* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009


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So men are from Mars...

'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone heads for Verizon, leaky pic-spurt reveals

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They may not own them yet...

But the trojen badger has been in place for some time.

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'Last EVER REAL Nokia' phone

I think that happened quite some time ago.

Antivirus bods grilled: Do YOU turn a blind eye to government spyware?

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I would expect...

The request would not be to ignore the spyware forever, but not to be the first to detect it.

Once some other company in a different country detects it, cover blown and everyone can add it to the detected list.

The only thing I can see that argues that this is not happening would be leaks. If this was going on I would have expected a leak or two to have happened.

Switzerland to set up 'Swiss cloud' free of NSA, GCHQ snooping (it hopes)

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Re: but...

"surely you are still stuffed in the UK even if the data is in Switzerland? Can they not compel you to turn over the keys,login etc....?"

Yes, but at least you know they are snooping, and can fight back if you want.

Different then a secret order to go vacuum up your data from Google/Microsoft/Amazon cloud without saying anything.

Amazon throws Kindle sale party after FAA aeroplane gadget fondle ruling

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Is it safe to say...

US only?

iPad 4 is so OVER: 5 times as many fanbois now using iPad Air - survey

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Re: News flash - iPads available from non Apple Stores

What's your point?

That's nothing new. There is a Bestbuy across the street from my office. There used to be lineups round the corner for new Apple stuff but not for the last few launches.

The last time up I saw was for GTA, and there could be a line for Call of Duty later on Today since they have a 12:01 opening for the game. But zip for the ipad air or iphone 5s/c.

If anything is diverting people from lining up at the Apple store* I expect it's online sales.

*other then deciding it's not worth lining up.

Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

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Re: Not suprised and I don't care

So your don't go by "if you've done nothing wrong..."

You prefer "First they came ..."

'It seems that the OSes and devices are based on the Devil'

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Windows 8 is based on hate.

He has sort of a point there... No need for a Holy Man to figure that out.

Twitter duped us, coupon-clippers claim

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"substantial damages to the plaintiffs in the loss of commissions, fees and expenses"

How are expenses a loss, unless they had a plan to hose them with campaign lunches.

iPHONE 5S BATTERY: It may NOT just be you, it may be RUBBISH

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Re: iPhone batteries are replaceable

Yes the iPone 4 is about the easiest one to replace the battery, but a minute? BS!

Too bad they have gone down hill from there with more glue and stupid screws in the later phones.

Want to go to billionaire Sun kingpin's beach? Hope you're a strong swimmer

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Re: Miserable Git

No his unpaid intern will get to do that as a learning experience.

Blighty's telcos set to CHOKE off another fistful of piracy gateways

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Re: More power to them...

"If you see a site that you think violates copyright, just email "

Followed by...

If you are important, and see a site that you don't like, just email...

Digital radio may replace FM altogether - even though nobody wants it

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Re: DAB and DAB+

Would not be surprised if the suppliers dumped all the old DAB sets in the UK that they could not sell in Europe.

Big Content says Pirates of the Caribbean do their worst in Australia

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Re: ...being ignored by state and federal police “despite multiple entreaties by rights holders”

That's more or less how Canada ended up on their list.

Do what we say, or we will put you on the list!

Oh No, Not the List! Yawn, Zzzzzzzzzzzz

They said they would stop making movies in Canada, but it's still cheaper so they still make them here.

US indicts Brit bloke over backdoor blagging of US troops' data

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Re: AC

The difference? They don't has a pet secret court that says it's all ok.

Why did Nokia bosses wait so long to pop THAT Lumia tab?

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Re: Wrong way round

I think they were told to hold off because MS though they might still get some independent OEMs to produce them, but once it was 100% clear (even to MS) that every one else was dumping them as fast as they could their pet OEM got the order to launch.

Hate data fees but love your HD slab? Here's a better way to pay for bytes

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Re: It can be done

That's fine, but what if you want to use a different service.

Much better if they charged a fair price for going over your limit. No need to be limited to what your cell phone company has on offer (likely old crap that you could buy for less in the DVD bin at the super market), use Netflix or what ever you like. If you know watching a move will cost you $5-10 you can decide if that's worth it to pass the time. My old cell phone company charged 5 cents / KB with a max of $100 a month if you go over, (just one of the reasons they are my old company).

It's NOT an iPad - but that's FINE: I learned to LOVE Microsoft's Surface 2

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Title should be...

How I Learned to Stop Worrying and LOVE the new Surface 2

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.

Icahn trousered $700m from Netflix stock sale?! Er, it would appear so

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On a positive note

At least he didn't ask them to borrow a load of money and give it to him this time.

Lumia 2520: Our Vulture gets his claws on Nokia's first Windows RT slab

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Noting to do with intel, It's all Microsoft and their wish to make you use the app store and use not-metro apps.

They also block low level access for developers so no VPN client (that might have made the thing a bit useful to me) or anything like Firefox.

