* Posts by Aoyagi Aichou

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Family meeting! Chocolate Factory makes its business-like video-chat service free to anyone with a Google account

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Zoom?

I don't understand this. I work in Europe, with people from different countries, different firms, and different philosophies. I do conf calls about five times a week, too. Yet, not once, not even once I encountered Zoom. It's Webex, GoToMeeting, or whatever MS decided to call their confcall solution that week.

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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Windows

Windows?

Would be nice if it had this feature called "separate windows". Perhaps Microsoft has heard of it.

Here's what Europeans are buying amid the COVID-19 lockdown – aside from heaps of pasta and toilet paper

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Webcams?

I was looking for a webcam (for my boss who is the sociable one of the two of us) and it looked like all the ones I would normally go for were out of stock.

Motorola bounds out the G8 with a harder, better, faster smartphone for the thrifty

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Moto mods

I'm still disappointed the whole Moto mods business didn't take off. Can't think of a more innovative feature in phones since they started having an actual operating system, actually... There was also that Bullitt-built Land Rover phone with slide-on accessories as well.

This G8 is just another run-of-the-mill smartphone - HW specs spreadsheet with a price sticker.

If you're serious about browser privacy, you should probably pass on Edge or Yandex, claims Dublin professor

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Windows

Is this relevant though?

I'm not sure if any privacy-conscious person would leave their browser in default settings. I mean it's nice to know which of the most popular browsers are the most aggressive, but in practice the user express-installs whatever is offered as default by their self-imposed walled garden, or uses whatever is pre-installed.

'Don't tell anyone but I have a secret.' There, that's my security sorted

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Thumb Down

Enlightened society

It's the current year and politicians are resigning from election clashes, if heated ones, over a privately shared rod polishing video in a remote extramarital relationship? Well if I've ever thought a society would rid itself of such prudeness, it would be the French one.

The BlackBerry may be dead, but others are lining up to take its place

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Eh.

I'm just going to hold onto my Priv until it outlives me.

BlackBerry tells UK High Court that security outfit SentinelOne is its direct rival

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Coat

Re: Old habits die hard

Or currently they might be a bit Lawsuit-In-Motion-Perpetually,

Electric cars can't cut UK carbon emissions while only the wealthy can afford to own one

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Re: A bit out of date?

"I'm on my second EV (Nissan Leaf) and it is already price-competitive with an equivalent IC car if you look at overall cost of ownership."

This is absolutely false. Not only is the Leaf (which is a car that I genuinely like, by the way) significantly more higher an equivalent ICE car, but the costs of maintenance of EVs are generally rather generously underestimated.

"The only difference is range, and from personal experience that is a red herring for almost all usage patterns."

I don't know how many people do long trips often, but I don't think there's so few of them to wave them off like that.

Even Windows 10 can't save the PC market as chip shortages, Brexit uncertainties bite

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Mushroom

Chip shortage?

Good heavens, don't frighten me like that. Brexit or not, I WILL have my fish&chips.

Woo-yay, Meltdown CPU fixes are here. Now, Spectre flaws will haunt tech industry for years

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Mushroom

Practicality

So if I understand it correctly, neither Spectre is known to be used for any *practical* attacks? Like that password snooping demo of Meltdown floating around?

Nvidia: Using cheap GeForce, Titan GPUs in servers? Haha, nope!

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Re: Miners great cancer research FU.

You have to employ purely profit-driven logic, free of the burden of any ethics, to understand that.

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Paris Hilton

EULA?

EULAs have any legal power outside of the United States of Lard?

Shazam! Apple chucks £300m at Brit what's-that-song app – report

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Re: Last.fm?

Unlikely. It's what (mostly American) megacorps do: they devour a company, consume only the assets that they're interest in, and then they let the organisation rot to its slow and utterly boring death through stagnation.

Universal basic income is a great idea, which is also why it won't happen

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Re: It works..

The near-communism of Star Trek works because of seemingly infinite energy resources, i.e. almost a complete lack of scarcity. Until that point is reached, systems like UBI are going to help a few, but will be abused by many, especially those coming from "developing" countries. In fact, I'm not sure if I could resist such proposal (i.e. live a medicore life with no luxuries and play videogames, watch Netflix, or do whatever else I want all day) myself, being a lazy tw*t.

