* Posts by Moosh

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Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

Moosh

Advertisers are con artists and businesses are idiots for overvaluing ads. Doesn't Facebook grossly overestimate the value of having ads on its platform? No one pays attention to them. Subliminal messaging is a gigantic crock. Obviously you need to get your name out there, but paying millions and millions for intense ad campaigns even after having established yourself is moronic.

Coca Cola is big because everyone drinks it, not because they shit out advertisements.

Douglas Adams was right, ish... Super-Earth world clocked orbiting 'nearby' Barnard's Star

Moosh

Re: Getting a proble there?

hitting a mass of 1 gram at 0.2c would be like getting hit by around 60 kN of force. That's a decent amount (translates to about 13,500 lbs of force) but you're vastly exaggerating the effects.

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat

Moosh

Poor nutrition awareness has always been a thing - memes aside. People still think fat is bad for you. People don't understand the issue is the amount consumed, not the fact that its fat. People still think fat consumed turns to fat in the body. People still don't understand losing weight is literally calories in vs calories out, because they vastly underestimate caloric consumption and overestimate caloric usage.

Not only this, but labelling on food products is outright WRONG. They will honestly list a fucking egg and bacon sandwich as having 30g of protein in it, which is fucking impossible with how little bacon is actually in it.

Bill Gates joined on stage by jar of poop as he confesses deep love for talking about toilets

Moosh
Alert

All very well and good...

Very noble, a good cause I do agree with. The issue is that the end goal is rather unrealistic. Why? A lot of the problems are also cultural.

For example; digging your own "shitpit" (i forget the formal name) or filling in an existing one (generally just handling your own excrement) is seen as beneath people in India, and to be known to do so could brand you as an untouchable, the lowest caste in indian society. There's an increase in India of people wanting to build overly huge pits that are going to last for multiple decades of use just so they never have to get involved with excrement maintenance. Not only this, but in India open defecation is seen as the norm. Attempts to introduce toilets to indian villages have lead to varied responses, included the toilet becoming a shrine or being used to make curries.

Likewise, there are areas of Africa where the floors are absolutely littered with literal human excrement and other waste; there are beaches absolutely filled to the brim with human faeces and polluting the ocean. Again, there is the issue of open defecation being the norm, but there's also clearly a cultural component here as well; there's no centralised giant pile of rubbish, its largely dropped as its used.

In china as well, open defecation is a reality for millions and millions.

The (seemingly insurmountable) challenge isn't just more efficient methods of waste disposal, but in changing long held cultural beliefs around the handling of excrement and how people are supposed to defecate.

Former Apple engineer fights iPhone giant for patent credit and denied cash, says Steve Jobs loved his 'killer ideas'

Moosh
Paris Hilton

Re: On to a loser here

This reads like it was written by someone who hasn't actually worked before but likes to LARP as an experienced devops guy.

Firstly, you've created an entire fantasy reality in your head based off of a single, simple explanation of the situation, and completely ignored that he also claimed it happened after a period of absence caused by surgery.

Secondly, I feel that if you had actually worked somewhere before, you'd understand the difference between fantasy "wow my boss was so horrible and controlled everything despite actually just being some no-name middle management that the execs hate" and real life "its actually very easy to criticise your manager provided you're professional about it."

‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

Moosh
Big Brother

Re: Trump bashing inaccurate here

"Ever notice how righties always have to go back 30+ years to find an example of a leftie being racist, just so they don't feel so bad about their current hero being racist?"

Ben Carson called leftists the most racist people on the planet who pigeonholed and stereotype every race with their incredibly shallow and narrow worldview and hated it when, and I quote, you "got off the plantation."

Oddly enough, that one didn't get much media coverage.

VMware 'pressured' hotel to shut down tech event close to VMworld, IGEL sues resort giant

Moosh

Actually disgusting.

Muslim American woman sues US border cops: Gimme back my seized iPhone's data!

Moosh
Boffin

Re: Entering a country becomes more and more like entering a prison.

Try visiting India if you have Pakistani heritage. You will literally be denied a Visa.

