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ianbetteridge

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Journalist, anecdontalist. I work for the company. But don't let that fool you, I'm really an okay guy. There is no future in England's dreaming.

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In journalism it’s always important to get the local angle

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The traditional way of testing out a new Apple Pencil.

junesim63, (edited ) to linux
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I have just had a message from Microsoft on my Windows 10 desktop that all support is ending for Windows 10 on October 25th.
My computer isn't compatible for Windows 11, even if I wanted it.

I am only moderately tech savvy, so I'm very nervous about installing Linux Mint ( recommended by quite a few blogs etc). Where would I find tech support if it goes wrong?

Edit: muting this now as I've had such a good response from all you super people.

#Windows10 #Linux #LinuxMint #NonTechSavvy

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Now about these options you're presenting me with...

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There are definitely times when the Urge to do Journalism bites. For example: I'm sat drinking a coffee overlooking Whitstable harbour. There's a ship unloading, and I search for the name. This leads me to find out that it was impounded earlier this year for a bunch of safety violations, and is owned by a reasonably elaborate bunch of shell companies. Probably nothing illegal, but quite a lot of playing "pass the asset" from one company to another.

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This is what journalism mostly is: persistently pulling at the thread of something you find, to the point where you know something interesting is going on. It takes time and effort, but anyone can do it – you just need to be methodical. As I always say to new journalists, if you think you're job is writing, you're in for a disappointment.

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@wordshaper Companies House is absolute gold for getting started. And one of the first (and most useful) things I learned back in the day was how to read company reports to dig out the stuff they had to say, but really wanted to bury.

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Every time Elon Musk has run a software company he’s failed. So of course his VC mates are falling over themselves to give him money for xAI, because VCs make rational decisions.

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We've always known iA Writer ran on creativity and careful thought.
We're excited to learn that iA Writer also runs on daylight.

https://daylightcomputer.com/

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@ia Speaking of good things… what’s the plan with iA Writer for Windows? It’s still easily my favourite writing app on that platform.

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Tempted to write an article headlined "Are LLMs really artificial intelligence?" because... well you know what the answer is.

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Someone should probably tell Rishi Sunak that if he seriously believes that young people are being radicalised, teaching them how to shoot modern weapons might not have the outcome he thinks it will.

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I haven't really been keeping up with the omnishambles that is the Tory election campaign, so I'm only just finding out that "we got you through Covid" is one of their campaign lines. Sure, you got us through it, by setting rules that you were ignoring at the time to such a degree the PM had to resign.

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Also, if "I got us through a World War" wasn't enough to get Churchill elected, it seems a little unlikely that your botched "getting through" the pandemic is going to cut much mustard.

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Morning, champions!

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@DJDarren Y’reet, youth?

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I would be much more supportive of compulsory national service for 50-60 year olds. The ones who got free education, affordable housing to buy, etc. It’s about time we gave something back to our country.

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Hey, Copilot, you OK hun?

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Curry sweats are the best sweats

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@rysiek Michael.

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Oh and if people could stop saying interesting things to me for about four hours I would greatly appreciate it.

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Can I just have a small moment to swear about websites which only work properly on Chromium based browsers? Can I?

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“How the new Microsoft Recall feature fundamentally undermines Windows security | by Kevin Beaumont | May, 2024 | DoublePulsar”

https://doublepulsar.com/how-the-new-microsoft-recall-feature-fundamentally-undermines-windows-security-aa072829f218

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@baldur Point still stands. I doubt there are many people in the US who have never, ever written down their SSN or bank details in email or somewhere in a file on their system.

No privacy or security advocate has had hands on with the system. Every single one I've ready has filled in blanks in info with assumptions. Every. Single. One. And some of those assumptions are already proving to be wrong (i.e. that website filtering doesn't work except with Edge. That, we now know, is wrong).

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For those who aren’t aware, Microsoft have decided to bake essentially an infostealer into base Windows OS and enable by default.

From the Microsoft FAQ: “Note that Recall does not perform content moderation. It will not hide information such as passwords or financial account numbers."

Info is stored locally - but rather than something like Redline stealing your local browser password vault, now they can just steal the last 3 months of everything you’ve typed and viewed in one database.

video/mp4

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@gwire @GossiTheDog It sort of does, I think… not inaccessible but less accessible. From the video Kevin reposted, it shows that to access the stored data file, you need to explicitly put in your Admin password – even to get to in in Windows Explorer. That means, I believe any app which wants to reach it also has to request access.

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@GossiTheDog @gwire Explain (or don’t, which is also good)

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@ben @GossiTheDog It's still not ideal and they should go a lot further though. But like you say, it's something.

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