Alterslash

the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2020-Jun-29 today archive
 

Contents

  1. An Embattled Group of Hackers Picks Up the WikiLeaks Mantle
  2. Samsung Is Reportedly Working On a More Affordable Galaxy Fold
  3. With DOJ Charges, Former VC Mike Rothenberg Could Now Be Facing Serious Jail Time
  4. Microsoft's Second Next-Gen Xbox Reportedly Set For August Reveal
  5. A Hacker Gang is Wiping Lenovo NAS Devices and Asking for Ransoms
  6. Data Caps On AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile Will Return June 30
  7. Flu Virus With 'Pandemic Potential' Found in China
  8. iPhone 12 Won't Include Charger In Box, Says Analyst
  9. 1 Killed, 2 Shot Outside Amazon Warehouse In Jacksonville
  10. The New York Times Removes Its Articles From Apple News
  11. New Hack Runs Homebrew Code From DVD-R On Unmodified PlayStation 2
  12. Microsoft Pauses Spending on Facebook, Instagram
  13. Amazon To Pay $500 Million in Bonuses To Workers Most Exposed To Coronavirus
  14. Apple Strong-Arms Entire CA Industry Into One-Year Certificate Lifespans
  15. Twitch Temporarily Bans President Trump
  16. The Global Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 500,000
  17. Reddit Finally Bans Hate Speech, Removes 2,000 Racist and Violent Forums
  18. India Bans TikTok, Dozens of Other Chinese Apps
  19. Google Expands Free Retail Listings Into Search as Pandemic Hits Ad Sales
  20. Apple Declined To Implement 16 Web APIs in Safari Due To Privacy Concerns
  21. Amazon Eliminates Single-use Plastic in Packaging in India
  22. Tim O'Reilly Asks If Venture Capital Is Doing More Harm Than Good
  23. Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia Partner On Software-Defined Autonomous Cars
  24. Volvo's Polestar Plans an Electric Ride-Hailing Robotaxi with Waymo
  25. Mysterious Spike In Radioactivity Over Northern Europe, Accident At Russian Nuclear Plant Suspected

Alterslash picks up to the best 5 comments from each of the day’s Slashdot stories, and presents them on a single page for easy reading.

An Embattled Group of Hackers Picks Up the WikiLeaks Mantle

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: For the past year, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange has sat in a London jail awaiting extradition to the US. This week, the US Justice Department piled on yet more hacking conspiracy allegations against him, all related to his decade-plus at the helm of an organization that exposed reams of government and corporate secrets to the public. But in Assange's absence, another group has picked up where WikiLeaks left off -- and is also picking new fights.

For roughly the past year and a half, a small group of activists known as Distributed Denial of Secrets, or DDoSecrets, has quietly but steadily released a stream of hacked and leaked documents, from Russian oligarchs' emails to the stolen communications of Chilean military leaders to shell company databases. Late last week, the group unleashed its most high-profile leak yet: BlueLeaks, a 269-gigabyte collection of more than a million police files provided to DDoSecrets by a source aligned with the hacktivist group Anonymous, spanning emails, audio files, and interagency memos largely pulled from law enforcement "fusion centers," which serve as intelligence-sharing hubs. According to DDoSecrets, it represents the largest-ever release of hacked US police data. It may put DDoSecrets on the map as the heir to WikiLeaks' mission -- or at least the one it adhered to in its earlier, more idealistic years -- and the inheritor of its never-ending battles against critics and censors. "Our role is to archive and publish leaked and hacked data of potential public interest," writes the group's cofounder, Emma Best, a longtime transparency activist, in a text message interview with WIRED. "We want to inspire people to come forward, and release accurate information regardless of its source."

It's a shame

By JoeyDot • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
I don't believe these are a legitimate stand in for wikileaks. They're probably controlled by the opposition. All they seem to do is to work for the democrats. What have they don't so far? Hit nothing but democrats. Assange was fighting AGAINST the western establishment and that includes against the democrats. This outfit can't even come up with a decent name. It's just cringe. Wow, democrats with all their budget can pay hackers who would have thought it.

Re:It's a shame

By roca • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That's the problem with Wikileaks --- it was always fighting against the Western establishment, and never against China, Russia and other non-Western bad actors. Which makes it all too likely that Assange is a Russian stooge, perhaps consciously, perhaps not.

Re:It's a shame

By StormReaver • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

...and never against China...

Why would they fight against China? The world already knows that China is a dictatorial state. The whole purpose of Wikileaks was to inform the Free world that it is moving at warp speed to catch up.

Oh

By Dunbal • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
So now we've gone from exposing major nations who are covering up their violation of international law, to just basically anybody's dirty laundry. Well done. How far you have come...

Nice touch of editorialization there

By Rujiel • Score: 3 • Thread
"or at least the one it adhered to in its earlier, more idealistic years" Why does this kind of couched language only occur here for a whistleblower org, but never for any of the agencies or individuals that wikileaks revealed to be fraudulent? Outlets like the guardian, wapo, nytimes, etc. ran all sorts of pro-russiagate garbage that wound up being entirely falsen and they never receive this kind of note. Wikileaks on the other hand has never published anything false.

Samsung Is Reportedly Working On a More Affordable Galaxy Fold

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
According to a report from a South Korean publication, Samsung is working on Galaxy Fold Lite for as cheap as $900. Samsung will reportedly cut costs by downgrading the camera capabilities and internal specifications. Bleeping Computer reports: The Galaxy Fold Lite will reportedly launch in 2021, but remember that this is just a rumor out of South Korea and it has to be taken with a grain of salt. It appears that the foldable device was planned to be announced during the August 5 event, but Samsung has reportedly postponed its launch to 2021. Galaxy Fold Lite is certainly possible and it was recently tipped off by XDA-Developers' Max Weinbach on Twitter. Another leaker revealed that the Galaxy Fold e could be named Galaxy Gold Lite and priced below $1100.

Yes, that was the problem with it; the price

By grasshoppa • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

It wasn't that the gimmick is shit, and fragile and not likely to last any significant amount of time.

No, it was the price.

cheap crap...

By sdinfoserv • Score: 3 • Thread
Because the expensive one was soooo durable, I'm sure a cheaper model will outlast the data contract!!

With DOJ Charges, Former VC Mike Rothenberg Could Now Be Facing Serious Jail Time

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
Connie Loizos writing via TechCrunch: While some in Silicon Valley might prefer to forget about investor Mike Rothenberg roughly four years after his young venture firm began to implode, his story is still being written, and the latest chapter doesn't bode well for the 36-year-old. While Rothenberg earlier tangled with the Securities and Exchange Commission and lost, it was a civil matter, if one that could haunt him for the rest of his life. Now, the U.S. Department of Justice has brought two criminal wire fraud charges against him, charges that he made two false statements to a bank and money laundering charges, all of which could result in a very long time in prison depending on how things play out.

How long, exactly? The DOJ says the the two bank fraud charges and the two false statements to a bank charges "each carry a maximum of 30 years in prison, not more than five years supervised release, and a $1,000,000 fine," while the money laundering charges "carry a penalty of imprisonment of not more than ten years, not more than three years of supervised release, and a fine of not more than twice the amount of the criminally derived property involved in the transaction at issue." The damage done in the brief life of Rothenberg's venture outfit -- even while understood in broad strokes by industry watchers -- is rather breathtaking. As laid out by the DOJ, Rothenberg raised and managed four funds from the time he founded his firm, Rothenberg Ventures, in 2012, through 2016, and his criminal activities began almost immediately...

Mike Who???

By Excelcia • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

He was the manager of a piddling $47mil venture capital fund. How is this even news? He was a Stanford frat party boy who used his old boy network connections to shmooze his way into a modest amount of money then burned it faster than he could make it. This is so common as to be cliche. Who cares?

There is no justice

By Miles_O'Toole • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

And yet, the bastards from Goldman Sachs who drove the entire world economy into recession with their slimy business practices get huge bonuses and a multi-billion dollar taxpayer-funded bailout.

Rothenberg might not be a saint, but half the movers and shakers on Wall Street deserve prison time more than he does.

Microsoft's Second Next-Gen Xbox Reportedly Set For August Reveal

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
Microsoft's second next-gen Xbox is rumored to be fully revealed in August. According to Eurogamer, the console will be named the Xbox Series S. From a report: Microsoft has been working on this second cheaper next-gen Xbox console for months. A Microsoft document, leaked last week, shed some further light on the company's plans. Microsoft's Xbox Series X devkit, codenamed "Dante," allows game developers to enable a special Lockhart mode that has a profile of the performance that Microsoft wants to hit with this second console. While we've been reporting this performance includes a slightly underclocked CPU, The Verge has seen additional documents that suggest Lockhart will actually have the same speed CPU as the Xbox Series X. The Lockhart console will also include 7.5GB of usable RAM, and around 4 teraflops of GPU performance. The Xbox Series X includes 13.5GB of usable RAM and targets 12 teraflops of GPU performance for comparison.

If the reports are accurate, Microsoft could choose August to unveil this second next-gen Xbox alongside pricing for the Xbox Series X. This second console is designed as a more affordable option, with 1080p and 1440p monitors in mind. Microsoft would have to detail some type of pricing alongside its Lockhart reveal, and it's reasonable to assume it will be heavily tied to the Xbox All Access subscription.

Second?

By GigaplexNZ • Score: 3 • Thread
Look, I know the names are confusing, but this isn't the second, despite the previous one being called "One".

A Hacker Gang is Wiping Lenovo NAS Devices and Asking for Ransoms

Posted by msmashView on SlashDotShareable Link
A hacker group going by the name of 'Cl0ud SecuritY' is breaking into old LenovoEMC (formerly Iomega) network-attached storage (NAS) devices, wiping files, and leaving ransom notes behind asking owners to pay between $200 and $275 to get their data back. From a report: Attacks have been happening for at least a month, according to entries on BitcoinAbuse, a web portal where users can report Bitcoin addresses abused in ransomware, extortions, cybercrime, and other online scams. Attacks appear to have targeted only LenovoEMC/Iomega NAS devices that are exposing their management interface on the internet without a password. ZDNet was able to identify around 1,000 such devices using a Shodan search.

