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* Posts by Dan 55

8751 posts • joined 13 Jun 2009

Flappy Friday for Stack Overflow as outage woes run on

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C Nonsense in BASIC

10 PRINT ”DRINK BEER IN PUB”

20 GOTO 10

I'll leave it as an exercise for the reader to say what the error in that program is.

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That microchipped e-passport you've got? US border cops still can't verify the data in it

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Re: Software?

I bet everyone came unstuck when they decided they wanted to do it online in realtime.

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A dog DNA database? You must be barking

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Re: It might help identify EU migrants

Don't worry, there'll be no pet passport scheme after Brexit.

Which is a shame as pet passports are blue.

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Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list

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Then don't install the free Google apps.

You haven't seen Android lately, then. Calendar, Contacts, and maybe even Dialler are very often the Google apps. Installing a different calendar and contacts app doesn't change the fact that the back-end calendar and contacts storage can still be synced.

There are options. Whatever.

There are options, but you may find that settings are reset or new settings are added with the next Play Services, app, or Android update and then stuff is uploaded.

But it remains true that not all Google Android phones slurp back to Google *if you pay them*.

What part of not wanting Google to hold any business data at all do you not understand? Why would non-US enterprises want to hand it all over to Google (paying them or via Android tricksy slurp) when stuff like the CLOUD Act could become law quite soon?

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Paying for non-Google cloud services or taking it in-house doesn't magically stop Android apps uploading to Google.

You can lead a horse to water...

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And what about those businesses who don't want slurp and for some reason (whatever it is) don't want to use Google services? They're still fighting those apps on their Android devices. What's your solution for those?

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No, you confused Enterprise data management with Google's cloudy services. Why, I have no idea. Wasn't the point to stop Google getting its claws into the data?

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Re: Who does Android Enterprise Recommended benefit ?

If you are a business and pay Google for email and other services, they don't slurp data for advertising - or display any ads. This has been the case for years.

Nice business data you've got on your Android phone. Be a shame if anybody slurped it. Store it with us to avoid that.

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I'm unconvinced that an MDM system's got everything under control, especially when all the basic apps (Dialler, Keyboard, Play Services, etc...) are Google's. Google can push out as many 'new helpful features' as they want and hopefully your MDM system will do something about it sooner rather than later.

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Re: Who does Android Enterprise Recommended benefit ?

I don't see how Android could be recommended for business when calendar, contacts, notes, and app backups are slurped off to Google, unless you're very very careful.

And even if it is set up by IT right, a user will just add their Google account to it and the settings for that account are set to slurp by default.

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"The Register notes ... that Nokia's kit is made in China."

Er, it all is?

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RIP, Swype: Thanks for all the sor--speec--speedy texting

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Re: You've GOT to be kidding me

WRIO Keyboard has bilingual text and isn't slurpy.

None of the AOSP-based keyboards or Gboard manage to move the cursor, select, or copy-paste text in a way which isn't painful to use.

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Re: tips & corrections

XDA Developers got a reply from Nuance confirming Android as well.

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Rock-a-byte, baby: IoT tot-monitoring camera lets miscreants watch 10,000s of kids online

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Hey, that's the code on my luggage!

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The YouTube crackdown on fake news: Promoting bonkers Florida school shooting conspiracies

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Re: Getting tired of this "blame the messenger" campaign...

Why? Because if their AI repeatedly and consistently shows Elsagate stuff to kids or catapults conspiracy theories into prime time then it's crap and not fit for use.

It would probably be much easier and take far fewer employees to pre-emptively moderate kids content and trending videos (i.e. real human beings have to let videos through) than take them down afterwards when the damage has already been done. But they daren't do it because they don't want to be accused of being a publisher, which they obviously are.

People need educating, but that takes a generation or two. What do you think society will look like in 50 years time if social networks continue as they are now?

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The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like

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Re: I can't help feeling...

The fact that the custom software is still in beta is annoying too, but I can overlook that for the sake of good hardware, especially as software can be easily updated.

They are a hostage to Android and its dodgy keyboard support.

Perhaps a touchscreen (I assume it hasn't got one) would fix the shortcut issue more easily than rewriting a load of Android apps.

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Re: How

To make a call you start the Phone app (it's on the Dock) or hit Fn-Esc. You can then close the lid and carry on talking. It doesn't matter which way up you hold it, as there are two mics, and it works out which one is nearest your gob.

