top Vodafone Foundation Launches Cell Site In a Backpack
It's a neat product, I guess. I'd be interested in seeing how it works in real environments with lots of sources of interference and reflection.
Please, the article spells the company name correctly. Why doesn't the summary?
top Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business
Meh, replying to my own post. Found this:
The N97 was the phone I was thinking of although ALL of their Nxx devices were crap.
And there were so MANY of them! Why have 5 SKUs where 500 will do? Always doing the networks' bidding...
Yes, I have also discovered HTML formatting too - sorry about original post.
top Official: Microsoft To Acquire Nokia Devices and Services Business
Like you, am I the only one that remembers the Nokia Basket Case before Elop came aboard? Their phones were crap, all 300 of them in the catalogue, the N9 couldn't be bought anywhere it was supposedly available, networks were no longer foisting them on unsuspecting members of the public ("You can't afford an iPhone so here's the Next Best Thing!" *hands them a shitty Nokia 500*). Sheesh.
I'm Glad no more phones will bear the Nokia name - I never forgave them from killing off the last good cellphone in the Nokia 6310i and for creating the Abomination N95 and every other Symbian/S60 POS.
Nokia were the architects of their own demise, not Elop. Their arrogance and rank incompetence caused their downfall.
I would cite the article where old or former Nokia employees berate the culture and organisation of the old company but can't find them. They appeared around the time Elop wrote his "Burning Platforms" memo.
top Chinese Firm Huawei In Control of UK Net Filters
TalkTalk's Homesafe service is pretty good at blocking the pr0n, firearms, alcohol, tobacco, etc. sites. You can change what sub-categories of sites to allow through (I allowed Alcohol as I have business interests in a brewery).
HomeSafe is also optional - you have to opt-IN to it.
So, the headline here is what, exactly? A product that claims to filter the Web for you actually does what it's supposed to do? It's my home network, I can choose what I want to allow onto it, surely?
The fact that it's Chinese also smacks of racism - I mean, the NSA and my own poxy government have already read my emails and tracked my phone calls. They're not Chinese.
Everything in my life that uses electricity now is made in China.
top Larry Page: You Worry Too Much About Medical Privacy
This is slightly off-topic but I'll post anyway.
I worry that our friends in Mountain View are starting to lose their grip on reality somewhat.
By this I mean that incidents of their senior staff saying or doing unusual things are getting more and more frequent. For example, this comment on medical -record privacy shows that Mr Page does not really understand that his Company's unquenchable thirst for information and data should indeed have limits.
Mr Schmidt's visit to North Korea, an attempt to ingratiate Google with NK's leadership so that when they decide to "open up" their Internet even a little, Google will be there to control most of it for them (come on, why the heck else would he go there? Peace envoy, FFS?)
Google Glass is another spent-too-much-time-in-the-Californian-sun moment. Google Glass does not scratch an itch, it's just daft and will probably die a swift death once they try to flog it elsewhere in the world.
Then at the I/O keynote all the talk about wanting to make great new things rather than being "negative" is just the usual peace and love BS that they spout whilst wanting to crush all their competitors (which is what they should be doing anyway).
I had a point but have forgotten it.
tl;dr - Google are starting to get on my nerves with useless new products and services, ever increasing creepiness, and smiling and whispering sweet nothings whilst they knife their competitors. Ahem.
about a year and a half ago
top Sergey Brin Says Using a Smartphone Is 'Emasculating'
Well said (er, written) sir! If I had mod points, I would. I'd like to link to your response from my largely ignored Twitter feed, and probably will.
I think that Google with this "product" has now crossed the creepy line. These exist only for one purpose, the record everything and categorise it. The Stasi would have loved this.
top Facebook Announces Social Search Tools
Excellent points and well made, Causality. Thank you for taking the time to write them.
top Asus Transformer Drops Quad-core In Favor of Dual-core
In other words after carefully considering all their options and went with the one that offered the best overall package, whilst keeping the price point competetive?
Not nerd willy-waving, then?
top Do You Really Need a Smart Phone?
Too many people are living the life that others expect of them, rather than the one they want.
Well said, sir. Well said. I for one deleted/suspended/hid my Facebook account for this reason. Never felt comfortable with it and have no regrets.
top Verizon's Challenge To the iPhone Confirmed
I think you need to take more water with it.
You said: "Verizon is also owned by Vodaphone, which has a much larger international market presence." The other guy said that Vodafone in fact own a 45% stake in Verizon Wireless (VZW).
Vodafone Group DOES NOT own VZW. VZW is technically a joint venture.
Vodafone networks globally use the GSM system. VZW uses CDMA-something. The two are incompatible.
They are both, however, big and red. I like red.
As Jack Carter once said, "You're a big man but you're out of shape. Now to me its a full-time job, so behave yourself".
top iPhone 3GS Is Number One In Japan
Phone to phone messaging in Japan is very popular, more so than voice use. However on the Japanese FOMA handsets the messaging is essentially SMTP, not GSM SMS/MMS. This is the way it's been since FOMA was introduced by DoCoMo back in c. 2000.
My sources, if yer interested:
top UK National ID Card Cloned In 12 Minutes
Whilst this is a failure of some rudimentary security system that was supposed to protect the data stored on the chip, this is anot a cloned card per se.
The chips on these ID cards, and the new UK passports, are there to enhance the integrity of the DOCUMENT, not be secure stand-alone identifiers alone. For instance you can easily copy the data on a chip once the security has been defeated but to accurately copy the paper part of the document including the watermarks, UV sensitive fibres, holograms, raised ink, irridescent coatings, etc. takes a lot of time and effort that most people won't bother with. Some do bother as a lot of bent banknotes will testify to.
These cards like the passports SHOULD when tested/checked be read by a human being who knows how to check the security features (e.g running your fingers over the top of a banknote to check the raised ink), check the details and the photo are correct and do not seem to have been tampered with, then they can check that the data on the chip matches the data printed on the paper/plastic. If they match then there's a very high chance that the card/passport is genuine.
Just checking one portion rather than the other defats the purpose of these designs.
Weak systems will always be exploitable. UK Border Control staff/Police/Home Office drones need to know that that no document is unforgeable and to maintain the integrity of a system requires knowledge and training on the part of those who are attempting to enforce it.
top Apple Kills Google Voice Apps On the iPhone
Well put sir, well put.
Constant nerd will-waving about what tickbox such-and-such device has over another (not just iPhone and suchlike) is as tiresome as it is pointless.
Canada has mountains. So does the moon. The moon is bigger than Canada. Therefore the moon is a better place to live than Canada.
(OK, well, I spent only some time in Calgary...)
top The Amazing World of Software Version Numbers
Well, that's 4 minutes of my life I'll never get back.
Chrissssst... I'm a geek and even I thought that was dull.
top Klingons Cut From Final Star Trek XI Movie
Of course followed by...
Always gotta love that bit.
top What Happens When You Reply To ALL of Your Spam
As much as it would be good if she did indeed win the free iPod and get her hands on all that va_l1um, most spam that gets stored on my spam folder looks to be pretty old. I got a circular/spam message from the depths of hell the other day telling me to keep an eye out for some astral phenomenon or other. A Google search revealed that said event occurred in about 2006.
Zombie relays sending out the same shite day after day. Most spam is totally useless. A bit like the Sky TV schedulers.
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