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Comment Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (Score 4, Informative) 535

Meh, replying to my own post. Found this:

The N97 was the phone I was thinking of although ALL of their Nxx devices were crap.

And there were so MANY of them! Why have 5 SKUs where 500 will do? Always doing the networks' bidding...

Yes, I have also discovered HTML formatting too - sorry about original post.

Comment Re:and there goes the Nokia Android (Score 3, Interesting) 535

This ^^ Like you, am I the only one that remembers the Nokia Basket Case before Elop came aboard? Their phones were crap, all 300 of them in the catalogue, the N9 couldn't be bought anywhere it was supposedly available, networks were no longer foisting them on unsuspecting members of the public ("You can't afford an iPhone so here's the Next Best Thing!" *hands them a shitty Nokia 500*). Sheesh. I'm Glad no more phones will bear the Nokia name - I never forgave them from killing off the last good cellphone in the Nokia 6310i and for creating the Abomination N95 and every other Symbian/S60 POS. Nokia were the architects of their own demise, not Elop. Their arrogance and rank incompetence caused their downfall. I would cite the article where old or former Nokia employees berate the culture and organisation of the old company but can't find them. They appeared around the time Elop wrote his "Burning Platforms" memo.

Comment Optional (Score 2) 148

TalkTalk's Homesafe service is pretty good at blocking the pr0n, firearms, alcohol, tobacco, etc. sites. You can change what sub-categories of sites to allow through (I allowed Alcohol as I have business interests in a brewery). HomeSafe is also optional - you have to opt-IN to it. So, the headline here is what, exactly? A product that claims to filter the Web for you actually does what it's supposed to do? It's my home network, I can choose what I want to allow onto it, surely? The fact that it's Chinese also smacks of racism - I mean, the NSA and my own poxy government have already read my emails and tracked my phone calls. They're not Chinese. Everything in my life that uses electricity now is made in China.

Comment Off-topic, but... (Score 1) 486

This is slightly off-topic but I'll post anyway.

I worry that our friends in Mountain View are starting to lose their grip on reality somewhat.

By this I mean that incidents of their senior staff saying or doing unusual things are getting more and more frequent. For example, this comment on medical -record privacy shows that Mr Page does not really understand that his Company's unquenchable thirst for information and data should indeed have limits.

Mr Schmidt's visit to North Korea, an attempt to ingratiate Google with NK's leadership so that when they decide to "open up" their Internet even a little, Google will be there to control most of it for them (come on, why the heck else would he go there? Peace envoy, FFS?)

Google Glass is another spent-too-much-time-in-the-Californian-sun moment. Google Glass does not scratch an itch, it's just daft and will probably die a swift death once they try to flog it elsewhere in the world.

Then at the I/O keynote all the talk about wanting to make great new things rather than being "negative" is just the usual peace and love BS that they spout whilst wanting to crush all their competitors (which is what they should be doing anyway).

I had a point but have forgotten it.

tl;dr - Google are starting to get on my nerves with useless new products and services, ever increasing creepiness, and smiling and whispering sweet nothings whilst they knife their competitors. Ahem.

Comment Re:"Depersonalize," not "emasculate." (Score 1) 325

Well said (er, written) sir! If I had mod points, I would. I'd like to link to your response from my largely ignored Twitter feed, and probably will. I think that Google with this "product" has now crossed the creepy line. These exist only for one purpose, the record everything and categorise it. The Stasi would have loved this. Discuss.

Comment Re:Shocked. (Score 1) 851

Too many people are living the life that others expect of them, rather than the one they want.

Well said, sir. Well said. I for one deleted/suspended/hid my Facebook account for this reason. Never felt comfortable with it and have no regrets.

Submission + - Machines of Loving Grace (

Vollernurd writes: The BBC has produced a fascinating series of films exploring the idea that humans have been colonised by the machines they have built, seeing everything in the world through the eyes of computers.

Like Adam Curtis's other works it can feel a little tinfoil hat at times but makes for wonderful philosophical television.

Available on iPlayer and so can probably be gotten at from outside the UK using the usual methods.


Submission + - History of Sony Breaches (

Jellis55 writes: The attacks against Sony are not coordinated, nor are they advanced. Sony has demonstrated they have not implemented what any rational administrator or security professional would consider "the absolute basics". Storing millions of customer's personal details and passwords without using any form of encryption is reckless and ridiculous. Even security books from the '80s were adamant about encrypting passwords at the very least. Several of Sony's sites have been compromised as a result of basic SQL injection attacks, nothing elaborate or complex.

Submission + - Is there a new geek anti-intellectualism? ( 1

Larry Sanger writes: "Geeks are supposed to be, if anything, intellectual. But it recently occurred to me that a lot of Internet geeks and digerati have sounded many puzzlingly anti-intellectual notes over the past decade, and especially lately. The Peter Thiel-inspired claim that "college is a waste of time" is just the latest example. I have encountered (and argued against) five common opinions, widely held by geeks, that seem headed down a slippery slope. J'accuse: "at the bottom of the slippery slope, you seem to be opposed to knowledge wherever it occurs, in books, in experts, in institutions, even in your own mind." So, am I right? Is there a new geek anti-intellectualism?"

Submission + - Dragging telephone numbers into the Internet Age (

azoblue writes: E-mail, IM, Facebook, phones—what if all of these ways to reach you over a network could be condensed into a single, unique number? The ENUM proposal aims to do just that, by giving everyone a single phone number that maps to all of their identifiers. Here's how it works, and why it isn't already widely used.

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