* Posts by NapTime ForTruth

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Pew: Quarter of web pages vanished in past decade

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It was ever thus...

I think we're looking at this with eyes too modern. Death, abandonment, and decay are part of the natural order of things. Everything that lives, dies, dissolves, is lost or forgotten - only to be repurposed either as fertilizer or a new world's fossilized curiosity. It has to, lest all space become occupied to capacity with dusty cruft and remnants (much of which we call "the ground".

We might mourn the passing of the Tyrannosaurus Rex, but we surely don't wish they were all still alive, generations of them, to entertain us with their rapacious killing...possibly including us, not that we're delicious. ( <--- Perhaps Jurassic Park was the answer to "why shouldn't I wish dinosaurs back", if the wisher was modeled on Jerome Bixby's "It's a Good Life", or Rod Sirling's Twilight Zone teleplay of that work. Quick, somebody write up a treatment and we'll turn it into a fortune!)

The public Internet was built on the back of sharecropper's hope, fertilized with dreamy little lies about ethereal eternities of connection - "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale" - sold to the rubes for the low, low price of a shiny coin each...and all of your data.

Let the dead leaves fall, get plowed under, be forgotten, making room for the next dead leaves to fall, etc.

Ask not for whom the bell tolls.

[If the references escape you, perhaps they, too, fell to dust]

Critical infrastructure security will stay poor until everyone pulls together

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Re: It's 2024 ...

"But did they listen? No. They did not. The idiots."

It's the same old story.

As long as there is profit or other benefit to be gained, and as long as the gains to the profiteers outweigh the losses by some arbitrary margin, no one with power or authority will listen. It's not in their best interest to listen, the grift is working as designed.

The solution is to make the cost of failure high enough to cool the reflexive cravings of the extractive capitalists. The countervailing problem is that they have all the money, so they can manipulate decision-making processes to not merely reduce the cost to something bearable, but to make it directly or indirectly profitable.

It's hard to beat cubic wealth and political connections. History suggests it's impossible at human scale.

Lights about to go out on US Affordable Connectivity Program

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Re: A Modest Proposal [No Term for What We Have]

The term you're looking for is "capital-ish-m".

Microsoft teases deepfake AI that's too powerful to release

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#not_just_the_old_folk

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Mushroom

All but literally on script:

"Gee, the lack of humility before nature that's being displayed here, uh... staggers me."

"Don't you see the danger...inherent in what you're doing here? [Technological] power is the most awesome force the planet's ever seen, but you wield it like a kid that's found his dad's gun."

"...your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they *could"* that they didn't stop to think if they *should*."

"God help us, we're in the hands of engineers."

_____

We are a bloody stupid species.

(For the inexperienced, the quotes above are from the original "Jurassic Park", a movie about the inevitability of disaster when humans act through their arrogance and greed instead of their - admittedly rare - wisdom and intelligence. The movie also mentioned dinosaurs.)

Google fires 28 staff after sit-in protest against Israeli cloud deal ends in arrests

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A number of Google employees unionized back in 2021 (I think). If the fired employees were union members, Google may face legal repercussions.

Per the US Government's National Labor Relations Board (NLRB):

"All employees - union or not - have the right to participate in a protected strike, picket or protest."

There are limits and exceptions, but this is the general guideline.

Hugely expanded Section 702 surveillance powers set for US Senate vote

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Re: Palantir In The NHS???

There's no problem: everyone is potentially a baddie, so everyone is surveilled.

For what it's worth, it has always been this way. The novel component is that everyone now continuously generates an unending supply of information to be used against them, and allows that information to be held indefinitely by third parties around the globe for future use.

Soylent Green is people.

YouTube now sabotages ad-blocking apps that stream its vids

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Stop

Re: 52% of Americans said they use an ad-blocker

"I have to think that hurts Facebook in the long run..."

Much like the guy who sells crack exists to take your money, Facebook exists to serve you ads, while also offering misleading information and making you feel bad about yourself. The ostensible content is a trivial side effect of that.

The only people hurting at Facebook are the users.

Devaluing content created by AI is lazy and ignores history

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Mushroom

The single most important thing AI can do...

... is to render the Internet unusable for any meaningful purpose, and in so doing drive us back toward actually thinking and acting in the real world (if only occasionally, lazy curs that we are).

