* Posts by Colin 29

13 posts • joined 27 Jul 2009

'Windows 10 nagware: You can't click X. Make a date OR ELSE'

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EU

Come on EU, investigate MS over this. That'll add a few more votes to the Remain campaign!

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Samsung sued over 'lackadaisical' Android security updates

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OnePlus

I've had a good experience with my OnePlus One. I've probably had 6 or 7 updates over its lifespan and it's now on 5.1.1 (originally 4.4.2).

Certainly different to my past experience with Samsung.

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2015 was the Year of the Linux Phone ... Nah, we're messing with you

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Re: Nearly makes me want to look at Linux again.

With my Win8.1 laptop installation reaching the point where it needed a tidy up / re-install late last year I did some research and decided to switch to Linux. I tried a few different flavours ending up with plain old Ubuntu but all suffered the same problems:

1) Resume from hibernate buggy

2) Over-sensitive trackpad

3) Buggy support for my bluetooth mouse

4) Unable to read files from my GoPro

Now I'm obviously a Linux noob and maybe someone with more experience could sort these issues out but I spent quite some time researching and attempting fixes and eventually reached the point where I couldn't afford to spend any more time on it. I then installed Win10 and all these things worked. I'm not happy about Win10's spying but I've changed settings to prevent this as much as possible.

Bottom line - despite having a machine considered 'Linux compatible', being enthusiastic, persistent and reasonably intelligent, I couldn't get a Linux desktop working to my satisfaction. I'm sure many will succeed but suspect I'm not alone either.

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So how do Google's super-smart security folk protect their data?

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Pasting not allowed

Password managers are a good idea but there seems to be a recent trend to prevent pasting into password fields that makes them difficult to use. For example I reset my ebay password the other day (I know, I know!) and had to use Firebug to turn off javascript for the page so I could paste the strong password generated by KeePass. 99% of users would have given up and used Password1.

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

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BBC?

Does this action cover the fact that I can't legally watch BBC content from their website and iPlayer when abroad despite owning a valid TV License? Or is that strictly a BBC issue?

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Fancy six months of security nirvana for free? Read on...

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Borked

I bought and installed BitDefender on my Dell XPS 13 (which, as an aside, is a nice piece of kit). It worked OK initially but within a day or two had [presumably downloaded an update which] borked the machine, preventing it from booting and requiring a system restore to fix. I gave it the benefit of the doubt and tried installing it a couple more times but the same thing happened on each occasion.

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A BBC-by-subscription 'would be richer', MPs told

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Fairer?

"Various alternatives were discussed, including a Scandinavian model where public service TV is paid for via personal income tax rather than a "poll tax" flat fee - a fairer arrangement, since the richer pay more"

How is paying different amounts for the same content fairer?

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Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: anti-piracy ads

Also, non-skippable trailers.

If I've bought the DVD why should I be forced to watch trailers for other movies? Surely this just encourages people to download an illegal copy that doesn't include the trailers, so they're harming themselves as well as alienating their customers. The arrogance of the media companies is astonishing.

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China plans astro-farms on Mars

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Why? The moon's already made of cheese

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Android bugs let attackers install malware without warning

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Fix

How do google plan to roll out a fix? Will it involve patching handsets?

I have a Samsung I7500 Galaxy (is there a Samsung product that doesn't contain the word Galaxy in it?!) but it's still on Android 1.5 because Samsung refuse to update it. If some kind of update to handsets is required I'll certainly not get it.

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Microsoft rejiggers EU browser ballot after complaints

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Multi User

Anyone know how the ballot screen will work in a multi user setup. My home machine has 3 users configured, two of which have Firefox as the default browser, and one with IE. Will just the IE user be prompted to change browser or will none of the users be asked?

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Samsung's Galaxy stuck in history

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Issues

I recently got a Galaxy, not because of an irrational hatred of the iPhone but because I want to write apps for my own personal use and I don't have a mac. Generally I like the Galaxy and didn't expect it to get an update to 2.0 (though it would be nice!) but it seems to have been rushed out despite the delays. These are the issues I've had so far:

1) APs not setup out of the box so web browsing, email and MMS didn't work initially

2) The software supplied on the included CD doesn't work with the Galaxy, it won't update the firmware either

3) The only way to update the firmware is by taking it to a Samsung service centre. When I contacted my nearest one they said they couldn't guarantee to do it while I waited so it was better to leave it with them for 24 hours. Even better they couldn't give me a replacement phone in the meantime. How many people can afford to be without their mobile phone for 24 hours, especially when it's needed for work?

4) The Market icon is missing from the menu meaning that I can't install additional apps (I know it's possible using the SDK and the app's apk file but they can't honestly expect Joe public to do this). After Googling it seems that the firmware update may fix this but Samsung support couldn't confirm this and since I can't get the firmware update at the moment anyway (see above) it's a moot point.

Despite this I do quite like the phone but maybe I've just had really bad ones in the past. It does worry me though that manufacturers won't update these phones and that many new apps won't be available because they've been written for a newer version of android. I had assumed that since the Galaxy runs vanilla android it would actually be more likely to get an update than the customised HTCs, how wrong I was.

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Google kicks Maestro into touch

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Vbv Joint Account

Myself and my wife have a joint account with a Visa debit and credit card. The VbV system is too stupid to know if it's me or my wife making the payment thereby requiring me to remember both my wife's and my own passwords so that I can successfully complete the transaction depending on whichever account it randomly decides needs to verify it.

And to repeat what has already been said, how can doing this in an iframe and being able to reset the password by entering a dob possibly be secure enough to absolve the banks of all responsisbility for fraud.

What a joke.

Colin

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