* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Intel phone boss: 'Multi-core detrimental to Android mobes'

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Did I hear that before?

“In some of the use cases we’ve seen, [the] second core is detrimental because of scheduling.”

Sounds like PC dual core CPUs when Intel was behind AMD and working to duct tape two Pentium cores together.

Once they had the Core2Dual out everyone needed dual core.

UK music-rights collection: Where does all the money go?

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Where does all the money go?

You didn't answer the most important part, how much did the songwriters and composers receive?

Advertisers slam Microsoft over 'Do not track' decision

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These advertisers with there flash cookies, zombie cookies, and every thing else they do to track people who clearly don't want to be tracked are going to stop because of a do not track setting?

At best they will change the name (no we are not tracking you... we are following you, totally different).

Ultrabooks: objects of desire but just too darn expensive

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"laptops costing £800 or more have never taken more than 7.5 per cent of notebook sales as a whole."

And I bet most of that is corporate laptops like Latatudes for the "Important" people in the office. Very few are people spending their own money.

I need to multitask, but Windows 8's Metro won't let me

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Re: My standard desktop use at work

So it sounds like you are saying Metro is totally fucking useless, just use the desktop.

More or less what everyone is saying. Or just stick with Windows 7 might be even better.

1 in 6 Windows PCs naked as a jaybird online

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study by McAfee

Finds more people should buy their stuff.

Intel inks deal to let Ultrabooks leech off Wi-Fi net

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Not theft but

"automatically bypassing the café's logon screen and advertising."

You normally have to check the "I agree" check box, so you don't even know what you are agreeing to as you walk down the street.

I think I'll be looking at adding a captcha to the system I administer, and I expect others will as well.

BBC uses lifted Iraq war photo to depict Syrian slaughter

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mindless theft

Besides the fact that it's not theft and you know it, that's the least of the problem here.

They are cutting out real reporting to save money, and printing random stuff people send them, or stuff they found on the internet (see Onion stories posted as real for example) and calling it NEWS.

Using a picture they don't have the right to use is just a symptom of a much bigger problem.

If they had paid for the picture that would not fix anything, it would still have nothing to do with the story it was posted with.

The story here is that they used the wrong photo, not that they didn't pay for it.

It's not that they are trying to save money by not paying for a photo, it's that they are trying to save money by not paying for reporters to actually check the facts and write the stories.

Who needs Spotify? Samsung launches Music Hub

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But I want commoditised bit pipes. How about having a network that works if you want me to sign up with you.

And for the black box shifters, you just need to make the best black box.

I don't want another ituns trying to lock me into one make of device, or service provider.

Microsoft forbids class actions in new Windows licence

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Re: I must be missing something here

They are a big company (along with others) that gave money to politicians to insure the right people got on the supreme court so they can do what they want.

2011 sets new record for counterfeit electronics

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most counterfeits come from Asia

So do most of the real ones.

Diablo III

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Re: Only 85%

Are they just going to replace getting killed by cheaters, with getting killed by people willing to spend extra money on fancy weapons?

Facebook's Eduardo Saverin: I'm not a tax-dodger

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”We simply cannot allow the ultra-wealthy to write their own rules,”

They have to pay us to write their rules.

Dish Networks locks horns with broadcasters over ad skipping

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Re: Ad volume

In Canada they require that the volume be the same, so they run the ads through dynamic range compression so they read the same on a VU meter, but sound louder to your ear.

They always find a way to be irritating.

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Re: It's not ads that are the problem

They keep saying that ad revenue is dropping, so they need more ads.

When you get to the point that people will spend money to avoid the ads, more ads is not the answer.

It's not even just the normal 30 second ads, where we used to get movies, old show reruns, kids cartoons now we get 30 minute ads for wonder blenders, fat fighting magic, and bowling ball sucking vacuum cleaners (that is a bunch of worthless crap).

GM snatchback of $10m Facebook ad cash = amateur move

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My question: how would GM possibly know?

If there is no way to know if it works why would you spend money on it?

Maybe they should give money to a witch doctor, how would they possibly know it didn't work?

Sony outs 1080p skinny laptops

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The normal Sony driver game?

Can't install the standard GPU drivers, and Sony never release updated drivers?

If they stop pulling that crap I might think about buying another Sony.

Scammers exploit wannabe demon-slayers hyped by Diablo III

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Re: You /need/ to be online?

Blizzard might be great now, but they could be bought by scumbags, go tits up, get hit by a falling satellite...

MMORPGs need to be online by definition.

Japanese operator to test quake-proof floating phone-mast BLIMPS

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Re: Earthquakes Destroy Roads, Trucks *need* Roads

And how are the trucks going to be "wired into the rest of the cellular infrastructure"

Do they think the cell network will be destroyed in one location, and working 5k up the road where the truck is?

I could see a truck (off road capable) with a satellite link, and a blimp antenna that could be used to provide communication for a team(s) of rescue workers.

Study shows SMB cloud security fears largely overstated

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"It's an interesting dichotomy between people that have the perceived barriers to cloud adoptions in security and privacy and those that actually have taken the plunge and used the cloud,"

People looked at cloud. The ones who found they could save money moved, the ones who didn't see an advantage didn't.

Wow, look the people who moved to cloud saved money!

Sony stock slides to 30-year low after record loss

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Re: Nobody blames thieves

That might be the excuse, but Sony was selling PS3 below cost, and making it up on games.

People were buying batches of PS3s and networking them into low cost high power number crunching systems. They were not buying games, they were costing Sony money, so they had to die.

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Like electrohome

Even if all that's left of the once great company is the name, they will sell that to someone to stick on cheap crap from China.

