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- Intel i7 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- Crippleware operating system
- Up to 14.5 hours of battery
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- Intel i7 processor
- 8GB RAM
- 256GB SSD
- Crippleware operating system
- Up to 14.5 hours of battery
- 2256 x 1504 pixel sense display
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"If there weren't any wiretaps, the whole thing goes down the drain."
Ho ho. No.
Manafort, Flynn, Trump sr, Trump's adult children, Kushner, Sessions, Pence, Guilliani, Bannon, Prince and DeVos, Rohrbacher plus a bunch of 2nd tier people like Stone, Cohen, Page et al all have Russian ties which have been extensively reported and are doubtless under investigation.
A lot of indictments are going to be handed down before all this is over with.
As president, Trump would have the complete authority and power to declassify any wiretapping operation assuming there was one to begin with. Instead he took a cheap shot at his predecessor and didn't follow through with any evidence.
That said, intelligence agencies can and do gather intelligence on "agents of foreign powers" so if one of those were conversing with somebody in Trump's organisation, or talking to somebody else and mentioning their name, then it would be incidental collection. The agency wasn't monitoring Trump / associates / business directly but those things came up in things they were monitoring.
It may well be that such incidental collection contains some very damning conversations between Trump's cohorts and foreign agents. In which case that might explain his ranting.
3 separate platforms have tried to launch VR platforms in the last few years and they've all flopped.
Turns out people don't like expensive, dorky, uncomfortable peripherals with a mess of cables and sensors especially when there is no "killer app" that justifies the effort. VR / AR have some niche uses (e.g. flight simulators in VR are awesome), but they're too much effort for the mainstream.
Microsoft's effort is likely to fail as hard as all the rest. It seems like they're aware of that too if they're getting 3rd parties to take the financial risk of selling headsets in competition with each other for the platform.
It does seem odd that car manufacturers dance to Google and Apple's tune. It would make a lot of sense for vehicle manufacturers to form an alliance that lays down technical standards that phones must adhere to function in their cars and not the other way around.
The link doesn't work.
But from the description I doubt this lawsuit will go anywhere. Nestle will either pay Atari their fuck-off settlement fee, or it'll go through the courts and be ruled a parody and fair use. Either way it's a mercenary cash grab from Atari. I have to wonder what Atari even *is* these days.
The Amiga brand is like a Japanese horror movie curse.
Since Commodore went bust the brand has been passed through a multitude of owners. Each promises a new model "soon". And invariably the endeavour flops and the brand passes on to a new owner. Rinse and repeat for twenty years.
I bet most people encounters one or more problems in a daily commute that an automated vehicle would struggle to solve in a correct or even remotely acceptable way.
Automated cars are probably fine on a closed loop circuit, e.g. transferring people between airport terminals, or on certain stretches of roads like motorways. Standard urban commutes / city driving not so much.
I doubt the hypervisor adds much impact to file, messaging or network IO compared to actual activity itself. Biggest impact would be on graphics. Graphics necessarily runs against the hardware so you either abstract and badly degrade the performance or you let the software use the hardware and pray that there are no exploits (unlikely) in the driver or the hardware itself.
A hypervisor in a car would serve the same purpose as a hypervisor in a games console - it allows code to run in its own little box with little or no access to code running with a higher privilege or in a different box. So that even if someone managed somehow to hack / root the infotainment system, it wouldn't provide them with access to other critical systems in the vehicle.
Given the number of stories about remotely hacked vehicles and the increasing use of over the air updates, phone apps etc., this would seem like a sensible thing to add.
That said, I could see how even hacking the infotainment system could screw with a car. Most systems would have control to functions like door / boot locks, fuel cap release, air conditioning, volume controls, bluetooth, gps etc. then there are still opportunities to grief the car, remotely open it, listen to conversations, track its location etc.
Windows 10 S is an attempt to normalize a crippled version of Windows that doesn't do half the stuff people might reasonably expect of it. It'd be bad enough in a budget PC, but this is a flagship device.
It is not acceptable.
I've got one too and it's a good phone for the price although the "jelly" effect is noticeable on some apps. I'm also waiting for LineageOS to start supporting it because OxygenOS is a nice barebones Android, it still lacks additions I miss from Lineage such as privacy guard.
