* Posts by jeremy 3

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SCO vs. IBM case over who owns Linux comes back to life. Again

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technology moves on...

At this stage it is becoming akin to arguing over the rights to the first printing press. Most people don't use printed media anymore and those that do are using presses that probably bear little or no resemblence to that first one. Even movable type presses (not sure that is the correct name, but you know the ones) are not really relavent anymore. The code in linux and thus android no doubt has some old parts but it will gradually be removed ... its not like they're arguing over the rights to that tune Happy Birthday

Ultimately SCO might win (I doubt it, but for the sake of argument) and have the rights to ... oh, nothing that is being used anymore. Then good luck retrospectively suing everyone for once using it.

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Google AMP supremo whinges at being called out on team's bulls***

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i must be missing something

I find AMP pages have trouble loading and are therefore slower than regular ones (on my mobile device).

I have tried a few times and its always the same ... now i avoid the AMP stamped links in google.

Oh and i use chrome on my mobile too (its even signed into my google account most of the time).

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Sky mobe ad featuring beefcake Tom Hardy banned for being 'misleading'

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Already

If I ever see or read "free" in an advert I already think "nope, not-free, where's the small print telling me just how not-free it is.

It's even spilled into "only" where I'm looking for how "not-only" but "on the condition of XYZ" it is.

Maybe it's time we all used that approach... "Yes HMRC, my taxes were filed on time*"

(Small)"*subject to a standard delay of 6 months"

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Man prosecuted for posting a picture of his hobby on Facebook

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Read this and now google are advertising Guns on my home page

This is the only time ever, i have even seen the word Airsoft on the internet and now google + think its ok to put adverts for airsoft guns on my google search page (yes, i am signed into google).

Does this mean that GCHQ and possibly the Scottish police are going to come after me?

Are the news stories we read and the automated ads that result going to be the "evidence" used to hang us?

Obviously i have tried to contact google, but they are known for using robots (human ones) to reply. Google play store drones don't compute the term "delete" when you want to remove an app from the play store.

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Apple Cook roasted for Chinese app takeaway

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the cost of doing business

I read an article on El Reg yesterday about the new F35 planes from America.

One detail said that the engines can only be overhauled in Turkey (at least for the UK bought planes).

Erdoğan's bashing US citizens including cops on US soil (both times).... just the cost of doing business there.

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Didn't install a safety-critical driverless car patch? Bye, insurance!

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Windows 10 updates

Our politicians live in a Windows world. Auto updates you can't easily turn off. If you get sick of your car stopping to get an update that may add 1) a parking ticket and 2) an hour to your 10 minute journey, then you fall foul of the insurance. If the patch bsod's your car, tough. If you get stuck in the dodgy part of town and get robbed or murdered, tough. I look forward to traffic jams in road works because your car can't pull over to stop so after bleeping for 10 seconds simply stops for the update.

All this assumes 100% coverage for OTA updates of course (which our telcos will claim cover 95% of the population, just like fast internet)

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Watchdog slams HMRC, Amazon over 'dismal' response to UK biz hurt by online VAT fraud

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Paris Hilton

Commons select commitee

definition of no teeth.... come to be reprimanded by your betters but we won't actually oblige you to do ANYTHING about it (that i have ever seen). Change the law, fire people, i don't care but this charade just makes me say "meh" these days.

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Hackers can track, spoof locations and listen in on kids' smartwatches

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Yawn

There is no financial incentive for any firm to implement IoT security : therefore no security.

El Reg have a story about this every other week but until there is an incentive for these firms to give a damn, they wont.

We can all be appalled and say how bad it is, but no one cares... that is the world we live in.

Wont someone think of the children? ... nah, they won't if there is a dollar to be made.

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Crypto-coin miners caught toiling away in hacked cloud boxes

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Defaults?

I use AWS quite alot and it's default firewall rules are all closed.

I need to generate a key file for ssh access, what default creds am I missing?

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European Patent Office's document churning snatches Germany's attention: 'We are concerned about quality'

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"untruths"

someone is reading the american political playbook. Does someone already have a patent on the word "lie"?

