* Posts by Mike Moyle

1695 posts • joined 8 Feb 2007

Steve Wozniak at 70: Here's to the bloke behind Apple who wasn't a complete... turtleneck

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Re: Apple

"Put annother way, jobs was only able to sell to creatives and the gullible, the scientists, business people and engineers saw through his flim flam"

Not according to Larry Tessler:


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Re: Apple

"... tech writers in the cult of apple like to ignore all the ideas of the UI from xerox that Apple were given in exchange for company stock..."


That's how we roll: OWC savagely undercuts Apple's $699 Mac Pro wheels with bargain $199 alternative

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Re: There's 360˚ of rotation

Back in the late '80s - early '90s, when the family was exiled out in Los Angeles, all of the grocery store chains supplied carts on which all four wheels were steerable. It took a short time to get used to but the convenience of being able to just pull the cart 90º to the side when some obliviot was barreling down the aisle in one's direction made one an instant convert.

Having to settle for the old, less-maneuverable style of cart was the hardest adjustment to make on moving back to the east coast. I have to assume that the extra couple of dollars' cost of installing two extra swiveling casters is the reason that they seem never to have caught on out here, but I DO miss having them.

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

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Re: Short lived policy

"In a way we're lucky, most Republicans this far behind would have invaded somewhere"

They are. Only this time, instead of sending troops to invade some other country, they're sending them to states and cities with Democratic administrations - vis. Portland, Oregon. They escalate mostly-peaceful protests into armed (on their part) conflicts and make sure that there's plenty of nice red meat for the 24-hour news feeds (and their party's base) in the two blocks that get the coverage, while ignoring that -- for the majority of the time in the vast majority of the city -- people go about their business undisturbed by the protesters.

It's quicker and cheaper than sending troops overseas and there are no embarrassing body bags to fly home afterwards, but you still get the "Amurrican troops defending Freedumb!" effect.

Microsoft to Cortana: you’re not going out dressed in iOS or Android, young lady!

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Re: "Alexa...

...with extreme prejudice.

For Apple's latest trick, the iCockroach – allowing it to survive while the smartphone sector faces a nuclear winter

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Re: Actually...

They probably won't survive us by much, IIRC; they've become too well adapted to living in our metaphorical and/or physical walls to survive in such large numbers once our dead carcasses and readily-available pantry items are consumed.

In the market for a second-hand phone? Check it's still supported by the vendor – almost a third sold are not

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Re: 3 years from when?

At the very least, I think that software upgrade support should cover five years from the date that a product becomes generally available or three years from the date that the product goes off the market, whichever is greater. This should be required of the manufacturer and, if sold through a network provider, of that provider IF they alter or in any way change the manufacturer's software installation. That is: If $PhoneCompany makes their own installation of Android + bloatware (and/or "recommendation" popups suggesting that the user install their cruft), they are required to fully support their full software installation -- including their Android installation -- for the mandated time. Of course, if they DON'T make any changes from the stock Android install and don't require adding any bits and bobs later "to get the full $PhoneCompany experience", then they're off the hook and the responsibility falls back to the manufacturer.

Don't strain yourself, Zuck, only democracy at stake... Facebook makes half-hearted effort to flag election lies by President Trump

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Re: If he does lose

"With the Dems cheating their asses off and going cray about it for four more years.

"No one's interested in facts, just personal attacks and conspiracy theories."

Case in point...

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Re: The mistake you're making

"Their influence doesn't stop at the federal level."

Correct. Honestly, the smartest thing that the Republicans did in 2010 was to divert a lot of their resources to winning state races. The decennial census tells the states how many residents they have, which translates into how many congressional districts they have. It's then up to the states (within certain broad requirements) to draw up the districts however they want. In states where a bipartisan - or, ideally, NONpartisan - committee has that responsibility, districts are generally distributed so that they match the overall voting characteristics. In states where districts are drawn by, say, a committee hand-picked by the head of a legislative house, where it can be packed with members of the dominant party, the districts can be warped and stretched so that it becomes virtually impossible for all but the most heavily-concentrated opposition areas to elect anyone but the party in power's candidates. (Software that can identify voting patterns down to individual precincts and draw districts that best meet whatever criteria one chooses have made this process MUCH more efficient in recent years.)

