* Posts by SuccessCase

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Chrome adblockalypse will 'accelerate Google-Facebook duopoly'

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Re: Can't say I'm sorry for the publishers.

@AC asking for evidence. Just google it. Estimates indicate about 61% of all Ad Spend on the Internet Goes to Google and Facebook. Google alone account for about 44% of spend. Google are pushing this because together with Facebook they are a duopoly and can see publishers are stuck in a kind of game theory scenario where individual rational choice is leading to a worse outcome for readers and the web as a whole. Helping reduce bad ad practices will lead to higher revenues. Their action will help in some way to stop publishers crossing over the line into adpocalypse where placing additional banner ads add decreasingly marginal revenue, but where the weight of ads is making the site quality decline (especially as the publisher has no direct control over ad quality, though they can control the quality of where the ads are placed on a site, but not unfortunately, the quality of the code some kinds of ad bring into the site).

I wouldn’t say Google are “helping” the publishers though. The analogy is with the supermarket chains where they say to farmers/producers ok, you need our business and you can only continue with us if you ensure higher quality for the part you control, but the price remains the same. It can be argued this “helps” the consumer and Google, but actually the whole system represents something of an economic trap for publishers. Online publishing is becoming an increasingly low margin business with the competitive choice between medium to low quality Google owned ad feeds or generally worse quality google competitor ad feeds. There are ad networks specialising in the luxury market that don’t fit this simplified model, but at a basic level I think I have presented the market reasonably fairly.

It is important for publishers to stay strong and avoid the ever present gravitational pull of adpocalypse. A bit like with finance/personal loans, the more you are feeling the squeeze, the worse the options become. The Register having found their niche are one of the better examples of how this can be done. John Gruber’s Daring Fireball is an even better example, but done at a smaller scale where the individual (lone publisher) gets much higher margins. But unfortunately these are outliers in a sea of counter-examples

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Six things I learned from using the iPad Pro for Real Work™

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Slight context change there, since this is a tech website and neither of those are technology jobs, though of course it does illustrate that office work is pretty physically undemanding. I would submit however, that if a carer in a geriatric ward is going to be using computing technology, in the future it will be increasingly likely to look more like an iPad than a desktop or laptop computer.

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Re: blast away

But the entry level you have chosen isn't the entry level. The entry level is the MacBook Air or the new MacBook. MacBook Pros are much faster. Granted, the linked example doesn't quite match the words, but the words do at least match the reality of the real-world line-up.

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Apple's HomePod beams you up into new audio dimensions

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Re: @SuccessCase:Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

"The speaker quality itself is basically irrelevant, though, since it can only ever play stuff from your iTunes library."

@Naselus. Actually that's incorrect, the interface is Airplay (a lossless format), so anything that can be played over Airplay, which includes to give some examples, Spotify on iOS, any music from Android devices with some extra software, anything on a Mac, anything on a PC (again with extra software or with iTunes).

But yes that is less convenient for anyone outside the Apple ecosystem because anyone not using iOS or a Mac will need to install something extra to ensure Airplay output and it is doubtful anyone would want a speaker where they have to do that if they aren't Mac or iOS users.

The restriction you are thinking of is on the use of Siri to make music requests to the HomePod. Siri can only fulfils music requests if you have Apple Music or an iTunes in the cloud library.

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Re: Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

"it's not expensive enough to be 'audiophile grade'."

Very true. And it's true for me anything of similar price from Bose or Sonos is good enough, even though I can hear the difference with HomePod when directly compared. Not sure I could identify the HomePod if doing a blind hearing test where the different systems are not played one after the other.

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Re: @SuccessCase:Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

@fruitoftheloon You're having a laugh aren't you? What HiFi, ArsTechnica, scientific measurement of audio fidelity (which can be done with great accuracy), pretty much every godamned review out there and my own experience of the HomePod *all* with very few exceptions call-out the outstanding audio quality. But I guess you know better.

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Re: Love the Picture @ Gordon 10

"Yes, they do sound better than a basic speaker setup, or the junk build into TVs. But they can't form a proper sound stage, they can't do proper frequency response."