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Neglected Pure Connect speaker app silenced in iOS 11's war on 32-bit

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im laughing my socks off

As someone who has built outsourced apps for companies of note, i can tell you that Yes, they have almost always stipulated source code in the contract and if not, then included when prompted by the developer (me).

The problem is the attitude to developers. They are not worth more than a few hundred / thousand bucks once in 5 years to most companies, who make no correlation between the income the company gets and amount (not spent / "saved") on development.

While some of the companies i have worked for have gone, clients from years and years ago know i will answer their emails and resurrect their app for the latest device despite whatever ltd no longer existing.

To have lost their developers and have none of the core team still in contact with ANYONE is pretty bad. They must have treated them like shit.

More of this please, maybe we can have a "Be nice to your app developer day" or something... lol.

And footnote... you bought speakers that need an app to work... that's where you went wrong, right there. No sympathy as you've no doubt had a year's worth of "check out my super high tech speakers etc"

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Hipster disruptor? Never trust a well-groomed caveman with your clams

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Happy

Better than usual

While i do enjoy Mr Dabbs usual column, i enjoyed this one more.

As reserved a compliment as i can come up with.

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Schrems busts Privacy Shield wide open

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Leaving aside the government snoping and going back to data protection...

How would all this apply in the recent Equifax data loss. It looked to me like the data lost on UK customers was hardly considered atall and I have a clue what rights they have if any.

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Roku tweaks Apple's nose with telly-friendly vid-streaming boxes

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I hope....

All the pro UK tv licence fee folks on the other register story see this story and realise how last century their reasoning is!

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BBC Telly Tax petition given new Parliament debate date

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Re: If you have issues with the Telly Tax...

No adverts seems to be the only justification for me having to pay an unfair tax.

I don't watch the BBC because they don't make tv aimed at me.

There are proven non advertising based channels out there like Netflix and hbo. You need a TV to watch them but owning a TV in the UK is equated to needing a licence/watching the beeb... And don't get me started on how much you get hassled when you don't have a TV atall... It's inconceivable to them that lots of us just ditched the whole damn lot over this ridiculous tax!

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At last, someone's taking Apple to task for, uh, not turning on iPhone FM radio chips

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Re: Meh

But isn't the UK pushing everyone to digital radio (DAB or similar) for what is currently provided by FM (including the BBC)?

Its not bad tech, but it's still dying... the people who listen to it are those that didn't grow up with the smart phone / streaming and thus remember it as a tech...

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Meh

Several Android phones and a few cheapy nokias I've bought in the last few years have had fm receivers. According to the BBC gm is dead and we all need digital. I didn't listen to it anyway.

I recently got asked by a US company for a cheque, I had to explain we don't have those in Europe anymore.

You can see where I'm going, USA is fast becoming a living museum, no new bridges or highways for years, slow internet, FM radio and a banking system from the wild west days. But hey you have Twitter and it's (OMG so high tech) 200 odd characters to listen to your great leader.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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is it my fault?

..that i am white (born that way, like all the women, gays and trans folk)... male...(again sorry, but born that way) and working in IT (ok that is arguably personal choice, but still, played to my strengths).

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Manchester plod still running 1,500 Windows XP machines

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It old bastards

How many of these folks saying they still run XP are the same as slag off Facebook (I don't have an account, how self righteous am I!)

Stay in the dark ages if you want but its nearly 20 years into the new century. Idiots!

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

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Cooperation

When Apple wouldn't try to unlock that iPhone and politicians went on about working with tech companies to get around encryption, is this the solution they came up with together with "the industry" aka Apple?

Some folk in the government security world are smart enough to say "well if breaking the lock won't sit well with consumers, what if we make opening it easier?"

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

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Who's paying, not buying!

My tech savvy friend recently asked me which Android phone I'd recommend (as a fairly long term Android user).

As I started to answer he proudly told me that you can bend an iPhone into close to 90 degrees with your bare hands!

