* Posts by Tom 35

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Phone surveys

I find it takes about 3 questions to guess who is paying for the survey, I can then pick all the answers that they will not like.

BOFH: Thermo-electric funeral

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Re: Cooling hammer

When did I start cutting bad cables in half?

When I had a boss who would say, "I saw it in the bin, and it still looked good, so I took it out" after testing the same cable a second time.

Google ads probe blow

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Google could always claim religious freedom.

Microsoft's bigoted teen bot flirts with illegali-Tay in brief comeback

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Re: "program in a sense of morality "

I think they just need to teach it not to lie. Might be a little bit of 2001 at work.

If it has to lie that it's a "real" person, it's going to have to lie a lot.

Stagefright flaw still a nightmare: '850 million' Androids face hijack risk

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Re: The update channel on Android is fatally flawed

I would put the carriers as the number one problem. If you go for a brand new phone you might get one update if you are lucky. Get a "free" phone and forget it. Even if there is a newer version of the software available from the manufacture then what is on the phone when you take it out of the box don't expect to ever get the update.

It's been like that forever, they treat phones the same as toasters. When I bought a moto Razor it came with ver 1.0 software that almost worked. There have been at least 3 upgrades released by moto, but zip from the phone company so I had to Debrand the phone so I could install factory software that was usable.

Why would a manufacture upgrade the software for a 2 year old phone if they know that no one will ever see it. I have a nexus 4 and might be looking at the next smallish nexus to come out after the 5x.

India challenges US visa price hike at World Trade Organisation

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Re: I thought that the USA was highly in favour of Free Trade in every form?

I don't know it might have been run at a loss with taxpayers paying to run the system, unless they say what it costs to run the service it could be a cash grab, or just making the user pay the true costs.

Apple: FBI request threatens kids, electricity grid, liberty

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Re: You don't say !

A good part of it was Apple trying to lock out it's own customers. Blocking the latest jailbreak blocks outside threats as a bonus.

FBI says it helped mess up that iPhone – the one it wants Apple to crack

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Re: County owned phone?

It's not like the car example, they can reset the phone and use it again, but that will wipe the data. If a company wants to keep control of company phones they should be using something like Blackberry with their own server. If they buy consumer phones, or do BYOD then they can't expect to have full control.

Bill Gates denies iPhone crack demand would set precedent

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Think of the terrorists

It's not like we will be using this on people who don't pick up their dogs poo in 6 months, or "funny" looking people in the lineup at the airport. It's just for terrorists.

You, FCC. Do something about these overpriced cable boxes, yells Bernie Sanders and pals

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Re: It's not like the FCC hasn't been trying to gain control over the internet..

"Remove the rules and regulations that allow the monopolies"

They don't have rules that allow monopolies, they lack rules that prevent them.

If there are no rules, you will have monopolies. Next you are going to say trickle down works?

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They will do anything to play their games

In Canada they have to sell you a cable box if you want. But they don't have let you reactivate it on a second account. So if you buy a new 4K cable box, you can resell your old box to a friend, but they can't use it because the cable company ROGERS will not activate it on a different account.

Can't upgrade, won't upgrade: Windows Mobile's user problem

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Cheap phones

A large number if not most of the winphones sold are "free" with contract low price phones. They were bought as a better option then an obsolete android (that will also never get updates) being sold off cheap.

The people buying them don't expect upgrades, they are used to buying a new phone. The only way Microsoft will upgrade them is to sell them a new phone.

Five technologies you shouldn't bother looking out for in 2016

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include an app for switching on the light when I’m not in a room

They already have several, (non-compatible of course) IoT light bulbs, some you can even pick what colour you want to light up the room you are not in. At least for 120V A19 bulbs.

Maybe they can link them to netflix so your room colour will match the movie you are watching.

UK energy minister rejects 'waste of money' smart meters claim

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smart extra money meter

We have had them in Ontario (Canada) for a while. They use them to charge more in peak hours.

