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Comment: Re:It's sad (Score 1) 403

by wolja (#48031357) Attached to: Google To Require As Many As 20 of Its Apps Preinstalled On Android Devices

When a company moves from innovating to abusing its market share, it's usually not a good sign.

Except when you get a phone with an old version of Android and loads of proprietary bloatware 'innovation' the phone sucks in ways it would not suck if it just had the up-to-date integrated Google app suite and android versions.

In this instance, the more Google succeeds, the better the products are.

Wow your definition of better fails to match reality. Google crapware as a mandatory is not better.

Comment: I'm sure quickflix does but ... (Score 1) 172

by wolja (#47932341) Attached to: Quickflix Wants Netflix To Drop Australian VPN Users

Given Village Roadshow and Foxtel apparently have our AG in their pockets, and Rupert baby owns our PM, I'm sure that many many millions will be spent trying to block VPN's.

Quickflix's two big problems are most of it's movies are on DVD mailed out and they are caught in the let's overcharge the Aussies mentality of the content providers so their offering is tiny.

Foxtel are trying to pretend to lower prices at the moment but are more interested in getting the govt to try the great firewall of Aus and harsh penalties for accessing content that doesn't have the 50+% surcharge they love.

Oh for the days when Governments were of the people and for the people rather than of the highest bidder for the highest bidder.

Comment: Re:Time for new terminology (Score 1) 635

by wolja (#47922295) Attached to: Extent of Antarctic Sea Ice Reaches Record Levels

You jest but first it was global warming, then global cooling, than warming again and finally climate change. What it should be is "atmospheric CO2 level rise"


Instead we got decades of alarmist and bogus predictions. its no surprise that so many folks are so dismissive now.

The fact that it's not just a rise on CO2 or the fact that a growth in one season is not a trend is exactly what the deniers will batten on to as proof positive that human mediated climate change is not happening.

A large part of the denialists increasingly strident position is that there might be climate change happening but that humans have had little to no impact on it so continuing to burn fossil fuels won't have an impact.

I'd be fascinated to see the evidence that have been decades of alarmist and bogus predictions.

Comment: Paranoia isn't always of use (Score 1) 299

Yep totally agree that because the Govt might be able to brick your phone the ability to lower theft rates should be withheld from the populace.

Of course bricking your phone makes it much harder for them to listen to your phone calls but needs must.

Oh sorry /sarcasm

Comment: Re:Easy, India or China (Score 1) 303

by wolja (#47724727) Attached to: Scientists Baffled By Unknown Source of Ozone-Depleting Chemical

and I can think of a certain group of American Democrats who despite whatever noises they make at the end of the day are equally mega-corporate bitches same as the Republicans. Obama and 90% of Democrats in Congress for starters....

Just because both sides of your Govt are broken / corrupt doesn't mean the system is right.

Comment: Re:Take responsibility for your decisions (Score 1) 175

by wolja (#47546235) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

"Someone above hit the nail on the head when they commented on the price of bandwidth that Ads take."

It is 2014. You buy unlimited bandwidth, and the cost of it is zero. If you try to be cheap, then you should have purchased a regular cell phone, not one that uses data. Period.

I may have forgotten to mention that being in Australia the concept of unlimited bandwidth is a fairy tale that reportedly Yanks get.

I have one of the better plans in Australia at 4GB. Most are around 1 or 2 GB at most and come with usurious prices if you exceed the limit, ie 15c a Mb .

I think I'll go right on complaining about services that use data when I don't want them to.

Comment: Re:Take responsibility for your decisions (Score 1) 175

by wolja (#47527009) Attached to: Privacy Lawsuit Against Google Rests On Battery Drain Claims

I have been using Android since the first device ... the T-Mobile G1 ... came out. In fact I pre-ordered it before it was released. It has never been a problem for me either, and I use plenty of apps. This whole thing is much ado about nothing, really. Yes some apps have an ad in them, but I never really even notice them. I pay attention to the UI and don't click on the ads. Thus my reason for not having any sympathy for the winers, who are likely M$ schills or just plain idiots.

Ah when you have no idea blame it all on M$. Lolz.

Someone above hit the nail on the head when they commented on the price of bandwidth that Ads take. Not only ads. If I keep an app I pay to get rid of the Ads naively thinking that was the end of the intrusiveness of Ads popping up. However when resetting a stats on a game I had paid to remove ads from I was a tad annoyed to find that the app was sending data about the phone on a weekly basis. A bit of digging around found most were doing it. Tie that in with the recent flurry of permissions that allow games to read contact details etc and the Privacy issue is quite large.

