* Posts by dave 93

277 posts • joined 25 Jun 2009

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EU tells Facebook and Twitter: Obey us or we'll start regulating

dave 93

This article is all over the place...

Contradicts itself in consecutive paragraphs.

"These, .. are intended as much as a chance for the EU to flex its regulatory muscles as to reign in the worst excesses of the American companies that dominate today's consumer-facing World Wide Web.

Both Facebook and Twitter have been dogged by scandal after scandal in recent years, including serving as platforms for Russian disinformation campaigns during last year's US elections."

Personally, I believe that compelling companies to be responsible for their content, and to pay tax on profits made in the EU is a good thing.

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Huawei reckons it can strong ARM its way into AI world with new chips

dave 93

What are 'artificial intelligence tasks'?

'Managing' network traffic...

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Huge flying arse makes successful test flight

dave 93

'world's largest flying craft' - I think not...

Saturn V rocket weighed around 3000 tons, and was 110m long.

Airlander 10 is 20 tons, and 90m long.

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Well, hot-diggity-damn, BlackBerry's KEYone is one hell of a comeback

dave 93

It's not a BlackBerry...

It's an Android phone with a keyboard.

There won't ever be a KEYtwo.

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Apple fanbois are officially sheeple. Yes, you heard. Deal with it

dave 93

More Apple ClickBait

From the site that loves to hate on Apple, despite all their hacks using iPhones and Macs. Sad...

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Troll it your way: Burger King ad tries to hijack Google Home gadgets

dave 93
Facepalm

OK Google...

Play Rick Astley - Never going to give you up

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SWIFT on security: Fresh anti-bank-fraud defenses now live

dave 93

Re: Not much of a 'Society' more like a faceless corporate.

Which is why new fintech companies like Transferwise are eating their lunch in consumer area. Forex trough is getting smaller, and moving to EU...

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dave 93
Unhappy

Misleading title

I assumed your story was referring to @SwiftOnSecurity Twitter account with 180k followers, including El Reg. Not cool.

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'Clearance sale' shows Apple's iPad is over. It's done

dave 93

'Victim' of their own success - Apple's $750b 'mistake'

My iPad 2 is still going strong, and has only just been made obsolete with iOS 10. That is Apple's only real problem with the iPad - they made them too well, and they kept supporting them too long, so nobody bothered upgrading, yet...

TBH the same is true of Apple laptops and desktops - 10 year old Macs are still perfectly usable, and have only just been made obsolete with Sierra. Unsurprisingly, customers like devices that 'just keep working', and they remain loyal because of that.

Android and Windows are such fragmented environments, with most devices abandoned at birth by their manufacturers, and that is why users and developers continue to support iOS and MacOS devices.

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dave 93
WTF?

If you wish hard enough - it might come true

More Orlowski 'Apple is dead!' bollocks.

Pull your head out of your backside and visit some actual schools and universities, then bask in the glow of illuminated Apple logos.

Those who choose their own portable computing devices choose Apple, especially if Mum & Dad are paying!

iPhone is still better than Android.

iPads make other tablets look like a poor joke.

Macbooks are a beacon of high-quality consistency in a world awash with crappy laptops. MS Surface is a pathetic attempt that doesn't even know what it is!

Again I ask Andrew Orlowski directly (even though he never answers)...

* What phone do you use?

* What laptop do you use?

* What type of computers sit on the desks at El Req HQ?

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UK to block Kodi pirates in real-time: Saturday kick-off

dave 93
Facepalm

Next Kodi update will include built in VPN/Proxy...

...or some other way of masking requesting IP addresses.

Opera browser has this facility built in for free already.

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UK Home Office warns tech staff not to tweet negative Donald Trump posts

dave 93

Don't use the words Donald Trump

There are plenty of other instantly recognisable synonyms based on his appearance, policies and moral compass. Just sayin'

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Nuclear power station sensors are literally shouting their readings at each other

dave 93

Read the article, then google TCP/IP Transport Layer

Security, including authentication and encryption are performed in other layers...

