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Auto Installing Apps
Having a Samsung S4, I have a few apps that, no matter how often I remove/disable (some are bloatware so cannot be removed totally, just set to disabled) they will re-enable themselves and update themselves.
Apps, such as ChatOn, Flipboard, S Health and Trip Advisor.
Some apps I've not updated, such as Facebook and Twitter as the new versions want too much access. No you cannot read my SMS and play with my wifi settings.
Facebook are trying to force and update by disabling the build in messaging and making you install another app, which has all these nasty permissions too.
Problem with driverless cars
What do they do when someone is standing in the middle of the road waving their arms?
Does it treat them like a hazard and drive round them. They could be there to warn that the way ahead is dangerous (bridge about to collapse).
Does it treat them as someone to stop at, which case it could be a member of a gang, trying to stop your car so the rest can pounce on it, force it open and rob you.
And I spotted a nice little article about networked cars:
"Most if not all parts ( anything that weighs less than 20 kgs) should be user replaceable without the need for special tools. Could create a huge market for customisation."
That alone scares me. I remember seeing many a home repaired car that would shed a reasonable proportion of its weight by driving over a cobbled road. Imagine all those home repaired cars, held together with string and wrong sized bolts, flying over your head waiting to plummet to the ground.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
So, a rival can't call themselves
Can't Believe It's Not Candy
If you are 20 miles away, why would you feel the need to tweak the aircon?
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.
But if they are paid in BitCoins by their customers, they don't need to buy any.
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.
Mozilla CTO Eich: If your browser isn't open source (ahem, ahem, IE, Chrome, Safari), DON'T TRUST IT
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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
Try turning them off via gmail.com
Some mobile apps do tend to forget settings or not pass them back to the main site.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Several have jumped ship from Cyanogen
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.
Re: An unsolvable decision problem
If you are a Narwhal, it would be midnight.
"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.
Re: Banned until money
'Illegal' becomes 'treaty' becomes 'agreement' becomes mining rights.
...and that is the path to the dark side.
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?
But it is a Mac
Everyone knows that Macs are bullet proof to the point of not needing any Antivirus.
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.
Re: But they can't be switched off, either.
Now is the time to promote your own Facebook app.
And so it begins
Several non-porn sites (eg, sexual advice, rape and abuse advice, etc) have been blocked by BT under their porn filter.
"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?
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.
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.
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...
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?
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:
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?
I wonder if he was quite happy with the swelling it caused.
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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