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Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 83

Not forgetting that WhatsApp is encrypted, so Google can't get at people's private data - the lifeblood of the organisation.

So naturally they'll do whatever it takes to mitigate it or move people away, just like they tried with Facebook.
i.e. if a buy-out doesn't pan out, try to out-do them, if that doesn't work, then try to invade/fish the data by any other mean.

"We are willing to get it one way or another, with or without their deal!"
- Eric Schmidt, 2010 - talking about the failed deal with Facebook and capturing their data.

Submission + - Researchers develop new solid hydrogen storage system ( 1

An anonymous reader writes: US National Lab researchers at Lawerence Livermore, Sandia, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in collaboration with Mahidol University researchers, have successfully developed a new hydrogen storage system reliant on nanoscale sized Lithium Nitride materials (Li3N). Hydrogen power has been seen as a potentially valuable source of alternative, clean energy supplies but has faced difficulties due to its inherent safety issues in handling and storage.
The paper, “Nanointerface-driven reversible hydrogen storage in the nanoconfigured LI-N-H system,” published Thursday in the journal "Advanced Materials Interfaces," describes a new mechanism of hydrogen storage relying on the Li3N nanomaterials ability to store high quantities of solid hydrogen, without degradation and capable of recharging. Press release available in link, paper may be paywalled.

Submission + - White House blocks news organizations from press briefing (

ClickOnThis writes: CNN reports that it, along with several other major news organizations, were blocked from attending a press briefing at the White House today. From the article:

The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Politico and BuzzFeed were also excluded from the meeting, which is known as a gaggle and is less formal than the televised Q-and-A session in the White House briefing room. The gaggle was held by White House press secretary Sean Spicer.

In a brief statement defending the move, administration spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the White House "had the pool there so everyone would be represented and get an update from us today."

The pool usually includes a representative from one television network and one print outlet. In this case, four of the five major television networks — NBC, ABC, CBS and Fox News — were invited and attended the meeting, while only CNN was blocked.

And while The New York Times was kept out, conservative media organizations Breitbart News, The Washington Times and One America News Network were also allowed in.

Comment Only Apple cares about our privacy? (Score 1) 102

Although intriguing and saddening that they've unlocked the iPhone 6 (but not 6s?).

What's more intriguing is that, why are Android phones so easy to break?!
And why is it we never hear from Google/Microsoft wanting to protect its users against government surveillance, unlike Apple.
... I guess everyone is aware that Google is a corporate spying empire, and yet there are people here who still argue against Apple and advocate for Android spyware?

Would you advocate GMail/Hangouts over Signal/Telegram/WhatsApp ?

Comment Re:This is an OS (Score 1) 161

That's not exactly true.
Although Google provide a nice little re-assuring interface, the fact their entire business model depends on gathering as much data about an individual and going deep into their lives*, I don't think it's exactly turning off data gathering, but rather not providing tailored ads. I believe Google also sells data to the highest bidders, especially governments and insurance firms.
Because if their entire revenue was based on ads, what is quite interesting is that Google isn't fighting harder against ad blockers and instead, actively allow people to use YouTube / Mail / Search with an adblock / domain blocker.

But the more worrying aspect is their hidden trackers.
Unlike facebook / microsoft, you can choose not to use their products and block their handful of domains. However, that's virtually impossible with Google, especially considering captcha / tag manager / syndication / Google's web api's / google user content / analytics, etc... the list goes.

* as the former CEO of Google (Eric Schmidt) said: "We know where you are; We know where you've been; We can more or less know what you're thinking about".
As well as saying: "I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions, they want Google to tell them what they should be doing next".

Comment Re:This is an OS (Score 5, Informative) 161

The same can be said about any Google product from Android/ChromeOS to Search/Maps/Mail to Doubleclick/Captcha/Analytics/Tag Manager/APIs/+1/etc.

I'm not defending MS doing it so openly, but we should put things in perspective and realise how powerful Google is compared to any other company. They even have their hands dirty in the system behind tax and health in various companies and governments, not to mention corporate email systems!

Comment Re:Satya Nutella is a cunt. (Score 1) 91

Not sure why this was down-modded, as the parent is completely right!
Perhaps the subject is distasteful, otherwise the content is spot-on.

he tried to be a second rate Google on connectivity

Perhaps you meant, second rate Google on abusing people's privacy and sucking as much of their data as they can get their hand on, and selling it to the highest bidder, like insurance agencies and the gov? ... But then again, Microsoft has always been "second rate" when it comes to copying others, first IBM, and Lotus, then Apple for a very long time, never quite measuring up to the UI of MacOS and OSX.

