* Posts by Test Man

900 posts • joined 1 May 2007

Page:

Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

Test Man

Re: What I want from NFC phone payments

This is exactly the same as for every single payment in history ever, so I don't see why you're making out as if it's a negative. Obviously it's up to you to view the amount on the cash register display whether you're paying via cash, card, cheque, Apple Pay, whatever.

The whole point is to just pay in a near-instant, so you're not going to be able to have your phone display the amount on it at the time of "bonking" because by then it's too late, you've paid.

0
3

Google it onna Google phone onna GOOGLE NETWORK. MVNO plan imminent

Test Man

Re: All change please!

Why would it need GPS? Google already knows where you are even with GPS off (from cell and wifi data).

0
0

Android finally shows up for work, app in hand

Test Man

Something missing from the article is that the app is for Android 4.x only. Android 5.x has no need for the app because the support is already built-in.

2
0

WHAT did GOOGLE do SO WRONG to get a slapping from the EU?

Test Man

"How can Google be said to control billions of desktops when the people involved can all switch search engines tomorrow if they wanted to."

I think you're missing the point. The billions of desktops don't know how or don't desire to switch engines tomorrow, that's the problem! I know someone who, instead of putting in company name and adding a .com to the end will fire up Google and put in company name in there, every single time. She doesn't know anything, because Google is the defacto and default search engine, hell, Google IS the internet. Therefore Google can promote ANYTHING and she will simply lap it up without querying it. This is potentially DANGEROUS.

What hope is there for others when Google has such a wide reach they can influence people at will to the total detriment of other companies?

"How can Analytics be said to have no competitors when anyone could write one tomorrow, or how about using Piwik or KISSmetrics or Clicky or Woopra or Open Web Analytics or FoxMetrics or ClickTale or Mint or GoingUp! or Crazy Egg or Mouseflow or Chartbeat or GoSquared or Moz Analytics or etc or etc or etc."

Have you actually tried to write a competitor site and then tried to actually get it promoted? When Google is the one controlling the views of billions of desktop, how do you think your company, who is a direct competitor, is actually going to fare regarding promotion when Google controls the view and, unchecked, will also stop you from being noticed at all?

23
9

Android gets biometric voice unlocking

Test Man

"(although I think I need to know why my eldest son can unlock my phone and not my youngest!)"

:D

Ask your wife ;)

8
0

A MILLION Chrome users' data was sent to ONE dodgy IP address

Test Man
Thumb Down

Re: What amazes me...

Actually, it took a picture of the whole web page, including the bits that aren't visible in the browser (that needs scrolling to see).

0
0
Test Man

Re: Popular?

It doesn't replicate the Print Screen feature. It took a picture of the whole web page, including the bits that aren't visible in the browser (that needs scrolling to see).

5
0

Turkey PM bans Twitter, YouTube as 'tools of terrorist propaganda'

Test Man

Re: Turkey holding hands with America.

So, nothing like the Americans then.

7
0

Intel shows Google how to stick it real good

Test Man

Re: This should be compared to the Amazon FireTV Stick

"Doesn't the FireTV Stick compete with the Chromecast?"

Yes, so indeed not the same thing, as it's not a full computer.

1
0

Microsoft's Project Spartan browser is HERE (unless you build apps or run VMs, that is)

Test Man

Re: Disappointing

"They know they broke VS and Hyper-V, but were willing to distribute it anyway. This does not inspire confidence in the quality or stability of the final product."

It's a beta. Obviously things may break. That's how they TEST things. Fool.

5
0

BT gently returns to mobe biz with cheap SIM-only swoop

Test Man

Re: BT subsidiaries?

No, because PlusNet is PlusNet, not BT, obv.

Yes, PlusNet is owned by BT, but being owned by them doesn't suddenly mean they are BT.

0
0

Google's 'encrypted-by-default' Android is NOT encrypting by default

Test Man

Re: I don't really like Apple/iOs

"I'd rather have that sensation than Google scanning through all my documents...<snip!>"

Shut up.

