941 posts • joined Thursday 31st May 2007 13:04 GMT
"and watching jeremy kyle"
Say it aint so!! Those poor bastards! Wait until the EU hear of this inhuman treatment of prisoners!!
Re: How about Google-
Dammit - beat me to it! Have an upvote.
"Why, because you're in a 'senior' position should you reign in your personal thoughts?"
Because you'll lose your senior job if you say something that is likely to lose sales or reflect badly on the company/product as a whole.
Re: Ofcom decided that Net Neutrality is a non-issue in the UK
Upvoted. Though I laughed (then cried a little inside) at the suggestion that writing to an MP or voting for a political party will change the situation at all.
Re: Onroad parking would be better
"If people can avoid driving into parked cars"
That's a big if.
Re: Crimson Editor
Used to use Crimson too... these days I use Notepad++ as its still being developed and wasn't that dissimilar to CE.
Am I the 5 percent?
I generally just grab TV off the dodgy net these days... reasons are:
- because (Virgins) TiVo regularly screws up the recordings of shows they do show here in the UK. I pay a big chunk for a crappy service... sky are not really any better (though their box is less dodgy)
- because they don't have any legal online alternatives in the UK. I've looked at Netflix and Lovefilm and they have next to no decent US shows that have been aired in the last year here in the UK.
I have money to throw at these networks... they just won't take it.. their attempts at legal services are piss poor and years behind the US services.
On the flip side... music has moved on a great deal - I'll happily buy tracks from Google Play and Amazon, or independent publisher websites - DRM free, I get a file I can backup (rather than subscription based), and it'll work on all my devices. I buy less music now because my tastes arn't as catered for these days, but I still buy an album or two a year plus random tracks.
I've given up on legal alternatives for downloading or subscription models like lovefilm... I rarely watch films now anyway. I go cinema for the big ones I want to watch, though only because I usually get a bogof deal with work. I buy the cheap blurays or dvd (for my kids films) mainly because they like the physical medium... they like looking on the shelf to see what film they want to watch rather than have advertising pushed on them via xbox live.
Am I a pampered 5 percenter? Probably for TV... but not because I don't want to pay... and not for everything... I pay for TV one way or another through Virgin and my TV license, always pay for music now legal routes are decent enough, and good movies are hard to find now so I buy for my kids, not for me.
Re: Debit Card
And in this particular scenario you wouldn't realise your account would about to be charged, so no money in the account to cover it. At this point you're gonna have one of two things happen :
1 - your bank bounces the payment, charges you 25 quid for the privilege... Bank wins.
2 - your bank allows the payment via an unarranged overdraft, then charges you like 10 pounds a day for a max of 5 days, plus a one off arrangement fee for the overdraft. Bank, apple and developer wins.
Either way you'd still be vulnerable to this type of scam / feature with your odd ritual for payments.
Re: Can I have Andrew's MWC ticket?
"I thought it was pretty hilarious."
Uh huh... But for the wrong reasons I fear.
"you can’t get everything you want in any format you want for a decent price, and it doesn’t play seamlessly. All the things Apple does within its own walled garden"
Lmao, sure sure.... So when does the new job at apple start Andrew?
Re: Sort of agree
"But for any form of payments I think you should always enter a password/pin, as Android will also happily go "Yeah Charged" without a wiff of a pin or password."
The option is there, you just need to enable it - and parents usually will. I have the "require pin to purchase" option turned on for my Nexus 7 and android phone... my son can't buy anything without entering my pin, even for inapp stuff.
"I can often have trouble hearing the wife just one room over when she's shouting at me."
If only all married men were so lucky!
Joking aside, I agree with you on benefits of other walls over solid brick - our solid brick 1900 house leaks heat, has zero sound proofing (even between us and our neighbours). It's also annoying as hell to put pictures and mirrors up on.
"much like the smartphone didn't catch on until Apple dispensed with the stylus"
The feature Apple that sold their iPhone was a comparatively slick UI (and to a large degree existing brand appeal)... it definitely was not them "dispensing" the stylus, as many smartphones before it didn't have them either.
"Glasses are cumbersome at best, people spend a fortune trying to get rid of glasses by having laser eye surgery"
A small percentage of people hate their glasses, and spend money on getting surgery... the vast majority of people who need glasses will happily wear glasses (or just hate the idea of eye surgery enough to keep the glasses).
"Technology needs to be limited to situations where it won't cause death or injury to the user or others around them."
I assume you don't drive cars, take trains, take flights, use computers, or even electricity, or eat food (created by technology!)... or do anything really.
