the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2021-May-04 today archive


  1. NOAA Unveils a Warmer Climate 'Normal' For the US
  2. Biden Team May Partner With Private Firms To Monitor Extremist Chatter Online
  3. 21Nails Vulnerabilities Impact 60% of the Internet's Email Servers
  4. Sale of Coal and Wet Wood Restricted in England
  5. New Emails Show Steve Jobs Referred To Facebook As 'Fecebook' Amid App Store Conflict
  6. US Commerce Dept Pressing Taiwan To Supply More Chips To US Automakers
  7. Pandora Says Laboratory-Made Diamonds Are Forever
  8. Two More Windows 10 Updates Will Remove Adobe Flash For Good
  9. Dogecoin Spike Crashes Robinhood Token Trading
  10. Frontier Exits Bankruptcy, Claims It Will Double Fiber-To-the-Home Footprint
  11. Belgium's Government Network Goes Down After Massive DDoS Attack
  12. #FreeFortnite Hecklers Add a Shout-Out To Epic-Apple Trial
  13. Belgian Farmer Accidentally Moves French Border
  14. India Grants Approval For 5G Trials, Avoids Chinese Firms
  15. Dell Patches 12-year-old Driver Vulnerability Impacting Millions of PCs
  16. Dogecoin Creator Sold All His Coins in 2015 To Buy a Used Honda Civic; Doge Now Has a Bigger Market Cap Than Honda Motor
  17. Apple Exec Suggested Cutting App Store Commission To 20% as Early as 2011
  18. Surprise COVID Trend: Doomscrolling Moved To Desktop
  19. Amazon Had Sales Income of $53 Billion in Europe in 2020 But Paid No Corporation Tax
  20. New Micro-Op Cache Vulnerability Evades All Previous Fixes For Spectre-Like Attacks
  21. Tesla Car Hacked Remotely From Drone Via Zero-Click Exploit
  22. High-Energy Cosmic Ray Sources Get Mapped Out For the First Time

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.

NOAA Unveils a Warmer Climate 'Normal' For the US

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from Axios: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration revealed new standards on Tuesday for what an average or "normal" U.S. climate looks like, showing average temperatures in the U.S. rising significantly. Updating these standards is important for helping shape government policies and what your local weather forecaster says the "average" high temperature is on a given date.

NOAA releases climate averages for the preceding 30-year period every 10 years. The "climate normals" released Tuesday cover 1991-2020 and indicate that the U.S. climate has warmed, and also become wetter over time. NOAA noted that parts of the U.S. may also get drier, due to climate change. "The influence of long-term global warming is obvious," per a press release. The new normals may shift how the climate is described for particular parts of the U.S. With the changes, Fairbanks, Alaska is no longer considered a sub-Arctic climate, but is now termed a "warm summer continental" climate.

How convenient!

By BAReFO0t • Score: 3 • Thread

If you can't succeed... just define failure as success.
They should start a management consulting firm.

Reminds me of this ancient site:

A wisdom of the Dakota Indians

When you discover
that you ride a dead horse...
get off.

But we managers often try other strategies according to which we act in this situation:

        We'll get a stronger whip.
        We change riders.
        We say: "That's how we always rode the horse."
        We set up a working group to analyze the horse.
        We visit other places to see how to ride dead horses there.
        We are raising the quality standards for riding dead horses.
        We are forming a task force to revive the dead horse.
        We put in a training session to learn to ride better.
        We make comparisons of different dead horses.
        We're changing the criteria that tell whether a horse is dead.
        We buy in people from outside to ride the dead horse.
        We harness several dead horses together to make them go faster.
        We declare: "No horse can be so dead that it cannot be beaten."
        We make additional funds available to increase the horse's performance.
        We're doing a study to see if there are cheaper consultants out there.
        We buy something that makes dead horses run faster.
        We declare that our horse is dead "better, faster and cheaper".
        We form a quality circle to find a use for dead horses.
        We are revising the performance conditions for horses.
        We set up an independent cost center for dead horses.


By gtall • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Tony Heller is nutjob conspiracy "theorist". That is, he makes shit up about the climate and spews it out on the intertubes because it gets him attention.

Come back when you can quote scientists with climate related degrees.

Re: Is it a way to deny global warming?

By JoeRobe • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Definitely not a way of denying global warming. It's about defining expected weather ranges for a given region based upon recent historical data. The temperature increase due to global warming still stands, and will be fervently measure and reported by NOAA as it should.

This is so when your weather person says "today will be abnormally hot" they're defining "abnormal" based upon an up-to-date definition of "normal".

There is an argument to be had for not updating "normal" so that every weather person for decades to come has to say every day will be abnormally warm (or dry, or wet, or hurricane-y). Maybe then it will eventually sink in that the Earth really is warming. But I digress....

Re: How convenient!

By thegarbz • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

You don't seem to understand what "normal" is in this context.

I mean this is BAReFO0t you're talking about. You can just leave it at "you don't seem to understand" and move on :-)

Our Sun is in "Grand Solar Minimum" ....

By jerryjnormandin • Score: 3, Informative • Thread
The Sun is entering "Grand Solar Minimum". It's going to get colder, not hotter. Plus if the increased volcanic activity continues the ash in the air will cool down the climate.

Biden Team May Partner With Private Firms To Monitor Extremist Chatter Online

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
schwit1 shares a report from CNN: The Biden administration is considering using outside firms to track extremist chatter by Americans online, an effort that would expand the government's ability to gather intelligence but could draw criticism over surveillance of US citizens. The plan being discussed inside DHS, according to multiple sources, would, in effect, allow the department to circumvent' [restrictions the U.S. government has to surveil American citizens]. A source familiar with the effort said it is not about decrypting data but rather using outside entities who can legally access these private groups to gather large amounts of information that could help DHS identify key narratives as they emerge.

In response to CNN's story, DHS said it "is not partnering with private firms to surveil suspected domestic terrorists online" and "it is blatantly false" to suggest that the department is using outside firms to circumvent its legal limits. "All of our work to address the threat of domestic terrorism is done consistent with the Constitution and other applicable law, and in close coordination with our privacy and civil liberties experts," the DHS statement added. But the department has considered partnering with research firms who have more visibility in this space, though it has not done so to this point, the sources said. If that ultimately happens, DHS could produce information that would likely be beneficial to both it and the FBI, which can't monitor US citizens in this way without first getting a warrant or having the pretext of an ongoing investigation. The CIA and NSA are also limited on collecting intelligence domestically.

Researchers who already monitor such activity online could act as middlemen to obtain the information. DHS officials maintain the materials provided would only consist of broad summaries or analysis of narratives that are emerging on these sites and would not be used to target specific individuals. But some of the research firms and non-profit groups under consideration by the DHS periodically use covert identities to access private social media groups like Telegram, and others used by domestic extremist groups. That thrusts DHS into a potential legal gray area even as it plugs an intelligence gap that critics say contributed to the failure to predict the assault on the Capitol.

Re:Failed to predict? Please!

By Deathlizard • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The cynic in me believes that they knew exactly what was going to happen, but let it go to the extreme so that they could use the outrage for political leverage.

Re:Police State Inbound

By swillden • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Can you imagine the firestorm over this if Trump was in power.

Yes, and it would have been completely justified. Trump consistently demonstrated a complete lack of concern for norms, rules or laws of any sort, anything that got in his way. While I think this is a bad idea and don't want the Biden administration to have this power, I would expect this administration -- or virtually any administration other than Trump's -- to exercise some restraint with the power, at a minimum to the extent of following whatever rules they need to in order to claim constitutionality, and to make an attempt to monitor extremists across the political spectrum.

As an example, consider the NSA intelligence collection outed by Snowden. They were collecting vast amounts of information, but they had some legal analysis that basically said that as long as they didn't look at it they hadn't broken a law. Essentially, they redefined "collect" as "examine", then set up a system that allowed them to dragnet nearly all US communications but to ensure that none of the data was actually reviewed or analyzed until they had gone through the proper legal procedures (the rubber-stamp FISA court; which is a separate issue but an exacerbating factor) to get permission to look at it. This is the sort of rules-lawyering I'd expect. It crossed the line of acceptability, but there was still a significant amount of restraint being applied, and they were still careful to follow their (bent) rules, which included needing some level of probable cause before they looked at any piece of their data trove.

