* Posts by naive

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US Department of Defense releases list of firms allegedly linked to the Chinese Army. Surprise surprise, Huawei makes an appearance

naive

Re: In China

Replace one murderous warlord by a puppet of Josef Stalin, who successfully tried to outperform its master when it come to mass murder, you mean by this ?.

Nikita Chroesjtsjov apologized for what Stalin did, Mao is still proudly present on bank notes and public buildings.

To me it proves Asians are aliens, hard working and brilliant, on the other side they allow a murderous monster like Mao a place in the Sun, and support a fascistic regime, albeit with a hammer and sickle label stuck to it, to exist and put to world in fear for a 1930's scenario of escalating territorial disputes with its neighbors.

Chinese people may be nice, but organizations linked with their fascist regime should have no place in infrastructure of the free world involving information processing.

Sure is wild that Apple, Google app store monopolies are way worse than what Windows got up to, sniffs Microsoft prez

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Free is more expensive than one thinks

Slaves get housing and food for "free", but I guess nobody would fancy becoming one.

It works the same for our "free" mobile Operating systems, we get it for free, but since it is for free we are in the mercy of its owner.

The sad thing is that app shops are not needed for security.

IoS and Android are both Unix based operating systems, which allow easy per app separation of privileges by assigning a different user-id for each app, I do not think there are apps in any of those stores running as root.

Apps just get access to devices like camera, phone, sms and others. If that is managed well, no app can influence others or access information we want to protect by limiting use of devices on the phone.

A memo from the distant future... June 2022: The boss decides working from home isn't the new normal after all

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It could work out if love comes from two sides

Having worked from home for 3 months, I noticed that it might be worth to accept a little pay cut when allowed to WFH, since it saves considerable amounts of money.

No gas bills, less car wear implying potential maintenance costs, things can be combined more easily.

WFH maybe different for other people, but as a society we would benefit if we stopped spending significant amounts of time just to commute to work.

Giving employees the legal right to WFH, in case the profession allows it, would be an intelligent way to reduce CO2 emissions.

And if this generation is not able to shed the idea. " if you are not there, you don't work", I am sure the next one will.

Not so nice, we investigated them twice: EU opens double whammy of inquiries into Apple's biz practices

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The Commision needs new cars

Maybe it is cheaper for apple just to buy a bunch of climate friendly 8-cylinder A8's, S Classes and 7 Series, hand the keys over to the Commission instead of going through the charade of litigation.

Franco-German cloud framework floated to protect European's data from foreign tech firms slurpage

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Re: How will they build it?

They build it with the help of some US based consultancy company like Booze Allen and Hamilton and SSL certificates supplied by an US based company all communicating using US designed and Chinese build networking equipment. The SAN's they use have a direct call home to their US based manufacturers.

It will be very successful since it is going to cost 5 times more than AWS, because Merkel wants the data centers to be powered by windmills so it is CO2 neutral.

All-electric plane makes first flight – while lugging 2 tons of batteries aloft

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Re: Compulsory El Reg commentary moan

Maybe El-Reg readers are on average a bit more proficient in physics ?:

https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c6/Energy_density.svg

A Lithium-Ion battery has 0.25 MJ/Kg. kerosene has 44 MJ/Kg.

Kerosene has a weight to energy ratio outperforming L-ION by a factor of 176.

Since there is a 1:1 relation between weight of planes and their energy use, it is hard to imagine that electric planes will be an efficient solution given the current state of battery technology.

Extrapolate the Cessna to a 747-8, having an empty weight of 221T, this is 70 Cessna's, which would require 140 ton of L-Ion batteries to take off.

Had a bad weekend? Probably, if you're a Sectigo customer, after root cert expires and online chaos ensues

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It is not only old stuff

Also haproxy on weekly updated CentOS servers suffer from it. This SSL with its centralistic setup is just there to squeeze money out of people in collusion with the browser manufacturers. Why can organizations not easily integrate the CA functionality into their external DNS server, fill everything with self generated certificates instead of having to pay the SSL racketeering mob $ 100,- every year for each certificate ?.

Because Sectigo bought Comodo, certificates get invalidated.. thx a lot guys.

This'll make you feel old: Uni compsci favourite Pascal hits the big five-oh this year

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Re: pascal was simply useless.

