* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

High court finds Newzbin's 'ops' man liable for copyright infringement

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defraud film studios

What? Did he say he was going to give them 10% of the profits then fudge the books so there was no profits?

Oh wait, it seems that ok.

Amazon turns screws on French publisher: Don't feel sorry for Hachette, it's just 'negotiation'

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Re: it was a court, and a pretty comprehensive trashing it was, too.

If Amazon was doing something illegal go after them for it.

If they are just doing something you don't like, too bad.

In both cases that is not an excuse to setup an illegal price fixing scam because Amazon is evil.

Who do they think they are? Batman?

Windows XP fixes flaws for free if you turn PCs into CASH REGISTERS

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Re: Personally I think

You need to think some more.

All your examples are for new features, not safety fixes.

If you want a valid non-software example look at recalls. I had my 11 year old cars airbag and some wiring replaced for free do to a recall. That's FAR past the warranty. They can't just say, your cars is old, go buy a new one.

You've got Mail! But someone else is reading it in Outlook for Android

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Re: forgot to encrypt messages stored on Android SD cards

Maybe not the NSA. Might be handy for cops who pull you over for looking funny.

Microsoft Cortana EULA contains the Greatest Disclaimer of ALL TIME

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Re: Software ought to be goods

Lots of the stuff in EULA has no legal backing, they just hope you will not take them to court.

Authorities swoop on illicit Wolverhampton SPAM FARM

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Re: Can we apply this to printed bollocks as well as electronic bollocks?

Different company, same story here. Used to call them and say I want to sign up for the super deluxe with extra bells service. When they finally get to checking and say it's not available in my area I'd tell them I wanted to be compensated for them wasting my time by sending me offers for stuff they can't deliver. That go them to take my name/address off the spam list.

Google tells indie labels to take its YouTube deal or face OBLIVION

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Re: Pitchfork time.

The reason independents exist is because the big labels have been screwing people with take it or leave it contracts for as long as published music existed. Now they are in effect signing up to a big label and are surprised that they are getting offered contracts they don't like.

If they can survive not signing with a big label, they should survive not signing with youtube.

If the big labels don't have to give people contracts they like why should the world be different for Youtube?

Bing's the thing in Microsoft's push for cheap Windows devices

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Re: So where are the Whiteknighting MicroSoft Shister-Team

"That they cannot do this is precisely my point: Google's current all or nothing licencing for Android apps prohibits OEMs from competing with Google."

Not true at all.

A friend has a Samsung phone from Bell Canada. For a lot of functions they have one Google app, one Samsung app, and a Bell app. They all do the same thing, you can't uninstall any of them without root. So OEMs and ISPs can compete. Most of that stuff is crap, it's why I bought a Nexus 4.

Unless you mean to say can't remove the google app and install some crap app that no one would use given a choice, but it gives the OEM a kickback.

The Internet of Things helps insurance firms reward, punish

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Those days are long gone.

You can't just cut the wire on the sensor as it's needed for the black box to manage the engine moment to moment. The problem is the black box recording and transmitting info that is no longer needed by the car to be used as spy data.

Right now you can plug a box into your car so the insurance company can spy on you for a discount. How long before car companies build it in and charge the insurance companies a fee to access the data?

Cut the link? The data connection will be required for warranty, and be used for other stuff like live traffic data for the built in GPS, as well as things like map updates.

Root the back box?

How many people root their phones, almost no one will root there car, if it costs car companies money it will be banned.

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Re: It's not so much the Internet of Things you have to be worried about...

I think it may hit even before then.

Sorry we can't sell you insurance as there is not enough data available.

If you don't have an activity tracker(s) you will be in the same class as people who have already had a heart attack and smashed their last three cars.

Facebook wants to LISTEN IN on the songs and vids playing in YOUR living room

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Zuckerbergs loudly professed anti govt snooping stance either.

He doesn't like competition. That's his job!

TV body seeks attractive mobile operators for mutual action replays

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Coming soon, 3D 4K on your phone. Sure to be a big hit this time.

In Japan they had phones that could pickup over the air TV, but that's no good as the phone company can't charge you extra for that.

The big cell phone companies in Canada have TV on your phone service, but you pay extra, AND you have to subscribe to their deluxe Pay TV service at home. So for example you need to have Rogers Cable TV + a Rogers Mobile phone, pulse the Phone add-on subscription if you don't want to eat your tiny data allowance.

The number one reason this will never take off is the companies involved are all greedy bastards.

PC makers! You, between Microsoft and the tablet market! Get DOWN!

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So am I

I am one of the lucky people who get to test stuff on Windows 8.1, what ever they call the current version.

Once I kill as much of not-Metro as possible, it's not bad. But if they took not-Metro out back and put a bullet in it's head it would only be better.

One of the problems with Windows has always been the way settings seem to be scattered at random, Win8 made that twice as bad.

Don't much want IE, and now I have two of them.

Senate decides patent reform is just too much work, waves white flag

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Re: who are those companies?

against, you forgot the lawyers...

Windows Phone Live: Microsoft's plans for enterprise on mobile

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Enterprise functionallity

No, you need the Xbox and music stuff!

It will now be easier* for a WinPhone end user to setup exchange email then Android users.

* As long as you upgrade to the latest version of Exchange server running on Windows 2012R2 or switch to Office 365.

Microsoft’s 'FIRST NOKIA' arrives at £89

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Wow, why didn't anyone think of that before!

the scene-stealing feature of the Windows Phone update, the voice assistant Cortana

So you reckon Nokia-wielding Microsoft can't beat off Apple?

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Bull crap.

"the only vendor with a unified strategy across server, desktop, tablet and mobile,"

Yes, just what a want on my server, the interface for a 5" phone screen.

"and the only vendor to support the future of touch and gesture across all of those platforms."

The servers are locked away, I only touch them maybe once a week, and they don't even have a monitor connected to them unless I wheel over the terminal cart. WTF would I want with touch and gesture shit?

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Face it. Nobody enters a shop and asks for a "Windows computer".

A few might ask if they have any without windows 8, most don't care, or don't think there is a choice.

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.

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