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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: WOW! This is big!
« Last post by unix on October 06, 2018, 05:10:55 am »
It's a big surprise.

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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: WOW! This is big!
« Last post by I D Shukhov on October 06, 2018, 05:09:12 am »
Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?  China might be behind North Korea's rapid development of ICBMs.  If so, it's a 21st version the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Regarding the book, this is a good (IMO) 3-star critical review:   Good book; Bad book

There does seem to be a collision course happening here:  North Korea's ICBMS,  China trying to block off the South China Sea with phony islands, the impending trade war.   We know there's been industrial espionage going on and this is a worst-case example.  Oh yeah, I forgot the recent tit-for-tat demonstrations of being able to shoot down old satellites.  That would be first thing to happen in a war:  take out the communication satellites.

Also worrisome:  why should we think anything has changed regarding countries fighting and conquering each other for the past 2,400 years?   ( http://mature-it.pro/discussions/animated-map-visualizing-2-400-years-of-european-history/) I seriously doubt human nature has changed.
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All Technology & Tech Help / WOW! This is big!
« Last post by ArnoldW2 on October 05, 2018, 05:33:52 pm »
The Big Hack: How China Used a Tiny Chip to Infiltrate U.S. Companies

The author wrote:

The attack by Chinese spies reached almost 30 U.S. companies, including Amazon and Apple.  The security of the global technology supply chain had been compromised, even if consumers and most companies didn’t know it yet.

Nested on the servers’ motherboards, the testers found a tiny microchip, not much bigger than a grain of rice, that wasn’t part of the boards’ original design. Amazon reported the discovery to U.S. authorities, sending a shudder through the intelligence community.

Many years ago, a belief formed that China was unlikely to jeopardize its position as workshop to the world by letting its spies meddle in its factories. That left the decision about where to build commercial systems resting largely on where capacity was greatest and cheapest. “You end up with a classic Satan’s bargain,” one former U.S. official says. “You can have less supply than you want and guarantee it’s secure, or you can have the supply you need, but there will be risk. Every organization has accepted the second proposition.”

https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Referral fee from bork?
« Last post by pxsant on October 05, 2018, 08:24:32 am »
Get anything the bork promises in writing.   They lie like dogs.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Re: Referral fee from bork?
« Last post by The Gorn on October 05, 2018, 07:39:43 am »
It's just, do you trust these fast buck bling culture guys?

No way to assess this w/o a history with the dude.
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FTE, Job and Career Discussion / Referral fee from bork?
« Last post by unix on October 05, 2018, 07:32:16 am »
Bork said this. Should I roll with it or ask for more or sooner?


$500 after referred employee receives 1st check and additional $500 upon referred employees 6 month of employment
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Now you get to pay for your computer forever!

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https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/baig/2018/10/03/microsoft-surface-pcs-windows/1501407002/

"Surface headphones – Microsoft on Tuesday in New York, unveiled what for many of you might be an easier way to pay for the computers, through a Surface All Access payment program that starts at $24.99 a month for 24 months.

That monthly sum buys you an interest-free Surface Go bundle. While it is more than you will typically pay for the computer outright, you do get some important add-on benefits thrown in, including the Type Cover keyboard that is otherwise an optional accessory, plus a two-year subscription to Microsoft Office 365. Also part of the deal, Microsoft says, is what the company refers to as “world class protection and support.”

There is no upfront cost, and you pay zero interest during the term of the agreement."
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Interesting hardware hack....
« Last post by jbucks on October 05, 2018, 05:45:33 am »
Yup, ye shall reap what you sow....  (at both the gvt and industry levels)

Jim
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All Technology & Tech Help / Re: Interesting hardware hack....
« Last post by ilconsiglliere on October 05, 2018, 05:00:12 am »
I am not surprised by this at all. When I worked at Ma Bell we saw them doing this a LONG time ago. Its not new.

Frankly they deserve what they get. You outsourced all the manufacturing, now enjoy the consequences.
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All Technology & Tech Help / Interesting hardware hack....
« Last post by jbucks on October 05, 2018, 03:54:06 am »
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/features/2018-10-04/the-big-hack-how-china-used-a-tiny-chip-to-infiltrate-america-s-top-companies


TLDR -

The Chinese have apparently been doing what our own security services have been doing for a long time. 

Seems to have effected a lot of motherboards that have gone into some sizable and some sensitive areas.

Does not surprise me at all.  I've been warning of this for a number of years.  I stopped buying a certain mfgr's servers when they sold the entire line to a chinese company.

Jim
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