* Posts by TheMeerkat

157 posts • joined 29 Mar 2017

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So you really didn't touch the settings at all, huh? Well, this print-out from my secret backup says otherwise

TheMeerkat

Re: "the concept of saving face"

Only twats bring politics in a non-political discussion. Keep your politics to your Labour Party meetings.

Clearview AI sued by ACLU for scraping billions of selfies from social media to power its facial-recog-for-cops system

TheMeerkat

The photos were publicly available. There is no law preventing anyone to look at them or store them on their own computers.

What is illegal is to publish them, but they were not published.

Broadcom sends its England-based staff back into office as UK lockdown eases – though Welsh workers get a free pass

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Re: Aaah...

It only works now because both Welsh and Scottish government expect the U.K. to cover the costs. If they were independent they would tell the workers to start working earlier than U.K. did.

Twitter ticks off Trump with new 'Get the facts' alert on pair of fact-challenged tweets

TheMeerkat

Re: Ooh, fun!

When I read comments like this, advocating Twitter who has a monopoly to take sides in politics on your side, I see another fascists wanting to control media for political reasons.

Apple, Google begin to spread pro-privacy, batt-friendly coronavirus contact-tracing API for phone apps

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Re: According to WHO?

Most of the journalists at the moment picking up scare stories and ignore anything that makes us fear less.

Fear sells newspapers.

Far-right leader walks free from court after conviction for refusing to hand his phone passcode over to police

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In the USSR they did just that - declares dissidents “mentally ill” and used to lick them in a mental health hospitals.

Google rolls out pro-privacy DNS-over-HTTPS support in Chrome 83... with a handy kill switch for corporate IT

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Re: Can no longer Easily see what extensions are installed

If you are using someone else’s computer, the extensions is the least of your worry. You should never assume there is any privacy or security if you don’t control your computer fully.

Author of infamous Google diversity manifesto drops lawsuit against web giant

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Re: Yonatan Zunger's response is still worthwhile reading

Anyone who tried to prove that Damore was wrong is missing the point.

People should not be fired even if their views are “wrong”. It is not whether he was right or wrong which is the problem, it is whether people with the views someone else disagree should be losing their jobs.

Yonatan Zunger is a dick.

TheMeerkat

Re: Evil sexist

What an idiotic text. If the rule exists that nobody can do a statement that some people disagree with, why he was made to sit on a seminar he disagreed with? The seminar broke that rule in the first place.

Modern fascists use any excuse to punish everyone who disagrees with them.

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Re: i knew this thread would quickly devolve into sticks and stones

The modern fascists want everyone they disagree with to lose their jobs to ensure that nobody challenged their ideology.

TheMeerkat

Firing someone because they have different views than to his fascist.

The people who get excited about others fired for tweets and saying things in Western countries today would be reporting jokes to authorities or informing about hiding Jews if they lived in the Stalin’s Russia or Germany when it was ruled by National Socialism.

UK COVID-19 contact-tracing app data may be kept for 'research' after crisis ends, MPs told

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I am not installing it

Outages batter UK's Virgin Media into wee hours as broadband failures spike 77% globally

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Re: Like Talk talk, VM is cheap, you get what you pay for

Cheap? I pay £54, butI get 350 Mbps download for it (usually matches the actual measured). Nobody else does in my area. If only they were a bit more reliable...

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

Nazies were left not just because of the name, but because of their economic policies. Economy-wise BNP is quite leftie-wing too.

Comrade Stalin was quite mean to some of ethnic groups (like Jews or Chechens), but he is definitely not right wing.

UK snubs Apple-Google coronavirus app API, insists on British control of data, promises to protect privacy

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Re: Stupid Decisions

Well, I have no plans to install it.

Billionaires showered with wealth as experts say global economy set for long and deep recession

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Stupid lefty drivel spreading hatred.

Python 2 bows out after epic transition. And there was much applause because you've all moved to version 3, right? Uh, right?

