* Posts by KjetilS

311 posts • joined 18 Dec 2009

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Driverless cars deal DEATH to Detroit, says Barclays

KjetilS

Re: Not really

I'm guessing longer average driving distances (so less short runs, and having the engine run at operating termperature for longer periods) and a lot less salt on the roads (do Australia ever salt roads?) makes cars last longer

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Got a Samsung Galaxy S5? Crooks can steal your fingerprint – claim

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Note 4?

I wonder if this applies to the Note 4 as well, since they are pretty similar spec-wise.

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Bloodied SanDisk preps for job cuts after market reading mis-steps

KjetilS

Re: I can't remember

Their memory cards (SD cards, etc) are truly excellent

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Amazon's clouds are da bomb, say EU data protection watchdogs

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April fools?

Hah, this must be a poor attempt at an april fools joke.

Almost as credible as the Fukushima article.

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New dirt-cheap Chromebooks: Team Google keeps jackboot on throat of PC titans

KjetilS

That Flip actually looks quite promising, if it's possible to install a regular desktop linux on it.

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Google wins fight to keep Adwords FBI drug sting docs secret

KjetilS

There might be a lot more to this story than is told in this article. At least one of the letters he sent to Google was written by the MPAA (link NY Times), and he has admitted to having sent/received nearly 900 emails with the MPAA.

In addition, he is close friends with a known MPAA lobbyist (Mike Moore).

Google might be in the wrong here, but I don't really think Hood is in the right either.

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Big Content picks on small Australian ISPs again

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It's interesting how music piracy in Norway was pretty much eradicated when we actually was able to listen to music legally for a reasonable sum of money.

When the only alternative was buying stuff on CD, piracy was pretty common.

Perhaps the movie studios should reconsider their options?

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Snowden leaks lack context says security studies professor

KjetilS

Re: A little knowledge is a dangerous thing

That almost made sense...

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UK banks prepare for Apple Pay 'invasion', look to slap on bonking protection

KjetilS

" If customers wish to use another card, they can photograph the card with the phone’s camera."

Great, but I hope there are some additional steps to it, like Paypal or Steam does it (having a tiny amount drawn from the card, which you need to verify by entering the exact amount or a code from the bank statement).

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Xiaomi: It really ISN'T a biz-miracle idiot tax like Apple

KjetilS

Re: going to be very tricky

I guess there are massive differences between different markets here.

As a Norwegian, a base level 1-series or A class isn't very much more expensive than a comparable-size car from many other makers, however they do come with significantly less equipment for the price.

A base 1-series or A class here costs around the same as a Golf.

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Re: going to be very tricky

What do you call the 1-series and A Class? I would call them entry level.

Also, neither the 3-series or C Class is really that expensive if you go for a lesser equipped model, although other brands will give a lot more equipment for your money.

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Online armour: Duncan Campbell's tech chief on anonymity 101

KjetilS

Re: Nice article

When it comes to crypto you want it to be open, tried, and tested, and based on known standards.

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Mobe not-spots 'landmark deal'? We ain't thick, Javid

KjetilS

I don't see why roaming should be a huge problem? It's already in place for foreign users, so the technical aspects are already in place.

I also don't see why it should be an economic problem? This way operators can choose whether to pay for their own sites or rent capacity from their competitors. It should even make it economically feasible to build more sites, since that means competitors will probably have to rent capacity and help pay for the site.

However, this all means fairer competition between operators, so I can see why the operators are against it.

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FCC bigwig grills Netflix: If internet fast lanes are so bad, why did YOU build them?

KjetilS

Re: Never mind the internet "fast lane"...

Or you could ask the studios that question. Netflix doesn't decide what they are allowed to show.

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Megaupload overlord Kim Dotcom: The US HAS RADICALISED ME!

KjetilS

US has the best justice money can buy.

(If you don't have money, you can't have any)

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Google's Chrome to pull plug on plugins next September

KjetilS

Re: AdBlocker?

It isn't.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to PROTECT iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

KjetilS

This might be the one law coming out of Russia lately that i actually can understand.

