140 posts • joined 14 Jun 2009
> what happens to the books you've downloaded when you cancel the subscription?
A question completely missed out in their video presentation. Technically they could have their reader hardware and software purge/lock the titles if the device doesn't have an up to day "subscription has been paid" ticket. This might be very frustrating on vacation, with your book getting locked because you don't hook up to WiFi frequently when travelling.
Also, what happens with the highlighting and comments? I'd hope they are retained so if you turn off the subscription for a couple of months and come back, your "notes in the book" are still there.
> Simple: you tell them exactly which of the pages that they have indexed against your name
Bollocks. Complete bollocks.
You're assuming that only one John Smith is listed on the page Google has indexed. How can Google possibly know *which* John Smith the person running the search is searching for?
Re: It is inconceivable they don't have his emails
Why wouldn't you expect them to keep email for the longest possible interval instead? It would be a very good way of tracking who had what access to what information...
I think your concept of short retention intervals at the NSA is absurd. Short retention in the email client with three separated levels of email archives with separate access control -- that would make sense.
Re: Space Race?
Citations please, with long analysis periods preferably. It will take a while for the additional money circulating in the lower paid part of the economy to propagate into additional employment.
Any script kiddie -- on the right network?
The article doesn't say how much, if any, of this hacking activity depended on having a starting point inside the military networks. It would be interesting to know if these sites they were hacking were Internet facing, or internal.
Re: Offline functionality...
I'm kind of curious, did you read the first line of his post?
The app has *multiple* functions, not all of them are available offline.
A total ban is too broad -- flying weekend needed
As someone who hikes into back country, I go to enjoy the sound of streams and the wind through the trees. As someone who likes toys, like most on this site, I think it sound like a really awesome place to fly a drone. It seems one or two weekends a year, timed to be outside mating birthing seasons, could readily allow both worlds.
Banning gas powered drones at all times seems to be sensible, particularly this very dry summer.
Re: Motorcycle blues
Try watching the video again -- the car has the equivalent of eyes in the back of its head as it sees the bicycle moving up from behind. The same will work for motorcycles. What I am hoping they start working on soon is the detection of gaze direction, as that is a more powerful indicator of intent than hand signals.
The laws passed in California, Arizona, and elsewhere are not requiring separate lanes, just driver supervision of the vehicle. This seems to be working well so far.
By going through slowly, and only moving forward when there isn't an obstacle, as the current crop of cars is doing.
Watch it closely for a while. You'll see fun things like the madman walking his bicycle against the main circulation of traffic https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=pLUm3Q-7iZA#t=43 -- the one with the orange load on his bike trailer. People recognize what direction he is moving, and veer left or right so that 1) don't hit him and 2) give him room to move forward.
Thanks for linking this video -- it's joined my list of favorite videos as a wonderful example of human cooperation.
Windows RT doe not run real Windows programs, so I think you've got that backwards.
In short, Pro is a decent tablet, and RT is a Frankenstein monster.
Re: From the horses mouth about why have a fixed battery
Why don't you change the settings on your phone to turn off the screen unless you touch the screen/hit a volume button? You'd still get audio announcements from the navigation software, recording of the GPS track, and most other things I can think that you really *need* for a heavy GPS usage scenario.
Re: Your observation is flawed
Isn't the scope of the compromise limited to the type of hardware? For firmware devices with a simple process and memory model, I can see the compromise extending to _all_ the memory.
But for other devices, including the webservers at companies, it seems the access would be more limited. How can _all_ the memory be compromised when the OpenSSL library would be loaded inside a process context with memory protection that prevents you seeing the memory of other processes? It seems you should only get it for the particular process(es) using OpenSSL in support of each IP ports communications.
Re: Next step
No, making the current drone fleet illegal is a step too far. Encourage all reviews of this sort of tech to severely mark down any device that is lacking encryption, and then start working on a law that would make it illegal to sell a pre-packaged drone without control signals encryption to take effect in one year.
And if you want to keep your phone going past three years, assuming 18th months for the each battery? Then you're out of luck.
Assuming, of course, that they replace your phone when you ask the first time -- a situation where you've handed control to someone else.
Replaceable batteries for me...
Re: Surely India has bigger problems...
And you think that easy access to a broader world won't help change these attitudes? It's exactly what has changed them around the world in general...
Re: Blocked URLs
Instead of pinging TheRegister for this one, ping your firewall team. They just need to block the video stream bits, and not do stupid things like rewriting the content of the web page.
Re: Erm... really?
> So in 2013, guess what proportion of Oxfam income came from government? I'll tell you: 41%, amounting to £159.8m.
Interesting. Was there any breakdown as to how much of that was Gift Aid matching? I ask because I personally would consider Gift Aid matching not to be the government funding the charity as such, and more as an awkward patch to the tax code so that income given to charity is taxed less.
Re: I can rotate my widescreen TFT into portrait mode
Which screen rotates at the AltGr <arrow-key> is controlled by where the mouse cursor is.
