* Posts by Grant 5

27 publicly visible posts • joined 29 Sep 2009

Commit to Android codebase suggests Google may strong-arm phone makers into using 'seamless' partitioned updates

Grant 5

Shill! Is that really necessary?

My point is simply if you want regular security updates then you need a Google device as they update each month.

As for the "Windows update style" updates I mean regular security updates which I'm sure we all agree is important. I'm not talking about being forced to eat OS updates like Windows update has become merely that all devices are secured from the OS vendor.

You want to know which is the best smartphone this season? Tbh, it's tricky to tell 'em apart

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Re: My wishlist

Strangely the flagships don't but last year's Moto G5 offered all that and the performance is pretty good.

My Moto Z Play offers it all except the replaceable battery but the battery life is so good that I still get 2 days heavy use now after 18 months.

As we all know, these days battery life if the top of everyone's list as phones now do everything well. The manufacturers continue to ignore this as it's the only good way to force people to update.

Samsung Galaxy S9: Still the Lord of All Droids

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Totally. Replaceable battery and expandable storage, also really good Lineage OS support. Mine does everything I need and runs upto date Nougat 7.2.

We have reached peak phone for the majority of users, I suspect if you grabbed an S9 case and popped S5 hardware in a vast majority of users wouldn't even notice.

Ford announces plans for mass production of self-driving cars by 2021

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Re: Is there no icon on El Reg...

Err slowly while traveling at a speed where it can safely stop the vehicle in the distance it can see to be clear. You know like we all should but almost everyone fails to do.

Google doesn’t care who makes Android phones. Or who it pisses off

Grant 5

Funny I'm typing this right now on a Galaxy S5 running Cyanogenmod 13 which is based on Android 6 and shows a patch level of 1st June.

People bored of mobes, say magic quadrant wizards

Grant 5

Interesting, any idea where you read this?

If 4G isn’t working, why stick to the same approach for 5G?

Grant 5

Re: Priorities

Agreed. I was very exited about the Nexus 6, it's a little on the big side but other than that it was nearly the ideal phone for me BUT wht the insane pixel density? A decent 1080p screen would have given it far better battery life, this is the one feature that everyone wants, whay the bloody obsession with ever thinner phones every year, just keep it the same and add a bigger battery = happy punters.

Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

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Re: I have a samsung s3 mini

I got fed up with the performance of my S3 the other day and nearly bought a new phone, so I decided to try Cyanogenmod before shelling out. The Cyanogenmod installer took 10 minutes and was literally a point and click installer from Windows. It installed a new fast ROM and a copy of Clockworkmod as a recovery option.

Since then I've enjoyed upto date Android and the speed of the phone is amazing, it's as fast as when I got it nearly 2 years ago if not faster. I'm really impressed, have a read and give it a whirl.


Android to drop Dalvik VM for high-performance ART in next version

Grant 5

I know you said don't suggest it because most people can't do it BUT I tried the CyanogenMod installer on my S3 last week and it was literally point and click. 10 mins and done, its now soooo much faster and I've removed all the bloat.

GPs slam NHS England for poor publicity of data grab plan

Grant 5

Awful underhand government policy again

I haven't received a leaflet but fortunately found out by word of mouth. I've had a letter back from my GP confirming that my data will not be uploaded.

I simply don't like the fact that once it has been uploaded you can't have it removed you can only ask for a half ar$ed anonymization. Oh and the fact that I wasn't asked permission for ''My personal'' medical records to be sold off (I know technically they haven't been sold off.......yet!!!).

Finally, someone's fixed THAT Android hole. Was it your mobe network? No

Grant 5

Re: "but only the Samsung Galaxy S4 has been patched to protect against it"

Just tried the Bluebox tool on a HTC Desire S and it says unpatched, also tried on a Galaxy Note 2 which it says is patched, the Note 2 did download an update as soon as I unboxed it.

My Galaxy S3 did actually download a small patch from Vodafone quite recently, unfortunately it's being repaired at the moment as I dropped it and am unable to test.

Samsung's new Galaxy S 4: iPhone assassin or Android also-ran?

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Re: whopper

No problem, I've had one for a while and I hardly notice it in any of my pockets but why not pop into a phone shop and give one a try ;)

Who's riddling Windows PCs with gaping holes? It's your crApps

Grant 5

Re: Delete Java

Maybe change that to "If at all possible delete that sh$t" I've not had it installed for years and have never missed it, unfortunately it is still required in places.

