* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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.

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

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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.

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.

Who here needs to explain things to ELEPHANTS?

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Something to point with?

Unlike most animals both humans and elephants have something to point with.

Web daddy Tim Berners-Lee: DRMed HTML least of all evils

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Re: He does have a point

No, because it's not going to work.

It will be cracked as soon as there is any usful content.

Then companies like Macrovision will create extra crap to try and lock the door again. In the end no different then not having a standard to start with.

Look at Blu Ray, the DRM that was going to last for 40 years. Broken and now you get BD's (mostly from Fox ) that will not play on older players because they have been crapped up with extra copyprotection that lasts about a week. If you are lucky there will be an update to your player in a month or two so you can play your disc.

Do-it-yourself Dropbox: Western Digital's My Cloud 2TB NAS box

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WD’s servers use to establish a connection from one to the other

So you need WD servers to be up to connect to your stuff, and it sounds like it's no more secure then dropbox is to the snoops.

If I want to create my own dropbox I think it would be better to deal with DNS and IP address.

I also hate the snaplock with a hidden screw plastic boxes WD likes to use.

Microsoft store staff to hold all night vigil for Surface 2

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"and one contest winner from each store will be flown to Orlando, Florida the next morning to attend a special performance by Pitbull."

Who? Could be worse I guess, they could give them a free Surface.

NSA data centre launch delayed as power surges 'melt metal, zap racks'

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Connected to two power grids?

They said the design broke the laws of physics. The NSA replied that they are exempt from all laws and to go ahead and connect them using a coat hanger if they liked.

LG starts producing flexible, curvy displays you can STROKE

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Scratch resistance?

Will they have to include a pack of screen protectors with each touch screen device?

Apple's new iPhones dope-slap Samsung in US

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Re: Stop press! Newer phones outsell older phones!

In Canada Apple is advertising the crap out of the 5c. On TV and in the Mall where every store that sells phones has a giant poster of that back of a 5c in the front window.

If the 5s is still #1 in three months it will be more interesting. Now it's just the normal new phone blip.

Universal's High Fidelity Pure Audio trickles onto Blighty’s Blu-Ray hi-fis

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Re: another attempt to force us to replace our collections again

That's it exactly.

The move to CD (and the move to DVD) let them sell the same stuff to everyone again. But that gravy train has reached the end of the line, but it's a business and has to grow every quarter or it's a fail. They can't say that was nice and now we need to move to a sustainable level of sales, they have to blame something for the failure to double sales every year.

So now they want to sell the same stuff again, but there is no clear advantage for consumers.

Other then a concert video who want's music on BR? The same few that wanted it on DVD audio or SAC.

Study accuses media companies of cooking the books on piracy losses

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Re: Wrong assumption

"closest to the argument of piracy is theft as the nearest pre-digital case would be walking into a store and walking out without paying with a bag full of stolen CDs."

But it's not very close at all.

If you walk into HMV and take a CD.

- The record company still got paid.

- HMV is out real money that they paid for that CD.

If you download the CD contents only "maybe money" is involved.

- Everyone still has the same amount of money that they had before. No one lost anything.

- If you had not downloaded it, maybe you might have bought the CD. Maybe not.

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Re: Yawn

"small handful of big labels strangling creative content "

You don't go far enough, the labels don't stand alone, they are part of bigger conglomerates that also own the radio stations, TV stations, internet and cable providers...

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Re: shock horror

The rest of them (TV / Hollywood / software ... ) are just as bad.

Apple hires streaming vid bloke: Nurse, the corpse of Apple monster telly is twitching again

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Re: Back in time

"What is the point of an Apple Telly?"

If they can get people to pay hundreds more for a TV then they do now, and buy a new one every 2-3 years they can make lots of money.

Of course if your a consumer you would be better off with the current Apple TV or another STB and keep your TV.

Screen grab by Google, Amazon could delay Retina iPad mini – report

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Re: 8GB?

If they have a base model with 8 GB then they can charge $100 more (at Apple double the flash is always $100) for the current base model with 16 GB.

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Re: Your words coming back to haunt you Stevie & Timmy?

I moved from an iPod touch, to a Nexus 7. Didn't want an iPad, too big for me.

GTA V Online hits speed bumps: Short wait before you can rough up that hooker

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There is a difference between

A game that you CAN play online, and one that is crippled to require an online connection to work.

