* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

'We don't want a camera in everyone's living room' says bloke selling cameras in living rooms. Zuckerberg, you moron

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"Rich people" in this sense aren't megamillionaires

They are people like you and me. We're both probably in the 1% on a worldwide basis.

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Depends on your definition of "ad"

If you see a "sponsored story" about something that interests you, do you always look at the text above to see that it is a sponsored story? Do you refrain from clicking on it if you do, even if what it is about interests you? Maybe you do, but the vast majority of people do not.

I see sponsored links for stuff like "25 amazing things you can buy on Amazon", and I've clicked on it a few times when the picture actually looks interesting. If I saw something I wanted, I'd buy it, and Amazon would have got their money's worth.

Now imagine someone in the third world having to get by on a few dollars a day. There's nothing that could possibly be advertised that they would buy, because they don't have any disposable income. Even people a little higher up the ladder who do have a little disposable income, are by necessity a lot more careful with it than you or I have to be.

OF COURSE advertising at rich people works far better than advertising at poor people, because rich people have money to spend. The definition of "rich" here, includes you and I. No one is talking about people who buy $1 million supercars, you aren't going to reach them via Facebook nor would such a thing be an impulse purchase even for a billionaire.

Linus Torvalds pulls pin, tosses in grenade: x86 won, forget about Arm in server CPUs, says Linux kernel supremo

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Re: "Torvalds abandoned his commitment to civil discourse.."

Saying a general concept "is bullshit" is very different from calling out an individual as he had in the past. If idiots (oops, I guess I'm as bad as he is!) are calling him out for this, he might as well retire because apparently agreeing with everyone and avoiding profanity is the only thing that will satisfy some people.

What's the frequency, KeNNeth? Neural nets trained to tune in on radar signals to boost future mobe broadband

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Why don't they just geolock it

Towers are only allowed to support that band if they are locked more than 20 miles from the coast. Pretty sure there are no Navy ships to interfere with where I live in the midwest!

EPIC demand: It's time for Google to fly the Nest after 'forgetting' to mention home alarm hub has built-in mic

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Their statement is contradictory

"The microphone has never been on and is only activated when users specifically enable the option."

So wait, if it has NEVER been on, how can it be activated when users specifically enable the option? If users were able to activate it, then it would be on.

Oracle: Major ad scam 'DrainerBot' is rinsing Android users of their battery life and data

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If the malware writers are smart

They'll make it only do the ad downloads when connected to wifi, thus greatly reducing the chances people will notice it. If you have a plan with only a couple GB like I do, you'd get a notice from your carrier that were approaching/over your limit in less than a week!

Since most phones are connected to wifi most of the time, this wouldn't impact their per phone earnings much but it would greatly increase the lifespan of the malware on a given phone.

The bigger they are, the harder they fall: Peak smartphone hits Apple, Samsung the worst

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Re: Udpates for $19.99?

More ad revenue than Google? How would they do that, exactly? Will it force you to watch a short video when you unlock your phone, and listen to a 15 second audio ad before your call is connected?

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Apple always sells more phones in Q4 than they do in other quarters, for obvious reasons - they've been #1 in Q4 in multiple years because the increase was enough to beat Samsung's total for that quarter, though they have always been behind them for the whole year.

Go, go, Gadgets Boy! 'Influencer' testing 5G for Vodafone finds it to be slower than 4G

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Re: 5G is just an excuse to have to build out more infrastructure

The additional cell locations will only be in built up areas, 5G will exclusively use lower bands in rural areas that cover the same area. No one will be adding a bunch of towers so they can cover farmland with millimeter wave 5G capable of 10 Gbps.

In many areas LTE and 5G will share the same spectrum (which is part of the standard) so the upgrade will be fairly simple - just replace the backend electronics and update the software. The antenna will be unchanged, though they might add a few more to take advantage of the 5G standard's better spacial locality abilities.

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Re: 6G!

If you're going to call for fantasy, why not go all the way to 9G so you can be decades ahead of the rest of the world? MAGA!

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They are making 4G faster

LTE started out at 150 Mbps, now it is over 2 Gbps. That fast enough for you?

