* Posts by Tom 35

2633 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Not convinced

I just bought a new 23: IPS monitor and when I first turned it on in the default "showroom mode" my first response was GHAA MY EYES!

Once I had the brightness turned down, and the colour set to something more natural it's very nice.

Give me good black level, better colour space. I don't need a TV that will require me to put on SPF 50 sun screen before turning it on.

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And I don't buy it that ambilight alone will solve this.

They are going to need a spoiler, and fuzzy dice too.

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The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

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"The value is never zero. If they're taking the time to download it, assuming an average salary of $40k and assuming it takes five minutes to navigate the page, start the download, etc. that's $1.50 just in opportunity cost."

More of your magic money. Your not skipping work to download a movie. Do you count how much it costs you to sleep? How about eating? Don't be stupid.

No one is stealing anything. No it's nothing like the same thing.

Outweighs what lost sales? You think every download is a lost sale? Now that Pirate bay is down people are rushing off to HMV to buy DVDs? If they had perfect copy protection media sales would skyrocket? If I decide to skip the movie and go to the pub are you any better/worse off? Magic money again. You have not lost anything, it's a maybe sale at best.

I expect you are thinking I am the type that never buys anything. Well your wrong, checking DVD Profiler shows that I currently have 2819 items in my data base. All DVDs or Blu-Rays, I have a couple hundred CDs too. But it's defiantly a love/hate relationship.

The "you wouldn't steal a car" bullshit mentality of the media companies just pisses me off. Put copy protection crap on a Blu-Ray so it will not play on my 2 year old player (thanks Fox) and think it's perfectly reasonable to tell me to go buy a new player. The BD rip is still available online 2 days before my copy arrives from Amazon.

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Re: Keepin' em honest

"you can't compete with free"

Sorry, that's bullshit. Netflix competes with free just fine. If the price is reasonable, the service is convenient, people will pay. Sure it could be better if the studios would get rid of the "not available in your region" crap, but it works well enough.

On the other hand crap like "digital copies" or "ultraviolet" would not go anywhere even if they were free.

" This will improve the global economy,"

No, at best it will just shift where the same money ends up, they might spend it locally instead of it going up someone's nose in Hollywood. It's not one download = one lost sale, and the money for that lost sale disappears from the face of the earth.

-The value to the downloader might be zero, more like a time filler you watch on TV just because. They are never going to buy the Blu-Ray of Food Fight!

-They might find something they like, and go out and buy it.

-They might be watching a TV show that they can't watch. They will buy the Blu-Ray box set when it comes out (I know people who do that with Dr. Who for example).

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Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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And cut into sales of expensive netflex killing kit.

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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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Unless someone is not important and/or they are going to be thrown under the bus. Then it's truly necessary.

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Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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Re: It is only a draft law

"I'm not sure how you'd work around something like that"

justify those actions.

- It's good for the economy.

Job done.

As long as they don't say what counts as justification I'm sure they can come up with something to keep everyone happy.

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One-click, net-modelled UK copyright hub comes a step closer

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: No chance of scope creep here...

No chance of the insurance companies saying that if you give them access to your data they will not double your rates.

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Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Not security by obscurity.

Fire all the IT staff, keep a bunch of managers that say "yes sir, everything is a-ok".

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The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Re: Don't blame it on Snowden

Like the failure with a gun in Ottawa looking for fame in death. Oh no terrorists, must pass this new spy law!

Did they write that law in a day and a half, or have they been sitting on it waiting for an excuse?

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'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Not just the size of the team...

11 people – mostly managers

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Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had GOOD REASON

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Re: If the Police discover a body they can't identify...

So the high profile targets found out enough about it to detect it.

Now use it for a wide range of lower profile targets, now it starts to show up in AV samples.

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Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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"the foundation for all future .NET platforms".

Or until they change their mind again.

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SPLASHDOWN! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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nothing wrong with Russia

Other then being worse at geography then a US beauty pageant contestant.

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What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Once they have enough of them installed they can do what they did in Toronto and charge different rates for different times of the day.

They started out with the peak rate 3 times the overnight / weekend rate. But it seems a lot of people moved stuff to the off peak time so each price change the off peak goes up more then the peak rate and now it's only half the peak rate. And even less with the next change...

http://www.torontohydro.com/sites/electricsystem/residential/smartmeters/Pages/default.aspx

Last fall we got a smart water meter, that's worse then the electric one since they don't even have peak use problems. Wonder when we will be getting a smart gas meter...

