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3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

New software nasty encrypts Android PHONE files and demands a ransom

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Re: Why?

Does it really happen so often? I don't actually know anybody who lost their phone, broke it, or had it stolen…

I wonder what the numbers are. Probably very different from place to place.

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'Inaccurate' media misleads public on European Court's Google ruling

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Complete confusion

I believe that most of the confusion is due to the fact that the new rule has just been decided, and nobody knows exactly what will happen. Here in the comments of the Reg, I have seen people opining that Google will ignore all the applications, refuse them all, or even accept them all. And Google themselves probably don't really know.

That said, I'm wondering how this can all work. Unless Google accepts practically all the applications, the data protection authorities are going to receive every day hundreds of complaints of people who got rejected by Google. I rather doubt they really want or even have the resources to go through all of it.

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Google's Nexus devices get stealth Android update

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Re: @E 2 : NSA, GCHQ, etc.

Completely comfortable. Honestly, why would you trust this new version any less than the last? Did you check line by line the code of the previous version and make sure nothing was sent to the NSA? If so, you can do the same with this one again, right?

Do tell us of all the backdoors you find.

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Supreme Court nixes idea of 'indirect' patent infringement

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Yay SCOTUS

Please tell those federal circuit courts to stop bogging down the system.

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YOSEMITE GLAM: Apple unveils gussied up OS X

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Interested by iCloud Drive

If it works just like Dropbox, I could see it take off. The only unfortunate thing is that you won't be able to share it with a non-Apple person.

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Google to plonk tentacles on 'unwired' world with $1bn launch of 180-satellite fleet

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Damn. Must feel good to have all that money to spend on whatever you want.

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Amazon workers in Germany celebrate strike anniversary with ... ANOTHER STRIKE

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German unions

On one hand German unions tend to be reasonable and not make crazy requests.

On the other hand, I suspect they consider Amazon like a "rich US company" that can afford to pay its employees more… Which would almost be the case were it not for the fact that Amazon uses razor-thin margins in order to grow its market share.

I'm curious to see the answer from Amazon, but they seem quite used to playing hardball.

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FORGET OUR PAST, 12,000 Europeans implore Google

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Why is Google in charge of the process?

That I understand, people have to contact Google using that form, then Google decides if they agree or not (I suspect their answer will be no more often that not), then people need to appeal to the data protection agency of their country. And then people need to redo the whole thing again for Yahoo and Bing.

Why wouldn't people directly contact the data protection agencies, which would then notify Google et al. of their decision? This would speed up the process, and let people have a single point of contact for all their privacy needs.

It's not clear to me why the courts decided that a first decision about privacy should be taken by Google, which people don't exactly trust on the subject, rather than the data protection agencies, whose job it is supposed to be.

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Re: Has anyone done the slightest bit of thinking here?

Just wait until they charge £50 to process your application…

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100% driverless Wonka-wagon toy cars? Oh Google, you're having a laugh

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Re: compelling arguments.

If it drives in California, I would insure one, actually. You know how insurances offer you a discount for putting detectors on your car? This one comes with more sensors than you can imagine, and is guaranteed to never be drunk, and never go over the speed limit. It should be their wet dream.

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@BillG

I'll note that despite your pessimistic certainty that no insurance would insure these cars, the example you are giving is about electric cars, which are quite common nowadays, and insured like any other car. Tesla has not gone bankrupt yet.

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The British are coming! The British are coming! And they're buying Surface fondleslabs

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Re: Acer

Could change again, though… The next Nexus is probably going to be released soon, which usually means a bump in sales.

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How to strip pesky copyright watermarks from photos ... says a FACEBOOK photo bod

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@adnim

"Thank you for allowing me to think what I like"

Well, there are things where personal interpretation has no place. You stated an opinion which is, simply said, wrong. You might as well have said "as far as I am concerned, 2+2=5".

Note also that asking permission to take a picture of you is respecting your privacy (and is indeed required, even in public places, in some countries); but the picture still belongs to the photographer.

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Re: So what actually was

I believe it was the statements implying that copying pictures from the web without permission was a proper thing to do. Perhaps also, the claim that these pictures "belong" to the students, instead of the guy who took them.

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Google's driverless car: It'll just block our roads. It's the worst

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"Them automobile thingies will never catch on; they always break down, and they're unable to drive in the snow. I'll keep my trusty horse, thank you."

This article raises some excellent points. I am sure Google will realize now they cannot possibly make this work. They obviously didn't think about the fact GPS stops working in tunnels.

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It's Google's no-wheel car. OMG... there aren't any BRAKES

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Do teenagers do that in front on non-self-driving cars? I can't say I have seen anybody playing that game…

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Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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I understand this is something many companies do

…But I wonder how this type of practices would be translated, say, for the cloud business. Where a certain "book store" happens to also be the market leader.

