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Stay classy: Amazon's Jassy gets sassy with Larry

ckm5

Re: Redshift was announced in 2012!

@mr_anonymous_Oracle_PR_flack Those top 10 lists are bullshit - the only people who put out any information about the size of their data warehouses are the ones that have something to gain from the PR....

Fact is a ton of people have moved away from traditional vendors, including Oracle, because their shit just doesn't work in modern, high performance distributed systems - Netflix made this point years ago when they tried a traditional BI stack and it failed miserably.

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Official: IBM to gobble Red Hat for $34bn – yes, the enterprise Linux biz

ckm5

Re: Maybe ask the Bluebox guys at IBM how well things went

Who?

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The D in Systemd stands for 'Dammmmit!' A nasty DHCPv6 packet can pwn a vulnerable Linux box

ckm5

Not possible

Leonard's code is perfect, he said so.

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Redis has a license to kill: Open-source database maker takes some code proprietary

ckm5

Re: "when you contribute to an open-source project, [...] you're not going to get paid for that"

"Sure, and then go to live under a bridge alone (and be careful about trolls!), while Google, Amazon, Facebook & C. make billions out of your efforts... and it doesn't look they are making the world better, actually it looks they are making it worse."

While it's undoubtedly true that most 'cloud' companies were enabled by open source, there is a lot more to their businesses that just using some open source software.

It's kinda like saying that because you can machine parts, you are capable of building a car....

Fundamentally, it's not really about bits of code, but how they are integrated, managed, maintained and marketed. After you've figured all that out, you need to figure out how to make money.

For most large internet companies, the answer is not 'we sell code' but 'we sell eyeballs'.... Which is exactly why this whole discussion is kinda inane - Google et al are not selling code, they are selling access to people. Even AWS is not selling code, they are selling access to a blob of compute time/resources the details of which are irrelevant.

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ckm5

I'm pretty sure that Google employs more open source developers than pretty much any other company. It's easy to forget that that was the point of open source, to allow people to contribute to the development of software and have their work be visible by others. It was not really thought of as a way for people who voluntarily contribute to monetize their code directly.....

Fundamentally, there is no such thing as an 'open source economic model'. Open source can be a strategy within another business model, but it is not, in itself, a business model. That is the problem with this whole 'Commons Clause' thing.

Disclaimer - I spend years helping a lot of large & small tech companies develop open source strategies, including some in this article - also helped create the Linux Foundation.

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ckm5

Re: Suicide

All this is going to result in is fragmentation. It's not good for open source but the fundamental problem is that people expect to be paid for what is, in fact, a voluntary contribution.....

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Rights groups challenge UK cops over refusal to hand over info on IMSI catchers

ckm5

To quote Benjamin Franklin "Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety."

The fact is that the crooks that you should worry about are well aware of IMSI devices and either use burner phones, land lines or have bought/downloaded IMSI spoof detectors (like this https://github.com/CellularPrivacy/Android-IMSI-Catcher-Detector).

The public has a right to know about who has devices that can be mis-used for political or personal purposes so they can watch the watchers.

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Shock Land Rover Discovery: Sellers could meddle with connected cars if not unbound

ckm5

Re: Hire car data

Even in the US, where there are virtually no privacy laws, a phone number is considered PII and it subject to data control laws.

I would venture to guess that the GPDR considers a phone number PII.....

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Google to build private trans-Atlantic cable from US to France

ckm5

Re: Google braced for giant Android fine from EU

It's more likely due to Brexit and the fact that most (all?) trans-Atlantic cables terminate in the UK. Having data going through a 3rd country with different laws (esp. when added to the GPDR) is likely to be an issue.

They probably needed more capacity anyway, so bypassing the UK was just a routing decision.

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Google was down longer

Outage started at 12:16 and, according to our tech support @ Google, took out all of storage and most of networking SDNs worldwide. Affected companies included SnapChat, Spotify and Pokemon Go. Even Google's enterprise support portal was offline.... Had to resort to the phone and call support....

For us, we noticed almost as soon as it happened and migrated to a backup system in ~10 minutes. Which is good as an extended outage can cost our clients upwards of $1m/hr.

I was surprised the Reg had no story about it, it was a pretty massive outage. It seems every time AWS belches there is a story about how AWS is doomed, Google must have much better PR people...

