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Re: And the worst thing is...
Yes, correct, but if it has all the permissions why would it bother with the unlock screen 'hack', it would just push all the data over the data connection without you ever knowing. Having to have access to the device would be a bit of a ball ache.
So flaw yes, massive problem no.
here we go again
Prepare to spunk £20 billion on an over complex poorly designed system that will deliver on few of its promises including being on time or in budget but will go to one of the old faithful non corporate tax paying consultancies that regularly fucks stuff up without penalty.
I fail tree see when we can't even do a system for welfare or health that we have a cat in hells chance of doing border security.
Could be wrong but history paints a bleak picture.....
And I'm sure......
...they will also publish the "decline of traditional retailers and the high street" which shows a purely coincidental but pretty much idetical decline rate.
Lies, damn lies and statistics .....
Re: 3 are great...
Yep, I thought that and moved to GiffGaff. (o2) Got much better indoors signal but slower 3g data. I got more dropped calls and outages all over the shop. I've also got the wife on EE (on the basis that one of us will have a signal). And when I don't have a signal on three, I pretty much don't have a signal on EE. So that plan worked out real good! (not)
Seems all networks are a bit shit in one way or another. You pay your money.....
If I understand the science correctly (and I'm sure readers will correct me) the reason three have poor indoor penetration is because they operate on a higher frequency which isn't so good at getting past bricks, but the flip side is its also the reason their (3g) data is so much faster when you do get a signal compared to the others.
I've moved back to three, 18 quid a month for a one month rolling contract for all you can eat data (including tethering) (plus oodles of calls and texts) can't be beaten (even close) by anybody else. And I've done 10gb+ (1/2 tethered) in a single month (was on a long uk holiday and watched some iplayer) and they truly don't seem to give a shit (even pointed it out to me when I left the first time)
I'm sure one day it will all be lovely, until then find a network that works for you and live with the issues.....
Re: Get Suffed Oracle
So, to get this right, the class object Integer has a method .toString() returns the string of integer. Any they claim to own copyright over that template. Clearly clutching at straws.
And as for the harry potter analogy -they've got that wrong. Harry potter is just a "Book" which is generic. All books have chapters, contents and indexes. The individual implementation [i.e. the text] of that can be copyrighted, but to claim anybody who writes a book violates JK's copyright is clearly a first class idiot. Even if its a story about wizards that has the same number of chapters as the Philosophers Stone. I'm also guessing that chapter titles probably aren't copyrightable too (may be wrong there though) Oh, and I'm guessing 'preface' or 'introduction' is too generic too :)
Have we learned nothing....
....from the whole snowden thing? (not his leaking of documents but what he actually leaked) - the spooks of all nations seem to have infiltrated a lot of big companies either by hook or crook. Either way it makes no jeffin' difference - this is not a secure way for *any* government to do business with data. I don't care if its the MP's paper clip expenses or nuclear weapons purchases it shouldn't be in the cloud.
And as for letting M$ get the gig, jeezus. We need to get out of bed with that one. (I'm not suggesting google would be better btw) - but thats one supplier that needs to be removed from their far too powerful position within gov. Then again your average MP is a bit simple and probably couldn't cope with anything else or understand why alternatives may actually be cheaper.
Anyway, if they move gov data to cloud and this will end in tears I predict.... (not least from our own hacking newspapers :) [though I hope I am proved wrong]
Re: Do what we want, not what we say
Well, first off when the gov stop raping us bare with income tax etc so we can actually afford to make not having to take the cheapest option viable then I'll think about it.
Secondly get your own house in order first and stop awarding large (mostly IT) contracts to large multinational companies that also pay no fucking tax. And then, and only then will I listen to things like this.
@ac - I think the fact that microsoft gave intel a cheekly slap with the tablets (partly because intel didn't have anything nearly good enough) is as you say a sign things aren't well between them. But this is a clear strategy from Intel to actively support other products and not use windows as their primary driver.
This is good news for Linux as a whole as we will no doubt see much better support for processor features (and their graphics chipsets too). However, MS will no longer have influence to make their OS run better. Intel have made that clear by their statement. Intel want to compete by being the best of breed and a primary MS strategy isn't going to help them achieve that anymore especially when Windows is no longer flavour of the month.
