* Posts by jeremy 3

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

jeremy 3

Yawn

Any story about facebook and you have the usual "I'm somehow better than everyone because i don't use it" comments.....

I live in Asia and use some local facebook groups for expats and people ask the same questions all the time about where to buy rice in Vietnam and why Sushi isn't cooked etc for which a better search would be ideal.

If you are so against sharing things on the internet then don't.... its really that easy and you are probably not interesting to anyone anyway.

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Got a botnet? Thinking of using it to mine Bitcoin? Don't bother

jeremy 3

Re: So coin mining is a losing game, then ?

Yeah, but the useful info stops at i7 4930k .. or maybe your radeon card is more interesting.

Bitcoin is a crypto currency, its irrelevant how many floating number calculations your i7 can do. Its all about cryptographic calculations as used in a graphics card. A standard desktop is all but useless for mining....even with all your *[whatever you said about your computer that makes it so amazing].

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Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

jeremy 3

patents are irrelevant and you can try and sue my penniless company.

Yet another fairly obvious idea is being hailed as a patent.

Currently 2nd screen content can be distributed by the main content - this is simply suggesting that it is beamed from somewhere else "at the same time".... right?

Seriously, when i can put in a patent for how to poor water into a glass.

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Women are too expensive to draw and code – Ubisoft

jeremy 3

non story

A lot of people on El reg work in IT. This story of extra costs rings true.

No-one ever wanted a female mario or female sonic.

The guy sounds reasonable, they wanted a female character but realised the costs.... simple.

Does anyone really think we live in a world where someone at a game company decided to scarp a female player because they are sexist. Sounds like the media were looking for something to get upset about.

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

jeremy 3

defining his role

He just wants to be remembered for something... even if it is taking that thing that works pretty well and messing it up so it doesn't work anymore.... at least he'll be remembered.

So when our EU overlords hire some techno-caveman like this, when exactly can i ask for my 14 billion back?

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iSPY: Apple Stores switch on iBeacon phone sniff spy system

jeremy 3

Re: Not Spying

Its not clear in the article if this is the App store app that installed by default and cannot be removed.

In which case you never download it... its there.

But there is very clear consent here.... you need location and bluetooth on... who has blue tooth on except when you are smashing your phone against your friends screaming "copy you stupid thing... oh wait its started now.".

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Oh Mr Darcy! You're PRESSING MY BUTTONS

jeremy 3

Everyone knows about Pride and Predjudice

It's re-made by the BBC every 3 years on a continuous cycle... so maybe make an app about a less well known classic .... like Crime & Punishment (ok it's russian, but its got a good message about feeling bad about what you've done).

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MPAA, RIAA: Kids need to learn 3 Rs – reading, writing and NO RIPPING

jeremy 3

Seduced politicians

When politicians see they might get money to put into their budget I can see them getting very excited, however any commercial interest should not be allowed to influence education. It is totally ignorant to think that there will be no bias in the curriculum, even if some well meaning people in these organizations try, they cannot be helped as they believe only their approach is correct and nothing less is acceptable.

Healthy debate is needed on digital copyright and educating young people is correct, but let educators educate, not lobby groups.

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If you're not paying, you're product: If you ARE paying, it's no better

jeremy 3

Editing and grammer?

I know El Reg is full of grammar nazis, so i am going to get in first to point out a few (not just one or two) errors in your writing... (call me a Nazi if you like)

"Start up are sometimes more reliable" - start ups?

" it was the cornerstone or my research " - of my research?

I gave up after that, since reading badly written text full of errors is what I must tolerate on facebook.

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Anonymous hacked off with Singapore's menacing net rules plan

jeremy 3

not corrupt because....

MPs in Singapore are paid on average over a million dollars a year. It stops them being so focused on deals to line their own pockets....

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NSA, UK hacked Yahoo! and Google data center interconnects – report

jeremy 3

different how?

Currently there is a court case in the UK where some newspaper editors are in trouble because their (now closed) newspaper hacked people's phones to get stories... no-one cared about celebs, but when a kid who was kidnapped and murdered came up on the list of people who were hacked, there was outrage and now a court case.

How is hacking someone's private comms for a news story illegal but hiding under "national security" its totally ok?

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FREEZE, GLASSHOLE! California cops bust Google Glass driver

jeremy 3

surprise

Obviously being an "explorer" explains her shock and assumed effrontery of the cop... "they're illegal? "

Shouldn't someone wearing a piece of new tech that is in your face (literally) while operating a piece of heavy machinery (and speeding)... have a little more sympathy for society catching up ?

I think this user is planning on replacing their own thought processes and memory with everything supplied by google. woo-hoo.

Should fine her big just for being such a self important idiot.

