* Posts by willyslick

22 posts • joined 28 Apr 2020

Moscow court fines Pinterest, Airbnb, Twitch, UPS for not storing data locally


Re: "legalized the import of products without the authorization of the trademark holder"

With respect to the CoCom embargo - while they might have confiscated illegally imported technology from average citizens, the Russian government had an active program to reverse-engineer western technology, for which they needed such computers. Some excellent functioning copies were in fact made, but they were never able to develop the production facilities and produce any volume.

One could argue that CoCom was in fact an effective contributor to the fall of the iron curtain - but things have changed a lot since then and the leverage the west has to sabotage the Russian economy through technology embargos is certainly vastly diminished as in the meantime its so easily attainable most everywhere.

Elon Musk puts Twitter deal on hold over bot numbers claim


Just another narcissist looking for some attention.....nothing to see here.

Russian IT pros flee Putin, says tech lobby group


Re: Anyone else see a problem here??

>Western tech companies should be extremely wary of any Russian ex-pats seeking positions with >access to core technologies.

your point is well taken, but in much the same way the oligarchs prefer the European lifestyle where they have their villas, park their yachts and send their kids to private swiss schools (as seen everywhere in "Londongrad",) do we really think these Russian techie ex-pats are all (or even any of them) agents of Putin? what's in it for them? perhaps they are also happy to just enjoy a better standard of living based on their in-demand skills and also get out of Russia where from a quality of life point of view things will no doubt get harder in the years to come.

That said, nothing more melancholy that a Russian away from the motherland....they really can't win.

Indian government warns locals not to use Starlink's internet services


Re: it does not have a valid license

Musk has the same situation in Germany where he is planning to open a Tesla factory, and where he has charged ahead in construction without having received a final permit to operate the factory. Worst case, he needs to dismantle everything again.....

Perhaps he will need to find out the hard way that the "move fast and break things " credo does not necessarily have many adherents within the German construction ministry....

But probably the loss of face for the German industry to deny the permit would be too much - thats what Musk is betting on....stay tuned.

Google loses appeal against $2.7bn EU antitrust fine for distorting competition in price comparison websites


It just means that while these search companies can track what you are searching for, seeing when (and where) you actually purchase that item is so far not part of the algorithm. Give em time - you can be sure they are working on that.....

Actually if you are against this kind of search tracking, then seeing ads for items you will never buy (again) should give you a good feeling that the company's resources are going to waste.

Thinking about this kind of tracking and profiling of users, one could come to the conclusion that the best response to try to stymy the algorithms is to generate the maximum amount of nonsense data to throw off the profile and fill the data centers with inaccurate data - get enough people behind nonsense information generating and these systems would soon be brought to their knees....

140,000-plus drivers sent $60m in compensation checks after Amazon 'stole their tips'


Re: Once again

As an American living now for over 30 years in European exile, I always wondered how it could be that so many Americans living at or near poverty never voted for a bit more socialism, or at least some basic healthcare. A bit of self-interest would not go astray for these people often having to work multiple poorly paid jobs just to keep their and their family's heads above water, and one illness away from bankruptcy or other financial disaster.

The truth is, most every American, no matter how bad off they are, is a frustrated billionaire whose ship is just about to come in...and of course this "american dream" nonsense is happily perpetuated and reinforced to the maximum degree possible by conservative media to enable the conservatives to conserve their own wealth as much as possible.

Agree that capitalism is a good system compared to the alternatives, but it does not have to be this pitiless turbo-capitalism forcing families to live out of their cars, massive homelessness, and all the associated trauma just so some 1%ers can avoid contributing to society in any way by paying some taxes on their exorbitant wealth. I never bought this "freedumb" story and am happy to pay more taxes in my adopted social democratic country.

Huawei reportedly set to salvage honor with sale of server x86 business


Re: Just an opinion

What about the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989? - don't you think that the high technology embargo of the west towards the eastern bloc countries imperiled their economies and contributed to the opening towards the west?

Seems to me to be an example where sanctions in fact did work - not that I support them in general.


Economic warfare (which is what the sanctions against Huawei are) is an instrument of political warfare- this worked in the past with tech embargoes to the eastern bloc countries and Russia. But China in the here and now is a different story - there are technology areas they lead in, such as mobile infrastructure, which they can leverage in such a conflict - in the end the consumers will pay the price in the form of slower adoption and higher prices to achieve these political aims.

Are such embargoes preferable to fostering economic interdependence as a way to reduce military conflicts? Perhaps, but that requires trust between the political blocs - something in short supply at this point in time.

Good Grief! Ransomware gang has only gone and pwned the NRA – or so it claims


Re: Ummmm, no...

Charlton Heston was formerly president of the NRA - perhaps you are confusing him with Charles Bronson?

