That data portability thing is a legal requirement under GDPR, so the potential €20M fine might be something of an incentive for telcos to act on it...
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...that the figures you get online are absolutely zero substitute for anecdotal "evidence". It has long been my experience that Vodafone's signal is rammed against the stops in cities but with zero throughput due to saturation; but almost no signal at all in non-city areas. And that EE, while not boasting such high signal levels, seems to boast good throughput pretty much wherever I go.
Also, I don't see ANYONE using coverage data to bolster or direct their purchasing decisions... I see people using bundle content and price, alongside which shiny fondle slab they get.
...but that's how EU Law works. It's vague but in certain places very clear. It defines "personal data" very clearly, and it also defines a very short list of "Lawful Bases" for processing personal data.
"Contractual Obligation" is one of them, but it doesn't trump criminal Law. GDPR also specifies very clearly when an offence has been comitted by a data processor...
When a State interprets parts of GDPR locally, it's only in those parts which are deliberately vague - they cannot change any of the stuff I mention above, except by adding to it. They can't "re-clarify" or change any Offences listed in the act - they can only add new ones which are compatible with the rest of GDPR.
I think one of the issues with ICANN is that they're trying to say "...but we have a contractual obligation to store and process this data..." when GDPR very clearly states that the way they intend to **USE** that data is a criminal offence... the Offence wins, every time.
...but Microsoft pulled a very similar number on HTC, too. All excited and helped HTC to produce 2 (actually very good) Windows Phones (the 8S and 8X); but once they were in production Microsoft went completely cold and walked away from marketing them, helping HTC market them, or even acknowledging them. In fact, I'm told that as soon as the phones went into production and on sale, HTC's brass couldn't even get meetings with Microsoft any more. It was utterly bizarre. I mean - things were clearly not right at Nokia for a long time before any involvement with M$ at all; but something was also rotting badly at M$ as well.
Just me who thinks that, if your investigation hinges on the evidence contained in a phone you can't unlock, then you don't have enough OTHER evidence? Surely there need to be two or more pieces of independently verifiable corroborative evidence to conclusively prove a crime "beyond reasonable doubt"? In that case, why do the FBI and/or (fukda) polis so desperately need this?
Yes, there is that provision within GDPR. However; the data collected/published has to have a lawfully justifiable PURPOSE, and the PURPOSE has to have a LAWFUL BASIS FOR PROCESSING - in other words they are using circular logic to try to confuse and I don't think the Courts are that thick.
The contract you're trying to use as a Lawful Basis for Processing has to be a legally binding contract and when it isn't, any clauses which are not lawful are discarded as if they're not there; THAT much is written into Contract Law and backed up by relevant Case Law.
ICANN have been lazy and they ARE going to pay the price for that. If I as a layperson can understand this, so can they - and I hope their attempts at obfuscation and delay are rewarded with a robust legal response.
"Ignorance of the Law is no excuse/not a legal Defence" is an established principle in British Law (and American Law) taught in the early parts of Law Degree studies.
You might not like it, but any Lawyer would tell you the same.
...have automatic disengage when the pilot moves the control column more than a certain amount; and also an ICO (instinctive cut-off) switch on the front of the control column to enable fast and complete disengagement.
Why this isn't a mandatory safety feature on ALL autopilots is a mystery; after all the slightest dab on the brake pedal has disengaged cruise control for years?
Mine's the one with the brown stain at the back.
Hehehe - I went the other way around; 6502 (Commodore PET 3032 and BBC Micro Model B) to Z-80 (TRS-80 Model II). The 6502 (and 6510) were significantly simpler instruction sets and register sets than the Z-80 and therefore significantly more work to program for. The Z-80 was a positive JOY to work with after the 6502 although I will always be very nostalgic about the earlier chip.
I'll pay to see an ad-free site. If you're going to post a whiny sob-story about how you're funded by the ads, offer me an alternative way to help your funding situation. I don't want the ads, I'm NEVER going to want the ads, and I won't disable my ad blocker for anyone.
I love my ad-free internet, I hate ads of any description. If I want a product, I will seek one out.
I have had the M8 for a week now, and apart from the first day where I hammered the phone HARD, I haven't gone to bed with less than 50% charge yet. Last night was 64%. I am a moderate to heavy user and I'm getting (extrapolated) roughly 6 hours of screen-on time out of this phone. I get up at 7am and retire at midnight. Trust me the need for additional ergs is going to be unbelievably rare on this phone. And if the battery packs up and goes home before the first 2 years is up, HTC will replace it under warranty for free.
