September 9th, 2012

mini me + poo

Lazyweb: Android

1. How do I stop a program running, except when I run it? The Amazon app store program is somehow restarting after I stop it and delete its data. It then downloads / recreates that data. Where do I look to see what is enabling it to do so? I have root rights on my phone, so one option might be to rename / move the .APK, and only restore it when I want it to run. Is there an easier way?

2. Any tips for a program that shows a large digital clock on as much of the screen as possible? I can find two million widgets, most of whom want to clone the HTC Sense clock, but which are too small and analog clocks... jwz's Dali Clock would be perfect, except that it doesn't seem to have made it to Android.

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Wouldn't you?

I've been reading about the Rangers FC tax case - one of Scotland's two biggest football clubs used a variety of dodgy means to cheat the taxman and other teams for more than ten years, and many (but not all, yet) of the chickens came home to roost at the end of last season. A couple of amusing quotes from sites about the actual case or background info:

Scotland has a seven hundred year history of asking for help from south of the border in times of trouble and internal squabbling. It has rarely gone well. When King Alexander III died in 1286 without an heir, Scottish nobles asked Edward I of England to referee. Things went so badly, Mel Gibson made a film about it.


I wonder what effect the Rangers affair will have on the independence referendum. It's clear that Scotland's media - most reporting was even more inaccurate than Braveheart's version of history - and institutions are not what they could be. Those either doing the dodgy deals or looking the wrong way to see them relied on the masses' unthinking loyalty to the cause. 'Wave the colours, and they'll go along with anything' was the unspoken but necessary foundation.

Plus is being denied admission to the 'top table', but pointed to the lowest division what would happen to Scotland itself?

The arrangements between Mr Buchanan and Mr Mills were not at first attended with a great deal of formality. Mr Mills simply wrote Mr Buchanan a cheque for £500,000. Afterwards Mr Mills sought legal advice; he asked for the return of his money, which was refused; thereafter the parties dealt with each other more warily.


I bet they did :)

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One of those cases where you'd like them both to lose

Sadly, the full judgement in the Boris Abramovich Berezovsky vs Roman Arkadievich Abramovich case doesn't seem to be online, because the executive summary has some great bits:

I found Mr. Berezovsky an unimpressive, and inherently unreliable, witness, who regarded truth as a transitory, flexible concept, which could be moulded to suit his current purposes. At times the evidence which he gave was deliberately dishonest; sometimes he was clearly making his evidence up as he went along in response to the perceived difficulty in answering the questions in a manner consistent with his case; at other times, I gained the impression that he was not necessarily being deliberately dishonest, but had deluded himself into believing his own version of events.


I think you can guess who won, if you didn't already know :)

The big surprise is that Berezovsky - who claimed asylum here nearly ten years ago, who was accepted as a refugee eight years ago, and is never going to go near Russia as long as Putin is anywhere near power there - is still treated as resident in Russia for tax purposes.

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