Looks like MS were [sort of] right "Linux is a cancer" - well it seems to *them* it is, but for the rest of us its quite the reverse - its the breath of fresh air that the IT industry needed, and actually, it looks like MS were the cancer that has been crippling the IT sector for a long while.
My opinion of course and I'm sure all the MS lovers will downvote the post but its a sinking ship my friends, there are holes opening up all over and everybody is deserting it (consumers, hardware manufacturers and I'm sure corporates will follow eventually) - just got a feeling it could be a long and drawn out process of listing before it finally sinks below the waterline.
Wow. Looks like Microsoft's best friend is making some new "cool" best friends instead. Surely this is a significant kick in the teeth for Microsoft. This has to be the writing on the wall for them.
If only they had switched to android. Nokia do make nice hardware.
And I bet they used that android threat to get the price of the sale up too. Microsoft would have known it was game over for windows phone if they had gone android.
Cripes, no wonder Yorkshire tea faired so badly. 4 minutes in a mug is far too long for that bad boy. It can make the water in the kettle go brown just by being placing the box within 6 inches of it.
Yorkshire tea needs a quick stir plus 20 seconds and a good squeeze. Any longer and it will destroy the spoon. Splash of milk and it's the king of all teas.
Typhoo/pg on the other hand will need the whole 4 mins.
Now, where did I put my flat cap....
Next they'll claim...
....they invented the write once run anywhere thing - seem to remember Java trying to do that before Microsoft were a little underhand with that one. Still, all water under the bridge now.
Good to see the penny finally dropping at MS that these days not everything is going to run on top of windows - and a happy place it is when there is a healthy mix of IOS, Android, Winphone. (and blackberry I guess ... though thats looking unhealthy these days)
What will be interesting is to see what Apple make of this - they tend to take exception to anything that isn't 100% native IOS and built on a Mac.
Re: Careful what you wish for.
i.e. Brainwash your young victims to enable you to continue to run your cartel without listening to what consumers really want. All the time blaming these "bad pirates" rather than your outdated business model.
"Hello boys and girls. Hands up if you know what a cartel is....... nobody........good."
Re: So fix it!
@sandtreader - My wife is a KS1&2 teacher and has to start teaching basic computer programming (understanding an algorithm) to up to 7 year olds because Mr Gove believes its a good idea. Trust me - the last person who should be teaching technical computers is my wife. Don't get me wrong, I'm not criticising my wife - far from it, I couldn't do her job and she can't do mine. Teachers understand the "process of learning" in the same was I understand the "process of programming".
It takes a certain kind of mind to do anything - we could teach all kids to paint, but most of them would never become artists or even be able to get a job as an artist because they would clearly lack the required level of skill.
We teach all kids to play football, but our premier leagues are mainly taken up by foreign players.
This one size fits all is a big mistake. We need to group individuals into their talents and teach them that way. Some will be good at "real computer skills", some football, some art, cooking, science, maths, english and some academics. But we should get the right people to train and produce a small number of highly skilled people in each "core skill". Its not to say that they shouldn't also be taught other skills, but there is no point teaching me poetry - I still don't see it - but I can program in a lot of languages.
While this kind of setup is never going to be easy to achieve its just a hurdle that needs to be jumped - its not impossible just takes a bit of different thinking.
Only then will our country have a decent future and have the possibility of being self-sufficient and leading edge.
I think samsung and google fell out some time ago...
I think the cracks started to show when LG made the nexus 4. Given what a tremendous phone the galaxy nexus was it was a bit odd that LG won the gig for the Nexus 4. And now the nexus 5. Oh, and the galaxy nexus isn't getting kitkat. (unless samsung chose to do that by themselves).
So, I conclude the gloves are off already. LG is deciding to ride the gravy train with google, taking over from where samsung left off.
