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    Top media PCs you can buy in South Africa

    Everything I tried did a good job on video; it's easy enough for the devs to get a 4K monitor to develop and test on - amps are EXTREMELY fussy, and if everything isn't exactly right, they just say NOOOOO and do their own thing. Many times it seems like it's working OK, but then you look at the...
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    Top media PCs you can buy in South Africa

    I've tried NUCs as media PCs, and that's where they always came unstuck - squirting out a bitstream or reliable passthrough that amps liked. I still love them as devices - we use them around the office for the accounts/support staff.
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    Top media PCs you can buy in South Africa

    There's nothing as expensive as ignorance.
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    Top media PCs you can buy in South Africa

    I upgraded my home cinema these holidays, and needed a new media system that did 4K and ATMOS sound, etc - I have a long history of using media PCs, Android boxes, Raspberry Pis, etc to get good sound, reliable universal remote integration, etc working.. long story short? Xbox Series S was the...
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    Well, I for one hope my insurance company is going the extra mile to use tools like this to clamp down on fraudulent claims, and not just being lazy and increasing my premium to cover the losses.
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    100% agreed there, however the Vuma guy speaks with enough knowledge in the article to make one think this is one of the companies that have done the basics. The company as a whole certainly has the network know-how to do it right.
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    Up to a point, yes - but on the other hand it's a competitive market, and I've got my premium to come down quite a few times by accepting a "FREE QUOTE!!!" offer every few years and telling my broker XYZ is cheaper, make a plan. I have no intention of moving to save a few %, but you have to...
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    You usually can - I'm involved in my neighborhood security initiative, and they have given people cctv dumps a number of times, if it's a public area for a genuine cause, they're usually more than happy to help. A while ago we had an incident at my place of work, and the CCTV footage we...
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    OK, that's a typical attitude, it's fine when it benefits you - so if you have an insurance claim and they said they needed the CCTV footage, then you'd probably be OK with it. Until then you're taking a page from the anti-vaxxer playbook - I don't have any proof, but there's a theoretical...
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    I think you just proved his point - we have public traffic cams and car theft is rampant in this country. HA! :)
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    Well, I trust insurance companies with a LOT more personal data, and it's possible that that would get leaked, it'd be pretty stupid if I said we should shut down all the insurance companies because of the possibility this data could make it in to the wrong hands.
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    Systems like this generally suffer more from human vulnerabilities rather than inherent technology vulnerabilities. That'll always be a problem, and impossible to totally fix, but you can't abandon projects like this because of edge cases that something might go wrong, because as you allude to...
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    You missed my point. When you build any IOT network, assume everything has a million 10 CVE's every day, and build around that - because every well known company/product at some point seems to have a really bad vulnerability. It's all part of the Zero-Trust philisophy that's emerging in...
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    Vumacam footage is being used in insurance claim investigations

    And quite easy to secure if you have a vaguely competent networking department. Most the Hikvision vulnerabilities seem to be from very outdated firmware, on public IPs and default settings (but then you can say that for SO much connected hardware); 3 things I'd expect to be secured by someone...
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    The mystery of disappearing Vodacom airtime

    Yes, it's a pretty bad test, but the reason it uses mobile data is quite logical - it's quite understandable that the phone keeps an internal note of whether the mobile network is functioning, and to do this needs to send a ping over the mobile network. I'm sure the same is attempted over wifi...
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    The mystery of disappearing Vodacom airtime

    If they were going to take the time to take action on the URL, it's easy enough to zero-rate it, and if they straight blocked it, it would probably cause all kinds of issues with Android phones thinking they're offline when they're not. Yes, it's surprising they use the mobile connection, but...
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    The mystery of disappearing Vodacom airtime

    Actually makes sense... sounds like Android's fault ... it makes sense that they'd do some pings over mobile data to test the mobile connection. There's not really any other way of doing it. Perhaps MTN and Telkom just got ahead of the curve and zero-rated that IP.
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    The cheapest backup power devices for staying online during load-shedding

    I would suggest spending a little more on the battery - for about 10-15% more you can get a gel battery, which in my experience lasts twice as long. (not twice as much power, just doesn't need to be replaced as often)
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    We should be able to sell non-essential products - Takealot CEO

    Does nobody read past the headline? He's advocating for all stores, big and small, to be able to fulfil ecommerce sales.
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    We should be able to sell non-essential products - Takealot CEO

    You forgot the entire supply chains behind the products, factories that make it, package it, etc. So really the entire economy except the people at the tills, who will now pack things up and call the courier rather. You could say "only sell existing stock", but that's such a MASSIVE grey...
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