* Posts by The Man Who Fell To Earth

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Apple exec sues over 'ageist' removal of $800k stock bonus

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Re: Is retirement in the USA

Mandatory retirement at a set age was abolished in 1986 by an amendment to the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).

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Irrelevant

The point of the suit is that he's never told Apple when he intends to retire. There is no mandatory retirement in the US in general. Mandatory retirement at a set age was abolished in 1986 by an amendment to the federal Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA). There are some exceptions for occupations that have high physical fitness requirements, such as military personnel and airline pilots.

One of my best Systems Engineers is 74 and had no plans to retire anytime soon. I will turn 66 soon and I plan to work well into my 70's. Apple should settle, as if he can document his claims, they don't stand a chance.

FBI: We tracked who was printing secret documents to unmask ex-NSA suspect

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Re: Very strange

Wrong. A lot of laser printers print(ed) the yellow dots.

https://www.eff.org/pages/list-printers-which-do-or-do-not-display-tracking-dots

China's infosec researchers obeyed Beijing and stopped reporting vulns ... or did they?

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Not that it would really help...

But it would seem getting the UN to come up with some disclosure rules for countries would at least give everyone a straw man to point to and say "Not reporting discovered vulnerabilities is a violation of UN..."

Starlink broadband speeds slow as subscriber numbers grow

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Re: elsewhere

T-Mobile already does. 5-G fixed mobile broadband for $50/mo. No contract. I have both Comcast & FIOS into my house (load balanced) for business reasons. Both are cheaper or equal in price to the T-Mobile deal, but there's a 5G tower near me. It will be interesting to see which one raises prices first causing me to substitute T-Mobile for them.

As for Starlink, I used to be only able to get 1.5Mbps DSL into my Vermont cabin, until after 18 months on Starlink's waiting list, I got Startlink. It usually measures out around 60Mbps down, 12 Mbps up, which is a vast improvement. But it does drop out occasionally despite my having a clear view of the sky. Since the DLS is only $24/mo, and my router can handle two ISP's, the DSL is always on to handle those Starlink glitch times.

Meta accused of breaking the law by secretly tracking iPhone users

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Re: Lie down with dogs

Apple could stop it if they wanted. So one would think Apple must be benefiting.

US accident investigators want alcohol breathalyzers in all new vehicles

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Re: Test FAIL, and not the one you are thinking of

There is also the issue that there is no general correlation between blood alcohol level and breath testing, for a whole lot of reasons including the lack of specificity of the sensors. The sensors will interpret all organic molecules, such as ketones, the same as ethanol. They also will interpret organic molecules found in cleaning products and personal care products, like other alcohols, propanols and the like, the same as ethanol.

White House to tech world: Promise you'll write secure code – or Feds won't use it

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WTF?

self-attestation

Software companies never lie. Should work just dandy. I sleep better already.

Twitter whistleblower Zatko disses bird site as dysfunctional data dump

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Re: Glad I never used the little Tweet birdie

Twitter is for Twits.

Dump these small-biz routers, says Cisco, because we won't patch their flawed VPN

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Open soirce

There are a boatload of open source router OS's these days. Surely one of them works with these units.

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OpenWrt or DD-WRT?

One would hope one of the myriad of open source router OS's will work with these units.

Amazon drivers unionize after AI sends them on 'impossible' routes

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It's the Sharecropper economy, Stupid

It's part of the neo-sharcropper economy, which is a clone of the worse version of sharecropping.

In traditional sharecropping, the landlord fronts the money for owning the property & for planting the next crop, the sharecropper does the work, and the landlord & sharecropper share in the proceeds of the crop sale. The goal is for both the landlord & sharecropper to make money and this system has them co-invest in the crop, albeit in different "currencies", and share the investment risk. It's a brutal system in practice, barely above slavery & feudalism.

The digital sharecropper economy ah la Uber, Amazon delivery, and such, is vastly more abusive to the "sharecropper" than in normal sharecropping. In the digital sharecropper economy, the "digital landlord" takes on almost zero risk and simply skims cash off the cash flow. The "digital landlord" thus makes money regardless of the profit & loss of the "digital sharecropper". The "digital sharecropper" takes on 100% of the risk both in terms of capital investment (owning & maintaining a vehicle or property) and in terms of operating profit/loss.

Dead people could be designated authors of Atlassian Confluence docs but that can't be changed

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"Hard" is not a reason to "do"

It's too hard to fix that security flaw that allows someone to steal all of your money.

Sure.

This is why we moved away from Atlassian products. Too many dumbass architectural flaws.

NASA's Artemis rocket makers explain that it's a marathon and a sprint

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Re: Covered in ... ?

As someone who worked for NASA at one time, it's disappointing to hear the design is predicated on "eating your seed corn", as the farmers around where I live would say.

DeFi venture OptiFi permanently locks up $661,000 of assets in code snafu

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Re: You wanted deregulated finance

"All your money are belong to us."

