* Posts by Tony Paulazzo

1063 posts • joined 2 Feb 2008

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Indian call centre scammers are targeting BT customers

Tony Paulazzo

Oh for some public PSA adverts warning people about trusting emails, website ads or cold phone calls to not poison their computer.

I'm kind'a surprised people are still falling for it. If a government agent phone me up with my national insurance number, place of birth and known political affiliations (philosophical anarchist), I would still ask that he (or she) send me a snail mail letter with a phone number that I could verify as being a UK gov based number before refusing to let him (or her) near my PC (at least without a warrant).

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We experienced Windows Mixed Reality. Results: Well, mixed

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Doomed to fail (again)

[i]I though porn was the killer app for VR[/i]

Graphical fidelity isn't really good enough, Screen Door Effect isn't too bad in fast paced games because you're not focused on the same (groinal) area constantly, it's not even great for simple flat movies or strong black on white (Elite Dangerous star fields) imagery.

I did hear the PSVR uses sub pixel tech which mostly eliminates SDE but I don't think any of these MS headsets uses that, plus their FOV / sweetspot is smaller than the Vive / Rift - seems like wasted potential, it's been over a year and they're worse than Gen1 products (and not much cheaper anymore).

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Antarctica declared world's most volcanic region as 91 new cones found beneath ice

Tony Paulazzo

Gateway to the Hollow Earth found! What next, Flat Earth?

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Europe-wide BitTorrent indexer blockade looms after Pirate Bay blow

Tony Paulazzo

How long's the Pirate Bay been blocked in the UK, five years? Can still be gotten to with a minimum of effort. And I know Theresa May is attempting to destroy the internet but better men than her have tried, it was designed to withstand nuclear war for gosh' sake!

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Senator blows a fuse as US spies continue lying over spying program

Tony Paulazzo

If certain folks keep pushing them, I look for an example to be made of someone disappearing or perhaps a very public and violent end. It's happened before.... allegedly.

I do worry about Ron Wyden, he is always popping up as being for democracy which puts him in an untenable situation (I'm from the UK and apart from presidents that's the only US political name I instantly recognise).

Long may he make waves - o7

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Virtual reality headsets even less popular than wearable devices

Tony Paulazzo

The PC tech isn't coming down in price at all and is still high-end gamer-only kit, and it's a lot to pay to "hedge" on yourself enjoying those kinds of games.

MS has teamed up with Lenovo / Dell etal to produce Win10 VR, RRP 3 to £400. Inside out tracking, resolution and refresh pretty much on par with Rift / HTC and coming out this year running on not so high end PCs / laptops. Might ignite some interest but agreed the price to quality ratio is way out of whack.

The bigger problem is no killer app. I love Elite Dangerous and so splurged on a rift (hate Facebook, distrust Oculus, love the headset), but a lot of the stuff out there is either crap or good but short, like 5 hours of content short.

It's also great for driving / flight sim type games but the lens imperfection (fresnel, SDE, FOV) make it less good for movie watching and or desktop use.

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Dying for Windows 10 Creators Update? But wait, there's more!

Tony Paulazzo

Re: ugh

My favourite overhaul would be to permanently disable Cortana

https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

Allows you to disable many of the more unsavoury aspects of Win10.

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Two words, Mozilla: SPEED! NOW! Quit fiddling and get serious

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Why I use Firefox

Wasn't really aware of that but after Googling (oh the irony), it seems they're making even more since losing the Google only cord, bundling Baidu in China for eg, it seems Mozilla has a total of 12 search partnerships raising their revenue to $421 million in 2015, looking even better for 2016.

http://www.ghacks.net/2016/12/02/mozilla-is-doing-well-financially/

Mozilla doing well financially is a good thing. Not only for users of Firefox, but also for the web community as a whole. It is the one major browser left standing between browsers maintained by large corporations.

With 2016 looking even better financially, it is fair to say that Mozilla won't crash and burn any time soon.

Mozilla also do a monthly email thing, the last one discussing why you shouldn't overshare on Facebook, instagram etc... and promoting Data Privacy Day (https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2017/01/26/data-privacy-day), which I've not noticed the other browser companies do.

Plus, as others have mentioned, NoScript is always the first extension installed on my Firefox, closely followed by Ublock.

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Why I use Firefox

There are four major web browsers, and three of them are designed to profit the companies that produce them: Apple (Safari), Google (Chrome) and Microsoft (Edge).

