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Intel talks up its 10nm Tiger Lake laptop system-on-chips as though everything is going according to plan

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Re: "Layers a few Angstroms thick"

So they are going [back] to multiple dies on a component - you know, the System/360 paradigm that also worked for Pentium Pro.

So what is old becomes new. Again.

The more serious question raised, through careful reading, is the proposed RAM-CPU stack with the RAM on top. And exactly how thermally efficient in shedding heat, without causing random bit errors in the now-heated RAM, will this proposed design be??

Call me naive but this doesn't sound like a good plan...

Firefox maker Mozilla axes a quarter of its workforce, blames coronavirus, vows to 'develop new revenue streams'

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@Dr AntiSol

"Firefox doesn't have a calendar"

I'm sure that will be news to Mozilla.

The add-on now gets auto-installed at initial program installation, which makes Thunderbird functionally have a built-in calendar from the get-go. The "malware-laden executable" was downloaded directly from Mozilla.org, which actually may say something...

Also, we should take the time to point out your rant as self righteous, as my replies prove.

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Re: This is actually a good thing

I think this is excellent news: it means that the constantly-threatened ruination of thunderbird might not happen after all. yay!

My good man, what in the world are you taking about? Thunderbird isn't "ruined" at this point??

I switched to Thunderbird earlier this year after updating my workstation to Windows 10, as Microsoft Live Mail is not Win10 compatible. Can Mozilla manage to make a mail client any slower and still [sell] it as "functional"?? Sometimes it feels like it has crashed, it's UI responses are so slow. I've turned off Calendar, which made it even slower (hard to believe that was possible, I know) but the entire experience brings "laggard" to an entirely new level.

And, as the other responder so wryly noted, just how many features and options can Mozilla kill in Firefox and maintain users?

It is apparent what is happening in Mozilla is the tyranny of a minority of decision makers, be they management or programmer, telling everyone else how this thing will work. Regardless of what actual users think.

Just can't let go of those Windows CE apps? Microsoft has a container for that

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PDA?

It's more than just PDA's: one of our 3D printers uses WinCE as its embedded controller OS and UI interface. The machine is now 5 years old, and the company is still using WinCe Embedded to this very day.

Cisco to sell everything-as-a-service – even core networking hardware – and cut costs by a billion bucks

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"Hardware as a 'service'."

Is "rental" with corporate speak attached.

The entire world hates cable companies for doing it, but Cisco calls it a "aaS" and we're all supposed to smile.

I'm sure that somewhere a pencil-pusher will claim it will be a good idea, both inside Cisco for making it and outside for subscribing...but we can hope that, instead, Cisco goes belly-up from it, rather than the idea spreading and we all end up renting our entire lives away.

Appeals judges toss out FTC win: What Qualcomm did to its rivals was 'hypercompetitive, not anticompetitive'

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Future standards

Make sure your next cellular standard uses nothing patented under Qualcomm. Even if that means creating an industry alliance to create those shared standards in the first place.

Toshiba formally and finally exits laptop business

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Re: Lenovo = ThinkPad

That is correct, Lenovo was the contact manufacturer for IBM ThinkPads before IBM simply sold the rights to Lenovo outright. So nothing really changed except the supporting corporation on your warranty card.

I had a 390, 701 Butterfly and 755c, back in the day. Then I went HP (major mistake), then Dell for quite a while. Throughout those later years I remembered my ThinkPads fondly, great machines.

Came back to ThinkPad recently with an almost ridiculously maxed-out P71. Don't let anyone tell you otherwise, it's as good as it used to be (maybe too good, it's somewhat overbuilt and a bit of a bear to disassemble as compared to a Dell Precision). Still, good to be back, you get used to the Fn key soon enough.

Chrome Web Store slammed again after 295 ad-injecting, spammy extensions downloaded 80 million times

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Re: weeding out

Can't, or won't? Big difference there: one costs a lot more than the other.

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Firefox

Yes, but I'm growing more and more tired of Firefox updates breaking web sites. Last week 2 web sites failed, one on mobile and an ecommerce site on desktop, both causing me major grief as they both held something I needed access to.

What happens when holes perfect for spyware are found in the engine room of millions of Qualcomm-based phones? Let's find out

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Re: Why do us customers bother?

Remember a while ago (last month...) when, after Intel posted yet more security updates, it was claimed that ARM "is more secure and never have these problems"...