Apple should be bought in on the suite as the bandwidth use is much greater. My daughter being an Ebil Fruit empire captive is starting to have trouble as the Apps are chewing up the 1.5 Gb of data she gets a month. Of course the phone companies then gleefully charge 10c a Mb for data over the cap. Until she switched to IOS 7 it hadn't been an issue.

The assumptions that manufacturers and app providers have the right to take data when they feel fit without obvious permission is becoming an issue.

Comment: Software in Australia ... (Score 1) 112

I'm surprised there is any software to release given the mainly manual nature of our voting system. I'd be more concerned that the transposition from Paper ballots to Paper Tallies to a Computer might be inaccurate. More likely than the software organising the results would be flawed in my opinion.

Comment: Farmers being reactionary is so surprising (Score 1) 567

by wolja (#47354853) Attached to: Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change

Gee I'm surprised that Farmers may not accept the evidence.

From a local perspective given that the Aussie farmers took over 50 years to understand that clear felling was causing the erosion they were bitching about it is not that great a surprise that their Swedish confrères are equally unable to understand reality.

Now if someone can prove that Farmers are the keystone of right wing blindness and not just religion the world will be explained.

Comment: Re:People in glass houses... (Score 1) 387

by wolja (#47250019) Attached to: California Whooping Cough Cases "an Epidemic"

If you're talking about the post-Jenny McCarthy era, you can't blame the current rise in whooping cough cases on her. Pertussis cases began rising in the 1980's, and the current spike takes off in 2003 - four years before she started her campaign.

However you can and should blame the dumbarses world wide who have been waging a campaign against vaccination based on at best a misunderstanding of the facts and at worst deliberate falsification of evidence.

Pertussis mutating and reducing the effectiveness of the vaccine is a bad thing. However I've yet to see a credible report that if the vaccination rate remained at pre noughties highs that mutated virus would have gained a foothold.

Comment: Re:Anti-incumbent sentiment is running extremely h (Score 1) 932

by wolja (#47225913) Attached to: House Majority Leader Defeated In Primary

The Tea Party may be taking all the credit for this, but the reality is is far more grim than any political insider is willing to admit: this has been the most unpopular Congress since the Do-Nothing Congress of 1947-49.

And if anyone paid attention to history, what happened then is what will happen this time, too. The incumbents are in the crosshairs.

Of course replacing Idjits unwilling to compromise with bigger idjits even less willing to compromise is a good thing for democracy.

I hope Tony Abbot is in his not able to comprehend the written word mode right now as he'd take comfort from the nutters apparently winning.

Comment: Of course tenure for Judges is a (Score 1) 519

by wolja (#47225885) Attached to: Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Odd the court is against Tenure for Teachers, not that I disagree, but any suggestion that Tenure protections be removed from Judges would be ruled unconstitutional by the Judges.

The reasons that would be put forward for not removing Tenure for Judges apply equally to Teaching.

Comment: Re:How is this a good idea? (Score 1) 249

by wolja (#47225859) Attached to: New Permission System Could Make Android Much Less Secure

They should be moving towards a model where you can individually allow or disallow a permission, even if the app says it requires it. But this would cause chaos for all those apps that require 'full internet access' so they can push ads, collect data, invade your privacy, and molest your children.

Oh yeah this. Of course removing the permission from an App like say Kindle or a game that has no need to read SMS or phone calls would have course remove the ability to secretly and maliciously steal and sell metadata.

That would be an evil Google wouldn't allow.

Comment: Re:Liability (Score 1) 474

by wolja (#47218869) Attached to: Comcast Converting 50,000 Houston Home Routers Into Public WiFi Hotspots

Yes, this is a shitty thing to do

Why is this such a bad thing? Everyone already knows that ISPs oversell their bandwidth. As long as you still
get the speed you are paying for why should you care if someone else is using your wifi anymore than you care
if your neighbor is also a comcast subscriber. I doubt it increases your electricity cost and you get the benefit of
using other people's wifi when you are out and about. This seems like a win-win for everyone. I don't see the problem
if it's done correctly especially as you have multiple ways to opt out.

If Comcast is as unscrupulous as Aussie IP's, fair bet, you can guarantee they'll charge more for wireless access and limit the home access rather than limit the higher grossing wireless access.

Letting any company abrogate rights without consent is asking for trouble.

Those who can, do; those who can't, simulate.