* Posts by DevOpsTimothyC

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Pentagon is far too tight with its security bug bounties

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IT's going to cost MSFT more than $13.7M to fully test and fix all their software to the point there's no bugs. Who was it that came up with "80% of the users only use 20% of the features"

Scientists, why not simply invent a working fusion plant using $50m from Uncle Sam

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Will $50M even cover the certification costs

I'm going to guess the $50m on offer won't even cover all the regulatory costs associated with getting a fusion plant to the point where it can commercially feed into the grid.

Apple exec sues over 'ageist' removal of $800k stock bonus

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Most employment contracts I've seen are generally "See HR handbook for bonuses, incentives and pension plans"

It's also quite hard for a company to argue that certain parts of it's workforce don't qualify for ad-hoc discretionary or incentive awards if those parts of the workforce are legally protected from discrimination.

NASA, SpaceX weigh invoking Dragon to take Hubble higher

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at no cost to the US government

I'm guessing that little snippet includes "at no cost to NASA". I'm just wondering how they will convince anyone to shell out millions to do this on their own dime

Nvidia will unveil next-gen GPU architecture in September

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Re: Good!

I wonder just how many people are also looking at the cost of electricity and the specs of the new cards requiring even bigger power supplies and thinking the GPU isn't worth the TCO change

General Motors charges mandatory $1,500 fee for three years of optional car features

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IT Angle

How fast is the data connection?

I noted that the features included unlimited data and Wi-Fi hotspots. With OnStar costing $1500 for 3 years it equates to $41.67/month.

My question is what's the internet speed aka how does that compare to other means of connecting to the internet.

Here in the UK a noticeable minority have ditched DSL / Cable etc for unlimited data plans with their mobile phone acting as a hotspot.

Security needs to learn from the aviation biz to avoid crashing

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Preaching to the chior

While C-level exec's aren't personally liable for security breaches the problem is not going to be fixed.

The only other way I can see going forward is if governments vote with their wallets either penalizing companies with poor security records through not buying their products / services, or simply through linking the corporate tax rate to security.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

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Another other reason given is connectivity. Maybe that was a consideration once, but these days high speed connectivity is not all that expensive wherever you may be

High speed (residential) connectivity != DC connectivity. A house might get 100Mbps to 1Gbps, a big data centre will have multiple 100Gbps links.

Digging a trench to run optical cable hasn't gotten much cheaper over the last decade, so if you're not too far from where some optics are already running things aren't too bad, that's why they are clustered around the M4 corridor. Once you start getting further away then the cost still goes up steeply

How to get Linux onto a non-approved laptop

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We are going to assume that your laptop comes with Windows pre-installed, simply because most of them do

Er nope. I got one from FrameWork so I could be sure it would work with linux and if anything were to go wrong with it I can fix it without too much hassle.

Hospital IT melts in heatwave, leaving doctors without patient records

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Re: New software solves this ?

Perhaps it will only run in the cloud and so they won't have any on-prem hardware to cool....

UK government refuses public review before launch of NHS data platform

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Re: The issue is that we do not trust the NHS with data security

how long until the first breach sale occurs



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Re: What privacy safeguards ?

You forgot the Cloud act, and it's not specifically the US that is of concern, it's mostly that the data will be used in health and life insurance premiums

These centrifugal moon towers could be key to life off-planet

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Not a new idea

Wow the bar to be a scientist seems to involve plagiarism these days. This sort of concept is FAR from new. The Stanford Torus from the 70's were the first main group I know of for in space, More recently Isaac Arthur has covered the design on his youtube channel years ago (I cannot remember which episode). If you look at Reddit there's a question there that is 5 years old

Competition regulators probe Amazon's Marketplace and Microsoft's buy of Activision Blizzard

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Microsoft's merger with Activision Blizzard

believe the deal will benefit xbox gamers, developers, and Microsoft's domination of the industry


FBI and MI5 bosses: China cheats and steals at massive scale

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I forgot to add that it would be a good idea for the previous post to lookup some of the concerns / whistle blowing that surrounded ECHELON

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Does the NSA spying on Airbus to give that information to Boeing count ? or NSA providing Thomson-CSF information to Raytheon on a Brazilian radar project? (Sorry I don't have links to hand for the second one)

CAPSTONE mission is Moon-bound, after less rocketry than expected

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Re: Touching Cloth?

I hate to think what a rectum orbit might involve, but a near rectilinear halo orbitcan be described by it's constituent words.

