* Posts by Rainer

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It's the curious case of the vanishing iPhone sales as Huawei grabs second place off Apple in smartmobe stakes

Rainer

Re: Upping your game

> It used to be, that if your competitors were making goods that offered better value for money to

> customers and consequently were outselling you, you would find ways to up your game and beat

> them with a better product.

First of all, that is a very romantic and rose-tinted view of the past.

It has rarely existed in such pure form, at least for a long term.

The problem is that Huawei and China have repeatedly been found to violate intellectual property rights. Not just on phones, but on anything they can get their hands on.

Huawei may just have been an especially egregious transgressor.

Phones are just the most profitable business.

Car manufacturers will be next to realize this.

It's more or less official policy of China to absorb as much IP as possible, at almost any cost.

The West has lamented this situation for a long time, but never did anything about it, except talk and get more promises from China that were never kept.

Now, Trump has at least created an incentive for China to keep those promises.

The only problem is that this ban should have happened ages ago, before the problem got so huge.

That there will be various repercussions from this on various levels is a different issue.

That's just Huawei it goes, shrugs founder as analysts forecast sales slump for embattled biz

Rainer
Mushroom

Trump is just an accelerator

The US has been on a slow decline since quite some time (80s maybe?), with its influence and power slowly waining away.

All Trump has done is to accelerate that process.

The outcome was always inevitable.

The upside is that we can actually sit here and watch history unfold now, instead of in a decade or two or however long it might have lasted.

Rainer

But Meng is using an iPhone

She was arrested with one (and an iPad, IIRC).

Gee, SEC, how did that get out?! 'Leaked' Tesla email claims big boost in Model 3 production

Rainer

There are a couple of logistic issues they have to solve. E.g. apparently, if you ever are in need of a repair, it can occasionally take very long to source spare parts - traditional vendors have a very sophisticated supply chain that can deliver spare parts over-night or even same-day.

To bad they don't build a station wagon ;-)

Pushed around and kicked around, always a lonely boy: Run Huawei, Google Play, turns away, from Huawei... turns away

Rainer

Re: Physician, heal thyself!

Given the choice, living under a "US-system" still looks better than living in a "CPC-system".

That said, inhabitants of Iraq or Libya might have a different opinion.

Rainer

Be careful what you wish for

While many people would like to get rid of Google (the spying-on-the-user Google, not the search-engine), the alternative (a Sino-Russian "influenced" version of it) might not really be what they have been waiting for.

I certainly haven't - but then I'm a certified Apple fanboi.

As such, I know that nothing exists without somebody paying the bill.

Huawei already have their own OS ready. They don't need Google in China (blocked anyway), they just need it for the rest of the world, where they need to convince users to switch.

And for that, they "just" need a couple of apps:

- WhatsApp

- Instragram

- Facebook

- Netflix

- Snapchat

And maybe a handful of others that people use. If these were there and would and work - how many people would switch?

A lot of Android and even iPhone Apps are developed in China anyway these days.

The devs there will develop for whatever OS people will have running, as long as money can be made in the process.

The OpenStack Foundation would like everyone to just get along and play nice, m'kay?

Rainer

Re: The advantage of OpenStack being open source...

My co-worker argues that you can only run OpenStack when you actually understand how it works and then build the releases yourself, fixing bugs you find on the way.

Just installing a vendor-provided version will not give you the same understand as when you understand the source-code. Nor will it give you quick bugfixes...

Apple iPhone sales down by double digits, Mac sales knifed by Intel CPU 'constraints'

Rainer

It's not too bad

I upgraded to an iPhone Xr - from a 4S.

Yes, I used it for almost 6 years (got it for free from the carrier back then, before the 5 came out - they obviously had lots of stock...), mostly because I had hoped for an SE-successor (hasn't materialized, yet).

I sort of miss using the headphone jack and charging at the same time - but battery life of the Xr is so much greater than on the ancient 4S, that it never mattered so far.

Yes, it's big, difficult to carry and if it slips to the ground, it's most likely to break (that was already true for the 4S, though, and it worked out fine - at a much cheaper price-point...)

I don't think anybody at Apple hopes that you upgrade yearly. They do have the "iPhone-subscription" - but I don't think they meant this to be the standard way for everybody. Some people like to do that and I guess if you sell your old one at the year-mark, it's not too bad financially.

