The bigger concern, in this case, was that some scalpers bought large number of cards (300 in one case), and helped create the shortage themselves. They also essentially DDOS'ed several of the online retailer websites (e.g., Newegg and Best Buy), , knocking them offline for a time.This reminds me of the shortage of toilet paper earlier this year, which was completely artificial. I'm not saying the cards wouldn't have sold out anyways, but they wouldn't have sold out nearly as fast.
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What the hell is going on with .uk? Dozens of domain names sold in error, then reversed, but we'll say no more about it, says oversight org
Not content with distorting actual reality, Facebook now wants to build a digital layer for the world
What's wrong with Facebook distorting digital reality?
After all, someone needed to take on the responsibility after St. Steven left earth to join the heavenly host. And yes, I realize other people were distorting reality in technology even before the great one passed on. You didn't expect them to take on this solemn responsibility without some on the job learning period, did you? And what better time to learn than when the master was still among us, wowing the iSheep with tales of personal accomplishments not personally accomplished.
Besides, politicians have been distorting reality at least since homo sapiens first banded together to form city-states.
.UK overlord Nominet tells everyone not to worry about 'distorted' vote allocations in its board elections
Re: American English is English
What is this American English of which we speak? Have you every been in south Louisiana, or spoken to a real Cajun? Or how about someone from Minnesota? Or someone from New York City? Or as far as that goes, almost any large inner city neighborhood. Within 2 blocks of my house, you can hear English with a Japanese, Chinese, Indian, Mexican, or Russian accent, and all from US citizens as well as non-citizens. As a written language, yes there is a reasonably consistent "American English". As a spoken language, not even close.
Safety driver at the wheel of self-driving Uber car that killed a pedestrian is charged with negligent homicide
'Mindset reset' contributes to £1bn extra costs and another delay – 2 years this time – for Emergency Services Network
Re: Yes, it is the consumers\fanbois
Yes, and getting hit over the head sounds pretty good if the alternative is getting your head cut off. On my previous phone, replacing the battery took about 1 minute (15 minutes if you include the time to order the battery online, etc.) and cost about $11. I now have an iPhone 11, and that 6 on repairability is not sounding very good to me.
"...wonder if remote working has accelerated the move to a paperless future."
Every time I see a comment about the paperless office, or paperless future, I'm tempted to buy stock in a paper company. My first project to replace paper management reports with online (IBM mainframe!) reports and start the "inevitable" move to a paperless office began in the early 1980's. Naturally, the first project scope change was to add the ability to print the reports off. Typically, management had their secretaries print off the online reports for them.
Re: Yeah right
Yes, the USA is capable of producing such cameras, and so are a number of other countries. Take a look at some of the satellite photos available online, and then realize these aren't even the good ones - those are military only. There are some truly brilliant people doing research in optics, and the result has been some amazing progress in high resolution cameras. But like most areas of technology, progress doesn't guarantee the use will be benign.
As old as 2019
"While that sounds promising on paper, the proof will inevitably be in the pudding, particularly when you consider ColorOS 11 will be deployed on devices as old as the original Reno, which dates back to early 2019."
WTF! I'm running a current OS on a laptop I bought 11 years ago, and El Reg is concerned that a OPPO may not be able to make a GUI change to a phone that is less than 2 years old? Not just any phone with who knows what hardware, but a phone that they manufactured themselves?
What does this say about our expectations for Android smartphones. Can you imagine the reaction if an update was made to a PC operating system and it didn't work on a 2 year old PC?
Re: Wow! Brilliant
Personally, I preferred the Windows Phone 10 OS to either Android or IOS. I got 5+ years of OS monthly updates, versus the 1+ years of quarterly updates on my Galaxy. Windows phone also didn't have nearly the bugs that IOS has, which seems to get worse with every update. IOS 13.7 has taken my iPhone from 2+ days on a charge, to less than one day, for example. I guess this is Apple's way of telling me I need to upgrade from my iPhone 11 to the iPhone 12.
As always, YMMV.
Adtech's bogeymen are tracking everything - even your web visits to mental health charities, claim campaigners
Now that's a somewhat unexpected insider threat: Zoombombings mostly blamed on rogue participants, unique solution offered
Ton as a suffix on a place name comes from middle English ton,which is derived from old English tun, which means town, according to Wiktionary Thus, Binghamton is a town named after Bingham. There are a large number of towns in the US with the suffix ton, but there are also a large number with the suffix town. I assume the names that were suffixed with ton probably were settled by immigrants from England.
Binghamton University is part of the State University of New York, and is located in the city of Binghamton (thus the name). The city was named after a William Bingham, and Bingham, according to the fount of all knowledge (AKA Wikipedia), is "a surname of English origin". Thus, any concerned about the name should be addressed to our English commentards for explanation.
