* Posts by TheMeerkat

399 posts • joined 29 Mar 2017


Apple settles with student after authorized repair workers leaked her naked pics to her Facebook page

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: In before . . .

Try to make as much money out of independent repairer as she did out of Apple.

This is a good reason to repair with Apple.

Hybrid working? Buckle in, there's no turning back as survey takers insist: You can't make us go back

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Hybrid is a poor idea

“ For the price of a studio flat in Cambridge you can buy a farm in France”

Or you can be replaced by someone who happened to be born in a country where salary expectations are much lower...

Uber drivers can now unionise after ride biz recognises GMB, one of the UK's largest trade unions

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Someone is going to pay for it.

If the cost is put on customer, there will be less rides and some of the Uber workers will lose their jobs as less people will use Uber.

Or it will decrease the money the driver receives per each ride to pay for not ride-related benefits.

How much would you pay me to develop a COVID tracking app that actually works? Ah, thought so: nothing

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Not Every Country had a Total Lockdown

Mask usage is a theatre.

There is zero scientific evidence that introduction of rules requiring masks made any difference.

It is social distancing that matter, not wearing face nappy to demonstrate your compliance.

Cloudflare stops offering to block LGBTQ webpages

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: You give engineers a bad name..

I though these days stonewall.org.uk should be classified as a hate group, Based on the policies they now support?

ASUS baffles customer by telling them thermal pad thickness is proprietary

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: And Facebook removes the link...

Facebook and the rest of BigTech blocks users since the woke crowed cheered them blocking Trump.

You get what you ask for.

Apple's macOS is sub-par for security, Apple exec Craig Federighi tells Epic trial

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

I have iPad, iPhone and Mac.

No, I don’t want my Mac to be wall gardened.

But I prefer my iPhone and iPad to be so.

Why? Because I use them for completely different purposes.

New Zealand hospitals infected by ransomware, cancel some surgeries

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Imagine today’s average young software developer? Without ability to Google they will just break down and cry.

The same is probably true about young doctors...

UK pharma supplier put into special measures after new IT system causes almost 10,000 missed medicine deliveries

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: We deeply regret the difficulties

In the U.K. we don’t need to pay when we stay in ICU. So there is no bill to send to anyone.

Activist millionaires protest outside Jeff Bezos' homes to support tax rises for the rich

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Tax avoidance costs

Amazon does exactly like every other company or person.

Most of those who demand that other people did not do what they legally do to pay less taxes, do the same when they have the opportunity.

Open-source developers under corporate pressure to adopt less-permissive licenses, Percona CEO says

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: I try to give back

If your code is “ radioactive to corporate moochers”, it means that it will lose any potential competition that is not “radioactive”.

It is obviously your choice, but don’t be surprise that your software is not as popular as the “less radioactive” one.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: @karlkarl - Stupid question

The issue with this is that developers will have to avoid use of Open Source libraries that require to distribute the source code even when the library is used in a service.

So coming up with such will disadvantage you if you are trying to make your new project popular.

Generally - you can’t compete with those who give out their software for free and without limitations if you want make money out of your Open Source.

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Smart people ...

Smart people don’t express their views in North Korean dictatorship and in modern Western countries.

Open-source JavaScript project Babel 'running out of money' after employing paid maintainers, sponsors pull out

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Open source stuff should be free ...

You decided to give the software for free? Good. Just don’t complain later that people who use it don’t pay you.

Open Source destroyed any chance for companies to come up with a paid for products and compete. Now you reap what you saw.

When software depends on a project thanklessly maintained by a random guy in Nebraska, is open source sustainable?

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Elephant in the room

And why should they be “contributing back”? You have chosen to give out your product for free, live with it.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

You kill your potential pair-for competition by providing your product for free. Good for you.

Just don’t complain that nobody funds you to continue your product development once it became popular (which it would not be if you charged for it).

Gone in 60 electrons: Digital art swaggers down the cul-de-sac of obsolescence

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

I have no device to read my old floppy disks that I still own. That stuff is 30 years old.

