* Posts by M Gale

3549 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007

Google Cr-48: Inside the Chrome OS 'unstable isotope'

M Gale

What does it work for? Angry Birds?

Yes.

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"Plans providing additional data start at $9.99 a day."

HAHAHAHAHA... oh hang on, they're serious?

Chrome. Useful maybe as a dumb terminal, company-owned device or info point. Completely fucking useless as a consumer product, with that kind of a price.

Mind you, I really don't know what kind of "home user" would bother with this anyway. Businesses, if it comes with enterprise functions and the ability to detach it from Google's spyware, yes. Me? Give me a hard drive, files to put on it and various and sundry backup media.

Not writing it off yet, not if they get the RDP bit right, but they are going to be screwed if they think this is the next iWotsit.

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Google questions tests that praise IE's bad website blocker

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Hm.

Plenty of times I've had Chrome flash up a warning telling me that such-and-such a site has had some kind of malware on it recently.

I've never seen that in IE, yet.

So. Survey commissioned by Microsoft reveals results that are favourable to Microsoft. Blimey, UK.gov should have took Microsoft's help with the NIR when offered!

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Facebook trains self to recognize your face

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Stop

Wow.

So. So opt out, you have to opt in. Don't want random people putting your name up in lights on the Internet? Register with Facebook so they can... put your name up in lights on the Internet next time they tweak their privacy settings.

Clever, eh?

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Everything Everywhere ponders discrimination by packet

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Oh joy.

I don't use Facebook, I'm not stupid enough to attempt Youtube over a 3G connection, and I really, really don't want whatever crap is on the provider's network.

Seems like we're going back to the Compuserve/AOL days of having "Online Service Providers" and not "Internet Service Providers". Fine, just so long as they don't try to sell it to me as Internet access, otherwise I might just have to mention something about trading standards to them.

As so many people here have already said: BE. DUMB. PIPES. Really not interested in whatever else you have to offer...

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Ethics? There's an app for that

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Badgers

What?

"you wouldn't want to be caught feeding a computer into the coffee grinder again."

AGAIN?

Please give me a job working for you guys. I can type fast enough to be a census keyer, spell well enough for the same, and I have a silly sense of humour sometimes. I just want to be in the office on the day Simon tries to feed you all finely-ground and roasted Core 2 Quad.

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Txt tax would wipe out half UK deficit, claims union baron

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Badgers

Re: the trouble with capitalists.

Problem is, that would be way tl;dr for a T shirt.

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US Army 'to issue every soldier with a smartphone'

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Nobody makes a phone yet that meets these specs.

Which specs? Perhaps Military 810F specs?

http://www.mydigitallife.info/2010/03/25/motorola-i1-push-to-talk-android-based-smartphone-meets-military-810f-standards/

Okay, in my opinion it doesn't have enough rubber around it to be a "proper" mil-spec-looking device, but it does exist.

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Gawker rooted by anonymous hackers

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Difference.

If some arsehole really wants to get in your house, then they are getting into your house. There is absolutely nothing you can do about a sledgehammer and enough determined effort.

However, if you have decent hashing algorithms you can actually do something about even the most determined of invaders. Short of physically breaking into the server room, that is.

The analogies between burglars and hackers are as piss poor as the ones between computers and cars, or access points and houses. Personally I'd rather a white hat send me a polite email warning showing me where and how I'm at risk, than wait for the black hats to take advantage of a weakness that I didn't know was there.

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M Gale

What kind of nit-wit?

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2010/09/22/acs_4chan/

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Beeb ordered to release TV licensing contract sweeteners

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How the tech works.

Crapita/TVLA have a database. On it is every single home in the UK.

Any home that is not registered as having a TV license is obviously evading the TV license, so therefore must be sent intimidating letters. Any area with a significant number of houses not registered on the database must have white vans patrolling prominently with "Detector Van" written on the side.

It's sort of like the National Identity Register, if that had ever come to pass.

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Sudanese voters get SMS hotline

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No user registration?

I can understand how people would be somewhat unnerved at having to register for such a service, especially if it could be subverted and used to find the registered users. However.. doesn't this throw the service open to being spammed by non-friendly interests?

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Angry Birds find new way to take your money

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Paypal, Google Checkout.

I hear they have APIs. 10p plus 1% of transaction value is not all that bad a handling fee.

