* Posts by Yet Another Anonymous coward

8646 posts • joined 31 Dec 2009

Google diversity memo: Web giant repudiates staffer's screed for 'incorrect assumptions about gender'

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Re: AC The token conservative spoke out!

It's also how you got a Jewish quota for American universities from the 1920-60s and an unofficial Asian quota today

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Re: Diversity

The biggest institutional challenge for all this diversity?

I have to order the friday afternoon pizza. For the vegan, veggie, halal, not-necessarily kosher or halal but no pork, no pineapple - factions. It's worse than negotiating a middle eastern peace conference.

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Diversity

Looking around my west-coast startup.

We are 10% each Brit, Isreali, Russian, Indian. 30% Asian immigrant, 30% Asian 1st generation native. We have a single WASP native. Pretty much the mix of the local tech community.

Yeah for us, diversity awards all round. Except we don't have any African-Americans, or hispanics - we should be 25% black/hispanic. We have exactly equal numbers of Jews and Muslims but there are 100x as many Muslims in the world as Jews - so we are obviously racist.

We are almost 50:50 male female. But the average salary for the men is >50% higher than the women. That's because the founders, CEO, CTO, CFO and engineers are men. The sales marketing and QA and office staff are all women - so we are obviously sexist.

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Re: Dare I say

And white males, especially from financially privileged backgrounds, arrive for interviews with a tottering stack of privilege that others do not have.

That's why we deliberately hire illeterate school drop puts. We found that many of the applicants for chief surgeon had attended elite medical schools.

There was an interview on our local "women in tech" quango. Some poor (financially) women with a non-traditional education background (ie didn't finish school) had been marketed into borrowing $30k for a few week bootcamp to learn programming.

She is then quoted "now when I apply for those jobs I know I have the skills". So when she loses out on the Google internship to somebody who has an MIT CS PhD or some kid who was reading Linux kernel source since the age of 10 and created a new language - it's because of discrimination.

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Bixby, why is Samsung's heir apparent facing 12 years in the slammer?

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Re: Off Topic

There is a whole field of game theory about optimising the number of guards if you are a less-than-totally democratic leader. Too few and the other guys can get you, too many and the chance of being offed by one of your own bodyguards increases.

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HMS Queen Liz will arrive in Portsmouth soon, says MoD

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Re: tides and sailing ?

Chugs or Whooshes ?

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You vastly underestimate the survivability of big ships with watertight compartments.

You vastly underestimate the effect of a mine when you are allowed to use nuclear warheads in them.

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Re: ship design philosophy question

>One is flight ops, the other is ship ops.

Do they also have segregated canteens and bathrooms?

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Re: I've been thinking about cheap ways to kill carriers.

Or you just organise a strike at the Turkish sub-contractor that is the only place that services the only plane that can fly on it.

Cue Vera Lyn background music.....

Tally-ho chaps off to beat the hun.

Sorry we can't.

Why?

We subcontracted the spitfire air-worthiness inspection to an outfit in Poland and we keep getting somebody speaking German when we call them.

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DJI drones: 'Cyber vulnerabilities' prompt blanket US Army ban

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Re: South China Sea

British Indian Ocean Territories

So the US army shouldn't use any drone that uses ARM, it might be a plot by the Brits to take back control

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Re: Only Logical

The drones use wifi. If you are the US military operating in a middle eastern war zone, you are probably not connected to free starbucks wifi.

I would expect you to have the necessary firewall to notice, and preferably block, a connection from your drone to www.secret-spydrone-hq.cn

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Re: Can't have it both ways

It has an onboard map of restricted zones (it is only a vector perimeter so compresses very well) they don't constantly request ATC permission from the Chinese government live while flying around your back garden. They are required to update the list online regularly

>Mirroring the database has its own security concerns, as people will look for changes to know exactly where "interesting" things are happening.

Yes, like printing "secret restricted area" in large letters on roadmaps - but they still do it.

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Forget sexy zero-days. Siemens medical scanners can be pwned by two-year-old-days

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It's not the scanner's fault

A drug cart in an emergency room has a lock, it's a weedy little lock sufficent to stop some passer by helping themselves. It isn't proof against a prolonged attack by a group of bank robbers. If you wanted to make the drug cart proof against a directed attack by a state level attacker it would be just a little bit more expensive and inconvenient to use.

But it doesn't need to be because it is installed in an area where access is relatively controlled and people are watching it.

