1153 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010
Steve, buying iPads new and selling for £100 is an effective cost of £300 or more, making the Android cheaper. If you compare new androids and 2nd hand ipads the androids win because they are more functional (apple doesn't update older kit).
Mobile sites from 2007-2012ish were usually based on iphone UX (nasty blue "back" button and a slide-to-the-right menu system). Since then they've tended to go with the Android hamburger.
@gis they state what they do with our data, and they offer no way for people to buy it. That's a pretty big clue. Extraordinary claims require extraordinary evidence. The claim is that they sell our data, the evidence is not provided.
If you adblock google they don't have your data, so can't use it. If you send an email to someone with a gmail address they don't know who you are, cannot associate you with an online profile and cannot use your data for targeted ads.
"Should of bought a tablet [blah blah blah] paperweight"
I have a tablet, but I use my chromebook far more. It's simply better for almost everything. And it's "should have".
"Craigness matter-of-factly claimed the lack of existence of a public facing arm of Google that sells user information."
What I actually did was demonstrate a way the other guy could substantiate his claim. My own claim was that google uses your personal data to provide more appropriate adverts. Would you care to dispute that, because I can provide a link if you really need it. If Google has a website where people can buy personal data, please provide a link. If they don't have a way for anyone to buy personal data, why claim they sell it?
Ad blockers: if you think a website is in league with an organization which spies on people and sells personal data then is it not moral to block any domain belonging to that organization even if the website in question would lose income as a result? They chose to make a "deal with the devil" after all. Also, using an ad blocker is a convenient way to deduce that a website is wilfully taking part in a covert action against you. You can then block the entire website; I didn't suggest freeloading.
My C720 is the best computer I've ever had. And the cheapest.
Google do not sell your personal data, they use your data to place more appropriate adverts. If you think you can buy personalised data from Google, please provide a link to where they offer that service. If you don't want the adverts, use an ad blocker.
Re: So sad
Iran Air Flight 655
The US spent $5beeeeeeelion "promoting democracy" in Ukraine but that protection didn't extend to the democratically elected government. Surely some of the money would have been spent teaching them how to use false flag attacks against anyone the US doesn't like?
See also: South America, East Asia, Middle East, Central Asia.
Re: It's funny
Women never make false allegations, but women never objectify people or feel entitled to sex. So hard to pick a winner in this one.
Re: Developer's reasons
AFAIK Android does not send out alerts to apps when a call comes in. So if you have an app which plays music or makes some kind of noise, it has to have access to the phone APIs in order to know when to mute itself. Because the API is not sufficiently fine-grained, developers need to ask for a lot of private information in order to behave nicely when your mum calls.
So the good developers will ask for this permission. But so will the bad ones.
They should use the Play Games service. Apart from doing all the heavy lifting for the developer, it uses Google Plus circles instead of the contacts list. Even of you do have contacts in your circles, you can select not to share any circles with the app.
"7% ask for SMS permissions"
I facepalmed when the "68% of a subset of apps" part came up. It's like Anchorman: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pjvQFtlNQ-M
Re: Yup, that's why I won't use apps.
Having the browser access the webcam is for WebRTC - skype-like functionality without the invasiveness. They'll all have it soon if they don't already, so get some blu-tack on your camera!
"do not automatically update" flag
Apps which have new permissions will not be updated automatically nomatter how your flags are set. Additionally, pressing "Update All" does not update those apps - it notifies you of changes* and prompts you to accept or skip the update. I have a number of apps in my Updates list which have been there for many months following the introduction of an unnecessary invasive requirement.
It *used* to notify you of the changes, but after their "simplification" of the permissions system it just says that something is different and leaves you to work out what it is.
I had the same problem with some wiseguy who wanted to leave an ISP in the UK. He gave me the runaround for 10 minutes before swearing his mouth off and cancelling his direct debit. What? Oh...I'll get me coat.
"chores like backup could be less onerous." You mean they couldn't be less onerous. I bet you're American and say "could care less" about things you in fact couldn't care less about.
The C720 works perfectly well with a Celeron and 2GB. Anything more is a waste. But on Google subsidising the cost, it's been said that Intel was actually subsidising the cost of the Celeron processors for Chromebooks. Apparently it was part of their $1beelion marketing budget, and wanting to gain share over ARM processors.
Re: That's because
If specialist software locks you into expensive hardware that's unfortunate, but those of us free to choose can get like-for-like performance for less than the cost of the depreciation in an apple machine. Your "high resale value" blinds you to the false economy.
Haven't apple been cutting prices whilst others have been moving to expensive ultra books for the high end? It's direction rather than absolute numbers that shareholders care about and I'd guess the direction favours PC makers.
Re: anti-sex morality groups
You can have sex, just as long as you don't enjoy it.
Re: Doesnt look like equality to me.
Special move: straw man
The Boy Scouts accepts girls, the Girl Guides bans boys. There Must Be No Male Spaces!
Can't we all just...
@psyx They're allowing separate competitions for women, banning them for men. If women can't compete with men then there would be no issue with a men-only tourny, but there was.
