* Posts by Tim 37

11 posts • joined 4 Feb 2015

Where's our data, Google? Chrome 79 update 'a catastrophe' for Android devs with WebView apps

Tim 37

LocalStorage data has always been in peril

Sure the bug and it's handling has been terrible, but localStorage, IndexedDb, WebSQL, etc data has never been entirely safe. For starters, Chrome has never included code that can handle/migrate this data when Chrome is downgraded. An Android user has always been able to remove a Chrome update and it's never been obvious what consequences this has for other installed apps. Phonegap/Cordova have ways to save data more persistently not linked to the Chrome implementation and if your data is important, this is where it should be saved.

Bloodhound SSC reaches the end of the road for want of £25m

Tim 37

Even a Typhoon can't do 1000mph at sea level so once you consider that this thing would have had to do that rolling on the dirt it would have been quite a feat. I'm sure at one point there was talk of them changing the wheels between the two runs as the wheels would have been toast after the first. Then when you consider the development budgets of any aircraft that can reach those speeds, I'm surprised the project lasted as long as it did!

Chrome 56 quietly added Bluetooth snitch API

Tim 37

Re: re: the API lets websites ask your browser “what Bluetooth devices can you see,”

On Windows 10 you can't currently see Bluetooth Low Energy devices (the only ones which work with this API) unless they've already been paired so the risk is even lower. Microsoft are planning on fixing this in the future as every other platform allows BLE discovery without pairing and some basic devices don't even support pairing.

BBC detector vans are back to spy on your home Wi-Fi – if you can believe it

Tim 37

Or just stream live channels from elsewhere

Its just scaremongering to encourage people to pay up. There is no way for them to prove what you were watching in a way that would stand up in court.

You could always live stream the BBC channels from filmon.tv where the BBC cant even control the data streams.

At least 10 major loyalty card schemes compromised in industry-wide scam

Tim 37

Re: I feel left out

> I don't have any 'loyalty' cards. Saw through the scam from day one.

I too have skipped all the offers for loyalty cards. I did hear that some retailers were profiling our shopping habits anyway linking us via our bank card usage. Time to go back to using cash?

GCHQ creates Github repo, offers graph database code

Tim 37

"This organization has no public members."

Visual Studio Code: The top five features

Tim 37

Re: Underimpressed...

> This critter didn't even close my quotes nor brackets

You can enable that in the settings

> If you want a free "Visual Studio experience" then you're better of picking up the Express versions.

or the Community edition which is like Professional but... free for smaller companies and other non-commercial work.

> there are still other worthy alternatives, also free of charge. For example Xamarin Studio

Err, which version of Xamarin Studio is free?

Apple's Watch charging pad proves Cupertino still screwing buyers

Tim 37

Re: Don't understand the rage

This is BS. There's no chip in the battery. The BMW diagnostics software is required to reset the battery in the ECU. This is so it knows to calibrate the charge rates. They do coulomb counting which only really works well if the ECU knows when the battery has been changed.

I would never buy a new car but I've had maybe 10 2nd hand ones including a couple of BMWs. They're actually great value as many owners don't want them when the new models come out. There aren't many other companies selling 300hp+ RWD cars in the UK.

The mugs are the people buying them new and paying £2-3000 for the M Sport, S Line or AMG badging. The is simply a money making exercise for brand whores.

BlackBerry Priv: Enterprise Android in a snazzy but functional package

Tim 37

>It seems so obvious to give a user this kind of reminder, you wonder why nobody's done it before.

Google Inbox has done snoozed reminders since it came out. I now use it over Gmail as I prefer the layout and workflow.

Laid-off IT workers: You want free on-demand service for what now?

Tim 37

"Visual F# and Visual C# are not even vaguely similar"

I don't think its been called Visual C# for years... Its certainly never been called Visual F#

Microsoft takes lid off .Net Common Language Runtime sauce

Tim 37

Re: Copying Java 15 years too late

> Being so late to the party, and with no corresponding offer of free development tools is gong to impress nobody in the corporate world

Visual Studio Community 2013 is free and on their site it even says its for "developing cross-platform solutions", As far as I can tell, it has most of the features of VS2013 Pro. Get back in your cave.

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