the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2021-Nov-23 today archive


  1. Elizabeth Holmes Admits Doctoring Lab Reports With Pharma Company Logos
  2. California Moves To Recommend Delaying Algebra To 9th Grade Statewide
  3. Mozilla Is Ending Support For Its Firefox Password Manager Sync App
  4. New Windows Zero-Day With Public Exploit Lets You Become An Admin
  5. Components Shortage Sends Smartphone Market Into Decline
  6. Japan Allocates $5.2 Billion To Fund Chip Plants By TSMC and Others
  7. Atom Bank Introduces Four-Day Work Week Without Cutting Pay
  8. Tile Is Selling Its Bluetooth Tracking Business To Life360 For $205 Million
  9. UK Visa Scheme for Prize-winning Scientists Receives No Applications
  10. Apple Just Provided the Perfect Example of Why You Can't Trust App Store Review Scores
  11. Crypto Oversight Road Map Is Set by US Banking Regulators
  12. China's New Privacy Law Leaves US Behind
  13. Moscow Tells 13 Mostly US Tech Firms They Must Set Up in Russia by 2022
  14. Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking To Block Its Access To iPhones
  15. Samsung Picks Texas Site for $17 Billion Advanced US Chip Plant
  16. India To Propose Prohibiting All Private Cryptocurrencies
  17. An 'Incident' With the James Webb Space Telescope Has Occurred
  18. Microsoft's Qualcomm Exclusivity Deal for Windows on Arm Reportedly Ending Soon
  19. Italian Competition Watchdog Fines Apple, Amazon $225M
  20. EU Lawmakers Pass Strict New Rules Affecting Big US Tech
  21. Niantic Raises $300 Million At $9 Billion Valuation To Build the 'Real-World Metaverse'
  22. Apple Users Cancel Spotify Over Lack of HomePod Support
  23. Cancer Cells Use 'Tiny Tentacles' To Suck Mitochondria Out of Immune Cells

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Elizabeth Holmes Admits Doctoring Lab Reports With Pharma Company Logos

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from NBC News: Theranos founder and former CEO Elizabeth Holmes returned to the witness stand Tuesday, confirming key aspects of the prosecutor's allegations behind the 11 counts of fraud she faces, but asserting that there was nothing wrong in what she did. The prosecution has repeatedly shown jurors lab reports emblazoned with logos of the pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Schering-Plough. Witnesses from those companies who worked with Theranos testified that the use of the logos was unauthorized and they were unaware of it at the time. Holmes admitted that she was the one who had added the logos to Theranos lab reports and sent them to Walgreens as she pursued a deal to put her blood-testing startup's diagnostic machines in the pharmacy's retail stores. "This work was done in partnership with those companies and I was trying to convey that," she said by way of explanation. "I wish I had done it differently," she added.

Addressing another key point made by the prosecution, Holmes said that when Theranos switched from using on-site analyzers to process samples to a centralized lab approach, it used third-party devices rather than its own equipment as an "invention" because there were too many samples to handle. Witnesses have testified that Theranos' signature blood-testing machine repeatedly failed quality assurance tests and delivered erroneous results. Holmes said the company didn't tell its business partners about this arrangement because it was a trade secret. She rebutted the prosecution's arguments about some of the alleged misrepresentations she made to investors, the media and business partners, affirming that she had received specific positive reports from employees and outside experts and believed their statements to be true.

When presented with company emails and PowerPoint presentations, defense attorney Kevin Downey asked Holmes about specific instances brought up by the prosecution. Jurors saw an email sent to Holmes by then-chief company scientist, biochemist Ian Gibbons, about the development of Theranos' fourth-generation device. "Our immunoassays match the best that can be done in clinical labs and work with small blood samples. Generally our assays are faster by a factor of three to 10 than kits," Gibbons wrote. Downey asked Holmes what she took that email to mean. "I understood that the 4 series could do any blood test," she replied.
If Holmes is convicted, she could face up to 20 years in prison. She may also face "a $250,000 fine and full or partial restitution to investors, totaling nearly $155 million," adds NBC News.


By The Evil Atheist • Score: 3 • Thread
Even then she didn't use a real doctor.

Re: Failure wasn't an option

By MysteriousPreacher • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Yeah, absolutely impossible. It is not at all that she was afraid to fail. She had an insane ambition far beyond her ability to realise it. She may have even believed she could do the impossible. It certainly did not help that the media and the corporate world went crazy for their "female Steve Jobs", so desperate to drive a narrative. Her psychopathy, aided by identity politics, ended up a lot of people losing money. Ironically they entirely ignored women actually achieving success, presumably because the kinds of women who are successful are less interested in being paraded around on account of their genitalia.

What she was claiming was immediately at face value nonsensical, akin to a hotdog seller announcing he has developed a faster than light drive. I suppose the hotdog seller might get hyped in the news if he or she would be of the right sex, ethnicity, or sexuality.

Watching a compulsive liar and possible psychopath

By HnT • Score: 3 • Thread

It is fascinating to watch her lie so easily and gas light the jury to manipulate them into thinking her actions were totally normal daily business and she as the head of a billion Dollar scam is just a regular every day person.
Also, I wouldnâ(TM)t put it past her to intentionally get knocked up to get sympathy at the trial.
She played the role of CEO, now she is playing the role of the defendant.

Re:Failure wasn't an option

By bradley13 • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Perhaps more to the point: She decided that she could do this when she was a sophomore in college. Actual, useful knowledge basically zero, but she put in for patents anyway, and then dropped out to make her millions. A quote from a biographical article really says it all: "Holmes, after only a year and a half at Stanford, decided not to waste any more time on those incapable of being part of a breakthrough future."

As an aside: how broken is the patent system, when you can patent something that doesn't exist, and wouldn't work if it did.

Re:Failure wasn't an option

By Petrini • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

It's was investors who were screwed over, not patients..

It was assuredly both. There were patients who were told they had a positive result for a disease or reading outside the acceptable norm - falsely. There were also those who were told they had no problems and nothing to worry about - by what later turned out to be mis- or un-calibrated machines. People who relied on Theranos to screen their blood were certainly victims.

California Moves To Recommend Delaying Algebra To 9th Grade Statewide

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California is in the process of approving new guidelines for math education in public schools that " pushes Algebra 1 back to 9th grade, de-emphasizes calculus, and applies social justice principles to math lessons," writes Joe Hong via the San Francisco Standard. The new approach would have been approved earlier this month but has been delayed due to the attention and controversy it has received. Here's an excerpt from the report: When Rebecca Pariso agreed to join a team of educators tasked in late 2019 with California's new mathematics framework, she said she expected some controversy. But she didn't expect her work would be in the national spotlight. [...] Every eight years (PDF), a group of educators comes together to update the state's math curriculum framework. This particular update has attracted extra attention, and controversy, because of perceived changes it makes to how "gifted" students progress -- and because it pushes Algebra 1 back to 9th grade, de-emphasizes calculus, and applies social justice principles to math lessons. San Francisco pioneered key aspects of the new approach, opting in 2014 to delay algebra instruction until 9th grade and to push advanced mathematics courses until at least after 10th grade as a means of promoting equity.

San Francisco Unified School District touted the effort as a success, asserting that algebra failure rates fell and the number of students taking advanced math rose as a result of the change. The California Department of Education cited those results in drafting the statewide framework. But critics have accused the district of using cherry-picked and misleading assertions to bolster the case for the changes. The intent of the state mathematics framework, its designers say, is to maintain rigor while also helping remedy California's achievement gaps for Black, Latino and low-income students, which remain some of the largest in the nation. At the heart of the wrangling lies a broad agreement about at least one thing: The way California public schools teach math isn't working. On national standardized tests, California ranks in the bottom quartile among all states and U.S. territories for 8th grade math scores.

