* Posts by Arthur Daily

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

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ICL Bus and Tag

Same as 1960 tech, only smaller for those who remember. The main problem is faulty chiplets doing faulty speculation, or just no initializing memory/registers allowing leakages. The public seems to ignore defective cpus. Buslines have noise and crosstalk. If you shrink to 5mn then you are closer - less noise. Apple gets it, and have worked out better compromises with the shrinkage. But nobody seems to remember ICL(Fujitsu) SUN Computer, and DEC, loving fat rich busses.

You thought you bought software – all you bought was a lie

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You can BUY software, and the opportunity to resell it later, unfettered. But only in Germany and Switzerland, where on their Ebay's and the like, you may buy. Even Adobe - who were the last holdout. Germany takes first doctrine seriously, and the fines will be eye-popping for claiming otherwise. After that court loss, Adobe and others put critical bits online only, to get around that. Technically many countries are not charging yearly rental taxes - as they should. But older versions are generally good enough. Secondly, some Nordic countries do not criminalize civil matters, but set damages at actual rates, not imaginary in their dreams blackmail levels. Therefore is is legal to take measures for emergency recovery - such as hacking intrusion/ransomware. Few people know licensing bullshittery slows fast recovery, so in some countries you can remove or defuse software time bombs. Obviously the best solution is to hang on to what you have.

Cyberattack brings down InterContinental Hotels' booking systems

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Hacked before, downtime before - failied to take duty of care - Claim Denied

Hopefully the insurance/cyber insurance will not be paying for this. They had history. Apparently security was weak, as was the capability to move to backups. The amazing thing is other like entities are not spending big in fixing things - cheaper to wear downtime. And if you do look at cloud(other peoples infrastructure) you see they get hacked often enough.

Terminal downgrade saves the day after a client/server heist

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Re: The Cloud vs Mainframe+Terminal

Clouds took advantage of

1) Costcentres , costcodes and Project Time Management chargeback

2) Budget theft by OPEX CAPEX interchangeability

3) HOWLS - that something other than Opex/Capex needs to be invented when you sign 5 year leasing deals with MS or the other. Bit rich coming from Finance, Exchequer and banks.

4) Denial. Ask what happens when you don't pay your bills on time. See Turkey, Russia and Ukraine and others in that debt pipeline.

Intel details advances to make upcoming chips faster, less costly

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Re: Wake me when you're relevant again.

All bluster. What are you going to do, to beat TSMC. Oh I see, this and that, and hope to come in 3rd. Did they say they would be able to at least match TSMC: Nope. I also see speculative execution flaws - do not appear to be fixed yet. The good news is China is free to ramp up its laggard tech and fabs. May the best player win.

Symantec: More malware operators moving in to exploit Follina

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Please Explain

Why is there some proprietary protocol back-channel talking to MS HQ - in a text processing program. Say WORD for DOS. Every MS protocol - say SMB or this back-channel is bad security, and obscure to deliberate privacy intrusion. Lets hope the EU investigates data leakage . If my document had 'Takeover Bid' some inside traders would be well placed. Lets investigate what leaked, and how much over time.

Microsoft trumpets updated HR-friendly policies (that comply with recently changed laws)

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Non USA staff are 2nd Class

Only for USA workers. So your true values say 'What country to you work in' . Enlightened NOT.

US prosecutors: Chinese walkie-talkie-maker Hytera stole Motorola secrets

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Re: So am I

The USA has a 'Too obscure' clause in their patent system, so patents in Korean or Japanese or some other foreign language is just too hard. There is no 'Sorry, well yeah, the Japanese were making these 30 years ago' automatic cancellations/ removals.

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Re: What secrets?

CODEC's are done and dusted, and I hope they use the open source ones- there are many to choose from - see wikipedia. Huawei knows all about trunking - nothing new there.

