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Amazon's Older Kindles Will Start To Lose Their Internet Access In December

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Amazon's Kindle e-readers with built-in 3G will begin to lose the ability to connect to the internet on their own in the US in December, according to an email sent to customers on Wednesday. The Verge reports: The change is due to mobile carriers transitioning from older 2G and 3G networking technology to newer 4G and 5G networks. For older Kindles without Wi-Fi, this change could mean not connecting to the internet at all. As Good e-Reader first noted in June, newer Kindle devices with 4G support should be fine, but for older devices that shipped with support for 3G and Wi-Fi like the Kindle Keyboard (3rd generation), Kindle Touch (4th generation), Kindle Paperwhite (4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th generation), Kindle Voyage (7th generation), and Kindle Oasis (8th generation), users will be stuck with Wi-Fi only. In its email announcement, Amazon stresses that you can still enjoy the content you already own and have downloaded on these devices, you just won't be able to download new books from the Kindle Store unless you're doing it over Wi-Fi.

Things get more complicated for Amazon's older Kindles, like the Kindle (1st and 2nd generation), and the Kindle DX (2nd generation). Since those devices relied solely on 2G or 3G internet connectivity, once the networks are shut down, the only way to get new content onto your device will be through an old-fashioned micro-USB cable. For customers affected by the shutdown, Amazon is offering a modest promotional credit (NEWKINDLE50) through August 15th for $50 towards a new Kindle Paperwhite or Kindle Oasis, along with $15 in-store credit for ebooks. While arguably the company could do more to help affected customers (perhaps by replacing older devices entirely) this issue is largely out of Amazon's hands.

Is the author 12?

By Mononymous • Score: 4 • Thread

the only way to get new content onto your device will be through an old-fashioned micro-USB cable

What's "old-fashioned" about micro-USB? Wikipedia says it was introduced in 2007.

14 years seems reasonable

By mobby_6kl • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Well the oldest kindles are like 14 years old, and this is a technical change and not something amazon just decided to do to fuck with people. And also $50 isn't a "modest" credit, the regular Kindle is like $55 and Paperwhite is around $80 during prime days.

Ah, the amazing Amazon Kindle Keyboard

By Ecuador • Score: 3 • Thread

My Amazon Kindle Keyboard was my favourite device for years. I bought it back when they gave you free 3G internet for life and would take it with me wherever I travelled (Europe, N. America) and would always give me a working basic browser to access my emails, google about places etc, apart from carrying my books. Back then, it would have been very expensive to use internet when travelling across several countries etc, so it has made its cost several times. And it's cost was quite low in the first place (got it with "offers" which meant an advert, or sometimes a coupon was shown, but only when it was off! - it hasn't actually shown any adverts for years though). And it's still going strong, but I don't rely on it for internet nowadays, phone plans with data roaming are not expensive and that old basic browser does not play well with modern sites anyway (cause modern sites consist of huge piles of mostly crappy js frameworks).
I no longer live in the US and in Europe I see my phones fall back to 3G (HSPA usually) quite often when I am in rural areas. Is 4G so ubiquitous in the US now that they can disable 3G and people will still have the same data coverage?

Are you fuc*ing out of your mind?

By franzrogar • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Quote: "While arguably the company could do more to help ..."

Why? I ask, why on Earth SHOULD they do it?

I mean, why would Amazon do "more" than offering "advice and money help to upgrade"?

Did the companies that sold old PCs offered you money to buy the "new" 3 1/4 disk reader when you had 5 1/2? Because 5 1/2 stopped delivering...

Did the companies that sold you LP players offered you money to buy the "new" cassette tape reader (portable or not)? Because (sadly) LPs stopped delivering... (gladly they came back).

Etc.

First Detection of Light From Behind a Black Hole

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Stanford University astrophysicist Dan Wilkins has spotted the first detection of light from behind a black hole. Phys.Org reports: "Any light that goes into that black hole doesn't come out, so we shouldn't be able to see anything that's behind the black hole," said Wilkins, who is a research scientist at the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology at Stanford and SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory. It is another strange characteristic of the black hole, however, that makes this observation possible. "The reason we can see that is because that black hole is warping space, bending light and twisting magnetic fields around itself," Wilkins explained. The strange discovery, detailed in a paper published July 28 in Nature, is the first direct observation of light from behind a black hole -- a scenario that was predicted by Einstein's theory of general relativity but never confirmed, until now.

"Fifty years ago, when astrophysicists starting speculating about how the magnetic field might behave close to a black hole, they had no idea that one day we might have the techniques to observe this directly and see Einstein's general theory of relativity in action," said Roger Blandford, a co-author of the paper who is the Luke Blossom Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and Stanford and SLAC professor of physics and particle physics.

The original motivation behind this research was to learn more about a mysterious feature of certain black holes, called a corona. Material falling into a supermassive black hole powers the brightest continuous sources of light in the universe, and as it does so, forms a corona around the black hole. This light -- which is X-ray light -- can be analyzed to map and characterize a black hole. [...] As Wilkins took a closer look to investigate the origin of the flares, he saw a series of smaller flashes. These, the researchers determined, are the same X-ray flares but reflected from the back of the disk -- a first glimpse at the far side of a black hole. [...] The mission to characterize and understand coronas continues and will require more observation.

Uhm. W T F?

By Aighearach • Score: 3 • Thread

"Any light that goes into that black hole doesn't come out, so we shouldn't be able to see anything that's behind the black hole"

That's about a stupid assumption. This is slashdot. We've been reading astronomy stories our whole lives. We know about gravity.

Reflection

By PuddleBoy • Score: 3 • Thread

From the abstract;

"The X-rays that are seen reflected from the disk, and the time delays, as variations in the X-ray emission echo or ‘reverberate’ off the disk, provide a view of the environment just outside the event horizon. ... These are photons that reverberate off the far side of the disk, and are bent around the black hole and magnified by the strong gravitational field."

This doesn't sound exactly like gravitational lensing...

