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* Posts by Tom 35

2417 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Europol picks Brit to lead new international cybercrime taskforce

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How long before

I becomes a tool of movie studios and record labels.

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China: You, Microsoft. Office-Windows 'compatibility'. You have 20 days to explain

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APIs

And file formats.

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Steelie Neelie: Enjoy your EXCLUSIVE UHF spectrum in 2020, mobile operators

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Re: Give it all to us ..

Kill broadcast TV Win, Win.

With cable/sat TV and cell phone providers often owned by the same people it's a double win to get people off broadcast TV, not only do they get more mobile space, they get more pay TV too.

I expect the brown envelopes are flying.

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Alienware injects EVEN MORE ALIEN into redesigned Area-51 gaming PC

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No garbage can for us

Triad is centered on two one main design principle: We thought it looked cool.

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Ofcom will not probe lesbian lizard snog in new Dr Who series

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Re: Did the BBC just troll people?

"suspension of disbelief finally broke that a lizard could transfer oxygen back out of its blood and into its lungs in order to then breathe that oxygen into a human."

That's exactly what can happen. If you fill your lungs with oxygen free gas (like helium at a party) the oxygen in blood will defuse from your blood back into your lungs, and you pass out in seconds. There is no active transfer going on in the lungs, it's just diffusion from higher concentration to lower.

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Larger iPad could target big biz, save Apple from low-end scrum

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If anyone wanted a giant iPad

There would be sales of giant android tablets (much like the smaller androids were selling well before the ipad mini was released) but I've never seen one outside of a showcase.

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Siri: Helpful personal assistant or SERIAL APP KILLER?

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Book a hotel...

Your going to let Siri pick one? Will it pick the cheapest one? The one that gives Apple the biggest kickback? Will it look it up on some rating site to pick a nice one?

Will you yell at Siri if it picks a rat infested dive with broken AC?

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Will Siri post of fancebook

Begging for extra lives for candy crush?

Will your friends phone automatically supply them?

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LOHAN wrapped in vinyl as Kickstarter campaign hits £18,000!

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But didn't that Orlowski guy say Kickstarter was crap?

Guess I'll have to go put in a few $.

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Oz metadata proposal: no to IP addresses, yes to MAC address logging

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David Irvine, who yesterday likened “metadata” to a telephone directory.

A telephone directory that lists every call you have made or received.

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HUGE iPAD? Maybe. HUGE ADVERTS? That's for SURE

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Re: Adverts.....

You could get a surface, they already have full screen video ads (both the MS solitaire and weather app have them for example).

I wonder who has the patent for full screen video ads on a mobile device.

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Apple promises to lift Curse of the Drained iPhone 5 Battery

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Re: Dazed and confused

Apple used to be very responsive to their customers. Back when I had an Apple //e for example.

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Judge nixes HP deal for director amnesty after $8.8bn Autonomy snafu

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Re: Buying HP

For the past few years it's been all "what can we do to make the stock go up today" and next week was too far away to worry about.

People working on new ideas for products that will not ship for a year or two? Axe them we will just buy a company when we need new products.

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Sounds normal

Lawyers get all the money, big bosses get get out of jail free cards.

Everyone else pull my finger.

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6 Obvious Reasons Why Facebook Will Ban This Article (Thank God)

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OK

How about the lame surveys posted by SEO companies to make it look like some crappy facebook page is getting traffic.

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Bright lights, affordable motor: Ford puts LED headlights onto Mondeo

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A Fan

So the LED lasts the life of the car, or until the fan fails?

Or will the headlight just turn off when it overheats?

Can you replace the fan, or only the full module?

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The police are WRONG: Watching YouTube videos is NOT illegal

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Re: They've got you...

But they have to make sure, so they will take your computers, phone, and just to be sure your toaster. You might get them back some day...

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Fast And Furious 6 cammer thrown in slammer for nearly three years

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£1.50

If he did sell copies of a cam video on facebook (not sure how you would do that, it's not ebay) he should be in trouble for gross over charging.

I expect the 700,000 number is the normal pulled out of their ass number.

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US Copyright Office rules that monkeys CAN'T claim copyright over their selfies

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Re: Too Late Now

Even if (a big if) this applied to automatically triggered photos, the National Geographic article would still be copyright and add value over just a bunch of photos.

I remember a story (think it was National Geographic) about a chimp that was taught to use a polaroid camera. The actual low quality photos (that would be public domain) were a very small part of the story.

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It's still not luck

" They are all "lucky accidents". A wildlife photographer once told hme he's lucky if he gets one good action shot out of 50."

If you give the same camera to Joe on the street you would need luck to get one good shot in 1,000. It's not luck, it's just hard.

Luck can be involved, I have a photo with bird feet at the top, and cat paws at the bottom. It was just a bird when I started to press the shutter, but I still pressed the shutter not the cat.

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Re: Seems to parallel the Orthodox Jewish Sabbath rules

When ever a rule inconveniences someone with power, a loop hole will appear.

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Wall Street's internet darlings require an endless supply of idiots

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Marxism my ass

It's pure capitalism, and it's not new.

Most stuff is created by many but owned by few. And the few work hard to make the rules to their liking.

How much do the session musicians behind a boy band make when a song reaches #1.

What do the staff of a startup get when it's sold for billions? Often a pink slip.

Life +70 copyright? Yes, that's for the poor starving artiest.

The US Patent system? All for the inventor right?

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Need a green traffic light all the way home? Easy with insecure street signals, say researchers

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Re: Network Distributed Credentials

Then you get things with hard wired "secret" passwords for the convenience of the makers support people.