There is a reason the name of the inventor of Pascal is pronounced as: Nickles Worth.. .. https://web.mit.edu/humor/Computers/real.programmers

Trump issues toothless exec order to show donors, fans he's doing something about those Twitter twerps

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Re: Not so sure it will be ineffective...

This executive order is meant to support democracy. A democracy can only work if people can take informed decisions, we allowed google, youtube, facebook and others to monopolize information sharing between people. If they actively suppress information or tag certain information as being bad, it restricts the way citizens can inform themselves. The steps president Trump took are appropriate.

Lefty lawyers may cry victory because it can not be enforced, but these companies know loopholes will get fixed and if they continue to serve as a platform exclusively for supporting leftist and CCP views, several of them might end up in anti-trust litigation and will get broken up.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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If the author of this PoC

Would not have written this article on behalf om some Chinese propaganda organisation, he would notice the US numbers of Corona casualties are significantly below the European average.

Also the percentage of patients with Corona who died because of it is lower than in Europe, giving a good indication about the effectiveness of medical staff in helping patients to survive.

President Trump is right about influential digital platforms, where people exchange information, they should not be allowed to suppress free speech since it is unconstitutional. If they only want to allow leftist content they should move to China. Censorship is big business there and Corona wise it is the most healthy country in the world according to CCP statistics.

Linus Torvalds drops Intel and adopts 32-core AMD Ryzen Threadripper on personal PC

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Intel did that in collusion with the major, also US based, software manufacturers like VmWare, Oracle, MS etc.

The Xeon cpu's always have this handy advantage in the metrics on which these software companies base their licensing fees, this puts AMD in a disadvantage in the datacenter since licensing costs often exceed hardware costs by multiple factors.

Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps

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Google could incorporate fake API's into Android

Maybe google could add api's to Android which generate fake privacy related information.

If a searchlight app asks for access to: photo's, contacts, location etc to work, google could add a checkbox: Give fake information only.

With the checkbox default on, users would be better protected against such apps.

Developers of such malicious apps would of course develop techniques to detect they are being conned and make the app stop working, but then the user knows what is the true intent of the developer is.

Nine million logs of Brits' road journeys spill onto the internet from password-less number-plate camera dashboard

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Re: Massive invasion of privacy

Socialism = Stealing from one group, and give it to another group, minus what gets allocated to those who are "more equal than others".

Communism = Class based socialism, they steal from people who have assets or an income.

National Socialism = Race based socialism, they steal from people belonging to a race or group, like German National-Socialists did with the jews.

The only difference between German National-Socialism and communism is that Russia, China, North-Korea and Venezuela did not lose a war, so they were able to hide the mountains of corpses that are the result of socialism, and even got so bold claiming National-Socialism is not socialism.

Here an extensive analysis: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eCkyWBPaTC8

IBM's outgoing boss Rometty awarded $20m+ in 2019 for growing revenue 0.1%

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Re: Adding insult to injury

You are spot on, women have no business in occupying leading positions within Tech companies, since being a leader in tech requires imagination, creativity and guts.

Women don't peak in either of these, implying the company with a female in charge will lose from competitors led by men. This is exactly what happened to IBM, from being a leader until the early 2000's, towards the downward spiral they are in since over a decade.

Make a woman head of development at Ferrari, within 10 years it will be bankrupt, with a runway full of unsold pink Fiat 500 like cars outfitted with furry interiors, because they are "cute and easy to park".

You. Drop and give me 20... per cent IPv6 by 2023, 80% by 2025, Uncle Sam tells its IT admins after years of slacking

naive

Re: Crap

IPv6 is clearly a product of autistic tech thinking, striving for the technical perfect solution but ignoring the human aspect of losing control due to its inherent complexity.

It a sign of the times, cars went the same way, full of crap and hard to fix. But that is what they want anyway, the more crappy the stuff is one makes, the more successful the company is due to repeated sales.

It is to be seen if things change, loadbalancer technology like haproxy and nginx became very mature and accessible, offsetting address shortages significantly. From the market, the major networking equipment makers will likely continue to market their IPv4 conjuring technology, since that is a major part of their added value.

Brave, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla gather together to talk web privacy... and why we all shouldn't get too much of it

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Targeted ads are great and we need them to keep the internet great

The internet is another great example of what people are capable of without government interference. Except from developing the basic networking protocols, it all came into existence, without burning a single tax dollar. Like all the great inventions at the end of the 19th century, internet is the result of capitalism, which actually delivers instead of just taking until everyone is poor like socialism does.

