* Posts by Potemkine!

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Australia fines tech companies for exploiting foreign tech workers

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""Everybody working in Australia has the right to be paid properly, including workers who are holders of sponsored visas,", or else the exploiters will get a small slap on the wrist. Beware!

1. This crypto-coin is called Jimbo. 2. $8m was stolen from its devs in flash loan attack

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Russian IT guy sent to labor camp for DDoSing Kremlin websites

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Re: "illegal invasion"

Regardless of the invader, invaded, and motives, it's just wrong.

I'm quite happy Allied forces invaded France in June and August 1944.

What's your Mean Time To Innocence – the time needed to prove that mess is not your problem

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Anyway my value to those calls usually extends beyond proving my (org's/component's) innocence, to guiding (sometimes herding) the combined troubleshooting efforts toward nailing down the true root cause and potential mitigations and fixes.

This kind of job is among the next ones to be replaced by an AI :-/

NASA's electric plane tech is coming in for a late, bumpy landing

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Electric plane? Why not. But certainly not running on batteries if it has to be large and fly a long time.

If everything goes well (probably not, that's R&D after all), we should have a megawatt-class propulsion system flying in 2026.

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In a stand against authoritarianism, Montana bans TikTok downloads

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It's great to see that US politicians are so concerned about people's privacy /s

Ransomware-as-a-service groups rain money on their affiliates

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Old adage

"les bénéfices, ça se divise, la réclusion, ça s'additionne"

( ~ benefits are divided, jail time adds up)

Telco giant Vodafone to cut 11,000 staff as part of its turnaround plan

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So many companies have such an awful customer service... when will they understand that a good customer service is the best way to keep customers?

North Korea shows off surveillance satellite it claims it can launch

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The picture displays such a joie de vivre... how touching.

FTC sues VoIP provider over 'billions of illegal robocalls'

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Robocalls should be made illegal, period.

Los-Angeles-based XCast Labs allowed robocalls from telemarketers to flow through its voice-over-IP network to folks despite multiple warnings over several years

Why so many warnings?? One should be enough.

Dyson moans about state of UK science and tech, forgets to suck up his own mess

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I guess Mr. Dyson is disappointed because child labour hasn't be re-established in UK yet.

The same one who argues that taxes are too high asks for more public investments. Sounds logical for someone who asked for Brexit and fled from UK as soon as Brexit happened.

Gartner: Stop worrying and love the cloud, with all its outages and lock-in

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Another bad analogy

"Perhaps it was VMware in a datacenter. Perhaps it was Cisco for your network. You were happy to accept that lock-in because those vendors gave you fantastic capabilities that you could leverage and use."

Most of the time, you don't rent these equipments, you buy them, once for all. You know the price at the beginning and the investment is well defined. With the cloud, price can change from one day to another with no easy way to move to the competition to reduce the cost.

And frankly, moving from VMWare to Hyper-V or from Cisco to HPE isn't that hard.

'Top three Balkans drug kingpins' arrested after cops crack their Sky ECC chats

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Re: Nationalise The Drugs

Hmmm, that's would be a hard strike against corruption, too many take profit of the business at all levels to make it stop.

Autonomy founder Mike Lynch flown to US for HPE fraud trial

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Extradition of a national is weird, but why not, as long as the sentence if any is applied in the original country. It would be an additional sentence to be locked thousands km away, restricting the family to visit for instance.

That's quite rare a CEO goes before a jury. He just scammed a too big fish. He should have known he was allowed to screw the peons only.

Microsoft puts the freeze on employee salaries, CEO pay still as hot as ever

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Will one day a CEO claim he or she has macroeconomics certainties?

Dell reneges on remote work promise, tells staff to wear pants at least 3 days a week

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"meant" is the keyword here.

They often know what is best for the shareholders and their own bonuses in the short run, but it doesn't mean it's best for the company in the end.

Sonatype axes 14 percent of staff, reminds them not to talk to the press

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Sonatype is now officially added to the Bastards list.

This list becomes very long, doesn't it?

Google Cloud's watery Parisian outage enters third week, with no end in sight

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Heat management

How is water-cooling going?

