Re: white collar crime
Shoplifting is a state level offense and the states vary widely on how it is handled. Parole is common in the state prisons. He was nailed on federal charges where there is no parole.
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Two words: market share. Fruit does not have majority market share in their major markets while the Rejects of Redmond had ~95% of the key market share (OS) at the time they were sued. Fruit may be making it potentially difficult for Spotify in the Fruit market but there is a large market that Fruit's services will not reach.
Most people can be ensnared by their own vanity or fears. If you have some idea how to approach a person to entrap them it is not very hard to turn them. So the idea is to find out these vectors from publicly available sources. There is no legal risk and it only takes time/manpower to do.
The plods often do a reverse of this when investigating a crime. Once a suspect is identified they often peruse social media for any free information they can get.
Good security practices are critical to avoiding ransomware and mitigating its effects. But often the 'advice' says not to open files attached to emails, etc. which is impossible to do for most workers. It's not uncommon for me to get an email attachment from an internal colleague. Now if you are in accounting and sales you have a much greater chance of receiving a legitimate attachment from an external source (bids, invoices, etc.) that are necessary for the business to run. These attachments have to be opened. So I am given idiotic advice that says I cannot do my job because some moronic 'expert' says never open an attachment, etc.
One scenario that requires minimal social engineering is to pose as business trying to set up a business account with a company. The company will require financial and trade information to verify before approving the account. It is rather common to send this information via email as an attachment. And obvious for it to reviewed the attachment has to be opened.
It obvious where HarmonyOS will be marketed first. I tend to think its success will be driven more by Beijing getting behind it and making it the defacto national Chicon phone OS. If so, there will be pressure and possibly money to develop apps quickly for it. How well it well do outside of China, not so sure as many are suspicious of Beijing's motives and methods right now. I doubt other Asian countries will allow it all.
Gartner is a well known navel gazing outfit (rarely right) that is widely believed by the upper manglement. It is nice to know what vomit they spewing so as to know what turds will be emitted by your local manglement. Consider it a public service announcing idiocies to come.
The problem with all SETI searches is they are limited by what we can detect. If FTL drives are not science fiction how would we detect them when we have no idea what to look for. Any advanced technology would be the same, we have no idea what it is and definitely no idea how to detect it. Some of the ideas such as look for technosignatures in principle are correct, but what signatures should we be looking for and can we even detect them is an issue. Looking for fluorocarbons sounds good there is the assumption the alien civilization produced them and a local biological process did not. If they were not produced at all by an alien civilization and the local biosphere there is no signature to detect.
I suspect the 30% levy will stand up once you compare the rate to standard retail markups. Normal retail markups are at least double the cost to retailer (50% levy or higher). So Apple and Google are being cheap compared to Wally World and others. The app makers are getting 70% of retail which is actually quite high. While 30% does give a hefty margin it is not all profit, the app store does cost money to run which someone has to pay for. Also, right now I believe it is app producer that sets the retail price not Apple which is another difference between the app store and traditional retail.
Are the trade war with Trump and Covid-19 actually causing problems for China? It seems like there are many reasons to be distrustful Beijing as their recent antics have not inspired confidence about their willingness to obey their international treaty obligations. Plus Xi seems to bent on involving China in numerous shooting wars and open rebellions at the same time (India, Mongolia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, etc.), not exactly a wise policy when your neighbors and their friends do not trust you. Also, I am not so sure the timelines for repatriating/moving manufacturing could not be accelerated if there was a political will to really do so.
Where I work tried a 'low code' 'solution' (nameless to protect the criminal) which I got some training on. My impression was of the 'solution' is was actually much harder to work with than writing code in the traditional manner. I seriously doubt non-programmers could actually get something that works and programmers were frustrated by the inability to fix problems efficiently.
Low code solutions have to so modular that one can literally 'drag-and-drop' modules into the code and it will work. But one of the major problems I have seen is the backend code is often so bad that any competent programmer will vomit when they see it.
Given the Rejects of Redmond's inability to reliable patch Bloat 10, making Patch Tuesday nothing more than a game of Russian Roulette with the box, is one better off running Bloat 7 even though it is unsupported. Either way you are taking significant risks with the OS, either you get hit by ransomware or you get your files wiped out or box borked by the Rejects.
No matter who won the contract there were going to be (meritless) lawsuits claiming it was not properly awarded. A contract this big is bound to get scrutiny. With hardware (ships, planes, etc.) it is easier for the losers to still get some subcontracts as a consolation prize from the winner. Plus there is often another project to bid on in the near future. With this type of project it's all-or-nothing, the prime is not going to subcontract out anything worthwhile to get the losing bidders.
If something is urgent we are told to IM the person if they are online at work. I often talk to others several times a day after being pinged. Email is very useful to create a written record for all to see.
In my personal life, again, it it is urgent call or text and then maybe follow up with an email with more details (if needed). If you are in my contact list I will respond as soon as I can.
The issue with the 'Cloud' is not that it could be a viable solution for many organizations for at least part of their workload but the adoption is often not thought out. Every organization has a different balance between on prem and cloud they should be using. Surprisingly it is often weighted in favor of on prem for numerous technical and legal reasons. So the cloud use should reflect not what the sales person says but what a cold, hard look of the organization's needs are.
