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Samsung Galaxy Note 9: A steep price to pay

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Re: Choices, choices...

My other half just got the Moto G6 Plus. In many ways a nice phone. One thing I noticed, being stock Android, it really pushes you to give all your data to Google. For example there is no local account, you have to store all your contacts against your google account, so unless you are aware and disable google contacts sync then they slurp them automagically. Similar for photos, no local 'gallery' app, only google photos, so if you are not careful then your photos are suddenly corporate property too. Basically all the defaults point your personal data to google.

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Re: "Pricey? I would say so..."

In the UK Samsung offer a £200 trade in for the Note 4. Even so, I will keep mine. Having just spent a fortnight camping the swappable battery was invaluable. And I actually do make regular use of the IR blaster.The flat screen is a bonus too. All in, I actually prefer my Note 4, despite my gadget lust.

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People hate hot-desking. Google thinks they’ll love hot-Chromebooking

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Mainframe?

Is this sort of a return to the mainframe and dumb terminals setup of old, except that now the terminals pack their own horsepower?

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Not API: Third parties scrape your Gmail for marketing insights

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Re: Selectivity, again...

Well, if I give "Sample APPLICATION" permission to read my emails, I expect the reading to be done by Sample Application. So that would be an algorithm, artificial intelligence, a machine - not a person. There is a difference.

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Misuse would imply the reading of your email was not covered by a 'permission'. So on a technical level this is not misuse. But by any common understanding, well, did the users properly understand the permissions? Did anybody really suppose they had understood, or rather is this enterprise predicated on their expected ignorance?

To me they read like you are giving permission for the application itself to read your emails, artificial intelligence, not flesh and blood.

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Samsung escapes obligation to keep old phones patched

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One major difference I see is that, in the main, flaws that have come to light over the years in cars have been defects in the design and build which were present from the start, whereas with phones they are generally vulnerabilities to new exploits which did not pertain when the phone was launched.

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Two things

1) All this scary noise about security updates for phones; OK, I get the basic idea (my phone *could* be vulnerable to exploit xyz), but I've simply never heard of anyone having it happen to them. Loads of headlines about the possibility, none about the fact.

2) My front door lock *could* be picked - is Yale obligated to upgrade it so it is hardened against the latest developments in lockpicking techniques?

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Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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Re: Just Pixel?

Actually, I could use a primer here. Google apps? What are they, for example? I don't use Chrome or Gmail etc, I actually prefer the Samsung 'crapware' alternatives. Does using the Play app store fall into the category of 'Google apps'? What exactly am I saying goodbye to if I " press cancel on the sign-up"?

Which makes me curious - the author implicitly prefers the slurpy Google apps when he characterises the alternatives as 'crapware', even whilst writing this anti-slurp manifesto. Contradictory?

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Re: Still with the removable storage thing?

Unlike a Lambo, bragging rights is not the only factor at stake with storage. I've known two phones die with loads of photos locked inside. One reason why mine are all on the SD card. How much faster than fast enough they get there, I don't care. And yes, it's backed up to a NAS as well, before you jump on that one.

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'Every little helps'... unless you want email: Tesco to kill free service

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Re: Own domain

"so long as you keep paying the registration fees every year it won't be taken away."

Unless it is a .EU domain.

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The new, new Psion is getting near production. Here's what it looks like

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yup, the hinge! SO many years later, STILL in thrall to the same demon.

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Re: Can we stop calling it a Psion please?

Yes, the calendar application. Android is still in the dark ages compared to its slick usability. Why does android keep giving me alarms at midnight?! Etc. Please, Mr Android, get hold of a working Psion 5MX and have a play.

The one thing Psion never got right was the hinge - always over complex and too fragile. Every one I had broke. I see they are going for a trick hinge again...

They keyboard, never equalled. All in, I know I was far more productive on a Psion than ever on a smartphone. Smartphones are very beguiling, but ultimately fall far short in usability. Type a report, build a database, actually use the diary, easy on Psion, nightmare on smartphone.

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Europe dumps 300,000 UK-owned .EU domains into the Brexit bin

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So if they are taking their ball home...

EU? Ironic that they continue to use the English name for the organisation. Surely after we leave they should be denied that privilege and be forced to change the TLD to .UE, or whatever language they can agree upon from within their own pot. Or, erm, does the common concept of Grandfather rights seem relevant here?

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Tsk-tsk, fat cat Softcat: Milk-slurping reseller taken to court

pleb

Re: History repeating itself...

That's the RISC you take.

