* Posts by Jonjonz

236 posts • joined 20 Apr 2010

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China 'must seize TSMC' if the US were to impose sanctions

Jonjonz

As Vladimire has shown, in today's world powerful despots have pretty much free reign to grab what ever real estate they like on thier borders, and the rest of the world will just whine, bitch, employ more shunning while generally forsaking the humans lost in the grab.

Foxconn factory fiasco could leave Wisconsinites on the hook for $300m

Jonjonz

So, I get your typical crony local government back room deals where the officials at the top get paybacks, but really what has Foxconn gotten out of this even if they never deliver?

Bosses using AI to hire candidates risk discriminating against disabled applicants

Jonjonz

One manager tasked with hiring 1000 staff in a month. You wish.

Maybe opening a new plant, but then there would be more than enough managers available.

Using AI in hiring is business shooting themselves in the foot.

Until you can trust AI to mow your lawn without the aid of electronic guides, it is not ready for prime time.

US appeals court ruling could 'eliminate internet privacy'

Jonjonz

I don't get it, does not the TOS trump everything else. If the TOS states the company may copy and preserve your data at any time to cooperate with law enforcement, then that is the end of the conversation.

Shanghai lockdown: Chinese tech execs warn of supply-chain chaos

Jonjonz

Some folks don't recognize a shake down when it as plain as day. Guess which CPC official now has multiple new dachas after Tesla and Apple's factories got a pass.

This is not politics, it's organized crime.

The metaverse of fantasy worlds is itself still a fantasy

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All connected, interoperable, never going to happen. The only business plan Zuckzombie and his ilk understand is the walled garden. Online multiplayer platforms and games do everything they can to keep all monetization/value withing that entity. You think Zuckzombie or Activision is going to say yes to third party gold sellers?

Intel boss presses Congress for manufacturing subsidies

Jonjonz

F*CK Korporate Welfare

F*ck Korporate Welfare.

Look no further for proof Citizens United turned bribery into how to get massive governent handouts 101.

US Senate to vote on stopping Big Tech extracting 'monopolist rent' from app developers

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Nice to see more people are finally grokking that the crime here is not the 30% sale price take, but the vig, owing Apple 30% of every microtransaction made via the app for perpetuity.

The issues are clear with Apple, with Google, it is really android that is the problem and OS issues are too complex for the average lawmaker to grasp.

Running Windows 10? Microsoft is preparing to fire up the update engines

Jonjonz

win 10 Updates - Three days a month my computer is useless

I have a potato computer. Every Win 10 update takes control of it for three days of endless disk thrashing, extremely long start up times, and massive lag when trying to play games or run any memory or cpu intensive software. Usually after 3 days things settle down.

Fortunately they have never broken anything, but why in Gods name does their own anti-virus have to scan every file of their update multiple times?

Thank God, my potato does not qualify for Win 11.

US Army journal's top paper from 2021 says Taiwan should destroy TSMC if China invades

Jonjonz

Some people are simply ignorant of history.

China could care less about Taiwan for centuries until China had a civil war where the leader of the losing side escaped to Taiwan and set up his own version of China there eventually named the Republic of China. The CCP goes apoplectic at the mention of the Republic of China (hence why the name Taiwan is used) and threatens world nuclear holocaust any time it is brought up.

Microsoft adds Buy Now, Pay Later financing option to Edge – and everyone hates it

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Re: re. Disgusting your customers and driving them away is fine

The break point they care about is do enough chumps use this service to make it profitable, they don't care if 90% of users drop it if they don't contribute revenue.

Renting IT hardware on a subscription basis is bad for customers

Jonjonz

Renting puts you business way out on a limb you cannot easily climb down from.

It puts your business in an environment you have zero control over, for things like security, safety, disasters, and at the whims/greed of who collects the rent.

If those don't matter to your business, then it is cheaper in the short term, but could cost way more in the long run.

Jonjonz

Re: Confused

"Renting your IT hardware on a subscription basis is bad for your customers"

A negative statement.

Followed by a binary choice:

* For - Is it a vote for renting, or a vote against renting

* Against - Is it a vote against renting or a vote for renting

Seems like a trap to confuse people and produce worthless results.

Kremlin names the internet giants it will kidnap the Russian staff of if they don't play ball in future

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Re: On the Ocean Blue

Yea they are technically suspects, but having a few tons of illegal substance in your boats hold is pretty damming evidence.

Tought tomatoes, you putter your boat full of drugs into US waters, you takes your chances.

JEDI mind tricks: Google said Pentagon contract didn't align with company values. Now it's chasing another defence gig

Jonjonz

We all know Google only values 2 things:

* Acquiring data about individuals

* Using that data to make money, buy selling it, or selling advertising

Clearly the JEDI program did not offer them enough data on people (military and defense dept employees and thier families).

Yahoo! shuts! down! last! China! operations! as! doing! business! becomes! 'increasingly challenging'!

