* Posts by Nathar Leichoz

31 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Apr 2006

Mixin suspends deposits and withdrawals after $200m cryptocurrency heist

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All crypto heists blame North Korean hackers so at this point maybe North Koreans could form their own security company and sell security services and it would sell like hotcakes.

Banned Tornado Cash code reuploaded to GitHub in free speech test

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Re: well thats good

Venezuela sweats profusely.

Bankrupt cryptocurrency exchange Voyager to pay $1.6m bonus to key staff

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How were they regulated when Voyager was the one telling their customers that their funds were FDIC insured?

Microsoft solicits Clippy comeback – later reveals it had already decided to bring back the peppy paperclip

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Next step for Micro$oft is to change the dog emoji to Rocky/Rover.


Huawei dev flamed for 'useless' Linux kernel code contributions

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> "The cost problem arises because the current change tools don't differentiate between code and non-code changes made to the same module."

Ironically, if the system separates between submitting typos and real bug fixes, Huawei devs may stop submitting patches because it won't give them a boost in KPI score.

Chinese chipmaker SMIC says US sanctions mean it will struggle to develop 10nm products

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While SMIC struggles, India sees opportunity. The nation last week issued an expression of interest [PDF] for anyone who fancies building a semiconductor fabrication plant in the country, or local consortia keen to buy one outside India.

I think a lot of companies are going to take the wait and see approach to see how Apple's manufacturing progresses in India before moving their semiconductor production to India.

China compromised F-35 subcontractor and forced expensive software system rewrite, academic tells MPs

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Interesting dilemma

It's an interesting dilemma how much software is used to control the fighter jet. I suppose the US already includes software whereby if the fighter jet was flying near the US and the pilot tried to drop a bomb, the software would not allow them to do it. I wonder if enemy's fighter jets also include similar software to prevent bombs being dropped in their countries?

Big Panda China squishes Ant Group: Beijing suspends world's largest-ever IPO in fintech regulatory brouhaha

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Related to Xi's push for the digital Yuan currency?

I bet the new regulation in question has something to do with Xi's push for a digital currency.

After all, shouldn't a company that sees itself as both a technology company and a financial company that was headed to be the world's largest IPO, be a supporter of China's new digital currency? Such would help lend support to the currency's legitimacy while also backing it with the billions of dollars from Ant's IPO.

Since China's digital currency is in its infancy, it would make sense that existing regulations (both China's and globally) didn't cover it and therefore why Ant was caught off guard in the last minute.

Ant would obviously be against it since it would be a risk that his stakeholders would not want to take which would then affect the valuation of the company.

China blocks access to website hosting code-for-kids tool Scratch and its forums

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You've got a lot of "investing" to do if you pick India. Did you know that the average literacy rate in India is lower than Kenya, Sudan, Cambodia, etc.

Detroit cops employed facial recognition algos that only misidentifies suspects 96 per cent of the time

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And if this technology can be used to put even 1% of these murdering psychopathic corpse humping gang bangers behind bars, it's worth the collateral damage.

China's silicon-self-sufficiency plan likely to miss targets due to Factories Not Present error

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Re: China is supporting the US

I disagree. China is holding so many treasury bills because they have nowhere else to put all those US dollars that the US is sending over to buy their goods.

The interest rate is so low that they can't just keep it as currency.

They don't want to convert it all to other currencies since in the end the US dollar is still the most stable.

They could put some in the US stock market but not all.

The only place to put the money to get some interest is in buying US treasury bonds. It's the path of least resistance.

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"Of the $19.5 billion worth of ICs manufactured in China last year, China-headquartered companies produced only $7.6 billion (38.7%), accounting for only 6.1%"

I'd be interested to know why that is. Are their own chips too low quality? Too power intensive? Too expensive? Adoption barriers to high? Production output too slow? Even if the government were to offer subsidies, would be overall disadvantages still be too high?

California bigwigs rule Uber, Lyft dial-a-ride drivers are employees, not contractors

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Re: I know many people who work so-called "gig economy" jobs here in California.

Out of curiosity, are regular taxi drivers considered employees and how do they deal with medical care?