EV truck maker Nikola stalls in 2023, pulls out of Europe, hits brakes on production

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Re: Why do we let these zombie shams shable around?

Hydrogen missed the market window, and hydrogen fueled vehicles, fuel cell or otherwise aren't going to take over the market. Ever.


Fueled hybrids are a temporary mean, as petrol engines will be outlawed in a few years in many countries. Vehicles with batteries will reach a double bottleneck, the one of the materials required for the batteries, and the capacity of the grid to provide enough electricity. It will take a lot of investment and time to scale it up.

Building a network of hydrogen stations isn't that complicated. Self-sufficient stations already exist, and hydrogen is an easier way to store energy than using batteries. Moving X tons of batteries in a truck to make it run is a nonsense.

Climate agenda slips at TSMC, Greenpeace says

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Ah, Greenpeace.... the ones who pushed Germany to close its nuclear power plants so now they are compensated by coal and gas. This organisation is so relevant when it speaks about the climate that I would understand nobody would listen to it.

Of course Russia's ex-space boss doubts US set foot on the Moon

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He may be afraid of falling from a window if he doesn't lick Putin Khuylo's boots well enough.

Miffed Googlers meme on CEO's $226M pay award amid cost-cutting campaign

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Re: @AC capitalism

As far as I know, 'socialism' the USSR-way was the transitional way to communism.

If you want to see successful socialist experience, look at Scandinavia. Socialism is not incompatible with democracy, on the contrary.

Datacenter fire suppression system wasn't tested for years, then BOOM

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Business as usual

The component you don't test will mandatory fail, generally in a spectacular manner and always at the worst moment.

Strike three: FTC says Meta still failing to protect user privacy

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"This is the third time the FTC has taken action against Facebook for allegedly failing to protect users' privacy,"

That's two too many. It just prove the FTC is toothless.

Seen how the US is serious about privacy protection, I would suggest the FTC to make another deal with Feckbook and check in 2026 if Feckbook follows the rules. If it doesn't in 2029, then make a new agreement.

Working from home could kill career advancement, says IBM CEO

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Who can dream of working for IBM?

China labels USA 'Empire of hacking' based on old Wikileaks dumps

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Re: China says lots of things. Does anyone believe them?

Fucking hypocrites

This comment applies well to quite all the States when it is about spying.

India's major IT outsourcers slow hiring and fret about deal pipelines

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Those companies are meat-renters, they exploit the misery and put people with insufficient training in front of clients. Their level of service is very low, the only happy ones are beancounters and shareholders.

When a company uses their services, don't expect this company to be a performing one.

Fresh GDPR ruling says even 'minor anxiety' could mean payouts for EU folks

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Re: Anxiety & upset are very subjective

"The laws are so complicated, you can't really expect us to respect them". Really.

Tell that to the CNIL, it will be delighted.

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This in turn could open the way for not only frivolous or vexatious claims, but also large class actions in the event of, for example, a data breach.

That doesn't sound as a bad news, on the contrary. If there are serious consequences, companies will begin to take cybersecurity seriously, and will allocate the appropriate means to do it.

FCA mulls listing rules after Hauser blames 'Brexit idiocy' for Arm's New York IPO

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Re: Herman Hauser and his views

What's insulting is not allowing them to change their minds.

No way! Take your cake and eat it. The rest of EU goes better without UK.

Universe-mapping Euclid satellite arrives in US ahead of July launch

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My theory is that dark energy doesn't exist. Our universe is surrounded by multiple universes and gravity applies. The bigger our universe is, the closer it is to the next universes, so the gravity force get bigger and tears our universe apart.

Biden proposes 30% tax on cryptominers' power bills

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Why waiting for 3 years to reach the maximum tax level? What's the logic behind that?

Go ahead, forget that password. Use a passkey instead, says Google

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Depending on a mandatory second device to log in sounds a bad idea to me.

SAP users not happy about German giant's price rises

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The root cause of this is in the Kremlin not in Waldorf.

The root cause is in Frankfurt, London and New-York.

