* Posts by Not also known as SC

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Malware hidden in vid app is so nasty, victims should wipe their Macs

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Re: Macs and PCs aren't so very different

@Haku,

A perfect explanation.

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Legends of the scrawl: Ordnance Survey launches augmented reality tool for maps

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Re: Repeat payments

The last time I looked you got a code when you bought a map to download a copy to your phone. The code was tied to an account, not a phone. Don't they do this any more?

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Re: Paper...

@EddieD I feel like creating several fake accounts to up vote your post, but I'd probably get banned so -----> instead. OS maps - wonderful things.

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Facebook, Google and pals may be hit with TV political ads rules

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Re: Just wondering

Reminds me of the old joke about how the USA sent in seven thousand voting advisers to the Island of Grenada in 1983.

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

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Yeah - Whatever!

"A Vodafone spokesperson said: "We strive to give our customers the price plan that best suits them. Wherever possible, we contact our customers nearing the end of their contract to offer them a range of options." "

I've had numerous Vodafone contracts over the years and not once have they contacted me when a contract has ended to offer me a range of options. The only contact seems to be 'partner' companies who call up offering phone insurance. Maybe it wasn't possible for Vodafone to contact me because they only have my home address, home telephone number, email address 1, email address 2, and my Vodafone mobile number.

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Facebook tackles race hate problem head on with programming tool

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Click-bait?

This article must have one of the strangest headlines I've ever read on the Register. Considering the technical readership of the Register I'm sure most readers are aware of race conditions in programming so why the attempt to make it look like a story to do with racial issues?

The article even starts with what seems a really flimsy attempt to justify the headline "In Facebook's advertising business, a race condition might be construed as an ethnic descriptor used to prevent purchased ads from being displayed to a particular racial group." Now we all know that the word 'might' can be swapped out with 'might not' without really changing the meaning of the sentence so this sentence looks like it was shoe-horned in just to justify the headline.

I read the Register for the intelligent articles along with the witty and informative comments. If I want click-bait there's plenty of other websites out there to fulfil that need.

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Drone smacks commercial passenger plane in Canada

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Re: They seek him here...

I must be honest, when ever I see the word drone I tend to think of things like the General Atomics MQ-1 Predator first and quadcopters second.

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

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Re: Explanation Please?

Thanks everyone for the replies. Icon for each of you ------->

So if I understand correctly a device is authenticated against a router. Some communication is intercepted between the router and client, giving the client the NONCE details again which the client inappropriately responds to, providing enough detail to determine the logon details etc being used. Because cleints do this automatically there is no defense at the moment for unpatchd routers etc.

For the attack to work, access is needed to the physical wi-fi signal so this attack can't be delivered via software, webpages etc.

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Explanation Please?

Could someone who understands these things better than I do explain the details behind the attack? The article mentions getting a 'mark' to reinstall a cryptographic key. Is this something a human needs to do or is it automatically carried out by the OS? Does the miscreant have to install software on the target device or can this take place as a drive by attack?

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Software update turned my display and mouse upside-down, says user

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Re: Oh noes

Carrying out a remote session on someone's machine where the mouse is configured for left hand use is brilliant. You don't realise how often you click (left or right) without thinking and trying to do this conciously with a 'backwards' mouse is really hard, especially when you don't have the visual clue of the mouse being on the other side of the keyboard.

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Footie ballsup: Petition kicks off to fix 'geometrically impossible' street signs

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Re: please

@Steve Davies 3

Don't forget the bi-annual clock changing welly wangling that we go through

Don't worry - we have the Independent to help us tell if our phones have updated correctly with advice like

The clocks went back overnight. But did your clocks go back?

In the age of smartphones, smart TVs and smart home appliances, changing the clocks is at once much easier but more stressful. Almost everything adjusts automatically – but how can you be sure that it has?

The easiest way to know whether everything has updated is to check it against something authoritative, like the TV news.

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/what-time-is-it-how-to-check-your-iphone-lose-an-hour-a7387306.html

and virtually the very same article about clocks going forward but this time published 10th March 2017, two weeks early ... The clocks went forward overnight. But did your clocks go forward?"

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/what-time-is-it-how-to-check-if-your-iphone-or-android-updated-for-the-clocks-going-forward-a6954831.html

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Google touts Babel Fish-esque in-ear real-time translators. And the usual computer stuff

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Re: Well Done, Google, From The Large Unilingual Traveller Road Warriors Gang

"In VietNam almost every cab / taxi has a dash-mounted Android device that translates between English and Tieng Viet. Without the Google translation facility life would be much harder."

This is an excellent idea and as a use for a native speaker trying to understand / speak foreign languages like you've described, full kudos for whoever first thought of it.