'Quarter' of TWO-MILLION-strong zombie PC army lured to their deaths

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Re: Symantec semantics

They sold a copy of Symantec super ultra internet security centre deluxe to an infected user, now the computer is too slow to be useful as a bot.

Microsoft Surface 2 fondleslabs finally get off ground with airline order

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Pro ads

"TV ads featured young people dancing around, snapping and unsnapping their tablets from their colorful keyboard covers."

The Pro ad was the same, just set in a boardroom.


NSA's Project Marina stores EVERYONE'S metadata for A YEAR

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"aiming to unlawfully monitor or profile US citizens. It's just not the case."

Our secret pet court said it was all OK.

APPLE is the new COCA-COLA: Bubble-beverage globocorp beaten by Foxconn rebrander

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Re: @AC 16:00 GMT

Oracle? Cisco? Do average people even know they exist let along what they make. Even GE is largely out of the consumer eye now.

So another pointless list.

EU move to standardise phone chargers is bad news for Apple

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Re: an Apple Tax non-standard cable

If you look at Amazon.co.uk most of the non-apple brand names seem to charge £12-15 for a cable. There are cheaper no-name knock-off cables but I expect they are not paying the Apple Tax (and some reviews say they don't work with iOS7 due to lack of the Apple chip). I don't see anything as cheap as £1.


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Re: Apple's not the bad guy here

Up until they changed from 12V charge to 5 Volt only (even their own speaker doc was affected, along with lots of car docs. It might have been the same plug but they made a few changes during it's life.

Now they changed it to a new plug and don't even have the excuse of needing lots of extra pins any more but still went for an Apple Tax non-standard cable.

Apple iOS 7 makes some users literally SICK. As in puking, not upset

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Re: This is a good reminder that one size doesn't fit all

Pre-release Windows8 had a registry setting to turn off not-Metro. The response to people using it was not to say here have a nice easy check box to set it the way you want, it was to remove the setting and the code that made it work.

Then blame sales on OEMs for not producing touch screen computers that no one wanted anyway.

It seems Apple is the same. They let you turn off one bit, but your stuck with the rest.

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Re: It wouldn't be an iOS update without some new complaint

If an Android update did that, you would just install a different launcher.

Intel delays consumer TV box yet again – report

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Cable crap

"since it would bankrupt many smaller channels."

Ones that people pay for in bundles but never watch. Only the people getting a cut of the inflated bundle price would miss them if they died.

Here in Canada a company called Look started a digital wireless TV system to compete with cable. Used a small pizza box antenna. You had to take the basic package, and some US stations required you to also take a matching Canadian station (required under Canadian law) but other then that you could pick any stations you wanted, and no contract.


They didn't last long, if you had an antenna on your house the local cable company would show up and offer you a year of free cable with all the extras for free to dump look.

Microsoft keeps Skype content safe from police data slurping - for now

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Re: That's a relief then

But then law enforcement would have to lie about where they got the data, they would never do that!

Would they?

BlackBerry Black Friday: $1bn loss as warehouses bulge with hated Z10s

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So just like Microsoft

But without the Office cash cow money to keep them going.

I don't think people hate the Z10, I think they expect it will not get much support and end up being a dead end. Buying an expensive phone, why take a risk go for Apple or Android.

Microsoft to merge Windows, Windows Phone stores in 2014

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3 different code bases was a mistake

For Phone and RT yes, but trying to make desktop and laptop computers look like a phone is also a mistake.

If they say apps will run on all three, will computer aps end up limited to something that can run on a phone?

Blighty's great digital radio switchover targets missed AGAIN

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Re: padding the numbers with Freeview

What number of the Freeview receivers are built into TVs. Do they expect people to turn on their TV to listen to the radio?

I'm in Canada where they killed off DAB after a short attempt to get anyone at all interested in it. I can get one Audio only station on my TV (from the US) but I'm not going to turn on the TV to listen to radio.

Travel much? DON'T buy a Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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I have never taken my phone to another country

And bought a local sim. So far at least, but I would not touch a phone with any region lock crap.

Surface Mini on shelves NEXT YEAR – and it will run Windows RT

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Re: Will they still be around next year?

"I'd love to own a company "that's up to it's neck in crap" with figures like those."

But that is all about cash cow Office money. It has zero to do with pathetic phone sales, worse tablet sales, or pushing Windows under the bus to try and force people to use their phone UI on computers (even on servers).

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Re: The maddness continues

But they need to scrap the 4" phone UI from Windows.

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