* Posts by MrWibble

200 posts • joined 23 Feb 2011

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Wileyfox smartphones: SD card, no bloatware, Cyanogen, big battery – yes to all!

MrWibble

So far the partnership is a couple of pre-installed apps, that can easily be deleted. Nothing particularly nefarious, I'd say.

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MrWibble

Re: Well...

" phone that isn't Google"

Erm, you'll be disappointed with this one then. Despite Cyanogen's assertion that they're going to "take Android away from Google", they ain't done it yet.

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Visitors no longer welcomed to Scotland's 'Penis Island'

MrWibble

"Bute councillor Len Scoullar thundered: "It makes us look bloody stupid. I’m not a Gaelic speaker but I would apologise to people who are Gaelic speakers and we will rectify it right away.""

How refreshing for a counsellor to actually say there's a problem, and get it sorted quickly.

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Sony Xperia M4 Aqua 4G: The Android smartie that can take its drink

MrWibble

The Moto G has always been the recommendation I made to various family members, but I have a soft spot for Sony - their hardware is damn good, and their commitment to ASOP and the dev community is second to Nexus only.

I shall have to have a play with one of these!

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Amazon to trash Flash, as browsers walk away

MrWibble
Trollface

Re: Hading a good time reading El Reg

There's an editorial team?

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Android apps are flooding on to jailbroken Win10 phones

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Ubuntu phone on sale to world+dog ... but will it work on your network?

MrWibble

Ubuntu / Canonical tells us that we don't need apps, as they have scopes.

I'm not sure I believe them.

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

MrWibble

@ratfox

I agree - but at least Mozilla gives you the choice - something MS doesn't seem to want to do.

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MrWibble

Re: disable uncertified add-ons

"release" versions of FF will block unsigned plugins - you'll need to use the dev channel / unbranded versions to run unsigned stuff - at some point:

https://wiki.mozilla.org/Addons/Extension_Signing

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Biggest security update in history coming up: Google patches Android hijack bug Stagefright

MrWibble

Re: Am I being exceptionally slow again?

Unroot and the OTA will come in the next few days.

Or reflash the factory image (new image was released today with this update).

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LibreOffice 5.0 debuts, complete with fewer German code comments

MrWibble

Re: Nein! Nein! Nein!

You're safe for now - no sign of a ribbon...

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Sony Xperia Z4 4G Android tablet – gift of sound and vision

MrWibble

Nope - bought from Clove as unlocked UK model when it was "new" (June 2013), and it's never received an update. until about 6 months ago when I put CM on it, that is.

I know some handsets / territories got an update, but this one, for whatever reason, never did.

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MrWibble

I'm liking the look of this - tablet for mindless surfing around in front of the telly, but the keyboard means I can do proper work on the train with it - replacing my ageing Acer netbook.

Is it safe to assume Sony will support this properly? (wife has an xperia SP phone which has never had a firmware update in it's life, even though it was "promised")

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Moto fires BROADSIDE into the flagship phone's waterline with X Play and Style

MrWibble

Re: Interesting..

Historically, Motorola have been one of the best at keeping it all up to date, So I'd be pretty confident of it getting updates.

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Global drug-dealing cyber crime web was centred on ... Aberdovey

MrWibble

To be fair, there's fuck all else to do in Aberdovey...

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Antitrust this! EU Commish goes after HOLLYWOOD’s big guns

MrWibble

Re: What's not to like?

Or maybe you'll need to subscription to Sky, BT, Virgin, TalkTalk, Discovery, and god knows who else in order to get the same content as you currently get from just Sky (e.g. recent Discovery/Eurosport purchase of Olympic rights)

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The French want to BAN .doc and .xls files from Le Gouvernement

MrWibble

Just like the UK gov?

I recall the last UK government said all documents needed to be odf... I work for a supplier to DWP, and we get document in pretty much any format you can think of - doc, docx, xls, rtf, pdf, the list goes on.

Whilst I support the open formats (for future use / interoperability), I think the people who actually do the work won't pay any attention to this.

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Apple Watch is such a flop it's the world's top-selling wearable

MrWibble

Re: Not seen one in the wild yet

Two of my friends have one - from what I can tell, the only thing they use it for is a remote shutter for the camera.

And posting the results to social media to show everyone they have an iWatch, obviously.

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Microsoft sets end date on Windows 10 support. Hey, wait, WHAT?

MrWibble
Pint

Re: Thekla!

Ah, brings back some fond memories - even if it was a bit of a dump. I presume it's has a bit of modernisation since I last went. If not, it's probably rusted through at the bottom of the harbour!

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Fondleslab, wristjob action just not doing it for Apple right now

MrWibble
Joke

Ah, but it's an infinite percentage increase over last year's sale of the watch - such a big number, that it can't be calculated!