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UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Slap an import duty on Trademark Rights being "imported"

Drug companies are just as bad as the tech companies. The drug costs loads to develop, then pennies to produce so they can have fun shifting the money around between different countries.

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Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: Lollipop - Form over function?

My Nexus 4 runs fine. A couple of apps needed to be updated but everything I use now works OK.

Don't like the new calender at all.

Notifications are cluttered with too much info, don't need to read the email in the notification.

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While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Re: Here comes the new boss...

It should reduce the price of bribes by cutting out the government middle men, so should be popular with corporations.

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If the COMMISH says block that email account, BLOCK IT!

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there is nothing to stop it demanding to see Larry Page’s email account

There is also nothing to stop it demanding to see a unicorn. If the mail server is not in Europe they may have the same luck.

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One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: I need a compelling reason...

HyperV? I have an intel core2quad so no HyperV for me.

The latest wintel deal requires that I "upgrade" to an i3 if I want HyperV with Windows 8.

That or install server where my antique CPU still works.

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US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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It sounds like it was intercepted in transit from the terminal in the parking lot, to the central POS system that had been broken (remote access again, crap password I expect).

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Dead Steve Jobs to give iPod MP3 evidence from beyond the grave

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Re: You seem to have forgotten

No Amazon was the first to sell DRM free music (in MP3) and I expect that's what forced Apple to also go DRM free.

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Microsoft was a lot more "Open" than Apple

See PlaysForSure

They were open, until they decided they wanted to own things and cut their partners/customers legs off and went Zune.

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Euro Parliament VOTES to BREAK UP GOOGLE. Er, OK then

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Re: Choice

"Unless they accidentally installed Chrome (which given the way it leaches onto other downloads is pretty easy)."

Or worse, the ask toolbar crap.

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Re: Choice

" Most non-IT people don't seem to know that there are other search engines"

Bull shit. If you are a "non-IT people" you use IE and Bing, that's what the default was when you bought your computer. If you use Google it's because you...

- Installed a different browser.

- Always type Google.com to search (I know people who do this)

- Figured out how to switch search providers (it's not hard).

They don't publish the ranking because it would just make it easy for the SEO assholes. (not everyone can be #1). I don't want #1 to always be the company with the biggest SEO budget.

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Free webmail

Google didn't return any of the majors on the first page, mail.com was the best know one shown.

Bing returned both Yahoo and hotmail on the first page.

free cloud storage?

Bing has dropbox as #1 after the HP ad

Google it's Justcloud at #2

It appears to me that Google is Not promoting their own stuff. They might be avoiding promoting ANY of the popular services where they offer something but they are not putting their own stuff above other stuff in search.

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Dropbox sees rival file-piles merely as dots in rearview mirror

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Re: Why are "Enterprise" using these dodgy 3rd party Services?

They also sell direct to sales/marketing so they don't have to talk to IT. No need to hear why something is a bad idea from your IT department, just subscribe to our cloud service.

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It's BLOCK FRIDAY: Britain in GREED-crazed bargain bonanza mob frenzy riot MELTDOWN

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Re: Canadians more civil

The TV news seemed to be sad that they could not find any US style films of people fighting or getting crushed to death in Canada. Crappy cell phone videos of people fighting over a toaster in the US are old hat now. They did find a couple fight videos from England so they went with them.

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EVIL US web giants shield TERRORISTS? Evil SPIES in net freedom CRUSH PLOT?

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but it is not entirely nonsense.

Yes it is.

1. Do you want (or expect) Google to be snooping through all your stuff, and deciding if maybe they should rat you out, and just who they should rat you out to?

2. Are UK companies going to respond to US warrants, or warrant-less demands if that's ok in the US? How about all the other countries in the world?

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Candy Crush King king resigns for 'personal reasons'

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How long before

Candy Crush Cabbage Saga

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Musicians sue UK.gov over 'zero pay' copyright fix

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Re: Compensation?

What is this license shit? You are just making stuff up. I bought a CD, I didn't negotiate a license, or even see one. There is copyright law.

So where is this so called license? Who wrote it? When did it come into force?

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ASA raps 'F*CK YOU GOOGLE' vlogger + chums over VIDEO LICKFEST

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Re: ASA still useless

There is a difference between

a) Here is some stuff I bought that I like because...

