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You won't get Huawei with this, America! Chinese giant sues US government over 'unconstitutional' ban

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Re: I don't think that will happen

Wrong Mark. The US Constitution applies to everyone within the US and its territories regardless of citizenship or even whether they are in the country illegally That includes companies operating within US borders.

UK tech has a month left to bare gender pay gaps, but less than a fifth of firms have ponied up

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Outlaw asking salary history

The best way to eliminate a pay gap due to gender or racial disparity is to outlaw asking candidates for their salary history, which some States in the US have done. An employer knows what a given position is worth to them as well as the market rate, and if they have vetted a candidate and want to hire them, they should offer what that position is worth to them. It's irrelevant what the candidates previous salary is or was. By making offers "salary history blind", you don't perpetuate previous salary discrimination.

Hey mate, are you dense? Why, yes. Yes, I am, says the NAND in Micron's new client SATA SSD

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The interfaces are both SATA. The form factors are what is different. M.2 vs 2.5 inch.

Bun fight breaks out after devs, techie jump ship: Bakery biz Panera sues its former IT crowd

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I can belive its the IT

Because IMO, the food at Panera certainly can't be it.

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic

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More to the point

"FTC" stands for "F*ck The Consumer". So they will do nothing.

Chrome ad, content blockers beg Google: Don't execute our code! Wait, no, do execute our code – just don't kill us!

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Re: Making Chrome less acceptable

Agreed. And why trust a browser from a source who has an inherent conflict of interest in protecting users privacy, and always will?

HPE wants British ex-CFO to testify in UK Autonomy lawsuit before Uncle Sam sentences him

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Re: Another example of everything that was wrong with HP at that time

Standard practice for a company that makes things when it's taken over by MBA types.

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Never took civics in school, eh? The US trial was in criminal court. The UK trial is a civil court. Not being tried twice "for the same crime".

Pokemon No! Good news: You can now ban the virtual pests, er, pets to stop nerds wandering around your property

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Re: So you basically have to opt-out ???

What part of Surveillance Capitalism's basic premise, that "What's yours is our's to exploit for our benefit.", do you not understand?

Bloke thrown in the cooler for eight years after 3D-printing gun to dodge weapon ban

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It's Texas

The template for the movie Idiocracy.

Webroot dunked in Carbonite: Should be quite well protected – if it survives the freezing process, that is

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I suspect this won't end well

I am a customer of Carbonite, Webroot & Acronis. This merger of Carbonite & Webroot does not make sense to me. Why do I suspect I won't still be a customer of all three a year from now?

Boffin suggests Trappist monk approach for Spectre-Meltdown-grade processor flaws, other security holes: Don't say anything public – zip it

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Re: Know thy enemy (bugs in this case)

The problem with Prof. Uht's proposal is that to be successful, it requires trusting software vendors to do the right thing and devote resources to fixing bugs. Experience shows that there's no disinfectant like sunshine to motivate vendors of any kind of products to "fix" defects, and this is especially true of the software industry. Hide the security vulnerabilities, and the software providers will adopt "security through obscurity".

"Obscurity is to security what camouflage is to armor." - Page 44

Amid polar vortex... Honeywell gets frosty reception after remote smart thermostat tech freezes up for a week

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Re: Cloud = held to ransom

Thank God my IoT toilet seat having it's servers offline can't hurt me. Oh wait...

Good news! Only half of Internet of Crap apps fumble encryption

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Re: That's because security isn't their primary concern...

That is why it's called Surveillance Capitalism.

It’s baaack – Microsoft starts pushing out the Windows 10 October 2018 Update

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Remote Desktop

We had several machines update themselves to 1809 in the last week. They all started having issues with Remote Desktop, which gets heavily used in our place.

Microsoft sends a raft of Windows 10 patches out into the Windows Update ocean

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I wish they'd fix remote desktop

We had a bunch of PC's update themselves to 1809 in the last few weeks and remote desktop basically does not work with them anymore.

Computing boffins strip the fun out of satirical headlines

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Re: Private-Eye hacks worried?

