* Posts by ckm5

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

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It does have emergency stop if (eg) the car in front of you slams it's brakes on, but as explained up thread, it might not be able to 'see' stationary objects.

That's ridiculous - my 10 year old Volvo can 'see' stationary objects and will warn about them loudly, as in windshield flashing red and lots of warning noises.... No automated braking as it's too old for that feature, but cruise control will dramatically slow down the car if engaged, including downshifting for engine braking.

Happens sometimes if you are in a long left turn lane cut out of a median and there is a control box or other square-ish object on the other end of the turn lane (but on the other side of the cutout) which you may be approaching rapidly as you reach the left turn point...

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

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Re: How about

Guess your friend is never going to use Linux? Or countless other pieces of OSS that MSFT has contributed to?

It's all fine and good to fight the good fight, but not when the fight ended centuries ago.

Let me give you a hint - Linux and OSS won.

"If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus Torvalds, 1998 - http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9810/01/whylinux.idg/

Not moving on is just childish.

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: "because the liberal press sat on it"

Don't feed the troll, it only encourages them

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

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Re: Bah!

Apparently they found evidence he had a fantasy about this sort of thing. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/danish-submarine-builder-accused-murdering-kim-wall-had-films/

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Destroys all saved data

Fucking annoyingly, the FF update destroys ALL your saved data, including all your saved login data.

I've used FF for donkeys years and never had this problem, but now I've lost possibly hundreds of logins.

Oh well, just another fuck you from some engineers who couldn't give a shit less about user experience.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

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Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"

Technically, as soon as you are issued a diplomatic visa for the country you are going to, you are granted diplomatic immunity. Theoretically you need to 'preset your papers' to the local foreign ministry, but in practice just the issuance of a diplomatic visa is enough. Most countries will just issue a diplomatic visa as a matter of course - you often need them when traveling from A to B....

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Re: Here's a question

The Israelis have done this more than once. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

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Re: Follow the money

There are somewhere between 4000 and 7000 tech companies in the US, all fighting for survival. Collectively, they are driving roughly 30% of the US economy.

That's what's at stake.

China will be perfectly to have said tech companies. They are already taking the lead in clean/green tech and free trade.

Just keep working at making China great again, because that will make great future for your kids.

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Re: Likely won't pass, but...

Until, you know, Love Canal*. Then everyone else in the world can point and laugh at your stupidity.

* "national symbol of a failure to exercise a sense of concern for future generations"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Canal

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Re: "The floor of the Senate"

Said someone on the internet who has no idea how government actually works in the real world....

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Re: The More I read About the US of A....

Might want to get your facts straight. Republicans were the ones that abolished slavery: https://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/politics/cnn-explains-gop-party/index.html

Democrats were the ones that wanted to keep it going.

(ninja'd, figures)

The current crop of Republicans are not about slavery or discrimination, what they are all about is pure, unfettered capitalism in the worst sense of the word. Free from any moral or societal concerns, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting screwed (which is their fault, 'cause they're, well, poor).

They are also cynically trying to bankrupt the federal government to justify massive cuts to anything than looks like income transfer from the rich to the poor, eg. social security, housing/food support or any sort of health care.

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Re: The More I read About the US of A....

It's been a third-world country in many ways for some time. And I say that as someone who voluntarily came to live in the USA..... At least there is not much low level corruption and salaries keep you out of starvation.

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

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Re: Thomas Claburn - Define Wealthy

It's probably easiest to define as what percent your earnings fall into. I would argue that anyone in the top 2% of earnings is 'rich' (over $400k/year in the US)+. Of course, a lot depends on geography as well, but I have yet to see a geographically weighted earnings percentage chart.

Just as a side note, in San Francisco a family of four is considered below poverty if they earn less than about $105k*, which in some parts of the US would make them rich....

+ http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/income-rank/index.html

* see https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2017/2017summary.odn

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Re: Math

The side effect of this is that your health insurance is likely to double or triple.

Why?

Because there is no longer an individual mandate and programs like Medicare are going to be cut, thus massively increasing healthcare costs overall.

And most of the deductions for medical care have been eliminated. Never mind the cap on your mortgage deduction. Whatever you do, just don't get sick until a sane group of politicians actually decide they care about middle income Americans.

I'm in the top tax bracket, so my taxes will be going down enormously - at least 7%, probably more as I will restructure payouts from my company to give myself a roughly 20% tax cut (from 39.7% to 20% passthrough). I still think this whole thing blows.

Basically, anyone middle class in a very affluent (e.g. successful, growing, job-creating) areas is being screwed over, and, if you are a millennial (or younger), you are doubly screwed. It may not be clear right now, but creating a $1.5 trillion deficit is just a excuse to cut that much out of the federal budget. And if you don't think that's going to affect anyone making less than $500k, I have a bridge to sell you.