Firefox is the only one to put the user’s interests first. Other things being equal, that’s a good reason to use it. (Stolen from the Guardian).

Plus the Firefox sync feature is...

The security goals remain the same: there is still a strong random secret key, and Mozilla's servers cannot decrypt your data. However, instead of using pairing, a “wrapped” version of your secret key, protected by your password, is stored alongside your Firefox Account. (Stolen from Firefox).

It's nice to know when I close Firefox it's really closed, which is why Chrome seems faster at launching, most of it is already running - secretly... in the background... talking to Google*

* Disclaimer: I like Google, it's my home page and primary search engine, but I don't exactly trust 'em.

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Tablets become feebleslabs as sales spiral down

Tony Paulazzo

Re: How many tablets does a person need?

padfone

I really like the idea of this, just got an Axon ZTE 7 and would love a slot-in larger screen for when at home (Netflix) or in the office (third PC screen). Someone needs to design a phone agnostic version of this.

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WTF? Francis Ford Coppola crowdsources Apocalypse Now game

Tony Paulazzo

Already been done, 1990, Gunboat. For the Amiga, ST & PC'

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gunboat_(video_game)

It was awesome! :)

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Shocked, I tell you. BT to write off £530m over 'improper' Italian accounts practices

Tony Paulazzo

Well at least we know why BT are putting up their prices now, their shareholders probably lost a penny on their stock options. Gotta get it back somehow! /s

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BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

Tony Paulazzo

BBC £12 a month (license fee)

Netflix £6 a month

They still lose, and if they sell their service cheaper to the rest of the world they stand to lose even more British viewers.

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Has Samsung, er, rounded the corner with Apple court win?

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Apple spokesman Josh Rosenstock said "Blah, blah, blah... stealing isn't right."

Apple founder Steve Jobs said, “We have always been shameless about stealing great ideas.”

And the only winners in this whole debacle were the lawyers.

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Google to patch Chrome mobile hole after bank trojan hits 318k users

Tony Paulazzo

Adverts pushing malware you say, I don't believe it - it's a dirty plot from those nasty adblocker people! /s

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Living with the Pixel XL – Google's attempt at a high-end phone

Tony Paulazzo

32GB seems a little stingy when the phone costs this much, particularly as there's no SD card slot, but the thinking at Google is that cloud storage is the way forward

Also the fact that Google are selling it as a VR good phone, that 32 GBs is worse than useless and streaming VR from the cloud? get real. Also, the non XL has a crappy* 1080 screen. plus the body looks f'ugly - whats the top and bottom dead space for?

If you want to use Google Daydream VR you basically have to buy the 128GB XL (which shares the same resolution as the two year old Samsung Note 4) to minimise the dreaded screen door effect for £820 (vs the iPhone 7 256GB for £800).

Having said all that, that particular version of the phone has sold out so what the hell do I know?

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Microsoft's Surface Studio desk-slab, Dial knob, Surface Book: We get our claws on new kit

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Microsoft Surface Studio

John Lewis is...

Not only price match, two year warranty as standard, they also have the best customer service I've ever found. If they say they'll ring you back - they do! Take that Curries / PCWorld. They don't try and hard sell you extended warranties and are happy to discuss what a customer needs as opposed to what gets the best commission.

I don't work for John Lewis (honest), but I'll happily point customers their way looking for new PCs.

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Samsung halts production of Galaxy Note 7

Tony Paulazzo

There are noises

that it's the fast charging software that might be part of the problem, not just the battery.

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Y'know that ridiculously expensive Oculus Rift? Yeah, it just got worse

Tony Paulazzo

I'm kind'a surprised at the lack of Chinese knockoffs for VR headsets yet. I remember the 1 hour battery life tablet knockoffs coming out within months of the first ipad release.

Come on China, get your finger out - altho' please don't use child labour as we're not really comfortable with it; except, their little fingers are probably perfect for all those tiny little circuit boards...

VR isn't going to hit mainstream until the whole kit & caboodle cost about £500 (sterling), killer app is already here, vrporn.

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Good God, we've found a Google thing we like – the Pixel iPhone killer

Tony Paulazzo

And that's for the poxy 32GB model. With no expandable storage and VR (+ music etc) storage demands you're gonna need the 128 GB version for £700 (or £819 for the 5.5 phone).

