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Woz he talking about? Apple co-founder wants iPhones to run Android

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Re: I have a dream...

I have a dream that one day phone manufacturers will stop ruining perfectly good phones by not including sd card slots.

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Re: Ha!

> QuickTime anyone?

I would rather real player

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>"Linux shares much the same traits." -- You spelled Windows wrong.

You spelt spelt wrong. ;p

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Baby's got the bends: LG's D958 G Flex Android smartie

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Re: pointless

I agree. I am hoping that someone designs some sort of roll up screen that can be a 4-5 inch phone but extend into a small tablet by pulling one of the sides out

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Inside Microsoft's Autopilot: Nadella's secret cloud weapon

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Re: Seriously?

No! I won't have that! It was a PowerShell script

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Android console on the way? Amazon slurps gamehaus Double Helix

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Nintendo may have missed a trick here. Consoles are effectively sold on the printer- ink / disposable razor business model. They lose money upfront and become profitable by taking a large licencing fee on each game and peripheral.

If Amazon play their cards right they could create a gaming ecosystem and using some sort of loss leader device and then get out of hardware side once a few other manufacturers are on board, or even do what Google do with nexus and keep the volumes low enough to not hurt profits and annoy partners but high enough to be able to set a benchmark.

Casual gaming has never been a bigger market but it is mostly now done with iPhones/pads and their android equivalents rather than Wii/ gameboy/ds or whatever they get named these days.

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US feds want cars conversing by 2017

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Re: V2V vs. on-board sensors

It's also possible to "hack" the brake lights so they don't come on when you slow down. You have to weigh up the probabilities against the consequences and decide whether the safety features made possible by short range v2v conversations which may be beneficial where something happens out of line of sight (like just beyond the crest of a hill or a blind corner)

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Re: Privacy? Easy.

IMHO, the responses to my comment have been a reaction to the collection of data. That is a fair enough reaction to have, but I don't think it addresses the challenge I put out there.

The argument that an ID is unnecessary is wrong. I am not saying that a persistent ID is mandatory, nor that that ID needs to be linked in any way to your identity, but if your car one moment receives a message that an oncoming car has veered into your lane, loses that signal as you go down a hill and then you get another message saying an oncoming car is not in your lane, is it the same car? Being able to trace and then forget other cars for the "session" is important even if the ID number is randomly generated at each engine startup.

These "listening posts" as argued are no more invasive than a suggestion that the state could put out cameras with numberplate recognition software that works out the vehicles speed (either by radar or by listening to these "anonymous" messages and then taking a picture). Both need to be regulated to ensure a good balance between privacy and safety.

I am simply pointing out that from a privacy perspective, your car is already traceable with a camera and the CPU power of a Pi using off the shelf software. How do you think Google maps blurs the plates if it can't locate them with very simplistic pattern recognition?

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Re: Privacy? Easy.

Or a 64 bit ID should be enough for a few million years of all cars switching IDs every second.

It is already mandated by law that all cars have number plates which can be used to track you. There are brake lights that show your intent to slow down. There are indicators on all non Audi cars that are legally mandated to indicate intended direction changes.

There is no premise of privacy with the sort of data needed by this system. As long as it goes peer to peer in a short range rather than over some cloud, what is the complaint?

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Apple and Samsung STILL in bitchfight over banning ancient mobes

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Re: I wish ...

> They may be one of the few I can make work by swiping my penis on it, however

Seems like perfectly "fit for purpose". It does an excellent job of identifying dicks....

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HELLO LENOVO. Do you really, really want to make smartphones?

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Differentiate by CPU, memory, screen specs, battery life, camera and flash, waterproofing, sound quality, storage, SD, removable battery, quality, warranty, wireless charging, NFC, bluetooth features, biometrics, build materials, distribution channels, or do something really different like dual boot to sailfish or tizen or something, physical size or form factor or colour. All if all else fails then sell yours for less.

The current state of things is akin to each car maker deciding to ignore the steering wheel and pedals and invent their own.

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Re: Stock Android

And if any manufacturer is listening, just grab a nexus and add a micro SD and removable battery. Leave the android as stock. We really don't care if it is a bees dick thicker than the latest Jesusphone.