Seeing that the US is more than happy enough with grabbing any data they can get hold of (and even trying to grab data from data centers in Ireland), the only safe thing is to keep it on-shore.

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Netflix and other OTT giants use 'net neutrality' rules to clobber EU rivals

KjetilS

Re: Providers pay too

They don't. Netflix does pay (probably a lot) for their own connection.

What the ISPs want is to get paid yet again to deliver the packets they already get paid to deliver.

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KjetilS

I live in Norway, and if Telenor says something, it's usually best to just assume the exact opposite is true.

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Sunset Overdrive: Exploding teddy bears, dragon fights and more in a tangerine blast

KjetilS

Looks awesome...

I probably would have loved this game, but as long as it's not available on PC, I will sadly have to pass...

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Chipmaker FTDI bricking counterfeit kit

KjetilS

Re: The elephant in the room is...

I would hope that it would of shown up.

I'm terribly sorry to nitpick:

It's would have.

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Trio share 2014 Nobel Prize for cracking internal GPS of the brain

KjetilS

Re: I am impressed,,, very impressed.

We have enough scientists to do both, and you generally can't use rocket scientists to study brains.

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Apple 'Genius': iPhone 6? We've had NO COMPLAINTS about our BENDY iThing

KjetilS

Re: Phat Aluminium?

Aluminium isn't really that strong. It's usually fairly soft. Properly made plastic casings can actually be quite a bit stronger.

So in this case I'm suspecting the aluminium body might actually be making the problem worse.

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Google purchases petite pollster Polar, purloined ppl punted Plus-wards

KjetilS

For a second I thought it was the maker of exercise watches...

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

KjetilS

It wouldn't surprise me if that was indeed possible

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Lenovo posts an INCREASE in desktop PC and notebook sales

KjetilS

It's not pointless if it's an actual factor in why they sell more computers than most others.

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Click on a Facebook ad on your mobe, then buy a thing on your PC ... Facebook remembers

KjetilS

Re: How?

Tracking cookies.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 8.4: 4G Android tablet is easy to swallow

KjetilS

Re: Facebook

I'm not sure if you can remove the mentioned apps, but it should be fairly easy to deactivate them.

Then they won't show up in the apps list, and they will be prevented from starting, so apart from the storage space used, it's pretty much the same as removing them.

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Simian selfie stupidity: Macaque snap sparks Wikipedia copyright row

KjetilS

You are wrong.

Unless there is a prior agreement, the copyright belongs to the person who took the photo.

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Snowden is FREE to ESCAPE FROM RUSSIA, say officials

KjetilS

The lawyer also dismissed an attempt by the US to have Snowden extradited back to America on spying charges, saying, "There has been no request which complies with international law."

I wouldn't call that a dismissal, though. When has the US ever made an effort to give requests in compliance with international law?

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NASA tests crazytech flying saucer thruster, could reach Mars in days

KjetilS

m = micro, µ = micro

Metric prefixes

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Wireless charging stretches the friendship by 45mm

KjetilS

The S3 had wireless charging. You had to replace the battery cover with one that had an induction coil, but that wasn't difficult or expensive to do, and the phone had the necessary connectors wired up from the factory.

The same thing with the S4.

I do lob mine on the bedside table and wake up to a fully charged battery. No faffing around with usb cables.

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IEEE gets to work on 25G Ethernet MAC standards

KjetilS

Re: obligatory

I wouldn't call that XKCD relevant in this case.

Setting a new standard to get higher speeds is a good thing. Setting a new standard because one doesn't like the numerous other standards is a bad thing.

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You! Pirate! Stop pirating, or we shall admonish you politely. Repeatedly, if necessary

KjetilS

They could perhaps try to give customers what the want.

No, I don't mean that the media industries have to give it all away, but after Spotify was launched in the nordics, music piracy dropped to almost zero, since the legal alternative was easier than pirating.

This seems to be the experience if people try to go the legal route with movies and TV shows.

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Female! ex-Yahoo! coder! says! female! boss! fired! her! for! refusing! sex!

