* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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

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Not quite right...

"Verizon and fellow ISPs want to charge websites and other online businesses a premium for piping their data faster to customers"

I'm sure that should be...

Verizon and fellow ISPs want to charge websites and other online businesses a premium for NOT piping their data slower to customers.

That's a nice packet you have there... shame if something were to happen to it.

When the ISP owns/is owned by a content provider you can be sure games will be played with competing content providers. It will be like trying to order Coke in a restaurant owned by Pepsi.

Google Nexus 7 2013: Fondledroids, THE 7-inch slab has arrived

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Re: Still (?) doesn't support On-The-Go USB

With the Media Importer app you don't even need to root. And it works with stuff like a mouse. I think there are USB game pads available too.

The one thing that seems to be missing is the doc connection on the side, I'd miss being able to just drop it into the doc on my bedside table.

Windows 8.1 to freeze out small business apps

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Johnny can be replaced by Jimmy,Janey or Joey

Yes, just like the Exchange setup that got dumped on me when Johnny left. It sort of mostly works, but I find a new WTF every day. Like Johnny's personal admin account being used as a service account for a few random things.

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buy side-load keys itself.

Putting aside why an enterprise would want a not-metro app over a Windows app, why do MS think I should pay them for a key to install software I bought from some other company.

Do I pay Ford if I stick a GPS on my dashboard?

Amazon to offer FREE smartphone?

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Free... not

I could have got a free Nexus 4, with a 2 year $55 CND plan (only 1 GB data).

Or I could just buy the phone from Google, and get a $30 plan no contract, 5 GB data.

In another 2 months I break even and I'm saving money after that, and the phone is unlocked so I can go where I like.

That's what's missing from the story, who will provide the phone/data service and at what cost. They already have contacts do to their whisper net thing.

Want the latest Android version? Good luck with that

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Re: Does it matter?

"Yes it does, but it shows the disrespect the makers have for their customers."

The problem is that the telco is the customer, and the telco don't care about a phone they stopped selling last week. It's standard for them and not related to android. I had to hack my old Razr V3 to install updated factory code as it came with 1.0 software and the telco never offered an update.

That's why I bought a Nexus 4 direct from Google, piss on the phone company.

New online banking Trojan empties users' wallets, videos privates

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The simple fix

Would be to show file extensions by default.

Your solution is convoluted and would result in some existing programs failing.

Australia's anti-smut internet filter blueprint lasts LESS THAN A DAY

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Just posted too soon?

I'm guessing they were going to post that after they won.

Microsoft - do you really think you can take on Google with Nokia?

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Re: Will WindowsPhone become Nokia-only?

I expect Window Phone will soon be Nokia only.

- No one else wanted it when it was Nokia, now when it's MS-Nokia to compete with.

- MS want to be Apple.

I think bigger question is what will MS do with the cheap Nokia phones?

Give us a break: Next Android version to be called 'KitKat'

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Re: How long til the "deep fried mars bar" build?

"It is silicon valley we are talking about here, not Glasgow."

If it's Texas it would be bacon* wrapped deep fried mars bar.

* The nasty American bacon of course

'WTF! MORONS!' Yahoo! Groups! redesign! traumatises! users!

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It's needed a "modern" UI

Hay, it worked great for Microsoft right?

The users just don't have a clue what they should want.

Cognitive Networks to bring creepy awareness to LG's smart TVs

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"This in turn tells everyone what is actually playing on TV right now, which allows the owners of that content to serve advertising and other services against it."

If I had a "smart" TV it would be spending most of it's time with no network connection. Who would want both the content provider, and the content owner both feeding ads at you. Add overlays when watching a DVD? FOAD.

Happy 50th birthday, Compact Cassette: How it struck a chord for millions

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Re: SONY Elcassette

A local stereo shop near where I lived had one on display, It was way to expensive and too limited (no portable / car version) for me to consider.

Behind the candelabra: Power cut sends Britain’s boxes back to the '70s

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Re: @a cynic writes... Power Cuts

My microwave is a Panasonic,the only thing on the front is "Inverter system". Can't be bothered to pull it out to look on the back, but it's 8-10 years old so it's not like you could buy the same model.

If the power drops for a 10th of a second you get 88:88, but if you just go ahead and use it the clock feature is turned off. No wrong time, no flashing.

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Re: Power Cuts

Same here. Lucky my Panasonic Microwave seems to have been designed for that, if the power is cut it comes back as 88:88 but after it's first use it's blank. No blinking or wrong time display.

