* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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.

Apple has THREE TIMES as much cash as US govt, TWICE the UK

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"US Congress is too paralyzed to overhaul and too fractious to rationally orchestrate any sort of repatriation strategy."

So time for another tax free holiday for billionaires?

Innovation creates instability, you say? BLASPHEMY, you SCUM

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Don't forget YetAnotherPlatform.

Never mind the HORSE MEAT, trading standards cuts'll hurt IT crowd, too

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and helped to catch a Lancashire paedophile,

Well that's fine and everything but how many terrorist did they catch?

What,did they charge the Lancashire paedophile with? Selling bootleg kiddy porn?

Google kills fake anti-virus app that hit No. 1 on Play charts

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5 star review

I've seen some free to play / pay to win games that offer a bribe to install and review another program.

People might install the program, give it 5 starts, get "free golden road apples" for the game they are playing, then request a refund.

Windows 8.1 Update: Throws desktop drones a bone but still as TOUCHY as ever

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Re: Windows 8 was built for one reason only

It's not even very good with a touch screen. I have a surface RT and if I am doing anything more then watching Netflex it's kind of crap. If you want to use office or even IE you need the floppy keyboard. The on screen keyboard is crap compared to what I can get for my Nexus 7 as you don't get a choice. You can download a better one as MS will not allow it in their lets pretend to be Apple world.

Without the keyboard you don't have the "It's Windows" advantage, you have something like android except crappier with almost no apps. I could have got a playbook for $99.

Web data BLEEDOUT: Users to feel the pain as Heartbleed bug revealed

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"Ty Miller of Threat Intelligence agrees, telling The Register the end user would either have to work out how to retrieve the information from a command line connection to the device"

Command line? Sure if you have a 10 year old DSL modem. My first ADSL modem used telnet, but it was also plain text no SSL.

Any router or current modem has had a web interface where you could check the version, update software...

Biggest problem is when it's owned by the ISP and they lock it down and don't let you have the password.

UFO, cosmic ray or flasher? NASA rules on Curiosity curiosity

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Re: Too bad

But if NSA found something they would never tell us.

They might leak it if they thought it might boost their budget, might even fake something to boost the budget.

No, on second though it's a bad idea to ask NSA to do anything useful.

Windows XP is finally DEAD, right? Er, not quite. Here's what to do if you're stuck with it

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Re: This comment is totall Bullsh--!

"New PCs may have still had XP on it five years ago. And there's nothing physically wrong with them, either."

Like just about all the netbooks. I've tried Windows 7 on a netbook, useless. If I decide to move from XP it will be something like Mint not Win7 or 8.

Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Re: why not try coding this shit more slowly and more carefully in the first place?

Before "cloud" Adobe has be one of the Kings of adding useless crap into software so they have something to put on the Box to sell upgrades. Acrobat has not had a useful new feature (other then making it work with the latest version of windows / office) in about 15 years. I do NOT want music and video in my PDF thankyouverymuch and Flash, hell no!

Now with "cloud" I expect as soon as they have enough people signed up they will no longer need to create useless feature upgrades to the software. That could be good if they only need to maintain the software and add feature people ask for, but I expect soon management will decide that that developer "cost center" can be killed off for a quick stock price boost.

Windows Phone 8.1: Like WinPho 8, but BETTER

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Re: Ya'll be back now

China is the magical place where all the stuff in Walmart comes from.

Google hands over $1.4m for unmarked Street View cars in Italy

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Re: This will make it a lot easier...

without being perfectly recognizable and not allowing, in this way, the people in the paths of "Google Cars" to decide whether or not to moon the camera.

Italy has a clumsy new pirate-choker law. But can anyone do better?

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strong copyright is there to protect you against the Big Guy.

Ha, pull the other one. It's got bells on.

How Microsoft can keep Win XP alive – and WHY: A real-world example

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Re: Mr. Trevor Pott's analysis is correct

It they are still using XP they will not magically want to buy a Surface and a Winphone!

Crashed NORKS drones discovered by South Korea

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Re: Auntie Bee has pictures of the drone

I like how they painted the top sky blue. Guess they were not sure what side was up.

