* Posts by TheMeerkat

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Someone made an AI that predicted gender from email addresses, usernames. It went about as well as expected

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Re: The complaint seems confused

Some guys had fun with a bit of machine learning.

They did not expect it to be 100% correct and it did not do harm to anyone.

But the woke fascists have to attack everything and everyone just to feel good about their own “virtue”.

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Re: Work with facts

People have two legs.

There are very small number of cases when someone can be born with one leg only, or without any, but we call it a “medical condition“ and it does not change our assumption they people are born with 2 legs unless someone does not.

Same with chromosomes. We either have XX or XY. Unless someone is born with a medical condition. And unlike number of legs that we can reduce we can’t change our chromosomes.

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There is 0.0001% who like to make It difficult to everyone else saying they are “not binary”.

The rest want to be thought about as either men or female. This include gay and transgender - gay men are still men and transgender still want to be binary, just of a different value of that digit.

It's been five years since Windows 10 hit: So... how's that working out for you all?

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Re: How bad is it?

Companies like Red Hat, even when they spend money to support OSS, they are still parasite on someone else’s work.

Microsoft actually spends money on everything - development and acquisitions.

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

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Re: it's time this ancient, monolithic, waterfall approach to IT projects are also put to rest

You mean a situation when Capita does not even have to deliver anything at the end because it was never specified up front that something has to be delivered on a specific day?

I am sure Capita will love it.

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Re: Why haven't we banned Capita

And where it stops, not using private suppliers?

Feeding soldiers only with food grown on State farms?

Twitter Qracks down on QAnon and its Qooky Qonspiracies

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Whatever one thinks of QAanon, but censorship is wrong.

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Re: Wait what?

It is not them who ban other points of view.

It is the illiberal so-called “liberals” who are doing the banning and cancelling.

Cambridge student rebuilds Polish Enigma-code-breaking box that paved the way for Turing ... and Victory!

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The lesson is remembered - by membership in NATO.

Linus Torvalds banishes masters, slaves and blacklists from the Linux kernel, starting now

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1984, Newspeak.

University ordered to stop running women-only job ads

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Re: "Would she want to work here?"

Because men tend to do stay in a shitty job which is paid well, putting money at higher priority over physiological comfort?

The society (and natural “provider” instinct) put pressure on men to earn more money so men tend to put up with shit.

When my wife did not like her management she just quit, expecting that my income will still be there. I don’t have such luxury.

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Re: What utter rubbish!

You just demonstrated the stupidity of the woke and how meaningless the accusation of “racism” they come up with are.

LibreOffice community protests at promotion of paid-for editions, board says: 'LibreOffice will always be free software'

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Re: Free Vs Paid

It was tax payers’ money. Why would government department care?

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Re: This has been handled badly, but it's not beyond hope.

Microsoft is honest. They don’t pretend to be free. They spend money on developing (or at least buying) their products and you know where you stand.

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With Microsoft it is honest upfront. You don’t have any illusion that it is free and you pay.

With Open Source when it is promoted as free first only later someone trying to make money out of it, it seems a bit dishonest.

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: No problem with most of it, but...

Master is not a problem even when paired with slave.

It was never a problem until while middle class gender studies graduates decided to go after normal people.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

“Blacklist” was never “corrupted”.

The “corruption” exists only in the minds of woke idiots.

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Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

There is no reason dude except the idiocy of the woke totalitarians.

Never knowingly under-digitally transformed: Retailer John Lewis outsources tech function to Wipro

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John Lewis As all real physical shops is trying to survive completion from Amazon.

Amazon is effectively an IT company with warehouses attached.

And those competing with them are shedding their IT? How they see their future?

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Re: The great, the good, and the ugly

Or may be she felt she achieved her status based on merit while in a lot of cases there is cheating or illegality involved. And unlike those who were born in the country she actually well aware of it?

'It's really hard to find maintainers...' Linus Torvalds ponders the future of Linux

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Re: "COBOL programmers of the 2030s?

Cobol is not difficult to learn

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Re: I wonder why?

We don’t care if Black Lives Matter thugs shout at each other or not.

What we cate is how they behave towards the rest of us (I.e. whether it is OK to vandalise statures and generally break the law)

The same with Linus. It is not for me to comment on the Linus’s swearing at kernel developers, but I can comment on whether the new version of kernel fits whatever needs I have or not.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: Body language

The way we choose what to wear and what to do without hair is also the behaviour.

Obviously sometimes it is difficult to say who is a real criminal and who dresses and behaves like one because it is “cool”.

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Re: Fizzog

Unlike the Victorian times this is not based on any theory. Just simple pattern matching.

