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Apple to dump Intel CPUs from Macs for Arm – yup, the rumor that just won't die is back

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

Apple forced me to dump my Intel iMac in 2014, because they had stopped supporting it (2007 iMac 24"), it is still running today, with security updates, from Microsoft on the BootCamp side.

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Re: Rosetta-a-like is absolutely necessary

@diodesign and all the LoB software that doesn't come through the Store and is currently Intel only?

If you are lucky, the developer is still around and can develop a new version that will work on ARM as well. If you are very lucky they won't charge you for the privelege.

Likewise, what about the key software you need that is no longer maintained / developed and doesn't have a "new", maintained equivalent?

I'm thinking especially about comms software here. At a previous employer, they used a VOIP system that had a special soft client with the call management facilities (who is currently talking, voicemail, chat, call logging, video conference etc.), their Mac software came out 2 years after it was promised, you could use a standad SIP client, but only to make calls, all of the other functionality was missing.

Them getting their fingers out and releasing an ARM version in a short timeframe would be close to zero, I suspect.

So you either have to wait 2 - 3 years after the switch to ARM, before upgrading your hardware or you need a software emulaiton layer a la Rosetta, WoA / WoS, so that legacy software can run, until a new, ARM based version becomes available.

The Store can't just deliver ARM versions, the author has to change their code and recompile for ARM, at the very least. It doesn't happen "automagically".

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The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

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Re: Pricing

The Notch is always there. Switching it "off" doesn't remove the camera and IR sensor etc. it just turns the top row of icons background to black.

That doesn't change the fact that the top of the screen is close to the bezel and the bottom still has a huge chin, which isn't necessary, as they proved with the Mate, putting the fingerprint reader on the back...

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Pricing

The Mate 10 Pro was similarly priced this time last year, it dropped to between 500€ and 600€, but the release price was nearly as high as Samsung's S8+, so the X matching the Noite (now discounted) price at launch isn't a real surprise.

Like most other devices, wait a couple of months for the prices to drop.

I really like my Mate 10 Pro and the 20 Pro looks nice, but as the 10 Pro isn't a year old yet, I'll be giving hte 20 a miss.

I also have the P20 as a company phone, which is also very nice, but has the notch and a big chin... :-S The Mate 10 looks better, to be honest.

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Samsung: Swanky hardware alone won't save a phone maker

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Better than Apple...

One of the reasons why I prefer Android, and especially Samsung, here in Germany for "fleet" phones is the maintenance and repair support you get with them.

Samsung are especially good, but all Android devices on mobile contracts are, generally, streets ahead of Apple.

For example, we had a phone where the radios stopped working (no LTE, no Wi-Fi and no Bluetooth). We called the provider, the next day a courier was there with a replacement Samsung phone and took the old one in exchange. The onlly exception to this is a broken screen, they will still do a next business day replacement of the phone, but you'll be invoiced for the repaired screen.

On the other hand, we had an iPhone with speaker problems in calls. The provider sent the same courier to pick up the phone, but no replacement, we had to do without the phone for 2 weeks, whilst Apple / its accredited repair center dealt with the problem.

When we asked them about a replacement / loaner, they told us that it was Apple's policy not to provide replacement of loaner phones, the customer has to wait for the repaired phone to be sent back.

Given that there aren't any Apple Stores around here (nearest one is around 3 hours away), such poor service makes Apple really stick out, and not in a good way.

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Take my advice: The only safe ID is a fake ID

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Re: A different name for every site?

It reminds me of Hudson Hawk...

Almond Joy : Almond Joy. Get it? Candy bars. It's better than when we first started out, our code names were diseases. Do you know what it's like being called Chlamydia for a year?

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Re: Silly first name.

I despair. How can you not know how to spell Alistair, or Siobhan? Now with Iain Thompson, I could understand when people ask one I or 2? I've met enough Iains in my time to know to ask. But Alistair?

I guess it just goes to show the poor state of education, at least among Starbucks' employees.

You just need to listen to how it is pronounced, Alistair, Alastair etc.

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PC makers: Intel CPU shortages are here to stay ... for six months

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I remember paying around £120 for 512KB for my Amiga, and that was bare chips, which I had to plug into the A590 Sidecar unit.

Or £49 for a 16KB RAM Pack for my ZX81, and I think the 32KB RAM pack for my VIC=20 was around the £50 - £60 mark.

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More than a third of Euro IT pros worry about keeping server lights on

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Re: So, paraphrasing ...

