* Posts by RyokuMas

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Want to get around app whitelists by pretending to be Microsoft? Of course you can...

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Wow...

There's a way round Microsoft's app security process? I guess they're just copying Google again...

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Microsoft reveals details of flagship London store within spitting distance from Apple's

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Does this means...

That there will be public viewings for their oh-so-frequent self-inflicted gun-related foot injuries?

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Re: Homage to Red Dwarf

To be fair, the actual quote is " "Androids, everybody needs good Androids..."

... since stalking is nasty and a criminal offence, I'm still waiting to see one of these mythical "good" Androids...

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Google blows $1.1bn to hire HTC's Pixel people, forming one big happy handset team

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bricks and mortar shops full of "geniuses".

They won't need them - all they'll do is splat a great big link on their search homepage and results page with a call to action along the lines of "Why not upgrade your mobile device experience today?", just like they did to make Chrome the #1 browser.

Hell, they'd probably "update" Chrome with the sole purpose of putting such a link somewhere on it so if Chrome's your browser of choice (ie: either your a web dev or you got taken in by the aforementioned links), you're seeing the advert every time you start your browser - especially on the mobile version when running on a competitor's device.

Then ordering will be just a couple of clicks, a name and address, a credit card number and a checkbox at next to a T&Cs link that nobody will read but contains clauses to allow Google to do what they damn well please with the device, the OS and any data they gather on you from any source, from now until the end of time.

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Embrace, extend...

"Google... wants a pure-play GooglePhone it completely controls."

And so the end goal is now openly on the table - Google controlled hardware running an OS that is supposedly "open", but whose major contributor is in fact Google, and is so tightly coupled to Google's own 3rd party components that it is practically proprietary. And marketed at every opportunity on Google's web search.

All they need to do now is introduce a range of low-cost Pixel phones to undercut prices and slowly run their competitors out of business. And, of course, any court cases of anti-competitive behaviour (predatory pricing, search abuse) could be dragged out long enough so as not to make any difference.

Downvote if you like - but personally, the idea of the vast majority of public electronic communication being controlled by a single entity that's sole purpose is to profile you as closely as possible and doesn't mind playing fast and loose with the law (NHS records, monopoly abuse, stolen wifi details etc) fills me with dread.

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You lost your ballpoint pen, Slack? Why's your Linux version unsigned?

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To quote...

... (or at least paraphrase) a lot of the commentards' response to anything when Windows Phone was still a thing:

"Why worry? It's only 3% of the market!"

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Top video game dev nerve-center Unity can now be used to train AI

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Interesting...

I'll be very interested in seeing what the uptake is on this - from my experience, Unity is the most popular because any idiot can download a bunch of assets and hack together a load of copy-pasted code - or worse, reskin a "complete game" asset and try to pass it off as their own work - and float their abomonation on whatever store in the utterly misguided belief that they are going to get rich.

"Birdy Flap out now on Android and iOS - now with Machine Learning!"

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Google India launches payment service that sends money as sound

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Sounds about as secure as the Play store's ability to keep malware out. I'll pass, thanks.

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Microsoft's AI is so good it steered Renault into bottom of the F1 league

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You couldn't make it up...

a seventh-place start is "pole position in our world"

Life shot Microsoft in the foot... so they went and used a bazooka on the other one.

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Re: Not for the first time

Gosh, another five-year old link in a desperate attempt to give an otherwise unrelated article from last month some relevance...

How very Eadon of you.

Back under your bridge.

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Re: Results speak for themselves.

"I believe that is being slightly unfair on Microsoft."

Par the course for El Reg forums, I'm afraid - there's still a lot of people here who are stuck in the browser wars, and another handful in Google's pocket...

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Linux 4.14 'getting very core new functionality' says Linus Torvalds

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Re: @Geoffrey W

Geoffrey W - I can identify entirely. I started writing programs back in the 8-bit days, when you could just switch on your machine and start typing. My interest in computers is what I can create - I don't want to spend ages trying trying to cajole a machine to function as the manual says it should.

This is one of the reasons why I've never really gotten into Linux - admittedly my experiences are a few years out of date now, but whenever I have tried in past to set up a PC to run Linux, I have invariably ended up with a very expensive doorstop. So while I am no great fan of Microsoft - or any giant IT-derived company, for that matter - Windows has always done the trick for me: I buy the PC, I install the tools I need, I fire them up and I'm working.

Now if there's something I can download onto a USB which I can then boot from and install Linux with only a few mouse clicks/keystrokes, I'll hold my hands up and admit my ignorance of how things are now. But given my income and budget, I'll need some convincing, as the aforementioned expensive doorstops have gone a long way to put me off.

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

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Re: £1,149

In other news, Apple have made giant strides in proving that you can in fact milk a sheep...

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Windows 10 Creators Update will add app-level privacy controls

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Re: W10 spyware

Ah, the difference here is in the packaging: Microsoft came into this with a history, and have a notable talent for shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to marketing etc, the pop-up with no close button and options updating to Windows 10 "now" or "later" being probably the most relevant here. The fact that compared to the big players, Microsoft's tracking prior to Win10 was pretty minimal is irrelevant.

