* Posts by DougS

12863 posts • joined 12 Feb 2011

Rock reboot and the Welsh windy wonder: Centre for Alternative Technology

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It is hard to argue against data centers powered by coal being dirtier and responsible for more CO2 than data centers powered by almost anything else. Yeah, they don't have a lot of choice because if there is no hydro or gas power in the area coal is your only choice (yeah there's solar, but the eastern US, especially the NE, gets less sun than the rest so the cost per watt is higher as a result)

Spotify now officially even worse than the NSA

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Good reason to use an iPhone

Spotify can try to collect all that data like GPS location, contacts etc. but unless you specifically allow it there's no way the app can do so. You're safe, regardless of what their T&Cs claim they you're agreeing they have the right to do. On Android if it requires those permissions to install, then you're stuck as you can't later reduce its permissions.

Though on second thought, the best idea is to stay the hell away from any app that claims such broad rights just so you can hear music. There are plenty of alternatives in that space, fortunately.

NASA dismisses asteroid apocalypse threat

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If they can't pinpoint both the exact moment and location

Then you know it isn't based on science. For an asteroid a month or even a year away from hitting Earth, those calculations are easy to make.

Biz that OK'd Edward Snowden for security clearance is fined $30m for obvious reasons

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CIA had "adverse information"?

I doubt it. Bet they're making it up, so they can preserve the illusion that a background check will sniff out bad actors. Because if they want to claim Snowden's actions were near the top of the most treasonous acts ever committed against the US government, and he's as squeaky clean as his record indicates, they're basically admitting that it is impossible to know for sure if someone is looking to do the US harm no matter what how deeply you look at his record.

So they've invented a fiction where they had a record of some adverse information, that somehow didn't terminate his CIA employment in a bad way that would have left him unable to contract for them, and was "accidentally" not put in his permanent record that would be referred to during the clearance process. They may outsource the data gathering part of it, but there is still government involvement and the government maintains their own records where this information would have been filed so this whole idea that they had adverse information on him looks pretty shaky to me.

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Seems like a symbolic fine

They have to hold someone accountable, and have some other things they can ding this company for where they screwed up, but arguing that clearing Snowden was negligent would be pretty ridiculous.

He'd be on the top of any list of people you'd clear. His grandfather was a rear admiral in the Coast Guard and later worked for the FBI, his father was an officer in the Coast Guard, his mother and sister worked in the US judicial system, and prior to contracting for the CIA he himself was employed by them.

iOS storing enterprise credentials in directory anyone can read

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Re: I call Bullshit

They are probably saying that 8.4.1 only has 30% adoption at this point. As I said in another post, I think that's not surprising if true. It is has only been out a week, and was released without any media attention like 8.4 received for iTunes Radio. I didn't even know it was coming until it popped up on my phone last weekend.

I think for the average person who doesn't know IT, if an update is in the news they are much more likely to apply it then if they get one out of the blue like 8.4.1. I knew immediately that this surprise update had to be security related - the gap between 8.4 and 8.4.1 was much too long for it to be some sort of critical bug fix for a problem with 8.4.

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Re: So, not a real problem then..

Wow surprising that 70% aren't running a version of iOS that came out a week ago with zero fanfare? Hardly. I hadn't even known it was coming until my phone popped up a message that it was available. I figured "surprise iOS update, must be security" so I applied it.

But that's because I understand how IT works, the average person, having heard little or nothing about 8.4.1 in the media, won't see any reason to apply it because as far as they know it doesn't do anything useful.

Contrast that with iOS 9 a month from now, which will be in the news for doing 'something' new...not sure what, but there's always something, so it will get better uptake. Hopefully the extra testing Apple has this time around will make a smooth process because certainly any issues (beyond the usual "iOS xxx killed my battery life" that seem to plague a fraction of updates on both iOS and Android) will only hurt the uptake by making people want to take a wait and see attitude.

Personally I always wait for X.0.1 and only apply it after a few days just in case, so I guess my quick response to 8.4.1 and slow response to 9.0 is the opposite of how the typical customer would react.

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Re: Cal me a skeptic...

So are you also assuming that the rash of multiple Android vulnerabilities and botched patches was a similar evil conspiracy by Google?

