* Posts by VTAMguy

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Google to reboot Gemini image gen in a few weeks after that anti-White race row

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So wrong most all of the time

My experiences with asking a wide range of general questions to Bard/Gemini have been almost universally awful - answers are just plain wrong so much of the time. I've taken to repeatedly asking 'are you sure' to the first few responses which generally causes it to completely reverse course and give another wrong answer. Occasionally it stumbles on something correct. I've taken to chastising and humiliating it by telling it that I'm the AI and it is the dumb human. It falls all over itself apologizing but never gets better. With the track record so miserable, I'm not relying on this technology for doodley-squat. Pathetic attempts to increase the number of white people is just flailing in the wilderness at one red warning light when the thing has a billion of them flashing just under the surface, waiting to show up at precisely the wrong time, no matter how many patches Google engineers spend the weekend frantically ginning up.

AT&T's apology for Thursday's outage should stretch to a cup of coffee

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AT&T fails massively, tells customers to use Wifi calling, but fails to highlight that WIfi calling is only available to customers who buy their phones directly from AT&T at AT&T prices. So no, it's not an option you lying sack of dog poo. And the meager $5 credit doesn't apply to prepaid customers for no logical reason other than being stingy. They seem to be deliberately trying to make everyone hate them, and it's working for me.

If you think 5G is overhyped, wait till you meet 5.5G

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5G "service"

I need to drive for an hour to get to the nearest big city with 5G service, and even then AT&T won't let me use it because I don't have an AT&T supplied phone. In the smaller cities we are treated to "5G E" a word with meaning only to marketers, which provides no discernible difference in service from 4G. I use my phone to make phone calls and texts, and the occasional app, but I don't do financial transactions on it and I don't watch movies on it and I definitely don't want it to ever be the locus of my life. The locus of my life is my home, and that's where I want the bandwidth and the service. Ever increasing speeds from a phone provider that require me to be located within a mile from one of their towers are never going to be a useful thing for me or the people that live in the rural towns around me. I repeat for the benefit of marketers with small vocabularies: to many of us, it's just a phone for phone calls and texts. It's quite fast enough already. Don't need more.

IBM withholds healthcare subsidies from some retirees

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Medicare "advantage"

Medicare Advantage plans are great if you're the giant healthcare corporation selling them, or if you're another giant corporation who can push their retirees unwillingly into such a plan. But for the retirees themselves, Medicare Advantage plans will entice you with chump change benefits like glasses or dental checkups, but then deny deny deny should you ever get really sick and need people outside their network. New York Times reports record profits from UHS and their ilk, clearly the money's not going towards medical care. So if you're 100% certain you will never get seriously ill for the entire duration of your life, then Medicare Advantage from a huge rapacious healthcore corporation is the way to go. For the rest of us mortals who will inevitably have medical histories, Medicare coverage plus a supplemental policy is probably a better option even if you don't get an extra pair of glasses with the deal. I am no longer surprised by how scummy IBM has become. It's just one scummy thing after another with them. If it truly was an advantage to switch plans, people would do it willingly.

BlackCat malware lashes out at US defense IT contractor

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Re: Secrets Managers

Good question, but it hasn't really been corrected at all, has it? Instead, as is the usual practice, every website in the world now has to take defensive measures to protect against the depradations of a few big monopolistic companies who just really don't care at all about anything except their ad money. Everyone now has to put spellcheck=no on their web forms to prevent user passwords from being sucked up into Google-borg? Fuck you.

Mozilla drags Microsoft, Google, Apple for obliterating any form of browser choice

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Oh please spare me

The organization you sneeringly refer to is Mint, who provides the distribution of FF that you use and maintains it. The only settings they have limited are to do with updates. Bookmarks are not read only, don't be silly. If you don't like this update model, download and install and maintain FF yourself. If you don't like Mint doing updates, use another distro. Not everything is "big brother". Please, if you're going to be cantankerous, do it over something real and learn of what you speak before you do it.

Apple patches iPhone and macOS flaws under active attack

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Over and over and over and over and over. And not just sporadically, more like constantly. And not just Apple, the whole lot of them. They don't ever get better at it, and the dimwit/average/genius bell curve at these towers of programming brilliance is seeming less spectactular than ever and more just like anyplace else with a computer and internet connection.