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Hipster horror! Slack has gone TITSUP: Total inability to support user procrastination

ckm5

You mean like email? Or the phone system?

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ckm5

Re: use one that you can plug into

https://www.slack.com/apps

and

https://get.slack.help/hc/en-us/articles/204078066-G-Suite-single-sign-on

Beside, your suggestion also costs money https://about.mattermost.com/pricing/ and deploying open source is not free, either in dollars or time.

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ckm5

Re: Slack is down! OMG

My inbox currently has 70k+ unread messages - to say email is close to useless would be an understatement...

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ckm5

Re: I never even noticed

No, email is borderline useless for realtime communications. When you have teams across 3 timezones, it's pretty much invaluable. Besides, my email is flooded with vendor spam and other useless correspondence, so chances are I'll just miss anything significant.

Yeah, you could use IRC, but Slack has all these third party integrations that make our lives a lot easier.

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Oddly enough, when a Tesla accelerates at a barrier, someone dies: Autopilot report lands

ckm5

It does have emergency stop if (eg) the car in front of you slams it's brakes on, but as explained up thread, it might not be able to 'see' stationary objects.

That's ridiculous - my 10 year old Volvo can 'see' stationary objects and will warn about them loudly, as in windshield flashing red and lots of warning noises.... No automated braking as it's too old for that feature, but cruise control will dramatically slow down the car if engaged, including downshifting for engine braking.

Happens sometimes if you are in a long left turn lane cut out of a median and there is a control box or other square-ish object on the other end of the turn lane (but on the other side of the cutout) which you may be approaching rapidly as you reach the left turn point...

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GNOMEs beat Microsoft: Git Virtual File System to get a new name

ckm5

Re: How about

Guess your friend is never going to use Linux? Or countless other pieces of OSS that MSFT has contributed to?

It's all fine and good to fight the good fight, but not when the fight ended centuries ago.

Let me give you a hint - Linux and OSS won.

"If Microsoft ever does applications for Linux it means I've won." - Linus Torvalds, 1998 - http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9810/01/whylinux.idg/

Not moving on is just childish.

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

ckm5

Re: "because the liberal press sat on it"

Don't feed the troll, it only encourages them

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Danish Navy expert finds no trace of exhaust gas in private submarine

ckm5

Re: Bah!

Apparently they found evidence he had a fantasy about this sort of thing. https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/03/danish-submarine-builder-accused-murdering-kim-wall-had-films/

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It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

ckm5

Destroys all saved data

Fucking annoyingly, the FF update destroys ALL your saved data, including all your saved login data.

I've used FF for donkeys years and never had this problem, but now I've lost possibly hundreds of logins.

Oh well, just another fuck you from some engineers who couldn't give a shit less about user experience.

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WikiLeave? Assange tipped for Ecuadorian eviction

ckm5

Re: "A third country might offer a new couch"

Technically, as soon as you are issued a diplomatic visa for the country you are going to, you are granted diplomatic immunity. Theoretically you need to 'preset your papers' to the local foreign ministry, but in practice just the issuance of a diplomatic visa is enough. Most countries will just issue a diplomatic visa as a matter of course - you often need them when traveling from A to B....

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ckm5

Re: Here's a question

The Israelis have done this more than once. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordechai_Vanunu

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US Senators force vote on Ctrl-Z'ing America's net neutrality death

ckm5

Re: Follow the money

There are somewhere between 4000 and 7000 tech companies in the US, all fighting for survival. Collectively, they are driving roughly 30% of the US economy.

That's what's at stake.

China will be perfectly to have said tech companies. They are already taking the lead in clean/green tech and free trade.

Just keep working at making China great again, because that will make great future for your kids.

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ckm5

Re: Likely won't pass, but...

Until, you know, Love Canal*. Then everyone else in the world can point and laugh at your stupidity.

* "national symbol of a failure to exercise a sense of concern for future generations"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Love_Canal

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ckm5

Re: "The floor of the Senate"

Said someone on the internet who has no idea how government actually works in the real world....

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ckm5

Re: The More I read About the US of A....

Might want to get your facts straight. Republicans were the ones that abolished slavery: https://www.cnn.com/2012/08/25/politics/cnn-explains-gop-party/index.html

Democrats were the ones that wanted to keep it going.