Yeah -_-

There will ALWAYS be insecurity. Why? The inherent complexities of the designs plus human frailty. We simple can't foresee every mode of operation on the complex computational devices that we can currently design; our automated tools to ferret out bugs are only as good as the very people who make them, who's common mindset are shared with the designers of the very products tested.

Trump administration labels WeChat, TikTok ‘threats’ to national security, bans transactions with both

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Re: Look!! Bad foreigners...

The problem is that his fan base are people with short attention spans. They swallow his distractions hook, line, and sinker.

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Re: Trump is a moron

Because his fans are idiots. It's about pandering to his lackeys - SHOW strength, rather than actuality being strong and showing leadership even when things aren't all gluing your way.

It's Nero playing his fiddle while Rome burns. His morons think he is doing a good job (got that reply on YouTube forum) because he's using smoke and mirrors of distraction, "HILLARY!" and "TIKTOK!", and they're just too damn stupidto see though it. Or, more likely, not stupid, just don't care as well.

USA decides to cleanse local networks of anything Chinese under new five-point national data security plan

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Re: 2 choices, megalomaniac vs dementia

It's not a perfect system but it's the one we have.

We have only two choices. Those who believe otherwise - I'll write in for [blank]! - are only being idiots, as any vote not specifically given in opposition of the party currently in power automatically goes to said party, thanks to the structure of the Electoral College and historical gerrymandering.

Therefore we fundamentally have only two useful choices.

And those who [continue to] vote for proto-authoritarianism, versus a possible bit of dementia, get EXACTLY what they deserve. Note that, to far too many, "freedom" means "I get what I want, everyone else get nothing at all".

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Re: aggressive intrusions by malign actors

As an Amerikun, I personally see either one of these two possible futures for my country:

1) this November, they vote The Donald out and things get back to normal

2) this November, they vote The Donald back into office and they get what they deserve.

You may note that I now hold these fools fellow Americans in high regards.

Wrap it before you tap it? No, say Linux developers: 'GPL condom' for Nvidia driver is laughed out of the kernel

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Re: The thing that they do

Which, being a FOR-PROFIT company designing, manufacturing and selling their products for said profits, is to be *fully* expected.

I just don't get it. Everyone wants THEIR work compensated accordingly but Microsoft? nVidia? Those evil empires?

If you deny these companies the rights to design and implement proprietary solutions that THEY like, then don't complain when they get out of the business and now you have NOTHING to buy.

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Re: NVidia keep on trying

Why would Linux need Nvidia?

Hey, you still have Intel Integrated available, heh?

AMD is good...for now...but that hasn't been consistent in terms of software utilization, has it?

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Re: NVidia keep on trying

The article stated that a Facebook developer proposed this change, not nVidia. Did the writer miss something??

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Re: "It will ensure proprietary stuff will slowly become more and more behind"

@LDS

Exactly, my upvote.

I agree with the kernel developers: if you can get nVidia to agree, with lawyered-up documentation, then go for it.

But to other people, I'm sorry that you think that a manufacturer has the fundamental requirement to open their proprietary hardware, and any associated software drivers, to the FOSS system.

As LDS so logically notes, and real life conditions absolutely proves, the only thing the Linux community attitude of "It'll be open source or nothing!" is... nothing. Linux will continue to stagnant on the desktop because too many Linuxheads only want social purity rather than practical solutions.

Companies make products to sell at profits, but they are then supposed to grant free and open access to anyone and everyone, just because? It's called "proprietary" for a reason: because it was created by one company for their own profitable benefit. If something is "proprietary" as well as "successful" then their plan worked! Asking them to open up any part of their proprietary system after spending monies on development therefore makes it... not proprietary, because now they no longer have hold on future developments and usage. So you're asking them to give away the baby with the bath water, just because it's you asking.

Year of the Linux Desktop will only happen *when* you realize that the desktop is the land of decades-old literat proprietary solutions and it's up to YOU, as the minority interest trying to push into the center of it, to work with THEM, not the other way around. You'll think otherwise, downvote me, but users have voted by the billions yet you'll live in denial.

(Edit: oh look, a downvote already! Living in denial, that everyone will want FOSS *even the for-profit companies*, still lives in Linux lover's heads.

University of Cambridge to decommission its homegrown email service Hermes in favour of Microsoft Exchange Online

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Re: change for sake of change

You see, I consider that a truly odd position to take factoring in our long-term involvement with tech.

Has EVERY change in tech been an absolute, unquestioned step forward?? Not a single person alive could ever make that claim.