Yet for all the sound and fury, the proposed framework, about 800-pages long, is little more than a set of suggestions. Its designers are revising it now and will subject it to 60 more days of public review. Once it's approved in July, districts may adopt as much or as little of the framework as they choose -- and can disregard it completely without any penalty. "It's not mandated that you use the framework," said framework team member Dianne Wilson, a program specialist at Elk Grove Unified. "There's a concern that it will be implemented unequally."

Re: Critical race theory is not taught in the sch

By tragedy • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Also, why is it only when I criticize right-wing types that I get downmodded with irrelevant mods? It sure starts to look like those types are especially prone to moderation abuse.

Re:Critical race theory is not taught in the schoo

By tragedy • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Seriously, the parent poster is a disgusting racist. Are there really that many racists on Slashdot now that they're getting modded up?

Re:Critical race theory is not taught in the schoo

By fafalone • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
See you say shit like this, then when people present evidence, just double down. This is what happened in VA.

The VA Superintendent recommended teachers read a book called "Critical Race Theory in Education" and more books that extensively discussed the concept. They gave a presentation that discussed their Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Principles... step 1? "Embrace Critical Race Theory". Both of these can be found right on the DOE website.
You're really going to keep denying it after that?

More importantly, nobody gives a shit about your semantics pedantry. There's noxious, divisive material like talking about 'white fragility', explaining how hard work and objectivity, among others, are elements of white supremacy culture. They divide students up into affinity groups to teach different things like teaching the white kids "anti-racist" stuff like how you're either an anti-racist activist or a racist, how "The only remedy to past discrimination is present discrimination." (a Kendi quote), explaining all the inherent problems with "whiteness" and the moral culpability students afflicted with 'whiteness' have for upholding the white supremacist system--- then go around trying to tell people "Oh well no one said "all white people are racist"... another pedantic cop out no one cares about.
That's what's being called CRT. That's what's more and more often appearing in classrooms. Nobody who takes an issue with that appreciates your pedantry about how that's not true "CRT" and "CRT" is only taught in college. It's perceived as an insult. Like you're telling them to disbelieve their lying eyes.

And you know what the worst part is? The idiots who are expanding "CRT" to cover basic historical fact and systemic racism were never voting for Democrats anyway. But this stuff is also pissing off moderates and even some progressives like me. It's undermining racial equity goals by empowering Republicans by costing us elections like VA.
And overt attempts to kneecap gifted kids in the pursuit of equity is extremely politically toxic way beyond the whole "CRT" issue. Policies like this are going to fucking destroy us when swing states like VA start implementing them.

Re:Enjoy being trampled even harder by china

By Luckyo • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

That's actually the first thing. They follow the pre-Stakhanovite Soviet Communist model, where they found that it's much easier to bring everyone down to the level of the weakest than to lift the weakest to the level of the strongest to achieve equality of outcome.

And equity is a typical goal in declarations across education now. So equality of outcome regardless of ability and effort is starting to get mandated in reality, as speeches are now saturated with it.

Re: Critical race theory is not taught in the sch

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Can you maybe explain what that has to do with CRT though?

Mozilla Is Ending Support For Its Firefox Password Manager Sync App

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Mozilla announced last week via a support article that its Firefox Lockwise password manager app will reach end-of-life on December 13th. The final release versions are 1.8.1 (iOS) and 4.0.3 (Android) and will no longer be available to download or reinstall after that date. The Verge reports: What started in 2018 as a small experimental mobile app called Lockbox ended up bringing a way to access saved passwords and perform autofills on iOS, Android, and desktop devices to a small but enthusiastic following of Firefox fans. The app was also later adapted as a Firefox extension. It seemed like it was apt to stick around for the long run.

The support article recommends that users continue accessing passwords using the native Firefox browsers on desktop and mobile. In an added note on the support site, Mozilla suggests that later in December, the Firefox iOS app will gain the ability to manage Firefox passwords systemwide. The note alludes to Mozilla adopting the features of Lockwise and eventually integrating them into the Firefox browser apps natively on all platforms.

System wide

By Bite The Pillow • Score: 3 • Thread

"Mozilla suggests that later in December, the Firefox iOS app will gain the ability to manage Firefox passwords systemwide"

Much rather have a separate thing, untethered to a browser, for this kind of thing. One that doesn't have internet permissions among other things.

Disappointing - lockwise is great

By nhtshot • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I adopted this almost as soon as it came out and have loved it!

It's everything I wanted in a password manager without a gouging SAAS behind it. I'd gladly kick in a few bucks to support it, The prices the SAAS password companies want are stupid.

Works on all my computers and synchronizes, works on my phone, tablet.. they really did a nice job with it.

Re:Disappointing - lockwise is great

By Nikademus • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

The prices the SAAS password companies want are stupid.

Did you check bitwarden?

New Windows Zero-Day With Public Exploit Lets You Become An Admin

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A security researcher has publicly disclosed an exploit for a new Windows zero-day local privilege elevation vulnerability that gives admin privileges in Windows 10, Windows 11, and Windows Server. BleepingComputer reports: As part of the November 2021 Patch Tuesday, Microsoft fixed a 'Windows Installer Elevation of Privilege Vulnerability' vulnerability tracked as CVE-2021-41379. This vulnerability was discovered by security researcher Abdelhamid Naceri, who found a bypass to the patch and a more powerful new zero-day privilege elevation vulnerability after examining Microsoft's fix. Yesterday, Naceri published a working proof-of-concept exploit for the new zero-day on GitHub, explaining that it works on all supported versions of Windows.

"This variant was discovered during the analysis of CVE-2021-41379 patch. the bug was not fixed correctly, however, instead of dropping the bypass," explains Naceri in his writeup. "I have chosen to actually drop this variant as it is more powerful than the original one." Furthermore, Naceri explained that while it is possible to configure group policies to prevent 'Standard' users from performing MSI installer operations, his zero-day bypasses this policy and will work anyway. BleepingComputer tested Naceri's 'InstallerFileTakeOver' exploit, and it only took a few seconds to gain SYSTEM privileges from a test account with 'Standard' privileges, as demonstrated in [this video]. When BleepingComputer asked Naceri why he publicly disclosed the zero-day vulnerability, we were told he did it out of frustration over Microsoft's decreasing payouts in their bug bounty program.
A Microsoft spokesperson said in a statement: "We are aware of the disclosure and will do what is necessary to keep our customers safe and protected. An attacker using the methods described must already have access and the ability to run code on a target victim's machine."

Naceri recommends users wait for Microsoft to release a security patch, as attempting to patch the binary will likely break the installer.

Zero day

By phantomfive • Score: 3 • Thread

Yesterday, Naceri published a working proof-of-concept exploit for the new zero-day on GitHub

Sounds like it's a one-day then.

Sometimes ...

By PPH • Score: 3 • Thread

An attacker using the methods described must already have access and the ability to run code on a target victim's machine.

... the attacker and the victim are one and the same. Circumventing company standard configurations or installing unapproved software are two reasons some employees have used to gain admin control of their work systems.

Re:Non-story, really.

