2194 posts • joined 20 Dec 2009
" Previously, moderation was a power only granted to certain users during special events. "
? I've been able to moderate my comments for ages, or did this change recently? Given the level of most YouTube comments, I tend to just reach for the disable icon these days...
That's 1.38 exabytes of raw capacity. Wow!
Isn't this sort of what YouTube gets every couple of days?
while engineers worked on fixing the problem
Just turn it off and back on again.
"Also, Microsoft would have to answer why they didn't" ...
Not to mention them trying it on by using the word "Office" to describe a productivity suite. Somewhere around here I have MicroOffice on a tape. If the tape is any good, it'll load right into the nearest Beeb.
You're right. Work sucks. I'd rather sit on my ass and watch animé and write pointless messages on forums.
However you miss one critical thing, and it is nothing to do with robots.
How does one expect to pay for stuff? Think about it - if I am to watch animé, I need something to watch it on. That isn't free. I will need a working internet connection to download, and that isn't free. Then there will be the electricity to run the equipment, plus heat me up in the winter. That isn't free. Then a building of some sort to call home, whether a castle or a garden shed, it won't be free. Plus, perhaps the most important of all, some sustenance for my increasing fat ass sitting there. That too will carry a price tag.
How do you think these things will be paid for? Don't bullshit me about some future utopia where robots do everything and everything is free. That won't happen, not least because it is comically unrealistic.
This is where work comes in. I trade an amount of my time for the services I provide, in return for an amount of money. Given the number of jobs versus the number of people, the situation is weighted evermore in favour of the employer, however it is still a trade off - I give time and ability, they give me numbers.
And with that, I can live. I can pay for services, I can buy the latest Kalafina CD, I can do a lot of things with freedom within the scope of how much I am willing to spend. I could even go out and buy ten pairs of ballet-style shoes (I think they are called "pumps", for some reason...). Okay, people will think I'm pretty damn weird, but the point is, it is my money and it isn't illegal, so I could if I wanted to. Or blow the money on big speakers. Or an ancient 8 track off eBay. Or cupcakes. With Hello Kitty design. Yes, cupcakes are always good. Do you understand? My disposable cash is limited only by the crazy stuff I can dream up. I could even do something as esoteric as crawling the bakers all around looking for The Perfect Croissant.
It is asked - do you live to work or do you work to live? I think the two are intertwined. The alternative, I guess, is to either live off rich parents or live off handouts. And it might come to handouts of robots do everything and there is no work any more but things still cost money. And where, I ask, is the handout money from? And how much? I can see this turning into a social disaster much worse than that which surrounds us today.
If the things you write are an idea for a future utopia, then please count me out. Ultimately going to work, although it consumes huge amounts of my time, rewards me with freedoms and abilities that wouldn't be possible if I had no work to go to. It is a trade off that I am happy to make.
Really. The flat style UI is horrible, amateurish, and looks like something of the GEM/Windows3 era on a better quality display.
The pull up control panel is nice. The huge pull down notification bar is awful. And the crappy thing STILL cannot work out where I am (I submitted my AP to SkyHook a week or two ago). Why is the iPad incapable of having the ability to stick a pin on the map and say "I am here"?
It would be nice to have a keyboard reflect reality and show capitals and small as such. For an easy-to-use device, the lack of visual change is astonishing. Still can't send photos via Bluetooth to non-Apple devices. The music player seems okay on earphones. Still don't have options for photo size/quality. Ditto video.
Downloading iOS 7 last night claimed it would take 4 hours at 9pm CEST. I think it took about three and a half, plus about 40 minutes to unpack, plus 25-30 to reflash. I started at 9pm, checked the configuration/settings at half one before crashing for the night. I have not had an in depth look, but I'm really not a fan of the new look. It's a shame iOS doesn't support skins so we could choose the UI.
I'm leaning with those who suggest that there might have been some sort of threat situation. I mean, who is dumb enough to try to escape in a car that tracks your every move...takes regular photos of it...and manages to lose control and hit something else (implying a level of distraction). Hopefully the photos taken will point Google to what happened.
We move in slow motion for bugs?
Anybody else reminded of the recent animated film "Epic"?
I guess I'm safe looking up Chihiro Onitsuka and others that the majority have likely never heard of...
Re: Apple support versus an Android
"iPhone - if the iPhone stops working (my 3GS did once brick) I can walk to the Apple store and walk out with a replacement, free of charge if the phone is less than a year old. Also Apple does seem to provide iOS support for phones several generations old, and of course updates can be rolled out quickly from Apple to me. This story just adds more evidence that Apple's long term support is dependable."
