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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

rtfa-troll Re:... grow a pair ? (426 comments)

even after you managed to grow yourself TEN THOUSAND PAIRS you still ain't gonna do no shit to the Government of the United States of America

they are so entrenched and they have EVERY PART of the system working for them

This is what "they" have placed in your head to dis-empower you. By telling you that you can only vote for mainstream parties, the big parties avoid getting any competition. You should do it anyway just in order not to be a collaborator.

plus, even if the citizenry of the USA give a fuck, who are they going to vote for ?

i mean, what choice do they have in the polling station ?

vote Republicans ?

vote Democrats ?

vote alternative ? which alternative ??

Any alternative. Libertarian; Green; Californian Independence Party; Beer Party. Anything. Every vote for an alternative is a long term threat which shows people are unhappy. It builds up alternative parties by giving them money. It makes politicians from mainstream parties take an interest in your views and try to get you back. This gives a chance that change for the worse will slow.

The worst thing is to give up.

about a year ago
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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

rtfa-troll Re:Update the constitution (426 comments)

You have a deeply deficient sarcasm detector. I can sell you an upgrade for 15 bitcoins. Please specify your head size and postal address in reply to this post. I will give you an bitcoin address to reply to.

about a year ago
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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

rtfa-troll Re:Ok, this is why Wikileaks released insurance fi (426 comments)

Interesting. So lets assume GCHQ/NSA already know what the insurance procedure is though not full details. They clearly went far enough to trigger something, but not to trigger a full release. Maybe this was a probe for more information about the insurance data?

about a year ago
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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

rtfa-troll Re:Obvious lesson. (426 comments)

Have a non UK person encrypt it remotely. Keep a log of the commands used. If she gets asked for the keys other than by a special agreed procedure (which should be designed to prove to him that you aren't in police custody or acting under duress she is to destroy them. I guess that would be interesting legally.. I'd ask a lawyer first.

about a year ago
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Partner of Guardian's Snowden Reporter Detained Under Terrorism Act

rtfa-troll Re:Update the constitution (426 comments)

Wow. My comment gets modded down, but the one I replied to is just as wrong, yet no down-mod.

It does seem that the original post is based on pretty thin evidence so I'll post this to give your post a little more attention (I get a Karma bonus and you would too if you logged in and posted coherently)

And people say this site is full of righty conservatives rather than lefty liberals.

There is a huge range of views here. Most of the mods seem to leave alone stuff they disagree with and mod up good comments. This is what you are told to do in the moderation guidelines. If you post anon, it only takes the first person to be annoyed by your comment and it's gone. In this context you haven't said at all what you meant. "One of his books" is about the most annoying way of saying it possible. Even if I look up accusations against Obama's treatment of the constitution I can't find any such thing. It would really help if you gave an actual quote and said what you think is wrong with it.

about a year ago
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Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

rtfa-troll Re:what about decryption keys (217 comments)

I guess you are saying that this:

"Of course, if you prefer to manage your own keys then you can still encrypt data yourself prior to writing it to Cloud Storage."

is meaningless; In other words, what they are saying is just that you could encrypt your whole file, not that you can encrypt your whole storage remotely?

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Wow, who'd have thought that, in this fight... (629 comments)

Pro-Microsoft stories are a great way to get responses, which lead to pages, which lead to page views, which lead to ad impressions. Fear leads to hate, you know the rest.

Agreed; the interesting lies are definitely worth putting up so that they can get debunked too.

On the other hand, there is a contingent of pro-Microsoft shills here. We've seen them evolve from creating accounts for single shillposts all the way up to creating a whole posting history before leaving a series of comments with phrases lifted directly from press releases which are trivially provably false. That doesn't mean every pro-Microsoft post is a shill; this discussion in particular is over an issue which is legitimately divisive.

I have no problem with this. I'm not objecting to posts. Just objecting to avoiding objectively interesting "pro-Google" stories whilst selecting objectively boring "pro-Microsoft" stories (MS R&D has reinvented the modem - which even turns out to be a pre-existing iPhone app).

about a year ago
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Google To Encrypt Cloud Storage Data By Default

rtfa-troll Re:what about decryption keys (217 comments)

If you manage your own keys and you use a client that isn't written by Google, how does Google get at the decrypted data? As I understand the system there's nothing they could do and they do allow third party clients?

