* Posts by Charlie Clark

2869 posts • joined 16 Apr 2007

How to hit the top of Google's rankings: 'Use a new dot-thing gTLD'

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Stupid taxonomy

A bicycle shop, for example, is significantly more likely to buy a dot-bike domain than, say, a dot-spot domain.

Only in the self-fulfilling prophecies of domain resellers and SEO shops.

What if that bike shop is in Berlin, New York?

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Nokia France leak: Windows Phone DUMPED in Microsoft Lumia revamp

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Re: And with that a thousand smartphone backlights just went out...

FWIW OLEDs don't have backlights.

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Microsoft promises Windows 10 will mean two-factor auth for all

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Windows 10 versions

Full support for fingerprint recognition is being built into the stack, and there'll also be support for other biometrics

So there'll be the CIA version, one each for the FBI, NSA and FSB and also presumably one for the MPAA!

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DEATH by PowerPoint: Microsoft warns of 0-day attack hidden in slides

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Should be though the related functionality might be missing. Then again OLE is such a fucked up implementation of applications as components that it probably won't be missed.

Then again LibreOffice has enough bugs of its own. I appreciate some of the things the devs are trying to do but I've binned it until it stops crashing so much. I find OpenOffice considerably more stable.

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In dot we trust: If you keep to this 124-page security rulebook, you can own yourname.trust

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Re: The rest of the story

I don't see what either .trust or .secure bring to the party and like you, I'm sceptical that the business model will ever fly.

NCC should stick to making security reviews and penetration testing so relevant that every site uses them.

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.trust as a "gated community"?

Sounds just right for China or Saudi Arabia!

On a more serious note: all the new TLDs are a solution in search of a problem. The initial set and the countries providing enough of a taxonomy to work with.

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Hey Apple, we're gonna tailor Swift as open source – indie devs throw down gauntlet

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Re: not convinced

Apparently, it was pcc until BSD 4.4 when it was replaced by the gcc presumably as part of the whole AT&T process. Fast forward 25 years and they again start looking around for a new compiler because of problems with the licence.

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Re: not convinced

Hasn't BSD always had its own compiler? As things stand llvm and clang seem to be doing a good job of displacing the gcc.

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Open sourcing either the code or making the specification public are very good ideas for languages. Universities are then likely to pick them up and identify the nice and not so nice parts. I can see a reluctance to do this initially on Apple's behalf as they will want complete control over the first few versions to fit the MacOS / IOS world as good as possible.

Despite Apple's history of serious fuck ups when including open source stuff with the products they do have a reasonable track record with the open source projects they either steward or contribute to (CUPS, BSD, llvm). But WebKit has also shown how company priorities can scupper this: Apple actively resisted a lot of changes in WebKit which is why Google ended up forking it.

Putting a language under GPL is just posturing and helps no one.

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Preview redux: Microsoft ships new Windows 10 build with 7,000 changes

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5 steps to approval

Have they really thought this through? I would have thought 3 would be necessary at most:

build & test

security tests

beta group

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Why bother?

I don't have any I-toys and so far I've yet to see any reasons for upgrading to OS X 10.10. Are there any?

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Re: Is it faster?

If you look at the process manager you'll see that it's the browsers that are eating memory (blame the DOM), the rest should be insignificant.

I still get reasonable performance out of my 2009 MacBook Pro with 4GB memory even with a Windows VM.

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Post-PC era? PAH! Apple says Macs OUTSOLD iPads in Q4

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Re: Share repurchase

Apart from the fact that share repurchases almost never make sense for a company, the whole point is to buy them when they are the most expensive as this "returns" the most money in the most tax efficient form to shareholders: repurchases are taxed as capital gains, dividends would be taxed as income.

However, taxpayers should also note: the whole repurchase scheme is debt-funded. The loans used to do the buying can, therefore, also be offset against tax.

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Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?

