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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

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LG L90

I was quite impressed with the LG L90 I bought for a relative recently. Quite a bit of phone for 200 EUR, including microSD slot and a nice >2500mAh battery

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NUDE SNAPS AGENCY: NSA bods love 'showing off your saucy selfies'

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Re: Why am I not surprised by this?

I surely wasn't...

Some 20 years ago, when the digital age was still in front of us, I did contract work on the network and computer equipment at a very large picture print company (for the young ones: a company that develops your negatives and prints them).

Their staff had lots of picture books with nude pics in them: All pictures passed by quality assurance people who marked badly developed pics, to be redone, and if it contained nude, it was marked as well, and the discarded pic was then recovered from the bin.

There will always be people with access to this stuff that will not mind taking a private copy. The only solution is not to give them access.

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Seagate chances ARM with NAS boxes for the SOHO crowd

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Re: DOA

Check out the new TS-x51 range of QNAP, it flies.... bye bye atom, hello celeron :)

(targeted at home users and small businesses)

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Microsoft's anti-bug breakthrough: Wire devs to BRAIN SCANNERS

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Too complicated

Just install a microphone and trigger on 'WTF'

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Child diagnosed as allergic to iPad

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Plastic cases

El Reg is always ready to bash brands that stick to plastics, time for some excuses, I'd say.

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El Reg nips down IKEA's 'I've Got A Screw Loose Street'

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Re: more of Katarina please!

"Bear in mind my daughter is 12 years old"

Smoking a pipe?

...with matching(!) icon

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'The writing is TOO SMALL': MPs row over Parliamentary move to Office 365

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Germans

Maybe England should put its pride aside and have a look at how they do things in Munich.

I can't believe governments relying on foreign servers for their IT. If PICT can't setup a mailserver they're just a helpdesk

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'Apple is TERRIFIED of women’s bodies and women’s pleasure' – fresh tech sex storm

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"dick" is OK

because the ipad sucks?

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What the world needs now is... a Bluetooth-enabled baby's dummy

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Re: No wireless near my baby

@JDX schools here are fobidden to use wifi if there are kids younger than 6. Indeed.

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No wireless near my baby

Call me paranoid, but I never let any wireless device near my babies when they were young. Even the monitor was in the opposite corner of the room.

So kudos for sticking a transmitter in their mouth at that young age. I'd not take the risk, whatever low power they claim to use.

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Weaponised Flash flaw can pinch just about anything from anywhere

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Re: Them 'Lumpa's sure aren't playing 'round....

FYI, Google does accept paypal, at least for media (and I think apps). Not for devices. Go figure...

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

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I wonder....

If the carrier is responsible for the updates, fails to provide the security updates and then profits from users getting hit by the exploit... what would the law say?

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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EU backfire

If it should backfire on anything, it should be on the EU and its braindead rule. Google is a search engine. If you don't want something to show up, have the source removed.

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iPhone user SHAMEGASM: 'I beg of you', delete sex app from my purchase list

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"Am I the only one thinking that perhaps the iPhone isn't exactly shaped in the correct way for this purpose?"

What, the next model has to be even longer?

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We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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@ Zog The Undeniable

it's not because the frequency response of the ear isn't flat, that the reproduction of sound shouldn't.

In ideal circumstances, you'd want both the microphones and speakers to have a flat frequency response so that the original sound reaches your ears the way it was. Your ears will do the non-flat bit anyway.

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'I don't want to go on the cart' ... OpenSSL revived with survival roadmap

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Re: Still, forking the code is good

I don't see where the body of your post supports its title.

IMHO forking should be the last solution, the FOSS community is littered with forked and parallel produced code. In many cases they end up all having some kind of issue, and picking an implementation is choosing a tradeoff.

If possible, people should try to contribute to the existing project, and that's where the problem with OpenSSL lies: many users but not many contributors. Theo can have a big mouth and fork it, but that only shows nobody really cared or contributed, because the fork was because of the code, not the community.

There are cases where forking is good, because it is a nice defense mechanism to guarantee continuation of the code. Like the OpenOffice -> LibreOffice fork.

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Microsoft's anti-malware crusade knackers '4 MILLION' No-IP users

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Re: Let's clear it up...

That's all according to Microsoft. No-IP said they weren't contacted.

So: no conclusions can be drawn until some proof shows up showing they were contacted or not.

