* Posts by MyBackDoor

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

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Incremental upgrades must cost 2x the amount? Is anything you've mentioned new technology or just updated existing technology? Doesn't matter, prices only jump by unjustified amounts. Maybe people really stop buying phones like they used to ago the price must be absurd. I'm in no way pretending nobody will pay the ~25% markup, I'm just curious how everything costs ~25% more when they're fabrication and licensing contracts couldn't justify it.

I really don't consider a 2160 monitor a new technology compared to a 1600 monitor, I call it an upgrade.

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It's price fixing man. Apple (who I do NOT like) isn't alone here,

O.K., before someone jumbles the price justification with airy dairy double talk, all the 'old' tech in these phones only cost less over time all together, that's hard to argue. So, the 'savings' these companies are making _should_ lower the cost of anything 'new'. Nope, these companies are just upping the cost because they're upping the feature list. Reminds me of the cable companies to be honest. A bunch of shit you may or may not use increases cost.

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Al Capone was done for taxes. Now Microsoft's killing domain-squatters with trademark law

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Re: Next up

It all depends on intent. You can always file a suit, but if the inherent topic of forum isn't profitably and knowingly malicious at its core or ambigous enough, freedom of speech (currently) holds weight, regardless of public or private (unless of course you state anything at all negative about the USA gov., which has to mean you're a terrorist of course... of course).

Madonna.com WAS an example, so was/is Nissan.com or thewhitehouse.com or bestbuysucks.com or... the old firefox.com. Hell, if you roll the clock back 20 years I couldn't name 1 celebrity who actually owned thier own name.com... not 1.

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AlphaBay and Hansa: About those dark web marketplaces takedowns

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Re: Dunno, but...

?? Sorry, as a video gamer Spectre means something different to me I guess. Are you implying my input is cast from thin air to join me in rigorous thought? Actually, you're on to something. I may need to debuff thought prior.

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Re: TL;DR -

99% of politicians would disagree.

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Dunno, but...

Once someone decides to split all divisions of crininal trade into the smallest possible entry points, it's going to be hard to stop. Clearly I know very little about three sites, but it seems that once they stop being the Amazon of illegal goods and start being the Bittorrent of them, they will be up much longer. Problem is unionizing a band of THIEVES. However, that's not impossible.

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No one still thinks iOS is invulnerable to malware, right? Well, knock it off

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Re: Well malware is a question of the definition

I have to fully disagree.

Don't get caught up, people have become so opinionated that people will justify the definition of any word to justify their own opinion. Malicious software is not advertising software, neither is networking software.

Also, this article seems to prove statistically that "sideloading" increases the probabilities of malware.

The article is F.U.D., but it does remind people that the longer it takes to find serious flaws, the more the pressure builds. If a serious flaw in iOS is ever found, DUCK!!! Of course if you use Google's Android like me, that might not be an option as your back might already be broken. If you use low powered phones like me, Google's Android has cut you in 2.

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Why can't you install Windows 10 Creators Update on your old Atom netbook? Because Intel stopped loving you

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Re: Never forgive, never forget, Linux forever.

"...but if MS won't provide them (instead just supplying security fixes for the next 5 years)"

I'd like to point out that 2 companies are rendering hardware incompatible in a manner. Am I supposed to believe this is anything but intentional for obvious reasons? Why sell just software or hardware, when you can force the sale of both. So what's new in news.

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When 'Saving The Internet' means 'Saving Crony Capitalism'

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Re: Spot on.

It's not that people aren't talking, it's that they're not talking to each other.

Let's say you organize for agenda X, who do you talk to with motivation? Notice it is billion dollar corporations doing the communication, the ones that own the communication?

Don't get me wrong, but if you want to organize and talk about passing new laws on paper, sorry, MegaCorp. doesn't allow that anymore. I'm getting tired of people stating I'm too cynical, especially when the worst of the truth even shows. If I wear a tinfoil hat, these people wear blind folds and ear plugs.

