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* Posts by Dan 55

2779 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

SHOW ME THE MONEY! Ballmer on Amazon: 'They're not a real biz, they make NO cash'

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Then again it also takes a certain mindset to plough absolutely everything back into the business. Not everything has to be short term but some kind of return after 21 years would be nice for the people who have invested in them.

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Lucky you. Twitter offers you its 'Digits' (for mobe app sign-ins)

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Re: Bah!

It's already been thought of, it's called Trusted Bluetooth devices although it seems only the Moto X has it.

It's built into Android 5 though so everything should have it in the future.

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Microsoft: Cloud-o-bile still only small slice of softening revenue pie

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Re: hmmmm

Well the consumer divisions, where normal people choose whether or not to buy MS or something else, is down. And that's at a time when they dropped support for XP hoping people would rush out and buy Windows 8 OEM equipment or even a Surface.

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Bitcasa bins $10-a-month Infinite storage offer

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WTF?

So there are few customers for their unlimited offer, but the few customers there are decided to use their unlimited space. If I understand Bitcasa correctly things would have been much better for them if lots of customers decided to use unlimited space or if few customers decided to use hardly any space.

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Would you blow $5.6m to own a dot-word? Meet a bloke who did just that

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Spot

Used in several European languages to mean advertisement on television or radio.

Case closed, Watson.

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NOT OK GOOGLE: Android images can conceal code

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I don't know, they only mention releasing an update to Android. Possibly Bouncer or Verify Apps weren't originally designed to check apps inside apps.

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Many OEMs and operators already have a copy of their apps on Play anyway, from there it's a small step to Google automatically pushing apps on the OEMs' and operators' behalf to the phones on first run, i.e. you update base Android then get OEM customisation apks, operator customisation apks, and Google Play Services pushed to the phone.

If ever you were to install or update to another version of Android you could get the customisation downloaded again.

If the OEM and operator apks weren't suitable for that device and version of Android then they wouldn't get downloaded and you'd have fewer customisations or even a base install if neither OEM nor operator manage to get their finger out. That would be an incentive for them to keep their customisation up to date and making it useful instead of letting it rot.

Probably not as simple as I'm making out (binary blobs, configuration, etc... which also need to be installed into base Android for the phone to work) but anything's got to be better than the current unholy mess. It can't be rocket science to get it figured out.

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Re: @Sony

Remember they were Ericsson working in partnership with Sony for a long time before being swallowed up.

Either Sony haven't noticed yet or they've let them get on with it.

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FAIL

You've missed the final part of the sentence in TFA which says the wrapper app "gets past both security apps and Google's Bouncer", which means it can be downloaded from the Play Store. Google's fix was to push out an update to Android which might never be installed.

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Nokia STORMS back into profit, FREE from phones and Windows

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How's that karma working out for Nadella?

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Doctor Who's Flatline: Cool monsters, yes, but utterly limp subplots

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Re: laughter....

He did say "shuttity up" in the bank robbery episode...

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Ridiculous! Idiotic!

"After just a few weeks of experimentation, the aliens figure out how to make themselves 3D, ridiculous, and even worse, suddenly have the power – literally at their fingertips! – to turn other things 3D; brain-mushingly idiotic."

Well the Doctor did just rock up in a Tardis with all of its dimensional power which the aliens were sucking away, which is why it was getting smaller.

I quite liked it, the last few episodes (and by that I mean most of the series) haven't been at all bad.

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

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Google re-invent the wheel for the nth time

They won't be happy until they've split e-mail into two and made sure that you need to use their new mail API (i.e. not IMAP) to access Inbox.

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Really... an iKeyfob? Apple continues war on fanbois' pockets

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It's an Apple car patent

Relax, nothing will come of it...

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/04/26/apple_car_keys/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/07/18/apple_patents_new_fondleslab_dashboard_distraction_device/

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/08/01/apple_adjustable_car_interior_patent/

Etc...

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Yes, yes, Steve Jobs. Look what I'VE done for you lately – Tim Cook

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Tim will be remembered for allowing Yosemite on his watch

Steve wouldn't have allowed that kind of nonsense.

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FYI: OS X Yosemite's Spotlight tells Apple EVERYTHING you're looking for

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Re: Same as iOS 8

"I'd rather see ads for things I'm interested in than stannah stairlifts, trouser presses and goldfish tiaras."

What makes you think those ads aren't targeted?

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Re: Huh?

The alternative doesn't have to be Chrome, there is Firefox.

Of course the irony is those people who previously set up Safari to search with DuckDuckGo then upgrade to Yosemite and are possibly blissfully unaware that everything they search for is CC'd to Apple.

Is it really difficult for even reg commentards to understand that if I set my search provider to X then my searches should only go to X without a CC being sent to my computer manufacturer?

