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Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android

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Trying to write C++ interfacing to Androids java api is clearly a pretty wierd mobile strategy. No wonder they dropped it. No help from the open source community? Perhaps no one else was doing that.

Twitter, Reddit and pals super unhappy US visa hopefuls have to declare their online handles to Uncle Sam

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Re: But

If you dont hand them over with password, when you arrive you go to jail, if thats what they want. They already know you have them.

MS to WinXP diehards: Just under 3 more years' support

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Windows 7 does not let you install drivers

provide an installable workaround so I can install my own software, then perhaps 7 does more that xp, right now for me it does less.

Singapore releases the robot hounds to enforce social distancing in parks

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Can it avoid real dog shit? If not its no good as a parkie where I live.

These things are still a solution looking for a problem.

Parkie would be better served by a drone.

IT systems still in limbo as UK.gov departments await Brexit policy – MPs

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Re: The Agri & Horticultural Development Board impact study reckons most british farmers..

Sea rape is not a national issue. You cant go it alone on that one. Gonna have to talk to the neighbors im afraid.

A stranger's TV went on spending spree with my Amazon account – and web giant did nothing about it for months

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Re: I got nailed by this

Amazon making money on the whole thing is nuts. Any legal eagles know why Amazon cant be had for criminal behaviour if they are knowingly in cohorts with the crims.

RTFM: Wireless Broadband Alliance squeezes out 40-page ode to the joy of Wi-Fi 6

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Re: Wi-Fi 6 represents the end of the idea of wiring desks for Ethernet

I'll give you my wired gigabit network when you pry it from my cold dead hands.

Alexa, can you tell me how many Chinese kids were forced into working nights to build this unit?

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Re: Amazon Response

Last statement is crazy. It basically says sorry more than ten percent of our staff is forced labour by school kids.

In the future it will be ten percent.

China to slice internet connection costs for locals as part of plan to rebound from recent unpleasantness

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Re: What the US and Europe need to do

1mb? I need 100 mb to do any real remote work.

Where are you writing this from that 1mb is not already available?

VMs: Imperfect answers to imperfect problems, but they're all we have

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Re: Testing


Containers have never been about security for me. Im much less concerned about nginx breaking out of its security jail than i am about my own dodgy bash script acidentally running rm -rf /

It's 2018 and… wow, you're still using Firefox? All right then, patch these horrid bugs

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Re: Firefox really is the worst

Try yandex. I prefer ruskies spying on me to the yanks. :)

Looks good too. Not too much chrome but what there is is slick.

Oh and everything works.

Microsoft attempts to up its Teams game with new features while locked-down folk flock to rival Zoom... warts and all

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You can enforce two-factor authentication == you can lock people out who know their password.

(Speaking from experience, our lot locked me out with a 2fa snafu)

The whole "business prevention department" got swiftly furloughed.

Dumb autonomous cars can save more lives than brilliant ones

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Re: Better than the next guy

Did you read the article? The point was that they dont need to ALWAYS be better, they just need better safety over all.

If Microsoft made laptops, it'd make this: HP Spectre x360

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Can you run Linux on it

USB Lan adapter, can you even install Linux on it?

It's April 2018, and we've had to sit on this Windows 10 Spring Creators Update headline for days

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Re: Wait wait...

I have the Pink Screen Of Death already. Everytime my win box crashes (or decides to force an upgrade on me) it reboots itself into Ubuntu. Not my doing, seems this is a feature.

Salesforce supremo Benioff buys Time magazine for $190m

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good idea

The "Rare Groove" of publishing.

I'd get a reprint of 10 different. Wired editions that predicted AI is about to change the world.

And private eye 1 thru 100. See if anything has changed.

Help! I bought a domain and ended up with a stranger's PayPal! And I can't give it back

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Are you one of those people that when someone asks

"Can you tell me where the toilets are?"

You answer


Heres wishing you a Friday full of robo calls and useless tech support. ;-)

Swedish data centre offers rack-scale dielectric immersion cooling

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Re: Interesting but .....

