* Posts by Bullseyed

812 posts • joined 20 Aug 2009


Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere


Use for these

Surely you could imagine an office with a hotelling seating arrangement and these docks hooked up at every seat. The employees could be issues phones and simply dock in at any seat in the office to do their work.

Saves having to issue both a laptop and phone, and for a sales organization with a cloud based CRM/Quote solution, there would be little need for a laptop.

The problem is that no one actually fully uses SaaS and modern business practices, so I suspect they would need other apps too that won't quite work on the phone for an average user.

The Notch contagion is spreading slower than phone experts thought


I was thinking about the same thing. I could lose the front camera and not really care. I'm sure that would be market suicide though.

I mostly use the front camera as a replacement for a mirror in a pinch.


Re: "we'll get what we're given"

If you play the sales and deals, you can get the Samsung wireless chargers for like $20-$25.

While I can get cheapo-China cables on Amazon or whatever for $3, I'm also rolling the dice that they're going to short out and brick my phone. So I'm either going to pay closer to $15 for a premium charger that I have faith in, or $25 for a wireless charger (that comes with a Samsung cable to begin with).

You can always unplug the wireless part and plug the phone directly into it.


What files are you putting on or off of your phone regularly?


Re: Notch isn't so bad

> For future reference

Interesting how a quick glance at wikipedia demonstrates basically everything in this entire comment is incorrect.


Re: How does an under screen fingerprint reader

> Samsungs put their fingerprint sensor? Oh yeah, on the back, right next to the camera.

I'd rather it be out of the way for when I continue to not use it.

I always think it is funny that so many people who complain about Google Home or Alexa use fingerprint readers, FaceID, or iris scanners.


Re: Charge by wire

> Try using your phone whilst charging.

If I'm using the phone and not using the PHONE, it is pretty easy. The charging docks have flat and upright options.

For the phone itself, speakerphone or a headset is the best bet. I've got some Jabra headphones with a built in mic that work well around the house. Bit bulky for travel though.


Re: Charge by wire

Apple has been very slow to support any wireless charging and makes lots of money by selling licenses to third parties to make cables.

I don't think they want to get rid of wired charging.


> The space left over on each side of the notch isn't large enough to hold those icons, though.

The iPhone X and Asus Zenfone 5 literally put those icons on either side of the notch. So they obviously do fit.

Not sure if external links are allowed... but check here: https://cdn.vox-cdn.com/thumbor/4aRt3Y_7X91bQ2hVIKMh0dWO9nk=/0x0:2040x1360/920x613/filters:focal(781x497:1107x823):format(webp)/cdn.vox-cdn.com/uploads/chorus_image/image/58897111/vpavic_180225_2340_0110.0.jpg

I dislike how they allow the phone background to extend up there though, making the notch obvious. They should do a black background so the notch is obscured.

The other issue is the status bar is also used to scroll notifications (not as common anymore I suppose) and the middle being not-a-screen breaks that. So you'd need a notification bar below that potentially.

BOFH: But soft, what light through yonder window breaks?


Re: Oh dear

I would have assumed the boss would fail to push the director, get fired, and they'd put in the window security to prevent "crazies" from trying to defenestrate people.

BOFH: Oh go on. Strap me to your Hell Desk, PFY


Re: Benedict?

Surely you must deliver that training annually.

The Basic User Sensitivity Training Yearly course.


Re: Benedict?

> I just automatically assumed the BOFH was referring to Benedict Arnold, yeah.

Because he was.

Trump's CNN tantrum could delay $85bn AT&T-Time Warner merger


Re: Please clarify the original claim!

There isn't one. No "threat" has ever been made.

Trump cited Obama's policy of rejecting mergers that harm people on the campaign trail, prior to being elected, and said he would not approve this merger.


Yep. Obama's position was to block the merger.

Why does CNN hate Obama?


Re: @ Big John -- A few years from now ....

Extra amusing since Hillary began the birther thing.

And Obama's brother confirmed the supplied document was fake.


Re: Temper temper!

Best part is he used whataboutism in his response to bring up whataboutism to begin with.

And besides, Stalin is of the same politics as Obama and CNN.


More fake news


Trump was opposed to it on monopoly grounds before the election even took place.

