* Posts by chr0m4t1c

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All right, who guessed 'street mapping' for those mystery Apple vans? Congratulations

chr0m4t1c

1) It's not going live yet, they're collecting data.

2) The shows where they're going to be *this month* not *ever*. Beware of bad journalism.

Will they cover everywhere when they launch? Probably not, but then as someone who lives in an area that wasn't covered by Streetview for the first two or three years I would say that Streetview's initial coverage was not "good" when it launched.

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Everything Apple touted at WWDC – step inside our no-hype-zone™

chr0m4t1c

Re: Search

These are not contradictory things, the OS looks at data on the phone to match the number, it doesn't send the data to Apple for recording and analasys.

In reality it's not that much different from looking in your contacts so that a name can be displayed for an incoming number.

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Apple to tailor Swift into fully open-source language – for Linux, too

chr0m4t1c

Re: Just like FaceTime...

Unfortunately, VirnetX lobbed a sueball and won the case. Apple had to re-write the way FT operates in such a way that avoids those patents and in the process made it worthless as an OS project.

IIRC the patents were around P2P connections used in the old version, the re-write means the connections are now made through a central server.

So you'd either have to OS the server software as well - and rely on people setting up their own servers - or you'd have to route all of your FT communications through Apple's servers.

Neither of those options strike me as something you'd really want.

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Close encounter: Apple Macs invade the business world

chr0m4t1c

Re: really!

Where are you looking?

Dell don't appear to offer the 7020 with a 1Tb drive (only 500Gb) and when you add a monitor it comes to £1142 (inc VAT). The dell website offers £335 off at the moment, but you can get discounts and better support from Apple if you speak to the business team instead of just buying off the website.

Also, you're comparing a consumer offering with a business offering.

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Can't wait to bonk with Apple? Then try an Android phone

chr0m4t1c

Re: hmmm

You're confusing availability with adoption.

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It's official: David Brents are the weakest link in phishing attacks

chr0m4t1c

Re: Time for a Register checklist?

I read somewhere that the grammar any typographical mistakes are deliberate.

Supposedly it makes people who wouldn't fall for the scam ignore the email in the first place as they correctly identify it as dodgy, thus allowing you to end up with a barrel of "easy mark" fish that you can then shoot.

I guess it's a bit like those police sting operations where they catch people on the run by telling them they've won something and then arresting them when they come to collect.

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Steely wonder? It's blind to 4G and needs armour: Samsung Galaxy S6

chr0m4t1c

Re: Signal issues

Maybe he was just holding it wrong....

(Runs away)

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EE springs Wi-Fi phone calls on not-spot sufferers, Tube riders

chr0m4t1c

Re: It will only work on EE branded phones, too

As I understand it, MS and Apple have put the functionality into the firmware already (or it will be in the next release), but some Android devices haven't.

EE are putting the functionality into their "branded" firmware they put on the locked handsets they sell.

It's not clear if the functionality will work if you happen to own a handset that does have the functionality but which isn't EE branded, or if they would block it.

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Scrooges rejoice! Beancounters find formula for perfect Xmas party

chr0m4t1c

What about the Christmas spirit approach?

If you've already won, pull a cracker with someone who's lost and give them the prize whatever the outcome.

It's Christmas, it's mean to be about sharing.

Jeez, talk about missing the point....

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BT to gobble EE for £12.5bn – BTEE phone home

chr0m4t1c

Re: Everything Everywhere except signal in my phone

>Thanks, but after hearing about this I won't be staying an EE customer for long

Are you not going to even wait to see if the deal gets done?

That said, I'm an EE customer and I do not wish to do business with BT either. Personally, I'll probably stay with EE until they try to sell me BT line.

The real problem for me is that we're gradually reaching a point where I don't want to do business with any of the companies offering services that I need because of the buy-ups, so I may end up just having to lump it.

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Facebook injects CREEPY search engine into mobile app

chr0m4t1c

Re: FUCK 'EM

I fear you have it the wrong way around, this is to allow you to stalk others.

