* Posts by mdava

87 posts • joined 25 Feb 2011

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

mdava

Re: Disgustingly Evil

He's right that Google maps display far, far less information than the paper maps from OS that we used when orienteering as kids.

I agree entirely.

However, I don't use Google Maps for orienteering (and I'm certain that 99.99% of other users also don't). For that I would want a paper map (for anything "serious") or find another app that provides this (Ordnance Survey) for walks in the woods.

For finding addresses, finding businesses or restaurants, getting directions, sat nav with live traffic information, street view, traffic data etc etc etc Google Maps is streets ahead (apologies for lazy pun).

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

mdava

Re: Tab groups

Vivaldi

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Streetmap loses appeal against Google Maps dominance judgement

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... even though its satellite imagery is often extremely out of date 10 years+ old.

I love this comment (to be clear I'm not disputing it or mocking the AC) but isn't it incredible that we can see unbelievably detailed imagery of essentially every single place in the world, zoom in and out, see changes over decades, Street View for ground level view etc etc?

My mum can remember the first radio that her parents bought!

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mdava

I just had a look at the Streetmaps page, looks like it hasn't evolved for about 10 years.

I agree entirely. There are some things to like about Streetmap (and I used to use it back in the day before Google started doing maps) but overall Google Maps is in a completely different league.

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Uber's self-driving cars can't handle bike lanes, forcing drivers to kill autonomous mode

mdava

Re: Copied the idiot's answers

Google's cars also turn across the bike lane illegally but they've been programmed to halt and cause a major traffic jam rather than hit cyclists.

For the avoidance of doubt: stopping, whether it causes a traffic jam or not, is always the correct alternative to hitting cyclists.

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Loyalty card? Really? Why data-slurping store cards need a reboot

mdava

Re: Nope

I had half a TV once. I'm not saying it wasn't cheap but it was a bit shit all told and I don't think I would go for it again.

Well, it probably wasn't the best TV on the market, but for the price it was unbeatable. Both TVs are still in use after 1 and 3 years (approximately) respectively, so they can't be that bad (or maybe my standards are just low).

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mdava

Re: Nope

They are paying you - it's up to you to decide whether it is worth it.

I've had one-and-a-half free tvs and three free radios out of Nectar Card (as well as various smaller things, days out etc). To me that's acceptable.

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More than half of punters reckon they can't get superfast broadband

mdava

Re: Upload drives demand?

@ smartypants

I'm intrigued to know what sort of volume you are backing up to the cloud - and where to and at what price?

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What went wrong at Tesco Bank?

mdava

Why isn't this bigger news?

As in the title: I don't understand why this isn't getting more (and more vigorous) news coverage.

Admittedly it is early days, but this is a hack of Tesco's systems, not info harvested from phishing creds from individuals. The nature and scale of the attack is worrying.

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PayPal patches bone-headed two factor authentication bypass

mdava

Re: 2fa choices

I don't really understand this - there are very few people left who don't have a mobile phone already (the only one I can think of out of everyone I know/meet is my mother-in-law) so why would you need to buy another?

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

mdava

Off-white list?

I use ad-blockers on every machine I use.

However, I would happily (for sites I like and use regularly, such as this) tick an off-white list that permitted only text adverts or static images.

Anything that is animated (especaially flash), autoplayed movies, popped over/under/across the screen or generally is a pain in the @rse should 100% be blocked all the time.

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Drone speedboat isn't

mdava

I did wonder

Why an unmanned boat had such a big windscreen.

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If you haven't changed your Dropbox password for 4 years, do so now

mdava

Re: Spotify resets too

And Opera Sync too (email this morning).

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Man killed in gruesome Tesla autopilot crash was saved by his car's software weeks earlier

mdava

"Personally I'm not comfortable with using something labelled "beta" at motorway speeds"

This is exactly my thought. It seems insanely reckless to do so.

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Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

mdava

Re: Why upgrade?

I upgraded (and was only able to because CyanogenMod exists) for various reasons:

- security

- ability to run some apps that won't run on old Android versions

- control: removing all the bloatware that comes pre-installed and unremovable

- control: better permissions and privacy management in latest android and CyanogenMod

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mdava

@James51: Clearly you haven't checked for a long time.

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Cars to run ... on Android

mdava

This.

I am currently driving a Citroen C4 Cactus, which is admirable in many ways but not for its centralisation of all controls on a 7" touchscreen.

Where, for example, turning the heating and/or fan down could previously be done by reaching across grasping a knob and turning it without taking your eyes off the road the touchscreen requires touching once to activate the HVAC screen and again once / many times to adjust heat / fan speed, all of which require you to look at the screen (and brace your hand on the bezel) in order to achieve the required touch accuracy.

Touchscreens in cars are Really Not a Good Idea for most things.

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Opera claims 50 per cent power savings with browser update

mdava

Re: "Firstly, cognitively you can't keep 200 items in the stack"

@Frumious

I have often wondered why people want to keep hundred of tabs open in their browsers and yours is the first explanation for keeping 200+ tabs open that actually makes any sense at all to me (even if I probably won't take to doing it myself).