Being handed an answer isn't learning, and being offered synthetic images of your imaginary dream partner isn't a relationship. Yet we're too weak to turn off what amounts to an interactive version of television and go be in and of the world.

With luck, and some significant probability, generalized AI could be the tool that either ends the omnipotent artifice of online "presence" or renders the human component of technology redundant.

Perhaps somewhere ages and ages hence our successors will find the remnants of us buried thousands of meters deep in the internetworked strata, just below the still-hot fallout layer, and will draw wise conclusions and wiser paths from the folly of our self-destruction.

I hope they are evolved from cats.

NASA confirms Florida house hit by a piece of ISS battery pack

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Re: slightly off-topic

Upvoted for the phrase "...being Donnie Darko'd".

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Coat

"...Sheeple are asleep..."

Sooo...ashleeple?

Uber Eats to rid itself of pesky human drivers with food delivery by robo Waymo

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Coffee/keyboard

If we get rid of the rich executives, who will be left to exploit the poor? The job is harder than it looks, what with the taxing, the disenfranchisement, the distractions and the displacement. And the police! It's a lot of work, this keeping people down!

And Soylent Green isn't just good, it's available! Also, it's people. Soylent Green is made out of people. That's not just a slogan, it's our future. Also, our dinner.

Listen, without the lovingly handcrafted threat and misery, the less-wealthy aren't going to just destroy themselves. For that, we need billionaires and executives.

Remember, you can't commiserate without misery.

Uncle Sam, 15 US states launch antitrust war on Apple

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Cory Doctorow (who is, admittedly, an acquired taste) has a lovely descriptive term for the apparently inevitable corporate sort of buggery:

Enshitification.

I mention this because that's just a great word, and because his latest well-written screed dives right into the hows, whys, and wherefores of interoperability and lock-in:

https://pluralistic.net/2024/03/21/involuntary-die-hards/#evacuate-the-platforms

Euclid space telescope needs de-icing

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It's not water icing...

The monks just completed their list of the Nine Billion Names of God.

Google brains plumb depths of the uncanny valley with latest image-to-video tool

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Mushroom

And here we have the hollow men...

Clearly, Google ingested Eliott and saw that it was good for their bottom line. Also, to simulate the dried voices of any world leader.

(With all due apologies to T. S. Eliot, though maybe he was gifted with a sort of indirect prescience):

We are the hollow men

We are the stuffed men

Leaning together

Headpiece filled with straw. Alas!

Our dried voices, when

We whisper together

Are quiet and meaningless

As wind in dry grass

Or rats' feet over broken glass

In our dry cellar

...

...

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.

Google gooses Safe Browsing with real-time protection that doesn't leak to ad giant

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Stop

Re: Safe Browsing API to look up websites

I, for one, am enthusiastic about Google not being able to go anywhere (as illustrated by the attached sign icon)...with the possible exception of "away", which would be the ideal outcome.

Firefly software snafu sends Lockheed satellite on short-lived space safari

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Mushroom

Exactly this...

Earlier space efforts were built on rigor, lengthy and specific and detailed checklists that were themselves built on checklists, and everyone involved was focused on getting as close to perfection as humanly possible. It didn't hurt that governments and the populace were both literally and figuratively invested in the work and the outcomes.

We had something to prove, part of which was that we could do extraordinarily difficult things and get them right the first time much more often than not.

Space is expensively unforgiving, and frowns on the wasteful, half-assed "fail fast and iterate" model of development. It is no place for dabblers and dilettantes.

Dumping us into ad tier of Prime Video when we paid for ad-free is 'unfair' – lawsuit

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Re: Query: the timing of ads

A colleague reports that a ~47 minute episode of vintage Star Trek on Amazon includes ~15 minutes of adverts divided unevenly over 5 occurrences - some are 30 seconds, others are several minutes. They also mentioned that the ads start several seconds ahead of the original slots in the broadcast, interrupting dialog.

The most 2024 things to do are laying off staff and eyeing up AI – Mozilla's doing both

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Re: Mozilla is a dead man walking

Firefox just works. And it doesn't package you up like data-crops and sell you at auction.

