622 posts • joined 11 Jun 2009
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.".
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).
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.
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.
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....
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?
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.
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!
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.
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 ....
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.
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.
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.
Wow a 140 character messaging app... on my phone...
..wait isn't that SMS?
Twitter manages to explore new depths of pointlessness.
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".
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
.. 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?
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.
they are still wonky
so make the wearer look like they are doing cosplay for some comicon.
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 :-
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.
“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!!!
Net companies DO try to protect users.
You should take a look a very recent documentary on Vice channel on Youtube.
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.
I get my apps at the Hoover store...
.. wait i mean the vacuum cleaner store....
Can the US legal system say "Precedent"
Re: You can't.
Well thats how it works in China...
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.
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.
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.
Morals have nothing to do with Tax.
"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".
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.
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...
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?
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)
extracting money from mobile
is a constantly changing business. Within a year there has been a dramatic shift from people paying for apps to in-app purchases and now people are getting wise to that, apps are shifting to advertising.
As an app developer, the variation i hear about in techniques of what advert types and where is most effective is huge.
Companies like google do well in advertising because they know how to get quality advertisers and how to execute advertising well (in terms of driving conversions).
Of course its not good that it is dominated by one player, but as is said of other things; you wont get fired for choosing google for your advertising.
youtube : the internet crazy finder....
what have NASA got to hide;- the Apollo 20 mission that found a giant space ship with two ancient people on it who look like they are made of clay which has been painted... a huge city that is mostly crumbled and a cathedral.... not to mention the secret US bases containing man-made space tech based on stuff given to us by aliens.
The extent of what people think is on the moon is quite extensive.
I know a published author...
Who after a series of successful crime novels (around 8 or 9 moderately successful), went to her publishers asking about ebook deals, for her new novel, since she has half a clue about the internet (or at least her son does).
The answer amounted to: Yes it will be published as an ebook, but you wont see much more than about 0.5% of any income from that.
So... she self published, freelance editors are out there and it was a sound investment.
The author openly admits she does not know if it will sell without the marketing force of a publisher, but she has almost nothing to loose.
technology is getting funny
My nokia 1280 has an FM radio on it.
Tech seems to be intent on going round in circles to make something we already have out of something new, often not quite hitting the same standard.
I recently saw a new web based messaging app (like WeChat or WhatsApp), but you attached a voice recording to the message and sent each other an abbreviated voice message ... much like a voicemail, maybe in a future version you will be able to actually talk with the person.. what a novelty.
Apple's i strategy will give them a constant stream of ideas for years as adding i to anything seems to be open game.... but more and more people will simply say iDont Care.. (ill get my coat).
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