Google can get bent!

I guess they've just become another corporation now - profit being the be all and end all...

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Florida Man's prized jeep cremated by exploding Samsung Galaxy Note 7

Tony Paulazzo

I was going to get one last weekend, but seeing the news I might hold off for a while...

Wait for the fire sale - this phone is dead in the water, should be able to pick up a refurb (replaced battery) for peanuts when this is all over.

Mind you, am shocked they didn't send a message to every Note7 urging them to get a replacement immediately, wouldn't this open them up to lawsuits (esp. in the litigious US) - just heard about a child being burned, this is a PR disaster..

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What's up, Zuck? FTC to probe Facebook for WhatsApp phone number mega-slurp

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Numbers which have been collected without their holders' approval

If someone who has your number uses it, they've already sucked your number...

Number, name, address, email, business and any notes they've written in their contact information - which facebook now also has.

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Exploding phablet phears phorce Samsung Galaxy Note 7 delay

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Well at least

Maybe they'll come out with a USB-C health warning on the packaging - This may cause your device to explode! (not covered by warranty).

Do you feel lucky punk... well, do you?

SNAFU!

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Ankers away! USB-C cables recalled over freakin' fried phone fears

Tony Paulazzo

Wow, corporate brainwashing at its finest, not one comment asking whether companies should be held accountable if their cables fry an expensive £600 device, a cable, btw, designed to fit that device. USB C needs to be killed, we're back at the point where you can only plug your device into the cable that comes with it and daren't connect any others just in case.

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Samsung Note 7: Probably the best phone in the world. Yeah – you heard right

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Samsung v Xiaomi

My Note 4, not rooted / cyanogised has recently updated itself to Android 6.0.1 (Marshmallow) - so pretty up to date...

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Microsoft axes 2,850 more Windows Phone, sales staff – a week after Justin Timberlake sang on stage for them

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Ah yes,

And how much to buy that Timberland chap for a couple of songs?

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Zero-day hole can pwn millions of LastPass users, all that's needed is a malicious site

Tony Paulazzo

I've only got 4 devices (and don't change passwords that often), so cables work fine for me.

Personally can't wait for biometrics to finally take off properly - got a fingerprint reader on the ipad, Surface Pro and phone yet none are properly integrated into the browser, or any password apps (that I'm aware of).

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cloud password vault

The weak link is one of the words above. First right answer wins the internet for a day. Hint: For fucks sake!

Hint 2: Keepass can be kept off the internet, can be used on iOS, Android & Windows (not sure about Linus*), and is free.

* Security blanket :)

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Netflix scores new Trek tellie

Tony Paulazzo

I love Netflix! I pay them a fair sub, they don't advertise at me, I get to watch some shit hot TV.

This current score also assures that the new Star Trek TV (streaming-only in USA), is gonna be a big success.

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Windows 10 a failure by Microsoft's own metric – it won't hit one billion devices by mid-2018

Tony Paulazzo

Wait till they introduce Windows as a service and start charging for updates. I forsee a stampede (among the computer literate at least) back to 7 / 8.1 / maybe the penguin. The PC illiterate crowd will just refuse to pay for security updates, Trump & May will make online security a hole riddled bucket and we should attain global botnet by 2020 (hopefully it won't attain sentience and wipe us out for being an insane child race).

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Empty your free 30GB OneDrive space today – before Microsoft deletes your files for you

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Hey Microsoft

part of the deal was 30gb of camera roll space on OneDrive

Probably too late now but you could apply to keep a certain amount of space that was being reclaimed (can't recall the details), but I'm keeping 25GBs plus photo roll (I think). Maybe look into it.

As for a 'few bad apples', absolute tosh, don't offer unlimited storage space, it's obvious some people are going to abuse the offer, it's fucking human nature! 15GB free storage space is astoundingly generous anyway and I doubt anyone would complain if that was bundled with O365.

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Wannabe Prime Minister Andrea Leadsom thinks all websites should be rated – just like movies

Tony Paulazzo

We are so fucked!

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Wealthy youngsters more likely to be freetards than anyone else – study

Tony Paulazzo

You don't "own" it, you merely have a licence to use it.

And yet the record labels never sent me new albums when mine got scratched, they expected me to 'buy' another copy, or are you saying the license ends when the physical product ends, like tapes were worse than albums were worse than CDs. Buying the digital copy now means the license exists in perpetuity, was this not always the case? cause I don't recall any albums stating the license to use it was only temporary.

