* Posts by NicX

27 publicly visible posts • joined 21 Aug 2019

LA cops told to harvest social media handles from people they stop, suspect or not


There is a catch

If they've got your ID, they've got your Facebook account info. FB cracked down on the use of fake names. I suppose you could be "Gurtbeeth Rove" on FB, but last time I tried a fake name, it failed.

But you could always play stupid. You don't have to give them this information. All the need is your name and ID.


Re: But ...

Ever notice how white people get off easier with the cops?

Ever notice how cops don't automatically assume a white person is up to no good?

Ever notice how cops don't automatically assume white people have drugs on them?

Ever notice how cops don't stop white people walking down the street because they "looked suspicious"?

Nah, you probably haven't, or you wouldn't have made that comment.

And for the record, I'm white.

Video game curfew for South Korean teens to be more permissive by end of 2021


I'm not a big gamer, but imagine living in a country where the government gets to decide how long you can play your video game for....fuck that.

Woman sues McDonald's for $14 after cheeseburger ad did exactly what it's designed to


Second comment to say I think it's funny how people jump on the "Eww yuck Mcdonald's!" bandwagon.


I see

two problems here:

1. An absolute lack of personal responsibility on Ovichinnikova's part

2. The silliness of following religion, in that it dictates what you can and can't eat for 40 day periods. Lol no thanks Jesus, I'm gonna eat.

Redpilled Microsoft does away with flashing icons on taskbar as Windows 11 hits Beta



It's about time. Tired of running registry hacks on every win10 build to disable that annoying shite.

Microsoft defends intrusive dialog in Visual Studio Code that asks if you really trust the code you've been working on


I don't see why this is an issue? An annoyance, maybe, but a welcome one if it means more secure code.

Florida Man sues Facebook, Twitter, YouTube for account ban


I love that you didn't mention his name at all lol

NASA's InSight lander expected to survive most of summer before choking to death on Martian dust


Re: Learning point.

"Why not a brush or blower to clear the dust? "Equipping the spacecraft with brushes or fans to clear off dust would add weight and failure points," explained NASA."

Literally in the article mate

FYI: There's a human-less, AI robot Mayflower ship sailing from the UK to US right now


Re: Eliminating jobs for people

Or...you could wise up, realize that the world is becoming more and more dependent on technology, and get involved. You say the only jobs left will be at nail salons? Someone has to engineer and maintain these systems, right? Why not you?

EA Games looted by intruders: Publisher says 'no player data accessed' after reported theft of FIFA 21, Frostbite source



Can't say I'd mind getting my hands on that Frostbite Engine source code. I'm not anywhere near good enough of a programmer to create my own engine with it, but I would like to analyze it to see how they pull of some of the things they do with it.

Y'all ready to get back to the office this October, Facebook tells staff in the US


"There's a kicker: don't expect Silicon Valley money if you're now living in cheaper areas of the world. Salaries will be adjusted to fit your locale."

Gotta find a way to fuck your employees somehow.

Remember Anonymous? It/they might be back, and it/they are angry with Elon Musk


Dunno if it's real or not, but I appreciate it being said. Elon has manipulated the hell out of Doge and Bitcoin over the past few months with his tweets.

Four women suing Google for pay discrimination just had their lawsuit upgraded to a $600m class action


Paid less....again?

I don't doubt there are women paid less than men.

But I want to see & compare qualifications. I want to see & compare skill sets. Show me why you think you deserve to be paid as much as the next person, male or female.

You might have the same job title, but your higher paid coworker may have 5 years of experience and a degree you don't know about, so they asked for more and got it based on those qualifications. If you don't have the 5 years of experience and the degree, you don't get paid as much. That isn't discrimination, sexism, etc. That's common sense and standard business practices.

I've hired and fired many people. I negotiate salary explicitly based on your education and prior experience. I don't give a fook what's between your legs. If a guy comes in with the extra experience, he's going to get paid more than the woman. If the woman comes in with extra experience, she gets paid more. It's really, really basic stuff.

And it seems time and time again, when we see these cases, the men tend to be much more qualified than the women not being paid the same. I am not going to pay someone with 5 years of experience the same rate that I'll pay someone with 10.

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


App Store

I'm fine with Apple keeping the walled garden. Thanks to Apple's iOS walled garden, the chances of me mistakenly downloading a malicious app are essentially non-existent.

Now compare that to Android app stores and Google Play.

At least I can confidently assume the apps I've installed from my walled garden aren't trying to exfil data and steal my banking credentials.

Pics or it didn't happen: First images from China's Mars rover suggest nothing has gone Zhurong just yet


"It is also the first nation to land a Mars rover on its first attempt."

Pathfinder and Sojourner would like to have a word with you.

Yahoo! Japan! offers! free! comment!-moderation!-as!-a!-service! API!