The idea that allowing servers to be less power efficient is Eco is pure marketing bs.

Clever tech but "Eco" is painting a green leaf on a petrol engine.

You like JavaScript! You really like it! Scripting lingo tops dev survey of programming languages

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Re: I like JavaScript*

Re: "It's MEANT for browsers"

It was invented for serverside scripting before its use in browsers. Via nodejs, its still pretty good at that job.

Ey-up, mardy Rochdale council has dropped plans for ban on swearing. Thank f$ck!

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just a thought

Maybe if they didn't make life shit for the kids they might stick around when they grow up?

Banning children is a crazy idea. Its presumption of guilt at its worst.

Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Hotmail, Gmail and Arsebook can all play ball and give away free to users that want their chats scanned, but those of us that don't and have a different email address can still chat.

US govt 'told Germany that Chinese spies bug' Huawei 5G kit. It also told the world Iraq had WMDs ready to deploy...

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Re: @Tomislav

Someone ought to explain to the US trade, eeer i mean "security" advisors, what the Streisland effect it.

Some people might forget about the Merkle phone hacking scandal if they let it lie.

Ever used VFEmail? No? Well, chances are you never will now: Hackers wipe servers, backups in 'catastrophic' attack

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Another theory

Got one too many demand to expose everyones data from the government and decided to get out of the email business. Small player not able to push back.

It has happened before. Altho never officially.

Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct

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Re: Theory?

"We didn't evolve to understand the universe, but merely to persist as a species."

Maybe. But then there are these things that require an observer to become real, so sometimes I doubt your statememt.

UK Home Sec kick-starts US request to extradite ex-WikiLeaker Assange

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Re: "Assange is understood to be claiming that he is a journalist"

Have you seen "collateral murder"? That counts as journalism in my book. Any attempt to cover that up is just plain sick.

On the eve of Patch Tuesday, Microsoft confirms Windows 10 can automatically remove borked updates

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flight mode

Airline authorities should insist devices have a *shutdown now* option without installation delays during takeoff.

Then we can use that option for a few weeks untill the public has tested Microsofts code for them.

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: Meh

Borrow checker is a pain in the butt.

Damn cool but terribly frustrating.

Best thing: unit tests in the same file. There must be a way to backport that idea to C.

Adobe releases lengthy list of Apple Lion woes

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if the only app you use is a browser why not just use an iPad, do you need flash? or perhaps you occasionally need to use more than one finger?

Rust marks five years since its 1.0 release: The long and winding road actually works

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Re: The language might be super-safe, not so sure about the installer

curl sh.rustup.rs

if you want to see what it does.

Why cksum and sign something downloaded over ssl? Its already chksummed and signed.

Amazon reveals 'Nitro'... Custom ASICs and boxes that do grunt work so EC2 hosts can just run instances

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Re: This is interesting

I was under the impression kvm uses new hardware virtualization and xen is software tricks. I'm sure that reg forum uses can correct me if I'm wrong.

Fedora 15: More than just a pretty interface

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FYI Krita is comming along (part of koffice) and says it has CMYK support.

Krita seems to export PDF too, but load of apps do so I presume you have specific requriements for PDF output?

Sudo? More like Su-doh: There's a fun bug that gives restricted sudoers root access (if your config is non-standard)

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The thinking is that doing stuff that does not need to be done as admin as admin, e.g. cd, ls, less, makes mistakes more serious.

Sudo can ask for a password if you want that.

Ubuntu 16.10: Yakkety Yak... Unity 8's not wack

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nvidia provided you dont go near Optimus

however intel graphics drivers have never given me hassle. just built a laptop with skylake ubuntu 16.04, only intel graphics. No problems at all. caveat: I dont play games.

Huawei P20: Snappish snaps, but for £200 less than Pro, it’s Notch bad

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Re: Huawei's biggest threat? - @DougS

1% with a lot of money does not equate to a market for phones.

Chinas economy is pretty big these days. The phone market was bigger that the US in 2015

How many Internet of S**t devices knocked out Dyn? Fewer than you may expect

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Re: Solution?

