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Comment Re:Save often, make backups (Score 1) 465

I'm not sure about that. They are holding personal data that the owner may request to have deleted. They would have every regulator on their back if deleted information would be recoverable against the users directly expressed order.

I guess they have something more like extreme redundance that protect from hardware failure and probably one and a half continents erased from the map by a meteor strike, but not a classical backup that would allow restoring data as it was x days past.

Comment Re:Android version (Score 1) 109

Making you pay to be able to run the app in the background without you realizing that's what you're doing.

Otherwise you need to walk with the phone unlocked, and the app active ( unless a mod exists to keep apps in the background believing they're in the foreground).

It's similar to Nintendo's pay for this toy to unlock a game character.

Seems like you need to do that anyway:

"Your device still needs to be running Pokémon Go in the foreground, so you're not saving much battery life, and you'll get those vibrations from your iPhone or Android device, anyway."

Comment Re:This story is garbage (Score 4, Informative) 109

"Did not do" is *NOT* the same as "Could not do".

Accusation was they had access.
They did indeed have access.

Proofed wrong by even the summary:

"full account access" does not mean a third party can read or send or send email, access your files or anything else

Yes, slightly confusing,. They had "full access" but "full access" does NOT grant you access to Email, Files or any other data.

The say they didn't use that access, good on them. They say they are going to reduce the access requested, great.

The fact remains they had access whether they used it or not.

They had access to account data, but not access to data in any service connected to that account (like email) At least that's how I read this.

Comment Re:Uhh... (Score 1) 240

So instead of allow authors and alike to treat their job as "normal" as any regular job, they should throw themselves at the mercy of a handful of Gates and Bezos and pray their work isn't insulting or too critical for their royal highness.

Well, yes, it worked for a while and got us the Sixtine Chapel and similar, but that's not really the independence any artist should be looking for.

So the basic idea of making "art" a tradeable good so that a composer or author can live from selling his products like any potato farmer can is not a bad one at all. Well, until you add things like 70 years after death amd such stuff.

Comment Re:Easier to Travel To China (Score 1) 397

I have an idea which country he is referring to, but it is NOT Germany.

But it is a common misconception (even in Germany) that you are required to carry your ID card with you. You are required to own either a passport or ID as these are the only official proofs of identity. And when required to proof your identity (what cops worldwide could require you to do) , it is the most convenient way to do. Driving licences usually will do, too, and I've seen police accepting bus month passes, but that's up to the officer.

Please check at least wikipedia before proliferating urban legends.

Comment Re:Chromebook Pro is running the wrong software (Score 1) 138

Basically, it replaces the netbook, sitting squarely between a tablet and a full size laptop in terms of intended functionality.

Not so much replace, but for the first time delivers what those netbooks promised.

To weak to run any local software, but still carrying the dead weight of a WinXP and with a screen too small to be of any use.

While the netbooks were simply too weak to run anything besides a browser, chromebooks are optimized to run nothing but a browser. Slight, but noteable difference.

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