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whoever57 (658626) writes "Shaun Nichols at The Register interpets Satya Nadella's open letter as "prepare for layoffs". The letter suggests radical changes are coming to Microsoft and, combined with duplication of functions because of the Nokia handset business acquisition, he thinks that layoffs are highly likely. Wes Miller, research vice-president at Directions on Microsoft, says that Microsoft is shifting from the Windows-everywhere approach, towards supporting productivity applications on different platforms. More details will be forthcoming from Microsoft on July 22."
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Comment: Re:There's at least one clear takeaway from this.. (Score 1, Interesting) 80

by whoever57 (#47428035) Attached to: Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown

It wasn't a load problem. The setup was just wrong (recursive resolvers used as authoritative servers didn't answer non-recursive queries correctly). It wouldn't have worked if Microsoft had given it all the CPU power and network capacity in the world. Garbage in, garbage out.

The takeaway is either:

1. No business should use Azure because Azure doesn't scale. OR:
2. No business should rely on Microsoft services, because Microsoft does not have the necessary competence.

This is only the latest in a line of screwups by Microsoft in their service offerings.

Comment: Re:The numbers never did add up (Score 3, Informative) 80

by whoever57 (#47426121) Attached to: Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown
So I actually RTFA, and I see that it is 5 million subdomain names. That is a few hundred subdomains implicated as used by botnets against 5 million. It doesn't support a conclusion that No-IP was somehow in league with the botnet operators or that support for botnets was a significant part of No-IP's business.

Comment: The numbers never did add up (Score 2) 80

by whoever57 (#47426063) Attached to: Microsoft Settles With No-IP After Malware Takedown
Microsoft portrayed No-IP as primarily a business making money from botnet operators, but Microsoft only listed a few hundred subdomain names that were implicated. Compared to what I imagine is hundreds of thousands, or millions (or tens of millions) of subdomain names that No-IP must support to have a viable business, it's a tiny fraction.

Comment: Re:No-ip isn't shady (Score 1) 106

Microsoft not only didn't report these criminals to no-ip- they actually sealed the court order so they could seize the domains before no-ip found out about it.

Microsoft compounded the problem by having a DNS infrastructure that completely failed to resolve the subdomains that were not implicated in any botnet use.

Perhaps the core problem was rate limiting by No-IP, but Microsoft should have anticipated this.

Comment: In other news (Score 4, Insightful) 106

April 2013: the OpenDNS blog reported that no-ip was the second most popular dynamic-DNS site for malicious software.

In other news, Google is the most popular site for finding <your choice of illegal material here>.

See what I did there? And how the reports of NO-IP's use for malicious software are meaningless?

Comment: Why is it cheaper in China? (Score 1) 526

by whoever57 (#47404549) Attached to: Foxconn Replacing Workers With Robots

Obviously, labor-intensive tasks are cheaper in China because of low wages. Tasks that produce lots of toxic chemicals (such as wafer fabs) are cheaper because of reduced environmental requirements.

But an assembly line manned by robots? Why should that be cheaper in China? Is capital that much cheaper?

Comment: According to the NSA, you are not a US citizen if (Score 5, Interesting) 201

If any of the following apply:

1. You write emails in a foreign language

2. You chat with known foreigners.

3. You use an offshore proxy (perhaps to watch sprts events not available on US TV).

4. Your broswer has stored tracking cookies from Yahoo, which advertisers consider unreliable.

These are the reported cases. Prbably there are more. Remember that the NSA claimed that it did not track people if the balance of probabilities showed them to be US citizens, but this shows that, once again, the NSA was lying.

Comment: Re:"Good faith" (Score 4, Insightful) 349

by whoever57 (#47384551) Attached to: Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

You do know that takedown notices are supposed to be filed truthfully under penalty of perjury, yes?

No. They don't.

The penalty of perjury only applies to a very small part of the takedown notice -- that the person making the request is authorized to act on behalf of the copyright holder. The rest of the takedown notice is not under penalty of perjury.

Comment: Re:LMGTFY (Score 2) 146

5. A statement by you UNDER PENALTY OF PERJURY that the information in your notice is accurate and that you are the copyright owner or authorized to act on the copyright owner's behalf.

Except that Vimeo has got it wrong. The law does not say that. Instead it says:

ââ(vi) A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

So the perjury part only applies to the claim to act on behalf of someone else and not to the rest of the notice.

Comment: Re:He apparently doesn't fly (Score 1) 128

by whoever57 (#47372817) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

After flying on a domestic US flight, sat next to a pilot who did not turn off his phone (he knew that it was on), I usually did not bother turning my phone off before the ban was lifted.

Also, one only had to scan for bluetooth devices on flights on which radios were supposed to be turned off to know that the rules were flouted for years.

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