the unofficial Slashdot digest for 2022-Aug-04 today archive


  1. From Software Developer To CEO: Red Hat's Matt Hicks On His Journey To the Top
  2. US Attorneys General Will Take Legal Action Against Telecom Providers Enabling Robocalls
  3. Apple Might Remove the Headphone Jack From Its Next Entry-Level iPad
  4. Crunchyroll Closes Deal To Acquire Anime Superstore Right Stuf
  5. Record Labels' War On ISPs and Piracy Nets Multiple Settlements With Charter
  6. Tutanota Cries Antitrust Foul Over Microsoft Teams Blocking Sign-Ups For Its Email Users
  7. Visa, Mastercard Suspend Payment For Ad Purchases On PornHub and MindGeek
  8. The Founder of GeoCities On What Killed the 'Old Internet'
  9. Philippines Legislator Offers Up Bill That Would Criminalize 'Ghosting'
  10. Equifax Issued Wrong Credit Scores For Millions of Consumers
  11. US Officials Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency
  12. GitLab Plans To Delete Dormant Projects in Free Accounts
  13. Record Amount of Seaweed Chokes Caribbean Beaches and Shoreline
  14. Solana Hack Blamed on Slope Mobile Wallet Exploit
  15. Starbucks To Unveil Its Web3-Based Rewards Program Next Month
  16. Meta is Expanding NFT Support on Instagram To 100 Countries
  17. At Long Last, Mathematical Proof That Black Holes Are Stable
  18. Samsung Workers in Vietnam Bear Brunt of Slowdown in Global Demand for Electronics
  19. Tencent Seeks Bigger Stake in 'Assassin's Creed' Maker Ubisoft
  20. Microsoft Justifies Activision Blizzard's $69 Billion Acquisition By Telling Regulator Call of Duty Publisher Doesn't Release 'Unique' Games
  21. GM Is Doubling the Size of Its Super Cruise Network In the US, Canada
  22. 'CSS Crimes' Turn Social Media Posts Into Games

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From Software Developer To CEO: Red Hat's Matt Hicks On His Journey To the Top

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ZDNet's Stephanie Condon spoke with Red Hat's new CEO, Matt Hicks, a veteran of the company that's been working there for over 14 years. An anonymous reader shares an excerpt from their discussion: Matt Hicks, Red Hat's new CEO, doesn't have the background of your typical chief executive. He studied computer hardware engineering in college. He began his career as an IT consultant at IBM. His on-the-ground experience, however, is one of his core assets as the company's new leader, Hicks says. "The markets are changing really quickly," he tells ZDNet. "And just having that intuition -- of where hardware is going, having spent time in the field with what enterprise IT shops struggle with and what they do well, and then having a lot of years in Red Hat engineering -- I know that's intuition that I'll lean on... Around that, there's a really good team at Red Hat, and I get to lean on their expertise of how to best deliver, but that I love having that core intuition."

Hicks believes his core knowledge helps him to guide the company's strategic bets. While his experience is an asset, Hicks says it's not a given that a good developer will make a good leader. You also need to know how to communicate your ideas persuasively. "You can't just be the best coder in the room," he says. "Especially in STEM and engineering, the softer skills of learning how to present, learning how to influence a group and show up really well in a leadership presentation or at a conference -- they really start to define people's careers."

Hicks says that focus on influence is an important part of his role now that he didn't relish earlier in his career. "I think a lot of people don't love that," he says. "And yet, you can be the best engineer on the planet and work hard, but if you can't be heard, if you can't influence, it's harder to deliver on those opportunities." Hicks embraced the art of persuasion to advance his career. And as an open-source developer, he learned to embrace enterprise products to advance Red Hat's mission. He joined Red Hat just a few years after Paul Cormier -- then Red Hat's VP of engineering, and later Hicks' predecessor as CEO -- moved the company from its early distribution, Red Hat Linux, to Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL). It was a move that not everyone liked. [...]
"As he settles into his new role as CEO, the main challenge ahead of Hicks will be picking the right industries and partners to pursue at the edge," writes Condon. "Red Hat is already working at the edge, in a range of different industries. It's working with General Motors on Ultifi, GM's end-to-end software platform, and it's partnering with ABB, one of the world's leading manufacturing automation companies. It's also working with Verizon on hybrid mobile edge computing. Even so, the opportunity is vast. Red Hat expects to see around $250 billion in spending at the edge by 2025."

"There'll be a tremendous growth of applications that are written to be able to deliver to that," Hicks says. "And so our goals in the short term are to pick the industries and build impactful partnerships in those industries -- because it's newer, and it's evolving."

You can't just be the best coder in the room

By real_nickname • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
There is nothing wrong being "just" the best coder in the room. You like coding, you don't like being a CEO or a top manager, good for you. You can't be the best CEO and the best coder in the room either, both things take time and different skills. Stop shaming people for doing what they like and are good at.

Hicks says that focus on influence is an important part of his role now that he didn't relish earlier in his career.

Captain obvious CEO...

"Build impactful partnerships" eh?

By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This guy sure picked up the marketing rah-rah in a hurry. He's CEO material alright.

Re:You can't just be the best coder in the room

By JaredOfEuropa • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
He makes a good point though: If you major in science or technology, it's a good idea to also pick up some soft skills like writing, networking, negotiating, or public speaking. Even if you don't particularly like those skills... in that case it's especially important not to neglect them. "Not just being the best coder in the room" has nothing to do with having to aspire to a management or C-level position, it's also about being a more effective coder.

I never aspired to become a manager or CEO (I've done some management and it sucked. Also, I'm just not very good at it). And early on in my career, I focused solely on technical stuff, because that's where my strengths lie. But a few years in, after doing some in-company soft skills training, I realised that while I still don't like soft skills very much and that I will never really be any good at them, training them up a little has made me a far better engineer. It has also increased my enjoyment of my work, because even doing the crappy parts of the job is nicer when you're at least somewhat competent at them.

US Attorneys General Will Take Legal Action Against Telecom Providers Enabling Robocalls

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The Attorneys General of all 50 states have joined forces in hopes of giving teeth to the seemingly never-ending fight against robocalls. Engadget reports: North Carolina AG Josh Stein, Indiana AG Todd Rokita and Ohio AG Dave Yost are leading the formation of the new Anti-Robocall Litigation Task Force. In Stein's announcement, he said the group will focus on taking legal action against telecoms, particularly gateway providers, allowing or turning a blind eye to foreign robocalls made to US numbers. He explained that gateway providers routing foreign phone calls into the US telephone network have the responsibility under the law to ensure the traffic they're bringing in is legal. Stein said that they mostly aren't taking any action to keep robocalls out of the US phone network, though, and they're even intentionally allowing robocall traffic through in return for steady revenue in many cases.

Stein said in a statement: "We're... going to take action against phone companies that violate state and federal laws. I'm proud to create this nationwide task force to hold companies accountable when they turn a blind eye to the robocallers they're letting on to their networks so they can make more money. I've already brought one pathbreaking lawsuit against an out-of-state gateway provider, and I won't hesitate to take legal action against others who break our laws and bombard North Carolinians with these harmful, unlawful calls."

Re:Free Speech

By Skapare • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

free speech protections only apply to people, not automated dialers. if you make a call by manually entering or selecting the number, and ready to speak when they answer, then i'd say it is protected speech.

Ban caller id spoofing

By F.Ultra • Score: 3 • Thread
They could start by outlawing spoofing caller id. There should be no reason why this is even legal in the first place.

Quit my home phone 25 years ago due to robocalls

By flyingfsck • Score: 4, Informative • Thread
Robocalls made landline phones useless, so I changed my phone line to a 'dry' DSL. I'm sure I wasn't the only one. The phone companies must have lost much more than they gained from the incessant spam.

Re: jail time

By markdavis • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

>"One more complaint, listen to the call and verify itÃ(TM)s a legitimate robocall."

Customers simply need to ability to report such calls instantly by hanging up and dialing a code. Any number that gets more than X reports in X days is just automatically banned at the carrier level. The problem would solve itself pretty quickly. And it would work against ALL spam calls, including "surveys" and "political" and "sales calls from someone with whom you have an existing relationship" because all of those are just as bad as other robocalls.

I am extremely protective of my cell number, giving it only to friends and family and work. Never to any other company or business or organization for any reason. Years ago I STILL had to install an app to block all incoming calls from those not in my contact list. Not everyone can do that, though. And there is no such protection for my home land line.