I would not trust the Trump administration to adhere to any norms, submit to any restrictions or make even a pretense of using the power in any way that wasn't brazenly partisan.

Well done the US - you voted for Democrats but what you got was an incoming police state.

Well, we haven't gotten it yet. Apparently some people have been talking about it, but they're backpedaling hard. I predict that it will fail. Honestly, I doubt the conversations were ever really serious, either. My guess is that it went something like: A senior administration official (possibly Biden) asked for ideas about how to monitor extremism, some people came up with this idea and floated it around but it never got any traction, and somewhere along the line someone decided to leak it just to make sure it wouldn't.

What I find interesting in this conversation is the lack of "Oh, they've been doing that for years comments." Because there is a significant group of slashdotters who are convinced that tech companies have been selling this sort of access for a long time, even in the face of a complete lack of evidence (yes, there was that AT&T thing in the 80s).


By groobly • Score: 3 • Thread

Wrongthink must by stamped out by any means necessary! 1st amendment? We don't need no stinkin' badges!

Re:Monitor Extremist Chatter Online

By rickb928 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

"broke, starving, Netflix won't load, and Walmart is out of business pissed off."

Or driven out of work, no bank, Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Google, Siri won't load, put in jail pissed off. Not all of that is ludicrous if you believe the political movement that says plainly they would get you fired, or deny you banking and social media, and says you should be jailed for what you believe.

I tend to take them at their word more often now than I have in the past.

Re:Failed to predict? Please!

By Marxist Hacker 42 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Another liberal who does not understand that "court packing" specifically means *increasing the number of justices on the court*.

The rest of your identified "lies" are similar.

21Nails Vulnerabilities Impact 60% of the Internet's Email Servers

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
The maintainers of the Exim email server software have released updates today to patch a collection of 21 vulnerabilities that can allow threat actors to take over servers using both local and remote attack vectors. The Record reports: Known as 21Nails, the vulnerabilities were discovered by security firm Qualys. The bugs impact Exim, a type of email server known as a mail transfer agent (MTA) that helps email traffic travel across the internet and reach its intended destinations. While there are different MTA clients available, an April 2021 survey shows that Exim has a market share of nearly 60% among all MTA solutions, being widely adopted around the internet. The 21Nails vulnerabilities, if left unpatched, could allow threat actors to take over these systems and then intercept or tamper with email communications passing through the Exim server.

As Qualys explains in its security advisory, the 21Nails vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets. All Exim server versions released in the past 17 years, since 2004, the beginning of the project's Git history, are affected by the 21Nails bugs. This includes 11 vulnerabilities that require local access to the server to exploit, but also 10 bugs that can be exploited remotely across the internet. Security experts recommend that Exim server owners update to Exim version 4.94 to protect their systems against attacks.


By Aighearach • Score: 3 • Thread

Hopefully this "21st nail" fad wears off, I mean, I don't care what color you paint your nails, but that 21st thing you painted, wasn't your pinkie.

Editors wanted: apply within!

By mrsam • Score: 3 • Thread

a type of email server known as a mail transfer agent (MTA)

This is somewhat analogous "a type of a car known to have four wheels".

Postfix FTW

By niftydude • Score: 3 • Thread
Not gonna lie - right now I'm pretty happy that I made postfix my mail server of choice all those decades ago.

Zimbra uses Postfix

By squiggleslash • Score: 3 • Thread

For those who run Zimbra, Zimbra's built-in MTA is Postfix, not Exim, so you're good. (Zimbra is a bundle of open source tools that makes for an almost easy to install Exchange alternative, but that means for news like this you'll want to know what's actually in it. I just checked. Postfix thank goodness.)

Sale of Coal and Wet Wood Restricted in England

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Curbs on the sale of house coal and wet wood for household burning in England have come into force under new rules aimed at cutting air pollution. From a report: People will still be able to use stoves and open fires but they will need to burn cleaner alternatives. These are the first restrictions on what people can burn in their homes since the clean air acts of the 1950s. The UK's air is far cleaner now, but in recent years pollution from log burners has increased dramatically. Only 8% of households use them, but they are now the biggest source of the tiny pollution particles that are most damaging to health, according to government data. It shows domestic wood burning in both closed stoves and open fires was responsible for 38% of pollution particles under 2.5 microns in size, three times more than road traffic. These tiny particles can enter the bloodstream and lodge in lungs and other organs, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) warns, and have been identified by the World Health Organization as the most serious air pollutant for human health.

Re:'wet' wood

By LeeLynx • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
When I was growing up, my grandparents exclusively heated their home with a wood-burning stove. They didn't need a law to tell them not to burn green wood, there were any number of practical reasons it was just a bad idea. The only way you even find yourself in a position where you *need* to do so generally implies a profound lack of planning.

Re:Makes sense

By tragedy • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I don't know about Pete, but they've been burning Guy.

Re: 'wet' wood

By bb_matt • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Sadly, this has very much the ring of truth about it.

Kiln dried or seasoned wood over here in the UK is expensive. Very expensive.
10 small logs can cost upwards of $8 - it is absolutely a 'middle class' thing in a good percentage of use cases.
I've got a small wood burner, it looks great in my lounge and I tend to use it on weekends in winter.
It takes the edge of on really cold nights - which for where I live in the UK, rarely dips below 14F (-10c).
Do I need it? Heck, no, I've got underfloor central heating and a reasonably efficient insulated home.
But it also serves as a backup if the power goes down - so, as far as I'm concerned, it's a good investment.

So, because of the expense of wood with a low moisture content, people obviously try to cut corners.
It isn't so much "wood for beer money", as family/friends/contacts who are or know a land owner that manages woodland.
Our neighbours son, for instance, works for the council - and he supplies the neighbour with wood.
It is dry enough, but absolutely doesn't meet regulations for seasoned - you can smell it doesn't, when it burns.

Another neighbour probably has a log fire twice a year, which amuses me no end, because he clearly hasn't grasped the concept that wet wood produces little heat and a lot of smoke. It's always obvious, as it looks like his chimney is on fire and you can smell it half way down the street.

Sadly, however, there are still many who cannot afford central heating and rely on wood they can get for free. It'll be foraged from forests. Many of them know what they are doing, having done it for years. They are in no position to be able to afford to do otherwise.

Quite how the government in this country intends to enforce these regulations, is beyond me.
The only thing they can do is to ban the sale of wood that doesn't meet standards.
But they can't ban people from keeping wood that doesn't - and they would have to catch them burning it.

What are they going to do, have detector vans driving around and go door knocking to issue fines?

Re: 'wet' wood

By OneSmartFellow • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Do what normal people do, season the wood before burning. I have 3 different wood piles that are in a constant rotation

  There's the wood I have collected this year, fresh and green.
There's wood that I collected last year, which I can burn, but only if I run out of..
The wood I collected 2 years ago.

Granted, this takes up a bit of space, but not as much as you might think
    I only burn on the nasty evenings in winter, so I only need about a cord per year.

I'm always keeping my eyes open for people trimming trees, and frequently help for a few minutes if it means I get free wood.

Re:Restrict the sale of wet wood?

By serviscope_minor • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

I don't know of a ship that belches diesel. They belch diesel fumes.

Anyway ships of that sort (running on fuel oil) are insanely efficient. I worked it out once: it uses less fuel to ship a washing machine from China to the UK by boat than it does to ship if from the store to your house in a delivery van.

New Emails Show Steve Jobs Referred To Facebook As 'Fecebook' Amid App Store Conflict

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
The Apple vs. Epic legal battle has brought new documents to light, revealing the strained relationship between Apple and Facebook that dates as far back as 2011. 9to5Mac reports: Around this time, Facebook had not yet released a dedicated app for the iPad, which debuted in 2010. Apple's Scott Forstall, then serving as the company's software chief, sent an email to Phil Schiller and Steve Jobs regarding a meeting he had with Mark Zuckerberg about bringing Facebook to the iPad. At the heart of Facebook's concerns was that Apple would not allow the Facebook for iPad application to include "embedded apps." Forstall wrote: "I just discussed with Mark how they should not include embedded apps in the Facebook iPad app -- neither in an embedded web view or as a directory of links that would redirect to Safari. Not surprisingly, he wasn't happy with this as he considers these apps part of the 'whole Facebook experience' and isn't sure they should do an iPad app without them. Everything works in Safari, so he is hesitant to push people to a native app with less functionality, even if the native app is better for non-third party app features."