5G gets exactly the same bits per Hz of bandwidth as LTE, the main reason it will (eventually) achieve those headline grabbing max theoretical speeds is by exploiting wide swathes of virgin spectrum. Mostly millimeter wave spectrum, which comes with some problems of its own. Namely that it will require a LOT of power to make something actually use those wide swathes of spectrum (your phone will run hot and need frequent charging) and doesn't penetrate obstacles like a leaf very well, let alone walls.

Qualcomm's recently announced 5G chip supports something carriers have been demanding - the ability to run both LTE and 5G on the same spectrum. That way those who don't have any low band spectrum free to dedicate to 5G will be able to have people actually be able to use it when they are inside their house. Not that it will be any faster than LTE, but the types of early adopters who will run out and buy a new phone just because it advertises 5G will be so excited to see that '5G' icon pop up they won't bother to measure that there is no improvement in speed.

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

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Yes I think tri-fold is required, because that's the only way you'll end up with something like 16:9 for an unfolded device. Since watching video is the #1 use of a tablet, having a square screen like the aptly-named "Fold" is a major fail!

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Re: It's a fold up 2K tablet

Better specs that most Android tablets....you mean the ones that cost $150? Given that watching video is one of the main uses for a tablet, something a near 1:1 display ratio is uniquely unsuited for, this thing is a giant swing and a miss as a tablet. As a phone it doesn't offer all that much more display area than the biggest phablets, and requires two handed use.

When you have a compromise device, it needs to at least be better at one thing. This is worse as a phone and worse as a tablet, and costs twice what you'd pay for each separately - even at Apple's pricing if you bought an iPhone XR and iPad or iPad Mini!

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

Yes, a "folding machine" that folded and unfolded it with machine like precision over and over again. In the real world people will apply twisting forces, it will sit in tight jeans pockets or be underneath other things in a purse. No amount of machine testing can equate to a year in the real world. I predict news about high return/repair rates in the Reg's future for 2019. I suspect that's part of the reason for the high price - they've built in some margin to account for that.

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Something new?

Royole beat them to the punch by half a year. Yes, theirs was even more terrible, but at double the thickness (not to mention double the price!) of normal phones, with a ridiculously huge bezel around the exterior display for unknown reasons, and an incredibly stupid near 1:1 display ratio when unfolded, the "Fold" is aptly named. Samsung needs to go back to the drawing board.

If you look at the demo, there's a bright line evident in the middle a lot of the time, and the two halves have different color/brightness indicating it isn't opening perfectly flat. The fact they didn't let anyone see one in person - even behind glass - is pretty telling.

U wot, m8? OMG SMS is back from dead

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Why should Apple be "forced" to do anything? Just because you'd find it more convenient? Exactly what law would you use to try to force their cooperation?

Let's wait to see if RCS gains any traction before you try to force Apple into supporting it. Whatsapp has a billion users, and Facebook will do everything in their power to keep them - they are collecting lots of valuable personal information from those people and the last company they want to get their hands on that personal information instead is Google.

Since Google's implementation of RCS doesn't support secure encryption it deserves to fail, IMHO. It is obvious why, they can't scan your messages to add to their collection of personal data if it is point to point encrypted.

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Re: iMessage

It tells you a message is delivered and also tells you if it was read (which is updated in real time) However, I think you have to enable the ability for senders to know if you've read a message. I didn't, because if I decide I want to ignore something you told me and deal with it later I don't want you to know that I read it right away and only chose to respond that evening...

The meaning of "delivered" perhaps isn't clear here. Delivered means that it has left your phone and reached Apple's network, and been sent to the receipient's device. It does not mean the receipient's device received it - they'd need a separate "received" notification for that I guess. Once it reaches Apple's network it is off your phone so you can disable your network, turn it off etc. and the message will still reach the intended target - it is more useful as a way to know that the message is on its way if you are somewhere with poor connectivity where you sometimes have to try several times to get "delivered" status instead of an error. Apple's servers will keep trying to send it until it gets through.

The "received" status would be something like "read" and be something you'd want to have opt in. I don't necessarily want any random person to be able to tell if my phone is currently connected to the network or not. What if I want to lie and tell them I'm in a place without cell connectivity? :)

How do you solve a problem like Galileo? With a strap-on L-band payload, of course!

