* Posts by RyokuMas

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Not an "annoyed phone user"

"Has anyone who's criticising it actually used it?"

Since when has anyone actually needed to use anything from Microsoft in order to criticise it?

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

RyokuMas
Devil

Great partnership...

Bonnie & Clyde.

Ronnie & Reggie.

... and now Google and Barclays.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

RyokuMas
Trollface

So that's how you do it...

"... which allowed APK executables to run unmodified on Windows 10"

Ah, so that explains how you get malware onto a Win10 phone...

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Google

"I don't have much choice on a phone"

Yeah you do - depends what you want from a phone. For example, my contract is about to expire, so I'm looking to "upgrade" to something not too dissimilar to the trusty old 1100 I had prior to the iPhone I have currently (which I got solely because I needed an iOS test device at the time).

Even if I had to have a smartphone, I'd sooner go Apple or Microsoft than Android - lesser of evils and all that.

And as for this new router or whatever it is - over my cold, dead, rotted corpse.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

RyokuMas
Paris Hilton

Pixel???

"Google only has 11 of the 38 pre-installed apps on a Galaxy S7"

... and how many on the new Pixel phone? You can't compare a the case of a company that's providing their software on their hardware and your own company's software pre-installed on third-party hardware.

What's the percentage of Google apps on their own phone?

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

RyokuMas
Angel

Kharma...

... it's a bitch, ain't it?

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Naughty UK Google cloud users can now be sued by Chocolate Factory in England

RyokuMas
Trollface

Ooh look, flying pig...

"Google... has agreed to 'ensure consumers are given an opportunity to remedy their breaches'"

... unless it gives them an opportunity to attack their competitors, of course.

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Of course if you had a Chromebook right now

"... my son got two just for listening to a 15 min sales pitch..."

All part of the "hook 'em while they're young" strategy - if they grow up being spied on, they won't know any different. Probably explains why people accept Google's antics while at the same time whining about Windows 10 telemetry...

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

RyokuMas
FAIL

"They will enter the job market with next to zero influence from Microsoft"

... but 100% under Google's influence - these smartphones "grafted into the hands" of the young guns; chances are that 80% of them will be running Android, and these same kids will have grown up using a company name as the verb for searching the web. The "get 'em hooked while they're young" tactic is in full swing: this time last year, half of the classroom devices sold in the US were Chromebooks.

So yes, the chances are that in the future, there will be some flavour of Linux powering enterprise. But you can bet your life that it will be the Google-licenced version, as approved by Big Brother, watching your every move and slurping many times the data that Win10 currently is.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

RyokuMas
Thumb Up

Re: Genuine curiosity...

Another case for being able to multiple-upvote...

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RyokuMas
Paris Hilton

Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...

... and which search engine do you use?

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

RyokuMas
Devil

What are the odds...

"“Google scrambled to try and fix the problem, but they cannot really do it as the problem is in hardware,"

Odds on the pixel phone not being vulnerable and giving Google another way to undercut the competition?

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

RyokuMas
Devil

As if they're not already...

"This raises the possibility that Google is leveraging the enormous media influence of its video monopoly to help along its consumer hardware business"

I was using my other half's machine this weekend and forgot her homepage was Google search. Opened a web browser to be confronted with a link under the search box along the lines of "Pixel - the new phone from Google".

Exactly the same tactics as how they made Chrome the #1 browser - by (ab)using their market position in other areas. How long before a significant percentage of YouTube ads are for Pixel, I wonder...

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

RyokuMas
Happy

Not me...

When I first saw that poster, I thought "I'd have loved to have that on my wall when I was at university".

My second was "I still would love to have it on my wall - except my missus would kill me".

Third: "Gotta get a man-cave sorted".

So either that's a sign of my unending youth, or my ending immaturity. Go figure.

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Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

RyokuMas
Devil

Patch dates

If you own a Pixel phone - tomorrow. Anything else... well...

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Google says it would have a two-word answer for Feds seeking Yahoo!-style email backdoor

RyokuMas
Devil

Two words...

"We've never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: 'No way.'"

I have a two word response to that statement: "Bull sh*t"

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

RyokuMas
Devil

So let me get this straight...

Having pretty much hardwired their services into Android, Google are now bringing out their hardware own hardware to run it on.

Doubtless the next step will be very similar to how they forced Chrome up to the number 1 browser spot - a very obvious call-to-action on their search results page (with Chrome for Android and Google search being the defaults, natch), saying "why not upgrade your handset to a faster, more secure, more reliable model?" and linking through to the store.

After that, maybe a few zero-day issues in new versions of Android that get fixed overnight on the Pixel handsets while everyone else is forced to languish?