(ninja'd, figures)

The current crop of Republicans are not about slavery or discrimination, what they are all about is pure, unfettered capitalism in the worst sense of the word. Free from any moral or societal concerns, with the rich getting richer and the poor getting screwed (which is their fault, 'cause they're, well, poor).

They are also cynically trying to bankrupt the federal government to justify massive cuts to anything than looks like income transfer from the rich to the poor, eg. social security, housing/food support or any sort of health care.

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ckm5

Re: The More I read About the US of A....

It's been a third-world country in many ways for some time. And I say that as someone who voluntarily came to live in the USA..... At least there is not much low level corruption and salaries keep you out of starvation.

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Republican tax bill ready to rescue hard-up tech giants, struggling rich

ckm5

Re: Thomas Claburn - Define Wealthy

It's probably easiest to define as what percent your earnings fall into. I would argue that anyone in the top 2% of earnings is 'rich' (over $400k/year in the US)+. Of course, a lot depends on geography as well, but I have yet to see a geographically weighted earnings percentage chart.

Just as a side note, in San Francisco a family of four is considered below poverty if they earn less than about $105k*, which in some parts of the US would make them rich....

+ http://money.cnn.com/calculator/pf/income-rank/index.html

* see https://www.huduser.gov/portal/datasets/il/il2017/2017summary.odn

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ckm5

Re: Math

The side effect of this is that your health insurance is likely to double or triple.

Why?

Because there is no longer an individual mandate and programs like Medicare are going to be cut, thus massively increasing healthcare costs overall.

And most of the deductions for medical care have been eliminated. Never mind the cap on your mortgage deduction. Whatever you do, just don't get sick until a sane group of politicians actually decide they care about middle income Americans.

I'm in the top tax bracket, so my taxes will be going down enormously - at least 7%, probably more as I will restructure payouts from my company to give myself a roughly 20% tax cut (from 39.7% to 20% passthrough). I still think this whole thing blows.

Basically, anyone middle class in a very affluent (e.g. successful, growing, job-creating) areas is being screwed over, and, if you are a millennial (or younger), you are doubly screwed. It may not be clear right now, but creating a $1.5 trillion deficit is just a excuse to cut that much out of the federal budget. And if you don't think that's going to affect anyone making less than $500k, I have a bridge to sell you.

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Sloppy coding + huge PSD2 changes = Lots of late nights for banking devs next year

ckm5

One of the big problems is that no one understands how the Cobol-based software works.... Otherwise it would probably have been re-written ages ago.

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

ckm5

Re: "They'll be back."

People always bring up AutoCAD. What percentage of end users use AutoCAD?

A major function of local governments is building permits - almost all of these are based on digital plans these days. It's also possibly the dept that brings in the most revenue in the entire gov't and one where compatibility with the outside world is extremely important.

So, probably quite a few end-users use AutoCAD or AutoCAD compatible systems, most of which only run on Windows. Let's not even discuss GIS....

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How about that US isle wrecked by a hurricane, no power, comms... yes, we mean Puerto Rico

ckm5

Re: Standards needed

Being without power & water for six weeks after a major disaster is rightly called a slow recovery. And now generators (which have been running non-stop because there is no power) are failing - http://www.bradenton.com/news/weather/hurricane/article183526446.html There is no excuse, in a first-world country, for 20% of the population to be without water and thousands more at risk due to emergency systems breaking down.

By compairson, 96% of Houston had it's power back (http://abc13.com/96-percent-of-centerpoint-customers-have-power/2340044/) 10 days after Harvey, Puerto Rico, not so much, only 41% is restored 7 weeks after Maria (https://www.buzzfeed.com/nidhiprakash/most-of-puerto-rico-just-lost-power-again-after-a-line?utm_term=.clekQRDDAv#.vhqaW8mm6e) and it's not exactly back to normal...

Really, this is shameful. Lack of cell service is even more shameful given how easy it is to deploy portable cell towers (cf. any large crowd gathering, sports, music festivals, etc)

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That awkward moment when AWS charges you BEELLIONS for Lightsail

ckm5

Because it's not like there isn't ANY competition in cloud services.....

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ckm5

Re: The title is optional. And possibly a giraffe.

It depends on what you are doing - if you are relying on auto-scaling features it would be very hard to replicate without spending a shedload on standby hardware. And the associated personnel to maintain it all. For quite a few online-only businesses, that delta is their profit margin.