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Three million Adobe accounts hacked? Sorry, make that 38 MILLION

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not surprised they confused 3 for 38

When their software titles have had a very confused and illogical numbering pattern.

I thought photoshop was good at version 5.5 ... but then i magically got back to version 2 (creative suite) before climbing to 6? Now with online CC its back at 1... these lot can't count!

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Mozilla goes where Google fears to tread with geolocation service

jeremy 3

_nomap

What happens with "alternative geolocation company inc" says to opt out of their system i must "_nogeomap".

I only have 1 ssid per wifi so to dodge one slurper, i risk another.

How about I set up a constantly changing SSID and a rotating frequency.

My wifi is for me to use the internet at home, only me, not my neighbours or their dogs and i don't give a f*ck if some idiot wants more accurate GPS on the main road near my house.

Yes, crumpy and unhelpful, but that is most IT folk? and besides we've been burned before by google saying "we wont do anything bad"..... I currently turn my wifi off when i go out.

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Pop OS X Mavericks on your Mac for FREE while you have LUNCH

jeremy 3

No Java

Thanks, Mavericks just wiped out Java on my system, leaving a trail of destruction behind it.

Apple get more and more like a possessive partner all the time.... "You are getting messages from *Other development platforms!!!" , "I am going to monitor your phone and email to see if any more of these *SDKs are trying it with *My developer".

I didn't want to go to the pub this afternoon, what i really wanted to do was fix my mac so that i can work on it.

It just works? Not these days... I stopped using linux because i was fed up with tinkering to make anything run... seems Apple's anti Flash campaign has given them teeth enough to go after java ....

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Swedish teen's sex video fine slashed: Unwilling co-star girlfriend furious

jeremy 3

Cant wait for future "glass" cases similar to this.

"But your honor, i didn't know it automatically uploaded the video to google and using advanced algorithms* selected various popular amateur porn sites to distribute it to".

*because google's search can obviously figure this out.

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Unsupervised Brit kids are meeting STRANGERS from the INTERNET

jeremy 3

Maybe

Since kids are far from stupid, they are actually meeting up with some other kids their own age they met fragging some muthafucka in CoD ... Using the internet like adults... The article does not say they are meeting with the current society boogeyman; a pedo.

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Fraudster bought names and address from Experian, says Krebs

jeremy 3

one use sale?

So its ok for experian to sell your data about someone, just so long as you don't resell it ... sounds like they need some of wonderful clarity that software licenses have.

When it comes to data about people, there is no law... just the people who have the power and authority to buy it, sell it, plunder it.. with impunity (government / credit reference people / DVLA ) and those who don't... you and me.

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Twitter will leap into instant-messaging world with new app: report

jeremy 3

Wow a 140 character messaging app... on my phone...

..wait isn't that SMS?

Twitter manages to explore new depths of pointlessness.

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T-Mobile FREES AMERICANS to roam world sans terrifying charges

jeremy 3

Socialism

That was a great win for big commercial organizations, teaching people that anything that was not gouging them for the highest price possible is socialism. As someone once said and i now misquote: "the trick is not oppressing the poor, but teaching them to oppress themselves".

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Facebook RIPS away your veil of privacy, declares NO MORE HIDING

jeremy 3

users

Use them like they use you, simple.

Don't post anything that is not public knowledge anyway.

Don't say anything stupid.

Use ad block.

And better yet, do not use a real name or at least not your real name.... my friends totally accept that i am not the same name on facebook as real life and it keeps the 'old school friends' away, yet i still get to see world+dog baby photos and lol cats.... (aren't i lucky).

You can be a victim or you can just work around their desperation for your info by giving them what is not of value.

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A-D'OH!-BE: Adobe hit by 'sophisticated' MEGA HACK RANSACK

jeremy 3

Re: Good advice except that it's impossible

Write them down.

I have a book of passwords that lives in my house with a page for every website or service.

The likelihood that someone is going to steal a small notebook with handwriting in it is almost zero... even when i carry it around...

It may sound crazy but actually physical access to me and my computer is probably the biggest barrier to a hacker.

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Apple Maps directs drivers INTO path of ONCOMING PLANES

jeremy 3

not entirely blame apple but...

Of course due to legal things they will not say anything like "Sorry about that - we'll try harder" , but it does bug me a little that big companies like apple roll out a half baked solution that does have real implications and don't really take any responsibility for it. Medical equipment and aviation equipment have standards to meet so why not maps - people can get lost and die or get run over by a 737.

There is a reason Nokia took a very long time to release maps - they wanted to be sure they were right.

Google took a long time to get it right and here comes apple who shit unicorns so lets not question that their maps will be perfect... we're all obviously using them wrong.

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Apple beckons fanbois back into its golden era... of, er, 2010

jeremy 3

Re: About time!

No its not a fetish, its just inline with Apple dropping support.

