* Posts by eldakka

2365 publicly visible posts • joined 23 Feb 2011

Study finds a quarter of bosses hoped RTO would make employees quit


Re: Who

> How big of an HR department do you want to finance?

Why would this effect HR? They set the general policies and allow the line managers to do their job - manage their staff. HR should only get involve if there's a dispute, e.g. the employee disagrees with the managers refusal of something-or-other and sends it to HR to sort out.

The fact that organisations push these types of decisions back up to some central area (e.g. HR) and strip these types of decisions away from lower-level managers is a problem for the organisation to deal with. If they work in that fashion, then they are the ones who have set up a structure that may require expanding their HR department, and that's a problem for them to deal with.

The "we can't afford this", or "we'll need to hire more HR", or "this will complicate our processes" is a problem for them to solve, not a problem for the employees to solve.

Again, this is narcisstic thinking, the "this is how we do it and this imposes a cost, and what you want will increase that cost" is a problem with how the organisation is set up (has extraneous processes that impose cost) or the organisation is likely not a viable financial vehicle - it's gotta cut corners, like the example given earlier "to afford this I have to reduce staff wages".

Organisations need to function in the legal and cultural and moral environment they trade/operate in, if the revenue they gain from those operations is not sufficient to cover the costs of those operations, that is the companies issue to deal with, even if that means they can't and have to fold (or cease operations in that particular region/state/country).


Re: Who

It would depend on the number of employees.

I don't see why it would depend on the number of employees.

It's not like the CEO would have to personally make the decision for every one of their 50k (for example) employees. That's what delegation is for. It'd be delegated to HR and to an employees line manager (or maybe their line manager) to make the decision (based on organisational and business-unit policies), therefore no manager-type would ever have to make the direct decision in more than a few score of cases.

I mean, they already do that anyway for things like Occupational Health and Safety around things like appropriate seating (someone might need a special chair to do their work due to health conditions), equipment - I worked with someone who was legally blind and had (years ago) Dragon Naturally Speaking and and other tools/aids to enable them to work. I doubt the CEO of the 30k employee organisation was even informed of let alone had to make the decision for the adjustments made to enable that employee to work.

After my organisations new Enterprise Agreement came into force about 6 months ago, the whole process of requesting Working from Home is done in the HR tool - SAP (cringe) - from start to finish. There's a form you fill out (what days do you want to WFH, what days (if any!) are in the office, etc), send it to your line manager who endorses or rejects it, then it goes to their line manager who, 90% of the time, follows their subordinates recommendation (if you don't trust your direct subordinate, then what's the point in having them ?). If your immediate line manager rejects it, you can appeal to their line manager, but unless your line manager is a complete dick (possible) or what you are asking for is way outside the policy (also possible), it's pretty much a tick-and-flick exercise.

When I had a manufacturing company, I had to handle many employee policies in a general way. There just wasn't enough time in the day to do it otherwise. That was with less than 100 on staff. I could have (ack) hired an HR person and then everybody would get compensated less to pay for that person(s).
That's a spurious argument, and I hate it when people/companies go down that narcisstic line of thinking. Your companies/business lack of revenue to follow the law (i.e. work conditions, pay, safety, etc.) and basic human decency (treat your employees as humans, assets, not cost centres) does not give you the right to ignore those things. If you don't have the revenue, then what you don't have is a viable business. Either you've got the revenue - a viable business - or you don't, in whch case you just aren't a viable business.


Re: Who

> Companies can't cater to employee needs on an individual basis.

As long as those needs are reasonable, why not?

Windows 11's Recall feature is on by default on Copilot+ PCs


Re: Do you trust Microsoft?

Doesn't even have to be a rogue employee. The current common ransomware technique is for the malware to silently turn on windows built-in disk encryption, except using a password the malware knows that is unknown to the user. Once encryption is complete, delete the password from the configuration, viola, your data is now accessable only to the controller of the malware.

So now, in addition to holding you ransom to your own disk encryption system, they can use the built in screen-logger. Silently turn it on, collect some data, then threaten to blackmail you over the contents of the data - or even just skim any credentials captured and use them themselves.

Was there no one at Microsoft who looked at Recall and said: This really, really sucks

Black Helicopters

Re: There's a gem of a good idea in there...