An orbit is where something goes around and around, typically in a circle. As the orbit gets more eccentric it goes from a circle to an oval to an ellipse, finally to rectilinear (out and back in a single plane). so a near rectilinear orbit is one where alot of time is spent "out" in orbit with very little time "near" the body it's orbiting (in this case the moon).

A halo orbit is one which goes through, or is very close to the a Lagrange point. A Lagrange point is where gravitational forces balance out. From memory there are 5 Lagrange points in any orbiting system. If you draw a line out from the larger body (the earth in this case) through the smaller body (the moon in this case) the two orbiting bodies one is on the line between the two (closer to the smaller one), another is on the other side of the smaller body, two are at 90 degrees to that line before and after the smaller body on it's orbit and the final one is on the same line, but on the far side of the larger body.

So a near rectilinear halo orbit is one that is an elipse with one end near the moon and another by one of the Lagrange points. From the Earth's perspective the orbit is flat so we can always see (communicate with) the satellite, think you're drawing an elipse with a laser pointer around something on the wall on the other side of the room. You would be the earth, the thing on the wall would be the moon and the elipse is the near rectilinear halo orbit. If you look at the orbit from afar it looks similar to the ridges on the paper hats you get out of Christmas crackers.

As the thing they want to orbit is on the south pole of the moon, the satellite spends most of the time over that spot with very little time (a few hours) out of site from there. The base on the moon can then use the satellite as a relay station to earth.

2050 carbon emission goals need nuclear to succeed, says International Energy Agency

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Re: Net zero emissions by 2050,

And the total failure -- at least here in the US -- to deal rationally with high level waste disposal.

Are you still talking about nuclear fission there because the rest of the planet looks puts coal fired power plants into that category. Throwing it into the atmosphere or river and let others deal with the toxic waste seems to have always been the accepted way of doing it by some.

In terms of the serious nuclear accidents, putting aside the whole the more you do a thing the better you get at doing it, coal kills 4x the number of people that fission (including it's accidents) feel free to look up Deaths per terrawhatt hour yourself

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Pumped Hydro

Perhaps if people stopped thinking of "batteries" in terms of Li-Ion or similar and looked at what we currently have that works.

Pumped hydro is a grid scale "battery". It's key problems is that it needs to be situated in a suitable location and the cost. I suppose you could dig the lakes at each end out so it could store more energy, but I don't think it would be entirely practical to grow the storage in that way.

Devops tool Jenkins now requires Java 11: This might sting a bit

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About Time

This one is long over due. Now if they could only have better support for switching between fly weight and heavy weight executors during the pipeline AND have user inputs able to run on fly weight executors.

Not all projects are fully CD and having a user halt for manual testing is still a thing.

Big Tech silent on data privacy in post-Roe America

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Re: Yes, I am ashamed of my country

I had family a member who developed schizophrenia after being addicted to weed. There are scientific links between the two. Granted he may have already been at-risk and the weed just pushed him over the edge, but personally I still consider that enough justification.

As for other drugs, most have addictive qualities that can and do cause addicts to turn from productive members of society to burdens.

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Re: Canada

the constitution bans states from prosecuting people for engaging in legal actions in states where the action is legal

Pity it doesn't ban prosecuting people for engaging in actions in other countries where the action is legal

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Re: Democracy

It's called separation of powers. Democratic president / congress / senate cannot do anything to overturn a supreme court decision.

That's only really a half truth though. Yes a democratic president / congress / senate cannot do anything to overturn a supreme court decision but they can legislate so as the next time the question comes up the answer will be different. I'm also under the impression that's what they have done in response to the Microsoft Ireland case with the US CLOUD Act

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Re: Democracy

a clear majority want abortion to be legal in all or most circumstances

You might want to consider and choose your words with a little more care in a debate such as this one.

That statement could quite easily be interpreted that a clear majority want abortion to be legal up to the moment of birth with a minority even suggesting that "abortion" should be legal within a week (or month) after birth.

I'm under the following impression

A clear majority want abortion to be legal in all or most circumstances within the first trimester, on medical grounds with the second trimester and none in the third trimester

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Re: Yes, I am ashamed of my country

For the record, people should be able to put whatever crap they want into their own bodies

All rights come with obligations and consequences. If we take alcohol at one end of the spectrum, If someone were to imbibe too much, and then, say by driving a car shouldn't I be protected from the life changes consequences of being hit by the car?

