Re: Before all the American bashing....
This american cheered when the judge in the DVD Jon case said "wait, DMCA isn't a law in Norway" - to the astonishment of our legal system....
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Could this be a demonstration that now the Military Industrial complex has more power then the military itself?
The military can't seem to write their own code and manage their own IT. That's sad enough, and it should be a priority to gain that competence, frankly.
I don't think our security interests are best served by various vendor shenanigans that both MS and AWS are known for.
Yes, I know that "national security" is often used on contexts that have nothing to do with the average citizen's security, and often means the job security of some bureaucrat or contractor - or a way to classify wrongdoing so no one pays consequences. I'm using the naive understanding that they actually care about us.
And now we see that they can't even contract the job out to he desired supplier, and this isn't the first time for that - IIRC there was a contract for Air Force tankers that got reversed awhile back, as the company that thought they were entitled to the work but didn't have the best bid, fought in court till they got the contract anyway - over the arguably better original selection. Citation here (without the gory details that perhaps show the corruption better): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KC-X
I'm reminded of this quote, the truth of which doesn't seem to be affected by who is in power, or the country - it's nearly the same everywhere and everywhen.
“The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary.”
― H.L. Mencken, In Defense Of Women
It seems the MIC worldwide, that great self-licking ice cream cone, that almost always gets its way, is just doing the old money seeking behavior so prevalent these days, and not unique to them.
It's been funny watching the wheel turn, again and again.
Mainframe with thin clients...
PCs on premises
Cloud (mainframe with thin clients)
Is one of the rotating wheels - all you need is marketing to rebrand things and call them "new".
This is just another instance of a local server that has enough storage to, um, serve something.
Seems all too large a fraction of one's expertise has to be "read through the marketing BS".
I'll get my coat...
So, we're afraid to blame the educational system for failing to educate people enough to make things like this not a problem?
Oh, that would require effort to fix, and it's easier to blame some current clown than to apply accountability to ... huge numbers of indoctrination system promoters from several generations past.
After all, we all know they were perfect. The history they (re)wrote about themselves, which was pushed into you at public school instead of useful knowledge, says so.
When will this become the fault of an educational system that graduates people who can't balance a checkbook, don't know enough to know how to start a business, and increasingly can't do simple reasoning, simply don't know diddly about how things work, and are completely dependent on someone else, in this case a politician, to know what to do?
I think partisans are looking in the wrong place if they actually want to solve the problems here.
If people were taught critical thinking - vastly useful in all domains other than being simple to con followers of dishonest leaders (but I repeat myself) - perhaps they'd just laugh at the idiots (and better ones would be available to elect) and move on.
Till then, we'll have to depend on Darwin to reduce the stupidity I suppose.
Seems brutal but it does work.
However, this government is known IT-utterly-incompetent, and the military is just now outsourcing all its IT and even secure stuff to ...Microsoft (or Amazon, depending on whose lawyers win).
The crypto is the easy part anyway - See Bruce Schneier and friends. It's avoiding all sorts of pitfalls and side channel attacks that is hard. Ask Intel about that one.
One wonders, however. Since it's well known that the agencies can pretty much compromise any device - and therefore get plaintext before (or after) either "end" of end to end encryption...and even though they complain, it seems the FBI can buy exploits to get into those "locked phones" and does so just before they lose in court (more than once!) - maybe this is all just a smokescreen to make people THINK they don't already have the goods - they just want the messaging platforms to do all the work of screening, and take the blame in the event of failure.
One of the many benefits of THHGTTG is that once you know it - and some friends do as well - you have a code, moderately secret, with which to communicate.
We see it here on the Reg all the time - a fraction of a line from the series will bring a relevant response from all those clued in.
Few works have had this wide power to transmit context with few bits. While there are some tag lines from popular movies that do the same - none have more than a couple of them that are useful - Hitchhiker's stands out as the most prolific by far (in my opinion).
Friends and I (at least those who are hoopy froods) use this, Firesign Theatre, and some lines from popular movies in our banter to great amusement, and of course humorous confusion of those present but not in on it all.