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Re: Office 2013 RT is not designed for commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities

"purchase commercial use rights"

Other then pages saying you could buy it, I was never able to find out how / how much, or even if it actually exists.

Lots of smaller companies have not upgraded to 2013.

If they have Office 365 you could buy a laptop and get full office and get some real work done.

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There is a LOT wrong with RT.

Anything desktop from it's big plus office to accessing anything in the control panel are crap without using the keyboard or at least a mouse.

They will not let anyone write any desktop software.

And the surface...

You need a desk as it's too top heavy and floppy with the keyboard to use on your lap.

It's too heavy to use for long as a tablet.

To do actual work, my netbook is better (and a laptop that cost the same as the surface would be better).

As a tablet, my Nexus 7 kicks its ass.

That's why the Nexus 7 is with me right now, and the surface is sitting at home.

Netflix original TV shows gamble pays off... to the tune of 10m new viewers

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You can bet

There is a "Big Content" Exec sitting by his pool saying, what! that profit should be mine, up their rent!

Brit PM raps Facebook for allowing GORY beheading vids

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Re: Oh, really?

"No, porn is offensive. Even breasts are offensive. You can't show breasts."

Even a cartoon / drawing of a breast is more offensive then hacking people to bits.

Now swallow: Microsoft hands out cure for Surface RT tabs killed by Win 8.1

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I didn't know where it went...

(It's a tiny link in the lower left corner of the File History control panel)

in the bottom of a locked filing cabinet stuck in a disused lavatory with a sign on the door saying "Beware of The Leopard"

I think some manager said to make Windows 8 less complex, and another manager said to hide anything that looked complex. Problem solved.

Wait for it, waaiiit for it: We update an Atom tablet to Windows 8.1 Pro

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Re: updating iOS @Tom 35

Must not have been paying attention and missed the link.

I also did a fresh install of 8.1 enterprise on a laptop that will be joined to the domain. The "no I don't want a MS account" is hidden nicely. You have to click create new account before you get the link to skip it.

The new features seem to be much more useful on the laptop then they are on the surface.

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Re: Short movie

Not what I experienced. Took something like 40 minutes just for the part after the first reboot. Don't know how long the first part took as I went to bed while it was still downloading.

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Re: updating iOS

"Maybe MS could use this as a tag line for Surface "Updating your Surface RT to windows 8.1 will be really quick as you'll be the only person downloading it"."

Wrong it took ages. Even after the download (2.11 GB) it still took bloody forever to install.

You think Google / Facebook is bad? Don't pick express settings (see the screen shot in the story!).

Oh, and it wanted me to verify my MS account. By emailing me a code that I had to enter, but I could not get to email to read the code... lucky I have a real computer to check my email.

Wanna sell a phone in New York? Better have a receipt

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Re: Actually, I have to grit my teeth and admit that this politician's suggestion..........

Add print a fake receipt. It's not like a store can validate a receipt.

Windows 8.1: Read this BEFORE updating - especially you, IT admins

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Re: RT 8.1

It did finish downloading over night, sitting at the need to reboot screen in the morning when I checked.


Reboot again...

Reboot yet again...

It's been about 20 minutes time for work.

Get home and it's gone to sleep just after I went to work. It's still setting up a few more things.

Reboot again.

Chugging away for some time. "HI" oh piss off and boot already.

Oh it wants to confirm my account by sending me an email that I can't check without another device, good thing I have a real computer, or my phone to check.

Use express settings? Don't think so!

Send information to Microsoft... WTF! People complain about Google! NO, NO, NO,NO...

Ok it's done. Not counting the download the install took about 40 minutes.

So make sure your not in a rush when you start the update.

The store is different. Everything is bigger to make it look like there is more stuff. Not much organization, lots of scrolling.

Over all there is not much new for the Surface, most of the changes are more useful on a PC.

No need to rush the update, it's not a big deal at all unless I've missed some cool new feature.

So not going to change the name, it remains MrHanky.

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In Canada both Rogers and Bell offer "business" internet service (take home internet, triple price, pretend to give better service) with caps in the 70 GB range with high over use charges.

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RT 8.1

Tells me the upgrade is 2.11 GB. Going to bed, maybe it will be finished by morning.

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"the arseholes could have made our lives easier by offering it through Windows Update. "

They get people used to using the store, next time or the time after they can charge for an update.

What the CUFF? Nokia shows how a smartwatch really OUGHT to work

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I think it should be bright yellow, or lime green maybe. Pink even.

Windows 8.1: A bit square, sure, but WAIT! It has a Start button

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“Error 0x80040A41: No error description available”

I've been finding that the error message is most often along the lines of "something happened"

When you click the details button or check the event viewer you get "Error 0x80040A41:"

When you check online you get "No error description available"

When you google the error "0x80040A41" you find there are so many different things that cause that error code that you are back to Something happened.

Then it turns out that the error was caused by something stupid like windows installed some patches in the background but had not asked to reboot, so you could not install anything... until you rebooted.

