498 posts • joined 27 Sep 2009
Dear copyright protection people - how about:
Fixing the problem?
Case in point, When I got my Chromecast I bought season 1 of Friends from Google Play. When I watched all of Season 1 - I bought Season 2 of Friends. Now - for 2 seasons of Friends I have paid £40.98 for the convenience of watching it online. For between £50 and £80 I could have all 10 series on DVD. I will not pay £200 to buy all 10 series online. If anything just like the music industry learned (eventually) - it should be cheaper for me to buy all 10 series online, than it would be to get them on physical media.
Next we come to availability -
As long as Amazon / Netflix / Sky etc are going to keep having these ridiculously long "exclusive" terms, piracy will continue. Sky for example with their "once we have it, no one else can have it for 18 months" 18 months!! Exclusivity windows need to be reduced to at the most - 6 weeks. I am NOT going to have a Netflix subscription, An Amazon Prime subscription, a Sky subscription and a TV license. I am going to use one service, and anything I can't get on that service, or buy legally online for a reasonable price - I am going to have to get elsewhere.
The local shop in the village where I live has 2 POS terminals.
One of them went wrong and I noticed a USB slot underneath the monitor and offered to plug a keyboard in and take a look for them.
I was appalled to find (apart from the fact it is running Windows) no antivirus security and the firewall disabled. But I thought well it's not connected to the internet, it's not that terrible......
Then the shop owner told me, whenever it went wrong in the past - he just phoned up the company that deals with the maintenance of the things, and they remotely fix the problem, and sure enough - yup they are connected to the internet after all..... with no antivirus and no firewall.......
Never quite understood how this is supposed to work.
The Pi needs to be connected to a WiFi network with internet access, and obviously needs to be powered.
When the Chromecast deauths from the WiFi the Chromecast will enter config mode - which the Pi must take advantage of, and tell it to connect to the Pi's AP - which I get.
But then in order for the Pi to tell the Chromecast to load YouTube and then to load a YouTube video - the Pi needs to have internet access.
How does the deauth thing work - does the Pi have to be connected to the target WiFi network to issue the deauth command?
Re: What do you think mass surveillance is?
I am sick of reminding people of this!
Terrorists do not use Facebook, Google+, Skype, Twitter, Email etc etc in order to discuss their latest plot, they do not buy bombs from Amazon.
This whole "it's for your own good" argument would be great if it actually held any weight - but - did it stop 9/11? Did it stop the Boston Bombing? Does it help prevent School shootings? Shopping Mall shootings? Airport shootings? Cinema shootings?
It does none of these things!
Anyone who thinks a terrorist group setup a Skype call to plan where to bomb next really ought to get a reality check. We have now reached the point where not only do we know the extent of the NSA/GCHQ surveillance - we also know it's bound to go much much deeper than what has been revealed so far. Yet with all the "intelligence" at hand - they are still unable to stop the majority of what they claim they needed the intelligence for in the first place.
Look at the recent "tools" that we found out about -
the ability to artificially increase traffic to a website,
to change outcome of online polls,
The document also details a range of programs designed to collect and store public postings from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Google+, and to make automated postings on several of the social networks.,
Capabilities to boost views of YouTube videos, or to boost the circulation of particular messages are also detailed
None of these things are even vaguely related to terrorism, or preventing it. They are about altering the outcome of an event - what sort of event? Sticking my tin foil hat on for a moment - GCHQ could easily use that collection of tools to manipulate the outcome of something like - oh I don't know.... who you elect to run the country!
It performs a few basic functions out of the box,
When the platform opens up - you will be able to purchase add-on skill sets (this will be the next phase of the freemium model, you want it to do anything more useful - pay us more money)
It doesn't come with a battery, and if you want to buy one for it - it will last a whole 30 minutes!
Thankfully though - as artificial intelligence is nowhere near the level this thing would need to be useful, it runs via the cloud - so if it starts looking like it might want to try and kill you and take over the world, just turn the WiFi off.......