Even if we take it a step back and say you "only" wrapped the car around a tree and now you're disability benefit for the rest of your life why should my taxes go towards that disability payment, after all it's a consequence of your actions?

In short as soon as your actions impact others (society) then those others get to express their opinion on those actions and get a say in what the group finds acceptable.

SpaceX: 5G expansion could kill US Starlink broadband

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Re: Well

The FCC does exist to prevent two people trying to use the same frequencies like this.

The problem here is that in the April 2021 FCC grant, the FCC has already given this part of the spectrum to SpaceX.

Look at the linked PDF in paragraph 48 they discussed it (where objections were raised) and in paragraphs 96d, 96e and 96f they grant the 12Ghz spectrum to SpaceX.

Looking at the PDF (paragraph 96) it appears they have granted 10.7GHz-13.25GHz to SpaceX in one shape or form. In the lower parts of that they have to co-ordinate with Radio Telescopes, in the upper parts it seems to be shared with other ground station to satellite, but critically in the 12GHz range there doesn't appear to be any provisions to share

NASA wants nuclear reactor on the Moon by 2030

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Re: Reactor?

While I agree that RTG's aren't giant kettles I am wondering why that approach would make the news. IIRC RTG's don't produce much energy, we're talking at most a few hundred watts

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There are area's at the poles which get sunlight 365 days a year. Those area's also have craters where the bottom NEVER gets light so is most likely to have water.

FCC: Applications for funds to replace Chinese comms kit lack evidence

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An invoice should be enough

I'd take it one step further,

If the FCC want me to replace a piece of kit and I am saying it will cost too much, I should be able to send the FCC the details (including serial number) of the piece of kit that needs replacing along with the invoice for it's replacement.

If the FCC pay the invoice I get a nice new shiny toy delivered and I just need to schedule replacement of the old with the new. It's up to the FCC to determine if the nice new shiny kit is an appropriate replacement for the old equipment.

With the make, model and serial number of the old equipment the FCC should be able to determine if it's a reasonable replacement and I'm not trying to swap an 8 port 10/100 Netgear switch for a 6U 10GB Cisco switch/router

Tesla Autopilot accounts for 70% of driver assist crashes, says US traffic safety body

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Re: Its a nice headline

Tesla's crash rate per 1,000 vehicles was still substantially higher

It's hardly 100 Tesla's vs 5 Ford's

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Re: any comparison needs to be based upon *Miles Driven*

A number of other manufacturers have automatic breaking. As far as I am aware none of them "took over" from a driver and performed an action like swerving to avoid something.

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Re: "a recall of 830,000 Autopilot-equipped Teslas"

The only hardware that's at fault is the sales literature that started with it being called "Full Self Drive" and "Autopilot".

While terms like autopilot are being used people will treat it like an autopilot, aka not paying sufficient attention

Meta mostly fails in appeal against order from UK watchdog to sell Giphy

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Must Sell?

I've got to disagree with your conclusion there. From how I'm reading the papers the defense (appeal) by META was that the CMA hadn't followed their own rules when reviewing this.

The judges / panel has found that the CMA (mostly) followed the rules and are within their rights to demand that META divest itself from Giphy. Where the CMA didn't completely follow the rules wasn't material enough to allow Giphy to be integrated into META.

'Red-rated' legacy IT gets refresh in UK as US battles theirs with bills

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Re: Pygmies inheriting from giants

I suspect it has alot of the same reasons that the multiplier between average earnings and house prices are much bigger now than they were 50 years ago, with a good sprinkle of why there is such a "skills shortage" in the UK.

It's not that an old system cannot be built or maintained it's that building them and maintaining them requires knowledge of both the old way and new ways of doing things. That knowledge requires specialism. We all know that the more specialist someone's skills the more they can charge for them. Perhaps if UK businesses (and government) invested in digital skills, didn't have managers who had more in common with Luddites and didn't have a race to the bottom those "below" them on the corporate ladder to fuel their own pay checks then there would be a hope.

Small nuclear reactors produce '35x more waste' than big plants

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Re: Why the HELL Nuclear

While wind turbines are getting better they are hardly free or maintenance free. Youtube: Discovery UK - Engineering issue with wind turbine blades provides an example of just one of the issues. Putting aside the cost of the replacement blades, you've got the cost disposing of the old blades

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Re: Size?

Best to fire it to deep space, or any other moon / planet than The Sun. It is poison to The Sun and will cause it to explode sooner.

