* Posts by RM Myers

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'Google cannot stop it, control it or curtail it...' Inside the murky world of fake addiction treatment center search spam

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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.

Consumer orgs ask world's competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit's data?

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"...our responsibility to provide people with choice and control with their data."

When did Google start doing a comedy routine? That was the best joke I've heard this year! Have they started hiring out of work comedians as spokespeople?

Scala contributor: Open source and diversity key to tackling dev skills shortage

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Re: Have we learned nothing in the last 40 years?

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.

Remember that black hole just 1,000 light years from Earth? Scientists queue up to say it may not exist after all

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Re: It's called rigour

Does your "fudge the data" include image manipulation and duplication? It seems to be a growth industry right now, at least for biomedical research. Photoshop and the like have been a real boon in the "publish or perish" era.

Living on a prayer? Netgear not quite halfway there with patches for 28 out of 79 vulnerable router models

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Wonder how many router firmware developers Netgear has?

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!

Now that's a train delay Upminster with which London travellers shall not put

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Re: 1241 Minutes - it could be worse - MTA in Boston

My person connection to the dirty water is limited to a progeny who graduated from BU and calls Boston home

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1241 Minutes - it could be worse - MTA in Boston

Well, did he ever return?

No he never returned and his fate is still unlearned

(What a pity)

He may ride forever 'neath the streets of Boston

And he's the man who never returned

University of California San Francisco pays ransomware gang $1.14m as BBC publishes 'dark web negotiations'

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Re: Write-off instead

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.

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Re: Write-off instead

This is part of the University of California system, i.e., owned by the state government, and thus not subject to income taxes. No taxes, no need for tax deductions.

MediaTek trumpets cheap gaming chipsets for strange subset of people who enjoy PUBG on their smartphone

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Re: Mediatek...

Calm down, it's nothing personal. The f***ing drivers are missing for their networking gear also.

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang

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LG Software

Based on my limited experience with LG software, the biggest danger from releasing the source code will be the potential to make any IT professionals die from laughter. When it comes to software quality, LG stands for low grade.

Containers to capture 15% of all enterprise apps across 75% of business by 2024

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Being older, I can assure you that Gartner has been constantly wrong for more than 20 years. Their predictions are useful however - if Gartner says a technology is the path to take, you can at least eliminate one path from consideration.

Internet Society, remember your embarrassing .org flub? The actual internet society would like to talk about it

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ISOC and PIR

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).

Wobbly Wednesday whacks IBM as 30 cloud services take unplanned naps

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Continuous Delivery went down for 100 minutes around the world.

Surely that should read ContinuousDiscontinuous Delivery went down for 100 minutes around the world.

Korean boffins build COVID-bot to shove a swab right up your hooter

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Re: That's how the test works...

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!

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: Academic Psychologists and Survey Questions

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.

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Academic Psychologists and Survey Questions

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...

Netgear was told in January its routers can be hacked and hijacked. This week, first patches released – after exploits, details made public

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Grimm

"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.

YMMV

ServiceNow slammed for 'tone deaf' letter telling customers contracts can't be tweaked as COVID-19 batters businesses

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If the question is ServiceNow,

Then the answer is no.

For years, the internet giants have held on dear to their get-out-of-jail-free card. Here are those trying to take that away

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Re: Censorship is bad mmkay

DemeterLast - well thought out, well reasoned, and well written. Not necessarily what I expect to find on the internet, but I'm definitely impressed. Have one on me ==>

Amazon's not saying its warehouse staff are dumb... but it feels they need artificial intelligence to understand what 'six feet' means

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They want mindless drones, their spirits crushed and their souls destroyed.

Like someone working in the modern world of IT, then. We'll all fit right in!

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: Gloves and goggles; whoda thought it?

I've been tear gassed once, in a controlled environment (army training - I'm old enough to have been drafted in the USA), and it was very bad! We were forced to stay in the tear gas until we basically panicked.

NASA to send Perseverance, a new trundle bot, and Ingenuity, the first interplanetary helicopter, to sniff out life on Mars in July

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Black Helicopters

I would hope that we would at least have unmanned missions that go to Mars and return to earth before we try sending any people. Unless the first manned mission is intended to be a one way trip.

The black helicopter icon seemed appropriate given the video.

Microsoft snubs Service Fabric as it plots to switch Teams infrastructure to Kubernetes

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Re: Amazing

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.

