* Posts by Daniel Bower

111 posts • joined 3 Jun 2007

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Let's kick the tyres on Google's Android P... It's not an overheating wreck, but UX is tappy

Daniel Bower

And this is why...

I have moved to Apple. I never in a million years thought I would buy an iPhone - I hate most things about Apple but the divergence in Android (both in the OS and also the shear number of differences between devices app developers now have to consider) coupled with the fact the M & N were actually worthwhile updates but with O & P it looks like they are just changing stuff so they can say they have added 'features' mean I no longer have faith in it.

iOS is by no means stellar but I just about prefer the UX at this time.

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Any social media accounts to declare? US wants travelers to tell

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What if you just don’t tell them?

I mean they’re asking you so they probably don’t know. Just your hotmail account set up for the purpose and nothing else...

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'Tis the season: Verizon first in line to flog Palm phone resurrection

Daniel Bower

Re: The Treo and Pre were Better than modern phones

The Sony XX2 compact would just about fit the bill.

Does not have WebOS though so only half way there...

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Wearables are now a two-horse race and Google lost very badly

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Re: Why is Garmin

Agree - I owned a Pebble Steel and the Fenix 5 is as close to that as I can get. The one thing it is missing is reply to text message (although the Vivoactive 3 and 645 have this to a limited extent). Other than that it does everything I used my Gear S3 for.

Bloody love it too. In to my third week off a single battery charge and am showing 25%. No GPS use in that time but some indoor exercising. Supremely well built also and is smart enough (looks-wise, not features) to where in the office.

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Accused Brit hacker Lauri Love will NOT be extradited to America

Daniel Bower

Re: Excellent news

No, the US can appeal the ruling on those grounds.

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TalkTalk starts offering punters choice to shift-shift to O2

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Re: The beginning of the end .....

'Trouble is, who is good value and provides good customer service?'

On a pedantic note surely 'good value' takes in to account things like customer service. It could be argued that Zen is good value as they are pretty much perfect as an ISP.

You seem to be looking for a provider who is *cheap* with good customer service.

/pedant mode off - down-voting can commence.

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Surprise: Android apps are riddled with trackers

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GDPR

It'll be interesting to see what if any teeth the forthcoming GDPR has on all of this. Particularly around specific consent.

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Tesla launches electric truck it guarantees won't break for a million miles

Daniel Bower

Re: Fnar, fnar

'Grow up, and don't be too hard on him.'

Semi and you said hard on...

More fnar fnar

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Parity calamity! Wallet code bug destroys $280m in Ethereum

Daniel Bower

Re: This is when I know I'm getting old...

I *can't* remember those days.. ;)

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TalkTalk glitch causing mobiles and landlines to go off at the same time

Daniel Bower

Talktalk will be first up against the wall

When GDPR kicks in. And I for one cannot wait..

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Jeff Bezos fires off a blue dart, singes Elon Musk and SpaceX

Daniel Bower

Re: SpaceX are working on a bigger engine also

Truly dreadful sir - have a thumbs up on your way out...

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Google adds planets and moons to Maps, but puts bits in the wrong places

Daniel Bower

It depends

If you want to view the edge or the face of a planet ;)

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

Daniel Bower

Re: If you found the plane it wouldn't bring the people back.

We've spent £11m on a search for a single missing girl so far. $300m for a plane load of missing passengers seems good value by comparison.

Note I don't agree on either amount being spent...

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Vodafone won't pay employee expenses for cups of coffee

Daniel Bower

This sounds no different to every company I've worked for. If I'm buying my own lunch it's never allowed on expenses.

If I take a 'client' out to lunch for a coffee and a sarnie the whole lot can go on expenses. You know I never eat lunch on my own...

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The life and times of Surface, Microsoft's odds-defying fondleslab

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Surface 2 RT

I still use my Surface 2 RT - its perfectly serviceable for browsing and light office work. The battery life is still good and the device has held up well despite mild abuse.

I also have a Dell XPS 13 which is very very lovely but am still tempted by a SP 2017 model for 'convertable' use.

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Samsung Galaxy S8+: Seriously. What were they thinking?

Daniel Bower

Try the iris scanner

I wear gears with a very noticeable anti glare tint and it works perfectly when I've got them on even in very low light...

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Re: Fingerprint sensor

I'm not sure why you got a downvote for saying it works for you!

As it happens I agree with you and find my finger falls fairly naturally on the scanner (more so on the S8 than the plus to be fair) but then I find the iris scanner works perfectly when I'm wearing glasses and contacts also.