In fact all I can recall is that home taping is killing music which turned out to be a big fat lie.

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Lenovo scrambling to get a fix for BIOS vuln

Tony Paulazzo

Re: it's a backdoor, not a bug

Lenovo installed freeware on their machine that sent telemetry back to the mothership. If the user deleted the free software it would be reinstalled by the BIOS at every bootup. They were called out on it, released a BIOS upgrade to remove it then were found to be doing something similar again a few months later.

Google Superfish Lenovo.

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Evernote riles freetards with two-device limit

Tony Paulazzo

MS Onenote

I'd happily pay a (fair) one time price but I'm not renting a note taking utility. Would use Googles keep but it's a little schizo on its syncing ability. I use Onenote for more long term noting stuff, so I guess it'll become my default note taking prog - I like that you can backup to where you want, it's fast across all OS's (ipad, android phone, Win10, browser based Ubuntu) ,and, so far, has never mis-synced for me.

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Microsoft splashes Virtual Reality-slinging 'Scorpio' Xbox

Tony Paulazzo

8 CPU cores and 6 teraFLOPs of GPU capability and 4K and Rift compatibility - not a $300 console then?

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Supposedly a better sense of Presence. Like I suffer from Vertigo, but on the GearVR I can stand on a mountains edge and feel nothing, whereas put me ceiling height in the real world and I get the fear. The better the VR the more heightened the sense - but not tried the Rift or Vive so can't validate that.

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Apple launches HomeKit app – but where are the products?

Tony Paulazzo

Re: How about fixing the iPhone keyboard ?

nonsense about emojis

Just come back to the Apple fold (getting more customers coming in 'cause ios is no longer the 'just works' it used to be), time to relearn the eco system.

Was pleased to see you could finally dl a swype style keyboard (along with dire warnings about the devs being able to see everything you type on it), but its usage is spotty at best - the apple keyboard will pop up for certain passwords, no microphone on the new keyboard, I'd forgotten how constraining Apple products are.

Everything seems to be bloating too, bought a 16GB, but exchanged it for a 64GB version as you started off with 11GB, not many apps, some music and vids and poof, gone! (John Lewis FTW - allowing me to upgrade) - and now 10 sounds even worse for the bloat (and notice how many devices are not getting the upgrade).

I do love the fingerprint sensor though, and the quality of the screen...

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Even in remotest Africa, Windows 10 nagware ruins your day: Update burns satellite link cash

Tony Paulazzo

Why Haven't you reached out to Microsoft for a comment, the readers of Reddit can't (well, they could but MS would ignore them), this story was cribbed, almost verbatim, from there - which is cool, but then your journalistic instincts should take over, question MS, ask the big questions.

Microsoft are acting like the douchiest of companies at the moment and no one is calling them out for it. Same with Oculus (Facebook) and their terrible after sales support / DRM on VR headsets. Demand answers, ruffle feathers, be journalists...

/rant

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Smartwatches: I hate to say ‘I told you so’. But I told you so.

Tony Paulazzo

Perfect smart watch for me

replace the phone with 64 GB storage space

voice and motion controlled with 4G connections

Holographic display when required...

In fact, screw the watch, how last century is that? a Star Trek: TNG pin that beams a holographic display (with working keypad) in front of you.

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Shhhh! Facebook is listening

Tony Paulazzo

I'd never install that Facebook shite on my phone, either - but if other people's phones have it, and if it does listen in, then it's still listening to conversations that involve me. Even if it doesn't know specifically who I am

Hey, that's my Intellectual Property you're stealing Facebook, is that even legal? I'm surprised Hollywood hasn't taken a hit out on Zuck (judging by the amount of people who don't put their phone in aeroplane mode whilst in the cinema).

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Surface Book nightmare: Microsoft won't fix 'Sleep of Death' bug

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Sale of Goods Act 1979

Consumer Rights Act 2015 (UK)

Even if you bought the product more than 30 days ago, you are still entitled to a repair or a replacement. The retailer has one chance to make the repair. If you are still unhappy, you have a right to a refund.

This right extends to 6 months after the purchase.

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Oculus backtracks on open software promise

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Workaround

some kind of dongle

It's already been cracked, dongle not required. However, the new crack now allows for pirated versions of the game to run, not the hackers original intention but the only way he could break the lock.

