* Posts by Schultz

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Boffins pull off quantum leap in true random number generation

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Re: True randomness, but ....

Thanks for the answer ... I guess I'll have to read the full article to understand which assumptions remain :).

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True randomness, but ....

as any claim for random number generation, this one is based on underlying assumptions about physical reality and our understanding thereof. You can always postulate hidden variables that would destroy the randomness (when we eventually understand and predict those hidden variables).

Alternatively, you can trust our current understanding of physics and build much simpler quantum detection devices. Avalanche amplification of tunneling events (cf. http://iank.org/trng.html or similar) is a sensible approach. The devil, of course, is in the details of the implementation.

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Skype for Business has nasty habit of closing down… for business

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"For those that (for one reason or another) can't migrate to a 64-bit version of Windows"

So that reason would be the Microsoft licensing restriction when upgrading earlier Windows versions? Or is there another reason we should be aware of?

Anyways, the problem seems to be based in some lazy programmer choices. At least they are open about it.

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'Our way or the highway' warranty scams shot down by US watchdog: It's OK to use unofficial parts to repair your gear

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Re: Will no one think of the printers?

Everybody thinks about printers:

http://mobile.gmarket.co.kr/Search/Search?topKeyword=Ink%20cartridge

https://m.aliexpress.com/wholesale/Ink-cartridge.html?keywords=Ink-cartridge

Local rules and regulations may apply... So check with your federal trade commission before ordering.

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Terix boss thrown in the cooler for TWO years for peddling pirated Oracle firmware, code patches

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Re: Well done, well done

It is unclear to me why the support company requires the licence. If the customers had properly licensed oracle software running, would they not have a right to download and apply the patches? The support company may then take over the hassle of performing the patching but actually never runs the oracle software on its own computers.

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Is there alien life out there? Let's turn to AI, problem solver du jour

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Re: Is there anything neural networks can do?

There are definitely very few problems where you can't swap a computer algorithm for another computer algorithm (aka AI) and collect fresh grant money/investment.

When I count the headlines, I have to wonder which is th bigger bubble: bitcoins or AI?

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What's silent but violent and costs $250m? Yes, it's Lockheed Martin's super-quiet, supersonic X-plane for NASA

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Re: Only $247.5m?

This is just an exploratory project, so I expect that they'll be allowed to glue a long nose onto an existing military propulsion system. Also, from the pictures, I'd expect this to be a small scale model, so the pilot and copilot will have to stand in for first and second class passengers.

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No Falcon Way: NASA to stick with SLS, SpaceX more like space ex

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It's about government control

Due to obvious military applications, rocket technology used to be under government control. Musk and co. change the rules of the game, but it'll take a while until a new division of labor is established.

I don't see the parallel development of different rockets as a problem -- the bigger question is whether the NASA is still capable to properly plan and budget their projects. Falcon heavy was late and over budget -- but you could expect that for rocket science done by amateurs, starting from scratch. NASA supposedly has all the know-how already. Or did all the competent engineers move to private industry by now?

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F-35B Block 4 software upgrades will cost Britain £345m

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WTF?

£7.67bn ($10.8bn) for software development

Wow. Let's hope they don't pay the code by the line.

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Probe: How IBM ousts older staff, replaces them with young blood

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While they are doing their house-cleaning...

they should re-imagine their brand and sell the 'IBM' moniker to Lenovo. Gotta do it quick, those brand values are fickle things.

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Prez Trump's $60bn China tariff plan to hit tech, communications, aerospace industries

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... China does not play by the same rules ...

Whereas the western countries always played by the same rules, ensuring equal and fair treatment of everyone involved?

Except, they didn't. Check the history books, start with colonialism if you want some egregious examples. That's why the WTO made such a big difference: finally some countries agreed on some common rules and it made all the difference for trade.

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US Congress quietly slips cloud-spying powers into page 2,201 of spending mega-bill

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Re: I can't see what the problem is..

The law specifies the oversight required before data can be collected and shared. The problem occurs if there is no proper oversight and some bureaucrats can do whatever they want with whatever data they find.

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Brit MPs chide UK.gov: You're acting like EU data adequacy prep is easy

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"The EU obviously can't allow one of the founders... to leave"

You are mistaken. Some countries (e.g. Germany) have strong federalistic traditions. From that point of view, it is bizarre that a country can force its regions to stay (Catalonia, Basque country,...). When Bavaria and Baden Würtenberg considered skipping out of the Federal Republic in the late 80s, the discussion was not about whether they can, but only whether is would be practical, sensible, and economically advantageous.

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BOOM! Cambridge Analytica explodes following extraordinary TV expose

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Re: Popcorn

I heard that Great Britain has quite restrictive laws concerning slander. Maybe the CA data vault will deliver rich pickings for British law firms. I'll cheer for the bad guys on this one. No, the other bad guys, silly!