KjetilS

Re: @John H Woods

Yes, but it seems that females are unable to sexually assault. At least that's what society seems to think.

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Exploit emerges for LZO algo hole

KjetilS

Ah, so that's why Debian pushed an update this week.

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Siri, did we just take a hit in that voice-recog patent fight?

KjetilS

Apple was arguing that the patent was invalid for a number of reasons, including the novelty of the claim and lack of necessary technical features.

Isn't that a bit like the pot calling the kettle black?

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Google YouTube U-turn: Indie music doomsday 'postponed'

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Small independent companies are refusing to sign new pro forma deals with Google, which has publicly said it will block their music videos from YouTube

Not really. Google has said they will block them from monetizing their videos, not from publishing them. I can see how this is a bad thing, but from what I've seen, the new deal that is offered is still better than the one they have today.

The main problem seems to be that the major labels have managed to secure a better deal than the indies.

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

KjetilS

The interesting thing is that this seemingly unknown handset maker is selling a lot more Android phones than the entire Windows Phone ecosystem does combined.

I found numbers indicating that Nokia sold 8.8m phones in Q3 2013 and 8.2m phones in Q4 2013, and that was 92% of all Windows Phone sales (source).

If one does a bit of rounding, this should put the combined sales of all Windows phones at around 10m per quarter.

Xiaomi seems to have sold 26.11 million phones combined in Q1 and Q2 2014, so one could reasonably assume they sell around 13m phones per quarter.

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Linux turns the crank on code for cars

KjetilS

Re: With added Google?

Where does it say anything about Google?

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Indie labels: 5 reasons why we're hauling YouTube before Euro antitrust watchdog

KjetilS

"Artists who labels refuse to sign would no longer be able to manage their YouTube channels."

That isn't actually completely true. They wouldn't be able to monetize their channels any more, but they would still be more than welcome to upload videos to their channel.

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EXPOSED: Massive mobile malware network used by cops globally

KjetilS

Re: Firewalling cell phone data connections

Until you plugged in to an infected computer...

At least with android you have to enable third party sources _and_ enable developer mode before you can install apps via USB.

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Huawei Ascend P7: We review the PANORAMIC SELFIE smartphone

KjetilS

Re: As an iPhone owner

Something Huawei added.

I'm pretty sure stock android has the same screen, with a slightly different layout.

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GoDaddy to try to GoPublic – again – with $100 million IPO

KjetilS

Hopefully some "activist investor" can buy the company and sell it in parts.

The world would be a better place without GoDaddy.

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Has Google gone too far? Indie labels say it's crunch time for The New Economy

KjetilS

I truly don't see why a streaming deal should contain cash advances?

Kudos to the big labels if they've managed to negotiate a deal with advances, but it doesn't make sense to me.

A streaming deal should be pay per volume, since that is what's fair for all participants, and the negotiation should normally be about how much should be paid per stream.

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Seedy hacker steals 1300 Monsanto client and staff records

KjetilS

Re: Obvious

Being neither American nor at all clued-in on happenings in the agricultural world, could someone please explain the dislike of Monsanto?

This should be a nice place to begin.

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The iPhone of the future will know you BY YOUR EARS

KjetilS

There is nothing revolutionary about turning up the bass level

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It's Google's NO-WHEEL car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

KjetilS

Unless your idea of a car has a binary switch controlling the brakes, then no.

More like a kill switch

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After the cyberpunks, prepare to fight a new wave of nasties

KjetilS

A huge error in the article

It is believed the software, which did nothing other than change its icon from a shield with an ‘X’ to one with a tick mark, was put up for sale accidentally. Yet it still sold more than 30,000 copies and made plenty of money for its creators.

Google eventually decided to refund users who had paid for the app. It proved Google’s app-vetting policies weren’t keeping out even basic threats.

I disagree. The app wasn't malware, or even a threat to the user/OS in any way. It's not the app vettings job to check if any app does what it says on the tin, or is even useful.

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NASA stitches 3.2 gigapixel 'Global Selfie' mosaic

KjetilS

Re: The location of the selfies ...

Miles? Yards? How much is that in square furlongs?

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