* Posts by Lamont Cranston

1537 posts • joined 27 Apr 2010

'At least I can walk away with my dignity' – Streetmap founder after Google lawsuit loss

Lamont Cranston

RE: "Am I missing something here? A company promoting it's own product before it's competitors?"

That would be abusing their position as a monopoly, the same thing that Microsoft got slapped over when it came to web browsers. I'd imagine that Google get accused of this whenever they add a new service, as they really are the leading search provider (China and Russia notwithstanding) and so in a prime position to drive out the competition from whichever market they choose to stick their nose into.

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Google gets smooth early Android releases. OEMs are struggling

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WTF?

Samsung, et al. complaining about not receiving timely Android updates?

No, stop, my sides...

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

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Re: Complete shit marketing

I use GSMArena whenever I need to compare the specs of Android devices - pretty good, although it does have a few gaps (Wileyfox, for one).

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Google loses Android friends with Pixel exclusivity

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Given most OEMs' approach to Android updates,

I doubt there'll be many tears shed over this.

That said, I can't say I'm particularly happy about the phone market shrinking to just Google v Apple, but then maybe this will be just the push that's been needed for a third OS option to gain some traction?

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Nintendo pulls the Switch, fires Joy-con at Microsoft and Sony

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Re: You guys missed a big problem...

I've long been wanting a return to cartridges - both the Wii and the WiiU take an age to load things from disc (not to mention that our Mario Kart 8 disc became unreadable for no apparent reason - cartridges used to take a beating and keep on working forever, so far as I could tell).

Mind you, the way games work these days, I expect the cartridge will be little more than a key to unlock the relevant download to the (woefully small) internal SSD.

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Tech moguls dominate Oxfam's rich people Hateful 8

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I read the above as an excellent argument

in favour of international cooperation and an eventual end to the foolish notion of sovereignty. Y'know, the sort of revolution that Marx wrote about.

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Opera scolds stale browsers with shocking Neon experiment

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"Neon is visually appealing"

I know this isn't the way to highlight spelling errors, but you seem to have misspelled "appalling"

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Customer: BT admitted it had 'mis-sold' me fibre broadband

Lamont Cranston

I had this about 10 years ago.

BT salesman turned up at my door, telling me that they were rolling out Infinity in our area, so I signed up. Got a phone call about a week later to tell me that, in reality, they weren't rolling out Infinity in our area for a couple of years, at least.

Incompetent but honest, I suppose.

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You know how cop cars pile into each other in old comedy movies? That's how the Moon was built, say boffins

Lamont Cranston

Re: a Clangers angle

Here in Bedfordshire, we know that the north pole of the moon is filled with meat, while the south is filled with fruit.

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Brace yourself, network admins, Amazon Video just hit 200 nations

Lamont Cranston

Re: app support

I was pleased to find that both Amazon and Netflix (and YouTube) are still working on the Wii, which came in handy after the Netflix app on my TV packed up. The Amazon app (still branded as LoveFilm!) on the Wii is quite a bit more reliable than the version found on my Sony Bluray player, too (Netflix/iPlayer/YouTube are all long gone from that device).

A pity the BBC killed off the iPlayer for the Wii (I notice the WiiU version is on the way out, too), as that would have made the Wii quite a viable candidate for resident "smart" device for the TV.

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Jeremy Hunt: Telcos must block teens from sexting each other

Lamont Cranston

Re: Black Mirror

I thought the moral of that story was "if you must spank it to images of children, put a bit of tape over your webcam"?

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Huawei Mate 9: The Note you've been waiting for?

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Am I the only one giggling at "bottom-firing", then?

*hangs head in shame*

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Canadian cops cuff 11-year-old lad after Grand Theft Auto gets real

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Re: "Then why are you asking..."

At least she had the sense to ask, so she could make an informed decision. Far too many would just buy it in ignorance.

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Nest Cam: A compelling piece of hardware-software

Lamont Cranston

"And in a few years we'll wonder how we ever lived without them"

Probably not, but I did enjoy reading about the improved user experience.

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Sega MegaDrive/Genesis lives again, in Brazil!

Lamont Cranston

Re: the terrible ATGames version

I got one of those, then realised that I could get an immeasurably better experience by running an emulator on the old Wii that was knocking about. Ho-hum.

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PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

Lamont Cranston

Re: 2fa choices

£10 for a cheap PAYG mobile that'll act as your 2fa device for all online services, is probably preferable to accumulating various keyfobs and such.