Yes, Apple makes a giant profit on any given iPhone - but at the same time, they (try to) make sure that their contractors' employees get paid slightly above standard, don't work themselves to death in a short time, aren't sexually exploited, that their raw-materials' suppliers don't exploit kids, that they actually know their full supply chain (I don't think you can say that of many manufacturers of even much simpler goods) and that everybody in their supply chain follows local laws - and all on 100% renewable energy.

If you think any of Apple's competitors also do that and even more and can produce cheaper phones at the same time - then I'd really like to see it.

There's also the fact that, like all big Chinese corporations, this one too is, to a certain degree, state-driven - how much that is the case is unclear. But to deny that would be ridiculous.

And I don't think that politically, China should be a model for anything right now.

It reminds me a bit of a "tamer" version of 1930's Germany. Less blatantly racist, a bit less expansionistic, similarly corrupt but technologically quite advanced and with a "strong" leadership.

As long as one could overlook the first too bits, a lot of people outside of Germany in the 30s really looked at it as some kind of model (which it wasn't, of course, just as I think China isn't really a model, unless you think our achievements of the last 150 years in democracy and pluralism are pretty much worthless).

Rainer

Re: Progress

Well, she obviously doesn't care about the Google-tax.

Eventually, that will rear its ugly monetary head, too.

Idiot admits destroying scores of college PCs using USB Killer gizmo, filming himself doing it

Rainer

Is he dumb?

Or was he on some drug?

I really have to question the sanity of someone doing something like this

Karma chameleon: Reg hack takes SUSE mascot plushy right in the kisser

Rainer

Re: Too much cuddling

Yeah, Fedora would probably be my next candidate.

Or just plain CentOS. My desktop should be old and plain enough for everything to run and I'd love the thought of not having to upgrade until well into the next decade.

Rainer

Re: Too much cuddling

I use Leap 42.3 as desktop and I quite like it.

That said, I never really liked Ubuntu.

I'll have to see how Leap 15.1 behaves on my desktop and how well stuff like LXDE/XFCE still works.

I don't really see the point of those fat desktop-environments like KDE or GNOME. All I want is four virtual desktops, some sort of start-menu, terminal-windows, Firefox, PDF and image-viewers. And LibreOffice. Oh, and an integrated ssh key agent.

There's no need to try to be like macOS - it will be a futile attempt anyway.

Gartner squints into its crystal ball: A pholdable phuture is very far away

Rainer

This will be Itanic all over

Anyone remember those "predictions"?

Nobody wants to have a phone as a consumable, which the current "foldables" really are.

After oh-so-many folds, it's done and you'll get a new one.

Pecker-checker Becker's hacker wrecker: Saudi cyber-crew stole Bezos' sexts from phone, fed them to tabloid – claim

Rainer

Whatever

The headline is as classic of an El Reg headline as it can get.

Chapeau.

Only one Huawei? We pitted the P30 Pro against Samsung and Apple's best – and this is what we found

Rainer

Nice review

Feature-creep and spec-sheet fetishism is what brought down Windows.

I guess Asian people like this over-exposed, over-done photos?

Slack slings crypto-keys at big biz, union gets worked over, VPN owners probed, trolls trouble vets, and more

Rainer

Ideally, you'd pay those ISPs with Bitcoin.

Else, the money-trail just leads back to you.

Unless you've also setup a network of shell-companies that rent the VPSs you use (mixing companies and countries...)

Super-crook admits he nicked $122m from Facebook, Google by sending staff fake invoices for tech kit

Rainer

Secret projects

AFAIK, when the invoices were questioned, he claimed it was hardware for a secret project aligned directly under the CEO's office and details were "need to know".

That shut up most of the nosy beancounters, apparently.

BTW: our boss is said to have a habit of checking all invoices about the equivalent of 100 USD, personally.

At least he did until recently.

We don't think it's a good use of his time, but it's his company.

Croydon school rolling in toilet roll after Brexit gift deemed unfit for the Queen's Anus Horribilis

Rainer

Re: Must be a German thing.

It was in 2006 - and they used up the last roll last week, IIRC.

