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* Posts by Craigness

1114 posts • joined 23 Mar 2010

Ubuntu 13.04: No privacy controls as promised, but hey - photo search!

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Re: Wake me up...

OAuth

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OAuth

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Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: Simple Explanation - MS MURDERED THE NETBOOK

I had a linux netbook. There was loads of bloatware on it. Windows netbooks, on the other hand, often came with a clean XP install.

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Re: I think we should be talking about the death of Ultrabooks...

I think you missed the point. If what people want is a netbook but the only option in anything approaching that form factor costs 5 times what they wanted to spend then they won't send...or they might buy a tablet or phone. This is a prediction, not a call to arms. But I expect most people would be buying a notebook to supplement a tablet or phone, considering the number of those already out there.

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Re: I'm Surprised They Lasted This Long

There is an Edit button. And a Preview button ;-)

Edit: it might only be for Silver and Gold users. Back on topic-ish, I'm on a tablet at the moment so I couldn't hover over your badge to see if was gold or bronze. I had to long-press the image, open in a new tab and hope the url indicated the colour :-(

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Re: My hypothesis

I spent that much on an 11.6" laptop last year. I's 64-bit windows 7 home premium with 2Gb RAM and an ad-supported version of office (now dual-booting ubuntu). It's far more useful than a tablet for many things, but the tablet has the benefit of "lean back" usage (and better speakers). It also lets me play media which the providers have deemed not to allow on "mobile" devices (such as my 10.1" tablet docked in its keyboard).

I don't know if this counts as a netbook though. It's cheap and light but it's also quite powerful and larger than the original netbooks. I think in reality the notebook didn't die, it just got bigger and better (they were small to be cheap, not portable). I'm more than happy having this and a 7" tablet (total cost: £385).

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Bitcoin gets a $100 haircut on rollercoaster trading run

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Re: Non-scammable?

You didn't mention the part of bitcoin which prevents paypal implementing a chargeback mechanism for bitcoin payments. Cash has no chargeback mechanism, but you can pay to use a mechanism created by someone else...or choose not to. Bitcoin...the same.

Apart from the fact people do and have invested during periods of deflation, there is really no reason for there to be no inflation in a bitcoin economy. The pretty paper is not really printed by the government - they just mint the coins. The paper is printed by the banking system, which is why it's a promise to pay a number of pounds and not an actual quantity of pounds. The balance of your bank account also does not represent a stock of pounds, it's the result of many credits and debits denominated in pounds. And the total sum of bank account balances can increase without the government needing to increase the number of coins. So a banking system using credit-based money denominated in bitcoin is not inconceivable, and would grant you the inflation you desire.

The corollary of your 4% argument: If inflation is 4% then everyone would look for investment opportunities which lose 3% per year; they will come out on top by destroying value. Do you see that you don't make sense?

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Re: Non-scammable?

No part of the bitcoin system prevents chargebacks being implemented, just as no part of Sterling specifically enables it. If someone uses either currency in something illegal then tell the police. The volatility makes it a poor currency at the moment but it's still quite useful as a money transfer system in spite of this, as it's fast, liquid (usually) and cheap.

Deflation is not necessarily a bad thing. If you want a 3% return on your lending in an inflationary environment then you charge inflation+3%. If you want the same return in a deflationary environment then you charge deflation+3%. If you have a business idea which you think will generate in excess of either inflation+3% or deflation+3% and also enable you to repay the capital then you should proceed, nomatter what the inflation or deflation rate is.

Not every company selling IT hardware has been a huge success, but falling prices certainly haven't killed the industry.

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It's the only non-scammable currency. Do try to keep up.

The problem last night came from the overwhelming popularity of one of the banks and its inability to meet skyrocketing customer demand, not the inappropriateness of the pretty paper the government prints (to put it in terms the ignorant might understand).

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Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

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Re: Plague of AC's

@AC I'm less anonymous than you.

The AC option is useful when you want to troll or post something which is not true or doesn't make sense and which you don't want to back up or have associated with your handle for ever more. Basically, if you're cowardly.

No particluar icon, just because I can.

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Microsoft leads charge against Google's Android in EU antitrust complaint

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Re: Huh?

If you think that needing to have an amazon account before being able to access the amazon store is an abuse then tell Nokia and they can include it in their complaint. It has just as much relevance to anything as your point about needing to have a google account to access the google store. If you don't want to use a google account on android then get your apps from somewhere else. A google account is 100% NON-mandatory to use the features of android (the google apps are not part of android, they are licensed separately - RTFA); that's why you can skip the sign-in when you first set up the device. If you don't want to use the google apps then disable them and you'll never need to know they ever existed. Google can't abuse you when you can't see its apps!

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Re: Huh?

Incidentally, the native app is non-Google. It's part of AOSP, not the suite of Google apps which the legal complaint is about. It can import and export contacts in vcf format and can also sync with other apps like Skype, Skydrive and Facebook if you prefer to use other contacts services. When people say Android is open, this is the sort of thing they mean. You can use an android phone without ever letting google know how few friends you have.