Thus neatly illustrating my point about pre-formed prejudice. If you had bothered to check the thorough test of the HomePod speakers I linked to, there is this section:

"2.a Frequency Response

I had to re-measure the frequency response at 100% volume, using a -24 db (rather than a -12 db) sine wave, in order to better see the true frequency response of the speaker. This is because Apple uses Fletcher Munson Loudness Compensation on the HomePod (which we'll get into in a bit)

Keeping the volume at 100% let us tricking the Fletcher Munson curve by locking it into place. Then, we could measure the speaker more directly by sending sine waves generated at different SPL’s, to generate a frequency response curve at various volume levels. This was the only way to measure the HomePod without the Fletcher Munson Curve compensating for the sound. The resultant graph shows the near-perfectly flat frequency response of the HomePod. Another testament to this incredible speaker’s ability to be true to any recording.

Here is that graph, note that it's had 1/12 smoothing applied to it, in order to make it easier to read. As far we can tell, this is the true frequency response of the HomePod.

At 100% volume, 5 feet away from the HomePod, at a 0º angle (right in front) with a -24db Sine Wave. For this measurement the HomePod was on a makeshift stand that’s approximately 5 inches high. The reason for doing this is that when it was left on the desk, there is a 1.5Khz spike in the frequency response due to reflections off the wood. Like any other speaker, The HomePod is susceptible to nearby reflections if placed on a surface, as they happen far too close to the initial sound for any room compensation to take place.

Here's a Graph of Frequency Response with ⅓ smoothing decompensated for Fletcher Munson correction, at 100% volume, from -12 db sine waves, to -36 db.

And here's a look at the Deviation from Linearity between -12 and -24db.

What we can immediately see is that the HomePod has an incredibly flat frequency response at multiple volumes. It doesn’t try to over emphasize the lows, mids, or highs. This is both ideal, and impressive because it allows the HomePod to accurately reproduce audio that’s sent to it. All the way from 40Hz to 20,000Hz it's ±3dB, and from 60Hz to 13.5Khz, it's less than ±1dB... Hold on while I pick my jaw up off the floor."

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Re: Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

“ but the simple reality is that a single point source isn't going to create a convincing sound stage other than for a single listener, and everybody else in the room will get sub-optimal sound. ”

Which isn’t how beamforming works or has been applied by HomePod, but hey don’t let what the words actually mean here detract from making a good negative comment. Oh BTW, the article covers the beamforming as well but of course the familiarity of preformed prejudice is so much more comfortable than learning something new.

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Re: Love the Picture (with the Hacksaw)

And actually, verifiably, kick arse sound. Check this out for a science/audio engineering based appraisal of its acoustic capability.

https://www.reddit.com/r/audiophile/comments/7wwtqy/apple_homepod_the_audiophile_perspective/

Conclusion, genuinely better than £1000 plus audiophile kit for a fraction of the price.

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ASA tells Poundland and its teabagging elf: Enough with the smutty social ninja sh*t

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What prudes. It's not as though there isn't a tradition of accepting the exposure of children to double entendres. What, for example, is more British than taking your children to a Christmas Pantomime? The double entendre's are equally if not more obvious and just as "bad." It just goes above the children's heads and that's part of the fun of it.

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Samsung heir walks free after appeals court quashes bribery charges

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Are you suggesting there was a bribe to make the bribery charges go away? Surely not.

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You get a lawsuit! And you get a lawsuit! And you! Now Apple sued over CPU security flaws

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Re: But will it get fixed?

Surely it’s impossible Apple are responsible, when - according to The Register - they only sell rebranded Foxconn phones.

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US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

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Re: Market Saturation

Though there will be a bump later in the year when everyone replaces their PCs again after Intel, ARM licencees and AMD have released *SECURE* (we hope) CPUs.

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Apple macOS so secure some apps can't be easily deleted

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Re: It is my personal belief that such boo-boos wouldn't have happened under Steve Jobs

Oh god it’s another “death of Apple” prediction.

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Damian Green: Not only my workstation – mystery pr0n all over Parliamentary PCs

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Re: Poor excuse for a politician

Fluffing... pillows?