Facebook co-founder renounces US citizenship pre-IPO

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Time is money

A tax of 10% of your income could also be considered a tax of 10% of your time. So the burger flipper and the CEO both pay the same ~ 36 days worth of income in tax. Look at it that way and it's also a flat fee.

Megacorps accuse Chinese fab workers of pilfering designs

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China will bypas the middle men

Companies outsource everything to China, teach them how to build your stuff, and before too long you will become an unwanted middle man. China will be unhappy making stuff for you cheap while you take all the profit, so they will take what you taught them, start their own companies and add some of their own innovation.

They are raking in their outsource cash for now, soon they will join Electohome and other US TV makers that outsourced to Japan.

Mozilla and Google blast IE-only Windows on ARM

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Re: Copying Apple

Taking a cut of everything has nothing to do with it eh? Just to make things better for the typical user, right.


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Re: Though technically,

No you can do it with electromagnets. You induce a current in the aluminium then you can repel the resulting magnetic field. I saw a demo with a floating aluminium puck at the local science centre.

But I don't think you could put a magnet big enough to push an empty pop can away into that thing and power it.

Unless they have mastered cold fusion and high temperature superconducting magnets there is no way it could lift it's own weight.

This is about as real as the flying car in Harry Potter.

Apple 'iTV' looks like Cinema Display, says Throat

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"the CD design would clearly differentiate the 'iTV' from every other top-end telly out there"


It's sitting on a silver bent metal thingy and not the black stand most TVs have? It's got an Apple on it? It has rounded corners?

Looks like just about every other TV out there to me. If anything the "CD" looks more like a TV then a typical computer monitor.

Microsoft ejects DVD playback from Windows 8

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Could it have something to do with...

adding access to the xbox movie rental system to windows 8?

Microsoft kills Windows Live brand

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Coming soon

Windows Live Metro .net Passport Hotmail.

It's everything to everyone.

Britain prepares for government by iPad

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Re: First question they'll ask

That's how they save paper...

Do they get to expense their angry birds so they have something to do in the house?

NZ erupts over Dotcom corruption accusations

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political donations

Only major corporations are allowed to buy politicians, can't have just any run of the mill millionaire doing it.

LG: We're not walking away from Windows Phone

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We're not walking away from Windows Phone

They called a cab.

UK ad watchdog probes Apple iPad '4G' boasts

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We should sue every car manufacturer for advertising a car that can go over 70mph, but can only do it by driving off a cliff.

When we do get LTE Advanced, I expect some one is going to call it 5G.

Investors circle Barnes & Noble as it plans Nook spin-off

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Re: Paper Books are so 20th Century

Why do you think a publisher should get a cut if I sell my used book? Should Honda get a cut if I sell my car too?

CISPA passes House of Representatives vote

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Or just trolls

Having a LOL while they wait for their torrents to finish.

Google to FCC: Protecting Street View coder didn't derail probe

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Re: Kismet

"It's quite reasonable that the investigators would want to ask that question directly."

If the answer was going to be something like "Mr. Big Cheese told us to grab everything we could" you can be sure they would not want them talking to anyone.

Betting on Box in a SkyDrive and Google Drive world

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files increasingly live within apps.

Sounds like lock-in to me...

I want my files where I can get at them, and in a standard format please.

I use dropbox for some things that I used from both my home PC and my netbook. I expect an independent company to be more interested in making it work with everything, where MS/Google will want to make it work best with their own stuff.

Tim Cook rejects Apple's old business model of suing everyone

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Buy shit on stick?

Are you kidding? That stuff is crap!

EU privacy body slams ACTA as 'unacceptable'

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Time to change the name, add a few more buzz words, and try again?

What you think the people who believe the only reason their sales don't double every year is the internet are going to give up?

Google motors into cloud storage with Drive

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Don't have a google (track me) account, don't plan to get one so not interested.

If DropBox increase the storage they give me in response that's fine.

Microsoft mulls backside display for mobiles

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Re: Ads?

Kick Me!

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It would just be used to display ads at eye level to people around you every time your on a call.

Megaupload case near collapse: report

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Only if they are not US millonaires

See online betting for an example.

Oracle v Google round-up: The show so far

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chief prosecutor?

What? It's not a criminal trial.

Or is this story from the people who brought us the "you wouldn't steal a car" BS.

Ebook price-fix trial showdown? Bring it on, say Apple and pals

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"why Apple wants to settle in Europe but fight on in the US is something of a mystery"

If the republicans get in they can just wave some money and get off, so might as well stall and see how that goes. They can always settle later if things look bad.

Barclaycard slaps pay-by-bonk plasters on mobes

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How is this sticker beter

Then my current card?

Microsoft retunes Intune for full Android, iOS app integration

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BYOD users wildly, wildly happy

Yes! you are telling me what I can/can't install on my own device! I'm so happy!

I am sure my manager will love it when I tell him he can't install games for his kids on his iPad if he wants to use it for work.

PR mag: Let promoters edit clients' Wikipedia entries

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Re: confident, aren't they?

"They have issues with factual information in criticisms."

It said they have issues, not that the facts are wrong.

Something like say reference to drunken parties and prostitutes might be something a government official might "have issues with" even if true.

Spy tech exports from Europe face tighter scrutiny

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Re: ... including China and Saudi Arabia...

Don't forget Canada if the current "your with us or the pedos" law passes.

Windows 8 diet exposes Microsoft's weak ARM

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Re: Are they?

"the purchasers of netbooks were confused and bemused by Linux, and its inability to run their beloved Windows apps, and voted with their wallets."

So that's it for Windows RT then eh? They are even calling it Windows so people are really going to be confused!

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