The issue you describe isn't IT exclusive, but we can keep TALKING about what ever, freedom of speech isn't diluted yet.

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JavaScript spec gets strung out on padding

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Re: broken by design?

/"The correct way to deal with this would be to style your HTML so that stuff gets left or right-aligned.

That this makes it into a language standard in 2017 is ridiculous."/

People said the same about print formatting JSON, yet people use it. Prettying things is useful in some languages that don't have default Ui mechanisms such as CSS. So, I agree this pad feature is not needed.

A lot of the problems in Javascript come from the fact that most Javascript scripters (I'm thinking 90%+) have never written anything serious in system languages. I'd say the Javascript section at Stackoverflow is a testament to this. Browse that for 3 minutes and it becomes clear that both form and function are 2nd or 3rd concern. I fear the functional aspects might make things even worse.

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"...the later returns an array just composed of values, ..."

It also doesn't read the prototype, which is the big part (speed).

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Web inventor Sir Tim sizes up handcuffs for his creation – and world has 2 weeks to appeal

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This is the multi-build multi-exploit that Flash dreams to be, that's saying something. Tim needs to step away. He's either rhetorical only or playing politics, he's clearly not hands on any more.

This so called DRM isn't needed as their is alreafy encryption for this, so what is the real reason for this? Possibly to bypass user encryption with sandbox data collection... no, that wouldn't be ethical.

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DIY music veteran SoundCloud flounders, lays off 40% of staff

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Re: Well....

Yep.

As a US citizen, I understand the NYC location, but as a German, is London really that foreign to you? In fact as a first worlder, isn't London and NYC basically the most identical 2 cities you can pick across countries? Maybe they should keep 1 or the other, but not both. If they dropped NYC, they could pick Austin or Nashville or Portland or even something like Atlanta. Then if they still wanted to spend the same, they could open an office in BFE Japan or India or some other country to open doors.

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Re: Not a shock...

I heard they changed something for the little guy, but outside supporting 1 MegaCorp, can you give specific examples? They had a decent interface, which made me hope they would stay around.

The way I see it, none of these music "services" will ever do great while Youtube exists. Even with Youtube gone, peoples musical taste change like their tastes in websites, and for those who's taste remains in their highschool era, Youtube is perfect.

Honestly, my taste is all over the place. Oddly enough for me is that MySpace seems the best out of all of them, yet MySpace is regarded as a failed social site to most.

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Happy 4th of July: Norks tests another missile

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"But it's not having your stuff nicked by random party officials that really allows you to invest."

Ah, so you were NOT affected by the US banks collapsing mortgages, or is it that corrupt democratic officials have plausible deniability, were communist officials do not? I actually agree with everything else you typed, but maybe your bias is bleeding through with that sentence.

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Intel axes 140 IoTers in California, Ireland

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huh

For some reason upon glance I read the title as... "Intel laying off 140 in Cathy Ireland". Had to double check that, I was sadly wrong. Like these employees, gone but not forgotten.

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Facebook's left hand is fighting for Americans' right to privacy

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Be honest here, which is more of a secret: The US gov. tracking unknowing people or Facebook tracking unknowing people? See the similarity, that can't be by chance. At least the gov. no longer hides the fact... but Facebook... gag.

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Amazon squares up to Walmart over boycott calls: Talk sh!t, get hit

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Notice Amazon didn't directly refute what Walmart's alluring to. I don't find anything to respect either corporation, but Amazon is clearly not prepared to throw punches. Live and let live isn't a business strategy, but then again, Amazon's free ride hasn't exposed them against serious retailers... until now.

The Cliton admin. was VERY good to them, a fact people like to mumble over and pretend never happened, but now they're on their own, with clearly weak P.R. Again, I care nothing about either corp., but it will be interesting to see if Amazon stumbles while not Walmart making moves, but China (i.e. Alibaba).

