* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Wind-up bloke Baylis winds up broke, turns to UK gov for help

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Re: > how lone/small groups ... could be protected

"allows companies to sell patents to realise funds for other activities, and allows creditors to recover some money form a bankrupt debtor...."

But that has NOTHING to do with the purpose that patents were created for. The patent becomes an end in it's self, it becomes the product.

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Silly inventor

Patents are for corporations not inventors.

Microsoft: You want Office for Mac, fanboi? You'll pay Windows prices

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Windows price

Did they also change the licence so you can only install it on one computer like Office 2013?

Baby-boulder bowling burglar breaks Boulder Apple Store's $100k glass door

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Re: $100k for a glass door?

Maybe they used the same math the record companies use to get the value of a downloaded MP3.

VMTurbo 'invisible hand' control freak grabs more virty servers

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Re: VC - Virtual Cloud

The biggest problem with cloud is marketing sticking the name cloud on everything that connects to a network to the point that it has lost any useful meaning.

Obama says patent trolls 'extort money', pledges reform

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Re: Promises

The Republicans will pull one of their usual tricks like attach an anti-abortion bill.

Earth escapes asteroid flyby, boffins want lasers aimed at next one

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Re: Never use a simple solution when an expensive high tech one will do.

They would need to focus the light over millions of km. I would think they would need coherent (LASER) light to do that.

Under cap-and-trade, flying is greener than taking the bus

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Another scam

So that the traders can syphon cash from everything, while not doing a thing about carbon.

Microsoft exec: No 'Plan B' despite mobile stumbles

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Re: Sounds familiar

It's not working... bring me a bigger hammer!

Ready or not: Microsoft preps early delivery of IE10 for Windows 7

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Will it?

Install two different versions of IE10 to give the true windows 8 feel?

Nokia's Elopocalypse two years on: Has Microsoft kept its side of the bargain?

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"Incidentally, post a valid criticism of the Zune beyond market share, if you can."

The Zune HD has a 480 x 272 screen. Hardly HD, it would be considered kind of crap on a phone and for a dedicated media player?

But in reality you don't really need any criticism beyond market share. Even after years of Microsoft trying to sell them, I have only ever seen one in the wild. No one wants one.

And then name Zune sounds really stupid too.

Oracle wants another go at Google over Android Java copyrights

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Re: What smart phone?

Ok, I'll give you Blackberry (and it turned the later pre BB10 phones into battery suckers too).

Symbian is a stretch, that would be like saying smartphones run on flash.

But that's still miles from "just about every smartphone carrier".

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What smart phone?

Dumb phones yes like my old Razr, some of the feature phones as well. But what smart phone used the crap that was Java ME?

Soak up CO2 with sponges, says CSIRO

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Re: Where are we going to store it?

If I remember liquid CO2 is less dense then water so it will not stay down there and also dissolves in water. Solid CO2 or Dry Ice will sink but I don't think you will find any place colder then -78C to dump it.

Still-living, unincarcerated Ted Nugent invited to Barack Obama gig

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You have an army of straw men in there...

It was not a "13,000-man army".

Washington called up a militia force from Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, you know that thing in the 2nd amendment the gun nuts like ignore.

The armed militia was not created to protect the public from evil tax collecting governments, it was created by the government who could not afford a large standing army at the time. The role is now part of the National Guard, and the militias no longer exist in the form they did in Washington's time.

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Re: original intent

If you want to know what the original intent was read up on the whisky rebellion.

It's more or less the opposite of what the gun nuts are saying.

Android? Like Marvin the robot? Samsung eclipses Google OS - Gartner

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Stupid coment of the day winner!

who can't tell the difference between an Android mobe and a Samsung Galaxy,

Intel's new TV box to point creepy spy camera at YOUR FACE

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What is the real reason?

"US isn't ready for entirely à la carte options and that Intel will be selling bundles of content"

- The content companies want to bundle crap with the good stuff.