Interesting observations

By RogueWarrior65 • Score: 3 • Thread

This morning, 6:30 am to be exact, some robocaller called. The caller ID said it was from a really remote town in the state, population 1,368. I knew it was bogus but I decided to answer it. The tell tail sign is an audio "boop" on the line. Happens every time. What's also interesting to me is that the scammer calls pretty much disappeared for the month or so before the primary election. That means the PACs are probably using the same services as the scammers so they know who they are and could make that information public. Why isn't anyone doxxing, swatting, or canceling these outfits?

Apple Might Remove the Headphone Jack From Its Next Entry-Level iPad

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Apple's upcoming entry-level iPad is rumored to cut the 3.5mm headphone jack, joining the iPad Pro, iPad Air, iPad Mini, and the entire iPhone lineup. The Verge reports: MySmartPrice says the CAD renders are sourced from a case maker working on accessories for what will be the 10th-generation iPad. It's a substantial redesign from the classic iPad design that has been left largely untouched for years; Apple increased the display size slightly in 2017 and has made other internal hardware upgrades, but the overall look has remained consistent. It appears that's about to change, with the new iPad sharing the same flat-sides aesthetic as recent iPhones, iPads, the 14-inch / 16-inch MacBook Pro, and 2022 MacBook Air. Both 9to5Mac and MacRumors reported on the renders. But as always, treat these easily faked images with a healthy amount of skepticism.

The home button remains present, which means so do the sizable bezels above and below the display. MySmartPrice reports that the screen should be larger than the current 10.2-inch model, and there's a redesigned camera on the iPad's back reminiscent of the module from the iPhone X. The revamped iPad has a USB-C port, which would complete the transition for Apple's tablet line. These renders also include quad speakers, and that's where I get somewhat doubtful of what we're seeing: only the iPad Pro is currently outfitted with four speakers, so if this pans out, the base-level iPad would be leapfrogging both the iPad Air and Mini in the audio department. That strikes me as unlikely, but it could also serve as Apple's justification for nixing the headphone jack from a product used in many classrooms and other scenarios where support for affordable wired headphones has been meaningful.

Screw Apple for this

By dynamo • Score: 3 • Thread

There is no excuse, iPads don't need to be so thin they have no room for a tiny headphone jack. I stopped buying iPhones because they took out the headphone jack and I could see myself doing the same for iPads.

Wired headphones are A GREAT OPTION. Wireless ones come with heaps of bullshit, you lose them much more easily, you have to worry about charge levels, they cost 3-10x times as much or more... just a ridiculous, stupid move all around. I'm still waiting for them to put the headphone jack back on an iPhone while my 6s+ and it's used copies for replacements are all working fine. Even as an iOS developer.

They should lose lots of money for this arrogance.

The best Apple product

By backslashdot • Score: 3 • Thread

Laptop with a touchwheel instead of a keyboard:

That missing headphone jack is a constant PITA

By lusid1 • Score: 3 • Thread

I use my iPad (pro) for music as a sheet reader, and it also plays the backing tracks into an external amp. BT latency makes wireless unusable, so I am stuck with the dongle, but the dongle port is on the bottom. Which when sitting on a music stand is inaccessible, so I have to flip it upside down, so dongle side up. But now the power button is on the bottom, and it keeps randomly turning itself off. Was all this aggravation worth saving apple a few cents per unit? No, no it was not.

it's for kids, they better not jack up the price!

By Somervillain • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
The base model is primarily used by students and is heavily used by special needs kids with speech development issues. Losing the headphone jack would be highly detrimental as anyone who has used those adapters can tell you. They're lost easily and apple makes them super fragile.

These are heavily used by kids as young as 3. Kids that age are ANIMALS!!! You can't trust them to troubleshoot Bluetooth pairing issues, of which Apple has a TON! I have AirPods and all apple devices. I use my AirPods with only my iPhone. It connects about 3/4 of the time...which is better than many devices, but still for a 3yo...they don't have the patience to Apple's cumbersome Bluetooth menu to manually pair a device...and their menu is quite a bit worse than Android's, BTW.

My biggest concern is cost. I have to buy one per kid. It's required for school now. They last 3 years tops for small kids (if you have a boy, you're lucky if they last 2), because even with the thick foam cases and screen protectors, little kids are ANIMALS with devices. I hope Apple doesn't plan on raising the price substantially. It's already a ripoff because the base model doesn't have enough storage to do much and the kids are filling it up constantly...oh, you took a 5 min video?...welp, we're out of storage...go clear everything out again for the 5th time today...and the upgraded storage models are currently highway robbery prices: $150 for 192GB of storage upgrade

USB-C? I'm happy about that!...Thank you for reaching the charging technology level my Android phone was at 7 years ago! Losing the headphone jack was STUPID, though. Kids need headphones. Letting them plug in simple ones with no dongle that's designed for kids and works on most devices (chromebooks, laptops, Nintendos, etc) was best.

I know one of my kids already needs their model replaced and was waiting for Christmas. I was dreading it because the base model didn't have enough it sounds like they're trying to update the design to justify a price hike.

Apple, do what you want to the expensive models. My wife & I bought one and deal with your bad design decisions. Please keep one model cheap, simple, and effective for children.

Re: Selling my iPad Pro

By Malc • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

apple also routinely sends out malware disguised as patches to cripple performance on older devices that would otherwise keep working fine.

Oh realty? I havenâ(TM)t noticed this with my nearly five year old iPhone 8 that I use every day, nor my even older iPhone 6s that I still use when I go to gigs. Do you have a list of these problematic updates?

Crunchyroll Closes Deal To Acquire Anime Superstore Right Stuf

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Crunchyroll announced that it's acquired Right Stuf, one of the world's leading online anime superstores. "Expanding Crunchyroll's eCommerce offerings, the acquisition aims to serve anime fans and collectors an even wider array of merchandise for online purchase including manga, home video, figures, games, music and everything in between," writes the company in a post. From the report: Founded in 1987, Right Stuf is a leading consumer source for anime pop culture merchandise online. By visiting its eCommerce portal, enthusiasts and collectors can find thousands of products, including Blu-rays, manga books, music, figurines, collectables, and more. Right Stuf also offers licensed anime home video products through its own label.

"For 35 years, Right Stuf's mission has been to connect anime fans with the products they love," said Shawne Kleckner, CEO of Right Stuf. "Joining forces with Crunchyroll allows us to accelerate and scale this effort more than ever before. There has never been a more exciting time to be an anime fan than today!" Kleckner and the Right Stuf team will join Crunchyroll's Emerging Businesses organization, led by Terry Li.
Sony acquired Crunchyroll for $1.175 billion from AT&T, in a deal that closed in August 2021.

Re:It begins...

By Luckyo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

It isn't. They're starting to censor pretty much everything in line with intersectional beliefs. It's what results in insane shit like censoring everything that looks like letter "Y" because that is also what drawn cleavage looks like and because that's something you can do on AI.

And you're obviously not allowed to sexually arose men, because that disempowers women.

This is what decimated domestic US comics industry and let Japanese manga basically take over. So the next step is to obviously censor Japanese. And best way to achieve that is to take over the publishers and then consolidate them so there's no alternatives on offer. Also a path well traveled in US comics.

Record Labels' War On ISPs and Piracy Nets Multiple Settlements With Charter

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: Charter Communications has agreed to settle piracy lawsuits filed by the major record labels, which accused the cable Internet provider of failing to terminate the accounts of subscribers who illegally download copyrighted songs. Sony, Universal, Warner, and their various subsidiaries sued Charter in US District Court in Colorado in March 2019 in a suit that claimed the ISP helps subscribers pirate music by selling packages with higher Internet speeds. They filed another lawsuit against Charter in the same court in August 2021.

Both cases were settled. The record labels and Charter told the court of their settlements on Tuesday in filings (PDF) that said (PDF), "The Parties hereby notify the Court that they have resolved the above-captioned action." Upon the settlements, the court vacated the pending trials and asked the parties to submit dismissal papers within 28 days. Charter subsidiary Bright House Networks also settled (PDF) a similar lawsuit in US District Court for the Middle District of Florida this week. The record labels' case in Florida was settled one day before a scheduled trial, as TorrentFreak reported Tuesday. The case was dismissed with prejudice (PDF) after the settlement.

