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    US appeals court rules FCC was correct in labeling Huawei a national security threat

    I'm also 100% sure this is the reason. They won't give USA backdoors.
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    SqwidNet cutting back on staff to save network

    Google "sigfox pet tracker" - there's some out there. The problem is the size of the batteries make them prohibitively bulky for even these super low power WANs. Of course, buying anything sigfox right now would be a bad idea, because the network could disappear at any time!
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    SqwidNet cutting back on staff to save network

    I'm in the same boat. Was really interested until I tried to get more info, then it just slid off my radar.
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    WhatsApp vs Telegram - Features and security compared

    Any mobile app has this weakness, unfortunately. This is actually the chink it Telegram's armour; it's because of this that the messages are held on it server in an accessible manner. Nobody seems to speak about how bad Telegram's T&C's are - they can share any of their data with their parent...
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    Takealot facing increased competition from international ecommerce companies

    For some reason there's 2 versions, a "Kindle" and "Kindle (International Version)"... I'm guessing the normal one has an FBI backdoor, and the international one has NSA backdoors.
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    I replaced my old Microsoft keyboard with a new Apple model

    The problem with the bottom charging port isn't that it makes life a misery for the owner, it's just the best example of how Apple prioritizes form over function in their products.
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    I replaced my old Microsoft keyboard with a new Apple model

    I remember the original being nicknamed the "tragic macpad" :)
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    I replaced my old Microsoft keyboard with a new Apple model

    Yeah but that's different, it has flashing lights.
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    I replaced my old Microsoft keyboard with a new Apple model

    100% agreed on not cheaping out on a piece of equipment that you'll interact with every day. I had one like yours for a year or 2, but I never quite loved it like the original MS Ergo keyboards that I came from. I feel their attempt at the laptop-style chiclet keys didn't do them any favours...
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    Cuban engineers not allowed to work in South Africa without supervision

    The article makes it sound like it's R65m for the entire project, not just the salary bills for the engineers - although it wouldn't surprise me if your take was right!
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    Cuban engineers not allowed to work in South Africa without supervision

    South African engineers don't come with bonus cash kickbacks. This is an important qualification for ANC.
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    Eskom crisis threatens after Oracle cuts IT support

    Agreed, in almost any large enterprise project, the software price is insignificant - not many closed source detractors seem to know this. A rule of thumb the total cost of the sofware/platform over 5+ years is about a month's salary of those who use it. And just 1 big incident where the...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    One of the reasons they're expanding their T&C's to share more metadata between Facebook and WA is so they don't have to do what you say. And if they do, it'll be dead easy to pick up. I don't believe the updated terms mention they are authorized to inspect your messages; while it's easy to be...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    The only reason papers don't do it is because they can't. Any service with access to data to improve ad targetting will do so to provide a more valuable service to its advertisers. He can do whatever he wants with anyone's data according to T&C's, so I'm sure he has been true to his word. I...
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    South Africans flock to Telegram after WhatsApp privacy backlash

    Telegram does explicitly say the need to share your number with 3rd parties to provide service, I guess this is what that's about. Signal had a blog posting on just this a while ago - it suffers from the same problem (as do things like Truecaller) - it's not really a security issue, it's just...
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