* Posts by JustaKOS

1454 posts • joined 10 Mar 2010

City of birth? Why password questions are a terrible idea

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Too old to remember

I have no hope of remembering all of the passwords that I need these days, still less of remembering answers to questions.

So I use gibberish throughout and write it down in my little black book. Perfectly OK wrt on-line threats, but of course burglars are remotely a threat.

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Astroboffins perplexed by QUADRUPLE QUASAR CLUSTER find

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"a ten million-to-one chance of occurring."

But it's a very very very very very big universe, so surely those odds aren't that high?

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

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I look forward to the debate

The scary words as quoted by many above :

"For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,”

encapsulate the whole thrust of this and previous governments' mad push to destroy what is truly valuable about our society.

If we are no longer tolerant and obedience of the law is no longer enough to keep one out of the courts, then I submit that Great Britain will have entered a phase of terminal decline.

What I will be interested in will be the extent to which Cameron's party actually follows him down this path and also how many from the other parties will stand up against it.

I am proud to be British. I'd like to continue being proud, if it's all the same to you, Dave.

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World of the strange: There will be NINE KINDS of Windows 10

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Home users

Home users

Pro users also get the option of Windows Update for Business, which allows security updates to be delayed so that Windows Home users can test the patches for bugs.

So do I take it that the Windows 10 Home users will have autoupdate (whether they like it or not) so that they can be first to be hit by any screw-up from Microsoft?

Sort of like being sent out into a minefield with nothing more than a stick for prodding, while the Pros hang back and mark where the bangs occur.

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Lies, damn lies and election polls: Why GE2015 pundits fluffed the numbers so badly

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Shy Tories

Not just since 1992. In the 40-odd years that I've been voting there has been a consistent social pressure not only to not admit to voting Conservative but also (and particularly in Wales) to claim to have voted Labour. This double-deceit might go some way to explaining why the pollsters are wrong.

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Citizens denied chance to vote in local-government IT cockup

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Re: Solid Labour seats

The solidity of the seats and the effect on the outcome are, to my mind, totally irrelevant. It is a major fuck-up for a council to deny people their right to vote by being so inept. Even one error is too many.

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Round Two in Sky vs Skype trademark scrap goes to Murdoch's men

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Eh what?

So a significant contributing factor in the decision was their “degree of visual, phonetic and conceptual similarity”?

Really? So Sky get to corner the market in use of what is a very very old common noun?

I don't think anyone with enough intelligence to understand what Skype and Sky are could possibly be confused by this similarity in sound.

I'm left feeling that the court is coming up with arguments to justify a decision that they were bound, for some reason, to make - rather than sensibly considering the facts.

Is it gross failure of intelligence? Inherent antipathy to anything Microsoft have a hand in? Or is it just because Murdoch is rich/influential?

Who knows.

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New Windows 10 will STAGGER to its feet, says Microsoft OS veep

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Re: @JustaKOS - Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

Ah yes, IF would have been a better choice.

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Re: Tech enthusiast, not necessarily IT.

I found the original words "...the Windows 8 people are more likely to be tech enthusiasts and more adaptable" puzzling because my interpretation of the phrase is people who delight in the advance of technology.

Windows 8 was certainly different, but an advance? Clearly not for most enthusiasts who gave it a go and panned it heavily.

Your comment clarified it for me, I think. If you mean a "Tech Enthusiast" is someone who uncritically accepts the latest shiny stuff to come out, then yes - there's not many of them about here.

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Re: Why bother upgrading from Windows 7?

For me the key words are we’re going to give you something that’s familiar, but just works better

If that is the measure of when Windows 10 will be good enough to seriously tempt Windows 7 users to upgrade then, by the progress they've made so far, I believe it will be 6 months at least before it is ready.

That means that it will likely be a Christmas push based on new machines, followed maybe by an upgrade push a few months later when the new OS has wowed the public.

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Who thinks Microsoft Edge SUCKS? Erm, Microsoft

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Re: Hatters Will Hate!

So much has sucked from Microsoft since Windows 8 that inevitably the reporting and commentary will start from a baseline of "prove it doesn't suck".

To answer your complaint, I have been trying Spartan (it's still called that in the latest build) out and in my opinion it does suck. I find my previous comments on the preview apps to be still valid with respect to Spartan : it is flakey, sluggish to start and feature-deficient. I see no reason yet to even consider using it as an alternative to Firefox or even Internet Explorer.

