* Posts by Miss_X2m1

29 posts • joined 2 Nov 2017

My 2019 resolution? Not to buy any of THIS rubbish

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Useful Stuff

For the holiday, I upgraded my computer's memory from 4 gigs to 16 gigs. I also installed an SSD, replacing a very old but highly reliable HDD. Only time will tell if the SSD can prove itself being as reliable as the old HDD. In the meanwhile, I backup my system weekly onto ....... an HDD.

Technical foul: Amazon suffers data snafu days before Black Friday, emails world+dog

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Small Potatoes

I received that email as well and I'm located in the USA. I think Amazon has a saboteur in their company. Not only the problem of emails and names being exposed but also thousands of customers who were banned from reviewing their purchases and all their past purchase reviews removed without explanation. Amazon is aware there's a huge problem but rooting out the cause is apparently proving difficult. The Wall Street Journal wrote an article a few months ago https://www.wsj.com/articles/amazon-investigates-employees-leaking-data-for-bribes-1537106401

"Amazon Investigates Employees Leaking Data for Bribes Employees, through intermediaries, are offering internal data to help merchants increase their sales on the website."

Microsoft, Google: We've found a fourth data-leaking Meltdown-Spectre CPU hole

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My Machine Now Runs SLLLLLLLLOOOOOOWWWWW

Since my machine has been "patched" by Microsoft, it runs amazingly slow. I'm angry.

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Can't win the horse race.

So basically a consumer buys a computer for it's blazing processor speed and spends top dollar for that speed and then ends up with a half-dead horse after all the patching is done with.....LOL!!! :P

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

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I liked Clippy, it was cute!

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Amazon is having all sorts of issues.

In addition to "Alexa going down", On September 17, 2018, NBC News had reported that Amazon is investigating claims of employees leaking data for bribes. The practice, which is a violation of the company's policy, is particularly strong in China, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Also, Amazon users are reporting that all their product reviews are suddenly be deleted and they are being blocked from posting new product reviews, this, even after being long time customers and never violating Amazon's terms of use.

https://www.nbcnews.com/tech/tech-news/amazon-investigating-claims-employees-leaking-data-bribes-n910166

Fire chief says Verizon throttled department's data in the middle of massive Cali wildfires

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I Have Always Hated Verizon....

I have always hated Verizon, now even more. I hope Verizon burns.

Spooked Cisco chief phoned AWS, asked: You're not making a switch, are you?

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If they are anything like....

If they are anything like Amazon's exploding power banks then Cisco has nothing to worry about. ;)

US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Meanwhile....

I am a familytreeDNA member and every member received an email advising of the shutdown. The company consulted with numerous attorneys over the GDPR and the fact that the data at mitosearch and ysearch are PUBLIC, encompassed DNA samples from all around the world (not just the EU) and therefore the decision was made to shut down both sites. Perhaps in the future, once the EU, in some instances, realize how draconian the GDPR can be, they may issue amendments but at this point in time, the best decision familytreeDNA was able to make was shut down both sites.

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Re: Not worth it to do business in Europe

For some companies it was a purely business decision (money) to shut down their websites or block access from the EU. I think for many it's a logistic decision. Too expensive to update their sites to comply. Perhaps "down the road" certain amendments will be made to the new rules but for now, it's just "wait and see". It all depends on how loudly folks in the EU scream at their representatives when the problems start coming to light.

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BBC the same.

"As for US news organisations same applies there too, for years they have restricted "news" based on geographical location no matter how trivial and irrelevant that might be and were doing it long before this legislation was on the horizon so again I couldn't really give the pretence of caring less whether or not I can watch their fake news and fantasy stories or not..."

The BBC also blocks access to some audio and video to those outside the UK and they did this way before the enactment of GDPR.

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Meanwhile....

Websites such as mitosearch.org and ysearch.org have had to shut down because of the EU rule.

"Mitosearch, the free, public genetic-genealogy database, is no longer accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect on May 25th 2018.