TheMeerkat

Re: Repeat Offenders?

Java does.

What's vexing Linux-loving Gophers? A few things: Go devs want generics, easier debugging

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If you developing web services there is no point to try to be “trendy” with Go. Just stick to Java like everyone else and you will get genetics, debugging etc and be more productive.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Re: Big rant, lots of capital letters...

According to all oppressive governments the answer to your questions would be “yes”. Their defence of limiting protests is that they can make people become “terrorists” and “violent criminals”.

TheMeerkat

Re: Big rant, lots of capital letters...

Interestingly, this is the exact argument Communist regimes always used to explain why protests against the regimes needed to be punished.

It was always about protecting the interests of majority from the minority that endangers them by their reckless acts and propaganda.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

TheMeerkat

Looks like both you and your friend are nutters who deserve each other.

TheMeerkat

Re: The social media companies don't help enough

With “rights of others” you practically quoted every communist dictatorship. These was how they explained why people were not allowed to criticise the system.

TheMeerkat

Re: The social media companies don't help enough

There are a lot of nutters out there. But who is to decide what is a “conspiracy theory” and what is not?

Today Facebook might block some idiots spreading conspiracy theories about the masts, but who would guarantee that next time it would not be just something the government does not want you to know?

Wanted: An exit strategy from the overt surveillance of smartphone contact tracing

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Capitalism? It is the Communist countries that always welcome surveillance. Capitalism is the only reason why we can reject the idea because without private capital nothing will limit the bureaucratic machine of the state.

TheMeerkat

Once it is in, it will never go away. This is how these things work, whatever promises are made.

So how do the coronavirus smartphone tracking apps actually work and should you download one to help?

TheMeerkat

I wonder how many people who couple months ago complained about privacy and criticised the government for experiments with face recognition are now ardent supporters of idea to give all these data to the government and companies like Apple or Google, just because of the virus?

This is exactly how fascism starts - just give it good enough excuse.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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I remember seen job ads from Boeing for jobs in India mentioning avionics. Next to job ads for Scrum Masters for the same Indian office.

I obviously could not check.

ISP Monkeybrains cries foul over coronavirus fees after requesting more bandwidth. Zayo says it was all a mistake

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Any other system has proved itself much worse. Don’t kick Capitalism if you never experienced anything else.

Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, Microsoft speech-to-text AI systems can't understand black people as well as whites

TheMeerkat

Re: Sigh.....

It probably the same as with Black faces - lack of contrast makes the recognition more difficult.

Some accents tend to have better contrast between words and sounds. I guess it makes “posh” accents easier to understand - it came by in a part of society that moved around more than the rest and, consequently, learn to speak in a way that more people understand them.

TheMeerkat

Accent is not an attribute of race. It comes with cultural background.

Thought you'd go online to buy better laptop for home working? Too bad, UK. So did everyone. Laptops, monitors and WLANs fly off shelves

TheMeerkat

Re: Mr downvoter

If we are going to stay immune for a very short time it is especially important for all the healthy people to get infected very quickly. This will kill the decease.

The last thing you want when tgg hg e immunity period is short would be to prolong the epidemic. This way it will never stop.

BT's Wi-Fi Disc ads banned because there's no evidence the things work

TheMeerkat

Re: What is best for a house on three levels?

I have a Virgin Media router switch to modem mode connected to an Orbi mesh system.

I was fortunate to ensure that I asked an electrician to run Ethernet cabling when rewiring my house, so I needed only one satellite device on the other floor connected to the main one via Ethernet.

WiFi everywhere and the stationary equipment (like TV) having wired connection.

Hey, friends. We know it's a crazy time for the economy, but don't forget to enable 2FA for payments by Saturday

TheMeerkat

Re: SMS is U/S for 2FA

The definitely don’t ask you to change your pin.

Post Office burned £100m in UK taxpayer cash on Horizon IT scandal legal fees, MPs told

TheMeerkat

Re: Off-topic --- Disgusted of tonbridge wells

You mean by standing to a useless top civil servant known for presiding over Windrush scandal?

