Tuesday, July 20
That Was The Week That Wasn't Edition
- Facebook is not killing people, says Facebook President Joe Biden. (CNBC)
With additional reporting by Journalists for Censorship representative Kara Swisher.
Facebook responded angrily to Biden's earlier remarks, with a company spokesperson insisting that Facebook's death toll for June had been the lowest in several years, and warning that the President's behaviour had been flagged as "problematic".
It's a little like X Files if Mulder and Scully were a single character, but only a little because the supernatural events don't hide themselves conveniently away to allow room for skepticism. People go splat, quite publicly.
- The Radeon 6600 XT and 6600 non-XT are set to launch August 11. (Tom's Hardware)
They'll be overpriced, at least initially, but they should make solid cards for 1080p gaming and only cost a leg, leaving you both hands to hold the controller.
- Black 3.0 is the world's blackest black. (Culture Hustle)
It was developed after some asshole bought exclusive rights to Black 2.0 so no-one else could use it.
I am not making this up.
- The new owners of Audacity are threatening to kill their users. (GitHub)
More details at Reddit.
It's one thing to sue people over intellectual property you don't even own. It's rather another to threaten to report them to the CCP for counter-revolutionary speech.
- Speaking of which the US, EU, UK, and NATO are all pointing the finger at China over a recent wave of Microsoft Exchange attacks. (Bleeping Computer)
And they're not buying the line about rogue hacking groups either. They've explicitly blamed the Chinese government.
Not that this is likely to change anything, but it is at least something more than the less than nothing we usually get from these oxygen thieves.
- iFixit has specifically targeted Apple, Samsung, and Microsoft over their deliberate efforts to make their products unrepairable. (ZDNet)
Dell may have its faults, but the service manual for my all-in-one desktops details how to replace absolutely every component. The motherboard is a custom Dell design, but memory, storage, WiFi interface and so on are all standard swappable modules.
- Android TV has been updated to jam its own ads into the user interface, on top of all the other ads everyone else is jamming in. (Gizmodo)
The story discusses Nvidia's Shield TV but his sounds like it's Google's fault.
- Amazon asked Apple to delete an app that detected fake reviews on Amazon's website. Apple did so. (CNBC)
Fakespot - the app in question - so far lives on in the Google Play Store. It will be worth watching how tight the cartel is here, because there is in general not a lot of love lost between Google and Amazon.
Posted by: normal at Tuesday, July 20 2021 11:16 PM (LADmw)
It seemed more like he was simply saying look, the laws say you can't do this, and whether we do it or someone else does it, someone is likely to try to guard their interests under the law, and it won't go well for you.
This is the one case I've seen lately, where it seems that the putative plaintiff is on pretty solid legal, moral, and ethical ground. Indeed, all of the detractors in the original thread have the flavor of, everything should be free, and you are an evil suck bastard if you don't agree.
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Got Ace fixed, then this server went down and took several more hours to get back.
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