* Posts by BillG

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IT team sent dirt file to Police as they all bailed from abusive workplace

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Re: Uhhhmmmmm

@imanidiot wrote: I think we are going to have "that" discussion again. Why accept the abuse for years on end before collectively resigning?

Obligatory xlcd cartoon:

xlcd: Settling - Life Scorecard (I'm not really happy here but maybe this is the best I can expect)

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Is Qualcomm price gouging phone makers? Not everyone thinks so

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Re: Bull.

Tsk. It's *patented* IP, so they have had to publish (as part of the patent application) enough details that a skilled practitioner (that is, any company likely to compete) can make widgets based on the IP, so while it might be proprietary, it *isn't* secret.

Not exactly. While the patent contains the "what", the secret sauce of semiconductor IP is in the "how". As in How do you route the traces, and How do you keep the power domains from interfering with each other. Sure you can decap the chip, everyone does it, but it's now common practice to put in false traces or even have some of the chip self-destruct when decapped.

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Bull.

I've been in the semiconductor industry all my adult life and I've seen this type of play before. Apple, or someone else, is making the unreasonable demand that they want to know the cost of Qualcomm's chips so they can determine (cough, cough) if they are being paid a fair price. This is, of course, bullshit. I've had this demand made of me before and I politely tell them "no".

The price of something is the market value that people are willing to pay for it. I learned this in high school. If you have something nobody else has, you can charge a premium for it. Duh.

Also, you don't license your most competitive IP to your competitors because they get to see your proprietary IP and put you out of business.

Last, I doubt Apple is being given a "rebate". Apple is being given a standard volume discount, but since Apple buys in such huge quantities the discount may not be figured out until later.

It looks like somebody in the FTC has been paid off, big-time.

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Lord of the Dance set to deliver high kicks at Trump’s big ball

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Re: Other theories are available

Michael Flatley will parachute in his Lord of the Dance troupe to Friday’s virtually celeb-free inauguration.

The best quote on Celebrities & Politics

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Well, that sucks: China's Tencent so sorry after vid emerges of faux blowjob office game

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Re: yikes

Ian wrote: Your humble Reg hack is old enough to remember when such games... were commonplace

Same here. But there was an intensely informal air of camaraderie back then, like being in an office of your best friends. You always looked forward to going to work. Young folks today might be surprised to learn that these games often originated from the women, and the flirting of the women in the office might be seen as sexual harassment today.

It was good to know that when push came to shove, whether it was business or outside the office, your coworkers always had your back (no pun intended).

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Microsoft sued by staff traumatized by child sex abuse vids stashed on OneDrive accounts

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Counseling?

Microsoft began providing counseling for members of the Online Safety Team, to address a condition the company allegedly referred to as "compassion fatigue." But the complaint claims the services were inadequate.

If the counseling is anything like what is provided to U.S. troops with PTSD, all they do is throw drugs at them. A good friend of mine, U.S. Army veteran, was given two anti-depressants and two sleeping pills. All it really does is put his emotions on hold.

Best therapy? Just listen and be a friend.

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Weaky-leaks: Furious fans roast Assange in web interview from hell

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Re: Questions questions questions

There was a film with Michael Caine and some magicians, did anyone get this alleged rapist (I believe at least some charges are outstanding) get his mother's maiden name?

Good movie, super surprising ending.

"So Mr. Assange, why aren't you open with your own details? What's your mother's maiden name? What street did you grow up on? What was the name of your first grade teacher and your pet as a child?"

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Dieselgate: VW pleads guilty, will cough up $4.3bn, throws 6 staff under its cheatware bus

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Re: PR FTW!

That would be "Don't get caught."

No, that's the motto of Parliament.

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UK Parliament suddenly remembers it wants to bone up cyber security *cough* Russia *cough*

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You Are Number 127.0.0.6

I am not an IP address! I am a free man!

