* Posts by El Bertle

18 publicly visible posts • joined 11 Jun 2012

Spotted: Android 4.2.2 update for Google Nexus devices

El Bertle

Re: ability of the OS to recognise phone numbers in text and html files

My Treo had that feature 10 years ago.

Londoners can bonk their way to work without Oyster cards TODAY

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The four or five wires that form the induction aerial used to power up your bonk card can be exposed just below the surface of the card (try acetone to soften it). They are close to the left hand edge between the signature strip and the mag strip. If they were to be mysteriously severed, then that card would no longer interfere with any of the other cards in your wallet that you actually want to work remotely, like your access card.

Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

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Does El Reg with its fine archival resources have the data to do a story on RIPA ? I thinking something which intersperses the quotes from whatever politician was responsible for introducing it, with a chart showing the number of RIPA warrants issued by purpose of issue ?

IBM insider: How I caught my wife while bug-hunting on OS/2

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I recollect being on the other side at the time - banking IT and making buying decisions. I don't remember the exact numbers but it was something like: DOS/Windows licence - $50. OS/2 licence - $250. Right there it was clear that it was never going to fly. IBM was still in mainframe/mini pricing mode, and hadn't yet realised that that model had already died for the brave new PC world.

HP: AUTONOMY 'misrepresented' its value by $5 BILLION, calls in SEC

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Classic new CEO move though. Write down absolutely as much as you can get away with blaming on the last guy, then all your future percentage growth numbers look fabulous as they're coming from a much reduced base.

Oh, and make sure your bonuses are paid on those percentage numbers.

Autonomy just paid for Meg's vineyard and a jet for the kids.

Android-loving suits boot BlackBerrys into 3rd place in the office

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"BB has proven its security for years, roll on BYOD with IOS and Android and info leaks left right and centre."

Using my 3G panopticon, I can give you this exclusive breakdown of data content in all corporate email sent worldwide.

<1%: "The terrorists will have gathered at target site Echo by 21:00. The strike force will launch Operation Re-elect Freedom at 21:30, and exfil via RV Whiskey at 22:05. This briefing is on a need to know basis only."

<1%: "Heads up: GlobalCorp has decided to launch a takeover bid for MegaCorp for eleventy billion dollars. As we are the advisors to GlobalCorp this info should remain confidential"

>98%: "Sharon has brought some chocolate cake in for her birthday and it's in the kitchen. Also, if anyone finds Jerry's spare glasses can they drop them at reception. Thanks!"

Paid secur-o-ware is generally better than free, but not always by a lot

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I think the article is slightly misleading in that it does not include the system spec used, and I would expect MS to put a portion of its AV effort into OS patches rather than their add-on product.

7.1 The targets

Each product was installed on a clean Windows XP Professional target system. The operating system was updated with Windows XP Service Pack 3 (SP3), although no later patches or updates were applied.

A selection of legitimate but old software was preinstalled on the target systems. They included out of date versions of Adobe Flash Player and Adobe Reader.

The Register iPhone and Android apps: Maintenance update

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Will it be free or will you charge £2 a month on my broadband for it ?

Guardian's Robin Hood plan: Steal from everyone to give to us

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Why is the automatic response of the 'progressive liberals' to a financial shortfall always 'hey - let's take more taxes' ?

Apple: You'd want hi-fi streamage from us, not poor-people Wi-Fi audio

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So, in what way is this better than working to make FLAC over DLNA do the same thing ? (Apart, obviously, from the way in which more cash goes to Apple's coffers). They should call their business model, oh, I dunno, maybe something like "embrace, extend, and extinguish". Bet they could patent it, too.

It costs $450 in marketing to make someone buy a $49 Nokia Lumia

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Re: How to lose the trust of your current customers

But none the less this is a real effect and it persists in people for an irrationally long time. I considered myself to have been 'done over' by Sony twice with one of their laptops: once when I needed a replacement AC charger and discovered it was just-slightly-proprietary-enough that I couldn't get a generic one and had to spend some ludicrous money on a Sony one; and then again when they wouldn't release a video driver (which had already been written for them by the graphics chip maker) to allow an OS upgrade, because they wanted you to buy a whole new PC.

This was about ten years ago. Number of Sony products I've bought since then ? None. Number of Sony products remaining in my house now ? None.

41 London tube station platforms now WIRED for Wi-Fi

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I gave it a try and it looks like it doesn't remember you between sessions. So you have to sign up for the service again every time you enter a live zone, even if you go back to the same station. Either that or my phone is not Virginal in some way.

Boffins demo 2.5 Tbps OAM-modulated light signal

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Intuitively (= I don't know any of the details of the science involved) I would picture it as a series of slightly out-of-phase helices wrapped together. So you would need separation in the order of the wavelength used, which is quite a large number of waveforms, then x 2 because of the inverse set. So not indefinite scaling, but certainly a chunky increase.

So you wanna be a Wall Street techie? Or anyway, get paid a lot

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"Jaguar driving trader" ? Tsk tsk.

Olympic Phone touch-payment details revealed

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Solution still looking for a problem

Perhaps they should make it just slightly more complicated, maybe by getting Network Rail and News Intl involved as partners in some way. Then the general populace might collectively realise just how out-moded the old way is of opening a wallet and taking out a twenty pound note to buy twenty pounds worth of gear.

Android activations near a million a day

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Re: @Ed Bertle

Dunno. It was more really a question around whether an activation is counted every time a freshly wiped device logs in to a new gmail account, or whether it's keyed to the IMEI in some way and each IMEI is counted once only.

El Bertle

Look into my eyes, look deep into my eyes

So my wife bought herself a shiny new Android to upgrade her old dropped-in-the-sink-once-too-often Android which has gone in the bin. I helped her get it set up, and logged in under my ID for various reasons. We then wiped it, started over, and logged it in under hers.

So I am guessing the stats now show total activations: 3, and total devices: 2, when the numbers are actually 1 and 1.