* Posts by davtom

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Euro judges: Copyright has NOT changed, you WON'T get sued for browsing the web

davtom

I wonder if it's legal to write "Hello, McFly!" or if it's a breach of copyright of the Back to the Future script.

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Your kids' chances of becoming programmers? ZERO

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Re: So fix it!

In the old days...

"I want to learn programming! Ah, I see. BASIC is the language. There's also this thing called machine language that I might look at. Let's get stuck in."

In the new days...

"I want to learn programming! Ah... OK, what do I use? There's Basic, C, C++, C#, Java, Perl, Python, Go, Dalvik, Objective C, Lisp... How do I choose?"

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Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

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Re: 5S and 5C impressive for different reasons

Fingerprint readers have been used for authentication on mobile devices since at least the Microsoft PocketPC devices from years ago, and probably even before that. How is it not obvious that they can be used in this way?

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Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Re: The Skype android client

You forgot to add that it takes about an hour to start up.

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Mint 15 freshens Ubuntu's bad bits

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Alternative to Windows?

If you want to try abandoning the Windows world (and who wouldn't, especially with Windows 8 in the world), I recommend Mint. I use Mint at home on my main desktop PC and my laptop, and I am productive using it. Only my laptop now has a variant of Windows on it, and I rarely boot into it.

Of course, whether you can or not depends on what you do and what software is available to support it.

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Windows 8.1 start button appears as Microsoft's Blue wave breaks

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Re: Windows 8.1 start button appears

@AC 08:43: Microsoft are of course able to develop, and Windows is stagnating because of it. I would argue that that's as a result of the decisions they've made, and especially the one about the Start button. Reintroducing it is not the solution; it needs to work in pretty much the same way it did on Windows 7.

Why should people be forced to change the way they work if it works for them?

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Apple reveals payouts for parents of in-app purchase nippers

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FAIL

Pure greed

I can understand a purchase of one or two pounds for something that a developer invested time and money making, but the excessive amounts being charged are obviously targeted at non-financially savvy, usually young people who don't know any better.

It's pure greed, and Apple are complicit in that by allowing it to happen and by providing a 15-minute window by default after initial password entry in which the password is not required to be entered again for further purchases. Apple shouldn't be allowing anything like this in the first place, especially as they ostensibly review every app on their marketplace before releasing it.

To all those who are making money using this underhanded approach, I hope you don't sleep well at night. You're practically stealing from hard-working families.

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We want to put a KILL SWITCH into your PHONE, say Feds

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Re: KISS

"-Expensive sneakers and clothes are not allowed to show distinct 'brand features' that would identify them to robbers."

Actually, I support that one. I refuse to buy any clothes where you pay extra for the brand name AND for the privilege of advertising it for them.

The next stage is to ban advertising of these brands aimed at children.

I don't like the idea of the kill switch, though.

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1-in-10 e-tomes 'are self-published'... most are 'rubbish' says book ed

davtom

Wait a minute. The managing director of a publishing company says people who have chosen to self-publish, and therefore not go through his company, are unutterable rubbish?

I don't know about you, but I'm convinced.

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Waving an Eye-of-Sauron pulsating mock cock? STOP IMMEDIATELY

davtom

Re: Mordor

Extremely tenuous...

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Bill Gates offends Koreans after sticking hand down trousers

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WTF?

Re: could have been worse

If someone had their other hand in their pants when they were shaking my hand, I certainly wouldn't like it.

Other hand in trouser pockets, on the other hand, would present me with no concerns.

Well, seeing as this is a UK site...

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TalkTalk ads banned by watchdog over 'misleading' YouView offer

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Facepalm

Re: All bark

And they're not even very good at that.

The one that visited my mother got her to buy two unnecessary Homeplugs because "the existing telephone extension socket is not suitable to take the broadband signal." The problem is that the Homeplugs are meant to be plugged directly into wall sockets, NOT extension leads.

In any case, they weren't necessary, and the homeplugs themselves were not working very reliably. The original (non-Talktalk) wifi hub was working fine off the telephone extension. So did the new hub when I plugged it in after figuring out that the socket WASN'T too far from the TV for the wires to reach. (With about 1m of slack, I might add.)

In addition, all they did was to plug in the aerial lead into the Youview box. They did NOT connect the loop-through cable to the TV which resulted in my mother wondering why her normal TV channels weren't working.

