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Smart Pacemaker Simply Dissolves Inside the Body When It's No Longer Needed

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An anonymous reader writes: A team of scientists created a novel type of temporary pacemaker -- one that dissolves on its own, without requiring any removal. In their latest research, they've paired the pacemaker with a series of wireless sensors on the skin, which should allow it to smartly monitor a patient's vital signs and adjust its pacing autonomously. Should the device continue to show promise, it could one day be used in patients undergoing cardiac surgery or who otherwise only need a pacemaker for a short while.

Last year, researchers at Northwestern University and George Washington University debuted the first version of the pacemaker. [...] In their new study, published Thursday in Science, the group has added more features to their pacemaker. According to author Igor Efimov, a professor of biomedical engineering and professor of medicine at Northwestern University, the pacemaker now comes with a "fully integrated network of wearable devices" attached to a patient's skin, four in total.

These devices not only monitor a person's heartbeat and other vital signs like body temperature -- they also wirelessly power the pacemaker and control its pacing automatically as needed. Doctors can remotely monitor the data collected by the device via a computer network. And in experiments with living rodents and dogs, as well as human hearts in the lab, the pacemaker and its closed loop system seemed to work as intended.

Tangle-Free Magnetic USB Cables Are Here

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The Verge's Sean Hollister has been testing a number of "nifty" USB cables that magnetically stick to themselves and don't get all tangled up in your drawers and bags. The only problem is "they all suck big time at data transfer, charging, or both," he writes. From the report: This one, which also has its own built-in blue LED light and magnetic swappable tips for USB-C, micro-USB, and Lightning, won't charge most of my USB-C gadgets at all, but I was able to sling some files from an external drive at lackluster USB 2.0 speeds and charge my iPhone over Lightning. It's also got super weak coiling magnets and felt even cheaper than the rest.

This USB-C to USB-C one was pretty decent at charging, giving me 65W of USB-C PD power and had the best magnets of the bunch -- but it wouldn't connect to a Pixel 4A phone or my USB-C external drive at all. They just didn't show up on my desktop!

This USB-A to USB-C cable was the worst of the lot. Just wiggling it would disconnect anything I had plugged in, and it topped out at 10W of charging -- not the 15-18W I'd usually see with my Pixel.

Lastly, this USB-A to Lightning one seems to be a SuperCalla cable, showing up in an "Original SuperCalla" box, even though it's sold by a brand named "Tech." Slow charging, slow data, but at least it seems to stay reliably connected to my iPhone so far.

But those aren't the only style of magnetic no-tangle cable I found. I also bought this neat accordion-style one, which is perhaps the best of the bunch: I got 15W charging, and it feels better built than the rest. But it's less fun to play with, the magnets aren't as strong, and it's got a bit of an awkward shape when fully extended because the joints will always stick out. Plus, it tops out at USB 2.0 speeds of 480Mbps (or around 42MB/s in practice.) I couldn't find a C-to-C or Lightning version. [...] Right now, all I've found are these cheap-o, $10 novelty cables, and that's a real shame. The magnet design deserves better, and so do we.

Coil differently...

By RJFerret • Score: 3 • Thread

...coil like lifeguard rope, or extension cords, or garden hose, or similar, one loop with half twist forward, next twist back so it goes inverted, then things don't tangle and extend problem free. Many cables are stiff enough to help retain that shape. No magnets, no issues, no having to commit to a lousy manufacturer with a gimmick, and relatively future proof.

What for?

By Mononymous • Score: 3 • Thread

"they all suck big time at being USB cables."

Not even Apple is this devoted to form over function.

NCTC Could Drop 'Cable' As Industry Group Eyes Name Change

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Industry trade group the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC) could be dropping the "cable" moniker as it eyes a potential name change. Fierce Video reports: A trademark application filed by NCTC on May 17 shows one proposal for a new name: National Content & Technology Cooperative. An NCTC spokesperson confirmed to Fierce that the organization will be changing its name, but said it is considering a large number of options and hasn't yet settled on a final decision. The spokesperson noted it's taking time to register potential names, but some of the other choices on the table include simply "NCTC," "NCTC Online" or even sticking with its current brand of the National Cable Television Cooperative. [...] According to the application, it appears NCTC is also considering losing the image of a coaxial cable that's currently featured in its logo.