Re:Color me shocked

By BringsApples • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The term "hack" came from a form of entry whereby one would hack the door down, piece by piece. I don't really know that anyone knows that anymore. So, if the door is either unlocked, ajar or completely wide open, walking thru it certainly wouldn't constitute a "hack". For the same reasoning, leaving your goddamned file server on the internet with no password is leaving it wide open, and there is no "hack" to gain access. It's just like when you reach out to an IP address on port 80, and there's a web server that responds. You don't count that as a hack. WTF is this bullshit article?

Oh, posted by "msmash". Never mind.

Ransom?

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 3 • Thread

Or reward? They're Lenovo systems, surely they're purging a bunch of bloat/spyware and if they'll also scrub off Windows and install/configure Linux or BSD, then ... sounds like a service.

Re:It's a fee for being a dumbass, basically

By BenJeremy • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

That's not what is happening.

This issue has been going on for the past year, and there is an update to fix the problem.

The problem is that if you expose the system's "personal cloud" software to the internet through your router, there was some sort of exploit that allowed hackers to erase files and write files. They cannot read files. It isn't a "default login/password" issue. Hackers wipe out the drive, and leave a ransom note to scam people into giving them money to "recover" files that are simply gone.

If you update to the May 2020 firmware, or simply never enable the "Personal Cloud" feature - or never expose that feature to the internet, there is no issue with hackers.

Manufacturers just make it too easy.

By AxisOfPleasure • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The problem is that so many people are just buying tech, plugging into their routers as the instructions tell them. The basic setup usually asks for a change of password to the admin account and that's all the guidance people ever get. It doesn't tell to patch regularly, it's doesn't tell or even order them to cycle passwords, let alone any mention of 2FA through a phone app. Nothing.

Get a copy of nmap and just scan the local subnet "outside your frontdoor" and within 60 seconds you'll find way too many devices just plugged in with default settings ripe for the picking.

Re:Manufacturers just make it too easy.

By gweihir • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

The problem is that so many people are just buying tech, plugging into their routers as the instructions tell them. The basic setup usually asks for a change of password to the admin account and that's all the guidance people ever get.

Well, from the article, these people did not even do the password change. And worse, people are doping the same stupid thing with cloud storage containers that they are going to put privacy relevant data on in a commercial context. Quite a bit of "professional IT" seems to be on cretin-level these days.

Data Caps On AT&T, Comcast, T-Mobile Will Return June 30

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from PCWorld: Major Internet service providers are scheduled to end their quarantine benefits soon, once again subjecting Americans to data caps and removing protections if they are unable to pay their bills. The FCC's Keep Americans Connected Pledge is set to expire on June 30. Companies initially agreed to the pledge and rushed to add benefits. ISPs like CenturyLink, T-Mobile, Verizon, and many others said they would not discontinue service or charge late fees for those unable to pay because of the coronavirus. They also agreed to open their Wi-Fi access points for free. So far, the FCC has not publicly said that it would extend the pledge.

In some ways, ISPs face the same decision as governors in Florida and Texas: end their benefits, which encouraged users to stay home, or continue them for an indeterminate period of time. This could be the last weekend of unlimited data for Comcast Xfinity subscribers and other major ISPs. For many of those who are out of work, ISPs could begin demanding payment for outstanding broadband bills on June 30. Consumers who have been riding out the quarantine by streaming may also find that their unlimited data expires June 30. On that day AT&T, Comcast Xfinity, Mediacom, and T-Mobile are scheduled to resume normal service, and once again impose data caps. Some ISPs, like Cox, have already terminated some benefits, as its temporary unlimited data program expired in May.

Re:Data caps have never been anything but thievery

By Solandri • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Data caps have a legitimate basis. An OC3 line costs about $10k/mo for 148 Mbps capacity 24/7. Over a month that's 48.6 TB. Meaning It costs about $206/TB. Prices lower than that require a large enough fraction of the ISP's customers to use less than 1 TB/mo. That way more customers can use the bandwidth without saturating it, allowing the cost to be split over more customers. Likewise, customers also need to be discouraged from using up more than their fair share of the shared bandwidth. Which is where data caps come in. (Higher capacity lines are probably cheaper per TB, which is why typical ISP pricing is lower.)

The problem is the damn government-granted monopolies. To get the pricing to be fair, you need either competition (so multiple ISPs try to undercut each others' prices until it's barely above their costs), or government regulation to assure that the prices being charged are fair. The former is what happens in most markets. The latter is what happens with utilities since they can't have competition (a Public Utilities Commission gets to audit the utility's accounting books, to guarantee pricing is only a few percent over cost).

Unfortunately the local governments which granted the cable companies their monopolies, have failed to regulate that monopoly. Somehow they got it into their heads that "market forces" would work on a monopoly. Any government-granted monopoly needs to be regulated, regardless of whether or not you call it a utility.

That's the entire reason they exist

By raymorris • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

> Most people reading their email, twatting their tweets and booking their faces probably don't ever come near any cap.

Right. Most people are receiving a packet maybe 0.1% of the time. 99.9% of the time, your 100 Mbps connection is sitting idle and the bandwidth is available for your neighbors. If you use 6 GB/day, your AVERAGE usage is 0.5 Mbps.

    As an ISP, with a 100 Mbps line to an area, you can very easily provide 30Mbps service to 100 typical customers. They each download a web page in 200 milliseconds, read it for 60 seconds, download another in 150ms, read it for 100 seconds, put their phone down for 20 minutes ...
On a high speed line, a day each customer may be receiving packets for a total of 10-100 seconds. The faster the connection each customer has, the less often they are actually using it. So 100Mbps port can handle 100 typical customers easily. Which means the cost of 100bps of infrastructure and backhaul is shared between 100 customers.

Then out of those 100, you have the two guys who torrent all day while streaming HD Netflix on a TV they aren't even watching. Those two guys fuck it all up. They use more bandwidth than 100 customers on Facebook and Gmail. So you have a choice:

A. Charge the two guys who use 100 times as much more, so they pay their fair share

B. Charge everybody twice as much

Those were the two options. I third option became popular a few years ago:

C. The traffic from normal users takes priority over the traffic from the two guys torrenting all day. They can torrent as much as they want, but their torrents may slow down in the evening when all their neighbors want to check Facebook.

Those are the options. "Caps", both the original, actual cap which stopped you after you used your share and the newer "cap" which simply prioritizes people who don't use way more than their fair share, are for the same purpose. The are ways to avoid having the normal customers, the Facebook and Twitter and Gmail users, pay the cost of those with extremely high usage.

What ISPs haven't done well is communicating the price plans to customers. The old "you buy X GB and you are cut off after that amount" was simpler and more clear. It was also wasteful because it left unused capacity that somebody would want to use. Reprioritizing the "greedy" users, or "heavy users", allows them to use more without impacting the service to normal users.

If anybody has a better idea for how to structure it, I'd be interested to hear any ideas.

Any ideas that start with the assumption that the laws of physics don't exist, bandwidth is unlimited, and fiber runs itself for free - don't bother. Just go look at how many billions of dollars the ISPs and mobile operators spend each year on upgrades and ask yourself why they are wasting hundreds of billions on upgrades when they could instead just snap their fingers amd have bandwidth appear by magic.

Re:Data caps have never been anything but thievery

By mysidia • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Data caps have a legitimate basis. An OC3 line costs about $10k/mo for 148 Mbps capacity 24/7.

No. OC3s were SONET which required inherently complex and expensive equipment, and is ancient history at this point.. Metro Ethernet protocols are much cheaper. noone uses OC-x anymore. A piece of dark fiber costs about $1000 a month, after applying DWDM mux that piece of fiber can support 40 channels at 100 GHz spacing, which is more than 200 Gigabits channel capacity... Some carriers are just trying to be lazy and not upgrade their networks Or not bother to even install fiber, trying to stretch low-capacity legacy copper that was put in 30 years ago, then "solve" problems on their customers' backs by pretending there is false scarcity.

Re:Data caps have never been anything but thievery

By MikeDataLink • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Data caps have a legitimate basis. An OC3 line costs about $10k/mo for 148 Mbps capacity 24/7. Meaning It costs about $206/TB

You do realize this is 2020 right? OC3 lines are ancient history. Everything today is metro ethernet. I have full DIA's to many of my facilities running 10 gigabit for less than $3K a month.

Now we know you

By OneHundredAndTen • Score: 3 • Thread
Without data caps, there were no significant performance issues. The only reason to have data caps is, purely and simply, greed.

Flu Virus With 'Pandemic Potential' Found in China

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A new strain of flu which has the potential to become pandemic has been identified in China by scientists. From a report: It emerged recently and is carried by pigs, but can infect humans, they say. The researchers are concerned that it could mutate further so that it can spread easily from person to person, and trigger a global outbreak. They say it has "all the hallmarks" of being highly adapted to infect humans - and needs close monitoring. As it's new, people could have little or no immunity to the virus. A bad new strain of influenza is among the top disease threats that experts are watching for, even as the world attempts to bring to an end the current coronavirus pandemic. The last pandemic flu the world encountered - the swine flu outbreak of 2009 that began in Mexico - was less deadly than initially feared, largely because many older people had some immunity to it, probably because of its similarity to other flu viruses that had circulated years before.

Re:I think we're boned.

By TheInternetGuy • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
At least for a brief moment in time, we created great value for share holders.

Re:I think we're boned.

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

That's convenient, humans are also the only animal with the technology to render the biosphere incapable of supporting humanity.

Unfortunately, not enough of humanity cares about our impact to prevent it.

Bend over, here comes mother nature

Dupe?

By superdave80 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Seriously, /., this was already posted from way back in December!

Oh no!

By The_mad_linguist • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

It's the aporkalypse!

Re:Analysis

By AleRunner • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

China fighting the perfect war Not a single shot just let the west destroy itself with a few plagues it releases and doesn't even apologize for

This is a completely legitimate comment. It is completely on topic. There is no way, at zero it was overrated. It doesn't claim any sources that are deceptive and it's only a little bit trollish for mentioning China, but then China is currently the USA's most obvious serious adversary. The only thing really bad about it is that it's somewhat wrong, but not completely. Wrong comments deserve replies, not modding down to invisibility.

