* Posts by Captain Hogwash

771 posts • joined 23 Feb 2009

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Android users: Are you ready for the great unbundling?

Captain Hogwash

Re: Most people think Chrome is the ONLY browser...

Why is Lightning so unpopular? What don't I know about it that others know?

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Re: Most people think Chrome is the ONLY browser...

Lightning FTW!

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Universal Credit has never delivered bang for buck, but now there's no turning back – watchdog

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IDS

Give me five minutes and a curtain pole. I'll give him irritable dowel syndrome!

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Meet the Frenchman masterminding a Google-free Android

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WTF?

Re: whatsapp (not google) - which is great.

Yeah but Facebook tho' Bruv.

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Re: He's late to market

I think he wants to build the cloud services too, rather than just the device OS.

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@Pen-y-gors Re: it isn't available in the Amazon store

Try Yalp Store. Available from F-Droid.

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In defence of online ads: The 'net ain't free and you ain't paying

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Re: +1

Amidst the battle roar, accountants keep the score

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British egg producers saddened by Google salad emoji update

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Re: More inclusive?

No. More eggsclusive!

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US websites block netizens in Europe: Why are they ghosting EU? It's not you, it's GDPR

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Re: Why should a US corp have to jump through hoops...?

If they have no physical infrastructure, advertising/marketing/sales operations, tax obligations, etc, etc, etc within the EU then they don't. My credit card lets me make purchases in any currency (and charges for the 'service',) anywhere in the world. So there's no difficulty buying huhkl-flendlegroodlers from a one-man-band in Finknottlestan, whose entire operation is run out of a self-hosted website in his outside toilet. In such a scenario the vendor has no GDPR obligations.

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'Facebook takes data from my phone – but I don't have an account!'

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Re: They'll send the goons soon.

I prefer the personal touch you only get with hired goons.

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Re: Yalp Store

It's pretty good. Occasionally it won't log in with the fake credentials but I have a few apps not available directly or via F-Droid through it.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Re: Go back to the 80's...

How about 1983?

"Technician, we want you to build a component

For each of our workers, to be with them always,

At all time watch closely, so we can keep track of

Their actions, their interests, their morals, their time out.

Some musak to maim them, some fear to contain them.

Policy will judge, them brute forces degrade them.

Practical behaviour, the cleanser, the saviour.

A private vocation has no sense of nation.

The maintenance of power can be so fulfilling,

Just as long as all the slaves are willing."

Twelfth Night, We Are Sane (from Fact And Fiction)

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Captain Hogwash
WTF?

Tax

Not everyone has or wants a mobile phone today. I suggest that such people will exist in the future also. If it then became mandatory to carry one, would the government supply one free of charge? Would the cost result in higher council tax policing precepts? Somebody has to pay for the phones and you can bet it will be those under surveillance by some scheme or other.

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Peak smartphone? Phone fatigue hits Western Europe hard

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Headmaster

Re: Elks' hooves?!

Moose in North America, Elk in Europe.

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Cambridge Analytica dismantled for good? Nope: It just changed its name to Emerdata

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Re: Video Of The Damned.

Wait For The Blackout? Curtain Call?

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Motorised robo-coolbox biz Starship makes lunchtime pitch to campus-dwellers

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Mushroom

Re: How will the ne'er do wells see fit to exploit these little fellas?

See icon.

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Shocker: Cambridge Analytica scandal touch-paper Aleksandr Kogan tapped Twitter data too

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Re: And they STILL wave their Clubcards at tills

Sadly, some people are so poor that, even if they have some idea of the problems around data collection, they have no real option. I'm fortunate enough not to be in that particular boat right now, but I have enough understanding of surveillance capitalism and experience of poverty to feel a lot of sympathy.

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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Meh

Re: We use == for comparison, what you've got there is assignment

Must be a VB guy.

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Captain Hogwash

I've been using LineageOS/CyanogenMod without GApps on Galaxy S series phones since the beginning and can heartily it to recommend others. I'm currently using the LineageOS MicroG variant (same can be achieved by manual configuration but why make work for yourself.) Adding F-Droid gives plenty of useful (and not so useful) apps, including Yalp Store which gets you into Google Play without your own account.

tl;dr - Do it! You won't regret it.

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Facebook admits it does track non-users, for their own good

Captain Hogwash

Re: social disease

new moral cancer

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My Tibetan digital detox lasted one morning, how about yours?

Captain Hogwash

Re: When "off duty" and out & about with the Wife ...

Did you meet her on a golf course?

https://youtu.be/GaakzEfCwUo

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Happy as Larry: Why Oracle won the Google Java Android case

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Re: As usual Andrew hates Google

I'm all for hating and hurting Google but I also think the court got it wrong. The wider implications are anti-competitive and likely to entrench monopolies.

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Please no Basic Instinct flashing, HPE legal eagles warn staffers

Captain Hogwash

Didn't do Donald Duck or Yogi Bear any harm.

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Meet the open sorcerers who have vowed to make Facebook history

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Re: Yolk? Seriously? I'm oeuffended!

So it wasn't proofread. Get ova it.

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What a mesh: BT Whole Home Wi-Fi users moan over update

Captain Hogwash

Re: can someone tell me why they're not called routers?