The same with GDPR, if my cloud provider splurges my customers' data, I'm still responsible. If I'm going to face fines, I want them to be for my own incompetence, not somebody else's!

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Surprising no one, Google to appeal against European Commission's €4.34bn Android fine

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Re: uninstalling (as opposed to "removing")

@DougS the problem is, if you don't use any Google services, the phone still phones home.

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Re: uninstalling (as opposed to "removing")

And the biggest problem for manufacturers is, if they build a phone without Google Services (i.e. AOSP), they cannot sell any phones with Google services. So the user cannot decide, whether he wants, say, a Samsung phone with only Samsung services or a Samsung phone wiht Google services.

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Which? That smart home camera? The one with the vulns? Really?

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Re: common place

@Version 1.0 - I take it those outside cameras are on a separate network then and not able to be used as a breach head for taking over your internal network.

Someone p4wning the camera and watching you is the least of the problems you have with such devices.

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Re: common place

I gave up on Which? a long time ago (end of the 90s). I used to subscribe, but they started reporting on IT related products (and automotive) and there were such huge, glaring inaccuracies in what they were detailing, that I felt I couldn't trust them on anything.

And that was before we even got to the security aspects of products.

I felt, if I couldn't trust them for products that I know something about, how can I trust them on subjects I know nothing about?

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Punkt: A minimalist Android for the paranoid

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Re: DOA

Most of the companies I deal with now are banning or planning to ban WhatsApp from company devices.

Either you cannot have any contacts on the phone or you can't use WhatsApp (well, you can use WhatsApp with the link to contacts disabled, but you then only get a list of messages with the senders' phone numbers, no names and you can't add new contacts to WhatsApp, making it effectively useless.

We moved to a mixture of Threema and Signal, because the way they treat contacts falls within the rules of GDPR, whilst WhatsApp has been declared by many DPO, including a couple in Germany, as non-compliant. Probably the biggest company I've heard of banning WhatsApp is Conti/Continental.

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I like the look of the Gemini and I used to have a Series 3a and a Series 5.

But these days, I probably have 2 appointments in my calendar in a month, so the actual type of app that provides the information is fairly irrelevant. I currently use Outlook for Android with a calendar widget on the home screen, which generally shows a nice hot air balloon with "you have no entries for the next 7 days".

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On the third day of Windows Microsoft gave to me: A file-munching run of DELTREE

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Re: Hopefully this will finally result in a 'Confim to update' switch/button.

It seems to wipe the contents of the "Documents" folder, other folders Downloads etc, seem intact when it fails to update due to lack of disk space

Yes, that seems to tally with my initial suspicion, that lack of space might be the problem.

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Re: This is affecting the enthusiasts ...

I'll be very interested to see how widespread the problem is.

I'd updated a dozen machines before Microsoft pulled the patch. None of them were affected.

They ranged from a first generation Core i7 laptop, through Xeon E5 based VMs, Skylake and Coffee Lake laptops and a Ryzen 7 machine. All were updated using either Windows Update or WSUS (we have a pool of test machines, which get the update pushed to them, before the general population gets them).

I've stopped pushing updates to that group now (disabled the update and stopped moving test machines into it) and I am waiting to hear where the problem lies / the fixed update.

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Oracle? On my server? I must have been hacked! *Penny drops* Oh sh-

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Re: 1200 baud down, 75 baud up

@Doctor Syntax yes, I think he learnt his lesson.

Someone else didn't. They were caught copying software from all the Macs in the building. On night shift, he'd wander round, turning the Macs on and copy any applications he didn't already have onto floppy disk...

Only on some machines, he left the original icons in other places on the desktop, which made people suspicious.

They pulled him in and confronted him, he admitted it. Immediate dismisal and security went with him, to his flat, and collected all the floppies.

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Re: 1200 baud down, 75 baud up

We had PSS lines to Essex, one night op played 6 parallel characters over 6 lines to get his "team" through... The bill the company got at the end of the month was horrific!

Luckily he was on good terms with the person in charge of the comms bill, they managed to parcel the costs out over a dozen or so projects, on the promise that it never happened again!

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Re: 128K of ISDN

300 baud here, but bigger than a shoebox, it was a whole floor-standing cabinet!

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Super Micro China super spy chip super scandal: US Homeland Security, UK spies back Amazon, Apple denials

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Re: "It is bonkers to think it would have screwed up a story this huge"

I see two scenarios, either somebody duped the reporters at Bloomberg, although that seems unlikely, given that they should still have a legal department that double checks the stories and facts, being a "real" news organisation.

