* Posts by RyokuMas

1114 posts • joined 29 Oct 2009

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BOFH: Don't back up in anger

RyokuMas
Happy

What goes around...

Brian here is supposed to be doing a presentation..."

Hmmm.... that name feels familiar.... Set the way-back machine for -21 years...

PFY: ""Uncle Brian, you know, on the 6th floor. The big office with the leather furniture. I'd hate to disagree with your report to the CEO"

Don't tell me we've been through so many bosses we're now recycling them???

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Hell freezes over: We wrote an El Reg chatbot using Microsoft's AI

RyokuMas
Joke

Re: If you're truly brave...

Given Microsoft's history with this sort of thing, I'd expect it turn into a fully-fledged outspoken member of the GNUliban that would put Eadon (and various others still active on these forums) to shame within days...

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Microsoft kills Windows Vista on April 11: No security patches, no hot fixes, no support, nada

RyokuMas
Coat

The mother-in-law's laptop used to run Shit-sta...

Oh, the wailing and gnashing of teethfun I had whenever she broke it (or it happened spontaneously)...

Vista will not be missed-a....

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Google borks its Drive Windows app – after pushing out unfinished buggy version to public

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Not just MS

Google are becoming more like the Microsoft of old with every passing incident.

I'm just looking forward to the day when the Microsoft-hate-brigades who have been hailing Google as their champion for so long suddenly realise that their would-be saviour has actually put them in a worse place that Microsoft ever did...

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This week's top token gesture: Google Chrome chokes energy-hungry background tabs

RyokuMas
Trollface

Re: re: this is about extending battery life

"Anyone old enough to remember the dark Nokia days when you'd have an office of 10 people - all with Nokias - and no charger would fit another phone ?"

Yeah, but in those days the average battery life on a phone was 7-10 days...

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Sad fact of the day: Most people still don't know how to protect themselves online

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Firefox vs. Chrome

"Interesting how Chrome has decimated Firefox's share."

Pretty straightforward really, when you consider that Google pasted "Upgrade your browser!" calls to action all over their search results page, but hey! what's the point of having a monopoly if you don't abuse it?!?

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Malware infecting Androids somewhere in the supply chain

RyokuMas
Trollface

"Smartphones from Samsung, LG, Xiaomi, ZTE, Oppo, Vivo, Asus and Lenovo have been spotted sporting malware they apparently carried when they were shipped."

Yup - it's called "Google's version of the Android OS"

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WikiLeaks promises to supply CIA's hacking tool code to vendors

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Thank you to Assange?

"What so we're not entitled to privacy? We're not entitled to know we're being spied on?"

#1 Search engine: Google

#1 Mobile OS: Android

#1 Browser: Chrome

We have no right to complain about privacy when we have freely given it away...

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Instagram phishing apps pulled from Google Play

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Afraid so...

Google's too busy finding flaws in competitor products to get it's own house in order...

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Doctor Google stitches eyes, ears onto its cloudy learning monster

RyokuMas
Black Helicopters

Plug it into CCTV...

"Show me anyone going into a mobile phone store..."

"Cross-reference timestamp with Android phone positioning..."

"Okay John Doe wants a new mobile, here's his IP address, phone details and email account - turn on the Pixel adverts tap!"

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Google to Chrome-plate our shops with creepy mood-sensing AI signs

RyokuMas
Devil

Sounds about right...

"Google wants companies to hook their signage up to the new Cloud Video API to manipulate shoppers in real time."

After all, the tried-and-trusted tactic of a big call to action on your search pages with an "Upgrade your experience!"-type strapline only works when the product you want to push people towards using only works when said product is something that can be downloaded... *cough*Chrome*cough*

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Huawei's just changed the way you'll use Android

RyokuMas
Trollface

Disappointed...

"Huawei quietly introduced a new feature that few people even noticed. It's abolished the Navigation Bar by incorporating the three main functions into a sensor button."

Awwww... if it had been "a new variant of Android, free from Google's poison and with its own curated app store", I'd have been on it in a heartbeat!

