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* Posts by M Gale

3507 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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Re: There are others

This.

I remember starting out the degree course. There's one of the profs, up there in front of 400 or so people in the school of mathematics and computer science. He delivers a very similar quote, "say what you like about Microsoft, they did more than anybody else to put a PC in everyone's home."

So I just had to put my hand up and respond with something like "wasn't that Compaq, who first reverse-engineered IBM's proprietary BIOS code, thus spawning an entire industry out of what was previously a mere product?"

He smirked, and said "we don't mention the war."

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If Google were stiffing their competitors...

...Apple would be the first in the queue, not some platform that's barely made a dent in the mobile industry.

And yeah, people who say that Google are evil, haven't been around much for the last 30 years. Microsoft are far worse.

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Boffins claim Voyager has already left the Solar System

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Nybble!

Because it's half a byte, see?

Oh those witty early IT types.

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Open Rights Group revives 'unavailable for legal reasons' HTTP error code plan

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Re: Nice idea, could do with tweaking

To be precise, they are there to represent "resource unavailable" errors, and the 4xy part tells you why it's unavailable.

So yeah, adding a 51 to the 4xy bit seems like a damn good idea.

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Just add creepiness: Google Search gets even more personal

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Re: Google Now

That's fine for you, but all Google Now is for me is a fucking annoying swipe action on the home key that gets hit accidentally far too many times.

Fortunately, as I found out here, there's apps to stop that from happening, even if they are a bit hacky and just override the home-key-swipe action with a null.

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Re: It's not so difficult at all..

"The problem with your list that I can see is that if you follow it, and take other similar actions to avoid interception of your internet use, you risk inviting greater scrutiny, as your behaviour could be profiled as terrorist / paedo / naughty."

Unless lots of people are doing it.

And honestly, if various three-letter agencies want to waste their resources spying on little old me... good. The more resources they waste, the better.

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Re: Not an issue for moi.

Between you, Microsoft, and any one of their numerous "advertising partners", amongst other gotchas. Don't dare swallow the Microsoft bullshit. They're the equivalent of the snotty little brat looking all innocent while they tell on the next kid who got caught with his hands in the cookie jar. Never mind that they filched the entire contents last week.

You should really read the Bing privacy policy. It's as bad as any of them.

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Re: And Picassa (if it's still around).

Picasa is still around, but you need to create a profile, with all the real names bullshit rules and the unwanted Plus account that comes with it.

I'll just use photobucket, imgur or imageshack, thanks.

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Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

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Within the next few years...

3D printers need a license to use! Which means the rest of us need to pay extra money and be subject to all kinds of data-rape in order to print a few cogs, whereas the sort of people who would print card skimmers.. will carry on doing so anyway. Possibly with stolen printers. Or maybe with your printer courtesy of a (metal) gun to the head.

A few more headlines like that, and I can see it happening.

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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

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Re: I am truly in exalted company

I would say that the larger-than-average number of programmers, administrators and other IT-types on this site means that there are a quite high proportion of people here who will be accessing sensitive data as part of their job, and may not want state sponsored industrial espionage ruining their day.

Just because it's the IT equivalent of Seal Team Six, doesn't mean you don't put boobytraps on all the doors and a few hundred kilos of anfo buried in the yard. Don't make it easy for 'em.

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Brits: We can STOP TROLLS if we know where they LIVE - poll

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Re: Pointless

So if you have no bank account, then no Facebonk for you? Blessing in disguise perhaps.

Or maybe that bloody big loophole called "UKash" could be used. Or prepaid debit cards. I'm sure the Zuckerbergs wouldn't complain at all about charging money. Give it a few years, I can see that happening anyway.

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Samsung Mega 6.3: Enter the PHONDLESLAB

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Re: Size Matters

Still using an AOC 9GlrA here. It's TCO '99 compliant!

1600x1200 (and 2048x1536 at an extreme push) is probably more "high def" than "standard" though.

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Some apps (that require a multicore CPU and 1GB RAM) won't run on some phones (that have a single core ARM11 and 256MB). Phone apps generally look the same on tablets but bigger. Whether that's "shit" is really in the eye of the beholder. There's usually a tablet version of the app if you want the buttons scaling down in size.

