* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Davros liable to criticism for huge STRAW DALEK he never built

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It looks like they built a giant Dalek, sprayed some glue on it and pasted on some straw.

Mystery object falls from sky, area sealed off by military: 'Weather balloon', say officials

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It's All Fun and Games Until Someone Loses an Eye

I'm not going to worry too much about a falling Styrofoam box.

Much more danger of bits falling off buildings.

Even hail and I'm not worried about that.

T-Mobile joins effort to bring Ubuntu phones to US mobile market

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"I feel that at least I would have the ability to configure it as I wished and not have a Google/Apple/Windows backdoor."

If the mobile operators are pushing for it you can expect it's because they want to own the backdoor. And to lock you into their content source.

Don't expect anything better then Android, and quite possibly worse. If the operators put in enough money to get a say expect a T-Mobile app store, and an AT&T app store, and ... Forget updates it's time for a new phone and a new contract.

You will end up having to do that same thing you can already do with Android, root the phone and install a non-official ROM.

I bought my first "smart" phone this year, mostly because I needed to have mobile email for work. I had a Motorola Razor flip phone before that. I went for a Nexus 4 as the least crapped up phone available.

Win XP alive and kicking despite 2014 kill switch (Don't ask about Win 8)

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Re: Techies hitting the beach perhaps...

I think the normal 1024x600 netbook screen is less then the 1024x768 that windows 8 wants (1366 x 768 with snap). So not much chance it would install (not that I've tried).

Study finds open-source home 3D printer could save $2,000 a year

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Re: Showerhead?

It can print threads? And holes?

I expect you would need to cut threads, and drill the holes.


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Sounds like a poorly worded fair use policy

That seems to be more or less standard. Same for privacy policies as well. They have pages of stuff that all seems reasonable and well defined but some place in the middle will be a vague bit they can read anyway they want.

The result is...

Bla bla bla you can't do anything we don't like. Bla bla bla we can do anything we want.

No fondleslabs please, says Microsoft as Office 365 hits Android

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Re: yeah...no

"will now be able to access, view, and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents"

I already can, on my Nexus 7 too. And it's free/cheap for a variety of apps that can open office docs.

Maybe this will work better for round trip, but so far I have not been desperate enough to need to edit something on my phone/tablet. It is handy to be able to read one though, but don't need 365 to do it.

What next? With Microsoft Skype people will now be able to make calls on their Android phones...

Disney finds new way to give movies depth

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Re: Oh god no!

Coming this Christmas...

A Christmas Carol starring Alastair Sim. In super 3D ultra color! and Sensurround.

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Or they could take the film and the committee that wrote the screen play and drop them down a mine shaft...

Murdoch machinations mean Microsoft must rename SkyDrive

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Bing Zune

They could use it for the Windows 8.1 start sound too.

Bipartisan senator group goes to bat for Apple in Samsung dispute

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And at the same time

A BS "slide to unlock" patent (and a whole list of other "on a mobile device" patents) are worth millions and let you ban your competitors.

Microsoft Surface sales numbers revealed as SHOCKINGLY HIDEOUS

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Too bad

They could have saved all that if they had taken the "start screen" out back and shot it when everyone but the yes men told them it sucked back on the technology eval release, the beta release, the RC and the final...

They are still trying to pretend it's great, it's all the customers fault because they don't understand.

Microsoft introduces warning on child abuse image searches

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For all the Bing using kiddy porn searchers who don't know it's illegal but are looking for help...

Google Chromecast: Here's why it's the most important smart TV tech ever

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It's like moaning that a car doesn't get updates.

You know I've seen a few cars with built in GPS and a stand alone GPS stuck on the dash because the latest update for the built in unit were too old and out of date. Also cars with factory sound systems with Apple docs, only to have Apple change something. I had to update my 71 MGB to run on unleaded fuel too.

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Stupid TV add-on

The problem with "smart" TV is you know you will be lucky to get updates 5 minutes after a new model is released. Chances are you will have the TV years after they added any updates to the smart stuff. Only idiots with too much money are going to buy a new TV every 3 years.

While it's the same for a media player (my original WD TV box is mostly useless now) it's a LOT less to replace a media player then a TV. Chromecast is even cheaper, if they add a few more features it will be much better then paying extra for a smart TV.

When Chromecast v2 comes out, not a big deal to upgrade and keep your current TV.

Silicon Valley Cisco reseller charged with $37 million fraud

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Re: Counterfeit Products

Better to use real (made in China) Cisco kit and just have it make a detour on the way to the boat.

Music royalty war spreads to aggregator MediaNet

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Re: @Tom 35

The $18 was poking fun at the original poster.

But this is a civil suit, the idea that someone who is at best a moderately successful artist lost $18 million between what they paid her, and what she thinks she would have received if they had not keep selling her catalogue seems silly/unlikely. Just because the record label have been able to stick a ludicrous value on an MP3 is no reason for this.