The party isn't the venue or the streamers. The car isn't the chrome. The road isn't the destination.

Mozilla CEO quits, pushes pivot to data privacy champion... but what about Firefox?

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WTF?

Quite an energetic rant...

...but I'm not sure what the point of it was.

Someone at the Reg hates Firefox? And that deserves screen space because...why, exactly?

Firefox has a small share of the market, therefore...what?

Firefox users don't visit U.S. government sites with great frequency or volume, thus...bad? (Also, weird metric.)

I install, use, and update most browsers, meaning the Chromium cluster, Safari, and Firefox, plus the Tor browser, mostly to mollify clients with documented compatibility testing. They all work, routinely.

We don't care which a client - or anything else - uses. We don't back brands, we back function and results.

Firefox works fine. What's the problem? And why the vociferous howling?

Silicon Valley weirdo's quest to dodge death – yours for $333 a month

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Holmes

About that very specific 1,977 calories...

... I'll wager that's the year of his birth. Magical thinking is like that.

Meta sued by privacy group over pay up or click OK model

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WTF?

Extortion, by definition

How is this not the very definition of extortion, indistinguishable from:

"Hey, we're so glad you're here. Really. And since you're here, you can either pay us or we'll hit you repeatedly with this hammer and maybe share some of your "private", uh, stuff with some other people - like your family and friends, or your boss, or maybe the police, or literally anyone who's willing to pay for it. I mean, it's entirely up to you, no pressure. But you should probably pay us so nobody has to get hurt or get their data passed around. You know what I mean."

For reference (from Wikipedia):

United States:

[...] Extortion, which is not limited to the taking of property, involves the verbal or written instillation of fear that something will happen to the victim if they do not comply with the extortionist's will. [...] In United States federal law, extortion can be committed with or without the use of force and with or without the use of a weapon. Violation of many state extortion statutes constitutes "racketeering activity" under Section 1961 of the federal Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, 18 USC

[...]

In the United States, extortion may also be committed as a federal crime across a computer system, phone, by mail, or in using any instrument of interstate commerce. Extortion requires that the individual sent the message willingly and knowingly as elements of the crime. The message only has to be sent (but does not have to reach the intended recipient) to commit the crime of extortion.

It's perfectly legal for cars to harvest your texts, call logs

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WTF?

Encrypted Data & Services

I wonder if my new car - the first modern vehicle I've owned - has access to unencrypted data from otherwise encrypted applications or services, e.g., VPN, email, chat. Does the car access such data at the cleartext UI level, or does it only perform such access at the application or user-data blob level?

The latter would represent an even more invasive step in what I now call everwatching.

Separately, I don't know to what extent the embedded "infotainment" device includes or ties to key features like engine control systems.

Even more separately, I hate this version of the universe and would very much like to replace it with something actually good.

US actors are still on strike – and yup, it's about those looming AI clones

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Pint

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle?

A few years ago a close friend who worked in tech but dabbled in theater and screenwriting and short films was offered a part as a prime extra in a big name, big budget Hollywood movie. It paid a fair bit better than minimum wage, he hung out with some big-name actors, and eventually got to see himself - if briefly and occasionally - on the big screen. Fun stuff, dream fulfillment.

As part of the "standard contract/standard prep" the studio required him to participate in live and green-screen motion capture over a period of several weeks prior to actual filming. He had to sign off on the "usual" releases. He thought the capture technology was pretty neat.

And not too long after production wrapped and the big movie was on every screen everywhere, my friend died.

His wife called me for help and, in the course of untangling all the things that come with death, asked how she could prevent the studio from selling or showing - in any capacity - her deceased husband over and over again forever.

All I could offer was "get an exceedingly skilled and connected and likely very expensive attorney", because once he was motion-captured and digitally mapped, he - not just his likeness, but the visual and mobile and vocal uniqueness that was him became the property of the studio, to be used as they saw fit.

I think there needs to be a better answer and a better model for this. No person or organization should own unlimited rights to any other real person, no matter how digitized and data-fied they may be.

(The pint is raised to absent friends and the digital ghosts they leave behind ==> )

5G satellite briefly becomes brightest object in night sky

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Mushroom

Sic transit gloria astra...

This affects not just astronomers and scientists, but every kid who might have looked to the stars and now sees only space-junk whirling by.