Funnily enough, there's plenty of iOS apps that won't support iOS5 or earlier.

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Re: Nice phone

"Then it would only need half the memory / CPU power for similar performance...."[citation needed]

...have a crap app store (including the crap substandard Youtube app), no way of sideloading, no way of getting rid of the shit UI overlay, be more expensive to pay for that lovely license, get dumped the moment the next Windows Phone comes out, be unable to do something as simple as lock screen rotation...

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Engineer's $30m windfall from Nintendo 3DS patent spat SLASHED by beak

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Re: Uhm...

Still, if a child can think of the idea, there must be somebody else out there who had played with a TV screen and a lenticular poster.

Just seems to be a really crappy thing to get a patent for. But then, that's patents for you these days I suppose.

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Uhm...

...so you take the lenticular overlays that have been on posters and DVD/video cases for decades, stick it on a screen, and it's patent-worthy?

I wish I'd been old enough to file a patent back in the late 80s when I thought of the idea myself.

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Microsoft pulls faulty Exchange 2013 patch HOURS after release

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Re: ADFS Servers

Wow, still rockin' with the BBC Micro. Hats off to you, sir.

(I know, I know..)

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Superstar cluster-Zuck as Facebook tries out celeb-only edition

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Re: Melanie Sykes

By 'eck! You smell gorgeous tonight, Petal!

Classic.

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Starwing: Nintendo, Argonaut's Brit boffinry and the Super FX chip

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I always thought that Starfox was renamed in europe...

Yep. To Starwing.

Me and mates used to play Starfox anyway, via one of the wierd adapters where you shoved a UK game (or a game where the region lock matched the console) on one slot, and the game you want to play in another slot. Seems I can still get to the Black Hole pretty reliably on the emulators, and Out Of This World is as painful a secret level as it's always been!

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Foxconn mulls solar panels, sticking Apple where sun doesn't shine

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Re: Anyone know of the Fire Brigade issue ?

All approved domestic grid-tied solar installations have "anti-islanding" circuitry which isolates them from the house wiring in the case of a mains failure.

All? Just what would be the point of setting up your own generation capacity if it falls over as soon as the grid goes down?

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Larry Ellison: Google is ABSOLUTELY EVIL, but NSA is ESSENTIAL

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They didn't take your stuff, Larry.

They copied Sun's API, which Sun didn't seem to have a problem with.

Then you bought Sun and started pretending in some drunk delirium that you invented Java and that EVERYONE OWES YOU ROYALTIES, ESPECIALLY GOOGLE RAARGH.

Fuck off you troll.

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Waiting for a Windows Phone update? Let's talk again next year

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Re: Correction:

Oops.

Well I guess if the differences are like going from a certain robot OS' 2.1 to 2.2 or 2.3 then he's not missing a great deal.

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You're stuck on 7.5 because of Microsoft. No WP7 phones were ever, nor will ever, be officially updated to WP8. This after telling everyone how Windows Phone will have smooth reliable updates, unlike that Google thing. It's a rather huge "compatibility glitch" that the author seems to have glossed over.

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100,000+ Earthlings star in 'reality TV contest' for ONE-WAY ticket to MARS

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Re: The first question to ask before making any move

Or take a few Sativa, Indica and Ruderalis strains up there and make your own Martian F1 hybrid where the laws are a little.. uhm, less problematic.

Space Weed? It'd be rude not to.

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Should UK tear Wi-Fi a new one at 5GHz? Speak your brains, says Ofcom

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Fire up a 100W FM rig with a nice antenna, say somewhere between 97-99Mhz. Give it about half an hour and then tell me OFCOM are toothless.

Of course they will do what their "political masters" tell them to. They're a govt watchdog. They enforce the govt's rules.

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NSA gets burned by a sysadmin, decides to burn 90% of its sysadmins

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Re: Works for me

Two replies, and now three?

Not that unsuccessful.