Zuckerberg suggested a few compromises to Forstall: Do not include a directory of apps in the Facebook app, links, or otherwise; Do not have third-party apps run in the embedded web view; Allow user posts in the news feed related to apps; and Tapping on one of these app-related links would (1) fast switch to a native app if one exists and the user has it installed, (2) take the user to the App Store if a native app exists and the user has not installed it, (3) link out to Safari otherwise.

"I think this is all reasonable, with the possible exception of #3," Forstall wrote in the email. Steve Jobs responded and wrote, "I agree -- if we eliminate Fecebooks third proposal it sounds reasonable." Note Jobs's spelling of Facebook there. A few days later, Forstall followed up and said that Zuckerberg did not like Apple's counterproposal. [...] CNBC adds: "When Facebook's iPad app eventually launched, it said that it would not support its own Credits currency on iOS for apps like Farmville -- a compromise along the lines of what Apple's executives discussed.

Future predictions.

By Ostracus • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I agree -- if we eliminate Fecebooks third proposal it sounds reasonable.

*wipes tear from eye* Truly a visionary.

Thank You Steve Jobs

By crunchy_one • Score: 3 • Thread
Another instance of Steve getting it 100% right, despite being dead. From this day forward, Facebook shall be known to all as Fecebook.

so what?

By Anonymouse Cowtard • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
I refer to Apple as Crapple but I've never submitted this as news to /.

"New Emails" From Steve Jobs

By hcs_$reboot • Score: 3 • Thread
These emails must come from really far far away.

Re:so what?

By stephanruby • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

Nice try Mark Zuckerberg!

US Commerce Dept Pressing Taiwan To Supply More Chips To US Automakers

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The U.S. Commerce Department is pressing Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing and other Taiwanese firms to prioritize the needs of American automakers to ease chip shortages in the near term, Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said on Tuesday. From a report: Raimondo told a Council of the Americas event that longer term, increased investment is needed to produce more semi-conductors in the United States and other critical supply chains need re-shoring, including to allied countries. "We're working hard to see if we can get the Taiwanese and TSMC, which is a big company there, to, you know, prioritize the needs of our auto companies since there's so many American jobs on the line," Raimondo said in response to a question from a General Motors executive.

Solidarity forever!

By Anonymouse Cowtard • Score: 3 • Thread
It is the worker who creates all the chips and all the autos. The worker creates all the wealth. But the worker is divided along lines of nationality, race and faith. Lines created to keep the worker subjugated.

Re:They cancelled their orders.

By Richard_at_work • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

That sounds very familiar to anyone that followed the Boeing 787 fastener saga...

Boeing requested quotes for fasteners for their new 787 during the development phase, and the relevant company gave said quote with appropriate lead times etc required. Boeing came back well after the quote was expired, well after the lead times had come and gone, and demanded enough fasteners for the first 4 aircraft - and got told to sod off.

Which is why Boeing rolled the first airframe out on 7/8/07 empty, with non-flight-certified fasteners and requiring years of rework afterward to replace said fasteners with flight-certified ones. Boeing was handling the fall out of fastener related issues across the first 20 or so aircraft for years (these aircraft being referred to as the terrible teens), and the first three aircraft were eventually written off as R&D expenses and are now on display (they were originally intended to be delivered to airlines and actually had delivery slots booked, Boeing rarely retains these aircraft themselves).

A fine example of "we are big, you will bow to our demands when we make them" not working.


By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

The unions slowed down the move to automation & UBI so this is the result. Productivity and quality of life for everyone reduced because enough things can't get manufactured for everyone.

Re:They cancelled their orders.

By Edward Nardella • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

It would be reasonable to request a source if the claim was not one that could be sourced quicker than it takes to post a comment requesting a source.

The fact that you're requesting a source for something that is provided in all ten of the first page search results for "chip shortage cause". Suggests that you're either commenting in bad faith or are so lazy that you'll spend more time posting a comment than you'll spend looking for the answer.

A Demonstration of Gov't Intelligence

By slashdot_commentator • Score: 3 • Thread

You can squeeze blood from a stone! Its just a matter of squeezing hard enough.

Forget the fact that Taiwan is in a drought and their chip fabs require water.

Pandora Says Laboratory-Made Diamonds Are Forever

Posted by BeauHDView on SlashDotShareable Link
An anonymous reader quotes a report from the BBC: The world's biggest jeweller, Pandora, says it will no longer sell mined diamonds and will switch to exclusively laboratory-made diamonds. Concerns about the environment and working practices in the mining industry have led to growing demand for alternatives to mined diamonds. Pandora's chief executive, Alexander Lacik, told the BBC the change was part of a broader sustainability drive. He said the firm was pursuing it because "it's the right thing to do." They are also cheaper: "We can essentially create the same outcome as nature has created, but at a very, very different price." Mr Lacik explains they can be made for as little as "a third of what it is for something that we've dug up from the ground."

Pandora's lab-made diamonds are being made in Britain, and the UK is the first country where they will be sold. The new diamond jewelry will start at $350. [...] One problem with lab-made diamonds, though, is that they can take a lot of energy to produce. Between 50% and 60% of them come from China, where they are made in a process known as "high-pressure, high-temperature technology." The use of coal powered electricity is widespread. However in the United States, the biggest retail market for lab-grown diamonds, there is a greater focus on using renewable energy. The largest US producer, Diamond Foundry, says its process is "100% hydro-powered, meaning zero emissions." Both types are chemically and physically identical to mined diamonds.

Genuine "diamels"!

By cascadingstylesheet • Score: 3 • Thread

Er ... isn't the whole point of diamonds to be expensive? It's not as though we haven't had affordable diamond substitutes available for a very long time.

Maybe the "traditional" wedding gift will have to become something with artificial scarcity, like NFTs or bitcoin ...

Re:Blood Diamonds

By DamnOregonian • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
And plus, just fuck De Beers for the fucking harm they have wrought on this planet.

Re:Blood Diamonds

By necro81 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

flawless lab-grown diamond holds immense promise for electronics

I agree, but a major stumbling block has been creating enough diamond to even begin exploring the possibility. The silicon semiconductor industry is build on wafers, typically 300 mm in diameter; wafers are made from growing boules the size of logs from pure silicon. It's a pretty efficient process at this point.

By contrast, the only diamond wafers for semiconductor use are made via vapor deposition on some other substrate, and are only available in diameters of, say, 30 mm, only 1/100th the area. Purity and defect counts still leave something to be desired.

Granted, the same could be said for silicon back in the 1960s and 1970s: wafers were small, quality was so-so, and costs were high. But it's going to take a while to make some inroads. I've been hearing about it for over 20 years now, seemingly without much progress, and not a single IC on the market to point to. I think there's been more progress in other materials: SiC, Ge, Ga-As, etc. We'll probably get there eventually - I'm just not holding my breath for it to happen soon.

Re:Blood Diamonds

By Immerman • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

I think the bigger impediment is a lack of suitably large flawless diamond wafers. Can't use them for semiconductors until the diamond production line can deliver flawless wafers large enough and cheap enough for production.

A 300mm (12") silicon wafer weighs about 125 grams and costs about $3. Diamond is denser, so a similar wafer would weigh about 188 grams, or 938 carats. Diamond price/carat increases with size, starting at around $1000 for 1/3 of a carat, and rapidly scaling up to ~$4000/carat for only 3 carats. But even using the low end that wafer would easily be worth $1,000,000.

Basically, so long as diamonds are considered valuable gemstones, I don't see how semiconductor applications can hope to take off. And given how lucrative the jewelry market is, I don't imagine synthetic diamond producers are in any hurry to scale up production to kill it.