2
9

EE 'best' of the UK mobile network bunch, but how good is that?

Test Man

Re: Yeah...

By that reckoning, nor is (central) London (using the EE network here is an AWFUL experience)

0
0

Oi, Aussie sports fans! Take that selfie stick and stick it

Test Man

They were banned at the Emirates and White Hart Lane by Arse-enal and Spurs weeks ago, too. Thank God, because if you're too stupid to bring one in, instead of concentrating on the flaming match you paid for, then you deserve it confiscated.

8
0

FORCE Apple to support BlackBerry hardware, demands John Chen

Test Man

Total utter idiot.

4
2

Universal Pictures told off for scaring kids with nasty vid

Test Man

It's not hard. They should have just served up children's ads regardless of signed-in status full stop. No need to segment. Considering it was content "suitable for all" they should have simply erred on the side of caution.

2
0

When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

Test Man

Not sure what the problem is. It's customisable. So customise it.

0
1

Hold the front page: Spain's anti-Google lobbyists lobby for Google News return

Test Man

Re: I sincerely believe

"You can go to Google news yourself and check out the facts...news.google.com."

Or news.google.es... oh! :p

2
0

Sony Pictures email hack: The bitter 'piracy war' between Google and Hollywood laid bare

Test Man

Re: Bending forward?

Correlation doesn't equal causation.

This is basic stuff, so pull your head out of your arse.

6
3

UK flights CRIPPLED by system outage that shut ALL London airspace

Test Man

Yeah, I didn't think it was possible to close UK (or even London) airspace either, because clearly they CAN fly airplanes without radar, etc., but obviously they'd have to resort to pen and paper, and fly airplanes into the area one at a time.

0
2
Test Man

Re: IN HARTFORD, HEREFORD AND HAMPSHIRE.....

"IN HARTFORD, HEREFORD AND HAMPSHIRE....."

*HERTFORD - get it right!

0
0

Microsoft tries to defend Irish servers from US g-men invasion, again

Test Man

Re: Crank up the farce to 11

"It could actually end up in the Judge directing an officer of Microsoft Corp directing an Officer of Microsoft Eire ltd to hand over the data and the Officer of Microsoft Eire refusing on the grounds of Irish/Eu law."

They already have - what do you think this whole furore is all about?

1
0

Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

Test Man

Re: dumb question... how to install "out of band"

They pulled it. Otherwise you could have installed it at will.

2
0

US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

Test Man

I'd also run that question to Amazon as well... the Amazon that operates in the UK that is.

1
0

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

Test Man

Re: The answer is still no.

"I paid for Win7 when my last laptop died (XP) and won't replace it until it also dies."

Most people do the same, you're no special.

8
3

Star Wars: Episode VII trailer lands. You call that a lightsaber? THIS is a lightsaber

Test Man

Here's a thought. The Crossguard lightsabre is wielded by Luke Skywalker and the crossguard is there to stop his hand from being sliced again.

1
0

Leaked screenshots show next Windows kernel to be a perfect 10

Test Man

Re: Are they dropping legacy apps???

"As I understood it, the version number allowed apps to run in compatibility mode if they weren't the latest and greatest. It'll be interesting how this plays out if that was true."

No. The main reason why it's been the same major version number since Vista is to accommodate those awful programmers who solely rely on the major version number to determine whether their apps are compatible or not. For these applications, changing the major version number may cause those programs to insist that your version of Windows isn't compatible, even though there is no actual reason for it to not work.

However, we're in 2014, and those lazy programmers have had nearly 10 years to change their ways, and with VMs and virtual layers within Windows (like the previous poster mentioned) as well as a Windows Store that works differently with regards to versions of Windows, there is no excuse now.

6
1

GOTCHA: Google caught STRIPPING SSL from BT Wi-Fi users' searches

Test Man

Ah! The hotel I stayed in in Cheshire was stripping SSL from my Google searches, despite me being logged in (the hotel wifi was provided by BT Wifi). I thought it was weird but Google reckoned that it was the choice of the hotel admin.