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Google Glass: Would you pay a mere $299 to plop one on your brow?

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I think the whole "ablating the surface of your eyeball with a high wattage pulse laser" thing probably turns a few people off.

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Re: no way

How interesting. I'm sure some people baulked at the idea of carrying a phone with them all the time too.

I don't think that was ever the case, or maybe for some vanishingly small value of "some".

Baulked at some of the people waffling obnoxiously into those early bricks perhaps, but then that's still the case.

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Google patents swish, swosh, swoosh pattern unlock app swipe

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Awesome

So if I know you, I'll be able to hack into your phone with some cyanoacrylate vapour on something you've handled, a copy of Photoshop or GIMP, a PCB etching kit and a packet of gummy bears.

You sure you wouldn't rather use a password or a pattern?

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Re: ROFL

"The more possible working passwords there are the less secure the device will get!"

The more app-specific patterns there are, the more chance someone will be able to randomly start a pattern-started app. There will be no extra chance of them finding the pattern you protected the phone with. Unless one of the apps you added to the list was "Phone Dialler" or "Contacts", I don't see how this makes the device less secure?

Just don't add the camera app if you have some sensitive selfies in the gallery!

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Werner Herzog's latest film warns drivers not to text while driving

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Re: Best 'pay attention when driving advert' should be....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7PMDZjOW2KM

Borrow that one from Ireland, perhaps.

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Amazon to ship Android-based gaming console by year's end?

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^^^this

Android has had HID and games controller support since version 4. Why do so few games work well with it?

Running the tablet through an HDMI lead is pretty awesome. Just a shame that for most games I have to hold the thing like a Wii U controller and make sure I don't wobble the lead loose.

Even a 3rd party hack app that would make various button presses equate to pressing various parts of the screen would be a workable solution for some titles. Give the app the ability to create profiles for different titles, that auto-switch depending on what application ID is running in the foreground.

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Asus boss flushes down tabs, says 'Windows RT has not been successful'

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The Neo Geo was an arcade machine that you plugged into the telly, and came with an appropriate price!

Seemed like SNK were really playing on the whole "premium" thing in the last few years of that console's life. Still selling the same crappy old 2D beat-em-ups (but with real sprite scaling, woohoo), still advertising "400 mega spec" cartridges and pretending like they were the dog's bollocks as the rest of the games console companies flew by and overtook them at half the price.

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Asus will bung 'Nexus 7 2' fondle-droids on Blighty's shelves this month

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I'm not sure quite what you're on about? I have a TF201 with a 1280x800 screen. I have no problem connecting to an MS terminal server and running the Remote RDP app at 1280x768, ditto the Splashtop HD/Gamepad THD streaming server at 1280x720.

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Despite Microsoft Surface RT debacle, second-gen model in the works

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Re: They might retail it now

Sounds nice, but the only thing you quoted there that my years-old Asus TF201 doesn't have out of the box is Outlook and Onenote. Skydrive really is a "so what" app, since you can get to that service from anything with a web browser, and there are a million and one online storage providers out there that aren't maintained by a corporation whose entire business model revolves around lock-in.

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Re: Really?@AC20:50

Laughed at for filling a cunt with stars.

You can read that sentence any way you wish.

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Second LulzSec Sony website hacker starts a year in the cooler

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Re: It's all good

A minimum ten year sentence?

For making your sister's display flip upside down and go funny colours?

Fucking glad I live nowhere near Japan. They have USA-style batshit-crazy IP laws too.

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Re: and how did Sony get the customer's information?

That rootkit thing might be old, but it's a good thing people are still haranguing Sony BMG over it. Wouldn't want to let the bastards think they can get away with it again.

Also seems the sentencing was less to do with justice and more to do with tearing someone's balls off because they can. 600 grand? Really?

How much did Sony BMG end up forking out in $7.50 increments to the people who could be bothered claiming or even knew there was a claim? Was it more or less than $600,000?

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Web ad giant (Google) pops Adwords into Maps for iOS and Android

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By that definition, neither Microsoft nor Apple are software companies. The software is just a prison to keep you in while they shake you down every couple of years.

