* Posts by Tom 35

2909 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Steve Jobs named most influential game guy – ever

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1,000 gaming-industry executives

So it's a Bean Counters list, not a gamers list. When I look at it that way the choices are easier to understand.

Why can't civil servants keep a grip on their BlackBerrys?

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'accidentally breaking'

Also stops all the smug cunts in sales 'accidentally breaking' their 9 month old laptop because the guy next to them has a newer one.

I found keeping a few extra crappy looking old ones around as loaners for lost/broken items worked great for keeping the number of broken/lost items down.

It's amazing how often people find their "lost" 6 month old Blackberry when you give them a three year old one to use until they come due for a new one in 18 months. To make sure they don't get any ideas I show them the B/W Blackberry "look at this one, it still works! They built them like tanks back then....".

Microsoft confirms Kinect SDK for business in 2012

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I'm sure they could do some useful stuff

Maybe virtual chair throwing for a start.

Miley Cyrus cracker: 'I'm too short for the slammer!'

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Stolen credit card numbers?

lock him up for a bit.

Guessed a password big deal, give him the same that he would if it was Joe Blow's password (nothing). So what if it is some "important" person.

Avira anti-virus labels itself as spyware

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CA had similar problems

CA antivirus is something that should be removed...

Anonymous shuts down hidden child abuse hub

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Operation Ore

And the cops (everywhere) did such a good job on that one.

Viacom appeals dismissal of $1bn YouTube lawsuit

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Someone give Viacom a big block of cheese.

Nipples and teen lesbians sexy even when ironic, ASA rules

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Out of date.

It was appealed and the ban lifted.


Punters to favour Smart TV over 3D TV

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And it will post what you are watching.

Provider: Anti-piracy ruling has 'killed Usenet'

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The big companies have not use for it.

So it's not a problem it it gets killed off.

Lewd voicemail hack on MP prompts probe

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"general, system-wide failure"

Or they set their voicemail pin to 1234.

4G or 'faux G', it's a mealy-mouthed marketing mishmash

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By then, we may all have settled on exactly what 4G means.

And someone will be claiming to have 5 or 6G.

Red Hat engineer renews attack on Windows 8-certified secure boot

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Build your own laptop?

Lets see you build your own laptop...

LightSquared to magic away GPS interference in 2 weeks

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So they have a magic filter

Now every GPS unit has to be replaced with a new one with magic filters. Extra fun for units built into cars and not just stuck on the windshild.

All so Lightsquared can setup a new cell network that will need new phones.

Mobile operators: US quake proves we need more spectrum

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The bankers all got free handouts

The phone company want theirs now.

HP's WebOS mess: When smartphone assets go toxic

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$99 for a touchpad at bestbuy / futureshop


BOFH: Beer, shinies, death by fire, rats IN THAT ORDER

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They had to spray the beancounters with pepper spray...

Or they would be to bland to interest the rats. Personalty I'd have added a big bucket of katsup with a small explosive charge into the centre of the room. There is a limit to what a rat can swallow but katsup always helps....

Ridley Scott confirmed for Blade Runner pre/sequel

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the greatest Sci-fi movie of all time, I'll be crossing my fingers

When it starts so high, it has so far to fall.

Free Ride: Disney, Fela Kuti and Google's war on copyright

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I presumed the OP is in the USA.

Well I'm not...

Spotify in Canada

It looks like you're accessing Spotify from outside our launch territiories. In order to buy Spotify premium, you will need a payment card that has been issued in one of our launch territories (i.e. Finland, France, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom or United States). As a Spotify Premium user you will have be able to use Spotify when you travel for an unlimited time period.

So they will only take my money if I somehow find my self with a US payment card. Maybe something like buying a Japanese iTunes gift card online so you can buy from iTunes Japan... yes a quick google shows market in spotify gift cards.

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Ask the wrong question

"Levine: A lot of people say DRM was huge problem. But when EMI eliminated it, it didn't create a huge boost in sales."

That's the wrong question. You should ask when you add DRM did it create a huge boost in sales?

If the answer is no then DRM is not working, and you are paying for something that people hate.

Even if it was stopping people from copying your stuff (ha!), it's not making them buy it so you are just pissing into the wind.

Fort Knox military cops disgusted with solar patrol carts

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Mint Police

\what no Chocolate cops?

Piles of unshiftable HP fondle-slabs choke Best Buy

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Don't forget

The big bonus for the top exec.