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After 20 years of Visual Studio, Microsoft unfurls its 2017 edition

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: I count the word "mobile" there twice

"Boy, they must love what Nokia are doing now."

Probably as much as Google must love that when you take mobile out of the equation (ie: look at productivity as opposed to calling, texting, posting pictures of your dinner on instagram and playing the latest clone of whatever's F2P game is popular right now), Android does not even register as a desktop OS, and Chrome OS has less than one percent market share...

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YouTube TV will be huge. Apple must respond

RyokuMas
Devil

Monopoly abuse potential...

Odds on Google forcing this down people's throats as they did with the Chrome browser, and are now trying to do with the Pixel phone?

How long after this launches before any search related to a TV show, sport event or suchlike will prompt and great big link at the top of the results list along the lines of "Upgrade your viewing experience!", pointing directly at the Google TV sign-up page?

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Google Chrome 56's crypto tweak 'borked thousands of computers' using Blue Coat security

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: "That these products broke is an indication of defects in their TLS implementations,"

Not many manufacturers would go out of their way to work around a problem in another manufacturer's product with such a tiny impact.

... and yet, had this been a Microsoft issue, you can bet your life that there would be the usual lemongrab-esque flood of outrage on here....

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Microsoft slaps Apple Gatekeeper-like controls on Windows 10: Install only apps from store

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Alarmist headline fails to mention that the Admin has control

... but, as the first person to post has pointed out, since it's a Microsoft thing, they're obviously doing this with the intention of removing that option of control at some point in the future in order to maximise profits and force this on all of us whether we want it or not...

Never mind that legacy 32-bit apps have been a major blocker in tightening up security in Windows - which the very same sort of people who complain about this sort of thing are all too quick to lambast...

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LUNAR-CY! SpaceX announces a Moon trip-for-two it'll inevitably miss the deadline on

RyokuMas

Hope they make it...

... after all, I'd hate Trump to pull out all the stops and get something up there for July 20th, year-after-next.

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Linux on Windows 10: Will penguin treats in Creators Update be enough to lure you?

RyokuMas
Trollface

Finally!

2017 - the year of Linux on the Desktop!

(Downvote counter is running...)

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Ad men hope blocking has stalled as sites guilt users into switching off

RyokuMas
FAIL

As I said before...

... until ads are merely text or fixed images to the right or underneath the footer of any content, my adblockers stay switched on.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

RyokuMas

Actually...

@illiad - I am a web developer by trade, so I'm pretty well versed on a number of browsers, including Firefox, Chrome and Edge, thanks to version testing

I am also an indie game developer in my spare time, and I see lots of brilliant games that go completely unnoticed, simply because they do not have marketing to push them into visibility.

Chrome is a good browser - probably the best - but its massive success is purely down to Google's aggressive (ab)use of their near-monopoly on web searching.

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RyokuMas
Devil

Couldn't have put it better...

"Chrome is rammed home by a billion dollar advertising business, down every channel they control."

I would go so far as to say that the primary reason that Chrome is the #1 browser is that from when it launched we started seeing "Why not upgrade your browser?"

Imagine the outrage if Microsoft had a check when Windows started to see if the default browser was Edge, and prompt the user to "upgrade" if it was not?

And I expect it won't be long before we start seeing this kind of monopoly abuse to get the Pixel some traction as well.

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Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Somehow...

... I told you so just doesn't seem to cut it...

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Google found a way to go after 400 MEELLION new users this week

RyokuMas
Devil

"'Allo' Siri-and-Cortana competitor now speaks Hindi"

... and probably can listen in on, analyse, and send home data extracted from conversations in Hindi, I would imagine.

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Cyanogen parts ways with its founder

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: The curse of M$ investment?

"At least you can mostly de-Google an Android phone."

Great! What's the url for the vetted Android apps store that isn't Google Play, please?

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Microsoft's Neon project to redesign Windows for nerd goggles – reports

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Not an "annoyed phone user"

"Has anyone who's criticising it actually used it?"