CERN celebrates 30 years since releasing the web to the public domain

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Re: *EVERY* form of communication

Not true. First, printing was (re)-invented to make money. Next, pamphlets were among the first printed materials, and they were widely used in England, France, and Germany from the early 16th century, often for religious or political propaganda. To the point that the activity of the French press in putting forth small tracts in favour of the Reformed religion caused the Sorbonne in 1523 to petition the king to abolish the diabolical art of printing.

The web at first was different, most of actors were idealistic dreamers making the Web for free.

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I made my first web site in 1994. When it was put online, there were already 20,000 other web sites in the World. HoTMetaL helped to check HTML syntax.

This website was dynamic, through CGI which called a C-based program which generated HTML code for the answer.

At that time, the web was a fantastic toy for Universities, Research organisms and nerds. We thought it could make knowledge accessible for all, and be a tool for the enhancement of humanity.

And then it transformed into a mix of a tabloid, a sex-shop, a dark street and a branch of Hatred Inc.

Red Hat layoffs spark calls to unionize, CEO wades in

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Another occurence of "we are here for the shareholders, and you wage slaves can go to hell. In the meantime, be loyal and go back to work."

PS: I won't call the trade union group 'Union Syndicale Solidaires' as progressive, it's much closer to the Far Left.

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Re: Interesting clash between US corporate oligarch feudalism and Liberte, Egality et Fraternite

1933 was just another moment when Big Money ensured to have someone at the top to f*ck workers deeper and line the pockets of big bosses. Those big bosses even got more: slaves at will to work and die in their factories.

If a third date should be added, it should be the European People's Spring of 1848.

Pentagon shoots down UFO rumors but says 650 cases are still pending

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Ha! They just say that because they are alien invaders themselves! We know who you are truly, you lizard people!

Child-devouring pothole will never hurt a BMW driver again

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Re: The problem with that ...

This is limited to your country then.

I'll prefer to push my BMW rather than driving an Audi!

Meta virtual reality interrupted by financial reality as thousands lose their jobs

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Re: And so the long slow death spiral of Facebook

See Icon --->

Microsoft not a Teams player as admin center, 365 service suffer partial outage

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Re: Oh the horror

It's a matter of point of view then. Using Outlook is a horror.

SpaceX's second attempt at orbital Starship launch ends in fireball

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The greatest feat from SpaceX is the PR stunt to make this failure a success.

Facebook puts a price on privacy for US users and it's not enough to buy a cup of coffee

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I wonder if Feckbook got more money from the deals "with Cambridge Analytica but also [giving access to] tens of thousands of third-apps to download user content and information, and of selling access to customer data to business partners like Airbnb, Lyft, Netflix, and Yandex" than it has to pay now. In that case violating the law was a good deal.

Metal-rich stars inhibit chances of life on their planets

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There are a lot of assumptions in this study, for instance UV makes genomic damage in life forms as we know it. This study is about probably to find "evolved" life forms as it exists on Earth, more precisely on Earth and on land, excluding seas. This is very restrictive.

Fujitsu bags £142M UK government work since Horizon probe announced

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Re: Jail...

Because jail is for the little people. The higher is your position in the society, the less you are concerned about the laws. And if you are high enough, you're untouchable.

(The exception is when you scammed or hurt people higher than you in the hierarchy)

Guy rejects top photo prize after revealing snap was actually made using AI

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In a camera, the light makes the picture by acting physically on a support or a sensor. Photons make the picture. This is not the case when the picture is computed from data... at least until a pure photonic computer exists ^^

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The World Photography Organisation looks like an organisation of spoiled brats whose ego was bruised. Very childish behaviour, or a way to dismiss the problem.

The question is nonetheless interesting, because when a picture is totally generated by a computer and indistinguishable from one "hand-made", it shakes the very basis of what this Organisation is for.

Deplatforming hate forums doesn't work, British boffins warn

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Vu, Hutchings, and Anderson argue that deplatforming by itself is insufficient

Being insufficient doesn't mean it is useless. At least if makes those forums less visible, and make them harder to grow.

Reducing global hatred needs two pillars: investing a lot in education and drastically reduce inequalities.