* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

FBI chief asks tech industry to build crypto-busting not-a-backdoor

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Who remembers

Checking the "I will not give this to Cuba" checkbox when downloading Netscape 128 bit? Who also remembers thinking "wow, this is f'ing stupid"?

Well this is the same.

Half the world warned 'Chinese space station will fall on you'

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Re: I was ranting to a friend about this today...

Trump's Mar-a-Lago is in that band...

Global race for 5G heats up with latest US Congress bill

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Re: Follow the money

With all these conservatives lining up to save the phone companies money and block local government power there must be a lot of fat brown envelopes flowing.

Windows 10 S to become a 'mode', not a discrete product

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"The decision to make Windows 10 S a "mode" suggests there's some interest in its locked-down mode of operations beyond education."

I think it's more likely that Windows 10 S dedicated hardware (to crappy to run the full version) is just as popular as the Surface RT.

Calling it "S" shows they have no clue, or maybe there is a troll inside Microsoft that told management "S is good, everyone will think it stands for Super!"

NASA budget shock: Climate studies? GTFO. We're making the Moon great again, says Trump

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Re: Tee hee!

Transferring public assets to their rich friends (JOBS!) is their strategy.

UK.gov admits porn age checks could harm small ISPs and encourage risky online behaviour

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Re: Let's continue wondering down this slippery slope

Not all the ISPs have a system to block stuff we don't like, we just need to add all the other stuff we don't like. Maybe add the stuff other people like too.

US copyright law shake-up: Days of flinging stuff on the web and waiting for a DMCA may be over

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Re: *Sigh*

I don't think it's Hollywood enforcement that has made piracy go down. It's services like Netflix make it easy to watch something for not a silly price. For the fist time not being a pirate is easier for the average person.

Unlike the stuff Hollywood come up with like that Ultraviolet pile of crap they are trying to push. Or the new "super ticket" that replaced it in Canada.

If the US ban VPNs it would A, piss off thousands of companies that use it to join there offices together. B, have as much effect on the rest of the world as limiting encryption key size did for Netscape exports.

Apple: Crisis? What innovation crisis? BTW, you like our toothbrush?

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SIM free

If the SIM card vanishes it will be at the request of US carriers who would like to go back to the days of CDMA and make it difficult / inconvenient to users to use their phone with a different provider.

Clinton outphished by Trump

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Pro Trump fishing

A lot of the stuff I've been seeing has been things like "Hillary arrested" "The latest proof about Hillary" "CIA investigate Hillary".

They just have to use a subject that sounds like something Trump or Fox news would say.

Apple and Android wearables: What iceberg? It’s full steam ahead!

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I'll keep my Pebble thanks

My Pebble time cost $149 Canadian.

My phone no longer makes noise all the time, and a quick look at my watch will almost always tell me if I need to pull out my phone, or go back to my desk to deal with an email, or if it's something I don't need to worry about. The fancier stuff like when the next bus will be here is just a bonus.

And it really lasts a week on a charge.

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I have a Time and have backed the Time2 for it's larger screen, and steel case.

I'll have to wait and see if the heart rate monitor is of any use.

Non-US encryption is 'theoretical,' claims CIA chief in backdoor debate

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Re: What's all this then?

Maybe he as stock in all the companies that will make a killing replacing all the backdoored kit.

Vanishing EMC golden handcuffs could cause brain drain

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de-incentivising them

Go wash your mouth out with soap!

Cats understand the laws of physics, researchers claim

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My cat likes to perfom it's own experiments with gravity

Every time I leave a USB stick, pen, or other small object on my desk.

Surveillance forestalls more 'draconian' police powers – William Hague

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Re: Missing the point

If the US/UK get a master key, how long before India, China, Saudi Arabia... all want a key too.

Microsoft's Universal Windows Platform? It's an uphill battle, warns key partner

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Re: Microsoft needs to realise...

"write an application that runs everywhere Windows runs, subject to device constraints?"

So everything is a phone app, and you end up with the full screen calculator app. Anything that makes good use of your desktop with 8+ GB of RAM and dual monitors is not going to run on a phone.

So in the end you just have angry birds running on UWP, and everything else is a normal windows application.

Big Pharma wrote EU anti-vaping diktat, claims Tory ex-MEP

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Re: Have to ask...

"They want e-cigs gone too. Bad for business."

No, they seem to be buying up the e-cig companies. What they want is regulations that make it hard for the small companies to exist (they call it levelling the field). They don't what to compete against some guy selling online, or a flea market stall. They are OK with nicotine addicts switching to e-cigs as long as they are still the ones doing the pushing.

Google kneecaps payday loan ads

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Not just intrest

When the government put a limit on the interest they could charge they just created fees that added up to the same amount.

It's not just the payday loans, the borrow with your car (car title) loans are just as bad.

Pebble smartwatch finds its voice

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Re: Low cost?

I won a pebble time a few months ago and it's turned out to be more useful then I expected. If I lost it somehow I'd buy another one. I get 7 days on a charge.

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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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