Thanks, Mr Adams!
Pointing out what's legal in theory is fine.
Now, in practice, the bigger money wins all too often. That should be clear by now.
Sure if it's ridiculously obvious, the "right thing" will be done.
On the other hand, a good patent lawyer can often blur things enough to easily thwart the spirit of the law.
One could argue that the reality of two classifications - spirit and letter - are what feed lots of legal beagles.
To paraphrase a well known politician when put on the spot - it depends on what the definition of design is.
While it's perhaps nice to have standing to attempt to punish Oracle in court, it's also amazingly stupid.
Invest in a baby-seal-clubbing operation? Have you no morals at all? It's not like their behavior is unknown, even to finance types (in the big outfits, they are stuck with the junk).
And then to sue an outfit also famously litigious as well as famously dishonest, but with a record of winning in the courts?
Who did due diligence here? On anything at all?
Yeah, I know, pension funds (or mutual funds) have no morals either, but if Oracle is the only way to make money, I'd look for a better job.
I'm sure there are other ways to keep grandma and pa on better than cat-food.
Here they are so sure of what they want to believe, they jump on anything that works their confirmation bias.
As it turns out, JA's lawyer flip-flopped on this, and the WH denial was not a lie. But almost no one here will go with the truth,as demonstrated with downvotes on every comment that tells it - no matter how easily verifiable. I read:
"Update: The story appears to have changed dramatically. According to Assange's lawyer, Rohrabacher, it was him that informed Gen. Kelly that "Assange would provide information about the purloined DNC emails in exchange for a pardon," but never heard back from the White House.
So, unlike Sky News entirely wrong fake news headline..."
See World News for this update.
This brought to mind the old saying - "if architects built buildings the way programmers build code, the first woodpecker to come along would destroy society" - or something like that.
Just checked it out, as it would be cool for my LAN of things on my homestead.
But it's a huge nope - it can't be used standalone on your LAN, it needs to talk to the mothership over the inet to do anything.
So, just like all the other IoT scams - you wind up utterly dependent on someone else - who might go out of business, decide to charge you rent to use your own stuff, have various security issues that you can't trivially block by just not giving the thing outside access....and so on.
Open source doesn't have a ton of meaning in this case - it's not open in any meaningful sense though you could read the code - if you have years.
"C'mon kid, the first one's free"
And while we use the fake kiddie porn to keep him out of circulation, we can gin up all the necessary fake logs needed to convict him of the espionage crimes. It wouldn't do to have him on the loose, interfering with that.
Things like this create something like Maxwell Smart saying "ah yes 99, the old kiddie porn trick".
Sure, it's believable that some wackos are into that - but the percentage of people who have offended
the government that also have kiddie porn seems like it's way, way too high to reflect reality.
I rather doubt that near 100% of criminals are into kiddie porn - that seems to be the specialty of
politician-criminals and enablers who didn't kill themselves.
No, but I do write GUIs in perl, they're quick even on raspberry pies. They use system calls (to things written in C) like pretty much all other GUI things do. GTK3 and its support libraries in my case.
I use C when speed and control are the prime requirements - sometimes standalone, sometimes inline in perl (there's a module for that...).
I think cause and effect are switched in the article. Because perl was hated, no one learned it - the hate was based on hearsay - crowd effect*, but real enough.
Therefore, there aren't many people who really get perl, and it's the old supply and demand thing.
*From Men in Black -
People are smart. They can handle it.
Kay : A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.
Gee, do we need to invent a new "ism" to describe vainly smug dwellers in high density areas who think everyone else is a deplorable hayseed?
Yeah, we who produce the food, host the electricity generation, take your trash, pay taxes, and do most of the manufacturing are just uncultured hayseeds who host the city dwelling parasites. I get it - and you do know, we vote, and being looked down upon by those whose lives we make possible means we're not going to vote as you'd probably wish.
