* Posts by M Gale

3549 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Android a photo-slurper too: report

M Gale

I'll upvote you just for being pedantic...

...and raise you a "Android isn't even the OS, that's Linux. Android is a whacking great stack of software running on Linux, the visible part you see of which is the Dalvik virtual machine and whatever launcher is running."

But yes, the permissions model does need a bit of a remodel.

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Probably for adverts.

So here's a suggestion: PERMISSION::ADVERTS, PERMISSION::ADVERTS_GPSLOC, PERMISSION::ADVERTS_TOWERLOC, plus any others that are specifically related to the advertising framework you're using.

Now offer users a central control panel with checkboxes that say "Yes, adverts can know my location", "Yes, adverts can read my contacts", and any other permissions that Adwords and other approved advertising companies might use. I say this because "approved advertising companies" is better than "whatever advertising companies the local monopolies commission says you HAVE to work with".

Make sure the user can always turn all checkboxes off. Doesn't stop an advert-funded app displaying adverts, just that they would be more like billboards and less like a personalised sales pitch.

Does anybody remember the utter stink that Go!Zilla and Aureate kicked up? It wasn't just because of the ad banner.

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New forum Wishlist

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Re: Avatars

Has anybody suggested a Karma-ish system yet? If posts_total - posts_reported < some_percentage then bingo_you_has_imagery(uid). Well, something like that anyway, and it could be extended to other plusses, eg if someone really can be trusted to play around in a simple scripting environment without breaking the site layout and pissing everyone off. How hard to make a little box the size of a post with a canvas area and a very simple tablettish VM in javascript, does anybody have the spare time to implement it, and more importantly could it have a checkbox so users can say "no I don't want funky Javascript running everywhere"?

Might help to have some feedback as well, if you're trying to make the forums more self-moderated (ie: users can banhammer each other). Having a flag next to the post in the Your Posts list with "X number of people have reported this post" or similar might promote a more graded response than "you posted something shit, you're lolbanned."

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Court rejects Tesla’s latest libel spat with Top Gear

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Re: Non-eco eco car

I have to wonder why they don't use a bog standard Fork Lift Truck battery connector or similar. If that thing can stand a 3500Ah 72V lead/acid battery dumping enough current into the hydraulic motor to lift two and a half metric tons into the air, it can stand an E car.

Not using it for a while? Flip bonnet/boot, grab both side of connector and yank sharply. Problem solved.

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I'm just curious.

Hobby level lipo cells have a tendency to expand alarmingly if you let them go completely flat then try to charge them. Bearing in mind how many cells are sandwiched into an e-car battery, how much of the $40,000 is jigging the car back into shape?

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Apple: We never said Siri would actually work in the UK

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Re: I cant help it but...

Also read up on the history behind the name of Donkey Kong. Quite the complex interplay of translation cock-ups happened for that one.

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Right Wing Good Left Wing Bad

The only thing the nazis thought "must be done" about the poor was either using them to build roads or giving them a free shower session, yaknow?

The BNP is right wing. So is Combat 18. Just to throw some perspective on the above post.

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And what's more...

...I don't have to put on a faux American accent to help it understand me. It gets my unique mixture of South-east, Midlands and Lancashire quite accurately.

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Google Voice Search

"Pubs in Manchester"

...followed by a list of search results. Took about 10 seconds, though I guess it would be faster if you are in an area with better mobile coverage.

"The register we never actually said siri would work in the UK."

...followed by a search page with this article on top. Even got it despite the title not being exactly what I said.

"The register Chad H besides the point"

I'll let you guess what that comes up with.

Come on Apple. Keep up, won't you?

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Weeing Frenchman sues Google over Street View photo

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I MUST WHIP MY TITTIES OUT, IT'S NATURAL.

So is having a dirty big shit.

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Metro breakdown! Windows 8 UI is little gain for lots of pain

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I'd rather F Microsoft...

...by not giving them money.

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'Kill yourself now' - Torvalds throws openSUSE security tantrum

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Yay and nay.

On the one hand, most Linuxes (Linices?) can be a bit obtuse. On the other hand, you don't install Windows Server or HPC edition on a netbook unless you want pain.

Maybe he should try using a "desktop" Linux? Probably will still give him reason to rant, but at least we won't have experts and neckbeards saying that's how it's supposed to be and you should edit /some/fucking/text.file if you want it to behave nicely.

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Re: Linus is right... as usual.

Must think of Soviet Russia joke, must think of Soviet Russia joke...