DTMF is going to be a bit inconvenient.

If you were to install a Linux distro, what happens to phone support/SIM data when running Linux?

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The e-waste warrior, 28,000 copied Windows restore discs, and a fight to stay out of jail

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Re: Oh, come on

According to MS that does not count as you need the actual COA sticker.

There's no COA sticker on Dells from Windows 8 onwards. You can go from 8 to 7 (I'm not using the word downgrade on purpose).

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Re: Oh, come on

Microsoft does offers a cheap license for people who recycle PC.

That's if the original licence key isn't available. In this case it is, it's in the BIOS.

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UK.gov's Brexiteers warned not to push for divergence on data protection laws

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Re: Codejunky...

Have you now moved on from 28 countries out of 195? Where do you mark the arbitrary lines?

Same continent, quite easy and understandable.

The interesting part of your comment is the isolation bit. You are talking about isolation, but I am not.

No, I suppose the cakists can have everything. People who do understand what leaving our trading bloc means will comprehend that that also entails having a waker relationship with our neighbours on the same continent up to Russia, unless we move to the EFTA or EEA

Oddly the only people who seem to talk about isolating from the EU is racists...

Sorry, this is the point where it gets too absurd. I like rational debate.

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Re: Codejunky...

Yup well said. Outside the cartel and acting like the many other countries not in the EU.

Indeed. Every other country up to the Russian border is in the single market, customs union or both. But accorsing to Brexiteers it apparently makes sense to leave that and isolate ourselves from our neighbours.

By the way, it's not necessary to leave the single market and customs union to leave the EU. The UK could move to the EFTA, which it was in up until 1972.

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Re: @ iron

Please tell me you are aware that businesses sell people's personal data on to other businesses, right?

But only those doing business with the foreign country need follow the rules of the foreign country, as we do with the rest of the world.

No, businesses in the UK that hold extra-EU data still have to follow the DPA and businesses in the UK that want to store people's personal data extra-EU have to have a legal framework like Privacy Shield (which isn't worth the paper it's written on, but anyway).

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Re: @ Halcin

Actually the EU are dictating that leaving the EU (voted for) requires leaving the single market.

No, that was dictated in May's first speech at Lancaster House, the same Lancaster House where Thatcher extolled the virtues of the single market after the UK played a major part in designing the it, and repeated by May in every of her speeches about Brexit since.

As for the previous post, you don't have an answer apart from spouting Boris-like piffle, now you seem to believe the UK will a say in setting standards for 169 countries. There is no idea to Brexit beyond stomping off home in a tantrum with your ball and proposing absurd half-baked ideas.

Manufacturers will sell products with standards specified by and for the EU and stick a UK plug or steering wheel on it. The UK will either accept those standards or it won't but it will be in no position to get the EU to change its standards, in no position to get manufacturers to make special versions of products due to deliberately-introduced changes to standards that mean incompatibility with EU standards, and certainly in no position to go through everything at customs and confiscate items. It can't even do that with China now.

The UK has no leverage and no bargaining power either with the EU or with other countries it might want to strike trade agreements with because it opted out of all that, first with the referendum result and secondly with the inept government.

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Re: @ iron

Wouldn't work. The EU would insist the very least on a personal data firewall between businesses not dealing with the EU and businesses dealing with the EU, and it'd probably be easier just to say the UK is considered a non-GDPR friendly country unless regulations match the GDPR.

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the UK’s exceptionally high standards of data protection

Where patient data is flogged left, right, and centre and fines are toothless. I wonder if German politicians laughed at that one.

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Re: @ Halcin

Codejunky, please explain:

- why we would want change our regulations to make all those products and services already targeted at our area of the world incompatible with our country

- how we can make our own magically better regulations and then force 27 other countries to use them

- what advantage is there is for us in pulling out of the decision making processes which set regulations for 28 countries + EEA and preferring a decision making process which sets regulations for only our own country, dramatically reducing our sphere of influence

- what products and services do you envision could be better and with our own esoteric incompatible standards set just to shown who's taken control

Thanks.

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Use ad blockers? Mine some Monero to get access to news, says US site

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After that you chose to read it.

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Windows slithers on to Arm, legless?

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Re: Satnad remains the problem

He's only copying Google. Again.