"Jones likes to compare Chirp to TCP/IP. It is a transport layer: while the encoding works "in much the same way as Morse code", to brand Chirp inherently insecure because of that is a bit like complaining about someone who picks up a megaphone and reads out his passwords in clear text.

"You can layer other technology on top of Chirp," Jones told his audience. "We provide the networking medium, then you can use that."

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dave 93

Google Chrome has a free extension - Google Tone

Google Tone is a Chrome extension that lets you click a little megaphone icon to 'shout' the URL of the page you are viewing, and all other Google Tone equipped browsers in earshot will go to the same page. Actually useful, and quite fun, in a classroom environment.

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Why Apple's adaptive Touch Bar will flop

dave 93

Er, you appear to be mistaken, again...

Surprising news, but the Reg's Apple hatred prevents them from reporting that the new Macbook Pro, yes the one with only USB-C, touchbar and high sticker price is killing it, and has accumulated more revenue than any other laptop this year in five days!

https://intelligence.slice.com/apples-macbook-pro-launch/

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dave 93
Boffin

Two computers for the price of one

The Touch Bar is a separate, on-board computer running watchOS that 'talks' to the Macbook Pro running macOS, The possibilities are actually quite interesting - low-power watchOS, which is fairly capable for messaging etc. could run for literally months on a Macbook battery.

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dave 93

Re: Apples and Lemons?

As the Touch Bar is actually a separate computer running it's own OS, it might be 'divorced from reality' when macOS apps misbehave, and vice versa. Interesting times...

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dave 93

Re: Apples and Lemons?

You have to use the TouchID button to escape. To legally confirm that you chose that option.

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Got a cold flannel? Acer Q3 profits were bigger than cost of your lunch

dave 93

This is news?

Of course, there is actual recent news about laptop sales. Surprising news, but the Reg's Apple hatred prevents them from reporting that the new Macbook Pro, yes the one with only USB-C, touchbar and high sticker price is killing it, and has accumulated more revenue than any other laptop this year in five days!

https://intelligence.slice.com/apples-macbook-pro-launch/

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Adblock overlord to Zuckerberg: Lay down your weapons and surrender

dave 93

Lazy ad sales teams (and web editors) are the problem, not ad-blockers

If online publishers took the same approach as print publishers and sold ad space directly to clients, then the ads would be more relevant to the publication, and less irritating.

Crucially, if web editors made more effort, and 'hand crafted' client's ads into web pages, then the ad blockers couldn't block them anyway.

More effort for publishers, but a better experience for users.

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Microsoft goes back to the drawing board – literally, with 28" tablet and hockey puck knob

dave 93

Very expensive for what it is...

You could buy a 27" 5K Retina iMac AND a 12" iPadPro AND still have $300 left over. Shame really, because it will die on the tree at that price point. Just sayin'

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New MacBook Pro beckons fanbois to become strip pokers

dave 93
WTF?

Re: Interesting idea..

Blind users? Seriously, that's the best shade you can throw? They do actually make a model with F-keys.

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Squeaky bum time for Apple: It hasn’t made enough iPhone 7 Pluses

dave 93
FAIL

45.5 million iPhone 7s sold in six weeks

Yeah, I'm sure Apple are really, really worried - especially with Samsung Galaxy Note's red-hot performance!

Andrew, what phone is in your pocket? Care to tell us...

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dave 93

Demand continues to outstrip supply - Tim Cook

Android users continue to live in parallel reality

People just love their iPhones!

El Reg hacks continue to obfuscate the fact that they all use iPhones & Macs to run the site - lol

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Every LTE call, text, can be intercepted, blacked out, hacker finds

dave 93

Re: If you want security, don't use cellular standards

FaceTime was how Erdogan got his message out during the Turkish Coup attempt. Just sayin'

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Cabinet Office gears up to ink mega Oracle deal

dave 93
Trollface

You really have a problem with Apple products

Airbrushing the Apple logo from the iMac in the picture is lame. Why do that?

I am still waiting for you to come-clean at El Reg and tell us what kind of computers and phones you use.

Your silence on the El Reg's use, or not, of Apple products speaks volumes...

