* Posts by v13

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Google (sort of) loses in Indian antitrust appeal

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Re: Fines....

The ruling isn't just the fine. It has 6 things that Google will have to do (or is prohibited to do) in the future.

Google Cloud's US-East load balancers are lousy with latency

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Re: make a hasty move to another region

Not exactly. You can indeed easily create the infrastructure elsewhere. Orders of magnitude easier than having to lease a coloc and put servers in by yourself. But you still need to setup your stuff. Many already do that and it's the standard practice. But those that operate from a single region may have trouble doing it because they haven't designed their systems like that.

Google, Amazon and Microsoft won't move your stuff because that's a very sensitive thing to do with legal complications. They do offer some global services where you don't depend on a single location but region-specific services need to be replicated by the user.

Those that have setup their infrastructure in a redundant way can stop using these regions for a day or two and just scale up their alternate locations.

Shareholders sue Google, claim it hid anticompetitive ad practices

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What did I just read?

So the tl;dr is that one shareholder filed a lawsuit saying that something caused them financial harm, but the stock actually went up so they have no basis for their claim. Did I read the article correctly?

Poor shareholder...

Cosmic rays more likely to glitch out water-cooled computers

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Mushroom

Hmm

"Thermal neutrons from cosmic radiation of energy less then 15eV."

This is a bit misleading. 15eV can't be the energy of the cosmic radiation as it's very low and wouldn't reach the computer. Nor is there cosmic radiation made of neutrons or else we would all be in trouble. The neutrons are likely produced by gamma rays (photons) that interact with some material.

That's from the limited nuclear physics I know.

Microsoft begs you not to ditch Edge on Google's own Chrome download page

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Re: Defacement

At no point they make it clear that this is a message outside of the site. They don't show a pop-up. They embed this on the page view area.

Who knows what else they're doing to help their bottom line...

If we plan to live on the Moon, it's going to need a time zone

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Trollface

Re: Just set the entire moon to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC +0) ...

How about DST?

Humans strike back at Go-playing AI systems

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That's not entirely true. In fact, it's the opposite. Kasparov said that the computer actually realized the importance of certain areas even though it wasn't directly clear why, which is what chess players know and common chess software doesn't. This was how the top chess players could beat very strong computers before Deepmind, because for example they knew the strength of the cente many moves before that became evident to the computer.

It was Kasparov who said that the era of human chess players is over because computers are now stronger.

ChromeOS now runs on top of Linux and, er, Zephyr ...

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Re: Google believes in building secure products

Why on earth would you do that? You can buy much better hardware at the same price if you don't want the security of Chromebooks, and you also won't have to disassemble them in order to bypass the hardware protection.

Four top euro carriers will use phone numbers to target ads and annoy Google & Facebook

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How is that different?

They'll use a unique pseudo id to track users and send personalized ads. How is that different than a cookie? And how will someone be able to tailor and if the id isn't associated with them?

No thanks.

Telcos already know a lot by monitoring user traffic without consent. This is just a publicity stunt. You can opt out of personalized Google ads too and also tailor your interests. There's nothing novel here.

Take the morning off because Outlook has already

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More like Office 500

US government calls foul on Apple and Google over walled gardens for apps

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Vastly different

Putting the play store and Apple's app store at the same bucket is misleading AF. I can install other stores on Android without even sideloading then, while Apple doesn't even allow third party browser engines, not to mention app stores. On Android OTOH you don't even need an app store. You can install APKs directly from the web even though that's terribly insecure. But it's still an option.

Unfortunately it's difficult to reason such changes since Xbox and PlayStation do the same with their game stores. Epic figured that out of the hard way.

I really hope though that they start treating these as platforms and not as complete products so that they have to start playing well with others.

Google ready to kick the cookie habit by Q3 2024, for real this time

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Re: Effect

> Unclear (to me at least) if users get to control the list of topics or if browsers are allowed to infer them.

The proposals say that the topics are configurable and that there will be an option to disable personalisation.

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Re: Effect

It isn't the same because all the personalization happens on your own device. Your browser infers that you're interested in buying cars and tells the site, so the site serves car ads. The sites no longer need to set tracking cookies and no ad providers know where you have been before. It also has some anonymisation and configuration tricks so that you can control topics it disable the personalization, and so that you don't always send the same interests.

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You can still disable it. At least that's what the proposals say.

For password protection, dump LastPass for open source Bitwarden

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Re: What's wrong with the old encrypted Excel file stored locally?

You can't use it on PC and mobile, and it can't generate passwords. But worst of all, it's Excel...

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Don't rely on a single password

BitWarden has the same flaw as LastPass: it relies on a single password and anyone that has access to your vault is only a password away. Spoiler: you're a terrible password generator and you can't remember cryptographically strong passwords.

Instead, use a password manager that has a second factor. You can use 1Password which also has a secret that 1Password itself doesn't know. Or you can put a Keepass database on Google Drive and lock it with both a password and a key file, and not store the keyfile on Google Drive.

