* Posts by 27escape

206 publicly visible posts • joined 25 Aug 2011


The Huawei Mate 40 Pro would be the best Android flagship on the market – were it not for the US-China trade war


Re: A Google free phone?

You can use the phone clone tool to copy over lots of apps from your current phone, though if they require google services then they don't get copied. Spotify should copy over without issues

Chinese government has got it 'spot on' when it comes to face-recog tech says, er, London's Met cops' top rep


and, I have to add, terrorists as well

Sums it up for me, if they feel they have to justify things with some supposed terrorist threat (as if they were not also criminals), suggests that there is an understanding that its not good enough but they want the tech and ‘duh - terrorists’ is their justification

Google may have taken this whole 'serverless' thing too far: Outage caused by bandwidth-killing config blunder


looking forwards to the anonymous friday write up of this one

back in 2019, 'alice' worked for one of the large cloud providers etc...

Japan on track to start testing Alfa-X, fastest train in the world with top speed of 400kph


I was just wondering if its so fast why it only knocks a minimal amount of time off the trip to/from Manchester?

Trolling in the Reg's forums... we mean, er, 'working' on the train still rubbish thanks to patchy data coverage


80% on the west coast mainline

I would say that I got maybe 20% between Liverpool and Glasgow and then only when arriving at stations. Potentially then, it will depend on the signal supplier, unless this is an aggregate of all of them

A web where the user has complete control of their data? Sounds Solid, Tim Berners-Lee


See also Databox

Similar thing being worked on here https://www.databoxproject.uk/about/

Microsoft: We've almost dug Your Phone out behind sofa. But will it make Insiders app-y?


Re: AirDroid consider pushbullet

Pushbullet also allows me to send/receive SMS and push webpages between devices and broswers and direct message other pushbullet users, works well enough

Sysadmin trained his offshore replacements, sat back, watched ex-employer's world burn


was it for RBS

Sounds like it

Church of England will commune with God for you via Amazon's Echo


How long before...

"The Nine Billion Names of God" are read out?

The future of radio may well be digital, but it won't survive on DAB


Spotify does have "Discover" modes

It sets up 6 daily modes based on your tastes, as well as a weekly mode, these act as radio channels to get around the cost of playing individual tracks.

There are also genre radio channels, as well as channels for activities, like contemplation, jogging etc.

Works reasonably well, finds stuff I would not normally listen to, you just have to remember to wander about so that you do not keep in a pigeon hole

UK.gov unveils cyber security export strategy – only thing missing is the strategy


Curate and showcase

hmm, call me a cynic but I guess the smaller outfits will not get a mention then unless they are going to spend big to 'support' the various missions

BOFH: Give me a lever long enough and a fool, I mean a fulcrum and ....


Spot on

A classic in the making

The Great Bulgarian Streaming Scam may well have been scummy, but Spotify got paid


The record companies know this already

I understand tht some popular artists use the multiple short track trick too, as a way of having a larger percentage of their album listened to, this then makes the album more popular, jumps it up the charts and they then get a bigger cut of the overall revenue.

What is surprising is that a small timer has found a way to get in on the act and benefit and self fund the future income stream

The Gemini pocket PC is shipping and we've got one. This is what it's like


Re: Far from complete

A proper working and fully function linux on android would be my preference Termux is pretty good but still cannot get all the packages you may need

Walk with me... through a billion files. Slow down – admire the subset


Also in the its not new camp

I seem to recall that BeOS had this and being impressed at the time as to what a useful idea it was

NASA reconfirms 2019 will see first launch of Space Launch System


Opportunity missed

To use "Go!" by Public Service Broadcasting as their music, would have been awesome

Interstellar space rock screams through Solar System


"Sadly for those hoping it's an alien probe"

I thought you got those after you were abducted!

Even more warship cuts floated for the Royal Navy


ah the costs of buying abroad

Rather than helping out UK ship and airframe builders

'There has never been a right to absolute privacy' – US Deputy AG slams 'warrant-proof' crypto


and key recovery when a user forgets the password to decrypt a laptop.

Well normally 'they' have kept your plain text password in an unencrypted file or database to allow 'them' to do this

Trello boards the desktop with Mac and Windows apps


Re: Chrome Desktop App

Many thanks for the tip, useful for other sites too, I was just going to suggest detaching the tab, but this feature I had not see before is v nice

'Don't Google Google, Googling Google is wrong', says Google


September 13, 2017

Is still American date format, just not MM-DD-YYYY and is still an abomination

Google to kill its Drive file locker in two confusing ways


Linux client

As ever, only useful on the desktop to windows and mac types, lets hope rclone and insync keep working as alternatives

Smart meters: 'Dog's breakfast' that'll only save you 'a tenner' – report


This would have been the smartest move, to re-introduce simple tariffs like that, but there are no plans in the pipeline, no plans for instant payments, just the 'budget' plans that help the electric companies more than the consumers

Got that syncing feeling? Cloud's client-side email problem


Re: Kids, eh?

Surely you can just say to the computer running the mail client. So you only need a good SSH and terminal app

Samsung releases 49-inch desktop monitor with 32:9 aspect ratio


weighs 45 pounds

wow, seems excessive for a LED screen what is essentially the same size as 2 normal monitors

Amazon and others sniffing around Slack



$9B for only 5M users, no one is going to make that money back!

Toyota's entertaining the idea of Linux in cars


Re: Please keep it simple

I hope its an 8 track!

WannaCrypt: Pwnage is a fact of life but cleanup could and should be way easier


Re: Software properly written for Windows 2000 would work on 7 and later without issue.