We've got a serious problem with initial mods here. Anyone who questions the Dear Orange Leader; anyone who questions the "it's just a flu" consensus; anyone who actually uses facts in their arguments gets reliably modded down. Often they get modded back, but by that time lots of damage is done to the debate and we end up in endless stupidity.

There are two reasons this is wrong. a) China isn't actually likely to do this. It's too insane. I'd expect this to come from e.g. North Korea and b) China and NK haven't yet shown a clear ability to develop vaccines so any attack will happen long after the current election cycle once they have their vaccine creation capability greatly improved.

This is a good way to think of the attack. It's really weird the way there's a group of people who have been accusing China of releasing SARS-COV-2 from a lab but at the same time keep claiming that this is just a flu and we shouldn't do anything. We should be glad the death rate is much lower than plague and treating this as a drill for future infections. At the same time, nobody should be making accusations they can't back up with sufficient evidence to be reasonable to take serious counter action.

iPhone 12 Won't Include Charger In Box, Says Analyst

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According to analyst Ming-Chi Kuo, iPhone 12 models will not include EarPods or a power adapter in the box. MacRumors reports: Kuo said that Apple will instead release a new 20W power adapter as an optional accessory for iPhones and end production of its existing 5W and 18W power adapters later this year. The form factor of the new 20W power adapter is said to be similar to the 18W version, with USB-C Power Delivery for fast charging, as seen in the leaked photo below. Kuo believes that iPhone 12 production costs will significantly increase due to 5G support, but he expects Apple to sell the new models at a comparable price to its iPhone 11 lineup, and removing the EarPods and power adapter from the box is one way to reduce costs. Apple would likely also tout the environmental benefits of such a move. Barclays still expects Apple to include a Lightning to USB-C cable in the box as the only accessory included with iPhone 12 models.

Wow

By war4peace • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

If true, it's a 2nd most ridiculous decision, after that monitor with separately-sold monitor support.

Ridiculous?

By goombah99 • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

For whom? Slashdot whiners have been whining for years about Apple not letting you use 3rd party parts. Now they aren't forcing you to buy their charger. So now you complain about that? Now that is worthy of Ridicule

Good riddance, simple solution for complainers

By Dixie_Flatline • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Put two coupons in the box. One for headphones, one for a charging plug.

Less than 100% of the population will redeem these coupons. I certainly wouldn't. I don't need those things anymore. I literally have a drawer full of USB-A power plugs. I have USB plugs built into a wall octopus. I 100% do not need these, nor another set of EarPods that don't work in my ears.

It would cut down on shipping weight, the size of the box, and the amount of wasted material. I know some people are starting to lose their shit over this, but honest to god, if you don't have a USB charging brick of some kind already, welcome to the future, time traveller. A lot has changed since 1982.

USB-C wall outlets

By ljw1004 • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I upgraded several of power outlets in my house to include 30W USB-C charging ports:
$37 - https://www.amazon.com/gp/prod...

I realistically only ever used to use my apple charger at home, and then only in a few places in the house. It's much nicer to be able to charge my family's devices (3 ipads for kids, 2 iphones for myself and my wife, 1 macbook air, 1 macbook pro) direct from the wall without loads of wall-warts. It's been kind of ridiculous, with each new device purchase, to just have to throw away its charger and headphones.

Is 30W enough in the power outlet? -- I noticed that even the Apple power adapter that came with my Macbook Air had the same power rating, 30W USB-C:
$49 - https://www.apple.com/shop/pro...

Re:Ridiculous?

By blindseer • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

For whom? Slashdot whiners have been whining for years about Apple not letting you use 3rd party parts. Now they aren't forcing you to buy their charger. So now you complain about that? Now that is worthy of Ridicule

This. All this. People complain about Apple doing one thing and then complain when Apple does what they ask.

I can remember this going way back. I think it was the Macintosh LC III sold in the 1990s that didn't come with a keyboard like previous models had. People complained about the lack of a keyboard. This was after years of complaining about Apple including a keyboard for people that were upgrading to the latest model of Macintosh and therefore already owned a keyboard. By the time the Mac Mini came out though the "bring your own keyboard and mouse" was finally considered a selling point. The "pro" Apple computers still included a keyboard but the "budget" Apples did not, and people got used to that.

I like it that Apple is not including a power supply with their new iPhones. I've been buying Apple iDevices, and other small electronic devices that charge from USB, for many years and I've now built up a collection of USB chargers that I don't use. Nearly all of them are the older 5 watt chargers even though my iDevices are capable of a faster charge from more powerful chargers.

I don't need another 5 watt USB power brick included with my electronics, I have a half dozen of them last I counted. With a 12 watt USB-A power brick I can at least know I'm getting maximum power into my older USB-A and micro-B devices. I don't even want a 20 watt USB-C power brick. If or when I get a new iPhone there will be a temptation to get the most powerful USB-C power brick I can find. I won't charge my phone from it, I'll use a less powerful USB-C power brick I already own for my iPhone and use the new power brick for my laptop.

This isn't about Apple being cheap. This is about people looking for a new reason to complain about Apple.

1 Killed, 2 Shot Outside Amazon Warehouse In Jacksonville

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A 20-year-old man was killed and two others injured when two suspects opened fire outside an Amazon warehouse in Jacksonville. From a report: According to JSO, the man who was killed was targeted by the shooters who fled from the scene in a silver car. JSO is now searching for three suspects, including the driver of the getaway car. The 20-year-old victim was standing in line for job applications with about six others outside of the facility when the suspects began firing, JSO said. JSO believes the suspects knew the victim.

"We're trying to determine what the motive was why they were after this victim. We have about 10 eyewitnesses that were both inside and outside of the facility," said JSO Assistant Chief Brian Kee. "This does not appear to be a workplace violent incident that you would normally associate with workplace violence or mass shootings." A 29-year-old man was grazed in the arm and a 22-year-old man was grazed in the foot during the shooting. Both were treated and did not require hospitalization, JSO said. People claiming to be family members of Amazon employees at the facility said on social media that employees were placed on lockdown inside.
A woman who said she witnessed the shooting and asked not to be identified said she was just feet away from the man who was killed. "As I started to go back inside the Amazon doors, I turned my head slightly to the right, I saw the gunman standing right there with a gun in his hand and next thing you know he just started shooting," she said. "He just let off about five or six rounds. I stood there in complete shock because I couldn't believe what was actually happening in front of my face."

Developing...

oh yeah heartrending story BUT

By iggymanz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

why the fuck is this on slashdot, if I want the 10 o'clock news I'll turn on the fucking TV and I haven't watched TV in ten years.

News for nerds?

By MikeDataLink • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Why can't you get this one thing right slashdot?

Re:Calling it, put your bets here

By rookiebeotch • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
you mean Barnes and Noble or Books a million?

Re:oh yeah heartrending story BUT

By markdavis • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

>"why the fuck is this on slashdot,"

+1000

This has nothing to do with technology. It isn't "news for nerds." It is hardly even news, when compared to, say, Chicago, instead.... Just this past weekend in Chicago, 63 people shot, 16 of them killed. Almost all black on black with illegally obtained/possessed/carried guns and with severe "gun control". And, of course, Democrat. And this is pretty much ALL THE TIME, week after week, year after year. But, no, it isn't news. Doesn't fit the narratives the media wants to push. Instead, we get to read about 1 killed outside an Amazon warehouse.

JSO?

By Fly Swatter • Score: 3 • Thread
Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Yea I had to look it up, here's to expository journalism.

The New York Times Removes Its Articles From Apple News

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Today, the New York Times announced that it is ending its partnership with Apple News and removing its articles from the platform. Engadget reports: The issue seems to be that while other services, like Google News, send readers to publishers' websites, Apple News generally keeps readers in the app. Or, as NYT puts it, Apple's approach does not align with The Times' goal of building direct relationships with paying readers.

"Core to a healthy model between The Times and the platforms is a direct path for sending those readers back into our environments, where we control the presentation of our report, the relationships with our readers, and the nature of our business rules," Meredith Kopit Levien, The Times' chief operating officer, wrote in a memo to employees. "Our relationship with Apple News does not fit within these parameters."

Re:Nope.

By DogDude • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Nobody is being censored. You have the right to say whatever you'd like in public, or on the Internet. You just don't get to do it on other people's property without their permission.

NYTimes isn't perfect, but they're the one of the better sources of news, which is why I subscribe to them as one of my news sources.

The NYT doesn't write news articles anymore anyway

By blitz487 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
It's all just opinion pieces.

Re:Heh, heh

By Aristos Mazer • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
The NY Times is the paper of record for a full century of US history. It is the only source for complete transcripts of many major speeches between 1900 and 2000 (when the web really got going for most other papers). Even today, it is among the very few with the carrying capacity to track smaller-but-nationally-significant events. It is the largest daily newspaper by far, publishing million+ words per day on topics across the USA and world. It is a critical part of our news landscape, and anyone trying to keep up with the should be skimming it along side NPR, Wall Street Journal, Fox News, USA Today, LA Times, and Washington Post.

Does the NY Times have a very NYC bend to it? Heck yes it does. But it does cover the country and national news to a degree that few other news sources are capable of doing.

And nothing of value was lost.

By jcr • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

The NYT has been a left-wing propaganda outlet since at least the days of the Holodomor. They employ vicious racists as polemicists. Fuck them, and anyone who supports them.

-jcr

Re:Let's see who is next...

By jcr • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

The NYT is one of the top ranked investigative and reporting outlets

Bullshit. They make shit up.

-jcr

New Hack Runs Homebrew Code From DVD-R On Unmodified PlayStation 2

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Nearly 20 years after its initial release, a hacker has found a way to run homebrew software on an unmodified PlayStation 2 using nothing but a carefully burned DVD-ROM. Previous efforts to hack the PS2 relied on internal modifications, external hardware (like pre-hacked memory cards and hard drives), or errors found only on very specific models of the system. The newly discovered FreeDVDBoot differs from this previous work by exploiting an error in the console's DVD video player to create a fully software-based method for running arbitrary code on the system.

