* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Snowden dodges US agents in Moscow, skips out on flight

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Re: It's not illegal, but it is uncool

No I think a lot of what they are doing is illegal. But as soon as there is any danger of anyone getting in trouble they get a "get out of jail free card" like all the telcos that got immunity when people started lining up to sue them.

Any "Problems" that come up will be fixed retroactively so no need to worry about stuff like laws or rules.

Privacy expert dismisses PRISM-busting typeface as 'art project'

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Re: Expert?

Maybe if you use it they flag you as low hanging fruit to be investigated.

Apple's Tim Cook: I'm risking my own MEELLLIONS if we sink

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Re: Ummm, so....

He is going to be living on beans and cat food (the no name stuff).

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

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Re: Organic?

I like natural peanut butter, the type where the ingredient list is Peanuts.

A while ago the local shop added organic peanut butter. I checked the ingredients and after peanuts was organic palm oil, and organic dehydrated cane juice (sugar), organic salt (wtf)

It might be organic, but it's still shit.

Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

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Not just pervs


Sony set to launch smartwatch in Shanghai next week

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Re: Really?

A - "One in three smartphone users want smart wrist wear"

Q - Do you want to wear a smart watch, or have your arm chewed off by a shark?

Apple: If you find us guilty in ebook price-fix trial, EVERYONE suffers

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Apple wanted to sell them for $12.99 and not be undercut by anyone.

Well boo hoo.

I'm sure Sears don't want to be undercut by Target. Should Sears be able to set the price everyone sells for?

Who gives a crap what apple want? They can charge $12.99 if they want, no problem. And everyone else can charge what they want too.

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Re: Find them guilty

finding Apple guilty would "send shudders through the business community", according to court reporters.

"We submit a ruling against Apple on this record sets a dangerous precedent,"

Rich companies/people can't always do anything they want?

"Apple attempted to arrange the best deals possible with publishers"

Literally, make it so no one else can negotiate the best deal possible, as Apple already have an exclusive on that.

"This is an old-fashioned, straightforward price-fixing agreement."

I don't think Apple really disagree with that statement, they just don't see it as a problem, but as a good thing.

Nokia Lumia 925: The best Windows Phone yet

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But is it good enough to win back the market?


Oh and what is this "back"?

The couple percent they lost since they launched Winphone?

Gartner magicians conjure technological TUBE MAP

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I think I've seen that before...

Isn't that the Tokyo subway map with the station names changed?

Can Microsoft's U-turn stop the Xbox 360 becoming another XP?

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"In May Redmond revealed big changes to Windows 8 that increasingly look like a step-away from the all-or-nothing march into the Metro touch UI."

No they didn't. Not-Metro is still there, they just put some more lipstick on the pig. More colours, animated backgrounds, a start button - that takes you to not-metro.

I expect this xbox story, once you get the fine print will just be another "start button".

Embezzler stings IBM, Microsoft in Japan

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He apparently invested the embezzled funds in various private ventures including foreign exchange trading.

So he gambled it all away.

Adobe CEO admits need to 'tweak' Creative Suite's cloud-only policy

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Re: Cash Grab

C) Arrange the cost so that if you want more than 1 or 2 programs it's cheaper to buy them all.

Or wait a year and say Photoshop is now only available in a bundle.

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together with more frequent updates.

I would not count on that...

Once they have everyone they can switched over to rent by the month, they don't need to sell upgrades. If they don't need to sell upgrades*, they don't need upgrades. If they don't need upgrades... fire most of the developers and give the execs a bonus. More value for the stake holders.

*To some extent that is good, they no longer have a need to add crap like Flash support in a PDF just so they have something to put on the list of new features to sell an upgrade.

The flip side is, why develop an amazing new feature if your not going to get any more money for it?

That Microsoft-Nokia merger you've been predicting? It's no go

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Did they say that with a straight face?

What's more, Microsoft was said to be leery of Nokia's weak position in the smartphone market, where it currently trails behind Apple and Samsung (Blackberry, Motorola, ...).

PC makers REALLY need Windows 8.1 to walk on water - but guess what?

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PC Makers thrown under bus

MS want to be Apple.

They want to sell phones and tablets.

They think they can use desktops / laptops to make people want an MS phone / tablet.

They think not-metro is the way to do it.

People say they don't like it. Not going to buy it. Not-Metro sucks.

MS: We have to fix this... but can't remove not-metro.

Look more colours.

Look a start button to replace one of the invisible spots! That's what you asked for! All good now right!

Look animated backgrounds.. cool right?

US: It's still got not-metro! it's still shit!

Hey mobile firms: About that Android thing... Did Google add a lockout clause?

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Re: So in other words

"Do they have an overwhelming majority market share"

So it's OK for them to lock you to IE, Skydrive, and other MS services. But Google is evil for including Google services but letting you use what you want. I have Firefox on my phone, I use dropbox too.

