* Posts by Randy Hudson

127 posts • joined 1 Nov 2009


You got a smart speaker but you're worried about privacy. First off, why'd you buy one? Secondly, check out Project Alias

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This is how Alexa works already. It doesn’t send a constant stream of audio to Amazon just to detect whether you’ve said “Alexa”. This is just identical to what’s already in place, but uses a different word to activate

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found

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By that argument, there shouldn’t be any law against murdering someone.

Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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“activities and and context”

The grammar checker I used 30 years ago would check errors like this, and that was for stuff only my teacher would be reading. Is this a tech site?

Get a grip, literally: Clumsy robots can't nab humans' jobs just yet

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Re: Screw the people this will put out of work then.

Yes, similar to the invention of the tractor.

Less work for humans means smaller percentage of your life wasted working. You spending power per hour worked increase. What's wrong with that?

Select few to watch World Cup in 4K high dynamic range colour on BBC iPlayer

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I can get 900Mbps most days, but it's typically the guy on the other end that's the bottleneck. Is BBC's service available in the US?

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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How does JavaScript read any memory that hasn't been previously initialized by the interpreter for its use? If that were possible, then your script could have non-deterministic behavior?

Intel’s first 10nm CPU is a twin-core i3 destined for a mid-range Lenovo

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Article's used "Intel’s" to mean possession (as expected), but then "Intel has", and then "Intel is". Are you trying to make reading unpleasant? Reading's easier without so many contractions.

Apple MacBook butterfly keyboards 'defective', 'prone to fail' – lawsuit

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The trackpad is a close second

Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

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UX designs are getting dumber and dumber. Why does every icon need to be a circle (first screenshot)?

Oh dear... Netizens think 'private' browsing really means totally private

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Both the AC and Chrome's own incognito message left out an important bit. Not only are any newly-established cookies eventually tossed out, but equally important, any existing cookies from your normal browser usage are kept separate from the cookies used in the private/incognito mode.

It's like sitting down at a new device/browser install, using it for the first time, and nuking it when you're done.

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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What is secure about Netflix allowing you to register an email address that you don't own?

Britain's 4G is slower than Armenia's

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Is this really an issue for anyone?? I'm getting 40Mbps down on LTE right now. Enough for two 4K video streams. What are people doing on their phones?

Mind the gap: Men paid 18.6% more than women in Blighty tech sector

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the average gender pay gap...

That calculation was on the basis of the median hourly pay gap

Make up your mind. Words mean things.

Hubble sharpens measurement of distance to ancient cluster

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7800 Light Years?!

So this other galaxy is inside the Milky Way?

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

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Give NASA some credit. They were lifting twice the payload of the Flacon in the 60s.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Re: Yolk? Seriously? I'm oeuffended!

As one of my professors used to say, "If you haven't bothered to read it, why should I? "

Uber's disturbing fatal self-driving car crash, a new common sense challenge for AI, and Facebook's evil algorithms

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Looks like the headlights were not properly adjusted. You couldn't see the bike until it was less than 40 feet away

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

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Can anyone explain how JavaScript, which runs on a virtual machine and can't access memory that hasn't been initialized by that VM, could read data from another process?

Fermi famously asked: 'Where is everybody?' Probably dead, says renewed Drake equation

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Re: Not useful

You seem to assume that EM emissions can only be unintentionally leaked into space.

Java EE renamed 'Jakarta EE' after Big Red brand spat

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How is Jakarta any different than Java?

Apple to devs: Code for the iPhone X or nothing from April onwards

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Can apps built using the 11 SDK still run on iOS 10? If not, there's going to be a lot of phone that can't run new apps.

Who wants dynamic dancing animations and code in their emails? Everyone! says Google

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Re: Yet ANOTHER reason!

I think "minimal HTML viewer" meant one that only views content inline in the message. So inline CSS would be OK. Inline images would be OK. But I'm pretty sure the OP meant one that doesn't make any kind of outbound HTTP call when viewing the message.

Due to Oracle being Oracle, Eclipse holds poll to rename Java EE (No, it won't be Java McJava Face)

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How about "black hole"?

PSA: If your security starts and ends with bug bounties, you're gonna have a bad time

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What does Jimmy Fallon know about security?

Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Can car manufacturers start doing this? (You use just as much software to drive your car)

One per cent of all websites probably p0wned each year, say boffins

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Thumbs for the optative subjunctive.

Get ready for laptop-tab-smartphone threesomes from Microsoft, Lenovo, HP, Asus, Qualcomm

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Re: "binge watch TV shows for 12 hours straight"

> I prefer a non-battery dependent paper based entertainment delivery

Why is that medium so superior to video/audio? When Gutenberg made books a reality for common folk, I wonder if there were oral storytelling zealots who were just as annoying.

Voyager 1 fires thrusters last used in 1980 – and they worked!

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What are the chances of a civilization seeing and retrieving either craft before it crashes into some other planet or sun?

Guilty: NSA bloke who took home exploits at the heart of Kaspersky antivirus slurp row

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Am I the only one

...concerned that AV software needs to upload random content from my computer to the cloud? AV software should only need to download the latest signatures.

Squeezing in little Quake between builds? Not any more: Facebook Bucks up Java compile tool

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I've been a java developer for 19 years and I don't remember ever waiting more than 2 seconds for a recompile due to my own code changes, or batches of changes I've accepted from source control.

Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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"Having recently got over..." wow

Facebook's send-us-your-nudes service is coming to UK, America

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I want to be protected. I'm going to go take some nude pics and upload them to FB asap.

Scroll, scroll, scroll your note gently down the screen. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily, FB's code's a dream

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Seems like a solution looking for a problem. If you need to render a list and your first thought is to find a framework to help you do so...

WPA2 KRACK attack smacks Wi-Fi security: Fundamental crypto crapto

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Why does anyone care about wifi security?

My router is wide open to all comers. Who cares? Those with the foil hats on, do you never use Starbuck's or any other public wifi?

Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Re: "Fall Creators Update"

"Sonos software will also pester you with update reminders when you're trying to use your device until you finally give in."

So, just like iOS.

BYOD might be a hipster honeypot but it's rarely worth the extra hassle

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S9E1: Foisted!

Compsci degrees aren't returning on investment for coders – research

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Re: Peak Code Monkey

Developers who are working without a degree are often the rare, self-taught individual who can acquire similar knowledge elsewhere. If the study factored in the income of those looking to work as a developer, but have neither skills nor a degree, I think we'd see a bigger difference.

Western Digital has cloudified the NAS and shoved it in a trendy box

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RAID 1? If the DUO has double capacity, it sounds more like RAID 0 to me. Do they even make a 20TB drive?

WannaCry-killer Marcus Hutchins denies Feds' malware claims

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Re: So where will DEF CON move to?

Wrong. Most flights to Europe would follow great circles, taking them close to the North Pole, not over the US

The Linux cloud swap that spells trouble for Microsoft and VMware

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Only run Linux containers on Linux?

I'm confused. Straight from their FAQ:

The Docker Engine client runs natively on Linux, macOS, and Windows. By default, these clients connect to a local Docker daemon running in a virtual environment managed by Docker, which provides the required features to run Linux-based containers within OS X or Windows

Intel gives the world a Core i9 desktop CPU to play with

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Not for gamers

pitching the range at … gamers

99% of games see no benefits beyond 4 cores. Once you have 4 cores, you want to increase sustainable clock speed, not core count.

DJI: Register your drones or no more cool flying vids for you

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Yet another reason to turn off auto-update on any iOS device

Huawei P10 Plus: The bigger brother is the real contender

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Ins and Outs

An infrared "blaster" and infrared sensor are two different things. Which is it?

Y'know CSS was to kill off HTML table layout? Well, second time's a charm: Meet CSS Grid

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you still can't do basic things with this new spec:

- create a row of equal-width buttons (width determined by the largest label)

- a label next to a text field with their baselines vertically aligned.

Microsoft's Blue Screen of Death dead in latest Windows 10 preview

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This should make it easier to super-impose Shia Leboeuf shouting, "Just reboot!"

Google and Facebook pledge to stop their ads reaching fake news websites

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Correction, the election was decided by less than 0% of the votes. The winner received roughly NEGATIVE 1 percent more votes.

Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

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Re: anti-Microsoft rant more like...


You can disable iOS system updates by following these instructions:


IBM punts devs to HCL

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Is HCL an acronym?

What's up with companies that use initials as their name, but don't want to share with anyone what they mean?


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