when you’re having a conversation in English, do you?

Embrace and kill? AppGet dev claims Microsoft reeled him in with talk of help and a job – then released remarkably similar package manager

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I’ve never heard of MS doing that before /s

Sometimes when the good-looking girl in the class comes to talk to you, she just wants you to do her homework...

Surely no developer is naive enough to go for a chat with Microsoft without bringing along at least six lawyers?

Although if you need to ask for Azure credit, they know you don’t have the resources to sue them for stealing your ideas.

Tech's Volkswagen moment? Trend Micro accused of cheating Microsoft driver QA by detecting test suite

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Re: "Working closely..."

What the hell is wrong with you? This situation is nothing like a person being raped.

If that’s your idea of a random example to compare, you need to see a psychiatrist.

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Re: Petty or Pedant?

This place is full of pedants. Don’t apologise.

Where the hell Huawei? It should be a bit easier to tell now the AppGallery has its first proper navigation app

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..unless they stamp out dodgy apps...

lol, you haven’t been on the Google Play Store have you? Stamping out dodgy apps doesn’t seem to be high on Google’s list of things to do either...

Google begs for US Entity List exemption to let Huawei use its mobile services – report

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To be honest...

...I find the lack of Google-related spyware on newer Huawei phones a great selling point.

It would appear that the world's biggest ad-slinger needs Huawei more than Huawei needs them. Funny old world eh?

How the US-China trade war is felt stateside: Xilinx trims workforce after lucrative Huawei sales pipe blocked

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Re: So the CIA should just buy Huawei, problem solved

Didn’t Motorola sell their cellular business to Nokia Siemens a decade ago?

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Re: So who is actually happy?

” The Feds are trying to make somebody buy a controlling interest in Nokia or Ericsson, so that they can smile again... Hopefully Europe will tell them where to get off.”

For a country that despises ‘socialism’, Bill Barr’s suggestion that the state should take over a private company would make Stalin proud.

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Re: Isn't It Ironic?

True. Uncle Sam doesn’t like competition.

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Isn't It Ironic?

No, not the Alanis Morissette song...

US government tells us that the Chinese will hoover up our calls and data traffic if they’re allowed to build 5G networks in the West.

Meanwhile, in the news last week we discover that the CIA was running a Swiss front company, Crypto AG, which had backdoored encryption devices used by governments worldwide. Seriously, fuck these guys...

Steve Jobs, executives shot down top Apple engineers' plea to design their own server CPU – latest twist in legal battle over chip upstart Nuvia

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Re: CPUs? Apple stopped making servers even though there was a demand

"Got to wonder what they run the "apple cloud" on"

GCP and AWS mostly.

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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Re: Anonymous Contractor

” If you only have one client, and expect to turn up at that client 9-5 Mon-Fri for the foreseeable future and they expect the same from you then maybe it's time to embrace your status as a permanent employee...”

Unpopular view, but this sums it up.

I wonder what percentage of contractors fit this description?

Very little helps: Tesco flashes ancient Windows desktop on Scan-As-You-Shop device

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@phuzz:"Putting on my pedantic hat for a moment:

Irish citizens living in the UK did get to vote in the Brexit referendum, (but that was because of the Good Friday Agreement, not a specifically EU related reason.) Also, up until the other day, all UK citizens were also EU citizens and we all got to vote."

Sorry Mr. Pedantic, you're dead wrong. You might not be aware that Ireland and the UK have an, um, shared history which predates the GFA by a few years

Section 2 (1) of the Ireland Act 1949:

It is hereby declared that, notwithstanding that the Republic of Ireland is not part of His Majesty’s dominions, the Republic of Ireland is not a foreign country for the purposes of any law in force in any part of the United Kingdom or in any colony, protectorate or United Kingdom trust territory, whether by virtue of a rule of law or of an Act of Parliament or any other enactment or instrument whatsoever, whether passed or made before or after the passing of this Act, and references in any Act of Parliament, other enactment or instrument whatsoever, whether passed or made before or after the passing of this Act, to foreigners, aliens, foreign countries, and foreign or foreign-built ships or aircraft shall be construed accordingly.