Could she even cancel the contract? Did she sign a 20 year contract and then wish she didn't but they said too bad? Why would they keep selling the catalogue if the contract was cancelled?

If millions of people liked the song, and she was able to cancel the deal 8 years ago and they keep selling it, then maybe $18 million would be ok.

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Re: Good luck to her if it's true... BUT...

Googled "best-known work" and I've heard better at the local bar on a Wednesday night.

I think your right, $18 is about right.

Fanbois smash iPhone 5s much sooner than iPhone 3s ... but WHY?

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Using an iPhone turns you into a butter fingers. The longer you use one the more of a butterfingers you become.

Surface RT: A plan worthy of the South Park Underpants Gnomes

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Surface RT - Mr Hankey

Having received my Surface RT as a Christmas bonus, and the south park theme of this story caused me to remember and early south park episode...

My Surface is now named.


A very fitting name I think.

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Re: Surface RT not a bad product - distribution was the let down

""a version of Word that's only liscensed for private use"

Really? It does ring a bell, but a reference would be most welcome (for amusement purposes if nothing else)."

It was widely reported at the time...

Here you go.


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Re: Surface RT not a bad product - distribution was the let down

No, it is a bad product. I have one, got it for free but I carry a Nexus 7 with me that I paid for.

MS thought they could be Apple (this seems to be the major problem for the last couple years) and sell direct and keep all the money. When that didn't work out (there is one of their booths in the mall next to where I work, I've never seen them sell anything) they tried to get other stores to sell them. They still didn't sell (I'm SHOCKED it tell you SHOCKED!) so now MS is going to have dedicated store in a store in Futureshop/Best Buy so they can not-sell Windows 8 stuff. If it was any good they would not have a problem getting stores to stock them.

There are no hordes of people that wanted a surface, if only they could find one.

Apple KILLER decloaked? Google lovingly unboxes Nexus 7 Android 4.3 slablette

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Good so far

I have the current 16 GB model, and I'll have to wait for it to show up in Canada anyway, but...

Will it work with the old docing station?

It has slimport like the nexus 4 (not that useful to me) but will it have USB2go (Old Nexus 7 has it, 4 didn't)

Not sure if it's worth upgrading yet.

Steve Jobs' death clears way for '13-inch' JUMBO iPAD HYPEGASM

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People have always come with a range of different finger sizes, your point is?

See sandpaper comments


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Re: Does 3 count as a plethora?

"an iPad Mini, iPad and iPad Grande."

But I would think that ...

iPad Short

iPad Tall

iPad Grande

Would be a better fit for Apple.

PHWOAR! Huh! What is it good for? Absolutely nothing, Prime Minister

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Not just little Jonny

It's the whole house. The adults can't access stuff they might need for work, or just want to see, so they turn it off. Now no protection for little Jonny.

Much better to put a filter on little Jonny's computer. For a 5 year old as simple as using a safe DNS service.

It's not fit for purpose. Unless the purpose is to make points with the Think of the Children crowd.

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Re: Commercialism

Don't forget the "Entertainment NEWS shows"

who is sleeping with who

what $10,000 dress is in

who is in rehab this week ...

Plastic porn is more a reflection of plastic Hollywood not something originating with porn.

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Think of the idots

"the majority of internet users who don't know one end of a CAT5 from the other"

Maybe because there is no difference?

"A surprising number of parents simply assume the internet is already filtered"

"but the technically illiterate wouldn't know to select it"

Everyone, please think of the stupid people.

If someone is THAT technically illiterate their web browser window is going to be 1/2" after you add all the toolbars.

" so by forcing everyone to make a decision the new scheme will force those who opt out to think about what they're doing."

Opt in is just as much "forcing everyone to make a decision" as opt out. Think about what your doing? As in do you want to be on the I'm a pervert sicko list?

So "think of the children" is not enough. Now it's "think of the children of stupid people".

And as others have said... The devil in the detail

Texas school strikes devil's bargain, drops RFID student tracking

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So will they

Spend another half million on a facial recognition system and dump that in 6 months because it still didn't work.

WAR ON PORN: UK flicks switch on 'I am a pervert' web filters

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Re: Gesture politics at its worst

Once it's in place they can add a second list of stuff that's not optional, (kiddy porn, terror stuff to start) then they add "Stuff they don't like" to the list. Now the politicians can be safe from people posting bad things about them online.

Legal eagles pit Apple v. Samsung in thievery test

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El Reg has to take issue with the math behind some of the lawmaker's claims.

Maybe they used the same math they use to calculate the value of drugs.

UK gov's smart meter dream unplugged: A 'colossal waste of cash'

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TOU rates?

We have "smart" electric meters, and they use them to charge you almost double when you need power. It's not as bad for the summer rates, but winter you pay peak rate when you get up for work, and get home for dinner.