All operating systems have vulnerabilities, I'm sure the NSA knows about a few that are otherwise unknown to anyone on both Android and iOS. No need to force them to knowingly add a hole until they have secured them so much that a deliberate hole is the only way in. I wouldn't hold my breath...

Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

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I really doubt SCOTUS cares about the method of calculating damages, but I agree this is a delaying tactic. The longer Samsung can drag it out, the better chance they might get some help from the USPTO in knocking down the amount.

Plus they know once the real final yes-we-mean-it-this-time-no-more-appeals-dammit ruling is reached, Apple may go back and sue for more recent phones and would have an easier time with the jury having won one against Samsung already.

The Ashley Madison files – are people really this stupid?

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Re: Blocking dating sites has too much fallout

Even if they block them, using their work address doesn't mean they're accessing it at work. They might access it from home, but figure the work account is better protected against a suspicious wife (or have been at the same job for so long they don't even have a personal email account)

Why do driverless car makers have this insatiable need for speed?

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Re: Call me cynical...

Doubtful. If they hit the occasional kid but have a quarter of the number of fatalities that human drivers do, legislation won't stop them for long. If they get pushed out the door before they're really ready that would be a problem, but at least in a litigious country like the US, it will take years after the automakers think the cars are "ready" before all the legalities and insurance implications are worked out, by which time they really will be ready.

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Re: Call me cynical...

That only works if there's a monopoly on the technology. If everyone is withholding the technology, why shouldn't GM, Toyota or VW "cheat" by introducing the only driverless car and take the entire market for themselves?

Ashley Madison keeps calm, carries on after hackers expose lives of millions of its users

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Fake users

So long as they're paying, why should Ashley Madison care? A throwaway address wouldn't mean they're fake, just being careful to insure the wife won't find anything bad if she looks at their email.

The fact it is 90% men shows most of them were paying for nothing, probably half the women are men pretending to women, and half of the rest look nothing like their photos/description, so for every one desirable woman there are probably several dozen men (most of whom probably wouldn't be desirable to that desirable woman)

Tinder is free and even more discreet, not sure why anyone would pay for a site like this.

Boffins raise five-week-old fetal human brain in the lab for experimentation

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If DARPA is interested

You know it is so they can build a robot soldier with a human brain, like one of those those B movies shown on SciFi SyFy when they aren't showing a Sharknado sequel.

Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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Null pointer dereference

While it sounds great in theory to make page zero no access so dereference attempts fail, it breaks too much software written by lazy programmers. HP-UX had a compiler option that would cause an inaccessible page to be mapped to page zero for this purpose, but surprisingly often when I enabled it on any open source software of any complexity it would seg fault. I submitted patches for some where I found the cause by using the core dump etc. but my patches weren't always accepted...

I actually had the guy in charge of one open source package (can't remember what it was, but was one of the GNU utilities) tell me it was not important to fix since the default on all systems was to allow dereferencing page 0 and reading 0s. Apparently by enabling that option on HP-UX I was compiling it incorrectly! I hope he sees this bug, and realizes how stupid his attitude was.

Windows 10 PC sales boost? Don't hold your breath, say analysts

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Things don't look good for PC OEMs

No new hardware requirements for years to force PC upgrades, Chromebook (which are mostly white box and profit-free) sales increasing, Apple taking most of the profit in the few-years-ago-savior segment called Ultrabooks.

Microsoft will be fine because they get paid by corporate users whether or not they upgrade or stick with a tried and true OS, but between those three factors and more people spending 'computer' time on a mobile device running Android or iOS means PC OEMs will continue to see falling sales.

Windows 10 growth flattens out to 30 per cent per week

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Re: Microsoft commissioned survey?

According to the article the survey where 75% of Australian businesses would upgrade to 10 within the next two years was "Microsoft comissioned[sic]."

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Microsoft commissioned survey?

One wonders at the sort of wording the question must have had to get such an unprecedented upgrade rate. Windows 7 has almost five years left to run, there's little reason to upgrade to 10 at all if you're running 7.

I think you may as well wait for Windows 11 - start planning and testing for compatibility issues when Windows 11 is released, with the goal of actually upgrading when Windows 11.1 is out, allowing a year before the 2020 deadline (which let's be honest, is going to be extended due to the massive number of Windows 7 systems that will still exist, just like XP's deadline was pushed back)

If Windows 11 is delayed or turns out to be another Vista, Windows 10 will still be available to upgrade to, and will be in a lot better shape with several years of patching than the mess it is today.