By znrt • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

you don't need access to the machine, simply contaminate an installer file that the user is willing to trust. this is clear in the abstract even.

ok, now you say "if someone manages to get arbitrary code to run on the machine ...." and that's true, but not the point here. the point is that ms' installer allows an escalation of privilege, which is a serious flaw regardless of actual threat level, the faux-fix making it just more embarrassing. however it turns out that hijacking trusted installers is not at all unheard of. there is an actual reason for software installers to be expected to adhere to os access control, and this f-up breaks just that.


By awwshit • Score: 3 • Thread

What an asshole. You think you are poking at Microsoft but really you create headaches for so many. Releasing this right before a major holiday and long weekend is an invitation for ransomware. Fuck you, Naceri.

Components Shortage Sends Smartphone Market Into Decline

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Component shortages have been wreaking havoc on the tech industry since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and smartphones are no outlier. Decelerated production schedules have given way to smaller stock and delayed launches. All of this has resulted in a decline in smartphone sales in Q3 of 2021 compared to Q3 2020, Gartner reported today. According to numbers the research firm shared today, sales to consumers dropped 6.8 percent. A deficit in parts like integrated circuits for power management and radio frequency has hurt smartphone production worldwide.

"Despite strong consumer demand, smartphone sales declined due to delayed product launches, longer delivery schedule, and insufficient inventory at the channel," Anshul Gupta, senior research director at Gartner, said in a statement accompanying the announcement. The analyst added that the production schedules of "basic and utility" phones were more affected by supply constraints than "premium" ones. As a result, premium smartphone sales actually increased during this time period, even though smartphone sales overall declined. Still, shoppers were left with limited options, Gartner noted. Samsung ended up winning the greatest market share (20.2 percent), thanks to its foldable smartphones. Apple's quarterly market share (14.2 percent) was aided by new features in its iPhones, namely the A15 processor and improvements to battery life and the camera sensor. Gartner also pointed to interest in 5G.

Circumstantial success.

By Ostracus • Score: 3 • Thread

The analyst added that the production schedules of "basic and utility" phones were more affected by supply constraints than "premium" ones. As a result, premium smartphone sales actually increased during this time period, even though smartphone sales overall declined.

I'm sure the "shareholder is everything" driven business market didn't mind.

Great News!

By jnorden • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Great for planet Earth: Less toxic e-waste in a few years.
Great for driver safety: Less morons investigating the features of their shiny new devices while driving.
Maybe, even, people will play with their phones less and actually interact with the physical world more?
Phones *should* be simple, boring devices for making calls! In ancient days, even "ma bell" would never have told customers to upgrade their landline phones every 2 years!


By Wolfier • Score: 3 • Thread

I hope it will make more people realise they don't *need* to upgrade their phones every year. At least 3 years should be the norm.

Re:Tell Apple not to make my phone obsolete then

By Bert64 • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

I have iphone 7+ and 8+ both of which are working just fine. The only issue was the battery not lasting as long as it used to.
Getting a battery replacement was $30 (including installation by someone competent to do so) and they're both good as new afterwards.

The same shop that sold me the battery replacement also sells used phones in good condition and pretty cheap. On a budget i'd probably pick a good condition used iphone over a chinese nobrand android for the same price.

Japan Allocates $5.2 Billion To Fund Chip Plants By TSMC and Others

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Japan is allocating about $5.2 billion of its fiscal 2021 supplementary budget to support advanced semiconductor manufacturers, Nikkei has learned. From the report: The government plans to invest about 400 billion yen in a new factory set up by the world's largest contract chipmaker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. in Kumamoto prefecture, southwest Japan. The remaining 200 billion yen will go toward setting up other new factories, with projects under consideration including by U.S. memory chipmaker Micron Technology and Japan's Kioxia Holdings. The Japanese government is considering making semiconductors a new area of focus under a law targeting companies developing high-speed 5G technologies, meaning it would approve investment plans for their factories under the revised law. [...] The 600 billion yen fund would cover subsidies over several years. Companies would receive support under the condition that they would increase production when there is supply shortage, as the Japanese government hopes to ensure a stable domestic chip supply.

A clear signal

By Klaxton • Score: 3 • Thread
$5 billion is chicken feed these days when it comes to fabrication plants, but it does clearly signal that the government will provide subsidies and probably other substantial incentives. Same with many other countries, nobody should complain when the USA does similar participation.

Atom Bank Introduces Four-Day Work Week Without Cutting Pay

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The online bank Atom Bank has introduced a four-day work week for its 430 staff without cutting their pay. The BBC reports: Employees now work 34 hours over four days and get Monday or Friday off, when previously they clocked up 37.5 hours across the whole week. Boss Mark Mullen told the BBC it was inspired by the pandemic and would help improve wellbeing and retain staff. However, employees will have to work longer hours on the days that they are in.

Atom was one of the UK's first digital challenger banks and had 2.7 billion pounds of loans on its books in the last financial year. Its new working arrangements kicked in on 1 November after a review found they would not affect customer service or productivity. Mr Mullen said the new arrangement was voluntary, but strongly reflected his staff's preferences for more flexible working. "Everyone is expected to stick to it," he added. "I can't be sending my staff emails on a Friday, I can't expect to them to respond to them."

How does email work?

By Bite The Pillow • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

"Everyone is expected to stick to it," he added. "I can't be sending my staff emails on a Friday, I can't expect to them to respond to them."

They will respond if they work on a Friday, otherwise they will respond on Monday. E-mails don't just disappear, and e-mail isn't for instant response. You IM or call or walk over if you need that.

Automate everything

By khchung • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Everyone taking either Monday or Friday off gently forces every process in the company to be either automated, or to never depend on a single person, which is a Good Thing.

Too many companies took the lazy path to cost cutting by slowly reducing staff until many processes eventually have single point of failures upon a few critical staff, and no extra resource left to improve/automate things. Then when those critical staff leave or otherwise incapacitated, business was disrupted.

Tile Is Selling Its Bluetooth Tracking Business To Life360 For $205 Million

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Verge: Tile popularized marking items and tracking them from your phone with its small Bluetooth tags, but suddenly faces more competition from giants like Apple, Amazon, Google, and Samsung. The company that started out of an incubator and crowdfunding campaign has announced it will be acquired by Life360, which calls itself a "leading family safety platform." The deal is valued at $205 million and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. Tile has developed its product line over the years with a variety of different trackers and partnerships with other companies to use its technology. It also has a subscription service, Tile Premium, with extra features, battery replacements, and insurance against potential losses. However, the game may have changed once Apple and Google started building their own item-locating features into iPhones and Android devices.

Life360 bills itself as an overall family safety app, with location sharing between family members, crash detection, and other features. Over the summer, it announced that it has over 1 million paying customers and reported its valuation had crossed $1 billion. It also acquired another item locating hardware startup, Jiobit, which makes cellular-connected trackers for kids and pets. Life360 expects the deal will increase the global footprint for both companies, Tile's non-Bluetooth Finding Network, and create a larger combined subscriber base. Currently listed on the stock exchange in Australia, Life360 says it has plans for a "potential dual listing in the US" next year.

It's hard to compete

By transporter_ii • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It's hard to compete against people that have unlimited amounts of money. Try being a wireless ISP and having to buy bandwidth from the same company you are competing against. Or, try and lease tower space from one of the companies you are competing against.

I'm in mid-size town and a company here is trying to get into fiber. As soon as they started making plans, suddenly the phone company here is going to start offering fiber.

