* Posts by Dr Mantis Toboggan

69 posts • joined 7 Sep 2017


Software gremlin robs Formula 1 world champ of season's first win

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Not a Lewis Hamilton fan

A black kid from the council estates, that showed a screw you to all his peers from privileged and connected backgrounds. I think he deserves to act like a knob sometimes and own a pad in Monaco.

Uber breaks self-driving car record: First robo-ride to kill a pedestrian

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Re: Clever car?

Some accidents are unavoidable, and beyond the laws of physics.

I would bet money this car in autonomous mode had better vision, decision and reaction times than all OAPs and the vast majority of road users of all ages, but this time, even that wasn't enough...

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Re: bike or not

Journalists don't care, they finally get to hit publish on the clickbait story that they had prepared for 3 years. The fact it's Uber means it's got added extra red hot clickbait sauce, making it a serious payday.

How many people are killed every day by human drivers???

One in three Android Wear owners also uses ... an iPhone

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No, it implies that Android Wear only worked with Android phones, which to iPhone users used to Apple lockdown was a reasonable assumption. The new name tells you the Google wear OS doesn't care what phone you have (although you get better functionality of paired to an Android phone, mainly due to Apple restrictions bon what Google can do with its Apple companion app)

Android P will hear no evil, see no evil, support evil notches

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: OK, Google, Give me the option

Ironically, if you buy a Google phone you don't have this problem.... Perhaps you should ask bigsby or whatever his name is..

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

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Easy solution

iOS update coming out soon for old devices that render them slow and buggy

You WILL upgrade, Cupertino says so

RedDrop nasty infects Androids via adult links, records sound, and fires off premium-rate texts

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That infection graph seems to have at least 10 steps missing from what I can count. It's also weird all 10 are barriers that would prevent you getting this..

Go figure...

Also wondering how this breaks posting rules, unless its now forbidden to point out glaring errors that make stories appear ridiculous..

Apple: Er, yes. Your iCloud stuff is now on Google's servers, too

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"You may be asked to provide your personal information anytime you are in contact with Apple or an Apple affiliated company. Apple and its affiliates may share this personal information with each other and use it consistent with this Privacy Policy. They may also combine it with other information to provide and improve our products, services, content, and ADVERTISING. "

I changed only the case of that last word. If you think apple aren't harvesting and selling your anonymous data, the same as Google do, you are a fool and Apple truly deserves you.

Intel didn't tell CERTS, govs, about Meltdown and Spectre because they couldn't help fix it

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The more people you tell, the more chance it leaks early before any countermeasures are ready.

Google and Intel did EXACTLY the right thing, informed a small set of trustworthy companies that could help is addressing the technical issues, and avoiding red tape government who only involvement will be "is it ready yet" and "who is to blame"...

Samsung left off Google's new official Androids-for-biz list

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Re: Who does Android Enterprise Recommended benefit ?

You know that Google enterprise pay offering doesn't "slurp" right?


Your rabid fanboy posts are frankly embarrassing...

Farewell, Android Pay. We hardly tapped you

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Not a gimmick and vastly more secure than that debit/credit card in your wallet.

Google Pay (Android Pay) uses a generated 1 time card number that is matched to your real card details by the payment processing company (Visa/Mastercard) and then discarded.

If I lose my phone, I can remote wipe it, Can I do this same thing when I discover my credit/debit card missing? Your plastic card is however ripe for skimming.

It's therefore no surprise that banks limit card tap and pay transactions to £30, but don't impose that limit for GooglePlay tap and pay transactions (as long as you have some form of password/pin/fingerprint lock screen)... Go figure...

Good luck Luddite. I wish you all the best,. Don't forget the tinfoil hat.

iPhone X 'slump' is real, whisper supply chain moles

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Didn't apple blame the slow sales of the iphone8 on everyone who was waiting for rh iPhone X ???

Google reveals Edge bug that Microsoft has had trouble fixing

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how to make Edge run dodgy code

Microsoft browsers have been running dodgy code for years... ActiveX anyone???

Who even uses Edge browser anyway? Their whole userbase seems to be build around tricking people into using it, or creating fake rules that say to use feature X you must use Edge/bing to pump their stats...

Wileyfox goes TITSUP*: Smartmobe maker calls in the administrators

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Shit name suggests shit product.

Who on earth thought that "WileyFox" was a great brand name????

There is nothing wrong the product, except the amateurish name it portrays.

1,900 rotten apps bounced out of Google Play every day in 2017

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"Ultimately, this has put us in a position where most apps rely on adverts to generate any kind of return."

No, it means you have to try harder. Whilst you can sell any old shite on Apple's marketplace and braindead plebs will buy it, as 99p is nothing to someone thank has spunked a grand on a phone. Android will have free alternatives to your tat. The free version might ever be better than your tat.