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Daniel Bower

Iris scanner

Note I have the S8 but the plus (but that will change at lunchtime).

Either way I find the iris scanner near flawless. Yes it's a bugger to register but after that I've found it works very well 95% of the time and that includes when I'm wearing both contacts and glasses where the lenses have a heavy anti reflective coating.

It is every working very well in very low light, again when wearing the same glasses.

Honestly I'm pretty astonished how well it does work given the negative reviews on this aspect.

With regards to Bixby I've just never set it up and the phone's not nagged me to.

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Payday lender Wonga admits to data breach

Daniel Bower

Re: APR! = interest

That's exactly my point though. You are not borrowing for a year hence the comparison is meaningless.

Short term finance is an expensive form of borrowing as the lender still needs to make a return and if they where to charge a monthly interest rate nearer to a loan - say 5% - the model is even less viable than it currently is.

Note I am not defending or otherwise the underlying principle of lending money to people that can't afford it-simply removing the hyperbole attaching to interest rates.

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APR! = interest

I'll probably get downvoted for this but seeing as I expect El Reg to not jump on the tabloid hysteria.

Wonga's apr is undoubtedly very high but the apr calculation is complicated and designed to enable consumers to compare similar products on a like for like basis and is skewed when it is applied to something like short term finance as it is comparing it to 25 year mortgages and everything in between.

So use the apr to compare products in the same category and not across categories and it works pretty well but try and use it to compare completely different products and its not a great tool.

I think for a 30 day loan of 1000 the amount to repay is around 1200 so a true interest rate of nearer 20%.

Still very high but not 100's of %.

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Ubuntu UNITY is GNOME-MORE: 'One Linux' dream of phone, slab, desktop UI axed

Daniel Bower

Re: When prototypes go too far

The Galaxy S8 drops in to a custom gui when docked - it actually looks quite natty so will be interesting to see how it feels in action

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UK's 'homebrew firmware' Chinooks set to be usable a mere 16 years late

Daniel Bower

You could...

Paint a figure on the side of a helicopter and promise that to the NHS...

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Intel's Atom C2000 chips are bricking products – and it's not just Cisco hit

Daniel Bower

Just went to log a ticket with WD support

As I have a new DL4100 which uses an affected chip. Their website is down! Cooincidence?! (Well yes it probably is but I found it far more amusing than I ought...)

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Ham-fisted: Chap's radio app killed remotely after posting bad review

Daniel Bower

Commcat

Is the best piece of ham radio software going. Tried HRD and thought it terrible!

Howard (Nurse) author of Commcat provides first class support also. Usually responds to me within a couple of hours regardless of time differences.

Not affiliated with him at all-just putting it out there as an alternative!

73 de Danny M0SDB

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Banks 'not doing enough' to protect against bank-transfer scams

Daniel Bower

I work with some some crime underwriters and some of the scans are very sophisticated.

Fire example having into a solicitors email system and watching house conveyances go through the process and at an opportune time get the buyer to transfer the deposit to a scam account.

All very convincing as they've been watching the whole transaction and a) pick the right moment and b) use the right language-none of this uncle in Nigeria nonsense.

Personally I don't think the banks should be liable but the institutions who have so poor security their emails can be compromised in this way.

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Donald Trump confirms TPP to be dumped, visa program probed

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Coat

Re: oh yea..

I am slightly offended by the term 'grammar nazi'. I much prefer the term alt-write...

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Fitbit picks up Pebble, throws Pebble as far as it can into the sea

Daniel Bower

Re: WTF

Oh granted. I do however make the comment being both the owner and massive fan of the Pebble Time Steel and an S3 so have lived with them both and used both extensively.

The Pebble is extraordinarily functional given its ( intentional) design limitations however now the battery life of something like the S3 is at least passable imo it surpasses the Pebble on almost every measure.

Ymmv etc etc

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Daniel Bower

Again, fitbit are not buying Pebble so they are leaving any customers out to dry.

They are buying some software code and some staff to benefit their existing and future customers.

Its pebble management you should have you're beef with not fitbit. They've royally fucked up somewhere.

Shit i know ( note I am a pebble customer) but that's how it is.

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Daniel Bower

If fitbit

Can squeeze some pebble notification/ calendar handling goodness into their watches they're on to a winner.

My wife has the Charge 2 and notifications are pretty rudimentary and clunky compared to my Time Steel. Very clunky.

Also the voice recognition on the Time and Time Steel was unbelievable. Very very rarely any errors in what i had dictated. And that was even when driving and talking pretty quickly at near normal conversation speed. The fact it was doing it all ' in watch' is incredibly impressive.