I think google should respond to searches with a fallback ip address with each link. Then ddosing the dns would have less impact. add multiple day fallback caches and dns returns to normal.

Cryptowall 4.0: Update makes world's worst ransomware worse still

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gotta be state run

Or mafia.

How do you launder .3 billion you need more than just crypto tech skills. If it were really a lone Wolf he'd have a life's work trying to spend that amount.

NASA boffins tackle Nazi alien in space – with the help of Native American tribal elders

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It wouldn't be first time the only person offended was a commentard presuming someone esle was offended.

It political correctness gone too far, gone too far.

Redis does a Python, crushes 'offensive' master, slave code terms

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news designed to distract?

Stupid issues like this neatly cover up the ongoing real modern daybslavery issues in US prisons.

Take time to inform yoysrself on the strike if you have seen this and not that.

Say what?! An AI system can decode brain signals into speech

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Re: There be dragons here!

"Cant do anything yet" exactly, they can recognise brain waves made by external sounds. Nothing a microphone cant do. I dont grok why they think this is close to anything interesting.

Everyone loves our new desktop web search design so much – the one with ads that look like links – that we're tweaking it, says Google

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Re: Wouldn't it be Loverly

IMHO we should have a nationalised search engine, with ads and without ads, against which google should compete fairly by proviging additional services, not by cheating games with its browser.

NASA fungus problem puts theory of 'Martian mushrooms' on toast

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Re: ahaha!

The mushrooms on earth _are_ intelligent life from outer space. Some of them have been trying to communicate with us. We just called it a "trip" and went back to work a little wonky on Monday.

Sorry to drone on and on but have you heard of Ingenuity? NASA's camera-copter is ready to head off to Mars

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More than 2 cars. There have been 6 Mars rover attempts, 4 successful, and 4 lunar rovers.

Just sitting there with they keys left in them, waiting for the next naut with a jerry can of nuclear fuel.

You're the IT worker in charge of securing the cloud for your company. Welcome to Hell

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victims of a man-in-the-middle account.

A "man-in-the-middle account" sounds like what my bank provides.

NASA spots asteroid on crash course with Earth – with just hours to go

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Why is the fact that it is heading towards us a problem for visibility? Surly position of the sun relative to us is, but presumably thats fixable with a satellite in a solar orbit?

Feds widen probe into lottery IT boss who rooted game for profit

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high tech

You gotta check www.musl.com

Classic Web design.

<body background="images/bg_bluelines.jpg" leftmargin="15" topmargin="15" marginwidth="15" marginheight="15">

<div align="center">

<table width="740" height="560" border="0" cellpadding="2"...

Pre css!

Loads pretty fast.

Programming languages can be hard to grasp for non-English speakers. Step forward, Bato: A Ruby port for Filipinos

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Re: Nothing new here

Just use C

for (i=1;i<len;i++){sscanf...}

Is grammer, but tenuous link to english, and closely linked to machine code.

Libc is closer to Welsh.

Try saying snprintf after pintp.

Gone in 9 seconds: Virgin Orbit's maiden rocket flight went perfectly until it didn't

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I cant believe I got this far down the comments without "Branson needs Cosmic G1rl to get it up but cant keep it up", phnar phnarrr.

Tits insufficient to sustain useles pr1ck.

P≠NP proof fails, Bonn boffin admits

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sha256 hash

a class of problems where it's easy to check the solution, but it's difficult to come up with a solution.

no? do I win the prize?

'No BS' web host Gandi lives up to half of its motto... Some customer data wiped out in storage server meltdown

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Re: Talking about bullshit

atlantic.net and linode.de both provide backups. I have not tried any others but I don't think I would put data on a system that does not even claim to run backups.

S/MIME artists: EFAIL email app flaws menace PGP-encrypted chats

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Re: Who relies on this stuff?

Most email goes over ssl these days. The message is not encrypted but the transport is.

If you are running a password reset type thing you can insist on it serverside.


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