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Microsoft To Disable Policies In Windows 10 Pro With Anniversary Update (ghacks.net) 468

Reader BobSwi writes: More changes in the Windows Anniversary update, due August 2nd, are being discovered. After yesterday's news about Cortana not able to be turned off in the Windows Anniversary update, certain registry entries and group policies have been found to be updated with a note stating that they only apply to Enterprise and Education editions. Win 10 Pro users will no longer be able to turn off policies such as the Microsoft Consumer Experience, Show Windows Tips, Do not display the lock screen, and Disable all apps from the Windows Store.
Privacy

Using VPN in UAE Could Cost You $545,000 (businessinsider.com) 107

An anonymous reader writes: The President of the United Arab Emirates has issued a series of new federal laws relating to IT crimes, including a regulation that forbids anyone in the UAE from making use of virtual private networks to secure their web traffic from prying eyes. The new law states that anyone who uses a VPN or proxy server can be imprisoned and fined between $136,000-$545,000 if they are found to use VPNs fraudulently. Previously, the law was restricted to prosecuting people who used VPNs as part of an internet crime, but UK-based VPN and privacy advocate Private Internet Access says that the law has now changed to enable police in the UAE to go after anyone who uses VPNs to access blocked services, which is considered to be fraudulent use of an IP address.

Comment Re:Cui Bono and To What End? (Score 3, Interesting) 386

Tor is now shit, because the good people were chased away.

Complete bollocks. Name some of these "good people" who have left. The project founders and all the major technical contributors are still there, as well as many new ones.

Indeed. Methinks that there is a PsyOps campaign running to make people go to less secure alternatives. If you cannot break it, try to make everybody believe it is broken instead.

Comment Re:The police must not be able to solve every crim (Score 1) 251

More general, but just as valid. It is a good guiding principle.

However they currently try to game this. Obviously, they _are_ very much in fear of the citizens, why else all that spying and militarization of the police. Then they try propaganda to make the citizens believe there is nothing to fear. And on some, it seems to work.

Earth

Hyperloop One Announces Opening of Its First Manufacturing Plant (techcrunch.com) 117

An anonymous reader quotes a report from TechCrunch: Hyperloop One is today announcing the opening of its first manufacturing plant. Called Hyperloop One Metalworks, the 105,000 square-foot building in North Las Vegas will be the new professional home of many of the company's 170 employees, including engineers, machinists and welders. These folks will build and test a number of components for the DevLoop, a full-system prototype of the Hyperloop, set for testing in 2017. The project, if successful, promises a half-hour travel time between Stockholm and Helsinki, which is the equivalent of about 300 miles. The company plans to have a working prototype of the Hyperloop by 2017 thanks to this new plant."Hyperloop One Metalworks is the first Hyperloop manufacturing plant in the world," said co-founder and President of Engineering Josh Giegel in a press release. "The ability to have a world-class machine shop in-house gives us an advantage to build rapidly and develop the Hyperloop in real-time."

Comment Re:As a C programmer (Score 1) 299

Well, C is "best" in the sense that it does not stand in your way. If you know what you are doing, that is very nice.
It does not help you much either, and for the semi-competent and incompetent masses of "programmers", that is a real problem.

Personally, I went back to C as main language a while ago after trying a number of alternatives. The only change is that I use Python as glue-code these days and withe the core-workers as C-implemented Python classes.

Looks like I have to have a go at R some time these days though.

Comment The police must not be able to solve every crime (Score 4, Insightful) 251

Otherwise you have a full-blown Police State and that is far, far worse than almost any amount of unsolved crime. In a free state, the police must be severely limited in what it can do and must be kept at a level of power that allows them to reliably keep society functioning, but never above.

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