Schools IT biz RM back in black after caning from UK gov

Grant 5

Love the way you all had to post as AC as you know RM are so vindictive they'll probably hunt you down or make your friends that still work there pay. It sounds silly but I've heard some stories about that company that defy belief (could just be stories of course, but I've met a few staff)

Facebookers trigger vote to choke Zuck's data suck

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Re: Ian 62

There could be pics all over the web of you with your name against them not only on FB.

You 'could' be tagged on FB but it won't link to your FB account as you don't have an account, so in effect it's just some text stating that it's you and that can happen anywhere on the web!

New Chinese space plans are all about security and strategy on Earth

Grant 5

What a surprise

"But the truth is that - just as with the USA and Russia, and to a significant extent with Europe - China's space programme is all about increasing its security and influence here on Earth, and very little to do with expanding humanity's frontiers out into space"

Things just never change, all those naive youngers years wishing for change wasted. Bring on the new cold war :(

Dell flees netbook market, dumps Minis

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I love my netbook

Sold my old laptop before going away for a while and picked up an NC10 when I got back. I used it for two years as my main laptop at home, I picked up an external DVD drive but hardly ever use it. It's been great for internet, email, iPlayer, listening to music etc its also got great battery life and fits easily in my backpack and unlike an ipad it's actually usefull for doing some work and typing (don't get me wrong the ipad has it's uses).

What a great versatile device :)

Voyager probe reaches edge of Solar System's 'bubble'

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@ Eddie Edwards

Is it 39 years for the whole Voyager mission from design to present? NASA tend to do that.

Ten... Premium Android smartphones

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@ Jean-Paul

As I explained I do get decent battery life usually but I turned off features to get even more. At the end of the day why have wi-fi and 3G running in my pocket using up juice anyway when with one touch I can activate it and use it to check emails and browse the internet when I need it. Also saves a bit on my leccy bill :)

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Desire S

Just bought one for £350 and I'm very impressed. Went to a festival last week and it lasted for a full two days and nights, I turned off 3G and turned it on when I wanted to check email, internet etc, used the camera a bit and made a couple of calls. In general I have it syncing email, facebook etc every hour and use wifi when at home, I work 12 hour shifts and when I get back there's always at least 50% battery left.

This is far from the nightmare stories that I heard about with most smart phones and the original desire. Other than the need for a shutter button to operate the camera I've not got any complaints.

Hotmail upgrade finally reaches 350m users

Grant 5


A: It's FREE

B: I really like the new hotmail, it's one of the best free web products out there....did I mention it's free!!!

Adobe warns over unpatched PDF peril

Grant 5

@ AC "Yeah, though it craps out a fair bit"

Never had to do that on any of our Windows 7 boxes with Foxit.

Facebook warns over password reset scam

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@ madmattttt

With an attitude like that towards women at least we don't need to worry about you reproducing ;)

WD targets Win XP users to ease 4KB drive upgrades

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@ Ivan 4

But it's still a product that eventually needs to GO and changes like this highlight this. Simple facts.

I used to love OS2 as well and in the real world but as I stated above.

Grant 5

@ Ivan 4

"What about something for us OS/2 users? Just because IBM has tried to kill off OS/2 does not mean it is dead - far from it."

What is it with you people??? Get with it, Windows 7, OSX, any Linux flavor...this is your wake up call welcome to 2010 and on and on ;)

Windows 7 speculation claims SP1 will land in Q4 2010

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@ Wednesday 10th March 2010 10:02 GMT

"just because you haven't got problems doesn't mean nobody has "

of course in an OS as widely used as Windows and with so many available devices a few people in millions having a problem with a couple of devices is a pretty good success rate ;) I'm sure all 20 desktop linux users will have something to say about that, i'm one of them but it appears i'm the only one that isn't delusional.

Facebook kills 'Kill Obama' poll

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@ AC 4 10:14

"How is this poll a threat? The SS are dumbasses. This polls is what's called F-U-N. Or do you not have fun on that side of the pond?"

No there's no fun involved some of those people are deadly serious and that's the problem. As stated by mmiied

"the only country where you find pepol who are FOR unversal access to guns and AGAINST uinveral access to doctors you got to love the logic"

you can see the kind of people and level of stupidity that you're dealing with.