Crapsearch can get stuffed.

Google mounts legal challenge to surveillance gag orders

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How do we know?

FISC: You must say you can publish all data. There are no more secrets.

You must say you received 37 requests that effected 42 users.

You must not say we have access to your servers/networks.

You must not say this is all a load of crap that the FISC made up.

If they don't change the law, they can say anything they want, and no one can trust what they say. Get caught? No problem, here is your pardon and "can't touch me" pass.

The only way anyone could trust anything would be to change the law, and make the "get out of jail free" passes and pardons invalid for anyone caught breaking the law.

Microsoft lures buy-curious vixens, corduroys with a cheap fondle

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Re: But "productive" for what?

It's not even great for media consumption. It's ok for web surfing, but the media player apps are crap.

The only thing it can do better then my Nexus 7 is handle Office files (and I've still had it crash on some of my work excel 2010 files) where I need to do more then just take a quick look at something. I'm not 100% sure I'm actually allowed to look at my work files on it, maybe my licensed copy of Office at work covers me...

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Re: Microsoft also boasts of 20,000 apps?

For some values of relevant...

I'm sure some would consider a game that almost works and looks like a C64 port to be educational.

20,000? Lucky to find 20 actually useful apps on RT.

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RT Why?

I have one, got it for free. Almost worth the price. It's sitting at home doing nothing, there is a Nexus 7 in my bag with me now that I paid for.

Yahoo! joins! rivals! in! PRISM! data! request! admission!

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"to reveal exactly how much information it has handed to US spooks."

How is that Exact? Even without all the stuff I assume they are not talking about because they are not allowed to.

processed between 12,000 and 13,000... not including FISA requests.

More like a random number they pulled out of their ass I think...

Apple: iOS7 dayglo Barbie makeover is UNFINISHED - report

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Re: pre-release software may not be final version


Icahn scratching head over BEEELLLIONS needed for Dell deal

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Carl Icahn could be ready to walk away from the Dell rescue deal

No surprise as he is just trying to force them to boost the original Dell offer.

NSA PRISM snoop-gate: Won't someone think of the children, wails Apple

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Re: another attempt to diffuse the ongoing row

Since they are required to give summary data about all government requests mixed together both words might apply...

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'We have never heard of PRISM'

See we have a letter from the NSA saying we have never heard of it... or else.

Surprise! Intel smartphone trounces ARM in power trials

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Just one question...

Is that Chocolate or Maple Fudge?

CIA spooks picked Amazon's 'superior' cloud over IBM

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Re: The real reason

HP once sent me 4 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper on a skid.

Sheet of paper in #10 envelope, in an anti-static bag, in a padded envelope, in a box. X4 in a BIG box with lots of peanuts strapped to a skid.

Report: Foreign owners blocked T-Mobile, Verizon from NSA snoops

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could have caused complications

Like what? Spill the beans?

That should not be much of a problem now.

US Supremes: Human genes can't be patented

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Re: Only fixed one little bit.

"That's why you can't patent iron but can patent a unique type of iron hinge."

It's not like taking a raw material and making a new item.

It would be more like taking a bike bell and sticking it on a car, and getting a patent for the whole thing.

Then the companies insurance division will offer a 10% discount for cars with bells.

They are just sticking a bit from one thing, onto another. Corn is still corn, but now has a gene for resistance to weed spray (taken whole from a weed that developed the resistance naturally). The same company happens to sell that weed spray.

And for a bonus they claim patent infringement on the farmer down the road who didn't buy their seed because the pollen from their patented corn has blown onto his crop.

So no it's not pretty well thought out, this is just as stupid as the slide to unlock patent.

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Only fixed one little bit.

Most of the patented GM plants are just taking a bit of DNA from one thing (resistance to weed spray, or produce insecticide...) and patching it into the DNA of another thing.

So if they are taking a but of something that's not patentable, and sticking it into something else that's not patentable. How is the result patentable? If that was reasonable then every baby should be patentable too.

Microsoft to open Windows Stores inside 600 Best Buy locations

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Re: Yes, because I associate quality with Best Buy

It could be worse...

Future Shop is were Best Buy sells stuff that's too crappy to sell in Best Buy, and dumps last years left over stock from Best Buy US. And they still have the "you need this $90 monster cable set for your $26 DVD player" scam going.

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If it's like the current booth at the Eatons Center...

Microsoft will provide training for an additional 1,200 salespeople to staff the stores; their jobs will be to make sure kids* don't write "Microsoft blows dead bears" on the the Surface and Laptop screens, and occasionally give directions to people looking for an iPhone.

* of all ages.

MySpace zaps millions of teens' tearful rants, causes wave of angst

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Re: What you post can vanish at any time...

Skipping the double negative...

True, it and a few others (GEnie) were pay services.

This would be closer to all the BBS systems, FIDO net... all gone now.

