* Posts by Mark Exclamation

366 publicly visible posts • joined 8 Oct 2014


IBM to scrap 401(k) matching, offer something else instead

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40 years ago IBM was amongst the best companies to work for, and they genuinely cared for their employees. These days, you'd need to be nuts to consider working for IBM, where employees are considered a necessary evil and the company continually looks for ways to screw its employees and pay them as little as possible (unless you're an executive).

Nokia to erase up to 14,000 employees from payroll

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With everyone replacing their Huawei gear, how on earth can Nokia NOT be making HUGE profits?

Qualcomm to shed over 1,000 staff in California, plus some Brits, starting in December

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"Yet Qualcomm recently found a rumored £180 million ($220m) to sponsor British soccer team Manchester United for three years, with the Snapdragon CPU brand to be featured on team shirts." That's great market targeting; I can just see all the Man. U fans going home and saying "I really must go out and buy a Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, wonder if I can get one from Currys".

Musk, Yaccarino contradict each other on status of X's election integrity team

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Re: Well...

Nice try. The problem with social media is that it is full of opinions that contradict established fact, and the mindless morons choose to believe the opinions over said facts. The "influencers" are nothing more than idiots but are gaining a huge amount of, yeah, influence. This is where society is heading, and it is a very dark place.

Pot calls the kettle hack as China claims Uncle Sam did digital sneak peek first

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The US was only trying to to get its stolen IP back....

International Criminal Court hit in cyber-attack amid Russia war crimes probe

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"...ICC probes suspected war crimes committed by Russia during its invasion of Ukraine" - Not sure there's much "suspected" or alleged; it's all pretty bloody obvious. And those Russians are soooo brave targeting civilians and civilian infrastructure. Bloody murderers.

Apple pairs well with profits, not repair shops

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Apple aren't the only ones

Many years ago, I had a Sony Vaio laptop which needed a new HDD (just) out of manufacturer's warranty but within extended (3rd party) warranty. Repair was performed by a non-Sony shop, but they had to send the whole thing to Sony for them to pair the HDD with the laptop. Added weeks to the repair.

The Anti Defamation League is Musk's latest excuse for Twitter's tanking ad revenue

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Re: They can both go away.

Would that be a right-angle?

Foxconn founder Terry Gou to run for Taiwan's presidency

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Re: Separation of business and state

Church/religion *is/are* a business; pyramid scheme businesses to be precise, some of which are boys' clubs for pedophiles, and others which are purely for the control of women. Yes, I hate religion!

Netflix offers up to $900,000 for AI product manager while actors strike for protection

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Re: A what?

Do you work in marketing....?

AMD mulls new chip manufacturing partners amid supply chain jitters

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Re: Opening moves.

I disagree. I don't think Xi would give two-hoots about how many Chinese military personnel or Taiwanese were killed in pursuit of his ultimate goal.

Social media is too much for most of us to handle

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Re: American spelling

No, that would be pronounced "queue-ler". I think you're looking for "culler" - the double-L softens the U.

China succeeds where Elon Musk has failed with first methalox rocket

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"China's private space industry....." There is no such thing as China's private ANYTHING industry! It's all ultimately government owned.

Recipient of Europe's largest ever seed round doesn't even have a product

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Re: mistral.

I had one once, too, the 1980s version. Best car ever!

Scientists claim >99 percent identification rate of ChatGPT content

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Re: Lost in translation does not equate to a disturbance in the force and source ‽ .

That post was written by ChatGPT, and I claim my $5.

Nexperia left off subsidies list as Germany chips away at Chinese connection

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I'm not sure why the West allows a Chinese company to buy ANY West-based/owned company. The West is forbidden from buying ANY Chinese company. Why don't we just level the playing field?

Insurers can't use 'act of war' excuse to avoid Merck's $1.4B NotPetya payout

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I have mixed feelings about this outcome; on the one hand I want the insurance companies to pay out from their fat wallets and huge profits, but on the other hand, if a company has shit IT security and hasn't funded it sufficiently, they don't deserve a payout, and should be made to suffer financially.

China sought control of submarine cables to spy, says Micronesia

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Really just confirmation of something we already suspected (knew). Unfortunately, Mr Panuelo may need an obituary fairly soon.

60% of Germany's 5G network is Huawei, says Chinese embassy

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"In the statement, they called the endeavor to remove the products an "abuse of state power to interfere in the market""...... Hmmm, the Chinese government NEVER interferes in the market... oh wait.

Foxconn expands Vietnam factories, perhaps to help Apple diversify beyond China

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Moving as much manufacturing as possible out of China can only be a good thing.

NASA Geotail spacecraft's 30-year mission ends after last data recorder fails

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Re: Say what you want about NASA's inefficiencies

Agreed. These days, I always use/understand "guys" to be gender-neutral.

This startup reckons its chiplet interconnect tech can best Intel, TSMC

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You can be sure that China already has the blueprints to NuLink, and will have something to market shortly.

SAP struggles to exit Russia after sale of support unit stalled

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How difficult is it to switch everything off and just leave? It's not like anyone can be sued over it. Or that they're going to be looking at restarting business there anytime soon. Just switch it all off and leave it in such a state that it remains unusable. Simples.