Deleting the app won't prevent anyone from stalking you, you need to delete your account.

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18 million iPHONE USERS HAVE NEVER BONKED to ApplePay

chr0m4t1c

Re: the thing tyhe banking world doesn't get is..

>Just think about how special a £50 note feels. It's more special than three £20 notes.

Not to me, I'll give you a £50 note for three £20 notes any time you want.

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chr0m4t1c

Re: UMA was great!

PTT was really badly explained (at least it was by Nokia). I remember getting my first phone that had PTT as a feature, but the description in the manual and on the marketing material just made it sound like a special button for one speed-dial number. So in the end, I just continued using the speed-dials I already had set up.

UMA is making a comeback now the support is in more handsets, I think EE are supposed to be deploying it soon, I expect the other networks will follow suit shortly - except for O2 who have invested in TuGo instead..

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Huawei: 'Nobody made any money in Windows Phone'

chr0m4t1c

Re: Sic transit gloria mundi

"Microsoft would do well to rebadge their mobile offering in an Xbox-like manner (although I can see Apple kicking off at "Xphone"), and re-invent themselves. The recent open-sourcing of .net was a step in the right direction, but there's still huge amounts of ground to make up."

They would have done about five years ago, but now they've started dragging repositioning X-Box closer to the Windows ecosystem, they're beginning to poison the brand.

I predict that at some point in the next 2-3 years, they'll add "Windows" to the X-Box brand, then be confused as the sales tank.

The Windows brand is toxic and its getting worse.

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Sick of the 'criminal' lies about pie? Lobby the government HERE

chr0m4t1c

Re: Ah, New Zealand...

>... home of the best meat pies that I've found on this planet. I particularly remember a venison pie >from Te Anau that was sublime.

This guy doesn't do venison, but he is trying to replicate the NZ pie experience: http://www.gourmetpie.co.uk/

He's doing a pretty good job, too. I bought some of his pies at a food event during August and they were all good, I plan to order some more as soon as the Christmas freezer is emptied at the end of the month.

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Wireless Power standards are like Highlanders: There can be only ONE

chr0m4t1c

It never ceases to amaze me

How can so many people be so clever and so dumb at the same time?

If they spent more time considering the public (whom they claim to care about) instead of how much money they can make from "their" standard, then we would have had all of this years ago.

Now?

Well if you want to get the mobile market going you will either have to get Apple on board (I know people will hate me saying that), or get a credible rumour going that Apple will be putting the tech in the next iThings so that Samsung jam it into their devices as fast as they can.

Tiny bit cynical, I know.

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Why Comrade Cameron went all Russell Brand on the UK’s mobile networks

chr0m4t1c

Re: 'Normal Collier'?

Different phenomona

Norman Collier is when you have dropouts so that you miss words or parts of words.

Dalek is when the data rate drops for voice so you still hear all of the words, but the caller sounds like they are speaking through a "dalek" voice changing microphone.

Record a voice and then encode it with successfully lower bitrates to hear the effect for yourself (you'll probably need to start at something like 80k and work down).

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Who wants to be A MILLIONAIRE? Not so fast, Visa tells wannabe pay-by-bonk thieves

chr0m4t1c

Or just keep it inside one of the readily available card carriers that block the reader when you're not using it.

Search for "RFID blocking" on eBay and there are lots of options from complete card wallets to things that you can put in your existing card carrier.

In reality, "New security measure" != "100% effective" does not mean that "Old security measure" > "New security measure".

Seatbelts don't prevent all injuries, but for real world examples they are generally better than no seatbelt.

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Japan tells operators: Put a SIM lock in a new mobe? You'd better UNLOCK it for FREE

chr0m4t1c

Re: we need free unlocking in the UK too

>It sounds like an Apple thing

Yeah, but it looks like it was CPW that messed up. Apple ships all phones unlocked, but some of them are pre-registered to be network locked as they're supposed to be sold under contract.

They're not locked to a specific network until you put a SIM in them, at which point the locking is triggered and they are tied to the network of that SIM.