Is that Venus? No, kid, that's a telephone relay satellite, an Internet propagator, an automated advertising beacon. You were born too late to see the glory of the planets and the constellations.

Sorry about that. Who knew our saddest science fiction would become a template instead of a warning.

Producers allegedly sought rights to replicate extras using AI, forever, for just $200

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Megaphone

It's been happening for years...

Back in 2016 a friend with a penchant for the stage picked up a gig as an extra in a major Hollywood film. The first requirement after signing all the disclaimers and releases was to go to a motion-capture studio and do conventional and green-screen 360° full-body motion capture.

The studio or production company owns all of that - his height and stride and crooked smile, the mild limp from the motorcycle incident - and the releases included signing away all rights to his own likeness and captured motion patterns.

During filming he got great reviews from the directors and a couple of the stars. Pretty neat, uplifting stuff, and a bunch of fun for him.

And not too long after the film landed in theaters and trickled down through all the other venues and vendors, my friend died.

On the upside, I might get to see him again - at least his digitally animated ghost - on the hypothetical big screen. Not sure what that will be like; melancholy, I'm guessing. On the downside, he left behind a wife with some disabilities who will receive nothing for his future "performances".

(Icon for "quiet on the set" and "action" and "cut" and all that. And maybe to loudly shout for equity in the movie business.)

Here's what the US Army picked for soldier-worn tactical USB hubs

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Mushroom

Re: Wearable USB hubs

...however briefly.

Google Fi still kicking, gets third rebrand in less than a decade

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I've had Google Fi service since 2016 (then Project Fi), following a few years of ludicrous Verizon hell. Fi just works - in the best sense of that phrase. It is clean, retail Android plus the Fi account app, no forced and uninstallable duplicate carrier-specific apps. I get phone service pretty much anywhere there's a tower, and my phone preferentially chooses my approved WiFi sources over cellular bandwidth. And their customer support is typically both knowledgeable and helpful.

If I buy my phone through Fi, I generally get a discount.

For all intents and purposes it is invisible but for the basic function of providing phone service. And it's cheap!

Scientists speak their brains: Please don’t call us boffins

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Schoolyard Education, Yeah?

I'm thinking - and just run with me on this - that if someone asks you to stop calling them names...maybe put your favorite nomenclature back in your pants and stop calling them names.

Most of us learn this basic social decency in school, though the slower among us sometimes have to go through the old "spitting out your own broken teeth" cycle before the idea really takes hold. Falls under "your mileage may vary", I guess.

Also worth noting that physicists design things like, I don't know...lasers, atomic weapons? Maybe stay on their good side.

The Moon or bust, says NASA, after successful SLS/Orion test flight

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Go

It is exceedingly rare that any business launches, literally or figuratively, a truly challenging and original product or service from whole cloth. Innovation is often, nearly always, funded by governments because initial costs versus likely rewards are wildly out of scale - from ships of war and commerce to microwave ovens to rockets and computers and, eventually, space travel. Oh, and this Internet thing.

The pseudo-mythical man with a plan in a van just can't cover the startup price of truly difficult things - or the costly failures that come with iterative development.

Sometimes, even frequently, those government-funded technologies and opportunities that work and can scale are then trickled down to business though public/private partnerships because repetitive manufacture and refinement at scale, however relative, is cost-manageable and potentially profitable. And governments get back some or all of their investment over longer time-scales through licensing and taxes and demand usage (i.e., "...we need you to put this special satellite in orbit but not mention it on the cargo manifest...").

SpaceX is one of numerous beneficiaries of that managed government largesse, and it's worth noting that their innovations are minor improvements, mostly cost related, to driving a low Earth orbit bus route. That doesn't make them bad or inferior or useless, it underscores that the system is working according to plan.

Unplug that Anker battery pack now: House blaze sparks recall

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Flame

Re: Argh!

Fair.

But by the same token, we generally don't store nitroglycerine, or petrol, or uranium, or propane in our homes, backpacks, luggage, or pockets.

I do look forward to the upcoming nitroglycerine-powered phones, though. I'm sure they're a blast.

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Re: Argh!

Hmmm...it's almost like lithium battery technology is fundamentally flawed and not fit for purpose.

