* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

WD adds Miracast support to feed-slinging tellybox gizmo

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Re: Great little box

Lots of luck with the firmware update. The one I bought got a hardware update (didn't change the model number, you had to check the SN# to know what one you had) and people with the old version only got one minor bug fix, then it was "go buy the new one".

UK's emergency data slurp: IT giants panicked over 'legal uncertainty'

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Re: Funny ...

You think they have been sitting on their hands since April?

I expect the new law took them 5 minutes, but they waited to sneak it in at the last second so they would not have to deal with people saying this one is just as bad as the old unlawful law. They figure someone will come up with something to distract people by the time they get back.

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There is no point making a challenge to our new emergency law since it will automatically end in 2016 when we will have a new law that everyone will like...

2016: Emergency!

Apple rats on Google to FTC: You thought WE were in-app-ropriate?

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Re: Just use profiles

Only on a tablet, not on a phone.

My Nexus 4 - no profiles

Nexus 7 - has profiles.

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Re: Bah!

Sounds like a little kid.

But Mom, Billy did it too.

Hay Apple, if Google jumped off a bridge would you jump too?

Europe's highest court: Apple CAN trademark its retail store layout

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I just stand outside and use their wifi.

The Windows 8 dilemma: Win 8 or wait for 9?

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It could have had much the same UI as Windows 7

Beta Windows 8 did have that feature. Just had to change a registry entry and you got your desktop back. But the people who though Metro was a good idea had it stripped out for the final release.

Would it be bad if the Amazon rainforest was all farms? Well it was, once

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It's no fun if you can't just pick out the bits you like.

Google de-listing of BBC article 'broke UK and Euro public interest laws' - So WHY do it?

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Like the DMCA

Who is Google to decide if something is in the public interest? Can you even define what "in the public interest" is, or is it one of the I know it when I see it type things?

They are a company so they only care about what is in the companies interest, if they don't de-list something they could end up with court costs defending that.

If the request comes from Joe Average guy, they can ignore it. From a lawyer, or a corporation? Link is toast. Only in the most black and white cases will they not remove the link.

As I said before this will be just like Youtube and the DMCA. If Youtube get a takedown request your video is toast. Even if it perfectly legal and it's now your problem to get it put back. This is abused on purpose to get rid of stuff people don't like, or in error by automatic systems. I have personally experienced this when one division of a major record label proved me with material to promote a bands appearance and approved the final site, but a different division of the same company had the site taken down with a DMCA request a day later.

Sydney wallows in cesspit of WiFi obsolescence and ignorance

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How did they control for free WiFi

The local Cable monopoly (Rogers) have routers* that provide two SSIDs, One secured, and a guest SSID that appears to be wide open but requires you to open an HTTPS: webpage and enter a password (so all your non SSL traffic is not encrypted).

*That only need to be rebooted a few times a week.

'Spy-proof' IM launched: Aims to offer anonymity to whistleblowers

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Re: commendable. But...

Maybe they could add features so it becomes popular for people sending friends pictures of their food, or subscribe to the funny cat video of the day. Make it so 99% of the traffic is useless crap.

Amazon snubs FTC: We'll see you in court over kids' in-app cash blowouts

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You sound like Faux News.

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Re: Easy access? on iOS there's...

Yes both Android and IOS have controls but I think a lot of them were added after Apple got a good kicking for living off the avails of scam apps. My old iPod touch only had a small subset of the stuff you list and they made it real easy to setup an account linked to a credit card and everything wide open by default. You could setup an account without a credit card but is was a bit like setting up Windows 8 without a microsoft account.

As for Google, the playstore gift cards have been available in Canada for about half a year, and have only matched the wide availability of iTunes cards for a few months.

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stop buying freemium games

Crypto thwarts TINY MINORITY of Feds' snooping efforts

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I wonder?

"State police were unable to circumvent the encryption used by criminal suspects in nine cases last year"

Were they people who had already been caught once with a wire tap? I think that would be much stronger reason for a drugy to encrypt then the Snowden news in main stream press.

HOLD THE FRONT PAGE: US govt backs mass spying by US govt

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Re: Direct Opposition

"despite some concerns about the scope with which the program has been collecting information on US citizens."

And shipping it off to their friends in England, Canada, New Zealand...?

