* Posts by 0laf

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SurfaceBook 2 battery drains even when plugged in

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Fit for purpose?

Sell a device as a 'powerhouse' with an i7 and a 1070 gfx which implies strongly it will be sued for gaming which will tax the system. But then supply insufficient power so that at some point the device would fail to function as intended because it's power system can't cope.

If you bought a van that had a capacity of 10T yet when you filled it with 10T it would fail to move. That would be a fraudulent sale would it not?

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Remember the 'budget' iPhone SE? Apple plans an update – reports

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I got an SE. I'm no fanboi. I wanted a smaller screen so it would fit in my pocket in a case. And the smaller screen would mean the battery lasted longer. I was changing from a Nokia 920.

I do struggle a bit with the smaller keyboard, but fuck paying £800+ for a bigger one. But the phone works with everything I need, a decent camera, and storage for the limited apps I want (I've a 64 from the days when it was either the too small 16 or the too big 64).

I still prefer Winpho8 to use, but the SE does everything I need without selling my soul to Google.

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Level 5 driverless cars by 2021 can be done, say Brit industry folk

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Re: So long as the following criteria are met.

Inuits have 50 words for snow. Us Scots apparently have 400.

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That's way I was thinking motorways and trucks.

They're much simpler roads than inner city or small town traffic.

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@ disgustedoftunbridgewells - "Wake me up when I can drive a car to the pub and legally have it run me home."

Bingo. That's what I want too. Autonomous cars save the country pub!

I'm also sure there is a market for cars that can drive people who are unlicensed or incapable of driving.

That would be a genuine game changer for some. Physically incapable of driving but can set a route on an accessible app/device which can be sent to the car and can drive own wheelchair into car.

More practically I can see convoys of autonomous trucks on designated motorway lanes running through the night. They'd stop at local depots and hand over to humans who will drive through towns filled with similarly unpredictable humans but in an easier to insure way.

But personally I favour the pub idea.

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From Vega with love: Pegasus interstellar asteroid's next stop

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Re: Wake up sheeple!

"Seriously though, what are the chances of an asteroid travelling that far and not falling into the sun, and not just continuing on past it. It's almost like it was very carefully planned".

That a big extrapolation from one example. Maybe a thousand have fallen into the sun this week. We just haven't seen them. Expectation is that newer methods of scanning the sky will mean we should be spotting a lot more interstellar visitors in the coming years

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Alien

Too small to be Rama :-(

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How is 55 Cancri e like a Sisters of Mercy gig? Astroboffins: It has atmosphere

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Pint

Is it just me that finds this crazy that we can't image a planet light years awat but we can figure out which way the wind is blowing.

Pints for the boffins.

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iPhone X: Bargain! You've just bagged yourself a cheap AR device

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FAIL

Apart from the (reasonable) flash in the pan that was Pokomon Go is there really much of demand for AR (or even VR really).

I suspect this is a manufacturer driven hype bubble to sell people a 'must have' feature that really they don't particularly give a shit about.

Smells a lot like the way 3D tvs were say 5yr ago. We were told it was a must have feature. Some people bought into it, many didn't and even those that did didn't bother with it much after the first few attempts.

Even 3D at the cinema isn't doing all that well and hasn't for some time.

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Chainmail tires re-invent the wheel to get future NASA rovers rolling

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Boffin

Cold soo cold

I did wonder how this was going to work at -60C

But 'tis Nasa, one does feel justified in assuming that they will have given this some thought.

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Why Boston Dynamics' backflipping borg shouldn't scare you

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For the love of Jeebus

I'll worry when they can change their own batteries or plug themselves in.

I move to ban lightning jacks and USB C. The inability for good old USB to be plugged in without at least 3 rotations (because old USB is actually 4 dimensional) will keep those robot servants in a cupboard beside the cheese covered toasty machine where they belong.

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

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Big Brother

Is it 'evasion' or just drivers forgetting?

The intent is probably quite important

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Does UK high street banks' crappy crypto actually matter?

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Interception is exceptional

There does appear to be a bit of an inappropriate focus on CSI style attacks which in reality would be pretty hard to carry off and you'd be unlucky to be hit.

Crooks aren't totally daft they want nice easy returns intercepting and decrypting banking traffic is pretty hard in comparison to dropping a banking trojan or sending a phish. I really can't see too much threat to Joe Public from the interception of their data in transport. Basically there isn't enough money in it for the crooks to bother with, most people's bank accounts are pretty empty.

