* Posts by anonanonanon

46 posts • joined 25 Jul 2018

Dropbox would rather write code twice than try to make C++ work on both iOS and Android


Re: App Store

I'm mostly in favour of the more rigourous process of the app store. It prevents shovelware, spyware, copycats (to some extent), poor security management, "clever" hacks that play havoc with people devices and generally promotes the ideal that apps should be useable and good.

It's quite clear why Apple do it, although it may be an inconvenience, an app store flooded with terrible apps just puts users off the product as a whole. This policing provides trust for the user that downloading an app won't do anything unexpected.

While you may feel inconvenienced by it, the software industry as a whole has proved time and time again it will do anything it can to shovel crap to users. Apple try to limit that.


Being so dismissive of a platform in excess of a billion devices seems rather short sighted too, but nothing less than I expect from some devs. Of course some of that success comes from deliberately disallowing devs to have free reign to do whatever they want in favour of a consistent user experience, security and power management.


Re: Dropbox failed the "not invented here" test

QT may have a massive user base, but not so much on mobile, which seems poorly supported


QT still has a long way to go on mobile, and trying to stop cpp developers designing their mobile apps like it's a desktop is a pain.

Ohm my God: If you let anyone other than Apple replace your recent iPhone's battery, expect to be nagged by iOS


Idiot tax? or are android phones just subsisidised coz they harvest all your data to sell to 3rd parties.

Dodgy-govt fave FinSpy snoopware is back and badder than ever for Android and iOS kit


For iOS, they have to jailbreak the phone to install, there's various ways to detect that, but also a restore will remove it too.

I was reading a bunch of reviews on another spyware app (flexispy I think), my word it was creepy, various people with no concept of boundaries wanting to track every movement and listen on every private conversation of their kids, spouses, employees, ugh. But many we're frustrated it was hard to install on iOS and demanding their money back

Astronomer slams sexists trying to tear down black hole researcher's rep


Re: From His Twitter Thread

He didn't have to say anything at all, he'd already been targeted by a mob of asshats looking to give him credit because it's impossible for a woman accomplished anything, and they're definitely not sexist, just pointing out that if a woman get's credit for anything, it's because of a SJW agenda, because while they said asshats are definetly not sexist, women never make the news in science so all existing evidence suggests women can't do science, not sexism, facts.

MoD plonks down £2m on table in exchange for anti-drone tech ideas


Re: surely

'm more inclined to believe there was a drone, I saw a lot of people arguing that it just wasn't possible for a drone to operate in the way it did and use that as evidence for no drone, but as someone who works with all manner of drones, I can confirm that all weather drones with long ranges and large enough to do damage to an aircraft do in fact exist and are fairly easy to come by (though not as cheap as something you'd buy from an electronics store).

And flying them I know how very difficult it is to spot the buggers once they get any distance away, they don't show up on phone cameras, and airports don't let press photographers roam everywhere such that a perfect 100% even distribution of photographers would exist to catch the drone wherever it appeared, so I don't buy that it surely would have been photographed.

In short, while it's true it could all be a hoax, I don't think the reasons I've ever read on why it must be a hoax hold any water.

Back to drawing board as Google cans AI ethics council amid complaints over right-wing member


Re: Diversity not an option?

That's not correct, they're only being respectful of their beliefs, some people don't believe in diversity, so it's only respectful to exclude them.

The completely rational take you need on Europe approving Article 13: An ill-defined copyright regime to tame US tech


Re: Relying on filters for copyright violations

The filter isn't part of the law, but many are saying it's actually what will happen in practice. And doesn't the new law place onus on the websites to not allow copyrighted material and that they should take all reasonable steps to stop it.


Re: Just I Thought

For the benefit of others kind of, or rather, people used to be able to share things, socially, if I liked a song/film/book, I could lend it to a friend on physical media, now, that sharing has been monetized, if I tell my friend, you should try xyz, they have to pay for something that used to be just a normal social interaction.


Relying on filters for copyright violations

So what happens when a copyrighted work is not included in the database the filters use?

It's quite easy to get a copyright on something without going through a db. Say, I upload a self made image to my own website which I copyright (some countries this is automatic). This will not be included in any online copyright filter.

