* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009


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May you live in intresting times

With all the BS bingo I'm not really sure what we are in for.

It seems that when we don't jump for their new (higher revenue) plans (like Office 365) they to push people, not by making the new better then the old, but by crippling the old. When Office 2013 was released they had reduced the number of installs, made it non-transferable and such tricks to make it a worse product just to make the thing they wanted you to buy look better. They had to back down some there, for now.

The same with Win8, screw it up to sell phones. Making my computer look like an over sized phone (and a pain to use) will not make me want your phone, your phone has to make me want your phone. Provide simple solid sync tools that can be extended by others.

So I'll have to wait to see how much of the changes are "new stuff I want" and how much is "kill the stuff I use so I will buy the stuff they want to sell".

Icahn suggests pumping Mikey Dell for dollars hard over a court bench

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an alternative debt-restructuring plan

Borrow lots of money...

Give it to me!


don't care.

HP admits to backdoors in storage products

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But no other HP products?

Do they expect people to think that this is a one off and they didn't do the same thing on some (ALL?) of their other products...

Dead STEVE JOBS was a CROOK – judge

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Re: Loudmouth Judge

It's not a jury trial so the judge can talk about where things stand.

US gov SMASHES UP TVs and MICE to nuke tiny malware outbreak

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Re: Contract

Your not some ones brother in law?

Jelly Bean finally overtakes Gingerbread in Android share

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Re: Old version == second devices?

Or the "free" phones that carriers are dumping with zero plans of providing any support of any kind.

Fido (Rogers dumping ground in Canada) have 3 different Ice Cream Sandwich phones and the LG OPTIMUS L3 with 2.3. They are never going to see an update. "new" phones with 2 year contracts.

Look, can we just forget about Snowden for sec... US-China cyber talks held

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Has to be

"China has since made it clear that it reckons it's a bit rich of the US to be constantly accusing the Communist nation of digital espionage when it appears that the US government has been engaged in such a wide campaign of electronic snooping."

About the biggest case of pot calling kettle black ever.

Emergency alert system easily pwnable after epic ZOMBIE attack prank

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But they will still set the password as 1234

Big Mike's big package oughta be enough for Dell investors - report

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Look to the past.

One is a known corporate raider who can only be trusted to grab as much cash as possible and screw everyone else.

The other built the company and has worked to keep it a going concern for years. He could still fail to keep it going but at least that's not the plan from the start.

Europe: OK, we'll 'backload' carbon emissions - but we'd better not lose big biz

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Carbon trading has nothing to do with green thinking. It's another way for traders to get rich moving bits of nothing around. The only green in this is US$.

BBC abandons 3D TV, cites 'disappointing' results

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Re: Avatar...

"everyone had upgraded to HD, freeview, digital"

And like the record companies with CD said Lets do that again!

Audio DVD and 3D TV? What? No one gives a crap.

Didn't buy Rumours on Audio DVD (I did have a DVD player that could play them), didn't pay the $5 extra for 3D bluray player, no chance I'm buying a new TV for 3D.

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Don't worry, it will be back again

I'm not sure, but the current version is at least the 3rd version of 3D for theatres, and the 2nd for TV.

It's a fad again this time too.

Dell explores wearable computing as PC base crumbles

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Re: General crapification

"There are mostly nasty plasticy things, except the very expensive ones."

Dell's home "Inspiron" stuff is total crap. They tend to cover all the check boxes of features to put on the box but will be in the recycle bin very soon after the warranty is over. The Vostro models tend to be better built but basic.

But they are no worse then the junk you find on sale at the local shop, Acer, HP and the rest all pushing plasticy laptops at the low end, and if you want to spend a little more you don't get a better laptop, you get a plasticy ultrabook.

Samsung isn't alone: HTC profits take a huge dive

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Yes, but

I'd be interested in a Nexus type device with rapid update release, but the carriers would not be. They want to crap up the phone, sell it for 6 months or so, then dump it and never bother to upgrade it.

The cell phone companies see the carriers as their customer, not us.

Win 8 man Sinofsky's 'retirement' deal: $14m shares, oath of silence

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Why are you suprised?

If you have a system that's ideal for developing apps for a slow, battery powered device with a 4" screen then it's going to suck trying to develop an app for a full powered desktop with a couple of large screens. Trying to pretend it's all one big happy family by cripping desktops into over sized phones is not going to make the PC developers happy.

It's like saying that all tires have to be made to work on both a tractor or a Honda Civic.

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Re: What kind of berries?

Windows 8? Has to be dingleberries.

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Re: @Tom35

Yes event viewer is just as dumb.

Installation failure: Windows failed to install the following update with error 0x8924200D: Microsft.LyncMX

Click online help, get: We're sorry. There is no additional information...

So much better then "something happened".

So you are expecting every Win8 user to know how to use event viewer now? This is supposed to compete with Android and iOS?