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If geostationary worked so well

Why is everyone using large constellations of LEO satellites to provide positioning? The problem with geosynchronous is that it isn't a stable orbit since the Earth isn't perfectly round, so the satellites move in a little figure 8 pattern (analemma) and occasionally need little corrections due to "space weather". The orbits of LEO satellites aren't perfectly stable either (changes in the Van Allen belts can induce a bit of extra drag that needs to be compensated for) but aside from that their orbit is easy to calculate and predict than geo. And they are MUCH closer, meaning the receiver's clock can be less accurate and still get good results.

Maybe the chip scale atomic clocks would overcome these concerns and allow geo satellites to perform this role. If so it would be easier to piggyback this functionality onto a geo satellite that is soon to launch - or better yet just require everyone who launches one under the UK flag to include the functionality, so you have plenty of redundancy making it more difficult for an enemy to knock you out.

Visited the Grand Canyon since 2000? You'll have great photos – and maybe a teensy bit of unwanted radiation

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Re: Radon warning for the applicable...

If you live in an older house it doesn't matter much - they are too drafty for the radon to build up. This is mostly a problem in newer homes built to be energy efficient (which is why new construction with basements are required by code to have radon mitigation, at least around here) or older homes where you've sealed all the gaps and cracks. One reason why I've never bothered to upgrade the energy efficiency of my 70 year old house, then I'd probably have a radon problem and need to spend another couple thousand retrofitting a mitigation solution!

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Re: "What if terrorists ..."

Such a small amount of radiation dispersed widely by a bomb wouldn't register on a geiger counter. The threat/fear by a dirty bomb would be equally bad whether you used bomb grade refined uranium, uranium ore, or dirt to fill that "dirty" bomb, because it would be hours after it exploded before authorities figured out there was no radiation - and conspiracy theorists would immediately go into action claiming the government was covering up the truth!

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Re: Risk assessment

I was going to get vaccinated against homeopathy, but I'm afraid of the side effects.

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Usual alarmism bullshit regarding radiation

Park visitors have nothing to fear from this, unless they went to the museum and stood by the taxidermy exhibit all day every day. The park employees might have a bit more of a case since they were there every day, but still pretty hard to get enough exposure to matter.

The average person will read this and think "they had a bucket with 15 pounds of uranium in it, what if terrorists had got their hands on it", not knowing that they might have a chunk of uranium ore among the rocks in their garden.

Password managers may leave your online crown jewels 'exposed in RAM' to malware – but hey, they're still better than the alternative

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A token could work for this

If it was connected to the computer via USB or bluetooth. To wit: you 'login' to the password manager using your master password and the token. The passwords are not loaded until they are needed, and require authentication/decryption with the token (alone) on each use. That way once used they can be immediately wiped from RAM.

Of course, if an evildoer is able to read your RAM, it doesn't matter whether your password is in RAM all the time or only for 1/1000th of a second. Erasing it from RAM after use raises the bar to stealing it, but most certainly does not make it impossible.

An alternative to a token would be a face scanner. As some will rush to post every time they are mentioned, those are "usernames" not passwords. Which is perfect for this use - by determining "yes, the authorized user is present" then it can load the password into RAM. You'd need the face ID to unlock a key used to decrypt the password once it is read from stable storage, but that's easily managed by a secure enclave type solution - it isn't in RAM so the evildoer can't read it. You could do it with a fingerprint reader too, but that would require action on the part of the user, so it isn't nearly as convenient.

US telcos' best pal – yes, the FCC – urged to dump its dodgy stats, crowd-source internet speeds direct from subscribers

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Because censorship is never abused

Let's watch municipal networks in Alabama block stuff critical of Trump, or those in California block Trump's tweets, and see how people feel about it then?

If we had net neutrality regulations (and made sure there wasn't a loophole exempting municipal broadband) then we wouldn't have to worry about stuff like this. If people are burning through too much bandwidth surfing porn, force the heavy users to pay for a bigger cap.

Though I suspect it will be people who stream all their TV that are the heavy users these days, most people don't have the stamina to surf porn for as many hours a day as they can watch Netflix :)

Techie in need of a doorstop picks up 'chunk of metal' – only to find out it's rather pricey

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Re: I don't believe it...

Who says it was a paperweight? It probably had a purpose, and obviously the MD knew what it was, that it was company property, and that it wasn't where it was supposed to be (which was probably also not "on some guy's desk")

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

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Re: Because Trump lied when he called it "tax reform"

Not true, Reagan did actual tax reform in 1986.

