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Australia releases MH370 sea floor data but search is still off

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Re: It is a salvage mission in international waters, China should take over the search

Agreed that it is only going to show the crash location. The bodies have likely been eaten or otherwise disintegrated by the oceans. In monetary and engineering terms there is next to nothing that would be learned.

There is not only the monetary cost, but also the risk to human lives of the doing this in a very stormy ocean. Risking human lives for what to us is 'no good reason'.

But I understand in Chinese culture there is an emotional desire to recover the bodies and that the Chinese families have been pushing the Australians to resume the search -- to make the attempt even if it is unlikely to be successful. Just like US marines risking their lives to drag home a deceased comrade.

I can understand that desire, but the Chinese should be pushing their own government.

Yes, we know the engines performed as designed until they ran out of fuel. We know that about the IMSAT transponder too.

One of the strong likelihoods is that the accident was caused by a loss of pressurization due to fire in the cargo of LiNH batteries. With that theory the course changes are explained as the pilots attempting to take the aircraft where it could dump fuel and then land. Some of the cargo might be non-buoyant and still down there to provide charred evidence. But don't we already know that the bulk carriage of LiNH batteries is too dangerous to be permitted in passenger aircraft? So nothing to be gained there.

A botched hijacking or robbery resulting in a depressurization is another theory, but that would not leave any evidence after so long.

Pilot suicide wouldn't leave additional contrary evidence either. (Why commit suicide in a lengthy 7 hour manner where passengers and crew would stop you? Why not nose dive? Or better yet, why not kill do it at home and kill only yourself?)

I doubt if the cockpit voice or flight data recorders, or cell phone memory cards, would be readable after so long under such deep water. Charred wreckage would be the only hope. And it would merely confirm what we already know about NiMh batteries.

It can't be terrorism because by definition terrorism is done on civilian targets in a manner to create terror in civilian populations. By definition, if it is made to look like an accident, if it is deliberately done in a manner not to cause terror, it isn't terrorism.

The only reason to pursue the salvage is cultural for the families of the survivors. So they can tell their friends and family, and the spirits of their ancestors, that they tried to do the (culturally) right thing and recover the bodies. I can understand that. But I cannot understand asking the Australians to do it for them. To whatever extent this is a part of Chinese culture the Chinese government should want to do this for its people.

IF in fact there is some new suggested search zone. I read the quote from the end of this fresh report as saying drift debris is consistent with the zone already searched on the basis of the satellite transmissions.

But yeah, no economic or safety reason to continue the search. Only a cultural one.

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Contradicts suggestion drift modeling indicated a different crash location than was searched

This quote near the end of the report (near the end of the "The data behind the search for MH370" section of the report, ahead of the "Drift Modeling Simulations by CSIRO" video) seems to contradict the interpretation that the drift modeling suggested a different crash location than was searched.

"Using the locations of confirmed debris, the Australian Government’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, the CSIRO, conducted drift modelling analysis to determine possible locations of the MH370 crash site. The results of this modelling were consistent with the search area."

IF that is correct, then no wonder they haven't restarted the search, and no wonder China hasn't take over the salvage search for its own people.

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It is a salvage mission in international waters, China should take over the search

Australia only had exclusive jurisdiction when it was a Search and Rescue mission.

For a long while now it has been a salvage mission in international waters, anyone or any nation can do that.

China or Malaysia should take over the search, because they have human reasons for wanting the salvage. (Or the USA, the aircraft manufacturer being based in the USA gives the USA technical reasons to want the salvage.)

The rescue mission was completed long ago. Australia has no greater responsibilities in the salvage mission than India or South Africa or Canada does.

For the sake of the families, I hope China does the right thing and starts planning its salvage mission immediately.

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Despite high-profile hires, Apple's TV plans are doomed

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Re: Must watch tv ?