Former Microsoft UX boss doesn't like the Windows 11 Start menu either

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Open-Shell

Just use Open-Shell and let Microsoft's GUI designers, who clearly have nothing productive to do all day, screw around until someone with a brain at Microsoft realizes they can save money by letting them all go.

US court backs FCC decision to let SpaceX fly Starlink sats at lower altitudes

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Altitude

"SpaceX was last year given permission to launch more than 2,000 of its broadband-beaming satellites at 540 to 570 km above Earth instead of its usual 1,100 to 1,300 km range."

Every Starlink in the sky is at 550km or lower. What is this sentence talking about? https://satellitemap.space/

Microsoft fixes Windows 'idiosyncrasy' that hampered some SMB file transfers

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It's Microsoft

Anyone check if the compression is lossless?

Googler says she was forced out after opposing $1.2bn cloud contract with Israel

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Don't be Evil

Is and always was Googles sarcastic motto. The real motto was always "Resistance is Futile...". You all know the rest.

LastPass source code, blueprints stolen by intruder

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Re: Let me guess...

LastPass should just spin it as their attempt to catch up with open source Password Safe (https://pwsafe.org/).

Zuckerberg: Yes, Facebook kept Hunter Biden's laptop under wraps

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Re: The Republican Party & Hunter Biden

"When you choose the lesser of two evils, always remember that it is still an evil." - Max Lerner

Heroku to delete inactive accounts, shut down free tier

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WTF?

Ok, i'll bite

How are inactive accounts "abused"?

Tesla owner gets key fob chip implanted in his hand

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This is why I issued these to my crew

My car jacking crew, that is.

Satterlee Bone Saw 13"

https://www.amazon.com/SurgicalOnline-Satterlee-Handle-Stainless-Steel/dp/B01N6UD6NN

NSO Group CEO steps down, 100 employees let go too

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Re: I fear you guys are focusing on the wrong bunch of A-holes

That would require Apple to be internally honest about the security of their products.

That was fast: MetaGuard emerges as an 'incognito mode' for the metaverse

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Re: "Coincidentally, VRChat has its own premium subscription ..."

It's always only about money. Customers are just grist for the mill. Privacy is just something they give lip service to.

China, US relations further soured by CHIPS Act

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That's Rich

China claiming CHIPS Act is anti-competitive, after decades of China selling things like solar panels below cost.

World record for strongest steady magnetic field 'broken' by Chinese team

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Re: Dumb question time...

You measure against phenomenon (such as the Hall Effect, Quantum Hall Effect, or even optically using the Zeeman Effect) that rely on what Physicists call "first principles" if you can. If you can't you can calibrate some other sensor against a first principles measurement.

Bitter magnets (yes, Bitter should always be capitalized as its after Francis Bitter, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Bitter) have been around a long time, about 90 years. Superconducting magnets have been around over 100 years. Measuring ultra-high magnetic fields, both pulsed and continuous, has been around a very long time. I used to do it at fields up to 22T continuous in the '80's as a grad student, later worked in a lab that did it pulsed up to about 50T. Been out of the field for decades, no pun intended.

Microsoft's Secure Boot fix sends some PCs into BitLocker Recovery

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Re: Quality control

Agreed. After this months Microsoft Borkfest Update, we have a boatload of PC's reporting error 0x80073701 when trying to install KB5016616, "2022-08 Cumulative Update for Windows 10 Version 21H2 for x64-based Systems".

Apple says 2017 MacBooks don't have FlexGate defect. Aussie tribunal orders a fix anyway

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Apparently

He's holding it wrong.

Four charged with tricking Qualcomm into buying $150m startup

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Re: I guess it's a cultural thing

Germany does not have the US's 1st Amendment.

Amendment I

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.

In other words, a Law like in Germany would be a violation of the US Constitution. The US 1st Amendment means the government cannot prevent publication of anything. (Private parties can if publishing violates a contract such as a non-Disclosure Agreement.) Even classified documents that end up in a publisher's hands can be published in the US, as was done with the Pentagon Papers in 1971. (The people who gave the classified documents to the publishers can be prosecuted for doing that. Participants in a trial who violate a judge's gag order can be held in contempt if they talk to the press, but the press can't be prevented from publishing what they learned.)

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentagon_Papers

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Re: I guess it's a cultural thing

In the United States, all trials are public. So your name is public as soon as you are indicted.

Amendment VI of the US Constitution

In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the state and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the assistance of counsel for his defense.

General Motors charges mandatory $1,500 fee for three years of optional car features

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Re: Unwanted subscriptions

Features made to be hacked.

I can think of many regions of the US where getting a jury to convict someone for hacking their own property would be near impossible.

Northrop Grumman to use Firefly Aerospace tech in its de-Russianized Antares

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SpaceX

It would make a lot more sense for Northrop Grumman to buy engines from SpaceX. But Northrop Grumman is in the business of making it's stock look good, not in the aerospace business.