Jonjonz

Oops, some Yahoo suit publicly uttered Republic of China.

FCC officially opens its $1.9bn purse to reimburse those ripping out and replacing Huawei, ZTE kit

Jonjonz

Corporate Welfare anyone?

Google's 'Be Evil' business transformation is complete: Time for the end game

Jonjonz

This is the face of end stage democratic capitalism. Infrastructure is crumbling, social turmoil and division is spreading, growing shortage of goods, high unemployment together with labor shortages, it's 1980s Russia all over again, except it is greedy corporations instead of party fat cats causing the rot. Get ready for a bumpy transition to Russian/Chinese style gangster capitalism. Democratic Capitalism is terminal.

Zuckerberg wants to create a make-believe world in which you can hide from all the damage Facebook has done

Jonjonz

The metaverse is a meaningless term, it's the old street con man for mumbling incomprehenibly when a mark asks questions.

F*ckUbook motto really is "we use stupid laws like 230 and technology to invade everyone's privacy and sell the information gained to the highest bidder, and also promoting murder, incest, pedophilia, racism etc if it sells adds."

Metamucil is more like it, get ready to get shit on even more by powerful corporations.

Jonjonz

White Nazi's in full regalia, burning a thousand digital crosses before lynching several hundred simulated minorities, in 3, 2, 1, now that's engagement!

Facebook sues scraper who sold 178 million phone numbers and user IDs

Jonjonz

Those terms of service are BS, and any judge should have the sense to see that.

Antitrust battle latest: Google, Facebook 'colluded' to smash Apple's privacy protections

Jonjonz

Lawyers and eventually Judges That Get IT

It has taken a generation or so for lawyers and eventually those on the bench to have grown up with technology and have a clue about what big tech is running circles around privacy and fair trade.

This is hopeful, but sadly my just be a high profile shake down. Big tech will just have to "speak" (as in Citizen's United) a little more with the litigants to make this all go away. Compared to the loss if they had to stop these practices, bribes are pin money.

US lawmakers give Amazon until November to prove it didn't lie to Congress

Jonjonz

Yes Mr. Bozo Billionaire, we congress folk need a few more dachas and yatchs, just play along and send us some more of your pin money.

As if any billionaire in the post Citizen's United US as anything to worry about legally.

Give us your biometric data to get your lunch in 5 seconds, UK schools tell children

Jonjonz

What the F*ck, any fool knows if you have a mostly captive group of humans, whose only choice is to eat in your mess hall, that you totally dispense with cash registers and paying that just slows a line down. You just pile yearly fee on them. Tough tomatoes if they miss a meal, or choose to not eat.

Every school I went to growing up did it this way. If it was a private school it came out of your tuition. If it was pubic they just did not even dick around with any charges, if you were a kid in the cafeteria you got fed, no charge. Compared to the walnut paneling budget for administrators the cost to do that is pin money in most school systems.

Chinese tech minister says he's 'dealt with' 73,000 sites that breached the law

Jonjonz

The old use you powerful position to shake down as many as you can in practise.

Apple warns sideloading iOS apps will ruin everything

Jonjonz

Ever since Steve Jobs learned all he could from a top softdrink salesman, Crapple has been about style and brand before substance.

"Sideloading" is like Gucci warning customers wearing anything other than Gucci is not cool.

Jonjonz

Apple users are like those cluless car owners who get thier car serviced at the dealership, and willingly pay double for things like oil and brake fluid.

How not to train your Dragon: What happens when you teach an AI game sex-abuse stories then blame players

Jonjonz

The last paragraph is proof why 230 is detrimental to civilization. Promoting filth and hate speech for profit was never the intent of 230.

It was written before anyone had a clue about what the lack of liability would do to throw gasoline on the fires of racism, luddites, and Nazis.

Google to auto-enroll 150m users, 2m YouTubers with two-factor authentication

Jonjonz

Giving away more of your private information to increase security?

Sounds like an oxymoron to me.

Facebook, WhatsApp, Instagram deplatform themselves: Services down globally

Jonjonz

And the world, briefly was a better place.

Netflix sued by South Korean ISP after Squid Game fans swell traffic to '1.2Tbps'

Jonjonz

Imagine if highway toll were like this

Toll to use this stretch of highway: $5.00

Service Fee: After complete search of your vehicle, 80% of the net value of anything found in your car/truck.

US school districts blame Amazon for nationwide bus driver shortage

Jonjonz

We see story after story these days of worker shortages usually proscribed to something other than fewer workers in the population. Maybe that should tell you something.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

Jonjonz

We have several Apple and Android devices, and it is clear the Apple charger cables are purposely designed to be as flimsy as possible and require regular replacement. Those connectors and cords are designed to be as small, inobtrusive and minimalist in keeping with Apples number one priority "brand style". The are not designed to be robust enough to stand up to normal human every day use, where no one has the time or inclination to treat them like precious delicate art objects.