UK Visa Scheme for Prize-winning Scientists Receives No Applications

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Not a single scientist has applied to a UK government visa scheme for Nobel prize laureates and other award winners since its launch six months ago, New Scientist reported Tuesday. From a report: The scheme has come under criticism from scientists and has been described as "a joke." In May, the government launched a fast-track visa route for award-winners in the fields of science, engineering, the humanities and medicine who want to work in the UK. This prestigious prize route makes it easier for some academics to apply for a Global Talent visa -- it requires only one application, with no need to meet conditions such as a grant from the UK Research and Innovation funding body or a job offer at a UK organisation.

The number of prizes that qualify academics for this route currently stands at over 70, and includes the Turing Award, the L'Oreal-UNESCO for Women in Science International Awards, and various gongs awarded by professional or membership bodies both in the UK and elsewhere. "Winners of these awards have reached the pinnacle of their career and they have so much to offer the UK," said home secretary Priti Patel when the prestigious prize scheme launched in May. "This is exactly what our new point-based immigration system was designed for -- attracting the best and brightest based on the skills and talent they have, not where they've come from." But a freedom of information request by New Scientist has revealed that in the six months since the scheme was launched, no one working in science, engineering, the humanities or medicine has actually applied for a visa through this route.


By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

The most popular food in the UK is Indian. Actual British food is awful, but you can get foreign stuff so it's not too bad.

Post brexit food standards may be falling though, so need to keep an eye on that.

The weather is miserable. It's either too hot and humid, or it's damp and cold. AC is pretty rare here, and the heating is mostly crap. We have the oldest housing stock in Europe, and the new ones being built are the smallest in Europe. Smaller than Japanese homes by quite a bit.

Transport is crap, the government are a bunch of cunts and the UK is generally not a very attractive country.

Re: heh

By gravewax • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
I have travelled all over the world and no I am not from the UK, from Australia. The UK actually has a pretty good multi cultural food base, especially its indian and indian inspired and it is miles ahead of the food in the US or "some" other parts of Europe. No it would not rank in my top 10 as food destinations, but for a western country it is pretty good with something for everyone.


By Opportunist • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

It's like with companies that cut down on benefits in an attempt to get people to quit so they can save on benefits: It's never the ones that you want to get rid of that go by themselves, it's always the ones that keep your company afloat.

Because these people are good at their job, and thus can easily find something new where the grass is greener. What you're stuck with is the dregs that has to grin and bear it because they know that they can't find anything else.

Re:injecting a thought into the zeitgeist....

By bkmoore • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

How about we get rid of all these pesky and imaginary borders and allow humans to move freely about the planet?

Yes, then you can train your replacement who will do your job for just 10% what you were paid. And when you search for a new job, you find they've all been taken by low-wage immigrants. Then the elite wonder why Brexit happened...

Re:injecting a thought into the zeitgeist....

By bkmoore • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

....A rising tide lifts all boats....

We've spent the last 40 years proving that a rising tide only lifts the mega yachts of the 0.1% elite. Most ordinary workers have their feet buried so deeply in the mud that they simply drown. The highly-educated middle class can swim, but they're not able to swim forever.

Apple Just Provided the Perfect Example of Why You Can't Trust App Store Review Scores

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Apple Podcasts rises above bad reviews, but at what cost? From a report: You pissed off people by somewhat breaking your app, and they're leaving angry reviews. How can you salvage your reputation? Apple just found one incredibly effective way -- get listeners to submit better reviews by interrupting their podcast experience with an in-app prompt to submit a rating. That's how the Apple Podcasts app went from a publicly embarrassing 1.8-star score all the way to 4.6 stars in a little over a month without any actual fixes, as developer and App Store watchdog Kosta Eleftheriou points out. And it's still going up: according to AppFigures data, the app has been getting thousands of ratings every day since November 9th, with the vast, overwhelming majority of them issuing a 5-star score. The app has made it to 4.7 stars overall as of this writing and is firmly the No. 1 App Store search result for "podcast." It looks far more desirable to a new user than it might have before.

If you think there's a perfectly reasonable explanation for this, you might be right -- it could definitely be that people who bother to submit reviews tend to be angry, and a lot of people who love Apple Podcasts and never bothered to look it up in the App Store (remember, it's preinstalled!) are finally balancing things out. But do those people actually love Apple Podcasts? Because if you really look at the reviews, it seems like some funny business is going on. There are new, positive reviews, but they aren't reviews of the Apple Podcasts app at all -- they're reviews of podcasts themselves.

Regardless of review scores?

By King_TJ • Score: 3 • Thread

It's pretty widely known that Apple's native Podcast app is a poor product. I really don't get why they didn't just approach an author of one of the excellent 3rd. party Podcast apps that people already "knew and loved", and offered to buy it from them?

People are idiots. News at eleven.

By TheNameOfNick • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

People review content instead of the app that delivers it, just like people review the delivery instead of the product. The only true remedy against abuses of monopoly power is competition. Break up big tech and make sure the pieces don't melt back together like a fucking T-1000.

Re:I find that a tad surprising

By bloodhawk • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
sounds like people are being tricked/mislead and thinking they are reviewing the content they are listening too. Many people are far more willing to provide feedback to help content they like.

Re:A Valid Review?

By i_ate_god • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I find reading negative reviews helpful. First, if I'm buying something where I'm willing to compromise on quality to save money, reading negative reviews can help me figure out what those compromises are and if I'm willing to live with it. Take a cheap vacuum cleaner or prostitute for example. If there are a lot of positive reviews that it sucks well, but also a lot of negative reviews specifically complaining about how loud it is, then I can decide if it's a compromise I'm willing to make.

"Apple Just Provided"???

By SvnLyrBrto • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Seriously msmash? You think this is something Apple invented or only Apple does? Damn near every app throws those popups begging for reviews... many of them at regular intervals even if you've reviewed them before. But you already knew that, didn't you missy? You're presenting a common annoyance as somehow unique to or created by Apple. Way to show off your very obvious agenda.

Crypto Oversight Road Map Is Set by US Banking Regulators

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U.S. banking agencies provided more insight into their plans for regulating cryptocurrencies on Tuesday, issuing a to-do list of their priorities for next year and announcing a new policy that would require banks to seek permission before offering digital currency products. From a report: The Federal Reserve and other banking agencies released an agenda outlining areas of focus, including how they plan to weigh custody, crypto-backed loans and the possibility of capital standards, according to a joint statement. Separately, the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency said that banks must get an additional sign-off from the regulator before engaging with digital coins. "Throughout 2022, the agencies plan to provide greater clarity on whether certain activities related to crypto-assets conducted by banking organizations are legally permissible," the Fed, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and Federal Deposit Insurance said in the statement.

Government? Is really great at

By oldgraybeard • Score: 4, Funny • Thread
killing off most things they touch.

Re:"regulating cryptocurrencies"

By youngone • Score: 4 • Thread
Maybe, probably.
The main point is that the history of financial regulation is a series of lessons learned, and one of the main lessons is that unregulated financial markets wind up in cycles of boom and bust, which is bad for society generally.
Despite what neo-liberals say, regulation of financial markets is a good thing and ought to be encouraged.

China's New Privacy Law Leaves US Behind

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While China's sweeping new data privacy laws have left tech companies confused about how to comply, they also put the U.S. even further behind in the global race to set digital standards. From a report: China enacted its Personal Information Privacy Law earlier this month, following Europe as the second major international player to have its own sweeping data privacy regulations. The law, regarded as China's version of Europe's General Data Protection Regulation, is a set of rules for how businesses can collect, use, process, share and transfer personal information. Another Chinese data regulation, the Data Security Law, went into effect Sept. 1. The laws aim to protect Chinese citizens from the private sector, while the Chinese government still has easy access to personal data.

