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* Posts by Tom 35

2494 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

FCC flashes cash at broadcasters ahead of wireless auction

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Double bonus for Tom Wheeler's masters

More bandwidth for their mobile networks and shift more people onto cable TV.

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Biz coughs up even less for security, despite mega breach losses

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Re: won't happen

And you can add backup to the cost center too.

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Windows 10: One for the suits, right Microsoft? Or so one THOUGHT

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Re: Tiles should replace icons fully - everywhere.

How often do you sit staring at your desktop? The Mail tile on my surface RT is useless as when you don't have any email, it shows you old mail. Flash, flash, flash arg! I turned them all off except news.

No one wanted Active Desktop.

No one wanted Gadgets in Vista/7 with the exception of maybe a weather app or clock. Even MS abandoned them saying not to use them as they were unsafe.

No one wants live tiles.

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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court-authorization

Some secret Kangaroo court that rubber stamps anything the spies want doesn't count as court-authorized.

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Microsoft WINDOWS 10: Seven ATE Nine. Or Eight did really

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Re: Where have I seen this before? (Hint: not at MS)

But they are not daft enough to try and use the same UI on all of them.

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Windows explorer

Maybe they can fix the green bar of slowness.

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But it will just say something happened...

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Crouching tiger, FAST ASLEEP dragon: Smugglers can't shift iPhone 6s

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Re: Are they even the right model for China?

Or they are just waiting for a gold colour version.

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Bendgate backlash: Apple claims warped iPhone 6 Plus damage is 'extremely rare'

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so-called "bendgate" controversy,

I think that's the first time I've seen that name used. Anything-gate is over used anyway.

The only thing I've seen other then just a description like bent iPhone is Banana phone.

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How the FLAC do I tell MP3s from lossless audio?

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Re: Self inflicted

"during the '80s and '90s, the average THD for a receiver dropped into the hundredth and thousandths of a percent."

They went beyond that, I remember ads with 0.000005% listed in big bold type. How would you even measure that? And some had audible IMD but that was not listed on the box so no problem. It was the marketing fad at the time. Like who could have the most drivers in a speaker (Bose tried to sue consumers reports for saying their 901 speakers were bad). Someone should be along any second to say how great 901s are...

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Re: goto a live ACOUSTIC performance

If that was true after seeing The Who yeas ago at the Toronto Sky Dome* I would hear the sound of an AM radio in the trash bin of a large tiled washroom now.

*lucky I won tickets from a local radio station contest and didn't pay the silly price that floor tickets were going for.

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Ello, 'ello, what's all this then? We take a spin on the new social network driving everyone loopy

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I would not mind taking a look at it

I'm expecting facebook to tell me to remove ad block and no script any day now

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Stanford Uni: Google cash leaves us entirely impartial and unbiased

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Google's core business is consumer data-processing

No it's not. It's selling ads.

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Let it go, Steve: Ballmer bans iPads from his LA Clippers b-ball team

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Re: The guy's a nightmare.

Don't say Ballmer three times.

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FBI boss: Apple's iPhone, iPad encryption puts people 'ABOVE THE LAW'

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Re: What a fuckbag

People putting them selves above the law? No way, that's his spot!

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EU operators PLEAD for MERCY, may get roaming rates cut ‘reprieve’

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Re: Data only?

No, data just needs to be dumped onto the local internet. The home operator don't need to touch the data at all, the only cost for them is billing. A roaming user should not be charged any more then a local user. Charging some one hundreds of dollars because their weather app and email downloaded a few megabytes is just robbery.

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Already in Canada

"Segregate the UK into parts and then roam from part to part"

We already have that in Canada. No need to go the the US to pay roaming...

and phones configured by default to roam to a US tower is the signal is stronger then the Canadian tower so you can pay 10x as much without have to go through the bother of going through customs.

Your EU operators need to talk to the true masters in Canada.

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FBI: Your real SECURITY TERROR? An ANGRY INSIDE MAN

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How about the pointy haired boss

Who sees security as a cost center to be cut. Just like backup, not like we need to spend money on that...

See POS terminals (both acronyms work here) and Target / Home depot and others.

Waiting for the first high profile IoT hack to hit the TV News.

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Huawei prez: A one-speed internet is bad for everyone

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Re: Services are differentiated.

Almost all ISPs are also Cable TV companies, or Phone companies, or both.

So they don't what you to buy internet access and watch Netflics, or use Joe's VoIP service. They want you to buy $100 a month cable TV, oh and home phone, mobile phone too.

