* Posts by P. Lee

4815 posts • joined 4 Dec 2007

The Google Home Mini: Great, right up until you want to smash it in fury

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Yeah, I spent 50 quid because although I would like to to speak to you, the desire wasn't strong enough to get me to hold a phone.

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Australian senator Pauline Hanson wants devilish scam calls to flash '666'

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Re: I propose another use for 666.

>I suspect Pauline Hanson has D-K, she is a nasty racist character who has no place in reasonable politics

I was with you all the way up to the assertion she has no place in reasonable politics.

Its your job to make sure your position looks more reasonable than hers. If you can't do that, its time to question your own politics. The point of politics is to have a marketplace of ideas where they can be measured and assessed by the populace, not to allow us to tilt the playing field against those we disagree with by excluding them a priori. Excluding people allows them to be silent martyrs rather allowing their ideas to subjected to analysis.

Apologies if I've misread your intent.

But back to the article... with the NBN, I see no reason not to legislate to provide a billing id trail with SIP data as an addition to caller-id. Users can then make up their own mind. Telco's tend to double-dip anyway, when connecting spam to voicemail and then connecting users to their voicemail, so they should be happy with that.

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Microsoft faces Dutch crunch over Windows 10 private data slurp

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Re: Go Get them

>Why can't the Dutch government just stop MS from selling Windows 10 in the country?

Would they be able to prevent companies buying from MS-Ireland and importing them? I would imagine the EU would put a stop to that.

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Open your doors to white hats before black hats blow them off, US deputy AG urges big biz

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Why aren't businesses doing this already?

Oh yes, that's right - because it is so expensive and liability for losing data is so low it isn't worth the money for most of them.

I mean, what if equifax for example messed up, would they go out of business?

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Legacy clearout? Not all at once, surely. Keeping tech up to snuff in an SMB

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Re: Madness indeed

>And then these VMs and mail need firewalls, spam filters, DLP, a server room, power, air con and DR.

Ok, who runs their business without firewalls?

Spam filters... even rudimentary postfix controls appear to deal with spam for me, but this could be an issue I suppose. I'm guessing Facebook is a larger timewaster than clicking the spam button.

Dlp? Most enterprises don't do that.

Server room? You'll need all that stuff anyway.

Yes the cloud is better. The question is whether it is better enough to warrant the cost.

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Facebook, Google, Twitter are the shady bouncers of the web. They should be fired

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Re: 1984 was not supposed to be an instruction manual.

I always find it amusing the way the US regards the rest of the world as sub-human. How exactly is democracy undermined? Was voting disallowed by Facebook? If the influence had been bought by American companies/politicians, would it have still been undermining democracy?

Freedom of speech is apparently an American right, not a human right. If you are Russian, you have no right to talk about American politics. A bit divisive were they? Expressed different opinions did they? Outrageous!

There are few things more scary than political unity as a government goal.

Don't get me wrong, social media in its current form is evil and hands way too much power to the corporates involved, but government control determining right and wrong is the wrong answer. We need more competition and decentralisation. How about limiting vertical integration or funding point of presence protocol development?

Sadly, the government doesn't want that. It doesn't want to limit the power of social media, it wants it for itself.

The preciousssss!

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

>Can you give me a compelling reason why I should buy the iPhone X rather than go for one of these options?

You bought stuff on iTunes and you don't want to buy it all again from google?

You may not buy it now, but eventually, you will. Those who buy now will hide the cost in longer contracts.

Posted from my iPhone 5, which I intend to keep and use for podcasts, maps, mail, phone calls and browsing while my wife shops.

iCloud is off.

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HP denies rumours Elite x3 is for the axe, admits coveting neighbour's OS

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>Intel then pulled out of the mobile market altogether and screwed Microsoft in the process.Intel then pulled out of the mobile market altogether and screwed Microsoft in the process.

Licensing and customer experience on low power devices haven't been solved in a way which allows ms to leverage anything. The problem they will face in the future is that cloud licensing is very transparent. What happens when AWS offers everything but Visio? The universal directory and certain user identity driving rental revenues cuts both ways.

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Cloudflare: We dumped Daily Stormer not because they're Nazis but because they said we love Nazis

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Re: Cloudflare acted the only way they could

>It seems more like refusing to sell to a customer who is bringing your business into disrepute.

Do you really want businesses to be able to discriminate against customers based on "disrepute"? Who decides what "disrepute" is? Does that mean that Christian B&B's can now turn away homosexuals?

