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Comment Re:Africa, corruption (Score 1) 198

Fresh meat in EU countries say the farm of origin and even most fruit and veg. So I trust that stuff. There's a short supply chain that is traceable.

It's the wholesale supply chain which is always the one which scares me. I remember watching a UK documentary where some health inspectors raided a premises packing "halal" chicken where there was no refrigeration and there was rotting meat sitting by the "fresh" stuff, all of which had already passed from another wholesaler in Denmark and might have passed through others before that. Scary stuff and presumably it would have ended up being consumed by somebody.

Comment Re:Africa, corruption (Score 1) 198

Pure twaddle. Type in "chicken farm" and an African country of your choice. What comes back are links to large industries that specialise in such a thing. Why? Because there is a large demand for domestic and export meat in Africa as there is elsewhere. As there is for staples and other fruit and veg grown on farms.

In fact it's not hard to reports of people in some African countries complaining about cheap imports of chicken coming in from Brazil. Maybe you should have a good old wail about the poor set upon Brazilian chicken farmer and the greedy Africans who are exploiting him.

Comment Re:Africa, corruption (Score 1) 198

Call this a wild and crazy supposition but I bet if you walked into any open market or supermarket in continent of Africa that you would find chicken for sale, either whole or in part. Live, slaughtered and refrigerated according to where you were looking. Maybe you think that the EU steals all the chicken breasts and Africa just gets buckets of scrag ends with flies crawling all over them.

Comment Re:HOSTS file (Score 1) 411

The "correct" way to approach it is to leave the door slightly ajar so people who want to leave can even though the majority will stay. Look at Android - Google Play is the default but you can still install APKs or even another store if you want. The majority don't and Google know this which is why they're fine about the switch being there. It also gives them some measure of defence if the EU or some other investigator comes knocking at their door.

I put "correct" in quotes because the truly correct behaviour would be to respect people's privacy by default. While Microsoft provides a non obvious link to modify some privacy settings during setup, this screen does not contain access to all of them (e.g. OneDrive settings) and it's clear that Microsoft has chosen to ignore privacy settings and phone home regardless with some information.

Comment Re:Moronic (Score 2) 157

A design can be bad by virtue of not taking into account typical use cases. While I don't think I'd put the stylus in the wrong way I could easily see a kid or a non tech savvy person doing it. And if it happens then the design should save the user from a catastrophic error such as the damage or destruction of their phone.

e.g. Nintendo manages this feat in the DS / 3DS by having a square profile at the top of the stylus. Put the DS stylus in the wrong way and it won't fit. It shouldn't be any harder for Samsung to solve - taper the stylus or make the non writing end a little larger than the shaft so it can't be inserted the wrong way around.

Comment Re:Serves em right! (Score 1) 286

All of which is besides the point.

The people who stole and revealed this information had no higher purpose than their own extortion. After the extortion failed they concocted a bullshit reason to fuck the company over. I heard one radio station even call them "hacktivists". No, they were simply extortionist assholes. And now we see other bottom feeders come along to try their hand at extortion too.

Comment Re:Market in action (Score 2) 54

Oracle is largely indifferent to consumer complaints because most of their consumers are big organizations that are often captive to their products.

Which is why most enterprise software sucks so badly. The rep only has to convince an exec to pay stupid money for a site licence and that software will be there forever. Even when it becomes obvious that it's awful and affecting productivity the company will be averse to switch for fear of losing the money they've already sunk on the thing. That's how people end up using crap like Notes despite very few people having anything positive to say about it.

Comment Re:Finally! (Score 1) 221

C and C++ barely lift a finger to help with memory safety, concurrency and a whole bunch of other problems that continuously catch developers out. Thus far they've survived because higher level languages (that solve these issues) tend to impact on performance.

Now we're seeing the likes of Swift, Rust, Go which allow developers to enjoy the speed of C/C++ but without as many pitfalls. They also tend to be more terse languages, produce more meaningful error messages and compilation is faster. These things should (theoretically) mean better quality code and faster development turnaround. Of the three I think Rust looks the most promising system language although Swift is obviously going dominate in Apple development.

Of course you can't flap your arms and fly to the moon. After a while you'd run out of air to push against.