* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Neil Young touts MP3 player that's no Piece of Crap

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Yes the Pono site is a Piece of Crap

They start out with "Hi Friend".

Then continue with "There's an awfully good chance you heard about a revolution we're working on. "

maybe or I misspelled porno when I googeled.

Why is "There's Trouble In River City," running through my head...

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Re: Am i being a numpty

"or isn't FLAC lossless???"

But that's a freetard, commie format that is missing key features like lock-in, royalty streams, patents, or the return of DRM to music.

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“high resolution” albums

So they are trying to push singles back in the bag? Go back to the golden age of buying two good tracks and 8 "Piece of Crap"?

There are already quite a few formats that are better then MP3, and players that sound better then an iPod. Almost no one seems to care, most people just use their phone now.

And that assumes this player is not just a scam from the people who brought us Monster cables, Headphones with a letter on the side, and $1,000 power cords.

eBay rejects Carl Icahn's board nominees as 'inexperienced'

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Re: Strike 2, Ichan

Don't forget Dell.

Moto sold to Google? I think he is a little out of date.

PM Cameron leaps aboard Internet of Thingies

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Re: "electricity meters that talk to the grid to get you the best deals"

"Perhaps we'd buy from power stations and wind farms directly, with a fee going to the network (where the "network" is one of the old suppliers)."

That's more or less what we have in Toronto now. The "fee" is increased and electricity cost lowed by the old supplier until they are "competitive". They don't care if you buy from another supplier as all the profit is now in the fee.

NASA robot plans mid-2020s trip: Europa. Wet, radioactive life forms (hopefully). Bliss

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I expect they could get that by selling an old AOL Floppy to Facebook.

US gov claims it spent TOO MUCH on wiretaps – and blames SPRINT

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Re: Alternatively

Free spying on 5 friends or government leaders.

Boeing going ... GONE: Black phone will SELF-DESTRUCT in 30 secs

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Re: Why Can't Apple Do This?

Sure Apple could build the phone, but they don't have the experience in pork that Boeing has to let them sell it for $14,999,999.

RSA booked TV's Stephen Colbert to give the final speech. This is what happened next

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Unless you don't live in the US.

"he'd also disclosed how much the US was spying on the rest of the world, which wasn't helpful."

Microsoft dangles carrot at SMEs, eases Windows 8 Enterprise licensing

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Enterprise Edition features is a capability called side-loading.

Big woop. Unless your doing something special on a tablet no one wants not-Metro so they are going to create a desktop application just like they have been doing for years, likely already have one.

UK spies on MILLIONS of Yahoo! webcams, ogles sex vids - report

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So it will be encriped soon

And this will be another reason for ISPs to install spy proxies (or Explicitly Trusted Proxy as AT&T like to call them).

Pine trees' scent 'could prevent climate change really being a problem'

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Re: Only during the day

As long as the tree stands, or if it's turned into a table. But if it's burnt for power, or made into arse wipes and flushed it's back where you started.

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Lewis Page

Must have a side job selling cherry pie.

Energy firms' security so POOR, insurers REFUSE to take their cash

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They used to be connected by dial up modems, or over direct ISDN lines.

Another climate change myth debunked by proper climate scientists

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It's amazing

How you can tell it's a Lewis Page story right from the home page just by reading the title.


Hey 4G bods: We need to make 'phonecalls' with our 'voices', too

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Re: Really ?

At least in Canada you can keep your number when you switch as I did last year. Even makes it easier as when you port your number it cancels the old account automatically.

Data roaming is outrageous here. Voice just a rip-off so no advantage there.

Saving private spying: IETF Draft reveals crypto-busting proxy proposal

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It's their own fault

They spy too much, so people start to demand HTTPS for everything.

They respond by wanting to spy even more.

G20 gives Google, Microsoft, Apple et al tax deadline

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Looking for a new round of fat brown envelops

The rich and powerful will make sure they continue to pay less tax then their secretaries. Corporations will do what they can to make sure money goes to stock options and bonuses for the same rich and powerful.

They will just change the loop holes to make it look like something is being done, but there will be new ones to replace any closed.

TV scraper Aereo pulled off air in six US states after tellyco court injunction victory

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Re: Wouldn't this be making more money for the broadcasters?

The thing is that now the broadcaster, cable company, content producer, and advertizer are all the same company (and trying for a triple play of your phone/TV/internet). Aereo is some outsider upstart interfering with their business model so they will be stomped.

