"nationalise any American company doing business in China."
China holds $1.1trn in US government paper. Cancel that in response. See what tit-for-tat on gross stupidity does?
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"A combination of the system being very difficult to deal with and the pilots not being appropriately trained."
Or having magical knowledge that wasn't in the manual, and wasn't mentioned by Boeing so as to make sure that pilots didn't need recertification. But sure, blame the pilots for not knowing about a system that deliberately wasn't mentioned to save Boeing some money and hassle.
"The bullying tactics used by these ransomware groups are making attacks even more expensive, and they are not going to stop any time soon, particularly within the current climate."
Yeah they are. Just make paying a ransom a criminal offence, punishable by, say, ten years in prison for the CEO. Sorted.
I understand your point, but if you are a lynchpin of the Internet economy, and search engines are vital, then you maybe shouldn't be allowed to be completely opaque about how you rank things.
To see that search engines are completely necessary, not using one is the equivalent in the real world of not having signs on any shops anywhere. So if you wanted to find a particular shop, you would have to knock on every door to find out if it's a shop, and then which shop it is. Once you know where the shop is you can find it again, but finding a new shop is essentially impossible.
Thus search engines are a fundamental, and entirely necessary, part of the digital economy. As such, high levels of regulation should be applied.
"The recipient is under no legal requirement to do any such thing. In fact, if they decide to forward it as a BCC to the entire Gmail, Apple, AOL, Microsoft, & EU email owners as global spam, there's not a damned thing the sender can do to stop it."
Unless your name is M. Markle. Then you can go to court to sue a newspaper for printing the contents of said communication.
"I do think that modern engineers could learn from that 1960s approach."
IANAE, but I think the 1960s was great for mechanical engineering, but it will only get you so far. None of the designs of that era is good enough for new expectations of efficiency and noise levels. For that you need a merging of mechanical and electronics engineering, so we are in a <1940s era, where we are yet to perfect this approach.
"But with increasing numbers of jobs doing vetting, those convictions will still show up, just later in a different step."
In the UK at least, unless you are a job where enhanced vetting is required (and not if you just feel like it) spent conditions are not disclosed. Or at least that's my understanding.
"3 thumbs up & 1 thumb down"
There is a certain individual who has taken it upon themselves to downvote every post I make, about every topic and at every time. I came to this conclusion when every single one of my posts got at least one down vote, even entirely innocuous ones.
I therefore tested this theory by placing a post on a week-old news article, at the bottom of page 2. Sure enough, a few days later, a single down vote appeared on it, along with the one above.
I think this individual perhaps needs a course of therapy.
"Why aren't we making all research open-source in the first place? "
It more or less is, but the hacking is for in-progress stuff. There's also still a desire for stealing things even if they will become public domain.
Here's one example: suppose you hacked the Synairgen and University of Southampton servers, and you had a week's extra notice that the interferon beta drug would be successful. You could make a lot of money on the stockmarket.
"Because "PPE, what's that?""
If you have read the news today you would find out that the NHS missed out on deliveries of masks because the French company that was contracted to supply them were visited by the Chinese government, who convinced them to renege on the contract and supply them instead.
"Really is a sad day, when an overseas government, or indeed, one single person, can dictate to UK companies what technology they can deploy."
From the article:
"The starkest words came from the China state-run Global Times. In an editorial, the English-language daily said it was "necessary" for China to retaliate against the UK, "otherwise wouldn't we be too easy to bully?"
"Such retaliation should be public and painful for the UK," it added."
I assume you mean this?
Look, Trump is an utter twat, and Boris is as useless as he is an utter twat. But China is threatening 'public and painful retaliation' for not buying products from one of their companies. Even the US doesn't do that if people buy Airbus rather than Boeing.
Also, you can always tell what China is up to, because it's usually what it accuses others of. In this case, it accuses the UK of 'bullying' China, by not buying some routers. This new use of the word bullying (I have apparently been bullying McDonalds for years now) means it's them who are simultaneously bullying and gaslighting. As usual.
"[T]he U.S. Department of Commerce investigation"
It's not an investigation. It's looking at a law to see how you can make it out to be so unfair on the little guy, where the little guys are trillion-dollar companies.
"But yes just forget to mention he was Major General Qasem Soleimani and not just some poor innocent Iranian guy doing his best to make the world a better place."
Killing a murderer without any legal framework is murder. Oh, and ten people died in the attack, so it's a mass murder.
"Whether through voice call or chat, customers will not need to go through menu prompts or option trees; they simply say or type their request, and the natural-language recognition feature finds the best way to assist them. No stilted speech or robot-like commands," Verizon claimed."
Had this for years at my bank. You don't tell it what you want 'in your own words', you learn what the keywords are and just say them. 'Payments', 'Balance', 'Transfer', etc..
"I was signed up to a repeating monthly subscription, for a product I'd never bought, in a car I no longer own, using payment details I'd used to buy one off map updates in 2016."
This is more like me buying something and the company saying "We checked our records and we have a past resident of $HOUSE as $NAME. Shall I just go ahead and charge them?"
"I don't understand how posting my photo on social media can mean I no longer have copyright over it"
You do still have copyright, although if you posted it through a company they might assume copyright, take a non-exclusive licence, or something similar.
"if I post a copy of someone else's copyrighted work they can sue me."
This is like saying 'if I leave my laptop outside the house with a 'this is free' sign outside then that's fine, but when I take someone else's laptop and do that, I'm suddenly a criminal'.
"Etymological arguments do not scale."
Yes, I too was wondering what on earth this meant as a sentence. It's rather like saying 'scientific arguments do not scale'. As it's easier for ignorant fools to spread nonsense than people who actually know what happens to explain it properly.
"No, you should be apologising for flattening off the peaks of your audio to make it sound "louder" instead of just choosing a level for each channel and sticking to it, so that the final mix doesn't "clip" in the loudest part, even if that sounds "quiet" to you. Good recordings should obey the superposition principle. Turn off your compressors and limiters."
This is a really irritating thing for me. Digital music has all of these possible data points at the lowerend of the scale, and very few at the top (as it's done logarithmically, more or less). So rather than recording it quietly and then turning up the volume, it's recorded loudly and with very little fidelity.
"IMHO the pressure from the US side is intended to open up space in the UK market (and others ofc) for their new 5G players who can’t compete with Huawei on cost, or even on price:quality."
But this is the weird thing. Banning Huawei means that we go with Nokia and Ericsson. The same happens for other countries. CIsco are too far behind at the moment, and 5G contracts are being signed now. So US companies don't benefit so much.
"And while Huawei is trying to persuade the UK that it's an independent private entity, with company director Sir Kenneth Olisa describing it as being what BAE Systems is to Westminster, those pleas have fallen on deaf ears. "
Ah, right. So Hauwei is heavily intertwined with the Chinese government, so much so that they will quietly kill off fraud and bribery investigations? Gotcha.
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