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Microsoft PatchGuard flaw could let hackers plant rootkits on x64 Windows 10 boxen

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Re: ticking time bomb... tick tick tick tick BOOM!

"... your shiny little Linux box (or whatever) gets just as pwned if you get someone to do 'insmod evil.ko' as root."

Sure, because the best way to have a user install your rootkit is to have them open a shell and type exact characters, after they have typed in the root password.

"50% of the time, it works all the time." - Brian

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FreeNAS releases version 11, so let us put the unpleasantness of failed V.10 behind us

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Re: "WTF is a NAS doing hosting virtual machines?"

@Bronek

Yep. I run 3 VM's on an OpenMediaVault (OMV) NAS due to certain network traffic and versioning. OMV doesn't run the latest of anything, so unless I want to run an entire seperate peice of hardware for a few things used seldomly, VM's it is.

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DIY self-driving cars are closer than they appear (and we're not talking about in the mirror)

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What's the business model?

"Eventually, this will allow Comma.ai to offer self-driving as a service. "As the system gets better, we'll charge a monthly fee," said Hotz."

Guess I'll have to check the "Open Source" license, but considering the improvements are being made by via open source, how are they going to sell it? I assume it is one of those modern licenses that basically read "we'll get you to work for free, and profit" (i.e. any Google license). It's either one of those shady licenses or there shouldn't be anything from you or even I from selling the software ourselves... or selling it "as a service".

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Whoops! Microsoft accidentally lets out a mobile-'bricking' OS update

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Re: Seems a tad sensationalist

True, but they get clicks for bricks.

It all pays the same.

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I'll take the sandtrooper in white: Meet the rebel scum making Star Wars armour sets for a living

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This is true, but while the film did great, the toys didn't start selling well until about 81. So if you are 40yrs old now, your earliest memorys might be the plethora of Star Wars 1 and 2 toys, so you could want them as much as any other adult toy.

P.S. Sorry, nobody really used the exact numerals or subtitles back then, they were referred to as "the first one" and "the second one". Then came the 3rd one... "the one with Ewoks".

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US laptops-on-planes ban may extend to flights from ALL nations

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"On Fox News..."

True and right. Consider this a done deal. We're gonna build that wall.

You should of pulled a wikipedia and put the "source" link in an overlooked location. Seriously, you just can't come right out of the gate with that.

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Bitcoin exchange Coinbase crashes after Asian buying frenzy

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Re: Of course its a bubble

"Its not the same boom bust politically linked backed by fuck all nonesense...

That seems a little over zealous considering that the "boom bust" can be what, anywhere between 20% and 600% inflation, what is wise about that? Maybe bitcoin was an offshoot of a true digital currency years ago, but today its value seems to be dictated more like the next trendy cat video.

I'm not implying it can't or shouldn't have value, but just that it needs to hit a normalization spot for people to understand that if 1 bitcoin was demonetized, how much value would be lost. After all, everything of its kindred is measured from zero, and with bitcoin, the zero never rests.

"It is also not something a "currency" should do..." Can't say much to that as I agree with the core of it, but gold, silver and especially copper all do the same (but again, I agree with the sentiment as it's rare).

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IBM asks contractors to take a pay cut

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Re: So...

Senior manager indeed! Only that type of "person" can smile at such a hot pile of crap such as...

"... shifting its service delivery model to be heavily weighted to providing services with our dedicated employee workforce. We believe this will help IBM accelerate the benefits of cognitive technology services for our clients around the world."

It's just piled on there, real, real HIGH. I guess it's still tethered to Earth...slightly.

FYI, I don't believe Rometty is a real person. She might be an out of date pleasure model for politicians. She clearly fails the Voigt-Kampff test with any other human "interactions".

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Init freedom declared as systemd-free Devuan hits stable 1.0.0 status

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Re: Already have it running.

"Slackware is my primary desktop"

Sooo, that has changed. May I ask how much effort it took?

