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Intel beefs up low-end line with Gemini Lake CPUs

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Re: Gaming with a low-end Pentium Gold CPU?

I can confirm. The current version - N3450 loaded with crapload of RAM and SSD - can barely handle the original Quake Arena at 1280x1024 (like it's playable but with perceptible and annoying stutter). Still for general day to day computing it's fine, it'll even run Ubuntu in HyperV (again with somewhat sluggish performance). The new chips with 4MB cache may do the trick.

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US politicos wake up to danger of black-box algorithms shaping all corners of American life

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Let me give an example of the bs of credit report over-reliance. My CC was on the auto-payment for utility bill for the account setup in the name of another family member. When I moved and setup the account with the same utility company - this time in my name - guess what they asked me for. A security deposit, as if they had not known me for years. The system is rigged to benefit credit report companies and even their customers (businesses) are screwed (in addition to consumers virtually prevented from opting out from this scam).

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Apple iOS 11 security 'downgrade' decried as 'horror show'

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Re: Apple's security model is utterly broken

This would be fun exercise for me - all Apple got from me is a gifted iTunes gift card. And I have no intent of replacing it with CC number, too much at stake.

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Re: I don't get this article at all.

If I read it correctly, the issue is that now it's only the pin that's required to reset the iTunes backup password (usually easier to guess than the backup password set by the owner) and capture the content of the phone. I had not been aware of the fact that setting backup password yielded more than just complete phone backup to one computer - the article seems to suggest that once the phone is password protected backed up to iTunes on one PC, the next backup attempt (on any PC) would require to provide that password. My understanding had been that the password would be needed for the restore and the phone was protected from backup attempts by pin only. From what it looks, iOS11 users better setup alphanumeric pin/password. Having locked my 6S at iOS10 I could care less for this or other "improvements" introduced by Apple.

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Want a new HDMI cable? No? Bad luck. You'll need one for HDMI 2.1

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Re: Desire...

I've not found a need for 4k TV yet, much less for 8k. And as the time goes by, I won't notice difference anyway (besides the pricetag). The 1080p plasma works fine (and will last forever with the sporadic use I subject it to) and my comcastic Internet can't even sustain youtube videos at the native resolution anyway (at the monthly fees I'm willing to hand over to the monopolist). 4k computer monitor - same deal, the recent upgrade to 1440p should last until LCDs are replaced with technology that offers more than just resolution increase.

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.GIF garage Imgur plugs 1.7 million-subscriber creds breach

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no PII but

"The compromised account information included only email addresses and passwords. Imgur has never asked for real names, addresses, phone numbers, or other personally-identifying information (“PII”), so the information that was compromised did NOT include such PII." - since some emails do contain 1st and last name, it's really up to users privacy awareness to keep these off the wide net (and we know how this works). Obviously linking emails between different services makes discovery fairly easy (only "paranoid" keep different emails for distinct "junk" accounts). But then, the person posting pictures to Imgur had likely nothing to hide and spent remaining free time on FB divulging the rest.

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It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

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Re: What worries me

It's not just Edge's home page. It's also Windows 10 search agent (the name shall live in infamy;) that's making it more and more difficult to differentiate local vs web searches (with resulting ads, phishing sites etc dished onto more clueless users). The last Win 10 build I've checked, snitch's settings (now called notebook, why not dossier?) can only be adjusted when logged on with MS account. An irony of sort.

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User experience test tools: A privacy accident waiting to happen

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Re: SessionCam

I read their explanations and left unconvinced. I'm not sure if just blocking their domain (on the router) is sufficient but I figured this was least I'd have done.

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The Quantum of Firefox: Why is this one unlike any other Firefox?

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Re: 30 per cent faster

And once limited connection speeds is accounted for, the lack of noscript negates most of the benefits of the improved rendering engine. I'm no fan of "modern" look either. Luckily there's the ESR version and the Palemoon.

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The NAKED truth: Why flashing us your nude pics is a good idea – by Facebook's safety boss

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Re: How hard can it be to change the sig. of a lossy JPEG?

