317 posts • joined 1 Jun 2007
The way I limit this
1. Cyanogenmod "privacy guard" natively allows you to prevent apps looking at your private stuff, contacts etc. regardless of what permissions the app thinks it has.
2. Use a PAYG SIM and not put much credit on it. That way a rogue premium dialler can at worst cost me ten quid or so.
Not saying this is a complete fix but it prevents the two most heinous problems.
Re: Our Mission
If you've ever driven round for ages not being able to find a parking space you surely would agree that something - anything - to match up spare spaces with frustrated drivers would be useful. A pity really but you have to agree with Charles Manning that this would be a recipe for a punch-up the first time it went wrong.
How can it be illegal for Google to remove one of its own links? The EU ruling just says that Google must remove a link if an individual requests it, unless there is a public interest angle. The ruling does not say the opposite (that if there is public interest then the link must remain.)
Re: Things that make me weep
I have been there though :(
Tech Guy A, not stupid, but there are some things nobody has told him about so obviously he doesn't know. Such as their in-house SSH key management procedures. He goes and asks Tech Guy B who gives him the correct answer. Tech Guy A does a heroic job of understanding a completely new concept then phones you with a request that makes 60% sense. What can you do.
50Hz hum randomiser
A box that outputs hum patterns of your choice. These could be fake ones randomly generated, or maybe real ones streamed over the internet from the Taiwanese national grid. Remember folks you heard it here first.
can we stop saying glasshole yet
Every time there is a new personal technology we feel this deep urge to take the p out of early adopters. Like analog mobile phones, bluetooth headsets, and now smart specs. Then once we get to a critical mass of users suddenly it's all perfectly acceptable. Can you imagine in 2014 laughing hysterically about"some moron" pulling out a mobile phone well that's what used to happen in the 1990s.
Ten quid will get you an unobtrusive clip-on camcorder about the size of the typical USB flash memory stick. How is that any worse than special glasses.
It's already possible to make a virtual environment which is so immersive and realistic that you actually forget you are inside it. Look around you.
Missing the point
All the complex arguments about coverage and revenue are missing the point. I as a consumer should have the anytime free choice to which network I would like to give my business. If I knew that Starbucks were doing half-price coffee today then that's where I would go even though I normally prefer Costa. Why not the same when I turn on my phone.
Re: Explain please!
What if A is parked in a space and "sells" it to B but then C arrives who is unaware of all this and grabs the space first?
Cake and eat it
Why are they doing this - I suppose to take the load off their cellular infrastructure? A benefit for them but not for you.
Anyone savvy enough to mess with VOIP over wifi probably expects to be rewarded with cheap calls for their efforts. Especially if they are roaming - I certainly enjoy my sub-1p/min calls over hotel wifi.
My phone cost 89 quid at Tesco - why would I want a kill switch? Just buy another one.
Re: AC Really?
The Apple guy's argument doesn't make sense. We all know you can make your users more secure by locking down their ability to do things. Does not mean that is necessarily a good idea. I don't need a phone nanny thank you.
Re: How does it work for bacon-haters?
The Quorn "fake bacon is really nice. They have obviously taken the approach of finding out exactly what it is that UK people expect from bacon, probably they are monitoring this very thread in fact.
Processed meats are the top cause of colon cancer so a bit crazy to eat actual bacon if you want to live.
Re: Nuke it from Orbit
Or we could send a robot back through time to terminate the frogspawn?
Seriously, it's scary how easy it is to upset the balance like this.
I will be the one to say it
Whenever you get a decent-sized collection of interwebbers getting all defensive about something you just know there is an elephant in the room that nobody wants to mention out loud.
In this case I think people are beginning to suspect (correctly) that they will be under increasing pressure to drive according to actual traffic regulations, and not according to just how they feel like.
What about the pagans?
How is Skype going to know which witch is which?
The trouble with the train
Travelling by train can be great provided you want to go somewhere that suits the train lines' "radiating out from London" design. If not, even in a densely populated area, you can waste all day.