Richard, maybe check out your local public library. Many libraries have CD and DVD collections. I watch a lot of Criterion Collection DVDs and blu-rays. They tend to have digitally restored director's cut BFI Top 100 or other top film, and in the extras there will be 2-3 interviews on the historical setting, making or meaning of the film, biography of the director, etc.

I find this sort of content more interesting that what is broadcast.

Turner Classic and Silver Screen try to emulate this, but they don't spend the bucks to get the content digitally restored, so the video is seldom clear.

So much of what is broadcast today is either a remake of what was an inspired classic, or so sticks to rigid PC gender and race stereotypes that I can predict the ending 1/5 of the way into it. No suspense, no good writing, no good acting. Excluding TV for women and TV for kiddies, today's TV depends on special effects and violence. That and the actors are all made-up to look like they're 15 to 27 years-old, even when they're playing the senior officials, generals, etc.

Exception: If you don't mind subtitles, there is some inspired TV coming out of New Zealand, Sweden, Norway, Germany, France, etc. But sadly we don't get that much in Canada. What we get are the un authentic Americanized adaptations (sometimes made in the UK), with the PC stereotypes, simplified story lines, worse acting, and (sometimes) more graphic violence.

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Re: Must watch tv ?

It is 'must watch' only for its target audience. If you're outside of that target audience it is meh.

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Re: Apple

Apple is only in the tech news these days for discussion what outrageous amounts they can get the 'uniformed' spendthrifts to pay for old technology.

I say 'uninformed', I mean uninformed about technology. I think Apple's customers tend to be very art and fashion contest. You know the type:

Q: "What kind of car do you drive?"

A: "Its minimalist 2018 slate coupé."

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Re: "There's more premium original content than consumers can even watch."

Over the past 2 years I've watched maybe 30 hours of TV. Back in the 1960s and 70s I probably watched that much in a week. Watching TV was a lifelong habit, until 2 years ago when I decided I was just fed up.

Unless you're a Nielsen family you're watching less TV than ever. (Being surveyed makes you watch more.)

What is killing TV is not too much TV programming available.

It is leaving people out of audiences, leaving people without content they desire.

There are plenty of viewer hours left unused, taken up by the internet, by reading, by going for walks, by socialization. The problem is the viewers the lack of content aimed at the viewers who have those available viewing hours.

I still have a cable TV subscription. The cable network gave it to me for free when I called up to cancel -- it just rarely ever use it. (The TV is directly free, but they offered me a package discount on my phone and internet equal to the cost of the TV packages and PVR rental. So the TV is free so long as I don't cancel anything.)

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Apple could succeed only if it makes programming for the ignored demographics

Pretty much TV and movies today are made for the 12 to 25 year-old male and 12 to 30 year-old female demographics.

If Apple makes TV for the 40+ demographic they've got the marketplace to themselves.

Problem is Apple won't get advertising dollars, because advertisers ignore older folks. But these are people who grew up on TV and we can't believe we don't have anything much to watch.

Make TV for us and you won't have much in the way of competition.

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Marissa! Mayer! out! as! Yahoo!-Verizon! closes!

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buy a company and cut as much of the services, products and work force as you can.

Verizon expects to cut about 15 per cent of the workforce of the new Oath organization, representing the elimination of about 2,000 jobs.

If the new owners do as poorly as Meyer they'll be able to make even bigger cuts.

That seems to be the objective these days, buy a company and cut as much of the services, products and work force as you can.

Heck, wipe out the workforce and company entirely and you get $130 million plus a brass ring.

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IBM CEO Ginni flouts £75 travel crackdown, rides Big Blue chopper

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Seriously, the old guard of tech need to quit hiring old-guard CEOs who have little clue on leadership and innovation.

Stop the agism. It isn't that they're old guard. That idea should bite the dust as surely as the idea that the problem was an "old boys club".

It is that top executive management comes from sales and marketing.

Managers, marketing types, they're loners know nothing about technical innovation, nothing about innovation on teams, nothing about the technology, nothing about the physics.

