* Posts by a_yank_lurker

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Florida Man laundered money for Reveton ransomware. Then Microsoft hired him

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Interesting

I wonder when Slurp knew and did they start to suspect something and passed the info on to the ferals.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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A serious logic error

While the averages of the data may say this or that the actual defendant is a human being who is not some statistical average. For a valid justice system there has to be a way to factor in the human element that being the defendant. Some, not matter what the results say, should receive harsh sentences and others with the same 'results' should receive leniency. This task judgment from a real human who can size up the person; we call them judges for a reason.

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Julia 0.7 arrives but let's call it 1.0: Data science code language hits milestone on birthday

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Re: Still,

The language I use at work indexes starting with 1. Both methods work, just have to know which is being used.

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Congresscritters want answers on Tillerson's rm -rf /opt/gov/infosec

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Re: We all know the US doesn't need cyber-security...

Somebody forgot to tell Hilary about cybersecurity as if her homebrew server was ever secure.

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America's top maker of cop body cameras says facial-recog AI isn't safe

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Re: Wow!

Facial recognition and surveillance videos are useful not so much to positively identify the someone but eliminate people and provide time lines. If a crime occurred at a known time and you resemble the perpetrator caught on video you might want check how solid your alibi is if the flatfeet come knocking. The real problem is when the technology is pushed to beyond its limits by the ignorant and thus misused.

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Top Euro court: No, you can't steal images from other websites (too bad a school had to be sued to confirm this little fact)

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Re: Prepare for...

Any competent web master should understand that unless a work is provably in public domain one had better check the copyright of the work. You may have to ask permission from the copyright holder but most would be thrilled to grant permission to you. And depending on the nature of your site they may waive any fees. If the work is released under Creative Commons, check to see if you are obeying the specific license. Basic sense about copyrights, check to make sure you have permission to post a copy.

It should be noted that in many jurisdiction copyright is automatically granted to the creator once the work is 'fixed'. So there are very few works (e.g. photos) that are public domain in these countries. Thus downloading a cat video and sharing a cat video from Fraudbook would technically be copyright infringement.

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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Re: Huh?

od (c) walk into my nearby bank branch and talk to real person. Many US banks still have branches staffed with real, live, honest-to-God people.

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Funnily enough, no, infosec bods aren't mad keen on W. Virginia's vote-by-phone-app plan

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Obligatory

We now need an obligatory hillbilly joke about how stupid hillbillies are. Based on my WV cousins (real ones) I surprise they have enough people in the state government that can spell 'computer'.

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Oracle's JEDI mine trick: IT giant sticks a bomb under Pentagon's $10bn single-vendor cloud plan

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Translation

"Our cloud offering sucks"

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New age discrim row: Accenture, Facebook sued by sales boss for favoring 'new blood'

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Re: Difficult to stop

Since the average PHB does not understand tech and that most of the ideas in tech have been around since at least the 50s it is easy to understand why they fail for buzzword bingo. Most gray hairs have seen these cycles a couple of times. For example, the cloud is nothing more than a client/server system with the servers being run by another company. Something that is fundamentally not new but only the wrinkle is how it is executed. The list could go on. So the gray hairs, having seen it before, are more likely to ask harder, embarrassing questions about, say, the Cloud; something those still in baby diapers will not do out of ignorance. Thus the gray hairs are a threat to the PHB's ego and that will not be tolerated.

Also, many of the tech PHBs do not grasp there needs to be a balance between work and life or the staff will burn out quickly. Something most gray hairs have learned, if you want a long, productive career have a good balance from the start.

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Alaskan borough dusts off the typewriters after ransomware crims pwn entire network

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Re: Domain admin

I would think the talent pool they have to hire from is relatively thin as Alaska is not a hot bed of the IT industry. It is not like there is a lot of talent flocking there for jobs like many major US cities.

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Oracle tells US Supremes: Ignore Rimini Street. You don't need to review copyright case

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Re: Oracle will win...

Given there is a split at the appeals level, option 1 is not as likely. There is a 4th option; the Nine Seniles could rule the law is unconstitutional effectively making the case null and void.

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Porn parking, livid lockers and botched blenders: The nightmare IoT world come true

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Idiocy of Turds

Having some knowledge of security I only have dumb devices for household items and controls. In most scenarios used to justify one the turds a little bit of planning (may be 3 minutes) or opening the fridge or pantry before wondering off dramatically reduces the need for them. And it simplifies my security problems to only having to worry about wifi connections for phones and laptops. (I do not use a wifi connection for my wifi capable printer).

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Well, this makes scents: Kotlin code quality smells better than Java

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Re: Fewer lines of code == fewer bugs?

