* Posts by Tom 35

2890 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

America's mobile phone unlock block coming unstuck

Tom 35

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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Publishers put a gun to our heads on ebook pricing, squeals Amazon

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What are you on about?

"the power to set the price and terms on which they will make a sale"

They do. But having set the (wholesale) price, and made the sale they have no business telling the buyer what they can sell it for.

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Re: The law.

"The market determined what the price was. In fact, each publisher sets the price for each book they sell."

What?

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Tom 35

So what was it?

A) Amazon was doing something they didn't like.

B) Amazon was doing something illegal.

If it's A). Too bad, Not Amazon's problem if Apple can't get their expected 30%. Publishers are afraid that Amazon will start telling them what to do? Again too bad, that is not an excuse to run a price fixing scam.

If it's B), who made the publishers Judge, and Jury? If Amazon was doing something illegal they should have taken then to court, who do the publishers think they are? Batman?

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Microsoft video preview shows Windows 8.1 tablet UI options

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"the curated view of search results actually looks quite interesting if it works as advertised."

It looks interesting but bing works ok for famous people searches. I can't see it being that useful for general searches for subjects where pictures are not needed. And I expect it needs a very fast connection to look smooth.

More colours, small tiles (oh look almost like icons, hope you remember what they are all do), background animation, slide show... that's all just great but not at all what we want.

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Apple claims shot in arm for Cupertino from new Fruit Loop HQ

Tom 35

Re: Apple fines its staff? WTF?

Maybe they have a big swear jar. Say a bad word* and you pay.

* Example: Samsung, Android, Tax, Amazon...

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Amazon yoinks Dora and SpongeBob from Netflix for MEELLLIONS

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Re: Oh, Amazon

Netflix is available from my BluRay player, I can get an app for my phone... I think Lovefilm is similar. Amazon I would have to use my computer.

But my real problem is with their whole business model.

They carve up the world. Don't give me that "oh, it's because of the contracts" crap, you wrote the contracts and that's the way you like it.

So I can get the crippled Canadian versions of Netflix, or iTunes. No Amazon Video or MP3s at all...

Exclusive deals, now you get to choose what you want more as most people are not going to subscribe to multiple services just for exclusive content. (worse with cable as an exclusive may end up on a service that's not even available to you.)

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Microsoft parades Windows 8.1, the version you may actually want

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Re: Nice ... Nice ...

Lots of people thought the start menu was crap. But the start screen is a lake of liquefied pig shit. So we want our crap back, at least we know how to work with it.

Change can be good, or as the start screen / metro shows it can be bad. Windows 95 to 7 had both good and bad changes, but more good then bad.

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Microsoft waves white flag: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

Tom 35

Re: We'll put Outlook on Windows RT slabs

You have not seen the current mail app...

They will have to REALLY screw up the Outlook port for it not to be an improvement.

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Sacked Zynga bods learn their jobs are gone via Facebook

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Re: workers would get “generous severance packages”

But paid in Farmvile coins.

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Microsoft touts business features of Windows 8.1

Tom 35

a tweaked W7 with no makeup

More like a tweaked W7 wearing a mud mask.

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Do companies have this stuff? ability to print using Wi-Fi Direct, share the screen using Miracast, pair with printers using near field communication (NFC),

and have Windows 8.1 devices act as Wi-Fi hotspots

Random hotspots, just what everyone wants.

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Relax, Hollywood, ARM's got your back: New chip 'thwarts' video pirates

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Re: Almost correct......

Take the "digital copies" that come "free" with some DVD / BluRay disc.

I only ever got one to work (after getting new codes from their support system twice) and the quality was crap. Now I toss the paper with the code in the trash with the shrink wrap, I'll make my own digital copy that I can play where I want if needed.

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Re: "ARM's TrustZone" - abuse of ENGLISH!

"Surely this is against the law (First Sale Doctrine) - restricting reuse of something bought.."

No because they say you licence it, and the licence (page 17 of 43) said you have given up all your rights.

There have been several services that sold* DRMed video and music who turned off their servers. Remember Plays for Sure? Walmart Video? ...

There have been test cases with iTunes content that people wanted to resell.

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Tom 35

They say it's to protect their video

"compromised a TrustZone kernel on a Motorola device to unlock its bootloader."

Then use it to lock you out of your own device. You can't trust the people pushing the "trusted platform" systems.

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Snappers binned, mobe-armed hacks drafted at Chicago paper

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Re: Someone should tell the Sun-Times

"And the phones do have a flash. Admittedly nowhere near as powerful as a Canon Speedlite"

Understatement of the week.

There are a few (not iPhone) that have a small xenon flash. The LED "Flash" most often found on a phone is only of any use for a few feet, better then nothing I guess.

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Re: Real photos in line with the text...

