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Criminals, at least the ones with functioning grey matter, know they can not use the same MO including money laundering methods forever but most try to outwit the flatfeet. The fact that posts like this mention several of the better known techniques means there is a general awareness about the problem by those who trying to stop the money laundering.
Re: Trigger's Broom
Probably less parts in common they you might think as the modifications to the airframe, etc. will necessitate internal modifications. But this is probably true of any aircraft that has been in production for 50 or 60 years like the 737 or the Hercules. I suspect each major family has a reasonably high number of common parts.
The first shoe was the FDA, now the SEC, next DOJ with felony charges. She and her cronies are not out of the woods yet.
AR/MR/VR is a niche market in both consumer and business - period, full stop. Most people will do not have any real use for them or need to justify plonking down some cash. At best they should be an accessory device with installable drivers not part of the OS.
The theoretical problem the 'researchers' posed is nonsense. At the distance one has to be for a decent transfer speed, one may as well being sitting at the keyboard. They also miss the point of air-gapping: the computer is isolated from the most dangerous external threats. For an air-gapped computer to be compromised one would need physical access which limits the number of people dramatically to maybe a handful. Exploits with an effective range of a few meters that can easily be blocked (play music in the room) are not worth worrying about.
Re: Nice charity you got there, shame if your Windows got broken.....
Secretly promoting Linux?
Re: Umm.... wtf?
Smartphones are a maturing market and one of the characteristics of a maturing market is sales growth slow down and even some decline as the market stabilizes. This is nothing new and has been seen with many other products over and over. The only time a mature market sees a brief sales spike is when a new type of the product hits the market and older kit is replaced a little quicker than normal.
Re: You can only get away with a screw you attitude...
@woodcruft - One point many fail to realize about NoSQL databases is they are not schemaless rather they have a more flexible schema. One still needs to design a proper schema suitable for the data set, project, and nature of the db. Also, relational databases are fully ACID while NoSQL dbs often are not. If ACID is critical to your project (and it often is) you must use an ACID db which will most likely be a relational db.
Re: You can only get away with a screw you attitude...
@boltar - Postgresql, MariaDB, and Percona as well as many others are relational databases not NoSQL. The previous comment was about replacing Leisure Suit Larry with another relational database rather than with a NoSQL database. The replacement, while not trivial, is fairly straightforward as the tables often can be replicated with minimal fuss. What will be a pain is converting the queries, views, etc from one SQL dialect to another; doable but no one's idea of a fun project.
My observation about database types is relational generally will work with most data sets at least tolerably well and they are well understood. NoSQL, however, are either the ideal solution to the problem or a real dog and often properly setting them up for optimum performance is not well understood particularly if one tries to use relational modelling on them.
Chocolate Factory has a major problem claiming journalism - no one is doing basic journalism with the search as it is done algorithmically. The case hinges on whether a random search is basic journalism requiring reasonable judgement about the reliability of the information, relevance, importance, etc to the final result. Also, most searches are not journalists looking for information for a news article but someone just being curious.
@Iglethal - Fixing their garbage program would require real ethics from a company that has none.
When I have worked on others' boxes I have never made any effort to search the drives. Doing that always struck me as seriously unethical. Plus even if I ever were to search I have no idea what is pornographic or what is a suspicious file as I do not have the hashes available. This raises the question of how did the techs know the image was pornographic without someone telling them what to look for.
Re: reliability of evidence
I would rule any evidence not found with a proper paper trail is invalid. It is too easy to install anything on a drive when you have physical access. Waving some money to retail techie is nothing more than a bribe to the 'find' something.
Re: I'm not a developer but this is a genuine question...
One of the flaws of any system is how to get enough and the right kind of preliminary design data, use cases, etc. collected to get a grip on the size, scope, and complexity of the system. Many IT failures start at this phase as no one made an effort to collect it or make sure what they did have was reasonably relevant. Agile and DevOps try to side step the problem by doing the analysis on the fly as you work on the project. But this fails to understand that one should know why you are doing the project in first place and have a clear idea what a successful project will do.
