* Posts by Andrew Orlowski

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Gemini: Vulture gives PDA some Linux lovin'

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: @Christian

"Isn't Psion a registered trademark or something? Some kind of protection to keep the real memories alive?"

Planet doesn't use the Psion brand or trademark anywhere.

"Sorry, but I find it seriously awkward that I hear no one ever mentioning once how this device managed to handle their appointments."

The Calendar app that Planet has created isn't ready to ship yet. Perhaps you'll hear more when it does. Until then, assume it handles appointments just like any Android handles appointments.

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We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Those bananas are for blending then drinking, rather than eating, so I don't mind them being very ripe.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Because the tin robin is quite partial to it.

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Huawei joins Android elite with pricey, nocturnal 40MP flagship

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: *Points in disappointment*

The Notch is optional. You can turn it off, it then looks like a phone with a very thin top bezel, rather than a phone with a very very thin top bezel and a Notch. Puzzles me why so many phone makers want to introduce a Notch just to lose one very.

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Facebook's inflection point: Now everyone knows this greedy mass surveillance operation for what it is

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: don't worry, our ads aren't as effective as we told you

@BlockchainToo

Thanks - that's the most relevant comment of all in this debate. I've written a piece about this (predates this one), but we haven't run it yet.

Consider that most people block out ads (and many run ad-blockers), and that behavioural targeting is soooo good, I get targeted with Club18-30 holidays, while students get targeted with retirement ads from Saga. The whole business is borked - something Zuckerberg can't admit - or at least nowhere near as effective as he wants us to believe.

The 2016 Election was a freak result, but I think this might have had more to do with it:

https://edition.cnn.com/2016/10/05/politics/trump-clinton-debate-prep/index.html - in fact, have a look at Clinton's campaign schedule for the final month.

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What a hang up: US big box biz Best Buy kicks Huawei to the curb

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Huawei has no Brand Recognition

@soulrideruk

"phones, like for Samsung, are just a sideshow for Huawei, an attempt to get their name seen. They are all about networks and networking, the phone is just a marketing thing."

Consumer devices (mostly phones) brought in $30-35 billion for Huawei last year (yes, billion).

Quite "a marketing thing".

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Chinese government

"Huawei was set up by, and is currently led by ..."

I am struggling to find a single fact in your comment that is correct.

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Tim Berners-Lee says regulation of the web may be needed

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

https://www.w3.org/People/Berners-Lee/Talks.html

Zurich?

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

"Put somebody who doesn't understand tech in charge of it."

Like Tim Berners Lee?

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Info Commissioner tears into Google's 'call us journalists' trial defence

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

This is a very interesting and important point AC, but by "this avenue is not available for common people" I presume you mean the High Court not the ICO process, which is free to use.

RTBF is a tool for people who are not famous, are not public figures, and can't afford Hugh Tomlinson QC.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Key Point

"The case hinges on whether a random search is basic journalism requiring reasonable judgement about the reliability of the information, relevance, importance, etc to the final result."

It should do, as this is a sensible description. But the UK Courts have already established that journalism may mean distribution of documents written by others, and this is what Google is arguing it does.

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Spotify wants to go public but can't find Ed Sheeran (to pay him)

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)
FAIL

@Warbler

"It's inconceivable that music industry execs have decided to get in bed with other middle men to extend their perpetual shafting of the artists"

Only to a moron who didn't RTFA, but as usual, your hatred of the writer has clouded your ability to read or think clearly.

The majors have large equity stakes in Spotify, and will profit hugely from the IPO. As much as $3.39 billion. So the incentives for the majors has been: keep quiet, then cut and run, rather than develop the digital music market for the long term.

It's all in there. You only have to read, but you prefer to make a clot of yourself.

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We should pass laws to make Google's life hard! Oh no, sorry, did we say that out loud? asks IBM

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

"Basically, technology old-timer IBM doesn't exactly mind seeing laws passed that make it harder for Google and other internet whippersnappers to rake in money."