By the way it's a royal pain in the arse to use on my surface without plugging in a mouse, and it opens online help in metro-IE not desktop IE.

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Better tool... Ha, good one.

Something has happened


error 1e79879326e884503947e804380543854037032e843984308530

Yes a better tool...

The last time I received this so useful messages was when Windows was trying to install an app update. Googling the random string on numbers results in links to so many different problems that I concluded that it really did mean "something happened".

The actual problem was that automatic update had installed some stuff, but didn't tell me it needed to reboot. The app store could not install an update until I rebooted windows, but could not tell me that.

I've had Windows 7 do something like that too, but the error message was something like "Windows needs to finish installing updates, please restart. (not that Windows 7 error messages are always that helpful, but they try).

Windows 8 is both ugly and dumb. Both by design.

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Re: Changed direction?

Don't forget the new colours and animated backgrounds!

Boston U claims LED patent, files against tech giants

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Re: misleading - and should be thrown out of court

"The patents are on one specific manufacturing technique, not a general one. That appears to be all the plaintiffs are claiming. Do you feel that improvements to existing technology should never be patentable?"

If the patents are on a manufacturing technique, and they are not valid where the LEDs were made, then no patent infringement has occurred. Importing them is not manufacturing them. Tough bananas for paten holder.

"Because that basically says 'fuck you' to every domestic manufacturer"

Lots of things do that. Take cheap labour, do Apple get in trouble because some of their workers don't get California minimum wage?

Fines 4 U: Mobe insurer cops £3m penalty for grumble dumping

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Have they gone bankrupt yet?

Without paying the fine?

Popped up the next day with a new name?

That seem to be the normal answer for companies like this.

Irish gov refuses to haul Google, Apple into MPs' tax inquiry

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Re: It's all planned.

They need to be complex, can't have average people or small companies using them...

The talk going on now is just the need to appear to be doing something. Maybe some fishing for fat brown envelops, and promises of board seats.

Hitch climate tax to the actual climate, says top economist

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tradeable emissions certifications

Carbon trading? A way for middle men to make money, while giving the rich a way to shift the problem onto poor people.

All while doing nothing about reducing emissions.

Windows 8 apps pass 100K, Windows 8 passes Vista

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built-in Hyper-V beats "XP Mode" every time.

Except that it requires an "i" processor. My Core 2 Quad is not supported.

So I would say XP Mode that works beats Hyper-V that will not even run.

So you can change that to built-in Hyper-V beats "XP Mode" if you have a new computer.

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Re: Wow... Just... wow

No it's from webserver logs so actual in use computers. And it's not the number of Vista computers sold, it's the number still in use (Vista computers that have not been upgraded (to 7 or XP), or replaced (or Coked in my sisters case)).

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Fart RT

Out of curiosity I fired up the Surface.

Fart returns 38 apps, most with zero ratings, a few cost money like Metro Fart for $1.99

Some of the apps don't seem to fit the fart theme like Stanley Level, Math Plotter, and a Photo Shop book. Drops the total down to 26.

They must use Bing search tech, maybe there is a fantastic fart app that would make the Surface totally worth owning, but search can't find it.

Angry Birds Space $4.99 has 86 reviews, they don't tell you the number of downloads. Android $3.00 is 15.613 reviews and 500,000+ downloads.

Show us the money: Big Mike told to up his game if he wants Dell

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Icahn couldn't care less

If he "wins" he will strip as much cash from Dell as he can, as fast as he can then be off to the next company.

Ubisoft admits major hacking breach, advises password change

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Re: What they say and what they do.

But I expect MS will pull a Ubisoft with the DRM. Once it's been out for a while we will be reading...

The company first trialed an always-on requirement back in 2013, but backed down over user outrage before gradually easing the DRM system back in.

'The Apprentice' is a load of old codswallop, says biz prof

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it's fun to watch.

No it's not. Along with all the other "reality" shows, it make quiz shows look good.

PRISM leaks: WTF, you don't spy on your friends, splutters EU

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Re: This tells you all you need to know

For Canada I expect they get full access in exchange for a report listing all the people who say bad things about the government, big banks, and the oil sands. Saves a lot of work trying to dig that stuff on their own.

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starting a new sentance

Was it a capital offence?

HP confirms it's back in the smartphone business

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Re: Tee hee, snigger snigger, chortle chortle

"Windows Phone 8 might offer some tie-ins with HP's desktop portfolio,"

The Windows 8 computers that no one is buying. Now they can not buy them together and save twice a much!

Microsoft's murder most foul: TechNet is dead

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Re: This is good, but not for MS

They seem to be confused.

Do they want to be Apple or Oracle?

On one hand you have Window 8 with it's Lego interface and Angry Birds apps, Windows Phone with it's Facebook/twiter people hub, Xbox...

On the other you have server/exchange/lync...

Maybe MS should split it's self in two?

Google 'disappoints' US congressman over Glass privacy controls

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Re: Scary

Possibly a visit to the proctologist?

