"We don't have an IT person" ... and selected Oracle Cloud to run our business
I have a feeling as if these 2 facts might be connected ...
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Is such law based on the assumption that terrorist propaganda, in a way, _creates_ more terrorists? So that a normal, law-abiding citizen just reads through some BS posted online and thinks: "Hey, killing people and using $DEITY or $IDEOLOGY as a pretense might be a great idea after all"?
Is it instant brainwash that should be prevented by this law?
Looks like someone watched too much Sci-Fi...
This is an interesting interpretation of "free will" and free speak that seems to form the rationale of this law.
Also note that the definition of what might be regarded as terror OR propaganda is rather foggy ...
After all, SCO also claimed copyright violations that centered around the header files of kernel functions.
So Google using the API defintions of Java to cleanly re-implement the bodies of internal Java functions ist to me ( programmer, not lawyer) exactly the same.
The culture you need to maintain to retain staff in a company that is actively developing on the bleeding edge of IT and the culture of IBM ( or any on of the remaining IT dinosaurs) are two very different things.
Let's see what happens to RedHat's innovative drive - and revenue - once the standard IBM management techniques regarding (or better: disregarding) their human ressources kicks in.
The one sensible idea in this whole mess is having a third-party do the actual identity validation completely independently from anything else. They are then able to provide some sort of verification token to any site that asks for it, presumably based on some sort of username/password you provide,
Yep, but providing uid/pw to a second or third party also reveals your identity to that party.
The possible promise of said third party to immediatly forget your identity after the queston does not count.
Oracle still thinks it is becoming a cloud vendor, while in reality they are a tool vendor with a hardware compartment and identity problems ...
Cloud is the reason they they are losing territory due to detoriating tool quality and byzantine licensing terms & conditions in non-cloud and foreign-cloud environments .
It's a good thing Mr Buffet admits to himself he does not really understand the market and draws the correct consequences.
That is exactly the way Oracle is not acting.
UK government takes back contol, but - based on what I see in the live stream from british parliarment- doesn't know how or where to drive the country any longer.
Without a deal EU companies are no longer automatically allowed to host data and services in the UK starting April 2019.
Likewise, UK IT staff is no longer automatically allowed to work remotely on EU data.
Hosting data/apps in the UK will be comparable to hosting them in the US or in northern Africa - regulation-wise. The potential legal problems will be enough for most companies to re-locate data and services inside the EU and staff it purely with EU citizens.
I guess there's not much individual businesses can do to prepare for that scanario. They will simply be excluded from what is currently a sizeable portion of their market.
and they promised to only use the Java patents defensively, because they wanted Java to be successful, etc.
I even think they meant it at the time.
But the simple point is: Patents are weapons aimed at certain technologies. Even if they are currently stowed in the basemant of a presumably well-meaning company. Once they get out of that basement, for whatever reason, they are ready to kill.
And the SUN/Oracle debacle shows that hurting its own assets in the process does not stop everyone from trying to inflict damage on others...
Today's app developement no longer requires one big tool suite to have embedded all potentially necessary code blocks for a given application.
Instead you typically mix and match several best-of-class tools and combine them into a coherent UI via service interfaces.
Virtualization and Container support is a must for apps develeopment.
Oracle not only lacks badly in this area, they expressively prohibit these environments with their licensing requirmenents.
Likewise tying Oracle tools to Oracle's own cloud environments by way of license disadvantages for other cloud vendors/technologies is something potential customers do seem to no longer take very well.
Additionally, being dependant on one big software vendor is becoming a thing of the past. Especially if this vendor is playing hardball with licensing and tries to lock you in wherever possible.
I guess Oracle can still live a few years off it's locked in customers while these try to figure out how to transform their workloads to other tools.
But they will not gain many new customers if their behavior does not change fundamentally.
The term "AI" becomes willfully broadened by the IT companies over time to give the impression of and sell into a growing market.
What really happens in many cases is that stuff that was sold under the label "Analytics", "BI", "Pattern matching", etc already years ago now becomes "AI" by simple rewrite of the marketing materials.
So it's not just "considered" AI by folks, it's actively marketed as "AI", just because it sells...
As an engineer I was astonished and frustrated for a long time by the success of the make-believers that claimed blockchain to *somehow* be an universal solution to decentralized data transer.
The why could never be answered, the how never demonstrated and questions into the matter resulted mainly in hand-waiving and references to 1) no need for centralized infrastructure and 2) my somewhat advanced age ....
While both observations are true these alone do not make blockchain a viable solution for data transfer in any given context.
With all due reservations against McKinsey resarch reports - it will be interesting to see what happens, now that the first noteworthy party claims the emperor is naked...
