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Message 1366903 - Posted: 11 May 2013, 22:53:08 UTC
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Android is at a point where it could easily subvert windows on net books and laptops. However it will have to be secure, and clamp down on "app stores", most of the problems I have read about are cause by rouge apps. Apple keeps a fairly tight reign on it's apps, because there is only one store. Android has several. Also of course once hackers realise that people are keeping all their valuable data on Android phones and tablets, antivirus and anti malware programs will become necessary, and of course they all work on Wi-Fi.

I would quite like to see it happen to give MS and Apple something to think about, remember however Android is free, the hardware is easy to make and distribute, a friend recently asked me to look into a sub £100 7 inch tablet from a Chinese manufacturer. It is really amazing, Android of course, not as slick as an iPad but for the money excellent value.
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Message 1366909 - Posted: 11 May 2013, 23:02:21 UTC - in response to Message 1366903.

If you don't mind me asking Bernie, what tablet was that?
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Message 1366920 - Posted: 11 May 2013, 23:19:43 UTC - in response to Message 1366909.

If you don't mind me asking Bernie, what tablet was that?

This one Momo 7 It's actually £5 cheaper now!!

I brought it for her and have given it a good once over and am impressed.
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Message 1366924 - Posted: 11 May 2013, 23:26:47 UTC - in response to Message 1366920.

Thanks Bernie, appreciated.

Question, would you recommend it for people like me on a budget knowing what my line of work is?
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Message 1366946 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 0:09:44 UTC - in response to Message 1366924.

Thanks Bernie, appreciated.

Question, would you recommend it for people like me on a budget knowing what my line of work is?

Well as you know I am a committed iPad fan and since going into a similar field to you last year my iPad has become my first tool, as long as there is Wi-Fi it can be very useful, I have configured routers and WAPs using it, much easier than a laptop. The Momo 7 has one advantage over the iPad (as do most Android tablets) USB! The Momo 7 can connect to a PC like "flash drive" so you can use it as storage and it can run USB sticks and external HDD's, all of which I have done.

As it is not mine I have not tried it in a work environment, but it has connected easily with both my router and separate WAP and my neighbours unsecured Wi-Fi. it seems to have everything going for it. As for long term reliability I cannot comment. The online reviews seen to be split almost 50/50 with "it's amazing" to "it's rubbish"
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Message 1366948 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 0:17:22 UTC - in response to Message 1366946.

Thanks again, really is appreciated. Yes I've read the reviews & it seems to me that people just do not take care of their property - see it every day in my fields - both I.T & Transport.

As for the charging issues in the reviews, I've seen many of my customers mishandle the charging units as well as the devices, so much so, I've got numerous laptops here waiting for my associate to deal with - several with new charge points to be inserted.


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Message 1366955 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 0:29:15 UTC - in response to Message 1366946.

Thanks Bernie, appreciated.

Question, would you recommend it for people like me on a budget knowing what my line of work is?

Well as you know I am a committed iPad fan and since going into a similar field to you last year my iPad has become my first tool, as long as there is Wi-Fi it can be very useful, I have configured routers and WAPs using it, much easier than a laptop. The Momo 7 has one advantage over the iPad (as do most Android tablets) USB! The Momo 7 can connect to a PC like "flash drive" so you can use it as storage and it can run USB sticks and external HDD's, all of which I have done.

As it is not mine I have not tried it in a work environment, but it has connected easily with both my router and separate WAP and my neighbours unsecured Wi-Fi. it seems to have everything going for it. As for long term reliability I cannot comment. The online reviews seen to be split almost 50/50 with "it's amazing" to "it's rubbish"



Bernie I am wondering have you told your nabour his Wi-Fi is unsecured .....or are you a naughty boy and use the extra bandwidth ....lololololol
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Message 1366966 - Posted: 12 May 2013, 0:58:53 UTC

Bernie I am wondering have you told your nabour his Wi-Fi is unsecured .....or are you a naughty boy and use the extra bandwidth ....lololololol

