* Posts by TheMeerkat

521 posts • joined 29 Mar 2017


Is computer vision the cure for school shootings? Likely not

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Any modern pistol is semi-automatic.

Back-to-office mandates won't work, says Salesforce's Benioff

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Re: Not as much a coward, but...

I have better coffee at home than at the office, even if I have to pay for it myself at home.

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In my experience domain knowledge is not that important for a programmer.

The difference between two systems in the same domain is so large that learning the domain is nothing compared to learning the system.

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It only matters if you are considering to replace an existing employee with a new one.

If you just need a new employee, it does not matter and you go for the cheaper one with similar skill level.

A miserable work week spent toiling inside 'the metaverse'

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Re: Usability, frustration, anxiety, visual fatigue, motion sickness

The point of Metaverse is to use it for the meetings. Not duplicating when a keyboards and a monitor in a virtual world.

Yodel becomes the latest victim of a cyber 'incident'

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Re: It rather beggars belief...

Yodel is definitely not the worst. Compared, say, with UPS they seem OK.

Telegram criticizes Apple for 'intentionally crippling' web app features on iOS

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So instead you would like Google to destroy your privacy?

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Re: That's Apple for ya

If they followed Chronium quickly in everything, wood not it make Google to own the Internet?

Safari is the only player left who can put breakers on Google.

Google engineer suspended for violating confidentiality policies over 'sentient' AI

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Are you saying being seen as having empathy and concern for people is not the same as actually having empathy and concern for people? :)

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Re: Anyone who thinks this is AI

Just tells us all we need to know on the subject of “ethics” and how stupid those studying such subjects are :)

TSMC and China: Mutually assured destruction now measured in nanometers, not megatons

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Re: Taiwan without TSMC

Serbian supporting Putin’s regime?

EU lawmakers vote to ban sales of combustion engine cars from 2035

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Re: In other words...

You can produce “green hydrogen” by electrolyses, which would make sense if we had plenty of nuclear power stations a very expensive fossil fuels.

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Re: And the UK ?

It seems that some people developed really wrapped view of how democracy work after their side of the referendum lost.

You don’t have to like the result, but alternative is to not have democracy. So learn to live with it.

I noticed another interesting point - after the referendum a lot of people who before were arguing that everything should be decided by a referendum suddenly stopped pushing this idea :)

IETF publishes HTTP/3 RFC to take the web from TCP to UDP

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Re: TCP needs a few back-and-forths

Since we have HTTP/2 that solves the issue of needing multiple connections, what is the point other than Google trying to make its own Internet?

Tough news for Apple as EU makes USB-C common charging port for most electronic devices

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Re: Optional Chargers

Most of people buying Apple phone today already have multiple lightning charges because of previous phones.

Now with the EU rule they will have to replace them after the next phone upgrade.

Engineer sues Amazon for not covering work-from-home internet, electricity bills

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If you are a software developer and the company does not provide free coffee, the best action is to leave and find another employer. Coffee provision should be standard.

Beijing needs the ability to 'destroy' Starlink, say Chinese researchers

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Re: @Pete 2 - wolf in sheeps clothing

Russia still has not delivered a declaration of war despite it lasting 3 months already.

Russia labels Meta an 'extremist' organization, bans Instagram

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Re: About the only thing that Putin

Banning people from getting information the government don’t want to see. You think it is a good thing?

Huawei UK board members resign over silence on Ukraine invasion

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Re: Must be quite a sight, these "Sirs" kowtowing to the chinese.

“ getting the xenophobia out into the open”

Why people are so stupid?

Do you think Russians supporting Ukraine care when Ukrainians swear at “Russians” during the battle and accuse them of “xenophobia”?

No . Because all those accusation of “xenophobia” are usually made by people who don’t know what the war and real xenophobia is.

Internet backbone Cogent cuts Russia connectivity

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Cutting its citizens from information coming from abroad is exactly what Putin wants.

We should cut everything but information.

Ukraine's IT sector looks to business continuity plans as Russia invades

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We need to remember that Sudetenland was a “historical part of Austria-Hungarian Empire” too. Together with all “historically German” parts of Poland Hitler demanded.

US imposes sanctions as Russia invades Ukraine

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If Putin stops gas in response, Russia will go hungry.

This is going well: Meta adds anti-grope buffer zone around metaverse VR avatars

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Re: Seems to not go far enough

Lefties always were about shooting people.

Check their heroes like Stalin.

Court papers indicate text messages from HMRC's 60886 number could snoop on Brit taxpayers' locations

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Re: Low hanging fruit

They probably did. For the taxes on his salary after he filled his self-assessment form.

Why would you think otherwise?

Sophos: Log4Shell would have been a catastrophe without the Y2K-esque mobilisation of engineers

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The problem is that next time a Chinese developers discovers such bug, they will inform their government first and it will be exploited before anyone would know.


