* Posts by BillG

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Intel XPoint over-selling criticism surges as Chipzilla hits back

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Re: Intel and Micron's Bluff Is Being Called

El Reg notes this sentence in particular: "System level performance is determined by the full collection of components, with media being only one of these components."

Well, duh.

Look, if it turns out it that XPoint is 10x faster than NAND Flash instead of 1000x faster, then people on El Reg will still buy it and not care what was first claimed by Intel because 10x faster is still great news.

From my view on the inside, it seems that at Intel the tail is trying to wag the dog (Marketing is trying to drive engineering instead of the other way around). Intel used to have brilliant marketing - now, Intel marketing believes whatever it wants to believe, including ignoring the reality Intel engineering is telling them. So someone in Intel engineering tells Intel marketing, "It should be 10x faster but it might be 1000x faster.". Guess what marketing prints? Then marketing dumps on engineering because "you told me it would be 1000x faster, didn't you?"

While I was writing on an article the latest Intel Quark, Intel marketing kept insisting that I put a spec in my article that blatantly contradicted the datasheet, a spec that Intel engineering also told me was wrong.

BTW based on what I have read from Intel, XPoint looks like ReRAM to me. It will be late, but it will work as soon as Intel solves the yield problems.

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Google's become an obsessive stalker and you can't get a restraining order

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Re: So turn off mobile data

The future dystopia of pervasive personal tracking, that was once merely Sci-Fi, is here, but … look how shiny it is! Does yours have a dual lens? Mine does. It’s Quad HD. And all that free stuff. You can’t say no.

Beautifully said, Andrew. Have a pint on me.

Unfortunately, when it comes to privacy we are all frogs and we are being slowly boiled.

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Delete Google Maps? Go ahead, says Google, we'll still track you

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Re: eh?

On my Android phone my GPS is almost always off.

And I do not install new apps, or install updates, that turn on/off GPS, sync, or WiFi.

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Rolls-Royce reckons robot cargo ships are the future of the seas

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The project also has the support of ship owners and operators.

The soon-to-be-umemployed crews were not asked for comment.

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Come in HTTP, your time is up: Google Chrome to shame leaky non-HTTPS sites from January

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Re: Thin end of the whatsit.

Starting New Year's Day, Google will begin labeling as "insecure" all websites that transmit passwords or ask for credit card details over plain text HTTP.

Passwords. That will include El Reg.

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

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Re: Bright Side

At least our new Social Media overlords don't sent us to Gulags, Vietnam War, Internment Camps, or "Work makes you free" slave factories.

What's your point - that makes Zuk's privacy ripping alright then?

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Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party

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Bias

Apple donates to both U.S. political parties, but publicly remains neutral. Many companies like Apple do not invite PR organizations that demonstrate any sort of extreme political bias - or extreme bias of ANY kind, i.e. hating Microsoft and loving Linux. I have run against this with PR groups in the past.

Inviting those that are critical of your products isn't a big deal, as these parties can be used to turn their heads and turn them around. OTOH being directly critical of the company (i.e. slave conditions in Apple factories) might get one banned.

Blacklisting those that are critical of you is a PR no-no as it can and does turn critics into enemies.

Reading the emails, Apple handled this very, very badly. Apple should read history, arrogance is how empires fall, as Intel is learning right now.

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Forget Khan and Klingons, Star Trek's greatest trick was simply surviving

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Re: Huh?

Niven played the 'what if?' game that is at the heart of true SF superbly. For instance, 'what if teleportation booths can be created?' - and then worked out the consequences*

Some say that the phaser would be the last invention of a modern society.

The consequences are, once you create a device that could easily and conveniently kill someone without leaving any trace, co-workers would be disappearing every day!!!

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Re: proof read?

Sorry, but the entire article should have been proof-read. I lost track of all of the grammatical errors and typos. Even the very last sentence of the article is wrong.

If you really want the true story of the show, read "The Making of Star Trek" by Gene Roddenberry and Stephen Whitfield. It was published in 1970 so it is fresh and accurate.

As far as NBC claiming there were lots of letters complaining about the show, that is considered allegorical, widely seen as NBC attempting damage control for cancelling the original series.

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FBI: Look out – hackers are breaking into US election board systems

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Preventing SQL Injection

For crying out loud - how hard is it to count the number of "%" in the URL, and if there are more than, say, 10 percent signs, it's definitely an SQL injection and so you ban the IP address. Don't give them a second chance, just ban the IP address. It's not a mistake, it's an attack, ban 'em.

Oh, make sure your normal operation doesn't use % in the URLs.

If they can't prevent the most common SQL injections by counting % then send the programmers back to high school.

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Height of stupidity: Heathrow airliner buzzed by drone at 7,000ft

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Re: Sorry, but . . .