That said, anyone using AWS or any other provider would do well to architect their backends to they can be moved between providers...

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Oh Brother: Hackers can crash your unpatched printers – researchers

ckm5

Re: Tip of the iceburg...perhaps.

That doesn't mean they are 'on the internet'. Pretty much anything on most internal networks can get out to the internet, that's vastly different than having a public IP. There is (usually) at least a NAT firewall between the requesting device and the public internet.

In the scenario you describe, it's pretty much the same as requesting a web page - you send some data and get more data back, typically processed for you in some fashion. That doesn't mean the contents you get back are necessarily safe, but that's pretty much the case anytime you request data from a remote server.

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ckm5

I agree. Having been through several brands, Brother is on the better side. Epson is the worst, in the 'kill it with fire' category.

And I'm with @lewisrage - if you are stupid/clueless enough to put a printer on the internets, you'll get what you deserve.

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Tell the public how much our tram tickets cost? Are you mad?

ckm5

I can travel to Paris from Marseille (400 miles!!) for 25, in just under 3 hours.

IF the system works, which these days seems hopelessly broken. I visit my mom every few years. She lives near Dole.

In the past, it was pretty easy to get a TGV from Paris to Dole in the afternoon and the cost was roughly 75 euros each way. Travel time was about 1.5 hrs.

The last time I went, there were no afternoon trains and the only evening TGV running was fully booked. Via a combination of other trains, it cost me > 100 euros and took ~6 hours. Which was awesome after a 17 hour flight.....

The French train system used to be great, these days, not so much. It's shockingly expensive, more expensive in many cases than air travel in the US, and so many trains have been cancelled that getting from A to B is nigh impossible unless you book six weeks in advance (which negates elegant convenience of train travel...).

And when I was in Paris last fall, a Metro ticket was 2.50 euros, not 1.10.....

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

ckm5

Re: £1,149

It's easy to laugh, but for people like me a phone is a business expense and I don't really pay for it. And as a primary computing device, I don't mind spending $1000 on it - that's 1/2 of what I would have spent on a laptop 5 years ago. Having a larger screen in a smaller form factor is a huge plus when working in the field. Never mind that most people will just buy it on credit for ~$35/mo.

Is the price point outrageous? Not really. Not when you consider a Palm Treo was ~$600 in 2004 (about $800 today) and Blackberries were $800 15 years ago. Even a modern top-of-the-line phones are $700-$800, this is only $200 more. If $200 is an issue for you, then you should be rethinking your priorities and buy a much cheaper or second hand phone.

I think these will sell out easily - Apple will be laughing all the way and walking away with all the profits....

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Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways

ckm5

Re: Time to Migrate?

AWS, Rackspace or Backblaze would be better choices....

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Wonder why Congress doesn't clamp down on its gung-ho spies? Well, wonder no more

ckm5

My "representatives"* are Pelosi & Feinstein

And they have already decided that "intelligence agencies" should put cameras & microphones in every single house in the country for "national security" reasons. /s

Short of a revolution, nothing is going to change if the two representatives from the most liberal place in the country are all for surveillance....

* representative is a word to be used only loosely, it's been a long time since either party has actually represented anyone not giving them $$$

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HPE waves bye-bye to 36 years of executive experience

ckm5

HP destroyed by a complete lack of vision

And it started with selling off Agilent and ended with missing out on cloud by not capitalizing on all the work they did for Amazon.

The eccentric, engineering focused company from this old commercial is no more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3XwTq_BPKM

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Oracle finally decides to stop prolonging the inevitable, begins hardware layoffs

ckm5

Re: Someone please...

That's not entirely true - I pitched the Sun exec team on licensing Solaris so that it could merge with Linux and create an uber-open source OS. Instead, they decided to create the CDDL.....

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US military gets authority to shoot down citizens' small drones

ckm5

" It is illegal to fly a consumer-grade drone within 400ft of a US Army base in April"

Only in April? Good thing it's August....

Edit - Ninja'd apparently.... Twice even.

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VCs to Trump: Don't lock out our meal tickets! Save startup visas!

ckm5

Re: H1B visas

Well, as someone who has been hiring engineers for 10+ years, I can tell you for sure there just are not enough engineers in the US. More than once I have advertised for a position at a competitive salary (in several markets) and could not fill it. And I'm not particularly picky, just need someone capable of doing X job, regardless of background/education/etc.

