* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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Presumably, "GDR" here stands for

Great Disaster Repeated?

Chinese tat bazaar Alibaba snubs Honkers, eyes up Wall St float

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The Hong Kong market is not generally fond of dual-stock structures

Sell your cake and keep it too?

Elop's enlarged package claim was a cock-up, admits Nokia chairman

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Re: Elop apparently negotiated a more lucrative golden goodbye

Give me a bag of money and I'll see about getting you on the board. They can use honey as well as threats. Plus if it can be called Normal then when it's your turn to go then you can ask for a Normal package too.

Apple blings up new iMac with latest Intel chips, next-gen Wi-Fi

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Re: 20+ Inches of case...

That could be a good point. I have replaced quite a few optical drives so I would not want a computer with the DVD drive glued in. Better to spoil the All-In-One and use a USB drive, could even add a BD drive. Anyone who did not have a use for one would not have to worry about it.

Great Fall of China: iPhone 5C sales lag as blinged-up 5S sells out

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Re: 5C ads

For the down voter, you can go watch the same ad, about 7-8 times.


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5C ads

I walked past one of the Toronto Apple stores on Saturday (Fairview Mall) they had Giant 5C ads in the Window, and I've been fast forwarding through 5C ads on TV all weekend as well. Apple is trying to push them in Canada. Maybe they hope we will think the C stands for Canada not Crappy.

Steve Jobs' boyhood home may become protected historical shrine

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They should move it.

It could be a shrine in the middle of the new doughnut they want to build.

USB 3.1 demo shows new spec well on its way towards 1.2GB/sec goal

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Re: Thundercats

"You don't seem to remember well."

Apple didn't use parallel, printers like the imagewriter were RS422.

Keyboards and Mice were Apple Desktop Bus.

So Apple didn't dump legacy ports that PC kept, they dumped stupid proprietary ports for industry standard ports.

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So what will they call USB 3.1?

How about ludicrous speed? SuperSpeed+ is kind of dull sounding.

Leaked docs: NSA 'Follow the money' team slurped BANK records, CREDIT CARD data

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Swiss Bank account leak

So could this be another lie about where the info came from? We already know the cops cover up the source of info they get from the NSA.

Tightwad music spaffer Pandora opens box for Wall St to fill with cash

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Re: Equal terms and conditions for equal transmission

The radio stations have their own internet stream that is most often available world wide.

Pandora is not available world wide.

I can receive quite a few US radio stations over the air, and hundreds of them online, but Pandora just tells me that I'm in Canada so go away.

"We are deeply, deeply sorry to say that due to licensing constraints, we can no longer allow access to Pandora for listeners located outside of the U.S., Australia and New Zealand. "

Oh snap – AWS daddy disses IT's 'old guard': You're so 2000-and-late

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The thing that gets me

Is companies taking something that people have been doing for years and saying. Oh it has a network port on it, it's cloud. It's connected to the internet in some way, it's cloud. It's a real life Dilbert cartoon.

Dev delays push ship date of Metro-ized Firefox to January 2014

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Since you can already install the desktop version

I find it hard to care about a not-metro version.

'Liberator' 3D printed gun enters London's V&A Museum

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Re: What kind of 3D printing...

"a solution in search of a problem"

I think it's more of a distraction. Never mind people buying AR15 with large magazines, or buying hand guns by the dozen at gun "shows"... OH MY GOD PEOPLE ARE PRINTING SHITTY PLASTIC GUNS.

And the copyright brigade is on it too, OH MY GOD LOOK WHAT HAPPENS WHEN PEOPLE CAN PRINT ANYTHING, we need a law that designs have to be signed by someone like us.

The rest is just the same people who build stuff like PVC pipe potato canons, and bleach bombs having fun.

Microsoft announces iPad amnesty for fanbois

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With the TV ads like this one http://youtu.be/des3dpKtfIM you would think they would fly off the shelf.

And the pro gets the same ad but set in the boardroom so you know it's for important people... http://youtu.be/l2KPQNP1Z1s

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Re: has anyone actually USED a Surface?

Yes I have a Surface. Got it for Christmas so I've named it MrHanky

Google it if you don't get it. Yes that's exactly what it is.

It's sitting on my desk at home. Nexus 7 is in my bag beside me.

French ministers told to use only secure comms post-PRISM

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Re: Not saying anything but...

Pa$$w0rd3 the Microsoft password test tells me it's very secure.

Verizon finally drags FCC into court fisticuffs to end one-speed internet for all

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Re: Not quite right...

"But you're free to eat where you want. If you don't want to drink Pepsi in a Pepsi owned restaurant, go somewhere else. Isn't that what the free market is all about?"

Not really. Some places you only have one choice, or you might have a choice of Coke or Pepsi but you have to subscribe to one of them. Then you get them trying to sell you the TV/Phone/internet bundle, so they are not going to want netflix or some VOIP outfit stealing their fat profit triple play customers. The last thing they want is a free market.

Turnbull floats e-vote, compulsory ID

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Re: Let's call Diebold ...

I think the saying ' To err is human, to really screw up requires a computer' applies to Diebold.

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