My questioning look prompted him to tell me that he'd done exactly that to his pink iPhone 6/7 whatever, as he'd got yet another annoying call from his wife that evening, and bent the phone before throwing it in the traffic. (Drunk/ angry etc)

"I'm fed up of having last year's iPhone everytime my wife makes me but her a new one, she doesn't even do anything but call and browse Facebook"

I have a feeling he's wondering where $1000 is gonna come from right about now! I know her and she doesn't care, just so long as her friends see the latest in her hand. Apple know the buyers are often not the payers especially in Asia.

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Developer swings DMCA sueball at foul-mouthed streamer PewDiePie

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Re: Perjury

"And, PewDiePie has raked in millions? Really?"

Yes, each of his videos has literally millions of hits within a couple of days and he puts them out multiple times a week.

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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It support is where the basic people stay

The TL while maybe a dick but first asked him to use the .pst repair tool. There was no statement of "I have a non sanctioned tool". Ultimately it was a .pst repair tool that fixed it. Aside from scoring points I don't see any great skill here. Our protagonist is a dick trying to score points and make himself look better.

Honestly, if you were a developer and you had to do a slightly hacky thing to make something work you'd just say to your boss. Support people really think fixing an Outlook file is magic and all the twat colleagues in support are a hardship. You chose the dregs of IT work and have shown how twaty people are to fuck each other over.

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Biometrics watchdog breaks cover, slams UK cops over facial recog

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in a few years

I would love for any job i have EVER done to accept a report that was promised in one YEAR and then not delivered for 5 more years and even then vaguely suggested it might be coming sometime. There are quite a few government reports that fit that one (i think one of the Grenfell fire reports was another one).

No politician is ever held to any time frame, any promise any statement. IT where things work or it shows is a mugs game! (yep I am a mug).

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British broadband is confusing and speeds are crap, says survey

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made up words

We can have surveys until the cows come home, but getting a marketing person to stop with the bullshit is just not going to happen.

After 10 years plus of "Up to" and with companies STILL not obligated to tell you if they throttle the connection at peak times is it any wonder that one of the most technical products people buy is called by the stupid and meaningless name "superfast".

The fact that the article has to clarify that superfast is 24 and not 10 megabits shows the absurdity.

Why not say superfast broadband is measured by 270 african parrots flying in straight line against the wind.

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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Re: Why the OS can't enforce user selections?

Like if you call a "private" API call in iOS for example.

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Tech billionaire Khosla loses battle over public beach again – and still grants no access

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Re: I hope....

I was just going to say "boycott Sun equipment", but then i remembered we've all done that voluntarily already.

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Virgin Media broadband latency headaches still not fixed six months on

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Office of Fair trading?

They supplied equipment that doesn't meet standards agreed by contract. Open shut no?

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Watson AI panned, 5¼ years of sales decline ... Does IBM now stand for Inferior Biz Model?

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Ask Watson?

"how do we fix IBM, Watson?"

I expect it'll give a deepthought type answer though.

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All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

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9 years

This is the problem with the Silicon Valley approach to business models (ie none).

In the olden days you had to have a business plan to start a business, whether borrowing from the bank or an investor.

To be honest soundcloud was not that bad a service but it always seemed to go from a free very limited service to really expensive for anything workable.

A friend of mine is a DJ and has close to 20 - 25 hour long mixes available for download. A 123 reg hosting account is far more economic so you don't pay for every single download. She started on Soundcloud and pretty much ticked every box for their ideal customer... and was willing to pay, just not as much as they wanted.

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Snoop Dogg swerves Glasto, plays Pure Storage gig #keepitreal

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data conference?

Wouldn't it take as little as an excel spreadsheet (no AI needed) to figure out the mean age of the attendees and approximate age they were "rocking" and perhaps get an aging 80s one hit wonder.

Or perhaps its just a status thing.... we hired Snoop who is really expensive / exclusive just so we could say "meh".

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Australian govt promises to push Five Eyes nations to break encryption

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"illegal" apps

The article suggests that any non-backdoored app will be illegal, but this isn't quite right.