The same with the scanner, it should be protected by the hospital's network security. If they want to put it on a public facing net then they are going to have to pay for a military grade secured system and have to deal with the inconvenience of the necessary access controls.

They are also going to have to pay for the weeks/months of testing necessary everytime Windows releases an update and the downtime while the scanner is disconnected until the patch has been tested.

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Particle boffins show off 'cheap', cute little CosI, world's smallest neutrino detector

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Re: a reactor, or THE reactor?

Or alternately get people to worry that solar power causes millions of neutrinos, just like those from nuclear reactors, to pass through their bodies

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VCs to Trump: Don't lock out our meal tickets! Save startup visas!

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Re: Canadian startups

Money. VCs don't travel and their lawyers don't like to do an work - so the US funding vastly outnumbers Canadian sources. So most good people head south.

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This is for startups, you can't sponsor yourself for H1B. And nobody except megacorps and Tata get H1Bs anyway.

To stop the investor visa trick where you bring $1M investment from china and then immediately pay someone in China $1M for services - this required you to have investment from US VCs. This gave the VCs a small advantage in negotations - since the founder's visa was dependent on accepting the deal the VC offered.

In reality the system was so incompetent you have to think conspiracy. Here in Canada there are lots of US startup visa "refugees". Stories of applications being rejected because they didn't have a fax number, or had to have a US bank account before being allowed into the county, or their name on their paperwork didn't match the US online forms - which wouldn't allow non-Latin characters.

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

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Re: Doesn't seem much point

Very useful to Google.

Buy their ads and they will appear on sites, buy ads through anyone else and Google's ad blocker will block them. Handy having a monopoly

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>(I'll be sticking with uBlock though)

I'm guessing that rival ad-blockers will soon be out of the Chrome store.

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

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Re: Pointless

We did however try: by having the army and intelligence service supporting the other side's terrorists, by having a police force so closely allied to those terrorists that it was hard to see the difference. By having an entire country divided on religious grounds. By introducing internment, removing jury trials and having decades where the judicial standards for prosecution where simply "irish and in the same city".

Shouldn't be too difficult to dust off the same effective policies and r\catholic\muslim\g

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>I'm sure CESG have ensured that Amber Rudd's computers and communication devices are secure,

Well they got BT to check, who subbed the job out to Huawei, who asked their bosses if they needed to spy on her - they laughed.

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Look out Silicon Valley, here comes Brit bruiser Amber Rudd to lay down the (cyber) law

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Re: Not Very Bright...

The recent attacks were by a couple of lone nutters who thought that the UK and USA governments hated them, their people and their religion.

The attacks in Manchester and London weren't planned in a secret underground war room in Afghanistan with secret battle plans sent by secret encrypted communication.

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Re: Rudd's simple solution

That's fine for targetting criminals and terrorists but it's a real pain when you need to spy on everyone in the country. Remember if you are a Tory cabinet minister it isn't paranoia - there actually are 65million people out there after you.

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Re: Boris Johnson is American already

Seeking foreign elected office loses you your American citizenship.

It became a bit of a scam for billionaire ex-pat Americans trying to skip tax, they would stand for mayor of some Caribbean island. In the same way that MPs apply to be 'royal nutpicker of the new forest" as a way to resign

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Steve Bannon wants Facebook, Google 'regulated like utilities'

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Re: AI researchers create revolutionary new Artificial Stupidity

"We spent years trying to make intelligent systems" says Prof Simon Williams from the Institute of Studies, but there was much greater demand for stupidity. The natural supply of stupid people couldn't keep up with the demands of millions of internet comment feeds - so we had to invent an automated system.

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Re: YOS!

When cousins marry ?

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Windows Subsystem for Linux to debut in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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Re: grep and awk and redirection

This is linux, it is installed from Ubuntu

It is merely running alongside Windows.

Modern operating systems allow you to run binaries for different subsystems at the same time. It's what happens when you have an OS descended from the proper OS created by the experts at DEC rather than one descended from a bodge cooked up by a couple of guys on their own DEC.

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Re: Has anyone commenting actually tried it?

Great for data science work. You can run awk/grep/paste etc on Windows generated files without tying yourself in knots trying to get all the slashes and quote right

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Systemd wins top gong for 'lamest vendor' in Pwnie security awards

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Re: Devuan smugness

To be fair you need an existing admin to create a user starting with a number (which most don't because back in the day it wasn't allowed) then they need to create a Unit file with that user specified as owner, then the user needs to get root anyway to get write access to that Unit file to do anything.