More victims of fake crypto investor scam speak to The Register

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Mushroom

A fool and his money, indeed...

"We are technical people," he said. "There was no way anyone was going to pull a scam on us..."

This is the dictionary definition of hubris, a favorite lever of scammers of all kinds. Their mistake wasn't in meeting with the scammers, it was the patently false belief that being (ostensibly) skilled and knowledgeable in one field (information technology) implies equal skill in a completely unrelated field (investment and investment scams).

Bonus points for these "technical people" being scammed, in part, by technical means (just give us access to your phone...).

Conversational AI tells us what we want to hear – a fib that the Web is reliable and friendly

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Unhappy

... this is the way the world ends, not with a bang but a(n AI-powered) whimper.

Space mining startup prepping to launch 'demo' refinery... this April

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Misunderstanding, Technical Error

The success of this startup only seems unlikely because of some confusing language used. It's probably inadvertent, no worse than a typo, really.

When they say "asteroid" mining, they mean to say "investor bank accounts" mining. With that correction, the entire scheme becomes an obvious success.

Surprised the Regeditors didn't catch that, but I'm happy to have helped!

Crypto craziness craps out – and about time too

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Not All Fools, Motley or Otherwise

"It's hard to admit that you've been a financial fool for years or even a few months."

Legalities aside, the "investor" who got in early and cashed out near the peak of any ponzi, er, crypto scheme walked away wealthier - sometimes substantially so - ergo, is not a fool.

That's all investing is; to a first approximation this is equally true in stocks or houses ("as safe as..."). The goal is never to hold the investment forever, the goal is to buy low and sell high. Buy the house/tulips/cryptocrap while it's cheap, but sell it before it, or the market, burns down.

Full disclosure: I don't crypto. My risk tolerance is too low. I don't own investment homes, either.

US Air Force reveals B-21 Raider stealth bomber that'll fly the unfriendly skies

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Re: Demented is as demented does.

Mars ain't the kind of place to raise your kids. In fact, it's cold as hell. And there's no one there to raise them if you did.

Telecoms networks could provide next-gen GPS services without the need for satellites

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Re: Feasible -- probably Useful -- Who knows

"But does anyone really need it? I can't think of an application where differential GPS wouldn't provide all the accuracy one would need."

The obvious application is identifying and tracking the precise location of any person anywhere, even without satellite line-of-sight, even indoors or underground. Every phone becomes a continuous proximity reporter, generating very high resolution signal-field intersections with every device in range. Greater population density improves resolution. Claimed accuracy is approximately half the thickness of an adult's torso.

On the upside, finding a lost (device equipped) child is nearly instantaneous. On the downside, finding and tracking or potentially removing any member of the population is similarly instantaneous.

It's the institutionalization of Apple's AirTag problem.

Koch-funded group sues US state agency for installing 'spyware' on 1m Android devices

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WTF?

Installed how and by whom?

I'm missing who actually performed the surreptitious installation, and by what means.

Did the state use hacking tools to access citizen devices? How did they know the devices they breached belonged exclusively to citizens of that state? Were all the devices attached to one compromised network or were multiple mobile operators compromised?

Or did the state require Google to install the tracking tools at the state's request? If so, why would Google cooperate with such an obviously invasive and almost certainly illegal request?

Huge nonprofit hospital network suffers IT meltdown after 'security incident'

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Re: Is it time?

Tourists, then?

Because they visit your network, shite everything up, collect souvenirs, and eventually - but never soon enough - depart, leaving graffiti, trash, and more than a modicum of chaos.

NASA builds for keeps: Voyager mission still going after 45 years

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Spacetime

Once we engaged in such great things, such hopeful and far-reaching efforts that required us to think beyond ourselves, beyond our brief moment in time. We looked with optimism toward futures we would never see but that we might begin to build, perhaps to inform or guide our successors in any possible tomorrows.

In the current era we've set a discarded used car adrift in space.

How the mighty have fallen.

Google hit with lawsuit for dropping free Workspace apps

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Re: $5M for not getting something for free

If the contract says, explicitly or implicitly, that, for instance, Google gets to extract/consume/analyze user data - or if Google performed those self-serving functions regardless of contractual agreement - then the bidirectional value is established. A good lawyer should have that covered.