Hello, fellow weirdo! Personally, after a somewhat stiff learning curve, including developing a bit of philosophy, myself and a couple guys I worked with in my consultancy made enough money using DevStudio6 and MFC to retire quite young, and quite long ago. I'm just now reaching normal retirement age after well over a decade of not needing a job. Thanks for all the bugs, Bill! If you'd made good product, easy to work with, and reliable, I wouldn't have had so much success fixing your junk.
We bailed at .NET, which clearly wasn't for us or what we did - we sold performance, and wrote drivers and applications for a manufacturer of telecom and paging gear.
As to philosophy - clearly MS hadn't any good clue about things like OLE...1, 2, ? ActiveX, COM (omg, DCOM) - and the security issues obvious to us even back then. And how again do you print that sound file you embedded in the word document? There's a long list of hilarious errors around that stuff, including even accidental early release of corporate quarterly reports vie obviously named embedded data in available boilerplate source.
Further, it was simple to make a rule - if MS isn't using it in their own major products, don't use it yourself, thus avoiding most of the consequences of that behavior now exemplified by Google -
"oops, let's drop or make that thing incompatible".
Glad I completely switched all my stuff to Linux, even back then when it was more painful - RH 8. That's paid off too. Sometimes early adoption is a good thing.
I think it's well established that they are not able or honest enough to be the ones who decide what workable is. As has been shown many times, "Industry experts" can easily be chosen to promote whatever view you want promoted.
And once money is allocated, the fact that something, however flawed, will be adopted is right around 100%.
Another possible issue with closed source going open.
What are the chances they've been abusing licenses for existing open source, and/or are also using some swiped (from some other outfit) closed source in their product? 100% or thereabouts?
As soon as you admit this big bunch of code has been shipped in a ton of products..you become open to being sued by trolls - or legit originators. Either way, it's a cost and a distraction.
" But it's important to distinguish between equality as a civil right – everyone deserves equal treatment under the law – and equality as an assertion that everyone is the same."
Been called all sorts of bad things for saying this truth for decades. Glad not to be alone. Why do most insist on lying to themselves in denial of this? And
why do those commonly self-described as "woke" deny this the most?
FWIW, as one who toured and worked with actual rock stars - the most talented are the most humble, at least in day to day life. As a software guy and
later the owner of e consultancy, we used this terminology anyway - even though we were inwardly laughing.
You never get anywhere if you think you've already arrived.
Think of the rest of the world - this is a USA issue.
If Oracle wins, then no one but the USA and a couple treaty partners will be affected.
The rest of the world will benefit from the flood of incoming talent and business to keep doing things the good old way...
If the supremes see this - and I'm sure at least one amicus brief lays it out - then they just need to find a way to make it look like they based their decision on law. There's no way they beggar the US even if it IS the right interpretation - which I firmly believe it isn't, but then ...
Was the individual mandate fine in the unconsitutional ACA a "tax"? The do get pretty far from actual legal matters and into politics - and money talks.
Depends on your value of "better".
Full sun on the moon is around twice the watts/sq area as full sun anywhere on earth.
There never any clouds on the moon.
Peak and average are perfectly predictable, and the long day means things that take time to
get going have that time. Being in vacuum makes insulation easier too.
So, at least in the lunar day, it's perhaps 4 times as good as the best earthly location for solar power.
I've lived on an off-grid solar power homestead since around 1980 and have been upgrading the entire time. It causes you to pay serious attention to such things. And it works even in Virginia, where we don't have 2 week days, but do have plenty of clouds, and are of course, beneath the entire Earth's atmosphere which eats around 50% of the solar flux even when it's clear.
i can even run computers so as to annoy other commentards on the Reg in January...
Wrong comparison. It's like using all fill-in defaults - that only speak to default questions, vs learning to structure and write English paragraphs correctly - or how to tell a story, or how to communicate a concept, not compared to writing your own set of ignorant defaults.
"Sure, it'll be fun" (Black Widow)
When you make it so monkeys can "code" - you end up with monkey code.
I'm reminded of that video of handing a monkey a loaded AK 47 and the resulting scramble.