Motorola only has one annoying feature -amateur radio hackproofing, and not allowing the enduser to bypass 'blocked' bands for local markets, such as police etc. So they buy Baofeng instead. Motorola only has one secret - quality and reliability, testing of batches, they just work. And the paint does not wear off the buttons. Somehow I think Chinese companies will not use any of Motorolas training and QA procedures, nor spend more money testing, and catching their suppliers selling downgraded knock-offs. It is the French SDR radio firms that should be squealing. The perfect walkie talkie would

1) Compulsory user registration - like Android, un-upgradable after 2 years

2) Have backdoors, secret GPS tracking data to the mothership

3) Use the words AI, Improved, and Facebook likes for using it

4) A Kadashian version, iron pyrites , sparkles and gold flashing

5) Uploadable ringtones, and a playstore

6) Push ads on the user.

7) A built in mobile phone jammer (note some ultracheap battery chargers and led light bulbs do this well).

The only thing of value is a current customer list, and the numbers of the purchasing decision makers.

Even that is questionable, because they have already been blackballed in the US.

Sealed, confidential IBM files in age-discrimination case now public to all

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Your peak is at 35

30-35yo is your technical peak - at least to all HR departments. After that you do not fit in with the younglings. It is also trendy to go the the 'cloud', outsource your storage, and rent applications and os's - for as long as you are in business. As IBM won't give out actual tangible numbers - well where there is smoke ... There is also a trendy to outsource specialties, like comms, since basically the 1990's. It is like can I get a package, and end up working doing the same thing Monday. Some can, some can't. Some companies market test, go cheap, then discover the winner has no experience when the 5% dig you out of a hole knowledge - is absent.

This space is littered with IT service looser's **, HP, HPE, DXC, IBM etc - Lockheed Martin IT? Anyway the winners were all young companies with just out of uni fresh employees, not many experienced ones. Looser's only because the software and cloud licence games, ripped budget off the client, who had less money to spend on vendor development - which oddly appeared in Accounting firms pockets.

The hard fact is IBM was and had to respond to clients being unfaithful to be long term, meaning it cant afford specialist pensions. You will note the Airline industry and the car makers are getting lots of hand outs. Without looking at IBM, you can see plenty of other sectors ditching older workers, and putting new ones on with casual conditions, via a labor hire company to firewall the shame.

Microsoft slides ads into Windows Insiders' File Explorer

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Forced Facelifts for old farts

Imagine being told you are ugly, you need a facelift to freshen up. Do not be afraid of the surgery etc. Every 7 years or so. Well every time I am forced to alter(not necessarily upgrade) their OS, I get angry. I am happy being who I am, and an interface I know well. Making matters worse, is I use mobile phone connectivity ONLY, in the backcountry, where there is no reception sometimes. At at 4.30 PM, my internet drops out because the feeble telco has skimped somewhere.

I wait patiently for the EU to tell MS they are not allowed to hoover my disk drive and keyword index so they can sell sales leads to every Tom Dick and Harry. It is bad form to read your sisters diary, but hey now that legal if its online and you are some big company.

The business has 1000's of savory legal cases, murders, things involving children, and done a global replace, inserting politicians names and company directors for a litany of egregious crimes. Yet somehow the plod are not knocking on their doors. If we get hacked, at least we find out early!

NHS Digital's demise bad for 55 million patients' privacy – ex-chairman

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Data Obscuration is Imposible

Data Obscuration is impossible. Fields and relationships are subtly linked. The people working on such projects lack experience and formal qualifications. And they don't understand hospital specialists, or even operation timing. Or if a surgeon dies or they are all at some conference, what guesses can me made. In all, people with high intervention rare diseases can be linked back, others less so. In Australia the university researchers were able to poke holes, because they were aware of some relationships . The most significant discovery was which hospitals are best, and which are the worst (infections, follow up corrections needed) which the insurance companies lapped up, but the researcher denied the ability to publish. When the ability to score surgeons against procedures , that too was banned from light of day. In all digital information is not welcome, when it identifies deficiencies.

Apple seeks patent for 'innovation' resembling the ZX Spectrum, C64 and rPi 400

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Prior Art

Toshiba Libretto (My bet is Japan has plenty of prior art).

IBM Dauphin, original TRS80's mentioned.

