* Posts by spacecadet66

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Brit unis hit in Blackbaud hack inform students that their data was nicked, which has gone as well as you might expect

spacecadet66

Re: Of course, the storage was actually illegal

Nowhere in the story does it say that the data was stored in US servers. The hacked servers are described as "self-hosted," so if the servers were administered by the universities, the onus of GPDR compliance was on them.

Which doesn't make any of this look any better for Blackbaud, of course.

Capita's bespoke British Army recruiting IT cost military 25k applicants after switch-on

spacecadet66

Re: I get it...

I feel like the Germans have the right idea here. Thanks to some deliberate postwar social engineering, the Bundeswehr is seen as a low-prestige employer of last resort. It certainly beats the "SuPpOrT tEh TrOoPs!" mentality prevalent in the USA.

spacecadet66

Re: 25,000 fewer applications to join the military in the following year

If I were Putin (which I am not, I am in fact Gülşat Mämmedowa), I wouldn't bother with anything as difficult as plotting. I'd just sit back and let plain old ordinary corruption continue to run its course.

spacecadet66

So what you're saying with this headline is, Capita has done a public service for once.

spacecadet66

Re: I get it...

"You do know that there are lots of people who join the army specifically to fight and become warriors don't you?"

Yes. And what they actually become is security guards for the oligopoly.

Raytheon techie who took home radar secrets gets 18 months in the clink in surprise time fraud probe twist

spacecadet66

I believe you'll find he lives in Sharon, Massachusetts. Not Sharon, Maryland. The postal abbreviation for Massachusetts is MA so this is a common mistake.

Congrats, First American Title Insurance, you've made technology history. For all the wrong reasons

spacecadet66

Well it's not like there's a handy top-10 list, that you might expect all Web developers to be familiar with, of common Internet security flaws...[checks notes]...oh wait there is.

https://owasp.org/www-project-top-ten/, the instant blunder is #5, "Broken Access Control."

Hopefully the penalty in this case will be high enough to make people sit up and take notice.

Sick of AI engines scraping your pics for facial recognition? Here's a way to Fawkes them right up

spacecadet66

I'm not usually one for banning technologies, but I think I would make an exception for facial recognition. I can't think of a single non-pernicious use for them (and no, I do not trust the police with them, don't @ me.)

Unfortunately, the people most likely to do the banning are also very interested in facial recognition.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

spacecadet66

“From my perspective, every early space company goes through these anomalies and you learn from it,"

Such as scrappy startup Boeing--founded 1916 and involved in the US space program since the 60s. I assume there are rocket scientists working at NASA: this guy is not one of them.

Machine-learning models trained on pre-COVID data are now completely out of whack, says Gartner

spacecadet66

The reasons why data from the interwar period might not be the best basis for a contemporary prediction model are left as an exercise for the reader.

1 in 5 STEM bros whinge they can't catch a break in tech world they run

spacecadet66

Re: If only you knew...

As have I. As have I.

spacecadet66

Why do I suspect that for 9 out of 10 of those 1 in 5, they aren't nearly as good at what they do as they think they are.

Leaky credit report biz face massive fines if US senators get their way

spacecadet66

Re: No chance

Yes, it would be a shame if there were serious consequences for a serious blunder.

Memo man Damore is back – with lawyers: Now Google sued for 'punishing' white men

spacecadet66

I wonder how much this suit has to do with Danmore's conviction of the righteousness of his cause, versus Dhillon's political ambitions. My guess is the ratio is somewhere near a tad :: a whole lot.

I also don't see a path to him actually winning the case. Leaving aside the question of whether his arguments actually have any merit, he's facing Google's legal department and a Santa Clara County jury.

spacecadet66

I'd never heard of him before 30-odd minutes ago, but the coincidence was too good to pass up.

spacecadet66

Re: I hope that he wins

Yes, Google sure looks like it's in bad shape.

spacecadet66

Happened to find a related article in another fine British paper:

http://www.thedailymash.co.uk/politics/politics-headlines/this-is-discrimination-against-twats-says-toby-young-20180109142012

spacecadet66

Re: Funny how...

Nice, nice. Stick some old clothes on that strawman and stick it in the field, that'll keep the birds away.

spacecadet66

Re: Funny how...

It means "left-ish person I don't like."

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

spacecadet66

Speaking as an uppity Linux bigot, I'd like to say that "service" is not the word I would have chosen here.

Yahooooo! says! its! email! is! scrahoooo-ed!

spacecadet66

Don't put yourself to the trouble on our account.

Time's up: Grace period for Germany's internet hate speech law ends

spacecadet66

Re: C'mon Reg...

This nonsense again...yeah, that was the name. Congratulations, Sherlock Holmes, you're the first to hear about this.

spacecadet66

Why do official agencies in, say, California, communicate in Spanish? Because it's the first language of a significant number of people who live there. Where I live, there are large Portuguese and Brazilian populations, and you _do_ see government documents in Portuguese.

HTH, but I bet you already knew that somehow.

spacecadet66

Re: C'mon Reg...

Nope. Maybe go to the library and ask if they have any history books of the 30s with lots of pictures.

US senators rail against effort to sneak through creepy mass spying bill

spacecadet66

"The version most likely of passing into law is called the USA Liberty Act..."

In the words of a not-very-wise man (*), "Oh, come on!"