I don't see how they think they can ban resale any more then Ford could.

Feds charge man in $1m 'Dr Evil' scam to blackmail Mitt Romney

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Re: Actually...the non-issue (IMO) is exactly what Obama wanted..

Unlike say the demand for a birth certificate.

Judge nixes Microsoft SkyDrive name in BSkyB court ruling

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Re: I love watching MS lose in Court

Sky is an ISP right? An internet thing. Skydrive is also an internet thing. You think Joe average is going to think they are not related?

If they were going after sky toilet paper (soft as clouds) I could see a problem, it's clear there is no relation.

You think MS would be OK with me starting up a new cloud backup service in the US called SkyBackup? Sky is just descriptive right?

Schwarzenegger says 'I'll be back' for Terminator 5 reboot

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Re: Hollywood sucks

You friends telling lies 2 - the prequel.

It's not like that just started doing rehash after rehash. Long before DVD was popular...

Rocky 5 came out in 1995,

Rambo III (1988)

Jaws 4: The Revenge (1987)

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)

Even way back, Chuck Jones said that they were always dealing with the money men telling them "that was great, make another one just like it". The Road Runner was the end result.

Adobe marketing cloud now to rain spam following Neolane slurp

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Re: Terrific!

They want to make sure there is a market for Flash... Now punch that monkey!

Microsoft partners seriously underwhelmed by Windows 8.1

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Am I missing something

Any use at all for Metro?

Your just using it as Win7 so why would you want to "upgrade"?

If MS did what people asked and gave you a way to kill Metro would you miss it?

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Re: Windows 7?

That quote is as crap as not-Metro.

It doesn't sound like Ford, looking into it people seem to agree "We have no evidence that Ford ever said those words."

It first appears in marketing crap around 2002.

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will blend "desktop and modern computing experiences"

Will it blend? Ha Ha, maybe

We don't want a "modern computing experience" we want a desktop computing experience. We don't like "not-metro", and all the app crap that comes with it. Stop trying to be Apple. I don't what a 3" phone interface on my computer (and I'm not much interested in that phone for that mater).

"Modern" is not a name, it's a description that doesn't fit. It beats "the new iPad" on the stupid scale for a product name.

Give us an option to turn it off (all of it, not another lame pretend fix), if it's so great no one will turn it off right?

Maybe your partners can hit you with a clue-by-four, your not listing to us despite what you say.

Some of the stuff they add in 8.1 might be of use some day, but adding a start button to replace one of the invisible spots and pretending that's all everyone wanted is just pissing people off.

Windows 8.1: So it's, er, half-speed ahead for Microsoft's Plan A

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"a platform designed from the beginning for touch control."

I don't know what your talking about, but it's not Windows 8. As soon as you need to do something that's not included in Metro (like the control panel) your back in Windows 7 and it's clear Metro is tacked on after the fact, not designed from the beginning.

I've more then once plugged a mouse into my crappy surface (glad they included that full size USB port) because touch was hopeless for what I was trying to do.

Obama says US won't scramble jets or twist arms for Snowden

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Re: Translation


We don't have to, our "friends" already have him.

Labels to get, count them, 0.13 cents per play on Apple iRadio

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Re: Apple screws Musicians -- Shocker!!

No Apple screws the record labels, the record labels are doing a good enough job of screwing the musicians already. I expect the musicians will be lucky to see 0.013 cents.

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They don't work in Canada

So they are not getting any money from my anyway.

"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."

So the music corporation carving up the world can get stuffed for all I care.

Secret US spy court lets Microsoft, Google reveal their petitions

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Why bother?

"gag order preventing them from disclosing how much data they give to spooks."

As long as the court can issue any secret gag orders, you can't trust anything.

No mater what Microsoft/Google... say there is no way to know if there is still another gag order preventing them from telling the full story.

Play the Snowden flights boardgame: Avoid going directly to Jail

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Re: in transit

"That would be better than all these bloody shops! Wouldn't mind delays then...."

If they charge $12 for 6 oz of coke (the fizzy kind) and $18 for a hotdog. Just think what the prices would be...

Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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Re: Not a good idea

Current watch is a stainless steel analogue casio with digital date. Cost me $40, more water proof then I am, and keeps good time. Cheap enough that not a big deal if lost/smashed. Expect it will run for years without having to replace the battery.

Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

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Windows 8 hype has hurt PC makers and distributors - Gartner

So that would be the PC makers that listened to Gartner then.

Our week with Soylent: Don't chuck out your vintage food quite yet

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Re: Organic?

"You don't need much salt (processed food generally contains too much) but you do need some."

Yes people need salt, but you get more then enough even if you try to avoid it. Adding salt to stuff is just a mater of what you are used to, I know people who put salt on everything, I add salt to almost nothing (I do add some to the water when cooking some things). I don't like a lot of processed foods because they taste too salty to me.

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