* Posts by David Gosnell

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Blackpool hotel 'fines' couple £100 for crap TripAdvisor review

David Gosnell

Couple of things

1) The hotel's up for sale, apparently turning over £160,000 (1600 bad reviews) a year

2) Don't, for the love of your deity of choice, try to access the most recent version of their dead website via the Wayback Machine. NSFW, seriously.

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Can’t be TRUSTe-d? Online privacy firm coughs $200k to settle 'deception' charges

David Gosnell

Client website updates

Good luck on that, if they were daft enough to provide logos to download and serve locally. Amongst my own clients, even the more alert ones aren't always too hot off the blocks with partner logo updates and so on. Or are they hoping to recoup their costs by taking action against anyone not doing so..?

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Facebook: Over half a BEELLION loyalists have SPURNED our Messenger app

David Gosnell

Rival?

Surely it was this very organ that first reported with any kind of analysis on the buy-out of WhatsApp by Facebook, and the significant ($40 was it?) value placed on every user's plundered contact list?

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Son of Hudl: Tesco flogs new Atom-powered 8.3-inch Android tablet

David Gosnell

Re: Nice, but why...

> Does Ainol still have the amusing slogan "Enjoy life. Enjoy Ainol" ?

And a logo like a cat's anus?

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Revealed: Malware that forces weak ATMs to spit out 'ALL THE CASH'

David Gosnell

Alarming

"The masterminds behind Tyupkin only infected ATMs that had no security alarms"

Hey, I guess it's only money. Help yerself.

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Countless Belkin routers go TITSUP in massive mystery meltdown

David Gosnell

Never trusted

Never really trusted Belkin for, well, anything - but least of all their DNS resolution. I did briefly use a router of theirs, but it displayed a very weird bug of occasionally and inexplicably transposing bytes in looked-up IP addresses. It's for emergencies only now, and didn't work last time I tried it anyway.

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Bash bug flung against NAS boxes

David Gosnell

QNAP

My QNAP TS-212P was quickly patched, though there is word of a third vulnerability which the patch doesn't cover, so for the time being it's not accessible to the outside world. I note there's a "Qfix" dated yesterday that might well sort out the rest ... will investigate.

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Buying memory in an iPhone 6: Like wiping your bottom with dollar bills

David Gosnell

h2testw

h2testw - everyone's favourite friend when buying any flash memory product... or should be, anyway!

(yes, it does work in Wine)

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Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water

David Gosnell

Locked phones

What proportion of customers buy network-locked phones these days anyway? I'm sure it's still quite a few, but surely this is all part of the sea change towards people recognising contracts for what they are: frequently uncompetitive hire-purchase schemes in disguise, where the customer would be better off buying SIM-free if they (or their plastic) can afford it. I bought my last phone outright from Argos of all places - cheaper at the time than any of the CPW/P4U type places, and costing less in total than a lot of contracts charge for the up-front fee for certain high-profile devices before the bazillion pounds a month for 30 years kicks in.

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New 'Cosmos' browser surfs the net by TXT alone

David Gosnell

Re: Bytes?

Re message length, alternatively the article author has been brainwashed by Twitter, or the service is dodgily using a free SMS gateway that appends adverts that will never be seen...

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Samsung rebrands store as Galaxy Apps, eyes up Google Play customers

David Gosnell

Re: "Galaxy Essentials" ... you have to ask yourself why they were left off the phone to begin with

Galaxy Ace (hasn't it been called that for quite a while, now?)

Yes, since about launch if I remember rightly...

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Samsung's NX300 cam is bad in bed: Snatch victims' pics over the air

David Gosnell

Re: Why does a camera need NFC?

NFC won't be used for the transfer itself, merely to initiate a one-off wifi/bluetooth/etc connection. NFC itself can only realistically transfer very small amounts of data, so for practical transfer purposes it is used to negotiate a connection by other means without confounding the user with SSIDs etc. A veil of security is provided by the physical proximity (millimetres) required for NFC devices to get cosy.