If so it would be a very good reason to insist your cloud data provider is not the same as your OS vendor. In the end though it's your OS vendor you have to trust for everything since they clearly do have (indirect) access to the keys. Another good reason to use Ubuntu rather than Windows or Cyanogenmod/Replicant rather than Android I guess.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Yes that does make it discrimination. That's good; you should discriminate between those who rob you and those who don't.

Or alternatively, you should have a rule which means that, for everybody, if they rob you and don't repent then you don't let them into your party. In which case, it sort of isn't discrimination or our disagreement just comes down to word definitions ;-)

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Wow, who'd have thought that, in this fight... (629 comments)

When people find matching Dilbert quotes, sometimes it's scary. It's when Calvin is our philosophical guide that I get downright terrified ;-)

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

What bullying can Microsoft do any more. I would say the bigger bully today would be Google, you know, "you have no expectation of privacy" Google

This is more or less what everybody said when Netscape dominated web browsers; look how that ended. Microsoft managed to use other strengths to find a way to attack Netwscape in an area where they had been completely lost. Currently Microsoft still dominates desktop operating systems. They also have vast dominance in the political control of US politicians and plenty of influence (through their investments in Ireland etc) in the EU. They also seem to have much more strength in software patents.

In each of those areas you can already see Microsoft moving to use their strengths to try to destroy Google. This is exactly what Steve Ballmer promised too. Until and your politicians can guarantee Google protection from that stuff, you have no right to accuse Google of being the bigger bully.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

What Google is doing is saying: "No, since we don't like your company, you will never be allowed to write an app for YouTube. Ever. We are assholes, and we own YouTube, and we hate Microsoft, so you can go f*ck your self".

Actually, the grandparent is wrong. At some point Microsoft will fix their app to work the same way the Blackberry one does and then Google will allow it through. Having made the promises they have openly made, anything else would open them up to a lawsuit. If Microsoft had any extra restrictions beyond those on Blackberry they would have told us about that. This is about something else; e.g. Microsoft wants to reduce Google's ability to present content so it is no better than their own and is pretending they don't understand some tag or other to do that. Alternatively, Microsoft won't agree to some data protection on some of the data they get or something similar.

If only that was what google actually was saying publicly I would cheer happily. Microsoft needs to die, the sooner the better, and they have absolutely zero reason to complain with their history of being evil.

But instead of publicly telling MS to fuck off, google is pretending that there is no problem at all. This is the same kind of scummy behavior I hate about MS, and so I cannot be happy about it.

There are a bunch of things to remember, for example:

  • Microsoft is one of the biggest political donors going; they have more politicians bought on both sides of the US Houses than most other donors added together
  • Microsoft has been making repeated anti-trust accusations against Google. They have used their political connections to drive those through.
  • You might think that was just cheeky and hypocritical, but they have actually managed to get investigations started which is almost unheard of (Google was mostly cleared but their room for manoeuvre is being continually restricted)
  • Microsoft currently have ongoing complaints in both the EU and US against Google's search engine and Android
  • Microsoft is actively suing Motorola (owned by Google) to force them to allow Microsoft to use Motorola's almost for free whilst avoiding the FRAND obligations which should fall on Microsoft for doing so.
  • At the same time, Microsoft is making more money than Google by overpricing it's own, completely outragously bad, patents and using those against phone manufacturers

Essentially Google is under continual legal siege from Microsoft. Almost anything they say to defend themselves will be used against them. They simply cannot afford to comply with what you request. Any public statements from them would place them at great risk somewhere.

The rest of us, people with no connection to Google, have to stand up to this playground bullying and say that it is wrong. Don't blame the victim. Don't allow Microsoft telling you "she was wearing a short skirt" / "she wasn't wearing a Burha" / "she didn't scream no loudly enough" to distract you from the fact that Microsoft is doing the raping and Google (and others) deserve support as the victims.

Until the legal system provides clear protection for Google from Microsoft it is unfair to demand that Google does anything.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Wow, who'd have thought that, in this fight... (629 comments)

Wow, who'd have thought that, in this fight... You'd be rooting for Microsoft?

Slashdot seems to have been taking an extremely pro-Microsoft bias. On they day that an Android based phone in customer satisfaction, they post stories about how Galaxy phones are having problems. On the day that Microsoft's cloud crashes they post stories about how "MS Researchers Develop Acoustic Data Transfer System For Phones". Mostly I guess the shrills and astroturfers have got to the moderation system and the posting queue, but you really have to occasionally wonder about the fact that Microsoft does have a huge advertising budget.