Comment Google is the reason (Score 5, Interesting) 91

As much as I hate and disdain the spying empire Google; private companies only thought about adopting https because of Google's hint of ranking sites based on utilising https encryption.

Anything Google does is for its own selfish purpose, not for the good of humanity - so the reason for the push towards https is so that Google (almost alone) has analytics and information about site visitors and the amount of money e-commerce and such sites are making. Without encryption, countless other firms (such as alexa) was capturing user analytics through approaching different providers, and often directly from ISP's.

Remember, Google's trackers are almost ubiquitous (unlike facebook), so they want to own alone the vast amounts of info on users and organisations - and then use this info to either catalogue people and/or sell this to evil companies/organisations, such as insurance firms and governments.

Information is power, user information is even more power, especially if you alone hold that data.

Comment Re:Computers are still too slow (Score 2) 139

Erm, pretty stupid comment if you just think for a few seconds...
Unless you're encoding video or 3d-rendering all-day-long, for most people, the CPU is almost always idle for everyone else and just wasting power waiting for human input.

Even when compiling code, or rendering a web page, or doing a database transaction, the CPU wakes a couple of cores for a few seconds before it returns to almost idle.

And by the way, if you see the CPU meter at 100%, it likely that it's not the CPU that's the bottleneck, but rather the memory (or the bus), especially when gaming.

Comment How did she do it? i.e. inet source and funding? (Score 1) 157

For those of us who aren't network engineers (or farmers by day, and telco engineers by night)... how did she do this exactly?
The article is extremely thin on details, but I'm wondering, where in the world she got so much money for cabling, the network equipment, routers, firewalls, etc?
I'm guessing she went out looking for funding, because it mentions she has shareholders?!

After lighting the cable, the two farms were connected

Again, no details what-so-ever, but the main question is, what's the source? Where does the fibre connect to maintain the gigabit internet speeds? i.e. who's the backbone to the Internet? And surely, she must have had to pay astronomical fees as a business connecting to the outside world with several hundred people sharing the same gigabit Internet in the village?!

Comment Re: The Great War (Score 1) 106

Wow, people like you are fuel for ISIS supporters.

You spread nothing but hate, and no-doubt preach violence against all Muslims.
Kind of reminds me of Hitler's vision of Jews, and dehumanising an entire race/religion.

Muslims like me can see a day coming when individuals like you push for a Muslim holocaust...
that is if you don't already count the genocide of Muslims in Iraq, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Myanmar Rohingya, and of course, Palestine.

Comment Re:Nightly user here. (Score 1) 154

I run about 6 or 7 plugins which are all fairly common and I have run the same ones for 3 to 5 years.

Plugins or addons?

See if you have perf issues running firefox in "safe mode"...

Otherwise, try a full browser refresh, which will reset it to "factory defaults".

I'm on a really old Athlon X2 cpu with less than 4gig of ram (WinXP), and firefox runs beautifully...
But what I tend to do is unusual, I run a bunch of different sites under different Firefox profiles.
So mail would be under a separate profile (and process), and Google sites (like the memory hogging Google Maps) would be under a completely different profile (and process), and another profile for shopping sites, and default for all other browsing.

command line: firefox.exe -profilemanager -no-remote

But to start firefox under default, remove the "no-remote" flag.

Comment Re:So... (Score 1) 113

Any links as to what Chrome collects?

No, because there is no law which requires a company to publish an honest privacy policy. And even if there was, there is no way in hell Google will ever allow any regulatory body to pry around their data centres and entire database and archives to ensure that they are indeed not spying or doing nasty things with data, like selling to insurance companies, government bodies, highest bidder, etc.

And even if there was such a thing as a regulatory body to monitor Google, Google will simply pay them enough to shut up, like they bribe the US Government and the EU.

The only honest privacy policy (as it appears to me) comes from the likes of EFF, DuckDuckGo, Mozilla, ProtonMail, and Wire, of the few that I've read.

Google on the other hand is very deceptive and vague in their privacy policy, especially data retention... if there is such a thing as privacy and Google!

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