So why the potential shift away from cable? One factor could be that the industry has clearly changed since NCTC formed in 1984, with cable operators in recent years deemphasizing traditional video offerings. The "Cable Television" part of the group's name is becoming less accurate over time, said Brett Sappington, VP of Interpret. "Broadband, not television, is the cash cow for the cable industry," he told Fierce Video. "Many of the organization's members are actually moving away from offering their own video service and are, instead, focusing on broadband bundled with streaming services." [...] Along with industry changes come some shifts in perception as well. "Cable TV doesn't necessarily have a positive connotation today," Sappington noted. "In fact, many online TV services such as Sling TV or FuboTV emphasize why consumers should 'drop cable' and go with their services instead," he continued.

Dropping Cable

By Local ID10T • Score: 3 • Thread

Truly a case of "and nothing of value was lost".

Cable has always sucked.

By Random361 • Score: 3 • Thread
I remember back when I was only a wee years old and my parents brought me into the living room to see this fantastic new thing they had called "cable TV." At that time, the promise was that by subscribing to the service you would get better variety and no advertisements. It wasn't more than a year (which I remember because that's when we moved out of that house) that the channels were littered with advertisement crap. Even though I was like 4 years old, I remember product placements on Nickelodeon or whatever its equivalent was. It steadily -- nay -- exponentionally went down to hell from there. When it got to the point that the cable feed was a clone of the over-the-air feeds, it was over. Then they continually expanded their prices offering more and more content, which was all crap.

All of that started to change with the advent of DVRs, which the cable companies (and now the two satellite companies) went into whole hog. Then this weird thing started to happen the last ten years or so: Streaming services. So now, I can subscribe to a full litany of Direct TV for something like $150/mo., showing mostly shit I couldn't care less about, or I could by alacarte (sorry, no UNICODE...this is Slashdot). Well, because I wanted the on demand stuff, I wound up subscribing to Prime, Hulu, and Netflix. I was travelling at lot at the time so the family could still make use of the satellite. Then the prices continued to creep. Then the paid streaming services started pushing ads. Then they fractured so now if you want the equivalent you'll wind up with Netflix, Hulu, Prime, HBO+, Primetime+, Disney+, ABC+.... So we're right back where we started.

If you have stock in the cable or satellite companies, sell it. Now. Drop the cable. So dropping cable, for example, credits you around $1800/yr. That leaves you $150/mo. to pick whatever streaming services you want. (Sorry, I don't need to pay out the ass for NFL Sunday or the Hallmark Channel or whatever other crap you bundle.) So if you figure 4-5 streaming services at $15/mo, you're going to come out cheaper. (Though Amazon is shooting themselves in the foot by raising Prime prices _again_.)

If they honestly think that people in this economy are going to pay piecemeal this amount of money for stuff, and still go to the theater to see some of their stuff, they're screwed. The age of piracy is nigh.

Corey B. Marion, Co-Founder of The Iconfactory, Dies Age 54

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Designer and co-founder of The Iconfactory, Corey B. Marion, has died following a long battle with cancer. He was 54. AppleInsider reports: Marion founded The Iconfactory in 1996 with Talos Tsui, and Gedeon Maheux, when he was 29. For a quarter of a century, he led the firm while also designing icons -- including the company's own factory logo one -- and created a typeface based on his own handwriting. [...] The Iconfactory produces sets of icons, such as free ones commissioned by Paramount to promote a "Star Trek" film, and over 100 for Microsoft Windows XP. Corey designed logos, emojis, and wallpapers too. Plus from 1997 to 2004, he was a judge on The Iconfactory's annual Pixelpalooza icon design contest, created specifically for the Mac community. "We hope you'll join us in celebrating his life via the digital gifts he gave of himself as well as send warm and comforting wishes to his entire family," says a statement on the front page of the company's site. "Our sadness is tempered by the fact that his art and legacy live on in all of us here at the factory as well as for all those, like yourselves, who have enjoyed his creations over the years."