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Australia joins the 'decrypt it or we'll legislate' club

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Re: What about the children

Bank details aren't encrypted at rest and neither are pictures of your dinner.

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Re: decrypt it or we'll legislate

Why not demand the government produce clear legislation with a detailed description of the means they propose, and then publicly poke holes in the logic of the legislation?

Because they'll be doing that at committee stage, and once the ball starts rolling it's difficult to stop.

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This job Win-blows! Microsoft made me pull '75-hour weeks' in a shopping mall kiosk

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PMs vs overtime pay

If there was ever a job that needed overtime pay, it's IT. Perhaps that way there might be an incentive to plan and budget projects properly instead of picking numbers from a lottery machine and sticking them on a spreadsheet.

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KFC: Enemy of waistlines, AI, arteries and logistics software

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Re: Have I missed something? - SMITCH79

not just try to predict it based on a theoretical cyberspace model where the no-entry and one-way-street signs *haven't* all just been reversed by jolly rag week students.

Or the town council want to try out something new like change all the one-way streets around.

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Re: Have I missed something?

Speak for yourself. The maps on my phone get updated a couple of times a week, on average, without any action on my part.

And you still find places where it's wrong.

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Re: Have I missed something?

You know how your satnav often gets it wrong due to old data? This is the same * 1000. Autonomous vehicles have to be able to see and understand traffic signs.

Also if roadsigns, even just the temporary ones, had to use custom transmitters they would all need replacing or modifying.

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Microsoft ends notifications for Win-Phone 7.5 and 8.0

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Re: Buy a phone, push notifications stop working two years later

Oh wow. Four whole years of push notifications!

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Buy a phone, push notifications stop working two years later

What a time to be alive.

Brought to you by Microsoft.

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A print button? Mmkay. Let's explore WHY you need me to add that

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Re: Print button? Customer asked. This was my life.

Oh yes. Mgmt would approve a row of dancing monkeys if the customer said they'd pay for it.

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Microsoft reveals 'limitations of apps and experiences on Arm' – then deletes from view

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If only someone at MS had the amazing unheard-of idea of allowing you to put tokens into the OOO text which are replaced with the from and to dates that you've previously selected in the calendar boxes above.

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Re: Just adding Razor Wire

If anything, removing it.

Unless marketing found it and decided that it's better to remove the document explaining the limitations and let developers find out for themselves.

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Well, it seems the article isn't free of sin either.

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Ubuntu wants to slurp PCs' vital statistics – even location – with new desktop installs

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Re: What PII?

Canonical are in a sense fingerprinting the install (remember when this was controversial when WGA was introduced on XP?) and would find themselves in hot water if there's a data breach which de-anonymises the collected data.

So they really do need to make it opt-in.

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Re: Blatant attempt to drive traffic to a commercial site?

The national bodies are supposed to explain what this means for each nation, i.e. the ICO.

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You've not heard of browser fingerprinting by looking at a whole set of variables not too dissimilar to what Canonical want?

If it's not opt-in then they could get into trouble.

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Re: What PII?

@AC: For a start, it has to be opt-in because it's not "strictly necessary for the legitimate purpose of enabling the use of a specific service requested by the subscriber or user".

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James Damore's labor complaint went over about as well as his trash diversity manifesto

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Re: controversial bro-grammer ?

In other news. 'The Register' advertising revenues declined as people took their journalists advice and stopped reading them...

Do you really think that many commentards will storm off in a huff because they believe women are more suited to arranging flowers and eating lady crisps than, say, being allowed to have level playing field in STEM careers? The Venn diagram showing the intersect between El Reg and Daily Mail readers is pretty small, you know.

Here's a video for all you commentards by the way.

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Facebook told to stop stalking Belgians or face fines of €250k – a day

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I'm so looking forward to the GDPR coming in.

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Robot cars will kill London jobs – but only from 2030, say politicans

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That terrifying 'unfixable' Microsoft Skype security flaw: THE TRUTH

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The things they'll do to get people to update to version 8, eh?

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Stephen Elop and the fall of Nokia revisited

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Re: He's responsible for Flash as well?!

At the time Nokia's mobile division was sold to MS, the parent company was calling all the shots.

After Elop returned to MS and was later fired, he went to Telstra. Have a look what he did there:

Telstra writes off last $273 million in Silicon Valley tech start-up Ooyala

He may not be as bad as Carly but he's trying hard to get there.

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