* Posts by Whitter

476 posts • joined 13 Aug 2007

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eBay flogs off eBay chunk for $925m as 'uncoupling' gets closer

Whitter
Devil

A good thing for all one hopes.

Maybe paying by some means other than PayPal will 'mysteriously' become less 'risky' all of a sudden?

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Ex-Apple bods suing Apple for bag searches get class-action upgrade

Whitter

Re: Is this really strange ?

Yes: searches were not on company time but on your time.

Pay for the time and, while you may be a distrustful employer, so be it.

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Microsoft to Windows 10 consumers: You'll get updates LIKE IT or NOT

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FAIL

Application lifetime just went over a cliff

"... and provides developers with a more consistent target for applications"

That's current developers' current target.

That's a fraction of usage.

Develop an application, then either update it forevermore or wait until a forced update inevitably breaks it sooner or later.

There's a nice user-platform for you. Who wants on?

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Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

Whitter
Joke

Pity the poor poets

Quite literally poor it would seem.

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MIT bods' digital economy babblings are tosh. C'mon guys, Economics 101

Whitter
Paris Hilton

If the robots start making everything, what is left to get paid for (and by whom?)

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Google to axe TXT reminders for Calendar events

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Re: SMS messages on Android

Ah: very true.

Thanks folks!

I was endlessly finger-poking the actual message etc.

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Whitter
Unhappy

SMS messages on Android

It has been clear for years that the Android smartphone developers don't use and therefor care not a fig for SMS messages. The UI is absolutely awful. For example, yesterday I wanted to phone the person who just texted me. So: exit the message interface; go to contacts; type in their details (it was a pre-known number) then phone.

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US Congress promises death to patent trolls in bipartisan law scribbling

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Boffin

Punative legal costs

Legal fees of "the other side" should be a fixed value based on a single run-of-the-mill lawyer's cost for a reasonable length of time. If the other party want's to spend more than that - it is their concern; their money.

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DRM is NOT THE LAW, I AM THE LAW, says JUDGE DREDD

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Facepalm

Arrg! Very true: it's the cubes for me!

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Zargoz!

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BLAM! Valve slams brakes on Steam flimflam with $5 spam scram plan

Whitter

Re: Spam on Steam is targetted

One couild imagine a case where potentially-compromised credit cards had an alert put on them: might help speed-up clearing out the clones.

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Your home automation things are a security nightmare

Whitter
Childcatcher

Article request

Who someone at El Reg mind doing an article, or series thereof, on buying / setting-up / maintaining a home wireless network? Not everyone who reads El Reg is a server-tinkering Linux master (cudos to those who are).

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THOUSANDS of alleged pirates' addresses to be handed to Dallas Buyers Club

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OKd by the court

A.K.A. a rubber stamp on the cover without ever opening it.

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FAA speeds up drone flight approvals for firms that don't need them

Whitter

Line of sight

This restriction does rather impact on roof inspections and the like.

But what is "Line of sight"? Does that account for mirrors/lenses/remote screens?

i.e. Could one use two drones (and two pilots); one drone you can see watching one you can't?

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Is there a cure for cancer sitting at the back of the medicine cabinet already?

Whitter

Who pays the piper

There is zero chance of a repurposing of a drug in the US due to nobody being willing to pay for something that will not lead to profit. It might happen in the UK though research labs here rarely have the funds for large-scale tests. It is such a slim might that perhaps not such a great difference in the outcome of the two systems, only in how we (failed) to get there.

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Bradley Horowitz on ailing Google+: Islands in the stream, that is what we are ...

Whitter

Trust: hard to build; easy to demolish

Uses' need to put more than a little time/effort into building groups on a social network for it to have any worth. How many folks will take the effort to do so when Google may pull the plug at any point? They have history in that area after all.

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Back off – it is ILLEGAL to make us accountable, claim ICANN lawyers

Whitter
FAIL

Too big to fall?

Nope.