I could get that with my phone, and more. But I don't figure the cost of fancy insurance is really justified with a €30 device! Yes, you'll say I'm paying extra, but how do you know that such service costs aren't rolled in to iPhone pricing? At least I can choose.
I'm quite pleased that iOS7 will be available for my iPad Mini. It is a nice touch to get the updated firmware "for free". While Android should offer likewise, the fact of the matter is that it rarely works out like that. Google has interest, manufacturers have less interest, and the carriers could care less. All of my phones are 2.3.x and the most recent was bought this January.
On the other hand, there is plenty of choice when it comes to Android. From the cheap and cheerful to the deplorable at one end of the scale, to the ultra sexy high flying high priced at the other end. With the iPhone, your range is what Apple makes, and since nobody clones them, you are limited to that which they make and no more. Furthermore, where will you be if Apple goes bust? Or decides to jack in the phone biz and make intelligent cookers instead. Support? Updates? They might come as Apple has many fans. But they might not. At least with Android you are not tied to any one company. This is one of the strengths, but as you can see from the update nightmare, one of its weakness. I don't really expect updates, and given how it seems each new version is more deeply tied to Face-sodding-book, I'm not sure I'd want it (but this might be manufacturer and/or carrier pollution).
There isn't one answer that is correct and one that is wrong. To be honest, I'm not even sure iThingies and Androids are even targeting the same demographic. Regardless, the device is just that. A device. That does stuff. You just need to play with both and see which you would prefer to use. They are fundamentally identical, only different in how you do stuff upon them. People should pick what they like and quit whinging about the other choices.
"Coder is a second signal that the Pi may be a little more confronting than its makers intended."
Getting RaspBMC running off the NOOBS setup was worryingly simple. Frankly after the trauma of building a boot card for the Beagle, I didn't actually expect to unzip stuff to a fresh SD and have it work.
It did. I was impressed. It also coped with an HDMI to VGA dongle. Really, it couldn't have been simpler.
"I like windows 8, but touch is what brings it to life. The interface makes other point and click GUIs aged." - that may be so, but somehow I don't see myself jacking in my LCD monitor for a new one just to support touch controls, neither do I see people spending long with a touch-based UI on a DESKTOP machine. Maybe you're too young? Us old farts have been there, seen it, built it, used it, and suffered arm ache. Hint - light sensor and a BBC Micro; plus a number of bespoke solutions for pricier kit because using a pen or stylus on the screen was all the rage for a short period of time. It came back a little bit later when somebody realised you could mount the monitor into the desk and use the pen/stylus in a more natural position, only it kinda failed when the big keyboard was required. Touch UIs are suited to touch devices, tablets and phones, process controllers on industrial machines, and print-your-own-porn booths in supermarkets. Touch UIs don't belong on desktop PCs unless you are planning on reinventing those as tablets, but that's a fail as people will just buy a tablet if that is what they want...
For the record, I'm still on XP. Never saw a convincing enough reason to ditch that which works perfectly well. My non-Internet-connected boxes will probably remain on XP until the day they die.
Re: All right
"I mean look at us, tapping away at our keyboards, arguing back and forth about a goddamned mobile device. F*ck me."
Uhhhh... It's a forum. On the Internet. Isn't this what is supposed to happen?
Re: From the X Labs
Writing this on an iPad Mini, my first foray into the fruity ecosystem.
"Good enough hardware with interesting design." - I quite like the design of the Mini, though I find its so-called multitasking to be rather odd. Some stuff can be left to work in the background, other stuff just pauses if its display isn't active and on-screen. Having said that, the hardware in the Mini is not that much different to that which is in my (Android) phone, yet it feels a fair bit faster and copes with 1080P recording without problems; more than could be said for my phone.
"Availability of the latest updates to the OS. No, I will not root my phone for this feature, I shouldn't have to." - well, yeah. This is Android's biggest pile of fail. Granted, it is easier for Apple given that they make the OS and the hardware it runs on, but shame on Google for not building in, from the outset, a way to patch/update the OS itself without requiring all the intervention necessary. Yeah, some stuff might need vendor support code, but bug fixes and the like ought to be possible on the fly. You know, there are phones still selling "new" with Android 2.3.x onboard.
"Large music catalog." - got that, it is called Amazon.