Security researcher CTurt laid out the FreeDVDBoot discovery and method in detail in a blog post this weekend. By decrypting and analyzing the code used for the PS2's DVD player, CTurt found a function that expects a 16-bit string from a properly formatted DVD but will actually easily accept over 1.5 megabytes from a malicious source. Sending carefully formatted data to that function causes a buffer overflow that in turn triggers another badly written function to tell the system to jump to an area of memory with arbitrary, attacker-written code. That code can then tell the system to load an ELF file written to a burned DVD-R in the system. Building on previous PS2 homebrew efforts like uLaunchELF, it's relatively simple to use that DVD-R to load homebrew software or even full copies of otherwise copy-protected PS2 games. The exploit is currently limited to very specific versions of the PS2's DVD player firmware (as of press time, firmwares 3.10 and 3.11, when set to "English") found in later editions of the console and won't work in earlier systems. But CTurt writes that he's "confident that all other versions also contain these same trivial IFO parsing buffer overflows" and can be exploited with broadly similar methods. The possibility of similar hacks through the Blu-ray player on the PS3 and PS4 (or the CD player on the PS1) are also being examined by the community.

Now this is a true hack!

By Arzaboa • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Without getting into the legality, morality, or ethicality of this, I love to see true hacks like this!

This isn't some arbitrary buffer overflow that someone found after running a fuzzer for 10 weeks and was on line 43 of page 159 of the "report." This is a true, break out of the box and do what you want hack with nothing other than a DVD. This completely rewrites how the OS works and delivers full functions of the PS2 right out of the box.

This is cool.

--
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work. - Thomas Edison

Re:Now this is a true hack!

By slinches • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

You know what would be even cooler? If the manufacturer were to create a built in way to access the full capabilities of the hardware without having to hack it. You could call that feature something like "AlternativeOS".

Just don't do something dumb like cripple the AlternativeOS by hiding all but the most basic of graphics capabilities behind a hypervisor. Doing that might tempt hackers into opening up the capabilities by compromising the game OS.

Be cool to see the platform open up

By rsilvergun • Score: 3 • Thread
like the Dreamcast did. There's been several really amazing Dreamcast releases over the years thanks to how easy it is to run burned discs on the platform. You can buy an official port of Breakers (the Neo-Geo's response to Street Fighter Alpha 2) along with entirely new games like Gunlord and Sturmwind (which is just a crazy game that has to be seen to be believed).

Microsoft Pauses Spending on Facebook, Instagram

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Microsoft suspended its advertising on Facebook and Instagram in the U.S. in May and recently expanded that to a global pause, according to an internal chat transcript seen by Axios. From a report: Unlike the many advertisers who recently joined a Facebook boycott,, Microsoft is concerned about where its ads are shown, not Facebook's policies. But the move still means yet another big advertiser is not spending on Facebook right now. "Based on concerns we had back in May we suspended all media spending on Facebook/Instagram in the US and we've subsequently suspended all spending on Facebook/Instagram worldwide," Microsoft CMO Chris Capossela said in an internal Yammer post, responding to an employee's question. The transcript did not specifically say what content Microsoft objected to its ads appearing next to, but as examples of "inappropriate content" it cited examples of "hate speech, pornography, terrorist content, etc."

no big deal

By phantomfive • Score: 3 • Thread
Facebook will respond by giving advertisers tools to make sure their precious Lexus car doesn't appear next to a post by an ugly old politician, and thereby become tainted as a result.

Too bad it's not permanent

By RazorSharp • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

It would be great if all these companies just stopped spending money on Facebook forever.

Even if you disagree with the political reasons these companies have for doing this, we should all be able to agree that bad things happening to Facebook is a good thing.

If you sympathize with the political reasons for this boycott, it's all the sweeter to consider that Zuckerberg completely screwed himself by trying to pander to the far right. All of his bullshit pandering to liberal causes during the Obama era has been exposed as just that: bullshit. He has demonstrated that he only cares about what benefits Facebook. Zuckerberg and his company are the enemy to all people, regardless of political persuasion, and his chameleon-like views are transparently self-serving.

Re:Please do, GTFO...enjoy Parler

By DNS-and-BIND • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Are people still repeating the "fine people" hoax? This is debunked by showing the full transcript or the full video in which he clearly, and without prompting, says the exact opposite, that the neo-Nazis and white nationalists should be condemned totally. The press created the hoax by consistently and intentionally omitting the second half of President Trump's comments about Charlottesville. If you only see or hear the first half of what the president said, it looks exactly like the president is calling neo-Nazis "fine people." But in the second part of Trump's comments, he clarified, "You had people in that group who were there to protest the taking down, of to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of the park from Robert E. Lee to another name." See for yourself.

http://i.imgur.com/xE7jw52.png

The believer in the "fine people" hoax will question the authenticity of the transcript first, which you can debunk by showing the video clip here. http://bit.ly/2Xm74dc and here http://bit.ly/2Yc9ZFS

The root issue of this disgust reaction that the Left is having is that they have successfully dehumanized the Right. This is the best explanation I've ever heard at this link.

When faced with questions such as "One of the worst things a person could do is hurt a defenseless animal" or "Justice is the most important requirement for a society," liberals assumed that conservatives would disagree.

Jonathan Haidt's experiments ask liberals and conservatives to fill out questionnaires about their values, then to predict how someone from the opposite tribe would fill out the questionnaire. He finds that conservatives are able to predict liberals' answers just fine and seem to have a pretty good understanding of their worldviews, but that liberals have *no idea* how conservatives think or what they value.

Re:Too bad it's not permanent

By onyxruby • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Get real, the far right simply means that you are right of progressive anymore. Liberal but disagree with the woke progressive platform on a single issue? You have failed your purity test. Off with your metaphorical head, just like JK Rowling. It doesn't matter how left wing you are, for how many years and it certainly doesn't matter what you have done.

I've seen far too many people being accused of hate speech for stating simple factual statements. The truth shouldn't have a political bias, it simply is. Woke purity tests keep becoming more and more intolerant and that's what's being demanded. This idea that Facebook is tolerating death threats from whites to blacks or men to women is absurd.

This is all about censorship and forcing facebook to shutdown all conservative voices before the election. Don't worry, they'll put a token free speech space for conservatives. They need some pretense of neutrality after all - if Trump isn't re-elected.

Re:Please do, GTFO...enjoy Parler

By slasher999 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

There is no respectable social media. Period. That last holdout may have been LinkedIn, but even that is full of trash now. Social media is a cesspool that provides zero actual value. This is how we end it - advertisers refusing to participate.

Amazon To Pay $500 Million in Bonuses To Workers Most Exposed To Coronavirus

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Amazon on Monday said it's paying out $500 million in one-time bonuses to front-line employees -- those most at risk of contracting the coronavirus -- who worked for the company through June. From a report: The move is an apparent reversal for the company following weeks of criticism for it cutting its coronavirus hazard pay even as the pandemic has continued. Amazon had eliminated its $2-an-hour hazard pay for workers at the start of June, after it first instituted the higher wages in mid-March. That hazard pay increases had already cost the company hundreds of millions of dollars. "Our front-line operations teams have been on an incredible journey over the last few months, and we want to show our appreciation with a special one-time thank you bonus," Dave Clark, the company's SVP for worldwide operations, wrote in a note to workers Monday. Full-time Amazon workers, Whole Foods employees and Delivery Service Partner drivers will get $500, while their part-time counterparts will receive $250. Amazon and Whole Foods employees in leadership positions will get $1,000, Delivery Service Partner owners will get $3,000 and Amazon Flex drivers who worked more than 10 hours in June will each get $150.

Pennies for them

By darkain • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

NASDAQ: AMZN

Prev close 2,692.87
52-wk high 2,796.00
52-wk low 1,626.03

Amazon has netting a few hundred billion dollars during the pandemic... and are sharing less than 1, only half a billion with their employees.

"Trickle Down Economics" my ass.

BS, keep the "increased" hourly pay rate instead

By SirAstral • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

This is BS because its a one time deal, and it rewards others more or less based on their time on the front lines.

the extra $2/hr for working the front lines is better because it would mean that a person that works 40 hours vs someone that only works 20hr get rewarded more for taking more risk.

This current graduating scale is designed to make it look like Amazon is really stepping up when they are just using a single big drop in the bucket to look better than they actually are.

Do the math 800,000 employees...

800,000 x 2 x 40 = 64 million per week. You can see it will not take long to get to $500 million and also blow past it if Amazon kept to the $2 hr extra for as long as Covid-19 is a risk!

Public Opinion is pretty cheap to buy!

Re:Pennies for them

By Solandri • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Stock price benefits the stockholders, not the company. It only benefits the company if they still have shares they haven't sold yet, and are willing to sell them while the price is high. Otherwise, the company sees none of the money represented on paper by a high stock price.

Amazon had $281 billion in revenue last year, but only $11.6 billion in net income (i.e.profit - money left over after expenses and taxes are paid). That's a 4.1% profit margin. Using that as a metric, in order to pay $500 million in bonuses (i.e. shift $500 million from profit into expenses, without decreasing their profit margin), they'd need to be bringing in $12.1 billion in additional revenue (i.e. above their $281b in regular revenue). For it to be pennies on the dollar as you claim (say 3 cents) would require they increase revenue by $407 billion. I.e. increase revenue this year by 147%. Highly unlikely.

Their online store has probably exceeded $12 billion in additional revenue YoY. But historically most of Amazon's profit has come from AWS - their cloud services division. I haven't heard much on how that's been impacted by the economic shutdown. If that business is down, it could easily wipe out any gains by their online store.

My criticism for Amazon would be that it has roughly $50 billion cash on hand. That's money (like in a savings account) and assets which can be easily liquidated. You keep cash on hand for liquidity and for emergencies. And this pandemic is one helluva emergency. If you're not willing to tap into your cash reserves to get you through the biggest global emergency in the last 75 years, what the hell is the point of keeping cash reserves? Even if they had zero revenue for the year, that cash reserve is enough to pay all their employees for almost the entire year, longer if you capped executive pay.