One exception : the Reading view is pretty good and they seem to have worked out how to make it smoothly show multi-page articles as one.

So, slightly less suckage than last time, but there is still along way to go.

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Surgery-bot can be hacked to HACK YOU TO PIECES

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What's in a name?

Leaving aside the craziness of performing such critical operations over a channel that has no guarantee of either integrity or availability, I'd be just a little bit concerned at having my innards being poked around in by a machine named after a carrion-eater.

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Health apps and wearables make you nervous, not fit, say boffins

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Re: “Humanity is wasting its time on monitoring life rather than getting on and living it.”

I think you have a valid point if we're talking about specific conditions that can be monitored for with a high degree of diagnostic reliability (and especially if the user has a known genetic predisposition to a problem that can be monitored for). Otherwise, the chances of catching anything serious as soon as it becomes detectable are pretty remote with current technology (or so I believe).

I'd hate to live a life where I'm regularly prompted to worry about conditions that may be present, especially when the chances of getting a medical professional to take such diagnoses seriously are pretty remote (in some parts of the UK at least).

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“Humanity is wasting its time on monitoring life rather than getting on and living it.”

An excellent conclusion.

Perhaps the default position to should be that monitoring is not necessary. Only if there is a pressing need and specific verifiable advice should anyone take up a monitoring option - and then only the minimum necessary.

Funny, could be talking about the spooks there as well.

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National Grid's new designer pylon is 'too white and boring' – Pylon Appreciation Society

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Re: Metal tree

Yep, they definitely should. Current pylons are ugly, I suppose, but they do blend in reasonably well. I hate the idea of bright white, no matter how elegant the design.

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Microsoft uses Windows Update to force Windows 10 ads onto older PCs

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@IaS - Re: Naughty, naughty

Good point about Chrome. Perhaps the difference will be that whereas Google seem to have found favour with the masses and so got away with such sleaze, Microsoft are in a position of having to undo/sweep under the carpet a serious amount of bad vibes that Windows 8 generated.

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Naughty, naughty

Found the bastard on my machine the other day, having read about it elsewhere. I could uninstall it, but I think I'll leave it go. It'll be interesting to compare what the come-on says vs my experiences trying out the preview.

The way to get people on board is to develop a product good enough that the on-line reviews sell it for you. Deceitfully dumping commercial/marketing software on people's machines doesn't quite do it, I think.

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LG monitor software quietly kills UAC, dev says

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Re: Microsoft should treat this as malware

I thoroughly agree. UAC is often a pain but the user can control that pain if they so choose. If the LG software is deliberately weakening security on unsuspecting users' machines, it certainly is malware.

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Operation Redstone: Microsoft preps double Windows update in 2016

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The first will be the Windows 10 launch this summer, while the second will come in the form of a major update to be released in the fall.

Unless they're sitting on some major improvements, I can't see Summer's offering being much better than 8.1, if at all. The preview apps (Office, Music, Video) that I've played with are uniformly flakey, sluggish to start, feature-deficient... Nothing to like so far in comparison to what we have already with 7.

If they're keeping the real improvements until the Autumn, that might prove to be a costly mistake : they really need to impress with the Summer release if they want to have any chance of encouraging us all to upgrade from 7 (or even 8.1 for that matter).

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France accused of tabling 'Patriot Act' style surveillance law

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Seems familiar

“Though the goal of the bill is to place France’s surveillance practices under the rule of law, it in fact uses law to clothe a naked expansion of surveillance powers,”

Taking a leaf out of the UK's book, I see.

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Supposed spy-busting Anonabox insecure, says Cloak Project

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They 'forgot' ???

"...the people configuring the Linux distribution in Anonabox forgot to protect it from IPv6 access"

That's being a bit too generous, I think. It seems more like deliberate exposure - for them to call it a 'cloaking device' is just fraudulent advertising.

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Streak life: Oz woman flashes boobs at Google Street View car

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Idiots

So by their logic, public breastfeeding is an obscene act. Sometimes I think the world is going backwards.

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V&A Museum shows Guardian's destroyed MacBook as ART

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Re: me

And me.

Computers are people too, and personal computers are family.

Maybe a stern talking to or a detailed expression of one's disappointment would be in order, but not physical abuse. Not civilised at all.

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Project Spartan: We get our claws on Microsoft's browser for Windows 10

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Reading View

Not mentioned in the article, but Reading View seems to be a nice feature - presents an article in a more natural reading format, without all the flashing adverts and other crap that many sites put on to distract from the essential purpose of a web page.

