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Your Online TV Watching Can Now Be Tracked Across Devices

pushing-robot Yay, targeted advertising! (112 comments)

Now when I watch a thing, I'll get ads telling me to watch the thing I watched.

10 hours ago
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'Microsoft Lumia' Will Replace the Nokia Brand

pushing-robot Re:Recognition (134 comments)

The correct word is "bungle". A bungle of idiots.

Coincidentally, the same collective noun is used for managers. Microsoft seems to have both in great abundance, as well as a muddle of analysts and a quandary of advisors.

11 hours ago
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Delivering Malicious Android Apps Hidden In Image Files

pushing-robot Re:Unlikely (105 comments)

Unlikely...or it may provide insight into Fortinet's hiring practices.

12 hours ago
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China Staging a Nationwide Attack On iCloud and Microsoft Accounts

pushing-robot Re:Why? (106 comments)

Communism went bankrupt a long time ago. All that's left is the brand name.

yesterday
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Tesla Teardown Reveals Driver-facing Electronics Built By iPhone 6 Suppliers

pushing-robot Re:(some) cars are gadgets now (155 comments)

Tell you what... let's wait till the self-driving model comes out, and then you can complain about not playing the latest games on the instrument cluster.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

pushing-robot Not just Aquaman (186 comments)

Frankly...beyond Superman and Batman, DC doesn't have much—at least that anyone has heard of and/or cares about. Wonder Woman, Flash, and Green Lantern do at least have some following, but they haven't aged well and I'm not sure they can translate to film nearly as well as, say, Iron Man.

IMHO, they'd be better off finding some more offbeat superheroes from their back catalog (a la Guardians of the Galaxy) or biting the bullet and inventing some new ones.

Still, Marvel has done an amazing job of refurbishing characters like Captain America and Thor, so maybe DC can do the same.

5 days ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

pushing-robot Re:As it is designed to do (138 comments)

Sheesh, can't you even read the summary? This isn't just a software release working as designed. This is a Microsoft software release working as designed!

about a week ago
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Data From Windows 10 Feedback Tool Exposes Problem Areas

pushing-robot Yep. (138 comments)

Only 36% of installations are occurring inside a virtual machine. 68% of Windows 10 Technical Preview users are launching more than seven apps per day, with somewhere around 25% of testers using Windows 10 as their daily driver

Those are indeed problems.

about a week ago
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Lockheed Claims Breakthrough On Fusion Energy Project

pushing-robot Amazing if it works (564 comments)

If it's not impossibly heavy and doesn't produce fissile waste it could be used in all sorts of large vehicles, both commercial and military.

But plenty of fusion reactor designs have worked in theory; making them work in practice, though...

about a week ago
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VeraCrypt Is the New TrueCrypt -- and It's Better

pushing-robot Vera (220 comments)

When you can't rip off a name in English, do it in Latin!

But hey; at least it's better than CipherShed. My days of not taking FOSS names seriously are certainly coming to a middle.

stealth joke alert

about a week ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

pushing-robot Re:IDWISOTT (97 comments)

I mistakenly thought the API was public; it would be nice if certain clueless news sites (and the author of TFS) would point out this is a reverse-engineered interface.

It might as well be public, though, considering how long ago it was discovered and how many apps/services/libraries are using it. Snapchat is supposed to be in the business of privacy; if they won't give full effort to protecting their users they deserve this fiasco.

about two weeks ago
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More Details On The 3rd-Party Apps That Led to Snapchat Leaks

pushing-robot IDWISOTT (97 comments)

Ars Technica identifies the culprit as SnapSaved, which...secretly saved [users'] images on a SnapSaved server

In related news: Mysterious Twitter-related injuries traced to users of popular addon service TweetAndWeHitYouWithASpanner.com

(and why in god's name does a service like SnapChat have an API?)

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

pushing-robot Re:almost. (254 comments)

Was he or was he not a marathon runner?

about two weeks ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

pushing-robot Re:Have the solutions converged? (77 comments)

TFA ironically begins with the quote '"I don’t think we will ever have enough [computing power] to satisfy us,” says researcher.'

The summary is vague, and the article not much better, and neither say anything about whether the 'new model' is matching observations any better than the old.

It would be nice if they could at least clarify if the sole pair of comparison images are even the same forecast, because the new model shows not only more detail but a completely different prediction.

Come on kids, this isn't a network news sound bite. This is the Internet, and you're a tech news site. Would it kill you to go past the press release?

Maybe I'm just bitter about this because I live in mountains where a coin is a more accurate forecasting tool than the weather service.

about three weeks ago
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Supercomputing Upgrade Produces High-Resolution Storm Forecasts

pushing-robot Woo! (77 comments)

Now they can be wrong in hi-def!

about three weeks ago
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Lost Opportunity? Windows 10 Has the Same Minimum PC Requirements As Vista

pushing-robot Only problem is the 32 bit part (554 comments)

Keeping software requirements low is a good thing, and there isn't really any justification for making a basic desktop OS require good hardware if all people want to do is the same stuff they were doing ten years ago. If they wanted to weed out underpowered PCs, they should mandate an improved version of the Windows Experience Index be advertised alongside PCs with simple numbers for office and gaming performance, and maybe energy efficiency.

On the other hand, it's long past time to put 32 bit out to pasture, at least on the desktop. Remember, this OS will probably still be supported in the mid-2020s. I'm not going to want to maintain a 32 bit legacy codebase when PCs are coming with 256GB of ram standard.

about three weeks ago
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35,000 Walrus Come Ashore In Alaska

pushing-robot Re:Koo Koo Kachoo (292 comments)

Eggman seems like a nice fellow so far. I don't think we can take the walrus's word on this, even if he is part of the maker movement.

And what did he call himself? A "Freedom Fighter"? That's basically another word for terrorist.

about three weeks ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

pushing-robot Re:Not a problem. (534 comments)

"Zero- versus One-based numbering".

about three weeks ago
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Why did Microsoft skip Windows 9?

pushing-robot Re:Politics (399 comments)

So call it "Ford Prefect".

about three weeks ago

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