Apple Closing Down Internal Slack Channels Where Employees Debate Remote Work

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Cult of Mac: Apple is closing down internal Slack channels to stop employees discussing remote working options, reports Zoe Schiffer from The Verge. Many Cupertino employees are currently engaged in a Cold War of sorts with their employer over the remote working arrangement coming out of the coronavirus pandemic. As the arguments flare up among staff, Apple has taken the step of shuttering the Slack channels where these are taking place. "Apple recently began cracking down on Slack channels that aren't directly related to work," Schiffer wrote on Twitter. "The company bans channels 'for activities and hobbies' that aren't directly related to projects or part of official employee groups -- but this wasn't always enforced, employees say."

Two public letters from Apple employees have requested more flexible working conditions. A recent petition this month was shared on Apple's internal Slack channel, with more than 6,000 members discussing remote work. It noted that: "We continue to be concerned that this one-size-fits-all solution is causing many of our colleagues to question their future at Apple. With COVID-19 numbers rising again around the world, vaccines proving less effective against the delta variant, and the long-term effects of infection not well understood, it is too early to force those with concerns to come back to the office." According to Schiffer, "internally, [many] people feel like [Apple] isn't listening to their demands." She continues that: "Since Friday, three Apple employees have resigned specifically because of the remote work policies. One had been at the company for nearly 13 years. I've seen a bunch of these resignation notes and they're pretty heart wrenching."

Re:Dear Apple Employees

By phantomfive • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Yeah, but then the downside is you'd have to work for Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Amazon, or Netflix.

Re:just say we are thinging about an union and the

By rtb61 • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I am retired but remote work is not a new thing at all, Plenty of jobs, hand them a bunch of paperwork and from that paperwork they produce a bunch more paperwork and give it back. Remote working was a way to cut back and dump staff. First you remote worked them, paid them more, because they were now managing their own business and they you cut it, wage and time and then no more work. The rest of the staff don't miss them, they are happier and you got rid of dead wood and got some money out of them. Those who realise their risk and start performing better, you let back into the office. Push some others out to remote work, the deserted island of employment.

When remote working do not trust your company work for more than one company. Few of you in one locale, set up company work together in cheap office in nice locale, work for more than one company. Remote work is only good for those setting up small business with skilled partners or semi-retirement but do not count on that wage.

Too many psychopath bean counters in large corporations, you are not a person to them, you are not a human being to them, you are a piece of furniture, seriously they way they look at you. What you are worth, what benefit do you provide, are you annoying, have you ever challenged them in any way shape or form, would it be fun to destroy you, how can they get away with it, how much power do you have, are you a victim, are you one of them, can they have sex with you, what are you worth to them personally.

They are nasty people and dumping people through remote work is the go to for them. Normally they just did it to the really crazy fuckers companies end up with at time to time, they ease them on out, remote them, so they don't go nuts in the office, sack them in their own home, a few months latter, so they can shoot that up instead. Going postal, yeah, it scares some companies with some employees, scared to fire them, so they remote them, with lots and lots of compliments about how great they are and here you get paid more working from home.

Good employees you keep in the office, the best employees you buy them a house close to the office, not so they can work at home, so they can more easily walk to the office, you value them. Hell in the modern era, in a high rise, they take the lift down from their apartment to the office. Teamwork people, it is about people and for people to teamwork properly, you need them peopoling together being people, socially interacting, keeps them sane and productive. Every commercial building should have been capped off by apartments, real waste of vertical space. Walkability is becoming a big thing. Walk to work, walk home, walk to shop, walk to entertainment. The walking not idle, the walking to promote health, to promote productivity, exercising without having to stop everything else to exercise, on the go.

So is it remote working if you live in the same building where you work and you have your own office, separated by walls or separated by floors is there a difference especially when you can go for lunch in your own kitchen, in your apartment, a ride up the lift or ride down the lift and a walk across the street and a ride up another lift ;). When it comes to career future, you are there, you are connected, many large companies in walking distance. You are valued.

Re:I am not a lawyer

By dh34747 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
You can't prevent people from organizing or discussing improvements to their collective work environment or rights - either at work or privately. And you can't constructively create rules that have that effect. So shutting down "off topic" discussion rooms is a fairly naked attempt to constructively ban organizing for better working conditions. Google was sued by the NRLB over this, after they cracked down on internal dissent, and they were forced to settle and publish specific guidelines and employee rights: https://www.cnbc.com/2019/09/1.... Essentially, NRLB has taken the "watercooler or lunch room" rules - if you were employer, and people were organizing and agitating for better working conditions in the company lunch room, the company can't just shutdown the lunch room in response - and applied it to digital spaces. Which seems entirely fair and reasonable.

Had an interview setup with them for next Tuesday

By sizzlinkitty • Score: 3 • Thread

I'm cancelling the interview, I have no interest in working for any company that censors their employees and is ignorant to the benefits of remote work.

Amusing

By DuroSoft • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
They don't want to deal with the fact that their multi-billion dollar campus is worth $0 in a WFH economy. I wonder how many executives will be on the chopping block for that one.

'World's Most Powerful Tidal Turbine' Starts To Export Power To the Grid

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A tidal turbine weighing 680 metric tons and dubbed "the world's most powerful" has started grid-connected power generation at the European Marine Energy Centre in Orkney, an archipelago located north of mainland Scotland. CNBC reports: In an announcement Wednesday, Scottish engineering firm Orbital Marine Power explained how its 2 megawatt O2 turbine had been anchored in a body of water called the Fall of Warness, with a subsea cable linking it to a local electricity network on land. It's expected that the turbine, which is 74 meters long, will "operate in the waters off Orkney for the next 15 years," the company said, and have "the capacity to meet the annual electricity demand of around 2,000 UK homes."

The turbine is also set to send power to a land-based electrolyzer that will generate so-called green hydrogen. In a statement, Orbital Marine Power's CEO, Andrew Scott, described Wednesday's news as "a major milestone for the O2." Funding for the O2's construction has come from public lenders via Abundance Investment. The Scottish government has also provided £3.4 million (around $4.72 million) of support through its Saltire Tidal Energy Challenge Fund. Looking to the future, Orbital Marine Power said it was "setting its sights" on the commercialization of its tech via the deployment of multi-megawatt arrays.

I seem to remember an episode of Doctor who

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
Where the plot was an alien species was being exploited for the sake of power generation and at the end the doctor just kind of casually suggests then instead of exploiting the alien species (whom the doctor had already saved) to get the power they need that the civilization utilizes tidal forces. I thought it was funny the way he completely changed the course of an entire civilization with a single line and then the episode ended there.