I'll be honest, I don't even run Debian anymore, strictly Ubuntu flavors. Granted, I haven't ran Slackware since back in 2004, but I did run it as a primary machine to write a SCSI driver for about 8 months, and it wasn't at all enjoyable. I had a old Voodoo graphics card that would in no way run past 640x480. I had to stop using my Logitech keyboard because I couldn't get the USB to power past BIOS. Actual SCSI support was limited on speeds (at least for the Ricoh I was sampling). But, yeh, I did get the driver to work.

You hardcore C coders can go on with your bad selves, I'm just too old and lazy to tweak Unix anymore. But I'm still surprised you're running Slackware as a PRIMARY desktop. When I think primary, I think graphics, sounds, wireless keyboards, multiple displays...the works. Have you really set all that up on Slackware? I wonder because if I get bored and attempt to write a driver (need one for a ELO touch screen right now), I'll probably skip Debian all together and go back to something like Slackware.

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RightNow founder turned politician gets assault charge after 'bodyslamming' reporter

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Re: That will not stop him being elected

Uhhh... Fox News is not one bit "right"...ever. But even Fox News knows this, hence why it legally classifies itself as "infotainment" (people forget/ignore this fact).

Is it just the word "News" in the title that leads you to believe otherwise? If so, don't worry, Alien VS. Predator isn't a credible threat (because Predator is bad ass!!).

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Distro watch for Ubuntu lovers: What's ahead in Linux land

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Re: Now if just 1 major PC maker installed Linux by default...

"Like it or not, 99.999% people "want"" an Intel box with Windows on it."

Well... don't stop,!! keep'em comin'!!

99.999% of people want to use GE light bulbs with 120V.

99.999% of people want to ride roller coasters that use 2-cycle bearing grease. (Flame on!)

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EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

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"Easy: Anything The Blob doesn't approve of being said, in particular anything referring to consequences of still allowing a moronic failing-upward "elite" to rule over us - and tell us what to say or not, how to say it and when too."

Bingo! Sadly, they still impose upon us what they wish, as they are the legal system. Someday, even the pens that is mightier than the swords will run out of ink. Someone ruling another's speech isn't a new concept or even absolutely wrong, but today's methods are so obviously greedy. The thing that seems so odd to me is that with all that money, the methods are so unimaginative. If I show you the action of take, take, take, is there any other action I could be doing? It's just strange.

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Google now mingles everything you've bought with everywhere you've been

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Public executions...remember those?

Honestly, public executions never left. It's just now they occur on the streets between citizens, then they are sold to you with "news" channels at 11pm.

But what about poloiticians and greedy execs? They are not out there dying like we are. This seems unbalanced. How about a mandatory public execution of politicians? Yes, a few innocent ones will die, but how many innocent die daily that aren't poloticians, 10, 100, 1000?

So after many centuries of working towards peace, it seems saddening but real that the Aztecs had it right so long ago: You today, me tomorrow.

P.S. It can even be rationalized that the modern version of flowering wars is business exctracting citizens lifestyle for sacrificial capitalism.

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It's just 'Pro' now, guys: Microsoft gives Surface a subtle resurfacing

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So what, the ability to run Windows applications on Windows is the selling feature? Maybe 18 years ago when hardware was limited and we were stuck with WinCE. It's 2017 and this company claims to be pushing a "1 desktop for all" model that nobody actuallly wants or even asked for. So it's advertise 1 thing but do another...still.

I think the real selling point here is that the last model was so gelded that maybe you'd like to buy 1 that isn't, but somehow also still stuck in the same marketing trap. Pass.

BTW, is it even a good approach to sell a new tablet today with the same resolution as the one from yesteryear?

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Media players wide open to malware fired from booby-trapped subtitles

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Re: didn't read it

I agree, completely offensive. The article didn't mention anything of the real threat. And as far as how threatening this exploitation is, these subtitles for Deep Throat appear to be a deep threat. I guess that will teach her to down-load such things.

