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Comment Re:Not undeserved. (Score 1) 405

Ah yes, the "this is terrible, look, look at the pictures" method they like so much. Titillate the readers while professing outrage.

The problem with the Mail is that a lot of otherwise sensible people who consider the Sun to be a silly comic actually believe the Mail is a proper newspaper and can't be convinced otherwise.

Comment Re:Constutution (Score 2) 91

Is it basically the Google store your emails anywhere - might be in the US, might not, might move around?

In the Microsoft case, wasn't it Microsoft Ireland, an Irish registered subsiduary, holding the data in an Irish datacentre (and only an Irish datacentre)? To comply with the court order, Microsoft Ireland would have had to break Irish/EU data protection laws.

At least, that's my understanding of the difference.

Comment Re:I don't get the media love for the Pixel (Score 1) 105

I'm in the UK where that doesn't happen. I can buy direct from Samsung or from a high street store that sells them unlocked. OK, so there are the Samsung apps and they do preinstall the Microsoft apps, but again, these aren't things that will particularly both the average user.

Comment I don't get the media love for the Pixel (Score 1) 105

I don't understand why the Android media has gone head over heels for the Pixel.

The S7/S7 Edge phones beat the corresponding Pixel/Pixel XL in several areas - bigger battery, SD slot, water resistance and, currently, lower price and arguably they look better. Oh, and they have wireless charging.

For the consumer, they're better phones. OK, so the Google phones get updates quicker but that's only a consideration for the geek crowd. Assistant is, I dunno, OK I guess but probably not a major consumer selling point. The unlimited photo storage might be nice if you take a lot of photos but other than that, what is the appeal?

Reading most of the Android media I see Samsung getting little attention - it's all about Pixels, OnePlus, even LG, more than Samsung.

To me, the Pixel felt rushed (probably due to Huawei dropping out late in the process and being replaced by HTC as the manufacturer) The design is nothing special and the specs aren't as good as many other current Android flagships that cost less.

Comment Re:Bullshit (Score 1) 376

Well, if you're just going to say "No you don't" to anyone who says they do, waddya want? Photographic evidence? I've seen them at work a few times, and from visiting consultants (if you have to run Windows by corporate policy but need something very light, they're a good fit). I've seen a handful being used in coffee shops.

But hey, I must be lying, eh?

Comment Re:I think he just got scammed . (Score 4, Informative) 236

That's more or less the law in the UK - if a company stores personal information about you they are legally obliged to keep it secure and therefore may be liable for damages if they don't (although proving it would be the challenge). You are also entitled to know what information they are storing for no more than a nominal processing fee.

Comment Re:Good god no (Score 1) 598

It's the opposite - daylight saving makes it lighter later in the evening (by the clock), so better for evening rather than morning golf. When the clocks go forward, for a while it's darker in the morning but as it gets light so early it doesn't matter. In the UK, summer time is the difference between midsummer sun coming up around 3am and coming up around 4am but getting darker later.

Comment Re:Because their pointless. (Score 1) 330

Actually I do find mine useful. I like having music controls on the watch for when I'm out walking and the phone is buried in an inside pocket, and I like getting notifications at a glance in the same sort of situation. Aside from telling the time, that's about all I use it for, but it's enough to be worth having.

Comment Re:blacklists (Score 3, Insightful) 351

When I buy an electrical device, I assume it's passed all the relevant consumer safety checks and complies with the regulations, as otherwise the shop would be breaking the law selling it to me (in the UK at least). I assume I'm safe to plug it in unless there's an absolutely obvious flaw (damaged power cable, for example).

Most people will go and buy a security camera or other device that connects to the internet and assume there's nothing to worry about if they're buying it from a high street shop. These things are sold as consumer devices in major stores, targeted at non-technical people. That should be enough, in an ideal world, for buyers to be confident they can connect them to the internet in the same way they can connect the microwave they buy to the power without worrying about whether it's safe.

OK, I accept that these days you can buy no-name stuff on the internet that probably doesn't meet safety standard (electrically or otherwise). That's your lookout and you should absolutely be liable for problems that result. But if you buy it at Currys? Argos? Well, in the UK consumer law says anything sold must be fit for purpose.

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