A good lawyer might equally make the argument that Google's opportunity to compete in the market is implicit in the agreement and thus similarly establishes benefit.

GitLab versus The Zombie Repos: An old plot needs a new twist

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Mushroom

Dinosaurs

Let the dinosaurs die. Death creates space creates opportunity creates innovation. Ask any mammal.

Too archaic a reference? Remember how Pan American Airlines once ruled the skies and spanned the globe? They died, mostly at the intersection of their own hubris and incompetence. Everyone who missed their presence missed their presence, but the industry thrived and innovated in their absence.

Still too archaic a reference? Remember way back when the Global COVID-19 Pandemic©®™ evidenced - painfully - every weakness in our international supply chains? Lesson learning in progress, to a first approximation. Revisit, refine, or reinvent supply chain models and get back to work. The unfit and inflexible get left behind.

This latest version of bit-rot and dependency-hell are weaknesses born at the intersection of hubris, laziness, and convenience, all of which is the natural order of things.

Bug report marked as invalid; system working as designed.

California's attempt to protect kids online could end adults' internet anonymity

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Re: Wow

No.

California will pass some law or laws. Many large and influential tech companies are headquartered in California. Those tech companies are obliged to comply with California's new law(s). Managing compliance with multiple laws in multiple jurisdictions is complex, expensive, and steals focus and resources from more valuable work. To minimize that burden and the losses incurred thereby, the tech companies will generally (and eventually) comply with the broadest, most restrictive applicable laws affecting their most significant markets because those laws encompass most or all of the requirements of less restrictive jurisdictions as well, thus reducing overhead.

As an example, this methodology is why Americans and Fiji Islanders and Indians and everyone else get GDPR notices from sites and services even though their locations aren't covered by GDPR.

Microsoft promises to tighten access to AI it now deems too risky for some devs

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Re: Demo-cracy

No. Largely no one is creating laws to track or limit the development and application of AI and similar "black-box" technologies. At the intersection of that regulatory void and trending social influences, Microsoft is ostensibly establishing internal guides and limits for the application of nascent versions of such tools.

Through a cynical lens, we might note that first-movers and whole industries often "self-regulate" as a way to gain controlling influence over future laws as well as to suggest to legislators that self-regulation is sufficient protection. From a practical perspective, it's worth recognizing that laws inevitably follow discovery and innovation; to reliably do otherwise would require perfect future knowledge to avoid drowning in a churning sea of what-ifs and incorrect assumptions.

History, as ever, offers ample precedent for this: everything - from farming to explosives, from automobiles to aircraft - began as unregulated experiments that created societies and industries, incurred disasters, and eventually required external regulation. But regulation was almost always ex post facto.

For better or for worse, "the best way to predict the future is to create it' remains true.

Australian digital driving licenses can be defaced in minutes

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Stop

I'll have your ID, then...

When stopped for a traffic violation or ID check - or random, heavily-armed citizenship test for you Americans - does "I'm sorry Constable, my phone battery is dead" get you through or get you jailed?

Same for airports? Alcohol? Cigarettes?

Can I use a screenshot of yours?

Logging and monitoring can be a form of bullying, and make for lousy infosec

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Meh

Not just for bullying anymore...

Surveillance of any kind in the corporate (and more often, governmental) world is also a beard worn to satisfy, e.g., auditors, banks, insurers, investors, etc. "We did have an incident, but we caught it all on surveillance and were able to share that with the appropriate authorities and experts...[blah-blah-blah]...appropriately minimizing damage and accelerating [whatever]."

It's a bit the institutional equivalent of leaning back with your feet on the desk because "compiling".

The first step to data privacy is admitting you have a problem, Google

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Re: Reality check

"Google is just the brat we terminally spoiled."

Yes, but once we find we've created this outcome, this brat, this bête noire, we still have an obligation to drown it in the pond out back.

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Re: "Let's tackle that by assuming good faith"

"...and then sell us to advertisers as a package..."

And to governments. What we do today may not be a crime, but when it becomes a crime in the future we will be exploited, hoist by our own, newly-christened data-petard.

How experimental was Microsoft's 'experimental banner' in File Explorer?

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Re: Managing expectations

You have a pre-login screen?

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