They're detached from the programmer and engineer class, which makes it super easy for them to lay such "technicians" off.

They can drive an entire mega-company into the ground without a moment's guilt over drawing a huge salary while failing to deliver the success shareholders are paying them for.

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We're heading back… to the future! Net neutrality rules on chopping block

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refusal of creators to patent and charge license fees was the start of the internet revolution

The refusal to regulate the nascent internet like the telephone companies was the start of the internet revolution, he noted.

Was it not the refusal of creators to patent and charge license fees for the technology was the start of the internet revolution.

Otherwise every company would have wanted to save fees by having its own version of TCP, HTML, etc.

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Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

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a prominent California gynecologist

"a prominent California gynecologist"

I know I'd expect to find confidential medical information on a physician's computer.

And what sorts of confidential information and photos would one expect to find on a gynecologist's or plastic surgeon's computer?

Seems to me like there has been more than one perverted criminal act here.

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Class Action suit? FBI paying bounty for illegal searches of photos, emails and documents?

The agency has a close relationship with Geek Squads, and offers $500 bounties for successful finds of illegal material.

Rettenmaier's defense team had argued that this was an invalid search, but Judge Carney ruled that is was legitimate since the defendant had signed a contract with the Geek Squad that contains a warning that illegal material will be reported.

Is this correct:

1. So the FBI was either knowingly paying for illegal searches, or turning a blind eye to the fact that $500 is going to cause illegal searches.

2. The searches include any material relating to crime or possible crime, including emails and documents.

3. The FBI is paying Geek Squad, and Geek Squad is accepting, payment for searching and viewing all sorts of emails, documents and pictures on everyone's computer, hoping for a $500 bounty.

4. The illegal material in this was not stumbled across, but discovered after an active search paid for by the potential for the FBI bounty.

I think there is a class action suit possible on behalf of all Geek Squad customers whose confidentially was violated by the existence of this FBI bounty and Geek Squad's acceptance of it.

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Proposed PATCH Act forces US snoops to quit hoarding code exploits

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Re: "chaired by an Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official"

Good point.

Will government civilian agencies charged with protecting US businesses and investments, like the FTC and FCC, have seats on the board?

It would still be inadequate, because nobody to represent individual Americans, but at least there might be consideration of protecting private trade secrets.

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Re: It's a nice thought

But in reality, it doesn't matter if they do, or do not, create this new secret clearing house for zero day vulns, because any serious security researcher, or a nation-state-hacker-team (they always need more than one guy) can collect, examine, reverse engineer, and redeploy any remote hack that anyone can dream up, ever.

That would be like the invention of the time machine in Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy.

If it were so trivially easy to discover all the zero day vulnerabilities, then all the zero day vulnerabilities would be discovered at once, days after the release of the program product concerned.

It generally takes either expertise or random luck plus time to find new zero day vulnerabilities.

That is why it is total BS when some security researcher with either a Phd or no job eventually finds some (specifically) zero day vulnerability and releases it to the world because "all hackers already know about it".

a. If they already knew about it then you don't deserve publicity for finding it?

b. If they already knew about it why do the exploits only follow your information release?

c. Peer reviewed journals, tech journals, and newspapers would not mention the zero day discoveries because trivial things are not newsworthy.

d. We wouldn't have internet connected computers, since nothing substantial can be programmed by humans without it having vulnerabilities.

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Is what we might learn about the terrorists worth risking people's lives for?

Obviously GCHQ didn't know about it - otherwise they would have told the NHS

It's not like the British government would risk the lives of 1000s of ordinary people to keep secret a tiny exploit

We don't live in a police state. If you patch the NHS computers, civilian computer types are going to know, including civilian computer types without security clearances.

So the decision would have been something like, "Is it what we might learn about 'the terrorists', Russians and Chinese worth risking the lives of UK citizens needing health care?"