On the downside...... it runs via the cloud, do expect security breaches and people being monitored without "permission"
Decent developers with respect for their users - do in fact list why they request various permissions right in the description of the app.
Re: New Protocol ? I don't think so..
I meant in the UK.
Example - a Google search for "Zigbee home automation uk" returns one shop on the first page which is Vesternet, who while they sell Zigbee stuff - make their ZWave stuff far more prominent. Now that I have actually found some Zigbee stuff I see that it is at least twice as expensive as ZWave and some products are as much as 3 times more expensive. I have a ZWave USB stick on my Domoticz server it works wonderfully but more importantly I can pick ZWave stuff in loads of places - including Amazon.
Zigbee seems to be more of a product that was designed for the professional world and is now trying to penetrate the domestic market, and at the prices I am seeing stuff - I doubt it's going to a foothold
Zigbee has been around for ages, but almost nothing (for the domestic user) actually uses it - ZWave is at least available in shipping devices (and fairly reliable too). I don't think it's so much a case of killing Zigbee, as I'm not convinced Zigbee was ever really alive to begin with.
they think you answered the questions in the way someone who didn't have anything to hide would answer them - so they didn't suspect you had anything to hide....
Oh bugger - now that I have posted this - they will know I have figured out their evil plan......
"She declined to comment on whether the new law would allow spooks to widen Britain's surveillance net and apply it to non-US undersea cable companies."
Sigh - I know they don't like admitting stuff - but I think it's pretty well known by pretty much everyone - that declining to comment - is basically saying "yes, you are right". I'm surprised though - that it stops short of US undersea cable companies - because you can bet NSA is monitoring everything UK citizens do - whether they admit it or not.....
I wish the people who decided to declare Standby as being bad for the environment actually understood why Standby exists in the first place. Let's all turn our devices OFF when we finish using them and then in 6 months time - there will be new reports from confused politicians who can't understand why the amount of electrical devices entering landfill has tripled.....
Meanwhile - feel free to replace your car with an electric one, because from all the pushing from politicians and "energy experts" you'd be forgiven for believing that the electricity they use just appears out of nowhere and doesn't have to be generated first......
Re: My father in law
I know far too many people like this,
want to shop online at ASDA - they will Google ASDA
What about Chrome - where the search bar is already there - nope - the first thing they do when they are presented with Chrome is type Google into it. I have explained countless times they can type exactly what they are looking for into the bar without having to go Google first, but it falls on deaf ears.
Unfortunately we really must try harder, scammers know this behaviour all too well, and that's why try try really hard to get fake pages near the top of Google. Because logging in to Facebook, requires a trip to Google first in order to find Facebook, and whatever is near the top of the results - must be Facebook.
"What constitutes an invasion of privacy is the snippets of the search results that Google displays - but with a blog post or newspaper article, these only ever show the headline and first paragraph. The commenter can't logically have been the complainant."
Yes well, that's bollocks because what is displayed in the "snippet" is entirely related to the search you perform, in this case - if someone had Googled the name of the commenter, the only place his name appears is in the comments.
For instance - right now because of all the search noise I have to add "bbc" to search term, but a Google search (on the US Site) for "Peter Dragomer bbc" returns a snippet on page 1 from the 2007 article that says:
"Oct 29, 2007 - At 11:32 AM on 29 Oct 2007,; Peter Dragomer wrote: Amazing ! as an ex ML employee I would never have thought any serious financial ..."
now it is entirely possible that before the last few days, it would not have been necessary to have added the word "bbc" to the search to get this snippet. It is entirely possible that Peter Dragomer regrets informing the world that he is an ex ML employee - it may in fact be affecting him professionally.
Epic Fail on behalf of the author!
Surely someone reporting on a largely tech based site knows how to read a robots.txt file?
User-Agent is pointed at the robot reading the file and the Disallow statements are telling robots that they cannot follow that path. They really should have a "User-Agent: *" in there too, since this is a file aimed at killer robots.
Yeah, this doesn't sound completely overblown at all........
