* Posts by Tom 35

2711 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Scavengers pick bones of collapsed telly-spaff upstart Aereo

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Most of the broadcasters are owned by, or own cable companies. Aereo was a danger to cable cash flow.

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Google to tame Android's Wild Wild West to please suits

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Re: Androids and iPhones are great for big businesses...

No it uses profiles included in Android 5. You will have a work profile where you can only run approved work apps, and a personal profile where you can install angry birds. Work will be sandboxed from the personal stuff.

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Don't pay for the BBC? Then no Doctor Who for you, I'm afraid

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Re: Trickle it in

It would be nice if they got rid of the per-territory exclusive license crap but I don't see that happening because media companies love it, no mater how much the public hates it.

If I want to watch BBC stuff in Canada I have to subscribe to BBC Canada, since that's a cable service I also need at least basic cable, a cable box with PVR so I can time shift. Not going to happen so I'll stick with my antenna, and netflix.

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Nokia blasts Ericsson out of water, demos 600Mbps data speeds

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What about the backhall

Stupidly fast phone is of no use if the telco uses a 3M ADSL link for backhall.

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STOP! Pebble Time: New color watch clocks up $5m on Kickstarter

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Re: Meh...

It's better then the apple watch, can't even shower with that.

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I am intrested

But I think I'll wait and see if there are any bugs, I'll pay the extra $20 to avoid the chance of v1.0 hardware problems.

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'Lenovo, Superfish put smut on my system' – class-action lawsuit

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Re: Is Superfish really showing porn ads?

Even if it was inserting ads for dish soap it's still malware.

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Tweak comms laws or Facebook 'n' Twitter folk will be treated like CRIMINALS

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Re: Trouble is ...

You can't count on common sense, the law has to be well enough defined to only hit the target.

The police and powerful people will use a law like this.

- people they don't like.

- we know you are bad but we have no proof so we will use this.

- our arrest stats are a bit low this month.

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Wi-Fi beam-steering tech could KILL OFF fixed home networks

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Re: 3 TV's

It's to save the cost of having the installer run cable. Want to add a TV in your bedroom? Sure we will mail you a box just plug it in.

For the consumer no more "the cable guy will be their sometime between 8am and 7pm maybe" to install your new outlet.

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BOFH: The Great HellDesk geek leave seek

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The enemy of my enemy is my friend.

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Euro broadcast industry still in a fug over that 4K-ing UHD telly

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Re: It's not just resolution, it's compression

The local cable monopoly here (Rogers aka Robers) like to call their service "Digital Quality" then imply that Digital is perfect. Given the choice of keeping the current quality or adding another channel they always go for more channels. A Big sporting event might look like 720p but the less popular stuff looks more like VCD.

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After Brit spies 'snoop' on families' lawyers, UK govt admits: We flouted human rights laws

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They just need a new spy law like Canada just received. Thanks to our tinpot dictator we now have a secret police who can break the law, ignore the charter of rights, and use "dirty tricks" with terrorists. Terrorist is of course not defined.

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Android malware hijacks power button, empties wallet while you sleep

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Re: Surprise?

So the little bit of info you forgot to tell us is that it only works on those cheap google free china phones where people install there apps from random sites, or people who have rooted their phone and install apps from random sites.

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Google strongly opposes plans to let ANY US COURT authorise digi-snoops

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Any court?

In the same way patent trolls all go to Texas will we end up with a favorite "always say yes" court that everyone uses?

If one court says NO, can they take a drive and ask again the next state over? until they get a yes?

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Obama turns back on spooks: 'I'm on the side of strong encryption'

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Re: Sony

Says the stock market wanted the money used to "maximizing shareholder value" and not wasted on security.

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Apple Watch 'didn't work on HAIRY FANBOIS, was stripped of sensor tech'

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Re: Really?

But it's the big boss that's the first one up and walking so everyone else has to do it too. You want to be a team player right?

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Apple drives itself round bend: PITIES THE FOOL who inks deal with carmakers – source

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Re: Oh dear...

No, none of the car makers would give them 30%.

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Now Samsung's spying smart TVs insert ADS in YOUR OWN movies

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Re: @Abelsoul: Sony : 1 - Samsung : 0

I have 7, including a Laser Disc player. So what.

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Samsung: Our TVs? SPYING on you? HA HA! Whee! Just a JOKE of course

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I wish there was a Samsung TV near by

When the shit storm broke in the marketing department at Samsung, it would be fun to hear.

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Patch now: Design flaw in Windows security allows hackers to own corporate laptops, PCs

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Re: Server 2003

" assume there stupid"

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Microsoft explains Windows as a SERVICE – but one version remains a distant dream

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Re: Apart from the naming, how does this differ to what's already happening now?

Or it might be like Office 365. Log on and surprise, the UI has been updated and everything has moved. Can't find where that Exchange setting moved? Google it and everything refers to the old UI?

Wont that be fun.

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$10,000 Ethernet cable promises BONKERS MP3 audio experience

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Re: Skin effect, conductor non-linearity, etc

I go one up and use 14AWG lamp cord. And to cover another pointless item the insulation resistance for a full 100' roll is off the scale on the 10M ohm range of my DMM.

File the transmission line impedance with skin effect as real but not measurable at 20 khz.

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Re: One born every minute

I'm sure it produces warmer sound, with better clarity, smoother something or other.

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WATCH IT: It's watching you as you WATCH IT (Your Samsung telly is)

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Re: whether wi-fi or hard wired

Most people have an ISP supplied router and don't even know there is an admin password let alone now what it is and how to configure the router (if the ISP will even let them).

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Re: Simple way to avoid this

Can we do a radio ad, that will turn on peoples TVs, and switch the channel just in time to show our TV ad?

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Re: Smart TVs

The "smart" part will be obsolete, unsupported, and insecure in 2 or 3 years tops anyway (go buy a new TV, that ones old they will tell you) so you are better off sticking an external box on your TV that can be upgraded or replaced cheaply while you keep your tv for 10+ years.

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Google mouthpieces: 'Right to be Forgotten' should NOT apply on google.com

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Turn about is fair play

So if Europe can tell Google to remove stuff from google.com

Then the US can tell them to remove (or keep) stuff on google.co.uk

Pakistan can tell Google to remove stuff they don't like in Europe too.

Is this what you want?

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Google Apple grapple brings crypto cop block to Android

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Re: Blame Your Friendless Miscreant?

Do your spy friends have a way to stop me slipping in the bath tub, getting hit by some ahole in an SUV, choking on my food, getting a hart attack or cancer, and a long list of other stuff that are all far more likely than getting blown up by a loony? Like a thousand times more likely!

Can you stop wasting money trying to make people paranoid so you can pass your latest spy laws?

Stop pretending it's all "to make us safe"?

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Zimmermann slams Cameron’s ‘absurd’ plans for crypto ban

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Re: The Point

"a society based on "secrets" is a broken society"

They don't want s society without secrets. They still get to keep secrets, with harsh penalties if you expose any of them. It's only you and me who don't get to keep any secrets.

You don't even get to know who They are, it may include corporations.

You get to play poker but have to keep all your cards face up.

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Bluetooth-enabled miracle washing orbs? Are you kidding?

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I notice some have the added woo of magnets.

Maybe I should start selling some with pyramid shaped crystals stuck on the ends.

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Google, Amazon 'n' pals fork out for AdBlock Plus 'unblock' – report

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Re: Sigh

Regular commercial TV is almost unwatchable in Canada too. And the times where you would have got a movie, or an old TV series they now run half hour ads for magic diet pills, or bowling ball sucking vacuums. And they wonder why Netflix is so popular...

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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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