* Posts by Tom 35

2848 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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

Tom 35

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

Tom 35

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

Tom 35

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

Tom 35

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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Apple: 27-inch iMac won't ship until next year

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Here's a radical concept

Things can change. We have a set of 13 Vostro laptops. With a switch from XP Office 03 to Win7 Office 2010 they all also got a RAM upgrade (one screw, open door, snap in RAM). Two people needed to run XP VMs so they also got bigger hard drives (wow three screws). I've also replaced 3 CMOS batteries that died in a two day period (it's been a couple months and no more have died, strange_) they were a bit of a pain requiring me to download the service manual from Dell's site and remove about 9 screws to get to them.

But no heat gun, guitar picks, splurges, or other such things. And if they were still under warranty I could do the upgrades without voiding the warranty.

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FCC urges rethink of aircraft personal-electronics blackout

Tom 35

Re: Tablets of death

I expect a lot of them don't even know how to turn on flight mode (or even that they have one).

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Amazon unzips its digital-only Brazilian, waves Kindles at Canada

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Re: Kindles already widely available in Canada

Maybe they will sell the Fire that is not available in Canada along with the App store (and MP3s) that is not available to Canadians.

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Slash A THIRD off Surface RT price or it's toast, Microsoft told

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"Channel partners have been "clamouring" to get hold of a Surface device

It's true, he just left out the part about "that they can sell for $299"

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Whitman: HP '100 per cent committed' to Autonomy

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she loves HP's ... employees.

Well the ones they didn't fire and out source to India / China.

HP has a "long legacy of customer partnership and trust"

That they have burned with crappy plastic printers that no longer run any longer then much cheaper printers and HP's Over Priced DRM chipped toners. Don't even start about their wonderful laptops...

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Half of all app store revenue goes to just 25 developers

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vast number of really useless

There are also a vast number of "Free" games that let you play for a bit then you hit a wall and can't get to the next level without buying coins or other crap. I ran accross one guy calling them "pay to win" games and that seems like a good name. Facebook is the same with games.

I would much rather have a free version that lets you try it, then pay some fixed amount if I like it for the full game. I'm not going to touch any program that wants you to buy stuff in game.

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Apple's new 'Assembled in USA' iMac a bear to upgrade, repair

Tom 35

Re: Not really a problem

So how long did that take in real time? 20-30 minutes?

It took two people to pry out the main board.

I though having to replace the CMOS batteries on a bunch of laptops (9 screws) was a pain, that would be hell on this thing.

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Forget fluorescents, plastic lighting strips coming out next year

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electronic high-frequency ballasts

Canadian offices have mostly moved to T8 with Electronic ballasts (that can drive 5 single bulb fixtures). They have low voltage control so they can be turned off remotely at night, and as Allan said no hum, and no flicker (except when the bulb is about to die).

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unless you learn to live with a colder house, you spend more money on your heating

Only if you have electric heat. If you have gas heat, gas costs less just about any place I know of, and only in the winter.

If you have your windows open that heat just flies out the window. If you have Air Conditioning that you pay twice in the summer as you have to pay to pump that unwanted heat out of your house.

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Twenty years of text messages: We've reached Peak SMS

Tom 35

Re: 12345678@[my_operator].dk

My phone has an email address but...

It's my phone number @operator.ca and I might not want to broadcast my phone number to everyone.

It costs 25 cents to send or receive an email (pay for spam!)

I have disabled it as not useful (and overpriced) the why it works now.

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A valid use for Windows 8?

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Win8 media center

Since your going to be using one app full screen most of the time, and there are very limited number of apps you are going to use the limitations of TIFKAM don't matter much. And big tiles are actually of some use from across the room.

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Home Sec: Let us have Snoop Charter or PEOPLE WILL DIE

Tom 35

Re: Creep

The people who say they’re against this bill need to look victims of doggy poo, litter, and stuff they don't like in the eye and tell them why they’re not prepared to give the police the powers they need to control the public.

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Adobe's revenge on Steve Jobs: HTML5

Tom 35

Re: "Adobe for its proprietary approach to Flash."

The upgrade treadmill required new features every few years. That's how we ended up with Acrobat with support for Flash and all the other crap. No one is going to pay a few hundred just for support for the latest version of office.

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Ready for ANOTHER patent war? Apple 'invents' wireless charging

Tom 35
Trollface

Re: Prior art?

But did he "applying power at a distance wirelessly - on a mobile device"?