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

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I guess it won't take long anymore before they offer a version without camera....

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Freeze, Glasshole! Stop spying on me at the ATM

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Re: CCTV

Actually that's what they are doing right now. Over here (.be) gangs have already been arrested for placing a tiny camera on some plants near an ATM. I admired how the banks provided the perfect camouflage....

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yes, misleading title is misleading.

Also, since somebody is wearing the camera, at about the same spot as the eye, they can also just LOOK and note down your pin. No need to do the investment and I'm sure people will remember it when somebody was standing there with google glass on.

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Who needs a ride-on mower when a ROBOT will cut your grass

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I have some issues with these things

- they are way too expensive for what they are and do

- more intelligence is needed, there's already a model that detects its perimeter with a sensor and not a wire though.

- same basic problem as robo vacuum cleaners: can't deal with stuff lying around

Solve these and then we can talk ;)

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Traffic lights, fridges and how they've all got it in for us

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Don't connect them to the internet directly

I've been experimenting a bit with simple things, and found it easiest (at least for peace of mind) to have some kind of hub (my NAS in this case), and write a bit of interface code to interact with them. Much easier to secure and no need to worry about gaping security holes that will never get fixed.

And remember, once a hacker is inside one of these things, he can use it as relay to attack the rest of your network from the inside.

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VMware seeks patent for IM chats between servers and sysadmins

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Re: Massive prior art here

Indeed, even my QNAP NAS did this until some time ago*, still waiting for that functionality to return.

*it only supported MS Messenger and we all know where that went.

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Code Spaces goes titsup FOREVER after attacker NUKES its Amazon-hosted data

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Backups

It's not called backups if it's on the same system (or even same building), that is called a copy.

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Greenpeace rejoices after getting huge renewable powerplant CANCELLED

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Re: Renewable is OK but...

7 downvotes as I write this reply?

Not bad, only 7 readers so far who never get from behind their desk and only know how nature looks from those nice wallpapers on their desktops... Here, have a FAIL icon....

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Renewable is OK but...

Not when you go destroying some VERY nice parts of nature to do so.

Same goes for the idiots who are planning the hydroelectric projects in Iceland. All nice on paper with their zero emissions, until you visit the place where they will build this and see what rare piece of nature has to go for this.

I normally don't agree very much with Greenpeace, but in this case, I fully understand them. This one's for nature!

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207 thousand lights-out boxes are STILL hackable

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Re: Maybe more wiring-related than protocol-related

In that case, the related comment goes: why isn't their firewall blocking access to the IPMI port?

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Facebook's new self-destructing pic app SELF-DESTRUCTS

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Re: Really?

I think I'll send a picture of my PrintScreen key back.... Good luck deleting my local copy.

Wonder how many teens are going to fall for this scam.

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Jellybean dominates Play, still seated atop rising KitKat

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Fragmentation

The way 'fragmentation' is stressed in an article shows the bias of the writer.

The truth is that the story is much more nuanced: many, if not most apps will run on an older Android version, and if an app doesn't, half the time it's because the developer used a higher API version than was needed. The number of apps that actually need the latest features are much lower.

What the figures DO say, is the sorry state of affairs when it comes to upgrades. How hard can it be to separate HAL from OS, so that OS upgrades are 'easy' on mobile devices?

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How I poured a client's emails straight into the spam bin – with one Friday evening change

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Re: @peteur

"I try to discourage people working late, or on weekends"

You make it sound as if people have a choice... The times I have been at work on a Friday night beating a deadline were not my choice, and I think this counts for most. Yes, we all want to get home on a reasonable time and get some sleep, so there's no good solution here, but some respect please.

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Re: Friday ...

"a handful of folks who work late and are used to minor changes"

Over here, people working late on Friday are people on a tight time budget or in enough sh*t to bother to work late, and who will be double pissed if the infrastructure goes titsup...

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Kickstarter cup-rattling, light-dimming Internet of Stuff upstart takes on Sonos, Bose

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Squeezebox

When Logitech killed the marvelous Squeezebox, I did a 'last buy', so I recon I'm good for quite some time. Logitech should never have stopped this, Sonos proves there is a market for it.

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Samsung in a TIZZY: OH PLEASE make apps for our Tizen Z mobe

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Re: BadaOS all over again.