It isn't as good as it could be, but it ain't bad.

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Apple's Tim Cook and Salesforce's Marc Benioff DECLARE WAR on anti-gay Indiana

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Torn

I'm torn between being pleased that the two CEOs have used their weight to speak out against what is a retrogade and down-right wrong piece of legislation, and my concern that the CEOs may be trying to wield undue influence over a democratic process.

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Ah fuckit - well done chaps.

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Greedy web borg Facebook to SLURP news websites' golden nuggets

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"Why would I use it?"

For me it is only a means to check up on/interact with my dispersed family. Anything that Facebook wants to throw at me such as 'trending' topics, I ignore.

If anyone sends me a link I make a point of copying it and checking it out in a separate browsing session, so Facebook has no information on my interest. The linked-to site, of course, does get the traffic, which is as it should be.

But you're right - if this crap becomes Facebook's primary purpose then it will have jumped the shark.

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Apple boots Windows 7 out of Boot Camp

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Re: Apples values.

And yet - this also seems consistent with Microsoft's desire to push Windows users away from 7 and earlier. Makes me wonder if there's a behind-the-scenes deal.

Anyway, it's VirtualBox and Microsoft Bob for me. Almost instant startup/shutdown and a very friendly helpful little guide who's only price for his services seems to be full knowledge about myself.

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Leaked Windows 10 build hints at peer-to-peer patching

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"Making it possible to restore TIFKAM doesn't bespeak quality feedbac"

Err I don't know about that. I've noticed that there are plenty who hate TIFKAM (as do I) but also a significant number who actually like it.

That being so, making it possible to restore TIFKAM would seem to be a sensible approach to giving as many users as possible what they want. Provided, of course, that they also satisfy the greater (apparently) number who want something closer to Windows 7.

I get the feeling that there are opposing camps at Microsoft - one that believes user feedback and one that goes by whatever UX book they're reading and ignores any contrary feedback. Hence the builds seem to be oscillating in this area.

As for peer-to-peer windows updates - I'd just be happy if they could fix whatever is currently causing updates to fail on Windows 10.

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Hurry shipmates - the black hats have hacked our fire control system

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"Her two forward 6" turrets are trained on the M1's Scratchwood services"

What, nothing trained on Slough?

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The BBC wants to slap a TAX on EVERYONE in BLIGHTY

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Who cares how it's funded?

I think we're way beyond worrying about how the Beeb is funded. These words fill me with horror :

Letting our audience become schedulers. Giving you the health news that you need, based on data you choose to share with us."

"This is the start of a real transformation – the myBBC revolution. How to reinvent public service broadcasting through data."

This is the new DG talking???

The BBC as a producer of worthwhile broadcasting is dead, if this is what the new broom has in store for it.

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US court rubber-stamps dragnet metadata surveillance (again)

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'We'll definitely stop soon,'

Just enough room for a wafer-thin mint, perhaps?

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Firefox 36 swats bugs, adds HTTP2 and gets certifiably serious

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Re: @paulf - Have they stopped

OK, I'd like to downgrade my status to just 'mildly annoyed', as I have now discovered that setting

browser.search.showOneOffButtons to false

in about:config reverts to the older style.

Would have been nice to have a more user friendly way of doing it, mind.

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@paulf - Re: Have they stopped

Mozilla Help on Search says :

Access all your favorite search engines conveniently through Firefox's built-in Search bar.

Well, "conveniently" is a good description of how it was. Now it is just fucking annoying.

Dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb, dumb.

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MELTDOWN: Samsung, Sony not-so-smart TVs go titsup for TWO days

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Re: Turns a Smart TV into a Dumb TV?

The problem starts when this inability to phone home stops the whole thing from working let alone as a dumb TV.

Give it time. I'm sure they're working on eventually having complete control and knowledge of your viewing experience.

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Lenovo CTO: Hey, look around – we're not the only ones with a crapware infection

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"pave over paradise and put up a parking lot"

It might be stretching it a bit to call Windows 7 paradise, but the line aptly describes the feelings of many who hated Windows 8. All those flat featureless tiles, like so much paving.

Or is it "little boxes, little boxes, ..."

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Marconi: The West of England's very own Italian wireless pioneer

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Yup (ish). The first was to Flat Holm, and thus an all-Welsh affair. Then across to England.

I guess that was the proof-of-concept, encouraging him to go on to do the long-distance stuff in Cornwall.

