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* Posts by Tom Maddox

735 posts • joined 4 Jun 2007

Judge: Checking Facebook at work is not a crime

Tom Maddox
Mushroom

Re: "We take no responsibility..."

Lighten up, Francis.

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Tom Maddox
Stop

Re: Sense as prevailed across the pond...

I would point out that you are referring to the Republic of Texas, not the USA. We take no responsibility for those yahoos.

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DoJ could start Apple ebook price-fixing lawsuit this week

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Go

Re: Wholesale vs Price Fixing

One correction:

Apple say, "Sell via us, and you can set any price you like, as long as we get 30% and you sell no cheaper through any other outlet."

Publishers respond, "So, we can set our price at whatever we like, and we can use our deal with Apple as an excuse not to lower it for anyone? Done!"

Amazon: "Hey, what happened to our volume discount?"

Publishers: "You know, it's a real bummer, but we signed this deal with Apple, so we can't offer you lower prices anymore."

Amazon: "That's really going to cut into our sales of both ebooks and ebook readers."

Publishers: "Suck it, Amazon. Suck it long and suck it hard."

Ironically, if the publishers had just negotiated harder with Amazon in the first place, they wouldn't be in this situation.

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Nokia shares fall as it drops first quarter forecast

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Re: The start of a beautiful friendship

Two people (so far) have missed the subtle irony in your post.

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Whisky IN SPAAAAACE: Zero-G Scotch is matured aboard the ISS

Tom Maddox
Windows

Re: mmmm.. whisky

Hell, it's 6:00 AM somewhere.

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RIM: BlackBerry sales to US gov still on the rise

Tom Maddox
Trollface

Welcome to The Register. Here's your hanky.

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Facebook accused of 'wanton' use of Canadian woman's pics

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Re: Facebook?

"I have literally no idea why anybody would want to use Facebook, ever.

That really should be an end to the matter. Off you go now."

Ah, it's the ever-popular geek fallacy of generalizing from one's own needs and desires. You prefer not to use Facebook, so everyone who uses it is an idiot. I'm sure that argument is very persuasive in real life.

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IPv6 networking: Bad news for small biz

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: It's funny that....

You want to know how I know you didn't read the article?

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Use the holy word of God to stay secure online, says bishop

Tom Maddox
Angel

"Touched by his noodly appendage" would also be pretty secure. RAmen.

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Tom Maddox
Angel

Re: YHWH

"Please remain where you are. An angry mob will be around shortly to stone you to death."

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Man FLIES with Android-powered homemade bird wings

Tom Maddox
Go

Re: Not an iThing-

iCarus?

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Rogue IPO bureaucrats feel MPs' red-hot probe

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Re: Mr

Quite right. Why, I remember my time in the gulags of Mountain View like it was yesterday: being force-fed energy drinks until my bladder ached and my eyes watered, geeks with neck-beards shrieking at me to "Kiss the penguin," and Sergei Brin himself screaming "BOOM! HEADSHOT!" at me endlessly and dipping his hideous, misshapen scrotum onto my forehead.

No, wait, none of that ever happened.

Get a grip, or at least a sense of perspective.

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Panic on the streets of Google+? Choc Factory hires Digg founder

Tom Maddox
Childcatcher

When I worked at Be, we had an employee-submitted list of failed slogans for BeOS. The two memorable ones which are apropos of Google+ were:

"BeOS: It sucks less than you might think."

Followed by (as the fate of the company became increasingly apparent):

"It doesn't suck less enough."

G+ definitely sucks less than you might think (far less than, for example, Facebook), just as BeOS sucked less than Windows or MacOS, but it doesn't suck less enough for people to make the move.

Meeeeeemories . . .

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Charge of the Metro brigade: Did Microsoft execs plan to take a hit?

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

Re: Why?

In fairness to Tzael, it was possible to disable Metro in the Developer Preview with a registry hack, which has now been disabled, so s/he may be operating on outdated information.

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Diablo III out on 15 May, pledges Blizzard

Tom Maddox
Trollface

Making of . . .

I can only assume that the "Making Of" video is non-stop footage of a bunch of geeks sitting in front of their computers coding away. That should make for some fun viewing at parties: watch your guests suddenly remember important dental or proctology appointments!

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4G hobonet stunt was riddled with flaws, doomed to ridicule

Tom Maddox
Alert

Re: Silly idea

Badgers.

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Megaupload boss: Site popular among US government users

Tom Maddox
Holmes

What to do

If only there were some large island nearby that had historically been used to exile criminals, perhaps Mr. Dotcom could be sent there for life and the US could be spared the effort of extradition.

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A sysadmin in telco hell

Tom Maddox
Joke

Re: Phew! (ahem...)

WHAT?! Since when?

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CIOs on the scrapheap - The Register wants your input for vox pop article

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: What's a CIO?

The feigned ignorance and implied superiority of "what's a . . . ?" decidedly lose their punch these days, as it really implies you are so profoundly stupid and lazy that you can't type it into a search engine.

For example: http://www.lmgtfy.com/?q=cio

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Freedom-crushing govts close to ruling our web, fears FCC boss

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Re: Did I misread that?

No, they mean the Internet. You see, back in the Dawn of Time . . . no, you know what, go read a book, or even a Wikipedia article. Here's a hint, though: look up ARPAnet.

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Apple slaps mega-solar panel field on new ENORMO data centre

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Thumb Down

Re: Solar = Joke

I was going to downvote you until your last sentence. Then I downvoted you anyway.

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Dwarf galaxy yields up middle-sized black hole

Tom Maddox
Coat

Re: Re: 290 Light Years Distant?

I just a whole galaxy. The whole thing!