Except Bada was mostly the shell, and a very bad one, running on an OS. IIRC not all Bada phones even ran linux at all.

So comparing Tizen with Bada is not quite correct - its roots are actually Meego (Maemo + Moblin).

And suddenly I'm looking at this phone and hope it can go the same way as n900 as a linux phone so I can replace my aging n900 :)

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Flying saucer with 'stadium-sized' orb to INVADE Earth's skies

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Re: fun at parties

and now we also know how many Bulgarian airbags fit into the swimming pool :)

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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Re: Two Points

If my car mechanic would charge his working hours as he does, and then go on charge for every km I drive in the repaired car, I probably would.

BTW, you lost your money, but you can keep it until you pay in EURO :P

(from the icon you used, I gather you need glasses, why not use them when you read my post, eh?)

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Re: Two Points

AC, you're completely missing (the)(my) point(s). And by the way, I have a good DSLR + lens, so I know what the kit costs.

The problem is that the ones I know are making a nice bunch of money for this upfront investment + moderate skills (because, let's face it, not many of them are top photographers). Again and again I've seen them charge generously for the hours, and then charge way too much for each print, and refusing to even name a price for a digital copy.

Plus, they sit on top of that pile of pictures, allow you to pick from a selection they make - you never get the option to see all the pics, even if you would judge some of them nicer or want to have even if the framing wasn't perfect.

Hell, I even have a relative studying photography and they seem to drill it in at school: family event? She'll take hundreds of pics and pass along 5 (don't tell me the others were all bad). end result? The family shares my pics and not hers, and I try to put her to shame in the quality department :) Any reasonable discussion with her is already impossible - brain washed photographer.

Looking forward to your further downvotes, AC....

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Two Points

1. I hate the mentality of Photographers. They'll take the pictures, charge the time (generously), and then charge an arm and a leg for each print. May they burn in Hell. I can understand people hate paying *twice* through the nose for each pic.

2. Adobe is still stuck in the WordPerfect era: charge loads of money, see only Pro's buy it and common people pirate it. Post WP era is: charge a low, affordable price, and watch millions of users buy it, and actually earn more money in the end.

That's all.

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Sony Xperia Z2: What we REALLY thought of this Android fondleslab

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evidence

there seems to be lots of it :)

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

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Re: Bar Transport

Or for old people... right now there is a trade off between limiting driving for elderly due to safety (sight, reaction speed,...) and the consequences of taking away their mobility (need to use taxi, bus,... not always practical or economic).

This would be perfect for them.

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Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: A very important question

Funny you bring Win95 up, I just used it a few hours ago. Some pretty expensive telecom test equipment (the critical stuff runs embedded, windows just does the GUI and file handling).

I was impressed with the startup and shutdown times, and overall speed.

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Re: Even better idea

Who is still using a netbook!!! they sucked with XP on them. They sucked with Linux on them, they just sucked.

Mine came with Win7 and it sucked big time. Installed Debian on it and it still runs pretty well!

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PEAK NAS? Peak NAS. I reckon we've reached it

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WTF?

Home NAS?

I'm certainly advocating that everybody installs a NAS at home and creates his own private cloud. Great if you care about privacy and given the growing need in storage, you'll soon discover that stuffing everything in the cloud is a costly business, unless you accept archiving your pictures lowres (and you're stuck with your cloud provider, try moving all that data)

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: Uplink module.

You mean a modem?

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Google: 'EVERYTHING at Google runs in a container'

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Re: Back to the Future?

No.

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Video review: Our sysadmins drink in the latest SIP phones

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[offtopic] kudos for the windows taskbar config

That is also my favorite config: vertical, W2K style.

(when I'm forced to use windows, that is)

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Be the next tech hotshot – by staying the hell away from regulators

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Business analogy

This kinda makes me think of big companies who move from 'expanding business' to 'back to core business' and back in a cycle of several years.

For each movement they have a lot of arguments and you are not allowed to point out the (previous) arguments for the move in the opposite direction.

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LG: Smartwatch? Pah! We'll measure your heart rate through your EARS

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Re: Nice idea

Or that they aren't completely bluetooth, like my plantronics backbeat.... dangling cables are so last century...

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What's Android Silver? Samsung preps Tizen mobes 'for Russia, India'

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Why tizen on low-end

I want Tizen on high-end.... and continue where Nokia stopped when it abandoned it....

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