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Apple iOS 11 security 'downgrade' decried as 'horror show'

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Re: I don't get this article at all.

The claim is a great ad for Elmsoft. They are implying all the “layers” are stripped because anyone who takes possession of a phone and has the passcode can make a new encrypted backup and can restore that on another device because they have the passcode. What confuses the message is the Elmsoft guy says “If it's just one single thing, then it's not adequate protection." When what he really means is “Actually it’s two things, a restorable an unlocked phone and our tools which are so good, if you have them you are guaranteed success accessing data on a phone that can be repeatedly restored or where a restore can be made to a specially physically Elmsoft compromised device, so from a user passcode/security perspective that’s no better than one thing.”

He’s probably right, but they do need the passcode (not just fingerprint unlock because you need the passcode to make the backup). The argument is over if this significantly weakens security. Passcodes are entered far less frequently in public spaces these days because of fingerprint id. If you don’t have the passcode getting it wrong a small number of times will throw up a second layer of protection (the full Apple account password). If you are somewhere border guards can insist on you handing over your phone passcode, because laws say they have to be able to access your phone, they can also presumably insist on your Apple password. If it is just that you have to unlock it in front of them and a passcode is easily seen, they can film you as you enter a full passcode also. So the argument against Elmsoft’s timely “adclosure” (that’s a special kind of disclosure these security companies specialise in) is that the single point of failure is the human under pressure at a border scenario, which it is arguable hasn’t practically changed.

Actually I would argue Elmsoft are right to a degree. With their tools (if they are as effective as they are implying which is the neat promotional trick about the way this “disclosure” is written). Then it does become easier to get all your other personal data. A spouse who *does* sometimes see you enter a passcode, or someone with access to security tapes from a building or place where you have entered the code in front of a camera - both have a greater opportunity to act against you with this change. For some that will be a problem. For me it means more careful OpSec (see I just did an Elmsoft and craftily burnished my IT Security credentials - what I meant was I will just be careful not to ever enter my passcode in front of others or in front of cameras).

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Prosecute driverless car devs for software snafus, say Brit cyclists

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I'm a cyclist and Cycling UK aren't speaking for me. I disagree. There is no reason driverless cars should be less safe for cyclists than cars controlled by a brain. Brains are often mean, don't respect the space cyclists need and make inconsistent judgements, or even, as I have witnessed on all too many occasions deliberately drive dangerously close, presumably with the intent of "shitting the cyclist up." Driverless cars, provided they have a suitable array of sensors, should detect cyclists and respect a cyclist's needs far more consistently than a human driver. I was knocked off about two years ago under all too common circumstances when a car simply pulled out in front of me from a side road. A driverless vehicle would be ever vigilant and such a simple, but potentially deadly, error should almost never be made.

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

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Re: No change

What complete and utter nonsense. The transfer is due to capital redistribution rules “justified” by politicians implementing environmental policies. The very opposite of capitalism. It’s pure environmental socialism. As is so often the case the politicians distorting the market, thinking they can do such a clever job of “fixing society” are the culprits who have created the market imbalances that allow for the inequity.

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OK, we admit it. Under the hood, the iPhone X is a feat of engineering

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Re: Hell froze over

It's Andrew Orlowski. As he has got to know Apple better, he's been coming over all Charles Arthur like.

Understandable, the register has always underestimated Apple's engineering prowess and has never really understood the difference between design and assembly and the role of contractural intellectual property prohibitions.

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Apple hauls in $52.6bn in Q4, iPhone, iPad and Mac sales all up

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"Must be a barrel of laughs in your house."

No we are really nerdy and actually quite intelligent. So for example, we laugh at people who take a sample of one joke and use it to imply a generalised conclusion for all jokes. And then we dissect the apparent psychology of someone who would do that, because drawing a false conclusion involves a choice, is done for an effect, unless of course the person who has done it is a bit dim. So the logic shows they are either dim or a bit arse. It's all a bit Sheldon round my way ;)

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Re: "the Mac had its best-ever full year for revenue"

The Touch Bar isn't useless, it's just that those like me who are already used to and have spent years learning keyboard shortcuts have no pressing need for it. Plus people like me have become users who have stopped looking for optimisations in the same way we once did in our youth. I would be willing to be those new to computing will be using it copiously rather than learning all the keyboard shortcuts.

