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another G baiting plan fails then
To be honest I didn't see any sign they were interested. I saw a lot of mouth frothing reporting by 'the usual suspects' on speculation by the 'usual' Google hating trolls. And so soon after the Motorola acquisition failed to generate the universal outrage (and pretty much the same story) those same G baiters were trying to sell.
I mean, you couldn't even stir much response from the normal G supporters when el Reg tried stirring the pot. The news would have been that they were considering it!
How does real time reporting help if the unfortunate householder reports their bin was missed when they get home from work? Round these parts the bin men wake me up ludicrously early but never, ever put in an appearance after mid afternoon.
All this will do is make them make *more* return visits. Idiot politicians strike again.
Ze Fuhrer einz der Internets
Ze Fuhrer einz der Internets:“The Internet would be better if we had an accurate notion that you were a real person”, he says.
A real person, Schmidt says, can be held accountable: “we could check them, we could give them things""
In what sense is any ID system where *could check* is used worth using? All G+ proves is you're smarter than the bottom percentile at lying to Googles (in)sanity checks. That they won't find out you lied till it's too late. Total waste of time.
My existing gmail account does prove that at least I had a working cc once upon a time, they charged it for my market account. Which is infinitely more proof than a G+ account gives but still trivially easy to forge.
So basically they've conjured up an identity scheme with no backing of proof at all, no grounding in real life beyond our voluntarily compliance with the T&Cs and forgot to tell anyone they were signing up for it? What use is that?
I'm also left wondering what sort of regulatory attention G+ would have attracted if launched as an identity scheme. The yanks would have let them do what they like but many governments would now be forcibly dipping into the data while a few would be standing up for their citizens privacy rights. Luckily 'Ze Fuhrer einz der Internets' couldn't keep his mouth shut while the scheme got entrenched and tipped the world off prematurely.
portrait mode great for smaller monitors
@Andrew Martin:"Editing documents on a portrait-format screen is rather good."
I imagine it is, unfortunately I get horrible neck and eye ache trying to use my 23" monitor in portrait, it's just too tall!
they love hiding options they don't want you to use
"Microsoft and their tidy-up and simplify brigade have removed it"
As an XP holdout I didn't know that.
What I do know is:
1: I use drag&drop and double clicking for 99% of interaction, Explorer isn't an app you do much in beyond launching the real apps and a bit of file shuffling
2: my context menu is full of the 3rd party tools I actually use, instead of some widget with just what Microsoft thinks I need quick access to
All but the default windoze file menu is disabled. I'd kill that but the idiots decided to discourage the split window folder|file view by not giving it a shortcut and making it too easy to lose that view. So wasted space.
Microsoft persist in believing Windows is the app, not just the shell that holds the real apps.
phones do email
...but my phone is my email reader! Far less painful than climbing out of a comfortable bed/armchair/sofa/bath in the middle of winter and I get to turn off the power guzzling PC and still get mail ;)
sideloading to the rescue
...all Samsung have to do is remove the photo app. Users can easily sideload it back onto their devices.
Or do what many users already do and load a gallery app worth using instead of the stock version!
WTF did they measure? Cant have been throughput
I looked at my local map and it doesn't match what I see. What they're measuring doesn't seem to be much use in guessing what coverage is really like.
According to this I have full O2 3G coverage everywhere in the city. What they've not managed to notice, in my city the O2 3G is so poor it doesn't work at all inside 90% of city buildings, in many cases I can't get any signal indoors, not even voice. I've sat in pubs next to a street window and seen zero bars, its that bad.
So poor even standing in the streets I have a 50:50 chance of seeing 3G. So overloaded and lacking in backhaul that actual throughput rarely climbs about GPRS rates, whatever the connection type.
Have to conclude they measured the wrong thing.
The only believable result is confirmation that there are few "3" users near me ;)
I remember something closer to an iPhone (and advanced one with a borderless full glass face and yes telephony was mentioned) but it's been a long time. Been trying to track down some ref to it for a while now, when the pile got too high I dumped most of my copies.
Seems it's just the 2 of us that remember it :(
did you read the actual Linux license?
You do know Linux uses a modified license without the 'any later version' language? Which combined with distributed copyright ownership makes it practically impossible to switch to gpl3 even if they wanted to (most of them don't).
Why didn't Apple produce it earlier?
What Apple did was prove people wanted to own an implementation of *an existing idea*, not create the idea. If Apple had patented *selling pads* then Samsung would be in real trouble, luckily that's a hard one to get past even the US PTO (where US stands for Useless).