Missouri governor demands prosecution of reporter for 'decoding HTML source code' and reporting a data breach


What?, a Trump republican basically just making up a pseudo-conflict out of thin air and then riding it around to further cement his support by many others who also have no clue whatsoever?? Never seen that before..;>)

In fact, the fact that he is ridiculed by experts has no bearing on his behavior - he is not addressing any experts, just his own constituency - these are the same people who agree there is no need to vaccinate, wear a mask, the election was stolen, etc, etc....who cares about any actual facts??

The planet survived six hours without Facebook. Let's make it longer next time


Small businesses use FB for free? Whenever I as a hardcore facebook-avoider accidentally land on such a "free" FB website, I hightail it the other direction as fast as I can before FB plants a cookie or other evil bot on my trail, so I don't see that content. Wonder how many other act similarly.....?

Just get a normal website and we can gladly do business together.

Three UK says its 5G plans are under threat if tower merger with Euro giant Cellnex is blocked


From my point of view, carriers divesting their towers makes perfect sense.

For discussion: does every carrier really need to have their own physical towers or can the increasing virtualization of the mobile infrastructure enable multiple carriers to share the physical towers while remaining securely separated from one another?? Or put another way: does each tower site need three separate infrastructures (assuming 3 main carriers), or does it make more sense for a third party to own it and share the common infrastructure among the three carriers?

It seems to me the carriers are happy to get rid of the bother of locating and managing these real estate transactions for towers (often in the face of both reasonable and unreasonable resident's resistance) and the tower specialists have built a business model on squeezing the maximum usage from any given tower site. To me this looks like a win-win situation. Thoughts?

Foxconn and Wisconsin reach new deal to do something different at Donald Trump's favourite (flop of a) factory


It was just a PR exercise for Trump - like everything else he didn't do while he was president (except tax break for the rich). Like the wall - he built a net 50 miles of new wall (on a 2,000 mile border) and the mexicans did not pay for it. Why should this factory be different that anything else from the Orange-u-tang??

Nigerian email scammer sent down for 40 months in the US, ordered to pay back $2.7m to victims


Re: I'm in the wrong job......

The closer you look, the more the USA exposes itself as a third-world country masquerading as a first-world one. Infrastructure falling apart or failing, police brutality, mobs attacking the capitol, out-of-date technology - perhaps in this respect it would have fitting had the republicans succeeded in attaining the autocratic banana republic they nearly achieved. As was noted, many of the world's smaller, poorer countries have left the US in their dust in these respects - often with the help of our Chinese brothers - who are not without some self-interest.

That's a bit harsh: Lenovo adds 2 new toughened boxen to ThinkEdge edge computing line


No, actually not. Whats new is that the data processing is happening close to the source where the data is collected, and acted upon locally by the application, rather than all data being sent back for processing to a centralized, environmentally-controlled data center which could be a long way away (requires bandwidth and injects latency). An edge device can be located on lamppost, in the middle of a highway, on a factory floor, can be off-grid and use solar or wind power and has different security requirements due to its exposed location. As far as I know, that not the way we have been doing it for the last half century..but it still has a CPU and is a computer, if that's what you mean.

Texas blacks out, freezes, and even stops sending juice to semiconductor plants. During a global silicon shortage


Can't resist in this context having a go at Texas senator Ted Cruz - certainly a very slimy politician even by the lofty US standards:

"California is now unable to perform even basic functions of civilization, like having reliable electricity," Cruz said. "Hope you don’t like air conditioning!"


Let's hope Ted finds better friends in his hour of need than himself. Hope you don't like heating!

What's a COVID-19 outbreak? Amazon gets all Trumpy over Alabama warehouse workers' mail-in vote to form a union


Re: When your company fights you this hard...

I would say the whole if the US and its politics have become anti-union: In 1953, 35.7% of private sector workers belonged to unions. By 2015, that number was 6.7% according to the govt's own statistics.

The rich get richer......

Trump's gone quiet, Parler nuked, Twitter protest never happened: There's an eerie calm – but at what cost?


Re: A shameful time for big tech and supporters

Guiliani? Thats your legal basis?? Doesn't get more solid than that ;>)


Re: Twitter is acting entirely properly, the problem is in relying on twitter

Agreed - Twitter et al. can do what they want - its their platform. The issue is how powerful such platforms have become. And the unethical methods they used to get so powerful - e.g. stifling competition by either driving threatening competitors out of business or buying them (Facebook and Whats app). So it seems to me they can do what they want but also that they have evolved to the point where they need to be regulated by governments. And I suspect this will be the next step.

Trump's official campaign website vandalized by hackers who 'had enough of the President's fake news'


Re: A sign of the times

when faced with such a dilemma - maybe go for the lesser of the two evils?

Steve Wozniak at 70: Here's to the bloke behind Apple who wasn't a complete... turtleneck


Hey Woz, thanks so much for staging the US Festival in 1982 - I will never forget those 3 fantastic days!!


Escobar lines up COO... for lawsuit: Controversial bendy phone slinger sues exec over 'missing cash, YouTube hijack'


Not sure anyone would want to get on the wrong side of someone with the title "former head of assasinations" in the "about" section - good luck to the fellow with the YT passwords with that......


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