BAE Systems tosses its contractors a blanket... ban on off-payroll working under upcoming IR35 tax reforms

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Re: BAe

It is always someone else you want to tax, not you? So typical.

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

TheMeerkat

Re: Anonymous Contractor

“Want” does not mean others have to provide it for you while ensuring that you getting payed more for getting what you want in the process.

TheMeerkat

Re: Anonymous Contractor

You will get all that when you become a permanent employee.

UN didn't patch SharePoint, got mega-hacked, covered it up, kept most staff in the dark, finally forced to admit it

TheMeerkat

Re: Rigidly de rigueur

The authors of the text on this site are clearly not professional enough to realise that if you write about technology it is advisable to keep your politics to yourself.

It just tells me their journalism skills are of low quality.

You spoke, we didn't listen: Ubiquiti says UniFi routers will beam performance data back to mothership automatically

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Re: "This made the decision for me – switching over to Cisco."

If there is money in it, why do you think they won’t try to make it?

Use our stuff for free and sell your application? That's Qt. Time to give something back

TheMeerkat

Re: Licensing a component doesn't work

Or stupidity to write an open source variant?

It is like farmers giving out grain for free and then being surprised that nobody buys grain from them.

Are you getting it? Yes, armageddon it: Mass hysteria takes hold as the Windows 7 axe falls

TheMeerkat

Modern Internet won’t work with Netscape Navigator as older version of SSL would not be supported by websites and the browser won’t support new versions of TLS.

Blackout Bug: Boeing 737 cockpit screens go blank if pilots land on specific runways

TheMeerkat

They obviously do Agile and it is a Minimum Viable Product. It works most of the time.

UK government review of IR35 tax reforms? Like a broken pencil, say contractors groups – it'll be utterly pointless

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Re: Liar lies shocker...

So you expected Corbyn’s Labour to not go after contractors demanding that they pay more tax? Really?

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

TheMeerkat

I am in London. My last job change was when I was 50 (it was couple years ago).

I got several job offers in a very short time choosing the one I liked at the end. But I am quite recent in terms of technical knowledge and latest technologies. It might be more difficult for someone with obsolete skills.

Y2K? How about Y2.02K as Lloyds suffers its second TITSUP* of the year

TheMeerkat

Why these companies have Twitter account?

It is usually just full of people complaining and bots on the other side saying “we are sorry” and give pointless advice on contacting customer service.

UK's Virgin Media celebrates the end of 2019 with a good, old fashioned TITSUP*

TheMeerkat

Virgin Media has an awful customer service.

I am without the Internet since last Saturday. I was browsing when it stopped. I looked out of the window and saw a Virgin Media van parked in a street and a guy walking around opening cable covers. So I thought he was doing some service and it won’t last long. Then the van left but the Internet did not appear.

I called the customer services immediately but all they could do was to make an appointment after Christmas.

It is so infuriating - their idiot engineer broke it (probably by mistake), but there is no way to contact him and make him come back and fix it. The call centre is staffed by people following a simple script who have no connection to people who do cables.

Take Sajid Javid's comments on IR35 UK contractor rules with a bucket of salt, warns tax guru

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Contractors earning good money and worried about paying too much tax are coming in defence of Corbyn - how stupid some people can get?

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With Corbyn even if you switch to be a permanent employee you would be taxed to death. The so-called “few” that Corbyn wants to tax is you.

Vote rigging, election fixing, ballot stuffing: Just another day in the life of a Register reader

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Re: Smart, but not intelligent

If the original price was a market price in the first place, there would be no reselling business. It seems like the ticket industry is creating the problem intentionally by selling tickets way below the market price.

UK political parties fall over themselves to win tech contractor vote by pledging to review IR35

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“Mop haired liar” - the quality of this article is so low. Do you really need to be so stupidly partisan?

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