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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

Dave Fox

Re: Or the alternative opinion

Which particular set of productivity software is so absolutely vital these days? I know you're going to say Office, but in my opinion this is becoming less and less of "requirement" these days. Google Docs is now a very good substitute for probably 90% of home users and I'd hazard a guess a good percentage of business users too.

I bought one of the first Chromebooks (not the CR-48) when it first came out but sent it back within a day because the OS was not mature enough. I've since bought my 7 year old son one of the 11" Samsung Exynos Chromebooks - it is ideal for his purposes right now and is teaching him a lot about how to use a computer in today's modern, connected, world. As he matures, so will Chrome OS (which is already leaps and bound better than the first iterations), and I expect them to become much more popular in the coming few years.

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Hey frumious Reg gamers: BANG-or-SNATCH? We look at Second Son and Thief

Dave Fox

Re: Thief

I rather enjoyed playing Thief, so for pure gameplay it was good in my opinion and I kept wanting to go back for more.

The story was interesting, but it would appear that an awful lot of content was cut out making the actual storyline rather incoherent, and the ending was, quite frankly, a mess.

Overall, good fun though.

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Another day, another nasty Android vuln

Dave Fox

Re: Bricked??

If you've enabled ADB......

However, I'm struggling to see the point of this exploit. Yes, it can cause your phone to endlessly reboot, but that isn't going to make money for the hacker is it? It's also relatively easy to fix by wiping the device from recovery - ok, so you'll lose your data, but we're all backing our data up these days aren't we? ;) (Helium backup FTW!)

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UK claims 'significant lead' in drones after Taranis test flight

Dave Fox
Black Helicopters

Re: Taraniis may concern

"Taranis = Iran's IT"

Oh my word - fully signed up member of the Tin Foil Hat Brigade! Doesn't even work as an anagram, but hey ho, never mind as long as it stokes some paranoia!

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OHM MY GOD! Move over graphene, here comes '100% PERFECT' stanene

Dave Fox

Re: 100 percent efficiency?

My thoughts too initially, but on further reading it would appear that the researchers are not claiming this.

Zhang was at pains to point out:

"This is not a superconductor, with the following distinction -- it only conducts with 100 percent efficiency on the edges -- the interior of this two-dimensional material is an insulator," Zhang told us."

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Microsoft wields turkey knife, slices Surface to $199 for Black Friday

Dave Fox

Re: for a giggle...

What a load of nonsense!

http://search.microsoft.com/en-gb/results.aspx?form=MSHOME&setlang=en-gb&q=linux

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Dave Fox

Re: Yup, the UK price is a total rip-off

"I wouldn't take one if Mickey$oft paid *me*."

First of all, using terms like Mickey$oft is just puerile and stupid. It wasn't even remotely amusing 10 years ago, and is even less so now that Microsoft isn't anywhere near as dominant as it was. (In the interests of fairness, I'd say the same if someone used the term crApple!).

Secondly, that statement isn't true is it? If Microsoft came up to you and said "here, take this Surface and $100", if you had any sense you'd take it because even if you don't want the Surface you can sell it or give it away and still be $100 up.

I have a Surface 2, amongst many other gadgets (this was written on an rMBP), and it is a really nice bit of kit. It is let down by the dearth of apps on the Windows Store, but most of what I bought it for is browser based and works better (for my purposes) with IE for the Surface than it would Safari on an iPad. That isn't to denigrate the iPad - just that it doesn't suit my requirements.

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GTA San Andreas: Now smack that disobedient hooker on your PHONE

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PUNISHMENT gluttons: The Dr Who monsters that come back for more

Dave Fox

Re: So Bored...

I suppose the point is that why read the article and comment on it if you know the subject matter isn't going to interest you.

It's a bit like complaining that the TV channel Dave only shows repeats of Top Gear and QI, when the sole reason for watching Dave is to watch repeats of Top Gear and QI!