Its just developers; being pressured to fix the problem rather than providing a solution is a way of life for developers, companies do not want to hear that I can patch in 1 day or fix for the future in 3 months, beancounters etc will always go for the 1 day patch. There is no longer a 5 year plan, or a 3 year one, hardly even a 1 year one, everyone is agile fixing what is in front of them right now!

How the Facebook money funnel is shaping British elections


Not not going to get any easier

If a third party that has an interest in getting a particular political party into office then they too can do advertising, this may not need to be tracked as gifts and payments to the party, so potential for lots of abuse of the system - as the Observer/Guardian article shows happened with Brexit targeted adverts. Not sure how this can be avoided or made illegal, we are all entitled to our voice, if I happen to have more money than someone else then I can force my voice to be heard in more places and more loudly.

Don't forget this is not just FB and twitter, all those tracking fake news articles that get linked from almost all websites as well as the news companies themselves are included by this type of activity, even having ad blockers and such like makes it difficult to get away from it.

DeX Station: Samsung's Windows-killer is ready for prime time


Re: Linux

There are plenty of apps that give you a terminal and the ability to 'run' a linux environment, try https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.termux, plenty more available, some require root and some do not. Not all linux tools are available, certainly not GUI ones, but some can then be run within Xvnc or similar, a reasonable smattering of command line tools are available, perl, python, vi etc. However there is limited access to storage, which does make some things more difficult.

Definitely worth a few hours of investigation/play

Our Sun's been using facial scrub: No spots for two weeks


2018 data

Is that a projection or do they know the future?

US think-tank wants IoT device design regulated, because security


essentially regulate almost all computers

and computer type equipment

good luck with that!

Privacy is theft! Dave Eggers' big-screen takedown of Google and Facebook emerges


Mix of google/facebook

Surely its apple?

Smart Meter rollout delayed again. Cost us £11bn, eh?


New tariffs is said to be a benefit

From the smart meter website

Innovative energy tariffs Using the data collected on when and how households are using energy, suppliers can create more competitive time-of-use tariffs with cheaper prices for off-peak use.

We used to have this, it was called economy 7, worked great, cheap electric at night for washing machines and storage heaters etc

The other benefit is the end to estimated bills, never used to be a problem, if they got it wrong I would ring up and get it changed to an accurate read bill

New Brit Hubble analysis finds 2,000 billion galaxies, 10x previous count


Less dark matter/energy

If there is more real stuff, then there must be less of the unreal stuff then?

Margaret Hodge's book outlines 'mind boggling' UK public sector waste


costs us millions

Surely she means costs us billions?

Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

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Available in the UK

It would seem like it is anyway, they have a UK accessories page for it (in the article) as well as having a pre-order page http://shop.samsung.com/uk/galaxy-note7-black/.

Shame I don't have any spare cash

BOFH: Free as in free beer or... Oh. 'Free Upgrade'



PIN number, its just PIN or do the printers have helpful LCD displays on them too?

A bad day for DBAs: MIT boffins are replacing you with a mere spreadsheet


Re: Actually in many cases

I'm thinking that this solution is not targetted at you, but at all the others who have different requirements and abilities to solve them

Mozilla emits nightly builds of heir-to-Firefox browser engine Servo


Poor keyboard support

Does not like a UK keyboard @ for starters, then tab ordering is not respected, if they cannot manage the basics, then I am not surprised that more complex sites do not work

One to watch but not use, for ages maybe

ZTE flagship elbows aside Xiaomi


Re: Hmm.

Though if you are wanting to use your phone for VR, then more pixels is a benefit. VR on the one plus range is blocky at best

How's your driving, Elon? Musk tweets that Tesla Model S 'floats'


I would like to know

how well electric cars manage driving down flooded roads, how deep water can I go through etc

UK's education system blamed for IT jobs going to non-Brits


And suddenly their minds go

“They’re at a point when they’re often outperforming the boys and somehow in their minds they go, ‘this isn’t for me’.”

So its the girls fault? Rather than teachers/parents suggesting that science and technology are not areas to be studied by girls?

Sneaky brown dwarf gives us a bright flash and astroboffins are confused


aliens sending messages

may be easier than gravity waves

icon, cos it matches

It takes two to Tango: Lenovo bets on phabs, snap-on smartphones


Mods/add-ons don't work

For consumer experience, if I buy a £600 phone and then add on £400 of extra projector, camera etc and then find that in 2 years time they will not work with my next phone I will be a bit annoyed. Hence people are a bit wary of buying into this tech

Computerised stock management? Nah, let’s use walkie-talkies

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A tech startup called Shittr

That must exist, surely?

Maybe for a bluetooth or wifi connected chamber pot to analyse ones stools?

BOFH: What's your point, caller?


Re: Gaffa tape

Surely for problem callers, they always have the carpet tape ready to hand.

And the carpet of course, and the bag of lime, shovel etc

BBC's micro:bit retail shipments near


Now we have Pi Zero

for £4 is this device still relevant, sure it has a bit of bluetooth and some LEDs and is lower power, but is that enough to convince schoolkids that they should become software developers or electronic design types?

Inside Project Loon – Google's megaplan to build a global internet


Can we have some for Wales and Scotland please

Surely the telcos want to get on board and properly give 100% area coverage rather than 95% people coverage

Sneaky Google KOs 'right to be forgotten' from search results


Maybe google are not good at searching

in google search google "data processing business" gives 19700 results

in bing search google "data processing business" gives 2.8 million results