Too big to fall?
460 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007
I have very, very few apps on my 'Droid as the permissions are so broad-brush that in order to anything, every app can do almost anything. For an OS designed for plug-and-play apps, that is a shocking state of affairs.
I recall visiting friends in Australia - we saw a film we fancied seeing that night in the TV listings, so rented it on DVD; watching any ad-wrecked film on TV in Oz is unbearable.
No Flash and no animation of GIFs does most of the heavy lifting without ad block.
Alas this html5 thing might screw that up though...!
It is also squarely directed at the IP of any technology firm - want to trade in China? Give us all your IP. Maybe we'll let you trade; maybe not - but we will give any tech that looks interesting to our own companies who will then compete with you.
Classic protectionism in a marketplace: just make nobody want to sell anything to you while still plying all your stuff to them.
eBay has modified itself to be too expensive for "clearing your loft" and more hassle than Amazon for a small business. Unless they work out what they are for again, the writing is on the wall.
That is all.
I got a very polite reply to my request agreeing to delete my account, so there is/are some folks at Moonpig who are worth their salt.
Cheers: I used on online form used to request account deletion this morning.
I also redacted all the personal info I could beforehand "just in case" - though seemingly 17 months too late. Giving them 3 months would have been more than enough before blowing the whistle.
Light text; dark background.
The misuse of the word "charity" for commercial or political gain tells you all you need to know about the ethics of those behind such front organisations.
Storage/retrieval of ID should not be done without (a) due cause and (b) suitable permission. Mug shots forcibly taken from innocent people certainly doesn't meet case (b).
There could be a case for storing / using images of "everyone" in order to generate a "fit curve" (this image is 47% likely to be criminal X, 85% likely to be criminal Y, 69% likely to be one of 45 IDs withheld, 68% likely to be one of 38 IDs withheld and so on) such that the confidence of the match (or lack thereof) is better described. (A similar approach could also be made for DNA matching for example). The overt downside to that any such ID database is that it would inevitably be breached, either electronically or, more simply, by bribery/theft.
That's "could be": they'd have to argue it out in parliament and change the law if so, as such an approach would be a clear breach of rights under the current law.
Were Paypal to handle the payment of VAT to the proper country for you (you being the seller this case, even though VAT is a customer-charge) then perhaps their fees might sting a little less!
The Plain English campaign is a good idea for public services; notices; instruction manuals and the like.
Less so for literary prose; tabloid cheeky turn-of-phrase or enthusiastic announcements by "celebs".
Jack is nimble,
Jack is quick,
But Jill prefers a candlestick.
So the utter mess they made of the 2012 model hasn't made the priority list then?
After it bricked my wife's tablet, I haven't let v5.0 anywhere near my (Nexus 4) phone.
"... help future out new mobile strategies ..."
On the bright side: anyone win today's jargon Bingo on that?
Could easily be a scam.
Q: I ask again that you provide details of my alleged IP infringement and name of complainant...
A: ... you may want to contact the complaining party to discuss this matter further...
You may indeed but can't until FB fesses up to who it was! FB seems to have rather deliberately missed the point there.
Why the deluisionary start? This is the time lord who doesn't need a key after all!
Surely there is some stick to beat these officials with beyond than the distain they already have won themselves?
Sounds very much like the "must have cause for suspicion before enforcing a stop-and-search" being enacted as
"Stop young vagabond! I wish to search you!"
"...errrm, no thanks..."
"Refusing eh? That's suspicious... now I can enforce a search!"
I thought it was a "thank you" from the shiny spotty chaps, but each to their own. Still a naff episode.
Looks to me as if the "Doctor's" soul-searching has been his attempt at electing similar from Clara, before she abandon's her humanity (At least, I think that's Pink's point in so far - to show what Clara should be but isn't). But the point made above that the "arcs" of new-who have been poorly handled, though many of the episodes have been fine in their own right. Not this one though: Bloomin' awful it was.
Which is all well and good, 'cos the tech is impressive.
But when it comes to helping dyslexics and so on: salesman says yes; answer: maybe yes, maybe no. A dyslexic has a tougher time writing, not an impossible one. And tougher needs more practise, which this would try to remove. Add to that the loss of ability to scan and pick up on the auto errors (trusting the tech to get it right more often than a dyslexic would) and it may not always be the thing to do.
