* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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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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.

Apple files patent for iPhone with wraparound display

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Oh great

Now they can run ads on the back while you talk on the phone.

Microsoft says WinPhone outselling iPhone, BlackBerry

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First windows phone

I think I saw my first winphone 8 in the wild yesterday. A big square brick a, 900 I think. Guy was reading something with the text set to large and full justified so only three or four words per line, with BIG white spaces between.

Forget iPhones or Blackberry, I've seen more Nexus 4 phones on the subway then I've seen all windows 7/8 phones. I've seen more Samsung S3s today then I've seen winphones.

Televisions in living rooms now the fastest-growing internet platform

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Re: TV - Iplayer

I expect 99.5% of that .02% is catchup TV and movies (that is more TV) not web. Who is going to type stuff using a remote?

The other .5% is people updating the crap buggy software in the TV to still crap buggy software with more useless services added.

Dell buy: Icahn puts more cash on table than Blackstone or Mike D

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activist investor

You need a name that's more truthful. You have trick cyclists for not-real-scientists, you need a name for not-real-investors. Something that captures the greed and total disregard for others or the future.

Next from Microsoft: 'Blue', the Windows 8 they hope you don't hate

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apparently look a lot more like Windows Phone 8

Wrong way... Go back!

" basic Metro-style calculator"

Cool, just what I need a full screen calculator!

Movie, TV ads annoying? You ain't seen nothin' yet

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They will do that same they always do

They will add more and more ads, until they have stuff wall to wall, and they will cut corners on making it look right until people can't stand them any more and they don't have any value so they have to add even more ads.

How long until they start changing dialogue too.

How to survive a UEFI BOOT-OF-DEATH on Samsung laptops

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I don't remember there being problems with the original PC BIOS

If you bought a Dell or HP and never added anything to it maybe.

Something like an ASUS motherboard BIOS would be FULL of problems for the first few versions, but even a Dell Optiplex 960 had a Display port that didn't work. With version 06 Bios it would work if you plugged in the monitor after Windows booted, it was not until version 08 of the bios that it would boot with a Display Port and VGA monitor plugged in.

Cyberspies send ZOMBIES to steal DRUGS from medical research firms

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Re: This is just so moronic

That's only the secondary purpose, their main purpose is to make lots of money. They will sell you an expensive patented pill with loads of side effects where an aspirin would do.

Actually I think not paying any tax might be #2.

Not that that's an excuse for the people hacking them, it's just more people who want to make lots of money.

Samsung: We're doing smart watches too

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Apple are so amazingly primitive that they still think digital watches are a pretty neat idea.

GoPro accused of using DMCA to take down product review

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Sounds like they asked for it...

DigitalRev is not an authorized reseller...

we ask merchants who are selling our product to use authorized images...

Sounds like they are a bunch of control freaks.

Twitter patents sending messages, promises not to sue everyone

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Agreement to keep control of those patents in the hands of engineers and designers

Right up to the point that someone sees a few dollar signs. Then it's all "we must maximise return for our stake holders"...

4K video may wow vidiots, but content creators see pitfalls

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Re: Is there any point at the consumer end?

For broadcast, we need to get 1080 first. Right now what we get is so compressed on cable that you really can't tell the difference between an up sampled DVD and what they call HD. And there is the Hollywood crap "Ultraviolet" for more compressed to hell junk.

Weev gets 41 months in prison for exposing iPad strokers' privates

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If he did try it on some ones front door, and even helped him self to a TV, and some how the cops bothered to look for him I don't think he would be spending any time in jail.

His other fault was not kissing the Judges arse.

Microsoft Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

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Re: $urface

Are you really that stupid or are you just pretending?

If it's just the same people who bought XP Tablet, or Win7 Tablets then Surface will be a total fail. MS is NOT looking to sell to Engineers, they want to sell to all the people buying iThings. They want BYOD people to buy them.

They are selling them from booths in shopping malls. They are running lifestyle ads for them.

Do Engineers buy their specialized tablet computers from a booth at the mall?

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Re: Targeting the richer folks

If you compare it to a stupidly over priced Sony Ultrabook... not helping.

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Re: Lower the price

"What problem? Tethering in Win8 runs the same as in Win7. Select network, enter passphrase and go"

No, Bluetooth tethering, no wifi...

First you go to settings.