However I get the impression that the standard use scenario envisaged will involve a foreign language speaker using the phone to translate the native language to what ever language they speak, for example an English speaker going to Japan and using the phone to translate Japanese into English. Isn't this going to fall foul of the problem associated with all internet based technologies, it'll cost a fortune in roaming data costs?

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It's a real FAQ to ex-EDS staffers: You'll do what with our pensions, DXC?

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Re: Public Sector Employees "UNDERPAID"

Would you be prepared to accept a lower salary today on the basis of jam tomorrow? I'm sure there are several public sector roles you could apply for for which you are qualified for if you looked into it, so ask your self why you didn't / wouldn't apply for a public sector role? If you are honest, salary will probably come very high up the list.

Remember some public sector worker salaries are so low that those workers need to use food banks at times (for example nurses) and it is of little consolation that you have the prospect of a generous pension in many years time, if your struggling to cope financially at the current moment in time.

I don't understand why so many people working in the private sector (as I do) seem to be keen of a race to the bottom? (Unless of course you are the owner of a private firm who employes people at minimum wage and then expect my taxes to prop up your defective business model (unable to pay its staff a decent wage and make a profit) through tax credits and in work benefits?)

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MCubed: Doors open in a week, tickets running low

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Tickets running low

If only there was some sort of computing algorithim / machine learning / AI technology that could correctly determine the correct demand and hence number of tickets that should be made available, so that the correct venue with no surplus capacity could be booked, and that everyone who wanted to go would be able to go?

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Drunk canoeing no longer driving offence in Canada

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WTF?

Really?

"At the moment offenders can continue to canoe, as that does not require a licence, but may face automatic driver's licence suspensions, steep fines, demerit points, ignition unlocking devices and vehicle impoundment."

This is a joke isn' it???

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Internet-wide security update put on hold over fears 60 million people would be kicked offline

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Re: The problem?

If the servers are 'unidentified' then the only real way to find them is to implement the changes. If they pussyfoot around this then they'll never be in a position to make the switch. The broken link will soon be discovered and whoever owns/provides the DNS server can then explain to their customers why service was lost,.

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'Dear diversity hire...' Amazon's weapons-grade fail in recruitment email to woman techie

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FAIL

At the company I work for, two female colleagues were discussing an email they'd been sent about the company trying to redress the gender gap in terms of staff numbers and salary paid to women compared to men. From what I can gather, instead of improving the salary of my female colleagues up to a comparable salary to those obtained by male staff, the company was proudly boasting about efforts they were making to persuade young women to apply for a job in the company. Apparently having more women applying (not necessarily getting the jobs) is seen as a better measure of a company's (gender) diversity policies than actually giving the existing women employed by the company a decent (and deserved) pay rise.

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Is this cough cancer, doc? No: it's a case of Playmobil on the lung

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Re: True Story

Totally justified then :-)

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Re: True Story

Do I detect a bit of sibling rivalry here?

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UK third worst in Europe for fibre-to-the-premises – report

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Although I'd like to agree with you as a matter of principal - BT as an organisation is complete pants - the dealings I've had with OpenReach and their engineers have always been really good, especially when my home had a damaged telephone line between the exchange and the property. They came out quickly, did the repair efficiently and I've had no problems since.

So I'll agree that BT and everything about them is a problem but with the caveat that there are (or were) at least two excellent engineers working for them.

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Have MAC, will hack: iThings have trivial-to-exploit Wi-Fi bug

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Now I'm Confused

Only last week you were telling us NOT to upgrade. I'm confused...

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Dyson to build electric car that doesn't suck

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Battery Material Source

I had a quick look on the internet but couldn't really find an answer. Which countries do we get the lithium and other battery components from? Are we likely to end up in the same position as we are with oil where a limited number of countries control production or is lithium (etc) more evenly distributed across the globe?

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

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@Loyal Commentator

"Neoliberalism (as practised by our conservative government) gives us deregulation, lack of public funding, and 'austerity'."

Thank you for finally giving a definition of neoliberalism I can finally understand. Usually the word is just thrown about as an insult without any attempt to actually clarify what it means.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

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Sky

I'm surprised about Sky. I last had problems about three years ago which came down to damaged wires between the exchange and my house. Sky and BTOpenReach were both very good at getting the problems fixed. Last speed check I performed was about 60Mb/s so the service seems very good.

Maybe customer service quality has gone downhill in the last year but I'd be interested to know how Which conduct their surveys. Is the number of customers polled for each company representative of the relative number of customers each ISP has?