Even with AI this could be a daunting task. The shear number of pics, all over the place (and outside FB control for that matter) can't be easily compared (unless the harasser is really trying to link them to the ex thus limiting the scope of search). Simple resizing of the photo makes simple file signature irrelevant. Mirror image will likely fool any content aware AI and render search/compare of bunch of images next to impossible. OTOH, with millions of nudes online, one may probably just care less, especially considering he/she was brave/dumb enough to snap a nude in the the 1st place (unless again the sharer explicitly is trying to link them to the victim just to harass her/him). Similarly to SSNs - we may assume that ours is already out there but we're not so special that anyone really cared about it.

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Boffins: We can identify you by your typing, and we're gonna sell the tech to biz, govt – yay!

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Re: Who cares?

Or one can just use copy&paste for untrusted apps. Noscript would likely come in handy as well. For every action there's reaction.

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Verizon whips out Big Johnson to lure FCC into axing US states' net neutrality, privacy rules

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Re: Lisa Simpson said it pretty well

And yet some residents of these 9 out of 10 richest communities in the US would complain about taxation without representation (I can't recall if this was bumper sticker or a t-shirt). "Democracy" and "lobbyists" surely do mix for the benefit of the few.

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Itching to stuff iOS 11 on your iPhone? You may want to hold off for a bit

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Not as bad as changes forced by MS onto Windows users

but maybe only because no iPhone users had ever got used to any level of freedom. My upgrade plans all but evaporated yesterday night when Apple decided to show middle finger to its users in iTunes 12.7. I can accept buggy software but removing "transfer purchases" was one bridge too far. The only option that let me move mp3 files out of the "walled garden" of the iPhone (podcasts, no illicit activity here) gone without much of warning. FTS. Some time later I was back to iTunes 12.6.2 and my phone has tvos profile installed to keep me from upgrade nags and protect the limited storage space (no updates available as of last check few minutes ago). I plan to keep this status quo as long as possible, especially that none of updates are of particular value to me (including the nanny state mode when carplay is active).

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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

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Re: Is sound really the best way?

I'm not sure how the ultrasonic audio is passed over band limited phone line (and neither the microphone nor speaker are of particularly high quality). Why not do it the data link (especially that smartphone app imply access to raw data link)?

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DRM now a formal Web recommendation after protest vote fails

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It's sad if Tim has sold out to highest bidder. Worse yet if he's done so for nothing, out of naivety.

I'd rather have a browser plugin than obligatory module that streamlines DRM deployment and turns nuisance into commodity everyone expected/took for granted. I've disabled playback of DRM content in my FF and so far I have not noticed anything missing. I can't be sure this will continue with compromise to standards. I bet China would also like to add users name to this DRM scheme.

Since the system no longer appears wide open, they may consider renaming to W2C.

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Apocalypse now: Ad biz cries foul over Apple's great AI cookie purge

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I like the 3rd party cookie option offered since forever by FireFox - "keep until I close FF". This plus NoScript keeps snoopers in check.

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HP users moaning over 10-minute login lag during 'Win 10 update'

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I would not be surprised if the LAN/WLAN switching struck again. Easy test - just plug the Ethernet cable and see if the process completed nearly instantly.

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Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps

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They already alienated Windows users that swore not to fall into the Store. And for what? A crApp

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It's September 2017, and .NET lets PDFs hijack your Windows PC

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MS follows in Equifax footsteps

To read the details of CVE (the pdf related link) one has to accept MS' ToS. Really. I only have so much time to burn on their sites but I have not intent to just blindly accept whatever they've come up with. What's next? Sign in with MS account? Not even while I'm not using their own browser (under no condition I'm risking converting my local user account). I bet they'd like to enforce Chinese government real name policy?

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: Apple copying Microsoft?

I made the same comment at work today. Now, the surprising bit to me is that they copied 8. I had assumed that they just skipped over the cursed version. We'll see about XIII

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Red panic: Best Buy yanks Kaspersky antivirus from shelves

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Re: Wow

Not just backwoods and no problem with this. Really no reason to hand over every last $ to growing monopoly of few service providers. Some people just don't like to sign up for another subscription, some don't consider high tier broadband worth the price and some just have no choice.

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Equifax mega-leak: Security wonks smack firm over breach notification plan

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Re: How is their response "good"?

