* Posts by Smeagolberg

105 publicly visible posts • joined 3 Feb 2022


Elon Musk starts poll with one question: Should I step down as head of Twitter?


Re: Confused.com

"Twitter might survive. (Yeah, I know it's full of twits, but there are small corners of sanity in there)".

If I search through the discarded tons at the local recycling centre there might be small corners of healthy food in there. I'll give it a miss... similar success rate.

Apple 'created decoy labor group' to derail unionization


Re: Communists

"It looks like Apple spent too much time in China and got poisoned."

That makes it sound like accidental exposure during a holiday trip.

Apple consciously chose China because the 'poison' is cheap and profitable. It's hardly surprising that they have a similar approach in the US of keeping employees as cheap and profitable as possible. How else would Cook and top cronies fund their holidays so economically?

OK, we know iPhones are expensive but... $11 a month for Twitter Blue on iOS?


Re: Apple users can afford it

"Amazon - Samsung S22 Ultra

256GB = £939

512GB = £1149"

Hmm. £210 for 256GB.

Rhe original example was £200 for 8GB of Apple storage. Some rip-offs are bigger than others.

C++ zooms past Java in programming popularity contest


Re: (I do miss Lisp too though :D)

True, and "widely used" and "popular" are not the same as best.

Paul Graham's essay about the choice of Lisp by a start-up is interesting reading, particularly that knowing that most of their competitors were using C or C++ increased their confidence in their choice of Lisp.



Re: (I do miss Lisp too though :D)

... Clojure.


Re: Java can’t go away, sadly

"... C++ means you want access to the most potent library collection and power that comes with them".

Strychnine is also potent and powerful.


Search engine queries

I'd have expected Java to be higher given the people trying to decide which coffee to drink over Christmas.

Washington DC drags Amazon to court for 'yoinking' driver tips


Customer trust

>Nothing is more important to us than customer trust


>But we don't give a flying fuck about our employees.

This profit-trumps-people approach is how Amazon lost my trust and converted me from a frequent customer to a very infrequent customer.

US commerce bosses view EU rules as threat to its clouds


Re: The power of the EU

"Respect has to be earned. The old EEC had some respect, but these days the EU is more likely to provoke tolerant laughter than respect."

How much earning does the US need to do? How much tolerant laughter is it likely to provoke these days?

Glasshouses... Stones...


Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

"That sounds very much like the market approach and real world approach we all use day to day."

What is this "real world approach" of which you speak? The "market approach" seems less and need connected to what many might consider to be the real world.


Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

"I just wonder if the EU is going to be cutting itself off as it has a lot more to lose."

From outside the borders of the land of the "free" one might observe the US cutting itself not so much "off" as "up".

Increasingly damaging fighting between political factions... gun laws that protect the rights for USians to easily be able to kill other USians... the best politicians that money can buy... the Industrial Military Complex...

Some of these characteristics might be exactly the sort that other countries might wish to cut themselves off from.


Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

"Using the data to personalise a service (e.g. adverts) sounds reasonable. An attempt to show more of what you are interested in."

About as reasonable as it would be for me to cover your house with posters that "show more of what you are interested in".

"I might offer a service but you dont need to take the service I offer, and often there are alternatives available."

Plastering posters on someone's house might not be considered to be a "service" by them, but an uninvited and unwanted intrusion. Claiming to offer "a service" is hollow and delusional if (1) it is not wanted by the person you claim is being served and (2) is imposed, rather than offered.


Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

"Hoping they can make an equivalent successful business to rival the US businesses. Personally I think it foolish as continuing to copy US successes when people should be left to find future success."

There are many ways to define success... art, literature, science, happiness, stability, etc. Many of the values espoused by US businesses are not universally viewed as epitomising success. Indeed, by some measures they could be considered the antithesis of success.