What this does is destroy their design patent protections because clearly, someone designed beat them to the detail as well as the broad idea ;)
Too late, Clive Sinclair did that last century with that shitty pocket TV ;)
how does that make GPL3 better than 2?
I'm at a loss to understand why a licence that let's users violate it knowing they can unilaterally restore their own rights after delay waiting on enforcement, is better than one that takes time to kick off enforcement then leaves offenders up shit creek if they persist. Usually with a lot of grovelling, paying costs and signing binding undertakings to not offend again.
So why is GPL3 supposed to be better from the licensors viewpoint? Seems superficially like a licence to take the piss with few enforcement teeth. A licence easy to duck against one with bite.
The FSF really have lost what little grasp of the plot they still retained, pushing a poison pill licence with no obvious advantages beyond that patent poison pill. Which doesn't look like an advantage to many corporations.
Even if their story was more than FUD, the GPL3 is widely seen as too toxic for corporate use. As pointed out days ago when this was first reported on, if Linux was GPL3 Android would not be using Linux. That's one self destructive way to prevent license violation.
there is another option
It's depressing that no-one even considers the possibility of Google simply imposing more openness on Motorola than Motorola historically demonstrated.
Things like banning the ultra-locked bootloaders Motorola have become infamous for or maybe even forcing them to offer crapware free versions. Google can force a hell of a lot of change on the overall Android market without favouring Motorola, just by forcing them to be better than the competition.
It's a sad commentary on the behaviour of the existing giants that so many can only see abuse of power as an option here.
It's not as if the 'special relationship' Google and Motorola had developing Android 3 has caused any comment about abuse, even amongst the G hating regulars on the Reg!
Abuse is not inevitable unless you have Bulmer or Ellison on your board ;)
mobile phone gamers really want what the Vita has to offer
Of course they do. But only if it's on their phones...
have you tried that? I have...
Have you ever tried contacting Google? They just don't reply until the PR shit hits the front pages. And then they might consider a 'no comment'.
Hell, even app devs struggle to get any response at all from them and usually it's just 'you're wrong' rephrased if they bother with a response.
They really have a shitty attitude to the outside world.
Androids broader price range + customer inertia->long term trends
Yes, with Android you can pick almost any price and find a phone, as low as £40 for PAYG today.
With Apple you can choose between expensive, more expensive or 2nd hand (but still expensive).
Much cheaper to buy into Android, once in its such a PIA switching platforms you'll stay. Plenty of high end Android devices when or if you feel the need to move upmarket. This is the real threat to Apple, inertia will drive high end sales in the long term.
thats 1/2 the price/patent of the Nortell deal
Paying 3x more for 6x more patents and getting a business thrown in on the side doesn't seem much of a mistake. Particularly with Microsoft trying to buy the same business, for altogether less pleasant reasons.
Doesn't hurt hat Microsoft will now be paying patent license fees to Google ;)
another slow news day
1: a casual glance at the list confirms what I expected, a long list of piss poor, low end devices thrown together in Chinese sweatshops are non-compliant. Good luck convincing the Chinese to do anything about that and try not to be surprised if none of us are surprised. After all these shady companies tried building fake Android devices before realising they could just grab the real thing!
2: the GPL doesn't specify a time limit on supplying source and it's (unfortunately) fairly common for it to take a few weeks. There's slop in the system because of that and swift enforcement isn't really an option.
3: to date many companies have had to be nudged into releasing the source *faster* by eager modders. There's been no panic from copyright holders and very little feeling any of the companies within reach of the law aren't going to comply eventually.
4: Naughton misrepresents how enforcement is usually handled. Delay too long and yes, the licence is declared void but getting compliant and saying 'sorry' almost always get's it reinstated - albeit often with a legally binding agreement not to do it again. Less of a time-bomb, more of a rubber mallet to compel compliance!
There will be companies that flout the licensing and inevitably some will be within reach of our courts and end up on the wrong end of a court.
That's not a specifically Android problem, that's the same corporate theft a long succession of scumbags have tried ever since the GPL was created. It's sad that the Reg's ongoing war against Android has sunk to this level. Couldn't you find a real story to beat on Google and/or Android with?
Bidding with (approximations of) irrational numbers seems a very pertinent comment on an irrational system.
While the rest of the world pays at least lip service to the concept of patents serving *the public interest*, America has resurrected their original use as gifts from royalty to cronies. With all levels of government infested by lawyers there's little chance the pigs will give up the patent trough without being pushed. A company too big to fail, failing is about all that's left to try.
