* Posts by Marketing Hack

3845 posts • joined 18 Jun 2009

Don't listen to the doomsayers – DRM is headed for the historical dustbin, says Doctorow

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Re: "They want to lock down football even more than it is."

"The never ending arms race of the TV rights deals mean we the consumer gets screwed for more everytime - keep it affordable"

This is a problem with all major professional sports. Ticket/concession/parking costs at sporting events keep going up, until a family day-at-the-game is an actual investment, and now that same dynamic is slowly spreading to media.

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Here's to hoping Britain does become a major anti-DRM supplier.

But I very much doubt it will happen. There is too much media and research academia in Britain. They will not remain quiet and will continue to wave the DRM flag.

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Another career suicide as reporter leaves The Register for broadcaster

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Re: Move #1...

We'll know that the reverse happened and James has been Borged into the Murdoch/Fox collective when stories appear under his byline about "Terror on the Internet! Five rights you can surrender to defeat ISIS and the child predators!!" or if James is named as an accessory in a phone hacking scandal.

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Facebook and Google gobble '99 per cent of new digital ad cash'

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Re: Value for money??

The "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM" of the online advertising/SEO business

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NATO secures adoption of submerged drone data comms standard

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That will certainly make the basket weaving easier!

Thanks NATO!!

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The brave British boat men hoping to poke Larry Ellison's lads in the eye

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Re: Can't..

Brittania waives the rules? Besides, if you fit guns to the yacht then BAE gets involved and now you are talking about at least 1-2 billion Sterling.

(Mine is the flotation ring with the cartoon sea serpent head)

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Violin Memory steps out of bankruptcy, takes the storage stage again

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So after slimming down...

It's the World's smallest Violin??

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Kremlin-backed DNC hackers going after French presidential hopeful Macron

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Re: Whats the point to this story?

We want the Russkies to know that if they hack another 2-3 major elections, we might become annoyed and not send them the usual fruit basket during the next UN General Assembly meeting.

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Not auf wiedersehen – yet! The Berlin scene tempting Brexit tech

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Why Berlin?

You're trying to relocate tech into an already heavily built-up city in population, economic and government terms. Aren't there smaller, less costly alternatives in Germany? How about outside Dusseldorf, which has good airport connections.

Its like trying to coax startups into costly London. It will never become a true tech hub, because there isn't really room for a tech hub between the government and the finance industry.

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Would you believe it? The Museum of Failure contains quite a few pieces of technology

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The Microsoft Zune

Also crap, also parodied as crap on The Simpsons (Treehouse of Horror XXIII)

"Milhouse is playing baseball and hits a home run. Suddenly, the ball gets sucked up into the black hole and it grows very intense, sucking up Springfielders, except Maggie. The black hole sucks up Maggie's pacifier and sucks it, going off into the distance and leaving Maggie knowing she stopped the black hole.

Meanwhile, the black hole acts a gate to inter-dimensional travel, so the Springfield citizens end up on a distant alien planet, where their junk is treated as 'treasures', the aliens having built their society around it. The aliens' favorite magazine is the Presidents' Day mattress blowout sale insert and their favorite food is banana peels. The aliens say that they listen to music on the most wonderful device ever created - The Zune. Homer tries to tell them that this is only old junk, rather than treasures, but Marge covers his mouth and tells to aliens to enjoy it."

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Wait – we can explain, says Moby, er, Docker amid rebrand meltdown

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Moby Dock?

Sounds like they are chasing the white whale of tech industry leadership.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Wishful thinking...

Mr. Hurd's comments read like the end of the Simpson's Lemon Tree episode, where the residents of the other town lost the lemon tree, but felt good about it--"because it was haunted".

It basically sounds like posturing, to convince people suffering from Oracle lock-in that they should not get too restless about being locked in. Get a real cloud, Mr. Hurd.

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Trump signs exec order signaling foreign H-1B visa techie crackdown

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Auction off H1-Bs??

Another way to solve the current issues.

You want H1-Bs for your commercially-related reasons? Let us know how much you are willing to pay for how many, and the 65,000 applications where employers are willing to pay the most for the visa are the ones that get chosen.

My preferred way would be to raise the floor wage to $90K-$120K/year, but that may result in employers expecting H1-B recipients to work even more hours. So if the increase in the wage floor is not palatable, then an auction that gets the most revenue for the government and causes employers to prioritize applications/positions by cost sounds good to me.

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IDF now stands for Intel Ditches Frisco: Chipzilla axes annual tech conf

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Re: "Yeah, we called it Frisco."

No, you get the hollowed out sourdough bread round filled with clam chowder a lot here in the Bay Area. It's actually a pretty decent meal, but it is identified with the tourist trade.