That's a hell of Huawei to run a business, Chinese giant scolds FedEx after internal files routed via America

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Re: the real enemy

The only thing I heard was that a person was unable to purchase train tickets (bus tickets were fine) because they had a poor social score because they stopped paying off their mortgage.

Truth, Justice, and the American Huawei: Chinese tech giant tries to convince US court ban is unconstitutional

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This is the type of thing the TTP was supposed to enable. It was supposed to allow companies to sue foreign governments if they felt the government was unfairly stiffing competition. It allowed companies like Nike to sue the Thailand government if the Thailand government wasn't doing enough to crack down on counterfeiters or if the government was giving unfair advantage to local brands.

Perhaps other countries who initially joined the TTP are watching this right now. The outcome will set a precedent.

Dozens of .gov HTTPS certs expire, webpages offline, FBI on ice, IT security slows... Yup, it's day 20 of Trump's govt shutdown

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Re: Operational Incompetence

How about those "buy 2 years at a time and get a 5% discount" things. Do governments ever go for those deal?

Microsoft slips ads into Windows 10 Mail client – then U-turns so hard, it warps fabric of reality

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Windows Mail gets worse and worse

I wouldn't mind the ads if Microsoft delivered a feature parity product.

Outlook Express -> Windows Live Mail -> Windows Mail -> Mail

With every iteration of their free product, features get dropped.

Windows Live Mail removed the ability to customize the toolbar buttons and forced different email accounts to have separate folders.

Windows Mail removed the ability to have different email accounts altogether.

Mail was just crap.

A decade on, Apple and Google's 30% app store cut looks pretty cheesy

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What is the fee as a percentage?

Why is the fee a percentage of sales? Why not a flat fee like $0.5 per download. Or make it dependent on the app's download size to reflect network costs. Why does Walmart charge a percentage of sales? Why can't it be dependent on how much physical shelf space a product takes up? The world does not make sense.

Did the FBI engineer its iPhone encryption court showdown with Apple to force a precedent? Yes and no, say DoJ auditors

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Re: No right to conceal information

No one is claiming that the criminal has that right. We're claiming that just because that criminal doesn't have the right, doesn't mean everyone else shouldn't have the right too.

That's the nature with software. When you force the creator to invent a universal skeleton key (like the TSA locks on luggage), someone will steal and duplicate that key and make it widely available on the Internet. In fact, from the article, that independent Israel company sounds like the prime type of person who will be able to steal such skeleton key.

If Apple is forced to create that skeleton key, the criminal suffers but so do all other law abiding citizens.

Day FOUR of the GitHub web assault: Activists point fingers at 'China's global censorship'

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No$cript and AdB1ock

I think you just primed the interweb to start posting about No$cript and AdBl0ck Plus here.

jQuery 2.0 kicks old Internet Explorer versions to the curb

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Make jQuery browser specific

Can't they just release a different version for each browser and have code that dynamically selects the correct version before downloading it? That way your library only includes the the code for that browser and you can reduce the size of the library file. The XUI library does that with browser specific versions of libraries to get the filesize down.

Food for thought.

Texan schoolgirl expelled for refusing to wear RFID tag

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How would you get into the toilet or checkout a library book with a zapped card?

Tabloid girl's jubs freeze at -130°C

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tub girl's tub froze?

What has this got to do with tub girl?

Time Warner moots billing based on bandwidth usage

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Should offer both plans

How about telcos offer both plans. A per-byte plan that has a low next-to-nothing monthly charge and then a per byte charge. If 95% of their users only consume very little bandwidth, then they will naturally switch to the per-byte plan to save money. Then the other 5% can keep to their "unlimited" plan and then later on the telcos can adjust the price of that plan to match the cost of providing "unlimited" service.

Flash: Public Wi-Fi even more insecure than previously thought

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phew, I'm still web1.0

Lucky I'm still using Web 1.0 technologies such as HTML 3.2, with no Javascript and no CSS. I must be the safest person in the world. It was a good choice not to jump on the Web 2.0 boat. Take that suckers!

Firefox under fire from multiple security bugs

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is this journalism?

Are you trying to post facts about the situation or are you trying to spread your usual hate-speech against Firefox and Blake by comparing them to IE? Anyone can make things sound good with excuses and wild explanations, but it takes real guts for a journalist to be brave enough to just post facts and statistics.