* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Marriott fined $600k for deliberate JAMMING of guests' Wi-Fi hotspots

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Re: True Intentions?

Wi-Fi is unlicensed bandwidth so what right do the hotel have to kill other peoples connections to protect their connections? We had to do it so our service would continue to make money?

I work at one very large (25K this year) event every year and our shows and vendors that need internet get an expensive cat5 drop with their expensive power drop. Yes the wi-fi fell over during one peak time, and so did some of the cell networks. No one made a stink, some even took a walk to the other side of the hill so they could see a different cell tower (and buy better cheaper food). But if they had paid $100 for a connection I'm sure they would have put up a big stink.

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Re: There be dragons here

Sure, tip them if you are making special requests.

But the envelops are not about that, they pay less then minimum wage because the staff get tips. In effect you are tipping the corporation by subsidising their payroll.

Sprint starting mass layoffs to 'improve operational efficiencies' in mobile network

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Re: Certain management and non-management positions?

Bonus for the C level.

You folks probably don't have much to say on the Comcast-TWC merger ... FCC extends deadline for comments anyway

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I expect the delay is to give them time to come up with an excuse to say yes, and maybe collect a few more brown envelops for up coming campaigns.

Vanished blog posts? Enterprise gaps? Welcome to Windows 10

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Re: Does Windows 10 actuall shut down when you click shutdown?

You have to turn off fast start if you want it to turn OFF off, and not something more like hibernate.

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not even a skip option

There is a skip option, but it's kind of hidden. Click create new, then there is a skip option.

Of course you will now get pestered for your windows account when you click on some stuff like the store, or onedrive...

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No more need for your hotmail account?

"Organizations can now use their existing AD, federated in the cloud with Azure AD, to do everything they need. No Microsoft Account needed."

That would be nice (if they can get it past MS marketing).

SLOSH! Cops dethrone suspect - by tipping over portaloo with him inside

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Re: Why

Why are cops in camo? It's not to hide in the dollar store, it's going to make them stand out even more then normal uniform. It's as you say to make them look like a bunch of soldiers.

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Re: Wait for it...

They had to flush him out.

Now kicking him when he was down, that was a shitty move.

Leaked: Mobile operators' SCARE campaign against net neutrality

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all PROVIDERS of data should be treated equally.

That's a good start. Just need something for phone companies who might think routing ALL VoIP data through Narnia is a good idea, or cable TV companies who do the same for ALL streaming video.

UK reforms on private copying and parody come into force

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So we can now parody Andrew Orlowski's upcoming moan (should be any second now) but he will still reject it.

Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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Re: Irreversible encryption

It's right up there with write only memory.

Apple blacklists tech journo following explicit BENDY iPhone vid

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Consumers reports did. The 5 is MUCH less bendy requiring around double the force to bend.

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.

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.

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.

US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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

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...

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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!

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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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.

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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!

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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