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NO TIME to read Facebook? Delegate the task to your FUTURE SELF

dotdavid

Re: What I really want...

Sounds like an idea to me, a bit like Adams' electric monks.

“The Electric Monk was a labour-saving device, like a dishwasher or a video recorder... Electric Monks believed things for you, thus saving you what was becoming an increasingly onerous task, that of believing all the things the world expected you to believe.” -- Douglas Adams

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Students hack Tesla Model S, make all its doors pop open IN MOTION

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"An entrant named team 'yo'"

Ah so that's what the Yo app does.

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Chrome browser has been DRAINING PC batteries for YEARS

dotdavid

Re: Of Google software and battery drain

The OP means Google Play Services, which is pretty much a kitchen sink of things that Google thinks Android developers might find useful. Some of those things impact battery life, most probably the location-related stuff (formerly known as Latitude).

I found that the Google Play Services process was keeping a wakelock for ages, thus the phone was never "sleeping" and the battery was draining quickly. I disabled the permission in CyanogenMod AppOps (unfortunately not available to any stock ROM, although you can root and install it) and sure enough the problem went away.

There is speculation online that this wakelock problem is actually caused by some other apps that are *using* Google Play Services, unfortunately AFAIK it's impossible to tell - one downside of this library approach to system functionality I guess. Would be helpful if there was some kind of statistics monitor available for Google Play Services though.

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Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs

dotdavid

Pah, at least they're Orange customers

I've been getting Magic Number notification texts quite regularly over the years despite the fact that I had cancelled my account and ported my number to T-Mobile...

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That stirring LOHAN motto: Anyone know a native Latin speaker?

dotdavid

Re: and this is why...

Agreed. I would have liked a basic translation next to each :-(

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Chromecast hack Rickrolls Google's TV stick

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Meh

Re: p0wn

Maybe the h4x0rs left the P because, like Chuck Norris, they don't have a backspace key 'cos they never make any mistakes they need to undo.

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Nokia emits Windows Phone 8.1 'Cyan' upgrade for Lumia gear

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Facepalm

Cyan

Got all excited there when I misread it as "Cyanogen", or CyanogenMod.

Proper Android on Nokia hardware unfortunately still a pipe dream :-(

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Airbus promises Wi-Fi – yay – and 3D movies (meh) in new A330

dotdavid

Re: Entertainment on board

Some flights do have switchable external camera views, although I've never been on a flight with one. Being able to "look out the window" virtually would be pretty cool IMHO.

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Re: Weird

Ah interesting, thanks.

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Re: Just wondering

That's why they call the pleanes "neo". In a bit of Matrix cross-branding, in the event of turbulence you can take either the blue or red (antinausea) pill.

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Weird

I was under the impression that the AV stuff on planes was installed by a third party to the plane's manufacturer. Certainly the seats are.

To be honest, like Patrick Smith I think better seat design should be a higher priority for airlines.

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iWatch 'due November'... Y'all know what time it is? Now you do

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Coat

Re: Who actually wears a watch anymore?

Who actually wears a watch anymore?

Who actually buys cars anymore? I can walk to damn near anywhere I want to go. This has been true since roughly the dawn of time. Not that it makes much sense in the first place... humans have always had legs, USE THEM!

Using them to get my coat now ...

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The final score: Gramophones 1 – Glassholes 0

dotdavid

Re: Photos photos

I wonder why there is not a version without the front facing camera, a lot of the privacy concerns would then go away.

This. Why not make the camera detachable and optional then if you really want some PoV video you can always attach it as and when it's actually appropriate to use.

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Say goodbye to the noughties: Yesterday’s hi-fi biz is BUSTED, bro

dotdavid

Bluetooth audio... pah

I'm waiting until Monster release a Bluetooth audio cable.

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Think Google Glass is creepy? Wait until it READS YOUR MIND

dotdavid

Re: Why not put a blue LED on the front ?

A red one is better; would make you look like a borg.

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Presto! After Supreme Court loss, Aereo says it's a cable company now

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Re: tvcatchup.com?

tvcatchup.com doesn't have Aereo's weird "one physical antenna per customer" business model, which was one of the stated reasons for them not describing themselves as a cable company at the time the lawsuit was launched against them. tvcatchup.com customers presumably share a few antennae rather than have one each.

They had their own legal troubles when they had a remote PVR feature (hence the "catchup" part of their name) but it all seems to have quietened down now they're basically just an online Freeview stream. Not sure how long that'll last unfortunately.

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Google Ventures opens new fund in London

dotdavid

Now if only we could think what that troll idea might be

How about a fleet of paper airplanes released into space to provide internet access to Africa?

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YES, you CAN install paid-for apps on Android Wear – if devs rebuild them

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Alert

Re: A bit overdramatic

Overdramatic? El Reg? Never!

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Dammit, Foxconn: Where's our 1 MILLION-strong robot ARMY?