"Could actually be good if the photos are taken by the reporter, at the time, and line up with what is written. How many articles have some stock photo, or the same as all the other articles, and give me a strong suspicion they were paraphrased from someone else's work..."

I don't think that will change. Just that now anything that needs a wide angle, telephoto, or a real flash will be photo free, or have a stock photo.

So the paper will be.

50% ads

30% wire stories that also appear in every other paper.

10% stuff they 'paraphrased' with out checking from something they found on the internet (like the Onion).

5% stuff readers sent in (free).

5% stuff they actually wrote, often days old, now with cell phone photos.

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Look out, fanbois! EVIL charger will inject FILTH into your iPHONE

Tom 35

Re: Trusting ANYTHING plugging into a USB port....

iPhones, iPod touch don't even have a mass storage mode, they want you to use iTunes. This used security flaws to do it's dirty work, and I'm sure Android is not free from it's own flaws, or Winphone...

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Motorola shows off tattoo and swallowable password hardware

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connections between the silicon and sensors are designed to flex 200 per cent, she said.

200% of what?

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Elon Musk pledges transcontinental car juicers by end of year

Tom 35

car juicers?

Why am I seeing a REAL big version of Will it Blend?

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Fear the Embarrassing Bodies webcam

Tom 35

Bingo!

A multi-tiered, hybrid approach that differentiates between infrastructure and service-level competition can drive an optimum balance between national economic interests, free-market economics and a healthy telecommunications industry, that is able to provide affordable leading edge...

What do I get for a full card?

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Minty fresh Linux: Olivia hits the virtual shelves

Tom 35

Re: mint is really doing things no linux has done before

"Yup, so long as they're trapped in a nightmarish past where user interfaces never made it beyond Windows 95"

Better then a dystopian future. where your 27" monitor has the same UI as a 3" phone.

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Former Microsoft Windows chief: I was right to kill the Start button

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Re: Sales = Money, surely?

They care because no one is going to buy more until they use all the ones they already bought.

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EFF files objections with W3C decrying addition of DRM to HTML5

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Re: In an ideal world...

No.

It's true that DRM will not prevent pirate copies from appearing 10 seconds after the content goes live, but the people who are paying still get a gimped service. I can't see this being any better then Silverlight with open source.

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 secrets REVEALED ... sort of

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Sounds more like 8.01

So your car still has a square steering wheel* but they have added fuzzy dice.

They are not going to change anything of substance, how can they possibly think this will make even a single person happy?

*to use a common win8 comparison.

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Motorola to kick off comeback with US-made Moto X

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no advantage

Except the people who bought one to avoid the crap. Like me.

I will not by buying an LG with crapware. If Moto do go pure droid maybe they will get me next time.

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Windows 8.1 Start button SPOTTED in the wild

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Re: What is missing

Finding settings in Windows 8 is even harder then older versions of Windows.

When you search the Microsoft site to find out how you get crap like this... (looking for change font size)

"Open Screen Resolution by swiping in from the right edge of the screen, tapping Search (or if you're using a mouse, pointing to the upper-right corner of the screen, moving the mouse pointer down, and then clicking Search), entering Display in the search box, tapping or clicking Settings, and then tapping or clicking Display."

What?

They tell you to search, often a word that you would never guess, or remember. Searching for the actual setting gives you nothing.

If you want to run your not-metro pong app it's great, but if you want to actually do something it's crap.

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Revealed: Google's plan to float BLIMP NETWORK over Africa, Asia

Tom 35

Re: Of course the Warlords will just sit back and allow this

Don't forget the religious nut jobs. I'm sure they will think this falls under "western education".

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First Cook, now Intel bigwig pokes Google in the eye over Glass

Tom 35

Re: "It’s a challenge - a great technical problem I think. Our researchers love the problem"

Remember when they fist came out with the "core" chips and only wanted them to be used in laptops. Tried to force everyone to stick to P4 for desktop. Tried to pigeon hole atom too.

To have Intel go to something ARM like may be too much to ask.

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May threatens ban on 'hate-inciting' radicals, even if they don't promote violence

Tom 35

face serious interpretive issues.

They don't see a problem, just ban anything they don't like.

And they don't like people who think that's a problem.

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WikiLeaks party flirts with Oz law by taking Bitcoin gifts

Tom 35

What's the big deal?

"setting out the total amount or value of all gifts"

So it's the same any any other gift. Just list the value.

As for being anonymous so is a shoe box full of cash, gold bars...

So it's not bitcoins that are the question, it's do they accept anonymous gifts over the limit in any form.

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Is the next-gen console war already One?

Tom 35

"The history of espionage, real espionage rather than James Bond, is of governments taking extraordinary levels of interest in the lives of normal people."

Even without espionage, I'm sure there is someone at MS thinking of all the commercial valuable info they can collect.