Norwegian law allows that evidence to be used
Norwegian law allows use of illegally obtained evidence at the judges discretion, it's one of the differences between adversarial and inquisitorial systems and apparently Norwegian criminal law is partially inquisitorial.
Further, EU law (specifically the human rights) also allows use of illegally obtained evidence.
Whilst it's likely the court won't admit this data that's unlikely to stop the police using it.
oh dear, Gumby can't be bothered reading the filings
Gumby, do you do any honest research or just spout the what you're paided to spout?
8 consecutive autosaves of an email *with no destination* followed by the final saved copy *with the lawyer CC'd in*. Can you guess which copies Oracle surprised Google and the court with and which one they didn't mention?
Can you guess if the court really ruled against Google yet or Oracle and their friend Florian just made that up?
Right now Boies,Schiller&Flexner is pulling the same stunts they tried with SCO vs the world. Which I'm assuming includes paying shills.
1st rule of Internet club: lie
This reg reader suggests everyone uses 1/1/1970 as their birthdate on every site with no need to know and lie about everything that doesn't compromise your use of sites. As a habit.
I also love responding to phishing. With completely false details. What we really need is a set of trigger CC accounts that automagically trigger fraud detection, might catch a few more scumbags.
need a timewarp and to know what the G lawyers thought
"Oracle needs this letter to show mens rea. That Google acted with a 'dirty mind' or rather they knew what they were doing was in fact illegal (civil not criminal)."
In fact Oracle needs this unsent email to fall through a timewarp and have been written *before* Oracle accused Google of patent infringement. Right now it proves Google engineers knew Oracle had made that claim, not any belief they were infringing before then.
Odds are, despite the judges current stated opinion, a jury will never see this. Engineers aren't qualified to interpret patent law, the opinion that matters will be what Googles lawyers said.
Google have certainly finessed the law to bypass various licence issues and you and others have bitched relentlessly about it. Determining whether there's wilful infringement will come down to whether a jury believes Google believed they'd lawyered and re-engineered their way round the problem identified in that 1st email.
Looking at today's court filing Oracle are well on the way to a spoilation charge over 'vanishing' the Sun website in any case. Taking it down the moment Google started finding interesting posts really wasn't the smartest idea, given spoilation can get cases dismissed.
Right now I stand by my earlier comment: Google can reach court in 5 years time, lose but still end up paying less than if they'd licenced Java up front. Don't forget, the case isn't about billions any longer, the court has already suggested $100mil as a more realistic starting point.
kde vs gnome dev cultures
KDE4 hilights the major difference between KDE and Gnome: both do batshit insane stuff in new major releases, then:
KDE devs listen to the feedback and start fixing some of the broken software
Gnome devs listen to their own self serving feedback and try to fix the broken users
"owners of Digital Video Recorders still consume 86 per cent of their television live, which surprised us"
Unless you have enough multi capture tuners available for the multiplexes you want to watch in peak slots, you're going to have to watch live. With 4 Freeview tuners in my MediaPortal box I watch nothing but sport live by choice. When I recently dropped to 2.5 tuners I had to watch a lot live. Most domestic 2 tuner setups are much less capable.
Lets also not forget that very few people would record live news or the crap shown outside peak slots. That's a large chunk of typical viewing.
may be user error
The USB driver thing is a bit of a red herring. In principle you don't need them just to mount the sdcard on a PC. But you may need to fiddle with some settings on the Tab and it won't mount automagically, you have to explicitly tell it to. Whether Samsung cocked that up is hard to say but I'd suggest user error is as likely!
In practice if you want to debug or use Samsungs sync tools the standard USB storage device doesn't do enough and you need drivers. Its not spectacularly hard hacking the standard SDK installer for new devices on Windoze - which is good with how often some clown changed the USB identifiers in 3rd party roms for my phone - I believe it's even easier on Linux.
Tim Almond:"I keep being told it's a great media consumption device, but I don't understand how a tablet is the best of those options. What am I not understanding?"
I spend an hour or so catching up on news and assorted browsing each morning *before leaving bed*. I've tried it with my laptop and it was a PIA finding space for it and my breakfast and not much fun getting my lap toasted! It's been a lot more pleasant using my phone, when I find the excuse I expect a tablet to do better.