Linux laptop vendor Slimbook updates its ranges

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Re: Keyboard choices

Many of us have had long careers doing useful productive work without ever once needing to use a spreadsheet nor do repetitive calculator work nor do anything at all with a number pad. For me, number pads on a keyboard are dust collection devices and a waste of desk space. I view the presence of one as a negative feature to be avoided.

-10 for telling me your personal preference is required for me to be productive in this industry. I'm happy for you if you want the Queen Mary with keys on your desk in front of you and it helps your work, but, horses for courses, kay?

You need to RTFM, but feel free to use your brain too

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IBM and Amdahl mainframes

Not AMDAHL as it was a name, not an acronym. Gene Amdahl. They had a pretty interesting Unix called MTS. And some mainframes too.

GitHub drops Atom bomb: Open-source text editor mothballed by end of year

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Emacs

Just as the gods watch the lives of mortals blink on and off, emacs watches such creatures as Atom flash to life and then almost instantaneously flash out of existence. There are many like this, and emacs barely notices them come and go, like waves on the shore.

Logitech Pop: Stylish, portable, but far from the best typing experience

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Re: Number Pads

Serious answer, because it's not required or even desired functionality for a lot of keyboard users. I've never in my entire career done numerical data entry so a number pad is just a useless dust collector. I'd rather have the desk space for something else, that's all. Just personal preference for what you want to use a keyboard for. Someone with a 24-inch wide ocean-going monstrosity of a keyboard with every conceivable key on it is just as strange to me as my HHKB Pro2 is to their eye. I'm not prejudiced against yachts; I just prefer my little dinghy. So to speak.

Google Docs crashed when fed 'And. And. And. And. And.'

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Absurd

It's so absurd that this is even a thing at all. When I'm typing words into a computer I want the word processor or editor to accept my words and write them to a file. That's it. I don't want suggestions about anything at all ever, whether derived from faulty AI or faulty JavaScript. All those bazillion Google 'programmers' could be doing something actually useful instead of this kind of change for changes sake crap. Leave it alone. All you ever do is make it worse, and more confusing.

Logitech's sales plunge 20% as demand for PCs slows

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Logitech - meh

Most of their stuff is just meh. They also refuse to acknowledge that Linux exists, as all their software (if you can call it that) runs, barely, only on WIndows. If I'm supposed to buy your stuff, Logitech, why do you make me spin up an instance of an OS I hate just to configure a touchpad or keyboard? Your configuration programs suck, too. Badly written Windows software. Oh joy.

Users sound off as new Google Workspace for Education storage limits near

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Re: For me it is a sign that the universities are de-skilling

This is exactly what happened at a large flagship New England state university campus where I worked before I got the hell out of there. The place changed from having a core group of -very- technical people who could program and deploy systems into a place where the specialty has become signing outsourcing contracts. There are a few actual technical people left to maintain the authentication systems, Shib, etc, but there aren't any real systems programmers and everyone else has titles like 'web specialist', whatever that is. They have chosen to de-skill and now the department is incapable of developing anything new on its own, and they seem to like it that way. But now they are going to be receiving invoices from Google and Microsoft for something which they considered would be free forever. I laugh. TANSTAAFL.

Hardware boffin starts work on simulation of an entire IBM S/360 Model 50 mainframe

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Princeton University had one in the early 1970s which ran a standalone program called Thor, open for public use, which provided two functions: printing a listing of a program from cards, or duplicating a card deck onto blank cards. That's all it did, but it was very helpful given that all your code was on cards then.

Former ad exec sticks Steve Jobs' 1973 job application in a scanner for physical-versus-digital NFT auction

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Re: Don't judge your CV by the grammatical errors

... companies were so desperate for staff back in the US in 1973 that all you had to do was stick your hand up and say "uuh, yeah, I cun do dat"...

Not quite, but pretty close. There were just not that many people who knew how to program, and especially in areas like systems programming (which was a very small community) so it was laissez le bon temps rouler if you had the skills. Headhunters in the NYC/NJ area would call multiple times per day (my personal record was 5 calls in a single day) offering mainframe systems jobs with minimal interviewing, generally with only the person who would be your boss (no HR droids involved because HR had no say in the process). Applications programming jobs for trainees were also fairly easy to come by. Now there's a zillion people in the world claiming to know something about software, but as we can plainly see from the state of the Internet, they don't.

Huygens if true: Dutch police break up bulletproof hosting outfit and kill Mirai botnet

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Yes, vigilante justice always works out so well.