In May, influential U.S. business groups sent comments, viewed by Axios, to the National Peopleâ(TM)s Congress protesting that the draft lawâ(TM)s vague language, monetary penalties and criminal liabilities were harsh. They also said it would hurt innovation by being overly prescriptive and burdensome. The U.S. still does not have a federal data privacy law, and China's move could allow it to set future global norms on its terms. Meanwhile, tech companies doing business in China will have to navigate the vague new rules, and that could be expensive.


By spun • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

This means "Foreign companies will be penalized for gathering any data we decide is confidential." Of course it means nothing for Chinese firms, the government, or the CCP. Not that there's much difference between any of those three. They will continue to spy as they see fit. Who is going to stop them?

Axios lol

By oldgraybeard • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
What? They just printing articles direct for China now,?

This to force foreign companies to give CCP access

By Anonymous Coward • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The intent and future use of "privacy protection in China" is to force foreign companies and services to give CCP easy access to company data. China/CCP is not a free country.

"The laws aim to protect Chinese citizens from the private sector, while the Chinese government still has easy access to personal data."

who wrote this article?

By hdyoung • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Awful analysis. Apparently this law... um.. leaves the US in the dust because it protects Chinese consumers from abuse by Chinese companies? News flash: last time I checked, there isn't much differentiation between Chinese companies and the Chinese government. And the Chinese government will take whatever it wants, whenever it wants, do whatever it wants with the data, and they don't need permission from anyone.

I'm not sure if this is good or bad. It just codifies what everyone already knew about China. "nobody in China can abuse your data without the CCPs permission". No surprise. Not much of anything at all happens over there without the CCPs permission.

The US is slightly better. Supposedly, the government needs a court order to extract data from a company, but the NSA sure as hell doesn't bother with that crap. I'm not a big fan of Snowden, but his leaks definitely proved that the government can and will suck up petabytes of personal data without bothering with those pesky court approvals. And don't try to claim that "we're not doing that anymore". If you believe that, I have multiple bridges to sell you. One could argue that the US is being more responsible in terms of what they're doing with the data, but that's probably a matter of perspective.

Re:Foreign Businesses

By robot5x • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It's sad that people have this image of Hitler and the Nazis as some kind of comic book villain.

Hitler was motivated by a desire to make things better for German citizens. He was willing to commit genocide to do it, if necessary.

The Nazi's implemented many welfare reforms, and increased employment massively (rearmament!). Just because they murdered six million jews doesn't mean they can't also do good things.

Moscow Tells 13 Mostly US Tech Firms They Must Set Up in Russia by 2022

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Russia has demanded that 13 foreign and mostly U.S. technology companies be officially represented on Russian soil by the end of 2021 or face possible restrictions or outright bans. From a report: The demand, from state communications regulator Roskomnadzor late on Monday, gave few details of what exactly the companies were required to do and targeted some firms that already have Russian offices. Foreign social media giants with more than 500,000 daily usershave been obliged to open offices in Russia since a new law took effect on July 1. The list published on Monday names the companies for the first time.

It lists Alphabet's Google, Facebook, Twitter, TikTok and messaging app Telegram, all of which Russia has fined this year for failing to delete content it deems illegal. Apple, which Russia has targeted for alleged abuse of its dominant position in the mobile applications market, was also on the list. None of those companies responded to requests for comment. Roskomnadzor said firms that violate the legislation could face advertising, data collection and money transfer restrictions, or outright bans.

Re:Sure. Open an office.

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

you must employ the state censor
Some local data must be hosted in Russia
you must pay taxes and other fees.
person arresteds will be billed to you for there jail / court / prison costs.

This is so stupid

By slashdot_commentator • Score: 3 • Thread

Just pull out of Russia. The market there is minuscule.

Re:This is hostage taking

By SkonkersBeDonkers • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Wrong. What do you think the Hollywood Blacklist that grew out of McCarthyism was? That was canceling.

What do you think the Moral Majority did in the 80s? They canceled any celebrity or politician that they saw as too friendly towards gays or averse to their so-called "family values".

What do you think happened to Colin Koperneck because he offended the Church of the Flag people? He got canceled.

What do you think the entire RINO concept is except canceling other Republicans? That emerged in the early part of the 20th century.

And for more recent history, ask Liz Cheney and any of the other Republicans that dare to cross Trump what they think about being canceled?

Re:Do the right thing, FAANGs!

By 93 Escort Wagon • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Show us that the Internet still recognizes censorship as damage and routes around it.

With modern nation-state censorship, the problem is - while "routing around" it does happen for the people outside of that nation-state, it doesn't necessarily help the citizens of that state get access to the internet of the outside world.

China has shown that it's possible for even a large country to control pretty much all the points of network ingress.

US investment in Russia should be banned

By couchslug • Score: 3 • Thread

Russia is an enemy society, not a society with an enemy government (individual Russians could not matter less).

Investment of any kind in Russia supports the Kremlin. All US desire to invest there is socially treasonous which is why governments should step in to stop it.

Investors desiring to put money into Russia are enemies of the West to be crushed not tolerated. The Cold War never ended and anyone contending otherwise is a Kremlin shill or worse, a childish fool. Neither merit respect. The West (meaning Western people not just governments) need to harden the fuck up and face their old enemy instead of wanting a different reality they can never, ever have due to Russian nationalist culture making it a permanent threat to Europe.

Apple Sues Israeli Spyware Maker, Seeking To Block Its Access To iPhones

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Apple sued the NSO Group, the Israeli surveillance company, in federal court on Tuesday, another setback for the beleaguered firm and the unregulated spyware industry. From a report: The lawsuit is the second of its kind -- Facebook sued the NSO Group in 2019 for targeting its WhatsApp users -- and represents another consequential move by a private company to curb invasive spyware by governments and the companies that provide their spy tools. Apple, for the first time, seeks to hold NSO accountable for what it says was the surveillance and targeting of Apple users. Apple also wants to permanently prevent NSO from using any Apple software, services or devices, a move that could render the company's Pegasus spyware product worthless, given that its core business is to give NSO's government clients full access to a target's iPhone or Android smartphone.

Apple is also asking for unspecified damages for the time and cost to deal with what the company argues is NSO's abuse of its products. Apple said it would donate the proceeds from those damages to organizations that expose spyware. Since NSO's founding in 2010, its executives have said that they sell spyware to governments only for lawful interception, but a series of revelations by journalists and private researchers have shown the extent to which governments have deployed NSO's Pegasus spyware against journalists, activists and dissidents. Apple executives described the lawsuit as a warning shot to NSO and other spyware makers. "This is Apple saying: If you do this, if you weaponize our software against innocent users, researchers, dissidents, activists or journalists, Apple will give you no quarter," Ivan Krstic, head of Apple security engineering and architecture, said in an interview on Monday.

Apple had better win

By BishopBerkeley • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

This is a fascinating case. Will courts allow Apple to stop a surveillance tool that governments clearly love? Will the US government come out in favor of Apple or NSO group?

Without a doubt, NSO group needs to be wiped out of existence because it clearly empowers monsters and dictators against civil rights activists, journalists and citizens outside of their countries' jurisdictions. The NSO group is indisputably allowing repressive regimes to consolidate their power and even to manipulate international trade. As such, the company must be wiped out of existence, and the Israeli government must be held to account for supporting and protecting the NSO group.