There is zero benefit to upgrading a Windows 7 system to Windows 10 today.

China shutters 50 websites for spreading explosion 'rumours'

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Re: Woah. Thank $DEITY for $REDACTED Freedom of the Press

It is easy to make fun of China for <evil voice>censorship</evil voice> but the US press and blogs could do with some of this. Not that I'd want the government in charge of it, but if there was some sort of independent body of journalistic ethics (assuming there are any ethical journalists left to form such a body) that would slap down those using spin or just outright lying I wouldn't consider it a bad thing.

Maybe such a time never really existed except in the movies, but I think back to those old 40s black and white movies where Cary Grant or Katharine Hepburn or someone was the hard hitting go-getter journalist and the hero and/or love interest of the story. If you cast a leading actor as a journalist today, they'd be cast as a misanthrope who writes an advice column. No way they'd be a hero taking down the rich and powerful except by rudest accident - it would fail the believability test!

Hey, folks. Meet the economics 'genius' behind Jeremy Corbyn

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Re: @Stork "what about our dual nationality children"

Filling out the standard US tax returns are pretty easy - you can buy programs that will do it for you for under $50. Though as a US citizen who consulted in Toronto one year I can appreciate the pain of dealing with a tax system you have no experience with - I had to fill out both corporate and personal Canadian tax forms that year, and had to find an accountant locally who was willing to do it for me (including learning how) because I didn't want to make a mistake that cost me a lot of money or caused me to become a wanted criminal in Canada :)

It only cost me a few hundred dollars though so it wasn't a big deal, though I suppose how high the price seems depends on how much you got paid which also depends on how long the engagement was for.

The way the Canadian law worked was that since I was a US citizen if I paid taxes in the US it would be a credit on my Canadian taxes, so I didn't owe them anything. However, since they withheld 15% of my take at the time it was paid, I had to go through a painful process to get it back (don't know why I bothered, patriotism I guess) during which the US dollar fell relative to the Canadian dollar, costing me several thousand dollars. If I had to do it over again I'd just let them keep that 15%, take it as a credit on my US taxes, and save a lot of hassle!

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@Stork "what about our dual nationality children"

The US has worldwide taxation on its citizens, but you get a credit for taxes you pay in other countries against your own, so you don't end up paying twice. It hurts only if you live/work in a place with lower taxes than your own country, but doesn't matter at all if you live/work where taxes are higher than home.

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Why do you assume he's "comfortable with the number of nuclear weapons on the hands of the government". He's not a Tory, you are just assuming that because a lot of his economic positions are similar to theirs.

I'm an economic conservative, socially liberal and think the US (and UK, but I don't live there so they're not my problem) spend way too much on defense. We should be defending our borders from attack, and only rarely get involved outside our country (like WW II made sense, but not Korea, Vietnam, or Iraq)

I'd prefer the number of nuclear weapons the US has be cut massively, because we're never going to need all those and it just encourages other countries like Russia and China to have a lot too. We don't know what we'd ever do with that many, nor do they, but we have a lot because they do and vice versa. What I worry about are not the US or UK governments having them, but being in the hands of countries that have a coup and are taken over by crazies. It is a good thing Ukraine got rid of theirs, as who knows what might have happened if the ultranationalists got control and used one on Russian troops invading in the east.

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Re: Did anyone else...

Well, let them try it in Australia first then. I've always wanted to visit, might as well do it when they're experiencing hyperinflation so I can stay for a month and travel all over the whole country for $100 US :)

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Re: "Oh, and in really bad times, gold is useless as it cannot be eaten or worn."

Its the "if other economies are still functioning" that's the catch. In a siege, sure, but if the "really bad times" are the result of an economic collapse, other economies will taken down too depending on how big and interconnected the local economy is.

