* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

It's 2018 so, of course, climate.news is sold to climate change deniers

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"something in the media that I disagree with"

No, that's just the Trump version.

Google offers to leave robocallers hanging on the telephone

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The latest thing I'm getting

Robo calls in Chinese, I recorded one and got a friend to listen and it's a tax scam. The calling number is spoofed, very local and different every time. A black list is not going to work on that and they have been calling 2-3 times a week. I would be happy to have google kill that.

Cops suspect Detroit fuel station was hacked before 10 drivers made off with 2.3k 'free' litres

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Re: What about switching the pump off?

He was probably on hold waiting for permission to push the button.

Verizon promises to stop selling its subscribers' location data... for now

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Re: AT&T has no reason to believe......

They have made sure that it's all authorized and paid for in full.

Donald Trump trumped as US Senate votes to reinstate ZTE ban

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Re: Why would they?

GMO? Who cares about that. It's antibiotics, grown hormones, veg sprayed with liquefied pig crap "fertilizer".

Um, excuse me. Do you have clearance to patch that MRI scanner?

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So just like a TV or wifi router

Except the normal "Buy our new model" answer is more of a problem.

Trademark holders must pay for UK web blocking orders – Supreme Court

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Re: Good.

And marked up 1,000%

Aussie bloke wins right to sue Google over 'underworld' images

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Re: Autocomplete on a name

Google search also gives different results depending on what you have searched for in the past. When I entered Dave I get https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ibfQX11aPmg

Trump's ZTE deal challenged by Senate

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Could the "threat to security" be that they are not compromised? They don't come with a preinstalled backdoor for the CIA and friends?

Fingered: Pants-down 'poo jogger' alleged to be corp exec

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Figuratively shitting on the employees under him was no longer enough to satisfy him.

Australia wants tech companies to let cops 'n' snoops see messages without backdoors

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Re: It's simple

So the US, England, and other "good" countries get to access the keys. How about China? India? Argentina? Afghanistan? Florida? Texas?

Who decides who has access?

Hey, Mac fanbois: Got $600,000 burning a hole in your pocket? Splash out on this rare Apple I

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Why would mac fans care?

Facebook stockholders tell Zuck to reform voting rules as data scandal branded 'human rights violation'

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How to sell shares for instant wealth

And not have to deal with arse holes like Carl Icahn.

Facebook caught up in court battle with Amazon and pals over 'ageist job ads' that targeted young

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I was seeing much worse ads

How to make millennials work. There were a bunch of them including one from Microsoft.

Seems millennials are such slackers, managers need special tools to get them to do any work.

Cold call bosses could be forced to cough up under new rules

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Only for outright crooks

Sure the fake "I'm calling from Microsoft" calls. But the ones selling services you can make the customer of the calling service pay. Joe's carpet cleaning and it's owner can pay if they hire an Indian call center to make calls


You're toxic, I'm slippin' under: SCL, Cambridge Analytica file for US bankruptcy

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Re: So they...

"Then they turn right around and start a new company based on the old one's business plan."

And the same staff, and the assets the old company sold to the new company (for $1 and consulting fees).

They have moved across the street and have a new name.

Flamin' Nora! Brit firefighters tackle blazing fly-tipped boat

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Re: Get this round my area..

"This is purely because of the extortionate costs of dumping rubbish at the council owned tips."

Some people will not pay anything, and even if it was free some would still dump it where ever it was easy.

Microsoft returns to Valley of Death? Cheap Surface threatens the hardware show

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No, no, no...

"Surface has helped polish Microsoft's brand, as a stylish and useful tool for creatives and entrepreneurs, for architects, engineers, and designers."

The Surface is for middle managers, the surface book is for upper management email and powerpoint.

Make masses carry their mobes, suggests wig in not-at-all-creepy speech

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Re: Can't lawmakers be sacked for being too dim to be useful?

That big pot of frogs on the stove are just getting comfortably warm about now.

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Drain your battery playing candy crush on the bus ride home?

Get a ride in the back of a cop car?

But when it's bankers and executives and millions are involved this will not do a thing.

IBM bans all removable storage, for all staff, everywhere

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Re: When USB sticks are illegal.....

I can see someone having "fun" at a best buy store.

Google tweaks Wear OS – yes, it's still around

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yes, it's still around

It's not a Microsoft phone.

Wanted that Windows 10 update but have an Intel SSD? Computer says no

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Re: To say...

Just think of all the cheap windows 10 tablets with 60 GB SSDs...

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Looks like we have an MS fanboy

Looks like someone downvoted every post.

Microsoft vows to bridge phones to PCs, and this time it means it. Honest.

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Re: They'll have to wait

Who was it that used to go on about how great windows phone was and how great it was to have your computer look like a phone... Used to reject my comments about how great a full screen calculator on a 24" monitor was, or mocking the latest MS attempt at a phone OS. I wonder who that was?

One solution to wreck privacy-hating websites: Flood them with bogus info using browser tools

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Re: I've seen this before

"stop visiting abusive websites"

So I need a driver and the site wants me to register before I can download the driver.

I have opera for that, if I need to verify my email I have an address that deletes everything at 30 days. If I don't have to verify the email address I use marketing@your domain. I'm Elvis and the auto-fill is full of junk. The phone number is from that Pizza jungle that's on the radio 50 times a day.