Said image is uploaded to a website (without my permission of course, but my security is very lax)

I wait a few months, then sue the target for not taking appropriate access to license my work or failing to block it.

Turn on, tune in, drop out: Apple's whizz-bang T2 security chips hit a bum note for Mac audio


Not the first time apple broke everyone's audio gear

I think it was the High Sierra update that removed a vital component in USB audio, and they didn't fix it for months.

Want to create fake web profile pics? This creepy AI tool makes them on demand. Plus predictive policing, and more


Re: "people could be taken in by AI-generated news articles that read like a child wrote them"

That's been happening since before facebook, in my experience, the sort of people who spread the real nutty stuff barely read past the first few sentences that get them enraged, before immediately reposting to spread the real truth. These posts are often accompanied by linked reputable articles, to try to give legitimacy, that mention similar words to the ranty email in the first few sentences, enough that convinces the nutty reader that the rest of the article will support outlandish viewpoint.

So to auto generate conspiracy theories, maybe all you have to do is skim scholarly articles and sites like prison planet or natural news, looking for words in the opening paragraph of the scholarly articles that overlap with the kook sites, then train the AI to use the language of the kooky site and seeding new posts using overlapped words, then publish with linked article and boom, gay frogs are coming to take over the world or something.

Dratted hipster UX designers stole my corporate app


Re: Offering for your consideration

It's now much better on mobile though, the old design was terrible, and I often wondered why a tech site couldn't come up with a decent mobile site...

But there are more than a few techies who seem to think a useable decent looking UI is for wimps, and people browsing on mobile are stupid millennial types who want the moon on a stick and they should be using a desktop anyway, or possibly android because all apple users are fashionistas or something.

If you want a vision of the future, imagine not a boot stamping on a face, but keystroke logging on govt contractors' PCs


Really dodgy idea. People who type regularly all the time might not be doing good work (And it will probably encourage useless work just to look busy), and spending time to think about work you are doing will mean not typing, possibly making good workers look bad compared to busy busy workers.

It'll soon be even more illegal to fly drones near UK airports


Re: "Fire in a cinema".

I can easily believe it, even filming one up close, let it fly off 50m and you'll have a very hard time seeing one on a camera phone


Re: The silence is deafening

I'm not sure saying drones fly for "minutes" conveys the around 20-25 minute flight times of prosumer and pro drones, which is plenty time of for a drone to fly several km, hover for a few minutes and return, so I'm not sure how knowledgeable your sources are.

For example, a DJI Matrice, a fairly pro drone, but easily purchased, is large heavy and legit concern to an aircraft can fly in bad weather, has several KM range with controller, usually come supplied with multiple batteries to fly multiple missions.

I've seen lot of comments from people who claim to be knowledgeable on drones claim these things impossible, but I can only presume they are familiar with the toy drones you get in Tescos rather than modern drones that have come out in the last few years.

London Gatwick Airport reopens but drone chaos perps still not found


Re: Mass hysteria, sightings of the Virgin Mary, the Emperor's New Clothes, false positives

Ugh, yes drones can fly in bad weather and the dark, the battery life isn't exceptional as it was only over the airport for a few minutes at a time, with time to and from and takeoff locations, easily within the twenty minute flight times of modern drones, which come with quick change, quick charge batteries. Commercial/Professional drones are readily available to anyone willing to pay the cash.


Re: Just a thought

They differ in that they're pretty much self flying, operators only need to provide direction, if you lose signal, drop the controller etc, they'll just hover in place (Or circle for fixed wings), or even return home on their own.


Re: Fire and forget ...?

They definitely consume batteries while idle, I doubt 4 hours is possible. More likely a higher end drone with 4km+ RC range and multiple batteries, taking off and landing at different locations, over countryside making it difficult to chase along roads quickly lost from eyesight. They're pretty much invisible over 500m away to the naked eye.

A few reasons why cops haven't immediately shot down London Gatwick airport drone menace


Re: Hard to shoot a plastic bag

I'm sure they let the press have free run of the entirety of the airport such that there is an even coverage.