It's not that users aren't willing, it's that opensource OS has lots of opensource apps, and a generally free culture, and your tat isn't worth paying for not unless you put some real effort in.

Who's using 2FA? Sweet FA. Less than 10% of Gmail users enable two-factor authentication

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Re: What range of options do Google offer for 2FA?

Utter nonsense. Its not perfect, but it's still a million times better than not having it at all.

Google also of course offer more secure offerings too. But even 2FA byvSMS is better than FA....

Android snoopware Skygofree can pilfer WhatsApp messages

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Re: Skygofree spreads through web pages

Of course not. Here is what you actually need to do;

*Enable untrusted sources in phone settings

*Ignore warning about the malware risks involved with untrusted sources

*Turn off play protect scanning

*Visit obscure website hosting this.

*Be using a mobile device

*Open the APK it downloads

* Ignore the permissions it lists on the install screen, including record microphone permissions

* install app

*Grant special accessibility permission

Its also worth mentioning, unlike Windows, android is fully sandboxed, so even if you did all these things, you simply have to uninstall the app to get rid of it fully, it won't leave stuff on your device.

Funny that Kaspersky and checkpoint always "forget" to mention these huge mitigation factors...

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Shame Kaspersky

Didn't clarify more important stuff rather than lawyer nonsense.

Like perhaps how this is distributed

how many defences you have to disable to get it

How many permissions you have to grant it.

Kaspersky really are clickbait scumbags. Why anyone would trust their network security with them when they can't even be trusted to providing accurate malware information with resorting to sexing everything up?

And we return to Munich's migration back to Windows – it's going to cost what now?! €100m!

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Unterschleißheim is a town in Bavaria, Germany. It is located about 17 km north of the city limits of Munich.

City limits being the operative word here... how much money will flow between Microsoft and the city of Munich, when it's located outside of the city??? "Near" doesn't cut it.

Stop trying and unspin this obviously related move.....

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Munich, the only place in the world, where you can make charges of taking brown envelopes disappear with brown envelopes....


Kernel-memory-leaking Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

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Intel based mobiles

They are really going to feel the heat with a 30% hit.

How about Microsoft surface garbage with intel chipsets, their shite performance is now really gonna suck.

Nest's slick IoT burglar alarm catches crooks... while it eyes your wallet

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Another massive fail.

My £170 purchase of Nest smart thermostat 3 years ago has already paid for itself. During the winter months, I saw a £12 a month saving on heating bills, AND the house felt warmer. My previous thermostat wasn't set wrong, it was just very dumb, not taking into account outside temp, weather forecasts, time to heat up the house, cool-down times, and when people are likely to be around.

Don't be an idiot that falls into the trap thinking everything IoT is crap, it's not. There are real savings to be had. You have just shown the world that you really shouldn't be working in the technology sector with your closed minded black and white attitude. May I suggest a career at McDonalds, they are always on the lookout for people like yourself.

Google asks browser rival Vivaldi to post uninstall instructions

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Re: Uninstall Instructions

And of you read the reply, uninstall instructions on a help PR support page are just fine, guess what, I just checked and chrome complies with that, so this if usual fake news from the usual suspects....

Google's Project Zero reveals Apple jailbreak exploit

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Re: This is bang out of order!

Actual Google users get updates just fine thanks.

It sounds like you are too thick to understand there is a difference between Google, Google devices and android.

Just shout if you need it explained, or speak to a grown up

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: This is bang out of order!

Clearly you are getting Google and android mixed up. My Google device is patched promptly every month, just like apple devices are (intact right now iOS is so flakey it's been patched every other day at the moment)

Android flaw lets attack code slip into signed apps

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Re: Woah - the clue is in the earlier fix

Still puts cheap advertising impressions, that is the name of the game

VW's US environment boss gets seven years for Dieselgate scam

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Then I guess successive UK governments are also guilty??

(or what that your hidden political agenda??)

Nokia 8: As pure as the driven Android - it's a classy return

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: It's fantastic to see such a great start

Because of what apple told you? Because of what the internet told you?

Do you want to buy some magic beans?????

Quality journalism

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Quality journalism

Any chance of offering up something thats just just lame clickbait churnalism once in a while?


Google prepares 47 Android bug fixes, ten of them rated Critical

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Apple don't disclose what they fix monthly in their low level hardware libraries, so it's really an unfair comparison.

Apple sprays down bug-ridden iOS 11 with more fixes

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Re: Smug

Apple and Google have pretty much the same privacy policy, if anything apples has more ambiguities.

If you think that because you paid a £300 premium on your phone to not get profiled, then you are above and beyond your usual run of the mill apple idiot.

Please point out in either privacy policy where either apple or Goole log every keystroke, as we all know you just pulled that out of your backside...

I guess nobody also told you, Android device setup allows you to entirely opt out of google services, iPhone you have no choice, you are always apples bitch.