I can understand the privacy implications for businesses (as the coverage has pointed out, it's a GDPR non-starter), but for consumers, I could see this as a useful feature, as long as the data was locked-down as tight as possible. I don't see it as any more-dangerous than having a password manager that also holds your OTP keys... I'd understand users not wanting to deploy it (it should totally be an opt-in feature), but I think it does have some appeal.
The problem is Microsoft is famous for 'scope-creep' when it comes to its customers. They have form here.

First they'll start re-enableing it (if the user turns it off) with every update - without letting the user know. The only way the user knows is if they check their settings after an update.

Then Microsoft will start taking random samples for quality control - which can be turned off, but again gets re-enabled on every update.

Then they'll say their telemetry needs this random sample, so you can no longer turn of the screen-shotting or turn off sending random samples to MS.

Then Microsft will start taking a fixed subset (say 1 per minute out of the 3-second snapshops) for providing a better search experience for the users (i.e. feeding it into their central copilot AI model) - and they'll provide it to law-enforcement or security services on presentation of a subpoena or warrant.

Then Microsoft will embed it within the MS-Account (which you will have to use to use your local computer) and MS's online storage will automatically sync it - at which point they'll provide it on request (no supoena or warrant required!) to law enforcement or security or adjacent agencies.

I mean, it'll take 3 to 5 years, most likley not until late Windows 12, to get to the "can't be disabled, can't turn off MS taking samples, can't turn off it being synced to your compulsory MS cloud account, live feed into the FBI ...", but MS will take it there eventually.

It looks a lot like VMware just lost a 24,000-VM customer


And Computershare is big: the Australian company had revenue of $3.3 billion last year, its 14,000-plus staff work across more than 20 countries, serving 40,000 clients and 75 million end-customers. All of which requires 24,000 VMs – a fleet few orgs will match.
While I agree that a company that has a $16B market can't isn't eactly a tiddler, in this day and age of multi-trillion dollar ($US at that, not the Aussie Ruble) companies, maybe from Broadcom's point of view anything less than a $100B company isn't worth their time ...


Re: What an absolute s**tshow

> If I had any VMware stock,

Since VMWare is wholly owned by Broadcom, it would be physically impossible for you to own any VMWare stock since, by definition, all VMWare stock is owned by Broadcom. That's why Broadcom can unilaterally make changes to VMWare licensing, as literally no private citizen or company in the world has any say over it. The only one's who could have a say would be governments if they decide there are anti-trust or other regulatory breaches by such a decision.


Re: 24,000 VMs

> Or about 1400 for this organization, if everyone has a PC. I wonder what the other 22,600 virtual machines are for?

maybe for:

serving 40,000 clients and 75 million end-customers.
75 million end-customers are going to need some computing resources to do their interfacing with the company (logging into their accounts to see their share holdings and so on). And providing appropriate resiliency/High Availability to those same customers.

Also, often VMs are 'smaller' servers than a traditional server you are talking about. Microservices. So instead of 1 server providing a webserver, local disk, some sort of actual transactional processing (e.g. a Java application server doing work) and databases and whatnot, with VMs you are going to split all those services out into their own VMs - webserver, application server, file store, database, etc. And each of those will be smaller, so instead of having a single web server handling 10000 requests/second (say needing 10 cores and 64GB RAM), you'll split that into 10 VMs each processing 1000 requests/second and having 1 core and 6GB RAM. That makes each individual 'server' simpler and easier to configure and manage - less impact if it crashes, and easier to spin up new instances for more load and shut down unused instances when load decreases, and live migrate them between physical 'boxes' to better manage load across the VMFarm - e.g. maybe you've got 3 physical servers of 24 cores and 256GB RAM that you are paying hourly rent to a cloud provider for, load goes down, you can live migrate all the VMs to only use 2 of those boxes, and stop paying the cloud provider for that 3rd 24-core/256GB RAM box for 12 hours, then as load ramps up you spin up or move instances back to that third 'box' and start paying 'rent' again to the cloud provider for that box you are only using for 12 hours. It also allows beter tuning of each individual VM/server. A webserver needs different tuning parameters than a database that needs different to a file server that needs different to a application server that needs different to a data store. Having them all on the same box means compromise in the server config as the same server is doing them all. Splitting them up so each VM handles a specific type of service (web, database, applicaotin, etc.) means that each server (VM) can be tuned best for its workload without compromise.

