* Posts by Tom 35

2680 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Let's be clear, everyone: DON'T BLOCK Wi-Fi, DUH – FCC official ruling

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At least in Canada it costs extra per 3G device

I already have data on my phone. If I setup a hot spot for my tablet / netbook / friends laptop. Cost zero.

If I want to add a 3G tablet it's a second SIM and a monthly charge added to my bill.

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'YOUTUBE is EVIL': Somebody had a tape running, Google...

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Re: @auburnman The new man

So Vimeo is like using search with Yahoo or Bing. It works but Google is better?

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BITE that APPLE if you want to escape the Android garden, Microsoft

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Re: Subscription?

It's not you that's incompetent...

" screen of 10.1-plus inches."

That's 7 and larger... it's installed on my Nexus 7

And it needs KitKat 4.4 not Lollipop.

You need an Office 365 account for screens bigger then 10.1. Only need a microsoft account for small screens.

Silly Apple fanboy might want to read the description in the android store before spouting crap.

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Spartan on Windows 7? Microsoft is 'watching demand'

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"Free"?

I thought it was free for a year? then pay a subscription.

Would not be surprised if if eats your win7 license so you can't go back.

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Re: The thing is....

"rather than allowing Windows 7 to become another XP."

I think it's already too late for that.

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Re: It's the app store, stupid

Go wash your mouth out with soap.

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Re: Oh great

Windows 8 already has that.

If they have both desktop and not-metro versions we could have 4 MS Browsers...

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Some Androids can be HOSED by WiFi Direct vuln

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Re: It would be quite annoying...

I think it's more the carriers then Google. The only upgrade they are interested in are ones that come with a new contract (that is upgrade to a new phone). I have never received an upgrade for any phone I bought from a carrier even when newer phones were being sold with newer software they didn't offer upgrades for the older phones. I had to find a debranding tool so I could install the factory update.

I just hope Google produce another Nexus 4 size phone.

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Landlines: The tech that just won't die

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Bell Canada

Still charge for touch tone.

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YOU. Your women are mine. Give them to me. I want to sell them

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Re: Tail chasing

Record companies don't know what they are doing.

I setup a website for a live performance of band 'owned' by Sony. Sony provided content for the site and approved it before the site went live.

Next day I get Take it down NOW or else notice from a different bunch at Sony. After much forwarding of emails (and an attempt to get our host to take down our page) they agreed I had permission, but said I had to state that there was no way anyone could download any content form our site. I was not going to lie so I said...

"Our website content protection technology is equal to or better then the system used by Sony"

Sony - right click save as. Just like our site.

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Sly peers attempt to thrust hated Snoopers' Charter into counter-terror and security bill

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Sign here

No need to read it, because terrorists.

IF you don't sign you support terrorists.

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Planning to upgrade your Lumia to Windows 10? NOT SO FAST

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I'm going to guess that the ones that are selling, the cheap ones that are free on a 2 year plan, will be NO.

The hand full of expensive high end hardware phones YES.

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Developers, developers, developers! But WILL they support Windows 10?

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Re: we're already developing for Windows 10

It's the same doggy who was calling Metro the best UI ever.

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Windows 10, day ZERO ... Will Nadella be the HERO?

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Who is the shill here.

How much overlap is there between a phone and a desktop?

It's like saying you have built a production line that makes engines for motorbikes and trucks at the same time.

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Same Windows 8 BS

"Microsoft will be pulling out all the stops to help attendees walk away from the event with the idea there is now “one Windows” – not separate versions of things called Windows for PCs, phones and tablets."

So they may have fixed the different development problem so that's fine for a Flappy Bird app. But the type of program you want to run on a desktop are not going to run on a phone, and most phone apps are pointless on a desktop (like the full screen Win8 calculator)

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Facebook: Yo 'people'! Zap fake news on our giant ad farm, would'ja?

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Re: In that case...

Pages that exist only to run fake antivax stories and sell homeopathic BS will be gone then?

What about when the teaparty lords tell there idiots club to go click on anything a bit sciency?

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Microsoft just saved Windows Phone... Now stop whining

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Whiners

"Some hardcore fanbois are starting to sound as whiny and entitled as net neutrality campaigners or copyright reformers:"

Just wait for a bit and they will work them selves up the the level of telcos and record labels.

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Microsoft wants LAMP for wireless mobe charger

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Re: Fantastic

And it has to be sitting on your desk / table and not in your pocket, or holster. So if it's on your desk and you can't work up the energy to plug in a cable, a charging mat should be much less complex/expensive/inefficient then the robo tracking light thing.

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Latest menace to internet economy: Gators EATING all the PUSSIES

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I wonder if the owner has been answering "free cats to a good home" ads.

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Facebook is MORE IMPORTANT to humanity than PORTUGAL

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It would be more amusing

If Zuck had claimed to be bigger then Jesus.

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Dongle bingle makes two MEELLION cars open to exploit

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cherry picking

Right now it's Don't drive much? Safe driver? let us spy on your so we know and get "up to" 30% discount.

Let the people who would not want the insurance company to know how they drive go to a different company.

Profit.Sell the data, bonus!

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Alabama tops US teacher-pupil sex league

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Re: Accused or convicted?

You would think with all the snooping and tracking of emails and phone calls you would think they would have records of actual convictions someplace.

Or is this like guns were they are careful not to keep records because they don't want to know?

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Want an Internet of Stuff? Not so 4K-ing fast ... yet – Akamai

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Let me fix that... internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the minimum requirements for streaming 1080P. Even compressed to hell, looks like a VCD 1080P.

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'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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Nope

"They could eat Wacom's entire casual user base"

An iPad pro that is going to cost an arm and a leg will not be eating anything casual.

