That was my thought... clearly VB is considered retro enough to be cool again?!
1059 posts • joined 31 May 2007
According to the media we're all just "coders" now anyway... and "coding" is easy, so get on it kids!!
Personally I prefer being described as a Software Engineer... it fits what I do daily, and my mentality, which is to try and build/fix complex systems as simply and elegantly as possible - can given the time/resource constraints.
Lester was one of my favourite authors here. Genuinely saddened by this!!
Re: OS upgrades
I worry before every major upgrade with phones, have done since my iPhone 3g updated and included a bug that meant I couldn't unlock the phone or answer calls.
Had an update go wrong with HTC Desire and my Nokia winphone too.
I've got a oneplus two now, very happy with it. Had a oneplus one too, but I smashed the screen and it have cost only slightly less than a op2 to replace the screen on a op1.
Won't be upgrading to 3 for the simple reason my 2 works perfectly, and I don't really like all metal frames. Plus after the recent os upgrade it's solid now in performance too. If this died though I'd have no problems updating to a 3, oneplus seem to have sorted themselves out since the early oneplus one days.
Re: Gives a whole new meaning...
Not cool... he's just trying to get back on his feet!!
If think they're smart enough to enable 3rd party applications, download a dodgy all, and then dumb enough to grant his random apk admin rights to the TVs android OS... then they aren't the unwashed masses.
They're either one of two types of people... an idiot who thinks they're smart, or an idiot who thinks fellow pirates on a forum are smart enough to trust.
Fyi... I'm one of these people who enable 3rd party apps on their android streaming device... they're Amazon fire TV boxes, I installed kodi (used their stable build from their site) via adb, then disabled 3rd party option again to lock it all back down. My only issue is I can't lock down updates from Amazon to stop the ads creep that's been slowly ruining my experience over the last year and a half.
"Not sure about Unity"
Most people aren't!
Not good... TV may lose large clients for this
I know of some companies that use it as their main remote session manager for entire labs... not small companies either, and their work is highly confidential.
Guess this is why they're insisting it's not their fault.
Re: Dogs breakfast
It doesn't bundle the ask toolbar with the installer...
Sleep is used by many!
I use it at work all the time... if I've got several code windows open and documents across 3 monitors, I'll sleep the laptop, remove it from the dock, and take it home for the night... next morning just kick it off again and jump straight in.
Its even more useful when traveling, you just close the thing and pop it in the bag mid way through something... next free minute you can get it out again.
I've used an early surface pro for work, had this issue and others related to WiFi... like just claiming no networks available, despite the laptop and android phones being connected fine. Only disabling and enabling the wireless device in device manager, or a reboot will help. For the cost and pathetic support, I'm surprised they're still able to sell any.
Re: My only issue with vaping
I wouldn't say vaping is harmless - it's still nicotine, and that's an additive substance - kids pointlessly getting hooked on anything isn't harmless.
I wasn't attacking vaping, I was saying the vaping shops I've seen recently open up are literally next door to two secondary schools (they don't seem to like highstreets or rows of shops not next to schools), and with the close one open I've suddenly seen kids walking around using them. Those are observations and they might be coincidence, but I doubt it. But more than that, I don't see why it takes 4 massive signs outside a shop already plastered with branding to pull in business. No other shop needs that level of advertising and this is the largest corner plot with 2 sides of huge window displays and signage, the other 5 shops in that row either have a small billboard or nothing and have been there for decades. That isn't about helping people, that's about profit, and we both know when companies want profit they'll sell to anybody one way or another.
On me missing the big picture - I'm really not. My mums been a smoker since she was 9, my entire family (mum, dad, aunties and uncles, brothers and sisters - everyone!) growing up were smokers and most of them will be until they die (that's happening with cancer and emphysema mainly so far, for over a decade). My mum's actually terminal with smoking related illness too, using nebulisers etc to breathe, but still smoking. I don't smoke, I've seen what it does even growing up, and wasn't stupid enough to start (or cool enough, for smokers who wanted to feel good about themselves).
