* Posts by Douglas Wardle

10 posts • joined 9 Sep 2019

Open-source companies gather to gripe: Cloud giants sell our code as a service – and we get the square root of nothing

Douglas Wardle

In a normal universe

it would be the the Microsoft et al wondering how to sell their licenses in a market dominated by freely-available software, maintained by a highly-qualified volunteer workforce.

We trained an AI to predict how bad a forest fire will be. It's just as good as a coin flip!

Douglas Wardle

You could have just asked the donald

Your forests simply need a good raking, and harvest for sale the trees that died from rot. And, as he has said, if the Canadians didn't have so many trees there would be more demand for real 'Murican produce. I'm surprised scientists need to investigate this when they could be kept occupied denying climate change. As volunteers, of course.

Tut – you wait a lifetime for an interstellar object then two come at once

Douglas Wardle

Time to buy Nike

So few comets, so many idiots

Watchdog: Hush-hush UK.gov blew £97m on Brexit wonks from six of the usual suspects

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Re: Small Change

Shorting works by borrowing stock and selling it in the hopes that the shares can be bought for less at some future date, allowing the short-seller to pocket the difference. Buying/selling option puts/calls is not short selling per se, as depending on the position taken it can also be a wager on an equity increasing in value. About 80% of options expire with no value.

France says 'non merci' to Facebook-backed Libra cryptocurrency

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The ever-extending reach of the big tech companies is now far greater than the justification used to break-up AT&T/Bell monopoly. The roots of that decision began in 1956 and continued until 1984. If one compares the dimensions of the communications industry a few decades ago to present day, the "too-big to fail" mantra used to bail-out banks could easily be applied to companies who basically own the internet and web. If FB proceeds with its cryptocurrency plans, I'd support that business activity split-off so that it resembles something more similar to Ethereum.

Breaking, literally: Microsoft's fix for CPU-hogging Windows bug wrecks desktop search

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I'll write M$ a thank you card

I can live without Cortana and Bing for, like, ever. I disable them with every update. I was also oblivious to desktop search. No harm, no foul.

Facebook: Remember how we promised we weren’t tracking your location? Psych! Can't believe you fell for that

Douglas Wardle

A weird world we live in

I used to think that the government was the enemy of the people, but now I think big tech companies are.

Massachusetts city tells ransomware scumbags to RYUK off, our IT staff will handle this easily

Douglas Wardle

Pay insurance using the health sector model.

You were treated out of network (heh) and four specialists were called in - although you knew nothing of that decision. The total cost of treating your malwaria, is $250.000, of which we think $1000 is a fair contribution from us, your insurers.

eBay eBabe enigma explained: Microsoft bug blamed after topless model slings e-souk's emails at stunned Brits

Douglas Wardle

It's a feature, not a bug

In before someone else states the obvious.

Like a grotty data addict desperately jonesing for its next fix, Google just can't stop misbehaving

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They're already at FB levels

"On current trend, it won't be long until Google is seen as the moral equivalent of Facebook – utterly corrupt and to be avoided whenever possible."

There was a recent article that called the use of ad-blockers and other privacy software the greatest consumer boycott in history. No small wonder, considering how invasive the business has become. If I read a newspaper the ads may or may not convince me to buy a product. On-line, the ad is half (or less) of the effort, the other half (or more) is to harvest personal data. The sheer volume of anecdotes of in-your-face targeted web advertising should be enough to convince people to tame the beast however they can.

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