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Re: "Freetard" is an incorrect name for a user of open-source software

OS doesn't matter if the player is executable. What runs, runs.

However, you could sandbox VLC I guess, not sure how many do that though (I don't). The exploit isn't explained well as far as potential threats. This article isn't the best.

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Widow appeals to Avaya to protect death benefits after bankruptcy filing

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If a company continues to exist in any form, it should continue these types of payments.

Bonus the execs who don't need it and take from the famlies that do... I'm eagerly awaiting the first gun shot. The pot will over boil.

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No nudity please, we're killing ourselves: Advice to Facebook mods leaks

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Re: Living in a bubble

The "content" isn't the problem. The problem is that once censorship of any kind is applied, they lose. Doesn't matter if you agree or not, that's just the beast of censorship. The FCC have been battling censorship for years with no sane reasoning in sight, now, how highly regarded is the FCC? FaceB. is destined to the same fate, one baby step at a time. Censorhip is the A.I.D.S. of publication.

Note, there's a difference between being ethical and being censored. But, can you ethically censor the unethical? Seems damned.

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Man sues date for cinema texting fiasco, demands $17.31

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I'm imagining this too, they should give it another shot.

But you have to wonder, is Guardians of the Galaxy 2 that bad? I blame Hollywood.

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Opposable thumbs make tablets more useful says Microsoft Research

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Re: Microsoft worked this out nearly 20 years ago?

I have no proof, but the swivel tops from the early 2000's were most certainly NOT designed for thumb interaction with the screen. In fact, it was recommendef to lay the touch device/laptop in an outstretched arm pivoting it to either your uppet arm or chest, while grasping the bezel firmly in your hand. Look at any manual for a swivel top and you'll see that.

That said, and without proof again, there may of been models that let the holding arm interact witb push buttons (I actually know of one that had a spacebar'ish button, but I never owned it and can't even recall 1 lettet in the manufacturers name... Wacom? Voodoo? Don't know...).

Anyways, is using a thumb to navigate menus really revolutionary? I sat here and typed this entire post, navigated html menus and the character applet with my left thumb.

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Google DeepMind's use of 1.6m Brits' medical records to test app was 'legally inappropriate'

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Re: ratfox

"... it's not an AI system. It's a fixed algorithm. ..."

I like how that doesn't even matter, just like personal medical information to MegaCorps.

To doubt my need for tinfoil, I'm still not clear on who requested the computation. Sounds like typical Google on one hand, but on the other it sounds like it somehow was requested by doctors (with no ethical training).

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MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

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MQA is the new MLP

Or worse considering the buy in has to be immediate and exclusive. While I would need a DVD-A capable decoder (cheapest buy in), I would neex a MQA certified device. Assuming any computer can be a MQA certified device, I'll have to track the license. Assuming you won't be playing MQA back on headphones (nor MLP), that leaves the device in a room of some form. Back to the domain of "I don't care where it is".

I'm not sure how popular DVD-A ever became (or other decoders similarily), but mp3 trumped them all due to being portable. Without that, MQA will forever be niche and dying from birth. Audiophiles can't suspend any given format without uptake, and from that perspective, MPEG (or can I just call them Sony now?) will always has an advantage over other players (sadly).

Opus seems the best canidate for uptake right now, don't dismiss it because it's not "loseless" (but it can be that too you know).

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Uber red-faced from Waymo legal row judge's repeated slapping

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HIGH risk insurance...

Would you pay for a Uber to pick you up in a self driving car using Waymo tech.? With the level of corporate espionage already happening, who would rule out corporate sabotage at the cost of public lives. Of course, who would believe that a billion dollar corporation would risk lives to squash a rival corporation? Or maybe at this point, who wouldn't believe it.

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Sophos waters down 'NHS is totally protected' by us boast

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Re: Ransomware is ...