Still it's very responsive, the screen is bright, it charges fast, the battery has been excellent so far, the finger print reader is great. The phone isn't burdened with crapware and it has lots of storage and ram.
I like the camera but then again I come from a Oneplus One & Nexus 4 where the camera were so slow they were frustrating. Just taking a picture and seeing the picture in a split second is a novelty. Taking a picture which isn't a blurry mess is also a novelty.
One criticism I have is not of the phone but the official flip cover case. It has a very neat feature where closing it turns off the screen, but the the damned thing makes it hard to push the volume buttons. Maybe the volume controls should have been on the right side and the power somewhere else.
Is to program something non-trivial suited to that language / api / package. i.e. don't write some crappy hello world equivalent. Go all-in and write something which you estimate will take several weeks to write at the least and touches on 2 or 3 major features of the thing. Better yet, open source your efforts, put it up on github or somewhere and make sure to stick it on the CV.
Any company bragging that their service is "military grade" without going into technically credible specifics is selling snake oil.
Tools like notepad, calc, paint, wordpad etc. have been woefully underdeveloped for years. Unacceptably so in some cases.
So I don't care if they go, but Microsoft should provide a replacement with equivalent or better functionality. And really it should be part of the OS, not something that has to be grabbed from the store - not everyone has access to the store, e.g. if the PC is disconnected, or in a broken state, or they're in an enterprise setting.
I don't think it necessarily matters is the unwashed masses recognize somebody's name. Rubin looks to be trying for a "boutique" style launch, akin to the OnePlus
You couldn't even buy the original OnePlus without an invitation and when they opened it up for general sale the order system crashed hard for 2 day. On top of that there was the clusterf**k issue with Cyanogen delivering the phone OS and they had to flip to their own Oxygen. They still managed to overcome these issues and become profitable.
If Rubin can deliver a handset that is slick and well designed then any initial delays or teething troubles will be soon forgotten about. Of course he might not do that at all and it all comes crashing down but it seems a little premature to pronounce it a failure yet.
Will they have a "Disney cast member" dressed up in the Leia slave costume.
"Sir, these hololens devices are so dorky that even nerds won't wear them", "No problem hire a bunch of attractive models to wear them, that'll solve the problem!"
If the track was written for the C64 it would have been four times the length.
SpaceX has spent 5 years producing a version of their Dragon capsule capable of shuttling a handful of astronauts to the ISS. This will be an important milestone when it is completed but it demonstrates how unrealistic it would be to think a manned trip to Mars could be achieved in a decade. Let alone 100 people strapped to an enormous rocket.
Wholefoods Market for anyone who hasn't been one is like a giant health food shop. One where everything is horribly marked up and expensive. It appeals to the hipster demographic. It's a shame because some of the produce is reasonable, but not for that price.
All democracies have intelligence services that do shady shit to get a clear picture and the upper hand on their adversaries. This should not be a surprise to be anybody, nor the consequences when some of their methods are made public.
Assuming the counterfeiters were trying to produce perfect copies of the original item. Unfortunately they're not trying to produce perfect copies so any measures designed to prevent that are a waste of time.
I *suppose* there might be a very small niche for authentic counterfeits - certain high value collectible items - but I don't see the material acting as a huge impediment. If someone has possession of the original they could just dust the thing in talc or similar, or just create a mould from the original and scan that. Nuisance value, nothing more.
Just make sure they have adequate supply of lemon-soaked paper napkins or you might be there for a while.
"And he gets off scott-free, for now."
"For now" being the operative word. He and his cohorts are subject of an active investigation into Russian interference in the US election as well as racketeering in the state of New York.
He'll end up being impeached, resigning for reasons of "ill-health", or section 25'd. Too slowly for most people's liking but he'll be gone. With him will go most of the shitshow that is his presidency. Whoever his successor is, e.g. Pence is probably going to follow a more traditional Republican agenda.
If the authors used Google Translate then chances are Google has logs of those interactions which include IP address, potentially identity of the person using it. They might have used Tor but then again maybe they didn't.
The CG Peter Cushing / Moff Tarkin was surprisingly poor considering the budget. The lips and facial expressions were off, the performance lacked any nuance, the head bobbed around like a chicken and it simply didn't blend in.