Apple: You're a copycat! Samsung: This is really about Google, isn't it?

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Re: Slide to unlock

It's great that Apple invented slide to unlock, before that we all had to crawl under the locked door of the washroom stall.

Scality slips its Ring around Kinetic drives

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"BigFoot Object Storage chassis and rack"

Hope it works better then the last BigFoot drive. That name triggers bad memories.

Dropbox nukes bloke's file share in DMCA brouhaha – then admits it made a 'HASH OF IT'

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Re: well personally

You forgot to tell us what perfect tool we should all be using...

For what I do it works great, but it might well be a poor tool for other uses.

Spin that disk drive forecast, Gartner: Watch those desktop units dive

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Re: Pinch of salt

Is this enough?


Tesla firms hot bottoms: TITANIUM armor now bolted to Model S e-cars

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Is driving over debris in the road fast enough force it through the bodywork common?

My father lost an oil pan when an over loaded scrap truck dropped a bunch of angle iron in his path. Another car had a piece of iron right through the door into the passenger seat. Could have been the gas tank.

There was also the Ford Pinto, I remember there was someone who parked one in the University lot who had put a danger sign off the back of an fuel tanker on his car.

Microsoft: Let's be clear, WE won't read your email – but the cops will

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Not quite

"said person will very soon be sitting outside the front door holding a cardboard box of their belongings"

1- it was not the employees email account, it was a blogger's.the employee used a mail.ru account.

2- The employee didn't end up fired, they some how ended up locked up in the US.

No, Minister. You CAN'T de-Kindle your eBooks!

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Sounds fine to me

"The government has bungled proposed changes to UK copyright law by claiming the format of eBooks can be legally changed - for example, from the Amazon kindle format to a PDF."

Good. As it should be.

Your idea of contract law seems to be that any company can opt-out of any law by just including a shrink wrap license or an "I agree" check box.

Microsoft issues less-than-helpful tips to XP holdouts

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Re: Linux? @El Andy

A popup that reads "are you sure you want to do this? It might be bad!" is not security.

Homeopathic remedies contaminated with REAL medicine get recalled

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My guess

It is unclear how the remedies were contaminated with antibiotics.

What ever they use as filler went moldy. They scrapped off the fur and used it anyway.

Candy Crush King sees IPO go sour as stock price heads south

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Re: Send in the clones

They have mastered the art of copying another game while maximizing the amount of money they can squeeze out of suckers for power ups to get past the odd extra hard level.

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King Crush Saga

No Notch niche: Minecraft man in rift with Oculus after Facebook gobble

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Glad I didn't put anything into kickstarter

Who would want 3D photos of peoples food, cat videos, and survey scams.

ISPs' pirate-choking blocking measures ARE effective – music body

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"Digital Copy" = crap

Half the time the Digital Copy has expired by the time I buy the DVD/Blu-Ray.

The first one I tried was WM crap that I had to email them three times to get a working code, then the Quality looked like a VCD.

UltraViolet? What a joke. Just give me an MP4 file I can play on anything I want. I'll buy it on disc or find something to watch on Netflix (Netflix works on my computer, phone, tablet (even makes my Surface some what useful) BluRay player...) before I'll go near that UV pile of crap again.

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Re: Dropped 11% in countries with blocking

Of course they manipulated the stats, or just pulled numbers out of their arse. That's what they always do.

Apple hires ex-SENATE staffer for added WASHINGTON POWER

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Re: Hmmm

It could be payment for services already rendered.

TV sales PLUMMET. But no one's prepared to say what we all know

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Re: Set Top Boxes

They can't even do proper universal remotes (something that you don't need a computer to program, or a 40 page manual).

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Just like the CD

With the switch to digital and HD almost everyone dumped the old CRT and bought a HD flat screen. Much like everyone buying stuff they had on tape or LP again on CD.

This was not "growth" that they could expect to keep going forever, it was a one time spike in sales.

Attempts to repeat it with 3D/Smart TV have failed (along with DVD audio).

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