I get why people can't or don't want to stop - I get vaping is a good alternative - I wish I'd been in a house with strawberry smelling steam growing up instead of clouds of choking smoke, yellow walls and smelly clothes. In that way, it's good for the kids... I just think they need to think about who they're targeting as an industry, it's about trying to help or even stop the addiction for people already hooked, not just swapping addictions (albeit less harmful) for a new generation, helped into it by greedy companies.
"Think of the children" isn't always a bad thing, somebody has to, may as well be the parents, yeah?
My only issue with vaping
... so my only gripe with vaping is the advertising. An old antiques so closed near me recently, it's been replaced by a vaping shop... a mile down the road the same franchise opened another. The only thing in common is theirproximity to secondary schools. They've got 2 massive boards outside on the pavement, there are "sails" outside too...and it's all fun cool branding in he window too... designed to look fun and appealing. It's next door to a school and next to a kids shoe shop. Not long after opening we've noticed more teenagers walking around vaping. They shouldn't make it hard for adults and smokers to get on these things, they will help people already hooked... but they should get on top of the advertising part of it. retailers are sending mixed messages, if it's just about getting off the cigs, why target kids and make the shops look like a cross between Alton towers and Game. More to the point, why are they allowed to be so over the top with branding and advertising to kids. That's the bit that's winding me up, and the only thing they should really be making difficult for the companies .
These are the guys, but in the uk...
Re: I always want salt on my hash
It would help if they didn't redirect you to the play store app when tapping on email links from their notifications.
I absolutely hate the assumption you'd rather install an app that's going to scrape your contacts and phone number than just loading the damn page. Arses!
Re: Simply cashing out?
Pretty sure law enforcement doesn't just say "it's all in the past, all is forgiven!! No no - keep your ill gotten gains, we're good now!"
Well... not unless you're a politician or business tycoon anyway.
Re: and after disabling UEFI...
"Only heard of one machine with a driver problem under linux lately and that was where the bios/uefi had a bug so a quick update and sorted."
I've got an recent Asus transformer (t100ha) that won't run Linux.... Yet.
Parental controls on fire TV are just as big a joke.
As a parent I have 3 options for limiting kids on the device:
1 - Dont limit, just full access to all purchases and all age ratings
2 - limit purchases, but still give full access to all prime content and paid for content is mixed in (but requires pin)
3 - require a pin for everything. Even kids TV.
I sent them countless suggestions a year ago, kids only mode ala Netflix, at the very least add a 4th option to require pin for anything rated 12 and over.
After a year of "improvements" what do we get instead? They add banners at the top (for bloody shows like Vikings and walking dead). They add in trailers at the start of some videos now too. Oh, and they banned firestarter this month... So the solution I had found to at least steer kids away from mature content (auto load into Netflix on boot) now doesn't work.
They've taken a very slick and promising product, made it less family friendly, more annoying, and more expensive.
A grandfather clock?! LUXURY!!
"Your proposed solutions do not scale well and are using the resources very inefficiently. That's exactly why internet advertising has evolved over time not to work that way (which it did originally), but the way it does today."
And yet, ads and possibly the overworked servers they're grabbed from will take a web page that loads in under 500ms, and make it take 5000ms, loading the ads before the content so you're just waiting. THIS is why I use an ad blocker, not because I hate ads per say, it's the speed/performance hit I get for the privilege.
Try from a mobile on a slow connection and it gets much worse... Once (if) a page does load fully it often becomes unbrowsable, having scrolling hijacked so ads shift with the page, causing it to jump back up etc.
Also don't buy into the idea of "assumed permission". The increase in click bait and click-event redirect ads (some will launch the page you want in a pop-up/new tab and have a dodgy ad website show up in the current tab) make this assumed permission obviously floored. Your whole industry is shooting itself in the foot!
Basically, you have small legit ads that don't affect page performance or affect the use of the page you may have wanted... Then you get 90% of the other ad brokers who are owned by swine's, use poor programmers and built to run at minimum cost for maximum profit, so UX and privacy isn't their primary concern, in fact they're things to be removed from users in pursuit of your goal.
If you want fast accurate location data, your device needs Google Play Services OR build your own OR plug into somebody elses.