It is legal for me to make it (I am not in a 5 eyes country), it is legal for me to publish it (google and apple both operate their app stores in many countries). What may be illegal is for you to keep it installed once you travel to a 5 eyes country, or install it from a 5 eyes country.

1) Is every phone going to be checked for apps on entry to the country (maybe, USA wants all that).

2) Can you download stuff you aren't supposed to in 5 eyes countries.... um, yep!

3) Is any central server sufficient distributed to avoid a single point of failure (ala Pirate Bay).

So...end result, software out there but who is the government calling illegal... only the users, and that is going to be very big game of cat and mouse... especially in Australia.. maybe it's like government pokemon?

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Research suggests UK consumers find 'fibre' advertising misleading

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OMG!!! Colour me shocked

Broadband providers are misleading in their advertising ..... is it 2005 again?

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Backdoor backlash: European Parliament wants better privacy

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Re: Sorry but ElReg is wrong...

I think you are missing the point. The germans are saying they want to include encrypted comms in with other comms they have the right to listen on. AS THE ARTICLE said, while they may not have the technical ability they are creating the legal ability. Your point about mass surveillance vs targeted surveillance is irrelevant as things are either encrypted or they are not, this is not about mass surveillance in any way.

The only issue here is governments trying to force a technical impossibility due to their own lack of knowledge, suggesting that politicians are not as bad or as stupid about tech as we believe is not likely to be that popular a view on this website.

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Yet more reform efforts at the Euro Patent Office, and you'll never guess what...

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Leave remain

This organisation exists as the result of a treaty.

This is my issue with the EU, treaties are defined and decided without any input from you and me... we're just citizens.

No one wants to rock the boat so it goes on. Too many self interests to represent anyone.

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Just days after tech community abandons plans to punish internet shutdowns… Egypt goes censorship crazy

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Re: The Internet is Unstoppable?

It is not magical, it is the basis of how the internet works. That is what routing is all about - using different paths to a destination depending on availability or load.

The fact a country has few enough routes out that they can all be easily controlled is a financial, practical, commercial decision. The internet is not magic, but it was designed to continue to work when any given node goes down.

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What a tit! Uber CEO hijacks his staff breast-pump room to meditate

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colour me surprised

I have nothing against the concept of a lactation room, i am wondering just how many new mothers are working in an office for this to be a good use of space.

"He only used it because we haven't got meditation rooms yet".... WTF, no wonder these startups burn through cash so quick. One of these days someone will come up with some crazy idea like a WORK room... maybe they can call it an office.

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Lloyds finally inks mega 10-year cloudy outsourcing deal with IBM

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Halifax

I believe I am a customer, I will first write a direct email to ask if this is the case, when they ignore it. I will close my account.

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NHS U-turns on blanket IR35 tax crackdown

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Re: Carrying on with the IR35 fiasco

I don't live in UK anymore but still have recruiters emailing.

The UK is not somewhere you would go to work (even as a born and bred Yorkshire man) if you have experienced literally anywhere else. Jobs in central London make me laugh the most "we'll give you mediocre money and ignore travel costs/chaos or ridiculous rent"... Ok UK keep killing the industry with political stupidity and devisive "they're not paying enough tax" daily hate stories. Lol

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Tech firms send Congress checklist of surveillance reforms

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Futile

This letter basically says "please abide by the laws you've been igoring all this time"

Government: yeah sure ok then (snigger)

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ServiceNow's new CEO thinks IT can spare us from corporate re-orgs

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Still in the dark.

"cloud giant" is the only explanation of what is ServiceNow.

I have a colleague who keeps asking me about it but I cant find any decent explanation of who they are or what they do....and more importantly who's using it.

More corporate yawn.

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Is Britain really worse at 4G than Peru?

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Vietnam is better too

Welcome to the result of the constant procrastination by government, BT and ofcom.

I have 4g here in ho chi Minh with download around 75mb/s

The UK talks alot but really is always a catch up country in terms of internet.

Can a new company lay fibre in the sewer in the UK ... No way, that would be accepting market forces and being efficient. Much better to make it political and wait for Asian countries to leave you behind.