My Alarm clock keeps time for hours in a power failure, it just will not go off or display the time without power (also a Panasonic now that I think about it).

I think the worst clock UI I have to deal with is my car radio and daylight saving time.

Microsoft and Google unite to sue US gov't for more transparency

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the government said that it would begin publishing an annual report

So they will tell us that bears shit in the woods, but the rest is still too secret to tell us.

As long as they still have secret gag orders, they can still do what ever they want and not tell us about the stuff they don't want anyone to hear about.

Apple to accept iPhone trade-ins at US Retail Stores

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ebay

Maybe Apple hate ebay and want to control the used market.

Dell to axe 1,000-plus call-centre bods, enterprise staff in prep to go private

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sources claimed fresh layoffs are now happening every Wednesday.

I would think that could lead to a "The beatings will continue until morale improves" situation.

If they are going to cut people they should do it in one go, then let the survivors get back to work.

Skype: 3D video calling is the FUTURE

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Now you get to

yell at your parents to put their 3D goggles on.

They have come up with something even more pointless then 3D TV!

IP telly upstart stuffs Comedy Central, MTV in Freeview box

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Those brands will only be available as a bundle

Who wants to pay for brands?

So will the bundle include the Pro Darts channel? Watching grass grow, with weekly watching paint dry special? I don't want a bundle, I'm not going to pay for crap I don't want.

Star Wars revival secret: This isn't the celluloid you're looking for

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Re: How many re-releases this time round?

Make a profit? Wash your mouth out with soap!

Do you want them to pay royalties or something?

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Re: And use real stopmotion special FX, while you're at it

They can 3D print all the guns...

Microsoft gives away more data with SkyDrive upgrade

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OK for Office 365 users/victims

But as a general sync tool I like Drop Box more. I don't want to store everything in the cloud, I just want to use it for stuff I share between my phone and computer. The free 3 GB is fine for that.

There is no drop box app for the surface, and I have to use the web interface, but the skydrive app will not let you keep a local sync of anything so it's not any better, just bigger (still shows 7 GB).

Microsoft: YES Windows 8.1 is finished, but NO you can't have it

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Re: This may beg the question...

They just want a rest from the "Lipstick on a pig" comments for a while.

Why Teflon Ballmer had to go: He couldn't shift crud from Windows 8, Surface

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"The trouble starts when you start believing your own marketing hype and fail to take a dispassionate look at what the opposition is doing."

While at the same time ignoring what your customers are trying to tell you.

When people were using a registry setting in the pre-release version of Win8 to turn off not-metro their response was to rip out the registry setting so people could not turn it off.

People who do buy 8 install a 3rd party add-on to make not-metro go away, tell MS it's crap, their response is to add a button on the screen that replaces the invisible spot to call up the hated start screen and pretend everything is fixed.

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Re: Surface fans

" wanted a new way to flick through a spreadsheet on the sofa."

Except the small problem that it sucks for that. With the floppy keyboard, top heavy screen, and the little stand it only works on a table, not a lap.

It's not any better then a iPad or Android with a bluetooth keyboard.

The only real advantage is it can run office (or comes with crippled office in the RT version).

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Re: I'm a MSFT Fan But.....

"Microsoft should have made 2 different versions of the Win8 OS."

No I think it should have been one, with a user configuration setting to turn off not-metro. The pre-release version had a registry hack to do that but they ripped it out.

Tesla tops $20bn as Elon Musk claims arm-wave design tech

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Re: Gesture design - should we call that Italian or French design?

Did your rocket part end up as a Klein Bottle?

Facebook gov surveillance data kept locked inside, er, Facebook

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Facebook didn't share with us how many such requests it had rejected.

Or (obviously) all the requests that included a gag order.

What Surface RT flop? Nokia said to be readying WinRT slab for September

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Re: Specs not bad...

"Now, if it sells for $350, I'd sure take a look."

You think it's going to compete with a Nexus 7 32GBLTE? They still seem to think it's an iPad replacement so expect something more like $700.

Maybe on ebay a few months after the launch when they start giving them away to Microsoft partners.

Ten top new games for phones ’n’ slabs

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Re: at least you found 2 games for Windows phone

Just checked and they are not available on my surface RT. Looked for Dodonpachi Maximum listed in another post and also not listed.

So the surface app selection makes winphone look good...