ASML could brick Taiwan's chipmaking machines in case of uninvited guests

Big Brother

It isn't clear how ASML could remotely disable equipment sitting in a factory in Taiwan, but it is understood that the huge and complex photolithography machines require regular servicing and maintenance to keep them running. According to Bloomberg, the company could, as part of a software update applied during maintenance, remotely force a shutdown, which would act as a kill switch.
I obviously can't speak for ASML/TSMC, but in places I've worked that have big, expensive technical kit that have large, expensive support contracts (millions, tens of millions $$ in support contracts alone), that kit (e.g. mainframes, large disk arrays, etc.) had a live, 24x7 remote connection for support purposes back to the vendor. The vendor would receive live logs, raised exceptions, and so-on to enable them to support the hardware. They could remotely update microcode/firmware and reboot parts of the systems (e.g. the disk arrays had 4 controllers in them, so they could remotely update each controller in turn and reboot each controller with no downtime to the system). They'd often contact us to let us know there was a problem they were looking into before we ever became aware of the problem ourselves.

I would be staggered if devices worth hundreds of millions of dollars - existing DUV macines are $150million a pop, and the next gen (e.g. the one just delivered to Intel) is $350million a pop - didn't have similar arrangements. Therefore to 'remote disable' you'd really just need a 'deadman'-type switch, where if the live 24x7 support connection went down for more than a few days - a couple weeks at the outside - the machine bricks itself.

Has Windows 11 really lost marketshare to Windows 10?


Re: I took the plunge into Win 11

You're fooling yourself - both versions "phone home" just as much, but MS claim that "Enterprise" doesn't.

It does.

I'm not the one who's fooling himself.

I work in a 20k+ employee organisation that is so concerned about staff data exfiltration, that we have a MITM proxy (i.e. it decrypts TLS traffic, inspects it's now plain text request, then re-encrypts for delivery to the target host) and a firewall that blocks all outgoing traffic (and obviously incoming) that doesn't go via the MITM proxy.

I work in the firewall and server team. If Enterprise was phoning home (after the appropriate group policies were set to tell it not to) there is zero, nada, zilch chance that we would not see the phoning home in our firewall logs (as DROPPED requests) or in the MITM (which will, if it rejects it, log it to security and throw up an error saying the proxy has denied your proxy-request due to it being in breach of organisational policies).

You have no idea how frustrating it is to do a DDG or google search for an error or message, see an article that looks like it's exactly what you want, only to be blocked by the proxy because it's a blog or reddit or other social media (twitter, facebook, youtube, email web-servers so yu can't access your personal webmail from your work desktop) or some such.


Re: I took the plunge into Win 11

> Thanks. I honestly don't need the enterprise version, I'm not even on a network. I did just manage to remove Edge, my goal is to strip out, where possible, everything which can report back to MS as well as keep attack vectors to a minimum. Inter-wibbles is scary these days.

That's where the Enterprise edition comes in handy. It has group policies that allow disabling all that telemerty stuff built right into the O/S.

Most large organisations just don't allow telemetry, think government departments, defence, even just commercial organisations that don't want their desktops phoning home to a potential competitor (MS). Therefore MS did recognise this fact and released a version of windows that allows the administrators to disable all the telemetry, customise auto-updates (turn it off completely or point it at your own update server, etc.). That is pretty much the only difference between Pro and Enterprise, Enterprise is Pro but with the ability to turn all that crap off.

Another Boeing whistleblower comes forward – with receipts


Re: Why I don't understand Wall Street

> WTF? Really? So it seem performance as far as share prices go is to simply achieve or surpass the targets set by the pundits?

That (common) comment there shows a a complete misunderstanding of how the sharemarket works.

The price of shares at any point in time prior to a new announcement is based on the previous announcement.

