A ''cloud" computer!
Great. We all know how reliable the cloud has been. Never a glitch. Never.
1088 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012
I remember our PDP 11/34 in the early '80's used to have it's disk drive opened up about once a month or so and the tech pull the platters out and wipe them down with a cloth wet with alcohol to clean them. Usually after he was called due to a head crash. Reliability? What's that?
My bet is the roller blade guy was jerking the cabinet rather than it being a static issue. Especially at UCSD, given the humidity there a couple of thousand feet from the ocean.
If you are worried the devices are compromised, Security 101 would tell you that you should assume the alteration is deep enough that having the integration take place in Mexico isn't going to help. You should change vendors. Having said that, you should also insist none of the components were made in China including seemingly innocuous things like connectors. There's no reason to believe the Chinese are not the equals (or even superior) to the NSA in this area:
"The NSA has also developed a set of tiny surveillance electronics dubbed HOWLERMONKEY that hides within computer hardware, such as an ordinary Ethernet port, Appelbaum said. The one pictured above, dubbed FIREWALK, looks no different to a standard RJ45 socket, but can inject data into and slurp any bytes from packets coming through the physical connection automatically, and relay the information back to base via a radio link." from
And for the truly worried, once you've received your hopefully "safe" kit, have multiple independent security outfits have a go at it looking for compromises since there are other governments out there that do this kind of stuff.
Google is silent for the same reason Xerox was silent in the mid-90's when Apple went after Microsoft claiming Windows infringed on Apple's Mac OS because Windows had windows. Xerox knew that if Apple prevailed, then Apple would have already proven, on Apple's own dime, that Apple infringed on Xerox's OS for the Alto from the mid-70's. So it's not worth it to Google to spend money when Apple's case will tell them whether they have a problem or not.
"You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means" - Inigo Montoya
This is a contest between scumbag corporations, and California's SLAPP laws are irrelevant here. Epic is clearly & deliberately in violation of it's contracts with both Google & Apple. They clearly are hoping for Apple or Google to settle as courts are pretty unlikely to rule in their favor based on established Contract Law, and that settlement to undermine the other in the marketplace. It's a gamble and it will be interesting to see how it plays out.
"Spying on me would be of no interest to the Chinese."
"Arguing that you don't care about the right to privacy because you have nothing to hide is no different than saying you don't care about free speech because you have nothing to say." - Edward Snowden
Also, Trump got his start by inheriting about $400M. Bezos birth father was a bike shop owner, his adopted father an engineer. Bezos, for what it's worth, can legitimately claim to be self made, something Trump claims but like most of Trumps claims, does not have even a grain of truth at it's core.
Six bankruptcies of casinos over an 18 year period, leaving US banks screwed out of over $1B. That is why Trump can't borrow from US banks and has to go to the loan sharks of the banking world, Russia and Deutsche Bank.
The fact that in 6 tries and 18 years he still didn't learn how to run a casino says it all.
Apparently you showed it does. I used to win typing contests with friends on my old Relay's physical keyboard while those friends used their touch screen phones. The whole reason auto-correction to typing was implemented on phones is because the touch screen typing is so bad & error prone.
Sorry, but in the US, I haven't seen a College or University for years (decades?) that didn't consider a laptop as a mandatory piece of equipment. When I was teaching College engineering courses a couple of years ago, it certainly was baked into the entire system that every kid had a laptop. You didn't pass out paper, you put reading material online.
When one looks at the financial end of their business model, it 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 labor, and the landlord & sharecropper share in the proceeds of the crop sale. The goal is for both the landlord & sharecropper to make at least enough money to survive another season and this system has them co-invest in the crop, albeit in different "currencies", and so share the investment risk. In other words, they both have skin in the game.
The digital neo-sharecropper economy ah la Uber, is vastly more abusive to the "sharecropper" than in normal sharecropping. In the digital sharecropper economy, the "digital landlord" takes on 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 car or property) and in terms of operating profit/loss, while the "digital landlord" has zero risk & can only make money.
The "digital landlord" also starts with the premise that they can flaunt all of the Public Safety & Labor Laws that the traditional Service Sector has to abide by. They only reluctantly abide by those laws when a gun is put to their heads.
The road to tyranny is paved with good intentions.
In countries that actually have freedom of speech, the government can't force the unpublishing of anything. The most a citizen can do might be to sue for libel if what is published isn't true. But the reason countries that have real freedom of speech have it is that they made the decision that blocking the government from suppressing speech was worth the occasional collateral damage that might occur.
More to the point, Slack has no IP. Instant messaging has been around for decades. Virtual meetings/video calls have been around for decades. Cloud storage has been around for decades under various names. There's really no aspect of Slack or Teams that is original. Slack built a business model on software that bundled a bunch of old concepts. BFD is Microsoft did the same, only better.
At the github link, you can download binaries for Mac, Windows & Linux. When I ran the Windows version on a couple of headshots of myself, they looked obviously distorted too much to be usable. Even the example of the author of the software that is part of the package you download makes him look like he has a bad rash. In my case, it made me look like I had a rash and it added a unibrow, as well as made me look like I had a broken nose.
Get some natural predators. Yea, you will have some sheep herders whine, but as we know from reintroduction of wolves in the US where we compensate anyone whose livestock is killed by a wolf, even after wolves reach saturation, more livestock still die from snow drifts than wolf predation.
As has been pointed out by others (like jgarbo), the phrase "blacklist" comes from the 1600's of having folks of ill repute getting their names in a book with a black leather cover. Conflating the word "blacklist" with racism is as stupid as conflating the old accounting practice of filling out ledgers using black ink for positive sums and red ink for negative sums (in addition to having a "-" sign) for "clarity at a glance" as having something to do with Africans and Native Americans.
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