* Posts by P. Lee

4844 posts • joined 4 Dec 2007

Tired of despairing of Trump and Brexit? Why not despair about YouTube stars instead?

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Re: If you think that is stupid

>Unless of course you don't care which president...

Of course not dude, I'm with Antifa. Bring on the revolution and lets party like its 100 years ago! We'll keep the Red (and Black) flag flying here!

I despair less over Trump than I do over the opposition politics which made him seem attractive.

Brexit? In shock news, sovereign nation keeps sovereignty! How dare they indeed! Give your legislative capability over to the so much more efficient Germans, French, Greeks and Italians right now!

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Australia's new Foreign Influence laws expand phone snoop powers

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How does this work?

At what point does influence become "foreign" and what should we do about it?

If Australians agree with Russians, are they disqualified from the public discourse? Do we try to hunt down all posts from non-Australian IP addresses on Facebook and make them disappear during an election year? Perhaps we are only going to be allowed to express views which co-incide with official Australian political parties. Do we silence media companies who are more than 50% owned by non-Australians? What if share transactions alter things during an election year?

What is an advert? I get that you might be able to identify this on TV, but what about youtube channels? Is Ben Shapiro an advert for a political side or an independent commentator? Does Putin have a channel? Is that different?

It all seems to tend towards oppressive rules and conveniently flexible legislation.

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Report: Women make up just 17% of IT workforce, paid 15% less than men

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>IT companies here are so desperate for skilled staff, there's no way any would turn down a competent applicant solely due to gender.

It is because men hate women dontcha know? If you've ever seen a woman close to a group of male IT people, you'll see how much they all shun her. Also white supremacists who are hiring more brown people because they enjoy ordering them around like slaves. I'm not sure why the women-hating men don't hire more women so they can order them around too. Its all very confusing.

Does anyone else see "Diversity Report" and immediately think, "Minority Report"?

My recent favourite is shoe0nhead's contravention of Matt McGorry ("wokest bae of 2015") advice to give your gf/so "the gift of feminism" for valentine's day: "Don't - stick with the chocolates and flowers!"

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Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Re: The mind boggles.

>It's definitely not useful in a high-security setting with an advanced threat model.

I guess TAO doesn't count as an advanced threat then, since Kaspersky picked it up.

Seriously, if AV picks it up, the code is useless - don't be distracted by "Ooooh - magic source code". Maybe its just the American AV that's rubbish and wouldn't quarantine it.

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Arm Inside: Is Apple ready for the next big switch?

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>You might need to wait a bit before Non-App Store apps and Steam games are available on the new machines though.

Unless its basically two systems in a box with ARM picking up all the lower power/always on work and x86 running high-power applications with a fast interlink between them. You could "sleep" the x86 side while keeping ARM running to save power.

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US govt to use software to finger immigrants as potential crims? That's really dumb – boffins

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>How has that only got 21 upvotes in as many hours? Proof I suppose that there is no justice.

Perhaps not everyone thinks that the justice system outcomes are determined by "likes" and that virtue signaling is not yet compulsory.

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

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>The lack of a right to be forgotten was often used as a means of oppression by some users on other users

Citation needed

Yes we need privacy and yes I think google intrudes far too much on privacy. However, I don't really understand how you can have a right to force amnesia regarding what was public.

What would be reasonable is to have google delete all information it has on me which I have provided. So if I terminate my gmail account, I expect all that data to be deleted and any youtube and search data it may have linked to my user id. Removing links to newspaper articles about my youthful indiscretions is not part of that deal. It doesn't make sense unless you are also planning on ordering the burning of said newspapers as well.

Man up and own your mistakes.

Teach the next generation about the importance of integrity and the foolishness of thinking that internet services operate for your benefit.

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Munich council: To hell with Linux, we're going full Windows in 2020

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Re: Not sure about Office?

>Well that is what they would actually need to use in 99% of workplaces!

Shouldn't they be in school?

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Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: Welcome back Stalin

>When will these post-modernists realise they won't win?

Warning: approximate descriptions follow...

Both modern and (what is often called) postmodern thinking are the result of the move to atheism. They both run into problems when philosophy rubs up against reality.

Modern "Scientific" thinking says there is no purpose or reason to anything in the universe because it comes from randomness. Dawkins will tell you that. The problem is that people see their lives and their relationships and world events and instinctively know that they must have some purpose, and that "evil" is a real thing. Only a sociopath, not even Dawkins, can run his day-to-day life in harmony with the truth of a meaningless universe. There is an explicit disconnect between what is "fact" and what is "valued." Values are disconnected from reality.

