* Posts by Falmari

36 posts • joined 8 Dec 2011

Facebook: The future is private! So private, we designed some handy new fingercams for y'all!



Ignoring privacy concerns how is it even patentable.

Stitching streams together is not new.

Wearable cameras is nothing new.

Gesture control already done for multiple types of devices.

What exactly is worthy of a patent?

IBM torches Big Tech's get-out-of-jail-free card, says websites should be held responsible for netizen-posted content


Re: Slippery slope

It is not a slippery slope. Facebook google etc should be treated in the same way as printed material is.

A newspaper or magazine is responsible for what appears in their print even when they have a letters page they can't just wash their hands of what appears there even when they are letters from readers.

Of course in print it is easier to moderate what comes in from readers. But just because it is possibly more difficult to do in the digital world does not mean companies should be allowed to have a business model which avoids moderation just because it is difficult.

I got 502 problems, and Cloudflare sure is one: Outage interrupts your El Reg-reading pleasure for almost half an hour


Ah so that explains why access to El Reg was crap about an hour ago.

Is Google's new cloud gaming service scalable? Yes but it may not be affordable, warns edge-computing CEO


Re: "Streaming games has never been about latency"

I agree the first thing I thought was that it would eliminate cheating in games where the game processing is done on the player's machine.

Streaming just the GPU instructions seems like halfway between full streaming of the video and just sending down game instructions to be processed locally. It would be interesting to know now how much more data has to be sent than just game instructions, and how much less has to be sent than streaming video for some of the more popular MMOs.

Four US govt agencies poke probe in Facebook following more 'oops, we spilled your data' shocks


I agree if a company breaks the law they should suffer the full force of the penalty.

Flash crash trader takes plea bargain, cops to 'spoofing' and wire fraud


Re: This case is a farce....

No it took place in the UK


Re: This case is a farce....

Cheers Bronek looks like it was a Uk offence therefore he should be tried in the UK that's where he was when he committed the act


Re: This case is a farce....

Bronek that law was created 2016 what was the law the time of the offence 2010.

Personally I think this extradition is a farce. He committed the act in the UK if it is an offence in the UK he should be tried in the UK if not a UK offence then that should be the end of it.

Microsoft disbands Band band – and there'll be no version 3


Real shame

Real shame its a nice piece of kit works well straight out the box.

Has all the features on it I need (basically fitness).

Works well with my Win phone and PC.

One (Novelty) feature I really like is that you can map your runs and then display them on you phone. On the pc you can zoom and see an aerial view of the run.

LinkedIn sues 100 information scrapers after technical safeguard fail


Re: Was a captcha or the recaptcha being circumvented in the process?

Maybe you just missed it Quote:-

"Despite all these protections, the data thieves managed to get around them all by setting up systems that could start multiple bogus accounts – bypassing the CAPTCHA mechanism designed to stop this."

Physicists believe they may have found fifth force of nature


depends on the temperature

So the number of forces of nature depend on it being summer or winter!

Google AdSense abused to distribute Android spyware


Re: Liability for this sites with the web site owner!

@Charles 9

Yes even if it means losing a 'one and only favorite hobby site' for an Internet without advertising


Re: Liability for this sites with the web site owner!

Web sites that have adds are not free to visit, just you do not see the cost as it has already been paid for by others. Advertising costs money how is this cost recovered, by adding to the cost of the goods you buy.

The way I look at it visiting sites funded by advertising is getting others to pay for your web browsing.

Personally I would rather have an internet with no advertising and if some sites go to the wall so be it.

Italian MP threatens parents forcing veggie diets on kids with jail


Re: Criminal offence to impose a diet lacking in essential elements ?

Did you read the article you linked supplements were not needed for a vegetarian diet.

Uber, AirBNB: Lay off 'em, EC tells member states


Same Regulation

They need the same regulatory touch as the existing players offering those services.

The whole point of the so called sharing economy is to avoid taxes, health and safety and employment laws that the existing players have to follow.

Also I see no jobs being created just taxi drivers being replaced with casual unregulated labour.

Met Police wants to keep billions of number plate scans after cutoff date


The Met will continue to beat information out of suspects in police custody on the grounds of "lives would have been lost and many serious crimes would not have been solved"

Microsoft herds biz users to Windows 10 by denying support for Win 7 and 8 on new CPUs


Shock Horror new CPUs won't support 7 year old OS

I really don't see what the problem is. Do you really expect Microsoft to support future hardware that will be manufactured 7 or more years after the initial release of Windows 7.

Since 22/10/2009 there have been 2 new releases of Windows (8/8.1 and 10) and mainstream support for Windows 7 ended 13/01/2015. It makes perfect sense for manufactures and Microsoft not to support Windows 7 on new forthcoming hardware.

I would like to see Apple support a 7 year old version of their OS running on their latest hardware or Google supporting 7 year old Android on the latest phones.

Att: Windows Phone owners: Win 10 Mobile has been spotted and it wants your phone


Re: Really?

Well I got a new 950 XL from MS beginning of December. The first 2 weeks great excellent battery life. Then 5 hours from full charged to dead. I had not changed any setting before the change in performance.

Even on battery saver it still drains rapidly from full charge. So sent off for repair beginning of this week just come back today though I don't hold out much hope that it will be any better as they said there was nothing wrong :(

Hey, remember Zune? Zune's dead, baby. Zune's dead


I though Zune became XBox Music a few years ago

I did not know they were still using the Zune name. My Zune pass got transferred to a Xbox Music pass and now just recently to Groove.