Rolls-Royce consortium shopping for factory sites to build mini-nuclear reactors

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Re: Money for old rope

Have not we studied at school how the government was not prepared to go to war with Germany because of Sudetenland?

The robots are coming! 12 million jobs lost to automation in Europe by 2040 – analyst

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Re: So what

Taking into account that these days we buy insurance online… No, we don’t become a nation selling insurance to each other.

Billionaires see wealth double during pandemic as tech bros lead the charge

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Re: ... would each get $100 or so.

Only idiot would think that one off payment of £100 at the expense of the destruction of the economy is a good thing (you give everyone £100 but you will only share it once as the next time there will be no rich people to take money from).

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Re: ... would each get $100 or so.

Each one will get $100 and then go hungry and unemployed. Great solution.

It was tried in the USSR. It did not work.

Open source maintainer threatens to throw in the towel if companies won't ante up

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Re: Shouldn't have to explain

Redhat model is to use open source most of which they got for free to make money by providing extra services.

Not different from the way, say, Amazon uses open source. The fact that Redhat itself develop some code that is open sourced does not change the fact.

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Re: A bit self-righteous?

Situation changed?

You mean you killed your competition by providing your software for free thus undercutting everyone else and now you want to start charging?

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Re: There's something I don't get

And someone else will release similar software for free , it gain popularity and your piece of shit will become a history.

Your code is popular only because you undermined someone else by giving it out for free. Remember it before demanding to get paid.

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Re: There's something I don't get

The only reason open source is popular is because it is free for corporations.

If, say, log4j2 had to be paid for, most of the companies would expect developers to write their own logging code and pay for it.

By providing it for free open source developers take jobs from their fellow programmers.

Open source isn't the security problem – misusing it is

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Re: six million flies

Red Hat drop everything to fix stuff because otherwise it won’t have an income stream. The same as any company selling proprietary software would do, no difference.

Red Hat is parasitising on what many developers have done and are doing for free, so it is not a “knight in shining armour”.

And log4j fiasco proved that idea of “many eyes effect” is just fiction. Nobody noticed the issue for very many years.

No defence for outdated defenders as consumer AV nears RIP

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Re: Failure of capitalism

Anyone talking of “failure of capitalism” needs their brains checked.

What is the alternative? North Korea?


JavaScript dev deliberately screws up own popular npm packages to make a point of some sort

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Re: Spotify for open source?

You undercut your competition by making your software free, don’t expect to be paid for it.

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Re: Software license is the answer

Any licence that limits usage means that your software is not going to be used. Someone else will create similar stuff with unlimited licence.

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By making your software free, you undercut someone who wanted to sell his and it was your advantage. If you used this advantage to get a market share, don’t complain later that nobody pays you. It was your own choice.

Not looking forward to a greyscale 2022? Then look back to the past in 64 colours

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Re: Angel Delight

I guess this is the French government doing.

In England the shelves of Polish goods seem to be as full as ever.

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Re: Angel Delight

And not in England too. What empty shelves?

Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes found guilty of fraud: Blood-testing machines were vapourware after all

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Re: Now, if only ....

If you believe that something in politics is a “lie”, it does not mean it is really a lie. It might simply be your own political beliefs talking.

Low on passengers, low on memory: A bad day on the London Underground

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Re: The tube is a sorry story

Should we reconsider our approach of encouraging people to use public transport in the view of us realising that public transport is an infectious disease spreader?

Should we learn the Covid lesson?

Nottingham University awards cloud finance and HR deal in £29.75m deal 2.5 years after Unit4 upgrade

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There are people who teach the students. Can they program, or they can only teach?

And students would have additional practice under the guidance of their teachers.

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The university has Computer Science courses I presume? Would not it be useful for the students to take part in real software development taught by people who actually program instead of outsourcing it?

Belgian defence ministry admits attackers accessed its computer network by exploiting Log4j vulnerability

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“ with maybe the exception of rockets”

Compared to plane rockets are simple. You shoot the rocket once, you have to make a plane fly for years.

Wi-Fi not working? It's time to consult the lovely people on those fine Linux forums

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Re: You think Covid is political?!

Unlike vaccines and working from home masks don’t do anything. They are just for theatre as a cheap way for the governments to be seen as “doing something”.

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Re: "first read the fine forum thread until the end"

Because the phone expects the Chinese government spy software to be on your computer as everyone has in China. So it only started working after you installed it.

China lists 100 topics citizens can't include in online vids

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“Nationalistic” in Communist party terms means ideas the minority might have about creating their potential nation.

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Re: "Just like Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter"

“The main difference being that, if they don't do better, somebody's going to jail.”

Have not the police already visited some people for posting “wrong thoughts” in Britain?

CISA issues emergency directive to fix Log4j vulnerability

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Re: Ah, Java

You can’t blame the language for a third party library written in that language containing a stupid backdoor.



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