The New Fusion?
Are AVs the new fusion, always 10 or 20 years away from being commercially available?
Reincorporating the parent company in its original country from the context of the article. However, there may be more to the spooks concern than just where the parent is located, like the financial stability of the buyer.
IBM and Strategy?
That is an oxymoron even if Slurp is not far behind.
Given most of what the regular media is fake news because of sloppiness if Zuck was truly honest there would be virtually nothing in the feed. It seems like most news stories are overwrought and overhyped BS with little value. Anything of value or any deep reporting, not done.
The local media likes to focus on the local murders in metro Atlanta. But they almost never mention that these murders are mostly clustered in specific areas but try to make sound as if you will be used for target practice if you walk your front door.
Independent contractors in many gig type businesses mostly lose money or at best break even. Relatively few actually make a decent income from the business. Many reasons for this but it has been true for many years long before Uber or Lyft ever existed.
Re: Market Saturation?
"I no longer carry a laptop to meetings. Instead I have a tablet." Where I work no one has a tablet but everyone has a laptop which we carry around as needed.
The overall point of the post is the desktop/laptop/tablet market is a best flat with the vast majority of the purchases being replacements for worn out kit. The precise breakdowns will vary somewhat between form factors. And any overall sales growth will happen in specific geographic locations as they become wealthier.
Ethical behavior should be the expected of anyone calling themselves a professional and it includes being discreet about client information. The problem with any real world scenario is not programmers lacking ethics but often lacking domain knowledge. In the case of VW, programmers did what their managers told them to do, however how many have ever read the relevant parts of the CFR about feral emission testing? (A cure for insomnia) I doubt many at any automaker have read them personally so they are relying on someone else's interpretation or presumed interpretation. The critical part is the programmers, even if they might have some domain knowledge, probably do not have the depth of knowledge to always spot ethically challenged specs or flat out interpretation errors.
All it takes is a few unethical people in the correct places to undermine everyone else who are behaving ethically. Spotting this unethical behavior from afar is often not easy to do until it blows up.
Can't Tell Them Apart?
Not familiar with the breed, but some breeds of dogs and cats can look very much alike and the main differentiation is their behavior.
Seriously with the number of nice animals in shelters or available for breeders (both will cost a lot less) way clone? The only answer I can come up with is pure vanity couple with money and arrogance.
Showing the clips without any commentary on them is not fair use. Fair use allows for a clip with enough of the context to be shown as long as you are truly use it as a basis of something else. Now if they were linking to the clips on Fox's website, no problem.
@Kaltern - Not likely to cause a war. States have quite a bit of latitude internally as long as they do not preempt the feral minimums. Thus Crackerland (Georgia) and Washington can pass laws that apply internally about the web. If anything, the patchwork of laws might get ISPs, etc to beg the Congresscritters to act and provide a national law.
Agile the philosophy or practice
This will end in an epic failure. Agile, correctly done, is a philosophy and related approach to solving problems. It has been around for ages in many organizations who practice collaborate working with colleagues in other areas as needed coupled with cross functional meetings as needed to solve problems, etc. Agile as Itsy Bitsy Morons is doing it is a rigid practice that does not address the underlying corporate problems. The philosophy of Agile does not require formal Agile training or scrum masters (an idiotic term), it requires a mind set and a willingness to discuss issues and problems with your colleagues to solve problems.
An aside, does being a retired rugby lock mean I am a scrum master?
You get a criminal record! And you get a criminal record! Peach state goes bananas with expanded anti-hack law
Given the average Georgia legislator is a barely literate graduate of the UofGA aka the Clarke County Community Cow College aka ThUGA this bill is not surprising. Being barely literate is about the best good old ThUGA produces. I get watch the annual follies up close every year. There usually are a couple of ridiculously stupid bills passed by the legislature every session.
