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Comment Re: How about replacing the CEO with a machine (Score 1) 921

I live in the US - no capitalism here. We have 'cartel socialism' where politically connected companies write the laws to eliminate their competition - only companies approved by the pols can grow.. Socialism created the 1%.

(41% of GDP in the USA is now government spending - compared to Russia at 35% or China in the 20% range )

Submission + - 'Screw the next generation': Anonymous congressman writes tell-all (dailymail.co.uk)

schwit1 writes: 'My main job is to keep my job, to get reelected. It takes precedence over everything,' an anonymous member of Congress writes in a new book

'Voters are incredibly ignorant and know little about our form of government and how it works,' he writes

'It's far easier than you think to manipulate a nation of naive, self-absorbed sheep who crave instant gratification'

'The Confessions of Congressman X' will be released May 24 by a small Minnesota-based 'vanity press' publisher

Submission + - Linux is the largest software development project on the planet: Greg K-H (cio.com) 1

sfcrazy writes: Greg Kroah-Hartmant, the Linux superstar, delivered a keynote at CoreOS Fest where he gave some impressive details on how massive is the Linux project. Kroah-Hartman said the latest release (4.5) made two months ago contains over 21 million lines of code. More impressive than the amount of code, and what truly makes Linux the world's largest software project is the fact that last year around 4,000 developers and at least 440 different companies that contributed to the kernel. Kroah-Hartman said, “It's the largest software development project ever, in the history of computing — by the number of people using it, developing it, and now using it, and the number of companies involved. It's a huge number of people.”

Submission + - AI Lawyer "Ross" Hired by Official Law Firm (futurism.com) 1

iONiUM writes: From the article:

Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, and they will also be making announcements shortly.

Ross, “the world’s first artificially intelligent attorney” built on IBM’s cognitive computer Watson, was designed to read and understand language, postulate hypotheses when asked questions, research, and then generate responses (along with references and citations) to back up its conclusions. Ross also learns from experience, gaining speed and knowledge the more you interact with it.

Submission + - US Congress 'bans members' Yahoo Mail' (bbc.co.uk)

Big Hairy Ian writes: A series of ransomware attacks on the House of Representatives has led US Congress to ban members from using Yahoo Mail, according to a leaked email.
Both Yahoo Mail and Gmail are named in the 30 April email, published on Thursday by Gizmodo, saying the attacks had increased "in the past 48 hours".
Yahoo Mail will be blocked "until further notice" it adds.
Ransomware encrypts victims' files and demands a ransom be paid for unlocking.
Meanwhile, an unnamed House of Representatives employee has told Reuters devices connected to the internet via its wi-fi or ethernet cables have been barred from accessing appspot.com, the domain where Google hosts custom-built apps.
"We began blocking appspot.com on 3 May 3 in response to indicators that appspot.com was potentially still hosting a remote access Trojan named BLT that has been there since June 2015," the news agency was told.

Submission + - SPAM: Chinese Robot Manufacturer Forced To Retract Sales Numbers

An anonymous reader writes: A leading manufacturer of Chinese robots, Huazhong Numerical Control (HNC) was forced to retract parts of its annual financial report after admitting it included inaccurate information regarding robot sales. The 2015 report, released in February, showed that HNC had made sales to the state appliance manufacturer Gree Electric. These sales were touted as among the most important of HNC’s new robot unit. However, media reports that Gree had not purchased any robots from HNC surfaced, and HNC was forced to issue a retraction. In the annual report, HNC stated, “So far, HNC has sold a few hundred gantry robots to GREE’s plants (which) have operated well on household electrical appliance production lines at GREE’s plants and helped GREE cut its labour costs.”

Last Friday, GREE denied that it had purchased any industrial robots or robot components from HNC in 2015. GREE did purchase robot controllers from HNC in 2014, which it then used to make its own gantry robots. HNC’s retraction noted that while it sold control system components to GREE it did not sell robots, and that those sales were made in the time period 2012-2015, not in fiscal year 2015.

Submission + - Swedish government sizes control of Pirate Bay domain names (www.dn.se) 1

Flu writes: The Swedish government sizes control of the piratebay.se and thepiratebay.se domain names, according to a sentence in the Svea Court of Appeal, establishing a prior ruling in the District Court. The ruling implies that IIS, the entity managing the .se domains, is required to block the address.