If you're going to grab small amounts you want to do it easily and on a large scale.

Now if you're a well known rich person with a few million quid in liquid assets in an account then you are maybe more likely to be someone that a crook will spend a bit more time and effort over. You Mr Rich person should really be looking for a band that will do 2FA for you.

But even then you're more likely to be done over by a phish, a trojan or an old fashioned grifter.

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80-year-old cyclist killed in prang with Tesla Model S

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Holmes

Doesn't matter if it was on or not only if the cyclist or the car was in the wrong. If the car got it wrong on autopilot the driver will still be responsible.

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UK Home Sec thinks a Minority Report-style AI will prevent people posting bad things

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Re: Count me unimpressed

I usually only get recommended things I've already bought. and often they're not the sort of thing you would ever buy twice

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How do you like them Apples? Farewell sensible sized fones, forever

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Re: I like

I've an SE too and it does everything I need and fits in my pocket. Also has the added benefit of the smaller screen using less battery making a light user like me able to get 2 days easily and sometimes 4 days out of a single charge.

The only thing that lets it down are my blunt fingers. I struggle with a small on screen keyboard. So I like the small phone but could do with smaller fingers. A stylus would help but it's just another thing to have to carry.

The SE was still a bit too expensive for me. I only went Apple to stay away form Google and I'll be buggered if I'm paying £800 for a bigger phone.

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Lord of the Rings TV show shopped around Hollywood

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Happy

This makes me happy, cheers!

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Something based on Neal Asher's Polity, I'd like something on the Spatterjay captains.

Or Richard K. Morgan's Takeshi Kovacs Tech-ninja.

Both have a lot of backstory that would mean the books wouldn't need to be followed.

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Hobbit Schmobbit

I probably enjoyed the Warcraft film more than any of the Hobbit films.

Warcraft and Warhammer same thing ish? Orcs and dice?

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Logitech: We're gonna brick your Harmony Link gizmos next year

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FAIL

Welcome to the future of landfill.

We've had old devices made of metal and wood and sweat and blood which were expensive and not all that efficient but lasted a long time.

Then we got cheap and cheerful. thing that worked quite well but didn't last as long and would wear out after a while.

Now we've got stuff that isn't that cheap and will stop working while they are still mechanically sound because the manufacturer can't be arsed to continue to support the software or they only work with a 24/7 link back to the hive.

I think we need by statute a minimum duration of software support. Say 5yr on small appliances and 10yr on cars and the core functions must continue without support or connectivity .

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Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

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Sounds a lot like what we already have with traction control, ABS and anti-skid.

Problem is before these systems kick in the human has got the car in a very bad place already.

And what if the human has chosen to throw their car off a cliff to avoid hitting that crowd of toddlers crossing the road. Might be a bad idea then for the car to take over and keep itself on the road.

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I think this is where Sci/Eng meets the the Daily Mail.

It's perfectly logical and rational to introduce a technology that will reduce death figures overall even if that technology may cause some deaths. i.e. Introducing autonomous vehicles may save 1000 lives whilst costing 10.

990 more people is walking around is better, yes? Shame about those 10 but 990 is bigger than 10 and the needs of the many...yada....

Except when YOUR autonomous vehicle crashes into a bus stop killing 5 kids whilst avoiding the garbage dropped in the middle of the road that looks vaguely like a person to the car you'll see Daily Mail headlines of "Killer technology murders family, where will it end, the machines will murder us all".

Then the politicians will panic, pass knee jerk legislation and basically the autonomous vehicle 'thing; will get hobbled for 20yr.

Got to think of the bigger picture and the number don't always work outside the lab in the irrational meatware that will make decisions.

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This could be our favorite gadget of 2017: A portable projector

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Had me until it seemed to rely on a smartphone with android to setup and config.

Basically that means this will be a door stopper in 3yr unless (miracle of miracle) the supplier continues to support their older devices on newer OSs.

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Imagine the candles on its birthday cake: Astro-eggheads detect galaxy born in universe's first billion years

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Re: "The now-elderly galaxy"

No maybe not. Most of the hot blue stuff will be gone but any red/brown dwarfs will still be smouldering away and there will probably still be the odd star being formed.

that's assuming it hasn't collided with anything in the intervening 13 billion years.

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Londoners: Ready to swap your GP for an NHS vid doc app?

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Choice

I think with choice being available this sort of thing could be useful in some circumstances to some people.