This video demonstrates it all too well:
The Carrie Fisher / Leia was somewhat better but perhaps only by virtue of the intense artificial lighting in the scene and the fact it was only there for a brief moment.
To add to other comments, I would not be surprised if a very large chunk of that is binary blobs, images, audio etc.
The achilles heel for Git is that you must pull ALL the repository in order to use any of the respository. Various ways exist to work around this issue - shallow clones, submodules, subtrees, repo etc. but nothing is very good.
I suppose the idea for GVFS is that when you do a clone of Windows, you don't transfer 300GB of crap to your machine before you even start. Instead you "clone" and the filesystem looks like the files were fetched but the fs only fetches a file's contents on first read. So if you're working on one DLL with 100 files you don't need to download the gazillion other files in the codebase.
Clearcase (contender for the worst source control system ever invented) did this too with a thing called a dynamic view. The difference in Clearcase's case was the dynamic view could change while you were using it if someone else committed files to the same view. Enjoy trying to debug problems when header and sources keep changing underneath you.
At least GVFS would behave like Git in that what you see isn't going to change unless you pull / fetch / merge. I'd like to see how MS intend to open this up outside of themselves though.
Yes it's possible all those things could happen AND you have iris enabled (don't forget that) AND you're prepared to put up with how crap the function works. Now think on the likelihood of all that actually happening in real life as opposed to some thought experiment and it's very slight.
If security researchers want to improve security they should stop doing these silly experiments on esoteric features and an improbable chain of events and think of ways a phone can be made more secure by default. Not such a headline grabber but vastly more useful.
Unless the thief happens to have a picture of you in the proper light and knows this is how you unlock the phone then it's not going to help them. And theft is the biggest threat by far.
I think the biggest problem with phones & security is one of usability and defaults. Some phones have "smart lock" functionality but it's very finnicky to set up and separate from the screen lock stuff.
It needs to be redesigned and consolidated into a single screen that summarises what security is set, and the conditions that the rules apply. e.g. idle time, location, proximity to other devices. The easier it is to set up the security, the more likely people are to use it. The more people who have security enabled by default, the less reason thieves will have to steal phones.
I know how to install a different launcher. It doesn't mean I want a shit, superfluous launcher sitting in the firmware eating up space, one whose very existence means it takes Huawei longer to roll out firmware updates because of all the additional testing required. And even if I dump the launcher it doesn't make all the changes to settings, or all the other junk running in the device go away.
EMUI 5 might have undergone an exercise in turd polishing, but the proper solution would have been to dump it completely.
The hardware could be wonderful but while EMUI is a thing I will steer well clear of Huawei phones. Once bitten twice shy.
A LineageOS firmware for Android 7.1 weighs in about 350MB so no, it's not 6GB. It doesn't include Google Apps but you can download a 50GB nano GApps package.
I expect some firmware updates are larger depending on how much crapware they contain or other superfluous stuff like additional image resources, languages, videos etc.
All it takes is one firmware update and it suffers many of the same issues as the S8. I know the article covers it a bit, but Samsung's biggest problem is they pack their phone with half-assed apps and features that imitate the ones you can get from the Play store and there is no choice NOT to have this stuff.
Samsung could move a lot of the junk to a "showcase" app where you could pick and choose to install or (better than nothing) safely disable some of this stuff. But they don't. They're hoping somehow to gain marketshare through the power of the default. Bixby is there not because it is any damned good but because it suits Samsung's long term ambitions to ram it down user's throats. That might suit them, it sure as hell doesn't suit customers.
If I want Alexa, Facebook, Twitter or whatever else then I can simply install it myself. HTC should not be baking this performance / space / privacy sapping crap into the firmware.
If they absolutely must install this shit, then at least do it in the writable user data partition where it can be permanently removed. Not hidden, deleted.
Don't leave the customs union. It's stupid and self-defeating. It just causes extra red tape for government & businesses, delays at borders (even with "light touch" systems), increases smuggling, decreases trade & travel across land borders, and provides little to no benefit in return.
Yes clearly Uber is a taxi service. Their problem is they want to be a taxi service without abiding by any of the rules or regulations that govern being a taxi service - criminal background checks for drivers, fare tariffs, limits on number of licenced cars on the road, vehicle safety checks, adequate insurance, employment benefits, other regulations governing public transportation.
So they want to pretend they're basically just a hookup service between people who want a lift and people prepared to give them a lift.
