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Netflix sued by South Korean ISP after Squid Game fans swell traffic to '1.2Tbps'

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Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry

>They would prefer to blame a competitor at the distant end of the pipe and hope a court will be dumb enough to hand them a pile of someone else's cash which their executives will then pay to themselves as a bonus instead of improving the network.

Sorry mate but SK Broadband's network is much faster, better and cheaper for the customers than anything any UK ISP has to offer. South Korea consistently ranks among the best for the Internet access, while the UK... well... it's a bit of a shame really, maybe as you said it's all about the bonuses.

As for the court, you see, S. Korea has some sort of different mentality (like chaebols, "Koreans buy Korean" etc) and the courts there do not really appreciate when some American company tries to get other's piece of pie from the local market. I would say, SK Broadband have very good chances at the Korean court against the US company.

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Re: Netflix should not pay

Sorry mate this is not how ISP peering agreements work. The article says that the SK Broadband's Netflix traffic peaked to 1.2Tbps, which is very large load (e.g. BT's typical evening peak is ~15Tbps for all of the UK traffic). Upgrading the ISP's core network is very, very expensive and SK Broadband want Netflix to contribute to that because the surge is caused by Netflix commercial traffic. Peering agreements are a very common thing between telecoms, hosting providers etc, what is unusual is being unable to agree and then get sued.

In fact, BT and EE have been asking Ofcom to do the same, change UK's current net neutrality rules to be able to "officially" charge Netflix, Amazon and Google for traffic since these 3 generate 60-70% of all traffic at peak times.

Historically, peering agreements more or less worked from the dawn of the Internet but large streaming providers changed that because they generate lots and lots of traffic and leverage their size and influence to use the ISPs transport network "for free", and the ISPs are unwilling to shift the upgrade costs to the customers and would rather charge for traffic at source.

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Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry

JFYI mate: https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-51974866

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Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry

>The analogue in the physical world would be an airline overbooking its flights and then demanding that a destination city compensate it for putting on a festival that made people want to go there.

Or rather someone putting on a big event in London with lots of spectators and people wanting to go there and then wondering why TfL wants to charge them for extra trains required to maintain the adequate service for all.

>Oversubscribing any resource you sell should be illegal unless your contracts create explicit tiers of access. ... Accept that you'll sometimes get nothing.

Oh, the Tube again!

There's such thing as fair use policy: if you consume too much at the expense of others, you will be asked to pay more. Well, Netflix in this case.

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Re: Looks like the ISP wants 2 bites of the cherry

>The ISP is just being greedy. If they can't supply the bandwidth the customers paid for, then they should change their pricing structure.

Well... The "greedy" + "ISP" + "UK" combo is still unbeatable by a large margin! In the UK the ISPs generally can't supply the bandwidth in principle... 10Gbps for £32/mo is greedy? I am happy to pay £50, take my money!

From ispreview.co.uk:

Rank - Country - Avg. Mo - Avg. Down - Avg. Up

3 - South Korea - £25.51 - 114.31 Mbps - 90.2 Mbps

27 - United Kingdom - £31.27 - 55.14 Mbps - 12.72 Mbps

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SK Broadband (price converted from KRW):

- Giga Premium X10: up to 10 Gbps for £31.27/mo,

- Giga+WiFi: up to 1Gbps for £24.72/mo

BT:

- Fibre 900: up to 900Mbps for £60.99/mo (where available lol)

- Fibre 1: 28-36 Mbps up/5-7 Mbps down for £26.99/mo

It is rather that SK Broadband is also the 2nd largest paid TV broadcaster in South Korea with almost 9mln subscribers and they do not want to lose them to Netflix for nothing.

Russia says software malfunction caused Nauka module to unexpectedly fire thrusters, tilt space station

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Re: ...but ensure they cannot inadvertently fire again

It's even better than that, from a reputable source they simply burnt all fuel ;)

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Re: One thing is for sure

They only learnt about the problem later from Houston, their Russian tovarisch too busy to tell them... ;)

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Re: Those comments from Roscosmos are the biggest load of ... The title is too long.

There is a very nice article on the Russian science news website N+1 with event analysis.

