* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Will the next US-EU trade pact prevent Brussels acting against US tech giants?

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Drug companies?

All that testing is cutting into profits. Sure our new super addictive happy pill has killed a few people but our profits are up 47%.

EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers

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Blame the telco

They like android because they can install all kinds of crap if they want. But if you buy anything but the newest top of the line phone you can forget them providing any upgrades at all.

So Google wants to be able to upgrade more of the phones features from the app store.

They want to compete with Apple who don't let the phone companies control the upgrades. If Google upgrade android from 4.4.3 to 4.4.4 the phone companies don't give a crap, they just want you to buy a new phone every 2 years anyway. But now more stuff is part of the google blob so you can upgrade your camera from the google play store without needing an OS upgrade from the phone company.

The only thing they should be looking at is to make sure they are not pulling a Microsoft and using incentives to make sure all of a companies devices are google devices. If Amazon want to make a google phone, but keep selling the non-google fire that should be OK.

British cops cuff 660 suspected paedophiles

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Re: Hmmm

I would not be a scout leader now if you paid me, even though I had a great peado free time as a cub and scout when I was a kid.

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Re: Lot Of Sick F*cks Out There...

Only ex-cops?

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

That's the same defense given against the ivory trade. "it's okay to buy it because I am not directly killing the animals"

That is a bit like the "you wouldn't steal a car" line though. Every bit of ivory is part of an elephant, and you can only sell it once. Ivory porn would be a picture of a piano. It might even be a drawing, or CGI rendering of a piano.

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Re: for some definition of paedophile...

"The police do not spend 6 months investigating and then make an arrest for a handful of links in someones history,"

They also don't just happen to arrest 600 people at the same time unless it's a circus.

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Re: Police declined to explain how they "snared" the suspects

Yes IF they have arrested people found with actual kiddy porn... Good Job!

If they were an IP in a log file, or a couple of thumbnail images, or a cartoon that looked like she might be under age, or credit cards again. BAD. "Kill them all and let God sort them out" is not how you should run a police force.

Price cuts, new features coming for Office 365 small biz customers

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For people who don't buy every upgrade

Loads of people went from 2003, to 2010, and are not even thinking of 2013... how much more will Office 365 cost people like that? Of course that's the reason MS (and Adobe) are pushing the rental model.

And once they force every one onto the rental plan they will not even have to bother updating the software until the free software catches up at least.

Voteware source code review 'could lead to hacking'

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Re: Once a trouble maker always...

"This is why only a fool would allow the source code out."

The programmers and others at the company already know the source code.

So if it's as crap as you say any one of them can pick the winner. Or maybe the owner of the company would like a change to the tax laws to go through, have his company get more contracts...

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such a request could “leave the voting system open to hacking or manipulation"... by other people?

The source code includes variables like "Desired_Winner" and "Winning_margin" ?

The hard coded admin password is 1234?

HP chairman Ralph Whitworth steps down immediately

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How can you tell? Is it a different shade of brown then all the other turds?

New leaked 'Windows 8 screenshot': The Start Menu strikes back

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"live" tiles

I thought the mail one would be useful, until I had read all my new mail and the stupid thing started distracting me by displaying old read emails. Disabled.

It took very little time for me to disable, and shrink all the live tiles on my surface. Out of the box it was like a web page full of Flash ads.

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The two things that bug me most

Other then the Metro crap UI are #1 the simplified error message, making most of them say "something happened" (even if you look in the event log) is not helpful. #2 now setting are scattered in even more places.

Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee

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How is it going to talk to the heating system?

"In Europe, however, where thermostats either have to be mains-powered – which means a more challenging 240v install – or battery-powered, it’s more of a problem. In this respect, wireless is less life-threatening"

Sure the wireless thermostat can talk to the internet, but how is it going to talk to the heating system? Your going to have to connect something to the heating system and your right back to 240v.

The real advantage of wireless is being able to put the thermostat in a good spot instead of were it was easy to run the wires.

Mobile, cloud, social? Data? Nadella strings sexy words together

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They want a big pile of cash like Apple

So if they make expensive locked down devices they will get a big pile of cash right?

Apple: No, China. iPhone is NOT public enemy number 1

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Re: RE: "Without your consent"

"You may find that you have already given consent!"

You went and turned it on, didn't you...

LightSquared backer sues FCC over spectrum shindy

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Why, we might as well have been buying AIR

No they bought a fart.

The whole thing was stupid from the start.

Will Microsoft devices sit happily on a single platform?

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A phone and a tablet, sure not that hard. I have some android apps that work fine on my phone and tablet.

A phone and a mufti-monitor desktop? No, it's going to be shit for one or both of them.

Satya Nadella: Microsoft's new man presses all the old buttons in LONG memo

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Re: Xbox

If they can come up with some good 30 second games it could be useful when watching TV...

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.

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.

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!

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