Or it was an insider secret that the chips existed, the security services knew about it and were using it to provide misinformation to the Chinese and now it is blown up and their golden goose is about to be served up with stuffing and all the trimmings.

But even so, the likes of Apple and AWS would still be open to huge fines, if they are found to be lying.

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Uncle Sam gives itself the right to shoot down any drone, anywhere, any time, any how

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Re: US Police killing people

It was "interesting" to read that at the San Berandino incident, the police there shot more ammunition there, on that one incident, than the entire German police force had used in a year!

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Re: Inevitable

In Germany, you can fly drones at model aircraft airfields or over open fields.

You cannot use it in towns or cities, over industrial areas or over residential areas. I believe forests are also limited.

The bigger ones have to be registered.

You cannot upload any footage taken with the drone online, if there are identifiable people on it (faces, vehicle registration numbers, signage etc.), without first getting a waiver - but that applies to all photography and videography in Germany. There are exceptions, if you are filming one person and another walks across the background, for example, although you would do well to blur them out, before uploading.

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Chinese tech titans' share prices slump after THAT Super Micro story

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Re: One thing is certain:

@Julz yes, that was my first thought on reading the Bloomberg article, ex-TLA workers spoke with Bloomberg and everybody else involved denied it.

So, somebody allgedly from spook-central told Bloomberg about it, but those allegedly "involved" know nothing? Did someone set up the reporter?

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Other Chinese companies?

The report sent the stock market value of Super Micro down by 50 per cent, and though the share price recovered to a degree, it is still down by more than 40 per cent at the time of writing. Apple and Amazon shares fell by a couple of per cent and remain in that ballpark.

However, other Chinese vendors unconnected to the bombshell also saw their market cap shrink today

The last time I looked, Amazon was a US based company in Seattle, Apple and SuperMicro are both surfer dudes from sunny Califormia...

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The secret history of Apple's Stacks

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OCD

I must be OCD, because the only icon on my desktop is usually the rubbish bin.

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Day two – and Windows 10 October 2018 Update trips over Intel audio

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I upgradged a Skylake and Coffee Lake laptops and a Ryzen 1700 desktop. No issues so far, although I did get new Intel drivers pushed at me by the manufacturers over the last couple of weeks.

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Apple macOS Mojave: There's goth mode but developers will have to wait for the juicy stuff

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News App

Is it just me, or does that look like a mid-90s website design disaster?

The "Goth" mode on the other hand doesn't look too bad.

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Windows 10 1809: Now arriving on a desktop near you (if you want it)

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RP? I thought it was RTM

But as it doesn't need to be pressed on DVDs any more, I guess the manufacturing falls away.

I prefer Mary Jo's version of RTM - Release To Muggles.

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Re: Hmmmm

All my privacy settings remain correctly set (i.e. don't provide any information).

Interestingly, when you start Edge after the update (Firefox was still my default browser), it appologised that the 3rd party cookie tracking option was leaky prior to the update, but it is all okay now.

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@bombastic bob agreed, dual booting is usually a waste fo time, you end up rarely using it and it is a real pain. Unless you have some sort of technical need (games, old hardware that "hits the metal" (which is unlikely with Windows 10)), there is rarely a need to dual-boot these days.

I do it the other was round, I have a Windows 10 PC with half a dozen different Linux VMs running under Hyper-V. But using Xen or KVM on Linux would be my preferred way of going forward, or at the outside, shudder, VirtualBox.

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I upated 3 machines yesterday, a Skylake HP Spectre x360, a Ryzen 7 desktop and a Lenovo Thinkpad T480. The installation runs in the background and didn't affect my use of the machine, that took about 40 minutes for preparing, downloading and installing. The restart took around 10 minutes on each.

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US and UK Amazon workers get a wage hike – maybe they'll go to the movies, by themselves

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Re: I honestly don't know...

The UK is the second most-welcoming country in Europe for refugees (after Germany), even without Brussels attempts to dole out quotas.

Since when? The last quote from UK.gov I heard was that they had agreed to take on as many refugees over 2 years as the German state of Baden-Württemburg was taking on in a month!

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Screwed SAP salesman scores $660,000 jury award

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Re: One of these for dogged persistence

SAP likes to take its customers to the cleaners as well.

Building an external web portal that accesses logistics information in SAP means you need a license for every visitor to your website, according to SAP.

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Rookie almost wipes customer's entire inventory – unbeknownst to sysadmin

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Re: .cobol

I totally agree, the resultant code was better than what I had previously written, because some of the mistakes and assumptions I'd made the first time round and worked around didn't make it into the new code.

