* Posts by ExampleOne

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Googlers to flood social media with tales of harassment in bid to end forced arbitration

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Well, for a start, I would assume it means that vendor staff are actually employed by the vendor on the vendors contract.

It would be very strange indeed for vendor staff to be employed on the same terms as direct employees as their duty of care is to their employer, the vendor, first, and not to Google.

FCC tosses aside rules, treats Google to a happy ending following request for handy tech

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This article is written like there is something nefarious. This a reasonable increase and in the scheme of things is pretty minor.

So update the rules to allow it for everyone and not just give Google a special case?

My concern with a Google specific waiver is not the technical implications, but the commercial ones: They are effectively granting Google a monopoly in the space as anyone else wanting to compete needs to have a waiver now.

Jingle bells, disk drives sell not so well from today. Oh what fun it is to ride on a one-horse open array...

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So SSDs are eating the market, and the only areas where they aren't are business disks with a sensitivity to prove per unit storage? This is a surprise why?

AI can predict the structure of chemical compounds thousands of times faster than quantum chemistry

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Actually, 13C is probably the second most common type of NMR spectrum collected, and would be required for most basic organic chemistry results. Oxygen is also used.

Deuterium is NMR active, (it has a spin number of 1) but due to the way it's signal behaves it doesn't overlap with the hydrogen spectrum you are normally trying to collect. It can be used to provide a reference lock for a lot of the standard experiments.

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This isn't really a major surprise. Any semi-competent graduate chemist can produce a basic guess at what an NMR spectrum for a given molecule will look like a lot faster than any DFT calculation can. Given a large enough, and suitably diverse, sample set I would expect this to be "acceptable". I am more surprised no one has attempted this approach before.

That said, I suspect the two methods are not doing quite the same thing. Reading the supplementary information, it appears the DFT method is first doing a geometry optimization, with no hint that the ShiftML is doing the same. This is a grossly unfair comparison if that is the case.

Pirate radio = drug dealing and municipal broadband is anti-competitive censorship

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How 1984

From today, it's OK in the US to thwart DRM to repair your stuff – if you keep the tools a secret

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Re: But how are...

Assuming the modifications don't impact the safety of the truck, I fail to see why anything should go wrong.

If the modifications DO impact the safety of the truck, isn't this all covered in other sections of the law any way (i.e. rules governing road worthiness and the use of the public highway)?

GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's

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Google analytics isn't excluded from GDPR, because google analytics doesn't exist in a vacuum, it is used on a website. So the owners of the website are the ones who are responsble from a GDPR point if view.

At least, that is what Google are claiming.

However, AIUI, for Google Analytics, Google collect, collate, process, and store the data, on the website operators behalf. Now, I am not a lawyer, but that sounds very much like Google collect, etc...

The courts will decide, and given Googles record on this one, I wouldn't be putting much confidence in their legal team winning. Afterall, they only managed to actually understand that the previous data protection rules didn't care where they source the data from when CJEU explained it to them, even though this was normally covered in Data Protection 101 for technical staff.

Sitting pretty in IPv4 land? Look, you're gonna have to talk to IPv6 at some stage

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...you've not upgraded switch,...

Surely the switch shouldn't care, as it's all just ethernet frames with some content to the switches?

EU plans for domestic exascale supercomputer chips: A RISC-y business

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"The pennies per processor licensing costs will be dwarfed by the running costs."

The problem is less the cost of the license, and more the whole "who owns what?" aspect of working with ARM licensing. AIUI a clean room implementation of the ARM ISA is likely to end up with you having problems with ARM, OpenPOWER explicitly allows anyone to use the ISA now.

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Given the licensing restrictions around ARM, it strikes me as a strange choice for a major investment on this scale: OpenPower would seem a more obvious fit, with current licencing policies.

Y'know... Publishing tech specs may be fair use, says appeals court

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Surely the "copyright on the standards" means that, potentially, someone could block all use of the standard in a courtroom?

I agree with the article, this is likely to end up going all the way to the Supremes.

AWS will make switches to go after Cisco – report

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"tells world+dog that it thinks all workloads are headed for the cloud."

Except end-point networking, which doesn't tend to work too well if it's in a remote data-center.

If AWS are saving the corporates money by moving the workloads to public cloud (AKA someone elses computer) that means there is more money for other suppliers to take, with the obvious candidate for IT budgets being the office network - client devices still need networking.