Way better than Google's attempt on Android Wear and Samsung on the Gear range. Now if Samsung would only buy that little bit of ip and incorporate it into my Gear S3 then I'd be very happy.

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Daniel Bower

Re: WTF

The new Gear S3 can do 3 days-i know I've for one. It also blows a Pebble out of the water (I had a Time Steel and thought it excellent but it's nowhere close to the S3).

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Daniel Bower

Re: No support or warranties?

Yes it's entirely legal as they've only bought some IP and rescued some staff. They haven't bought the company or any attaching liabilities...

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Under-fire Apple backs down, crafts new iOS to kill security safeguard

Daniel Bower

Surely this is just the same as 3rd party car repairs

Didn't we have this while thing when motor manufacturers were trying to void warranties for repairs carried out at independent garages?

That was ruled illegal and so should this if Apple hadn't backed down.

No difference at all as far as I can see.

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TalkTalk CEO admits security fail, says hacker emailed ransom demand

Daniel Bower

Surely she has to go...

Interviewer: was the data encrypted?

Dildo: honestly? I don't know...

That alone should seal her fate for two reasons:

One for not knowing and two for not categorically being able to say yes.

As to her comment that all companies face these threats day in day out. Yes they do but most, particularly at companies of this size, so so much better at dealing with them...

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Chaos at TalkTalk: Data was 'secure', not all encrypted, we took site down, were DDoSed

Daniel Bower

I hope TalkTalk are the subject of the police enquiries

Looking at what has happened here and given that the CEO of a major ISP didn't appear to really know what 'encrypted' even means never mind whether customer data actually was the police should be investigating TalkTalk for criminal negligence.

Dido is trying to make out she (they) are really sorry but these are really nasty criminals when in fact she is clueless about what happened and how. And isn't this the same lady who was nuzzling up to Claire what's her face when all the porn filter stuff was all the news. Christ she can't keep her own company safe online never mind my child. She needs to go - quickly.

It could have been some Jihadists in Russia or it could have been a script kiddy in their bedroom by the looks of things.

Truly disgraceful operation

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Microsoft throws crypto foes an untouchable elliptic curveball

Daniel Bower

Re: Yeah but...

Interestingly the guys that developed Enigma knew it breakable they just assumed that no one who's be bothered to actually look together the resources in time try.

Two vital elements they overlooked. The fact that the operators of Enigma were lazy and didn't follow protocol giving the guys and girls at Bletchley Park something to go at and the fact that Britain is (or certainly was) full eccentrics who weighs jump at the chance of cracking something like Enigma in the first place.

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Wi-Fi was MEANT to be this way: Antennas and standards, 802.11 style

Daniel Bower

I am a ham radioist

And yes, homeplug is the work of the devil.

Just run an ethernet cable ffs!

73 de Danny 2E0YDB

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Apple Watch: We ROUNDUP the ROUNDUPS. Yes, Roundup-squared

Daniel Bower

Re: Wristjob

My wrist jobs only last a few minutes at most so almost a day sounds positively exciting...

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Amazon cloud threatens to SMASH the fundamental laws of PHYSICS

Daniel Bower

I see tears ahead...

Unfortunately this is just the sort of thing my mum (for eample) sign up to and not realise that you actually need to back your data up locally as well as 'in the cloud'.

I can see the email now:

Dear Amazon Cloud User

We are terribly sorry but due to a SNAFU at our data centre, all your photos and other precious memories have been deleted.

As per clause blah blah blah we are not responsible in any way for this loss and if you do not have your precious, irreplacable photos and memories backed up else where then tough titties.

However, as a gesture of good will we would like to offer you a free 30 day trial of Amazon Prime.

Love

Jeff

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Alfa Romeo Giulietta Quadrifoglio Verde: Fun, but not for all

Daniel Bower

Bought a Cat D write off 147

Off eBay three years ago. Did the cam belt as a precaution and it needed new upper wishbones on the front and apart from that she's been faultless.

Coming on for 92k miles and I've done 40k of those and enjoyed them all. Great car.

Would I buy one of these-in a heartbeat...

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Pebble: The brilliant stealth wearable Apple's Watch doesn't see coming

Daniel Bower

Re: 4. Doesn't support Windows Phone...

DISCLAIMER: I am a fully paid up WinPho fanboy.

My understanding is that it doesn't support WinPho as MS are a bit funny about releasing certain API's.

There are a couple of apps available that will allow certain features on Pebble but it is a bit limited.

Shame really as I would have one in a heartbeat otherwise...