So, with this entire debacle Facebook have pissed off the entire VR community (I'm thinking they don't care, they have a long term plan and it doesn't involve gamers), and it's been broken already. Cue the lawyers!

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Tony Paulazzo

Re: Inevitable

it could be really bad for Oculus

Yea, can't wait till EA only allow us to only play their games thru an EA branded monitor, plus you'll need a different monitor to play Ubisoft games, Steam, etc, etc, etc... 'Cause that's what this is, a $600 fancy schmancy monitor that plugs into your PC.

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Blocking ads? Smaller digital publishers are smacked the hardest

Tony Paulazzo

Re: @kryptonaut RE: "...you won't get content..."

just as copying an MP3 removes an income stream from an artist.

This is empirically wrong.

Buying an MP3 creates an income stream for the composer - which is right and good.

Breaking into his house and stealing the original creation removes an income stream from the creator (and is both wrong and illegal).

Copying an MP3 maybe morally wrong, but doesn't that mean listening to a radio equates to the same wrongness, the creator still gets nothing and you hear a song for nothing.

Oh, and fuck advertisers!

Juniper Research has stared into its crystal ball and predicted that digital publishers stand to lose over $27bn (£18bn) by 2020 due to ad-blocking.

Juniper Research has stared up its own arsehole and pulled a completely random number (more randon than a computers random number generator), out, predicting that digital publishers stand to lose over $27bn (£18bn) by 2020 due to ad-blocking.

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'Apple ate my music!' Streaming jukebox wipes 122GB – including muso's original tracks

Tony Paulazzo

Re: 122GB ? Pah. Windows 10 OneDrive client ate over 200GB of my files!

3rd party OneDrive sync client

Onedrive in 8.1 was nigh on perfect but MS seemed to have fucked over their Onedrive in 10, to the point where I daren't allow the OS to sync because I don't trust it. Just curious what 3rd party app you use.

Also, Itunes has been deleting files of peoples PCs forever (plugging in an ipod where music has been mistakenly deleted would delete those songs from the itunes library).

First thing I always do is untick autosync in the options, then you control what goes where.

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Windows 10 handcuffs Cortana web search to Bing and Edge browser

Tony Paulazzo

As our malware has infected increasing amounts of PC* we can now lock our software together and anyone unhappy with our brave new world has their info dump straight to the NSA. Mind you, so does everyone else but they won't be 'marked'. We are Apple 2.0 - evil fucking grin.

I'm so on a list somewhere - so fuck you America! (just the secret services and bankers and lizard people - I'm sure the actual people are great, mostly), free speech FTW

* I've had two customers who claim the 10 upgrade just started and then couldn't be stopped - now I'm sure they clicked a 'yes' box at some point unknowingly but that doesn't excuse forced installation...

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Ad-blocker blocking websites face legal peril at hands of privacy bods

Tony Paulazzo

Re: Publishers could simply

I used to be a publisher (with a safe ads policy)

Dude, I was so with you until that last paragraph. If you don't like how the internet works (hint: it's a two way street not a passive selling medium), then you fuck off. Yes, you can open a dialogue with me as a potential customer, but don't try force feeding me your agenda. Go back to TV where people channel flick thru the ads or make coffee or surf their tablet / phone (which now Apple are happy with adblocking means advertisers are truly fucked), maybe they should try opening a dialogue because they're losing friends right, left & centre.

NOTE: Didn't downvote you, and will happily whitelist sites I frequent.

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Tony Paulazzo

Re: Almost enough to make me want to vote to stay in

Any site that refuses to serve me content because I run an ad blocker gets put on my blacklist and is never visited again.

Mostly agreed, except for Channel4's All4 (as was 4oD). Unfortunately their stupid adblock detector cannot detected that I've whitelisted their site*, so I've sent a link to them and told them to be at the forefront of disavowing adblock detectors.

* Possibly because I use ublock rather than adblock - mind you I also use NoScript and have a stupid long host file so ain't nut'ing gettin into my system!

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Adobe scrambles to untangle itself from QuickTime after Apple throws it over a cliff

Tony Paulazzo

Re: The real reason

https://itunes.apple.com/gb/app/myst/id311941991?mt=8

http://store.steampowered.com/app/63600/ (realtime movement but with classic Myst included)

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