* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Boffins explain LED inefficiencies

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design LEDs that minimise the non-radiative recombination

Less heat will be welcome too. A smaller heat sink will also cut costs.

Salesforce: Internet of Things is 'third wave of computing'

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"If I'm on Facebook, why is my car not my friend?"

Because it would be useless? Only people that want to show off their new Land Rover would want to do that.

I also don't want a music service that uses a facebook log-on and posts everything I'm listening to, or a TV that tells everyone what I'm watching.

For me this is all a solution without a problem.

The fact that marketing turds think it's a great idea is another negative in my book.

White House backs US web sales tax - eBay hits panic alarm

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Re: @Kevin 6..

If we want to make everything a level field maybe they should also make all brick & mortar shops box everything, charge you shipping, and make you wait a few days before you can have your item.

This has nothing to do with levelling the field it's about politicians that want more tax money to play with.

Eric Schmidt defends Google's teeny UK tax payouts - again

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Re: Hmm... @ AC no 1

Bull

"You really dont get it do you? What she is doing is perfectly legitimate and is deliberately enshrined in our current tax laws to encourage entrepreneurship."

If that were true they would have created tax breaks for doing something that could be considered entrepreneurial. They would not be round about ways of avoiding having your income show up as taxable. It's just the rich don't pay tax.

You are correct that it was "deliberately enshrined" but it has zero to do with encouraging entrepreneurship, unless you define entrepreneurship as having loads of money.

Report: Apple returned 8M shoddy iPhones to Foxconn

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quality control?

How could you keep producing duds for that long without noticing? You would think they would pull random samples for testing and notice any fault long before they piled up millions of duds.

Yahoo! Axes! Yet! More! Products!

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Read the story

It's Feature Phone apps. I don't think I've seen a Feature phone that supports HTML5 (most don't even handle HTML very well).

Who's a Siri boy, then? Apple hoards your voices for TWO years

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Why do they even need it 6 months?

Maybe 6 minutes.

Blackstone gives up on $25bn bid to snatch Dell from Mr Dell

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Don't believe it

Don't believe it for a second. They didn't want to actually buy Dell, just jack up the price for a quick buck.

Chinese state tightwads help strangle Asia-Pacific PC sales in 2013

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Just remove a few extra words...

the launch of Windows 8 in China in October and more Intel-powered ultrabooks could stop PC sales

Feds urged to probe four US cell big boys over Android holes

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Re: obsolete hardware

"You can run the latest version iOS 6.1.3 on iPhone 3GS. And that was released mid-2009."

Count from when it was discontinued, not when it was released. Lots of people have one that's less then one year old, you think they will get the next major release? People buying an iPhone 4 now might get one major release.

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Re: Why ever not?

It's hardly new to Android. I had to use a hack to install the factory code on my old Razor V3. It came with V1.0 + crap and was horrid. No update ever released. Update to 1.3 factory code without crap and it was quite usable.

I now have a Nexus 4 so no Telco crapware, and I get updates. The same can be said for Apple as far as updates go.

I REALLY don't want the telco to "differentiate" my phone by adding crap that sort of works and never gets upgraded after they move on to the next new phone.

Microsoft CFO quits as quarterly results fail to sparkle

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Sure Mr. AC

"The phone business finally appears to be firing. It is now clear that WP will replace BB as the third major mobile ecosystem."

Firing blanks maybe.

Microsoft betting on smaller Windows 8 devices and subscriptions

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Plans for double-digit decline

Yes their wonderful touchy phone interface windows 8 is doing a wonderful job of killing off new computer sales.

now people will be able to (not) buy smaller computers with a low end CPU just like they are not buying high end computers, and ultrabooks.

Samsung: Posting of fake HTC hate was 'unfortunate'

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Re: The recent incident was unfortunate

" like it was some rogue employee"

It could be + bad management.

Place I worked before we had a marketing goof buy an "opt in email list", then proceed to spam the crap out of people. Said he was not spamming, it was an "email blast". Went to his boss who did the three monkeys routine even when I warned we would be black listed.

Then we got black listed...

Then it was all an unfortunate incident.