CPW should either have not sold him that particular handset, or informed Apple (normally that's just done through the POS system) that the handset had been sold as SIM-free, he should probably take it up with CPW.

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Big Retail's Apple Pay killer CurrentC HACKED, tester info nicked

chr0m4t1c

Re: Concerns

>I dunno, but can the 'tap to pay' merchant terminals in the UK be adapted to work with Apple Pay - or a Google NFC system?

Yes. Apple Pay is an implementation of the standard currently in use for these transactions.

Currently the primary limitation in the UK is that there's no way to load your card onto the phone because no banks have the systems in place to generate the tokens (yet).

If you have a supported US credit or debit card you can set your iPhone region to the US, which will enable the OS support, and then load your card into the phone. After that you can use it at any PayWave terminal, but (of course) you will have the currency conversion charges to pay on any transaction.

A few people around the world, not just the UK, have already tried and found everything works as you would like.

From what I have heard Visa and MasterCard are already working with the banks to bring the functionality to the UK next year.

There's an interesting article here if you want something more in-depth:

http://bankinnovation.net/2014/09/heres-how-the-security-behind-apple-pay-will-really-work/

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Microsoft discovers long-lost phone division down back of sofa

chr0m4t1c

Re: One step closer

Yeah, and Samsung's latest figures aren't terribly inspiring.

Was it something like 90% drop in the last quarter's profits? That's going to sting a bit.

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Tesla's Elon Musk shows the world his D ... and it's a MONSTER

chr0m4t1c

Re: Donations for politicians

>Better option: Let's start an El-Reg party, and get some normal, intelligent, forward-thinking, incorruptible (I hope) people in power!

You're new here, aren't you?

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Vulture takes BlackBerry's Passport through customs

chr0m4t1c

Re: Keyboard won't be a gamechanger for BB

iOS has Swype now too.

Keep up :*)

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Sapphire glass maker's woes caused by Apple relationship 'breakdown'

chr0m4t1c

Re: Well, duh

I must admit, my first thought was that Apple had done this deliberately in order to buy them at a discount, but I am also unable to think of a single instance where they had followed this approach before.

In fact, Apple have (so far) gone out of their way to avoid owning most of their own manufacturing capability, prefering to invest with existing companies to either improve their facilities or introduce a new capability and then have that investment be recouped as manufacturing discounts and/or guaranteed production levels.

Natually, anyone who wants to continue to believe that Apple are evil should ignore any developments in this story that do not support that supposition.

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First Irish boy band U2. Now Apple pushes ANOTHER thing into iPhones, iPods, iPads

chr0m4t1c

Re: OS vs apps: Paint

>The first iPhone didn't even have 3G, only wifi. So having a data plan was irrelevant.

The first iPhone had 2G (GSM/GPRS/EDGE) and was really only intended to be used on one network in the USA, even though it did make it to some networks outside of the US shortly before being replaced by the 3G version.

So having a data plan was not irrelevant, but it was essentally useless given the speed of the data.

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

chr0m4t1c

Re: "... The interface is terrible. I mean, it’s awful!”

I don't think it's just the providers.

My TV has a network interface and will connect to Netflix, so does my streaming box, my games console and my cable box and each one of them has a different interface for the same service.

If one provider can't even manage to standardize, there's no chance when you're working across multiples.

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Scared of brute force password attacks? Just 'GIVE UP' says Microsoft

chr0m4t1c

Re: Interesting

>That's exactly what I said, except for your pro-Apple spin.

My reading of your post was that it implied that Apple were lying. The iCloud servers were not breached, but individual accounts were hacked, pointing out the facts is not pro-Apple spin.

>Failure to enforce lockout after multiple failed login attempts is pathetic and there's no excuse for it.

Apple lock out accounts for eight hours after 12 failed attempts.

Apple's reset process invloves providing email address, date of birth and the answer to any one of a number of securty questions (e.g. The name of your first pet). Unfortunately for people in the public eye most of that information is likely to be easily available from a number of sources and like most people they wouldn't think of just making up an answer, so a quick trip to Google will almost certainly allow you to gain ilicit access to the account of pretty well anyone famous.