It states that the docking procedures were about to switch to manual but the system was able to correct itself, that the ISS tilt was reported by the Russian mission control to reach 160 degrees and that the mission control tried to stop the Nauka docking & stabilization engines for 45 minutes but they only really stopped when they simply burnt all their fuel, about 500 kg.

https://translate.google.com/translate?sl=auto&tl=en&u=https://nplus1.ru/blog/2021/07/30/misfire

Intel scoops out five flavours of Ice Lake Xeons for workstations

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Re: 4TB of ram?

I double checked the specs, all 5 are single-socket, hence workstation.

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Re: 4TB of ram?

...But positioning these new CPUs as a workstation CPU? Intel offers Cinema 4D as the use case (3D rendering application) but could it be that they just failed to achieve low enough power consumption and TDP for high-density server builds to market as such?

These new CPUs seem to be really power hungry, especially considering dual-socket systems.

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Re: 4TB of ram?

>On the flipside, do we have databases that could utilise that much ram?

Sure, legacy applications that are difficult to scale horizontally, large OLTP, DWH installs greatly benefit from that much RAM. Think Oracle, SAP in large corporates that used to run on AIX/IBM P series and now transition to Intel because they want more on the cheap. Or tasks with large computational models like weather forecast where poor agencies that cannot afford proper supercomputers have to use P series clusters, maybe they can improvise with Intel as well.

One large environment I worked in recently still had an E880 with 192 cores and 4TB of RAM (upgradeable to 32TB I should add) as the main OLTP platform and they did not complain about too much RAM available. But the P series is like space tech from the Shuttle age, properly designed and build, hot-swappable everything, CPU, RAM, hardware virtualization from the age even VMware was not born yet, and costs as much as the Shuttle.

So, it makes financial sense for some to downgrade to the latest Intel stuff.

Amazon Lumberyard is dead, long live the permissively licensed Open 3D Engine

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Windows only

It only runs on Win10 so far, thank you, maybe next time...

Audacity fork maintainer quits after alleged harassment by 4chan losers who took issue with 'Tenacity' name

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Re: Seriously?

>That person (persons?) needs to be in a mental institution, and the quicker the better.

Further clarification in the aforementioned Github issue states that there was a knife attack and the victim perceived it as the intent to kill. A lone psycho or a criminal gang, this seems to be serious and worthy of police investigation.

Good guy Russia gives enterprises, cloud platforms a free brute-force security test using Kubernetes clusters

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Some agencies have nothing better to do?

Kubernetes is all about getting traffic _inside_ the cluster and orchestrating the workload among the nodes. Which mostly scales well only inside the public cloud because there is no load balancer implementation in the public Kubernetes code base (something that MetalLB is trying to address).

If someone is stating that someone else is using Kubernetes to orchestrate a massive workload with lots of _outbound_ connections, I would love to get my hands on the implementation because out-of-the-box Kubernetes is simply not good at it, this is not what it is designed to do.

If the only reason to use Kubernetes is to dynamically scale the number of workers, they could have chosen quite a few options that are easier to deploy, support and maintain. Could the proverbial Russians simply PAYG and run managed Kubernetes in AWS, GCP or Azure clouds? That would explain this weird choice quite well!

Microsoft approved a Windows driver booby-trapped with rootkit malware

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Re: Ah, Microsoft

But... but... the malware was working as intended and did not compromise the system stability...

America world’s sole cyber superpower, ten years ahead of China, says Brit think tank

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Re: I wonder...

It is easy and pleasant to praise allies.

https://www.reddit.com/r/consulting/comments/hcmmon/me_and_the_boys_after_endorsing_each_others/

Excuse me, what just happened? Resilience is tough when your failure is due to a 'sequence of events that was almost impossible to foresee'

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Re: Network failures

Risking to sound (un)pleasantly pedantic, I still have to say that the examples given are not only completely predictable, these are simple textbook examples of bad system design. Taleb does not need to be involved at all.

Configuring 2 NTP servers is a Bad Practice because 2 NTP servers cannot form a quorum to protect against the standard problem of a false ticker. The recommended and optimal minimum is 3, however 1 is still better than 2 because if the 2 differ significantly, it is difficult to impossible to determine which one is the false ticker.

Some badly designed black box systems only allow for a maximum of 2 NTP servers being configured; in this special case the importance of the system might prompt using a cluster of monitored anycast NTP servers for high availability; for less demanding cases using a single DNS record to something from pool.ntp.org will ensure enough availability without false tickers (while adding the Internet access and DNS dependencies).

