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.
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?
"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!
Re: Best 'pay attention when driving advert' should be....
Borrow that one from Ireland, perhaps.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Laughed at for filling a cunt with stars.
You can read that sentence any way you wish.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
So when are Mozilla going to get their fingers out and make a Seabird phone?
After all, they've got to the "pretty drawings" stage of design, which is obviously enough for some companies to get a patent.
UKash, Paypal, and pre-paid debits cards are your friends.
Or, you know, Google Play vouchers.
"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.
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?
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.
Re: Standard Terms and Conditions
Pay commercial rates and you get complete access - what's the big deal?
If you're comparing a leased line with a 50:1 contended domestic connection, I must assume you're having a jolly good laugh. There is your difference between domestic and "business" connections.. what people use it for should really be up to them.
Virgin Media tried this
Well, to be fair it was Blue Yonder that tried it, banning all but personal servers on their broadband service and any servers at all on their dialup service.
They soon realised what a fucktarded idea that was, people broke the rules en masse, it was utterly unenforcable, and the AUP is now more like "so long as you don't bugger up our network, we really don't give a shit."
Just as it should be.
Post-LOHAN SPB project perhaps?
See title. Grind up some circuit boards, filter some shitty water through the result and see what happens.
Re: Objective-C runtime
"Apple just cannot find out that such maliciousness exists in general."
Have to wonder whether this is related to the halting problem.
Given a system, find out whether that system will ever become malicious.
In simple cases, solvable. In complex cases? Well, I think the example is in the article.
Re: Objective-C runtime
The entire contents of Wikipedia?
Damn, that movie could have ended SO differently if it was made just a decade or two later. "Input", indeed.
Actually yes, just like Windows and Apple.
Microsoft Windows, and Apple Computers on the other hand...
"Anyway anyone uses microsoft products (and isn't' some whack job fundamentalist) and has skydrive know it shits on the shit you get from other vendors."
Can you explain for people who aren't tied into the Microsoft treadmill, what the advantages of Skydrive are over every other online storage locker out there?
(Also yay to Reg comments for inserting random newlines everywhere. This paragraph inserted solely to prevent it.)
"Thinly veiled communist propaganda"
As opposed to the intro to Home Front, which isn't propaganda at all.
Not saying it isn't bloody good fun, mind.
Assad government. "Regime" just sounds like Daily Wail propagandising. I know the Reg is supposed to have a tabloid feel, but is it really quite that unthinking?
Still, at least the SEA have declared open season on themselves. I can't think of many Western security agencies being too bothered if a whole shitload of hack attempts are detected heading inbound to Syria.
Re: @I ain't Spartacus
"No ads = no revenue = no reason for the dev to release for Android. See the problem?"
Well then they should make paid versions. Tough shit if there's no network connection. Stop the app from working if you're that bloody minded, but don't dare think you have the right to stop me from disabling your app's access to network resources, or any other resources for that matter.
"And while it's YOUR phone, it's THEIR app. Go their way or go without,"
...I frequently do. Rovio's software has no place on my phone until application firewalls are up and running.
"and if more people go without, devs again won't see a reason to release for Android,"
If people who own a massively popular phone platform are not buying your apps, it is not the fault of the platform. Ditto if you don't offer a paid version.
"and remember when the security model was first made, Android was the underdog against Apple. They needed a way to attract developers."
Like joining a new app market for a platform that's extremely promising and cheap? Just how do Windows developers make money on a platform where you can easily get firewalls that block apps from network access?
Re: @I ain't Spartacus
"Might see a rebound of this if devs lose security control."
How in hell is letting me block an app from having Internet access causing the dev to "lose security control", whatever that means?
The dev has no rights over my phone.
I get down voted all the time for giving opinions about windows 8 and windows phone 8, saying they are actually good to use here is the equivalent of telling someone that you just ran over their cat in your car.
WP8's UI is just about passable on a phone. On a desktop it's a bloody horror.
You may think differently, but I honestly don't care what you think. I know what I like and don't like, and Windows 8 is a piece of shit straight out of the Steve Jobs "we know what you want better than you do" school of OS and UI design.