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RealVNC distances itself from factories, power plants, PCs hooked up to password-less VNC

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Re: @Velv - Architecture should rather scream

"why are you paying these imbeciles ?"

Because the last one kept telling us we couldn't do stuff, or that we had to spend more money for stuff we didn't need. This one is half the price too.

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Microsoft: We plan to CLEAN UP this here Windows Store town

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Re: Trying to get app COUNT up

Look at the RT app store.

Half of the "TOP" apps in most categories have less then 10 reviews. Most of them are bad reviews.

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Apple to build WORLD'S BIGGEST iStore in Dubai

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Re: never going back

You can gold-plate a turd, but it's still a turd.

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Re: Will they even bother with the plasticy iPhone 5C?

Just stick some diamonds on it.

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Felony charges? Harsh! Alleged Anon hackers plead guilty to misdemeanours

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Re: Excessive damages

I think they use it to calculate drug value on the street too.

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Intel's Raspberry Pi rival Galileo can now run Windows

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Re: Why?

No it should work great, like windows 7 on a netbook.

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Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones

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leaked?

So how much apple stock do RBC Capital Markets have?

Pump and dump for the big boys? All legal of course.

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UK fuzz want PINCODES on ALL mobile phones

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I think they will need a backdoor

I'm sure the cops will want a universal pin so they can investigate any evil people they see walking down the street. Maybe 8008 would be a good one.

Or they can just try 1234 as that will work for 80% of people.

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This'll end well: US govt says car-to-car jibber-jabber will SAVE lives

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The same asshats that

Modify their pickups to produce thick black smoke screens for fun, will be able to add a second button to send fake messages to cars behind in the smoke screen.

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iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks

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Re: Fake?

I have not seen the Tripp Lite cables before, but I see they have a load of them available now, and they do look just like the new amazing coming soon apple cable.

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Tricked by satire? Get all your news from Facebook? You're in luck, dummy

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Re: Rag tag

Would you have to stack them if you were making fun of a Fox news story?

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The Return of BSOD: Does ANYONE trust Microsoft patches?

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BSOD

I have not seen one for Windows 8, but I expect it just says "something happened".

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Yes, but what are your plans if a DRAGON attacks?

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how many times it had paid for an exorcist, psychic or religious healer...

If I had reason to believe they were wasting money on that type of crap it would not be a strange question, just one they would not want to answer.

"many requests were also for information that was freely available on council websites"

On an unlinked page, with black text on black, locked with a password of BewareOfTheLeppard

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Cargo truck crammed with garbage explodes IN SPAAAAACE

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Re: The big problem up there

" going to be moving at much the same speed and general direction."

Expect some stuff is in a polar orbit, and some is equatorial orbit.

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Something's phishy: More holiday scam spam flung at real hotel customers

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Inside leak?

I once found someone in our office selling customer email addresses to a spammer, I only found him because he as really stupid. Someone at booking.com could be out to make a little extra cash on the side by selling info.

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Rupert Murdoch says Google is worse than the NSA

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Re: The NSA has users ?

And they don't sell them, they trade them with other spies. They want to collect the whole set.

You don't even get free email or cat videos how can you be a user?

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Seven Apple Store staff cuffed in alleged $500k stolen iPhone scam bust

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creative math

"The seven Cook & Co staffers worked at the Apple Store in Fort Lauderdale, and are accused of working with phone thieves to exchange 600 stolen mobes for legitimate handsets. Police estimate the alleged scam netted the gang's leaders more than US$500,000."

So 500,000 for 600 phones... or $833 each?

Or is this the "for every one we found we guess there are 20 more" type math?

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Who needs hackers? 'Password1' opens a third of all biz doors

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Re: Resets?

You can tell how long a sale person has worked for a company by the size of the number on the end of their password.

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Detroit losing MILLIONS because it buys CHEAP BATTERIES – report

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Re: "Best is cheapest"

Even if the battery was cheaper Lasts half as long, costs 1/3 the price. They also have to pay someone to go out and replace the battery, and I expect that costs more then the name brand battery.

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Re: Alkaline

I have seen an A cell a 1/3 A cell a 1/2 AA and an F cell (you can find 4 inside a 6V lantern battery). B cells exist but I've never seen one.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_battery_sizes

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Re: Free parking at a dead meter?

Same in Canada, people would stuff the slots with crap, then park for free so they went to broken meeter = no parking.

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Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech

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"You hear that? Pilots use it

But they use it to fly the plane, not send stupid tweets.

I expect this would be safer then the idiots who text and tweet now with their phones despite any laws.

But not as safe as people who keep their phones in their pocket when they drive.

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Chrome update to raise alarms over deceptive download bundles

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Re: Interesting

How about Adobe Reader, it keeps trying to install chrome and make it my default browser, they should totally block that!

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Apple BANS 2 chemicals from iPhone, iPad final assembly line

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Re: ROHM?

Less hazardous yes, cheaper no.

They will do anything they think they can get away with for cheaper.

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Stop using hazardous chemicals in the final production

Where they were not using them before.

Will continue to use them where they are using them.

In other news Apple has also stopped using Broccoli in the production of it's iThings.

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ROAD TRIP! An FCC road trip – Leahy demands net neutrality debate across US

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Wheeler is just going to do what his bosses tell him to do.

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Dolby Atmos is coming home and it sounds amazing

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Yes it's been done

"No doubt sound will get reprocessed to multiple channels too - if it hasn't been done already."

Yes it's been done. Yes it's been done to things that really don't need it. Like a DVD of old 40-50s cartoons with 5.1 sound.

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