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Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 1) 128

Smart TVs still don't have the range of video playing capabilities that VLC does, and are certainly not as network friendly, and generally, if they have any support for network file shares, that support is rudimentary at best. Having a fully functioning PC as the video player creates a lot more options.

Comment Re:Not sure you have a lot of options? (Score 5, Informative) 128

The way Windows 10 manages updates in general is frustrating. We have some dedicated Windows 10 Lenovo micro-PCs whose only significant job is show videos on some large flatscreen TVs, and we're constantly having to cancel out the update nag screens. GPOs that would seem to work don't always apply, so it just gets to be an annoying problem. I think the next set of such micro PCs we buy will probably have some small footprint version of Debian.

Comment Re:E.g. We can't use it if we can't cheat (Score 3, Interesting) 78

It's interesting, but some of the earliest accounting software I used, which was COBOL-based, didn't allow you to change any ledger once a month was posted and closed. I suppose it was possible to go into the actual database and directly alter records, but the underlying concept was that once a fiscal period was complete, it was inviolate, and the only way you could alter any closed ledger was to post adjusting entries in this period. This could be rather ugly, so you tried really hard not to do any major mistakes. Even end of the year adjusting entries were posted in the next fiscal year.

Since then I've seen a number of accounting systems that allow all sorts of monkeying around, including posting adjusting entries for a fiscal year within that fiscal year, even though you may be a couple of months into the current fiscal year. It seems common practice now, but a quarter of a century ago that was viewed as completely inappropriate, as it opened the door for fraud.

Comment Re:Wow, spend $3billion? (Score 1) 161

You're quoting just US figures. Now ponder how much money is dedicated to medical research throughout the industrialized world; in places like Britain, Europe, Asia and even in places like South Africa. I suspect Zuckerburg's $3 billion might pay for a week or two's work in the global medical research community. Not that such money would be unwelcome, but it is a drop in the bucket.

Comment Megalomaniacs (Score 1) 161

I guess the megalomaniacs at Microsoft and Facebook should be given some credit. Unlike megalomaniacs of the past, like Hitler or Stalin, they're not interested in curing the world of all the Jews or Capitalists, but target diseases instead. Still, there's something both amusing and tremendously idiotic about grand narcissistic declarations like "We're going to fix CANCER" or "We're going to cure all the diseases!"

Security

Over 500K People Have Installed a Pokemon Go-Related App That Roots and Hijacks Android Devices (softpedia.com) 57

An anonymous reader writes: Over 500,000 people have downloaded an Android app called "Guide for Pokemon Go" that roots the devices in order to deliver ads and installs apps without the user's knowledge. Researchers that analyzed the malware said it contained multiple defenses that made reverse-engineering very difficult -- some of the most advanced they've seen -- which explains why it managed to fool Google's security scanner and end up on the official Play Store. The exploits contained in the app's rooting functions were able to root any Android released between 2012 and 2015. The trojan found inside the app was also found in nine other apps, affecting another 100,000 users. The crook behind this trojan was obviously riding various popularity waves, packing his malware in clones for whatever app or game is popular at one particular point in time.

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