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Return to the mean

With the arrival of the Xperia Z3, it’s now becoming clearer what Sony’s philosophy is regarding its flagship update programme: incremental changes every six months and evolution rather than revolution.

This is the traditional release cycle for consumer electronics, especially in Japan. Tells us a lot about how commodified the industry has become: caveat emptor, caveat vendor.

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Samsung has been getting better but I got fed up of the data grab and went CM anyway.

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Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know

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Re: Some interesting possibilities here...

9) We tried to deliver it but some of the local scrotes nabbed the drone and parcel…

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Re: "The idea of Dronecode is for a common, Linux-based software platform"

It's more guff from the expensive but unproductive Linux Foundation talking shop.

Sure there will be drones out there running Linux and they will fly just fine. It's just the top-down stuff which, er, won't fly.

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Google offers sweet new SDK to let Android devs join 'Lollipop' guild

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Re: Not sure about this

Personally I'm looking forward to CM based on this. I think Android 5 has a lot going for it and I think Material Design is also very good. The move from Dalvik to ART should should improve battery life and performance by reducing the memory footprint. I've tried it a few times with CM and had not problems running any app but a couple, including the one from my mobile provider, had disappeared and seem to depend upon Dalvik.

If I had a spare device that was compatible I'd certainly be giving this a spin.

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Re: Changed my mind, could be lovely

Unicorns are this way, sir.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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The Samsun Galaxy Tab S is a similar size will take SD's upto 128 GB, though depending on what you do with the maps you might want to go for one with pen support.

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Re: Urgh - I was really hoping they would pull an "Apple"

I may have missed it but when did Apple release a smaller phone?

In any case, Google isn't competing directly with Apple. It uses the Nexus models to showcase Android and its online services but leaves the choice of form factor to the market. This is what led to the oversized phones in the first place, which the market loves.

Now that Android L is out, the next Nexus is presumably going to be a wearable.

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I quite like the idea of using it to stream directly from any Android device, which presumably does have local storage or a DNLA client. If that is how it works then it's added simplicity at the cost of running down the battery of the "remote" faster.

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One survey suggested that 3/4s of iPads rarely leave the owner's house. It seems reasonable to apply this finding to other tablets of a similar size, and surmise that the tablet can call upon media over the local network.

While it's true that most pads never leave to home, wifi in the home is often pretty patchy so local storage is a good idea for many. Can't help thinking Google has missed a trick not going head to head with Apple on storage but with significantly lower pricing. For watching films an 8.9" screen is better than an I-Pad – it's just as wide but doesn't need to letterbox the film.

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Drupal SQL injection nasty leaves sites 'wide open' to attack

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So wrong

From the report this is the actually executed code:

db_query("SELECT * FROM {users} where name IN (:name)",

array(':name'=>array('user1','user2')));

Why the fuck is the query still not running by preparing the statement first and letting the DB worry about the parameters?

God, PHP is so fucking awful!

PS. sorry for the whitespace but El Reg won't wrap the lines for me.

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Man bites dog: HTTPS-menacing POODLE is 'hard to exploit' – unless you're on public Wi-Fi

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Yes, but…

Even if the threat in this instance is perhaps not so great, the almost universal reaction as "it's time to dump SSL v3.0" is welcome. Maybe we'll move onto removing some more long deprecated stuff before they cause problems.

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Intel, Asus charge sneak into US mobe market with ATOM-powered PadFone X mini

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Re: If only they made the phone part...

Certainly think that docking stations / combinations have a place but I do wonder about only having a 7" screen on a phone dock, I'd have thought 10" would be minimum for something that's going to be in the house almost all the time.

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Price plans

GoPhone plans start at $40 per month for 500 minutes of talk time and 500MB of data.

Are they taking the piss? I think you get gold-plated bytes for that price in Europe!

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Re: Misleading Language

The internet is supposed to "degrade gracefully" by providing support for older protocols so that you don't wake up one day and find the internet no longer works for you. That said there are cases (and security is certainly one) where a less forgiving approach is warranted and Google is right to remove support for SSL v3 from its browser.

