* Posts by Sil

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Hillary Clinton: My promises to America's tech industry

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Hillary Clinton has a remarkable history of opinion & vote U-turns after receiving sizable contributions.

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NVMe SSDs tormented for months in some kind of sick review game

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Re: Hardware RAID couldn't compete?

It's probably true of hardware raid too.

Driving a dozen high performance NVMe drives in Raid 5 ou 6 would require some serious computing & i/o capabilities.

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Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image. Repeat. Microsoft has created its own FreeBSD image

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Another option for customers

People seem to see way too much in this new.

If Microsoft is introducing modules in FreeBSD, could it be that it just wants to ensure that FreeBSD works well in Azure ?

Could it be that it took an interest in FreeBSD because its customers or potential customers were asking for it in Azure?

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Samsung: Don't install Windows 10. REALLY

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Re: If proof is needed...

It's more of a proof to never buy a Samsung computer, since it won't invest a penny in the lifecycle of its products.

Microsoft isn't responsible to develop all drivers for all materials, and if a PC makers refuse to invest in the maintenance of their drivers and applications, they sure should choose standard components from company that have an history of maintaining their drivers.

Kind of reminds me when ATI never updated their graphic drivers, condemning their customers to super bad performance and compatibility issues, when NVIDIA did the opposite.

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The Windows Phone story: From hope to dusty abandonware

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Very sad

Windows Phone 7.5 was the best version imo, but even windows 10 mobile isn't bad.

My biggest gripe is not being able to restore a backup on demand, and a restore that doesn't work most of the time, because it doesn't know it should upgrade 8.1 to 10 first, then start the restore process.

Apart from that I still intend to use my my Lumia 930 as long as battery will allow, as it is a darn good phone and I do not need snapchat or any other similar piece of crap.

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

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Very likely Intel's fault

While I clearly agree Microsoft should own up to non working products and reimburse customers who use the sleep mode, it seems very likely that the problem originates in Intel's faulty 6th generation components.

MSFT will remember for a long time what it's like to use brand new silicon.

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Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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The very high price of loyalty

Count me among the people that think Microsoft could hardly have done worse than it did with its Nokia acquisition.

It should have immediately sold all factories while they were worth something and made a pact with the acquirer to order x million phones a year.

It would have been much less costly.

Still, one has to admire Microsoft for having purchased Nokia, knowing full well how it would all end. Let's remember Microsoft was under no contractual obligation to do so.

Most people were against the purchase, and I have no doubt there were no excel spreadsheet scenarios with rosy profit forecasts when the decision was taken.

It could have let Nokia fire tens of thousand of employees and go broke.

It could have lent Nokia a few billion dollars to survive a few years, knowing full well it would never get the money back.

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Intel has driven a dagger through Microsoft's mobile strategy

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I would argue this isn't the most brilliant move of Intel, which needs every friend it has.

Intel can dream of drones and Curie-powered fashion, but the processor is what brings food to the table.

The more mobile processors become powerful, the more they will look like classic processors.

So unless it thinks Core processors will soon be energy efficient to be used in phones, it lets a potential market go away, making the ARM company more powerful by the day.

A dangerous situation when ARM wants to eat your datacenter business too, and where Google, Facebook & co have a deep financial interest in diversifying their datacenter purchases.

Windows may not be the ecosystem it used to be, but where will Intel go without Windows ?

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

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Re: Because they are dying and know it.

As ridiculous as people that would have you believe Apple is doomed with only 10 billion in quarterly profits.

Yes Microsoft is downsizing, but its adapting pretty well to changes, and it's developing technologies and businesses that should have a bright future.

The quasi -monopoly of Google in digital advertising is fantastic for its shareholders, but it can't last forever.

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You won't believe this, but… nothing useful found on Farook iPhone

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No choice

The FBI had no choice but to search for information on this phone to conduct its exhaustive investigation.

Image if they just threw it away, it fell into the hands of a media organization that cracked it and found vital information on the San Bernardino Shooting. Would you be one of the people criticizing the FBI and asking for resignations ?

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Google cloud TITSUP

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It apparently affected Discord.

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The future of Firefox is … Chrome

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One has to wonder what Firefox does with the yearly hundreds of million dollar it gets, except specializing in failed projects such a Firefox OS.

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WordPress pushes free default SSL for hosted sites

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TheReg Mistaken ?

I think you are mistaken.

The SSL applies to all WorPress custom domain sites hosted by WordPress.com, not all sites using WordPress elsewhere. And to my knowledge most of the WordPress sites aren't hosted on WordPress.com, but self hosted, or at an ISP.

Unless I'm wrong, this means a much much lower percentage than 26 % of Interest is affected by the announcement.