And to top it all off - "unlimited cloud storage". That's a double whammy of pushing everyone towards the Google cloud, while also effectively undercutting the competition - tantamount to the anticompetitive, widely illegal practice of predatory pricing.

And people still think this is not a monopolistic behaviour?

At least on patch Tuesday, Microsoft patch everyone's machine* regardless of hardware vendor.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

RyokuMas
Meh

I might feel guilty...

... on the day that ads are limited to a static image or text snippet, no more than 10% screen-width square, either on the far-right or at the foot of the page I am browsing.

Until then... nope.

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: What are taxes?

That's because they're wrong. The three certainties in life are death, IPv6 and Google will stalk you at every opportunity.

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

RyokuMas
Devil

The hidden truth...

"We previously explored a signal that checked for interstitials that ask a user to install a mobile app"

And there, tucked quietly away, is the real reason behind this. Google do not want you using apps - they want you using websites and thus continually adding to their vast coffers of profiling information. And by hiding behind a claim of "removing interstitials", they can make this appear palatable to most people, including the IT-savvy, in exactly the same way as having carriers responsible for rolling out Android updates makes the idea of Google having control over said updates seem reasonable.

Just another step in the grand plan to create a monopoly and manipulate people into welcoming it.

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Russia tells Google to cough up some loose change in Android monopoly probe

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Forced to Install Apps

"You don't want the App Store, Google Maps, etc.., STOP USING ANDROID."

... and yet there are still people with a chip on their shoulders about the browser wars...

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RyokuMas
Trollface

Re: Dicktator!

"... full of back doors and spyware...

So fundamentally identical to Google Android, except for how the harvested data is used then?

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Are you seriously telling me...

What the flip is wrong with them?

Probably read some of the comments on here and decided they didn't want to be part of a community in which so many appear to have massive superiority complexes...

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

RyokuMas
FAIL

Re: What's next for Windows 10?

So basically being more like Google?

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

RyokuMas
Facepalm

The master plan...

We're not trying to build a monopoly, oh no... buy a Nexus and go back to bitching about Microsoft and the browser wars...

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Google and GlaxoSmithKline fling £540m at bioelectronic meds firm

RyokuMas
Devil

No...

"... implantable devices to monitor and control electrical signals within the body..."

Controlled by Google? Over my cold, dead corpse...

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Google to shower 50%+ more gold on code-bearing bug hunters

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Sounds good

Yeah, I'd love to see it...

.. if only because a forced update mechanism might shut up the GoogleSheep on here every time someone posts an article remotely related to Windows 10...

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Now Google backs everyone's favorite trade pact: The TPP

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Can we even officially read it yet?

"The vast majority of internet users have voted. Mostly by not changing their default search engine..."

Nooo, most people just go with the default, not realising what it entails. As Microsoft before them with IE, so Google should be forced to alert people that there are alternate search engines on first use of search, provide information on the ramifications of each possibility and allow a choice.

But no. Especially while we have so many people in the tech sphere who are so mired in the past (ie: the browser wars) and still have a chip on their shoulders toward Microsoft that they cannot see what has happened with Google - or choose not to.

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PC market sinking even faster than first thought, thanks to Windows 10

RyokuMas
FAIL

Re: "... stable volume in 2018"

You mean the next proprietary operating system from the next would-be monopoly?

Pot, kettle...

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'UnaPhone' promises Android privacy by binning Google Play

RyokuMas
Facepalm

An honest politician

"Military Intelligence"

.. and now "Android privacy"

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Google still faces legal spat with SEO biz that claimed it was wiped from web

RyokuMas
FAIL

Tumbleweed...

Anyone from the pro-Google camp who are so quick to jump on any Microsoft-related article with "MS is dying" type posts care to comment on this?

... anyone?

... Thought not. Hello pot, this is kettle calling.

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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Don't forget

Adverts... yeah, they're irritating. But this has the potential to be way more sinister...

This will only serve to increase the already huge pool of data Google collects on everyone whenever possible for behavioral analysis... so instead of the blatent, in-your-face pesky bits of irritation that we all know and loathe, I would expect something a lot more subtle - your VR world slowly being adapted and morphed to influence you into buying.

The world according to Google... <shudder> hell awaits...

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Android's security patch quagmire probed by US watchdogs

RyokuMas
Childcatcher

Re: Sounds like a GREAT idea!

Google should take control of as much as possible and require manufacturers to leave the updatres to security etc to Google

You mean start acting even more like Microsoft?

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Flinging Slack at them won't get team talking – senior Etsy engineer

RyokuMas
Stop

Yet more disruption...

