* Posts by JohnSheeran

29 posts • joined 24 Jul 2019

President Trump to slap fresh restrictions on H-1B work visas, refuses to hear public comment on changes

JohnSheeran

Re: This has been abused in the past, but guess who it leaves out...

You do realize that this conversation is related to what is happening across the pond, right? It has nothing to do with Brexit.

Burn baby burn, infosec inferno: Just 21% of security pros haven't considered quitting their current job

JohnSheeran

Re: Where to get competent staff?

Are you developing your people? It seems like the trend is to hire younger workers and develop them in house rather than look to the market for these skills.

Don't take it as a criticism but it's beginning to feel like even the younger workers aren't interested in the things we need them to be interested in and even getting someone that's promising seems to be getting more difficult.

Big Tech on the hook for billions in back taxes after US Supreme Court rejects Altera stock options case hearing

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Re: IT's late and I'm kinda dumb

Standard disclaimers in play (not an attorney, accountant, etc.)

As I understand the logic, it's this: Stock based compensation is taxed to the corporate level because it's essentially wage compensation for them. The receiver of the stock is not taxed until they either sell the stock or when they receive dividends for the stock. They are then taxed for capital gains from the proceeds of the transaction.

Is this fair? Sure. We're not talking about the tax model in this measure.

Is it a loophole? Yes. The way taxes are assessed on capital gains is not the same as it is on other forms of income and those of us that don't get that advantage regularly realize that it's a way for corporations to work around the tax laws. There is a lot more to say about this and how it works in the modern world but it's probably too long to discuss in this particular context.

Remember that backdoor in Juniper gear? Congress sure does – even if networking biz wishes it would all go away

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Re: Peace and Quiet

"I thought this was a democracy, where the electorate or their appointed representatives have final word on everything that occurs. Thanks to pro-authoritarian GOP support, I guess we were very, very wrong."

It's actually a representative republic. If it were a democracy it would all need to go through the people. Since that's not workable at our current scale (or just about any scale) we have a republic. "We" are very, very, wrong about a lot of things.

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I think it's funny that the evidence against American companies having government mandated back doors is fully accepted but other countries doing the same thing is rejected. Especially when the other countries in question are known and accepted oppressors and human rights violators.

There is no moral high ground when it comes to this sort of thing. It's most likely sour grapes from the US government that they don't have the same back doors into Huawei that China does.

Multi-part Android spyware lurked on Google Play Store for 4 years, posing as a bunch of legit-looking apps

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Impressive

It's about time they got clever with this stuff. The ole "stupid user" routine is beyond tired. I'm honestly surprised that we don't have more games that do this sort of thing. Carving up the components could make the entire mechanism appear to be innocuous in parts but a real problem when they all pulled together to make Voltron.

Still hoping to run VMware's ESXi on Arm any time soon? Don't hold your breath – no rush and no commitments

JohnSheeran

Re: VMware is diversifying

Nonetheless, it's still free. You're not paying for the hypervisor, you're paying for vCenter as you so astutely pointed out.

JohnSheeran

Re: Build it and they will come...

I would say that they are waiting to see what the demand really is. This conversation came up for other processor platforms years ago and they didn't support them then either because the demand for their product on those platforms was minimal at best. They know their audience.

Open source platforms have the benefit of people that don't stand to make a buck having the time to recompile the product onto other platforms just for fun. (I'm mostly joking here but....)

JohnSheeran

Re: VMware is diversifying

ESXi is a free product. It's the management (vCenter) that costs you. So, managing other hypervisors with vCenter is still a revenue generator for them.

Is technology undermining democracy? It's complicated, says heavyweight thinktank

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Re: Eh?

You're not wrong about that at all. Things like political correctness and social media make for poor bed fellows when it comes to freedom of speech in my opinion.

JohnSheeran

Re: Eh?

Freedom of speech is alive and well in the good ole US of A. It's a double-edged sword and many are not fans of the persecution their unpopular/popular ideas may bring about but I've not witnessed anyone being arrested by any government official for saying what's on their mind. I've never heard of anyone disappearing for doing it either. We often confuse government control over these things with other organizations or people when it comes to apparent restrictions. Free speech doesn't come without consequences but it doesn't mean they are government-backed consequences.

For example; this post. We'll see how many down votes I get because you disagree with my words. Fortunately I won't be restricted from saying any of this by my government.

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Holmes

Are they suggesting that I shouldn't believe everything I read on the internets and, as it turns out, others may also not believe everything they read on the internets?

In the E in HPE stands for Eroding revenues... Intel chip shortage, hardware supplies, coronavirus punish IT titan

JohnSheeran

Re: Don't worry...

It's bad for every non-cloud company that delivers these technologies. Whether or not cloud-based computing is a good idea may become irrelevant if the market drives all of the non-cloud businesses out of business.

Google burns down more than 500 private-data-stealing, ad-defrauding Chrome extensions installed by 1.7m netizens

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Trollface

Re: Excellent job, Google

Wow, I guess it's a lot easier to do these things than the huge corporations make it seem. Have you considered starting your Compuglobalmeganet company and doing it right?