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Re: Mouth-Breather?


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”Seems a harsh reaction to the AC...”

I could be wrong here, but I think that the 38 (and counting) downvotes probably have more to do with AC’s condescending description of shop staff as “mouth-breathers” than his/her opinion of the technology in use?

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” ...wait for some mouth-breather to scan it through and fondle all your shopping...”

You sound charming.

Have a downvote, you obnoxious tw*t.

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""Scan as you shop" is exclusive to Tesco Clubcard holders who...can presumably be trusted to wield the Windows-based handhelds rather than hand their baskets to a checkout clerk..."

Any time I've used one of these things I've been pulled aside for a "random" spot-check, which involves a member of staff scanning practically everything through the till again...

I guess I just look guilty or something :-)

It’s not true no one wants .uk domains – just look at all these Bulgarians who signed up to nab expired addresses

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@Benson's Cycle

"Now the Irish GDP is up massively, the English have cut their idiot throats, and the Irish are laughing at us."

They're not laughing at you - Ireland will be affected by current events too...

They're just wondering why an entire country would throw away a great deal for the vague promise of something better.

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"Uh huh...is that so...tell me more about how droves and droves of Irish people are still leaving Ireland..."

If I made a comment that downright stupid and uninformed, I'd post as an AC too...

They're making room for all the Brits fleeing to Ireland from the impending Brexit meltdown.

Also, they're still free to live and work in 26 other EU states. Why shouldn't they enjoy the freedom?

Step away from that Windows 7 machine, order UK cyber-cops: It's not safe for managing your cash digitally

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Re: F.U.D.

Bad advice.

You don’t need to be a high value target to be hit by malware targeting your OS.

Keep your browser up to date? Fire up an XP VM and try to install the latest version of Chrome or Firefox.

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Same here. I did a bunch of free upgrades last week. No reformatting the install disk or using W7 keys.

W10 keys can also be found on eBay for a couple of quid, if you like living life on the edge.

What if everyone just said 'Nah' to tracking?

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Re: I just don't care.

I don’t know how anybody with more than a passing interest in technology and current affairs could fail to grasp the many, many problems which are caused by tech company greed.

Cambridge Analytica have interfered with multiple elections thanks to their profiling of Facebook users.

Facebook itself? Do I need to go there?

Google know everything about you from what time you get out of bed, to your physical location throughout the day, every call, text, email.

The NHS wants to sell your medical records to the US.

Genealogy companies in the US share your DNA with police. Speaking of DNA, I wonder how long before we have to give a sample before we can access healthcare or buy health insurance.

Anyway, tinfoil hat mode deactivated. If you don’t give a shit about your privacy, best of luck to you...

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Re: But How ?

"I was thinking rather than blocking, why not feed it random (believable) crap?"

Too much work for no gain on my part.

Block and forget.

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We see that you're using an ad blocker

74% of those who use an ad blocker will leave a site - rather than disable their ad blocker - when they see this message.

uBlock Origin and Ghostery ftw.

Having trouble finding a job in your 40s? Study shows some bosses like job applicants... up until they see dates of birth

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Re: driving down costs

” Then he's not doing the exact same job.”

Show me any helldesk where two people in the same role are paid the same, and have identical knowledge and productivity.

To say someone’s not doing “the exact same job” is ridiculous as two individuals won’t approach an issue the same way unless they’re robots...

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Re: driving down costs

"Why should a 50-year-old doing helpdesk work be paid more than a 20-year-old doing the exact identical helpdesk work?"

What if he's closing twice the amount of tickets as his colleague? Getting better customer feedback? Less escalations? Better people skills? Better commercial awareness?

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Re: age discrimination cannot be stopped

"It's impossible to stop because most hirers or their agents want (or pretend there is legislation that requires) proof of identity."

I've never been asked for a copy of my passport/driving licence during the selection process.