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Sadly, the unhappy Foxconn cohort will get no robotic reprieve from life as an iAssembler, as it looks like the Foxbot has only the most basic of skills.

Sadly for the Foxconn cohort, who will retain their jobs? I would have thought they would have been reasonably happy about that.

it's a lot cheaper and easier to replace human beings with robots, who aren't known for forming unions or attempting suicide

...and can work almost 24/7 without getting tired or needing breaks, and have maintenance costs lower than a (even low) full-time wage, and will perform repetitive tasks in exactly the same way each time resulting in less defects - all of which can reduce costs and help Foxconn outbid competitors. I doubt unionisation and even the allegedly high rate of suicides are the primary factor in this drive towards automation.

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ATTACK of the Windows ZOMBIES on point-of-sale terminals

dotdavid

Re: Surely an easy fix for this...

A good question. When I ran a Windows VPS I was getting so many opportunistic skids attempting to log in with "administrator"/[generated_password_1_through_infinity], I ended up disabling the administrator account as there was no obvious way to blacklist an IP for an hour or so after X failed logins. It really didn't give me much confidence that the server would stay secure.

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TalkTalk talks itself into trouble with budget broadband package fibs

dotdavid

Agreed. The ASA should be told that the warnings should not appear again in their current form.

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We've just unboxed our Google Android Wear. We're not appy

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WinPhone iView app flap: Microsoft to pull 'unauthorised' app... coded by STAFFER

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WTF?

The ABC, through a spokes-entity, told us

Struggling to think of what it was that was telling you things that couldn't be described as a spokesperson. Was it a Playmolawyer?

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'BIGGEST BIRD EVER': 21-foot ripsaw-beaked flying HORROR

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Re: Largest ever flying bird?

That's your best ever post.

No, wait...

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Re: London bus comparison

It would have flown much better than a London bus.

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Virgin Media goes titsup AGAIN. The cause? Yet MORE DNS strife

dotdavid

" many of the ISP's punters continue to be "seriously frustrated about the fact it's not possible to modify the router-provided DNS servers in their SuperHub

Simple enough; buy a better router and put the SuperHub in Modem Mode.

Although I think the outage was more than DNS this time, as my connection was very flakey last night but I am using Google's DNS network-wide.

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App permissions? Pah! Rogue Android soft can 'place phone calls at will'

dotdavid

Re: @Gene Cash

It's already rolling out to Moto G handsets in some countries, India for example. Past performance would indicate that the UK release is going to be pretty soon.

Most Android OEMs are pretty crap with update schedules but Motorola's newer handsets X, G, E seem to have changed that for the better.

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Insecure AVG search tool shoved down users' throats, says US CERT

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Re: Are you listening Adobe, Oracle?

Ninite has its' own problems.

1) It's not exactly exhaustive, although it does include some good software.

2) While the Ninite installation packages don't include adware etc, they also don't allow you to customise settings like file associations and whether or not another %^!"%^ icon gets added to your desktop.

So YMMV.

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Going up: Fancy a virtual flight to 30km above the PLANET?

dotdavid

I like this.

If it works it would also be good if they used the GoPro cameras and associated software they've already bought/written to set up a few other potential "immersive" kickstarter projects which would now presumably be cheaper.

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ANGRY ALIENS hit by BEBO SPAMGASM probably don't exist

dotdavid

Re: Foolish earthlings

Of course we might find the intelligent life too; they'll just turn up with the police...

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Alien

Re: Foolish earthlings

Actually that gives me an idea, perhaps SETI can use spammer tactics to find alien life.

"DEAR SIR. WITH WARM HEART I OFFER MY FRIENDSHIP. I AM GENERAL ZOG OF THE UNITED EARTH DEFENSE FORCES. I AM WRITING YOU AS YOU ARE WINNER OF 12,000,000,000 (TWELVE BILLION) GALACTIC CREDITS IN EARTH LOTTERY. TO CLAIM PRIZE HOWEVER WE MUST PAY ESSENTIAL LEGAL COSTS SO YOUR HELP IN THIS MATTER APPRECIATED. I LOOK FORWARD TO YOUR REPLY. YOURS TRULY WITH GOD. GENERAL ZOG"

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Royal Navy parks 470 double-decker buses on Queen Elizabeth

dotdavid

Re: I name this ship White Elephant.....

"So, why would we invest in anti-sub and surface combat destroyers?"

I'm guessing it's in case an opponent thinks "nearly all of our wars in the last 20 years have been about air power. They won't be expecting our submarine/destroyer/shark-with-laser-weapon attack!"

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Headmaster

Re: Exact Change

"Looks pretty scary to me, especially if they are using them in a ballistic manor. "

I hate to be a pedant but I'm trying to decide which is the more ridiculous image; ballistic double-decker buses or ballistic stately homes.

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Judge says there's no such thing as a 'Patent Troll'

dotdavid

Re: So what can we call these companies

How about "productally challenged organisation"?