Humans do it all the time. Sometimes we make mistakes and are surprised when a “criminal looking” person is found to be a violin player, but in majority of cases we find ourselves to be correct.

If it does not fit your nice ideology, it does not mean it is wrong.

China's internet watchdog freezes 10 too-trashy online video services before they undermine socialism

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Today’s prudish crowd in the West found a new target - “problematic” and unacceptable” content. Sex is ok with them today

The drive to ban things always attracts certain part of population.

Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses... but not your H-1B geeks, L-1 staffers nor J-1 students

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Re: Why would the President help big tech?

And it should be you and your left-liberal chums who decide what is a “lie” and what us “truth”, correct?

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Re: H-1B visas [*] Silicon Valley to fill engineering departments with top intl talent

It is 60 days in the U.K. as well.

The issue is that it is not that easy to find new employment as the new employer has to jump all necessary bureaucratic loops before hiring you - in both the USA and the U.K.

Faxing hell: The cops say they would very much like us to stop calling them all the time

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Fax is not encrypted. Anyone listening on your line can have a copy

PC printer problems and enraged execs: When the answer to 'Hand over that floppy disk' is 'No'

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Re: What used to be a joke has become fact

Downvoted because your stupid politics are not relevant to this thread.

Only idiots try to push their politics to places where politics are not discussed and where there might be people with opposite views.

How do you run a military court over Zoom? With 28 bullet points and a ceremonial laptop flunkey, of course!

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May be its 11th century, but it definitely beats more modern and left-wing friendly “troika” heatings of Stalin’s Russia.

No surprise: Britain ditches central database model for virus contact-tracing apps in favour of Apple-Google API

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Re: Use an API tailored to the task

It still is a not going to work. The whole idea of Bluetooth based proximity logging system is red herring that will provide more False Positives than True Positives.

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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The Left knows they are going to loose the election after thugs from BLM provided them with the voters who are now very weary of the alternative.

So they try to invent excuses to block the president’s campaign inventing random meaning to symbols and then blaming the supporters for using them

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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Re: Email already passé?

The issue with this particular app is that tries to silo e-mail. Which defeats the purpose.

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked

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Re: Not Wiggle's fault?

The issue here is that they did not ask the buyer to put card details again when they were asked to deliver to a new address.

GitHub to replace master with main across its services

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Re: Let's go through this point by point

Why do we need change for the sake of change?

And yes, people feel angry about the removal of statutes, and rightly so.

This dictatorship of woke idiocy should end. It is counter productive as it oblivious leads to division.

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Re: Let's go through this point by point

You realise that the wokeness of those idiots who like to dictate others how they should talk offends people who grew up under Communist regimes and don’t want to return to the nasty world of ideological control from the same types that used to control them.

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Re: "There's no slave in git though"

Why it is “outdated”? Because some woke idiot decided it is?

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Re: Master copy

What about woke idiots reminding people who came from the Eastern Europe about the ugly world of Communist censorship and control?

The West is turning into a woke dictatorship and I am offended by it.

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Re: I look forward to M$ sensoring the classics...

It is censorship. Ugly woke censorship.

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: 3 years for a terrorist offence ?

You mean like Black Lives Matter and Antifa did over last weekend?

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Re: If the offender is indeed insane -

Look at Black Lives Matter criminals who destroy property with immunity.

If they can do it because they believe passionately that they are right, why this guy ca’t do they same if he believes the mast endanger people’s health?

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Re: It's a shame...

He should have stuck to destroying monuments. That seems to be allowed and applauded these days. I guess because nobody makes money from statures?

Developers renew push to get rid of objectionable code terms to make 'the world a tiny bit more welcoming'

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Newspeak. 1984.

Barmy ban on businesses, Brits based in Blighty bearing or buying .eu domains is back: Cut-off date is Jan 1, 2021

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Re: We dont need .eu !!! :)

You still supposed to cook the chicken. Which kills salmonella.

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US gun law is not an invention of bureaucrats, it is a thing that exist for historical reasons. If the bureaucrats had their way the guns would be banned.

Staff in a huff, personal call with Trump, picking fights with Twitter, upsetting civil-rights groups – a week in the life of Facebook's Zuckerberg

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Why anyone think that Twitter, Facebook or any otter such company taking sides in politics is a And blocking someone you dislike is a good thing?

Yes, today they block someone you dislike and you feel good. How would you feel if tomorrow they block a politician you like.

You think it won’t happen? You are wrong - once started this process won’t stop.

Contact-tracer spoofing is already happening – and it's dangerously simple to do

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Re: It changes daily.

It the other way around. Cummings was the destruction and idiots like you fell for it and still can’t shut up.

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

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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

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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.

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