Sage accused of misselling perpetual licenses it knew would soon be obsolete

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Re: TLS 1.1 → TLS 1.2

You mean a TLS reverse proxy like this?

https://docs.nginx.com/nginx/admin-guide/web-server/reverse-proxy/

https://community.spiceworks.com/topic/2332701-proxying-from-tls-1-2-and-above-to-tls-1-0

Windows 10 22H2 edges closer to the enterprise as OS hits Release Preview

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Now what advantage does Windows 11 offer?

Oh yea, none.

Bill Gates venture backs effort to bring aircon startup to market

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Re: Lest we forget...

The "hockey stick graph" is universal at all CO2 monitoring stations all over the world.

Thinking you are the first to think of a possible problem with data collection in a field you have no expertise in is the definition of hubris. To then fail to consider that there's a reason the Mauna Loa is fit for purpose and use your ignorance to invalidate (in your mind) and entire planet's data collection is psychotic, not just scientifically illiterate.

Google brings Street View back to India following 2016 ban

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It's so much easier...

It's so much easier to bribe grease things in India when you go through a local partner rather than run the same operation yourself.

Meta approves four programming languages for workers and developers

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Metaverse and Zuck

All summed up in Mark Osborne's "More"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCeeTfsm8bk

FDA clears way for an AI stethoscope to detect heart disease

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AI?

I first worked on a acoustic stethoscope project that could detect heart disease better than doctors in 1978. Unless '70's FFT matching is considered "AI" today, it didn't have any. The only thing that kept it off the market was the impossible-to-meet FDA standards.

FYI: BMW puts heated seats, other features behind paywall

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WTF?

It's not as if the firmware could be hacked. Oh, wait...

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BMW roach car

BMW just released additional monthly charges. $9.99 per month subscription to be able to unlock the doors to be able to enter the car. $19.99 per month to unlock the doors once in to be able to exit the car. $29.99 to be able to start the engine, but this subscription requires the other two.

BWM is just trying to be at the cutting edge of randsomware, which is what this is.

Obligatory quote:

"So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken." - Mayor Carmine DePasto (Animal House - 1978, Present VP of Marketing at BMW)

Russia fines Apple and Zoom for failure to prove domestic data storage

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Paying the fine is illegal

Sanctions and all, you know? I guess Russia will have to brick the Oligarchs phones.

Meta's AI-based Wikipedia successor 'may be the next big break in NLP'

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What could possible go wrong?

So they think Wikipedia is accurate, eh? Explains a lot.

Let's all ask it about Scotland...

Elon Musk had secret twins in 2021 with Neuralink exec

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Tesla folks say Elon is a tough boss who doesn't f*ck around.

Apparently they are wrong.

ESA's 2030+ roadmap envisions Europeans on the Moon and Mars

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Re: If ESA was smart

I used to work for NASA. Yes, French Guiana is better equatorially, but that is less relevant today than in days past. The real issue is lots of cheap launches in rapid succession. That requires rocket factories with quick & cheap transportation to the launch sites, and reusable rockets ideally that land back at the launch site. No one comes close to SpaceX for lots of cheap launches in quick succession landing back at the launch site, or nearby. Nobody.

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If ESA was smart

They'd give SpaceX a pile of money to build a rocket factory and launch & recovery facility someplace within the EU. Maybe the launch facility in Spain to launch eastward over the Mediterranean.

$185m anti-malware patent dispute: Norton and Columbia University fight on

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Re: none should have won.

Obligatory favorite Patent Application. As someone who is in charge of IP for my Division on top of my regular duties, I know that many patent applications are filed & then abandoned because it's not worth paying the expenses of patenting for exclusivity but it is worth paying the application fee to preclude anyone else from patenting the "invention". That's almost certainly the case here, where my favorite application is for the business process of Patent Trolling:

"Patent Acquisition and Assertion by a (Non-Inventor) First Party Against a Second Party"

https://www.freepatentsonline.com/20080270152.pdf

The App Gap and supply chains: Purism CEO on what's ahead for the Librem 5 USA

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Re: Didn't see any mention

Did I miss where they talked about carrier compatibility?

Windows 11: The little engine that could, eventually

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Re: EOL the only thing that matters for enterprise

And like with Windows 7, they'll certainly end up being a (paid) way to keep security updates going for a few years past EOL. No one cares about "feature" updates even before EOL.

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Re: Sliding down the hill - backwards

As near as I can tell the Windows GUI team must not use Windows themselves (Maybe Macs?). Every iteration seems to require more mouse clicks to do the things people do most. Every iteration makes it harder to work efficiently.

My company (market cap $4B) doesn't allow Windows 11 on any corporate machines, and only since the start of 2022 upgraded all the PC's on the factory floors OS's from Windows 7. To Windows 10. Plan is to stay with Windows 10 (Enterprise) until EOL. Too expensive to waste time on Windows du jour written more & more for people who don't do any work on PC's.

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