For the same reason that, if one's SO complains about the quality of their WiFi to EE, EE will sell one's SO a "booster". Fortunately I arrived in the nick of time to re-purpose all of the old kit from previous

ISPs she'd been with. She now has decent WiFi all around the house.

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Hip hop-eration: Hopless Franken-beer will bring you hoppiness

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Headmaster

Nomenclature

"Hop-free beer" has been around for centuries. It's called ale. Beer, by definition, is made with hops. So what these people have produced is hop flavoured ale, not hop-free beer.

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Brit MPs chide UK.gov: You're acting like EU data adequacy prep is easy

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Coat

If we go with your Brexcel and Word Peace ideas, I'd say the Outlook is pretty good.

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We need to talk, Brit Parliamentary committee tells Mark Zuckerberg

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Re: About time

From the article:

"There’s just one small snag. Zuck is an American citizen, meaning he can safely ignore any such summons. If a British or Commonwealth citizen, or someone living in the UK, did that, they would risk being jailed for committing contempt of Parliament."

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You must be yolking: English pub to launch eggstravagent Yorkshire pudding

Captain Hogwash

Re: Draw a line going

Basically true, although people within counties which straddle that line are not likely to see a North-South divide within the county.

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Microsoft says 'majority' of Windows 10 use will be 'streamlined S mode'

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Coat

Re: Penguinland which keeps growing larger and greener

That'll be the climate change.

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Megaphone

BELL END FURY

BELL END FURY

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A smartphone recession is coming and animated poo emojis can't stop it

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@Dave 126

I think you assume wrong. The battery in my SGS5 has enough grunt to get me through the day and I don't want to be adding bulk to it. I want removable batteries in phones in order to prolong the phone life beyond the battery life. I have a couple of spares for when the original no longer holds a charge. Hopefully this arrangement will keep the phone going until the hardware fails, which is the only reason I would have for replacing it. Once it's gone I'll be forced into playing the manufacturers' game of ditching perfectly good hardware and paying for the privilege just be cause the battery has died every couple of years.

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8. Removable battery.

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Administrator PwC chops Maplin staff

Captain Hogwash

Don't despair. They're in a state of flux and could yet brazen out the crisis.

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'A sledgehammer to crack a nut': Charities slam UK voter ID trials

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Re: the dark side of fascism

Fascism has a light side? Who knew?

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Neil Young slams Google, after you log in to read his rant with Google or Facebook

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Re: What does that even mean?

I think it means he doesn't have little feat.

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Re: ...not have the best grasp of tech...

That's true. He said Rust never sleeps. Should have used std::thread.

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UK Home Sec Amber Rudd unveils extremism blocking tool

Captain Hogwash

Re: "unnamed algorithm"

Ruddy hell!

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You can find me in da club, database full of faces… but this ain't privacy watchers' jam

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Erm

Would you trust someone who was Robin Tombs? That's even worse than Robin Banks.

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What do we want? Consensual fun times. How do we get it? Via an app with blockchain...

Captain Hogwash

Re: broadcasting the Simpsons and cutting out some jokes for length

It's not for length. I noticed this when episodes were broadcast more than once per week, at different times of day. What struck me about jokes in evening shows which were missing from afternoon shows was that the subject matter was always either sexual or drug related. FWIW, I hate it too.

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Uncle Sam's treatment of Huawei is world-class hypocrisy – consumers will pay the price

Captain Hogwash

Re: Trump is a genius

A stable genius. Needs mucking out though.

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Re: Gooles phone operating system

Is that somehow related to Hull's phone network?

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Russia could chop vital undersea web cables, warns Brit military chief

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Why do we in the West keep on blabbing...particularly stupid?

No Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.

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Surveillance Capitalism thinks it won, but there's still time to unplug it

Captain Hogwash
Devil

Re: rope when they are suicidal

Kill the goose that lays the golden eggs?

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Pastry in a manger: We're soz, Greggs man said

Captain Hogwash

Re: (to an extent) Buddhists

See Myanmar.

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Audio spy Alexa now has a little pal called Dox

Captain Hogwash

Re: Not much use

Private Investigations? Telegraph Road?

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Those IT gadget freebies you picked up this year? They make AWFUL Christmas presents

Captain Hogwash
Headmaster

metric tonne

So, tonne then. Although I understand Americans commonly refer to a metric ton.

Hell in a handcart I tell ya!

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'Screaming' man fined $149 for singing 'Everybody Dance Now'

Captain Hogwash

Perhaps they thought he was one of the Sopranos. Anyway, no need for such an alto-cation.

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Ex-TalkTalk chief grilled by MPs on suitability to chair NHS Improvement

Captain Hogwash

Computing acronyms

Dido In Data Out.

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Rejecting Sonos' private data slurp basically bricks bloke's boombox

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Flame

Re: Most of the millennials ... just as bothered about it as the old farts

Yet they pump out huge plumes of personal guff to the servers of surveillance capitalists. Do they not realise they have a choice about this and that, if they were to choose differently, the snoopers of officialdom would have to do the work themselves, at a much slower, more targeted rate?

It might also mean that companies such as Sonos would think twice about jumping on the slurping bandwagon. (I'm a GenX kid before you ask.)

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