It's really worth just entering "Microsoft" and "Google" into the front search box to see how much pro Microsoft bias there is in Slashdot stories recently. Again, this might be partly that Microsofts publicity companies keep posting, but a bunch of the anti-Microsoft stories also keep disappearing.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:How dare Google act like MS from 20 years ago! (629 comments)

So it was wrong when Microsoft did it, but because Microsoft did it's ok for Google to do it?

Without any provocation you shoot me; bad. I shoot you back; self defence. Yes; it is not just justified to do this to Microsoft it is the only possible survival mechanism for dealing with them. Companies like Borland that partner end up getting screwed over. Companies like Oracle that fight end up surviving.

We need to get past the "sticking it to Microsoft" mentality and focus on the fact that it's wrong no matter who does it.

"sticking it to Microsoft" is not a "mentality" any more than worrying about your own kids when a known recidivist child killer gets released into your neighbourhood is a mentality. You demand protection for your own children from the authorities. If they don't give it then you have to do things to protect your kids. Look at the way the competition authorities and even Judges have been bending over backwards to give Microsoft everything they ever wanted to destroy FRAND standards even when it was clearly illegal. Google, frankly, just isn't nearly standing up to Microsoft as much as they should.

It is very clear from the article that Microsoft decided not to even try to do what Google expected from new Apps

both companies recognized that building a YouTube app based on HTML5 would be technically difficult and time consuming,... whine whine whine...Google claims that one problem with our new app is that it doesn’t always serve ads based on conditions imposed by content creators / Our app serves Google’s advertisements using all the metadata available to us.. whine whine whine..

Try getting your app approved by Microsoft into Windows app store based on coding standards from 2008. They would laugh at you. And what the hell is "technically difficult and time consuming" coming from a company that is meant to be providing HTML5 coding environments. All app development is "technically difficult and time consuming". That's what developers get paid for.

about a year ago
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Google Blocks YouTube App On Windows Phone (Again)

rtfa-troll Re:Only relevant line (629 comments)

Wait. You forgot to say "Microsoft says". Surely that is relevant.

not to mention smarmy bits like

inconsistent with Google’s own commitment of openness

Which basically means

we would never let you be compatible for free; look at how we block free implementations of ActiveSync; however we demand that Google let us into their market so we can fuck them because they aren't nearly as nasty as we are

Microsoft are a bunch of hypocrites as ever. Google should not be opening up anything for them until Microsoft fully opens all of their server protocols; clearly shows remorse for the things they have done in the past (including clearly identifying who was responsible and ensuring that they are handed over to the justice system) and fully and clearly compensates all of the companies and people (Sendo; Netscape; Borland; Novell; IBM etc.) they have damaged in the past through abuse of their monopoly situation.

If some guy has come by and been caught robbing you several times, that does not make it discrimination if you don't invite him when you invite all your other neighbours over.

about a year ago
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Red Hat CEO: Bring On the Clones

rtfa-troll Re:Stupidest damn parallel ever drawn (182 comments)

CentOS, which is COMPLETELY legal and above board, has absolutely nothing whatsoever in common with counterfeit Windows products.

Exactly

CentOS) Costs Nothing
Counterfeit Windows) Costs Nothing.

Exactly nothing in common.

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

rtfa-troll Re:Already or in the process of being repaired (183 comments)

it's in the god damn android PRNG initialization of Android and yes, it applies to their Nexus devices though when it's fixed, it will at least be fixed on them.

Please read through my post again. The thing which doesn't apply to a Nexus is the boot loader protection which "protects" you from fixing the Android PRNG yourself (on a Nexus, you can even install alternate ROMS that you can compile yourself). You might also want to note my signature.

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

rtfa-troll Re:Already or in the process of being repaired (183 comments)

? It's not the first currency to be exchanged nor stored anonymously.

This is true because Bitcoin is not really designed for anonymous exchange. All transactions are public and many points on transactions are publicly known. You have to try pretty hard to be anonymous.

What has bitcoin done besides assert its own value on the premise that it will somehow be the future of worldwide finance?

What Bitcoin added is lack of a single point of centralised control or even distribution. It is a pretty neat cryptographic design which has actually been implemented in real life. Up until recently, the NSA could probably have taken over and destroyed Bitcoin at any time, but since there seem to be quite a number of ASIC miners working now probably even the NSA doesn't have the compute power to do that and so there's no real way to put Bitcoin back into centralised control.

