* Posts by TheMeerkat

589 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Mar 2017


Lawsuit claims Google Maps led dad of two over collapsed bridge to his death


The main problem for Google I suspect is the number of dickheads who would attempt to maliciously change the map if it was easy to do.

There is always someone to mess with a system that takes feedback just for laughs.

Judge sides with Meta and Google, puts California child privacy law on hold


You don’t “protect privacy” by making people to share their identity and provide documents before they can post anything on your website.

When does tackling pandemic misinfo become censorship? US courts argue it out


When a totalitarian State introduce censorship it is always justified by claims that it “fights disinformation”

Google Chrome pushes ahead with targeted ads based on your browser history



Is it the same EU that so far only achieved that we have to click, most of us automatically, without thinking, on a pop-up window to agree with cookies every tie we go to a different website?

ICANN warns UN may sideline tech community from future internet governance


Why we still see UN as a legitimate and useful organisation?

It did not even managed to condemn Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It is in the pockets of the undemocratic regimes.

Let's take a look at those US Supreme Court decisions and how they will affect tech


Affirmative action is racism.

If you support this “affirmative action” it is YOU who are the racist.

No open door for India's tech workers in any UK trade deal


Re: This isn't the Brexit we voted for.

They are not very “British” Indian if they still care that immigrants come specifically from India.

Should not British feel British rather then care that new immigrants came from a specific country?

Microsofties still digesting pay freeze upset by Nadella's 'landmark year' memo


Re: So, landmark year and, for thanks, pay freeze

Those blaming Capitalism are just typical ignorant Western-born never-seen an alternative lefties.

Any other system is exactly the same in terms of selfishness of people, especially those at the top. If you don’t believe me - check North Korea.

Inclusive Naming Initiative limps towards release of dangerous digital dictionary


Re: And by "solving" a non-problem ...

Why it is always the most obnoxious and stupid people who tell others to “educate themselves”?

'We hate what you’ve done with the place – especially the hate' Australia tells Twitter


Re: Throw another bird on the barbie

There is always “hatred” on Twitter. The difference is that Twitter now allows “hatred” from both sides, not just left-wing hatred like under its previous owners.

What those complaining about “hatred” dislike that it’s not just their “hatred” that is allowed.

Airline puts international passengers on the scales pre-flight


Re: optional?

“ I'm convinced that the seats are narrower”

And the flying is cheaper than it used to be compared to other expenses.

Many people who can buy a ticket today would not be able to afford it in 1990s.


What is the problem with just weighing and others seen the weight?

If you are fat, everyone can see that you are fat with or without knowing your weight.

Australia asks Twitter how it will mod content without staff, gets ghosted


Re: Those funds are needed, in part, because Twitter is moderating less content

Freedom of speech is the freedom of speech without repercussions.

Otherwise you have to argue that North Korea has freedom of speech as you can say anything you like but you get instant repercussion if the government finds what you say is “harmful”.

Russia-pushed UN Cybercrime Treaty may rewrite global law. It's ... not great


Re: UN

The organisation that has its security council headed by a country that has started and that is still conducted the war of colonial conquest while keeping threatening to use nuclear weapons?

It is completely useless as organisation and it is not preventing anything.

Is it time to tip open source developers? Here's one way to do it


Re: Good luck with it, but

Why should the companies pay for what is available for free?

CAN do attitude: How thieves steal cars using network bus


The issue in the text has nothing to do with keyless entry.

As for keyless entry the main vector of attack is relaying messages between the car and the key, making it look like the key is in a pocket of an attacker (when in reality it is inside the house). You can’t defend from it by introducing better encryption.

Russian developers blocked from contributing to FOSS tools


If a programmer does not want to be sanctioned, they should find a new job in a company that is not sanctioned.

Working for Yadro he is helping Putin to kill Ukrainians.

Microsoft picks perfect time to dump its AI ethics team


Ethics departments in such companies are staffed with woke political commissars mostly indulging in promot8ng ideological agenda. They have nothing to do with actual ethics.

WFH? Google Cloud's offices like a 'ghost town' before new policy


Re: This Made Me Laugh

> Is it Rees-Mogg

Left as always proves that they are driven by pure hatred. Why did you have to bring this here?

Signal says it'll shut down in UK if Online Safety Bill approved


Re: Will this cover

The left-wing hate mongers are the real threat to British society. They clearly demonstrate their hate here.

Open source software has its perks, but supply chain risks can't be ignored


Re: So the problem is *really* just lack of professionalism?

Nobody does, as you pull one library but it pulls multiple dependencies. Unfortunately most of the stuff at least in Java world are not just small independent libraries.

Thunderbird email client is Go for new plumage in July


Thunderbird is just awful, at least when used for work.

I am really missing Microsoft Outlook since I started using Linux instead of Mac at work.

Prepare to be shocked: Employees hate this One Weird Clause


Re: Mental

The left is definitely mental in their hatred.

Do you have to turn everything into five minute of hatred?

Google works on Blink-based iOS browser contrary to Apple's WebKit rule


It is Google who is trying to do exactly what Microsoft was blamed for with IE in the past.

No more free API access, says Twitter: You pay for that data


Re: They just did this in the wrong order

And now your brother in law will have to pay for his adverts. How els3 Twitter can monetise its business?

McDonald's pulls plug on Wi-Fi, starts playing classical music to soothe yobs


Re: So I will hoist the inevitable "OK Boomer"

What a stupid text. Finding justification for yobs and trying to blame everyone but criminals. .

There is a library in Wrexham, just like in any U.K. city. It is about 200 yards from McDonald’s. But the idiots we are talking about have not read a book because they don’t want.