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Chap turns busted laptop into phone keyboard, in Himalayan book-rescue mission

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Re: Not quite as hardcore but...

In my absence, my then girlfriend once sent her housemate round to fix her friend's computer. Said friend is blind, and so didn't own a monitor. If you're not used to it, text-to-speech software (and no screen) is a little disconcerting!

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Coming soon to smart home devices? Best Before labels – with patch cut-off dates

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Unhappy

Re: xkcd on toast

I've had to downvote you, just for giving them ideas. You weren't being serious, but no doubt a lightbulb has just gone on over someone's head, now that they have a reason to sell an online toaster.

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Basic income after automation? That’s not how capitalism works

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Some excellent comments,

so maybe the terrible article was worth it, after all?

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My Nest smoke alarm was great … right up to the point it went nuts

Lamont Cranston

Re: "ripped the lot out to get some sleep"

Very much this. Our smoke alarms run off the mains. with battery backup but, if one battery fails, they all start beeping. As they're on the mains, pulling the battery doesn't stop the beep, so they've all been turned off at the fuse.

Super safe! Not helped by the fact that there's supposed to be a key to open the battery compartments, but the previous owner lost that, so we had to force them open with a screwdriver, breaking the battery caddy in some cases. Total crap.

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Ordinary punters will get squat from smart meters, reckons report

Lamont Cranston
FAIL

Re: "We were assured that consumers will own their data and be able to decide who can access it."

I must be into my fourth year with smart meters. During that time, they've been read once by the energy supplier that had it fitted (as I was leaving them), and subsequent suppliers have been reliant on me taking the readings from the display on the meters (the portable display that came with the meters can't do even this simple task, so I've long since disconnected it).

If nefarious third parties are pilfering my data, perhaps they'd like to offer their services to the energy companies?

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WTF ... makes mobile phone batteries explode?

Lamont Cranston

Re: stick to the chargers provided with their mobile phones

Mobile phones don't tend to come bundled with chargers, these days, just the relevant USB cable.

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Apple seeks patent for paper bag - you read that right, a paper bag

Lamont Cranston

Re: full of shit

I came here to say that Apple is full of "post-consumer content," but you've beaten me to it.

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'Oi! El Reg! Stop pretending Microsoft has a BSOD monopoly!'

Lamont Cranston

Re: BSOD = Bloody Stupid/silly Operational Display

All the ATMs that I've seen go wrong end up with a Windows XP dialogue box displayed.

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Milk IN the teapot: Innovation or abomination?

Lamont Cranston

Anyone who puts the milk in tea whilst the bag is still in the cup

might as well just get their tea from a Klix machine.

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ZTE Axon 7: A surprise flagship contender

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Probably because the camera is a big deal for many buyers.

You can take it as given that any modern smartphone will make calls and browse the web adequately, and whether or not it can eliminate the need to carry a camera is next on the list for a lot of buyers.

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Drones, weed and prison: Bloke pleads guilty over plan

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People already moan that prisons are too soft.

I'm sure this plan will be an easy sell to the electorate!

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Chinese demand end to canine carvery festival

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FAIL

Re: Think about cats, rats, monkeys and cute bugs as well as dogs!

You left out the part where you saved all the children from the Thuggee cult of Kali.

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Sophos U-turns on lack of .bat file blocking after El Reg intervenes

Lamont Cranston

Probably safe to assume that no one involved in this product is over the age of 30,

and thus have never heard of .bat.

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Toyota not shybot about whybot it will trybot the iBot

Lamont Cranston

re: scissor jack

But that won't get you up the stairs, will it?

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Android Pay may, er, pay... providing it gets over security hurdle

Lamont Cranston

Re: Excellent news

I use cash as little as possible (car parks seem to be a perennial problem), so I've upvoted, as I would like to see cash die out. I do have to wonder, though: what will the toothfairy leave under the pillow when cash is dead?

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Forget high-powered PCs, mobile is the future of VR, says Google

Lamont Cranston

Re: Don't need a high-end PC...

Extra batteries round the back of the headset, to offset the weight of the contraption covering your eyes?

Most people find 3D to be too much effort, and that's just a pair of plastic specs. I can't see VR taking off in a big way.

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Android Pay debuts in UK

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Re: No NO NO NO NO

To be fair, he froths with enthusiasm about every new development of anything, ever.