By sg_oneill • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Tech people often minimise the importance of things like good design, icon choice, fonts etc, and it's a mistake. We spend all day looking at graphic design. Even if your like me and mostly work in a terminal, we're staring at a font all day, and the design of that font really matters to your ability to read comfortably and be productive. This is doubly so with desktop and web environments where Icons that can be quickly scanned and understood is vital for creating a situation where the user isn't just staring at the screen confused as to how the damn thing works. And I'm familiar environments , a word processor or a web CRM, those icons also reduce the amount of processing the brain needs to know "flick that mouse over there and mash the format button", especially under high workloads where milliseconds pile into seconds, then minutes and then hours over an extended period.

Marble Madness II: The Canceled Sequel To Classic Arcade Game Recovered For MAME Emulator

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An anonymous reader writes: Atari pulled the plug on the release of Marble Madness II almost exactly 31 years ago after the follow up to their hit game failed to perform well in location tests. For decades the only way to play this now sought after rarity has been on one of a handful of known surviving units when it was exhibited by a private collector at annual events.

That has all changed after the ROM mysteriously appeared on The Internet Archive and was subsequently emulated by MAME developer David Haywood. Ars Technica provides background information on this story and talks with a number of the digital archaeologists involved. They discuss the events that unfolded, speculate as to why the game may have failed, and look at what it means to the community.

What it means

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

What it means is that I need to find me another original style Kensington Turbomouse. A good friend of mine hacked one into an Amiga mouse for me back in the day. The later ones have more buttons and such, but none of them have the same solid feel.

Linux 5.19 Adds 500K Lines of New Graphics Driver Code

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UnknowingFool writes: The current Linux kernel in development, 5.19, added 495,793 new lines of code for graphic driver updates. David Airlie sent in the new lines as part of Direct Rendering Manager (DRM) subsystem of Linux. The majority of additions were for AMD's RDNA and CDNA platforms but Intel also submitted changes for their DG2 graphics as well. Updates also came from Qualcomm and MediaTek for their GPU offerings.

Lines of code

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

500k lines of code .. that's a good thing, right? How much is that in football fields? What the heck is lines of code a measure of? In Microsoft's case we know it is security vulnerabilities, in Linux's case, it is drivers that are incompatible with anything anyone uses.

I don't see the problem

By gweihir • Score: 3 • Thread

Sure, adding lots of code is always something that needs a good reason and needs to be done carefully or the project will go to hell. That said, all this code is completely optional on a headless server and will not even be present if basic hardening is done. And on a reasonably hardened desktop you will only compile or install the modules for the hardware actually present. So not a problem at all.

WeWork's Adam Neumann Is Back

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Adam Neumann made his post-WeWork debut when Flowcarbon, a blockchain-based carbon credits company, announced that it has raised $70 million in its first round of funding. Neumann is both a founder and an investor in the startup. Reuters reports: The company aims to tap into the growing market for carbon credits companies buy to offset their greenhouse gas emissions as the world transitions to a low-carbon economy in the fight against climate change. Despite increasing demand, the market has drawn criticism for being fractured, opaque, hard to access and with question marks over the quality of some credits. To help fix this, Flowcarbon lets project developers sell their carbon credits through tokens, digital assets stored and traded using blockchain technology, allowing them to access cheaper funding and scale their projects more quickly.

"Our mission is to provide the financing necessary to scale projects that reduce or remove carbon from the atmosphere, in particular nature-based projects," said Chief Executive Dana Gibber. Nature-based projects could include those focused on reforestation, conservation or nature restoration. By "tokenizing," developers can access cheaper financing earlier in the life of their project by selling forward their credits, she said. Buyers, meanwhile, will have greater transparency over their holdings and a broader range of them can join in, including individuals, smaller companies and those in the crypto market.