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Avast there: MEELLIONS of Androiders scuttled by 'adware' game app

Whitter
FAIL

The Android OS is utterly crippled by poor permission handling

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.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

Whitter

Re: Sigh

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.

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Meh

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...!

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What do China, FBI and UK have in common? All three want backdoors in Western technology

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It's not just comms

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.

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Tat bazaar eBay confirms: THOUSANDS of workers will be AXED

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FAIL

Large singer required?

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.

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Google spent record cash lobbying Congress in 2014 – report

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Unhappy

Decmocracy eh?

That is all.

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THREE MILLION Moonpig accounts exposed by flaw

Whitter

Re: Contact form (Update)

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.

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Whitter

Contact form

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.

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Who wants SLEEP DEPRIVATION for Christmas?

Whitter
Boffin

Display options

Light text; dark background.

'nuff said.

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EU breaks 'legally binding' lobbying register promise

Whitter

Season's Hrrumphings

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.

Bah humbug!

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UK cops caught using 12 MILLION Brits' mugshots on pic database

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Boffin

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.

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EU VAT law could kill THOUSANDS of online businesses

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Paypal "oppertunity"

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!

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Apple knob refusenik Sir Jony Ive handed award - for talking BOLLOCKS

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Headmaster

Time and place

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".

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Meet Jack and Jill: Google’s new Android compilers

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Trollface

Rhymes eh?

Jack is nimble,

Jack is quick,

But Jill prefers a candlestick.

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Another lick of Lollipop: Google updates latest Android to 5.0.1

Whitter
Unhappy

Nexus 7 (2012)

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.

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Adobe appoints former Reg man as open-source chief mobile lead

Whitter
Trollface

The shame. The shame.

"... help future out new mobile strategies ..."

On the bright side: anyone win today's jargon Bingo on that?

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REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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Windows

The real identity of FruitStandSlave...

Could easily be a scam.

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Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

Whitter
FAIL

Nice catch 22

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.

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Clara goes to the dark side, with dark secrets revealed in Dark Water

Whitter

Why the deluisionary start? This is the time lord who doesn't need a key after all!

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UK.gov rushes out broken 'Orphan Works' system as EU Directive comes in

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Mushroom

Negligence? Mal-or-nonfeasance in public office? Being a dick?

Surely there is some stick to beat these officials with beyond than the distain they already have won themselves?

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'It's NOT a fishing expedition', say police over random spot checks on gun owners

Whitter
Devil

The police should not choose the limits of their own power

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!"

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Reg hacks see the woods or the trees In the Forest of the Night

Whitter

I thought it was a "thank you" from the shiny spotty chaps, but each to their own. Still a naff episode.

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Whitter

Waffle

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.

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Look ma, no hands! The machines are speaking our language

Whitter
Boffin

Very positive slant

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.

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SPLITTERS! Symantec cleft in twain

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Unhappy

More CEO illusionary "added value"

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...

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Adobe spies on reading habits over unencrypted web because your 'privacy is important'

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Boffin

The Sony payout

"...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.

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Staff unions call for removal of controversial UN patent agency chief

Whitter
Trollface

Re: One World Government Agency, Yah Right.

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.

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European Court of Justice allows digitisation of library books

Whitter

Copyright and reformatting: not an easy thing to "rule" on.

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).

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Reg man looks through a Glass, darkly: Google's toy ploy or killer tech specs?

Whitter
Devil

Re unbending legs

It's a feature: you aren't meant to take them off. Ever.

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Hear ye, young cyber warriors of the realm: GCHQ wants you

Whitter
Joke

Programmers who won't talk about work?

Sounds ideal!

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Is it an iPad? Is it a MacBook Air? No, it's a Surface Pro 3

Whitter

Pen input is niche, but isn't everyone niche these days?

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.

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Dungeons & Dragons relaunches with 'freemium' version 5.0

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Boffin

Re: Anyone remember Dragon Warriors?

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.

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Whoah! How many Google Play apps want to read your texts?

Whitter

Not just what and why - but what, why and when

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.

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