Re: Can't see it working.
TVC said "Can't see it working ... most people..."
Think of it as another tool that helps.
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Hmm, they've clearly an urgent need to upgrade/update/patch their systems. It's possible that they've made the decision that paying the ransom allows their IT staff to focus on preventing the next infection.
They better have invested in their systems because they've now got a reputation for paying...
"After months of submissions and repeated rejections by Apple, we’ve had to remove Instant Games entirely from the standalone app."
Wow, after months of submissions, changing nothing, they still kept rejecting you?
The usual plan of throwing lawyers at it or buying the company up isn't going to work either...
Loads of 'me too' extensions, a few extensions with reviews indicating they were malware and many more that just looked... suspicious.
I'm sure there're some lovely extensions on there but it came across as a hive of scum and villainy.
I guess the root cause is a combination of under-resourced and don't give a shit. Really damages the brand.
“That’s really soft,” said one.
5 years of prison time... should've added up all the 'time' they'd stolen off the contractors.
"Others ... wondered if they would ever receive funds they are still owed."
Ha! I bet you the shirt off your back that the government takes any money left in the business to pay off tax owed :(
Wow, a downvote.
It's designed to inform the serving up of ads that have a greater chance of relevance. It has no special knowledge, it just needs to generate a sufficiently higher click through rate than there would be if left to chance in order for people to use it.
People getting outraged because it got their address ProfessorMcGonagall@... as male shouldn't be pissed at this dumb algorithm but should focus their ire on a society where around 70% of professors are male.
Excellent article and research.
So, essentially, the privacy policies that did exist were often cut and pasted from other, unrelated, products.
If I can use an analogy, it's like there's no barn door to shut because there's no barn, just an empty plot of land in the Wild West.
The only good thing is that the Google and Amazon's focus on numbers means many users will not bother installing anything because the useful/entertaining stuff has been drowned out by all the crap.
"Is there a point to eReaders that I'm missing?"
Yes. It's lighter than a tablet, battery will last an entire holiday, readable in bright sunlight, if it has a backlight then that's sufficiently dimmable not to fry your eyes in the dark and 'just works'.
I bought one for the Mrs but it sees little use now and the house is starting to fill up with books again.
"If Amazon's best argument is that their post-approval auditing process would've done a better job of removing the rule-breaking skills, that only begs the question of why this process happens after, rather than before, approval."
Post-approval auditing probably happens in response to customer complaints. This means they pick up only the malware that's so poorly coded that it breaks things :-)
Hmm, I was joking there but, on reflection, it might be true.
They did give examples - Section 4.2 of the linked PDF.
You also implied that, because they were useless skills that wouldn't be installed by actual users, that there was no problem. Policy breaking Skills should be picked up before they reach users.
The following was a problem (from the article):
"inconsistencies where rejected content gets accepted after resubmission, vetting tools that can't recognize cloned code submitted by multiple developer accounts, excessive trust in developers, and negligence in spotting data harvesting even when the violations are made obvious.
Amazon also does not require developers to re-certify their Skills if the backend code – run on developers' servers – changes. It's thus possible for Skills to turn malicious if the developer alters the backend code"
The authors of the study have identified failings in Amazon's auditing that put its users at risk. Amazon can address these failings... or choose to ignore it and carry on. I see you're in the ignore it camp.
Apologies if my comment comes across as blunt - yours came across as deliberate misinformation!
I take it you own a smart speaker. I'd be interested to know what you use it for - I want one but can't work out what, in practice, if end up using it for.
In addition to the ideas in the article, with the expected increase in ARM chips, at the expense of x86, in laptop and desktop computers, Nvidia could be in early while also leveraging it's graphics branding in the mobile space.
This could be massive for Nvidia. Question is, will the price Nvidia offers be enough to solve SoftBank's current problems and will investors in SoftBank see a sale at less than the original purchase price as evidence that SoftBank's piss-poor investments have effectively turned it into a giant Ponzi scheme (many of SoftBank's investment choices were made a good few years too early so will be expensive failures).
Nvidia has the option of waiting for SoftBank's demise and picking it up cheap but by then the talent will have left ARM.
I'd expect any change to the system (other than patching for vulnerabilities and bugs) would incur hefty fees.
We had a similar clusterf- with our outsourced system. Ended up junking it -and 'them'- and taking everything in house, hiring people who really knew their stuff and didn't keep fobbing us off with 'working to design'.
Don't know if it was cheaper in-house but, as a user, I saw more stability improvements to the old system in the first month of taking it in-house than the previous bunch had managed in several years.
For such a large organisation, outsourcing something so core to the business doesn't make any sense unless an off-the-shelf product. They should have taken on a board-level IT person that knew their stuff and gone from there.