We now have much better tools and resources for identifying potential weak spots than we did even five years ago.

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LOHAN crash lands on CNN

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KARDASHIAN

That's got to be some kind of stocking filler!

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Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says

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Rumours about rumours

Journalism at its best!

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Re: @AC I suspect Google will fail

but you still need to shift units

Only as many as you build, which is why Apple makes the profits it does. It may trip up at some point (I think the IPhone 5c's may have gone for some early recycling) but its control of the supply chain is an example for others.

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Russian hackers exploit 'Sandworm' bug 'to spy on NATO, EU PCs'

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Re: Complexity to the point of no return

Do you know that OLE is COM, and COM is "Component" Object Model?

Yes, I know what both the acronyms are and despise them both. I won't dispute that they have utility (in the absence of a proper component model) but this should really be API calls and not executable embedding which is the security risk. OpenOffice for one has a much cleaner implementation of the underlying principles.

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Re: Complexity to the point of no return

Yep, ActiveX are legitimate payloads for Office OpenXML files (as are other files…)

Powerpoint is particularly weird as it relies on Excel for charting functionality. Nothing wrong with this per se (delegation avoids code duplication) but the way it does it is far from ideal as rather than using a component it uses OLE…

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How's that big mobile push going, Intel? Oh a million dollars. In 3 months? Wow (sarcasm)

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Mobile and Communications posted an operating loss of $1.04bn in the third quarter

And the company as a whole still managed better results than a year ago! At this rate Intel can easily afford to spunk 1 bn a quarter subsidising this but it might worry whether the kind of competition, and the associated lower prices, are a taste of things to come in the data centre, if/when a 64-bit ARM ecosystem becomes available.

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

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Re: Intel Atom?

Unfortunately, they're usually bootlocked.

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Re: How much is this costing Intel?

@Ledswinger I don't remember ARM chip being priced anything like that high. And devices around the £100 mark they certainly can't be so the implied loss will presumably be even higher. There's an Intel inside notice on the device which means there's also a marketing subsidy.

Let's hope for Intel's sake there are no deal-breaking apps that won't run on the device.

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How much is this costing Intel?

I assume someone will do a teardown soon but I wonder just how much Intel is bankrolling this (and presumably similar devices via similar channels in other countries) just so they wave some tablet sales numbers at the next earnings reports even if the section still continues to lose money.

The performance numbers are interesting. I would expect a quadcore x86 to cream ARM, that it isn't is testimony to how much emulation is going on. Still very respectable battery life an 8" - 9" is the soft spot for tablets in my opinion, though video should run on the GPU so in this case, you might want to compare games performance. My guess is that won't be that good but might get pretty be hot!

It's about 150g heavier than the similar sized Samsung 8.4 but a fuck of a lot cheaper and these things aren't supposed to be used one-handed (ooerr).

So, a winner all round? Possibly, except for Microsoft who really need to own the cheap x86 tablet space.

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Re: Rootable

The Intel ones generally can't be rooted.

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Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

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Offload to Wifi

Bandwidth is always going to be limited so some for of throttling to reduce contention is inevitable. The smart thing, of course, is to use pico or femto cells to offload the traffic to a fat pipe, though I suspect video is generally out of the question.

The Dutch rail companies now provide some form of free throttled wifi on all their trains but public wifi spots carry an inherent security risk that cells can avoid.

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Web Devs: Learn to build high performance websites to banish autumn blues

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ha ha ha

Want to build a fast website? Don't use .NET

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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

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Re: They just don't get it ?

Your list is a bit too all encompassing and mixed loyalty bonuses (Orange Wednesdays) with service bundles, of which I suspect bundled sport is likely to be pretty popular. But in general I'd agree with you that most people are pretty meh about 3-play, though many will sign almost any contract to get a "free" new phone.

