* Posts by Tom 35

2862 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

HP Ink should cough up $1.5m for bricking printers using unofficial cartridges – lawsuit

Tom 35

Printer inovation

Is now ink DRM.

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Oz government rushes its anti-crypto legislation into parliament

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Do they have to block service in Australia

If it's a free service I would think just have a check box "Are you in Australia [ ]" If you check it, OK, Bye.

If you lie and say you don't live in Australia, well not my fault.

This reminds be of the days of 40 bit international versions of browsers with the download page for the better US version where you swear not to give it to China or other "bad" countries. That worked great.

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Brits pay £490m extra for mobes they already own – Citizens Advice

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We used to have that crap in Canada too

They had unadvertised BYOD plans, but they pushed the "free" phone. The CRTC cut max contracts to 2 years, required free phone unlocking, and split the phone payment from the service. You pay a "tab" each month for 2 years to pay for the phone, Once the 2 years is over the extra charge is gone.

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FCC boss slams new Californian net neutrality law, brands it illegal

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Re: Typical

" It gave too much power to those unaccountable to We The People."

So who has the power now? Comcast?

Not We The People, that's for sure.

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It's been 5 years already, let's gawp at Microsoft and Nokia's bloodbath

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Re: Conspiracy theory?

And look what MS did to Windows 8 to try and make phones and computers look the same.

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Feel the shame: Email-scammed staffers aren't telling bosses about it

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Re: Plain text

I like knocking stuff off my desk too.

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Wasting time

I had some scammer who registered a domain that looked like ours, had an older version of our email signature, and knew a few staff names. Sent me an email "from the boss" to wire $5,000 to "a supplier".

Replied back.... Done.

Then acted stupid for a whole series of back and forth. I BCC'ed my boss, he was laughing his arse off. Some of the scammers emails ended up in our employ manual.

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It looks like tech-savvy drivers will have to lead connected car data purge

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Re: Clear personal data ?

I think all cars have a clear data option, but on some you will never find it without a search or reading the manual. It will be something like settings -> advanced -> other -> more -> more -> data -> clear -> are you sure?

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Texas ISP slams music biz for trying to turn it into a 'copyright cop'

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Re: Infringing files

"Copyright no... trademark infringement instead.. yes."

No, I revived a notice for a 1.5k text file that happened to have a name close to a Madonna song. It's all bots and no one looks at the output.

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Don't be silly

You need higher bandwidth for Netflix not downloading 8 MB .mp3 files.

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Unpicking the Pixel puzzle: Why Google is struggling to impress

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It's just too expensive for average people

They are for people with too much money. Add the pixel book to that too.

If I was buying a phone right now I think I'd be looking at something like a Nokia 6.1 or the 6.1+ if it comes to Canada.

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Microsoft takes another whack at killing off Windows Phone 8.x

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The best part

Is I don't have to worry about clicking on a story to find it's Andrew Orlowski trying to tell us how great it is.

Too bad about Nokia though.

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Boss regrets pointing finger at chilled out techie who finished upgrade early

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Domain name expired

Automated notice ignored. My email ignored. Squatter pointing domain to a page of ads. You can guess the rest.

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Shiver me timbers: Symantec spots activist investor Starboard side

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Stop using the name they made up for themselves. It's not "activist investor" it's corporate raider. They are not investing, they are only after fast cash and don't care what they leave behind after they move on to the next target.

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US Senate green-lights controversial anti-sex-trafficking law amid warnings of power grab

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Re: Shame

"How do these laws help the legal sex worker?"

They don't. They may even be the real target of the law and the Think of the Children only added so they can call anyone opposed to the bill a pervert.

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Re: Welcome to the land of the escaped puritans.

"I always thought the Puritans left England because they were being unfairly persecuted."

No it was because they wanted to be the ones doing the persecution. You just have to look at the laws they had in the towns they setup in North America.

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It is not even targeting trafficking, as it is about blocking prostitution. They just assume trafficking is a subset of prostitution. Or are they just targeting prostitution and using "think of the children" to push it through?

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US voting systems: Full of holes, loaded with pop music, and 'hacked' by an 11-year-old

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The GOP ran an investigation into voter fraud

Because they wanted to learn how to do it better.

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Devon County Council techies: WE KNOW IT WASN'T YOU!

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Re: I thought printing systems

Computers do what you say, not what you mean.

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Time to party like it's 2005! Palm is coming BAAAA-ACK

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Re: The mistake of a non compatible OS....

Well they did go to Windows Mobile first, I think that's what killed them. If they had gone to something like WebOS from the start...

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Think tank calls for post-Brexit national ID cards: The kids have phones so what's the difference?

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Re: "If there are no ID cards no one can demand them,"

"My bullshit-o-meter hit the endstop"

Your lucky, mine burst into flames and fell over.