My manager was scheduled to go over for a business trip to visit Tata Consultancy Services. However, his heritage is Pakistani, and they refused his Visa, despite him being a UK citizen.

Try visiting numerous middle eastern nations if you have previously visited Israel.

My mother got questioned at Israeli passport control because she'd previously visited Egypt.

Its fine to be judgemental when you live in a developed country with a lot of freedoms but if you actually travel it becomes blindingly apparent that many parts of the world are much more stringent, and not necessarily fair.

PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

Moosh
Boffin

Its constantly increasing in scale and using more and more of our finite resources - this is incredibly sustainable!

London mayor: Self-driving cars? Not without jacked-up taxes, you don't!

Moosh

Living and working in London I wouldn't trust a driverless car here for at least another few decades of technology development. Far too much traffic, random and unpredictable incidents, winding roads, genuinely perplexing and poorly signed one-way systems, roads that are technically able to be driven down but which are functionally closed, etc. etc..

Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

Moosh

Doesn't sharing data about what you've bought violate privacy?

I was under the impression that targetted advertising was purely to do with searches, not purchases.

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Moosh

I don't understand how they could even begin to charge prostitution when clearly no such offence occured?

I could imagine indecent exposure as the place was probably not licensed for such a thing and/or the idea that some people might not be expecting it when they go to get coffee. But prostitution?

London Mayor slams YouTube over failure to remove 'shocking' violent gang vids

Moosh
Unhappy

Mr Part and Parcel comments about this, and yet has remained silent on things such as the increasing acid attack rates?

Anything where he doesn't have to rock the boat. He's not a politician, he's an idiot trying to be like Tony Blair. He'll shout out when he thinks it will impact him positively (arbitrarily banning adverts for promoting attractiveness, for example), but stay silent when people actually expect comment.

Hotel guest goes broke after booking software gremlin makes her pay for strangers' rooms

Moosh
Meh

Credit Cards

Are there an inordinate amount of Americans in these comments?

Debit cards are by far the most common method of card payment in the UK, if not the EU (i'm not sure what the stats are on that).

I have had issues with my debit card before. However, my "bank" (actually Nationwide Building Society) has always been very, VERY prompt with card cancellation, refunds, etc. etc.. To the extent that it is sometimes annoying.

For example: I withdrew money from a cash machine that had been linked to crime. So my card was locked until I went through security (via phone) and confirmed certain transactions weren't fraudulent. This has happened quite a few times.

One time my card details were stolen somehow and people were buying PS3s in Denmark and were attempting to do so in bloody Vietnam too. I got the large sum (the PS3 costs) back almost immediately, and was able to get the unauthorised overdraft fees reversed at a local bank branch. I explained to them that my Credit Card payment (also with Nationwide) would be impacted and they understood this and were accommodating. The only thing that took a bit longer was that there had also been a number of very small purchases (£1.90, etc. etc.) which were a lot more niggly to refund, which took about a week.

DARPA orders spaceplane capable of 10 launches in 10 days

Moosh
Black Helicopters

Anyone else get the impression...

... that there's a lot more going on in orbit than we're led to believe?

British government has bought a £200m 5G 'academic wet dream'

Moosh

Its the future

Humanity is exploring the depths of space; hyper intelligent bio-machine hybrids swim through the ether, the human population is measured in thousands of trillions, and much of the known galaxy has been explored and colonised.

And I still can't get 3g reception in Cornwall.

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

Moosh
Joke

"Don't forget your gold plated optical cables too!"

Optical?

Gold plate your HDMI cables!

It helps you to receive a clearer signal.

Nvidia's profits so far this year are GPU-ge

Moosh

Re: Very odd / interesting activity on ebay regards the GPU cards...

Its most likely just an alt account of the seller, who's looking to drive up price.

Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

Moosh
Pint

Its a load of trollop is what it is.

Per week is such a stupid measurement. The vast majority of people don't have set drinking days; they go out if something is on or if the weather is nice. When given a "per week", most people will think "well I don't drink every week, so no."

Per week, do i consume more than 12 units?

No.

Per month, do I consume more than 48 units?

