* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Tech giants reject tax dodge name and shame plan

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Don't try and make us pay any tax, go herd cats while we continue to fill our pockets.

Forget choice: 50% of firms will demand you BYOD by 2017

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BYOD means having pay yourself for a crap Dell laptop with Windows on it.

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If you are going to post Gartner crap, I think you should try and dig up some old ones that say "By 2013 everyone..." so we can all have a good laugh.

Apple designer Sir Jony Ive holding up iOS 7 development: Report

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iOS 7 must innovate in UI design

Innovate tends to be kind of a bullshit bingo word.

Make iOS 7 different? Not too hard.

Make it different & better? That's not so easy.

Thousands rally behind teen girl cuffed, expelled in harmless 'explosion'

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any number of toys that could just as easily kill a child as a gun.

Total complete gun nut BS mr. AC.

A gun you just need to point and pull the trigger and it can kill, even at a considerable distance. That's what it's made to do, it's primary purpose.

No toy comes close (hell power tools don't even come close), toys can kill someone, but it requires real bad luck, or considerable effort. If a couple of kids get hurt with a toy it's likely to be banned right quick (think Lawn Darts for example).

P2P badboy The Pirate Bay sets sail for the Caribbean

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because they are not prepared to pay for them

There is quite a bit of stuff that you can't pay for. If you don't live in the US there is lots of stuff you can't buy (same to a lessor extent for other countries).

Not cool, Adobe: Give the Ninite guys a job, not the middle finger

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Re: Adobe=Malware

Microsoft do that too. Went to update an xp box to IE 8 and it wanted to install the "bing toolbar" by default.

Feds want to fine companies that refuse wiretap requests

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Re: But...

So what happens when they go to some ISP and are told their target is using encryption and the ISP can't provide the data?

ISP gets fined?

Apple: You thought Google dodged taxes? Get a load of THIS

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Re: What will they do with the overseas assets?

They just sit and hope for the republicans to get back in and have another tax holiday for their rich friends so Apple can bring in the cash tax free.

I would not be surprised to learn that they have come up with a way to borrow in the US and payback overseas with tax free money.

Fanbois vs fandroids: Punters display 'tribal loyalty'

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Re: £20 or £400

"I also wonder if people might start going for dumb-phone / small tablet combinations."

I switched from something like that (A Razor V3 + iPod touch) to a midrange smart phone + tablet (Nexus 4 + Nexus 7).

If the Razor had been G3 and able to tether to the Nexus 7 I might have just dumped the iPood.

I might have gone for an iPad mini if they had come out with one a few years ago instead of talking about sharpening fingers... No interest in any of the current Apple products.

Pirates scoff at games dev sim's in-game piracy lesson

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Right up there with

Madonna's - What the F*ck Do You Think You're Doing?

Branson's SpaceShipTwo succeeds in first rocket-powered flight

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I'm not all that excited about this one

It's just a joy ride for people with too much money.

They might come up with some useful stuff along the way but that's not the actual plan.

SpaceX is FAR more interesting with the stuff they are doing.

Next Xbox to be called ‘Xbox Infinity’... er... ‘Xbox’

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If they use the same people who came up with Metro

They better attach the logo with Velcro so it's easy to change.

Microsoft carves out 'niche' in tablets, says numbers chap

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White Label vs Win8?

You don't want to bother counting the 7 million white label tablets as not significant, so 3 million Windows 8 matter because?

Peak Apple: Cupertino belatedly spends some money on R&D

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Re: Peak Apple?

If the stock keeps slipping, Peaked Apple.

Microsoft to unveil new Xbox console on May 21

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Exactly WHO do used game sales benefit?

What are you on about?

Do you think Ford should get a cut when you sell your car?

How about your House? Do you expect to give the builder 10% when you sell?

So why should a game maker expect to block or get a cut if I ebay a game, or even give it to a friend?

They made their profit when the game was sold, that's it. Same amount they get if I keep the game.

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Re: Always on - obviously, this isn't 1998

"And my Nexus 4 isn't always-on either."

I can listen to music, play games or watch video, even reply to emails while riding the subway.

It even has a thing called Aeroplane Mode!

UK gov's troll-finder general says he's hanging up his axe

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Re: Hmmm

Of course the hurt feelings police will not give a crap unless you are "important" or know the home number of someone important. The only other time they will take any notice is after it's become a big blowup in the media, and by then it's too late thanks to the media / Streisand effect.

If the post is actually libel then no new law is needed, they already have one.

World's first 5mm-thin gyrating models paraded on disk catwalk

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2.5in drive in a 3.5in frame

I don't see much point for spinning discs, just use a 3.5" drive.

If it's for Flash it's hardly a new idea.

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


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

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