If you're in the UK and it becomes totally dysfunctional/dystopian, even IF the economy of, say, Russia was still functioning, there has to be a way to get the gold out of the UK and bring in something you need (i.e. food) Both are subject to theft along the way, so even if the value was gold was nominally high in Russia, it will still be very low in the UK because of the difficulty and risk in transporting it to Russia where it worth something. Likewise, if food was relatively cheap in Russia, it will still cost a fortune when it gets to the UK for the same reasons (plus spoilage, which at least you don't have to worry about with gold)

The UK economy going tits up would seriously impact the world, but the world would probably still be able to function, to a degree. If the US economy went under, it would almost certainly take down the rest of the world. At that point, unless you know some gold loving aliens, the value of the stuff is going to plummet to near zero (after first skyrocketing) once gold bugs realize that people who hold physical gold in such a world may as well be stock piling masonry bricks. It will be food, fuel and bullets that will matter, and be the "money" of that world.

Apple tries to patent facial recognition

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Re: bollocks

I'll ask you the same question I always ask similar trolls: Name one instance where Apple ever sued someone over violating an Apple patent which Apple didn't use in their own products. So far no one has ever been able to come up with a single example.

Apple doesn't patent stuff to "stop other people from doing something useful", and never has. Like all companies, they patent a lot of stuff they don't end up using, but Apple never bothers to defend such patents, because they don't care about you doing something they decided against doing.

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Re: Really?

No, they really aren't. They are patenting a particular way of using it, which doesn't claim they invented all the math behind how to do it. I didn't read the patent so I don't know how unique it is (probably not very, like 99% of tech patents) but the patent only covers what the claims in the patent say it does.

Whether or not this patent describes a novel way of utilizing facial recognition, when Google or Facebook has a facial recognition patent the Reg's yellow journalists don't hype it up with a misleading headline to make it sound like they are "patenting facial recognition".

Samsung says micro-sats could blanket the world with Internet

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Re: Antenna gain

I guess you didn't read the part where users wouldn't be connecting directly to the satellites, they'd be the backhaul and users would connect in via other methods (presumably cellular)

Two weeks of Windows 10: Just how is Microsoft doing?

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@Trevor Pott - "configuring the systems to block the Windows 10 download"

Do you have a link with instructions on how to do this? I'd really like to do it on my parents Windows 7 PCs, otherwise they'll click on the wrong thing someday and find themselves running Windows 10.

I did some googling a week ago and no one seemed to have a way to do this, since removing the KB update just caused it to re-download that update.

Apple's AirDrop abused by 'cyber-flashing' London train perv

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Re: Personal responsibility?

Why should people need to be constantly checking their settings to be sure they are secure. It sounds like accepting one picture from an unknown contact leaves it permanently open. I'm sure whoever coded that thought it would be easier for people to not have to constantly click accept, and wasn't thinking about people using it for something like this. I'm sure it will be fixed in an upcoming iOS update, then people won't have to "take responsibility" for securing their phone against this sort of thing.

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Re: WTF?

You're thinking of Google, not Apple. When has Apple tried to monetize pushing ads at people? Look at Apple Pay, and the way it is designed so neither Apple nor the retailer even get your name when you pay for something.

Anyway, the article says nothing about pushing ads, and I've never heard of anyone using Airdrop in this way - though I imagine a few unscrupulous retailers will read this article and have an "aha" moment.

I love how trolls try to push the faults of Apple's competition onto them. You can argue Apple's products are overpriced and are missing some features compared to the competition. You cannot however legitimately argue that Apple is selling out their users in any way even remotely close to how Google is.

Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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"Ego-stroking myth has been discredited"

Oh really? Discrediting it in your own mind doesn't count. The US hasn't said it wants him, but they don't have to say it until the moment he walks outside the door of the Ecuadorian Embassy and the moment they do the extradition treaty would take effect.

If the US really REALLY didn't want him, they could have provided his lawyer with a simple document stating that the US will not seek to prosecute him for anything related to Wikileaks. If I was the UK, spending six million pounds a year "guarding" him, I would have politely asked the US for this document if I thought there was a chance in hell the US has no intention of asking for his extradition.

I think at first Assange may have legitimately been worried not about extradition but rendition. If he just disappeared everyone would have assumed he was in hiding to avoid the Swedish charges. The US has "renditioned" for less than what he's been accused of.

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I can't believe anyone could suggest with a straight face that the UK would refuse to extradite Assange to the US.

ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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Guess Zuck really is a boy genius!

Think of how much money the world could save on security if we just made it against terms and conditions, why did no one come up with this brilliant idea before Zuck?