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'Your computer has a virus' cold call con artists on the rise – Microsoft

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Re: Re "putting the phone down is almost always the right thing to do."

I always consider it a challenge to get them to swear at me. For the ones with Indian accents telling them how disappointed their mothers must be after all the work of raising you only to get a cheap crook, works almost every time.

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US drug cops snared crooks with pre-cracked BlackBerry mobes – and that's just the start

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Re: Symptoms of misguided policies

Add for profit prisons. Drugs are easily the number one source of "customers" and they need to expend their jail utilization to boost profits. That's whey the GOP is so against pot legalization

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It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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"something in the media that I disagree with"

No, that's just the Trump version.

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Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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The latest thing I'm getting

Robo calls in Chinese, I recorded one and got a friend to listen and it's a tax scam. The calling number is spoofed, very local and different every time. A black list is not going to work on that and they have been calling 2-3 times a week. I would be happy to have google kill that.

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Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: What about switching the pump off?

He was probably on hold waiting for permission to push the button.

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Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers' location data... for now

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Re: AT&T has no reason to believe......

They have made sure that it's all authorized and paid for in full.

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Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

Tom 35

Re: Why would they?

GMO? Who cares about that. It's antibiotics, grown hormones, veg sprayed with liquefied pig crap "fertilizer".

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Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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So just like a TV or wifi router

Except the normal "Buy our new model" answer is more of a problem.

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Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

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Re: Good.

And marked up 1,000%

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Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

Google search also gives different results depending on what you have searched for in the past. When I entered Dave I get https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibfQX11aPmg

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Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Could the "threat to security" be that they are not compromised? They don't come with a preinstalled backdoor for the CIA and friends?

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Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec

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Figuratively shitting on the employees under him was no longer enough to satisfy him.

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Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors

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Re: It's simple

So the US, England, and other "good" countries get to access the keys. How about China? India? Argentina? Afghanistan? Florida? Texas?

Who decides who has access?

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Hey, Mac fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Splash out on this rare Apple I

Tom 35

Mac?

Why would mac fans care?

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Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'

Tom 35

How to sell shares for instant wealth

And not have to deal with arse holes like Carl Icahn.

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Facebook caught up in court battle with Amazon and pals over 'ageist job ads' that targeted young

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I was seeing much worse ads

How to make millennials work. There were a bunch of them including one from Microsoft.

Seems millennials are such slackers, managers need special tools to get them to do any work.

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Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Only for outright crooks

Sure the fake "I'm calling from Microsoft" calls. But the ones selling services you can make the customer of the calling service pay. Joe's carpet cleaning and it's owner can pay if they hire an Indian call center to make calls

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You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

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Re: So they...

"Then they turn right around and start a new company based on the old one's business plan."

And the same staff, and the assets the old company sold to the new company (for $1 and consulting fees).

They have moved across the street and have a new name.

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Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Re: Get this round my area..

"This is purely because of the extortionate costs of dumping rubbish at the council owned tips."

Some people will not pay anything, and even if it was free some would still dump it where ever it was easy.

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Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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No, no, no...

"Surface has helped polish Microsoft's brand, as a stylish and useful tool for creatives and entrepreneurs, for architects, engineers, and designers."

The Surface is for middle managers, the surface book is for upper management email and powerpoint.

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Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Re: Can't lawmakers be sacked for being too dim to be useful?

That big pot of frogs on the stove are just getting comfortably warm about now.

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Drain your battery playing candy crush on the bus ride home?

Get a ride in the back of a cop car?

But when it's bankers and executives and millions are involved this will not do a thing.

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IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: When USB sticks are illegal.....

I can see someone having "fun" at a best buy store.

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Google tweaks Wear OS – yes, it's still around

Tom 35

yes, it's still around

It's not a Microsoft phone.

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Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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Re: To say...

Just think of all the cheap windows 10 tablets with 60 GB SSDs...

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Looks like we have an MS fanboy

Looks like someone downvoted every post.

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Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

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Happy

Re: They'll have to wait

Who was it that used to go on about how great windows phone was and how great it was to have your computer look like a phone... Used to reject my comments about how great a full screen calculator on a 24" monitor was, or mocking the latest MS attempt at a phone OS. I wonder who that was?

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One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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Re: I've seen this before

"stop visiting abusive websites"

So I need a driver and the site wants me to register before I can download the driver.

I have opera for that, if I need to verify my email I have an address that deletes everything at 30 days. If I don't have to verify the email address I use marketing@your domain. I'm Elvis and the auto-fill is full of junk. The phone number is from that Pizza jungle that's on the radio 50 times a day.

I don't go to a lot of effort, but if they want to make me register to download a new driver they are getting garbage.

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Hooo boy, Commvault, your activist investor is not a happy chappy

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activist investor

There is no such thing. The correct name is Corporate Raider, or asset stripper.

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