Also, the stats for H1Bs pretty much show otherwise https://qz.com/1041506/new-data-on-h-1b-visas-show-how-it-outsourcers-are-short-changing-workers/ - despite the clickbait title, the average salary for an H1B is $91k/year, which is $20k higher than the average IT salary in the US (around $78k - http://www.payscale.com/research/US/Industry=Information_Technology_(IT)_Services/Salary).

Not saying that certain H1B abusers aren't awful sweatshops, but the data speaks to a much murkier picture than 'H1B depress US salaries' which is simply not born out by the data.

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ckm5

Re: Big Idea: The Internet!

That may be so, but having lived in 1/2 those in your list plus another 3-4 not mentioned, I can def. say that the startup ecosystem in Silly Valley is unique and very, very hard to replicate. If you believe in the startup myth and you want to follow that route, few other places in the world will do.

This might change with the sunset of American influence/power/money, but for the moment, it's still where it's at. Anyone saying otherwise is just wishful thinking.

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Trump-backed RAISE Act decoded: Points-based immigration, green cards slashed

ckm5

Re: Tech giants hate it

Probably not. "Tech giants" are paying way over market rate for talent and also subsidizing housing & transportation for employees*. Yelp, for example, pays interns $9000/month here in Silly Valley. Starting salaries at most tech companies are well into the six figures and retention bonuses can be completely insane.

If you are underpaid or underemployed there are probably a few of reasons:

1. Wrong geography - where you live has a huge impact on salary & opportunity

2. Wrong skillset - modern & rare tech skills pay a lot more, typically

3. Bad presentation - BTDT, getting professional help for resumes & linkedin profiles is a huge help

4. Not represented - sounds crazy, but having a recruiter represent you can be a big help in finding stuff

5. Not networking - only 30-40% of tech jobs are advertised, if you don't network with your peers, you'll never know about good opportunities

6. Public visibility - being active in meetups, in industry specific forums and on Github leads to a lot more people contacting you about jobs (see 5 above as well).

Make no mistake, all this is a lot of work, but, having been on both sides of the fence (looking for work and looking for people to hire), it's frustrating all around.

* if you look at this list https://qz.com/1041506/new-data-on-h-1b-visas-show-how-it-outsourcers-are-short-changing-workers/ it's clear that the H1B program is being abused by outsourcing companies providing cheap labor, not tech giants.

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ckm5

Re: I think a points-based system is a good idea in general.

Most of what you want is already the case.

1. It's already the case an H1B can only be allocated if you can't find local talent

2. More people were deported under Obama than any previous president

3. Kinda like 5 year planning? That worked so well for the Soviet Union..... Besides, that actually already exists, it's called either an H2A or H2B.

That said, I agree that an H1B should be independent of the employer and should require some sort of realistic salary calculation - Silly Valley is full of dorm-like housing that caters to low-wage H1B workers. But nowhere in this discussion do people point out that there is a real skills shortage in tech, something which needs to be solved if we want to continue to grow the tech sector....

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Microsoft won't patch SMB flaw that only an idiot would expose

ckm5

Re: the problem is Microshaft's design

Pretty much every Un*x ever designed does the same thing for most network services, at least until very, very recently.

It's very unfair to blame MSFT for this - they did, after all, just copy Un*x including the entire TCP stack (from BSD nach)

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ckm5

Re: "the Linux Kernel was only created in 1991"

Interesting - I guess all those commercial Linux deployments I did in 1998 must have been a result of time travel....

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'My dream job at Oracle left me homeless!' – A techie's relocation horror tale

ckm5

Re: If he had been in the UK

Hate to tell you, but even the Dutch government refers to the Netherlands has 'Holland' c.f. http://www.hollandinthevalley.com/

The Consulate in SF has a giant 'Holland' sign on the front door....

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Well, that escalated quickly: Qualcomm demands iPhone, iPad sales ban in America

ckm5

Re: "Apple will no longer use any Qualcomm chips in future products"

Yeah, that's what Adobe thought too, so did Nokia and Motorola.

I'm sure that their shareholders will cheer when markets knock billions off their valuation.... IMHO, we've just seen peak Qualcomm, esp. with the Feds largely agreeing with Apple.

Everyone in the industry hates Qualcomm, they've been dicks for years, and would be happy to see them taken out.

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