Ads is the oil keeping the internet alive, without ads, over half of the internet would die, and users would be kept hostage by a handful of big companies and government controlled mainstream media outlets.

Although it may feel creepy at times, targeted ads are actually a blessing. Which man would like to be bugged by ads for PMS diapers, lipstick and washing powder when he is watching hickok45 on youtube ?.

The subject of targeted ads should not be swiped on the same heap as the dragnet surveillance by the US three letter agencies, projects like PRISM served a different purpose. There is no free lunch, getting some ads is a little price to pay for all the internet has to offer.

Remember that Sonos speaker you bought a few years back that works perfectly? It's about to be screwed for... reasons

naive

Re: Better stick with old stuff

Spot on, thanks to a friend who is into vintage McIntosh gear, I relearned how good music was before the age of endlessly compressed mp3 crap.

Bought a Yamaha CR-800 solid state receiver from the mid 70's, which just has discrete components that can be replaced for a few cents and a soldering iron.

It taught me how easily we can be fooled by an Industry of frauds into getting shafted and accepting sub standard products.

Europe mulls five year ban on facial recognition in public... with loopholes for security and research

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EU civil servant staring out of his Brussels office window thinks....

Hey we have too many successful European IT tech companies, lets set some limits on the areas they can develop products and leave that to the Chinese.

IBM, Microsoft, a medley of others sing support for Google against Oracle in Supremes' Java API copyright case

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Re: Google knowingly copied code from Sun Java

Up to the mid 80's, globally over 70% of every dollar spent on IT equipment went to IBM.

In that period, 360/370 series mainframes were top sellers. Several hardware manufacturers like RCA, Memorex,Hitachi, Fijutsu and Amdahl started producing so called plug compatible System-370 compatible mainframes. When upgrading CPU and memory cabinets, customers could connect existing IBM I/O-equipment like 3745 channel controllers, 3330/3380 DASD, tapedrives and printers to the plug compatible units.

This caused IBM to initiate litigation, which they lost in the end. Translating hardware to software, plug compatible is the equivalent of a API.

Y2K quick-fix crick? 1920s come roaring back after mystery blip at UK's vehicle licensing agency

naive

Sir, we recommend a mortgage with a term of 20 years

We are already there :-)

Boeing, Boeing, gone! CEO Muilenburg quits 'effective immediately'

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What changed in the paradigms of engineering ?

It is April 15, 1952, seven years after WW2 ended. Boeing conducts the first flight with the B52, a huge jet engined bomber using 8 J-57's, which is still considered to be a venerable weapon in 2020.

Four years later, August 31, 1956, eleven years after the end of WW2. Boeing does the first flight with the KC-135 tanker, a modern four engined jet, which was the base for the successful 707 generation still in use by airlines and the military all over the world.

The fact Boeing was capable to design and produce modern jets less than a decade after only making slow piston engined planes, makes it seem weird they have so many issues now with things that seem simple for a layman like me. How is it, they do need more time to fix issues with the KC-46 tanker, than their grand fathers needed to design, produce and test the KC-135 from scratch, which is more remarkable, since they use an existing 767 airframe as basis for the KC-46.

Why did they allow, after 50 years of successfully building 737's, managed to ruin its good image as a safe plane ?.

Were our grand fathers just smarter people, or did the requirements go off the scale, and are impossible to meet by engineers ?.

Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Tesla, Microsoft exploit child labor to mine cobalt for batteries, human-rights warriors claim

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Are they banging on the right door ?

Alphabet, Apple, Tesla etc are not mining companies. Although they are without doubt aware of the substandard labor circumstances involved in obtaining the precious metals, it is not them who are directly to blame.

It are worldwide operating companies like Glencore who mine in Africa. They are into bribery, paying off officials with a few millions to get mining contracts worth billions. If needed, they finance civil wars within the countries they are mining in to secure their mining sites.

To let companies like Glencore off the hook in this is the wrong approach, they can then as well sue everyone owning a device containing metals like Cobalt.

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space

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Is it a good idea to design a passenger plane needing active computer assistance to stay airborne ?

There is a difference between computers validating if the pilot uses controls withing acceptable limits, and computers themselves actuating controls without input from the pilot just to keep the aircraft in the air.