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Google opens Inbox – email for people too thick to handle email

Daniel Bower

But but but

it will email you reminders. Like a calendar then but much less useful like the rest of the offering.

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Here's your chance to buy an ancient, working APPLE ONE

Daniel Bower
Coat

Deep pockets

I assume anyone who buys this won't have to worry about it bending if they keep it in their trouser pockets as they will be deep enough to give it a bit of breathing space...

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Chap runs Windows 95 on Android Wear

Daniel Bower

the Rockbox MP3 player firmware

Has Doom on it. Playing it on the tiny screen of a SanDisk Clip Zip is actually quite fun in a not fun kind of way.

Runs surprisingly smoothly to be fair...

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Nokia Lumia 735: Ignore the selfie hype, it's a grown-up phone

Daniel Bower

My 930 does crash

Far more than any other WinPho I've had (800, 620 and 925 all of which essentially didn't). That said I am always running the very latest dev preview release so to be expected.

Run the stock releases and is as stable as a meditating Buddhist monk and I am still always surprised that out of iOS, Android and WP it is WP that runs brilliantly on everything from the real budget end of the market to the top.

Tempted by a 735 as a backup phone.

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Tearful LOHAN Playmonaut bids adiós to Spain

Daniel Bower

Now to enter the US of A in style...

Your team on stand-by need to be suitably clad in cardinal outfits and when they start questioning you, you need to respond by saying 'I was only sent here to bring this spaceship - I wasn't expecting some kind of Spanish Inquisition'

Your suitably clad team can then leap out and much hilarity will ensue*

*Note much hilarity may not actually ensue as US border control don't really have much of a sense of humour.

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Good grief! Have you SEEN BlackBerry's SQUARE smartphone?

Daniel Bower

want one

Have no need or use for one but that is one cool phone.

Innovative, has truly original ideas in a market place where true innovation is as rare as rocking horse shit and looks like as functional smart phone as you'll see.

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My TIGHT PANTS made my HUGE iPHONE go all BENDY!

Daniel Bower

I'm never afraid that I'll

Bend my Lumia 930 by putting it in my pocket, or by using it as a lever to lift up the washing machine to fish something or from underneath it, or the hammer nails into granite.

Ok we're not exactly comparing size for size but then I'd comfortably engage in some hand to hand combat with a Lumia 1520.

Phones that you can't put in your pocket-pah. Out of interest have they patented the idea?

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

Daniel Bower

Never been able to take U2 seriously

Since seeing Bill Bailey. Just get Jingle Bells in my head...

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Don't buy that phone! It ATTRACTS CRIMINALS, UK.gov will tell people

Daniel Bower

Surely we need more data...

I may be barking up the wrong tree but surely the theft rate of any given phone is a function of its popularity and nothing to do with desirability.

I very much doubt (unless Ms May and Co have data to the contrary) that your average yoof out on a mugger spree goes up to their unfortunate victim and asks ''scuze me pal - what phone you rockin'?'. 'A Samusng E2600 - you poor old chap that's not even a smart phone. Sorry top trouble you, on your way...'

I know of three people who have been mugged for their phone and the perps simply said 'Give us your phone or we'll knife you'. They find out the quality of the phone after the event.

So, if there are 10m of phone X in use and only 200,000 of phone Y in use then phone X will come out top of the charts so the whole concept is flawed.

It has far more to do with time of day, location etc than type of phone. Complete waste of time...

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Stand clear! Will HTC's One act as a defibrillator for Windows Phone?

Daniel Bower

I've said it before...

...and I'll say it again. I actually like WinPho. I have used it since v7 on the Lumia 800 and now have 8.1 dev preview update 1 ona 930.

Fast, smooth, not a resource hog and there are most of the big name apps are now present and correct and the day to day functionality is there as well. A special mention must be made about Cortana. I had a diary note in for a meeting and she (unprompted) popped up advising me based on the current traffic etc I should really be getting my skates on within the next ten minutes and would I like directions as she had them all ready. She is very very slick.

Where the app situation falls down now is not the big names but the 'hobby' apps. I do both astronomy and birding and the app choice for both is very limited compared to the big 2.

That said some of those in the hobby arena are really quite excellent (and I think it is fair to note that an awful lot of the apps on iOS and Android are pretty dreadful too).

Further the tightening integration between phone and PC just makes the overall package more attractive.

If you don't like it then fine but it does not mean someone else is an idiot for having a preference for it just as I do not think those that prefer Android are idiots (Jobsian fanbois on the otherhand - clearly a couple of bites short of a full fruit ;) )

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