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Re: Huh?

No, you fail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=63p6LZG13_E

I pointed out that Google does not abuse their position. What are you on about? I won't hear your nonsense any more but feel free to approach Nokia with your argument that the ghost of an installation of a google app, which cannot be run, does not take up any space on the user's RAM and cannot be accessed from the app drawer, represents an abuse of power. They'll tell you it's nonsense too.

Alternatives to not need to be provided natively for you to use them, but the native app will not send your details to google unless you log in with a google account - which is not a requirement to use the device. If you really hate google so much, just don't buy an android phone; you get the best experience by using it with a google account and benefiting from their services.

You utterly fail.

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Re: Huh?

@AOYGI Android phones preinstalled with a full set of Google apps sell incredibly well. Nokia phones with whatever they have preinstalled don't. Niokia's solution is to remove the Google apps from android phones.

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Re: Huh?

You don't need root to disable apps. This feature was added by Google for the sole purpose of allowing non-root users to disable preinstalled apps such as Google's own. They can't be deleted because of the type of memory they are installed in, but a disabled app has as much impact on the user and the device as a deleted app. This is not abuse and is not the subject of the complaint.

You need a google account to use the google app store. You need an amazon account to use the Amazon app store. But you do not need to use either.

You do not need to use Google services to store your contacts on an Android phone.

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Re: Tbh i was wondering who Microsoft would Complain about first.

Apple even leverages their position in mobile to make anyone who wants to make an app buy a Mac!

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Re: Huh?

The Google apps are not part of android, OEMs have to license them from google. The complaint is that google licenses the apps as a whole set instead of individually, and the license requires the OEM to put them on the main homepage. Now, if Android OEMs were making this complaint then it wouldn't seem so petty.

Before version 4.0 it was not possible to disable/remove apps which were preinstalled into a certain part of the phone's storage area (which I forget the name of). In version 4.0 Google added a feature that lets you disable preinstalled apps. They still exist on the phone but are not in the app drawer and do not run. They can't be removed, but removing them would not free up any usable space anyway.

Chrome lets you use Bing as the default search engine, Android lets you use a different app store, lets you download a different maps app and set it as a default, lets you download a different browser and set it as default, lets you download a different keyboard and set it as default, lets you download magazine store apps, lets you download book store apps which use a non-google payment system, lets you use netflix, lets you download a music player and set it as default, lets you use Skydrive, yahoo mail, hotmail...if this suit succeeds then Apple is in the sh*%.

And Android can be used without a Google account.

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Windows XP support ends a year from … now!

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Re: XP users should say 'thanks' to the penguins

I had Win Me and I also tried linux back then. Win Me was not a disaster at all but linux on the desktop was a disaster in its own right. MS had and OS which worked for the masses; they were not competing with linux.

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Re: Not Win8, not now or ever

You need to use the desktop, not the Metro interface. Both are available. As for the start menu, I've not used it in years. Hit the windows key and type - it's much quicker than reaching for mouse and scrolling, and can reveal settings without you having to navigate through the control panel. It's better, but it's different. Some people hate different so much they don't get to find out that its better.

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Google+ architect: What was so great about Reader anyway?

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Re: re. Feedly

You don't control the adverts, the creator of the feed controls the adverts. If they put "Buy more bread" into their feed then will tt-rss block the phrase for you?

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Adsurd

The quip about not being able to show ads in reader makes no sense. They would scrap Maps, Sites, Docs, G+ and others if this was their policy. In any case, they did provide an RSS ad service until recently, which would have shown their own ads in reader if you subscribed to people who use google ads.

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They wouldn't kill a service that was making decent money so why would the competition take the services on? If they wanted to slurp data they'd keep the services running.

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Don't buy a Google car: They might stop it while you're driving

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Re: CalDAV

Lucky for you, the official google blog says they're not getting rid of caldav. So you can keep all your google goodness.

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Re: denial

Well said. My local takeaway closed down and I realised I'd come to rely on it. Google Reader is no different, it's just a product. Stopping it is certainly not evil as some are trying to make out.

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Re: Don't be evil unless there's money to be made by being evil

If google wanted more money they'd charge people to use reader. That would set a precedent where people could be made to pay for other, or to have more than a basic service. Personally I think this would be a good thing as the assumption that things online should be free will eventually kill off more services than just Google Reader. So if they did love money then they'd not have done what they did. But what they would do instead, you'd call evil. You earned an epic fail badge.

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Google shreds Reader in new round of 'spring cleaning'

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End the FUD

Export as OPML is still there. First, create a "bundle". Then export the bundle.

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Re: Truly pathetic.

You overlooked:

They still have free services.

They don't harvest data with services that don't exist.

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Re: Sarcasm right?

Take Out is a major thing for them; it's how they differentiate themselves from the likes of Facebook. So it won't go away, but Reader will die before next spring so get your data soon.

