* Posts by Hollerithevo

1266 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Mar 2016


Loser Trump's last financial disclosure docs reveal Tim Cook gave him $5,999 Mac Pro, the 'first' made in Texas


Re: He's not finished yet

Yep, that evil old corrupt 'owned by the banks' style of politician who has an effective vaccine plan rolling out even as I type, compared to the maverick 'I'm a business man and will bring market know-how' who has just left.

There are always games. That's part of politics. But I see the same thing in the C-suite, among vendors, etc. I would rather work for a smart, cadgy player who is doing the right things than someone who is all talk but can't deliver.

You can drive a car with your feet, you can operate a sewing machine with your feet. Same goes for computers obviously


Re: Hmm ...

Toxic? Your bar is set very low, L. Commenter.

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?


Re: Trump is a massive c...

Fer instance: Children's Crusade, Savonarola...

File format conversion crisis delayed attempt to challenge US presidential election result


Re: Cassandra

Certainly there is evidence that McConnell's state team corrupted/bought his election, but that would not be news.

Julian Assange will NOT be extradited to the US over WikiLeaks hacking and spy charges, rules British judge


Re: He's not a journalist, just a data dumper.

Define 'anarchist'. Do you mean that he just wants to watch the world burn? Or that he is a Bakunin-style anarchist in wanting existing political structures replaced with a grass-roots-originated system that has no leaders but consensus?

'Best tech employer of the year' threatened trainee with £15k penalty fee for quitting to look after his sick mum


Matthew and Son

At least at Matthew and Son you got a piece of cake.

Raven geniuses: Four-month-old corvids have similar cognitive abilities to great apes at same age, study finds


Re: But why study bird-brained cognition in the first place?

Why on earth would you insult corvids so grossly?


Re: We struggle [with non-human language]

Thanks to many, many people being able to take photos in an instant, we have thousands of mages of animals being friends with, or simply kind to, other animals. Clearly captive animals reach out to each other for companionship and comfort in the face of incarceration.

Once we take humans out of the picture, we can see animals more clearly. Most animals do NOT want to be our friends (why would they, given what we do to them?), but they are able to socialise with other animals, even the animals they might them predate (we have all seen animals around a water hole, lions next to antelope -- there seem to be rules about sharing and not taking advantage).

Ad blocking made Google throw its toys out of the pram – and now even more control is being taken from us


Re: Misses the point

I too signed up for a subscription, innocently thinking that I would be free of adverts and thus tracking.

But no! It turns out that I as a subscriber was of even more interest and I was tracked both by the paper and by the trackers they let their 'trusted affiliates' run. So I now never log in, let all my shielding apps protect me (uBlock Origin etc etc) and treat them like the enemy. And of course I won't renew my subscription.

They didn't do enough research to understand why some people would subscribe, and what would make them hopping angry.

Facebook crushed rivals to maintain an illegal monopoly, the entire United States yells in Zuckerberg’s face


Re: Unsurprising

I was thinking that this was very much like the 1890s/early 1900s, when muckrakers got busy exposing huge abuses by big corporations and trusts began to be busted. Monopolies are not a wholly American thing, but they are strangely dominant throughout its history, from the upper classes making sure that the lower classes were cut from access to land* (see the gentlemen vs farmers in early Tennessee) to now. Adam Smith pointed out that all capitalism tends naturally to clump into monopolies, and that only government regulation can force them to compete on a level playing field. It is the triumph of American corporate interests that they have convinced their victims that their own freedom to create monopolies serves their victims best.

*I am aware that the land wasn't empty and no there for the taking.

Twitter, Mozilla, Vimeo slam Europe’s one-size-fits-all internet content policing plan


A friend in need is a friend indeed

I loved this bit:

"However, Twitter and friends are concerned about the direction the EU is going when it comes to harmful content, and warn it may only increase the power of tech giants."

Because Twitter is just the little fellow, the pal who's on our side?