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Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

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One of the big problems is that no one understands how the Cobol-based software works.... Otherwise it would probably have been re-written ages ago.

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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Re: "They'll be back."

People always bring up AutoCAD. What percentage of end users use AutoCAD?

A major function of local governments is building permits - almost all of these are based on digital plans these days. It's also possibly the dept that brings in the most revenue in the entire gov't and one where compatibility with the outside world is extremely important.

So, probably quite a few end-users use AutoCAD or AutoCAD compatible systems, most of which only run on Windows. Let's not even discuss GIS....

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How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

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Re: Standards needed

Being without power & water for six weeks after a major disaster is rightly called a slow recovery. And now generators (which have been running non-stop because there is no power) are failing - http://www.bradenton.com/news/weather/hurricane/article183526446.html There is no excuse, in a first-world country, for 20% of the population to be without water and thousands more at risk due to emergency systems breaking down.

By compairson, 96% of Houston had it's power back (http://abc13.com/96-percent-of-centerpoint-customers-have-power/2340044/) 10 days after Harvey, Puerto Rico, not so much, only 41% is restored 7 weeks after Maria (https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhiprakash/most-of-puerto-rico-just-lost-power-again-after-a-line?utm_term=.clekQRDDAv#.vhqaW8mm6e) and it's not exactly back to normal...

Really, this is shameful. Lack of cell service is even more shameful given how easy it is to deploy portable cell towers (cf. any large crowd gathering, sports, music festivals, etc)

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

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Because it's not like there isn't ANY competition in cloud services.....

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Re: The title is optional. And possibly a giraffe.

It depends on what you are doing - if you are relying on auto-scaling features it would be very hard to replicate without spending a shedload on standby hardware. And the associated personnel to maintain it all. For quite a few online-only businesses, that delta is their profit margin.

That said, anyone using AWS or any other provider would do well to architect their backends to they can be moved between providers...

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Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

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Re: Tip of the iceburg...perhaps.

That doesn't mean they are 'on the internet'. Pretty much anything on most internal networks can get out to the internet, that's vastly different than having a public IP. There is (usually) at least a NAT firewall between the requesting device and the public internet.

In the scenario you describe, it's pretty much the same as requesting a web page - you send some data and get more data back, typically processed for you in some fashion. That doesn't mean the contents you get back are necessarily safe, but that's pretty much the case anytime you request data from a remote server.

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I agree. Having been through several brands, Brother is on the better side. Epson is the worst, in the 'kill it with fire' category.

And I'm with @lewisrage - if you are stupid/clueless enough to put a printer on the internets, you'll get what you deserve.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

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I can travel to Paris from Marseille (400 miles!!) for 25, in just under 3 hours.

IF the system works, which these days seems hopelessly broken. I visit my mom every few years. She lives near Dole.

In the past, it was pretty easy to get a TGV from Paris to Dole in the afternoon and the cost was roughly 75 euros each way. Travel time was about 1.5 hrs.

The last time I went, there were no afternoon trains and the only evening TGV running was fully booked. Via a combination of other trains, it cost me > 100 euros and took ~6 hours. Which was awesome after a 17 hour flight.....

The French train system used to be great, these days, not so much. It's shockingly expensive, more expensive in many cases than air travel in the US, and so many trains have been cancelled that getting from A to B is nigh impossible unless you book six weeks in advance (which negates elegant convenience of train travel...).

And when I was in Paris last fall, a Metro ticket was 2.50 euros, not 1.10.....

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Re: £1,149

It's easy to laugh, but for people like me a phone is a business expense and I don't really pay for it. And as a primary computing device, I don't mind spending $1000 on it - that's 1/2 of what I would have spent on a laptop 5 years ago. Having a larger screen in a smaller form factor is a huge plus when working in the field. Never mind that most people will just buy it on credit for ~$35/mo.

Is the price point outrageous? Not really. Not when you consider a Palm Treo was ~$600 in 2004 (about $800 today) and Blackberries were $800 15 years ago. Even a modern top-of-the-line phones are $700-$800, this is only $200 more. If $200 is an issue for you, then you should be rethinking your priorities and buy a much cheaper or second hand phone.

I think these will sell out easily - Apple will be laughing all the way and walking away with all the profits....

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

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Re: Time to Migrate?

AWS, Rackspace or Backblaze would be better choices....

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Wonder why Congress doesn't clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

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My "representatives"* are Pelosi & Feinstein

And they have already decided that "intelligence agencies" should put cameras & microphones in every single house in the country for "national security" reasons. /s

Short of a revolution, nothing is going to change if the two representatives from the most liberal place in the country are all for surveillance....

