* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple users get pricier hotel options from Orbitz

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Not a big deal

I could see them getting their pants in a knot if they were charging more for the same room, but this is hardly a big deal.

Wheezing Guardian flogs radio biz for quick cash

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And don't forget the

WA RTY TOWELS

Apple will only reinstate mute kids' app if makers win patent case

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potentially illegal

Something like an iPhone? Lost track of the number lawsuits going on.

Good thing for Apple everyone don't use the same standards as they do.

Acer bigwig sees gloomy future for Ultrabooks in Europe

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Re: it's the 'ultra' that's the problem for me

Lenovo ThinkPad X130e is not bad as well. Step up form a netbook that can actually run Windows 7, but not the stupid executive toy "ultra" price tag.

But that's not what they want to push. To bad for them if no one what's what they are pushing.

Ford touts tech to bottle up traffic jams

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Clear road markings?

So what happens when it snows a bit?

Kid with a can of paint and a line running into a farmers field?

Google Nexus 7 price, details confirmed in pre-I/O leak

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OK, these are all 3rd party devices that stopped working,

Except one. Apple's own Hi-Fi speaker Doc had 12 volt charging.

And Apple's FM Radio remote that I bought for my Nano (2G) didn't work with a touch.

But yes better then most cell phone makers up to now. Standard micro USB is better then any oddball cable no mater how stable.

But I expect this tablet to be free of strange plugs and cables that require pay-me chips to work.

Why I love Microsoft’s vapourware tablet

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Re: It exists...

"Exists" =/= Stuff that's almost the same hardware running a different OS.

It's not in a warehouse, it's not coming off the line in China as I type this. The OS is not even finished!

There is a prototype / mock-up, running beta software. It's not the same "it" that will show up on store shelves.

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Re: It exists...

"(perhaps a bit dated once it hits shelves) "

I thought you just said it exists?

Hackers publish payday loan emails after failing to levy 'idiot tax'

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Re: re."... what AmeriCash Advance characterises as an extortionate demand..."

It was only $15, the rest is the transaction fee*

*Not interest, that would be usury, but a transaction fee is totally different.

Facebook loses face: Faced down in faceoff over face-placing

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Lawyer speak

"view the subset of their interactions and other content that have been displayed in Sponsored Stories."

Could they come up with a more convoluted way to say that?

Finnish PM rules out Nokia rescue package

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That's two words :P

I would say "too late" would fit the idea of a rescue better at this point.

Microsoft set to 'do a Nexus' with its Surface tablet

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Plays for sure?

Remember Plays for Sure? One day Microsoft took it into the woods and shot it in the head. Released the Zune to replace it but kept everything to it's self. All the Plays for Sure partners got stiffed. All in an attempt to take on the iPod.

Now we have the iPad that MS have their eyes on. They are not going to copy the iPad, they are going to copy the business model. If you are a partner and you want to make a tablet, you have to sell it cheap to compete then MS get all the money from software and you get zip. Can't see them lining up to give Microsoft their money.

The Nexus was a partner's phone with the name changed. I don't think that's what we are seeing here.

Microsoft's uncloaks Phone 8 developer preview

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iPhones 'are all fart and no poo'

So MS is all poo and a fan?

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Re: The race is on!

If anyone bought one in Canada they have a three year contract.

Not that I've seen one in the wild, but there must be some suckers out there.

Ten... pieces of tat for Apple fanboys

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Re: cufflinks

You could just buy the Dell Cufflinks. They are exactly the same but cost less. :P

Adobe feeling drained by new model, but hopes things will improve

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Upgrade tradmil

If they fix the bugs instead of bloating it up with useless features to justify the next upgrade it might be worth subscribing. I have been skipping 2 or 3 versions up until now.

CIOs should fear the IP police ... have your get-out-of-jail files ready

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Re: Oh what sensationalist nonsense...

"Because the people who did the work are long since dead, and it is their children and even grandchildren getting paid for doing fuck all?"

Or some corporation, maybe a bunch of lawyers.

The Little Mermaid is clearly still worth something, who should Disney be paying?