There was nothing before Bitcoin that achieved all that.

Having said that, if someone could do the same but with proper anonymity and some other desirable characteristics there's nothing to say that Bitcoin won't be swapped out some time in the future. No idea what that would do to the value of a Bitcoin. Probably depends on the value of the Bitcoin holdings of the guy who designs the future.

about a year ago
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Google Admits Bitcoin Thieves Exploited Android Crypto PRNG Flaw

rtfa-troll Re:Already or in the process of being repaired (183 comments)

It's okay though, with Android you can just write your own PRNG and change all the other software to use it, then you'll be good to go.

It's even better than that though. You can write it; but Google carefully thought to protect you from actually deploying it by putting Android under the Apache license which means that your phone manufacturer can lock down your bootloader to protect you from actually changing anything. Just think of all the people who might end up putting insecure random number generators into their phone and screwing their security if Google had used, for example, the GPLv3.

All hail the all knowing and all wise Google.

(I will admit that at least Google's own Nexus devices don't really do this; but why spoil a good rant with facts.. )

about a year ago

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Microsoft cloud services crash leaving customers without data access.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Edited re-send of earlier submission

TechCrunch reports Microsoft's Outlook and SkyDrive services failed with other services also apparently implicated. Restoration has taken many hours and was still apparently not complete more than a day later. Microsoft's cloud solutions are part of its long term survival strategy of following Apple's iCloud and attacking more experienced providers such as Amazon's S3, Google's Apps and App Engine, and RackSpace's public cloud, whilst attempting to block development of more open cloud software such as Eucalyptus, OpenStack and RedHat's OpenShift. TechCrunch also warns of the dangers of of Microsoft's new cloudified operating systems telling that they have been "boosting [SkyDrive's] integration points in Windows 8.1" something which will put customer's data at risk of access without their consent beyond any questions of reliability.

We just discussed how shareholder lawsuits over Microsoft's previous attempt to spread the Windows OS beyond the desktop and this is not even our first discussion of major Microsoft cloud outages this year whilst older discussions have covered Microsoft's failure to keep adequate cloud system backups which makes slow to recover crashes very worrying.""

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Another Microsoft cloud outage

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Microsoft's Outlook and SkyDrive services failed with other services also apparently implicated. Restoration has taken many hours and is still apparently not complete. Microsoft's cloud solutions are it's long term survival strategy following Apple's iCloud and attacking more experienced providers such as Amazon, Google, RackSpace and VmWare, whilst fighting a reargard action against more open cloud software such as Eucalyptus, OpenStack and RedHat's OpenShift. With Microsoft's previous failed attempt to move Windows away from the traditional desktop already triggering lawsuits this could hardly come at a worse time for Microsoft's management. TechCrunch also warns of the dangers of of Microsoft's new cloudified operating systems telling that they have been "boosting [SkyDrive's] integration points in Windows 8.1" something which will mean every customer's data is at risk of unauthorized access.

This is not even the first discussion of major Microsoft cloud outages this year whilst we have also discussed Microsoft's failure to keep adequate customer backups."

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Surveillence story turns into a warning about employer monitoring

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "The story from yesterday about Google searches has turned into a warning about how work place surveillance could harm you. It turns out that Michele Catalano's husband's boss tipped off the police after finding "suspicious" searches including "pressure cooker bombs" in his old work computer's search history. Luckily for the Catalanos, who even allowed a search of their house when they probably didn't have to, it seems professional and friendly policemen supported by the FBI were called in and instead of them getting killed in a SWAT raid Catalano was merely talked to politely by some men in black cars who even mentioned to Catalano that 99 times out of 100 these tip-offs come to nothing. Perhaps a lesson to be a bit more careful about your privacy so that what you do on the internet remains between you and the professionals in the NSA in future? Best to use tor so that you can be sure they are the only ones listening in. Maybe also a good tip for what to look for if you want to get revenge on former team members who leave you with a pile of bad code?"
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Android leads customer satisfaction as Android competition widens.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Android was once seen as a cheaper option in smartphones, but no more. Samsung's Galaxy Android phones have taken the top two places in this year's ACSI smartphone customer satisfaction survey and it's worth looking at these together with the manufacturer's first half results which Tommi Ahonen has been covering on his blog. Samsung is the satisfaction leader, displacing Apple who took the top slots last year, though Apple won't be too upset after taking the remaining three slots in the top five especially given that the other three of the top four from last year are not listed at all, however this does back up Tommi's claim that we may have "passed 'Peak iPhone'" unless mass market iPhone rumours turn out to be true and this rescues Apple. Three more Android phones, two of them from Motorola follow Apple. LG and HTC didn't make the top ten at all, which may explain why both companies after dabbling with other systems returned to 100% Android commitment, something Tommi claims is reflected in LG's recent recovery which puts them in strong 3rd place in the smartphone market and makes it clear that it's not only Samsung that can profit from Android. At the end of the top ten, Blackberry's old models made a good showing, the only other OS in the list and a vast improvement on last year.