The box itself? Many software problems. She's not 100% happy with it; she prefers the way her Humax box worked. On demand content doesn't stream very well. One box stopped working about two months after installation and had to be replaced.

So I ended up feeling very bad over recommending the deal, which on the fact of it looked good. Definitely facepalm.

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Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

davtom

Solution is simple. Just use your Android phone to take control of the drone!

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Wales slams Amazon over lack of Kindle support

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Stop

Re: The welsh lobby

Amazon don't do any proofreading.

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Android FOUND ON TABLETS inscribed with WORD OF GOD

davtom

Re: RE: Atheism isn't a faith

An atheist believes... grr. Why can't I edit my post to correct grammar?

Read The God Delusion by Richard Dawkins if you don't believe the above. Of course, he might be wrong, but it's not likely!

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davtom

Re: RE: Atheism isn't a faith

Technically, Atheism is a faith, because an atheist believe there is no god.

Agnosticism is the absence of faith. You do not know whether there are zero, one or many gods. Neither do I.

I personally believe it is unlikely that any "god" or supreme being exists or has ever existed, because the lack of evidence for such an entity speaks volumes to me. However, I do concede that one might, although if it does, I certainly don't believe it is even remotely close to that described by any religion. Therefore I am not a true atheist. The fact that I am prepared to admit that I am wrong is what differentiates me from being an atheist or a religious person, but I think many people would consider themselves atheists even though they would be prepared to admit that they may be wrong. It is purely a technicality.

I think the humanists had it right when they said something like "There's probably no god. Stop worrying and enjoy your life."

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Library ebooks must SELF-DESTRUCT if scribes want dosh - review

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Stop

It's a daft idea. I understand that deterioration of physical books can lead to an increase in revenue (if books are repurchased), but of course this does not apply to digital media.

Why not increase the borrowing royalty slightly to compensate precisely for this "loss"? Then there is no need for this waste of time.

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Major blow for Apple: 'Bounce back' patent bounced back by USPTO

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Stop

Apple haven't invented the modern mobile phone or the modern tablet computer. There are plenty of predecessors.

They did release a product that was at one time pretty good with the iphone, then they did it again with the ipad. Now they're lagging behind the curve.

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GCHQ attempts to downplay amazing plaintext password blunder

davtom

You use it to weed out humans then?

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First sale doctrine survives US Supreme Court

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Re: Other way round

Unfortunately, no. What they really mean is they would be *unwilling* to supply cheap books to developing countries.

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Freeview suddenly UNWATCHABLE dross? It may just be a 4G test

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Stop

Re: Why do it anyway?

"Most people are expected to be interference free."

If OFCOM were any bloody good, ALL people would be expected to be interference-free.

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First Samsung Galaxy S4 review leak: Stop FONDLING, start FINGERING

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Stop

Anti-freeze is a BAD idea to put into a washer reservoir! De-icing fluid is a better idea.

Keep the anti-freeze for the radiator.

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davtom

Re: Quadruple fail

They're = They are

They'er = spelling mistake

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AdBlock Plus BLOCKED from Google Play

davtom

Re: Dammit

Just install it from their website. This really is NOT a big deal.

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Elon Musk: 'Fudged' NYT article cost Tesla $100m

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FAIL

Re: Who cares?

Let's think for a minute, shall we?

I would imagine the New York Times gets a lot of revenue from competing car manufacturers by way of advertising.

Although the reviewer is "independent," in accordance with the strict definition of the word, that is not true. The reviewer is paid for his article by the New York Times. They in turn are paid to produce their paper, partly by advertisers. There may be a degree of separation between editorial content and the commercial arm of the paper, but they will not want to piss off their main advertisers.

Of course, the manufacturer of the Tesla cars will be biased, but so will the reviewer.

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Woman nails 'cheating boyf' on Russian 'Street View'

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IANAL but my understanding of the law is...

Under UK law, you can't do it without permission of the people whose likenesses are shown if you're exploiting the pictures commercially, as Google are doing.

It is only permissible if the image of the person is not recognisable, or there is a crowd of such people there so that one person doesn't stand out.

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Ubuntu? Fedora? Mint? Debian? We'll find you the right Linux to swallow

davtom

Re: For the novices the answer is clear

Sorry, but I have to disagree with you. With Ubuntu it is far too difficult to find all the programs that are installed.

Mint is what should be recommended to all newcomers IMHO. It is most similar to what they are already familiar with.