Hitachi Peach and something from Rockwell USA and I consider Nokia phones with the sliding keyboard to be a computer, as you could also program it. Before that IT programmable calculators. Many had IR ports to 'communicate' as well.

As for Keyboards, the 1970 ones from ICL were 3 inches thick, 1mm pressed steel, as were NCR ones, that featured their own 24*80 terminal controllers with computers that optimally compressed packets for ATS and CICS transactions. (Remember those 300 baud handset modems).

Going back further, the German Enigma machine, and The British/Polish equivalent - some packed lighting indicators.

Register Lecture: Right to strike when your boss sells AI to the military?

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Yes Minister

The BBC show Yes Minister summarizes the arms trade - Yes, if you pay us cash.

The term AI is complete BS. Like all real war stories, key technology falls into the other sides hands (such as Enigma) or the Poles building better radios and computers. Or launch codes for BUK missiles. Much AI is diplomacy and trade wars - hoovering up jobs , taking the money. Or take nuclear energy. The best thing about AI is an EMP bomb often disables same, or phased super high radar arrays cook the electronics of anything in its path. Social media. Some call it AI, I call it persistent data theft via monopoly share, much like the Stasi had it citizens in check.

SlimPay fined €180k after 12 million customers' bank data publicly accessible for 5 years

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Using Production Data

Is a fireable offense- contracts terminated immediately if Visa or MC catch one of their processors doing it. Military also loves to have whiz bang contractors packing TS USB sticks to test classification software. Tax departments spend big buck on sanitized pseudo production data, costing millions each year. Then there a 5 audits in a row, five annual reports that missed this. That should amount to five fines and the sacking of whatever tame in-pocket company doing their reports. I would say many sites casually break this rule, at least 40%. Why? Because people know know data - once called data administrators are extinct as a species, or cower under pressure. Plus someone trusted has to convert the production data - in a dedicated environment with loads of storage and sort cpu cycles. That expense is also shunned. In all, the fine is a pittance, and they saved buckets of money. Nothing has been learned. Now they will apply for an authorized exception.

Got enterprise workstations and hope to run Windows 11? Survey says: You lose. Over half the gear's not fit for it

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Re: new hardware requirements

Apparently there are 3rd party install scripts to bypass this TPM nonsense. Apart from driver rewrite costs, I think MS cannot or does not want to pay for all the faulty Intel speculative security defect workarounds to backport into drivers. Or they could outsource driver re-writes to freelance coders on the web. Even Linux had to be discrete in building in intel cpu workarounds. And remember, if you cant read or control your own tpm memory, then it can be abused by leaking uniquely identifying to refuse patches or track what you do.

IKEA: Cameras were hidden in the ceiling above warehouse toilets for 'health and safety'

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Additional Camera Income

You can buy cheap polarised torches, so called spy camera detector devices for a few quid. Use them. Many toilets have motion sensor IR lights to help prevent discovery, but a bit of black plastic over the sensor can allow you to do a good sweep after the timeout. You have options: collect the device and take it directly to the local cop shop (after taking a copy of the sd card). If wired, I hear a modified stun gun, or piezo stove lighter / (240Volt ac) sends a few too many volts to expensive video recorder might be ones cup of tea. Other places for camera are the office fridge (milk stealing) and photocopier room (non work copies). In some countries, middle earthers may stand on the toilet rim and squat. Some nasty problems if your behind or bowels are cut by a porcelain toilet that fails when you are on the job - because of this practice. This article did not say which way the cameras were pointed at.

NHS-backed org reacted to GitHub leak disclosure with legal threats and police call, complains IT pro

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Getting nastly with the bearer of bad news

Costing a security researcher for reporting bad news and sicking lawyers upon is plain wrong. There will be consequences.

Next time it will be a 6pm news exclusive, naming the committer. As for copies, you would need to audit the downloads, which is probably spidered anyways.

I would as a software firm for a 'bug scan' on the existing collections. It is SO easy to point to poor code and identify careless coders as well as identifying the excellent ones. This creates a lot of friction, and allows the removal of non thinking drones.

Thousands of taxpayers' personal details potentially exposed online through councils' debt-chasing texts

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Re: Please click the link to read

Add deceptive conduct.

