* Posts by msknight

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Microsoft points to a golden future where you can make Windows 10 your own

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Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

> If you're meaning a Windows firewall then "good luck with that".

Nope, but I can't detail firewall configurations for obvious reasons :-)

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Re: What about the stuff that we really don't want...

I wasn't joking about the Zune stuff... but the long story short is that early on, I went on a trawl of uninstall scripts, and anything that was listed, that I didn't like, I copied into one long removal script.

I did forget about the telemetry stuff. We're on, "basic," but hopefully the firewalls are stopping all that from going anywhere.

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What about the stuff that we really don't want...

Like Xbox Live.

And the store. That is utterly useless as well.

(gets out the registry hack text file)....

3D Builder

Communications pps

Skype App

Zune Music

Zune video

Windows maps

Bing Finance

Bing News

Bing Sports

One Note

Should I just dump my entire Windows 10 crap booting file here?

Cortana can't be removed but I SO want to give that the heave ho.

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UK.gov to press ahead with online smut checks (but expects £10m in legals in year 1)

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Government doesn't want a repeat of the Labour vote loss

Given the membership of just one online paid-for forum (Alt - which had over half a million UK members at one point) and the number of votes that Labour lost at the general election after the 2008 law that they introduced, there is good reason that the conservatives don't want to repeat the same mistake by going too heavy.

Also, Erotica, at Olympia, at its height, had more visitors than the BBC Good food show at its peak. Nearly three times. So sex is almost three times more popular than good food, apparently.

And Labour know this, because I told them. Repeatedly. And I've given the figures to the conservatives. But they've still gone ahead with this. Political suicide IMHO.

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Sure, Europe. Here's our Android suite without Search, Chrome apps. Now pay the Google tax

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I get my APK's...

...via a downloading service and side load anyway ... as I'm on Sailfish and don't have the app store.

I'm actually happier because my phone spends more time as a phone and I spend more time living my life. That's putting it simply... I know... but people here will get what I mean. (ie. messing around with tech that isn't my phone :-) )

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Alexa heard what you did last summer – and she knows what that was, too: AI recognizes activities from sound

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Amazon Prime-ed

Detects grunting noises, analyses the low level frequencies, determines too much strain is happening and uses lasers to determine whether you're in the bedroom or the toilet... and then orders some vaseline or suppositories (whichever is appropriate) which is delivered via drone which flies through an open window just as you're finishing.

Not in my house.

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In Windows 10 Update land, nobody can hear you scream

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Joke

"It has been a hellish couple of weeks for the Windows giant"

...so what about us poor customers that have to suffer this insanity then !!!

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Where can I hide this mic? I know, shove it down my urethra

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Re: Castration anxiety

@Chris Miller - "This is why God gave us shirt pockets."

Speak for yourself. Blouses and trousers have pockets... but then the vicious sods go and sew them up, so we can't actually use them !!!

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Hmmmm....

"we might be able to pack an entire smartphone in our schlongs."

Are you stroking yourself, or just swiping through Instagram?

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Micro SD holder

There are a number of nice micro SD card holders, credit card size (but a little thicker) that I use to keep my MicroSD cards in check. They're great. It now means that I can loose seven cards and an adaptor all at the same time. How's that for efficiency !!!

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China's going to make a mobile OS and everyone will love it, predict ball-gazing analysts

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"always-interesting" - no kidding

I think they're predictions are off the mark, particularly about the autonomous driving issue.

Plus China has an interest in Sailfish... and if anyone could port apps to a new platform in double quick time, it's the Chinese - https://www.androidheadlines.com/2017/02/jolla-signs-exclusive-license-sailfish-os-china.html

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UK should set its own tax on tech giants if international deal isn't reached – Chancellor

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Re: A thought experiment

Thinking about this, if an organisation used an arm outside the UK to place the advertising business with Faceache... adverts would still be seen by UK users, and there wouldn't be any transaction generated in the UK to be taxed in the first place.

The only losers would be UK businesses which weren't big enough to have offices in other countries. They'd probably end up paying more to cover the tax.

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Re: A thought experiment

If Facebook, etc. stopped overnight, the others would step in to fill the gap. It wouldn't take much. There are already plenty of other platforms out there. There'd be a bit of wailing and gnashing of teeth, but, hey ho.

I left one post on Facebook, to let people know why I'd left. I went back to check, and that post had been deleted... but not by me. Also, if you try and browse my facebook page, you'll see a facebook error. However, to me, it looks like all is fine and dandy.

Also... I spent some time repeatedly going through my history, deleting all the posts. Returning to check, some months later, one of those old posts had reappeared. Funny that. Also, you can't block Zuckerberg.

You know real friends... who you can not talk with for years and when you do, it seems like it was only yesterday that you were chatting over tea and cake... well, Facebook doesn't value those friendships. If you don't interact with someone on a regular basis, it drops them from your feed.