It was a flatbed-truck full of toilet-paper.

Actually, it was two flatbed-trucks, but they were able to cancel the 2nd delivery.

They "saved" a low four-digit Euro amount, IIRC.

Click here to see the New Zealand livestream mass-murder vid! This is the internet Facebook, YouTube, Twitter built!

Rainer

It's a two-sided sword

I remember that in 1990, when I watched the Football Worldcup, the camera would occasionally show scantily-clad female fans whenever a team from South-America was playing (Brazilian fans being the worst "offenders". Commentators would often point out that while the matches were broadcast in IRan, too, it wasn't live, but "live +5s". During these 5s, a gentleman in the IBC working for the Iranian government would switch the stream to a different camera so that his fellow citizens wouldn't have to get an eye full.

A couple of years later, we got "Nipplegate" and US television took a page from the Iranian Ministry of Culture and Islamic Guidance and also adopted that "live +5s" broadcasting, for basically the same rationale as in Iran.

I certainly don't want a multi-billion dollar US company (nor a multi-billion dollar Chinese company) to decide what I can see and what not or what is good and not good for me. I think it was the Cloudflare CEO who has in the past remarked that he hated even being in the position to be able to decide something like this.

In this single isolated case, that may actually align with what I and many others think.

But as they say: even a broken clock is right twice a day.

I don't even have a Facebook account (the whole premise of the platform is absurd).

That said, it didn't really surprise me that somebody would stream a shooting. In fact, it surprised me that it took so long. The technology has been here for years. All it took was for someone to go all the way to the end.

Facebook blames 'server config change' for 14-hour outage. Someone run that through the universal liar translator

Rainer

Testing is difficult at scale

I remember an article about WhatsApp (before it was acquired).

They said they can't really do any serious load-testing. What they ended up doing was to fade-in chances on a server-by-server basis and see how it played out.

WhatsApp had very few servers back then, even though it had 900 million users.

That said, because of the lack of a FB account, I couldn't care less about their outages. The sooner they go away, the better for humanity.

The case of the missing 300 Swiss francs: WIPO fires CIO following probe into allegations of fraud

Rainer

Who receives private mail at work?

I receive parcels, yes.

But correspondence from my bank?

That's a big fat nope.

It all hinges on this: Huawei goes after Samsung with its own foldable hybrid Mate X

Rainer

Interesting concept, indeed

But as others have noted, there will very likely be almost no decent software taking advantage of this form-factor.

Especially now, that the usual Android fragmentation on the OS side has fully spilled over to the hardware side.

Who in his right mind is going to adapt his code for two niche-models?

Especially as there will likely be more vendors going down a similar-but-not-quite-the-same route and doing things ever-so-slightly different.

Samsung pulls sheets off costly phone-cum-fondleslab Galaxy Fold – and a hefty 5G monster

Rainer

How the hell?

Is this not going to wear out in the shortest time?

It's 2019, and a PNG file can pwn your Android smartphone or tablet: Patch me if you can

Rainer

Re: Errrrr.

> My bank is obsoleting OTP tokens and forcing all customers

> to use or the banking app or SMS.

Can't you visit the local branch?

;-)

My bank is phasing out SMS in favour of their app (you need to point the mobile at the banking-screen, which shows some kind of flicker-code, IIRC, and then the mobile shows a code that you have to enter into the form on the website).

SMS still works - but I've got no idea for how long.

They have the older, original mobile app that works without SMS but seems to use some sort of private key on my phone for authentication.

Apparently, because of the wide spread misuse of SIM-swaps, SMS is no longer considered secure.

Apple hardware priced so high that no one wants to buy it? It's 1983 all over again

Rainer
Unhappy

Re: No, you don't wish you'd have bought it.

> You could sell it, last time I looked Risc PC was going for silly money on ebay.

Yeah. Dad gave mine to the electronic waste disposal site, when he cleaned out my basement room at my parents place.

I had probably spent 5000 DM on it over the years, if not more if you count the (pretty high-end) Iiyma-displays, which were also disposed-of at the same time.

It could run NetBSD/ARM and that was the first Unix I ran, after painstakingly downloading it on about 20-ish floppy disks at the university lab.