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Europe slaps €997m antitrust fine on Qualcomm

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Re: Look Who Wants to Wet Their Beaks

A properly functioning market is if no value?

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HMRC dev support team cc blurtfest: Over 1,400 email addresses blabbed

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Re: Let's get some perspective here

No, not like when some HIV clinic CCs a newsletter to all their patients!

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Re: Irregular verbs

Surely HMxx should be using HM Queen's English. "Shuttered"?

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UK's Just Eat faces probe after woman tweets chat-up texts from 'delivery guy'

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Re: I'm failing to see how this is Just Eat's fault

"This is surely an impossibility unless JE literally handles all the SMS stuff themselves and bans the restaurant from direct contact with the customer except the delivery itself. "

Far from impossible, but clearly JE want the money but not the work involved.

They just need to look at how Amazon let traders communicate with you by email, but without giving up your email address. A proxy system. No reason why JE could not do the same with your phone number, so that it was never revealed to the restaurant, and JE could audit texts etc.

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Butcher breaks out of own freezer using black pudding

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Re: This is a serious problem.

So you are saying there could be contributory negligence? Maybe not an open and shut case then?

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Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

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Yes, the cost of these 'solutions'. Reminds me of the old stand-up gag about the husband who did not report his wife's stolen credit card. The thief was spending less than his wife.

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Thou shalt use our drone app, UK.gov to tell quadcopter pilots

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Re: OK, so which part do I register?

Reminds me of Trigger's broom (Only Fools and Horses).

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Car tax evasion has soared since paper discs scrapped

pleb

Scrap car tax, simples.

Just get rid of car tax, save every penny spent on its administration. Put the tax on fuel.

The argument used to be that the tax disc was a useful check that a car was insured. That no longer applies. Scrap the tax.

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BT hikes prices for third time in 18 months

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That's a favourite with Virgin too. Trumpet their "totally free" speed increases one month, then push through an "inflation" price rise the following month.

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Pixel-style display woes on your shiny new X? Perfectly normal, says Apple

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Re: Problem for OLED

Can't see any burn in on my Note 4. Even though I am now paranoid, and have changed the browser settings to display full screen, so as to remove the clock etc from permanent display - but no actual sign of burn in from the time display which has been up there for over two years until now.

Maybe if websites could all offer a choice of a black background (as dpreview.com) we would suffer less screen (and retina) burn.

The green shift, yes. But did wonder why I should be looking at my device sideways however... face on seems more natural.

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Car trouble: Keyless and lockless is no match for brainless

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Shirley, all that the nag screen proves is that the manufacturer had culpable knowledge that the sat nav was a distraction to safe driving, yet failed to remedy it.

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Vodafone, EE and Three overcharging customers after contracts expire

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% APR?

I don't understand how they get away with selling phones on what amounts to Hire Purchase without having to comply with the requirements of the Consumer Credit Act, such as quoting the APR and total cost of borrowing.

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How DeepMind's AlphaGo Zero learned all by itself to trash world champ AI AlphaGo

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And that is the sad truth. We humans beat machines/AI hands down when it comes to menial 'unskilled' tasks like doing the ironing, folding and putting away clothes, dusting the mantlepiece, etc. Are those the jobs we will be left with once the machines take over all the skilled jobs? Who serves who?

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Huge power imbalance between firms and users whose info they grab

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An offer I can't refuse

The power imbalance is what annoys me. So Microsoft (or whichever) can include T&Cs that basically state, "we can slurp your data and do what we like with it, you forego any rights to class actions, etc. By continuing to use the software you confirm your consent".

So my choice is to prostitute my legitimate expectations of privacy, or opt out of the norms of participation in modern economy.

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Equifax: About those 400,000 UK records we lost? It's now 15.2M. Yes, M for MEELLLION

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So I don't have an "account" with Equifax, nothing I can log in to, so there is no password or mother's maiden name to steal. But obviously Equifux still have loads of data about me to lose/leave on the bus/park bench. But the way they tell it, it is account details etc that were stolen. How does that play for peeps like me with no account?

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MH370 final report: Aussies still don’t know where it crashed or why

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Flat earth, obviously

The earth is flat. It flew off the edge.Did nobody think of that?

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Driverless cars will make more traffic, say transport boffins

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Re: Am I stupid (be kind)?

@Dr Syntax. Thank you. I was not explicit enough, but you expressed it much better. Indeed I was referring to the sharing of cars rather than sharing of journeys. As others point out, we already can share journeys if we wish, driverless changes nothing there. Driverless means we can share the car (sequentially, as another has helpfully clarified) instead of owning it. And as you point out with the Uber example, why would that not add to conjestion?