Re:Blood Diamonds

By Immerman • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Quite so. Plus,that hypothetical 300mm diamond wafer would weight almost 1000 carats, easily worth many $million at current jewelry prices, compared to $3 for the silicon wafer. I don't imagine synthetic diamond producers are actually in any hurry to produce diamond logs and kill that market.

Wikipedia has a picture of a 92mm diamond slab though, so I think you're a bit behind the current production scales.

Two More Windows 10 Updates Will Remove Adobe Flash For Good

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Microsoft is preparing to issue two more Windows 10 updates in June and July that will eliminate unsupported Adobe Flash Player from Windows PCs for good. ZDNet reports: The update KB4577586 called "Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player" has been available as an optional update since October and now looks set for a broader deployment. Flash Player officially reached end of life on December 31, 2020 as per an announcement by Adobe and major browser makers in 2017.

"Starting in June 2021, the KB4577586 "Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player" will be included in the Preview Update for Windows 10, version 1809 and above platforms. It will also be included in every subsequent Latest Cumulative Update," Microsoft said. "As of July 2021, the KB4577586 "Update for Removal of Adobe Flash Player" will be included in the Latest Cumulative Update for Windows 10, versions 1607 and Windows 10, version 1507. The KB will also be included in the Monthly Rollup and the Security Only Update for Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012, and Windows Embedded 8 Standard," it added.

About bloody time

By Major_Disorder • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Kill flash! Kill it with fire!!!

Just why?

By Vadim Makarov • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

I have disabled KB4577586. Why shove the removal further down my throat? It should be my choice what software to keep installed on my computer.

Re:Just why?

By thegarbz • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I have disabled KB4577586. Why shove the removal further down my throat? It should be my choice what software to keep installed on my computer.

It's not software, it's a Windows component. This update does not remove Adobe Flash if you installed it yourself, it only removes the version which came with windows / IE.

I'd rather see...

By JustNiz • Score: 3, Funny • Thread

...Linux security updates uninstalling Windows.

There are still users who need Flash

By PastTense • Score: 3 • Thread

Remember this post:

Adobe Flash Shutdown Halts Chinese Railroad for Over 16 Hours Before Pirated Copy Restores Ops

So there are still users who rely on Flash--so it shouldn't have a mandated removal by Microsoft.

Dogecoin Spike Crashes Robinhood Token Trading

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Robinhood's trading app crashed for around an hour this morning, as Dogecoin hit record highs and Ethereum continued to gain ground. The outage is reminiscent of the Robinhood-GameStop fiasco last January, where Robinhood deliberately blocked users from trading GameStop stock as it catapulted in value. The Verge reports: Robinhood ran into issues processing cryptocurrency trades this morning, during a spike in the price of Dogecoin that sent users flocking to the app. The website DownDetector shows the outage starting around 9:30AM ET and reducing in severity about an hour later. Robinhood confirmed that it experienced a "partial outage" in crypto trading and said the issues had been resolved as of 11:15AM ET. The outage was particularly noticeable since it came during a spike (and subsequent dip) in Dogecoin prices. Coins were priced at around $0.40 USD at the beginning of the day. Around 8AM ET, they spiked past $0.50 USD and reached as high as $0.60 USD near 10AM ET.

Users were quick to voice their frustrations with the app on Twitter, seeing it as a repeat of the situation that happened in January when Robinhood limited trading on buzzy, soaring stocks, including GameStop and AMC. In the app this morning, a message told users, "We are experiencing intermittent issues with crypto trading. We are working to resolve this issue as soon as possible." Meanwhile, the price ticker on Dogecoin continued its rapid flip up and down.


By ArhcAngel • Score: 3 • Thread
I just left Micro Center. There are guys in tents camping out. Why? Because Micro Center is getting a shipment of video cards in the morning!'s a hell of a drug.

Still using Robinhood?

By Chas • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Anyone still using Robinhood after the "Gamestonk" fiasco is a fucking moron.

Frontier Exits Bankruptcy, Claims It Will Double Fiber-To-the-Home Footprint

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Frontier Communications emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday, saying that it plans to double its fiber-to-the-premises footprint by extending fiber to an additional 3 million homes and businesses. "Frontier is deploying capital and pursuing an extensive fiber build-out plan that will accelerate the company's transformation from a legacy provider of copper-based services to a fiber-based provider... Under the first phase of the plan, Frontier intends to invest heavily and pass more than 3 million homes and business locations, enabling a total of over 6 million homes and businesses with Gig-plus speeds," the company said in a press release.

Expanding to 3 million additional homes will take multiple years, as Frontier said it plans to reach "approximately 495,000 additional locations in 2021." That apparently includes 100,000 new fiber locations already built in the first three months of this year. Frontier is analyzing whether it can "at least double the build rate next year," Frontier's newly hired CEO Nick Jeffery said, according to FierceTelecom. "We have 3.4 million total fiber passings today and plan to at least double this footprint over the coming years," Jeffery also said.

Frontier's current network consists of copper lines that pass 11.8 million homes and businesses and fiber lines passing 3.4 million homes and businesses, Frontier said in a presentation for investors. Even if Frontier achieves its goal of doubling its fiber network, over 8 million homes and businesses would remain stuck on Frontier's old copper network, which provides slower DSL service. Although Frontier didn't promise to extend fiber to all or even to a majority of its copper locations, its presentation said the company's network has a "substantial competitive advantage relative to competitors" because it includes "12 million copper passings to potentially convert to fiber."

All Roads Lead to Maggie Wilderotter

By mlw4428 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I was hired by Verizon just before the Frontier Communications buyout was announced. Within months Maggie was sending out company-wide emails extolling the value of DSL and how it could "compete" with cable. FiOS wasn't the way forward according to her, it was expensive and apparently she didn't think speed was necessary. DSL was "the path forward", except it was priced against cable which could offer 3-4 times the speed (at least) and that was in the BEST of circumstances. All too often a home's copper infrastructure was so poor that signal degraded, COs used antiquated equipment, and what few homes could get advertised speeds rarely saw much above 3.0Mbps. I was a business sales associate and I couldn't sell DSL. Maggie wanted us to say literally whatever it took to sell the shitty products...but when you're not investing in the future, you're getting left in the past. I left that shithole and while I used their FIBER service, I never forgot how stupid Maggie Wilderotter was.

Re:Too little, too late - Starlink will crush this

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I really wish people would stop latching onto this pipe dream. Starlink won't replace the traditional wired ISP's, especially in urban and suburban areas. Musk himself stated "Starlink works best for low population density situations"

Will it be great for a host of people in rural and less served communities who have limited options? Absolutely
Will it be a solid nationwide competitor against all other ISP's who will obviously now have a little more push to roll out fiber and better service to more areas? Sure, i am sure it has been brought up in board meetings at every ISP.

Will it deliver fiber or even cable based latency, reliability and speeds? Nope, not in this decade.

Will it be able to handle densities of tens of thousands per square mile? No again.

Just be reliable

By awwshit • Score: 3 • Thread

I'd be okay if Frontier was just reliable where it already offers service. What is the point of expanding your failing infrastructure?

I'm tired of multi-day outages with no explanation. The service is fine when it works.

Nice press release

By Krishnoid • Score: 3 • Thread
  • Frontier intends to invest heavily -- in stock buybacks
  • and pass more than 3 million homes and business locations -- while driving, in their contractors' trucks
  • enabling a total of over 6 million homes and businesses -- already wired or functional anyway
  • with Gig-plus speeds -- with 'Gig' meaning "within two orders of magnitude of 1E9 bits/second to our cached servers", and 'plus' meaning "whatever"

Honing Logistics

By Jodka • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

from the ./ summary

"Frontier Communications emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Friday..."

As a Frontier customer I can offer some insight into that. My family owns two seasonal summer cottages in Michigan a few hundred feet apart from each other. Because it is cheaper, we only pay for internet service in the summer months when they are occupied.