Having a split-brain failure scenario in a geographically distributed firewall cluster is so common that it is usually specifically tested in any sane DR plan. This, again, is a glaring example of bad network design, implementation or operation. No black swan magic is necessary, just build better systems or hire a professional.

Real-world problems with highly available systems are usually multi-staged and are caused by a chain of unfortunate events, every single one of which would not have had the devastating effects. Simple, non-trivial failure scenarios, however, do exist. Something from personal experience that immediately comes to mind:

- A resilient firewall cluster in a very large company is exposed to external non-malicious network conditions triggering a bug in the firewall code and the primary active firewall reboots as a result. The firewall cluster fails over, the secondary firewall is exposed to the same conditions and the same bug and reboots as well while the primary firewall still boots up. The process repeats resulting in noticeable outage until the unsuspecting external influence is removed.

- A well-maintained but apparently defective dual-PSU device in a large datacentre short circuits without any external cause resulting in 2 feeds tripping and powering off the whole row of racks as well as a few devices not surviving through it.

Cheers to all the IT infrastructure fellas, whichever fancy name you are called now!

Tiananmen Square Tank Man vanishes from Microsoft Bing, DuckDuckGo, other search engines – even in America

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Re: What's in a phrase?

>It looks like the CCP has decided that the phrase "Pictures, or it didn't happen" is a valid way of rewriting history. Just get the picture to go away, and ergo, no evidence.

I would really like the CCP to be more open about it. I understand this tragedy is still a huge embarrassment and a taboo topic to the Chinese political establishment however I think enough time has passed to justify historical interest. Though, as recent events show, China remains to be very secretive about their sensitive topics.

I would be very interested to learn about the CIA and MI-6 (because Hong Kong) role in the protests. It is hard to imagine that Operation Yellowbird ("to form a Chinese democracy movement in exile") came out of nowhere; there were clearly prior interests, contacts and agent networks even when using mafia for the hard work.

I would be very interested to learn if Chai Ling's revelations in an interview to Philip Cunningham on 28 May 1989 were true, about the protest goal was "hoping for bloodshed,.. to make the Square awash with blood ... to wake the Chinese people up" or they were just little girl's Communism-inspired fantasies, despite her being one of the key protest leaders.

I would be interested to learn if the protest leaders tactics of breaking down negotiations, personally insulting government officials and causing international embarrassment to the CCP during Mr. Gorbachev visit was deliberate to escalate the conflict and cause the blood to be shed.

Then, again, it does not lessen the tragedy of innocent people being murdered, it is just that it would be right to know and name all responsible.

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Re: What's in a phrase?

>Let me explain how Democracy works to you, because you don't seem to get it...

The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society.

Edward Bernays*

Propaganda, 1928

*The father of PR, a great mind behind the United Fruit Company, US tobacco industry, GE, Procter & Gamble and a few CIA projects abroad including Guatemala.

Tech scammer who fooled Cisco, Microsoft and Lenovo out of millions jailed for more than seven years

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Re: 137 replacement hard drives worth $143,000

When they calculate the damage, they take the maximum possible undiscounted list prices no sane person or company would buy for. And of course the guy sold on Ebay for a tiny fraction of the stated amount. Same approach as when they report drug busts.

The common factor in all your failed job applications: Your CV

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Re: Updated CV Or Resume (Over Here).

Congrats, I can see you are CAMRA certified as well!

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>a brew with the prospective hiring manager

Agree, passing through the HR defences right to business should be a no-brainer after a couple of years. In fact, for a reasonably skilled professional, the demand these days far exceeds supply.

Also, if the recruiter has no clue that "I-can-do-it-all" candidates usually turn out to be "I watched how they do it on Youtube" kinds then is it really the right company to work for?

Firefox 89: Can this redesign stem browser's decline?

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Re: Stupid

Yeah they simply changed the theme again, and again it feels horrible, everything is slightly bigger and takes valuable space. I wonder why they keep pissing off people by changing the UI, is this a part of the Google deal?

Update: they seem to remove toolbar compact density option, bloody people, why?

Update2: about:config -> browser.compactmode.show = true -> Options -> More Tools -> Customize Toolbar -> Density = Compact (Not Supported).