Is this Apple's /fault/? Debatable. There are more things they could do, but then there are already additional security features available for Apple accounts that do not appear to have been turned on in this case (e.g. if you have 2FA turned on, then the password reset process will also require you to go through that).

So we're back to square one, is it the fault of any company if users who do not use the security features provided then have their accounts breached?

No. It's the fault of the people who gained access, in the same way that if you forgot to lock your front door it's not your fault if someone steals your TV. What you did might have inadvertently made it easy for them, but make no mistake that the person at fault is the thief.

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

chr0m4t1c

Re: 3 minute orgasm

I happened to be in New York a couple of years ago when the iPhone 5 launched and there were TV crews from around the world interviewing people in the line pretty much 24 hours a day.

The story says that these two have some software to promote, making this a marketing exercise - they'll get 18 days of worldwide press coverage for their $2,500 ($3,200 including phone), which is a bit of a bargain.

Fanbois? Not likely.

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PHABBA-DABBA-DOO! Samsung Galaxy Note 4, Edge, Gear VR – feast your eyes

chr0m4t1c

Re: Note Edge

I think Fanboi tends to relate to Apple devotees these days, Fandroid is used for Android fans so can't really be properly deployed for a specific manufacturer.

I would suggest either Fansung, Samboi or, at a push, Samdroid.

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Samsung Gear S: Quick, LAUNCH IT – before Apple straps on iWatch

chr0m4t1c

That's some serious spin.

“Samsung is leading this exciting and rapidly developing wearable category through progressive innovation,”

Or by being one of the few manufacturers making smart watches. Take your pick.

Having a dig around, it looks like Samsung has a significant lead in the US (78% of the userbase, compared to Pebble's 18%) and a reasonable lead worldwide (where the figures are 34% and 6%). But that's from a total userbase of three million, which isn't a lot of people when you consider the potential market and the fact that the major competitors (lets say Motorola, LG and Apple) haven't entered the market yet. If any one of them ships a product that sells well, Samsung could be quickly overhauled.

“The Samsung Gear S redefines the idea of the smart wearable and the culture of mobile communication."

I'm not seeing anything that looks like a redefinition in the specifications. Anyone care to elaborate?

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So, Apple won't sell cheap kit? Prepare the iOS garden wall WRECKING BALL

chr0m4t1c

Re: Who Innovates In The Cell Phone Business?

>It's good but not an innovation

Given what was on the market at the time (and had been for >5 years), I think it could be argued that a polished UI *was* an innovation, but not in the sense of being an innovative idea, more in the sense of delivering it to the consumer as it seemed that no-one else had thought of actually doing that.

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Experimental hypersonic SUPERMISSILE destroyed 4 SECONDS after US launched it

chr0m4t1c

"Happily no one was hurt"

Doesn't that slightly defeat the point of a weapon?

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Pull up! Pull up! Pull up! Ding ... HP ends eleven-quarter sales nosedive

chr0m4t1c

When I think of HP I think of the massive HP:Invent campaign that they launched at the same time as closing down 60% of their R&D.

They then hitched the future of their big iron to the towbar of the then unproven Itanium from Intel and offloaded most of their field engineers.

After that they were surprised that customers wondered why they should pay for expensive HP support that they could get cheaper from the companies that the engineers went to or why they wouldn't pick HP's big iron for a system with a 10+ year lifespan when HP couldn't demonstrate a roadmap longer than about nine months.

Yes, I think "succession of hopless CEOs" sums it up rather well.

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Don't think you're SAFE from Windows zombies just 'cos you have an iPhone - research

chr0m4t1c

@ jcitron

I think someone needs a hug.

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FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'

chr0m4t1c

Re: They all look alike

"Alpha" may refer to the stage of readiness for production.

Presumably there'll be a Beta in about six months that will have fewer issues, but the one you really want will be the Gold Master.

Or it is just possible that I need to get out more.