To quote Charlie Wilson's War

By quonset • Score: 3 • Thread

Is that a joke?

No.

Is that meant to be a funny joke?

No, sir.

Congressman, what they're saying is $10 million from the U.S. to fight the Russian army is such a low figure, that it can be mistaken for a joke.

Amazon earned $4 billion in the second quarter and they said all of it would go to responding to covid-19 such as testing of its workers and speeding up delivery times. Considering Amazon has fought tooth and nail to prevent health departments from examining its working conditions, has deliberately hid its infections and deaths, and has told employees to come to work even if they're sick or get no pay, a one-time, $500 million payout amounting to a pittance per employee is such a low figure, that it can be mistaken for a joke.

Apple Strong-Arms Entire CA Industry Into One-Year Certificate Lifespans

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A decision that Apple unilaterally took in February 2020 has reverberated across the browser landscape and has effectively strong-armed the Certificate Authority industry into bitterly accepting a new default lifespan of 398 days for TLS certificates. From a report: Following Apple's initial announcement, Mozilla and Google have stated similar intentions to implement the same rule in their browsers. Starting with September 1, 2020, browsers and devices from Apple, Google, and Mozilla will show errors for new TLS certificates that have a lifespan greater than 398 days. The move is an important one because it not only changes how a core part of the internet works -- TLS certificates -- but also because it breaks away from normal industry practices and the cooperation between browsers and CAs. Known as the CA/B Forum, this is an informal group made up of Certificate Authorities (CAs), the companies that issue TLS certificates used to support HTTPS traffic, and browser makers. Since 2005, this group has been making the rules on how TLS certificates should be issued and how browsers are supposed to manage and validate them.

Re:Bitterly my ass

By ufgrat • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Automating certificate renewals kind of defeats the entire point of having a verified chain of trust.

How that isn't obvious to anyone with a functional cerebral cortex is quite frankly beyond me.

Re: Certs are for more than browsers...

By skids • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

With IPSec, you're generally in control of both the clients and servers, right?

"Usually" only for some use cases. You can in fact have IPSec arrangements that rely on PKI to establish trust between independently operated entities.

But it's not just IPSec. A lot of non-HTTPS internal server communications are TLS-secured, and those certs never get seen by the public. Changing them once annually is extra workload since they often involve systems that don't communicate on the open Internet, and automating the renewal process puts unwanted extra potential security holes into those systems, which are often highly sensitive high value targets chock full of PII or credentials. Most of these systems would be more secure using longer certificates because they are well secured, not using their privkey nearly as often as a public web server, and won't even start a TLS connection with any but a small set of other servers. When you are in control on both sides of these communications and where the software supports it, you can just use individually approved SSCs or a local CA, but when that is not the case you'll find people using public CAs on these connections.

Where the CAs fall down is most of them offer certificates intended for public web-use and don't offer much else... because it is 99.99% of their business, and why bother making expenditures to support 0.01% of potential clients? For example, if you need an extended usage attribute in your cert, you can send them a CRL requesting that extended usage attribute but a lot of them will just strip out any attributes you requested and send to back a generic public web-server certificate... essentially they verify your CSR is from you, then make a fake one that fits their cookie cutter and use that to issue the cert.

Re:Bitterly my ass

By jabuzz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Right do you want to explain to me how to automate the updating of web certificates on a few thousand lights out management controllers on my HPC system? Noting that none of the vendors provide a good method for doing this and there may be more than one vendors equipment in my cluster.

The old way was to have a private CA, issue a certificate that took you to end of the support contract plus say six months to allow of decommissioning, install the certificate on the nodes and forget about it. Other than adding your root certificate to the list of CA's on any machine accessing the lights out management controllers.

Now thanks to the shits at Apple I have a fucking nightmare every 12 months. Bunch of entitled assholes that never seem to have had to deal with anything other than looking after their own personal workstation so have no fucking clue.

I would note the same goes for systemd developers. For example at one point Pottering proposed having all your processes being killed if you logged out, include those running under screen/tmux or simply nohup. Then there is the fact when I start a service with systemctl I then have to run another command to see if it actually started, where as both Debian and RHEL scripts would fecking tell me right there and then.

The whole lot of them need a dam good thrashing with a clue stick.

Re:Bitterly my ass

By dgatwood • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

So what you're saying is that only big companies with large budgets should be on the internet. Glad we cleared that up.

Re:Bitterly my ass

By Jeremiah Cornelius • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The pressure here is on cert prices, which has been steadily downward for years, accelerating with the advent of Let's Encrypt!
20 years ago, certificates were priced like information assets, with expected enterprise lifetime duty-cycles.
In fact, they are not assets, but merely technology artifacts. As the relevant infrastructure for validating a certificate became more horizontal with pure infrastructure uses, and the explosion of mobile handsets, the large cert authorities watched revenue drop, and became absorbed into companies like Symantec and Gemalto.
The entire system can be automated better, including renewals of expiration, etc. The existing cert management lifecyle is TERRIBLE! Anyone doing infosec recon can bring you lists of thousands of expired certs, self-signed certs that offer no real validation, and all of these with obsolete, weakened cypher suites.

Crappy ISO protocols and ASN.1 notation prevent these from changing as rapidly as they should have - as these are brittle, unforgiving technologies compared to IETF, etc. But the real issue is BUSINESS, not technology, and certificates should have a cost lower than domain names - a tiny fraction of this, really.

Then they should be renewed quarterly, or better, squashing the existing threat models.

Twitch Temporarily Bans President Trump

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Twitch has temporarily banned President Donald Trump, in the latest surprise and high-profile suspension from the streaming service. Trump's account was banned for "hateful conduct" that was aired on stream, and Twitch says the offending content has now been removed. From a report: One of the streams in question was a rebroadcast of Trump's infamous kickoff rally, where he said that Mexico was sending rapists to the United States. Twitch also flagged racist comments at Trump's recent rally in Tulsa. "Like anyone else, politicians on Twitch must adhere to our Terms of Service and Community Guidelines. We do not make exceptions for political or newsworthy content, and will take action on content reported to us that violates our rules," a Twitch spokesperson told The Verge. The statement was originally issued last year when Trump's channel was launched.

Re:What a fucking embarassment

By MightyMartian • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

When was politics not a career? For goodness sake, we've had Adams as presidents, two Roosevelts, and two Bushes. Lots of Presidents have been Senators or Governors. Lots of Senators, Governors and Presidents got to where they were by being in state legislatures or in other elected offices.

Politics is an occupation. If you had nothing but unskilled neophytes, at best you'd get bureaucrats fully in control, or at worst, you'd get another Trump, who doesn't even have the ability to understand his lack of accomplishment. This is a man who stood next to health officials and said things that they immediately had to correct. This is a profoundly stupid man. That's what getting someone with no political experience gets you; a crap businessman who thinks he knows everything, but as it turns out, actually knows nothing.

Haha

By ArchieBunker • Score: 3 • Thread

This is going to give him even more publicity and ammunition.

Re:What a fucking embarassment

By MightyMartian • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It certainly lost any claim to intellectual and ethical rigor. Not that the Dems are any great bastion of that, but really, since the rise of the Tea Party, the GOP has become dominated by ill-mannered reactionaries, who other than a few slogans inherited from the Reagan years, don't really seem to stand for any of the niceties of democracy. They view high offices as little more than a means to get back at everyone they think did them wrong. There's no kind of real conservative philosophy anymore, just empty jingoism and a desire for chaos.

I don't know how the Republicans fix themselves. They have a serious demographic bombs in a number of key states that not even gerrymandering can save them from forever. The fringes so hate the middle that trying to sound reasonable and balanced ends up with the base hating you (witness how McCain and Romney have both been treated).

The Republicans have become victims of their own success.

"Racist comments" - yeah, right

By sideslash • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
Leftists lying about their political opponents is a dog bites man story.

Denying that rapists have been coming across the unsecured border is an insult to all those who have been raped by illegal Mexican border crossers. I mean... it happened. What is the point of denying it? Oh yeah, to try to harm Trump politically. So he's a racist for talking about something real that has happened many, many times.

In some ways I feel sorry for the TDS afflicted, however for the good of the country I'm afraid their affliction needs to be multiplied in November 2020.

Re:What a fucking embarassment

By cusco • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

As the chief of the country it is impossible for him to legally commit treason.

I'm sorry? He's president, not the god-king, and he is legally held to same standards as any other citizen. There is a clear definition of treason:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/us...
Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States.

Currently there is no legally defined "enemy" (except maybe North Korea, I don't know if that status was ever redefined or not), so Rump is not legally committing treason. That is in no way the same thing as it being impossible for him to commit treason. If Roosevelt had handed military information to the Nazis he would have been guilty of treason, even as Commander In Chief. Now we need to define who our "enemies" are.

The Global Coronavirus Death Toll Tops 500,000

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The global total of deaths passed 500,000 on Sunday, while the number of confirmed cases surpassed 10 million. From a report: The grim markers were hit as countries around the world struggle to keep new infections from reaching runaway levels while simultaneously trying to emerge from painful lockdowns. In April, roughly a month after the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a pandemic, deaths topped 100,000. In early May, the figure climbed to 250,000. Now it has doubled in less than two months. More than a quarter of all known deaths have been in the United States. The number of confirmed infections -- which took about 40 days to double -- may be substantially underestimated, public health officials say. Data released last week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention indicated that the actual figures in many regions are probably 10 times as high as reported.

Immune response ...

By kbahey • Score: 3 • Thread

This disease is really bad because:

a) It is very infectious, so spreads fast ...

b) It causes complications (lung damage requiring ventilators, organ damage, ...etc)

If there were no complications, it would just be like the flu: most people will get it, but the number of deaths are minuscule.

The reason for the complications seem to be the immune system response. Why do I say that? Because dexamethasone has been shown to benefit those that have severe symptoms.

Other viruses do this too.

Listen to Dr Vincent Racaniello, a Virology professor at Columbia University describe how some viruses cause pathology due to the immune system response. Watch from that time point, to the end.

Some examples is Cytotoxic T Lymphocytes causing cell death of virus infected cells. Other examples are cytokines.