F**kers... You'll make me switch one day.

Stack Overflow acquired for $1.8bn by Prosus (no, me neither)

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Re: So once everyone leaves Stack Overflow...

>The stack will be empty and ...

That's after everyone moved to the Heap and there is Heap Overflow...

AWS ECS Anywhere goes live. Is it worth the Amazon fee?

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>pay Amazon BY THE HOUR to run my own software on it?

Pay $0.01 by the hour to run some software (Amazon may giggle about the 'your' part), plus pay $0.05 by the hour for the site-to-site VPN connection, plus pay $0.09 per each out (from Amazon) GB of traffic. You have to pay to stay high.

Royal Yacht Britannia's successor to cost about 1 North of England NHS IT consultancy framework

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Could they pitch this brilliant idea to Dragon's Den or something first?

'This ship will promote British business and trade to emerging markets.'

'Will she make money?'

'No.'

Apple sued in nightmare case involving teen wrongly accused of shoplifting, driver's permit used by impostor, and unreliable facial-rec tech

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Not so new, companies owned small and not so small states for ages. Just think of West India and East India Companies for a starter. It is just that previously such companies owned foreign states.

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Re: Something doesn't smell quite right

>As for facial recognition, if you misbehave ... then you will be kicked out of the casino and your picture will be circulated to other casinos.

Well, if the facial recognition incorrectly identifies a wrong person as you, you will be wrongly kicked out of the casino, banned and maybe even wrongly prosecuted. And then it becomes your problem even though you did nothing wrong.

>Its not a civil liberties issue -- if you don't want to be scanned by the system then don't enter the store (its a "Terms an Conditions" thing).

I am amused by how people excuse the US corporations for playing their little totalitarian states by saying this is a private business so they can do it. Next time Apple demands people to do fingerprinting before entering their stores "to validate a genuine Apple customer" and people will be happy about it.

Eventually they will refuse to sell you their phones because their algorithms determined your political views are harmful and this information will be circulated to their partners where you will be banned too. No protected categories harmed, purely commercial decision, hello China.

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>And I assume the thief had long been convicted

I assume you don't mind people impersonating you. Would you mind sharing your SSN?

Cloudflare stops offering to block LGBTQ webpages

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>What else could be preferable not to see?

Cute kittens, doggies and horsies, social networks and their feeds, ads, online entertainment, streaming, broadcasting, tv, news, stock quotes, online games, travel, food & fashion blogs, sports coverage, is this enough?

>Porn in all forms should be excluded from the work place ( unless you work in that or related industries) but why should non porn LGQBT what ev’s be blocked?

Because at the work place people are expected to... well... work?

Open-source developers under corporate pressure to adopt less-permissive licenses, Percona CEO says

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Re: @Muppet Boss - The actual problem

Sure, for the big SaaS monsters it's definitely much cheaper to pay *something* to the open source developers than to develop in-house. Now they get it for free plus integration costs but if shown the middle finger by a few large open source projects, they will sing to a different tune.

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The actual problem

is that many open source products used to make money and stay profitable by providing commercial support and commercial services on top of the open source offering, and this model was working very well.

The advance of "as-a-service" business models changed that, now some large SaaS providers are not only freeloaders/leechers benefiting from other's work they got for free and not giving back, they are also direct competitors who lure enough customers from the open source developers with their own integrated offerings to significantly or gravely impact the open source developers sources of revenue. And this is exactly what is becoming a major problem that switching to AGPL alone cannot solve.

Imho there's no good answer to this situation; unless the large SaaS providers somehow share their profits with the open source projects whose products they offer as a service, there will be a strong incentive to switch to a license that requires the SaaS providers to pay for what they use.

Guy who wrote women are 'soft, weak, cosseted, naive' lasted about a month at Apple until internal revolt

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Re: good guy

On the grounds of Fair Use:

"At the exact vertex of Building 16 was the “Aquarium,” Facebook’s glass-walled throne room, where Zuck held court all day. It jutted into the main courtyard, allowing passing Facebookers to snatch a glance of their famed leader while strolling to lunch. Its windows were reputedly bulletproof. ... An adjoining minikitchen, like so many that littered the campus, stocked plenty of lemon-lime Gatorade, Zuck’s official beverage.