I expect they'll compare the sales to the android version to show how great it is.

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Apple and Samsung are plotting to KILL OFF the SIM CARD - report

MrWibble

Part of me thinks this is a good idea - no faffing about having to visit a real shop to get a car, or wait a few days for it to be delivered.

But the other part of me hates that it'll be locked, controlled, and shafted by Samsung / Apple and the carriers to not do what I want with my phone - so when travelling, "nope, you can't change the SIM to a local one, you'll have to pay through the nose for roaming, since you're still in contract", or borrow a mate's phone, and whack your SIM in when on holiday, or about 1000 other scenarios that will be prevented.

No thanks.

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Ad slingers beware! Google raises Red Screen of malware Dearth

MrWibble

How long before ad-servers not run by Google are now considered Malware?

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Reddit scrubs up: Child abuse? Gone. Drugs? Cool. RACISM? FINE

MrWibble

I'm sure all this recent publicity has had an impact on Reddit's userbase with people seeing what all the fuss about.

No such thing as bad publicity?

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600 MEELLION apps open to brute force account guessing

MrWibble

Numbers

Surely the 600 million apps are not being used constantly to brute force password? So a more accurate headline would be that 53 apps are able to be used to brute force.

But that doesn't have the same "journalistic" impact, I suppose.

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SourceForge goes TITSUP thanks to storage fault

MrWibble

Hopefully someone took it out back and put a shotgun to its head.

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Thunder-faced Mozilla lifts Flash Firefox block after 0-days plugged

MrWibble

If the BBC could purge flash from their news / sport desktop pages (since it works on Android, I presume they're using user-agents to decide what to deliver), I can finally be rid of it.

But at the moment, I need flash to listen to TMS.

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Neil Young yanks music from streaming services: 'Worst audio in history'

MrWibble
Trollface

"My music... It's not good enough to sell or rent,"

I agree.

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Mozilla's ‘Great or Dead’ philosophy may save bloated blimp Firefox

MrWibble

(Maybe) relevant XKCD:

https://www.xkcd.com/326/

(I'm not clever enough to know!)

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Run Windows 10 on your existing PC you say, Microsoft? Hmmm.

MrWibble

Re: "Drivers for obscure peripherals?"

Oddly enough, I have an old unknown brand scanner (approx 10 years old) that was abandoned into the loft since it never worked correctly on XP.

Since then, I've upgraded to Ubuntu, and a few weeks ago, I needed to scan something - thought I'd give it a go, and lo and behold, it just works (tm).

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Download Festival face scan: You’re right to be annoyed, said UK surveillance commish

MrWibble

How does facial recognition work on slipknot masks?

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On yer bike: Hammerhead satnav for cyclists – just don't look down

MrWibble

Re: The title is no longer required.

Garmin 810 (full mapping) = £300ish (last time I looked).

Hammerhead = £75

More than a "little more expensive"

(I probably would have a Garmin, if I wasn't such a tightwad!)

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MrWibble

Re: Can it take routes from strava and other cycle planning software?

Not yet - it is promised in a future app update... In fact, going by their facebook page, it should be here very soon.

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MrWibble

I have one

As a backer for the past 2 years, or whatever it's been, I finally got mine a few weeks ago.

I like it, but it definitely a work in progress. The hardware is pretty good (except the cover for the USB port is very stiff, so I think it'll snap off eventually).

The software is pretty awful. It uses openstreetmap, and the actual navigation is OK, but the planning of a route is pretty hard work - it doesn't seem to get the balance between distance and "busy" roads right - I end up on a lot of roads I wouldn't chose when riding. Also you can't chose routes based on hills, traffic, time, etc as we were originally promised.

GPX upload (i.e. pre-planned routes) is promised within the next week or so, and once this is working correctly, then I think that's a great step towards fulfilling it's potential.

For stats nerds: I used it on a quick 25 mile ride, and it used less than 10% of the hammerhead battery (it only reports in 10% blocks - they suggest at least 10 hours operation on a charge), 5% of my Moto E battery, and less than 2mb of data.

Should you buy one? if you ride new routes regularly, yes - it makes navigation so much easier. But maybe wait a few months until they get the software udated fully.

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Why the BBC is stuffing free Micro:bit computers into schoolkids' satchels

MrWibble

For all the naysayers

An example of a similar project:

http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Bristol-students-prestigious-award-building-1980s/story-26488331-detail/story.html

Resulted in one of the kids being nominated for a bafta:

http://www.cotham.bristol.sch.uk/news/default.asp?storyID=479

I would suspect that this kid is going on to great things in the IT Industry, and all because of a "coding" project he did at school.

