* Posts by Maliciously Crafted Packet

184 publicly visible posts • joined 28 Sep 2007


Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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Re: I have an X and its great

Funny you mentioned the screen size. Not sure about the X but the Galaxy S5 has a larger screen and still doesn't have as many rows of icons as iPhone 5s. Take a look here.

Pre-Xmas phone numbers: Apple slips, Windows Phone grabs 1 in 10 new sales

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Re: Apple grabs 9 in 10 used sales

"Move on people your messiah is dead."

But where should we move onto pray. Surely you don't suggest we go back to using yesteryears clunky -screen refresh rate challenged- 32 bit phones?

Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

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Re: KitKat?

Sounds like your right up to date with current events.

Web showered in golden iPhone 5S vid glory - but is it all a DISTRACTION?

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Re: Is Glass too new to copy?

No, Glass is too empty to copy at the moment. When Glass gets full then they will copy it.

Android approaches 80% smartphone share as Apple's iPhone grows old

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Re: Instead

I would write for the one that makes me the most money and gives me the least support headaches. I.E Not Android.

Lost phone? Google's got an app for that, coming this month

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Just get an iPhone for gods sake.

None of this faffing around with antivirus and having to install apps that should come as standard. Android, three years behind the curve... still.

Google forks WebKit, promises faster, leaner Chrome engine

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Re: How could you say such a thing.

These nasty people have been less than complimentary too. They're even suggesting Blink isn't really open source.

The Horror - The Horror.

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How could you say such a thing.

Google has the very best interests of the web at heart, and we should all be grateful for that.

Another iPhone passcode bypass spell revealed

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But at least Samsung's bypass bug is more accessible...

compared to the iPhone version, which even the tech bods at the Reg cant get to work properly.

But what do you expect from Same-sung, a bunch misogynistic plagiarists who make kitsch plastic phones, some the size of a skate board in order to fit the massive battery required to power the thing for more than 10 minutes.

But I digress. What I really wanted to highlight was security, or the lack of it on the Android front. Which seems attract botnets and key loggers by the boat load and has now become a Chinese state sponsored hackers dream.

Maybe thats one of the reasons why the US Department of Defense decided to purchase 650,000 iOS devices today and not Android. That and the fact that iOS when all is said and done is the superior platform.

Apple's marketing honcho Schiller attacks Android, Samsung

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Re: If you cannot beat them

Thats not such a bad idea.

Apple to release a competitively priced forked Android phone. Rebadged of course so as not to taint their premium branding. The installed bloatware to contain Apple services such as iTunes, Maps, iCloud etc for lockin and revenue stream.

This will enable Apple to be price competitive with Samsung/HTC with the added advantage of causing yet more fragmentation within the Android ecosystem.

Bloody brilliant.

Foxconn: Our hiring freeze has nothing to do with iPhone 5

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The Bad News is...

"Apple sold fewer iPhones than expected over the holidays at 47.8 million"

The Good News is The Apple iPhone 5 Overtakes Samsung Galaxy S3 to Become World's Best-Selling Smartphone Model in Q4 2012

Not only that but so did the iPhone 4S

Just saying like.

China's Android users warned of giant botnet

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Android Power Elite

Why do Android tech heads despise normal Android users so much?

If Joe public knew what the Android Power Elite thought about them they would save up the extra cash and get an iPhone.

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A question or two

Why no giant botnets or other malware on iOS with its larger market share?

Why do Android users need to know about permissions and what App store is safe? Surly they deserve a device that is simple to use, secure, safe and malware free.

After December surge, Apple has sold 40 BEEELLION iOS apps

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See... Droidtards

That's Forty Billion apps eh.

20 billion would have been good, 30 billion even better, but no...

It was 40 Billion rock & roll, earth scorching, kick arse iOS apps downloaded from the Apple app store. And 7 billion dollars of revenue for app developers to boot.

Put that into your fragmented, lag ridden, clunky Android pipe and smoke it. -;)

2012 in tech: Apple up the Cook without a paddle, ARM, slab wars... and MORE

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Android... everywhere and nowhere baby.

Well at least nowhere as far as app and web usage stats are concerned.

Android has done very well selling way way more devices than Apple. But the alarming elephant in the Android room is that no one is using it, except as a dumb phone.

Aside from the very small subset of developers and commentards found on publications like the Reg most Android users would be just as happy with an old Nokia 6230i. Most people don't seem to use their Android devices for much more than phone calls, texting and taking the odd photo. The bloke in the phone shop recommended it at upgrade time, so thats what they got. Nice big screen cept this time the battery doesn't last as long.