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Linux is so grown up, it's ready for marriage with containers

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No free lunch

You paint a very incomplete picture of virtualization.

You describe VMs' failings but totally forget to mention those of containers, and its impact on security and reliability.

Containers are not the new VM. Sometimes they are more appropriate, sometimes they aren't.

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We bet your firm doesn't stick to half of these 10 top IT admin tips

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As we've seen countless times in the biggest scandals of our time, one of the most difficult task is to correctly and timely manage full/very potent rights for admins of all kinds and other high level employees.

Otherwise you end up with yet another Panama or Wikileak.

Also, for SMBs at least, you must have clear policies and handling of tape backups, who brings them to the bank or other safe place, how you store them in at least two geographically distant places etc.

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

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Time will tell

The new approach seems interesting, but only time and more hands-on experience will tell if it's better than the status quo.

My doubt concerns the devices as part as user rights giver. Devices can be easily hacked, and when you have hundreds if not thousands of different kinds of devices, how can you be sure you are on top of security ? This is also relevant if you need to give external partners access ton in-house IT resources.

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Power9: Google gives Intel a chip-flip migraine, IBM tries to lures big biz

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Of course Intel must worry: datacenter processors is the fastest growing segment and responsible for big profits. With Google seemingly ready to increase its laughingly small number of GCP regions, it's bound to purchase processors by the hundreds of thousand.

Unless Intel someday makes strides in IoT / Wearables / the next hyped market, it will be highly dependent on the datacenter unit to bring sales and profits.

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Holding out for a Jobs: Tim Cook still auditioning for position of Apple god

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Nobody needs a smartwatch

While arguably most people need or could benefit from a smartphone, most people do not need smartwatches at all, a mix of gadget and fashion accessory.

This won't change until a battery revolution happens, that could enable smartwatches to do interesting things for a long enough period without recharging.

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Ad giant Google thinks its cloud biz could be bigger than its adverts

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Google's announcement underlines what we have known for years: while Amazon is the cloud's big daddy, Amazon is a company with a very very low profitability and limited financial means.

It won't be able to respond in kind every time big pocketed Google, Microsoft or IBM announce huge investments.

Hence, if AWS is as profitable as the new Amazon reporting says it is, it should be incorporated in its own company, totally independent of the rest of Amazon. This would enable it to borrow more and cheaper, or profit from a higher capitalization to grow externally on the cheap.

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Mud sticks: Microsoft, Windows 10 and reputational damage

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Do you even remember Vista ?

There were reasons people didn't like it, like an astoundingly lengthened boot time to minutes an a total lack of responsiveness in typical configurations.

Windows 10 is no Vista. Most people have a pretty good experience with it. It's probably too successful to have a positive influence on the market, because why change an old computer if it works well with Windows 10 ?

If the PC market doesn't progress as much as expected, the fault lay solely on the PC makers. They don't advertise or demonstrate how recent PCs are thousand times better than old ones. They still offer PCs with crap configurations such as no SSD or only 2 GB of RAM of retardedly bad screens.

Once again, they show their total lack of innovation. Windows 10 has very interesting features to offer, such as Windows Hello authentification. Where are the new PCs with integrated RealSense cameras ?

Cortana is available on the PC. Where are the mic optimizations for an optimal experience ?

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Google reveals rapid cloud expansion

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That seems enough to you because you aren't in Africa, South America or other parts of the world without cloud regions. If you are in China, you can't use any provider you want.

Latency is a requirement, but there are other considerations such as laws and regulations, availability of partners, redundancy in multiple parts of the world, and so forth.

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Also Azure has 22 regions and 5 in the works.

Some, like Germany, are quite interesting as they are aimed towards customers that must meet strict regulations.

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Top rocket exec quits after telling the truth about SpaceX price war

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If insiders can't speak candidly without fearing being recorded and their opinions aired in public, they won't share anymore and we'll enter a great era of ignorance and politically correct B.S.

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Attack! Run. WTF? A decade of enterprise class fear and uncertainty with AWS

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Re: Amazon is the Walmart of the IT world

Walmart is no Amazon, but you shouldn't underestimate it, even in the e-commerce space.

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IMO, Microsoft is tremendously undervalued in the cloud space, and still seen as an AWS-Mee-too trying to defend its software business.

The pace of innovation of Azure, the willingness to work with competitors services, softwares, programming langages and platforms are often ignored or minimized. Arguably, it has an open source stack (.NET) that no one can rival and that will, sooner than later, cause a lot of pain to Java even and especially in the enterprise space, because Oracle did nothing interesting with Java.

