* Posts by LDS

5176 posts • joined 28 Feb 2010

New Google bias lawsuit claims company fired chap who opposed discrimination

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"internal social media platforms" ??

Maybe avoiding "internal social platforms" would be a smart move at workplaces? The author of "The Circle" looks to know well how those silly companies are organized inside.

I'm used to stay away from any internal "social" group of any company I worked for - because work is work, and life is life. I stay away even from company parties, dinners or whatever as much as I can.

While a few colleagues are also friends, not all colleagues are friends, and if I feel I need new ones, I'll look for them outside the workplace, and whatever I do inside the workplace it's better to be professional stuff only.

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US state legal supremos show lots of love for proposed CLOUD Act (a law to snoop on citizens' info stored abroad)

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"but how do I know where their servers are?"

If this law passes, it doesn't matter. As long as they are owned or controlled by a US entity, a US agent can ask about data stored there, and it's up to the company to ask a court to allow the access if the data are about a non US citizen.

So, basically, you have to hope US companies will try to protect you gracefully. Maybe someone will do, fearing to lose customers, but as long as they don't have to disclose you what they do, they can simply give them the data, and hope you'll never know. And you won't be able to sue them in the US because the proposal explicitly make them safe.

I'm quite surprised that MS & C., probably in exchange for that safety, are going to accept that. Because it means your data are not safe on any US owner/controlled system in any part of the world.

Probably Amazon, MS and so on believe too many already rely on their cloud services to move away, but I'm glad my company don't rely on them and our data are stored locally.

Today you don't have only emails on US controlled servers, today you may have your whole company data.

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"The astonishing part is US tech companies see no problem with it."

Because they like this provision: "No cause of action against a provider disclosing information under this chapter.—No cause of action shall lie in any court against any provider of a wire or electronic communication service, its officers, employees, agents, or other specified persons for providing information, facilities, or assistance in accordance with a court order under this chapter,"

So basically they get a free card to get out of troubles. They've been offered a carrot, and swallowed it.

The problem is what other governments will do - it they don't accept the agreement and warn that any unlawful access to data stored within their boundaries is a crime, and the company are liable for that...

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"if they can identify the information as belonging to a non-US citizen"

Just, the process looks really convoluted. First, it's not the entity requesting the information that need to prove that the person is a US citizen or resides in the US. It's the company asked for that must file a motion if it believes it's a non US citizen or not residing int he US - and you wonder how they could. Most of the time, but for very visible targets, they will just surrender the data without any objection.

Second, the motion need to be approved by a court, taking into account "the interests of the United States" - which basically means they can refuse to quash or modify the motion at their whims.

But of course foreign governments don't get those rights, they "may not intentionally target a United States person or a person located in the United States, and shall adopt targeting procedures designed to meet this requirement;"

Now, the very fact that US Congress may believe it has any right to ask data stored abroad about non US citizens is a big symptom of how much scared and thereby arrogant they became. McCarthy should be smiling in his grave.

Really hope EU shows them the middle finger - and tells them to stop reading STASI manuals, and that any action against EU citizens and their data will be prosecuted.

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Venezuela floats its own oily cryptocurrency to save the world economy

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Re: Are sanctions effective?

The effectiveness of sanctions depends on what other sources you can use. Cuba could ignore them as long as CCCP/Russia kept on sustaining it, and European tourist sliked the easy availability of beaches and women - still you can't ignore how obsolete Cuba is in many areas. North Korea can ignore them as well as long as China and Russia sustain it, and the population anyway is forcefully used to ignore almost any good which is easily available elsewhere.

Iran was more hit because it is a far larger country with more ambitions, being unable to sell oil, and the access easily Western technology for its industries and modernize its economy was a bigger issue, although it could smuggle in a lot of material thanks to triangulation, but it still preferred to have sanctions removed.

Sanctions against South Africa helped to terminate the apartheid. Inside EU, some sanctions could work against Poland and Hungary keep on establishing their authoritarian regimes, they need EU funds badly, stopping them would hit them, although the consequences could be unknown.

Anyway, sanctions are often used when you have to show you're doing something, but can't do anything more, and you apply them regardless of their real effectiveness.

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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"if facebook are not aware of"

They may be aware of many things they prefer not to disclose because it could put them in deeper troubles... and we're speaking of people who would sell their mothers if they see enough profits.

