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1538 posts • joined 13 Mar 2008

Twitter sneaks in Facebook-ish photo-tagging – how to switch it off

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Re: "Promoted tweets"

I've not updated in a while. Not since it required 'reading SMS messages' in its list of demands.

Same goes for Facebook.

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What the world really needs: A telescopic SELFIE STICK

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Re: Not actually a new idea

"p.s here's a song about selfies http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdemFfbS5H0 :)"

I thought it was an Ikea advert. Taking pictures of your shelf...

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Ericsson and Kodiak in Europe WALKIE-TALKIE-style push-to-talk push

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Re: One at at time...

Compared to text messages, its not that different. However, your phone broadcasting voice at anytime without prior warning is never a good thing. Throw in that teenagers don't talk much on phones, just text, and you might see a few problems.

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Sinclair's ZX Spectrum to LIVE AGAIN!

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There was an Atari 2600 emulator on sale

It plugged in to the TV and contained several games preloaded. All housed in an old style joystick.

What if someone made a full spectrum emulator in the old style box. Throw in a TV adaptor (could be the old style tuner one or maybe composite video or push the boat out with HDMI) maybe even 9 pin joystick ports (and chuck in a joystick or two) and emulate a kempston or cursor interface. USB slot for copying across the .TAP files and a button on the back to bring up an internal menu (one for copying to/from USB, loading .TAP files, etc)

I would suggest it could also be used as a media centre (as the emulator would probably be running on something like a Raspberry Pi) but then you'd want to put all the gubbins in a fixed box near the TV and have the Spectrum keyboard as a wireless remote control to that unit.

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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I did complain to one app author successfully.

They had permissions creep and wanted access to the microphone on an IR Remote Control app (to let you make voice commands to trigger the remote functions).

After having words with them, they now do two versions, a basic and one with all the extra functions.

I doubt that Facebook and Twitter (which also wants access to your SMS) will release a less intrusive app. And as a result, I am not updating them.

If anyone knows a good and trustworthy apps that will access Facebook and Twitter without all the extra intrusive permissions, please let me know.

I might even write my own.

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Sync'n'steal: Hackers brew Android-targeting Windows malware

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Re: What ever happened to the old connection options on Android?

But, by that time, it has already connected to your phone.

And it is controlled at the PC end. To prevent something writing to your memory card (malware upload or malicious delete all) surely it should be controlled at the phone end?

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What ever happened to the old connection options on Android?

My older phone would ask every time if I wanted to connect if I plugged in to a PC to charge.

My new one gives me the choice of MTP or PTP. It is a minor annoyance that it no longer has 'mass storage' mode but a major annoyance that it doesn't do a charge only without going in to the developer settings and putting the port into debug mode.

I thought technology was supposed to improve, not go backwards.

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'I don't understand why they feel like they own the word CANDY'

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So, a rival can't call themselves

Can't Believe It's Not Candy

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Apple fanbois make it 'official', hook up with Internet of Fridges Things

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If you are 20 miles away, why would you feel the need to tweak the aircon?

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Hong Kong’s mobile-mad cabbies told to ditch dashboard devices

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Was in one recently who was too busy fiddling with his taxi booking system phone thingie to fully watch the road. Had to point out to him there was an empty taxi lane beside the queue of cars we were stuck in.

Ban them from having more than one device on the screen and they will have a tablet and a mini wifi network connected to all the phones in his glove box, scraping the messages from each device.

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Two websites you should show your boss if you want to be paid in Bitcoin

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Re: Alternatively...

But if they are paid in BitCoins by their customers, they don't need to buy any.

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I found an asteroid! yells revived probe NEOWISE. Boffins nod politely

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Re: I don't want to know

"It's not the meteors you have to worry about. It's the meteorites."

No, its the potholes you need to worry about if you spend all your time watching the sky for falling objects.

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Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT

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Open source is safe...

...if you know for certain that your compiler is not compromised and injecting code in to the final executable.

And how do you know that open source compiler is safe as you have to compile it on something to start with.

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Microsoft to RIP THE SHEETS off Windows 9 aka 'Threshold' in April

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Is Windows trying to copy the StarTrek convention...

... of odd and even numbers? Only the odd number Windows versions are any good (ok, just XP (5) and Win7. Vista (6) and Win 8 are not so good)

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Qwerty keyboards

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Re: I've been holding out for a Nokia WP7 with a QWERTY keyboard

I miss the keyboard on my old HTC Desire Z.

Though the screen is very small compared to the Samsung S4. Pulled it out the other day to find an old note I typed on it and that thing looks tiny.

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Re: waste of time

There is a lot to be said about tactile interfaces. I could type without looking at the screen or keyboard on my old Desire Z as I could feel where the keys were. I can touch them without the device thinking I am pressing them. Thus my typing speed was a lot faster than on my Samsung S4 or on my 10" tablet.