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Re: Can't say that I understand the TV companies argument

If Aereo can get away with it, then the cable companies are going to wonder why they are paying to deliver content to their customers.

With the content providers, and cable companies all being bought up buy a few big multinationals the charges that were supposed to be used to create local content (ha ha, good one) are now used to kick each other (see TW vs CBS crap) and stomp on smaller companies or upstarts.

SkyDrive is dead! All hail Microsoft OneDrive! Happy now, Uncle Rupe?

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The wonders of cut and paste

The new site has a user interface that's virtually identical to the old one.

Sky / One even same number of letters so it should not even mess up the layout much...

App-maker King hopes to CANDY-CRUSH $500m from IPO

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That answers the question of why they have been doing the Godzilla impersonation of late.

Owning the word candy should be worth a few million for the big bosses.

HP 'KNEW' about Autonomy's hardware sales BEFORE the whistle blew: report

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they didn't know Autonomy were selling HP kit?

Not quite. They were selling Dell kit below cost to jack up sales numbers. HP say that was one of the surprises they didn't know.

But they failed to sell HP kit at full price after HP bought them.

Microsoft may pick iPad for first release of Fondleslab Office™

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Re: Windows 8 tablet users are using Office 2013 already....

If you make it past the headline you will see... "The first tablet-optimized versions of Microsoft Office"

Office 2013 (and yes I have it on my POS Surface RT) is a desktop application with some touch bits tacked on.

As long as the keyboard is attached the current software is likely better then any not-Metro UI Office thing that they are likely to come up with but that's a different story.

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Not expecting much

I don't use iOS any more but from the Office 365 Android app, where they only allow you to install on a phone, and not a tablet, and it's worse then some of the free apps, and wants to log on to check your subscription all the time.

They may release it on iOS first, but I'm sure they will find a way to cripple it so the Windows version is "better".

Imprisoned Norwegian mass murderer says PlayStation 2 is 'KILLING HIM'

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Re: Atari 2600

And one of the cheap folding metal chairs that you expect to fold up under you if you shift your weight.

Apple Mac Pro: It's a death star, not a nappy bin, OK?

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Re: Oooo, the shiny!

" i forgot about the six Thunderbolt 2 ports."

Who needs them if you have room for internal upgrades. Just plug in a card instead of some stupidly expensive external apple specific box.

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death star

Complete with exhaust port.

Google's SECRET contracts: Android lock-in REVEALED!

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Re: I just wish I could remove the ****ing Facebook app

That's the phone maker, or your carrier as my Nexus 4 is free of any Facebook app.

Being stuck with something you don't want from Google (say youtube) is not much different then the crap the carrier sticks on the phone. At least youtube works and will be updated unlike most of the crap the carrier sticks on your phone.

Broker accuses FAST of scaring users off secondhand software

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Re: It can be a grey area ...

"Agreed, support in my mind (if it comes with a product purchase) expires with resale, like a car warranty."

In Canada a car warranty is tranfered to the new owner. Why should support end with a resale? You already got your money.

Judge: Odds of bankrupt Lightsquared sorting itself out are 'zero'

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Re: "provide something nice"

Sure, just a nice guy trying to provide something for the people.

Maybe next time he will buy up a load of dog food and apply to have it decared fit for human consuption.

Flappy Bird's ANIMATED CORPSE may spread malware PLAGUE

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So does a Walled Garden approach look any better now?

Only if you are an idiot who makes the choice to install software from some shady app shop in Russia or where ever.

Android phones have a wall too, it's just that the owner of the phone has the key to the gate.

Netflix speed index shows further decline in Verizon quality

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"treats all traffic equally"

But some traffic is more equal that others?

Gamers in a flap as Vietnamese dev pulls Flappy Bird

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I have seen a few people playing it on the Subway

And I remember thinking it looked like something you would type in from a magazine for an Apple II+ or a Commodore 64,

Tim Cook dangles 'new product categories' carrot over $14bn Apple share buyback

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Re: I don't understand any of this

"What is Icahn's rationale in 'demanding' a $50bn buy back, by Apple?"

He wants more money.

I think the next new product should be an app controlled, wearable, enhanced cattle prod.

Give the first one to iCahn and make the app free in the app store.