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Facebook preps ad network to TARGET YOU WHERE YOU LIVE

David Gosnell

Re: "Make News Feed Better"

Good point well made, statistically speaking.

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David Gosnell

Re: What's the point of that?

Plenty enough of those, and they're inevitably the best people to throw adverts at in the first place... And besides, even if you turn the Facebook app's location-related menu options off, it still accesses GPS if enabled at the system level. Go figure.

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David Gosnell

"Make News Feed Better"

Then there is their new "make news feed better" initiative, which is solely about advertising. The user is presented with a series of posts, and asked to rate them on how much they look like adverts. It is clearly an attempt to explore making adverts look more like posts from your friends (so perhaps more likely to be read, though that depends on one's friends), and as such, any user's civic duty is to skew the feedback with as much randomness as feasibly possible.

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Google asks April Fools: Want a job? Be our 'Pokemon Master'

David Gosnell

Translate to emoji

I am advised that their "translate to emoji" top-of-the-menu option on mobile Chrome was an April Fool too. Probably. Or perhaps just another case of anything to do with emoji and/or bitcoins being inexplicably cool, rather than self-evidently retarded. Assuming the latter, given its continued post-noon presence.

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FTC torches Android flashlight app for spying on users

David Gosnell

LED Lamp

I've only ever used the LED Lamp app, requiring no silly permissions. Though of course that wasn't enough to stop some daft reviewer at one point claiming it was spying by needing camera permissions - required to activate the flashlight, duh.

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THIS is the kind of clout a British Prime Minister has: Facebook pulls ONE beheading vid

David Gosnell

No accountability

As the article alludes, this is all part of Facebook divesting itself of as much responsibility for basically anything as it possibly can. Remember when you used to actually be able to report posts and people without jumping through half a dozen patronising hoops on a road to nowhere? Now you're bloody lucky if one of the boilerplate reasons is remotely relevant. I usually choose pornography if nothing else suitable is available (please don't take this out of context), since a square inch of BOOBS (even with baby attached) obviously riles them soooo much. Piss easy to include an "Other" and text box option - except it means someone actually has to the read it and do something about it.

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DEATH WATCH counts down seconds to wearer's demise

David Gosnell

Local time

If local time is 12:76, I'm not sure I quite trust the maths in this thing.

Anyway, if it says I have 30 years to live and I fall under a bus, can I get my money back?

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Review: Disgo 8400G 7.9in Android tablet

David Gosnell

I've heard of Disgo

Oh yes... Had one of their mp3 players for about a day, if I remember rightly. That should say it all.

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Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

David Gosnell

Questionable

The instant scanner's a load of pants. I have just tested it against one of my sites that I know for a fact has elements IE6 bodges rendering through not supporting at all, and there's not a glimmer of a warning. As others have suggested, everything seems to be about getting it looking right on mobile devices (which it already does, TYVM) and Windows 8.

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The best tablets for Christmas

David Gosnell

Better than the Gadget Show anyway

(as if that's difficult, these days)

Their small tablet comparison ran to the iPad Mini and the Kindle Fire HD, and that's yer lot... I guess Apple and Amazon paid them not to include the Nexus 7, which would have wiped the floor with both of them. I can't even remember which one won, so irrelevant it became in an instant.

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Revealed: ITU's deep packet snooping standard leaks online

David Gosnell
Coat

Easy phish for not terribly juicy info

But I guess it's not like the ITU is as security conscious as a royal hospital.

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LG claims UK Ultra HD TV first

David Gosnell

'Cos in making it optional and something people have to lift a finger, they probably only have to supply half the kit they would otherwise. Same as with my (Panasonic, as it happens) telephoto lens, with a £50 rebate when I went to the faff of scanning barcodes and till receipts.

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David Gosnell

Re: coming with five pairs of 3D specs

Probably passive 3D, though at that resolution that may not be too much of a drawback unless right on top of it.

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No more fun and games for Zynga as Facebook cuts apron strings

David Gosnell

Shame

Couldn't have happened to a nicer company.