Whereas Google have a talent for painting themselves as heroes while sliding their nastiness in on the quiet - under the guise of "free stuff" and "improving your experience", they have pretty much taken control of what is now the worlds #1 mobile operating system, abused their early success in web search to take the majority share of the browser market and attempted to undermine their competitors in other markets, and introduced more ways to track and spy on our every move than I care to imagine.

It seems we are doomed to be in a race to the bottom for the crown of "most evil"...

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Government lab that gives a crap pushes open source

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I guess it's because cows don't care about I.P....

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Samsung mobile launches bug bounty program

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The biggest bug...

Here's a fix for the worst bug on Samsung mobiles, can I have my bounty please?!

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'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google

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Timeline...

2017: "Googling Google is wrong"

2020: "You will not Google Google"

2022: "Documents instructing to 'Google Google' will not be indexed"

...

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Apple: Our stores are your 'town square' and a $1,000 iPhone is your 'future'

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Re: These "new" iPhones

"where do they get their ideas from?"

Public domain, perhaps?

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

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Re: Headphone Jack Please

In that case, try this...

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Google to kill Symantec certs in Chrome 66, due in early 2018

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Re: Old certs surely?

"If you think something's expired when it has a year to go then yeah....."

Assuming that cert lifespan is always three years and purchase/renewal rate is reasonably constant, by the law of averages around 66% of certs currently in use will have expired by the time this comes into effect - that's a more solid "most" than the Brexit result...

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Google will appeal €2.9bn EU fine

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Re: Google has a monopoly in 13 out of the 14 top commercial functions of the web

Would be nice if we could get a citation for that number...

... if only to prevent accusations of anal statistical extraction from the Google faithful...

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Everybody without Android Oreo vulnerable to overlay attack

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So let me get this straight...

Say I had an Android device... either I would have to update to Oreo and be ready for a massive data bill, or don't update and I'm vulnerable???

At least to take advantage of this exploit, apps have to be installed from Google Play...

... oh, wait...

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Google rushes to curb Oreo's massive appetite for your 4G mobile data

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Meet the old boss, same as the new boss...

Wow. A stupidly huge oversight in a key area of how a core system works...

As one well-known pro-Google commenter has been known to say: "Tuttity fucking tut".

In fact, this is almost classic, old school Microsoft behaviour.

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NYPD head of IT doubles down on Windows smartphone idiocy

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Re: Out of the frying pan, into the fire

... but at least you don't have to worry about waht some doughnut-chomping NYPD street cop who, I expect, is not likely to be all that IT-savvy, might be installing on it...

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Privacy-focused search engine DeepSearch slinks out of hiding

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Re: Yet ..

"BangBangDuck!"

See icon.

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Hope they've got good backing...

... otherwise I can see Google pulling a Laker Airways on these guys...

Good luck to 'em!

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Google Cloud rolls back changes after 18-hour load balancer brownout

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Re: is QA still a thing at Google?

It was - but QA involves criticising Google's systems, so...

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So thoughtful. Uber says it won't track you after you leave their vehicles

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Makes me laugh...

... that people get in such a tizzy about this, but happily use Google search, Android phones, Windows 10-powered PCs etc...

Guess they must have actually read those EULAs and accept that they're being tracked...

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China to identify commentards with real‑name policy

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Colour me curious...

While I fully support privacy, I must admit being very curious about the actual identities of some of the commentards on here, and who they work for...

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Tech firms take down WireX Android botnet

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Re: Patched?

"but that patch will not ever be deployed to 99% of devices."

Not until Google starts directly controlling Android updates...

The trouble is, the very same people who howl and rant about Windows 10 forced updates would probably welcome the same thing from Google with open arms...

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New York Police scrap 36,000 Windows smartphones

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Re: Nobody gets fired for buying Microsoft..

"Windows phones have never had 3% of the market"

Believe it or not, it did actually happen.

Unless someone didn't check their facts...

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San Franciscans unite to smite alt-right with minefield of doggy shite

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Question...

What exactly is the IT angle in this story?

As amusing as this sort of thing is, for a site that bills itself as "Biting the hand that feeds IT", there sure seems to have been a lot of political influence of late - alt-right, Brexit...

Can we get back to being territorial about mobile operating systems, please?

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'Driverless' lorry platoons will soon be on a motorway near you

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If the driverless lorries stick to the slow lane on motorways no matter what, they get my vote!

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Bombastic boss gave insane instructions to sensible sysadmin, with client on speakerphone

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Note exactly dangerous, but...

A couple of boss-related incidents spring to mind...

My first job, I was wet-behind-the-ears, fresh out of uni and landed a role at a local firm developing some pretty specialised HR software - a tiny five-man outfit that dropped down to two (me and the boss) and a part-timer over the time I was there. Effectively, I was the development department.

Now this was in the age of dial-up (circa year 2000). And being a one-man development team without an internet connection at home, I used to spend my lunch hours largely online, trying to keep abreast of what was going on in the tech scene - that was until my boss spotted the spike in the phone bill, and gave me a thorough bollocking for raising costs.