No details on any of the settlements were given in the documents notifying the courts. A three-week jury trial in one of the Colorado cases was scheduled to begin in June 2023 but is no longer needed. The question for Internet users is whether the settlements mean that Charter will be more aggressive in terminating subscribers who illegally download copyrighted material. Charter declined to comment today when we asked if it agreed to increase account terminations of subscribers accused of piracy.
"Even if the settlements have no specific provision on terminating subscribers, Charter presumably has to pay the record labels to settle the claims," adds Ars' Jon Brodkin. "That could make the country's second-biggest ISP more likely to terminate subscribers accused of piracy in order to prevent future lawsuits."

Sounds like easy money

By imidan • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

the ISP helps subscribers pirate music by selling packages with higher Internet speeds

Nonsense. In 1997, my Internet speed was a fraction of what it is today, and I pirated tons of music thanks to Napster and friends. Today, with my faster Internet speed, I buy my music.

I hope the settlement was small. I can understand the ISP not wanting to go to court and leave it up to a jury, but this is absurd.


By GigaplexNZ • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

in a suit that claimed the ISP helps subscribers pirate music by selling packages with higher Internet speeds.

And the government helps bank robbers get away by building roads.

Download? Or do they mean upload?

By PetiePooo • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
Have the labels given up chasing the uploaders with criminal charges and enlisted the ISPs in policing what is essentially only a civil copyright violation? Or is the press glossing over the difference between a civil infraction (downloading a product without a license) and a criminal charge (making a copyrighted product available to others)?

Not too long ago, they left the people who downloaded songs and movies alone, as long as they weren't also uploading it at the same time. That implies the use of something other than bittorrent, which I suppose is also less noticeable and harder to detect and track.

If they are now triggering on just the act of downloading, that's a recent development that a friend of mine would like to know about. He uses a modified leech-only torrent client that cannot "make available" any of the content he downloads, assuming that makes him safe against criminal charges and too small to attract the labels attention.

Wait what?

By sizzlinkitty • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

Something about this is very wrong, besides the obvious reasons stated in the lawsuit. I worked at Charter on the NSO team and worked closely with the team responsible for policing their network for copyright infringements. Charter has a massive sandvine system, if a user is caught sharing copyrighted content, they're forced to take a intellectual property course and sign off that you know what your doing is illegal and will cease doing it. The second infraction shuts off your internet for a short period of time and you have to take the course again. The third infraction shuts down the account for 12 months. Anyhow, Charter is trying to stop piracy on their network, saying they aren't, is a lie. I hate Charter with every fiber of my being, so it's hard for me to come to their defense.

Something not many people know, media companies give Charter millions of dollars to help enforce their copyrights. When I left in 2018, I believe the number was over 20 million a year.

Re:Encryption Is Your Friend.

By zenlessyank • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

Just inject yourself into the venue as an encrypted payload. Problem solved. Also, stay out of the pit if you don't want a nosebleed. ;)

Tutanota Cries Antitrust Foul Over Microsoft Teams Blocking Sign-Ups For Its Email Users

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Microsoft is being called out for blocking users of the end-to-end encrypted email service Tutanota from registering an account with its cloud-based collaboration platform, Teams, if they try to do that using a Tutanota email address. TechCrunch reports: The problem, which has been going on unrectified for some time -- with an initial complaint raised with Microsoft support back in January 2021 -- appears to have arisen because it treats Tutanota as a corporate email, rather than what it actually is (and has always been), an email service. This misclassification means that when a Tutanota email user tries to use this email address to register an account with Teams they get a classic "computer says no' response -- with the interface blocking the registration and suggesting the person "contact your admin or try a different email."

"When the first Tutanota user registered a Teams account, they were assigned the domain. That's why now everyone who logs in with Tutanota address should report to their 'admin' (see screenshot)," explains a spokeswoman for Tutanota when asked why they think this is happening. To get past this denial -- and register a Teams account -- the Tutanota user has to enter a non-Tutanota email. (Such as, for example, a Microsoft email address.)

To get past this denial -- and register a Teams account -- the Tutanota user has to enter a non-Tutanota email. (Such as, for example, a Microsoft email address.) In a blog post detailing the saga, Tutanota co-founder, Matthias Pfau, dubs Microsoft's behavior a "severe anti-competitive practice." "Politicians on both sides of the Atlantic are discussing stronger antitrust legislation to regulate Big Tech. These laws are badly needed as the example of Microsoft blocking Tutanota users from registering a Teams account demonstrates," he writes. "The problem: Big Tech companies have the market power to harm smaller competitors with some very easy steps like refusing smaller companies' customers from using their own services." "This is just one example of how Microsoft can and does abuse its dominant market position to harm competitors, which in turn also harms consumers," he adds. [...]

"As earlier discussed, we are unable to make your domain a public domain. The domain has already been used for Microsoft Teams. If teams have been used with a specific domain, it can't work as a vanity/public domain," runs another of Microsoft's support's shrugging-off responses. Tutanota kept on trying to press for a reason why Microsoft could not reclassify the domain for weeks -- but just hit the same brick wall denial. Hence it's going public with its complaint now. "The conversation went back and forth for at lest six weeks until we finally gave up -- due to the repeated response that they would not change this," the spokeswoman added.
In an update, a Microsoft spokesperson said: "We are currently looking into the issue raised by Tutanota."

Re:Seems logical to me

By andymadigan • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
The first user should never have been assigned the domain without some sort of domain ownership verification process. Claiming ownership for an organization (or, in this case, disclaiming single-organization control) should be equally simple, Microsoft can email a link to the technical contact for the domain, or have them perform DNS verification.

As the article implies, Microsoft has a perverse incentive to make starting public email services more difficult. I have to say though, their management of their own service is absolute trash. I notice that's abuse email address no longer works, and about 20% of the emails in my spam folder seem to be coming from, domains, or Office 365 tenants. A few phishing emails from Microsoft-controlled servers even manage to make it past GMail's filters.

Microsoft is just never going to be a good corporate citizen. They only seem better by comparison to the "new tech" companies like Meta and Uber.

No doubt of course in a day or so the public attention will have gotten this fixed, but just for this company.

Re:Seems logical to me

By squiggleslash • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

They don't need to do that at all. There's absolutely zero reason to assume that because someone registered with an account "first" with a specific domain that the domain belongs to them. There's virtually no other services in the world that run like that.

This is colossally stupid policy by Microsoft. I mean, beyond stupid. It's "How the fuck did anyone at Microsoft ever think this made any sense" stupid.

Re:Seems logical to me

By thegarbz • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

There's absolutely zero reason to assume that because someone registered with an account "first" with a specific domain that the domain belongs to them.

That's not what is going on here, and yes every equivalent service works like that. Someone registered the account which has been incorrectly flagged as a corporate account tied to a domain. This is how federated services work, it's how your Google, Amazon, Slack or O365 account identifies your login as personal or part of a corporate domain. It's how chat services know how to share data (such as contact lists) between them.

The first person who registers something doesn't magically get assigned exclusive use to the domain. MS or the person in question misclassified it.


I mean, beyond stupid. It's "How the fuck did anyone at Microsoft ever think this made any sense" stupid.

Quite often ... as it is in this case, if you are asking that question there's a very good chance you don't have all the information.

Same with a personal domain name.

By dargaud • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
I tried to use Teams on Linux upon request from clients. As a Linux-only user (and developer) it seemed to be supported, but when I gave it my personal email (my my own domain name), it gave me this bullshit message about having my mail admin contact MS for whatever reasons. Like hell I'm going to spend some more hours (and probably money) to try and figure out. I got everybody to use a more open system, it's not like there's no competition in the field. What are they trying to achieve with that ?!?

Visa, Mastercard Suspend Payment For Ad Purchases On PornHub and MindGeek

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Visa and Mastercard said Thursday card payments for advertising on Pornhub and its parent company MindGeek would be suspended after a lawsuit stoked controversy over whether the payments giants could be facilitating child pornography. CNBC reports: A federal judge in California on Friday denied Visa's motion to dismiss a lawsuit by a woman who accuses the payment processor of knowingly facilitating the distribution of child pornography on Pornhub and other sites operated by parent company MindGeek. Visa CEO and Chairman Al Kelly said in a statement Thursday that he strongly disagrees with this court and is confident in his position. "Visa condemns sex trafficking, sexual exploitation, and child sexual abuse," Kelly said. "It is illegal, and Visa does not permit the use of our network for illegal activity. Our rules explicitly and unequivocally prohibit the use of our products to pay for content that depicts nonconsensual sexual behavior or child sexual abuse. We are vigilant in our efforts to deter this, and other illegal activity on our network."