I'm intrigued by this. How is Google inconvenienced by a law on sex trafficking. Is Google actually a sex trafficker? Similarly with political ads, and checking where they come from - this should not be onerous.

If being obliged to act ethically is an inconvenience, we need new Googles. These ones aren't worth defending.

Context:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/09/07/oracle_s230/

Background:

Congress told Google "don't you dare pull a SOPA on this." Instead it sends its grumbles through EFF and other client organisations, but that's all it can do now. Grumble.

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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

How

To make a call you start the Phone app (it's on the Dock) or hit Fn-Esc. You can then close the lid and carry on talking. It doesn't matter which way up you hold it, as there are two mics, and it works out which one is nearest your gob.

I would like to have tested this of course, but the SIM slot isn't working. If you have a wrist-jobbie that gives you alerts, it becomes feasible to replace a regular phone.

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The Register Lecture: AI turning on us? Let's talk existential risk

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

I wish I could understand a word of that.

But I have a feeling I need to improve my “pose estimation”.

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Skynet it ain't: Deep learning will not evolve into true AI, says boffin

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "range"?

You must be new here, Doug.

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/01/02/ai_was_the_fake_news_of_2016/

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2017/10/11/el_reg_meets_the_lords_to_puncture_the_aipocalypse/

But thanks!

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Huawei's Honor 9: The only mobe of its spec asking 'why blow £500?'

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Apologies to hijack this thread...

"Throw it into the bottom of your laptop bag, bung a load of stuff on top and see how good the tough outside case really is."

Exactly. Or a child's backpack.

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Why is Wikipedia man Jimbo Wales keynoting a fake news conference?

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Wikipedia infaillible ? No!

"Britannica contains many inaccuracies, Wikepedia as well, however, studies have confirmed that in general, Wikipedia was better than Britannica."

I'm betting that on the evidence of your spelling and accuracy, you are a Wikipedian?

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No 'Pai-day' for India: nation to adopt strict network neutrality

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: <gasp>

Your positing the hypothetical of ISPs choking startups against the reality of Google, Facebook choking startups. OK, then.

"If you're worried about Google's market share..."

Why the if? Is competition optional? The economic dominance by a few big players is not a trivial issue. There hasn't been a competitor emerge for over a decade. And where did your personal data go today? You do't know and neither do I.

Title II repeal keeps an easily distracted mob busy, while the Sans Culotte butcher "draws dotted lines on their hides".

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: <gasp>

No. A Government was lobbied by one massive corporation to shaft another massive corporation, and gave in. The ad market in India now belongs to Google: a monopoly, rather than the duopoly we have here:

https://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/03/08/india_belongs_to_google/

It's called "crony capitalism".

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Huawei Mate 10 Pro: The unfashionable estate car wants to go to town

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: I wish the writer had dug into this just a little more..

They're for India and China. Yes, a London launch but no UK press.

Let me know when you have finished digging.

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That 70s Show: Windows sprouts Sets and Timeline features

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Whitelist vs Blacklist

I don't think children are scared of philosophy, they ask some really good questions in my experience.

I think the philosophers, especially in the USA, are terrified of the children!

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "range"?

Kraftwerk only made two "prog" LPs (when they were a two piece, and a few tracks feature drums)

After that it was all pop. But then JMJ is pop too?

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Permissionless data slurping: Why Google's latest bombshell matters

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: You can accuse Oracle of many things but it isn't an ad-slinger...

"I'm not defending Google"

You very much are, indirectly, by questioning the credentials of someone trying to break up an important monopoly. (Hence: "the idiot points at the finger").

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Not GDPR relevent

Schrems original motivation was as I explained - permissionless tracking.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: You can accuse Oracle of many things but it isn't an ad-slinger...

No, Oracle isn't an ad-slinger. Oracle's bottom line would certainly benefit from a more diverse digital ad market, and this is why they're going after the Google-Facebook duopoly. Going after monopolies successfully usually does improve the market, with more new entrants.

