* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Ding dong, the Ping is dead! Apple brings in Facebook for iTunes

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Thanks for the warning

Not to upgrade to the new iTunes (is that "the new iTunes" as in the new iPad?) for my 2g touch.

Foxconn to investigate iPhone 5 factory woes

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Foxconn to investigate how Undercover hack got into iPhone 5 factory.

Apple Lightning adaptors reveal limitations

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Re: may explain why Apple devised its own ...

I expect anything that plugs into the port will require an AppleTax chip before it will be allowed to work to protect us from cheap cables.

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Re: Standrad connector not the real point

No iPods don't come with chargers, I think the mini was the last one and then only with the deluxe 4 Gb version.

Dreaded redback spider's NEMESIS: Forgotten Captain Cook wasps

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often likes to lurk beneath the lavatory seat

The perfect reason not to put the seat down?

Microsoft leads from behind on Windows 8

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Re: XP was as secure as you wanted it to be

So blaster never existed. And the pile of visit a website with IE get hosed flaws never happened.

You could make XP secure... with an air gap.

By the time it reached SP2 it was a lot better with a lot of the attacks were against applications (some were MS applications like Office) and not the OS.

More 'iPad Mini' tat pics leak ahead of Apple's big unzip

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Re: iPad Mini - price prediction...

Can I play too?

Same price as an iPad 2 ($400 US 16GB wifi) and will replace the 2g as the cheap iPad.

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It's too late for me.

I have an iPod touch 2g, and wanted something bigger. iPad is too big to carry around, but since that idiot Jobs kept saying crap about sharpening fingers I started looking at other tablets, went for a Nexus 7 and I'm happy with that.

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Re: "The world's fanbois wait with bated breath."

Are you saying they ate a wormy apple?

Reviewers say ‘yes’ to Higgs boson data

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How is this rubber-stamping?

Google's Nexus 7 tabs 'can't perform' if flash RAM crammed

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Re: Not all Nexus 7 affected

It's a 16 GB that I pre-ordered from a local retail shop so it's one of the first batch to reach Canada.

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Not all Nexus 7 affected

I've filled my Nexus 7 a couple times (mostly video files). Right now it has 6.33 GB free, but I have had it down below 200 MB free.

I'll keep my fingers crossed that they fix the problem before I get hit by it.

There is life after the death of Microsoft’s Windows 8 Start button

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Re: How odd

When they could have just included a "classic mode" check box, or at least not removed the registry key to turn it off".

If they are so desperate to force everyone to use not-metro will SP1 break (opps) the tools that put a start menu back?

Google declares success for Kansas City gigabit broadband

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Where's mine

That's the price per month with a 3 year contract here ('upto' 60 cable). It's cheaper then my basic ADSL connection.

Everything Everywhere 'to stuff Santa's sack' with 4G Lumia 920s

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DId Santa

Run out of coal?

Why is the iPhone so successful? 'Cause people love 'em

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Re: Actually

"Bullshit. Press and hold the Sleep/Wake button and the Home button until the Apple logo appears, signifying that the device is booting. It's the same as taking the battery out."

No it's not Bullshit. My ipod touch locked up so bad that rebooting / power down didn't help, it just crashed again before it finished booting. I had to connect it to my computer and then turn it on to recover, and I found the instructions on Apples web site.

And from the sales staff where I work (80% have iphones) I don't think most iphone users even know that they can turn them off.

Ten digital radios to suit all budgets

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Re: Compression - audio processing for beginners

Your on about the wrong type of compression when talking about DAB. DAB is MP2 and will sound like crap even with the best amp and speakers (digital audio has come a long way since 1995). It's only really useful on a radio with small cheap speakers where you can't tell if it's crap.But it works fine for NEWS/Talk radio, or in a noisy car.

DAB+ is AAC and much better quality given the same bandwidth (iPod level) but the only way they would ever be able to switch over is to require all DAB radios sold also support DAB+ so people don't have to buy new radios... Again.