SteelSeries Apex Pro plays both sides of the mechanical keyboard fence – and wins

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Multi-colored flashing lights on keyboards

I'm a programmer. I write code. As soon as I see lights flashing all over a keyboard (of all things) I'm headed for the door. If the configuration program doesn't run under Linux, I'm not even entering the building as neither Windows nor OSX exist for me. I'll continue to pound out code my with my HHKB Pro2 keyboard (the same one that has worked flawlessly for years). Somehow, I will manage without this latest bit of nonsense, which will almost certainly be discontinued junk in a short period of time.

Oracle files $7m copyright claim against NEC's US limb over 'unreported royalties' from database distribution

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Re: Only benefit ?

It used to be that Oracle was the go-to vendor if you had very large databases, and slick salesmen (for they were always men) in expensive suits would flit about having lunch and playing golf with the C-suite folks, but all that's in the past as there are other systems that can do pretty much everything that Oracle can do and for a lot less money and risk of strongman tactics, aka "audits". They appear to be left with suing their own customers and flogging their very strange cloud offering. These days, it could be very reasonable to conclude that Oracle is more of a risk than a benefit.

The dread sound of the squeaking caster in the humming data centre

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Re: Not Me But...

Nah, that big red button (which was actually a pull switch to make it less likely to get hit accidentally) just shut off power to the system; you had to trip the fire alarm separately, usually with another big red button, ideally located by an exit door. And if the emergency power off switch was pulled, it had to be reset by an IBM CE.

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Re: Not Me But...

> And how long did it take to get everything booted up after an orderly shutdown?

A few minutes at most, either to reload a 3705 or even to reboot an MVS or VM system. There were no Terabytes of disks to fsck, there were no Gigabytes of useless libraries to load, and remote data communications paths rarely had bandwidths greater than 9600bps. (You could monitor data trafffic by displaying it on a DataScope and watching it go by.) The size of everything was expressed in K or M. The machines were very slow but everything in the IPL path was hard coded assembler language purpose built to get things running. The mainframe OS and the 3705s were independently restarted as needed.

Also, the 3705 was anything but a "simple beast". It was a computer with a complex OS in its own right, supporting async (aka Start/Stop), bisync (aka BSC, for older 3270 terminals), and NCP for native SNA devices like newer 3270 clusters. Larger shops had multiple person groups of systems programmers who were dedicated to the 3705s (we had about 10 scattered across various data centers). We had very imaginative names for them: I, J, K, etc. Cabling was huge and unwieldy, and duct space was at a premium in many areas.

And yes, the 3705 load button could have been accidentally clunked by an IBM CE documentation cart, but those were big and heavy and rarely moved. Usually the CE would just go get what was needed as it was easier. I do not remember the castors on those carts being crap; if anything they were extra heavy duty like everything else IBM manufactured. More likely was the cart hit a bump in the raised floor tiles and veered off course. I could see that. CEs screwed up just like all of us other humans did.

Court kills FTC, US states' antitrust complaints against trillion-dollar Facebook

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Your family dictates that you use WhatsApp? Please.

I don't have or use any of the Facebook, whatsapp, twitter nonsense and if my family and friends don't like it they can go pound sand. I am contactable by text, email, phone, and in-person, none of which foist advertising on me and try to suck up as much personal information about me as they possibly can. The rest can take a long walk off a short pier, and I just don't care if someone is annoyed that I won't use the particular monopolist platform they happen to be addicted to. Go along to get along? Sure, but not for things that are actively harmful and predatory.

Australian cops, FBI created backdoored chat app, told crims it was secure – then snooped on 9,000 users' plots

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Mobile phones that can't make calls?

"The app could only run on mobile phones that could not make calls"

What kinds of mobile phones would these be then?

Deadline draws near to avoid auto-joining Amazon's mesh network Sidewalk

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No thanks, not a bit of it

No thanks to all of this - no Rings, no Echos, no Dots, no Kindles, no flying cameras in my bedroom, no using my bandwidth for unknown purposes. I buy a few things from Amazon once in a whle, and I watch some of their movies and that's what the extent of our relationship will be, no more. Although I do get a warm feeling in my heart when I see videos of Ring doorbells being ripped off the wall with a crowbar by people in masks. Your cloud don't help you much there, eh? My $5 doorbell (lighted!) has never once been the victim of a crime. Perhaps the Amazon Ring could get an upgrade to send out warnings when this happens, and an Amazon drone can swoop in and attack, or the Dot could automatically re-order ammunition and a replacement Ring, this time with extra heavy-duty screws. Absurdness from a company that cares about nothing at all about anyone or anything except for themselves and making money. The fact that opting out is required demonstrates quite clearly where their priorities lie.

