* Posts by Mage

6433 posts • joined 23 Nov 2007

'Jaff' argh snakes: 5m emails/hour ransomware floods inboxes

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Training and decent IT

Nothing unusual about spam based ransomware

" Forcepoint Security Labs reports that malicious emails carrying Jaff are being cranked out at a rate of 5 million an hour on Thursday"

"The sprawling Necurs botnet went dormant around the start of the year before returning to spread Locky and more recently a pump-and-dump stock price scam. It's unclear if this week's switch to Jaff will be sustained but this likely depends on the success of the ransomware's "opening run"

The one that was opened in various NHS trusts just had the added "spread by network share bug" uncovered by NSA.

People are not only clicking on link or opening attachments, but ALSO at LEAST once clicking on OK.

Patches can be good (sometimes bad), but Training and decent IT, almost all the time is the best solution.

Mitigation:

1) Don't click on links or open attachments in email ever, unless expecting them. Hover mouse on links to see where they really go. (Training)

2) Switch off/disable/uninstall all services not used

3) Use properly configured on premises mail server appliance (free linux box and open source POP/SMTP/IMAP no need for Windows Server + Exchange) if more than three users. Mostly strip/textualise links and quarenteen attachments.

4) Only open document attachments with software that can't run macros or Active X or VBS

2 to 4 are basic IT skills. Most MCSE/MCP courses are useless. I was an MCP with over 80% score in four MCSEs. They are rubbish. Microsoft marketing.

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Amazon's Alexa is worst receptionist ever: Crazy exes, stalkers' calls put through automatically

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Baffled

If a close friend etc gave me ANY of these "home spies", they would mysteriously fail and go to recycling centre.

These things, and Google TV in present form, ought to be illegal because they are not stand-alone. Corporate spies.

Ten years ago the voice recognition performance was as good on standalone. The claim that Cloud is needed to process and improve it is distortion. They want to collect all your private information for advertising income.

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Facebook in the dock: Web giant faces trial for allegedly ripping off data center blueprints

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Re: Shaky grounds

Most patents are rubbish. This looks like no exception, but I've not seen the details. They only need to be doing one thing, not obvious to those schooled in the art, in the patent.

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Al Capone

We can't get Facebook for the obnoxious [privacy] racketeering, get them for something else.

Obviously if this has no merit facebook should "win". However it would be nice if the case does have merit.

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Uber may face criminal charges over alleged stolen self-driving tech

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It's odd

AFAIK, (Am I wrong?)

It's odd because Uber makes a loss and is part funded by Google, is part owned by Google (not majoriity) and supplies all their passenger, trip and driver info to Google (which is illegal in EU, but EU law is slow).

Is it just that Google doesn't want them to do "self driving" vehicles?

No one is an "Internet Company"

Uber has drivers, that can't work for self or anyone else. Internet only used to book.

Amazon is a retailer of books, tat, a Library subscription service, video streaming services and Hosting company (hosting pre-dates Internet by 20 years, Cloud = Marketing speak for hosting). Internet only used to connect.

AirBnB is rental agency

Lyft is a taxi company like Uber

Google is an Advertising agency that uses virtual billboards. nearly an "internet company."

I can't understand how Uber has got away with the fiction they are not a taxi company for so long.

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74 countries hit by NSA-powered WannaCrypt ransomware backdoor: Emergency fixes emitted by Microsoft for WinXP+

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Re: Hunt to blame for NHS attack

Hopefully this will renew pressure on NHS IT to find a solution to upgrade those ancient os's.

MS does still support, if you pay, I believe NHS was paying. Besides the problem in most infections is NOT lack of AV (More often cripples due to false positive) or OS version but training. Win 10 was just as vulnerable anyway.

Moving to Linux would only be temporary respite if the users are not properly trained and IT infrastructure isn't correct (Per site mail server with good rules and better firewall / proxy rules).

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Stupidity

TWENTY years ago I was training people to avoid these attacks.

Training is more important than AV.

Why are big orgs not using internal mail servers that filter stuff to the minions. Why are critical files available to users that don't know how to use email.

I know Outlook doesn't help. But it's TRAINING.

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Sweaty fitness bands fall behind as Apple Watch outpaces sales

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Niche Market

However Apple is a fashion and marketing juggernaut so is bound to do better than the others and eat them up eventually because it's a niche.