Similar conversation in the USA regarding US civilian lives, except that protecting US health care systems is even harder since few of them are government owned and operated.

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safe assumption various intelligence agencies been using these against our businesses for years

I'm still amazed that no-one else had found this vulnerability*

* I assume the Russians hadn't, or there would have been some "suggestions" to Russian organisations to at least block SMB at the firewall. Though maybe the Russian security services liked having their own EternalBlueski that they could use to snoop on their own people?

There was that Adylkuzz private cryptocurrency mining malware that had been quietly churning in the background of people's computers for a few weeks, and was only discovered during the search for WannaCry variants.

You can assume that real intelligence agency spyware would have been as unlikely to be randomly discovered by our side as Adylkuzz was.

The safe assumption would be to assume that the Russians, Chinese, Israelis, British, etc all knew of this vulnerability and had been using it against state, local and industrial targets for years.

Why would the security agencies of other countries not reveal the vulnerability?

a. Some of these countries are police states and would have probably have been able to apply protective patches to their national, state and local government computers without the public knowing.

b. The rest of these countries have fewer industrial secrets than the USA. So less to lose and more to gain from the continued existence of the holes.

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Past practice has meant the NSA has been helping the Russians, Chinese and terrorists

Any vulnerability the NSA can find, a foreign intelligence agency can find.

The current situation is that the NSA assume nobody inside the USA has any data useful to the Russians, Chinese, Indians, Iranians, Israelis, Pakistanis, Swiss, Germans, British, or terrorists.

And we know from past disclosures the security agencies of all these countries consider international trade and trade secrets somewhat within the purview of their signals intelligence agencies.

Even if the NSA were to start ensuring all US government computers are patched, that still leaves US local and state government, industry, business, academic, and personal computers open to hacking by foreign powers.

The NSA's assumption that US citizens and US businesses have fewer valuable secrets than the Russians or Chinese is invalid. And those US secrets would be valuable to terrorists too.

The NSA must be made to help safeguard Fortress North America and Fortress USA.

By keeping secret vulnerabilities in US local and state government, industry, business, academic, and personal computers -- by keeping Americans vulnerable -- the NSA has been unwittingly helping the Russians, the Chinese and "the terrorists".

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Shadow Brokers resurface, offer to sell fresh 'wine of month' club exploits

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the 75% is just marketing hype.

Maybe that's what TheShadowBrokers are hoping for? They only claim to have 75% of the NSA's exploits. Obviously the NSA want to hang on to the remaining 25%, but they probably don't know which exploits they are.

To know you have 75% of the NSA exploits you'd have to know the total number of NSA exploits.

So I imagine the 75% is just marketing hype.

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It is countries spying on their own peaceful citizens and future politicians I object to.

"The NSA's EquationGroup has spies inside Microsoft and other U.S. technology companies, the Shadow Brokers allege."

If not actual NSA, FBI or CIA "employee spies", then covert agents and subverted employees, as well as people legitimately tasked by the government of their private industry managers to aid the NSA.

The are probably inside a lot of technology companies from around the world, including those companies based in loyal NATO allies, unaligned countries and 'opposition' countries.

I don't doubt the UK, Russia, China and Israel attempt to the same.

It is countries spying on their own peaceful citizens and future politicians I object to.

Companies in high tech, governments, and government leaders should expect to be spied on by enemies, and by semi-friends. Such entities have the resources to defend themselves.

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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MP3 didn't die, it became license free

From the article it sounds like MP3 didn't die, but rather it became license free.

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Do we need Windows patch legislation?

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Let us here from OUTLAW on this. Nothing is sold with a warranty against vandalism

Nothing is sold with a warranty against vandalism.

Do you guys think your cars are warranteed against people being able to smash the windows?

Do you guys think Chrysler Warranteed the M1 Abrams main battle tank against vandalism?