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

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Older applicants

"If you reckon the hiring process might prune older applicants.."

At least in the U.S., it's not might, it's pretty much automatic, and they are very diligent about not considering older folks at all, despite years of relevant experience while still retaining a legal veneer to protect them (sometimes) from lawsuits. IBM regularly tries to get rid of older workers. It all gives lie to the idea that they want the "best" candidates - they don't, they want candidates like them, that aren't too threatening technically, that are their same age. It's quite blatant - older folks are seen as fuddy-duddies who can't learn new tech, when my experience has been that it's the other way around. Good programming has a lot to do with context, and understanding how tech fits into the overall picture, and a lot of whiz-kid googleboys have not a bit of that. I mean, look at all the poorly thought out stupid startups, and witness the number of password recovery secret question schemes where questions like "who was your favorite high-scoool teacher" and "who was your best friend in third grade" seem quite normal to people under 30 but make no sense for those of us who barely remember the high-school let alone any teacher names. Yet, my code will dance tiny circles around your code (name your language) because I've been doing it for 40 fucking years.

Linux laptop biz System76 makes its first foray into the mechanical keyboard world with dinky, hackable Launch

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Way too many keys

This thing has too many keys that are superfluous and useless to me - arrow keys, PgUp, PgDn, Home, blah blah blah. I don't even know what all those things are for but they're not in my world. The Ctrl key is in the wrong place, as it is with most keyboards. LED lights are utterly pointless (pro hint: many of us who use mechanical keyboards are not "gamers" we are programmers who don't like flashy lights when we're trying to think). Split space bar idea is weak. Besides remapping keys, what firmware things might I want to modify? Perhaps I could turn it into a 5 rotor Enigma machine? I'd like to have heard more about the keyboard feel since I'm not very familiar with those switches. I'm very happy with the Topres in my HHKB Pro2 thanks anyway. Overall impression: meh; not convinced of the value.

Oracle sues Envisage claiming unauthorized database use amid licensing crackdown

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Or, don't use Oracle

All of this reinforces my belief that Oracle is in the license enforcement business (aka Mafia) more than the software development business, and that if you aren't one of the six customers in the world who "need" some of their fancy-schmancy high-end stuff, you're a lot better off avoiding Larry & Co. completely. Oracle Partner Network Agreement and appropriate amendments? WTF? Perhaps Envisage would do better by advertising that they avoid Oracle products like the plague. It would be a selling point for me.

Tor users, beware: 'Scheme flooding' technique may be used to deanonymize you

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Fail

Running on desktop Firefox 88 under Linux, this web page generates a list of applications I've supposedly installed, none of which are actually installed and many of which I've never heard of. Re-running it generates a brand new set of fictitiously installed applications and a new id number every time. I heartily endorse this new tracking scheme and encourage all advertisers to spend lots of money on it.

Google reveals version control plus not expecting zero as a value caused Gmail to take an inconvenient early holiday

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Facebook developers

I have no problems at all with Facebook developers being forced to miss Christmas. I would like to see it. I have a long list of other punishments I would like to see them subjected to as well. I would also like to see the entire company fail but I guess I should just stick to small dreams.

Happy Hacking Professional Hybrid mechanical keyboard: Weird, powerful, comfortable ... and did we mention weird?

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Smart ones you can, yes.

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DIP switches for the win

Flaky, crude, Windows-only keyboard configuration programs, generally cringe-worthy amateur appearing code masquerading as useful software, are not an improvement.

I won't be ignored: Google to banish caller roulette with Verified Calls

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Google Verified Spam

Any business stupid enough to pay money to Google for something like this is a business I definitely want nothing to do with. Doesn't Google do anything real any more? It's always this kind of drek being puished as innovative, along with endless tinkering and rearranging the controls on things to no real purpose. They seem to have a million engineers and software people but they only seem to be able to manage useless stuff like this. We the humans would like software written primarily for us, and not developed primarily with a constant eye out for corporate interests. Not seeing a lot of that these days from the overloards, and they're not even pretending like they used to.