One word: Phasers

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Apple is making life terrible in its factories – labor rights warriors

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Apple Customer Hypocrisy

Amazing. When you see the iStuff commercials you get the impression that Apple consumers are kind, caring, sharing people with compassion for others. Are they really indifferent and too self-centered to care about how their cool iStuff is actually made?

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Security gurus get behind wheel of driverless car debate

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Re: Pretty sure..

Having worked in the Automotive electronics industry for many years, I can tell you how this will play out.

1. Car manufacturers will reject any insurance situation for self-driving cars where the manufacturer is 100% liable. There have been similar insurance situations discussed in the past (ex: liability for defective airbags) and in many countries some liability laws could allow the plaintiff to actually own the car manufacturer under certain very extreme and emotional situations. Example: A pregnant woman trusts her self-driving car to take her to the hospital, car malfunctions/hacked/etc, woman and fetus die, father sues and jury awards him all of Europe.

2. Insurance companies will refuse to insure a car where liability cannot be easily determined. For example, in the U.S. if you rear-end someone you are immediately liable, even if the first car stops short. Easy assignment of liability is more important than justice.

Personally, I doubt that self-driving cars will ever be allowed on the road for these and other reasons. In short, the financial danger to big business is too great.

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NHS slaps private firm Health IQ for moving Brits' data offshore

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Phil Booth, coordinator of pressure group medConfidential, questioned why private companies are continue to break the rules around data sharing... "We get told that there are rules in place to protect the privacy of patients. But yet again they've been ignored without penalty."

Because no one has been subject to a serious penalty for breaking the rules. Hit them with a fine of a few million £. Until then, private companies will have the attitude of "we'll host offshore and save money until someone tells us not to. Then we'll pretend to obey the rules until we do it again".

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English Uber alles in London taxis? No way, TfL – taxi app titan

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Re: Do I really need my driver to speak English?

YES, my cab driver needs to speak English. Why? Because sometimes things go wrong, and when they go wrong I want a cabbie that understands what I'm saying. Make sense?

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What next for the F-35 after Turkey's threats to turn its back on NATO?

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Turkey has hinted it may try to leave NATO – which could cause difficulties for the Lockheed Martin F-35 programme because the country has signed up to buy 100 of the advanced jet fighters.

Turkey always threatens to leave NATO the year of a US Presidential election. They do this to pressure the U.S. President to send Turkey "aid" (bribes) to shut up so they do not make the present President's party look bad.

This will all go away in a few weeks when Barry buys $25 Billion of girl scout cookies from Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's daughter.

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Julian AssangeTM to meet investigators in London

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Re: Ministerio de Movilidad Humana

No, the real salt will be when Sweden says "no further charges, off you go." Then he gets arrested by the UK for dodging court and bail, and the US doesn't request extradition.

True. Assange's greatest nightmare would be if he is free on the streets and he finds that Obama doesn't want him. Although at this point I think Barry would rather leave Assange™ to whomever succeeds him.

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Huawei P9 Plus: Leica-toting flagship gets a big brother

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Re: Weighing stuff..

"But now the fuss has subsidised,..."

Shouldn't that be "But now the fuss has subsided,..."?

or where does one go to apply for a grant to subsidise fuss?

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F-35 targeting system laser will be 'almost impossible' to use in UK

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Re: None-story

No, you missed the point. These planes are still in trials. If, during testing of the laser tracking system, something goes wrong, it makes debugging a whole lot easier if you know there are no other lasers or other optical devices in the testing area.

Of course later testing will probably flood the area with lasers in an attempt to confuse the laser tracking system.

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Harrison Ford's leg, in the Star Wars film, with the Millennium Falcon door

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Re: Eh? What?

Ford, best known for playing CSO Jack Stanfield in the 2006 cyber-thriller Firewall...

Really?

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The very latest on the DNC email conspiracy. Which conspiracy? All of them, of course!

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Re: The timing is interesting

Just because the hack originated in Russia doesn't mean it came from the Russian government. Especially since Putin can't possibly like Trump's economic policy as it would weaken the ruble (or whatever the hell currency they use over there).

Anyone with good enough connections, and enough money, can hire a Russian hacker organization to do their dirty work with complete and total anonymity. So who is the list of suspects? Take your pick - Trump, Sanders, Wall Street, Bill Clinton, John Kerry, or any Kennedy Democrat.

Personally while I do not look forward to a Hillary presidency, can you image having Bill as First Gentleman? Imagine the trouble he could get into with less responsibilities and more free time!

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FTC dings InMobi ad network for tracking world+dog

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Murphy's Rule of Personal Data

Once they have your personal information, they will ignore laws and EULAs and privacy settings and exploit it at will.

