* Posts by Snowy

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Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster

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Re: Well done Samsung

What will be more interesting will be when someone add up the cost of the "bill of materials" and we see how much markup there is.

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Re: re: The cheaper model has the fingerprint reader mounted on the side of the phone

No I think "floodgate" is not quite right, it will be creasegate!

Northern UK smart meter rollout is too slow, snarls MPs' committee

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Smart metres is an EU directive

Like a lot of EU directives the UK is doing while quite a large part of the rest of the EU just ignores. Germany has only just started and they are only doing it for " large consumers with average annual consumption in excess of 10,000 kWh "

[quote]

This threshold will be lowered to 6,000 kWh in 2020, which applies to approximately 15% of electricity consumers. With over 50 million metering endpoints nationwide, this will result in the installation of around 7.5 million smart meters across Germany. The majority of German households will remain unaffected, given average consumption hovers around 3,500 kWh.[/quote]

Taken from https://www.smart-energy.com/magazine-article/germany-moving-ahead-smart-meter-rollout-plans/

Given we are leaving the EU we can should not have to install smart metres any more.

You know the drill: SAP has asked Joe Public to name Munich arena so go forth and be very silly

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Name it like SAP

S*** and P***, Some think it is S*** and it make others what to p***

I am just a mapper: Solar drones take to the skies above Blighty

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Re: Just because you're paranoid...

In keeping with your name I would assume they would use dropbears, just load then up in some guided dart and your done!

From Red Planet to deep into the red: Suicidal extrovert magnet Mars One finally implodes

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Guess that means

No Gardeners World Mars Edition then...

Not heard owt bad about Huawei, says EU Commish infosec bod

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Could name any other country.

[quote]"There are no compelling reasons that I can see to do business with the Chinese, so long as they have the structure in place to reach in and manipulate or spy on their customers. Those who are charging ahead blindly and embracing the Chinese technology without regard to these concerns may find themselves in a disadvantage in dealing with us."[/quote]

You could change Chinese to any other country and it is just as valid!

Happy Satellite Collision Day! It is 10 years since Russia and Iridium got too close for comfort

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Re: Rubbish....

Aye because the last thing we need in the upper atmosphere is more pollution.

Intel to finally scatter remaining ashes of Itanium to the wind in 2021: Final call for doomed server CPU line

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That is quite some lead time

[quote]In a notice [PDF] sent out to vendors earlier this week, Intel said that the Itanium 9700 series would take its final order on January 30 of 2020 with the final shipment date to take place on July 29, 2021.[/quote]

18 months wait for delivery for a processor which will be by then over 4 years old, given this and how it failed does make me wonder who would still want to buy them.

Whats(goes)App must come down... World in shock as Zuck decides to intertwine Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp

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Re: "...end-to-end encryption will be carried over from WhatsApp to all three apps"

Yes you are told before this happens but there is no option to backup and stay encrypted!

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Re: Let's see here...

Or if you browse any web site with a facebook like icon, unless you block its script that is.

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Re: "...end-to-end encryption will be carried over from WhatsApp to all three apps"

Already is if you use it on Android and backup your messages to your Google mail account. The messages are not encrypted when they are backed up.

Arrcus looks to 400G future, Tonga stuck on satellite connection, and Linux Foundation's new edge computing effort

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Looked at the headline

Was thinking it is a bit soon to start talking up 400G when the telecoms companies have not done 5G let alone competed 4G :O

Florida man's deadliest catch forces police to evacuate Taco Bell

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Many lives where saved

With the temporary closure of the Taco Bell!

Users fail to squeak through basic computer skills test. Well, it was the '90s

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Re: Not sure...

While I agree water would not harm the mouse plugging it in with water inside is not going to do it much good.

A picture tells a 1,000 words. Pixels pwn up to 5 million nerds: Crims use steganography to stash bad code in ads

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Re: Simple solution

I agree Ads should not need to run a extra cade in order to be displayed. If the ad wants to animate/play sound/expor get bigger when moused over I would think that the browser already is able to do this without needing extra code.

All that should sent is picture/sound/URL and nothing more.