If, say, in June the company announces an interim forecast that their EOFY results in 6 months time will be $10B profits, the buying and trading of shares from that point onwards are based on the $10B profit forecast. The share trading price is based on the forecasted - but not yet realised - value of a $10B profit. Therefore in 6 months, the second before the announcement of the results, the value of the shares are still based on the forecast of a $10B profit. If the company then announces a $5B profit - still a huge profit, but half of what they said they were going to make, therefore the share price immediately dives because the value of the shares has declined from what a $10B profit would have been worth (much higher dividends for example) to what is now a less valuable company, $5B dollars. Therefore the shares fall to a $5B-profit company valuation level rather than the forcast of it being a $10B profit company. There is also the factor that in addition to the valuation (in profit terms) falling by $5B dollars, there's also a further reduction due to a loss in confidence of the management who forecasted $10B profit, they were wrong, they aren't good at their jobs, what else are they wrong about?

The converse is true as well. If at that interim forecast they declare they'll lose $10B, the trading of those shares are based on a $10B loss. If 6 months later they reveal a realised $5B loss, of course the shares go up, because even though it's still a loss, it's a smaller loss than forecast, therefore the company, and its shares, are actually more valuable than they were 1 second before the actual results were announced.

The price of shares is only as good as the last announcement, whether that announcement was positive or negative, a forecast or a realised results announcement. Therefore when the next announcement is made, the share price fluctuates based on the difference between the price due to the previous announcement vs the price they should be based on results of the current announcement - either up or down.

There is a caveat to all this of course, as while this is the general case, individual companies shares or even industries could go mad due to loss of rationality and becoming, for example, a meme stock like GameStop or a personality-cult stock like Tesla. While mostly the share market is reasonably rational, it is still run by humans who are subject to various human foibles like confidence, overconfidence, irrational decisions, etc.

Judge slaps down law firm using ChatGPT to justify six-figure trial fee


Because people keep calling ChatGPT 'AI', and the credulous - i.e. most of the non-tech public and the grossly stupid VC firms - just accept it as AI.

LLM's are one of the foundations needed for AI, but they are AI in the same way the concrete slab foundation for a house is to a house. It's not, it's one of the cornerpeiecs, one of the building blocks needed to get to AI, but everyone who wants a slice of the pie is declaring it as AI as that's an easier sell. Thye are looking at some foundations and half-built walls and declaring "we have a house ready to move into today!" despite the lack of compete walls, glazing, roof, ceiling, plumbing, lighting or any electrical wiring at all.

Grifters, the fucking lot of them.

Google is changing how search results appear for EU citizens


“The banners will be presented to users to make a choice to opt in or not."

WTH does that mean?

Being forced to make a conscious choice, e.g. an unskippable banner is presented with no option selected at all and you must select either "opt in" or "opt out" before it allows you to proceed - no way to just 'cancel' or 'close' it without making a selection would comply with that statement.

Musk claims that venting liquid oxygen caused Starship explosion


Using a deluge of water to dampen the effects of launch has long been a staple of launches going back decades, but it took the creation of a crater for Musk and co to learn that particular lesson.

To be fair - and I hate being fair to Musk - they were already planning to put a deluge system in place. But the construction of such a system wasn't due till several weeks after the rocket was ready to launch, and since making the deluge system would require basically rebuilding the launch platform anyway, and as they do follow a "move fast and break things" philosophy, a little damage due to a pre-deluge launch wouldn't be a problem, ...would it?


Re: Enough with the Elon Musk Snark

> Enough with the Elon Musk Snark. It's tedious and unprofessional.

You are aware that this is the Register?

Most of us come here because of the snark and entertaining delivery of (mostly) accurate news and analysis.

Another airline finds loose bolts in Boeing 737-9 during post-blowout fleet inspections


Re: Shameful

> If you have poor quality engines and have four of them and lose one then your probably still going to be able to land it. So while it's an economically crap design, from a Russian perspective it's probably preferable.

That is entirely my point.

2 engines are more efficient/economical than 4 engines.

Russian aircraft needs 4 engines due to reliability of their engines.

Since there are 2-engine designs up to ETOPS-370 certification (their air-route has to be within 370-minutes single-engine flight-time of an airstrip that is capable of landing said aircraft), why would anyone buy the less efficient/economical 4-engine option when they could get a more economical ETOPS-370 certified aircraft instead?


Re: Shameful

> If the IL-96-400M is ready to be sold... it could be and I stress " could be " a serious competitor in the BRICS part of this world

Not a chance.

the IL-96-400M is a 4-engine jet that competes with 2-engine jets in the same passenger carrying capacity class.