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Am I stupid (be kind)?

Ok, I'm maybe being thick, but I don't get how car sharing reduces congestion. Just because everybody has their own personal car parked somewhere (i.e. static), how does that increase traffic congestion? If anything, lots of shared cars transiting to their next assignment can only add to the number of vehicle movements.

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The award for worst ISP goes to... it starts with Talk and ends with Talk

pleb

Re: Someome needs to tell

Whose aggressive chuggers?

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New HMRC IT boss to 'recuse' herself over Microsoft decisions

pleb

Re: What could possibly go wrong?

Is that a reference to Elop?

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pleb

How is it that simple? I don't take decisons about using Microsoft, only about using Libre Office? Etc.

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Boffin wins (Ig) Nobel prize asking if cats can be liquid

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Paws four thought

Cats can be pawed, ergo liquid.

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Apple’s facial recognition: Well, it is more secure for the, er, sleeping user

pleb

Re: Like fingerprints

Sure, but since at least two cops will have gooned at it already it will revert to requiring your pass code by the time they have you in a headlock.

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123-Reg customers outraged at automatic .UK domain registration

pleb

Maybe they did you a favour?

Cynical, possibly. But if you do actually trade on a .co.uk site, customers etc, are you happy to let the .uk doppleganger go to someone else? Like who? Just maybe, despite themselves, 123 have done you a favour of sorts. The real charlatans are those who created .uk - for what purpose?

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It's official: Users navigate flat UI designs 22 per cent slower

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Re: "Historically"

...and so, as processing power increased and memory multiplied like clover, they, uh, cut back on the 3D stuff.

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Hallelujia!

And I thought it was me. I thought it was my fault I struggled to see the wood for the trees, or could not readily decipher light grey 6-point text on an expansive white background, or even know where to look to find the wretched button. Actually, I'm lying. I thought, "which tosser ever thought it was clever to camouflage the UX."

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Couple fires sueball at Amazon over faulty solar eclipse-viewing goggles

pleb

Re: This is why

"Did the government not spend millions of pounds on an advertising campaign telling people "DON'T LOOK AT THE SUN!" ??"

Sure, but then Mr Trump showed them how it should be done anyway:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/av/world-us-canada-41003929/solar-eclipse-2017-donald-trump-looks-directly-at-the-sun

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Re: Get out the popcorn

"Amazon whilst a retailer, is also a market place. If they were sold by a 3rd party on Amazon, then I don't believe they can be held liable"

You can't turn a profit without accepting liability, or are you proposing a risk-free business model?

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Site for sore eyes.

Amazon seem very happy to profit (tax free) from all kinds of counterfeit goods openly sold on their site. Replacement smartphone batteries spring to mind, but I'm sure the list is near endless. I'd certainly not trust Amazon with my eyesight.

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WannaCrypt NHS victim Lanarkshire infected by malware again

pleb

Re: Utter Bastards

Oh yes. I must have skipped the last paragraph!

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Re: Utter Bastards

Actually, if it were targetted at hospitals, I'd almost think that was better. Some grievance against the medical community in the mind of an inadequate kiddie, lashes out in revenge.

But in fact it's probably totally indiscriminate, fire off at random in the mall, see what happens just for kicks kind of mentality. Oh, I hit a hospital, lol.

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Ad blocking basically doesn't exist on mobile

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Samsung?

No one seems to have mentioned Samsung. The stock Samsung browser supports adblockers, and for my money it works very well. Given their market penetration in the USA, I'm surprised by the findings of the report.

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You don't use a Samsung phone? Stock browser supports adblockers. Very effective.

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VW engineer sent to the clink for three years for emissions-busting code

pleb

Re: Maximum executive fine too

Read the article - the perp was not "a coder". He was in a position of authority and responsibility.

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Reality strikes Dixons Carphone's profits after laughing off Brexit threat

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Re: Extended life expectancy for mobes

Made me think...

My old original Note just gave up the ghost after 5 years - stuck at boot screen, recovery mode not available. Actually 5 years isn't so bad, but even so, why? I'd expect a TV to easily surpass that. Is it capacitor rot? Or solder rot? Or what. The phone is in stellar physical condition.

My Note 4 needed a new motherboard after just 2 years, eMMC failure. An Honor 7 in the family has died even sooner, shuts down when battery drops to 99% (seriously!).

A solid-state device, physically looked after, what makes them die so young?

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