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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

What about legacy apps? Are we suggesting nobody uses them on Mac?

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Microsoft's elderly .NET Framework shakes stick at whippersnapper Core while Visual Studio drops another preview

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Re: there can be multiple versions of .NET Core , .NET Framework is not so fortunate

Thanks for clarifying

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there can be multiple versions of .NET Core , .NET Framework is not so fortunate

>While there can be multiple versions of .NET Core on one computer, .NET Framework is not so fortunate, and Redmond knows it.

Unless things changed recently, different versions of .NET framework ARE very much separate for exactly this reason, that .NET can introduce breaking changes. Certainly when I was last working on .NET you'd commonly see different frameworks installed side by side. If you needed 2.0 then your 4.0 installation wouldn't (IIRC) work?

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Watch Series 4: What price 'freedom'? About as much as you'd expect from an Apple product

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Re: Kinda nice

Any normal company would be delighted to have the 'small' sales Apple TV/Watch garner. It's not just about the total sales anyway, but the brand awareness and tie-in.

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Kinda nice

It is quite amazing how Apple have turned this dog around, after most people wrote the Watch off.

I'm not an iPhone user but if I was, I think I'd be strongly tempted hearing reviews of Gen3/4.

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RIP Paul Allen: Microsoft cofounder billionaire dies at 65 after facing third bout with cancer

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Re: If there is any afterlife

Bill was famously involved in the Windows source code even after Windows was a huge deal. Big Bill reviews or whatever they were called.

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Microsoft resurfaces Surface kit alongside Windows 10 update

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Re: Redmond's techno ear muffs will set you back $350

You must have somehow missed the words "noise cancelling" and "headphones".

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Laser-sharp research sees three top boffins win the Nobel Prize in physics

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Re: Especially glad to see a 96 year old get the prize

I heard he was very pleased to receive the prize, especially after they told him what it was he'd done.

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Re: Newspapers making big deal of 1st woman for over 50 years

>I suspect we’re going to start seeing more and more backlash against gender equality as time goes on and people (ok, men) start feeling they are getting a bad deal

Yeah it's really tough being a man. I assume this 'backlash' will be coming from men angry that after 1000 years of women being 2nd-class citizens, men have allegedly been slightly penalised for about a decade due to an overcorrection. How terrible for us, that we might face minor inconvenience once in a while.

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Facebook: Up to 90 million addicts' accounts slurped by hackers, no thanks to crappy code

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Re: I don't...

I thought Zuck was a proper nerd who would be bored by all the business stuff and would sell out. But then Bill Gates was a proper nerd and he stayed for decades.

It's easy to ascribe power hunger but I don't know either got into IT for that purpose. Perhaps they both share the same sense of genuinely caring and thinking what their companies do is important. Gates always seemed pretty passionate.

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Imagine being the one who figures it out

Facebook spotted the hole after it noted a suspicious "spike" in user activity on Tuesday. The attack was "fairly large scale," it admitted, and when it investigated the cause, it discovered hackers were using the site's API to automate the process of grabbing users' profile information.

I'm sure many of us have had on a much smaller scale has an "oh crap" moment (formatting the wrong drive, etc, etc). But the process from seeing that spike to figuring out what is happening must involve a pretty substantial sinking feeling!

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

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Later versions?

Have MS opened the source of later MS-DOS version as well? I wonder which version they moved to C from raw ASM... 3?

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Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

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How wonderful it is to know an AC considers SD so important. This will shock the world of phone makers.

"value for money" is entirely subjective.

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Contractors slam UK taxman's 'aggressive' IR35 tax reforms

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Re: In general you're right but:

Um, no - I am a contractor working via a Ltd so I'm familiar with all this.

Your contract CANNOT normally be terminated without notice. You generally have a 1-month notice period, or quite often there IS no notice period meaning you cannot give notice.

BUT an IR35-compliant (if they still exist) contract often has a clause that they don't have to provide work and you don't have to do it. So in effect they can give your company 30 days notice but say "don't come in after today there's no work". And, typical contractors have a contract with their company, to supply them as a named individual.