The firm raised $32 million in the funding round led by Silicon Valley financiers Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz through their a16z crypto venture capital firm. Other investors included General Catalyst and Samsung Next. The balance was raised through the sale of a token - the Goddess Nature Token - backed by a parcel of certified carbon credits from nature-based projects over the last five years. More such tokens are planned with other parcels of credits.
Further reading: WeWork Co-Founder Adam Neumann's New Crypto Project Sounds Like a Scam Within a Scam (Recode)

Re:oooh, blockchain!

By ceoyoyo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Sure. Git is a blockchain. Rather, it's a Merkle tree, which is a blockchain that doesn't neuter itself. Computing a hash is pretty cheap.

The expensive thing is the proof of work algorithm, which computes a bajillion hashes for no purpose other than to show you did so.

Blockchain-based carbon credits snakeoil company

By takionya • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Are we witnessing a formed of cultural apoptosis. Burning fuel to generate electricity to mine bitcoin. Please stop posting articles about electronic snakeoil on this respectable tech forum.

Re:Blockchain-based carbon credits snakeoil compan

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Please stop posting articles about electronic snakeoil on this respectable tech forum.

You must be new here. Slashdot was purchased some time ago by cryptocurrency hawkers B!zX. (They have put their name, with an i where I put the !, into the spam filter... presumably in an attempt to stifle dissent. Ain't workin'.)

once bitten

By oh-dark-thirty • Score: 3 • Thread

Who the hell is still "investing" in this kid's schemes?

Relevent: Weaver's Iron Law of Blockchain

By whoever57 • Score: 4 • Thread

Weaver's Iron Law of Blockchain:
"When somebody says you can solve X with blockchain, they don't understand X, and you can ignore them."

Hacker Steals Database of Hundreds of Verizon Employees

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Motherboard: A hacker has obtained a database that includes the full name, email address, corporate ID numbers, and phone number of hundreds of Verizon employees. It's unclear if all the data is accurate or up to date. Motherboard was able to confirm that at least some of the data is legitimate by calling phone numbers in the database. Four people confirmed their full names and email addresses, and said they work at Verizon. Another one confirmed the data, and said she used to work at the company. Around a dozen other numbers returned voicemails that included the names in the database, suggesting those are also accurate.

The hacker contacted Motherboard last week to share the information. The anonymous hacker said they obtained the data by convincing a Verizon employee to give them remote access to their corporate computer. At that point the hacker said they gained access to a Verizon internal tool that shows employee's information, and wrote a script to query and scrape the database. "These employees are idiots and will allow you to connect to their PC under the guise that you are from internal support," they told Motherboard in an online chat. The hacker said they would like Verizon to pay them $250,000 as a reward.
A Verizon spokesperson confirmed the hacker has been in contact with the company.

"A fraudster recently contacted us threatening to release readily available employee directory information in exchange for payment from Verizon. We do not believe the fraudster has any sensitive information and we do not plan to engage with the individual further," the spokesperson told Motherboard. "As always, we take the security of Verizon data very seriously and we have strong measures in place to protect our people and systems."


By Richard_at_work • Score: 3 • Thread

Thankfully, these employees are not classified as NFTs, so no transfer of ownership happened.

When asked to comment, one unnamed employee said "for a moment there we didn't know where we would be working tomorrow, but then someone clarified that what was stolen is unrelated to our status at Verizon, so I guess we keep turning up for work as usual - I was sort of hoping for a better job..."

Microsoft Continues To Iterate on an Xbox Cloud Streaming Device Codenamed 'Keystone'

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Windows Central: For a few years, rumors have persisted that Microsoft was exploring building some form of streaming stick to offer Xbox Cloud Gaming via a more affordable dongle, similarly to Chromecast and Google Stadia. The first hint was Project Hobart. More recently, a code name "Keystone" appeared in an Xbox OS list, lending fire to rumors that Microsoft was continuing to explore additional hardware for the Xbox lineup. We can now confirm that that is indeed true, and it pertains to a modernized HDMI streaming device that runs Xbox Game Pass and its cloud gaming service. Microsoft is, however, taking exploring additional iterations of the product before taking it to market. In a statement provided to Windows Central, a Microsoft spokesperson described its commitment to lowering boundaries to Xbox content via low cost-hardware, while acknowledging that the existing version of Keystone needs a little more time to bake before going live.