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Because Trump lied when he called it "tax reform"

It was nothing of the sort, it was just tax cuts. So the corporate rate went from 35% to 21%, so the deductions and credits they get (some of which ought to have been modified or eliminated when they cut rates by so much) are enough to wipe out their tax bill completely.

How's this for sci-fi: Orbiting probes face fiery death dive from planet's radiation belts. And that planet is Earth

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Re: CV requirements at NASA

It is a lot easier to overbuild devices that are designed as a one off (or two off in this case) than to do so for something you intend to make by the thousands, let alone by the millions. Your budget tends to be become a lot tighter so overengineering and redundancy gets cut.

Roses are red, Facebook will pay, to make Uncle Sam go away: Zuck, FTC in $bn settlement rumor

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Re: Bars!

The FTC almost always fines on a consent degree basis, so Facebook would have to commit to no longer doing the bad stuff in the future and may have one or more government employees at their HQ to keep an eye on them.

The biggest risk isn't that the fine is one and done, it is that every time you get a new administration, there's a chance for a different outlook. Just like Obama era regulatory actions against coal companies were disappeared under Trump, similar things could happen if a democrat takes office in 2021 and installs more Facebook friendly FTC appointees.

Roses are red, so is ketchup, 'naked' Huawei tells its critics to belt up

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Re: Looking at the source code is nice and all

Huawei's code isn't open source, where did you get the idea that there will be "a lot of active developers" looking at each commit? They are making it available to a particular organization in the UK (and presumably other countries) but aren't going to be seeing every commit. They'll get one version, and then they'll get the next version, with potentially thousands of commits in between. Good luck seeing something they have deliberately hidden amongst huge haystacks of real code changes (and that's assuming the first version they deliver doesn't already include all the backdoors, carefully disguised as "oops, that's a bug")

The odds of finding it may be slightly better than with Cisco, but the odds of the government being able to control whether Huawei plants something are 100%, while the odds of the US government being able to do with same with Cisco are less. Maybe you think they are high, or low, but they are nowhere near 100%.

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Looking at the source code is nice and all

I mean you can rule out the existence of functions called allow_spying_by_chinese_secret_police() but given that serious remote exploits can lurk in open source code for years in some cases, how the heck is providing the source code any guarantee? It would be easy to slip in some "bugs" modeled after bugs that have been seen in the wild, giving them plausible deniality in the unlikely event one were found - having several means there will always be a few undiscovered ones waiting for the government order to be received.

Amazon throws toys out of pram, ditches plans for New York HQ2 after big trouble in Big Apple

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Great

Now they will start that beauty contest (and bidding war) all over again. This is why we need a law making tax breaks to bring businesses to your city or state illegal. Its a race to the bottom that big business exploits all too well - and only big business need apply. A small business owner that might generate 50 jobs won't get a penny of tax break, even if at $45,000 per job he should theoretically be eligible for over $2 million if they treated him the same way they treat Amazon!

Bad news for WannaCry slayer Marcus Hutchins: Judge rules being young, hungover, and in a strange land doesn't obviate evidence

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Re: "while talking to an unnamed associate over a recorded prison telephone line"

I have to imagine either there's a sign by the phone that it is recorded, or there's a recording that plays before your call starts. Anyone done time who can confirm if that's the case?

If not, I suppose he can claim he was under the impression his calls were private, but if there is notification there they have him dead to rights by his own admission.

How do you like them Apples? Tim Cook's iPhones sitting in the tree, feeling unloved by the Chinese

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Re: Huawei

Yes between the trade war and Huawei bashing in the west (whether deserved or not) Apple has a big hill to climb to sell phones there when patriotic Chinese will want to support their own brands.

If the situation was reversed and say South Korea was picking a trade war with the US initiating tariffs and threatening even larger tariffs, and they were looking to ban sales of iPhones locally, I can imagine that there would be a pretty good sized backlash against Samsung in the US and help sales of phones from US companies like iPhones and Pixels.

Head of Apple's insider trading program charged with… you guessed it... insider trading

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Re: WTF? He should *know* this is like shooting fish in a barrell for the SEC

Stupid and so egotistical that one believes they will be able to talk their way out of it if caught are often very similar. We've seen a lot of that among all the people caught up in the Mueller probe, who thought they could claim they had no contact with Russians, then when that failed make up flimsy excuses etc.