Inside Facebook’s campus, geography was destiny, and your physical proximity to Zuck was a clear indicator of your importance. Zuck’s desk neighbors at that point were Sheryl Sandberg, the star chief operating officer (COO) of Facebook ... My mission today was a meeting with Zuck, scheduled in Sheryl’s conference room, which was named, for reasons I never discovered, “Only Good News.”

From the readings he seems like a very talented chap. Maybe it is just an ad campaign for the new book?

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A typical USA Today

A machist best-selling journo and entrepreneur writing a gonzo book about the Silicon Valley culture is stalked, harassed, pitchforked and fired by a group of watchful Silicon Valley citizens for the greater good. That's a culture clash!

P.S. Intrigued enough to read the book.

Cloudflare launches campaign to ‘end the madness’ of CAPTCHAs

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I just walk away

When I see a captcha I simply close this web page, I did not visit it to waste my time solving puzzles and 99.9% of the content they protect is useless anyway. From my experience, most of the time the catcha turns on because they detect Javascript is blocked so they cannot show me ads and I am a useless freeloader for them too.

If I see an especially annoying captcha where I am a paying customer (some airlines are notorious for that, well, used to be when the airlines were still flying) I just call their customer support and ask them to solve their puzzles on my behalf. Most of the time they are able to shortcut the whole nonsense right to the payment and send me the direct payment link.

US-based hard disk drive suppliers face further scrutiny over whether they've shipped proscribed HDDs to Huawei

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Re: I were Wundrin ...

"Oh no, we don't sell hard drives to China but a large percentage of the hard drives from our China factories has to be written off and recycled as per local environmental and carbon offset regulations. We outsource their environmentally friendly recycling to our local partners."

Open-source JavaScript project Babel 'running out of money' after employing paid maintainers, sponsors pull out

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Re: Open source stuff should be free ...

Sorry but that's utter bollocks.

Open source makes progress by allowing others to stand on the shoulders of giants and re-use their work, while hopefully improving it for the mutual benefit. A lot of open source projects are infrastructure components (operating systems, web and application servers, databases, compilers and interpreters for programming languages etc). I am yet to hear someone complaining about the lack of commercial competition in these areas.

Other popular open source projects such as graphic, photo and video editors, office software struggle to compete with commercial products and are often aimed at those who cannot afford to pay. Again, I am yet to hear that someone failed to sell a photo editor because Gimp stole all the market.

Then there are such things as web browsers which are a bit difficult to categorize. By the same logic, would flock to buy them if only others did not give them out for free.

People and companies make and save a lot of money on open source by using it in their products and not having to re-develop the wheel that is also compatible with an axle.

Many people and companies behind the open source products are making good money on it:

- by selling the product as a managed service (SaaS/PaaS/IaaS etc) - that's usually a lot of money.

- by using a freemium model when functionality commonly required by large enterprises is only available in the paid version.

- by selling commercial support or professional services.

- by finding sponsors (often large-scale product users or outright commercial competitors that would otherwise risk attention from regulators for monopoly power).

Open source developers should not be poor souls, far from that. If NGINX was sold from $670M, it means, there's good money to be made.

Imho for Babel it is just the same mantra as for many US tech startups, both open source and not: no business plan needed, just grow the user base: if we quickly grow too-big-to-fail, and lots of people use our product or depend on it, we will find a way to monetize it later or promptly sell it for big millions and someone else finds a way to monetize it.

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Re: Open source stuff should be free ...

>That being said, I'm sorry but $11k a month is not the kind of incentive I think is justified for an open-source project.

Agree, $20k a month is much better. Impossible? Well...

https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikimedia_Foundation_salaries

SolarWinds CEO describes overhauled Orion build system after that 'very small, unique' security breach

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Re: a “very small” number

What's 18'000 compared to eternity? Let's forgive and forget. Ommmmm...

Namecheap hosted 25%+ of fake UK govt phishing sites last year – NCSC report

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Re: Namecheap

>NameCheap are a domain registrar, and are not hosting the actual phishing/malware sites.

>The actual phishing/malware sites are probably some shmuck who has set up a Wordpress site...

Well...

https://www.namecheap.com/hosting/

https://www.namecheap.com/wordpress/

Funny enough, a week ago they even had a major hosting outage following emergency maintenance that supposedly went wrong and that they tried to hide all traces of but the Internet remembers everything. The message was basically the same, for any questions just submit the bloody ticket.