Re: Hard to shoot a plastic bag

Most last at least 20 minutes, and have easily replaceable batteries, "Industrial specification" type drones, probably bigger ones like a DJI Inspire are often sold with multiple batteries.

And if the intent of the perp is to disrupt the airport, being visible would be part of the point no?


Re: Hard to shoot a plastic bag

You try taking a photo of something that small, at night, several hundred meter away with a phone camera, even in daylight, you'd likely only see a speck.

Someone would have to have a semi decent camera with a zoom lens and be quick off the mark.

IBM: Co-Op Insurance talking direct to coding subcontractor helped collapse of £55m IT revamp project


Yeah, talking to a user is great, that user has this one field they want to do their task a little easier, maybe it has impacts on others users, that one user don't care, doesn't care that other users don't need that field, it gets implemented, other users look at it, what's it for? now when they tab through they get this extra field where there wasn't one before and it screws up their workflow, what do they put in it anyway? can you just take it away please?

Or maybe you'll need to make some major refactoring to implement their 'small' change, costing your valuable time, for something that's just not really worth the effort.

Apple heading for Supreme Court showdown over iOS App Store 'monopoly' gripe


Don't know, if that gated community vetted all tradesmen that came and made sure they weren't casing your joint to rob you later.

Many of Apple's app store restrictions and vetting are very security minded and customer friendly, and I'm sure it infuriates some people, just don't buy an iphone?

I'll say it over and over, on any tech websites, there's a bunch of people who think they're very smart and don't understand how normal people don't want to vet everything they install on their smartphone because it shouldn't be easy to break your goddam phone and then take it to some nerd to sneer at you saying you should have checked the software you installed on it and if only they'd consulted them they wouldn't be in this mess.


As a dev, I don't like the 30% charge, it is too much, but also as a dev, have you seen the amount of free or sub 5 buck apps out there? Unless you're buying real specialised apps, most customers are hardly losing their life savings, or like, the price of a coffee

Scumbag who phoned in a Call of Duty 'swatting' that ended in death pleads guilty to dozens of criminal charges


How many mass shootings you had this year? Literally noone else in the civilized world has your troubles mate, and we don't want them.

In news that will shock absolutely no one, America's cellphone networks throttle vids, strangle rival Skype


Re: Spectrum grows on trees

Hipster douchebag videostream? I want to know why I have to buy subscriptions with voice calls when all I want is data and the rare ability to receive a voice call from some fossil who still insists on actually calling someone

Facebook quietly admits role in Myanmar killing fields – but fret not, it will do better next time


Re: Ethnic cleansing?

It's almost like you're scolding them. Are you the sort of guy who denies the holocaust by using statistics? There was no holocaust because the germans let too many get away?

Would you be happy that if in your own country, some random bunch of nutters from one group of people or another planted a bomb, and then that was used to justify killing or hounding anyone who looked like said nutters out of the country?

Mac users burned after Nuance drops Dragon speech to text software


People who work in IT vastly overestimate the abilities of people who don't.It's why Apple is hugely successful and IT types always take this line. I want my computer to do this and do what I want and anyone who says different is stupid.

Apple made it so customers can mostly download app from the store and it doesn't do weird stuff to their phone, doesn't have complete access to all their data, doesn't let the really smart developer try stuff they really shouldn't be messing around with to get some super cool feature they figured out to implement in a hacky way that they know they're smart enough to implement, but will blame the user when it conflicts with some other "shitty app" that the user should have come to the engineer to to be told it was a shitty app.

Science: Broke brats glued to the web while silk-stocking scions have better things to do


Re: Not a good portent.

But do they mean real fake news or Trumpian Fake news?

From dank memes to Krispy Kremes: British uni eggheads claim viral lol pics make kids fat


Image of grandpa Simpson with caption "Old man yells at clouds"

FYI: Drone maker DJI's 'Get it on Google Play' website button definitely does not get the app from Google Play...


Re: Think of it this way

While DJI do make consumer drones, they're hardly toys anymore, they've made a huge dent in professional markets.

They also have a history of somewhat less than perfect transparency of their data harvesting to the point that the US military banned their use.