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All that free music on YouTube is good for you, Google tells music biz

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Re: Radio?

FM with quieting signal is often better than MP3 and only exceeded by DECENTLY mastered CDs. DAB and DVB "radio" audio is often lower quality.

Radio stations pay royalties, though USA stations don't pay as much.

Music in TV, Adverts or Film is seriously expensive.

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free music on YouTube doesn't deter people from paying

They would say that.

How much royalties do they pay compared with

A: European Radio Stations

B: USA Radio Stations (who ignore part of the royalties, AFAIK they don't pay "performance", only copyright holders of the music/lyrics etc).

Google's model:

Exploit users, get free content, make money from adverts.

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A bleary-eyed Microsoft wakes up after its cloud, IoT party, clears throat: 'Oh yeah, so Windows...'

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Re: Too little too late.

Can't upvote you enough.

Also GUI is terrible and the customisability of GUI is worst than Windows 3.11. Reminds me of Lisa, Windows 2.x, Gem etc.

You CAN NOT EVER have one set of GUI and applications (other than widget or trivial) for a tablet (touch only), smaller screen, TV and a workstation/laptop using mostly keyboard input.

Win10 APART from the stinking adverts and evil telemetry and nasty updates, is POO for people creating content. Making it like Andriod or iOS is stupid, because those are designed primarily for small touch screens or tablet screens mostly for consumption. There is a good reason why hitherto Chrome Books and Macs use a DIFFERENT OS.

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Space upstart plans public cloud in low Earth orbit

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VC

For some reason when I re-read this I thought of DeLorean.

It got lots of money. He told the UK the Irish Government / Shannon Development was going to approve it for the old Firenca plant at Limerick (They actually thought it was doomed or a scam and chased him).

The cars were flimsy, road vibrations caused the thin stainless steel skin to de-laminate from the real fibregrass body (thus not scaleable production). The engine was more suitable power for a regular car than a high end sports car. The cool gull wing doors were a hazard if it flipped.

It looked cool, but was the sort of thing better suited to a film set than real life.

Was he a scammer or simply stupid or something else? I don't know. He offered to site in West Belfast and create LOADS of jobs, so the UK continued to starve indigenous startups and dished him loads of money.

If this gets of the ground ( ^_^ ) it will fail.

Satellites don't need the overhead of a VM.

It's an irresponsible use of LEO.

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this stuff sounds cool?

Really?

It's nuts as a real world use compared to a boring warehouse full of "pizza box" style computers and storage.

Exactly what problem does this extremely expensive per MIPS/GByte solution solve?

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

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Re: 'world's largest flying craft' - I think not...

Saturn V flies in the sense that concrete block sitting on explosives fly. It's not a heavier than air or lighter than air, aircraft.

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Drugs, vodka, Volvo: The Scandinavian answer to Britain's future new border

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Re: Norway <-> Sweden

Also the EU decides, not May.

So UK can have cameras and no other checks on traffic into N.I. Ireland will have to check every vehicle. There will be miles of tail backs and all the minor roads closed.

They will have to build a border fence. Like between EU countries and non-EU ones in the East.

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Norway <-> Sweden

Norway <-> Sweden likely will not apply as Norway <-> EU both allows free movement of EU people and most goods.

N.I. will be a hard border harder than 1922 to 1993.

If Scotland rejoins the Eu, it will be the same.

The only people in all of EU that believe in an Ireland <-> N.I. Soft border are the Conservatives. The DUP don't believe it (they WANT a hard border).

The only way there can be a soft Ireland <-> N.I border is if there is a hard border between N.I. and UK. Unionists would not like that. I'd not entirely rule out May offering that to EU / Ireland.

Also when was last time UK did a major IT project successfully?

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Uber is a taxi company, not internet, European Court of Justice advised

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Re: I am really...

Are you moving to USA, or live in UK?

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America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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passive detonator

$2 quartz alarm clock innards

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Re: So what about the battery

It's about installing surveillance. It's MORE dangerous to have them in hold.

It's not about bombs or safety.

The screening of carry-on is more than adequate to spot a bomb.

Likely your insurance doesn't cover loss from checked in baggage?

The "Agency" can install root kits etc on gear of selected travellers, or simply take them, the user will think it's theft.

Make everyone check in baggage, so less expert targets won't realise they are a target.

