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2651 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Bonking with Apple has POUNDED mobe operators' wallets

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Re: Apple NFC

It's not about iPhone vs. Android, it's about iPhone vs. anything else. It only supports a limited number of profiles - HFP handsfree, HSP headset, A2DP audio streaming, AVRCP remote control, PAN tethering, SPP serial which is no good when I'm e.g. trying to send files or vCards via Bluetooth.

If we compare that with a Symbian s60r5 phone from 2010, it supports A2DP, AVRCP, BIP, DUN, FTP, GAP, GAVDP, GOEP, HFP, HID, HSP, OPP, PBAP, SAP, SDP, SPP.

Or the Xperia Z1 which is an Android phone supports a similar set (see P10).

You could almost say the iPhone's Bluetooth is already low energy, it hardly interoperates with anything else. Not even, funnily enough, a Mac.

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Re: Apple NFC

They can't use NFC to initiate a Bluetooth connection, there's no problem with the NFC but the iPhone's Bluetooth stack is so limited as to be useless.

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Re: Well there you go

Why do they have to panic and drop everything just because a new phone does something similar? The marketshare of this phone is currently tiny and will always remain small compared to Android.

Couldn't the operators set up a similar NFC pay-by-bonk system for Android with non-fingerprint driven authentication via an app? They could also charge 0.15% or thereabouts. Can't see what the problem is.

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'Windows 9' LEAK: Microsoft's playing catchup with Linux

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Spaces was in 10.5 IIRC.

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THREE QUARTERS of Android mobes open to web page spy bug

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Android versions 4.4 and below = 100% of Android devices

Or have my maths failed me yet again?

The workaround would be to use Firefox mobile by the way, which unlike others is not just a rethemed Android browser.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: Sheep of the world, flock to your Apple store

So you mean quality television like there was in the UK before Channel 5 came along? Sign me up.

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Apple Pay is a tidy payday for Apple with 0.15% cut, sources say

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I suppose there will be some flag in the transaction which says 'this was bonked by Apple'.

As much as they'd like to say they are not responsible for fraud, if there's a high proportion of fraud with iPhones then they are responsible for it. Or at least will have to push out a security update.

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Heh

A couple of days ago (unfortunately I can't remember where) I read that because Apple didn't get any payment for transactions because they didn't store any data, the only thing they got out of it was people buying their phones due to services such as this because they just made their money selling high-quality hardware.

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Netscape plugins about to stop working in Chrome for Mac

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On MacOS X NPAPI is the OS standard for internet plugins. When Google say they're not supporting 32-bit plugins on the Mac what they mean is they've killed off support for the OS standard. Luckily Safari and Firefox still support 32-bit plugins when ran in 32-bit mode... they both could have done this in a better way via a plugin wrapper when running in 64-bit mode but they don't.

Same goes for Linux I believe.

Lately Google seem to be having a bad case of dropping support because it's NIH.

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'There is no downside – unless you count the total bath you take moving your stuff'

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I don't think it's to do with density, there are many countries where people mainly live in flats in built-up areas yet it seems everyone's noisy so they can be heard over everyone else's din and politeness is pared down to the minimum, especially when it's not friends or family. Well that's one way around the problem I suppose.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

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The old Nokias had an option in the connection settings to choose if you wanted to connect via dial-up, GPRS, or SMS, so it must have been workable in at least one country.

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Italy's High Court orders HP to refund punter for putting Windows on PC

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Re: Other software beyond OS

Was going to post the same thing. This could get complicated with all the deals made to get bloatware installed on machines.

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Blockbuster book lays out the first 20 years of the Smartphone Wars

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As terrible as the development process was...

... it managed to produce phones that ran with a fraction of the resources (memory, CPU, battery) than current phones yet there's still not much difference in responsiveness or UI between the last Symbian 3 phone (808) and current Android 4.4 phones apart from pixel count.

So I'm still not convinced that the mobile world has progressed.

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Airbus developing inkjet printer for planes

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the Windows driver will be 745MB for some reason

They contracted the driver out to HP.

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FAIL.GOV – Government asks Dropbox for accounts that don't exist

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I think you need to czech where that program comes from again.

Also, Dropbox has Condi at the helm so I doubt it's going to put up that much of a fight, no matter how much they try to spin it. They probably ran the requests through the most lenient regex they had and still couldn't make anything of them.

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Net neutrality protestors slam the brakes on their OWN websites

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Re: Matt Bryant Ole Jule Cretins.

The more pertinent question is if the Finns would want you.

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Re: Get it right

The way it's always been is that you pay the ISP for connection and the content provider (Netflix in this case) for the right to use the content. Netflix will set up a peering arrangement with the ISPs for free, they just need to ask but the ISPs didn't want that, they wanted Netflix to pay them instead.

You can also see the graphs that are doing the rounds of Comcast and Verizon's connection with Netflix suddenly getting faster as soon as an agreement to pay was reached.