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Intel: Our next chips won't have data leak flaws we told you totally not to worry about

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Multicore, multiprocessor architectures in the future

We'll probably end up with less memory sharing and the ability of processes to reserve a core+memory for their security relevant processes. Is there really another way to solve this issue? Finally a good reason to build seriously parallel processor architectures.

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Stephen Hawking dies, aged 76

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If life gives you lemons, make lemonade

Stephen Hawking showed us what you can do with your mind, even if life gives you a really, really hard time. Let him remain an inspiration for generations to come.

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Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud

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"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."

(A.C. Clarke)

In this case, the investors just followed the money, assuming someone else had checked the magic. Holmes was happy to lead them along.

Technology will continue to give us great advances in medical diagnostics and treatment, but it takes a lot of work and time to make each little step. Theranos promised it all at once and right now -- that's usually not how science progresses.

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There's more to blockchain than dodgy cryptocurrencies

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Cambrian explosion kind of moment ... being Teutonic about it

How invigorating, as Teutonic being, to be related with trilobites and echinoderms.

Concerning that blockchain technology, I would personally wait until it reaches the Silurian period - I like my creatures with some backbone and that was notably absent in the Cambrian.

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Boffins discover chemistry that could have produced building blocks of life in space

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Oh, the hyperbole

Those polyaromatic hydrocarbons (Pyrenees, etc.) are the thermodynamically (energetically) favored species when you heat carbon rich mixtures. Think candle soot, Diesel engine, etc. This is like the house of cards in its collapsed state - really easy to make if you have cards and gravity. I assume there must be something else in the paper to make it interesting.

And a molecule of life, it isn't. Those typically contain oxygen and nitrogen in addition to carbon an hydrogen and they are much more fragile. That's why dinosaurs readily turn into coal (=PAH), but coal rarely turns into a dinosaur.

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US Supremes take a look at Microsoft's Irish email slurp battle, and yeah, not a great start

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'congress should have a look at the issue'

I guess there is one way the judges can ensure that congress will get its act together: completely block access of US law enforcement to any data stores outside the US. Congressmen would be working in it Tomorrow.

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At last, sex trafficking brought to an end with US House vote on new internet law (Yeah, right)

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The possessive is hitting again

Or the possessive is is hitting again? Anyways, long live 's, it's entertainment for the ages' ...

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NRA gives FCC boss Ajit Pai a gun as reward for killing net neutrality. Yeah, an actual gun

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Comparing guns to cars ...

there is the little issue, that cars generate (facilitate) a good fraction of GDP by transporting persons and goods to the place where they are needed. Guns seem to have a somewhat smaller economic impact -- except in those exceptional cases of war, where the GDP tends to take the bullet (so to speak).

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

I agree with the OP. Youtube doesn't claim to perform journalistic quality control but merely provides a platform to share content. If you want trustworthy news, then there are a number of journalistic outlets that work hard at earning your trust by providing well researched news, day in and day out.

The issue is the illiteracy of the wider population. People choose to believe a YouTube video from a random sourse over serious journalism. This reveals an issue with the education of those believers and not so much about the random source.

You come to the Register to read news, serious comments and bullshit. The bullshit filter in your head helps to separate the thought-inspiring comments from the jokes. If that filter breaks down, it's you who has a problem and not The Register.

Educate the people, don't try to censor free speech.

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Bright idea: Make H when the Sun shines, and H when it doesn't

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"... when the Sun shines, and when it doesn't"

So in some 5 billion years, when the sun stops shining, this technology will really shine!

Oh, you mean _where_ the sun doesn't shine? Must have misread that part.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: Are there, really, any enjoyable applications of the five whys?

German Sesame Street song: Der, die, das, wieso, weshalb, warum...

English Sesame Street song: The, the, the, why, why, why...

(seen here).

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Boffins upload worm's brain into a computer, teach it tricks

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They promised us a human brain...

(for a modest billion euros, cf. Human Brain Project) and now they deliver a nematode? Oh the humility is truly superhuman!

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Bruce Perens wants to anti-SLAPP Grsecurity's Brad Spengler with $670,000 in legal bills

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Mixed reality

He jumped down the hole and now the rabbit has to dance. That's what happens when you discover the magic land where an hour's harvest feeds the family for a year. Just don't tell the queen for thou shalt be judged.

Manfrommars, can you proofread that for me?

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Shopper f-bombed PC shop staff, so they mocked her with too-polite tech tutorial

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...I've seen people manage to force CD/DVD drives shut with two discs in the tray...

That's nothing. Our DVD player happily played the lower disk in the stack -- so my kids were quire surprised when the mechanism got stuck on disk #3 or #4. I had to seriously disassemble the device before I could unstack those disks.

