Hobbyists need more obvious payloads
If the payload had looked like this maybe they wouldn't have shot it down. https://youtu.be/5REsCTG4-Gg
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Somehow, I think that requiring employees to sign a death pact with the new boss is just not the best way to encourage them to stay. Although for those who have decided to just say no, I wonder if they'll ever see their 90 days severance since HR (to my understanding) has already been canned.
They run it on current mainframe hardware such as the z14: https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/07/17/ibm_latest_mainframe_z14/
However as stated the old code continues to run. Not having to reprogram when hardware is upgraded was a foundational element of System/360.
All this talk about the 580, 680, 880, 237, 101, 85, 87, to which I add 84, 92, 238, Sunol Grade, Niles Canyon, and my favorite special place in the morning, where Calaveras Blvd merges onto WB 237 with its laughable traffic metering light... I thought this was Silly-con Valley where folks would teleport, or at least telecommute to work. What the heck? Hey Musk! Where's my jetpack?????
Yes, the WP is a good work phone. Not quite as no nonsense as a BlackBerry, but close. The keyboard is pretty good, but like all touch screen keyboards lacks the features of a BB, such as uppercase in a single keystoke or direct access to numbers and some special characters. The Apple keyboard is much worse in this regard (I'm forced to use one for work). Live tiles are very helpful in showing you exactly how many messages are pending, and notifications take you directly to the message you select. The only feature of the iPhone that I like better is the alarm clock. Chose a loser again (was a BB user for a decade). I guess I'll keep using my 640 XL LTE dual-sim until it becomes an electronic waste doorstop.
"I'm pretty certain that they're not really looking for expertise at all." You got that right. Where I used to work I saw hundreds of years of irreplaceable knowledge and expertise walked out the door of any given layoff day. The software widgets still get cranked out, even though of lower quality, but still at the original full price, so management is happy with their bonuses. Human capital has no value in most places. The problem is for people who decide / need to retool in order to stay in, get back into the pool. Current systems do not support this need. For sure online education is helping, but it still has a traditional base. The process needs further updating. Even if employers don't give a hoot, people need jobs and they need constant availability of good education to help them keep running in place.
"The ridiculous part was that the job I had at my old employer was sliced and diced to the point where there were six (count 'em) teams now responsible for the most of the day-to-day things I used to do. And those teams had little to no knowledge of what the other teams did or how their work might affect what the others were doing.". Sounds like your former employer is trying to make an assembly line process of your old job. I'd say, good riddance to 'em! Just turn your back and move on. Make their loss someone else's gain.
What you seem to be saying is the new kid on the block suffers from a lack of corporate knowledge and doesn't know the often undocumented business rules that lie deep within the code. In the "good ol' days" (whenever that was) the newbie was mentored extensively. Now however with limited staff the few people who remain, even if they want to mentor, simply can't. They don't have the cycles to spare. The overlap that mentoring requires simply doesn't happen anymore. It's a "luxury" of a glorious past. Experienced personnel get shown the door on one day, and recent budget hirings come in the next. Wash, rinse and repeat...
"In June, the fund's management said it had reviewed Citrix's business with a team of senior software execs and come up with a "strategic and operating plan" that it claims will make the company more efficient and valuable."
Translated: We're going to bring in a bunch of the fund manager's buddies who will run the company into the ground by strategically dumping employees until costs are brought into line with soon to be ever shrinking revenue after the products go south when there is no one left to build or fix them...
The information page about the "incident" on OPM's website states that they will be sending notification letters to everyone effected by the breach. If OPM does as good a job of finding people as the VA did, then most people will never get any notification.
"Imagine if you're operating a Gay Rights organisation in one of the many countries where homosexuality is criminalised?
Or what about parts of the world where one schism of the religion you follow deems your particular schism to be apostasy and punishable by death?"
Then why not choose a TLD other than .com? There are many more now than there used to be, with many of them generalized and without a business intent.
While the message reads like a typical spam mail that I delete after reading the first two words, the fact that whoever sent it also has the recipient's home address, phone numbers, social security number, date of birth, income, bank account info (if they had direct deposit), probably the names and ages of their family members (from health care data, emergency data, etc.), among many other details, yeah, I'd be scared.
The green screen shot posted at krebsonsecurity.com shows that Sony does run on multiple platforms. But these days it's very easy to grab data off the mainframe, so data like that shown in the screen shot could have easily been exported by users and grabbed off their hard drives by GOP.
For me one of the best features of the BB has always been the holster and its recognition of having been holstered. Then with proper notification settings (vibrate when holstered) you don't need to pull it out to look at it because you know what's going on without looking. I guess you can get that from the pocket too, but at a volume that notifies everyone else of your messages. Unfortunately it looks like this new design is not going to be holsterable. I'm keeping the 9900 for now.
Agreed. Google is just another corportation. But Google has also branded itself as something of a do gooder. The do gooder image is in conflict with its business image. Google management will need to figure out how to reconcile the two in order to retain the popular support the company has long enjoyed. It will be interesting to see what they do and the result that they arrive at.
"The traffic light logic is also dubious"
I agree on this point, but for an entirely different reason. At its extreme, if non-autonomous cars are banned from all roadways, then there would be no need for traffic lights. The cars would work it out among themselves before entering the intersection, pace and plan accordingly. They could choreograph interweaving movement through the intersection. They would brake for foot traffic and cyclists and signal this to the other cars to stop. Heck, if they are talking among themselves they could let other cars that have turned on the "looking for parking" signal on know when a parking space is available. They could talk to their own components, query the tires for their condition or ask the engine "how's the oil", IoT. But do I want them to take over nearly every aspect of personal conveyance? No, however at the insistance of others, I may not have that choice.