Its always the same when something new is introduced. Just look at the furore around the "new" design Final Cut Pro when that was introduced. Yes there were many deficiencies, but just as much criticism was due to stick in the mud stalwarts hating anything new. Now it is considered pretty damned good.

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The news is the turnaround this represents in The Register’s reporting from the days when they were literally running a “Peak Apple” campaign; they virtually “coined the phrase” and used it in every headline and every article about Apple they could at every opportunity. A reporting style based on wish, trolling and spite and having nothing whatever to do with fact.

The unreported news however was that, gradually, over-time, it was becoming obvious that more and more Register journalists were in fact buying Apple. Quite funny really.

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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

First Direct phone me and start asking me my security questions to confirm who I am. My reply is always the same. "I know I can call you back, but my concern is you are showing yourself to be so incompetent as to have considered this an acceptable process in the first place. Do you think its a good idea to encourage your customers to respond with security information when a random stranger when a random stranger phones them up?"

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Qualcomm sues Apple for allegedly blabbing smartphone chip secrets in emails CC'd to Intel

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It’s almost like the anonymous post Qualcomm refers to contains just the information and all the legal key phrases that would allow Qualcomm to claim intellectual property guarantees had been breached by an employee in order to justify a court request for an expensive and difficult audit that would be entirely to Qualcomm’s advantage in the current legal battle, but none of the level of information that would unnecessarily add to the legal liabilities of someone caught posting such a message deceptively. Compare with the average post on the same website, or the average post on a forum like e.g. reddit, they just don’t read like that post reads!

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Official: Perl the most hated programming language, say devs

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Perl has been described as a write only language.

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You're doing open source wrong, Microsoft tsk-tsk-tsks at Google: Chrome security fixes made public too early

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Re: They're right but it's a moot point

@Oh Homer The article quite clearly describes a scenario where the exploit can be applied when the unsupecting user simply visits a web page. That’s a long comment to have written when your fundamental premise is, er, compromised.

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Apple's iPhone X won't experience the joy of 6...

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Yes that’s true, but the 3D sensor availability is now an issue but that is because of the adopted display strategy and the need for the edge to edge display. The strategy dual iPhone 8/X strategy was undoubtedly decided upon due to display supply constraints and the sensor became an issue after experimentation with different forms of biometric identification solution. LG were not available as a second display supplier having evidenced lower yields and bad quality (“patchyness”).

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The whole point of the iPhone X is that Apple have been in a bind. Selling so many individual handsets with a huge launch demand has left them hamstrung when launching new features. Not only do they need to ensure new engineering, they need to ensure that engineering for new feature x is at a scale none of their competitors need to match for any single handset model, from day one (even Samsung does not sell so many of any given single model). Their way to solve this is by increasing price to reduce demand to a serviceable level. It’s a high risk strategy they would probably have preferred not to have to take (launching the iPhones 8 and X at the same time goes against Steve Jobs expressed preference for the “one Coke” philosophy). But the problem of introducing new tech at such high volume has left them exposed. They are unable to implement new cutting edge features so effectively but their price proposition and margins are such that they are expected to be out in front.

In truth this may be a one release problem. The key part that has caused this bind is likely to be the introduction of a true edge to edge display. Samsung have ended up dominating the OLED supply market more than Apple expected, competitors have had yield/quality issues and the result is that the display component is no longer a competitive commodity supply choice. At least not for this release cycle.

So yes Apple are expecting reduced demand for iPhone X, while they want to maintain profit, that’s the whole point. They are trying to overcome the challenge of introducing an edge to edge display that can’t be introduced in the volume an iPhone launch typically requires and are using the price/demand curve to solve the problem.

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US yanks staff from Cuban embassy over sonic death ray fears

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“secret weapon nobody has seen and nobody has any information on”

Sonic attacks are hardly secret or hard to do. They just aren’t that common.