ACSI covers the actual long term customer experience, so the phones and systems listed are all ones that have been available for some time. Systems such as BB10 and FirefoxOS which only arrived this year won't have been out at the time won't have a chance to be listed until next year.

We discussed recently LG's decision to return to full Android commitment"
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Office delay gives Google a real chance, and not just Google Apps.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Microsoft Office slideware for iOS and Android has been resisting many migrations to Google Apps. Although a number of the largest companies, from KLM to Disney have already moved to Google Apps, most large companies are still using MS office heavily and the majority of current Google users are smaller businesses. Now Microsoft has been forced to admit that its office suite for Android will be delayed by at least a year and Zdnet tells us that Google will be the big winner from that, however they say that QuickOffice rather than Google apps will be the main winner. Other Android app suites will benefit too, though currently The Android version of LibreOffice is only available as a dev build for sideloading and is having some difficulties packaging for Google play so may not benefit from this delay unless some more volunteers step up to help. Microsoft relies heavily on office for revenue so this may represent a real long term threat to the company."
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Microsoft Azure total outage for secured storage

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "There has been worldwide (all locations) total outage of storage in Microsoft's Azure cloud. Apparently "Microsoft unwittingly let an online security certificate expire Friday, triggering a worldwide outage in an online service that stores data for a wide range of business customers." according to the San Francisco Chronicle (also Yahoo and the Register). Perhaps too much time has been spent sucking up to storage vendros and not enough looking after the customers? This comes directly after a week long outage of one of Microsoft's SQL server components in Azure. This is not the first time that we have discussed major outages on Azure and probably won't be the last. It's certainly also not the first time that we have discussed Microsoft cloud systems making user's data unavailable."
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Microsoft blames PC makers for Windows failure.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "The Register tells us that Microsoft has begun squabbling with PC manufacturers over the reasons behind the failure of Windows 8. Microsoft is "frustrated with major OEMs who didn't build nearly enough touch systems". PC manufacturers have hit back saying that they "would have been saddled with the costs of a huge piles of unsold units" claiming that customers actually avoided higher end touch products which were available and instead bought lower end cheaper laptops whilst "Microsoft is not blaming itself for" the failure of it's own touch device, surface RT. The PC manufacturer's claims that touch is the problem seem to be backed by reviews, and some educational rants from users and opinion from user interface design experts, however Microsoft sees this differently . Microsoft is planning to strike back at the PC vendors in February with Surface pro; with a shorter battery life and much heavier than a normal tablet, this is being seen as a direct competitor to traditional laptops. By using it's desktop operating system franchise as a lever Microsoft will be able to enter the lower specification end of the Laptop market with a cost advantage which make make life difficult for former partners such as HP and Dell.

We've discussed previously how some PC manufactures such as Dell have failed in generational change whilst others have diversified to survive market chainges; Samsung with Android and the (still) bestselling Chromebook. ASUS with their successful Nexus tablets. We also discussed the ergonomic problems which are claimed to make touch screens unsuitable for PC use."

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Nokia's collapse - separating out the "Elop Effect"

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Slashdot Editor: please make this image a link to this story. Tommi states "This graph may be freely shared"

After six months of Steven Elop Nokia was still increasing its smartphone sales lead over Apple. Symbian increased to 32% of all mobile browsing in mid 2011 so the future of the mobile web looked completely different from today. Android's lead in mobile was not yet settled. There was everything to play for. Two years later even Nokia's official numbers show them selling fewer smartphones in a quarter than Apple has sold in a single day; Nokia had it's first Christmas ever with smartphone sales lower than RIM's; Nokia's shares, even after a dead cat bounce to almost 5 Euro, are worth less than a third of their peak early in Elop's term (below 10% of Nokia's historic highs), a 40 Billion Euro loss for Nokia shareholders. In response Tommi Ahonen's blog is running a series analyzing the causes behind what he shows is the mobile "world record in market collapse". Probably the best place to start, Tommi Ahonen's simplest posting, compares Elop's promises with Nokia's current reality and Analysts predictions for it's old strategy.