Airbus predicts catapult takeoffs and formation flying by 2050

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More like a fairy tail I think.

To be a plan you need to have a good idea how you are going to do it.

FCC to TV broadcasters: Ready, set ... give your spectrum up

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I expect

A lot of the TV stations will be owned by companies that also happen to own cell phone companies. They are going to want to keep the free spectrum and transfer it to their own cellphone service.

Judge: Apple not liable for dropped, broken iPhone screens

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Re: Prior art

Yes, but Apple have the patent for Gravity on a mobile device. Completely different, prior art is invalid.

Nokia tears wraps off new Windows Phone Lumias on steroids

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Re: Thinking of defecting

For some reason I first read that as...

Thinking of defecating...

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Apple weighs in on AntiSec's alleged FBI hack

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"with iOS 6 we introduced a new set of APIs meant to replace the use of the UDID and will soon be banning the use of UDID"

So are they going to ban any iThing too old for iOS6?

Sci-Fi fans blow stacks at copybot attacks

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Re: Film Studios

The Film Studios (and Andrew Orlowski) will say, see it works! Lets make everyone use the automatic censor bots. A few faults positives is a small price to pay (since they pay nothing) to protect jobs, and creators bla bla bla...

They will just look at you funny if you say this is a bad thing.

iPhone 5 wait drives record Samsung smartphone sales

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Waithing for iPhone 5

But they were waiting for the iPhone 5 last year too (only got a 4s).

Android dev smacked with £50k fine over premium rate SMS scam

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Apple would never allow it...

Unless they get their 30%...

Windows 7 passes XP, Mac OS X passes Vista

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Re: Mac OS9 --> OSX

I would say that Windows 7 is more of an incremental release, I sometimes call it Vista that works.

Windows 8 adds the not-Metro interface to try and cross promote their tablet things, and don't include anyway to turn it off. That is a much bigger change then Vista -> Win7.

Now Apple wants Samsung S III, Galaxy Notes off the shelves too

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Re: Apply this logic to cars

Yes there were lots of patents for cars, with real blue prints and models.

They didn't have Apple style crap patents like...

Padded seats in a mobile device.

France U-turns on public TV advertising

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Re: Comparison

Going half way can work. In Canada the Olympics were on CBC, that has a mix of government funding and ads. The coverage was well done with a wide range of sports covered.

The last few years it's been CTV and it's been crap. They only show the "popular" sports, or ones that a Canadian might win. They don't cut show like "so you think you can dance" as it's all about the money for them.

The CBC can do a better job because they don't have to make a profit and receive public funding to show programs that are of interest to the public even if they are not of interest to the advertisers.

Amazon flings open doors to Android Appstore in Europe

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Re: Would have been interested

Still not available in Canada (amazon.ca will not even sell me an MP3). I already have Nexus 7 so not much chance of me buying a fire if they ever release it in Canada. It might be nice to have another option for apps, but I'm not going to get too upset over it.

Windows Phone 8: Microsoft quite literally can't lose

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Re: Litigation

They copied the business model, not the phone.

Not that Apple are beyond going after some dead obvious thing, but I don't think they would try it on Microsoft.

Windows 8 tablets unwrapped in Berlin: Dell goes keyless for ARM

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Not Inspiron?

Since they are calling the RT tablet the Dell XPS 10 they are putting it with the higher end home computers and not with the cheapo Inspirons. Sounds like they are going to go for an iPad price, not a Nexus 7 price.

Customers dumping Samsung phones in wake of Apple suit

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What a load of poop.

"As of this writing, an eBay search for "Samsung Galaxy S II" – the model Apple most wants banned – yields 1,521 results."

614,684 results found for iphone 4s... Oh look, everyone is dumping their iPhone...

New Zealand softens software patent ban

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he change has been welcomed by patent lawyers – not necessarily a good sign

Understatement of the century I think...