"Who exactly is going to do these jobs if they can live on a handout from the state?"

The Klingons, of course. It's only for their own good.

BlackBerry Motion: The Phone That Won't Die

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Joke

Re: The World Athletics men's 100m final

Try Oxford's Equality & Diversity Unit, but you have to look them in the eye when you make the claim!

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Paris Hilton

Diversity is good

I don't see how is diversity supposed to be good. Sure, there are situations when that statement is true, but it is very much case-by-case basis and I'm quite sure the cases where general diversity is a benefit is in the minority.

Russia, China vow to kill off VPNs, Tor browser

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Trollface

Re: meanwhile in advanced Western democracies..

But terrorism won't change our ways of life!

Encrypted chat app Telegram warned by Russian regulator: 'comply or goodbye'

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Trollface

Ha.

Moxie and others who keep yapping about how Telegram is insecure must be fuming. Or at least peddling back saying "I meant potentially".

EU ministers approve anti-hate speech video rules

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Mushroom

The end is nigh.

With net neutrality creeping away, continually increasing governmental and corporate surveillance (including directly from this fine government), and this ongoing culling of free speech (as melodramatic as it sounds), I do wonder how the internet is going to look like in 2020, the year that feels like when the new cycle is going to start.

Frustrated by reboot-happy Windows 10? Creators Update hopes to take away the pain

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Windows

Sounds like too little too late

Is it going to fix random resetting of various settings? Is it possible to disable driver updates now? Is it possible to handpick updates?

T-Mobile Czech ad man steals, sells, 1.5 million customer records

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Big Brother

iDNES.cz

"Local media outlet iDNES.cz reported the breach ahead of T-Mobile's statement."

That outlet's parent company is owned by the Czech minister of finances, who also happens to be one of the richest people in the country (I guess this is what you call an oligarch). He probably just needed some data for his tax collection reform.

Telegram crammed: Hackers find way to send massive messages

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I use Telegram, but not for security - it's because of the featureset. If I was deeply concerned about security, I don't think I would trust their homegrown "unproven" crypto, or their yet-to-be-opensourced server. The code that's available is just for the clients.

On the other hand, Moxie said is "confident" in WhatsApp's encryption since he was involved in developing and implementing it.

Is Windows 10 ignoring sysadmins' network QoS settings?

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@Peter G Green

The update policies, which include driver updates through Windows Update, alone deserve that kind of a rant. As does the amount of work one has to do to make the OS not "pretty good to use" as you claim, but "about as good as Windows 7 to use".

Microsoft's Windows Phone folly costs it another billion dollars

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Re: The irony

I'm not sure which "nice phones" you mean, but the newest ones (640, 950, etc) are very medicore in all aspects but the OS, which is... well, unready.

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Re: Extinguish...

I'd just like to point out that HERE is not responsible for that "Maps" rubbish that Microsoft came up with.

90 days of Android sales almost beat 9 months' worth for all flavours of Win 10

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Re: Symbian

While I've been using a Symbian smartphone as my primary phone for years now (808), I don't think they would be able to fix Symbian in time without some form of "burning platform (MeeGo)"... and as much as I like Symbian, I don't think it would be, at the time, the better choice of the two.

Of course, Microsoon came and made third, the worst choice, but that's another story.

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Windows

@Danny 5

I'm running W10M on 1020, it's not lightning speed, but perfectly usable (albeit only through the Insider Programme thanks to Microsoft being a bunch of lying scumbags). The hardware itself feels incomparably better than the 950(XL).

Britain is sending a huge nuclear waste shipment to America. Why?

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Headmaster

Diagnosing != curing

Feature-rich Vivaldi rolls out, offering power users a choice

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Windows

Re: It may have some way to go but at least it continues for where Opera 12 left off...

For me there still are plenty of reasons to continue using O12.

Dragonfly, the neat :config, :cpu and :plugins windows, M2, tab stacking works better, deletes new cookies on exit, etc...

Just how close are Obama and Google? You won’t believe the answer

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Terminator

Re: What does Google have on the president?

