Say GDP-Aaargh, streamers: Max Schrems is coming for you, Netflix and Amazon

The Register - 26 min 14 sec ago
Apple and others also in firing line as complaints filed

Streaming services aren't complying with EU data protection law - namely the General Data Protection Regulation's right of access - according to a fresh suite of complaints aimed at the likes of Netflix, Amazon and Spotify.…

What happens after 11th of April with Client Apps

Developing Android Apps - 44 min 20 sec ago

Hello Community,

long-time reader, first post.

I have an issue with migration to FCM. Situation is as follows:- currently released version is 2.x- we are in heavy development for 3.0 (target release date: early June 2019)- 2.x still uses GCM client library (version 11.0.2)- we have migrated our backend to FCM- please don't ask why we still haven't migrated. Politics. :)

The big question is: what will happen with Apps that use GCM after 11th of April? I have found misleading information from Google, see:

" The GCM server and client APIs have been deprecated and will be removed as soon as April 11th, 2019. "


" What happens to my users who don't update their apps?

As long as users have GCM logic in their apps, they will still receive messages. FCM is backwards compatible with GCM, so even if you don't update your server endpoint now, you can still update your app's logic, and vice versa."

(as of

I assume that existing Apps will work just fine. The thing I cannot verify is whether token generation API will still be operable? (eg. for Users freshly installing App)

Does anyone have any *confirmed* information?

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Is listening for Intents batteryfriendly?

Hey i wondered if i set up a profile which listens for broadcast intents has a big impact on battery life. For example i want to monitor if my Wifi connection changes.

I could do that with a timed profile:

trigger task which checks %WIFII every 10 min or so.


wait for intent and then trigger a task wich checks %WIFII.

I would guess the intent way is better, because with the first method running a task every 10 min does WAKE the device if im right and for the second, the Intents are send by the system anyway, so why dont catch them...???

Or does the benefit go away because tasker has to monitor the broadcast intents?

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Thinking of making the leap from windows 10 to Linux

Linux - 53 min 59 sec ago

Is this a hard transition? Is wine good these days for non Linux programs? What's everyone's reccomended distribution? Looking at either mint KDE or mint cinnamon

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Microsoft partner portal 'exposes 'every' support request filed worldwide' today

The Register - 1 hour 9 min ago
No customer data visible but hell's bells, Redmond, what have you borked now?

Exclusive Alarmed Microsoft support partners can currently view support tickets submitted from all over the world, in what appears to be a very wide-ranging blunder by the Redmond-based biz.…

What shell should I use?

Command Line - 1 hour 14 min ago

Right now, I'm using zsh. I want something a that is a whole lot more minimal. It should be POSIX compliant.

It should have a vi mode and ideally (I know that this is a stretch) I would really like syntax highlighting in the interactive shell

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Vodafone signs $550m deal with IBM to offload cloud biz

The Register - 1 hour 42 min ago
Up to 750 staff transferring to Big Blue. Good luck people... you might need it

Vodafone is offloading its cloud and hosting unit to IBM in a $550m eight-year outsourcing deal that will include up to 750 staff packing their bags as they're sent off to new employer Big Blue, sources say.…

What sort of things should I look into for high security apps? eg banking apps

Developing Android Apps - 1 hour 52 min ago

Been looking at jobs requiring expertise in app security, what should I look at to gain relevant security knowledge? I know the basics of encryption etc from university.

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Some Thoughts on Open Core

Linux Journal - 1 hour 57 min ago
by Kyle Rankin

Why open core software is bad for the FOSS movement.

Nothing is inherently anti-business about Free and Open Source Software (FOSS). In fact, a number of different business models are built on top of FOSS. The best models are those that continue to further FOSS by internal code contributions and that advance the principles of Free Software in general. For instance, there's the support model, where a company develops free software but sells expert support for it.

Here, I'd like to talk a bit about one of the more problematic models out there, the open core model, because it's much more prevalent, and it creates some perverse incentives that run counter to Free Software principles.

If you haven't heard about it, the open core business model is one where a company develops free software (often a network service intended to be run on a server) and builds a base set of users and contributors of that free code base. Once there is a critical mass of features, the company then starts developing an "enterprise" version of the product that contains additional features aimed at corporate use. These enterprise features might include things like extra scalability, login features like LDAP/Active Directory support or Single Sign-On (SSO) or third-party integrations, or it might just be an overall improved version of the product with more code optimizations and speed.

Because such a company wants to charge customers to use the enterprise version, it creates a closed fork of the free software code base, or it might provide the additional proprietary features as modules so it has fewer problems with violating its free software license.

The first problem with the open core model is that on its face it doesn't further principles behind Free Software, because core developer time gets focused instead of writing and promoting proprietary software. Instead of promoting the importance of the freedoms that Free Software gives both users and developers, these companies often just use FOSS as a kind of freeware to get an initial base of users and as free crowdsourcing for software developers that develop the base product when the company is small and cash-strapped. As the company get more funding, it's then able to hire the most active community developers, so they then can stop working on the community edition and instead work full-time on the company's proprietary software.

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Black Horse slowed down: Lloyds Banking Group confirms problem with 'Faster' payments

The Register - 2 hours 14 min ago
Friday morning is an ideal time for transfers to have a glitch, agree customers

Lloyds and Halifax bank customers have been warned not to make repeat transactions as the group grapples with a technical glitch with Faster Payments.…

Enpass password manager update costs users their data, ignored in their forums

Android - 2 hours 15 min ago

This post is intended as a PSA to anyone who is currently an Enpass user or looking for a password manager (which I still think you should use, despite the problems that I've had with this application and it's team, password managers are clearly the best way to secure your data). I used to champion this application because it is a secure, local solution to storing passwords on your devices that doesn't hook into a remote database so that it can't be compromised in a data breach for example.

However, recently they pushed version 6 to the Play Store and automatic updates have cost me and several other users all of our passwords and data. To explain, for a couple of years there have been two ways to authenticate with this application: your master password and your fingerprint. I, and several other users have used our fingerprints for so long that we have forgotten our master passwords. When Enpass updated their application they removed the ability to unlock the application with one's fingerprint and thereby locked a number of their users out of their data with no workaround. Basically, one day fingerprints are a login option, the next day they aren't. No warning preceded this update (no banner released in the application informing users of the upcoming release and the changes that it would bring, for instance, or contact email).

Several users have contacted them in their forums and after blaming their users for forgetting their passwords and taking no ownership of the fact that they removed an authentication option from their users phones they have turned to completely ignoring their posts. A user should only use an application of this nature with complete trust in the development team behind it. Unfortunately, despite being entirely within the development team's capabilities to release another update restoring fingerprint access to their users data they have chosen to ignore the problem and hope it goes away. I'm hoping that even though it is very unlikely I will ever get my data back that at least I can help spread the word about this company to prevent others from making the same mistake and trusting them with their data.

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Weekly "anything goes" thread!

Developing Android Apps - 2 hours 15 min ago

Here's your chance to talk about whatever!

Although if you're thinking about getting feedback on an app, you should wait until tomorrow's App Feedback thread.

Remember that while you can talk about any topic, being a jerk is still not allowed.

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