- and -

b) Some company gave me a bunch of free stuff so I'm going to say it's great because I want more free stuff.

It's not new, look at movie reviewers that give 90% of movies 4 stars because they want to get invited to parties.

It would be nice if they were labeled as ads, but how can it be enforced.

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Re: Vloggers, as we’re apparently meant to call them now,

It kind of sounds like it should be related to Vogon poetry.

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Sacre vache! Netflix ne parle pas le Frenchy ... zat is against ze LAW

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The language thing is easy to fix

It's a service where people can watch stuff in English. The French are going to bitch no mater what.

So give them something obvious to bitch about, and easy to fix.

Guaranteed quality is a bit more of a problem since the local ISPs can pull a Comcast.

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EU-Canada airline passenger data-sharing is not a done deal

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Data sharing

You can bet that any data given to Canada will be automatically forwarded to the US by our Canadian-Teabagger Stephen Harper.

The blood was hardly washed off from the failure in life, lone gunman out to be famous in death (not a terrorist) before they passed more spy laws (that they must have been sitting on waiting for an excuse).

Don't give anything to Canada, you don't want the US to have 30 seconds later.

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Coming clean: Ten cordless vacuum cleaners

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No all vacuums (and steam irons) need to be aerodynamic, in fact all steam irons should be wind tunnel tested and have the cf posted on the box. I've been trying to find one with a functional spoiler but no luck so far.

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Name one man that isn't into Dysons

All the plastic nobs that don't actually do anything remind me of a 1950's US car with fake air scoop and fins.

By most reports the Dyson vacuums work well, but the designs (and price) turn me off.

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E-vote won't happen for next Oz election

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Re: Electronic Voting is Fundamentally Flawed

"150,000 Scots have signed a petition for a recount after suspected election fraud:"

So how do you do a recount with a paper free electronic system?

How is it easy to detect? If the vote is close how would you know if a result had been flipped from 45:55 to 55:45? Even if you think it's been rigged how would you prove it?

In Ontario Canada we have paper + scan system. You fill in your paper, stick it in a cardboard sleeve so no one can see your vote, then hand it to the scanner guy who sticks the edge of the paper into the scanner face down and it gets pulled out of the sleeve and scanned, then into a sealed bin.

You get the near instant results of an electronic system, but still have paper to recount if the results are challenged.

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Bond villains lament as Wicked Lasers withdraw death ray

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Re: I like toys but...

At the same time, if you live in the right state you can buy booze and a hand gun in the same store, so I think idiots with lasers are kind of low on the scale of things to worry about scale. Some place around the same level as people on airplanes with 120 ml of toothpaste.

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Google dodges 'costly' legal precedent, settles Daniel Hegglin case

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FAIL

I can see why he is upset

They say he is a banker, and worked at MORGAN STANLEY!

I didn't (and likely never would have) know he existed before I read the story.

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Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing

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Re: Precedent has been set...

Microsoft actively tries to get your to use bing. If you don't do anything you get bing.

Most people actively choose Google if they use IE (there are 141 search providers listed in my copy of IE 11), or they download Chrome or Firefox.

With the Microsoft Windows / IE thing they forced Microsoft to offer an easy choice so people could use Firefox if they didn't want IE. Google is not the same thing at all, people chose to use Google, if you make it easier to pick your search provider even more will pick Google.

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'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Static addresses

"And why would ISPs care about if people used VoIP more?"

Because a lot of them are also phone companies, or offer their own VoIP.

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BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

"Or we couldn't supply you with those parts because of our exclusive supply contact, but we got something vaguely similar."

Where "exclusive supply contact" = I get a big kickback from the other guys.

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Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: Huh?

If you get killed in 5 minutes by players who bought upgrades, and you want to play the game then it's not free.

If you get 20 levels in and get to a level where you can't get past it without paying for an upgrade it's not free.

They are pay2win games.

If the game costs nothing to install, and has no option to pay money for add-ons, then it's free.

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Renewable energy 'simply WON'T WORK': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

"it's not "the rich" that are increasing the population at 2-4x their replacement levels."

Just shutting down anything linked to planned parenthood, birth control, education. Got to keep their poor/stupid/low pay workforce growing.

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Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Re: Simple Really!

It seems people buy little blue pills from spammers all the time so how surprising is it if they install apps from scummy app stores (it seems the iOS hacks were mostly delivered in spam too).

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