Re: iPhone economics
We miss out on massive malware. I think we can survive it.
So do I, because I don't run stuff as root if I can help it.
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We miss out on massive malware. I think we can survive it.
So do I, because I don't run stuff as root if I can help it.
On a more serious note, any recommended AV applications for an Android tablet?
I use the don't-run-rooted method of virus avoidance and it works pretty well. If you're worried about random apps nobbling your SMS messages or somesuch, the usual firms (such as Kaspersky, hoho) will sell you a security suite.
I still want to know how many devices were infected that weren't rooted. I'm guessing the answer would be 0? The only thing I'm surprised at is that there aren't more infected smartphones (of any platform) that are basically allowing random apps to run as root (which was half the problem with Windows up until UAC).
Thing here is, the droid builds for rooted phones tend to let you perform post-install permission denial, either built in or by using an app like Permissions Denied. So, it can obviously be done. The only thing that prevents me from rooting my own devices is because I'd like to install Cyanogenmod or whatever distro, then re-lock the device under my own key.
Add the ability to root, mod, then re-lock, and I bet you'll slash the already small amount of Android virii out there.
Of course, if someone decides to enable downloads from unofficial sources (and let's see that code swapped to allow different 'official' app stores eh?), root the device, leave it open then go on a download binge from cracked-apk-downloads.com, you can't really blame the device or the system for that.
Already been thinking on this problem. Basically a TrackMeNot but for as many forms of communication as possible. Problem is how to make it work without everyone filling each others' inboxes and chat windows up with bomb recipes.
"Does ubunutu have an unattended install option?"
Yes, but without just simply answering "yes" to all questions, it's a bit of a bitch to set up. In a nutshell, you create an install script that decides whether to answer yes or no (or what username, other input fields and such) to things as they come up.
Sort of thing you only need to do once before rolling out to N huge number of workstations I guess, but it's a ballache to do that once.
Guess little old me on a mobile Internet connection is stuffed then. Good for you.
I'll just have to console (har) myself with the 200mph model aircraft that's sat in the shed begging me to make a new crater with it. Or maybe the palm-size quadcopter. Perhaps I'll try and jump a house with the nitro monster truck again, or attach cameras/sensors/etc to any of the above for more amusement?
All are toys that cost less than an Xbox with no games, and provide vastly more amusement with no risk of spyware. I can sell 'em on when I'm bored with them or running out of space, too. There's a couple of people who have some nice five-foot-wingspan four-channel trainer airframes thanks to me (that'll be the Arising Star and Tutor 40). Built like tanks, tend to hit the floor and bounce, unlike your average games console.
"And developers know it inside and out", like XNA that's being rapidly deprecated?
Unfortunately, people won't be developing for the 360 much past the release of the Xbox One, for the same reason nobody makes PS2 games any more.
Or alternatively, buy a games machine that doesn't have a built in camera and microphone and demand you tell Microsoft who you and your contacts are before allowing you to fire it up, or even pass a disk around.
Pre-owned games? not a problem - again Steam allows you to sell them on..
No it doesn't. Not until the European courts whack Valve over the head a few times and make them enable that functionality. It'll probably only be enabled in Europe too.
Even then, it's a shitty system and I'm having nothing to do with it. I can do without toys that come with built-in ransomware and spyware.
That's what the standard "back" button is for.
Code hopping is still around. I know this because I've ended up "fixing" someone's alarm because if you pressed the keyfob out of range of the car (or if the fob batteries run out, or if the fob's battery connection breaks and requires resoldering), the code-hop sequence gets all messed up and you have to go through a bunch of timed keypresses and alarm siren activations to reset it.
What isn't still around is the old IR keyfobs, that I've had much fun scaring (and occasionally pranking) car owners with through the use of a learning remote control.
"Hello car, I am unlocking you with a duress phrase/code/whatever that I recorded when I bought you."
Car says okay, unlocks as normal, and silently broadcasts its position to the security firm that installed the alarm.
Just an idea.
I'd walk there in person and ignore the automated deposit machinery just to see the face on the cashier when they examine the cheque. Why yes, yes that is my cheque. Would you like to know how I got the refund? Oh, you don't? Pity, it's such an ecstatically fun story to tell.
Because that's what the apps are released for.