US Bill Would Bar Google, Apple From Hosting Apps That Accept China's Digital Yuan

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Republican Senators want to bar U.S. app stores including Apple and Google from hosting apps that allow payments to be made with China's digital currency, according to a copy of proposed legislation seen by Reuters, amid fears the payment system could allow Beijing to spy on Americans. From a report: The bill to be unveiled on Thursday by Senators Tom Cotton, Marco Rubio and Mike Braun states that companies that own or control app stores "shall not carry or support any app in [their] app store(s) within the United States that supports or enables transactions in e-CNY." According to Cotton's office, digital yuan could provide the Chinese government with "real-time visibility into all transactions on the network, posing privacy and security concerns for American persons who join this network."

Isolationism just causes more conflict

By presidenteloco • Score: 3 • Thread
This is counterproductive.

Economic co-operation will lead to more inter-cultural understanding.

If your policy is to create a paranoid, barricaded economic fortress, don't be surprised if your fortress gets besieged some day.

Re:Isolationism just causes more conflict

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Economic co-operation will lead to more inter-cultural understanding.

Yeah, that's what the last several decades of trade with China were supposed to accomplish. They have not. All that has been accomplished is China has been funded and emboldened, the planet has been polluted a lot more than it otherwise would have been, and the quality of products has gone in the fucking toilet because China is always happy to make things shittier, and American CEOs are always happy to blame China.

Why Chinese Sellers Are Quitting Amazon

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An anonymous reader shares a report: You might have seen the headlines over the past year: Chinese sellers are leaving Amazon. Since early 2021, the e-commerce giant says it has banned 3,000 Chinese accounts for using paid reviewers to artificially inflate ratings, a practice known as "brushing." The narrative sounds pretty simple, right? Dishonest Chinese sellers gaming the system! Of course they should be punished. Amazon has said that it issued the bans after repeated warnings over manipulated reviews, and that no seller has been targeted by nationality. Meanwhile, in Chinese media, the sellers have a different account. They describe paying ever-rising costs, while struggling with restrictions on how they sell on the platform. When they have brushed up their ratings, sellers told Chinese tech media Pingwest, it's because Amazon's stringent requirements have pushed them to, in order to survive. (A Chinese e-commerce industry association estimates at least 50,000 banned.) Either way, the relationship has somewhat soured.

In 2012, when Amazon entered China and aggressively recruited sellers onto its third-party Marketplace platform, merchants treated founder Jeff Bezos with reverence. Many of them considered him a role model, and resonated with Amazon's lofty principles of "putting the customer first" and "creating long-term value." Amazon Marketplace was appealing to Chinese sellers in two important ways: there was almost no barrier to entry, and they could mark up their products as much as they liked. Products that cost 5-6 yuan on Taobao could be sold for $20 (about 140 yuan) on Amazon -- a markup of 20-30 times the original price! Not percent, but times. Lured by the crazy-high profit margin, the number of Chinese sellers on Amazon climbed sharply.

Within a few years, Marketplace growth took off. Between 2014 and 2015, sales from Amazon's Chinese merchants tripled. By 2017, one-third of all international sellers on Amazon were from China, and Marketplace's sales volume had surpassed that of the main Amazon platform. Here comes the catch. Despite all the PR around Amazon Web Services, we know that Marketplace is Amazon's real moneymaker. Recall that Amazon charges for commissions, advertising, logistics and warehousing. And warehousing costs alone have soared since Chinese sellers came on board, continuing to grow with a nice 11% bump just this February. Costs to advertise -- something crucial for smaller sellers -- surged 50% during the pandemic. But the thing is, it's hard to sell if you're not part of Prime, wherever you're based, and that probably means signing up for all the above charges. And this is the case inside just the Amazon universe.