LCD TV shipments slip for FIRST TIME EVER

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Duh

People have upgraded to Digital/HD now and are good for a few years at least.

Like the upgrade to CD give sales a big boost the upgrade to LCD is not something that will go on forever. The attempt to get people to upgrade again with DVD Audio failed and the attempt to get people to upgrade again with 3D or "smart" TV is almot sure to have little effect.

ASA: Rooney tweet was advert, not written expression of his thoughts

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It is an ad

So you don't have to say it's an ad if it looks like one? Where do you draw the line? Who decides if it looks enough like an ad to be obvious?

If it's an ad, mark it as an ad as the law requires.

Vendors have second stab at smart TV standard

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Fat chance

They could not even standardize remotes.

Samsung S3 finally catches up with the Palm Pre - if modified

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Re: wireless misnomer

WAY back when I had a Motorola analogue flip phone it came with a charging doc. You had to put the phone in right side up, but it did the same thing your talking about without all the wireless junk.

It seems they have dropped supplying docs with most things now to save a few cents so I expect charging mats to join docs in the cost cutting bin as soon as any novelty is worn out.

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Wireless charging was a key feature

Hardly.

Top US Senator to Apple, Google: 'Curb your spy planes'

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The first would give

time to paint a giant "body part" on the roof or mow "Google Sucks" into the grass.

Microsoft takes on tablets with keyboard-equipped Surface

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Re: ARMvsIntel Win 8

No the same people who returned netbooks with Linux because they would not run Windows.

At least that's what all the MS people were saying happened.

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Re: Microsoft has worked hard to up the hype this launch.

"Likely Metro capable devices will overtake iPad by next Summer"

Only if your counting all the current Windows computers that could have Win8 installed.

If your thinking tablets then you better cut back on what ever it is your smoking.

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Most early keyboards were not "multitouch"

I remember when "n" key roll-over was only on high end keyboards.

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Microsoft has worked hard to up the hype this launch.

So like the Zune launch.

The Intel pad should have enough power to run the squished flat Win8 but will cost too much to be anything but an executive toy.

The Arm pad might have a chance if it's significantly cheaper then the iPad and they can get people to develop for it (both a big if I think).

Don't Apple have the patent on doing both the software and hardware on a mobile device? :P

Earthquakes will release captured carbon: Stanford study

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large-scale CCS

I don't think it will ever happen anyway, takes too much energy to separate and pump the CO2 into the ground and would cost too much even if nuclear powered.

It's just something the oil companies like to talk about.

No problem with that Turbo V8 SUV/Pickup because we are going to make it all OK real soon now with Carbon Capture... not that carbon is a problem.

Tech boffins: Spend gov money on catching cyber crooks, not on AV

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Re: The long arm of the law doesn't reach that far

The "scurvy rats" already know that. They target their attack by country to avoid hitting someone who can hit them back, or even outsource to another country like the fake AV call centres in India.

Or are you going to call in a drone strike?

Sure there are some locals you can go after but that's just the dumb ones and never going to have a significant effect.

FCC: Let's kill analogue early, fob diehards off with converter boxes

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Re: Kill all the cable operators now! (To paraphrase Shakespeare)

I live in Canada and in my area the local monopoly is Rogers.

Sure I can buy a cable box in Bestbuy but it's a Rogers labelled box and I have to call Rogers to activate it, and if you get a PVR they can control it. I bought it from a 3rd party, but Rogers still own it.

But I don't want any box. my TV has a digital cable tuner built in.

Just give me basic cable using standard digital cable.

But if they did that it would be much harder to get me to click that pay per view button, or sign me up for two years of the super sports package(s).

You can't get a new analogue account, and if you want to change anything on an existing account they force you to digital.

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Re: Kill all the cable operators now! (To paraphrase Shakespeare)

All of the "must carry" stations should be standard QAM. I should be able to get basic cable without a box (and another remote!).

They encript everything to force people to buy/rent their box, then they are just one click away from pay per view. Want to record something you can rent their PVR (that they control).

Forget it, I'm not intrested so I'll just keep my antenna for local stations.