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New twist in China Apple hardware ban riddle: THE TRUTH at last?

chr0m4t1c

Re: Please explain

I think what he means is the same thing that comes up every 18 months or so when some fresh people discover that iOS can send crash dumps to Apple.

Every iOS device asks you if you want to allow this behavior when it's first set up and you can turn it off and on in the settings (General->About->Diagnositcs & Usage).

Nevertheless, this is evidence of Apple secretly spying on everyone, because: Apple.

I don't know what this "network sniffer" is meant to be, but it seems to me that a network sniffer could be a FUD way of referring to normal WiFi discovery or possibly normal service discovery once connected to the network.

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SOULLESS machine-intelligence ROBOT cars to hit Blighty in 2015

chr0m4t1c

Re: £10,m?

how long it will be before some systems admin who has been up all night fixing a problem or who has spent 20 hours in the office kills someone or themselves while driving home.

Already happened at my place about 6 years ago, an engineer worked a full day and then got called and had to work through to about 4am. He fell asleep at the wheel on the way home, hit a lorry (I think it was a bin wagon or a skip truck) and died.

I seriously doubt that he was the first or the last.

The only practical way to prevent this kind of thing is to have shifts so that you're always limiting the amount of time people are likely to be asked to work. In reality that costs money and the suggestion seems to put the screaming heeby-jeebies up about 50% of the work force for some reason, so it isn't always possible to implement.

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Scotland's BIG question: Will independence cost me my broadband?

chr0m4t1c

Re: Realism

If the Spanish block out EU membership then they will not be respecting the UK constituation to allow a democratic vote, and that will give the Catalonians and Basques a big stick to beat them with.

As far as I know (and I may be wrong), there's never been a case of an EU member state splitting and there may not be any EU rules that cover such a case.

Essentially there are two possibilities in the event of independance:

1) Scotland is allowed to continue as an EU member because of it's previous membership as part of the UK.

2) Scotland is out of the EU, but may apply for membership as a new country.

Which one of those things happens is down to the EU, whatever the Yes camp say on the matter, it simply isn't up to Scotland (or England for that matter) on their own. Spain will form part of that debate, but it will (probably) only happen after a Yes vote, so Spain will not be interfering in the democratic vote for independance in any way, they will be debating the consequences along with all the other member states.

If there is a Yes vote and if the EU decides that they can't just continue as members that is when things could get tricky, but it's possible that it would all be sorted as part of any independance debates and discussions before the final break-up. It's not as if Scotland will actually be independant by the end of the year, it'll take years to get all of the infrastructure and financial stuff sorted out first.

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Microsoft: We're making ONE TRUE WINDOWS to rule us all

chr0m4t1c

Re: One OS

>Until it stops suddenly, as horses sometimes do.

Put it on roller skates, problem solved!

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Apple OS X Yosemite 4 TIMES more popular than Mavericks

chr0m4t1c

Re: Exactly

I think I read somewhere that they've also made it available to registered iOS developers rather than just registered OSX devs.

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'Ribbed' for your pleasure: Jony Ive unveils NAKED IPHONE

chr0m4t1c

Re: Brittle

Yes, but reality how many people have flint-gravel drives and how many of them regularly drop an unprotected phone onto them?

I'm reminded of talking to a friend many years ago when I bought a ruggedised torch to replace one that had broken when I dropped it while up a step-ladder.

"Ah", he said, "but it wouldn't survive a 100 foot drop onto concrete, that's how most of my torches die.". (He worked for the National Grid at the time.)

Do you know what? He was probably right, it wouldn't have survived that. But then I wasn't planning on putting into that situation and never did. All I needed it to do was to survive a drop of around 6-7 feet onto carpet or possibly lino, and it did that.

Eventually it died the usual torch death of being left in the back of the drawer and then eaten from the inside by its own leaking batteries.

Anyway.

Point is, if you have a flint-gravel drive that you regularly drop your phone on to then an all-glass phone is probably something you need to avoid, or maybe buy a case for it.

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Computing student jailed after failing to hand over crypto keys

chr0m4t1c

Re: Noggin Silly sod

I see that you're taking the Daily Fail approach of assuming the diagnosis was given during the judicial process.

