* Posts by Tom 35

2881 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

The amazing magical LED: Has it really been fifty years already?

Tom 35

Painted sheetmetal is so crude by comparison.

Now it's black plastic with small off-white text that can't be read from more then 6" away.

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Re: Duck tape

Proper 'Gaffer' tape is different them Duck/Duct tape (and much more expensive).

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Tibetan monks lose their TVs as China's censors raid monasteries

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Religion itself is rarely the problem:- more of a problem is Organised religion.

With organised religion someone is in charge. And at some point there will be some one else who wants to be in charge (like the Chinese in this case) or religions split from the inside. How many different types of Christians are there now? How many different versions of the Bible (if it's the word of god only one can be right) Who is it trying to blow up all the Shia Muslims of late? Oh right, other Muslims. The Troubles ran along religious lines but was really about who was in charge.

"If you don't believe, fine: that's your choice. Is it really necessary though to insult and denigrate those who do believe, but do not encroach upon you in any way?"

Well that would be fine but it only ever happens for religions that are in the minority. You have people who say the US is a christian state, or Egypt is a muslim state, and they VERY MUCH want to encroach upon everyone. Just look at birth control laws or dress code laws for examples, or worse blasphemy laws.

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Hm, nice idea that. But somebody's already doing it less well

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Nothing about patents?

Come out with a wizzy new cell phone, but get hit with slide to unlock?

If you are doing something in a new way there is a good chance some of the old patents still apply.

And there are trolls with patents that in effect science fiction. Once you make it work they show up.

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The year GNOMES, Ubuntu sufferers forked off to Mint Linux

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Re: A good question

If the computer is in a legal or Doctor's office the search could leak private info if you make a specific search.

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having a "computing environment"

The excuse for Windows 8 is that MS want to sell phones and make lots of money like Apple...

What is Canonical's excuse for creating unusable crap?

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Craptastic analysis turns 2.8 zettabytes of Big Data into 2.8 ZB of FAIL

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Re: would you like a cookie?

But that's a little backward. They want to sell you to some advertiser. Here are 1000 people who might buy your crap

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NYC mayor pins crime rate spike on iPhone, iPad theft

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Re: Disingenuous

Maybe, maybe not.

Some might be poor kids stealing from rich kids so they can have cool phones too. If all stolen phones don't work...

Some might just be opportunists making some easy cash, if there is nothing else as tempting being waved around in the air.

Might even switch to selling drugs or something else.

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FAIL

Re: But... Reading fail, fail

"3,890 more Apple products were snatched during the year than in 2011"

"If you just took away the jump in Apple, we'd be down for the year,"

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2012: The year that netbooks DIED

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Re: Ultrabooks with "premium specs"

Dell Latitude had optional hi-res screens. The standard screen was 1024x768 but if you were important you got the better screen. Something like 1280x1024 if I remember. This was models like the D600 and even earlier. IBM Thinkpads were also available with high resolution screens. It's only been the last few years that it's been hard to find a laptop with a nice screen.

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Apple supremo Tim Cook's pay packet slashed 99% in 2012

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Poor baby

Only about 100x what most people make.

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Feeling poor? WHO took all your money? NOT capitalist bastards?

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capitalist bastards

Since the multinationals don't make any "profit" at all how would you expect anything to add up to 100%?

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Rocket 'Grasshopper' leaps higher than tall building in single bound

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More the weight / space I would think

It's fuel they have to lift along with the second stage, and reduces room for fuel to do that lifting.

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Ten… top tech cock-ups of 2012

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dropped codenames before release heaps of times

Except for Win Phone 7... even if only two people bought one.

But yes the biggest fail is not being able to come up with a non-crap name to replace it.

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Facebook tests feature to let strangers pay to message you

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Re: Check the numbers

Don't worry, they will have a discounted per 1,000 rate soon.

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'Shake to charge', similar crapps foul up Amazon Android store

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Malicious apps?

malicious?

They don't do anything, good or bad. They are crap, not malicious apps.

I think you have confused "Security researchers" with "Anti-virus sales people".

