* Posts by Tom 35

2955 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

ViewSonic Pro 9000 laser hybrid LED projector review

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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.

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


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.

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.

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

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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.


#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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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...

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.

How IT will evolve to photonics

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But this reminds me of how great holographic memory was going to be.

Facebook tries to stop its staff using iPhones in 'dogfood' push

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Re: Can you blame them?

I had a couple apps on my Nexus 7 stop working with the 4.2 upgrade. Took 2-3 days for them to release upgrades to make them 4.2 compatible. Since then other apps have been upgraded to add support for the new 4.2 features. My Nexus 7 now works better then it did before the upgrade.

You may have a bad app or something but the Nexus 7 works fine with 4.2.

At last: The brain-controlled helicopter

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Re: Curious

Don't know if this qualifies as "do anything useful" but...


Samsung Google Nexus 10 tablet review

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Re: Why the downvotes?

When I was still using my iPod touch 2G I found I used dropbox a lot for files iTunes didn't like.

Now with the Nexus 7 I can still use dropbox, or a standard USB cable (cheap) or a USB Stick / Drive with a USB2g adaptor and the Nexus Media Importer app (no root required).

And it's not linked to only one computer, no "do you want to wipe out all your stuff" if I plug it into a different computer that happens to have iTunes on it.

And I could remove quicktime (quick? HA!) from my computer.

Pirate cops bust LITTLE GIRL, take her Winnie-the-Pooh laptop

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Re: Fine does not fit the crime

You didn't buy that choccy bar, you only licensed it!

Oh wait, I think that's beer...

Windows 8: A soaraway Kinect? Or is it Red Ink Friday for Microsoft?

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Buying Windows 8

Almost all of the people buying windows 8 are just buying a new computer that happens to come with windows 8. I don't think you will find a lot of people who are buying because they want Windows 8.

Sandy 'Mary Celeste' Island undiscovered - again

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Re: Possible explanation

Has China claimed to own it yet?

Hexing MAC address reveals Wifi passwords

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Some models even advertise their MAC address on the case of the device!

The horror!

Microsoft's Surface bait-and-switch won't make people buy Windows 8

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"tactic to spur people on, to get Windows 8 really successful."

That's backwards. They stuck a phone UI on Windows thinking it would spur on people to buy Serface and Phone. They think people are locked into Windows so they can use it as a lever.

They are also trying to force Web Services. Click on the calendar and it will not let you look at anything until you log into a Microsoft account. The Weather app has ads like some free phone ap.

Skype 3.0 lands on Android tabs, says all your bass are belong to it

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Re: Just updated...

The old one was kind of crap, and didn't use it much. The new one has been un-installed. That was not an update.

Why do Smart TV UIs suck?

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Re: Never mind the UIs

Download the latest update for my Blu Ray player.

You get the updates to the DRM so the latest FOX discs will play.

3-4 'new" services you never wanted (Darts TV, Basket Weaving, Poker...)

But the basic stuff still just sort of works.

Autonomy to HP: bollocks

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I expect both are true.

HP paid way too much for it.

Then squeezed the life out of what they did get.

Now they want to pass the blame.

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Re: Assumptions

What tax?

German city dumping OpenOffice for Microsoft

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Office 2000? I wonder what else they are running?

PIII with 512 MB Ram, Windows 2000?

So will this be followed by "We are also going to buy all new computers"?

Oh, and our printers don't have drivers for Windows7.

Microsoft building poo-powered carbon-neutral data center

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Even if it's not converted to electricity

It can be mixed with natural gas and burned for heat.

A landfill not far from me pipes methane to a local factory that uses it to reduce the amount of natural gas they use.

Oprah Winfrey too late to save Microsoft's Windows 8

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Push Windows under the bus

MS have pushed Windows under the bus in order to promote their Phones and tablets. They so want to be Apple that they will try and force desktop users to work with a phone UI.

Oh and why do I need a full screen weather app? And why is there a shampoo ad when I scroll all the way over to the right?

Why when I click on calendar do I get -you are not logged onto your Microsoft account, please log on and try again?

Why did they remove the registry setting to turn off metro that was in the beta? They should have made it a check box in the final version.

If not-Metro is any use people would not turn it off right? But it's all about selling Phone and being the next Apple.

Republicans deny Hollywood pressure to pull copyright proposal

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Republicans deny Hollywood pressure to pull copyright proposal

They just reached their funding target.

Telcos react coldly to renewed UK.gov smut-censoring push

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And once the "think of the children" system is in place it will be simple to add a list of stuff they don't like that will be filtered for everyone with no opt-out.

Why IT chiefs are irrelevant to Microsoft's Windows 8 strategy

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Re: Yet another hack at pushing BYOD.

"So we have now decided that the only way to make changes in a company is to use a back door/low level trick of getting the employees to "override" the upper management decisions"

More like MS will give free tablets to upper management and tell them there will be no problem* using it with the company systems.

*as long as all your software and servers are the latest versions.

Microsoft offers 60-day free trial of Office 2013

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Re: What a crock of shit office 2013 is

"Again, open the Charms menu (stupid name, I know), and click on Settings. There's a power-off button under there."

You mean hover over the invisible spot (but don't click!) then move over the sort of gear thing (now you have to click), now click on the power thing, then click shut down.

See? Dead easy, why would anyone have trouble finding that?