We need to talk about SPEAKERS: Sorry, 'audiophiles', only IT will break the sound barrier

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Re: The ear can't hear square waves.

You might feed a square wave into a speaker, but it's not going to be very square when it comes out as sound. Even if you could move (and stop) the speaker cone fast enough the air it moves compresses.

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Re: Improving your reproduction

And any "new" speakers will immediately have magic woo applied to them. They will be made to look like space ships by designers who are considered more important then the engineers by the marketing department.

You just going to end up "needing" a thousand dollar power cord for each speaker instead of just one for your power amp.

Drone's drug airdrop mission ends in failure for Irish prisoners

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Re: Just drop the damn thing when above the point you want to be above...

I expect this was an off the shelf RC toy (toys can be expensive and still be toys) and I don't think I've seen one with a "drop stuff" function as some idiot would think it was a good idea to drop darts or something like that on people.

You could add it, but that would require skill knowledge.

Amazon reseller lobs sueball at etailer and Apple over listings yank

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Re: Never ascribe to malice…

No Amazon don't care (much like ebay) it's easy to find blatantly obvious bootleg DVDs. But they jump if they get a complaint from a big company with lawyers on staff.

Surface Mini fondleslab farewelled

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I might be interested in a 7-8" to replace my original surface RT. But I expect they were planing to charge $600 or more, and I would not be interested at that price. I don't think anyone would be who was spending their own money, and I'm sure MS know that now.

NASA aborts third attempt at finally settling man-made CO2 debate

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With a big tube of super glue maybe.

Microsoft thumbs nose at NSA, hardens crypto for Outlook, OneDrive

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Re: So?

NSA will have to get a bit of paper rubber stamped and pay MS to provide the data, not just suck up the data for free from one of their taps.

Google Glass faces UK cinema ban: Heaven forbid someone films you crying in a rom-com

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film theft

You wouldn't steal a car...

Intel, Ford: Project Mobii will harpoon unsafe, unauthorized drivers

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They now have then on a touch screen, scattered randomly across 8 different screens.

Learning from Windows and Office they will automatically be re-arranged depending on what button you pushed last.

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Re: That's ok

No it will be completely bug free like the current Windows for cars thing they have.

How long before the insurance companies offer to not double your rates if you let them watch?

Power BI: Office 365 just got more intelligent

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Re: Lovely. Not.

Can you tell it the answer you want and have it find the matching data for you?

Aereo has to pay TV show creators? Yes. This isn't rocket science

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Re: Abolish copyright? What an idiotic idea!

"Abolish copyright? Maybe we should have a very short primer on what copyright is. Prior to copyright, in England (and elsewhere), creators essentially owned their works forever."

Not quite. The publisher owned the works forever. In the case of England, Elizabeth confirmed the charter of the Stationers’ Company (1559) who where the only company in all of England allowed to print anything (except for a couple of university presses) and had the power to destroy any books or presses they could find.

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Re: This makes no sense on multiple levels

First this has NOTHING to do with "creators should be paid" they don't see a cent of this money.

It's all about cable companies are getting money from our stuff and not giving us any, wah!

So cable companies now have to give the broadcaster money "to pay for the production of local content" (what local content? 5 minutes of news? infomercals maybe).

Now the broadcaster and cable company are owned by the same company so they can use the fees to kick competing cable companies (see CBS/ Time Warner in New York) and block new services (like Aereo) that might cut into their profit.

It's just about the same thing as ISPs expecting Netflix to give them money to deliver the packets the customer paid for already.

USB charger is prime suspect in death of Australian woman

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Re: Sadly, I am not surprised this happened

They would only care if it said @pple on it. They need someone with loads of money to call up and whine at them before they move. When it comes to no-name crap there is not much budget to deal with it.

In Canada there are only a few people working on dangerous goods but an army working on fake DVDs and handbags.

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Re: How?

I happen to have a set of iPod earphones here... Check with my multimeter and no, the grille is not connected to any of the three rings on the plug.

My Sony in ear headphones are all plastic on the outside.

My on ear Logitec headset is also has no exposed metal bits.

So we would need a defective charger that connects one of the USB lines to the live input.

A device (phone?) that connects that to signal ground.

A dangerous headset* that has exposed metal bits that connect to ground (spark gap at 220V is almost nill, much less then a mm).

She would need to touch something to complete the circuit like a tap.