For example they can count the number of people watching a TV show, and if they watch the ads.

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Microsoft and pals: Save the global economy by NOT ripping us off

Tom 35

Re: One thing that always bugs me

Back when I worked in retail, and MS Office didn't have product activation companies bought Office (maybe not all the companies, and maybe they installed a few extra copies...), and everyone else copied it.

You could not sell a low price home word processor, every one just used Word. It was a de facto standard. A few used MS Works as it was sort of like Word.

It was not until product activation made casual coping more difficult that Open Office had a chance to grow.

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Re: What a joke...does money grow on trees?

Maybe spent spent locally and not sent off to some offshore cash pile by way of Ireland?

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

Tom 35

Re: Acronymity...

No you don't Joojle it, you search using Joojle. *

* another failed attempt to tell people what to say.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

Tom 35

Re: Trivial

"I bet they had a version working before they launched just to see."

The beta had a registry setting to turn off not-metro. If I remember it was killed in the RC.

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MYSTERY Nokia Lumia with gazillion-pixel camera 'spotted'

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Re: Lens

They put the big fat lens on an SLR just to look cool.... right.

You might get... the results can match the output of a pocket camera, maybe even one of the better ones.

I'm sure this camera is way better then the one in my Nexus 4. I'd have paid a bit more for a better camera, but I would not go for Winphone just to get a better camera. Just like I would not buy a Lada, just because it came with a great stereo.

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A backdoor into Skype for the Feds? You're joking...

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I thought that was why they said not to buy Chinese network gear

Oh, it;s not that it has a foreign government mandated back door, they just think it's the wrong foreign government.

It will work as well as when the US was trying to block export of encryption. You had to fill out a form to get 128 bit IE. A joke and a pain for US companies at the same time.

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Don't Panic! Google FCC filing reveals mystery media device

Tom 35

But

Will it come with a towel?

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Tom 35

Maybe

It is powered by the infinite improbability drive.

It will allow you to stream high quality, original Hollywood movies, for a reasonable price, available anywhere in the world at the same time.

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Biz bods: Tile-tastic Windows 8? NOOO. We lust after 'mature' Win 7

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Employee interest in Windows 8 is “very high”

Only if Employee interest = they went to the store and came back with a $400 laptop with windows 8 (not pro) that was on sale.

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Half of youngsters would swap PRIVACY for... cheaper insurance

Tom 35

Re: It does genuinely save money

The normal statistics crap.

When it's optional you will get volunteers who know they will save money.

People who don't drive much. Haven't even had a close call in 20 years.

It's just cherry picking.

If everyone has to do it, you will have the same lot you have now.

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Google tells Microsoft to yank its new WinPhone YouTube app

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Re: So, it would appear that

"the Xbox YT app shows ads, but that was developed by Google"

Didn't Google develop most of the youtube apps on other platforms?

Could it be that Google didn't develop a full feature app for Winphone because MS don't give 3rd party developers enough access?

Then MS wine that Google will not give them full access?

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Sony investor wants to break up firm, re-invest in hardware biz

Tom 35

Loeb declined to detail exactly how he would use the extra cash

Give it to Loeb I expect.

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Full metal jacket: Nokia launches new Lumia 925

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Re: What's the surprise?

You're the one that asked.

It may not be astroturf, but that's what it looks like. It's not like you are required to use your real name here, the only difference between posting with an anonymous handle (or even a first name) and using AC is that no one can see what else you have posted. A "personal opinion" posted as AC is not worth a pinch of shit, it only has value when your reputation is attached to it.

Microsoft/Nokia can put "some anonymous person said it looked good" on their next advertisement, I'm sure that will really boost sales.

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Tom 35

What's the surprise?

Down votes for anonymous astroturf.

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Who is Samsung trying to kid? There will NEVER be a 5G network

Tom 35

There will almost certainly will be a "5G" mobile broadband network

It will almost certainly be marketing BS.

Bell Canada call LTE 4G Super phone (because they already called 3.5G 4G). You can be sure the next improvement will be called 5G.

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United Nations: 'Overpopulated Earth? Time to EAT BUGS'

Tom 35

nobody likes me everybody hates me guess i'll go eat worms

Big fat juicy ones,

Eensie weensy squeensy ones,

See how they wiggle and squirm!

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Icahn, SAM to give MickeyD the boot if they take over Dell

Tom 35

Please stop

Calling them "Activist investor", they don't invest in anything.

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UK.gov blows a fuse at smart meter stall, sets new 2020 deadline

Tom 35

"smart" meters

We have had them for Electricity for some time (Toronto Canada). They charge us extra for usage during peak times. No they are forcing us to get smart water meters. Not sure what the plan is with them, charge extra if we flush before 8am? Rat out anyone who waters the lawn during a watering ban, or just charge extra when there is a "shortage".

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