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Apple plants flag on wireless power-supply map

Tom 35

Re: Why kill Apple here

If you build something to run off this Apple power supply you would build it to be compatible. Just like anything that is powered by USB it built to run on 5 Volts.

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Scientists build largest ever computerized brain

Tom 35

Re: Honey boo boo

The sad thing is making a TV show out of it.

I thought TLC was The Learning Channel (not living in the US, or having cable TV) but looking at their website it clearly has very little to do with learning. "The number-one nonfiction media company" they say... the whole thing looks like a load of crap to me. People pay for that stuff?

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Groupon chief Mason keeps his job - despite rubbish share price

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its business model starts to look shaky.

What is this "Starts"...

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Google+ exec declares Facebook 'social network of the past'

Tom 35

Google+

Google+ social network of Never-Never Land.

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Microsoft Surface with Windows 8 Pro gets laptop-level price

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not just a consumer toy.

At that price it's an executive toy.

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What killed Motorola? Not Google! It was Moto's dire software

Tom 35

Re: My mum loved her razr

Still use my RAZR V3. I had to hack it to load the factory software. The Moto software is only bad, the hacked up v1.0 crap the telco used and never updated was total crap.

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What can save the Xmas PC market? Not Windows 8, say analysts

Tom 35
Trollface

Re: Call the Wizard of Hope!

Can Mr Obama really order MS to offer an option to turn off Not-Metro?

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Tom 35

there's no Vista effect

There is, just not the one they want.

They want "Vista is done, I can buy a computer now"

They got "I have XP I'm not buying that Vista crap" only it's now I have Win7 I'm not buying the Win8 crap"

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Hurricane Sandy blows US pirate-pestering plan into 2013

Tom 35

Re: Yarr!

Right up until I saw who's name was on it.

Download some Hollywood film. Kill, kidnap, and rob people. Yep same thing, right.

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Troll sues Apple for daring to plug headphones into iPhone

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Devil

Yes it's stupid

But Apple loves to use Old_Idea+On_A_Mobile_Device = patent

Now they get to wast time money on a bogus patent... Ha Ha

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Microsoft claims Windows Phone sales up 300%

Tom 35

Wow

So at launch with all the shipments to carriers and fanboys they outsold one year old Phone 7 that was rotting in the shops. It would be amazing if they didn't move more, but lets see them keep it up over time.

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ViewSonic Pro 9000 laser hybrid LED projector review

Tom 35

Re: why not true laser?

Flicker (no Phosphor glow like a CRT)? Would need very fast scan rate.

Interference patterns?

Alignment (like the old CRT projectors).

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Re: I wonder too

It would only work for Rear projection, and aliment would be a bitch. In the days of 1" thick LCD no one would buy a rear projection even if it cost half the price.

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Apple sticks finger in dyke, cuts off Dutch flood of Galaxy S, SII, Ace

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it's all about the device and how it manages certain interactions

B.S.

It's just software. Apple could release iOS 6.1 and completely change how it works.

It's just an app, built into iOS but still just an app. There are no rubber bands, springs, or even transistors that manage the interactions.

This is no different then how MS Word, or Firefox manage certain interactions.

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Ten weird Chinese mobile phones

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Star phone

Looks like something Nokia would have made a few years back. One step beyond their love of putting all the buttons in strange patterns.

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85% of Windows 8 users wield the desktop on day one

Tom 35

Re: Oh dear

"I really hope this is from people who either allow or hasn't turned off (but have been asked about) some version of"

You can see the screen here...click for a bigger image.

http://pcsupport.about.com/od/windows-8/ss/windows-8-clean-install-part-2_6.htm

#4 would be what your talking about, and I'm not sure what #6 is. Name and account picture?

I expect most people click express.

They also try to make you sign up to a Microsoft account (like hotmail...) even if you are connected to a domain. Some apps like calendar just tell you to logon and try again if you are on a local/domain account. Weather tries to get you to turn on location service but you can just enter a city with a bit of poking. The weather app also has ads (shampoo in my case).

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Tom 35

Re: Was there a survey?

When I tried playing with it I was wondering why it kept trying to make me log onto my Microsoft Account. Now I know why...

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Ten technology FAILS

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Push Technology

Don't forget active Desktop.

And now Not-Metro tiles.

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Re: Bob...

I got kicked out of the Bob launch party in Toronto. I asked the politically incorrect question, what do you call quadriplegic in a swimming pool. I got the last laugh when we only sold one copy.

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