21 posts • joined 14 Feb 2009
And how is that working out for IBM today?
http://www.endicottalliance.org/jobcutsreports.php (Warning: Very ugly site)
It's a shame if they're dropping it, as it's the only (close to) stock android phone on ATT. And also the only (close to) stock Android phone with LTE in the US. Yes, it's only 4.1 and no, it's not a Nexus. But still...
We should not be surprised that it's not selling. You have to be able to see the phone to actually buy it. When I went to the two local ATT outlets near me (upstate NY, USA), the "licensed seller" store did not even know it was available and the "real" corporate store had it buried in a corner along with the dumb phones. The guys there were pushing the hell out of the GS4 and pooh-pooing the HTC1. The First was not even mentioned. When a girl complained about the size of those in her hand I mentioned the First. She was pleased, the employees were not.
"VeriFone's Sail alternative has, arguably, better security..."
VeriFone's Sail alternative has, arguably, better security...
Please advise source and details for this claim.
While it's true that the original Square did not encrypt the data stream coming out of the dongle and into the device, that is no longer the case. Perhaps something in the back end processes is the root for this claim?
I have used the Square since late 2010 and I have been very pleased with it. Canceling mistaken charges is no problem and I have never had any disputes from customers.
US viewer here. Please, can I pay the license fee?
I watched the olympics while on holiday in Ireland.
We have the very basic Sky box (no HD, no DVR, no sport package) and we used the Red Button like mad.
The coverage was absolutely wonderful, even when it was just pictures and no commentary.*
I simply *do not* understand the apparent reluctance around the license fee. The BBC does so much for so many people and does such a great job that I would be happy to pay for it from the US.
If the UK viewing public could see the way the olympic events were/are aired in the US, cut short, mangled or overlooked, they would flock to the BBC as the gold standard.
*But we do have to admit that some of the commentary was, however impossible it is to believe, even more home-team-biased than the US commentary ever is. It sometimes had political overtones of the Braed and Circuses variety.
Square is available on Android...
... and has been since at least November 2010, which is when I started using it to process payments for the used records I sell at record fairs.
Also, the new version of the Square dongle encrypts the card information before feeding it on to the iOS or android device. See here: http://venturebeat.com/2012/03/26/square-adds-encryption-to-its-square-reader/ (Venturebeat)
As to the hardiness of the Square dongle, I have had no problems at all. It kicks around in my pocket all the time and I use it at restaurants and bars when my companions have no cash on hand. I pay the bill in cash and my friends pay me via the Square (plus a small "convenience" fee, of course)
A little more reporting before writing, please.
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Re: So what do I get if I want something smaller?
HTC Nexus One?
Stock Android (but no official path to ICS or later)
Still reasonably fast
Better build quality than Samsung.
Easily available unlocked.
[Obligatory] Foxit / Evince mention
Whenever I set up a new machine or tend to a friend's broken one I install Foxit Reader (for Windows or Linux). The "Safe Reading" box is checked by default and this eliminates scripting inside pdfs. (On installation, I take care to uncheck the Ask toolbar box)
Evince for GNOME is another favourite.
Another omission (very early edition)
"The Girl Can't Help It" (1956)
Starring the completely delectable Jayne Mansfield, it's only tangentially a "rock" movie, but still, the line up of performers is amazing. Here's a partial list:
"The Girl Can't Help It" – Little Richard
"Blue Monday" – Fats Domino
"Ready Teddy" – Little Richard
"Be-Bop-A-Lula" – Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps
"She's Got It" – Little Richard
"Cool It Baby" – Eddie Fontaine
"Cry Me a River" – Julie London
"Twenty Flight Rock" – Eddie Cochran
"Rocking Is Our Business" – The Treniers
"You'll Never, Never Know" – The Platters
I'd take this over several others on the list, notably "The Wall" and "Tenacious D". I mean, Eddie Chochran has more "rock" in his little finger than Pink Floyd have in their entire bloated "concept" film.
[Obligatory] You don't "buy" any digital downloads from iTunes
Many comments above speak of "buying" tracks from iTunes.