- Intel wants to bundle crap with the good stuff.

Apple said to develop curved glass iWatch with Foxconn

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More likely

Cupertino simply juicing the stock price.

Zombie CISPA cybersecurity bill rises from Congressional grave

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Don't they

Normally change the name and pretend it's something new?

BBC blueprint to make EVERY programme on TV a repeat revealed

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Re: Broadcast

Somebody is going to sell the frequencies for $$$$ so they can be used efficently for sending "OMG some celeb just said LOL" tweets to millions of phones.

Or they can sell you a monthly subscription to watch TV on your phone...

Microsoft can't even shift Windows 8 slabs in the middle of a tablet frenzy

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Re: neither was its lack of tab devices.

To reply to my own message...

Just received some Dell junk mail. They have the Latitude 10 Tablet (Windows 8 Pro) on sale for $699 (claim $323 off). Guess no one wanted to pay a grand for a netbook with a touch screen.

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neither was its lack of tab devices.

You mean the lack of non-Windows tabs? Dell have both RT and Pro tabs.

BlackBerry 10: Good news, there's still time to fix this disaster

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fix this disaster?

And Windows phone is the best thing since sliced toast?

Samsung mocks Apple lawsuit in SuperBowl teaser ad

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You say that like it's a good thing

People who buy an Apple are now stuck with Apple. If they switch they have to rebuy all their apps.

If you have a Samsung, you are not locked to Samsung, you can buy any Android and keep your apps. Or you can have a Samsung phone and an Asus tablet and still share apps.

We're not making this up: Apple trademarks the SHOP

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Re: Apple stores do definitely have a unique look though. - @Tom

Apple seems to get confused by such things as poo shovels. I don't think they would confine their lawyers to going after computer stores.

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Apple stores do definitely have a unique look though.

Yes, they are full off Apple stuff.

Another store might have much the same layout but be full of shoes.

Oh, Sony, you big tease: Mystery PlayStation reveal date set

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Yes, down with plastic

No way for evil gamers to dare resell their licensed games, or stores to make money without giving it all to us! Everyone has to buy their own new game, sorry license for as long as we decide to keep the servers up.

Everyone needs an internet connection so we can be sure to sell them lots of DLC by making it impossible to win without buying extras.

Everything will be great.

Microsoft: Old Internet Explorer is terrible and 'we want to help'

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Ha Ha Ha... bite me!

"adding Windows 8 Start Screen tiles to sites so they're easier to navigate"

Car dashboards get Nokia HERE without a phone in sight

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Re: Expected lifetime?

I often see expensive cars (Lexus and such) with a normal satnav and built in satnav. Users say it's because the map update costs more then a new satnav and they are still not very good.

Once you have a built in satnav you are locked in for new maps.

Surface left on shelves as world+dog slurps up small slates

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Going 7"

I have a Nexus 7 (paid for it my self) and a surface (gift).

I carry the nexus 7 with me. It's the biggest size that will fit in one hand securely and, fit in a pocket.

The surface is too big to hold in one hand securely and is quite heavy to hold for long periods. With the built in stand and add on keyboard it becomes a vastly overpriced netbook that's too top heavy and floppy to use on your lap.

I have an iPod touch 2nd gen and wanted something bigger but found the iPad to be too big. I might have bought the iPad mini if it came out last year, but I like the Nexus 7 better so I'm glad they waited.

Hacker faces 105 years inside after FBI 'sexploitation' arrest

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perilously close to thinking it's the 1950s and rape jokes are funny

Some Rape, Barly, and Wheat went into a bar...

Your right, that one wasn't funny.

Apple confirms 128GB iPad. A hundred bucks for an extra 64GB

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The new iPad

What? Didn't that come out ages ago?

Japan promised Ultra HD TV broadcasts two years early

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DVD and BR is like chalk and cheese

DVD supports 24 fps progressive output over component or HDMI (used to require an expensive DVD player / TV but even cheap setups can support it now).