In fact, it's not just for the newbie. I've used Linux for well over a decade, and these days I just stick to Mint. It works, gets out of the way, and lets me get on with what I want to do.

The only question is what variant of Mint. I would say that if you have a computer older than about 5 years, use Mint with MATE, otherwise use Mint with Cinnamon.

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Google Play privacy SNAFU sends app buyers' details to devs

davtom

So?

If I sell something through PayPal, physical or intangible, I get details of the buyer, e.g. the email address and name. How exactly is this different?

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The Register: Our all-new app now available for Android

davtom
Meh

Or you could, you know, just use the web browser...

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Instagram back-pedals in face of user outrage

davtom

Re: "Door in the Face" technique

Shouldn't that be "book in the face" technique?

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END OF THE WORLD IS NIGH: TalkTalk no longer worst ISP in UK

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@Chris

However, one should expect the service to work, no matter how much (or how little) you pay for it.

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Littlest pirate’s Winnie-the-Pooh laptop on the way home

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WTF?

Re: Just goes to show

And what is the age of criminal responsibility in Finland?

15 if my research is correct.

That's presupposing that she actually committed a crime. It isn't stated whether she was sharing songs or just downloading them.

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Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

davtom

Re: Why the downvotes?

The thing is, IOS doesn't just work. It's a pain in the neck to do anything simple with it that doesn't involve Itunes. Want to transfer a file to your iPad? You can't just hook the device up and transfer it as you would to a USB stick with IOS; you've got to go through Itunes. With Android devices, it's easy; you plug it in and then select "Mount file system" on the device. And it isn't just techies that can plug in a USB stick and expect it to work.

I don't have experience of this tablet, but my wife has an iPad 3, and I've found that the keyboard on it wasn't amazingly responsive; it was sluggish. Not as sluggish as that on my Orange San Francisco (which cost me about £100 two years ago), but it was still sluggish. What was I doing? Something processor-intensive? Well, yes, if you consider entering a search term on the Safari browser to be intensive.

Somehow, I expected more.

I'm not saying it's all bad, but it's FAR from all good. If this had been around at the time my wife got the iPad, I think she would have got this instead.

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Apple removes apology-hiding JavaScript from UK website

davtom
FAIL

I'm not keen on Apple products, but I have purchased two in the past for my wife.

Apple won't be seeing any more of my money after all this.

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Ay caramba, Ubuntu 12.10: Get it right on Amazon!

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Re: A PR failure?

What if you're not particularly switched on about affiliate marketing, but you've clicked through Nectar's website to get cookied for some Nectar points when you buy Amazon stuff, then you go through this lens without being aware that the affiliate commission that pays for your Nectar points will be redirected to Canonical Ltd?

But it's not just that. You're not asked whether you want to do it in the first place. That's the first thing that's really bad about this.

The second issue is more serious. Heretofore, whatever you enter into that search box never leaves your local machine. Now, it will. If you enter something that's supposed to remain private into it to search your local machine for stuff, it will be sent to Amazon's servers, so you lose your privacy.

You can remove this feature as others have pointed out, but it really shouldn't be there in the first place. At least, not without an opt-in.

Now Canonical are getting more secretive about future releases, if the press are to be believed. Do you know what's going on? They're NOT LISTENING to the people who use their version of Linux, and they don't even WANT to. This has now happened enough times for me to finally make the decision to move away from them. It's not like there's no choice...

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McKinnon will not be extradited to the US, says Home Secretary

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Finally...

Theresa May makes a good decision.

I never thought I'd see the day.

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Final decision by Home Sec on McKinnon extradition due today

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FAIL

Re: let me be the first to say

And, hopefully, the last.

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Lancashire man JAILED over April Jones Facebook posts

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Re: There is no way...

I don't agree that nobody should ever be jailed for speech and opining, but I do think this has gone a bit extreme.

I think people should be jailed for things like incitement to riot and terrorism.

However, what was done here was in exceptionally poor taste, and my thoughts are with April's family at this time.

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Sleep easy, Tim Cook: Surface, Win8 tablet shipments looking poor

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A long way to go

Windows has a long way to go to catch up with Android, and do people seriously want to use office applications on a tablet?

I've used Google Docs on my phone when I've had to, but it's a pain and I wouldn't miss it if it were not there. There's no way I would buy a tablet to use an office suite, unless I could use a proper keyboard with it, which negates the whole portable thing; so we're back to a straightforward laptop.