* representative is a word to be used only loosely, it's been a long time since either party has actually represented anyone not giving them $$$

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HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience

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HP destroyed by a complete lack of vision

And it started with selling off Agilent and ended with missing out on cloud by not capitalizing on all the work they did for Amazon.

The eccentric, engineering focused company from this old commercial is no more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3XwTq_BPKM

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Oracle finally decides to stop prolonging the inevitable, begins hardware layoffs

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Re: Someone please...

That's not entirely true - I pitched the Sun exec team on licensing Solaris so that it could merge with Linux and create an uber-open source OS. Instead, they decided to create the CDDL.....

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US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

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" It is illegal to fly a consumer-grade drone within 400ft of a US Army base in April"

Only in April? Good thing it's August....

Edit - Ninja'd apparently.... Twice even.

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

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Re: H1B visas

Well, as someone who has been hiring engineers for 10+ years, I can tell you for sure there just are not enough engineers in the US. More than once I have advertised for a position at a competitive salary (in several markets) and could not fill it. And I'm not particularly picky, just need someone capable of doing X job, regardless of background/education/etc.

Also, the stats for H1Bs pretty much show otherwise https://qz.com/1041506/new-data-on-h-1b-visas-show-how-it-outsourcers-are-short-changing-workers/ - despite the clickbait title, the average salary for an H1B is $91k/year, which is $20k higher than the average IT salary in the US (around $78k - http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Industry=Information_Technology_(IT)_Services/Salary).

Not saying that certain H1B abusers aren't awful sweatshops, but the data speaks to a much murkier picture than 'H1B depress US salaries' which is simply not born out by the data.

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Re: Big Idea: The Internet!

That may be so, but having lived in 1/2 those in your list plus another 3-4 not mentioned, I can def. say that the startup ecosystem in Silly Valley is unique and very, very hard to replicate. If you believe in the startup myth and you want to follow that route, few other places in the world will do.

This might change with the sunset of American influence/power/money, but for the moment, it's still where it's at. Anyone saying otherwise is just wishful thinking.

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Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

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Re: Tech giants hate it

Probably not. "Tech giants" are paying way over market rate for talent and also subsidizing housing & transportation for employees*. Yelp, for example, pays interns $9000/month here in Silly Valley. Starting salaries at most tech companies are well into the six figures and retention bonuses can be completely insane.

If you are underpaid or underemployed there are probably a few of reasons:

1. Wrong geography - where you live has a huge impact on salary & opportunity

2. Wrong skillset - modern & rare tech skills pay a lot more, typically

3. Bad presentation - BTDT, getting professional help for resumes & linkedin profiles is a huge help

4. Not represented - sounds crazy, but having a recruiter represent you can be a big help in finding stuff

5. Not networking - only 30-40% of tech jobs are advertised, if you don't network with your peers, you'll never know about good opportunities

6. Public visibility - being active in meetups, in industry specific forums and on Github leads to a lot more people contacting you about jobs (see 5 above as well).

Make no mistake, all this is a lot of work, but, having been on both sides of the fence (looking for work and looking for people to hire), it's frustrating all around.

* if you look at this list https://qz.com/1041506/new-data-on-h-1b-visas-show-how-it-outsourcers-are-short-changing-workers/ it's clear that the H1B program is being abused by outsourcing companies providing cheap labor, not tech giants.

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Re: I think a points-based system is a good idea in general.

Most of what you want is already the case.

1. It's already the case an H1B can only be allocated if you can't find local talent

2. More people were deported under Obama than any previous president

3. Kinda like 5 year planning? That worked so well for the Soviet Union..... Besides, that actually already exists, it's called either an H2A or H2B.

That said, I agree that an H1B should be independent of the employer and should require some sort of realistic salary calculation - Silly Valley is full of dorm-like housing that caters to low-wage H1B workers. But nowhere in this discussion do people point out that there is a real skills shortage in tech, something which needs to be solved if we want to continue to grow the tech sector....

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Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

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Re: the problem is Microshaft's design

Pretty much every Un*x ever designed does the same thing for most network services, at least until very, very recently.

It's very unfair to blame MSFT for this - they did, after all, just copy Un*x including the entire TCP stack (from BSD nach)

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Re: "the Linux Kernel was only created in 1991"

Interesting - I guess all those commercial Linux deployments I did in 1998 must have been a result of time travel....

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

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Re: If he had been in the UK

Hate to tell you, but even the Dutch government refers to the Netherlands has 'Holland' c.f. http://www.hollandinthevalley.com/

The Consulate in SF has a giant 'Holland' sign on the front door....