Add to that the fact that, once a party gets that sort of a hammerlock on the electoral process, they are in a better position to ALSO limit the number of polling places and otherwise disenfranchise voters in the areas that they can't outright gerrymander out of existence, and it gets even uglier

My life as a criminal cookie clearer: Register vulture writes Chrome extension, realizes it probably breaks US law

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My understanding is that, supposedly, intent counts when providing a tool or service. To use your example, a licensed firearm manufacturer may advertise a a shotgun, say, for hunting. If someone buys that model of shotgun and uses it to rob a bank, the manufacturer is not liable because the purpose for which the gun was used is out of bounds of the intended and advertised use. OTOH if someone offers to sell you a shotgun with a 15" barrel, a pistol grip instead of a shoulder stock and the serial number filed off, and tells you that "those stupid bank guards will never see you coming," that seller IS liable, since the whole intent of the sale is to enable an illegal use.

Motorola Moto G 5G Plus: It won't blow your mind, but at £300 we're struggling to find much to grumble about

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I don't know how old you are but as I approached my current sixty-mumble years, my thoughts along this lines changed dramatically. Big screens are a Good Thing™!

Apple: Don't close MacBooks with a webcam cover on, you might damage the display

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Re: Vinyl overlays.

Just guessing here that the overlays are:

A - Softer because they're designed to be flexible enough not to press several keys at a time, and;

B - Spreading any pressure over a wider area than a half-inch piece of hard plastic that sits right at the edge of a thin sheet of glass.

Never mind rail and ports, let's help DPD... and, er, Amazon: UK gov and ESA call for ways to slap logistics with 5G stick

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Re: For those of us on the wrong side of the pond...

oh. Okay. Thanks.

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For those of us on the wrong side of the pond...

What's the "DPD" mentioned in the title? It doesn't seem to be defined in the article and I didn't see anything that could be abbreviated down to it.

Captain, the computer has identified 250 alien stars that infiltrated our galaxy – actual science, not science-fiction

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We're gonna build a wall around the galaxy...

...and the Small Magellanic Cloud is gonna pay for it!

(Yes, I know others have done the wall joke, but *I* included a source of funding, making me a stabler genius than them!)

Linux kernel coders propose inclusive terminology coding guidelines, note: 'Arguments about why people should not be offended do not scale'

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Re: "freedom is slavery"

"freedom is slavery"

"ignorance is strength"

Throw in a couple of "bigly"s and you've written a Trump speech. Congratulations, I suppose"

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Re: Thin end of the wedge?

"For example, grepping the linux kernel headers (just the headers, which all have API compatibility implications) there are 1645 lines containing the word "master" and 1550 lines containing the word "slave". Think of all the code reviews needed to expunge just two banned terms arising from today's moral panic. What about all the others, and what about tomorrow's moral panic?"

I think this was referenced in TFA:

"The proposal has allowed for exceptions when maintaining a userspace API or when updating a code for a specification that mandates those terms. "

The internet becomes trademarkable, sort of, with near-unanimous Supreme Court ruling on Booking.com

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Note to self:

Trademark "USSupremeCourt.gov", then set up a "USSupremeCourt.gov.org" website.

Hijinks ensue. (Yes, yes... I know, I'd need to register "gov.org" first... Work with me, here!)

Fasten your seat belts: Brave Reg hack spends a week eating airline food grounded by coronavirus crash

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Re: As a child of the 1970s, I have a fear of savoury dishes involving fruit...

"on one occasion most tables returned their meatballs untouched."

This reminds me of my college days -- We had all of the usual complaints about the school's food service, which was often pretty dire (Speaking personally, I was apparently one of the ones who didn't check under the gravy one Friday night, so didn't discover that the roast beef had an iridescent sheen to it and so was part of the one-third of residence students who came down with varying degrees of food poisoning that weekend!).

One day, the lunch menu included something new called "Piccadilly Circles". Well, I mean, it was something new and not the usual "Spaghetti with a side of mashed potatoes, wasn't it? So I took the plate and found a table to sit at. I took one bite and realized that, apparently the food service had gotten an AMAZING deal on english muffins, imitation bacon bits, and Cheez Whiz. I put the horrible thing down and went back up to the serving line to get the spaghetti (Hold the mashed!).

