* Posts by Craigness

1279 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010

Google scrambles to block backdoors

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worth a squirt

Coward, if the government requested your data from your own storage your encryption wouldn't be worth a jot either.

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BING! Microsoft plants Xbox Music flagpoles in Android and iOS

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whose lie?

It's not Microsoft's lie, it's not even their figures. Windows 8 beats Macs.

http://thenextweb.com/insider/2013/09/01/windows-8-rockets-to-7-41-market-share-as-windows-xp-falls-below-35-mark/

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I've added that reply to my list of favourite comments. No, you can't see it.

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Huge

There are already more Win 8 machines than Macs (presumably all consumer devices as apparently corporates hate it), the MS services are given prominent position the metro interface, and 3rd parties can't be bothered making windows versions of their own apps. Add Xbox to the mix together with the growing expectation/acceptance for entertainment to be streamed and for the services to be integrated with a single login, and MS could be huge in digital content in a few years if they don't throw it away.

Being able to play songs from search results is the least annoying thing I can think of.

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Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Best Tablet in the World?

@coward

Not everyone with a Mac is an idiot but it's a reasonable assumption to make. Most people could probably get as much done on a £200 chromebook as they do with their £1500 Mac. I know where to get development tools for free to install on my PC but I'd rather not have the bloatware preinstalled.

As for depreciation, if you spend £400 on an equivalent PC you're obviously going to lose less money than if you bought a Mac. Anyone buying a 2nd hand Mac is definitely an idiot. If you want the previous owner blogging about you as the person who stole their shiny, go right ahead.

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Re: is it ready?

Dotdot, which of the 3 comments you've made caused anyone to think you worked for the Register? It looks like you joined today to make uninformed attacks on Android. Click a username to see the comment history, BTW.

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Re: Best Tablet in the World?

Buzzword, the point is not how quickly it forced him out of his home, it's that he's not rich despite having an Apple product.

Being made homeless by an unnecessary purchase is an idiot move in any time scale though. My mortgage is paid off and I've not spent as much as £400 on a single computer since 2004! But that's because I know what I'm buying and what it can do.

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Crippled? Why not try one and see for yourself what the processor can do?

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Re: Best Tablet in the World?

On BBC3's shopping centre reality/docusoap there was a guy moving to a new flat because he has a zero-hours contract and couldn't afford the rent on his old one. He has a macbook. A family whose daughter got bullied at school for being a rich kid...were using an Eee laptop. When I see people with Apple gear I don't assume they're rich, I assume they're idiots.

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Re: It's cheap...

If you held or used one you'd not think it's cheap.

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Re: iPad Mini 2 - The screen on the current Mini is awful...

N4+N7 = £400. I'm not convinced of the need for 7 and 10 inch tablets together. I'd go for a powerful 11.6" laptop and larger external monitor to leave all computing needs covered.

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Amazon: OK, OK. We'll let traders flog tat more cheaply elsewhere

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Duplicate

Another problem is the number of duplicate entries. Look for something fairly generic like a card reader and you'll see the same picture many times in the search results, with a slightly different description each time, maybe with just a different brand name. It's usually Amazon which is the cheapest because they do free delivery, but finding the Amazon entry, or whether they even have the product, is a PITA.

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Billionaire Google founder splits with wife, allegedly beds Google Glass minx

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Googlers..."disgusted with her"

She needs to be more active with the ban hammer on her G+ page!

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Google goes back to the future with SQL F1 database

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Professional

If you need to join data then SQL is the most efficient way. If you can't work out how objects (object has attribute) can be represented in tables (attribute references object) you'll struggle to get a decent SQL solution and end up hating it.

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Women in IT: ‘If you want to be taken seriously, dress like a man’

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Re: Sad to hear about your confidence problems

Cheesy, like you she started her career dressing to impress but it didn't impress. Like you she got skilled up and found her skills appreciated, and was able to dress how she wanted and still be appreciated. But for her it's a "gender issue".

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Re: Women are discriminated against

How would that pack of men in a pub behave if they saw a man hitting a woman?

What about if they saw a woman hitting a man?

If a woman asked to join them would they shun her?