Re: "ensure that non-EU suppliers cannot access the EU market on an equal footing"

"The EU cutting itself off from the world one bit at a time"

The US really does think that the US is the world, doesn't it?

cf. "World series" baseball.

Blockchain needs a reason to exist, Boris Johnson tells roomful of blockchain pros


"Impregnating a female who has had a lapse of reason is basically rape."


So that's your definition of rape?

No force?

No coercion?

No deception?


Just dependent on the victim being a "female who has had a lapse of reason?

Interesting definition, and one which many might take exception to.

Twitter gives up fight against COVID-19 misinformation


Re: further.

"I REALLY don't know what's causing it, but surely it's worth looking into? (unless you don't want to know the answer)."

A good line of reasoning. Let me try it...

I REALLY don't know what's causing the green slime monster that everyone but you can see eating your brain and rendering any potential but unrealised critical faculties into a decomposing sludge, but surely it's worth looking into? (Unless you don't want to know the answer).


Re: Opinions versus facts (actual, imaginary, and half-truths)

"MORE discourse is the answer"

Nice idea, but social media is probably not a place characterised by intelligent discourse as much as by 'influencers' and people with many followers, that their egos don't recognise are mostly following for the entertainment value of watching motorway pile-ups / train wrecks.

E.g. Florida Orange Man had many such followers, but exhibited little in the way of intelligent discourse.

UK cuts China from Sizewell nuclear project, takes joint stake



And f*** profiteering energy companies too!


Self sufficient in energy production

I always smile when someone spurts that phrase as justification for the latest sound-bite announcement. So persuasive sounding.

Never a mention that the energy will actually be sold to the global market for maximum profit and the local market can just f*** right off (as BlowJo told business it should).

Doctors call for greater scrutiny of bidders for platform that pools UK's health info


"Go fuck yourselves" is exactly what NHS England (NOT the NHS) is effectively saying to doctors, who are a crucial part of the NHS.

Locked out of Horizon Europe, UK commits half a billion to post-Brexit research


Dollars? Euros? News?

"The United Kingdom received €7 billion ($7.2 billion)"

Is proper money no longer relevant on this once-UK news site?

It's been struggling to retain relevance as a news site for a while now. I've almost given up coming here for up-to-the-minute technology news. Few stories now appear before US waking hours and increasingly many fail to materialise at all. Several times recently the BBC site has had technology stories that weren't to be found here (a couple of significant Twitter-related items were conspicuous by their absence).

Artemis I isn't just a test run – there's science to be done


Open the pod bay doors HAL

I'm sorry, Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.

Unlucky for some: Meta chops 13% of global workforce


Re: Meta's metaverse division has lost $9.4 billion this year already

"The longer he carries on with it, the bigger the damage will be. At what point will he give up, before it crashes and burns completely?"

Hopefully he'll carry on as long as possibly. Big bonfires burn better.


"Nothing wrong with investing in metaverse, it could've been a huge tech if the pandemic extended 2 more years."

Yep. All those people trying to do serious work from home needed nothing more than a face-cage to help them pretend they're hanging out with a cartoon version of Z-berg. It's the future!

Tumblr says nudes are back on the menu – within reason


Re: "an overt focus on genitalia"

Thank you for sharing your hang-ups about normal parts of a normal human body.

I wonder where they (the hang-ups) came from.

Shareholders slam Zuckerberg's 'terrifying' $100b+ Metaverse experiment


Re: "Corporate name optimization"

>"Facebook" = 8 characters.

>"Meta" = 4 characters.

"Me" = 2 characters.

Soon all that will be left of him is "Me".

A very sad, lonely Me.

Most Metaverse business projects will be dead by 2025


Re: I agree

"My company wasted tens of thousands of dollars equipping every member of staff with an Oculus Quest 2."

Oh dear, what a silly company.


Re: Nobody gives a damn

Not completely forgotten.

It was refreshing to see a smarter-than-Zuckface politician tear Mark Slimebag apart earlier this year.


