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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

Joe Harrison

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.

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French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?

Joe Harrison

Broadcom 7225

Really?

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MonkeyParking FLINGS AWAY San Francisco service

Joe Harrison

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.

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Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

Joe Harrison

not illegal

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.)

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You 'posted' a 'letter' with Outlook... No, NO, that's the MONITOR

Joe Harrison

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.

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NSA man says agency can track you through POWER LINES

Joe Harrison

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.

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Google: Glass goggles are a 'fairly lousy surveillance device'

Joe Harrison

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.

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Oculus seeks partners in drive to get a billion people into virtual reality

Joe Harrison

too late

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.

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David Cameron wants mobe network roaming INSIDE the UK

Joe Harrison

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.

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San Francisco issues SMACKDOWN on parking spot sale software

Joe Harrison

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?

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EE in giant VoLTE-face as it tries voice calls over Wi-Fi... again

Joe Harrison

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.

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Google, Microsoft to add remote KILL switch to phones

Joe Harrison

Really?

My phone cost 89 quid at Tesco - why would I want a kill switch? Just buy another one.

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Android is a BURNING 'hellstew' of malware, cackles Apple's Cook

Joe Harrison

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.

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SCIENCE explains why you LOVE the smell of BACON

Joe Harrison

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.

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TOADOCALYPSE NOW: Madagascar faces down amphibious assault

Joe Harrison

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.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the WORST

Joe Harrison

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.

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Skype to become 'Star Trek' style real-time translator, says Redmond

Joe Harrison

What about the pagans?

How is Skype going to know which witch is which?

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

Joe Harrison

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.

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Rubber-glove time: Italy to probe TripAdvisor over 'fake reviews'

Joe Harrison

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?

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So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

Joe Harrison

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...

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LA air traffic meltdown: System simply 'RAN OUT OF MEMORY'

Joe Harrison

Re: Recursive programming

It sounds like a perfect example of using recursive programming in the wrong way.

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Study: Users don't much care about Heartbleed hacking dangers

Joe Harrison

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.

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Classified LOHAN payload is four-eyed beast

Joe Harrison

Little fluffy clouds

How appropriate that your lovely cloud panoramas are juxtapositioned with an ad for ... cloud.

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Chrome makes new password grab in version 34

Joe Harrison

Re: I'm not entirely opposed...

Don't want to spoil your friend's Arduino fun but hasn't this been done already? (Yubikey)

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Not your father's spam: Trojan slingers attach badness to attachment WITHIN attachment

Joe Harrison

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

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Re: Password protected...

Yes because the encryption is military grade

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Your files held hostage by CryptoDefense? Don't pay up! The decryption key is on your hard drive

Joe Harrison

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.

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Organic food: Pricey, not particularly healthy, won't save you from cancer

Joe Harrison

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.

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iFixit boss: Apple has 'done everything it can to put repair guys out of business'

Joe Harrison

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.

tl;dr

Yes they make repair difficult on purpose to get your money.

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Hot, young under-25s: Lonely slab strokers who shun TV

Joe Harrison

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.

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ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

Joe Harrison

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.

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TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

Joe Harrison

Microwave

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.

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They want me to install CCTV to see what YOU did in the TOILET

Joe Harrison

Virgin

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.

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Hidden 'Windigo' UNIX ZOMBIES are EVERYWHERE

Joe Harrison

How?

"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.

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Tony Benn, daddy of Brit IT biz ICL and pro-tech politician, dies at 88

Joe Harrison

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.

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Is the World Wide Web for luvvies and VCs – or for all of us?

Joe Harrison

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.

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Snowden: You can't trust SPOOKS with your DATA

Joe Harrison

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.

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Microsoft UK seeks infrastructure guys for BYOD workshops

Joe Harrison

Looks like the Reading event might be sparsely attended

Forbidden

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

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Bitcoin value plunges as Mt.Gox halts withdrawals and Russia says 'nyet'

Joe Harrison

Re: barter

Intrinsic value is purely a matter of personal opinion. Good luck getting a vegan interested in your eggs and milk currency!

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Yes, Google can afford to lose $9bn in Motorola sale. But did it really?

Joe Harrison

Keeping track of all those billions must be hard work

A billion here, a billion there, pretty soon you're talking real money

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Ofcom says yes to sat broadband on PLANES (and trains and ships)

Joe Harrison

Re: Roaming

I expect the price list will be per KB actually

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Google's Nest gobble: Soon ALL your HOME are BELONG to US

Joe Harrison

You can't not get this

“Our privacy policy clearly limits the use of customer information to providing and improving Nest’s products and services”

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!

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Audiophiles: These Wi-Fi speakers have a stereo drift of less than 25μs – good enough for you?

Joe Harrison

multi-room

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.

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Use strong passwords and install antivirus, mmkay? UK.gov pushes awareness campaign

Joe Harrison

Cyber-lol

Definition: cyber (ˈsʌɪbə) : adjective

"To undermine one's own credibility or indicate a lack of IT understanding (esp. security)"

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Google stabs Wikipedia in the front

Joe Harrison

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.

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Sinclair’s 1984 big shot at business: The QL is 30 years old

Joe Harrison

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.

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Sony seeks mojo reboot with 147-inch 'honey-you-can't-afford-me' 4K home projector

Joe Harrison

147 inch eh?

Just right for watching the snooker.

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Merry Christmas? Not for app devs: That gold rush is officially OVER

Joe Harrison

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.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.motorola.dlight&rdid=com.motorola.dlight

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HTC: Shipping Android updates is harder than you think – here's why

Joe Harrison

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.

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British Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing receives Royal pardon

Joe Harrison

Re: Pardon

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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