It is a forgone conclusion that Apple will sue the Israeli government, too, once the Israeli government's role is made clear during discovery. Of course, Apple will have a huge bargaining chip. Apple's main chip design center is in Hertzliya, Israel. So, the Israeli government must weigh the small revenues and huge influence that NSO group brings in against the blockbuster investment that Apple is making in the Israeli tech sector.

It's a no brainer, but governments tend to act stupidly in such situations.

Sueing - that always works

By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 3 • Thread

when you're not technically competent enough to plug whatever exploit or vulnerability the spyware maker exploited to get a foothold into the system in the first place, then throw your weight around as a giant corporation with the means to pay a lot of overprices lawyers in court.

Samsung Picks Texas Site for $17 Billion Advanced US Chip Plant

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Samsung Electronics has decided to build an advanced U.S. chip plant in Texas, a win for the Biden administration as it prioritizes supply chain security and greater semiconductor capacity on American soil. From a report: South Korea's largest company has decided on the city of Taylor, roughly 30 miles (48 kilometers) from its giant manufacturing hub in Austin, a person familiar with the matter said. Samsung and Texas officials will announce the decision Tuesday afternoon, according to people familiar with the matter, asking not to be identified because the news hasn't been made public. A Samsung representative said it hadn't made a final decision and declined further comment. Samsung is hoping to win more American clients and narrow the gap with Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Its decision, which came months after de facto leader Jay Y. Lee was released from prison on parole, follows plans by TSMC and Intel Corp. to spend billions on cutting-edge facilities globally. The industry triumvirate is racing to meet a post-pandemic surge in demand that has stretched global capacity to the max, while anticipating more and more connected devices from cars to homes will require chips in future. The plant will cost Samsung $17 billion to set up, according to WSJ.

Re:Power Grid

By cayenne8 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Not sure why they would pick a state with a garbage power grid like Texas. California power is reliable and mostly green.

Well, that's likely because a power grid can be fixed and updated.

I don't think there is hope for California to fix its exceptionally high taxes, huge cost of living, and overregulation and other things which are slowly driving people and companies away from the state.

The Tesla Orbit.

By jellomizer • Score: 3 • Thread

Tesla has Chosen Samsung to build its next generation Driving Computer, Also Tesla had chosen Samsung to provide its cameras.
Much like how Detroit has a lot of companies that are not the actual Auto makers, but have these Automakers as their primary customer. I expect Tesla is attracting a lot of companies to the Austin TX area.

While I plan for my next car to be a Tesla, The Tesla company really is in a bubble, and I am in general afraid, if Tesla's bubble would pop, Austin TX will get a big hit. However it is a good sized city, it won't be as bad as some other areas, but Tesla Goes a bunch of other companies that are building there now will move out shortly after.

"a win for the Biden administration"

By DesScorp • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Why would this be a win for the Biden Administration? Samsung was going to build in the US regardless, Biden will be out of office by the time production really gets rolling, and Samsung picked a state that's antagonistic to Biden. A win for Texas? Certainly. For Biden himself? That's really stretching it, and taking credit for something he really hadn't anything to do with.

Re:On-site electricity?

By kschendel • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The technical issues with the Texas power grid are fixable, given enough time and money.

The ideological delusions that led to that grid being the dangerously under-protected thing that it is, will take a bit longer to fix.

We'll see. I certainly don't wish Samsung ill, I just think that one winter grid crash will soak up all the incentives they collected to locate there, and the second one will put them in the hole.

Re:On-site electricity?

By UnknowingFool • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Samsung’s existing fab in Texas was affected by the February storm so I would think that Samsung would plan for that with this new fab.

India To Propose Prohibiting All Private Cryptocurrencies

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India is preparing a bill to regulate cryptocurrencies, which will be presented to parliament in the session starting Nov. 29. From a report: Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government proposes to help the central bank create an official digital currency, according to a description of the bill, posted on parliament's website Tuesday. "The bill also seeks to prohibit all private cryptocurrencies in India, however, it allows for certain exceptions to promote the underlying technology of cryptocurrency and its uses," the text reads.

The powers that be are afraid of losing control

By Targon • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
Governments hate when they can't control something, so they will make laws to shut them down. Don't want people to be able to grow and use pot, so it's outlawed, can't do this or that, because if the government can't control it, they don't want anyone to do it. There are a LOT of fly by night crypto currencies, but the fact that crypto is NOT based in one country where it can be controlled, these governments whine about it and want it to be outlawed or made to be something they can regulate.

crypto is bad for the environmental / crime. GPUs

By Joe_Dragon • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread

crypto is bad for the environmental / crime. Leading to GPUs supply issues.

Also the bad for the power grid just wait for the day that an hospital get's an rolling blackout while an bit coin farm keeps going as they can pay for the power even at the cost of public safety

Re:The powers that be are afraid of losing control

By asdflkjhg • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Governments regulate a lot of things to our mutual benefit as well, though, eh? For example, they regulate "killin people". You can't just go and kill people. The Government controls precisely when and how killin people gets done. Probably, when done right, this is for the best. Has it occurred to you that maybe "printin money" is something that isn't good for random shmos to be able to do? Money is pretty useful, and the Government has regulated printin money for millenia. I'm sure you can find good reasons for this if you were to look beyond your confirmation bias.

Re:The powers that be are afraid of losing control

By Dorianny • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread
Governments regulate risk in the financial markets. This is why they do seemingly weird things like "cool off the economy," increasing interest rates to slow down economic growth in order to slow down inflation and bubble growth. Crypto's growth, especially among small-cap investors who can least afford losses, is fast becoming too big to ignore and a downturn can create risks to the wider financial markets.

An 'Incident' With the James Webb Space Telescope Has Occurred

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A short update on the projected launch date of the $10 billion James Webb Space Telescope came out of NASA on Monday, and it wasn't exactly a heart-warming missive. From a report: The large, space-based telescope's "no earlier than" launch date will slip from December 18 to at least December 22 after an "incident" occurred during processing operations at the launch site in Kourou, French Guiana. That is where the telescope will launch on an Ariane 5 rocket provided by the European Space Agency. "Technicians were preparing to attach Webb to the launch vehicle adapter, which is used to integrate the observatory with the upper stage of the Ariane 5 rocket," NASA said in a blog post. "A sudden, unplanned release of a clamp band -- which secures Webb to the launch vehicle adapter -- caused a vibration throughout the observatory."

They need to speak to SpaceX

By Computershack • Score: 3 • Thread
NASA are a proper bunch of drama queens which is why they get nothing done and why Bezos, Branson and Musk are making them look foolish. No idea why they're delaying the launch just because of an unplanned vibration. That thing is going to be experiencing plenty of vibration when it launches which will be much worse. Once upon a time in the 60's NASA would've thought the same and just cracked on with the job. Sadly it's now full of risk averse snowflakes.

Re:Management speak

By jellomizer • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

A MMA Fighter knows how to block a punch being thrown at him. They can deflect a punch at full force with a light slap at a 90 degree angle of the punch. The force the opponent is giving is in the horizontal direction and giving just enough vertical force to keep the hand to go onto target. So a light slap is enough to cause the fist that is punching to drop.

I say this, because a you can design something that can handle extreme forces from one direction, but be extremely fragile if it goes into an other direction.

A good engineer will not over engineer, especially for a spacecraft, because it needs to be light. So designing it to withstand out of spec forces will just make it heaver and harder to lift off.

Re:Cool but too much

By sabt-pestnu • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

considering that it is mid-career people initiating the work who almost certainly won't be around to see the result.

... I plant trees, too.