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Short of being struck by lightning how would you get burns on your ears? I don't think I've seen any headphones that have metal parts that would touch your ears. Was she taking a shower at the time?

Strap-on cam pro GoPro in IPO share grow show

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An IPO for a company that actually makes something, and even a profit. How old school!

What is ex-NSA spyboss selling for $1m a month, asks US congressman

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Re: I would pay extra out of next year's tax refund....

That's why they are so upset with Snowden. He keeps giving away perfectly good merchandise for free.

Google adds 'data protection' WARNING to Euro search results

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Re: Diff?

And at best this will never work better then the blocking of pirate bay. If people feel Google.___ is not as usefull as .com, they will find a way to use .com, even if they force google to hide the handy button.

ARRRRR. Half world's techies are software PIRATES – survey

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Re: Complete... err... fabrications

And it's the "The Software Alliance" so I expect they just pulled half the data out of their ass, and fudged the rest to get the answer they wanted to get.

Apple wins patent to pump ads to your iDevice while you're watching TV

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Re: @dan1980

It can be very effective...

Hawaii Five-O " why don't you bing it..."

Me "Oh for fucks sake you've got to be kidding" switch channel, never watched it again.

REVEALED: Google's proposed indie music-killing contract terms

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Well they do clame to be independant.

Next you will be saying that Sony and the other big music companies should be forced to give everyone the same deal.

That guy that plays a great harmonica down in the subway is way better then Justin Beber so they should give him a contract and a fat advance too.

Snowden defends mega spy blab: 'Public affairs have to be known by the public'

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Re: What has changed since

NAS and the rest don't care and don't think they can do anything wrong. So BAU as far as they can manage.

The only thing that has changed is companies that were happy to install a secret NSA tap in exchange for a bag of money now find that it's costing them money and even if they say there is no tap no one will believe them since that is what they would have to say if there was a tap. So we have US companies fighting the secret gag orders because it's costing them money.

Congress passes crackdown on NSA surveillance

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So they are not saying That is bad, you can't do that.

They are saying you can't pay for it from this budget.

Have another budget, maybe some creative accounting, a little black money, knock your self out.

I have to wonder if they were even paying for the current snooping from that budget, or is this a total sham.

Microsoft hopes for FONDLESLAB FRENZY as Surface Pro 3 debuts

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proceeded to review their samples based on their normal laptop usage

Why would they do that? Could it be because MS is saying...

Surface Pro 3—The Tablet That Can Replace Your Laptop


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Price in Canada

I've seen that ad, and some print ads on the back page of one of the local free news rags.

Starting at $1049*

*keyboard and Office not included

Maybe a management toy, but it's not going to replace the $600 Dell laptops most people have round where I work.

Surprise Android 'KitKat' update fixes nasty OpenSSL vuln

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I had about 2 weeks between my Nexus 4 and 7 as well.

US spanks phone-jamming vendor with $34.9 MEEELLION fine

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Re: China: Figures

And from what I've seen of the football going on now, they would be the peak of current style too!

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Re: China: Figures

China is not communist, has not been for a long time if it ever was. Texas is more communist then China.

Auditors blast Blighty cops over binned multi-million pound IT project

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a zombi project

external circumstances changed = not my fault.

Agile = make it up as we go along.

SIREN we have a cool name with a made up backronym so what could go wrong?

World still standing? It's been two weeks since Cryptolocker, Gameover Zeus takedown by feds

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use security software and keep it updated, make sure your systems are being patched

Not of much use for Cryptolocker since it seems to be updated faster then AV Software. If you are running the pro version of windows you can block appdata but no policy editor for home versions.

So it's down to don't click on crap... we know how well that works.

NHS slammed for MAJOR data blunders as scale of patient info sell-off is revealed

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opt out

I bet that was the first data they lost.

AT&T: 'twas conniving contractors who nicked your info

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Re: Bullcrap

Why are they making people jump through hoops to unlock a paid for phone. They should just need enough info to identify the phone. Should not require any personal info at all.

FCC launches probe into Verizon/Netflix spat

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Re: Of Course They Did

You are forgetting another big reason they want Netflix to suffer. They are Cable Companies, they don't want to you watch Netflix, they want you to subscribe to a big fat expensive bundle of mostly crap and rent their PVR too.

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