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* Posts by James 51

3167 posts • joined 23 Jun 2009

Google keeps tracking you even when you specifically tell it not to: Maps, Search won't take no for an answer

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What happens if you don't put a Google account on the phone? I imagine that they create an anon account until they figure out who you are and combine the data sets.

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Why is my cheapo Android red hot and switching off Wi-Fi?

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Samsung did a demo were they chained about forty galaxy devices together as a crypto minder (can't remember which model it was) and claimed it an economial use of old hardware.

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Criminal justice software code could send you to jail and there’s nothing you can do about it

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Sounds like responsibilty laundering. It wasn't me what put that innocent person in jail, it was the software what did it. No, we won't be fixing it, that's the software comapanies job. And they just went into flat pack bankrupancy and were bought by a nice Chiense firm with a line in soical scoring.

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Now boffins are teaching AI to dial up chemo doses for brain cancer

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I'd be more excited if doctors were using genetic profiling now both of the tumour(s) and the patient's healthy tissue so we could compare like with like.

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Clap, damn you, clap! Samsung's Bixby 2.0 AI reveal is met with apathy

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Hmm had assumed that the camera software would have been part of the build for that specific phone. Might have to settle for plugging as many privacy holes as I can if that's the case.

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Re: "Because speaking a trivial command out loud is still too intrusive"

A subvocal mic might work, or a glove you could use gestures with. Power and reliablity (plus training users to be able use them effectively) would be an issue.

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If I bought a new Samsung I'd stick lineageOS on it just to get rid of Bixby (and the spyware from google). Neither want or need it and it isn't a failure of imagination on my part, it's just I don't want to be the victim of shovelware.

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Surprise, surprise. Here comes Big Cable to slay another rule that helps small ISPs compete

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Re: Change

You forgot the joke/big brother/think of the children icon.

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Make Sammy Great Again: Surprise – Samsung chucks cash at manufacturing

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The S9 is cheaper than the S8 in their deals atm.

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e2save is offering a S9 on vodafone with 4gb of data £100 up front and £23 per month for two years. That's less than the sim free price of a S9. Guess they are taking the hit hoping people will take the bait. Do have to admit, I am tempted.

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Going public again would swell profits by two-thirds, claims Dell

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I know this is probably both cynical and inaccurate but earn a bunch of shares, go public, issue buy backs, take it private again, earn a bunch of shares, rinse and repeat.

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UK.gov to tech industry: Hands up who can help cut teachers' admin

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Underfunding is the biggest problem schools face. More bungs for business won't help the eduction sector on a national level to improve.

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For all the excitement, Pie may be Android's most minimal makeover yet – thankfully

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Swipe interface can actually be pretty good. It took a little getting use to on my playbook and Q10 but it was soon second nature and quicker than android to navigate around.

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Facebook insists it has 'no plans' to exploit your personal banking info for ads – just as we have 'no plans' to trust it

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I remember when the company which own the Opera mini browser swore that it would never use the data gathered from reformating webpages to be better displayed on a phone (which effectively gave it access to your entire browser history, keeping track of which ads you clicked on etc etc). To the best of my knowledge the didn't but they were bought over by a Chinese consortium and I don't remember a single promise being made to respect the privacy of Opera mini users being made during the coverage of the buy out.

TL;DL is that even if every person in Facebook pinky swore they wouldn't use the data or sell it on and they kept their word, it takes only one manager to change and all that does out of the window.

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Sur-Pies! Google shocks world with sudden Android 9 Pixel push

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I'll wait for lineageOS to take the spyware out.

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OpenAI bots thrash team of Dota 2 semi-pros, set eyes on mega-tourney

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How would it do with a game like snakes and ladders or 40K?

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With no ego and no fatigue and ever faster hardware to run on, the bots do have a number of advantages.

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From toothbrushes to coffee makers to computers: Europe fines Asus, Pioneer, Philips for rigging prices of kit

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Re: ?WTF?