The post-modernist tries to remedy this problem of modern thinking. This came from shortly after the enlightenment (rather than being chronologically after the modern era) and was the reaction against the meaninglessness of enlightenment thinking. Rather than taking the external physical world as the starting point for truth, they take the view that the mind is what senses the physical world and therefore reality is in the mind, not the external world. Truth is therefore what we collectively agree is reality and therefore, anything which is "true" is a social construct. This thinking show up when we see "scientific consensus" being equated with "truth" (which may or may not be the reality of the situation) and also things like "gender is a social construct." The problem is that we have no way of stepping outside of our minds to test anything and therefore we've given up on, and are un-tethered from, "objective reality." Again, values are explicitly disconnected from reality.

Once values are disconnected from reality, we get more and more irrational behavior. Logic and truth become twisted or irrelevant. Look at CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, Salon, student protests and mass shootings for evidence of this. I think Collectivists (Left and also Alt-Right) with their historical predilection for explicitly embracing secularist ideology and penchant for class (worker/capitalist; race; gender etc) warfare fall prey to this problem in a particularly identifiable manner.

Once objective reality is disconnected from values, narrative and perspectives become paramount. Everything is viewed through a very limited lens leading to a warping of common sense. Yelling at the sky becomes a thing. Denying Trump is your president is a thing. Race warfare by any means necessary becomes a thing. Denying that Socialism ends in human catastrophe, becomes a thing. This isn't to say the Right doesn't have its problems - it is just that the Left has gone full-lunatic first.

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Sean Parker: I helped destroy humanity with Facebook

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Re: sloppy coding

<philosophical>

If a tag is only a parody of html, does it need closing?

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Where hackers haven't directly influenced polls, they've undermined our faith in democracy

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>There are two sets of hackers in this world: those targeting the machinery of voting and those seeking to corrupt the debate

The first set of hackers are dangerous.

Those who consider the second set of people dangerous are dangerous.

"Corrupting the debate" by adding ideas (good or bad) implies the debate should only follow along a prescribed line of thought and that alternative viewpoints should not be heard.

That is a corruption of democracy. I despise those who would rather win power than have and promote moral and logical ideas. De-platforming is for those with no argument.

We need to promote a culture of truth over one of winning.

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Microsoft goes to bat for Dreamers: Windows giant sues Uncle Sam to block staff deportations

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Re: Because Microsoft has no employees outside the USA?

Does anyone read the news or do they just spew blind hate for Trump?

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/14/us/politics/trump-daca-dreamers.html

Trump supports the Dreamers staying and is pushing for legislation to allow them to do so, which is required. Obama exceeded his authority in saying they could stay without passing any legislation.

Don't get me wrong, I think Trump is an idiot, but he doesn't deserve the irrational and irrelevant hate being directed at him.

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Dashboard pushers: Dark here in containerised server land, innit sysadmins?

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A car analogy?

Rather than the analogy being one car, lots of cars going all over the place might be a better analogy of a container farm.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: "Why do you think Linux users do not spend money?"

>There are two groups of people using Linux.

A bold and possibly incorrect statement.

I like linux because it provides flexible tools which can be customised to solve the problems I have. Technically, any old unix (including MacOS) would do, but linux does it in an easy-to-use manner which also happens to be free.

I have more than one mac and iphone per person in the house, but I run linux (and vmware-windows) on the machines I use for work because they are just easier and therefore more suited to those tasks. There is an element of cost control - with at least eleven running systems in the house, there's no way I'd be buying Mac's or Windows all round.

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OpenSSL patches, Apple bug fixes, Hilton's $700k hack bill, Kim Dotcom raid settlement, Signal desktop app, and more

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Re: I wonder what the Trump apologists' excuse will be this time?

I would hate to be thought of as a Trump apologist, but using the wrong email client might be a little different from setting up an off-site email server. Setting up postfix is easy, but it isn't something you do by mistake.

However, by all means, lock them both up!

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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Clarifying the situation

I think the question is not whether a fledgling industry is being subsidised or not.

The question is whether a very rich person, with a fig-leaf of car-making, is unduly enriching himself further, pretty much risk-free, by collecting government incentives, while accruing all the IP benefits should the research pay off.

Is the problem that the payoff to the people who are funding the subsidies is unclear?

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Oh, Google. You really are spoiling us: Docs block cockup chalks up yet another apology

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>"a code push that incorrectly flagged a small percentage of Google Docs as abusive."

Am I the only one concerned that Google Docs are being flagged as "abusive"?

Even if they did decide to pass judgment, er, categorise, on what people write, why would they be connecting such an evaluation system to a delete function?

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Vlad the blockader: Russia's anti-VPN law comes into effect

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Re: I bet Trump......

>was justified as a necessary measure to prevent the spread of extremism online.

It's a good job our governments don't have this attitude... oh wait.

Don't confuse a difference in individual measures with a difference in desire and capability.

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Re: Sad really...

>Not really - Perl was created in 1987 and Python in 1991

But four years in computing then was far more than four years in computing now.