However, the article is also a bit discourteous to google. While kitkat is clearly geared towards google on the nexus devices (this is after all the 'google implementation devices') if you look at their API's you are easily able to replace the SMS, dialer or even cloud storage by implementing your own provider or app. Its not rocket science and google even allow you to do it and sell it via the play store. In fact, you can even do all that on your own build! (as samsung have proved). There are no 'default' applications that now can't be overridden with your own app. The interesting thing with the hangouts SMS is you are now able to put your own app in to deal with SMS so you don't have to share it with hangouts if you don't want to. It was the only thing you pretty much couldn't do before.
But, given all the money google have put into this you can't blame them for wanting to get something out of it on their 'google' nexus devices. And they have been way more generous with not actually making it so you can't use competitors products as the default - other companies (read apple and microsoft here) don't allow such shenanigans.
Just my opinion though.....I know there are plenty of others.
Re: Dead vendor squatting?
Here's an idea - why don't they buy a vendor ID, then use that to invent as USB dongle that has a different type of interface. Lets call it BSU for arguments sake.
Now this device has a USB plug at one end (obviously) and a BSU interface at the other. You can now licence or give away BSU vendor ID's depending upon your need.
Then sell some USB to BSU converters and some bridging drivers to make 'legecy devices' work on the new BSU interface. Also, put the BSU specification, hardware and design under GPL or some such like. So now Intel or Asus or whoever can licence free put BSU devices on their motherboards.
Hardware manufacturers can then also start making BSU devices without licence fees.
While clearly a mad idea - would it take off? I'd certainly be willing to pay some crowsourcing to find out plus the chance see that buch of USB controlling goons fucked up and put out of business.....
Nobody likes a bully.....
Take your point (and its probably how it will pan out) but its a flawed strategy as a) open source coders tend to be very fast at swapping out infringing code for alternatives you can't own an interface/call - only implementation (and as oracle found out with java/android) b) it will just further advertise the availability of an alternative swap out project/product. Either way they lose money and reputation (what little is left)
Re: Pull the kill switch
And you won't find that problem on windows mobile since there are no 3rd parry apps ;-) [I'll await the flames - I'm joking...but somebody had to do it]
Childish tech jokes apart, there is an element of truth in it. Fewer apps mean fewer holes. But as the windows app store grows the same issues will haunt it. You've got insagram, whataapp and ...I forget the other one all arriving soon so its gaining some traction from bigger players so expect the holes to start appearing as others jump aboard.
And just in case you didn't pick it up from the articles this is a 3rd party library (not android os) so the same will inevitably happen on windows phone at some point.....
Re: legal content download services
I totally agree. I'll be honest, over the years (before wide availability) I used to get mp3's because it was how I wanted the media. And there was an element of school playground swapping that used to go on at work.
These days since I've been able to purchase mp3s I've been happy to pay. And weirdly I don't swap these or share them with anybody. Just because I believe in supporting the system. If they trust me then I have a responsibility to respect that freedom (to play on what i want) they've given me.
However, I want a movie. I want it now. And the only two devices I have that I can connect to my TV are my android tablet and a rasberry pi of and an Xbox. But since I refuse to pay Microsoft to let me use it on the internet (Don't even get me started on that) I only have two options.
Now, streaming is s#it for decent quality movies. I want off line. There is only one way to get that. Now I personally don't pirate it, lazyness mainly, but I understand those that do *when* there is no alternative. Either way they lost a sale.
Movie companies need to grow up and trust the customers. There will always be those that will pirate and would never have bought it. Its not a lost sale. However, they are an opportunity to convert. Its easy, just given them what they want and make it better and easier than the alternative. And get the price right. I'm sure that service will be way more profitable than you think. Make it so piracy sites can't compete on ease, quality and reasonable price.
Most people don't mind paying - but crippling the paying customer doesn't hurt the pirates, it just makes piracy look a more attractive proposition!
Re: Nexus devices
I'm trucking excited about said new toys. However, I suspect like all these things its bound to be a US only affair - dare I mention chromecast and (lesser so) Google glass. And after watching the gadget show last night Rachael Riley likes g. glass and that's good enough for me ;-)
Still, me want
- Rachael Riley
- nexus watch
- Google glass
In that order ;-)
You can put lipstick on a pig....
...but its still a pig.
