* Posts by Max Watson

17 publicly visible posts • joined 15 Jul 2007

Bad news for Tencent: Chinese companies steer employees away from Weixin or WeChat

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Wait what? Weixin is just WeChat's Chinese name. They're the same app.

Boffins bash Google Translate for sexism

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Chinese isn't gender-neutral

When written, Mandarin does differentiate between genders (even though when spoken, there's no differentiation because the pronunciation is the same). Something's not right with this research or this article.

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Re: gender-neutral languages

What's worse about this is that Chinese doesn't have gender-neutral pronouns. When spoken, there's no differentiation between He, She and They/It - but when written, the characters used are different for each. That means that whatever research they did on this was either based on a false premise or not explained correctly.

Spies still super upset they can't get at your encrypted comms data

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How about just get better at police work

That was fast... unlike old iPhones: Apple sued for slowing down mobes

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Re: "To provide a better experience to customers"

You're basing this on observations not facts. The cpu throttling is proven to only relate to battery demand performance

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Re: Not smart

False, the cpu throttling is not based on age at all.

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There are many reasons the battery is not easy replace. Creating a user serviceable battery compartment wastes valuable space inside the unit. The battery itself is usually a custom shape for greater efficiency. And warranties are harder to accidentally void by not being able to easily swap the battery with a non-standard replacement

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Re: Probably on a sliding scale

That's not how this works. The throttling is purely based on the battery ability to provide peak voltage demands.

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Re: That probably explains..

A bigger battery won't overcome the technical degradation of lithium ion batteries. Also no one wants a heavier phone than needed

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Re: "To provide a better experience to customers"

@erikj No it wouldn't because the throttling is only when the battery peak voltage is diminished

HP excessive packaging world record put to the test

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Dabs.com have a terrible habit of putting smaller boxes in really large oversized boxes. It's mainly annoying for me because I have to collect all my packages from across campus and carrying a box suitable for carrying a flat pack garden shed isn't exactly easy.

McAfee false-positive glitch fells PCs worldwide

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I wasn't suggesting a restore would remove a virus. Just undo the modifications to the system files that McAfee has done so you can boot your system properly again.

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System Rollback

Windows PCs should be able to perform a System Restore via booting from a Windows install CD. This should undo the actions of the anti-virus program and may even reverse updates to the virus definitions.

ICO queries Heathrow T5's huge fingerprint scam scan

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Fingerprints are not that big of a deal. As long as they keep to within the data protection act, then the data will only be held for a short while. I would much rather my fingerprint was taken than a photograph.

Why you should care that Jimmy Wales ignores reality

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Not really because it lacks content. It is going about things the hard way - and while it does produce some good content - it'll be forever behind other sites doing similar activities unless they change their article creation strategy.

Et tu, Gmail? Simple hack defeats last barrier to decades-old attack

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Google seems to be redirecting all their services to https addresses now.

Net radio saved from certain death

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As long as people have the ability to record audio going through their PC soundcard, it will be impossible to prevent streamripping. Adding DRM doesn't stop the ability to run a sound recording application to record the track as it plays back. This is why I dislike DRM, because it just prevents one aspect of illegally sharing and distributing music and video - and yet so much effort and money is put into running and supporting it. Dum dum.