Concise text or code is generally easier to follow its logic. Clarity begets understanding. In code concise languages have less pointless boiler plate to wade through (and make sure it is correct). However one can be too concise to point of being cryptic (the concern you alluded to) such as nesting several functions that could be hard for someone not intimately familiar with the functions and the language to be confused.

Java is accused of having excessive boiler plate that has to be waded through to get to the meat. And this boiler plate needs to be syntactically and logically correct. So adding boiler plate, the theory goes, adds more places for subtle errors to creep in and more items to keep track of. So any removal of boiler plate removes sources of bugs and means there is less to keep track of. Thus, the idea goes, less to worry about the less potential sources of errors and the more likely one is more focused on the meat to begin with.

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Putting the ass in Atlassian: Helpdesk email server passwords blabbed to strangers

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Re: known unknowns

Once the in-house shysters work over the release it is often nothing more the babble-speak shyster. They are trying not to admit any guilt or responsibility before getting hit with a lawsuit. But I doubt that will really work and just might really piss off someone into suing them because they came across as complete jackasses.

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Amazon, ditch us? But they can't do without us – Oracle

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Re: Maybe it's what is needed to force Larry to review his business model.

Leisure Suit Larry is in La La Land if he thinks his products can not be replaced with some effort. RDBMS systems are quite common now with many very good ones available for much less that his bloatware and some are FOSS (with paid support available). The migration problems are not the backend but rewriting the code that exploits specific features and syntactical sugar that the other backend does differently. Doable, a PITA but not impossible.

Also, any mission critical software is a core component and if the company is large enough they should try to write their own in house solution. Commercial packages are not written for specific situations but for more generic situations and are often difficult to customize.

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Riddle me this: TypeScript's latest data type is literally unknown

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Re: Not gonna touch it.

The philosophy behind TypeScript is sound; have strong typing with type checking. A common feature of many languages but not JackassScript. The execution from what little I have looked is also sound. So as an alternative to JackassScript it is sound option.

There are several languages that have been developed to generate quality JackassScript code with varying degrees of popularity and ease of use. Some basically have you write code that does not resemble JackassScript but is 'compiled' to it. While others 'extend' it by trying to have a syntax that extends it. Both are valid approaches but I think many favor the later as JackassScript is essentially a subset of the language.

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Pentagon 'do not buy' list says нет to Russia, 不要 to Chinese code

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Nothing New

To a degree all major militaries like to have as much of their toys, etc. made locally and if they can not keep it local farm it out to a companies in a friendly country. So when the Pentagon says adios to the Russians and Chinese they are in essence saying, somewhat politely, they are potential enemies in real shooting war. So keep your supply chain out of their hands as much as possible. Also, this increases economic leverage against both as the beneficiaries will US and companies in the EU, Canada, etc. as they will not have Russian or Chinese firms allowed to bid.

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IBM Watson dishes out 'dodgy cancer advice', Google Translate isn't better than humans yet, and other AI tidbits

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Re: Don't worry IBM!

Artificial Idiocy fails because we truly do not understand intelligence in a dog or a cat nor do we understand it in a human. Our pets are capable of learning and show a degree of intelligence which we can not quantify. But we can not mimic this behavior in a device. Idiocy systems in use today are not intelligent but just massive databases with a very powerful scoring and query engine on top. If the data is bad, the results are bad. If there are flaws in the scoring algorithm or query generation (almost certainly in both cases) there is a variable risk of bad results.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Why do we put up with it?

Many have not reached the pain threshold where they view switching completely away from Slurp is necessary however traumatic. Also, many have software they have bought and that investment would be scrapped when switching. Some of the software can be replaced by FOSS but not all. If there is Linux version or equivalent some money might need to be coughed up.

When the majority will reach the point of ditching Bloat is hard to say but continually monthly update fiascoes will erode confidence. Even then some will be stuck with some version of Bloat as specialist software many only run a specific version of Bloat.

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Microsoft celebrates a bumper financial year ... by making stuff pricier

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Turnips

So Slurp has forgotten a couple of key lessons for a monopolist. You can squeeze blood out of turnip. And what John D Rockefeller noticed that only way to sustain a monopoly was with reasonable quality products sold at relatively low margins while wringing out as much cost as possible to keep the overall prices low. Raise prices too a high level allows others to enter the market even if their initial margins are not as good. Low margins and low prices with large scale make it hard for competitor to enter a market and be viable.

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Malware targeting cash machines fetches top dollar on dark web

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Re: At least some people are getting a computing education

Probably all too true and very sad. Also, the price points are not so high that someone could buy the tools they need for for a campaign, which multiplies the number of possible actors.