This is acceptable for fighter jets, 2019 built 737-Max jets ending up doing domestic flights in Africa around 2050 will probably cause a carnage once the computers start sending the aircraft nose down in the Savannah once sensors fail due to maintenance issues.

Christmas is coming, the goose is getting fat, so the EU is investigating Google to get some more money in its hat

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The EU Commission tells google not to pay taxes in the EU, but tip them off instead

Could have been an alternative headline for this article.

Isn't it funny, the same EU commission preventing effective taxation of Big Tech in the EU, keeps asking for tips in return for the favor.

I am sure google will be happy to toss some change at the EU Commission in return for taxation of less than 5% for its profits, in a market where the average middle class worker is taxed between 50%-70%.

EU wouldn't! Uncle Sam brandishes 'up to 100%' tariffs over France's Digital Services Tax

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Poor America

Imagine that, no more French food and nice things, only cheap crap made in Ch*n% remains.

The land of the free only living on greasy and tasteless food covered in dark yellow fake cheese, gobbled down with Champagne Americain (Coca cola).

The only wine available is this characterless Californian "Chardonnay" slobber, that is not made to have taste, but to be so generic that nobody will dislike it.

That seems like punishment enough, the good thing is that the CEO's of the tax evading companies will have enough money to buy nice French products anyway.

Judge shoots down Trump admin's efforts to allow folks to post shoddy 3D printer gun blueprints online

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Re: Why a 3D printed gun?

3-D printing makes it easier to access firearms. If one can buy the metal parts for an AR-15 pattern rifle, being able to create the polymer frame can be of an advantage.

During firing the the 5.56 *(.223) Nato round is rated at a pressure of 62,366 PSI. No idea if the receiver and bolt carrier can be 3-D printed to safely withstand this pressure, since these parts are made out of special steel which needs to have a certain grade of elasticity to cope with these pressure spikes.

Since gun parts are easily accessible in the US, 3-D printing may increase the number of unregistered firearms.

Gas-guzzling Americans continue to shun electric vehicles as sales fail to bother US car market

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Who needs a vacuum cleaner on wheels with E 0.62 / L in the land of president Trump.

And a Cobra Shelby GT500 with 760 HP starts at $ 70,300.

For that money the retarded krauts will be happy to sell one a souped up BMW 5-series that sounds like a Golf with its wheezing twin-turbo crap 4-cylinder engine.

A M5 with way less HP costs twice as much.

Criminalise British drone fliers, snarl MPs amid crackdown demands

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Re: What's the difference

Between a drone, some swans or geese flying close to a plane ?.

It seems to make more sense to create size and weight limitations for drones.

Second MoD Airbus Zephyr spy drone crashes on Aussie test flight

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A drone for the price of a business Jet ?

$ 4,000,000,- buys one a light Cessna business jet with two jet engines.

Airbus must make a ton of money charging this for a dumb electric drone.

This won't end well. Microsoft's AI boffins unleash a bot that can generate fake comments for news articles

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The idea could be weaponized

Since it is the digital equivalent of a smoke screen. If people can't detect they are interacting with the article of a newsbot, then anything is possible.

Governments could use such machines to influence opinions, and are able to generate sufficient amounts of white noise, that seems sensible at first sight, to obfuscate the real picture.

Pentagon makes case for Return of the JEDI: There's only one cloud biz that can do the job and it starts with an A (or rhymes with loft)

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The potential of side-effects for the civilian sector is real

This type of contracts seem nice and an efficient use of federal budgets.

For the civilian market it implies that the big cloud providers become military targets as well.

In case of war, China may start targeting data center locations and head quarters of Amazon and MS first, as part of a strategy to reduce the capabilities of the US military.

It is questionable if the big bit barns in VA are blast and EMP proof.

A Pearl Harbor like strike addressing Amazon and MS may yield interesting outcomes if done well, not taking into account the unpleasant collateral damage for the people living nearby those facilities.

Canonical adds ZFS on root as experimental install option in Ubuntu

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Oracle is a patient predator

Like with Android, they say nothing now, wait until it gains numbers interesting enough to start a lawsuit to claim billions for unlicensed use of their stuff.

Microsoft hikes cost of licensing its software on rival public clouds, introduces Azure 'Dedicated' Hosts

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Re: History repeating itself.

The lawsuits give great free publicity and last many years.