Health insurer's infosec incident diagnosis goes from 'take a chill pill' to emergency ward

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"....and explained it had taken down the apps mentioned above out of an abundance of caution, and had used the downtime to improve security across its operations."

Er, shouldn't security already be at its maximum? If it takes a hack to "improve security" then they are culpable.

This hero probe will smash into an asteroid to see if we can deflect future killer rocks

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Damnit! Missed by THAT much!

Twilio more than decimates staff, CEO says it grew too fast

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Re: Tough for the CEO

He'll probably get an increased bonus for fixing the problems he created.

Snap to lay off one in five employees as losses mount

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So, three new regional presidents. Sacking 1300 staff should keep it cost-neutral, then.

China may be the future for Mercedes-Benz

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China: "MB, all your worldly R&Ds belong to us."

Broadcom takeover deal for VMware faces no rival bids

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Re: Pray

So you're not offering them anything, then?

China says it has photographed all of Mars from orbit

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China says a lot of things, but most of it is deliberate lies and bullshit.

China is trolling rare-earth miners online and the Pentagon isn't happy

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"We never interfere in the internal affairs of sovereign countries, we are a peaceful nation and will never attack anyone, and we will never militarise the South China Sea Islands we built."

Everything that comes "officially" from China is just bullshit.

Intel withholds Ohio fab ceremony over US chip subsidies inaction

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A fab plant in Germany, eh? I hear Germany is experiencing power-shortage issues. How much power does a chip fab consume?

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Meanwhile, applications are open for vegetarian-only astronauts. Alternatively, applications are open for cattle, sheep, pigs, and abattoir-workers who would be interested in becoming astronauts. Problem is, there's not much grass on the moon.

Chinese drone-maker DJI suspends ops in Russia, Ukraine

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For anyone who believes that DJI is not making drones for the Chinese military - I have a bridge for sale, slightly used.

Judge dismisses Microsoft's challenges: ValueLicensing case to proceed in Britain

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Has anyone noticed that all the judges have the same first name.....?

Taiwan cracks down on China spying on tech firms

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"Taiwan's Parliament, the Executive Yuan, yesterday revealed draft amendments to national security laws aimed at deterring and punishing Chinese economic espionage efforts......."

Yeah, that'll stop them (not). China doesn't give two-hoots about any laws that aren't Chinese laws, and will continue to ignore them.

Tax inspectors raid Huawei offices

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Chinese government: "Do as we say, not as we do." and: "When we say we're doing something, we're actually not, but it makes us sound good.".

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Re: "Perhaps Gao didn't read The Register's February 14th story about Foxconn ..."

I think you need to re-interpret Simon's writing.

UK starts to ponder how Huawei ban would work

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"Huawei has always denied its gear contains backdoors or that it is beholden to the Chinese government."

The Chinese government told them to say that.

AMD, Xilinx complete world's biggest semiconductor merger thanks to stock boom

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Not sure why we're looking for approval from the Chinese government for the merger of two American companies. I doubt the Chinese government would look for approval from anyone else for the same type of transaction between two Chinese companies.

US grounds investors in Chinese drone maker DJI over 'Xinjiang human rights abuses'

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Can someone tell me how I can filter out certain posters? That moron "archbungle" is a complete raving lunatic and I'd rather not see it's posts in my stream.

It's primed and full of fuel, the James Webb Space Telescope is ready to be packed up prior to launch

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Re: It’s large mirror


Leaked footage shows British F-35B falling off HMS Queen Elizabeth and pilot's death-defying ejection

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I wonder if it'll be replaced under warranty?

Wind turbine maker Vestas confirms recent security incident was ransomware

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Re: Solution

"....and pray they are clean."

I can assure you praying will not help one iota, nor will it affect the outcome in any way whatsoever.

US bans Chinese firms – including one linked to HPE’s China JV – for feeding tech to Beijing's military

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Re: Military / Encryption / Stone Age / SWIFT

And where a cop can be shot at a traffic stop for being in a uniform.

China trying to export its Great Firewall and governance model

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Re: Scaremongerers’R'Us

Fuck me! Someone even less intelligible than amanfrommars 1.

China Telecom booted out of USA as Feds worry it could disrupt or spy on local networks

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Re: Meanwhile.....

Exactly this ^^^^^^^^.

It's time we played the same way as China does: no purchasing of Western companies, land, or indeed anything. When we can purchase Chinese assets without conditions, then maybe we can reconsider. We've let the Chinese purchase Volvo, MG, Fisher and Paykel to name only three of our best companies. Together, they have many decades of R&D, which is now in the hands of the Chinese for what amounts to crumbs.

One-size-fits-all chargers? What a great idea! Of course Apple would hate it

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"Today's announcement also means that chargers would no longer be sold with gadgets and gizmos."

I don't suppose the retail cost of the devices "sans charger" will be reduced by the retail cost of the charger that used to be included? Didn't think so.

(I specify "retail cost" because the "actual cost" is around 20 cents per charger).

Huawei CEO hopes to woo foreign boffins to work on 6G in Shanghai campus that feels just like home

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Play the game the way the Chinese do: just ignore or steal any Chinese patents. Simples.

And the detention of foreigners by the Chinese political system is a real and genuine threat. I certainly would never visit or work in China.