Do we want businesses to take a moral stand, but only when those morals align with our morals?

Or perhaps this is a business-risk based decision based on expected attacks. In which case, if random pro-lifers make DDOS threats against planned parenthood, would they get booted off too or is this just stepping out of the way so others can punch nazis?

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Re: @Ole Juul - now fled to the dark web

>I think that the Trump brand is toxic

Random thought or wrong thread?

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Re: Seems to me...

I'm curious to find out how effective the darkweb can be against DDOS. I share the concern that we've built an internet where it is really cheap and easy to remove content with which someone doesn't agree.

We need an internet where we don't need cloudflare to protect content. What can be done against nazis can be done to anyone.

Better to bring their ideas into the light so people can see their flaws, than push them underground where they can't be seen clearly.

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Hell desk to user: 'I know you're wrong. I wrote the software. And the protocol it runs on'

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Re: HR Fail

HR will reflect the values of those further up the chain.

If your HR is bad, it is probably because *they* have been managed to act in that way.

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Google and its terrible, horrible, no good, very bad week in full

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Re: Just to clarify

>To suggest a group of our colleagues have traits that make them less biologically suited to that work is offensive and not OK.

That wasn't what the document said. He was addressing (recruitment) programs and policies, not individuals. If we know women in general dislike solitary roles, could we not make the roles more social rather than running women-only recruitment programs?

What he said was: https://diversitymemo-static.s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/Googles-Ideological-Echo-Chamber.pdf

I watched the Stefan M Interview too. It was painful. Damore appeared to want to be nice to his host, but S.M. kept trying to push Damore into saying things he really didn't want to say.

I know El Reg is a red-top but I do expect more journalistic integrity than what was presented in this article. He didn't pile into "what the left does wrong" or say or imply that "protecting women" was "something the left does wrong." He noted the biases on both right and left, not just listing "lefty" biases as the el reg list implies. Despite El Reg's assertion, there was no reason for Google to feel they had no choice but to fire Damore. It was neither hurtful nor offensive unless you are ideologically wedded to the idea that there are no differences between men and women. Damore said nothing about individual performance and explicitly denied that his memo was relevant to that, in the interview.

Some factual observations we can make from all of this are:

1. Damore lost his job and has poor judgement regarding interviewers.

2. Damore's assertion that Google tries to purge dissent rather than accepting or refuting it is confirmed by its action in purging him.

3. Google (and FB, Twitter and online publications) will make money from Damore being fired and the general outrage.

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Re: Now you see

>Or have you decided that ignoring people is also to be a social crime?

You mean like these people think?

https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2017/jul/11/twitter-lawsuit-donald-trump-blocking-knight-institute

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Lauri Love and Gary McKinnon's lawyer, UK supporters rally around Marcus Hutchins

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Re: But...

>"First off the crime is accused of caps at 20 years."

Next time, don't shout in your email.

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Windows Subsystem for Linux is coming to Windows Server

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Re: What?

Hello my name is Satya Nadella and telemetry suggests you use Linux. Prepare To Die.

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Re: Really...it's early and I've not had my coffee yet.

>they're translating Linux kernel calls into Windows kernel calls,

What could possibly go wrong?

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Brits look at Google and Facebook every 210 seconds, says survey

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Re: not all of us do it...

>Reason beats bollocks any day.

Maths beats them all. "On average look at FB & Google..."

For some value of "average."

Also, does "looking at google" include reading your email? Do they include google ads served on other websites?

Are they really complaining that people are reading email and FB updates rather than watching *American* "journalism"?

Pots and Kettles, though I must admit ditching the journalists is an easier habit to break.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Re: Think of this as the ultimate in guerilla marketing

>Is it just me or does the malware seem to be better structured and more tightly coded than the software it's attacking?

Is it just me who's wondering why Salesforce has developed an *offensive* metasploit-type ability?

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Uber bros kill car leasing program after losing nine grand per vehicle

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Re: No word on

>As soon as Uber gets beaten into following laws where they operate, and stops charging less than it costs to run the service then their prices go up to that of the competition, and they get obliteriated by that competition.

Here's the problem with Cloud services. The name is everything and its winner-take-all. How does a new taxi service get noticed in the huge morass of app-store applications presented on a small screen. Once the competition is gone, you squash all future competition by the threat of price reduction, using past profits to fund the loss. We need competitive markets, not free-at-all-cost markets. With an application-based services, not even geographically local competition has much of a chance of succeeding.