Like the old VCR's of the 80's? Always flashing 00:00:00 because people found programming the clock/setting recording times to be too much effort. Same seems to be happening with Android. Apps and web are available but not being used.

On the tablet side, things are even worse. In the US iPad creates roughly 7 times as many page impressions as all other tablets put together.

Who are you going to optimise your website for?


Android Trojan taints US mobes, spews 500,000 texts A DAY

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Re: Ahh

"Have you forgotten that all the problems with the XP was just because it was so popular."

Nice one, I remember that joke too.

Barclays Bank buys 8,500 Apple iPads in one go

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Follow the money, get iOS savvy.

Im betting high demand for sys admins who embrace iOS along with good hourly rates. It's not a Windows only world anymore, knowledge of just one OS is is not enough.

Apple's skinny new iMac line: Farewell, optical drives

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Re: Never worked well anyway!

Taking the piss? I think jai is spot on.

Unless you prefer that car battery-esque styling often found on PC's and the like these days.

Apple loses UK 'Samsung copied us' appeal: Must publicly GROVEL

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Re: Cut-out and keep collectors edition

Newspapers, I remember them.

Do people still read newspapers these days?

Capita UK offshoring plan killed by customer backlash - insiders

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Re: Union?

Did you learn nothing from Stephanie Flanders excellent Masters of Money broadcast last night on BBC2?

If you insist on paying the workers low wages, soon you will find that there is no one left to purchase the goods you are trying to sell, as those same workers who would buy your goods are too poor to afford what you are selling.

Karl Marx death spiral feedback loop aside, I thought the car manufacturing industry in the UK was not doing too badly at the moment.

iPhone 5 sales curbed by lack of smashable screens – report

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Re: Tipping point for Apple?

Your right but not in the way that you hope. The enterprise is buying iOS devices by the boatload. Including major banks, airlines, insurance and healthcare companies.

These organisations are just not going to touch Android. They need to keep their confidential data confidential. Standardising on an OS who's main purpose in life is to profile its user base and feed this information back to Google kind of goes against that requirement. And we haven't even started to talk about the malware issues that afflict the platform.

Apple have been conservative with their iOS UI (as criticised by fandroids) keeping things consistent and familiar which the enterprise likes as proved by the longevity of Windows XP. iOS is now a mature solid OS with a suite of secure native apps that hook nicely into corporate ERP.

Whilst Windows 8 may get a look in,the lack of apps and an unfamiliar UI make for an up hill struggle. I think the tipping point this time is in Apple's favour.

40 Foxconn staff hospitalised after CAMPUS RIOT

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Re: Apple Slave Owners United

Yeah. Like you really care about workers rights eh. When your real agenda is to paint Apple as the sole cause of worker misery.

Because if you really did care you would call out other manufactures with truly abusive track records instead of protecting them with walls of silence.

But then that would bring Android and Windows kit makers into the spotlight and we absolutely can't have that. Can we?

Use Apple as the scapegoat and people will forget about the others. Its a good plan and seems to be working well so far.

Foxconn to investigate iPhone 5 factory woes

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Re: My thoughts exactly

"Which non-Chinese mass produced items do you suggest I buy?"

I know you can't by non-Chinese mass produced items, thats not what Im whining about. Were stuck with buying from China and perpetuating exploitative working conditions until we develop fully automated manufacturing.

It's the singling out of Apple and wilfully ignoring the sins of other manufacturers who behave in the same way or worse that I find most annoying.

Pot calling kettle black and all that.

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My thoughts exactly

All these bleeding heart Apple haters pretending to care about workers rights. Its just a big specious stick to beat Apple with.

Bitching about Apple with regards to patents, product design and OS specs is fair enough. But using workers rights issues to get at them when you knowingly purchase kit -be it PC, games console or droidphone- that you know is made in the same factories or worse is unprincipled and hypocritical.

If you really gave a fuck about human rights and workers conditions how about a small donation to War On Want or Human Rights Watch and the like.

Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Re: The only way to be sure...

Nuke em from orbit? From memory I don't think that plan worked out very well.

The scene is probably not that dissimilar to the situation as Samsung HQ after last weeks verdict.

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Appe* -who ever he is- might be scared but I don't think Apple are

Sure Apple are pissed off with all the counterfeit devices from Samsung and the like. But scared, I don't think so.

For a start no enterprise is going to use Android as its essentially a user profiling tool to feed Google's ad business. Remember, if somethings being given away free -IE. Android- You are not the customer. You are the product being sold.

On top of that, Android's un-curated app store allows all manor of key logging and location tracking horrors to be installed. The risk of confidential data leaks on the platform are just too high.