"The ability to buy and manage my content in an easy to use way" - funny, I would say the Android drive-letter-flash-drive or MTP approach is easier. I prefer the drive letter option as it means I can plug my phone into just about anything and it will appear as a removable drive. Can I hook my iPad to RISC OS? Nope. To Linux? Maybe (libimobiledevice). To my PVR? To the NAS? Etc... No, at the moment I pretty much have to use that god-awful concoction that is iTunes. It would be okay if Apple offered a utility to put files on the device, and one to mangle CDs and such into something best suited for the device, and one to deal with the music downloading and... But no, it is everything all rolled in together. It takes an age to get itself going and it is slow and clumsy and all I expect it to do is to move files to and from the iPad. Oh, and I'll also add that if I drop a video into a video player app's space and the player doesn't like the file, I cannot just move the file to a different player app, nor can I store my videos in one place and point both players at it. It is best to imagine that the iPad has NO filesystem, but rather a "pool of space" which apps can claim for themselves.
"I want my technology to just work." - agreed, and my rant isn't over yet. Photos. Plug in the iPad, they are NOT available through iTunes but instead the thing appears as a sort of digital camera media device. Going to it in Explorer will give simple draggy-droppy access to your photos. Um, sometimes. At least as often it'll tell you that there aren't any files. Oh, no worries, I'll just Bluetooth the photo across. Oh, wait, it's an iPad. It has super-sexy Bluetooth baked in, yet it is singularly incapable of the simple act of pushing a file out. Instead, I am in the ridiculous situation of either having to reboot everything (simplest way of getting the photos back) OR to email the photos to myself and pick up the email on a different device. Like an Android phone, which will Bluetooth them to the PC without any trouble (sounds a hassle but it is quicker than starting Thunderbird).
There are many things I like about the iPad Mini, and I am surprised that I can write entire messages (such as this one) fluidly and easily by poking a piece of glass; but I think you will have to agree that Apple kit talking to anything that isn't Apple is more difficult than it should be. I wonder if, in the future years, this will come and bite Apple in the ass. As the article states, it is going to be come less important which smartphone you have, so long as it is capable of doing the things you want to get done at a price you're willing to pay. If this comes to be, the watchword will surely be interoperability, in that a device you can plug into other stuff will be more useful than one that talks a specific protocol.
This is not to say that life is rosy in the Android world. Hardware varies from pisspoor to excellent. OS update/support likewise. Music catalogue is irrelevant, your catalogue should not need to be tied to any specific device. As for file support, the Apple way might be great for people who don't really like or understand what a file system is so "this file belongs to this app" will do. For those who grew up with filing systems and directories and all that nerdy stuff, the Apple method seems....somewhat restrictive. It might be lessened somewhat if iOS permitted you to view a list of files associated with an app and to copy/move/delete, but no, that requires iTunes. With Android, most of the root filesystem is locked off in an unrooted device, but you can access /sdcard and there are various file manager apps designed for the task. This, of course, means that an app that can access the SD card can access anything on it. Double-edged sword.
Re: Good point
"The point is that boffins we trust can audit it." - who's that, then?
Re: @ Mr C - bad taste
"He must have had some real fun "seeding" that stuff. People are so gullible."
Perhaps you are right and he just posted some stuff against the norm to get a reaction. However this is possibly worse than him being a weirdo. Why? Well the NSA and their abuse of power is a hot topic right now and then Apple plan to release a phone with a fingerprint scanner. Join the dots, and rant, just "to get a reaction". Possible, if what you say is correct...
Re: @ Mr C - bad taste
"Given his comments about sex with kids"[...]
Oh, dude, forget the paedo stuff, wiki quotes him as saying this: "Necrophilia would be my second choice for what should be done with my corpse, the first being scientific or medical use. Once my dead body is no longer of any use to me, it may as well be of some use to someone. Besides, I often enjoy rhinophytonecrophilia (nasal sex with dead plants)." That crosses the line so damn far it is in danger of suffering wraparound. In fact, that whole wiki page is a clustermindfsck, but the "on sex" part is spectacularly WTFish. Enjoy it for yourself.
Re: Good point
"Open systems at least *can* be audited, and you hope that with a fully open system (which I agree, android as it comes from a manufacturer is not either) then people have eyes on it."
Christ! How many ordinary people audit anything of this nature? If somebody (FSF or otherwise) does it for us, can we trust them? If so, upon what basis?