Why are sat-nav walking directions always so hopeless?


Multi level towns

Living in an extremely hilly city, walking directions are next to useless. I usually get directed to my final location ,only to find I'm not where I'm supposed to be, with my actual desired location at the end of a bridge 20m above me. The routes it picks can be equally arduous, not taking into account changes in elevation, what looks like a direct route involves going up and down a valley when there's a pedestrian bridge to the side that's been ignored. Not knowing what elevation you're supposed to end up at frequently complicates things so you're never sure if you should be going up or down except when you get to the wrong destination.

Facebook sued for exposing content moderators to Facebook


Re: I'm sorry, but snowflakes....

Snowflakes is overused, especially in this case, wtf? Oh, you're affected by constant images of child abuse and gruesome violence? what a snowflake! says more about the people who use the term like that I think.

There's a good chance they might not have been prepared for the level or constant stream of it, like, not being one to peruse that sort of thing, though I've seen some bad stuff, but even some gross websites out here don't allow certain things.

'Men only' job ad posts land Facebook in boiling hot water with ACLU


Re: In the current environment, women are too much of a business risk..

I've left jobs after 2 years, plenty of men do, what does the reason matter? In fact, it would be considered very sensible to keep your options to keep your career moving along. Companies don't consider staff if it affects their bottom line, why should employees consider companies if things are better somewhere else?

You're sexual harrasment mention is a joke no?


Re: Didn't ElReg just have a story about women-only coding camp?

Coz there are already defacto male only events/posts, they may not be advertised as male only, but because discrimination is a real thing, they turn out that way. If discrimination wasn't a huge issue, you'd have a point, but as it is, you don't.

Do you see women only job postings you'd apply for in fields you don't think you'd get a job in otherwise unless there were men only postings?

Check out this link! It's not like it'll crash your iPhone or anything (Hint: Of course it will)


Re: And here's the reason it's not good there are are so few browser engines

This is actually enforced in the dev guidelines, you must use apple's API to access web content, other kits aren't allowed.

NASA 'sextortionist' allegedly tricked women into revealing their password reset answers, stole their nude selfies


Ugh, the comments here, think you're house is safe? let me introduce you to a few websites showing how to pick pretty much any lock. get burgled? well it's your own damn fault.


Re: It's not rocket science -- No, It's Cloud Marketing

Ugh, coz casual phone users should be experts on every software tool out there. Force every smartphone user to take computer science...

Jeez, it's not always the users that are stupid.

Elders of internet hash out standards to grant encrypted message security for world+dog


Re: "Elders of the Internet" - The IT Crowd is fast becoming the 'go to' IT reference.

Hasn't it been for years? Is your internet out of date? have you tried turning it on and off again?

You won't believe this but... everyone hates their cable company: Bombshell study lands


Cable companies are terrible worldwide

I recently moved and decided I was going to get rid of cable. I was only watching star trek reruns on syfy anyway as background. They'd been overcharging me for years for a shitty DVR I'd long stopped using.

First off, there was no cancel option on the website, every mention of cancelling directs you to a phone number, and you know it's because they're not going to let you cancel it. Eventually, buried deep somewhere in the website, I found a button to do it online. And guess who calls me up soon after...

I just told them I was leaving the country in the end, that stopped them.

Dear alt-right morons and other miscreants: Disrupt DEF CON, and the goons will 'ave you


Re: When it comes to people you don't want to piss off with this sort of shit

Don't think that's true, considering a lot of these jerks specifically work on gaming various systems to spread their views, and came from online communities. Also, Have a look on any tech news article concerning say, maybe more women should be working in tech, check comments,.

Core blimey! Apple macOS update lifts boot from MacBook Pro neck


Re: They missed that one bit of code...

Well, you can do video editing and rendering on a laptop, so people do. People could do it on slower computers for years. Sure, you probably don't want to produce your oscar nomination on one, but GPU loaded MBPs are used extensively by all sorts of people for video editing on the go, live visuals etc, there's lots of advantages to having a powerful portable computer that can handle real time video processing when you want to edit video, say, while travelling, don't have many people who want to stick a desktop in their carry on.

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