* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Graphics pros left hanging as Adobe Creative Cloud outage nears 24 hours

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Adobi DRM

If it's anything like their ebook DRM it will be a steaming pile of crap, even when the cloud is working.

Activist investors try forcing Google to pay more taxes

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Activist investors

Surprised that they are Activist investors...

Not the normal, sell stuff, borrow money, give it to me Ichan types.

Do you use NAS drives? For work? One just LEAKED secret cash-machine blueprints

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In the interests of responsible disclosure, Digital Shadows did not name the affected NAS box

Since the bad guys already know about it, not very responsible. If users just need to turn off a default setting they would not even have to wait for an update.

Canuck cops cuff teen suspect in swatter-for-hire case

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Re: data transmission devices?

It was a box with blinking lights connected between his computer and a phone jack. They took his toaster too, just in case.

Malarial vaccine firm seeks crowdfunding for robo-saliva surgeon

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But do they promise not to take peoples money, then sell the robot to some mega drug corp for a billion?

Oracle vs Google redux: Appeals court says APIs CAN TOO be copyrighted

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Re: "And they all lived unhappily ever after..."

" if I take a clip from a film"

That's copying the performance. Something not possible in a book, or program.

If you have a different actor say "I'll be back" in a different film, even if they say it in a fake Arnold voice? Don't think so.

Silicon Valley bod in no-hire pact lawsuit urges court to reject his own lawyers' settlement

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"so given its in their best pockets to negotiate the best deal they've probably already reached that point and suspect the court would award a lower amount."

Or, they can grab a pile of cash now, without too much work, and on to the next case. Why wait years and do lots of work?

WTF is Net Neutrality, anyway? And how can we make everything better?

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Netflix FREEZES prices for existing UK users to stop them quitting vid-streaming service

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Same for Canada

Just received the email to tell me that it will be $7.99 Canadian for the next 2 years. $8.99 if you sign up as a new user.

London cabbies to offer EVEN WORSE service in protest against Uber

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Re: When it's rush hour in the rain...

"rush hour in the rain... "

So you can get a regular taxi then?

$3.2bn Apple deal would make hip-hop mogul Dr Dre a BEEELLLIONAIRE

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Re: Perfect match

Now they just need to buy Monster cable.

I expect they could save a lot by combining the legal teams.

Amazon granted patent for taking photos against a white background – seriously

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approaching zero?

No, they have been digging for some time.

King's stocks are candy-crushed as its top toy suffers splurge slump

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Re: New IP?

Maybe bouncing a ball against a wall of bricks. They can trade mark the word brick too.

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Candy Crush is a re-skin of Bejeweled (or any one of 100 match 3 games) with a better then avarage Player Milking System (stuck, buy a powerup" + some almost impossible levels).

Net neutrality protesters set up camp outside FCC headquarters

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Re: I like the irony

Better they have to buy you out, then just choke you to death.

Freescale: Cloudy dumb sensors? Nope, not OUR smart Internet of Things

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Internet required

When I take a 5 hour trip to visit my sister at least 2 hours are free of any cell phone coverage so anything they want to stick in a car better be able to function without a full time internet connection.

US broadband providers holding last-mile traffic ransom, ISP alleges

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Cable TV

The fact that they are much more interested in selling you a fat cable TV package then having you watch stuff like netflix just might have something to do with it.

Cold War spy aircraft CRASHED Los Angeles' air traffic control

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Re: Sulk?

I'm confused, think I'll go take a nap.

Twitter jitters: Investors turn into quitters as shares hit the sh...

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Re: Bubble

"No nothing bad happened. Your money is safe with us!"

for certain values of "your".

Tesco to tout its own smartphone – now THAT'S an unexpected item in the bagging area

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Re: Far too creepy Tesco

No Tesco, in Canada but we have been swapping Shoppers cards a work for fun.

Ouch... right in the Androids! Google hit by another antitrust sueball

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Re: Hagens Berman works for Microsoft

So this is Scroogled part II.

