I only signed up for the space flight Prime benefit; why do I have to pay for this music and video streaming stuff?
1585 posts • joined 28 Jul 2010
"Mark the correct answers with the letter "x""
It didn't say that you can't also mark the incorrect answers with the same letter!
Re: Marketing 101
Hell it's no different from what most Android phone manufacturers expect you to do.
"Sorry that £100 Galaxy smartphone will never see an update. Why not purchase a £500 Galaxy S6 for a whole year's worth of security updates!"
Re: Bravo Charlie Lyne!
"I think the 'Nanny State' attitude is very much still prevalent in Britain today"
Yep. If the internet were invented tomorrow you'd be force to pay a £500 certification fee for every website you published to protect the children.
Re: That Friday feeling!
Are the rumours that Dabbsy bumped off "the anti-Dabbsy" Mr Worstall true?
"only to discover that your neighbour’s exercise bike has interfered with your chair’s settings, causing it to operate the last two hours in Anal Sex mode."
And that didn't wake you up?!
Re: Is proofreading just too much to ask?
I managed to read it just fine. Am I missing something?
My S3 broke the other week (power button sticks resulting in constant reboots) so I was torn between the Wileyfox Swift (which I could buy) and the Storm (which I couldn't buy as it was out of stock everywhere).
Ended up finding an LG G3 for £200 though and that's been pretty good apart from the manufacturer's bloatware (McAfee, pleugh) and seems to have reasonably good community/third-party ROM support for when LG get bored and stop providing updates. With competition like that around I think Wileyfox might have trouble at the ~£200 price point.
"the awful email client, which isn't a patch on the one on the S3"
Weird, CyanogenOS uses Boxer now for email AFAIK which seems to be quite well-regarded.
Re: Yes, but.
I understand the Vodafone Smart Ultra 6 is locked to Vodafone and has an encrypted bootloader so you will never get unofficial updates, and face it you'll never get official updates either.
At least Wileyfox's handsets will get CyanogenOS updates and if they don't you can just flash Cyanogenmod or Paranoid Android or whatever.
Re: Apple too expensive
I suspect the malware apps in question aren't on the Play store.
And why are you so keen to make Google choose the best app for doing something on our behalf? I'd rather make that choice myself thanks.
"why no re-enactment photos"
Because no-one at El Reg has any idea how the crime happened, got it?
Re: Yeah, right.
"The modern equivalent would be something along the lines of an anonymous single-use account with a provider both initial parties have agreed upon along with an entirely unrelated notification of significance only to the recipient. Something that indicates no connection between the two parties. Perhaps a comment or post on an open forum."
And suddenly the purpose of amanfrommars' posts becomes clear.
Re: Confusion - S or Q?
"but only if manufacturers are idiots"
Uh-oh, we're doomed!
At least this is in Chrome rather than some Android core lib; you can get an update from the Play Store rather than waiting for carriers/manufacturers.
Even the core WebView component is a Play Store app now, to help address that issue.
Re: You get what you pay for
Branson isn't interested in cabling up rural areas.
Branson isn't interested in cabling up any areas. His relationship to Virgin Media is he sold the rights to the brand to NTL many years ago, from what I recall.
"I do wonder why they are so interested in steering me towards having a landline"
They make obscene profits on the actual calls I think. To get decent overall call costs you have to sign up for bundled packages of minutes at £X/month. Of course most people won't use all of their minutes, and of course the competition don't offer the exact same benefits in their bundled packages making direct comparisons difficult...
The more services you have with them the more ways they have to tempt you to "upgrade" to extra services.
Re: I love they way they have been pre-announcing the speed upgrades
When they first announced the speed upgrades I checked and it was saying it would be available this time next year. I logged on today and was told it was now available. Maybe I read the date wrong or a glitch? I guess I'll find out soon enough.
Anyway it's worth having a double-check on "My Virgin Media"
"ISP margins are tiny - maybe a couple of pounds a month per customer."
I would suggest they cut the junk mail marketing budget then. They're always sending me crap addressed 'to the householder' despite me being a customer, and addressed crap trying to get me to "upgrade" my broadband-only contract to a mobile phone deal.
TalkTalk boss: 'Customers think we're doing right thing after attack'
Is it just me that imagines him cackling evilly as he says this?
Maybe the customers figured that since the hacking world already has their details any future screw-ups won't matter so much!
"Putting these high speeds in the hands of users begs the question of what they will be used for"
Burning through the 500MB data limit in the user's contract faster?
Re: Processor vs warden?
So you're saying he could have been a white hat parking ticket bloke?
"and was warned not to use wonky methodology in future advertising campaigns."
"...or else we'll tell you not to use those ads again in their other form too!"
Is the rocket kitten name one the group came up with themselves? Personally if I were one of these miscreants I'd call my organisation something like "The US Government" - at least I'd get some cheap laughs from antivirus company reports.