Re: renamed in honor of greatest procrastinators

By garyisabusyguy • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

I has me wondering just how hard they dropped it, for it to require such a close inspection

imo, a delay is better than it not working when it gets to Lagrange point

Re:They need to speak to SpaceX

By timeOday • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Come on. After decades in development it would be insane to just toss the thing up there and see what happens, instead of taking a pause to determine how many g's it experienced and make sure it's not a problem. Nothing in the 60's remotely approached even a tiny fraction of the precision and complexity of the JWST.

Microsoft's Qualcomm Exclusivity Deal for Windows on Arm Reportedly Ending Soon

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Qualcomm reportedly has an exclusivity deal with Microsoft for Windows on Arm licenses. From a report: The pair launched Windows on Arm laptops in 2016, and so far we haven't seen any devices launch without a Qualcomm chip. XDA-Developers reports that Qualcomm has had an exclusivity deal on Windows on Arm, but that it's set to expire soon. The report comes days after MediaTek held its executive summit with members of the media last week, where it shared its ambitions to build its own chip for Windows on Arm PCs. If Microsoft's exclusivity deal is about to end with Qualcomm, this could open the door for many more vendors supporting Windows on Arm. Samsung, MediaTek, and even Apple's M1 chips could eventually support Windows on Arm.

Windows on a Mac...

By frank_adrian314159 • Score: 3 • Thread

... is like hanging a turd on the side of a punchbowl.

This is a dup

By iamnotx0r • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Italian Competition Watchdog Fines Apple, Amazon $225M

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Italy's antitrust watchdog has fined Apple and Amazon a total of more than 200 million euros ($225 million) for cooperating to restrict competition in the sale of Apple and Beats branded products in violation of European Union rules. From a report: An investigation found that provisions in a 2018 agreement between the U.S. tech giants limited access to Italy's Amazon marketplace to selected resellers, the Italian Competition Authority said Tuesday. The watchdog slapped Apple with a 134.5 million euro ($151.32 million) fine and Amazon with a 68.7 million euro ($77.29 million) penalty. It also ordered them to end the restrictions and give resellers access in a "non-discriminatory manner." Both Apple and Amazon said they would appeal.

Counterfeit Prevention

By WankerWeasel • Score: 3 • Thread
There are so many counterfeits on Amazon these days. It'd be nice to see more restriction on which sellers can offer products.

appeal on what basis?

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

âoeThe proposed fine is disproportionate and unjustified,â Amazon said.

Yeah, repeat offenders always say that. We know the earlier fines levied against them for similar behavior didn't work, because they're still doing it.

âoeWe reject the ICAâ(TM)s suggestion that Amazon benefits by excluding sellers from our store, since our business model relies on their success.â

That is literally irrelevant. The law doesn't prohibit it because it provides a benefit to the cartel limiting market access, but because it harms others.

Apple said it respects the Italian Competition Authority "but believe we have done nothing wrong."

Yes, abusers often or probably in fact usually construct a narrative that allows them to engage in abuse while believing that they are in the right.

Teaming up with selected resellers helps customer safety because it ensures products are genuine, Apple said.

No, it does not. It's very simple to only permit specific resellers to claim to sell specific authentic products, once they have demonstrated that their goods are not counterfeit. Meanwhile, if Amazon actually cared about not delivering counterfeits (the statement was from Apple, but the behavior was engaged in by both companies working together) they wouldn't put all products supplied by various vendors together in the same box, or they would at least mark the packages somehow so that they knew which came from where so that when a counterfeit is reported they'd know where it came from and could cut off that particular reseller.

Since Amazon doesn't do this, we know that they give zero fucks about counterfeits except when forced to, e.g. by a massive conglomerate like Luxottica which can file lawsuits against them in enough venues to make it unprofitable to sell the counterfeit products.

EU Lawmakers Pass Strict New Rules Affecting Big US Tech

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The lead committee in the European Parliament writing new tech rules passed measures Tuesday that could impact major U.S. and European tech companies. Lawmakers voted to approve measures in the draft Digital Markets Act that could mean: 1. A company's messaging or social media app is interoperable, to prevent users feeling forced to use one or the other because that's where their friends are
2. A ban on behavioral targeting of ads to minors
3. Fines of as much as 20% of a company's global annual sales for breaches for the law

Companies identified as "gatekeepers" and therefore set to be accountable under the DMA include Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Apple and, and could later hit online marketplaces Zalando and Alibaba.

Re:Fines of 20% global annual sales?

By Njovich • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The fact that the fine is a percentage of global sales, not EU sales, is problematical,

Going to see a lot of sales from the Cayman Islands if you don't.

How does that help?

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

A company's messaging or social media app is interoperable, to prevent users feeling forced to use one or the other because that's where their friends are

Unless you're going to force federation between all the messenger systems, the way this has traditionally been done is that users will have to have an account on each messenger system to use it anyway. So even if they don't use the platform in other ways, they're going to be giving permission for the platform to maintain a profile on them. The data associated with it will be (ostensibly) limited by privacy legislation in applicable jurisdictions, but it still opens the door. Is this actually going to improve privacy or even freedom in any way?

Re:Fines of 20% global annual sales?

By AmiMoJo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Global sales is the only way it can work because otherwise they will just hide everything offshore.

Google tried it years ago, they had staff in the UK who they claimed were not selling anything and all transactions were with a foreign company. They were undone by the fact that the staff all described themselves as working in sales on Linkedin.

Re:Interoperable messaging?

By fred6666 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

We geeks really dropped the ball 30 years ago with IM -- not pushing an RFC/IETF protocol. Instead, we created compatibility layers like MirandaIM, GAIM, kopete...
Remember when GTalk and even facebook had XMPP support?

The problem was not to develop these cross-protocol applications. It was a good idea back then, and would still be a good idea today (better than having 5 different messaging applications or browser tabs, each with their own notification system).

The problem is that (some) geeks dropped the ball 5-10 years ago and started making concessions such as accepting to use proprietary protocols which are only available on a single vendor (I'm looking at you, Apple iMessage / Facetime). Not only you can't use a multi-protocol client, but you can't even choose on which hardware you are going to use it. Also, the switch to mobile first also meant that the worst messaging protocols still rely on a mobile phone number to work. Some of them are so bad that you even need to have a mobile phone turned on and connected to the Internet so that you can send/receive messages on your PC. I'd understand that some tech-illiterate people were lured into them, but I would have expected geeks to not even agree to touch them with a 10-foot pole.

Jabber / XMPP?

By Midnight Thunder • Score: 3 • Thread

Maybe we will see Jabber and XMPP, or their successor, get a new lease of life?

In many ways I am happy to see this push, since last time this happened was to ensure the phone companies were interoperable, and this made the phone such a convenient tool for everyone. By forcing the tech companies to think of interoperability of their platforms it should help abolish some of the communication islands we see today.

In doing this, I am sure companies will find new ways of encouraging people to stick to their platforms, such as indicating that they can only guarantee to end-to-end encryption only for those on the same network.

BTW It should be mentioned that both Google and Apple made indications of providing interoperable messaging and video platforms, but like a good political promise these fizzled out and have been forgotten about, by most people.

Niantic Raises $300 Million At $9 Billion Valuation To Build the 'Real-World Metaverse'

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Niantic, the augmented reality platform that's developing games like Pokemon GO, raised $300 million from Coatue, valuing the company at $9 billion. The San Fransisco-based startup, which initially spun out of Google, will use this money to build what it calls the "real-world metaverse." As early as August, Niantic founder and CEO John Hanke has referred to the metaverse -- at least, the one that renders us bound to VR headsets, like in "Ready Player One" -- as a "dystopian nightmare."