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@cortland, I remember working at a place, where we had just gone from VAX to MicroVAX and hat a box the size of a desk drawer unit, which was a VAX with 4GB storage, a huge amount in those days.

We then got a contract to run an IBM installation for another customer and their hardware started to arrive, there was a huge (6' high, 2' - 3' wide and the same deep). I asked what that was, the IBM op said "a DASD", I was impressed, if my desktop had a 120MB drive and the MicroVAX had 4GB, then this must have had a HUGE capacity. When I pointed at the MicroVAX and said, well that has 4GB, what capacity does this thing have, being at least 12 times the size of MicroVAX and just being the drive? He turned a little red and mumbled 500MB.

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Re: @Martin an gof

Main Dealers can be a pain... Or downright dangerous.

I had a Toyota and the dealer did the first service... Forgot to put the oil cap back on afterwards, by the time I got half way home, the engine bay was covered in oil and it was bellowing smoke.

Then, the next time, they bled the brakes and forgot to reseal the lines! That was a scary ride home!

The third time, they left a pair of pliers under the hood.

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Re: .cobol

He knew about it 6 months in advance. I'd told him 4 months in advance not to leave it to the last minute... He said he had everything under control.

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Re: .cobol

On a Samba share? No. No trashcan, no VSS.

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Microsoft liberates ancient MS-DOS source from the museum and sticks it in GitHub

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Re: "a bunch of engineers in some US uni"

@jake yeah, the number of times I've had to debug code, especially HTML/CSS, because things don't appear as expected, only to realise that Amis can't spell colour!

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Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

I worked on an Olivetti 286 based Xenix system as well, with a 20 port COM board sticking out the back and a dozen or so dumb terminals connected to it.

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Re: Wake me up

Given they were one of the biggest single contributors to the Linux Kernel in recent years, what exactly are you looking for?

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Re: Another shot of Code

Take a look at SpinRite from GRC sometime, the .exe is 170KB and that includes the 1,4MB of compressed FreeDOS needed to create a bootable ISO!

There are still some people around who take won't waste a byte in their code.

He also wrote the Inspectre tool for seeing if the processor is susceptible to Spectre and Meltdown. The original version was around 112KB, and Steve moaned that 96KB of that was the damned desktop icon!

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German keyboards also don't have {} or [] on a dedicated key, \ and | also need a compose (AltGr) keypress, as do ~ and @.

The worst are the Apple keyboards, those "special" symbols are on different keys to normal / Windows keyboards, but, and here is the best bit, with the exception of @, which moves from Q to L, none of them are actually marked on the keyboard! You have to "guess" where they are.

But at least we get the ° symbol as a "normal" keypress (shift + ^, on the left side, under the Escape key).

Nearly all modern programming languages are hostile.

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Re: To some MSDOS was an major leap forward.

I saved up my pocket money and bought a ZX81 kit, my mother paid half of the cost. I then taught myself BASIC and machine code.

At home I was stuck with the cassette deck, but I had a weekend job working for a liquidator, repairing and refurbishing the computers they got in. A lot of Apple IIs, but also a lot of CP/M and a Z80 based UNIX box! :-O

The best thing I had to "play" with was a Shelton Signet with a 2 or 5MB hard drive! It also had Collosal Cave on it.

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The ink's not dry on California'a new net neutrality law and the US govt is already suing

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Re: The future doesn't need Net Neutrality

The problem is, without net neutrality, you won't get new services or be able to select the service you want, you will be stuck with the services your provider can strike the most profitable deal with.

I'd rather stick with a cheap 10GB open plan and chose which services I want to use, rather than have a 2GB plan, but "unlimited" streaming of services I am not interested in.

I currently get 10GB LTE data for 30€, including unlimited calls and SMS. It is a little expensive, I'm shopping around for a better deal, but that is the 10GB I can chose what I want to use it for.

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You mean, they are unable to see past the noses (and brown envelopes) of their corporate sugar daddies.

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New Zealand border cops warn travelers that without handing over electronic passwords 'You shall not pass!'

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Re: An app opportunity

I'd go one further, don't take a device with you, buy a burner device there, destroy it before the return flight.

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Re: Australia has more draconian laws

I don't use Facebook, Instagram etc. and if I travel now, I will probably leave my phone at home.

The question is, in the USA, if you say you don't have a Facebook, Instagram etc. account, do they believe you?

With each passing day, Qualityland and The Circle seem to be becoming more and more real, how long until Facebook has a legal, government mandate to create a profile for everybody without an account and for every newborn?

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