So at the beginning of every summer we call Frontier to schedule a hookup appointment. The conversation goes the same way every year. We tell the Frontier appointment scheduler that the cottages are right next to each other, we own them both, they both need hookups so please schedule one appointment for both or two consecutive appointments, one for each cottage. We want to spend as little time away from sailing and swimming and reading on the beach as possible. The answer is always the same: They have absolutely no way to schedule appointments that way. So what usually happens is that the install technician (who is always awesome) drives a few hours out to our place and hooks up one cottage, then drives a few hours back to his local Frontier Depot or to another appointment. Then later that day or another the same technician or another drives a few hours out, hooks up the other cottage, and drives back. The technicians know what is going on believe that it is idiotic.

Frontier is one of at least three examples I know of, each at different institutions, where the people who actually do the work are fully aware of persistent severe business failures and know what needs to change to fix them.

Competent managers continuously and iteratively monitor performance, investigate, strategize and optimize their own business practices. For example, if you watched Amazon over the years, it is very clear that one reason they are a zillion dollar corporation is because of that relentless drive to improve.

You do not need to be a super genius or have a fancy degree to succeed in business. You need to take the legitimate concerns of the business, efficiency, quality of service, reliability and convenience very seriously and always work hard at improving. The great heroes in business have been people who are constantly driven to make stuff better. Steve Jobs was fanatical about "insanely great" products. Elon Musk is delivering products today from what seems like decades in the future. Before the idiot board at Jet Blue fired David Neeleman for having a bad week, he was conquering the airline passenger industry with unconventionally awesome customer service at fantastic prices.

On the other hand, from the customer's point of view, Frontier seems like it is managed by useless parasites.

Taking my own advice here, I will be burying an ethernet cable between the two cottages this summer and we will be paying for service to only next year.

Belgium's Government Network Goes Down After Massive DDoS Attack

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Most of the Belgium government's IT network has been down today after a massive distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack knocked offline both internal systems and public-facing websites. From a report: The attack targeted Belnet, a government-funded ISP that provides internet connectivity for Belgian government organizations, such as its Parliament, educational institutes, ministries, and research centers. The incident, which Belnet is still dealing with at the time of writing, is believed to have impacted the activities of more than 200 Belgian government organizations. Impacted services include My Minfin, the government's official tax- and form-filing portal, but also IT systems used by schools and universities for remote learning applications. In a tweet today, the Belgium Justice Department also reported disruptions but did not go into details.

French hackers not asleep at the wheel

By Rademir • Score: 3 • Thread

They were ready for Belgium to make a move like this.

Two stories about Belgium?

By boudie2 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Sadly, the only people who care about what happens in Belgium are Belgians. And their internet is down.


By GameboyRMH • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Nooobody expects the French retaliation!

Belgian jokes aside

By oort99 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
This is likely state-sponsored terrorism by one of the usual suspects. Needs to be taken seriously, and we need to start seeing consequences for this stuff. We're woefully unprepared for wider-scope attacks enabled by small trial runs like this.

China connection

By LeeLynx • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
The Register article notes that one Belgian MP has pointed out that the attack appears to coincide with parliamentary hearings on the Uyghur genocide:

Samuel Cogolati, an MP of Belgium’s environmentally focused political party Ecolo, noted that the time of the attack seemed to coincide with a parliamentary committee meeting on whether to accuse China of genocide regarding its treatment of Uyghur Muslims, though there was other business on the agenda, we're told.... A Uyghur woman was expected to tell Belgian politicians what she experienced in China's camps, according to Cogolati.

#FreeFortnite Hecklers Add a Shout-Out To Epic-Apple Trial

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Fans of Fortnite aren't happy that Apple pulled the game app off the iPhone last year -- and some aren't shy about appealing to the federal judge who has the power to make things right. From a report: "Can we please have Fortnite mobile back?" a voice was heard saying Tuesday as a clerk was testing dial-in access for the public to monitor Epic Games' trial against Apple in federal court in Oakland, California. Yesterday, as the three-week trial opened, there were enough hecklers who'd figured out how to unmute themselves -- against the court's rules -- that the phone system was briefly shut down, prompting some online commentators to refer to the situation as a hijacking. Further reading: The Apple vs. Epic Games trial airs private emails.

Best way to protest

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

Switch to Android, nobody is forcing you to stick to iOS. The more we start forcing companies to do this and that, the more freedoms will be lost. If we are ok with telling Apple what to do, presumably they will soon tell you and me who we should associate with and do things with. It will happen.


By Cpt_Kirks • Score: 4 • Thread

This is true - Apple have a monopoly, and they're not afraid to abuse it!

16% worldwide share is not really a "monopoly".

Misleading Title

By WankerWeasel • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Apple didn't pull it. Epic did. They were the one that removed it from the platform because they didn't want to follow the rules. That was their choice and no one else. At least be right about who you blame.

Belgian Farmer Accidentally Moves French Border

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A farmer in Belgium has caused a stir after inadvertently redrawing the country's border with France. From a report: A local history enthusiast was walking in the forest when he noticed the stone marking the boundary between the two countries had moved 2.29m (7.5ft). The Belgian farmer, apparently annoyed by the stone in his tractor's path, had moved it inside French territory. Instead of causing international uproar, the incident has been met with smiles on both sides of the border. "He made Belgium bigger and France smaller, it's not a good idea," David Lavaux, mayor of the Belgian village of Erquelinnes, told French TV channel TF1. That sort of move caused a headache between private landowners, he pointed out, let alone neighbouring states. The border between France and what is now Belgium stretches 620km (390 miles). It was formally established under the Treaty of Kortrijk, signed in 1820 after Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo five years earlier. The stone dates back to 1819, when the border was first marked out. "I was happy, my town was bigger," the Belgian mayor added with a laugh. "But the mayor of Bousignies-sur-Roc didn't agree."

Re:Casus Belli

By ZiggyZiggyZig • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

French here.
Thank you for giving some of us the opportunity to become Belgian! Now if you can discreetely move that stone all the way to Marseille, we'd all be glad to get rid of Macron and welcome our new fries-and-mussels eating overlords.

Re: Huh what?

By sjames • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

That was so funny I poured hot grits down my pants.

Re:Thank goodness nothing happened

By iggymanz • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

A day after the Belgian farmer moved the marker, the President of France formally surrendered to the invading stone.

Re: Nonsense

By NagrothAgain • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
It depends on how the treaties are written. If the Stone is considered the actual Source of Truth then yes, moving it would move the border.

Love it :)

By cascadingstylesheet • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
If all international slights were met with such humor, it would be a better world!

India Grants Approval For 5G Trials, Avoids Chinese Firms

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Indian telecom ministry on Tuesday said it has granted several telecom service providers permission to conduct a six-month trial for the use and application of 5G technology in the country. From a report: New Delhi has granted approval to over a dozen firm spanning multiple nationalities -- excluding China. Among the telecom operators that have received the grant include Jio Platforms, Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL. These firms, the ministry said, will work with original equipment manufacturers and tech providers Ericsson, Nokia, Samsung, and C-Dot. Jio Platforms, additionally, has been granted permission to conduct trials using its own homegrown technology. In a press note, the Department of Telecommunications didn't specify anything about China, but a person familiar with the matter confirmed that Chinese giants Huawei and ZTE aren't among those who have received the approval. [...] India's move on Tuesday follows similar decisions taken by the U.S., UK, and Australia, all of which have expressed concerns about Huawei and ZTE and their ties with the Chinese government.

Re:are they officially in a cold war?

By FudRucker • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
its not just India, China has been flooding the world markets with shoddy products that barely function for decades, China needs to quit shipping junk around the world and learn the meaning of quality (pun unintended)

Re:5G Trials Already Underway

By jwhyche • Score: 4 • Thread
Remember the old days when we would give out Usenet kook awards?

Re:are they officially in a cold war?

By ranton • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

its not just India, China has been flooding the world markets with shoddy products that barely function for decades, China needs to quit shipping junk around the world and learn the meaning of quality (pun unintended)

China produces the product quality that the buyer demands. If the buyer wants cheap and shoddy, China can produce them. If the buyer wants a top of the line smartphone, China can produce them. The quality of products with a Made in China tag has nothing to do with China's ability to produce high quality products. If we ask them to make us a bologna sandwitch, it is ridiculous to complain when they don't make us a prime ribeye.

Re:are they officially in a cold war?

By OrangeTide • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

if the free market cared about quality it would pay for quality. that's the fatal flaw of globalization, the one with the lowest standards is the most competitive.