Things get more interesting when they get free wifi roaming on the back of, which is appealing to VMNOs as it allows them to offload data from expensive rented 3G and LTE capacity to the internet.

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Atrocious copy

As you look around Europe, Orange or T-Mobile have been successful in most smaller markets with the exception of Italy, Spain and the UK.

The UK and Italy, and to a lesser degree, Spain are considered large markets in Europe. Add France and Germany (the home markets of Orange and T-Mobile) and you've go the largest markets in the EU.

The comparison with Sky is laughable: it's not about the number of households watching stuff they can get on DVB-T anyway but the number of them who sign up for added-value channels, which is Sky's main business.

Using BT wholesale service is an easy (and cheap) way to offer service consolidation. Fifteen years ago Deutsche Telekom and France Télécom were cooperating significantly then came the UMTS auctions. EE is simply the result of one not being prepared to buy out the other. Given that in other European markets the number of providers has been allowed to drop to 3 (merger of E-Plus and O2 in Germany is going ahead), there's no reason why that wouldn't happen in the UK, though there would then have to be some reallocation of spectrum. Presumably nobody's made the right kind of offer yet. Orange UK was large enough to be profitable so I EE probably is as well, meaning there is no urgency to sell.

Orange's DSL boxes are also woeful.

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Re: Price war in France?

It's a Faultline piece – factual accuracy is optional.

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Microsoft confirms Surface NOT DEAD YET, next-gen version coming

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I think the problem is that there simply aren't enough companies interested in it to make it a viable proposition. It's not more for me but there's not doubt that the Surface Pro has some clever technology and solves some people's problems brilliantly. And it's probably much better as notebook replacement than an I-Pad is. But the PC market is about massive scale with significant penalties if that can't be achieved.

Microsoft has the cash to continue with the Surface Pros, after all what's 1 billion compared to amount spunked on Nokia, Skype and Minecraft? But it's not doing them any favours with the dwindling number of OEM partners that make its market. At some point Microsoft will have to choose whether it wants to do an Apple and be the sole supplier or return to doing just the software.

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Was Nokia's Elop history's worst CEO?

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Re: Too slow

Nokia went off the rails LONG before iPhone, probably about 2002.

Definitely agree with that, apart from the Communicator Nokia's Symbian phones were shittier in every aspect than Ericsson's. Problems with Symbian and some woeful TI chips encouraged Ericsson to jump ship to Android and then get out of the handset business. With a unified and focussed Symbian and better chips things might well have ended up differently. At least ARM chips came out of the debacle as the standard architecture.

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Re: Um, no...

@Krisitan Walsh, thanks for the detail on the way you experienced things.

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Re: Um, no...

Any conspiracy must be Nokia's not MS's

You can be certain that some shareholders profited very handsomely from the deal, which was in cash. Microsoft was able to use some of the tons of non-US cash for the deal that would have otherwise been subject to tax if it had been repatriated and paid to shareholders as dividends. An even more egregious example of an elaborate tax avoidance scheme was the Skype purchase where Microsoft bid against itself to spunk $ 8 bn on a loss-making business with little or no IP. At least with Nokia it got some tangible assets that it could dispose of.

In these deals it's almost always customers and employees who lose out.

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Google hauls Java-on-Android spat into US Supreme Court

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Re: Intel vs AMD?

IAMNAL but I think the Cyrix stuff demonstrated compatibility without a licence. Sometimes companies pay to play to get more information on the specification or to be able to brand their equipment as compatible but I'm not aware of any legal impediments.

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I see APIs as similar to specifications. Copyright is relevant and important in terms of the specification itself: ie. who may duplicate and amend the specification but it says nothing about implementation which are authorised by the spec.

Patents are all about implementation and not relevant to the discussion here.

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Apple KILLS SUPER MARIO. And Zelda. And Sonic

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Re: Nintendo

I wonder if the bean counters at nintendo have any idea how much money they could rake in if they ported a load of games iOS

Why bother porting? They can make money simply selling ROMs for the emulators.

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