So yes, AWS is the king, and sure, Microsoft can still improve its offerings in many ways. Nobody will be fired for signing with AWS, but some may regret ignoring the Redmond giant in the future.

Also for all the brilliance of Amazon, it isn't a strong company financially. It hasn't by far the deep pockets of Microsoft, Oracle or IBM for acquisitions or other investments. Ideally, AWS should become independent from Amazon.

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Attackers packing malware into PowerShell

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Unconvincing

Unconvincing.

An email including a document with macros won't even be delivered in most enterprises, and most computers in an enterprise setting, even smbs, won't execute macros.

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Hey Windows 10, weren't you supposed to help PC sales?

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PC makers could reinvigorate sales by actively embedding new technologies that are supported by Windows 10, such as Real3D cameras for Windows Hello, DirectX 12 stack, USB 3.1 type C and more.

Otherwise, the client, seeing her old Windows 7 PC is entitled to a free upgrade to Windows 10, won't see any reason to upgrade the hardware.

Where PC makers innovate, e.g. 2-in-1, they generally fare quite well.

Last but not least, they could ban traditional hard drives from all their configurations and replacing them with SSDs, and making them available only as an option.

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Microsoft has crafted a switch OS on Debian Linux. Repeat, a switch OS on Debian Linux

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Re: Beware the E E E effect

Really not sure this was against the Linux community.

Skype development has been a disgrace for years.

The Skype client for Windows 8 should be a case study of everything that can go wrong in software design and development.

I am amazed Microsoft did so little for so long when competitors like WhatsApp, Messenger, SnapChat, Line & Co grew tremendously quickly.

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Stop whining, America: Your LTE makes Europe look slow

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These numbers are completely different from those of OpenSignal.

http://opensignal.com/reports/2016/02/state-of-lte-q4-2015/

I would tend to believe those of OpenSignal more, as they are measured on the phones.

One could argue that Americans are disadvantaged by bad phones, but this would be astonishing.

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Microsoft acquires Xamarin: An obvious move not without risks

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The deal makes so much sense for Microsoft and for developers knowledgeable in C# and .NET.

At 400-500 million dollars, it is a steal, and has so much more potential than most of Microsoft's latest acquisitions such as Swiftkey.

The challenge for Microsoft is to fix all that is wrong with Xamarin: the bugs, the points mentioned above by Kinetic. And to make it seamless with the Universal Windows Platform in a very short time, notably converge Xamarin Forms and Microsoft XAML.

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This is why copy'n'paste should be banned from developers' IDEs

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WAT

High-end c++:

int main(){<:]()<%[](){[:>()<%}();}();}();}

From the hilarious C++ WAT presentation of Piotr Padlewski at CppCon 2015

https://youtu.be/rNNnPrMHsAA

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Scary RAM-gobbling bug in SQL Server 2014 exposed by Visual Studio online outage

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Surely this was no consolation for the victims of the two incidents, but you have to admire the transparency and level of details of Brian Harrys' two blog post detailing the incidents, their investigation and solving, and lessons learned.

Highly recommended read.

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Google ninjas go public with security holes in Malwarebytes antivirus

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Google is so hypocritical, not even fixing security bugs in older versions of Android and whatnot.

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I've been using MWB a few times, not for viruses, but for malwares that are a pain to uninstall, such as those changing your default search engine. For this at least I was always very satisfied with the software.

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NSA’s top hacking boss explains how to protect your network from his attack squads

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My guess is many if not most companies would be more secure in the cloud than on-premise.

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'Unikernels will send us back to the DOS era' – DTrace guru Bryan Cantrill speaks out

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Hypervisors aren't inherently safe

Hypervisors aren't inherently safe, even if they aim to be.

Example: http://xenbits.xen.org/xsa/advisory-148.html, a bug that has made guest OSes vulnerable for 7 years.

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Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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Re: Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

Not sure it's true.

Dell and other manufacturers have/are offering computers with Linux installed and it didn't take the world by storm.

Big enterprises can give disk images to manufacturers that will happily preinstall them on new desktop/laptop computers too.

Also I may be wrong, but it seems to me many pros, especially the younger generation, are also happy having a Mac as a unix workstation without needing Linux.

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Devil

Not sure where you live, I've been using 4G for more than a year, at a decent price, without any freebies. This Christmas in France there were offers as low as 3,99€ per month for 4G subscription.

When are you launching a kickstarter campaign for your wearable ?

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Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs

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Fair game

Fair game IMO, why would old OS be supported ad vitam eternam ?

Just compare the support of Windows to that of Android, iOS or OS X and see if its better.

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Aircraft now so automated pilots have forgotten how to fly

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Re: Pilots?

