Friday: Windows 11, forced filter, e-car smog, Bitcoin theft & Google warning

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While Microsoft has introduced Windows 11, countries want to introduce a compulsory filter in all operating systems, but IT and media associations are in storm. The dispute over CO2 emissions from electric cars is already entering the next round. On the other hand, the operators of the crypto platform Africrypt have disappeared – together with 69,000 Bitcoins. Would Google have warned against this with its new notice of possibly unreliable search results?

Windows 10 will not be the last Windows, as Microsoft actually announced in 2014 when the operating system was presented. This should only be updated every six months as part of Windows-as-a-Service. Microsoft has said goodbye to the plan, but that was not surprising after an ISO file had previously been circulating on the Internet. Microsoft introduces the Windows 10 successor and Windows 11 comes without tiles and with integrated teams.

The newly announced Windows 11 allows Android applications to run directly in Windows. In return, the operating system receives the Windows Subsystem for Android, a further development of the previous Windows Subsystem for Linux. In the future, Android apps can be installed on Windows 11 via a revised Windows App Store. Windows 11 for Developers offers Android apps, game kits, and Windows SDK.

Windows 11 does not yet contain a compulsory filter, but the federal states want to oblige the providers of operating systems, for example for PCs, laptops and cell phones, to preinstall youth protection filters by reforming the youth media protection treaty. By default, these would block all websites that are not suitable for under 18-year-olds or that have not been given an age label. That would affect most websites in the world. However, IT and media associations are raging against the compulsory filter in all operating systems.

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You almost need a filter for the contradictions of scientists in response to an open letter about the emission of electric cars to the EU Commission. In it, other scientists, mainly from the chairs for internal combustion engines, warn that the electricity requirements of e-cars are easily underestimated by a factor of two. The harsh reactions range from “extremely embarrassing” to “disguised lobbyist writing” to “just stupid”. But do electric cars cause twice as much CO2 emissions as expected? That’s what experts say.

The two founders of the South African crypto investment platform Africrypt turn out to be experts of a completely different kind. These are suspected of having sold Bitcoins currently valued at around 2 billion euros. Initially, Africrypt described itself as a victim of a hack. After those affected took legal action, the operators of the crypto platform Africrypt with 69,000 Bitcoins disappeared.

The new warning function from Google comes too late for this, because the search engine has only been testing the warning of potentially unreliable search results so far. This is intended to inform users better and to encourage them to do more detailed research. This is how Google wants to protect its users from any incorrect or unsuitable information. Google does not filter the search results, it only provides a hint. Examples are completely new events or trends that may initially lead to unreliable search results on Google.

The permanent surveillance of innocent citizens of an entire city in the USA is both unreliable and inadmissible. That was decided by an expanded bench of judges. A judicial search warrant would be necessary, which can only be obtained if there is a concrete suspicion. The reason for the decision are surveillance programs in which airplanes circle the whole day and take high-resolution photos of an entire city or region every second. This permanent aerial surveillance is unconstitutional in the United States.

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