Oracle's complaint expresses what pretty much everyone in the ad industry says, but won't point out in public, for fear of being (metaphorically) kneecapped.

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OnePlus 5T is like the little sister you always feared was the favourite

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

You read right, Dave. Reviewers have had the device for days, which is plenty of time to find its flaws. We weren't permitted to disclose them until 2pm Monday GMT.

This is another unusual and suspect practice and it's not something we're comfortable with - as it involves deceiving the readers to some extent. What do you think?

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

It truncates Reg comments, just when you least

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "range"?

There is no fog in that picture.

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Google says broader right to be forgotten is 'serious assault' on freedom

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Wonder how many of these right to be forgotten people

"Right to be forgotten is a far too easy way for politicians and influential people to hide things about their activities that may look a bit iffy"

How, exactly? The politician would need to convince a court that there is no public interest justification for continuing publication of the material. There, a public interest defence can be advanced. Very few politicians or celebrities win these.

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Inside Internet Archive: 10PB+ of storage in a church... oh, and a little fight to preserve truth

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Essential service

If it's "essential" do you mind that it's partial, and succumbs to corporate pressure? Or is "full of holes" good enough?

https://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2017/11/16/head_like_a_memory_hole/#c_3349090

"a religious cult which regards information as Divine "

The cult is contemporary and Swedish, but information worship goes back to Gnosticism. After Comte ("Religion of Humanity), there were a number of religions of positivism. One disciple was Teixeira Mendes who put "Order and Progress" on the Brazilian flag.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Brewster and Memory Holes

"We don't see people trying to modify the records that we've stored," Kahle told The Register.

Archive.org seems very happy to modify the record itself. How do I know?

Back in 2003, when Carly Fiorina as CEO, HP requested the deletion of material it found embarrassing, and Archive.org happily complied. I recall this made things difficult for us journalists to corroborate previous statements, and so hold the executives to account.

So I find the Memory Hole competition richly ironic. Archive.org *is* the memory hole.

Real archives have exceptions for copying and preservation, and the kind of threats HP made could be ignored. Don't mistake Brewster's collection for a real archive.

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Stop worrying and let the machines take our jobs – report

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Umm?

The Top 10%'s share of income has not changed since 1990. Income inequality has narrowed slightly in the past few years.

The change is within the Top 10%: the "super-rich" are racing away from the rest of the "rich" (£50,000-£150,000pa). You particular notice this in the money laundering capital of the world, Dubai-on-Thames.

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El Reg was invited to the House of Lords to burst the AI-pocalypse bubble

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: "if this wasn't like a householder objecting to these newfangled aeroplanes flying over"

That's excellent. Everyone should use this if confronted with the analogy again.

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Five ways Apple can fix the iPhone, but won't

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

@ScissorHands strikes again

Yes, but it was a UX on one single phone that you couldn't buy. Not sold in most countries. Not even marketed. No one gives a crap.

The timeline/hub was 18 months later came in BB10, a mass market platform. And that swipe to multitask stuff was in WebOS in 2009.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Ban the eSIM!

It would be easier and more consistent to *mandate portability* than *ban* software/virtual SIMs. That would mean an operator or Apple can't sell a device that can't switch networks at some point.

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Behold iOS 11, an entirely new computer platform from Apple

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

The same sort of school that blows £50,000 of its PTA's money on iPads, I would guess.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

You can revert. It saved my Air 1 from molasses.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: I do, but

"You want to take screenshots of a book? Highlight sections? Aren't you just supposed to read and enjoy?"

I hate to get technical but in the trade it's called "research".

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

I do, but

Having got one I never use it. Blinding bright light when you’re reading the dark. Doesn’t do screenshots and the highlighting is pants.

Something else to stick on eBay, along with the a bricked iPad.

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Why Uber isn't the poster child for capitalism you wanted

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

"The article suggests economy of scale is the only reason Uber should take a chunk of the market "

Not really.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)
Headmaster

The N word

You've defined liberalism. "Neoliberalism" can mean anything you want to mean. My friend the former Reg columnist who wrote a very big book on it has used it to include state expansion too.