As to photography: photography is about emotion and moments, not f-stops and pixel counts. This camera is sweet as - its "only" four million pixels deliver fantastic image quality, colour accuracy and light accuracy - and it is more than adequate to the needs of the millions of people who will buy this phone.
This article is a long list of "Sure the other phones do this too, but this is an iPhone".
I (and many, many people around me) don't WANT an iPhone. We want the latest tech, the best spec, and a reasonable price. When are El Reg going to get around to publishing a review written by someone who doesn't care about one ecosystem or another, and just writes an honest, down to Earth review?
Smart Meters referred to here are NOT the ones which tell you which appliances are the ones costing you money. Smart Meters are the ones that dynamically feed your usage data hour by hour to the Energy company so that you are accurately billed and your forecasted usage is more accurate too.
All these concerns about health could be removed by ensuring that the antenna used was sited on the roof with a coverage of 360 degrees in azimuth but only 190-200 degrees in elevation. That way, no antenna that was close enough to do harm would send energy in your direction. (The signal strength received falls off proportional to the square of the distance from the antenna).
The HTC One series has F2.0 - I know what F-stop numbers are. It also only has 8Mpixels but takes unbelievable, outstanding, fantastic photographs (for a mobile phone).
The lens manufacture process means that the smallest possible abberation in lens curve is a fixed size - and therefore the smaller the lens, the larger the percentage of lens size those abberations are... which means the larger their effect on image quality. An f2.0 lens is 30% bigger than an f2.4 - with all the attendant benefits. In a 41Mpixel camera, for credibility alone, I would have chosen AT WORST an f2.0.
Not only that, but an F2.4 lens?! Low light performance is going to be DIRE, and the lens is small enough that even the tiniest abberation on the glass is going to be a huge percentage of the lens size. Great on megapixels (and therefore detail), short on QUALITY OF IMAGE.
And a 1.3GHz single core will only just be able to turn this beast of a camera on inside ten minutes...
I am astounded by the negativity on this article's comments. Quite blown away by it. I have used the phones, seen the display, seen the camera, played music...
They are BLISTERINGLY fast. Sense 4.0 and Image Sense are unbelievable. Audio is unbeatable. The phones come with 25Gb of FREE Dropbox storage - with a bit of intelligent re-thinking, this can easily complement the onboard storage and make life VERY good. The displays on all 3 are absolutely fantastic - SLCD2 on the X, and AMOLED on the other two. The difference in quality on the displays is not noticeable at all (and having seen the SGS2 which display I HATE, I looked really hard).
We can't know the battery life until the reviews start coming in.
So - I have NO IDEA why you idiots are chucking these phones on the scrap-heap before you've even LOOKED.
LMFAO you clearly have no clue. The Nokia has a 1.3GHz single core processor. The subject of your photo MIGHT be there by the time the camera app has started... and it has an F2.4 lens. It'll need to be sunlight to capture any kind of good photograph at all... and then the lens imperfections will wreck the quality of capture anyway.
You have absolutely no idea what you are talking about until you have taken photos with this outstanding phone. The F2.0 lens alone increases the light into the phone by 44% - and the existing flash is more than adequate, even in the dark.
I have taken pics with it, and I have seen the results.
HTC's Sense 3.0 interface already uses the "Drag an icon into a portion of the screen to unlock". You can drag the ring upwards for a full unlock, or you can drag an app icon into the ring to activate that icon immediately.
Not sure if Google are collaborating with HTC on this but HTC clearly "had it first".
I agree with earlier posters that wasting money on patenting Human Computer Interaction is ridiculous. The same problems will generate the same solutions when there are a limited number of ways to interact.
Will someone please correct my understanding? Because it's clearly wrong.
As I was given to understand, the Root Certificate upon which all an organisation's issued certificates are based is generated on a machine which is not connected to the network; and may even be switched off until needed? If this were the case, surely breaking into the CA's connected servers will only allow you to HARVEST, and NOT to permanently compromise the creation process?
If my understanding is correct, then revoking the single root certificate would also revoke anything based on it?
So as I said - my understanding is clearly wrong... will someone put me right please?
Human Computer Interaction is a well understood, well documented Science within the Psychology discipline. Studying it, you find that given a particular interface to a device, and a human "user", you can only make a small number of interactions viable - the human mind persists in working exactly the way it always worked, and a touch display activated by a finger can only be manipulated in so many ways. Patenting stuff like this (and enforcing those patents in Courts) is a calculated move designed to bring in licensing revenue, NOTHING MORE OR LESS. It also pushes up the cost of devices, because of the cost of patent enforcing litigation.
SOMETHING must be done to make this sort of patenting practice unlawful; unfortunately I have no idea as to what.
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