As an iphone/pad/pod user didn't you back up your device in itunes before you upgraded.. can't you just restore it?

Take some responsibility for your actions and stop blaming developers who face enough fragmentation already.... we're only trying to make a buck despite everyone wanting apps for free or a couple of $ and Apple taking 30%.

Jeez, some people are never happy.

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China tunes out Soundcloud for a weekend

jeremy 3

middle kingdom nonsense

... its china... whats with the silly (irrelevant) name.

I am all against the level of censorship in China but lets not forget that the UK blocks a few sites with no legal basis atall (piratebay etc), so perhaps el reg journos could be a little less arrogant.... oh wait thats not going to happen.

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New iPhones: C certainly DOESN'T stand for 'Cheap'

jeremy 3

Home buttons works?

Most people i know with an iPhone have that annoying home button app that gives you a home button on screen all the time. Most say its because after about 10 minutes in a sufficiently humid country (so anywhere in SE asia)... the home button broke.

I wonder if this will be any different.

As ever, if i do buy one, i wont rush ... lets wait and see if they have another "holding it wrong" problem.

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Bristol boffins announce QUANTUM CLOUD

jeremy 3

Sub title

Excellent reference!

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Microsoft cans three 'pinnacle' certifications, sparking user fury

jeremy 3

yep vendor certs are temporary

In fact most certificates that do not address overall concepts and broadly applicable information (such as those Universities... well some of them anyway).

Welcome to the world of IT, as a developer for 15 years, not only do certificates become useless so do many of the languages you learn ... for example, i still know a little classic ASP (not classic in my view), some ADA and even some Perl... (which admittedly still comes in handy) ... but to work on the web you must learn new languages like .NET and increasingly JAVA ... PHP is still around but has lost favour in many circles so the 5 years i spent doing that now are only a grounding for Python and Ruby ...

Want to learn 1 skill for life... become a baker of bread, otherwise suck it up MS monkeys its the way things work.

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Nokia's India threat letter: 'It's cheaper to make phones in China'

jeremy 3

I don't want caste the whole country in a bad light.

(sorry for the pun), but this slightly slippery approach to business can be found in many ways in India.

Although i am the first to say that when you deal with good guys in India they are great and very skilled, often the business skill / slippery-ness out weighs technical skill... this has been my first hand experience in out sourcing to India and like Nokia we dropped them for people in China, Vietnam and the Philippines.

I dont think any government would have even read a letter if we sent it.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

jeremy 3

who rushed in?

I like the idea of the chromecast, but when i saw it, as with any shiny new toy i thought i would wait for the fall out and see what happens on v2.

Meanwhile, i sleep soundly knowing that in a few short weeks or months, i will be able to buy a chinese knock off at maybe $20... not sure why people are fussing, or are they seriously surprised by this kind of behaviour? (in which case, i can only say, get over it and find something worthwhile to exert your energy on rather than ranting and raving when a bear sh*ts in the woods).

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US court: Dell can't hound debtor with robocalls to her mobile

jeremy 3

Re: Embrace automation

Not twisting this to be anti apple, but i recently found that you cannot block calls on an iPhone in the same way as android. I have no idea why this is.

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Screw you, Brits, says Google: We are ABOVE UK privacy law

jeremy 3

no more fines.

Perhaps especially with Google, they should punish them with a 2 week block or similar - they have proved the tech with the censorship of the pirate bay.

No google services in the UK for 2 weeks - it would not kill them, but it would cause them much more pain than a pocket change fine.

People might use that time to look at other services, particularly those that use google for business.

If they are bad again, block em for a month... akin to sitting on the naughty step, instead of forfeiting your pocket money.

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Fear the JOBZILLA! 150ft STATUE of Steve planned 'lest fanbois forget'

jeremy 3

I wonder

.. how these people (who started this) will deal with a death of a close member of their family... do they have lots of life sized statues in their garden do you think?

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Fooling the AppStore one code-chunk at a time

jeremy 3

Re: Um...

There are no automatic updates.

All updates are reviewed the same as new apps.. otherwise there would be no point in having any review process if an update was then not checked.

Also while this may be a good thing for people to do when they are being paid to research and do this kind of thing, but we should be pleased that at least some testing is done with iOS as apposed to Android which can install anything it likes.

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

jeremy 3

they are still wonky

so make the wearer look like they are doing cosplay for some comicon.

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World+Dog hates PRISM: Cloud Security Alliance

jeremy 3

@losing revenue

We're moving away from all US based companies... mainly to demonstrate our displeasure, not because we 1) have anything to hide and 2) think it will make any difference.

Each company gets a call from me and asked "what is your companies position on our data in the US".

Companies that have had no answer have been :-

Rackspace

Paypal

Amazon

to name a few... As a non-US company based in Asia, we feel very strongly that our data has no place in the hands of US spies. Our way to fight this is in the wallets of US companies.