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Re: Huh?

Not quite ordinary reading. Did you check Safari > Preferences > Search? Spotlight Suggestions is also buried there so I suppose Apple get everything you type in the url bar if you leave it on.

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Re: I've had enough

Well at least there are checkboxes to turn those options off. Unfortunately there's no checkbox for making the new UI look like it wasn't repeatedly hit with an ugly stick until it got bruised black and blue and then fell unconscious.

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Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST

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Re: Pebble still seems the best

If you were referring to battery life, that manages 3 days verses Pebble's 7.

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Meh

Pebble still seems the best

Everything else is over-engineered with no battery life.

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Whisper chief: 'We're not infallible but strive to do right by our anonymous users'

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WTF?

It seems like with Whisper you're less anonymous than you are with other services

Do Facebook or Twitter go through messages by hand, actively forward data with spook agencies, or do content deals with media companies? Can't remember reading anything to that effect.

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EU Competition chief: So what if I didn't tame Google? You're all 'irrational' anyway

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Non, je ne regrette rien

It's your fault anyway.

What's the next stop on the gravy train?

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iPad AIR 2 and iPad MINI 3, 5K iMac: World feels different today – and it IS

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Who said the computer was $/£5K?

If you can't get fast broadband where you live, yes you're screwed.

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Home users won't be disappointed at all though.

I've got my new iShiny 5K, let's stick a BluRay in.

Well who needs optical media anyway, let's look at what's on iTunes.

Right, Apple ID, credit card data. Click... Buy.

Buffering... buffering...

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Re: The company also bumped up the hardware specs on the Mac Mini with faster processors

I take it Sir is interested in a computing device with more than a shiny screen?

Go to the website, click on Store, scroll to the bottom of the page, and click on Refurbished & Clearance.

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Re: Yosemite

I don't know about you but after a looking at the gnashing and wailing on the Apple forums as there always is with a new release I've decided to wait till .2 comes out, again.

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Yosemite

So who's going to download it first and test it for the rest of us?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Oh how our memories fail us, Apple playing off one network against another to see who would cut them the sweetest deal. In the UK, O2 hastily rolled out an upgrade to EDGE and they were late to 3G, but they got it as they paid Apple the most.

So will this mean the networks you can choose from change every two or three years as the networks prostitute themselves to get into the dialog box?

I imagine Google would actually be slightly less evil as they do everything OTT and make their money with ads anyway - anything that is a cost is a barrier to that. They might even not follow Apple down that road... we can but hope.

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Same old iPad? NO. The new 'soft SIMs' are BIG NEWS

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Re: With the AppleSIM I have more choice!

How much easier does it have to be than taking the old SIM out and putting the new one in?

If I were to pop off two France for two weeks...

- Could I jump ship, albeit temporarily, before my current minimum term is up or am I forced to roam?

- All operators or a subset? At the moment it's a very definite subset. Will we ever see the likes of GiffGaff?

- Am I limited to contract? If so, there's still the question of if they'll have me.

- If I am allowed prepay, I need to go somewhere top it up anyway and get the shortcode to activate the Internet bundle.

- What tariffs will be made available? All of them?

- Will I have to go along to the shop to show ID to activate the connection? In France, certainly. (Congratulations, your operator has been successfully changed to Orange FR. Connection lost.)

I'm not seeing less lock in. I'm seeing Apple making sure that iDevices are used with an iDevice data bundle. Back to how it was during the first few years with an iPhone.

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With the AppleSIM I have more choice!

With those ordinary SIMs I could choose any carrier in the UK or abroad. Now, with the AppleSIM, I can choose... EE.

No lock-in there, not at all.

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HP to shutter webOS cloud services

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And so a promising mobile operating system is mediocred to death by HP. Who'd have thought it?

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FBI boss: We don't want a backdoor, we want the front door to phones

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WTF?

"We need to fix this problem. It is long past time."

What? I thought Apple and Google only announced full device encryption last month.

You can still get a warrant then go to the network, social media, and cloudy backup providers. What more do you need?

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Adobe CSO offers Oracle security lesson: Go click-to-play

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Re: I make flash run as Click to play

Flashblock downloads then hides the Flash, so it's not as secure as you think it is.

Firefox has its own proper click-to-play now, in Tools > Add-ons > Plugins and set Flash as 'Ask to activate'.

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Aboard the GOOD SHIP LOLLIPOP, there's a Mobe and a Slab and a TELLYBOX

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Nice Google+ login in the top-right corner

It's good to see that Google decided to respond to people's concerns in the post-Snowdon era.

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Citrix: Wearables allow conference calls 'while rocking a baby to sleep'

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Work-life balance fail

If things get to that point what you should do instead is take the baby into work and change the shitty nappy on the CEO's desk.