Boeing and Airbus haven't reduced all their aircraft (i.e. neither Airbus or Boeing manufacturer any commercial 4-engine aircraft aymore, no more 747, no more A380, no more A340) to 2 engines on a whim. 2 engines is 1/2 as much maintainence - and hence cost - as 4 engines are.

2 jet engines that between them match the output of 4 engines are much more fuel efficient than the 4 engines.

Simple economics (and phyiscs assuming we are using turbofan engines) says 2 engines will beat 4 (assuming equivalent total output of the 2 == 4) in every single metric, purchase cost, manufacturing cost, fuel efficiency, maintenance cost.

MIPS snags top SiFive brains to amp up RISC-V business


Re: World’s Most Popular CPU Architectures

> i was referring to the signiicantly simpler devices like fridges, washing machines and more where a simple slow cpu like a 8 bit or even 16bit is more than enuff.

You mean like the Arm Coretex M0+?

The NXP LPC800 based on it has in its reference design portfolio examples such as:

  • PC Accessory SDRAM Module Controller Based on LPC860 MCUs
  • Motor Control Design Based on LPC860 MCUs
  • Smart Lighting Design Based on LPC860 MCUs
  • Smart Battery Charger Based on LPC860 MCUs
  • LPC845 Multi-Tool Tester Platform
  • LPC8N04 MCU-based IoT Sensor Node with Integrated NFC
The designs of this ARM chip range from 15MHz to 60MHz, and from 16KB of flash up to 64KB.

And (using TI's page for their Coretex M0+ chips) they start at 18c e.a. (for 1000 unit quantities).

As I said, most microcontrollers for most common applications (fridges, remote controls, chargers, vacuums, etc.) are going to be based on commonly used architectures - microcontroller specific variations, but still variations on well known architectures - such as ARM, Motorola (M68000), and what have you.


Re: World’s Most Popular CPU Architectures

> there must be many basic microcontroller like cpus that do boring things like scan keyboards or control the fridge light that outsell them easily

"microcontroller" is not a chip architecture, it is a uage of a chip. Microcontrollers are usually based on existing cpu architectures, like 68000, MIPS, ARM, RISC-V. Therefore that microcontroller in the keyboard is probably a 68000 or ARM based microcontroller, etc. All the major architectures tend to have cut-down microcontroller designs, e.g. SSD controllers often have ARM-based chips in them, WD uses RISC-V microcontrollers on their HDDs (replacing ARM).

Study uncovers presence of CSAM in popular AI training dataset


LAION didn't respond to our questions on the matter, but founder Christoph Schuhmann did tell Bloomberg earlier this year that he was unaware of any CSAM present in LAION-5B, while also admitting "he did not review the data in great depth."
Isn't the whole point of a training dataset to have been reviewed and curated in great depth and detail, entirely by humans, and verified, to then be used in AI training?

Otherwise what's the point? May as well just randomly scrape images off random sources.

'Wobbly spacetime' is latest stab at unifying physics


Re: String theory has taught us….

> As far as I know, that still hasn't happened. String theory has been a spectacular dud,

As a general note, String Theory is not popular among the physics community as a whole. It is only popular in the tiny subset that support it (basically the ones who work on it and write books on it and get paid to present talks about it, Brian Greene, Michio Kaku, et al.) and the media and, through the media, the public.

acollierastro (a random physicist) did an interesting youtube video, string theory lied to us and now science communication is hard.



> Asymmetrical symmetry anyone?

Would like like a dash of Spontaneous Symmetry breaking on the side with that?


Re: Predictions are everything

> This is why we refer to General Relativity on its own, and not as General Relativity Theory.

Err, no, it is correctly The Theory of General Relativity, calling it General Relativity or GR are both shorthands.

I think you are doing the classic 'casual english' thing and using 'theory' to mean (as Merriam-Websters's '2b' definition - which is the 4th definition for theory)

2 b:: an ideal or hypothetical set of facts, principles, or circumstances —often used in the phrase in theory
rather than the precise scientific use of the word theory as per Merriam-Webster's 1a (i.e. first) definition:
1 a: a plausible or scientifically acceptable general principle or body of principles offered to explain phenomena
String Theory is correctly labelled a hypothesis, not an actual accepted Scientific Theory, whereas General Relativity is a generally accepted Scientific Theory.