(Also one of the Ferengi Laws of Acquisition)

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Star Trek Beyond: An unwatchable steaming pile of tribble dung

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Law of the Trailer

"If, after you watch a movie's trailer, you cannot tell what the plot is, the movie stinks."

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Nasty session stealing hole filled in WordPress All in One SEO plugin

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Re: A Matter of Trust

> "Call me old fashioned, but I just can't trust code that I did not write myself."

Cool! So you wrote your own browser, running under you own OS,...

I never wrote that I would not use it, I wrote that I would not trust it.

For a website, I'd much rather write my own server-side code and HTML as that gives me the most flexibility, and enables the best efficiency. I know where everything is, and I can block potential attacks.

No, I did not write my own server OS. But I do trust the people that manage my server and that makes it O.K.

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A Matter of Trust

Good old wordpress, allowing those people claiming to be web developers, but with no proper web authoring or security skills (normally from the print design industry) to make lovely pwn-able sites for other people that can just about open a web browser, what could possibly go wrong.

Call me old fashioned, but I just can't trust code that I did not write myself.

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IoT puts assembly language back on the charts

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Re: You can "learn" assembly?

I program in assembly because I can. It's an exercise that makes me a better C programmer because I can get a feeling for what the compiler is doing.

In the end, it's not the language, it's the programmer behind the language.

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Bomb-disposal robot violently disposes of Dallas cop-killer gunman

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Texas Reg Reader Gives Context

The reason they used the bomb disposal robot in the first place is he told the cops he was rigged with a bomb.

Exactly. Now let's all put this in context.

"He was rigged with a bomb" = "he was wearing a suicide vest". Let's remember that this shooter, Micah Xavier Johnson, had already shot and killed police officers and indicated he wanted to kill more. After hours of negotiations where Johnson continued to fire at officers it was clear that he had no intention of surrendering himself. A bomb disposal robot was sent in with a bomb.

Johnson was told a robot with a bomb was being sent it, he saw the robot with the bomb and was given another opportunity to surrender. He refused. The bomb was then detonated.

I really can't fault DPD for how they handled this as Johnson had a clear understanding of what was going to happen. In this case it's better and safer for the police to detonate a known device at a time of their choosing (which would not necessarily set off the suicide vest) than wait for the inevitable detonation by Johnson.

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Attention, small biz using Symantec AV: Smash up your PCs, it's the safest thing to do

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Re: Right, that does it

Symantec was one of the biggest security firms of the 1990s,

We miss you, Peter Norton.

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FBI won't jail future US president over private email server

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Re: Wrong type of privilege

Take a look at the CNN and MSNBC websites and see how deeply they buried this story.

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You know how that data breach happened? Three words: eBay, hard drives

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I keep my old drives for just this reason. It's not worth doing a military wipe just to sell it for $30 on eBay.

BTW I do buy used drives off eBay for new laptop builds and enjoy doing a data recovery. Usually I just find porn, but I have found family photos, personal information, photos of driver's licenses. I also found one drive that I realized was from a lawyer as there were contracts, letters, memos, and plenty of other confidential information.

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Lauri Love at risk of suicide if extradited to US, Brit court hears

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Re: It's all relative

Love's situation is comparable with that of Gary McKinnon, who in 2012, after a decade of legal battles, had his extradition to the US on hacking charges refused by the then-new Home Secretary, Theresa May, who said the risk of him committing suicide if extradited made the process incompatible with his human rights.

So we now have a precedent for anyone willing to fight extradition.

Assange™ - are you listening?

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Energy companies aren't going to slurp your personal data. Honest

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Re: Murphy's Rule of Personal Data

Easier to ask for forgiveness than permission

Motto of the Catholic Church.

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Murphy's Rule of Personal Data

Once they have your personal information, they will ignore laws and EULAs and exploit it at will.

(I think a Ferengi said that)

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Russian government hackers spent a year in our servers, admits DNC

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Re: A exercise run for new recruits

An analysis of the servers showed that no financial, donor or personal information had been accessed or stolen by the two teams, the DNC said

Adding, "Hey, we're politicians, would we lie to you???"

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

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Boffins decipher manual for 2,000-year-old Ancient Greek computer

"O.K., Robert, you've been working on translating the first page, what does it say?"

"This Page Intentionally Left Blank"

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Microsoft buys LinkedIn for the price of 36 Instagrams

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Re: Eh?

I use LinkedIn all the time, I find it a very valuable professional resource. And unlike others here I am rarely critical of Microsoft.

But I can't see this as anything less than a complete and total disaster. I see MS using this to try to start to build a Google-type information-sharing, privacy-ripping empire. I see MS demanding everyone have an outlook.com email address the same way Google services require Gmail. I see my LI email address being spammed to high heaven while my privacy is violated more times than a stripper in the VIP room. I see LI features that only work if the Win10 app is installed. Nothing good can come of this.