It's amusing as a video - from well out of range.
Maybe what I call "the lottery mentality" - "win once and I'm set up for life" - is the problem.
Oooh, we innovated once, and now deserve to be profitable forever (life can be long if you're a corp).
Maybe if you make money from innovating, you have to keep doing it, just a thought. The rest of us don't get paid for life because we showed up for work once.
Sole ownership of some idea that's now old-hat just makes things more expensive for all the customers.
Perhaps patents need to expire a bit quicker in a world where things move considerably quicker than they did when those laws were written?
Yes, I said large minority.
I don't believe in or desire a tyranny by a majority myself (it hasn't worked well in history), and happen to think my life is as valuable, as someone leaving needles on the street along with human waste, in between commingling crimes, but hey, that's just me.
It's quite possible for the majority to be in the wrong. I remember a time when the majority thought digital watches were a pretty neat idea!
Perhaps a side issue for some - but 5g will allow far more detailed tracking of user location by access point data. There's no way to block that if you're connected.
And of course, in the mountains where I live - the normal, older connectivity is unreliable - even now, people can barely get a signal inside my home on the 2nd floor - and even that only became barely possible a few years ago. So, for that large minority of the population not living in a dense urban area, 5G's completely irrelevant.
Obviously you never had to deal with things that checked to see if a registry key was *absent* and changed behavior based on presence alone. So in half the cases, searching for it means nothing - not being there IS the information.
And knowing what to search for even if it is there wasn't always straightforward.
Well, in all 20 or so of my systems, systemd has always had issues with mounting anything remote via /etc/fstab.
Leaving out the travails in the first bunch of versions - all of which required workarounds that themselves quit working on a subsequent version of systemd....requiring a good bit of backing and forthing to implement some new one which wasn't always the same (mint vs raspian for example).
At this point, a remotely mounted NFS share (so I can access a huge nas from all my machines and not fight with samba's permission issues) - slows down booting on any of them while systemd figures out that I meant it when I said background this in fstab.
And then, god help you if you've unmounted something manually and then try to reboot - be prepared to wait some minutes while systemd tries over and over again to unmount something that's already unmounted.
It's even worse if that thing is mounted over a network and for whatever reason connectivity is lost. Be prepared to manually cycle power.
You don't have to guess, you see the "waiting on a stop job for ..." in the splash if you hit esc while wondering why stuff appears to be hung.
Note - all this worked flawlessly and seamlessly before sytsemd, and unlike systemd, didn't wait for disks on the share to spin up from a sleep state just to boot.
And Poettering's take? "Don't mount remote shares at startup, WONTFIX".
Seems to me it's all tension around my title.
I want to be able to claim I'm giving something away, while demanding either conditions on it - it's not really a gift - or a way to get paid for what I'm taking credit for giving away.
If I knew a way to resolve that one - I'd clue y'all in. But it seems obvious to me from the sheer number of attempts that this is mostly some kind of spin to have it both ways at once. And frankly, it seems like hubris to claim you've finally figured out a way to have your cake and eat it too. Someone has misplaced career goals - that kind of junk is "marketing".
Most of us just have to get on with life, and mostly ignore these first world problems. Personally I just give my stuff away - I got the value out of it by using it myself, and simply ensuring no one else can take my own stuff from me or prevent me from using it, claiming it's their IP. seems like a worthwhile setup. Almost any of the licenses give me that, and frankly aren't even needed since copyright is automatic in most cases. Even if someone "BSDs" it and takes their changes or additions private - what I turned loose is still out there. Sad if they are fruity and don't give credit for it, but hey, that's icing, not the cake.
As for getting paid, well I spent many years producing IP for hire, it's owned (if that is possible) by the people who paid me for the work, we're done, everyone went away happy AFAIK. They got a ROI, I got honed skills which are still valuable, win-win.
I do see the value in copyright assignment to some big "good for us all "project, like Linux. But once you hand over your work, it's not yours - which is fine if your motivation was to aid the big project. If you had ulterior motives, well, shame on you.
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