By the time MS has to return a tiny percentage of the profits they made with illicit practices, they have FUDed thousands into Azure.

Neuroscientist used brainhack. It's super effective! Oh, and disturbingly easy

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Something new is not always bad

Technology that started as a nuclear bomb in WW2, ended up making C02 neutral energy and saved the lives of countless millions being used in radiation therapy.

Nobody wants, and would allow, Marc's his greedy hands in ones brain, it could perhaps replace classic chemical medication for people with mental issues.

It could allow fast learning in a world where things get more complicated everyday, allowing people to do work they otherwise couldn't.

Maybe one day it even simplifies the whole learning process, so people do not have to sit the first 25 years of their lives in school benches to acquire the skills necessary to perform in this society.

As many as 100,000 IBM staff axed in recent years as Big Blue battles to reinvent itself from IT's 'old fuddy duddy'

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Lets hope they make an example out of this

Replace the word "age" by something like "non aryan" or "non white" and a pretty grim picture emerges.

Age discrimination should for the law, be treated equivalent to racial discrimination.

It is an issue all over the world that in companies old guys on higher management positions decide that other guys have to be booted based on their age.

Since IBM is a well known company, it would be great if they either have to pay a very substantial fine, or the management involved faces jail time for this.

Dutch cheesed off at Microsoft, call for Rexit from Office Online, Mobile apps over Redmond data slurping

naive

Re: Answer from your commercial contractor

Being Dutch myself, I was surprised such a report is published at all. Holland is the country where all but one banks went bust in 2008 because employees of the National Bank where too busy attending parties organized by those they were supposed to keep in check, leaving the tax payer with a bill of 40 billion dollar. It is the country where all HTTPS certificates of the government were outsourced at diginotar.nl, owned by the US based VASCO Data security, leaving excellent opportunities for MITM attacks. It is the country where Linux is taboo in the government because decisions are made by hired people from big IT service companies, who receive kick backs from MS.

Many semi governmental institutions outsourced their email scanning to companies like mimecast without even factoring in what this means for the privacy of their customers. Legislation or guidelines for this type of outsourcing is non existent, leaving the privacy of citizens to the grabs of the cheapest offer for outsourcing, or lemming like behave of decision makers.

The Microsoft discussion in Dutch government is moot anyway, since on the level of communities, a company named Centric has over 90% market share in software solutions for communal administration and services. Centric is a MS only solution provider and a Platinum/Diamond MS reseller. Within 10 years, all these solutions will only work in Azure, so is all the data of citizens kept by communities.

In the end "we the people" get what we asked for, a total loss of power and privacy because we allowed them to give it away, seduced by the false promise "privatizing would make us all rich and happy".

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... It is scary

Checking the log of any proxy handling traffic for an idling windows 10 PC reveals excessive amounts of "call home" activities.

The volume of this telemetry information is such, that it may impact weak internet connections.

People who have the opportunity to configure their proxy should perhaps block these sites, the ones I blocked have lines with DENIED in it.

This is the traffic of Windows PC, without active browser windows open. It is sent every minute.

TCP_TUNNEL/200 4827 CONNECT watson.telemetry.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/20.44.86.43 -

TCP_DENIED/403 3786 CONNECT rt.services.visualstudio.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_TUNNEL/200 6487 CONNECT nexus.officeapps.live.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.109.88.39 -

TCP_DENIED/403 3786 CONNECT rt.services.visualstudio.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_TUNNEL/200 7894 CONNECT nexusrules.officeapps.live.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.109.88.

TCP_MISS/503 4523 GET http://olkflt.edog.officeapps.live.com/olkflt/outlookflighting.svc/api/glides? - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_DENIED/403 3801 CONNECT v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_TUNNEL/200 20165 CONNECT login.microsoftonline.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/20.190.137.98 -

TCP_TUNNEL/200 7079 CONNECT graph.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/40.126.9.51

TCP_TUNNEL/200 1995 CONNECT storeedgefd.dsx.mp.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/88.221.166.83 -

TCP_TUNNEL/200 7022 CONNECT livetileedge.dsx.mp.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/88.221.166.83 -

TCP_TUNNEL/200 16520 CONNECT storeedgefd.dsx.mp.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/88.221.166.83 -

TCP_TUNNEL/200 4119 CONNECT settings-win.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.156.204.185 -