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"YouTube responded by "demonetizing" his videos"

So, still use him to bring people to YouTube... when people will click on other videos Google will still sell ads.

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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"is on course to become the world's default desktop OS over the next 2-3 y"

Only because after the next 2-3 years Windows 7 support ends... and new applications may not support it anyway.

Windows 10 user data slurping and continuous upgrades really pissed a lot of users. It gave a reason to hate Microsoft to a lot of users who didn't have issues with it.

Windows 10 on ARM will suffer of the same stigma.

And it's still interesting that despite having being first offered as s free upgraded, and then employed any malware tactics - but those that would have had Nadella jailed - to install itself surreptitiously, it's still NOT the world default desktop OS.... if I were Nadella, I would ask myself why - but that would require modesty, a quality people like Nadella don't understand.

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"alleviated things somewhat."

But only for a brief period - Windows 32 bit arrived too, and most new software was being written for it, so the pool of useful applications for OS/2 soon starved, because real 32 bit ones never materialized - and in those days new version added often a lot.

Also, not all Win 3.1 application worked without isssues, I was never able to run Borland Delphi 1 under OS/2 successfully. Just like the issues you may encounter under WINE.

Emulation may be useful, but if and when always running everything under emulation, you start to ask why not use the native environment....

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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"where do I get an affordable Win 10 mobile"

Windows 10 has anyway ruined the Windows Phone 8 clean UI going after Android one, without any good reason for doing so.

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Re: I like Apple things

Not all tiles are animated, and some allows for turning the animation off. Anyway, having some information visible at a glance is a big plus of tiles.

The "icon grid" which dates back to McIntosh and Windows 3.1 is a really outdated interface. But it does stimulate the "candies collector" weakness of many users.

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*Wakes up in Chrome's post-adblockalyptic landscape* Wow, hardly anything's changed!

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Re: Any group including taboola is instantly irrelevant

That's why it's better to make a tabula rasa of it....

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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Re: Nerfed??

Next step, make full ad-blocker hard or impossible to use in Chrome, because the feature is already present....

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It's a bit strange there's been a surge of this type of ads...

.... as soon as Google has introduced features to block them in Chrome. Many of the served by Google ad network itself. Old trick of breaking windows to sell repair services.

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Sorry, Elon, your Tesla roadster won't orbit for billions of years

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Billionaries no longer accept millions... they're for losers.

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FCC inspector general sticks corruption probe into chairman Ajit Pai amid $4bn media merger

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"There must be something seriously wrong [...]"

In one word: GREED

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"Where do you find that kind of courage"

"It's hard, Armstrong, but every time I see a new check, I know I'm doing right and my courage returns - did you bring yours??"

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Apple Macs, iThings, smart watches choke on tiny Indian delicacy

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"so much for so long with such a high level of consistency"

Said the man who killed Windows desktop consistency trying to enforce an UI which wasn't suited for desktop systems and servers at all.... what a jerk.

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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" it to be sold to Microsoft for the cost of packet of Walkers crisps"

It looks you buy really overpriced crisps... I guess Nokia shareholders didn't complain much about the billions they made.

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That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

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Since I'm no longer updating Skype to new versions...

... I guess I'm fully protected from this bug.

Skype 8 is a joke even a five year old would find irritating.

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Hate to ruin your day, but... Boffins cook up fresh Meltdown, Spectre CPU design flaw exploits

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"effort wouldn't be better expended on something of more value to society."

You mean that investigating what is dangerous to society itself is not valuable? If went unnoticed, such issues could one day trigger very big damages - computers are no longer big machines running in isolated complexes, or funny things nerds play with in their bedrooms.

Almost anything important is today run by using computers - and it will just increase. Ensuring computers and their software are safe enough is not different from ensuring cars, planes, appliances, houses, drugs, food, etc are safe.

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Roses are red, revenge is so sweet. Microsoft extracts a few quid from Corel Office Suite

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"who will notice the extra problems from free office software?"

The government workers who can't open funny cats powerpoint files...

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"So the MS-provided ribbon library is a trap."

No, as usual, you have to read the license. Last time I used it, it explicitly forbid to use the Ribbon UI for Office-like applications. Use was allowed for different kind of applications.