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Oh boy: MPs prepare to probe UK.gov's digital prowess and tech savvy

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Re: House of Commons Science and Technology Committee

"common sense, to professional experience, or a manifesto that I could support." - Right, on the other side of the pond, I would settle for ethical no matter else as we go into our biannual silly season.

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In Microsoft land, cloud comes to you! Office 365 stuff to be bled into on-prem Office 2019 Server

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Re: pay tribute to the holy king of cloud word processors

Or join us heretics and use LibreOffice.

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You can take off the shades, squinting Outlook.com users. It has gone dark. Very dark

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Re: Not unwelcome

The problem is Slurp is not thinking that users should have real options and there is a good reason for very dark color text on a very light background. Granted there are people with visual problems where the opposite is better and the option should be there for them. But for most of us with relatively normal, if aging, vision dark text on a light background is the best.

One of my pet peeves is when the hipsters forget to ask a few gray hairs to look at the UI. A lot of UI issues would be fixed toot suit. But the hipsters have no clue about cataracts, etc.

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Prof claims Lyft did a hit-and-run on his ride-sharing tech patent

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Re: The stupidity of "business method" patents

@Blue Sky Pen - The argument is not that the idea did not take some thought but it is fundamentally implementing something already being done but now using a computer. GPS was a known technology in 1999 and it basic principles were well understood. How accurate it is was not well understood. The other bits have a pen-&-paper analogue. So the real question is not is this a new idea but how unusual was it to someone "skilled in the arts". The basic problem of business process patents is they obvious to someone with some computer knowledge but not necessarily obvious to a regular person.

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Enterprise Windows 10 users, Microsoft has some 'quality' patches coming your way

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Re: The 'Nearly' platform

"Is this a failing of OS developers or is it just that we demand more from a simple PC than it is able to supply in one box?" Only Slurp, others seem to grasp users prefer stability over featuritis. Also, even Arch Linux (a true rolling release) and derivatives try to ship a minimal usable installation to users. Arch updates are not attempting to add features just because even if the packages are near the bleeding edge.

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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

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Re: DHCP

@JohnFen - You are correct about the real problem. These turds are being sold to Joe User who not networking guru. Then security 'experts' expect him to have the knowledge and time to properly connect the turd to his home network. And to add insult to injury these same 'experts' fail to grasp that home networking kit in not the same as enterprise level kit nor does have the same price.

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Re: I had to laugh

I would many IT pros are also incompetent at networking. From what I studied to do it right is not a trivial matter when you know what your are doing.

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Official: AMD now stands for All the Money, Dudes!

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@Rajiv - She is proof you hire competency not to fill a tick box. Too many are obsessed with check boxes.

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Spectre rises from the dead to bite Intel in the return stack buffer

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@Mark 85 - I have not heard of any in the wild. While the effects would be damaging I suspect it is much harder to do in the wild than in the lab as I suspect there are probably more processes running the background in the real world.

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IT biz embezzlement brouhaha leaves bloke with $456k migraine

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Re: Jail Time for all involved?

SEC levies fines but the DOJ charge him and if convicted put him away for a spell in Club Fed. Because he is a secondary figure the DOJ may not go after him for an all expense paid vacation.

Also, note the SEC has barred him from taking certain very high paying positions in any publicly traded company in the US for life. While that may not seem severe, it really crimps his style as he will have a hard time getting a job that pays anything near what these positions will pay.

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@Doctor Syntax, Actually this is a form of probation. If he violates these terms he gets nailed for again and the second time they will not so nice. As this is a binding agreement between him and the ferals with some real teeth on the feral side. The teeth kick in if he is charged not when he is convicted; in some ways he loses the benefit of doubt as a known violator.

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UK.gov commits to rip-and-replacing Blighty's wheezing internet pipes

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Re: 15 years from now?

It is not the goal but is there a real commitment to see the goal through. In the 60's there was a real commitment by the US government to put a man on the moon. And they did it quite successfully. So the question with this plan, is there a real commitment to see it through or is another in a long line of babblings that produce a few sound bites and quickly are forgotten. Given governments everywhere rarely have the will to see anything through, which makes the Apollo project an anomaly, this sounds like nice babblings that will be forgotten in a couple on news cycles. We have plenty of the same over here and I have seen it done many times by America's 'native criminal class' and the minor leagues (Congress and the state legislatures).