What you're missing is how much the desktop/laptop form factor affects how and where you 'want' to use them. For pure consumption tablets are just that bit easier to use on a sofa, armchair, in bed, or flipped on their side while you lie there. The idea of sitting in front of a laptop to watch media would never occur to me, slobbing on a settee would.
remember, someone started the escalation
Gad said:"Seems like a bad argument to say that some people being able to expose that information justifies exposing it to a far greater pool of people, especially when no risk assessment regarding the impact of that action is."
The starting 'risk assessment' here was the state deciding it was perfectly safe to stamp on groups practising responsible disclosure. The idiots making that decision are far too dumb to consider who might step in when the white hats are gone and their corporate friends far too cowardly to defy them. Stupidity is almost a qualification for the job and there's no career downside for them.
Remember: this escalation had a start and could have been avoided. Or more accurately could have been avoided if our governments and state machinery weren't so irredeemably anti democratic.
Be nice to see some stress testing pulling multiple channels from a multiplex, which I don't believe WMC allows. Seen enough tuners crap out in various ways with 2 or 3 channels in use to always test this.
Some idea of how hot it runs would be a good start, both my failed USB tuners ran too hot to touch before failing.
stating the bleedin' obvious
It's not that 'consumers' aren't creating content, it's that most of the content they're creating is either best done on their phone (Twitter) or being done on the go where carrying a tablet is a poor option. Unless social media dies no-one needs more than a T9 keypad and a phone camera for all the content they're ever likely to 'create'.
What that means isn't so much that the desktop is dead but that laptops are endangered. Laptops of course have seriously impacted desktop PC's already, so I question just how much scope there's left for tablets to replace them.
Other than that he's been paid to state the bleeding obvious.
law enforcement screwed up as well
...looks like law enforcement wasn't taking the informants security seriously anyway if amateurs could extract plaintext lists.
Some would argue simply having the records on a computer shows reckless disregard for their safety, though it's probably cheaper and easier to just bribe a bent policeman than hire a black hat hacker...
Tying yourself into Vonage seems a little surprising, I went with Siemens Gigaset phones partly because they'll handle multiple SIP accounts instead of being locked into just 1.
Of course if you don't need new phones like I did Vonage is cheap and reliable, still think I'd have got an unlocked adaptor though and hedged my bets.
And yet another case where 'unlimited' actually means 2000min ;)
the paper makes weak claims
One thing sticks out a mile here: with his known beliefs, affiliations and record, the best he could manage is claiming an effect that in essence smooths out extreme short term temperature excursions (on the timescale of 3months or so), explains a well known difference between *short term* model predictions and measurement and at best just delays global effects. Despite the best efforts of 'friends' in the press to misrepresent the actual paper it's hardly a bombshell.
I think he was faced with a self inflicted dilemma, write exaggerated BS or stay close enough to the truth to actual get printed in an untainted publication. In this case a marginally relevant publication. He chose the latter. Going to be interesting seeing how much of the mild claim survives peer review (which it's not had yet).
It's really hard to work out what he hopes to achieve, the message seems to be 'it's not possible to understand the situation', presumably because that will throw doubt on all modelling efforts. I hope he's actually found something real, it could help ameliorate the worst effects on extreme weather effects and buy a few more years before the tipping point to undo the damage his cronies have inflicted with delay.
More likely he's failed to resist exaggeration and will be refuted pretty quickly now the 'usual suspects' are stirring up PR.
Google standard practice, ignore, evade, do what they like
Wonder if that's related to the 'surprising' filtering going on in the app review lists in the new Market app. Instead of displaying reviews in date order with minimal filtering (just spam), they're now in some unfathomable order that appears semi random with a heavy dose of burying low ratings.
It's bizarre finding 4&5 star reviews from Jan or even last year topping the lists, regardless of what current review ratings actually are. Their woefully broken Maps 5.7.x series used to feature around 40% 1 star ratings and has done for 2+months. Now you'll struggle to see more than 1 in 20 low ratings.
It's tempting to say it's deliberate but the damage is too random and too widespread. My own app fell from 1st to 5th in its small (7 result) search, despite having higher reviews and more downloads than all the rest combined. My guess is someone made a catastrophic error in the ratings algorithm and the single 1* review last week matters more than anything else.
I don't buy the 'let the engineers get on with fixing it'. There's a long standing problem with G both not responding and eventually it becoming clear they aren't actually working on a fix. Trying to get bad map locations on Maps fixed is a complete waste of time in my experience, Android bugs go unfixed for years and feedback never, ever happens till someone with a big enough PR stick intervenes.
have they learned nothing from the past?
Remind me why this isn't the same colossal mistake Microsoft made embedding Internet Explorer so deeply in the OS?