Maybe this guy figured since he was in charge of enforcing insider trading restrictions at Apple that he knew the law so well that he could find a way to claim he's innocent. Who knows, I suppose there's a chance he still will - so far he's only accused. But selling all your stock right before an earnings disappointment is announced looks really bad, he better have one hell of a lie!

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Re: WTF? He should *know* this is like shooting fish in a barrell for the SEC

If he's classified as an 'insider' by the SEC, he has to execute pre-planned trades during specific periods. If you are so classified, you can't just decide one day to sell all your shares. Even if you had material information that they would beat estimates and the stock would soar and you lost money doing so, it would still be illegal.

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Re: WTF? He should *know* this is like shooting fish in a barrell for the SEC

At least the smart people partner with friends who work elsewhere so you tell your friend when to buy or sell Apple and he tells you when to buy or sell Google. That's a lot harder for the SEC to catch. What this guy did is like drunkenly driving your car down the street with a breathalyzer reading of .15 proudly displayed in your back window!

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Why would you do this?

The guy had $10 million in stock to sell, and he sold it to avoid a paltry 3.5% loss? Given a choice between being very rich, and risking spending time in jail to be ever so slightly more rich, I would prefer the former!

Nevermind that if he'd held onto that $10 million in stock it would be worth more today even after Apple's recent drop.

Forbidden fruit of smut, gambling iOS apps found flourishing using Apple enterprise certs

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Re: I don't think Apple can effectively oversee who qualifies as a "business"

OK granted if getting a DUNS ID is easier/cheaper than I thought - but then it isn't much of a hurdle either and wouldn't prevent someone from doing this.

So we're back to needing a way for end users to report this to Apple so they can revoke the certificates. Because I don't see a way for Apple to try to police it themselves, since they don't have any part in the transaction aside from issuing the enterprise certificate, and iOS allowing end users to install that enterprise certificate.

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I don't think Apple can effectively oversee who qualifies as a "business"

If you make the hurdle too high (like having a DUNS ID) you will disqualify the smaller players.

They clearly need to get a handle on this as it is being abused, but there are probably better ways. One might be to include a click through agreement that attests you are an employee when you install the certificate, along with a "report" button you can click if you are induced to install software that tells you you need to click OK as part of the process and lie about your status as an employee.

Even if 99 out of 100 people looking for a porn or gambling app will happily click OK saying they are an employee to get access to the app, all you need are a few people who say "hold on" and click report. Then Apple can follow up with them about how they got the certificate and revoke it. These illegitimate app purveyors would have to carefully screen their customers to insure they are equally as unscrupulous to avoid the risk of someone hitting the 'report' button.

ACLU: Here's how FBI tried to force Facebook to wiretap its chat app. Judge: Oh no you don't

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Re: ACLU should appeal all the way up

You assume there really is such a thing as an "originalist". Conservative justices are not picked for that, they are picked for their positions on a few hot button issues.

When cases like this actually go before the Supreme Court, you tend to see a mix of conservative and liberal appointees on each side - you may think of them as conservative appointees as "originalists", but a lot of them are very much "law and order" types who tend to defer heavily to the needs or claimed needs of law enforcement and would support the FBI in this matter.

It is like looking in congress to see who will support 4th and 5th amendment rights when bills that touch on those issues come to a vote, like efforts to shitcan the unconstitutional PATRIOT ACT. You see people like Ron Wyden and Rand Paul on one side, with strange bedfellows like Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell and Grassley on the other side (i.e. not on your and my side) which unfortunately always has enough votes to keep the surveillance state in business.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs

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So many problems with this

There are some types of software that are almost entirely mouse driven, and other people can work almost entirely with the keyboard (using shortcuts etc.) without touching the mouse much. Will they be flagged as "not working" because they are only using one or the other for long stretches of time? What happens if you are on a conference call? People who are working and not paying attention, or worse are unmuted and constantly clicking their keyboard, are the bane of conference call attendees the world over! They are an indication that the attendee list is too long or the call is too long.

Is anyone going actually review the "screen captures", and if they do will they be in a position to determine work isn't being done unless it is really obvious like always showing Facebook or Amazon instead of work related stuff? If they are screwing around on social media or online shopping they will have plenty of mouse/keyboard events, just not ones that are productive for work, so you will need a human to look at the captures. How much will that cost?