If the carrier decides the connection is good enough, we’ll auto-connect you.
Okay, one more thing to check when choosing your wireless carrier (crosses Republic Wireless off list). Who the fcuk wants their mobile data going through a wi-fi network controlled by a Google owned company. I'm trying as hard as I can to avoid Google tracking, and now they come up with a new way to track you. @#$%^&*()
Australia starts second fight with Google, this time over whether app stores leak data, gouge devs, steal ideas and warp markets
To be fair, the EU has had at least 3 antitrust actions against Google, and the US is expected to file one by the end of this month (just search for "Google antitrust, these have been all over the news websites). Also, both the EU and US are rumored to have active antitrust investigations of Apple currently.
So far, none of these actions have resulted in anything more than fines, which are not going to deter companies as profitable as Apple and Google unless they are in the tens to hundreds of billions of dollar range. Plus Apple and Google are very politically connected, which makes it difficult for regulators to move against them in a meaningful manner.
So antitrust action - yes. Meaningful antitrust action - no.
Digital pregnancy testing sticks turn out to have very analogue internals when it comes to getting results
Astronomers get more than they bargained for, as Mars probe InSight's instruments detects solar eclipses
Mate, it's the '90s. You don't need to be reachable every minute of every hour. Your operating system can't cope
installing discipline in the senders of email, that is a wholly different matter...
Very true! Before I retired, I was getting 100 - 150 emails every day, and probably 90% or more were worthless to me. The "all employee" type emails were part of the problem, but the biggest issue was people sending emails to everyone on a project (distribution list) rather than just the people affected. Since I was involved peripherally in a number of large projects, the worthless emails just piled up. In the end, I just ended up skimming most emails at best, and usually limited email reading to once or twice daily.
Apple: Yeah, about those ground-breaking privacy features in iOS 14 – don't expect them until next year
When low-balled projects go bad: Scottish pensions agency starts £10m procurement to buy the system Capita could not
Intel screams Tiger Lake is 'world's best processor' (then quietly into its sleeve: for thin Windows, ChromeOS laptops)
Sounds like the black helicopters have come for us. Oh, just another swarm of FAA-approved Amazon delivery drones
Bingo - you win. It also has a well regarded program in aeronautical and astronautical engineering, although you don't have to have a major in that program to take the pilot training courses.This is a very large state university (60K+ on this campus alone) and the airport is probably 15 miles from the main campus, so I doubt many "rich parents" are using it.
I live on a flight path for a local university airport, and the slowdown in training flights has been a real blessing noise wise. We still get the occasional jet, but only a couple per day. Considering the number of Amazon deliveries and dogs in my neighborhood, drone delivery could be real fun. I can see this making me wish for the old days with training flight noise.
You're stuck inside, gaming's getting you through, and you've $1,500 to burn. Check out Nvidia's latest GPUs
AI world has gone bananas, it's official. This algorithm will help you optimize your peanut butter and banana sarnies
While you lounged about all weekend Samsung fired up its biggest-ever chip factory and started cranking out 16Gb LPDDR5 DRAM
What would you prefer: Satellite-streamed cat GIFs – or a decent early warning of an asteroid apocalypse?
Facebook apologizes to users, businesses for Apple’s monstrous efforts to protect its customers' privacy
I have to admit that the anger in this article toward Facebook tracking would be much more convincing if I wasn't seeing a button in Firefox, while reading the article, with the text bubble:
"Facebook container has disabled this button and blocked Facebook from tracking your visit to this page."
East Sussex County Council dodges SAP S/4HANA upgrade bullet, sets aside £25m for a 10-year SaaS ERP deal
Here's a neat exploit to trick someone into inadvertently emailing their files to you from their Mac, iPhone via Safari
Re: "The bug isn't too serious [..] because user interaction is required"
This isn't a security flaw - you're just clicking it wrong.
I do miss St. Steven (RIP). If he were still around, I'll bet he would tell us iphone
sheeple users how to hold the phone so the Apple software would work, like having the recent call list actually include the recent calls without having to reboot the phone, or the automatic updates actually, you know, update IOS without manual intervention. Sadly, it is not to be.
"...based on the US universities who are largely for profit and have big bank balances,""
Wrong on all counts. The most current statistics I could quickly find (2017-2018 school year) had 985 for-profit colleges, 1,626 public (government run) colleges, and 1,687 non-profit colleges. The number of for-profit colleges has been decreasing, and many are in financial trouble (as are many of the non-profits). The colleges with big bank accounts (endowments) are almost all non-profits (think Harvard, Princeton, Yale, MIT, etc.). Other than a couple of colleges with somewhat shaky reputations (especially University of Phoenix), the larger colleges are either public or non-profit.