And there's more where that came from.

Facebook is a poisoned, feel-good chalice that is doing us no good. I found myself facing posts simultaneously from friends, one whose cat had just died, and another was celebrating an exam win. I found myself unable to empathise with them both simultaneously... and ended up putting on some kind of emotional mask so I could chat with them... and it felt dishonest.

The sooner Facebook dies... the better... IMHO.

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Holy smokes! US watchdog sues Elon Musk after he makes hash of $420 Tesla tweet

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He will never live down that picture.

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Don't get THAT personal, says personalised cards firm Moonpig. Dick pics. They mean dick pics

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"now the seed has been firmly planted in their minds."

And I've been doing it wrong all these years...

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Fancy Bear still Putin out new modules for VPNFilter malware

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Some devices are unpatchable.

I won't name names, but I contacted the manufacturer of some of those devices on the list, only to be told that they are no longer in production and won't be patched... at all.... ever.

Good luck with that.

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Google actually listens to users, hands back cookies and rethinks Chrome auto sign-in

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The increaste in non-techy people....

... asking me how to get off Google services has increased considerably in the last year.

It seems that the chocolate factory has managed to spook the heck out of people in a manner that Microsoft never managed to do.

The increase of interest in my Sailfish phone has also increased. People are asking questions and want to know more.

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Amazon Alexa outage: Voice-activated devices are down in UK and beyond

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"Alexa... what caused the outage today?"

... silence...

Oh well.

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UKIP doubled price of condoms for sale at party conference

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UKIP Condoms

As stretchy as our promises.

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Ukip Condoms

Because we believe we could exit without leaving a mess behind, that'll cost us more money in the long run.

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Some credential-stuffing botnets don't care about being noticed any more

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The Chinese regularly try and hack my little word press site

I now have a regular call with the ISP to do a htaccess deny on any Chinese owned IP address. Not that anyone in China would have been able to access my web sites anyway.

That one action alone, has saved me a lot of grief.

They do attack now and then, from VPN's to other countries, but I know it's them because it's the same attack pattern every damn time. On the one hand, they're intelligent and persistent. On the other, they leave their fingerprints over everything. Conclusion... they're just a battering ram and don't care that the world knows that they're hacking us.

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UKIP flogs latex love gloves: Because Brexit means Brexit

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Re: Don't need a condom.....

Farage's face puts a lot of people off thought, full stop.... because they seem to stop thinking and believe everything that comes out of his mouth.

What I can't comprehend is what they then think when, after the event, he denies having said what he said, even when presented with the video evidence of him saying what he said. I mean... you can't be capable of independent thought, and also square away that kind of behaviour.

Sorry darling, thinking about Farage has given me a headache.

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EU watchdog sniffing around Amazon's merchant data collection

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An investigation just beginning

At least there's years worth of complaints that they can investigate, like this one going back to 2012 - http://old.seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019705292_amazonseller18.html

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Git it girl! Academy tries to tempt women into coding with free course

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Re: Feel free to be patronised

I certainly didn't when I was at school. Boys had woodwork and metalwork, girls had home ed and needlework. On top of the social pressure telling children what was expected of them throughout their childhood. If anything, it seems to be even worse now, driven by commercial interests... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JDmb_f3E2c

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Re: Feel free to be patronised

The real truth of the matter is that we should stop stereotyping... full stop... and let the next generation follow wherever their hearts lead them.

You know... stop going into a blind panic when little Jimmy starts playing with a Barbie, or Jane starts playing with Action Man.

Let the children flow into whatever career and stop trying to influence them.

The trick is this... deriding the positive discrimination is negative discrimination... we just need to stop all the discrimination, positive and negative. Unfortunately, there are still people around who deliberately subvert these kinds of activities purely because they want the world to work the old fashioned way... but that's the past and the future beckons.

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Berkeley bio-boffins' butt-blasting belly-bothering batt-teria generates electricity

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Does the overall sotmach output voltage vary with the strength of the curry eaten the night before?

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So that's how Uncle Fester did it.

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Do not adjust your set, er, browser: This is our new page-one design

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Uneven tiles hurt my eyes

Sadly, I've now joined other people here, in sparking up an RSS reader, just for The Register.

I can understand needing to change for multiple platforms, but the tiles don't have to suffer like this, for that reason.

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Guess who just bought Maplin? Dragons' Den celebrity biz guy Peter Jones

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He'll be in a prime position...

... to kick start the UK electronics hobyist market.

There seems to be strength of interest, but for components I've got to go to the likes of RS, Mouser, etc. and there's no easy tuition. I actually just bought old 200 in 1 and 300 in 1 electronics tutor kits from fleabay.

Let's see what he does with it. It's got to change, because otherwise it'll just be more of the same.