Of course, most people have no need to upgrade their PC if they are just using applications like Office; I don't think they're gonna want a tablet for that, in general. That of course is just my opinion.

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UK electric car funding - another subsidy for the RICH, say MPs

davtom

Re: Think!

And that £1500 is tax free!

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Viewsonic 22in Android 'tablet' hands-on review

davtom
Joke

Excellent sleeping tablet

For my four-year-old daughter. If I give her one of these tablets, I'll finally be able to sleep!

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Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

davtom

Re: Maxing out the device

I would think it's safe to say that most WILL max out their capacities given enough time - just like used to be the case with hard disks.

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No Apple TV this year: Media moguls still won't cough up content

davtom

Re: shame

XBMC is nice and easy to set up, and has loads of on-demand content available for it.

MythTV is a nightmare to set up, BUT once you have it set up, you have incredible PVR capabilities that you will never see on the open market.

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It's time to burn the schedules and seize control of OUR TVs

davtom

"If I had the choice, I'd dump broadcast TV in an instant (and the licence fee that goes with it)."

You do, actually. You could use on-demand services, as long as you do not watch anything live. You'd have to detune your television receiver equipment and unplug all aerials and satellite dishes to be safe from prosecution.

The only thing is, if you're into sports, you'll probably want to watch those live. Even though you have to pay a provider for the privilege, since these are live broadcasts, you still need the TV licence. You could choose just to watch those when they are streamed by on-demand services instead.

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Sony pushes patent for interactive TV ads

davtom

I already interact with ads...

I push the fast-forward button when I see them. Or even better, the skip 2 minutes button, twice, usually does the trick.

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Scrunched Street View spymobile spied in India

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Coat

"Hello... You got the data? Excellent. Let's go home."

"Waddaya mean we left the driver behind?"

Mine's the one with the dodgy GPS receiver in the pocket...

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Dell readies Linux Ultrabook for autumn release

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Meh

Re: "rebuilding your Linux OS to try to get wifi working, or sound, or getting your video driver .."

My HP printer installs much more easily on Ubuntu than Windows. You plug in the USB, wait a few moments, and it's ready. Getting it to work on Windows 7 is a pain in the neck.

Rebuild your Linux OS? If you're a huge techie, fine. Otherwise that's the type of thing I was doing about 15 years ago. No need to do it today. But at least you CAN do it. You can't do it with Windows because you don't have the source code.

Both operating systems have their pluses and minuses, but Linux isn't bad at all; it's not as bad as people make out.

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US Navy buys Linux to guide drone fleet

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Black Helicopters

Re: Yuk

Under GPL, you only have to release the source code to a product if you also release the object code to that product, so that basically means that if they sold their munitions to a third party, then they would have to release the source code, otherwise they don't.

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Only global poverty can save the planet, insists WWF - and the ESA!

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@bob's hamster

What's wrong with it is that it doesn't provide any reasonable solutions acceptable to a normal person motivated by materialistic pursuits rather than the desire to grab a club and head for the nearest cave to spend the rest of their life.

Surely you didn't need me to tell you that.

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Google's self-driving car snags first-ever license in Nevada

davtom

Autopilots

It's interesting that a number of people have made comparison to autopilots here.

From an air transport point of view, autopilots are simply taking load off the pilot(s) who do not have to maintain control over the aeroplane to execute the six manoeuvres that occur in normal flight: straight-and-level flight, level turns, climbing straight, climbing turns, descending straight and descending turns.

There are other systems that are still available. Of course, there are the pilots, who can (usually) override the autopilot and fly manually if required for any reason. There are air traffic control who modify flight plans, e.g. by passing vectors and altitudes to the pilots, who are then either responsible for flying those vectors or to set the autopilot to fly them.

What the autopilot is doing is reducing the workload of the pilot.

There are similar systems for cars that already exist, one of which is of course cruise control, which attempts to maintain a constant speed by varying the throttle position automatically. This is just a very advanced form of the system.

In the aircraft situation, the pilot is ultimately responsible for the safety of the flight, and I can't see it being any different for a car situation: the driver will be ultimately responsible for the safety of the trip.

Autopilots do increase safety (certain procedures can be flown by autopilots that are not allowed by pilots alone) and I have no doubt that this car "autopilot" will also increase safety.

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