Since when has anyone actually needed to use anything from Microsoft in order to criticise it?

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Sorry, iPhone fans – only Fandroids get Barclays' tap-to-withdraw

RyokuMas
Devil

Great partnership...

Bonnie & Clyde.

Ronnie & Reggie.

... and now Google and Barclays.

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Emulating x86: Microsoft builds granny flat into Windows 10

RyokuMas
Trollface

So that's how you do it...

"... which allowed APK executables to run unmodified on Windows 10"

Ah, so that explains how you get malware onto a Win10 phone...

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Google declares victory for its Wifi router before it's even shipped

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Google

"I don't have much choice on a phone"

Yeah you do - depends what you want from a phone. For example, my contract is about to expire, so I'm looking to "upgrade" to something not too dissimilar to the trusty old 1100 I had prior to the iPhone I have currently (which I got solely because I needed an iOS test device at the time).

Even if I had to have a smartphone, I'd sooner go Apple or Microsoft than Android - lesser of evils and all that.

And as for this new router or whatever it is - over my cold, dead, rotted corpse.

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Google: If you think we're bad, you should take a look at Apple

RyokuMas
Paris Hilton

Pixel???

"Google only has 11 of the 38 pre-installed apps on a Galaxy S7"

... and how many on the new Pixel phone? You can't compare a the case of a company that's providing their software on their hardware and your own company's software pre-installed on third-party hardware.

What's the percentage of Google apps on their own phone?

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

RyokuMas
Angel

Kharma...

... it's a bitch, ain't it?

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Naughty UK Google cloud users can now be sued by Chocolate Factory in England

RyokuMas
Trollface

Ooh look, flying pig...

"Google... has agreed to 'ensure consumers are given an opportunity to remedy their breaches'"

... unless it gives them an opportunity to attack their competitors, of course.

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Microsoft flips Google the bird after Windows kernel bug blurt

RyokuMas
Devil

Re: Of course if you had a Chromebook right now

"... my son got two just for listening to a 15 min sales pitch..."

All part of the "hook 'em while they're young" strategy - if they grow up being spied on, they won't know any different. Probably explains why people accept Google's antics while at the same time whining about Windows 10 telemetry...

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Microsoft ends OEM sales of Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1

RyokuMas
FAIL

"They will enter the job market with next to zero influence from Microsoft"

... but 100% under Google's influence - these smartphones "grafted into the hands" of the young guns; chances are that 80% of them will be running Android, and these same kids will have grown up using a company name as the verb for searching the web. The "get 'em hooked while they're young" tactic is in full swing: this time last year, half of the classroom devices sold in the US were Chromebooks.

So yes, the chances are that in the future, there will be some flavour of Linux powering enterprise. But you can bet your life that it will be the Google-licenced version, as approved by Big Brother, watching your every move and slurping many times the data that Win10 currently is.

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Windows 10 market share stalls after free upgrade offer ends

RyokuMas
Thumb Up

Re: Genuine curiosity...

Another case for being able to multiple-upvote...

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RyokuMas
Paris Hilton

Re: As long as Win10 continues to be a piece of spyware...

... and which search engine do you use?

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App proves Rowhammer can be exploited to root Android phones – and there's little Google can do to fully kill it

RyokuMas
Devil

What are the odds...

"“Google scrambled to try and fix the problem, but they cannot really do it as the problem is in hardware,"

Odds on the pixel phone not being vulnerable and giving Google another way to undercut the competition?

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Is Google using YouTube to put one over on Samsung?

RyokuMas
Devil

As if they're not already...

"This raises the possibility that Google is leveraging the enormous media influence of its video monopoly to help along its consumer hardware business"

I was using my other half's machine this weekend and forgot her homepage was Google search. Opened a web browser to be confronted with a link under the search box along the lines of "Pixel - the new phone from Google".

Exactly the same tactics as how they made Chrome the #1 browser - by (ab)using their market position in other areas. How long before a significant percentage of YouTube ads are for Pixel, I wonder...