Much as I've said I don't want contactless payments on my phone, if it's just a case of waving the phone with no need to unlock, then it's likely as convenient as current contactless cards, and so the idea is appealing, at least. Security concerns loom large, however (not sure I want all my eggs in one phone, so to speak).

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Cloudy desktops are as mature as cloudy servers … from 2008!

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Joke

Re: During the meanwhile ...

A ZX80 ought to be enough for anyone.

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Work begins on Russian rival to Android

Lamont Cranston
Joke

Re: "'wipe drive and zero the firmware' update and send it via the auto-update mechanism"

As if Android handsets are going to receive updates!

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IBM's Internet of Things brainbox foresees 'clean clothes as a service'

Lamont Cranston

"“clean clothes” as a service, charging consumers by the wash"

Nice try, but I'm pretty sure I could find some prior art for the concept of the laundrette.

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Wi-Fi network named 'mobile detonation device' grounds plane

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Go

I found "Pretty Fly For A WiFi" when scanning at a friends house.

It was swiftly eclipsed by "It Hurts When IP".

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Ex-Apple gurus' elusive Android phone coming to UK next month

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Good for them.

More competition in the "relatively low cost, not shit" sector, please.

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Docker hired private detectives to pursue woman engineer's rape, death threat trolls

Lamont Cranston

Re: How endemic is it? (@werdsmith)

You're right, this is nothing new. That doesn't mean that it's acceptable.

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UK authorities probe 'drone hitting plane at Heathrow'

Lamont Cranston

Re: Play "chicken"

I'd heard they use frozen chickens (or turkeys) for birdstrike tests. If a plane can withstand that, I can't see a quadcopter causing it much trouble.

Still, flying a drone around an airport is monumentally stupid.

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Apple assumes you'll toss the Watch after three years

Lamont Cranston

Re: Truth, whole truth, nothing but the truth

My old man was a road sweeper, and he used the same broom for 20 years. 17 new heads and 14 new handles, it had.

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Hands on with the BBC's Micro:Bit computer. You know, for kids

Lamont Cranston

Re: Except you need a Windows PC

Are there any schools without some sort of IT hardware available for the kids to use? Mine are only in years 3 and 4, and they do Scratch programming on a semi-regular basis (using Windows PCs that they acquired on a highly unfavourable IT contract that damn near bankrupted the school).

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Lamont Cranston

Re: "Coder"

The world has moved on. When we were kids, if you were introduced to a computer, you'd probably have had no choice but to use the command line. These days, a child's first experience of computing is probably a parent's iPhone - going from that to a blank screen with a flashing cursor that won't do sh!t until you learn some arcane language, probably isn't going to seem particularly encouraging.

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Flying Scotsman attacked by drone

Lamont Cranston

He'll surely have

loose bowels at the thought of all that.

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LG builds a DAB+ digital radio radio into a smartmobe

Lamont Cranston

Each to their own.

I have a DAB in my car, as well as streaming on my phone, and generally prefer to have the DAB on. I'll switch back to FM, if I'm in a poor reception area, but that only works for Radio 4, everything else that interests me is not available on FM.

Currently converting all my CDs to play through the radio's USB socket, but it's much less faff to just switch between the radio stations that interest me. I doubt you're the only one not interested, but plenty of people are able to find something on the radio that fits with their interests.

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Knackered Euro server turns Panasonic smart TVs into dumb TVs

Lamont Cranston

Re: I -literally- threw my TV set out the door years ago

Bet it looks lovely in the front garden, complementing the stained mattress and rusty washing machine.

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Donald Trump promises 'such trouble' for Jeff Bezos and Amazon

Lamont Cranston

Re: The Issue

Most don't pay because most reporting these days is a copy/paste from elsewhere and "investigative journalism" is a joke because most news outlets don't want to rock the boat in case the government stops throwing stories their way they don't have to.

I really don't think it's any more complicated than that.

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Samsung now pushing Marshmallows into the Galaxy S6, Edge

Lamont Cranston
WTF?

Better aesthetics?

Most phones are a rectangle with rounded corners.

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Zero. Zilch. Nada. That's how much Netflix uses its own data centres now

Lamont Cranston

I rely on Netflix recommending things that I might like to watch.

Once if runs out of recommendations, I expect I'll ditch it. Both it and Amazon Prime are rubbish for films, anyway, thanks to Sky having the market stitched up.

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Fake Flash update malware targets gullible Apple users

Lamont Cranston
Stop

Don't pretend that this is unique to users of one particular operating system.

You know it isn't.

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