If this went to a court I think the MS lawyers would be quite rightly saying, "We never promised our software would be vandal proof."

There would be no case to be brought.

But I'm not a lawyer. WHY NOT COMMISSION OUTLAW.COM TO DO A FEATURE ON THIS ISSUE?

Is there a case under US law? Under European law?

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Re: What

"For example, the factory next door to us bought them selves a spiffy new moulding machine , the price... about 500 000 pounds, now imagine that in 3 years time , m$ go fsck you we're not supporting your OS anymore , upgrade or else, and the machine is rendered useless."

Someone bought a GBP500,000 molding machine that is tied to an obsolete operating system?

And what did the device manager pay for that operating system? If it were Windows, $25?

I think the quarrel is with a device maker ripping the customer off by providing an inappropriate operating system to save money.

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Re: A tidbit from the NY times:

"The [medical] machines can (as they should) last for decades; that the software should expire and junk everything every 10 years is not a workable solution."

Can you give us an example of a medical device, CT scanner, MRI, etc. that runs Windows?

I think you'll find that Windows is run on things like PCs used as PCs, not $50,000+ specialist hardware.

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Not years after launch, years after sale, and not MS, any electronics any operating system

Not years after launch, years after sale, and not MS, any operating system sold with any consumer electronics.

So Android, Windows, iOS, MacOS, ChromeOS, etc.

And this would include Linux if Linux were sold with a consumer device.

I suggest 10 years in general.

And 15 years for devices costing in excess of US$500 if there is no follow on OS that can be installed.

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Months after it ordered a review into allegations of mismanagement, how's that ICANN accountability drive?

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FIFA, I mean ICANN

I have no doubt that in the fullness of geological time, ICANN will begin a preliminary analysis process.

If not in the fullness of geological time, then the fullness of cosmological time.

Have faith in the system -- the preliminary analysis will be complete before the heat death of the universe.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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Re: A decentralised facebook

"I wonder if it would be possible to "host" sites in a P2P model? (security and privacy issues aside)"

We too often put security and privacy issues aside.

It is one thing to have stuff you intentionally put on FB for sharing shared. (I find it bewildering that some people are surprised at that most people find living a semi-open life acceptable. I wonder how many people refuse to own a car because of the publicly displayed license plate requirement.)

It is quite another to find you're sharing your entire hard drive because of the stupid defaults and coding bugs buried by some coder in the open source.

And it is quite another still that government security agencies are snooping into our peaceful political opinions and gathering info that could eventually be used to blackmail any of us who enter politics.

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Re: A decentralised facebook

Won't work.

Each region of the world has its own Facebook equivalent, and only one Facebook equivalent.

Look at the dud that was Google+.

A personal website is not an FB equivalent.

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Newspapers and magazines have been emotionally manipulating us for over a century.

"Everyone who uses Facebook is being emotionally monitored. That’s what Facebook does. Anyone who uses Facebook can be emotionally manipulated."

1. Everyone period is emotionally monitored by those around them and we can be emotionally manipulated.

2. Newspapers and magazines have been emotionally manipulating us for over a century.

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What's driving people out of tech biz? Unfair treatment, harassment, funnily enough – study

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Re: Peter principle

Management is a separate skill from accounting, sales, marketing, banking, news reading, you name it.

That doesn't stop those people getting into management.

Actually engineering is pretty close to management. Project planning. Maintaining professional standards in your design so people aren't killed by your bridge.

Most successful large manufacturing companies have former engineers filling most of their executive positions.

But in IT it is mostly salespeople filling the executive positions.

Is BT a former crown company. In my experience managers with bad people skills seem common in current and privatized crown companies. I think it goes with having to deal with employees you cannot fire, the thick skin needed, calloused thick numb skin needed.

One of my brothers is an accountant, and he says accountants are notorious in management. They have no sympathy and they're looking at the bottom line.

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Re: "I'm being treated unfairly... Means..."