You never win against nature

By AndyKron • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Oh great. Now we're going to slow the Earth down and have longer days. What's next?

£200 / MWh

By HotNeedleOfInquiry • Score: 3 • Thread
Does not seem cost-effective under any conditions except as a technology demonstration. Hard to find much data on what the US would call the "bussbar" cost of electricity, but I can see the Hinkley Point C reactor selling power for half that. The bussbar rate in California today is hovering around $75/MWh

Re:You never win against nature

By Namarrgon • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Imagine so many solar panels that the Earth starts cooling

You think this captured solar energy is magically disappearing? Thermodynamics says no. If anything, the lower albedo of dark panels might cause fractionally greater warming.

But if you want to talk about power generation changing the weather, we don't have to imagine anything - fossil fuels have been doing exactly that for many decades.

Facebook Warns Growth To 'Decelerate Significantly', Mandates Vaccine For US Staff

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Facebook said on Wednseday it expects revenue growth to "decelerate significantly." It also announced that it would require anyone working at its U.S. offices to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Google announced a similar policy earlier this morning. Reuters reports: The warning overshadowed the company's beat on Wall Street estimates for quarterly revenue, bolstered by increased advertising spending as businesses build their digital presence to cater to consumers spending more time and money online. Facebook said it expects Apple's recent update to its iOS operating system to impact its ability to target ads and therefore ad revenue in the third quarter. The iPhone maker's privacy changes make it harder for apps to track users and restrict advertisers from accessing valuable data for targeting ads.

Monthly active users came in at 2.90 billion, up 7% from the same period last year but missing analyst expectations of 2.92 billion and marking the slowest growth rate in at least three years, according to IBES data from Refinitiv. "The user growth slowdown is notable and highlights the engagement challenges as the world opens up. But importantly, Facebook is the most exposed to Apple's privacy changes, and it looks like it is starting to have an impact to the outlook beginning in 3Q," said Ygal Arounian, an analyst at Wedbush Securities. Brian Wieser, GroupM's global president of business intelligence, said all social media companies would see slower growth in the second half of the year and that it would take more concrete warnings about activity in June and July for anyone to anticipate a "meaningful deceleration."

What Americas put in their bodies daily. So ironic

By Gavino • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
It's amazing what rubbish the average American puts in their bodies on a daily basis, yet then complain about the vaccines. How about they read the ingredients list on their favourite foods every once in a while. The irony. Their body is a temple when it comes to vaccines... but not when it comes to what they stick in their mouth, disguised as food. The ultimate vaccine delivery mechanism will be to delivery via cheeseburger rather than arm injection. That's what scientists should really be working on... a big pharma Big Mac.

Re: My Body My Choice except when it isn't

By ljw1004 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The vaccine is 60% effective at avoiding infection and 90% effective at keeping you out of hospital. Given those numbers, it makes basic business sense that you don't want employees out of action home sick since that'd hurt your bottom line.

I think you're trying to put an agenda spin on a straightforward economical decision.

The other aspect is just plain meritocracy. If you have highly talented developers for whom the virus risk of coming in is too high due to being immunocompromised or pregnant, then you're needlessly throwing away talent.

Re:Compulsory vaccination

By quenda • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Not to mention it discriminates against people of color.
Only 36% of African Americans and 41% of Latinx Americans people are currently vaccinated.

... in the general population. What makes you think that Facebook employees would be the same? They are chosen on merit, not randomly with racial quotas (I hope!).

How is this helping them?

By giving them a safer workplace, duh! And by encouraging responsible self-help.

Re:Compulsory vaccination

By Applehu Akbar • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Not you fucking business. It is a sick as fuck for any company to think it can mandate compulsory any medical procedure

It's a good thing people like you weren't around in 1955. Today the medical system would be bogged down by millions of extra patients isolated for life in iron lungs.

Companies sometimes mandate medical procedures for employees who, if untreated, would raise costs for a company health plan as a whole - morbid obesity, say. Letting employees stay unvaccinated in a deadly pandemic would not only affect the company, but might be a nucleus for the next variant. To me that would be sick as fuck.

Re:Science Denier.

By quenda • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

But the Vaccines do not stop you being a virus carrier/spreader - This has always been the claim.

Are you always such a black & white thinker?
Reality is more nuanced, vaccine is never 100%, they reduce the risk of being a spreader. Is that too hard to understand?

While we have some data on the effectiveness of vaccines in reducing risk of infection and hospitalisation, we still really do not know how much full vaccination reduce the risk of spread from an infected person. Probably a lot, certainly not 100%.

Dell Is Cancelling Alienware Gaming PC Shipments To Several US States

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davide marney writes: Orders for Alienware Aurora R12 and R10 gaming PC configurations placed in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Vermont, or Washington will not be honored because of power consumption regulations, reports PC Gamer. "Any orders placed that are bound for those states will be canceled," Dell states in a message.

"The Aurora R12 and R10 are built around the latest generation processors from Intel and AMD, the former featuring 11th Gen Core Rocket Lake CPUs and the latter wielding Ryzen 5000 series chips based on Zen 3," reports PC Gamer. "Unfortunately for both Dell and buyers who reside in affected states, the majority of Aurora R12 and R10 configurations consume more power than local regulations allow. There are exceptions, though [depending on the configuration you select]."

Re:Alienware

By ShanghaiBill • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

the home of the shiny 7-litre pickup

That is how democracy works.

High-power gaming rigs are targeted because few people use them, and even fewer will change their vote over the issue.

SUVs are not targeted because millions of soccer moms and other swing voters in the suburbs drive them and see the freedom to guzzle gas as sacrosanct.

A number of misleading facts about the regulations

By Sivinus • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I haven't gone through a lot of the regulations myself (and apparently some of the "official" websites aren't maintained that well), but it sounds like the restrictions might have to do with the amount of power consumed during sleep states and a higher limit is allowed for more "expandable" computers with more slots and larger power supplies, with a total exemption for computers over a certain expandability score or exceed a certain power supply wattage and discrete GPU or integrated GPU + RAM bandwidth. The expandability score seems to be calculated based on a lot of little details, such as the number of USB 2.0, 3.0, 3.1 ports, Ethernet, number of PCIe slots etc. From the snippets I was able to find I'm wondering if this is more geared towards offices with tons of low-powered PCs that just sit idle without actually sleeping, or something similar.