Re: Moderators can overcompensate

So you think future badness will be the fault of social justice warriors? A big jump from Google to the straw man of this.

UK union pens letter to data watchdog on icky workplace monitoring systems like Microsoft's Productivity Score


Of course it is going to be used only for good

I expect HR, when it was briefly activated in my company, were seeking to remove the burden of pointless meetings from my shoulders, and were hoping I would reduce my email traffic to allow me to do my work in an uninterrupted way.

Hahahahahahahaha nope

Thank goodness my contract ends soon, because although it 'seems' to have been turned off, it either hasn't been, or won't be for long.

Comcast to impose 1.2TB-a-month broadband download limits across more of America from next year


Re: The country that loves competition

Unfettered capitalism leads unescapably to monopolies. Read Adam Smith. Which is why Smith advocated governments stepping in, to set rules and a level playing field.

Apple's global security boss accused of bribing cops with 200 free iPads in exchange for concealed gun permits


Re: Cali is like leftist Europe, only the criminals are allowed guns

Because the majority of people taken down by these proud gun-owners are thieves, rapists and Muslim terrorists. When really it is Black neighbours, their own children, ordinary people out shopping or in church...

Social isolation creates craving in the same brain region as wanting food or addictive drugs, study finds


Introvertz Rule!

Finally our time of world domination has come. Laughing to scorn the feeble mental resources of our pack-animal "brethren" we stride ahead in lock-down adversity, sloughing off stress and anxiety with a merry quip, able to climb our won mountains and eat our own pizzas without a support group.

We knew it was only a matter of waiting long enough. But we have the last laugh hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!


Crooks social-engineer GoDaddy staff into handing over control of crypto-biz domain names


Re: Not surprised

Yes, I too hauled stuff off them in the olden days. An enthusiastic sister-in-law who had bought vanity domains and built an unfortunate website and then realised she was swimming with inept sharks.


Make it inclusive

Even we blessed band of commentards here are just as likely to be socially engineered. The baddies just have to (1) use IT jargon and (2) flatter our intelligence.

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker



Almost every one of these big dinosaurs was the cool kid on the block. Then they got too rich and famous too soon, bloated out, got some nasty addictions (mostly to money and the yachts/rockets/coke it pays for) and turned to the dark side. A timeless tale (tm).

UK tax dept's IT savings created 'significant risk', technical debt as it faces difficult conversation with Chancellor



Seriously. Good post.


Re: A new Child Benefit IT system to replace the existing one

Have you read anything at all about Universal Benefit? Free meals during school breaks during COVID? Stuff like that?

Former Microsoft tester sent down for 9 years after $10m gift card fraud


Re: He just got too greedy

Quite often a small success emboldens the person to go for more and more. Almost classic. But thieving should be like gambling: decide you limit and stick with it, and walk out of the casino then and there.


But what's it for?

Do you really want to steal millions to have a comfortable retirement? Although it would have been smart to stash it until you resigned, then scamper back to the Ukraine.

After Cummings' Barnard Castle trip, cheeky Britons started using the word 'vision' in their passwords


Re: You do not need to remember complex passwords - just write them down.

I had a nice box under my desk, and every evening I obeyed the clean desk policy by picking up my wire storage rack and my day-book and popping both in the box. The pen went on top. Every morning, opened it and restored. We also had to walk miles to a recycling point with paper, as we weren't allowed trash-cans by our desks. A day's worth went into the box and the next morning, on my way to the coffee station, I passed a manager's desk. He had his very own recycling box (because he couldn't be arsked, So important, etc) and popped my trash in there.

Poetry in motion.

Brit accused of spying on 772 people via webcam CCTV software tells court he'd end his life if extradited to US


Re: Legal Spinners

The wife even saying "you'll make our children orphans". Don't know if she was part of her husband's crimes, but they are certainly willing to try moral blackmail now that they've been caught. Perhaps their children would be safer in care?