When they were first installed they charged 3x more during peak then over night / weekend but each increase they seem to boost the cheap rate more then the peak, it seems people have moved to much to the off peak and they want more money now.

If you want useless we now have smart water meters. I don't know what good they are unless they want to count the number of times I flush.

Android users left at risk... and it's not even THEIR FAULT this time!

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Re: AndroidVulnerabilities

If you buy a "free" with contract phone you will be lucky to get kitkat, lots have jellybean, and don't expect to ever see an update even if one was available from the maker of the phone. No change since the days of the flip phone.

Mysterious brown spots and a different kind of mouse support

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I had to service a printer that was home to mice once.

A Panasonic dot matrix. Did you know mouse piss dissolves copper circuit board traces and IC pins?

Printer went in the trash.

Here are the God-mode holes that gave TrueCrypt audit the slip

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Re: Pfft

Except for all the people using the Windows-home version. Then BitLocker is out.

Lies from VW: 'Our staff acted criminally but board didn't know'

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Re: "We only found out about the problems in the last board meeting, shortly before the media"

The problem he is talking about is that the media found out about it.

The board meeting was for everyone to practice their "schultz"

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Re: We only found out about the problems in the last board meeting

I expect it goes something like "la la la, we don't hear you".

Why the 'Dancing Baby' copyright case is just hi-tech victim shaming

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"Over centuries, society enshrined laws allowing the individual to own and control their stuff, creating markets."

It's never been about individuals. It started with the crown giving monopolies to publishers, not writers.

It's Disney, and record labels that own the rights to dead peoples work that push copyright now. Very few people make enough money to take control of their own stuff.

Australian court slaps down Hollywood's speculative invoices

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Re: Its worth less than A$9 a copy on a commercial basis

In Canada you can get it for $8.88 CND at Amazon.ca and it's only $15 list.

I don't see then getting any big piles of cash out of this.

Apple iPhone 6S: Same phone, another day, but TOTALLY DIFFERENT

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and potentially missing completely?

Where the Apple phone it's definitely missing completely, until you buy a new phone at least.

Reg reader shares AshMad blackmail email about which he gives 'zero f***s'

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Re: So this person

I was spammed with something like this (a bit more ESL) to the address I use to register on sites that require an authenticated email before they let you download something. So just spam it and hope you hit some one feeling guilty.

Canadians taking to spying on their spies

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I think the Liberals didn't speak out against C-51 because they feared a year of "they support terrorists" ads more then anything. After the "budget will balance it's self" attack ads were so effective they didn't want to give harper another stick to hit them with.

Leak-shamed Intel finally bares nifty Skylake details to world+dog

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Do they have enough different models?

How do you differentiate between a dual core i7 and an i5?

How do average buyers even know there is a new i7 and how it's better then the old i7 or the old, old i7...

Do intel not want to upset box shifters by changing the name and making it harder to unload old stock?

Microsoft kicks off 'Windows as a service' with new Insider build

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Re: Compressing and decompressing pages

The UI is still crap...

Oh but now you have a choice of 10 shades of brown, 3 shades of green, all with or without corn.

Sengled lightbulb speakers: The best worst stereo on Earth

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Re: Yet again....

Still overkill for what the reviewer was looking for. For the price buy a normal bulb, and a bluetooth speaker that can sit on a shelf. Sounds better, and is easy to move to a different room. It's still not going to match proper speakers connected to a proper amp, it's more of a table radio sound, but if that's all your looking for it's fine.

Sony PC owners to get Windows 10 upgrade as early Christmas present

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Re: Thumbs up!

Support for their screwed up drivers was crap when they were still selling computers so no surprise here.

Repeatedly robocalling? That's a paddlin' – a record $3m paddlin'

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What will be news is if they get a cent out of them.

I expect they will make a midnight run, and reappear a week later with a new name.

Windows 10 is FORCING ITSELF onto domain happy Windows 7 PCs

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Re: A gift horse?

Did you try the phone to activate method? I've has success a few times.

Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Re: Trump

Are eggs and beans used in the production of this fragrance?

