* Posts by KenBW2

218 publicly visible posts • joined 13 Dec 2007


Former NCSC chief says US sanctions made Britain strip Huawei from mobe networks

Big Brother

Re: So what's the risk here?

My read on the Huawei situation isn't that the Five Eyes are worried that Huawei has Chinese backdoors - GCHQ's analysis have established there aren't

It's that the Five Eyes *can't* lean on Huawei to install *their* backdoors. Western providers will be more inclined/compelled to do so

Now Chinese-made drones rubbing US govt up the Huawei: 'Strong concerns' DJI kit threat to national security


Re: Start offering evidence

>they really need to start offering some sort of actual evidence for their accusations. Expecting everyone to just take them at their word for this stuff is expecting too much.

Unfortunately I'm not as hopeful as you



Doesn't 'murca think things like GDPR are socialist dictats?

One UI to end gropes: Samsung facelift crowns your thumb the king


How about we acknowledge that big phones aren't as usable

And stick to <5" phones.

God bless you Sony, you're the only holdout.

Finally. The palm-sized Palm phone is back. And it will, er, save you from your real smartphone


Not all of us want big screen phones

If you want to be able to reach the whole screen with your thumb without having to jiggle it about to reach across, a 4.5" screen is better

It's all well and good saying they all come in a range of sizes, but they don't anymore. Sony seem to be the only holdouts for a decent sub-5" screen

US, UK cyber cops warn Russians are rooting around in your routers


Crying Wolf

>Has any of those morons heard the story of the boy who cried wolf?

Doesn't matter, they seem to be winning over public opinion despite their hypocrisy.

"The people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country." - Hermann Göring

China's censorship cyber-missiles shoot down pics flying through WhatsApp, chat apps


Nothing to hide, nothing to fear

Be careful with that definition of "extremism"

At last: Ordnance Survey's map wizardry goes live


Finally, a map that distinguishes A roads from Motorways

instead of all roads just being a shade of yellow/red

Trouble at t'spinning rust mill: Disk drive production is about to head south


t' glottal stop

Isn't pronouced at t'mill

We up north don't say "at tuh' mill" - it's "a'<glottal stop> mill" - no t sound to be found.

Where we *do* do that is "I'm goin' to' mill", but I suppose that's kinda different.

That is all.

OnePlus X: Dinky little Android smartie with one or two minuses


"Dinky little"

"Compact design"

The title got my hopes up there, and then...

"5 inch".

... smashed them to pieces.

Why is it so hard for me to find a phone that fits in one hand?

Firefox will support non-standard CSS for WebKit compatibility


One day we'll look back and see

WebKit is the new IE6

Apple’s TV platform just became a little more secure (well, the apps at least)


Re: How long before "Smart TV" revert to just TVs?

>Those little boxes can be much more flexible, more user friendly and more easily upgradeable than a TV can ever be.

Implying TV manufacturers don't want you to replace your whole TV

Wileyfox Swift: Brit startup budget 'droid is the mutt's nuts


Absolutely brilliant, except the screen size

Why can't we have a phone that has all these decent specs, but still small enough to hold in one hand?

The original Moto G was exactly this. The only decent sub-5" phone out now is the Moto E, but that's decidedly lacking.

It's a real shame, could've been perfect =/

Opera rewrite comes to Android


Opera on the Blade

>(It was originally an Orange San Francisco Mk1. Now it thinks it's a Jelly Bean ZTE Blade.)

Recently upgraded from my Blade (what an amazing little phone) to a Huawei G510.

I'd installed this when it was in beta (and therefore could sit alongside Opera Mobile). It worked, and speed was iffy but fine. The issue I had though was that it needed to sweep away about 6 of my biggest apps in order to fit. So yea, stick with Opera Mobile. You'll be better off in every respect.

That said, being a Blade owner, I know how much you'll be used to running the latest and greatest, and being amazed that you can!

iPhone 5: skinny li'l fella with better display, camera, software

Thumb Up

Re: Progress?