The participation levels never will be up. Their discrimination is based on the idea that 50% of women are gamers, which comes from surveys where an hour on Candy Crush is counted the same as playing Halo for 48 hours every weekend for the last 5 years. But if there are less than 50% women in professional competitions then it must be because of some kind of bias, right? Something is causing women who game not to feel welcome in competitive gaming, right? But if you reject the 50% notion and look at the proportion of women streaming on Twitch you might find that women are no less likely to enter competitions than men are.
End discrimination by not discriminating, it's that simple.
Re: Because it is the law.
Why doubt it happened when affirmative action programmes are designed to make exactly this sort of thing happen? They can't face prosecution by telling him they're breaking one law, because they're force to break it by another law. And if they have an ounce of decency they should tell the guy why he didn't get the job.
It sounds plausible to me, and I've heard the same thing elsewhere.
will copy this. Already has!
“What is lacking is an international standard that will allow interoperability between the services offered by different operators”.
...and which will allow those services to skim 3% from each transaction.
Re: Education market, anyone?
Schools are going Google. A Chromebook can do everything they need for 25% the price of this thing, and they're portable.
...for the front desk of a hipster design consultancy.
Re: Sigh, one subject that drives me ...
When people think they're referring to the difference in salary (often "for the same job"), what they are actually comparing is average earnings of full time employees. If you look at the average hours worked by full time employees (in the US it's those working 35 or more hours per week) you'll see that men work a lot more than women do. When you compare relevant experience, education, type of jobs done and other life choices which affect pay, you'll find that the only wage gap is in those under 30 (more likely, those who have not had children) where women earn more than men. Whether you think this is an issue or not, the fact is that nothing will be done about it because the official line is the feminist idea that women are oppressed.
Re: Is the US second only to apartheid South Africa in its obsession with race?
The US is 73% white and MIT intake is 37% white so why do you focus on "underrepresentation" of black americans? Both Google and Yahoo are not employing enough white people in the US to be properly representative, and they are both described as "pasty" (El Reg) or in other anti-white racist terms because of their predominantly white workforce.
People need to get race out of the equation and not worry about who gets what jobs.
Re: What the?
I've heard many people say the same thing, but there are better mini-desktops to put Linux on, like the NUC mentioned in the first comment. Furthermore, a NUC with XBMC etc is better as a HTPC, a Chromebase would be better choice for a public terminal in a library, and a Chromebook is a better all-round option for the home unless you have a *tiny* desk.
I think HP are just using the Chromebox brand name as a marketing gimmic to sell to people who want a small Linux desktop and haven't heard of the NUC, Gigabyte Brix and other products.
Re: But no network shares @Craigness
@Roland, you really should try a Chromebook for a while before criticising. You say you can download media to your ipad, so you don't rely on wifi, but you can actually do exactly the same on a Chromebook, because they work fine offline. But it's not just mp3s and movie files, there was a Register article not too long ago about the Google Play Movies app being upgraded with an offline feature. I'll see if I can find a link...
More to the point though, if you need to be online to work then nothing will let you work where there is no connection. Chromebooks do not require a connection in order to work, so the claim above about Chromebooks being "a daft way to work unless you work only at home with a good internet connection" was in desperate need of being called out. I did call it out, and unless you can show that Chromebooks DO need to be online whilst you work, or that you CAN'T install apps from non-cloud sources, just give it a rest.
If it really bothers you that Chromebooks work fine offline, you might find some comfort in the fact I use my tablet for media stuff. It's just easier to hold. But I'm fortunate enough to live somewhere that doesn't force me to have a Chromebook, and I'm allowed more than one device. That freedom, and the fact that Chromebooks don't need a connection, seem to have people confused and full of hate.
Did I mention Chromebooks can be used offline?
Re: But no network shares @Craigness
@Sandtitz you're obviously one of the people who is banned from having more than one device, or is forced to use a Chromebook. There's no need to be angry at Chromebooks, it's the system you should hate! Aeroplanes not having wifi has nothing to do with the price of fish! If you need wifi to work, then don't use panes? Chrome OS is not an issue because it DOES NOT REQUIRE WIFI! That is something I pointed out to the OP, who was dissing something he clearly knew nothing about. I'm here to educate you, so pay attention. Do not let ignorance make you fearful.
@Roland6 the train I was on now has wifi, so quit your anti-marketing hype.
Most of my work is on databases, and if I can't connect then I can't work. It doesn't matter if I'm using Windows, Android or anything - no connection = no work. Fortunately I am representative of about 99% of the UK and am always connected. For the rest of you, move to a country which lets you not use Chromebooks, and Calm Down because the rest of us are just fine!
Re: But no network shares
The last time I did any work where there was no internet connection was 2008. That was on a train, and trains now have wifi. If you want to work without a connection, just sync the files you need beforehand (the files you most recently viewed will sync automatically). You can edit Google Docs and Word Docs (presumably spreadsheets and presentations too) offline, and there are many other offline apps available. There may not be as wide a selection as you can get on a phone, so if you live somewhere that bans you from having 2 devices and you really need to have cached maps, get a phone. If you want books, music, videos etc offline then a Chromebook will suffice.