Neat in theory, not so much in practice

This isn't going to remove a lot of things it should, and will promote a lot of things it shouldn't. Just the nature of the beast.

The only use case I can think of for this is racist or overtly hateful comments. Other than that, let adults be adults and manage their sensitivities. If reading a...foul...internet comment rattles you that much, you may have some other issues you need to work out.

iFixit slams Samsung's phone 'upcycling' scheme for falling short of what was promised


"Upcycling" is a such a stupid, useless term. The definition of "recycle" fits every instance of the use of "upcycle".

I'll probably catch flak for this, but oh well.

Luke, I am your father... which is why I must eject from JEDI decision, says US Defense Sec


Well done

You mean someone in Donald Dildo's Admin actually understands what "conflict of interest" means, and is abiding by it?


Do you want fr-AI-s with that appy-meal? McDonald's gobbles machine-learning biz for human-free Drive Thrus


"According to your philosophy, all these people apparently fucked up their lives and deserve nothing but miserable penury for their moral failings."

Except I didn't mention anything about those people. I am specifically referring to fast food employees demanding $15 an hour. It's no secret fast food jobs are meant to be starter jobs or something to do while you're in school. They aren't meant to provide a living wage. That's just how it is.

You do not deserve $15 an hour to make hamburgers and tacos.

"Why then am I paid so much more than the cleaners without whom the whole office would descent in to squalor within days?"

Simple. You're educated. You are a professional. You are not a dime-a-dozen employee. Finding someone with your skillset is much more difficult than finding someone who can wipe up a mess. Don't get me wrong, service workers are appreciated. But do you, with (assuming here) certs and maybe even a degree, really think it would be fair to see a cleaner paid the same as you, a software engineer? I don't think so.

" I can't imagine having the sheer brass balls to lecture ANYONE who has a full time job on how they don't deserve to be able to have a roof over their heads or food on their table."

Well, considering you think you and the cleaner should be paid the same rate, that doesn't surprise me.


Re: Is the drive-thru 3 laws safe?

Novel idea and all...but if McDonald's gave a shit about our health, they wouldn't exist.


Anyone with any insight into how businesses operate could have seen this coming.

You do not deserve $15 an hour to flip burgers and fries.

Your fast-food job is not meant to pay a living wage.

If you're trying to support a family on a McDonald's salary, *you* fucked up somewhere in life, and it isn't on McDonald's to compensate for your mistakes.

Sorry, not sorry. Want more money? Find a vocational or tech school (read: You don't need a degree) and learn a skill. Think welding is neat? Get a cert, and you can make $50,000 a year within a year. Not into getting dirty? Pick up some IT Certs. With the right ones, you can easily see six figures a year, again, with no degree.



I don't know about you all, but I'm looking forward to being able to go through a drive-thru and not have to park and go in anyways because some numbskull can't read a damned prompt and screwed up my order. "No pickles. Everything else is fine." Robots and AI won't demand $15 an hour to fuck up orders.

Analytics exec nicked as Ecuador tries to rush through privacy laws after massive data leak



"It also remains unclear why Ecuador's government would entrust personal data for its entire population to a consultant working from a home office"

If I had to guess, I'd say it's because owning an office building/complex doesn't make you qualified to perform any tasks. That's some serious Boomer logic.

Female-free speaker list causes PHP show to collapse when diversity-oriented devs jump ship


Perhaps we should stop treating women and minorities as something to be coddled? None of the women-in-tech that I'm friends with appreciate it. They see right through the bullshit. They don't want special treatment because of their sex organ. They want acceptance or denial letters based on their content, not whether or not they wear a bra.

As a whole, this "But we can't hurt anyone's feelings!" movement in IT is only going to hurt us. Top talent will be passed over to make sure quotas are met.

American ISPs fined $75,000 for fuzzing airport's weather radar by stealing spectrum


Eh. Perhaps hiring someone with a technical background rather than a lawyer to lead the FCC might help things along.

Squabbles over NASA's lunar lander, Astrobotics takes a punt on ULA and India arrives at the Moon


SLS continues to backfire? You don't say...

I don't know how many would agree with me, but I feel like it's time for NASA to give up on SLS. There are commercial options that are cheaper and use modern hardware and also cost less per launch. I don't think anyone in the space community even cares about progress of SLS. SLS = The same old house with a new paint job. I think the only benefit is that it can lift more than Falcon Heavy. And I'm not even 100% sure that's correct.

Me thinks the best course of action for continued progress is to get rid of the joke called SLS and devote those funds and employees to building spacecraft, probes, satellites, landers, etc. Let SpaceX (Fuck ULA. It'd be nice to see companies that aren't "Boeing" or "Lockheed" get government contracts.) handle the launches. They've proven themselves capable. They can use the same rocket a few times. SLS? One and done, baby.