Hopefully, more research will tell which mechanism(s) of the immune system causes this damage, and that may lead to a specific treatment that does not suppress the entire immune system, but only the part that goes into overdrive.

Definitions

By maz2331 • Score: 3 • Thread

It is difficult to compare numbers between countries as they don't all use the same terminology. It appears that in the US, any presence of the virus will count as a COVID death even if the person is asymptomatic and the cause was an unrelated condition, or even injury. Other countries will only count those that they can confirm were killed by the infection itself. It's really easy to get into a GIGO there.

Another major variable is that nobody really knows what percentage of total infections result in any interaction with medical care and are tested. Some health systems will only test someone admitted to a hospital, whereas others will test anyone presenting with any symptoms.

I keep in mind a saying that my grandfather liked to use - "Figures don't lie, but liars sure figure."

 

Re:Can someone explain the numbers?

By Calydor • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

First of all you can't math it out as deaths out of total global population. You want deaths out of number of infections. Currently that sits at 500k/10m, which is ~5%. A 5% risk of dying from this is really problematic since we don't have any known way of stopping it - no vaccine, no cure. And it's not like it spreads relatively slow like for example HIV; this stuff spreads to a packed room if one infected person in the room sneezes.

The reason a lot of people won't realize they had it is that if you're otherwise healthy it's entirely possible that you may only get a slight fever, maybe a runny nose, because your body's normal "WTF are you?" defenses are strong enough to fight it down. The people primarily at risk (and that in no way means the ONLY people at risk!) are those who already have other illnesses their bodies are trying to keep in check, which leaves too few resources to spare to look at this new intruding virus.

The distancing is to buy time. Time to find a cure or a vaccine, hopefully both. Time to produce enough ventilators. Time to hopefully spread out the infections so the hospitals don't run out of beds. The true nightmare scenario is what you see in India: More patients in need of help than can physically be treated in the hospitals due to lack of beds and gear, not to mention personnel.

Re:Interesting

By Layzej • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
It looks like China gained over 10 million subscriptions between Feb and April.... Seems like COVID isn't the only coverup. They're also hiding a Zombie outbreak!

Re:Lesson from the 1918 Flu pandemic not learned.

By Xylantiel • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You don't even need an effective treatment. Just doing plain old gumshoe test-and-trace and infection control is enough and is working fine in many advanced economies. This is not 1918. The juxtaposition of "lockdowns" vs. rampant spread is a false dichotomy. Many nations have gone back to school, reopened large businesses, etc etc, all while keeping the new infection rate low and stable.

Reddit Finally Bans Hate Speech, Removes 2,000 Racist and Violent Forums

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Reddit first launched as an online discussion site in June 2005. Now, 15 years later, it has finally taken action to officially ban hate speech and groups that promote it. From a report: A revised Reddit content policy, announced Monday, explicitly states that groups or users that "incite violence or that promote hate based on identity or vulnerability" are prohibited. "Everyone has a right to use Reddit free of harassment, bullying and threats of violence," it says. With the updated content policy, Reddit is initially banning about 2,000 subreddits, most of which are inactive, the company said. Included in the purge is The_Donald, a pro-Donald Trump forum notorious for users posting racist, misogynistic, anti-Islam and anti-Semitic content. In 2015, Reddit adopted a new content policy and banned several blatantly racist subreddits. But until today, the official rules still did not explicitly forbid hate or racist forums. Reddit CEO/co-founder Steve Huffman, in an post about the new policy, said "I admit we have fallen short" in supporting the site's communities and moderators with respect to adopting a comprehensive anti-hate policy.

Re:Aunt Jemima

By ISayWeOnlyToBePolite • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Family of woman portrayed as Aunt Jemima opposes rebrand saying ‘we do not want that history erased’

Lillian Richard was a former slave who worked for the company for 23 years, traveling around as Aunt Jemima to serve pancakes until she suffered a stroke.

“She was considered a hero in [her hometown of] Hawkins, and we are proud of that. We do not want that history erased,” Harris, Vera Harris to Lillian, said.

Afaik Lillian Richard https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... wasn't a slave, I think you have her confused with the first Aunt Jemima; Nancy Green https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/... The logo, is based on the third Jemima, Anna Robinson https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Re:when will slashdot follow

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I think the moderation system works pretty darn well here.

The main problem with the moderation system -- I should say, moderators -- is the few that will mod something "Troll" or "Flamebait" simply because they (apparently) dislike and/or disagree with it. I mean this with regard to comments that are demonstrable facts and/or arguably true. I guess that reflects more about these moderators than anything else but, like it not, sometimes reality is messy. Perhaps they should be required to supply a comment justifying these types of mods for either everyone or the meta-moderators to see. The saving grace here is that other moderators usually see through and correct this type of thing.

Re:HATE SPEECH, n. Speech I hate

By rldp • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I hate you.

No law can ever stop that. No law will ever make you lovable.

Re:The users of The_Donald had moved on

By Orgasmatron • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The excuse for quarantining The_Donald was that it was attacking the police. That was laughable at the time, and it got airbrushed out about a month ago when about half of reddit became explicitly about attacking police.

The now, chapotraphouse says that it was banned for promoting hate. The_Donald now says that it was banned for breaking rules 1, 2 and 8. I don't know what the hell 2 is doing in that list, or even how it could be possible to ban a board for not following its own rules.

Looks like the big one was rule 8 - "Don't break the site or do anything that interferes with normal use of Reddit." I guess it is now clear that any right-leaning content that isn't token controlled opposition "breaks the site".

Re:when will slashdot follow

By fahrbot-bot • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

As for Reddit, I don't like that huge numbers of forums/posts have been removed.
I guess folks are only allowed to post GOOD stuff that conforms with the flavor-of-the-month discussion trends.

It is possible to say negative and/or contrary things without being racist, misogynist, sexist, mean, nasty, etc... But, it's also possible that people who enjoy and/or have to rely on those constructs are lacking in some educational and/or personal growth areas. Even so, it doesn't take that much effort to make a point *and* not be a dick -- unless being a dick *is* the point. I think it's that last thing Reddit (and others) are trying to moderate.

India Bans TikTok, Dozens of Other Chinese Apps

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The Indian government on Monday evening said it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and security of state and public order" in what is the latest standoff between the two most populated nations in the world. From a report: ByteDance's TikTok, which counts India as its biggest market, Community and Video Call apps from Xiaomi, which is the top smartphone vendor in India, UC Browser, UC News, Shareit, CM Browser, Club Factory (India's third-largest e-commerce firm), ES File Explorer are among the 59 apps that India's Ministry of Electronics and IT have ordered to ban. "The Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) has also received many representations from citizens regarding security of data and breach of privacy impacting upon public order issues," the Indian government agency said.

Good on them...

By ddtmm • Score: 4 • Thread
I wouldn't criticize them one bit. I wish Canada would do the same. I can only dream of a ban on Facebook and Twitter as well...

Re:Good on them...

By XXongo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I wouldn't criticize them one bit. I wish Canada would do the same. I can only dream of a ban on Facebook and Twitter as well...

The difference is that TikTok is actively evil with built-in back doors and spying. https://www.forbes.com/sites/e...

Facebook and Twitter are merely passively evil; they allow misinformation to be posted.

Don't they learn? We've seen this game before...

By bogaboga • Score: 3 • Thread

...it was banning 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns that these apps were "engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India...

Didn't the Russians give up banning Telegram recently after their efforts failed? In fact, some had earlier labeled their efforts as doomed and a waste of time. very early into their exercise.

Re:If the USA won't protect the 4th Amendment.....

By Whateverthisis • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
This isn't about technology spying. This is about geopolitics. China and India have been disputing their border for decades, and recently it flared up again with a conflict in the Himalayas with 20 Indian soldiers dead and an unconfirmed number of Chinese dead. India's decided to take an aggressive stance and is countering on multiple fronts, TikTok banning is one of them. This whole issue is extremely complicated. It has to do with 150 year old treaties, multiple countries and governments, tribalism and nationalism between Tibetans, Indians, Chinese, and Pakistanis, and the mutiple inter-related ties between the two nuclear armed countries which are the largest population centers and the 2nd and 3rd largest economies in the world, both of which have extremely strong, ancient histories and traditions. This issue of TikTok being banned is just one tiny slice in a very complex pie.

TikTok is a parasite. But the approach is wrong.

By Opportunist • Score: 3 • Thread

What we should instead do is teach people that their privacy is an asset. That their data is valuable and that there are people out there paying good money for something they give away for free, much like the natives gave away their land essentially for free because they didn't understand that it has value.

But who'd want that, right? I mean, imagine people understanding that privacy is valuable, show me one government or corporation that could possibly have an interest in them knowing that.

Google Expands Free Retail Listings Into Search as Pandemic Hits Ad Sales

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Google will expand free shopping results from a narrow experiment in its shopping tab to the main search engine, dramatically expanding their reach. From a report: The company announced the move today in a blog post written by commerce president Bill Ready. The shift is part of a continuous move away from paid search results and follows a trend of users searching more for information on subjects like the coronavirus and less for products. At the same time, advertisers have been cutting spending as the pandemic takes an economic toll. Ready attributed the move to Google's desire to help sellers and buyers connect and noted that it remains difficult for users to find what they need online in terms of product, price, and seller reputation. Likewise, digital remains a challenge for many small businesses, even as shoppers continue to gravitate toward online purchasing. "It's crucial that we help people find all the best options available and help merchants more easily connect with consumers online," Ready wrote.

Apple Declined To Implement 16 Web APIs in Safari Due To Privacy Concerns

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Apple said last week that it declined to implement 16 new web technologies (Web APIs) in Safari because they posed a threat to user privacy by opening new avenues for user fingerprinting. Technologies that Apple declined to include in Safari because of user fingerprinting concerns include: Web Bluetooth - Allows websites to connect to nearby Bluetooth LE devices.
Web MIDI API - Allows websites to enumerate, manipulate and access MIDI devices.
Magnetometer API - Allows websites to access data about the local magnetic field around a user, as detected by the device's primary magnetometer sensor.
Web NFC API - Allows websites to communicate with NFC tags through a device's NFC reader.
Device Memory API - Allows websites to receive the approximate amount of device memory in gigabytes.
Network Information API - Provides information about the connection a device is using to communicate with the network and provides a means for scripts to be notified if the connection type changes.