With the local cable outfit Rogers (aka Robers) the only way to get lots of bandwidth is to have a 3 product bundle.

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Re: Evolution

8k autoplaying streaming video ads.. in 3D

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Alcatel-Lucent techie: Race for ‘5G’ technologies is 'ridiculous'

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Marketing

Just want bigger numbers to put on the box every couple years.

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Le whoops! Microsoft France boss blows lid off 'Windows 9' event

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they were trying to unify the look&feel of the 3 OS products

And fix the problem of all the confusing, complex error messages by making them all say "something happened".

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windows 9?

I was expecting something like... Windows 8.1 update 1 With bells on

Now with the new modern.2 UI with start v2

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MOST iPhone strokers SPURN iOS 8: iOS 7 'un-updatening' in 5...4...

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Re: 46%? In one week?

I expect that's 46% of users who CAN upgrade to 8. Any apple user with a device too old is guilty of apostasy and no longer counts.

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What the 4K: High-def DisplayPort vid meets reversible USB Type C

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Re: Yes and no...

Bestbuy cables? $21 for a 3' no name micro USB cable a guy at work just bought? One of the biggest of the Monster Cable pushers? You don't even want to look at what they charge for an HDMI cable.

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EMC, HP blockbuster 'merger' shocker comes a cropper

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Re: This is desperation

"HP management can't think about growing by using internal technical talent,"

That would be because they fired all their talent to make the stock go up.

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Poverty? Pah. That doesn't REALLY exist any more

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Re: "you've got that $1.25 a day at US prices to play with...

Now your just doing the The "Four Yorkshiremen" sketch..

$1.25 only works if you have free land to build your wattle and daub / cardboard / corrugated tin hut.

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Re: "you've got that $1.25 a day at US prices to play with...

"$1.25 a day is, around and about, £20 a month. Including housing, food, etc, etc, there just ain't anyone at all in the UK trying to live on that."

I keep getting the feeling I'm reading a modern Charles Dickens story.

To be poor you have to live on $1.25 a day. It's impossible to legitimately live on $1.25 a day in the UK. So there are no poor now so you can stop giving the rich a hard time.

The people who live in box in the alley, or squat in a vacant building, or if they are lucky have a bed in a shelter don't count.

How much do you think it would cost a day for the cheapest available shelter, bare minimum food, used clothing? No TV, computer, and Not including charity from someone or the state. That is poor.

It might be $1.25 in some shanty town some place warm in south America, but it's a lot more in the UK or the US for that mater.

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Copyright thieves' cyberlockers slurp MILLIONS from honest creators, study finds

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Re: Perfect breeding grounds for scamsters ...

There are scams but that's not how they work.

You search for something and a few sites will say they have it*, click and you get a page of ads and a link, that takes you to another page of ads, and another link. It's always one more click for what you want. Even if you make up total random crap that never existed, they have it.

*I was looking for a manual for something that was no longer made and the company only existed as a trade mark for cheap Chinese crap.

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Re: Forgot the other half of the report

Maybe we could have the creation science museum do a study for fox news on the age of the earth. I'm sure the answer would be almost as big a surprise as this report.

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Apple's iPhone 6 first-day sales are MEANINGLESS, mutters analyst

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Re: A Samsung or Google paid analyst, uh?

The other problem is last year was only an "S" half step model upgrade, not a full digit upgrade.

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iPhone 6: The final straw for Android makers eaten alive by the data parasite?

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Re: Uneducated toss.

"The problem, in a nutshell, is this. Why should you continue to make something at all if you lose money doing so?"

That would seem to affect Windows Phone more then Android.

What is this, Windows phone fan sees Apple as the enemy of their enemy?

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Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed

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Re: Nothing to do with "picracy"

There is also the death of the album. No more $20 for two or three good tracks and a load of filler crap.

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Re: Can't be pirated?

"How on earth you get that kind of stuff into iTunes"

You answered your own question there at the end. Anything that can be put on iTunes can be copied. The stuff you can't copy can't be put on iTunes as iTunes is just a copy you pay for.

Any attempt to DRM / tie it to iTunes will not work (see video on iTunes for example), but will stop some people from buying a crippled copy.

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Re: I used to think he was a tosser

They desperately want to go back to the album. The thing that killed their golden goose was people being able to buy just the one track they like.

" increasing the value of music " is code for charging more for music. They think putting a fancy package, with a nice ribbon will make people happy to pay for 10 steaming turds along with the two tracks they want.