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Bye-Zynga: online games maker laying off 314 staff

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While you are at it, why not lay off some of the security tokens your apps seem to demand these days. Words with friends is just frightening in what it now asks for.

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Boffins build electronic tongue that can distinguish between BEERS

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Could be useful

Once they miniaturise it, they could make it into a dipping stick that sets off an alarm if you're about to drink a Fosters.

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Ditch IE7 and we'll give you a FREE COMPUTER, says incautious US firm

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Re: I ditched IE in 2000.

> Which browser wasn't ugly in 2000?

I don't remember, with all the < blink> around whoever stopped to consider such questions?

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Re: Rare pragmatic response

There is nonetheless a big difference between it being unfeasible to spend 50% longer to get it to work on internet explorer for the benefit of 1% of users and suggesting that it would be cheaper to buy them all new PCs.

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Microsoft to Australian government: our kit has no back doors

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If the situation ever arose that NSA provided an order to place a backdoor, would you be obliged to report to a senate committee similar to this that no such backdoor exists?

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Facebook app now reads your smartphone's text messages? THE TRUTH

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Please Google let us selectively deny tokens that an app requests.

The app developer should have the ability to state whether a given token is mandatory or optional and a few lines to describe why they want it.

As for optional tokens, there are two ways this can be easily handled. The app developer could either receive a runtime exception when they make a call to a method where the token was denied or they could elect to receive fake data for things like contact lists, GPS coordinates or SMS messages. Then even lazy developers could mark most tokens optional without needing to make code changes.

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German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

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Some nice suggestions although maybe a bit harsh on the poor frau. Perhaps the Vodka was necessary under Betäubungsmittelverschreibungsverordnung?

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> German frau reports for liver transplant clutching bottle of vodka

I am sure that there would exist a word in German to describe exactly that situation.

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Sweet work, fellas: Boffins build high-density battery powered by sugar

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Re: So...

Coffee is definitely improved with some water included.

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Joke

On the downside

... the batteries tend to lose a fair chunk of charge during your morning coffee.

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We see ya, Ouya, you tasty Android games console gear

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Sounds interesting. You really have to wonder why Nintendo haven't taken a trick from that book, combining the android gaming ecosystem with their own.

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UK smut filter may have sent game patch to sin-bin

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To be fair, it is no worse than their false positive rate for four months of Skype activity.

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LogMeIn: We're stopping our free offering from, errrm, NOW

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Re: UltraVNC

Do they need to port forward or is it just your end in that configuration?

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Redmond researchers profile Skype scammers

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68% maybe ok if it uses a methodology that has nearly no false positives but combined with a 1 in 20 false positive is pretty poor. You could probably get similar stats by assuming anyone who sends a URL is a spammer

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Re: Obligatory XKCD link

Although that one is probably common now. My approach is to generate a random number for each required credential.

http://xkcd.com/221/

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VCs drop cash on DropBox, bestow $10 BEELLLION valuation

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The problem I have with dropbox and similar services is that your don't get a say where your data is held and you rely on them to have appropriate security arrangements. I use btsync myself because there is no third party holding your data. The main downside is you can't just send a file by URL and that the syncing will only occur while your computer is on.

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Obama reveals tiny NSA reforms ... aka reforming your view of the NSA

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Re: If you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about

To be fair, glitter can be really annoying to get off.

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Re: "Having faced down the totalitarian dangers of fascism and communism"

> If it weren't for the involvement of the US in WW II, most of Europe might be speaking German today

Good Lord. I don't wish to downplay the significant role that the US had in both Europe and Pacific both directly and indirectly, but you do owe it to yourself to actually read something on the matter rather than assuming saving Ryan's privates is all there was.

The eastern front and particularly Stalingrad was much more strategically significant than DDay and the allies were helped by Hitler's military stupidity going for the symbolic battles against Moscow and Stalingrad rather than locking up the oilfields and building massive battleships rather than the uboats that were crippling British supply lines.

Not to mention the Italians cocking up in Greece and Africa and needing to be rescued by Germany.

The US did help prevent western Europe having a new language but that language was Russian.

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NSA: It's TRUE, we grab 200 MILLION of your text messages A DAY globally

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Re: "Lawfully collected"???

> But who made it legal in the UK for a foreign power (the US) to snoop on us without a warrant issued in the UK (and the same applies to every other non-US country)?