I want my net facing apps as strongly isolated from my local system as possible and that's a hell of a lot quicker and easier to get right if they're just apps, not parts of the OS. Mozzila will just end up reinventing the OS+Browser, so I suggest they just work on the browser part, let someone else deal with the OS layer.
A4Tech had a simpler approach
A4Tech cracked this one last century: put a charger in the wireless receiver dongle.
Not quite as elegant but with major advantages:
: you have a spare pair of cells on constant trickle charge without having to remember to dock the mouse overnight. Its pretty hard forget to put the spares in the charger when swapping out.
: forget to dock and let it run down and you'll end up waiting for the Apple mouse to recharge. I get to just swap batteries as normal whenever they die, or pre-emptively if I could be bothered.
: its dirt cheap. About £45 cheaper.
: without the charger circuit it uses AA cells for 2-3x longer life between charges
you aren't doing it right *enough* ;)
I probably do throw away more rechargeables than disposable batteries. The only disposables we ever have are the freebies thrown in with new gadgets and they end up lasting years in various remotes! Some of the recent gadgets came with rechargeables anyway.
it's not as if Nokia engineers cracked the high end/low power OS
"easy to make a smartphone that drains it's battery in 3 hours" - "old friends from Nokia who have done tear downs on the iPhone 4 still think the HW and OS is rubbish."
This is actually a sign of how out of touch with the market Nokia had become. While we all want longer battery life, all bleat about daily charging on our iPhone and Android phones, we still keep buying them. Seems the buying public prefer a device that burns bright and dies young over one that plods boringly along for a week.
Nokia engineers may know how to make a power efficient OS but if it ends up so deadly dull we don't want to use it, it's wasted effort. Bluntly, if it can survive a whole day and be recharged by morning no-one cares. Even the limited recharging cycles create a lifetime roughly in sync with the normal contract upgrade grind.
And however good Nokia engineers may be they also dismally failed to make an exciting OS with a decent battery life!
Nokia picked an idiotic time to get out of the smartphone biz
With Eric Schmidt predicting Android phone prices of US$50-70 soon, at Google's Mobile Revolution conference this Tuesday, by the time they shift old inventory Nokia will be priced out of even the low end of the feature phone sector.
They don't have a future, apart from being bought by Microsoft and consumed. As it is Microsoft will be making more on each WM7 phone by the time they ship, if priced to actually sell.
you forget the Sky tax
Maybe not special but you do need a very expensive license to put on Sky with too much of it trousered by the Murdochs. Somehow I can't see any of the fuckwits we keep electing doing anything to curb the brazen extortion Sky practices on pubs.
Heatsinks do 2 jobs:
1 provide a conduction path to lose heat to the environment.
2 provide thermal mass to buffer rapid temperature changes
There's a little problem with this design, if the impeller stops spinning, the air gap becomes an insulator and suddenly the thermal mass is no longer connected to the thing it's buffering and cooling....
The bulky heatsink on modern processors doesn't need fan driven airflow a lot of the time, coupled with the thermal inertia that makes them relatively failsafe. 10s of seconds with a failed fan before dangerous heat levels are reached is not unusual, more than enough time for the CPU, OS or user to take action.
However effective this design is, he'll have to cripple it with old style passive blocks of metal to make it safe to use. That might restrict its market a little, if you've got to put the hefty metal in there either way there's not much point replacing the cheap fan on most systems.
...and I don't believe the dust claims. My desk fan seems to have no trouble covering it's spinning blades in dust... neither do the fast spinning ones in my PC.
security is more than relying on cowboy programmers at MSFT
If you're relying on the OS vendor for your security you've already lost. One of the most important tasks is protecting your system *from the OS vendor's mistakes*. Not waiting for them to try repairing the damage later.
Paradoxically Microsoft make it easy, they're so predictably consistent in fucking up. Simply sandboxing or otherwise jailing all new stuff from them goes a long way to securing your system. Sadly it's usually impossible to delete their mistakes from systems.
This is the company that thought embedding IExplorer - a 3rd party, buggy POS - deep in the OS was a good idea. Neuter that back when it launched and you neutered 90% of attacks on Windoze.
The same company that thought running native code in the browser was a smart idea (ActiveX), still struggling to patch security over that colosal error. Disable that and you knocked out most of the rest of the risks.
Proper security starts with the user and includes as many different sources of protection and fixes as possible. Do it right and Microsoft are the least part of securing your system, which is mostly securing it from Microsoft's clumsy grasp in any case.
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