My F1 just got the April security patches now, making it the most current I've ever had afaik (given that I can't remember what my S3 was like for frequency of patches).
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I like my Pocophone F1, but a big part of that was the "bang for bucks" equation.It offered good specs at a great price, especially since I don't care that much about the camera. The price/performance balance seems to have shifted markedly with the F2, making any upgrade decision less straightforward.
Star's rosette orbit around our supermassive black hole proves Einstein's Theory of General Relativity correct
I'm sure that Einstein himself would insist on his work still being called a theory, not a law, for all the reasons so clearly and concisely outlined above. That said, I wonder how many other theories have had so many data collected which all say if not, "he was right", then very loudly say "he was not wrong". Given the difference between what is known now and what was known when he formulated his theories, the fact that "proves Relativity" type headlines (however imprecise/inaccurate) continue to be written is an impressive legacy and a testament to his genius.
Hi, Google Duplex here, trying to book a haircut for a socially inept human. Sorry, 'COVID-19'?... DOES NOT COMPUTE
"Late last year, Google introduced the service in a limited form in ****New Zealand****, where it was used to check the opening hours of businesses during the holiday period. How Google trained Duplex to understand the quintessential ****Aussie****-ism of "yeah, nah"
A friendly reminder - this is a dangerous conflation, on either side of The Tasman. :)
Twitter takes away twits' ability to limit ad data sharing – after telling investors its own privacy settings hurt revenue
Re: A lucky escape
No mewling, nor any seeking of congratulations. I meant just what I said, that I feel I've had a lucky escape in minimising my use of Twitter before its data theft reached new depths. I'm not sure what "problem" my almost non-existent and passive use is part of, but congratulations on being right about one thing - my skull really IS unusually dense, in a very literal sense, confirmed medically at the age of 12 and again some 40 years later. Well done you for divining that trivium. Noho ora mai.
A lucky escape
After years of active Twitter use from 2009, I nuked my account late last year ( a yr after axing FB and a couple of months before ditching Insta), and my new account follows only 7, 5 of whom are NZ meteorological and emergency management accounts. The account is linked to a throwaway email, and because it was created so long after escaping FB, Twitter's Scylla ought not have fed my (largely faux) data to THAT Charybdis. The sheer brazenness of the Twitter announcement makes me glad my footprint there is now only a toeprint.
Cloudflare dumps Google's reCAPTCHA, moves to hCaptcha as free ride ends (and something about privacy)
Minister slams 5G coronavirus conspiracy theories as 'dangerous nonsense' after phone towers torched in UK
It IS a conspiracy!
In my view, 5G IS a global conspiracy - one designed to entirely exsanguinate wallets, leaving its victims feeling weak and woozy as they wonder what the hell they have to show for jumping on the latest voyage of the Planned Obsolescence Express, aka HMS Emperor's New Clothes. I ain't wasting no perfectly good tinfoil protecting myself from 5G, I'll use it the way The Cosmos intended, for making chickens extra crispy.
Stuck inside with nothing to do? Apple fires out security fixes for iOS, macOS, wrist-puters... and something weird called iTunes for Windows
I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Black hole quasar tsunamis moving at 46 million miles per hour
This article reminded me of one of my favourite bits of Douglas Adams' writing: "light, which travels so fast that it takes most races thousands of years to realize that it travels at all" - 46 million mph is incomprehensibly fast, yet apparently works out to roughly 6.8% of c - neither of my neurons can process that.
In case you want to flee this wretched Earth, 139 minor planets were spotted at the outer reaches of our Solar System. Just an FYI...
Latest bendy phone effort from coke empire spinoff Escobar Inc is a tinfoil-plated Samsung Galaxy Fold 'scam'
Grab a towel and pour yourself a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster because The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is 42
To be fair to the film, which REALLY wasn't great, DNA did die before it was finished, so his input was limited. It did have one strong point for me, the musical rendition of SLATFATF. Also, the shot of the Magrathean workshop 'floor' with a planet being formed as a bust of DNA's head was a nice tribute. Perhaps a kind assessment would be "almost, but not quite, entirely unlike" HHGTTG
Re: May the towel be with you!