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Virgin Media starts its broadband-of-the-gaps fibre rollout

MrWibble

Nowhere in that BT press release does it say the level of investment in g.fast, so £3bn is greater than "unknown"

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Look out, law abiding folk: UK’s Counter-Extremism Bill slithers into view

MrWibble

"For too long we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens: as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone,”

"for too long"? What the fuck? I hope I/El Reg have taken this quote out of context.

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Foxconn joins the Cyanogen investment party

MrWibble

Re: Is this new open system...

Given that the google-replacing defaults they're putting onto CyanogenOS are all closed source (dialler and Email client thus far), I'm voting for the latter.

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Zuck'ed up: Facebook opens up free internet in India – but bans HTTPS

MrWibble

You missed this lovely nugget from the BBC's report on this:

"Facebook has confirmed that it will be able to track users' online activity.

"Yes, we do know what users are accessing. We do have some of that information. But all of it is governed by Facebook's standard data policies""

So, not only is it using insecure connections, but Facebook get to see everything you do, regardless if you're on "their" site or not.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/technology-32580586

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Debian ships new 'Jessie' release with systemd AND sysvinit

MrWibble
Trollface

I get no results for "f*ck", I presume you mean "fuck"?

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Windows Phone 10: Less stuff that does more – plus IE-killer Project Spartan

MrWibble

"A top left menu is in the worst possible place, unless you are left handed, since you have to stretch all the way across the screen to reach it."

Does a swipe in from the left edge work to get the menu, as it does in Android?

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Microsoft set to penetrate Cyanogen, promises app-y ending

MrWibble

Re: WTF?

CyanogenMod won't be infected with this - only the "official" Cyanogen OS which is pre-installed on OnePlus and a couple of other phones.

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MrWibble

Re: Cyanogen better be careful

Cyanogen's goodwill went out the window many months ago - when Kirk McMaster became CEO.

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UK.gov: We want Britannia's mobe-enabled cars to rule the roads

MrWibble

Anyone would think there's an election coming up, so they'll promise anything, then quietly sweep it away afterwards...

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Gartner Ad

MrWibble

Gartner Ad

Do you really need 4 lots of the same image on the home page? That guy's mug (x4) staring at me first thing in the morning is a hell of a wake up call!

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Cyanogen finds $80m in collecting tin after busking session

MrWibble
FAIL

"Bloatware-free Android version Cyanogen"

Not been bloatware free for a while now - I've had to do an addon.d script to delete a lot of the cruft they include as standard (I presume as part of their "moving from google" strategy. Apollo, File manager, gallery, camera - I get better ones from the Play Store, so don't need them installed in the system partition.

And if the rumours are to be believed, more is on the way...

Oh, and don't forget that they still haven't released CM12s (Lollipop) for the OnePlus - their bloatware-free software seems to be taking a lot longer to roll out than the bloatware heavy Motorola, or Samsung Lollipop releases...

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Tastier Lollipops for chosen few as Google releases Android 5.1

MrWibble

Re: Please Mr Google...

Lightflow should work fine without root.

But, I agree it's very odd that they build in a multi-colour LED into a device (I've got a N4), and then don't use it!

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Flash flushed: Google's AdWords to convert ads to HTML5 automatically

MrWibble

Bugger. Having click to play in Firefox stopped the most obnoxious ads, whilst still allowing static ones through. Guess I'll have to reconfigure adblock again to block more...

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Got an Android Wear gizmo? Yeah, you and '719,999 other people'

MrWibble

"Apple made the right decisions with its WatchKit software development kit to maximize battery life for the platform, and the Apple Watch will offer leading energy efficiency"

Yet, even an Apple fan site says:

"Our sources say that Apple is targeting 2.5 hours of “heavy” application use, such as processor-intensive gameplay, or 3.5 hours of standard app use. Interestingly, Apple expects to see better battery life when using the Watch’s fitness tracking software, which is targeted for nearly 4 hours of straight exercise tracking on a single charge."

http://9to5mac.com/2015/01/22/apple-targets-for-apple-watch-battery-life-revealed-a5-caliber-cpu-inside/

Which sucks just as much as Android Wear does!

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Ubuntu smartphone to go on sale: It'll be harder to get than a new iPhone

MrWibble

"if we'll be able to connect the phone to a bigger screen and use it as a desktop, it will be very appealing!"

The beeb report (not the most reliable tech source, admittedly!) says "Unlike the original proposal, the handset does not become a desktop PC when plugged into a monitor." Shame, that would definitely had me getting one.

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MrWibble

Re: Ubuntu is using flash sales, announced via Twitter, as a marketing tool to create buzz

Ah, but they can brag that they "sold out within minutes"!!

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