* Posts by joed

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Text bomb, text bomb, you're my text bomb! Naughty HTML freezes Messages, Safari, etc

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and not just Apple's stuff

The link did some funky stuff in Firefox on Windows. The browser literally stalled but eventually I managed to close the tab

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Microsoft extends patent protection shield on-premises

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Protection shield

or racket. "It'd be really bad if something bad happened to you so consider joining our platform" says MS.

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Third NAND dimension makes quad bit bucket cells feasible

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Re: Endurance ?

Exactly, I've been trying to avoid TLC crap and now it'll be premium over QLC (while MLC will go the way of SLC).

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Mozilla offers sysadmins a Policy Engine for roll-your-own Firefox installs

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Re: I hope I can disable

I believe that related about:config setting is already there - browser.tabs.remote.warmup.enabled - for now set to false (and this is the way I'll keep it).

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ITU aims to to keep the radio on with new satellite regulation fees

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Re: 1,000 Satellites?!?

And the lower the orbit, the shorter the lifespan. Even then, operators resort to microcells to provided acceptable level of service in subscriber dense areas - there's no way these low orbit satellites could support this type of service. And limiting interference will be a challenge. I'd also be curious of power requirements for the uplink from cell phone.

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Wait, what? The Linux Kernel Mailing List archives lived on ONE PC? One BROKEN PC?

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Re: On the flip side

"Would it have been as stable on a cloud provider?" - likely.

Would it be as cheap, flexible and independent (not to mention hassle of dealing with all legalese 3rd party implies) - likely not.

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US shoppers abandon PC makers in hour of need

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Re: Rejoice!

I believe most of Intel chips leaves the country for cutting, testing and packaging. Not the glorious part of the process (and likely not the most profitable) but necessary non the less.

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Microsoft finally injects end-to-end chat crypto into Skype – ish...

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Re: Microsoft might want to start over

"Text lag when typing is literally 2-3 seconds." - so very similar to "improvements" MS introduced to Office since v2013. Literary everything rendered on screen seems like it passed a loop-back to/from their server. Likely because they like to listen/view what you're up to before you hit the send/save button.

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Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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I bet that KSMpico would take care of that (though getting a clean copy takes some digging).

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Re: Timeline...

btw, only MS fanboys, idiots or both would use Edge on any platform they did not have to. Does MS pay them for this?

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Re: "keeping compatibility with a large user base"

Just because you don't need it does not mean you won't be embraced by MS and shoved all the crApps down your throat. Choice is so yesterday. Remember, you're consumer and get served (Windows as a "service").

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Re: So that's what it is!

It's ironic how the ability to innovate often means removal of features that part of MS' userbase got to rely on. Windows as a service is for its users like building castles on quick sand. And don't forget to pony up for faster Internet service.

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Who's that at Ring's door? Why, it's Skybell with a begging cup, er, patent rip-off lawsuit

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I've never heard of Skybell, but judging by MS' "success" of Skydrive branding, we may be looking for some Onebell tomorrow. Either way, I have no skin in this game as I've even disconnected the wired bell (DND mode all the way;)

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Take notebooks: About those new Thinkpads...

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Re: first they came for the keyboard

They had to remove the Ethernet. Did you ever try unlpugging Cat5 cable from P50? They had no other choice if they wanted to keep their customers from destroying the port. /s

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LEDE and OpenWRT kiss and make up

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Cool. Now let's hope the hardware compatibility chart is better managed/clearer. Luckily for me, instructions for de-bricking were easy to find (and worked at 2nd attempt) but I'd gladly flash my wrt1900ac again as the linksys firmware is simply pathetic (both options a stability).

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Cisco to release patches for Meltdown, Spectre CPU vulns, just in case

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Re: LInk?

Cisco is stuck in security by obscurity model with their head deep in the sand. Just try accessing any security/bug disclosure or just their software product support in general. You may as well look elsewhere on the web.

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Microsoft Surface Book 2: Electric Boogaloo. Bigger, badder, better

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Re: Eh?

In this particular case, Apple's premium over MS offering is pretty much 0 and you get a proper laptop (add Windows license at ~100$ if needed). I know which one I'd picked. Assuming I was in rush to burn 3k.

