* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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?

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

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starting a new sentance

Was it a capital offence?

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.

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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?

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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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.

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).

Pussy galore: Bubble-bath webcam spy outrage

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Not just pervs


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.

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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