Each of the councils had a suspiciously cloned response, as if the vendor value added, and said hey, if the nosey press calls, read them this pre-canned guff. If an approved suppler did this 'L plate' deep link mistake, they should be scrubbed off the vendor list. +1 for GDPR fines.

Google emits data-leaking proof-of-concept Spectre exploit for Intel CPUs to really get everyone's attention

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Just fix the CPU's - Still not done

To the armchair commentators, mitigation did not work. It is a big dangerous hole, and clever foreign powers will be looking for, or already have several weakest links. Maybe it keeps schoolkiddies from playing. Don't forget about the management engine, ot the cpu's in peripherals that can be deployed. There are thousands of DRIVERS out there, unchanged or unmitigated as we like to say, pre flaw discovery. Fixes for older and not so old motherboards - did NOT come either. I expect quite a few biggies (security CVE's 9+) to come out over the next few years.

OVH founder says UPS fixed up day before blaze is early suspect as source of data centre destruction

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DC Fire Suppression

Halon was also highly corrosive - at least on IBM mainframe boards. Hardly any electronics was reliable afterwards. That is why DC's went back to plain old water.

It is unthinkable to have UPS's in the room. Generators and batteries went into the basement.

UPS's with lithium - are these people retarded? Every bit of equipment going in has a flammability and heat generation score.

In the 80's we even had an oscilloscope and current loops around the power cables, as a power supply on the way out, normally has more hash and noise than others. Oh, thats right, what is preventative maintenance - we expect it to be free. Well, your data, and your bits are really free now!

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Cloudtrastrophie

Value Proposition

Datashredding

Databurnout

Network BBQ

Datacentre BBQ

Now the Exchequer can really accuse multinationals of cooking the books.

I also suggest that the fire grew because someone tampered with the firedoors so they could go on cigarette breaks - or it allowed 'free' cooling, meaning someone pocketed an electricity bonus when power consumption was lower than estimated.

OVH data centre destroyed by fire in Strasbourg – all services unavailable

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CLOUDTASTROPHIE

Are there other language translations of cloudtrastrophie?

My bet is 50% of big customers will have no backup, or only backups and DR that is at least one year out of date. Every DR exercise I saw, failed, but they told management all was good anyway. Meh, with 'agile' configuration done by waves of contractors and no documentation, there will be gnashing of teeth.

Your data will NOT get any 'priority'. The customers who will, will be the big ones - carsales, realestatesales will be at the front.

In addition INSURANCE will not pay out either. In a legal spat they will subpoena the company documents and minutes that had signoff that backups and DR were in place.

Banking software firm tiptoes off to the cloud with MariaDB after $2m Oracle licence shocker

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Re: not difficult to optimize cost for Oracle in VMware

Sound testimony for avoiding Oracle altogether, distraction from an IT shop to plumber tactics.

For this reason, base your operation in Germany, where resale of licenses is legal, or in China or in India where this nonsense does not exist.

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Risk assessment is not live. Not like its an irreversible transaction with transaction recovery needed.

Secondly, it sounds like the old system and fluff/link was in legacy territory. Thirdly vendors who charge more for ZERO added value need to be given the boot. Sadly the other 90% just sit still and take it up the a**s. The CLOUD was supposed to be portable - you could move at the drop of the hat to another, based on merit. Vendors reacted by selling you a Hotel California cloud, then starting adding time of day smart meter access charges and Cable TV WTF charges, and licence audits.

Having to bilk your clients more, when they are getting nothing extra in this day and age is a business risk. Thus one must act and move when formerly acceptable platform deals go sour.

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Re: Features yes but..

I had a boss who wrote SQL to solve jumbled letters to dictionary works. DB2 SQL from the newspaper puzzle section when Chauffeur(jumbled) was not obvious. Soudex sounds like simple sql could do it.

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This was forms/risk management/assessment.

You do not need top notch real time transactions with recovery unless you LIVE operations are critical.

So what you do is partition real time critical to ORACLE then move the work to Mongo whatever.

OR use MQ properly and not use Oracle at all.