I think Dell has had a reputation of having potentially less-expandable components and weaker-than-average power supplies, and many of their pre-order combinations don't meet the requirements. I'm also not sure if their online portal would have the intelligence to recognize if customizing a PC (i.e. upgrading the power supply) would put it over the threshold. I imagine a number of these manufacturers might in the future might add just enough PSU efficiency/wattage or extra ports etc. to push them over the allowed limit.

Re:Just think of all the energy this dupe just was

By AndyKron • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
Repetitive /. articles provide a backstop against all the porn bandwidth being used. It takes that much.

Re:build your own

By ChangeOnInstall • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I did build my own.

I also bought a Dell Alienware R10, as it was *BY FAR* the cheapest way for me to obtain the 6800XT graphics card I needed for the system I built.

Re:Sue?

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Actually quite a lot of Dell PSUs only look bad, and I say "look" because they are grey and use colour coded cables rather than being black with black cables. The overwhelming majority are 80+ gold at a minimum including the Alienware Aurora R10 https://www.youtube.com/watch?... which is one of the ones which isn't meeting the requirements.

There are other requirements, mainly around power consumption, sleep modes, and poor component choices. I'd be more interested in the fact that Dell insist on designing and manufacturing their own motherboards, and those are universally incredibly shit. What's the bet that they haven't implemented the most basic of powersaving features for sleep and standby modes...

Microsoft: Component Shortages Not Going Away Any Time Soon

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from ZDNet: In reporting its Q4 FY21 earnings, Microsoft disclosed that both its Surface and Windows revenues were affected negatively by supply-chain constraints. While remote work has continued to fuel PC demand, Microsoft and its OEM partners have had problems getting enough components, including chips, power cords and other electronic components that are required for new PCs. In Q4, Microsoft's Surface revenue fell 20 percent, to $1.38 billion in the quarter. The year-ago quarter comparison was tough because Surface and other Windows PCs saw lots of demand as people needed to buy PCs to enable them to work from home. Chief Financial Officer Amy Hood told analysts on the earnings call that Microsoft anticipated that Surface revenues would continue to fall next quarter due to supply-chain constraints.

Supply-chain pressures also will continue to impact Microsoft's Xbox gaming consoles and PCs made by its partners, company officials conceded. Hood told analysts to expect Windows OEM revenues in Q1 FY22 to decline mid to high single digits and Surface revenue to decline by low teens. The Q4 numbers released today had Windows OEM Pro revenues down two percent compared to the year-ago quarter and non-Pro (consumer) OEM growth off by four percent. Supply-chain constraints don't seem to be impacting how quickly Microsoft can continue to build out its cloud footprint, however. Hood and other officials expect Microsoft to continue to grow its commercial cloud businesses, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics 365. Azure was up 51 percent (from some undisclosed base number) for the quarter and Dynamics 365 was up 49 percent from some undisclosed base -- its third consecutive quarter of growth.

Think of the little guys

By labnet • Score: 3, Informative • Thread

We are in the SME manufacturing segment ($15M/annum)
It hell for the little guys when the big guys use their muscle to buy up everything in sight!
Chips we have have been buying for 15 years with no problem have now gone on 52 week allocation..
Try buying anything by Microchip Semi... nada it nuts out there.

Windows 11

By ChunderDownunder • Score: 3 • Thread

Which makes the spec bump for Windows 10 21H2, aka Windows 11 all the more puzzling.

None of my three Windows 10 capable x86 machines meet the requirements and I have no intention of buying brand new hardware at inflated prices in the next 30 months during a shortage.

of course...

By xlsior • Score: 3 • Thread
...Windows 11 will only make this worse, by artificially limiting the systems that it will deem worthy of running it, forcing people to upgrade their existing hardware

You have a 7th gen Core CPU that can run circles around many 10th gen ones? Sorry, buy a new one.

And of course, the worst part is that Intel has stated that the chip shortages will likely continue for the next couple of years. If Microsoft truly will end up yanking security updates for windows 10 in 2025, expect there to still be hundreds of million computers out there running Win10, just waiting to become part of a botnet.

This is getting stupid.

By aaarrrgggh • Score: 3 • Thread

I start to wonder if this is how our civilization will collapse. I delayed a few purchases back in March to not be part of the problem, and expecting most things to be resolved by September. That is starting to look like a big mistake.

I get it that some things are hard to make internally, and many others are uneconomical to make internally. At some point though the pendulum needs to swing back towards sane supply chains and putting production close to consumption. Unfortunately, this will tend to eliminate jobs as smaller scale manufacturing will need to be almost fully automated to be cost-effective.

Google Delays Return To Office, Mandates Vaccines

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Google is postponing a return to the office for most workers until mid-October and rolling out a policy that will eventually require everyone to be vaccinated once its sprawling campuses are fully reopened. The Associated Press reports: The announcement Wednesday came as the more highly contagious delta variant is driving a dramatic spike in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations. In an email sent to Google's more than 130,000 employees worldwide, CEO Sundar Pichai said the company is now aiming to have most of its workforce back to its offices beginning Oct. 18 instead of its previous target date of Sept. 1. The decision also affects tens of thousands of contractors who Google intends to continue to pay while access to its campuses remains limited. "This extension will allow us time to ramp back into work while providing flexibility for those who need it," Pichai wrote.

And Pichai disclosed that once offices are fully reopened, everyone working there will have to be vaccinated. The requirement will be first imposed at Google's Mountain View, California, headquarters and other U.S. offices, before being extended to the more than 40 other countries where the Google operates. Google's vaccine mandate will be adjusted to adhere to the laws and regulations of each location, Pichai wrote, and exceptions will be made for medical and other "protected" reasons. "Getting vaccinated is one of the most important ways to keep ourselves and our communities healthy in the months ahead," Pichai explained.