I'm glad they're losing. They should abide by the rules laid down for taxis or gtfo.
I wouldn't be surprised if Le Pen and her party have been under surveillance for quite some time. Kissing up to Russia, recognizing their widely condemned appropriation of territory, receiving a loan from a Russian bank soon after...
She might well find herself arrested if there is any intel on that or tying her to the recent hack. She definitely faces a lawsuit about the allegations she made. Oh and embezzling money from the EU. Le Pen will have some interesting times.
As if to emphasize the shitstorm coming, just look what happened. Comey fired on a weak pretext, as if that will make the investigations and indictments disappear. Nixon had his own "Saturday Night Massacre" with as much success as Trump will have.
"An overwhelming majority of the electorate in a two horse race did not back the winner."
A point of clarification. French elections are ALWAYS a two horse race. The primary round features all the candidates and then the second is between the top two from the first round.
Second, claiming the majority didn't vote for them could be said for many elections. UK MPs frequently don't enjoy the majority of votes in their constituency unless they're in a very safe seat.
If you want to sense which way the wind is blowing subscribe to John Schindler @20committee on Twitter. He's an ex-intelligence community & columnist and has a pretty sharp eye on things which are happening.
The likes of Flynn, Manafort and Page *are* going to get prosecuted and it's not hard to see others dragged in too, especially if its seen they were acting in cahoots. They might even turn states evidence for cushier sentences.
Second to this Trump *does* have Russian mob ties. His casinos were fined for money laundering. His business partner Felix Sater is a convicted mobster. Dutch TV did an interesting documentary about Sater this recently which is on YouTube. The BBC interviewed Trump about Sater and Trump's entire response was to call the interviewer thick and run out of the room. Trump is vulnerable to compromise and it's not a stretch to imagine that he *has* been compromised. And even if he hasn't, there's that whole RICO investigation.
And people paying attention know there are at least 2, possibly 3 grand juries already convening prior to making some arrests. And a State of New York RICO charge that could drag in Trump or some of his confederates on the grounds of racketeering, money laundering on behalf of the Russian mafia.
Trump has a busy few weeks of reality denial ahead of him. #fakenews
It's been clear for a couple of weeks that prosecutions were in the offing. Grand juries were being convened, subpoenas in progress.
That's the only reason Comey was sacked and everyone knows it. Sacking him on a flimsy pretext is just going ensure that the number of leaks in the intelligence services multiplies, massive pressure will be placed on congress to appoint a special prosecutor, existing charges won't be dropped, other RICO suits will press on regardless.
If Trump thought his problems were bad before, they've probably become far worse today and far more public.
Far left wraps around to become far right and vice versa. Authoritarianism, secret police, purges, torture, assassination, oppression, idolatry etc. Out on the fringes however they possess their own distinct and extremely unpleasant characteristics which are very easy to see.
"I don't think it's that specific. WL are simply naïve and thus very easy to manipulate. "
That may have been how they started. These days they are a front.
Resoundingly yes of course the government is behind it.
I'd point out the question was put to FBI director Comey last week and he said Russia was definitely behind the attacks there too.
And probably they're telling the truth. The dump was timed to interfere with an election to be held tomorrow.
It doesn't have to withstand any scrutiny, just look superficially convincing - dump a heap of legitimate low level stuff as filler (e.g. hacked party mailing list), and fake up some bank statements and hope it convinces some people to vote for the other candidate. Russia's candidate.
Of course it could be real but since Macron has started legal proceedings on the matter, there is a perfect opportunity to find out for sure in court.
It's an orchestrated campaign by Russia to disrupt its enemies. They interfered in the US election, probably interfered with the UK referendum, are definitely interfering in the Balkans and in states like Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Finnland etc.
Wikileaks is nothing more than a Russian front and nationalist groups in these countries are easy pickings for them. Did you know Le Pen had a Russian bank fund her bankrupt party and was kissing ass with Putin even while the campaign was going on?
It's going to come to a head soon.
"Debian switched to systemd which in turn pushed distros like Ubuntu on to systemd"
Kind of absurd rationalization given that Ubuntu is downstream of Debian, not upstream. Just like Devuan in fact. Also, Ubuntu didn't switch from sysvinit to systemd. It switched from upstart.
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