Apple cash stash dash results in Icahn v CalPERS bitchfight

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It's a shame that Carl Icahn is more interested in making a quick buck than improving corporate governance in this country.

The pejoratives are a good fit for Carl... I could think of a few more without too much work.

IBM nearly HALVES its effective tax rate in 2013 - report

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Re: If the big companies need to do it ...

"Only people who lack any business knowledge/sense would dis-agree IMO."

And the ones not paying any tax under the current system. After all they paid good money for those loopholes.

Google Glassholes, GET OFF our ROADS, thunder lawmakers in seven US states

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Re: So does this ban smart-watches?

"In short, if there's no evidence of unsafe behaviour, there's no need to take action for safety reasons."

But what is "unsafe behaviour" You can text while driving most of the time, it's not until a driver ahead slows down, or a light turns red that you get in trouble. But just because you can get away with it most of the time is no excuse. You ban texting while driving to improve safety, 'driving without due care and attention' is a punishment after something bad has already happened.

It's big, it's expensive and it's an audiophile's dream: The Sonos Sub

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Audiophile and Sonos mentioned in the same article?

Making a fashion statement is the most important part of being an audiophile. It's like having a letter on the side of your headphones.

Sure you could buy something that sounds better for half the price, but it would not look like a big black doughnut and be sort of wireless.

Feds indict four over alleged Android app copyright infringement

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Play store cards

Along with the stupid regions for the stores, it would also help if Google made the Play Store cards good world wide. I live in Canada and you can find iTunes gift cards everywhere, but I have yet to see a Playstore card. I hear they exist but have yet to see one.

If people could buy a playstore card the same place they buy a top up for their phone, that would make things a lot easier for people to buy apps.

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The US Department of Justice has taken a break from handing Amazon an ebook monopoly

Oh do piss off already...

As for the app,

For China I expect most of the downloads are from people with no-name android devices without access to the app store who download from other stores. Checking the app store it lists it as 500-1000 installs. Even with good reviews it's a multi player gave without a single player option, and it costs money. It has to compete with thousands of free to play (pay to win) games.

Android VPN redirect vuln now spotted lurking in Kitkat 4.4

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Re: Surprise!

Yes, WinPhone can't have a problem like this...


What can Microsoft learn from 'discontinued operations' at Nokia?

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Re: Dead Platform

"99% of all Mobile malware is on Android - none on Windows Phone!"

Just like saying that Mac/Linux has no malware. It's not because it's super secure, it's just that not enough people use it for the bad guys to bother.

Microsoft loses grip on Christmas shoppers... despite XBox boost

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as consumers have generally stopped buying PCs

Or maybe that should be...as consumers have generally never started buying Windows 8.

US govt watchdog slams NSA snooping as illegal, useless against terrorism

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fears public will hate spies if another 9/11 happens

So they will keep on spying.

Another 9/11 will happen (just like they could not even stop Boston when it was handed to them on a plate).

- Oh dear, we didn't spy enough... we are going to need a bigger budget, and some new secret laws...

So Dr Dre, Jimmy Iovine and Trent Reznor walk into a bar

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Good news: 'password' is no longer the #1 sesame opener, now it's '123456'

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Re: It's not just about websites though is it?

Our phone system decided to make everyone change their voicemail passcode the day before Christmas break. Guess what happened when they came back? Except for the ones that put a sticky note on the bottom of their phones...

I discovered that one sneaky staff member had discovered that if they "forgot" their password and had me reset it with "must change password" set, they could put their old password back in without getting the can't reuse password error. Didn't what everyone doing it so I waited a day, then turned "must change password" on again.

But I agree with others (and have talked to the boss, but that's what the best practices doc said to do...) that forcing password changes is a waste of time as they will just add a number to the end.

Microsoft says that Pa$$w0rd is Very Strong...

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Re: Balls to that!

So what, I saw some guy use ****** for his password!

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Re: When you do not want to create an account

When they want me to create an account just to download a patch or something and have "send me crap" checked by default I'm Elvis, and my email is marketing@their-domain.com and the crappiest password that will work.

Elvis is often already taken... so I use a "funny name" like I P Standing, Mickey Mouse is almost always taken.

Apple badmouthing of court's monitor proves it NEEDS him - judge

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Re: They have a point

They still don't admit they did anything wrong. And now this monitor is getting in the way of them not doing anything wrong again.

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