An on screen keyboard is ok for a short reply, but if you want to type something longer (or even have a rant online) I always find myself heading to a PC so that I can put my words across at full thinking speed instead of being held back by the bottleneck of typing on a virtual screen.

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Android in cars

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Going by the price some charge to update their built in Sat-Nav (Vauxhaull charge over £100 for singe update that comes out once per year) I am not surprised they are taking their time to move to a platform that allows other people's software on their systems.

I hope that when they do allow interconnection they have some sort of separation between the car controls and the satnav/entertainment system. If the systems were joined it wouldn't be too tricky to make a malicious app that unlocks your car for thieves or engages your immobiliser when you do above 65 on a motorway.

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I still carry my old Nokia 5185.

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Re: T28 please

The T18 and T28 were a pain. There was a software bug in them that made it look like the phone was operating normally, with full signal, until you try and call or text.

Rebooting the phone would make it spring to life, letting you know of all the texts and voicemails you had waiting for you.

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"What else does a telephone really need to do?"

For starters, I no longer carry a separate camera these days.

It doesn't NEED to have the extras, like a camera, it is just something that is a little more handy than pockets of junk.

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F*** you very much Google.

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Try turning them off via gmail.com

Some mobile apps do tend to forget settings or not pass them back to the main site.

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ANYONE on Google+ can now email you, with or without your Gmail addy

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Re: "Incoming emails will also be partially filtered using Gmail's new inbox buckets."

I turned that annoying thing off as soon as it was implemented.

I already have several email accounts (for different things like work, personal, a few sites I run, etc) and it can be a pain having to look at each one without having to fight through several sub folders on each account.

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Guess what happened when T-Mobile US's boss trolled AT&T's CES party

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Re: The reason I use the likes of AdBlock is exactly this situation.

It is the same on Firefox and have ensured my allow non-intrusive setting is on.

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The reason I use the likes of AdBlock is exactly this situation.

I don't mind text adverts or stationary graphics. But moving graphics or ones that take over your screen is why they are all blocked.

If ever the Reg puts adverts in to the quieter category, I might just white-list them.

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App to manage Android app permissions

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Anyone know good alternatives to...

...Twitter and Facebook's Android apps?

I'm not updating them due to their extra permissions and would ideally get them off my phone by using something with less permissions.

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It is walled garden apps we are talking about. It is the official Facebook app that wants to poke about in your SMS messages and fiddle with your WiFi settings.

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Justice Ministry to spaff £70k finding out how prisoners like to use ILLEGAL mobes

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Re: Top of the world Ma...

"What's the betting the survey says that the phones are only ever used for checking on family welfare."

What do you use your illegal mobile phone for?

A) Checking on the hoes you are pimping.

B) Telling your crew to beat up the family of someone who pissed you off inside.

C) Checking with your family and talking to your pet dog.

Yea, who is going to answer anything but C.

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Re: One of life's little ironies

Can imagine the frustration of someone smuggling a mobile into jail up their hoop (3 pin charger included) only to find out they can't get a good signal on the 3 network.

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'BILLION-YEAR DISK' to help FUTURE LIFEFORMS study us

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The disk may survive, but can anyone read it?

Remember the Original Domesday book. From 1086 and still readable

The update to it was created in 1986 and there is limited hardware that can read the disks any more.

The data may survive on the drive, but will future civilisations have the equipment to interface to an old SATA drive?

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Cyanogen grabs $23m, will ship mod-installed N1 smartmobe on Xmas Eve

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Several have jumped ship from Cyanogen

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/10/16/android_custom_roms_splinter_over_openness/

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The Pirate Bay changes domain again … TWICE!

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Re: Advertising revenue

And watch on the device of your own choice without having to sit through the piracy warnings or trailers you are forced to watch on the DVD copy.

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Feminist Software Foundation gets grumpy with GitHub … or does it?

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Re: An unsolvable decision problem

If you are a Narwhal, it would be midnight.

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"false means false!"

I would disagree on that point. Take the following conversation taking place between a husband and wife when she us upset.

M: Is there anything wrong dear?

F: NO!!!!!! <slams door>

I'm sure the software will handle those logic levels.

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It's not gold in the frozen hills of Antarctica, my boy, it's DIAMONDS

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Re: Banned until money

'Illegal' becomes 'treaty' becomes 'agreement' becomes mining rights.

...and that is the path to the dark side.

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Macbook webcams CAN spy on you - and you simply CAN'T TELL

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Re: But it is a Mac

"...your sarcasm tag is ineffective because there is no opening one."

The point was a thing called humour. Maybe you should do a little research.

And I was not trying to write code that would parse in a compiler. I was saving it as a punchline to a joke. Punchlines are normally made at the end, not at the start.

Or are you claiming you typed <sarcasm> once in a post and still haven't turned it off yet?