Etc... etc... It's all been said before.

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Re: Ole Jule Cretins.

In Finland I believe fast broadband is a legal right, not a luxury service.

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Re: Get it right

So which American ISP do you work for then? Just out of interest?

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Re: Cretins.

QoS isn't the same as extortion though.

QoS ensures timely delivery of traffic based on technical criteria (so background file transfers don't mess up a video conference), extortion is "pay us more or it'll go slow".

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It's a pain in the ASCII, so what can be done to make patching easier?

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Re: Patching Servers

The file handles to the .so files are opened at program start-up so the original file is kept open even though its filename has been disappeared from the directory. When the last program using the original file has exited then the file itself will be deleted.

If it's a dynamically loaded library that's repeatedly opened with dlopen() and closed then there might be a problem though. I suppose it's relatively rare.

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Explorer can remember the open folders between reboots...

It's buried somewhere in folder preferences.

Apparently any Mac running Lion or above will save all running program states for you on logging out and reopen them all again on logging in again, but I haven't been brave enough to try it.

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Apple's Watch is basically electric perfume

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Re: Yes. Your point was?

In fact if anything Apple have been rather quick to jump on the watch bandwagon compared to their other devices. Jobs would probably have had the balls to wait at least another year and convince everyone he was right to wait.

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Holy sentient blender, Batman: Telefónica to trial AT&T's Internet of Home Stuff in Europe

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Re: Que Pasa Feck

They'll probably throw it into the bundle in Spain, they'll do anything to maintain the €40/month broadband + phone and €60/month broadband + phone + TV pricepoints.

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Comcast using JavaScript to inject advertising from Wi-Fi hotspots

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They've got Phorm

Isn't that what this is, essentially? It needs to inspect traffic in order to stick the JavaScript in the right place, which may be a "Welcome to Comcast" message or may be an advert.

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What the BLOCK? Microsoft to gobble Minecraft-maker 'for $2bn'

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Re: My only thought

Did you ask him why he decided not to turn down two billion dollars and keep it real in his bedsit?

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Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT

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Can I just repost a comment from the Reg's Twitter feed which about sums it up?

"Jesus fucking fuck. This company got it's shit hacked last week, can't host a stream this week, and wants to record your life next week"

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Re: Apple announcements restricted to Apple owners?

Well I don't know what I've changed but Safari doesn't work for me either.

Oh dear.

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BBC Trust candidate defends licence fee, says evaders are CRIMINALS

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Re: BBC produces quality TV that the market can't...

You mean the stuff that the BBC doesn't co-produce with Discovery, those Discovery-only productions with titles like "What if a Giant Asteroid the Size of the Moon Came from Outer Space and Hit the San Andreas Fault?"

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BONEHEAD FANBOIS encamp outside Apple Stores

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Re: not a Delivery?

@ThomH:

But they do have to take it offline to update the inventory, that's why the refurbished store disappears every 24h.

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Re: not a Delivery?

Every night their refurbished models disappear from their online store for an hour or two before returning. And we're not talking 4am local time or something, we're talking 11pm-ish.

If Amazon did that, they'd be shit. But as it's Apple it's all cool.

Back to the article, maybe they're queuing up outside because Apple's online store is so crap they can't just buy whatever iShiny it is that they must have on release day.

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Heavy VPN users are probably pirates, says BBC

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If BBC Worldwide were to offer overseas access for a subscription, not only would there be a queue of expats with credit card in hand, but I suspect a great deal of locals too.

Even if they restricted content to stuff they never sell abroad and stuff that hasn't been sold abroad yet (they've got to keep the local table and telly companies sweet), it'd still be licence to print money. They're sitting on a goldmine and either they don't know it or they don't know who Akamai are.

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Moto 360: Neat gizmo – if you're a rich nerd

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Re: Google Google Google

If the Moto 360 looks different and better then it's thanks to Motorola's customisations, and Motorola's part of Lenovo (oops, slight spelling mistake in the post above) now. So I'm not sure why Google's getting the praise in the article. That was my point.

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Google Google Google

Lots of mention of Google in the article, but I thought Motorola was part of Levono now?

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Doubts cast over FBI 'leaky CAPTCHA' Silk Road rapture

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Black Helicopters

Yes, but do you believe them?

I mean, it's not as if the alphabet agencies haven't made up cover stories before...

The NSA is giving your phone records to the DEA. And the DEA is covering it up.

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The Schmidt hits the clan: Google chief mauls publishers' 'abuse of dominance' claims

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Re: 'To date, no regulator has objected to our search tactics'.

Why do you think he's so anxious to get this over and done with before Almunia moves on?

Allegedly.

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Jony and Marc sitting in a tree ... let's design Apple iThings, BUDDY

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Meh

He's designed watches, according to his website.