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Ghostery, uBlock lead the anti-track pack

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Re: NoScript no work

I had the same initial reaction, but then NoScript was ported to the new Firefox and most of the annoying initial issues got resolved. I was trying to compare the way it works in Palemoon/ESR vs FF 57+ and most of the functionality (that I care) seems to present. Drop some coin this holiday for the man behind NS as his work has no substitute (no matter what flavor of FF you preferred).

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Revealed: How Libratus bot felted poker pros – and now it has cyber-security in its sights

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Re: "The techniques that we developed are largely domain independent "

I'd add that I'd lose against computer controlled game bots most of the time (at levels > easy) but I'd not call it AI. Simply I and majority of human player are novices at these games (and have no intent or time to change that). I bet the same was true for thousands of poker hands played by Libratus, especially if entry fee was low.

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SCOLD WAR: Kaspersky drags Uncle Sam into court to battle AV ban

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Re: can't blame them

And what you think about "submit sample files" and "cloud protection" in Windows Defender? I'm surprised that Kaspersky has not built their defense around defaults foisted by MS onto majority of Windows users (all the while Cortana rummages through files to better "assist you"). It's hard to tell how easily identifiable was the source, maybe it's just the guid for the system the file originated from but - as recent reports seem to imply - data anonymization does not work anyway. And while I understand the reason it's done, I don't condone these practices (sample submission), but pointing finger at K appears politically motivated distraction that inflicted serious financial damage (likely put them out of business anywhere within US sphere of influence) and no business outside umbrella of US bully agencies can survive this type of attack. Unlikely even WTO would help (guess what side it's likely to take).

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Mozilla's creepy Mr Robot stunt in Firefox flops in touching tribute to TV show's 2nd season

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Re: Extended Support Release track

I don't know what crashfest you're referring to. The other OP mentioned Palemoon - well, this one would be more prone to crashes and memory leaks (at least in my somewhat extensive experience).

Back to the study - I did not get whacked with Mr Robot crap but I once suffered "serious trauma" when Mozilla tested merging urlbar and the search box. I wasted whole evening (I like the idea of googling only when I mean to) trying to customize my FF, all in vain before figuring out it I was a test rat. Forgiven but not forgotten. Still the best browser out there, especially now that NoScript is back in Quantum (I did ESR my other boxes during that painful transition as life was unbearable without NS and some sites just refused to render in Palemoon).

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Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

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Re: Gaming with a low-end Pentium Gold CPU?

I can confirm. The current version - N3450 loaded with crapload of RAM and SSD - can barely handle the original Quake Arena at 1280x1024 (like it's playable but with perceptible and annoying stutter). Still for general day to day computing it's fine, it'll even run Ubuntu in HyperV (again with somewhat sluggish performance). The new chips with 4MB cache may do the trick.

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US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

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Let me give an example of the bs of credit report over-reliance. My CC was on the auto-payment for utility bill for the account setup in the name of another family member. When I moved and setup the account with the same utility company - this time in my name - guess what they asked me for. A security deposit, as if they had not known me for years. The system is rigged to benefit credit report companies and even their customers (businesses) are screwed (in addition to consumers virtually prevented from opting out from this scam).

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Apple iOS 11 security 'downgrade' decried as 'horror show'

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Re: Apple's security model is utterly broken

This would be fun exercise for me - all Apple got from me is a gifted iTunes gift card. And I have no intent of replacing it with CC number, too much at stake.

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Re: I don't get this article at all.

If I read it correctly, the issue is that now it's only the pin that's required to reset the iTunes backup password (usually easier to guess than the backup password set by the owner) and capture the content of the phone. I had not been aware of the fact that setting backup password yielded more than just complete phone backup to one computer - the article seems to suggest that once the phone is password protected backed up to iTunes on one PC, the next backup attempt (on any PC) would require to provide that password. My understanding had been that the password would be needed for the restore and the phone was protected from backup attempts by pin only. From what it looks, iOS11 users better setup alphanumeric pin/password. Having locked my 6S at iOS10 I could care less for this or other "improvements" introduced by Apple.

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Re: Desire...

