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I prefer the old days...
When you could just say that "My dog ate it."
In guess Julian wants to double down on his reputation for being self-indulgent
You're supposedly afraid that if you get expelled from your current embassy nesting place, you will be extradited to the U.S. and spend the rest of your life in Club Fed. So what do you do? Naturally you sue the country who's government is sheltering you.
Yes, some of the particulars of Ecuador's rules about visitors needing to give mobile device codes and such are a bit much, but to the point that you would really feel this intolerable and you have to sue them?
Ah, Capita. The gift that just keeps on giving...
"The gang that couldn't shoot straight" is placed in charge of mission-critical recruitment systems for, of all things, the British Army.
(Icon is artists concept of results of Capita taking over a gas station.)
Just using Uber and Lyft as whipping boys
I'm not a fan of Uber's corporate behavior, but this is unfair. All these "TNC" trips would still be happening if the TNCs didn't exist. Except now, they would be in private cars or taxis.
The issue is crowding in San Francisco. Business is growing, some residential development is happening, tourists are still in town, and all these people need to get where they are going.
And I don't agree with the idea that mass transportation in San Francisco is that bad. Some parts, like the Portal tunnel are a bit of a problem, but there are lots of bus routes and they mostly go where people live and work.
So Virgin's internet service is TITSUP?
(Mine's the leather catsuit with ball ga......Well, never mind which one is mine.)
Is Julian's cat leaving little "presents" on the carpet in the Ecuadorian embassy?
And what happens to Mittens if Julian is thrown in a British pokey??
He didn't die...
He was uploaded to the Microsoft Cloud!! RIP
Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound
Alexa, you perv....
"On Tuesday, August 24th, I logged Mr. and Mrs. Marketing Hack having marital relations. Based on the excited chipmunk sounds Mrs. Hack made during this encounter, I sent a recommendation to our ad servers that in the future she be served with the commensurate battery of online pet store advertising."
You'd think the Air Force would move the $150 million apiece fighters out of the storm's path
They knew the storm was coming. Just move the fighters to another airbase within a few hundred miles, and fly them back once the storm has passed. I realize these planes have lots of complex logistical requirements, but you aren't going to be flying missions in these planes from their home base in the middle of the storm, so you might as well have them sitting on the tarmac at a base where they can't be damaged by the storm. Nor can you fly missions right after the storm has passed if the planes at the home base have been damaged, so its not like you can argue that "We needed to keep the planes at home so we could resume operations immediately after the storm had passed."
Fly them to Homestead or some other nearby air base when the winds start picking up at their home base, have the pilots hang out at the officers club at whatever base they are staging at, and fly them back once the weather clears up and the home base can handle landings again.
So I guess WALL-E was a documentary?
If you notice that Amazon is changing it's name to Buy-n-Large, then it's time to get off this rock :)
It is 2018 and the NHS is still counting the cost of WannaCry. Carry the 2, + aftermath... um... £92m
Well, the good news for the NHS is...
That it is pretty much the only game in town in the UK, unless you are at least upper middle class.
So I guess they didn't lose many patients over the Wannacry debacle.
GDPR stands for Google Doing Positively, Regardless. Webpage trackers down in Europe – except Big G's
Google is headed for a Republican beatdown
The company and its employees are no friends of the Republican party, so now you have political appointees from the purportedly free-market party saying whatever they have to in justifying more scrutiny and perhaps enforcement action against Google. And why not? It's not like Google is going to do the Trump administration or congressional republicans any favors, regardless of what the republicans do.
The only thing that will save Google from a regulatory colonoscopy is if the Dems take the house and senate in the upcoming mid-term elections.
"Tea. Pigs-in-a-blanket flavored. Hot."
I doubt Jean-Luc would approve...
"instructing them to insert two quarters to continue operating.”
Damned inflation. I remember when one quarter was plenty, or even buying 5 tokens for $1.
(Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go back to playing Defender on my Atari 2600.)
Pentagon's JEDI mind tricks at odds with our 'values' says Google: Ad giant evaporates from $10bn cloud contract bid
Re: The bad news...
Which is part of the reason why these companies would cost more than Amazon/Google/Microsoft. They have the certifications and the relationships with the DoD, but they would have to reinvent a good chunk of the wheel that traditional commercial cloud computing providers already have.
The bad news...
Is that this increases the the chance that this contract will end up with some beltway bandit defense contractor, like the system integrator arms of Northrup or General Dynamics. That will most likely drive the costs up significantly. However, I don't think that the DoD would want to rely on Google anyway, given that it has a large insurgent group of employees who are hesitant to deliver JEDI per the DoD's requirements.
Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials
The only problem is the national security angle
Yes, if these companies were lying about not having found or been impacted by the alledged backdoored hardware, then you could expect an investor lawsuit.
However, you could also see the Feds moving in during such a suit and filing motions to suppress the relevant evidence on national security grounds. I've never heard of this being done during an investor class action, but it certainly is done during other civil actions (Recent suits to gain access to FISA court rulings and to divulge national security letters being served to various parties, for example), and in those cases these motions are most often accepted.
Its sad that in this day and age we have o worry so much about who is lying to us. However, these major tech companies created these problems for themselves, when they failed to stand up to federal orders in the past.
Decoding the Chinese Super Micro super spy-chip super-scandal: What do we know – and who is telling the truth?
Sad to say, but this story is probably true...
1) Everyone knows that China loves to acquire/steal/copy other countries intellectual property. They aren't the only ones who do this, but I think I am safe in assuming that most Regenistas would agree that they at least have the public reputation of being the worst actor in this area. There is a reason why if I were to use the phrase "Chinese knock-off" when talking about a product, pretty much every Regenista would pretty much know what I was saying
2) Like every sigint/intel community, the Chinese want to know what target governments/militaries/companies/organizations are doing.
3) Unlike most sigint/intel community members, the Chinese have a very large portion, and perhaps most of the sub-assembly and component supply chain in their own country.
4) The Chinese government is very authoritarian, and will openly throw up regulatory/legal/political roadblocks against companies that don't do what the government wants. I've seen this first-hand, and of course there are barge-loads of news stories about this.
5) The Chinese culture also has a higher-than-normal tolerance for bribery.
6) Thanks (once again!) to Edward Snowden, we know that both the U.S. and British intelligence communities have the capability, operational authorization and much past experience with intercepting and backdooring electronics shipments when they are in the supply chain. It is pretty much certain that the other members of the 5 Eyes agreement either have this capability in-house, or they subcontract this kind of work through relevant requests to their U.S. and British partners.
7) Given their reputation for corporate and governmental espionage, I would assume that at the very least France and Russia also have and use these capabilities in-house.
So why wouldn't huge, powerful and increasingly global China do this? It's not like China is morally like a giant version of Sweden or Switzerland. They have no compunctions about being very tough and aggressive versus potential regime opponents, ethnic and religious minorities, journalists and whistle-blowers, companies that want to invest in or export to China, neighboring countries that are not overt allies, etc.
So given that China and others are almost certainly doing this, then I guess the real issue is what do IT and tech professionals do about it? One, make sure that you have elaborate network monitoring, data and firewalls if you are dealing with strategically valuable or sensitive commercial or government information. Your average small/mid-sized business can get away with basic antivirus and email filtering, but once you are dealing with data where you can look at it and objectively say "I could see how country X would like to get this info to give an advantage to their government or corporate sectors.", then you should probably start pressing your management to get very serious about network security.
Two, give as little cover as possible to national security/intel agencies that try to get involved in standards-setting. Assume that they do not want secure IT for anyone but themselves. In fact, truly secure IT would tend to dramatically reduce their usefulness to political and strategic decision-makers, and therefore negatively impact the future of those agencies and the careers of their employees.
Three, if you are dealing with the kind of valuable information that I discussed above, and you have the resources to really audit and inspect your hardware, do that.
Re: Distraction has made its masterpiece
Can't be, otherwise we would have heard about it...SQUIRREL!!!
Re: Hard to know what to think here...
Payment upon revrec is common, especially when selling longer-term contracts with periodic payments. The alternative is payment upon booking, but if your client goes into delinquency for some reason, then the employer has to "claw back" the compensation already paid for revenue not received.
(And I haven't really used SAP products for 8 years now, but my experience back then was rather miserable.)
The good news is that HM government has hired Capita to design, build and run the database
"...and as in the past, another threat to freedom in the British Isles was defeated. This time with the fortuitous aid of soul-crushing incompetence."
US JEDI military cloud network is so high-tech, bidders will have to submit their proposals by hand, on DVD
What you are buying may change with the advance of technology, but the form you receive it in is set by law, and the law seldom changes.
Curiousity is obviously having a mid-life crisis...
After lonely years of crisscrossing the Martian surface gathering science, it realizes it was happiest back when it was an adolescent in a Def Leppard cover band.
I'm not sure I see the business synergies between Adobe and Marketo....
However, I am sure that price made Marketo investors very happy.
Big Cable tells US government: Now's not the time to talk about internet speeds – just give us the money
Sad, and nobody is going to do anything about it...