From a consumer perspective Samsung and Android in general are seen as copycats and imitators who lack in innovation. This is not a good position to be in as SamDroid can only follow Apple, they can never lead and will always be considered passé.

What would scare Apple is if this changed and Samsung/Google started actually innovating and developing there own unique take on the mobile UI instead of aping iOS. Samsung losing the court case last week is probably the best thing that happen to them, they just don't realise this yet.


*I wish the reg let you correct your own comments, I make cock-ups like this all the time.

Apple blacklisted by Chinese consumer watchdog

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Apple customer satisfaction survey

Key the words above into Google at tell me what you see. From where Im sitting the results look pretty bloody good eh, for Apple that is.

Study: Users prefer Google+ over Facebook

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One very unhappy Google+ user

Anyone seen Robert Scoble's Rant? -colourful language, nsfw-

Whilst Im not quite so agitated I wish there was some way of controlling who adds you to their circles.

Im getting deluged by too much "Mr Timeontheirhands is sharing with you on Google+" As such Im now redirecting all Google+ generated email to my junk folder.

Is it time for enterprise PC outfits to carry Apple Macs?

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Re: In the USA

ComChart EMR seems to do the job nicely on OS X.


As usual the conservative managers and sys admins of enterprise IT have not been keeping up with current events. Times are a changing and Microsofts age is starting to show. IT has to recognise this or risk becoming irelevent. If the users want Macs then let them have Macs, they will get them despite what IT dictates so you may as well be on their side.

Apple pulls in TomTom, kicks Google off iPhones

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Err, I think Google might be interested.

Especially now they've been shoved aside in the mapping department cutting off a rather valuable user profiling vector.

And let's not sniff at the Facebook integration either. Whist many here prefer Google+ (me included) just about very other person on the planet that has access to mains electricity has a Facebook account, -their dogs included-.

Making the iPhone the de facto Facebook phone will bring millions upon millions of additional users to iOS which will not be good for Android market share.

Android peaked? who knows, but its not looking as good for the OS as it did last week.

Self-driving Volvos cover 200km of busy Spanish motorway

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Re: Here's a thought...

Unless the driver in front thinks he's The Stig then you'd get a bit more of a ride than you bargained for.

Seriously though I think the Google driverless tech is the way to go. I believe its already been licensed for road use in Nevada with California to follow if the current road test trials workout.

On another note I wonder how this will impact on the insurance industry once the safety issues have been addressed? Fully autonomous cars with an almost zero accident rate could be here sooner than we think. As an autonomous drone there will be security worries to be reckoned with too.

Eugene Kaspersky frustrated by Apple’s iOS AV ban

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Obscurity? What obscurity?

iOS is everywhere. Especially in the enterprise where no one trusts Android.

HTC phones held up at US ports after Apple patent ban

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Re: Poor HTC

Bloody ridiculous phones. My brother got just a One X, I couldn't believe the size of the thing. Its like walking around with a telly.

I can't quite put my finger on it but there's something a bit 4x4 about em. I wonder if theres any correlation between Humvee owners and those that have a One X or Samsung's Galaxy Note and the like? Maybe Gartner can give some insight here.

HP elbows Apple off global PC throne

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"also nice to see the Foxconn-Rebrander knocked off the top of a market for a change." By the other less profitable Foxconn-Rebrander.

Tim Cook rejects Apple's old business model of suing everyone

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And the UI looked identical as did the bevels round the edge.

Remember the spotty kid a school that used to lean over your desk to copy all your work? Thats Samsung that is.

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Eh? 25 quid for a cable?

Mine cost me 2 quid from Asda. Think you've been taken for a ride mate. Or are you one of those working in IT procurement for the cabinet office and still paying £3500 for a desktop PC?

And on the subject of inventions how come before the Mac there was no Windows and before iPhone there was no Android. Sure many companies invented the disparate parts such as the mouse and touch screen but it was Apple who brought the lot together as one elegant intuitive item. Then as night follows day those that couldn't innovate themselves to the bar at free piss-up moved in.

Result... the two ugly sisters Windows and Android.

Google planning to brand and sell Android tablets

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Re: @ AC fanboy

Ah Mr Stike Vomit, judging from your past comments the words "regular" and "well-adjusted" are not the first to spring to mind when attempting to ascertain your character and that of the more militant members of the Android supporting community.

Getting back on topic, I hope these forthcoming Google branded tablets are innovative quality products. Not just copycat tablets which can only compete with Apple on price as they have nothing better to offer. Because if they don't Microsoft is going to come marching in very quickly and steal the Android show.