Example: My office in Bracknell to my office in Slough is 18 miles. By car 25 minutes door to door, by train well over two hours.
I love tripadvisor
What else are you supposed to do when you have to choose a hotel in a country you've never been before?
Re: Management is what killed Nokia
Completely right about how much damage was caused by the "competing internal teams" idea. This is why every Nokia phone I ever owned was 95 percent brilliant yet always spoilt by some horrible carbuncle. Like my 6220c which had a great camera with xenon flash yet there was no VOIP client for the VOIP stack thanks to internal politics.
Overall Nokia never did themselves any favours and their success was almost in spite of themselves. It was still surprising to see them collapse and it sometimes crosses my mind if they were deliberately pushed over because (à la Qwest) they refused to put the backdoors in...
Re: Recursive programming
It sounds like a perfect example of using recursive programming in the wrong way.
Re: OK, I'm afraid - now what?
Mine asked me to help him feed a sheet of paper into the shredder, which I did. He then said actually he needed one extra copy.
Little fluffy clouds
How appropriate that your lovely cloud panoramas are juxtapositioned with an ad for ... cloud.
Re: I'm not entirely opposed...
Don't want to spoil your friend's Arduino fun but hasn't this been done already? (Yubikey)
Re: Don't expect software to save you
Zip files are handy if you want to send 400 small jpgs to someone by email. I know this because gmail does not let you attach them grr
Re: Password protected...
Yes because the encryption is military grade
Re: Location of the Microsoft/Crypto folder depends on the Windows version
Mine is full of impressive-looking strings of hex. Somehow I don't think these on their own are going to cheer up the average victim tearing their hair out to get their files back.
Re: Agenda here?
I'm not rabid about it but I always buy the organic version, if there is one. A bag of carrots last me for ages anyway so why not spend the extra 50p on the off-chance there is some benefit? If I had to buy three bags of carrots per day I would see it differently of course.
Let's say there is no proven organic benefit whatsoever - I still think it's worth it just to eat something on which somebody has spent specific time and care to get right, instead of some old crap that fell off a container ship in a plastic bag.
It certainly is strange about the militant meat-eaters though. Occasionally the money-savers on hotdealsuk.com will post a cheap deal on Quorn burgers or similar and the anti- brigade are guaranteed to come storming in accusing people of hypocrisy, going against nature, etc.
Re: Apple DON'T repair your iThing
My son's 160GB ipod classic had a flaky headphone socket. I could not figure out even how to open it so phoned Apple who told me to take it to their shop, quite a long distance away. When I got there I met a spoddy kid with pink glasses and ironic haircut who told me it was unrepairable they were not interested and would I please have a nice day.
Confused I phoned Apple again who this time routed me to a very competent and helpful lady in Russia who organised a device-swap by mail which cost me NINETY (90) QUID.
Recently my own MP3 player (Sansa Clip) developed the same intermittent headphone socket problem. With the help of a soldering iron and youtube tutorial I fixed it myself in less than 30 minutes.
Yes they make repair difficult on purpose to get your money.
Re: Format important
Spot on, no matter what the digital source of your video it's still much nicer to do the actual watching plonked on a sofa with your feet up in front of a big screen. Tons of choice of weird little boxes you can plug into your telly but I still think XBMC (running on a proper PC) wins hands down for watchability.
doesn't mean you should have bought it
The majority of music I like is a bit niche, so niche in fact that you cannot buy it. It is not on sale anywhere. Literally the only place you can get it is some obscure .br website to which the artiste uploaded it or if you are lucky someone re-torrented it.
Have you ever noticed how many 10+ year old microwave ovens people have? Then when they eventually do fail you are initially pleasantly surprised how cheap the replacements are and spend 40 quid on another one. You will be very lucky to get two years out of it this time however.
Go into a train station owned by Virgin trains (for example Wolverhampton) and they do indeed have CCTV in the toilets. And I do mean "in", like as in pointing at the urinals. When I complained they just told me politely where to take my concerns.