Google cursed its own phones with wacked Wi-Fi, say Nexus users

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Re: For once

My Nexus 4 just received an OVA update yesterday. Not enough to change the version number but it did change the build (JWR66V TO JWR66Y) so just fixes no new stuff. I don't know if it fixed any of the stuff in this story since I didn't experience the problems myself.

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Re: For once

Add another with no problem. No Netflix or Skype (crap) on my phone. The only app that didn't work was updated after a few days (a few others updated to take advantage of new features).

Silicon Valley slurped millions of NSA cash for PRISM participation

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Re: follow the money?

Maybe that's who bought all the Windows 8 licences...

Accounts shows a bit of paper traded for a pile of cash. MS get to say they sold lots of Windows 8, NSA get access to skype and hotmail.

Germany warns: You just CAN'T TRUST some Windows 8 PCs

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Re: Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse..

I love how they always give shit a cute name that is about the opposite of real life.

Fair Play, Plays for Sure, Open Cable, are other examples.

Trusted? Not by me!

Four ways the Guardian could have protected Snowden – by THE NSA

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Re: The objective of course

Sounds a lot like Nothing to hide, nothing to fear to me...

Snowden journo's partner wins partial injunction on seized data

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Re: So what's changed?

I expect everything was copied and shipped off to the US before he even got out of the room they locked him up in.

Nokia's PHAB-ULOUS comeback attempt: Huge WinPho 8 mobe rumoured

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Next from Nokia

Automatic stable door locks. Detect when a horse has left the stable and automatically locks the door.

HP taps software hot-shot to run enterprise hardware

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help find acquisitions

Because we fired all the engineers to boost our bonuses, now we can't come up with anything new on our own.

Microsoft fights Google for kids' attention with ad-free Bing for Schools

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Re: "the automatic blocking of pornography"

I assume it's just blocking porn in search, the school network is likely to already be filtered.

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More private?

"Bing Rewards points (which as awarded for using Microsoft search and services while logged in) "

So much for private.

If it takes 60 students to get a surface I assume it's the school getting the goodies in exchange for all the kids search data.

'Symbolic' Grauniad drive-smash was not just a storage fail

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Re: And why aren't the Government using the law for these things?

"In what way does the *UK* Offical Secrets Act apply to Edward Snowden"

Some of the data leaked is stuff the UK gave to the US and/or stuff the US gave to the UK. Stuff that shows the UK is actively taking part in the data suck in partnership with the NSA.

In other words it makes some important people in the UK look bad too.

Mystery of Guardian mobos and graphics cards which 'held Snowden files'

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Re: >>You're assuming the people from GCHQ are in some way competent

"I rather fancy their chances of reading your emails than the other way round, for instance."

How do you fancy the odds of them catching an actual terrorist (and not the usual US trick of finding some sucker online that's spouting off about blowing stuff up and giving them a fake bomb and waiting until they push the button).

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Re: Huge flaw in article

If they showed up here I'd pull out my box of broken stuff that's going to be recycled as soon as I have enough to be worth the effort and hand that to them... It's all here. Let me smash it up for you... There are even two hard drives in the bin right now.

Dr Dre's Beats plans to drop HTC, hook up with rich mate – report

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Re: Why...

Since it's a fashion item there is a good chance that sales will die once it's no longer considered the cool thing to be seen with them stuck on your head. It's not like anyone is buying them because they are a good value.

Apple big-screen TV rumor zombie RISES FROM THE DEAD

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Re: Given a choice

If it's just a TV with an "Apple TV" built in (so you can't upgrade it like you can the current one) how much extra is it worth?

A few "Apple is coming out with a TV" stories ago there was talk that Apple was in talks with cable TV companies. Gimped, capped internet would limit what iTunes could do, and the cable companies have nothing to gain from their customers using iTunes.

But what I expect Apple was really doing was trying to tell the cable companies that they would have to pay Apple for the privilege of having Apple TVs connect to their service.

Card-cloning crooks use 3D printers to make ever-better skimmers

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Re: The real problem

But they are just taking the mickey...

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The real problem

Forget guns, and skimmers. Clearly the real problem is people might print their own Disney figures.

YouTube Wars: Microsoft cries foul as Windows Phone app pulled again

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iOS and Android apps were written by Google. But 3rd parties can't write native code for Winphone so they could not create one if they wanted to.

"so that we can't give our users the same experience Android and iPhone users are getting."

Cat videos are far from the top of the list on that problem...

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