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Re: Amazing

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.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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FFS, why isn't their cut something more reasonable like 1%?

Because they make more money if it is 30%, and they don't give a toss about the developers or customers as long as they get the money? Seems like a possibility to me.

There's no accounting for TITSUP*: Beancounters bemoan Sage cloudy sync software outage

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Re: "a minority of customers"

Don't worry. I'm running as fast as I can, i.e., very slowly.

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Re: "a minority of customers"

Not me. I seriously doubt that many of their customers are underage (minors).

No Wiggle room: Two weeks after angry bike shop customers report mystery orders on their accounts, firm confirms payment cards delinked

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Re: At Chris G, re: Lycranthropist.

You're going to put a steak through their heart? You must have some really tough meat.

Splunk to junk masters and slaves once a committee figures out replacements

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Re: Unpopular opinion here

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!

Living up to its 'un-carrier' slogan, T-Mobile US stops carrying incoming calls, data in nationwide outage

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Still have problems sending text messages

Just got a "text not sent" message trying to confirm a doctor's appointment. This was around 1:35 am GMT.

A fête worse than death: After struggling to connect into SAP's SapphireNow online shindig, we were all 'rewarded' with a Sting concert

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Re: from an ignorant person

It feels like something slightly less than the time until the heat death of the universe, if you are lucky enough to get it to actually work. Although to be fair, the soul crushing effort to get these large ERP projects finished may be distorting the sense of time.

Microsoft 365 and Azure outage struck Australia and New Zealand just as business rocked up for a new week

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Management is comfortable in "The Cloud"

Just remember, a cloud is the same as fog - just higher up. And most management has always been in a fog.

Facebook caves to Australia's call for explanations of News Feed algo changes

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Re: Are you not entertained?

But...but...happy talk!

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.

Machine learning helps geoboffins spot huge beds of hot rocks 1,000km across deep below Earth's surface

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Re: "thanks to an unsupervised learning algorithm"

Wouldn't a graduate student be an "unpaid and unsupervised" learning algorithm? Or have things changed since I was among the cursed?

Couple wrongly arrested over Gatwick Airport drone debacle score £200k payout from cops

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...lawyers, but I knew one who changed to IT

From the frying pan into the fire!

Someone got so fed up with GE fridge DRM – yes, fridge DRM – they made a whole website on how to bypass it

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Re: Overall Brand

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."

(1) https://www.cfo.com/ma/2018/07/shareholder-lawsuits-over-ma-deals-are-dwindling/

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.

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Re: Overall Brand

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.

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Overall Brand

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.

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Land of the Free

I'm not sure China is really the land of the free (China-based Haier is the manufacturer).

Posh Spice's perfume people pop up in Maze ransomware gang extortion effort

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SEC Involvement

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.

Facebook boffins bake robo-code converter to take the pain out of shifting between C++, Java, Python

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Re: "faster and...more maintainable"

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.

YMMV

Whatsapp blamed own users for failure to keep phone number repo off Google searches

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Vacuum?

Just because their security leaves you breathless, that doesn't mean there is an absence of air.

In Hancock's half-hour, Dido Harding offers hollow laughs: Cake distracts test-and-trace boss at UK COVID-19 briefing

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Re: the Independent Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies,

You obviously don't have a full understanding of the meaning of bias. Bias is the thing that causes other people to disagree with my opinion. If they agree with my opinion, it is called "expert analysis".

EU aviation wonks give all-electric training aeroplane the green light – but noob pilots only have 50 mins before they have to land it

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Re: Can't Wait

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.

Arm fires the head of its Chinese unit – but Arm China says Allen Wu still works there

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Too soon?

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)..

Keepnet kerfuffle: Firing legal threats at bloggers did infosec biz more damage than its exposed database

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Re: 'Streisand effect' is still the best example of the Streisand effect

The words to "send in the clowns" kept going through my head as I read this story. Since Streisand recorded a version of the song, it just seems doubly appropriate.

June's Patch Tuesday reveals 23 ways to remotely pwn Windows – and over 100 more bugs that could ruin your day

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Patch Tuesday for My Asus Router also

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.

From off-prem to just off: IBM Cloud goes down planet-wide so hard even the status page didn't work

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Re: Notes down globally

As a former long term Notes user suffer, that seems like a positive. YMMV

Thought you'd addressed those data-leaking Spectre holes on Linux? Guess again. The patches aren't perfect

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Spectre

Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive guess which path execution will take.

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