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Re: First Notebook, now Reader...

Notebook was excellent. Docs is no replacement.

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Re: Cloud

The cloud is fine, and makes life much easier for people who use multiple devices. We just need to start paying for the services we use.

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Re: Boo!

I tried a lot of them and they're all terrible, but that's mostly because they use the ios design guidelines. Pocket Casts is less terrible now that it's had an almost-holo redesign, and it syncs across devices too. I stuck with Listen for ages because I could listen to podcasts on my laptop through Reader :-)

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Re: <insert Googly NSFW expression here>

El Reg can put as much or as little content in their RSS feed as they choose, and that can include adverts. An RSS reader will only show what's in the feed.

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Re: Sod Reader, they've killed CalDAV!

They've not killed CalDAV, they've whitelisted it. I'm sure you'll still be able to use it in Microsoft products.

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Re: "concentrate on building great products that really help in their lives"

shifting too?

"too" digg. they're building one in time for the execution.

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Apple's marketing honcho Schiller attacks Android, Samsung

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Newer versus better

Windows 8 is more recent than OSX. I rest my case.

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

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Re: Fandroids or... Freetards?

"they shouldn't restrict users' rights over their own devices"

They don't stop you using your device in the way you want. They've prevented some app developers from selling apps which violate the polices of the store. You can sideload, they can use a different delivery system.

"On my phone, using my bandwidth"

You agreed to download an ad-supported app from their website using their bandwidth. If you don't want the ad-supported version then pay for the ad-free version. If there is no ad-free version then get the ads or don't download the app. Why is that so hard to understand?

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ITV doesn't get this much abuse for showing adverts! The Google haters are ignorant of the following points:

1) Google has not banned you from installing this app.

That is all. It's understandable that they've removed it from the Play Store because when whiney El Presidente is FORCED [sic] to install an ad-supported app it's agreed that the developer gets paid by displaying adverts. How does it make any sense for the same store which provides er...FORCES...you with that app also to provide an easy way to circumvent that agreement? Even so, if you want to use it then go ahead. Just remember that nobody but you is doing anything evil.

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'Wireless charging' in Galaxy S4 will betray Samsung's best pal

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Re: When the S3 was anounced last year

There is a wireless charger for the S3. Google it.

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Era of the Pharaohs: Climate was HOTTER THAN NOW, without CO2

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BEST - warmist?

It's not the worst case of bias in the article, but BEST was started by a denier - they even got funding from the Kochs and a good write up from Anthony Watts! The BEST project analyzed as much data as it possibly could and concluded that there was no global conspiracy and the scientists got it right. Even the "zealots" are correct. They are not "warmists" they are scientists.

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Seattle drinking den bans Google Glass geeks

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Your ignorance does not change what they do and does not make it evil.

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They don't sell your data, they sell advertising space based on their analysis of the data you give them. You must be the only person on the planet who thinks copyright laws may ever be weakened.

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I found a way to bash Apple!

It's obviously a publicity stunt if they don't also ban people from using cameraphones. In the stripclubs near me...so I'm told...you get approached by a bouncer the second you take the phone from your pocket. That doesn't happen in bars.

Anyhow, it occurred to me whilst reading this that Google could create a way to have certain functionality of the devices turned off based on location. Then I remembered Apple's got a patent on this sort of thing. So it's another point to the patent trolls in their battle against innovation!

Sorry for that interlude. The google-bashing may now continue.

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Review: Livin' in the cloud with Google's new Chromebook Pixel

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Re: you'd think a chromebook only allowed access to google websites

In terms of what you can do on a chromebook, the number of sites using Google scripts and services is irrelevant.

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Chrome has offline apps (it's a feature of HTML5 - the future) and drive syncs files not just links. For Docs files it only syncs a link, but you can make the document available offline from within the app. So with Drive you can work wherever you are. When the net comes back up everything syncs up and you can carry on.

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Re: Mmmm

An expensive mac won't let post cr@p online without an internet connection either.

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Re: So let me get this straight

The way some people put it, you'd think a chromebook only allowed access to google websites. El Reg commentards love to hate google, but I prefer they hate within the bounds of reality.

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Re: Mmmm

You'd have a better screen and £600 in your pocket.

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Re: Perhaps only a marketing ploy?

My internet has been down for about 4 days in the last 6 years - I work from home and it's just not an issue. And there's practically nothing I do on a computer which doesn't already require a connection. A Chromebook is pretty close to being all I need for a 2nd laptop, plus it allows for offline editing of docs and has offline apps too.

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Re: I suspect...

NAS can be used and USB2.0 is faster than an internet connection I call BS on conspiracy theories.

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Re: So let me get this straight

A Chromebook gives you access to the WHOLE FRIKKIN INTERNET. That's not a "restrictive ecosystem".

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Apple takes aim at accessory makers, files iPad stand patent

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Re: Who needs...

It's the perfect way to let everyone know you have an apple product. They'll all be doing it.

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