* Posts by JDPower

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Browser tracking protections won't stop tracking, warns DuckDuckGo

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Nice ad, how much did they pay Reg to run it?

Satellites, space debris may have already brightened night skies 10% globally – and it's going to get worse

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Re: Can't they paint new satellites black ?

That would make things worse for astronomers observing in the infrared range.

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Re: Starlink Visors

They tried it, wasn't very effective. It only roughly halved their visibility, and only at visible wavelengths. The increased heat it caused actually made things worse for infra-red observations

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Whatever happened to researching your article's contents.

"Whatever it was – likely the rocket's second stage"

Not "whatever" or "likely", that's what it was.

"SpaceX is attempting to fix the glaring brightness of its satellites. Last year, it launched one that sported a visor to deflect sunlight."

Every batch launched for months has been visored.

Chrome 90 goes HTTPS by default while Firefox injects substitute scripts to foil tracking tech

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Re: Good ol' days

The difference is back then the strangers weren't in your house rifling through your possessions.

TikTok no worse than Facebook for privacy, says Citizen Lab (although Chinese TikTok is a horror)

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I believe they call that "damning with faint praise"

Cherry on top: Dell shoves MX keyboard into its Alienware m15 R4 ultrabook

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I get that they make for a nicer typing feel, but why is the racket they make so desirable? It'd drive me flaming mad.

Windows 10 Insider build fixes the fix it sent out to fix the fix that broke printing? Afraid not, but here's a new Notepad icon

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I've never understood the roadkill cat icon of Irfanview.

Listen to The Sound of Perseverance: Not the death metal album, but NASA's Mars rover on the move

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The Sound of Perseverance

I preferred the Disturbed version.

Apple's app transparency rules: Google's privacy labels for Chrome and Search on iOS highlighted by DuckDuckGo

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Re: The privacy labels are for the updated Chrome

Exactly. This is the amount of privacy invasion they're admitting to after having spent months reducing it. This is what they think is a more palatable amount to admit to!

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Re: Now on to presearch.org

Ooh, a block chain search engine, I'm nearly sold. If only it had AI and cloud too

Facebook’s new world domination ploy is a two-megabyte Instagram app tested in India and Brazil

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Re: Instagram

And even if you accept, you then get told to sign up before you can view the post,which never used to be the case. So anyone sharing their utterly world changing news via Insta, sorry, not gonna be seeing it.

We can't avoid it any longer. Here's a story about the NFT mania... aka someone bought a JPEG for $69m in Ether

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Re: It just goes to show ...

90 years ago in 1931? You're blowing my mind with those math skills!

Huge if true: If you show people articles saying that Firefox is faster than Chrome, they'll believe it

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Startpage? The one owned by an ad flinger?!

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Beautifully done

Russia botches Twitter throttling, cripples anything with t-dot-co in the name – including Reddit, Microsoft

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So to "protect Russian citizens" from suicide, child porn and drugs they're gonna... make that content load slightly slower. Genius.

Privacy purists prickle at T-Mobile US plan to proffer people's personal web, app pursuits to ad promoters

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"Moz urges ISPs told to commit to opt-in data usage"

Is it just me that can't make that sentence scan? Should that 'told' be in there?

UK draft legislation enshrines the right to repair in law – but don't expect your mobile to suddenly be any easier to fix

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"The government said it expects white goods to last for up to a decade, rather than the average of seven years"

Wow, so ambitious.

Atos handed £1.5bn to run IT for UK government-founded pension trust Nest

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ATOS? Running a pension fund?? They'll be refusing to pay out to anyone under 100 for not being old enough.

Redditor thinks they have a solution to Surface Laptop 3's overheating issues: Elastic bands and USB fans

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I know Ms aren't smart, but surely smart enough not to use their own tat for work purposes

'Screen access technology has existed for decades': Visually impaired man sues Dell over 'inaccessible' website

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Re: not overly surprised

Yup, I've been on one of those sites too.

Also, just this last week, went on a well known UK supplements site to be met with a popup offering the options "Manage cookies" and "Accept". Problem being nothing happened when clicking on 'manage cookies'. Only way to close the popup was click on 'accept'

Boeing successfully flies unmanned autonomous military 'wingman' aircraft that may become pilot's buddy

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Re: RAAF - Dump and Burn

It's made by Boeing, there's every chance you'll see them in flames of some sort.

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"Boeing successfully flies..."

Well there's 3 words you don't often see together lmao

AdGuard names 6,000+ web trackers that use CNAME chicanery: Feel free to feed them into your browser's filter

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Is this where I get to be smug about using Adguard DNS on all my devices?