So if paper is going to survive 50 years, it is good enough for me.

Facebook Oversight Board upholds decision to ban Trump, asks FB to look at own 'potential contribution' to 'narrative of electoral fraud'

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Facebook is a monopoly and should be treated as such.

Vivaldi update unleashes the 'Cookie Crumbler' to simply block any services asking for consent (sites may break)

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: This.

Even one click is too much for a site one visit casually.

This stupid rule demanding this question should be recalled.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

The main issue - the stupid EU rule that required this question. As with a many government regulation there are unintended consequences.

The easiest way to solve it is for the EU to recall the rule. But I don’t think EU is able to do this as it would mean admitting their mistake.

I wonder if the U.K. can remove just this part of GDPR now that we are not part of the EU?

'There was no one driving that vehicle': Texas cops suspect Autopilot involved after two men killed in Tesla crash

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Musk has tweeted to say recovered logs

You have to pay extra money to have an auto-pilot on Tesla, it is a costly option.

Debian devs decide best response to Richard Stallman controversy is … nothing

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Not very accurate

Why people don’t like understand that punishing people for expressing their views, even when you find those views objectionable, is what fascists do?

NHS COVID-19 app update blocked by Apple, Google over location privacy fears

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Does it matter?

The number of people using this app is do low, that it does not matter if it works at all.

The very idea of this App was flawed in the first place. It is useless in the U.K. and it is useless in any other countries.

It can only work in those countries that can get away with apps that specifically designed to send the government your gps location linked to your identity and the police checks if you have the phone with you all the time.

Who'd have thought the US senator who fist pumped Jan 6 insurrectionists would propose totally unworkable anti-Big Tech law?

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

I would rather suggest El Reg to send her on a journalism course so that she learns to write without her text be so obviously a propaganda piece.

A real journalist would know how to still be biased while not looking like a stupid teenage political activist.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Whoever wrote this text should be ashamed on themselves.

This is just a propaganda piece attacking one side of political spectrum in a very non-objective political way.

Average convicted British computer criminal is young, male, not highly skilled, researcher finds

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

We should take into account that people with good skills in the U.K. can find a good well paid job that makes risks associated with crimes not that attractive.

Which is why “foreign agent” hackers are the ones that are better qualified - the risks to be caught are lower if you are based in a country where the government supports your hacking and market salaries in those countries are not necessary that high.

UK government opens vaccine floodgates to over-45s, NHS website predictably falls over

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: 2nd

I think it is either depending on when you booked your first (I.e. before or after the system were updated to support two appointments), or whether you getting it because of your age (2 appointments through website) or due to be vulnerable (via GP with extra checks).

Quality control, Soviet style: Here's another fine message you've gotten me into

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

They would not try to “close everything” if that “everything” was profitable, would they?

But it was loosing money with all those strikes.

Amazon claims victory after warehouse workers in Alabama vote to reject union

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

The workers decided they did not want the union and the middle class “class warriors” most of whom are not unionised and are paid much better are trying to tell them that they were wrong.


What happens when back-flipping futuristic robot technology meets capitalism? Yeah, it’s warehouse work

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

“ Robot manufacturers want their cut of this bright new future”

They might want whatever, but they will only get what the market is prepared to pay them. Which is the value of marginal utility.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: exactly the sort of thing we want machines to do.

“ to think about what those people could now do instead and how we actually want society to develop, rather than just blindly rush ahead”

If this wax what we always were doing, we would still have to die of hunger each time the crops fail.

Director, deputy director, CTO of Free Software Foundation quit after Stallman installation

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: We need a new foundation

That is a personal opinion. Why should people be punished for expressing opinions?

UK terror law reviewer calls for expanded police powers to imprison people who refuse to hand over passwords

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Protect?

The current one - walking outside not on “essential” business.

Taking into account that people seem to be ok with a requirement to disclose your medical history when going to pub “because it is Covid”, it would be hypocritical to not extend that requirement for actual criminals.

