I look forwards to seeing whatever open source alternative springs up to take its place.
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Penguin takeover: We tried running some GUI Linux apps on Windows the official way – and nothing exploded
With Hyper-V, everything is a VM
"These are available in preview from AMD, Intel, and Nvidia – but will not help when the host machine is itself a VM."
Hyper-V is a type-1 hypervisor. Once you enable it to be able to run WSL2, even your base Windows becomes a VM. It just happens to have automatic PCI passthrough for things like your GPU.
Uncle Sam's legal eagles finally make up their mind on internet giants' Get Out Of Jail Free card – and it's not as bad as you may fear
ZX Spectrum reboot promising – steady now – 28MHz of sizzling Speccy speed now boasts improved Wi-Fi
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The good news: Vodafone switches on first full-fat, real-life 5G network in the UK. The bad news: it only got sent to Coventry
No x86_64 Docker
Having to build every Docker container for multiple architectures so it will run on both developer and production machines is just not worth the faff. Unless ARM servers start to become more widely available I can see a lot of places dropping Macs in favour of Linux or (more likely) WSL.
Apple promises third, no, fourth, er, fifth time's a charm when it comes to macOS Catalina: 10.15.5 now out
The bricking supplemental update
I haven't see any response from Apple on the claims that the 10.15.4 supplemental update supposedly corrupted the firmware for the T2 chips for some users requiring either a second Mac or an RTB to recover it. They haven't even tried to address the possibility it was due to user error.
'Ridiculous, rubbish, outrageous, complete bollocks': Just some reviews for Amazon's corporate contribution to Blighty's coffers
Google relents slightly in ad-blocker crackdown – for paid-up enterprise Chrome users, everyone else not so much
Re: Is it time....
There are already solutions available for various platforms that either modify your hosts file or proxy DNS requests to block ads. You could even set up a Pi-Hole server on a cheap cloud provider and have your friends and family configure their machines to use it as their primary DNS; it will, after all, run on any Linux-based system, not just Raspberry Pi.
CAP is not all that "Common" since individual states have a lot of leeway in interpreting and reinterpreting the rules (even between the devolved UK governments, each of which has its own system) plus incorporating their own regional schemes. The EU also periodically revamp all of the rules and payment calculations - a process known as CAP Reform that has already occurred three times and is due to happen again in 2020.
If you don't want to consider yourself a criminal...
...then don't do criminal things like creating a ransom scam, using your ransom scam to steal money and then selling your scam on to other criminals. It's like a kid that punches you in the nuts and then says "sorry, I didn't mean it" before whispering to his friend "go punch that guy in the nuts".
"Google has been contacted for comment regarding the app's claims."
Have you even taken the time to look at the app's description on Google Play? It doesn't claim a single thing regarding file encryption - it doesn't even claim to do it. Will the Register comment on Darren Pauli's claims about his affair with President Obama?
Re: I haven't seen the episode yet, but...
'...from the comments it sounds as if the script writer was heavily influenced by Terry Pratchett's "The Light Fantastic"?'
That episode would not have been made any less credible or entertaining by the addition of the grim reaper or a barbarian astronaut complaining he could only eat "shoup".
Re: ICO and ASA seem to be backing off in this area...
Not validating my addresses with spammers has never seemed to do anything to stem the tide. I've often heard suggestions that confirming a working address makes it a more valuable commodity but I'm skeptical about the whole thing since I suspect blanketing every address available is more cost effective than being picky.
Just sanctioned malware
Every complaint I've seen about malicious extensions were all fully sanctioned and available from the Chrome Web Store. Particularly unpalatable are those that are funded by anonymously overlaying every site you visit with ads masquerading as coupons from the insidious Superfish service.
APIs, clearly as secret as an advance book copy
"Google’s argument was akin to an author copying the chapter titles and topic sentences of an advance copy of a Harry Potter book and then paraphrasing the rest and claiming it as fair use"
But only if J K Rowling was shouting these at every other author at the top of her voice.
So I'm sitting behind a proxy that blocks access to the Chrome Store and soon I'll no longer be able to download select developer-friendly extensions, email them to myself and install them to help me work. It's not as if downloading from there is a guarantee of integrity to begin with. The Store's littered with adware-funded extensions that violate Google's own Ts and Cs (Superfish e.g. is spreading like a virus through the Store and causes fake 'voucher' offers to be injected into nearly every page).