STEVE JOBS hits back at ebook ruckus FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: So

The email actually sent expresses a legitimate business concern that Amazon was in a position to use it's monopoly position in the market to squash Apple's demand of a 30% cut.

I don't remember Amazon being declared a monopoly...

Apple could not compete with others, and keep their fixed 30% cut unless they could get the book sellers to sell to them for 30% less then what everyone else charges retail. The only way they can do that is price fixing.

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Oh, better not say that in an email, change it to

"I can live with this as long as they also agree to the other thing you told me you can get:" Nudge, nudge, wink, wink...

"with our wholesale price being 70% of such price. "

So if they wanted to pay 30% less then Amazon and everyone else if they didn't get the agency model.

Ex-Palm CEO Rubinstein wishes HP sale never happened

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interference and missteps by the wireless carriers.

The crap they want to put on phones is Android's biggest problem too, and the reason I bought a Nexus 4.

Why don't they try to differentiate their service, not see who can put the most useless crap on a phone, then never update it.

When HP bought them I figured they were a goner. I liked webOS and figured by the 2nd generation they would be something I might buy. Still sort of wish I had picked up a fire sale Pad.

Wanna be a ROBOT OVERLORD? Boffins pave way with mind-controlled cursor

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mind-controlled cursor

They dropped a brick on their foot?

So, Windows 8.1 to give PC sales a shot in arm? BZZZZT, wrong answer

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8.1 is nothing.

The 8.1 update is a bunch of cosmetic fluff that didn't fix anything that desktop / laptop people hate. So no new sales there. This is the one place where they had a chance to improve things if they were not so desperate to stuff not-Metro down peoples throats.

Windows tablets are too expensive and have crap app selection so 8.1 is not changing anything there. Not much they could do to Win8 to fix the problems with tablet sales.

So don't hold your breath.

Online music world on iRadio: Apple, imagine our concern

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Re: "You can easily buy it with one click!"

And it's US only. I can get hundreds of real radio stations from all over the world now.

Once Apple decides to open in Canada I'm sure they will only play stuff that is available to buy in the Canadian iTunes store.

So not so much about finding new music... all about selling more with some ads on the side.

Sony sucker-punches Xbox on price, specs, DRM-free gaming

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Re: Will Microsoft's hubris allow them to backpeddle?

"Microsoft will surely have to backtrack now on their used game / online activation policies, but the question is whether their hubris will allow them to?"

Sure, right after they put the option to turn off not-metro in Win8.

They will do something as useless as the start button, maybe only require you to reactivate your player when you switch games.

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They are trying for PlaysForSure* 2.0

I'm sure they will be just as quick to stiff their customers and turn off the servers when they feel like it.



Boffins hide cute kitty behind invisibility shield

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Cat ina box

It's true, any box will put a cat right where you want it.


Apple at WWDC: Sleek new iOS, death of the big cats, pint-sized Mac Pro

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It's not when they came out, it's when they stopped selling them.

"When did the iPhone 3GS and iPad 1 come out? That's right, 2009 and 2010"

When did they stop selling the 3GS? That's right 2012.

The iPad 1 only lasted a year so 2011.

Yup, old as the hills, no one is going to be using an iPhone that's almost a year old!

Curtain drops on Apple Store ahead of WWDC: What lies behind?

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Transparency? Did they get that from the dumpster behind Microsoft's office?

So the Mac Pro is round... Wonder if the iPhone 6 will be round.

Hacker who helped find Steubenville rapists threatened with decade in prison

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They have to nip these things in the bud.

Sure they might be hacking rapists today, but tomorrow they could be hacking campaign contributions, secret email accounts, or all manner of embarrassing stuff.

When the cops say there is nothing to see here...

Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

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Re: StartIsBack

"Fine to complain if you find W8 annoying or crap, but saying it is unusable is, I would claim, a flat-out lie."

I'm sure you could do a days work with someone standing behind you playing bagpipes. It's not impossible but how long could you keep it up before you kill something?

I have used Windows 8, but if the boss gave me a shiny new W8 touch screen laptop it would not be long before I killed something.

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Re: StartIsBack

Just wait for Pants 8.1

They have a real big pocket, and a bunch of small pockets, and come in a rainbow of colours. The zipper plays a tune when you pull it up and down.

Yes, they are still itchy... but look at all the colours!

BBC's Digital Moneypit Initiative known to be 'pile of dung' for years

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Re: An Important Consideration

I expect there were some managers jogging around the field with the goal posts.

America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

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To protect their business model

In the US (and Canada) they sell pay as you go phones below cost, then charge a ridiculous amount for minutes that expire after 30 days. They expect to make back the loss on the phone many times over on the minutes. The phones target poor people with no credit that can't get a normal cell phone.

But people would go into Walmart and buy 10 phones, unlock them and resell them. This was not illegal until they made unlocking illegal.

Almost forgot to say that the people buying the phones are drug dealers and terrorists...

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