I have a theory that many so called Android fans don't really like Android that much, what unites them is a hatred of Apple. I suspect many are secretly bitter Microsoft supporters who are upset by Microsofts lack of progress with phones, mp3 players, tablets and general innovation over the last 6 odd years since the iPhone came out.

All these closet Microsofties in the Android community will soon jump ship if Google fails to deliver an inspiring product and Android stalls in the tablet space. Microsoft will be the main beneficiary attracting Android developers by the boatload with their highly regarded development tools and non Apple-ness. I hope this doesn't transpire as I would prefer to see an Apple vs Google race than another Apple vs Microsoft death match.

Jesus, it that the time? Can't hang around here all day spouting off about tablets. Im off to panic buy some fuel.

Norfolk lobs out top council gigs on Twitter

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You must be from Ipswich...

and can't get over the fact Norwich City is now premier league. Its not all turnips and peas. We do have the odd sports car manufacturer and Tornado squadron about if you care to look closely enough.

Broadband is crap here though, but twitter is not exactly a bandwidth hog so as good a method as any for advertising contracts. Quicker and more reliable than the Post Office round these parts.

Orange 3G data network goes titsup

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Solar Storm...

may be the reason?

Not sure if its the x-class variety but it sounds like its pretty windy out there,


Apple orders PC builder to 'choose sides' in laptop battle?

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Godwin's law invoked in the first post...

This must be a record, even for El Reg.

Newt Gingrich wants Moon to be 51st US state

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The Brits already have a base on the Moon

and with the help of the token American have been bravely defending earth from hostile UFO's since the 1970's.


Apple loses ground to Android in tablet biz

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the Google OS ??

"And, yes, Amazon's Android-based Kindle Fire is one of the key reasons why the Google OS' share increased."

I thought the Kindle Fire was Amazons OS with all the Google hallmarks striped away.

Would be interested to see how the figures break down if Amazon and Nook are shown as separate OS'

Malicious apps infiltrate Google's Android Market

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I prefer the term...

luxurious gated community. Also comes with a chauffeur driven limo who goes by the name of Safari, just in case you feel the need to take a spin outside now and again.

But each to their own eh.

Punctured Google+ leaks bored users

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I thought I was alone...

I hate the name Facebook too and because of this have avoided it. I also hate the name Twitter but have had to sign up because of work.

I have voluntarily signed up to Google + though mainly because it has a better name and I thought it was about time I got to see what social is all about. I haven't posted anything on it as I don't have anything interesting to say, but I have added people to my circles that do and I occasionally read their posts.

Amazon prepping cheap-as-dirt smartphone?

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Forking ell...

look at all that fragmentation.

Apart from an "Amazonianized version of Android" wonder if we will get a Microsoftised or a Blackberryised version too should their current mobile OS plans fail?

Pete Townshend condemns Apple as 'digital vampire'

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But iTunes is just a big record shop.

Whilst it would be nice it's not strictly their job to nurture talent. Thats what record companies are supposed to do. Well at least they used to. They're the ones who would traditionally send out the ANR men. I guess that roll has now been taken over by Simon Cowell.

And whilst on the subject of record shops, both iTunes and Amazon have a vast selections of obscure music which was never available from your local high street store. At least musicians now have a global outlet where they can sell their work. On iTunes you can even get Thy Gospel by Stian Westerhus for christ sakes.

5 SECONDS to bypass an iPad 2 password

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Whats more trivial? Oh I don't know...

possibly the numerous amount of malware infested freebee apps that haunt the -quite frankly dangerous- Android Marketplace.

You know, the ones that nick your bank account details, passwords and credit card numbers. Thats possibly more trivial.

Jobs: 'I'll spend my dying breath destroying Android'

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At least when Microsoft ripped off Mac OS...

in the early 90's they had the decency to place the start menu at the bottom as opposed to the top and use different style icons to maximise or close windows. In other words they tried to make it look and feel different.

Contrast this with Android which is a blatant iOS clone. If it wasn't for Androids clunky, lag ridden UI most layfolk would have great difficulty in telling the two OS's apart.

Android has contributed nothing towards innovation in computing. Other more creative teams at Google should be embarrassed at being associated with what can only be regarded as a parasite OS.

Samsung takes another hit in patent punch-up

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"Not at this distance your honour."


-At one point in the hearing the judge held both Samsung and Apple products up on the air and challenged the defence to whether they could identify which device was which.

Samsung attorney Ms Sullivan, who was roughly 10 feet away, responded: "Not at this distance your honour."-

Says it all really.

Mac security update leaves users open to ugly Flashback

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Not so sure about that...

Mac's are pretty much mainstream these days. Though obscure systems like BeOS are more or less malware free.