UK Supreme Court backs news leech in copyright fight

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ORLY

" indispensable to the correct and efficient operation"

Why do you think every browser in existence has a cache?

Netflix plotting move to HTML5 video - but only if DRM works

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Re: Tom Tom?

No that's a GPS receiver.

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Re: DRM can´t work,

Lets look at this example... "I know of two sisters aged 12 and 14 who regularly buy the same music from iTunes."

There is NO DRM on iTunes music. Yet they still bought it anyway. Just copying the file was too much trouble.

The real question is if they removed DRM how many people who buy now would start making copies. How many who copy now to avoid DRM would buy a DRM free file.

I have not seen anything to indicate that removing DRM and offering people an easy way to buy would result in a loss. Looking at the removal or DRM on music downloads I don't see where it crashed the system.

The only place DRM is reasonable is for rental files (it still will not stop people making copies).

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Re: DRM cant work

It can make something more trouble then it's worth.

Take the "digital copy" bits of paper that you find inside the case of some DVD/Blu Ray releases. I drop them in the trash along with the shrink wrap. The Ultraviolet thing? Please tell me they are just having a laugh...

'Charge memory' boffins: Hungover Li-Ion batts tell fat whoppers

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Re: I wonder if it is charge memory or something else

The %charge display on a phone is not exactly accurate. I expect what you are seeing is more likely due to the charge display then the actual battery.

Ban drones taking snaps of homes, rages Google boss... That's HIS job, right?

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Re: He is still correct

He is not campaigning for privacy he is campaigning for another them vs us rule.

It would be like Esso or BP complaining about cow farts.

Netbooks projected to become EXTINCT by 2015

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Re: Surface/Pro is actually a high end notebook

Have fun typing one letter at a time with your pen.

I'm not the one posting "Surface is great" crap in a story about netbooks.

And for your info the NC10 has bluetooth (I often tether it to my phone with bluetooth)..

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Surface/Pro is actually a high end notebook

That should be Surface/Pro is actually a crap notebook.

Can't use it on your lap or any non-solid surface. Can't change the angle on a desk, and even the very expensive keyboard is not very good.

For less money you can get a nice notebook.

I paid $239 for my Samsung NC10 (came with a keyboard too) why would you want to compare that to something that costs about 4 times as much?

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They have been killed off.

Intel and friends don't want to sell you a netbook, they want to sell you an ultrabook.

I have an NC10 that I use quite a bit, but at 2-3 times the price I'd pass on an ultrabook.

Movie review: Oblivion

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Re: Nothing puts me off a film more

I thought is was Xenu present, Xenu absent and I need to poo.

Facebook Home gets SMACKDOWN from irate users

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Re: I wonder...

No, people with google+ accounts, that they give you automatically.

You don't have to be a google+ user, or have even looked at it once.

BlackBerry slams Z10 returns report as 'false and misleading'

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Trollface

Big deal

"saying that 82.6 per cent of 1,500 surveyed US consumers didn't know that BlackBerry 10 had been launched in Canada and Europe."

82.3 % of US consumers think Canada is a small state up north some place where the bad weather comes from, and Europe is some kind of bird.

Nasdaq chief's large package shrinks after terrible Facebook blow

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So

Kraft dinner and hamburger helper (without the hamburger) all round. Poor babies, how are they expected to live on that?

Researcher hacks aircraft controls with Android smartphone

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Re: Blow up a 4x4?

You will just burn your lips on the tail pipe.

Foot-long slab too big? Microsoft 'has a 7-incher' to stroke

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12" ?

Thought both were 10.6"

While I think they are too big, that's low on the list of problems.

Hey Intel, Microsoft: Share those profits with your PC pals, eh? - analyst

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Re: The problem is simple

"People don't want a PC with Windows 8 on it."

Your half right. They don't want a PC with the not-Metro interface.

They want what they are used to, with some improvements, not something that looks like a big phone, and a phone they don't want at that.

It would not be hard to make not-metro optional and make apps run in a window, but I don't think MS is ready to eat crow yet.

Yahoo! chats! up! Apple! for! lots! more! iPhone! lovin'!

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Yahoo

It's not Google. I expect that's what Apple is looking for.