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UK mobile sales in the toilet: Down by FIVE MILLION this year

dotdavid

Re: Just good enough

For me the "stitched up for 2 years" is key. I have an S3 with CyanogenMod 11 (KitKat). Sure a slightly faster handset would be nice, 4G perhaps but it's not essential. Contract is up next month and I'm switching to another provider (as my current one felt that it was okay to bump up my contract's monthly fee mid-contract, despite being told this was Not OK by OFCOM) on a at-least-£15-cheaper 1-month rolling contract.

The money I will save on my contract costs will go in a savings account and if my phone dies I'll look around for another one bought outright with that money. Hell, could even buy a second hand S3 and new battery for not-very-much. Simples.

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Rockall batters plucky Brit adventurer

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Pint

Got battered by weather last night. Lost 4 barrels kit inc food. Need to come off early. Looking at options with @kildacruises

Couldn't he ask them to bring some food with them? Then he could stay for a bit longer.

Beer icon because that counts as food and would doubtless be a welcome part of the supplies.

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El Reg is looking for a new London sub-editor

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Black Helicopters

Re: Where is the bit about fighting off black helicopters

What do you think happened to the last sub-editor?

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Re: Sir

"Surely journalists are showered with the 'perks' not available to IT staff?"

You get a coveted "red vulture" forum badge, does that count?

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'Disruptive innovation' is nonsense? Not ALWAYS, actually

dotdavid

You know I'm not entirely sure that a driverless car rental model will have *that* much of an impact on car sales. I would imagine that new car sales (that the manufacturers are paid directly for) are only a small fraction of total car sales so remember it's not as high a sales target as it looks. With driverless cars being used almost constantly they will be wearing out and needing to be replaced with new ones on quite a regular basis, and if a good proportion of the people who would normally buy used cars instead rented driverless ones that might equate to extra sales.

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Linux turns the crank on code for cars

dotdavid

Re: Finally a chance tp drive from the command line

> Bugger - what's the syntax for 'stop'?

$ break

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Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE DNS outage

dotdavid

Re: Hmm

Yep their status page is awful.

Whenever I have an internet outage, I check the status page from my phone and it usually says something like "Phone - OK, Internet - OK, TV - There are reported problems with TV service in your area". Despite the fact that I don't have TV with them and it's my Internet that's down I can only assume "Internet" and "TV" are linked in some way, and only bother contacting the helpdesk if all three services are listed as OK.

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GCSE Computing teachers cry victory as board decides NOT to bin tech teens' work

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OCR

Off-topic, but I always used to chuckle when reading their "Recognising Achievement" tagline on exam papers, considering what OCR more commonly stands for.

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Catch cack-handed baggage handlers in the act with Ericsson's SPY SUITCASE

dotdavid

The similar Trakdot thing mentioned in the article switches itself off when it detects itself as accelerating down a runway (or, presumably, flying through the air as a result of a baggage-handling-related accident). Presumably this would have something similar.

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Cambridge's tiny superconducting magnet breaks strength record

dotdavid

Re: Three tonnes of force?

How many elephants is that?

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Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

dotdavid

Re: film theft

You wouldn't film a car!

Wait...

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I/O NOOOOO!!! We sat through Google's bum numbing 3-hour keynote so you didn't have to

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Coat

"Google also demoed an automatic unlock feature that's triggered when a handset detects ... an authorized Bluetooth watch – such as the one worn by Google director of engineering Dave Burke."

I don't want Dave Burke unlocking my phone, how would I go about deauthorising him?

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Search, done. Ads, done. What next for Google? Domain registration

dotdavid

I wonder if this is more of a Google Apps thing but targeted at individuals rather than organisations. I think the main barrier for a lot of individuals would have been the technical steps of setting up DNS records etc to work with Google Apps - perhaps by becoming a registrar they remove the need for these steps.

I sorely miss the discontinued free version of Google Apps when I have to use my domain registrar's email services, and don't really want to spend $5 a month per user for Gmail-with-a-fancy-domain so depending on pricing this would be something quite interesting to me.

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Yahoo! Bids! To! Own! Your! Smartmobe! Home! Screen!

dotdavid

I concur. I tried it for a while but the intelligent features were pretty limited, leaving the only useful bit the autocategorisation of apps.

Since then I've tried SmartLauncher instead which just has the autocategorisation of apps bit and that's working well.

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Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

dotdavid

Re: Moto G

The Tesco ROM for the Moto G is slightly different to the standard ROM and has to wait for Tesco Mobile to finish tweaking it before it is released. You can flash the standard ROM manually if you want slightly quicker updates.

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dotdavid

Re: So,...

CyanogenMod disables root by default, since 2012 anyway (from memory you have to go into some kind of hidden developer menu to enable it, which frankly is impossible to do by accident). Unless your banking app is checking for the vendor code or something it should work fine.

http://www.cyanogenmod.org/blog/security-and-you

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