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Re: @Winkypop ... Donald Trump

Trump has all the class of a youtube comment.

Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: Nothing changes

Well we can buy Mexico, then fire everyone...

If you installed Windows 10 and like privacy, you checked the defaults, right? Oh dear

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Re: 'Cheap' in terms of food, now means selling your privacy too.

A drug store here in Canada (Rexall) likes to ask people for their postal code at checkout. Most of the time I just say Nope. Sometimes I give them the north pole postal code H0H 0H0.

Have you tried just saying NO when they ask?

Dynamics CRM biz gobble lets bosses play fantasy league ... at work ... using sales reps

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How about

Make the outlook plug-in not turn a typical i5 laptop into a 486?

Amazon enrages authors as it switches to 'pay-per-page' model

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Re: Use Large Fonts.

They have a standard that they use for all books. 18 point double spaced will not make you any more money.

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Re: [redacted] Amazon

IF you read the actual story you would know that this only applies to people with a subscription. You pay $x per month to read all you want.

Now, if you post 500 pages if drivel with a catchy title you get paid for every download.

With the new rules, people download your book and read a couple pages before deleting it, you only get paid for the pages read.

- Customers are not effected, they pay the same. But might see fewer garbage books.

- People posting crap will see their income drop to near zero.

- People writing good books will only see a small drop due to some people just sampling their book.

Microsoft picks up shotgun, walks 'Modern apps' behind the shed

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Re: It's perfect for touchscreen devices like tablets and phones

Yes it's fine... on a phone.

The people who thought putting a phone UI on a laptop (forget a desktop with dual 24" screens) was a good idea need a boot to the head.

Jeb Bush: Repeal Obamacare and replace it with APPLE WATCHES

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Re: "Cuba has a vaccine for cancer"

Cancer vaccine info. Google it, there is more.


Microsoft discontinues Media Center with Windows 10

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Why does anyone want to watch broadcast TV?

Well lets see.

- current events shows.

- sporting events like when the Olympics is half way round the world and something you want to see is on in the middle of the night or while your at work.

- Local programming that's not going to show up on Netflix any time soon.

An antenna + some kind of PVR for a few local stations, plus streaming and who needs rip-off cable.

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Re: Dedicated boxes aside

Except it's only available in some markets (ones with amazon video I expect) and Canada is not one of them. Also no tuner, or support for an external tuner.

Theresa May: Right, THIS time we're getting the Snoopers' Charter in

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It's not fair

France has one, even Canada has one. We want one too!

Canada passes controversial spook-powers law

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Not a terrorist

Just a nut with a gun. But Harper was waiting for an excuse to push a law like this. Now they can call anyone protesting an oil pipeline a terrorist.

Snowden scandal latest: NSA, GCHQ lingo-spies replaced by unstoppable RHINEHART robots

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Stupid terrorists

I expect it's up to finding some stupid terrorists, and maybe passing Boeing info on what airbus is up to.

French MPs say Oui to Le Charteur des Snoopeurs

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Canada is getting one too

Harper is pushing it (C51) though even when experts tell him it will fail.

Apple Watch fanbois suffer PAINFUL RASH after sweaty wristjob action

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Re: In fact, warning does make sense

Had a package of peanut butter cookies. Had a "may contain peanuts" warning label.

My first thought was, I bloody hope so.

The Apple Watch: Throbbing strap-on with a knurled knob

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Didn't he have something to say about digital watches too?

Douglas Adams imagined a genetically engineered food animal that wanted you to eat it.

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Re: What would "Tiny Elvis" say?

It seems he says

The uploader has not made this video available in your country.

China tackles vital strippers-at-funeral problem

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The first hundred years were the worst, and the second hundred years, they were the worst too. The third hundred I didn't enjoy at all. After that I went into a bit of a decline

Citrix – Sorry, we didn't realise job cuts would knacker results

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Re: $28.8m, versus $55.9m last year

But cutting jobs is always the magic way to maximize shareholder value. Maybe they need to cut more, or maybe buy another company, then fire more people.

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