"Neoliberalism" serves the same purpose as "New World Order" does for conspiracy theorists of the right. Fortunately, since only academics and other Dave Spart types ever use the N word, we can safely ignore it.

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Sacre bleu! Apple's high price, marginal gain iPhone strategy leaves it stuck in the mud

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

The original iPhone had a Maps app that was written by Apple but that used Google Maps data. No GPS, mind.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Me, I don't forget how awful WM, Symbian, the "web tablets" etc were at the time - I complained about them non stop. It's all here.

Only an outsider like Apple could have given the industry the kick up the bum it needed. (Sony couldn't). The idea of bundling a data plan together with the phone (gasp), so the punter didn't get bill shock, was also ground-breaking at the time.

But £1,149? For a thing that is stylistically and functionally equivalent to a £600 thing. Really? That isn't £1,000 leaving your wallet, it's £550 flying out of your wallet, then laughing at you as it sails off to that Heaven's Gate spaceship they're building out in Cupertino.

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Oracle throws weight behind draft US law to curtail web sexploitation

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

"Backpage aren't the bad guys"

I suggest you read the Doe vs Backpage case to see the lengths to which Backpage facilitated the underage prostitution. And also what constitutes red flag knowledge. It's remarkable how people can blind themselves to something they really don't want to see.

You're basically saying "the sky will fall" if anything at all happens to the CDA. However society needs a sensible legal framework for secondary liability, and this is no longer a credible position.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Aren't there already enough laws?

"Bored with Orlowski's hatred of the internet and ISPs yet? You should be."

Are you on drugs?

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: further proof

"further proof (as if any was needed) that Oracle is living in a parallel universe"

Um, really?

"Beginning at age 15, each of the appellants was trafficked through advertisements posted on Backpage. Jane Doe # 1 was advertised on Backpage during two periods in 2012 and 2013. She estimates that, as a result, she was raped over 1,000 times. Jane Doe # 2 was advertised on Backpage between 2010 and 2012. She estimates that, as a result, she was raped over 900 times. Jane Doe # 3 was advertised on Backpage from December of 2013 until some unspecified future date. As a result, she was raped on numerous occasions.3 All of the rapes occurred either in Massachusetts or Rhode Island. Sometimes the sex traffickers posted the advertisements directly and sometimes they forced the victims to post the advertisements.

"Typically, each posted advertisement included images of the particular appellant, usually taken by the traffickers (but advertisements for Doe # 3 included some pictures that she herself had taken). Many of the advertisements embodied challenged practices such as anonymous payment for postings, coded terminology meant to refer to underage girls, and altered telephone numbers."

[Backpage developed these codes and coached the advertisers how to evade safeguards]

US Criminal Code:

"(a) Whoever commits an offense against the United States or aids, abets, counsels, commands, induces or procures its commission, is punishable as a principal."

The Act to amend S.230 reflects widespread disgust that criminals can use the shield law. This fixes it. So it looks very much like you are in the parallel universe.

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Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: Aren't there already enough laws?

"There are more than enough laws to nail someone."

Evidently the law is ineffective, as Backpage walked away from the John Doe case to even the Judge's disgust. Summary: our hands are tied, on the internet anything goes. Do RTFA next time.

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Google to relieve HTC of its phones biz – report

Andrew Orlowski
(Written by Reg staff)

Re: My G1

The problem with concepts like the Moto Mod is stability: the bulk of the mass is in the display, and yet when open, the device needs to be at a reasonable angle. The Mod approach reduces the amount of surface that can be used for a keyboard.

I have had a play with pre-production Gemini prototypes (story and pix imminent) and am only really starting to realise how clever the design is. The hinge increases the surface area, the keys are depressed when the case is closed, so the design remains slim and yet still has full travel keys. It helps that the mass is in the base, of course.

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