US declares emergency after ransomware shuts oil pipeline that pumps 100 million gallons a day

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They better run and hide now

These Darkside crims, they better run and hide, and hide well. And when found pray this is FBI and not headhunters, in the original meaning, from a private security company hired by oil tycoons. They better be very careful about not getting into fatal accidents from this moment.

When software depends on a project thanklessly maintained by a random guy in Nebraska, is open source sustainable?

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Re: unlikely that the commercial entity will vanish overnight.

The comparison made by the author fails to convince, Heartbleed announcement came with a set of patches, Solarwinds issued the first set of patches in 2 days after the announcement and the 2nd set of patches in 11 days. It looks like the open source model provided better response times than a commercial entity.

It is rather unlikely that a popular open-source product will vanish overnight: if the developers leave, there will be others willing to carry on. Commercial support for popular open-source products is not a problem either. However, it is very real to imagine a commercial product being discontinued and withdrawn overnight or on short notice without replacement options, it is not even that unusual.

One can only hope that when a product is discontinued, the company open sources it so that it can get a second, hopefully more successful life.

Nasdaq's 32-bit code can't handle Berkshire Hathaway's monster share price

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Re: Use of floating point numbers ?

>Maybe electronic trading allows fractions of a penny or a cent. But you can't get 1/3 of a penny out of a cash till.

This is why it is called electronic trading, they don't need cash tills.

Some stayed in Croatian castles. Some hid in cars. We speak to techies who experienced lockdown in very different ways

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Re: Happy pre-Covid times

Haha, that's true mate, the start of the year was surely way more fun than the next few months, fortunately I was able to get out at the very last moment or it would become the wrong kind of entertaining.

The wipers, there's a WiPEY Kickstarter project which looks interesting and also various Asian knock-offs, I saw a few in Asia but they kill the helmet aerodynamics and just get blown off. And neither wipes the crushed insects goo, rather just spreads it over.

With those mosquitoes, I've literally never seen anything like this, every couple minutes of riding the visor was fully blocked with sticky green goo which did not come off when wiped with a glove. I bought a thumb squeegee at the next bike shop.

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Happy pre-Covid times

A remote workforce drone and a bit of a traveller here.

Start of 2020: Successfully completed some nice IT project and went on some leisure travel in Asia.

Mid-Jan 2020: Rented a motorcycle in Hanoi and went to the North of Vietnam to personally witness the breathtaking natural landscapes and suicidal Hmong drivers. Then 2 weeks in the mountains on a Honda, insanely beautiful mountain backroads like ĐT217, ĐT176, ĐT177, bamboo cable ferries, otherwordly Avatarish landscapes, rice terraces the size of Bali, tribal people living in huts, drunken locals do all sorts of crazy death driving on unfenced mountain roads, sickening scary ĐT197C road, tens of miles of thick unbroken fog everywhere. Calm. Joy. Solitude. Riding some roads alone in the North is stupid bordering a suicide, better befriend a fellow biker. Wow, I am officially a goy shel shabat now, how did this happen? Some news about the "new virus" in China but no one is worried. The sick bats' caves are right across the border, over the mountain. Maybe some on this side of the border too, there is no such thing as border control if you are a bat.

Start of Feb 2020: Rode down south to Phong Nha. Wow. Stunning caves, several from top-10 world largest all in one place. Lots of fellow travellers, great vibe. Crossed from North Vietnam to South Vietnam. Feels like a different country, different everything, road quality, people attitude, English ability, beer brands, public transport. All magically changes right after the bridge which is the old border. Same bad driving though. Huế, Da Nang, Hội An are really nice despite very touristy but cannot compete with the natural grandeur of the mountains. First concerns about the "new virus" spreading outside China and some venues are closed but just because of the Tết holidays. Old ladies on scooters keep ramming my bike from behind, which is a local custom. Former US airbase fields in Da Nang and Pleiku are nothing to see despite high expectations. Ok, just need to ride and I've got some Wagner for myself. Road to Pleiku has hordes of green mosquitoes the size of a bee, have to wipe the visor every few seconds and worse, these beasts are sticky and explode! Why don't they make visor wipers? Oh they do? I need one now!