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New software ported from Windows to Mac! You'll never guess what. Yes, it's spyware

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Re: More hints please

You what? Most .apps can be placed somewhere in the home directory and ran perfectly well on OS X but it's better to move them to /Applications and enter the admin password when prompted as then it won't be possible for software running with standard user rights modify them later.

If you really wanted to there's a local version of the Internet Plugins folder, with a bit of tinkering you might even be able to move Flash and even Java there.

As for Semantic's XLSCmd page half of the advice given in the bullet points at the end is for Windows. And it doesn't explain how it launches itself, so it probably requires the user to double-click on it to run it with standard user rights.

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Apple promises iCloud security alerts, better 2FA after, er, NAKED Internet of Thingies flap

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Moar security!

Slap it on there, cover up the cracks... We're not hastily bodging this together or anything...

If the iPhone 6 fingerprint authenticator connected to an Apple ID with yoghurt pots and elastic bands is going to be used to manage card payments, I look forward to the headlines a year or two from now.

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Heads up, Chromebook: Here come the sub-$200 Windows 8.1 portables

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Re: re: There are also many who aren't happy with the limitations of Windows

If you're not happy with the limitations of Windows don't buy a Windows tablet.

Who said tablet? It's a sub-$200 portable.

When MS yanked support for XP and forgot to offer paid-for support for the vast majority of users, the suggest upgrade path was 'Install Windows 8', however the average XP computer would grind to a halt with Windows 8.

Happily, without secure boot, people have the option of installing another OS and avoiding contributing to landfill.

Now unfortunately it might be accepted that tablets are locked-down but the same principle should apply. People with early tablets have the useful lifespan cut short as manufacturers lose interest in supporting them.

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Don't bother with Apple's 9 Sept hype-day: Someone's GONE AND BLABBED IT ALL

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September 9: Wish we could say more

But we can't.

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If your kid blew $$$s on in-app tat, Google has a slice of $19m+ for you

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Why all the flack over in-app purchasing when with Google the app store itself could be set up to allow purchases without authentication (I forget if it was the default or not) and with Amazon it's still the only option, anyone with your tablet can buy with the card linked to the Amazon account to their heart's content?

Also iCloud and Play allow vouchers to be used whereas with Amazon a card is the only option.

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Sex is great in books, lousy in apps, says Apple

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"We view Apps different than books or songs, which we do not curate."

Yes you do. Or should the word be 'censor' instead?

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Mac security packages range from peachy to rancid – antivirus tests

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Re: Tips

Use click-to-play for all plugins. There's nothing like not actually running the plugin at all if you don't need to to avoid drive-by malware.

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Apple Fanbois (and girls) already lining up for NEW iPHONE

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Because two people got there before them. Apparently they don't give a toss about iThings, they just trouser the money from fools year after year.

http://www.cnbc.com/id/101967509

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Cops BUST RING, CUFF BLOKES in Skegness RAID

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WTF?

Bull

“The future prosperity of computing is paramount especially considering the rise of cloud computing and the need to keep such environments (sic) cyber-crime free,” he continued.

That's because GApps, Office Online, and iWork for iCloud can be pirated.

I've just thought of one good reason for the cloud - if it means we don't have to suffer quotes from these clowns then bring it on.

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NUDE SELFIE CLOUD PERV menace: Apple 2FA? Sweet FA, more like

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Re: Two factor auth is a good thing - Apple's is not

I can't believe that (it's so crap), if Apple have gone to the trouble of getting your address, credit card, and phone number then they might as well put them to some use - if all else fails they could send you a postcard with a code, charge a small random amount to the credit card and get you to confirm the value before refunding it, and/or ring your landline and get a robot to speak a code down it.

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Firefox 32 moves to kill MITM attacks

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Re: DANE

Apparently the currently supported sites are hard-coded so the first visit can't be compromised. Support for the site itself to specify the CA is coming in a later version and that can be compromised on the first visit.

There's a DNSSEC plugin for Firefox, it seems to work.

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Hot Celebrity? Stash of SELFIES where you're wearing sweet FA? Get 2FA. Now

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Re: Client certificates

They assume people want to log in on the iCloud website as well but the percentage of people who do this must be relatively tiny. They could either drop the feature altogether or install a certificate on the browser.

I'm more and more convinced passwords have had their day, unless it's used with a certificate to confirm that the device is legit or as part of some kind of recovery method should the certificate have been lost (difficult to do anyway). If the computer you're at is not yours then the mobile you're carrying certainly is.

The likes of Apple, Google, MS, Yahoo, Amazon, and so on have the entire world banging on their door all day every day and once they've got your user name it's probably just a matter of time unless you're one of those few people who know how to use passwords.

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Apple 'fesses up: Rejected from the App Store, dev? THIS is why

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Re: A rule for you, doesn't apply to us...

iTunes? Don't talk to me about iTunes.

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