* Posts by Danny

78 publicly visible posts • joined 18 Apr 2008


Google lets you code for Googlephones on Googlephones



and a "while true do" with no getout = nasty infinite loop! tut tut



"Surely you either need to use hacks like this or have the sensors running all the time."

Because this script may work on the current android incarnations - but what about when the android hardware becomes faster - will your current programs need patching for longer sleep? Surely the StartSensing should know when the sensors are online?

I can see why they arent on all the time (power saving) but surely the APIs are cleverer then that?

WD drops 4TB whopper



No fan in a backup device on raid 0.

What can possibly go wrong?

Toddler snaps up mechanical digger online


so lets get this straight

They were all asleep. A toddler could navigate around unrestricted by safety gates etc. The computer was already logged in with all payment details saved.


Excess of cola floors Oz ostrich farmer



why I drink pepsi max. Sure the chemicals wont do me any good but all those zeros on the dietary information box cannot be bad for me? surely? mmm caffeine.

Samsung Tocco Ultra Edition S8300


wifi not quite the killer

TBH do people use wifi a lot? I find it more of a hassle. It is simply easier to use the onboard HSDPA or 3G rather than scan for a station, enter my voucher code, surf 50mb before being cut off. Ive never gone over my allowance but then again i'm an average surfer (and most of the time I switch the pictures off). Granted if you want iplayer on the move then you need wifi but arent you better getting a pocket surfer? The screen isnt really good enough for serious iplayer or youtube action anway.

What about battery life with bluetooth on? My samsung omnia eats battery when bluetooth is on, and how about altering the display brightness to get longer life? Again, I need to turn down the brightness on the screen when im using tomtom else the battery is gone in 3-4 hours.

OpenOffice 3.1 ready to lick Microsoft's suite?



There is an open sauce equivalent to exchange and outlook (that has seamless tasks & calendar) then I wont be switching to open office. We get good discounts on office and the difference between outlook vs office pro isnt enough to warrant the major retraining costs.

shame as I personally like (and use) open office.

Pioneer BDR-203BK


getting cheaper

Soon it will be much cheaper than tape drives.

Peugeot preps 4WD diesel hybrid


nice idea

It is a nice idea that can probably be retrofitted to other designs quite easily. Its like KERS for modern cars :) need a boost overtaking?

Samsung unveils first Android handset


now then.

"and is equipped with 8GB of internal storage. "

This depends on how it works though. Most large capacity samsung phones have a systems memory too (of about 200Mb) and an "internal" memory. I would like to see that before purchasing (as the crippled part of android is the inability to save applications outside of the system memory)

HTC Touch Diamond 2


close but not quiiiite there

No xenon flash is a pity on a model that is clearly TRYING to be a well rounded phone (otherwise why bother with a 5MP sensor?) No customisable buttons is a problem.

I dont think it will uproot the iphone as it is still running on clunky WM but then again at least you dont need to give your phone your credit card details yet.

Beeb pushes major new iPlayer release


Still blocking

They are still blocking mobile access (from TMobile at least). I know some muppets wont understand data caps but why is that BBC's concern? If I want to watch a news article on my mobile then thats my business :(

Motorola paranoid over Android box


Andrioid is fatally flawed

The main problem with developing for andriod is the lockdown of internal storage. Since you cannot have applications residing outside internal storage the usefulness of the system will be limited to the size of internal storage. G1 users are now finding that 70Mb is fairly crap to install applications on and that 8Gb card plugged into the side is good for music and video only.

This is due to propriety security on "downloaded applications" from the app store.

French pass 'three strikes' file-sharing law



Not sure whose internet connection to use when my neighbours get cut off.

AMD ATI Radeon HD 4890


4830 for todays budget concious

£300 on a gfx card is madness! I paid £70 for my 4830 (quidco for teh win) and it might not be the fastest kid on the block but will play happily in 1680x

I suppose I could Xfire it if I had a mobo but why bother - the mobo would cost just as much...