Look at mainframe SAS customers who did the twostep to get off hostage contracts. Also get your DB's to present at techical conferences 'How we moved off Oracle'. Those who do often get rock bottom priced contracts to stop doing so.

At least that shop rejected the Hotel California mantra, rather than bilk their customer more because of vendor greed - where no value was added.

Chrome zero-day bug that is actively being abused by bad folks affects Edge, Vivaldi, and other Chromium-tinged browsers

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Re: And they want...

See https://copperhead.co/android/

Why can't Goolge step up to the plate? I understand it can feed user pre-selected false bogus garbage to the mothership.

Nah, maybe not for google who do not want to give end users actual security granularity, or deny tracking.

So far, not a single app that will scramble secretive backchannel data exfiltrations. Nice to know botnets are now using this for C&C, as it gets past filtering.

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Re: Cross reference (very)

A very insightful comment. Although the real operating system should simply manage the memory and stack getmains, and terminate the task when it exceeds some threshold. A three line recursive function should not crash the system! However bad players are now doing exactly that, repeating for each keyword/function that drive under-the-cover privileged connections.

Calling OS security as fast as you can, recursively is an excellent test. One dumb govt entity decided 'forms' was the way to go, with each field needing a call to see whether or not to display that field! The 1 minute response times to display that form .. classic.

You allude that when a network connection breaks or server not responding orphaning memory or token passes, or some variant of sticky not-quite-a-cookie. I can tell you IBM MVS solved this by having doubly linked lists, and checking counters for each push/pop, and tracking total memory use by pools - that also generated warnings. That was 45 years ago or longer.

Going forward Google needs to spend time on memory housekeeping, because programmers seem to only look at adding cruft, without the big picture. IBM created about 10 different ways to cancel a task, and several ways to FORCE terminate things with prejudice. And sometimes free Whiskey for reporting extremely rare one byte memory leaks to system programmers.

US court system ditches electronic filing, goes paper-only for sensitive documents following SolarWinds hack

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Mmmm People doing data entry, rekeying in things, and printout distribution, secretaries printing the mornings inbox, and perhaps newspaper clippings - just like the early 80's. What is old is new again. Yet there are so many mis-configured plain old FTS servers running unencrypted...

Pretty sure the S in FISA stands for secret and well, well above that too. As no MS product has true real world secret rating, FISA stayed offline, while courts, nuclear reactors and critical infrastructure had to cut costs by being 'agile'.

Marketers for an Open Web ask UK competition watchdog to block launch of Google's anti-tracking Privacy Sandbox

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Vendor (Monopoly?) Determined Master Slave relationship

The UK watchdog does not get it. And the UK Taxman is not going to be getting it either. At least France has decided untaxed rivers of gold need tax reform.

Now the poor end user is in a master slave relationship. Apple Google and Facebook determine the rules, and the front door 'take' on the walled xgardenx plantation. The UK need to insist there will be no baked in vendor chosen exceptions, and the end user can control ALL settings. They should also realize taking away cookies will enhance and extend Googles monopoly. If Google sets a pricing structure around its replacement, when all cookies were once 'free as in no cost and no permissions/paid gateways' then embrace and extend has enhanced global serfdom.

RISC-V business: Tech foundation moving to Switzerland because of geopolitical concerns

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Re: Swiss Miss Incorporation

The US also imposed a secondary trade boycott on China (Telling Japan and ARM not to play nice), fab machines, software - the works. OpenBSD had to do some work in Canada. With Huawei, that trick can only be pulled once. The Swiss are legends when it comes to supply chains and reliability. So sad that Norway and Austria are not sending the right signals.

Who among you can resist an eight-core, 2.9GHz mini-PC or thin client that drives four displays?

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ARM has run out of instruction codes and helper functions for crypto and graphics rendering. That is it is mature, bar the crippleware locks being added. RISC-V is interesting, plenty of time to add Arm instructions to make migration easy or plan B against sole supplier situations. Now imagine a 3nm Mega FGPA. It may be easier and cheaper to compile/burn your signage displays.