Still, they couldn't stop me from using https://encrypted.google.com though, so fuck 'em.

3
1

Call the Commish! Ireland dragged into Microsoft dispute over alleged drug traffic data

Test Man

Re: Reality and Reason?

Who cares if Microsoft Corporation partly or wholly own Microsoft Ireland, or the former begat the latter, or whether Microsoft Corporation controls Microsoft Ireland?

Fact is Microsoft Ireland is in Ireland and is subject to Irish and EU laws.

Therefore, Microsoft Corporation cannot compel Microsoft Ireland to break those laws no matter what any idiotic judge says.

13
0

That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

Test Man

Re: Just not hard.

Exactly. Simple icon overlay would do it. Anyone who wants everything synced can simply use the relevant option that is already there in PC Settings.

0
0
Test Man

"After it was finished I copied back all her personal files from her OneDrive"

That's your mistake there. When it's in OneDrive and you have to reinstall Windows 8.1 you don't need to "copy" anything, you just simply find the folder and mark it as "Always Available Offline". Voila!

No need to copy things to another folder, ever.

2
0
Test Man

Re: Exactly

"MS should just copy dropbox. (I would say buy drop box but I like dropbox and want to continue to use a good product.)"

What Microsoft are doing to OneDrive in Windows 10 is exactly how it works in Dropbox, and exactly how it worked in Windows 8. It was Windows 8.1 that introduced the "placeholders" feature, and judging by a rep for Microsoft's comment on the matter, they plan to drop it.

However, if you read the article, there are numerous problems with readopting a "selective sync" approach, one of which is that if you hide files in Windows Explorer, they aren't viewable or useable in Windows Explorer. The proposed "fix" for this (allowing you to search offline) isn't good enough - how do they think you're going to be able to find that one pic of your 8-month old in a cute outfit amongst thousands of "DSCFxxxx,jpg" filenames?

No matter how it's spun, removing placeholders is a step backwards, plain and simple.

3
0

Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights

Test Man

I think what everyone who commented on "competition" should realise that the Premier League actually was perfectly fine with one broadcaster (i.e. Sky) buying up ALL the rights - it was the EU who specifically mandated that this wasn't in the best interests of "competition" and therefore forced (and further forced) the Premier League to restrict the act of one broadcaster in one country buying up of all football broadcasting rights packages.

In short, it's the EU to blame for needing to subscribe to multiple broadcasters to watch all available (or specific) games.

I can see why they did it, because letting Sky buy all the packages up meant that they could potentially charge what it likes, with there being no competition. However, in real terms spreading the broadcasting rights out means the consumer has to pay more in total to watch it all, when previously they only needed to make one purchase.

1
1

Northern Ireland website leaves front door open, spills users' data

Test Man

Re: um...

It would work if Northern Ireland, as an entity, owned the website. It sort of is, by way of it being a government website.

You could say "Northern Irish website" but it'd sound like a random website that happened to be located in Northern Ireland.

1
1

Nokia's N1 fondleslab's HIDDEN BRILLIANCE: The 'Z Launcher'

Test Man

Correction

"The Z Launcher has been in beta for a little while, with Nokia using some Samsung phones for testing, and is available now in the Google play store for Android devices running 4.1 or later."

Might want to be slightly more specific, as it explicitly doesn't support Android 5, yet.

0
0

NOKIA - Not FINNished yet! BEHOLD the somewhat DULL MYSTERY DEVICE!

Test Man

Not a problem licensing the name out, it's exactly what Google does with their Nexus tablets.

The bigger concern is why there doesn't seem to be a Google Play store. Didn't Nokia want to (abide by and) sign the contract with Google giving them access to the Play Store in return for sticking to certain specifications, etc.?

There is the possibility that as they are just "dipping their toes" so they didn't want to commit fully yet. After all, Android makes it a lot easier to create a product from scratch without having to commit to certain companies by signing contracts (as anyone is free to grab the open source AOSP files), and is probably part of the reason why they didn't go for Windows (even if it's "free" for OEMs, you still have to sign a contract and stick to certain restrictions, etc.).