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"It is a pity Microsoft won out on this one"

It looks the precedent of Borland vs. Lotus is now lost in the dust of time, together the two companies... today of course it's not just the menu layout, users do expect some elements to be in some common positions, and with a recognizable look.

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Re: Well...

Especially since it looks the main reason to introduce the Ribbon was exactly to have a patented UI, regardless if it was better or worse than the previous one.

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Mars is red, Earth is blue. Here's a space laser story for you

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How they could spot a Mars rock in Oman?

Last time I wen there in the desert and mountains, everything around looked to be like Mars already... <G>

Very interesting places to visit and travel around, though.

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NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Private companies aim at profit...

Space X can do a lot, but they will look at and will be driven by profits only, not research. How many deep space probes or research satellite private companies ever launched? You can't rely for everything on private efforts, especially in a country where "shareholder value" became a sort of religion or Amendment Zero.

You still need long-term research and non-profit missions - which often test new technologies which may not be reliable enough for commercial use.

And only a state-backed organization can achieve that. Get rid of that, and you say good-bye to real progress also.

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Like Pyrrhus said...

" If we are victorious in one more battle, we shall be utterly ruined"

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Re: We don't need no education

Yes, it's exactly people like you they have to stop... it will be far easier later to assert the Earth is flat and was created 6,000 years ago.

"Ignorance is strength"

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Re: Valuable minerals?

Coal, of course....

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Apple tells GitHub to fork off: iGiant steps outside DMCA law in quest to halt iBoot leaks

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Big company enjoys the pleasure of DMCA....

.... which was written exactly to protect big companies from liabilities arising from what users upload....

It will be interesting to see what will happen - will Apple obtain rights others are denied?

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Home taping revisited: A mic in each hand, pointing at speakers

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"Why bother recording over the air?"

You needed:

1) Something with the line-out connectors

2) The needed cable(s)

3) Something with the line-in connectors

4) The knowledge about how to do it - which is very simple, once you know it.

1) and 2) may not have been both available in the devices you owned. 3) could have been also an issue when there were far less electronics stores - no onlinge catlog - and hi-fi were sold in specialized ones. 4) was also an issue when you were a young teenager and there was no Internet and Google to answer to all your questions.

My first non-fully-toy deck came with a complex DIN plug - the manual had a full wiring diagram and explanation of what every pin did, but I wasn't able to understand it... nor I knew where to get one of those plugs - I was eleven, living in a small town.

But it was funny when some years later I gave a schoolmate a tape recorded directly from a turntable to cassette on an hi-fi system - he said the recording was not good as his ones - I made a big laugh when I saw later he recorded putting a single, mono mic in front of a single speaker.... exactly because he didn't know how to connect the devices in any other way.

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Re: Pics, or it didn't happen!

He's still waiting for the pics being returned from the shop...

(no, you didn't leave them in the coat pocket)

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"home-pirating CDs never became a big thing"

Unlike tapes, many home-burned CDs were quite short lived. I can still play tapes I made over thirty years ago, but many CDs are unreadable already.

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"What do modern people do instead?"

Order twenty-four pair on Amazon and then send back the whole lot because they couldn't find the right one.

Still better than those who try them in a shop, don't buy them and then order them on Amazon or Yoox.

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"trying on shoes in a shoe shop"

If all your shoes are the same type of sneakers you buy over and over probably you don't need to. Or if you buy only hand-made shoes from shops where the shoemakers have a 3D-printed model of your feet from a high-res laser scan.

Don't know onepoll which kind of shoe-buyers interviewed - if they were software developers or their Sillycon Valley CEOs.

Otherwise it's a basic safety precaution to avoid to curse the day you bought them every time you have to wear them and suffer the pain of hell.

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Re: Oh my...

I never found useful dual tapes systems because music out of tape and recorded on another was too low quality for my taste. "Ripping" an LP on a good tape (using a deck on an hi-fi system, of course), was mostly adequate. I rarely used C90 cassettes, though, but for double albums, or later, to carry around in a walkman - tapes were too much "sequential access" while "random access" was clumsier and stressed the tape more.

An uncle of mine was the source of many LPs.

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Talk down to Siri like she's a mere servant – your safety demands it

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Re: TF?

It's to deceive any software attempt to make a script looks like a real one of his.