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Man bites dog: HTTPS-menacing POODLE is 'hard to exploit' – unless you're on public Wi-Fi

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Another tester is at http://zmap.io/sslv3/.

To fix Firefox and Firefox Mobile v33 and below now set security.tls.version.min to 1 in about:config and Shift-refresh the test page.

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Kill off SSL 3.0 NOW: HTTPS savaged by vicious POODLE

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Re: smug

Poodletest doesn't get it right with Firefox - it is vulnerable.

See other post somewhere above.

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Re: From ISC

I would say that https://www.poodletest.com/ is not 100% reliable, at least with Firefox and probably other Gecko browsers.

Firefox is vulnerable - check at http://zmap.io/sslv3/. To fix set security.tls.version.min to 1 in about:config and Shift-refresh the test page.

Same goes for Android versions.

Firefox 34 when released will disable SSL 3 if you don't do it manually now.

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Sway: Microsoft's new Office app doesn't have an Undo function

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Re: it's an beta release

Some dev you are, you can knock it up at the last minute, just like security.

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Re: HyperCard anyone?

Was going to say the same, but it sounds like it doesn't have a scripting language so what use Sway is going to be is anyone's guess. It just seems to be PowerPoint Lite.

I think HyperCard came out earlier, late 80s.

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South Korea faces $1bn bill after hackers raid national ID database

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Re: proof of identity

Spain's got something similar. People have been known to forge ID cards with their own photo, apply for loans, and saddle the original person with the debt (credit history goes by ID number, see?).

One number is for life, there's nothing you can do to change it.

The latest ID cards are chipped, which is a horrific Java bodge-job which authenticates to government and bank websites and fails more often than it works. In fact it fails so much that most government websites also authenticate by other means (mobile text message, PIN via letter, filling-in known details, etc...) otherwise nothing would get done online.

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Windows 10: Forget Cloudobile, put Security and Privacy First

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How easy is it to turn on in the release version?

With a registry hack and copying a dll or two from the beta version can the monitoring be turned back on?

If I judiciously add an entry in hosts can I divert the upload elsewhere?

This is MS we're talking about so I wouldn't like to place a bet on it...

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Although it was a stupid idea, you can change a checkbox and nothing gets hidden ever again.

Unfortunately there's no unstupid option for the ribbon. Stuff is hidden in drop-downs and odd groups and tabs and you are forced to learn where they've been arbitrarily placed.

At least the Mac version still has the menu so the ribbon can be safely ignored.

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Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20

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Re: Ah, Netscape Navigator! I knew it well, Horatio

Demon Internet, 14.4K, KA9Q, jumpers for goalposts...

None of those Winmodems in those days.

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Re: Cello and Winsock

Netscape on Windows 3.1 was an unbeatable combination, at least until there were too many images on the page, the whole UI failed to redraw properly, and finally Windows displayed GPF dialog after GPF dialog before disappearing up its own fundament.

So, even then, it was still a better user experience than Windows 8.

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Of COURSE Stephen Elop's to blame for Nokia woes, says author

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Re: So...

Yeah, you think that perhaps that a better outcome would have been Nokia keeping the handset division, 30000-or-so people in gainful employment, and churning out phones people wanted?

He inherited a company with the highest marketshare in the world. So far he burned two platforms and a toolkit (Symbian, MeeGo, and Qt), transitioned over to a dead-end platform (WP7), failed to persuade existing customers to transition over from Symbian to WP7, bought another platform (Meltimi), burned it, tried to sell the handset division to Microsoft and failed, started a new platform (WP8) without giving WP7 users an upgrade path so they wondered off to Android or iOS, started a new platform (Nokia X) as a way to force MS's hand, got Nokia's handset division sold, received a tonne of cash, burned another platform (Nokia X), and got 15000-or-so people fired. Microkia is now an irreverence in the handset market. Luckily Nokia (the parent company) came out of it relatively unscathed and able to jump back into the market in a year's time.

Whether or not he was a Trojan horse, and possibly he wasn't due to needing two attempts to sell the handset division, he certainly was a piss-poor CEO with a history of running companies into the ground and selling them off on his CV.

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EE TV brings French broadband price war to the UK

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Re: Vodafone España

That might be a reason to avoid Vodafone in Spain if the rest had better customer service, but they're all about the same.

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Re: Seems very complicated

That is a good question. Because many people already watch TV with a phone in their hand?

Now you/your kids/your grandkids can watch TV from their bedroom / the garden / the toilet without needing to install another TV (along with aerial cabling etc) in those places.

I thought you were supposed to be listing the pros, not the cons.

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Xiaomi boss snaps back at Jony Ive's iPhone rival 'theft' swipe

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Re: Correction...

HTC even invented a time machine to copy the iPhone 6, the bastards.

See what Apple are up against?

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