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This'll be the next thing Trump crows about: Apple assembling servers on American soil

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Re: What's old is new again

Apple loaned GT $350m to build glass-making factories in Mesa, Arizona, and Salem, Massachusetts, to secure a supply of glass for the iPhone. But in bankruptcy hearings, GT’s former COO Daniel Squiller claimed his company had fallen for a “classic bait-and-switch strategy" that had driven his company into the ground...As part of the loan agreement with Cupertino, GT had to commit to supplying glass almost exclusively to Cook & Co – although Apple had no obligation to buy any of it.

Back in the day, if I remember correctly Intel used to do the same thing - loan out money to companies with the initial terms that the company had to be an exclusive supplier to Intel, and if the company went bust Intel took all their assets. Turned out that it was Intel's first offer - you could say "no" to those terms and counter with more friendly terms where you could sell elsewhere to keep the company alive. But too many companies were too intimidated by Intel to just say no.

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Too much landfill, too little purpose: CES 2017

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Re: Who shit in your cereal?

I've been to CES a few times and it is usually filled with a lot of "Me Too" products. I recall years back when every booth had video phones, or digital cameras, or LCD TVs, or first-person shooter games. Today it's drones and VR.

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Corrupt NHS official jailed for £80k bribe over tech contract

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The prosecution evidence showed that Lewis had approached Moxon for a bribe...

Buyers are often shameless when demanding bribes from suppliers.

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Florida Man sues Verizon for $72m – for letting him commit identity theft

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Re: The time has come .......

Filing a lawsuit is not the same as winning a lawsuit...

Reminds me of something my lawyer once said to me: "Can you sue? Yes, you can always sue. But can you win?".

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Assange confirmed alive, tells Fox: Prez Obama 'acting like a lawyer'

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Playing the Press

He could have dumped the whole lot out at once...

When Ronald Reagan was caught with Iran/Contra, and when Bill Clinton was caught for whatever (except for Lewinsky), they dumped it out all at once. This let the press have a feeding frenzy that lasted a short time, then fizzled out, then PEOPLE FORGOT (like I did).

So if you want your information to get attention, you drizzle the info out bit by bit over time. This is the only way to get people, especially sheeple, to remember.

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Unless of course his source was someone in the DNC...

Assange pretty much said that in the interview.

In which case, Obama falsely accusing Russia of hacking the DNC takes on a very sinister meaning.

I predict that when Trump gets in and the CIA has to admit that Russia didn't do it, the Dems will scream "Coverup!", which was probably their plan all along.

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Re: A bit transparent...

As if it doesn't work both ways. The left was in love with Assange back in the day, now they hate his guts. The right hated Assange back in the day, now they're falling all over him.

True. But let's look at it from Assange's POV: Obama, Hillary, and the DNC would like to see him locked up and forgotten and that is never, ever, going to change.

It COULD BE interpreted that Assange is now courting the favor of the incoming Trump administration. With the DNC on his ass, can you blame him? Trump is really his only chance of getting off that couch in the embassy.

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Re: A pardon?

I watched the interview last night. I have to admit that I have a new respect for Assange. If he is to be believed, the leaked DNC emails was completely an inside job, coming from people inside the DNC. There was no Russian involvement.

He also claimed that the charges against him in Sweden didn't come from the women, but were brought and forced by the government of Sweden, which yeah, looks very suspicious. If that's true - then, Julian, I too owe you an apology for how I've treated you on El Reg.

Obama has made it clear that he is hostile to whistle blowers like Assange, and has issued multiple executive orders against Snowden, even having a jet stand by to kidnap/rendition him and drag him to the US.

A pardon? Has Assange been charged with any crimes? If he hasn't been charged with anything, then he can't be pardoned, can he?

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Regular or premium? Intel pumps out Optane memory at CES

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Re: I must be missing something

I had to research this for a job assignment. According Intel's numbers, for a copy from an internal drive to an external drive. the NAND SSD to NAND SSD copy speed was 284MBytes/sec while the OPTANE SSD to OPTANE SSD copy speed was 1.93GBytes/sec.

This was hard drive storage.

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Uh-oh. LG to use AI to push home appliances to 'another dimension'

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Re: What exactly the “deep learning” technology in the devices might be....

The continuous gathering of data has been raised as a security concern, but in a statement, LG's president of LG Electronics and Home Appliance & Air Solutions Company, said “performance and convenience do not mean having to sacrifice security and privacy”.