If you want China to quit producing junk, quit buying it. If you want central America to quit making illegal narcotics, then America needs to quit buying them.

I'm not saying the above is a morale and just way to run our society. But it does appear to be how things work currently.

Re:are they officially in a cold war?

By MBGMorden • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's not you who asked for it - it's the (often non-Chinese) parent company that specifies the quality.

Go buy a Wal-mart brand (Hyper Tough I believe these days) drill made in China, then go buy a Dewalt drill of the same type also made in China. They're both made in China but Dewalt specified/orders a higher quality because their reputation is typically better and they don't wan to lose that. As a result the Walmart brand will be cheaper and crappier and the Dewalt will cost more but be better.

In general a lot of US, European, and Japanese companies tend to have a "minimum" quality level that they're effectively embarrassed to go below. China doesn't care and will happily build it as crappy as you want - up to and including a practically disposable item or even one that won't even work once.

Traditionally that would tank a company's reputation, but when you're just building for another company and your name isn't going on it they don't tend to care as much. Or they rapidly change their "company" name on the products on a regular basis so that nobody really knows whos making what. Ever notice that for a lot of products you can go to Amazon and there are about 30 variants of the same thing (particularly tools), but the name and maybe color scheme changes between each one - and the names look like they're randomly generated. Dedilac or Xerikal or Bunsila or Zerulow. Just enough consonants and vowels mashed together to make a disposable name that will be abandoned within a few months tops. If their product is crap you can't even avoid them in the future because they'll be slapping a different made-up name on the stuff.

Dell Patches 12-year-old Driver Vulnerability Impacting Millions of PCs

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Hundreds of millions of Dell desktops, laptops, notebooks, and tablets will need to update their Dell DBUtil driver to fix a 12-year-old vulnerability that exposes systems to attacks. From a report: The bug, tracked as CVE-2021-21551, impacts version 2.3 of DBUtil, a Dell BIOS driver that allows the OS and system apps to interact with the computer's BIOS and hardware. In a report published today and shared with The Record, security firm SentinelOne said it found a vulnerability in this driver that could be abused to allow threat actors access driver functions and execute malicious code with SYSTEM and kernel-level privileges. Researchers said the DBUtil vulnerability cannot be exploited over the internet to gain access to unpatched systems remotely. Instead, threat actors who gained initial access to a computer, even to a low-level account, could abuse this bug to take full control over the compromised PC -- in what the security community typically describes as a privilege escalation vulnerability.

Re:Taking this news with a grain of salt...

By EndlessNameless • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

And once you have machines locked down to that extent, the amount of actual work that people can do on them is often nearly none

That's ancient bullshit.

My employer has separate networks for business apps vs production, and both environments are functional for unprivileged users.

There are a few special terminals for legacy apps, but those are relatively isolated.

Unless you're swimming in legacy crud, it's not that hard. Even then, most legacy stuff can be virtualized and locked behind custom firewall and IPS rules.

Dogecoin Creator Sold All His Coins in 2015 To Buy a Used Honda Civic; Doge Now Has a Bigger Market Cap Than Honda Motor

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Dogecoin, which hit an all-time high near the 45-cent level on Monday night, has now surpassed automaker Honda Motor in terms of market capitalization. From a report: The joke cryptocurrency has risen 10.8% in the past 24 hours to $0.4245 at press time, giving it a market capitalization of $54.64 billion. In comparison, Honda has a market capitalization of $54.52 billion as per Monday's close. The event is significant as Dogecoin co-creator Billy Markus recently revealed that he sold off his entire cryptocurrency holdings in 2015 for an amount equivalent to what a used Honda Civic would cost at that time.

Re:Child opens toy now worth hundreds of thousands

By therealobsideus • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
DOGE is a joke - when over 70% of it is held by 100 wallets, with majority of the largest holders all buying millions $ worth of DOGE all in the same time frame (Jan - July 2019). You can literally look up the block transactions and see which wallets are manufacturing volume to drive up the price in this pump and dump.

Re:Don't bet against stupid

By Synonymous Cowered • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

How do I make money off of Q'ers?

Tell them the election was stolen and that they have to give money to you...err, I mean your re-election fund...if they ever want their vote to count again?


By DarkOx • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Exactly; you should always look at it as a gain is gain - if gained - you won. That isn't to say if you missed the big gains or took losses you should try to understand why, to maybe see if you can make a better investment decision in the future but you evaluate the risks and rewards at the time. You pay your money you take your chance. Its as simple as that.

Some competitor like a WalMart or Sears might have go their act together built a decent online presence and strangled Amazon just out of its bookshop cradle too back in 2000 and you'd be here thinking you certainly dodged a bullet there.


By Luthair • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Don't have market caps.

Re:Child opens toy now worth hundreds of thousands

By timeOday • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
It actually is kind of funny, compared to the historical norm of the same dynamic occurring to the resources that people actually need to survive, like farm land. It's just how markets work. Wealth is redistributed by major disruptive events like world wars, and then gradually concentrates into fewer and fewer hands until the next disruption. R > G says Piketty.

Apple Exec Suggested Cutting App Store Commission To 20% as Early as 2011

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Phil Schiller, the Apple executive in charge of the App Store, raised the possibility of the company cutting its 30 percent commission rate to 25 or even 20 percent back in 2011 in response to competition. From a report: Schiller floated the idea in an email to then Apple CEO Steve Jobs and head of Apple services Eddy Cue. The email has been made public as part of the company's legal battle with Epic Games. "Do we think our 70/30 split will last forever?" Schiller's email begins. "I think someday we will see enough challenge from another platform or web based solutions to want to adjust our model." Schiller goes on to suggest that if Apple were to ever change its fee structure, that it should do so "from a position of strength rather than weakness" and floats the idea of Apple dropping its commission rate once the App Store is generating over $1 billion in annual profit. "I know that this is controversial, I just tee it up as another way to look at the size of the business, what we want to achieve, and how we stay competitive," Schiller wrote. "Just food for thought." Attached to the email is a Wall Street Journal article from 2011 which discussed the possibility of developers using web apps to bypass Apple's App Store fees.

This won't fix anything

By mark-t • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

If they drop their commission to 25% or even 20%, people will still complain it's too much.

This won't fix anything, and might even make things worse because some will figure that if they can really reduce it by 5 or 10%, then it shows that they've been exploiting their position the entire time and there's no reason to think that they still aren't doing it and could reasonably reduce it by even more.

Teach me like I am a toddler.

By MikeDataLink • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread

I don't see how this is any different from a regular retail situation. Retailers in most cases are tacking 50% on everything they buy from the manufacture and sell to you. That Kayak you bought for $500 cost them $250.

So Apple, as a digital retailer is tacking on 30% for their margin.

My only real complaint is that Apple has a monopoly on the "App Store" itself. They need some sort of competition. But 30% doesn't sound too unreasonable.

Re:Teach me like I am a toddler.

By gnasher719 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
The monopoly that makes it impossible for you to buy an Android phone. And download an app that you want on the Android play store.

Surprise COVID Trend: Doomscrolling Moved To Desktop

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New data from Chartbeat finds that working from home has pushed people to scroll deeper through article pages on desktop, and slightly less through articles on mobile. From a report: The change, which coincides with the start of the pandemic, could suggest that users prefer to engage more with article pages when they have the opportunity to read them on a bigger screen. Several factors could be influencing the trend, says Bonnie Ray, head of data science at Chartbeat, an analytics company. Desktop usage has spiked overall as people spend more time at home. Pre-pandemic article reading habits on mobile may have shifted to desktop. Articles are encountered differently on desktop versus mobile. Ray found the portion of article views from search with no scrolling has gone down significantly over time, but hasn't changed on social. A higher percentage of search traffic versus social occurs on desktop, so "it could be that articles we seek out via search are more relevant to us versus ones served up to us on social," Ray says.

Window heights: Desktop scrolling may have increased more relative to mobile because window heights on desktop have changed very little over the past year, hovering at ~780 pixels, while window heights on mobile have increased from ~580 to 650 pixels. The trend mostly holds true for all but the smallest of websites.