Probably.

This month, it is certainly true. The bank holiday weekend just gone, I was out on Saturday and Sunday. On each day I had well over 10 drinks (all doubles or strong cocktails), which doesn't include the couple of shots I also did. Right there is over 40 units. I'm also going to a "bring your own bottle" company quiz next week; my bottle is a half drunk 70cl vodka.

Lyrebird steals your voice to make you say things you didn't – and we hate this future

Moosh
Devil

A whole new wave of erotica

Think of it: any celebrity you want whispering sweet nothings into your ears; talking dirty; playing out the most depraved and/or niche sexual fantasies you could possibly imagine. Want them to talk about you being a furry inflated blueberried baby they're about to eat? No problem!

Uber sued by ex-Lyft driver tormented by app maker's 'Hell' spyware

Moosh

Re: "Unlike Lyft, Uber changes the tokens it uses..identify drivers, to prevent such tracking."

Agreed, the UK's bus service is miles better than many other European public transportation systems, infinitely better than the US's, and isn't even comparable to third world transportation.

Peer pressure, not money, lures youngsters into cybercrime – report

Moosh
Unhappy

Teaching kids about cyber security and ethical hacking early on

Several problems here:

1. Barely anyone knows how to code or has any real knowledge of cyber security

2. Those that do have sufficient knowledge earn much more money doing things other than teaching

3. Teaching is a horrible profession at secondary school level

4. Absolutely no one else in the entire school would be able to understand what the fuck is going on beyond 1 or 2 actually interested students per year group and the teacher

Schools have enough trouble finding competent math teachers, never mind actual cyber security or coding experts.

'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

Moosh
Coat

Re: "Seriously, this guy needs to be given the same treatment as the latest FreeNas release"

Thus proving that Democrats are mindless and violent?

Worth also noting that one of those Republican presidents was Abraham Lincoln, and that the Democrat who got shot had deep ties to the Mob. I mean, if you're going to be a fucking moron to begin with.

Overcharge customers, underpay the serfs. Who else but Uber (allegedly)

Moosh

Re: Another clear violation contractor labor laws

This actually happened to me the other day. He called up, asked me where I was heading to, then apologised and said he had to remain in the local area and asked if I could cancel.

The replacement driver I got happened to be on his way to central London anyway, so was more than happy with the destination. Discussing with him, he said that Uber drivers are not told if a passenger specifies a destination; he said they used to be, but for some reason it was changed. I personally believe it was because some people with ridiculous destinations ended up complaining that they weren't getting picked up.

He then brought up the fact that if you cancel a job after accepting it, you get flagged and its very bad. He also mentioned how you basically get fired if your rating dips below a 4/3.

Bankers to get 1Gbps free Wi-Fi in City of London deal

Moosh
Facepalm

As a "Banker" who actually works as a test analyst at a pension company, and earning the 99th percentile income sum of a princely £34k a year, I can only light up a cigar, heartily chuckle, and burn another £50 note.

This article was biased from the very start. "8000 people" living there, as if its ENTIRELY for those who live there. Then of course it goes on to admit its also available to the 400k people, such as myself, who actually work there. And then also elaborates that it will also be available to the 10 million tourists who visit there yearly.

So what this actually is, is just a public access wifi system that's been twisted in this article to be presented as some sort of anti-proletariat brain microwaving device.

Webcam sex blackmailer faces extradition to Canada to stand trial for bullied teen's suicide

Moosh

I think one of the major issues is that many people are still completely ignorant of the internet and technology in general.

Many people the same age as me, close friends of mine, struggle to complete even basic tasks on a computer.

How are these people going to be able to comprehend what dangers their child is facing online, when they can barely understand how to visit a web page?

How about a nice game of ... Tetris? Oxford eggheads slow PTSD onset with classic game

Moosh

Re: I remember when I played that a lot one weekend

One summer as a lad I played World of Warcraft non stop about 16 hours a day.

When i wasn't playing the game the user interface imposed itself onto literally every thought I had. It made me physically sick.