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It's finally happened: Hackers are coming for home routers en masse

dave 93

Who actually owns your router?

I mean the owner, not a hacker. I am guessing that nearly all network terminating equipment is owned by an ISP, not the user. Surely the responsibility for securing this equipment, and the liability for not keeping it secure, is with the ISP. This could be very expensive if a large web retailer suffers a DDOS attack that can be blamed on insecure equipment belonging to another company.

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Apple to automatically cram macOS Sierra into Macs – 'cos that worked well for Windows 10

dave 93

Performa 275

Possibly one of the cutest little personal computers ever made - a.k.a. Color Classic in US & Europe

Pretty sure it won't get Sierra pushed to it though...

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Oops: Carphone burps up new Google phone details

dave 93

Too little, too late

Google need to fully control hardware and software design to beat the iPhone on stability, security, performance and battery life

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Premier League Sky card crims ordered to cough up nearly £1m

dave 93
WTF?

EU Single Digital Market would have stopped the FA & SKY gouging customers across Europe

'They enjoyed lavish lifestyles with the proceeds ... driving expensive cars and buying thousands of pounds’ worth of jewellery.'

Only FA officials and footballers are allowed to behave like this.

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Nul points: PM May's post-Brexit EU immigration options

dave 93
Facepalm

What about the 3.5 million EU nationals already in the UK?

And do we really want to swap them for the two million pensioners who retired to Europe?

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Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states

dave 93
Facepalm

Re: There are lots of “collaborative economy platforms”

'please don't mix the internet into this'

Duh! How do you think all these new 'platforms' are enabled?

Instant, global, high bandwidth data communication, for virtually no cost, to everyone with money, sometimes referred to as 'the internet' will continue to be an excellent way to bypass traditional hegemonic business models, because people are rather clever and like making money.

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dave 93

There are lots of “collaborative economy platforms”

Bitcoin

Credit Unions

Online advertising

Social Media

eBay

Etsy

etc.

Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater...

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So you’d sod off to China to escape the EU, Google? Really?

dave 93

Amazon created a whole ecosystem based on the Open Source Android

Google, can reasonably argue that other vendors are able to create a Google Free Android, because Amazon have done just that. Amazon's Fire devices don't work properly without Amazon proprietary code, just like Google's Android devices. Apple also bundle a set of proprietary apps with iOS, and I have to admit that, personally, I don't have a problem with the creators of a platform installing some proprietary software for free - I don't have to use it if I don't like it.

Maybe the Brexit campaigners could use this as a USP for an independent, data haven, for the likes of Google, Amazon et al?

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Don't – don't – install iOS 9.3 on your iPad 2: Upgrade bricks slabs

dave 93

Disappointed, but now less so...

I use F.lux on my desktop, and was looking forward to the Night Shift feature of 9.3. I can't think of a technical reason why older hardware can't alter the colour of the screen.

I'm not sure it helps me sleep, but it is definitely easier on my eyes in the evening, although I often disable it for watching video with more brightness.

No doubt some enterprising app developer will get around the hacks that the inventors of f.lux used to get themselves kicked off the app store.

On the upside, the 9.3 update 'just worked' on my iPad 2, and on my iPhone 5c (also not compatible with Night Shift - grrr)

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All-American Apple challenges US gov call for iOS 'backdoor'

dave 93

If Apple's crypto is designed well...

There is no way that even Apple can get in. This is actually fundamental for business users.

The traffic in, and out, of the phone in question is all logged somewhere else, and yields the most important information about other potential suspects, but there could easily be incriminating material on the phone.

If Apple *can* actually get in, :-( then it is best if each legal request is made really public, by going through the courts like this one, and Apple charge $1million to do it in-house to deter fraudulent or fishing access by authorities.

This is all a good argument against TouchID, because if one's finger is available...

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Thin Client Devices Revisited

dave 93
Meh

The browser IS the modern thin client

IMHO this article misses the point that many modern applications and services have a web based front end, including a lot of the remote desktop solutions. As more customer data migrates to the cloud, storage is heading the same way. The low cost, simple to support Chromebook is making a browser based thin client into a useful and productive tool suitable for many types of user. Many app based solutions on iOS and Android are also browser based at heart.

