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Comment Re: Cheap (Score 1) 626

I don't wish to denigrate the abuses that have happened, I've read about them and they're undeniably appalling. But that fact that some unscrupulous assholes misuse the system doesn't mean the system has to be scrapped. It just needs to be improved. In this case "the system" being skilled, immigrant labour.

The UK is crying out to fill huge gaps in its medical professional staff and we're about to shut the door even more tightly on immigrant labour, of the exact type and skill we desperately need. If we stopped accepting any at all our hospitals and other healthcare establishments would cease to function. I do understand they're different industries and countries, but where there is a real skills gap, it has to be filled by someone, else the country and the customers suffer. By all means come up with a long-term plan to increase the number of skilled locals - better education, outreach etc., but that can't happen straight away.

Comment Re:Cheap (Score 1) 626

"There have been many documented cases of domestic workers losing their jobs and being replaced by these workers" This I don't doubt. How many cases has there been of domestic workers not existing, and a firm having to employ immigrant labour, documented or otherwise? One hardly paints an accurate picture by cherry-picking the most blatant and egregious cases and trumping them as the norm, the majority.

Comment Re:Self-serving, Much? (Score 1) 503

I'm less than 20 years in, but it seems we're rowing the same boat. I now have such strong feelings towards Microsoft that if they removed all the telemetry, the forced, cumulative updates, the auto-installing adware and OS-level advertising support, I still will not have it. I've started learning my way through Linux and will be recommending it to my customers once I'm comfortable doing so.

Comment Re:Kicking the can down the road.. (Score 4, Informative) 173

The existing sarcophagus is already at end-of-life. Some of it has already fallen in and the rest is waiting to collapse. It was a rush job at the time. As well as that, it is just a simple, static covering. The new construction is weatherproofed in and out, made of much more modern materials and enjoyed the luxury of planning and worldwide expertise. It also has a remotely-operated series of cranes and platforms which will be used to dismantle the doomed interior which will mean it's not only averting another catastrophe (existing structure collapsing) it is also designed to actively "solve" the problem of what to do with the place.

Comment Re:Just when you thought (Score 3, Interesting) 207

When I use other people's computers to use the Internet...good god it's like I'm in some sort of fledgling Total Recall. So many of the adverts have reached past the threshold of being parodies of themselves, they seem like their own self-satire. The relevancy or attention span of any amount of text is reduced to almost nil by pictures of mostly-naked people on diet pill adverts, shiny shiny motor vehicles with angry-looking grilles or hilarious gambling animations. There is a massive joke that you and I are not seeing, and that's because we're not suffering the expense of being the butt of the joke that is Internet advertising.

Comment Re:Just when you thought (Score 1) 207

I try only to comment when I have something thoughtful to add, but decided I had to comment despite myself this time. You summed it up nicely. Those advertiser scum could barely be any worse. These is some of those most obtrusive, obscene and despicable ideas yet. They might as well video record me taking a shit and use the colour and texture of my faeces to determine which food or vitamin pills they're going to force down my gullet when I next pause between breathing. Breathtakingly despairing.
Microsoft

Microsoft Update Servers Left All Azure RHEL Instances Hackable (theregister.co.uk) 35

An anonymous reader shares a report on The Register: Microsoft has patched flaws that attackers could exploit to compromise all Azure Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) instances. Software engineer Ian Duffy found the flaws while building a secure RHEL image for Microsoft Azure. During that process he noticed an installation script Azure uses in its preconfigured RPM Package Manager contains build host information that allows attackers to find all four Red Hat Update Appliances which expose REST APIs over HTTPS. From there Duffy found a package labeled PrepareRHUI (Red Hat Update Infrastructure) that runs on all Azure RHEL boxes, and contains the rhui-monitor.cloud build host. Duffy accessed that host and found it had broken username and password authentication. This allowed him to access a backend log collector application which returned logs and configuration files along with a SSL certificate that granted full administrative access to the four Red Hat Update Appliances. Duffy says all Azure RHEL images are configured without GPG validation checks meaning all would accept malicious package updates on their next run of yum updates.
United Kingdom

48 Organizations Now Have Access To Every Brit's Browsing Hstory (zerohedge.com) 251

schwit1 quotes a report from Zero Hedge on Great Britain's newly-enacted "snoopers' charter": For those who missed our original reports, here is the new law in a nutshell: it requires telecom companies to keep records of all users' web activity for a year, creating databases of personal information that the firms worry could be vulnerable to leaks and hackers. Civil liberties groups say the law establishes mass surveillance of British citizens, following innocent internet users from the office to the living room and the bedroom. They are right. Which government agencies have access to the internet history of any British citizen? Here is the answer courtesy of blogger Chris Yuo, who has compiled the list
Click through to the comments to read the entire list.
Transportation

Self-Driving Trucks Begin Real-World Tests on Ohio's Highways (cbsnews.com) 178

An anonymous reader writes: "A vehicle from self-driving truck maker Otto will travel a 35-mile stretch of U.S. Route 33 on Monday in central Ohio..." reports the Associated Press. The truck "will travel in regular traffic, and a driver in the truck will be positioned to intervene should anything go awry, Department of Transportation spokesman Matt Bruning said Friday, adding that 'safety is obviously No. 1.'"

Ohio sees this route as "a corridor where new technologies can be safely tested in real-life traffic, aided by a fiber-optic cable network and sensor systems slated for installation next year" -- although next week the truck will also start driving on the Ohio Turnpike.

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