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The (bird) guide from The HitchHiker's Guide To The Galaxy - And Another Thing.
16 posts • joined 6 Aug 2018
I agree, but with one major caveat. Here is the typical lets-blame-it-on-GDPR cookie control:
1 click to accept all their crap, or
40 clicks to block their so called "functional" (read "tracking"), performance (read "tracking") and advertising cookies with one for each damn ad agency they have employed with more added each time you visit, with a default of "On", of course..
I can see the ad supported sites making us do the same for advertising in general, ie:
1 click to accept all adds, or:
1 click to disable full screen flashing ads that aren't a scam
1 click to disable full screen flashing ads that are a scam
1 click to disable malicious XSS ads
1 click to disable auto-run video based ads with loud noises that sounds a lot like p0rn
Another click to disable auto-run videos that have audio and start with "OK Google", "Hey Siri" or "Alexa" and then proceed to try and order things on your behalf
Another click to disable ads for products or services that are not even available or illegal in your country...
You get the idea. Defaults typically favour the seller and the habitually lazy. I wouldn't mind an opt-in approach so long as the choice to opt out was as easy to make.
I agree about the "notch" or "hole-punch". I don't use the following words lightly, but I absolutely hate this design and absolutely will not buy such a phone because it is incredibly distracting. I am not a fan of the rounded corners and edges on Samsung phones (I have already complained about my S8 elsewhere on El Reg) as it is but cutouts in the screen are just ridiculous. As far as I can tell it's just a bodge to get a "bigger" screen in the same size footprint and BLX to display quality and user experience and sadly people go and buy the damn things so the manufacturers think it's a success.
Some may say that I am biased because I have never taken a "selfie" (I don't know if the camera on the front of my current phone even works), but I've had phones with cameras, proximity detectors and so on embedded in the front near the earpiece just fine before now that didn't come with a massive screen defect fobbed off as a "feature" forced upon me out of the box.
Please, any manufacturers reading this, not everyone in your user demographic is a teen selfie addict who takes thousands of photos of themselves every day. Innovate, sure - but gaping holes in the display ? I'm not buying it - literally. Make a phone with a flat screen, replaceable battery, microSD card slot and an earphone socket and we'll talk. Damn, I miss my old S4. Still one of Samsung's best selling phones, I believe. I wonder why that was.
I am pleased to see that I am not the only one who generates spam complaints to Cloudlfare only to have them be ignored. I went through a spell where I was reporting the same half dozen sites over and over as a perverse hobby but gave up in favour of using those same sites as an extraordinarily easy and reliable spam filter rule. I had more luck getting the host of the actual spam email to do something about the problem, but that doesn't even scratch the surface if the target site is still up.
My issue with an overwhelming percentage of said spam it was that it was clearly fraudulent - pyramid schemes and bogus health plans aimed at the elderly, war verterans and so on. After that, almost every single spamvertised site had a malicious payload attached. I appreciate the sort of spam I get is trivial (thankfully I have never been spammed by a terrorist group), there is no way any decent person can claim such scams as being "free speech" yet taking down such sites should be chicken feed for a support guy somewhere. It is my opinion that Cloudflare simply don't care.
Not for me, it wasn't. About 15:00 my phone briefly dropped off the network entirely and into emergency calls only. It remained like this during my drive home (so many cell site hand-overs) and finally got back up onto it's home network about 18:30.
As of 06:10 on 07/12 and statements to the contrary, I still problems sending text messages and have no data connection in Andover. The usual forced re-registering advice of airplane mode or turning the phone off and on again makes no difference. For me, O2 is still stuffed.
My favourite Twitter post (courtesy of Google News, funnily enough - I don't use Twitter) blamed the outage for them going to be late getting to a meeting this morning.
So - did the outage locally stop time as well, or were you just too busy messing about on your phone to get up and go to work ?
Personally, my issue with the outage this morning was that my phone decided to generate a notification telling me that there was no data at my location at 05:38 which woke me up. So I for one got to my first meeting early...
1. User replaceable battery.
2. microSD card slot.
3. Let the user install their own apps.
Seriously, it's not hard. Samsung even have their own app store now so there is no excuse for forcing bloatware on people, especially when apps exist from other sources (eg Google...) that do the same thing. I absolutely detest their "cool screens and fun stickers" on their damn dialler, for example. I am not 7 years old any more.
And possibly a rank outsider, because I might be in the minority here:
4. Stop rounding the corners and physical edges on your screens. They distort the display and I liked the flat one on my old S4 just fine. I can't say I'm a fan of my current S8 and unless my mood drastically changes it's going to be the last Samsung I ever buy.
Indeed - I thought its use on the Vega+ was common knowledge as well. It came up in the comments section of the Indiegogo page some time past and I mentioned it here myself only a couple of days ago in another Vega+ thread.
To be fair, if they are reporting on it then El Reg probably has to confirm it for themselves. Other bugs not mentioned include the games on microSD card keymapping issue and the TV out not working. I am not sure what The Register's thoughts are on me cross-linking to the bug list that is widely available so I will just say that it's out there and makes for a worrying read if you find it. Many of the bugs have been known about for so long that sending out units like this should be an embarrassment for RCL.
Here's an idea that will probably get me nailed to a tree, but here goes anyway.
If you're a phone manufacturer and you decide to stop issuing updates (I'll be generous and limit that to security updates), then the last one you push should unlock the boot-loader (or make it available to download and apply to the phone via a cable connection if you're worried about the non-techie general public messing up their phones or complaining about some USP that you came up with no longer works).
I would quite happily live without all the bloat that some manufacturers insist on installing in favour of being able to easily apply stock Android or a custom ROM. Lets be honest, if your phone is older than 18 months then it's probably not going to be replaced "free" under contract or there's another reason why you haven't rushed out and bought the latest model, perhaps due to being burnt by built in obsolescence or not being prepared to spend a grand on a phone. Likewise you're probably not worried about that must have vendor specific hardware not working any more considering that many "features" that the manufacturers push are either duplicated by existing apps elsewhere or being handled perfectly well by the developer community.
Surely one way to beat the Android fragmentation issue is to encourage the manufacturers to allow their phones to become a vanilla Android phone if required once they determine it as having reached EOL. The consumer still enjoys the hardware they paid for without the guff that the manufacturer massaged into the cost at the point of sale and forced upon them for the life of the product. If the user wasn't going to buy a new phone anyway, what has the manufacturer lost by doing the right thing ?
Oh look, I managed to get all through that without banging on about Google moving the damn clo... oh.
... although I was expecting two. For those not in the know, RCL emailed the backers offering a "Blankety-blank" unit with just a handful of games (instead of the 1000 promised) as a means of getting their hands on a unit "early". Bearing in mind I figured this was probably the only chance I would ever have of seeing one I elected to receive my units "blank" and install my own choice of games via the microSD card route.
The unit I have received arrived scratched, has appalling controls that are unresponsive and hard to use and is further tarnished by buggy software. Turning the screen brightness down introduces flicker and an odd interlacing anomaly. Sometimes it doesn't want to turn on at all unless I plug it in to recharge, then you can't turn the unit off and if the brightness is all the way up the battery takes forever to recharge (if at all - I haven't left it on to see if it ever charges completely).
No cables, manuals or adequate packaging for that matter were supplied. Not even a photocopied A4 sheet describing how to load games onto it were included. I consider it to be a real slap in the face to the backers who actually receive one now since it was only ever going to be the love and nostalgia of the retro community that made something so niche work in the first place. It is no wonder so many are already appearing on ebay and no doubt selling for their rarity and novelty value.
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