And the guy in the picture, is not under sonic attack. If i’m Not mistaken, i’d say he is suffering the effects of depressurisation and the sand definitely looks like it is Martian, so I deduce he’s lost his space helmet whilst on Mars (and possibly Arnold Swarzenegger is nearby).

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Apple Mac fans told: Something smells EFI in your firmware

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You can’t look at version numbers alone and conclude anything. I deal with driver and Firmware updates all the time in my development work. And we frequently run older versions because they are better for what we need. The patched security holes may relate to hardware options that are not used, or may be a hole already determined to lead nowhere exploitable on the Mac sytem. This can only be determined by detailed analysis. You can be sure someone in Apple is doing precisely that. I know from bitter experience, automatically jumping on the latest firmware is not the best way to ensure quality or security and rational analysis of the facts on the ground usually leads to a far more conservative decision than many would appreciate. The idea this external Security Firm can tell how secure a system is from looking at percentages of machines with firmware version x is frankly pretty unprofessional. These outfits always seem to be turning out this kind of a report in the hope of gaining publicity.

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Attention adults working in the real world: Do not upgrade to iOS 11 if you use Outlook, Exchange

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Re: Installed fine on all my devices. Seems a bit snappier too in operation

“They were once men. Then Jobs the deceiver gave to them iPhones of great shine. Blinded by their greed, they took them without question, one by one falling into darkness. Now they are slaves to his will. They are the Fanbois, Phonewraiths, neither living nor dead. At all times they feel the presence of the iPhone, drawn to the power of Cupertino.”

Quick, organise a party to take them to the Land of Korea. Only the NiCAD fires of mount Samsung are strong enough to melt the phones of power. I vote you should be the phone bearer as only a short arsed Android Fanboi can resist the power of The Phone.

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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Re: Why track in the first place?

But the simple fact is iOS11, which will probably be on general release in a couple of weeks time, has incorporated a big blue indicator banner at the top of the screen naming and shaming apps utilising background tracking (they can no longer do so surreptitiously - the previous small location indicator arrow was too obscure and most user's wouldn't go to settings to check which app had triggered it).

If an app uses location tracking all the time, customer's will be asking why and will get annoyed that the big blue banner keeps displaying, and will probably also disallow location tracking when the app is not in use. Uber of course know this, so pretending to have come over all caring about customer privacy simply doesn't wash. Indeed that they have come out with this now, after they will have been running the software on the iOS11 beta for a couple of months, and will have realised how untrustworthy that banner reveals them to be, IMO simply shows what cynical wankers they are.

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Node.js forks again – this time it's a war of words over anti-sex-pest codes of conduct

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Re: Normal differences, nothing to see here.

“People need to realise that we are all different and driven by different things.”

Why does this remind me of the Team America “There are Arseholes and Dicks” speech?

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Headless body found near topless beach: Missing private sub journalist identified

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Re: Making light of tragedy

"What do you call a man with no arms/legs floating in the water?

BOB! [had to do that one]"

...and the man with no arms and no legs swimming in a swimming pool?

Clever Dick!

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Re: Making light of tragedy

Aww come on. I suspect it was because of censorious attitudes like that that Oscar Wilde wrote “One must have a heart of stone to read the death of little Nell without laughing.”

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Any jokes about submarines and a muff dive gone wrong? Too soon?

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I think the likely scenario was, “she lost her head because he lost his head because she wouldn’t give head.”

Of course who “he” is in this scenario has yet to be proved in a court of law.

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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Re: Oh, matron!

They say the name comes from an anagram, but surely, surely it has to be a joke on the fact it is used for penetration testing. Surely.

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Your top five dreadful people the Google manifesto has pulled out of the woodwork

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Re: asshe but

"The evidence for biological differences (as opposed to differences caused by social conditioning) is sketchy, controversial and dubious."

Not at all, please provide sources. I can. This contains multiple highly accredited scientific sources, and discusses the Googler's paper :

http://quillette.com/2017/08/07/google-memo-four-scientists-respond/

Also please avoid left-wing sociologist/gender studies peer-reviewed "social science" sources as they are so often discredited bullshit - see this for a laugh:

http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/05/21/fake-academic-paper-published-in-liberal-journal-hilariously-exposes-the-absurdity-of-gender-studies/

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Re: asshe but

@Viadotas Zemlys

"and made a conclusion that because men and women are different biologically, they are different in their aptitude for being a software engineer."