"Oh look this phone has recently been to Tesco, McDonalds, BT-Hub-2F6J, Wanadoo-978C, The Cloud and Starbucks" yup - that sounds incredibly identifiable, quick give me a pen and a map so I can draw the exact route this phone must of took......
Re: and so, ad infinitum
Peter Dragomer - ie the first comment.causes the "Some results may have been removed under data protection law in Europe. Learn more" text to appear for me.
Don't bother to do any research or anything before writing clickbait headlines.
Android One - that is the lower end smartphones that Google is involved with - which are for countries like India will run stock Android with no skins, and Google will be responsible for the software updates.
This does not affect existing or new smartphones sold by Samsung, HTC, LG etc etc, there is nothing anywhere that suggests that Google will prevent manufacturers who make their own phones and tablets from adding their own customisations to Android - just as they always have.
Android Auto is not allowed to be altered for a simple reason, safety! Google have sat with legal terms at car manufacturers, governments and all manner of safety types to come up with the interface for Android Auto that complies with all the necessary regulations on distractions and what not.
Android TV and Android Wear are both "stock" for purely cosmetic reasons.
Journalists reporting / reviewing the Android Wear watches are doing a terrible job so far -
For instance - this reporter has for some reason given the price of the LG Watch in dollars - but hasn't pointed that in fact in the UK - direct from the Google Play store - the watch costs £159 and not closer to £200.
The reviewer hasn't pointed out that the companion app for Android will allow you to block specific apps from sending notifications to the phone.
The reviewer hasn't pointed out that applications that you install on your phone that include code that will run directly on the watch, will be automatically installed to the watch when you install them to your phone.
The reviewer hasn't pointed out that the 36 hour battery life is with the screen set to always-on - but that the screen can in fact be set to turn off if you want to extend battery life.
Wouldn't you think that if there is somewhere on the internet posting a collection of links to pirated content, the MPAA would be better off leaving that part of the internet alone and instead going after the sites that are being linked to? In effect the people of Reddit are surely making the MPAA's job much easier for them?!
Chromebooks can't be used for development, this was in fact a question that was asked at the Android Fireside Chat session yesterday - someone asked when you would be able to write Android applications using the Chromebook and the answer given was - it wasn't likely in the near future, as development would apparently have to be in some sort of Cloud IDE.
Now we have to wonder how many people had successfully guessed the password before this picture became available......
While I agree that Home Automation has a long way to come to be more user friendly,
for the more techie among us - home automation is a piece of cake nowadays - I was pleasantly surprised just how easy it is.
Over time we have been collecting the Home Easy / Byron remote controlled sockets from B&Q and last years I discovered that a company called Telldus make a USB product called the Tellstick which allows a computer to control the Home Easy / Byron sockets. It was quite fun to play with, but not terribly reliable, I then looked into other products and came across RFXCOMM who make a USB transmitter receiver which will control the sockets and also receive signals from various other 433 devices.
I came across Domoticz which is free, open source control software which I am running on a desktop that is running Ubuntu, but the software exists for windows and Raspberry PI. Using the RFX433trx I can now control my sockets, receive signals from the doorbell, send signals to the doorbell, receive data from the OWL electricity monitor, receive data from oregon weather station sensors, the event making system (if this, then that) uses Blockly to make it very very easy to setup an event, and the more advanced users can use LUA to create more powerful events.
I am ready to upgrade to the next stage, so I purchased an AEON ZWave USB stick for £40 which means my Domoticz can now control the Home Easy stuff on 433 AND it can talk ZWave. The next step will be to get a Raspberry Pi, and move the system to that, so I can switch off the big Acer desktop and save even more money.
Oh - it also supports IP cams, so you can do stuff like When doorbell is ON, take a picture. And it natively supports "when I turn this switch on, turn it off after X seconds" which is great for us, Lights turn on when we go into a room, and after movement stops - they turn off after 600 seconds. So - for any techies here - thinking about looking into Home Automation - Google Domoticz
Re: Strange description of Chromecast
And how do Google exercise this tight control you talk about?
I take it you haven't actually tried to write a Chromecast app?
I wrote one, I paid £5 to Google and can now submit as many apps as I want, I registered my app - I have never heard anything from Google and my app was registered immediately.