This has zero additional security benefit.

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Microsoft is on the edge: Windows, Office? Naah. Let's talk about cloud, AI

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Hypocrites?

Microsoft’s CEO has warned the technology industry against creating a dystopian future, the likes of which have been predicted by authors including George Orwell and Aldous Huxley.

Satya Nadella kicked off the the company’s 2017 Build conference with a keynote that was as unexpected as it was powerful.

He told the developers in attendance that they have a huge responsibility, and that the choices they make could have enormous implications.

Hmm... Telemetry?

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Taiwan government to block Google's public DNS in favor of HiNet's

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Security?

There is no security reason.

However, privacy?

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Mozilla to Thunderbird: You can stay here and we may give you cash, but as a couple, it's over

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Re: dominate corporate email client is Outlook.

Because of corporate meeting scheduling and Exchange server. They feel they can't change.

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Modernize

A much misused term.

If they mean like current Win10 or Firefox GUI style, then absolutely no.

Someone told me Win10 was good because it was a modern style.

"Modern" just means "current fashion" and most of the time it's crap.

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Gah

When you thing of all the projects and acquisitions they have wasted time and money on.

But OTOH, look how badly they have managed Firefox.

Maybe Thunderbird and embryonic calendar needs to be adopted by LibreOffice?

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The rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

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rise of AI marks an end to CPU dominated computing

Wut?

Someone has invented Asimov's positronic* brain?

What does that even mean, considering there is no general AI, only pattern matching to big databases? OK, parts of the algorithm might use some sort off gpu, array processor or other specialised co-processor.

All still needs a conventional CPU programmed by humans.

[*World chosen because he thought it sounded more advanced than electronic, back then computers were described by the media as "electronic brains"]

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OpenWRT and LEDE agree on Linux-for-routers peace plan

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Forks and Choice

Forking can be good, sometimes it's just ego.

I never exactly understood the reason for this particular split, so I don't know.

OpenOffice -> LibreOffice, MySQL -> MariaDB, Hudson -> Jenkins forks all have one common explanation. Oracle. Actually even Davik vs JVM and C# from J++ are result of Sun/Oracle pressure and licences (J++ was too like Java, but not Java. The "full" Desktop Java is "free", but you have to licence a cut down version for phones, Sun or Oracle wouldn't agree a price for the free desktop version for phones, hence Davik. Google bought in Android)

The Linux Desktop GUI forks made sense too, as some teams drank the the worst MS & Apple "koolaid" and went for either "eye candy" or a fantasy cross device (one GUI for phone, tablet, TV and Desktop inherently is always going to be a failure). Choice between Classic Xerox 1976 principles (Older Mac OS, Win9x/Win2000 as in Mate with Redmond Theme), Ultra-flat and daft 3D eye-candy as a user preference seems a good idea.

I can understand the Systemd vs Unix Init split, even though I don't understand the details, nor know which is "right", thus choice is good.

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London app dev wants to 'reinvent the bus'

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Ulsterbus

They had those smaller buses at least 27 years ago. Like in the graphic.

Here in Ireland the bus stops have centrally controlled displays.

Swiss buses have live info displays on board.

What are these people smoking?

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Michael Dell? More like Michael in-Dell-nial: No public cloud, no future

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Public cloud is a threat to civilisation!

As more stuff that SHOULDN'T be outsourced, gets outsourced by bean counters we will reach a tipping point.

Yes, a Cloud service might be more reliable. But if in house fails you only lose ONE bank, or wholesaler, or retailer, or Mobile operator (billing). The Cloud has too much monoculture and will be too few providers.

I just read a pre-release review copy of No Silver Lining. It's set slightly in the future of fewer cloud providers and most Point of Sale, Banking, Mobile Billing, supplier ordering etc all outsourced to the cloud.

The scenario is patches rushed out (by separate organisations) for servers and routers. A perfect storm of stupidity. We have ALREADY seen these sorts of failures, but not enough is outsourced yet to make it serious.

How many Cloud failures so far have been:

a) DDOS

b) Other Cyberwarfare attacks

c) Misconfiguration by human

d) Automatic update patches that were not tested properly.

Most that I find searching here are in c and d categories. I think only a couple of significant DDOS and they by nature are limited.

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What doesn't Dell have? A public cloud

Why should they?

It's like asking why doesn't Tesco own McDonalds.