Ta

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Review legacy code: Waking dragons is risk worth taking, says Trainline ops head

mdava

Re: Business model?

Which is a good moment to remind everyone of the wonderful http://traintimes.org.uk, which as well as providing clean, simple information can also do journey-splitting to find cheaper fares.

It helps that you can simply type an url like http://traintimes.org.uk/london/eastcroydon/1000/tuesday/ and it will show you the scheduled services.

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Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: '850 million' Androids face hijack risk

mdava

Hooray for Cyanogen mod

On the one hand, 97% of users will never consider using it, but on the other hand last week I updated my phone from stuck-on-4.4.2 to 6.0.1.

Which shows that it can be done, just that the manufacturer / network operators can't be bothered.

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Mystery Kindle update will block readers from books after Wednesday

mdava

Re: Non-cloudy thinking

To all the previous commentards:

Yes, I agree, Amazon / whoever having control of your purchased books is not great. On the other hand, for c.90% (or maybe more) of all the fiction I ever read I do not have an urge to read it again.

For reference publications, I am unlikely to buy those as .mobi files. They are more likely to be hard copy or pdf or something else I can access on multiple platforms.

Therefore not something I am losing any sleep over.

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Chrome 49 goes live as Google pays bug mercs $51k to patch 26 holes

mdava

Re: Ditched for Linux ?

Only for 32 bit systems. Apparently this was announced ages ago, although I didn't notice until Chrome started flashing messages at me.

I've updated to a 64 bit install, not really sure why I originally went with 32?

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mdava

Yes, me too. Simple fix is here with an explanation.

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Facebook paid £4k in tax. HMRC then paid Facebook £27k – for ads

mdava

Re: Down vote this

@ AC - No, I think everyone should pay the amount of tax that they are due to pay, and there is clearly a problem that has arisen from the globalisation of trade, but that still can only be dealt with by changing the "rules" and then applying them.

In terms of filling potholes etc, corporation tax is actually a very small piece of the funding - see here - and the bulk of the revenue comes from income tax, NI and VAT all of which are generated by the trading / employment of people in the UK.

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mdava

Facebook currently employs 850 people in the UK

While I appreciate that the corporation tax figure is derisory, as already pointed out, it undoubtedly reflects Facebook following the laws regarding transfer pricing etc. If they have not, then it is HMRC's duty to challenge and/or prosecute them.

What is always omitted from these headlines is the other taxes paid by facebook etc. Assuming that Facebook's UK employees are paid more than the median average, say £50k each, then Facebook paid c£5 million in employer's national insurance alone last year.

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New Monopoly version features an Automatic Teller Machine

mdava

Misses the point entirely

Which, as I realised as an adult when I started playing with my own kids, is to teach children addition, subtraction while they learn some strategy and negotiation as well.

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Touchnote breach: Wrote a postcard with us? Thieves have your pal's name, address

mdava

Re: This news really made my Friday afternoon...

" I think I'm long overdue for an audit of which sites I have accounts with, but rarely or never use any more... and time to start closing them.

Maybe I might start with Touchnote... but the burglars are over the hills now with their loot, so what would be the point?"

There isn't any point re the data, but perhaps there is in the sense of "I won't do business with people who don't care about my data."

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Caption this: WIN a 6TB Western Digital Black hard drive with El Reg

mdava

Neologisms

Geoff didn't know it then, but one day everyone would know these as "selfies".

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Oh dear, Microsoft: UK.gov signs deal with LibreOffice

mdava

Re: Cue all the usual stuff about incompatibility etc

The thing is, compatibility is the issue.

I, and many others, would immediately adopt LO as our sole office suite except for the fact that 99% of businesses use MS and compatibility is not perfect. I get that this is MS's fault (intention), but if it means that documents can't be shared and worked on without issues arising, then MS defends its position.

IMHO MS's office stranglehold is a far greater strength than the OS.

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Cinnamon 2.6 – a Linux desktop for Windows XP refugees

mdava

Re: I'll stick with my MATE

"I find that I do not miss 3D desktop effects one little bit; most of what I do involves what is in each window, be it Firefox, a terminal or whatever and I use the window manager to, well, manage these windows and manage the virtual desktops. Gnome Metacity Flashback does this perfectly. It works, works well and does so consuming minimal resources."

This is what I find as well (Lubuntu user) and have struggled to find:

(a) reviews that compare / describe useful functions of other DEs; or

(b) any description of why 3D / compositing / transparency / whatever is actually useful.

This is a genuine question - any answers to (b) above gratefully received.

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Just WALK IN and buy an Apple Watch. Are you mad?

mdava

Re: This largely explains

Amusingly, I am also a Nespresso customer.

One of the counter staff was most put out when I said "I'm not interested in joining anything, I just want to buy this coffee." although she did then sell it to me.

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mdava

This largely explains

why I don't own any apple products.

My last experience at an Apple store (to try to arrange to fix, then replace, my son's ipod) ended with the worker ant I was speaking to saying that he would "Make an appointment for you to see someone to buy this."

It's an mp3 player. Give me the f*cking box and point me at the till. Uppity tw*ts.