Kelly said the court decision created uncertainty about the role of TrafficJunky, MindGeek's advertising arm, and accordingly, the company will suspend its Visa acceptance privileges until further notice. During this suspension, Visa cards will not be able to be used to purchase advertising on any sites, including Pornhub or other MindGeek-affiliated sites, Kelly said. "It is Visa's policy to follow the law of every country in which we do business. We do not make moral judgments on legal purchases made by consumers, and we respect the rightful role of lawmakers to make decisions about what is legal and what is not," Kelly said. "Visa can be used only at MindGeek studio sites that feature adult professional actors in legal adult entertainment."

Separately, Mastercard told CNBC it's directing financial institutions to suspend acceptance of its products at TrafficJunky following the court ruling. "New facts from last week's court ruling made us aware of advertising revenue outside of our view that appears to provide Pornhub with indirect funding," a statement from Mastercard said. "This step will further enforce our December 2020 decision to terminate the use of our products on that site." At that time, Visa also suspended sites that contained user-generated content and acceptance on those sites has not been reinstated.

Re:Seems to me

By dowhileor • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

... and then people wonder why so many support cryptocurrency.

To make 40% a year on their investment for no reason, to have a hard to trace currency once stolen, to pay for service anonymously that needs to be tracked,...just the first few to come to mind.

Slippery slopes

By Iamthecheese • Score: 3, Insightful • Thread
Tyranny in the name of safety, or just to be careful, or in the name of staying well away from certain laws is a slope we've been sliding down for a long time. The slide won't stop until enough people stand up and demand less safety. Mindgeek is the most mainstream porn conglomerate out there. They don't even allow searched for the word "forced". It doesn't get more milquetoast without no longer being porn.

So you know what happens next? ALL porn searches and sites go undergound. All payment for all porn starts to find its way into grey and black markets. There are already fully functioning black market sties for consensual adult porn on TOR, so we're just going to see them become more active and wealthy. We're going to see more traffic in places governments can't get to. You think that's going to result in less CP being made??

Re:Seems to me

By ArchieBunker • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

Maybe the judge's reasoning would be worth reading?


First Uninformed Post Achievement

By Ed Tice • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Every time there's a story about this, the race is on to make the first post claiming that Visa should be summarily exonerated. Invariably those posts ignore the history of the case and the judge's ruling.

My recollection of the events is as follows. Pornhub had both child-porn content and content featuring non-consenting adults. Pornhub failed to respond in a timely manner to requests to remove that content. In fact Pornhub was so uncooperative that victims started looking for alternative paths to get the content removed. The found one by having their lawyers send letters to Visa and other payment companies explaining the situation. Subsequent to pressure from the financial companies, Pornhub reluctantly took some actions. I am not familiar with more recent facts.

If somebody robs a bank and then gets into a taxi, the taxi driver is not at fault. But if the taxi driver was involved in the scheme and knowingly worked as a getaway driver, they would be an accessory to the crime.

The judge has ruled that there is at least some evidence that Visa was aware that they were processing payments supporting criminal activity and, therefore, legal proceedings should determine whether Visa is guilty or not. It isn't a finding of fact or guilt.

I have no idea why there are so many posts suggesting that knowingly facilitating a crime shouldn't be a crime in and of itself just because you also facilitate non-crime. Again the key word there is knowing and that's what a court (probably via a jury) will decide.

Re:Seems to me

By arglebargle_xiv • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Visa, and financial institutions in general, have very deep pockets and are a great target for lawsuits. Also, the magic phrase CSAM short-circuits peoples brains and makes them blindly go with whatever crusade is being pursued. It's a dangerous combination, an accusation that's impossible to defend against combined with an accused with very deep pockets.

Digging through the hype, it seems to be about some guy uploading a video he made of his girlfriend when she was underage. Was the guy prosecuted for creating and distributing child pr0n, or was it just a case of going straight for whoever had the most money? Because if you're going to go for an organisation five steps away from the issue you definitely need to be going after the person who created the problem in the first place.

The Founder of GeoCities On What Killed the 'Old Internet'

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An anonymous reader quotes a report from Gizmodo, written by Jody Serrano: In the early aughts, my wheezing dialup connection often operated as if it were perpetually out of breath. Thus, unlike my childhood friends, it was near to impossible for me to watch videos, TV shows, or listen to music. Far from feeling limited, I felt like I was lucky, for I had access to an encyclopedia of lovingly curated pages about anything I wanted to know -- which in those days was anime -- the majority of which was conveniently located on GeoCities. For all the zoomers scrunching up their brows, here's a primer. Back in the 1990s, before the birth of modern web hosting household names like GoDaddy and WP Engine, it wasn't exactly easy or cheap to publish a personal website. This all changed when GeoCities came on the scene in 1994.

The company gave anyone their own little space of the web if they wanted it, providing users with roughly 2 MB of space for free to create a website on any topic they wished. Millions took GeoCities up on its offer, creating their own homemade websites with web counters, flashing text, floating banners, auto-playing sound files, and Comic Sans. Unlike today's Wild Wild Internet, websites on GeoCities were organized into virtual neighborhoods, or communities, built around themes. "HotSprings" was dedicated to health and fitness, while "Area 51" was for sci-fi and fantasy nerds. There was a bottom-up focus on users and the content they created, a mirror of what the public internet was like in its infancy. Overall, at least 38 million webpages were built on GeoCities. At one point, it was the third most-visited domain online. Yahoo acquired GeoCities in 1999 for $3.6 billion. The company lived on for a decade more until Yahoo shut it down in 2009, deleting millions of sites.

Nearly two decades have passed since GeoCities, founded by David Bohnett, made its debut, and there is no doubt that the internet is a very different place than it was then. No longer filled with webpages on random subjects made by passionate folks, it now feels like we live in a cyberspace dominated by skyscrapers -- named Facebook, Google, Amazon, Twitter, and so on -- instead of neighborhoods. [...] We can, however, ask GeoCities' founder what he thinks of the internet of today, subsumed by social media networks, hate speech, and more corporate than ever. Bohnett now focuses on funding entrepreneurs through Baroda Ventures, an early-stage tech fund he founded, and on philanthropy with the David Bohnett Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to social justice and social activism that he chairs. Right off the bat, Bohnett says something that strikes me. It may, in fact, be the sentence that summarizes the key distinction between the internet of the '90s-early 2000s and the internet we have today. "GeoCities was not about self-promotion," Bohnett told Gizmodo in an interview. "It was about sharing your interest and your knowledge."
When asked to share his thoughts on the internet of today, Bohnett said: "... The heart of GeoCities was sharing your knowledge and passions about subjects with other people. It really wasn't about what you had to eat and where you've traveled. [...] It wasn't anything about your face." He added: "So, what has surprised me is how far away we've gotten from that original intent and how difficult it is [now]. It's so fractured these days for people to find individual communities. [...] I've been surprised at sort of the evolution away from self-generated content and more toward centralized programing and more toward sort of the self-promotion that we've seen on Facebook and Instagram and TikTok."

Bohnett went on to say that he thinks it's important to remember that "the pace of innovation on the internet continues to accelerate, meaning we're not near done. In the early days when you had dial up and it was the desktop, how could you possibly envision an Uber?"

"We're still in that trajectory where there's going to be various technologies and ways of communicating with each other, [as well as] wearable devices, blockchain technology, virtual reality, that will be as astounding as Uber seemed in the early days of GeoCities," added Bohnett. "I'm very, very excited about the future, which is why I continue to invest in early-stage startups because as I say, the pace of innovation accelerates and builds on top of itself. It's so exciting to see where we might go."

We vs. Me

By maiden_taiwan • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

The old internet was about "we" -- sharing passions with others. Today's internet is "me, me, me."

Advertising changed incentive structure

By bubblyceiling • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Once Google AdWords launched and started providing people with a steady source of revenue from content, the goal of the internet changed to making the maximum money by getting the maximum users or visits

This then lead to SEO, and other tricks, which just meant that the good content, written by people who were not at all interested in promotion, got lost in the pages of Google Search Results

If all this wasn't enough, social media & Digital Marketing provided another source of revenue. People could get paid for simply being charming and pushing products. Which then led to the whole influencer deal

At some point after this, political parties figured out “Hey we can use the same tricks influencers are using”. And they did, with wonderful results.