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

Moosh
Gimp

Being into all this BDSM lark myself

Goreans are just weird. Really, anyone trying to turn a fetish into a lifestyle, in my opinion, could benefit from some counselling.

A fetish should just be something that spices up your sex life; not something you live. In fact, isn't the definition of addiction/unhealthy obsession when it starts to negatively impact your personal and professional life?

Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

Moosh

Working for NEST Pensions

I can only say that I hate Nest with a passion - for no reason other than that they share a name with us.

*shakes fist*

This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

Moosh

Re: Wouldn't a good way of extending battery life

The point is that you can have access to google maps and other apps without the operating system itself being a resource heavy power drain for no real reason.

Moosh

Wouldn't a good way of extending battery life

Be to stop making such unnecessarily chunky operating systems?

'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

Moosh
Devil

This is why my windows 8.1 installation is on a 60gb SSD that I make sure to constantly keep at only around 2gb of free space.

Have fun background downloading Windows 10 onto that, Microsoft.

Euro Patent Office hit with wave of anti-Battistelli letters

Moosh
Paris Hilton

Interesting, but...

For those unfamiliar with the controversy surrounding him, might it not be a good idea to actually detail why these complaints are happening?

What activities has he been undertaking?

What are the unpopular reforms he's imposing?

Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

Moosh
Paris Hilton

"Fake News"

What does this cover?

Things they disagree with or officially say isn't happening?

Isn't this just outright censorship?

Does this extend to parody sites?

Does it count CNN?

Nintendo Switch orders delayed: Dun dun dun... dundundun dundundun dadada!

Moosh

The real question

Is when are they going to release the next Monster Hunter on it?

I'm sick of playing MH on such a gimped console like the 3DS. Don't get me wrong, its great for games like pokemon and the like, but for something like MH, you really need better controls and a larger, higher res screen.

Google's troll-destroying AI can't cope with typos

Moosh

"to provide an automated way to detect "toxic" language in social media"

Might I ask... Why?

Will I now have the pleasure of being reported to her majesty's finest automatically whenever I tell someone to f-ck off and call them a moron on social media?

How do they define social media? Facebeook? Twitter? Message boards? Comments sections?

At what point does saying "I disagree" become a punishable offence?

Two-thirds of TV Licensing prosecutions at one London court targeted women

Moosh
Flame

Re: re: End this insanely illiberal tax now.

Pardon me, but the BBC is CLEARLY biased. It is incredibly liberal leaning.

Not only that, its reporting quality has gone severely downhill. Its honestly becoming more like buzzfeed with each passing day.

When you are bombarded with the same viewpoint day after day, it ceases to be news. It becomes propaganda.

Bring it BACK... with MODs! Psion 5 storms great tech revival poll

Moosh

RE: e-ink screens

Wouldn't that then take it a while to render things?

I'm just thinking of the relatively "recent" phones which had the e-ink displays to conserve battery power when the main screen wasn't needed; it took ages for them to updated and for things to render.

I was authorized to trash my employer's network, sysadmin tells court

Moosh
Boffin

Re: What's wrong with the old-school methods?

"Hello, Police?"

"Yes, i'd like you to DNA test this literal pile of shit in my office bin. And then cross check it with the DNA of people you most likely don't have on file anyway, and in an instance in which there is no real cause or excuse to go tracking down ex employees and forcing them to give a DNA sample, because really I could just empty the bin and use air freshener."

"Yes, I want you to do this despite the fact that DNA evidencing is actually pretty sketchy and nothing at all like its portrayed in CSI"

Fitbit hit on Pebble kit cost just 20 million quid? Oh s**t!

Moosh
Paris Hilton

Re: If they are losing money...

We're actually living in a Huxleyan/Orwellian fusion dystopia.

We drug the masses with frivolity, pleasure and too much information while also cracking down 1984 style behind the scenes and keeping everything important secret.

Icon related.

Forget quantum and AI security hype, just write bug-free code, dammit

Moosh

Re: 1980s computer science

"Agile promotes bad practices."