My first phone!

Flexible Willow glass displays thin and curvy gadget future


Re: marketing crap

"better then there marketing department"

If you're going to be a Grammar Nazi (which I wholeheartedly approve of) at least finish the job.

I'll leave it as an exercise to you to find the other error.

W3C apologizes for HTML5 brand confusion



WHATWG has determined that HTML5 is more "mature than any specification to date" and that it's senseless to keep calling it a draft. "The WHATWG HTML spec can now be considered a 'living standard'," said Googler Ian Hickson. WHATWG is also dropping the "5" from the spec and just calling it HTML.

Ian Hickson's stupidity and lack of foresight never fails to amaze me. He wants to release HTML5^W as a standard when it's untested and non-finalised. He bitches about the W3C's glacial pace, but it was there for a reason - not to get $CoolNewFeature out the door asap. It's arguably the world's most important format - it needs some planning and extended testing, not to mention futureproofness. Argh, why did they scrap XHTML

Apple trade marks 'There's an app for that'



Fixed that for you

Google Glamour girl joins Schmidt Privy Council


Google evil etc etc

"After all, if you know a user's location, it becomes that much easier to target ads."

Zomg NO! They're using their BUSINESS STRATEGY to bring us products for FREE but with ever more relevant ads?!?!

Quick, I wantz too get off teh internetz!

TV numbers sink as iOS usage rises


Not only iOS

People's ages are increasing too!

See, I can make bullshit trends too

Schmidt: Google is the 'inverse' of Apple


Google Instant on Opera

You can easily change the User Agent (right-click > Edit Site Prefs > Network > Identify as Firefox). But I found some problems with clicking back after going to a result.

That said, Google do have a habit of ignoring Opera (can you blame them?)

T-Mobile Pulse Mini


Looks good

Now where's Android 2.1 for the original Pulse?

Reader Top 10s: an experiment in crowd pleasing


"The balance is always what is the most valuable use of the time/resources."

I think you misinterpreted the question. I suspect he was asking the same question as I was when I saw it.

Surely the "boring" reasons aren't boring to people who already go out of their way to understand these things? Not to say that you should add them to old articles, but that we want to to know why - curiosity etc etc.

We demand to know what the boring reasons are!

Lights out at Lala - Apple shutters music service


Wait, what?

You read The Reg, and you struggled to find reasons to hate Apple?

I direct the kind sir to


Google Maps Navigation comes to UK



No where are T Mobile with Android 2.0 for the Pulse so I can actually use this?

Google opens alphabetti spaghetti with refined spelling in search


Erm, like this?


Offline Google Docs disappear on May 3


Not in a job where you're required to use your initiative then

If you think Gmail and Outlook are the only places where you can put text just a copy/paste away from its destination, then you might want to rethink your career. And play less patience.

Microsoft slings mud at Google Chrome


Privacy v Features

So Google makes a browser crafted around the method of information discover they understand the most. Don't like it? don't use it.

Someone should point MS in the direction of Iron


Google pushes out Chrome 5 beta for Windows


Wot? No screenshot?

Call this a review?!

Opera 10.50 goes from pre-alpha to final in 10 weeks


Spot the Opera branding on the ballot screen

Where on the ballot screen does it give Opera any more importance than FF, Chrome or even IE? Nowhere - so the ballot screen is unbiased. Please don't tell me you want that to go away.

TomTom Go 550 Live


All road lead to, er, London?

Does Tom Tom not believe there's anywhere else worth travelling to?

Apple strips top shelf, leaves corporate smut in place


Image is everything

for you at least.

"if you're reasonably off, technichally able and you're NOT using an iPhone or a Blackberry, you're seen as a nerd, freak, Apple refusnik and/or friendless loser."

"The only demographic who MIGHT identify you as a fashion victim"

So, erm. If you don't have one you should get one, in order to fit with fashion? That makes you quite the fashion victim. Fail to you

Google digs 6-foot hole for Gears


OGG = nonstandard?