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Blockchain bros' London powwow: Regulation, education, oversaturation

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"this thought of throwing blockchain at everything is absurd... "

On the contrary, it's the obvious solution to the longstanding problem number 2:

1) Have an idea

2) ???

3) Become Rich!

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Stripe in Bitcoin hype flight while fans blindly gobble up crypto-cash

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Bitcoin became an investment object...

But it has no property that would make it a sensible investment: there is no inherent value behind bitcoins and there is no business behind it that would create value & profit.

So what will happen once the value of a bitcoin falls below the electricity cost for mining one? Will the whole thing break down once the bit chain stops getting updated? It'll happen as soon as the investors get scared - a Bit Black Monday.

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Intellectual Property Office drops, er, patently cool cartoon to teach kids about trademarks

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"A basic understanding of IP and a respect for others' IP rights is therefore a key life skill."

And I just told my son that it's nice if to share with his little sister. Guess I haven't been teaching the life skills for the 21st century.

So in the future, we'll have regular family court sessions instead. I might directly litigate my wife's blatant copying of The Spaghetti Sauce Recipe (C) and I am sure the kids will get creative litigating damages for 'you totally stole that idea from me'.

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Upset Equation Editor was killed off? Now you can tell Microsoft to go forth and multiply: App back from the dead

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How to patch MS Office equation editor

I am one of those guys exasperated by the thought of retyping hundreds of equations for the next lecture. So I patched the EE based on the 0patch guide and I'll post my comments on the process here.

It took me some minutes to find the required EQNEDT32.EXE version 2017.8.14.0 on one of my computers. Desperate users can also find the files online. The rest of the patching process was painless.

It may be possible to substitute EE patching with installation of the freeware MathType -- something not mentioned in the ElReg article. A comment on the 0patch blog states: "... we recommend Equation Editor users download and install the MathType 30-day trial. After the trial period, it becomes MathType Lite, which is free forever, has essentially the same features as Equation Editor, and will receive the same security updates as a MathType registered version." I didn't try it, but maybe someone else could comment on the functionality of MathType lite.

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Hawaiian fake nukes alert caused by fat-fingered fumble of garbage GUI

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Confirmation checkbox needed

Make sure the user will think about it:

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Ice cliffs found on Mars and NASA says they’re a tap for astronauts

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...surely the density will be the same as the density on earth? h2o is h2o init?

Oh my, where to start. As you can see in the phase diagram, there are multiple forms of frozen ice, helpfully enumerated with Roman numbers from I to XV. But I guess for practical purposes, this type of density change is quite negligible if your water might be 90% of whatever they sell for sand up there on Mars.

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FBI says it can't unlock 8,000 encrypted devices, demands backdoors for America's 'public safety'

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"How did they approach such crimes before electronic devices?"

They don't worry about old-fashioned physical crime. We live in a brave new world and have to deal with thoughtcrime. OK, try again, we live in 1984 and ... no, that's not right either.

Laugh if you like, but when they try to ferret out potential terrorists they are looking for thoughcrime. Should you stop crime before it happens? Should you lock up bad people before they do bad things? The consensus seems to move towards a yes. China serves as an example that prosperity and progress are possible despite intrusive government. Most of us feel safe that our democratic societies won't turn on us, so it's OK if they first go for the terrorists. Orwell lived in a time closer to the nazi and communist regimes and saw freedom fighters instead of terrorists -- some things are in the eye of the beholder. I expect our western societies to become less freedom-focused unless/until people see negative consequences (i.e., Things That Go Wrong as they did in the first half of 20th century).

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Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

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...left out the caps lock LED...

What is that caps lock you are talking about? I don't have such a function on my Windows or Linux computers.

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It gets worse: Microsoft’s Spectre-fixer wrecks some AMD PCs

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I regularly see one or more [..] machines in the household receive patches days before the rest.

Welcome to the exclusive Guinea Pig program. You receive early updates with exciting functions -- it's fun for the whole family! I, for one, am grateful that you perform this very important role. Keep it up, and don't forget to yell at MS if you find any issues before Tuesday!

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Magic Leap blows our mind with its incredible technology... that still doesn't f**king exist

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Re: Hololens with lightfield simulation

I spot a little problem with your 'simulated lightfield': if it is simulated than it is not real and nobody will see it. Better go with real light. That one interfaces really well with those light sensors in the human head.

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come on, be fair...

They created a great virtual product. It's so good that thousands of investors think it's real! Then there is the money, 6 G$, that surely is real. Enough to warp space time and bend people's minds. Awesome!

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Fridge killed my baby? Mag-field radiation from household stuff 'boosts miscarriage risk'

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MF - EMF - WTFMF

They measured magnetic field exposure with a 'Emdex lite' device. The data sheet gives a frequency range though, so they are really talking about electromagnetic fields.