Who wrote the specifications? One can code against a specification and the will meet the specifications but are specifications correct. Thus who is ultimately responsible; the issuer of the specs or poor schmuck writing the code? I would say whoever wrote the specifications. Remember programmers are not necessarily domain knowledge experts of the application.
While the vendor should be liable for their product, what if the product is bad due to poor or incomplete specifications? Often the person(s) writing the original specifications is not an IT professional and may never have written a line of code. Also, are they sufficiently knowledgeable about the usage of the device to have anticipated enough of the possible situations for the AI to deal with. The example of Col. Petrov is one were it could be programmed but it relies on someone realizing the scenario might happen and how the scenario might occur. The person writing the specs might not know the satellites can give a false positive under certain situations that do occur. Or what kind of signal the false positive might generate. If the specs do not cover the situation is there a possibility of a human override aka Col. Petrov saying nyet?
Over here, my (very large) bank announced expansion plans that included new physical branches which means some jobs that can not be easily outsourced and definitely not offshored.
Re: As predicted ...
@AC - The behavior of all markets as they mature is for sales growth to stall and possibly drop for awhile as the market reaches equilibrium. Pretty much any smartphone will have the features I need either already builtin/installed or with an app from the app store. I think for most new features are not going to compelling reasons to upgrade. I plan to keep my recently purchased phones for at least 2 or 3 years before considering replacements. It will be driven by physical wear-and-tear not new features.
How will they check the US address is not being used by a front organization? The Russians (or anyone else) are quite capable of setting up a US based front organization. It does not take that many people or money to do, especially since it is being used as mail drop. About all a postcard does is to allow Failbook to wash their hands of the problem.
@Peter2 - Cheating emissions tests by the manufacturer is beyond stupid. Having dealt with feral regulations and an technically incompetent agency called the EPA, I would not be surprised if poorly, vague rules are partially to blame. There items in the EPA regulations that are rather vague and when you ask the EPA for clarification you get no answer only a sickening feeling whatever your interpretation is the ferals will say it is wrong. Under Chevron (a Nine Senile stupidity), the agency's interpretation is automatically considered correct even if their reading comprehension is abysmal. So welcome to Club Fed.
Using Brave for almost all my surfing and no adds
Re: Software next?
EULAs often contain language that is unenforceable in all jurisdictions. Also, they have not been litigated in most jurisdictions very much so their legal viability is a bit murky. This a vulnerability that could come back and bite Slurp and others if much of the EULA is found to be unenforceable or illegal.
Feral vs CA Law
Under Feral employment law, there was no case as the issue for the firing is not a feral no-no. State law in some cases has broader protections against summary firings. CA law is often broader than the feral law. So Chocolate Factory has won the easy round but the next round may be much tougher (need to CA law on this point).
All the hyperventilating about the feral rejection is a nothing burger. If you knew the feral requirements this case never met any other than a slight chance of a disability (Autism) which was rather doubtful.
A point to consider, Chocolate Factory's handling was rather incompetent and might leave them open to other types of lawsuits which might also stick.
Re: I don't understand
The hedgies sued claiming the offer was too low. The court then evaluates, based on a decision by the Nine Seniles, what the fair market price should be, likely to be different number than the offered price. If it is higher, HP forks over more money. But if lower, they lose money on the deal.
Buzzword Bingo for Dollars
So I've Been Moved is trying to justify their overpriced, garbage wares by adding a layer of buzzword bingo. It should be interesting to see if the sales decline accelerates.
Fox in the Hen House
This highlights a problem for all. If a sociopath thinks they can abuse the system because of their position they will try. Just hope you are in the target area. More damage is done by insiders than by hackers.
Also, how was he caught? It sounds like his money laundering techniques were amateurish enough that a fraud detection system/person got suspicious. I wonder if the transaction patterns looked different from that of a true retailer. Something that he might not have considered as he might not have ever worked in retail.
