* Posts by anonymous boring coward

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Facebook decides fake news isn't crazy after all. It's now a real problem

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Simplest and most effective solution is to not use the crap that is FB.

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Don't install our buggy Windows 10 Creators Update, begs Microsoft

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Re: and even when it's delivered automagically it can still f#ck you up...

It's just like with cars: The less people understand of what's going on, the easier it is to whip them into sheeplike submission (sheep may actually be less submissive than average humans).

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Sadly you have to upgrade to the C64 to get the latest updates.

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Problem is, the normal update may well f*ck you as well.

For example, my USB microscope just won't work any more with Windows 10. Perhaps if I find some other camera app, that isn't malware, I might get it to work again, but I wouldn't bet on it.

That's what one gets when MS decides that user's must eat whatever sh*t they feed you.

Foresaw it from day one, and it happened, as certain as taxes and death.

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Intel redesigns flawed Atom CPUs to stave off premature chip death

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Re: So what exactly have they done inside and what will be the consequences?

I read it more as being the case of "we'd like new chips please", unless you were using the LPC pins as GPIO in which case you would need to do a redesign given you'll be needing additional logic for the functionaliity you needed the GPIO for.

It's quite odd that they couldn't even fix the bug so that the processor works as originally designed.

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Re: BZZZT! "Reached Out"

So humanitarian!

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Re: Stepping != redesign

Apparently they had to remove some features. That's a re-design.

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We're 'heartbroken' we got caught selling your email records to Uber, says Unroll.me boss

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Re: Even Google Aren't That Bad

Rather than trying to do new products which have always failed, this time they're doing it by messing with their cash cow. It could end up as their most expensive failure yet if the public decides they are sick of all the tracking and data collection!

Let's hope so!

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SPY-tunes scandal: Bloke sues Bose after headphones app squeals on his playlist

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Re: Your belief is wrong;

"Under Android 6 Bluetooth Low Energy scanning requires location services. "

Android keeps demanding location services for all sorts of obscure reasons.

Google is creepy as f**k.

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"I bought a cheap (£15) webcam that turned out not to be a webcam as such. It only works with a special Android app. The app asks for the following permissions:"

Did you allow it access immediately without a second thought?

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$5m? Sounds reasonable.

I'm off to get some Bose headphones.

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'Nobody's got to use the internet,' argues idiot congressman in row over ISP privacy rules

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Re: That's not an option.

"The ones in power don't need no stinkin' internet. Which makes me wonder where they get their porn?"

They can afford to pay for the almost real thing.

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Just yet another thicko Republican.

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Oh snap! UK Prime Minister Theresa May calls June election

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Theresa has made a mockery of the system.

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Re: May's speech

"Oh no, Nicola Sturgeon; we're far too busy with Brexit to have another independence referendum. Lets have a general election instead!"

This is an important part of they ploy. Now a Scottish referendum will be even more extra work for the Scottish remexiter to moan about.

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Just a cynical ploy to get the election in before the full effects and reality of Brexit has hit home for the sluggish Brexit voters.

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Microsoft raises pistol, pulls the trigger on Windows 7, 8 updates for new Intel, AMD chips

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Since the OS couldn't care less what exact silicone it's running on, this is obviously just another A-hole tactic by MS. I'm getting so tired of these sh*theads.

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Creators Update gives Windows 10 a bit of an Edge, but some old annoyances remain

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Report from WIndows 10-land

My private laptop, which came with Windows 10, now claims, in Settings->Privacy, at the top of the page, in red:

Some settings are managed by your organisation.

What organisation would that be? And what settings?

W10 has been preparing to install the Creator's update. I had to turn off some spying, and for Windows to NOT spy on my browsing it seems I have to allow cookies and history, as MS says:

To opt out of personalised ads in this browser, your browser history must allow first-party and third-party cookies and you must have your browsing experience set to NOT delete browsing history on exit.

This seems bizarre.

W10 is still preparing, so we'll see how bizarre things end up being.

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Re: Ads

I'm looking at files on my local machine and it's showing me ads?