Microsoft's telly-over-the-net tech gobbled by Ericsson for mobes

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Keep trying

Sooner or later people will pay big bucks every month to watch TV on their phone. Maybe you are not charging enough?

Google U-turns on exclusive snatch of .app AND .search addys

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Re: Are there any good reasons for adding more TLDs?

Well someone has to pay for their junket to Beijing for "Public" meetings.

Microsoft Xbox gaffe reveals cloudy arrogance

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"despite user antipathy, "always on" gaming is set to become the norm."

I have given up on PC games do to this and other DRM crap, (and buying games that don't work, wait for weeks to download a giant patch so it sort of works). I buy the odd old game but mostly replay stuff I already have.

If console games go the same way... I don't need one.

Google cofounder Brin sighted in Tesla batmobile

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Re: Pink Car

Maybe they are taking Barbara Gordon's car for a joy ride.

Silent Circle aims for email that's as secure as it gets

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How to avoid what happened with BBM?

If assorted countries went after Rim for a backdoor to BBM how will this email service avoid the same fate?

Seems optimistic to think the paranoid control freaks of the world will just sit on their hands...

Ahoy! Google asks US gov't to help sink patent 'privateers'

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Re: Is there another side?

No, you might have a troll with one patent, but the mega-corp will have their own pet troll with hundreds of patents.

We would be much better off if there were no trolls. If patents were use it or lose it a lot of crap would disappear.

German ransomware threatens with sick kiddie smut

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Re: Devious and Disgusting

Even a drawing is enough it seems.

Microsoft: 'Facebook Home just copies Windows Phone'

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borrow a page from Redmond's playbook.

MS use Playbooks?

Having received a Surface RT as I gift I guess I can't blame them.

Anonymous joins forces with arch-enemy The Jester against Norks

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Re: Westboro Church and Scientology doing just fine, thanks

I'm not so sure. The Toronto scientology office no longer has people out on the street trying to sucker people into a "free stress test". Something that they have been doing for decades before the protests.

Gartner: RIP PCs - tablets will CRUSH you this year

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Gartner:

So do they use cards, bones, or crystals to come up with their predictions?

60-inch Apple iTV to be controlled by iRing remote?

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Re: Won't someone think of the children?

No problem, they will just sell new rings ina 4 pack.

The TV will come with a built in Kancho game.

If only enterprise IT worked like my iPad ... or at least my car

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Once upon a time banks in general were regarded as leaders in the use of information technology.

Banks tended to be conservative, it was not long ago that ATMs were still running OS/2. But of late they are cutting corners at the same time they want to add new services. Integrating new systems with the old while outsourcing stuff to India at the same time. The result is lots of string and sticky tape patching stuff together.

Microsoft's summer update will be called Windows 8.1

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There are a couple of UI annoyances

No, just one... It's crap.

And if you have not noticed, most people seem to think Unity is crap too, for a lot of the same reasons.

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Re: 8.1?

They just need to add a classic mode checkbox (with AD control) to make desktop/start menu the default (still let you run not-metro apps, and in a window for high resolution screens).

But as long as they think putting TIFKAM on computers will sell phones it's not going to happen.

They could call it Windows Crap, and Windows Still Crap, but then what would they call 8.3?

Card skimmers targeting more than ATMs, says EU

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Re: Funny Stuff

"5) I've worked for banks too, I can assure you that this is not the case."

You might want to read the card agreement that came with the chip and pin cards. At least in Canada there are paragraphs of text that boil down to chip and pin is perfect, it's your fault. All of this text was new for chip and pin cards. In any case where chip and pin is used they assume you gave your card to a "friend" who bought stuff while you setup proof that you were someplace else at the time, then got the card back later.

Steve Jobs to supervise iPhone 6 FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE

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Re: You can see it now, Ives and Cook, in the boardroom ...

"Either an oval or round table can be used."

Not rectangular with rounded corners?

Boardroom brouhaha brewing at Emulex after Endace buy

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activist investor

Investor my ass. Their old name corporate raider is more accurate.

Wisconsin man cuffed over Koch-blocking DDoS attack

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Re: Spanners They make prisons...

No they have a different name for rich criminals. They call them bankers and investors.

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