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Dead Steve Jobs' mega yacht seized by testy Philippe Starck

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I should start designing boats instead of commenting on El Reg...

From the look of that boat you don't even need to be any good at it.

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Apple said to be testing 46, 55-inch big-screen TVs

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Will it

Be 4x3?

Not that I think Apple is dumb enough to think they can make big money on a TV.

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Valve hauls down The War Z, offers refunds

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Re: sadly

There are LOTS of games in the Apple app store that suck. Both free and paid. Apple just check that they run and follow the rules. They don't check to see if they are any fun to play.

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Windows Vista woes killed MS Pinball

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The Microsoft Studios FX2 is also available on the Surface. Free with one table, more cost extra.

The free "Mars" table is on the over complex side, kind of like the last of the real pinball games when they were trying to compete with video games. Not the same as the classic MS Pinball.

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Report: US government plans legal assault on foreign hackers

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I'm surprised

they are not using Kim Dotcom as an example of how it will work...

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Rude web trolls should NOT be jailed, warns prosecution chief

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Re: Bad law

It's a law that in effect makes you subject to arrest for doing something someone important doesn't like.

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McDonalds fried for serving spam

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Re: "A formal warning"

Their wrong doing will catsup with them.

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AFACT wants ushers to confront pirates

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Trollface

Re: "standing in front of the recording device"

Every cam rip download is equal to tickets plus junk food for a family of 5 don'tcha know. And that is not counting the lost ad revenue!

What's one or two minimum wage workers lost compared to winning the war on Copyright Theft?

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China takes 2013's top offshore IPO crown

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So they set the price way to low to start with?

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Canadians nab syrup rustlers after massive maple sap heist

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Re: Best application is drenched over three slices of Canadian bacon

Canadian bacon?

You mean Peameal Bacon?

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18M

Is that the bulk price, or the price in little maple leaf shaped bottles sold to tourists in airport gift shops?

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Microsoft to Moto: We'll give you $1m a year for your patents

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MS want the terms to be fair.

No MS want it to be cheap.

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Judge: There'll be no US Samsung ban, BUT no new trial with Apple either

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"What changed between Samsung’s initial decision not to pursue questioning or investigation of Mr Hogan, and Samsung’s later decision to investigate was simple:

Hogan shot off his mouth to the press, barging about how he ran the show, played the expert and told every one else what to say.

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Germany sets date for Google vs newspapers smackdown

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If they block Google with a robots file then they will not have any cake at all, forget about eating it too...

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North Korea's satellite a dud, say US astroboffins

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Re: Meanwhile Britain

Surly they should just buy one from the US...

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Anonymous hacks Westboro Baptists over Sandy Hook protests

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Trollface

Westboro Baptist Church

Are a bunch of Trolls of the worst sort.

Don't feed the trolls.

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Coming soon to a theme park near you: Shocking ANTI-PIRACY NAG ADS

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Re: Nagging

Or even let them buy it at all.

There is a LOT of stuff on iTunes.com that is not available on iTunes.ca, just as one example.

Give me a good reason why I can't buy from itunes.com (or uk.co, or ...).

A good reason, not something about licenses (that the media company wrote) or wanting to charge some people more for the same thing...

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Re: Worse than pointless

Ads in movies/TV. Like Bond gets a BMW and drinks cat piss beer all of a sudden. Or Hawaii 5O "why don't you bing it on your windows phone".

It would not be much different if they just had the actors hold up a box of soap and tell us how great it is.

As for the nagware campaign. I just love the "you would not steal a car" thing at the start of a DVD I just paid for. Makes me want to run off some copies and hand them out on the street corner.

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Bolshy investor sinks teeth into weakened Emulex, tears off another chunk

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activist investor

I hate that name. They don't invest in anything. Just extract the cash and drop the husk then move on to the next.

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Police use 24/7 power grid recordings to spot doctored audio

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I would think

You could use this to disprove someone saying a recording was made at a fixed date and time. If there is a miss match it's false.