If you've no interest in the OS, then by extension you've no interest in the apps.
Whereas the US is such a shining example to the rest of the world, yes?
To wax philosophical, should the President overturn the ruling it is in fact proof that the rule of law is intact and 'justice' is being served because he is acting completely within the confines of the system of rules previously laid out and agreed upon.
I think someone is confusing law, with justice.
@M Gale: I'm old enough to remember that too, but I don't see how that's relevant. Maybe it has something to do with SEGA being among the richest game industry companies today? Oh wait.
That cartridge-swapping and second hand sales happened with Nintendo too. Now, uhm, what's your point?
You should learn to understand that you CAN. Your own stuff in case of XBox1 is the DVD/Blueray not the content. Do with the physical media what you want.
No, I buy a copy of the game.
Which I can then give away.
Unless it's on Xbox One or Steam, of course.
But keep cheering on the psychopaths if you like. You'll get everything you deserve. Just a shame the rest of us end up with it too.
You should stop looking in the mirror while posting
You should come up with a good reason as to why I can't give away my own stuff.
Nope. I wanted to point out that your solution is the typical stupid concept of "I restrict myself to hurt the big companies" bla bla coming from the Penguin sector. I go to a fitness studio because I am NOT willing to restrict myself to a pair of dumbbells! So they are NOT the solution. And Linux is similar "You do not need this!" is the PenguBoy mantra when stuff does not work / software does not run. Sorry but I decide what I need/want. If you can not deliver - I buy something else.
Ironically not a console - never owned one.
So not going along with the bullshit is "hurting myself"?
These are toys.
I have toys that do two hundred miles per hour at ridiculously low altitude, strimming the tops from daisies in a screaming blur of yellow, black and high-nitro exhaust smoke. How the fuck is not wanting to go along with DRM bullshit limiting me in any way whatsoever? The idiots want to push people like me away from the "AAA" games industry, that's fine by me.
I decide what I need/want. If you cannot deliver, I buy something else. I want something I can then give away or resell at a later date. I want something that doesn't require bullshit spyware installing. I want a product that is mine, and if Valve cannot provide that, then Valve do not get my money. Weston UK might though. Their toys are the dog's bollocks.
So asides throwing more insults at me, why should I be banned from giving someone my copy of a game?
Well I don't (yet), but after four years doing the access and then honours degree course for Computer Games Technology, I think it might be nice to make a few simple 50p things at some point. Work up to bigger things later on.
Don't worry, you'll be able to transfer ownership. As you can see, I'm not a big fan of bullshit restrictions management.
That is an ORIGINAL part. No problem with that IF it exists. I was refering to copys from another manufacturer.
You mean like the original game copies that I'm arguing you should be allowed to dispose of as you see fit? Including giving away and reselling?
You want to re-sell the bible so that is not an option.
I want to dispose of my property how I see fit, whether that's a copy of the King James Edition, or a copy of Doom.
Now stop being silly. It just looks bad on you.
I don't see Apple Macs running on anything other than x86, and specifically Intel x86 at that. They dumped 68k and PowerPC faster than a fashion magazine dumping a model on her 29th birthday.
Granted, I wouldn't want to try and run the latest Photoshop on a 68k machine, any more than I'd want to try and emulate a Core 2 on a 6502.
Well Mac is somewhat exclusive, but Linux? Well, there's x86, ARM, MIPS, PowerPC, 68k, Atmel oddities, your auntie's kitchen toaster...
Linux is a whore, and we all love her for it.
Can I rip 8 out of it and replace it with 7?
(And how much extra does that cost?)
Microsoft won easily because it understood that blaming the end-user is not a solution.
That is why I won't go into starbucks for coffee and I wont install linux again.
Go into Starbucks and ask for "a coffee".
When they say "what type", say "I don't know.. a coffee."
You will get a coffee.
Same with Linux really. If you don't want the choice, you can stick with whatever you're given. Apps designed for different Linux desktop GUIs all seem to interoperate nicely in alien desktop environments anyway, so I really don't know what the article is on about by "fragmentation".
Look at me, happily running GTK apps in KDE.
More like Win Key -> Huge list like a badly-designed shopping site from 5 years ago -> scroll -> scroll -> scroll <- scroll <- scroll <- scroll -> scroll -> I know it's somewhere around here -> scroll <-...