I do my bit for getting the team talking by uninstalling Slack, Skype, Lync and all that other instant messenger crap.

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Why has Microsoft stopped being beastly to Google?

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Because they are dying and know it.

More likely because people are waking up to the fact that Alphabet/Google has become more evil and far-reaching than Microsoft ever was - websearch, email, mobile devices, spy-glasses (binned, thankfully), and with self-driving cars to track your movements, their own fibre network (to better track your web activity) and balloon based connectivity (with traffic tracking and spy cameras? I wouldn't put it past them, given their previous record for sly wifi slurping) in the pipeline.

So there is a gap in the market, created when Google abandoned all pretenses of doing no evil, for someone to stand up for the users - and Microsoft are desperate for it to be them.

Too bad that their prior reputation still haunts them (I guess even after 20 years, there are still those mired in the past)... and the current Win-10 telemetry issue is not their cause...

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When is making $20bn in three months not enough? When your name is Google

RyokuMas
Devil

People may start to like you...

Not acting like the Microsoft of 20 years ago would probably help a lot, too...

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Google yanks Chrome support for Windows XP, at long last

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: IE must die

"Teh article is not about ie..."

... as if that's going to stop the "because it's Microsoft" brigade from taking a swipe...

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HTC 10: Flagship goes full Google – but the hardware's top notch

RyokuMas
Black Helicopters

When Google says "jump"...

"We’ve worked with Google to reboot the UI,” HTC says...

... its excellent Gallery app, with funky thumbnail video previews, has been retired in favour of Google’s Photos. Google has grabbed the design in other ways, forcefully injecting a Google search bar into the Recent Apps / Task Switcher

If that's what's easily visible to the end user, I dread to imagine how much big-brother nastiness Google have "forcefully injected" under the hood.

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Windows 10 debuts Blue QR Code of Death – and why malware will love it

RyokuMas
Childcatcher

Re: What will make this work

God, I hope not. The telemetry in Windows 10 alone is bad enough without adding Google's big brother to it.

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Google reveals own security regime policy trusts no network, anywhere, ever

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Trust...

Trust a security model from Google?

... nuff said.

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Google tried to be funny, cocked it up, everyone thought it was a bug

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Do no evil?

To be fair, this is the day on which Alphabet should issue a statement saying that they still stand by the pledge to "do no evil"...

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Microsoft to make Xamarin tools and code free and open source

RyokuMas
Thumb Up

Re: Fantastic

Well, they just added Xbox One support, so the signs are positive...

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Brexit: Time to make your plans, UK IT biz

RyokuMas
Devil

Nothing to worry about...

We're staying in.

It'll probably be by a very narrow margin, and there will almost certainly be some dubious loss or finding of postal votes and ballot boxes, but we'll stay in.

Either that or it'll be like Ireland - repeated ballots until they get the result they want.

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Android's unpatched dead device jungle is good for security

RyokuMas
FAIL

Security by obscurity...

... is no security at all.

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Adblock wins in court again – this time against German newspaper

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Double-stacking

"Adblock Plus operates a whitelisting policy"

... which is why I don't rely on just one blocker.

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Google spurns Azure, sucks up to AWS with Stackdriver console

RyokuMas
Facepalm

I wonder...

... what all the Google faithful on here who are so quick to mock Microsoft have to say about this?

... maybe a trot-out of the usual years out of date links, perhaps? It's been a while since we've seen them...

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Google publishes list of Certificate Authorities it doesn't trust

RyokuMas
Thumb Up

Re: And who put *GOOGLE* in charge?

Yup, these days Google definitely head up my "do not trust" list...

... shortly followed by Microsoft and Apple.

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This chap's maintained an Apple game for 32 years – from Mac to iOS

RyokuMas
FAIL

Go for it...

... but not on iOS unless you have a huge discovery/UA budget...

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Google spews critical Android patch as millions of gadgets hit by Linux kernel bug

RyokuMas
Stop

Re: Excuse me?

To be fair, I have had to reinstall Windows a few times when things when horribly wrong - but that was back in the dark days of XP, never had that problem since Win7.

But these days, with Android and Google, I can't help but get the feeling of "meet the new boss, same as the old boss"

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Stop! Before you accept that Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, read this

RyokuMas
Meh

Hmmm...

So the first result for "Windows 10 mobile is"... comes out with "dead" - on Google. Funnily enough, on Duck Duck Go, I just get "... iso" and "... issues". But it's not like Google would ever bias their search results to harm a competitor, right?

That said, I kind of hope that it does get pulled, for the sole purpose of shutting up the commentards on here whose sole purpose seems to be trolling for anything Windows Phone related... makes me wonder what their motivation is...

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