But, more realistically, what about the reams of private information we send god-only-knows-where? I will give you two examples:
1) I live in France. My British passport needed renewal. I filled in all the bits of paper, and gave my mobile number for contacting me along with photos and such and such. None of this is unusual. What is unusual was that a few weeks following my application, my French mobile (not a number I give out freely) started to receive spam texts in English. While I cannot say absolutely that the passport service gave out my private contact details, it seems pretty coincidental timing. So, where is the audit trail here? I can be reasonably certain that the UK government is a load of spineless twats so they'll have sent the lot to the Americans; but was the information also left on a USB key on the Tube? Or did they have the nerve to charge more than the rest of the civilised world for a passport and sell my data? If so, how much of it? [PS that number expired two years ago, snigger snigger]
2) Ever fill out a census form? Where did you send it? What was done with that information? How can you be certain?
2.5) Ditto loan applications, job applications, etc etc. We spaffify personal data with alarming frequency and in many cases no audit trail is possible. In a world where it can be a battle getting access to all the data held on us, also getting access to what was done with this data and who it was shared with...well, that's just not gonna happen.
But, hey, rant about the iPhone instead if it'll make ya feel happier...
Re: Blah blah blah
"Also people outside corporations tend to think there is a cosy group of fat-cats at the top prepared to twist rules to get what they want." - "sponsored lobby group" and "party political donation" come to mind.
Oh wait? You meant break the law? Why bother doing that when you are big enough to exert pressure to ameliorate current legislation to your favour, or just be too big and important to knock down (hello ebooks pricing, I'm looking at you).
Re: Blah blah blah
Just a technical question - what is the quality/resolution/accuracy of these scanners? I saw one on a work laptop the other day, looks like a flat dimple that reminds me of the audio/tracking head in an old Betamax. Do you drag your finger down it or what? While the result might be biometrically "you" as opposed to "me", does it bear sufficient resemblance to a genuine inky paw print?
Screw HR bullshit
Compare the OMAP3 datasheet (over 3500 pages and still lacking loads like the GPU and such) with the sorry excuse of a datasheet released by Broadcom for the Pi's SoC (less than a tenth of that size).
Developers want to get stuff done, and suitable documentation is essential when every device works in a slightly different way. What's so hard to understand?
Not halted, just changed.
Wait until WW3 when a substantial portion of the population is wiped out. Survival of the fittest is harsh.
Re: That's nature
@ spiny Norman: What, father should lie to the girl? It is going to be harder for her and when she fills out she'll get a bunch of proposals from fat dudes twice her she who are destined to never get laid. This neither excuses nor justifies what happened, however stupid frat boy apps will exist (or do we think girls enjoy fart apps?). It's a malady known as "being male". It is reality. A stupid reality, but reality none the less.
Re: The scary bit
@ MachDiamond - while what you say makes sense now, how long will it be until having no digital profile is taken as being as big a warning as having damaging data?
BTW, if a data collection company tells somebody that you were arrested when you never were; surely if that got back to you you could do them for libel? If re tweeting what somebody else said counts, surely an automatic system full of crap counts?
I only have an iPad, though for text messages first start by sending enough to push the bad one off the screen as suggested above. Then look for some sort of "delete all" option. If you have to select multiples one by one...well, oops.
Re: "never ever broken a rule, even one totally unrelated to their profession"
"If a patient has plenty of experience of untrustworthy doctors, they will cease to trust the medical profession as a whole, and so will avoid perfectly good doctors in future. Thus, having a run-in with an untrustworthy doctor in 1980 can lead to your death in 2020"
Yup. My old doctor was not good. I don't have much experience with my new doctor, but since my mother had an allergic reaction to a medicine and he went and prescribed the exact same thing under a different name, I have little trust in him.
I will visit my doctor when it is a choice between seeing him or going to emergency.
Fail icon: him, and me :-)
Re: Struck off and die?
Don't forget - this is about their ethics and fitness to practice medicine. The copyright holder can hit them for infringement and such as well, separately.
Re: We've lost a fair amount of kit to some light-fingered folks
You seem to live in a fantasy world where people never forget things, never make mistakes, never have the boss's boss breathing down their necks over something that was not their job in the first place, never have to worry about meeting absurd deadlines, and never have to need to justify 50p spent on a replacement pen for jotting down all this shit they have to now remember lest this inability to perform other people's jobs become an issue at the yearly appraisal...
Re: Recorded music has no value
"If an artist is quite happy to watch a video of a surgeon operating on their fatal disease rather than have the surgeon perform in person for them, I'll buy a download of their last album and say farewell, until then, I'll not be buying recorded music."