Typos post you?

Naw.

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vX or later...

"Each version is given a distinguishing version number. If the Program specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and "any later version", you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that version or of any later version published by the Free Software Foundation. If the Program does not specify a version number of this License, you may choose any version ever published by the Free Software Foundation. "

Doesn't seem like a problem to me. You choose what version you want to follow, if there is a "any later version" clause. That's a damned sight more friendly than many licenses, and I don't see how the GPL is any worse than spending a lot of time and effort creating something just to have Microsoft, Apple or some other troll tell you it infringes on some imaginary "Intellectual Property" of theirs. You want to call something a virus? Go chat to those nice chappies at Redmond. They've been infecting open source software for years now.

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Steve Jobs' death clears way for '7.85-inch iPad prototype'

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Re: Re: Horseshit

I'm just trying to get the image of "rich, creamy" horse shit out of my head.

I mean, was it sampled for taste and consistency?

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Motorola unfazed by Apple photo-patent win

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The usual call to...

...destroy all software and method patents. Every single one. Burn the whole sodding system to the ground because it benefits nobody except the lawyers.

And no, I don't care how much you or your business paid for a portfolio of vapour.

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Motorola Defy Mini rugged Android smartphone

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Re: Re: Low-end Androids

Uhm, £300 is not "cheap".

Neither is £160, but it's still almost half the price of your "cheap" Microsoft phone. Probably runs more smoothly too.

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EC: 'Friends-only' natter not subject to 'right to be forgotten'

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So...

...the only data that stands a chance of getting deleted as opposed to Streisanded (new word of the day?) is the same data that is exempt from the rules?

Makes sense.

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LOHAN's fantastical flying truss cleared for lift-off

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Re: Re: Can you not get "real" helium?

I think the objections to hydrogen are more to do with things exploding and singeing eyebrows at ground level. That said, if we can suggest a foolproof way of remotely filling and releasing a hydrogen launcher... Oh go on, Lester. Make it happen.

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Can you not get "real" helium?

That picture there looks like balloon gas to me. I think it's about half helium, and half air. Much less lifting capacity, which means having to inflate the balloon more, which means it bursts at a lower altitude. False economy and all that.

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Death to Office or to Windows - choose wisely, Microsoft

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Re: Re: Re: "Windows is dead."

I figured I'd get one or two penguins telling me that they've never touched a Windows install. THis is The Register after all, however when I say "people I know", I mean people I actually know, and I don't know many computer scientists.

Allow me to introduce myself. I'm a far-from-retired mature student, studying a BSc(hons) in Computer Games Technology. As much as I might like to use Eclipse/GCC for everything, and indeed have so far, there is only so far you can go without a Windows installation available. I'm not sure what programming in C#, XNA and .NET are like under Linux, but at some stage I'm going to have to use them (at arms length, with surgical gloves, we have an OO Design prof who adores Microsoft) and I don't want to jeopardise my chances of a 70%+ score on spending all my time trying to hammer a Microsoft technology into a platform that Microsoft hates with a vengeance.

But hey, give it a few years. If Ubuntu Software Cent(re|er) is as easy to make paid apps for as the other app stores, you'll more than likely see my stuff on it. Linux is a lot less of a headache to develop for than the same stuff on Windows, at least on the scale I'm working at.

(but I still have a Windows 7 partition, mostly for playing games)

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Re: "Windows is dead."

83.62%? Really? I wonder how those figures were arrived at, because I don't know a single person with a computer who does not also have a copy of Windows.

Even the Mac-heads, with Bootcamp.

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LOHAN's flying truss: One orb or two?

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Re: Re: Re: @Vic

That slip ball is there to measure acceleration forces, so therefore uses acceleration. It still doesn't know where "down" is, which is what anything connected to a control surface, robot or human, needs to know if it doesn't want to become a lawn dart.

That's why aircraft have artificial horizons kept in place with gyroscopes and other funkiness. If you don't know your orientation, you can't fly.

Besides which, LOHAN will have some kind of readily available autopilot on board anyway. That's if Lester doesn't just want to use a really long string and a slight angle from the vertical, which seems to be the KISS option.

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Re: Re: Ridiculous spurt.

M: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qaN8jVgmTtc

N: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbO7fXBad3o

Though I really hope a Q class is feasible: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cuKKzG-JFWw

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Re: Re: Re: How about

See here's the problem: You have a system that is relying on gravity to tell it where "down" is. WHile LOHAN is resting nicely on the launch platform, this system will be fairly, if not entirely accurate. As soon as the rockets kick in however, the aircraft will get a massive kick in the pants which will make any gravity-based system think that "down" is toward the rear of the aircraft, no matter what orientation the aircraft is in.