We encourage you to continue your journey of discovery with us on FamilyTreeDNA.com, and we thank you for your participation in citizen science over the years. "

"Ysearch, the free, public genetic-genealogy database, is no longer accessible as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect on May 25th 2018.

We encourage you to continue your journey of discovery with us on FamilyTreeDNA.com, and we thank you for your participation in citizen science over the years. "

You know that silly fear about Alexa recording everything and leaking it online? It just happened

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Re: Smart TVs?

Which no root firewall do you recommend? Thank you.

Gmail is secure. Netflix is secure. Together they're a phishing threat

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Instagram also.

I received an email from Instagram telling me to reset my password and this email was sent to my gmail account. It too had a dot in the the middle of my gmail handle. Problem is, I don't have an Instagram account so the scum bag who was trying to access, what they thought, was my Instagram account was probably chasing nothingness.

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Instagram too.

Happened to me too and I don't have an Instragram account. I would just send the faulty emails to postmaster@gmail.com and let them know.

Mark Duckerberg: Second Congressional grilling sees boss dodge questions like a pro

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US Senators are also Lawyers.

US Senators are also lawyers. Very clever and tricky lawyers.

Cryptocoin investors sue Chase Bank for sky-high credit card charges

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Coinbase doesn't allow credit card purchases.

I purchased some Bitcoin through Coinbase and they don't accept credit cards. You either pay using a debit card or you pay by using a bank account.

Bitcoin or any other cryptocurrency IS a currency and therefore it is treated as a cash advance on a credit card. Purchasing cryptocurrency using a debit card or bank account avoids the issue of credit cards charging cash advance interest rates.

What the @#$%&!? Microsoft bans nudity, swearing in Skype, emails, Office 365 docs

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How do they know?

Obviously, they will have to monitor you entirely to be able to carry out their threats. Governments wanted to get into your computer and view all your data but the tech companies wouldn't give them a back door. So now government walks into your computer through the front door. A total abuse of power. Sick bastards.

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H.R.1865 - Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/1865

Even Craigslist shut down their entire personals advertising sections. But I suspect Microsoft and other companies are reacting to this new law.

Nervous Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg passes Turing Test in Congress

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Zuck knows their every move.

Every US Senator has a Facebook page......I can assure you Zuck knows more about them than they know about him....LOL!!

Facebook tried to access and match medical data – report

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Now they want my medical history too?

Oh heck, someone is just wanking.

Fatal driverless crash: Radar-maker says Uber disabled safety systems

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Re: Cause of Death: Ostrich Algorithm

Actually, the speed limit was 45 mph, and the car was doing 40 mph however, at that speed, in near total darkness, using its lowbeam headlights, it was still ovedriving it's headlights and even a human driver in full control would not have been able to stop in time to avoid hitting the woman. It's all about timing, braking distance, road conditions, etc. Essentially, the car was driving blind and a human driver would have the same issue.

Bad blood: Theranos CEO charged with massive fraud

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Investors actually believed her??? P.T. Barnum was right.

Don't just grab your CPU bug updates – there's a nasty hole in Office, too

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Re: What if you don't have Office installed?

Eeeeeeeeeeeeek!

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What if you don't have Office installed?

If you don't have Office installed, do you still need to install the HUNDREDS of patches that have accumulated over the ages?

Meltdown, Spectre bug patch slowdown gets real – and what you can do about it

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Was it a flaw?

Why does everyone imagine this was a flaw in the chips? I think it was a deliberate backdoor built into the chips for governments but the information about the backdoor is now out in the wild so they have to close the backdoor. I can't image this is some type of flaw....nope.

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but the data centre temp's delightful

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Re: Tonnage

Actually, I learned about HVAC systems in the US Navy and that included the bit about tonnage.

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

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Fix Thunderbird too!

If you want to see software hog your machines memory, install Thunderbird.

So, tell us again how tech giants are more important than US govt...

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Whose truth anyway???

I should listen to a fucking politician telling me what is truth? Fuck them.

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