Humor is strongly cultural and language context sensitive. What is funny in one culture or language may not even be transferable into another culture or language.

Amazon takes aim at MongoDB with launch of Mongo-compatible DocumentDB

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Re: So a US tax-dodging megacorp can patent 'rounded corners'...

Bad analogy. Only sounds good to you because you know zero about the various flavors of patents, and their various limitations.

Bottom line is magacorp is releasing a database product that offers, as a side feature, backwards compatability (via an API) with the old version of another database. BFD

IBM insists it's not deliberately axing older staff. Internal secret docs state otherwise...

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Re: So Ginni should watch out.

"According to the report, IBM is estimated to have rid itself of 20,000 workers age 40 or older between 2014 and 2018, representing about 60 per cent of job cuts since then."

If one were to assume the employee ages were evenly distributed ranging from 20 to 65, then the percentage of workers 40 & over would be 63.6%. So if you were laying people off indiscriminately over that population, you'd expect to see those 40 & over "... representing about 60 per cent of job cuts since then."

Big cable trolls big mobile with '10G' trademark application

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Standards are just marketing hype anyway

Standards? If we agreed on standards, then anyone could do "it".

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

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Replay

I agree we are just seeing a replay of what happened the last time Jobs left Apple. Took about a dozen years of his absence to bring Apple to the verge of bankruptcy. Only this time, Steve ain't coming back. Give it another half a decade or so, Apple will be on the verge of bankruptcy again.

Marriott: Good news. Hackers only took 383 million booking records ... and 5.3m unencrypted passport numbers

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Huh?

Why is Marriott storing this data at all for years on end?

Detailed: How Russian government's Fancy Bear UEFI rootkit sneaks onto Windows PCs

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What I want to know

Is why the articles are not mentioning the name of the company that makes the LoJack software - Absolute Software ?

Staff sacked after security sees 'suspect surfer' script of shame

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Re: What a cunt!

Lesson #1: Never let your phone use your workplace WiFi.

Lesson #2: Do you private surfing at work on your phone.

Mark Zuckerberg did everything in his power to avoid Facebook becoming the next MySpace – but forgot one crucial detail…

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Re: Facebook is the info gathering arm of the US spy agency

(About people giving him their personal info) "People just submitted it. I don't know why. They 'trust me'. Dumb fucks." - Mark Zuckerberg

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2010/09/20/the-face-of-facebook

https://www.businessinsider.com/well-these-new-zuckerberg-ims-wont-help-facebooks-privacy-problems-2010-5

The eulogising of The Mother Of All Demos at 50 is Silicon Valley going goo-goo for gurus again

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Re: Icon

"So in terms of end user perception of computers, not much has changed then."

Exactly. "Cloud Computing", for example, is just the latest shiny marketing re-badging term for "time sharing", etc.

Waymo presents ChauffeurNet, a neural net designed to copy human driving

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Plugins

Mine's the one with the road rage plugin.

FYI: NASA has sent a snatch-and-grab spacecraft to an asteroid to seize some rock and send it back to Earth

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Re: Not actually immortals

Great. The last 200 years with Alzheimer's.

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

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"Be careful who you trust,...

...the devil was once an angel." - Ziad K. Abdelnour

Keep in mind when thinking about Google.

Mobile networks are killing Wi-Fi for speed around the world

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@Wade

You just described the entire State of Vermont. Which also lacks decent broadband & landlines. (Most of the State can only get DSL.)

Phones should automatically monitor the quality of all connection types they can access at a given moment, and have user settings to (1) go with the best one, (2) go with the best free one, or (3) go with a specific one.

Holy moley! The amp, kelvin and kilogram will never be the same again

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@Charles 9 Re: "...using methods that can be replicated anywhere on the planet."

Wrong. Relativity, both General and Special, are the way they are precisely because of all clocks being local. Apparently Physics wasn't your "thing" in school.

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"...using methods that can be replicated anywhere on the planet."

Er, no.

"...using methods that can be replicated anywhere in this Universe."