Oh, the humanity! Microsoft congratulates itself for Teams inflicted on 115m daily users


Teams vs Skype

My business delivered Teams to us. We were told that, just like Outlook, it would be monitored. So far, everyone is still using Skype, because we have been told that it will remain unmonitored. And of course we have other channels. I find Teams visually dull.

Trump's official campaign website vandalized by hackers who 'had enough of the President's fake news'


Re: I don't think Trump will put up much of a fight

Being escorted off the White House property is not a good look for a winner. I think the Republicans have got what they want, which is SCOTUS, and they can rest for two years under a Biden/Dem government before they come in again (at least in the Senate) and, having cleared out some space, the old duffers in the Party having been kicked out in 2020, they can bring in energetic new blood. Guys like Cotton. So I don't think the Republicans are going to support any attempt by Trump to over-stay their welcome.


Re: Like a Three-Card Monte game

And you know Biden is senile because of what actions or speeches captured on video? It's all 'Harris is bonkers' (demonstrated by what?) 'Biden is senile' (demonstrated by what?). If it's so obvious, the proofs should be easy to find.


Re: ... another 4 or 8 or ... 12 years

Give me an example of dementia as exhibited by Biden. Such as rambling, not being able to remember, confusion, and so on. I'm not saying he's at the top of his game, but people keep saying 'senile' and I keep watching his speeches and interviews and that clip where he was cycling with his team, and that doesn't add up to a guy drifting into dementia. At least not yet.


Re: A sign of the times

Muslims are 1.1% of the US population. Are you suggesting that they are about to take over and establish a caliphate in D.C.?


Re: A sign of the times

That has been in my head for the last four years. I do wonder if Atwood had read it too. But it's easy to extrapolate religious tyranny from any time in US history, except perhaps the 19-oughties and the 1960s.


Re: A sign of the times

Harris is bonkers? In what way? She's centrist/slightly to the right in everything she's ever done, slightly more pro-police, and obviously, having been a prosecutor, pretty tough on crime. She seems organised and articulate, even if you don't like what she is saying. Give some examples of where she showed herself to be deranged. Otherwise it's as if you grabbed some one-size-fits-all and tried to wrap her up in it and throw her away, which means your comment is valueless.

Mark Zuckerberg, 36, decides that having people on his website deny the deaths of six million Jews is a bad thing


Photograph of an eight year old

Such a photographs is a photo of a crime scene. There is no 'innocent' use of it. Those who use such photos are, in a sense, co-conspirators, o like those who receive stolen goods (I know an offensively weak comparison), that is to say, part of the crime.


Re: So it only took this long?

With "The Swamp" in more positions of power than ever before (check out the head of many Fed departments -- all directly from lobbyist orgs), no Wall built, the rural economy in tatters, with the financial market jittery, with the USA less safe, having walked away from treaties, with North Korea enabled and having given up nothing (to the point where it gave a spurning, mocking reply to Trump's "let's do a deal"), with his family and cronies corrupting the Administration to fill their pockets, with no new healthcare package, no resurgence of coal...just what greatness did Trump bring?


Re: So it only took this long?

Or a tragic mis-spelling for 'I am totally under attack and a victim here and the great society I want, which happens to require the subjugation of all non-white and non-Christian people, is also under attack and we all all going to hell in a handbasket, as happened under Obama, Clinton, and FDR"


Re: One year consultation?

As soon as someone says this, you know they don't get that BLM is all about.


Re: One year consultation?

I actually know Ms Evaristo. I can't speak for her, but I am sure she is more than aware of the tension between being, and wanting to be named and seen as, an activist Black woman, and also having her colour mentioned where, sometimes, it isn't relevant. But generally, as the commentards above have noted, she is very much wanting to bring Black women into the public eye.

The main thing is not to be indignant about someone's apparent treatment when you have no authority to be.


Re: Morals and values?

That's confusing Jewish people everywhere in the world with the State of Israel.