Android tethering app tossed



ive been saying this all along and this highlights the major problems with android. Sure it maybe an open sauce OS but it has very limited ways of getting apps installed on it. If the operator doesnt like it then it will be no better than an iphone -i.e. you need to hack it.

Personally I will stick to my clunky WM omnia which (btw) is happily using network connection sharing.

Bush Obama sides with RIAA in P2P fight


Why would it be a deterrent?

He will simply claim bankrupcy. He's a student. $500 would be worth more to him as he would pay it. tens of thousands would not be payable by him, he would simply claim bankrupcy and carry on. It will certainly cost more in legal fees for the RIAA

Privacy campaigner vows legal challenge to Google Street View



So far the majority of photos have been in streets. The real challenges will be when they drive around residential areas. It can be argued that your house is the focus of the picture, hence if you are sat in your house and can be identified then it will be a difference kettle of fish.

AT&T to sell no-contract iPhones



Good for you jake, good for you.

Not that I would buy an iphone either. Im happy with my omnia.

Secret Aussie blacklist leaked



I'd think about setting up a paid for proxy service and advertising heavily in Aus. That will surely be a money spinner.

Virgin Media to battle modem hackers


just block

I'm surprised thy dont mac lock down. Block all the macs, let the genuine customers phone up. Its not like virgin are the most reliable connections anyway.

How police busted UK's biggest cybercrime case


Admin access

I presume the security expert had admin access. Even in my place we have strict GPO along with whitelist of executables. If anything other than the whitelist are executed on the machines then this flags up on our monitoring - easy to spot in an investigation!

Child porn suspect ordered to decrypt own hard drive



If he was to forget his password due to all the stress then what could they throw at him?

HTC waves wand, pulls second Android phone out of hat



Sounds identical to the G1 sans keyboard. So it will have the same flaws such as you can only install programs to the pitiful 192Mb? Bad camera with no flash? I'll pass until a proper phone arrives.

WM6.1 may be clunky but at least it works, I would have loved to keep my G1 but it was simply not very useful.

Pirate Bay prosecutor tosses infringement charges overboard


silly prosecution

They dont have a chance of the "making available" stick. Google would be complicit on the grounds that it indexes torrents sites. PB will laugh at the damages awarded with this one.

Copyright cops launch MS-happy software compliance tool


SQL Server

SQL server doesnt cost us that much (about £30 I think). The licencing on the otherhand....

Photography rights: Snappers to descend on Scotland Yard


Madness, absolute madness

Scare the public into not bothering filming plod doing something questionable as they will be arrested and forced to plead innocence.

Cisco Linksys Media Hub 500GB home NAS


madness price.

I have an icybox happily RAIDing (I had a failed drive so I know it works!) Better at less than half the price (coupled to my XBMC).

GM Volt to get regular software-style updates

Paris Hilton


"GM reckons 40 miles of battery-only endurance is more than sufficient "

errr, what? I wont even get home on that.

Armed cops contain Wild West Leicestershire toy gun menace


get a good lawyer

"In fact, police had previously been warned of the shindig, as Mrs Worthington explained: "Because of the gun laws, I phoned them in November to tell them we were having this themed do. I didn't think any more about it."

Then i'd be having nightmares and the such. Get them sued for being stupid and spend the money on another bash.

Nokia E63 Qwerty keyboard smartphone


so where is this pitched at?

No HSDPA is foolish for a business phone - wifi or not.

US bandwidth gets new caps


Another happy adsl24 customer

Ive been with adsl24 for a few years too. They're quite decent and actually read and participate on their forums too.

30 peak 300 offpeak is good enough for me at £20 a month. (I think peak is 8am till 10pm so I schedule all your downloading till then)

British troops to wear smart earplugs in Afghan combat


whoa £500

holy jesus, they spend £500 on ear plugs that squaddies will simply lose but wont spend a quarter that on body armour.

New Zealand bolts net filtering regime into place


so the kiddy fiddlers

will simply use proxies then? Or tor?