Apple fanbois ride to the aid of iGiant in patent spat with Qualcomm

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Surely the class has to establish legal standing to take a class action case. Unless these consumers are purchasers of the mobile phone allegedly infringing phone, I'm not sure how they can. The patent monopoly is sort of the intended point of patents.

If the class IS purchasers of the phone, and if Apple are found to have infringed a Qualcomm patent in those phones, wouldn't that expose the class to a patent infringement counter-suit? It's unusual to sue end-users for patent infringement in these cases, but not unheard of (certain patent trolls engage in this practice). If the consumers really want to start the sue-balls flying...

Amazon tweaks its word processor for easier online Office edits

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I'm not sure how "new" this is, I am fairly certain I remember seeing this when going through AWS offerings as part of their partner training 3 years ago.

In theory, AWS can build a new ecosystem, in practice Excel and all the accounting apps (and others?) built on top of it give MS Office a very strong legacy position many organisations.

'No, we are not rewriting Office in JavaScript' and other Microsoft tales

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But the click to run is still a proper offline desktop install of the full suite, just fetching it's updates from MS, with it's license requiring a connection to the MS servers every 30 days (IIRC) before dropping into an unlicensed mode. It most certainly is NOT the same as the web-apps.

I've not dug into the details of administrative installs of the C2R versions, but it is possible. It's also possible to download one copy of the C2R and install it in multiple places and switch the user account it's tied to.

I've run an E3 estate, mostly for us we just let users install their own Office copy, and explained where to download it from with instructions that we didn't care if they installed it outside work, so long as they had enough of their installs to cover their work systems.

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Re: So, let me see

A Spokesperson says they're not rewriting office 365 in Javascript.

I think you are adding the 365 in the above line. Office 365 web-apps are not Office desktop suite, and are probably distinct code bases, with some code shared in the server component of the application.

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Re: A rewrite is long overdue...

The problem is, as always, the "legacy". There are old documents that may still need to be rendered, using these old incantations, and no update is allowed to break them.

If you want a nasty problem, remember legal documents are still often faxed because the courts have agreed a fax is an acceptable reproduction for legal purposes. A scan and email? Oh, that's not (yet) been deemed legally acceptable in all jurisdictions, so the lawyers just keep faxing on the "better safe than sorry" principle. Now imagine that legal document is a word 95 document?

Computer Misuse Act charge against British judge thrown out

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That letter is defining a new, clear, policy that prohibits browsing on grounds of curiosity.

In the absence of a clear policy on this, it's not a prohibited. Therefore, the access was authorised, and there is no case to answer for, so the judge threw the case out.

Policy 101: In the absence of clear written policy, you have no policy and can not discipline for breach of non-existent policy.

Continental: We, er, tire of Whatsapp, Snapchat on work phones. GDPR, innit?

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(German ICO for, I believe Baden-Württemburg, pointed out that WhatsApp was illegal under the previous European DP laws, because it uploads all contacts to Facebook's servers).

I believe this is, in fact, the case for a lot of the stuff that people are now panicking over in GDPR. The big difference with GDPR is the fines are substantial, where previously they were toothless and most companies simply evaluated the risk of getting caught and fined as far cheaper than actually bothering to read, understand, and comply with, the rules.

Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched

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Re: Odd judgment

So sue for the missing patches, not for the patches that might or might not be missing if they are ever needed (which they obviously will be) in the future.

Also, sue the entity your purchased the phone from, because that is where your contractual relationship lies, not with some Far Eastern third party. (Unless you purchased your phone direct from Samsung, in which case they can't run that dodge.)

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Re: Odd judgment

Not really, the court is saying you can't sue someone for not doing something in the future. You have to wait until they have failed to do the thing you want to sue them for. This seems reasonable to me. All the judge has said is wait for a required update to not be provided, and then we can discuss suing companies or people.

The other thing I think the court is saying, which is also I suspect is reasonable, is that security updates should be provided, but not "feature updates". Now, due to the way the ecosystem works, it may well be easier for a provider of updates to simply provide everything then it would be to separate the two, but that's not relevant to the legal principles.

I'm also curious as to who, technically, is on the hook for the updates anyway. It's quite possible that Samsung have no contract with the end users so are an uninvolved third party as far as the law is concerned.

US judge won't budge over Facebook's last-minute bid to 'derail' facial biometrics trial

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Emphasis mine:

The firm had asked for a complete stay of the case, on the grounds of cost – both in terms of the trial being expensive and that it might result in a substantial award of damages

That is creative legal logic there... Please your honor, stay the case, I might be guilty and the resultant sentence might be nasty!

Somehow not surprised the judge dismissed that request.