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Wake up! BlackBerry QUIETLY updates BB10

mdava

Action bar customisation?

A plea for help - tangentially related to the article and after extensive googling:

Does anyone know how to change the action bar, specifically the action bar as shown when viewing an email that makes "reply all" rather than reply (a terrible idea) the main/obvious action?

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Thecus N4310 4-bay: A NAS-ty beast for the budget-conscious

mdava

Re: Unclear

" It performs better and has a whole lot more features installed than you might think looking at the price tag and even comes with power redundancy (if you buy a second power adaptor)"

Yes.

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Opera Jon weaves a brand new browser

mdava

I appreciate that people have different needs, uses, yadda, yadda . . . but what in god's name are you doing with 2,000 tabs?!?!?

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You'll get sick of that iPad. And guess who'll be waiting? Big daddy Linux...

mdava

Re: I'd try Linux mobile

"Well, if having "no apps" makes it easier to use, why not just buy a feature phone then?"

A fair point, but when the OP says no apps he means (and you know that he means) "only the basic apps".

I use only a fairly limited set of apps but I am both happy with them and wouldn't give them up: Email, Browser, Maps, eBay, Calendar, What'sApp, Camera/Editor and MP3 player is probably 95% of what I use my smartphone for, the other 5% being made up of other apps, calls and texts.

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Goes like the blazes: Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 late 2014 edition

mdava

Re: Wake me up...

Try appending '/?layout=twide' (or '/?layout=tnarrow' if you're on a phone) to the end of your OWA URL

Thanks for the suggestion, but you were right this is a 2013 feature (and 2010 sucks, as per previous observation).

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mdava

Re: Wake me up...

" . . . my company's mobile-unfriendly Outlook web client"

I have exactly the same problem and am bemused that the Outlook OWA doesn't have a default mobile-friendly format.

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Ten Linux freeware apps to feed your penguin

mdava

Re: Hmm. Geany could be worth a look...

I am an (extraordinarily) amateur user, but Geany is great.

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The ULTIMATE CRUELTY: Sandworm uses PowerPoint against Swiss bank customers

mdava

I recently read a novel called The Weirdness, in which the devil made all of his proposals by means of PowerPoint presentations. Which sounded about right to me.

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£150m, three years... TWO base stations. Gov.uk? You guessed it

mdava

When I read these articles . . .

. . . I almost wish that I worked for the government, rather than just paying them to work "for" me.

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I sold 10 MILLION iPhone 6es at the weekend, says Tim Cook. What did you do?

mdava

Re: Please, Please, Please

They do exist, admittedly in the minority, but they are out there.

Additionally, manufacturers have grasped that consumers might want a small phone that is in other respect (processor/RAM) are the same as the giganto-phones that are so popular.

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BAT-GOBBLING urban SPIDER QUEENS swell to ENORMOUS SIZE

mdava

Re: Not just Oz.. happening in the UK aswell

Not a hoover - this is the only remaining purpose for the hard-copy Yellow Pages (or Grattan crapalogue, Argos crapalogue, etc)

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UK government accused of hiding TRUTH about Universal Credit fiasco

mdava

Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Good (if depressing) point.

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mdava

Re: Are there ANY success stories?

Well it's good to hear, but I'm not sure that it qualifies as "major".

My personal (least) favourite example is the £469m down the tubes with no usable output for the fire service.

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mdava

Are there ANY success stories?

I'm genuinely interested to know: Can anyone point out a major government IT project in the last decade that has been a success? Or even simply come in on budget?

On second thoughts, I wonder if I needed to include "IT" in that sentence.

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Top Ten 802.11ac routers: Time for a Wi-Fi makeover?

mdava

Re: Shoot marketing!

"Until we have rockets that can be flown into the sun for a reasonable cost, we have to give marketing people jobs where they are unlikely to do to much harm"

I am replying only to thank you for the above.

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Gust catches Amazon's skirt, reveals glimpse of 'Netflix for books'

mdava

Re: Libraries

Drifting gently off topic here, but does anyone know why the OverDrive system (used by my local UK libraries for ebook loans) cannot be used on Kindles anywhere other than the USA?

http://help.overdrive.com/customer/portal/articles/1481616

I love my Kindle, but it would be even better if I could use it to borrow from the library as well.

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HP in 'serious' settlement talks over Autonomy legal bust-up

mdava

What auditors do

You are confusing the roles of the auditor and the financial due diligence team.

The auditor reports on whether the accounts show a "true and fair" view of what happened. They do not report on:

- whether what happened is likely to continue into the future; and

- whether what happened was actually a good business proposition (you can make the dumbest deals in the history of the world and still have a "clean" audit report).

Specifically: the allegation that Autonomy inflated its sales by reporting hardware transactions. Provided that the transactions occurred, even if at nil margin, they are arguably sales of the business and could be reported as such.

The firm doing the due diligence, however, should have picked this up and highlighted it to HP. Whether they did, and whether the right person in HP was reviewing their reports, will eventually be unearthed in the courts

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BRITS: Wanna know how late your train is? Now you can slurp straight from the source for free

mdava

Well done

For name-checking the very excellent traintimes.org.uk.

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