Tommi explains the Elop Effect, a new part of the financial vocabulary, has now joined the Ratner Effect and Osborne Effect as examples of CEO communication errors which destroy businesses. The definition, not yet 100% stable, is a willful badmouthing of your own companies most successful products combined with no plan B during a misjudged change of technical direction ("when you combine Osborne Effect and Ratner Effect"). Tommi shows that this turns out to be much stronger than Ratner or Osborne's accidents could ever be. In Tommi's latest posting he covers how the Elop Effect lead to a failed migration claiming that "Only one in 14 attempts to transition to Lumia has succeeded" and points out that two thirds of Windows Phone users are looking to change system for their next phone. If true it looks as if Nokia's rumored move to Android or even a redirection to concentrate on software and services would require deposing Elop whilst their prospects for 2013 look worse than ever.

We have discussed Tommi's predictions a number of times since he correctly predicted Lumia's low sales numbers back in 2011. We also discussed the "Elop Effect" before. We just recently discussed the "Chinese Smartphone Invasion" which is likely to leave little space for a Windows revival especially if the massive marketing cost of Lumia is true."

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Chromebook takes top place in laptop sales on Amazon.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about a year and a half ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Amazon's latest table of the top selling laptops will be a surprise for many on Slashdot who's first reaction when we discussed this before was "so what" with pundits describing it as "an enterprise contender". Given the recent launch and huge advertising campaign, you would expect that the top selling consumer laptop would be based in Win8. If you read recent discussions about Microsoft's troubled new system you might expect a Mac to be leading but Google's Chromebook topping the sales chart on a consumer site without any major advertising campaign is a major surprise. We've discussed before that apart from it's web based ChromeOS Chromebooks are also very fast running Ubuntu Linux and have several other distributions already ported."
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Recycling a single software UI makes Windows 8 a productivity eating "monster"

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Usability expert Jakob Nielsen has a detailed posting on Windows 8 Metro UI (sometimes called "Modern"). The article goes through the design mistakes which "strangles [the user's] productivity" and talks about the "Error-Prone Gestures" with "swipe ambiguity" included in Windows and discovered with only a limited level of usability testing. He then goes on to say that, whilst it is possible that 'Windows 9 will be "Metro Done Right"', "Windows 8 is Mr. Hyde: a monster that terrorizes poor office workers" and that the fundamental unsolvable problem is "the idea of recycling a single software UI for two very different classes of hardware devices." The saddest part of the article? Jakob is a well respected academic and when he previously criticised usability in iPad apps, one year later most of those apps had improved based on that feedback; reaction from Android was similar. In his criticism of Windows 8 he actually had to include a section "I Don't Hate Microsoft" through fear of being accused of being a "fanboy or a Microsoft hater". Will Microsoft listen or is it stuck in the echo chamber of it's online reputation managers?"
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Fox news parent NewsCorp may face corruption investigation

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "The Guardian reports that News Corporation may face FCPA investigations after an "official of the British ministry of defence" was charged "for allegedly receiving £100,000 from Murdoch's tabloid newspapers". News corporation, headed by Rupert Murdock, is loved by most of the readers of Slashdot as the owner of Fox News and as the company which put the overly complicated paywall on the Wall Street Journal. The article states that the charges "would be hard for the Department of Justice and the Securities and Exchange Commission to ignore and would warrant investigation under the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act which could lead to risks for "27 TV licences within the Fox network" ."
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Apple: Brits too thick for Javascript; hides statement off the edge of homepage.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "If you had already been ticked off for failing to follow a court order properly, you would be careful not to mess up this time, wouldn't you? Well, maybe not if you are not a big corporation. After being caught misleading people about it's designs Apple was ordered to clearly state that "the Galaxy Tab 10.1, Tab 8.9 and Tab 7.7 do not infringe Apple’s Community registered design". First time around they actually included further misleading statements on the same page as their correction leading to headlines such as APPLE: SCREW YOU, BRITS, everyone else says Samsung copied us actually being shown by Samsung in court. This time round, Apple was ordered to put up some text on their homepage. Technically the correction is part of the homepage HTML, however, if you go and look at Apple's UK homepage you will find that a clever piece of Javascript which resizes the headline product image means that for any normal consumer screen, you will never actually see the notice without manually scrolling past the end of the normal legal messages. How far can Apple push and get away with it?"
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Nexus 7 and Android convertibles drive massive ASUS profit