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Re: Sorry Kristian thats bollocks.

I have the Duck Duck Go app installed on my Nexus 4, along with firefox with Duck Duck Go the default there. If for some strange reason I wanted it, they have a Bing app too.

I'm still far more pissed every time Outlook opens a link in IE when my default browser is NOT IE.

I've never had chrome open since I made the default Firefox on the Nexus.

When people log onto a Windows box they get Bing. They make the effort to switch to Google because Bing sucks, not because Google makes them do it.

Thanks for nothing, Apple, say forensic security chaps

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Re: Boo. Hoo..

If you are at the US boarder, you are not IN the US and have no rights at all. They can already require you to unlock any device so they can snoop for any reason, or just because they don't like you, or think your hat is funny.

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They would need a warrant to access the backup.

They are searching phones without a warrant (in the US at lease) as they claim it's no different then your wallet. If they can't they will see this as a problem that needs to be fixed so they can.

Larry Ellison looks out from his island paradise and thinks: I wanna buy the LA Clippers

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Larry would get in trouble

When he tries to ban poor people from attending.

DreamWorks CEO: Movie downloaders should pay by screen size

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Re: Dear Mr. Katzenberg

"My smart phone has a Micro-HDMI port"

The DRM will require that this be turned off.

There will be a different player for each of the studios that go for it. Each will only work with a different set of 5 devices. Like 'Plays for Sure" it will be killed after a couple years and anyone dumb enough to buy anything will be SOL.

They come up with crap like this, UltraViolet, digital copy... remember the DIVX DVD phone home player? The self destructing DVD? From the same people who think putting the "you wouldn't steal a car" ad on a DVD (unskippable) that someone just bought is a good idea.

And they moan when we tell them to pull the other one and mock their great ideas.

Tell them we want DRM free, just like music and they act like we ask them to do something impossible.

Immigration Dept: we have NO IDEA how many people saw asylum-seeker data

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Not that it matters

It only takes one to download it, and repost it some place and there is no way to know the number even if they log every click.

Windows Phone: Just as well Microsoft bought an Android maker, RIGHT?

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Re: What is Windows Phone market?

I don't believe Microsoft want to help protect your privacy for a second. They are just not as good as google when it comes to collecting and selling your info, yet.

I used to use Bing to find official support sites as you didn't get as much crap as Google. No more, now it's even worse when you try a simple search for a make and model of something.

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Why would anyone want a crippled android with a not-metro skin and no apps?

Because it's cheap? That's not going to give them their dream of a big pile of cash like Apple.

Even if it's a decent phone I expect it will get neglected, then dumped like the Zune.

94% of Brit tech bosses just can't get the staff these days, claims bank

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Re: Hard to get the staff?

I love how they re-defined the meaning of "senior"

What they mean is senior for them. When the staff get to 4/5 years they want a raise, and maybe a vacation, so It's time for a new monkey, rerun the old add, no need to change the rate.

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Re: Can't get the staff

They want to do like the local supermarket and hire two people part time for one job and not pay any benefits. I know lets bring some people in from India.

Apple patents Wi-Fi access point location lookup

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How do they even know the access point is on the second or first floor? How do they get that info into their database?

Spy back doors? That would be suicide, says Huawei

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Re: A good point

They can do the same for Cisco then. At least equal if not better odds of NSA backdoors I would think...

Shut up, Siri, I'm watching telly! iOS 7.1 code reveals new role for Apple's PA

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Can they add Siri commands to ads?

Siri, volume up.

Cisco: Hey, IT depts. You're all malware hosts

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Abridged version

Cisco: Buy our stuff.

Got Windows 8.1 Update yet? Get ready for YET ANOTHER ONE – rumor

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Re: please, not the start menu

"My fear is that there wont be one"

Ha, welcome to the club.

Maybe you can install Classic no-start.

Sleuths find nosy NORKS drones on the Chinternet

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Re: The 1950s want their values back

"First, rice rockets are not just any Japanese car (or motorcycle), but souped-up ones."