It's Google. They have all the information.

Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this

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Re: 1020 owner here

Thanks for the offer, but I don't know why should I downgrade my hardware to get the newest OS.

And yes, MS did promise to update *every* WP8 device to W10M. At least twice. I understand they didn't update weak devices, like the 520, but not updating fully capable phones like the 1020 or 925 is just pure scumbaggery.

Edit: Looks like you copied the message weirdly from the shill central, it's really a pain to read.

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Mushroom

1020 owner here

The promise of arrival of W10M upon my device was the only reason why I hadn't thrown it away long time ago. I'm incredibly furious now. If this isn't planned obsolescence, I don't know what is.

VW floats catalytic converter as fix for fibbing diesels

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EU

How long will it take until the wankers in EU stop with that nonsensical favouritism of diesel? There's less tax on it in most places, for god's sake...

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Re: Which cave did they dig you out from?

"there is no practical difference in exhaust between a modern Euro 5 or higher diesel and petrol in particulates."

Firstly, particulates are only one aspect. Secondly, there is "no practical difference" only according to the same tests that were fooled by VAG's software, right? Right.

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Re: Ludicrous lawsuit. No tangible injury.

"They can't tell if tighter limits will have a social benefit. It doesn't seem to be case in the German cities that've banned "filthy cars"."

You really don't know what you're talking about and you should stop embarrassing yourself. Ask people who live in Berlin what they think about the subject.

Windows 10 won't come to old WinPhones until some time in early 2016

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Why is every WP fan insisting on calling every single bloody thing "app"? Settings app? Do you call control panel on PC "control app"? Or do you call Explorer "Explorer App"? "Command console app"? "Run app"?

EU privacy watchdog calls for more ‘processing of personal data’ transparency

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Windows

Win10?

This has "Windows 10" written all over it with its tiny "learn more to see the advanced options to customise your settings to opt out of data slurping".

SatNad failure as Lumia income drops over 50% at Microsoft

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The original Windows Mobile was pretty good. I've used WM5.5 for years almost daily.

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Re: My worthless opinion

My mother was crushed when she learned WP8 can't have Pou.

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"And it doesn’t appeal to business customers because it doesn’t have a keyboard, which makes it not a very good email machine."

I agree with that. Screw touch-only devices.

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Re: Windows 10

Actually, WP8 is much worse than W10. Then again, the cut-down version called W10M or whatever will probably be the same.

Mobile first? Microsoft decides to kneecap its Android users instead

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Windows

Productivity

Wait, you expect added productivity from Microsoft, not just shiny toys? Where have you been for the last 5-6 years?

WinPhone community descends into CANNIBALISM and WOE

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Coat

Microsoft created an astonishingly good platform

No, Microsoft created a platform with an astonishing potential, which was BRUTALLY MURDERED by INSANE limitations.

Don't want to upgrade to Windows 10? You'll download it WHETHER YOU LIKE IT OR NOT

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Re: Silly Question...

Sure, but first you need to know what the update actually does, and that's not something MS likes to tell.

Microsoft's 'successful' Nokia slurp kills off Lumia photo apps

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Flame

Our goal is to provide experiences that work really well on all Windows devices.

Well, screw you and your stupid streamlining ideas. Why should something like Nokia 1020 have the same experience as Lumia 435? As Surface Pro?

FFS, this trend of lowest common denominators and protecting the idiots (we don't want to confuse our customers with options that might change something or God forbid with some settings that might limit the functions of the device) is so infuriating!

Google makes it official: Chrome will freeze Flash ads on sight from Sept 1

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Re: Great...

With that kind of argumentation, it's amazing Android is so popular, isn't it.

Not to mention, again, Flash is very easily blockable in a click-to-play fashion. Unlike HTML5.

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Great...

As I said elsewhere:

Yes, it'll be great when all Flash advertisements with loud music become HTML5 ones and you'll need a 3rd party tool to block them. Absolutely the best thing along with killing off one of the most powerful and yet relatively easy to develop with tools on the web.

But hey, at least I was reminded of this site http://flashvhtml.com/

Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack

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Re: The things people buy...

Can we cure them? Please?

*sigh*

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