HP: That print-free-for-life deal we promised you? Well, now it's pay-per-month to continue using your printer ink

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Re: print-free-for-life plan was "an introductory offer,"

In Australia, this was a problem. But now 'Life' if used in advertising is FIVE years minimum, and you cant use LIFE or LIFETIME if you know you will be EOL'ing the product before that.

In New Zealand, I think consumers can return the box to the retailer for a no quibble full refund, for deception like this (including right to repair). I hope NZ'er were offered this deal.

Also the privacy commissioner would be on the warpath - details were collected for one defined purpose - then used for another without consent. Deceptive advertising will be judged ...

One more reason for Apple to dump Intel processors: Another SGX, kernel data-leak flaw unearthed by experts

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Power factor is not new

Sigh. Cambridge University identified this at least 15 years ago. And reconnecting laser cut test circuitry. Lithium Nicobate watching. A solution is a zener diode on the power line and a few gates to add power randomness. Also note the management chip is also vulnerable. Or Apple T2..I think the first example may be IBM's VM in late 1960's where hard loops on one VM could morse code messages to the other VM. Worse the Intel 'fixes' advertise where flush routines get run. I was wrong when I thought Intel would dump defective speculation leaks, and make fixing THE first priority. However when pipelining is >8 deep.

Lots to be said for the MIP's processor. I don't trust ARM, as some versions used Intels pre-ex logic blog to have the same errors as Intel.

Australian regulator slams Google ‘misinformation’ in pay-for-news-fight

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Re: Nope

The main problem with Australian news and journalism is defamation(even if true) laws mean nothing saucy is printed, or Journalists arrested/searched by men-in-jackboots. Now market size is so small, even digging at advertisers/sponsors is off the table. we are like #45 in press freedom.

The paywalls on local rags are too aggressive, so if its not on the free ABC site, I search wider on the new-starters, and the Indian English newspapers for sporting event coverage. Either way local advertisers miss my attention, unless they list in say Gumtree. The way to 100% loose my business is Facebook.

Apple coughs $84m to settle South Korean market abuse case

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Re: What cheek

In Australia (who usually copy British law) there is a provision in our consumer law that the Brandname carries manufacturer ownership. That is if is says Sony or Apple on the product then you can sue Sony/Apple and not Sony(Australia) or Apple(Australia) - you can go after the parent entity.

They don't like it when you find out, and lodge a small claims.

Supreme Court rules against Huawei in long-rolling Unwired Planet patent sueball: Take the licence terms we set or else

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Standards

I have never been comfortable that a standard deserves royalties, or even that a standard can cost you different amounts. Just imagine if different petrol stations charged you different prices per litre, based on bowser design. We also know many patents are evergreened, of submarine patents that derive out of secret patents, previously shared. I would imagine most are coming up on 20 years old, and even petrol bowsers deliver nothing innovative, just options, bling and vending machines. I imagine putting a flat screen TV on the bowser pump, and electronics that could spark an explosion would be considered patentable.

China and other countries need to introduce a royalty withholding tax on chips/inputs deemed discrimatory or standards based, and require paperwork enumerating the import tariff - and most importantly, an achievable tax refund to reverse possible double taxation (as if royalties are actually taxed). USA has kind of messed things up by imposing conditions on top of FRAND or outright saying no. This would add to discrimination, because the value-add chain is being broken. This would then mean the frand agreement split , specifying different prices, for different countries - probably in breach of WTO. Again, China could then deem and levy the higher (refundable IP withholding tax) on all products crossing the border. This would infuriate American companies, as one assumes the IRS is also not seeing any tax declared. The upshot is UK/ Irish sandwich royalty scams would move elsewhere real quick. China should explore IP withholding taxes pronto.

Let's roll the 3d6 dice on today's security drama: Ah, 15, that's LG allegedly hacked, source code stolen by Maze ransomware gang

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Re: LG Software

Lets see

1) Nothing was 'stolen'

2) Good companies have nothing to hide, and can cope with embarrassment

3) External code reviews do no harm - at least not to LG who have super low market share in the mobile market and have admitted to noncompetitive agreements signed with suppliers, but not disclosed to the relevant authorities.