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Re: Sexist numpty

She's kind of complaining that it's especially hard for women, but at least she recognises that the solution is to change herself and gain respect like any man has to, instead of demanding everyone else change to suit her needs and feelings.

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Re: Oh joy

Because men never have issues and everything that happens to all women is done to them by men for the benefit of men?

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I've taken a few sabbaticals in my career and each time I returned to the world of work it's been assumed that my skills had declined. I always moved jobs after each break so I've never had to see if an employer would take me back on the same terms and not have the career break work as an obstacle to promotion. If they had promoted someone who'd been adding value to the company, keeping her skills up to date and enhancing relationships with clients all the time I'd been slacking on the beach, I'd have no complaints. If I had to leave early for a football match when the rest of the team was doing essential upgrade work, I'd expect to be first out the door when the company restructured.

There's an adage that you should dress for the job you want, not the job you have. In sales this might be appropriate, where you go from bullshitting customers about the benefits of the XF340 to bullshitting the manufacturer of the XF340 about how professional your team is. Cold-calling can be done in a jumper but a jacket doesn't look out of place; wearing a jumper perhaps shows you're happy where you are. But in IT when your job is to crawl behind desks and plug cables in, people will treat you with suspicion if you dress like a board member who wouldn't know a CAT5 from a mouse.

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Apple tries to trademark the term 'startup'

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Give them it

"Startup" to me suggests a guy with an app, no revenue and no plan. If you start a business, call it business; if you have an app just say so. If all you're interested in is "starting" and you don't know where to go there are other words you can use.

I'm happy for Apple to block this word.

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Google cripples Chromecast third party replay

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IT WOULD HAVE BEEN EASY FOR THEM TO FORCE THE USER TO WATCH AN ADVERT BEFORE BEING ABLE TO SEE THEIR LOCAL CONTENT.

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Re: Crippleware

"I don't like things that turn into crippleware AFTER it's introduced to [market]."

Surely the product which was introduced to the market is all that matters, and that product is exactly the same product as the buyers now have, with the same functionality. The function which was removed was not being legitimately used, was not advertised and was not documented. They are under no obligation to support it.

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Re: Crippleware

None of the marketed feature have been crippled.

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Re: Hanlon's razor

#3 they made some changes which did not affect advertised features and everyone got their knickers in a twist over nothing.

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"I, and a few other developers, managed to reverse engineer the Chromecast tab protocol to piggy back this to deliver local content."

http://www.reddit.com/r/Android/comments/1l2hez/google_blocks_chromecast_app_that_let_you_stream/cbv8u0s

They never advertised it as being able to stream local content other than through Chrome.

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Re: Idiots.

You don't need an Android device.

I get better quality through streaming and it's a lot less hassle.

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SDK

They weren't using the SDK, they reverse engineered the device. They are allowed to use the SDK.

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Some people think it's acceptable to use undocumented features and the manufacturer should subsequently be compelled to support those features.

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Re: Remember the good old days?

Google ads are still unobtrusive! They don't put ads in Netflix on Chromecast, so do you think that will also get the chop? In fact, the only thing to get the chop is an undocumented API which delivered unadvertised functionality. There was nothing stopping them playing an advert before any locally stored video if they really wanted to, but that's not what Chromecast is about.

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Inject

They were not prevented from injecting ads into any content which passes through Chromecast. This move actually gives them fewer opportunities to make money or track you!

Your hatred is invalid. Have anther go.

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Re: Ah...

You don't have to use Chrome, you can use the IOS or Android app instead.

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Re: Would you buy...

Chromecast was advertised as being able to stream from providers such as Pandora and Netflix, or from Chrome. After "the wheel was removed" it can stream from providers such as Pandora and Netflix, or from Chrome. The functionality you can no longer do was provided by 3rd party developers after Chromecast was reverse engineered.

So a better analogy would be...

Buying Google Chromecast is like buying a new car, where after the first 100 km it does exactly what it says on the tin, but the seat cover you bought doesn't fit.

That's the truth, but it doesn't mean you have to stop hating Google (so no rabid downvoting please).

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Hacktivists boast of English Defence League KO after website downed

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Re: @moiety

That's not what I meant. If people think it's wrong to marry gay people, eat pork or drink alcohol then they should not marry gay people, eat pork or drink alcohol. But if they think murder is ok they should leave or comply. If they want to live under Sharia we shouldn't stop them, but we should stop them making laws based on religions and forcing them on other people. That's the only sense in which Sharia should be opposed.