I was once offered the free credit monitoring (some online store that will remain unnamed). Obviously, I just ignored it as sharing more information than leaked by the store with some 3rd party (saying "trust us") would just add irony to the situation. I guess I was not cynical enough to envision auto-renewal. Thanks for the insight.

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NSA enters stage two of its spying revival plan: Getting Trump onboard

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Re: Like i said previously on this subject

More than this. NSA has all the coercive power (backed up by "real" data) that individuals with any past (even more so when the past did not look so great in public) may be inclined to come to terms no truly independent person would agree on. It's surprising how short-sighted politician have been, ceding so much power (and tax money) to organization(s) with no oversight. By all accounts it's no a longer risk that military-industrial-intelligence complex will have them in the pocket at some point. Current state is the proof that just about all of them are puppets and our so called democracy is fiction, a cover up to please clueless masses.

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Australians still buy 100,000 feature phones a quarter

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Re: Smaller is better

Or maybe they like a device that not only will let them make call for help but will also last for days until rescue mission found them stranded in the bush. I bet that there's little use for a smartphone with all the fancy LTE (but no service) in the interior of Australia.

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AccuWeather: Our app slurped your phone's location via Wi-Fi but we like totally didn't use it

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any ideas on blocking cloud hosted scourge?

I was going to - just in case - set up another dead ended route for revealmobile.com. But it turned out that dns query returns an non-compliant IP withing the range of google-cloud. I've blocked a swath but the solution is just more of a heavy-handed stop gap (and useless anytime something moved inside the cloud). Any better ways that can be used on consumer router?

The market would definitely use some easy fix as MS, Google, FB and other tracking scum likes to hide behind live shield of their cloudy services that makes filtering impossible (without inflicting collateral damage).

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Official: Windows for Workstations returns in Fall Creators Update

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Re: But as a Play Station...

And all the start menu and in the crApps ads can now be assigned to its own CPU core exclusively. All this for best user experience. Thank you MS (for listening to/spoofing our feedback).

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

Why Linux machines are tiny percentage of PCs, the percentage of Windows user that stumbled (likely by mistake or MS coercion) into the Store is just as small. Not all of these lost souls "bought" Linux (to register in statistics) - it's simply unlikely that anyone that cared for Linux went for the trouble of getting Windows PC, signing up for MS account and shopping at their dingy Store.

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Apple signals it's willing to let next-gen web apps compete with iOS apps

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Re: Hope there's a way to disable this

Exactly my concern. It's one thing to have this running on desktop browser (with little regard to power use and vastly more configurability), it's entirely different story to do so in Safari (or Chrome) on mobile device where not only battery life and performance are bottleneck but also there's next to no control over the browser (trust us, it just works mentality). While I like to keep multiple tabs open, I have no intent of them "workers" refreshing the content for no reason other then developers whim.

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Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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With the popularity of reflective surface coated sunglasses and everpresent stickers on laptop cameras I somehow see only limited success of this tech. Most people are sheep but even them are turned off by big brother experience (real concern or just gossip). And who would trust MS?

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Microsoft Surface laptop: Is this your MacBook Air replacement?

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Re: Too Expensive

Metered connection is just registry fix away. All my connections are metered, no exceptions (across all on my personal Windows 10 systems).

Blocking IPv6 and some MS related crap on the router is another avenue - I kind of expect that some of MS services fail on my home network, no regrets so far.

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Skype for Business is not Skype – realising that is half the battle

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Very much in the same boat. I've used it for years as a free VoIP solution for international (video)calls. It worked fine but years of "improvements" by MS turned it into such a power-hog that my iPhone's battery seems to be discharging even when connected to power supply. Difficulties with getting remote side to pick up calls (possibly user error), deteriorated call quality (now that MS also wanted to MITM connections) and loss of popularity of the app (seems like everyone in my family has moved over) got me reconsider other options. Since I have no desire of setting up a "social" account I just went the path of least resistance and switched to FacePalmTime and (i)Messages. I'm not going to abandon my old school Skype account yet, but MS can surely forget about me switching to an MS account (or UWP crApp). F.. this.

