* Posts by Chet Mannly

572 posts • joined 27 Jan 2012


If you're appy and you know it: The Huawei P40 Pro conclusively proves that top-notch specs aren't everything

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Re: If you are desperate for Mountain Views spyware

"you'll likely end up with an experience that's ultimately crippled, or fails to run entirely"

What is that statement based on what exactly? My phone has all google stuff stripped out. Just installed Aurora store and proceeded as normal. Both of my banking apps work fine, Whatsapp works fine too.

Any app that gave errors worked fine in any browser you like. Most "apps" are just wrappers on websites anyway. Firefox lets you put shortcuts on your home screen so it's barely any different to an app.

Apple: EU can't make us use your stinking common charging standard

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Re: Ban Them.

But last time the EU law wasn't binding - they expected everyone to play ball. This time the plan is for the law to be binding.

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gouging their customers for expensive cables created value for those customers *who are also shareholders*

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Re: "It'll stifle [..] innovation."cannot

"USB can't support music and movies at high fidelity."

I can listen to DSD master audio files, and 4k Video with DTSHD 7.1 sound through USBC no problem. That's pretty high fidelity in my book!

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Re: "It'll stifle [..] innovation."

"I thought USB-C was in answer to Apple's Lightning?"

No it is the successor - that's why Apple use it on macbooks etc. Apple was one of the early adopters of it, there were very few USBC devices out there at the time..

If lightning was actually better it would be on macbooks too wouldn't it?

Trump-China trade war latest: Brave patriot Apple decides to do exact same thing, will still make Mac Pro in US

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“The value of American-made components in the new Mac Pro is 2.5 times greater than in Apple’s previous generation Mac Pro.” Note the word “value” in there – not number."

From the US perspective value is all that matters - it means 2.5x the $$$ going into the US economy instead of the Chinese one - which is the whole point.

Reality is Apple did a deal with Trump - Apple significantly increased the amount of money they put into the US economy, Trump dropped tariffs. Everything is a negotiation with him.

Huawei to lob devs $1.5bn in apparent effort to Trump-proof cloud and mobile ecosystem

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Re: Since money is being spent...

Yeah the lack of headphone jack is baffling in the pro phones!

Wanna keep the cameras though - they are awesome.

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Re: Since money is being spent...

I have a 256gb card in my mate 20x. Plus the 128gb internal memory. That's plenty for me travelling or otherwise.

Genuine question - how much storage do you need in a phone?

Agree using micro sd would be better, but card was like $5 more expensive so it wasn't a big deal to me.

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Re: No Googlebloat?

My thoughts exactly!! When I heard they were going to be completely Google-less open-source Android I was immediately interested in the Mate 30s.

Eco-activists arrested by Brit cops after threatening to close Heathrow with drones

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Re: Odd

A bigger concern is if something more than a li-ion battery is strapped to it...

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Re: To our knowledge Heathrow has done nothing to warn passengers or airlines yet

"Thats the same argument as build more motorways to solve congestion. Its been a proven failure for decades now"

Sorry that's rubbish - motorway upgrades allow for more cars to travel during a given period.

"Exactly. There are enough flights already...unless you believe the fatuous rubbish about the new runway leading to more business with china)."

Firstly, if you don't want to take more flights then don't, it's your choice. Please stop trying to make decisions for the rest of us. And if you don't believe Chinese tourist numbers I suggest you go anywhere in Europe - there are throngs of Chinese tourists everywhere, and the numbers are growing.

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A protest that shuts down an airport isn't symbolic!

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But their intention was to shut down flights, and it would have succeeded - the altitude is utterly irrelevant.

Good on the police for stopping these nutbags from ruining hundreds of people's days and costing them thousands.

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What they don't get is that this turns people off their causes. As more nutters do these stupid things it lowers the credibility of the environmental movement generally, and people will stop listening.

There's no getting Huawei from 5G – Chinese giant joins Qualcomm, Samsung in bunging high-speed comms in mobe brains

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Re: Trade war

Yeah the whole Google-less, open source Android phone sounds quite attractive to be honest.

So I for one will thank his orangeness if I get one!

Huawei new smartphone won't be Mate-y with Google apps as trade sanctions kick in

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Re: Customer choice = fragmentation ?

There are already alternative app stores like Amazon available that you can install.

I'd frankly like a googleless phone!

Tesla’s Autopilot losing track of devs crashing out of 'leccy car maker

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Re: I want some of what Musk is smoking

Spot on, and the thing is that if you dumbed roads down that much then the rate of human caused accidents would plummet too, really negating the need for FSD.

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Re: Trouble with his tweet-continence

"as the most expensive part of a hire vehicle is a driver"

No it isn't - not even close. Cab drivers make peanuts.