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In the red corner: Malware-breeding AI. And in the blue corner: The AI trying to stop it

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The only winning move is not to play.

Seriously, stop relying on A/V.

We need more sophisticated and accessible rights-dropping. We need applications to drop rights to disk access outside designated subdirectories.

Give me ultra-light jails where I've dropped rights to all sorts of things like disk areas, opening of listening ports etc.

Reduce the impact of a compromise and the incentive to compromise rapidly diminishes.

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Thought your divorce was ugly? Bloke sues wife for wiretapping – 'cos she read his email

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If it was pre-finalised divorce, isn't it all assumed to be shared property?

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RentBoy.com boss faces six months of hard time

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Re: I am not sure about the sentence

>He didn't just donate a bunch of money, he actually spent time in the community doing the good work himself.

But was he helping the community or stoking demand for his product? Ok that's a low blow. I'd be curious as to how far this logic extends. If I give to the poor but put a hit out on my wife who is stealing from a charity, do I get a free pass?

I know I'm old fashioned but when you run classes on how to avoid getting AIDS and run a company which promotes and profits from massive amounts of risky sexual activity with multiple partners my hypocrisy alarm goes off. This is Uber-thinking. Don't have a local pimp, have a pimp in The Cloud! It's so different! Your local pimp probably makes very little, we make $10m so we are more successful and must be better! "We pimp you out without baseball bats" is not a mitigation of money laundering crimes.

>His company, Easy Rent Systems, Inc, pled guilty to charges of conspiring to launder money and has given up its assets. Counts of racketeering and money laundering against Hurant were dismissed at prosecutors' request.

Or perhaps the light sentence is for quickly giving up his assets to the government? Is the government using sentencing threats for financial gain? If I commit a crime but do it badly and don't have $10m to give the government, would I get the same treatment?

This smells of an unholy union of plea deals and trendy ideology. Dismissing anti-prostitution measures as "going against consensual trade" is not really following the spirit of the law. If you don't want the measures, get them repealed, then we'll see where that actually leads.

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Re: But Why?

>would anyone in their right mind be shackled like this with Windows 10S?

No-one would do that - certainly not someone spending that amount of money.

You're using wrongthink. It is for the vendor's benefit, not the users.

It is to get people used to the idea of locked hardware, knowing full well that for this hardware, no-one will be using the locked-down system so no-one will complain.

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'Real' people want govts to spy on them, argues UK Home Secretary

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Re: "but they don't care and want the power anyway."

>"Give me six lines from an honest man and I'll find something with which to hang him."

They haven't forgotten Snowden. He and his ilk is the targets, "we must never again let such a thing happen!"

Real terrorists just grab a vehicle and ram it into something.

Allegedly.

You don't need whatsapp for that. I'd be surprised if whatsapp has ever been the locus of terrorist organisation. The logic of banning e2e encryption is the same as for bugging private homes. All of them.

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Browser trust test: Would you let Chrome block ads? Or Firefox share and encrypt files?

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I'd be a lot happier if FF syncing (bookmarks et al) went through my own internet server. Give me the FF sync server software or just use SCP/SSH/rsync.

I'd be happy to add sync and share but again, I'd like it under my control, thanks.

If FF want to introduce new features, how about a point-of-presence server which scales well? You send an email and it does a handshake then returns all the presence info for you - telephone (SIP) number, skype contact name, jabber, preferred email (for updating to a new provider)... whatever.

What we need is services to provide independence, not yet-another-tied-to-cloud service.

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The Telegraph has killed Prince Philip

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>This is SOP for all news agencies.

Well yes, but why was it so badly prepared?

<insert title here>

<insert story here>

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If you love your email standards, SMTP your feet: 35 years later

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Re: user-whitelisting

>And if you get spam to one of them, you know which one leaked.

Wouldn't the spammers just see the "+" and delete it and everything up to the @ sign?

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Re: user-whitelisting

How about an extension to add (and collect) certificates to each email on a per recipient basis.

Basically PKI but you give the recipient a certificate to use to communicate with you. Everone runs their own CA. If it gets compromised, you send them another one. It isn't perfect, but that's ok because it allows for graceful failure.

It all boils down to clever address-books, which is why the idea will fail. Webmail halts the development of email in the same way that tablets and phones with hardware-based video decoding mean that developing new video standards is pretty much futile. The "winner-takes-all" cloud means you can't grow adoption of something.

The internet was designed to be decentralised. That design is being increasingly over-ridden and its dangerous.