TCP_DENIED/403 3801 CONNECT v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_DENIED/403 3801 CONNECT v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_DENIED/403 3801 CONNECT v10.vortex-win.data.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_NONE/- text/html

TCP_TUNNEL/200 7373 CONNECT c.urs.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/40.114.224.200 -

TCP_MISS/200 4613 GET http://tile-service.weather.microsoft.com/en-US/livetile/preinstall? - HIER_DIRECT/104.123.111.225 text/xml

TCP_TUNNEL/200 7015 CONNECT secure.aadcdn.microsoftonline-p.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/23.62.132.180 -

TCP_TUNNEL/200 6019 CONNECT mobile.pipe.aria.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.114.158.50

TCP_TUNNEL/200 43097 CONNECT r.manage.microsoft.com:443 - HIER_DIRECT/52.169.9.87 -

Here we go: Uncle Sam launches antitrust probe into *cough* Facebook, Google *cough* Amazon *splutter* Twitter...

naive

Re: Too Easy

Several factors make big tech dangerous, market power, enormous lobbying capabilities and the unified effort of the leftist fifth column, that got control of them, to impose censorship on the content they present to the world.

We the people created these leeching monsters by giving them our time and attention.

In order to preserve things like free speech, the possibility to get informed about a diversity in views and opinions and a state where everybody pays their fair share, we need to check the seemingly unlimited power of big Tech.

Now we live in a world where big tech prays socialism in their contents, they them selves live like 18th century nobles. Paying taxes is reserved for the losers with a middle class job, who pay 60%-70% of their gross income. But that is also socialism.. "All are equal, but some are more equal than others".

Take the bus... to get some new cables: Raspberry Pi 4s are a bit picky about USB-Cs

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Re: USB-C

If the inventor of USB-C lived in the middle ages, he would would have been put besides the IPv6 guy in a stock so passers by could toss rotten fruit at them.

Have to buy all these new cables, and for what... Oh yeah I know.. share holder Value.

Millions of people have to buy new cables, but hey lets order some Chinese solar panels, that is good for carbon dioxide and the environment.

Chinese government has got it 'spot on' when it comes to face-recog tech says, er, London's Met cops' top rep

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Every beginnening is hard, but we will need it

It is predicted that by 2050, there will be many cities with 10-20 million inhabitants.

It is also said that 5% of the population engages in criminal activities varying from pick pocketing to Hanibal Lector like nut cases and drug dealers.

The 5% of 20 million is one million people who have a criminal intent.

Without electronic surveillance these cities will become unlivable and dangerous pools of crime, comparable to the large cities in Brazil today where the police recommends not to stop for red light after dark.

Gaining experience with these technologies seems a good idea for police forces around the world so they are able to deal with mega cities.

2001: Linux is cancer, says Microsoft. 2019: Hey friends, ah, can we join the official linux-distros mailing list, plz?

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The 90's dream of an Unified Unix is slowly materializing

Linux as a whole became too important for the electronics industry to allow it to be hijacked by one party.

It is great news another powerful party joined the club, since Open Source is a collaboration project, it can only gain from it.

Revenues from windows licenses is a declining business on the longer term.

Since MS is giving away W10 for free, it only serves as enabler for sales of other MS products, they could as well replace w10 with Linux and save considerable money otherwise spent on development and maintenance.

AWS, which is not relying on license fees as a business model, is pouring millions in further developing Open-Source products like MariaDB, to undermine MS and Oracle. Every dollar not spent on licenses for MSSQL or Oracle, is a potential revenue for AWS. It is along these lines the battles will be fought, the good old license model is on the long run not sustainable due to the enterprise grade quality of Open-Source products.

It's a fullblown Crysis: Gamers press pause on PC purchases, shipments freeze

naive

Re: Mature Product

This is point on. For the price of high-end gaming rig, one can buy a decent used car.

High-end gaming laptops vary between 2500-4500 euro, decent gaming desktops like Alienware start at 1500.

Now you can have a twist of 2019 in your 2012: Microsoft goes back to the future with Edge on Windows 7/8

naive

Re: Do M$ have a clue.

After consistently using Firefox for over 20 years, I think that edge is actually quite cool.

When working on websites, edge does not cache website contents or DNS entries for days, so it is way easier to test website changes in edge than it is in firefox or chrome.

Also edge does not constantly nanny change http into https in url's, it is fast, snappy and clean.