With humans EVERY step forward comes with gotchas, or partial steps back. We go forward, make some mistakes, learn along the way, fix what we messed up, and move on. That's life.

Those expecting perfection, or even worse proposing one product or system over another in the fanatic belief that 'their' system is more 'perfect' than the other, are silly at best, rabid fools at worst. EVERY product has pluses and minuses that should be carefully and objectively weighed prior to, and even after, their involvement.

Having your own mail server farm is not a silver bullet. Farming out to the cloud is not a silver bullet. Each much be carefully weighed for each individual case and the best decision made to the best of human ability.

In this case the uni decided that the cloud was a worthwhile investment versus in house. But everyone here is refereeing that from the sidelines without any insight into the complex factors that made up that decision. You have the right to hold the personal opinion that it wasn't the best choice, but you can't say that personal opinion is the only correct one.

From the limited information provided the uni's decision sounds reasonable from a long-term fiduciary point of view. The costs of the cloud subscription can be planned, and more importantly passed on to students as a line item charge directly if so desired. In house servers are a depreciation asset with constantly reoccurring costs, plus labor charges for human maintainers, that cannot be line-itemed as it is property of the uni and therefore considered intrinsic to the system (the uni).

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Re: Single point of failure

Very true. But the uni's own mail server farm is a single point of failure as well, from the perspective of the users.

So it isn't a downgrade really, but a side-move. You trade one form of "reliability", your own technical expertise to keep the farm up and running 99.999%, or a cloud provider's.

Look, normally I'm against putting way too much hype and belief in the cloud solving your problems, but here it is adding flexibility. A 4-year uni has to deal with a 25% user turnover rate every single year. That requires a significant investment in available user support, security monitoring and server maintenance, never mind the potential bandwidth growth factoring everything from increasing technologies like larger attachments to larger student enrollment.

Planning out an in-house server farm that accounts for all that, plus paying the, say minimum 2 technicians, paid at say £45,000+ each? Now you're talking real money over the life span of the server farm.

People are taking the position that doing the servers in house will be a tremendous benefit to the uni, but will it really, from both a user and economic sense? Farming the project out to Microsoft also means farming a good 80% or more of the end user support problems out to Microsoft as well; that 25% user churn undoubtedly causes many support tickets, and now many of those will become Microsoft's problem, not the uni's.

So unlimited bandwidth and user number growth; less maintenance overhead; less in-house support needed; low to no initial investment; no massive server electric bill; no server room costs or overhead; no continuing upgrade fees...

For static requirements, static loads or at least foreseeable, in-house has benefits. But for a public system where things can change, and change into the unknown, is them choosing cloud really such a massively bad idea?

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Re: Modern

The point is, from the perspective of the uni, is that Microsoft's server farm is both maintained and updated more regularly, thanks to the payment 'investments' of millions upon millions of users, versus the single upgrade investment in the in-house system.

The uni will need to spend several thousands of pounds, plus many thousands of yet-uncounted man-hours to upgrade the uni's servers and get a system that, whilst fully owned, will be stuck at that technology level until said time that they will be willing to go through this all over again. Paying Microsoft - or any cloud provider, for that matter - eternally also brings with it the expectation of far more frequent hardware upgrades, less intrusive software patches as they are done to the best of ability behind the scenes, and with easy future growth potential.

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"Discarded"

It grieves me that the tools with which the world was built are being discarded due to fashion.

Why? Are we still working with punchcards and programming System/360 mainframes?

Change, is life. And in Tech change is expected. We move on.

Struggling company pleads with landlords to slash rents as COVID-19 batters UK high street. The firm's name? Apple

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Re: Mega corps such as Apple ...

"don't get rich by being socially responsible."

NOW, they don't. Corporations did fine for many decades whilst also being so but then "neo-liberal", "supply-side" economics came in and told the greedy that their exclusive concern for profits, "shareholder value"..."Greed is good"...was the only concern worth mentioning.

And now, here we are.

Our only hope (at least, "our" being the pronoun for those of us who feel any level of empathy for thy fellow human) is that the younger generations will tell the older generation in power that [still] supports those notions to go stuff off...as they, thankful, die off.

Intel's 7nm is busted, chips delayed, may have to use rival foundries to get GPUs out for US govt exascale super

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Re: Chinese mainland fab

Yes, indeed they could.

And every company using TSMC will therefore be screwed thanks to the Chinese government's policy of requiring all technical innovations be made 'public owned'.