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Stealing credit card details via NFC is easy/pointless

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Do you trust Mastercard or Visa?

"1) if very few people have more than spare change in their pockets, criminals have less incentive to rob people."

And more incentive to point a gun at you and direct you to the nearest ATM.

There's some advantages to plastic, but you'll never replace the instantness and convenience of cash. Plus the government can't stop you spending it, the US government in particular can't decide that you are unfriendly to their interests and bar your account (yay wikileaks), and you don't have every single transaction on a record.

Frankly I'd rather retain that level of control.

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M Gale

£15? Price of a cup of coffee?

Where's that, Harrods?

Yes, £15 is the maximum spend for this sort of thing. So.. you buy £15 worth of something in one shop, £15 in another, £15 in another, £15 in another, and throw the card away when it asks for a PIN. Sell the gear you got for £5 cash each, then go over to your dealers for enough smack to kill an elephant.

Yeah, not worried about NFC at all, me.

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Mozilla vows Google 'Crankshaft' riposte

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0.0001 seconds.

Multiplied by a loop that has to execute 5,000 times 50 times per second? Yes I'd call that significant.

If you're after a plug-in free web page with flashy graphics and effects, Javascript with some kind of middleware or abstraction library like JQuery is about your only option. A faster browser means faster plugin-free transitions, slideshows, scrolling, sprites and whatever else you want to punish these optimising compilers with.

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Lock and load: Birmingham launches gunfire location IT

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There's a reason...

...that silencers aren't called silencers.

They're known as muzzle suppressors. The soft little "ptoo" that you get from the movies is a far cry from the resounding crack of a real "silenced" firearm. They're more useful for disguising the flash than the noise.

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Bloated US patent holder sues 9 tech companies

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So how many inventions did they invent?

And how many patents were bought for a song because they convinced the inventor that it was a good deal?

All software and method patents must die. No ifs, no buts, and no exceptions. It's the only way anybody is going to stand a cat in hell's chance of doing ANYTHING without either paying the danegeld or getting sued into bankruptcy.

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Google backs 'Chromoting' remote access for web-bound OS

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Re: Oh but remote desktop has been done yeeeears ago!

Yes, if you're a complete geek.

Now how about remote administration for normal people?

If El Goog get it done right it could be useful. For normal people. And about any data mining, if indeed it's built into the OS (as opposed to in whatever web app stack Google give you)? It's open source. So rip that functionality out if it exists, no?

If Apple had made this announcement, it'd be full of fawning praise and you know it. Don't you dare think that Apple and Microsoft aren't profiling their customers too, and you pay heftily per OS license for that privilege with them!

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M Gale

It has potential.

I've speculated before that a good use for Chrome OS, given the existance of Android already in toyphones and tablets, could be as a smart terminal for business users. You've no worries about data loss if a fondlable device goes missing, and if Google are smart they'll include options for remote wiping anything that is cached locally.

Plus having your home computer on a netbook on the train sounds like fun.

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Robotic High Noon in Colorado

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A big noise.

Otherwise known as a shockwave. It tends to burst ear drums and cause all kinds of interesting stresses in hard or brittle objects. I just wouldn't want to be anywhere near something that size if it did go boom.

A shaped cutting charge if you want to use the minimal amount of explosive and contain the blast a little. Otherwise, with enough high explosive you can blow up just about anything.

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M Gale
Grenade

That robot might have been tiny...

...but packed with high explosive, I'm pretty confident that something that size could blow an appreciable chunk out of that support pillar.

Or perhaps spray passing motorists with ball bearings, nails, broken glass and other shrapnel.

Even a cup full of black powder when suitably compressed can make a hell of a boom, and these days we have things like semtex and TNT, Torpex, and $_DEITY only knows what else. Choose your poison?

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Gov decides not to have scientific advice on drugs any more

M Gale

Science? Pah. Blind faith and obedience? That's more like it.

"Smith also ignored scientific advice when she upgraded cannabis from C to B even though downgrading it had led to less people taking it. Maybe we could save some money by just sacking these scientists rather than paying them to offer advice which the government will then ignore."

I blame John Oates. He gave the bastards ideas.