Yes - but Mr White doesn't make games, he sells music - ofcourse he'll tell you you're wasting your life playing games, when you could be buying his music and listening to him singing "I'm thinkin' about my doorbell When ya gonna ring it, when ya gonna ring it" over and over again and FEEEEEL something.
I like some of his music, but I'm not really familiar with what he's done in the last, say, 5 years? Maybe he's right, it's because I'm wasting my life away on computers, games, making friends with like minded (but equally busy) people online... not to mention getting married, having kids, buying a house, then paying nearly £1k in childcare a month (which used to be my cinema / pub / eating out / music money).
Re: 4 comments so far...
Oh dear... thumbed down by either somebody who believes Android was perfect from day 1, or somebody who believes jelly bean to be unreliable... either way you're wrong!!
Down vote away.
Re: 4 comments so far...
"The radio is unusuable. Too many processes in this house - switch off the washing machine, somebody. And the central heating/"
lol... Maybe in 2008, but Android is pretty reliable these days. :p
Re: Really bugs me
"They already have product placement in every virtually single US TV programme in the last few years (seriously - the only exceptions seem to be genres that aren't set near the present day, e.g., fantasy, sci-fi, historical), whilst seemingly every other advert advertises an app, Sky casino, or Sky TV for fishermen, for iphones (when Android is most popular by far)."
As somebody who downloads most of his US TV - I've not really seen Apple in product placement situations for a while now... it's MS who seem to be doing this the most. Every computer has a single windows logo on the back of the laptop/screen - they are even giving like 15 second demo's in the middle of the show, completely ripping you out of the story as I grumble about how the news app never opens that quickly!!!!
Longest one I've seen (whole episode advert):
Most annoying one so far:
4 comments so far...
3 of them discussing skirts/stockings/slips... just saying
Personally I can't wait for this sort of thing to drop - I want to sensor up the house, get some automated switches etc in there too. Be cool to treat my house like my computer - have it running like a well oiled machine. :)
After seeing that tramp Upsy Daisy playfully giggling while lifting her skirt over and over, then rolling about on her mobile bed-on-wheels, I banned in the night garden from our TV.
Re: WTF is
If you have kids it makes total sense, no messing with keys while carrying baby and/or toddler and their change bags.
Sadly my car has failed to auto lock a few times and some scroat stole my TomTom remote, which is the only way to control the unit in the car. Renault charge 60 for them, but the nice thieves will sell it back to you for 25 on eBay. :-)
"I've also got keyless entry, so this is particularly useful when you drive away from your wife who has the key and you don't. Cue lots of pleasedon'tstall prayers all the way home, followed by a dose of howdoiturnitoff"
I've gone to park and my wife has gotten out of the car before... had the same issue of "howdoiturnitoff". The one time I drove off without the key though it threatened me with some sort of "I'll turn the engine off so you might want to get off the road and park in 3....2....1" message - that was scary.
"Assuming its the same system as my Laguna MkII, you put a credit card type key into the dashboard and and then press a button to start the car"
In the new laguna's and scenic's you don't even need to insert the key card - just have it on your person somewhere when in the car and the car will start.
"So Star Trek is fact now, I thought it was science fiction... Where can I find warp drives, replicators and holo decks then?"
I think he's referring to the fact that in the trek universe at least the rules had been established - there are decades of fictional science to respect. Going back in time and rebooting the franchise is one thing, rewriting the laws of physics in the trek universe is sacrilegious to some folk!
I personally don't have a problem with the new Trek film, and I'll pop to the cinema to support the next one too.
It's getting to be like this almost every article. :)
"I'm intrigued to see that it's only iOS users who are thought to need this app."
That's a blessing, already enough pointless crap in the play store without the NRA dumping stuff in there too.
But normally the protesters WANT to protest...
... whereas DDOS attacks are normally done through compromised machines against the will of the owner of that machine - at the will of a handful of eejits these "protesters" are being included in a protest they know nothing about.
Basically... doing Occupy their way would involve 3 or 4 people deciding they needed to protest against something - then in masks going out and rounding up grannys, kids and dumb people from around the world - transporting them to the company at no cost to them, while the victims (grannys, kids etc) thrashed about confused as to what was going on.
Once at the building, they use multiple trebuchets to launch these people at the front door until nobody else can get past them or security opens another entrance or two.
El-Reg Feature request: Can you give us the ability to block/hide annoying trolls please? At minimum you could add some Troll Flag button that flags them up for moderation.
