973 posts • joined 31 May 2007
Facebook - change the mobile app culture, not the symptom
"What many people don't realize is that Android's privacy model treats the SD card storage as a publicly accessible directory," Iyengar wrote. "This allows data to be read by any app (with the right permissions). Thus, external storage is normally not a good place to store private information."
Uh huh - and it's thanks to companies like Facebook that just ask for permission to everything for what is basically a wrapped up web browser. Most of the less technical/security minded people using Android will now allow blanket access to the SD card, contacts, location, sms data and services, because if they don't, they get the annoyance of using the mobile website.
Having said that, it's nice they're releasing stuff like this... just wish they would tackle the culture (cause) - not the symptom. Android's flexibility towards developers is a good thing, mega corp app developers making average users snow-blind to permissions by just asking for everything is not.
Re: Google to keep Motorola's Advanced Technology group
"Google is a data collection company - not a development one"
If you're splitting hairs then technically they're a advertising company. Data collection/development are the processes by which they target/sell more ads.
Re: 3D still being filmed using 2D methods?
I get what you're saying, the use of blurred foreground debris flying in front of a scene is very annoying in some films as your reaction is to look at it... And since you can't focus on it the stuff rips you out of the moment. I was just saying the point of 3D film wasn't to have an all-in-focus experience... Just to add depth... Hence the 3rd dimension atop of X and Y.
There are techniques with post and at capture processing to mimic all focused video, but film makers like to direct your gaze to the story and I'm guessing it'd be very expensive.
There are some major crimes against cinema with poorly done 3D films, but doesn't make them all bad.
To the downvoter, you could at least reply with your theory on what the 3rd D is.
Re: 3D still being filmed using 2D methods?
"The idea of 3D is it lets your own eyes do the focusing"
No... the whole point of 3D TV is to add a 3rd dimension... depth.
You're thinking of a hologram or some nifty Galafrayan Art (or stasis pictures) tech.
we still use notes.... :'(
... and the company bosses seem to have shares in IBM as they keep buying more IBM stuff, while everybody who has to use it weeps with every announcement.
Re: Religious Tolerance in the USA
"Well, I, for one, would not have wanted to be a muslim in the States in the aftermath of the September 11 detonations."
...... detonations? They were planes... not bombs.
I agree with the initial assessment, but I'd suggest it would have been much worse for muslims in Iraq & Afghanistan than in the US.
Re: So fix it!
"Firstly, the entry barrier is a lot higher for someone with almost zero knowledge. Back in the 80s, you switched on your machine, the BASIC prompt would come up and off you went, usually with something like:
10 PRINT "Hello World!"
20 GOTO 10
I don't believe it is higher. Today we have the net - google "learn programming" and there are sites out there that let you instantly start typing into the browser in the same way you did that with your computer. They also can track your development, you can choose simpler languages, more visual languages, more complicated concepts. You also have millions of people that can answer your questions.
A good example is this:
On top of that, computers are cheaper and more widely available than they were back then. I learnt basic, but I learnt it at school because we were way too poor to own a bbc micro... that self-learning on their machines also got me banned from using the computers at school. That stunted my learning of programming quite a bit and I almost forgot how much I enjoyed it for a year. These days they have schemes to get computers to poor families, libraries have them for free. Schools these days won't ban you for simply writing a bit of basic that had an infinite loop in it.
I miss the good old days too, but I am also excited about the opportunities modern tech will provide my two kids that I never got. I'm also looking forward to helping them through it too - something I never got with my parents, who didn't (and still don't) understand computers.
Or pay slickvpn (or a million other VPN sites) less than 20 dollars for 12 months of unlimited access to any site in the world from any country.
Hell of a lot easier than aws and scripts... takes 2 seconds to hit connect from US option.
As a subject, writing only appeals to a limited set of people – the aforementioned opinionated weirdos.
There’s a reason most journalists are portrayed as somebody who wouldn't know their arse from their elbow when depicted in the media. It’s because if you leave the dim writing nerd in charge of putting words to paper, he'll start muttering to the world, and others might actually believe the bollocks he writes.
Re: Who the hell cares?
The hair doesn't fall out over night - usually if you're going to go bald you normally have some sort of warning via family members losing theirs too, basically you come to terms with it way before it's gone.
"Paying users won't notice."
They will - the only time I ever have problems watching video is when using legal methods. I want to watch the Daily Show - region locked to US (fair enough I guess, but annoying as hell). I want to watch Netflix - device doesn't have the required hardware security chip to play it (WDTV Live Hub). There are loads of examples I can give, but why bother, these are ones that bothered me recently.
The alternative? Type "Next Big Film Title* 1080p torrent" into a search engine**, wait 20 minutes, copy to WDTV box, away we go, and for free! The only people this sort of crap affects is paying users, and maybe the first wave of crackers who love the challenge of bypassing (if not entirely cracking) media security anyway.
* Not an actual film title
** Google, as if you'd use Bing!
Re: re: *
Providing you also get the option to change your mind back (at the cost of wiping the phone clean) I'm all for this idea. Hell, I'd love to give win phone a go on my nexus 4 if they (Microsoft) released a rom or something for it... I may not stay on that platform, but I'd give it a go.
The problem (I've seen) with the more expensive winphone-only phones is you are asking people to give up what they know and take a chance on an underdog platform... I've yet to even toy with one, and I'm a gadget whore and always jump on the chance to play with these things.