But now they have given us "smart" water meters. I don't get the idea for that as it's easy to store water so there is no advantage to shifting the time of day you flush. They were only reading the old meter about once a year, with then just sending a post card in the post to report my own reading the rest of the year. It's battery powered and they claim it's good for 15 years. The notice about installing the meter came with a nasty note about court orders if you tried to refuse the new meter.

Microsoft's earnings down on slow Windows sales, Surface RT bust

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Re: Has Redmond lost touch with consumers? YES!

They trying to get us to buy the new stuff they want to sell by pushing the stuff that sells under a bus.

Want to sell phones? Stuff not-metro on PCs and even servers. When people tell you it's crap, add more colours, animated backgrounds, but don't let them kill the phone interface.

Want to shift people (who keep skipping upgrades) over to pay for life 365? Cripple the licence for boxed office software.

Microsoft admits it's '18 months behind' with Windows 8 slabs

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Re: "The iPad will be marginalised..."

It's clear they have gone and installed the reality distortion field backwards, now they think Windows 8 is great and they are going to squash Apple.

Apple flushes poker apps after prod from Australia

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Re: haha...

They were hitting off shore with this app kill. Much like the US when they took the domains of poker sites, or grabbed people passing through the US who ran off shore poker sites. Expect any filter system they push through to protect people from gambling sites too.

If they can make off shore sites a bit harder to access, then they hope at least some of the money will end up being lost at local scams instead of going to over seas scams.

Admen's suggested tweaks to Do Not Track filed straight into the bin

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Re: I love W3C

Maybe MS were just trying to force things.

You know the lower life forms pushing fake pills and such will ignore it anyway. Most of the rest will do their best to weasel out of it (see their definition of DNT). They will say they didn't track you... they followed you, totally different (in the same way that an "email blast" is totally different then sending a load of spam).

You just have to see who is the first to say "hell no, we are going to do it anyway".

Top secret spook court agrees to release 2008 PRISM docs

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Re: What the betting....

As long as secret gag orders and the secret court still exist I have to assume that there is a new order that tells them to release a few requests that did turn out to relate to crime, and say that's all of it. Don't talk about all the big fishing trips, or direct access to networks...

Yelling Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain, is not working.

Microsoft DENIES it gives backdoor access to Outlook encryption

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Can't trust what they say

As long as secret gag orders exist.

AT&T's adds 'Next' plan to allow phone, tablet trade-ins after one year

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Re: Subsidy, what subsidy?

"There never was any subsidy. Only installment payment."

The big Canadian providers sort of give you a subsidy. You can be sure they pay for the phone during the contract, but the price says the same after the contract. If you sign up for another contract they will give you a $50 credit or "free" voice mail for 3 months. Have your own phone? Same price. They say you might as well take the free phone because you are going to pay the same anyway.

You have to go to one of the smaller providers to get a deal if you have your own phone.

Rap for rap chap in crap rap app flap: Jay-Z blasted by privacy bods

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An app to play one album

Can I get it on 8 trak? Because that would be just about as much use.

Just because some one (everyone) involved think they should be able to spy on people playing the music.

Look out, Lenovo! HP: We're not happy with being a 'number two'

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HP Number Poo

Management bought HP laptops because they were cheaper. I don't have to deal with them any more though as they are all dead. They cut all their engineering and outsourced everything to boost management stock options, now I might as well buy gateway.

PM writes ISPs' web filter ads for them - and it must say 'default on'

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parents in control of what content is permitted in their households.

So the block list will be publicly available, and will have a simple open system to remove any stupid blocks right?

Apple needs help: iWatch, 'Retina' iPad mini delayed until 2014?

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They don't have a chance...

add to its 100-member iWatch team to tackle "hard engineering problems that they've not been able to solve...

How to make a smart watch cool.

I'm sure the same people who thought calculator watches were cool will like them but...

Unmasked: Euro ISPs raided in downloads strangle probe

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ISPs are becoming content providers

More like ISPs and Content companies are buying each other / merging into giant conglomerates.

You think the cable TV company want you to watch netflix?

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Linux 3.11 to be known as 'Linux for Workgroups'

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Re: I wonder how long until MS sues

Probably not illegal. It would have to be a trademark, I don't think they could have got one back then before things got insane, and it's a long dead product so it would be hard to show anyone getting confused.

US public sector shuns public clouds

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The federal agencies don't want all the other federal agencies to be snooping in their cloud.

But they still will. After all there could be another leaker just about anyplace.

Chinese police probe iPhone user's death by electrocution

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For acutal counterfeits yes

They are starting off trying to deceive.

You can get good non-Apple (or other) chargers. Like the Monoprice one. I have bought several things from them including doc cables for my iPod that were just as well made as the Apple part but FAR cheaper, not much more then the dollar store cable that fell apart taking it out of the package.

Microsoft biz heads slash makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

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makes Ballmer look like dead STEVE JOBS

So will that let them sell piles of phones and tablets and have a big pile of cash too?


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Maybe they will invent clippy for CEOs.

It looks like your running a company, would you like help?

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