Well as I live in a flat in a highly built up area, I can see 15+ Wi-Fi signals and I have absolutely no idea who "HUI-PC" is so not much I can do. As I have unlimited 75Meg broadband and his is about 8Meg, there is really no reason to use it, except when I am testing out customers laptops to see if they can connect as it is a weaker signal than mine.
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Message 1367887 - Posted: 14 May 2013, 14:47:48 UTC

Just one small glimpse of contrasting forces fighting over you:


Unlocking Technology Act plans to let freedom ring for devices

A bill introduced by four members of the US House of Representatives would lay down in statute the right of people to tinker with the hardware and software of any smartphone, tablet, or other device they own.

If enacted, the Unlocking Technology Act of 2013 would ensure that any software and firmware that comes with a device can be modified legally by its owner, so long as they have the device physically (or via an agent) under their control...



Adobe price hike: Your money or your files, frappuccino sippers

... What do you mean, I'll not be able to open my old files?...


World Web Consortium warms HTML bed for forced DRM snuggle

... The World Web Consortium (W3C) is pressing ahead with plans to standardise Digital Rights Management (DRM) in HTML, despite opposition to the proposal. ...


For the DRM problem, this comment gives a good summary:

The problems it causes

OK, you want the problems:

1) the *only* way DRM can "work" is that the DRM mechanism must have a secure channel from the decryption code to the user's sensory organs. If at any point in that channel there isn't total security, then the user can intercept the data at that point, and then do whatever they want with it. Thus, the ONLY way DRM can be implemented is if the content holders control your computer, not you - otherwise you can subvert that secure channel.

2) DRM means that just because you can access something today does not mean you can access it tomorrow. You may have that copy of "1984" that you bought and paid for, but if whoever controls the DRM key server decides you shall no longer have access, you don't. The system is totally asymmetric in terms of who's "rights" are "managed".

3) Likewise, it is an invasion of privacy: if you do have local "managed" media, whoever manages the key server can see when you...




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Message 1368909 - Posted: 17 May 2013, 14:10:26 UTC
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This one is more a question of whether we can 'trust' Marketing with our moment-by-moment location:


Location, location, location

The rapid rise in the number of mobile devices has led to a concomitant rise in the amount of location data available. Proprietary services are emerging to take advantage of that data...



There's some big money being thrown around at that!


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Message 1369852 - Posted: 19 May 2013, 23:57:45 UTC - in response to Message 1368909.

This one is more a question of whether we can 'trust' Marketing with our moment-by-moment location:


Location, location, location

The rapid rise in the number of mobile devices has led to a concomitant rise in the amount of location data available. Proprietary services are emerging to take advantage of that data...



Two related articles:

Congress: It's not the Glass that's scary - It's the GOOGLE

... But it would seem that Congress has missed the point here.

Google is first and foremost an advertising company. It builds technology products which specifically seek revenue from people wanting to promote goods online.

Privacy-by-design, then, is a concept largely ignored by Google...



Australia's net filter sneaks into operation through back door

Australia's national internet filter has re-emerged as an incompetence-powered zombie, after the nation's corporate regulator mistakenly blocked access to hundreds of sites. ...

... Questions are now being asked about just how it is possible for ASIC, or other agencies, to add sites to the list telcos are asked to block under Section 313 and why there's no oversight of the process for doing so. ...




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Message 1369947 - Posted: 20 May 2013, 10:31:20 UTC - in response to Message 1369852.

To follow on from those: -

How to hack a nation's infrastructure

Won't be long now.........
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Message 1370559 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 11:32:36 UTC - in response to Message 1369947.

To follow on from those: -

How to hack a nation's infrastructure

Won't be long now.........

That's a scary one... It's gobsmacking amazing how some utility workers are so completely aloof and uncaring about locking or protecting equipment that hundreds or thousands of customers depend upon...

Someone is bound to have a 'little fun' to hit the headlines...


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Message 1370560 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 11:35:06 UTC

Is Microsoft going too far with this little scam?...


