* Posts by TheMeerkat

62 posts • joined 29 Mar 2017


Ethiopia sits on 737 Max report but says pilots followed Boeing drills



It appears that Boeing outsourcing its avionics software development to Bengaluru, India. Could this disjointment between the software developers and those designing the plane is to blame?

Someone's spreading an MBR-trashing copy of the Christchurch killer's 'manifesto' – and we're OK with this, maybe?


It is still legal to read Communist Manifesto, despite millions victims, why not this?

Google plonks right-wing think tanker and defence drone mogul on AI ethics advisory board


Re: "a shiny-happy PR op"

Unless we believe that only people with one specific minority view of left-wing liberal intelligencia graduated from “women’s studies” course has the right to decide on ethics, this is how it should be - a diverse set of view represented.

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech


When 1000 “artists” make a movie, it is the studio that finance them. Why would anybody finance a movie if it will belong to a gay who is only good at pretending to be someone?

Overheard at a Brit mobe network: On the count of Three UK, smile and say, er... we lost how many customers?


The reason I am with Three was that they were giving free roaming when abroad in many countries before the EU introduced it. And it covers more than just the EU.

It was quite nice to be able to use your phone freely in San Francisco.

Boeing big cheese repeats pledge of 737 Max software updates following fatal crashes


I suspect Boeing hired an Agile Consultant who told them they have to deliver “working software” every two weeks. There was no time for testing.

Kwik-Fit hit by MOT fail, that's Malware On Target


Re: re: Too bad they couldn't continue operating as normal with paper records,

There is a difference between air traffic control and tyre fitting outfit. The latter does not have money to spend on keeping trained staff with ability to think which might be needed once in five years.

Romford Station, smile! You're in London cops' final facial recog 'trial'


Re: Orwell ain't seen nothing yet

Whether you like it or not this technology will come.

It is not what the police know about you that is important, it is what they do with the knowledge.

Should the super-rich pay 70% tax rate above $10m? Here's Michael Dell's hot take for Davos


Envy driven anti-rich sentiment is not a very good personality trait.

Nationwide UK court IT failure farce 'not the result of a cyber attack' – Justice Ministry


Re: wtf does not "freeing prisoners unlawfully" mean ?

Anybody who writes summary about “daily mail” readers is probably a hippcite and venture signaller read of a similar by its dumbness “Guardian”. Just two sides of the same coin.

Campaigners get go-ahead to challenge exemption UK gave itself over immigrants' data


If someone knows exactly what the government keeps on them, it will be much easier to play and cheat immigration system.

Americans are just fine with facial recognition technology – as long as they get shorter queues


Re: Tech ignorance

So they need their own face recognition system then?


Re: Something Ben Franklin Said

But aren’t you limiting Liberty by banning use of technology?

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame


Re: And that's why...

The actual reason is simple. It tries to decrypt SSL and fails closed :)

Newsflash: Twitter still toxic place for women, particular those of color, Amnesty study finds


Re: in other news

Allowed by whom? The question is as always - who decides what is allowed and what is not allowed?


Do you really have to publish this propaganda?

Amazon's creepy facial recog doorbell, Facebook open sources machine learning code and much more


Re: What Is Wrong With Knowing Who is Visiting Me?

There is no law against me taking a picture of someone at my door and then sharing this picture with a third party.

Whether that third party is Amazon or my neighbour is immaterial.

There is no law against searching the Internet for a person.

UK white hats blacklisted by Cisco Talos after smart security code stumbles


Re: A worrying precedent?

Sounds like you need a holiday. Calm down, darling

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


I prefer iPhone to other phones because of the walled garden.

If I wanted an adventure I would buy Android device. But I don’t - I have other things to do with my time.

Oracle sued by app sales rep: I made tens of millions for Larry, then fired for being neither young nor male – claim


Or, alternative, she and her friend were vocal about their dislike of the situation and this pissed off their managers. Nothing to do with their gender.

'Unjustifiably excessive': Not even London cops can follow law with their rubbish gang database


Re: Help me out here

It is mostly black people killing other plack people in London, is it?


Gang violence victims are often members of a rival gang.

Lucky, lucky, Westminster residents: Who better to look after your housing benefits than Capita?


And you needed to put an irrelevant political comment about an MP and “Brexiters”?

It is quite disgusting showing this hatred actually as it has nothing to do with the topic.

UK.gov to roll out voter ID trials in 2019 local elections


Re: So...

Do they work? You can’t get a job without proving the right to work.