Honestly, coverage in Vietnam pisses on the uk. It's standard to have 24mb in your house and true 4g on mobile. Keep that imperial arrogance uk, the rest of the world is actually getting on with it!

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Facebook loves virtual reality so much it just axed its VR film studio

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Predictable

I think there is quite alot of interest in VR from consumers right now.

The problem (the age old problem) is that right now its quite new, its all expensive (the PS4 one seems to be most reasonable), and there is lots of uncertainty about future uses and compatibility.

I was honestly going to shell out for some VR kit, but after hunting around for the best set up, i figured the only one that will definitely perform for 12 months + will be the PS4 one, and i don't have a PS 4 or TV so the price tag for that became as expensive as the rest. $500+ for experimental hardware and unknown interactivity / standardisation is not a risk i will take on tech anymore. $500 goes quite far in hookers and weed and its not virtual!

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LinkedIn chatbots to help with 'important conversations'

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Doesn't matter

I show as a software developer on LinkedIn. It's accurate, I write software for desktop and mobile (web when I want the pain of the 90s restored).

Mostly Indian guys message me trying to sell outsourced services.

They are getting good at the patter/rhetoric to engage but I'm not buying so rarely get past the first line.

AI doesn't yet understand the difference between looking and buying, or annoying and helpful.

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iPhone lawyers literally compare Apples with Pears in trademark war

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Re: Dear Apple.

Been an apple computer user for years, stopped iPhones at the 3s.

This week I sold my MacBook air (2015). I feel like I'm at AA telling you how great my first few days Apple free is.

It is.

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Uber engineer's widow: Stress and racism killed my husband ... Uber: Let's make flying cars!

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Re: How much more do we need to hear?

But Uber are cheaper and they have sexy advertising.

Here in Vietnam, they just settled their government tax issues and can operate legally. The cabs here are not bad but twice the cost.

The alternative (Malaysian owned) Grab taxi / motorbike is better than Uber but again their motorbike taxi cost is 1/4 of the local cost and with the app there is no "white face" tax... you pay what the app says, not the inflated amount the local can try and extract from you.

I doubt there is a single Vietnamese person who has any clue about all the problems with Uber the company, and probably would just say "yeah like some companies here". Meanwhile it is cool to be using an app like you Americans to order your cab....

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Half-baked security: Hackers can hijack your smart Aga oven 'with a text message'

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so much automation

I can set the washing machine going before leaving work, turn on the cooker, the fridge re-filled itself from Amazon direct and the Rhumba cleaned the floor..... why do i need to go home? i can stay at the coal face for a few more hours earning that state pension that wont be there when i retire.

I know people do have reasons for iOt stuff but who is so busy that they need to turn the oven on before they get home. I was told as a child NOT to leave the oven/cooker on when no-one was home.

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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no edge cases for MS

I am not really a Windows user (always VMs), but recently I had to go back to it to make a desktop app with c#.

My client bought me a boring dell desktop and it has a factory install of windows 10. The main idea is for testing, but its good enough to do the dev on it too.

It is a development app that belongs to my client and at this stage i am not a registered windows developer.

If MS want to look at what's installed or even what i browse on this work machine, it is not going embarrass me, but if they want to breach my contracts for me, then that can make things difficult.

The article suggests i don't have too much to worry about, but still its the concept of "your data belongs to us, even when its not your data" ... kinda like the issue with the US border people.

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ZX Spectrum Vega Plus backers complain of months-long refund delays

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Am I the only one thinking.....

This website is a tech website and based on the comments i have seen over the years there is a fair few of us who know about some computer type things... the rest of us at least think we know about that stuff.

So.... while reading just about every story on this, i am thinking;- Isn't it just an emulator running on a raspberry pi... couldn't i get that up and running in about a week or so. Ok, for the casing, i have no real idea about that, but i do know people in China who could probably tell me where and how much.

Write off the crowd nonsense and build your own.

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UK digital minister Matt Hancock praises 'crucial role' of encryption

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9000 data breaches

Maybe Amber Rudd is working on the idea that they let anyone look at their data so it should be reciprocal.

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