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"why post corrections in the comment thread?"

Because outrage has to be public, or where's the self-fulfillment? <G>

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Corpse! of! Yahoo! drags! emails! of! the! dead! case! to! US! Supreme! Court!

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Re: Yahoo mail deceased account

I wonder why inheritance laws should not apply to such contents as well.

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Game of Thrones showrunners to make Star Wars flicks

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Would Disney approve...

sex scenes in Star Wars?

Maybe it will be the only way to keep it up, eventually.... it's always an effective way to distract a good share of viewers from the plot, while blood gets away from the brain.

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Apple's top-secret iBoot firmware source code spills onto GitHub for some insane reason

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Re: Sigh....Secrecy is not Security

Sorry, what is valid for cryptographic algorithms is not valid for any piece of code. In cryptography you still have a secret that is the key(s).

In many other fields, part of the security is exactly not knowing exactly how it works, because you have bot a "simple" data like a key able to protect it all.

Never extrapolate something outside its context - it may cease to be valid.

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"closed source is not the way to go in future for creating operating systems. "

"Closed source" doesn't mean it can't be accessed and inspected by third parties. Windows code is available for inspection if you meet the requirements. I've often used commercial third party libraries with came with full source code.

It is still "closed" and not "open" in the sense you can't publish, resell or copy it, and you may be under an NDA.

Stallman & C. advocated for a much broader definition of "open" - giving it a meaning that you have to "share" it, and in the case of GPL, in a very strict way.

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CLOUD Act hits Senate to lube up US access to data stored abroad

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"the agreement has taken steps to minimise data slurping on US citizens."

While US companies can keep on slurping data on foreign citizens?

Actually, I can't see how any reasonable State could enter into a deal with such law. They will demand everything and won't allow anything in return. I really hope the EU show them the middle finger.

'm also surprised it's being supported by MS, Google, etc. Evidently the cash binge they've been allowed required something in exchange, because such a law imply you'll be a complete fool to store anything in any US-owned system. Can't really see how they can promote their cloud business then.

But evidently all they needed was just butt-covering rules to avoid being indicted for handling data unlawfully. Just, US law doesn't apply abroad - if the break another country law, they can still be prosecuted.

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MY GOD, IT'S FULL OF CARS: SpaceX parks a Tesla in orbit (just don't mention the barge)

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Re: Hey Mac, you can't park that there!

Hope the car is insured, when it will hurt the MRO.... maybe because the driver missed the --->

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NASA's zombie IMAGE satellite is powered up and working quite nicely

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Lo that bright joy will turn dark and it will slowly plot its revenge

That was V'ger when the Creators didn't respond... who is going to merge with it and a sexy android?

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

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"all without the approval of the Italian authorities."

The actual facts were a little different: the Italian government secretly approved the "rendition" which was performed with the help of Italian secret agents.

Just, because no one said anything to them in advance, police and prosecutors investigated as it was a kidnapping and identified the involved people - and arrested the Italian agents, while the CIA ones were already abroad, but warrants were emitted.

At the trial, the Italian government (both Prodi and Berlusconi) used the "state secret" formula and never confirmed nor denied the government approved the operation (actually, the government approved it, but, in pure Italian style could not confirm it for fear or terrorist reprisals... a "Pulcinella's secret").

So the agents were prosecuted and got some sentences, including the US ones. A very ugly story...

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Long haul flights on a one-aisle plane? Airbus thinks you’re up for it

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Re: Single aisle transatlantic is not news...

You're right. The Concorde was single-aisle, IIRC....

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No, Windows 10 hasn’t beaten Windows 7’s market share. Not for sure, anyway

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"Apple are now the world's 4th largest PC maker"

That's the average percentage Apple always had in the desktop market for many years. Something less in the dark years, something more in the best years.

Linux made only a little dent in desktop systems, which are those who matters in these statistics (of course the server market is a very different one).

Consolidation in the upper part of the desktop brands, and still some fragmentation in the lower part (mostly consumer/gamer systems) also makes Apple appear higher in the list.

Windows 10 could actually improve Apple market share as some Windows users are pushed towards macOS when the same applications are available without Nadella's new clothes (and unknown future nasty surprises) - especially if Cook awakes and deliver some better models, the real issue being the limited hardware choices.

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