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Google and fellow ad-slingers PROMISE to starve pirates of oxygen

jeremy 3
Facepalm

“include language indicating that Websites should not engage in violations of law”.

So... aswell as stopping the biggest threat to modern society that is breach of copyright, this rule could have an unintended side effect of stopping sites like kiddie porn etc getting ad dollars too!!!

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Yahoo! gets animated GIF commendation for defending user privacy

jeremy 3

Net companies DO try to protect users.

You should take a look a very recent documentary on Vice channel on Youtube.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AfhP2mmmUdU

Net companies DO want to protect your privacy, but they have little financial incentive to do so, if you want a secure service where you are the customer, then its not going to be free.

Simply making a knee jerk statement about giving google an award for defending privacy is exceptionally ill-informed.

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Apple surrenders in 'app store' trademark suit against Amazon

jeremy 3

I get my apps at the Hoover store...

.. wait i mean the vacuum cleaner store....

Can the US legal system say "Precedent"

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France's 'three strikes' anti-piracy law shot down

jeremy 3

Re: You can't.

Well thats how it works in China...

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Hack biz rivals or hire cyber-warriors and we'll shut you down, warns EU

jeremy 3

ICO implications ?

So when a government organisation looses 25 million records of citizens data can that be consider a failure to adequately protect that data?

When a government organisation monitors so much data, is that considered cyber attack on an individual?

This is a BS law that is out of touch and should only be considered if the concept of cyber attack is extended to include personal cyber attack by the state or an individual.

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Apple: Ta for blowing £££s on apps, fanbois. Now we've set them FREE

jeremy 3

Marketing?

Isn't it a well known and often documented (all over the internet) part of app marketing that setting the right price and the right monetisation strategy is important.

Altering the price of an app is extremely common, i would like to say at least 50% of apps have changed their price in their lifetime, but that is just a made up number.

Personally, i quite liked the look of Traktor when i browsed a while ago, but i knew i would not use it much as i have no musical ability whatsoever... i didn't buy it.. today i downloaded it for free. So, to the app developer, the consolation of free is increased users who are now much more likely to be future customers.

I also play Asphalt 7 .. which is free but was about £7 ... shall we bash Gameloft?

This is not really a story.

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Facebook slurped phone numbers says Norton

jeremy 3

Re: And my friends wonder...

Yawn... every facebook invasion story prompts people on the reg to say almost exactly "facebook is evil, aren't i clever and smug for not using it".

People use facebook. It is pretty standard to interact with other people using some form of social media.

People use apps, that is what is going on in IT now... if you want to stay in the 80s and ignore the current world of IT then be my guest, but simply berating the rest of us for being stupid to expect any level of privacy from a piece of software is extremely arrogant of you.

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Google says it paid TOO MUCH tax, wants $83.5m refund

jeremy 3

Morals?

Morals have nothing to do with Tax.

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Google developing game console, smartwatch, new Q?

jeremy 3

"people familiar with the matter"

Should be more clearly stated as "people familiar with the matter, who do not represent the company officially, are not part of the official PR department and in most ways are no more reliable than asking your mum".

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Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

jeremy 3

It may not as good as the past

But realistically anybody who wants to make a success in the music industry is hard pressed to do it alone (sure there are exceptions) but one way or another you need a connection to large distribution and as with the app store, this is the same... the lack of income can be seen as the fee to be publicised on this particular media.

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India's outsourcers fume over new US immigration bill

jeremy 3
Holmes

Re: Not making sense

Yes, you are missing something.

It is not about Outsourcing, it is about NearSourcing... where you go through the same process as outsourcing, but the IT person comes and works in your office.

IBM do this alot in the UK. In fact many large companies contain IT folk who are employed by another company with a contract to provide them.

In this case the people provided are coming from India and this business is still profitable for the supplier as an imported worker from India under an Indian contract and paid in Rupees is still way cheaper than a local worker.

This is only possible due to this visa. Additional restrictions on this visa means this business model is under threat.... which explains the comments above of "no shit sherlock".

Is it clearer now or do you need to re-read the article...

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Oracle posts flat revenues on slow software sales

jeremy 3
Coat

many clouds?

Since everyone has a cloud these days e.g. Adobe, Oracle, MS etc etc is it still correct to term it "The" cloud.

Shouldn't it simply be overcast with so many clouds?

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SCO vs. IBM battle resumes over ownership of Unix

jeremy 3

Software patents

When a single company can make this kind of noise and if successful, undermine huge amounts of business simply by creating instability, isn't that a threat to national security.... it would be if we switched SCO for Huweii ....

But large US tech companies trying to destroy each other, thats just all in the game and definitely benefits US business as whole right? (sarcasm)

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