The story makes no mention of when he was diagnosed, would you have made a similar suggestion if he had been confined to a wheelchair?

As has been pointed out, we are getting better at diagnosing mental conditions, which leads to more people being diagnosed (and treated) than would have happened in the past, which in turn leads to a greater percentage of people in the court system who have been diagnosed with some kind of problem.

Implying that it is purely a ploy used to get obviously guilty people off the hook is offensive to people who have these problems, those who live with, work with and care for those people and to the justice system itself.

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'iPhone 6' survives FRENZIED STABBING. Truly, it is the JESUS Phone

chr0m4t1c

Re: Enthusiastic, pumped and hardened.

>Two words.

>Vibrating Alert Function.

Yeah....

Count again.

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Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

chr0m4t1c

Re: Easy access?

Agreed, on iOS there's a PIN protected area in settings that allows you to enable and disable access to a loads of applications and functions, including in-app purchases, as well as setting age restrictions on media (or disabling a specific type of media altogether like music or TV shows).

You can also decide if a password is required every time a purchase is made or only after 15 minutes have elapsed from the previous purchase.

On top of that lot there are other settings for privacy and stopping someone from changing various system settings (such as when mobile data can be used).

Overall, pretty comprehensive.

And if that lot isn't enough, you always have the option of setting up an account that has no credit or debit card linked to it so that it needs to be pre-loaded from gift cards.

So, yes, I will also call BS on the "Amazon offers all of this protection and the others don't" statement.

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Xiaomi: Hidden Android dragon is growing fast, despite being unknown in the West

chr0m4t1c
Joke

Re: Let them come

If even the commentards are getting Samsung and Apple mixed up, maybe those design lawsuits had merit after all.

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Sorry, chaps! We didn't mean to steamroller legit No-IP users – Microsoft

chr0m4t1c

Everything OK now, you say?

::checks VPN access using DDNS::

Nope, still not working, 09.20 BST.

I see the MS helpdesk still operates on the same principal of telling you something is fixed so that you have to go away for a bit to try it and find that it isn't.

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Conformist Google: Android devices must LOOK, WORK ALIKE

chr0m4t1c

Re: History repeating...

No.

Potted history:

Android, Inc. (Founded 2003) _created_ Android. Google _bought_ Android, Inc. in 2005.

Android was originally meant to be an OS for digital cameras until they realised the market wasn't big enough at which point they switched to developing a smartphone OS intended to take on the awful Windows Mobile and ageing Symbian (this was before the Google buy-out). Early prototypes had no touch-screen and a QWERTY keyboard, like a Blackberry.

Google open-sourced Android in November 2007 at the same time as the Open Handset Alliance was announced, it's not clear if that was their original intention or not.

The first commercially available Android handset was the HTC Dream, launched November 2008.

For historical perspective, the first iPhone was announced in January 2007 and went on sale in June 2007. Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, was on Apple's board of directors from August 2006 until August 2009.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

chr0m4t1c

Re: Good thing...

As far as I am aware all of these sites have an audit trail, they'll record each change of dynamic address, both the new end point and the address of where it was changed from.

I think it's highly likely that someone up to no good will avoid paying for a service with their own money don't you?

And they've borked my No-IP lookup too, which means they're not sticking to the remit of only taking down malware domains.

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Finding the formula for the travelling salesman problem

chr0m4t1c

I'm sure that's already available somewhere. It's a while since I placed an online order, but the last time (Sainsburys, I think) offered me tiered delivery prices based on other deliveries they were already making, if I remember correctly I was offered a £3.50 delivery for one slot as they were already in the area in the same slot, £5 for one where it was "close" to another delivery and £7.50 for the slot where no other deliveries were happening nearby.

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DANGER MOUSE is back ... and he isn't half a GLASSHOLE

chr0m4t1c

Re: Or....

That reminds me, I've always quite liked the idea of inviting a load of my friends over for a Peruvian Dinner Party and then serving marmalade sandwiches.

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