Amazon shareholders revolt on Rekognition, Nvidia opens robotics lab, and hot AI chips on Google Cloud

Rainer

I guess the problem is in the White House

If the prez was Clinton or Obama or old Bernie, it wouldn't be such an issue.

At least on the surface. The principal issues would still remain, of course.

But with Trump being who he is and where he is, people seem to actually warm up to the idea that having the military-industrial complex rule the country could have negative consequences for a lot of people.

Cops: German suspect, 20, 'confessed' to mass hack of local politicians

Rainer

Re: Your country needs You!

> Assuming this chap wasn't just a script kiddy, and had some decent skills

Such is the state of it-sec awareness among the people's representatives in Germany (and probably elsewhere, too) that I'm rather confident in saying that he is just a script-kiddie, almost 100%.

All these people need to have their internet-privileges revoked.

You can blame laziness as much as greed for Apple's New Year shock

Rainer

Try managing an older AirPort device with the current software....

No chance.

Rainer

Re: Ré double the price of local Chinese phones

> Local shop owners, taxis, and bus drivers were all bemused to see us paying with cash.

You need a Chinese bank account to be able to use WePay (in China).

Good luck getting one as a foreigner. Even more so as a tourist - it's pointless.

Rainer

No. They are priced in USD.

IIRC, if you convert the UKP prices back to USD (and subtract the tax), you're more or less at the US-level.

Same here in Switzerland.

This was not the case in the past, where you could actually save some money by doing your own US import - this is now pointless.

Huawei or the highway: Chinese giant whacks marketing drones for tweeting from iPhone

Rainer

Re: Easy

Apple doesn't really have "brand-ambassadors" like other companies.

And I'd say Apple as a business-partner is important enough that you really make sure you don't mix-up like that. Huawei clearly wasn't ;-)

I guess if Apple's GSM chips (well, Intel's) get better in a few iterations, one can cross-off one more excuse for not using an iPhone for such a function....

Rainer

Easy

They believe in fear as a motivator.

It's a lot of work, being popular: Apple, Tim Cook and the gilets jaunes

Rainer

Re: India is a race to the bottom

Yes - but how much money are they actually making?

OK, so it may not matter to Huawei, as the Chinese government funds them.

But still, "making it up with volume sounds a bit too dot-com bubble-familiar".

Rainer

India is a race to the bottom

How much money are all those Android handset makers making in India anyway?

Even if Huawei is making some money, and Oppo - there'll soon be a new Android OEM that'll build slightly worse handsets for a little less money and Indians will flog to that.

You wait for one IT giant to show up with its sales figures, then two come at once: Red Hat, Oracle

Rainer

Re: Double lock in is not winning IT folks over

To be fair, a lot of AWS looks like it's going the same direction: if you don't use AWS for everything, it's just more difficult.

And AFAIK, AWS has almost "anything-as-a-service".

Rainer

Oracle Cloud

Recently saw a presentation on the Oracle Cloud.

It doesn't look too bad, TBH.

Pricing I don't know, but it looks like a large, solid OpenStack implementation.

I wouldn't rule it out if I was tasked with choosing a cloud-provider.

AWS may be cheaper in some (or all cases) - but the lock-in is IMO even worse than what you ever had with Oracle databases.

And Jeff's ships are bigger and more expensive than Larry's, so you can make an educated guess as to where this is going...

Angry Googlers demand bosses pull the wings off 'Dragonfly' censored Chinese search engine

Rainer

Re: What's up next?

> Ad-buyers aught to consider whether in fact Google are selling them dreams of relevant targeted

> advertising.

With the amount of click-fraud going on (see the CERT-advisory sent out yestersday), it's a wonder anyone actually makes any money on the products peddled by ads.

Rainer

What's up next?

Are they signing petitions soon to not collect any data from users and not monetarize it towards the evil ad-buyers?

That's like working in the defense-sector and keeping saying to yourself "It's only for defense, see, it's in the name". All the while working on a compartmentalized bit of a Reaper drone...

Blighty: We spent £1bn on Galileo and all we got was this lousy T-shirt

Rainer

Re: Well, who'd have thought it?

> Easy: Tabloids told them migrants were the source of all our problems

> which would magically disappear if we left the EU.

It's not the only thing that will disappear, I'm afraid.