4) Blackmail is not a problem if you have done nothing wrong

5) It's a company not a person - so hopefully nude selfies are not on the company server

6) Whatever happened occurred on an approved and signed off risk plan - indicating management accepted the risk anyway.

7) May use of lessons learnt - and move on to be better. PR will do the cleaning.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

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Throughput is what matters

Who said, or measured 2-5%?

All the Intel and Windows software remediations have slowed performace 10-25%, yet expensive per cpu software licences stayed the same. I am not sure what the slowdown did to power consumption. Besides AWS ect choose places where electricity is the cheapest.

The beauty of different chipsets is that reliability is discovered. Intel has so much undocumented junk and bloat - it is time to leave that ship. ARM also caught a cold having copied intels spec execution blob. MIPS is pure, so are some others. But again, no point in moving to a less buggy cpu is the OS has hardcoded x86 ring shit nonsense

Throughput is what matters, and IBM Mainframes on an equal die footing do well, AND have memory guards not available anywhere else.

UK contractors planning 'mass exodus' ahead of IR35 tax clampdown – survey

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Re: Anonymous Contractor

First off the UK does not want to descend into no permanent jobs as occurs in the Philippines with 'endos'. It was a lurk, and its ending.

Secondly contractors do not do the same job - they rarely teach and pass on knowledge, and mostly withhold important stuff. You would too if you wanted a renewal.

Thirdly the umbrella company solution may not work, or may get hammered, as the intention is clear, and if there is no real independence. See Uber 'tests' in civilised countries not pretending to be blind.

Lastly, there will be a temptation to phoenix umbrella companies(go insolvent/broke then restart) and wipe out monies and benefits owed to employees. As such non-compete or transfer knowledge to rival competitors ENDS. If you sign a secrecy agreement with the client - then IR35 may bounce back.

If you need a security clearance and a .gov pass with defined roles in say SAP, I wonder if IR35 is triggered..

Uncle Sam tells F-35B allies they'll have to fly the things a lot more if they want to help out around South China Sea

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Amazing how so many people who never saw 'Waterfall' are so expert at bagging it, by implication British SDM which was not so bad. American skunkworks planes were also waterfall - with requirements first.

I'd say waterfall projects fail as the cash burn rate is too high early on. Agile more successful as nobody on the team has seen quality, so sort-of-works is a winner.

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Re: !!!

The stealth technology is BS. 1/4 wavelength means any UHF radar will see it easy. So the only stealth is angled panels that reflect radar, as long as the frequency is not too low. The Russians do have sets that operate over a wide range, as do the Chinese. Think SS400. Plus if their 5G gets in, there will be an app to detect aircraft - if its not raining.

The Americans assume a saturation cruise missile strike will defang such nasty missile sites so it is safe for the F35 to fly in. Oh wait, the Israelis had some faster jets shot down or shredded, so old assumptions are very suspect. After 2-10 minutes on afterburners, mission survival for the F35 with bays open to vent heat, will be hot targets indeed.

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British Leyland is in charge of F-35B production line

British Leyland (USA) said to work for 10 hours is a miracle, beating the expecting one sortie and one full overhaul target by spades. Like our cars, each plane is a precision master crafted pride of the factory.

Crypto AG backdooring rumours were true, say German and Swiss news orgs after explosive docs leaked

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Re: Perhaps I misunderstood but ...

You DONT have to roll your own. WireGuard / Salsa is sufficient if you have good key hygiene.

Paranoid? Other crypto libraries are available. Just make sure you compile SSL and ONLY have three or so algorithms and nothing to fall back to. The three letter mobs have enjoyed complicated protocol fallbacks and defective checksum/certificate checking . Failing that, auto updates can be another way in for difficult punters. Plus horrible 'Management' chips on the motherboards. That screams compromised.

Plus the IOT thing means you can impose a raspberry PI as a pass through router/encryption box with keys on USB sticks that NEVER touch your main computer. But if paranoid, compile a passthrough on an obsolete CPU type with no baggage, no onboard bootstraps, and no cpu buffer speculative execution leaks such as MIPS.