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Wi-Fi hack disables Mitsubishi Outlander's theft alarm – white hats

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Re: Yay, Yet Another Vehicle Hijacking By Maker Lazyness

My car has no wireless connectivity, and uses an ignition key. My next car will have the same.

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Capitalize 'Internet'? AP says no – Vint Cerf says yes

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Just as the AP created a furore when it dropped the hyphen in "e-mail" back in 2011

Compound words start off as two words, then become hyphenated, then become one word. Examples are downstairs, WiFi, etc.

IMO as a writer and author, when we are referring to the Internet we are obviously referring to a proper noun and we all know what we are referring to. Proper nouns are capitalized.

OTOH I can get lazy and not want to hit that Shift key like everyone else.

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Nest's bricking of Revolv serves as wake-up call to industry

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Re: What sort of wake-up call?

Here's the thing - while many potential Nest customers may not notice Nest's irresponsible shutting down of Revolv by bricking products people paid good money for, you can bet that huge commercial and industrial customers will notice. They will especially notice when a Nest salesperson comes knocking at their door. This is going to crush Nest's future.

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Sources! say! Twitter's! after! you! Yahoo!

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Re: Got to love those contracts

Yahoo has a vast number of email users and extensive online real estate. Ripe for someone who wants to branch out into new territory.

IMO potential suitors for Yahoo from highest probability to lowest:

Amazon

Twitter

Facebook

Microsoft

eBay

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Thai bloke battles jumbo python in toilet todger thriller

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Re: Science needs to know

While understandably screaming, the bleeding 38-year-old did have the presence of mind to call to his missus Sawittree Shooyoung to bring a rope, which he used to lash the serpent's head to the bathroom door.

That is some pretty shrewd thinking under the circumstances. To be in that much pain, and still come up with a plan to rope the snake to the bathroom door is some very smart thinking under the circumstances.

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Lyft, Uber throw Texas-sized tantrum over Austin driver law

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"Unfortunately, the rules passed by city council don't allow true ridesharing to operate," Lyft said in announcing its closure... The dial-a-ride app-makers have been in almost constant battles with local officials in major cities around the world, usually over charges that the ride-sharing services violate taxi codes.

Despite Uber's and Lyft 's best efforts, they cannot convince people that ridesharing is not another name for taxi service.

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Hacked in a public space? Thanks, HTTPS

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The one nugget of truth in the article is that the list of CAs built in to browsers etc. is ridiculous.

Wow, I just checked the list of trusted certificates on my work computer and it's almost 300. There is a scary one from my employer with the two purposes "All issuance policies" and "All application policies".

I remember when the used to be about a dozen trusted certificates and you could recognize the issuer of each, like "Verisign", "Thawte", or "Microsoft". Now, I've got a certificate issued by "TÜBİTAK UEKAE Kök Sertifika Hizmet Sağlayıcısı - Sürüm 3" (sic). Really???

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Google asks the public to name the forthcoming Android N operating system

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Re: Nougat

Nutty feature of Nougat:

On the apps front, Android N will have a new feature, still in development, called Instant Apps. This allows a user to click on a link to a site that has its own app and just download a few parts of the software to help the link run more smoothly and with more features, but without installing the full code.

Gee! What could POSSIBLY go wrong with THAT???

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LinkedIn plays down '117 million users' breach data sale

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"For several years, we have hashed and salted every password in our database" Wait, does that mean that there has been some point at which they *didn't*?

Yes, LinkedIn admitted that during the original breach in 2012, passwords were definitely NOT salted.

So in this case, "several" = 4.

You need a marketing-speak decoder ring when reading LI press statements. For example, when LI announced:

In 2012, LinkedIn was the victim of an unauthorised access and disclosure of some members' passwords.

In the above statement, to LI, "some" = 117 Million.

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Dark net LinkedIn sale looks like the real deal

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the link about salting is from 2006

Actually, it's from 2012.

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It gets worse - the passwords were not salted:

LinkedIn Hacked, Passwords Please No Salt

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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

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Re: They are still missing the point.

Despite white goods makers cramming washers with multiple programs, he said, many people rarely used more than two settings. Manufacturers might be completely oblivious to this.

Actually, manufacturers do know this. They offer product lines to consumers with two settings, and four, and eight, etc. People pay for the higher-priced models, regardless of how many setting they later use. They snub the two-setting machine, instead buying the 8-setting machine and then only use two settings.

It's not about what features consumers use, it's about what they are willing to buy.

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IT glitch causes 'nationwide' Post Office outage

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"Post Office"?

Um, since this is an international website, it would be nice if the author pointed out which country's P.O. she is referring to.

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