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

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"You could (and I know people who did) give an iPad to a child with learning difficulties"

I bought myself an ipod touch around 2008 and within days my autistic, non-verbal 10 year old son had managed to get his hands on it. It was a revelation! Before he had a big keyboard with a two line LCD panel which spoke the words he typed in, which naturally ended up not being used because it was too unwieldy. My son took to the ipod like a fish to water. He could play his music and more importantly type into it to tell people what he wanted, all in a light weight easy to carry hand held device. I think he is on his third or fourth ipod touch now and when this one dies I don't know what we'll do now that Apple have discontinued them.

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Now EE's challenging UK regulator's mobile spectrum proposals

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Really?

"BT/EE currently holds 42 per cent of immediately usable UK mobile spectrum"

Then why the hell do I never get a decent EE signal no matter where I go...?

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Samsung's Galaxy Note 8 is hot, but not much more than the S8+

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"The rivalry is childish and reminiscent to the Amiga vs. Atari ST, Nintendo vs. Sega type arguments."

Compared to camera systems, smart phone rivalry hasn't even got started. Just try mentioning Nikon on a Canon forum or vice versa! I opted out and bought Pentax :-)

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Re: Software Updates

@ John Miles

@ Ledswinger

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Thanks for the replies. When I'm in the market for a new phone / tablet I'll definitely consider Samsung again (although probably not the flagship models).

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Software Updates

I moved away from Android phones a couple of years ago because every one I'd bought seemed to be abandoned by the manufacturers / carriers after what felt like a very short time and no longer received any updates / security patches. What is Samsung like regarding software updates? Are they one of the better companies or are they on par with most other Android phone manufacturers? (I think my last Samsung phone was an S3).

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Google, Bing, Yahoo! data hoarding is like homeopathy. It doesn't work – new study claims

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Re: Homeopathy doesn't work??

I might just be making this up or maybe it is something I really remember.

Years ago I saw something trying to justify homoeopathy as 'water memory'. The theory was that due to the way water molecules interact with each other they could 'remember' the shape of the drug molecule and a void was created between the water molecules that was the same shape. Therefore the water exhibited the same properties as the drug (quite a lot of interactions are due to molecular shape) and the treated water was capable of treating the illness. I think they even went as far as trying to use induction coils to try and 'teleport' the molecular shape over electrical wires so that, in theory, you could have your own drugs manufactured at home.

If I have remembered this correctly they were either just making it up or big pharma killed off this idea!

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What's that, Equifax? Most people expect to be notified of a breach within hours?

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How?

"Equifax is ideally placed to help businesses if they experience a data breach. We have one of the largest sources of detailed consumer data in the UK."

I don't have time (OK can't be bothered then) to download the white paper to see how Equifax can help a business which experiences a data breach. If some one else does download it can you explain just how Equifax would be able to help? Surely if a company suffers a data breach they already have customer details so why would Equifax having these details help? Are Equifax offering a form of data restoration facility if a company's customer data is destroyed by the breach because in that case how would a company know which records have been destroyed?

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Google to kill Chrome autoplay madness

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Joke

Also thing of the health benefits? Google are trying to save us from ourselves. The user will probably burn an additional 0.01 of a calorie moving their finger therefore reducing the obesity epidemic. If we weren't given the choice of moving our eyeballs and then stabbing repeatedly at the screen to kill the video off think how unhealthy we would all be.

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Re: ****ing BBC are the worst ....

I haven't visited a BBC website for years now. Last time I looked they were really going for the lowest denominator in terms of content and a design, which might have looked good on a mobile device, was simply horrible on a desktop. Am I right to assume that it hasn't improved?

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Mad scientist zaps himself to determine the power of electric eel shocks

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Mad - he was furious!

He'd actually dropped his car keys in the tank and didn't want to admit to it in front of his colleagues. This was the only way to fish them out without any one realising!

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Google sued by Gab over Play Store booting

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if the trolls only voicing their opinions to each other and using Gab as an echo chamber then who would they be trolling? Terrorists, on the other hand, would be bad because they could promote and share like minded ideas but don't they already have main stream social media for that anyway?

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Fancy that! Craft which float over everything on a cushion of air

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Re: Dover

Having a Belgian wife I had to travel over the channel numerous times during the 90s. I must have travelled on the hovercraft on at least ten didn't occasions. I saw the hovercraft depart and arrive many more times as the Ostend Ferry left from the adjacent berth in the Western Docks. When the hovercraft was decommissioned a little bit of something died. They were, as others said, incredibly noisy but they were just pure awesome. Seeing the propellers kick into life, the skirt inflating and the rush into the sea is something I'll never forget. I hope that the SRN4 hovercraft is preserved in our collective memory in the same way as the Vulcan bomber is.

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Why the Apple Watch with LTE means a very Apple-y sort of freedom

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"Looks like El Reg still hates Apple"

(Shameful admission time) I own a Macbook Pro and an iPhone 6S so I'm possibly as near to being a fanboy as can be without actually being a fanboy! (Good tools for what I need but that's about my only emotional link to them).