You do not "buy" a track from iTunes. You actually lease a license to the file.
If you still think you have bought a track from iTunes I'll do you a deal. Sell me any single track of your choosing. Hell, to make it interesting, I'll pay you $5.00 for a $0.99 track.
Nope, there's no way to do it legally.
Ask yourself: If you cannot sell something on to someone else, do you really "own" it? And if you do not "own" it, did you really "buy" it.
I think we should just replace the phrase "buy from iTunes" with "lease from iTunes".
Not sure if the same reasoning applies to other music download sites. I suspect it does.
Notifiacation LED? Bands
I love the coloured LED notification light on my Nexus 1 (it it also the trackball)
Can the folks who have one tell us, does the GS2 have any sort of notification light?
El Reg, being a UK based site, does not have to worry about the various radios and frequencies that a mobile phone can address, but it is very important for those of us elsewhere in the world, especially the USA. I think I am correct in saying that this phone cannot address the USA T_mobile 3G bands, right?
TIA for info.
Sticking with my N1
No HSPA+ for US T-Mobile.
No external storage? None? The Nexus 1 does not have enough memory on board, but at least we can expand it to 32g via the card.
Headphone jack on the bottom is not great for me, as I use the Square for charging customers. Also, I put the phone in my breast pocket when using headphones and I really don't mind that I have to turn it around when I take it out.
I know it's not too popular, but I *like* the trackball!
*Still* only a 5mp main camera?
They are hyping the fact that it will be released with 2.3, but we know that regular Nexus 1's will get that too.
Let's face it, it's only a small evolution. Larger screen and front facing camera are not enough of an advance. Hell, I have front facing cameras on my N95 and my N97 and I probably used them a maximum of 10 times.
Nope, I won't be giving up my N1 for the Nexus S
[Obligatory] Users already have this capability
Here we go:
Got get the latest version of Firefox from http://www.getfirefox.com
Having installed the latest version of Firefox go to "Tools" and then "Add-Ons" and then look for the following:
*Google (DoubleClick) Advertising Cookie Opt-Out - http://www.google.com/ads/preferences/plugin/ Opts you out of tracking cookies from DoubleClick, now owned by Google.
* Google Analytics Opt-out Browser Addon - http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout (also available for IE & Chrome)
* Beef Taco - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/180650/ This installs over 100 opt-out cookies in an instant. Easier and much more thorough than going to the NAI site.
* Better Privacy - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/6623/ To deal with LSO / Flash cookies.
* Flashblock - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/433/ To prevent flash objects and ads from running unsolicited. Gives you a little icon which you can click to see the content.
* CS Lite - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/5207/ Puts a little icon on the bottom of the browser and allows you quickly and easily allow cookies permanently or for the session
* Ref Control https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/953/ Simply control what is sent as refferer. I set it to forge. Thus the server at the destination site will see itself as the originator of the visit. This helps prevent profile building.
* Track Me Not - https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3173/ Sends not quite random search requests in the background. This prevents accurate profiles being built from your real search queries.
Also, of course, AdBlock. Although one could argue that most tracking is dealt with pretty well with the measures outlined above
Paris, cos she don't mind being tracked
What is "naughty"?
My sister's book "The Wisdom of Whores" is a serious look at "bureaucrats, brothels and the business of AIDS". There is an accompanying blog which is well regarded in the sex, science, data nerd and epi circles in which she travels.
A Google Instant Search on "wisdom of" yields suggestion and pages of results for "wisdom of crowds" and "wisdom of solomon". A search for "wisdom of w" yields "wisdom of wolves". Yet "wisdom of wh" yields the white page of death, as does "wisdom of whores".
They do helpfully tell us to hit "enter" to make the search happen, as we did before. But how soon will the masses forget the old ways, adapt to the new instant page and perceive the white page of death as a search with no results and move on?
Ugh. Google is erring on the side of stupidity here. Do they really think that not showing pages and suggestions for "whores" once someone has gotten as far as "wisdom of wh" is going to save their users' blushes?