I've not found a need for 4k TV yet, much less for 8k. And as the time goes by, I won't notice difference anyway (besides the pricetag). The 1080p plasma works fine (and will last forever with the sporadic use I subject it to) and my comcastic Internet can't even sustain youtube videos at the native resolution anyway (at the monthly fees I'm willing to hand over to the monopolist). 4k computer monitor - same deal, the recent upgrade to 1440p should last until LCDs are replaced with technology that offers more than just resolution increase.

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.GIF garage Imgur plugs 1.7 million-subscriber creds breach

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no PII but

"The compromised account information included only email addresses and passwords. Imgur has never asked for real names, addresses, phone numbers, or other personally-identifying information (“PII”), so the information that was compromised did NOT include such PII." - since some emails do contain 1st and last name, it's really up to users privacy awareness to keep these off the wide net (and we know how this works). Obviously linking emails between different services makes discovery fairly easy (only "paranoid" keep different emails for distinct "junk" accounts). But then, the person posting pictures to Imgur had likely nothing to hide and spent remaining free time on FB divulging the rest.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Re: What worries me

It's not just Edge's home page. It's also Windows 10 search agent (the name shall live in infamy;) that's making it more and more difficult to differentiate local vs web searches (with resulting ads, phishing sites etc dished onto more clueless users). The last Win 10 build I've checked, snitch's settings (now called notebook, why not dossier?) can only be adjusted when logged on with MS account. An irony of sort.

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Re: SessionCam

I read their explanations and left unconvinced. I'm not sure if just blocking their domain (on the router) is sufficient but I figured this was least I'd have done.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: 30 per cent faster

And once limited connection speeds is accounted for, the lack of noscript negates most of the benefits of the improved rendering engine. I'm no fan of "modern" look either. Luckily there's the ESR version and the Palemoon.

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Re: How hard can it be to change the sig. of a lossy JPEG?

Even with AI this could be a daunting task. The shear number of pics, all over the place (and outside FB control for that matter) can't be easily compared (unless the harasser is really trying to link them to the ex thus limiting the scope of search). Simple resizing of the photo makes simple file signature irrelevant. Mirror image will likely fool any content aware AI and render search/compare of bunch of images next to impossible. OTOH, with millions of nudes online, one may probably just care less, especially considering he/she was brave/dumb enough to snap a nude in the the 1st place (unless again the sharer explicitly is trying to link them to the victim just to harass her/him). Similarly to SSNs - we may assume that ours is already out there but we're not so special that anyone really cared about it.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: Who cares?

Or one can just use copy&paste for untrusted apps. Noscript would likely come in handy as well. For every action there's reaction.

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Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

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Re: Lisa Simpson said it pretty well

And yet some residents of these 9 out of 10 richest communities in the US would complain about taxation without representation (I can't recall if this was bumper sticker or a t-shirt). "Democracy" and "lobbyists" surely do mix for the benefit of the few.

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Not as bad as changes forced by MS onto Windows users

but maybe only because no iPhone users had ever got used to any level of freedom. My upgrade plans all but evaporated yesterday night when Apple decided to show middle finger to its users in iTunes 12.7. I can accept buggy software but removing "transfer purchases" was one bridge too far. The only option that let me move mp3 files out of the "walled garden" of the iPhone (podcasts, no illicit activity here) gone without much of warning. FTS. Some time later I was back to iTunes 12.6.2 and my phone has tvos profile installed to keep me from upgrade nags and protect the limited storage space (no updates available as of last check few minutes ago). I plan to keep this status quo as long as possible, especially that none of updates are of particular value to me (including the nanny state mode when carplay is active).

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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

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Re: Is sound really the best way?

I'm not sure how the ultrasonic audio is passed over band limited phone line (and neither the microphone nor speaker are of particularly high quality). Why not do it the data link (especially that smartphone app imply access to raw data link)?

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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It's sad if Tim has sold out to highest bidder. Worse yet if he's done so for nothing, out of naivety.

I'd rather have a browser plugin than obligatory module that streamlines DRM deployment and turns nuisance into commodity everyone expected/took for granted. I've disabled playback of DRM content in my FF and so far I have not noticed anything missing. I can't be sure this will continue with compromise to standards. I bet China would also like to add users name to this DRM scheme.