It is not the first time the government has seized control of domain names. But, in previous cases, the domain names have subsequently simply been cancelled and released for public purchase again. This is the first ruling that a domain name is blocked in total.

The ruling is based on a an old law allowing the government to confiscate assets obtained through, or used in, illegal activities.

Submission + - Mozilla Fights In Court To Get Info About Potential Firefox Flaw

An anonymous reader writes: Mozilla has asked a Washington State District Court to compel FBI investigators to provide details about a vulnerability in the Tor Browser with them before they share it with the defendant in a lawsuit, so that they could fix it before the knowledge becomes public. The lawsuit in question is against Jay Michaud, a Vancouver (Wa.) teacher that stands accused of accessing and downloading child pornography from a website on the Dark Web.

Submission + - Drones Could Replace $127 Billion Worth Of Human Labor (businessinsider.com.au)

An anonymous reader writes: A new report from PwC finds that drones could replace $127 billion worth of human labor and services across several industries. Infrastructure and agriculture make up the largest chunks of the potential value — some $77.6 billion between them — including services like completing the last mile of delivery routes and spraying crops with laser-like precision. Economists seem to agree that robot automation poses real threats to human labour within the next few decades. Drones are a cheap, versatile first step toward that future. According to the new PwC report, they’re also a solid cost-cutting measure. Along with infrastructure and agriculture, drones will help tech giants like Amazon deliver packages, allow security companies to better monitor their sites, help producers and advertisers to film projects, allow telecommunication firms to easily check on their towers, and give mining companies a new way to plan their digs.

Submission + - Mozilla Offers More Money To Open Source Projects (mozilla.org)

Gerv writes: Last year, Mozilla started a fund to provide financial support to open source projects they use or rely on, to the tune of $1M. Now, they've extended the program with another $1.25M, and any open source project can apply — as long as what it's doing furthers the Mozilla mission, in the eyes of the awards committee. Deadline for the first round of applications is May 31st.

Comment Re:Free is not (Score 2) 284

Actually, M$-office was their best product in MO - now suffering from bloat and trying too hard to make hard things to easy.

A couple of years ago OpenOrfice sort of sucked - today libreoffice is quite usable and getting better. (The fork really helped things ).

So - is it time to short M$ stock? Not sure - they get a huge amount of money from government contracts - seem to have bought the right congressmen etc..

The business model for today's large companies has changed as we drifted into being a 'cartel Socialist' country - don't compete in the market place - compete in buying influence..

Submission + - Man says Tesla car started on its own, crashed into trailer (ksl.com)

Mr.Intel writes: A Utah County man is calling for a deeper investigation into what went wrong after his Tesla Model S appeared to start up on its own and crash into the back of a trailer. “I think it behooves them to figure out what happened, what happened with the vehicle, address it,” Jared Overton said Tuesday. “Just fix it.”

Overton reported the issue to Tesla, and a week later received a letter from the company suggesting it was his fault. “Tesla has reviewed the vehicle’s logs, which show that the incident occurred as a result of the driver not being properly attentive to the vehicle’s surroundings while using the Summon feature or maintaining responsibility for safely controlling the vehicle at all times,” the letter signed by a regional service manager read.

Submission + - SPAM: Netflix VPN Restriction Targets Privacy Seekers

An anonymous reader writes: Open Media, a Canadian internet-advocacy group, has published an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, arguing that Netflix’s recent crackdown on VPN users unfairly targets those who use VPN technology for privacy reasons, rather than those who use VPN to access restricted content. Open Media has the support of almost 45,000 people who have signed an online petition entitled “My Netflix, My Privacy” that encourages Netflix to “stand up to big media bullies and do not block pro-privacy VPN technology.”

In the letter, Laura Tribe, Digital Rights Specialist for Open Media, says that Netflix’s practice of blocking VPN access in order to enforce national licensing restrictions is a ‘huge problem’ for people who use VPN technology to protect their privacy online. She writes, “VPNs are one of the best and most accessible tools that Internet users have to protect our privacy. Whether it’s from malicious criminal activities, government surveillance and censorship, or simply connecting to a weakly-secured hotel wi-fi system, our personal and private digital information is constantly being put at risk and made vulnerable online,” adding, “We shouldn’t have to choose between Netflix and privacy.”

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