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Penguins, I give you: The SOLAR-POWERED Ubuntu laptop

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Those panels look like the couple-of-watt solar trickle chargers you can get from Maplins for a tenner or so. Given the panel component cost will be a lot less than that, they might add up to less of the total materials cost than you might think.

Whether it can really charge a netbook battery to full in two hours anywhere further North or South than the Tropics, is another matter.

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Google rolls its eyes, gives Windows Phones five more months to sync

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Re: Hmm

Windows Phone 7 was released. Amongst other silly things like the contrived "smoked by Windows Phone" competitions, the other thing Microsoft seemed to promise was an easy updates path, none of this horrible "fragmentation" stuff.

Of course, as soon as WP8 is released, WP7 is dropped like a hot dog turd, seemingly by design. We now have Windows, Windows RT, and Windows Phone 8. So Windows, Windows or Windows, and none of them really interoperate entirely well with each other. Microsoft are trying to turn everyone's computer into an Xbox, meanwhile the whole "mobile" effort that Microsoft is uprooting everything for, is being received in a manner that could best be described as "lukewarm", and that's in the friendly territories.

I can see how some fandroids might be experiencing schadenfruede.

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I think it's more to do with who would get the blame. A sudden chop, and Microsoft could say "well our hands are tied; those nasty Google people stopped it from working! :("

If however, they still don't have their shit sorted by the time the twice-extended kill date rolls around, Google can now say "well we gave them a whole extra year longer than everyone else on the planet including the ones on our own platform. Not our fault if they still can't get it right."

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Moto X: It's listening to you. But can voice control finally take off?

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Re: The only time I have used Google Now:

Well, on a trawl through my comment history and this crops up.

Yep, Google Now Disabler/NoAssist seems to work. Feels awfully kludgey, but until Google actually let people disable that thing properly, it'll do.

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The only time I have used Google Now:

Accidentally, when a tap is misinterpreted as a swipe on the home icon. It usually gets turned right the fuck back off again, and I'd love to be able to permanently disable it but there appears to be no way to do so.

And no SD card slot. Fail.

Other than that, it looks okay I guess.

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Apple patents laser, incandescent projector for laptops, smartphones

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So when are Mozilla going to get their fingers out and make a Seabird phone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oG3tLxEQEdg

After all, they've got to the "pretty drawings" stage of design, which is obviously enough for some companies to get a patent.

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Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

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UKash, Paypal, and pre-paid debits cards are your friends.

Or, you know, Google Play vouchers.

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Ubuntu puts forums back online, reveals autopsy of a brag hacker

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"Hashed using MD5"

So a bit like a salted ceasar cipher then. Methinks it might be prudent to swap that bit out for SHA256. 512 would be nice, but probably a bit slow for a busy forum.

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Base stations get high on helium, ride MUTANT kite-balloons at the football

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Re: Anything over 200' is liable to be shot down

I think the UK limit for model aircraft (and kites, by the way) is 400 feet, though obviously the heart of Africa and other such places will have different laws.

Personally I know I've had models at over 1,000 feet AGL. It's nice to flip the thing into a dive and be high up enough for the bottom-mounted camera to see the very-nearby clouds peeling away and the dive to last for quite a long while. Not so nice to HAVE to put the craft into a dive after it starts disappearing into said clouds. That's between you, me and the rest of the Internet though. Keep it quiet, 'kay?

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Google SELLS OUT the INTERNET HIPPIES! AGAIN!

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Re: Standard Terms and Conditions

Using VM as an example again, they allow you to listen or send on any port you like. What they also do however, is run regular scans of the entire network and attempt to take advantage of any open proxies they find. If you're running an open mail proxy that goes through their mail servers, you will be immediately cut off until the problem is resolved.

Once the problem is solved, you can phone 'em up and be back online in a day or two.

No, I don't work for VM, but several years ago I did report to Blue Yonder than an Aussie ISP was black-holing all of their mails due to open proxies. That caused a level 1 alert and all kinds of shit flying up at BY central command, which resulted in the abovementioned scans that continue to this day.

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