FIFY

Russia: We did not hack the US Democrats. But if we did, we're immune from prosecution... lmao

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They are Russian

They still rationalize being a Hitler ally at the start of WWII and jointly invading Poland with the Nazis blitzkrieg in order to protect Mother Russia from Polands fierce horse calvary.

OK Google, why was your web traffic hijacked and routed through China, Russia today?

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So much for the original intent of the ARPANET

Seems it might not be so robust in a time of war.

Brit boffins build 'quantum compass'... say goodbye to those old GPS gizmos, possibly

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@ Spamfast

Superconducting Interference Devices (SQUIDs) are quantum noise limited magnetic sensors & have been in use for submarine detection by the US & Russia since the 1970's.

Solid state of fear: Euro boffins bust open SSD, Bitlocker encryption (it's really, really dumb)

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Spook Agencies

All those conspiracy theories that Truecrypt suddenly disappeared with a recommendation to use Bitlocker due to a threat from Spook Agencies does not sound so crazy anymore.

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time

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Sartre

"Hell is other people." - Jean-Paul Sartre

30 spies dead after Iran cracked CIA comms network with, er, Google search – new claim

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Re: You're FIRED!

It's all moot at this point, as Trump refuses to stop making sensitive calls on his ancient unsecured cell phone. Every intelligence agency on the planet worth it's salt can monitor it.

This revolution will not be televised – but it will be sanctioned: Googlers walk out over 'sex pest' executive scandals

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Re: Chocolate

Heaven forbid they walk out to protest Google's corporate decision to help censor 1.4 billion people in China.

US government charges two Chinese spies over jet engine blueprint theft

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Re: Not the first time

False equivalency. In the case of the Mirage clone, Israel legitimately had the airframe plans through its joint venture. When France decided to impose an arms embargo on Israel, all israel did was manufacture the airframes itself that it was originally supposed to purchase from France. The rest of the plane, which was always planned to use Israeli made avonics, went ahead as planned.

This one weird trick turns your Google Home Hub into a doorstop

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Re: The usual IoT crap

At the very least, put it all on it's own VLAN that has nothing important on it like your computers.

Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

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This will not end well

Except for the Red Hat folks who have stock options.

BTW, what's IBM's upper age limit for employees who are not in the C-suite, 55?

Apple might be 'collateral damage' in US and China trade dust-up

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Shooting onself in the head

My company is moving a lot more manufacturing from the US to our China facility to avoid retaliatory tariffs as China has become our largest market and we can't remain price competitive unless we avoid those tariffs.

Huge if true: We'll put customers, applications, and AI first, says Oracle at annual SF shindig

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Seriously?

I have to use Oracle R12, and it's more primitive than crap written in DOS in the 80's.

London flatmate (Julian Assange) sues landlord (government of Ecuador) in human rights spat

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Tic-tac-toe < Checkers < Chess

Holed up in an embassy as an asylum seeker, and you sue the embassy's government. Clearly Assange isn't a Tic-tac-toe player, much less a Chess player.

Not much of a future as a floor painter either.

Decoding the Google Titan, Titan, and Titan M – that last one is the Pixel 3's security chip

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Re: One Secure Boot to bring them all

So does this mean there can never be a LineageOS for this phone?

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Great - IoT peeping Tom Audio porn

What could possibly go wrong?

PINs and needled: Experian site blabbed codes to unlock credit accounts for fraudsters

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Nuke the entire Experian site from orbit

It's the only way to be sure.

Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid

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Re: Wait! What?

Yes. Those principles are to embrace authoritarian regimes like the Communist one in China if that will make a bigger buck. Just follow the money.

Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?

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Re: One thing that apparently happened after this story was posted

"Apple issued another denial that specifically said they aren't under any national security gag orders. I suppose if you were under a national security gag order capable of making you issue denials, it could make you issue a "we aren't under a gag order" denial."

If Apple were issued a National Security Letter, under US Federal Law it would be a criminal act for them to admit it or to admit anything the lettered covered. So Apple claiming they aren't under any national security gag orders is meaningless. Such a denial is issued for the benefit of the dim witted.

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