Always happens after accepting a job though...

Asking for photo ID to determine an applicant's age probably isn't necessary anyway, Their work history should give a useful indication of age (if recruiters actually read CVs fully...)

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"And yet people on Twitter have the nerve to cry about 'agism' against young people"

And yet 'Ok boomer' is a frequently-used insult directed at anybody over the age of 30 (ignoring the fact that boomers are 50-60+)

Pair charged with murder, manslaughter after IBM Aspera boffin killed in New Year's Eve laptop theft struggle

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A sad story

A senseless waste of a life. All for a laptop...

EA boots Linux gamers out of multiplayer Battlefield V, Penguinistas respond by demanding crippling boycott

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Re: 2 sides of the story

UK Copyright law



UK copyright law does not allow you to dump a ROM so you can play a Nintendo 3DS game on your linux box. Try reading the link you just posted.

...consumers are not allowed to break copy protection technology (in legal jargon: Technological Protection Measures, or TPMs) in order to benefit from the exception. Rightsholders often apply TPMs to prevent any use of the work that they have not authorised and TPMs are themselves legally protected as a form of quasi-copyright. This means that if the work you want to copy for private, non-commercial use is protected by a TPM, you cannot circumvent the technical protection even though your use would be a form of private copying.

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Re: 2 sides of the story

"Format shifting is allowed."

Format shifting. I've never heard software piracy called that before.

Allowed by whom btw?

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Re: 2 sides of the story

"Looking at a random 3ds installer - it asks the user to point it to the ROM. So there is no IP issue there."

Oh, ok, you have to do that bit of software piracy yourself...which bears out the AC's comment:

"I wonder if the game is legit - otr they are using an illegal copy - I can't see many Linux user paying for software, or they won't be using Linux in the first place"

I guess I don't really stand corrected?

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Re: 2020 will be the year of linux on the desktop!


I suppose SuperTuxKart's graphics are ok compared to the N64 game it...ahem...pays homage to.

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Re: 2 sides of the story

"the second side is it is very unwelcome to ban people based on their legit OS and legit game"

Having had a quick look at the Lutris site, I see Nintendo GBA titles for download. Don't try to pretend that this could possibly be legit - Nintendo are famous for enforcing their IP rights.

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2020 will be the year of linux on the desktop!

You have to be fairly committed to the schtick to run Windows games on linux.

I'm actually surprised that linux users play games like Battlefield V. Like Mrs Doyle in Father Ted, I thought they liked the misery of Tetris and Solitaire clones.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Sustainability my a**e

The best (worst?) thing about this is that they're not even taking the product back for recycling.

Once the consumer bricks the product and provides the proof in order to get his upgrade credit, he's left with the responsibility of disposing of it (taking it to the local tip/chuck it in a canal/etc.).

The only thing being sustained here is Sonos' profits.

Brother, can you spare a dime: Flickr owner sends mass-email begging for subscriptions

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Re: Why?

"Free tier users... Yes, because they are not bringing any money into the company and their use of the service is a drain on resources.

Think about it."

Flickr serve ads to non-paying users. There's no such thing as a free ride.

You need to take your own advice, and have a think yourself...

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Re: Shame

Several years ago they built a machine learning system, with custom hardware (lots of GPUs), to automaticaly add "tags" to images based on the content. We're talking here about something that classified all of the billions of images they must have in a matter of weeks. There were some interesting articles and presentations from the engineers involved.

Don't forget that time Flickr uploaded photos of 700,000 people to a facial recognition database. That was interesting too.

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Re: Why?

its probably beneficial to flikr that these people leave and take their media with them - reduced bandwidth and storage costs translate to lower losses so the company gets what they want either way.

Uh ok. It benefits the company for users to walk away from their service? Don't think so...

The content drives users to the site. If they get rid of the free users and their photos, there's even less reason to visit the site.

Android and iPhone users can seamlessly back up their photos for free to Google Photos and iCloud respectively. It's not like Flickr are doing something unique here.



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