Our choices on this issue is one party who is the submissive loveslave of big cable and telecoms firms, and the other party that swims wherever Google/Facebook/Apple decide to spit. It doesn't even matter if I name the parties, they are functionally interchangeable, except that they are beholden to different corporate masters.
It would be really nice if one party could realize that both telecoms and Silicon Valley need some vigilant oversight.
I'm glad the states are looking at net neutrality
I have no idea what the courts will ultimately decide, but I am glad that some states are pushing back. I am definitely pro-neutrality, and anti-anything that might entrench monied vested interests at the expense of innovation, or anything that might tend to restrict the information and viewpoints that people may receive.
I prefer a wild west internet to a potemkin village internet.
"an important and valuable building block for the European online identity"
You could just take the humane, neighborly view that there are a few hundred thousand UK residents who have .eu domains because they are currently citizens of the EU, and then grandfather those people. Even if you block future .eu applicants with your residency confirmation. I can assure the members of the Eurocracy that, Brexit or not, the British Isles are not going to break loose from their place on the European tectonic plate and somehow wander off into the ocean somewhere. You guys in Brussels will actually remain neighbors with the Brits one way or the other.
But no, someone in Brussels has got it into their head that people are just lining up in the streets to have a .eu domain, and that these people A) can be petifogged and hassled and they will keep coming back for more, and B) must be some kind of rabble-in-the-making that needs the firm, but wise, guiding hand of the European Commission before they go off and do crazy and socially depraved stuff like posting cat videos and Walking Dead episode reactions.
And presumably these busybodies then go on to wonder why something like Brexit could have ever happened.
Re: Vulture Hang You Head In Shame !!
Hey, its possible
"Capita has an amazing level of competence at winning public contracts, and then disappointing on the delivery end."
"Competence is not a word that most people would associate with Capita."
"Capita--leading in competence"
See! It can be done. You just have to pay attention to the syntax.
You'll come home from work to find your driveway and front yard dug up. A too-cheerful guy will be there to inform you that per your work order in their systems, the mains gas service you requested is ALMOST in place. It will only be a 4-5 business days until the required parts arrive so they can complete the installation, they'll need access to the inside of your house until then, and the computer says that your first bill that includes your 11,000 Sterling installation charge will arrive in a couple weeks.
We don't need to retrieve it. As you can see in that same documentary, it is programmed to return to Earth on its own once its data banks are full or it starts having an existential crisis about how it knows all, but why doesn't that make it happy?
Whichever comes first....
Property prices in U.S. cities are not really a function of the financial crisis anymore
Property prices in most of the country outside of the Northeast and the Pacific coast have recovered from the financial crisis, but are just plain cheap, and has always been so. Detroit, St. Louis and Philadelphia have seen the actual cities hollowed out by migration to the suburbs, and in Detroit's case really getting kicked in the butt by foreign automobile competition, but the suburbs of those cities are generally doing well. I can also attest that there are actually some very nice restaurants in St. Louis. I don't know Philadelphia and Detroit very well.
Seattle is great, but the traffic is really bad at times. Bay Area bad during peak commute hours.
If I were to move to any of them, I would vote for Minneapolis. It is very well run, clean and has really good cultural resources for a U.S. city not named New York, Chicago, San Francisco or Los Angeles. But you do have to put up with honest-to-God snowy winters.
This day in history...
John Mcaffee's great-great grandfather plows the family savings into White Star Line shares, touting the development of it's new unsinkable ocean liner, the Titanic.
In today's news-5 Eyes agencies ask tech companies to cut their own throats
"encourage information and communications technology service providers to voluntarily establish lawful access solutions to their products and services"
And then those same information and communications technology service providers can watch their customer bases shrink, as first the generally more sophisticated business customers and then the increasingly large numbers of retail customers who value privacy and the security of their data from hackers and identity thieves start to move to competing, secure products.
This war on encryption has been going on for more than 40 years. It was crap back when law enforcement and sigint agencies thought that an export ban of encryption technologies from the U.S. would solve the problem. Then it was bullshit when the NSA thought that they could get industry and consumers to be happy that they had bough computer and comms gear with the NSA's Clipper chip included, so that the NSA could backdoor them at will. Now it is bullshit because sigint and law enforcement agencies have NO ANSWER for what happens to the average citizen when encryption is weakened, and that citizen's financial and personal information is thrown to the ID theft wolves. Nor do they have an answer to what happens when every hacker, crime syndicate and hostile foreign government starts looking for technological flaws in the backdoor and corrupt individuals who have access to the backdoor.