Law prof Lessig vows to take cash out of politics by raising tons of money

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Don't make this a partisan issue

I see some people sniping that the "other party" is raising more money via these new avenues than the other. Don't fall for those divisive politics - the money guys want that. We shouldn't want either the Koch brothers OR George Soros to be able to donate tens of millions to campaigns whether or not their contributions are disclosed.

Since the Supreme Court has ruled that money = speech, it will be a long uphill climb to pass a constitutional amendment. The only possible way it can happen is if average citizens refuse to fall victim to the scare tactics from their party that changing the law will create an advantage for the "other guys". Whether or not the democrats or republicans end up with a higher percentage of a much smaller pot in the end isn't something we should worry about - no doubt that's what we'd be told if this movement starts going anywhere: Don't support this amendment, the other guys will have a veto-proof majority and it'll be [free taxpayer-funded abortions for 12 year olds without their parents being told | women forced to bear the children of their rapist even if it kills them | insert your favorite scare meme]

Whatever the outcome, it will more about the average citizen contributing small amounts of money and having a voice, instead of a bunch of fat cats having an outsized voice while we don't matter at all which is the situation today.

It's 2015, and someone can pwn Windows PCs by inserting a USB stick

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Re: OpenSSH remote execution bug?

Surely they would have highlighted this as a severe risk, given how many people have a hole in their firewall for incoming SSH. Certainly need more details on this one, it sounds like it could be a big headache!

Hillary Clinton kept top-secret SIGINT emails on her home email server

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This is the key. If the TS emails were SENT by her, she would be the one guilty of mishandling classified material by exporting it from a TS system to an unclassified system. She won't go to prison but it would probably sink her candidacy.

On the other hand, if the emails were RECEIVED by her, someone else was guilty of that, and she's only guilty of the lesser "crime" (in quotes because I'm not sure if there is a specific law preventing it, though there probably will be soon if not) of using a personal server for government email.

If the latter is the case it could turn into a bit of a problem for her opposition. They hyped this up to sound like a terrible thing, so if it turns out she never mishandled classified material but it was others who did and she (along with anyone else the email was sent to) was only guilty of receiving it.

The recent Chinese hacks of multiple unclassified government mail servers demonstrates how unreliable the government people (third party contractors mostly likely) are at securing government mail systems, so it is hard to argue that she risked national security by having things redirected to her home email server. Given how much money the Clintons make from speaking engagements, etc. they could and probably did afford more competent administration for that email server. If I had to guess it was probably a lot more secure than the unclassified State Department server she would have otherwise been using.

Hey, CIOs: Tech prices are about to rocket, so get planning – Gartner

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This is the dollar realigning, don't expect it to revert to where it has been anytime soon. The US isn't struggling with the issues the EU is (Greece) nor Japan is (aging population) or China is (our bubble burst nearly a decade ago and our economy is gaining strength, now its China's turn)

But yes US exports will be hurt as they're more expensive now, but since the US runs a trade deficit a stronger dollar is on the whole better for the US.

Texas senator Ted Cruz serves up sizzling 'machine gun bacon'

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Re: The republican clown car.

The idea that she's going to get charged with multiple felonies is a conservative fantasy, nothing more. The investigation so far isn't even focused on her, but on the security of her email server. She isn't accused of sending classified emails out, only with receiving them. That's not great on a private server with questionable security, but the recent revelations about Chinese hacking into official US email of high government officials (not to mention the hack of 22 million employees/contractors a few months ago) doesn't exactly promote the idea that an "official" government server's security is all that good.

If she was smart enough to hire someone competent to handle hers, it was almost certainly more secure than the one she would have been using otherwise. Not that this is an excuse for what was clearly a way to avoid leaving a paper trail, but the republicans are focusing on the wrong thing here hoping this investigation will lead to charges against her.

The reason she looks more attackable than the republican clown car is that she has decades of record in office or as a first lady for her to be attacked on. The republican front runners have either zero experience (like Trump, Fiorina and Carson) or very little experience (like Walker, Cruz, etc.) Funny how the knock against Obama was his lack of experience, now it is a good thing for the republicans...

Indian carriers forced to send TXT for every 10 megabyte download

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And on the other hand, in some very rural areas I can well imagine 10 MB would cost a week's pay and they'd prefer to be alerted earlier that they were running up a huge bill.