Perl is great for small and ad-hoc tasks - its great for gluing things together. My fondness for it stems from my first unix job, a simple netscape web server-cgi thing on solaris. I installed linux on a partition so I could get proper perl running and taught myself vim. Having grown up on BASIC and C, I was blown away by how it just did stuff. My Windows partitions have declined in use ever since.

Having said that, I tend to default to Ruby now. It isn't serious programming, but more complex data structures are easy and I like the way you can just feed something to something else and it does what you expect with minimal effort.

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Re: Forth

> "It's COBOL I despise."

Says the one who has never seen Miranda.

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Why not? Is it considered harmful?

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Google slides DNS privacy into 'Droid developer stream

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Re: Weird

TLS?

It appears they've noticed that I redirect 8.8.8.8 to the openDNS servers at my firewall.

I suppose they don't want other ISP's to cash in on your browsing habits.

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HMRC boss defends shift to AWS, says they got 50% knocked off

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Competition is great!

But 50% off? That sounds like predatory pricing - using past profits / profits made elsewhere to push a smaller competitor out of business.

That's a bad thing.

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HMRC's switch to AWS killed a small UK cloud business

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>The extra capacity can be (automatically) switched off and forgotten about as soon as they are no longer needed.

You can turn off the power to your own devices too, if you don't need them - it isn't against the law.

With openstack you can at least move between providers. Using proprietary APIs is bad strategy, even if it provides savings at a tactical level.

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Do fear the Reaper: Huge army of webcams, routers raised from 'one million' hacked orgs

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Re: Code monkeys X don't-give-a-f**k PHBs X time to market --> IoT

Default passwords are rarely a problem if they are located on serial port consoles.

But no, someone wanted to combine production and management interfaces and make them all ethernet.

How hard would it be to have the management port issue an L2 broadcast and shut itself down if it finds the production ports responding? How about trying to contact google or a public DNS server and shutting itself down if it succeeds?

We know the security will be bad. We know the vendors don't care about maintenance. How about something easy to make sure user hasn't done something stupid? Writing secure software is hard. Reducing the attack area is so much easier.

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Apple Cook's half-baked defense of the Mac Mini: This kit ain't a leftover

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Re: The 2011 one still works

re: soldered RAM

Apple don't want to make computers, they want to make appliances.

If you make some devices upgradable, people will notice the restrictions on the appliances.

Compute-power and RAM now generally exceed what people need - so we don't upgrade. Apple is busy downgrading compute and upgrading screen resolution, adding the "touch bar" and soldering in memory to create a future upgrade requirement.

I came across a similar thing in the enterprise space. A vendor (the market leader) put a large price tag on the hardware (which was just a branded PC) rather than the user-count. The client didn't know their capacity requirements up front. If they bought too low, adding more hardware was prohibitive; pushing them to over-provision - the upgrade. The client did the sensible thing - they ditched the vendor and went for a provider who billed per user - i.e. cost scaled with function.

Apple appear to be going one step further, they restrict the memory in things like the MBA so you can't over-provision and either purchase twice or buy newer kit which has a higher-price-tag for lower cpu specs. Yes it has a better screen, but I need glasses - that ultra-high res is all slightly blurry for me anyway.

So yes, I still run a desktop, with a large screen. If I need something small/quiet, I run an old laptop and hide it like a book near or inthe cupboard under the telly. I find the AI in WOPR frequently ahead of its time - "The only winning move is not to play."

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Let's dig into how open source could KO the Silicon Valley chat silos

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>open ecosystems cost money to run and in turn charge their customers.

There's that, which is probably the main reason.

There is also the reason that the open source crowd try to do things properly, usually using a new TCP port which then fails by default at every firewall. We build an open protocol with a proprietary port.

Closed providers build proprietary protocols over an open port.

IMAP is going to fail over corporate firewalls where facebook messenger succeeds.

The one way this could succeed is through phone use. These days, phones bypass the corporate firewalls so we could use any protocol we fancy. What we do need to do is to enable presence information without enabling spam.

Personally, I think we need a handshake protocol for swapping certificates over email. We need to hold addressbooks in email, so email servers can run the handshakes without needing the clients to be online. Once we've identified "friends" (essentially we all have to run our own CAs) we can communicate presence info without spam problems. If someone's email get's hacked, we revoke the cert and issue a new one.

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Microsoft exec says ARM-powered Windows laptops have multi-day battery life

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Computational Power, Battery Life: Pick one.

Running an OS shouldn't take any power.

Word? That's another story.

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Samsung to let proper Linux distros run on Galaxy smartmobes

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> Hoo boy, another attempt to make a PC out of a cellphone?

Or maybe the chance to strip out the snooping software and just run a few trusted applications?

I've got an old iphone and I'd like to be able to copy a stack of media over onto the device at home and listen during the day.

I don't want itunes to manage it, I just want to do it myself.

I don't really trust Android vendors either. I'd like to be able to upgrade that bluetooth stack...

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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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