Remember that Intel Management Engine security question that's been bouncing around for years now? "Security through obscurity"? No longer really "obscure" if the Chinese government forces TSMC to share all the internal designs of the Intel chips they'll be building, is it? Design companies need to work closely with fabbers during the design process in order to synchronize abilities and output - I'm sure TSMC will end up with more Intel (and AMD for that matter) secrets than anyone else in the world besides Intel and AMD itself.

So those suspected Chinese government- sponsored attacks vectors? Nothing like having early and best design specs before the chip even hits the streets!

If you can read this, your Windows 10 2004 PC really is connected to the internet no matter what the OS claims

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Re: Windows has always had issues with networking

Well, my point was that pretty much ALL these devices are getting too complicated for their own good, and almost everything goes "Boom!" every so often. Even my Android phone has been giving me connectivity issues in the past week, requiring 3 different network resets over the course of said week in order to acquire a 4G signal.

Not sure what exactly is going on - home ISP issues, smart TV issues AND cell phone issues, all in the same week - but, there you go.

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Re: Windows has always had issues with networking

I personally don't see why Windows gets the flak on this one - my Samsung smart TV has made the same complaint twice in the past week, although it says "connected" it also says "no access to the internet". I had to do a complete reset last week to get internet connectivity back, even through a wired connection, and a network reset last night.

Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff pleads guilty again after cryptocurrency flop broke laws set up to stop him

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Another, Surprise!

A criminal continuing his criminal endeavours.

I'm sorry, was I to expect something new?

Bad news: Your Cisco switch is a fake and an update borked it. Good news: It wasn't designed to spy on you

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Impressed?

I'm not sure whether to be impressed or concerned when reading this. Someone put in a LOT of effort to discover vulnerabilities, design, test, manufacture and distribute a knockoff product, one with an inherent level of sophistication and complexity. It's amazing that doing this at all is worth the investment of both time and funds, in terms of payback - that's why I don't know how to feel about this.

This has to be the tip of a much larger iceberg, as the cost of developing a knockoff for a single product can't possible pay back that much money.

As the FCC finally starts tackling its dreadful broadband maps, Georgia reveals just how bad they are

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Re: Free

This *IS* the Land of the Free. Free to worship money; free to be convinced by the largest holders of said monies that their policies of self-benefit will also affect you...somehow; and free to vote against your own self interests while you accept those beliefs.

And I've become far freer to release my deep seated empathy over the past decade or so, in order to say that they get exactly what they deserve.

See, freedom DOES soothe the soul!

CEO of motherboard maker MSI dies after plunging from headquarters' seventh-floor

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@monty75

Yes, thank you for the links. But those who need the help often do not ask for it, often do not raise alarms with those around them, and all too often don't get any 'help' worth being called that once they ask.

My boss's brother committed suicide, out of the blue as far as that family was concerned. Even though the family has a history of bipolar, including my boss himself. Never raised alarms, they did not suspect that he just could no longer deal with life.

And, after some terrible mishaps in my own life, I had some of those types of thoughts as well. When I asked for help with my doctor she referred me, and (as usual for me) the referral was USELESS. The therapist spent the entire initial 45 minute meeting trying to get me to sign a promissory note to her that I wouldn't try to hurt myself, instead of listening to me and what I was trying to resolve. Never went back, I can assure you.

So when they say that getting suicide intervention is available...don't let them make it sound so easy.

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:-(

Wow. O.O My condolences to the family.

Could the known pressures of business life in Asia have any factor in this?

Digicert will shovel some 50,000 EV HTTPS certificates into the furnace this Saturday after audit bungle

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1000% UNACCEPTABLE

to place the deadline to depreciate such major components during the weekend.

Absolutely intolerable. Kill off broken security? A necessary evil. Place the deadline on a Saturday causing either forced overtime for mitigation, or simply causing fallovers for an entire weekend those that missed it?

Inexcusable.

I agree: with this DigiSign shows very little care, both in regard to the question of how such a thing could occur in the first place, and the mitigation of the damage. Kill the company off. With fire.

Civil-rights probe: Facebook has completely failed to… Zuck: Look over here! We’ve banned four groups! Go me!

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Re: Is anybody surprised?

I'm not sure how Facebook adverts work as I, also, am not on Faceplant and never will be. But a quick web search does indeed show that Facebook feeds ads to users, based on relevance. It might be reasonable to assume that the pages shown to you had little ad relevance; the ads might be on main landing pages, not inside individual feeds proper.