"If you want the best app store, that’s Google’s, but you could try bundling others that still out app windows app store, such as Amazon app store.
Some apps will just refuse to run if they are side loaded onto a device and don't have the required dependencies."
I'm not saying Google don't need a good kicking over privacy, taxes and being evil in general... But it's not all Google, most android consumers want play store and google services.
Except Amazon are thriving with android... Sure, not in mobile - it was underpowered and over priced. Same goes with their tablets, but then their fire TV v1/2, and fire stick are big hits and are based on android.
They've also got their own android app store, and release their apps over several app stores.
Confused... Advertising pieces disguised as articles?
The article body is dwarfed by the headline, on the mobile page anyway, that's how little information is on this page... In fact, this pointlessly negative comment may well have a higher word count!
Re: A few notes ....
My experience of outsourced development is that it's often as mixed as it is in the UK. I work closely with devs in India, US and Poland... Generally all are alright developers... You get the occasional bad egg, the occasional wizard.
I find the larger issue is that of culture, it takes me a good few months to convince Indian devs to ask for help if they are stuck, that there's no shame in needing clarification or asking for a second set of eyes. Normally in the beginning they'll struggle for days or weeks, and some just drop off the grid entirely.
If you have catch up meetings regularly, drop the ones who can't adapt (after a decent amount of time), and make sure you give your local teams enough support to run projects without a "ship it" mentality then there's no reason why off shoring is any worse than local development.
Re: It's likely I'm missing something.
"It's likely I'm missing something."
You are, but it's not your fault, it's a complicated issue, and like with many computer related issues it sounds easy enough to do without knowing all the details.
I'm not going to attempt to explain why it's more difficult than cloning the encrypted data and brute forcing it, but it's been covered countless times over the last month on here and around the web.
Re: Oh dear, It would appear that nobody is doing any thinking.
" If Redmond attempted to do this the DoJ in the US and the European competition authorities would be all over them."
If it was being done via consumer software I'd agree - but they're sneaking this in via developers who have to choose to develop this way and could, in theory, write for other platforms too. So they're rying to work on getting other people to make their monopoly for them through easy tools and a write-once deploy-to-many framework.
Sad thing is I think a lot of dev houses will go along with it... and if they aim this at indie devs and universities like they did with .NET then we'll have a whole generation coming through that won't see it as a problem.
"Isn't the BBC content better than Netflix"
Not any more no. Amazon and Netflix have upped their game the last few years, while the BBC mostly stagnates... not been a compelling reason to watch BBC TV for a while. Plus, the occasional gem that is made by them, such as Luther and The Fall, are on NetFlix and/or Amazon Prime anyway.
Re: Jim'll fix it and you
"It doesn't matter how many exclamation marks you use, I think you'll find the law disagrees with you."
Actually - we've got 2 TVs in the house and don't pay the BBC a penny. We realised we'd not used live TV for so long and BBC much longer, so we just rang and cancelled the license.
They were very nice about it, and it was all quick and painless. We just explained we used Amazon Prime and Netflix for our content, and haven't installed BBC iPlayer on either FireTV box or the smart telly, and no aerials are connected - so didn't need a license - they agreed. We actually do have a Virgin Media subscription for TV, but it was just added to reduce the cost of the broadband, and the box is at the bottom of a dusty cupboard somewhere for when they want it back.
Having experienced a BBC shakedown as a student, with constant threatening letters and visits trying to catch us out, I was half expecting to be heckled constantly about it via knocks at the door or letters, but so far all we've had is an email saying the license was expired and we could renew whenever we want.
Hopefully they won't tweak the new rules to include any and all streaming last minute - so providing we don't use any of the catch up channels we're good. Not quite sure how they'll enforce this though, without laws allowing them to get logs from your ISP or allowing them access to your tablets / smart TVs and other computers around the house how would they prove you stream from the BBC?? As the article says, it'd just be easier to go pay-per-view or subscription model for people - having a 8.99 subscription to Netflix for 2 device streaming has been perfect for us, I'm sure people who would want CBeebies, Doctor Who and the like would pay the fee.