To quote a Ferengi Rule of Acquisition: "Once they have your personal information, they will ignore laws and EULAs and exploit it at will.".

LG Deep Learning Technology? I'll pass.

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Trio charged with $4m insider trading by hacking merger lawyers

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Re: Lawyers lose small change behind the sofa

No, the thing is, only a select few are allowed to perform insider trading, the top 1%, anybody else who is not a member of the club gets hung, quartered, and drafted for that.

True. The U.S. Congress is exempt from insider trading laws (Nancey Pelosi got caught big time for doing that). Seriously.

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@Version 1.0 wrote: Mr BebopWeBop, they have a saying in Chicago: "Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action."

I like that, it's a variation of the "three strikes you're out" rule.

This is a similar saying about if a girl blows you off: "The first time she's forgetful, second's accidental, but three means it's all intentional".

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@BebopWeBop wrote: Intriguing to find out how they cottoned on to this - I would guess that the most probable answer is that the perps raised their heads on other activities related to insider trading?

Someone always talks.

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US healthcare under siege: Got good insurance?

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Doctor/Patient Privacy - NOT!

@bombastic bob wrote: On a related note, having everyone's medical records in a national [crackable] database isn't a good thing, either.

A few years back I wanted to take out a sizable insurance policy on myself. It required a blood test and a form I had to sign "acknowledging" that my test results would be sent to a federal database.

Read that again - I wasn't signing away permission, they weren't asking for permission, my test results were going to be sent to a federal database and I was just acknowledging I was informed it would be sent! I was told that if, I took the blood test, the results would be sent whether I signed the form or not.

I did not take out the policy. It was too scary that intimate details of my health were now required by law to be sent up to the U.S. government.

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Doctor/Patient Privacy - NOT!

@bombastic bob wrote: On a related note, having everyone's medical records in a national [crackable] database isn't a good thing, either.

A few years back I wanted to take out a sizable insurance policy on myself. It required a blood test and a form "acknowledging" that my test results would be sent to a federal database.

Read that again - I wasn't giving permission, they weren't asking for permission, my test results were going to be sent to a federal database and I was just acknowledging I was informed it would be sent! I was told that if, I took the blood test, the results would be sent whether I signed the form or not.

I did not take out the policy. It was too scary that intimate details of my health were now required by law to be sent up to the U.S. government.

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How Rogue One's Imperial stormtroopers SAVED Star Wars and restored order

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Re: on that (lack of) accuracy claim:

Accurate =/= Precise

Accurate ≠ Precise

(as long as we are discussing accuracy and precision)

Which has the best bad character - is it calculating Commander Orson Krennic or bratty Kylo Ren?

Admiral Thrawn.

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Oracle exec quits over co-CEO Safra Catz's promise to assist Trump

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"Planned Register of Muslims" - NOT!

President-elect Donald Trump's team said today that he had never advocated for "any registry or system that tracks individuals based on their religion"

http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/trump-muslim-registry/story?id=43639946

A reporter from NBC actually invented the idea of a registry, suggesting it to Trump after a noisy rally. But Trumps' answer was instead about the wall never mentioning a registry. There is "speculation" that Trump did not hear the question correctly and thought it was about the wall.

If you read the above article, you'll see that Trump never, ever, directly states that he wants to implement a Muslim database - but - at the same time, he slides in some innuendo, never giving a firm "no", either. Why? Because it's Trump baiting the media again! Once again,the joke's on them, got wound up and fell for it.

Everybody enjoys believing the worst about the opposition candidate.

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IBM staff petition for right not to work on Trump's pet projects

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We call on IBM to demonstrate commitment to our Business Conduct Guidelines and to prevent perceived influence peddling through Trump affiliated businesses.

But influence peddling through other businesses is O.K.?

Once you get out in the real world of government contracts, whether it's a new fighter jet or toys for children, you quickly discover government contracts are all about influence peddling. Every politician sourcing government contracts has an affiliated business.

There's also a call to “Respect our right to refuse participation in any U.S. contracts that violate constitutional and civil liberties”

Isn't that part of the vetting process by the government before a contract is solicited?