I think The Register spreads the hate around fairly evenly and without prejudice. Admittedly The Register didn't have headline articles about the leaking of the iPhone X's name (not the specs, just the name) and then didn't have live reporting on the launch event unlike two of the so called quality British 'newspapers' (with free to view websites) which I regularly look at. So I can see, how compared to those two publications, they would appear haters.

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Host File

Is there no way of putting the telemetry server's name into the host file and redirecting it to the loop back address or would this break other things as well?

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Giant frikkin' British laser turret to start zapping stuff next year

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Re: Really Stupid but Genuine Question

So a 'reflectively pure' mirror would protect the target, but real life mirrors are usually covered in grease etc and these contaminates allow the laser heat to build up causing the damage.

Makes sense - have an early --->

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Really Stupid but Genuine Question

I know I could probably look this up but I much prefer the explanations given by Reg Commentards. Usually far more interesting and informative than wikipedia etc.

So here goes. Could you defeat this laser by having a highly mirrored surface on the target? I guess the answer is no, but why not?

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Microsoft fixing Windows 10 'stuttering' bugs in Creators Update

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Re: Sigh, Poor Ordinary Folks

Looks a useful site. Unfortunately with the BTInternet account, (because set-up couldn't complete due to outdated information?) the option to modify settings wasn't shown. I know it should have been shown but it just wasn't there. Complete PITA. Have an upvote for the helpful advice anyway. :-)

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Re: Sigh, Poor Ordinary Folks

"but we've largely given up trying to understand the downright strange and inexplicable things that Windows 10 does."

My sister phoned me the other day because Windows 10 Mail kept on reporting that her @BTInternet.com email settings were out of date and needed to be amended. However Windows Mail provided no settings to change the server information. When you went to manage accounts there was simply the option to change the mail box name or to delete the account. Because Windows 10 'recognised' the email address it tries to configure everything automatically and doesn't allow you to customise your entry. The only way I managed to get things working in the end was for my sister to create an account with a fake email address and then select manual settings during set-up and correct the email address afterwards. I've been working with Windows for around twenty years now (I was really bad in a previous life) and I have to agree Windows 10 is the strangest version yet.

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Re: Nope

"iTunes is a POS on Windows compared to OSX."

Sorry have to disagree. ITunes is a POS on my Macbook Pro as well.

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Apple's 'shoddy' Beats headphones get slammed in lawsuit

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Re: LMFAO

I don't think the complaint is about the crap sound though, but more the fact that when wearing the headphones in a damp sweaty location they got stained. If the case was that the headphones sound crap then I'd have sympathy but I don't think the complainants should win this particular case - it should be obvious that headphones would get sweat damaged in that sort of environment.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

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Re: App Settings

"This is why the first thing I do with a new Android phone is install Firefox and whatever plugins"

You get real Firefox on an android phone though. I think the IOS version is just a reskinned version of Safari. I know that my favourite add-in NoScript has an android version but not an IOS version for this reason (although I may be wron).

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Re: App Settings

"Ad blocker keeps the crap out."

Because at the time I hadn't read the Reg Article about content blockers (https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/08/25/ad_blocking_doesnt_exist_on_mobile/) and hadn't installed any. I now have Firefox Focus but old habits die hard and I sometimes launch the wrong browser. Plus FireFox Focus is a bit crappy and has that stupid autocomplete list of websites I never intend to visit.

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App Settings

I just wish IOS would get an update so that I change individual app settings within an app. I find it so annoying having to go to the main Settings App and then scroll through all of the installed apps to find the app whose setting I want to change (thinking mainly about enabling / disabling javascript in Safari here).

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Boffins: 68 exoplanets in prime locations to SPY on humanity on Earth

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"That doesn’t mean the chances of aliens potentially spying on Earth are completely zero."

How close does something have to be near to zero to be considered zero? Is this a potential new Reg measurement or is that even less likely?

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Huawei claims shooting mission-critical apps to its cloud will be a cinch

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Re: Is this not just a hosting service

but but but - it's cloud!

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Facebook ran $100k of deliberately divisive Russian ads ahead of 2016 US election

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@Prst V.Jeltz

Likewise

"The good news is that the ads didn't suggest US-based Facebook users vote one way or another. The bad is that they seem to have aimed to create a febrile atmosphere in the US and that effort appears to have succeeded: the 2016 presidential election featured plenty of heated debate on immigration, race issues and guns.”

So the adverts weren't interfering in the actual election, but encouraging discussion? Isn't that what democracy is all about - discussion? Is the bad news that people in the USA actually talked about immigration, race issues and guns and then came to a decision about who they wanted as their president afterwards (or not as the case may be)?

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