Mac OS X at 20: A rocky start, but it got the fundamentals right for a macOS future

TheMeerkat Bronze badge


The people who buy Apple are OK with “locking them in”. They do not want to run MacOS on anything else, they just want it to run reliably on Apple machine.

Windows can run everywhere but you pay the price with all those updates that occasionally kill the machine.

And Linux is too much of an effort.

Red Hat pulls Free Software Foundation funding over Richard Stallman's return

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: What were they thinking?

We are living under the boot of woke fascists, who think it is up to them to I still virtue. Nasty people.

If someone is guilty of a crime, they should be tried in the court of law. Otherwise it is not the business of new self-appointed “morality officers” to decide who should be allowed and who should not to hold a position.

Free Software Foundation urged to free itself of Richard Stallman by hundreds of developers and techies

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Oh how the woke wimper

These offence takers are just little fascists who want to control what everyone is allowed to say or think.

What could be worse than killing a golden goose? Killing someone else's golden goose

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

I think the problem is that banks tend to attract not IT people who are interested in what they are doing, but the guys who are in it just for the money.

'Business folk often don't understand what developers do...' Twilio boss on the chasm that holds companies back

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Agile manifesto?

Is it what management pay consultants to do, so that code monkeys click on keyboards quicker ?

Following Supreme Court ruling, Uber UK recognizes drivers as workers, offers min wage, holiday pay, pension

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Devil in the detail

It will only work if they change the rule and assign jobs to drivers instead of drivers choosing to do them.

Not an off-by-one error: Java 16 brings 17 enhancements to Oracle's JDK. We chat to Big Red about what's new

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Almost all uninteresting...

I really hate this “key-stroke saving” syntax sugar. It always makes the code less readable.

Take the tuple. Someone was lazy to create a class with two fields. So now instead of well-names class you have to figure out what “tuple” contains in someone else’s code.

And don’t even let me start on “vat”, something unavoidable in C++ but just a tool for lazy gits in Java.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: welcome to the new world...

There are cloud providers who will allow you to replicate your eggs across geographically diverse

And then one day the cloud company will decide that for some reason they dislike whatever service you provide and cancel your contract overnight, like AWS did to Parler. What you are going to do then?

Twitter sues Texas AG to halt 'retaliatory' demand for internal content-moderation rulebook in wake of Trump ban

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Attempt of Trump supporters to move to Parler was blocked by the Big Tech destroying Parler.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Just proves that Twitter moderation of political content was always dodgy and partisan. And now they are afraid it will be revealed.

Prime suspect: Amazon India apologises for offensive scenes in political thriller

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: Bad news

Free speech either exists or not.

It does not matter how you explain why you ban stuff, whether it is to protect government, minorities or you just dislike a twitting president.

Brave buys a search engine, promises no tracking, no profiling – and may even offer a paid-for, no-ad version

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: I disagree with the article

I am using DuckDuckGo too. It is surprisingly good.

Flagship Chinese chipmaker collapses before it makes a single chip or opens a factory

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: @KSM-AZWow, flame bait.

China is not “communist” any more.

It t is a capitalist economy under the leadership of dictatorial regime of a party that calls itself “communist”.

Netflix reveals massive migration to new mix of microservices, asynchronous workflows and serverless functions

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: English-only Option Please

Should not it be a choice, instead of them all mixed up together unfiltered?

If someone not in the mood to read subtitles at the moment, they should be able to filter out videos in a language not in the list of preferred languages.

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

So they are running on a platform provided by their competitor?

Is it wise?

One day Amazon might just decide that it is not in their interest if Netflix runs. There is already a precedent when Amazon denied service to a company.

Splunk junks 'hanging' processes, suggests you don't 'hit' a key: More peaceful words now preferred in docs

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Re: This is the EXACT shit that keeps the Republicans in power

What is the difference between “people of colour” and “coloured people”?

TheMeerkat Bronze badge

Since all these woke crap started, I am trying to use as much of those banned words as possible in my code.



Biting the hand that feeds IT © 1998–2021