* Posts by willyslick

10 posts • joined 28 Apr 2020

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

willyslick

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

willyslick

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 Infrastructure falling apart or failing, police brutality, mobs attacking the capitol, out-of-date technology - perhaps in this respect it would have fitting had the republicans succeeded in attaining the autocratic banana republic they nearly achieved.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

willyslick

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

willyslick

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!"

https://www.newsweek.com/ted-cruz-tweet-attacking-california-energy-policies-resurfaces-amid-texas-power-outages-1569502

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

willyslick

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?

willyslick

Re: A shameful time for big tech and supporters

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

willyslick

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'

willyslick

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

willyslick

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/US_Festival#Friday,_September_3

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

willyslick

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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