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Comment How is that any different from what Google does? (Score 1) 123

If I visit Google, or Gmail, or Gmaps, YouTube, or anything else, with a non-Chrome browser, the top of the screen will ALWAYS have "do you want to install Chrome?" nagware. You can dismiss it in your session scope, but next time you come back, so does the message.

Why is that not a problem, and what Microsoft does is a problem?

Is it better on battery tests? Yeah, it is. Is it safer? It very well might be - but we don't know, since we're all running ad-blockers on non-Edge browsers, so our experiences are anecdotal at best.

Comment Cheaper? (Score 2) 428

A single clay roof tile costs the equivalent of $0.5 where I live. It's good for half a century, no problem.

I have 5 places that produce clay building bricks and clay roof tiles in a radius of 150 km to choose from.

Transportation is cheap, and even if some tiles/bricks break in transport, they're so cheap that... well, nobody cares if there's a 1% loss in material.

Submission + - Thousands Lose Money in Tesco Bank Hack

wiredmikey writes: Tesco Bank, wholly owned by the UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco, said that some of its customers' had money withdrawn fraudulently as a result of "online criminal activity."

Benny Higgins, the bank's chief executive, said 40,000 of current accounts had experienced suspicious transactions and about half had money taken from their account. Customers are reporting on social media individual thefts of £600 and £700. One report quotes a customer complaint: "Spoke to Tesco after 1 hour 20 minutes on hold, like others, just waiting for a call back and no sign of my £2,400 today. I'm taking the day off work, I can't go in feeling as low as this."

Comment Re:Less than 1/3 the output (Score 1) 587

The US developers, though only a year or two out of college, easily outperform even the "mid-level" developers from India. The price our company pays for Indian developers is about 1/3 the cost of US developers, but so far, we have not been able to make the math work. Even 3 Indian devs cannot produce the same quantity and quality of output as a single junior US developer.

If you're paying the Indian developers 1/3 the money you pay US developers, why not simply hire European developers for the same cost...?

Submission + - Clinton Had Uncleared Filipino Maid Print Emails, Handle Sensitive Documents (nypost.com) 13

An anonymous reader writes: The New York Post reveals that Hillary Clinton routinely had her emails forwarded so her immigrant Filipino maid who lacked a security clearance could print her emails from an iMac in Clinton's home, including ones that contained classified information. The maid also had access to the SCIF (sensitive compartmented information facility) built at Clinton's home so she could "securely" receive Top Secret information such as the presidential daily brief she received at times. The maid was expected to retrieve faxed information from the SCIF for Secretary Clinton. It appears that the maid was never interviewed by the FBI, nor was the computer seized or searched. One is left wondering, "Was email that hard to print in 2009?" Will the reinvigorated FBI investigation cover untrodden ground like this, or just serve as another white wash?

Comment Re:Verge of being cost effective (Score 1) 231

A quick search [eia.gov] shows that the average household electricity usage is about 10K kWh per year (900-ish per month), ranging from 14K in Louisiana to 6K in Hawaii.

How?

That's 30 kWh per day in the worst case, and 17 kWh daily in Hawaii.

What do you spend all that electricity on?

I honestly don't understand.

Europe is at a rough average of 3K kWh per year across its countries, and that's driven up by a lot of electrical heating (which Europe requires a lot more of than Hawaii).

Comment Re:How is everyone supposed to use Emacs? (Score 1) 524

My US/Russian keyboard laptop has [ next to P, as does a UK, Italian, Croatian, Czech, Slovak and Spanish keyboard. Latin American has it next to Ã'.

Not really.

"[" may be *originally printed* on the key as the main character (and then further decorated with a sticker for the local key), but that's not where it really is, unless you switch to English layout.

Want to send Ctrl+[ ?

Not going to work if [ is AltGr+F in the first place, and AltGr is Ctrl+Alt together.

Submission + - U.S. Officially Accuses Russia of Election Hacks

wiredmikey writes: The U.S. government has officially accused Russia of being behind cyberattacks against American political organizations with the intent of interfering with the upcoming Presidential election in November.

“The U.S. Intelligence Community (USIC) is confident that the Russian Government directed the recent compromises of e-mails from US persons and institutions, including from US political organizations,” a joint statement from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and Office of the Director of National Intelligence said.

"We believe, based on the scope and sensitivity of these efforts, that only Russia's senior-most officials could have authorized these activities," the statement adds.

In August, researchers from two security firms uncovered evidence that they say linked a Russian threat actor to the cyberattack targeting the U.S. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC).

Submission + - Microsoft Teams with Bank of America on Blockchain

wiredmikey writes: Microsoft and Bank of America Merrill Lynch said they are working together to make financial transactions more efficient with blockchain technology — the foundation of bitcoin digital currency.

Blockchains are considered tamper-proof registers in which entries are time-stamped and linked to previous "blocks" in a data chain. As expected, the technology that drives the shadowy bitcoin cryptocurrency is drawing interest from the established banking industry, which sees a potential to revolutionize the sector.

The companies said they will build and test frameworks for blockchain-powered exchanges between businesses and their customers and banks. Microsoft plans to use its Azure cloud service platform to enable blockchain transactions between a major corporate treasury and a financial institution.

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