Not that it isn't a help; it just might need a little more thought in some circumstances.
So all bonuses paid when acquiring Veritas were hokum?
Either that or the bonuses about to be paid for spinning them back out again are.
No? Really? Both were OK? Hmm...
"...Sony backed down and ended up paying out millions of dollars in compensation to music buyers..."
Not really: they paid a pittance to some US music buyers and a tasty load to some US Lawyers.
One world governing body to rule them all;
one world governing body to find them;
one world governing body to bring them all
and in the darkness bind them.
It's an interesting aspect of copyright as there are obvious cases when reformatting is clearly fair use and others where it is clearly taking the p***. Something a bit middling then for mulling over?
e.g. Buy a 'cheap' A4 sized print of a local artist's work; then scan and up-sample to A1 rather than paying for the large print in the first place. Is this fair? Some will think so; others not. Some will think it is a matter for the artist to define fair/not in such a case; others will not. Probably exactly the same people (respectively).
It's a feature: you aren't meant to take them off. Ever.
I'm *still* using my TC-4200. Excellent pen action and holding solution!
As for the safety of using Win-XP, I just disabled updates and reGhost the machine every now-and-then. It isn't used for web browsing anyway.
They revamped Dragon Warriors a few years back: adding exactly nowt as far as I could tell. A fun wee game with a good atmosphere.
It's still not Amber though... or even AD&D for that matter.
An app needs SMS access to allow it to send/receive authorisation codes for example: this may be a good thing to do. But the permission will let it access/send SMS any messages anytime. Dragons beware: even if the original app designer doesn't intend to abuse the privilege(s), a hacker piggybacking on it might. Or the big megacorp that buys out the designer with greedy eyes on the contact lists of its userbase.
"If you have a security hole, if no one else can help ... maybe you need the Google ZERO team"
Unless you are the Google App team it would appear...
Excellent work folks!
They change the Tardis interior to allow the Who-ism "Oh, you've changed the décor... I don't like it" whenever an older Doctor pops by.
PS: The new look is Bowie derived (The Man Who Fell To Earth et al.)
You mean you don't wrap your phone in tinfoil when it is "off"? How quaint! ;)
No remembering anything now mind you!
Surely the existence of the app is telling itself and therefor it should "auto-wipe" itself by some means?
Noise cancelling - from a different device at an unknown and highly variable distance to the anti-phase speaker and a variable wireless delay. Hmmm...
What are the odds the FCA will have any jurisdiction?
They have a statutory duty to enforce the data protection act but seemingly they won't: are we to assume nobody will prosecute the ICO for what is an intentional breach of an act of parliament (i.e. breaking the law)? Or are we getting to the point that acts (laws) are really just for the newspaper headlines? Is that a valid defence for any breach of an act of parliament then: "well, I didn't think parliament really meant it"?!
The difficulty in moving email address is the only reason Yahoo! still exists.
How long can it carry on?
Dear Register: I don't run any ad blockers 'cos I realise what your revenue stream is.
That's my side of the deal: your side: NO embedded streaming adverts.
If it happens again, the blocker will be activated.
Or The Doomsday Weapon if you'd rather.
A decent enough Master-plan with quite a sad ending as I recall.
An excerpt from a book of poetry or photographs can easily stand as a complete work in its own right. Its a shoddy affair.
A PR firm that thinks it got their own name wrong?
So either they are very bad at PR or they are lying.
Or both of course.
I've always thought that we should slow down the buy/sell system to allow some rationality back in. However, how to do so in our madcap multi-company, multi-financial market world?
My initial stab would be that if you buy a share in stock "X", you can't sell any shares in "X" for a period of time: enough time that you should have truly analysed the stock in question before making such choices.
I'm assuming a simple rule will be gamed almost immediately - and that's one of the main problems: the stock market has become a gamed system through hand through - so much so that large companies make deliberate buy/sell patterns in the hope of triggering automatic algorithms in the competitors to do silly things. What value does that have to the companies who's shares are the exploit tool of such behaviour?
"...it's just not possible to do everything at once..."
You could have planned for it some time in the last decade, but didn't.
You reap what you sow (which includes a failure to sow).