"FF has a nonstandard ogg version that's about as much use as a chocolate teapot"

Oh an open standard? Like HTML itself? One that won't have the lawyers knocking on the door in five years' time? Yea I'll take ogg thanks.

Not that I intend to succumb to the joke that is HTML5 any time soon...

Microsoft made a phone, and I hate it already


"use a headset if its a little to big to be a phone"

*gets image of someone holding a slate to their ear attempting to make a phonecall*

Contest offers $100,000 for smartphone, browser hacks


Incomplete list?

Where's Ubuntu, and the Flash combinations?

Opera beta bear hugs plug-in-free video


Because then it's not a standard!

The point in standards is that it's write once, run anywhere. In your example Browser X won't play your video, unless you have multiple formats available

Adobe to Jobs: 'What the Flash do you know?'


Adobe, Apple

I can't bring myself to agree with either of those :(

H.264 video codec stays royalty-free for HTML5 testers


I think everyone's forgotten

Firefox *can't* ship with H264 if it wants to remain an open source effort

Windows 8 possible July 2011 release?



Come on, they've already waited 9 years...

Microsoft 'offered sex and drugs to distributors'


Yea, whatever

That is all

Mozilla buries heels on un-YouTube open video


Good on them

Hopefully with Firefox having the market share it does it'll have the power to stick up 2 fingers at YouTube/Google and then the subsequent pressure to make content deliverers switch. With Chrome supporting both codecs (and Chromium only ogg) Safari is the only reason to go with H.264. And if Google Docs are happy to not support Opera then YouTube can not support Safari.

On the larger issue that, as mentioned above, "HTML5 fails to unify the web as it was meant to", perhaps this is why the W3C moves at a glacial pace, as the WHATWG originally bitched about. When the decisions you make affect arguably the most important communications medium of our generation, things take time to work out, and to ensure that you dont fuck up the web. Maybe the WHATWG should've thought that before trying to fragment the W3C.

Anyone who comes near me is going to get hurt

Google Chrome 4 lands (Windows) extensions on world+dog


@Fanboi rant

You use Ubuntu? Then you'll be equally annoyed at being called a Freetard then?

Get over it, I have

Apple and Microsoft plot iPhone Google slap


Surely the problem started

when you entered into the company that gives you the least choice of services

Garmin adds satellite imaging to satnavs


Google Maps...

"...doesn't provide the turn-by-turn spoken guidance that the Garmin satnavs will offer."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but erm - Android 1.6+ ?

Opera swallows mobile ad manager


If it's as turn-ffable as the article suggests

it sounds like a good source of income.


The point of FOSS is about allowing multiple people to do what one person can't do alone. So, no - you're wrong

Tip'n'tilt control portable internet radio launches


So to change station you turn it round

so they expect to sell any of these?

Google gets all Minority Report with Street View


Google hate

"covers up a publicly listed company whose only goal is to make as much money as possible for its shareholders."

Zomg a company that exists to make money!

Yes, ads on street view are annoying. Yes it explains why they went to the expense of setting it all up. But evil? Because they serve ads to finance their free service? Hell, these ads could be *useful*.

Getting quite sick of the Google hate on El Reg

You and what Android? The Google iPhone killer that isn't



"such as someone else actually using it and diverting your revenue stream away from the ad machine. Cunning."

That would be the same "someone else" that also has all the Google goodness preinstalled, leading ad revenue to Google perhaps?

Welcome to the out-of-control decade


Someone lock this guy up

everyone's out to get him!

Seriously, don't you think if there's a need for control over data, the market will provide it? Your comments about being locked in come down to how businesses assess their options. If they fail to go with open standards - whatever that will mean in 2015 - then they deserve all they get.

Calm down for god sake...

Samsung's Galaxy stuck in history



I bought my Pulse on the premise that it might get an upgrade to 2.0 - are you listenting T Mobile?

Love the "Android 2.0: what to expect What's new in Google's latest" link on the right :)