Eh, who actually believes the government on its drugs policy any more anyway? Frank? They've been losing the War On Drugs That Aren't Alcohol since the mid 1920s, and they look set to lose it for another century at this rate. Why did nobody learn from US prohibition and nearly 100 years of propaganda and imprisonments?

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WikiLeaks dubs Amazon 'The Cowardly Liar'

M Gale
Badgers

'most Rabies are Jew's

I know it's a typo, I know it's bad form to correct other people, but... damn!

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Intel reveals 'the billion dollar lost laptop problem'

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Badgers

Ponemon?

Gotta catch 'em all?

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Gear4 UnityRemote

M Gale

But what about buttons with screens on them?

http://www.artlebedev.com/everything/optimus/

A few minor niggles, like no Toy Unix support as such, but I'd definitely keep one of those if it were given to me.

I just wouldn't buy it at the ~£1000 asking price.

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'Smear agricultural land with human poo'

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Badgers

Hence the phrase "Treat them like mushrooms."

IE, keep them in the dark and feed them shit.

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M Gale

This is not limited to night soil.

Any large amounts of any kind of fertilizer (or pesticide for that matter) in the water supply is a very bad thing. Phosphates? Nitrates? Good for plants, not so for animals.

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M Gale

This used to be quite normal.

Go and Google "Night Soil".

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Oracle claims trademark on Hudson open source

M Gale

I suggest...

..."Mississippi".

Forks every once in a while, dunnit?

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Windows Phone 7 gets unlocked

M Gale

Same on an el cheapo ZTE Racer.

As the title says.

Also while I'm here: "Apple's iPhone, the most famously-locked-down of the platforms, has no viruses or Trojans to worry about..."

No viruses or trojans that we know about, you mean? How long did it take Apple to find and remove that sneaky flashlight app from their store that was allowing people to press a secret button combo and get tethering on their phones? Did Apple's infamous close scrutiny spot that, or is Apple's infamous close scrutiny a whole crock of shit that's more focussed on whether you mention a competitor's platform in your app?

You really think Apple would be able to find a competently-made trojan before the developer pressed the detonate button? And so what if they hit the kill switch? The amount of money gleaned from getting a hundred thousand (let alone a few million) phones to dial a premium rate number would probably pay for development of the next sneaky trojan.

Thanks, but I'd rather be able to look at a list of permissions. "This fart app requires: Location (Coarse, network based. Fine, GPS). Services that cost you money (make and receive calls, send and receive SMS messages). Full Internet access. Change contents of SD card. Adjust system settings. Prevent phone from going into standby."

It's not 100%, but then what is? Apple's curated iStore? You're having a giraffe, surely?

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Feds seize 70 'filesharing, dodgy goods' sites

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I wonder how many shills post here?

I don't normally accuse people of such, but it's amazing how many "anti pirates" crawl out of the woodwork when something even remotely related to BitTorrent pops up.

Yes, I'm a freetard. No, I pay for my music, in CD form so I can turn it into an mp3 or ogg without any hassle.

And yes, I use BitTorrent. I can't wait for the day I get one of the meeja industry's legal love letters through the door. Seriously, I'll frame the fucker.

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An iPad for under 200 quid*

M Gale
Flame

Apple == Bang & Olufsen

Overpriced tat that looks nice on the coffee table. But hey, you can get it on a 24-month hire purchase agreement with only £200 paid up front!

The rest of us get Kenwood or Sony or Technics or just about any other gear and it sounds just as good for half the price.

Flame on.

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ISPs under pressure to control online porn

M Gale

Kids, eh?

"Keep the PC in the living room - he'll use his phone.

Take his phone - he'll buy a cheap iPod Touch off eBay.

Use OpenDNS filtering - he'll use IP addresses and proxies.

Turn off the router - he'll use the neighbour's instead.

I don't think ISP filtering is the answer - but I'm not sure what is."

By the time your darling is old enough to do all that, he's probably old enough to know a few things that'll turn your hair grey a few decades too early. Censorship by that time is a little like trying to shut the stable door after the entire race meeting has just departed in haste.

If on the other hand a young child even has the requisite debit card to buy something from ebay (and if you keep giving a nowty little sod money to buy an iToy), then you have something wrong there that a national Internet censorwall will never fix.

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Start-up pitches low-cost no-glasses 3D for iPad

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Won't be easy to apply.