If there is an incentive to misuse something, then people will misuse it. And so the internet is no exception

Re:What killed the old internet

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
It also lowers the barrier to entry. There's a huge amount of content out there that just wouldn't exist if not for the ease of creating it. And yeah we're all going to focus on the nasty political stuff and the stupid cat videos and the idiots eating Tide pods. But while that's all going on there's people teaching the right way to play musical instruments. There's stack overflow helping people learn how to program. There's a hundred sites explaining mathematics and 100 different ways and somewhere out there is a kid stuck on something who needs one out of that 100 different ways to understand and isn't getting it from his extremely overworked teacher.

Human beings often focus on the worst of everything because life is pretty crap for most of us but there are lots of little Oasis that were ignoring because of our bias for focusing on the crap

Yeah, about geocities

By vanyel • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

"with web counters, flashing text, floating banners, auto-playing sound files"

Yes, that's why I avoided geocities sites like the plague it was...

David Bohnett's rose colored glasses

By doubledown00 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Geocities sites were ugly with god awful design.
And it had its fair share of extremist, racist, and just plain pants of head retarded content too.

Philippines Legislator Offers Up Bill That Would Criminalize 'Ghosting'

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An anonymous reader shares a report: Real problems are what legislators are supposed to be solving. The Philippines has plenty of those, ranging from (government-endorsed) extrajudicial killings of drug dealers and drug users to abuses of state power to silence journalists to the actual murders of human rights activists. But legislators with their own axes to grind will always find ways to hone this edge, even if it means subjecting themselves to international ridicule. Enter Representative Arnolfo "Arnie" Teves, Jr. The rep has introduced a bill that would criminalize the act of "ghosting." For those unfamiliar with internet slang, it may appear Teves is trying to criminalize the act of being a ghost. (Webster's Ye Olde English Dictionary, perhaps.) But ghosts actually engage in "haunting," which is not the same thing as "ghosting." Ghosting is something else. Ghosting is disengaging from a relationship (short-term or long-term) by ignoring all calls, IMs, text messages, emails, etc. from a paramour until the problem ultimately solves itself. If one interested person can't get a response from a disinterested person, sooner or later the interested person stops trying.

Editor be damned

By Bite The Pillow • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

"For those unfamiliar with internet slang, it may appear Teves is trying to criminalize the act of being a ghost. (Webster's Ye Olde English Dictionary, perhaps.) But ghosts actually engage in "haunting," which is not the same thing as "ghosting." Ghosting is something else."

For fuck's sake this is a summary, not your high school homework. Rip out the useless shit at least.

Philippines Legislator comes up with clever way

By rsilvergun • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
to get into news cycle. - FTFY.

So Senator Teves is...

By rnturn • Score: 3 • Thread

... really that upset that his mistress broke things off and doesn't want to take his calls any more? Yeesh!

Equifax Issued Wrong Credit Scores For Millions of Consumers

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Credit giant Equifax sent lenders incorrect credit scores for millions of consumers this spring, in a technology snafu with major real-world impact. From a report: In certain cases the errors were significant enough -- the differential was at least 25 points for around 300,000 consumers -- that some would-be borrowers may have been wrongfully denied credit, the company said in a statement. The problem occurred because of a "coding issue" when making a change to one of Equifax's servers, according to the company, which said the issue "was in place over a period of a few weeks [and] resulted in the potential miscalculation" of credit scores. While Equifax did not specify dates or figures, a June 1 alert from housing agency Freddie Mac to its clients said Equifax told the agency that about 12% of all credit scores released from March 17 to April 6 may be have been incorrect. Equifax wrote that "there was no shift in the vast majority of scores" and that "credit reports were not affected." But the company declined to comment to CNN Business about how people can learn whether they were among those whose credit scores were incorrectly reported -- and what recourse they may have if they were issued loans at a higher rate or denied a loan outright because of the snafu.

Time to bring back the Corporate Death Penalty.

By rnturn • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
Equifax seems well suited to be the first corporation to be dissolved in years (as I understand it, it's been many decades) for not providing any benefit to the public. The release of "customer" information to crackers through incompetence (back in 2017) and now providing incorrect credit score information. One wonders how many individuals have been improperly denied purchases based on lousy data provided by Equifax in this recent fiasco. It's getting pretty difficult to believe that the company actually knows what it's in business to do and whether they understand the level of trust they need from the public to be allowed to continue doing it.


By tlhIngan • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

There is almost certainly a class action lawsuit coming, and you do not want to make it easy for those who were harmed to know they should be joined in the case.

Well, if there is a list of people, that list can be found via discovery.

If not, they'll simply have everyone who had their credit checked between the two dates included in the suit.

Given Equifax has all the data on the people involved, it may be an opt-out lawsuit rather than an opt-in lawsuit. They know who had their credit checked and when and they have your information already, so it's likely more of an exercise in getting excluded if you don't want to participate, else, here's your money.

One example

By quonset • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

A woman's car loan payments are $154 more per month because of the Equifax screw up, and she's suing.

Jenkins had a loan pre-approval in January that would have resulted in an estimated $350 monthly car payment. But a Toyota dealership denied her auto loan in early April. In the denial letter, Jenkins “saw that her credit score, reportedly furnished by Equifax, was inaccurate by 130 points,” the lawsuit said.

Jenkins later got financing for a different loan at a different car dealer — but with “much less favorable rates,” the lawsuit said. She’s paying $252 every two weeks. That’s a $504 monthly cost and an extra $154 per month compared to the pre-approval’s terms.

Black box

By enigma32 • Score: 3 • Thread

the company declined to comment to CNN Business about how people can learn whether they were among those whose credit scores were incorrectly reported

Indeed. With these black-box credit agencies, how would any of us ever even know if there was a "wrong score" issued for us? We don't have any standard against which to compare. Regulators need to force credit agencies to have full transparency about how scores are calculated.

I will never understand

By smokinpork • Score: 3, Interesting • Thread
these credit reporting agencies... First of all the data they have is wrong, for example for a while my wife had two social security numbers. Fortunately we got them to remove the incorrect one, unlike the wrong addresses they've had for us which they've never removed. Also my credit score will bounce around by 30 points or more per quarter to quarter but not my wife's and mine is always much lower even though I made most of the money. Even though everything is comingled and we have a very stable financial situation. Then I retired and now that I am taking money our of our investments rather than adding to my investments my score is going up. Like others I'm surprised they even acknowledged the error since it seems like they provide mostly black box random information.

US Officials Declare Monkeypox a Public Health Emergency

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The Biden administration declared monkeypox a public health emergency on Thursday as cases topped 6,600 nationwide. From a report: The declaration could facilitate access to emergency funds, allow health agencies to collect more data about cases and vaccinations, accelerate vaccine distribution and make it easier for doctors to prescribe treatment. "We're prepared to take our response to the next level in addressing this virus and we urge every American to take monkeypox seriously and to take responsibility to help us tackle this virus," Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a Thursday briefing about the emergency declaration. A quarter of U.S. cases are in New York state, which declared a state of emergency last week. California and Illinois followed suit with emergency declarations Monday.

Re:For now! (you're not as safe as you think you a

By zeeky boogy doog • Score: 5, Informative • Thread
Grandma's pox vaccine scar doesn't mean anything any more. The immunity from pox vaccination is long lived but is not lifelong. The efficacy of the smallpox vaccine against smallpox drops from about 95% to basically zero over a span of about 35 years.

Smallpox vaccination was discontinued in the US over 40 years ago.

Re:Just 15 days to show the "spread"

By ravenshrike • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Riiiiiiiiiight. It's not like there were ZERO confirmed cases of human to human transmission in the 2003 outbreak. Per the CDC.

All people infected with monkeypox became ill after having contact with infected pet prairie dogs. A study conducted after the outbreak suggested that certain activities associated with animals were more likely to lead to monkeypox infection. These activities included touching a sick animal or receiving a bite or scratch that broke the skin. Another important factor was cleaning the cage or touching the bedding of a sick animal. No instances of monkeypox infection were attributed exclusively to person-to-person contact.

So blood or other non-sanitary bodily fluids transmission from infected animals. But all cases were zoonotic in origin.

Re:Just 15 days to show the "spread"

By blahabl • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Gay dudes just need to stop fucking around for 15 days. If it saves one life, right? I'm sure they don't want to kill grandma.

Not even stop fucking, just wear fucking condoms while fucking., But nooooo, we can force everyone to wear masks, we can shut down the economy, but asking one tiny sacrifice of the gay community is totally out of the question.