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"Yeah, we called it Frisco."

Tourists....Don't forget to order your bread bowl of clam chowder on the way out of town :)

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"digital lifestyle transformation platforms"

I'm glad you like that mission statement. Accuse me of being immodest, but I came up with it in our last marketing meeting!

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H-1B applications down after Trump's 'American techies first' rhetoric

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Hooray!

Hopefully, Trump follows through. I don't see a lot of competition from H1B's in my particular line of work, but I see it a lot among the technologists I know. The idea that you increase societal wellbeing by importing 10s of thousands of significantly cheaper workers into a specific industry like IT is pretty much insane from my PoV.

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Large UK businesses are getting pwned way more than smaller ones

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More likely just a case of security by obscurity...

And that the rewards and prestige of hacking a larger organization are usually larger as well.

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Australia scraps temporary visas for skilled workers

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Re: Bah!

We're Australian--no sex for us please!

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Supposedly, Donald Trump is going to up the skills requirements and pay levels for American H1B's

If news stories are to be believed, he's finally about to do it. 1) burnishes his reputation as being pro-worker. 2) Sticks it to a bunch of Silicon Valley CEOs who would rather support the Democratic Party anyway.

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Regulate This! Time to subject algorithms to our laws

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Re: I think that algorithms are already largely regulated...

Its the KGB hacking the British election process!

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I think that algorithms are already largely regulated...

In that they are embedded in products and services. If you sell a product or service with an algorithm that makes that product unsafe, then your company is liable. If you create an algorithm that misrepresents data, as in a financial scam or your average VW diesel, you are liable. If your algorithm unjustly impacts the economic opportunities of one or more racial/ethnic/gender groups, then you are liable.

Yes, you have to be careful when writing or incorporating algorithms, but the same can be said for code in general, or even many physical components of a tangible product. I worked at a medical device company where our materials people changed out the type of plastic used in a device, (stupidly) without testing the toxicity of the new plastic--oops. The Food and Drug Administration slapped us into next week over that one.

In terms of public services/government, you can in many cases also sue if an algorithm impacts your benefits/employability/economic or property rights. You can also vote to "kick the bums out" if a specific elected official or group of officials is involved.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Not completely. If the Conservatives want to personalize this election, they can run under the slogan of "May in June" or "You May vote this June"

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NASA agent faces heat for 'degrading' moon rock sting during which grandmother wet herself

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Our current Petty Tyrant of the Week winner!!

So a grandmother calls about selling a tiny sliver of moon rock so she can take care of her son and grandkids, and this guy's response to to insert her into a sting operation?

Well, if he gets fired from NASA, he can always get a job handling overbooked flights for United.

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Astro-boffinry breakthrough: Loads of ingredients for life found on Saturn's Enceladus

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Don't be too optimistic about Enceladus...

Something pee'd that ammonia into the water being ejected. Something big....

(More seriously, good news. Hopefully the next probe can expand on the findings!)

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Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves

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I knew nothing good would come of offering racks in pink or blue

More seriously, its not that surprising that the people who cleanse datasets and make other design decisions around AI architecture impart their prejudices on the systems under their care.

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Leaked NSA point-and-pwn hack tools menace Win2k to Windows 8

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You'd hope that as soon as the toolkit was leaked, the NSA started working with relevant vendors

To patch the vulnerabilities that were coming out. After all the NSA is also oversees America's cybersecurity command.

But I wouldn't be surprised if they did nothing, rather than have a series of embarrassing "OK NSA, we know you've exploited THESE vulnerabilities, but what else are you not telling us?" conversations with each vendor.

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Back to the Future 2: Gasp! America's trade watchdog discovers the risks of 'free' movies

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I'm surprised he had the time to come to that conclusion...

Amidst the FTC's hearings about price fixing in the buggy whip industry and export duties affecting our opium trade with China.

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Prisoners built two PCs from parts, hid them in ceiling, connected to the state's network and did cybershenanigans

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Re: The Shawshank Connection

@Runcible Spoon

I think we want IT-themed bastardizations of well-known prison movies though.

Is there an IT-themed version that someone can suggest for "Caged Heat"?

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Re: The Shawshank Connection

Because I can't resist revisiting this thread to see the bad puns and this one came to mind:

NAPillion

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Re: The Shawshank Connection

The Rowcount of Monte Cristo should also be acceptable

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Re: The Shawshank Connection

I'm looking forward to the names of their prison memoirs:

"Hard Timesharing"

"Intel Inside"

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Big Internet warns FCC's Pai: We will fight you all the way on net neutrality

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I rather believe that the current net neutrality rules are a good thing. However, I do get a bit squeamish when Facebook and Google are the ones who so fervently defend the rules.