Change PC settings


Bluetooth on

Select Devices, add device, pair your phone.

Now the stupid part. You have to go to the control panel, Devices and printers (not the other device screen, not the networking...).

Select the phone, Connect using, Access point.

There is lots of stuff like this, half in not-metro and half in the desktop. I expect it's the same half baked process with Windows 8 Pro.

My netbook running XP was easy, took about 30 seconds to figure out, things were where I expected them to be.

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Re: Lower the price

"netbook/notebook/ultrabook with extra capabilities".

Netbook??? or even notebook at that price? NO.

Ultrabook? well the price is right, but the only extra capability is you can use it as a tablet. You are not going to be doing much typing on it, at least with the pen it's usable with desktop apps. Add the keyboard and it's still useless in your lap as it's too top heavy, you need a table (I know I have an RT with keyboard*).

So the Surface Pro is a tablet that can function as a real computer in a pinch. Add the keyboard and you have a crappy Ultrabook. That might be a good combo for a few people, but it's not going to be mass market.

* The Surface RT was a gift. It spends most of it's time sitting on the table next to my chair at home in case I want to google something. When I go out I take my Nexus 7 with me, or if I need to type or use Office my Netbook. Both are easy to tether to my cell phone with bluetooth. I had to google to find out how to tether the Surface to my phone, why is it such a pain to do stuff in Windows 8?

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Re: $urface

You think "engineer types" is the target Microsoft is after with the Surface / Surface Pro? Good one!

Check out all the "engineer types" in this Microsoft Surface Pro ad.


So lots of great engineering aps in the not-metro app store then I expect eh?

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Re: $urface

You are comparing toys to executive toys. Executive toys like Surface Pro will almost always cost more.

Fixed it for you.

Even then I find most are requesting Windows 8 Ultrabooks with touch for Executive toys over the Surface Pro.

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Surface Pro sales CANNIBALIZING Surface RT

Or all the people interested in RT already bought one, and sales would have tanked without help from the Pro.

Windows Phone 8 support to end in 2014

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So what will happen to...

The "your phone, tablet and computer all running the same UI".

How long before they all drift apart?

FCC waves big fines at political robocallers

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Re: Why give them 15 days?

They need the two weeks to register the new company name, notify their costumers of the new company, and strip all the assets of the old one.

eBay: Our paid Google advertising was a total waste of money

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Who is going to search FOR ebay?

Just type www.ebay.com/ca/co.uk...

If they are talking about the "buy_____ on ebay" Links where _____ is what ever I was searching for they are right. No one clicks on them.

Study: Megaupload closure boosted Hollywood sales 10%

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Re: Ultraviolet?

I could see them counting the digital copy thing.

I've tried using them twice. Had trouble with the code both times, the one that I got to work looked like a VCD.

Most of the time they have expired when I get around to buying the disc anyway. I'll just rip my own copy thank you.

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I smell fudge!

The study adjusted its figures to account for ... the wishes of the people paying the bills.

Here's the $4.99 utility that might just have saved Windows 8

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only 17 per cent of business PCs shipped in the UK in December ran Windows 8

And even the 17% were likely re-images 5 seconds after they were taken out of the box.

Other then a few shiny touch screen ultrabooks for the execs to show off to each other.

Chaos Theory causes password entry pandemonium

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Re: Cor blimey!

I've never seen that, but I have seen...

Going into the stall (so no one can see it?) and pissing all over the seat.

Texting while pissing one handed.

Amazon yanks SimCity download from store

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Re: Vote with the old wallet, theyll learn (probably)

No, they will say... Our stuff is not selling, piracy is taking all our money, need more DRM!.

Redmond slashing Win8, Office OEM rates for small devices

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despite Microsoft offering customers deep discounts on Windows 8 upgrades

If they had included a "default to desktop with start menu" option (no some 3rd party fix) I might be intrested. But as it is I would not give them 50 cents for their Frankenstine in a dress Operating system.

I just had to RDP into a machine to fix something and I was about ready to shoot something.

Microsoft about-face: Office 2013 license IS transferable now

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Re: Soo...

Only install on one computer - F-ing Bastards.

Only install it on one computer at a time (2010 allowed more then one install) - Just regular Bastards now.

Google in the dock over elephant ivory ads

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Re: Anti hunting hypothesis

If it was that easy, someone (or lots of someones) in China would already be doing that.

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