Battery Status API - Allows websites to receive information about the battery status of the hosting device. Web Bluetooth Scanning - Allows websites to scan for nearby Bluetooth LE devices.
Ambient Light Sensor - Lets websites get the current light level or illuminance of the ambient light around the hosting device via the device's native sensors.
[...]
The vast majority of these APIs are only implemented in Chromium-based browsers, and very few on Mozilla's platform. Apple claims that the 16 Web APIs above would allow online advertisers and data analytics firms to create scripts that fingerprint users and their devices.

Re: Battery status?

By jeremyp • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

The day any website developer gives a flying fuck about resource usage on client devices will be the day the same day it snows in hell and the same day the first pig makes an unassisted flight across the Atlantic.

Even this web page takes over 1Mb of downloads

Sure, give away privacy for a little convenience

By Geoffrey.landis • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Yes, that. But, also, allowing bluetooth scanning is a means for the website to identify and track the person.

That's the way privacy leaks away: there is some outwardly visible benefit to the API, but it also allows websites to track your every move.

No no no, simply NO

By TheDarkMaster • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
You should not give hardware access for a web page, period.

Re:Battery status?

By ljw1004 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Give me one user friendly reason for a website to see battery status...

If I'm building a point-of-sale or embedded device of some sort. It has no screen, no borders, no widgets; it's just a device that displays nothing other than a touch-sensitive webview full-screen. The user can't switch apps, can't do anything other than interact with this full-screen webview. The developer wants to write their software as a webview rather than an app because it makes it easier to provision and update. The device has a battery, and needs some way to display battery life.

Re:Opt-in?

By edwdig • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Apple has been hardcore cracking down on Bluetooth access for the past year or so. Tons of apps were silently using bluetooth in the background to scan for devices designed to track people as they entered stores. That's why recent iOS versions now prompt you to approve bluetooth access for each app.

Denying bluetooth access from Safari is just a natural extension of this.

Amazon Eliminates Single-use Plastic in Packaging in India

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Amazon said on Monday it has eliminated all single-use plastic in its packaging across its fulfillment centers in India, delivering on a pledge it made last year to achieve this goal by June. From a report: The American e-commerce group said it had replaced packaging materials such as bubble wraps with paper cushions and was also using "100% plastic-free biodegradable" paper tapes. All of Amazon's 50-plus fulfilment centers in India, one of its key overseas markets, were complying with the new guidelines, the company said. Flipkart, which had made a similar pledge last year, said last month that its reliance on single-use plastic across its supply chain had dropped by 50%. Last year, the Walmart-owned marketplace said it intended to move entirely to recycled plastic consumption in its supply chain by March 2021. Amazon's announcement Monday follows Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's directive last year, when he urged Indians to put an end to usage of single-use plastic by 2022. India has been grappling with a major plastic waste problem for several years. Asia's third-largest economy is struggling with disposing of the 9.4 million tons of plastic waste it generates each year. Dozens of nations across the world have in recent years moved to address this challenge by imposing curbs and levies on use of single-use plastic.

Good

By DontBeAMoran • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Amazon, now that you have proved that you can do it in India, do it for the other countries on the planet too.

I would be happy

By fuzznutz • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
I would be happy if vendors would just stop putting goods in plastic entombments that require a chainsaw to open. I recently snapped a micro SDcard in half trying to remove it from packaging which was clearly transparent aluminum.

Tim O'Reilly Asks If Venture Capital Is Doing More Harm Than Good

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Tim O'Reilly is the founder of O'Reilly Media (formerly O'Reilly & Associates), and is credited by Wikipedia as helping to popularize the term open source. But Techcrunch reveals what he's learned about venture capital from his work with Bryce Roberts (O'Reilly's investing partner at early-stage venture firm O'Reilly AlphaTech Ventures).

"At a minimum, O'Reilly — who bootstrapped his own company, O'Reilly Media, 42 years ago and says it now produces 'a couple hundred million dollars in revenue' yearly — provides a lot of food for thought." Tim O'Reilly: The typical VC model is looking for this high-growth company with exit potential, because it's looking for this big financial return from an IPO or acquisition, and that selects for a certain type of founder. My partner Bryce decided two funds ago [to] look for companies that are kind of disparaged as lifestyle companies that are trying to build sustainable businesses with cash flow and profits. They're the kind of small businesses, and small business entrepreneurs, that have vanished from America, partly because of the VC myth, which is really about creating financial instruments for the wealthy...

The talent pool is just much greater [when you look outside of Silicon Valley]. There's a certain kind of bro culture in Silicon Valley and if you don't fit in, sure [you could find a way], but there are a lot of impediments... I've been really disillusioned with Silicon Valley investing for a long time. It reminds me of Wall Street going up to 2008. The idea was, "As long as someone wants to buy this [collateralized debt obligation], we're good." Nobody is thinking about: Is this a good product...?

It's part of the structural inequality in our society, where we're building businesses that are optimized for their financial return rather than their return to society.

Re:Product design

By Nidi62 • Score: 4 • Thread

Some people will sell cheap shit, and go out of business when their reputation crashes. Others will offer quality products, and prosper over many years. Many vendors do very well by examining their customer' needs in great detail.

-jcr

Why go through all that work when you can just acquire a company that has that good reputation, switch to selling cheap shit, and ride that reputation out as long as you can. When it inevitably tanks due to the crappy products (which could take years during which you've sucked all those extra profits out), simply sell off the hulk and move on to the next victim.

It does lead to wilder boom and bust cycles

By ErichTheRed • Score: 3 • Thread

Having lived through the First Dotcom Bubble of the late 90s and the Second (slow motion) Dotcom Bubble of the teens, I'd say you get much wilder swings because of venture capital. It's amusing that the two bubbles shared so many parallels yet were different. First bubble, anyone putting anything on the web was getting funded and it led to 24 year old CEOs going hog wild with the VC money to get eyeballs. Second bubble was based around using phones, the cloud and survellance technology to disrupt industry and get customers/eyeballs. Both led to a huge run-up with everyone desperately to slap a "tech" angle onto anything that had a tiny toehold on anything computer related. WeWork and Theranos are good parallel examples of TheGlobe.com and flooz.com back in the day...it's all about revenue extraction and IPOing or getting out before the VCs cut you off.

The VC issue I agree with O'Reilly about is the promotion of the fake it till you make it culture as something to be emulated. It's not even the bro culture of acting like a successful businessman even if you aren't...it crosses over into con-artistry. This latest bubble has been all about move fast and break things, minimum viable product, we'll fix that next sprint, etc...just get something out the door to show the investors. While no one wants to go back to waterfall, the speed should come down from Warp 9 to something reasonable...unfortunately VCs won't wait for their money and this drives to "pump out whatever crap compiles" mindset.

I observed this back in the dotcom days

By AmazingRuss • Score: 3 • Thread
I tried to build a web site production/hosting business in the normal way, providing services in return for money.  Things were going pretty well until about '98, when suddenly everything I was trying to sell became available for free, offered by companies that by and large never made a profit and are now long gone.  They starved me out in months.  The investors lost money.  The people that worked for them got laid off. Their customers lost their free service.

Just doesn't seem like a positive outcome for anybody.

Can be a negative to innovation

By StreetFire.net • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
VC's are neither good nor evil, they are Amoral because they act to the ends of the balance sheet.

My industry (online video sharing) was harmed by VC's

In 2004-2007 I operated one of the, if not the first UGC video sharing services on the net (Vidiac.com powering 4,000+ domains with UGC video sharing including StreetFire.net, FreeVideoBlog.com and more). Before YouTube came along we had a number of competitors like Stupid Videos.com, Big-Boys.com (became Heavy), Veoh and some others started to come up, but all of us were working on a funding model.

My team was lucky since we were all ex-AT&T Backbone Engineering and we all knew how to do streaming bandwidth cheap, we were able to make a modest break even ad-supported business. Approx 20% of our users would click on the companion ads to our videos and that paid for the service.

Then YouTube came along, saw the rising video sharing market, took millions in Sequoia Capital funding and launched an ad-free video site. While 20% of my users were clicking off to advertisers paying my bills, 20% of YouTube users would stay on YouTube and find another video to share increasing virility. Moreover, we didn't have the money for big lawyers like YouTube had, and couldn't understand why they would allow users to post pirated content like Steven Colbert clips.

On the tide of VC funding and pirated content, we watched YouTube over a 12 month period slowly surpass our 2M streams per day and build an impossible market leadership position. We began loosing uploaders to YouTube because YouTube became more popular, and virility and views became more valuable to our users than quality or features. (Even if the View numbers were horribly faked by YouTube for the first year, in the end no-one cared because thye liked seeing big numbers getting bigger).

so my Company took VC. We went from being a small profitable company (4 people running a website and video service serving 8M monthly active uniques), to a 'typical VC business' with 25 people running in the red but making big news.

The problem is that VC's are amoral and they what is in the best interest of the balance sheet.
When we saw the need for what would eventualy become 'Patreon' we were blocked from doing it because our investors felt the risk was outside the core business. When the community uploaded 'non brand safe content'....ya know Speeding on a car-video site.......our advertisers sought to discourage this content in favor for unpopular 'Brand Safe' TV content. If the Advertisers want it then sales wants it. If Sales Wants it, the investors want it. Suddenly we were no longer chasing innovation a new market, we were chasing a magazine model, but hey al the other VC's in UGC video were doing it to from YouTube to Veoh, so suddenly the founders aren't 'Professional management' because we aren't following our 'Peers' but instead want to do what the users want.

Anyhow, there is a lot there, but net-net Once you take VC you have committed to an exit whether you like it or not. For us, even though the business could have gone back to being a small profitable 'Multi Channel Network' servicing the needs of our community. But because our sales team couldn't compete with Time Magazines Sales Team in a Sachi and Sachi pitch meeting, that is the reason the company 'was no longer worth it' and investors parted it out and sold it, they want home runs, not base hits. So Vidiac got bought by Magnify, StreetFire fired the founders and installed 'Proffesional Management'; to merge it with Car Domain. and After a solid 10 year run, StreetFire was finally turned off by Motor Trend in 2018.

