* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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.

Global smartphones sales set to outpace standard handsets in 2013

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Re: Definition please

It's mostly marketing fluff like 4G.

Just look at Bell Canada, they now sell smart phones (HSPA "4G") and "Super Phones" (LTE) and I expect them to claim 5G any second now.

There is no definition. Obvious at the extream ends, but just a big gray blob in the middle so they can draw the line where ever they want to get the 50%+ calm.

Apple 'insider' explains why vid adapter hides ARM computer

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Re: Hahahaha

That 30 pin port is not always the same. There was the 5v 12v charging thing that affected a lot of people. I had a remote/radio for my iPod nano 2g (Apple not 3rd party) but when I plugged it into my iPod touch 2g it just said it was unsupported device.

Apple: OK, we tracked your every move... but let's call it a caching bug, m'kay?

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So they are trying the Google WiFi defence

Opps, how did that get there?

New class of industrial-scale super-phishing emails threatens biz

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super-phishing emails threatens biz

according to cloud-based security services firm Proofpoint.

Now you just have to buy our service...

Thanks for the ad Reg.

Take that, freetards: First music sales uptick in over a decade

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Re: What people want...

Living in Canada, Spotify will not take my money. Seems it would be going to the wrong middle men and they have all agreed to carve up the world between them.

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Re: People will pay for music if it is sanely priced

"The Music industry went for cheap - manufactured boy and girl bands. And people refused to pay for that product."

The Japanese record companies have it one better, they don't even need real girls, they have Hatsune Miku.

They compare the sales to a time when people were buying everything again on CD, and whine when the one time money train runs out of track. Try to do it again with DVD Audio but people don't bite.

And TV is doing the same with all the "reality TV" crap.

Wikileaker Bradley Manning pleads not guilty to 'aiding the enemy'

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could have costs lives and hurt the country

Much worse, he made important people look bad.

Big Blighty telcos ordered to block three BitTorrent search sites

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Re: Blighty telcos ordered to play whack-a-mole again.

They will do this a few times and they will say it's too much work and that they should be allowed to just send the telcos an email asking them to block any site they don't like.

Visa to devs: Please take contents of our wallet

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Re: Agree

I don't have a problem with most of the small vendors I use, it's the ones that use that crap verified by Visa or the clone that Mastercard uses where you get sent to another site and enter another password to pretend it's more secure if you have to fart around to do anything, that pisses me off. Most often I go to another vendor to avoid it.

That Firefox OS mobe: The sorta phone left behind after a mugging

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except the one that can succeed, which is Windows Phone.

How would the operators be better off dealing with Microsoft then Google?

Wi-Fi hotspots, phone masts: Prepare to be assimilated by O2's Borg

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Whether Wi-Fi hotspots will remain free

The real question will be how much can we charge.

It begins: Six-strikes copyright smackdown starts in US

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Re: Learning has not taken place

Being in Canada I can't even watch Hulu (but can receive 8 US TV stations over the air).

If you want to see a useless pile of crap just look at the Hollywood answer to online video, UltraViolet. It's almost as useless as DIVX players were. The so called Digital Copy that comes with DVDs or BluRay and expires 3 months after the movie is released.

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So how long before

Hacked websites start sending people to fake "your a pirate" website where you can enter your credit card info? Once people hear about this on Fox News the fake AV scammers can branch out into fake piracy warrnings.

Mobile TV is BACK: Ericsson launches broadcast video for 4G

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Re: 4G = TV frequencies

Add that the Operators don't make any money from a free broadcast TV tuner.

Mobile operators look to Firefox to beat back Google, Apple

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I'm not sure what you mean by "Operator apps"

Yes the ones that the operators used to sell from their own website / portal. There were very few of them, and they tended to look like something ported from a Vic-20. Or for one newer example I know of, 680 News Radio in Toronto is owned by Rogers. They had an iPhone app that would only work on the Rogers network (and you could not use wifi). It was crap, much better to just go to the website.

So again I say compared to what you find in iTunes or The Play store (or Amazon, F Droid...) the Operator apps are crap.

The Operators never gave anything away, they never had it in the first place. It was just something they dream about like people subscribing to TV on their phone.

If you could only get apps from your Operator it would tend to be an advantage for the big players as they could buy exclusives for a popular app. The smaller more competitive operators would have a hard time running a competitive app store. Developers would have to deal with all the different Operators.

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operators gave away all their apps revenue

What app revenue? Operator apps are crap.

Having a central app store is what makes things work, if each operator has their own app store it will be a big fail all round for users and developers.

Yahoo! and! Microsoft! have! long! way! to! go! in! account! hijack! fight!

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Don't forget

Crap security questions. A 12 digit random password is not going to help if the answer to your security question is posted all over facebook.

Apple files 'iWatch' patent application

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This is worth a patent?

It reminds me of the Popular Science/Mecanics stories (from the 1950s - now) about the flying cars that are about to go on sale, or even the Star Trek technical manual.

Just a bunch of general discriptions with no details at all.

It's like someone said, "I just read about new flexable displays shown at CES, come up with something we could build with one... you've got 10 minutes".

Guess they didn't hear about the flexable batteries...

John Sweeney: Why Church of Scientology's gravest threat is the 'net

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Re: Would you like a free personality test?

They were calling it a stress test (years back it was an IQ test) in Toronto when I went in for something to do. They try and get you to self diagnose your weaknesses then sell you a course to fix it...

I was thrown out for quoting Mary Poppins. I said I was practically perfect in every way. They said I was not taking it seriously... what would give them that idea?

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