Mid-Feb 2020: Lots of cool places while riding along the coast, Qui Nhơn is super cool with zero tourists, Mekong delta is so bloody long. Got stuck at the Côn Sơn prison island for a week because of the damn high waves. No regrets getting stuck at a tropical paradise and a premium place despite its dark past. And the seafood... The French prisons are as monumental as the Ancient Roman architecture and look ready-to-use. The US concentration camps on the contrary are falling apart cheap concrete structures. There used to be a LORAN navigation station at Con Son, destroyed by the US when leaving, just some concrete foundations and bridges left but it was cool to compare with the old photos. Found the massive concrete base for the colossal LORAN antenna though! Suddenly a lot of fear about the Covid around, locals think that all the Chinese are contagious and refuse to host them or come close to them. But hey, this is Asia, people are very different here.

End of Feb 2020: Some serious panic starts about the virus, most islands are closed to all foreigners because "the foreigners carry the virus" but Phú Quốc is still business as usual. Sun, sea and beach: finally, properly hot weather and a warm sea! And more seafood! Fantastic time at the island, and getting back to Sài Gòn to return the bike there. 4'000 miles on a bike in Vietnam and not becoming a roadkill - not too bad! I will miss you too Honda!

Start of Mar 2020: Moving to Thailand, Phuket is full of tourists as usual, no one cares about the virus when there is money to be made. More sun, more sea and more beach in Phuket but Ko Lanta is just 4 hours ride and no crowds there! Malaysia is not too far as well but returning the bike is problematic. Booked flights for Malaysia.

Mid-Mar 2020: Phuket authorities insist there is no Covid on the island which is apparently an understatement. Entertainment venues are ordered to close. My flights to Malaysia are cancelled. There are fewer tourists but the remaining ones are super happy and many aim to pleasantly spend a month or 2 while things are settling down. No one really expects the virus to last long.

End of Mar 2020: Restaurants and food courts are ordered to close or work as takeaways. Beaches are closed but it is only enforced after a few days. The locals panic and blame "Europeans"/"Americans" for bringing in the virus. Some people start to throw stones at foreigners not wearing face masks. Phuket authorities are going to severe all air and land connections and become a "fortress island". Things are getting worse by the hour. It will not end quick. Better be getting out of here. I am able to book the flight from Phuket back home. It is cancelled. I am able to book another one. It is the very last one to depart and there are no international flights after that. The beaches are empty, an impossible sight for Phuket, and so beautiful. The weather is fantastic.

I'll get myself a beer.

Basecamp CEO issues apology after 'no political discussions at work' edict blows up in his face

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Purely financial

Basecamp's actual mistake was offering a hefty compensation for leaving. Imho it is simply f*** the politics if I can grab my 6-month pay!

They should have offered zilch and good recommendations on top of that.

House of pain: If YAML makes you swear, shout louder – the agony is there for a reason

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JSON5

YAML is effectively bastardized JSON with comments. There are various JSON supersets which address JSON limitations without uglifying it. I personally prefer JSON5 (https://json5.org/) and I hope it gets more attention (and more good-quality parsers for various languages to make it ready-to-use).

WTH are NFTs? Here is the token, there is the Beeple....

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What about mothproofing?

Non-fungible tokens sound like molds will not eat them, that's a good one for the UK! Are they mothproofed though?

Words to strike fear into admins' hearts: One in five workers consider themselves 'digital experts' these days

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Can we have the survey questions please?

It's a tad difficult to establish context without the questions.

What if the 'digital technology expert' question was, 'Are you able to confidently read the digital clock?'

University duo thought it would be cool to sneak bad code into Linux as an experiment. Of course, it absolutely backfired

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Re: Place your bets...

>> If various governmental agencies conclude that the Linux kernel is a "fair game" / valid target "from a national security perspective" we will all have a hard time.

>Surely, you are not that naive? If various government agencies are NOT targeting Linux/GNU, then they are not doing their jobs.

Surely there are various dynamically updated catalogues of Linux 0-days in various government agencies and they can always approach specialists when they need to hack high-profile Linux targets.

What I mean, is that to the best of my knowledge no state actor tried to execute a concerted supply chain attack on the Linux kernel. A successful attack could allow for targeted or mass snooping or sabotage on a worldwide scale but when discovered, it would be easier than usual to trace the instigator and the backlash would be colossal.

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