Re: Watch Your Backs
@ThatOne wrote "It's the mediocre ones who are dangerous,"
There's a phrase for that, "The tyranny of the mediocre".
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When Lenovo was caught stuffing Superfish adware in the BIOS:
Going back to 2014, the Chinese computer goliath was found to have been bundling new Windows PCs it sold in the US with an application called VisualDiscovery that was presented as a "search assistant" tool to help users find similar products to those shown in images. In reality, VisualDiscovery was just a modified version of SuperFish, a piece of adware that injected targeted marketing links into webpages whenever the user hovered over an image. In addition to being annoying and invasive, researchers found that SuperFish's use of self-signed certificates also introduced security holes to machines it was installed on.
Because it was loaded from the BIOS the adware could be reloaded into a fresh install of Windows. I don't know if this also infected Linux as well.
John McAfee @officialmcafee Tweet Date: Oct 15, 2020 -
I am content in here. I have friends.
The food is good. All is well.
Know that if I hang myself, a la Epstein, it will be no fault of mine.
He went on: "The response to PR #835 has brought about a realisation at Muse that
the convenience of using Yandex and Google is at odds with the public perception of trustworthiness , so we will be self-hosting instead."
It's too late and Muse has already publicly announced their intentions. I've got Audacity 3.0.2 installed, the last version before Muse assimilated the software into their anti-privacy collective, and I have no intention of ever upgrading.
And September 2013, while getting paid as an advisor at Platfora, he signed a $250,000 annual contract to have Platfora provide software to Netflix. He then urged employees to find a use for the software, despite their objections and the fact that Netflix was already using and paying for a competing product.
Anyone who has been in the corporate world long enough knows if you already have a working product, and if you are being pushed to use a competing and inferior product, then there's either money or connections involved.
The real issue here is why wasn't this flagged and caught much earlier? Why wasn't this exposed during an audit? You don't get away with this type of open and obvious fraud unless more executives are involved.
Many years ago I was an FAE and had brought in some significant semiconductor business where I was owed a sizable bonus. My U.K. boss just flat-out told me over the phone, very coldly "I know you're owed this bonus, but I'm just not going to pay you."
I didn't not have the experience or the resources to fight the situation in court. Within a month I had secured a new job with a competitor which caused a panic with my boss who vaguely attacked me with non-specific threats. See, I had gotten those design-wins based on my personal relationships with the customer engineers who knew me from a previous employer. They knew I kept my promises and never once tried to B.S. them about the product's capabilities.
Without me, my previous employer lost the business I had secured. It gave me some small satisfaction, but I would have much rather had the commission.
Snake, you made it sound like this was a Texas-specific problem in 2011. But the Wiki page you linked to starts out:
"The 2011 Groundhog Day Blizzard was a powerful and historic winter storm that affected large swaths of the United States and Canada from January 31 to February 2, 2011"
So while you tried very hard to make 2011 look like a Texas-specific problem, this was really a powerful weather system that affected over 100 million people in North America, including overwhelming locations up north used to dealing with extreme winter weather. It was not the same as today. You really should read what you link to.
Snake wrote According to the news reports, about a decade ago Texas had a partial freezeover
"About a decade ago"?
What exactly is a "partial freezeover" and what effect did it have?
[sarcasm=on] Thanks for the detailed information snake, you've certainly, uh, made a point [sarcasm=off] while proving mine.
Lots of misinformation here. I actually had a client two years ago involved with the Texas power grid. Most of the news & info on the internets, to put it politely, is just repeating "inaccurate" or "horribly biased" information.
First, Texas has a state of the art power grid and gets a lot of its power from renewables like solar and wind, up to 11% (not 7% as publicly stated), most of it wind. Despite performing all the recommended cold weather maintenance on the windmills most of the blades are iced over. If there is sufficient weight on the blades the wind turbine safeties will not permit the blades to turn. It's reported that only 10% of wind turbines are operational.
Second, a lot of Texas power comes from natural gas and a lot of the equipment has freezed up. If just the natural gas or wind had problems everything would be fine, but with both wind and gas curtailed it creates a power shortage.
