Same here except...
I'm getting those same emails, except it's always an email I've never used anywhere. This makes me question the usefulness of some of the breach data.
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Great, so what I'm hearing is that I should also be disabling UEFI? Even though it really can provide some useful support features, ie for suspend/resume support etc? Great.
As usual, anyone outside the 80% is shafted. (On the bright side, 99% of the exploits expect a windows OS, so there's that.)
"Nobody is forcing you to use the municipal water supply, this is not the only source of water. You are incorrectly conflating piped water with the entire food supply ecosystem. I can drink whatever liquid from whatever vendor I choose, so long as it is purchased legally."
Yeah, but when I need to boil some eggs, I go to the sink and turn on the tap.
As a user of a phone without any google apps whatsoever, I always appreciate when a company makes the APK directly available. (When it's a company I trust, anyway.) If Google Play is the only way to get an app, I have to violate Google's terms of service to get it. And yes I know there are handy tools that offer an easy, convenient way to violate the ToS and get the apps. :/
Offering an APK download from a "Google Play" button, yeah, that's shady. Offering an APK download, that's just how I like it.
I've always used standalone readers; I don't even know what the built-in reader looks like in FF. RSS is the awesome (or Atom, sure, I don't care, it's a protocol.)
At this point, RSS is the only way I can really handle El Reg, as it's just too much effort to scan through the news now that it is algorithmically sorted in order of... I honestly have no idea how the editors decide what I will be interested in but it's hit-and-miss and I now really can't be bothered to read past the top headlines on the official web site.
... Surface isn't making ALL THE MONEY so you should just cut it. Never mind the halo effect, any future possibilities as Microsoft refines their hardware production savvy. Forget the high end--rich people don't have money, and their opinion of your company doesn't matter. What matters is that this other division has a bigger upside this quarter and we want to see your FPE increase for the next 2 quarters.
I keep meeting people who absolutely love their Windows Phones and protect them like human babies, terrified because there are no replacements.
It must be good business to establish a brand, acquire and develop hardware/software expertise to support it, restructure your bread-and-butter OS to include this product as part of your core strategy, spend millions on marketing, establish a loyal core fan base, and then kill the product. Microsoft does it over and over, and look how successful they are.
I used to put in bogus DOB etc...and then I lost access to an old email account, which then meant I couldn't recover my ebay password, which means I lost 5 years of eBay seller history... etc etc.
You can't put in fake information that later might be used for account recovery unless you are planning to then write that all down somewhere. At some point you'd have to memorize an entire fake identity or two or three... sure some people do this but come one who has time?
We talk a lot about "creepy and invasive", but the only thing that's really wrong with Google's AI is that it's not *my* AI. When I think back to AI assistants in the various Sci Fi books I've read, AI agents never seemed creepy because in books the agent is 100% owned by and working for the protagonist. It's the difference between "I am here to support you in any way you want and only those ways", and "I'm not going to hurt you, no really I promise, but not in a binding way and also sign this agreement indemnifying me before you let me help..."
There's a world of difference between "don't be evil" and "be good".
See also: every obfuscation tool. You can strip out all of the useful data, but you can't strip out the executable program and still have useful software.
Now if this were carried to the level of a complete custom "fake buggy compiler" you might have something, but then that sounds an awful lot like making a hardened compiler that automatically protects you from the kind of bugs you're simulating in the first place, with similar overhead, that puts me right back in the camp of "why are we doing this again?"
"Is there such a thing as the alt-left?"
True Believer Progressives are not an exact opposite of the alt-right. While the right might for example propose dismantling the EPA and using violence to suppress opposing viewpoints, the left might propose heavy censorship of "inappropriate speech" on social media and passing laws to let the government to use violence to suppress opposing viewpoints. More and more it looks like the authoritarian vs the anti-authoritarian version of the same thing. And in the end we'll probably end up with the worst of both sides as our next round of new laws. :/
I like dark interfaces. The glaring white becomes exhausting after 10-12 hours.
I'm frankly surprised. It's only taken them, well, literally from the launch of the service until now to come up with a dark skin, one of the easiest things to do with modern CSS-based interfaces, and people are still complaining about the "waste of resources." This is why we can't have nice things.
Exactly. Microsoft buying an OSS repository is questionable because of their open hostility to openness. Google buying an OSS repository is questionable because their track record suggest they'll forget they own it and shut it down completely.
But at least Google is not yet openly and actively hostile to all open source projects, and does not have a track record of infiltrating standards bodies and sabotaging standards. Not yet, anyway.
So... how much work would it be to train it to recognize other suspicious actions, people trying to evade detection, people walking guiltily, "loitering with intent", protesters, people working their way purposefully through a crowd instead of gawping? I'm sure you can come up with more. It's fun!
From now on, I will call Systemd-based Linux distros "SNU Linux". Because Systemd's Not Unix-like.
It's not clever, but it's the future. From now on, all major distributions will be called SNU Linux. You can still freely choose to use a non-SNU linux distro, but if you want to use any of the "normal" ones, you will have to call it "SNU" whether you like it or not. It's for your own good. You'll thank me later.
"Even Microsoft's own development documentation recommends not using unsigned integers"
I can't decide whether to upvote this as top-shelf satire, or downvote it as a huge WTF?
I mean, yes, if your integers are unsigned, anyone can replace them with other integers and you won't be able to tell. On the other hand, integer signing has never been useful as a form of DRM, and can make it more difficult to update the integers if it turns out one requires patching.
The problem, as ever, is backward compatibility.
Computers were designed from the start to use integers without cryptographic signatures, so it is not possible for applications to detect whether an integer is signed or unsigned just by looking at it. A program must be compiled with foreknowledge about which integers to check for signing. Signing is a "cool hack" first used in the late 90s as an attempt to prevent piracy, pioneered first by Microsoft, quickly followed by most of the rest of the industry. Applications designed for unsigned integers will run fine on modern operating systems, but if signed integers are used by mistake, this can result in crashing, especially if the numbers involved are modern numbers that can be quite large. This is because cryptographic signing uses a "hack" that takes over the topmost bit, which may be flipped in some circumstances. This confuses older software.
Microsoft's hacking of the modern RAR program to force the use of outdated "unsigned" integers is an example of how the company has failed to move with the times. This dinosaur's days are limited.
"YouTube are under no obligation to provide anyone except their employees with an income."
And in fact as a publicly traded company, are legally and ethically bound to maximize profit at the expense of their customers and uploaders, which will inevitably be done in a way to ruin many of them once they are in a monopoly position. In other words, YouTube's behavior is the inevitable and perfectly normal result of unfettered capitalism.
Not saying capitalism is bad, and certainly not saying I know of anything better, but this is what its darker side looks like. Well, the true dark side is people defending YouTube's unethical behavior on the basis that "they can do it, and it maximizes profit, therefore it is OK that they do."
The answer is to fit not just bicycles, but all persons with human-to-vehicle location transponders. These can be permanently installed in or on the head. It's for safety, so we should start with the children. This will also double as a handy tracker so you can locate others if they become lost. And you'll always have a GPS with you wherever you go!
I see no possible way this could have negative consequences.
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