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Nintendo Wii U Review

David Gosnell

Upgrading and compatibility

Looks promising that they have included a facility to transfer data across. Hopefully that applies to paid purchases as well as saved game data. Shame it looks like compatibility is a bit of a mode-based fudge though - this could have been a real winner if designed so that it was essentially an original Wii with some extra oomph, which could have meant that any title could seamlessly play on any generation device, but with extra features, detail etc enabled on the U. With consoles typically sold as loss leaders, that could have played very nicely into the hands of Nintendo, and ease across a customer base that might take a little bit of persuading to make the jump otherwise.

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BT.com blats small privacy bug, ignores GAPING HOLE

David Gosnell

That occurred to me, but then I suspect they have everything by default anyway, so won't be affected.

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Smartphones eclipse laptops as top WiFi hogs

David Gosnell

Re: Mind the gap!

I doubt there will be that much 3G expansion now - and it's not for 100% money grabbing reasons. As I understand it, there were significant technical issues with expanding 3G coverage any further, which 4G by some magic was able to overcome, hence why that's seen as the way ahead and where the investment is being made. But I'm buggered if I'm paying for it! Wi-fi and 2G most of the time is enough for me, ta. :)

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David Gosnell

"using cellular merely to fill in gaps"

"using cellular merely to fill in gaps" - quite. But try telling that to the vocal minority on giffgaff who consider it their enshrined right to download gigabytes per day over 3G, and who stormed off in a huff when the tariffs were adjusted to make that at least remotely sustainable for the more reasonable masses...

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Lenovo IdeaPad U410 14in Ultrabook review

David Gosnell

Novatech

For cheap but hopefully not so nasty, please can we have a review of the Novatech "nFinity" ultrabooks, as previewed way back in March? The me-too-resolution screen would seem to be the only downside to the specs, and quite possibly liveable with for the sub-£500 asking price. TYVM.

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Apple's iPad Mini mishap: scratching out the retina screen

David Gosnell

Double dip

Why sell one iPad Mini when the fanbois will also buy its retina replacement in a year's time, and double the already exorbitant profit? In any rational world this would be an issue, but ... yeah, well there you go.

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BBC pulls plug Ceefax ahead of analogue TV's end tonight

David Gosnell

Re: Red Button

Hoping that one day MHEG might support all the cleverness that teletext did, and that BBCi in particular might include all the pages that Ceefax used to... Not holding my breath though.

Performance wise, seems to depend a lot on the equipment manufacturer. Our Humax is more or less instantaneous whereas our old Inverto could be ponderous. I believe with teletext there were only a couple of manufacturers of the chipsets used, whereas there is more diversity with MHEG.

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Mozilla debuts Firefox Marketplace for Android apps

David Gosnell

Re: Just what we need

It's high time Google relaxed whatever criteria it enforces to include the official Google Play store. It helps none with perception of the platform to find that probably 50% (by model, not by volume) of the Android tablets in particular out there only officially support some crappy third-party (and sometimes even manufacturer specific) store with none of the apps people want (like iPlayer) - and certainly not the classic Google set like Maps, gMail etc that people might reasonably assume not only to be available but indeed already installed, but oh no. There's already enough fragmentation on the platform without more introduced by sheer politics rather than technological limitation.

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David Gosnell

Category icon bottom left in the screenshot?

Is that for tits or ass?

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Google rolls out new, cheaper Chromebooks 'for everyone'

David Gosnell

Re: New resolution

Or, strictly, just 25k more pixels. I doubt the actual resolution in terms of DPI (pixel fineness) is any different.

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David Gosnell

New resolution

Yes, it is about 25k pixels (2%) higher resolution, but 1280 x 800 is by far the more useful in practice, and lends itself to significantly more portable devices.

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Slideshow: A History of the Smartphone in 20 Handsets

David Gosnell

Predictably...

.... quite a lot of curved corners even in the early models.

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Payment protection tops list of SMS spam scams

David Gosnell

contractual responsibility to deliver messages which have been paid for

If SMSes are unlimited, what is the unit cost per message to be refunded in the event of filtering?