Of course I'm Doomscrolling more

By Chris Mattern • Score: 3 • Thread

It's the only way to beat the cacodaemons!

Another explanation

By LenKagetsu • Score: 3 • Thread

Desktop: Read article
Mobile: DOWNLOAD: Cunt Wars! Only 5% of people can clear this level! Are you paying too much for car insurance? SPONSORED BY NORD VPN AND SKILLSHARE AND RAID SHADOW LEGENDS

It's the AdBlock, stupid

By Bahumat • Score: 3 • Thread

Blocking ads is much easier on PC than on mobile devices. Who wants to even bother to try to read an article on a smartphone anymore? It's all ads and pop-ups and intrusions and notifications for days. Fuck that noise.

PC, I run sufficient adblocker that I don't see 95% of that crap.

safer to read on desktop...

By acroyear • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

On the mobile screen, first the ads take up about half the page (and constantly pop in because it took a bit for the ad to load), and second you run the risk of tapping on an ad, or some link in the paragraph text, when all you wanted to do was scroll up to keep reading. Every spot of the screen is a "new tab" or "new page" land mine waiting to happen.

So in frustration, you store the article away in a reader app like Pocket and view it there where none of that crap can hit you.

On a desktop, there are ways to read and scroll that don't suddenly jolt you out of what you're trying to read.

Tablets are only good for reading if the page lets you read it. Ads on web pages get in the way of that to the point where the one core utility is lost.

Harder to drop your desktop into the toilet

By jhecht • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Since everyone is stuck home, and using a desktop is such a better experience, might as well use it.

But it's inconvenient to carry my desktop computer into the bathroom.

But it's harder to drop your desktop into the toilet.

Amazon Had Sales Income of $53 Billion in Europe in 2020 But Paid No Corporation Tax

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Fresh questions have been raised over Amazon's tax planning after its latest corporate filings in Luxembourg revealed that the company collected record sales income of $53 billion in Europe last year but did not have to pay any corporation tax to the Grand Duchy. From a report: Accounts for Amazon EU Sarl, through which it sells products to hundreds of millions of households in the UK and across Europe, show that despite collecting record income, the Luxembourg unit made a $1.4 billion loss and therefore paid no tax. In fact the unit was granted $67.3 million in tax credits it can use to offset any future tax bills should it turn a profit. The company has $3.25 billion worth of carried forward losses stored up, which can be used against any tax payable on future profits. Margaret Hodge, a Labour MP who has long campaigned against tax avoidance, said: "It seems that Amazon's relentless campaign of appalling tax avoidance continues."

"Amazon's revenues have soared under the pandemic while our high streets struggle, yet it continues to shift its profits to tax havens like Luxembourg to avoid paying its fair share of tax. These big digital companies all rely on our public services, our infrastructure, and our educated and healthy workforce. But unlike smaller businesses and hard-working taxpayers, the tech giants fail to pay fairly into the common pot for the common good. President Biden has proposed a new, fairer system for taxing large corporations and digital companies but the UK has not come out in support of the reforms. The silence is deafening. The government must act and help to grasp this once-in-a-generation opportunity to banish corporate tax avoidance to a thing of the past."

Re: Income vs revenue?

By Entrope • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Who are the trustees and directors of the 501(c)3? They're not allowed to draw salary, and are legally required to ensure it supports the legitimate charitable causes that the IRS approved when granting 501(c)3 status to the nonprofit. There are minimum headcount requirements for them, and they can't all be related.

So, yes, if you ignore all the laws and enforcement mechanisms about non-profits, you can imagine a way to get the IRS to take you to their pet courts and get a slam-dunk tax evasion judgment against you. Congratulations!

Re:Income vs revenue?

By SteelCamel • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

VAT (Value Added Tax) is the European equivalent of Sales Tax. It works a bit differently, though - VAT is charged on every sale, not just to consumers. So when a company buys materials, they will pay VAT. They make a product, sell it to customers, and the customers pay VAT. Each company collects VAT and sends it to the tax authority. However, to avoid double-charging, they can deduct the VAT they paid on stuff they bought from the VAT they collected, and only send the difference to the tax authority. They're paying tax on the difference between the cost of materials and the sales price - in other words, on the "value added", hence the name of the tax. OK, in reality the rules are a lot more complex, but that's the basic idea. And you'll see that ultimately it's the end customer ends up paying the VAT, as they have no-one to charge it to - everyone else gets back what they paid when buying when they sell.

However, there's different rates of VAT, some items are exempt, and small companies don't have to register. But you need to be sure how much VAT you paid, so you know how much to deduct before you pay the taxman. And you do need to be sure, otherwise you'll be in a lot of trouble when you get it wrong. So any company registered for VAT has to provide certain information when you buy from them - mainly how much VAT they charged, and their registration details such as a VAT number. This is known as a "VAT invoice" as it's an invoice that shows all the information required for VAT compliance, as opposed to a regular invoice which may not. Some companies issue all invoices as VAT invoices automatically (after all, it's just a couple of extra bits of information - add the VAT number with the address and phone number, and include the VAT calculation you have to do anyway), others issue invoices missing some of this information and you specifically have to ask for a "VAT Invoice" to get one you can use for VAT.

I'm not sure why the previous poster says Amazon are issuing "useless Luxembourg VAT invoices" - in the EU VAT is explicitly cross-border, while the rates vary between countries the principle is the same - deduct VAT paid from VAT charged, whatever country it was in. A VAT invoice from any EU country should be as good as any other.

Re:Income vs revenue?

By smooth wombat • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
So, working as intended, then? The politicians get money from the corporations, the corporations get tax breaks from the politicians. Everyone (who counts) wins!

Not any longer. Ted Cruz has openly stated Republicans will no longer listen to corporations who have a problem with voter restrictions and will no longer do their bidding.

"This is the point in the drama when Republicans usually shrug their shoulders, call these companies 'job creators,' and start to cut their taxes. Not this time," Cruz wrote in the op-ed.

"This time, we won't look the other way on Coca-Cola's $12 billion in back taxes owed."

"This time, when Major League Baseball lobbies to preserve its multibillion-dollar antitrust exception, we'll say no thank you. This time, when Boeing asks for billions in corporate welfare, we'll simply let the Export-Import Bank expire."

As Ted said, "For too long, Republicans have allowed the left and their big-business allies to attack our values with no response."

And by values he means making sure the 1% get their tax breaks, businesses pay little to no taxes, and Republicans get to run roughsod over the people such as not raising the minimum wage or making sure all people have the same rights.

Re: Income vs revenue?

By LatencyKills • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
You don't own your house or your car. They are both supplied for you as part of your role running the trust (though a whole lot of companies use this to "pay" their CEOs without actually paying them - you don't even need a trust for this loophole). It's not a rental. On paper it's not even your primary residence. You own another house somewhere - something really small, unless you're using a mortgage deduction to offset income) and live in the company provided residence as a convenience. And if you think it doesn't work, the President of the company I work for bought a Tesla this way.

Everybody forgets the COST of Corporations

By rbrander • Score: 3 • Thread

Corporations do not limit liability. They transfer liability from the investor class to the rest of society.

Most of society can have no benefit from LLCs, they can't afford to invest in one. "LLC", "Limited Liability Corporations" work like this:

Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and Mark Zuckerberg see an exciting new fracking technology, invest $10M each into an LLC to test it out. The $30M corporation drills some new wells and try out, umm, "superfracking". It gets way out of hand and fracks a kilometre above the drill zone, causing natural gas and oil to percolate up into the water table, and do $30B in damage to the water table. Whole towns have to start shipping in water, until long pipelines can be built. One town shrinks until it folds up.

Bill, Jeff, and Mark are on the hook for exactly $30M, or whatever money is left in the corporate coffers after the drilling. They actually have the money, personally, to compensate the public for the $30B in damages, but that's not their personal problem. All blame, all bucks stop at the LLC.

Society frequently suffers financial loss from LLCs, of many kinds, mostly in the area of reduced public health and damaged environment, but courts every single day leave members of the public with a few cents on the dollar of losses inflicted upon them by LLCs. (One of the biggest is wage theft, basically the investor class stealing from the working class: it's the largest form of theft in dollar terms, bigger than burglary, car theft, etc.)