Or why don't Unilever, Nestle, Heinz-Kraft only run restaurants. Eating out will never replace eating at home.

1) Inevitably there will be a small number of Cloud sellers = Hosted Services. They need massive private international fibre networks, that's why there will only be a small number of vendors of hosted services.

2) It's a completely different market to selling mostly hardware.

3) HW sales will not go away. Clouds need client equipment.

4) HW sales will not go away. Much IT should NEVER be on the so called Cloud.

5) Setting up datacentres, global networking, managing services etc is quite different to making storage arrays, servers and PCs.

6) No doubt the laptop, PC, Server and storage markets are challenging. They won't go away and doing something unrelated you know nothing about is no solution.

Apple has had iTunes since before iPhone. It made the iPod successful (which was very late to market MP3 player). Phones and tablets are a consumer commodity product. I expect Apple to try and sell their cloud services to non-Apple users. Dell abandoned their phone and tablet lines and Apple has maxed out. Apple's not Dell's future is in Cloud services. Apple has been doing this for 16 years.

IBM disposed of their PC, Laptop and then x86 server business, but really before the x86 was unexpectedly a success for them, their mainframe business was about selling on site managed hosting / services. The Cloud is just that at a datacentre (warehouse of pizza box style computers instead of a single mainframe shared) via the Internet. Nothing new.

SoundJam MP, developed by Bill Kincaid and released by Casady & Greene in 1998,[6] was renamed iTunes when Apple purchased it in 2000. Jeff Robbin, Kincaid, and Dave Heller moved to Apple as part of the acquisition, where they continue to work today as the software's original developers. They simplified SoundJam's user interface, added the ability to burn CDs, and removed its recording feature and skin support. On January 9, 2001, iTunes 1.0 was released at Macworld San Francisco

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America's mystery X-37B space drone lands after two years in orbit

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Space Shuttle returned any satellites

The shuttles did a LOT of "classified missions". The US military had a big input on the design.

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Possible surveillance

Unlike a satellite it can more easily change orbit. It comes back to get refuelled.

One application is possibly to spot the location of UPLINKS of two-way data, especially ones that use privately rented transponders rather than regular ISP ground-stations.

Anyway not just optical surveillance, which can certainly count albatrosses people. Likely all kinds of RF. UHF stuff that is less than 1 km on the ground can easily be monitored from low earth orbit. Check out what a "ham" needs to chat to a "ham" on ISS.

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Facebook is abusive. It's time to divorce it

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LinkedIn

They should be prosecuted out of existence for pressuring people to not only share all their personal info (beyond what is sensible for a job) AND WORST the new user's ADDRESS BOOK / Email account.

Massive spammers.

Also insecure so it can be used to spread malware too.

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Re: The problem is...

The OTHER problem is OTHER people posting YOUR info and photos etc on WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube etc.

Or their children.

That should be illegal.

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Pintrest

A walled garden copyright violator. You need to sign up to see anything, It's nearly impossible to click on images' original source. It's a parasite.

Wordpress might in theory be able to replace Facebook, or if the info is ONLY for friends/relatives just use email!

Anyone used password protected / subscriber only pages on Wordpress to make parts private to family?

Certainly for a school / business/ charity /broadcaster it's less than $100 a year to have a domain and hosting and setup up your own wordpress copy.

I'm baffled at organisations that ALREADY have a huge IT dept and web sites with user content sections promoting Twitter and Facebook. (BBC, RTE etc)

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US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

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Copyright duration

Life of ACTUAL creator (not the company employeer) + 25 years is ample.

50 years is too little if you are 18 and life + 50 years is too much.

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set up a DMCA takedown system

There are another issues with DMCA.

1) I refuse to engage with it because it is USA Law that may be in conflict with International conventions.

2) It is used by nefarious websites to insulate themselves from violated copyright holders.

3) It's awkward to use.

I've seen a site that is scraping every ebook published, though I suspect most of the content is the x% free sample promoted as full book. Any attempt to contact them simply enters a generic DMCA page/site.

No I'm not talking about Google Books, though that is evil as they are putting up entire books (without permission) as if a library, and allowing access to a limited number of pages. Using a bot you could acquire the entire book, much easier than going around many different libraries using the "fair use" of photocopy a portion for study etc.