So let me get this straight (no pun intended)

By iamacat • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

A small minority of people are going to keep doing highly irresponsible things like shopping in unsanitary wet markets or having group anal sex orgies and I am the one who will be forced to stop socializing and walk around in bubblewrap to "protect the vulnerable"? I am not a religious nut, but sex is supposed to be special and being indiscriminate carries all kind of risks to self and others. There is no reason a gay couple committed to at least serial monoandry would be at huge risk of AIDS or monkeypox, especially if they are mindful of increased risks and avail themselves of testing, waiting for a few weeks before getting intimate with a new partner and so on. In the same way, someone who wishes to eat exotic meats can do so while observing responsible agricultural practices.

Or, I am even Ok with individual freedom being supreme, public consequences be damned. But then, don't nag me to still wear a mask in 2022 after 3 Pfizer shots and two bouts of Omicron. Once morons create a totally avoidable public health disaster, the bug is going to spread no matter what I do.

Re:Just 15 days to show the "spread"

By AmiMoJo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

No. Condoms do not prevent the spread of Monkeypox. It's not an STD. It is transmitted by close contact, which doesn't have to involve sex.

Please stop spreading this misinformation.

GitLab Plans To Delete Dormant Projects in Free Accounts

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GitLab plans to automatically delete projects if they've been inactive for a year and are owned by users of its free tier, The Register reported Thursday. From the report: The Register has learned that such projects account for up to a quarter of GitLab's hosting costs, and that the auto-deletion of projects could save the cloudy coding collaboration service up to $1 million a year. The policy has therefore been suggested to help GitLab's finances remain sustainable. People with knowledge of the situation, who requested anonymity as they are not authorized to discuss it with the media, told The Register the policy is scheduled to come into force in September 2022. GitLab is aware of the potential for angry opposition to the plan, and will therefore give users weeks or months of warning before deleting their work. A single comment, commit, or new issue posted to a project during a 12-month period will be sufficient to keep the project alive. The Register understands some in the wider GitLab community worry that the policy could see projects disappear before users have the chance to archive code on which they rely. As many open-source projects are widely used, it is feared that the decision could have considerable negative impact.

Re:Bad cost estimate

By chx496 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

But even if their current storage worked differently: I'd be very sympathetic to them saying "if the project is inactive for 12 months, it will be available in read-only mode (git repo exported to static files, for example), it has longer longer latencies to access it (due to not being on fast storage), and if the project is to be reactivated due to new activity, it will take a couple of minutes (or even hours)". Because then at least the data would still be accessible. But outright deleting it?

There have been projects on Github (their competitor) that have been inactive for 12 years or so that I stumble upon every once in a while that are still very useful. It would be a real shame if those all get deleted automatically.

And if Gitlab truly wants to be a real competitor to Github, this is clearly the wrong direction to go in.

If only

By OverlordQ • Score: 3 • Thread

Somebody could come up with a distributed version control system

you want me to use gitlab in my workflow?

By OrangeTide • Score: 3 • Thread

Then encourage me to keep using it. If I can only use it for my professional projects then it's not a big deal for me to go somewhere else. At $19/month for the next tier I could just host on my own VPS or VM for a fraction of that. If I want lots of duplication then I can do backups myself in a few commands (locally or to S3 with restic). Of course there is always Github, Bitbucket, SourceForge, etc.. And if I want to pay for stuff Assembla, Kiln, CodeCommit, etc.

The 1%

By bustinbrains • Score: 3 • Thread

In all likelihood, 1% of the "inactive" repositories are consuming 90% of the storage. Someone might have been using GitLab as a backup for memes they liked at one point or were dumping large binary packages up there. Seems reasonable to target the largest repos that contain no code and no recent activity first. If only 1% of the users are impacted, that would basically solve the problem without upsetting a bunch of people.

Automatically rebasing old repos, while kind of rude, would allow them to purge really old commits. After all, who REALLY needs commits from 5+ years ago? Plus, large binaries that were being updated over time just make retrieval of that repo take longer to calculate all of the deltas.

They could have an archive mode where they automatically move inactive repos to large, cheap(er), slow archival storage systems. With the click of an Unarchive button and some waiting to retrieve the repo from storage, the inactive repo could be made active and available again.

Re:Cheaper storage

By exomondo • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

Moving inactive project to much cheaper (even if much crappier performance) storage is better than those project being lost forever.

That is what they are doing:

We discussed internally what to do with inactive repositories.
We reached a decision to move unused repos to object storage.
Once implemented, they will still be accessible but take a bit longer to access after a long period of inactivity.

Record Amount of Seaweed Chokes Caribbean Beaches and Shoreline

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Bruce66423 writes: A record amount of seaweed is smothering Caribbean coasts from Puerto Rico to Barbados as tons of brown algae kill wildlife, choke the tourism industry and release toxic gases. More than 24 million tons of sargassum blanketed the Atlantic in June, up from 18.8 million tons in May, according to a monthly report published by the University of South Florida's Optical Oceanography Lab, which noted it as "a new historical record." July saw no decrease of algae in the Caribbean Sea, said Chuanmin Hu, an optical oceanography professor who helps produce the reports. "I was scared," he recalled feeling when he saw the historic number for June. He noted that it was 20% higher than the previous record set in May 2018. Hu compiled additional data for the Associated Press that showed sargassum levels for the eastern Caribbean at a near record high this year, second only to those reported in July 2018. Levels in the northern Caribbean are at their third-highest, following July 2018 and July 2021, he said.

So what they're saying is:

By drn8 • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

A record amount of CO2 is being captured and removed from the acidifying ocean.

This is adversely affecting the high carbon Caribbean tourism industry, which is an added bonus.

the seaweed invasion has forced some resorts to close for up to five months in the past.

Harvest it?

By flightmaker • Score: 3 • Thread

Spread it on land for fertiliser? Wouldn't be the first time.

Clearly they canâ(TM)t see the bigger picture

By nbritton • Score: 3 • Thread

In other news, Mother Nature provided them with free bio-fuel, but all that they knew how to do was bitch about it.

Gather and sell it!

By Gravis Zero • Score: 3 • Thread

IIRC, seaweed is a fantastic additive to cow feed to reduce their methane output.

Solana Hack Blamed on Slope Mobile Wallet Exploit

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Thousands of Solana users collectively lost about $4.5 million worth of SOL and other tokens from Tuesday night into early Wednesday, and now there's a likely explanation for why: it's being blamed on a private key exploit tied to mobile software wallet Slope. From a report: On Wednesday afternoon, the official Solana Status Twitter account shared preliminary findings through collaboration between developers and security auditors, and said that "it appears affected addresses were at one point created, imported, or used in Slope mobile wallet applications."

"This exploit was isolated to one wallet on Solana, and hardware wallets used by Slope remain secure," the thread continues. "While the details of exactly how this occurred are still under investigation, but private key information was inadvertently transmitted to an application monitoring service." "There is no evidence the Solana protocol or its cryptography was compromised," the account added. Some Phantom wallets were also drained of their SOL and tokens in the attack, however it appears that those wallets' holders had previously interacted with a Slope wallet. "Phantom has reason to believe that the reported exploits are due to complications related to importing accounts to and from Slope," the Phantom team tweeted today.

The token "SOL"?

By aiken_d • Score: 5, Funny • Thread

I mean, isn't that just asking for it?

I guess the customers are...

By gosso920 • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
... SOL (Shit Out of Luck).

Starbucks To Unveil Its Web3-Based Rewards Program Next Month

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Starbucks will unveil its web3 initiative, which includes coffee-themed NFTs, at next month's Investor Day event. From a report: The company earlier this year announced its plans to enter the web3 space, noting its NFTs wouldn't just serve as digital collectibles, but would provide their owners with access to exclusive content and other perks. At the time, Starbucks was light on details as to what its debut set of NFTs would look like, specific features they'd provide or even what blockchain it was building on. It said the plan was likely to be multichain or chain-agnostic, hinting at plans that weren't yet finalized. Overall, the coffee retailer kept its web3 news fairly high level, explaining simply that it believed digital collectibles could create an accretive business adjust to its stores and that more would be revealed later in 2022.

Screw these union busting overpriced milk dealers

By spun • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

No seriously, go anyplace but Starbucks. You'll be doing yourself, your wallet, and the American working class a favor.

Re: Meh, if you've got a Union shop nearby

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

The AFL-CIO is the largest union in America and it's total revenue in 2021 was $154,802,418

Not even 1/5 of a billion, and we have multiple corporations in the US that are worth nearly $1 trillion.

Let's not pretend unions in 2022 in America are truly these political powerhouses you want to cast them as.


