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Comment The Somebody Else's Problem Field (Score 2) 179 179

It's probably unrelated but my Nexus 9 went into a terminal boot loop this week (it was lagging severely and taking 10 minutes to boot beforehand so I suspect a memory or CPU issue). I just find it amusing that Google are putting this on the manufacturer because when I complained to HTC they told me to go talk to Google instead. Fortunately since it's fairly new and UK law is very clear about responsibility I can go to the retailer instead of playing customer support ping-pong.

Comment Does it claim to encrypt files? (Score 1) 277 277

Nowhere in the app's description could I see where it claim to encrypt files. It does say that it encrypts SMS and message alerts but aside from that the term used is "camouflage" (which this does to some extent by moving files and obfuscating magic numbers and other file headers so they take some small effort to open). Maybe they've changed the app description since this was announced but otherwise ninjadoge24 is essentially complaining that this software doesn't live up to his/her assumptions.

Comment Re:Hardly allegedly (Score 5, Interesting) 248 248

Not allegedly at all. My new Y50 (3 weeks old) came with Superfish pre-installed, phoney root certificates and all. Luckily I've encountered Superfish before when they were trying to insinuate themselves into every extension they could on the Chrome Web Store so it was easy to spot and obliterate.

Comment The Law or the Implementation? (Score 1) 329 329

The ORG surveyed ISPs on what they will be implementing rather than what the government is asking them to do which (and I think this sets a far more worrying precedent) is not subject to public scrutiny and, given the lack of information even from 'rebel' ISPs, may well be classified under the Official Secrets Act as it is in Australia.

Comment Re:That's great (Score 1) 230 230

Considering how many on-line references there are for music lyrics, old games and movies it would be very difficult for any moderately popular work to become orphan. Stripping meta-data off, say, an MP3 of Wonderwall by Oasis wouldn't make it suddenly unidentifiable. Nor would removing the credit sequence at the end of Blade Runner.

Comment Re:Stockphotos (Score 5, Insightful) 313 313

Odd that everyone is complaining about their land-grab of photographs and very few are mentioning their permitted use of your username and likeness which seems a lot more objectionable to me. Facebook is full of invasive and misleading ads for dating sites that would just love a cache of readily available real names and profile photos to attach to their fake users. I'd much rather they nicked my spur-of-the-moment snaps than used me to defraud lonely and desperate people.

Comment Re:We are the 30% (Score 1) 724 724

But then again, what would the Microsoft do if they were in their position, suddenly play fair?

Microsoft have been in a very similar position when the BBC wanted to put their iPlayer video streaming app on the XBox 360. It took an awfully long time for Microsoft to agree not to put it behind the XBox Live Gold pay-wall (a sticking point because the BBC is expressly forbidden from charging a subscription to UK viewers) but in the end they allowed it.

Like punning, programming is a play on words.

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