OCR of the images is trivial.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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Mate High DPI

The setting you need to change is rather hidden, but it's there and support for 300dpi is fine.

System -> Control Panel -> Appearance Preferences -> Fonts -> Details

Then change DPI. A bigger number makes EVERYTHING bigger, so even if display is 90 dpi, but your eyes are bad (or screen further away), you can set it to say 200 dpi and everything, not just fonts is larger.

Similarly if your display is "really" 133 dpi and you are happy with your reading glasses, or have the screen closer, you can lie and set it to say 96 dpi, or what ever lets you read an A4 page on 1080 lines comfortably.

LibreOffice has a setting to to use smaller or larger everything, so as a compromise I set desktop to a lie to fit more in, LibreOffice Writer to smaller GUI and then set View to 125% or 133% !

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Spend your paper £5 notes NOW: No longer legal tender after today

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£5 note issued in 1957 had a strong purchasing power

Such irrelevance.

In 1957 the wages were not very many £5, maybe on average two fivers per week.

"The average weekly wage was £7.50 – adding up to annual earnings of £390 – and, at £2,000, the average house price was just under five times this figure. Today houses are twice as expensive."

House prices are high because Governments stopped building council houses maybe 30 years ago. Mortgages are easier to get and a lower percentage deposit is required. From 1870s to 1930 the problem of "slums" was discussed, but after the Luftwaffe did the slum clearance in the 1940s very many houses were built by Government.

OTH Radio:

A 50" 4K TV in real terms is not much different in price to a decent 1950s radio. Today you can't actually buy a decent radio, unless it's in the car dashboard or built in to a phone.

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

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Crowdsourced coverage

It's self selected and by definition often is in areas with coverage. So what ever it reports the reality is worse.

The "scientific" drive testing can also be hopelessly unrealistic and like operator maps paints a better picture than reality because the samples are not big enough and usually outdoors.

So take the worst data of all three and assume reality is worse. Time of day and day of week is also a major issue.

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Today's bonkers bug report: Microsoft Edge can't print numbers

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PDF in a Browser?

Nutty idea anyway. I disable that on any browser, save PDF and use a REAL PDF viewer (that's secure and won't access internet, or cause browser to freeze due to enormous size).

I don't use Edge, but really this bug wouldn't bother me.

Windows: Foxit (Or Ghostview to extract images)

Linux: Xreader

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First cardboard goggles, now this: Google's cardboard 'DIY AI' box powered by an RPi 3

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Re: It's the "disappointing" part of the hype cycle

It's like 3D TVs (actually Stereoscopic) and LED TVs (actually LCD), except real prototype 3D displays existed (not just holographic, but tilted spinning ground glass in a tube) and real LED displays exist, yet NONE of these speech interfaces actually use AI. They are Voice to Text and huge databases + algorithm.

Maybe someone will figure out real AI, but this is not it. This is 20 year old tech with a better database and cheaper hardware.

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systemd-free Devuan Linux hits RC2

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Good news

Choice is good even if you want systemd

It's good if you don't want systemd

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Windows 10 S forces Bing, Edge on your kids. If you don't like it, get Win10 Pro – Microsoft

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Re: Cheapskates

I have here a Lenovo X201 "tablet" laptop. A touch screen is vital for a tablet and pointless on a laptop, unless it converts to a tablet (which the X201 does). However an OS GUI AND ALL ITS APPLICATIONS really needs to be designed for Touch or keyboard / mouse. No-one has ever convincingly done both in the same application and GUI.

The X201 came with Win7 pro. Its owner was disgusted when it upgraded to Win 10. The screen is touch AND a Wacom tablet. So the screen works well for arty stuff, or folded as a tablet for a specialist touch application.

It's of zero advantage on Win7 or Win10 for web, email, wordprocessing, spreadsheet, etc as a laptop. Most applications are unusable with it as a tablet.

So I can't see the point of a touch screen laptop unless it has screen folding into a tablet and has two GUIs and two sets of applications for common stuff.

Oh the X201 works much better with Linux Mint. WiFi, Touch, ethernet, screen rotation, Wacom all just worked.

I have a tablet, hardly use it as the Android applications are too limited. I either use my Sony Z1 phone or my newer Lenovo E460 laptop. Which is half the price (or less) of the flagship MS touch laptop or any decent Apple laptop. It's not a budget E460 either, but full RAM, i5 and AMD GPU. Linux Mint + Mate + Redmond + Wine, and used once "XP on OpenBox VM"

Trying to figure a use for the X201, to justify keeping it!