Then get a zener diode and a transistor and generate lots of random noise, and pretend to swap torrents. If you buy off the shelf, all bets are off.

From WordPad to WordAds: Microsoft caught sneaking nagging Office promos into venerable text editor beta

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There is no reason why GCHQ (or any foreign government) or the like cannot issue a path to remove data exfiltration activity in the name of national security.

Any decent system programmer could do a binary compare on the two versions and document settings of interest for a howto.

Any excess effort is a CLIMATE CHANGE, as wasteful processing power and electricity is squandered on unsolicited electronic intrusions. Trust Microsoft to find new ways of adding more C02 to the worlds problems.

Academics call for UK's Computer Misuse Act 1990 to be reformed

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Let the punishment fit the crime comes close. Fines for civil misdemeanour's need to be added to remove matters that do not belong under criminal matters.

The original drafting was deliberately penned wide so DPP's job was easier, and because defence clauses would be complicated in an international setting. Most importantly contributory negligence needs to explicitly added for the defence. Yes a rewrite is needed, but they won't because Assauge cases need excuses for easy extradition. We already know UK law does not measure up to the more honourable and honest EU standards.

The Year Of Linux On The Desktop – at last! Windows Subsystem for Linux 2 brings the Linux kernel into Windows

Arthur Daily

Re: MS SOP: Embrace, Extend, Extinguish.

Leading businesses and enterprises who understand absolute cost control and value their market share will never touch any service that can steal their trade or profitability secrets.Azure's winning formula is an economic rent model tuned to consultancy advisors to recommend simple solutions to simpleton executives who seek shelter in the 'me too' club. Natuarlly a higher cost base will

see most fall to mean and lean ICT leaders not stuck in old world 'sales channels'.

Azure's second advantage is enabling shadow IT to suck regular IT budgets, and allow rouge executives to bignote themselves. New cost centres allow any proposal to work on paper and get the tick of somebody. All those idle phantom instances cost a pretty penny.

BAU Run time costs are about 5%. Development and forced upgrade cycles are 95% of the ICT budget. So mature business's that jump to value added services and rental models, while sacrificing privacy, are both desperate and capital shy. Possibly transitioning to a labour hire model, where skilled employees are a technical liability.

Boeing is well past the Azure stage. They went straight to 'You write this stuff' and we will pay you some ongoing forever percentage padded onto the buyers tab. MCAS - so successful, and gets rid of the 95% development overheads. Lead or follow - pick one.

HPE goes on the warpath, attacks AWS over vendor lock-in

Arthur Daily

Re: He has a point

The definition of a cloud used to be 'No lock-in' in the official govt tendering rulebook. You could more to another one in just like that. Vendors and CRM marketing droids have perverted that definition. The worst perversion is the 10 Year! deal awarded to Microsoft over AWS. It sure looks like hire-purchase or leaseback.

Arthur Daily

Re: What lunch?

Most companies out there see IT as being an unwanted stepchild that they, until now, had to care for.

Well, the stupid ones might. For some business their data IS their only business. A Cloudtastrophie in the making.

I don't see Walmart placing their sales and inventory online for Amazon to either dump, read, or somehow exploit. Lawyers can legitimize the data theft later. One believes Boeing placed their data in an online cloud, and the inability to hide smoking guns and internal emails - well not good. Tobacco and vaping purveyors probably truly know the risks.

Down the line the IRS will be trolling not only the company, but probably their legal council communications that are neither private nor safe from internal trusted executives claiming a reward after their golden parachute.

Thirdly remote access is a two sided coin. You are a fool if you believe the risk is low. As AWS usually keeps three copies of data, if you do a secure wipe - how long does that operation take to percolate over all backups and archived storage?

Sure, some will go for the short term win. The cause of this data migration was caused by vendors charging unsubstainable inflated retail plus plus for a range of software must haves. AWS got a bulk purchase rate, and passed it on, until say MS pulled the pin - so the 'savings' have evaporated. While others not picking bespoke clouds with NO breakins or leaks or operating beyond the law VPN services.

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