Tata on trial: Outsourcer 'discriminated' against non-Asian workers, claim American staff


When I used to work for a large US company (not an outsourcer) I was surprised to find one of their office in the State almost fully stuffed with Indians and another with Chinese.

It would not happen in London - here the offices tend to be more diverse.

Intel hits target: 27% of staffers are female? Apparently that's 'full representation'


No. The reason is that Malaysian employers favour men, so for women to achieve a decent position she has to chose a job where it is more obvious who has the knowledge and who does not.

Uncool: Google won't be setting up shop in disused Berlin electrical substation


Re: @ big_D

Anything to do with the recent influx of people from abroad who need to live somewhere?

SQLite creator crucified after code of conduct warns devs to love God, and not kill, commit adultery, steal, curse...


It is their siftware and they even give it out for free. If you don’t like it, go elsewhere.

Iron Mike Pence blasts Google for its censor-happy Dragonfly Chinese search engine


Re: 'So far, however, Google has not caved into the pressure.'

Taking into account that Google is engaged in PC censorship in the West too...

UK networks have 'no plans' to bring roaming fees back after Brexit


Re: 3 did it in desperation

This is how markets work. An underdog starts the trend and the “big guys” follow.

Is it really so difficult to understand?


Re: If only roaming worked at all

Interestingly Three usually works quite good when abroad.

And they were giving free roaming an Europe plus some countries outside (like the USA) before EU rules were introduced.

2-bit punks' weak 40-bit crypto didn't help Tesla keyless fobs one bit


Designed for women

As a man I find keyless entry and ignition pointless as it is not a big deal to take a key out of my pocket.

For my wife who has a key buried deep in her handbag it is a completely different matter.

Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary


Re: Hmmm..

You can share as much as you like. Just don’t expect others to feed you.

Tax the tech giants and ISPs until the bits squeak – Corbyn


All Socialists when getting to power want to put the press under the government control, so that they could keep the power indefinitely. Why Corbyn would be different?

Well, this makes scents: Kotlin code quality smells better than Java


Was the average age of apps the same? Kotlin is a newer language and it is a known fact that often the quality goes down with code age.

Brit spending watchdog brands GP Primary Support Care a 'complete mess'


Re: and to think...

The State is inefficient. And NHS proves it, it does not matter if they outsource or not, the result is going to be the same.

The difference with the USSR was that they had the State everywhere resulting in inefficiencies everywhere, not just in health system.

I predict a riot: Amazon UK chief foresees 'civil unrest' for no-deal Brexit


Re: eh?

Have not we already had promises of economic collapse next day after the referendum if the results were “wrong”? The promises that never realised?

London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'


It is immaterial whether you like it or not. This technology will come eventually, it will become reliable and it will be used.

No more slurping of kids' nationalities, Brit schools told


Are you saying that illegal immigrants who happened to have a child should not be deported?


Re: Education is a public good

Were foreign children “wondering streets” while data was collected?

UK.gov outsourcers must prove their 'social value' to win contracts


So instead of choosing the provider who are good at what they do, the political commissars will decide based on “social value”?

No surprise the government contracts always fail.

Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog


Any government project is bound to end up like this. It is the nature of the beast. This is why Socialist countries never work.

Zero arrests, 2 correct matches, no criminals: London cops' facial recog tech slammed


Re: Surely though

You don’t understand Math, do you?

98% of false positives is when from 10,000 you select 100, 2 of whom are criminals.

TSB boss: We know everything's working, you just can't see that


By the look of it the old legacy part of the bank is running, it is the new fancy one, probably written by some contractors, thar does not?

Facebook admits: Apps were given users' permission to go into their inboxes


Re: RE: Are there really so many people so stupid..

The question here - why people are banned based on who they tweet to?


If you send a letter to someone (before computer existed), you could never guarantee that the other side was not going to share it contents.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs


This seems like a trend - private companies policing what we are allowed and what we are not allowed to say. Starting from so-called “hate speech” up to use of swear words in private communications.

UK.gov urged to ensure punters can 'still roam like at home' after Brexit


Re: Oink, oink, flap, flap.

Three provided free roaming in many countries without EU and this includes the USA. We don’t need Brussels for this.


No need for the government.

Three provided free roaming long before EU rule. And the include the USA for free. It is not for the government to make these decision, let market decide.

Nobody expects the social media inquisition! OK, everybody did, UK politicos


You would like to ban everybody that does not support your hateful left-wing ideology, do you?


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