Does the license affect radio station funding? Again, we don't use their stations... but they could go amazon prime style and include music streaming to devices too.
Re: @Keef Speculation?
"What I don't get is that you keep bringing him/them up, and so continue to give these people oxygen AFTER they have been removed. FFS, shut up about them and move on."
I didn't bring him up.
I think I've mentioned him twice since he was banned years ago - hardly counts as keep bringing him up.
Suggesting one of the worst trolls in El reg history when talking about who had the most downvotes is a pretty legit time to bring him up.
If trolls upset you that much perhaps the comments section of el reg isn't for you.
Maybe you should chill out a bit.
Re: @Keef Speculation?
"I suspect your down votes pale into insignificance compared to Eden's!"
You mean Eadon, or has a worse troll popped up from under the bridge? :(
I would have guessed Eadon too, but can't prove it as his entire el reg life was deleted by a vengeful (but just) moderator:
Bug found in app...
.... Quickly fixed?
I'm confused, why is this leaving millions at risk? Almost clickbait level headline there. Most people will have had auto updates on, its not a core android bug that'll be in the ecosystem for years on unpatched devices... It's just an app bug and took professional bug hunters how long to figure it out and report it, and was quickly fixed and rolled out by the developers. Seems like a good thing to me, bugs happen, the fact they fixed it quickly means I'd be likely to use them if I ever wanted this functionality in the future.
If I see an interesting vid on facebook...
... I will go to youtube and search / view it on there. Why? Because even the "HD" quality streams from Facebook are blocky - whereas youtube's streams are pretty damn good quality.
Plus a lot of facebook videos are stolen from youtube, and simply overlaid with some facebook page's name. So they'll rack up millions of views for content they didn't create, meanwhile the actual creator on youtube is getting bugger all recognition for it.
I know this is basically how youtube worked in the beginning, with users copyright infringing tons of stuff from film studios etc... but I think it's different when it's an indie creator.
Re: More words
I got quite annoyed by the article to be honest. You need to let it go Orlo - last time was mildly amusing, and Fry's reply (while fairly accurate) basically misunderstood the tone of el reg. It's sarcastic, witty, occasionally bitter commentary on our industry, with the odd non-IT bootnote thrown in.
Having seen this maybe he was right about the tone though - this article basically amounts to bullying, and isn't even that funny. It's very low hanging fruit too - I've no personal opinion on Fry other than I liked some of his characters in 80s / 90s, and I hate the class he stands for. But he is an actor / narrator / writer - he's not a techy. Liking tech and knowing about tech are two different things, and considering his area of expertise and his age I'd say he's doing alright for himself. He's backing projects he likes the sound of - if that decision isn't the best then fine, it's not the first time and it won't be the last. In this case it's education related too, which I thought would have been a positive thing - even if it isn't going to take off.
I've seen actual tech-literate "pioneers" back massive flops and projects of dubious morality - barely a mention on el reg. But Fry took offence to some directed mocking on el reg once, even daring to mention the author, he's now having everything he does mocked - as a headline article no less. It's the largest headline on this mornings banner - we've got so much other stuff going on in our industry and this is headline news. Are we the Sun / Mirror / Daily Mail of the tech world now?!
He suffers from depression too - but hey, he didn't quite grasp the details on how GPS works, so lets burn him some more.
I broke my oneplus one after a year, the one plus two was a contender as I found the one perfect for my needs. Invite system being what it was, I couldn't get a two - so bought a Moto X Style instead.
My moto x is alright.... screens better, and it's near enough vanilla android - but despite it being higher spec and allegedly bloat free, my wife's oneplus one is thinner, lighter, and the UI is less laggy so seems quicker.
Sad really, oneplus really shot themselves in the foot sticking with the invite system the second time around.
Re: "The range of...cool apps is terrible"
When I used a windows phone (WP 8 / 8.1) I found the apps that were in the store were really there as a tick box exercise for microsoft. "Oh yes, we have a facebook app... see!!" Yet these things lacked any support or features.
What Microsoft are struggling with now is, after having significantly changed the API for every major (and minor) win phone version in the last 3 years there are very few companies willing to put in the time and effort to developing a decent feature-rich application.