I don't go to a lot of effort, but if they want to make me register to download a new driver they are getting garbage.

Hooo boy, Commvault, your activist investor is not a happy chappy

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activist investor

There is no such thing. The correct name is Corporate Raider, or asset stripper.

Five things you need to know about Microsoft's looming Windows 10 Spring Creators Update

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Re: 'A Microsoft spokesperson refused to tell us what was actually arriving in the Spring release'

"pseudonymized" (their word) :

Sounds painful.

Hold on to your aaSes: Yup, Windows 10 'as a service' is incoming

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so if you visited a website in Edge on Android...

The android store only shows 12,000 downloads.

Don't gripe if you hand your PC to Geek Squad and they rat you out to the Feds – judge

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Re: The bigger picture

I seem to remember a story awhile ago about an apple shop where staff was discovered collecting and sharing "home videos" that they found on computers and phones that they serviced.

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Re: Class Action suit? FBI paying bounty for illegal searches of photos, emails and documents?

I expect the GOPers would come up with retroactive permission just like the Telecom spy suit.

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor

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Who remembers

Checking the "I will not give this to Cuba" checkbox when downloading Netscape 128 bit? Who also remembers thinking "wow, this is f'ing stupid"?

Well this is the same.

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Re: I was ranting to a friend about this today...

Trump's Mar-a-Lago is in that band...

Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill

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Re: Follow the money

With all these conservatives lining up to save the phone companies money and block local government power there must be a lot of fat brown envelopes flowing.

Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product

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"The decision to make Windows 10 S a "mode" suggests there's some interest in its locked-down mode of operations beyond education."

I think it's more likely that Windows 10 S dedicated hardware (to crappy to run the full version) is just as popular as the Surface RT.

Calling it "S" shows they have no clue, or maybe there is a troll inside Microsoft that told management "S is good, everyone will think it stands for Super!"

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: Tee hee!

Transferring public assets to their rich friends (JOBS!) is their strategy.

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: Let's continue wondering down this slippery slope

Not all the ISPs have a system to block stuff we don't like, we just need to add all the other stuff we don't like. Maybe add the stuff other people like too.

US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

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Re: *Sigh*

I don't think it's Hollywood enforcement that has made piracy go down. It's services like Netflix make it easy to watch something for not a silly price. For the fist time not being a pirate is easier for the average person.

Unlike the stuff Hollywood come up with like that Ultraviolet pile of crap they are trying to push. Or the new "super ticket" that replaced it in Canada.

If the US ban VPNs it would A, piss off thousands of companies that use it to join there offices together. B, have as much effect on the rest of the world as limiting encryption key size did for Netscape exports.

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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SIM free

If the SIM card vanishes it will be at the request of US carriers who would like to go back to the days of CDMA and make it difficult / inconvenient to users to use their phone with a different provider.

Clinton outphished by Trump

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Pro Trump fishing

A lot of the stuff I've been seeing has been things like "Hillary arrested" "The latest proof about Hillary" "CIA investigate Hillary".

They just have to use a subject that sounds like something Trump or Fox news would say.

Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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I'll keep my Pebble thanks

My Pebble time cost $149 Canadian.

My phone no longer makes noise all the time, and a quick look at my watch will almost always tell me if I need to pull out my phone, or go back to my desk to deal with an email, or if it's something I don't need to worry about. The fancier stuff like when the next bus will be here is just a bonus.

And it really lasts a week on a charge.

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I have a Time and have backed the Time2 for it's larger screen, and steel case.

I'll have to wait and see if the heart rate monitor is of any use.

Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: What's all this then?

Maybe he as stock in all the companies that will make a killing replacing all the backdoored kit.

Vanishing EMC golden handcuffs could cause brain drain

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de-incentivising them

Go wash your mouth out with soap!

Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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My cat likes to perfom it's own experiments with gravity

Every time I leave a USB stick, pen, or other small object on my desk.

Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Re: Missing the point

If the US/UK get a master key, how long before India, China, Saudi Arabia... all want a key too.

Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform? It's an uphill battle, warns key partner

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Re: Microsoft needs to realise...

"write an application that runs everywhere Windows runs, subject to device constraints?"

So everything is a phone app, and you end up with the full screen calculator app. Anything that makes good use of your desktop with 8+ GB of RAM and dual monitors is not going to run on a phone.

So in the end you just have angry birds running on UWP, and everything else is a normal windows application.

Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Have to ask...

"They want e-cigs gone too. Bad for business."

No, they seem to be buying up the e-cig companies. What they want is regulations that make it hard for the small companies to exist (they call it levelling the field). They don't what to compete against some guy selling online, or a flea market stall. They are OK with nicotine addicts switching to e-cigs as long as they are still the ones doing the pushing.

Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Not just intrest

When the government put a limit on the interest they could charge they just created fees that added up to the same amount.

It's not just the payday loans, the borrow with your car (car title) loans are just as bad.

Pebble smartwatch finds its voice

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Re: Low cost?

I won a pebble time a few months ago and it's turned out to be more useful then I expected. If I lost it somehow I'd buy another one. I get 7 days on a charge.

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