Jury smacks Qualcomm for UNLAWFUL TECH in iPhone, Galaxy chips

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Re: RF mixer

"I hope there is more than that"

In a mobile device.

Here comes Windows 8.1! Microsoft grits teeth, pushes upgrade to world

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U Turn?

More of a dogs leg. Still going in the same stupid direction.

Mac fans: You don't need Windows to get ripped off in tech support scams

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The most effective thing I've found

Is to say something along the lines of...

Your mother must be so disappointed to have gone to all the effort to raise you only to have you end up as a crook.

Often results is a string of 4 letter words and anatomically impossible suggestions.

Whodathunkit? Media barons slit own throats in flawed piracy crackdowns

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Re: Numbers

Where are you getting 16 out of 30? 53% is how it's listed on the source website linked to in the story.

Not available is not as simple as you make out.

It might be available on DVD / BluRay in one country but not another, or only available on DVD here but available on BluRay some place else. Digital download/rental/streaming much more likely to be US and/or UK only and not available in places like Canada. And not just movies, a TV show might run months later in a different country, or even never.

And there are other things...

Bad experience with digital download, need to use different players, limited devices (I tried one of the "free" digital copies that come with some DVDs, took two days of emailing to get a working code, then the quality looked like youtube. Now the card goes in the trash with the shrink wrap).

Like music they need to drop the bogus DRM for download purchases, that would be a big step in competing with a torrent. What's that a standard MP4 would be uploaded to pirate bay? Why, there is already a BD rip available.

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"The Walking Dead was pirated half a million times in the first day of its release despite it being available on a free streaming service in 125 countries worldwide."

It also broke viewing records for a cable show so it's not really hurting. Not that you can trust their 'pulled it out of my ass' numbers.

“This is the ONLY episode being made available without a log-in requirement,” the network notes. “Future episodes of The Walking Dead will be available on amc.com the day after broadcast and accessible via log-in for select cable providers.”

So only the first episode is available, you need to already have cable that caries the show to access later episodes so not a very good example of something being available. And it's a crappy SD stream too.

Checking amazon.com and .co.uk both the DVD and BluRay seem to have high ranks, so people do seem to be buying when available, of course they are region coded and likely not available everywhere . I expect quite a few of the people downloading now, will buy the box set when available.

P.S. It's not stealing / theft fool.

Coming soon to Twitter: Inboxes BULGING with DMs from world+dog

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An optional check box

Oh my god, think of the children!

Too much caffeine maybe? It's not like you have to check it, or can't uncheck it later if you find it's a pain.

Apple's iWatch to appear in 2014, will RULE your home – new claim

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Re: "what the hell good is it?"

They will let other companies make the "designed for iWatch" stuff, but everything will require an Apple-Tax chip to talk to the watch, and will not be allowed to talk to any other type of device.

NASA's Jupiter probe wakes up after unexpected snooze

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Some one sent...


Streaming TV Aereo's enemies lob sueball into Supreme Court

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Re: What competition?!?

They are not competing with the broadcasters, they are competing with the cable companies.

The reason the broadcasters are upset is.

A- They don't get the kickback that they get from Cable companies (revenue to strengthen their local news programming - ha ha).

B- Being owned by maga corps they don't have the option of trying to force them to also take their bundle of crap pay TV stuff (see Time Warner vs CBS).

Boffins find MEXICAN WAVE pattern in random climate wobbles

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Re: Sigh

Might as well use a Ouija board.

NSA tactics no better than a CYBERCRIME GANG, says infosec'er

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Re: Finding terrorists

"whine that something bad happened that could have been prevented if only they had been doing the thing that they should not be doing."

Say what?

That's the whole point. They ARE doing what they should not be doing, and still NOT preventing something bad. Only reacting after the fact even when warned in advance.

They only seem to be able to catch people with fake bombs that were supplied to them by the people "catching" them. Actions that could easily be considered entrapment.

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Re: Sir

Do you have a source for the origin of that statement? I've only found a few random posts like yours that link it to Joseph Goebbels, more often it's linked to commentary about George Orwell's 1984.

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Finding terrorists

All of the examples I know of where they caught a terrorist in the act have been dubious at best. Find someone spouting off, give them a fake bomb, tell them where to put it and talk them into pushing the button.

Where they make there own bomb, buy an AR15 and 10,000 rounds, get a bomb from a real terrorist, then the TLAs do an OK job of finding them after the fact. Even when they know about them in advance like the Boston marathon they stink at stopping them before they act. Then they spend fortunes on liquid bans, and perv scanners and continue to not catch anyone (100% effective just like my Elephant proof pyjamas).

Scottish gov follows cutting-edge Italian Post Office with Win 8 trial

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complete with the Start button

They call it a start button, but it's not. It just dumps you back into not-metro from your new default desktop screen (or any desktop application you might be using to do actual work). It still requires 3rd party software to get what people really want, the start menu.

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