Re:“Mandates vaccines”

By fafalone • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
The final approval will come before the end of the year. The data collection is done, the application submitted, and review granted and proceeding on an expedited basis (for Pfizer and Moderna at least, you'll have to Google where J&J is at). 6 months is the usual timeline for expedited review; the FDA says it will do what it can to work faster; Pfizer submitted in early May, Moderna early June. Fauci is expecting the Pfizer approval by next month.

Approval is a foregone conclusion, because the data is already public. Nothing came up that would throw approval into doubt. Nothing came up after submission that would pause the review. It's happening within a month or two (Pfizer) and 2-3 months from now for Moderna. Not years. Personally I can't wait to start laughing at all the people who thought anybody delaying getting it over the EUA label was serious and wouldn't just move to another excuse.

Re: Mandates vaccines

By Entrope • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Some countries rushed that vaccine out. The US and other countries never used it. The mRNA vaccines are also very different from Pandemrix in almost every respect: They're entirely synthetic, they do not have adjuvants, they only generate a single protein, they do not have any weird chemicals from the egg-based production process used for flu vaccines.

To prebut any claims about the single protein: No, vaccine-generated spike proteins are not cytotoxic. https://twitter.com/SabiVM/sta... https://health-desk.org/articl... and your favorite fact-checking sites.

Re:“Mandates vaccines”

By Beryllium Sphere(tm) • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

For vaccines, as opposed to things you take every day for years, the "long term" for safety is measured in weeks.

What does take time is long term effectiveness data. Normally a regulator would want to know how long a vaccine's protection lasts. Then there's a bunch of rituals about inspecting manufacturing facilities and asking for massive paperwork offerings.

Re:Mandates vaccines

By nickovs • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
While I agree with your statement that the vaccine is great and people should take it, it's worth noting that BioNTech is a German company that took no funding or direction from from Trump, Pfizer didn't take any Operation Warp Speed funding, AstraZeneca is British-Swedish company who's vaccine developed by a British university without American funding and the techniques used by Moderna in their mRNA were invented by a Hungarian who had to leave the USA because she couldn't get a funded research position here (thankfully she joined BioNTech).

The Trump administration should be applauded for ensuring that the USA placed large orders for all of the viable vaccines, but there's no validity to the assertion that "the Trump administration got the job done in RECORD time". Several multinational groups of scientists, often working with direct competitors, got the job done in record time. Trump deserves no credit for their work.

Re: Mandates vaccines

By hey! • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Pandemrix is still authorized for use against H1N1. That's because the fatality rate for H1N1 infection is several times higher than the rate of narcolepsy reported. That's not to mention more common H1N1 sequelae like encephalitis, seizures and heart attacks.

Taking a medicine is always an exercise in comparing the relative risks of the medicine and the disease. The serious side effects of the COVID-19 vaccines are no joke, but they're rare; as long as the pandemic is producing 20 new cases/day/100,000 population -- or in some states as high as *80* -- your risk of Facing serious health consequences is far higher if you're not vaccinated.

At this point, 3.98 *billion* doses of COVID vaccines have been administered; hundreds of millions of people have been fully vaccinated with any of the vaccines approved for use here. If your'e worried about being a guinea pig, don't be. Yes, there is risk, but unless you're in a group that hasn't been able to receive the vaccine (e.g. 8-12 year-olds) the risks are pretty quantifiable.

YouTube Channel 'Tech Support Scams' Taken Offline By Tech Support Scam

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The Tech Support Scams YouTube channel, operated by host and creator Jim Browning, was deleted after a tech support scam convinced Browning that the only way to secure his account was to delete it. The Register reports: "So to prove that anyone can be scammed," Browning announced via Twitter following the attack, "I was convinced to delete my YouTube channel because I was convinced I was talking [to YouTube] support. I never lost control of the channel, but the sneaky s**t managed to get me to delete the channel. Hope to recover soon." To fool Browning, the ruse must have been convincing: "I track down the people who scam others on the Internet," he writes on his Patreon page. "This is usually those 'tech support' call frauds using phone calls or pop-ups. I explain what I do by guiding others in how to recognize a scam and, more importantly, how to turn the tables on scammers by tracking them down."

Browning has made a name for himself with self-described "scam baiting" videos, in which he sets up honeypot systems and pretends to fall for scams in which supposed support staffers need remote access to fix a problem or remove a virus -- in reality scouring the hard drive for sensitive files or planting malware of their own. "I am hoping that YouTube Support can recover the situation by 29th July," Browning wrote in a Patreon update, "and I can get the channel back, but they've not promised anything as yet. I just hope it is recoverable."

Whether Browning is able to recover the account, and the 3.28 million subscribers he had gathered over his career as a scam-baiter, he's hoping to turn his misfortune into another lesson. "I will make a video on how all of this went down," he pledged, "but suffice to say, it was pretty convincing until the very end."

The scam should have been obvious

By timholman • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

The first indication that he was being scammed should have been the fact that he actually spoke to a YouTube tech support person on the phone.

I mean .... I didn't think such a thing was even humanly possible.

Re:watch what you wish for

By Tablizer • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

I like it when people play mind games with scammer/spammers. The best is when it seems like you are very close to saying "yes", then delay based on some silly concern. Gives them a taste of their own medicine.

You: "Oh wait, before I submit payment info, I have one last question. Are you JSTR certified?"

Scammer: "Uh, ...yes, we are certified. You have my word!"

(You hear typing in the background because scammer is googling it.)

You: "Great, can you give me your certification number? All members have a cert number."

Scmr: "Uh, 738923."

You: "That's funny, it says 'invalid number' when I check on their website."

Scmr: "Maybe it's the wrong site, can you give the URL you are using?"

You: "JSTR.org"

Scmr: "I'm getting a site not found error, are you sure it's right?"

You: "Oh wait, it's JSTR!.org, with an exclamation mark. Sorry about that."

Scmr: "Hmm, my browser doesn't like exclamation marks."

You: "It works in Firefox, do you have Firefox?"

Scmr: "No, I just have Chrome."

You: "I'll wait while you install Firefox. I have to take a shit anyhow..."

Re:Playing the odds.

By paiute • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

If it can happen to him it can happen to anyone.

If Jesus himself appeared with a halo and told me to delete files, I would ask for two factor authentication.

Re:watch what you wish for

By ArchieBunker • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

If they're Indian just ask if their mother knows that they steal for a living. That really sets them off.

