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Comment: Re:Cat and mouse (Score 1) 239

by MrMickS (#47374463) Attached to: Following EU Ruling, BBC Article Excluded From Google Searches

Which is exactly why Robert Peston wrote the new article. It becomes self defeating for the person wanting to be forgotten because the new articles bring the deed he is trying to suppress into the current. If it goes on it also creates a large number of 'this article has been removed' messages in the Google results, which in itself would be a marker.

It's better to leave this to the legal system ruling on the original articles. If the article is removed then, and only then, should a search engine have to remove links to it, cached copies etc.

+ - Microsoft Smartband Coming in October with 11 Sensors->

Submitted by TuxHiggs
TuxHiggs (2691251) writes "Last month, Forbes wrote that Microsoft was preparing a cross-platform smartwatch with the ability to continuously track your heart rate and sync the data to your devices. A trusted source with knowledge of the development has verified some of that information and provided Tom's Hardware with additional details about the device. The source confirmed previous rumors that the device is cross-platform compatible, and added there would be open APIs as well. The source also confirmed that the display is on the inside of the wrist as opposed to the outside. Design-wise, Microsoft has gone with a slim band design that is said to resemble a thinner, flatter version of the Nike Fuelband. While details about the hardware are scant, the source did reveal that there are 11 sensors under the hood and a mix of chips, including some from TI and Atmel. Finally, the release for this device is apparently set for October."
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+ - Microsoft Suspending "Patch Tuesday" emails?->

Submitted by outofluck70
outofluck70 (1734164) writes "Got an email today from Microsoft, text is below. They are no longer going to send out emails regarding patches, you have to use RSS or keep visiting their security sites. They blame "governmental policies" as the reason. What could the real reason be? Anybody in the know?

From the email:

Title: Microsoft Security Notifications
Issued: June 27, 2014

Notice to IT professionals:

As of July 1, 2014, due to changing governmental policies concerning the issuance of automated electronic messaging, Microsoft is suspending the use of email notifications that announce the

* Security bulletin advance notifications
* Security bulletin summaries
* New security advisories and bulletins
* Major and minor revisions to security advisories and bulletins

In lieu of email notifications, you can subscribe to one or more of the RSS feeds described on the Security TechCenter website.

For more information, or to sign up for an RSS feed, visit the Microsoft Technical Security Notifications webpage at"

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Comment: Re:Why keep Wifi on? (Score 2) 323

by MrMickS (#47201519) Attached to: iOS 8 Strikes an Unexpected Blow Against Location Tracking

Why keep Wifi on? It never seems to work well for me. When I did try to use it the data connection would constantly sever and sometimes cause whatever app I'm using to get angry. Furthermore at my house my Wifi is much slower than my mobile connection. Even though I have a data cap (Verizon) I never exceed the cap without Wifi. I also save some battery by keeping it off.

Wish I had mod points for the above.

I disable my WiFi until I'm somewhere I want to use it. The only people that can track me are my cell provider and those people within range of a WiFi network I want to connect to.

Comment: Re:Yeah. Right. (Score 1) 243

by MrMickS (#47193589) Attached to: New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

You totally misunderstood me, and got oddly defensive of ABS (and abusive of me) for some reason.

I never said ABS was bad (or in any way worse than non-abs) it's just incompatible with the braking style that people learn to use on non-abs cars, and leads to a longer braking distance that you would have otherwise gotten using that same technique with non-abs brakes

The implication here is that once people have learnt to drive thats it. They don't learn any more. They don't change their driving style to adapt to the changes in roads and car technology. I find this attitude incredibly worrying.

I'm sure cost is a factor in buying ABS, but how do you explain the people who buy the full-featured deluxe model of a car, and then specifically request that it be non-ABS. Or the people who intentionally remove the ABS function from their car?

Darwin Award Contenders?

Comment: Re:Do No Evil so why not delete the info? (Score 1) 138

"should some random dude be able to remove _my_ information that I _want_ to be available?"

I don't know if you were implying otherwise, but it's probably worth making it explicitly clear that they can't easily do so, because Google require proof of ID to honour a request.

I think you've missed the point here. If I post information explaining why Mr X shouldn't be trusted that's my information. Mr X can request Google to remove my site from their index by providing proof that he is Mr X. At no point does Google have to talk to me about it.

The whole scheme provides an extra-legal mechanism to censor the web. Its an appalling overreach of secrecy law and needs to be removed forthwith.

Comment: Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (Score 1) 272

by MrMickS (#46777149) Attached to: Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

I used my Palm V and a Nokia 6130 all the time. It allowed me to keep track of expenses using a database, and sync them back to my office. It allowed me to keep track of my email, using the IrDA connection between the devices. It allowed me to reboot servers when needed from a restaurant using SSH. It allowed me to edit code remotely from another country, again using SSH.

I had a need and a use for my Palm. It wasn't a toy to me. I have a need for my current iPhone, though in many ways its not as flexible or capable as my Palm/Nokia combination was.

Comment: Bullsh*t (Score 2) 130

by MrMickS (#46696719) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

This is complete and utter rubbish. It may not be time now, but that doesn't mean that it won't happen. Media is converging, we are beginning to see a move away from traditional broadcasters towards creators dealing directly with the end users. It's going to take a little while before its possible, but it will happen.

The evidence? Youtube for one. The production values are increasing, more content providers are releasing via YouTube and surviving on the advertising revenue generated from there. WWE for another, they're in the process of going direct to customer, cutting out the middle man. More content providers will go this way once there is a reliable revenue stream.

If content providers go this way they will want their content to be available across all of these devices to maximise their reach. Perhaps it'll go the way of gaming, with the manufacturers paying for a small subset of exclusives initially but will that be sustainable in the long term? It's doubtful.

Comment: Re:The Slide-to-Unlock Claim, for reference (Score 1) 408

by MrMickS (#46691589) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

So for something so obvious for people not to have come up with over a span of 10 years?

IMO the patentable part should be in the technique of the invention. Slide to unlock may have taken a while to apply... but actually implementing it the moment it was requested was within the capability of every programmer on the planet... all the way back to 1991, without notes, without assistance... just the requirement itself is enough to implement it.

Just a requirement? Ah, that's it then. Everything is possible, it just needs a requirement. Isn't that requirement someone coming up with the idea of what they want to do? Couldn't this be considered inventing it? You now see how a patentable idea comes about.

Comment: Re:Except much of the time they're right... (Score 3, Insightful) 408

by MrMickS (#46691555) Attached to: Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?

Did you seriously see anything there that wasn't painfully obvious? All the video demonstrated to me is that Microsoft throws their money away. It struck me as a bureaucratic butt covering move that they hired her to go through these motions in the first place.

Hindsight is always 20:20. In fact the best ideas, those that become second nature, are often considered obvious after the event. The real question though is, if they were so obvious, why didn't someone else do it before?

The first Rotarian was the first man to call John the Baptist "Jack." -- H.L. Mencken