Shine on: Boffins bedazzle Alexa and her voice-controlled assistant kin with silent laser-injected commands

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List of reasons avoid this thing entirely for the rest of your life gets longer and longer

Added "laser injection attack" to my list of reasons I will never pay money to have a spying microphone installed in the most intimate spaces of my home. If you want to keep track, here's how to start your own list: take a piece of paper and number it 1 through 50 on the front. Then put numbers 51 through 100 on the back. Label this paper 'A' as there will be multiple pages. At some point, the reasons to avoid this thing will pile up so much you might want to consider a binder for them.

Mitigations. Yeah, I got a mitigation for you. It uses a canvas sack, some lead weights, and a long pier into the ocean.

Hey is trying a new take on email – but maker complains of 'outrageous' demands after Apple rejects iOS app

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or Pine

Same advantages for pine (now alpine) - all text, no crap. Email from people is text, and I read it. Email from Corporate Entities is generally an attempt to reproduce a Corporate Web Page, and I decline to view that sort of drek. Especially likely to be seen as unwanted are those propaganda missives that include -only- an HTML part, as if their particular shouty message could only be expressed with the garish and vulgar typography they invariably select ("web designers"). Words have always been the best way for me to express and understand complex concepts, so if you're sending me pictures of Shiny Things and your words are "Buy This!", then you've made yourself rather unattractive in the competition for my attention.

Logitech Zone Wireless: Swanky headset means business, but that also means it comes with a hefty price tag

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Logitech vs. Linux

Another "management app" from Logitech that will likely run only under Windows. Logitech as a corporation has deliberately turned its back towards Linux for years, refusing to acknowledge that such an OS even exists, which is fine because I can turn my back too. They are really enamored with their stupid USB dongles even when it makes the product less convenient to use - why require a dongle if you already have to use a physical USB cable to charge the thing anyway? For me, much of their stuff has not been innovative nor has it been reliable.

Florida man might just stick it to HP for injecting sneaky DRM update into his printers that rejected non-HP ink

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Re: As business models go

+1. The brand name of HP was revered for superior engineering in a number of different fields. They were all engineers and they cared about engineering high-quality products. Now it's all frat boys with spreadsheets ferreting out how to scrape the last few dollars from the carcass, and then at some point it'll either go under completely or it'll get rebranded with a stupid Silicon Valley name we can mock.

The Adobe Flash Farewell Tour 2020: LibreOffice to axe export support for .SWF in version 7

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Still companies trying to foist it on users

There are still large companies *cough*Vanguard*cough* who try to convince clients to conduct sales chats with a Flash client, and get all confused when you tell them you'd rather eat vomit. They see it as a failing of the stupid customer who won't cooperate rather than as a massive techincal fail from their employer.

Tick tick Zoom, is this thing on? US comms giant Verizon pulls on BlueJeans for 'undisclosed amount'

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Re: Verizon

Exactly, as soon as I see the name Verizon I know that whatever software they've attached themselves to and are buzzwording will both suck and never be used. It's all fairly automatic by now - Verizon acquisitions quickly sink under the waves without any noise, or users. They just don't get that everyone thinks of them solely as the phone company with a stupid name, and not for anything else.

Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots

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Bail out this company for sure

Yet another design from Boeing which can kill people. We should definitely be bailing them out with taxpayer money. Definitely. They try so hard and they've been so open and transparent about everything.

Microsoft expands AI features in Office, but are they any good? Mixed, according to our vulture

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Re: "when you use Microsoft Editor, your content is sent to Microsoft's servers for analysis"

Here here. I was about to make a post very similar to yours although mine was going to have more NOs in it. Having my content be sent to random corporations without my consent is just not ever going to be a happening thing for me. I don't want my editor to have any AI abilities. I don't want my editor to suggest anything at all to me, ever. I don't want my editor to do anything but accept my input and commands, and produce text files on the computer that I'm working on. I can take care of all the other stuff with my brain, which has a lot more to do with producing readable documents than the stuff Microsoft vomits up under the guise of being helpful. Maybe all that nonsense is helpful in maintaining employment for thousands of sub-par Redmond "programmers", but none of it helps me at all.

Ring in the changes: Mandatory two-factor authentication, login alerts, targeted ads opt-out after punters voice privacy gripes

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Re: "personalized advertising can deliver a better customer experience."