No he didn't and you won't be able to come up with a quote to show he did. This is really very important and I am interested in why you feel the need to say that despite the fact he didn't say any such thing. He said in effect women are less inclined to want to be software engineers. That is a very different thing from saying they don't have the aptitude.

Let me give an example. My mother was very clever. She could quite possibly have been a Nobel prize wining scientist if she had wanted to be. She didn't want to be. There is nothing at all insulting or demeaning about saying that. If someone told me my mother didn't have the aptitude to be a Nobel prize wining scientist, I would would think that is rather presumptive. They don't know her and don't know how very intelligent she is. But if they said she didn't have the desire to be one, I would agree with them.

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Re: asshe but

"Well yes, as soon as he disparaged 20% of the workforce as biologically inferior he became a liability."

Where did he do that? He didn't. He noted biological differences, and biological differences in brain function simply, factually and provably exist. Is that in and of itself a claim that one sex is biologically inferior to the other? It seems to me you must have felt the need make up that criticism due to a pre-conceived bias without actually reading or thinking about what he said.

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Mediocre Britain: UK broadband ranked 31st in world for speed

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Given consumer broadband use is time-wasting binge watching of Netflix and Youtube, this is perhaps not such a bad thing for the UK's productivity.

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Apple pulls massive HomeKit chip U-turn to keep up with Amazon Echo and Google Home

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Re: Forgetting why Apple exists

“With that fame, Apple has started viewing the rest of the world as competition to crush or enslave.”

No it’s quite clear they don’t view the world this way. If they did they would make low cost iPhones for India. If they did they wouldn’t consistently aim at the top 10% of the market and only the top 10%, quite happily leaving the rest of the market on the table. Steve Jobs business insight was precisely that in the old PC versus Mac era, in his words, the relationship between Microsoft and Apple “is not a zero sum game where for one to succeed the other has to fail.” Whereas for years that is how Microsoft had viewed it.

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Inside the ongoing fight to stamp out govt-grade Android spyware

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“However, for now, Google and its friends have the upper hand on cyber-mercenaries who peddle government spyware.”

I don’t see how the author can say that. Obviously Google only know about the exploits they know about. Then there’s all the ones they don’t know. Quite a few of those will be with the NSA and GCHQ, probably, but others will be with commercial vendors. Some of those commercial vendors and / or their employees will also deal with the criminal underworld. Again probably.

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Expect the Note 8 to break the bank (and your wallet)

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It was probably around £790 - £850 until the rumours started about the iPhone pricing and Samsung gave their oh so predictable “me too” response. It’s like they are shit scared people will think they don’t provide the same quality proposition as Apple. Now why would they think that?

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If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, I guess you match their demographic.

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Factories counter-punch Qualcomm in the gut as Apple eggs them on

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Re: Evil

How are Apple rent seeking? They don't ask other companies to pay license fees. They don't join patent pools such that the patents they own are subject to FRAND terms (FRAND terms are available to other members of the pool). Qualcomm have put their patents into patent pools where they are deemed essential to a new standard that Qualcomm wanted to see adopted and therefore were prepared for their patents to be subject to FRAND terms. Apple simply don't want other companies to use their patented tech and aren't asking for royalties. Sure you can disagree with if they should have been granted the patents in the first place. But rent seeking no.

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May the excessive force be with you: Chap cuffed after Star Trek v Star Wars row turns bloody

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Re: In a fight over...

Who voted for Star Trek being better than Star Wars? Name a time and a place. I'll see you fuckers later.

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How to pwn phones with shady replacement parts

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Re: Fantastic way to make phones unrepairable

"This seems to be the way to make sure that only the manufacturers can repair phones."

"The way" being reality. You have just anthropomorphised an inconvenient fact, presumably to make it sound like the manufacturer is an evil actor "doing this" to make us have to pay more.

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