On busing my tray up to the receiving window at the end of my meal, I saw that a good 80% of the trays contained two entree plates, one of which held three Piccadilly Circles, ONE of which had a single bite taken out of it.

They never served them again but, starting about a month later, and for the remainder of the school year, the salad bar had these quite acceptable bacon-cheddar-ish croutons as add-ins, so that was nice!

Section 230 authors despair of Trump, Barr, Biden, US Congress’ aggressive ignorance of critical tech law

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Re: Time...

"Take that full pension and pop off to your first or second holiday home/yacht and relax."

Why is it that, apparently, every Boomer except I -- and everyone I know -- has all these things?

It's a conspiracy, I tells ya! A CONSPI-I-I-I-I-I-I-IRACY!!!

China's internet watchdog freezes 10 too-trashy online video services before they undermine socialism

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Re: Vulgar content

"Vulgar content and scantily clad presenters..."

Huh... That made me do a quick search -- turns out Naked News *IS* still around.

Maybe there is hope for 2020: AI that 'predicts criminality' from faces with '80% accuracy, no bias' gets in the sea

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Re: 5 violent burglars on a BBC one programme yesterday and they all had "the look@

To be fair, I've known guys who could drive a woman to become a lesbian.

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Re: Very dodgy subject

I've been told that some people had referred my as "that guy with the shifty eyes".

Yes -- It's called a nystagmus, it's uncontrollable and besides making me look nervous it makes it really hard to look people in the eye when I'm talking to them. The stereotypical " criminal look" is exactly that: a stereotype.

Belief in 5G conspiracy theories goes hand-in-hand with small explosions of rage, paranoia and violence, researchers claim

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Re: Be careful about definitions Reg.

So it's only paranoia if the machete is silent? Good to know.

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Re: So basically ...

"'It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.' —Samuel Langhorne Clemens"

Case in point: https://quoteinvestigator.com/2018/11/18/know-trouble/

The incumbent President of the United States of America ran now-banned Facebook ads loaded with Nazi references

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Re: Spoken like a true FOX news viewer

"there's a lot of missing context here... and a LOT of unnecessary overreacting."

Running an online ad 88 times isn't that many impressions, but running an ad 88 times that talks about the evils of other political groups AND uses a symbol that was used to identify political enemies in concentration camps is pretty much guaranteed to have the press repeating and amplifying the ads, while being ju-u-u-u-ust vague enough that anyone who draws that connection can be derided as being paranoid, irrational, etc.

While I can't say for sure that that was the plan with these ads -- really, as a way of amplifying a message while maintaining (semi)plausible deniability, all without paying for the ad time, it's pretty brilliant!

The girl with the dragnet tattoo: How a TV news clip, Insta snaps, a glimpse of a tat and a T-shirt sold on Etsy led FBI to alleged cop car arsonist

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Re: The lesson for today

"...because you lost a political argument four years ago."

Are you kidding...? We've got millions of yahoos in this country who can't let go of a fight that they lost 155 years ago!

Four years.... Pfft!

Ex-eBay security execs among six charged with harassing, threatening bloggers who dared criticize web tat souk

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One bit of clarification

According to the Boston-area NPR station where I heard this report, the porn was supposedly sent to the targets by name, but to the "wrong" address, so that it would be received by the neighbors instead.

MacOS on Arm talk intensifies: Just weeks from now, Apple to serve up quarantini with Kalamata golive, reportedly

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Re: Oblig comment

"We shall all have to wait and see what plays out."

You're new around here, aren't you?

Play stupid games, win stupid prizes: UK man gets 3 years for torching 4G phone mast over 5G fears

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Re: 3 years for a terrorist offence ?

Great! Now I've got THIS stuck in my head!


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Re: Sigh...

"(C)an't we just throw them in the Mersey and wave the off as they float off into oblivion?"

What, you don't have laws against intentionally polluting the waters over there?

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"Sadly, there is no vaccination against stupid."

And, if there was, they wouldn't get it, so...

Signal goes Gaussian to take privacy to the next level: All your faces don't belong to us

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"Marlinspike said Signal also plans to distribute physical face coverings in the near future."