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Companies in the quest for profit have no ethics.

I had a business mentor once tell me that any large company can be profiled as a sociopath.

“Prohibit perceived influence-peddling of elected officials by restricting IBM and its employees from using any Trump owned or Trump branded properties for business purposes...”

Wait, is IBM a company that allows employees on business travel to stay in ultra-luxurious hotels?

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A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way

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What Did We Learn?

A single typo may have tipped US election Trump's way. DNC figure John Podesta told to follow phishing link, instead of link to enable 2FA

Yes, if it wasn't for that typo, we never would have learned that:

The Dem's primary was rigged against Sanders all along so that Hillary would win,

That the DNC was anti-Semitic,

That CNN gave Hillary the questions to a debate in advance,

A White House celebration of gay pride was actually a scheme to reward wealthy DNC donors,

How the biggest donors to Hillary's campaign were promised Federal board positions,

The Chariman of the DNC demanded that an anti-Clinton newscaster on MSNBC be fired

et cetera, et cetera...

If it wasn't for the hack, the truth would have remained buried.

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Snowden: Donald Trump could get pal Putin to kick me out of Russia

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@veti wrote: To be a successful fascist politician, you need to keep throwing red meat to the people you rely on to support you.

There, fixed it for ya!

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Fake News Alert from Ian Again

Ian claimed: The ex-NSA IT nerd added the incoming White House administration – which has better relations with the Russian government than the Obama regime – may be able to get him kicked out of the country and delivered into the hands of Uncle Sam.

I browsed through the interview. I did not see anything that even remotely supports the above statement from Ian. I could not find anything Trump said RECENTLY that supports that statement. I did read from the interview the following statement:

"I'm not worried," Snowden said Tuesday in an interview with Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, who asked if he is worried a Trump presidency could lead to his imprisonment.

To quote Yahoo news: "There is no evidence that Putin is considering such a move"

Ian, I politely ask that you please produce a quote from the interview that supports your position.

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CIA: Russia hacked election. Trump: I don't believe it! FAKE NEWS!

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Fascism, the marriage of government and corporate interests, as pioneered by the hard-right dictator Benito Mussolini.

You need to read history instead of using dictionary definitions. Mussolini came from the Italian Socialist Party. His weapon was pure emotion. He eventually denounced orthodox socialism and sought to eliminate individual rights to be replaced by the needs of the masses, much like the DNC is doing today.

From Wikipedia:

In 1912 Mussolini was the leading member of the National Directorate of the Italian Socialist Party (PSI).[5] Prior to 1914, he was a keen supporter of the Socialist International, starting the series of meetings in Switzerland[6] that organised the communist revolutions and insurrections that swept through Europe from 1917

Fascism in theory is much different than it is in practice. It is an extreme leftist philosophy based on emotional manipulation of nationalism that crosses all class lines. In practice, "you will be tolerant of classes or you will be destroyed".

I grew up listening to my Italian grandfather (immigrated to the US from Italy in 1923) talk about how Benito M. wanted to bring everyone together through social integration, but he FORCED that integration by the extreme left-leaning philosophy of eliminating the rights of the individual to be replaced by the needs of the masses. He did this by threats, intimidation, and murder.

You can't understand Mussolini's extreme leftist philosophy without reading in detail. Take ten minutes and read this:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benito_Mussolini#Beginning_of_Fascism_and_service_in_World_War_I

If you have experience that contradicts mine, go ahead, downvote me. But if all you know of fascism is what you read on the internet, may I suggest that you do not have the EXPERIENCE to judge.

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Voting in California

If you live in California and you are in the U.S. illegally, you can get a driver's license. If you are in the U.S. illegally and you have a driver's license you can register to vote (California New Motor Voter Act). Not only that, but in California there was an intense drive this year to get illegals to register to vote.

I stand corrected - you do not need a driver's license in CA to register to vote. All you need to do is go to this website: http://registertovote.ca.gov/ .

You do not need a driver's license, or street address, or SS number, you just need to fill out the form, claim to be born in the USA and include a county in CA. I was able to go all the way through the process and received a PDF Voter Registration Receipt with an affidavit number. Anyone mailing that in would be registered to vote in that county.