BluRay is still 8 bit, you get less banding because of the higher available bit rates.

For TV recorded on NTSC Video (or even edited in video) BR has no advanage other then space.

BR only shines with older stuff shot on film, or new stuff recorded in HD.

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Re: So what?

I don't have (or plan to buy) an 80" TV 6' away so can I even tell the difference from 1080p?

With typical broadcast compressed to hell TV I find it hard to tell the difference between 1080p and 720p.

Big biz, expensive beancounters write UK tax law, says senior MP

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Not just the UK

The norm everywhere is the rich write the tax rules, and they write them so they don't pay.

Apple users: Only Apple can track us! Not Google

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I have a shirt that tells me "Do not iron while wearing" I have peanut butter cookies that "MAY CONTAIN NUTS".

Lotus 1-2-3 turns 30: Mitch Kapor on the Google before Google

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Re: Not Mac

The Apple ][ was built to work on a TV as monitors were expensive so they were 40 columns (and upper case only). If you added an 80 column card you get 80 column, and upper/lower case but needed a composite monochrome monitor to read it.

The Apple //e was the first with 80 column built in.

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The Apple ][ was not an expensive machine when it came out

The base 16k Apple ][+ was about $1,200 and over $2,000 with 48k. A 143k 5.25 floppy was $700, the 80 column card was almost $400. There was no IBM PC, or Mac at the time.

A typical setup with dual drives and green screen monitor, and 8 pin dot matrix would be around $4,500 before inflation so about 3x that in today's money.

The price dropped later as RAM prices dropped and 3rd party add-ons were released.

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Not Mac

"that honour went to VisiCalc on Apple’s Mac II"

No, it was the Apple ][+

Lots of people bought an Apple ][ and the 80 column card addon just to run VisiCalc.

Boeing 787 fleet grounded indefinitely as investigators stumped

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Re: @bazza

Nissan have one in the works. And I think there was one pickup with it.


But I would not be buying one I think (my Honda has electric power assist).

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Battries that don't go bang?

There are a few types of batteries that don't tend to go bang with a small fault. Might have been a good place to spend a couple extra kg for safety.

Don't like your cell network? Legal unlocking ends TONIGHT in US

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"Operators lock phones to give them enough time to recover the subsidy they pay"

No, that's what the contract is for. This is so you can't switch to another provider without getting a new phone/contract too. It's just lock-in.

Latest Symantec CEO's 'revolution' could axe 1,000 jobs

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Re: Sounds like they've worked out...

Sounds more like a typical CEO "how to make the stock market happy" then a "how to make to product and service better for the customer" plan.

Oh, those crazy Frenchies: Facebook faces family photo tax in France

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Why would companies leave France

To set an example?

They don't want every other country to copy the tax. What they lost in France would be less then what it would cost if other countries copy the tax.

Tech firms face massive tax bill if Dutch vote to end loopholes

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politicos aren't clever at writing legislation

You think the loopholes are just bad law writing?

I'm sure a lot of thought went into making sure they only work for the big corps that paid for them. Can't have any normal people using a loophole!

UK malls use Google in desperate stab at luring shoppers off the web

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They switch to monser stores

With a load of part time minimum wage staff that don't know anything.

They have killed all the small stores with proper staff with cheaper prices.

Now there is no reason not to just buy online.

Microsoft's Intel-powered Surface Pro to launch in February

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Those rates might not be so unreasonable


Unless they are selling this as an executive toy, then it's about right.

‘That’s not art’ says Apple as it pulls nudes from AppStore

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Re: "browsers – which last time El Reg checked, allow access to all manner of inappropriate content"

At least they give you an adult content warning when you download Opera.

Mobes, web filth 'pornifying' our kids, warns top Labour MP

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unable to teach effective sex education.

Sex - Don't do it. Is not effective.

Just ask Texas

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