Unlike Facebook, which changed its company name to Meta to signal its investment in VR technology, Niantic wants to develop technology that brings people closer to the outside world. Earlier this month, Niantic unveiled its Lightship AR Developer Kit (ARDK), which makes tools to develop AR games publicly available for free to anyone who has a basic knowledge of the Unity game engine. "At Niantic, we believe humans are the happiest when their virtual world leads them to a physical one," Hanke said at the time. "Unlike a sci-fi metaverse, a real-world metaverse will use technology to improve our experience of the world as we've known it for thousands of years." The funding will help expand the ARDK, which has already been used by companies like Coachella, Historic Royal Palaces, Universal Pictures, SoftBank, Warner Music Group and the PGA of America to create augmented reality experiences.

Perfect Timing

By rmdingler • Score: 3 • Thread

Given the state of the World, I couldn't imagine a better time to be marketing an alternative to it.

We are currently all but addicted to the distractions offered by technology and the entertainment industry, let alone the folks who have checked out of reality by self medicating.

Enriched Reality

By barlevg • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
I still can't get over the number of (rich and powerful) people who came out of Ready Player One and reacted, "Yes, let's. That sounds awesome," instead of the same response: "What a waste of two and a half hours."

Niantic has it right--augmented reality done best is CENTERED on the physical world and the idea that it's worth investing in our actual surroundings. Thinking about things like using Google Lens to identify a cool bird sitting in a tree, or telling me if a snake in a my yard is dangerous. Or letting me easily report to the city recent flood damage to a sidewalk.

My free advice to the Hawkes of the world: a rebrand. Augmented is too neutral of a term. Call it enriched reality. Both enriched in terms of enriched with metadata but also enriched in terms of: committed to making reality better.

Phrases that tell you the company is doomed

By ClueHammer • Score: 3 • Thread
Synergy, paradigm shift, internet of things and meta/metaverse!

Apple Users Cancel Spotify Over Lack of HomePod Support

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Long-time Slashdot reader tlhIngan writes: We know Spotify has many complaints about Apple, specifically how Apple Music competes with Spotify. This has resulted in many complaints about unfair competition from Spotify, enough to bring about the scrutiny of European regulators. However, it appears Spotify might be the architect of their own complaints, from not supporting AirPlay 2 (which they rapidly backtracked on due to customer complaints), to now, not supporting the HomePod natively.

Apple introduced third-party support for the HomePod, which allows the speaker to natively play audio from streaming services without requiring an iOS device. Most notably, when the list of providers supporting the feature was announced by Apple, Spotify was conspicuously absent. Now Apple users are demanding Spotify add support for HomePod or they are switching to Apple Music.

Re:Whiney users of a closed system complain

By herberttlbd • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Spotify's implementation is hot garbage on every platform.

Re:Whiney users of a closed system complain

By fazig • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
It's the market at work.
People don't like something about a service the pay for, they complain, nothing changes, they stop using and paying for the service.

Customers might make some 'Karen' demands, but ultimately it's their money. If you don't think you need their business, fine, more power to you. But you're certainly not entitled to their money.

Re:Whiney users of a closed system complain

By bettersheep • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Yes. Do not buy Apple.

Re:Why is this news?

By gnasher719 • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
4,000 is the ones complaining. The ones complaining demonstrate that they actually care about your product. The problem are the ones who don't complain but quietly cancel their subscription.

Re:Why is this news?

By dfghjk • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

"If Spotify instead decides to be petty and punish Apple device owners..."

No Spotify users are paying "cash money" for HomePod support since it has never existed and was previously not possible. Spotify is "punishing" no one for not doing new work to support a third rate product. HomePods are thus far a failure and Apple has taken a "iTunes only" approach to their support until recently.

Furthermore, Spotify isn't "dragging" anyone into a "silly little feud" with Apple. They choose what technologies to invest in, if Apple wants Spotify support for their closed, POS smart speaker maybe they should make a more competitive one...and open it to streaming companies like Spotify from the start.

But by all means, spin this an an evil Spotify move despite all evidence to the contrary. Apple can do no wrong, after all.

Cancer Cells Use 'Tiny Tentacles' To Suck Mitochondria Out of Immune Cells

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Hmmmmmm shares a report from SciTechDaily: Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital and MIT used the power of nanotechnology to discover a new way that cancer can disarm its would-be cellular attackers by extending out nanoscale tentacles that can reach into an immune cell and pull out its powerpack. Slurping out the immune cell's mitochondria powers up the cancer cell and depletes the immune cell. The new findings, published in Nature Nanotechnology, could lead to new targets for developing the next generation of immunotherapy against cancer.

To investigate how cancer cells and immune cells interact at the nanoscale level, [corresponding author Shiladitya Sengupta, PhD, and co-director of the Brigham's Center for Engineered Therapeutics] and colleagues set up experiments in which they co-cultured breast cancer cells and immune cells, such as T cells. Using field-emission scanning electron microscopy, they caught a glimpse of something unusual: Cancer cells and immune cells appeared to be physically connected by tiny tendrils, with widths mostly in the 100-1000 nanometer range. (For comparison, a human hair is approximately 80,000 to 100,000 nanometers). In some cases, the nanotubes came together to form thicker tubes. The team then stained mitochondria -- which provide energy for cells -- from the T cells with a fluorescent dye and watched as bright green mitochondria were pulled out of the immune cells, through the nanotubes, and into the cancer cells.

"By carefully preserving the cell culture condition and observing intracellular structures, we saw these delicate nanotubes and they were stealing the immune cells' energy source," said co-corresponding author Hae Lin Jang, PhD, a principal investigator in the Center for Engineered Therapeutics. "It was very exciting because this kind of behavior had never been observed before in cancer cells. This was a tough project as the nanotubes are fragile and we had to handle the cells very gently to not break them." The researchers then looked to see what would happen if they prevented the cancer cells from hijacking mitochondria. When they injected an inhibitor of nanotube formation into mouse models used for studying lung cancer and breast cancer, they saw a significant reduction in tumor growth.

Re:Real science please?

By Errol backfiring • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Some more on the phenomenon: Tunneling Nanotubes

Doesn't seem to be a simple mutation

By Pinky's Brain • Score: 5, Interesting • Thread

Seems unlikely the whole complex behaviour is the result of mutation, this must be dormant behaviour in cells turned on because of a mutation.

Is it dormant because it has become useless during evolution, or because it's used by some cells in the body we are not aware of though?

Re:Mice cancer is not cured yet?

By piojo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

California lost credibility when they decided coffee had to be labeled as causing cancer due to containing acrylamide. Yes, coffee contains a carcinogen. Yet the net effect of coffee is to improve longevity. Though the decision was rolled back, people discovered California's legislation seemed to be focused on individual molecules rather than their actual effect (in products) on human health/longevity. The warnings are just noise, like a "danger, floor is wet" sign that's displayed regardless of the actual floor conditions.

Re:Mice cancer is not cured yet?

By Junta • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The substances are not banned, but required to carry a label. The fact that they cast the net so wide and in some cases without particularly strong evidence about the substances has rendered the label useless, because no one takes it seriously as a warning and thus no company fears having to put the warning on. Particularly since they add so many substances so frequently, companies decide to put the label on even if they not aware of any currently applicable substances in their product (the work to ensure the Prop65 list is not applicable can bee huge, and knowing that even if they verified they are currently in the clear, they could incur that cost next year with a new list).

Cellular Hentai

By jfdavis668 • Score: 3 • Thread