+1 to that. In addition to the usual feeble AI responses ("oh you bought a new car - want another?") there is quite often a fundamental mischaracterization of what personalized means. If I'm searching for information about healthcare for my small domesticated rodent pets, I get lots of ads with plenty of poison and knives and information on how to kill them. Plenty of other complete failures that miscontrue entirely what they think I want. Contrary to what their PR flacks spew, it's all very crude and badly designed and completely wrong most of the time. That is, it was aggravating until I blocked all ads of any kind from any source on every site. The whole "we're personalizing ads to make it a better experience" campaign is utter doo-doo. I block them all, the whole sorry lot of them. Websites that play games with ad-blocker blockers are abandoned. There will never be a website so critical to my life that I have to put up with eating turds to read it.

Ah, night shift in the 1970s. Ciggies, hipflasks, ADVENT... and fault-prone disk drives the size of washing machines

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PDP-10s were mainframes?

PDP-10s were mainframes? Never saw a DEC computer room that covered an entire NYC block or took up multiple floors of a large mid-town bulding, but saw plenty that were full of 370 and (later) 3033 mainframes. DEC was more like medium metal than big iron. If there are so many disk drives that they recede from view into the distance, that's a mainframe. If you could see everything you got in one room at a glance, you were only eligible for baby mainframe designation in the 70s, maybe. Have to be a big room though.

Smart speaker maker Sonos takes heat for deliberately bricking older kit with 'Trade Up' plan

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Plastic blister packs

Giant plastic blister packs for tiny little items exist because of big retailers who fear shoplifting more than the destruction of the earth or the well-being of consumers. They care desperately about their product until such time as they get your money for it, at which point they think stamping a little recycling triangle on their tat absolves them from the consequences of the damage they chose to inflict for their personal financial benefit.

Bad news: KeyWe Smart Lock is easily bypassed and can't be fixed

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Manufacturer claims on Amazon that the problem is "resolved"

Someone posted a question to the Amazon listing for this product that asked when it would be taken off the market as being insecure, and the manufacturer (or facsimile thereof) answered that the issue "has since resolved this with the updates done through the mobile app". Well, someone's lying here. Interesting also that Amazon has blocked any reviews of this thing except if you have already purchased it. They don't want the bad news spreading, obviously.

Let's Pope mass upgrade of Vatican Library data centre is blessed with some of that famed infallibility

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Press release article, no research done, no real information presented

Reads like a press release from Panduit. Not a lot of real information about the process here other than a bunch of statistics like you would find in a press release.

Good news – America's nuke arsenal to swap eight-inch floppy disks for solid-state drives

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Series/1 minicomputer not exactly a behemoth

It's a small minicomputer, maybe the size of a small refrigerator, hardly a behemoth. Not everything IBM was behemoth.

The biggest uptick in demand for software devs by bosses is for... *rubs eyes* blockchain engineers?!?

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Re: tabs not spaces?!

Next thing you know there'll be people proclaiming that they prefer vi over emacs, if you can imagine such a thing. Total insanity. If you're hard core old school, you have (setq-default indent-tabs-mode nil) in your emacs init.el file, putting spaces where spaces belong like a real programmer, and everyone else can go back to bleating about how they preserved 437 precious bytes of disk space by using tabs. You say you wanna use tabs when entering source code but have them converted to spaces when you save? Sure, but if you have to do it that way, your editor already sucks.

Why does that website take forever to load? Clues: Three syllables, starts with a J, rhymes with crock of sh...

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Re: Your JS can KMMFA.

Amen to that. I choose what to view on my screen, not hucksters. Advertising does not help me in any way, ever, and it never will no matter how "nice" the slick ones pretend to play. It doesn't improve or enhance my life. From my viewpoint, advertisements are completely and utterly useless, and so I choose to never see them anywhere I have control. It's not my problem to figure out how websites get paid and I don't care - I didn't choose to litter the Internet with ads and I'd be happy without them forever, in any context. Sites that play gatekeeper games either have their flimsy security disabled on the spot or get dumped into /dev/null forever. Internet overlord wannabes: you are never going to be able to show me any ads, ever. If your data slurping site dies without ads, that's just fine with me - adios mother fucker, and take all your useless social media 'jobs' down with you.

Q. What do you call an IT admin for 20-plus young children? A. A teacher

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Re: Tell me about it

Yes, this. See New York Times articles:

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/phones-children-silicon-valley.html

"Technologists know how phones really work, and many have decided they don’t want their own children anywhere near them."

Silicon Valley Nannies are Phone Police for Kids

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/silicon-valley-nannies.html

The Digital Gap Between RIch and Poor Kids

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/26/style/digital-divide-screens-schools.html

"America’s public schools are still promoting devices with screens — even offering digital-only preschools. The rich are banning screens from class altogether."

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