The real problem was speculating in an unregulated market with almost all your money. If you are going to speculate make sure you can afford to lose all of it even in regulated market. In some ways a casino offers more reliable rewards even if the games are skewed in favor of the house. Cryptocurrencies have no intrinsic, fundamental intrinsic so unlike speculating with gold or real estate there is tangible property.
As an aside, Libertarians are not Anarchists. Libertarians realize there is a need for laws and regulations for a properly functioning society. But we object regulatory creep by agencies and a tendency for top-down regulation. Rather we prefer finding the right balance to maximize freedom while protecting society from miscreants and to as much as possible push the laws and regulations to the local level as it is closer to the people. Not say getting these balances right is easy, its not.
SQL Injection Sophisticated?
SQL injection is a well know attack method to gain access to a database that can be defeated by competent parameterization of user input. More like the incompetent coding than a sophisticated attack. From my company's security training, often attackers will use social engineering tricks to get or install there malwares.
@Sisk - Guido designed Python to be a very straightforward thus relatively easy language to learn and master. Many none IT professionals need to do a bit of programming and find Python a good choice for many tasks. Plus the language scales nicely for larger projects if one takes the time to plan the project properly (not a language issue in realty). Most data analysts are not likely to IT people as their is considerable domain knowledge needed to be an effective data analyst. Knowledge an IT person is not likely to know.
I have an uncle who back in the day said he would hire accountants and teach them programming for the accounting code he had to keep up than hire an IT grad and teach them accounting. The issue is the domain knowledge needed and who knows what.
Re: Salary isn't just a number
Very good observation. I live in a major Southeastern metropolitan area so the cost of living is not dirt cheap. But decent apartments and affordable housing is available throughout the metro area. My salary would not allow me to rent a dumpster in SF or Silly Valley let alone a nice 2 bed, 2 bath apartment or buy a house.
Sod off swampy.
the Boards of Fuji and Xerox.
Since Fuji is a Japanese company, Icahn't will have to obey Japanese security laws not US. Plus he is a much smaller fish in a much large pond.
While there are sampling problems that limit validity of the data it does point out basic a photography problem. Darker colors tend to show less contrast when photographed unless the photographer makes an real effort to compensate with the lighting and camera setting. My cats are very dark brown and without compensating for their coats facial definition tends to get washed out when I photograph them. I would say the error rate for white females should be a red alert that these packages will probably have an unacceptable error rate for any real identification no matter the race of the individual.
Re: Money Talks - This is all bullshit!
Partially true, but smart brand managers care deeply about what their brand is associated with and thus its image. Bad branding and ad placement ultimately means less sales as customers associate your brand with something unsavory. Not a winning strategy. Unilever is telling Fraudbook to get its act together or else. Fraudbook needs Unilever more than Unilever needs them. Advertising on Fraudbook or any other site is only part Unilever's overall marketing strategy.
John Wannamaker commented he did knew have is advertising budget was wasted but he did not know which half it was.
Re: What am I missing here?
To make matters worse, it is trivially easy to download the source code from github and create your own local fork.
Re: evil feds
Under feral law, weed is still illegal to possess or sell. So in the states that have legalized it anyone involved in the trade is violating a feral law. Also, note, there is a notorious 1930s decision by the Nine Seniles that basically said the ferals can impose their will on intrastate commerce (such as this) as well as interstate commerce. The original case had to do with wheat allotments and a farmer growing wheat for his own use on his farm (never left his property). The Nine Seniles ruled the ferals could count the wheat against any allotment the farmer had.
Most of the supposed special funds the states run are often used for other purposes with the ferals leading the way.
Re: Security by Stupidity
Given Netgear is readily available at most retailers, it is not surprising that many by them. Also, I am not sure even with 'security by stupidity' that their competition is any better overall in the home/home office market.
Security by Stupidity
I have heard of 'security by obscurity'. Netgear must have a new idea - security by stupidity. No one would be that stupid would they?