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Dave Fox

Re: Bored?

"Anonymous to protect myself from the hoard of mindless forum zombies who will now want to drink my free thinking blood"

Or perhaps it's just because you're a classic troll? ;)

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Dave Fox

Bored?

So bored you felt the need to click on the article and comment on it?

Give it a break!

Here's trick I've learned. When I see a story on El Reg that doesn't interest me, I don't click on the link and read it.

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Ten top stories from Classic Doctor Who

Dave Fox

Interesting that 4 out of your 10 picks are from the Tom Baker era when Philip Hinchcliffe was the producer, as are a good percentage of those that didn't quite make the cut.

Whilst this was definitely my own personal golden age for Who (I was born in 1970), these stories stand the test of time well despite the low budget. I do enjoy Nu-Who very much, but I would like to see more of this "style" of episode.

Next year, Big Finish will be releasing a "Philip Hinchcliffe Presents" range of 4th Doctor audio plays, which I very much hope will recapture the spirit of that fantastic era of Classic Who.

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Google and Samsung bare teeth in battle for LANDFILL ANDROID™

Dave Fox

Re: Comparison of openness

I find it quite hard to believe that your post here has prompted some down votes!

I should be an iOS person - I have 3 Macs in my house (typing this on an rMBP) and I bought my wife an iPhone and an iPad. However, for my phone and tablet requirements, I too find Android a better fit. That's not to denigrate iOS - it does what it does very well, but at this point in time it doesn't do what I *need* it to do as well as Android does.

Your point about data sharing (via intents) is a prime example of this. Another is screens size - I regularly use my Galaxy Note 3 (and the Note 2 and original Note before it) to access servers using remote desktop. The screen size and resolution of the Note range is vast superior than the iPhone's for this particular purpose, and the S-Pen makes an absolutely superb mouse replacement when a finger simple doesn't give the required precision.

The point is that it's all horse for courses. iPhone for works you? Great! WP8? Brilliant! Android? Good for you!

Personally, I welcome the choice.

So, here's an upvote for your trouble.

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Dave Fox

Re: Why Android?

Please! Have you seen some of the apps on the Windows App store?

There are huge numbers of apps that simple aren't worth the few seconds to download - they certainly haven't "proved" their worth at all. Try searching for a video player that purports to play DivX - you'll find loads that they they do, but the handful of reviews usually say they don't. All these apps presumably pass the Windosr STore certification, but since they don't actually do what they are advertised to do, what's the point?

That's not to say that Play or the Apple App store aren't full of crap as well, but because they are both well frequented, you can sort the wheat from the chaff by looking at the reviews. This is almost impossible on the Windows App store, because unless we're talking "marquee" apps, most apps seem to have reviews in the single digits!

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Slip your SIM into a plastic sheath, WIPE international call charges

Dave Fox

Re: Oh dear...

Yeh, because that really works well when you've not got a data connection......

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Once, twice, three times - a Very Large Phone™

Dave Fox

Re: It's inevitable...

MouseOver events for one!

Not every website is enhanced for touch, and sometimes the fact that the S-Pen can act much like a mouse is very useful indeed.

YMMV of course.

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RIP charging bricks: $279 HP Chromebook 11 charges via USB

Dave Fox

Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?

Come on, the only backplanation here is you changing the scope and having 4 4000mAh batteries to charge in one night, rather changing the rules a bit. It is also fairly unlikely that you'd have to charge all 4 devices from empty every night, though I do accept it's a possibility.

When I recently went on holiday with my family, we took 2 USB chargers. One was a 4 port USB charger, and the other a single port USB charger. Yet we managed to keep the following devices charged:

1 iPhone

1 iPad

2 Android Phones

2 Android tablets

The largest battery by far was in the iPad, and that usually used the single port charger. The others all used the 4 port charger. Keeping everything charged wasn't an issue. Yes, I had two chargers, but that was 2 chargers spread across 6 devices, and was perfectly sufficient.