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Activists rattle tin to take UK's pr0n block to court

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Re: Screwing around with education

I think that the issue, @AC is what else is there for them to move to?

The light porn that's common, has very stereotypical, fictional sexual roles. That's what the younger people are likely to come across first. The better quality independent porn generated in the UK is going to be harder to find because it's so easy for the authorities to clamp down on. That leaves the really hard core stuff coming from some more Eastern countries where I'm pretty damn sure that the only safe word is, "I forgoe my wages." and even then, I doubt that this is an option for whoever is on the receiving end of some hideous violence. I've got a strong stomach and I've seen some things, but I've never managed to make it to the end of one of those vids... in fact, I broke contact with the one person who I knew, that had them.

And that probably makes the point, I guess... they were physical media and not obtained on-line in the first place. Files that can be copied from mobile phone, to mobile phone, at ever increasing speeds as technology marches forward.

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Screwing around with education

One of the other questions is what this means for actual educational sites that exist in the sphere. Goedele Liekens highlighted the woeful lack of sex education in our schools, which led to children looking on-line in the first place. What happened? They found smut and fictional crap which results in them growing up as sexually dysfunctional adults. (Sex In Class, broadcast 2016)

There has been progress in sex education, including the right of the child to determine whether they want the classes... ie. removing the right of the parent to deny their child access to sex ed. You can guarantee that this is going to get messy in such households, however.

I have run one such site since 2002, with no membership or fee barrier... and I'm concerned that my site will get targetted, and what could happen as a result. And no, I'm not giving anyone the URL... if you find it... you find it. (however, it does give a very handy alternative e-mail address to give to marketers)

I've e-mailed my MP numerous times over the years on this subject, and I even believe that the 2008 law that the Labour party brought in, actually cost them the election (the numbers are there to support it) ... and yes, I fed back to the Obscene Publication Act consultation that went around.

The laws and attitudes to sex and education in this country are dire, and very likely play a part in our societies personal relationship problems... domestic violence, etc. and it's about time that our legislators actually took their hands off the reins rather than tightening the bridle further (apologies to Pony Players)

Only time will tell.

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Silence! Cybercrime's Pinky and the Brain have nicked $800k off banks

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Hello banker, my old friend.

It's good to steal from you again.

Because a keyboard softly, typing.

Takes your money while you're sleeping.

And the numbers, from your silos... slowly drain.

This is the mound... of silence

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Google cracks down on dodgy tech support ads

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Re: "Ad experiences"

> Drinking experience anyone? :-)

On a Monday? ... sounds like you're battle hardened.

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Hello 'WOS': Windows on Arm now has a price

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Re: "Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines"

Softbank, as far as I can read, is basically Chinese. I've got to admit, it's getting very hard to keep track of who owns who these days... https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-07-18/did-china-just-buy-most-important-company-world - https://www.design-reuse.com/news/44316/softbank-arm-china-stake.html

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Re: "Now all Intel can do is watch from the sidelines"

Acquire ARM... from China... I can't see china ever letting ARM go.

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IBM slaps patent on coffee-delivering drones that can read your MIND

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What could possibly go wrong?

...ummm.....

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Apple tipped to revive forgotten Macbook Air and Mac mini – report

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Only the Air was worth the money

...but I won't buy a new one.

I've had a iPhone for work. I own a couple of their little TV bricks. I bought an Air, and a few other things over the years and there are some conclusions I've come to...

1) They aren't fool proof. The first iPhone I was issued, was faulty right out of the box. I think I'm lucky that this prevented me from going glassey eyed at their products. They're just like everyone else out there.

2) The functionality inside the walled garden sucks. I ended up jailbreaking everything (except the iPhone, which was my employers, and went back after a year, because the whiteness of the screen hurt my eyes after a few minutes of use) ... and even after jailbreaking, the products didn't add much to my life. They lasted a few weeks, but they eventually went into the drawer, never to be used again.

3) The one exception was the Macbook Air... but only after installing Mint. I found that the OS didn't give me options I needed, such as fine control over the compression of the web cam recording software, and other things. At the time I had a slow DSL connection at home, and needed fine control over various bits and pieces, that the OS didn't give me.

4) There were a few down sides to the Air... the lack of ports, and also the half depth SD Card slot. So annoying that I couldn't use the slot as a, "permanent," storage expansion, without having an SD card sticking out. I'm probably not the only one that felt this, as an SD card came out specifically designed for that slot, so that it would fit as flush as possible. I also had electrical interference on the headphone port which was only solved by hooking up an external DAC and doing analogue conversion outside the Mac.