I was given a Rt one by work to get my work email and use for lync calls. And it was shockingly bad. (Tiny x's to click to end a call, unresponsive and inaccurate touch screen)If I had been told it was a prototype I'd probably not slag it off, but given the cost its was just awful.
If it had been a personal purchase I'd have been very upset I'd wasted my money. I can only imagine this will be a popular offer.
Even if it does cost media companies millions (which it probably doesn't - I've ranted before about a pirated copy is not necessarily a lost sale if they wouldn't have bought it anyway) let's examine the tax behaviour of these big companies and see if they've used the Starbucks route of tax avoidance to steal millions from the UK tax coffers. - yet they still use the (taxpayers) paid for old bill to do their dirty work.
Re: Apple (someone had to raise this)
Sir, you are a fool and an idiot.
Lets take a slightly easier to understand argument about choice, freedom and responsibility :
In america you have the freedom to own a firearm. You can have the freedom to shoot whatever you want. However- you have the responsibility of using it wisely and from hurting other people with it. - however responsibility means its not a licence to kill people - when you look down the barrel you CHOOSE whether to pull the trigger - check the target before you fire - YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOU ACTIONS with said firearm.
freedom = gun = *responsible* for own actions and freedom to choose but probably higher risk of getting hurt.
locked down freedom = no gun = no "difficult" choices to make but can still get shot though not fault of own.
And thats my point, if you choose android (like I have) I choose to take more precautions before I install software (pull the trigger) and if I don't like what I see, I don't. With IOS I have to assume thats all been done for me. Doesn't mean I won't get hurt - its just somebody else is responsible.
And if you don't get that I'm assuming the smart phone in your pocket is owned by a dumb ass.
Re: Apple (someone had to raise this)
The only reason its far less likely is because the ipolice say which advert libraries you can use. I.e. theirs. While that does limit the risk it also means all your eggs are in one basket should theirs turn out to have a flaw. It also is pretty crappy for the developer to not be able to use best of breed / best revenue return etc that he chooses. So its not as simple as saying ios is more secure (let just say 'phone chargers with malware'!) - its just a vunrability that exists on all platforms when a shared library is compromised by a flaw/bug/whatever...
So what I'm saying is with freedom comes responsibility - if android users accept stupid level of permissions for their chosen app then expect nonsense like this. If you don't want that level of responsibility and freedom, buy an iPhone and let apple decide what is good for you.
Personally, I'll stick with the little green android but each to their own. But neither side should be smug about this - "malware - its not just for windows" ;-)
Re: Don't worry about it!
This is a tricky one - is hacks me right off that things like lovefilm are great on the locked down ipad but not available for android - for whatever reason but the media giants paranoia and misguided love of drm. I think the main problem is that us tech's all expect to get it all our own way - whether you think it or not we do - I'm as guilty as the next man and we don't like any kind of lock in.
Its a shame that the media companies can't learn from the whole MP3 thing. As it turns out that if you sell drm free MP3's you get loads of customers - it doesn't eradicate piracy (something that will never happen imho) but you sell enough legitimate stuff and reduces it to a level that you can almost ignore the piracy. (I subscribe to the theory that a pirated track does not (always) equal a lost sale - they probably wouldn't have bought it anyway - but it may encourage a future sale) - I never used to used the DRM riddled itunes etc and used to just buy and rip CD's until the arrival of MP3 services.
However, if streaming services are rolled out an encourage the market to progress quicker then this will be for the most part good. And while I accept this may cause a brief backwards step as everybody tries to lock down all they can - eventually a new thinking market leader will pop up and steal the customers from the old media companies. Just like companies like Amazon MP3 changed the market.
And ultimately for those of us that don't mind paying for their media - this shouldn't be a problem - as long as I've still got access offline. (and this will be the hurdle with this one). So YAY for perhaps getting more but BOO-HISS to the media companies for being so backwards and getting a bit too much of their own way!
Re: I'll buy one
I think you'll find in the same way that they take the piss with the cost of printer ink this will go the same way and it will never be as cheap to run these kind of printers as it should be.