(Yes, I know there are other ways of looking at the maths)

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Santander downplays risk of 'personal data-stuffed' cookies

David Gosnell

Third-party analytics

They also certainly used to use third-party analytics, and claimed there was no issue with doing so. No idea if they still do since I blocked THAT little feature, obviously.

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iPad voice app back after patent spat: Mute kids get 'voices' back

David Gosnell

Hypocrisy?

Apple ... said it removed all applications with pending lawsuits attached to them as a matter of course

Applied entirely fairly, and to hardware as well as software, Apple disappears into a singularity, right?

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View 21 IPTV Freeview+HD DVR review

David Gosnell

USP

From several years' experience of various different PVRs, a USP to me would be reliability - that's to say, the certainty (barring mechanical failure) that a recording set will in fact record at the appointed time, and not instead be forgotten about because of some arbitrary system reset, re-scan or lock-up the unit decided to initiate just to be bloodyminded. Sadly that kind of knowledge only comes from extensive use, so never makes it into reviews, only retrospective support forums.

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Fossil reveals spider in mid-strike

David Gosnell

Re: Fossil?

Traditionally, the definition of a fossil appears to require petrified form, which amber-entombed insects etc are not, however it seems this has relaxed - i.e. depends whose dictionary one takes as canon.

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David Gosnell

Fossil?

I didn't think creatures trapped in amber were fossils, since they are not replaced by stone, but rather are preserved basically in stasis.

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HP Spectre XT 13in Ivy Bridge Ultrabook review

David Gosnell

On a smaller screen...

On a smaller screen like this, it's probably excusable. Not sure I would want it running much higher in practice. Obviously 1280 x 800 would be far preferable though, as with most widescreen portable devices.

Now, how about a review of the Novatech ultrabooks, or whatever they're presumably rebadging?

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WTF is... NFC

David Gosnell

Re: Narrow minded sentence

According to GSMArena, there are 133 NFC-equipped models worldwide.

http://www.gsmarena.com/results.php3?idNFC=1

Probably some duplicates and foreign-network only variants in there, but nevertheless...

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Analogue TV snuffs it tonight on UK mainland

David Gosnell

Of course Berwick wasn't first, either

Small areas of the UK went digital-only as much as a couple of years before Berwick, where active relays were in use for tricky terrain/geographic reasons and residents had to choose one or the other, unsurprisingly opting for digital. This was the case in part of my home town, and I very much doubt there weren't other similar areas around the land.

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Facebook denies Timeline publishes punters' private posts

David Gosnell

Re: Who knows?

However, equally, anyone who's been on Facebook long enough will know that glitches do affect small groups of users, and even more intentional functionality changes are rolled out piecemeal, so one person's "I'm all right Jack" experience does not prove anything for the whole. Yes, people used to be a lot more fast and loose with what they put on walls versus private messages, but this does not necessarily represent the entire story given the (admittedly anecdotal) evidence to the contrary.

I for one was very bored when I got "timelined" and went though everything at the time to weed out unwanted content and still found some suspicious things yesterday. I'm not saying that's proof, because their screwy data model made things come and go during the weeding-out process, and I may have missed things, but then that's at least confirmation the data model is buggered so it really is anyone's guess what else could go wrong.

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David Gosnell

Who knows?

Seeing reports of people specifically claiming individual messages are missing from private threads and appearing publicly in the timeline instead. Do remember that Facebook's social graph doesn't really discriminate between different kinds of objects, whether public posts, private messages, users, scams or whatever. They are all interconnected. For a private message to be revealed to the world would just take a careless intern programmer (or a glitch in the distributed data model) to accidentally change some arcane property they'd not read the documentation for. It would not, as Facebook techs suggest in their "refutal", require a deliberate data move between tables, because a message and a wall post are not fundamentally different types of data within the system. Bear in mind not dissimilar things have happened intentionally, such as group notes being converted to wall postings without any prior warning.

So really who knows... In the meantime, it's quite fun being voyeuristic.

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