PS I will never buy another Apple device.

Google experiments with user-choice-defying Android search box

Jonjonz

If your so stupid and dull that you rely on that idiot search box, well they already have you and already are likely to know everything about you.

Google, and F*ckUBook working to dumb down civilization at ever turn.

Clegg on its face: Facebook turns to former UK deputy PM to fend off damaging headlines

Jonjonz

This is called the shake down phase, where politicians, previously oblvious to something, discover it, threaten to regulate or tax it, and then forget the whole thing after the right contributions are made to them.

Can we talk about Kevin McCarthy promising revenge if Big Tech aids probe into January insurrection?

Jonjonz

Re: Lawmakers or lawbreakers?

Very well said. Most lovers of due process and individual rights have no clue on just how powerful congressional committes are. They can demand you show up for grilling, you have to lawyer up on your own dime, (no public defenders), and you have to answer all questions and supply all data requested or risk contempt of congress.

Sometimes they do good things (like Watergate), other times, they are the definition of a kangaroo court.

Apple is about to start scanning iPhone users' devices for banned content, professor warns

Jonjonz

This does not add up.

How often do multinational corporations suddenly decide they exist to become a vigilante versus one specific type of crime and invest significant resources into the process?

Nada.

How often do multinational corporations get in bed with the state to cooperate in the surveillance and data mining of individuals, hum, sounds like more familiar territory.

Don't pay any attention to this massive AI we slip-streamed onto your device as it eats cpu cycles. It's for the children! Trust us to look after you while we sell every bit of data on you that to the highest bidder (we don't call them that, we call them business associates to skirt the law.)

What is your greatest weakness? The definitive list of the many kinds of interviewer you will meet in Hell

Jonjonz

Actually it is a reference to Monty Python satire of silly job interviews..

https://youtu.be/D4iFzweRf3E

Jonjonz

Actually Ring ding ding ding ding is from a classic Monty Python sketch about terrible job interviewers.

Jonjonz

Ring ding ding ding ding...

Ad tech ruined the web – and PDF files are here to save it, allegedly

Jonjonz

The saddest thing is how this complexity makes archiving for posterity (and future knowledge) the internet. Even now trying to go back more than six months to a site/page that answered a question you had is getting iffy. So much information eternally lost.

All hands on Steam Deck: Fancy a handheld Linux PC that runs Windows apps, sports a custom AMD Zen APU and a touch screen?

Jonjonz

So You Think Microsoft Will Let This Slide?

If this actually starts cutting into Xbox sales, Windows is sure to slipstream a few "updates" that break this flavor of emulation.

After 15 years and $500m, the US Navy decides it doesn't need shipboard railguns after all

Jonjonz

Anyone looked at warships produced in the last 10 years? Some cruise missles, radar controled gatling guns for AA and that is most it. Balllistic is so 18th century.

Microsoft releases Windows 11 Insider Preview, attempts to defend labyrinth of hardware requirements

Jonjonz

64Gig Storage, You Bet!

i can only imagine how much bloat ware it takes to pad out an OS install to 64 gig.

What you need to know about Microsoft Windows 11: It will run Android apps

Jonjonz

So all you need to run Android Apps natively in Windows is 32 Gig memory. I am impressed.

Now that China has all but banned cryptocurrencies, GPU prices are falling like Bitcoin

Jonjonz

Don't be surprised when China make is a requirement to do business with them that your government follow their lead regarding these digital currencies.

Mark it in your diaries: 14 October 2025 is the end of Windows 10

Jonjonz

Re: Two possibilities

Just run Procmon and see all the mischief Win10 does, endless churning of registry entries.

Also they don't even trust their own code or delivery system. After every update, windows anti-virus scans all the new files from the update, the logs for the update, and all the related temporary files, bricking your system until it finishes.

Why did automakers stall while the PC supply chain coped with a surge? Because Big Tech got priority access

Jonjonz

Total BS

Car sales are down.

This is all PR BS to distract consumers from the simple fact that the average car on the road today is 12 years old, and new cars are less in demand.

The Audacity: Audio tool finds new and exciting ways to annoy contributors with a Contributor License Agreement

Jonjonz

It has been a good run

I have used Audacity for years. It's a wonderful open ended swissknife type audio editor.

But all good things eventually must come to an end. Take one look a this new owner's other products and the future of Audacity is clear.

The free version will only have a few of the most basic functions. To get the good stuff, one will have to subscribe so the more powerful functions are only available via the cloud.

So I guest I will be using the current version from now on or until a new version of Windows breaks it eventually.

Audacity's new management hits rewind on telemetry plans following community outrage

Jonjonz

It's only a matter of time before this operation shows their hand on how they intend to monetize Audacity. Their current methods with other "free" products they offer is to sell Pro versions, or subscriptions to better features or abilities, or sample pack sales.

This bunch is out to monetize Audacity for sure, one way or another. So much for further development of free updates and new features that are not premium.

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