I could see professional signmakers and vinyl wrappers having difficulty getting this thing aligned to pixel-perfect precision, let alone Joe and Jane Public. That's without considering things like bubbles and creases. Still, as something fitted by the manufacturer I could see lenticular and similar no-glasses 3D working quite well. We'll see how well next year when Ninty goes all 3DS on us.

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Stuxnet code leak to cause CYBER-APOCALYPSE NOW!

M Gale
FAIL

Viruses in the hands of bad guys.

No, really?

And there's me thinking that Stuxnet was developed by totally above-board professional programmers.

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Tube to get phone coverage by the Olympics

M Gale

There's already cable that runs for at least as long as the tracks....

"So how do you connect your femto cell to the rest of the network? you're in a train in a cast iron tunnel, you still need 100's km of radiating cable."

...it's called, errr, the tracks. They're electric, you know?

And afaik most of the tunnels are lined with concrete and brick, not cast iron. Not that this matters when you're under several metres of terra firma.

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SMART supercomputer smacks flash in its stash

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Badgers

Very nice.

But did you hire aManFromMars to write that title?

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Indian village bans single girls from mobile use

M Gale

Britain is indeed the past master of bastardry.

It's been taken over in the last century or so, though.

Well, all except for one.

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Apple throws a wobbly over Steve Jobs dolly

M Gale

So what's the difference...

...between this and the hilariously-NSFW http://headostate.com at all?

I don't see Obama rushing to sue.

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MS drops drive pooling from Windows Home Server

M Gale

Historic quotes?

"Today large hard drives of over 1TB are reasonably priced, and freely available. We are also seeing further expansion of hard drive sizes at a fast rate, where 2Tb drives and more are becoming easy accessible to small businesses."

"640K ought to be enough for anybody."

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Apple accused of iPhone ban on 'all single-station radio apps'

M Gale

fm radio

Been on every toyphone and dumbphone for years, and now finally the iToys get it!

Hardly antitrust. More like Jobs' magical device finally catching up to the rest of the uncultured plebians.

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BOFH: Look out!

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Coat

Wouldn't work.

Patient alarms are wired like house alarms: if you cut the wire or pull the lead out it goes off.

Yeah, I'll go fetch it.

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Angry Birds struggle to take on Androids

M Gale

To be fair...

...you probably weren't running the game inside a virtual machine. What state were SNES and Megadrive emulators in, back in 2000?

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M Gale

Perversely enough..

..Angry Birds works on this cheap little ZTE Racer. It gets laggy when the advertising mechanism tries to do something, and it's smoother if you turn the sound off but it's playable.

And yes, it's funny watching people compare a GPUriffic handheld games & playthings platform costing either hundreds of pounds or an 18 month ball and chain, versus a budget pocketable device of anything down to 10% of the iWotsit's price on a 3 network PAYG SIM. Apples and, err, oranges?

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iAds to flood UK iPhones, iPads

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Badgers

Considering how much flak I usually like to throw at Apple...

...I find myself going "meh" at the plans to run their own advertising through the phone. It's not like everyone else doesn't do it, and free apps are pretty much expected to throw up banners here and there. So they probably won't let Random Advertising Network Ltd into their walled garden? BFD. At least this way the customers' personal data and history is only being mined by one company that is too big to fold up and disappear to evade the law if data protection violations rear their head.

I'm just slightly boggled that they are sticking with that name. Congratulations, your iPhone now has iAds? That's a screw-up of Microsoftian "If you have a life without walls, why do you need Windows" comedy potential.

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Internet Explorer 9 preview thinks inside box, outside browser

M Gale

I've said this before...

..Chrome-like? So it'll run on Mac OS X and Linux?

Windows XP?

So much for interoperability, then.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Android tablet

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Boffin

Not all pixels are square.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixel_aspect_ratio

In other words, measure the height and width of the screen, not the number of pixels.

Or I'm sure you could be funky and measure the length and angle of a line drawn between opposite corners and do the derivations, but most aren't so masochistic.

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Facebook bug sin-bins female users

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Terminator

And how do you know it was a "he"?

Because There Are No Girls On The Internet. You should know this.

I think the Facebook banning was spot on. Those "girls" are obviously fake. Why, I'm sure even Ms Bee is really a killer robot sent from the future to subjugate humanity to her (!) indomitable will. Rise Of The Machines? You don't know the half of it...

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