I don't even know where to begin with this line of "reasoning"....." So I think I'll let the icon speak for me.
Re: Should music be free?
"and free games in app stores" - by that logic, music would be free but your song would be interrupted every 25 seconds for a brief advert, plus you would need to purchase add ons such as "final chorus" and "awesome rock intro".
Yes, in many places online, the content is indeed free and money is indeed made out of the extras and those extras are splattering adverts everywhere possible. Or did you not read the recent story where Facebook will ignore any rights you might think you have over your likeness in order to flog shit to other people? It is interesting in the case of Facebook in that the user is both the product and the consumer, but its a very flakey business model, just ask MySpace... This very site that you are reading now. Content is free, dumb comments like this one can be posted without a subscription. In return I am expected to notice the advertising. It says in the right "Top 10 database hacks!" In bright blue.
Would you like to have the same applied to music? If it wasn't as obtrusive as inserted spoken adverts, we'd instead have Ellie Goulding singing about her Toyota, Miley Cyrus doing a rock number that's something to do with aftershave, Lady Gaga extolling the virtues of Fairy Liquid, and Lana Del Ray warbling about how you can get a better deal with Wonga.......it would make Simon Cowell's desecration of the music industry seem like a minor blip.
Re: Yahoo may be crap, but it was reliably crap. Now its broken crap.
Anyway, given how they broke email, it isn't a surprise the groups are broken now too. Just check that this "upgrade" didn't bring in new terms and conditions or change what you used to enjoy (as happened with the email upgrade).
The Laughing Man
I thought what I'd do was, I'd pretend I was one of those deaf-mutes.
"I want this injunction to rest as lightly as possible on how Apple runs its business,"
Translation: You did a bad thing, but the customers you took for a ride can go [censored].
Yeah, good luck with that.
I have this annoying habit that while I'm reading I move my pointer all around and randomly select/deselect chunks of text (that I'm not reading). Bugs the hell out of people reading over my shoulder, ought to completely mess up this as well. Yay.
Because he can.
(British Siri is a posh MALE butler with a girl's name, identity crisis?)
I do wish that the language parsing would be smarter. I ask "what is the date in Japan" (answer Heisei 25, but don't quote me on the spelling) and Siri looks for Japan in my calendar and fails... Hmmm.
Got two in a box...
...I really must dig them out and play, just for nostalgia's sake.
Just looked up the EtherKiller.
When I was at college back in '92, somebody (not me) made one by soldering a BNC connector on to the end of a piezo cooker lighter. Instant portable death. But, then, who wires an entire building full of 386 boxes using daisy-chained 10base2???
As a resident of said country...
...I think the main problem is the expectation of free WiFi.
In the town where I work, population about 1500, there are hotspots, but they aren't free unless you have some sort of bundle deal with a contract (my mobile gives me access to Orange hotspots). The other option is to look for unsecured APs, but you didn't hear me say that.
Finding FREE WiFi is extremely rare. This is possibly by design, so if you log into an AP and then run your battery flat torrenting stuff, the powers that be can just look at who is signed in for that time period...
If you must have free WiFi, there is always McDonalds, or bars/restaurants in larger towns. But be aware that some odd things can happen, like anything other than http/pop3 being blocked, or my personal favourite, if you are on McDo's wifi, their own smtp server will answer to ANY attempt to send mail via smtp. One of the reasons I never use McDo wifi now - their server is slow and I don't like how it transparently answers when I am trying to access my own mail server...
"Since most users accept defaults, requiring the user to enable the TPM will lead to IT users being less secure by default and increase the risk that their privacy will be violated."
This, from the company that released successive versions of their most popular version of Windows with the initial out-of-the-box user profile defaulting to being an Administrator...
Re: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..@AC 11:23
"it's always big business or banks who are insecure, never FOSS.
I guess you are posting a/c so this bit of ludicrous nonsense will fly under the radar.
It is simple when you think about it. FOSS has vulnerabilities, just like anything else. The difference is that with the source being accessible, bugs and such can be identified and fixed. This is more than can be said for closed source projects where the trend seems to be to wait for faults to be reported...and/or deny/scream/ignore said problems.
If nothing else, one could compare the number of successful attacks against Linux (widely used in the infrastructure) against the number of successful attacks against Windows. Let the figures speak for themselves.