One of the best products MS made in recent time, way to go MS :).

naive

Re: Would like to hear the pitch for this

vi chrome.exe

:1,$ s?google.com?microsoft.com?g

:wq

This isn't Boeing to end well: Plane maker to scrap some physical cert tests, use computer simulations instead

naive

Until we start jailing CEO's for their decisions that costs lives....

They will do whatever they want like emperors of old, protected by favorable laws their lobbyists made happen so nobody can be held accountable.

In some countries people get in jail for not paying a fine or insulting a cop.

In our developed Western countries, CEO's earn 100 million and more, kill 600 people as a result of their decision making, and either keep their job or get severance of 200 million.

As long "We the people..." allow them to get away with murder, it will continue, and they just laugh about it.

Anyone else find it weird that the bloke tasked with probing tech giants for antitrust abuses used to, um, work for the same tech giants?

naive

Re: Anyone surprised?

There is more to this.

Anyone knows the tech giants, who control what most people see and which news items they are presented with, are under full control of the leftist fifth column, poisoning the minds of so many with a constant stream of self defying non-sense.

The considerable economic power they possess, is abused it for political purposes, trying to fix the leftist defeat of 2016 in order to lay the red carpet for whomever will compete with president Trump in 2020.

This crusade only serves the purpose to cause that liberals stay in power to grant them the special tax exemptions they enjoy for decades.

President Trump better starts making some miles here, and don't let this get in the hands of Democrats, who have all the incentives to keep these monopolies in existence.

Until then we will have to live with the unprecedented censorship and digital book burning like it is 1938 by the likes of YouTube and others to "remove non leftist content " and introduce "authorized news media ", i.e. CNN and the George Soros funded Vox Media outlet.

You won't guess where European mobile data was rerouted for two hours. Oh. You can. Yes, it was China Telecom

naive

What are the risks of these BGP errors

Trust and cooperation was a design principle of the Internet.

As far as I understand things, bad routing just introduces extra latency.

Traffic that should be confidential is encrypted, and can not be decrypted (yet).. right ?.

So except from collecting meta information, like insight in traffic streams between ip adresses, there shouldn't be much to gain from broadcasting erroneous routing information by countries interested in analyzing the internet traffic of other countries.

Russia signs Huawei deal as Chinese premier decries 'protectionism', 'unilateral approaches'

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Yeah Xi and Putin, a pair of love doves to be proud of

Who are we talking about, two brutal dictators, both leading regimes with a bad track record on human rights, freedom of religion and expression.

It is hardly good publicity for Huawei, and it shows the more where they stand for.

Maybe the leftist/liberal/diversity rainbow people, who dislike Trump, should think two seconds more before they choose their enemy.

All of these treats guarantee a one way ticket to jail in both of these countries, with the technical expertise of companies like Huawei these evil regimes have powerful tools to permanently remove critical voices or other non-conforming individuals from society.

That magical super material Apple hopes will hit backspace on its keyboard woes? Nylon

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The apple bashing is undeserved, bad quality is an epidemic

I think generally laptops are products which carry too many compromises in their design.

Perhaps with the exception of the Panasonic toughbook, they all have issues.

Bad servicibility is something they all share, it is impossible for a layman to replace parts. Inside they are made too cheap with extremely fragile connectors and parts.

Replacing the keyboard, often requires the whole laptop has to be taken apart since the the design department didn't add a removable bezel at the top.

It means that a 2+ year old laptop often is an economic write-off after a keyboard failure.

Just don't buy one if you don't need one, then you be fine.

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

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Are you US bashing guys all mad ?.

Unless people like a dictatorship that: Puts people in jail based on religion, still carries out the death penalty, implements a tracking system with 400,000,000 camera's, forbids people to appear on TV because of tattoos, shields the country off from the internet, is bullying neighboring countries with aggressive territorial claims and is pirating on issues like intellectual property and acceptable trade policies.

Unless they are trolls paid by Bejing to create anti-US sentiments in the West, it is doubtful if anyone airing criticism toward the trade policies of the US in regard to Huawei, would like to live in such a toxic place.

There is no difference between supporting China now, and supporting German politics in 1939. Both are countries whose political systems are far from what anybody sane would consider as being civilized.

This Huawei row not about a thousand dollar more for a switch or router, is about the freedom of you and your children.

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