(*) G. O. Bluth

New battery boffinry could 'triple range' of electric vehicles

spacecadet66

As opposed to a car with an internal combustion engine...

Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

spacecadet66

So predictable.

"One of the most important patterns of conservative message-making is projection. Projection is a psychological notion; it roughly means attacking someone by falsely claiming that they are attacking you. Conservative strategists engage in projection constantly."

--"What Is Conservatism and What Is Wrong with It?" http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/pagre/conservatism.html

Did you unwittingly support the destruction of net neutrality rules?

spacecadet66

Re: Strange pattern

Yeah, whatever happened to that guy anyway?

Your next laptop will feature 'CMF' technology

spacecadet66

Mine already has CMF, at least judging by how often I shake my fist at it and yell "Compile, mother f****er!"

I hope they don't get rid of the LRF support though.

Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

spacecadet66

Re: State's Rights?

They're for _certain_ states' rights, such as the right to have public facilities segregated by race, which is where the phrase came from. And they like a government small enough to fit into a woman's uterus and keep an eye on matters there.

German Firefox users to test recommendation engine 'a bit like thought-reading'

spacecadet66

This is going to go over poorly

Mainly because they picked the worst possible country to run their experiment in. Germans tend to be very, very touchy about privacy.

ISIS and Jack Daniel's: One of these things is not like the other

spacecadet66

I can see how you could mistake a Jack Daniels flag for a Daesh one, if you'd never seen the JD logo and also you couldn't tell Arabic writing from English and also you had a very tiny brain.

That said, I'm not sure I'd want to live next to someone so proud of drinking the stuff. I used to drink that brand too, but then I turned 16.

Welcome to the future: Bluetooth jackets you can only wash 10 times. Gee, thanks, Google

spacecadet66

It's not about "need," it's about "I had $350 to blow on this."

spacecadet66

The interesting thing: we have here an item made by people with far more money and technical acumen than common sense, who don't have to worry about working hard enough to break a sweat, and who live in a place where it gets cool enough to wear a light jacket. If you didn't know Silicon Valley existed, you could now deduce its existence.

Database biz MongoDB files to go public, hopes to raise a cool $100m

spacecadet66

It's been a rough week, so thanks for the laugh, MongoDB!

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

spacecadet66

Respect to them for trying to kill "learnings." I would also personally favor having "ask" as a noun be punishable by, let's say, six months in jail.

I'm still going to google the living shit out of things on the Internet.

VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

spacecadet66

Re: Code of Ethics

And "USA medical industry made of cheese" gets "About 1,670,000 results." What's your point?

spacecadet66

Re: "I was only following orders"

IANAML, but the law is very clear on this point: no it isn't. That point was, coincidentally, also established in Germany--specifically in the Nuremberg trials. Here in the USA, William Calley famously attempted an "only following orders" defense when tried for his part in the My Lai massacre. This also failed. Today, the UCMJ (the code of laws pertaining strictly to the military in the USA) makes it clear that members of the military only have a duty to obey _lawful_ orders.

Nice try though.

spacecadet66

Re: Code of Ethics

"Everyone else is doing it" is another excuse that most of us grow out of using by adulthood.

(And no, I don't think any of those three are OK. Since you ask.)

spacecadet66

Re: "Until you go to court how do you know it's illegal?"

"The engineers obviously were deeply involved in this business, but surely it's the management who decided to 1) instruct engineers to develop cheating software and 2) deploy the cheating software, who are the real villains here."

Yes, but he, the engineer, had an ethical duty that he reneged on. This particular ethical duty is backed up by a law, which is why he's in jail today. In a just world he wouldn't be the last one to wind up a guest of the state, but "I was only following orders" is a weak-sauce excuse that couldn't and shouldn't have cleared him here.

Retail serfs to vanish, all thanks to automation

spacecadet66

Re: I find it...

"I also still wonder why we don't get discounts at the self service tills when we're saving the store money."

When a business finds a way to cut their costs, they have a choice between two courses of action:

(a) Pass the savings on to the customer

(b) Pocket the savings

Guess which alternative virtually every business since the dawn of time has elected for.

Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

spacecadet66

Re: Whats the issue?

So either the management is both callous and shortsighted, or Vodafone is in dire financial straits. Either way, it's a bad look.

spacecadet66

Pennywise and pound foolish

They've managed to save possibly several thousand pounds. Congratulations! Just don't count on your employees to ever do more than the bare minimum to avoid the sack.

Nasty firmware update butchers Samsung smart TVs so bad, they have to be repaired

spacecadet66

"I expect lots of people would be able to follow simple instructions to [simple instructions]"

There are two kinds of people: people who would expect lots of people to be able to follow those simple instructions, and people who have worked for more than 20 minutes in tech support.

spacecadet66

Re: Bricked TVs

,,,why would anyone use a browser built into a TV?

San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

spacecadet66

Re: Hmmmm....

"Do children play there?"

It's in San Francisco. So no. Not a lot of kids there on the whole, compared to other cities that size.

Hate it when your apartment block is locked to Comcast etc? Small ISPs fight back

spacecadet66

I WISH I could get a different ISP just by changing buildings. The city I live in has a page on its official municipal website about the cable and Internet situation, and what it boils down to is "Sorry, it's got to be Comcast. No other ISP showed an interest, and believe me, we asked."

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