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But it is a Mac

Everyone knows that Macs are bullet proof to the point of not needing any Antivirus.

</sarcasm>

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ZX Spectrum REVIVED as Bluetooth keyboard

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At first I thought it was using the real guts of the Spectrum

With a little something added to the Interface 1 module.

A little impractical though. A slight bit of interface wobble and you have to plug your tape drive back in and reload the keyboard mapping software.

Basically doing what other companies have done before with a USB keyboard made from old PCs, just making a bluetooth version of it. No Z80 processor inside any more.

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Facebook to BLAST the web with AUTO-PLAYING VIDEO ads

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Re: But they can't be switched off, either.

Now is the time to promote your own Facebook app.

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No anon pr0n for you: BT's network-level 'smut' filters will catch proxy servers too

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And so it begins

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25430582

Several non-porn sites (eg, sexual advice, rape and abuse advice, etc) have been blocked by BT under their porn filter.

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Re: Seriously?

"In a sane world, BT should be losing thousands of customers every day, because of this."

Trouble is, how many members of the public know/understand what is happening.

We are all technically minded, but the average Joe Public isn't. Most of them won't even know what a proxy server is, never mind how to use one.

And its all being sold as a way of protecting children. How is the average guy, opposed to the way censorship is heading, explain to their wife that they need to switch providers to complain about the porn filter without it sounding like he wants the filter turned off so he can see porn?

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Zuck you! Facebook introduces 'Dislike' button... in Messenger

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Re: because there's no other way to express an emotion

Because sometimes you don't know what to say to someone when their close relative dies.

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Nominet seeks royal approval for pisspoor .uk domain name push

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Re: Will it go to the .co.uk holder? Or .org.uk? Or...

"It will go to the .co.uk holder. It's buried in the proposal somewhere."

Yea, but it won't go for free. Its all about making money.

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Striking Amazonians warn: Don't rely on us for Christmas pressies

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It isn't just physical deliveries they are having problems with.

If you bought a Disney Christmas movie online with Amazon, you might have problems watching it...

http://torrentfreak.com/amazon-pulls-access-to-purchased-christmas-videos-during-christmas-131216/

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Twitterers rally round #CensoredUK - to demand MORE PORN

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What about the other sites that will be caught in it?

What about sites that occasionally say the word "fuck?" Goodbye El Reg

Is it going to block any site that may have boobs on it? There are plenty on twitter, for example, so bye bye twitter.

This is being done to protect children in households where the parents don't think about stopping the children from accessing anything that may harm them. But then, the a few sites being blocked may be used by the adults in the house, so they are going to turn it off anyway and not put in any substitute protection.

Besides, a censorship firewall isn't going to get between a hormone fuelled teen and some adult pictures for very long.

Who thought this through?

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Station to station: Ten DAB-Bluetooth combo radios

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And next on the Register - a review of chocolate teapots.

I won't bother repeating my view on how hopeless I find the DAB radio in general, as you are all probably tired of hearing it.

I will instead ask a question about the display on these units.

On an old analog radio alarm clock, the display only lights up parts of the seven segment LEDs it needs to display the time. Such as:

http://argos.scene7.com/is/image/Argos/9238495_R_Z001A_UC731843?$TMB$&wid=312&hei=312

On a DAB radio, such as the Sandstrom S7BTD12, it is often found that the whole display is backlit with an LCD mask showing the letters/numbers in black.

Think about such a device on your bedside. One bright enough to read the time and the other bright enough to read a book by.

This brightness was another reason for moving my DAB alarm clock to the kitchen.

Can reviews of these devices mention such illumination?

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Big goolies-grabbing black snake nips unlucky bloke's trouser snake

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I wonder if he was quite happy with the swelling it caused.

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Boffins: On my command, unleash REMOTE CONTROL BULL SPERM

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Re: wait.. what

"I don't think i want to ever get sick and be injected with some of that."

Who says you get injected. You might have to swallow.

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Ghosts of Christmas Past: Ten tech treats from yesteryear

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Re: TeleMemo lives - perfect for PINs

Also very handy for storing phone numbers for when you don't have your mobile (either stolen or working in a place that doesn't allow mobiles on site)

They look a bit better too. The Casio Edifice watches don't have all the buttons on the front. I did get a proper metal strap one, with metal body and mineral glass. The UK shops only sold plastic straps/cases/screens. Longest lasting watch I've ever had. Hope they start making smart watches to the same rugged specs.

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Microsoft researchers build 'smart bra' to stop women's stress eating

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Re: Amid the predictable puerile jokes....

"...the best place to get the results needed is from the area around the heart..."

Plenty of heard monitoring fitness devices can be strapped on without the need for an over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder.

Maybe if men want to use this device, they have to 'grow a pair'

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Lightning strikes USB bosses: Next-gen jacks will be REVERSIBLE

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Time to invest in...

...companies that will be making USB adaptors.

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