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "The collapse of the PC market has had much discussion on Slashdot with a common opinion that, now that Apple is the largest personal computer manufacturer, a loss of sales combined with Apple's iPad will completely eliminate most of them. Now Asustek's most recent results show that there may be a way out for those that can move away from their standard markets. Concentrating on Android tablet devices, the Google Nexus 7, with a help from ASUS transformer tablets has driven the company to massive $230 million profits. Asus gross revenue also climbed 9 percent to around $3.8 billion.

We have discussed related issues recently: Where companies like HTC have lost their focus on open Android devices and suffered from devastating collapses, ASUS has managed to differentiate it's tablets by providing the most open tablet experience possible via with Google's Nexus program and branding."

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Amazon Wipes Kindle and account; won't say why.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Thinking of giving someone a Kindle or other restricted tablet for Christmas? Maybe you should think again. Amazon reserves the right to destroy it's contents at any time and won't even explain why. At least this is what Martin Bekkelund is claiming in his blog posting which includes the contents of emails from Michael Murphy at Amazon's Executive Customer Relations with the classic quotes "Please know that any attempt to open a new account will meet with the same action." and "we are unable to provide detailed information on how we link related accounts". How would you feel if your father in law's book collection suddenly disappeared from the kindle you bought him with no explanation? This story has been picked up by the UK Newspaper the Guardian although an Amazon sales rep claimed it was false to one commenter there The Guardian states that Amazon has refused to give any official comment so far. Even if this does turn out to be false, it's a good reminder of what can and will happen when DRM means that big media no longer has pirate copies to compete against. This kind of remote wipe is going to be difficult to avoid since both Microsoft and Apple also reserve the power to remotely wipe your device (though in Apple's case this is only ever known to have been used for security reasons and even Google tied Android tablets could be forced to install such a feature with a court order. Almost the only devices immune to this type of attack are third party (non Google integrated) Android tablets and Mer based tablets aimed at Linux hackers."
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Bad review of Windows 8 app store mysteriously disappears

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  about 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "One of the first reviews of Microsoft Windows 8 to include coverage of Microsoft's app store has been deleted almost before it was made available. Most reviews of the Surface tablet have focused on the base 32Gb flash memory and own brand keyboard whilst avoiding key tablet features such as screen resolution, weight, battery life and amount of space taken by the OS install. None so far have covered the details of the App store which is the only source of the "Modern Interface" (Metro) apps for the soon to arrive Surface tablets which are incapable of running traditional "Windows" desktop applications. In what seems a clear sign that the main IT media is not willing to allow criticism of Microsoft, one of the few reviews to cover Microsoft's Windows App store has been almost instantly disappeared from Gartner's blog site. The register has a screen dumped version of the review which, coming from Gartner, the Microsoft partner who predicted 20% market share for Mango (Windows Phone 7), is actually surprisingly "on message" to be deleted. With Microsoft putting well over a billion dollars into advertising, is there any chance that there will be fair reporting the failings of surface and Windows 8?"
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Windows Phone - the Bridgehead past security.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Symantec has just shown that the Crisis cross platform virus is able to spread to Windows mobile devices. Unfortunately the mobile module of the virus has not yet been recovered and analysed, however the implications for malware research are obvious. Where iOS malware is practically non-existent with complaints of 'too much security' and Android malware has had to be deliberately installed from 3rd party app stores it seems that more advance malware with fully automated distribution is going to come back with Windows Phone 8 which is going to be a relief for AV vendors frustrated by Apple's lack of need for security software

Microsoft has been very keen to stress that Windows Phone is a real Windows, using the same NT kernel and providing full integration with other Windows systems. Their hope is that corporate IT departments will push Windows Phone forward where consumers have rejected it. As mobile devices, Windows Phones will be continually exposed to varied external networks. The tight integration of Windows phone with user's existing Windows infrastructure, in contrast to the iOS and Android approach of making the phone fully independent and able to run stand-alone, makes the Windows 8 system an ideal bridgehead for attacks on home and corporate networks. Crisis uses Windows integration via the "Remote Application Programming Interface (RAPI)" to drop an unknown attack module direct to the phone. From that situation it's other major new features — the ability to attack Windows Virtual machines — and follow up into OS/X systems makes