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Dave Fox

Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?

"If one brought only a single charger for several gadgets (chromebook, tablet, phone), then one might have to wake up at 2am and again at 5am to switch the "single charger" from one gadget to the next."

Haven't you ever seen a multi port USB charger? I've one that can charge 4 USB gadgets on the go, and it's still much smaller and lighter than the average laptop power brick.

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Dave Fox

Re: I wonder how long it takes to fully charge?

I think the point here is that the hardware inside these Chromebooks is more akin to a mobile phone or tablet than a regular laptop.

The Samsung Exynos-based Chromebook had a battery capacity of around 4000mAh, which is less than the 4600mAh that my Galaxy Note 8 has, and that charges fine using a microUSB charger (about 3 hours). I'd imagine the HP Chromebook has a similar sized battery to the Samsung.

I have several 2A USB chargers, and I'd expect they'd all charge this Chromebook perfectly reasonably, and the benefit of not having to tote around a power brick is very compelling for me.

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Dave Fox

Re: Why?

Yes, anything you can do yourself with a Chromebook, you can also do with a PC running the Chrome browser, and yes that PC is ultimately more flexible, but you don't get the zero maintenance aspect which is really the whole point of the Chromebook.

I got my eldest son a Chromebook, and thus far I've not had to do anything at all with it myself, whereas with a regular Windows laptop you can be certain he'd have managed to screw it up somehow.

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Firefox OS update adds performance, polish to Mozilla's webby mobes

Dave Fox

Re: No MMS?

iOS had to wait until V3.0 until it got MMS!

Yes, that was now 4 years ago, but the point is that when iOS launched, it was missing a great many features that were considered de rigueur at the time (e.g. it didn't support 3G) yet it still sold by the millions.

I can't remember the last time I sent an MMS, and in my life I've probably sent less than 20. Simple facts are that where I might want to use MMS today, there are other superior options - such as email, Facebook, WhatsApp etc. YMMV of course, but any one of the 3 phones I currently use (Nexus 4, HTC One, Note 3) could've dropped MMS support I wouldn't know because I don't use it.

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Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

Dave Fox

"non-RT apps (i.e. all those Windows applications) will look crappy on 8" and be hard to use."

Yes, they will but:

a) They can be used in an emergency - in much the same way that I currently occasionally use my Galaxy Note 8 to RDP to a server when I'm not carrying a laptop. Not perfect, but workable.

b) It's likely that an 8" Surface would still have a micro HDMI connection, so could be connected up to a monitor where those desktop apps become much more usable.

I know a lot of people believe that RT should drop the desktop, but in this case, I'm of the opinion that more is more. I would make the desktop more open on RT so that ISVs can compile their existing desktop apps up for the ARM platform. I have a SurfaceRT, and I'd find it much more useful if I could get apps like Chrome up and running on it.

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Google smacks Surface with free Quickoffice for Android, iOS

Dave Fox
FAIL

"Redmond has made noises about bringing Offfice to iOS and Android, but hasn't followed through."

Perhaps more research is in order here....

http://www.theverge.com/2013/7/31/4571912/microsoft-office-for-android-features-screenshots

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MPs: This paperless health service plan isn't worth the paper it isn't written on

Dave Fox

I'll fuck it up for a 10th of that! Your move! ;)

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Modular smartphones floated by Dutch designer chap

Dave Fox

Re: No@ jb99

In the specific case of Android, yes you can actually program on it directly. AIDE is an IDE running on Android that supports the full edit-compile-run cycle...... That being said, you don't *need* to be able to do this, in order to use your tablet/phone to do real work.

I regularly use Teamviewer, and/or RDP via a VPN to connect to remote machines for work purposes, so yes I'm using a tablet for real work. I also create content directly on the device itself using various tools, such as an Android office suite, Google Docs, and Evernote.