If you want to install your software of choice, just drag the .crx file from the Downloads folder (it doesn't work from the Drive folder for some reason) to your Extensions page. And you can install from source code too, obviously.
Re: Do as I say...
"Fact": [Google's] dominance in...online video
But it's possible the downvotes were because the analogy makes no sense. Google provides no way to download Youtube videos on Chrome OS, and Google Movies is a separate product. It would make more sense to point out that Google hasn't made a Google Movies client for Windows phone, or that their public API (if they had one) doesn't allow downloads.
Do you have someone who looks after you?
Settings > Add Connection > Add Private Network
Re: One of these things is not like the other
If you want to use an external HDD instead, you can. There is no catch here. But the cost of an external HDD is actually pretty comparable to the cost of cloud storage if you upgrade your hardware at the recommended frequency, and you consider how fast cloud storage prices are falling. Cloud storage is always with you and makes file sharing easy. An external drive won't help you there and can get lost in a fire.
If there was really a "Bro" culture, wouldn't women want to set up on their own to get away from it?
Does anyone make the point that because people still use XP, and because devs found it impossible to make software for it as soon as Win7 was released, that Windows is irreparably fragmented and therefore a failed platform?
It's not about overall Android sales figures, it's about how Samsung's move to Tizen will affect Sony's (and others') KitKat update plan.
What is the "chocolate factory" and why should I care?
"The" Android music system includes Pandora, Spotify and others as well as Google Play Music and mp3 files. If you want to move to GPM from Itunes then you can use their sync tool on your desktop to upload your itunes library and mp3 files into the Google cloud (with the matching service it won't be a big deal). You can pin music to a device, share playlists across devices and the web, download all your purchased/uploaded music. Everything is available everywhere and it's really easy to use. You can buy a track on your phone and instantly listen on your tablet, which is as seamless as you can expect.
Re: Apple Corp vs Apple Inc
"Claiming the name Apple in all markets..."
"No. 1 on Play charts" suggests it had more downloads than Facebook or more revenue than Candy Crush. The best position I saw for this app was a screenshot of it in third place in the "New Paid Apps" list. "No. 1 Android App Is Fraud" gets more clicks I suppose.
Re: A slice off the top
If you're really bothered about it, press f11.
Firefox on Ubuntu doesn't have such a problem because the menu is in the panel, so it uses only a smidge more vertical space than Chrome. But the panel does take up space and can't be moved, and Chrome doesn't use it. On my Windows laptop (where dock and panel are effectively the same thing) I put the "dock" on the left side and have the full height of the screen for Chrome, which has only tabs and the address bar above the content.
I can't imagine going full screen on a 23 inch monitor. I've only got 21 inches and find full screen overwhelming.
How so? With Windows 8 they're moving away from the desktop in favour of a simplified launcher with no panel, dock, big-mess-of-files-and-shortcuts-you've-not-bothered-to-categorise etc. The most apparent thing people would notice is there's no desktop. In fact, there was much wailing and gnashing of teeth because of it!
Isn't this discussion a bit redundant now that we can all use open source MS Dos?
"Error while copying. There was an error getting information about “gnome_3_12_review”. HTTP Error: Method Not Allowed"
Easy in Chrome: Tools > Create Application Shortcuts.
It's not just "Add Launcher". It's knowing the right command to perform a specific action, and then having all those actions available from the same icon instead of having lots more icons. Your Gran won't be doing that, she has a desktop full of shortcuts, folders and documents instead.
Some devs have embraced the Ubuntu version of this. Firefox and Chrome launchers have options for normal or private browsing windows, Screenshot lets you grab the screen, window or a selected area straight from the launcher (or just use PrtScrn). Libre Office is an obvious candidate for a single launcher, but doesn't. I created one for it a while back but after a reinstall I've not bothered - it's not straightforward even to find out what the right folder is (there's conflicting info out there, and default options versus personalised setups, whereas Google's launchers seem to go somewhere else entirely, with really odd names). The Ubuntu Tweak app has something which looks like it should manage launcher options but it doesn't work for me (I tried to set up something for Libre Office). So an official GUI for this would be good, but still your Gran isn't likely to use it.
If it was guys playing keepy-uppy with guys watching, they would not have been "gawking". If it was girls watching they would not have looked like a strip club. When she says events "went unnoticed by most" I feel I have to go with the majority and assume the complainant's biases were at the root of the problem there. If guys were playing keepy-uppy it would be them at fault for causing a commotion in the office!
She says she was left crying and shaking after a meeting with one of the founders. That will get her a lot of sympathy and make him look like a monster, but I bet he could say exactly the same things to a male employee and not get the same reaction. Female employees should be treated the same as males, and for their part they should accept equal treatment. But if that means men have to restrict their expression in a "feminized" environment whilst women are free to be themselves then claims of feminization should be taken seriously as sexual harassment.
I've seen that idea before, but never On A Mobile Device. You're a genius!
Re: Innovate, don't patent !
If Apple don't put this into production, and don't allow others to...