Compared to the Windows 7 approach of Win Key -> I use this program often so it's RIGHT THERE automagically -> done.
Well if you really want to go full ReTard, it can be used in toy mode too, if for some reason you can stomach that sort of thing on a bloody big non-touch monitor.
I don't see Microsoft offering a UI choice through their app store. In fact everything so far seems to be how we're all going to love having a toy UI with bouncy animated shit all over the screen and programs that might or might not be in memory, and might or might not have remembered what you were doing with them.
I guess if you like that sort of thing, who am I to tell you otherwise?
Android supports multi-user by partitioning the whole machine up. That 32GB tablet becomes 2x16GB tablets, basically, or 4x8GB. You have to install apps multiple times for each account and the DRM ensures that you can't run a paid app on the wrong account, even if it's on the same device. Not really a good solution.
Naw, they contain lithium. The more highly charged, the better condition it's in. You can extract the lithium foil and do various interesting things with it, including dipping it in water to watch it bubble, or watching it react with moisture in the air.
Difference is, it's all wrapped up and sealed inside, which is kind of why the packs swell up like balloons shortly before catching fire if you do something silly to them.
Oh, bear in mind that lithium is a rather nasty poison and will do funky things to your head before it kills you.
Half a second? That makes all the difference! Sell me an Android right now! Not.
And if you can't keep your phone out of your beer you are intellectually on par with a potato.
Slow news day on El Reg? This is sad even for the first Fanboy Church of Android.
To quote TFA:
A submerged Galaxy S4 will outlast an iPhone by half a second - 18.8s versus 18.3s - but when dropped from nine feet (2.74m) it's the S4's screen that shatters.
There are some seriously insecure fanboys on this comments section. WHERE IN THE FUCK WAS THIS TURNED INTO AN ANDROID VERSUS IPHONE SLAGFEST?
Who in the fuck even mentioned an iWotsit vs Droidthing argument about that?
Though if you think iOS isn't chock full of spyware (and very little support for rooted devices that get rid of it), you are quite the naïve little AC, aren't you?
I don't think I've found a motherboard yet that needs any drivers for any operating system whatsoever. It kind of raises the question of how you'd boot the thing up to install them if you did.
While TFA makes no mention as to the graphics chipset, the Brix site does say "Intel integrated graphics", which is completely unsurprising and a good indicator that this device will work in the toy unix without having to touch graphics drivers. Ditto "chipset" (which I guess includes the audio as well as north/southbridge) and other specifications. None of it seems to be too exotic.
If you're unable to get Linux working on this thing, I would be highly surprised.
However when the IRA were busy blowing a fucking big chunk out of Manchester, it was called "a bomb".
Or "a van packed with explosives".
Or "a ton of ANFO".
But hey, now we have newspeak. It's "an IED", which to me sounds more like a female contraception method.
Because drawing bezier curves is really part of the OS kernel's job.
Any dafter and you'd almost believe they would shove an entire Internet services suite into kernel space.
That's going to get about 50 upvotes, isn't it. Ah well.
Well it got one from me.
You too, 'coz a sense of humour is better than an iron fist.
Actually that's an idea.
Would the Reg consider doing a quick calculation on advert-worth-per-user, and offer an option for people to pay a monthly/yearly sum in return for The Reg with no MASSIVE ORANGE OFFICE 365 BORDERS and the likes?
"blah blah one person uses the Internet more than the other."
At the top level, ISPs will pay a flat rate, whether they transfer 40MB or 40PB. That's if the peering agreement isn't as simple as "you carry our packets, we carry yours."
Why this should translate at all into per-packet pricing for consumers is anybody's guess. I guess Orlowski knows.
By the way, what ISP do you have that doesn't provide its own email service? People use Gmail because they can't be bothered, or don't know how, to set up Outlook or Thunderbird, or they plain old don't know that their ISP provides webmail.
It's sort of okay, in the same way Clamwin is. Hardly the "comprehensive" tool that Microsoft say it is though. At least, not compared to a decent paid-for security suite. The same sort of picture emerges for Windows 8 as Windows 7.
If it was all that good, you can bet the AV firms would be shouting "Anti Trust" rather loudly.