Obviously I've made sure to not to update Skype on the phone and install Windows 7 version on Windows 10 system.

Regarding business use - Lync has been fine but Skync is messy, the UI got worse over time, graphics seem to act in funny ways on MS' "premiere" Windows 10 platform and non-IT users are just confused by the whole distinction between Skype and Skype for Business. Very much like OneDrive for Business experience. Everyone that can uses alternatives with Lync relegated to just IM tool for 1-to-1 office communications.

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Re: Skype Lync

It's just bipolar. Every update seems to be confused which one it wanted to be.

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Microsoft hits new low: Threatens to axe classic Paint from Windows 10

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Re: The end

No reason to panic at all. Just copy good old mspaint.exe, back it up to extra safe (encrypt the file in case MS liked to pull fast one) and keep using it. It does not depend on any external files (it works by itself in WinPE). Besides this there's already Internet community repackaging Windows accessories for user not keen on using blocky substitutes.

One should not cave in to MS force feeding us diet of crApps.

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systemd'oh! DNS lib underscore bug bites everyone's favorite init tool, blanks Netflix

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Re: Alternate

While "hijacking" unresolved names is annoying, it can easily be disabled (and the settings sticks "forever", at least for Comcast). Also, since the DNS queries go in clear, your ISP will know them one way or the other. Might as well use them (unless the ISP is do incompetent that it can't provide well performing DNS) instead of sharing all your browsing habits with yet another party.

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Judge uses 1st Amendment on Pokemon Go park ban. It's super effective!

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Re: Amend this!

Funny there's no such protection of freedom of expression when equally bogus "terrorist" charges are pressed. FISA let's these be quietly swept under the rug and nobody can say a word. Not even a canary.

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Pastor la vista, baby! FCC enforcers shut down church pirate radio

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Re: "The cost is about £5-6k/month"

I'm not sure what range 1W FM buys but I'd guess it's very short. An upgrade to more reasonable 25W at £30/day adds up to thousands per year (in line with what other OP said). Probably not a pocket change an amateur radio operation could afford. Again, I have no idea how this compared against cost of running Internet radio, but there you get lost among thousands of wanna be broadcaster (like yourself) and have to pay for bandwidth before you get hit with net neutrality issues.

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1Password won't axe private vaults. It'll choke 'em to death instead

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Re: Bollocks

"Our customers aren't all security researchers and IT professionals. They're college students, retired steel workers, stay-at-home moms and dads, lawyers and everything in between, ignorant and can be easily fooled into accepting defaults" the outfit said.

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OMG, dad, you're so embarrassing! Are you P2P file sharing again?

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Re: Who's of thunk it

I'd add that elders (70+) are just as likely to p2p. Trying explain to them how to capture the stream of their favorite songs (off social network of their choice) proved to be frustrating though (and resembled doing someone's homework).

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Biometric data stolen from corporate lunch rooms system

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Re: "Biometrics." It's a security "feature"

I can see (and use) biometrics as a convenient way to "locally" gain access to a secret (like payment data, unlock an iPhone) but I'd never consider shared device for biometrics input. I have no business in exposing any of that to 3rd party (business or hackers). I have some level of trust to the way iPhone handles fingerprint data (someone would have to lift my fingerprints and use them only on my "paired" device) but any centralized scheme is a no go. Especially when considered how little is known with regard to how this biometric data is handled (and the more complex the biometrics the more likely it's not done in hardware outside OS access). For this reason I don't plan on using it with any other system (like MS' Windows Hello). Also, frequency and circumstances of access (like when driving) are major factors to weigh in the compromise between security and convenience. Why would someone consider using biometrics for a vending machine (instead of a CC) is beyond me.

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PCs will get pricier and you're gonna like it, say Gartner market shamans

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Re: Value for money?

You may not get better resolution but now your screen is touch enabled (so pay up). Crappy and glossy = ready for crApps from the Windows Store. SSD is the only real improvement on the enterprise PC laptop scene (that diminishes with the trend towards TLC NAND).

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Fancy fixing your own mobile devices? Just take the display off carefu...CRUNCH !£$%!