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Win32

I upgraded from an old XP 32bit laptop to a new shiny 64bit Laptop with Win10. I paid extra for Win7, because Win10 was horrible GUI and wouldn't run most of my existing windows only software.

Win7 wouldn't either:

1) It didn't want to even install ANY 16 bit windows software.

2) Some Win32 wouldn't install.

3) The majority of the Win32 SW (Windows only and often no new version) wouldn't work at all after install. Both CAE and games.

So I installed Linux Mint Mate Desktop Redmond theme as Dual boot and mounted the NTFS partition as <usernname>_files in "home". Most of the old stuff that wouldn't work on Win7 or Win10 works on Wine, latest versions Digiguide and Notepad++ work on Wine. All the newer stuff had Linux native versions (Eagle, Calibre, Putty, FileZilla, LibreOffice, various planetarium SW, Firefox. Thunderbird, Inkscape, The Gimp) or equivalent functionality software. Fortunately I no longer need to run Sage. I used PSP7 rather than Photoshop, but had been learning The Gimp on Windows anyway.

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Re: Hmm ChromeOS

No one is "locked" into chrome. There are however programs important to institutions and business that have been used 20 years+ and are sadly still only on Windows. Not as many though.

There are plenty of Windows users that have no choice. Fortunately I'm no longer in that demographic. Stopped using Windows in December 2016. Windows 7 spending too long on updates and Windows 10 is like a bad version of Lisa or early monochrome all in one 68000 Mac, Gem and Windows 2.0 or Windows 286. WFWG 3.11 with win32s was better than Win10 garbage.

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Amazon tweaks so-called 'assisted suicide' publishing contracts to ink EU deal

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Re: 10% of Amazon's total annual turnover

Yes, supposedly due to buying companies and expanding AWS (daa centres, so called cloud) and never making profit, how come Jeff Bezos is heading to being a trilionaire?

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Amazon Bad Practices

They are BOTH a publisher and Retailer.

They push publishing contracts that give them Retail Exclusivity. That is plain wrong. It would be like WH Smith owning Penguin and Penguin books only in WH Smith shops.

Also they should offer any DRM content in Adobe ePub as as well as Kindle format, though I think DRM is pointless and ought to be illegal.

I'm an author. I make sure my titles are DRM free and available on all electronic platforms as well as paper, though I'm a bit behind on getting some titles on some platforms.

Amazon has the potential to destroy all other publishers, wipe out all non-Kindle eInk eReaders etc.

Why were they allowed to buy Mobi, Goodreads, IMDB, CreateSpace (two companies merged), ABE books, Book Depositary, Audible and others?

The list of companies Amazon has acquired since 1998 and their marketing practices are frightening.

KDP Select robs Authors of other outlets.

Amazon Prime is a pernicious subscription system.

Why can't you use a Kindle eReader without an Account? Why does changing account erase all the non-DRM (and also public domain) books on a Kindle? Kobo ereader has this obnoxious property too, except you can make an account without payment feature.

Where do I lock my Kindle from purchases so I can lend it (even when it has NO bought books) without people buying books on my account?

Why does Parental control hide everything not purchased from Amazon?

Why does the Android Kindle App report to Amazon (even if not being used, so I use Aldiko ereader and use Calibre to convert to ePub).

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Booze stats confirm boring Britain is drying

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Re: Non-drug distractions

Allegedly Facebook works as a contraceptive too.

I can't verify this, due to not being a fertile female or a Facebook user.

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Re: Possible reasons

Student drinkers?

At current cost of education and drinks, I'd bet few students can afford an alcoholic haze.

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Apple leaks new thinner, lighter iPad ... revenues

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Other Products group ... boosted revenues by 31 per cent

Other Products group, a category that includes the Apple Watch and Apple TV, boosted revenues by 31 per cent to $2.87bn year-over-year.

What else is in that? It can't be the Apple Watch selling well, and the mis-named Apple TV is just a streaming box. A Roku or Kodi based something is better?

So they are nearly flat on iPhone now.

iPad is dying (if you really want a tablet, there is as good at 1/2 price with easier access to your own files).

I guess Mac sales are up because Win 10 is so awful.

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