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Re: @moiety

Have you tried saying No to English law?

If people want to operate under whatever laws they think a deity has given them they should be allowed to do that. Basically we need secularism, but Baroness Warsi, Eric Pickles, various newspapers etc think secularism is a threat. They are no different essentially from people wanting to establish Sharia.

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Marissa Mayer causes controversy after KEEPING HER KIT ON

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Re: Stop it

"We do not need to analyse everything a female CEO does in terms of gender issues"

Can you let Sheryl Sandberg know? For some women their whole career is a feminist campaign.

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Microsoft shoehorns Skype into Outlook.com - we quickly kick the tyres

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No support for Android either, but tablets generally don't do browser plugins and have better ways of achieving this functionality. I don't see people complaining about Hangouts not being supported this way on tablets.

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Google follows Amazon with auto-encryption of cloud data

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Re: Encryption needs to be on the client side to be secure

They don't provide NSA access to the data. The NSA gets it by splitting the traffic going to Google, which is out of Google's control.

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Google: Cloud users have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy'

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FAIL

The stance is "Google is doing what they said they would do and what users agreed to". Feel sorry for all the haters, having to hate no matter what innocent things Google does.

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Re: Shock and horror

The government would be a 4th party. This is about people letting a 3rd party process their data and getting pissy that it's...processing their data in accordance with the T&C.

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Does Gmail's tarted-up tab makeover bust anti-spam laws?

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Re: Mail protocol not used

From a comment in the link on the Reg article:

"Per 15 USC 7702 sec.(3)(6), “[t]he term ‘electronic mail message’ means a message sent to a unique electronic mail address.” Pretty vague definition."

I expect the ads are being sent to a Google Account rather than a Gmail address, which would make them no different to ads you see on other websites. Having them look and function like an email is interesting (I've not enabled the new style tabs myself to experience this) but unless they're permanent I don't see a problem. If the same advert is there when you log out and log in again, then I'd call it an email and suggest the law needs updating. The same goes for if they get downloaded to mail clients.

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Re: Optional... for now

The action bar used to take up more space than the search bar does now, so you've actually got more area dedicated to the map in this version than in previous versions, and especially so on tablets.

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Leaked photos of iPhone 5C parts portend ugly Google legal battle

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I bet you'd not be able to tell the difference if a judge held them up at the other end of a court room.

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Google to snub Samsung, hand Nexus 10 to Asus – report

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Re: Ugh

I ignore the reactionaries and their newfangled religions. What's wrong with Saturnalia?

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PEAK iPAD: Slab looking a bit peaky, needs big biz to take more tablets

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Re: MS Office Missing?

Hatred of MS always stems from ignorance: the Office license on RT is for home use only! Surface is a consumer product, so you'd be working at your home desk on wifi, and you don't need to buy 2 devices.

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Re: MS Office Missing?

If you're going to write a document you'll be at your desk rather than on the couch. All you need is a USB keyboard and mouse (£15?) permanently in place on the desk and you're good to go.

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Re: Left Hand & Right Hand of El Reg?

"People are slowly learning that whilst a flat slab of glass is fine for watching stuff and poking around the web a bit it's actually pretty cr** when coffee break is over and it's time to do some work."

Read the comments on any Surface-related story and you'll be told that a tablet which gives people Office, USB ports, filesystem access etc and the ability to do real work is exactly NOT what people want.

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Cameron demands Brits BOYCOTT angry-troll-infested websites

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Re: next

Yep. Last week it was porn now it's "stop access to certain sites such as those involved in self harm or pornography."

#missioncreep

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Hey, you know Android apps can 'access ALL' of your Google account?

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Re: sometimes....

The walled garden didn't help Mat Honan.

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Oi, trolls, BEHAVE! Twitter tweaks rules to tackle abusive twits

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Filter

Why doesn't the government require the ISPs to filter out all the abuse and rid us of this terror for good?

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Re: One Direction and Black Ops Fans are as bad

Men have always been disposable. Note that Twitter's apology specifically EXCLUDED male victims. #sexism

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