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Dear racist Airbnb host, we've enrolled you in an Asian American studies course

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Re: I call that a result

Was the cancellation behaviour-based, or based on some inherent physical attribute of the guest?

The late stage of the cancellation seems to indicate the former. Airbnb is meant to be cheap and simple. That lowers the bar for, "this isn't worth it."

I wonder what the defendant's view of Asians is now? Not just fussy but litigious too? Will she welcome them with open arms after her reeducation?

Meh, speculation without information is fun, but only useful at a theoretical level.

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NAO: Customs union IT system may not be ready before Brexit

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Do we have to require extra declarations by brexit?

We could just enforce the existing rules until we have a capable IT system. The whole point of it is that we don't have anyone telling us what rules have to be enforced.

Even if the eu imposes duties, we don't have to do the same. Are their systems up to the task of handling the extra load?

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Windows Insiders with SD cards turn into OneDrive outsiders

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Re: Uninstall OneDrive

>Ok what one of those gives you 5 installations of Office and 5TB of storage for less than a tenner a month?

$10/month = $360 over three years which gives you 8TB of NAS-quality disk from any pc corner shop. You also get around 900Mb/s transfer rate rather than the soggy string a cloud provider gives you.

So faster and an extra 3TB of storage and from there the comparison only gets less favourable. You can also have as many installations of LibreOffice as you want. I have seven laptops, three servers and three desktops in the house. To cover those, I'll need to buy Windows 10 and pay $20/month (for end user devices only). The "servers" are old devices because my needs are small and I don't trust virtualisation in terms of putting them all on one physical device (they are internet-facing). Now I need to license Windows server for 8 cores on core-2 duo hosts. I'm running SMTP and webmail on-prem, so that's an exchange license too. You do back up your Outlook-Online email to an on-prem device don't you? MS doesn't do backups.

So my ROI is down to one and a half years on the disk purchase alone. Plus, a lot of the devices are old and I'll need to buy new windows 10 licenses *for each device* if I want to do the ecological thing and re-use old kit.

Windows licensing doesn't scale. Yes, MS Office is *much* better than LibreOffice - but not *that* much better. Let's face it, we keep all the windows infrastructure around to support Excel, Outlook calendaring and Visio.

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Cloud sales shift as enormo Microsoft reorg continues – sources

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>Although the discounts for an EA would be higher than for a month-to-month pricing scheme based on consumption, going with a consumption-based model might work out better for customers with workloads that are more dynamic than static, according to one source.

Ah, the mythical dynamic work-load.

Weasel-words.

Who are these people and what percentage of MS customer-base are they?

I've never worked in an organisation which spins down *production* Windows systems because it doesn't need them at the moment. Maybe there are some, I've just never met them.

Test (as in "pilot") systems, fair enough - its easier to kill and rebuild than to modify them, but that generally isn't a major cost and where it is a cost, it is an MS-dumb-license-model cost.

Typical marketing: make a problem, then sell the solution.

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Don't panic, but Linux's Systemd can be pwned via an evil DNS query

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Re: At some point in the article

I've been using linux since v2 and love it. It was the system which allowed me to get stuff done.

It is still the *nix-like OS which also gives me Steam, but now I'm playing with freebsd for servers and I really love that.

It is a joy to use and it has a simplicity which I think linux has lost.

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Re: Hang on, all y'all ...

Obvious Troll is ... obvious.

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Heaps of Windows 10 internal builds, private source code leak online

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Re: I'm done with Windows.

The funny thing is that all the IP laws around software are designed to stop people grabbing other people's work.

Then I tried to think of anyone who might have the slightest interest in stealing MS' code so they didn't have to code things themselves... and I came up blank. Who would ever want to steal MS' code?

All those IP laws and they only thing they could be used for is to stop people finding out about MS' bad coding.

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It's fluffy bottom line time at Adobe. That's a good thing, if you were wondering

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Re: Adobe is actually the only one I would subscribe to

And as revenue goes up, so do the incentives to compete.

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Microsoft admits to disabling third-party antivirus code if Win 10 doesn't like it

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MS's "business" is making money by creating (and maintaining) a monopoly.

Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt

They don't need complete lock-out, just enough FUD to sustain them.

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Brit uni blabs students' confidential information to 298 undergrads

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>"Could you please delete this without opening/reading. Thank-you very much."

Should have read, "A spreadsheet possibly infected with the Wannacry ransomware has accidentally been attached. We recommend immediate deletion."

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Re: Another reason to ban Outlook.

>'A' priority, not 'THE' priority.