Shots fired! WordPress's Matt claims Jamstack's marketing is 'not intellectually honest' in debate with Netlify's Matt


So there go a lot of little businesses and communities

If your attitude is that these dumb-asses aren't important and their comment boards are stupid and their sites are pointless, then I guess you are an enterprise-level guy nd the ordinary bloke and blokette do not matter. But this is why WP, Wix exist. Because they need this sort of thing.

Virginia voter registration website falls over hours before deadline. The Russians? No, a broken fiber line


Re: Britain solved this 'tech problem'

We have to register to vote, although not in the same way, and we are regularly asked if our details are still current. And we can opt out of our names being sold on to marketers. A UK person can't just waltz in and vote; they have to show their bit of card.

UK's Cheshire Police tenders for whole new ERP system after Oracle Fusion went live with 'significant deficiency'


And just to confirm

As a confirmation of the general incompetence, I see that Grant Thornton has played its part. How many disasters do they need to be named in before someone notices? They are becoming a bit of a bellwether.

Microsoft tells staff work-from-home is now ‘standard’ – with caveats galore


"The third point seems to hint that Microsoft could follow VMware in adjusting salaries to match the cost of living in whatever locale employees choose to inhabit, which in practice has meant reducing payments."

Funny how that always works.

IBM manager had to make one person redundant from choice of two, still bungled it and got firm done for unfair dismissal


Yep, that's financial services for ya

I worked in a 360 degree appraisal/get rid of bottom 10/20% (it changed) and I got very good at making a criticism that wasn't exactly a bad thing (he works to hard and I feel he should be giving more attention to work/life balance, that sort of thing). Someone said of me that I was too smart. Oooo, that stung.


Re: I think that I might have also worked for that company

The usual argument trotted out to ridicule any sort of gesture toward diversity. Could it be that ethnically diverse people (I think you are trying to say 'non white) could be just as smart as you? And smart enough for the job? I have been in teams in companies where they bent over backward to increase diversity and the team remained, through the changes, good and effective. I never noticed a drop-off. Of course, getting rid of the old white guy always getting as close as he possible could to gay jokes and 'fat girl' jokes etc*. was a pleasure, and his mate left thereafter, and then we were not only equally effective, we had better morale.

* also, he was running a little side business in work time and was always on the phone in a meeting room. Swell guy!


Re: One day, out of the blue...

That is the job of HR: to protect the company. They are management's devil hounds. The fun thing is, they are often not good at this, as many commentards' stories on being let go with inadequate reasons or control. Twice I have played hard ball: they threatened me with criminal court (really?) and I said 'bring it on' and I was either able to walk free on no notice or with a small but nice chunk of cash. Those are warm memories. Once I understood that HR was NOT about the well-being of the 'human assets', it was easy to treat everything like a hostile confrontation.

YouTube axes crowdsourced captioning: Use our buggy speech-to-subtitle code or pay an approved third party


Re: Leaving it blank....

I once saw, for ' an net appreciation of', Anita Precious of


Re: Confused...

You can edit the transcript of your own video when you post it, but I know a lot of YouTubers who let the automatic service just do it and figure that it's good enough.

I work in financial services, and a missing or garbled word in an automatically-generate transcript could see us being sued, so you bet that we upload, check the transcript, and then publish.

Bill Gates lays out a three-point plan to rid the world of COVID-19 – and anti-vaxxer cranks aren't gonna like it


Re: If Bill Gates has the technology to implant chips to control people's behavior

That explains so much...

It's 2020, so let's just go ahead and let Amazon have everyone's handprints so it can process payments


Re: The Mark of the Beast?

Why not circulate to all evangelical churches? Although the divine right to shop probably becomes before being Marked by the Beast.

Help! My printer won't print no matter how much I shout at it!


Re: HP

My HP LaserJet 1018 is going strong, and generic cartridges have never caused a problem. Long may it last.