I got my towel around 1985 when my teenage self decided that joining ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha from the other side of the galaxy (NZ) was a hoopy idea. £25 plus intergalactic P&P when the exchange rate was $3NZ= 1£ meant that the effect on my budget was not unlike have my head smashed in by a slice of lemon, wrapped around a large gold brick. Still totally worth it, if only to be able to say with conviction that I always know where my towel is.
How's this for a remote support fix? Solar storm early-warning satellite repaired with million-mile software update
Judge Vulcan-nerve pinches JEDI deal after Amazon forks out $42m to pause Microsoft's military machinations
In case you wanna launch your boss into the Sun, good news: Earth's largest solar telescope just checked and, yeah, it's still pretty fiery
That's Huawei we roll: Firm claims it's slinging 100k of its pricey, China-exclusive Mate X foldable phones each month
Re: Huawei has advantages
"very limited murkin tech inside, much less spying potential."
"Different spies" is all. Ask the Uighurs about how spyware-free their Chinese phones are. I have several friends with good reason to keep their data away from Chinese prying eyes. There ain't no such thing as a no-spy handset, you just get to choose WHO'S spying on you.
I'll be staying with 4G too
For reasons of economics, not tinfoilhat syndrome. I have yet to see a compelling case for it. So far, all I've seen repeatedly plugged is "faster downloads", with the downside of "poor/challenging coverage" not getting quite so much coverage in the glossy ads - can't for the life of me figure out why.
Since I am not a gamer, and don't watch movies on my phone, I see no reason to spend money on a new device for no perceptible gain to my personal usage. It's a cost-benefit analysis, and currently, for me, 5G seems all cost, no benefit. When the numbers change, my pov might too. Of course, by that time the early adopters will have transcended and/or been assimilated.
Re: ELEVEN YEARS to "succeede"?
"If you think they've succeeded, then you need to send all your really important documents (résumés; especially résumés) to all your really important clients and business associates; and make absolutely certain that they've been generated by absolutely the latest version of LibreOffice"
The last time I did this, six months ago, I made a short list of 4, and missed the job only because I was outside the preferred location. Since that was the best "near-miss" I've had, I have no complaints about my LO-generated resumé
A done deal?
As many have mentioned, the whole point of testing is to find flaws before they become fatal flaws, and fix them. By that definition, SpaceX too has definitely had its share of successful tests. So far, so good.
But, am I the only one who thinks that NASA's comments and rosy assessment of the results make it sound like the decision on who goes first has already been irrevocably made, with no chance of it being changed? If that is so, I'm not sure i'd be feeling very reassured were I one of the "lucky" ones chosen for the inaugural flight
This isn't Boeing very well... Faulty timer knackers Starliner cargo capsule on its way to International Space Station
Go champion retires after losing to AI, Richard Nixon deepfake gives a different kind of Moon-landing speech...
Re: Poor PR people
Languages are my hobby and I enjoy learning about them. I'm no expert, just a passionate dilettante (possibly an oxymoron).When I see content relating to a subject I love learning and talking about, I post in response, as do other readers here when the subject matter is one they either know a lot about or are deeply interested in, or both. I also genuinely find it unlikely that the PR department did not have information on the primary location and L1 speaker population of each of those languages. Having that information available to use in pitching or promoting the service would seem to be a normal requirement for a PR role, to me.
Poor PR people
"Congratulations if you can name all countries and regions of origin: I couldn't!" Really? It wasn't even difficult, though I did have to think for a moment or two to place Hausa. I feel a bit sorry for press droids who have to spout patter like that, playing dumb in an effort to talk up some new product or service. The chances that she really didn't know seems lower than my chances of being elected Queen of North Korea.
Ave Space X, we who are about to be downvoted salute you
Point the first: Musk strikes me as a prat, an arrogant, entitled rich white guy.
Point the second: Space X is doing AMAZING work, thanks to its highly skilled and committed staff, and supported by the enormous resources and ego of said rich white prat.
Point the third: I'm genuinely bemused by the finger-pointing about the various Space X RUD's. Surely the whole point of unmanned testing is to find and fix the flaws that cause such failures BEFORE putting people in the vehicles?
Point the fourth: In relation to both point the third and the issue of cost/time overruns, criticism from NASA seems to be such brazen chutzpah as to be almost surreal. Either that or the current administrator is somehow genuinely unaware of NASA's record of both budget blowouts and of finding fatal flaws via fatalities.