"The ASA is currently assessing this complaint, as well as that of Williams, to establish if there are grounds for further action"
TalkTalk will be told not to run the advertisement again in its current form. Uh, like they're already doing.
Re: I did my part :)
My Galaxy S3, the source of much of my constant irritation with Samsung, finally gave up the ghost and I got a discounted LG G3 to replace it. Very impressed, although the unremovable cruft like McAfee does annoy me. Still if it annoys me a lot at least I can put CyanogenMod on this phone as it uses a Snapdragon with source provided by Qualcomm rather than Samsung's Exynos chipset with no source available.
Re: Have got an older Samsung TV
"Samsung as a hardware manufacturer makes money each time you buy a new device from them and than loses money each time they have to support it with software upgrades"
Okay for old non-connected TVs, phones and other devices. Not okay for connected "smart" ones. If they can't do updates for a reasonable time period after a device sale they shouldn't be selling smart devices as they are blatantly not being smart.
Re: Heard it before.....
When we're all playing Half-Life 3 on our Linux desktops!
Re: ... 10cm^3 modules ...
What's that in double-decker buses?
Re: The fly on the wall.
It was probably just one or two engineers' fault. Most things seem to be nowadays.
Re: Ahh the screeching chirrup
"why the upgrade didn't allow reconnections to start the download where it left off"
There used to be a wealth of download manager tools for Windows for this reason, I remember. GetRight for example.
Re: it's aliens...
"So did someone put these rubber bands round to stop us leaving"
It was intergalactic postmen littering our solar system.
Separation of powers? Sounds dangerous. We'd better introduce a Reintegration Of Powers Act (ROPA)
Re: Stock android
OnePlus' handsets look pretty close to stock but unfortunately aren't.
After a public falling-out with Cyanogen Inc they created their own OxygenOS fork of CM (I think) with poached key members of the Paranoid Android custom ROM dev team. It's pretty close to AOSP so in theory shouldn't be too hard to update, but most custom Android distros take quite a few months to rebase on new AOSP releases and I can't imagine OxygenOS would be any different.
"The EFF also petitioned the Librarian to include Blu-Ray encryption on the list of hackable products, arguing that it was needed for educators making teaching material and for making private remixes of films."
But that would lead to widespread piracy of films, which are impossible to copy and/or download at the moment!
Yeah it would prove their security is all Talk no Walk
Re: How much?
Android One devices get whole new ROM versions which include the patches, plus additional features if it's an Android version upgrade, and retain user data. This allegedly happens for up to two years although I wonder if it's two years from the sale of the device or two years from the release-to-market of the device. I suspect the latter.
Re: How much?
"What's not to like?"
Any security updates?
Sorry that's unfair; it's not like even the expensive Android handsets get those, unfortunately.
Re: Pancake batter
"some obscure system's Coupier belt"
Calling it a croupier belt sounds like a gamble to me.
Re: Simple explanation
Even Windows 8 machines don't come with Windows 8 anymore.
Re: Communications service providers have a critical role
>> Note the continued failure to define the term 'extremist'.
> It means "Like Theresa May".
So someone who will go to any misguided extreme to prevent terrorism? An extreme antiterrorist if you will?
Re: What power does this have?
"if the OEMs don't encrypt, they won't pass"
Or they just set the low memory flag.
"Yeah our new 3GB flagship is a low memory device, er, we have lots of apps installed by default y'see..."
Re: Google draws a line in the sand?
Something to do with etched silicon? Or is it a cloud computing term: I have trouble keeping up nowadays? :-)
Re: It's a Nexus
"as opposed to not a single Nexus having a memory card slot"
Not true. The first and last* Nexus I bought was the Nexus One, and that had an SD slot.
* due to the lack of SD support on subsequent models, admittedly
"The latency on 4G networks is governed by various factors including, as Andrew Seybold explained here, how far you are from the mast."
Wouldn't countries with higher population densities have a natural advantage then?
Re: Doing this far too often
"cant they just create a generic offence of being an ARSE on the internet"
We'd need quite a few more courts and prisons then.
Re: Three, better known Hong Kong
Lovely, but what has that got to do with the article?
Re: Be more Wiley
Yeah CyanogenMod support kinda goes on a scale.
- Manufacturer's ROM. You'll be lucky to get one or two updates unless you're running a Nexus or certain Moto phones.
- CyanogenMod with their built-in OTA updater
- Unofficial CyanogenMod on XDA developers, which tend to be a bit more fiddly to keep up to date as they tend not to have an OTA update mechanism
The latter category though can have support for years, depending on the install base for your phone. My Asus Transformer TF101 is running the latest Android despite official support ending at Android 4.0 and the latest official CyanogenMod being CM10 (Android 4.3), thanks to the efforts of a particularly dedicated device maintainer.