String Theory plays with semantics by including the word 'theory' as part of the title of the hypothesis, therefore it is "the hypothesis that is titled String Theory", and if it is ever elevated to the status of Scientific Theory (doubtful ... see fo example this youtube video from a working physicist ) then it would be "the theory that is titled String Theory, or The Theory of String Theory."


Re: Understanding

> and the press lapping up things like E=MC^2 from his special theory of relativity

I find that highly unlikely as E=mc^2 isn't from his Special Theory of Relativity, it's from his Mass-Energy Equivalence paper (english title "Does the Inertia of a Body Depend Upon Its Energy Content?").

Two new versions of OpenZFS fix long-hidden corruption bug


> There were other programs that dealt with sparse files that triggered the problem in the past that didn't involve coreutils.

Right, but those were usually relatively specialised and/or niche programs.

The specific program within the Coreutils 9 package that triggers this bug is a rather non-speciialised, non-niche program - cp.

That is, Coreutils 9 updated the core 'cp' command - as bog standard a unix/linux command as you can get, the copy file command - in a fashion that can trigger this bug.

California commission says Cruise withheld data about parking atop of a pedestrian


Re: In fairness

> A human would presumably have felt a bump and stopped. But maybe not that much sooner than the Cruise vehicle did. The article says 20 feet (about 6m). That's really not all that far.

That is a total misunderstanding of what happened.

1) other car collides with pedestrian,

2) pedestrian gets thrown in front of cruise

3) cruise collides with pedestrian

4) cruise detects the collision and comes to a complete stop - at this point the accident is over, the cruise has stopped after that collision - no one has any problems at this point, the same would have happened to a human driver that had a pedestrian thrown in front of it due to someone else's collision, however, after this point,

5) cruise - after stopping - starts up again and drags the now prone and stationary pedestrian an additional 20 feet beyond the point where the previous accident had 'completed'.


Re: In fairness

> As I understand it, the Cruise vehicle didn't run down the pedestrian in the fashion you are probably visualizing. The pedestrian was struck by a car in an adjacent lane and thrown in front of the Cruise vehicle

Whereupon the Cruise struck that pedestrian, and knew enough to come to a complete halt due to the collision. After it had detected a collision and come to a complete halt, it decided to start up again and move 20 feet (to the side of the road) while dragging the person it collided with under it.

In the same situation, a human would - after stopping from the collision - get out of the car to check on the person (or whatever else it was to make sure it wasn't a person) they had collided with before they moved the car that 2nd time to the side of the road - you know, make sure the person they hit wasn't still in front of them before moving again. There is one noteable exception, a hit-and-run, but in that case the consequences and potential penalities are multiplied - leaving the scene of an accident at least if not other escalations like upgrading the seriousness of the initial collision from 'accident' to negligent/reckless endangerment.


> Am I the only one who’s first thought on seeing the headline was about a Hollywood actor rather than a autonomous car company?


This is the latest article in an on-going headline grabbing saga, therefore to most following the news in general it most likely would be obvious what it is about.


Re: Overton

> Is tomorrow going to be "EV cars help decarbonise the Earth, one human at a time", when more accidents like this will be recorded?

This has nothing to do with EVs and everything to do with autonomous self-driving cars - which can be EV or ICE (or any other form of powertrain).

Tesla sues Swedish government after worker rebellion cripples car biz


Re: Tesla should deal

> Unions taking action in solidarity is unelected people (union bosses) governing the country.

Union bosses are elected by the membership of the union.

Just like the 'boss' of a political party (e.g. the house and senate leaders/minority leaders, PMs, etc.) are elected by the members of their party and not the general public.

Lenovo’s phantom ThinkPad X1 foldable laptop finally materializes


Spending an extra $900 buys you those peripherals, doubles RAM to 16GB and SSD to 512GB, but keeps the Core i5-1230U.


I was interested, I thought it'd be worth playing with, but paying $3400 to get 16GB/512GB - the bare minimum any device over 2k should come with - is insane.

Sorry Pat, but it's looking like Arm PCs are inevitable


Re: An irrelevant thing….

> Recently learned that Stockholm Syndrome isn’t a real thing

I felt the same way. So I picked up a book on Stockholm syndrome and by the end if iit I came around to their way of thinking.