Reverse Ferret! Forget what we told you – the iPad isn't really for work

Rainer

What's the problem?

There's the classic iPad for what? 329 USD. It even works with the pencil and AFAIK, you can connect a BT keyboard to it, too.

The new iPadPro is really just the "iPad for the 1%".

As much as I wish, I have no regular use for it.

Amazon tries to ruin infosec world's fastest-growing cottage industry (finding data-spaffing S3 storage buckets)

Rainer

Our ticketing system

can store BLOBs in S3 buckets. But their support made it clear that the bucket has to be completely public.

We actually have a private S3-implementation on-site, but it has to be public-public.

Their support said, it wasn't a big deal because the actual URL of the bucket was "not public".

We store the BLOBs on the local filesystem now.

iPhone XS: Just another £300 for a better cam- Wait, come back!

Rainer

I don't have amazon, netflix (or any TV at all), my employer pays for broadband and the cellular contract.

Once every couple of years I get myself a new iPhone and use it for a couple of years.

My car is 17.5 years old at this point.

Insurance, tax, fuel, maintenance adds up to more than what a new iPhone costs, every year. And I use it maybe twice a week.

Upgraders rejoice! The 2018 Mac Mini heralds a return to memory slots!

Rainer

Re: Mixed emotions....

I actually have the "black screen" problem, too - but with a 2012 MacMini connected to a 30" HP LP 3065 display via a TB-to-DL-DVI adapter (it's a very old display, probably ten years old, got it as a hand-me-down from my boss when he bought a new one).

It happens very rarely, though.

Sometimes, unplugging the adapter (sometimes a few times) does work, sometimes I reboot.

Rainer

TimeMachine will encrypt, too, with a password of your choosing.

IIRC, later version of iOS suggest you encrypt.

Mourning Apple's war against sockets? The 2018 Mac mini should be your first port of call

Rainer

Re: Macs typically have a longer usable life than Windows PCs ...

> Is any linux distribution from 2007 still supported?

RHEL5.

If you pay RedHat for it.

Roughly 30 years after its birth at UK's Acorn Computers, RISC OS 5 is going open source

Rainer

Sadly

Dad threw out my RISC-PC during a clean-up of the basement a couple of years ago :-(

Very sad.

I had spent almost all the money that I received during my year of mandatory service at the German Armed Forces on it and a 17" CRT from Iiyama (which was pretty high-end at the time).

I upgraded it to the StrongARM CPU daugherboard when it became available (even pre-paid for it and received a reservation-number - Acorn was ahead of the curve there, too: they preempted Kickstarter by a decade..). It had SCSI-disks, SCSI-CDROM...

I loved the integrated vector graphics program ("Draw", IIRC), as well as TechWriter.

And the ChangeFSI picture-format conversion utility...

RISC-OS taught me many important concepts of computing - and it truly was a joy to use.

The new Huawei is going upmarket, but the old Huawei still threatens

Rainer

Does else anybody find it ironic that British people refuse to have a population register (for their own government) but have no problem forking over much more data to what is basically a Chinese state-owned mega-corp?

SUSE punts SES v5.5 out door, says storage is going software-defined and open source

Rainer

Re: how is this different from red hat?

SuSE's Storage Server is much cheaper than RedHat.

It's licensed by node and the prices are reasonable.

I hate stuff that is licensed by TB (or GB, if you're an EMC customer).

On the seventh anniversary of Steve Jobs' death, we give you 7 times he served humanity and acted as an example to others

Rainer

All true

But look into the mirror - if your own life was put under a microscope, what would people find?

Also, he didn't write books to encourage people to follow his lifestyle, as other rich people have and continue to do so. He was probably aware of the fact that the planet is big enough to accommodate only a single person of his character.

At least, his kids seem to have turned out well, unlike other billionaire's kids.

He made sure the one and only authorized biography appeared after his death, so he wouldn't be bothered by the comments.

He's been dead for seven years.

It's easy to spit on a grave.

Let's give him some rest.

Spoiler alert: Google's would-be iPhone killer Pixel 3 – so many leaks

Rainer

Which vendor still supports Android on a four year old phone?

And you have to ask: who is making money on this phone, and how?

If you're not paying, you're probably the product, not the customer ;-)

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