This is a bit of a strawman argument isn't it? I mean people are saying why they think they've been treated unfairly and you've ignored that and fabricated an easy to attack image.

"When I was growing up Mum and Dad always said I was wonderful and talented and great and bought me anything I wanted and allowed me to do whatever I wanted. When I went out and got a job, the people who hired me don't treat me like that at all. I am being treated unfairly"

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Re: Obligatory XKCD

" team product owner should be a goofball from the sales team. Much misery ensued."

If "team product owner" is anything like a product manager you'll find that is pretty much universal.

Same thing with CIO, usually some person with a strong sales background from somewhere, and just a little technical knowledge.

In Canada, in the finance and services industries, IT people, especially male IT people, are seen as so universally and completely lacking in people skills they're only ever allowed to run small teams of fellow socially handicapped colleagues.

Managing larger groups more requires either a woman or a former salesperson.

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In my career I knew 4 women who left IT in Canada for reasons other than being promoted

In my career I knew 4 women who left IT in Canada for reasons other than being promoted out of IT and into general management.

Two left to go into nursing.

- One of those two left because a couple of employers in a row forced her into supervisory roles, when all she wanted was to program.

- The other left because programming was too socially isolating and she didn't get many thanks (and none of us got much thanks, that is how it is in programming).

The third had been a nurse (graduated and worked in nursing) before coming to Canada and starting work in programming. She went back to Australia to work in one of their health ministries as a user analyst.

A fourth left for a position in the USA where she was promised she could just do programming. Her company here in Canada was asking her to go into management so frequently it constituted harassment.

Other than that four, I've know a half dozen other women to leave IT, but they left to go into management.

That is the thing, if you are a woman and you want to work in IT you will not have that opportunity in Canada, because you'll be promoted out of IT. Your only choice if you want to do tech work is to leave IT and do some other kind of tech work.

I hope things are better in other countries.

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Re: Twas ever thus

@LGB "Good tech people are hard to find and a small percentage of the population to begin with, to try and mandate requisite genitalia and skin colour seems stupid to me."

The bosses say they hope to get more people into the industry by recruiting women. (Either that or they hope to pay $0.72 (or $0.92) instead of $1.00.)

For every woman they attract they probably push away a man.

Much better to let women who want to enter the industry. And let them take the positions they want.

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It isn't always race and sex that cause the ill treatment, but to the extent that author Thomas

It isn't always race and sex that cause the ill treatment, but to the extent that author Thomas Claburn is correct that it is, the reason for the high numbers leaving is that it is majority groups and near-majority groups facing the unfair treatment.

That is certainly how it is in Canada. Once they're up to quota in your sex or race your treatment declines ways made obvious every time a manager opens its (his/her) mouth. And in IT in Canada that means male, but it doesn't only mean white males. At large companies here, Chinese and Asian males often complain privately that they're are treated so much more poorly than other members of their ethnic group.

(Basic arithmetic: Small minority groups leaving for any reason would only only cause statistically small movement. Big movement statistics require large groups leaving.)

This isn't 1980, but you still have to be quite intelligent, and you'll be treated like a labourer. IT contains perhaps half of a typical financial company's top 10% in brain power is in IT, and they're almost entirely excluded from strategic decisions and management development.

I will repeat what I said in response to past articles, I don't regard it as ethical to recommend directly entering an IT career to anyone, male or female.

Much better to do engineering or business administration or fine arts and get into IT via being an expert user.

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What number of men and what number of women leave due to unfair treatment and harass

What number of men and what number of women leave due to unfair treatment and harassment?

I can't believe the only male to have left the industry (retired early) due to that reason.

And I didn't quit one job either. One bad company does not make a poisoned industry. I'd encountered a bad company/bad department really, early in my career. They happen. (Any professional reporter should know that, after all there are bad news media organizations for reporters to work in too. Doesn't mean the entirety of the news media industry is bad.)