New Windows Servers are like buses: None for ages, then two at once!

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Re: In-place upgrade?

I can see a place for 18 month supported versions in environments where everything is virtualised and "replacing" is fairly low cost.

Police block roads to stop tech support chap 'robbing a bank'

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Sounds like the perfect way to deal with the situation: No one got hurt, the riot dissipated with no hassle.

Brit ISPs get their marker pens out: Speed advertising's about to change

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In fairness to BT on this specific point, they made a big thing about what speed we could expect when signing up, and they deliver that for the most part. They advertised up to 72 or 80 or whatever it was, but when we actually signed up, they did a preliminary line test and gave us a lower estimate, which has been roughly what we got whenever I have speed tested it.

However, if running TV or streaming video over your VDSL line... I can tell when the TV is running an IPTV channel, both kids are streaming video, and the wife is watching iPlayer.

Also, asymmetry. If you need upload speed, you are basically out of luck for reasonably priced connectivity in most of the UK.

I got 257 problems, and they're all open source: Report shines light on Wild West of software

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The bogeyman of the hoarders of personal data, GDPR, also reared its head. Black Duck noted that responsibility for compliance lies not only with auditing one's own code and processes, but also ensuring that any open source in use is also compliant.

So best to just use closed source software and then any non-compliance issues aren't your problem?

Or is it actually more a case that even with closed source software you are responsible for ensuring it's compliant, even though you have no access to the code? Given everything I have heard about GDPR I would be shocked if using closed source software absolved an organisation from liability, as that is going to be far too easy to abuse. (All our software is sold to us in binary form by Subsidiary Software Inc, so we can't be liable. Oh, their EULA disclaims all liability so they can't be liable either.)

This whole question get's even more scary with things like CPU hardware compromises: Who is liable if the Intel Management Engine get's compromised and used to find and exfiltrate protected data?

UK has rejected over 1,000 skilled IT bod visa applications this year

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Why have caps? Why not just have salary floors for VISA workers?

Are UK companies struggling to find IT talent, or are they struggling to find experienced IT talent willing to take the pathetic salary and conditions on offer?

BT bets farm on consumers: Announces one network to rule 'em all

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I am, reluctantly, a BT customer. Why? Because in my experience, BT have been best for just letting the OpenReach engineers do what needs doing without strict adherence to a jobsheet once they are onsite.

I work from home, in a very network dependent role. If I had an observation about internet in the UK, and this applies to pretty much every ISP I have looked at, it's this: Try finding a sanely priced 50Mbit symetric connection. As far as I could tell, outside a very select number of towns , the best place in the UK for that would be the rural NW! I have seen this in three different locations, and in all three of the FTTC VDSL has been as good as anything else.

If you start looking at uploads, there really is nothing to choose between Virgin Media and the various VDSL resellers.

Android devs prepare to hit pause on ads amid Google GDPR chaos

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Re: GDPR

Google can SAY that's how it works. What is likely to happen in practice is that get's challenged and Google will get another lesson in how to read regulations.

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Call me cynical but...

Perhaps Google don't want to arrive at a clear and coherent position? As far as I can tell from reading everything, they are desperately trying to claim they are as out of scope as possible, and are setting themselves up for another lesson in basic regulation reading down the road.

Let's remember, this is the company that tried to claim they weren't a data controller because all the data they collected and stored was in the public domain. The CJEU politely pointed out that the data protection rules don't actually mention WHERE a data controller collects their data from, so by Googles own admission they clearly were a data controller... (Note: Data Protection 101 pretty much covered this exact point prior to the court case!)

US judge to Facebook: Nope, facial recognition lawsuit has to go to jury

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Big tech firm tries to argue case should be dismissed based on (wilful?) misunderstanding of the rules, Judge has different opinion? Where have we heard this before, in a data protection case?

That trick didn't work for Google in Europe, and somehow I don't see it working in a US court either.

AWS won serverless – now all your software are kinda belong to them

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I will have confidence in Amazons serverless offerings when they stop buying servers.

UK government's cloud spending hits saturation: Love of Microsoft endures

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Re: £751,000 on Office 365

How many of those accounts are using MS Project or MS Visio?

Either of which would trivially pad the per user cost and would not be broken out of the O365 billing line.

Typical cynical Brits: Broadband speeds up, satisfaction goes down

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The different satisfaction levels between Mobile and Broadband makes me suspect the problem for broadband isn't solely the ISPs fault.

I would suspect there is a common issue to most ISPs which is BT-OR have issues, and there is little the ISPs can do about it.