Scary.

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Re: Trust Us - We're the CIA, We Wouldn't Lie to You!

Meanwhile, members of the Electoral College, which meets on December 19 to vote and confirm Trump into office, have asked for an intelligence briefing on the matter before they vote.

FAKE NEWS ALERT!

"members of the Electoral College" sounds like all of them, when in reality ten of the most partisan Democrats (out of 538) in the EC have asked for a briefing that they have absolutely no standing to ask for and will not change anything. 10 out of 538 = 1.7% of electors.

Thanks for the fake news, Ian! You should work fort CNN!

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Re: The American Mirror?

The Alt-Right echo chamber, more like...

FYI, the "alt-right" is a false construct invented by CNN to defame the RNC via bad PR association. It does not exist, it is a media invention.

Keep in mind that the Right wants a weak central government where the power is kept locally in the states and there is weak corporate oversight. The Left wants a domineering central government that can dictate policy to the weakened states with burdensome corporate oversight. That's why fascism has always, always, historically come from the Left.

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Great, isn't it: the man who unashamedly asserts that 'millions of illegals' voted for Clinton - without the barest shred of evidence

If you live in California and you are in the U.S. illegally, you can get a driver's license. If you are in the U.S. illegally and you have a driver's license you can register to vote (California New Motor Voter Act). Not only that, but in California there was an intense drive this year to get illegals to register to vote.

In Massachusetts if you have a utility bill in your name, you can register to vote. In most states homeless people can vote. It's simple for anyone in the USA illegally to vote.

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Trust Us - We're the CIA, We Wouldn't Lie to You!

The CIA - these are the same people that said "No, no, we aren't spying on the American public"?

Since when has El Reg ever taken the CIA at their word? Is this the very first time?

Craig Murray, the UK's former man in Uzbekistan and WikiLeaks insider, says that the hacking claims are wrong. The Democratic emails didn't come from hacking, but from an individual in the campaign who leaked the data to WikiLeaks.

Much more likely. Especially since there was a very, very strong movement inside the DNC to see Hillary lose. Certainly Obama is no fan of hers as she was a royal pain in the arse to the Pres his entire term.

If you read the Washington Post article, you'll see it states: The bureau [FBI], true to its law enforcement roots, wants facts and tangible evidence to prove something beyond all reasonable doubt. The CIA is more comfortable drawing inferences from behavior.

From the rest of the article you'll see that the CIA has no facts on their side. "It could have been Russia, sure" becomes "it's Russia, game over'.

However, saying Russia did the hack does gives a future boost to the budgets of the CIA, DHS, defense, etc. Given that Trump wants to "drain the swamp", claiming Russia hacked the DNC (with zero proof offered) this is a brilliant strategic move on their part.

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Russian hackers got Trump elected? Yeah, let's take a close look at that, says Obama

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Re: We could do that too, if only

In other news police are still searching for the murderer of DNC staffer Seth Rich:

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3724508/Parents-slain-DNC-staffer-Seth-Rich-ask-help-three-weeks-slain-DC-street.html

What's that bring the Clinton death tool up to? Is it five or six staffers killed under mysterious circumstances?

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Re: We could do that too, if only

Excuse me, but do WE (El Reg readers) know anything about the hack other than the DNC has email and Russia allegedly hacked them? Are their servers Microsoft or Linux? Do they use a VPN? Were the emails pulled from the server(s) en masse or were they siphoned off over a period of time?

For IT people we have relatively little information, and it's all coming from non-technical people. Since when have El Reg readers blindly accepted anything the U.S. intelligence community has said? Do we just accept what we are being told, or do we dig a little deeper so we can do what we always enjoy doing, come to our own conclusions?

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Real deal: Hackers steal steelmaker trade secrets

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Trade Secret Wars

In 2011 Chinese government hackers got into U.S. Steel's computer systems and stole trade secrets related to a new, lightweight, high strength steel process for automobiles, military vehicles, and ships. Chinese steel makers copied these techniques and started producing identical lightweight steel products. U.S. Steel lost contracts, market share, and jobs.

