You're complaining about a 4 year old phone and a 4+ year old tablet. How long do you continue to do work for a customer after they paid you once? I'm guessing much shorter than 4 years.
1427 posts • joined 9 Jan 2012
Not always the manufacturer
"El Reg can vouch for this first-hand. One of our offices has an Android 7 Samsung Galaxy S8 handset that, despite being "up to date," can't fetch any security patches since August last year."
Well that is not down to Samsung. My S8+ was updated to 8.0 recently and has the March 2018 security updates. Perhaps something to do with operator branding?
"For the first time that I can recall on a Galaxy, I wasn't prompted to download Google Play Services."
I've had multiple Galaxy S devices since the original and I've never had to download Google Play Services on any of them. The only time I have downloaded it was on the MS Visual Studio Android Emulator.
Re: Fingerprint sensor position
When moving from my S6 Edge to an S8+ I found the fingerprint sensor psoition awkward for about a week. After that it was such second nature that I find it difficult to operate my S6 Edge now lol.
Re: Get the engineers in
Just because you think all engineers are some kind of socially awkward autism sufferer does not make it so. I'm a software engineer and I can lie, bluff and tell half truths with the best of them.
Several of my coworkers installed SCU earlier this week from an ISO. I've seen them using the new features.
Lots of people in this thread don't understand the difference between the Google Play Store and Google Play Services. The former is a place to buy apps and can be sideloaded or replaced by alternatives from Amazon, Samsung, etc. The latter is a massive library that provides a lot of the functionality that you think of as Android. It is not open source and it requires signing a licensing agreement with Google to include on a phone. That is what cheap knockoffs and Fire are missing which causes problems with a lot of apps.
Re: Wrong lake
I bet that's an application of Propane that even Hank Hill hasn't seen before!
"WA cartridge slot that takes original 2600 and 7800 games would be welcome, as would pin-compatible, faithful reproductions of the original joysticks (terrible as they are in comparison to modern controllers)."
That is what I really want from Ataribox too. I still have my 2600, cartridges, joysticks and even paddle controllers so I'd jump at some modern hardware that would let me use them with a modern TV.
Finally a PETA policy I can agree with!
"That would point to an organized effort by a large number of fake user accounts to click on this video, and similar videos promoting the same and related conspiracies"
How do you know they were fake accounts and not real accounts? Between stupid people who would believe the claims, stupid people who would think it funny and the NRA they could probably create enough clicks to get a video trending and once it's on that page the rest is self-fulfilling.
Clearly it's a female aadrvark.
"planning to attempt a fix with an upcoming iOS firmware update"
Running Coinhive in the background to keep the phone warm?
Re: Which country?
At the top of the article it says: "By Kieren McCarthy in San Francisco 28 Oct 2017 at 13:56"
Do you need a link to Google Maps to tell you which country San Francisco is in?
Also what cave have you been living in for the last 20 years if you have never heard of HBO? Ever watched an episode of The Sopranos?
Computer translation is terrible
"Computers are getting pretty good at translating the world's languages."
No, they really aren't. I regualrly use Google translate to read a German language website and have to use domain knowledge and my terrible school German from almost 30 years ago to re-translate what Google provides into the correct English. I'm not talking about cleaning up the grammar here, I'm talking about correcting sentences which are either total garbage or say the opposite of what was written.
"it’s nowhere near as good as Google Translate nor Facebook’s translation system"
Facebook translate is so good it translates "good morning" into "attack them": https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/oct/24/facebook-palestine-israel-translates-good-morning-attack-them-arrest
Re: Disabled? Yeah, right...
So how does this external firewall know that the HTTPS traffic to/from PayPal or your bank is a virus in the IME and not you in your browser of choice? The source and destination IPs are the same and the encrypted traffic is unreadable.
Or do you propose to temporarily disable the firewall every time you want to do banking? If so how do you protect yourself from IME nasties during that time?
Re: Macs and PCs aren't so very different
"and while you're at it....what's the iair-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?"
Sorry can't calculate iair-speed, I'm on a PC.
I'll probably install this and play around with it when it is available. I may even find something useful to do with it but that won't be coding on a 5" screen. I won't write code on a laptop if I can avoid it, two 24" screens is my minimum setup for decent productive work; more and larger would be preferred.
My parents are 84 and 81, they own an Android smartphone, two tablets, two Kindles and a desktop PC. They regularly watch streamed content without any help from me; I'm 250 miles away. Their service of choice would be BBC iPlayer though, I can't imagine them finding ANYTHING worth watching on YouTube since I can barely find anything other than game or movie trailers myself.
So not all old timers are ignorant luddites.
I've had 3rd party cookies bloked since.... well, since before Firefox existed. It doesn't require any AI machine learning gubbins, doesn't allow them for 30 days (wtf would I want that?) and doesn't break the Internet in the slightest.
Storm meet teacup.
I think they're the ones with the idiot who thinks providing them with his personal and financial details for free makes checking his credit score some sort of game. Or that could be Experian, they're basically the same tbh - privacy invading leeches who hold records on you without your consent and provide no service in return (to individuals at least).
