COMPUTERS, THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY

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Post by Tizer » 13 Jul 2018, 10:12

My glitch is that sometimes in the thumbnail view the scroll bar becomes even thinner and doesn't respond. The solution is to click on a different folder and then back onto the desired folder and it'll be normal again.

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Post by Stanley » 14 Jul 2018, 03:02

Never had that Tiz.......
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Post by Stanley » 19 Jul 2018, 05:19

SEE THIS for a BBC report on the record fine imposed by the EU on Google. Note that it was the EU what done it! I don't fully understand it but can I remember Microsoft being fined for the same offence when they bundled their browser Explorer with Windows?
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Post by Tizer » 15 Aug 2018, 11:00

Another example of a big tech company ignoring the lawmakers...
`Google tracks users who turn off location history' LINK
`Google records users' locations even when they have asked it not to, a report from the Associated Press has suggested. The issue could affect up to two billion Android and Apple devices which use Google for maps or search. The study, verified by researchers at Princeton University, has angered US law-makers. Google said in response that it provides clear descriptions of its tools and how to turn them off. The study found that users' whereabouts are recorded even when location history has been disabled.'

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Post by Stanley » 16 Aug 2018, 03:03

My only consolation is that they won't get much joy tracking me! The location never changes from the kitchen!
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Post by Tizer » 16 Aug 2018, 08:32

Tracking happens to be the thing that someone has caught them doing. The greater concern is that they flout the law and regulations so who knows what else they might be up to? I used to think I was just being a bit paranoid about these big, rich companies but now my suspicions seem to be coming true.
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Here's something that might become a common sight once we all start being converted to `full fibre broadband'...
Virgin Media broadband teams 'left holes in walls' LINK

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Post by Stanley » 17 Aug 2018, 02:56

Perhaps Janet was right when she warned me about them all those years ago.....I'll bet one of the problems with the installations is that the engineers are being pressed to work to fast. Keep the costs down and the profits up.....
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Google employees criticise 'censored China search engine' LINK
`Hundreds of Google employees have written to the company to protest against plans to launch a "censored search engine" in China. They said the project raised "urgent moral and ethical questions" and urged the firm to be more transparent. "Currently we do not have the information required to make ethically-informed decisions about our work," they added. Google, which has never spoken publicly about the plans, declined to comment. The firm, which is owned by Alphabet, quit China eight years ago in protest at the country's censorship laws and alleged government hacks. However, reports last month claimed it had been secretively working on a new Chinese search service, referred to internally as Dragonfly. The platform, which still requires Chinese government approval, would block certain websites and search terms like human rights and religion. This has angered some employees who fear they have been unwittingly working on technology that will help China suppress free expression.'

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Post by chinatyke » 18 Aug 2018, 16:00

Of course, the link is blocked here in China!
I think Google Earth is the greatest free program ever launched and it is crippled here, not unobtainable, but slowed to a crawl and photos cannot be opened. Google search engine, another World-class winner, is also crippled. Yahoo is OK though. Microsoft Maps is OK but hopelessly out of date.

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Post by Stanley » 19 Aug 2018, 02:49

You told us to stop whingeing China about the actions of our government. I shall not do the same. It is a repressive and short sighted policy on the part of your leaders. They can't hold back the tide of information forever.
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