I freely admit that's is not my primary device for work purposes, but I can envisage a future, not too far off, where something like an Asus Transformer/Padfone becomes my primary work device.

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Vote NOW to name LOHAN doomsday box

Dave Fox

Or even better perhaps, a recursive acronym:

BIEBER=

BEIBER

Immediately

Effects

Balloon

Emergency

Release

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Dave Fox

Too late, but I'd go for : BIEBER

Button

Immediately

Effects

Balloon

Emergency

Release

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Microsoft announces execution date for failed QR code-killer

Dave Fox
WTF?

Re: nfc?

Have to agree - on what planet do the "vast majority" of smartphone possess NFC, because it isn't this one. Granted, I have 3 phones (Note 2, HTC One, and Nexus 4) that all do have NFC, but I'm the exception not the rule.

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Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

Dave Fox
FAIL

Except that it does....

The post you replied too was referring specifically to the Surface Pro, which does run ordinary x86 apps!

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Android MasterKey found buried in kiddie cake game on Google Play - report

Dave Fox

Fail again!

How many times is El Reg going to post that the S4 is the only phone which has been patched against this, when it simply isn't true?

Using the Blue Box Security Scanner for my devices:

HTC One - Patched

Galaxy Note 2 - Patched

Galaxy Note 8 - Patched

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It's all in the wrist: How to write apps for the Pebble smartwatch

Dave Fox
Coat

Re: Richard Taylor 2

Think of it this way: Linux is to Unix as Nyetimber sparkling wine is to Champagne. i.e. it may be functionally equivalent, or even better, but can't actually be called Unix, in the same way that Nyetimber sparkling wines can't actually be called Champagnes despite the fact that they are produced identically to Champagne.

If Linux were certified to the Single UNIX Specification, it could legally be called Unix, but to date no one has ever bothered to certify their distro, probably because it is largely immaterial in line real world.

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Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

Dave Fox
Go

Re: Who do you believe?

Try installing the proof of concept APK on the ReKey website via ADB.

I tried on my devices which the Bluebox security scanners reports as patched and it failed - which is the correct behaviour for a patched device.

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Dave Fox

Re: "but only the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been patched to protect against it"

No - according to the patch website, the Bluebox scanner is failing to detect their patch in some cases, and stating that the phone is still vulnerable when it isn't. i.e. a false negative rather than a false positive.

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Dave Fox
FAIL

"but only the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been patched to protect against it"

According to the Bluebox's security scanner, my Galaxy Note 2, Galaxy Note 8, and HTC One are also already patched!

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Google brings Blink-powered Chrome to Windows and Mac OS X

Dave Fox
FAIL

Re: Reporting bot posts ?

A bot that responds to a Doctor Who reference with another? That would be clever!

How about you just admin you've no idea what he was talking about eh Rory? ;)

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Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

Dave Fox

So, get the Google Edition? ;) If it isn't available in your region, get a regular one and flash the GE software.

Personally though, as with Touchwiz, you tend to lose more than you gain when you go to "stock", but it is nice to have the choice.

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Dave Fox

2 year upgrade cycle

In my opinion, the manufacturers have forgotten that in many markets, there's a two year upgrade cycle if you want to get a subsidised device. Personally, I'm ok with paying retail for a device, but I only do so once every two years, sandwiching a free upgrade in between.

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Dave Fox
FAIL

No, it just confirms that most people think that comments like "iSheep" are puerile and unnecessary!

I'm no great fan of Apple and iOS devices (though I love my Macbook Pro), but the iPhone and iPad are absolutely the right devices for some people, my wife included - just not for me.

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At last: EU slashes mobile roaming fees

Dave Fox
Go

Re: Information required

No idea I'm afraid, but it would still probably be cheaper to just buy an offline GPS solution with European maps (e.g. Copilot).

There are exceptions though that may make it cost effective - Three will give you "unlimited" data roaming across the EU for £5 per day, and Vodafone will allow you to use your UK data allowance for £3 per day if you've signed up for Eurotraveller - both only charged on days you use your device.