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"As is the case with many products, Surface is built by professionals and is intended to be serviced by professionals." - what a load of BS. This device is for true MS fanboys and/or corporate suits that like to look smug but can't stomach Apple kit. And if the Surface won't power on, MS' response is that user should had used OneDrive for all data. I'd never buy one with my own money or use it to store critical but confidential data. The drive can eventually be pulled out but not without utter destruction of the kit. Overpriced, stupid device with flappy keyboard.

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Canadian sniper makes kill shot at distance of 3.5 KILOMETRES

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"so there must have been a lot of "Kentucky Ottawa windage" involved in making the shot. Translation: Skill." - I'd argue that just as much luck is required for such a small target (considering that no 2 bullets are the same and neither are conditions along their trajectory). OTOH, shooting .50 cal does not necessitate direct hit (at least this is the case early on the way) with bullet's shockwave having potential to rip one's limbs off. BTW, I recall seeing one of these tac-50 for sale at a pawn-shop/gun store in Sates - I bet for self defense (though no concealed carry).

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It's 2017, and UPnP is helping black-hats run banking malware

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Re: Who uses UPnP?

"my housemate switched ISP twice to get it working properly" - there's your problem. In States we have no such dilemma. Running 2x Xbox Ones - root cause. Now, I can bet that black-hats would not even want to touch my slow a.. broadband with disabled UPnP and unreliable wireless on a meager Windows tablet. Security through marginality.

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Uncle Sam █████████ cloud so much, AWS █████████ it another kinda-secret data center

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it does not compute

How is it that Amazon can make profit on service that supposedly saved uncle Sam money (at the scale .gov operated). Or maybe it's paid with tax breaks that taxpayers would offset. Somehow all this mixing of public and private enterprises smells like corruption (no matter what "lobbyists" claimed).

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I still haven't found what I'm malloc()ing for: U2 tops poll of music today's devs code to

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who's been surveyed?

Qualtrics' own devs (fine if done with their consent) or fished across the web? I do recall Qualtrics' scripts on HP's sites but I'd not connected them with this kind of data gathering. Anyway, I'd block them just because of their name.

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It's 2017 and Microsoft is still patching Windows XP+ – to plug holes exploited by trio of leaked NSA weapons

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Re: MS still cleaning up after Windows XP

I'm quite sure MS would not provide any fix for these if not for the risk of old systems hosing servers running supported versions of their OSs. Nothing beats herd immunity.

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Ever wonder why those Apple iPhone updates take so damn long?

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Re: no no no no no no no, Apple

"There was no risk with what they did" - are you sure? What's the point of testing if the outcome is certain? Now, the remaining questions are if all upgrades involved the test, why it was rolled back despite being successful (to wear Flash memory?) and what was the risk of failure (of the whole process including rollback or the rollback alone) and who would be liable for data loss. That said none of my upgrades took this long, possibly because none of this testing could be performed due to the limited free storage or maybe because I'd disabled the telemetry upload (and hopefully Apple as opposed to MS respects user's setting).

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Boeing preps pilotless passenger flights – once it has solved the Sully problem, of course

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I believe that Boeing hasn't worked out yet all the kinks with their fancy lithium batteries. Now they want to add mission critical kit relying on those. Makes sense.

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Windows 10 Creators Update preview: Lovin' for Edge and pen users, nowt much else

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Re: >myriad language settings in Windows 10 have found a UK setting somewhere

They want you to just give up and accept default. Cortana will console you;)

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Re: I was given a blocking dialog box to ask if I wanted to look at Cretin's edition

GUI scaling is f...ked up beyond unreal in Windows 10 (against hopes of believers). Helpful hand of MS likes to fiddle with this on users' behalf (and as usual without being asked to). End result is that while high DPI screen remains usable (but far from sharp), the stuff on lower res screen (of the multi display setup) can only be described as murky. And I not talking about some legacy apps (though rendering of MS' management consoles is downright despicable). It's the interface of Outlook 2016 that really puzzles me - gritty, dirty, blotchy space with smallish and blurry text. Or falling apart GUI in Lync, Skype (or whatever they'll call it tomorrow).The harder they try the worse it looks (downhill since Windows XP). WTF MS.

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