Vladimir Putin bitchslaps Dell-boy

Paris Hilton

bad russian?

I dont know where you learnt to speak russian but your translation stinks. He didnt mention anything about invalids. His reply simply said that the countries capacity is fine, we dont need any help.

Paris, she quotes other peoples words instead of getting her own too.

Veteran F1 designer readies 'affordable' sportster

Paris Hilton


More vapourware to laugh at when it doesnt come out. Or comes out with a quadrupled price tag, lower specs and worthless drive.

Doner kebabs: Death wrapped in pitta bread


mmm Kebabs

You just cant beat a mystery meat kebab though. Did anyone seriously think those elephant legs were lamb? Really?


I fancy a kebab now and ive not even drank anything.

US mulls clicks for cameraphones

Paris Hilton

works on my omnia

You can take the shutter sound off my omnia. Even silence the phone but not the ring tone if you like.

stoopid yanks

O2 and Be customers suffer network congestion

Paris Hilton

glad I didnt move

Ive been with an entanet reseller for a while. Not the cheapest but I get 6Mbs all the time. I was going to move to BE on price alone (I wont get more than 7 or 8 even on ADSL 2 so it wasnt for speed). Glad I didnt.

Paris, glad I didnt with her either. Think of the diseases.

Addonics NASU2 micro USB NAS adaptor


Too expensive

For that price you might aswell get a raidsonic NAS2000, it spins drives down, its quick for a 100mb (not gigabit im afraid) supports large drives and doesnt need to be fat32 if you dont want it to be.

There are loads of linux hacks for it too if you are that way inclined.

Then again im having more luck using my old XBOX as a file server (and it happily runs XBMC too)

HTC Touch 3G Windows Mobile smartphone


sticking with my omnia

Give an omnia some hacked firmware so you can alter the widgets and stick flashlite 3 (and 2 for the widgets) and its a winner. Very happy with mine - far better than the G1 crap I had on trial.

VeriSign remedies massive SSL blunder (kinda, sorta)



"Mainly that's because the sheer amount of brain and computing power required take the attack out of the grasp of the average internet criminal."

Right, bury your head in the sand. There are plenty of clever hackers out there who would do this for the funnies. Maybe the criminals are a bit thick but the h4x0r kiddes arent.

Prof: Use wind turbines as flywheels to smooth output


big giant gusts?

This sounds like a bad idea to me. The amount of KE stored in those flywheels will be rather high. Lets hope they can feather the props pretty quickly...

PS2 the most played console of 2008

Paris Hilton

sample size?

Without sample sizes the data is meaningless. Could have been a poll of 1000 in the ghettos.

Swoopo - eBay's (more) evil twin



I am very surprised that the gambling commission hasnt had a pop at swoopo as it is just a gambling site. Nothing more nothing less.

Scottish firm pays £120,000 over unlicensed software

Paris Hilton


We had FAST knocking on the door (the sales guy) but it prompted me to double check the licences. Some were down but some were over. At least it balanced me out at renewal time. Plus it prompted me to install a dansguardian box instead of fortinet saving me some more money.

Paris, both unlicenced and expensive.

China 'bans' BBC's Chinese website

Paris Hilton

Oddly enough

There are chinese speaking license payers you know.

Paris, her license's are a bit suspect.

US firm vies for Opteron packaging excess crown

Paris Hilton

bulk cpus

you dont get anti static wrapping when you buy trays of CPUs.

DARPA aim to make killer robots invulnerable to damage

Paris Hilton


You can only harden not eliminate EMP and the complexity of this beast will make it night on impossible to harden completely. I cant see it getting ferrite core memory.

Paris, in the right circustances you have no problems hardening near her.

Virgin Media to dump neutrality and target BitTorrent users

Paris Hilton

So what if they change?

Its a big enough change to drop their contract and move to someone else. Not sure what all the whining is about. Virgin have always had stupid ToC so no change here.

Paris, you get what you pay for with her.