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* Posts by Mike 29

47 posts • joined 24 Jun 2011

Qantas' biggest problems are … Apple, Samsung and Google?

Mike 29
Facepalm

Yeah, no.

The in-flight entertainment was never a reason to choose Qantas. Besides, once I had *any* form of entertainment that was out of the THIS IS YOUR CABIN CREW SHOUTING THROUGH YOUR EARPHONES, YOU ARE ON A PLANE, IT IS GOING SOMEWHERE, THAT PLACE HAS WEATHER, ENJOY YOUR FLIGHT ear pain loop it won over anything any airline had to offer, even if it was just an mp3 player, screens be damned.

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App to manage Android app permissions

Mike 29
FAIL

Re: But...

Yeah, what?

The business is apparently built on "you can't trust anyone else in the play store, but you can trust us" and there's no evidence as to why and plenty of unusual permissions that I would suspect indicate malware from anyone.

e.g. Phone calls

directly call phone numbers

reroute outgoing calls

read phone status and identity

I maybe get reading the IMEI for your billing requirements, but calling phone numbers and routing calls have nothing to do with the headline of "stopping those naughty apps with their dodgy permissions".

Neither does the nanny crap with "stopping texting while driving" which is what? Some kind of parental setting for people who have children that are somehow old enough to drive, but not old enough to take responsibility for their own phone, and that requires the GPS to be on all the time?

Maybe you should have invested less millions in development and done one thing well, with a minimum permission set so you could explain why you need each one. Instead you're an example of why the permission model on android is ridiculous.

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Mike 29

But...

Rich, this app requires permissions to everything on the phone (expected), but there's nothing in the article to suggest why I should trust SnoopWall or their app.

For an app that's supposed to police permission over-reach, it has a lot of unexplained permissions.

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Britain's costliest mistake? Lord Stern defends his climate maths

Mike 29

Re: one small problem : "both halves of the debate"

Bullshit. Flat earthers are a myth.

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You THINK you're watching your LG smart TV - but IT's WATCHING YOU, baby

Mike 29
Trollface

Re: Clenches jaw, takes deep breath . . .

Comparing Steam DRM to (say) EA DRM is a bit like comparing a breath test to multiple enemas and a endoscopy procedure. http://americablog.com/2013/11/cops-anal-search-colonoscopy-3-enemas-man-rolling-stop-clenched-buttocks.html

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Australia's Electoral Commission won't release vote-counting code

Mike 29

EasyCoont?

Is it EasyCode or EasyCount?

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Mobe SIM crypto hijack threatens millions: Here's HOW IT WORKS

Mike 29

Re: don't feed the bumpkins

From another article I read yesterday, I think it's 40bits.

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Microsoft 'funds' new Oz CO2 trading scheme

Mike 29
Angel

Re: expected revenue from tax levied at has already been accounted for

That would be taxes to pay for the related benefits to zero out the one against the other. The whole thing was likely slightly revenue negative as they never seemed to cost anything properly, but you know, rant away, conspiracy theorists are fun.

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Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

Mike 29
Devil

Re: If Only

It would ask if you want to install Metro and install desktop either way.

Whine much?

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

Mike 29

Re: What a terrible name

They should have called it the "New iBox"

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Microsoft honcho pleads with media: 'Stop picking on us!'

Mike 29

Re: Confession we have 49 of those W8 licenses

Yeah, I have 2 myself.

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Chinese state tightwads help strangle Asia-Pacific PC sales in 2013

Mike 29

Re: "still really don’t know the value proposition of ultrabooks"

The Samsung Ultrabooks I've seen have RJ45 built in.

The difference between the $400 laptop and the ultrabook is weight, not speed really... but yeah, UK is being robbed blind on prices. (a £400 here *is* an ultrabook)

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Dongle smut Twitstorm claims second scalp

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FAIL

PCMCIA dongles?

Did no one else think she was regurgitating jargon she doesn't understand when she said that?

What's her next rant about, CGA printers?

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So: 6,500 Win 8 laptops later, how are BT's field engineers coping?

Mike 29
Facepalm

Gotta admit, skimmed a little, but I didn't see anything that Windows 8 enabled over the same hardware with Windows 7, and without getting initial drop in productivity while they struggle to get that Metro UI crap off their screen and into the applications they actually want.