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What will happen when I'm too old to push? (buttons, that is)

RyokuMas
Happy

Not me...

When I first saw that poster, I thought "I'd have loved to have that on my wall when I was at university".

My second was "I still would love to have it on my wall - except my missus would kill me".

Third: "Gotta get a man-cave sorted".

So either that's a sign of my unending youth, or my ending immaturity. Go figure.

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Google melts 78 Android security holes, two of which were critical

RyokuMas
Devil

Patch dates

If you own a Pixel phone - tomorrow. Anything else... well...

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Google says it would have a two-word answer for Feds seeking Yahoo!-style email backdoor

RyokuMas
Devil

Two words...

"We've never received such a request, but if we did, our response would be simple: 'No way.'"

I have a two word response to that statement: "Bull sh*t"

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

RyokuMas
Devil

So let me get this straight...

Having pretty much hardwired their services into Android, Google are now bringing out their hardware own hardware to run it on.

Doubtless the next step will be very similar to how they forced Chrome up to the number 1 browser spot - a very obvious call-to-action on their search results page (with Chrome for Android and Google search being the defaults, natch), saying "why not upgrade your handset to a faster, more secure, more reliable model?" and linking through to the store.

After that, maybe a few zero-day issues in new versions of Android that get fixed overnight on the Pixel handsets while everyone else is forced to languish?

And to top it all off - "unlimited cloud storage". That's a double whammy of pushing everyone towards the Google cloud, while also effectively undercutting the competition - tantamount to the anticompetitive, widely illegal practice of predatory pricing.

And people still think this is not a monopolistic behaviour?

At least on patch Tuesday, Microsoft patch everyone's machine* regardless of hardware vendor.

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Forgive me, father, for I have used an ad-blocker on news websites...

RyokuMas
Meh

I might feel guilty...

... on the day that ads are limited to a static image or text snippet, no more than 10% screen-width square, either on the far-right or at the foot of the page I am browsing.

Until then... nope.

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Google: There are three certainties in life – death, taxes and IPv6

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: What are taxes?

That's because they're wrong. The three certainties in life are death, IPv6 and Google will stalk you at every opportunity.

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Google tells popup ads to p*** off on mobes

RyokuMas
Devil

The hidden truth...

"We previously explored a signal that checked for interstitials that ask a user to install a mobile app"

And there, tucked quietly away, is the real reason behind this. Google do not want you using apps - they want you using websites and thus continually adding to their vast coffers of profiling information. And by hiding behind a claim of "removing interstitials", they can make this appear palatable to most people, including the IT-savvy, in exactly the same way as having carriers responsible for rolling out Android updates makes the idea of Google having control over said updates seem reasonable.

Just another step in the grand plan to create a monopoly and manipulate people into welcoming it.

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Russia tells Google to cough up some loose change in Android monopoly probe

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Forced to Install Apps

"You don't want the App Store, Google Maps, etc.., STOP USING ANDROID."

... and yet there are still people with a chip on their shoulders about the browser wars...

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RyokuMas
Trollface

Re: Dicktator!

"... full of back doors and spyware...

So fundamentally identical to Google Android, except for how the harvested data is used then?

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Web pages, Word docs, PDF files, fonts – behold your latest keys to infecting Windows PCs

RyokuMas
Facepalm

Re: Are you seriously telling me...

What the flip is wrong with them?

Probably read some of the comments on here and decided they didn't want to be part of a community in which so many appear to have massive superiority complexes...

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Breaking 350 million: What's next for Windows 10?

RyokuMas
FAIL

Re: What's next for Windows 10?

So basically being more like Google?

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Android's latest patches once again remind us: It's Nexus or bust if you want decent security

RyokuMas
Facepalm

The master plan...

We're not trying to build a monopoly, oh no... buy a Nexus and go back to bitching about Microsoft and the browser wars...

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Google and GlaxoSmithKline fling £540m at bioelectronic meds firm

RyokuMas
Devil

No...

"... implantable devices to monitor and control electrical signals within the body..."

Controlled by Google? Over my cold, dead corpse...

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