The U.S. government did nothing. Let's hope the German government takes stronger action.

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China is building a full scale replica of the Titanic to repeatedly crash into iceberg

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Re: A three hour tour

Given the size of the vessel, I'd say harder to get tossed. And since it's on a lake, then with OR without the courage of a fearless crew, harder to get lost.

GILLIGAN!

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Re: Two minds

The ship will be based in a dedicated reservoir just off the river, according to reports, and will have her full interior faithfully recreated...

And will be built based on China building code safety standards.

Hence the appropriate icon is selected.

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$17k win for man falsely accused of a terrible crime: Downloading an Adam Sandler movie

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Cruel and Unreasonable

Sadly the court can't rule on damages for accusations of being an Adam Sandler fan.

Damn the U.S. Court system!

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

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Re: WTF

I was actually planning on buying a couple of Pebbles, cause they're the *only* smartwatch on the market that can stay running for more than a day without having to run back to the charger

I've got a Garmin and it will run for a full week on a charge, and that's with GPS and Bluetooth on all the time.

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What can we use to hit Intel between the eyes, thinks Qualcomm – a 10nm ARM server chip

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Re: One thing's for sure

"a history of reliability always comes first "

Lucky you. For many (most?) suppliers and purchasers, cheaper beats better.

An unreliable supplier can cost millions of dollars in cost overruns including extra engineering work. It's not just the cost of the device, it's the cost of everything.

Listen, things go wrong. Things always go wrong. The assumption that a server design can be built using these new ARM chips is wrong because things always go wrong. Things I've seen: A redesign of the chip breaks something else. The chip locks up and it takes dozens of people and six months to figure out four specific assembly language instructions in a row create a freak race condition. The chip fails at 120°F, not at 119°F or 121°F. The on-chip cache fails once every 30 hours of operation. The device overheats when in SLEEP mode. The guy that knows how to clear a particular fault condition in on his second honeymoon and has no cell phone or email for the duration. All things I've seen happen with new devices in new systems.

I don't know what your experience is, but there were processor chips before 8086, and some of them (actually, many of them) were arguably 'better'

Different world, my friend. Quality and complexity for a sub-10MHz device is significantly different that quality and support for cores that run at the GHz level. Also sourcing procedures are more stringent now than they were 30+ years ago.

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Re: One thing's for sure

I wonder what could these large companies be running that can change architecture easily at little cost?

You can't. I've been marketing microprocessors and microcontrollers for most of my professional life and there is tremendous cost in major manufacturers changing processor architectures for complex products like servers.

You must convince every level of the company from the President of the company down to the guys doing QC. Quality Control needs at least a year to approve and fault grading can take that long. QC can take the form of "run three lots and test" which takes over a year and costs hundreds of thousands of dollars. By that time your competitor has their next gen on the market.

The overhead cost is staggering - new compliers, training, new documentation, new approvals and procedures to a degree that can affect bottom line and stock price. There is always an errata and the more complex the device, the more incomplete the errata.

Then there is the people. If your present supplier always answers the phone and has a track record of working hard to quickly solve problems it is almost impossible to dislodge them because a history of reliability always comes first (it took me a long time to learn that). Sure, the new supplier's people are friendly but how are they in a crisis situation? You'd be surprised how many supplier professionals turn into children when stumped with a stubborn problem.

The risk is enormous. Usually a company will pretend to evaluate a new architecture just to frighten their existing supplier to lower their pricing. There must be a compelling reason for changing architectures, such as product line survival or significant cost savings over some time. This is not a simple device change, it is a change in the company strategy.

A new device that is "better" is scary compared to the comfort and familiarity of staying with a known architecture.

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Sony kills off secret backdoor in 80 internet-connected CCTV models

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Re: Hardcoded passwords...

@Lee D wrote: This is a hardcoded backdoor password that always works and the user has no control over. That's just stupidity, and the manufacturers should be sued into oblivion for it.

I don't think this is stupidity, I think this is deliberate. Think about it - this isn't for debugging purposes. Did whoever wrote the code deliberately leave a backdoor so they could have some future fun? Isn't that what this looks like?

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