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Cupertino to ban permissionless address book copying

Tom Maddox
Paris Hilton

Re: Oh it's you

Here's a question for the ages: is there such a thing as an anonymous sock puppet?

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FCC hangs up on 4G broadband biz LightSquared

Tom Maddox

Re: Re: For once, an FCC ruling with which I can agree...

In point of fact, this is not a case of bureaucrats interfering unnecessarily. This is a case of bureaucrats interfering exactly as they're supposed to, in order to prevent calamity and mayhem.

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HP gives sysadmins a little mobility

Tom Maddox
Gimp

Excuse me . . .

. . . that's "made love."

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IBM: We do server flash already...

Tom Maddox

No, no, no

This is all just so you can run Lotus Notes at speeds greater than a crawl.

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Barack Obama: Bland, predictable and cheesy ... on Spotify

Tom Maddox
Meh

It was reported some time ago in a newspaper editorial that virtually every member of Congress listed "The Sound of Music" as his/her favorite movie. The commenter went on to note that is was a sad state of affairs that either this was an accurate survey or that the members of Congress thought that's what the electorate wanted to hear.

That said, it would have been awesome if there had been some tracks from $MyFavoriteIndieBandBeforeTheyTotallySoldOutAndWentMainstream.

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Iran draws veil over secure internet access

Tom Maddox

Wait for it . . .

Cue the "Western governments are no better" comments in . . . dammit, too late.

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RIM's apps revolution swings on Blackberry 10

Tom Maddox

Java

Write once, run anywhere . . . no wait, rewrite from the ground up for new platform.

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What's in the box, Windows sysadmin?

Tom Maddox
Happy

In truth, I also have a foot in both worlds (multiple, actually, since I do a lot more than Windows, including both Linux and Unix), but I knew that there would be tiresome, predictable basement-dwelling Linux fanboy trollery afoot, so I decided to get in a preemptive strike.

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Tom Maddox
Trollface

In before . . .

. . . the Linux geeks declaring the only tool they need to fix Windows is a Linux installation CD.

Good list, btw. Bookmarked.

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Colorfly Pocket Hi-Fi C4

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

This

I'm one of the few people to own a Zune HD, and a big part of the reason was that it came with 64 GB onboard for at least $100 cheaper than an iPod Touch with equivalent storage. For anyone with a sizable music library, especially one with high-resolution audio files, 32 GB is inadequate, although it's better than the 4-8 GB that seems standard with most other brands.

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Conclusive PROOF of human activity causing glacier to VANISH

Tom Maddox
Alert

Better check his truck . . .

. . . for space herpes before impounding it.

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Adobe adds Flash sandboxing to Firefox

Tom Maddox
Trollface

Flash will protect Firefox by crashing. No, wait, that's the current behavior.

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Study links dimwits to conservative ideology

Tom Maddox
Joke

I, for one . . .

. . . expect a series of well-considered and reasonable responses to this article.

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Tom Maddox
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Hi, Matt

I just wanted to point out the fact that the article is about *tendencies*, not absolute guarantees of behavior. But you keep whacking that straw man until he falls over.

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Dead gamer sat unnoticed for nine hours in net cafe

Tom Maddox
Trollface

On the plus side, he was complimented by the other players in his game for the sudden improvement in his manners and demeanor!

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Reg hack cops a licking from the bosun's cat

Tom Maddox
FAIL

Ahem

"The problem with smart phone spelling I've found lies with Android."

http://damnyouautocorrect.com would beg to disagree.

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Inventor flames Reg, HP in memristor brouhaha

Tom Maddox
Devil

I'll say this for him . . .

. . . he may be opinionated, but at least he's an asshole about it.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine pirate caged

Tom Maddox
Devil

Ooh, I've got one . . .

Manos: The Hands of Fate -- now available on Blu-Ray!

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Bah, humbug! Virgin Media censors Charles D**kens

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Torn

On the one hand, I hate censorship. On the other hand, I hate Dickens. I think my emotional state, overall, is one of schadenfreude.

I wonder how they handle the name of the author of many classic science fiction novels, Philip K. ****.

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Samsung hauls Apple into court over emoticon patent :-(

Tom Maddox
Thumb Down

Well, yeah, except that it gets redistributed to lawyers.

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Apple's Galaxy Tab ban was best advertising ever - Samsung

Tom Maddox
Coat

No, no -- you're thinking of the "Samsung Galactic Gargle Tabster."

I'm going, I'm going . . .

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CERN: 'New physics starts now'

Tom Maddox
Headmaster

s/complete/correct

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Nokia exec: Young fashonistas 'fed up' with iPhone

Tom Maddox
Joke

Espoon!

Isn't that what The Tick would yell if he were Spanish?

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2011: annus horribilis for Microsoft and RIM

Tom Maddox
Facepalm

Quite right

Instead of this report, I will instead place my faith in your anecdotal evidence, which I'm sure provides a much broader and more insightful perspective of the global smartphone market.

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Motorola parks tanks on Apple's German lawn

Tom Maddox
Trollface

I don't have any comment about the Apple vs. Motorola case; I just came in here to rant angrily about the mention of Florian Mueller.

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Solar winds are blowing away the Moon's topsoil - NASA

Tom Maddox

<Pedantic comment about how it's impossible to grow anything on the moon due to the absence of water and oxygen which totally misses that the previous comment was a joke.>

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Oracle whips out Solaris 11 system lasher

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

No more Veritas? NO MORE VERITAS?

Good.

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Java tops for hackers, warns Microsoft

Tom Maddox
Thumb Up

Sounds good. Why don't you go out and get all those vendors to cooperate with such a plan? I'll wait, but I won't hold my breath.

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