And that's why this 'no one owns cars and everything's automated' vision of the future seems a bit off to me. We already have self driving cars, they are called taxis. People still own their own cars, because ultimately it's WAY cheaper than catching taxis everywhere.

Removing the cab driver and replacing it with an AI that took tens of billions to develop doesn't seem a dramatically cheaper way out to me, even if they do ultimately make it work.

Why are fervid Googlers making ad-blocker-breaking changes to Chrome? Because they created a monster – and are fighting to secure it

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Re: Or, simply...

I just use Adguard DNS servers. Couldn't be simpler and haven't seen an ad since.

Apple iPrunes iTunes: Moldering platform's death expected to be announced at WWDC

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Re: Don't need Itunes for an Ipod

+1 for CopyTrans

I have an ancient ipod I use at the gym, been using copytrans for years to transfer music to it.

No Huawei out: Prez Trump's game of chicken with China has serious consequences

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Re: 5G patents....

The roll out is already happening (at least in Australia).

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True - and they could keep selling to everyone else...

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

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Re: Optimistic option!

Not sure what you are on about Barry.

- which features have been disabled by Google? None that have affected me.

- You can switch offl notifications from apps quite easily from the notification pane - just swipe left on the notification you don't want and the settings icon is right there. Couldn't be easier

- again I haven't had a single app disabled by default settings...

- there are heaps of apps to track GPS while hiking. The one I use is alltrails, but it's by no means the only one out there

- choose a call recording app from another app store if Google play doesn't have it. Often these things are blocked by local regulations.

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Re: Optimistic option!

Well Barry Huawei don't have to create a new OS - they can keep using the open-source android (AOSP). All they really have to do is replace all the closed-source Google stuff - Google play services, play store etc. Which shouldn't be that hard, as they already have their own app store, location services, voice assistant, search, etc on their current phones (I own one).

So they could release a google-less android phone without a huge amount of difficulty.

Actually a google-less phone has some appeal...

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Re: Survive and prosper

True AC - the article says they have been using 50% of their own chips anyway, so all they have to do is expand their plant.

I'm sure the Chinese government will help them out - China does not lack for resources!

Where there's a will, there's Huawei: US govt already eases trade ban with 90-day reprieve

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Don't even need roms - you can just install Google apps like any APK.

And it doesn't matter if it identifies as a Huawei - the ban prevents Google from providing Google apps to Huawei, not ordinary punters who own the phones...

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Re: Not smart

Yes, but it is always possible to install all the Google apps on those phones once you buy them.

I know a guy who imports these phones as they are way cheaper, and just installs the google apps for customers on the spot. Takes about 30 seconds.

I have a Huawei and find the Android runs well, much better than the Samsung I had before it (but that may be because it has far less bloatware...)

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Re: Not smart

"This whole thing seems to be about protecting Apple"

China could easily ban iphones etc - that would smash Apple's sales and share price.

There's reports that some people in China are dumping their iphones and buying Huaweis.

Twist my Arm why don't you: Brit CPU behemoth latest biz to cease work with Huawei – report

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Re: This will harm ARM as much as it will Huawei

Well iphones will be the first to go. If the Chinese block those that would hurt Apple (and the US stock market) big time. And there are reports of Chinese people already dumping iphones for Huawei because of this.

The list of US companies needing access to China's massive market to continue sales growth is pretty long.

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

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Re: Isn't this a good thing finally

You can run maps in a browser. Works fine, you don't need the app necessarily...

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Huawei already have their own app store, mail client etc (I have one of their phones - it's great).

Sure maps wouldn't be too difficult to put together...

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Re: Continuous Integration vs Donald Trump

" future devices shipped by the world's second largest handset maker will not get access to the latest Android operating system or Google services like Play Store, Gmail and YouTube."

Pretty sure it's only the Google services - android itself is open source.

Come to think of it I'd be up for a de-googled phone!

One step forward and one step back for Apple's privacy campaign with latest Safari build

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Yup and you can get add ons which strip the onClick out to prevent tracking.

The way I see it, the trackers are the problem sure, but the chances of Google et al voluntarily choosing to stop tracking are zero, so the only way we have of obtaining privacy is to block their mechanisms.

Android clampdown on calls and texts access trashes bunch of apps

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Re: The trouble is...

It will be because the app is using google play services to scan the wifi. Google play services uses wifi scanning for location (as well as GPS).

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Re: Why on earth would Google have a problem with BlackBerry Hub?

A non-nefarious explanation would be if it is used for something ar-like, such as translating signs or notices - location would help identify the language.

Not saying that's what it is, but it could be...

Google takes a page from Microsoft of old and revives browser ballot on Android

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Re: Windows-N

Name a mobile OS that isn't a glorified data slurping program. Android does it, Apple does it, MS does it.