The problem is that a lot of the people writing the laws, are lawyers and/or are owned by corporations.

New rule on blood-soaked metals in mobes is POINTLESS

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Re: Very good article

True, but I think this is an exception. I can't see it working for Gold as an example since everything can be done very low tech, so there is not a choke point for industry to control. Of course the law will not help for the same reasons.

Queen of WorldPay cash-machine scam sent down for 2.5 years

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paying back $89,000 in restitution

Fat chance, be lucky to get $0.89.

MasterCard beds Everything Everywhere for exclusive pay-by-bonk

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Re: frank ly

What a joke. Was it created by the same people who created payday loans or something? Sounds like one of the scams to rip off poor people who need a credit card, but the banks will not give them one.

It's Lego's 80th birthday party, but only the boys are invited

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Re: Unfortunately...

They want you to build one thing. It's more of a model kit then a construction set.

Neil Armstrong dies aged 82

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Re: He would

I wonder how many kids went on to Science, or Engineering because of what they witnessed that day on fuzzy black and white TV.

Cook's 'values' memo shows Apple has lost its soul

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Re: The jury was right, the law was wrong.

So, they were just following orders?

If the judge told you to jump off a bridge would you?

Microsoft denies Windows 8 app spying via SmartScreen

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Re: sign the code?

"Well firstly, if someone has to register and pay to get their malware signed, and typically you would expect a company to be doing this, then that is already a step toward catching people."

The fake AV guys already have credit card processing, toll free phone numbers, websites, shell companies. A key is hardly a big deal.

"you are arguing in favour of a system whereby no cry is raised at a real wolf"

No I'm not, that's what MSE is for. It will say This is a Wolf.

This stupid system will not say This is a Wolf, it will say this might be a Wolf, the same thing it said with all the existing software you bought for your old computer and are now installing on your new Win8 box.

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sign the code?

If all you need to do is sign the code then the fake AV guys can afford a key. Are you saying their scam software will show up as good?

I would not be surprised if there is a fee and some running around to get on the good list. Or you can just sell it on the MS app store...

"But the warnings are a good thing."

No meaningless warnings are a bad thing, they will just add to the average users trend to just click yes to anything without reading it. If your computer is always crying wolf, no one will notice a real wolf when it shows up.

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Offline install?

"Currently the SmartScreen system does use application information stored at Redmond to validate local apps, hence the information is collected. But Kobeissi points out that the need for this could be eliminated if such data was stored locally on the client end and updated regularly."

So what happens if you install something while you are offline?

If this is part of Windows, and every one has it, I don't think it will take long for the bag guys to find a way around it.

Jury awards Apple $1bn damages in Samsung patent case

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Oh, wait, that's the world we live in....

Not if it had been AT&T instead of BT.

Vodafone phone and mobe biz service goes titsup

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They should change the name to...

Vodafone One-Basket

Reagan slams webmail providers for liberal bias

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Republicans would never snoop on private communications


Can I get laugh@Reagan ? Might try if it cost $0.40

Microsoft's new retro-flavoured logo channels Channel 4

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don't understand just how much effort...

And don't forget the giant circle jerk. There is always a large dose of "the emperor's new clothes" in new corporate logo press releases.

AT&T defends FaceTime price gouge

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Re: As stated previously

Rogers in Canada block VPN... you have to pay extra "because it's more valuable data" even on a business internet stick plan.

If they can get away with charging extra for something they will.

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Re: Isn't it more like

No you should not limit facetime and then charge extra for it.

It's just data, if the tariff is "unlimited but we don't want you to use too much" then the tariff is the problem.

Supply a fixed amount of data then charge a reasonable amount for extra data, that way you don't care if they use loads of data because they paid for it.

But the phone companies don't do that, they want to force you onto the most expensive tariff by charging a stupid amount for going over your fixed limit. Better get the limited Unlimited plan just in case...

Password hints easily snaffled from Windows PCs

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I like something a little more subtle... " Rhymes with Duck"

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