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

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Re: "Apple will no longer use any Qualcomm chips in future products"

Yeah, that's what Adobe thought too, so did Nokia and Motorola.

I'm sure that their shareholders will cheer when markets knock billions off their valuation.... IMHO, we've just seen peak Qualcomm, esp. with the Feds largely agreeing with Apple.

Everyone in the industry hates Qualcomm, they've been dicks for years, and would be happy to see them taken out.

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"Apple will no longer use any Qualcomm chips in future products"

== game over c.f. Imagination & PortalPlayer

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Extreme trainspotting on Britain's highest (and windiest) railway

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Re: 1,097m (3,599ft)

I've hiked up Mt. Washington a number of times, stopping for some time to ski at Tuckermans. It's a strange feeling coming up to the top and finding a bunch of tourists in a parking lot....

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Gartner confirms what we all know: AWS and Microsoft are the cloud leaders, by a fair way

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Re: Gartner what do they know ?

Gartner has never been right about anything - it's a tool for executives to justify spending a boat load of money on useless crap.

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IBM's contractor crackdown continues: Survivors refusing pay cut have hours reduced

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Re: Abuse, plain and simple.

What happens is all the best people leave - basically the ones who were propping up everyone else. Because only C/D players are left, contracts are lost or not won.

It's basically a death spiral. IBM is circling the drain.

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Toshiba draws back from fab foundry lock-out foolishness

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Foxconn is Taiwanese

Taiwanese != Chinese (at least not in the vernacular sense)

"Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., Ltd., trading as Foxconn Technology Group, is a Taiwanese multinational electronics contract manufacturing company headquartered in New Taipei City, Taiwan." source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Foxconn

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For now, GNU GPL is an enforceable contract, says US federal judge

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Breaching copyright would be far worse

The penalties for breach of copyright are statutory and are per violation. And they are far worse than breach of contract. If I were Hancom, I would be very cautious about try to turn this in to a copyright case. Give the potential value of that and the potential criminal liability, it could be the end of a company (c.f. MegaUpload)....

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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

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Re: Here's the most astonishing part

"American corporations generally) base much of their business models (and cost of business) on stealing other company's inventions" - show us some stats or it's just pure 'bash 'Mercains cause that gets the masses to rise up (or upvote as the case may be)' - e.g. bullshit - or more likely someone who works for the aggrieved company....

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Transatlantic link typo by Sweden's Telia broke Cloudflare in the US

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Not just Cloudflare

A huge chunk of transatlantic traffic was affected. I understand it might be hard to grok for commentards but the Reg hacks have no excuse....

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To be fair, I got a notice from Pingdom

Their network was affected as well, so was Stackdriver.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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Re: AWS infrastructure Boss is Ex-Car mechanic.. says it all.

Maybe it's because fast-growing, real world global scale businesses don't give two sh*ts about artificial benchmarks or pay-to-play shills like Gartner. Call us back when Netflix moves from AWS to Oracle cloud. Oh, yeah, they tried that old skool vertical scaling and declared in 2014 (!) "it doesn't work" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uH8T7JMzloM

All the comments here are very correct that modern businesses don't need Oracle at all. Google, Netflix, Apple, Uber, AirBnB have all figured out how to achieve huge scale with globally distributed, redundant and scalable databases. And, by-in-large, they have made those tools cheaply or freely accessible to everyone. And no one who is serious about large scale systems will ever run anything bare metal ;-)

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Nuh-uh, Google, you WILL hand over emails stored on foreign servers, says US judge

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Re: Yeah, but...

Hmm, the two places with the highest number of wiretaps as a percent of the population are the Netherlands and Italy. http://www.npr.org/2013/07/28/206231873/who-spies-more-the-united-states-or-europe

It's nice that the EU governments are so much better a propaganda than the US, but that doesn't they are any better - probably much worse, actually.

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Super Cali goes ballistic, Uber drivers are stocious (allegedly!)

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Raiser is a subsidiary of Uber, not the parent...

https://s3.amazonaws.com/uber-regulatory-documents/country/united_states/RASIER%20Technology%20Services%20Agreement%20Decmeber%2010%202015.pdf

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FYI anyone who codes outside work: GitHub has a contract to stop bosses snatching it all

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Just say no

I've been presented with contracts attempting to own everything I do or have done in the past and have always refused. I have also refused to license software I created on my own time, before I was employed by a company, to said company for free with expansive re-licensing terms.

Sometimes just saying no is the best thing - if they really want you to work for them, then will modify the terms. If not, perhaps they are not an employer you want to work for....

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In colossal shock, Uber alleged to be wretched hive of sexism, craven managerial ass-covering

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Re: Bad Uber

https://www.uber.com/drive/insurance/

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