Most with over sized spoiler, and a Fart Can is required.

EU: Let's cost financial traders $400m a day, because EVIL BANKERS. Right?

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Bull shit allert.

"this is simply the practice of writing a piece of code to do the buying and selling faster than a human being can possibly do it."

No it's not, it's digital coin clipping by parasites. If it was something an average person could do they would be thrown in jail. They are not even speculators.

Record labels sue Pandora over vintage song royalties

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Re: Nobody has a problem with artists receiving their due

Copyright should not be transferable. That would stop most of the record company abuse, and crap like Happy Birthday.


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Re: Royalties ad infinitum.

Even better, the great, great something of Lucy Maud has managed to get trademarks for Anne of Green Gables and tries to squeeze money out of anyone who tries to do anything with the story that has been in the public domain for ages in Canada.

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Re: RIAA concerned for artists?

This fight is about some of the record companies favorite artistes. The dead ones.

Most Americans doubt Big Bang, not too sure about evolution, climate change – survey

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Fake Corporation science

Tobacco is not the only example of companies suppressing or confusing scientific evidence for short term profit. There was also lead in paint and gasoline as well where pet scientists and propaganda was used to hold off the ban of leaded paint and fuel.

If two scientists say different things, there are lots of people who will just go with what they want to hear without looking at the actual science.

If people still believe Wakefield (and even think he is a victim) there is not much hope.

OK, we get the message, Microsoft: Windows Defender splats 1000s of WinXP, Server 2k3 PCs

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Re: Well...

And if you ignored the warning, it did download the broken update and borked your system even after they said it didn't work anymore.

I received several "phone a friend" help calls from friends and relatives with xp computers that stopped working.

Virgin Media so, so sorry for turning spam fire-hose on its punters

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Re: Spam

"Most competent companies have figured this out"

After they have had their main mail server black listed by some one in marketing saying "it's not spam, it's an email blast".

Ditch the sync, paddle in the Streem: Upstart offers syncless sharing

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Re: Magic

Checking their FAQ I see I was right...

"What is Streem?

Streem is a "magical" cloud-based hard drive that offers unlimited storage space for your files. All files are securely stored in the cloud and streamed to you on-demand, saving you terabytes of space on your devices."

So soon I'll be streeming 4K video over dial-up to my etch a sketch.

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“instantly streamed … giving consumers the best possible quality without any lag, no matter the device or bandwidth.”

Cures the common cold too I expect...

US mobile firms cave on kill switch, agree to install anti-theft code

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24 hours?

How long will it take some one to figure out how to unbrick the phones?

EFF: Feds plan to put 52 MILLION FACES into recognition database

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Re: "the facial recognition system...

authorized law enforcement agencies... and that would be?

I'm guessing all of them. Parking enforcement, the works.

Windows 8.1, which you probably haven't upgraded to yet, Already obsolete

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Who at Microsoft is making up the names... and why do they still have a job?

Windows 8.1 Update?

What Windows 8.1 Update? No not a Windows 8.1 Update. It's THE Windows 8.1 Update. But there are lots of things in my windows update history called Windows 8.1 Update?

You would think that an update that "is a new baseline" would be at least 8.1.1 and there would be some way to tell it's installed other then there is a magnifying glass on your not-metro screen.

What are they going to call the next one? Windows 8.1 MoreUpdate? Windows 8.1 Update Again?

Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray

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And here we go again

Another record company attempt to repeat the "everyone buy another copy of all your stuff" that they had with CD.

Yes lots of people have BluRay players in their home, most are connected to TV speakers, a sound bar, or home theatre in a box.

- So for most people ...

- Will not hear a difference over CD.

- Will only have one player, not in the car.

- Can't use iTunes to ripp it to your phone (a + on record company PowerPoints)

+ can put a whole box set on one disc (a - on record company PowerPoints)

So expect another DVD Audio type whimper.

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