At no point in the process have I had to wait for Google to do anything.
For a respected tech publication - to post such nonsense is unfathomable.
The Chromecast does not at all work in the way you describe, The WiFi does not "suck video out of devices running a chrome browser" in fact to use the Chromecast in the way you describe, requires the computer to do realtime audio, video encoding of the chrome tab that is being cast, it then serves this video stream to the Chromecast over HTTP. Because of the requirements this places on the computer - the experience is generally not wonderful, and is a last resort to provide a way to get the content to the TV. The Chromecast in fact sits on top of the DIAL protocol, and opens a websocket to connected sending apps (receiving apps are basically webpages that are downloaded on-the-fly from the internet, via HTTPS when they are launched).
The prototype Mozilla dongle apparently supports some Chromecast apps - but in actual fact all it is doing at the moment is launching the apps that support the DIAL protocol. There is a video floating around that shows the device in action, but as many others have commented - the YouTube interface that it opens - is basically the same interface that will open on a smart TV, because smart TVs work in exactly the same way, you open YouTube (eg on your phone) click the cast button, and it will list your Smart TV in the list of devices, when you click it, the Smart TV will load YouTube and you have basic control over the app, any Chromecast app that needs to do something more complicated than Play and Pause a video, will not work (currently) with the Mozilla dongle, because it requires the Websocket for communication. Plex is one such example of an app that doesn't work in the video floating about the internet
This nonsense about how about Network Operators won't bother to invest in their own infrastructure is bollocks. Three have had a roaming deal with various operators for years, and it doesn't stop them continuing to invest in their own network.
The simplest way to ensure Networks continue to stay competitive and invest in their own networks is to make the National Roaming phone calls and texts only, (When roaming on 3 you can supposedly use data from T-Mobile or whoever they are these days, but you are better off not trying as it appears to be less that dial-up speed - if it even connects at all). Networks will continue to have incentive to invest because no-one wants to be on a network that has 100% coverage for phone use, but only 60% coverage for data. Lets not forget - the primary use of a mobile phone is for making and receiving calls, and particularly in an Emergency situation - being able to make a call regardless of whose network you are using is a very good thing. As for the built in "you have no coverage on your own network, but you can call emergency services using these other networks" - well according to an O2 engineer a few years ago who was trying to fix an issue with a local mast, that hasn't actually been enabled in the UK - the phone might tell you it's possible - but apparently - it's not. [Disclaimer: I have never actually tried to verify if the man was telling the truth - because I have never been in a situation where I've needed the functionality, perhaps an El Reg reader - could clarify?]
The one story I read about was someone who was playing Watch Dogs and the advert played - presumably on another TV - it's not mentioned, but the XBox of course ignored the first command, because it was already on - it however dutifully followed the second command.... and went to Titanfall.
I'd like to know how many people left the room while the commercials were on, and came back to find their XBox on, (possibly in the Titanfall game), and the TV snapped? There are probably a lot of people who live on their own who would find that just a little bit scary - if they didn't know about the existence of the advert.
What I take away from the advert though..... is that I was unaware that it was possible to do this, and I now wonder why we don't hear stories about (for example) little brothers who wait until big brother is in a pretty crucial part of a game - and then shout commands at the XBox...... because if they had been around when I was a kid - I'd totally have done that....
But then.... I'm the evil git with the TV-b-Gone in my pocket, and it's A LOT of fun......
Well I'm incredibly disappointed that I missed all the fun!
I didn't get a pop up or anything!
I said when this was being talked about - that this is exactly what would happen - the black cab strike has now significantly raised the public awareness of Uber.
For those spouting out all kinds of crap about unlicensed drivers, problems with insurance and everything else - I'd suggest you actually first look at what is required to be a driver for Uber.
An experienced professional driver with a private-hire license and commercial insurance.
Your Vehicle Is...
An executive-level, new shape E-class or equivalent vehicle that comfortably seats 4 passengers.
A professional driver with a private-hire license and commercial insurance.