The 'Cloud' has been touted too often as the solution for all problems to non-technical types who do not appreciate the complexities of running a server farm of any type. The problem is the decision is made without consulting the people who will be implementing and running it.
Cov19 created a one-off blip in sales but did not change the market fundamentals. PC sales is showing the characteristics of a mature market. Kit is generally good enough to last many years before needing replacement for the vast majority of users. And there is no compelling to buy the latest CPU or GPU for most users. What will happen is the decline will eventually stop and sales will bounce around a mean with the possibility of sluggish increase of units sold occurring; behavior typical of mature markets.
Most of these 'analyst' are not telling me anything that has not occurred before as markets matured. Now if they can accurately predict the floor and the long term behavior once the floor is reached they might be worth something. Otherwise perusing a history book is more valuable; the pattern has always held.
If the Rejects from Redmond really want to migrate users away from Win32 applications they probably should do something like a new OS (let's call it Roof) that does not support Win32 applications natively. Roof would need to be compatible with either MacOS (not likely) , Android, or Linux so there are applications available immediately. The Rejects could then have a decadish long phase out of Win32 support in Bloat so users (companies) have time migrate to another API in Windows. If Roof becomes more popular than Bloat they could even slowly phase out Bloat altogether over a longer period.
Code written awhile ago and is still actively used is not likely to be rewritten to use a new API just because the API exists as it is generally a waste of time. The only way to force users and devs to stop using Win32 is to stop supporting it and removing it from Bloatware at some point in time. But there is a lot of elderly, useful business code that would have to be rewritten; the howls of anguish would be loud. As far as consumer code, I am not sure how much would be affected but there will be some howling from them also.
The only other alternative is to create an API that is so superior to the current APIs that when the next major revision done to the elderly code will be rewritten to use the new API. I do not think this scenario is very likely to happen as I do not think any new API will be that much better than its predecessor to warrant a rewrite.
The Rejects of Redmond are stuck, either support Win32 for the foreseeable future or alienate your customers; pick your poison.
In my younger days I remember getting security training. One of the points made was that spies, etc. will try to set you up to coerce you into working with them by various means mostly foul. But what was noted in the training was that going to the security people as soon as it was safe with the details will clear you of any wrong doing and they will probably use you to maintain contact until they are ready to pounce.
Given the Rejects of Redmond constant failure to grasp most English speakers (native and non-native) do not speak with a West Coast US accent I am dubious about the accuracy of the transcriptions and how much time will be wasted cleaning up the trash produced by the 'service'. I work for a multinational company and with some regularity I speak with people who have a variety of accents (Scots, Irish, US Southern, German, Norwegian, Indian are just a few). As a nominal native speaker, some accents require me to pay very close attention to the speaker to understand them.
The politicians on both sides have been 'bought' by the major corporations because they run in the same circles and know each other. How well they know each other individually varies. So there is little interest by the pols to go after their drinking buddies unless someone's antics brings too much attention to all (think Epstein and all those whose names have come up in the saga). The upper managelment of Itsy Bitsy Morons is in this group. So as along as the mistreatment stays generally on the back pages of the various rags, if it is mentioned at all, there will be little pressure for the manglement to be ethical.
While the technique will work in the lab, out in the real world mechanical locks can be picked very easily. If you do not have the tools or skill to pick a lock there is always busting the door down which also works. The people I am worried about breaking in are not going to use such a technique but something more traditional like kicking the door down. Great for a thesis (or feces) but not of much use in the real world.
There are some problems with working from home particularly when you have never done it before for and extended period. First is to establish clear work/personal time boundaries. The second is get exercise and human contact besides family at home. For a business, it might consider company picnics, lunches or similar activities for employees to maintain personal contact. Also, consider one the problems for many now is the fact the kids are not at school but at home even if they are studying.
The tentative conclusion I draw from this is drives have been improving with newer drives being more reliable than older drives. This seems to follow the trend others have seen with drive reliability. However to use this data for drive selection without more research is not wise as it is just one set of data.
The report is not a study but a data point provided by a company who uses a lot of drives. It implies drives are can be very reliable on demanding conditions. Conducting such a study would require careful study design, i.e. what use cases are you testing (home/SOHO use, corporate workstation, data center, etc.). If someone who has thousands of drives says they are getting these failure rates it does provide a glimpse into the reliability of drives in real world use.
Many benchmarks are artificial because the testing does resemble real world use. USEPA mileage figures are notoriously wacky (normally high) because the testing does not reflect real driving conditions. But as a comparison number between vehicles they are useful as they give a relative idea of fuel usage.
All the cloud really does is shuffle hardware and wetware around. Someone has to do the work and it has to run on something. So the real question for a company is how to do you want to pay for the hardware and wetware with the corollary being what split between in-house and out-house
Isn't red the color of blood oozing out. May the EU kill the Minions and bankrupt Leisure Suit Larry (prison is a better place with a couple of hungry wild boars as cell mates for Larry, but I don't think they can nail him on a criminal charge). With regards to Salesfarce, I have no direct experience with but do not generally trust the frauds who purvey Spyware-as-a-Service, especially ones run by a junior Leisure Suit Larrys.
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