Both of the above ensure that if someone gets your encrypted database from the cloud, they'll have a very hard time cracking it.

Too big to live, too loved to die: Big Tech's billion dollar curse of the free

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Re: Serves Google right

> At least Amazon are quite capable of using your existing email address to work with.

You can create a Google Account without Gmail using your existing email, since ever.

130,000 UK businesses sue Google over £13.6B in lost ad revenues

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Re: Google Helping Advertisers

Wait until you see what your ISP and your Mobile carrier collect about you. You really think that you can turn off location history while carrying an always connected SIM card with you?

At least Google gets the money from bigcorp and converts it to free services like Gmail. Your carrier gets it from you and converts it to a government snooping service.

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Re: Not quite.

But then the clickbait title wouldn't work.

The Register's quality had dropped considerably over the years.

Oh, look: More malware in the Google Play store

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Use APP for security

If you want true security, enroll to the Advanced Protection Program. It's free and it limits the types of apps you can install by only allowing apps that have been scrutinized thoroughly.

Why I love my Chromebook: Reason 1, it's a Linux desktop

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You should check the security of Chromebooks. You just can't have that with Windows. Chromebooks' security goes down to the hardware.

Plus, Windows can't synchronize sh*t. When you have two Chromebooks you can logout from one, login to the other and continue working there. Then you can go back to the first one. Windows don't do that. You're mixing backups with true synchronization.

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You can install SeaBios on most of them. For newer Chromebooks you don't even have to root them to do it. The installed Bios is able to load a secondary Bios. I rooted an old, end of life Chromebook last week.

Check mrchromebox.tech about how to do it. That person has fully automated the process.

Google kills off Stadia

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Just Chat. And Meet. Eeer... Duo. No, no, Meet. But not Meet (original).

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Re: Well.....

You can use Google Takeout to export all your data, for all Google products. You can select just Stadia to get the savegames and the captures. Not all savegames will work though.

3 years of free gaming wasn't a bad deal. I just wish that the service had survived because it's cool AF.

Ex-eBay execs jailed for cyberstalking web critics

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WTF???

European carriers again call for Big Tech to fund network builds

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More money please

ISP CEOs are lobbying for ISPs to be making more money.

In other news, water was found on Earth.

Meta, Google learn the art of the quiet layoff

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That sounds normal

There are always people that decide to leave when things change and 5% is less than normal attrition rate in such events. This practically means that anyone that wanted to do something else, took the 90 days off and left. Area 120 normally has people that want to do something entrepreneurship, so it makes sense for and of them not to want to stay as normal employees and move to do something on their own.

Google tests alternative payment methods in Play store

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None of my Play store transactions was as you described. There are conformation steps all the way and there are notifications emails for every app subscription. And you retain the right to deny a transaction in your bank.

And yes, you can't make a purchase without providing billing details like a credit card. That's normal.

That 'clean' Google Translate app is actually Windows crypto-mining malware

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Re: Clever catch

What???

That's literally the exact opposite of what happened here. The browser app is the safe one. This was an exe that users who don't like browser apps downloaded and got fooled.

Browser apps are quite well sandboxed. Only non-security-conscious people download executable from the internet to run locally in a non-sandboxed environment like Windows.

Google sues Sonos yet again, claiming it stole IP and infringed patents

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Re: Another one they copied from Microsoft?

Software patents are evil. Software patents should not exist.

The non retaliation patent approach that's enclosed in some opensource licenses is what Google was relying on here. It's the only approach that can protect opensource projects and companies. Sonos probably uses other's patents, yet sues for patent infringing. I hope that this will make them rethink their operating model and stick to making good speakers instead of being a patent troll.

Google hit with lawsuit for dropping free Workspace apps

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$5M for not getting something for free

This may be the first time ever someone sues a company for not providing a service for free.

There are plenty of legitimate reasons to file lawsuits but this one doesn't look like one of them and will probably be dropped in the blink of an eye.

DuckDuckGo says Hell, Hell, No to those Microsoft trackers after web revolt

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Microsoft being Microsoft

You have to give them credit though. In the last 10 years Microsoft managed to turn everyone's opinion and make them believe that everyone else is evil and that they are good. Even though they're still following the exact same practices. Their marketing is probably the best in the world. Oracle has the lawyers but Microsoft has marketing.

Homes in London under threat as datacenters pull in all the power

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Isn't this a government's failure?

This can't be a surprise. Power companies, councils and the government all have a good view of the grid's capacity and surely should have regulated the creation of large power grants.

This all sounds like a planning failure and a failure to build the needed infrastructure in those areas, or to regulate the construction of datacenters. After all they granted permission for all of them.

Google: We had to shut down a datacenter to save it during London’s heatwave

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Re: Hot cloud

No, not exactly. There are global services and regional/local services. A single VM is mostly local. It can be migrated under certain circumstances but this is a sensitive process and many users care about where their workloads run. You can't just move a VM from England to Germany without the user knowing. The same is true about disk storage.