5) In continuation of 4... Apple's reduction of ports means I'm very unlikely to buy another Air, even if I was intending to install Mint on it... I think I'm lucky to have got an Air before they killed too many ports. Combine that with the attitude of Apple itself... and I look after my kit... but I dread the day that the Air finally breaks down. Some of that is after watching Louis Rossmann and what is actually inside the products, and Apple's broken promises to its customers.

So I won't be going for these products. As time has gone on, I've learned more and more about Apple... and I don't like what I've seen.

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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Electronic voting in the US...

...should be like many US voters were reported to be... apparently dead.

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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Make life easier = tied in to google

What if I didn't use Lyft. Would I be able to specify Uber, or my local taxi company?

What if I don't want the thing suggesting a new way to work, or what to try in my lunch box?

The problem I have with this, is that instead of letting me live my life, these technologies risk tying me into google's partners for services and interfering with my life, instead of letting me live it.

Obviously, the devil's in the details as to how much of this stuff can be turned off, of course. But I'm very sceptical.

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ZX Spectrum reboot latest: Some Vega+s arrive, Sky pulls plug, Clive drops ball

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Re: What we need

Why? The originals are still going strong. I've got three of them, plus a cheese wedge co-pro, so I can play Elite Executive Edition :-)

There was also an Arm 1 cheese wedge that went on fleabay a year or two ago, for a little over four grand.

Mine can also read a FAT 32 USB stick and has compact flash cards that mimick winchester drives, courtesy of Retro Computers. Nip over to StarDot - https://stardot.org.uk/forums/ - for BBC goodness :-)

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Amazon meets the incredible SHRINKING UK taxman

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Re: We're the ones to blame

But there's the problem. The dodges are unethical... and it's caused enough people in the public view to hung out to dry for their ethics over this last few years.

That's the whole point of the Amazon thing... the reason people are talking about all this in the first place, is because of ethics, not legality.

Just because it's legal to do something, doesn't mean that you should do it.

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Re: We're the ones to blame

The way they treat the contractors is unethical. The way they kick sellers off the platform and don't tell them why is unethical. Good grief, a simple search will give you years of Amazon's behaviour.

https://www.huffingtonpost.com/gregoris-kalai/amazon-is-cruel-and-it-is_b_8026824.html

https://alexzolo.wordpress.com/

http://old.seattletimes.com/html/businesstechnology/2019705292_amazonseller18.html

Or do you just like to limit this discussion to tax?

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We're the ones to blame

What Amazon is doing is unethical. We love to complain about how it pays bugger all tax and treats its employees badly... because they aren't employees, they're contractors and self employed.

If you actually give a damn, then stop shopping at Amazon.

I've been dropping my Amazon spend for years, working harder to find alternatives and in some cases my ethics costs me more... other times it cost me less... like a Metz 58 AF-2 going on Amazon for the princely sum of £289.99 with free delivery. Got the same flash from a specialist camera shop in Essex for £199 delivered.

I get some of my books from hive.co.uk and in other cases, if I buy from some independent shops more than once, I'll go direct to their own web pages, or drop them an e-mail enquiry if I can't find something. There's nothing like getting help from someone who knows their stuff.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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I'd love Sailfish on Blackberry

Pending that, my next phone will be Sailfish on Fairphone.

But you didn't cover them.

No mention at all.

Come on 'El Reg. Be the rebel and try some of the alternative phones for us please.

Especially as the difference between the big boys has become so utterly and boringly un-newsworthy.

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Google's Alphabet hit by Europe's other GDPR: Global Domination = Profit Reduction

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So... what I take away is...

It's now profitable to screw everyone over and pay the fines.

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If Brussels wants Android forks, phone makers aren't helping

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Things are due for a change

It does look like we're going back to the days where manufacturers had their own OS.

Project Fuscia does lead me to believe that Android has a limited shelf life now, especially regarding the grief with Oracle, etc.

However, Sailfish's Dalvik has been giving me reasonable success in running apk on Sailfish. Maybe some devs could get in touch with Jolla and see if their apps can be ported with minimum re-work.

I'm currently running Sailfish on a Sony Xperia X (having paid for the OS on top of the phone) and when this dies my next phone will be a Fairphone 2 (or 3 by that time) also running Sailfish.

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Google Translate spews doomsday messages, Facebook snatches boffins, and more in AI

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What I want to know is...

Who types in "dog" 18 times to Google translate, and sets it to translate from Yoruba to English.

And what happened when they typed it in 17 times?

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Declassified files reveal how pre-WW2 Brits smashed Russian crypto

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It always strikes me as strange...

...that they didn't use another language other than their native, to communicate in.

While everyone is trying to find patterns of Russian words, then if the correspondence was in English, for example, that would surely have made it more difficult for the people doing the cracking?

Or is my thought pattern starting to show that it's nearing beer o'clock?

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Adobe on internal systems security hole: Panic not. It isn't critical

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Is it just me...

... or has the font gone thin and unreadable on this article?

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