But hey, I'm not writing puff advertisment pieces and passing them off as journalism.

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Microsoft blasts PC makers: It's YOUR fault Windows 8 crash landed

Mike 29
Facepalm

They don't know who their customers are

They might have been able to sell a secure boot OS to enterprise, it's a very nice feature from a security perspective, but not with the horrible interface being rammed down their throats.

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Intel CEO: PC market slogging along at half speed

Mike 29
Facepalm

haha

Expecting the Windows 8 launch to revitalize the PC industry is like expecting the launch of the Titanic to revitalize tourism.

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Oz cinema chain to stream new releases

Mike 29
Holmes

Re: In the immortal words of Monica Dickens,

Oovie is $3:50 a night and has all kinds of freebies and discounts on top of that, and I can still barely be bothered to commit to turning up 2 days running to the supermarket.

That would make $4 a good price for "just out of the theater" streaming, then I might watch more than 2 newest release movies a year. And yeah, I don't pirate them either.

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Does Box really need $284m in VC cash?

Mike 29
FAIL

WTF is "Box" and why do companies still pick names that are impossible to Google?

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Pandora plays beta beats downunder

Mike 29
Thumb Up

Re: Ah Pandora.

No catch-up for me. No Facebook, hence no spotify. Besides, Pandora is way cheaper.

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Apostrophe’s cause problem’s in e-health system’s

Mike 29
Devil

PHPeons

That's what you get when you hire contractors that rely on magic_quotes to solve this problem.

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ICANN’s archery contest misses its target

Mike 29
Paris Hilton

Why are they doing it at all?

We should refuse to support this trash, since it will actually break a lot of legacy systems that check for a valid TLD and will refuse all these.

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Yellow Pages targets zombie survivalist market

Mike 29
WTF?

insufficient

$2500 wouldn't be enough to develop the app if I were guaranteed payment... why would you compete for that?

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Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship pre-IPO

Mike 29
FAIL

Re: Really?

AC does not recall correctly. Australia has no taxation on non residents.

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Microsoft tears the wraps off Windows 8 Enterprise

Mike 29
FAIL

We're about a year from migrating to windows 7. Win 8 enterprise is will rapidly follow vista into the list of OS's the enterprise skipped.

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Banks toss $8bn into Facebook's lap ahead of IPO

Mike 29
Facepalm

Re: Games

What problem? They love the fake accounts.

Their inflated valuation is based on a ridiculous monetary worth per account. I bet their efforts at rooting out duplicate accounts are as vigorous as casinos efforts to help problem gamblers kick the habbit.

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Qantas lets fly with 'net access

Mike 29

Because business users will expense it.

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NASA snaps show Arctic melt

Mike 29

Re: Stick this in your god damn greenietard pipe and smoke it!

I really shouldn't feed the trolls but...

Of that 300 million years, how long did the planet support human life?

Also "normal" != "comfortable"

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

Mike 29
Thumb Up

Agreed. Then there wouldn't be a printer driver available, hence no need for passwords.

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Digital Realty gets real in Victoria

Mike 29
Facepalm

indirect jobs?

Aren't these the same local indirect jobs that didn't appear around Facebook's new data centre?

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IT guy answers daughter's Facebook rant by shooting her laptop

Mike 29
Trollface

Nice grouping, but he probably missed the hdd.

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Quickflix adds Android with Samsung

Mike 29
FAIL

Excellent

More and more delivery systems for non-existant content.

It's good of el Reg to continue to accept their press releases, but Quickflix streaming is a wasteland. I actually consider their advertising to be bait and switch given they don't have any TV shows at all but their help page says:

"Enjoy the flexibility of watching Movies and TV shows via the post or online with one of our great value subscription packages."

And their meta on Google is:

"Over 50000 Movie & TV Show titles for hire. Unlimited hours of movie streaming available. NO late fees, NO lock-in contracts and postage is FREE!"

But their entire streaming catalog is 290 titles at the moment, 25 of those released 2010 or 2011.

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NewSat scores $AU7.5m in new deals

Mike 29
Coat

star trek?

Teleport. Next generation. I can't be the only nerd posting here...