Hate to break it to you but UK law has no jurisdictionoutside the UK beyond treaty obligations agreed between the countries. That is why women are allowed to drive in the UK in spite of backwards laws in some other countries that forbid it.

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> This sounds a lot, but bear in mind US mobile users alone send an estimated six billion texts a day.

Oh ok. Well that is fine and dandy then.

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Java, Android were THE wide-open barn doors of security in 2013 - report

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> malware developers in the mobile realm seem laser-focused on Android, with Android users experiencing nearly three quarters of all encounters with web-based malware in 2013.

Wouldn't that be expected given that android claims about 75% market share? Isn't that like saying Toyotas are less safe than Porsches because they are involved in more accidents?

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Ian Williamson: The engineer who gave Sinclair his first micro

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> Scrumpi cost around £65, right in the centre of the £50-60 price range

Hmmm.

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Mountain bike mishap man suffers SEVEN WEEK stiffie

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What a dick.

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Hubble 'scope snaps 600-LIGHT-YEAR-wide pic of star-spawning nebula

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Re: Where's the link to the bigger version of the spaaace pic?

And how many light weeks per pixel is it?

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Re: Stunning photo

> How cool would that be?

Quite. No more than a few Kelvin.

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Remember when SimCity ABSOLUTELY HAD to be online? Not any more – fancy that!

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> I wouldn't give a car a shit review because the chap delivered it to me without the keys.

I don't think anyone else here would either, but if they weren't able to give keys to any of the purchasers, that goes a bit further don't you think.

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Cicada 3301: The web's toughest and most creepy crypto-puzzle is BACK

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Highly unlikely.

Images posted on Youtwitface tend to be legitimate. It is probably a link to the new Kony 2014 or something

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'Leaked' iPhone 6 pics will make cool fanbois WEEP - it's a PHABLET

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Re: Question

> If this is a prototype, would it be in china?

No. It would be left in a bar somewhere.

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Europe MPs: Time to change our data-sharing policy with US firms

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Btsync is a pretty good start.

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BlackBerry sues American Idol host's company for 'blatant' patent infringement

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Re: I couldnt see anything patentable about the design at all

BB: It's a keyboard in a draw.

USPTO: Sorry but I'm afraid there is prior art so you can not patent it.

BB: OK, fair enough. Well how about this?

USPTO: What is it?

BB: It's a keyboard draw for a mobile device.

USPTO: BRILLIANT!!!

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iPhone fanbois outsmart fandroids in totally reliable test of brain power

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> No-one can claim the test author isn't knowingly phrasing things in a way that isn't natural to the English language.

Spoken like a true Samsung user ;p

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Re: Touchscreen Bias ..

No. It is clearly the additional time to move your finger around the giant screens on the Samsung

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Australia puts 300 sharks on Twitter

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Re: Most dangerous animal in Aus?

> We just write Drop Bear deaths off as "camping/hiking accidents"....

Not to mention the "holiday road toll". Why anyone would voluntarily go on a drive through the country in a soft top or with windows down is just crazy.

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> There are venomous sheep in australia?

Don't get carried away. There are a small minority of sheep species that are placid.

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CryptoLocker creeps lure victims with fake Adobe, Microsoft activation codes

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Re: So what can be done to nobble the Crypto API ?

If only it were that simple. If the Crypto API was nobbled, it would break the ability to perform authentication (validating password hashes for logins / network shares) and break the ability to generate and validate session keys (https). It would also break any application relying on the API (usually random number generation, encryption for secure data transfer or hashing).

Additionally, it would be ineffective because there are countless libraries that provide the same functionality. It would increase the payload size of the malware by a few hundred KB but that is about all.

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Acer C720 Chromebook with Haswell battery boosting goodness

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> but how often do you replace a printer

To be fair, it is probably no more expensive than a replacement ink cartridge.

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Saucy Snapchat addicts EXPOSED: Exploit code to poke holes goes wild

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Re: Load of rubbish

Or since we are talking android, press power and volume down at the same time.

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Apple wants sales ban on Samsung smartphones nobody is selling

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Sorry Mr Cook, this is not necessary. If their current or future phones infringe your patents, you can get the court to hear it at that time. This is a waste of time because even if you are right, there would be noimpact.

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