People cost money, automation is cheap
When you have a monopoly on online search and advertising, there is no incentive to improve quality. Just do enough to keep people from open revolt and the regulators at bay, and pocket the cash. Cha-Ching.
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Hey now, don't knock utility programs downloaded from PC Magazine. I was able to modify several of these to help build an automated workflow to screenscrape mainframe data into excel spreadsheets for financial analysis in the day. When a multiyear, multi-million dollar project developed a replacement using a Sun server and workstations, our group ended up using the screenscraping flow instead because it was easier to use and more flexible, besides being cheaper to maintain. The other analysts (actuaries) used the Sun system, and even minor updates took months or years.
It was cool having both a Sun "pizza box" and a PC on my desk at the same time, though.
I'm guessing one highly competent developer/lead and maybe one or two others who work under the lead. And how many different processors/chipsets are affected by this error? This may put a real crimp in Netgear's new router development.
The race to the bottom isn't just in price!
I wonder how high up this decision went? Did the University decide on their own, or did they take it to the chancellors of the University of California system, the governor, or the legislature? I could see some real political blowback which might affect future state funding for UCSF.
If it looks like a duck, walks like a duck, and quacks like a duck, maybe it is
a duck run be people of very dubious integrity. The weight of responsibility may have misshaped their backs, or made them slightly crooked (their backs of course, didn't mean to imply anything else was crooked).
The pituitary is right there also. That is how they surgically remove a pituitary tumor - through your nose.
I've had sinus surgery twice. the first just used a local anesthetic, and I watched the ENT doctor pull crap out of my sinus through my nose, which was then packed with bandages. Not pleasant at all, but better than the second time when they completely put me under, and I had to rinse my nose and sinuses for several weeks afterwards.
Based on my experiences, I'm hoping to avoid a COVID-19 nasal swab!
I believe many people have considered the problems. I also believe much research has shown that surveys are one of the least accurate research methodologies, particularly in psychology, although one of the easiest and least expensive, and thus very common.
Really, is there a less reliable basis for a "scientific" study, other than just making the data up (which seems to be growing in popularity - check out the Retraction Watch website if you want to see some scary examples). At least they didn't just survey undergraduate students taking psychology courses. But really, how many times do people just make up answers because they are irritated at the surveyor for interrupting their day. Not that I would ever do that, of course. No, not me. Never...
"Grimm: publishing an in-depth advisory showing how to exploit the holes, and released full, working proof-of-concept exploit code".
I feel really conflicted about this. Yes, Netgear should have patched their routers. But how many home users update the firmware even when an update is available. I'm on my 4th router, and none have ever had a process to notify me that an update was available, let alone actually automate the updating. I have made it a habit to check Asus's website on patch Tuesday (my current router is from Asus), but does anyone really believe more than 10% of people ever check for updated firmware, if the router is still working.
Given that reality, why publish exploit code so any jackass with time on their hands can hack people's networks. Until we have processes in place to make router (and other internet connected IOT devices) updating simple and a common practice, this seems like nothing more than showboating which hurts security, rather than helping. Free advertising for Grimm, but hardly a benefit to security.
Actually, you are allowed to be informed once. Just don't make a habit of it - this is the internet after all.
It is good to know that the read receipt isn't an animation. That surprised me when I read the article. I've used a number of IM and chatbox applications, but never Teams. That is one advantage of being retired.
Actually, the 3 dots to indicate the other person is typing has been around in IM applications for a long time, and is helpful to prevent crosstalk. And read receipts are also nice to have (but why an animation?), particularly in important chats (think doctors and lawyers). The 30 per cent seems excessive though.
Well that was much too reasonable. You do realize that this is the internet, don't you. Using logic is certainly not encouraged, but can be tolerated in low doses, and the lack of rancor can sometimes be forgiven, but having both in the same comment is a step too far. I hope you don't think the internet is a place for civil discourse!
Okay, I agree with you 100%. The actual information content of most of the 24 hour news channels is rapidly approaching the information content of most commercials, otherwise known as zero, or nil, or nada, or ... well, you get the idea. And local news seems to be as bad.