As far a I can see I can still access all of the music I have purchased previously. Also the music I downloaded (but not purchased) under the Zune and Xbox still works.

Personally I am quite happy with the service no matter what they call it. £50 to £60 quid a year seems good to be able to stream and or download music to multiple devices.

Stardock’s Start10 brings the familiarity of 7 to Windows 10


Re: Windows Explorer

Damn I never knew that all this time I have been using windows 8 without the ribbon bar as for some reason ribbon has always been hidden. Thanks now I can have the ribbon. :)

Facebook fails to block NY DA's fat warrants for profiles of suspected September 11 fraudsters


Facebook above the law?

I really don't see what Facebook's problem is here.

Surely like the rest of the USA they have to comply with warrants.

Seems to me it is no different from other warrants granted by judges to search a persons house or get access to records held by a company. Looks like a warrant granted in criminal case against USA citizens based in the US to search information stored in the USA held by a US company.

Looks to me that Facebook want to be treated differently from the general public or other company's in regard to the law.

US states vow to fight Google after the FTC meekly rolls over


If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear

Why can't Google just let Hood investigate them, after all “If you have nothing to hide, you have nothing to fear”

Erik Meijer: AGILE must be destroyed, once and for all


Smoke and Mirrors

Agile is just a way for management to pass the blame to developers when a project is late.

After all development teams are now "self managed" and have taken "ownership" of the job so it is their fault it is late.

Nothing to do with management have unrealistic expectations of how long something takes and making commitments that development teams can never achieve.

Agile is just a big con job all smoke and mirrors.

Farewell Nokia: First ever 'Microsoft Lumia' set for Tuesday reveal


Re: Oh, my!

MK Dons 4 Man Utd 0

Sounds like Mortimer Road Junior School first football eleven versus Man Utd carries quite a bit of weight ;)

Shift up, gran! Microsoft turns living room into AR game 'space'


Re: Prior Art

librae, solidi, and denarii

London officials won't take Uber to court – because cabbies are suing the drivers anyway


Re: Sir

" but their fare structure is still based on distance and time and the final price is only after the journey has ended "

Then it is a meter, it might not be a local meter, but the journey is metered

The cute things they say


Re: Techies - The stupid $H1T they say!

Oh it is so true we know the techies in support follow the 3 Rs rule when some things is not working.

1) Reboot, not fixed then step 2

2) Reinstall, not fixed then step 3

3) Replace.

Facebook offshores HUGE WAD OF CASH to Caymans - via Ireland


Re: Good for them

It has everything to do with us. Countries use taxation to provide their infrastructure multi nationals using creative accounting to avoid taxes hurts the country's citizens. On top of this it hurts home grown companies as they do have to pay taxes and can't compete on cost.

Maybe we should be as creative with applying taxation to these multi nationals as they are with their accounting. Maybe those admin costs could be classed as an import and taxed that way. Better still change the laws.

I am not as naive as to think it as black and white as above but it does concern us that multi nationals are avoiding paying taxes even if they are doing it legally as we are the ones that lose out.

Apple patents facial recognition tech for mobile log-in


Not prior art

Apple are not patenting facial recognition to log in.

What they have patented is when your phone gets an incoming text message, video message or email etc then it will log you in if your ugly mug is stuck in front of the phone so you can view the incoming text message, video message or email etc.

Patent is not for log in via facial recognition so not prior art because there have been PCs and laptops pre 2008 with Facial Recognition log in.

That said I don't see how you can patent something as bleeding obvious as if you have an alert that needs you to log in on a device that supports Facial Recognition then it should log you in if you stick your face in front of its camera.

Cable Cowboy lassoes Virgin Media with HUGE £15bn deal


Re: they just don't

That's hardly Virgin Media's fault 17 years ago the company that dug up your estate was not Virgin Media not even NTL.

Windows Phone 8: Everything you need to know at a glance


Windows phone 8 looks good and I was looking forward to getting the Nokia 920 to replace my current windows phone.

But it seems like Nokia are not interested in selling many phones.

Locking the 920 to a single network (EE) even if you buy it sim free will surely dent sales.

I for one will not buy it if I have to be locked to a network.

So I will hold off on the purchase of a new windows phone for now.

HTC hawks fresh WinPho smartphones


Re: HTCs are the WP8 flagship devices

The Nokia 920 has NFC as well


Re: Oh wow

Those phones look very much like the HTC Titan I have the style looks very similar to the old Ttan.

All HTC seem to have done is add coloured versions as well.

Blizzard faces court battle for 'misleading Diablo III fans'


Re: Its a MMORPG !

It is not a MMORPG it is the same old single player game it was in 1 and 2 with multiplayer added.

Also they did not need to make 2 versions of the game they could have done like the previous games that could be played online through battle net or not, offline and even over a lan.

The game was poorly documented no where did it say at release time on the box or on the offical web site that continual internet connection was required to play the game. All it stated was that an internet connection was required. Most PC games released in the last few years say an internet connection is required because they need it for registration but not to play.

Microsoft takes on Spotify with sound of Woodstock


Re: Zune service not US only

James Chaldecott agreed UK also an I have a Zune pass as well. Never had a problem on either of my HTCs with it.

SSDs choked by crummy disk interfaces


OCZ Z-Drive

Not sure I understand this article, PCI flash drives are already available.

I am using this one http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-z-drive-r2-p88-pci-express-ssd-eol.html and I am sure newer quicker versions are being made now.

Surely OCZ are not the only company doing this.

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