(Don't go ruining my false sense of security with logic you lot lol)

Japanese billionaire invites y'all to apply for an all-expenses-paid Moon trip in a SpaceX Starship – like the one that blew up today

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Just for clarity, it wasn't deliberately detonated, as the article suggest could be the case. The safety charges are halfway up the vehicle, not at the bottom where the explosion started.

What happens when cancel culture meets Adolf Hitler pareidolia? Amazon decides it needs a new app icon

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Clicked on the linked logo stories and have just discovered the Deliveroo logo is a kangaroo! For as long as I've known of their existence I thought it was a hand giving the peace sign! I realise I'm late to the party on this one but ruddy hell that's a crap logo!

Bezos denied: New Glenn launch pushed into 2022 after Space Force says no

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Correction "Space Force named as scapegoat for Blue Origins continued lack of getting anything meaningful done"

Planespotters’ weekends turn traumatic as engine pieces fall from the sky in the Netherlands and the US

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Re: Quick turnaround for the 777?

That is the Dutch incident.

Australia facepalms as Facebook blocks bookstores, sport, health services instead of just news

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Facebook went down briefly earlier, was hoping it was a retaliatory DDOS attack, but was sadly back up within an hour or so.

Now this is Epic: Fortnite maker takes Apple fight to the European Commission and... er... Bismarck, North Dakota

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"threatens to destroy iPhone as you know it"?

Firstly, a little over dramatic. Secondly, 'destroying' iPhone "as we know it" would not necessarily be a bad thing for consumers. (and I don't mean that in an anti Apple way, would have the same opinion towards Android, perhaps moreso)

Footfallcam kerfuffle: Firm apologises, promises to fix product after viral Twitter thread, infoseccer backlash

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OK, I read through Oversoft's tweets and I can't see "a lot of racist comments". That's a pretty serious accusation for any company to make against a customer.

I hope these guys never get into firefighting, they'll turn up with hoses pumping out petrol!

Microsoft Patch Tuesday gaffe leads netizens to 'Microosft' typo-squatting domain

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I appreciate the help, but both links are dead. The second one looks like it should be a gov.uk domain, but that doesn't work either.

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What is 'answer snow' and why would I want to find it?

Terraria dev cancels Stadia port after Google disabled his email account for three weeks

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"I had just bought LOTR 4K and can't finish it".

Not all bad then.

No ports, no borders, no hope: Xiaomi's cool but impractical all-screen concept phone

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That's not "all screen", the back is screenless. Come back when you've done it right lol

Japan’s COVID-19 contact-tracing app hasn't warned users of encounters with carriers since September

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This should never have happened, after all I believe they had assistance from one of our best. Some woman called Dido.

UK Test and Trace chief Dido Harding tries to convince MPs that £14m for canned mobile app was money well spent

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Re: [Apple & Google] have been on the record as saying that the UK app … is a world first

And even if they HAVE said it, "world first" is irrelevant. I could be the world first in combining chilli powder and Anusol, doesn't necessarily make it any use in soothing a bleeding ringpiece.

Taiwan scores Google’s first hardware engineering lab outside the US of A

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Congrats, you win today's bonus dick points.

Laptops given to British schools came preloaded with remote-access worm

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Re: Malware != vulnerability

Thanks for explaining what I was missing instead of just posting a smug reply. I presume Windows Defender would block this 10 year old known malware, so whilst it shouldn't have happened it's still a slight non issue (rather than the articles implication that these laptops are all sending data to Russia)

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Even more reason why this must be a patched vulnerability.

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Surely if this is a ten year old bit of malware Windows will have long ago been patched against the vulnerability? If so then these laptops are using a Windows image with ten years worth of unpatched vulnerabilities, not just the one that is already there?

Dell CTO shares his hottest trends for 2021: Four interesting technologies, one of which is still borderline sci-fi for now

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Well he clearly never got to where he is by making exciting predictions.

World’s largest dark-web marketplace shuttered after Euro cybercops cuff Aussie

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“world’s largest largest illegal marketplace on the dark web.”

Bigly Bigly!

Bug? No, Telegram exposing its users' precise location is a feature working as 'expected'

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So if you turn on a setting that exposes your location, it exposes your location? And he wanted a bug bounty for that???

Brit infrastructure stuck in neverending restart cycle... and that's just the Microsoft 365 admin center

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I did indeed. Dunno how my comment ended up here, didn't even click on this story.

'Following the science' rhetoric led to delay to UK COVID-19 lockdown, face mask rules

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Re: Here we go

Nice little weasel word there - "apparently" the medical profession is shocked? Really? The majority of people are wearing masks, social distancing, washing and sanitising hands multiple times a day and higher than usual uptake of the flu vaccine. There is absolutely zero shock that flu rates are down. Again your bias is running away with you and forgetting facts and rationality.

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