* Posts by Jas 1

18 publicly visible posts • joined 7 Oct 2009

Virgin Media suffers growing pains as Cable Cowboy daddy settles in

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Bye Bye VM in MK

They've finally decided to abandon the analogue cable service in Milton Keynes

Had the letter the other day that the service is ending this month, They suggested I look into freeview, freesat or even Sky.

TBH i've not used it much for the past few years, and should have just canceled it, but now they've saved me the bother.

One less box under the TV.

Honk if the car in front is connected

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+1 for the driverless car

Speaking as someone who's face orbs are not to the required standard, A driverless car is something that can't come soon enough. I'm unable to obtain the required written (printed) permission slip to be in control of one, yet I can write the code that will do exactly that :)

Microsoft unveils paid SkyDrive options

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UK Prices

For those on The Queen's side of the pond:

Additional storage charges are as follows

+20GB= £6/year

+50GB= £16/year

+100GB= £32/year

I don't see a link to claim free 25GB, but i've never used the service before.

Cook & Co. boost Apple TV to 1080p, update interface

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XBMC box

In my immediate family, we have 6 Apple TV2s

All running XBMC

Great little boxes for this.

It never ends: TV exposé tags new Android privacy howler

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As an app developer

OK, i've written an app.

It is free, and has adverts in it.

As a coder, this involves adding a jar file to the project and adding some code which displays the adverts. Now, my app does not request permissions to get contacts or texts etc as it has no need for these.

Assuming I wrote an app that did, then I assume that grants permission to the 3rd party ad library to do the same, since it is all part of my app. So could it be that developers of these apps don't even know that ad brokers are piggy backing on these permissions to get at the personal data?

I have no idea what other things this library is doing, but I imagine it would be quite easy for the 3rd party ad library to say:


// Show an advert and do nothing else (honest)






uploadAllContactsToTheCloud(); // shshshsh


// oh yeah, don't forget to show the add otherwise people might get suspicious



Be careful out there

HP hands in-house Android code to TouchPad tablet hackers

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Cyanogenmod already has wifi support

Hopefully this will help them get other bits working though, like the camera.

I've got CM7 on my touchpad, and use it regularly.

Not tried the CM9 alphas yet, but one day soon i'll take the plunge into ICS. Probably before HTC release it for my phone.

HTC wants a hug after glum Q1 estimates

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Too many products

I'm now on my second HTC Android phone, Desire then Sensation.

I still have 6 months left on my HTC Desire contract, and can't count how many new "higher?" spec handsets have been out since then.

It's all very well keeping up with the Joneses, but it gives the consumer, that has invested in a 2 year commitment with a handset, the feeling that they've been abandoned. I got my HTC Sensation last July, then there was Sensation XL Sensation XE Sensation with Beats Audio, and who knows what will be revealed at MWC.

I know things are moving fast, but a new top handset every month is just taking the P

Page won't show his ring to prove Google+ 'engagement'

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The main problem with G+...

is that everyone I know is on Facebook. :(

I personally prefer G+, but only 4 people I know are on G+.

The kids seem stuck with whatsapp and facebook even though in my eyes google+ is much more pleasant to use.

If google could find a way to get my friends to switch, i'd be happier.

KIBOSH 'non lethal' sticky-bomb hits a car, fills it with gas

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KIBOSH Backronym

Killing Is Bad Only Sleepy Help

Apple TV tops connected set-top box chart

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XBMC box

That's the reason I bought mine, and then 4 family members followed suit.

Now I have a nice collection of retired XBMC enabled XBOX 1s :)

Go Contacts EX

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some good, some bad

Good, a dialer that lets you search by partial phone number (not just the start of the number like the HTC one) So if you know the last 3 digits of someone's number you can enter that, or if you type someone's local number without the area code, you can dial that to find the correct entry)

However, i've not seen a way to select which number it will dial if a person has more than one number associated (moblile/work/home) At least I can't see how to do it. This is a bit of a deal breaker for me.

Ten... Androids to outshine the iPhone 4S

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+1 for HTC Support

Great customer service. Much better than venting on some google group which will never get a reply from google.

Chrome browser 'is becoming Number Two'

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Ctrl-Tab in MRU

is the main blocker for me switching to Chrome.

FF my current first choice, Oper and Chrome come in a joint second.

Opera used to be my first choice, but FF with a few plugins, works nicely, and seems to cope with some websites better than opera. (gmail in opera requires a full page refresh to get it working if it's been left for over an hour, works fine in FF)

WTF is... HbbTV?

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Pages from ceefax

Brings back memories of many sleepless nights :)

Powermat crafts wireless Duracell Bunny boiler

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Micro USB does fine for me

Except when you actually use a USB port (or cheap ebay AC adaptor) which only supploy a very slow trickle charge Grr

Google offers opt-out from Wi-Fi router location database

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Open to abuse?

Wonder how they'll verify the owners of wifi routers.

Or could you just go round collecting mac addresses and GPS coordinates, and then ask google to remove them all. Hey presto, location blackspot.

Freesat to get BBC iPlayer on 7 December

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Freesat Ethernet


All freesat receivers have the ethernet port. It was in the spec from the start because they knew they were going to do iplayer on it. Nothing to do with DLNA, although some devices may support both.

I don't think it actually uses the sat for any of the downloads as it is on demand.

It's just a convenient way to get iplayer on your TV. If your TV has built in freesat then you'll effectively have built in iplayer assuming you've hooked up the network.

Hotmail phish exposes most common passwords

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I thought the same thing, if you don't know your password then you can't change it.

If you know your password, why write it down at all.

I like the old postcode idea, might use that one. erm then again, might not ;)