So that's why I say "EFFECTIVELY a 0-hours contract".

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Re: Do the right thing

When they suddenly increase taxes drastically and you don't get anything more to show for it, that doesn't seem great.

"IR35-caught" broadly means you are not only taxed as an employee, but worse. You have to pay the employer's NI as well as employee NI, for instance. And you don't get sick/holiday pay plus can be dismissed without notice (in real terms, you're often on what is effectively a 0-hour contract).

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Android Phones are 10: For once, Google won fair and square

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And because of the walled garden and interface lock down

No no no. The vast vast majority of normal people do not care about this. In fact they like things that work consistently.

You're making the common mistake of thinking others think like you do. They don't. If you ask random people in the street, you will struggle to find anyone who knows what a "walled garden is".

Let's look at e-readers... Kindle is the iPhone of this market in areas you mention, but it has the lion's share of the market like Android does on phones.

Android devices are cheaper for those who don't want a top-of-the-line device, work as well as iPhones and have as good a range of apps, for the average punter. That's all it takes. The things we care about like walled gardens, removable batteries, and ability to customise our OS, are simply not factors for 99% of consumers.

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Flying to Mars will be so rad, dude: Year-long trip may dump 60% lifetime dose of radiation on you

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Re: All aboard

He doesn't have a b-Ark. I think a lot of IT workers would be on it if he did.

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more than half the maximum dose for an astronaut's entire career

So don't do it more than once. Great.

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Revealed: The billionaire baron who’ll ride Elon’s thrusting erection to the Moon and back

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Re: B-Ark?

Artists and creative types didn't go in the B-Ark. Anyone who thinks the world would be better without creative types should.

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Linux kernel's Torvalds: 'I am truly sorry' for my 'unprofessional' rants, I need a break to get help

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Re: That's right Linux community... bend over...

It doesn't matter how smart or valuable you are to a project, there is no excuse for being a bully. You can be utterly committed to quality while remaining professional and not resorting to personal attacks.

Nobody who had a boss like Linus would enjoy it. Anyone who was like Linus at work should be fired.

This whole "genius Aspergus" trope is a tired view of computer programmers from 90s movies. We like watching Dr. House on TV but we don't actually want to work with him or be treated by him. We think Sheldon Cooper is funny because it's a joke.

It's amazing that one man has remained central to Linux for so long, especially someone like Linus. An OS underpinning the entire internet and technology sector, partly under the dominion of one foul-mouthed, very smart jerk.

The guy at the top sets the tone for the whole ecosystem. Linux has never managed to shake its reputation of impatient, arrogant nerds attacking new users' questions and that's a)probably why it has never made it to the desktop b)arguably all trickling down from Linus' behaviour. A more human Linus could set a far more pleasant culture by example, which could be great for the OSS community and the world in general.

As for the "rainbow pronoun" comments - sheesh get a grip.

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Microsoft gives Windows 10 a name, throws folks a bone

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re:ii, jj, kk if you must.

>That way you can search and replace.

If your loop is big enough you need to search-replace that's probably a code-smell in a language which supports subroutines/methods/functions.

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Re: What's this Silverlight thing?

I'm talking as someone who was full-time developing for Flex at the time and did some work with SL.

SL was unpopular IIRC partly because it had strong DRM built in, and most El Reg users dislike anything that makes stealing other's work harder, citing "freedom".

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Re: What's this Silverlight thing?

Silverlight was like a better version of Flash that arrived as everyone was starting to decide Flash was a bad idea. As a developer it was pretty neat because you could write .Net code that got run in the browser and get more code re-use client/server, as a user it was one more plugin to install.

Netflix used to use it because I think it had more security than Flash, when Netflix dumped browser plugins that was probably about the end for SL.

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It's the standard loop increment var surely. i, j, k is very widely used. Perhaps choose a different font or rely on the tool to tell you it's not valid (no idea what options their tool has)

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It's BASIC. BASIC uses GOTO.