I used to love the comments sections, found them amusing and occasionally informative. These days there is still some of those traits here, but it is getting hidden behind a growing stench of trolls - the first thing I used to do is click on the comments section after reading an article to see what people thought, see alternative views, maybe even tips if it was a technical article. My opinion has been swayed by peoples arguments in the comments sections before. These days I normally avoid hitting the comments section if it's got a massive amount of posts already because you can almost always guarantee it is just the same trolls saying stuff for shock value, arguing with people for the sake of it, and it's normally the same arguments too.
Maybe I'm getting grumpy in my old age (30s), or maybe I'm maturing, or maybe I'm just too busy with a wife and kids these days to waste hours a week reading comments by trolls. who knows.
Re: doubleplus like
I got endorsed for my C#, .NET and debugging skills last month by somebody I worked with as a student in a cinema once.
I'm 100% certain she has no idea what the skills she endorsed actually are....
Re: as it almost always is
"This clearly shows the moral deficiency of non-pixie religions like Christianity."
So what we all need are some Pixian values... I like it. :) Without them we'd all be morally bankrupt, or worse - politicians!
I know a couple of people who go by the name Xiaojie in our chinese offices.
Re: Keyword: fake.
Could be worse... they could spend all day on a tech-news website posting pointless comments all day.... oh wait. :(
Re: @foo_bar_baz (was: @jake)
"Doesn't it positively scream "I'm a bored kiddie, living in my mummy's basement, without a care in the world, using proxies to stir up shit!!!1!111!!!!one!!!111eleven!""
Not really... you know there are teenagers in Pakinstan too - I'm guessing not all of them are living in poverty or aged by the ravages of some war either. *rolls eyes*
What you're claiming without any evidence or suggestion from the original is that all these hackers must be teenage american kids living in suburbia... I say american because of your use of "mom" and the living in the basement cliche from your original post.
Re: Hackers would go after Windows phones...
"My badge has nothing to do with my rep."
Or technical knowledge either apparently.
Re: "the gesture" @ Ole Juul
"Let me suggest a perfectly innocent reason: maybe it went off during the interview, and he wanted to silence it. Benefit of the doubt, yes?"
So he should have failed the interview anyway... what idiot leaves his phone ringer on during an interview?
"constantly tracked its user’s activities, learning and eventually anticipating what they wanted to get up to - in short to be the digital equivalent of a PA."
Screw Siri - this is exactly what Google Now is doing, and successfully....
"The Mac connector is flakey, but it does settle down eventually. The lack of "browsing" of the phone on OSX is Apple's fault for not implementing MTP (media transfer protocol) which this and many other devices use to sync files."
Also have you tried downloading the android file transfer tool for mtp file systems. Not sure if it only works on android, but when Sony failed to release a stable/working version of Sony Bridge for Mac for my Xperia S (their sync software, and it sucks) I just took to getting photos and music on/off the mac using the file transfer tool manually. My guess is knowing google, it just implements an MTP device browser rather than being tied to Android devices themselves.
Apple have no reason to implement the standard because they want people to use ipods/ipads - they don't care that some people with OSX arn't fanatics who buy every iDevice regardless.
"Makes Apple look reasonable"
You shut your filthy mouth this instant, before I wash it out with soap! :(
@Marv Re: Stunning
For me at least at this point it's not even about the fact they opted out of being impartial really (your silly comparison with creationists aside) .. it's that the cheeky buggers based their decision on a forum that has no minutes, wasn't widely acknowledged, and they refuse to even release the attendees/speakers list.
If the arguments there were so compelling, and the people who went to this didn't go on condition of anonymity - then why are they so concerned about keeping it all hush hush - and why are they wasting our money keeping it secret. They're clearly protecting their own arses...
Re: But not watching adverts is like stealing TV!
You wouldn't steal a handbag.
You wouldn't steal a car.
You wouldn't steal a baby.
You wouldn't shoot a policeman.
And then steal his helmet.
You wouldn't go to the toilet in his helmet.
And then send it to the policeman's grieving widow.
And then steal it again!
Skipping ads is stealing - if you do it, you will face the consequences!
*FBI smashes into a girls bedroom - shoots her in the head for skipping the 15th barbie advert that half hour... cut to blood pooling next to a full collection of barbie dolls*
"Surprised we haven't seen it this side of the pond yet."
We have, sort of... with the BBC promoting other programmes during the end sequence of other programmes. The one that annoyed me was the Dr Who HD broadcast that an animated Graham Norton ruined.
Re: The new iOS app does support comments...