Assuming these things are not flying autonomous, the sender should be detectable - or at least give the police a good hint about its direction.
As it is probably flown out of line of sight, the video stream to the operator should be traceable as well...
by showing what happens when you elect grossly incompetent persons to govern you.
A state led by incompetent persons (expletitive removed) will act incompetent. Or like in this case like a moron.
I am sure this attempt legislating away mathematics will be watched carefully by a worldwide audience.
To all Australians: Sorry for you, guys... Hope the world will at least learn from your sacrifice how not to do security legislation.
And try to not also screw up the upcoming elections...
Underdefined, non-precise self-assessment maybe?
"How would you rate your knowledge of phishing? [1-5]" can be interpreted as "Have you heard about the topic" or "Do you know how exactly it works and could you pull off a scam using phishing?"
In this case the more aware students might tend to the latter understanding and deliver better results while identifying themselves as having no knowledge.
Dunning-Kruger on the other hand might motivate, other persons who have just heard the term to assess themselves as knowledgeable.
If study results are counter-intuitive, the study itself might be a contributing factor.
At least the ones doing the the big, complex, "ugly" stuff that is used as code infrastructure.
It wasn't (at least for me) only about "write once run anywhere", but also about "run anytime in the future". The JVM served as a firewall against OS changes. Today I still have code in production that dates back to very early in the 21st century...
In that sense the time-stability and upward compatibility of the Java VM and its toolchain made Java a platform, not only a language.
Add new things: fine, I might of might not start to use it, but my existing code still runs.
Break "a few things", even if you claim it is done in a considerate way: WTF?
Dear Oracle: If you continue to break things in Java claiming you have to respond to a perceived competition from other languages, you wil end up destroying the platform, that once was Java.
in western countries at least .. UK, US, Australia/NZm Germany, etc. .. just trying to legislate their wishful thinking
Complex problems are met by stupid legislation pushed with stupid arguments by individuals that do not even seem to grasp what they are asking for, that take wishful thinking over real solutions.
It seems that individuals trained in law, economics administration or education, the traditional fields of politicians in western societies, are just not able to really understand 21.st century problems - let alone solve them.
Guess we need more engineers and scientists in politics ...
@ElReg Readers: Yes, I mean YOU...
I'm not so much surprised they _would_ do this, but if they really _could_ do this.
You cannot just solder a chip on a board to have it spy for you.
You cannot just "alter" data on an SPI bus by just being connected to it.
In short : Putting something unexpected on a server board is very likely to mess things totally up, if not at once, then when the first firmware update arrives...
"Cloud" will in restrorespect probably be the initiative that broke Oracle...
Coud is the actual hype and here to stay, agreed.
However, Oracle was/is mainly a _tool_ vendor. Oracle DB, Oracle Middleware and a host of other products have been very competitive offerings in the past.
As cloud provider Oracle is an also-ran. And I don't see that changing.
The negative effects: While Oracle frantically tries to grow it's own cloud buisiness, other Oracle products suffer from less-than-stellar support, Oracle licensing is tightened up to forbid cloud installs on other vendor's clouds or to make these very expensive.
So it has become rather inconvienient and/or expensive to use Oracle tools on everything else than on Oracle's own cloud stack if your runtime or development enviroments include cloud servers, VMs, containers or anything else apart from bare metal servers... and which environments do not do that in 2018?
My prediction is: Oracle hurt themselves in the long run:
1) Oracle Cloud is set to keep its niche position against the likes of AWS and Azure. Economies of scale prevent keeping pace with the big players.
2) In its effort to help their own cloud business, Oracle destroys the value of their tool portflio they built and purchased in the last 25 years, by driving away customers through licensing mayhem.
3) The way Oracle currently tries to press customers into Java support contracts for Java 8 and 11 will make it very difficult for their sales teams to sell anything to anyone who is not yet dependant on their software.
just questioning the motives of the backdoor supporters makes it much too easy for them to paint you as a paranoid lunatic or move the debate to a pseudo moral level of good vs. evil.
But even IF every proponent of such a scheme might hold only the sincerest of intentiions for advancing the public well-being by helping law enforcement against the commonly agreed-upon really bad guys - secret government backdoors to encryption do not work also in this best-case scenario.
So intentions do not really matter here...
Law of mathematics/physics cannot be overruled by law of justice.
Just as you cannot pass laws to change gravity, you cannot pass laws to enforce decryption in the middle of an end-to-end encrypted data transfer.
The only alternative is to force companies by law to roll out defective encryption that opens all communication, mail, bank accounts, etc. to criminals.
Which government official wants to explain why that might be a good trade-off?
> But isn't there a subtle difference between the two cases?