By ThomasBHardy • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

"We feel Starbucks could capitalize on the NFT craze and make money off of it. What we sell isn't defined. What benefit customers get isn't defined. It'll all probably as shallow like "Exclusive content" of reading Starbucks mermaid fan fic. But one thing that is sure, we feel we can make money off it as an add-on to $6 coffees!

"I mean, anyone paying that much for coffee every day isn't very smart with their money, right? Why not take advantage of that?"

This would have been something

By phantomfive • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

This would have been something if it had happened last year. Now web3 is dead. Starbucks is too slow.

NFTs are bullshit

By linebackn • Score: 3 • Thread

Is there anyone on this planet who does not yet understand NFTs are complete and total bullshit?

When it was all brand new, sure, some people were going to throw money at it. But it has been around for a while now, so there is no excuse.

Meta is Expanding NFT Support on Instagram To 100 Countries

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Meta CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced today that the company is beginning its international expansion of NFT support on Instagram. The expansion follows the social network's initial NFT test launch in May. With this expansion, users and businesses in more than 100 countries in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East and the Americas will now be able to share their NFTs on Instagram. Prior to the expansion, the support was only available to select creators in the United States. From a report: The company also announced today that Coinbase Wallet and Dapper Wallet are now accepted as a third-party wallet compatible for use. Instagram is also expanding its supported blockchains to include Flow. Instagram's NFT functionality allows users to connect a digital wallet, share NFTs and automatically tag both a creator and collector for attribution. You can share NFTs in your main Instagram Feed, Stories or in messages. Once you post a digital collectible, it will have a shimmer effect and can display public information, such as a description of the NFT. In order to post a digital collectible on Instagram, you need to connect your digital wallet to Instagram. As of today, Instagram supports connections with third-party wallets including Rainbow, MetaMask, Trust Wallet and Coinbase Wallet, with Dapper Wallet coming soon. Supported blockchains include Ethereum, Polygon and Flow. The social network notes that there are no fees associated with posting or sharing a digital collectible on Instagram.

I hope Meta...

By The Faywood Assassin • Score: 3 • Thread

I hope Meta loses a fortune on NFTs.

At Long Last, Mathematical Proof That Black Holes Are Stable

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Steve Nadis, reporting for Quanta Magazine: In 1963, the mathematician Roy Kerr found a solution to Einstein's equations that precisely described the space-time outside what we now call a rotating black hole. (The term wouldn't be coined for a few more years.) In the nearly six decades since his achievement, researchers have tried to show that these so-called Kerr black holes are stable. What that means, explained Jeremie Szeftel, a mathematician at Sorbonne University, "is that if I start with something that looks like a Kerr black hole and give it a little bump" -- by throwing some gravitational waves at it, for instance -- "what you expect, far into the future, is that everything will settle down, and it will once again look exactly like a Kerr solution." The opposite situation -- a mathematical instability -- "would have posed a deep conundrum to theoretical physicists and would have suggested the need to modify, at some fundamental level, Einstein's theory of gravitation," said Thibault Damour, a physicist at the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies in France.

In a 912-page paper posted online on May 30, Szeftel, Elena Giorgi of Columbia University and Sergiu Klainerman of Princeton University have proved that slowly rotating Kerr black holes are indeed stable. The work is the product of a multiyear effort. The entire proof -- consisting of the new work, an 800-page paper by Klainerman and Szeftel from 2021, plus three background papers that established various mathematical tools -- totals roughly 2,100 pages in all. The new result "does indeed constitute a milestone in the mathematical development of general relativity," said Demetrios Christodoulou, a mathematician at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich. Shing-Tung Yau, an emeritus professor at Harvard University who recently moved to Tsinghua University, was similarly laudatory, calling the proof "the first major breakthrough" in this area of general relativity since the early 1990s. "It is a very tough problem," he said. He did stress, however, that the new paper has not yet undergone peer review. But he called the 2021 paper, which has been approved for publication, both "complete and exciting."

Were Einstein alive...

By Petersko • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

...he might just be getting tired of hearing, "Well, if this is true, then Einstein's work is wrong! Oh wait, no... he was right."


By CaptainLugnuts • Score: 5, Funny • Thread
Some light beach reading before the summer is over.

Shouldn't this be obvious?

By smooth wombat • Score: 3 • Thread

After rereading the synopsis, my question would be, wouldn't it be obvious if a black hole was bumped it would settle down at some point in the future? If gravitational waves were to hit a black hole, it should seem obvious the black hole might "jiggle" for a bit time, similar to a bowl of jello jiggling if the container is bumped, but as time progresses, the gravitational pull of the black hole would cause its mass to to stop jiggling.

Maybe I'm looking at this with common sense and not mathematics. Everything eventually settles down after being bumped. It just takes time.

Don't forget,

By fredrated • Score: 3 • Thread

mathematics doesn't 'prove' anything about the real world.

Re:Shouldn't this be obvious?

By gtall • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Something "obvious" isn't necessarily easy to prove. When the real work of proving the conjecture started, they needed to show instability would not result from such a perturbation.

Samsung Workers in Vietnam Bear Brunt of Slowdown in Global Demand for Electronics

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Samsung has scaled back production at its massive smartphone plant in Vietnam, employees say, as retailers and warehouses grapple with rising inventory amid a global fall in consumer spending. From a report: America's largest warehouse market is full and major U.S. retailers such as Best Buy and Target warn of slowing sales as shoppers tighten their belts after early COVID-era spending binges. The effect is acutely felt in Vietnam's northern province of Thai Nguyen, one of Samsung's two mobile manufacturing bases in the country where the world's largest smartphone vendor churns out half of its phone output, according to the Vietnam government.

Samsung, which shipped around 270 million smartphones in 2021, says the campus has the capacity to make around 100 million devices a year, according to its website. "We are going to work just three days per week, some lines are adjusting to a four-day workweek instead of six before, and of course no overtime is needed," Pham Thi Thuong, a 28-year-old worker at the plant told Reuters. "Business activities were even more robust during this time last year when the COVID-19 outbreak was at its peak. It's so tepid now."

Re:Sign of a slowing global economy

By TomGreenhaw • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread
"reallocating money " sounds like somebody taking my hard earned savings without my consent. Reallocating money sounds very much like tax increases that impedes business growth and that means a deeper and longer recession.

Recessions and inflation are not the same thing. Inflation hurts everyone. If you have a good job with steady income, a recession doesn't really inflict much pain at all.

The biggest impact of inflation is destruction of retirement savings, although a recession can also impact 401K returns if you use the stock market.

Re:Sign of a slowing global economy

By drinkypoo • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

"reallocating money " sounds like somebody taking my hard earned savings without my consent. Reallocating money sounds very much like tax increases that impedes business growth and that means a deeper and longer recession.

The wealthy have been buying legislation that lets them transfer all the wealth into their pockets for decades. Fuck those thieving fucks. And fuck you too if you're one of them. If you're just one of the regular middle class then you're getting fucked too, and if you're against taking the money away from the people who have been sacking the coffers and giving it back to the people who need it then you're part of the problem and nobody needs to hear your whining. Everyone who the wealthy have convinced that the poor are coming to take their cookie when the wealthy have the whole fucking box is a spectacular dumbshit.

Re:Sign of a slowing global economy

By cayenne8 • Score: 4, Funny • Thread

With a post covid inflation spike a mild recession is preferable to runaway inflation.

But, remember, we are NOT in a recession...per the Biden administration's new definition of the week.

Re:Sign of a slowing global economy

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread

"reallocating money " sounds like somebody taking my hard earned savings without my consent.

You do consent though, paying taxes is part of the societal buy-in and we all get to vote for the people who decide what those taxes should be.

It's entirely possible to live your life in a way where you pay $0 in tax. In the USA I can tell you a way to not pay any of the various taxes we have. You may have to live a vastly different life than what you are used to but them's just the breaks on that.

But nothing is in stock

By RobinH • Score: 3 • Thread
Try to source semiconductor components and you get lead times of 52 weeks or more. There are high school robotics competitions at risk of being scaled down or cancelled next year because suppliers can't get parts. Automotive manufacturers still have hundreds of thousands of vehicles sitting there waiting for chips to arrive.