I suspect they will use the threat of the software and hope it brings people into line, and only review things if they have reason to believe someone is slacking. But the slackers are creative, I'm sure you can get software that will replay past mouse/keyboard events - just have a few scenarios where you slowly compose an email, then cancel out before sending, or do other work related things that don't have any permanent effect. Just update them regularly, and set them running while you go pick up your kids, get some groceries, or go for a run.

Fun fact: GPS uses 10 bits to store the week. That means it runs out... oh heck – April 6, 2019

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Re: Wasn't this handled last time?

It probably helped a lot that it happened in 1999 when Y2K preparations were in full force, so the GPS thing could be handled as part of that overall project (just with an earlier drop dead date)

Happening in the middle of 2019, it is going to slip through the radar in a lot more places. The good news is the next time it happens it can be included as part of the Y2038 projects :)

Mini computer flingers go after a slice of the high street retail Pi

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This is sort of a 21st century Radio Shack

The kind of people who are enthusiastic about Pi are exactly Radio Shack's target demo in their 70s heydey. Instead of trying to find parts to fix your TV yourself, you are trying to find parts to build your own "smart home".

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

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The US spies on allies, but is it stealing their technology to give to US companies?

It is well known that China does this - they often even copy the bugs and other shortcomings the copying is so complete!

The US government spies because they think they deserve to know what everyone else is thinking/doing, including their allies. No one can credibly argue the US doesn't spy on its allies after the leaks of the past decade demonstrated. They even spy on US companies/citizens (as Snowden exposed) but this is a one way street. The information they collect on what foreign companies are developing is not getting fed back to US companies for corporate advantage the way it does in China.

What the US doesn't do is sponsor state paid hackers to break into Huawei and Xiaomi servers to steal their plans and technologies to feed them to US companies like Apple, but Chinese state sponsored hackers would very much would like to break into Apple's servers to learn about their future plans and technologies, and if they did they would give that information to Chinese companies like Huawei and Xiaomi.

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THIS

There's a non-zero probability of some type of conflict between the US and/or some EU members vs China within the lifetime of Huawei telecom equipment. All they need is a way to activate a capability or force a firmware update - easy for anything that operates wirelessly like 5G base station equipment!

It doesn't have to be a direct conflict, in fact it almost certainly would not be, but rather some type of proxy war like Afghanistan (when the Russians invaded and we supported Bin Laden's resistance)

Does Cisco/Qualcomm gear have holes the NSA knows about or even put there? Almost certainly, but even in the Trump era the chances of a conflict between the US and any EU members during the lifetime of Cisco equipment is pretty small. Could the US use it to spy on them? Sure, but if you accept that you are going to be spied upon and have someone with a big red button they can press to cause havoc in your country would you rather that someone be an ally or an enemy?

High-speed broadband fiber in America: You want the good news or bad news first?

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Re: How can this "micro trenching" possibly work?

Yeah I see bigger cities tend to do a lot of work overnight. Probably have to pay the workers more for that, though if I did road construction I'd prefer that at least in the summer as it is cooler at night and would leave your days free (well the part of the day you weren't sleeping, at least)

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Re: How can this "micro trenching" possibly work?

Ever walked on polished concrete that has a slight bit of water on it - as if you spritzed it with a sprayer? With lots of water it is fine, but with just the right amount of "some, but not much" it is like very much like walking on ice. I'd hate to ride my bike on that and have it start drizzling...

Google's stunning plan to avoid apps slurping Gmail inboxes: Charge devs for security audits

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What about IMAP?

Some of those APIs mentioned are also presented by IMAP, so couldn't those apps with nefarious intent simply use IMAP to access the messages and do whatever evil things they want? I guess if or should I say when that happens, Google will wash their hands of it, claiming that since IMAP is a published standard they aren't responsible.

Reliable system was so reliable, no one noticed its licence had expired... until it was too late

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Re: There were ways around it

Given how expensive it would be for them to redo their systems, he could have held out for getting double its value as a payout, which would pay the taxes and then some. Everybody wins :)

Though assuming they no longer sell those whole life policies or don't sell them to minors they could have just assumed anyone under 10 was 100 + age...

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