"apparently" was because somebody further up had suggested it didn't - I don't have an iOS device anymore so couldn't check it out myself. You and a few others have since corrected them, but the up/down vote thing being missing should be added in to a future update, it is half the fun of comments after all no?
and I know - I know.... I was being a total negative nancy, but at the time it looked like it'd taken a year to fix a broken news reader app, and the only additional feature was ads. Now I know different, I might give the android version a whirl when it's out. :p
Too late for me...
I use Taptu (bound to be an iOS equivalent) instead... I tried using the appalling first attempt of an el reg app on Android and quickly switched to a news aggregator (pulse, then eventually taptu) because it was impossible to use the el reg app.
The only time I go to the website is when I want to view comments... which apparently the new iOS app doesn't support anyway, so I'm guessing the upcoming android update won't do either... the only way you'll get me using the new app is introducing comments, or closing down the RSS (I assume) feed that taptu sips your news from.
"(Saville is dead nothing can affect him now.)"
It's not for him... it's for the victims and to find out if anybody covered this crap up deliberately.
"That sort of thing should take priority over stuff that happened so far in the past"
I'm assuming they don't stop investigating other stuff. Organisations can occasionally multi-task.
"People going on about "Closure" irritates me as well. It is like people just say it because other people do."
You've clearly not been in a situation where you've needed closure on something then. When something this nasty has happened to you, and you've taken a massive step of reporting them (while already vulnerable before the attack, even more so after), and then to be ignored while the attacked lives their life happily... it's not right and it twists a person up inside. I only know of people who've needed closure, not experienced it myself - but the need seems to be for some sort of recognition that whatever has happened to them wasn't a minor thing, wasn't just in their head, and wasn't their fault. Closure seems to be the general term to sum that up.
In this case I'm assuming (if it's true, which it looks like it is) there needs to be some exposure and investigation despite the time and death of the alleged attacker, so that policies can change to avoid another celeb being protected by the organisation that should have been exposing his crime. They need to find out who is guilty of a cover up so it doesn't happen again.
But hey - by all means, rant away.. it's not like it involved vulnerable kids or anythi..... oh
"If you give developers the opportunity to shortcut, then they'll shortcut regardless if it puts personal data at risk."
Contrary to your belief, most developers like to do their jobs well... I know I do.
@ dajamesRe: Do no harm?
Ah okay - I must admit I didn't get all that from the original article (read very quickly at lunch!).
Now, it's getting close to midnight so probably not the best time for me to reply, but I thought I'd google the ssl stuff a little and it looks like people are misusing this:
http://developer.android.com/reference/org/apache/http/conn/ssl/AllowAllHostnameVerifier.html ... probably thanks to the helpful people on places like stack overflow and codeproject answering "I can't get this to work" posts.
I did see this though as part of ssl stuff which sounds like what is being said to be missing in android (they suggest it's firefox-esc in approach in the notes/comments):
I'm a dev, but not web based, and not android based either - so not really knowledgable on any of this, just curious now. It looks to me like the tools are there (been there since v1 of android) to have single-certs for wildcarded domains, but it's just easier to accept all and most of the google searches I made pointed to an "accept all" solution. This is all assuming I've not got the complete wrong end of the stick with this verifier stuff... in which case feel free to give me a good kicking (but show me the error of my ways so I can learn from this!). :)
Re: Do no harm?
So you're saying lazy devs buggering up their security settings is Googles fault.
Riiiiiiiight.... you know Google is a business right, it's just not going to be cost effective code-reviewing every single app submitted to the play store - I'm sure they can automate some of the tests, but then why would they?
Even Apple don't do this, and they have the tightest iron-grip I've ever seen for an app store.
Re: Their engineers hate the NotSoSuperHub
Ours has poor wifi performance... it's an old house (110 yrs old).
Other than that, it's been not a bad experience with the superhub. There was a spate of updates resetting my wifi settings in the beginning, but since then not much. :)
Re: Hmm, should this have ever gone to court?
What happens if your phone has a bug in it? My old HTC hero and desire had text messaging bugs where if you received a message while already mid replying to one it would alter the order and your reply would go to the next person in your message history. You would have no clue until returning to the thread view when it would load them all again, but during tapping away and checking the send to box it'd be fine.
Who's liable then? Doubt the police and cps would be tech savvy enough to understand you had no control over that. hell, google took a good year to get a handle on the bug to fix it too.
After sending messages to my mother in law and father but intended for mates I learned to never send messages I'd be embarrassed to say in front of family and friends... and definitely don't bad mouth the wife or her mother!!
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