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BBC’s Micro:bit turns out to be an excellent drone hijacking tool

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Re: RE: only 16MHz?

r leaving only a few thousand bytes for the text of the source program.

So only enough to fly to and land on the moon ?

Actually a ridiculous comparison. It's a few 1000bytes of python source -a language where a web server takes a couple of lines

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Chess champ Kasparov, for one, welcomes our new robot overlords

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Chess? , Go? easy ....

Call me when a computer can play Mornington Crescent

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Boffins throw Amazon Alexa on the rack to extract hidden clues

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Re: Sales of these are going to crash at some point

All that is true for the stock firmware.

But not the hacked version that your local police/security service/ex-boyfriend/wife's divorce lawyer or internet stalker installs through a security flaw

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UK waves £45m cheque, charges scientists with battery tech boffinry

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Re: Supercapacitors...

volatile = no, super fscking scary = yes

The ability to discharge all the cars stored energy in a few microseconds might lead to interesting failure modes that make a mere Li-Po runaway seem fun.

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Microsoft: Get in, IT nerds, you're now using Insider builds and twice-annual Windows rollouts

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Re: Has my browser broken?

If you had discovered any wonderful mathematical proofs you could write them in the margin

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UK.gov: You can't have our drone test results because... er, security

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Not just drones

In another test QuinetiQ attached a camera and 2 car batteries to a badger and fired it an airliner. The result calls for badgers to be culled to protect the aviating public

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Revealed: 779 cases of data misuse across 34 British police forces

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Re: UK Police Corruption is endemic

There are two kinds of police. Corrupt police and accessories after the fact

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So if I committed 1000s of crimes and then issued a report saying that "mistakes had happened", "measures would be put in place" and "lessons were being learned" - you would be fine with that ?

Or do you think the police might be a little more proactive ?

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Valley VC sues blogger after sex pest claims, discovers writer is a male tech biz rival

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Re: No VPN?

The poster was a silicon valley CEO, they aren't going to understand advanced technology like VPNs

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Virgin Media's profanity warning triggered by chief exec's name

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The London Horniman Museum was almost forced to close since schools were blocked from arranging a visit.

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Re: Filters

I must have missed that episode - what precisely did he pickup on Wimbledon Common?

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Las Vegas locks down ahead of DEF CON hacking conference

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I assume one just hacks the CCTV

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Apollo center fundraiser: That's one small check from man, one giant leap for our peace of mind

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Re: Park Service cutbacks?

Having government do everything is a surefire way to get very little for a whole lot.

The work will still be done by a NASA approved defense contractor, at "taxpayer is paying" rates, after it has been approved and overseen by NASA managers in 6 different states.

The crowdsourcing is just putting up the money

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Snopes.com asks for bailout amid dispute over who runs the site and collects ad dollars

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Re: Rubbish notion

So, people must learn not to just trust one source, but to seek out many sources and make their own minds up.

Or you can just check The Daily Mail Online and believe the exact opposite

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Alexa, why aren't you working? No – I didn't say twerking. I, oh God...

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Re: About as reliable.....

So the convenient labour saving gadget was fine - you were just clapping wrong?

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You selected English (United Kingdom) mode

I don't see how you can fault the accuracy of their AI in recreating English customer service

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Cyber arm of UK spy agency left without PGP for four months

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Re: Out of interest...

No need, as long as the contract says "source code is available" you are covered.

It's like backups, so long as they are in the requirements you don't need to check them, test recovery or even perform them

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Re: "without PGP"

They obviously they all use the same private key, which is kept secret - only the boss's secretary knows the combination and she was visiting her sister in Moscow

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US vending machine firm plans employee chip implant scheme

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Re: Ethics

Compared to tattoos, piercings, silicone (rather than silicon) implants ?

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Re: So they're going to make people into cyborgs ?

Kevin, sticking electrical devices up your bottom doesn't make you a cyborg - now stop it.

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Repairable-by-design Fairphone runs out of spare parts

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Re: Why on earth didn't they just use standard components?

I just ducked taped half a dozen 18650s onto the back of my phone and then connected them with curly red and black wires.

As a bonus I got to spend some intimate quality time with a very nice man from the TSA last time I flew.

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