I think large companies eventually stop noticing that everything they do tends to make them look like bullies.

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Tech that we want (but they never seem to give us)

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Re: everything about phones has improved leaps and bounds apart from

I am shocked, shocked, that a million-pixels color display uses more battery than a LCD…?

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French teen fined for illegal drone flight

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Totally worth it

Of course, it might be easier for me to pay than for him, but considering how cool the result is, I would not regret anything.

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Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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You are listening to…

…4'33'' (John Cage)

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Google hit by class action lawsuit over claimed AdSense fraud

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This

I would add, that other lawsuit from the same firm does not encourage me to take this seriously. They claim there that Google is using their controlling position in mobile to force people to use their search engine… When practically everyone will agree the search engine is what Google does best, and has no need of such tactics. And somehow, Android is too expensive because Google forces manufacturers to include their free apps.

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Fanbois Apple-gasm as iPhone giant finally reveals WWDC lineup

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Despite the Apple reputation for being secretive, everybody knew in advance that an iPhone was coming, and same for the Macbook Air and the iPad.

But nothing is eagerly expected this time, so I wouldn't expect anything particularly new. Not even a watch.

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Apple haggles with ISPs for fast lanes to its own websites – industry guru

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Fine with me

Deals like these only allow Apple to make their own service faster. However, breaking down net neutrality would allow Comcast and the like to throttle their competitors. What they mean by creating a fast lane is putting anybody they don't like on the slow lane.

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More chance you came a cropper on a UK road than bought a Chromebook this year

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"people like to work offline"

You mean, companies like their employees not to have Facebook access?

Personally, I find fantastic to have all the documents of my company in the cloud. It's a dream compared to moving files around, or having documents that can be edited by one person at a time. I would never want to go back.

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iPhone-stroker-turned-fandroid sues Apple over iMessage text-slurpery

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Re: Easy fix

Yeah right. Apple intends its software to be a selling point of its hardware. E.g you can't use Apple Maps unless you have an iPhone or a Mac. They don't even have a website for it.

I think iTunes is about the only exception, in that it is also available for Windows… But I wouldn't hold my breath about an Android version. No way, no how.

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Europe's shock Google privacy ruling: The end of history? Don't be daft

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Alert

While this does not seem the end of history, it is strange to me that Google would not be allowed to display, or more actually reproduce, an information which is displayed freely and legally on a Spanish web site (and thanks to the Streisand effect, all over the web by now).

To start splitting hair, how about a web site which would start gathering exclusively the type of information that Google is not allowed to show? Would that be legal, for instance, for a news organization to do this? I understand Google was refused a particular protection available to newspapers. And would Google be allowed to link to such a site?

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Google Maps adds all UK public transport timetables

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Nice

In a city with a complex public transportation system, that's a real time saver.

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Droid malware cloak outwits Google Bouncer and friends

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Re: Surprise!

The media is not reporting any more about the civil war in Syria… must mean there is no war anymore, right?

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FCC chairman to rethink controversial net neutrality proposals

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Happy

What is a controversail?

Is it an invention of the Oracle team for the America's cup?

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WTF is Net Neutrality, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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"it can't really work any other way"

This right after explaining that the TOS headers have never been implemented… Which means that it can and did indeed work another way up to now.

Not that it has to keep working the same way, but to claim "it can't really work any other way" is sophistry.

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HP-Foxconn wave cloud kit under the nose of Google, Facebook et al

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Seems to me that by the point Google or Facebook have finished choosing the details of what they want, from the shape of the rack to the custom CPU, they might as well bypass HP altogether…

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Google buddies up with Intel for this year's big Chromebook push

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Re: Linux please

Chrome OS is based on the Linux kernel, what are you complaining about?

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Google updates Maps app for iOS, Android, adds Uber support

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Re: Offline functionality...

I did notice something like this on Google Maps. While abroad, I got driving directions for a different town from the hotel WiFi, and later on the road, I did get a different route after taking a wrong turn. I'm not sure how much leeway it had, though. It's not something I would be keen on experimenting with.

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Report: Google's NSA dealings not as bad as you thought – THEY WERE WORSE

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Hang on

This was the time Google had announced the hacking attempts coming from the Chinese government, isn't it? I don't see what's surprising about American tech companies getting together with the US government to protect themselves from an outside threat. This is not news. I remember reading on The Reg itself that Sergey Brin was given a temporary clearance to attend a security briefing organized by the US government.

