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Boffins baffled as supergiant star just vanishes – either it partially blew itself apart or quietly turned into a black hole
Germany prepares to launch COVID-19 contact-tracing app 'this week' while UK version stuck in development hell
Actually, percolation collapses if the individual "cells" *resist* percolation with probability p > p_c. That's why the epidemiologists talk about "herd immunity", achieved at about 60% level of immune population. But tracking app doesn't make you immune, so this model is not applicable. The applicable model would involve characteristic times of infection transfer, probability of transfer detection, and characteristic times of reaction ("catch all possibly infected and isolate them"). Spread of contact tracking app will only give you probability of transfer detection.
As the US maybe gets serious about coronavirus-tracking apps, Congress wakes up to the privacy risks
Boffins step into the Li-ion's den with sodium-ion battery that's potentially as good as a lithium cousin
Surprise! That £339 world's first 'anti-5G' protection device is just a £5 USB drive with a nice sticker on it
Microsoft doc formats are the bane of office suites on Linux, SoftMaker's Office 2021 beta may have a solution
Incredible how you can steal data via Thunderbolt once you've taken the PC apart, attached a flash programmer, rewritten the firmware...
Ex-Imagination Technologies boss tells UK Foreign Affairs Committee: Britain needs to stop overseas asset stripping
Surprise surprise! Hostile states are hacking coronavirus vaccine research, warn UK and USA intelligence
UK finds itself almost alone with centralized virus contact-tracing app that probably won't work well, asks for your location, may be illegal
Intel is offering more 14nm Skylake desktop processors, we repeat: More 14nm Skylake desktop processors
Academics demand answers from NHS over potential data timebomb ticking inside new UK contact-tracing app
Guess which cloud giant Zoom picked to handle millions more video calls? Bzzt, wrong answer: It's Oracle
Stripe is absolutely logging your mouse movements on websites' payment pages – for your own good, says CEO
Re: Prevent fraud ?
GDPR (most probably) does not apply, because the data collected for the model training do not contain personally identifiable information. The model is trained not to tell your mouse movements from my mouse movements, but to tell a bot imitating mouse movements from you or me actually making these movements. At least that's what I understood from their explanations.
Lockdown endgame? There won't be one until the West figures out its approach to contact-tracing apps
Data science alliance in talks with UK Cabinet Office to help ease economic impact of COVID-19 pandemic
Apple: We respect your privacy so much we've revealed a little about what we can track when you use Maps
Vodafone chief speaks out after 5G conspiracy nuts torch phone mast serving Nightingale Hospital in Brum
This calls for decisive measures
Attacks on critical infrastructure (especially during national emergency) should be classified as terrorism and dealt with with extreme prejudice. As if the attackers were blowing up the tube stations or derailing the trains (because those contribute to the virus spread).
If the law enforcement doesn't stop this madness now, coming on it as a ton of bricks, the tube stations and trains may be next.
It is totally useless to preach to the lunatics and try to educate them. They are lunatics. They should be caught and eliminated from the society.
The "celebrities" and other blowhards giving good advice to the terrorists should also be eliminated from the society for terror propaganda.
This is serious, folks, human rights or not. The lunatics have no human right to terrorize other humans and must be eliminated.
From Brit telly presenter Eamonn Holmes to burning 5G towers in the Netherlands: Stupid week turns into stupid fortnight for radio standard
Suspicious senate stock sale spurt spurs scrutiny scheme: This website tracks which shares US senators are unloading mid-pandemic
Re: China's new coronavirus cases rise to near six-week high
Never seen a box of masks made in USA or Europe. Have an old box of masks (don't remember why I bought it a while ago, but it shirley came handy now), it's made in China. So much for "cleaning out worldwide stocks of western-made PPE". I call BS.
Boeing 787s must be turned off and on every 51 days to prevent 'misleading data' being shown to pilots
Sun storm probe OK'd: 'Our motivation is a fascinating signal that we have detected for decades but never been able to make an image of'
Uncle Sam stonewalls probe into its secretive airport facial-recognition technology. Now the ACLU is suing
Resellers facing 'months' of delays for orders to be fulfilled. IT gathers dust on docks as coronavirus-stricken China goes back to work
Gartner vision quest sees Microsoft, Google and IBM nipping at Amazon Web Services' heels in cloud AI
Oh good, the FTC has discovered acqui-hires... American watchdog to probe decade of Big Tech takeovers
Is Chrome really secretly stalking you across Google sites using per-install ID numbers? We reveal the truth
Relying on AT&T, Verizon and T-Mob US to protect you from SIM swapping? You better get used to disappointment
Re: Carriers will not change unless forced to
Somebody should explain to the carriers that the only thing they need to do to solve this problem is to stop accepting SIM switch requests by phone. No additional costs involved, and they are all white and fluffy, and can scream about it in their advertisements. Profit!
Re: re: Folding tablet
X220 was the last known good X series Thinkpad. Still very decent keyboard, built like a tank, fully repairable and upgradeable, i7. Bought it refurbished for $160, spent another $150-160 on upgrades (added SSD, upgraded HDD, added RAM), and voila - best machine for my purposes for under $500. Use it extensively for five years already and expect to use it at least another 10.
Multiply it by 2, as I got two of them - for my wife and for myself.
X230 and after - don't even bother. Keyboard (famous Thinkpad keyboard!) devolved to total crap, to begin with. Also unreliable. Bought new X230 for my wife, and she had a year of pain running to the repair shop now and then, until I ran into those refurbished X220s.
A joke I heard 20 years ago
A COBOL programmer got rich in the end of 20th century, fixing the Y2K bugs in various systems. He decided to spend his money on trip to the future, and bought deep-freeze sleep until the year 100000.
He awoke, surrounded by people in white gowns, and asked: "Wow, is it year 100000?" One of the doctors said: "No, actually, we had to wake you up earlier. You see, it's year 9999, and we found your CV, it says you know COBOL...?"
I have Sennheiser PXC 550
Bought it when we were moved to "open space" setting. Awesome cans!
1. Great noise cancellation, works with or without music input.
2. Good battery life, lasts the whole working day or two.
3. Bluetooth plus audio jack (cable included).
4. Micro USB I use for charging only, and the cable is included, so I frankly see no diff, micro or C.
5. Sound quality is great.
6. EXTREMELY comfortable, you might forget you're wearing the headphones.
7. The price... Well, you don't buy these things every day, and anyway, retaining sanity is worth it.
It's cool for Brit snoops to break the law, says secretive spy court. Just hold on while we pull off some legal jujitsu to let MI5 off the hook...
Alphabet, Apple, Dell, Tesla, Microsoft exploit child labor to mine cobalt for batteries, human-rights warriors claim
Re: Those kids would starve without work
Extreme poverty is too abstract to attack. And besides, attacking extreme poverty you have to be constructive, e.g., propose a solution. It's too difficult and requires significant brain power (which is, alas, ...). Much easier to attack the companies (rich bastards, them!) consuming the end product.
Why not attack the consumers who buy the cobalt-containing stuff? Simple. They're not individually rich and they're NUMEROUS, so if they all tell you to GFYS, it'll resonate.
Stop us if you've heard it before but... Africa's internet management body mired again by corruption allegations
Well, rather a bare necessity. You see, Afrinic execs are constantly ripped off trying to help out some Nigerian prince-in-exile or stranded Nigerian cosmonaut or whatever (the guy is a compatriot, so he wouldn't lie, right?). The salary just doesn't cover that. Blame the government for insufficient wages for execs.