Which would correctly tell you absolutely nothing. It is a priority, just slightly lower in ranking than cleaning my toenails.

Forget banning Outlook, ban "Excel as a database".

Ok, that's harsh. We just need Excel with a data store which isn't a file. Then at least you can keep hold of the access control even after the mail is sent.

I was tempted to use the "c" word, but we probably don't need that kind of language around here!

Mushroom c....

A bit of DLP would be nice too. If you ditched the proprietary formats it would be even easier and cheaper to implement....

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Migrating to Microsoft's cloud: What they won't tell you, what you need to know

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Re: Re: One way trip

I see what you did!

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What you need to know

It's hard to do well and even if you did do it well, it is intrinsically worse than on-prem.

Or did I misunderstand the article?

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Uber sued after digging up medical records of woman raped by driver

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Re: But But But but ....

While I agree Uber is a nasty company, I'd be surprised if any other largish company wouldn't hire investigators to track down *anything* they could use to compromise a case against them. They just wouldn't be so dumb as to do it themselves.

This has everything to do with normal corporate culture and nothing to do with the taxi business.

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Teen girl who texted boyfriend to kill himself guilty of manslaughter

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Re: Do you have kids?

>She LISTENED TO HIM DIE AND DID NOTHING ABOUT IT.

I'm curious about what that sounds like. Not from a morbid POV but I'd be curious to know whether I'd actually recognise it for what it was, over a phone, from someone who had repeatedly threatened to kill themselves. Would I think they really were dying or would I think they were attention-seeking and only realise afterwards what it was?

It does appear she's not a nice person and certainly has moral culpability. I do somewhat worry about whether this should carry over into legal culpability. If you accidentally text, "drop dead" to the wrong number and they do kill themselves, are you liable? At what point does liability become a thing? If she was a minor, what responsibility do her parents have? What responsibility did his parents have?

And what of the sentence? Will it be punitive? If she got 20 years, would that actually help anyone? Would a shorter sentence be "protective"? Do we decide she'll always be a danger because she's a sociopath and lock her up forever? How far into "pre-crime" do we go?

I guess my concern is that hard cases make bad law. Whatever happens, I hope this case doesn't create more bad law.

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EPYC leak! No, it's better than celeb noodz: AMD's forthcoming server CPU

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Re: disappointed

>forcing people to buy dual socket servers just to meet their I/O requirements.

How much SSD storage and how many 10/40G ports do you get in a box before the CPU just can't pull data in and push it out fast enough? What happens when you use put FreeNAS on the new chip? Software defined networking? Media servers?

In these scenarios (unlike gaming or transcoding), you don't need massive FLOPS, you need I/O throughput.

I'm not sure it makes sense to compare AMD and Intel and say one is "better." We probably need to ask which is more appropriate for a given application. Intel generally wins in CPU-bound operations, it looks like AMD will win on I/O.

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FOIA documents show the Kafkaesque state of US mass surveillance

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Re: Super secret court

Missed it by --><-- that much!

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Sorry to burst your bubble, but Microsoft's 'Ms Pac-Man beating AI' is more Automatic Idiot

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Re: I don't see problem with hard-coded knowldge

>When someone plays (Ms) Pac Man for the first time*, they have to learn that ghosts are deadly unless you eat the pills and then they give you points. They also have to learn how (Ms) Pac Man moves and so on.

Well, you learn facts. But is that Intelligence? How much intelligence (vs memory) do humans use when playing?

Intelligence generally involves guesswork. Even without seeing the effect, do you guess that ghosts are bad? Do you guess that the aim of the game is to eat all the dots and that the flashing ones mean something special?

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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cp -r AWS SAM

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: no no no no no no no, Apple

>No risk? this update bricked my girlfriends iPhone quite spectacularly, took forever to get the thing to boot again after re-flashing through iTunes.

So... not bricked, but requiring a restore from backup. It was an OS update...It was done with permission and suggesting that it was the fs test which borked it seems like a bit of a leap of logic.

Does anyone here work in IT?

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Re: no no no no no no no, Apple

>who would be liable for data loss.

Well you would, obviously.

Wait, you didn't back up your data before doing an OS upgrade? No silver el-reg badge for you!

During an OS upgrade, when you might conceivably get a file system upgrade anyway would be the perfect time to do some testing. Would you prefer it to be rolled out without a roll-back plan?

If I were rolling something out, I'd want to do some real-world unit testing too.

I rather despise most of Apple's business practices but this isn't one of them.

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