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Would be nicer if they cut the price to $16.67 per user per year

They do a single-user version. It's £60 IIRC per year, as opposed to £80 or £90 for the 5 user version (I forget the exact price).

So it's more like you pay £50 for a home installation, then £10 per user on top. Of course, a single license is often enough for a family to share because you typically don't all want to use Word at once.

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Guys, you need to sit down and have a chat: Skype rolls out SMS a week after Microsoft

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Sounds similar to the WhatsApp web-client https://web.whatsapp.com/ which is really useful but so annoyingly lacks voice support.

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Official: Google Chrome 69 kills off the World Wide Web (in URLs)

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Are they keeping HTTP(s)?

From my days of setting up a website, I'm sure http://www.<mydomain> and http://<mydomain> are technically different - I recall cases where one would work and not the other though please someone feel free to explain why?

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Software dev-turned-councillor launches rubbish* chatbot

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Re: Fly-tipping is a problem created entirely by the local councils

>Fly-tipping is a problem created entirely by the local councils. Simply restore weekly bin collections, and allow unlimited trips to the council tip, and fly-tipping will go away again. Yes, I understand some people have concerns over environmentalism, but if its first dumped in the street / nearby field, then taken to the council tip anyway, what is really being achieved?

FT is caused by councils in the same way illegal heroin use is caused by laws making heroin illegal. Sure, if you could throw all the stuff you wanted away for free it might be substantially reduced - it won't be eliminated because people are lazy - but that stuff is expensive. In a world where councils face cuts, they will have to reduce some services which used to be free.

Scandinavia has far higher tax levels, vastly reduced population density and a different culture than the UK.

Don't see the problem with this use of messenger. Our council has an online tool for this which looks like it was made in 1999 by an untrained graduate and probably cost £10k (and the rest) to do the same thing, worse.

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Game over, machines: Humans defeat OpenAI bots once again at video games Olympics

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>If the AI is not learning itself from its defeat, then surely it is programmed intelligence rather than artificial?

It is learning from its play.

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I would love to hear from the humans how good they thought the AI play was.

To be able to complete closely with top pros seems a victory despite the defeat to me. It's surely only a matter of time and I doubt a lot of time at that.

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‘Very fine people’ rename New York as ‘Jewtropolis’ on Snapchat, Zillow

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Re: That the motive was hatred is obvious.

Things that are "obvious" often aren't actually true. You've no idea if it was some hardened anti-semist (is this the right term) or a teenager being "funny" after watching South Park.

Of course these days anything offensive to a person or group is dubbed "hate speech" which really only dilutes the term. Like a "mass shooting" with two victims.

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OpenAI bots smashed in their first clash against human Dota 2 pros

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Re: we see that programming strategy into a statistical analysis machine is not an easy thing to do.

They don't program the strategy. They let it learn how to do strategy on its own.

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Making money mining Coinhive? Yeah, you and nine other people

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Re: "We thus present a new technique based on WebAssembly fingerprinting to identify miners..."

No he just wanted to flaunt his superiority that he uses NoScript. NoSCript users are a bit like vegans, they always want everyone to know.

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EU wants one phone plug to rule them all. But we've got a better idea.

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I have a mini-USB-C port on my phone but nothing else I own does, and even the cable for the phone is regular USB at the other end!

How widely has USB-C been adopted so far because recent devices I bought didn't use it (Fire devices mostly) and it seems microUSB is still the defacto standard for everyone but apple - or am I just unlucky in what I've chose to buy?

My other gripe with USBC is the cable keeps falling out of my phone - ofte I wake up to find my phone hasn't charged as the act of putting it down after plugging it in dislodged the plug. But with only one device and multiple cables I can't theorise if this is an issue with USBC or just my phone's socket?

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If you drop a tablet in a forest of smartphones, will anyone hear it fall?

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Re: big screen landfill

Given that probably 1% of tablet owners bother with a keyboard, I don't think that's true.

Tablets are seemingly used primary for content consumption in the domestic market, and data-entry in the business world (but this is a much smaller market). Whereas smartphones are used more as general mini-computers really.