Obama used the same to block Anthem and Cigna, Aetna and Humana, and Sprint & T Mobile.

Here is the speech from Obama, endorsing Trump's plan to block the merger: http://www.antitrustinstitute.org/files/aai-%20Presidential%20campaign%20-%20Obama%209-07_092720071759.pdf

BOFH: That's right. Turn it off. Turn it on


Re: "it doesn't work"

> only when I'm not around

I joke about this all the time. Code gremlins is one of my favorite reasons.

But I found a real example of this recently.

I have some kind of messed up drivers on my laptop from an upgrade from Win8.1 to Win10, rather than a clean install. So when my laptop is plugged in to my monitor (or some tvs/projectors) it will fail to play any video file in any application. Otherwise, when unplugged, it runs just fine.

So I couldn't play videos, but if I took it to IT, it would work just fine, I'd look dumb, and go back to my desk. Rinse, repeat. I never noticed the monitor variable for a month or so, just thinking it was "randomly" broken.


> who then proceed to do most of their work on their iPad, in bright sunlight..

Well, most people consuming their content will probably be in a similar scenario, so it may make sense to test that way...

Shouldn't they be using color codes rather than eyeballing it anyway?

Good job, everyone. We're making AI just as tediously racist and sexist as ourselves


Maybe you should take a break from your white male patriarchy and read a book by a PoC instead.

Your next PC is… your 'Droid? Remix unveils Continuum-killer


Re: Luddite here

The success of the Surface, as well as the success of the copycat Apple tablet keyboard cases proves a large number of people want to drop their mobile touch device into a scenario where they can use keyboard input.

Since a tablet is nothing more than a phone with a bigger screen, allowing a phone to connect to a bigger screen (like a PC monitor) solves the scenario for which we see tablets in use in the office today.

What would be great is if the phone dock could also have storage (synced to cloud of your choice), extra RAM and potentially a video card, so that the phone could match "workstation" speeds for more involved business tasks. While most don't need more than office/email/chrome for their SaaS, those who do work in larger spreadsheets could use the extra RAM. People wanting to do some VS work probably would too.

Adding a wired network jack would be nice too.


Not sure, I've seen 'leaks' of a Samsung Android version of this.


Re: One can only hope

You'll find that once you get into the business world, "surfing the web and reading email" is all sales actually is. Since any non-crap company has a SaaS CRM at this point, and SaaS ERPs are gaining in adoption.

MacBook Pro owners complain of short batt life – so Apple kills batt life clock in macOS


Re: The Big Head ruined Apple

> forgetting the 20 years of 5% market share

That is very generous. Apple market share was much closer to 2%. Still around there for Desktops/Laptops. Their market share is down below 20% in phones now and continuing to fall.

They have enough cash to coast for 100 more years though.


Re: been doing it for years

Yeah, I was a bit confused, especially in the comments.

Remember when Apple was using faulty antennas that constantly dropped calls? They updated iOS to make the phone show full bars all the time, instead of the real signal strength.


Re: Time remaining is always a guestimate

"they are squandering the legacy bequeathed to them by Steve Jobs."

If you think Stevey J wasn't all about design elegance at the cost of practicality, then you've had too much koolaid.

BOFH: The Hypochondriac Boss and the non-random sample


Re: "IT skillset of a potato"

Not just chips, french fries too!

Everything at Apple Watch is awesome, insists Tim Cook


> Nonsense, said Cook, who emailed the Reuters news agency to tell it that the Apple Watch's "sell-through" was at a record high. IDC thinks that Apple shipped just 1.1 million Watches in Q3 2016, down from 2.7 million in the previous quarter.

> It’s perfectly possible, maybe even probable, that both Cook and IDC are correct.

Sounds like there was a lot of excess inventory in retail from the previous quarter. They're selling more now than then, but still not at replenishment rate.


Month/Quarter A: Shipped 5,000... Sold 1,000... Inventory 4,000

Month Quarter B: Shipped 1,000... Sold 1,500... Inventory 3,500

= record sales, record sell through... still bad.

Yeah, that '50bn IoT devices by 2020' claim is a load of dog toffee


> So the market will be worth $73bn the year after next (and presumably similar if not more for the two years following that), yet there'll only be 1bn devices by 2020? 73 * 3 = 210, in other words $210 per device... isn't this obvious bollocks?