But many problems need a hands on approach by a doc to get to the bottom of the problem. And also some people will be unable to get to grips with an app based solution or might not have a capable phone. Many of those patient will be the docs most regular visitors, i.e. the elderly.

The cynic in me thinks choice won't be there and we'll all have to be screened by the robo doc before we're worthy of making an appointment. Also it'd make charging for missed appointments nice and easy wouldn't it?

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Off-brand tablets look done, but big players are growing

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Either they are slow underpowered or very expensive ultrabook style things.

With too may options I'm not sure anyone knows what they want now. At home I mostly consume content so a half decent tablet is good for that in the kitchen. For Tv I a have FireTV which also gives me apps for most other things I watch.

For work previously I would have wanted a laptops but tbh I've got tired of shit chiclet keyboards and small narrow screens no matter how many pixels they have. In fact I gave away my last laptop. My old HP business laptop form 10yr ago is still more usable for work with it's old fashioned keyboard and 4:3 screen.

So personally I'm finding I've gravitation back to the desktop for work. 2x large monitors, decent keyboard, big mouse for my big hands and a decent desk and chair. My old i3 has done well for 5yr and it's time for a rebuild again.

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Subsidy-guzzling Tesla's Model 3 volumes a huge problem – Wall St man

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Tesla also came out poorly in a reliability survey.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/motoring/most-reliable-cars-2017-a8029056.html

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El Reg assesses crypto of UK banks: Who gets to wear the dunce cap?

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Re: Dunce Cap tip

One of the banks I've dealing with even phones you up from a mobile phone number. I've no idea if there is some business system that does this or if it's staff doing BYOD to call customers.

Either way I'd suggest that it doesn't fill a cynical customer with joy to get a call from a random 07... number stating it's my bank and asking for security information. Then making it a PITA to call you back by hiding your contact numbers and making your contact system a Sisyphean nightmare.

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

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Devil

Men will never be free until the last lawyer is strangled with the entrails of the last spammer.

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WTF?

WTF SCO is still around?

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NASA reveals Curiosity 2020's 23-camera payload

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Facepalm

I did think one of the cameras was noodle based for a moment

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Disney-branded internet filter had Mickey Mouse security

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Angel

Most of those vulns were relatively recent probably well after the device design project was finished and closed down.

On going testing was probably never considered or rejected as an unnecessary expense. Ususal device MO, build release to the wild and then do your best to forget.

The company involved has actually acted better than 90% of other by talking to the discoverer and fixing the vulns before a controlled disclosure. TBH they should get some praise for being responsible and dealing with their initial failings not just going into full denial.

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Hells door-bells! Ring pieces paralyzed in horror during Halloween trick-or-treat rush

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Really it's just not a good idea to put the internet on everything.

I love bacon but it doesn't go with absolutely everything, a fruit trifle is nice as it is it is not improved with bacon.

Many things are not improved with the internet. Especially if they can be bricked like this.

A big brass/iron door knocker works very well without the internet. If you want an IP camera with that fair enough. If the camera goes down the big hunk of metal will continue to function.

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Bored 'drivers' pushed Google Waymo into ditching autopilot tech

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Childcatcher

Funny that. Try to make a person watch a video of a normal uneventful drive and see how long they can pay attention to the road for.

Bloody hell it's hard enough for some people to pay attention when they are driving.

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Fine, OK, no backdoors, says Deputy AG. Just keep PLAINTEXT copies of everyone's messages

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Re: Lots of criminals in here

My usual questions in reply to that sort or nonsense is -

Do you have a lock on your bathroom door? Do you have curtains (drapes) or blinds on your home windows?

Why? what are you doing in there that needs to be covered up.

If I've a legitimate right to take a shit in peace or walk around my own house bollock naked with the curtain drawn then I've a right to send an electronic letter with some confidence that it won't be opened.

Police and government have laws and methods to circumvent my bog door and curtains when they have a legitimate interest in doing so. As they do with electronic communications.

This is just an effort to bypass the checks and balanced they have to go through for traditional surveillance to try to treat electronic as something different.

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Mushroom

Maybe we should just give the government everything. Every event, every key stroke every opened file and every change in the file. I wonder how much data your average desktop would produce, now scale that up to every PC, laptop, tablet, phone, IOT in the country plus every server, router switch etc.

Now turn that data fire hose at the government and see how they like it.