It's official: UK telcos legally obligated to remove Huawei kit


Re: It's official

>All words are invented...

... but some words are more invented than others.


Re: It's official

>it's not uncommon to see yanks derive verbs from the nouns

As they say over there, there's no such thing as a noun that can't be verbed.


Re: It's official

>I'll go all-in on behaviours. Momentarily.

The best one I heard of this was on a US to Heathrow flight on which the captain announced, "We will be landing momentarily".

This icing on the cake was largely US passengers bursting into applause as though landing at all was a novelty.

Scanning phones to detect child abuse evidence is harmful, 'magical' thinking


Re: If people in the 1960s knew what computers and the Internet did to our freedom

With you on some points, but...

"I think we have a fundamental natural, human right, to be able to receive any information we want to, period."

Would that view hold if receiving certain information was dependent on actual harm to someone else?

E.g. (thought experiment...) What if you wanted to receive video information showing someone's response as they were being tortured? Should you have a "fundamental natural, human right to receive it|"?

AI recruitment software is 'automated pseudoscience', Cambridge study finds


Re: Deja vu again

3 out of 4.

Quite good, but try extending your reading around actual science and, perhaps, reduce time spent on social media science-substitutes.

Alternatively, stick with the social media and you could become an 'influencer'.

I look forward to seeing even better results or a change of direction next term.

How Wi-Fi spy drones snooped on financial firm


Re: I think we're reaching a point...

Upvoted, but this

>company laptop... laptop doesn't automatically use end-to-end VPN etc. suggest the IT department needs talking to

is significant and good practice can not be assumed

Neither can it be assumed that all access to corporate systems is via company laptops, or even laptops. Much isn't.


Re: I think we're reaching a point...

One large building might make for a more focused target, but it's not obvious that many scattered targets, with a larger attack surface, a wide range of access devices in use, many personal and not under meaningful central control, and with varying local arrangements for digital and physical access, would be either more secure, or as easy to secure.

I wonder how many people work in the local Starbucks, etc., without a thought of Wi-Fi security / snooping / infiltration / etc.

Not that remote working doesn't have many advantages, but it also has weaknesses and security might be one of them.

Because you've all stopped buying PCs, AMD's wiped $1b+ off expected sales


Re: Oh well.

Endless growth?

Finite resources?

You'd almost think that economists, and capitalism itself, had never heard of


Girls Who Code books 'banned' in some US classrooms


"non-binary heroes"

Ban all computers with their blatant binary-ness!


"trans ideology"











Ban Harry Potter!

There were some significant US-ian campaigns to ban Harry Potter books because of wicked witchcraft and sorcery. Poor JKR. Imagine how successful she might have been...



What they doing to support those who identify as coders?


Do they use coding sheets and BIC Cristal for Her?

The reviews are worth a read if you haven't already encountered them.


IBM wins contract to support NHS App


Re: Mistake

>I am less keen on those who could but choose not to for silly reasons.

I think:

- You're a kid.

- You have little understanding of misuse of data.

- You use 'social media' umpteen times a day.

I claim my prize.

Instagram fined in Ireland for violating children's privacy


OK, that's the kids taken care of. Now when are the grown-ups going to get protection against Zuckface's evil empire?

Ransomware gang hits second-largest US school district


"swiftly implemented a response protocol"

Does this illustrate that US education is in dire straits?

Microsoft to stop accepting checks from partners


Re: Dare I say the word 'Bitcoin"?

>You can hate crypto currency all you want, but it does solve this problem rather well.

I think it's transfer of 0s and 1s over the wires that solves(*) the problem. Cryptocurrency is merely one example of such use, and a latecomer at that.

(*) Cryptocurrency also takes fraud and loss into the 21st Century at 'light speed', as they say. You have been following the cryptocurrency news in recent years, haven't you? You know, it's a bit like banks' use of digital transfers, but unregulated and with no recourse when fraudsters do their thing...