Try it yourself with a bucket half full of water on a string. Swing it around your head. The water is being pressed into the bucket through centrifugal force, basically an accelerative force trying to push the water out of the bottom of the bucket. The bucket thinks "down" is straight up when it's above your head, so long as you keep that acceleration going.

More than one pilot has died in a crash due to instrument failure in bad weather, because a human's built-in, gravity-derived senses cannot accurately tell where "down" is, and the pilot might well flop an aircraft upside down into a lake, believing themselves to be in level flight right up until the last moment.

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Re: Lohan's thrust may snap the member

So long as LOHAN has left the platform, who cares what happens? If the whole thing comes down on parachute looking like it just picked a fight with a polar bear, that's just awesome footage!

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M Gale

Ridiculous spurt.

I I recall correctly, the SPB team have decided that the wimpy little E class thing they were testing is far below the power levels required, and could well be going for M class and above. Those things don't provide a ridiculous little spurt. More like a ridiculously powerful kick in the pants and several thousand feet of altitude in about five seconds from ground level. From 80,000 feet with little atmosphere in the way, who knows how high it'll go?

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Re: How about

Unfortunately, in a tight loop, you will feel the right way up even when you're upside down. Nothing that relies on weights, balances, or anything that will stop working properly if gravity doesn't act like it should, will work on an aeroplane. This is why autopilot systems are a little more complex than attaching a pendulum to the ailerons.

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Re: Equalise pressure?

What would happen is that as soon as you connect the hose, the balloon with the greatest surface tension (ie: the smaller one) will squeeze air into the balloon with the weaker surface tension, which would be the larger balloon. Sounds counterintuitive until you think about it.

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Male dinosaurs failing on social privacy

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And I wonder how many of those surveyed said...

..."screw all this Facebook shite, if I want a website I'll build one"?

I mean you can't be a Facebook user and be all that concerned about your privacy.

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Who's adding DRM to HTML5? Microsoft, Google and Netflix

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Re: Why does this matter?

Exactly!

But watch out, you'll get accused of being a left-wing, librul, money-hating, anti-american communist freetarded pig-dog in a minute.

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Re: Re: Re: It might be unethical

DrXym, you're right, they will. Good on them.

Craigness, you'll be told you need to download something quite regularly, probably every time the current DRM system gets broken.

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Re: Try that at a theater sometimes....

"Intellectual Property" is why. One of the most insidious terms I've ever heard. Sorry, I bought the DVD, it's mine. You might own the performance and distribution rights, but if I decide to copy that DVD to to my computer's hard drive, a VHS tape, laserdisk or reams and reams of punched card, it's absolutely none of your business. So long as I am not selling cargo containers full of your movie stacked 9-side down, what the hell is the problem?

Oh yeah, you want me to buy one thing twice. Sorry, no can do.

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Re: Re: THE WEB AS WE KNOW IT WILL DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE

Mmm, those evil private companies eh? This would be called "putting words into mouth".

Tell me how you are going to implement your DRM solution and show everybody the code and the keys so they can make their own version please.

If not, keep it in a plugin.

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Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Unethical Vs Reality

"That's why Chrome is on version 1294 and Firefox has gone from version 3 to version 947 in less than four months*."

Exactly, and MicroGooflix (I like that portmanteau) want yet another round of updates on top of that. To finish it off, knowing Microsoft this'll be a tentacle in their Palladium plan, so there'll be a hardware and probably firmware component too, if you want to view MicroGooflix-protected videos or any other MicroGooflix-protected content. Browser codebases are huge enough without having yet more headaches to deal with, and if the purveyors of DRM wish to peddle their wares, then they are quite capable of creating their own encryption layer and dealing with the headaches themselves.

Oh yeah, Microsoft and Google make browsers, don't they? Shame about all the others.

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Re: Re: The "problem" are open source browsers.

"What Media Cos need is a system that's easy to use and doesnt get in your face! That way, even a leaky system is *good enough*"

They already have it, so no need to require it in every web browser. There's no need to require DRM to be baked into anything and everything that uses html5, or even for it to be part of the spec. After all, is a message telling you "this machine does not have Panopticon Technology DRM so you cannot view this content" any more or less annoying than "This web page cannot find Panopticon Technology's DRM plugin"?