I would also suspect there is an expectation problem: Users don't really understand how any of this technology works and have unrealistic expectations leading to low satisfaction.

Publishers tell Google: We're not your consent lackeys

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Seriously, they're pretty much a monopoly in online advertising these days. And all the research I've done on alternatives only comes up with companies that are US only

I'm not sure how hard you looked if you completely missed Awin.

Their model may not be to your preference but as they are based in Germany, it's probably safe to say they are going to be GDPR compliant.

Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

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Re: But isn't that discrimination?

And correct me if I'm wrong but discrimination is against the law I think

Unlawful discrimination is against the law.

There are some grounds for discrimination that are allowed, the most obvious being discrimination on grounds of ability.

Just when you thought it was safe to go ahead with microservices... along comes serverless

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If it's serverless, what does it run on?

After-all, cloud is just a new name for "somebody elses servers".

Brexit in spaaaace! At T-1 year and counting: UK politicos ponder impact

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Mawson later made the point, while waving his phone, that “the right drivers and the right mindset, and the right people in the right room” was the key to “very small things becoming quite big things”.

He is absolutely right. Such a pity we have the wrong people in the wrong room with the wrong drivers and the wrong mindset.

Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

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If we will still have to mitigate Spectre Variant 1 in software, how many of the mitigations will still be needed in the software? What are the performance implications of the still required mitigations?

US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

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"And the internet service providers can put it anywhere they want and move it around at will.

Isn't that a fast track to a GDPR breach? At the very least it is completely in breach of EU rules on territoriality.

Work continues on 5G, shame no one's sure what it's for yet

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John Deere have a lot invested in self-steering tractors, telemetry collecting, local soil analytics...

If there is an industry with an obvious interest in WWAN I would have thought agriculture is it. Possibly less so in Europe, but certainly in the larger commercial farms in the US.

Bluetooth 'Panty Buster' 'smart' sex toy fails penetration test

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My sex toy has a virus?

Russia threatens to set up its 'own internet' with China, India and pals – let's take a closer look

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What happens if the situation were to develop such that the US really doesn't care who knows it's removed the .ru records? If the situation deteriorates to the point that Russia no long has access to the US servers?

Yes, in theory it should be possible for everyone to route around such a problem, but it would be negligent for any government to allow control of an infrastructure element as important as the Internet to rest in a location that would be obviously subject to pressure from a potential hostile power.

I'm not saying such a scenario is likely, but in the event of a major conflict involving the US, why would anyone else want to be depending on US infrastructure? Russia doesn't even need to be a direct party to any such conflict, the chaos it would be likely to cause would be a good reason to wish to lessen your dependence on the system run by an independent body that just happens to be head-quartered in the US.

UK.gov admits Investigatory Powers Act illegal under EU law

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Re: No longer laughing

> (she's from Ireland)

Her right to reside in the UK has nothing to do with her status as an EU national, Irish nationals are special in UK law, predating EU membership.

Red Hat opens its ARMs to Enterprise Linux... er, wait, perhaps it's the other way round

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Re: What is really needed...

But will it play Crysis?

UK.gov: IT contracts should be no more than 7 years. (Not 18, Fujitsu)

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Limiting the length of contracts offers little reasonable benefit when the same people will simply win the next round of contracts.

Qualcomm is shipping next chip it'll perhaps get sued for: ARM server processor Centriq 2400

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"Certainly Google, which buys chips by the boatload, is seemingly eager to deploy anything-but-Intel in its warehouses of computers, which should at least leave Chipzilla a little worried."

Seemingly is the key word here. With an estimated 80 billion in the bank, we can probably assume Google can afford to deploy whatever it likes. There are non-x86 server class chips available if they really wanted non-x86 and AMD would have offered a non-Intel option.

What Google want is a credible(ish) alternative to bludgeon better prices out of Intel, but I see little evidence they are actually making moves to jump ship. Unlike Apple who clearly ARE developing an alternative option.

'Lambda and serverless is one of the worst forms of proprietary lock-in we've ever seen in the history of humanity'

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public cloud == someone elses server.

serverless == someone elses server with new hype word.

The article even touches on the problem with running your operations like this in the last paragraph.

SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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Re: I thaught Novell owned the property

This may be the point. The District Court may have erred in dismissing the case on the grounds it did, and as a legal point that precedent should not be allowed to stand. It doesn't mean the District Court can't immediately dismiss the case on other grounds, like SCO not actually owning what they claim to have owned.

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