And if they carry out their threat to pass legislation (And the financial industry, healthcare industry and many average citizens will push back strongly during the legislation debate.), then you will see a repeat of what happened during the U.S. encryption export controls era. Encryption professionals and companies will move their work and headquarters to nations that don't insist on backdoors, and those nations will be delighted to receive the tech industry investment, tax revenues and exports.
Come up with a SERIOUS proposal, 5 Eyes!! Stop insisting on "It's our way, or the highway". Start with the complete acceptance that there are REAL, completely lawful reasons that business, government and individuals want strong , non-compromised encryption platforms, and that the vast majority of encrypted communications and storage is completely lawful and indeed helpful to society. Move from there to the realization that having strong encryption technology and technology sectors in general in your own nations greatly benefits your agencies, because you have access to better technology, more qualified personnel and assistance, and the higher tax base helps pay for your own agencies' budgets. Don't insist on policies that expose your own citizens to ID theft and extortion based on data leakage. Don't insist on policies that will kneecap your local encryption and tech industries and see increasing amounts of their revenues and business activity moved to overseas jurisdictions, especially when those jurisdictions may even be hostile towards 5 Eyes nations.
As usual, the intel community lies to the people in order to protect itself.
They set up their database so that they can go on fishing expeditions, and they don't want to give that up, so they will fabricate any lie they need to in protecting their right to surveil whoever the hell they want to.
Disgusting. And the sigint agencies overseas are not any better. Worse yet, they have become addicted to the largesse of the NSA. Remember all those insights from the Snowden documents about how many millions of $ GCHQ was getting in return for services rendered to the NSA?
VMWare needs to calm down about this stuff
IGEL is not really a competitor of VMware's, though it is one for Dell. IGEL decided to ride on VMWare's coattails a bit, by hosting their own event on the side of VMWare's expo. So VMWare got pissy and had the hotel do their dirty work for them and shut down the event.
Yes, it kind of sucks for VMWare that other tech companies are doing stuff like this, but you have to realize that this is a mark of how successful VMWare is. IGEL is running their event to capitalize on all the people that come to Vegas for VMWare's event. If there is a an event like this that happens at conference hotels, and that violates VMWare's agreements with those properties, then VMWare needs to handle that with the hotel, not with the other tech company and tech industry professionals that are at the competing event. Now VMWare comes across looking like the Gestapo, and Mandalay Bay and the restaurant look like their flunkies.
And all these IGEL VIP customers--how many of them do you think are also VMWare customers, who were in Vegas at least largely to see VMWare's offerings? What do you think their opinion is of VMWare now? I'd be kind of mortified and pissed off if I was a tech professional at mid-lunch/preso and a bunch of guys came in and cleared me out. Obviously, anyone with two or more working brain cells can figure out that it was VMWare who was behind the thuggery. Now, they are going to associate that behavior with VMWare, whose expo they also came to see.
And VMWare has to be smart enough to realize that if they have their own contracts/agreements/etc. in place when they plan their event, then anyone else who is putting on an event with the amount of preparation that IGEL obviously had in place would also have their own contracts in place to facilitate all that preparation. Now, VMWare may end up being a "deep pocket" in this lawsuit, for forcing/encouraging Mandalay Bay to violate the contracts that were in place with IGEL.
In short, bad move VMWare. You get to come across as looking insecure and tyrannical. And the people you do this in front of are a group of tech execs who are either your customers or are prospects that are interested enough in your offerings that they will spend their time and money to come all the way to Vegas to see your own show! And you potentially end up getting named in IGEL's lawsuit, for tortious interference in getting Mandalay Bay to break up IGEL's party. For the record, stuff like this doesn't make IGEL look bad. They obviously had a lot of professional signage, presentations and catering in place to attract and engage their audience. Instead, it makes VMWare look bad for breaking all that up in front of a group of current/potential customers! Idiotic would not be too strong a word to apply to VMWare's behavior in this situation.
Now, maybe VMWare had language in place with Mandalay Bay to prevent something like this from happening, and IGEL's event somehow slipped under the radar. If that is what happened, then VMWare needs to deal directly with Mandalay Bay on that and make sure it does not involve IGEL and voiding the contracts it has in place, plus embarrassing a bunch of tech professionals who are most likely VMWare's own customers/prospects! And if VMWare didn't have the appropriate contractual language in place, then the correct approach is to note that and change that in the future, and not immediately get all pissy that someone else is capitalizing on the concentration of tech professionals that VMWare's event is pulling together.