Having "Facebook", "Twitter", "Rightmove", "YouTube" etc apps in the store isn't enough... they need to be usable, have similar features to other platforms, and be actively supported by the companies who make them (and not built by Microsoft because the company who runs the service won't!). I don't see how Microsoft will be able to do this... they've screwed developers around too much, have little share in the mobile space, and the consumers spending cash of windows mobile devices have largely moved on.
Their only hope now is business, and the horrible tactic of strong arming people into their services via automatic updates... i.e. "Good news - a free Windows 10 Upgrade available: click here to install now, click here to install later!!"
The only email account of mine to ever be hacked was an old yahoo one. Reset password to one never used before, and not used for anything else... Didnt log into it again, then started getting spam from it again... That was within a year it was hacked again. There was clearly something obviously very wrong with their security, so I just closed the account, and forced my in-laws and wife to close their active accounts and move to gmail or ms... No issues since. Seems to me like they're focusing on the wrong issues with their email services.
Incorrectly priced sadly
Moto X Style / Pure - with a better processor, quad-hd display, expandable memory, front facing stereo speakers, near-stock android - and £370 in the UK. I don't see HTC pricing it below £399 in the UK - they always just change $ for £, but maybe they will this time.
Looking around, we've got new mid-range phones with better specs and better priced. Unfortunately HTC don't seem to be able to compete on price and spec's these days. I don't see how they'll keep their 15 day promise on updates either.
It's a shame though, one of the best phones I ever owned was a HTC Desire - and I loved my HTC Hero too... be a shame for this to be their last attempt to stay in the game, an iphone clone. :(
Surely this is for all those people side-loading apk's off dodgy sites, or at best, apps from play running on pre-rooted devices...?
"Yes but everytime I disconnect the battery it resets,
Fit new starter motor - resets."
You do that before every journey??
Re: Well, nice but no sale..
Is it not still the case that manufacturers of google sanctioned android phones that carry the "play" apps need to sign up to 2 years security updates? I could be wrong, not been following android news too closely for a year or two now.
Very interested in the phone though, currently one plus one owner but its carrying the many scars of no decent case plus kids using it... Wouldn't mind ordering the lattice case if I opted for the honor 7. Looks like a cheap (but decent) HTC one m8.
"I claim 2 million years of prior art"
Surely you mean 4000 years?
We have a very decent IT department, there just isn't enough of them to get it all done... Including supporting the supported tools.
Hilariously we use IBM everything... Notes, connections, doors, jazz, sametime.... Fact is the reason we have additional unsanctioned tools is because the IBM ones are so bad, which makes them sponsoring this guff all the more appropriate.
Re: A loophole
Lets take something they've done that is nice for once (paid leave for both parents the first year of a childs life) and turn it into a cynical (possibly sexist) comment about sexism in the tech industry.
Reported by Digital Spy?!?!
So it's come to this?? El Reg is re-reporting a Digital Spy article... which itself is based on some lazy re-reporting of a mirror interview... I assume you saved the extra Clarkson / Evans paragraphs for another couple of pieces? (yes, I lowered myself to googling "noel edmonds digital spy")
Nice of Razer...
"To help alleviate the pain, Razer said it would be reaching out to Ouya owners and working to transition them from the Ouya console onto the Forge. Razer said it plans to help Ouya owners migrate their Android games and store accounts onto the Cortex service. Razer will also give migrating Ouya customers a discount on the Forge hardware and controller."
I actually find the Razer deal to be acceptable. Feels most odd.
"The fact that Samsung has little control over their own updates highlights a glaring weakness with Android - one never knows whether they will get the updates pushed by Samsung"
Except this isn't an android issue, same way it isn't a Swiftkey issue - it's a Samsung issue. Samsung made sloppy decisions when integrating third party software, Samsung are the ones who network and region lock device updates, and Samsung are the ones who decide to drop supporting year old phones.