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Re: Is anybody surprised?

Not even in the slightest, tiniest bit.

Why??

Because these "vexing" and "heartbreaking" (ha!!) decisions were made... looking at the bottom line. That's ALL American businesses [have been told to] care about. "Shareholder value" is all that matters, and when you directly tie management compensation to the profit reports...that's all management cares about, too.

Just moments before I am writing this I was researching Rana Plaza, to see if any additional information or insight had come up in the past year or so. The perfect irony of this, a disaster caused by the blind ambition to profit and a discussion regarding Facebook's decision making policies. The similarity is all too poignant to bear.

The ONLY reason this is getting *any* lip service from Zuckerburg is due to the advertiser boycott - a hit to his wallet. Otherwise he'd push the issue under the sofa cushions like he, and other "capitalists" like him, always do. He'll bide time until the boycott ends, marching out as many platitudes as he thinks he can get away with and then thank [insert noun here] that's it's all over and he can go back to counting his money bin.

And nothing changes much.

And the public continues to vote, and spend, just as they always have.

Microsoft sues coronavirus phishing spammers to seize their domains amid web app attacks against Office 354.5

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Re: Don't worry, Borkzilla

And instead of fixing the real problem - since WHEN it is OK to allow changes to an account without expressly demanding a login to said account? - they go after the miscreant.

Go after that horse, don't even bother to worry about that barn door, says Microsoft.

NASA trusted 'traditional' Boeing to program its Starliner without close supervision... It failed to dock due to bugs

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@not_known@this_address

"And exactly how many world-beating designs have come out of Boeing since the 1950s?

Oh, that would ONLY be the 707, the world's most successful first-generation jet airliner; the 737, the world's most successful airliner period; and then the 747, the world's first, and most successful, jumbo jet.

You give McDonnell-Douglas FAR too much credit: when you have been given a blank check by the government, one that covers cost overruns, 'unforeseen' expenses AND allowances for product delays, you'll be amazed at what even an incompetent can accomplish.

As proof, witness the "success" of MD's in-house, self-developed, self funded project, that ended up going over like a lead balloon: the infamous DC-10. So good that the sequel was renamed, to "MD-11", in order to avoid the stink of the original.

Another anti-immigrant rant goes viral in America – and this time it's by a British, er, immigrant tech CEO

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Re: We hear these stories all the time

The answer is dead-nuts simple but people never want to hear the truth: adults pass it down to the children. Sometimes actively, passing or communicating comments and judgments regarding others; sometimes passively, by not correcting aggressive, demeaning or hateful behaviours whilst they grow up.

Children aren't born to hate, as the old saying goes, and I fully agree with. The hate is socially communicated and it is up to humanity to stop it. But seeing that children are born in the middle of war zones, during famines, and other things that, IMHO, should almost be classified as "crimes against humanity", humans are in no rush to fix, just about EVERYTHING, because these things end up serving [someone's] personal agenda(s).

For me that makes humanity fundamentally morally corrupt. But that's a personal observation that I've only had to accept in recent times, for I had better hopes for humanity than they are willing to often show. I, in no way, ask anyone else to hold this view, so in reading this YMMV.

Trump's bright idea of kicking out foreign students unless unis resume in-person classes stuns tech, science world

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"The last thing America needs right now is a brain drain"

Too late. It's been present in the White House for many years now and filtering well from the top, down. When many of us vote with our emotions, rather than using a single gram of intelligence, we get what we deserve. America the Stupid has become our motto, wearing our "Science is not to be believed!" pins out and proud. I've become ashamed of coming from this inbred country, it's only gotten worse these past 20 or so years.

Barclays Bank appeared to be using the Wayback Machine as a 'CDN' for some Javascript

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Re: Whoops

But it's their own code, the referral URL is from a stored capture of Barclay's own web site as it was on June 1. So what's going on? Maybe someone is covering their own arse by linking to a file that no longer exists locally, deleted and all, and to ask to restore it would mean raising alarms. Or lazy and didn't want to upload it locally. Or possibly a superior no longer wanted the code in the active site, told the developer to remove it from the servers but Dev still wanted it in and a hyperlink doesn't raise suspicions?

Lots of ideas but we'll have to wait for the admission of guilt. If one ever comes.

I was screwed over by Cisco managers who enforced India's caste hierarchy on me in US HQ, claims engineer

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Because India was never under UK rule?