You think they're just putting a bunch of random devices out there and not doing anything with the data or software?


Re: Who's buying all this IoT stuff?

> Who's buying all this IoT stuff?

Everyone in any manufacturing related industry.

This isn't consumer stuff. This is a sensor in your local waste treatment facility telling some tech when the filters need to be changed. This is a pump at your local brewery phoning out for a tech to come onsite when a pump is going to fail.

Consumer IoT is out there as a concept to help pay for the cost, but most IoT stuff isn't aimed at the consumer.

The hated Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal will soon be dead. Yay?


Re: China and TTIP

> Would it had fucked china? YES

> But also, destroyed democracy, as we would have private judges deciding for corporations, and laws imposed withour recourse.. and it would also be a club that if you are not part of it, you are fucked.

> Terrible, horrible.

Unsurprisingly, Clinton claimed to have authored it and said it was the gold standard of the best law ever written.

Opposed by Bernie, Trump and the vast majority of Americans.

Sony: Get out Comedy Central, MTV – we've built a wall around Vue, the greatest wall ever


So in non-biased reporting, this means that Viacom hiked their prices. Sony had to choose between cutting their channels or raising the price of their service. They decided to cut the channels.

Soon Viacom will cave, and Sony will re-add them to the list. This will then be reported as Sony caving by anyone who is biased in favor of Viacom.

Cheap, lousy tablets are killing the whole market says IDC


We all know that Android devices last much longer than iOS ones. Android users update their phones far less frequently, holding to a 2+yr cycle, while Apple users tend to need to update every year or less.

The same is the case here for tablets, except tablets seem to last a lot longer. I got a Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 a couple years ago. Still works fine. No reason for a new one. Battery lasts for weeks in standby and days in use.

So what drives sales? New users. New users tend to be college kids, poor folks who couldn't previously afford one, and kids/teenagers who are getting old enough to want their own. All of these are good targets for 'cheap' devices. Thus, cheap devices are selling well.

Oh Snap! How intelligent people make themselves stupid for Snapchat

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FBI overpaid $999,900 to crack San Bernardino iPhone 5c password


He found Apple employed security-through-obscurity rather than "fully thought through" hardening in its protection against NAND mirroring attacks.

I thought it had been known for a while that that is the entirety of Apple's 'no viruses' history. It has rarely been profitable to bother attacking an Apple device due to low marketshare.


Yeah and it wasn't clear how much time was actually spent. They referenced time and being part time, but didn't give an indication of man hours.

It wasn't really development though, the guy was just reading about the documented ways to do such a thing. The NAND attack is well known. Just hadn't been tried with this phone, possibly.

Nest offers its thermostat in three new pretty colors!


Re: Colors are products too

> This just reminded me of the breathless wait for the white iPhone 4 and the endless stream of articles in mainstream media anticipating it's arrival, about how Apple couldn't get the proper shade of white on the button, then announcing it once it finally came out as if it was a major paradigm shift in mobile communications.

Except a phone goes in your pocket and has a case on it.

A thermostat goes in the middle of your wall. Often in the most used room of your house. Matching the color is a liiiiittle bit more important. At my last house I had to use one of the wall plates the Nest came with to cover the hole in the wall from the old thermostat. The wall was kind of an offwhite cream color. The plate was white. The thermostat was silver. It looked weird, I got used to it.

The plate was supposed to be paint-able to match to the wall, but I didn't paint the wall and thus had none of the paint.

Anyways, having other color options would have been nice. The black one looks cool. The white one would match the current living room of my house, if my furnace was compatible.


Re: such hostility

> Its not the path that nest seems to be taking, but already the average wi-fi router is also a NAS (its cheap enough to add a few gig of SS storage that many routers do so even in the expectation that 90% of customers won't even realise its there) and a few other things.

Isn't the Google OnHub router line supposed to basically do this for smart home type stuff?

Google does a much better job than any other company at making all their stuff work well together, but there still are so many easy opportunities for improvement.

Sadly I don't have a Nest thermostat though. The previous owners installed a new Carrier furnace just a few months before selling the house. Carrier does all their wiring in a proprietary format to prevent people from using any 3rd party stuff. It's like having an Apple. Sigh.