Re: Smart move, - the LoC
"This move will be archived also." - don't count on it. History is full of 'adjustments' (read - outright lies). Just go into any history lesson in any school in any country that played a part in World War 2 and you'll probably notice some disparities with the story told by other countries.
What is in our favour is that we can archive and preserve Groklaw. The whole lot could be dumped onto various forms of storage device (SD card, CD, etc) and buried in a time capsule thingy. If this was indeed to become a stain on US democracy (or even if it goes Orwellian and history is systematically rewritten), there should still be copies of it around in other places.
But, really, don't count on the recordings of the people that are the problem to tell the whole story in the future...
Re: "working quantum computers"
By strange co-incidence, I watched "Hackers" (the movie) last night. I can forgive a lot of bull as: a) it was a movie; and b) actual
hackingcracking is terminally boring for most spectators. Trying to cause one symbol character prompt to turn into a different one isn't something that sounds like a box office draw.
But while I laughed at the bleating over those totally rad[*] specs (active matrix, a million colours, P6 chip, PCI bus, and a mind-blowingly fast 28k8 modem!!!), I laughed hysterically at the spinning phone booth montage.
Forget Horizon, there's probably more reality in the movie, and - hey - who wouldn't want a chance to hack a Gibson? ;)
* - Yes, I know calling stuff "rad" is woefully dated. That's the point.
Re: There are some brilliant technical minds out there
"Remember, Internet Explorer used to fall under Export Control laws meant for weapons and dangerous technology because of its built in SSL support. It isn't anymore; why?"
The same reason that France used to have some ridiculous law that banned personal encryption of any sort that was worth a damn.
If the Americans devise an encryption system for electronic commerce and then say "the world can have the piss-poor version, we're keeping the good stuff", then the world's best option is to devise an equally strong option and not share it with the Americans. Or in the case of France, be stuck with Minitel forever.
Nothing kills commerce like some technical waffle getting in the way. So in the end money won out and this stuff was opened up. What else d'you expect from a capitalist country? (^_^)
Re: Tinfoil hat no longer optional
"Email that has proof of delivery and proof of reading capabilities. By design."
No it doesn't.
It has an option to "request" a statement to be sent back when the message has been read. A statement that I have had back from automated systems, and a statement that my mail software is configured not to send.
It is a courtesy, like the "priority" header. It is nothing more, and it is certainly not proof of anything other than "the machine that sent this response received the message".
Re: Tinfoil hat no longer optional
"Until recently you'd have been accused of being a paranoid conspiracy theory merchant for making a claim like that."
Not so much these days with so many public WiFi hotspots that are unencrypted by their very nature. This isn't to say that encryption is secure, but rather anybody with a decent WiFi card and data sniffer can pluck your plaintext emails right out of the air. Plus your signin credentials and passwords. Plus your non-HTTPS browsing history (and guess at the HTTPS ones by seeing what domain resolving lookups were performed), plus every single byte of every single web page (did you sign in to El Reg on a public network? you'll note it isn't HTTPS...).
Potentially, not just you but every single user on that open AP.
This isn't tin foil hat, this is reality. And if some bored nerd can do this, imagine what those who run/fund/control the system can do...
Yeah, the basic line is - it is not private or secure. Not web pages, not emails, none of that stuff. And if you are in the UK, password protecting stuff for your own privacy is no longer an option when you can be "compelled" to reveal your passwords rendering something that should be secure to be about as useful as email in the long run.
They have us over a barrel now. Didn't you realise?
"I thought the other day: how easy would it be TECHNICALLY for Apple, Google, Microsoft et al, to introduce a back-door into iDevices, Android machines, Windows Phones, etc. so that they could turn on the camera(s) and/or microphone and access what they picked up?"
Google maybe already does. My phone's camera makes a little clicking noise when I turn it off, like maybe the focus lens collapsing back to the home position.
I hear this noise from time to time when looking at stuff in the
app store Market Play.
I have no evidence of photos being collected and/or sent anywhere - but it seems mighty suspicious for the camera lens click to happen when I'm not actually using the camera, wouldn't you agree?
Re: Dosche's Law?
"The term you're looking for is "Muphry's Law".“
Maybe he meant "Douche's Law"?
An important question
"asking her to reconsider her decision to block the aerial photography – especially since Apple had secured permission from other Western capitals."
Was the permission from other capitals granted before or after the world knew the name "Snowden"? Maybe now is not the right time to be asking...
I know dick-all about Apple...
...but aren't they supposed to be sleek and white? Colourful volume buttons might look a bit, you know, childish.
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