* Posts by ConsumedByFire

16 posts • joined 19 Apr 2021

Waterfox: A Firefox fork that could teach Mozilla a lesson

ConsumedByFire

Re: I'd love to try Waterfox, but there's a problem...

This conversation is exactly why its never going to be "the year of Linux on the desktop".

What are you guys talking about . . . ?? Don't you just run the installer and thats all you need to know . . .

ConsumedByFire

Re: Personally I don't recognise all the Firefox criticism

Completely agree. I hadn't noticed there was an issue. Don't remember when I started using Firefox it was so long ago. Not planning on stopping anytime soon.

If all these Devs on here are missing features then can't you just roll yourselves a plug-in?

Judging by the way your face lit up, my inbox just got more attractive

ConsumedByFire

Unsubscribe

"No matter how often I hit that "Unsubscribe" button"

I now have an email rule to delete anything with Unsubscribe in the body of the email. On my work account anyway, as there appear to be companies in India trawling Linkedin, guessing email addresses and adding me to spam marketing for big tech companies. Their efforts are now wasted :-)

Google to auto-enroll 150m users, 2m YouTubers with two-factor authentication

ConsumedByFire

Re: And because we know the best way ...

"You know people won't be getting dedicated 2FA keys, they will use their phones, most likely with Google's authentication app."

A key is one of the options.

Microsoft's new 'power app converging model' hits public preview with Custom Pages

ConsumedByFire

Re: Lock in

These are web based apps . . .

They srill lock you in but to a cloud service not a desktop environment.

Is it broken yet? Is it? Is it? Ooh that means I can buy a sparkly, new but otherwise hard-to-justify replacement!

ConsumedByFire

Re: Not just old MacBook Pros...

Or just invest in aircon . . . .?

John McAfee dead: Antivirus tycoon killed himself in prison after court OK'd extradition, says lawyer

ConsumedByFire

Tell us more Aryeh.

Was he bonkers then? Could you foresee his path?

Google employee helped UK government switch from disastrous COVID-19 strategy, according to Dominic Cummings

ConsumedByFire

Re: Cummings' testimony

It was interesting at the end of the testemony where he was aked what we can learn from this and said that the Civil Service need to be incentivised to get things done as opposed to the current state where they are incentivised to keep their heads down so its not their fault when it all goes pear shaped.

Insightful!!

Business-intelligence-company-turned-Bitcoin-addict MicroStrategy grabs another $10m crypto-coin fix

ConsumedByFire

Re: It's not a bubble, it's a pyramid scheme

And taking this a level on.

If you make it a criminal offence for a company (including its officials) to conduct transactions in an anonymous currency . . . does that kill the ransomware business?

If a ransomware outfit needs a bank account its surely out of business or in prison?

ConsumedByFire

Re: It's not a bubble, it's a pyramid scheme

Nothing personal against non governmental currencies per se here. But at some point those currencies which burn energy through the 'proof of work' mechanic will get banned from major economies because of climate crisis.

This will result in:

- very sad people whose crypto coin investments are suddenly worth diddly squat

- affordable graphics cards

No inherent value. Big environmental cost. Ban them.

Glimpse of 3GHz 128-core Ampere Altra Max server processor emerges as Oracle teases more cloudy Arms

ConsumedByFire
Pint

Have a beer you Anonymous Coward you.

Clarifed some stuff that I probably knew but certainly couldn't have written down in a few hundred words. I learnt quite a bit from the post. Off to reread after I hit submit,

Cheers

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ConsumedByFire

Re: constructive comment ranking model vs amanfromMars

Hilarious. I used to spend time trying to elicit meaning from some of the more surreal posts but theres only one life.

I would be interested to see what the algorithm made of Bombastic Bob (who I sometimes agree with sometimes don't but always appreciate his forthright approach to commenting).

Water's wet, the Pope's Catholic, and iOS is designed to stop folk switching to Android, Epic trial judge told

ConsumedByFire

Why is Epic not a platform in the same way as the examples you quote? Why should things I buy on Epic website not be available to me in their iOS app? Why should Apple take a cut of purchases made in Epics iOS app but not via their website?

If I buy a license to an Epic game from Epics website then why should I not be able to install and play on multiple platforms without Apple taking a cut?

ConsumedByFire

Re: Pot calling Kettle

So if I can:

- buy an album on Amazon Music and listen to it on the Amazon Music app on any platform I like, including Apple, without Apple taking a cut

Why can't I:

- buy a big gun on Epic store and use it to shoot people in an Epic game on whatever platform I like including Apple, without Apple taking a cut.

I sense Apple will lose this one.

ConsumedByFire

Re: I thought this case was against Apple?

I suspect the store lock-in is worse on Apple than Google.

Whilst I buy apps on Google app-store they aren't expensive and very few. eBooks I buy elsewhere, music I don't buy from Google, or video. AFAIK Google doesn't take a cut on movies, music, books I buy on other services but watch on my phone. Google also doesn't particularly encourage me to use their services to buy those things (I get directed to YouTube alot but then thats free to me other than the annying ads).

I believe Apple are much more aggressive in directing users to their own services for Music/Video/eBook purchases. Apple were also first with decent smartphones / tablets and got iTunes front and centre and many users were already locked in from the iPod.

Its the same as MS directing me to the x-box store for games on ,my Windows machine.

Only way to stop this is to ban vertical integration between the hardware/os platform vendor and the services vendors.

I swore never to give Apple a penny ever many years ago when they snuck iTunes onto my PC alongside a QuickTime download, and it immediately decided to reindex my carefully curated .mp3 collection. I then had to hack the registry to remove traces of it. Its that kind of thing thats unpleasant.

P.S. Don't get me started on Apples insistence on their own version of the USB-c socket. Idiots.

Brit authorities could legally do an FBI and scrub malware from compromised boxen without your knowledge

ConsumedByFire

Back in my 'very early' ISP days we were getting our outbound email traffic blocked by SMTP relay providers because we had been blacklisted because of SPAM eminating from our network. I can't remember the exact details but we were getting whole user subnets blocked I think til we killed the SPAMing customers (told them to cease and desist or find a new ISP).

Wouldn't something similar work here? Just block email traffic to/from the offender til they cleaned their house? Might not work, my email infrastructure knowledge is rather rusty.

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