I can't remember its name but years ago a luxury clothing line released a cheaper line of clothes and its profits doubled for about two years and then collapsed. It was a long time in recovering. As it was no longer seen as a top end luxury line, it lost its allure so there could be an element of brand protection. There is also a phenomenon were shops use sales to shift inventory, then people get into the habit of waiting for sales to buy anything. That creates a downward spiral and the suppliers would rather have a steady flow of sales than stop/start unpredictability.

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It will be interesting to see if there are follow up cases. The shops could get back some lost revenue but would that damage their relationship with the supplier? I wonder if there is any legal protection for the shops in that case.

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Engineers, coders – it's down to you to prevent AI being weaponised

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Re: Dual use is hard.

I doubt the Chinese are much better at it, they're just willing to pour more resources into it and no number of false postives is to many as long as there are no false negatives.

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It's only a matter of time before that kind of pattern analysis gets applied for notionally non-military ends such as advertising and searching for terrorists/subversives/members of non-ruling political parties/not in the right clique of ruling parties etc etc with equally incompetent results. Why have 1984 or Brave New World when you can have both with a side of Brazil as garnish?

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♫ The Core i9 clock cycles go up. Who cares where they come down?

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Re: Fake news.

@AC you do realise that you give some credence to the vlogger by saying Apple is known to restrict the fan in favour of low noise over high performance and then rubbish his claim of low performance.

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That's like keeping a formula one car in first or second gear.

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It is not enough to have a powerful engine, you've got to have a chasis that can handle that kind of power. A laptop cooler might help but it isn't a very portable system if you need to stick it in the fridge to use it.

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As Corning unveils its latest Gorilla Glass, we ask: What happened to sapphire mobe screens?

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The Z2 Force is tempting with the semi-replaceable battery/pack mod and shatterproof screen. If only it wasn't so expensive. Still haven't settled on what to get when my S6 dies. the battery life is very poor but a bulky battery case helps.

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Why Google won't break a sweat about EU ruling

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Apparently there is will be a pay for option on Sailfish 3. Will be looking forward to that for my Gemini. If it can run Android apk that will be a bonus.

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Official: The shape of the smartphone is changing forever

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@JohnFen, I was saying 'we' collectively. Certainly I don't want them but it's what were getting and getting more of it by the day so enough people want or are willing to put up with it to make it a feature on a lot of phones.

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The notch exists for one or two reasons depending on how you view the issue. Percentage of surface covered by screen is one of the metrics that is being used to drive the sale of new phones. So are features such as face unlock. Problem is that the level of reliablity required for high end phones, under the glass sensors aren't ready yet. At least not a price that even Apple is unwilling to charge. the notch is a comprimise, we want to have both things, even if it creates an ugly comprimise that should handle OS level info battery level, signal strength etc etc and tell app developers hands off.

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Samsung’s new phone-as-desktop is slick, fast and ready for splash-down ... somewhere

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Re: Here is an Idea

Indeed, you could sit it on top of your lap while you're using it. Now, what could we call it?

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It would be interesting to try dex and a Gemini side by side. I suspect that the Gemini is far more capbile on its own but hooked up to everything else, I wonder if you'd notice the difference.

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Kremlin hacking crew went on a 'Roman Holiday' – researchers

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Re: weaponising the population

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/16/refugees-are-becoming-russias-weapon-of-choice-in-syria

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Re: RUSSIA covertly acquiring information about Italian Marine Border security?

Okay, for a moment I am going to suppose you're not a troll or a moron and bite. Russia is weaponising the population it is helping to displace in the Syria conflict. A lot of these people end up crossing the Med and end up in southern EU states such as Italy. Knowing how Italy is planning to cope could help them plan their stragety and know how effective what they have been doing has been. There's also the principal that you hack everyone you can all the time for the chance you'll find something you can use or simply to embarrass the target.

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No, seriously, why are you holding your phone like that?

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Re: Only yesterday...