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Even if the regulation makes sense today

How long will it be before they revisit it? This would have been quite reasonable in the US a decade ago, but it probably would have long outlived its usefulness, and drove the early iPhone owners crazy making their unlimited data more like unlimited annoyance!

Wouldn't it make more sense to warn at 50% and 90% of your data allotment? If you get 10MB then then you warn at 5MB and 9MB. Those with bigger data allotments or who buy a bunch of data at once (either because they have a more generous carrier or are rich) don't have to get all the warnings they don't need.

Apple splashes dough to keep Big Cheese safe

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Re: he doesn't see it

He's on record this past spring saying he will donate his entire fortune to charity. He doesn't have any children, so there really isn't much else he can do with it, unless he went all Larry Ellison and commissions a yacht the size of the QE II.

Another day, another stunning security flaw in Android – this time hitting 55% of mobes

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Re: Permissions?

You own the phone hardware, but not the software that is running on it. You don't get to decide what permissions the apps get, the software author (i.e. Google) does.

The same is true on an iPhone, but despite their reputation for control freakery, Apple lets you enable/disable various permissions on apps and change your mind later. The app may warn or possibly even crash if it doesn't have a permission it needs or thinks it needs, but you don't have to worry about Facebook slurping your contact list or whatever.

Oracle waves fist, claims even new Android devices infringe its Java copyrights

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The only higher court to appeal to is the Supreme Court, and they rarely review patent or copyright issues. The only thing likely to make them do so is if another appeals court had a different opinion in a very similar case.

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Re: It seems to me

A motion for a sales ban is filed in almost all patent or copyright lawsuits, but rarely granted - really only in the most extreme cases.. The reason for asking is because it would give tremendous leverage in negotiation, leading to quick and very lucrative settlement for the plaintiff.

Another death in Apple's 'Mordor' – its Foxconn Chinese assembly plant

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Re: So Apple. Are you ready to Get Out Of China yet?

At some point it will be cheaper for them to have robots make the phones than humans. Then everyone will wail and gnash their teeth about how Apple is evil because a million people are out of a job since Apple replaced them with robots.

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@Chris Miller - what makes the suicide rate at Foxconn so low

Probably the biggest factor that led to improvement was all the attention that the issue got a few years ago. The negative publicity for Apple and Foxconn forced changes, and even though the suicide nets got all the press the addition of counselors is likely what drove the rate down so much. Most of these Foxconn employees are far from family and friends, and the ones who are troubled and most at risk of suicide may also have trouble forming new friendships leaving them without anyone to talk to - until Foxconn talked to their employees about suicide and asked those who were troubled to talk to counselors without any fear of reprisal.

At this point, instead of hand wringing about "heartless" people who call this one suicide a "statistic" and comparing Apple to Sauron, maybe the Reg should try to be a force for good and dig up some statistics for factories that make Dell laptops, or Linksys routers, or boards that go into your DVR. Demand they all make the same changes that Foxconn was forced to make. That would save far more lives than eliminating the last few suicides at the Foxconn plant would.

But of course the Reg, smelling blood in the water from Apple's recent stock price correction, is getting back onto the "peak Apple" and Apple is the root of all evil bandwagons, preferring to win clicks by baiting fanboys than by actually doing something positive that might get them some attention and some readership outside their narrow geek niche.

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The suicide rate at Foxconn is lower than the overall Chinese suicide rate

It is only news because it involves Apple. If a suicide happens at a factory assembling HTC phones, it would never make the news.

Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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@the ACs - Re: @Arctic fox

Free services as in "you aren't paying any money for them". 99% of consumers will think of that sort of free meaning "free", so I think other than in a pedantic sense, that description is correct.

As for whether Google has no choice but to make their money by trading on people's personal information....given that they don't collect any monetary revenue for use of search, maps, mail, etc nor licensing for Android (aside from the massive flop known as Google Glass) in what way exactly are you suggesting they completely reinvent their business model to start making money in another way? Or do you think Google's founders have made enough money and ought to start running the business as a charity?

Cher tells HTC: If I could turn back time ... if I could find a way (to not lose $250m in a quarter)

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Re: Snapdragon?

Fast approaching? PCs have been there at least a decade, smartphones for half a decade.

Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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Re: Never Heard of Them.

I would assume downloading isn't something they have a problem with, it is uploading what you downloaded from them that causes them to lawyer up.

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