QR codes that send you to a joke-a-day website?

...or a porn site? (Will face masks be the new advertising frontier?)

Pre-printed dazzle camouflage?

The possibilities seem endless.

Made-up murder claims, threats to kill Twitter, rants about NSA spying – anything but mention 100,000 US virus deaths, right, Mr President?

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Re: 22nd Amendment

"Would you mind backing up that assertion, that Trump has discussed repealing term limits? Can you show some sources for that?"

It was one of those comments that he throws out at random, and he followed it up over a couple of days in his usual fashion:

Step 1 - Make outrageous comment.

Step 2-A - If no one responds, double down and start the "Well, a lot of people are saying that..." comments, or;

Step 2-B - If it gets pushback, claim that he was:

i - only joking, or;

ii - doing it to show up how unfair the [press | liberals | Democrats in Congress | other countries' leaders] are to him (and, by extension, to America).

Here's at least one instance:


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Re: Muhwahaaaha ha

The thing is, though, that I'm not sure Pence could be elected; I don't think he'd have the "I'm as batshit crazy as you" vibe that Trump energizes his base with. Sure, he'd get the evangelical death-cult votes, but without the "very fine people" in the alt-reich getting the belly rubs that Trump has given them and Pence hasn't (AFAIK( they won't be as eager to vote for him.

He's really just not as good at blowing that dogwhistle as Trump is.

Pablo Escobar's big bro and former accountant sues Apple for $2.6bn over FaceTime bug

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"Apple -- It Just Narks."

Sorry... Couldn't resist!

OTOH: "The reseller apparently assured him that the "iPhone simply cannot be exploited and will never be vulnerable to future exploits"."

So shouldn't he be suing the RESELLER...? Or do they not have enough cash on hand to make it worth his lawyer's time?

Huge if true... Trump explodes as he learns open source could erode China tech ban

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Re: Oh dear

If we're going to ban "sources say" without any identification of the sources, can we also ban all "...well that's what people tell me" comments, as well?

And "lots of people are saying...." comments?

And maybe even, "I get calls all the time..." claims?

I mean: If we're going to insist on identifiable sources for all public statements then we should probably get those taken out of the national discourse, too, right?

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Re: Oh dear

"It's getting hard to satirise various countries leaders these days. It appears like art imitating life."

When Robert Shea and Robert Anton Wilson wrote their brilliant "Illuminatus" satires back in the early '70s, the biggest problem that they had, according to their later Playboy interview*, was that they were writing about U.S. and Russian administrations that were stupid, venal, and corrupt, and every time they thought that they had come up with something totally bonkers, Nixon and Brezhnev would top them.

Plus ça change...

* Yes, I actually DID read the articles**.

** Sometimes.

Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...

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Re: A reason for all the glue?

I was thinking this exact thing -- It seemed to me that glue assembly in super-thin/small form factors meant you probably couldn't fit the requisite bits inside, anyway. It's likely to be your big, easily-repairable, modular machines that would be at most risk.

Nervous, Adobe? It took 16 years, but open-source vector graphics editor Inkscape now works properly on macOS

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Since the person was a total CAD/graphics beginner and wasn't going to need 3D,I was recommending that we try her on LibreCAD.

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2) Inertia is a powerful thing in business. No matter how good product B is, if the company has been using product A for the last few years, they're not going to change unless they have absolutely no choice.


You forgot:

4) IT departments that have the responsibility for keeping the organization's system's up and running and take the blame when they're not, are loath to bring any new possible points of failure into the mix without either; A - exhaustive testing (for which they often don't have the time or other resources) or; B - The name and address on file of the ultimately-responsible source of the potential vulnerability that they can pass on to the legal beagles if things go flooey.

And, yes -- part of that is mired in the inertia noted above: "Better the devil you kniow...!", because, with Adobe, et.al., they know the hoops to jump through, etc.

But they ALSO know who to blame and -- if necessary -- who to sue if things go decidedly pear-shaped. With OSS like, say, Red Hat Linux, companies know that the service contract that they're paying for means that, if things SHOULD blow higher than up, there's probably going to be someone at the other end of the phone line when they call, and that there's someone that they can throw under the bus when they're called on by the higher-ups: "They've been doing this for N-years, they should have caught this bug LONG before now, we did our due diligence..."etc., etc. With all-volunteer, decentralized software, who do you point at, who do you go after to recoup the expenses of cleaning up the mess? There's no one and it's probably coming out of your already-stretched resources.