So they admit to doing it...

By QuietLagoon • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
{{{-- while struggling with restrictions on how they sell on the platform. When they have brushed up their ratings, sellers told Chinese tech media Pingwest, it's because Amazon's stringent requirements have pushed them to, in order to survive. --}}} --- Based upon my experience with a Chinese vendor on Amazon, the purpose of any restrictions with how they sell on the platform was probably to make them partake in honest business practices.

The world's smallest violin playing just for them

By Gravis Zero • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

... for just $39.28 + $5.99 shipping. Arrives in two to three weeks. Buyer pays return shipping.


By Trailer Trash • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

This. Also, I have bought a few products that came with instructions for getting $x off your next order when you post a 5-star review, take a pic with your phone, and send it to their email. At that point I realize that they bought reviews and I bought junk.


By Revek • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I wish there was a no china button on amazon or really any online purchasing platform.

Re: Good.

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

China is not to blame in this, except in that they are smart enough to make Knockoffs and poor enough to need our money...

This is not China where caveat emptor rules and if someone fucks you over it's because you're a dumbfuck who deserves it. This is the USA where fraud is still illegal and people who make excuses for it are pieces of shit.

Epic Games Points To Mac's Openness and Security in Its Latest Filing in App Store Antitrust Case

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In a new court filing, Epic Games challenges Apple's position that third-party app stores would compromise the iPhone's security. And it points to Apple's macOS as an example of how the process of "sideloading" apps -- installing apps outside of Apple's own App Store, that is -- doesn't have to be the threat Apple describes it to be. From a report: Apple's Mac, explains Epic, doesn't have the same constraints as found in the iPhone operating system, iOS, and yet Apple touts the operating system used in Mac computers, macOS, as secure. The Cary, N.C.-based Fortnite maker made these points in its latest brief, among several others, related to its ongoing legal battle with Apple over its control of the App Store. Epic Games wants to earn the right to deliver Fortnite to iPhone users outside the App Store, or at the very least, be able to use its own payment processing system so it can stop paying Apple commissions for the ability to deliver its software to iPhone users.

Security through Obscurity

By muh_freeze_peach • Score: 4 • Thread
The only thing making macOS more secure than a different OS is the fact that most major targets are using the different OS.

Good strategy

By dskoll • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The question is not whether or not MacOS is secure. The issue is that Apple touts it as secure, which undermines their whole "We can't open up the app store for security reasons!" claim.

Google Opens Up Chrome and Chrome OS To Enterprise Security, Control Integrations

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Google is highlighting how Chromebooks can work in "zero trust" corporate environments with its new Chrome Enterprise Connectors Framework. From a report: The new integration system is designed to make the Chrome browser and Chrome OS devices easier for IT departments to implement with existing security, endpoint, and authentication solutions as well as bother management solutions. Google Chrome OS exec John Solomon describes the new tools as a "plug and play" solution that lets other companies helm Chrome OS management functions like remote-wiping a Chromebook using BlackBerry Unified Endpoint Management or flagging malware downloads with Splunk. These types of management functions previously worked through the Google Admin console. Managing and enrolling Chrome OS devices in the enterprise will still rely on Google tools like Google Admin and Chrome Browser Cloud Management. But new tools like Chrome OS Data Controls give enterprises more options to allow or lock down actions like printing, screen capture, copy / paste, and other potential data loss situations. It might even give IT a better handle on buggy Chrome OS updates and is currently available through the Trusted Tester program.

oh bother

By awwshit • Score: 3 • Thread

> bother management solutions

I think this is Google's real position here.

Chromebooks & "zero trust" corporate environme

By takionya • Score: 3 • Thread
Won't this make it easier for the state security apparatus to backdoor corporate environments.

