* Posts by Tom 35

2946 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Future car tech

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Re: 6m gap?

and what happens when a non-roadtrain car enters the highway, will the roadtrain split to let the driver merge?

Windows 8: Sugar coating on Microsoft's hard-to-swallow tablet

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Re: three things

2. wtf is swipe

Swiper, no swiping!

UltraViolet passes million download mark

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Re: Another nail in the coffin

That's only for music. Video is still DRMed and locked to your iTunes account (and any iThings linked to it). Stuff still gets posted online with the DRM stripped 30 seconds after it is released so only the people who pay are affected as usual.

Election hacked, drunken robot elected to school board

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Re: Easy fix.

Here we have a hybrid system. You vote on paper, but they scan the votes (with the ballets then dropping into a sealed box). So you get the fast results of an e-voting system, but if the vote is close, or there is a dispute they open up the boxes and count them by hand.

Still have to watch for the old games like stuffing the ballet box, gaming the voters list and such but it beats e-voting hands down when it comes to trust.

MWC: Inscrutable slogans, Google toys and the invisible Apple

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Re: Accelerating mobile revenuization

That's too fast, better to dip them in honey and stake them to an ant hill.

Indiana Jones flicks out on Blu-ray this Fall

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Re: "Paramount promises [...] a few new surprises."

No, they have fixed the Crystal Skull by adding Jar Jar.

Microsoft's free flight sim hits the clouds

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Re: Expensive

Before you bought extras from Microsoft Partners, now you buy it all from Microsoft.

Stuff the partners... again.

41-megapixel MONSTER mobe shutters Nokia knockers

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Re: Sample Images and Nokia White Paper

And having a big number to print on the box.

Younger generation taking 'sledgehammer' to security

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Re: "They even think differently"

The plan...

- We save money buy making everyone buy their own laptop/phone.

- We outsource IT to India

- We get some of that cloud stuff that everyone is talking about, it must be good.

Big money saved! IPads for all the exec!

What could go wrong?

Price-comparison site: OCZ reviews 'questionable'

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Marketing ...

Just like my old job, I went to the marketing manager and told him one of his staff was sending spam... No it's not spam, it's an email blast.

He was very upset when we were blacklisted (as I warned him) for spamming...

But tell them it's not spam! they can't block us.

AT&T plan: Let content providers pay your bandwidth bill

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Re: It's a trap!

They have been trying to say that content providers are free-loading and should pay for some time, this is just another attempt to charge both ends. I would not be surprised if that "800" fee includes a percent of the contents cost and not just a fee for the data.

Facebook denies poaching your text messages on Android

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Re: Not evil just incompetent

Unless the test is to see if people install the app anyway...

Chinese cops bust culinary Apple trademark thieves

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Re: Eh?

The gas cylinder is user replaceable.

Innovation aborted in South Australia

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highly collaborative in an endeavour to leverage the best value


OPERA grabs spanner, fixes kit, and slows down neutrinos

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Re: Right then.

Is it plugged in?

And did they try rebooting?

Crap PINs give wallet thieves 1-in-11 jackpot shot

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Re: Re: Re: Simple solution...

My bank in Canada used to require 4 digit but just over a year ago switched to 4-6 digits. You can still have 4 if you want, or use 5 or 6 for better security.

Microsoft blasts 'web video killer' Motorola Mobility in EU gripe

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Live by the software patent, die by the software patent

They all love the broken patent system when it's them stomping on other people, but when it comes back to them they squeal like a pig.

Will Windows 8 sticker shock leave Microsoft unstuck?

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For the average consumer WOA (or winpho for that matter) is not windows.

You can't run Windows software, it's not windows. You could take an Android device and stick tiles on it and call it windows and it would be about the same for the consumer.

If they are going to copy Apple's locked garden they should have given it a different name then Windows (like iOS), maybe call the OS Metro.

Home Sec splits Border Agency after passport checks fiasco

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No I expect something like...

The crap didn't work / could not handle high volume but they pushed it out anyway.

People in the field had the choice of turn it off, or have line-ups backup onto the runways.

MP cries that it's not their fault, they never gave permission for the crap to not work.

Football rights value soars in wake of TV Now lawsuit

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The end of the world

The world ended when VCRs didn't get banned, then again when MP3 players didn't get banned.

So no biggie if the world ends again.

Police probing ‘threats’ over Canadian internet privacy bill

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Re: Short translation

I think someone though Vic was to stupid to notice. They got him to introduce this bill so he could be the lightning rod. Maybe distract people from the bogus copyright bill that Hollywood paid good money for.

"This is the first time that I'm hearing this somehow extends ordinary police emergency powers"

He has no clue, did he even read it?

Man surfs slopes at night in LED suit

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Re: Waste of money

My first thought was it looks like an over exposed black and white negative.

Microsoft explains bland new Windows logo

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Like Windows 1.x

It has a CGA colour monitor look.

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I think

They just ran out of yellow and Magenta ink.

Euro data protection: Great for punters, not for biz - MoJ wonk

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Re: mmm

"the costs they would have to incur to meet the requirements."

Here come some RIAA style math (millions and millions of dollars and thousands of jobs lost).

SPRAY-ON antennas waved about at Google's techfest

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Re: Pass the SWR Grease

So what happens if you spray this stuff on a snake?

Apple tops Google in 'Reputation Quotient' survey

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ps - Kraft also own Cadbury's now.

They are quite well liked in Canada too. When Kraft bought them the response I ran into most was along the lines of "oh crap". I expect Kraft is already looking for corners to cut and before long Cadbury will be just as crap as their "processed cheese food".