I tried a few companies for a couple of years each -- fair trial -- leaving each, before I tossed in the towel.

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RIP Bob Taylor: Internet, desktop PC pioneer powers down at 85

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Sadly, though this guy had more impact on regular people's lives than all current 'celebrities'

Sadly, though this guy had more impact on people's lives than all current 'celebrities' combined, his passing will only be noted by a handful of technical journals.

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Apple nabs permit to experiment with self-driving iCars in Cali

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Re: Not The Only One

Pretty much if you want to put your guidance software in someone else's car and test it and tweak it, you're going to need a permit to build and test self-driving cars.

The fact is that the software being tested is going to have huge safety implications. It is going to change the safety aspects of the car.

Consider aircraft. You install an untested unapproved piece of electronics that does pretty much anything, let alone autonomous guidance, and you've got to treat and label your aircraft as "Experimental", get approval, and not permit passengers.

Aircraft or car, it is a public safety issue when you're testing safety features in public. Testing guidance control systems is going to require a permit even if the car used is a standard production model from Ford or GM.

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Re: Not The Only One

"how much could Apple charge to license a copy of iOS when Google gives Android away for free?"

Maybe more money than MS made with Windows, given that there are more phones than desktops.

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Re: Somebody trademark "iCar"

iCar is trademarked in Canada already, it is a training company.

And in France it is a ceramics factory.

In Germany iCar does aeronautics parts.

iVan is too many things to mention in Eastern Europe.l

But iSedan is available.

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Frank, same is true no matter who comes up with the car -- or any product or service, any industry, cars, computers, TVs, music.

Company comes up with a good one, people want it, and they make a boatload of cash and it puts them ahead of their competitors.

But a question: What does it mean for a car to 'handle well' when nobody is handling it, when it is being handled by a computer? Do you mean a car that 'rides well'?

Or maybe it is a difference between UK and North American English?

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Re: “Collision Avoidance Of Arbitrary Polygonal Obstacles.”

The article did give a link to the actual patent so you can see which means of skinning a cat they claim is new:

http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=2173&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&s1=(1%2F1.CCLS.+AND+20161208.PD.)&p=44&OS=ccl/1/1+and+pd/12/8/2016&RS=(CCL/1/1+AND+PD/20161208)

As you can see it is indeed as @malle-herbert said.

Vectors of where the car is.

Vectors and polyhedrons to describe the obstacle.

Bounding circles to describe what must be avoided.

Vectors to describe where the obstacle is in relation to the car.

Computer systems with memory, display units, memory and one or more processors.

Etc., etc.

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I hear they first plan to patent the revolutionary idea of a box with 4 wheels.

I hear they first plan to patent the revolutionary idea of a box with 4 wheels.

In phase two they'll invent and patent windows.

In phase three they'll invent a means to roll down and roll up the windows.

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WWW daddy Sir Tim Berners-Lee stands up for end-to-end crypto

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Politicians and civil servants will be the biggest losers without unbreakable encryption

Look up the definition of Chekist in Wikipedia. A chekist is a person who supports their country's intelligence agencies and police being able to surveil their fellow citizens.

A Chekist regime is a regime like the old USSR and Putin's Russian Federation where members of the security agencies and police know so much about politicians, business people and academics that they legally have total control via superior knowledge and total control illegally by an unlimited ability to blackmail anyone.

Now with the internet intelligence agencies and police will know so much about people, will have so much dirt from what people posted during their student days, that people posted as adults years ago concerning now lost causes,

Sure, members of parliament, Home Office and MOD officials will grant themselves supposed immunity and exclusions from spying. But the spying will have already been done during their college years, during their early working years, during the recreational time.

No laws will be passed, no plans will be laid, no discussions will occur within political parties or within government offices that would make members of the intelligence agencies or the police unhappy.

Like with Chekist Russia, a Chekist UK, the government, industry and academic of a Chekist USA will be run by, and for the benefit of, alumni of our own security services and police.