If they made it less risky for flagship phone buyers (like going back to android if they hate it) - I think their numbers would increase a lot as a good portion will probably prefer it if done right - as in, all usual win features available to the install (and stable).
Re: Are people idiots?
Don't mind ads on the web, hate ads in apps on my phone. They take up more room, slower for older phones, and it'll cheapen my Nexus experience.
Having said that, it's an ad touting company, so get why they would do it... but I'll be switching to an ad free client (paid for if needed) until they revert the decision.
Re: @ Paul Shirley
Actually Turtle, you don't have to take the apps to be Android Compatible - you just need to pass a compatibility test - it's just most users (like yourself apparently) would expect an Android compatible device to have the google apps on there.
So you can be Android (compatible) without the apps installed, but you can't take the apps without being Android Compatible.
Re: Run As Administrator
"Have you tried running Win8 as a normal user."
You should try enabling family settings, just signing in is a nightmare. All the background services, manufacturer plugins/spyware/junk all triggering parent permission screens one after another.
Re: Due Diligence
"If they had bothered to try out a Surface for themselves they'd have known it was shit."
I had one as a toy (through work) to tinker with.... tried to use it as a daily tablet. It wasn't horrific, I actually liked it. I'd never pay what they were asking for it though, that's why it bombed I think. They were asking mid-range laptop money for a fairly limited heavy tablet. Sub £/$300 and they'd have had a decent response to it I think.
My main issues were fixable with the current gen... the number of stability bugs in the software/drivers (wifi randomly stopped working constantly and requiring reboots to connect again), and the snap-on keyboard-cover died within a couple of weeks of use (replaceable no questions asked by MS though).
No longer using it though, gathers dust in the office with a sign saying "free tablet".
Well yes, as nice as that would have been I would assume that wouldn't happen. :)
It doesn't stop them linking to the album or greying it out once your subscription is lapsed so you can purchase them later though.
I probably should have worded it better but my point was, I'd "added" a few new albums from artists that I'd not heard of before through their radio playlists, so when my subscription stops, will I at least have the option to buy them without having to remember what I've added when they just vanish without a trace.
Thanks for the link though, you'd found more on it than I had.
The "Add to library" option - I can't see in their help files whether those albums persist in your library once you've ended your subscription or not.
I've been playing with it this morning and I like it - if I was going to go full blown subscription it would need to be around the £6 mark though, not £8. Who knows, I might get hooked in the next 30 days.
"No, they did that too"
Yes, but in a repentant abusive husband sort of way. Totally different. Changed even.
Re: and a word in support of oneliner ifs
"When I were a lad we'd get the cane for writing "goto" on anything"
A cane? LUXURY!! The best we could 'ope for were a rusty iron bar, and we'd be grateful for it too!
Re: flick the phone over twice and the camera function automatically starts up
My Sony phone has this.
If nothing else I will miss that button and the image quality when I trash the buggy P.O.S next month.
Re: "OK Google"
I remember the leaked videos at one point had people saying "hello moto magic <command>".
Thank Lucifer they changed it.
Re: Poses some really interesting questions...
"Sharing of numpty's ip addresses between websites for an uber ban?"
"Because we all know that IP bans are effective and are personally identifiable information!"
An IP address is now a personal identification marker, given at birth, and only used by that one person to access the internets?
Re: She's right
"At least Linus has not thrown a chair at her ..."
At least Balmer does it behind closed doors*, not on the web for all to see.
*unless you count him going nuts on stage
Re: What they say and what they do.
"That was an issue at the time; cheap PCs were still a magnitude more expensive than a reasonably powerful PS2 with otherOS available.
these days a similar raspberry et al will suffice for many of the homebrew ideas (apart from the oddball clusters people were building with PS2's)"
You mean PS3's right? ;)
Back on subject - I'll probably grab a ps4 when they drop a little in price. Don't get enough gaming time now I have kids these days to justify a full price release-day console. :(
I'm a current 360 user, but I won't be getting an xbone.
Re: I look forward enormously to the restrained, thoughtful and cerebral debate we can expect.....
They could have left his old comments on there - turned his profile into a shrine of sorts... a cautionary tale for future commentards.
How come he got deleted anyway?
Troll icon... in remembrance.
No wonder it was bullet proof.
Loved my old Razr V3... I tried the V8, wasn't the same... too much glossy glass.
"to return the presumption of innocence and implement a guilty until proven innocent policy."
But in a true Cardassian court the verdict has already been decided before the trial - the trial itself is merely a spectacle for the masses and a way for the guilty party to show remorse! ;)
It is better for the people... makes them feel safer knowing justice has been done!
Re: @Mad Mike
Australians wouldn't give a Castlemaine's XXXX for anything else... !
*Bad.... Stupid auto correct!
If they think that was had they should try listening to what their kids are screaming at people on Xbox live...
"well, they kept telling me this was better than the competition for all those years, and that they were copying MY phone, but now they're copying them and... I just feel uncomfortable. What else do other phones do better?"
Actually they will just rewrite history. In a years time the "fanbois" will claim that Apple had been developing these features for years, and the competition must have stole these things from Apple somehow.
"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: 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.
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?
"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
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. :)
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:
- Vid Hubble 'scope scans 200,000 ton CHUNKY CRUMBLE ENIGMA
- Google offers up its own Googlers in cloud channel chumship trawl
- Bugger the jetpack, where's my 21st-century Psion?
- Interview Global Warming IS REAL, argues sceptic mathematician - it just isn't THERMAGEDDON
- Apple to grieving sons: NO, you cannot have access to your dead mum's iPad