More than 30 years ago, a school friend whose father was a pilot in a big international airline, told me that the mandatory exams that pilots had to undertake every few years, were a complete joke and that cheating was the norm.

His father gave him the Playboys and other fancy magazines he had access to (can't remember if in planes or elsewhere), which he discretely sold at school, so he always had hadsome amounts of pocket money.

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2015's horror PC market dropped nine per cent

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Mix up

Please don't mix tablets and smartphones with PCs, they are different markets even if sometimes competing for the same budget.

Or why don't you add Apple Watch, Apple TV, Kindle, Kobo, Sony PlayStation4 and Microsoft Xbox while you're at it.

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Rejoice, Penguinistas, Linux 4.4 is upon us

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Re: So will 2016 be the year of Linux on the desktop?

Except for admin work & some dev/prototyping tasks, what advantages do you see in Linux on the desktop that would counter its many disadvantages (lack of support for hardware, lack of unity, lack of apps, slowness (start), uglyness - yes I know given enough time it can be the best looking OS, subpar for gaming, ...) ?

Not every Windows PC is a zombie, and as unfashionable as it is to admit it, Windows 10 is a great OS on the desktop. Yes, privacy should be by default, but privacy configuration does not take much time.

With its price and availability, there has been no barrier to entry for Linux on the desktop for many years, at least for people willing to try it or having an interest for a free desktop OS. It's even mandatory in some cases. But by and large, it seems people have voted and I don't see any recent advances that would make people change their mind to use it as their main desktop OS, except in special situations (Tails). And many people allergic to Windows and looking for a unix-like desktop OS seem content enough with OS X.

Btw I'm a FreeBSD, Linux, Raspbian & Tails user too. Just not as my primary Desktop OS.

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Longing to bin Photoshop? Rock-solid GIMP a major leap forward

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Still years away from Photoshop

I have been using Gimp as a replacement for Photoshop ever since Adobe is asking outrageous prices for a forced subscription instead of allowing to purchase the software for a very high price, an option which is in the past allowed to pay an upgrade every 3rd or 4th upgrade, which was more than enough due to the snail pace of innovation.

While I'm very thankful, Gimp is still years away from Photoshop in capabilities, ease of use, productivity and documentation, and I'm still longing for Photoshop.

I must say I'm thoroughly lusting after a Windows port of Affinity Photo on the mac: if it's as good as it seems to be, it's worth many times its 40 pounds price.

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If it still works six months from now, count yourself lucky

Sil

Never had a Mac but most of my PCs (IBM, Dell, self made) last so long they end up in recycling while still working.Biggest failure so far was a GTX 275 card which died after 4 years.

At my previous job, an IBM PC extracting data from Telext 24/7 was still working when I left, 10 years later.

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Microsoft encrypts explanation of borked Windows 10 encryption

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I did not have this issue but I didn't have to do a clean install.

Instead, I was notified the new Bitlocker was incompatible with the previous ones, so I had to unencrypt the SSD before reencrypting it with the newest version.

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'Dear Daddy...' Max Zuckerberg’s Letter back to her Father

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Article of the year

Best article of the year on The Reg!

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Apple's design 'drives up support costs, makes gadgets harder to use'

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Re: Good points

As an aside, the Web has been an excuse for most companies to go 20 years backward and present us with terribly designed web pages and native applications.

Just look at YouTube, and how terrible it is to do anything else than the most basics use. Try to go backwards when using infinite scrolling, try to change language or country, try to scroll through the long list of videos of a channel. And it's just one of many examples, WordPress which I dearly love is pure s.ht GUI wise, and I hate Microsoft becoming enamored with the hamburger.

For all their faults, Microsoft's WP7 & Windows 8 had some brilliant design ideas, such as the use of type in the GUI, that are mostly gone in Window 10 and MS new apps.

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Microsoft to world: We've got open source machine learning too

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Re: Cortana can't help you.

Did you set your region to England ?

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The Edward Snowden guide to practical privacy

Sil

The same Micah Lee has a guide to privacy in PDF:

https://freedom.press/sites/default/files/encryption_works.pdf

There are also many informations on the Tails site. https://tails.boum.org/

The question I have is, Tails team tells you that you can add an encrypted volume to your tails USB key to store your documents, hyperlinks, encryption keys and more, but that it isn't recommended.

In this case, what's the alternative ? Can one assume there is a safer cloud storage somewhere ?

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Sil

I thought there were big questions about Tor's efficiency against US agencies, notably the NSA ?

Also where did I read that most cryptography algorithms were implemented using the same big prime number, and that in all probability the NSA took advantage of the rarity to make precalculations that helped crack most keys in minutes/hours at the most.

Anyhow if someone has a recommandation for a good password manager, I'll take it.

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