Users in regional or zonal services need to make sure that they don't rely on a single zone/region because the building can literally be destroyed by an accident. So either you use higher level services that do this for you, or you use lower level services and you're responsible for ensuring redundancy.

Google Cloud growth slows, losses grow, bosses unworried

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Re: The company may be fine with this but...

It's loss making because it builds new datacenters to accommodate for future growth. There's nothing wrong with that unless you're a short term Wall Street investor that would like to squeeze profits out of everything. But because Google doesn't give dividend, the only thing that matters to investors is growth.

I've been fired, says engineer who claimed Google chatbot was sentient

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Hey! Spoilers!

Court OKs billion-dollar Play Store gouging suit against Google

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Re: You must be new here

That's a different group and it's for Apple Pay, not the App Store. The claimants here target Google.

Only Epic did it before but that wasn't a class action lawsuit.

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Google Play, Apple's App Store, Xbox and PlayStation, all get 30%. Android is the only place where the user can use a different store. Why are they targeting just Google?

I was fired for blowing the whistle on cult's status in Google unit, says contractor

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Re: For once

Google has more than 100.000 employees across 10s of countries. "Taking over" would be a bit of an overstatement for 20 people.

And what does this mean? Grouping people together because of their religion of the basis of all religious discrimination. Even if 20 of them were hired, that doesn't say anything about a cult.

Google, like other tech companies, has a hiring process where the interviews are done by people that aren't in the exact same team (or location). That method is used precisely for such reasons: to avoid people giving a hiring body to their friends.

This sounds more like an individual that actually tried to create a culture of discrimination and hostility against his colleagues based on their religion.

And no, I'm not one of them. I don't even know what they preach.

Brave roasts DuckDuckGo over Bing privacy exception

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Re: re: here's how you route around privacy protections to measure your ads

It's still hard to ignore the hypocrisy though. It should be restricted for all companies or none. Otherwise it's just a matter of who pays them most.

Open source 'Office' options keep Microsoft running faster than ever

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The only thing that keeps Microsoft running is Google Docs. I have never seen a company using an opensource office tool, and having tried myself multiple times I always find that things aren't ready for prime time. And all of that is normal because it's a big undertaking to make a polished opensource office software that works on multiple operating systems without it being a cloud product.

Safari is crippling the mobile market, and we never even noticed

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Re: "it gives Apple the same veto on innovation as Microsoft had, which is where"

Then why was Google found guilty and forced to have a pop-up to ask the user to install other browsers every time you setup a new Android phone in the EU? By your account Android isn't a monopoly either.

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Re: Any examples?

Yes. It took ages for Apple to have good support for WebRTC.

But you're missing the chicken and egg problem. The reason that the aren't many is because noone will choose not to support iPhones. Which is the gist of this article.

What's wrong with iPhones allowing other browsers engines?

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Re: Crap article

Microsoft was found guilty in court for doing exactly that:

"Judge Thomas Penfield Jackson issued his findings of fact on November 5, 1999, which stated that Microsoft's dominance of the x86-based personal computer operating systems market constituted a monopoly, and that Microsoft had taken actions to crush threats to that monopoly, including Apple, Java, Netscape, Lotus Software, RealNetworks, Linux, and others"

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_v._Microsoft_Corp.

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Re: Meh

It's opensource though. And it doesn't impose restrictions to anyone that wants to use it. The fact that there are so many diverse browsers based on Chromium is a testament to that. And it's also the most advanced engine it there.

Google cancels bi-annual performance reviews, shifts to GRAD system

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Re: Just another excuse

Salary adjustments weren't affected because they were happening once per year, so there's no change there.

Apple's grip on iOS browser engines disallowed under latest draft EU rules

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Re: Swap on monopoly for another?

The problem with IE was that Microsoft tied it with Windows and that it never worked on other platforms, thus limiting your OS choice. Chrome (and Chromium) don't prevent you from using Linux, Windows, Macs or iOS. Microsoft also actively prevented other browsers on Windows from accessing the APIs that IE did. So, no. Chrome isn't the same as Internet Explorer. Chrome's engine is also open source and widely used (Edge, Brave, DDG) so it doesn't actually limit you at all.

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It's not just Chrome. Brave, Duck Duck Go and Firefox also have to use Webkit on iOS. Apple's policy is deplorable and fuelled by fear of losing money from app sales. They may not be collecting aggregate data like Android does but they surely want your money to go to them and not anyone else.

Google tests battery backups, aims to ditch emergency datacenter diesel

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Re: Can someone do the math for me please?

Generators rely on fuel and thus can never be carbon free. Batteries can be charged from the grid, which can have energy from renewables, or even using solar energy directly.

Google's Chrome OS Flex could revive old PCs, Macs

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Re: Hot Garbage

I tried CloudReady and it was a great option but it was lacking compared to ChromeOS, mostly because of the lack of Google integrations like voice typing (which were important for the audience it was meant for).

But yeah, this one is just a new version of the old one. The big difference is that it's now included in Chrome's codebase instead of being a separate effort and that it has Chrome instead of Chromium.

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