To compensate society for its losses, special taxes heaped upon corporations, on top of the income taxes the investors bear, are completely morally justifiable, because of this phenomenon.

New Micro-Op Cache Vulnerability Evades All Previous Fixes For Spectre-Like Attacks

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ffkom writes: Modern x86 and ARM CPUs translate opcodes into ops, which are usually stored in a cache of their own for later re-use. Researchers from the university of Virginia have found a way to exploit this for side-channel attacks, where malicious code exfiltrates information from other processes or virtual machines based on measurable characteristics of the op-cache state, which they describe in their scientific paper.. This side-channel attack evades all previous fixes for SPECTRE-like attacks, and poses yet another difficult-to-address risk to all software that runs on CPUs that are used by possibly malicious code at the same time -- like code running on other people's computers ("the cloud") or code running on CPUs that at the same time run "sandboxes" with code from some untrusted sources on the Internet.


By ArchieBunker • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I'm using a SPARC cpu you insensitive clod!

Re:Not much of a threat really

By doug141 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The last patches had less than 1% hit to gaming performance, here are some testing links:

x86 Yes, ARM No

By crunchy_one • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
The paper, "I See Dead ops: Leaking Secrets via Intel/AMD Micro-Op Caches" gets it right, but the Abstract tacked onto it get it disturbingly wrong. Here's the deal: the x86 has a CISC instruction set architecture (ISA) while its micro architecture is decidedly RISC. To bridge this gap, x86 implements a just in time compiler (JIT) in hardware that rewrites x86 CISC ops into RISC ops. The cache it maintains of translated ops is the vulnerability. ARM, on the other hand, has a RISC ISA, so it does not have a op cache. Nowhere in the paper do its authors make mention of ARM, just in the abstract. I'm thinking someone other than the paper's authors wrote the abstract out of ignorance, which unfortunately is the only part that most people will read.

"A VM is not a security solution."

By BAReFO0t • Score: 3 • Thread

A wise man once said.

Tesla Car Hacked Remotely From Drone Via Zero-Click Exploit

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wiredmikey shares a report from SecurityWeek: Security researchers have shown how a Tesla -- and possibly other cars -- can be hacked remotely without any user interaction from a drone. This was the result of research conducted last year by Ralf-Philipp Weinmann of Kunnamon and Benedikt Schmotzle of Comsecuris. The attack, dubbed TBONE, involves exploitation of two vulnerabilities affecting ConnMan, an internet connection manager for embedded devices. A hacker who exploits the vulnerabilities can perform any task that a regular user could from the infotainment system. That includes opening doors, changing seat positions, playing music, controlling the air conditioning, and modifying steering and acceleration modes. They showed how an attacker could use a drone to launch an attack via Wi-Fi to hack a parked car and open its doors from a distance of up to 100 meters (roughly 300 feet). They claimed the exploit worked against Tesla S, 3, X and Y models. "Tesla patched the vulnerabilities with an update pushed out in October 2020, and it has reportedly stopped using ConnMan," the report notes. Since the ConnMan component is widely used in the automotive industry, similar attacks could be launched against other vehicles.

But that wont get clicks ....

By 140Mandak262Jamuna • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

"Tesla patched the vulnerabilities with an update pushed out in October 2020, and it has reportedly stopped using ConnMan," the report notes. Since the ConnMan component is widely used in the automotive industry, similar attacks could be launched against other vehicles.

Tesla can, and did, fix such vulnerabilities discovered after shipping the product. The same vulnerability in other cars can not be fixed so easily and it would involve bringing the car to the stealership, if the car maker agrees to fix it. Not very sure they will fix it for free.

But that story will not get the clicks, so Tesla hacked is bandied about.

How to get publicity

By Ada_Rules • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Me: Hey boss, I want to do a demonstration and then a press release about cyber vulnerabilities in cars. My plan is to use this Hyundai and show how I can change the radio from AM to FM.

Boss: boring. nobody will read that. Can we make it a Tesla?

Me: Well sure, but then we'd be demonstrating something that is not really relevant anymore and we'd have to find a car that was prevented from getting any updates which they generally do automatically...

Boss: No problem, I know a guy at a junk yard who recovers scrapped Teslas and fixes them and prevents getting updates.. Still, I don't think this is really going to be eye catching enough. I mean there are lots of stories about cars being hacked.. Can we spice it up some more?

Me: Well, I suppose we could say something about a drone

Boss: Is a drone required for this?

Me: No, but it will sound cool.

Boss: Great. Still needs something else.

Me: We could call this old irrelevant attack "T-Bone" to bring forth imagery of a horrible car crash.

Boss: Can this attack be used to create a T-Bone accident?

Me: I guess not really..but maybe.

Boss: It's a go!


I am not saying that this is not interesting - doing a test like this to 'demonstrate' something that is well known and patched is a semi-publicity does there is that.

Re:But that wont get clicks ....

By jeremyp • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I regard the fact that my car cannot have its software updated without me physically taking it to a dealer as a feature, not a bug.

Re:Potentially life threatening

By apoc.famine • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Well, not using this exploit. You'll note the the entirely dishonest summary said,

Security researchers have shown how a Tesla -- and possibly other cars -- can be hacked remotely without any user interaction from a drone...."Tesla patched the vulnerabilities with an update pushed out in October 2020, and it has reportedly stopped using ConnMan,"

Entirely dishonest reporting! Security researchers have shown that Teslas USED to be able to be hacked remotely from a drone. It is far more accurate to say that other car makers likely are vulnerable to this exploit than to say that Tesla still is. After all, they still use the code, while Tesla doesn't.

Until they spot a similar flaw in Tesla's new code, the real story is that as soon as this was discovered Tesla pushed a software update out to its cars and fixed the problem, while other car makers did not do likewise.


By Rei • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

App API support (what they used here - all they were doing was executing infotainment API commands on an car that somehow hadn't been updated in the past six months) is disabled by default - you have to enable it if you want to use it (Allow Mobile Access). Also under the same menu is "Data Sharing", in which you can control what data you share with Tesla - down to literally no data at all.

High-Energy Cosmic Ray Sources Get Mapped Out For the First Time

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DesertNomad writes: A dull, dark, otherwise unremarkable spot near the constellation Canis Major appears to be the locus of extra-galactic, super-high-energy cosmic ray production, with the actual source in the Virgo cluster and the cosmic rays' paths distorted by the complex galactic magnetic field. Astrophysicists crafted the most state-of-the-art model of the Milky Way's magnetic field, and found that this model explains the significant change in direction of the cosmic rays. The findings appear in a paper via arXiv.

Just to clarify,

By h33t l4x0r • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
These are the Fantastic Four ones. The Hulk ones are Gamma rays.

Cosmic Rays and More

By Roger W Moore • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Cosmic rays are high energy protons and other nuclei which plough into the atmosphere creating showers of particles some of which, mainly muons (a heavy cousin of the electron), reach the ground. The Pierre Auger Observatory detects these using tanks of water. When the particle passes through the tank it is travelling faster than light in water (this is slower than light in a vacuum which is the universe's fundamental speed limit) and so leaves a light shockwave called Cherenkov radiation that can be seen by light detectors.

Nobody really knows the origin of the extremely high energy rays. These are rays with energies many orders of magnitude higher than protons in the LHC at CERN. The reason is that the galactic magnetic fields bend the paths of charged particles. This paper attempts to use what we know of the galactic magnetic field to track the particles back from whence they came but even if we think we know the galactic magnetic field well enough to do this if the particles passed through any other magnetic fields on the way here we will have no idea where they came from.

However, there is a way to back track them using another particle often produced in association with high energy protons: neutrinos. These particles are neutral so they ignore magnetic fields and travel in straight lines but they are a lot, lot harder to detect. The experiment I work on, the IceCube Neutrino Observatory, is trying to do extactly this and we have had some success: we saw extremely high energy neutrinos that seemed to come from a blazar, a supermassive Black Hole at the centre of a galaxy that is emitting jets of high energy particles. We are looking for more sources but because it is hard to get neutrinos to interact we may need larger detectors.