Trust me; as one of those that so many of the El Reg commentariat like to refer to as the "colored pencil crowd", I've run into this with trying to get, e.g., FOSS drafting software for a property manager in our department (because BESIDES being the graphic designer, I'm ALSO the department alpha-geek) who doesn't need the considerable licensing expense and learning curves of full-fat AutoCAD or ArcGIS to take an existing map and say "Put a driveway here. Put a hedge there." But IT won't install software if they can't absolutely nail down the provenance and chain of responsibility for it and, with a VERY limited number of IT grunts supporting the administrative systems of a city of 100,000+, they don't have the spare resources to vet and support a bunch of randomly mismatched software installations all across the system. So there WILL be limited customization allowed, and those WILL be from a VERY limited number of VERY well-established companies.

It used to be said that "Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM," because companies trusted that they knew who to get on the blower to get problems fixed in a timely manner. Today, that can probably be extended to "Nobody ever got fired for licensing [Microsoft | Adobe | Oracle | RedHat | ...]."

With all-volunteer FOSS...? Not so much. But don't get me wrong; I LIKE and use FOSS where possible at work and at home and I wish nothing but the best for the Inkscape developers. But if they're looking for big uptake from big commercial/government establishments of their all-volunteer-all-the-time software, they probably shouldn't hold their breaths.

Proof-of-concept open-source app can cut'n'paste from reality straight into Photoshop using a neural network

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Re: I've no idea if it's particularly useful

"Useful for learning engineering skills, not much else."

For a programmer, possibly; for a potential end-user, probably not. If it's faster/more accurate than manual masking then it's potentially money in the bank.

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Re: OK, I'll bite.

"...for those of us who wouldn't run Adobe code if they paid us to run it, can I use the image editor of my choice?"

From paragraph 3 of TFA:

"Support for other imaging editing programs in the works, we're told."

Google is a 'publisher' says Aussie court as it hands £20k damages to gangland lawyer

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The problem with that argument is that it assumes that Google has no indexed articles that mention that the charges were dropped. If they DON'T, then the argument might hold water; if they DO, and they are available with an appropriate search then, as far as I can see, they plaintiff has no case.

Insert requisite "IANAL" disclaimer here.

Facebook sort-of blocks anti-quarantine events – how many folks are actually behind these 'massive' protests online?

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Re: Typical of Failbook

Your evidence...?

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Re: Big rant, lots of capital letters...

Terrorism can be caught simply by being in the presence of a terrorist at the grocery store?

Violent crime can be caught by being on the bus with a criminal?

No...? Then they're really not the same as a quite contagious virus, now are they?

False Equivalency on offense -- ten yard penalty and loss of down.

Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum

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...or at least always refer to them as, e.g., "mast-er baiter Woody Harrelson".

French pensioner ejected from fighter jet after accidentally grabbing bang seat* handle

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Re: Must have grabbed on hard

"For obvious reasons the force required is set quite high to stop simple accidents, on the basis that when you really need to pull it you'll be motivated to do it as hard as you can until something happens."

Well, if he was grabbing it to hold himself down during negative Gs, there's him pulling upwards on the handle, while his mass (and anything he's holding onto) is ALSO being accelerated upward.


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Re: I see lots of good luck here

"Although the cost must have been considerable. I bet a replacement Rafaele cockpit canopy and ejection seat doesn't come cheap."

I'm sure the vendor requesting the "joy" ride will be getting a bill from the air force for the cost of same.

...which expense will be rolled into their next government contract.

...which will eventually be paid by the French taxpayers.

Plus ça change...

Not only is Zoom's strong end-to-end encryption not actually end-to-end, its encryption isn't even that strong

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Re: Why do so many businesses seem to need video?

"re: 'People tend to look at the image of their correspondent'

That's an etiquette thing, people will adapt over time."

...and once the isolation is over and we're all back to physical interaction, the polite thing will be to look at a point six inches over the other person's head when conversing.


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