Re: Fuck that

I'd like a camera to monitor the inside and outside of my chicken coop. I'm not going to buy and run a server to do that. These Nest cameras sound handy.

Only problem would be getting power out there. Wonder how much a solar/battery system would cost.

Excel abuse hits new heights as dev uses VBA to code spreadsheet messaging app


Re: When all you have is a hammer......

> ......every task looks like a nail.

It's not like these business people making these apps have a copy of VS provided by their boss and refuse to use it... And chances are their IT department wouldn't allow them to run code they wrote anyway.


Re: "Messages are delivered within 40 seconds"

I like that while Lync is dead, Skype for business still says "Lync has disconnected" if it messes up your business meeting.

Also, sometimes I send an IM to someone and then leave for their desk and arrive at the same time my message does.

Inside our three-month effort to attend Apple's iPhone 7 launch party


Re: Hopefully...

> I'd like to understand why Ford have a need for 16 million IPs.

IoT for Ford cars.



Re: Here's a novel idea

> What if all the media not invited just don't report on anything from the unveiling? Apple needs to get their head out of the clouds, and that would certainly deflate them a bit further. You (The Register) are after all providing them free advertising by your reviews, something for which you don't even get one of their samples.

It's pretty weird. On the local radio this morning, like regular news radio, they actually took like 2 whole minutes to read out all the features (including no mention of all the negatives around no headphone jack). Figured it was paid.

Instead of places like The Register going radio silent, I feel like they should report just whatever fake stuff they want. Claim the iPhone 7 will have a built in pacemaker. Get traction with people to the point where people are buying iPhone 7s and throwing away their pacemakers because they think they don't need it anymore. Then when it evitably goes bad, just point out that Apple refused to provide information and it is their fault the coverage went ary.

Quip away, but Microsoft Excel 365's REST APIs win the day


Re: Yup you're old

> IMHO, putting your whole business into Azure or AWS is just foolish. Those providers can hold you and your business to ransom as and when they see fit.

Yeah, it is only against the law and would trash their brand, putting them out of business essentially overnight.

Microsoft adds useful feature to PowerPoint. Seriously


Feature isn't new. The presenter mode as offered a grid of slides and the ability to click on one to go to it for a very long time. It is just that most people giving presentations are tech illiterate.

Did Donald Trump really just ask Russia to hack the US govt? Yes, he did


Re: Treason

> More importantly, if they already have them, they don't have to find them.

Easy to tell who has never used a database in their life in this thread.


Re: Treason

> and, did ANYONE ever think that Trump *might* be telling a JOKE? *I* thought it was UPROARIOUSLY funny!

Very obviously was. He said the media would reward them for it. The media is paid for by Clinton and will not publish things that harm her campaign.

Even discussing this is part of the fail media's plan, but... There is no part of the government that could be hacked to reveal Hillary's missing emails. Unless there is a larger treason scandal involving Obama and every department of the government, including FBI and Justice Dept. So right off the bat, the liberal/Clinton false story this article is running on is disproven.

Second, Hillary said under oath that the deleted emails contained no sensitive information. So even if the Russian could hack something and get them, that would represent no risk at all to security, unless Hillary lied under oath. If she did, then she is no longer eligible to hold office.

Finally, the Russians already have the information, as they compromised Hillary's server. The fact that they haven't released the emails yet shows they are working with Hillary's campaign, which is probably why they're so bent on claiming the opposite with Trump.

Smartphones aren't tiny PCs, but that's how we use them in the West


NFC is more advanced than QRC.

People in China are less concerned about security, so they can use lower grade tech that we got rid of for security reasons.

Software bug costs Citigroup $7m after legit transactions mistaken for test data for 15 years


Re: Interesting footnote

> The reporting logic treated letters, such as A, B, C, as being less than the number 0.

That seems unlikely to me. I'd believe it if they said they excluded anything over 89.

That or if they said it was a Y2K/Windows 9 type thing where it would look if the first two digits were 9 or 10 and skip it.


Re: One of the simplest checks of all

> WTF they don't match up?

They would likely match up, but they should have always had extra money in their accounts. You'd think someone would have noticed.


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