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Are UK companies, academics and civil servants allowed to have secrets from foreign bodies?

Without end-to-end encryption that foreign security agencies and foreign police cannot break:

- The secrets of UK companies will be open to foreign rivals

- The secrets of UK academics will be open to foreign rivals

- The secrets of UK senior and other civil servants outside of the Home Office and MOD will be open to foreign rivals

Without end-to-end encryption that foreign security agencies and foreign police cannot break, no UK company, no UK citizen, no UK resident, no company, citizen or resident of any place in the world can have business, economic, planning, political, policy, or personal secrets from foreign police and foreign security agencies.

Remember that foreign countries similar to our own are our biggest and most serious competitors in business, economic and academic matters.

The USA, Canada, Australia, France, Germany, China, Russia, Sweden and Denmark are all foreign countries whose industry and academics compete with our own.

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Firefox Quantum: BIG browser project, huh? I share your concern

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Re: Please don't F up the UI

Yes Unicornpiss, Chrome has speed and supposedly security (although I've read that now Edge is supposedly even more secure). That is what Chrome had and has, speed.

I switched to Chrome 3 times before I finally gave up on FF. I loved the FF UI, the add-ons, the company's and developer's friendly non-arrogant attitudes, their openness, and that they actually often responded to bug reports and feature requests by dwebby outsiders like myself.

But objectively Chrome just had so much more speed, so third time I stuck with it.

Now you've got me thinking sentimentally. I wish Mozilla luck. Maybe they can get me back.

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It is more work to regain lost customers than to retain customers

They should have completed Electrolysis and the 64-bit versions several years ago, before so many people abandoned FF.

In the 2009 to 2012 timeframe they had 26% of the browser market share.

But now, due to people losing patience and moving to faster products, they've down to 11.7% market share on desktops & laptops, and only 0.72% on handhelds.

https://www.netmarketshare.com/browser-market-share.aspx?qprid=1&qpcustomb=0&qpsp=194&qpnp=24&qptimeframe=M

Now they've got a tough job to attract their disenchanted and disappointed former customers back.

It is a non-zero effort to switch browsers, to get used to the new UI, to get employees used to the new UI -- so they've got to come up with something that is a considerable improvement over Chrome (and Edge).

And then they've got to find a way to get the word out so potential customers will switch before Google and MS copy, and maybe build on, their improvements.

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As a shock to absolutely no one, Uber is mostly pasty, male at the top

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Re: SOP

Would you have laughed if IBM or HP or Yahoo sent 5 white, middle-aged women from head office?

You see the point then, you see how the danger of becoming the joke you think other people are.

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Is it really necessary to troll us with racist clickbait headlines?

Is it really necessary to troll us with racist clickbait headlines?

Is it really so hard for you guys to attract readers that you need to become bottom feeders?

No amateur trolls for the Reg. Like The Guardian and Breibart you only employ the finest most highly educationed professional trolls.

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IBM could have made almost all the voluntary redundancies it needed

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Re: Never Volunteer

Usually asking people to leave comes with a good severance offer, 6 months, 9 months, 12 months. So there is a reason to express interest.

Offering the statutory minimum 4 weeks in the UK (at best 2 weeks in the USA) is no motivation. As you say, an employer looking at an employee who offers to accept that, that they enjoy the job so little they'd leave it for next to nothing. The employee would be marking themselves off as someone dissatisfied who'd leave at the drop of a hat even if the other company was offering equivalent pay.

So yes, what you say makes sense. Don't show interest in the offer. Instead just quietly start looking for another job.

If you quit once you find another job you're guaranteed no gap in pay cheques.

If you take the 4 week severance package, yes maybe you get 4 weeks of double pay, but much more likely you'll have a several month gap.

That chance of double pay for 4 weeks is not worth the risk of a several month gap. Look around on your own and leave when you've found another job.

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