3
0

Bullish Vodafone barges back into UK consumer broadband market

Test Man

So... this is LLU, yes?

And for places where they can't get LLU set up, they'll be rolling broadband out over Openreach lines rented from BT Wholesale, yes?

1
0

Forget 5G, UK.gov is making 2G fit for the 21st century!

Test Man

"The engineers are envisaging how IP networks will handle voice in 2024 - and what kinds of devices will provide voice services 10 years from now. But the UK was the last leading economy to do 4G. Perhaps it is determined to be last with 5G, too."

So in your world people can only do one thing at a time?

*facepalm*

0
0

Pop starlet Taylor Swift DUMPS Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

Test Man

Didn't know you were a Taylor Swift fan!

:D

2
0
Test Man

"between 70p and £1.20"

But that's it though, once you have the sale that's all you're getting, even if the person repeatedly plays it a million times. Whereas with streaming, you get money with every single play of the song.

Has anyone actually worked out the average total earnt from an average song via traditional methods vs the average total earnt from an average song via streaming within a fixed period, say a month? Reason I ask is because even though streaming yields typically far far smaller per song, it's possible that the total amount of plays will net the owner a similar amount regardless.

9
1

Windows 8 or nowt: Consumer Win 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK

Test Man

Actually shouldn't the headline read: "It's Windows 8.1 or nowt: Consumer Windows 7 fans are OUT OF LUCK", because I heard they're also removing the right for OEMs to install Windows 8 as well.

6
0

Arrrr GOSH! Argos website goes titsup to make it EVEN BETTER

Test Man

Argos app - very decent. Far more useful to use than using a catalogue (painful to find things via the index, the search function is brilliant) and you can reserve straight from it.

Wifi - last I heard they were going to introduce the Argos app in a fixed-to-table tablet to all their stores and get rid of the catalogue altogether. Don't know how far they have gone with that (my store still has the shitty catalogue and dot-matrix-screened numberpad).

0
0

Apple, Google take on Main Street in BONKING-FOR-CASH struggle

Test Man

It's about choice, not making NFC mandatory, OBVIOUSLY. So take your tinfoil-hat off.

1
0

Microsoft brings the CLOUD that GOES ON FOREVER

Test Man

Re: Quick everyone give up you're non-cloud office software

Well here's an alternative view:

I got SkyDrive way back when, with 25GB. I STILL have this, even when they reduced it. In fact, now I have 40GB. Microsoft have never reduced any storage size for me.

So there.

1
0

Mobile coverage on trains really is pants

Test Man

Re: Hogwart's Express

Wrong. King's Cross was used for filming, but not in Platform 9/10/11 (as that's effectively an extension to the rest of the station), it was on the other more eastern platforms. The exterior shots was of St Pancras, though.

However, when J K Rowling mentioned King's Cross in the books, she was actually imagining Euston's platforms.

4
1

One Windows? How does that work... and WTF is a Universal App?

Test Man

Then don't enable it. And stop complaining.

21
13

Payment security vastly improved when you DON'T ENTER your BANK DETAILS

Test Man

This is the feature that Apple Pay implements? It's a version of Visa's implementation?

3
0

Microsoft vs the long arm of US law: Straight outta Dublin

Test Man

The Irish aren't going to kick up a stink because it doesn't involve them. Understandably, Microsoft (Corporation) are livid at the complete nonsense and are doing nothing. The judge isn't getting anywhere with judgement that is unenforceable.

2
0
Test Man

Microsoft Corporation can't do anything though, because Microsoft Ireland are bound by Irish (and EU) laws. The judge is therefore a total idiot in not understanding that.

5
0
Test Man

Data is held by Microsoft Ireland. It's a separate company in the same way that any other company is separate, albeit ultimately owned by Microsoft Corporation. Judge cannot force Microsoft Corporation to make Microsoft Ireland give them the data in the exact same way you can't force one company to make another company in a completely different jurisdiction to give them data. The judge cannot make Microsoft Ireland do anything. The judge is an idiot.

7
2

Page:

Forums