The Moto G range is excellent compared to almost all the competition.
Good sized screen, good screen resolution, decent cameras, USB-C charging and a headphone jack are all present and areas in which other devices scrimp on.
The 5000mAh battery is the standout feature - significantly more capacity than most rivals and, as the review noted, they don't scrimp in 'invisible' places like storage speed.
The only thing I would fault it on is that the naming schemes are kinda confusing when researching purchases online :)
"My Sony X Compact is 4,6". I cannot imagine having a larger phone then that"
Shrinking bezels and the taller/skinnier 21:9 screens mean phones with bigger screens are often the same size as their smaller-screened forbears.
If in the market for a new phone I'd recommend popping into a store and comparing the size to your current one.
Hi W.S.Gosset, I'm the guy that queried the 49000 Aus flu deaths. Looks like article is from the Australian but it's behind a pay wall. Aus govt stats on excess deaths for 2017/2018 are way lower, flu deaths are way lower.
"max 0.5% mortality [for COVID-19] (0.1% for flu)"
So it's 5x, or 500%, as dangerous as flu except it's better at spreading, no vaccine for the vulnerable and no herd immunity so it'll rampage through the population.
So for a ballpark figure we could say that, if we did nothing, 60% of the population would get it and 0.5% die... so maybe 200,000 deaths in the UK and 234,000,000 over the world.
234 million seems high. Is my maths wrong?
200,000 seems low compared to where the UK is now... kinda like we've not done well.
My thoughts on the virus is that this isn't the 'big one'. Airborne like measles, deadly like MERS (30%?), lethal for the young like 1918 flu, mutating like the flu so vaccines have to be constantly developed each year. Society got off lightly with COVID-19.
But still, my parents are 70. Maybe a 3% chance of death? I'd really like it if they, and the people around them, would take care until we've got a vaccine.
I hope you & your loved ones stay safe, and stay well.
W.S.Gosset said:"Australia's last bad flu season was 2017/2018, and 49,000 people died over and above the usual routine flu deaths."
I'm half with you but those figures seem high - the UK figures I looked at for deaths attributed to flu over each of the past few years fluctuated between 12000 and 28000 a year, and this in a population of 65m vs the 25m in Australia.
Also, given the extra measures taken to combat this new virus (and that we've not yet had it for a year), complaining that the number of deaths mean it can't be that dangerous seems, well, a little bit like when people say 'nothing bad happened with the hole in the ozone layer so why did we panic and ban CFCs etc'?
(genuinely interested in the Aus stats - do you have a source?)
Does TomTom's explanation stack up and what are your thoughts?
The article left me a little confused. Hopefully not as confused as Werdsmith.
I've blathered on below so you can see where I'm coming from/laugh at my ignorance:
The article quoted TomTom as stating:
“Last week an email was mistakenly sent to a small number of customers registered with us as owners of a Mazda with our in-car entertainment suite installed. This included Mr Rose. The email informed recipients that their TomTom LIVE Services subscription was being renewed and would be billed for a month at GBP 9.99"
This strongly implies that the issue was entirely at Tomtom's end and unrelated to anything the new owner of the car had done or whether the unit in the car was being used (or even still existed).
The article does not evaluate TomTom's response so reads like it was written before TomTom's response/explanation came through - the article was on data retained in the unit but explanation appears to be human error at TomTom.
An alternate theory could be that they regularly send out emails like this to "small numbers of customers" and that these are the result of issues in their software that bill a previous user of a unit when a new user signs up to a service (ie the new owner renews their service, previous owner sometimes gets billed instead/too)
Pfff, until they sort out pregnancy and childbirth, extremely painful periods that many women experience and debilitating menopausal symptoms that many women experience, plus give men paternity pay & leave to match the equivalent given to women (so that finances don't mean women become the main carer by default) plus flexible working, genuine opportunity to switch to part time, subsidised childcare close to the office etc etc then it's still an institutionally sexist organisation in an institutionally sexist world.
Oh, their target is only 30%? Easily achievable by quotas and no change.
Yes, you get it.
We need clearer reporting on this.
We also need sensible legislation to prevent the collection, storing and sharing of data that would enable automated identifying and tracking of people using CCTV.
We're not there yet but it would be great to have the discussion and legislation done early rather than late.
"How accurate is this technology compared to the Mk1 eyeball?"
My comments are based on similar tech used elsewhere:
It's rubbish but it is likely designed to reduce the load on the eyeball.
Rather than have the human ask "do any of the thousands of faces that'll walk down this street match any of the several hundred people we've got with warrants out for their arrest" it'll have a stab at it and flag close-ish matches for a human to compare.
The human then compares the two faces.
Essentially, it should be viewed as a "this face is not similar to the ones on your list" machine.
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