In order to show the existence of the Windows phone module Symantec had to do full code analysis of Crisis, details given in the article. Unfortunately the Crisis attack module for Windows Phone has not yet been captured and is very likely not yet deployed in the wild, waiting for Windows 8 to start replace Windows Phone 7 in Crisis target environments. This means that protecting against any zero day vulnerabilities in the system is currently impossible. Worse; the knowledge of the almost certain existence of these vulnerabilities must inevitably lead to a scramble within the malware industry to work out how to take advantage of the vulnerabilities once they are finally discovered. Crisis is described as an "advanced threat" and seems to be part of a toolkit aimed primarily marketed to police forces."

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How PR consultants damaged Google but will never pay

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "In a new article on Groklaw, Pamela Jones, the sites founder returns to show how misrepresentation by media figures such as Florian Mueller (a publicity consultant who, as earlier reported here on Slashdot, has been employed by Microsoft and Oracle and sometimes represented in news media as "independent") and Maureen O'Gara seem to have deliberately at set out to cause serious reputation damage to Google.

When this story originally broke it was carried by Slashdot and the original poster was even taken in by the claim that "would 'far exceed any money Google has ever earned with Android'". Now Oracle may have to pay Google $4 million in expenses. Despite this, no apology has been forthcoming. Will the "consultants" compensate those they have damaged? Not likely.

What is not covered in the article is the level of damage done to application companies who split their development work and phone companies like Nokia who believed that Android was at risk and would leave room for a third mobile operating system. Such companies have committed millions or sometimes billions of dollars to projects which now look hopeless or at best pointless. Given Florian's employment at Oracle, maybe that company should be providing some compensation for mistakes made based on his media releases?"

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RBS CEO claimed to give misleading statement about offshored bank failure.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "The multi-day failure of the computers at the Royal Bank of Scotland has now been directly linked to the hiring of 'Inexperienced' staff in Hyderabad. In their exclusive article about the RBS failure the Register say that this was caused by one of the inexperienced new hires who replaced the recently fired 30 year experienced UK team.

The Register's article shows that, during the oursourcing, recruitment requests in India asked for less than 1/3 of the typical experience of the team which was got rid of. This directly contradicts the CEO of the Royal Bank of Scotland who gave a statement that "I have no evidence of that. The IT centre — our main centre, we’re standing outside here in Edinburgh, [is] nothing to do with overseas". If the Register's article is true it would suggest remarkable ignorance on the part of the CEO who should have been fully informed about a disaster of this level within hours of it's occurrence and certainly a week later."

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Why the GPL licensing cops are the good guys

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "'GPL enforcement by Software Freedom Conservancy puts electronics makers on notice, leaves business users untouched', says Infoworld, going on to explain 'You are several orders of magnitude more likely to be raided by your proprietary suppliers, in the form of the Business Software Alliance, than to ever hear from SFC, let alone face any action. License compliance is a major and costly issue for proprietary software, but the case concerns an end-user license agreement (EULA), not a source license.' the expertly written article gives a good summary of why having GPL licenses enforced helps everybody except for 'hardware manufacturers — typically those creating low-cost consumer and business electronics' who need to verify that they pass on the same rights to others as they received with the original code."
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Samsung biggest (smart)phone manufacturer.

rtfa-troll rtfa-troll writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rtfa-troll (1340807) writes "Tomi Ahonen reports that Samsung has become the largest manufacturer of smartphones (overtaking Apple) and of mobile phones (overtaking Nokia). During the first quarter of 2012 Samsung sold 93.5 million phones with 44.5 million (48%) of those smartphones. Apple would still lead on "smart mobile devices" with 52 million sales including iPads but not iPods. The last time the lead in mobile phone changed was in 14 years ago, in 1998, when Nokia overtook Ericsson. Ericsson never recovered and began leaving the mobile phone market three years later creating Sony Ericsson, later Sony Mobile. It looks like the mobile phone market is going to be brutal with Apple and Samsung crushing everybody else except possibly HTC which is still rising and Motorola (which has Google to look after it)."
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