I'm not intimate with this virus or Sophos products, but to state "Ransomware is already easily stopped..." is probably what Sophos thought, so... But, to flag any 1 type of software as easily stopped is a little crazy considering a computer sees ransomware no different than a calculator or this picture I'm looking at right now (Sophos would flag this pic!!).

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Microsoft is on the edge: Windows, Office? Naah. Let's talk about cloud, AI

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AI what cloud?

What is AI for the cloud? Reminding me to send an e-mail, or writing and sending the e-mail on my behalf? The 2nd options isn't AI, it's a lack of confidence in ones self or disrespect for the recipient.

AI is great for making a robot completely independent of humans, to perform human tasks. However, making humans dependent on robots isn't the right direction to travel. Most people who are dependent on robots in any manner do not want to be, especially the more serious a situation becomes.

Regardless, Microsoft going on about its cloud while dodging any technical difficulties they are currently having, is basically... sweeping it under the cloud.

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Linux homes for Ubuntu Unity orphans: Minty Cinnamon, GNOME or Ubuntu, mate?

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This entire article is about desktop land it seems and I haven't found a single one that plays nicely with multiple monitors and AMD hardware. IMO, right now KDE is the worst with AMD hardware and multiple monitors... absolutely terrible. I think the kids took over and are only worried about KDE+mobile (if that exists). KDE is my favorite (or was). GNOME smells of Windows98, which was O.K. in 1998. The lighter distros I like, but can't run seriously, at least not yet. Although the lighter ones are broken with multiple monitors as well (I have honestly tried them all with AMD+Monitors).

The whole reinvent of AMD's driver is going horribly. I can't help to wonder why everyone is so worried about how fast it inits. I assume because they want it to crash faster... great. I guess DisplayPort and ThunderBolt aren't helping matters much for driver development, especially in Wayland (currently wrecked on AMD+Monitors).

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Fake invoice scammers slurp $5bn+ from corp beancounters – FBI

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Re: Yes, it is illegal...

But, is it really illegal?

Let's say you didn't break into my account/email, you just fired off a random invoice to me for something you didn't provide. Let's say I pay it, what was illegal? Better yet, say I call you out on that fictional something, yet you still insist on the charge. What was illegal?

AT&T has for years charged for a something (a modem) they have never provided.

So MegaCorp gets a pass, but Joe Blow doesn't? You know it's not fair and highly unethical, but maybe it's just not illegal.

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S is for Sandbox: The logic behind Microsoft's new lockdown Windows gambit

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Re: Why S == ?

Considering the company, trying to evaluate S into truthful a condition needs a !. Besides all the current evals fail, here is one that doesn't...

'S' != 'Sorry (we keep fucking you)'

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Red alert! Intel patches remote execution hole that's been hidden in chips since 2010

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Re: Don't you wish Intel would stop being so "helpful"

It probably is intentional, but you'll never prove it until there is another Snowden. It is not a surprise Intel dropped the ball by not hiding it better. They have been tinkering with baked in back doors for over a decade along with DRM, so they have a lot of older designs that need to be revisted and debugged. Pioneers always leave a rough trail.

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AWS v Oracle: Mark Hurd schooled on how to run a public cloud that people actually use

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It was a horrible expression of choosing more abstraction is not the way to go with resouce crunching... I was on tbe phone while posting.

Basically everytime something more powerful comes along, people don't want to pay people who know how to use it, they settle for abstraction that is too high. In this particular case, I'm not sure I'm correct... I would delete the post, but I meant it at the time.

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"... toolchain to build and run Go code on the Xilinx UltraScale Plus FPGAs attached to F1 virtual machines. That's much nicer than fooling around with hardware languages to accelerate bits of your codebase in silicon."

Hey, whatever runs up the energy bill. Go green...pfff, just Go. Now if we can read about putting 1000lb anvils on F1's for increased control (of something you're not qualified to control). IKEA standards applied.

Just pay someone who knows more about it than you. Stop pretending and help create jobs that actually have benefits. Cheap breeds cheap.

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