It’s not true no one wants .uk domains – just look at all these Bulgarians who signed up to nab expired addresses

JohnSheeran

Re: Should we just be phasing out .co.uk

As funny as it sounds, wouldn't that just mean that you could only get to things through someone's search engine? If you didn't reference a domain name, what would you use as a way to locate the site you're going to visit outside of it's physical address?

Chrome suddenly using Bing after installing Office 365 Pro Plus... Yeah, that might have been us, mumbles Microsoft

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Feels like a joke we play on each other at work.....

...and this one is actually pretty funny. Next they will pull the old trick of taking a screenshot of your desktop with the icons, removing all of the icons and making the screenshot the wallpaper.

Pomp and ceremony: When the US Secretary of State meets Oracle overlord Larry

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Re: Debatable

On the one hand, I see the assassination claim because he was a representative of a sovereign nation in a neighboring nation not directly conducting (obvious) military operations against said nation.

On the other hand, your point is well taken. His involvement with Iranian backed militias that could be taken as terrorist organizations does make him a target when outside his nation. His history of being involved in things that could be taken as war crimes if said war was ongoing also works against him.

President Cheeto Cottonhair is not great and his level of jackassery is high and that makes us want to instantly call this an assassination. It just doesn't feel quite right in this case though. Still debating.

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Trollface

Re: Debatable

I see nothing of discussion. FAIL

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Facepalm

Everything that's terrible in one article....

Oracle.

Trump.

Amazon Not Paying Taxes.

Assassination (debatable (and I mean debatable, not false).

Pick your favorite terrible and discuss. :D

Hey kids! Ditch that LCD and get ready for the retro CRT world of Windows Terminal

JohnSheeran

Re: You had one job.

It's a Linux tool. It shows /mnt/c/Source/... at the top.

Hey, you've earned it: Huawei chucks workers a £219m bonus for tackling US blacklist

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Just north of $1500 per employee if the interwebs is right about their employee count.

Heads up from Internet of S*!# land: Best Buy's Insignia 'smart' home gear will become very dumb this Wednesday

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Trollface

Re: We shouldn't have skipped the time when it was the Intranet of Things

So, TLDR; everyone is stupid because they don't realize how complicated these things are. Check.

Buying a Chromebook? Don't forget to check that best-before date

JohnSheeran

OK, so, don't buy a Chromebook......

....CHECK

DRAM, bam, thank you Sam: Like a Flashbolt from the blue, Samsung flaunts its fastest RAM

JohnSheeran

To add on to what Scott mentioned; it's important to know that "speed" has a lot of facets in this kind of conversation. Clock speeds only point to the signal generator and the ability to accept/process instructions. Things like bit width and efficiency also play a big part.

We often use the word speed interchangeably when it's not really appropriate. For example, network speeds being indicated by using how many bits per second the link is capable of transferring isn't the only measurement to consider when latency can have an impact on the ability to realize that potential.

I my memory serves me (and adding to what Scott mentioned), the divergence in the x86 world occurred when the clock generator in the CPU (circa Intel 486) tried to go beyond 33Mhz. The memory available at the time couldn't operate at frequencies higher than that and the system boards' circuit design had a problem with EM interference because of right angle traces and electrons "flying off the track".

Capital One gets Capital Done: Hacker swipes personal info on 106 million US, Canadian credit card applicants

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Re: all of the above, and...

Security is very easy to get wrong if you don't understand security. It's still easy to get wrong even if you do understand security, you just realize your mistakes more quickly and usually fix them. The cloud doesn't change that but it least it makes your data just one step closer to those who would like to get it and exploit it.

JohnSheeran

Re: From the CLOUD ???

Haven't you heard? The CLOUD has won. A LOT of large corporations in this country (US) are moving their stuff to these big providers. Even better, they are letting their developers be in charge of infrastructure. I'm sure that nothing ever goes wrong with those plans.

JohnSheeran

Re: Edumacation

They always attack the weak, harmless or those that are not expecting it. You don't honestly think they would go after someone who would fight back do you? They are all cowards. (and I mean both the hackers and the mass shooters)

Incognito mode won't stop smut sites sharing your pervy preferences with Facebook, Google and, er, Oracle

JohnSheeran

Re: Incognito mode isn't incognito

I'm not saying you're wrong. I'm not saying you're right. I'm saying that it doesn't really matter. It only matters if you are in the public eye or are somehow impacted by public opinion. Even then, I'm not sure it matters as much as you think. Case in point; Donald Trump. He was recorded making statements on numerous occasions that would have ended most everyone else's political career yet he plowed forward and didn't acknowledge the statements and it hasn't held him back. While I think it's all a bad precedent and I don't like where this is all heading I also recognize that it just doesn't seem to matter either way.

JohnSheeran

Re: Incognito mode isn't incognito

It's almost like the name just doesn't matter.

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