Of course a tablet can DO vastly more than this, especially a higher-end one, but that's more niche. I can (and do) use mine as a modelling amp for my guitar, a music creation tool, etc, etc

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Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

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Is El Reg uncommon in being a technology news site which is pretty uniformly pessimistic about technology? And is that conservatism, cynicism or realism?

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Hey, you know what a popular medical record system doesn't need? 23 security vulnerabilities

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23 vulns & me

as title

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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Are there any good games that don't rely on APM and click-speed, but more on considered strategy? Then we can remove the arguments about advantages inherent to being a CPU

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Microsoft's cheapo Surface: Like a netbook you can't upgrade

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I can't imagine anyone buys a tablet type device thinking about upgrading it.

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You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: Optical zoom

I did some searching based on responses and found you can get what IS a monocular-based clip-on from about £20. Probably some come in a handy case including a fold-up stand.

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Re: Optical zoom

To clarify I'm not trying to make my phone into a pro camera here. Just something better than digital zoom so I can actually capture something further away.

Good points made, thanks.

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Optical zoom

It seems every phone can take great shots these days if you don't want to zoom, and have good lighting.

Lighting is being resolved through clever tricks but I still can't take a photo of anything not right in front of me, in most cases. Granted a phone isn't a DLSR but my Lumia 1020 had proper optics.

My question is, can one buy an after-market clip-on optic to get 5X zoom? Don't laugh, but in the past I've stuck my phone up to the eyepiece of my binoculars and been really quite surprised how well it worked, letting me take photos of a bunny across a field or whatever.

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Some of you really don't want Windows 10's April 2018 update on your rigs

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Re: Why so traumatic?

>Because MS insists on shoveling features they haven't fully tested (if at all) at their hapless victims (otherwise known as "users") in a desperate bid to prove their OS is ready for primetime.

MS do several orders of magnitude more testing than Linux distros do. They are obsessed with it.

The reason MS updates get in the news more when they have issues is it affects 100X as many users and businesses. If Mint balls up a new version, you're not going to hear about it outside tech forums.

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Re: Use Linux...

For most users, if W10 didn't keep doing unscheduled updates I'm sure they'd love it. It has a more W7 style with some good bits of W8. People are wary of security slurping but if it doesn't stop them using the thing they'll be OK; an erratic power-crazed update system on the other hand is something even the most PC-ignorant user struggles with.

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What were the changes?

I had to try several times to get it to install on Parallels and when it did things looked different, but 5 minutes later I couldn't remember how such is my view of the OS (something to be ignored while you get work done).

I know it was a big 'un but what (sarcasm aside) were the changes us users were supposed to enjoy?

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Some Things just aren't meant to be (on Internet of Things networks). But we can work around that

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Re: I had to laugh

It seemed pretty clear this article was aimed at businesses not homes.

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ReactOS 0.4.9 release metes out stability and self-hosting, still looks like a '90s fever dream

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anyone who has ... to avoid Redmond's ... unlikely to be shovelling Word or Excel on

> let's face it, anyone who has gone to such lengths to avoid Redmond's wares is unlikely to be shovelling Word or Excel on to their pristine, and slurp-free, open-source installation.

Really? Surely the whole point of wanting Windows over another OS is to run the Windows applications you can't run on Linux? Otherwise you might as well just get Linux with a windows-esque GUI?

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Here's why AI can't make a catchier tune than the worst pop song in the charts right now

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Re: I'm actually surprised that it works on raw samples at all

I was surprised they don't find using actual music score (or similar) works... it's the language of music encoded quite strictly. Training AI on "just the noise" is counterintuitive to me.

What was the actual output format? Surely the AI didn't hear piano WAV and emit a WAV with individual sounds exactly like piano keys?!

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Google Chrome: HTTPS or bust. Insecure HTTP D-Day is tomorrow, folks

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Re: Stupid and arrogant

El Reg included information about why it's relevant in the article. Did you read it? Did you even search for "why is HTTP relevant..." yourself?

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