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Should be easy to ban

Surely this should be easy for the filters catch, if the code that comes with the ad is reading data from a image then the block it.

There is no good reason to read data from a image.

Intel applies hobnailed boot to countries where its men and women workers aren't paid the same

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Re: Sure

If "she" or even a "he" as only just started and is performing the same as someone who as been in the jobs years then I see no reason why they should get paid less.

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Sure

[quote]By this it means, "on average", equal pay for equal work in the same or similar roles after accounting for things like "tenure, performance, time at grade level" et cetera.[/quote]

Sure they are "not", things like tenure and time at grade level should not be a factor in pay. If your doing the same job and your performance is the same you should get the same pay it should not matter how long you have been there, or how long you have been doing that job. The only thing that should matter is how well you do it.

Including things like "tenure and time at grade level" is going to tend to hit women (yes some men do instead) due to them mostly being the ones you may take a break from work to raise children.

Straight outta Blighty: Readers, if you were a tech billionaire, what would you do?

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Re: Harrumph

Nope having any red meat in sausages will get banned due to climate change. The only sausages allowed will be meat free.

Fake broadband ISP support scammers accidentally cough up IP address to Deadpool in card phish gone wrong

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Re: Deadpool

I would agree Chaotic Neutral, a good definition of it is:

A chaotic neutral character follows his whims. He is an individualist first and last. He values his own liberty but doesn't strive to protect others' freedom. He avoids authority, resents restrictions, and challenges traditions. A chaotic neutral character does not intentionally disrupt organizations as part of a campaign of anarchy. To do so, he would have to be motivated either by good (and a desire to liberate others) or evil (and a desire to make those different from himself suffer). A chaotic neutral character may be unpredictable, but his behavior is not totally random. He is not as likely to jump off a bridge as to cross it. (quote from http://easydamus.com/chaoticneutral.html)

Google faces another GDPR probe – this time in the land of meatballs and flat-pack furniture

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Why not also look at.

While they are at it they may also what to look at the tying of Bluetooth to location services too.

Core blimey... When is an AMD CPU core not a CPU core? It's now up to a jury of 12 to decide

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At the time

[quote]The company said at the time that a Bulldozer module could average 80% the performance of two complete cores. [/quote] From https://www.tomshardware.co.uk/amd-fx-processors-lawsuit-continues,news-59824.html

I can not see what they have to complain about.

French diplomat: Spies gonna spy – there aren't any magical cyberspace laws that can prevent it

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Just because something is hard.

Does not mean we should give up trying to stop it.

DNAaaahahaha: Twins' 23andMe, Ancestry, etc genetic tests vary wildly, surprising no one

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Re: Or maybe...

Yes they do not look identical to me either, similar like sisters but not identical.

Start trek, the next generation: PCie 4 flash controller demo flaunts speedy peripheral vision

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Re: PCie 5

Yes I agree PCie 3 motherboards are unlikely to be able to do PCie 5, but I was thinking of the as yet released X570 Chipset Based AM4 Motherboards which are designed to do PCi4, would be very nice if they are able to do PCie 5 when the spec if released.

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PCie 5

Thinking that if AMD can get PCie 4 running on some older boards if they can get 5 running on the new boards for the 30XX chips.

A billion-dollar question: What was really behind Qualcomm's surprise ten-digit gift to Apple?

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I do wonder...

How much Intel paid to get it's chip into Apple's devices.

Two out of five Silicon Valley techies complain Trump's H-1B crackdown has hit 'em hard

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What a loaded question.

Ask a negative question and the result is going to be negative!

Only 10,544 out of 50,0000 respond or about 21.1%. So of the those 50K sent a survey only 4027 or 8% where negative affected enough to respond to the survey.

Now if it also also asked if they had been positively affected the survey could be considered to be a little more balanced.

Senator Wyden goes ballistic after US telcos caught selling people's location data yet again

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Re: Re-seller

Your phone has to be tracked by your carrier, how else are you going to make and receive calls. The problem comes when they sell this data!