Ten four-bay NAS boxes

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Re: Agreed. They should at least have reviewed both, and it's also odd...

Yes they just mention in passing that the Synology can be expanded easily, and then don't say anything for any of the others. I would think that was a major feature that should be covered for all of them. Don't care how much ram they have, I want to know how they work!

Galapagos islands bombed with 22 tonnes of Blue Death Cornflakes

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They have cats too

They like lizard and bird more then rat.

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Re: Species specific rat poison.

I think they just need to make it green (for the US species at lest). Maybe add a BMW logo.

New Microsoft Windows chief 'shocked' by Sinofsky defenestration

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Must have pissed off someone in marketing

Maybe said something like they need to provide an off switch for not-metro in win8 enterprise, or joked about creating Windows Lego edition.


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Re: I recall and article...

Yes Hydrogen can be extracted from urea (see my first post). They are working on a system for the military, but it's not just the electricity (produced from a fuel cell) that makes it worth while, it also produces drinkable water (and Ammonia as a waste product).

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Re: Quick calculations

Lets try from the other end.

Honda's smallest generator is 1000 W max.

At 25% load it will run for about 3.5 hours on 1L of gasoline.


If you think you can get more energy from 1L of piss then 1L of gasoline I've got some cold fusion plans to sell you.

It also looks like your including the Hydrogen in the water (check how much energy it takes to split water).

Maybe you would also be interested in my special magnet kit that will allow your car to run on water.

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Urea to H2

Yes you can get H2 from Urea in piss. For example


But nothing like the amount they would need to run a generator.

Takes way to much energy to split water, better to just use a battery.

Twitter simps fall for 'Obama punched a guy' vid promise scam

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They should do a poll

Post a "Mitt Romney punches a girl" and see who gets the most infections.

Windows 8 security is like a swiss cheese flak jacket - sez AV firm

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Re: Twisted Garbage

I've not looked at what they say about the windows 8 version, but it's Security Essentials renamed and installed by default, and they push Security Essentials as a replacement, and say not to run it and another AV program at the same time.

Google, Amazon, Starbucks are 'immoral' and 'ridiculous' over UK tax

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Re: Who wrote the laws

Brown envelopes will be passed around and the wealthy will continue not paying tax. Might even get a new loop hole.

I suspect that will be an outcome.

Cisco sets ex-CIA spook to hunt down leaking staffer

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no consideration of the value inherent in real world TCO

I don't think that's the problem. I'm sure the CSU's IT department, having used Cisco took the RFC response and multiplied it by 5 or 6 to get an estimate of the "real world TCO".

Judge drops TV ad-block block: So how will anyone pay for TV now?

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TV, Go loud - mute, go on too long - skip,

You forgot one that I "love". Show the same ad more then once in an ad break, or more then twice in one program.

I've seen them run the same ad twice every ad break for an hour, some times twice in a row.

Apple seeks cooling fan patent for iPhone, iPad

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"suggested use of the iDevice's audio-out jack as either an air input or output port."

That's just stupid. Even if no one ever watches a movie with headphones how much air do they think they can get through the 3.5mm hole?

Egypt takes hard line on internet pr0n, calls for total ban

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"I think the point is to live according to the character and social norms outlined in the Quran"

What group have the correct interpetation?

Most of the established religions are just as bad, each group sure they are the only ones going to someplace good, while everyone else is going someplace bad.

Adobe Reader 0-day exploit surfaces on underground bazaars

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Re: PostScript Rendering should be a solved problem.

How else can they keep people on the upgrade treadmill?

Office for Android, Apple iOS: 'REALLY REAL this time' - report

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Re: Several decent, fully featured Office suites on Android already

You think Office for (not)WindowsRT will be the same as Office for Windows feature for feature?

I guess they could cripple Office 2013 so it's the same as the RT version, just like they made Windows 8 look like a phone, but that would not go over well!

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Word for Android and iOS?

MS want to make Android and iOS tablets run slower then you can type too?

Microsoft shoots Windows Live Messenger, brings in Skype IM

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Microsoft has rebranded its Messenger in keeping with the times...

So they are not killing it, just changing the name to Microsoft Skipe Messenger.

Apple iPad Mini 8in tablet review

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Re: "Apple has launched an overpriced and under-specced turkey"

I hold my Nexus 7 like that all the time while reading on the subway. One hand to hold on to a pole, one for the Nexus. Very secure, not going to drop it if someone bumps me or they slam on the brakes. I can even turn pages with one hand.

Microsoft-Netflix bid rumours feast on froth – and logic

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Re: Microsoft to buy another dying company

Having all their eggs in one basket they are an easy target for greedy content companies. Your making money, give it to us!

Disney just added some of their crappier movies to the Canadian Play store. You can now "buy" Cars 2 but the download costs more then the DVD/Blu Ray combo at Amazon. That's just stupid, it's also typical.

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activist investor

Between the strip miner and Microsoft Netflix may be toast.

BOFH: Tenacious B and the Printer of Destiny

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I find that CEOs print EVERYTHING in colour.

Buy a Dye-sub printer so they get high quality photos then print their email on it.

Inside the iPad mini: Pray you never have to open one

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"Nexus 7 Repairability Score: 7 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair)"

The iPad mini gets a 2.

They say "Battery replacement can be accomplished without soldering—or even a screwdriver." for the Nexus 7. I've replaced iPod batteries and it's a bugger of a job.

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