Google institutional investor calls for wider cuts: 30k jobs


Re: Arsehole

So the company is losing money with no prospect inside of fixing it, but the person who’s job is to ensure it does not and who is calling for something to be done is an “arsehole”?

Your hatred is not going to make things better and if people who work for the company do not produce what sells, they have to find another job.

British monarchy goes after Twitter, alleges rent not paid for UK base


Re: So, his "genius" is mainly..

Those debts started before Musk. He is probably only now starts finding out.


Re: So, his "genius" is mainly..

You are totalitarianism lover, are you?

Ukraine slides closer to NATO with buckets of experience fending off Moscow's cyberattacks


Re: Barbarossa

Russian attack on Ukraine is analogue of Germany’s Barbarossa.

Moscow is ruled by a fascist regime Bent on colonial war of conquest.

It is in the interest of every European country to help Ukraine to defend itself, like it was in our interest to stop Germany during WW2.

Indian official reveals 'plan' to build a national mobile OS


The government spending money on OS development?

In many countries the actual purpose can be as simple as providing lucrative government contracts for your friends and family for a percentage as bribes. Nothing to do with the actual outcome.

Sysadmin infected bank with 'alien virus' that sucked CPUs dry


Re: sitting idle means they are using less power

Most of electricity is produced mostly by burning gas.

Brit MPs pour cold water on hydrogen as mass replacement for fossil fuels


Energy giants making good money on “green energy”.

When we asked how you crashed the system we wanted an explanation not a demonstration


Re: Whoops - lets do it again and watch this time.

There is nothing more stupid than the Left-wingers spouting political hatred for no reason

New research aims to analyze how widespread COBOL is


The problem for the young people learning COBOL is that every job posting requires minimum 20 years of experience, making Java or JS a safer bet.

Twitter dismantles its Trust and Safety Council moments before meeting


Re: The False American Notion of Free Speech

A lot of today’s texts defending curbing freedom of speech, saying that “freedom is not absolute” and that there should be “responsibility for speech” are very much like the texts by Soviet propagandists circa 1980.

Effectively they repeat what every dictator’s propaganda said to explain why they were jailing opposition.

Programming error created billion-dollar mistake that made the coder ... a hero?


Re: Worst code I ever saw...

It depends. I usually have no problem reading other people’s code without comments in Java when I see a system for the first time provided it is well written. The average C code on the other hand is usually written in a way that requires comments.

But some people’s code is very difficult to read even if it is full of comments in any language.

Two signs in the comms cabinet said 'Do not unplug'. Guess what happened


Re: Don't forget mischief

In London those instruction painted on the road are for foreigners who tend to look the wrong way not used to driving on the left side of the road.

'Russian missiles can't destroy the cloud': Ukraine leader describes emergency migration


Re: Oh dear .... that is certainly concerning and definitely disconcerting nowadays

You are a Russia troll, spreading stupid narrative of the fascist regime in Kremlin.

Twitter gives up fight against COVID-19 misinformation


Re: Irony alert

Masks don’t protect from viruses. It is the fact that was known long before Covid, but for politicians mandating them was the cheapest way to show that they “are doing something”.

What works is not being with other people on a same train and in a same house.

Oh, look: More malware in the Google Play store


Which is why people buying iPhone. At least they control what gets into their App Store.

I'm happy paying Twitter eight bucks a month because price isn't the same as value


Re: Oh, we know the value.

A bug in a new system?

China is likely stockpiling and deploying vulnerabilities, says Microsoft


Re: Report BEFORE vs Report Only TO

Requiring to report vulnerability to local authorities in countries like China means that the local authorities can selectively ban reporting the vulnerabilities any further.

It is not an Anglo-Saxon legal system so you should not expect that people would report further until those in charge allow them.

Elon Musk reportedly outlines horrible Twitter layoff process


Re: The blue bird rises like a Phoenix

When you talk about your political opponents “lies” fir which they should be cancelled, you are showing your own side dictatorial and anti-democratic tendencies.

How do you think all those dictatorships explain why they killed free press in their countries as not by using exactly the same argument as you do?

Elon Musk shows what being Chief Twit is all about across weird weekend


Re: Bad code review

Twitter uses Scala on the backend. Java/Kotlin/Swift in apps.

C++ programmers will be able to understand that. The opposite is not necessary true.

California to phase out gas furnaces, water heaters by 2030


Re: Nukin' it J-Style

The main problem with Fukushima was the old design that could not shutdown safely when power fails.

Rust is eating into our systems, and it's a good thing


Re: I'm getting rusty

I have a feeling that Java is truly on the way to become a monster like C++ in terms of number of features added to the language…

Open source biz sick of FOSS community exploitation overhauls software rights


Re: "the need and moral obligation to contribute"

“ It's okay to be like that when it's an evening project”

No. If you decided to work on make your project Open Source, it is OK fir everyone, however rich they are, to get your work for free.

If you think otherwise, use a licence upfront that does not allow them doing it, don’t demand payment from people who you promised it is going to be free.

The only reason most of OSS projects were success was because they were free. By making someone paying for it you are being dishonest.


No, nobody should pay for your product if you gave it for free.

The only reason your OS project was used was because it was advertised as free. Don’t expect to earn money if you chose this model.

Man wins competition with AI-generated artwork – and some people aren't happy


Re: usually "art" is created by a closed group of craftsmen

Both the craftsman and the artist are motivated by the same - money.

The difference is in bullshit the artist talks in order to earn more.

Rembrandt was a craftsman - people were asking him to paint because his pictures were almost like photographs when photography did not exist. The need for such craftsmen disappeared after invention and perfection of holography.