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SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

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Re: Dear HP

Well it could have been even worse... big bonus for me!

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SCIENTIFIC CONSENSUS that 2014 was record HOTTEST year? NO

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You can always spot a Lewis story from the headline

And you always know what it's going to say.

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Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Not bad

It's true that it didn't do anything about the penis pills and other magic woo sellers, but my spam fillers get 99% of that stuff.

What it did kill off was "legitimate" companies that thought it was OK to use an email address you supplied for one purpose to spam the crap out of you (except they call it an email blast so it was totally not spam).

So now I get a please let us spam you email, and I do nothing.

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Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

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Re: No settlement, EVER....

Giving 10s of millions to CEOs is also ridiculous and they do it all the time.

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One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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Hello there is a problem with my computer

I click on One Drive and it takes me to sharepoint.

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It worked so well for outlook...

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CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

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How about

LG's new TV that lets you switch the screen between a flat TV or a Banana TV.

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Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Really, El Reg...

Or if they don't have an actual relevant photo they could just use all text. The random clip art they have been using is a waste of space.

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Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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Work and excel installing on my Nexus 7 now...

I see they are listed as having In-app purchases.

Word is 115 MB. Excel 125 MB.

Word. Kind of slow. Works with my Work Office 365 account. Can open work onedrive files, but can't save for some reason (normal win8 style non useful error message).

Works with dropbox, and can save in subfolders unlike the phone app.

Excel could see my files in onedrive, but could not open them. Worked fine with dropbox.It's a separate install, but I didn't have to log on with Excel, it used the word logon.

I'll have to play with them more to know if they are better then other android office apps, or just slower.

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Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

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Re: “[F]rankly better” services than “antiquated copper”?

After a big ice store last year the power was off for days. My land line worked fine, cell tower died in less then a day, and the people next door have an IP Phone that didn't work at all without power.

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FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: Assumptions

I expect anyone that wanted a free book would just download a cracked DRM striped copy.

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This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

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Re: 5.17 years?

But what is it's quest?

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Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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Re: The zuck has blinked..

The mobile FB app alread has I-want-access-to-everything-on-your-mobile permissions so who cares. Just remove both and use a web browser. Not as easy to post pictures of you food, but works fine when a company tells you to look for info on their facebook page.

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End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all

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Re: Harmonization = everyone must accept the worst common denominator

Are they also going to harmonize the "this video is not available in your region" thing?

No didn't think so.

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Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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Re: The online world is, in effect, now a public place

And they need to define what is a crime (good luck with that) so that people can know what they are typing is a crime before they click send.

But it will be some wishy washy thing and will just end up being a law important people can use to hit people they don't like.

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OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

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Re: Sounds like an opportunity for Linux for phones

There are already LOTS of China phones (and tablets) with Google free android. That's not a problem.

But unlike Amazon* they don't have an app store so people google for instructions to install the google apps, or use dodgy app download sites.

Google free is not the problem. Having something else to replace the Google bits is the problem.

As Amazon have shown it's possible to build a Google free android device (more the tablets then the joke of a phone). But is Amazon "less evil" then Google, or Apple...

But don't even think about building a non-Apple IOS device. You could build a WinPhone, but you are going to have one of them there evil secret agreements and good luck with not using the MS app store.

* Nokia's android was still born, only surprise was it lasted as long as it did.

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When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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should only happen when you request one

They just created it automatically so it just popped up. They could have said "we have new "year in review" feature, would you like us to create one for you? You will have the option of editing or deleting it if you don't like it".

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Mobe not-spots 'landmark deal'? We ain't thick, Javid

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There is a big plus for customers, you only really need one network in areas with low population.

But a big negative for the current providers. It's now easier for some upstart to move into the market as they don't need to build a full network all at once.

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Christmas Eve email asked Oz telcos for metadata retention costs by Jan 9th

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Service providers?

So are they going to get Gmail, yahoo, etc. to save spy data for them? How about mail.ru? Flybynight.com web hosting?

How about that VPN connection? Are they just working from home? Watching US Netflex! or uploading pirated pedoterorist films!!

I'm sure it will be a very cost effective method to fight serious crime. :p

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Microsoft promises open plan mobile Office. Who sits by the Windows?

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Support for dropbox

The Android phone version was updated to support dropbox, sort of.

You can open a document from anyplace in your dropbox. But you can only save it in the root.

Kingsoft (WPS) office works better (and is already available for tablets) so MS still have lots of work to do if they want to be of any use.

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Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team

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They had to make the wall st. raider happy

Even after the example of the playstation hack, they cut security staff to a few plus a bunch of managers. But it's all ok the raider has already cashed out so everything is fine.

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Yes it's very clear

They need more management.

vulnerability management director... that should impress the board.

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Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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desperately poor people

So are the "desperately poor people" getting the money from this, or is there some not so poor bastard in the middle skimming off all the money? Like some fence buying stolen goods for pennies on the dollar.

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Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch

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Re: The basic issue in this case seems to be the judges and prosecutors

No it's 100% assholedom. It's written into US law.

If I fly into a US airport, say New York or Texas and I'm still on the international side of the security gate, I have no rights. They can search me if they fell like it, take my electronics, lock me up. I'm not "in" the US, and not a US citizen so too bad if they decide they don't like me.

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Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

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Re: probably little to do with penguins?

Unless your a seal.

http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20141117-why-seals-have-sex-with-penguins

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Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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Almost

"These agencies spied on huge numbers of law-abiding Americans, and their dragnet surveillance of Americans' data did not make our country safer."

Substitute People for Americans. Even the people in US who think it is wrong to spy on everyone, seem to think only US citizens have any rights. Every one else is fair game.

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