The Texas power grid is CAPABLE of being completely independent, but despite what you've read online Texas regularly buys and sells electricity to surrounding states and anyone who tells you differently is repeating false information. In times of heavy summer demand Texas has purchased up to 15% of its power from nearby states and regularly sells power to other states. However, the news even in Texas has been incorrectly reporting that the Texas power grid is not connected to the rest of the USA. The reason for this deliberate misinformation is complicated and has nothing to do with the power outage, but today the CEO of ERCOT, Bill Magness, came clean and enigmatically said that electricity from surrounding states is "restricted", claiming that they also have frozen power delivery issues. This unusual restriction of neighboring states to supply power is now the subject of investigations, and in response these states might find power they buy from Texas to be more expensive in the coming months.
One thing Texas is great at doing is not repeating mistakes. Two or three years ago we had winter weather that caused frozen trees & branches to take down power lines. In response ONCOR waited until spring to examine all the trees near power lines (by helicopter & drone) and trimmed everything. Took almost a year to do it right. So I don't see a repeat of the present situation in coming years.
So the remaining questions are, 1) Why is Texas gas production really down, and 2) Why are neighboring states not supplying power to Texas? Once again, like the past year, I see what's really happening & then I see the news and internet report a fictitious account of reality.
Intel shares dived today after it revealed a steep slump in enterprise and government sales of its server chips – and delays to its latest Xeons.
Isn't this what always happens when you replace experienced professionals with cheap college grads? This is not a surprise, this is history.
Yes it is a warning shot. It's a message to the lower courts to start interpreting Section 230 correctly or the Supreme Court will do it for you. Section 230 is meant to provide online content providers like Facebook & Twitter legal immunity from member's posted content & actions. Section 230 does not provide the same protection to content & actions taken by the content provider itself, including posts by officers of the company posting on their own website as well as moderation actions. The lower courts have been providing broad immunity by misinterpreting Section 230 to include all actions taken by the content providers. What Judge Thomas is doing is warning the lower courts to interpret Section 230 properly, as it is written, and not play textual words games to grant corporate immunity where it does not belong.
The reason for the warning & not ruling from the bench is nowadays it's not good for a judge's reputation to have the Supreme's overturn your decision - for example, it gives ammunition to defense attorneys. They're probably teased by their fellow judges too ("Hey, Walter! Wanna overturn those pancakes for me? Hahahaha!").
It also affects the stocks of the affected companies if the Supreme's are forced to set a hard precedent by interpreting Section 230 correctly, as opposed to having an appellate court rule against the same company.
A few years ago, I had a credit card I typically used for the usual household items and computer equipment. One day I used it at a household appliance store for a purchase much larger than I'd even used it for. The store got a notice back that the card wasn't declined, but I had to call a number to verify the purchase. The reason was the purchase was so many thousands of $$$ more than I'd normally used the card for it counted as "suspicious activity".
I'm surprised PayPal doesn't have a similar system for fraud prevention.
Young people with limited experience don't understand that modern business consists mostly of 1) Fixing projects that go wrong, and 2) Preventing things that potentially go wrong. They end up doing lots of (1) because they don't have the experience to see (2).
Their main weakness is not understanding unintended consequences of their actions. That leads to mistakes which the experienced competition can gleefully take advantage of.
My first and only experience with an HP printer is a familiar one. Back in the days of Windows XP I installed an HP printer "driver" that had a 65M installation file. Of course it slowed the entire computer.
And of course the HP uninstall programs were incomplete (remember?). It took me days to remove all the additional files, hooks into the system, and registry entries. The entire time I repeated in my head the invocation "I will never buy another HP printer again." I was pretty good at IT back then but no expert. The computer ran better but still had glitches. It eventually took an OS reinstall to finally restore it to it's pre-HP glory. I also learned the value of system & registry backup programs and installed one on every computer I was responsible for.
I kept my promise - I never bought another HP printer - or HP anything - again.
Most people recover. So anecdotal reports don't prove anything.
Most people recover. Is that anecdotal?
Or is it, you don't like the reality of what I wrote so you INSIST it must be anecdotal, right?
It's like the story of the patient who insisted he was a corpse. Doctor asks him "Do corpses bleed?" Patient replies "No, of course not." So the doctor pricks his finger & the patient bleeds. Patient looks at his finger & says "Well I'll be damned - corpses DO bleed!" ¹
¹ This story is anecdotal.