Since the system no longer appears wide open, they may consider renaming to W2C.

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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I like the 3rd party cookie option offered since forever by FireFox - "keep until I close FF". This plus NoScript keeps snoopers in check.

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

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I would not be surprised if the LAN/WLAN switching struck again. Easy test - just plug the Ethernet cable and see if the process completed nearly instantly.

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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They already alienated Windows users that swore not to fall into the Store. And for what? A crApp

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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

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MS follows in Equifax footsteps

To read the details of CVE (the pdf related link) one has to accept MS' ToS. Really. I only have so much time to burn on their sites but I have not intent to just blindly accept whatever they've come up with. What's next? Sign in with MS account? Not even while I'm not using their own browser (under no condition I'm risking converting my local user account). I bet they'd like to enforce Chinese government real name policy?

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Apple copying Microsoft?

I made the same comment at work today. Now, the surprising bit to me is that they copied 8. I had assumed that they just skipped over the cursed version. We'll see about XIII

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Re: Wow

Not just backwoods and no problem with this. Really no reason to hand over every last $ to growing monopoly of few service providers. Some people just don't like to sign up for another subscription, some don't consider high tier broadband worth the price and some just have no choice.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Re: How is their response "good"?

I was once offered the free credit monitoring (some online store that will remain unnamed). Obviously, I just ignored it as sharing more information than leaked by the store with some 3rd party (saying "trust us") would just add irony to the situation. I guess I was not cynical enough to envision auto-renewal. Thanks for the insight.

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NSA enters stage two of its spying revival plan: Getting Trump onboard

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Re: Like i said previously on this subject

More than this. NSA has all the coercive power (backed up by "real" data) that individuals with any past (even more so when the past did not look so great in public) may be inclined to come to terms no truly independent person would agree on. It's surprising how short-sighted politician have been, ceding so much power (and tax money) to organization(s) with no oversight. By all accounts it's no a longer risk that military-industrial-intelligence complex will have them in the pocket at some point. Current state is the proof that just about all of them are puppets and our so called democracy is fiction, a cover up to please clueless masses.

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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

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Re: Smaller is better

Or maybe they like a device that not only will let them make call for help but will also last for days until rescue mission found them stranded in the bush. I bet that there's little use for a smartphone with all the fancy LTE (but no service) in the interior of Australia.

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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any ideas on blocking cloud hosted scourge?

I was going to - just in case - set up another dead ended route for revealmobile.com. But it turned out that dns query returns an non-compliant IP withing the range of google-cloud. I've blocked a swath but the solution is just more of a heavy-handed stop gap (and useless anytime something moved inside the cloud). Any better ways that can be used on consumer router?

The market would definitely use some easy fix as MS, Google, FB and other tracking scum likes to hide behind live shield of their cloudy services that makes filtering impossible (without inflicting collateral damage).

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

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Re: But as a Play Station...

And all the start menu and in the crApps ads can now be assigned to its own CPU core exclusively. All this for best user experience. Thank you MS (for listening to/spoofing our feedback).

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

Why Linux machines are tiny percentage of PCs, the percentage of Windows user that stumbled (likely by mistake or MS coercion) into the Store is just as small. Not all of these lost souls "bought" Linux (to register in statistics) - it's simply unlikely that anyone that cared for Linux went for the trouble of getting Windows PC, signing up for MS account and shopping at their dingy Store.

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Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

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Re: Hope there's a way to disable this

Exactly my concern. It's one thing to have this running on desktop browser (with little regard to power use and vastly more configurability), it's entirely different story to do so in Safari (or Chrome) on mobile device where not only battery life and performance are bottleneck but also there's next to no control over the browser (trust us, it just works mentality). While I like to keep multiple tabs open, I have no intent of them "workers" refreshing the content for no reason other then developers whim.

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Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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With the popularity of reflective surface coated sunglasses and everpresent stickers on laptop cameras I somehow see only limited success of this tech. Most people are sheep but even them are turned off by big brother experience (real concern or just gossip). And who would trust MS?

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