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Mozilla mulls Superfish torpedo

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@Paul crawford - Re: Deeper problem

Well said. It's the '"undetected" part that's been bugging me.

We have a situation where any software, it seems, can quietly install its own root CA cert during an installation and merrily proceed to intercept a machine's https connections without the user being aware at all of the serious weakness in their own security that has been introduced.

It would be nice if Windows and Firefox at least informed the user that the software had done it, and made it possible for the user to easily remove the CA permanently if they so wish.

The level of trust that allows Avast, for instance, to automatically install its own 'benign' MitM software and certificate also allows the likes of Superfish to do what they do. Something's a little bit broken for sure.

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So long, Lenovo, and no thanks for all the super-creepy Superfish

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Re: "Superfish wasn't a major contributor to the manufacturer's bottom line"

Why indeed?

I fancy Superfish will be a major contributor to the manufacturer's bottom line, but in a negative sense. And serves them bloody-well right.

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Lenovo shipped lappies with man-in-the-middle ad/mal/bloatware

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Criminal

Isn't it?

Software designed to intercept communications installed in their laptops and nobody is up in court yet? This is getting so common, it's hard to summon up the anger that I used to have at this sort of thing.

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Big Brother in SPAACE: Mars One picks first 100 morons to suffocate, er, settle on Red Planet

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Sad

One of the earliest SF short stories I read was The Man Who Lost the Sea by Theodore Sturgeon, about a dying man reliving his life in his mind as he expires. The punch-line had a profound effect on me :

"God," he cries, dying on Mars, "God, we made it!"

Wind the clock forward 50-odd years, and the attitude here is "Moron", "Fool" etc.

Jeez. We're not going anywhere, are we?

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Samsung's spying smart TVs don't encrypt voice recordings sent over the internet – new claim

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Re: S.I.Unit of Incompetence.

The Spencer (Frank)?

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Boffins now one step closer to male birth control pill

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Re: And the IT angle

From Bob's perspective, a Man In The Middle attack would be quite evident.

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Microsoft: Look at our cloudy privacy award. Isn't it so ... meaningful?

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“If there is unauthorised access ... we’ll let you know about this,”

Nice, but it's the authorised access that they can't tell you about that is the problem.

I'm not knocking Microsoft in particular here. It is a fundamental flaw in the idea of a business or any person using cloud storage for their sensitive information in preference to their own controlled facilities.

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Hackers fear arms control pact makes exporting flaws illegal

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Might be worse

Hackers might find that merely exporting their expertise is banned - they could find that skill in poking holes in systems is sufficient grounds for a withdrawn passport.

Unlikely? In this borked world, these days, I'm not so sure.

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An NSA spy, a Fed and a sysadmin walk into a bar – that's Prez Obama's new cyber-security order

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"Luckily, technology gives us the tools to avoid these risks."

Yet it's the same technology that is rapidly inflating those risks. Given that it's the negative use that is the most profitable, I don't think on balance that Apple or any others of their ilk should crow about their capabilities.

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Wink if you want to see more of me, say Swiss boffins

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Useful

A bit cyborg-like, but it seems a genuinely good idea.

What would be really nice would be if they could put the cability into the actual glasses - say to switch from short to long-sighted mode - then I could go for it.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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"And do what, once they are out of the seat?"

Fair points. I guess they've already eliminated the need to get out of the seat. Except, of course, if you have a dog like ours, which treats remotes as a prize to be fought over.

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"...some voice commands may be transmitted... to a third-party service that converts speech to text"

Such a lot of complexity in order to save some fat-arse having to press a button or, god-forbid, get up out of their seat.

Wierd how all this technology is easing the strain of modern life, but mostly in areas that are really, really trivial.

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Calling a friend? Listen to an advert. You lucky, lucky thing

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"... a potential 12 billion ad impressions daily"

And also a potential 12 billion daily annoyances in an already fraught world. It all adds up - this could spell the doom of civilization. Or at least of civilised behaviour.

Kill it now.

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Hey kids! If you vote Facebook will give you EXTRA LIKES*

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"...the real problem is trying to engage young people in the voting process"

I would hazard a guess and say that it isn't because they don't think it is important. Rather, it is because all they can see is corrupt, uncaring, lying, 'in it for all they can get' politicians.

If the politicians can clean up their acts and if the parties can clearly define their stances on the things that matter and stick to their principles, then maybe the young will start to give a shit.

Relying on Facebook Likes is pretty insulting.

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