I browsed the paper and, boy, do they have a lot off caveats on how they split up the exposure groups, and how they ascertained that the single measurement day was 'typical'. I am almost willing to bet that the effect will vanish in the upcoming Big study where someone will look at a large population (for better statistical significance). There is also always the possibility that certain lifestyles lead to higher exposure and higher stress -- and therefore crate correlation without causation.

I have worked in labs next to Serious magnets. We considered that running the NMR was one of the safest things a pregnant synthetic chemist could do. Let's see if that changes. I guess we all know that EM radiation can cause skin cancer if you forget to put on the sunscreen. Let's see where this one goes, it's a big Nature paper, so it'll be properly scrutinized.

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FCC douses America's net neutrality in gas, tosses over a lit match

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"... give everything possible to people who didn't do anything for it ..."

Sometimes giving something away will make you richer. Your example is perfect: "free college educations to illegal immigrants" creates a more productive workforce, GDP growth, richer society, ... everybody wins.

Well, except if you want to define your well-being through your status compared to the rest of society. Suddenly some of those l̶a̶z̶y̶ hardworking immigrants will move up the ladder and make you look bad. Think of Sergey Brin, Elon Musk, or George Soros. They didn't deserve their success, because their ancestors were not on the first boat making it to American shores, right? But your alternative is a static society where the Haves keep what they have and the Have Nots stay in their place. I bet the Egyptian Pharao felt really good -- a god at the top of the world -- until he died of those ringworms. I'll take that socialized medicine instead, TYVM.

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Kentucky lawmaker pushes smut filter law (update: maybe not)

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...allow Kentuckians to have the blocks lifted, but only after paying a $20 fee...

Good idea. It's like that public television fee ("GEZ") you have to pay in Germany to watch TV. Or to not watch TV, because they found it's too much hassle to figure our who is watching stuff online. So, Kentucky, go ahead and make it a compulsory fee -- use it to fund 'quality entertainment'.

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Microsoft asks devs for quantum leap of faith

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... a computer that computes in a billion parallel universes at the same time... -- NOT

You could say that our universe calculates itself. Exactly. Exclusively. Every particle (atom, molecule, ...) is continually solving it's Hamiltonian in real time, including all perturbations from the rest of the universe. You want to calculate another universe, you need another universe.

That's how those things scale.

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Euro Patent Office ignores ruling and refuses entry to vindicated judge

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Speaking from a position of total ignorance ...

you might want to read up on the background of the story before making ignorant comments. Otherwise what is your point? Are you disappointed that 'a quality news outlet' doesn't share your ignorance?

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European Commission intervenes in Microsoft Irish data centre spat

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Time for clarity...

Should your cloudy data be accessible by:

- only you,

- your government, based on your residence,

- your government, based on your nationality,

- a government based on the residence of your service provider,

- all the governments that ask nicely, or forcefully,

- everybody?

We used to have some idealistic notions in the 'Western World' that everybody should have a right to privacy and some protection against arbitrary persecution. Our governments now make it quite clear, that their ideal societies don't require such niceties. Fair play, after all, is only important if you want to denounce the other players. Maybe it'll come back when/if China is identified as serious competitor in the international PR wars.

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FCC boss Ajit defends axing net neutrality by… attacking Cher

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He's a lawyer...

so he argues his points. Unfortunately, there is no judge to call him out on his off-topic nonsense arguments.

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Munich council finds €49.3m for Windows 10 embrace

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"They'll be back."

Nah, a number of careers will depend on 'making this work', so it will work. On paper at least. They'll probably allow some special cases to stay with Linux, just like they retained Windows over all those years.

As far as I know my German politics, this is an issue of people yelling we need to update our IT infrastructure / hardware /... and the people in charge deciding that this is the perfect moment to get a bottom-up review. Deciding on a fundamental change then suddenly unlocks all that money that, otherwise, would not have been available. Everybody wins (a new computer).

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Re: €49.3m for Windows 10

I guess they'll buy computers for the money?

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10 years of the Kindle and the curious incident of a dog in the day-time

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I really liked my Kindle ...

but exactly two years after purchase, it decided that the warranty period was over and refused to move beyond the screensaver. I loved the battery life, beat my Samsung phone by months. But the life span of the Samsung beat the Kindle by years.

An outdated phone and a dead Kindle, which one to replace?

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While you're preparing to carve Thanksgiving turkey, the FCC will be slicing into net neutrality

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... the age old one about capitalism vs socialism

That statement completely misses the point. Both capitalist and socialist societies are based on rules and laws. If you dream about a world without those, then you speak about anarchism.

The question is whether you worry about overly burdensome laws or about monopolistic company behavior. Seems like a lot of the US ISPs earned a negative reputation for monopolistic tendencies (pushing products that are good for their bottom line to a captive audience and not competing with the offers the customers want).

I hope you guys figure that one out, the rest of the world is watching...

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