We watch the move 'The Social Network' and really focus on the 1 in 10000 start-ups that shoot the moon, but that is not the reality of VC investing. Only 1 in 10 investments will have a Successful next round (not an exit, rather a successful next round of cash). Companies like Facebook can go through a dozen rounds of finance befor

Re:High-tech culture

By Kjella • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

By my standards, this was a huge success. By Silicon Valley hotshot standards, it was an abject failure. Different values, different metrics.

It's a failure if you took a 70% chance it'll flop and it gave a 200% ROI. Because if you invested in 10 companies you'd pay in 10*100 = 1000 and get back 3*300 = 900. Maybe you gambled on one company and tripled your money but then that's luck. That's essentially what venture capitalists do, they buy your business plan and sales pitch, scratch their lottery ticket and end up with a winner or a loser. Either way they're done, off to find new promising tickets to scratch. Which is why they care so much about the upside, they already know it's a gamble but they want to know the prizes. No point in a high risk gamble without a high reward to match.

Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia Partner On Software-Defined Autonomous Cars

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ZDNet reports: Car manufacturer Mercedes-Benz and chipmaker Nvidia have partnered to build a software-defined computing infrastructure and system that enables vehicles to receive over-the-air software updates to ensure they are equipped with the latest autonomous features. "Together, we're going to revolutionise the car ownership experience, making the vehicle software programmable and continuously upgradeable via over the air updates," Nvidia CEO and founder Jensen Huang said.

The pair will build the software-defined architecture based on Nvidia's Drive AGX Orin system-on-chip (SoC) platform, and it will be a standard feature in the next fleet of Mercedes-Benz vehicles from 2024... "Nvidia's AI computing architecture will help us streamline our journey towards autonomous driving," said Ola Källenius, chairman of the board of management of Daimler and Mercedes-Benz. "These new capabilities and upgrades will be downloaded from the cloud, improving safety, increasing value, and extending the joy of ownership for all Mercedes-Benz customers...."

The pair said the new system would enable level two and three driving autonomy, as well as automated parking functions of up to level four. This would mean, according to the two companies, vehicles would have the ability to "automate driving of regular routes from address to address".

Barron's reports: Nvidia and Mercedes are, in some respects, playing catch-up. Something the rest auto industry is used to these days regarding Tesla. Almost every other auto maker around the globe is pursuing an Electrical Vehicle (EV)-centric strategy nowadays, something unthinkable a few years ago. Tesla CEO Elon Musk deserves a lot of credit for the shift. Tesla led in EV development, and now it's leading in software too...
And Forbes adds this telling quote from NVIDIA's senior director of automotive. "Revenues can be realized at the point of sale, as well as any time during the life of the vehicle. New features may be free of charge, single charge, pay by use, or subscription-based. Customers have shown that when they see the value, they are more than willing to pay for new apps and services."

oh great

By Cederic • Score: 3 • Thread

New features may be free of charge, single charge, pay by use, or subscription-based.

Hurrah, I get to pay a subscription every month for the fuel gauge. I get to pay every time I turn on the headlights.

My next car is going to be a second hand v8 Maserati with none of this bullshit.

Re:dealer only service, map updates, oil changes,

By presearch • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

I worked at Deere and some of my software is running in those guided tractors.

In many ways, the issues are far more difficult than with self driving cars.
Giant, dangerous machines, tracking a path with better than two inch accuracy,
on a side of a hill, in soft soil, over a path possibly several miles long,
year after year. Using ISO standard protocols, they can attach farming
implements like tillers, seeders, and sprayers from other vendors to the
tractors and it figures out the weight, width, and capacity, and it all shows
up on the in-cab screen display and it is expected to just work.

The tractors can operate in wing man mode and follow along filling or
emptying grain and refilling fuel and herbicides, often operated by an untrained and
ever-changing migrating work force. And this all has to happen under time, weather,
and equipment resource constraints.

There are some farms up in Canada that are so large, the tractors can travel
in a strain line, using more than one fill of fuel. Again, with better than two inch
accuracy. So much so that the curvature of the earth comes into play for guidance.

This is not the best target for open source hacking. Deere takes a lot of heat for being
such a closed system, but it's amazing that it works as well as it does.

The systems are highly complex and the people building it are top notch.

Volvo's Polestar Plans an Electric Ride-Hailing Robotaxi with Waymo

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Slashdot reader Way Smarter Than You shares this article from Car and Driver: Polestar, the Volvo premium electric brand, will come out with a new electric vehicle platform just for ride-hailing vehicles. The automated driving technology is called Waymo Driver, and Waymo has been testing it in vehicles from a number of automakers, including Jaguar Land Rover, Nissan, and Renault. You'll be shocked to hear this, but Volvo thinks that self-driving vehicles will be safer than today's human-piloted models. Add Polestar to the list of companies that think Waymo has what it takes to bring us to an autonomous-vehicle future....

Polestar says that this new partnership will open up "new opportunities for the electric performance brand," including putting Waymo's fully self-driving technology — called Waymo Driver — into future Polestar vehicles. The deal makes Waymo the exclusive global Level 4 partner for Volvo Car Group. As defined by the SAE, Level 4 is a category of technology that can drive the car on its own in limited situations.

"Through our strategic partnership, we will first work together to integrate the Waymo Driver into an all-new mobility-focused electric-vehicle platform for ride-hailing services," Waymo said in a statement. In other words, some sort of Polestar premium autonomous robotaxi mobility service is coming, at some undefined point.

Electric autonomous ride-hailing taxi service

By Arthur, KBE • Score: 3 • Thread
Just two years away.

Mysterious Spike In Radioactivity Over Northern Europe, Accident At Russian Nuclear Plant Suspected

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An anonymous reader quotes the International Business Times: Watchdog agencies last week detected an increase in radioactivity levels in the atmosphere over northern Europe, suggesting a potential damage at a nuclear plant. Authorities noted the possibility that the spike may be the result of accidental release of radioactive material from one of the nuclear plants in Russia, but a spokesman denied any problems with the Russian power plants.

Several Scandinavian watchdog agencies detected elevated levels of radionuclides cesium-134, cesium -137 and ruthenium-103 over parts of Finland, southern Scandinavia and the Arctic. Although the levels are not considered harmful to human health and the environment, radionuclides are artificial, unstable byproducts of nuclear fission, suggesting that the sudden increase in levels may have resulted from a damage in a nuclear power plant.

According to the Associated Press, the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority noted Tuesday (June 24) that locating the origin of the radionuclides is "not possible" but by Friday, the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment in the Netherlands announced that calculations revealed that the radionuclides may actually have come from the direction of Western Russia...

In 1986, it was a similar detection in Sweden that contributed to the reveal that a disaster had occurred in Chernobyl.

Those aren’t mine

By MikeMo • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
This story reminded me of a reality cops show I saw recently. They had arrested a man for suspicion of drug dealing. On camera (you could only hear them), they take the man into a room at the police station and strip search him. Drugs fall out of his ass. “Those aren’t mine”, he says. “I don’t know where those came from”.

“Those radionuclides aren’t ours”, the Russian spokesperson says. “We don’t know where they came from”.

Re:Nothing out of the ordinary

By ledow • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Which should be even more worrying - because then it either shouldn't be raising any alerts at all, or someone is regularly dumping radioactive material somewhere.

Re:RadMon

By ledow • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

A few dozen people across Europe with some homebrew stuff they stuck on windowsills?

Not surprising at all.

Some of them are literally "homemade gieger counter with Arduino inside my apartment" and things like that. A £50 kit off Amazon that probably couldn't measure the vast majority of radiation anyway, and certainly not once put indoors. If that picks up stuff, you have bigger things to worry about that what Russia are doing.

And none of them are within 100 miles of the suspected leak.

Crowdsourcing data works for some things but not on that kind of scale, with random equipment, in crap locations.

Re:You get it today

By MachineShedFred • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

That's not including the half-dozen or so nuclear bombs that were lost/accidentally dropped on US soil and foreign soil.

And why would you include anything to do with nuclear weapons, when we are talking about nuclear power plants? That is, unless you are intentionally trying to blur the lines between the two in order to create FUD...

Oh wait, that's exactly what you are doing. This can also be evidenced by the links you provided.

In your three links, only one has anything to do with operation of a reactor, which happened to be an experimental reactor built in the late 50s that nobody in their right mind would build today, used a highly-enriched fuel bordering on weapons-grade that no commercial power plant uses, and took some pretty extraordinary incompetence to cause the accident. The other two were a mine tailing spill, which is serious but not exactly unique to nuclear energy (see: the myriad of coal slurry spills) and one was a criticality accident inside a nuclear lab at Los Alamos where they were recovering plutonium from aqueous waste, hardly something that happens at any commercial power plant.

So I guess if you want to expand the definition of "nuclear accident" to cover any and all industrial activity that involves both "an accident" as well as nuclear material, then I guess you have a point. But any rational definition within the context of commercial nuclear power would disagree.

Re: You get it today

By MachineShedFred • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Plus the little fact that the reactors at TMI had a negative void coefficient, so boiling of coolant causes a loss of reactivity. The RBMK reactors at Chernobyl use a positive void coefficient, so turning water into steam causes the reactivity to increase. Hotter it gets, the more steam you get, the more neutrons get absorbed, the more fissioning, more heat, more steam, more neutrons, etc. until the whole thing cracks open from steam pressure in a large bang that spreads radioactive shit around the area.

Even as bad as that was, it was the subsequent graphite fire that made Chernobyl what it was - a nuclear furnace open to the atmosphere spewing fission products in a smoke plume into the upper atmosphere. The massive power output of the runaway reactor caused the heat necessary to burn nuclear graphite, and the vertical construction of the reactor caused a chimney affect to keep the heat high enough to sustain combustion - other graphite moderated reactors such as the N-reactor at Hanford used horizontal pressure tubes which even in an extremely low probability accident would not have sustained enough heat to combust the graphite due to graphite's thermal conductivity.