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Who paid for this?

Kraft, makers of plastic cheese and "edible oil products" is in the top 5?

Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for him

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presumably they don't become opaque after the battery runs out

No, they only do that when peril is detected.

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No problem

I'm sure the type of people who will buy them will crash into a tree the first run while they are watching the speed.

Apple sends independent inspectors into Foxconn factories

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Never assume

"So we assume that although Apple has announced that these inspections will take place over the next few months, the exact timing of the inspections will be a surprise"

It depends, do they want to fix the problems, or do they want to look like they are fixing the problems while not doing anything that might affect the stock price.

Ten... Valentine's Day gifts for her

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Go all the way

Get a pink Hello Kitty drive.

Space: 1999 returning to TV?

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added benefits of CGI

I don't think the lack of CGI was the real problem. CGI makes a poor substitute for story.

Australian sports get busy with copyright special pleading

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urgent legal advice

Is that a way to say "Bulging Envelope"?

This is just like how the world was going to end when they didn't ban the VCR.

Hong Kongers protest over end to all-you-can-eat tariffs

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"SmarTone is going "too far" by cutting its unlimited package down to 2MB per month."

That would be too far... should be 2 GB I'm guessing.

The hole in the copy-proof fence

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Carrier's Problem

The big guy (or sometimes two that pretend to compete) grab up all the exclusive deals and exclude any upstarts from entering the market. No need to compete on price or service if your the only game in town.

Exclusive deals suck for the public, they are only good for the big carriers.

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The problem with that

is they want to sell the same exclusive rights to more then one company so they need walls. As soon as the www gets into it their business model falls apart.

If Channel 9 have the rights in your area, but they suck, and you can get it form some other area where they don't suck that's what you will do even if the ads are for stuff you can't buy.

Now Channel 9 are all butt hurt because they paid for exclusive rights (so don't need to compete on price or quality) and think they own you.

Look at stuff like iTunes where I can only buy from my local site. I can't buy something from iTunes Japan because the wrong exclusive rights holder gets the cash, even if that means I can't buy it at all because it's not available from the local site. And they don't even have advertisements, it's the exact same file.

iPhone 4 incapable of handling Siri, says chip chap

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Apple famously dislikes shipping less-than-perfect products

As in "your holding in wrong"?

It might not work as well on a 4, but the real reason is Siri is one of the "amazing new features" of the 4s so they can't have it working on an old phone.

Can Sony's new supremo make the sacrifices to save his biz?

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Best for the 2 divisions to agree an amicable split

Yes, they are not going to go anywhere they way they are.

Apple's walled garden has worked because they were able to get their walls around most of the other gardens. Most of the big things people want can be found inside itunes.

A Sony only garden can't compete, other labels are not going to be in a hurry to give their stuff to Sony.

Even if they split it's not a sure thing (MS is on their third attempt with Windows Phone after "plays for sure" and Zune failed) but they have no chance as they are.

You can't make content work better on Sony devices, you can only make it work worse on other devices by crippling it. That just ends up with the bootleg being better then the official copy.

Sony Music is Schizophrenic enough all on it's own. I was creating a webpage for a Japanese band's visit to Canada so I had to deal with their label Sony. One group giving me pictures and video clips another telling me to remove them, and another telling me that they had to be impossible to download from our site (told them our security was equal or better then their site... right click, save as) and required that I post iTunes links... for US iTunes as they were not available from iTunes.ca.

Tame the gas monster with sensors, suckers and a spiffy new fan

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Warm air does not leak out. Cold air leaks in

Then after a while your house explodes?

Biz urged to blast DNSChanger Trojans before safety net comes down

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Why not...

Set the DNS servers to point all http requests at a "your computer is infected please contact your support department... click here for more info" type page. Give it another month before killing them.

Five ways Microsoft can rescue Windows Phone

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The phone I had last had a wonky 7 key. Half the time it didn't work, the rest I got 4 or 5 of them.

So by your logic I should look for a phone without a 7.

While that would make sure I don't have any problems with 7s, I don't think that would be a better phone.

webOS daddy Jon Rubinstein exits HP

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If HP put half the effort

that they put into blocking 3rd party ink / ink refills (they even region code ink!) into new products / webOS they would still be great and not a sinking ship.

We are selling our PC division, wait no we changed our mind... Brilliant!

Intel bags $120m patent hoard from RealNetworks

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"I find real Player to be a better player than Windows Media Player"

So is an Etch A Sketch.

Google exec questions Reding's 'Right to be forgotten' pledge

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A Bank?

No they would give them (another) bag of money.

Small pile of cash, dying platform: 2011 is bad news for Nokia

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Nothing to buy here.

In Canada only Telus list the Lumia 800, but as "coming soon" with no price. Rogers has a Samsung Focus, Bell has nothing. I only checked the big three but I don't expect any of the little guys have any since they tend to sell stuff the big three didn't sell last year... Maybe they will be selling winphone next year.

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Microsoft did chip in $250m in "platform support payments"...

Facebook sheds light on Nokia's Lumia sales

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That's just MS / Nokia ...

Sucking up to the Telcos.

Look we are better then Apple because we will let you screw up the phones all you want.

YouTube tops one hour of video uploads per second

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Compared to so called "reality TV"

Nyan Cat, Carameldancen and all the rest are works of art. Even Badgers, Badgers, Badgers is more entertaining then what ever "blanking with the stars" show is on this week.

MPAA threat sparks White House petition for bribery probe

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You forgot

The nudge, nudge, wink, wink part.

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