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Galaxy S4 way faster than iPhone 5: Which?

Dave Fox
Stop

Re: More expensive?

You really shouldn't equate the "price" of a phone from a carrier with a contract, with the actual price of the phone SIM free and unlocked, which is how much it would actually cost to buy if you take the carrier and contract out of the equation.

Here in the UK, on my contract, I wouldn't pay a single penny for either an iPhone 5 or a Galaxy S4 at contract renewal, but that doesn't mean the phone is "free". A quick glance at the SIM free prices on Amazon(UK) shows the iPhone 5 @ £505, and the Samsung Galaxy S4 @ £450.

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Dave Fox
Stop

Re: Battery

Just pull your old feature phone out and use that then!

Modern *smartphones* aren't going to get the battery life you require until the battery technology catches up, or they start making them 5 x thicker and heavier to accommodate a much larger battery (which would probably take 24+ hours to charge!).

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That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

Dave Fox

HTC on the radar?

I can definitely see that MS needs to buy a handset manufacturer, but I would've thought HTC would have been considerably than Nokia and probably more "relevant" in the world today.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 8: Proof the pen is mightier?

Dave Fox
Stop

PPI - so what?

I'll never really understand this fascination with ever increasing PPI - a 1280x800 8" screen has a far better PPI than most laptops. Yes, I know higher PPI screens tend to look nicer (I'm writing this on a rMBP), but what is far more important is the amount of information than can be reasonably be displayed on a screen of any particular size and 1280x800 on an 8" is more than adequate.

I wouldn't want to run my rMBP at its full resolution of 2880 x 1800 and much prefer the scaled resolution of 1440 x 900, so whilst the retina screen looks nicer, in general use it doesn't offer me an more real "information" than a 1440 x 900 panel would.

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Review: Samsung Galaxy S4

Dave Fox
Megaphone

Except that it isn't though really is it?

It's all very well screaming "£580 for a fucking phone!" if that is all that it was, but for many people these days, it's something else.

I have a Galaxy Note 2, which I absolutely love, but I use it more for apps, web-browsing, movies, music, navigation, and exercising tracking, than I do for making calls. Yes, it's still my primary phone, but on average I probably only use it for 20 minutes or so a day to actually make and receive phone calls. The rest of the the time I'm using it is for its myriad other functionalities, that in years gone by I'd have had to have separate, expensive, devices to accomplish.

If you just want a phone, there are thousands of alternatives out there that do not cost the earth!

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BlackBerry CEO: Tablets will be dead in 5 years

Dave Fox

Re: Minor correction to quote...

"I don't think" said Heins.

There - fixed again! :)

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Google Glass will SELF-DESTRUCT if flogged on eBay

Dave Fox
Stop

Re: What gives ANY company the right...

I rather suspect that the point is that the contract relates to the Google services that Google Glass needs to connect to in order to function correctly.

Whilst they can't legally stop you reselling the item, they can prevent the purchaser from accessing the required Google services because the contract for supply of those services isn't transferred with the ownership of the device.

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Google Play privacy SNAFU sends app buyers' details to devs

Dave Fox
Go

Re: So?

"Lack of needing a password"?

Recently, Play has been asking for my password when I make purchases - usually just the first one, if I make more than one during the same "session".

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Netbooks were a GOOD thing and we threw them under a bus

Dave Fox
FAIL

Re: Acer W510

The original article never mentioned a price point - it was talking about a particular type of machine for use by Roadwarriors, and lamenting the demise of the Netbook!

Most Netbooks are single core, 1GB RAM, 1024x600 screen and an mechanical HD. The W510 is a dual core, 2GB, 1366x768 screen with touch, and uses an SSD, *and* it's a tablet, so making comparisons to a Netbook purely on price isn't really fair because whilst the W510 might look like a Netbook when docked, it is in reality a far more capable and versatile machine.

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