* Posts by msobkow

30 posts • joined 12 Jun 2020

Uncle Sam's legal eagles finally make up their mind on internet giants' Get Out Of Jail Free card – and it's not as bad as you may fear


"Anything unlawful" is deceptively restrictive. Under the proposal, any posts by a Canadian about cannabis (which is legal in Canada) would be purged from a US website with impunity, even though the content is perfectly legal for the poster.

Das Keyboard 4C TKL: Plucky mechanical contender strikes happy medium between typing feel and clackety-clack joy


Backlighting is NOT needed for typing if you learn to type PROPERLY.

I look *specifically* for keyboards that don't have all that god-awful LED garbage I need to shut off to make it tolerable. All the LEDs ever seem to do is make the keyboard *unreliable.* :(

We don't need maintenance this often, surely? Pull it. Oh dear, the system's down


I've never left any kind of bomb in code, but when I was working on Sun workstations in the late '80s, I learned about their audio IO, and had all the nodes in the cluster play a toilet flush when they shut down. Freaked the staff right out, because every node in the office was part of the cluster. *LOL*

Net neutrality lives... in Europe, anyway: Top court supports open internet rules, snubs telcos and ISPs


In the US, EVERYTHING is ruled by money - government, police, legal system, health care - anything and everything is for sale to the highest bidder, and too bad for the poor. Let them eat cake (or McDonald's.)

Infor pays UK construction retailer Travis Perkins £4.2m settlement following cancelled upgrade of 'Sellotape and elastic bands' ERP system


There is a cartoon that fits their management perfectly:

"You guys start coding; I'll go see what the user wants."

Google, Amazon pass on UK Digital Services Tax by hiking ad prices, fees at same rate the government takes


No matter WHAT the expense, businesses ALWAYS pass it on to consumers. Every tax increase or fee the government ever imposes ends up paid for by the CONSUMER, not the corporations. :(

Pakistan demands TikTok and YouTube block 'vulgar' content


Pakistan should just go whole hog and cut their internet fibers.

They don't seem to want to deal with any issues of the modern world that they find "offensive", as if there is some "right not to be offended" somewhere. *LOL*

So... just 'Good' then? KFC pulls Finger Lickin' slogan while pandemic rumbles on


Welcome to KFC! Home of the six-breasted, four-legged chicken. :)

The Viking Snowden: Denmark spy chief 'relieved of duty' after whistleblower reveals illegal snooping on citizens


The difference is the Americans only *pretend* to be a free and democratic country. They aren't, and never have been. Not in the pure sense of those words.

No, they're too focused on military, defense, and "intelligence" to prove what their politicians have already decided is the case, such as with the Iraq war "proof" the Americans trotted out that was no such thing in the end (after hundreds of thousands had died, of course, but the Americans "can't" be sued for that because they're so "free" they never even accept consequences for anything they do.)

So if surveillance happens to sweep up citizens, the American military-minded government just brushes that off as a "cost of doing business" rather than protecting its people's rights. As I said, "freedom" in the US is a sham - you are only as free as their military-minded government permits you to be at the time. The "rights" you have in the US Constitution get trod on by the US government *regularly*. :(

Epic move: Judge says Apple can't revoke Unreal Engine dev tools, asks 'Where does the 30 per cent come from?'


Re: A pox on both their houses etc

Neither is a "victim". They're both obscenely rich organizations greedily battling over the pennies 'cause they're not satisfied with the $100 bills they already collect.

A pox upon them both for their greed.


They should have let Apple block Unreal Engine and deal with the plethora of lawsuits from App developers who aren't affiliated with Epic.

Only with that kind of repercussions or a court order will Apple ever change their ways.

Chromium devs want the browser to talk to devices, computers directly via TCP, UDP. Obviously, nothing can go wrong


Google's idea of "web security" is to ban entire domains because a few bad downloads came from it over time, or at least that is their excuse. The real reason most of those websites are banned is that Google's corporate partners and buyers don't *like* those websites for various reasons. But to get access to *one* of those sites, you have to *entirely* disable Google's web security.

As long as they're an "our way or the highway" security shop, I say Google can take a flying leap off a VERY high cliff... preferably over sharp rocks.

TikTok takes to the courts to challenge US ban


No surprise that Trump overstepped his bounds, opened his big mouth, and thinks that he can just piratically demand a sale of a business for whatever the buyer is offering as long as the buyer is American. It isn't a legitimate business deal; it is THEFT BY THE AMERICANS FROM THE HIGHEST OFFICE OF POWER.

Apple hits back at Epic, says Fortnite crew wants a 'free ride' on fees: Let the app store death match commence


I get that people hate on Apple, but the simple fact of the matter is they do NOT have a monopoly and there is absolutely NOTHING requiring you to pay the Apple tax/premium for the hardware and subject yourself to Apple's walled garden. People *choose* to do that. People who choose to sell products for that platform *choose* to sign up for Apple's distribution services.; They do NOT "have" to sell Apple products, especially not something so trivial as videogames where Apple is a miniscule *fraction* of the gaming market.