Perhaps if I were feeling charitable I might ascribe it to their desire to keep the bandwidth bill down. But I don't think so.
Re: So is it any good? A: Mixed
* Amazing screen, really gorgeous. Capacitive touch responds quickly and easily.
* Speed. Fast, fast processor means no lag
* Tight integration with Google services. Gmail app is excellent, Maps is good, Calendar is fine. Synch works flawlessly.
* Voice enabled in all text fields. Yes, it's a bit odd to be talking into the phone all the time, but when it talks to the servers back at the Chocolate Factory the results are remarkable. And improving apace.
* Google Voice: If you do not have a Google Voice account, you do now. Use it for voicemail or forwarding. Also texts or emails you when you have a new voicemail. I think this might be the real killer here. You can make it use google voice to make all calls, international calls only, etc.
* "Open" . Easily rootable if that's the way you swing. Also highly customizable out of the box.
*The famed multi-tasking.
*There's an app for that.
*Tethering. I think this has been more difficult to do this in America than in Europe, so this might be a bigger deal for us here on this side of the pond.
*Idiot bifurcation of 3G signals in the US means that we can only use it on T-Mobile 3G here. It will, of course, talk to the ATT EDGE network when you are outside of the admittedly limited T-mo 3G coverage.
*Flash Storage: Pitiful. Only 512 on board and it ships with a 4 gig card. Will address up to 32 gig card. But the N97 has 32 gig on board and can address a 16 gig card.
*Speaker: Weak and can sound tinny at times.
*Camera: not good enough. Not a patch on the N97 or even N95
*Small UI issues with Android 2.1 Some people don;t like pressing buttons.
*Screen has trouble in direct sunlight, of course. Also doesn't work too well in the cold when you are wearing gloves. ;-)
*You need an app to use some of the MS Exchange calendar services.
Also: call quality is OK.
MSE does not have a version for XP 64 bit.
They offer 64 bit versions for Vista and 7 only.
Lame, I know.
Not working for 64 bit XP Prp
Support pages confirm it, not available for 64 bit XP. Vista and 7 64 bit *are* supported.
But no mention of this on the System Requirements page.
WTF?! XP 64 *is* still an officially supported OS.
Fun idea. But are they using historically correct technology to make that website? Tiny blue-gradient letters on a black background make the captions almost completely illegible. They may be the smartest guysin the room, but someone needs to send a Saturn V up the designer's bums...
Once again the US customer is hosed
(paraphrasing) "Available free on a 35 pound a month account, which includes 600 minutes and unlimited text and data" Using today's rates, that's $52.00 . And the phone is "free"
@ Paul Ross: As for "wait for the Pre"... (AFAIK, it's only announced for the USA so far) I doubt that we will get it "free". Even with a new contract. And since it is not GSM, and is on Sprint, in how many fewer countries will we be able to use it?
When, oh when, will the US drag itself into the 21st century of mobile telephony?
Mine's the one with the burner phone in the pocket
Well, sorry I was not as precise as I should have been.
"Of course, such users have been protected from click-jacking since a couple of days after the original discovery of the exploit."
This sentence referred to the first instances of the clickjacking discussions back in September 2008. http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/article/260609/adobe_request_hackers_nix_clickjacking_talk
NoScript users were protected by default if they simply checked the "Forbid <IFRAME>" option.
Soon after the clickjacking proofs of concept were published, the NoScript plugin authors incorporated a feature called "ClearClick". This feature works independently of the IFRAME blocking method. http://hackademix.net/2008/10/08/hello-clearclick-goodbye-clickjacking/
Mine's the one with the scripting pockets sewn up...
Not even a passing mention of NoScript?
Not even a sarcastic aside intended to preempt smug comments like this from Firefox users with the (apparently not ubiquitous enough) plugin?
Of course, such users have been protected from click-jacking since a couple of days after the original discovery of the exploit.
C'mon, El Reg, our snark-o-meters are in need of more of a workout!
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- Feast your PUNY eyes on highest resolution phone display EVER
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