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Teen net addicts pee in bottles to stay glued to WoW

Mike 29
Happy

I call shenanigans

You could pee, make a coffee and change the oil in the family car in the time it took ff7 to animate the summons in one round.

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Duqu attackers: master coders, Linux rookies

Mike 29
Paris Hilton

I agree for the most part, but the comment on Linux manuals says more about you than the subject at hand.

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Netflix rules out Kiwi launch

Mike 29
Paris Hilton

1.5tb easily

I've known USAdians that download more than that a month in porn alone..

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Facebook IPO said to set value at $100bn

Mike 29
Go

Someone explain to me how betting on a stock collapsing works. I smell free money.

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Virtualisation: just a lot of extra software licences?

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Thumb Down

The author handily ingnores the fact that patching and rebooting 100 virtual servers has a labor cost too.

The security argument is even more laughable, given the difficulty of tracking, monitoring and cleaning those servers should a windows worm make it onto the network. Just tracking ownership of a fleet of servers that has no limiting factor is bad enough.

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Facebook boss-lady is up the pole on the glass ceiling

Mike 29
Coat

El Reg hacked

By a feminist magazine. News at 11.

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Mozilla updates to Firefox 8, disables add-ons

Mike 29
Paris Hilton

Twitter FUD

As far as I can see the "Twitter integration" is only adding it to the list of default search engines, if you're using the US version of FF... all a bit Chicken Little for me.

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Siri gets over her huff, returns useful as ever

Mike 29
Thumb Up

The point. You are missing it.

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Windows 8 secure boot would 'exclude' Linux

Mike 29
Mushroom

Every windows 8 story

..makes me more certain that it's going to replicate the visionary success of Vista.

</sarcasm>

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Samsung preps anti-iPhone 5 lawsuit before it's even out

Mike 29
Trollface

So you believe they invented the rounded rectangle? I have an iBridge to sell you.

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HP sued by investor over PC and TouchPad antics

Mike 29
Thumb Down

I think you're rather missing the point. They aren't suing because of the decision but rather prospective shareholders not being told earlier.

Case hasn't got a hope in hell and I look forward to his next effort at suing for not being told information that would enable insider trading.

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Dell XPS 15z 15.6in Core i5 notebook

Mike 29
Trollface

No chance, I see more than one USB port

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Facebook revamps privacy settings (again)

Mike 29
Trollface

fanbois

So, for all the fanbois that said Facebook had this already.. Facebook seems to disagree

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For Australian small biz, NBN retail prices look fabulous

Mike 29
WTF?

*facepalm*

Wonderful, you can download 200Gb of pr0n and moviez at 500kbs for cheaper than NBN pricing. Similarly I could commute the 20 minutes to work on a motorbike for cheaper too, and it would only cost me 20 minutes extra at either end in changing clothes. If I wanted to take an hour to bicycle in it would be cheaper again! Cheaper is better, on your bike!

Next you compare dedicated wired bandwidth with a highly contested wireless connection. I regularly use both Telstra and Three 3G connections and even though the average bandwidth used on these services is tiny, you rapidly see the effect of bandwidth connection if a few people are trying to do a sustained download.

The NBN does not close the market, if someone wants to build a competing technology there is nothing to stop them doing so. However, most advocates of competition forget that stops at the outskirts of Sydney and Melbourne and no private telco would build coverage for 96% of Australia at even bandwidth regardless of the technology used. If you can get 90% of the income for 10% of the expenditure that's exactly what you do. You only have to look at the competing telco's mobile coverage to see how that works.

As for SME's, they're dying for a decent network at a reasonable price. The article mentioned TransACT and how hard it is to get numbers on business connections in general, here's a recent TransACT quote for comparison with NBN prices:

- 50Mbit connection

- 24 month contract

Installation charge: $10,000

Monthly charge: $1650

Download Supplied: zero

That's right, bandwidth goes on top of that. And the same company will do a 100/20Mbit connection for consumers for $149.95/month + bandwidth costs.

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Samsung Series 470 250GB 2.5in SSD

Mike 29
FAIL

Maths is hard

Perhaps it's SATA II because 3Gb/s > 250MB/s

Unless you're talking one of the 500MB/s drives there's no point in putting a SATA III interface on a drive that isn't capable of filling a SATA II bus. Except that middle management types might be willing to pay more for the same performance...

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