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Robot takes the job of sitting on your arse

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Go

Didn't Volvo or Ikea have this in an advert about 20yr ago?

Anyway should it be called Eugene after Arseface in Preacher?

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UK's NHS to pilot 'Airbnb'-style care service in homeowners' spare rooms

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Childcatcher

But don't worry they'll be able to get to their AirNHS beds extra quick using the HS2 which serves everywhere with important people and they can claim everything back on expenses anyway.

What do you mean you don't get expenses?

But everyone gets expenses.

Next you'll be telling me the subsidised restaurant in the place doesn't do foie gras.

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Humble civil servant: Name public electric car chargers after me

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Fair enough as long as it can be called a "That-twat-Hayes" charger

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UK.gov not quite done with e-cigs, announces launch of new inquiry

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Re: "and seen by others as 're-normalising' smoking for the younger generation."

I do wonder if that is a just a disposable income problem. Everyone (except politicians and directors of large companies) are a bit worse off. So if you have to chose which form of recreation to put your limited funds into smoking is just further down the list than it used to be. Hash is probably cheaper than tobacco now.

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Megaphone

And the implications for former (and soon to be former) ministers to get cushy directorships with big tobacco and pharma firms

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Holmes

Government sees massive source of duty slipping away and doesn't tally against the potential reduction in healthcare costs. Seeks to demonise new tech in order to justify duty beyond VAT.

No one is claiming E-Cigs are good for you, but they are less bad than ciggies

No you shouldn't be allowed to cloud a public interior space with your sickly sweet nicotine guff but I don't see any need to make your life worse than ciggy smokers.

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It's time to rebuild the world for robots

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Terminator

Because robots will share this world with us they will need to operate in the ways that suit us.

It might make sense to adapt roads and houses over time to make the use of robots more efficient but meanwhile they'll need to cope with our world as it is, becasue we still need to use it.

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Curiosity rover gives Mars the middle finger, prepares to get drilling

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Pint

I more stunned at Opportunity still working 13 years later when it had a working life of 90 days.

I know they over engineer these things but 13 frikin years!

I hope the curiosity guys get similar mileage out of their bot.

Top boffinry!

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Security pros' advice to consumers: 'We dunno, try 152 things'

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Pirate

You can't do "defence in depth" in 3 steps.

If you were to say any one thing it would be "Educate yourself". That will cover a multitude of other items like opening of suspicious attachments, patching, back ups etc etc..

If you wanna use a complex power system safely you're going to have to learn what to do.

If you don't wanna to learn then stick to very simple things to stay safe (feature phones and restricted browsing).

If you wanna use a complex thing, and stay ignorant then accept things will go wrong and you'll get pwned.

If you don't want to know about the risks then by default you accept those risks.

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Phone crypto shut FBI out of 7,000 devices, complains chief g-man

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Re: Weak Logic

In the UK yes it could.

That was one of the advantages of the old TrueCrypt program. It could be set up with two containers allowing you to use one as a dummy. So when asked for a password you could give one and it would open revealing nothing of note. Assuming the encryption was up to snuff there would be no way to prove you had not given your password over willingly.

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Review: Magic Leap and Fantasy Funding Fiasco

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Childcatcher

Wow

Wow, wonder if it is possible to get a list of the investors. I have some magic beans I think they would be very interested in.

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EU: No encryption backdoors but, eh, let's help each other crack that crypto, oui? Ja?

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FAIL

Re: The hysteria about encryption seems to be mainly

The spook centres might well have the capability for cracking proper crypto but it doesn't mean that the capability will be shared with other parts of government like the police.

Rudd et all are talking about more work-a-day access to encrypted comms for police investigations that aren't of national importance (the more usual drugs and murder stuff). Access to comms there might be possible now but it's expensive and time consuming. They want a cheap solution i.e. footpad has the universal key to encryption and types in "p@ssw0rd1234" and can access anything.

And clearly because it's only for the 'good guys' it'll never be leaked or found out by the 'bad guys'.

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Facepalm

Much more sensible than installing backdoors. But hard, expensive and relies on nation states trusting each other with intelligence technology and techniques.

So I expect that Rudd et al will continue to bang on about backdoors.

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Stealth web crypto-cash miner Coin Hive back to the drawing board as blockers move in

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Meh

Potential

Given the choice of the current plague of ads or a 'reasonable' use of processing for mining when visiting a site I want to consume content from, I might well chose to allow the mining.

But your content better be worth it and you'd better not take the piss.

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