I could not agree more. I'm a test analyst at a pension company and I am genuinely shocked at the stories of agile lifecycles i hear from my friends working agile projects through Deloitte and SQS. Half the time the people don't even have a proper design or even know how the code should work. Testing properly is impossible and a lot of the time the tests aren't even ran because they don't have any auditing system and there's no recording of the test evidence. There's no real review process and sprints are just a mad dash to the finish line with no real unified movement. My friend is a test manager at Deloitte and he has nothing but horror stories about Agile in his 6 years of being contracted out on projects.

I work a waterfall model, which I know isn't the "in" thing nowadays, but we have a strong audit trail, strong design, a good understanding of expected performance, great system documentation, and critical defects/production defects are fixed outside of the standard lifecycle anyway.

GRAPHENE: £120m down, UK.gov finds it's still a long way from commercial potential

Moosh

Re: Shouldn't they be throwing more money at this thing?

I understand this, but the government has in this instance started throwing what it seems to think is money at the situation and even interfered with the patent process.

They're currently half-assing it. They should do either or, not what they're currently doing. They're only hurting both themselves and the development of graphene.

Moosh
Holmes

Shouldn't they be throwing more money at this thing?

£120 million, really, is nothing.

If they want a return on investment, they need to put more into it.

I mean Sony, a private business, spent $3.2 Billion just developing the Playstation 3, and the government is expecting rapid progress and return on a new, "2 dimensional" material with only £120 million?

Third time lucky: ICANN beats off .africa ban

Moosh
Coat

Awaiting the inevitable

iblesstherainsdownin.africa

IT guy checks to see if PC is virus-free, with virus-ridden USB stick

Moosh

Re: Some men just want to watch the world burn...

The vast majority of cracks flag false positives on anti-virus softwares. I've never had a single issue with cracks, and each one triggered the anti virus.

Then again, I only used highly rated torrents from private trackers.

Who do you want to be Who? VOTE for the BBC's next Time Lord

Moosh
Angel

I'm not quite sure who I would like to play the Doctor

But I do know I would quite like some decent writing.

Batman v Superman leads Razzie nominations

Moosh
Coat

Re: Not LaLa Land?

"You are guaranteed an Oscar if you play a crip"

What if you play a blood?

Doomsday Clock moves to 150 seconds before midnight. Thanks, Trump

Moosh
Thumb Down

This is literally a meme clock and quite honestly there is no reason for it to move forward. I mean my god, prior to Trump winning the elections there was a genuine and palpable fear of direct military conflict with Russia, and now that possibility has basically vanished.

This is a load of guff. They have a political narrative that must be maintained; that trump is an aggressive expansionist. Despite actually being an isolationist.

I have my own clock. It's 1 minute to midnight and it moves forward every time someone spergs out about Trump for no reason.

When it hits midnight nothing happens but its handy for me to make a big scene about.

Japan's terrifying techno-toilets will be made foreigner friendly, vow makers

Moosh
Boffin

Re: Ah, Japan

Squat toilets are usually public and quite frankly lead to more spillage as the "squatting area" is usually level with the tiling. A healthy position? Yes, but really the toilet shouldn't be designed in such a way to cause major problems depending on whether or not your stool is as healthy as it should be.

Honestly, a normal toilet is really the most hygienic way of going about it. You pick up more germs touching the many door handles you undoubtedly come in contact with throughout the day (which you more than likely directly transmit to mouth/eyes), while your business is guaranteed to be contained unless you purposefully miss, dip your hands in it and them smother yourself with it.

I believe the same is true of using toilet paper. It cleans what might otherwise require unpleasantly strong bursts of water to remove, allows you to wet the tissue if needed, and you (or rather, you're supposed to) wash your hands afterwards anyway.

I find a lot of arguments in favour of different toilets and cleaning methods tend to be more like excuses for lack of proper infrastructure and plumbing.

Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

Moosh
Meh

Re: Questions questions questions

What about the SMS records?

A) she did not want to charge assange with anything, she just wanted him to take an STD test

B) the police arrested him against her wishes

C) she had actually stated "I was half asleep"

D) the woman who's rape charge was dropped egged the other woman on and convinced her to sell their stories for cash

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