And given how often Explorer just hangs waiting for something random that you aren't even remotely interested in, what are the odds that this won't make Explorer even more intolerable?

If anything ever needed a complete rewrite from scratch it would be File Explorer. It it still part of the entire desktop GUI, BTW?

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"Compact Overlay"

What a great, great invention!

Had it in 1993 in Linux... (fvwm or some such window manager. Those were the days!)

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Annoyed by ads in File Explorer?

Hang on! Ads in Explorer?

Some people get that? (Makes my hair stand on end in horror..)

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Put down your coffee and admire the sheer amount of data Windows 10 Creators Update will slurp from your PC

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Re: It's a pathetic USO of 10Mbps.

"They are now teaching kilo/mega/gigabytes as being 1000 and kebi/mebi/gibi/bytes as being 1024 (course and exam material not some random teacher)"

WTF??

k = 1000 anything (k is always lower case)

M = 1 000 000 anything

G = 1 000 000 000 anything

kB = 1024 Bytes ("B" is Bytes, "b" is bits => each Byte has 8 bits)

MB = 1024 x 1024 Bytes

GB = 1024 x 1024 x 1024 Bytes

Can't be much simpler than that. Please forward to the mentioned school.

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Re: oh horse sh*t

"Really? How else can you get good video performance (especially memory-intensive 3D performance) without getting close to the metal?"

How close do you need to be?

A decent CPU does something in the order of 24 000 000 000 operations every second.

Memory intensive stuff is offloaded to some kind of DMA thing, using a few operations.

I'd say CPU resources being used up by background sh*t is a far bigger problem than "how close to the metal" something is.

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I always have left all this turned on, as I have no care if my documents are used to fix something. Or if my personal habits are used to improve products...

What would bother me was if my data was used to build personal profiles and then sold to advertisers. Hence I try not to use anything made by Google...

Hilarious!

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Re: BongoJoe

"I presume you are talking about DX12. DX12 is an improvement over DX11, I agree, but it's not a requirement."

It's hard to think of any group with more OCD than hardcore gamers. They will HAVE to have DX12. They can't possibly watch their life waste away whilst stuck on DX11, and all their "friends" have moved on.

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Microsoft ups Surface slab prices for Brits. Darn weak pound, eh?

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Why can't Apple grab the opportunity now and elbow in on the corporate market for real?

Some kind of normal file system access where the user knows where things are and can copy them without using the cloud would be a great start.

A simpler way to deploy your own apps would be a good continuation.

I think this would go a long way towards sinking MS.

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Cheap, flimsy, breakable and replaceable – yup, Ikea, you'll be right at home in the IoT world

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Trådfri means "wireless" in Swedish.

It is an alternative direct translation that no-one has ever used before...

"Trådlös" is the correct term.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

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Re: Computers in education

"Some studies I have seen reported on show no improvement in core skills between kids that are given a computing device (tablet or laptop) and those that are taught in a more traditional manner."

Obviously they weren't measuring all the core skills then, since being able to use computers is now a core skill.

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"it's Surface Pro for me next time around."

Doesn't that have a fan that will suck in dust, and a couple of years down the line it will crash constantly, or desolder it's own components if you are unlucky? Not to mention the effing noise.

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Perhaps, one day, we can get a reasonably priced laptop with a screen of the iPad quality..

I'm using an Air 1 as a secondary screen with my cheapo tricked out Acer laptop. The iPad screen is far, far superior. I'm sure they would sell like hotcakes at (much) less than half the price of Macbooks.

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I need an ISP that offers IPv6. Virgin Media: Whatevs, nerd

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Re: Non Story

""The Register" you are about to ruin things with your lack of streets."

The Reg is a town or city, or something like that?

I'm confused.

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Re: need

Whops..

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'Windows 10 destroyed our data!' Microsoft hauled into US court

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Re: Probably do have permission...

MS's fantasies about all the rights it has are overruled by actual consumer laws.

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"Now, we go about suing people for our inability to follow instructions or take responsibility."

That's not why. It's about MS doing reasonable things, and not actively trying to force things upon us, regardless of the consequences.