As Apple fixes macOS root password hole, here's what went wrong

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allows anyone sitting at a Mac to gain administrator access

'accessing it remotely via VNC, RDP, screen sharing, and so on"

Apple protection force out in strength....

The End of Abandondroid? Treble might rescue Google from OTA Hell

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Yet Again Fail

"While Apple can update half of its user base to the newest code within two months, "

Google can update pretty much all it's userbase to the new code within a few days of release...

Android is not a phone manufacturer, it's an operating system and clearly plenty of people get really confused by this. How hard is this to understand?

Do you also walk into a car dealerships to buy a new set of tyres?

Back to the Fuchsia: The next 10 years of Android

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Re: anarchic, fragmented, insecure, with a user base that lags far behind the latest code.

The point is, you pay your money and take your choice.

if running the latest and greatest Android is important to you, you shop appropriately. If you want something that you throw in the bin every 18 months and buy new, shop appropriately.

Don't be a cretin and confuse the two.

It was El Reg wot won it: Bing banishes bogus Brit bank banner ad

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Indifference ... Complacency or what...

What's the real damage thou? Out of the 10 people that use Bing, how many were likely to be TSB customers???

Samsung shows off Linux desktops on Galaxy smartmobes

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What is this? 2007?

Google's answer to the Pixel 2 XL CRT-style screen burn in: Lower the brightness

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Re: Avoid

You know all these made up problems only "affect" the pixel2XL and not the pixel2 right?

Ooops, did the clickbait internet not feed you that info???

Paradise Papers reveal Apple moved bits of biz offshore

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Re: meh

Apple owners didn't care their phones were being built with child slave labour, as long as they still got their Apple fix to fill their sad empty lives, who cares.. They certainly won't care about tax avoidance.

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Cupertino denies avoidance

I'm not entirely sure how they can claim avoidance, when they clearly didn't want anyone to find out what they were up-to.

"What Information Is Publicly Visible?"

“Is it possible to obtain an official assurance of tax exemption?”


Seldom used 'i' mangled by baffling autocorrect bug in Apple's iOS 11

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Its absolutely true, you seem to have been mislead the apple funded internet

KRACK whacked, media playback holes packed, other bugs go splat in Android patch pact

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Thumb Up

Patched already

Updated itself over night...

It's 2017 and you can still pwn Android gear with Wi-Fi packets – so get patching now

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Dear Motorola

Nope, this is something YOU needed to have considered at time of purchase, it's entirely your fault for putting other features or price above support, and you can't change your priorities now

Google's phone woes: The Pixel and the damage done

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Re: Other options

Let's see if IphoneX gets the same press crucifixion for its screen burn and colour shift..


WE ALL KNOW THE ANSWER, IT WILL GET A FREE PASS, as the viral spin that created the pixel2XL story originated from Cupertino via a bought blogger....

It was no coincidence it happened when it did, to deter and Apple defectors

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: Just like Apple

Essentially you are saying you have more money than sense... Ok then, join the iPhone X queue...

First iPhone X fondlers struggle to admit that Face ID sort of sucks

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Re: Do you know what works better than Face ID and Touch ID?

Lol the old "android system". You know android isn't hardware? Android is thousands of devices, all different, all different abilities. Someone already posted an android device that does 3d face scanning....

Some people.....

Reaper IoT botnet ain't so scary, contains fewer than 20,000 drones

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Checkpoint scaremongering...

That's pretty much how they operate these days, they are the laughing stock of the tech sector and clearly don't take security seriously, as they would know the dangers of crying wolf too often.

EU law bods closer to baking new 'cookie law' after battle

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when every website you ever visit always asks you every time (because you say no), it becomes tiresome, so everyone just says yes to consent just to make the nag go away.

So what exactly this this achieve? It just made everyone give their consent, as the mechanism that was being used to store their preference was also the mechanism they were granting permission to.

Dr Mantis Toboggan

Re: you get an invasion-free Gmail if you pay for it.

"No, you don't. Where are private paid options?"

Do you know how to use the internet?


"Transparency is part of Google's DNA. We work hard to earn and maintain trust with our customers through transparency. The customer – not Google – owns their data. Google does not sell your data to third parties, there is no advertising in G Suite and we never collect or use data from G Suite services for any advertising purposes."

Essentially, you have the choice, pay for GSuite if you genuinely don't want Google using your data for anonymous data purposes, or use the free services as much as you you like (of which when you add them up, add considerable value, Mail, Calendar, Office, Maps, Photos and so on...)

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Will this be like last time, when they made every internet site annoying overnight by making me click a cookie consent message to allow them to store a cookie to remember that I consent so they don't have to bug me next time

Clueless cretins

Sick burn, yo: Google's latest Pixel 2 XL suffers old-skool screen singe

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OK, I will assume you are stupid. BBC also link to the same single handset.



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