Anyway, that all went south when said boss picked a legal fight with a massive publishing company that even I, in my completely non-legal capacity, could see we weren't going to win.

The other incident comes from the role I went onto after that (having been out of work for the best part of a year, thanks to being stuck with niche knowledge). It was the most horrible work-from-home setup, any you were expected to be online and available via skype from 8:00am to 6:00pm. I was living on my own in a flat at this point (thank god for mortgage protection!), so I barely saw a soul most days...

Anyway, one day, I woke up one day feeling like I was about to die. So I fired up skype and called the boss. The conversation went roughly like this:

Me: "Hi, Sorry to say this, but I'm really not feeling too good today, I've got a temperature of (whatever it was) and ache like crazy, so I really don't think I'm up to working much today."

Boss: "If there was a £50 note on the floor in front of you, would you pick it up?"

Me (remember, at this point I was still trying to pick up the pieces from prolonged unemployment): "Yeah, why?"

Boss: "If you're well enough to pick up a £50 note, you're well enough to work."

Needless to say, I jumped out of that one as soon as I could...

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Google will let cloud customers use plain-old-Internet links

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"where's the advantage?"

All the data they're slurping out of the system can be directly married up to everything else you have sacrificed at the altar of "free stuff" by choosing Google, rather than them having to get it indirectly from tracking cookies, domains registered with Google and links in Gmail emails?

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Adware API sends smartmobe data home to Chinese company

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So let me get this straight...

This malware payload can be dlownloaded, installed and executed without any kind of administrator/root access - the only things blocking it is a setting in a database and the end user being smart enough to not just say "ok" to all the permissions the app asks for?

Good grief, if this were Windows XP instead of Android and an EULA instead of permissions, I'd swear we were back in the early 2000s again...

Then again, Google have built their entire business on slurping as much data about everything as possible - I guess if they tried to stop anyone else doing it, they could be seen as a monopoly... oh, wait...

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Nokia's comeback is on: The flagship 8 emerges

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Re: I wonder if any ms execs have seen this film?

Yeah, it's amazing how people will abandon their principles for a suitable incentive, or to save their own skin...

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Re: I wonder if any ms execs have seen this film?

The question is, did she sell her soul to the devil in order to gain that revenge?

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Google paying Apple BEEELLIONS to stay search top dog on iDevices, say analysts

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Nothing to do with "being first choice"

It's very simple: by being the default search engine, it allows Google to do stuff like this.

Nothing to do with being first choice and everything to do with being able to advertise their own stuff on a competitor's platform

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Surfacegate: Microsoft execs 'misled Nadella', claims report

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Re: Stupid Microsoft

Ah, but who want's to be associated with a community where the most vocal, instead of trying to illustrate why their chosen system is better than Microsoft's in reasonable discussion, just label anyone who doesn't agree with them as "fucking thick"?

After all, that kind of knee-jerk, tar-them-all-with-one-brush response works so well for gaining support and popularity, right?

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Rumour has it...

... that feet are no longer covered by Microsoft's employee healthcare programme, due to the frequency they seem to shoot themselves there...

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Revealed: The naughty tricks used by web ads to bypass blockers

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Said it before...

... I'm perfectly happy to have ads on the pages I view - so long as they are limited to a single static image or a snippet of text either to the right or below the footer of any legit content, and cover no more than 10% of the screen area per ad.

Until then, my adblockers stay switched on.

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Don't buy Microsoft Surface gear: 25% will break after 2 years, says Consumer Reports

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Re: I could go postal!

"... it might be worth checking if they can be made useable by flashing with Android then"

Yeah, great idea! After all, who wants to use a proprietary system that's only half finished and probably got some lamentably huge security holes, made by a company that abuses its monopoly and has been called out aver questionable legal practices...

... wait a minute...

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Salesforce sacks two top security engineers for their DEF CON talk

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"yoloscoped"

Use of this term should be a sacking - and preferably a shooting - offence.

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NASA short-lists six candidates for future missions

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Come on...

Can we please stop this buggering about and focus on getting our asses to Mars... or at least back to the moon...

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New Amiga to go on sale in late 2017

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Re: Just remember...

" are we going to necropost about ST vs Amiga??"

Why not? I mean, people are still doing the same thing now over phones...

Obviously I had an ST... but that's because I was more into making stuff than playing games... /grin

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Just remember...

... it would never have existed had it not been for the Atari ST...

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70% of Windows 10 users are totally happy with our big telemetry slurp, beams Microsoft

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Re: No need to change the default settings! Erase all of WIN 10

"Anyone who bows to the illegal monopoly is a fool, and makes the world less safe for us all."

Hear, hear! Too bad that so many seem to be so blinkered that they can only see one monopoly...

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Google's macho memo man fired, say reports

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Yet another case for the +100 button...

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Did eye just do that? Microsoft brings gaze tracking to Windows 10

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Masking tape, meet webcam

So, Windows 10 - renowned for introducing a metric fuckton of additional telemetry into Microsoft's OS offering - is now offering eye tracking...

... over my cold, dead corpse will I trust this.

Is this some kind of race to the bottom as to who can be the most evil?

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