Consumer orgs ask world's competition watchdogs: Are you really going to let Google walk off with all Fitbit's data?

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Re: Alternative Issue, Soehnle

Can I ask you WHY you felt it necessary to purchase a cloud-connected SCALE in that first place???!!

Really. Are you so automaton that you can't bother to remember your own weight and need an app to do it for you?

Microsoft takes tweaking tongs to Windows 10's Start Menu once again

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Re: Win 8 icons

To be fair, it is rather inappropriate to criticize Microsoft for the mix of modern Metro and old skool app icons. As you know, app icons are provided by the app publisher as either an icon file or embedded in a DLL / EXE, and therefore Microsoft would have to create and supply new icons for software that it didn't even write nor is responsible for the upkeep thereto.

UK space firms forced to adjust their models of how the universe works as they lose out on Copernicus contracts

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Re: Answer is simple

As much as the your answer might sound 'bitter' upon first read, I'll agree. UK left EU to do things on their own, and it is both ignorant to believe that UK concerns would be considered after the fact, and silly to not follow through on their promise/threat by continuing to fund EU projects rather than create your own.

However, note that does NOT necessarily guarantee [market] success in the endeavour - only that the idea was to do things on your own, so let's see how that goes along.

Stinker, emailer, trawler, spy: How an engineer stole top US chip designs, smuggled them to China to set up a rival fab

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Re: "aggressively investigating and prosecuting these crimes"

"Goes to show that criminals are stupid, even when they have a doctorate degree."

I've said this before, but this story (second one like it in under a year) begs the question:

Are criminals *any stupider* than the greedy, vapid, self-serving management that constantly seems to hire outside nationals with practically no due diligence in order to save a pound in labor costs?

That's what I'd like to know.

Dems take a crack at banning Feds from using facial-recog tech. Congress will put it on todo list after 'learn Klingon'

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Ironic?

It's not ironic, it's fscking AGGRAVATING, when a dumb-ass search engine (hello, DDG!) returns product image searches using Pinterest links, instead of or in addition to 'real' results. Because I'm shopping and a Pinterest link is REALLY useful [absolute /s]

I'd like Pinterest banned FOREVER and their creators shot in front of a firing squad, then their heads dragged behind a horse that is defacating in its wake. Yeah. MAYBE that will be enough to repay the millions upon millions of wasted links and clicks the world over.

Apple to keep Intel at Arm's length: macOS shifts from x86 to homegrown common CPU arch, will run iOS apps

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@Ian Joyner

Sheeple. BAAAaaaaah...

Sheeple. The people willingly spending lots of money to pay for new kit because Ma Apple tells them to. The people willingly changing architectures - for the FOURTH time - and buying all new software to run on those new architecture because Herr Jobs / Cook tells them to. The people who trade useful kit in for newer, shinier, more expensive kit because they are expected to.

The people who do not question these things, as long as the directions are coming from the right source.

You know. Sheeple.

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ARM?

Hasn't been successful before?

Never underestimate the power of the Sheeple. Apple's attempt may prove to be the mouldbreaker.

What's the Arm? First Apple laptop to ditch Intel will be 13.3" MacBook Pro, proclaims reliable soothsayer

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Re: And now it gets interesting

There are two lines of thought possible here:

1) Apple is going ARM in order to control hardware outcomes, TDP, power usage,and performance.

2) Apple is going ARM in order to control software outcomes, creating a walled garden for its Mac line from which they can take their 30% App Store cut from sales of software to their now exclusive hardware.

Guess which one I believe to have been a primary motivator, with the second option being simply a very convenient, perfect solution of the the means to the end?

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Pragmatist

Why does the pragmatist in me believe that this move is only another way to lock users into an Apple-only supply ecosystem? Will third party developers go fully ARM, or are we looking at an expectation of Apple's App Store being expected to supply most necessary applications (for the usual fees, of course...!).

ServiceNow slammed for 'tone deaf' letter telling customers contracts can't be tweaked as COVID-19 batters businesses

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Legal?

Probably had nothing to do with the legal department, I'm sure Legal was told to rubber stamp the contract by the very upset management that wanted to sign the contract.

But, as I've learned from painful life experience, people don't want to be educated on the negatives of their decisions; either they learn it themselves or they don't wish to learn about them at all. So either this will make management question the wisdom to signing contracts in the upcoming future with ServiceNow, or they'll simply go on with the status quo. But either way, no matter what other people will say about this incident, it won't matter to them: they'll only believe their own opinions.

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