Skype's ominous link checking

Our discovery that URLs sent through Skype are then visited by Microsoft has caused quite a stir. A little more information has now emerged and leads to even more questions.

Early this week, The H reported on how heise Security had discovered that links sent in private Skype chat sessions were being visited by a Microsoft system shortly afterwards...




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Message 1370753 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 22:57:13 UTC
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Yet another example of you think you've bought something only to find that "You've been DRM-ed":


If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

We hope you have plenty of spare time, you'll need it

Sky will next month shut down Acetrax, a website that streams movies and offers downloads of DRM-encrypted films to paying punters.

The closure has highlighted yet again one of the many flaws inherent in Digital Rights Management (DRM) technology.

In this case, users must go through the hassle of downloading all of their purchased video again...

... 21 June. After that, owners of Windows PCs can download their films. Mac users can forget it, as can anyone hoping to re-download HD films. Even on Windows, it’s standard definition only from that point.

Movies that users have previously downloaded will cease to play from that date, so re-downloading films is mandatory if you want to continue to be able to watch them. Re-downloaded films will be tied solely to the machine on which they’re first played. Because they use Microsoft’s Windows Media Player DRM, the films can’t be transferred to any platform that doesn’t support the copy-protection technology.

“You may only retain a copy of the content on the personal computer on which you make the original download. Resetting the factory settings on your PC will also result in removal...



Defective by design?...

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Message 1370757 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 23:09:01 UTC - in response to Message 1370753.

I think you'll find that those who have IPods/IPhones/I pads/Laptops/Tablets/Desktops & are media orientated, DRM is a non-issue.


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Message 1370760 - Posted: 22 May 2013, 23:18:27 UTC
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Sky said at the time it was buying Acetrax for its experience and expertise in streaming. With the establishment of Now TV, Sky presumably reckons it no longer requires the Acetrax brand. Privately held, Acetrax never published subscriber numbers. Over here it has almost certainly been largely eclipsed by the Netflix and Lovefilm, firms that marketed themselves to potential subscribers far more than Acetrax ever did.


A small player trashed by Murdoch and "Super Sky". Sky can do exactly as they please here in the UK, try complaining to the advertising standards about SKY, you don't even get a reply.
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Message 1379615 - Posted: 10 Jun 2013, 23:25:38 UTC

Can you trust your IT supplier to decide for you who your friends are and what you may or may not share or sell?...


Xbox One: Microsoft defends pre-owned games rules

... "There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once."...

... The Xbox One has also come under fire after it emerged it might have to be always online to play games...

... "After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.

"So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend's house, you can play your games."...



Buy into this and you supposedly buy into a "EULA" to dictate your life and your friends?!


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Message 1379768 - Posted: 11 Jun 2013, 8:28:13 UTC

Buy into this and you supposedly buy into a "EULA" to dictate your life and your friends?!

That isn't necessarily true, but those of a nervous disposition who are consumed by Big Brother worries, could see it that way!

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Message 1383022 - Posted: 20 Jun 2013, 13:40:51 UTC - in response to Message 1379615.

See below for an update on this one:

Can you trust your IT supplier to decide for you who your friends are and what you may or may not share or sell?...


Xbox One: Microsoft defends pre-owned games rules

... "There are two requirements: you can only give them to people who have been on your friends list for at least 30 days and each game can only be given once."...

... The Xbox One has also come under fire after it emerged it might have to be always online to play games...

... "After signing in and installing, you can play any of your games from any Xbox One because a digital copy of your game is stored on your console and in the cloud.

"So, for example, while you are logged in at your friend's house, you can play your games."...



Buy into this and you supposedly buy into a "EULA" to dictate your life and your friends?!



Looks like enough noise was made for this one for a rejig on the restrictions:


Microsoft U-turn in Xbox One games row

Microsoft has made a dramatic U-turn over its decision to impose restrictions on pre-owned titles on its new Xbox One console.

The company had said it would restrict the free trade of pre-owned games, and that an internet connection was required to play all titles.

But following gamers' anger...



Reminiscent of Nero waving his thumb at the old games in Rome?...


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