When I wrote "hydroxychloroquine saved my cousin's life", that is based on what he texted me from the hospital, which is directly based on what his doctor told him. I trust that the doctors knew what they were doing when they gave it to him. I'm not going to post the his text word for word & I don't really care what you think - what matters is what the doctor thinks when examining you based on experience. If God forbid you end up like my cousin I don't think you will give a flying frack about the doctor's politics, or that you will tell the doctor "don't save my life with hydroxychloroquine because orange man likes it".
Hydroxychloroquine is a bad choice for people with some heart troubles, so they thoroughly checked out his heart & did blood work before approving the drug for him.
OTOH if your attitude is "hydroxychloroquine is bad because orange man likes it", then you are a very cold person & you should re-examine your life. The very same people here that are quick to attack ignorant people's computer decisions, are now quick to make ignorant medical decisions.
Only the science on chloroquine isn't so good. You don't want the cure being worse than the disease after all?
I wasn't going to say anything but I need to jump in. My cousin & uncle tested positive for the virus. Five days on hydroxychloroquine saved my cousin's life and got him out of the hospital after he was weaned off the respirator. But due to his age my uncle probably won't last the week & to make matters worse I can't hop on a plane to be there. They described the NY hospitals as overcrowded and understaffed and yet got excellent care from heroic staff. El Reg can contact me to verify this.
Screw you. Screw you all that don't have family in the hospital and are terrified whenever the phone rings. Enjoy your spittle-filled political "orange man bad" rants while you did nothing. The thing about doing nothing is that you can do it perfectly, then with perfect 20/20 hindsight you can attack with a smile those that did something & were right 90% of the time - while you gleefully savage the 10% of the effort that wasn't.
Paul 195 wrote: The problem with the much touted Hydroxychloroquine treatment is that no-one really knows whether it works
I'll be sure to tell that to my cousin.
Distribution hardware supply chains are booming in the USA. Since the Chinese supply chains have fallen apart due to the Wuhan Coronavirus, Chinese manufacturers are ordering from U.S. distributors for shipment to China.
In the USA electronic distribution have also been designated 'essential services', components are needed for medical equipment so Avnet, Arrow etc. are all open.
Trying to model every scenario is not only impossible but expensive. “In fact, the better your model, the harder it is to find robust data sets of novel [new] edge cases. Additionally, the better your model, the more accurate the data you need to improve it,” Seltz-Axmacher said.
In other words, AI is really G.I.G.O., proving once again you are only as good as your data set.
I'd like to disagree here. The Space Shuttle (while iconic) cost over $1 billion per launch.
According to NASA an average shuttle launch cost $450 Million. A straight resupply mission to the ISS would have cost less.
The currently used Soyuz rocket costs something like $20-40 million per launch
The exact cost of the launch is unknown as the Russians do not publish official figures but a guesstimate is $120 Million. According to El Reg the cost to a nation or individual that wants a seat is currently $86 Million. [ref]
In November 2019 a report from NASA’s Office of Inspector General estimated NASA will pay $90 million a seat to fly with Boeing and $55 million a seat to fly with SpaceX.
"Email's been around for 50 years," he said, cheerfully cursing as he continued: "But it's been around 50 years and we're talking about the same attack vectors: phishing; malware; manipulations; and all other delivery mechanisms. Email makes it so easy to deliver. And we still haven't dealt with it."
Working on my own I can afford the time to look at each incoming email. But when I was a Product Manager at a large company I received over 200 emails a day & I was expected to clear each of them before EOD.
The most common attack today is probably the phishing email, sent to an overworked middle-manager, at the end of the month, with body text containing enough insider language to seem legit at a glance.
Although a few US cities in California and Massachusetts have banned local government agencies, including law enforcement, from using the technology,
Hahaha.... Massachusetts freely uses facial-recognition technology live on the streets, including Boston, in defiance of local laws. They are "testing" the technology - get it?
A smart privacy-aware user using a KitKat phone, is more secure than a dumb user that will install any cool app on the latest and greatest version of Android.
My phone is running KitKat, it's rooted with a firewall & privacy manager. The only game is chess. It's a utility phone for work and communications. I don't walk the streets with my head deep inside the screen. I install a new app maybe twice a year & only after checking the permissions. It can run for three or more days without needing a charge. I'm more secure than any "user" that cheerfully installs an 8MB flashlight app with full phone permissions,
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