Publicity stunt?

By Dan East • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Sounds like a publicity stunt to me. I'd never heard about his channel until now, so it's obviously working very well. Especially since he gave a specific date that the channel "may" be back. He'll just make it active or public again tomorrow and pick up many more followers (the channel actually sounds interesting to me, now that I've heard about it).

What That Google Drive 'Security Update' Message Means

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: A security update will be applied to Drive," Google's weird new email reads. If you visit drive.google.com, you'll also see a message saying, "On September 13, 2021, a security update will be applied to some of your files." You can even see a list of the affected files, which have all gotten an unspecified "security update." So what is this all about? Google is changing the way content sharing works on Drive. Drive files have two sharing options: a single-person allow list (where you share a Google Doc with specific Google accounts) and a "get link" option (where anyone with the link can access the file). The "get link" option works the same way as unlisted YouTube videos -- it's not really private but, theoretically, not quite public, either, since the link needs to be publicized somewhere. The secret sharing links are really just security through obscurity, and it turns out the links are actually guessable.

Google knew about the problem of guessable secret links for a while and changed the way link generation works back in 2017 (presumably for Drive, too?). Of course, that doesn't affect links you've shared in the past, and soon Google is going to require your old links to change, which can break them. Google's new link scheme adds a "resourcekey" to the end of any shared Drive links, making them harder to guess. So a link that used to look like "https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxI1YpjkbX0OZ0prTHYyQ1U2djQ/" will now look like "https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxI1YpjkbX0OZ0prTHYyQ1U2djQ/view?resourcekey=0-OsOHHiQFk1QEw6vIyh8v_w." The resource key makes it harder to guess. If you head to drive.google.com/drive/update-drives in a browser, you should be able to see a list of your impacted files, and if you mouse over them you'll see a button on the right to remove or apply the security update. "Applied" means the resourcekey will be required after September 13, 2021, and will (mostly) break the old link, while "removed" means the resourcekey isn't required and any links out there should keep working.
YouTube is also making similar changes. "In 2017, we rolled out an update to the system that generates new YouTube Unlisted links, which included security enhancements that make the links for your Unlisted videos even harder for someone to discover if you haven't shared the link with them," says YouTube in a support page.

YouTube creators can decide to opt out of this change. They also have the option of making Unlisted pre-2017 videos public or re-uploading as a new Unlisted video at the expense of stats.

Meaning?

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 3 • Thread

What That Google Drive 'Security Update' Message Means

That Google Drive has *finally* moved from Alpha to Beta testing? :-)

[Note: The next stage in the Google development process is usually "discontinued".]

Pfizer Data Suggest Third Dose of Covid-19 Vaccine 'Strongly' Boosts Protection Against Delta Variant

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A third dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine can "strongly" boost protection against the Delta variant -- beyond the protection afforded by the standard two doses, suggests new data released by Pfizer on Wednesday. From a report: The data posted online suggest that antibody levels against the Delta variant in people ages 18 to 55 who receive a third dose of vaccine are greater than fivefold than following a second dose. Among people ages 65 to 85, the Pfizer data suggest that antibody levels against the Delta variant after receiving a third dose of vaccine are greater than 11-fold than following a second dose.

The data, which included 23 people, have not yet been peer-reviewed or published. During a company earnings call on Wednesday morning, Dr. Mikael Dolsten, who leads worldwide research, development and medical for Pfizer, called the new data on a third dose of vaccine "encouraging." "Receiving a third dose more than six months after vaccination, when protection may be beginning to wane, was estimated to potentially boost the neutralizing antibody titers in participants in this study to up to 100 times higher post-dose three compared to pre-dose three," Dolsten said in prepared remarks. "These preliminary data are very encouraging as Delta continues to spread." The data also show that antibody levels are much higher against the original coronavirus variant and the Beta variant, first identified in South Africa, after a third dose.

Re:And this time

By Ksevio • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I have a feeling most of the people making this argument are the type that already refuse to wear masks, even when they're showing covid symptoms.

Re:Excuse me sample size matters.

By im_thatoneguy • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Initial data shows booster dose of current vaccine (>6 mo. after 2nd dose of BNT162b2) has an overall consistent tolerability profile while eliciting SARS-CoV-2 neutralization titers >5-8X for wild type and 15-21X for Beta variant the range achieved after two primary doses

This is a Phase 1 study. Making sure that there isn't a relatively severe reaction from Dose 3 to Dose 2 as there was from Dose 2 was to Dose 1.

If Dose 1 had no reaction and Dose 2 put a lot of people on the couch for a day... will Dose 3 make you take multiple days off work or worse?

The take-away is less that it generated 5x the antibodies and more that it's tolerable and therefore safe to begin larger trials.

3rd is great

By colonslash • Score: 3 • Thread

... but the 18th will be wonderful.

Here's a Number: 23 people

By Roger W Moore • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Here in reality we trust science and numbers.

Agreed and it sounded most impressive until the point where it said "The data, which included 23 people". You cannot base decisions with massive health implications on a tiny data sample of 23 people. In fact, with a ~95% effectiveness in preventing symptomatic illness 23 people is not even enough to be confident that you have one of the 5% who can still get symptoms from Covid after vaccination which is probably the exact group of people you really want to study.

If and when to give a third dose is a complicated decision that needs serious data - and not just on anti-body counts but what the impact is on the rate of serious illness. Get the decision right and that's some more nails in the coffin of this pandemic, get it wrong and it's potentially just more nails in more coffins especially if we use our supply of shots up giving early third shots only to find protection wanes after e.g. 6 months. Given that we still have lots of completely unvaccinated people let's concentrate on getting them protected while using that time to collect more compelling data on if and when a booster would be most helpful.

Re: Enough

By Synonymous Cowered • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Thanks. That's a nice article, but it's still an article, and you know we don't like to read those around here, so lets sum it up:

1) Study enrolls 3,598 pregnant women who had just received the covid vaccine

2) 2-3 months later, 827 women had either a live birth, miscarriage, or still birth. The rest were either still pregnant or hadn't been followed up with. We'll ignore all of them and just focus on the 827

3) Miscarriages only happen in the 1st half of pregnancy. Since it was only a 2-3 months study, obviously those that had a live birth got their vaccine in the 3rd trimester, so we'll exclude those 700 from our analysis.