Linux reaches the big five (point) oh

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but we get better Linus V

Dear Santa, all I want for Christmas is: 1. More ad revenue, and 2. Good PR. Lots of love – Mark, aged 34½

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They do not sell yor data

No they do not sell your data instead they sell the data about you that they have collected not the data you gave them. The data you gave them just helps them gather more data about you to sell.

A year after Logitech screwed over Harmony users, it, um, screws over Harmony users: Device API killed off

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[quote] "These private local control APIs were never supported Harmony features. While it is unfortunate that customers using these unsupported features are affected by this fix, the overall security of our products and all of our customers is our priority."[/quote]

If you were relying undocumented/ unsupported APIs to do thing you have to realized that they could be turned off , or broken tomorrow.

Taylor's gonna spy, spy, spy, spy, spy... fans can't shake cam off, shake cam off

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No need to store the image

They make a digital signature to represent your face, keep that and throw any the image!

Google: I don't know why you say Allo, I say goodbye

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Re: Google abdicated its responsibility to Android users

Yes WhatsApp is encrypted but when it gets your messages get backed up to your Google account the messages are not encrypted anymore.

Euro consumer groups: We think Android tracking is illegal

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Also consider Bluetooth

In order for Bluetooth to work on a an Android device you have to turn on location services, what one has to do with the other is a mystery to me

OnePlus 6T: Tasteful, powerful – and much cheaper than a flagship

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No headphone socket, wonder why...

With no headphone socket your going to have to use Bluetooth, which means turning on Location services.

John McAfee is 'liable' for 2012 death of Belize neighbour, rules court

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Re: Extradiction unlikely

The default judgement is because he did not defend the case nothing to do with his guilt or lack of. Also this is not a criminal persecution but a civil one.

Between you, me and that dodgy-looking USB: A little bit of paranoia never hurt anyone

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No the information should be in the email, an attachment is also a no-no!

Scam or stunt? It's looking like the latter... Xiaomi so sorry for £1 smartphone 'promo'

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If your going to...

run a lottery to pick who get to buy one of the 10 phones for a pound then you should state this clearly and not hide this in the terms and conditions!

Also next time do not call it a flash sale either, as this is not what people think of as a flash sale!

Hackers seed StatCounter with nasty JavaScript in elaborate Bitcoin cyber-heist caper

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JavaScript far to powerful

JavaScript is far to powerful and is able to do far to many things. Couple that with most websites run far to many off site scripts severed by third party sites. If your running third party scripts you better be sure they are secure.

Even this page has 4 of sites scripts.

First it came for your desktop, now Windows 10 1809 is coming for your Things

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The next story is....

How they have pulled the said build so very much a none!

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2018/10/08/microsoft_windows_10_pulled/

On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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[quote]After all, nobody would ever ignore best practice right?[/quote]

In the same way no one would release an update without testing it first and taking notice of an problems said testing flagged up

Swedish ISP spanked for sexist 'distracted boyfriend' advert for developer jobs

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Imagine something different

Imagine that the man is transexual and is looking at the lady is red shoes and thinking "I would look good in them shoes" and the image is changed completely different!

A picture without context is a poor thing to get angry about!

Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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Sure Android is 90% of the market..

but Apple is closer to 90% of the profits. I know if I owned a business which I would like to be.

Facebook flogs dead horse. By flog, we mean sues. And by horse, we mean BlackBerry

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Hmmm...

So your saying defending your valid patent which you have used to make and sell thing is bad but buying patents so you can sue someone is all fine. Could this article be more Facebook is great, go Facebook go (RAR RAR RAR!_

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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Just do a google/facebook tie in.

Whatsapp encrypts messages end to end but the "new will not take up any space on your Google account" backup is not.

There does not appear to be an option to still encrypt the backup and have it take up space on you account :/

No need to code your webpage yourself, says Microsoft – draw it and our AI will do the rest

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I do wonder...

how many offsite scripts these websites are going to need in order to display.

It's official: TLS 1.3 approved as standard while spies weep

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I wonder if....

you can force a downgrade from 1.3 to 1.2 in some way

Google shaves half a gig off Android Poundland Edition

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@Aladdin Sane

YOu have put an extra ' at the end of your link

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