Samsung have complete control over their updates... in reality they've spent a good amount of resources to add the capability to their update system to pick and choose which ones your phone will install - based on decisions like if it's signed by the operator that owns the phone, what region your phone is from, etc... rather than Samsung not having enough control, to get the utopia you're suggesting in android land we'd need less control - no 3rd party keyboards, updates to google keyboard pushed out by the only allowable app store on android (play store). Not just keyboard... we'd need it for everything - one unified platform that manufacturers are not allowed to skin / modify in any way other than that sanctioned by google. But then we have things like that, they're called iPhone, and to a lesser degree, WinPhones.
Re: Sickly stuff
"Anyone who has kids that were breastfed and says they didn't try it at least once is lying."
I didn't, but we only breastfed them for about a month for each.
I was put off very early on from trying it too - in the first week of getting the firstborn home I made my wife pork and apple sausages, and the milk / babypoop stank of the stuff soon after.
My main concern is now they'll actively block kodi from being sideloaded, or run some script to uninstall it every now and then... if that happens we'd need to look at whether we keep amazon prime and the fire boxes.
Since getting rid of Virgin TV, and refusing to go the Sky route, we bought 2 Fire TV boxes, signed up for Prime and Netflix, and side loaded Kodi for some of the kids TV that we'd ripped from our own DVD collection (for if the Amazon / Netflix / Internet goes down while kids want to watch something).
It's worked really well so far.. kids love the choice and between the apps and subscriptions we've basically ditched live TV completely and for the most part no longer pirate the shows we used to download (for convenience). They should concentrate more of upping their content offering and improving the UI (better parental controls, single click profile switching etc) on Prime to compete with Netflix.
Re: Times change, business does not
I did say Samsung were the buggier android phones... has more to do with Samsung / touchwiz than android though.
I don't think I've ever heard anybody who's used IE on winphone for more than a minute describe it as a "lovely" experience... if anything that's one of the major ball-aches of the using WP. Constantly caching then reloading webpages for no other reason than scrolling down a page... not to mention the pain of websites rarely rendering mobile versions of their sites for the thing.
Each OS has it's own advantages... problem is if you pick the wrong handset it can sour that experience considerably. My Nokia 1020 was great for about a month... cue buggy app updates from MS, then freezing apps, apps not opening, and a hardware issue related to the pureview unit (botched FW upgrade as part of an system update)... that mean't all photos were either under exposed, or overexposed (completely white, or completely dark)... which basically rendered the phone useless to me as that was the main selling point to draw me to WP.
Full disclosure though - I've had crap androids too... My Xperia S had update after update, which seemingly were only released to introduce more bugs to the phone. But that wasn't an android problem, that was a Sony problem... one I won't repeat.
Re: Times change, business does not
"Thing is, compared to Winphone, Android is an awful OS. "
Thing is, I've had all 3, and not the low end underpowered ones, I've had flagship Nokia, flagship android, and iOS. Android seems quite buggy on Samsung phones my wife uses, I avoid them for that reason, nexus, moto and HTC seem to have stable lines of android phones. WP8.1 was buggy as hell and forced me to get another android after 6 months... That was on a Nokia 1020.
IOS I haven't used for nearly 5 years.. recently had to help a friend with his iPhone 6 because he couldn't use data outside of WiFi signal of his house.. Checked APN settings, all fine... Guess what, reboot needed... Worked fine for a day after that until another reboot was needed. Oddly iOS has barely changed in 5 years, guess that's half the appeal for iPhone users... Unified simple ui.
But... They're all buggy... Android in my experience is the least so when looking at high end phones.. I just don't get how people can brand android as a buggy mess compared to win phone though, that's madness.
Re: Times change, business does not
"They've already established the business relationship, and Cyanogenmod already has excellent Android compatibility and a solid fan base."
Cyanogenmod has android compatibility and solid fan base yes, they're an open and likable team of people... sadly Cyanogen OS (the business version that now has VC money and got into need with Microsoft recently) is making very anti Google remarks, stabbing the first lot of people who took a chance on a cyanogen os phone (one plus), and burning a lot of bridges thanks to very childish management team.
So yes, I can imagine MS taking them (cyanogen is) over and building windows android devices, but the fan base for cyanogen mod probably won't be buying them.
"I would not mind one bit"
Bollocks. That is all.