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Re: @Will

" but for me after a very short time all those free upgrade dialogs were just a reminder to make sure I had some recent backups. When it couldn't wait any longer and started upgrading despite me repeatedly rejecting the offer, it was very inconvenient but I didn't lose data."

WTF!!??

And you actually defend MS?

"As much as I hate MS's recent tictacs, can they really be accountable for the loss of someone's data? Maybe a days work but shirley they had a backup of everything else right?"

Sure... As if. I backup my data every now and then. When I have new data to backup. But then there are all the apps that need to be installed. And perhaps the apps won't run under Win 10. Perhaps the user isn't savvy, and must pay to get someone to reinstall 5+ years of apps?

Don't try to shrug off MS behaving like arrogant bullies.

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Microsoft loves Linux so much, its OneDrive web app runs like a dog on Windows OS rivals

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Re: We've been there before .. in 1991

I have wondered why iTunes is such a dog on Windows. Always assumed it was Apple trying to make osX (I don't know how to capitalise it any more) look better than Windows (not that hard).

Scrolling an album art collection is pathetic. As if programmed by some work experience kid.

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Re: Loved to Death

I don't think anyone disputes that there are many highly intelligent a-holes. They just lack a certain something in their overall intelligence makeup.

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Re: Loved to Death

Unfortunately for Trump, you can't get much nearer than inside himself.

But he loves himself unconditionally, so it's OK.

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Airplane bomb fears spark America's laptop, tablet carry-on ban

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Don't the airports have all sorts of advanced bomb detection equipment nowadays?

Why don't they use those for carry-on luggage as well?

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Re: "where it can be lost, dropped, kicked around, stolen, found, thrown around a bit more"

""Bomb inside, handle with care" to obtain a better handling..."

If you think it being taken to a remote area and blown up is better handling!

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Re: or stowed in the hold

"And this stupid stuff about 'undisclosed threats'"

Terrorists, especially the suicide type, are quite thick. Don't think they want to spread any ideas around. The other reason is that they don't want to give away how they have identified said threats.

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Force employees to take DNA tests for bosses? We've got a new law to make that happen, beam House Republicans

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Re: @Matt Bryant

"In socialized medicine you get sick, put on a waiting list, then you die because your appointment has not come up yet."

What country, more specifically, are you talking about here?

You know there are hundreds of other countries in the world, right?

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Re: LDS Sure it will lower employer costs and promote an healthy workforce...

"those companies' customers exist because, at some point, a woman got pregnant."

I'm almost certain that is is true for the entire company and its directors, as well.

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Re: @GATTACA

"Collection of DNA by companies is only OK if they are under a remit to help those unfortunate to be discovered harbouring a genetic disease, or disposition to disease, beyond that given to the fortunate majority."

Why on earth should a company be doing this?

They may pay for it as a benefit, but they shouldn't ever get access to the data.

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Re: Unicornpiss @GATTACA

In the US doctors are ridiculously overpayed (what are they, som kind of Gods?). And they need extremely expensive liability insurances as well. (Despite being semigods.)

So goddam inefficient that it's a travesty.

But if you can afford the heallthcare, it's supposedly quite good.

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Re: Unicornpiss @GATTACA

@ Matt Bryant

Can we just simply agree that the US system is utter sh*te?

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Re: @GATTACA

Straight to the Gas-Bus in an alternate reality. I think we want to steer well clear of that reality.

That was the best (only good?) sub-plot in Man in the Tower, BTW.

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It defeats the whole purpose of having an insurance system in the first place.

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Trump, Brexit, and Cambridge Analytica – not quite the dystopia you're looking for

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Re: Everything counts, in large amounts

"You seriously believe that the Dems and their pet Deep State ...."

He he. Oh, yes! There will be MUCH LESS state now. That's for sure. Big State things are sold out to Big Corps instead. That way it's not Big State anymore. It's Big Corps doing the Big State stuff. What a win-win!

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Re: In the original Foundation trilogy

Did the Trump campaign spend less really?

Does the spending figure include running Fox "News" and Breitbart?

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