Sending all the nuclear waste into The Sun is like throwing plastic into the oceans, just with a slightly longer timescale

UK opens up 'high-potential individual route' for tech worker immigration

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Re: Hmm

Since 2020 I've seen the salaries offered go down. Not exactly surprising that it's hard to attract new talen when you're offering them less than what they are currently being paid

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Re: Not nearly enough....

As someone who has been beating his head against a wall for 2 years trying to fill high tech positions in a large international company.

The other problem is that the proposals are more the resource than human in HR

So the problem you're describing is they aren't treated as people. Chances are you're not offering a competitive wage (not that's not saying you compete to offer the lowest)

Corporate investments are a massive hidden source of carbon emissions

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Re: Double counting?

Let's say hypothetically a "green" company buys another that operates datacenters powered by on site coal plants. They immediately make plans to replace those coal powered datacenters with best in class green energy showcases, but it will take several years to fully transition - in the meantime the green company looks really bad. Should they be punished for that even though the outcome is desirable?

I think most people are adult enough to see the good intentions if there was a press release shortly after purchase giving that vision and updates from time to time to show progress.

In terms of investing in companies to exert pressure to change, why not invest in the competition that is either green or is changing ?

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Re: Double counting?

If you don't "Double Count" as you put it then it would make it far too easy for big companies to greenwash by restructuring, eg If Amazon split their logistics into one company, AWS into another and had a power generation company (for AWS, using coal) into another then they just don't include the CO2 from the delivery or power generation parts of the group.

The other point that the report is making is if these companies are really serious about their green credentials then they shouldn't be investing in companies who not actively working to reduce their CO2 emissions.

Red Hat Kubernetes security report finds people are the problem

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What's so special about K8s?

In other news water wet, space empty etc. This sort of report is a waste of money.

Why do they think that K8s would be any different than the rest of IT. The elephant in the room is that C-Levels do not want to pay for security. They aren't willing to have it in the SDLC, and in most places I've seen the closest to network security has been a traditional firewall or WAF and a regular patch schedule.

Software patching must work like car safety recalls, says US cyber boss

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Re: Hmmm

Sorry I wasn't obvious enough with the "If you take money for it you're a vendor". I didn't think I needed to add "If you have not taken money for it then you're not a vendor".

For the avoidance of any doubt. If you were employed to write code, IF you retain ownership you're the vendor. If you do not retain ownership or similar rights then you're also not a vendor. Most employment contracts I've seen have clauses along the lines of "Anything you create while employed are the property of the employer"

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Re: Hmmm

If you sell a product (or a licence to it) then you're the vendor. If if you give it away and also offer a support contract, guess what, you're also the vendor (for all of the people/companies who buy the support contract.

Basically if you create a product and then take money for it then you're a vendor

Most organizations hit by ransomware would pay up if hit again

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Cost of doing business

I suspect most of the places who would pay again see it as the cheaper cost of doing business.

For many it's simply cheaper to pay off the odd ransomware attack than to hire a suitably skilled person or team of people to secure their systems.

Bosses using AI to hire candidates risk discriminating against disabled applicants

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Re: Run

Is it mandatory for companies using thses tools to disclose that prior to the candidate applying for the role?

Until that is a legal requirement WITH penalties then companies will use the tools with impunity. How many people would terminate their employment if they found out they had been subjected to that?

Appeals court unleashes Texas's anti-Big-Tech content-no-moderation law

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Its a sewer already

social media will be forced to turn into a sewer

They act like it's not already a sewer.

Datacenters in Ireland draw more power than all rural homes put together

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gotta be the crypto mining

Probably all the crypto mining

Judge dismisses Microsoft's challenges: ValueLicensing case to proceed in Britain

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How many of those cases were post BREXIT ?

Scraping public data from the web still OK: US court

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Re: site stupidity.

The ruling stops LinkedIn from putting up blocks to stop scraping

As far as I read it the ruling does allow them to put blocks up, but those blocks must treat all unauthenticated traffic the same. If they want a search engine to be able to scrape their site then they must allow the same level of access to others.

Hardware-assisted security poised for growth, says Intel

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Intel study eats Microsoft's dogfood

Apart from the "Don't trust Intel with their Management Engine" and "Isn't this the same lot that gave us both Spectre and Meltdown."

To me the article seems to be an echo chamber of the marketing material for Windows 11 and its' must use TPM2.0