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IBM wants everyone to marvel at the size of its Strategic Imperatives

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Idiotic Boring Morons

Given the uptick is caused by a cyclical increase in big iron sales the fundamental weaknesses are still there. The most fundamental weakness is clueless mismanagement that is destructive to morale and customer loyalty. High morale is a good sign a company has a clue both in its business strategies and in how it handles employees. It has many positives. Customer loyalty is earned by execution and meeting customer needs. Loyalty is weird because its not whether the customer has a fondness for the vendor but more about the believing the vendor delivers what it promises with minimal fuss. In other words the customer trusts the vendor to deliver what the vendor promises on time and at the agreed price. Fail the customer and they will be earnestly evaluating their options and if lock in is not an issue they will leave.

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Microsoft: The Kremlin's hackers are already sniffing, probing around America's 2018 elections

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Russia and Who else?

I am not surprised there are Russian efforts to stir the pot based on the fact in 2016 their efforts created a mess. The mess was not because the efforts were particularly effective but because they created a convenient excuse for the results and a way to delegitimize the results. I suspect they will have a multi-tiered approach. Some of the activities basically repeating the more clumsy methods but with the real meat being at other efforts to not necessarily influence the election but to get access to the internal documents of the various groups. Misdirection with some of the efforts being foiled but to cover the real attacks.

Also, who else besides Ivan wants to stir the pot for much the same reasons? I can think of a few such as China, India, EU, NorK for starters.

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Friday FYI: 9 out of 10 of website login attempts? Yeah, that'll be hackers

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Root Issue

The root issue is that some users reuse passwords when they should not being do so.Obviously any site that has one's financial information should have its own strong password unrelated to any others. Ditto for email accounts, Failbook, Twatter, etc. Since that covers a good portion of one's active accounts one may as well as have strong, unique passwords for every account. If keeping track of them is difficult learn to use a password manager.

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Microsoft still longs to be a 'lifestyle' brand, but the cupboard looks bare

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Clueless

Slurp's problem with consumers is they do not try understand the market and it various segments. They fail to realize that most consumers want reliable, long lasting products when they plunk down their cash that will be properly supported for a reasonable period. Generally they are not enthusiastic about having a variety subscriptions or about being on the bleeding edge. To them a computer in whatever form factor is primarily a tool to do something they want to do. If an elderly box still does the job with equally elderly software versions they often see little reason to upgrade to suit some vendor's bottom line. This also carries over to peripherals, they are not fond of buying a new one just because Slurp in their infinite stupidity decided to rewrite the device driver model for no good reason.

Also, do not be seduced by the idea that most people are going home and user their personal box for work. Many companies will not allow this and if they expect employees to able to work remotely they provide a laptop for that purpose. So, for work, I have no need for any of the software on my work laptop (I do work from home some) to be on my personal computers. And the reverse is also true, I have no need to have any of my personal applications on my work computer. Thus, they can have (and actually do) different OSes. So Slurp explain to me why my home computers must have Bloat on them when I do not need any Bloat specific applications at home? The rhetorical question sums up their problem, they fail to understand that home usage is very different from work usage and they often do not even overlap. In my case I use mostly Linux at home with a Bloat7 partition kept around for a couple of elderly programs SWABO likes to use occasionally; a partition that is not connected to the net at all.

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Acquisition Galvanize'd: Code bootcamp Hack Reactor eyed up by hungry tech trainers

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Learning programming

As a self-taught developer one key item I see is not the specific language skills but a mindset. Some people have the temperament to be good developers. They have logical thinking skills, good problem solving skills, and decent communication skills. The advantage of an IT degree is you have honed your skills on IT problems during your education. Other STEM graduates have honed these same skills on different problems. Same skills, just applied differently. But the common mistake is to assume all chemical engineers can become good programmers and vice versa.

Learning the actual language is not the hard part, especially if know a few already. The bootcamps and online courses can teach one a language in a few weeks of diligent work. What takes time is learning the existing code base even for the most experienced programming. Add that some industries there is some industry specific knowledge that must learned along with the code base.

This learning takes time.

Bootcamps are expensive and only give you the bare minimum skills to get a job in IT. But there is a tendency to oversell them to non IT professionals. Bootcamp or online course type training would be very useful for an IT professional needing to learn new skills quickly in addition to the ones they already know.

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Bloke accused of netting $5m on inside info about Lattice Semiconductor

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Re: Fine my...

Yes and no, the fine goes to the ferals not to the fleeced but the idea is to extract some of the ill gotten gains out of him. If convicted the court may order restitution in cases of fraud on top of the fine and prison term.

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US voting systems (in Oregon) potentially could be hacked (11 years ago) by anybody (in tech support)

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Solution

How about paper ballots with a Scantron or similar device? Hell, punch cards could used. Electronic voting as done over here is a recipe for enhanced voter fraud and stealing elections.