There may be a lot of subtle and not-so-subtle differnces, sure. I'm a CS major, not a lawyer.
However the latest appeals court ruling makes in my understanding - and I'm probably over-simplifying here - APIs copyrightable and therefore even clean-room re-implementations of any given API might/does violate copyright.
> This led the court to conclude "that the overall structure of Oracle's API packages is creative, original, and resembles a taxonomy" (p. 14). It therefore reversed the district court on the central issue, holding that the "structure, sequence and organization" of an API is copyrightable.
Maybe there are some other clauses that cause the myriad of other APIs in the industry to not be affected by this ruling. As stated: IANAL. And mybe my understanding of this ruling is incorrect.
BUT if not, this ruling could be rather dangerous for nearly every software developer ...
> Remember that the only thing that forces things like Linux to be open in the way it currently is is the strict interpretation of copyright laws.
Copyright for code: Yes. Copyright for APIs: Hell, no.
A good part of the SCO wars was about the claim that infringing code implements the same API as Unix and therefore is owned by the copyright holder of Unix (SCO).
Which at the time was eventually rejected by the courts.
Now in this case a clean-room re-implementation of an existing API IS regarded as copyright violation. That's outright dangerous.
To that end Linux and other O/S software that cleanly re-implements existing APIs might even be endangered by the Oracle/Google ruling...
..., namely the ones that cintinued to communicate in clear text, although easy usable encryption has been around for quite a while ... The ones that thought emails and phone calls are tapping-proof and secure (along with postcards)
As for serious/intelligent actors, the job of law enforcement should be as hard as it has ever been.
This includes gaining evidence by other means than just listening/reading every coms that is exchanged.
WIPO (as well as the EPO) as an organization shows an astonishing lack of respect to the the laws governing its own behavior.
As opposed - of course - to the respect they demand for the laws governing their their reason for existence (IP laws), their revenue streams or the revenue streams of their members.
May this be an effect of organizations made up primarily by lawyers seeing the law more as a tool to achieve a certain outcome than as a, well, common "law", governing all?
But the EU is pressing for similar powers
Every country can assume its laws to apply globally. Or even make a new law to that effect.
The question is how much inclined other countries are to share that viewpoint and act accordingly.
The cloud act basically puts foreign employees of US companies in a conflict between following company direction or local laws.
I would recommend everyone involved to see a lawyer before following one of the two in case of a conflict.
Similar dumb legislation on EU side will just have similar effects.
There is no way an advertising agency can have that much of an effect on anything. This reminds me of the “subliminal advertising” nonsense in the 60s.
Psychology is a field only a little better than homeopathy. It doesn’t work as well as these guys want you to think.
Somewhat true for any given individual as far as psychological cause and effect are not exact science and not 100% predictable.
However, exposing large parts of the general population to psychological manipulation of which they are unaware might indeed have measurable effects.
Of course one will not be able to change the outcome of an election from 20/80 to 80/20.
But neither of the elections/referendums in question was that clear.
Influencing just 5% of the voters to change their mind can modify an election result by 20% when voter turnout is 50%.
And targeted engagement of single voters based on profiling data might even have better success rates than 5%.
This is undermining the good name of the EU,
yes - and rightly so - and especially because the EPO was created as an international organization not bound by EU law. This combined with lack of oversight from the AC created this ridicilous situation in the first place.
which is illegal.
by which - international - law exaclty?
Trying to put all of this contradicting non-sense into a law would have actually shown all its ridicilousness. Therefore they go with a non-binding "recommendation" to push everyone so when this fails or has effects on free speech and free thoughts (and it will) they can wiggle out of it.
The EC are real cowards at that. Guys: If you feel that something need to be done then please: legislate - and take responsibility for your actions.
Given the upcoming eletions in Russia - how do you estimate the fiction/fact relation of that presentation?
New Launcher: OK. I think a Laser weapon, and nuclear powered sub drone prototypes could be somehow built. Long-term reliability in a military context would have to be seen.
However, all these pretty much do not change much in the current threat scanrios.
But the rest? Highly doubt it.
So MAD was ever and is still assured ...
...that would imply there was such a feeling in the past ...
The European patent system is broken. There are absolutely no guards left against patenting the most obvious bullshit. Patents on as-per-the-rules unpatentable things (like DNA or code) are granted without hesitation.
Number of patents granted has replaced quality of examination as the number 1 requirement for examiners at the EPA.
That way the EPA is effectively laying out a mine-field in the way of future innovation.
Patent examiners critical of that development are pushed out of their jobs.
Regaining control over the EPA is the necessary first step.
Re-examining the patents granted in the last years and invalidating 90% of these would be a good second step.
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