Actually SF spends a great deal of money on homlessness
I think they were up to something like $250 million/year. However, the city has a reputation for year-round livable weather, a higher tolerance for drug abuse and public drinking (which is honestly why a lot of SF homeless are in their position.) and is more accepting of what might be thought of as countercultural behavior. Add the SF housing crisis to that, and you have a LOT of homeless people.
The sad fact is that a lot of the homeless people you see on the SF streets are absolutely unable to manage their own affairs anymore, due to a combination of mental illness, drug addiction and alcohol addiction.
A lost opportunity lost to give some props to Claude Rains...
We could have used a byline photo of him in his French police captain's uniform. After all, he was the one who was first shocked to find out that there is gambling going on at this establishment.
(Paris--because I heard somewhere that we'll always have her.)
If I get tagged by one of these things...
The owner better hope that there isn't a long, downhill slope nearby. Also acceptable would be a fence with an attack dog training kennel or tiger enclosure on the other side.
If it hits me in the face, I swear to God that I am looking for an open storm drain.
(Icon shows artists conception of the author trying to reinsert his eyeball, post-impact.)
Re: "...a synthetic digital model of the real world..."
Yes, first you have your AI driving system, with it's algorithms and coding that bear some of the preferences and prejudices of the people and organization that created it. Then you are going to test that AI with those potential flaws and eccentricities in a simulator, which will have still more assumptions/preferences/prejudices from it's band of developers.
Considering we are talking about AI that is going to control a 2,000 or 3,000 or maybe 10,000 pound piece of machinery that is moving down the road at speed, I foresee an unacceptably high potential for GIGO-related accidents.
You mean the one where their software maintenance is famously expensive, even compared to other enterprise software firms? Or perhaps the reputation they have for trying passing up on cloud-based applications, because those threatened Oracle's maintenance gravy train??
I don't back Rimini Street in unlicensed use/theft of Oracle's IP, but I can see why Oracle customers would be very interested in a 3rd party software maintenance solution.
Re: Save your visit for the storm season
And what happens to Sweden if IKEA goes under? You want to be responsible for the impoverishment of an entire people??
Not too many leftover screws--someone forgot to include the Allen wrench in the little packet of hardware that comes with an IKEA server!!
What do a meth, coke, molly, heroin stash and Vegas allegedly have in common? Broadcom cofounder Henry Nicolas
Re: Another affluenza victim, shirley.
Trump can't do anything for him in Nevada though, other than make a phone call to the governor or DA. However, I am sure that for a modest consideration, the state and county authorities in Nevada can be convinced to take the position that "boys will be boys".
(Icon shows Nicolas hanging up the orange jumpsuit with "Las Vegas/Clark County Jail" stamped on the back. He won't be needing that.)
The cops missed busting John McAfee at the same time...
At the time, he was probably out buying pizza, Doritos and gentleman Jack so they could come down smooth off their drug high!!
Comcast gets an award for its service quality
Sadly, the Consumerist stopped holding the "Worst Company in America" competition, because lots of powerful corporations were afraid they might one day get featured in the competition. But guess who the last "winner" was?
I loved the format too, where they would handle it like a NCAA March Madness or World Cup bracket, with company A going up against company B, and then votes for the worst offender getting tallied for that matchup and the victor moving on to do battle with another heartless corporation, on the way to selecting the true worst-of-the-worst.
To be fair, this is a pretty old problem :)
Does your incumbent local exchange carrier/cable company treat you like this and then wonder why you dislike them??
Re: Americans need to alter the criteria for being allowed to be president.
What, after we already had a President who literally played straight man to a chimpanzee in the movies? (He was even a really successful President, though you may disagree with his particular politics.)
I'm afraid that the recognition-of-reality ship sailed long ago, with the space aliens, faeries, anthropomorphized talking animals, wild west gunslingers and magical British nannies forming the crew and serving as entertainment and the wait staff for the passengers.
I don't see why you guys are so dubious about this....
Hey, someone needs to build the Millenium Falcon before it can eventually be won by Han Solo in that card game!
Thanks for depressing me first thing in the morning, El Reg....
It's not your fault, its just that in the name of convenience and ease-of-management we have inserted SO MANY vulnerabilities into IT, which was already complicated to secure in the first place due to the myriad of hardware platforms, operating systems, network architectures, outsourced services, internet-facing devices, etc.
I guess that the prudent thing for an IT architect would be to assume that any technology or management tool that they are not intimately familiar with is probably insecure, and build in layered-defenses in case that probability is born out.
Time for Pai to hold out for some more stock options from Big Cable
Maybe after Chairman Pai throttles the regional ISPs, Comcast will buy him his own G6. No more worrying about frequent flyer miles like the rest of us poor bitches!