Europe wants easy default browser selection screens. Mozilla is already sounding the alarm on dirty tricks


> We need anti-trust legislation with teeth.

There are 32 teeth, so each month the regulator should be prompted with a list of 32 teeth and has to pick the one it wants to use that month.


Re: re: Chromium based

> And there's no way you can verify that Firefox itself isn't using DOH behind the scenes.

There is, a MITM proxy.

All devices are blocked from accessing the internet, they must connect to a proxy and only the proxy IP is allowed through. Set the proxy up as a MITM proxy, and you get to see all traffic.

Scientists spot startlingly close black holes in Hyades star cluster


Re: The Asylum has shown the way

> The gravity of the situation

Ba-dum tish?

IT needs more brains, so why is it being such a zombie about getting them?


Re: qualities HR doesn't like

> if the qualifications list has a typo that requires experience with fireballs,

aha! I knew my PnP DnD skills would come in useful oneday!

I have a lot of experience with fireballs - both on the receiving and delivering end.


> there is one process that education isn't designed to teach explicitly, and I'm not sure how it can, called thinking.

That is what university/college is for.

Primary Schooling and Secondary Schooling (the hint is in the name, 'schooling' and 'primary' and 'secondary') are intended to 'school' one in the general things someone needs to be a productive member of society, how to live and function day-to-day in a post-serf/peasant world, the world that has existed since the industrial revolution.

University has historically been where one goes to actually learn to think independently. This is why universities are hotbeds for unrest compared to the general populace because of teaching you to actually think - which more restrictive countries (dictatorships, one-party states, etc.) try to clamp down on as this 'free thinking' inevitably leads the students to understand the - and want to change - how the country actually works - it expands their horizons. This is why - until the last two or three decades at least - where for many jobs the mere fact you have a degree, irrespective in what it is in, can be a pre-requisite for getting a job. The fact someone has a degree has historically meant they know how to think, how to conduct research, etc. Various civil-services of many countries have desired a degree - any degree - for employment precisely because of this. This cachet has lost some of its power however as non-university tertiary institutions who taught post-secondary school vocational courses (e.g. trade schools for electricians, plumbers, draftsmen, etc.) have all become universities but still teaching those same vocational courses with the name changed to a 'degree' rather than being a diploma as they used to be, leading to a proliferation of universites that teah many courses that don't fulfill the historic unviersity ideal.


> I think for the vast majority of people these things are completely useless.

Right, but that's the problem of education though, how do you know what will and will not be necessary for these individuals?

You can't - to do otherwise would be a totalitarian class/caste-based or slave-like society where the government decides what niche you are going to fill when you are 7 years old (e.g. Spartans, you are a 7yo male, off to warrior school for you).

That's why the 'earlier' in the education stack you are, the more general and wide-based the education, so it oesn't matter which direction you head you've got underlying foundations for it.

When you are are year 8 (2nd form), the teachers don't know whether you are going to go and do a Maths degree, or compsi, chemistry, physics, history, medicine or a trade (electrician, cabinet-maker), so you are taught foundational skills across a broad variety of disciplines, 90% of which you'll never need again, but the 10% of what you are taught that you do need will be in the 90% of NOT needed to know for 90% of the other people - but at this point in development it's not known which path you need to know most about.

As you advance to higher levels of learning, you become more and more specialised, so in year 11 (5th form) you may have decided you are going to study history in university, so you can avoid the advanced-maths or physics classes, etc.

Oracle Cloud, Netsuite, and Azure go down, hard, Down Under


The Big Red Cloud first advised customers of an outage at 2129 Sydney time (1229 UTC) on Wednesday, and 29 minutes later wrote to inform customers that the outage had started earlier than its first emailed advisory – at 1015 UTC.

Oracle’s second email delivered the mixed message that: “We are still investigating an issue in the Australia East (Sydney) region that is impacting multiple OCI services. We have identified root cause of service failures and are working to mitigate the issue.”

Well, not for those who host their email in those data centres.

Middleweight champ MX Linux 23 delivers knockout punch


Re: Obsolete

> My computer doesn’t run an operating system anymore, now it runs a Proxmox hypervisor

You are aware, are you not, that a hypervisor is an operating system?

The user applications that a hypervisor runs are VMs running guest operating systems, rather than games or office apps.