Tencent Seeks Bigger Stake in 'Assassin's Creed' Maker Ubisoft

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Tencent plans to raise its stake in French video game group Ubisoft Entertainment as the Chinese gaming giant pivots to the global gaming market, Reuters reported Thursday, citing four sources with direct knowledge of the matter. From the report: China's largest social network and gaming firm, which bought a 5% stake in Ubisoft in 2018, has reached out to the French firm's founding Guillemot family and expressed interest in increasing its stake in the firm, the sources said. It is not clear how much more Tencent wants to own in Ubisoft, valued at $5.3 billion, but Tencent aims to become the single largest shareholder of the French company with an additional stake purchase, two of the sources said, speaking on condition of anonymity. Tencent is hoping to buy a part of the additional stake in Ubisoft, the maker of the blockbuster "Assassin's Creed" video game franchise, from the Guillemot family, which owns 15% of the firm, three of the sources said. Tencent could offer up to 100 euros ($101.84) per share to acquire the additional stake, two of the sources with knowledge of the internal discussions, said. It paid 66 euros per share for the 5% stake in 2018.

crap buying shit

By Osgeld • Score: 3 • Thread

seems like a good match

Microsoft Justifies Activision Blizzard's $69 Billion Acquisition By Telling Regulator Call of Duty Publisher Doesn't Release 'Unique' Games

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Microsoft has recently tried to justify its $68.7 billion acquisition of Activision Blizzard by telling regulators that the deal with the Call of Duty publisher will not negatively impact the market and other platforms because it does not release "unique" or "must have" games. From a report: In a document presented to the New Zealand Business Acquisitions and Authorisations Commerce Commission, Microsoft claimed that no Activision Blizzard game has "unique" characteristics, so its rivals would do well without Activision Blizzard titles and would be able to compete in the gaming market. "With respect to Activision Blizzard video games, there is nothing unique about the video games developed and published by Activision Blizzard that is a "must have" for rival PC and console video game distributors that could give rise to a foreclosure concern," the company said.

They're not entirely wrong

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Informative • Thread

CoD MMXXII or whatever is hardly unique.

OTOH, if they don't make anything important, why do they want to buy them?

I have to agree

By Opportunist • Score: 4, Insightful • Thread

Call of Battlefield is hardly unique or a must-have.

That has absolutely nothing to do with antitrust

By rsilvergun • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread
Railroad companies tend to make a unique product. Neither did AT&t. The question was how much market share do they have and what was the potential to abuse it.

I'm going to keep saying this, but we need to stop voting pro corporate anti-consumer people into office. We need to stop picking political candidates based on who has the best advertisements and the most fun rallies. Political campaigns shouldn't be reality television.

So they don't need IP?

By Sloppy • Score: 3, Funny • Thread

It sounds like Microsoft is saying the game doesn't need copyright protection, because the reasons for copyright don't apply to this particular game, due to its lack of being a unique creative expression.

I haven't played the game in question, but I'm looking forward to trying one of the Linux ports that will inevitably pop up after Microsoft's imminent release of the game into the Public Domain. Remember Doom? That got ported to everything right away; even ran it on my A3000.

GM Is Doubling the Size of Its Super Cruise Network In the US, Canada

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General Motors' Super Cruise advanced driver assistance network will soon double in size to 400,000 miles across the U.S. and Canada by the end of the year. Engadget reports: The Super Cruise system -- and its successor, Ultra Cruise -- relies on a mix of high-fidelity LiDAR maps, GPS, and onboard visual and radar sensors to know where the vehicle is on the road. So far, those maps, which dictate where features like Hands-Free Driving can operate, have only included major, divided highways like interstates with the big median barriers. Smaller, undivided public highways -- aka State Routes -- were not included, in part because of the added ADAS challenges presented by oncoming traffic, until now.

"This expansion will enable Super Cruise to work on some additional divided highways, but the big news is this the bulk of the expansion will allow Super Cruise to operate on non-divided highways," David Craig, GM's Chief of Maps, said during Tuesday's call. "These non-divided highways are typically the state and federal highways... that connect the smaller cities and townships across the US and Canada." These will include Route 66, the Pacific Coast Highway (aka CA Route 1), the Overseas Highway (aka US Route 1) and the Trans-Canada Highway. "if you look at I-35 which is the interstate that runs North and South up the middle of the United States, and look to the West, you will see that the Super Cruise coverage currently is just the major interstates, which is fairly sparse," Craig continued. "But in the expansion, you can see that it's just a spiderweb of roads covering the entire area. All the little townships are going to be connected now."
The company said that every new Super Cruise-enabled GM vehicle will be equipped with the full 400,000-mile capabilities, as will 2021 and 2022 GM vehicles outfitted with the VIP (Vehicle Intelligence Platform) architecture. Vehicles with Super Cruise but without VIP will receive a smaller update.

Re:Interesting approach

By EvilSS • Score: 4, Interesting • Thread
To be clear, Supercruise doesn't uses LIDAR directly from the car. Instead GM uses mapping vehicles with LIDAR to map roads and that data is stored and sent to the car. GM Ultracruise, coming in a Cadillac in 2023, will be their first use of passenger vehicle LIDAR with the unit housed behind the (very expensive, with an IR transparent glass section) windshield.

Re:Interesting approach

By drinkypoo • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

Yeah, I should have noted that myself. Right now they just have RADAR on the car. Whereas Tesla used to have RADAR, then dropped it, and didn't add LIDAR to make up for it. I think that's a completely dumbshit move, personally, and the Autopilot's tendency to drive into shit at top speed bears that out. Some kinds of accident just aren't acceptable, and stuff that you can solve by spending a little more on sensors fall into that category.

When I imagined self-driving cars, what I always imagined is that among other things they would make decisions to avoid (insofar as it is possible) the creation of sketchy situations. For example, if they can maintain a better sight picture of the road by being a second or two slower, they should do that. I do that kind of thing when I'm driving, but the vehicle could be doing a lot more of it, because it never gets fatigued.

No thanks

By JustNiz • Score: 3 • Thread

I find it hard to believe that so many people truly do want to pay about 1/3 more for a new car and also give up their privacy just so they can have a bunch of over complex and inherently time-bounded tech in their cars, all to cover nothing more than slight inconveniences. OR could this really be just another government initiative to remove any/all control from individuals.

I guess one of them must be true because it's getting to be almost impossible to find, let alone buy any new car that does not have all this phone home stuff.

I'm wondering when prices for older cars will start to go up in value just because that's the only way to avoid all this technocrap. It can't be long now.

Re:No thanks

By jacks smirking reven • Score: 4 • Thread

Well believe it, its definitely the minority that care about these type of far-removed privacy issues, especially when a majority of people have yet to be in a situation that would change their mind.

The care about privacy has already been answered by the smartphone market. Does it really matter if my car is tracking me when my phone is already tracking me?

Consumers have already decided, they like the convivences these things bring and with self driving it will eventually become an ethics question when the cars become so much safer driving themselves that letting people drive becomes unethical itself. The market greatly prefers new cars with all the whizbang tech in it.

Won't make it

By Turkinolith • Score: 3 • Thread
"GM vehicle will be equipped with the full 400,000-mile capabilities"
The problem is they are GM vehicles, they won't make even a quarter of that distance because their so cheaply made these days.

'CSS Crimes' Turn Social Media Posts Into Games

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Alexis Ong writes via The Verge: It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you build something on the internet, people will find ways to creatively break it. This is exactly what happened with cohost, a new social media platform that allows posts with CSS. Digging through the #interactables hashtag on cohost reveals a bounty of clickable, CSS-enabled experiments that go far beyond GIFs -- there's a WarioWare mug-catching game, an interactive Habbo tribute, magnetic fridge poetry, this absolutely bananas cog machine, and even a "playable" Game Boy Color (which was, at one point, used for a "GIF plays Pokemon" event). Yes, there's also Doom. The cohost team embraced the madness. It was the beginning of a creative avalanche that simply isn't possible on other social media sites -- a phenomenon that the cohost community has since dubbed "CSS crimes."

And you wonder why the internet is insecure

By Rosco P. Coltrane • Score: 5, Insightful • Thread

When style sheets are executable enough to port Doom to...

The people who designed the Internet and the initial WWW were inspired engineers. The following generation who had a go at turning it into web-two-oh by slapping mountains of code on top of it to make it do something it was fundamentally not designed to do, not so much.

Re:And you wonder why the internet is insecure

By znrt • Score: 4, Informative • Thread

never trust headlines. this is all done with good old http 1.0 elements "img" and "a" (basically get requests), url redirects, and there is actually server code involved.

that said, yes, http could see a rebirth and css was a total clusterfuck on top that has just gotten worse with time. allegedly css should have helped separate presentation and content layers and provided semantic categorization of components but actually did completely the opposite as developers immediately abused it to squeeze logic into the presentation layer with utterly bizarre (and ironically meaningless) semantics.