Broadcom To Acquire VMware in Massive $61 Billion Deal

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Broadcom has announced it is acquiring VMware in a massive $61 billion deal. From a report: The deal is a combination of cash and stock, with Broadcom assuming $8 billion in VMware debt. With VMware, Broadcom gets more than the core virtualization, which the company was built on. It also gets other pieces it acquired along the way to diversify, like Heptio for containerization, and Pivotal, which helps provide support services for companies transitioning to modern technology. At the same time it bought Pivotal, it also acquired security company Carbon Black. That touches upon a lot of technology, but it begs the question, where does it all fit with Broadcom (which has spent a fair amount of money in recent years buying up a couple of key software pieces prior to today's announcement)?

I was going to ask...

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

... who'd pay $60B for VMWare, given that they stopped innovating ages ago, there are free open source alternatives for everything important they do, and they can't possibly be making very much money.

Then I looked it up and they have $10B in annual revenue. So now my question is WHO ARE THE IDIOTS WHO PAY $10B PER YEAR FOR VMWARE'S PRODUCTS????


By bustinbrains • Score: 5 • Thread

VMWare Workstation has solid competition from VirtualBox, QEMU, and Hyper-V. And the new hotness in virtualization on the desktop is figuring out how to get ARM emulation to run well on Intel hardware and vice versa. No one has created a physical hybrid ARM/Intel chipset yet but it'll probably happen somewhere along the line. With all of today's options across the industry, I've never once thought of virtualization as having vendor lock in. vCenter/vSphere was already ruined by dropping the client and going web only and I fled Windows Server for a Linux server stack ages ago. Linux, of course, has its own universe of virtualization software.

So if Broadcom/VMWare shoots the price through the ceiling, most people will just leave and migrate their VMs to other technology. They probably needed to be rebuilt anyway. VMs are generally designed to be throwaway things in the first place - set one up, use it for a while, delete or rebuild it.


By EvilSS • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Yep. The clock was already ticking on VMWare. Almost every company has a virtualization product in their datacenter these days, most are already VMWare. Those that are not are either cheap and trying to go with Hyper-V or KVM, or pissed at VMWare for something and won't be going back. So their "new-logo" growth has been stale for a while now. They have been riding on support renewals, upgrades, and growth in existing companies. However companies moving workloads to public cloud providers is starting to eat away at their existing install base. They have tried to adapt with VMWare on Azure/GCP/AWS with the argument that it integrates well with their on-prem and the customer won't need new skillsets to run it. But it's expensive as hell and adoption hasn't been amazing from what I'm seeing. Microsoft is also going to be pushing Azure HCI (which can run on any customer hardware that meets requirements vs Azure Stack Hub which requires specific hardware purchased with the hypervisor) more and more going forward. I think their long term plan is to replace Hyper-V completely with it. That is going to allow them to claim that same benefit of a shared skillset across on-prem and cloud, shared APIs, etc. But without the VMWare tax I'd say from the way MS is talking it's probably 4-5 years before it starts to really make a dent but it's the way they are going. I suspect Amazon will need probably release a similar product in that timeframe to compete as well.

Which is to say, I don't think VMWare is going to do anything but shrink over the next 20 years. And that was before this deal. Broadcom does not have a great reputation and I bet a lot of CIOs burned by Symantec's antics under Broadcom are thinking about their VMWare exit strategy.


By Junta • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Eh, Broadcom (Really Avago historically, Avago plundered the name from Broadcom when acquired) gameplan is consistently cut spending and gouge customers until the solution stagnates out of relevance through the combination of being overpriced and no R&D.

It's not a matter of trying to bend a business unit to favor existing offerings, it's generally just cutting investment to 'not giving an ass' levels for short term gain and then wondering 'what happened?' when the brand loses relevance.

They probably think VMware is bullet proof and so they can coast in a more robust way than other acquisitions have gone.

well that sucks

By sdinfoserv • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I use and really like some of these technologies (VMware & CarbonBlack). They are industry leaders with incredible products and support. Unfortunately, when money-grubbing whore, bottom line only companies like VC's buy successful companies, they'll kill the product. Why? Because the "investment" needs ROI. Fire support staff, slash the high paid developers who actually know the code, lengthen release cycles and patching, purge sales / support channels of "excess".... the tech industry is full of a$$hole companies like that... Tyler Technologies, Central Square, Granicus to name a few. All buy successful products and after a few years leave customers hanging while jacking up annual support costs.