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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Can you control the oven temperature?

Or is this one of the leet ovens that doesn't have temp controls?

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How's that for a remote login? NASA puts New Horizons probe to sleep 3.5 billion miles away

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Re: "was sent at less than 2Kbps."

Yes, NASA is dressing up rebooting their Comcast cable modem as some kind of scientific procedure :)

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"was sent at less than 2Kbps."

Comcast for the cosmos? (OK, cheap shot at Comcast, but you know they deserved it.)

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As you stare at the dead British Airways website, remember the hundreds of tech staff it laid off

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The solution? Start with more outsourcing...

Outsource the job of the exec who championed IT outsourcing to India for starters. Then proceed to outsource the finance types who did the cost justification and internal rate of return on the IT outsourcing.

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FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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A lot of the time on a plane I am trying to work or get some rest. Its a lot harder to do either of those when the guy next to me is trying to conf call or talk to his brother-in-law about where to meet after the plane lands.

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Radio hackers set off Dallas emergency sirens at midnight as a prank

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Re: Doesn't sound like an important newstory to me.

I think you missed the part where my post was an obvious joke.

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Doesn't sound like an important newstory to me.

More like a storm in a teacup. Or considering that this was Dallas, a storm in a can of Lone Star.

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Apple’s premium TV plans – the hobby doomed to stay that way

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Coming up next on Apple Premier!!

The Steve Jobs movie marathon! (Yes, that is "Steve Jobs" shown 24 hours a day.)

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Shadow Brokers crack open NSA hacking tool cache for world+dog

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If Shadow Brokers is being ideologically consistent, they are either Russian or Trump Nationalists

"Shadow Brokers said it was making the 2013 vintage hacking tools available as a protest against President Trump "abandoning" his base by bombing Syria in the wake of a chemical weapons attack on civilians"

Hmmm. Looks suspiciously like Russians/Iranians to me.

I guess that some leftist isolationist hacktavist types could do this, but I have a harder time believing that they would implicitly support the idea that Assad should gas his people and be able to get away with it.

I personally an kind of neutral about the attack. I'm concerned about Trump's about-face on this, whether there is an actual U.S. "plan" in place for Syria, and whether the rebel territory that got gassed is somewhere that a Westerner could visit without getting kidnapped or his/her head lopped off. But on the other side, if Assad is not stopped, then still more refugees will flow out of Syria and will probably end up on Europe's lap once Turkey can no longer deal with them--and that looks to be somewhere in the short to medium term.

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Dieting cannibals: At last, a scientist has calculated calories for human body parts

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Research soon to be nominated for an (Ig)Nobel prize!

I think this is definitely in the running in next year's awards.

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Boaty McBoatface sinks in South Atlantic on her maiden deployment

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I thought the ROV was going to be named Subby McSinksAlot?

Imagine my disappointment.

(Paris, because she goes d...never mind the reason.)

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Crafty Fokker: Norfolk surgeon builds Red Baron triplane replica

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Re: I wish him well

@Lars

Some history of parachutes in WW1

http://www.thehistoryreader.com/modern-history/parachutes-world-war-1/

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Re: I wish him well

A lot of planes from that era were difficult to fly. Supposedly, the Sopwith Camel had a dramatic tendency to oversteer and dive to the right, due to the plane's light weight incorporating a engine.

But then for most of WW1, pilot safety was an afterthought. I remember reading that in the first couple years of the war, many pilots were not issued with parachutes. This was because the generals thought that pilots would bail out at the first sign of combat, rather than risk being hurt.

(Mine is the leather pea-coat with the white silk scarf and goggles)

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Do not insert coin: Uni of Utah to dish out scholarships to ace video game players

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So, does being Captain of the Call of Duty team get you anywhere with cheerleaders?

Sadly, it seems that I went to college about 30 years before my time.

All that time playing actual basketball, when I should have been playing NBA Live!

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Goodbye, cruel world! NASA's Cassini preps for kamikaze Saturn dive

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I'd go with "Goodbye cruel worlds"

But that's just me.

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McAfee is McAfee again, promises security with kum ba yah

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WTF?

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"use the shield to surround images that convey the connected world and the need to protect all aspects of it. A refreshed shade of red, a color strongly associated with both the McAfee brand and power itself, offers a timeless reminder of our enduring commitment"

It takes a man very confident in his sexuality and determined to get every cent out of his spending on brand consultants to read this script that he was handed. It's like Martha Stewart or Vivienne Westwood decided to switch careers to cybersecurity.

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