We need an open source hardware one that uses/grinds up old milk/coke/water bottles to reuse the plastic [*]- make the Eco's happy too.
* - yes I know its not that simple
I love tech, more than I probably should but even I am struggling to see the point of that requirement being mandatory. It's not going to make cars cheaper, lighter or more fuel efficient. What's the point? ( genuine question ... I'll await the replies [other than "for snooping"])
Re: Let the invasion begin!
Blimey a government IT project that was delivered on time and on budget. Oh and it didn't cost £10bn and is probably more useful than anything ever delivered by [insert consultancy of choice] or the likes... ;-)
Joking aside, look what happens when you use decent internal resources rather than crappy large consultancies.....
(And yes flamers I am aware that this was a small thing not a "big project" but more of this kind of thing and stop pissing money away on hospital IT projects - encourage this kind of person with this kind of mindset)
Re: Absolutely Ridiculous
It doesn't say "your added security" just "added security". So let's assume its better supports NSA snooping and finding terrorists. i.e. Americas security ;-)
I really am way too cynical....
It seems to me,
This man called gove,
Is really getting,
Up my nose.
He spouts his tripe,
For all to hear,
Yet his opinions,
Are for all to fear.
Teachers get it in the neck,
And now the yoof, are being told too
That the way the text is just like poo.
An iphone app is the answer to this
Not the educational policy that reeks of piss.
Gove is just not on the right front
Because he a posh little c...!
I looked at tendering for a very small contract < 100k. The hurdle I couldn't jump was the fact I had to provide proof of a previously delivered gov project/contract. Er.... bit of a catch 22 that one. I was hoping to do a couple of small ones in order to be able to bid on some bigger ones. Seems it's a closed shop regardless of all the talk to the contrary.
Is that not a customer help video produced by apple to demonstrate taking a backup copy of your finger in case the original is removed in a street mugging for your new iphone?
Which makes me think its deliberate so they can create free headlines about shops selling out.
When the raspberry pi sold out they massively underestimated and it destroyed websites. You can tell by what happened - its genuine.
But like you say to pre-print signs smacks of marketing hype and artificial low stock. Apple are one of the richest companies in the world in pretty sure that after 5 years of doing this and probably the some of the best analytics of their customers they know exactly much how many they need for customers (and how many they needed to MAKE SURE they sell out everywhere :-) )
Re: No good for me
Yes, I got the same. It appears it can't edit Google docs but can excel ones. Bit of an own goal that. Still, its a freebie. At least graphs are rendered into the PDF on the phone which is more than Google drive/docs can do on a phone/tablet.
Give it 6 months and it will all be good. Can't moan when its free.
I think that's because of sky broadband, sky tv , sky sports etc.
If ms had called it "drive sky" ms would have been allowed it. Sky is their brand (company name) and all their products are called sky xyz. Microsoft is er...called Microsoft not office) so, no leg to stand on.
Re: Great (<sarcasm>)
Problem is they take the pi** when you do go abroad. How can you be charged more than the cost of your own out of bundle minutes plus the cost of the foreign operator. The billing costs are incidental its just both parties making too much profit. As for data, £3-7 a mb is way too much.
At the end of the day they have been warning the operators for years to be sensible and they always wait until they are forced to drop prices and when they do they only drop it to the cap. Maybe they only have themselves to blame.
Take your point about the contracts though. What you probably will find is the out of bundle minute price will be what changes as your in bundle allowances probably won't be valid abroad. (Though I'm hoping that "steelie neelie" has already put in provision for that game)
Then they will get slapped down again. And so on....until around 2025 when everybody plays nicely.
All 28 have to sign up. Won't hold my breath though.
Why 2016 for all charges though. Why not at the same time? The operators have had it too good for too long already. About time they were forced to behave properly though.
Finally something good and common sense to come out of Europe. He won't last long all the old fuddy duddies and people taking backhanders from big companies will soon kick him out.
Still, we all know all the phone companies will just put the normal contract prices up and reduce the amount of data you can consume. They aren't going to give the cash cow up that easily.