It can be a bit confusing -- if the result of one rotation changes the resolutions so the mouse pointer moves into a different monitor. ;-)
Something more. Linux containers ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LXC ) and some technology to do packing of what you want in the container ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Docker_(software) )
Sounds like your ADSL filter may be misplaced
Even if you're sure it's in the right place, check. Mine got knocked out while Christmas lights were being plugged in, and it took me a while to spot it.
Re: Seems amazingly cheap -- $4.7B, not $40B
The Washington Post is speculating that the mission would cost $4.7 billion. http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/achenblog/wp/2014/03/05/is-nasa-really-going-to-send-a-probe-to-europa/?tid=hpModule_1728cf4a-8a79-11e2-98d9-3012c1cd8d1e
It's early days, with two major different approaches mentioned just in the article above.
Re: That's not a map of the radioactive plume
Of course, the mouse-over doesn't work if
1) You're using tablet to read the web page OR
2) You're using Pocket to read the article offline on the train OR
3) You don't happen to mouse-over the picture OR
4) You're using the Readability mode of Safari (that's a guess)
This attempt at humor is a FAIL on the Reg's part.
Re: Please remove the graphic, or at least get your facts straight
Well spotted Adrian.
I hadn't looked at the graphic in detail, expecting to see it at better resolution when I read the linked PDF report later. To find it's from something else entirely was disappointing.
Re: Facts- about magnetic beads like TetraMag
> The latest things is apparently these super-magnetic toy balls
> which are "harmful to children", the producer is being shut down
> via governmental lawfare
They are potentially life threatening -- and it's not that big of a surprise, once you hear about the mechanism. If magnetic bearing are swallowed, they can get on opposite sides of bits of tissue in the intestines. With the strength of the magnetic attraction they pinch the tissue, and with normal gastric movements added in you can end up with perforated intestines. Keep them away from young children and pets.
Doesn't mean they should be banned, of course.
Re: They need... ability to haul things
The estate cars like the V70 have massive boots -- very handy for hauling things.
Re: Can't say that I understand the TV companies argument
"And the TV company is probably only getting money from the advertisers on the basis of the number of viewers in their broadcast area." Which is unchanged. With Aereo, you could only sign up if you lived in the area of the broadcast signal -- hence, no change in model.
This was actually a shame, as I would have been happy to (at least consider) paying for a "I don't live in Denver but I want their TV" subscription. The segmentation of broadcast rights for sports would have probably blocked this idea anyway...
My Chihuahua chased off German Sheperds
It's really funny to see a large dog look downwards at the Chihuahua and then turn away in defeat. If there were thought bubbles, you'd see "OK, I'll go away. Yappy little dog, could eat it in a bite. What is it thinking? Why am I leaving..." with the words getting smaller and smaller.
I agree on the implied linkage -- the end of the Tumbler message issues an apology. If this was a simple third-party compromise like the Adobe scenario that Zama gives, then Yahoo has no apology to make as they would be going above and beyond their responsibilities.
Re: ThirdParty + PlainText Passwords ?
Even if the passwords were stored encrypted, what possible reason does Yahoo (as the service provider) have to share the *password*? Username, etc, makes some sense. Password sharing does not.
I don't think 3 uses any 2G service any longer
They used to piggyback on one of the other services early in their corporate life, but I recall reading of the termination of their 2G contract. Oddly enough, it was about the time when my mobile service at home went from "OK everywhere in the house" to "barely passable, make calls upstairs".
Only reason I stuck with them as long as I did was they were the only ones offering unlimited 3G data at the time of my last contract renewal...
Could Facebook not use Android intents?
The second point that Facebook makes about having to request all privileges is only true if the app is monolithic. It seems that some of the functions could be split out, optionally installed, and with each separately installed a separate list of privileges could be given.
If they want a level of trust, they could even make these separate bits open source. An SMS-listener that matches only texts from a certain number and them communicates that a properly formatted two-factor authentication has arrived.
Re: Did he mount his Glass on a tripod? -- agent arrival
Regarding the arrival of the agents: The story gives the location as Columbus Ohio, where there is an international airport. As the agents arrived "an hour into the show" per the coverage at http://the-gadgeteer.com/2014/01/20/amc-movie-theater-calls-fbi-to-arrest-a-google-glass-user/, there was plenty of time for them to get just about anywhere in a city like Columbus of about a million people.
Re: But... it is the USA...
You're confused -- those laws aren't there to protect the *property*, but your life and status to be unmolested on said same property. Were you to drive by and see someone in your living room when you knew no one else would be home (including your pets), those laws wouldn't apply as you can leave safely.
Of course, having seen someone in your living room last week would give added credence to the charge of self defense/"Castle Doctrine" should they come around when you are at tome.
Mac Air lacking one thing
The digitizer pen in the Surface allows inking, and Microsoft's OneNote is still miles ahead of EverNote. And with OneNote you can store your notes locally, rather than in someone else's cloud...