Nope, I'm 100% against Epic on this one. They're trying to make their own rules, got spanked, and now they're trying to convince the world their greed is "reasonable". :(

That's ride on time: Lyft, Uber to continue taxi app service in Cali after appeals court hits pause on AB5 brouhaha



You mean they might have to start treating their employees like *human* *beings* instead of meat input to the profit machine?

Trump backs Oracle as potential TikTok buyer


Re: Is it just me, or isn't that the same thing as hoping Oracle dies as a company?

Apparently if he had simply invested the money he borrowed from his Dad into bonds and kept them until now he'd be worth *far* *more* than he did by running "businesses" into the ground.


There is no "buying" going on in the normal sense. Trump is hamstringing the Chinese corps and FORCING them to sell their interests.

The pirates of old would be very proud of Trump for seizing foreign assets this way.

Anybody else should worry that their company might be next on Trump's "American Acquisition" list. :(

Made in China? Not for much longer, reckons Foxconn boss


Trump isn't giving Apple a choice but to start producing in the US, and it is unlikely that impending policy will change under the next President with any speed. Not to mention the fact that I think Apple and a lot of other corporations are tired of being held hostage by China and others during this COVID-19 thing. It has brought home the importance of home-grown supply chains for EVERYTHING.


Re: The components?

That is the world's own fault. They USED to make their own components, but sold their manufacturing souls and employment for the sake of a corporate buck.


Yes, well, MOST companies don't have billions in the bank to finance their own like Apples is planning to do. :(

Epic Games gets itself epically banned, launches epic Fortnite death match with Apple over App Store's epic 30% cut


Nothing more disgusting than two huge corporations fighting over pocket change and claiming it is about "the issue", not greed. :(

Tencent’s gaming surge trumps potential loss of the one or two percent of cash it makes in America


Well, the explanation is kind of simple, really. Trump has a huge ego, so he thinks he matters, and being an American, he thinks America matters. He just can not fathom that there is an entire PLANET outside US borders that is full of customers. No one with any sense focuses on the American market except the Americans themselves, and except for their corporate CEOs, no one grasps that the US market is only a FRACTION of the global market for ANY products or services.

Bratty Uber throws tantrum, threatens to cut off California unless judge does what it says in driver labor rights row


Most amusing

"Either give us our way, or we'll take our ball home in a huff and cut the nose of revenue stream from our own faces."

Funny how these "new technology" companies all seem to think they're not subject to legal oversight because of some creative phrasing about how they make their money. Uber is a poorly regulated cab company; any rights afforded to cabbies should be afforded to Uber drivers. "Common" (though extremely rare) sense dictates that.

But whip out the magic word "service platform" and you're supposed to be able to abdicate all your responsibilities because people "choose" to use your platform. That argument doesn't seem to have allowed the tobacco companies to escape culpability, nor the insurance companies, nor the banks, nor a host of others.

Yep. Those massive "new technology" egos are due for some major bruising and crushing in the near future as they're reminded of what this little thing called "the law" says about their "business model." :)

You may be distracted by the pandemic but FYI: US Senate panel OK's backdoors-by-the-backdoor EARN IT Act


Simple solution. Encrypt your data using non-US algorithms before you transmit anything at all. It is trivial to invoke encryption libraries on blobs of data and then convert them to base64 for transmission or reception, with your own keys that are NOT part of the SSH sessions.


And once again the *brilliant* 70-80 year old men in the US government are trying to dictate how technology works, instead of learning how it does so.

You have to laugh at them, or else you'll be in tears. :(

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world


Trump knows most of the foreign students are asian, especially Chinese. He's taking more revenge on innocents caught in the crossfire of his trade war.

Social media giants move to defy Hong Kong's new national security law


Trump and the US government:

"No one gets to spy except us! We're the the ultimate law and rule of the planet, and we say China has no part in it because they're Taking Away Our Jobs! *grunt*"

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'


Re: Loaded words replaced by euphemisms

Why not change it? Because a few years later, they become offended by the replacement term. That has happened repeatedly with the First Nations here in Canada, and now they're muttering about being called "First Nations", the latest label to be used.

As you said, the history doesn't change. Only the words do. And the words become associated with the history as euphamisms and end up just as offensive to those who are looking for things to be offended by.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer


I used to manage development consultants in the US. My experience was that people who lack skills or aptitude, but who happen to be of a minority background, always blame "prejudice" for their lack of promotion instead of looking to their own lack of skillset.

Sure there are exceptions, but I found them to be quite rare, at least with the companies I worked with and for in North America over a 30 year period.

OOP there it is: You'd think JavaScript's used more by devs than Java... but it's not – JetBrains survey


Well, to be fair, a lot of people think the fact JavaScript runs in all the client browsers means it has the biggest footprint, but that isn't true by a long shot. That is only the presentation layer on top of all the business logic, database mappings, interprocess communications, job scheduling, and a host of other services and provisioning requirements that have to be coded for the server side of things.

JavaScript is ill-suited to server programming. The server is coded in Java. So while the presentation team has to know JavaScript and usually knows Java as well, the server side people are exclusively Java and the tools to be integrated by the Java code.


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