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WhatsApp laid bare: Info-sucking app's innards probed

dave 93

WhatsApp asks for permission to see *everything* when you install it

Which is why I declined at that point. Creepy, but quite upfront about it.

It is a Facebook company after all, so creepiness is part of the business model.

One day they will threaten to release all your data if you don't pay regular 'subscription' fees - you have been warned...

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Dry those eyes, ad blockers are unlikely to kill the internet

dave 93

Lazy/greedy publishers are the reason ad-blockers exist

If El Reg, and others, were to sell their own advertising space to their own clients, and then 'hand-craft' the advertisements into their pages, in a remarkably similar way to traditional publishers, then the ads would be checked for quality by your editors, and ad blocking software wouldn't work, because you would be serving up your own ads.

If you opt for a 'something for nothing' model where space on your pages is rented out to the highest bidder, all managed by a third party, serving up random stuff, why are you surprised that users will opt out?

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'To read this page, please turn off your ad blocker...'

dave 93

Lazy ad sales teams (and web editors) are the problem, not ad-blockers

If online publishers took the same approach as print publishers and sold ad space directly to clients, then the ads would be more relevant to the publication, and less irritating.

Crucially, if web editors made more effort, and 'hand crafted' client's ads into web pages, then the ad blockers couldn't block them anyway.

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Apple's iPhone 7 to come loaded with depth-sensing camera, supply chain spies claim

dave 93

Re: Two cams?

Two cams, spaced like eyes, would be great for VR content. It is the future, apparently.

I'm surprised Apple hasn't done a Google Cardboard thing yet, but maybe there's an app for that...

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Apple's iPad Pro: We're making a Surface Pro WITH A STYLUS over Steve Jobs' DEAD BODY

dave 93

Re: Value?

Good point. Someone should write an app for trackpad support.

Android has it built in, and it works OK, although 'swiping' is a bit odd with a mouse.

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dave 93

Re: Bah!

A9, the name of the new processor, is also a paper size - a business card. Coincidence? I don't think so.

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dave 93

Re: Value?

Shouldn't that keyboard have a trackpad as well for that kind of money?

The three-pin power and data thing looks pretty simple for third-parties to build on, unless it needs a 'special' Apple permission slip. I

t is, yet another, proprietary I/O and power interface. If you can charge through it as well, that would be easier than plugging it in...

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dave 93
Meh

Screw you, dead Steve Jobs

A bit harsh...

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Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

dave 93
Coat

Re: iCloud storage is much cheaper, and that is what Apple want you to use

'My 128GB microSD card is probably the best 40 quid I've ever spent.'

Perhaps you should consider getting out a bit more?

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dave 93
Facepalm

Re: Comment

'Also the first thing to go bad on my Samsung will be the battery, so I will buy a $25 replacement and carry on using it for several more years.'

No you won't. You'll get a new phone before the battery dies - like everyone else.

'When Samsung stop providing updates...I'll install CyanogenMod' - just, ha ha? Of course you will. (FYI - there is some sarcasm)

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dave 93
Coat

Er, paradox, or what?

So, you're being sarcastic now, right?

Which means you're actually not being sarcastic.

I'm confused.

(Not really, just pedantic :D)

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dave 93

iCloud storage is much cheaper, and that is what Apple want you to use

Not mentioned anywhere on the Reg, of course, but Apple cut the price of paid for iCloud storage to 99cents a month for 50G of cloud storage.

It would take more than eight years to match the price difference of the 64G iPhone. How often are you truly without connectivity these days, be honest? Just sayin'

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HERE COMES APPLE with some new sh*t or something

dave 93
Trollface

Suck it up, haterz

OK, you hate Apple, we get it, but whatever they unveil today will sell millions of units, and Apple will continue to be the only truly profitable smartphone manufacturer.

In the meantime, carry on with the Apple clickbait articles, advertisers demand traffic! :D

How about telling us how many Reg hacks are packing an iPhone, Macbook Pro, iPad?

Surely you can be honest with us for once, no?

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