What surprises me most is Google's part of the tag team. With Microsoft? And Netflix? I'm guessing that somehow the three of them have figured if they can push this through now they can control the deal. That'd certainly be enough to set aside any other arguments for now. Bottom line, and all that.

(Also, it figures that there is a real Panopticon Software, based in Sweden. Ho hum.)

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Re: Unfortunate reality

The unfortunate reality is that the DRM component would work only on the platforms that it has been compiled for. Sort of like Flash, but baked into the spec so you can't get rid of it.

Like I've said above, keep the DRM in some kind of external plugin. It has no business on an open Web. You know, the sort that the W3C is all about promoting?

Again, for the benefit of anyone who didn't see the link above: http://www.w3.org/Consortium/mission

DRM takes that mission, stamps on it, takes it out back, shoots it with a 50 cal, dumps the whole lot in a barrel, shits on the remains and then sets fire to it. I'm not surprised the W3C are opposed.

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Re: Re: Re: Unethical Vs Reality

Don't you mean.. commercial video sites with as many crappy codecs and plug-ins as there are now? Personally I would rather that, than bake DRM into the HTML spec. See, the DRM will have to be revised every few months/weeks/days/hours to play catch-up with the crackers. That means everyone's browser will have to download the latest, potentially bug-ridden, hastily-programmed-to-get-it-out-on-time DRM scheme, every few months/weeks/days/hours.

How is that any better? Thanks but I'd rather have the choice to tell Silverlight and its DRM component to GTFO my system.

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Re: It might be unethical

Probably, and they are welcome to.

And I'm quite happy to not download it.

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THE WEB AS WE KNOW IT WILL DIIIIIIIIIIIIIIE

Because nobody ever streamed video over the web before. Leave DRM to the proprietary plug-in bullshit mongers. The rest of us can view the Web on any machine we like, without having to worry about whether MicroGooflix DRM v3.4 has been released for the platform yet.

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Re: Unethical Vs Reality

Or even better, the W3C can tell the DRM-mongers to fuck off and come up with their own solution, as they will not be used by the media industry to turn an open platform for communication and information dissemination into a locked down nightmare that only works if you jump through the right hoops while holding chicken entrails in the air and reciting a prayer to Saint Ballmer.

http://www.w3.org/Consortium/mission.html

Read that, and you might be able to understand just how wrong baking DRM into the html spec is.

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DRM is not "aka copy protection".

Copy protection tries to prevent you making copies of something, end of purpose. DRM is far, far more evil.

And yes, I will use that word. Correctly.

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MP allegedly cuffed after scrap in Commons bar

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Re: Re: Re: Posting in an epic thread

>>"If artists stop making their art because of a lack of financial remuneration then that's just fine by >>me, because they're the ones producing vapid, empty shit anyway. "

>Would you work for free? Thought not.

I think that's his point. Without backing him or arguing against him, I'll just point out that I think he WANTS the "vapid shit" as he puts it, to go away. To stop being produced, you know?

If they won't work for free, they won't produce said vapid shit.

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M Gale

Re: Re: Debatable?

Destroys vast numbers job jobs and whole industries? Post proof or retract.

No, the demise of the Amiga due to the rise of 3D-capable cheap PCs, over-priced Amiga parts and a complete lack of development after the CD32 is not an example, though people do love to say "Piracy Killed The Amiga" a lot.

They certainly don't have an underactive imagination.

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SanDisk daddy: Flash to 'checkmate' hard drives by 2020

M Gale

No thanks.

Maybe as a nice fast, and very much non-essential cache to the spinning disk platters, as it is used already. Maybe for small computers that don't have much storage and are meant more as fat clients. For Flash to beat HDD for me, it has to:

(a) be as reliable as a HDD

(b) be at least as cheap per unit of storage as a HDD

Neither of those are currently true, and unless all spinning-disk manufacturers conspire together to wreck their own market, HDDs are a moving target too.

Oh, and I have plenty of use for multiple terabytes or more. So does anybody that stores video.

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New Mac OS X: Mountain Lion roars at unauthorised apps

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Re: Re: Er, you nay-sayers do realise that...

Unfortunately, while "slippery slope" is in theory a fallacy, in practice it all too often turns out to be true. Apple wouldn't just turn their Macs into toy games consoles like the iWotsits, but little bit by little bit?

I'll just say I'm watching to see what happens.

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Nominet to launch .wales and .cymru

M Gale

Still room for comedy.

shavethe.wales

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