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Indictment bombshell: 'Kremlin intel agents' hacked, leaked Hillary's emails same day Trump asked Russia for help

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Re: anonymous coward

I would wager that just every major power and many of the minor ones engage is these types of disinformation campaigns. I would also wager these campaigns are generally a waste of money as they have very little effect on the target country. However, this one has succeeded because the Donkeys need an convenient excuse for why they lost other than they were idiots. The Russians did not tell Hildafelon not to campaign in Wisconsin or Pennsylvania; her inept staff did. Bubba (the ex P) tried to tell her and her incompetents she needed to make several swings in these states otherwise they might go for Blowhard. It would have also helped if the Donkeys had run a candidate that was not widely detested thus giving Blowhard votes he never would otherwise have gotten. These are self inflicted wounds.

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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

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Warrants

To use such devices and crack phones, etc. there should be warrant issued by a regular court authorizing the surveillance. Otherwise, it is too easy for an unethical flatfoot, shyster, etc. to abuse their power. If the flatfeet do not like it, Blackstone's dictum should be remember (paraphrased) that it is better for the guilty to walk than for the innocent to be imprisoned.

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PC shipments just rose, thanks to Windows 10

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@Tchou

I would doubt Bloat10 had anything to do with the blip. It is reasonable to expect the quarterly shipments to bounce around an average in a fairly flat market. So if the PC market is about 250 million per year that is an average of 62.5 million per quarter. A percent or so change for a quarter is basically meaningless; what is meaningful is there is a long term trend over several quarters.

The blip upward probably has more to do with other factors like a slightly larger number of refreshes done in the quarter as kit dies.

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Python creator Guido van Rossum sys.exit()s as language overlord

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Re: Futuristic progression of Programming Languages?

I think if you can write the code then visual style development is a great aid because you should be able to hand to tweak the code if needed (though it probably is rarely done). Where I find visual style development a disaster waiting to happen is when the person does not understand the basics of the underlying languages and can not visualize what the code might actually look like.

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AI threatens yet more jobs – now, lab rats: Animal testing could be on the way out, thanks to machine learning

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@Adrian 4 - I see even more problems with this. It is well known that trans species toxicity varies widely for a specific chemical or class. So what is nasty for your average lab rat is not necessarily a problem for a human. Also, there have been accidental discoveries that occurred when developing a new pesticide or drug. The original nerve agents were developed as pesticides and were found out later to be rather toxic to mammals including humans; a point you made. Viagra was developed as heart medication and during clinical trials it was found to be much more effective for erictile disfunction; reinforcing your point.

Most people do not understand to role of animal testing, which is probably less than believed. It is understand the underlying basic biology and chemistry on a mammal. On occasion these tests will require doing things that can not be done ethically on a person thus the need for some animal testing. (Not to deny that some animal tests seem to be ethically challenged at best, another discussion for another day.) But having a clue how something works in a rat gives a clue of how it will work in other mammals.

Also, I suspect these Artificial Idiocy systems are not actually modelling the various reactions (which may not be known) but whatever toxicological data is available. Thus, the masses will think it will be a perfect substitute for animal testing when at best it will give an indication of what to look for.

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Microsoft Teams goes free, as free as the wind blows... up to a point

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Re: Free is too expensive

I will only use something like that a work because that is the tool they are requiring me to use. Otherwise, the only way I will use Slurps free products is if they are released under GPL v3, i.e. never.

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Microsoft bids adieu to inky fingers with whiteboard app

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Mostly Pointless

Most effective real time collaboration is done verbally, you need to talk with them so they can ask questions in real time. Drawing pictures, etc is helpful but not usually critical as it is the content of the conversation that is important which can summarized by an email to all participants. It seems as if the marketing buffoons at Slurp are trying to find a product to justify their pointless salaries.

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US military manuals hawked on dark web after files left rattling in insecure FTP server

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Re: Well for the record....

Documents have had a habit of leaking off site for decades now. I remember some security training years ago that emphasized that internal documents, even unclassified ones, stay on site. So the real question is not that they are on the Dark Web but how did they escape.

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Oracle? A strategic priority for CIOs? Nope, says Goldman Sachs

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Legacy Products

Legacy products have a bad habit of becoming commodity or semi-commodity products. Leisure Suit's primary products are based around a relational database; a product that is semi-commodity at best. There reasons why migrating to another database engine is not trivial but there is no reason to automatically sign up with Leisure Suit if you do not have to. There are plenty of very good engines available and for some applications alternative databases to chose from. Many of those purveyors treat their customers much better than the poor sods stuck with Leisure Suit.

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