This discussion has probably been overly long, since I don't have any real interest in GE other than following the problems they have had with their loss reserves, and only because I did loss reserving for years (P&C, but workers comp has similarities to GE's book, particularly the long tail and effect of future medical infation). As far as shareholders lawsuits a quick search will turn up hundreds of articles. As an example, this quote from www.cfo.com (1)
"Among business practices that investors don’t like, one of the most reviled is when companies in their portfolios provide scanty information about planned M&A deals.
Shareholders’ antipathy for the practice is so great that in 2017, they initiated class-action litigation in response to 73% of public companies’ announced deals valued at more than $100 million, according to a new report from Cornerstone Research. ..."Between 2009 and 2015, investors challenged more than 90% of such M&A deals, Cornerstone reports."
Note that the "dwindling" in the URL refers to the drop from 90% to 73%. Also, this is all deals, not just the ones with "scanty information".
Have a good day.
Even if you don't agree with Harry Markopolos's assessment of GE Capital's reserves for long-term care policies (and I tend to give it some credence, having been involved in insurance reserving and having witness some massive under reserving leading to company failures), the other statements still apply. The GE brand has value in consumer electronics, and excluding it from the sale would have definitely lowered the price. Given the current legal environment, that probably would have lead to a stock owners class action suit.
GE is basically out of the consumer goods market. They are in the process of selling their lighting unit, which is their final consumer product. I suspect companies and governments buying jet engines and power generating equipment will be more concerned about the reputation of those specific products.
Also, GE is very close to bankruptcy due to their old long term health insurance business, and the GE brand was probably the most valuable part of the appliance business for Haier, so I'm sure they had much choice but to give Haier the right to use the GE brand. Otherwise, they probably would have been sued by their own stockholders and creditors.
I'm not sure that they could complete any pending mergers or acquisitions of public companies if they know that vital information has been taken. There are very strict laws and regulations around M & A confidentiality, and as Martha Stewart learned the hard way, these can involve prison time.
Also, seeing as how you can make tens of millions of dollars from "insider" trading (and yes, a crook stealing the information is now legally an insider), they could have probably made more money by not encrypting the data, thus giving their break in away, and just putting money into the stock market. Might be trickier to hide your identity, but it can be done.
Wow, two comments that I can both agree and disagree with, at the same time. Having designed and helped write a series of programs almost 40 years ago which saved over $300K per year in processing time, with probably less than $30K in programming time, I definitely disagree with the "no program in last 40 years comment". Plus, having been involved with systems that had thousands of users at my former employer, I can tell you performance can be critical. We had several large projects that were never implements because the systems were too slow.
At the same time, there were many times where performance was much less important than maintainability, both from a quality perspective and overall cost. When a limited number of management people are making long term billion dollar decisions based on reports and analysis from your system, being fast is much less important than being accurate. And senior management doesn't tend to like it when small changes take months to implement, so lack of maintainability can be career threatening.
I live about 2 miles from a very busy non-commercial airport, and this would definitely help the noise level here. Unfortunately, the airport also handles a number of small jets which make more noise than the training flights.
There was one exception to the "non-commercial" part when a pilot managed to land a Boeing 707 at the airport by mistake. Given the runway was only about half the normal length a 707 needs, getting it out of the airport has become the stuff of local legend. TWA basically had to strip the plane's interior to reduce the weight.
Probably, although it seemed like a fairly innocence attempt to get a chuckle. More importantly, it didn't show the recommended level of anger. If he had added something like "and (MS/Oracle/IBM/fill in the villain of the day) sucks while (arm/linux/open source/fill in the hero of the day) is the greatest thing since the invention of beer", then he would have gotten at least 50 up votes (and probably one down vote - there is always one tosser in the crowd)..
I'm not sure whether to be upset because this is the 7th firmware update in the last two years, or to be smug because my 3+ year old router is still getting security updates. My experience with a Samsung phone only getting one year of updates has definitely lowered my expectations.
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