MIT boffins build battery alternative out of cement, carbon black, water


Re: So what's stopping all that energy ...

> I think that the poster is referring to "ground bounce", and how many residential houses have lightening rods anyway?

Mine doesn't, it has a heavening rod.

Google's browser security plan slammed as dangerous, terrible, DRM for websites


Re: Scraping

And everything you just said comes under what I already said:

"I woldn't think the "as long as the data is legal" would need to be stated, e.g. copyrights, legality (kiddie porn, etc.)"


Re: Scraping

I can't speak for the OP you are replying to, but I think it is more like:

anything that is on the public internet, i.e. not hidden behind a login, is available to be scraped.

I woldn't think the "as long as the data is legal" would need to be stated, e.g. copyrights, legality (kiddie porn, etc.)

If you have stuff you want to protect, require a user to create an account and login.

LG to offer subscriptions for appliances and televisions


Re: Rent seeking

That's why you rip the DVD to a file on your NAS so that crap can be pulled out and you are just left with a nice, clean video file to play via your media player to the TV's HDMI port.

Gah, that sounds like a lot of work, which is why I skip the ripping step and just download the video (after buying the DVD or having a subscription to the streaming service) straight to by NAS for playback, someone else has done all the work of ripping and culling the crap out of it (usually).

SpaceX says, sure, Starship blew up but you can forget about the rest of that lawsuit


Re: Late stage capitalism

I'm not an expert, I can only speculate.

But, for example, Facebook was forced to go public in 2012 (citation in article goes to Felix Salmon) because it had passed a threshold of 500 investors.

In that cited article there is mention of volume of trading shares as well.

I suspect that share options given to employees don't count as 'investors' for that 500 investor limit, but I am only speculating.

That article you referenced did note (various quotes):

  • But to keep tight control of the company's shareholders, SpaceX uses an internal stock market, according to an investor. The private exchange matches up employee shareholders with approved investors.


...also gives SpaceX precise control over people who own pieces of the company.


But the anonymous investor said the company didn't let employees sell to anyone at any time: It uses an internal "matchmaking service" with vetted investors to get employees cash for their options.


Employees could try to sell their shares on their own, such as through a broker. But because SpaceX is not a public company, and its shares come with a right of first refusal, the company's board of directors can kill a private sale.


Such comments underscore another incentive for sticking with SpaceX: Even if an employee quits with a nest egg of vested shares, they can't really do anything with them — at least legally — until SpaceX either buys them back or the company goes public, which may not happen for decades.


Once SpaceX has a handle on which employees are selling what, they approach investors — but only trusted parties already in the company's capitalization table, or cap table.


"They get people like me who are previous investors, which doesn't change the cap table," the investor said. "From a company perspective, they don't want their guys leaving and trying to sell the stock to other players. They want to control that process. It's very smart. SpaceX kind of controls the market."


All of which leads me to believe that employee options aren't regarded as 'investors', that SpaceX can and does legally control to whom and when and how many of those shares obtained via share options are sold to, and keeps a 'cap table' of allowed investors so that it can ensure it doesn't exceed whatever the limits are before one is forced to be listed on a stock exchange (whether that's 200, or 500 investors, or specific share trading volume).


Re: Late stage capitalism

> And by shareholders, you must mean Elon Musk. SpaceX is a privately held company.

A private company does not mean no shareholders. It means the number of shareholders it has is below the threshold that legally requires listing on the appropriate stock exchange. That number varies by country, but I think in the US it is around 200.


Re: Read the fine print!!

> ou can also access the beach from above by getting onto a SpaceX rocket

You can access it from above without quite going to the extreme of a rocket, such as with the use of a helicopter.

Fedora Project mulls 'privacy preserving' usage telemetry


Right, so they do indeed collect it, they have to, it's the way TCP/IP (and UDP) work, it has the source address attached to the packet header, therefore they have to collect it initially before implementing some other process to strip it out.

It'll be interesting to see if their unsubstantiated claim that they don't store the received IP addresses is sufficient under GDPR to ignore the opt-in requirement.

TSA wants to expand facial recognition to hundreds of airports within next decade


"It identifies those four very key and critical elements in identity verification, which are the lynch pin for transportation security," Langston said.
How many security incidents have occured in the last two decades that such a system would have prevented?