While I would happily blame the apprentice for the black death, in that instance they're using the phone in hand free mode so they can have a group conversation.

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One two three... Go: Long Pig Microsoft avoids cannibalising Surface

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It's at least £80 too expensive for what it is and £100 for the keyboard and £90 for the pen is an expensive joke.

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You're indestructible, always believe in 'cause you are Go! Microsoft reinvents netbook with US$399 ‘Surface Go’

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Just took a peek at the preorder prices. £380 for the basic model or £510 for the 8gb ram/256gb ssd model. £100 for the keyboard, £90 for the pen and £30 for the mouse. Don't know that they're smoking but it must be some reality warping stuff if they think those are competitive prices for what they are offering.

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Re: A good windows ink device?

As they run android you could use onenote or evernote although google have been cutting off ereader access to the play store so you might want to wait a bit till they get that sorted.

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It would just be interesting to hear why some people disagree with the consensus that quickly appeared but didn’t care enough to vent their spleen. Is it just pique or do they have something to say? Or is it marketing bots trying to put some infective spin out there?

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Juding from the consistent number of downvotes on the negative posts seems like there's a few fans of the surface out today. Any change of some feed back on why you like it instead of just a silent thumbs down?

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Re: A good windows ink device?

One of the onyx note series or something from remarkable sounds like it would do what you want.

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Yea, if you're prepared to put up with a little bulk from a year or two ago you can get more for your money but this is firmly in the too thin to fix category.

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That will be over £300 for the tablet and another close to £100 for the keyboard and the same for the stylus. £450 these days can get you a lot of laptop. saveonlaptops have a Lenovo Miix 510 with the keyboard and stylus and an iCore3 for £450 or if you need a 10" screen a Lenovo IdeaPad Miix 320 for £240. This is simply too expensive once you include the cost of the keyboard/cover and the stylus. It would need to be at most £400 all in to have a hope.

*Edit - Still getting to grips with my new Gemini but think I'll have even less reason to buy something like this when my old 13" Toshiba dies (long war makes it hit its thermal limit so think that day is sooner than it would be).

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I see you're trying to leak a file! US military seeks Clippy-like AI to stop future Snowdens

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I thought that the standard practice was to mark everything secret unless it was important then it was top secret. Some of the stats around the contents of some secret documents and the sheer number of people who had access when Manning leaked the material they had access too was <REDACTED>.

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US taxman wants AI to do the security checks it seemingly can't do itself

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Any chance they could set the AI on corpate tax dodgers and get them to pay up?

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Basho investor to pay up $20m in damages for campaign that put biz on 'greased slide to failure'

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Depends on what they friendly directors thought they were worth.

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Hope that the fine goes to the individuals if the investment vehicle doesn't have the money to pay. This kind of 'management' style needs to be treated in the same way as Japanese knotweed.

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Leatherbound analogue password manager: For the hipster who doesn't mind losing everything

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Of course what you do is have a little deamon running in the background looking for login attempts against the usernames in your book. Then you know someone is after you.

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Gemini goes back to the '90s with Agenda, Data and mulls next steps

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I bought jotterpad thinking it could access rtf files but it can only export to them. The dev team promises that functionality is coming soon. If not I'll give TextMaker a go. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Hoping for Microsoft's mythical Andromeda in your Xmas stocking? Don't hold your breath

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The Gemini was an unexpected angle. Going to take a crack at putting Debian on soon, might give me an idea of how well it would run windows. I suspect though that it would take a serious upgrade to the CPU and battery to make it a pratical Windows 10 device.

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London's top cop isn't expecting facial recog tech to result in 'lots of arrests'

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Look at universal credit, incompetence and a waste of money aren't restrictions on doing stuff.

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If the police can't manage to delete illegally held mugshots of innocent people from their database(s) then they cannot be competent enough to run a facial recogniation system.

As for the two people the system is identified, with an error rate of 98% I wonder if it didn't just get lucky and two errors appeared to make a right.

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