Your Vehicle Is...
A mid-size or full-size saloon that comfortably seats 4 passengers.
and all the other options
as you can see - you CANNOT sign up to be a driver for Uber in the England (since it appears no cities in Wales or Scotland are listed - I assume the service is not available there) unless you have at minimum - a Private Hire license AND commercial insurance.
Interesting - so they draw the line at messages on the Netflix app warning people Verizon is crap, but they don't say anything about the ISP Speed Index site which clearly shows Verizon is crap: http://ispspeedindex.netflix.com/usa
Hell - Talk Talk in the UK is a faster connection than that one!
There is a difference between suspecting that something is happening and knowing 100% for certain that something is happening.
Yes, I'm sure a large amount of people suspected what the NSA/GCHQ was doing, there might even have been some people who had *some* knowledge of how they were operating. That's all well and good, but having ALL the information laid out in black and white - detailing exactly what is happening is a whole different kettle of fish, of course people have the right to be outraged, by how these organisations operate - to claim how the NSA and other organisations operate is completely justified because "everyone already knew all along" is false logic, and idiotic.
While I agree this is probably not the way to go -
I read elsewhere that the reason for this "new" platform is because YouView is apparently too expensive (no arguments from me there) - the idea is this new platform will apparently be available at a reasonable cost to TV manufacturers to build directly into their new sets - as well as the usual set-top-boxes that will undoubtedly flood the market.
Maybe it is the way to go - YouView certainly hasn't lived up to the hype that was promised, and if this new platform does ensure that ALL new boxes to hit the market will be compatible with the new platform, to the point that in a few years you can pick up a £50 Freeview HD box with all the various ondemand services built in, while YouView still costs £299 - it might be worth it...... If it is going to cost more than £150 though.... back to the drawing board please.
They might even decide - to get over their irrational fear of the Chromecast and follow the BBC's lead and add support for the little dongle, it is after all ridiculously easy to write an app for - it's just a glorified Chrome instance running in Kiosk mode!
I get why people are excited about it - but......
what does it actually do?
Sure it recognises emotion and tone of voice - but what is it for? What useful tasks can it perform? Is it just meant to be a robot companion? a helper? Can it hold a conversation?
All these people saying this is a case of password reuse should probably view the actual thread about this on the Apple forums (bearing in mind it has taken El Reg 3 days to report on this) from the huge number of people who swear their Apple password is NOT used anywhere else, and there is one post from a parent who says the 3 iPhones that belong to his kids all have a unique password that is not used anywhere else AND the kids don't know the password to prevent expensive in-app purchases.
This should not be written off as a simple password reuse case. Yet.
So did anyone actually bother to read the press release?
First these are prototypes -
Second - Google fully acknowledge they will need to produce both varieties of car - ones with manual control so the driver can take over and ones without for those places that people are happy to have a 100% self driving car.
It will be another 5 years AT LEAST before we see these actually available to the consumer, and technology changes a lot in 5 years.
Gossip Girl was not an entirely fictional TV Series then?!
Sure,,,, I'll ditch my DVD collection and only stream online from now on....
Will they pay my broadband bill though?
It's bad enough the BBC thinks it's fine to start dropping channels off-the-air and make them online only, I really don't need anyone else doing that.
They can use several techniques but one of the most common is inspecting the HTTP headers - if a header passing through their network for instance reads "Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64) AppleWebKit/537.36 (KHTML, like Gecko) Chrome/35.0.1916.114 Safari/537.36" and the source IP address belongs to a phone, it's a good bet someone is tethering. Additionally - if a network request to windowsupdate.microsoft.com is seen - it's a good bet someone is tethering.
if heating the neuron causes the fly to become randy - does that mean we can conclude that mobile phone use makes humans horny?
A lot of development inside Google is done on Macs - you see this at every developer conference.
It's possible that Google have had to deal with a virus outbreak on Mac already and now are taking a proactive approach.
