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Comment Re: Excellent (Score 1) 75

I get that beta means beta. And I'd be cool if the issues only existed on beta - but they don't. The current Telstra "stable" still has 4G issues (see my links) and always has. My issue with beta is that I *had* to use beta to get nougat on a Nexus phone - i.e. that despite marketing to the contrary, I still don't get updates for it the way you're supposed to.

Comment Re: Excellent (Score 1) 75

However as I said in the post above, I *did* update it manually - and then LTE stopped working because it was no longer compatible with Telstra's network. Which has been a common and long standing problem with the Nexus 6P and Telstra and it's been going on for over a year. Don't believe me? Ask Whirlpool: or Telstra themselves: https://crowdsupport.telstra.c...

The Nexus 6P has been a disaster in Australia and, despite the fact I loved the phone, it's pushed me off Android... for the time being.

Comment So the plan is... (Score 2) 113

So Facebook's brilliant plan to solve "fake news articles" tricking idiots into believing things is to ask those same idiots who couldn't tell it was fake news to tell them that it was fake news? Yeah, that checks out. Go right ahead Facebook. I don't see any flaws in that logic, at all.

Comment Re:Excellent (Score 1) 75

Telstra (Australia). My Nexus 6P experience has been dreadful. Telstra say the phone is not supported on their network so it's my fault for buying one (Telstra are the largest carrier in Australia and, essentially, the only one with reasonable rural coverage - I travel rural for work a few times a year so it's Telstra or carrier pigeons). I've been pretty annoyed at how badly the phone has worked at that level but part of me is willing to accept that Telstra just couldn't care about what is essentially a niche phone. What I've been far more annoyed about is that even though it's a Nexus - I am still beholden to my carrier for (regular, easy, OTA) updates. Google advertised the Nexus as being like an iPhone, where you just get updates from the vendor - but in reality it's no different to a Samsung. You need the vendor to release updates, the carrier to test, etc.

Comment Excellent (Score 2) 75

I look forward to never seeing it released for my phone. AND I HAVE A NEXUS 6P.

Because despite the misleading article saying Google is releasing it for Nexus phones, the carrier still needs to test and release it (unless you want to download and manually install a ROM and completely wipe your phone) - and my carrier still has not released 7.0 for fucks sake. And for the record, I did manually install 7.1 through the Beta program on it - and promptly lost access to LTE on my carrier.

Comment Initially, sure. (Score 1) 472

Certainly it will cost more, initially, as there's a lot of setup and time involved to get to scale. However, once the manufacturing is in place and operating at scale, costs will come down. Maybe never to the same level but down, none the less. Apple makes a huge profit on each device, so if they wanted to, they could double costs and still make a huge profit, which would improve over time as costs come down.

Comment Re:Maybe true if you actually get updates (Score 1) 173

And you will notice that the Nexus 6P, even on that page, still lags behind the Pixel. Also, those ROMS require you to wipe your phone, which is a bullshit way to update. And they break LTE with my telco. Don't even get me started on how bad Google let me down with the Nexus.

Comment Re:Maybe true if you actually get updates (Score 1) 173

What?? They can get updated apps via the playstore - they certainly cannot get OS updates. Google has moved to try to make many of the key components of the Android experience app driven, to help get those updates out there - but if you have a 2015 Samsung and Samsung stopped releasing OS updates, you're out of luck, my friend (unless you can find a community created ROM to manually install and then eternally manually repeat this process).

Comment Maybe true if you actually get updates (Score 5, Interesting) 173

Speaking as a long time Android fan who recently switched to iOS because work provided me an iPhone 7, this is only true if you actually get updates. And the vast majority of Android users, do not. So when they get a vulnerability found in their Samsung/HTC/Whatever device - chances are it will never get patched.

I had a Google Nexus 6P as my previous device (it's still on my desk in fact) and while I loved the device, updates where not as promised. Despite it being a Nexus, I was still beholden to my Telco for updates and they dragged their feet like mad. In fact, when I last turned off the Nexus 6P, the Nougat update was still not available (unless you manually enrol in the beta program, which I did, but then I had all kinds of issues with the Telco's LTE). So even on a damn Nexus, updates are hardly assured.

I fully realise older iPhones stop getting updates, too - but we're talking about a Nexus 6P here - the thing hasn't even been available for a year in Australia yet and Google and Telstra have already washed their hands of it. I also realise Google may / may not be responsible for the issues with Telstra's LTE on the Nexus 6P - but rest assured, if the iPhone has an issue, Telstra sits up and takes notice. When I first got my Nexus 6P, I spent the first 2 months locked to 3G because LTE wasn't supported at all on. (Source, in case you think I am making this up: https://crowdsupport.telstra.c...).

Submission + - Another massive DDOS from krebsonsecurity botnet (

Gumbercules!! writes: The same botnet that last week knocked offline and off Akamai with a 620Gbps DDOS has struck again, this time at French hosting company, OVH, with a monumental 990Gbps pummelling. Much of the traffic came from badly configured IoT home cameras.

"The world's largest distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack has been clocked from the same network of 152,463 compromised low-powered cameras and internet-of-things devices which punted a media outlet off the internet."

As badly configured devices stack up, the potential for internet breaking DDOS attacks is becoming much more realistic.

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