HSBC biz banking crypto: The case of the vanishing green padlock and... what domain are we on again?
worrying that I had clicked on a bad link from Google
What kind of idiot has to Google the url for their bank? Especially when it's the obvious hsbc.co.uk. I could have guessed at that one and I've never been a customer.
"Android Oreo 7.0 "
7.x is Nougat
Oreo is v8.0
Teledildonics is a term that has been around for a long time, with the same meaning even. It was in an episode of The Big Bang Theory several seasons ago so it is quite mainstream, you really should have heard it before now Dabsy.
I still have my 2600, which is in fully working order, and some games. I bring it out of the cupboard every couple of years for a fun gaming session. If they bundle a bunch of games I don't have with it I could be interested in some kind of retro Atari console.
From my experience of Android dev tools...
What Google says: The Android emulator is now faster!
What Google means: We upgraded our dev machines since the last time we used the emulator.
Re: This is why I love El Reg!
I wanted to join the open sores community but decided that leprosy was going too far. ;)
Re: I like it
Yet another Chromium browser? No thanks.
Re: Welcome back
You don't need to worry about being the product, you need to worry about your reading skills. The business model is in the article:
"It’s not only adopting the Opera ethos, but also it’s business model. He’s confident that with a few million users the search and affiliate fees will pay for the development team."
On which planet was Lens Flare Trek well-received? Certainly not this one.
Re: Movie OS @Destroy All Monsters
"Who writes code with a headset on?"
Me. On the rare occasion I'm in an office I need the headset so I can still listen to music without annoying the hell out of everyone else with my choice in thrash, industrial and jazz, and when I'm working from home I need it to speak to my colleagues.
They should have renamed it to .twats.
Re: Lot of nonsense
"We have T&C's that state any interaction with the company is subject to US laws and litigation must be commenced in Orange County, California."
Please tell us the name of your employer so we can add them to our 'do not do business with these weasels' blacklists.
Hahahahaha. Oh that is funny, are you here all week?
Google are famous for dropping popular projects with little notice for no apparent reason.
Having watched almost no broadcast TV this year (exception for the TT and Irish road races) and almost exclusively watched content streamed by Chromecast instead...
Watching video over wireless works perfectly.
Well written smartphone apps work much better than remote controls.
Streaming devices do not need to be wired or come with a terrible remote control.
Who needs a remote control when one app controls video playback and another controls the TV? I can always find my phone but never the remote and there's more than one phone in the house.
I still fail to see the point of an expensive thermostat with internets.
Not entirely true. To use the Amazon app store you have to enable installation from untrusted sources complete with a security warning that you shouldn't do so. You have to enable that feature just to install the Amazon app store. I imagine that puts a lot of users off. It would be trivial for Google to give that feature a whitelist, perhaps with the Amazon store included by default, but they don't.
I don't remember Windows telling you that using a browser other than IE would be a security risk or preventing you installing another browser.
Must be the first test he's ever passed.
What year is this?
Dabbsy sounds like one of my rants from 10 - 15 years ago.
Re: Fine for exes...
"well-managed enterprise workstations" do not have Java installed.
Re: Ojustaboo Hysteria @Matt Bryant
The Glasgow Airport attempt was not half-arsed it was clueless, idiotic and a complete failure. Even without the bollards a burning jeep full of petrol in the front doors would have done very little. Anyone who knows Glasgow Airport or has driven round it could think of a dozen better plans to cause chaos in five minutes. The most shocking thing about it was that those people were working in the NHS - not from an "oh my god terrorists in the NHS" point of view but from a "how did such brainless idiots get jobs in the NHS?" point of view.
It's not the ads I object to but the trackers that go along with them and most web devs insistance on using Google Fucking Analytics (it's full name). I have no problem with non-intrusive ads from companies that don't think that 1984 and the NSA are something to aspire to.
I object to sites that tell me to turn off ad blocking or they won't show me some content. I'm not blocking ads, I'm blockiing the dozen or more trackers that you have on the page for Google, Facebook, Adobe, a bunch of ad agencies and god knows who else.
In the words of Otis Lee Crenshaw - "women call it stalking."
Scaring potential customers away
I considered WinPho earlier this year when upgrading my mobile. I'd been using Win8.1 on a tablet for about 6 months and found it really good, Google's evil business practices and crap code were pissing me off again and I was a prime target for a flagship WinPho. But, knowing WinPho10 was due soon(ish) and with all the confusion around what it would be like I ended up buying an S6 Edge. Probably for the best, Win10 tablet mode is not as good as Win8.1 was on my tablet. :(
Re: Can he get this fucking site to use TLS?
Stop using the same password for El Reg and your bank account... problem solved!
Win10 has no Media Centre. Hence why one of my PCs will never be upgraded.
Any UK party would also fit the bill. They are all dickheads.
Re: There is prob a gay video
I disagree. Based on his holiday snaps I think Putin likes that kind of video more than he would like to admit.
Re: It should be illegal ...
Because making something illegal ensures it never happens.
Re: And that's why I keep a stashed UPS that runs on car batteries...
Have you considered that if your desktop takes 20m to reboot then there's something wrong with it? Or is that how long it takes you to fill the hopper with coal?
The little red light went out and everything.