Re: iPad Mini 2
@frankbough - Why do I doubt by your comment that you actually owned one but are just spouting what FUD you've "heard"
I bought one of the v1's and have never had a problem with it. Quite a lot of my friends and colleges bought one after playing with mine and all love it months and months after owning it. Some even have iPads too but *prefer* the nexus. But not one have ditched the Nexus for either reliability or function.
Either you are trolling or you've made the whole prejudgement without ownership and experience and reading between the lines you don't want to admit that just perhaps you picked style over substance.
Re: One unified brand...
This is I suspect, as the article suggests, MS trying to stop Nokia trying to get out of the awful decision they made to be WP exclusive and thus loosing money hand over fist - we all know an android nokia would sell (in europe) like hot cakes.
Nokia need to make a profit, and the MS partnership is not helping them achieve that goal and return to the old days that that everybody (corporate and personal) used to by a nokia if you had any sense.
At least now MS are guaranteed that not everybody will pull out the windows phone market - though ironically I feel it will accelerate the exits of the other OEM's.
Penguin - because its what Nokia should have done.
"The bits which made Microsoft strong were the openness of their systems, compatability and relative ease of development"
Sorry, open? Yes, they were real nice to Novell and the samba project. Oh, and Borland, Lotus, etc. They were never nice unless you used their tools. Having killed off most of the big players (on the desktop) this is the next push to total control.
Re: re: but the initials?...
@maverik - 2012 and twenty twelve are trademarked. I like the fact that summer 2012 would violate their terms. Ah, big organisations got to love em. Lucky they never spotted my local leisure centre has an Olympic size swimming pool available from summer 2012 or they'd have been right in the sh##
Re: The telco giant will spend £11m in Oxfordshire
I fail to understand how it can be a fair bidding process when only one supplier is bidding. Common sense says your rules are too strict and you should look at changing the tendering rules in order to solicit more applications. It can only help keep costs down and speed up the roll out.
BT know they are the only supplier so have no need to compete - as long as they clearly don't take the piss too badly the gov will have to just stump up.
What I'd like to see is that all these government paid for bits are forced to be unbundled to competitors AT TRUE COST. i.e. BT don't get to control them or set the prices, they make their money on the setup. Thats it, after that they belong to the UK (not BT). Any profit from these points (i.e. the wholesale markup) returned back to the GOV. That way it becomes a loan not a BT subsidy.
I'd also like to know what options are open for small communications companies have to get in on the gig. Yes, they probably couldn't do a whole county, but they probably could manage 200 or so cabinets. Bet they can't even tender.
Re: I love watching MS lose in Court
@mark Its not the fact that sky amazingly won (too generic imho but that's irrelevant) but its the irony over the previous "windows" case that amuses us.
The old phrase "What goes around...." Springs instantly to mind
and the cost...
..for actually managing and patching the software for 3 years is......
Be interesting to know. Bet that's a shitload.
How much corporation tax did Microsoft pay in the last 3 years....? Another interesting to know stat.
Re: Google apps optional
And there are plenty of cheap tablets and phones which prove that principle.
But I suspect what they are saying is that lets say a company caled "MotoSung" agree to make a Nexus 4.5 can they also make a windows phone or even their own "phone OSX". Do Google put pressure on them to not allow it, or now allow the same promotion/discount oportunities. That would be abusive I guess.
However, lets just make a point here - How many android phones do nokia make? (shame, cos I always liked nokia kit!)
Just my 2p's worth - Nuff said.
what a first class.....
Between him and Mr Gove it makes me worry to the core about my children's educational future.
Nice article El reg - couldn't have surmised it better.
they always moan...
....its just the way BT is. To be honest BT are the problem with the market imho. They drag their feet. ADSL took agrees because they thought ISDN was the future. Then speeds were slow for much longer than they needed to be. Fibre is taking too long to get to market across the *majority* country.I'm one of the lucky ones but work with people who are still stuck on 5mb ADSL services.
BT need a kick in the arse. They fail to realise if they behaved better they wouldnt get so regulated. It's a bit like my bloody kids fighting over the TV. If my son shared a bit better my daughter would make a lot less fuss and I wouldnt need to get involved and lay the law down to my son. He doesn't get it either ;)
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