So the NSA got together with Google and other companies to defend US interests from hacking attempts. I fail to see what's nefarious about that. If you'll remember, this was a time where the most likely threat of hacking was China, not the NSA. In fact, this would explain the feeling of betrayal displayed by Google when it was announced that the NSA was spying on their internal fiber links…

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Australian government apps access smartmobe cams but 'don't film you'

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Re: But?

I assume Maps wants wifi access to be able to find your position… Using wifi to do that uses much less batteries than using the GPS.

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The verdict is in: Samsung to pay Apple $120m chump change, but gets tiny rebate

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legal obligation

Not quite. It may be a fiduciary responsibility to protect the investment of the shareholders, but this would have been achieved more sensibly by agreeing to a settlement with Samsung. Declaring a lawsuit holy war takes more time, costs more money, without necessary bringing more results. It also makes you more enemies.

You might be confusing this with trademark law, which forces a company to defend its trademarks or lose them. Patents don't work that way.

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Apple tips Shiraz down all its techies' throats (that's the rumoured name for OS X 10.10)

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Re: MMM!

Hipster? Just because he likes wine?

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Ouch... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

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Time to sue the Internet

The internet has become a monopoly for sending information over long distances. "It’s clear that [the Internet] has not achieved this monopoly through offering a better [system], but through its strategic, anti-competitive placement, and it doesn’t take a forensic economist to see that this is evidence of market manipulation".

You have to admit they have balls. Of all the products that Google is offering, Search has to be the one that is the most recognized to have become the first choice through its own merits. If anything, It is rather considered as the reason Google can push its other products down other people's throat…

It was so before Android existed, and is still more popular than Android…

But hey, don't let logic get in the way of your hope for $$$.

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French software developers are all beautiful women

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Meh

I often find myself reacting adversely to this type of advertising. Ignoring the part about the way females will react to it, it also assumes males are easily duped morons who will be swayed by such tricks.

And, if I want porn, I know where to find it, thankyouverymuch.

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DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Stupid

How about just charging differently for different resolutions? Wouldn't it be simpler? No need for tying the video to the device, or complicated system to check the size of the device?

Muppet.

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Did Google order staff to 'steal' web ad cash from publishers? THE TRUTH

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Let me get this straight

Google receives money from advertisers and passes (some of) it to publisher web sites on which the ads run. And the claim is that Google banned publisher web sites so as not to have to pay them, and did not refund advertisers?

That I understand, the payment threshold is $100. Even with "thousands upon thousands of publishers" thus banned, this is surely pocket change for Google…

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FBI floats $5 MEELLION bounty for alleged Chinese WMD purveyor

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Everytime you ask the Register to stop doing something

They do it twice just to annoy you.

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AOL confirms security breach from spam attack

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Re: They're notifiying who?????

Try your spam folder …

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Re: Jeez...

I planned to post a mandatory "WTF AOL still exists" here, but I see it's been taken care of.

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Comcast to dump 3.9 MEEELLION subscribers to quell Time Warner merger antitrust fears

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Competition

Competition means having more than one provider available to each customer, not having many providers who agree not to compete for each other's customers…

In other words, this move would only go in the right direction if Comcast immediately tried to poach the millions of customers it sold to Charter Communications.

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Google's self-driving car breakthrough: Stop sign no longer a problem

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Re: I can't believe you guys are so gullible

That's an interesting idea… Rather than creating self-driving cars, let's create remote controlled cars, which is considerably easier, and outsource the driving to India.

There's already way more Indians than Americans and Europeans combined, so no problem there.

I'll insert here patent-busting keywords to make prior art discovery easier: remote controlled car long distance driving teledriving outsourcing automated bullshit.

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Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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Re: Good that Google didn't illegally map all private Wifi access points in the EU.

Actually, though Google did do it, this isn't the part which caused them trouble. It was the fact that they recorded packets going through the WiFi while they were driving by which made governments unhappy.

That I know, mapping the WiFi access points has not been judged a violation of privacy, and it is perfectly known that Apples iPhones have been using a similar mapping for years.

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Will Apple's $130bn cash infusion keep investors onboard?

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Re: Conflicting information

I would check back the article which made the claim about half their money being in the US. That definitely does not fit what I read on the subject.

About the deferred taxes, I suspect Apple does not count this as money they have not yet paid taxes on, but as money they don't intend to pay taxes on, ever.

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Minecraft players can now download Denmark – all of it – in 1:1 scale

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Re: 1:1 ???

Same question on my mind. I didn't know Minecraft bricks had an official size. What's the length of an edge in linguine?

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Apple stuns world with rare SEVEN-way split: What does that mean?

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No change

The investors who cannot yet invest because the share price is too high are barely worth a rounding error for a company with such a massive market cap. I'd be surprised to see any difference, even in volatility.

…Why divide by seven??

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