Problem is, they don't know better.
...artificial fragmentation introduced on a platform where in most cases, one app will run on any screen size.
Then they can say that Android is fragmented, whilst completely ignoring the far worse state of Windows vs Windows RT vs Windows Phone?
Maybe it's a plan!
Re: This ain't rocket science
"Pretty soon, it will be pretty much impossible to live life without breaking a few laws every day. Just the thing for keeping the populous under control."
You mean it isn't that way already?
A warning to future security researchers:
Don't tell people what you're going to reveal, especially not people who would rather get an injunction out than fix the problem. Just publish the data and be done with it.
"C for iOS"
I've not used Appcelerator and I make no claims to über-hackerdom but, surely Objective C? You know, that thing that's about as much like C as C# is? Or about as much like C as a strawberry blancmange?
Re: No SD slot?
Far more useful on the ol' Transformer TF201 (which also is currently using most of its inbuilt 32 gig and nearly all of a 16GB full size SD and 16GB micro SD). The USB slot on the keyboard dock is great for shoving a thumbstick in for file transfers (or a joystick or pad for games, or even a mouse for some Real WorkTM).
On a phone however, that means big dongles sticking out the end, and some kind of adapter to go from micro-USB to full size. I may not be Apple-obsessive over neatness, but that's an ugly and potentially unstable solution when a micro SD will do.
Besides, most of the internal space is actually taken up with apps. Yes really. You know how many gigs of space putting just a few Gameloft or Rockstar titles on the device will take up? Stick a few albums and some DVD rips on there and you're full, and wondering what to delete to make room. That extra 16 or 32GB makes a massive difference when you only have 16 or 32GB to start with.
No SD slot?
Yes, yes I do use more than 32 gig of storage.
ISK can be used to buy play passes
Play passes can be sold for monies. Not sure it's against CCP's ToS or not, but it's certainly possible.
Therefore, you can convert ISK into real money. In fact if you're that awesomely good at the game, it's feasible you could make yourself quite the wage packet out of just playing a computer game.
To make it more interesting, scams are a legitimate playing tactic in EVE. Hell, look at the "Causality" trailer and you'll find that CCP are even encouraging people to be downright dirty bastards (but only to bad guys, of course).
1) That's a bronze gong.
2) Cooo, inturresting theory.
Re: I can run Ubuntu on my S3
A Linux distribution running in an emulated-x86 VM on an ARM processor, with the UI chugging along at some low amount of frames per second and the apps taking an age and a half to load, is not quite the same as a custom-made phone for a custom-made distribution running apps designed for the system.
"In this age of 8Gb usb sticks what sense does a CD/DVD drive make?"
In this age of in-car CD players and three quid DVDs from Tesco, I would have thought that was obvious.
Re: I hope some fool shoots one down...
If you can shoot a drone down from 800 feet up with a standard shotgun, I think you deserve less imprisonment and more a bloody medal.
And the drone manufacturers would need a kick up the backside.
And of the 5 last comments on the petition...
...0 out of 5 of them were serious, at of the time of writing.
Methinks this chap is going to have fun reading through thousands of sarcastic comments calling him a twat. My pick of the front page has to be a paragraph by "Fuckfaic McGee", Australia:
I love restrictions. I want always online DRM. I want the game rental business to become obsolete. I don't want to let my friends borrow games, because fuck them. All I care about is my god damn new age console that'll blow everything else out of the water! Fuck the PS4 and fuck those Sony guys for catering to fans who care about their gaming experience. Fuck PC, that shit is stupid. Steam? Fuck that shit. They never have sales or anything. It's not as affordable as buying my games from the XBL marketplace. I love Microsoft and their business practices will be the best forever. Fuck yes. <3 Xbox.
Re: useful APIs .... no longer portable
The problem to my mind is making money. App stores allow developers to monetise very easily, how you achieve that with an easy to copy web app is a different matter....
Question is whether you need to put copy protection on the app at all. The endless DRM arms race so far hasn't done much to stop unauthorised copying, but it has provided some pretty nasty ways of ensuring that paying customers are horribly limited.