In Private, Vulnerable Senate Dems Back Off Tech Bill

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A bipartisan legislative effort to rein in the nation's largest tech companies is facing fresh resistance from a faction of Senate Democrats over complaints the measure could threaten their chances of holding their slim majority, 10 people familiar with the matter told POLITICO. From a report: The internal opposition comes as Democratic leaders are pushing for a vote on the bill by summer, in an effort to pass what has become a central element of the party's broader antitrust agenda. The American Innovation and Choice Online Act, S. 2992 (117) -- led by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) -- would ban major tech firms like Amazon and Google from favoring their products over their competitors. For example, the legislation would bar Amazon from promoting its own private-label products over rival items on its e-commerce platform. The bill marks the most serious attempt at tightening oversight of the tech industry in years and passed the Senate Judiciary Committee with support from both parties earlier this year. Yet in the days since Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer told Klobuchar he would hold a floor vote as early as next month, several Democratic senators have privately expressed deep reservations about voting for the legislation, particularly with a midterm election looming, in their conversations with Schumer and other Democratic offices.

Re:Perfect politics

By DarkRookie2 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
Amazon puts out political ads attacking the person and supporting their opponent.
Corp are people, and money is free speech. Nothing to stop them from doing that to get the politician they want in office.

Re:Perfect politics

By SvnLyrBrto • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Freedom of association means we'll never be rid of political parties. Even if we could ban them and pass constitutional muster, they'd just come back under different names. For example, we already have congressional caucuses, which could easily grow up to fill the role of the parties.

I think a better idea would be to reform the whole system. Get rid of the first-past-the-pole system we have where 50%+1 votes mean one party utterly dominates with no checks or balances and everyone else can go get fucked. Personally, I think we'd be better off if we'd not left The Empire when we did. The Westminster parliamentary system has shown itself to be more fair and representative of citizens' (not dirt's) interests then our own. Particularly, third parties... or even fourth, fifth, and sixth parties... actually act as something besides mere spoilers in a race between the top two in a Westminster system. Instead of, for example Nader's greens in 2000 merely taking away votes from Gore and allowing the candidate that only a minority of the people wanted exploiting the weaknesses of our system to become president; the Greens could have formed a coalition government with the Democrats which would have better represented the needs and desires of more of the people on the US than did the government that we got. And... bonus... being forced to compromise with the Greens could have perhaps halted the Democrats' increasing list to starboard and gotten the rest of the party on board with Gore and fixing climate issues a couple of decades before they've finally even begun to pay lip service to the crisis. (Turns out manbearpig was real after all. Oops.)

That's not to say parliamentary governments are perfect, of course. But the UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, New Zealand, and the like sure as hell do seem to suffer from much less dysfunction and bouts of vae victis than we do.

If the Dems lose the Senate

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
then anything they do will just be rolled back. They'll lose in 2024 because, well, noone will be able to vote for them.

Getting their voters to the polls and preventing voter suppression are their main concerns right now. There's a massive, country wide push to make it difficult to vote blue going on right now. Anything that distracts from that and isn't the kind of issue that drives voters to the polls is going to be secondary. It has to be, the whole party's fighting for their lives at this point.

Re:Perfect politics

By slack_justyb • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Amazon puts out political ads attacking the person and supporting their opponent.

And since most Americans invest about thirty nanoseconds investigating the people running outside of the ads they've been watching, these Amazon ads are insanely effective.

Re:If the Dems lose the Senate

By kenh • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Record turnout in recent election tends to put 'voter suppression' claims in doubt.

Limiting early voting to three weeks is not voter suppression.

Preventing third-party ballot harvesting is not voter suppression.

Preventing drive-up ballot boxes is not voter suppression.

Requiring ID to vote is not voter suppression.