But I don't think you can use it to say something was recorded at a given time for sure. How could you say that a given pattern didn't happen more then once?

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Apple confirms Amazon ebooks bendover, EU watchdog drops bone

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Re: Critics of the deal....

Apple must have their 30%, if Amazon was to sell the same book for %20 or OMG %10 what would you expect Apple to do? Compete?

Maybe once the 5 year deal is over Apple and their publishing buddies can come up with a contract that requires stores to charge more for the paper version then the ebook.

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Stephen Hawking pushes for posthumous pardon for Alan Turing

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Re: @Steve Crook

Something of the opposite I think. My school text book didn't say how/why he died. Even having read about the work he did with early computers and code breaking I didn't know anything but the date of his death.

It was not until the pardon came up a few years ago that I learned what had happened and wondered what he might have done if he had lived longer.

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The 30-year-old prank that became the first computer virus

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First Money-making

I think dialers appeared before bank Trojans.

Reset your dial up networking to call an expensive number.

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Windows 8: At least it's better than ‘not very good’

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Re: !!! - but it's only a click away

If there was a check box to turn it off that would be true. But it's not.

but it's only a click away, then another, and another...

It's worse then that old "punch the monkey" banner ad. It just keeps coming back.

Not-metro is a crapy phone interface that they stuck on computers to try and sell more phones.

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Apple and Samsung mobile monsters: 'We only eat RAW CASH'

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Crap

"Samsung is catching up with Apple in terms of profits by copying its playbook, as VisionMobile analyst Stijn Schuermans notes:

The only handset maker apart from Apple who has built such a unique value chain today is Samsung. The electronics giant not only assembles handsets, but also makes a lot of the most expensive components, notably screens and chipsets."

How is this copying Apple's playbook? Apple don't make any of the parts found in their stuff. Apples extra value comes from controlling the content that comes after they sell the phone.

If anyone is copying Apple's playbook it would be Microsoft. It seems copying Apple's playbook may not be a path to instant money....

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Feds smash international cybercrime ring with Power of Facebook

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And it's cop press release dollars. The only thing more inflated is Hollywood download losses.

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Apple TV demand may drive Samsung-sapping sales

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Re: Hmmm

Even if you are an Apple nut, buy the current Apple TV box and a nice TV. Next year buy the NEW Apple TV box and keep your TV. Repeat for the next 10 years.

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Not much chance of that

It would have to be much more then £200.

Current TV sellers are very low margin.

They would have to buy the TV guts from one of the current companies, stick an Apple TV inside the box, and add the Apple margin. They are not going to start with a cheapo set so it's going to be more like a £1200 TV with a £400 premium. I don't think even Apple can make that sell.

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RIM is really in trouble when even Windows Phone 8 looks great

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even Windows Phone 8 looks great

Ha ha ha good one.

From what I've seen BB10 looks like it may put them back on track. I have never had a Blackberry but I will be having a look at it when it ships. The only way I'd end up with a Windows Phone would be if work gave me one (some of the marketing types have received one) but I'm not holding my breath for that.

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'Kids' apps STILL siphoning too much info from mobes' - FTC boss

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ads again

So once again the advertisers wanting to track everything is half the problem.

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Look out, world! Are you ready for John McAfee: THE MOVIE?

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Buy a ticket for one movie

And they subscribe you to one year of movies, that auto renews.

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New transistor tech could beat silicon and save Moore's Law

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Re: We have enough power

Kill off the high-frequency-trading scam too.

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Report: Apple, Google, Microsoft join forces to buy Kodak patents

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Re: An amicable agreement

Beyond all the added complexity it would never work. The same tricks used to create movies / records that make no money, or even companies that make no profit would be used to make sure a patent never pays off.

I think the first step should be to ban "non-practising entities" from holding patents. Use it or lose it.

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How?

"it could free start-ups to innovate the next generation of companies without the fear of being sued into the ground"

If Apple, Google, Micorosoft... buy up big piles of patents as a group how is that going to help a startup. Microsoft even have their own pet troll to deal with any uppity startups.

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