4) We have now selected the 127 people who had either a miscarriage or a still birth. We've purposely excluded those with live births, those still pregnant, and those who haven't been followed up on.

5) Of the 127, 104 had a miscarriage (and 23 had a still birth), so 104/127 = 81.9%

6) We conclude that 81.9% of women that were pregnant and got the vaccine had a miscarriage.

I'm frankly a bit shocked that they didn't just try to include the still births and just flat out claim that 100% of vaccinated pregnant women lost their baby. However, I think even the stupidest among them could figure out something was wrong if the number were 100%, so that was a little too obvious of a lie. Better to stick with 81.9%

Sony Has Sold 10 Million PS5 Consoles

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The PlayStation 5 just crossed a significant milestone. Sony has revealed that it has sold 10 million PS5 consoles as of July 18th, eight months after the system's November 12th debut. From a report: The company considered that no mean feat between the pandemic and ongoing chip shortages that reportedly held sales back. It's now Sony's fastest-selling console to date, outpacing the PS4 by nearly a month. Sales have slowed down since launch. Sony racked up 4.5 million PS5 sales in 2020, but sold 3.3 million in the first quarter of 2021 -- it took another four months to add 2.2 million to the tally. That's not surprising between supply constraints and the usual mid-year slump, but you might not see sales climb until the holidays. PlayStation chief Jim Ryan told GamesIndustry.biz in an interview that it was "too early to tell" which markets were the hottest given widespread demand, but pointed out that China was a pleasant surprise. The company sold out its PS5 launch stock "very, very quickly" despite a local market focused on mobile games and the free-to-play model.

haven't seen one yet

By CambodiaSam • Score: 3 • Thread

they will make it to PS6 before I can even buy a PS5

To who?

By _xeno_ • Score: 3 • Thread

I've never seen the PS5 actually be in stock. Whenever new stock comes in, it sells out in literal seconds.

Yet this stock isn't making it to gamers. It's unclear how many of them are being used to play games and how many are simply sitting in scalpers' garages, hoping that they can make a quick buck off selling them back at inflated prices. (And these inflated prices are starting to come down - used to be they'd easily go for double, now they're only going for 150% above MSRP.)

Sony doesn't care, though, because it gets them stories like this. They know that the reason for the continued demand is the continued lack of supply. There are essentially no games for it right now. I can think of a full two games that are PS5 exclusives that are not available anywhere else, and one of them is the controller demo that shows off the new controller features. There's no compelling reason to buy a PS5 right now, and Sony knows it.

Except that if you do get a chance to buy one, and don't immediately grab it, you may not be able to get a chance for who knows how long. That's the only thing that's boosting demand right now.

If Sony cared about getting consoles into the hands of gamers, they have an easy method of doing so: PSN accounts. Limit sales to PSN accounts that actually play PlayStation games and did so before the PS5 launch, and you'll cut off access to scalpers while letting people who intend to use the consoles access to them. (OK, there are caveats, but if you limit to one per account and shipping address, most scalpers aren't going to have a batch of PSN accounts to use to send to different shipping addresses.) But they're not doing that. Instead they're releasing random amounts at random times in random markets, pretty much guaranteeing that the scalper bots find them before any actual person interested in using the console does.

But it does get them impressive sales figures. And that's all they care about.

Sad to say, but scalpers have most of them.

By tlhIngan • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Sony knows how many people have activated their PS5. Barring a small number of people who will keep their PS5 permanently offline, the vast vast vast majority of PS5 owners who intend to play with the system will set it up, and will connect it to the Internet where Sony gets to note the unit coming online.

Scalpers obviously don't do this.

So Sony knows the fraction of PS5s sold that are in the hands of people playing with it. And if it was a significant number, you know they would announce it.

Like for example, they sold 10M PS5s, and they have noted that 9M of them are activated. If that was the case where most PS5s are in the hands of gamers and not of scalpers, then you know Sony would publish that fact because Sony knows scalping is a problem.

The fact they're not publishing this statistic shows it's probably a low percentage - maybe 50% or lower.

If we take sales of two PS5 exclusive games, like Ratchet and Clank, which sold 1.1M copies, or Returnal, selling around 500K copies, it shows. These are the few PS5 exclusives out now, and they're good games, and their numbers are pathetic for a console that sold 10M units.

Microsoft has the same problem - and their statistics are just as good (since it has to be activated online, they know every unit that comes online).

And it's got to be worrying Microsoft because their premier franchise, Halo, is going to have a major release this holiday season. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of tuning went into the PC and Xbox One versions as those sales would be carrying the franchise along. And Microsoft will report a combined PC + Xbox One + Xbox Series sales figure, because they know the sales figure for the Xbox Series will suck given how many units are in scalper's hands.

Both companies know the fraction of units that are going into the hands of people who intend to use the system versus scalpers. It's high enough to be worrying - because both are dealing with extremely low attach rates (scalpers don't buy games), and both don't want franchises to "flop" because even though they sold a ton of consoles, few made it into the hands of gamers, so few people will actually buy the title.

And both know if the fraction was big enough to matter, they'd be publishing it all over the place.

(Incidentally, stores allowing in-store reservation and pickup are seeing that the PS5s do not sell out instantly. Turns out when scalpers can't buy 100 of them in a single try and have to actually pick up the units in person, they don't actually go quite so quickly. I've seen PS5s hang around for a couple of hours - buying 10 of them at once is a lot harder when actual employees are going to be enforcing the "1 per customer" rule).

So if you want one, don't bother with companies that do online sales only. Go with the ones you can pick up in store.

Israel Begins Investigation Into NSO Group Spyware Abuse

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Israeli government officials visited the offices of the hacking company NSO Group on Wednesday to investigate allegations that the firm's spyware has been used to target activists, politicians, business executives, and journalists, the country's Ministry of Defense said in a statement today. From a report: An investigation published last week by 17 global media organizations, claims that phone numbers belonging to notable figures have been targeted by Pegasus, the notorious spyware that is NSO's best-selling product. The Israeli Ministry of Defense did not specify which government agencies were involved in the investigation, but Israeli media previously reported that the Foreign Ministry, Justice Ministry, Mossad, and Military Intelligence were also looking into the company following the publication of the Pegasus Project. NSO Group CEO Shalev Hulio confirmed to MIT Technology Review that the visit had taken place, but continued the company's denials that the list published by reporters was linked to Pegasus.