It's a question of who gets your data, rather than whether anyone does.

Apple bestows first hardware upgrades in years upon neglected iPad Mini and Air lines

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Re: Quote from Saint Jobs himself

Actually the comments were made years *after* Apple made one.

Jobs was bagging the Apple Newton, a stylus driven PDA, which he just canned.

Stroppy Google runs rings round Brussels with Android remedy

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Re: Holding action

You can always uninstall GMS from your phone - everything still works. The only real downside is that you get a few notifications from apps saying they need it, but they still work.

Just use Yalp store or similar which will download all the apps from the Play Store for you under your account details.

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"there's no location service, for example,"

Huh? I removed all Google Services (including Play Services, store framework etc) from my phone runing Oreo and location services work fine. The mobile maps site will even run in a firefox web browser on it with full navigation.

Google Pixel 2 XL: Like paying Apple-tier prices then saying, hey, please help yourself to my data

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Re: It's not for me then...

"Listen to a pixel2 with the bundled inline DAC and compare it to literally anything with an integrated DAC and it's not only significantly better"

How about an LG V30 with it's quad DAC? You can keep your bluetooth mate, I'll stick with 24bit wired connection thanks...

We put Huawei's P20 triple-lens snapper through its paces

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Re: Am I that much of an antique..

"On modern phones the screen is typically higher res and more colour accurate than those in cameras"

Higher res sure, but colour accurate? You must be joking! Even the photo modes on phone screens look like neon lights...

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Re: Just to be clear ...and 10MP real resolution isn't that good for later editing

You must be reading reviews on utterly awful, or utterly ancient, lenses mate!

Facebook previews GDPR privacy tools and, yep, it's the same old BS

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Re: has Facebook managed to connect-the-dots with its other data-sets!

"Amazon and Google (via their so called home assistants) are just as bad."

I find those hilarious - let's put a microphone from companies known to be spying on me online and put it in the middle of my home.

Oh, and I'll pay money for the microphone and supply the internet connection.

It's like a Yes Minister episode...

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"And then start having to pay for Gmail, Outlook.com"

Yeah that's why I ended up going with a paid service. It's only $20 a year. Things like this make me value privacy more than that.

Harder with facebook though, I have friends all over the world and it really is the best way to keep in touch. I compensate with adding all kinds of false stuff in my profile. It's kinda fun to put "morris dancing" as an interest and watching the wacky and totally irrelevant ads come though LOL

Shock poll finds £999 X too expensive for happy iPhone owners

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"A Bluetooth adapter?"

Then you lose a chunk of sound quality.

And then of course you'll need a charger for the bluetooth adapter at some point!

Australia considers joining laptops-on-planes ban

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Re: theft's the issue, not boredom

Same boat here - couldn't give a hoot about my laptop, I can pick up a cheap one in next to no time to get me through the trip, but try finding an insurance company that will cover $15k of photography gear when its checked in and handed over to the wreckers and thieves more commonly referred to as baggage handlers.

America 'will ban carry-on laptops on flights from UK, Europe to US'

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That Samsung S8 dock doesn't look quite so silly now eh?

Wonder if Samsung got wind of this. That dock turning the S8 into a pseudo computer would actually be pretty handy if all you needed was email, light word processing or spreadsheeting etc.

Certainly not ideal from a user perspective but might be a more secure proposition than handing over your laptop...

Will the MOAB (Mother Of all AdBlockers) finally kill advertising?

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Too late...

"However, a web where the only content is paid content – where literally everything you see or read is itself an advertisement – isn't an outcome they seem to want to consider."

What are you on about - we're already there.

-News sites run puff pieces all the time disguised as news.

- Movie sites are just there to get people to watch movies. Even when they bag one they always suggest another readers should watch.

- Review sites write stuff which make people feel like what they have is inferior and they need to buy the latest gadget which is so much more shiny than the one you were perfectly happy with 5 minutes ago. Again where they do a negative review there's always an alternative they suggest with the obligatory affiliate link.

I'm a photographer and 90% of photography sites operate simply to generate hype and drive sales via affiliate links. Often these sites are owned (or part owned) by the retailers. Most of the rest are just "don't listen to all those other sites telling you to buy new gear, just improve your technique. Oh and by the way here's my new workshop/video series which you can buy".

Content which isn't advertorial these days is rare. At the end of the day most of what you read on the net and in papers/mags is designed to make you buy. That's how sites stay alive. Whether it is entirely conscious or not writers have just packaged their sales suggestions into content people voluntarily choose to consume.

New iPad revealed. Big price cut is main feature

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Re: Count me in

Except the money they donate to charity is actually tax deductible, so they get to pay even less tax...



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