I used to buy about 5 LPs/CDs and take the tracks I liked and make a mix tape. Now for a bit more then the price of one album I can just buy what I want.

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ISPs' post-net-neutrality world is built on 'bribes' says Tim Berners-Lee

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Re: It's not bribery

True, It's not bribery.

It's blackmail!

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Oh God the RUBBER on my SHAFT has gone wrong and is STICKING to things

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Re: Adobe

I think adobe reader is a result of the need to put more crap into a PDF so they could sell upgrades to Adobe Acrobat.

Do people really want sound, and video, and (oh god no) flash in a PDF?

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Re: Suggestion

No he already has the answer... cat fur!

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Almunia faces GRILLING from MEPs over FAILED Google settlement deal

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Re: Lets he honest

Not so much Bing as dedicated search sites like Hotel search, vacation search, price comparison sites...

If Google have created / bought a Hotel search site and send all the traffic to their own site there is something to complain about.

But some seem to be bitching that if a general google search that lets someone find a hotel and book a room directly from the hotels own site interferes with their right to sell you the room with the biggest kickback. Who is going to go to my price comparison site (affiliate link farm) when google shows who sells something right in the results?

This bunch of whiners can go get stuffed.

But I'm sure Bing would be happy for any pain Google suffers.

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Blood-crazed Microsoft axes Trustworthy Computing Group

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Re: This is stupid.

But the only thing that matters now is the stock price. Companies exist to make rich people richer. Staff is something you fire to make the stock go up. Then you acquire something to make the stock go up. Now you can fire more people to make the stock go up. All this products and stuff is just a distraction.

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Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE

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Re: I find it's actually safer...

I expect it's safer to text while driving then to change your pants while driving, but that's not a reason to say texting is a good idea.

It's just saying, could be worse...

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

" they've had repeated advanced driver training"

and no one is going to give them a ticket. Saw one yesterday making a left onto the road that leads to the station (not rushing to a call) no signal, talking on his phone, it's only been red for a second or two so it's still OK.

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Re: Knee Jerk Off

So this is legislation... no it's not new legislation (for once) it's the same law that would apply to texting on your phone.

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Re: Speedo?

The guy at the auto show got pissed at me for saying their touch screen control panel was going to kill people. Heat, nav, radio, phone... all on one touch screen. You can't just reach over for a nob, you can't feel anything, you have to look at the bloody thing.

It might be a good idea to say away from the roads for a week after the AppleWatch is released so the toy obsessed will have a chance to get sick of playing with the thing.

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iOS 8 Healthkit gets a bug SO Apple KILLS it. That's real healthcare!

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Re: HealthKit

So it was not just me. My first one was a gift from my grandfather, a digital multimeter to replace the VTVM that he also gave me.

Seems HealthKit might be missing a few parts.

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Big Data's being held back by little talent, says Huawei head techie

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Dr Oz

I hear he has some magic pills.

If the snake oil is not working any more, he might have something to keep the sales flowing.

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As bankruptcy looms for RadioShack, we ask its chief financial officer... oh. He's quit

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So much for the life time warranty

On the two Radioshack vacuum tubes in my still working AM Short-wave table radio...

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Re: What's in a name?

When I was a kid the local store was half Tandy Leather, half Radioshack.

As a student I worked part time in Radioshack (TRS-80 days)

Radioshack was a place I would go to buy wire, batteries, the odd electronic part. Still have some Radioshack speakers connected to the TV.

Then they sold Radioshack Canada to Circuit City. Then renamed it The Source. Now it's owned by Bell Canada and pushing phones and TV. Lots of RC toys.

Now I drive 10 km to get to a place that sells the type of stuff Radioshack used to sell (without the shrinkwrap onto cardboard packaging).

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Microsoft splurges 2½ INSTAGRAMS buying Minecraft maker Mojang

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Re: WTF?

They are going to use it for the interface for Windows Phonecraft 10.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: TV is TERRIBLE and stuck in the 1970s

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Re: US media domination ?

Netflix is very much not cable. The problem I have with cable is I have one choice*, Rogers (they have worked hard to make sure of that) and to get the few channels I might watch I have to buy a giant bundle of crap for about $80+ a month. Lucky I'm not a hockey fan.

I'll just stick to my over the air for local news and such + Netflix and I'll buy the disc for stuff I really like.

* I could get the IPTV service from the phone company but it costs just as much.

Then you get the exclusives that are only on one system.

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