"That's true," he said. "I believe it's very good that they are checking, since we know the truth and we know that the list never existed and is not related to NSO." The reports focused largely on the successful hacking of 37 smartphones of business leaders, journalists, and human rights activists. But they also pointed to a leaked list of over 50,000 more phone numbers of interest in countries that are reportedly clients of NSO Group. The company has repeatedly denied the reporting. At this point, both the source of and meaning of the list remain unclear, but numerous phones on the list were hacked according to technical analysis by Amnesty International's Security Lab. When asked if the government's investigation process will continue, Hulio said he hopes it will be ongoing. "We want them to check everything and make sure that the allegations are wrong," he added.

Can you trust journalists on technical problems?

By shanen • Score: 3 • Thread

But "technical" is just the starting point of this story. This is actually a gigantic can of worms and the most serious are actually "human rights" problems.

For what little it's worth, I guess my short answer is "We have to because of the time factor." Some (probably most) problems are too pressing and fast-changing to wait for deep study and analysis. In that context, journalism is the best solution approach we have, but that makes journalism part of any solution.

Too bad I can't point at any examples of journalism in solution. I guess that means journalism has become part of the precipitate.

The result will be ...

By Alain Williams • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

a whitewash of NSO, not their fault that their software is "being abused". Sure they will find a few small points where "improvements can be made", but that will be about that. The executive summary has already been written, so business as usual.

We investigated ourselves...

By goldspider • Score: 3 • Thread

...and found no wrongdoing.

Mr Fox will surely deliver

By ugen • Score: 3 • Thread

Mr Fox will thoroughly investigate any possible transgressions committed by Mr Weasel in guarding the safety and freedom of the hens entrusted into his care.

Being a well known paragon of citizen privacy (look up how Israel handled monitoring of COVID contacts using their equivalent of the NSA), I have no doubt the result will be fair and balanced.

Ok, seriously, this is business as usual, the company was operating exactly as intended, and most certainly with full knowledge and close contact with the Israeli government.

An ethnic cleansing Regime is investigating...

By BardBollocks • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

.. one of the companies enabling their targeting of their assassination operations.

I'd hate to believe anyone is stupid enough to treat this investigation as having any credibility, but you know, people wanting to hold Israel to account for their crimes against humanity and ongoing ethnic cleansing are just being anti-Semitic.. RIGHT?

Walmart To Sell Its E-commerce Technologies To Other Retailers

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Walmart's investments in software and retail technologies it used to transform its business from a brick-and-mortar to one that combines both in-person and online shopping will now be made available to other retailers for the first time, the company announced today. From a report: Through a strategic partnership with Adobe, Walmart will integrate access to Walmart's Marketplace, as well as its various online and in-store fulfillment and pickup technologies, into the Adobe Commerce Platform. The technologies will be made available to both Adobe Commerce and Magento Open Source customers, Adobe says.

The deal will allow Walmart to potentially reach thousands of small to mid-sized retailers, who will effectively be able to tap into the same tools that one of the largest global retailers is using to run their business. Through the partnership, Adobe retail customers will be able to do things like show store pickup eligibility and available pickup times online; offer multiple pickup options like curbside and in-store pickup; provide their store associates with mobile tools to pick for orders, validate item selections and handle substitutions; and use tools to communicate with customers about their pickup orders, like those where customers can alert store associates of their ETA or arrival for curbside pickup. Another aspect of the partnership will allow retailers to syndicate and sell their products across Walmart's Marketplace.

Is it just me?

By NaCh0 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Is it just me or is the walmart online shopping experience not very good?

I can't figure out if it's the plane jane design of the walmart website, or the sketchy 3rd party marketplace products, or something else about the experience that I can't quite put my finger on. But whatever it happens to be, shopping on Amazon feels trustworthy whereas shopping on the walmart website feels very low budget.

Big leap from "works for us" to "works for others"

By Tony Isaac • Score: 3 • Thread

I've seen this kind of thinking many times. A big company builds an in-house system that they think is really cool. Some executive thinks it's so good they should sell the software to others. After all, it works for us, it should work for others too!

What they don't realize is that developing software for others to use, is a very different endeavor from building software that works for in-house use. The standards are higher, the needs of users vary more widely, the technical competence of users tends to be lower.

If you're a good cook, you might think it's a small step to run a successful restaurant. It's not. The two endeavors are very different, for many of the same reasons.

If your a business, you should decide who you are, and focus on being good at that. If you're a store, focus on being the best store you can be. If you're a software company, focus on being the best software company you can be. Don't try to mix the two.

White House Calls on America's Most Critical Companies To Improve Cyber Defenses

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The White House is signaling to U.S. critical infrastructure companies, such as energy providers that they must improve their cyber defenses because additional potential regulation is on the horizon. From a report: U.S. President Joseph Biden signed a national security memorandum on Wednesday, launching a new public-private initiative that creates "performance controls" for cybersecurity at America's most critical companies, including water treatment and electrical power plants. The recommendations are voluntary in nature, but the administration hopes it will cause companies to improve their cybersecurity ahead of other policy efforts, said a senior administration official. The announcement comes after multiple high profile cyberattacks this year crippled American companies and government agencies, including a ransomware incident which disrupted gasoline supplies. "These are the thresholds that we expect responsible owners and operators to go," said the official. "The absence of mandated cybersecurity requirements for critical infrastructure is what in many ways has brought us to the level of vulnerability that we have today."

Jail the Execs

By dltaylor • Score: 3 • Thread

Until the executives of hacked companies face hard time, or at least, complete impoverishment, they will NEVER commit the resources for proper defense. This has always been the problem. What did it cost the execs at Xperian, for example, when the credit records of tens of millions were exposed? Nothing.

Re:Jail the Execs

By hey! • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

What is the precise nature and legal basis for this stick you are imagining? An American can't punish companies for not doing something he thinks they ought to. He needs to have some kind of statutory justification.