And you couldn't save energy before the Google purchase...
The potential power savings of the Nest were there before the acquisition by Google. What does the acquisition by Google of this company give me?
For that matter, at $3.2 billion, what can it possibly give Google that's worth that much?
Re: The Google Lock in is almost complete
If I remember correctly, a few months ago it was disclosed that the app makers were getting the real name of users buying their apps -- without the users ever being made aware of this fact.
A quick search turned this article (http://www.csoonline.com/article/728892/google-play-shares-too-much-personal-info-app-developer-says) up. I didn't track what happened after this.
Re: Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?
Thanks, that was buried deeply enough that I'd not found it.
Is there a JavaBlock addon, ala FlashBlock?
While Jess-- above has a neat trick of running an out of date copy of Java, that means a trade off where you still have old bugs and security problems -- albeit only on sites where you're explicitly allowing. Has anyone created a browser extension like Flashblock, where the functionality is nicely integrated with whitelisting capability? Chrome is all I need at home...
Re: Shakedown time
And where does Premium Interest hold that property? Only in the UK? In the countries where it has a customer? Where it has significant market share? All across the EU? Into ICANN DNS territory?
What law & what locality?
Are you proposing to disallow the Pintrest (US) company use of http://pinterest.com?
Are you proposing that all trademarks suddenly become worldwide?
Are you proposing that all European citizens be blocked from http://pinterest.com as PIntrest (US) don't own the European trademark?
If the EU can shut down a website operating in the US, then logically Lichtenstein can do likewise...
Re: Obeying aircraft mode
1) Have wifi, bluetooth, and 3G on
2) Set airplane mode
3) Turn on wifi
4) Turn on bluetooth
The airplane mode setting is can be overridden, at least on HTC Sensation and Google Nexus 7.
Not official, perhaps problematic -- sounds like a beta feature
For Google to remove this is inexcusable. It provides a partial answer to the bloat of applications:
1) A web browser that now wants to access my camera (I have the camera app, Skype, and Google Hangouts for this) -- Chrome
2) A weather app that wants access to my camera so I can send snap of the weather along with current temperature, and a hardwired advert of the app -- Weather Pro
3) A wallpaper app that wants coarse location, and is not a removable app on my Nexus 7 2013 -- Android Live Wallpapers
4) read contacts -- Google Korean Keyboard and Google Pinyin keyboard -- both non-removable
I am sure there are a lot more examples even on my lightly loaded tablet, but it's hard to tell as the App Ops app doesn't see all the privileges that an app may have.
Re: business model wrong? No.
Tell me that you haven't seen this phenomenon in your self and family members. I have, and it's nothing related to class. On the negative side it's called the sunk cost fallacy, and the positive side we call it pride of ownership.
Re: What happened...
And your hands are immediately free other tasks. Food preparation, writing and study, holding cards, or whatever.
On a social/anthropological note: Many of the places where this light would be most needed are still strongly separated along gender lines. You *might* see an effect where the males of the household consider hand cranked torches to be "womens work" and refuse to participate, but be willing to lift the weight bags.
Waiting for much brighter LEDs
I keep buying halogens because I want the lumens, even though it's clear the LED path would pay off quite nicely.
Any tips on where to buy GU10 LEDs that are dimmer capable *and* of roughly similar light output to the halogens?
Data please -- and live popups
Yes, please make the data available.
For those of us that are only curious, a version where the name of the particular offering would pop up as you pointed at each data point would be nice.
Re: return trips
SpaceX is working aggressively towards getting a human certified capsule: http://sen.com/news/spacex-passes-safety-review-for-human-spaceflight
Once they do, then we have both Sputnick capsules and the SpaceX variant.
Re: How is this a tablet?
The lack of GPS chip and accelerometer are additional reasons why it shouldn't be called a tablet. It's an inexpensive Android AIO touchscren PC...
Re: Milk Drop dropped?
This looks interesting: http://www.vsxu.com/products/player. From the notes:
Select the sound source you want VSXU to react to:
Line-in or mic for an external audio signal - ensure you adjust your microphone boost to suit as external audio signals will vary on different cards.
AUX or 'what you hear' to react to music from your favourite audio player
I mostly agree, but everything is not available or it's been mucked with. There are are artist who have never been on Spotify, who only put on some of their albums, or who pull them off after they have been there for some time. Other times it seems that the albums are there, but they are remastered versions where the remastering has been done poorly -- or where a live version of the music has been substituted for the studio original...
There are also Spotify annoyances -- if you use Spotify in multiple devices, caching a single track to a fourth device doesn't give an error about exceeding the number of allowed devices. It just silently wipes (at random) the cache of one of the other devices where you have hundreds of tracks cached. A proper approach would be to warn you of the limit, and allow you to stop the caching or transfer the ability from one of the other devices.
Having said all that, Spotify does cover 90%+ of my music listening.
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