I can't wait for them to start their protest -
they don't appear to have figured this out yet -
the general public does not care about why people are protesting, they care about services being interrupted. If they all go through with this plan to cause major congestion - while not actually taking anyone anywhere - all that will happen is the general public will a) think they are like babies throwing their toys out of their prams and b) find an alternative method of transportation - and in this case - it is being extremely well publicised just what the alternative method of transportation is - and we aren't thick, if the cabbies are protesting it - it must be better than they are - or they wouldn't be so worried. So it will remain to be seen just how many new downloads occur to apps like Uber on this fateful June day.
LMCTFY - now I have to wonder who actually runs lmgtfy.com
As the BBC struggle these days to get the audio at a decent level on live events these days - I'd say it's a good bet the more technically able people - are obviously being employed elsewhere (and as ITV are even worse - it isn't there).
Seriously the BBC used to be held up as an example of how other countries should run their media networks, but these days - the BBC can't even use proper punctuation (or proof read it would appear) on their own website.
So presumably the iPhone doesn't even bother to verify that the certificate for the Apple server it is talking to - is valid then?
Everyone seems to be missing the main points here -
1) iMessage is the default messaging system for iPhones, I know a lot of people who use it - but they couldn't tell you how it works - only that it does.
It's hardly surprising that most users don't know that they have to "opt-out" of the service when they want to change away from the iPhone because most of them don't really know they ever opted-in to it in the first place.
2) Removing yourself from the iMessage database by turning iMessage off is not guaranteed to work and there are countless stories of this all over the internet - but Apple say it is OK - because you will eventually drop off the database after 45 days!
3) There are also countless stories across the internet that show that if you want to opt-out of iMessage, you must do so on ALL your iDevices - not just your iPhone. Which is nonsensical why would anyone ever imagine that turning iMessage off on their iPhone but leaving it switched on - on their iPad or Mac computer would cause issues? There is no doubt a technical reason for it - but if Apple need encouragement to fix the issue - this is probably the big one. It should not be an all or nothing service.
Technically Apple are not doing anything illegal, they are not interfering with the users service - as provided by the carrier. But at the same time - they are on dodgy ground and liable to a court case - because a quick Google will pull up numerous stories of people changing from iPhone to another mobile running a different OS and finding that they are not receiving text messages from other iPhone users, figuring it is the phone or OS at fault - they are then moving back to Apple. A court would find this behaviour anti-competitive especially as there have been reports of it for going on 3 years now, and Apple still haven't done anything to fix it.
Let's be clear here - if the system can drop you off the database after 45 days, then the system knows the last time it saw you connected - at the very least - Apple could change this window to a few days instead of 45 days!
What an interesting take on an article that almost every other tech blog has posted about in a completely different light - ie that Google were meeting with the NSA to secure their systems - rather than the other way around.
Perhaps someone should patent the ability to install software on a mobile device, perhaps from a preloaded "app store" after all - the first iPhone did not have the ability to do so. Oh... but wait... that's right - Apple already applied for a patent to install and manage software running on a mobile device. God help the rest of technology when that patent is granted...
This makes no sense to me, in order to get Google Play and it's associated services onto a device, manufacturers have to follow certain rules including preloading the common (note it is by no means ALL of Google's apps) Google apps. However - the manufacturers can still preload whatever else they want - including their own competing services. I fail to see how this is an antitrust issue - manufacturers don't have to get their device certified and use the Google Play store - they probably won't get very far without it - but they don't have to do it. And in either case they can still add their own "value added" services.
Re: Hang on.
Having never been to America - I don't know - but I'd assume they are less likely to run a red light due to the rather more strict legal system. We would just get points on the license which eventually expire - but the US appears to be a bit more strict than that.
So... I assume they got the patent because the database is stored on the device rather than dynamically accessed in the cloud like pretty much every implementation - but.... how big is the database that is being stored on the device? I would assume that the Android implementation stores at least a partial amount of the database on the device to prevent duplicate lookup calls by using cached data.
Because this patent says the server can remotely update the on-device database, that sounds like keeping the database fresh, but doesn't sound like the device will only store data for the immediate (or larger) area - eg to pluck a figure out of the air - 10 miles - which would be a far better use of data.
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