"ESET researchers are calling on webmasters and system administrators to check their systems to see if they have been compromised"
It would be nice if they explained how to do that... I get a 404 when I click the story on their site.
Yes a techie
Or at least his son Joshua is, I used to work with him on Novell Netware. Nice bloke so I assumed his dad was too.
Do you remember where you were when Elvis got shot
To me the theoretical WWW start date is less important than when I personally discovered it - sticks in my mind so vividly. At the time I was very impressed with the concept of "winsock" - before that you could only run applications written for your particular vendor's TCP/IP stack. I found a winsock application called "Mosaic", a primitive browser, no idea what it was but thought I would try it out. I was literally gobsmacked, just sat there with my mouth hanging open because I knew it just changed everything.
A few months later I had a similar experience when I played my first MP3, it flashed though my mind immediately what was going to happen with that one.
Re: Damned if they do, damned if they don't.
For years the average Danish person had no problem with people knowing their religion, in fact it was written on their birth certificates. Maybe some were uneasy and thought it was a bad idea but there were too many others who said "I still don't really have an issue with any of it."
Sadly none of them could predict the future and in 1940 Denmark got invaded by an army whose first action was to grab those records to select people for death camps.
Looks like the Reading event might be sparsely attended
You don't have permission to access /k/ms-pcit-workshop-1-apr1 on this server.
Apache/2.2.22 (Debian) Server at go.theregister.com Port 80
Intrinsic value is purely a matter of personal opinion. Good luck getting a vegan interested in your eggs and milk currency!
Keeping track of all those billions must be hard work
A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money
I expect the price list will be per KB actually
You can't not get this
That's right folks - we use your information to provide an improved service to our, eh, "special" customer. Available soon our new thermostat with FREE webcam!
I often sit using a PC located half-way between two rooms, one with a Virgin cable TV signal and one with Freesat. The audio gets delivered at slightly different times and hearing two almost-synchronous versions of Strictly Come Dancing is extremely weird.
I remember a very long time ago visiting an audiophile shop with a friend who handed over serious money in return for an "Isoplanar CD Stand." This was a sheet of odd-looking soft plastic and it was supposed to damp any mechanical noise from the CD audio drive. Years later I replaced my old wooden chopping board and instantly recognised the same white plastic. Oh and "isoplanar" just means flat.
Definition: cyber (ˈsʌɪbə) : adjective
"To undermine one's own credibility or indicate a lack of IT understanding (esp. security)"
New year's resolutions
For those of us on diets this is a valuable resource - typing "calories potato" will bring up the information I want (how many calories in a potato) immediately. Otherwise it is a hell of clicking links all over the place and wading through invitations to sign up for a free diet club account etc.
Also there is a surprising lack of consensus about the energy content of certain foods and the search preview usually turns out to be the most accurate.
whirr whirrry whirr-whirr
I lusted impecuniously after a QL but was under no illusions about the microdrives as I had plenty of opportunity to play with OPDs at work. The moment there was a QL overnight price drop from 400 to 200 pounds that was it and I rushed out to Dixons to get one.
Not-so-fond memories of trying to load a huge planetary orbit calculator from microdrive though :( I agree those devices were what finally pushed the perception of the QL onto the wrong side of the usability line.
147 inch eh?
Just right for watching the snooker.
Re: App Permission
I went on the same journey. Droidlight wants camera and flash permissions that is all. You don't need a Motorola phone as implied in the blurb.
Re: Not much of an excuse
Cyanogenmod is amazing - 30 minutes work will see 4.4.2 installed onto your Huawei Y300, a great phone which you can pick up for under 40 quid at Crap-phone Whorehouse.
I actually agree with you. Otherwise what about my great-great-great-great-granduncle who was hanged for stealing a turnip he should get a pardon as well.
Also I think if Alan Turing was here today and asked if he thought this government action made things right he would probably say "well no I would much rather you had not hounded me to death."
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