Windows Metro Maoist cadres reach desktop, pound it flat

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Re: They have to gut it

One of the upper management types at work has a Dell Latitude ST tablet. It's a $1,000 netbook with no keyboard. Came with Win7 Pro and it's a slug.

Installed the current Win8 release and it feels a lot faster, if only it had some useful aps it might be useful. Using Excel on it still sucks without a mouse / keyboard.

But even with Windows 8 it's still way too expensive to be anything but a management toy.

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They have to gut it

So it will run on a tablet.

For years they have been adding flash to keep everyone on the wintel upgrade treadmill.

Now they just want to get in on the iPad gravy and need to strip things to the bones so it will run on cheap hardware. They want tablets so bad they will do anything.

Council chief overrules blackout on Scots 9-yr-old's school lunch blog!

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Good for Martha

She will get better food* (at least until things die down).

The local council made themselves look like fools.

Mary's Meals got a nice boost.

*If you look at the blog it was not always saying bad things about the food, she often gave 9/10. But there were also some really poor 4/10 meals.

W3C: 'Do not track' by default? A thousand times: NO!

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Stops?

"New technology that stops websites gathering information about users"

Like the Do Not Call list stops people from calling me to say I won a free trip, need to clean my carpet... ?

It can't stop anything, it just asks them not to. The same marketing companies that think calling spam an email blast (totally different thing!) makes it OK, are not going to give a crap.

Music SEVEN times more valuable to UK plc than first thought

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Re: Interesting...

For a small fee I can pull what ever numbers you want out of my butt.

Oracle staffer accused of sex-for-favours in Singapore

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You get a bribe because it's a bad deal

My old boss got a free $5000 TV. Company paid $60k for software that almost worked. I spent 6 months fixing it every 3 days until it was scrapped and replaced with something that worked for $40k.

Volkswagen Up!

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Re: Frankfurt Motor Show

I don't think I want a Blue one.

Apple Passbook card-'n'-ticket app paves way for iOS e-wallet

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That location tracking is a real innovation

Please tell me your being sarcastic.

World smart TV sales surge

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Re: Internet connected != smart

HD != high quality.

Youtube has 1080p compressed to hell video. Yes it's HD, no it's not high quality.

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Media Player

I found it better to just buy a media player. A TV should last for years and I don't expect any updates after a year or so, but for a lot less then the price of a new TV you can buy a media player that works far better then the junk built into the TV anyway. If new features come out you can buy a new media player.

Apple's online store goes offline

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I don't see anthing new

Maybe they just broke it. Maybe management was getting a tour of the new data centre and one said "what is this button for..."

Microsoft so sorry for limp wedding tackle gag gaffe

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The real problem

Is that the "Microsoft" joke is OLD. The show looks lame from the start anyway.

Global warming helps Arctic algae suck CO2

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Re: LOL!

phytoplankton blooms in other more studied locations are often bad news for fish.

16GB BlackBerry PlayBook flushed away by RIM

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Re: Fact check

In Canada (bestbuy or futureshop) it's an extra $50 for the 32GB and another $50 for the 64GB. IPad is $100 for each step.

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"jettisoning the low margin 16GB"

Unlike Apple the step up to 32GB or 64GB is not that big so I expect most people just bought bigger then 16 GB.

So it could just be a poor selling sku getting killed.

Intel to target TV viewers with facial recognition ad tech

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Easy to fix

A wad of gum or some duct tape should do the trick if any cable company is dumb enough to try and give people a set top box with a camera in it.

Barnes & Noble files official complaint over ebook settlements

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Would you like some cheese to go with that?

If Amazon is doing something wrong, go after Amazon.

If they are not doing anything wrong (just stuff you don't like) to bad.

Price fixing is not in the public interest no matter how you want to twist things.

MPAA sympathetic to returning legitimate Megaupload files

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Re: $9000/day storage cost?

Maybe that is what they were charging for the space / what they thing they can get from a new customer. But they get nothing while it's sitting there.

Windows 8: Not even Microsoft thinks businesses will use it

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Re: Why Windows Server 2012 then?

They just want to sell more system center 2012 licences.

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