Range Rover Evoque Si4

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LandRover - they are incredible 4x4 vehicles

Once long ago when they sold them to farmers and such. Now that they sell them to twats with too much money, highway ride, and a nice radio are more important.

Adobe automates website design for arty Luddites

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They don't want it to be protable

They want to keep you paying the monthly subscription fee,

Apple pictures iOS on your wall

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Given a phone with a working projector

and a battery life of more then 5 minutes.

Just about anyone could come up with the rest, and more I'm sure.

Create a projector that will fit in a phone and run for a useful amount of time on the battery and they can have a patent.

For the crap they are trying? Maybe they should try for a job writing a script for a sci-fi TV show.

Who'd buy a fake battery?

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Strangely, fake batteries continue to be popular

Strange? Just look at the price of Digital Camera batteries and it's not hard to see why they are popular. They must have about %10,000 markup!

Dunkin' Donuts waitress offers additional dunkin'

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six week investigation...

They spent 6 weeks investigating this?

So a J walker would take them about 3 weeks, and a armed robber about 9 years. How pathetic can you get?

Sorry we don't have enough manpower to investigate your house getting broken into, wait did you say there is a donut shop across the street? Maybe we can give it a month or two.

Hackers breach chocolate recipe on Hershey website

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Hi Tony!

It's me Elvis!

99% of the time I use Feb 29 of a non-leap year for the birthday.

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No it's chalk and floor wax.

Who needs a million NFC tags?

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First hit...

"Theoretical working distance with compact standard antennas: up to 20 cm (practical working distance of about 4 centimetres)"

Note: "compact standard antennas". So that is still not an answer to the question can they be read from a distance with the right gear (larger non-standard antenna) like RFID?

Assuming that your first hit is the same as my first hit - Wikipedia (not a great assumption I think, and not the most trusted source).

Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

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a bid to keep piracy subdued

Dream on idiots.

It will be cracked in short order and people will be playing without needing any internet connection at all. If they are lucky a few people might buy a copy, put it on the self, and play the cracked version. But most people will just spend their money on something else.

Canon crossbreeds mouse with adder

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crossbreed mongoose with adder?

Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

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Or it could be like my last job.

Boss: spec some laptops for sales.


Boss: there was an HP in todays newspaper flyer that had bigger numbers then the one you came up with and cost $50 less! I ordered a bunch of them and handed them out already just pop around and set everyone up when you have a second.

Yes, crap home units with one year depot warranty (I just love doing the Dead Parrot Skit with HP support), and loads of shit-ware.

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until apple notice it for sale.

Just one of a few...

"Apple has filed a patent infringement lawsuit against Media Solutions Holdings, a company that has allegedly been producing and distributing knockoff MagSafe power adapters. The Apple patent, No. D478,310, was initially issued in 2003. The defendant sells the AC adapters, ..."


MacBook batteries susceptible to hack attacks

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They have been doing it for some time. But to tax 3rd party products. You need to buy a chip from Apple to make your iPhone/Pod add on work.

Boxing boomers bounced building in Seoul

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Sounds like resonance to me.

"self-induced energy"

What? What a load of crap!

The energy came from the wind. Without resonance the motion could not have reached destructive levels.

TalkTalk watchdog smackdown after ad complaint

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Hardly. Not even a slap with a wet noodle.

AMD says Xbox 720 graphics to be good as Avatar

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bury it in a volcano

No the Volcanos are full scientology aliens, you will have to fire it into the sun.

Blighty's top cop quits over phone-hacking scandal

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'nothing to see here - move along' policy.

Followed by what evidence 'fingers in ears... la la la la...'

It only came to light because there were "important" people affected. Unlike Phorm where only normal people who can be safely ignored were upset.

Wikileaks loses briefly-open Icelandic payment channel

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At the same time

They don't seem to be able (or care about) fake AV and bogus pills using their payment system to rip off people.

Entering a storage jail

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Still has control freaks

I live in Canada so no Amazon MP3s for me. I can buy a CD from Amazon.com and they will ship it to me, but I can't buy an MP3.

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I avoid HD versions of old classics

A 35mm film that was shown wide screen in theatres is intended to be viewed pan and scan on 4:3 SD?

Made for TV stuff sure, don't upsample SD material and try and charge me extra for it. But I don't have a problem with a proper HD version of a classic theatrical movie.

Just don't put copy protection crap on them so I have to upgrade the software of my player ever few months just to play them ($#&@! Fox).

UK will obey Euro unisex-insurance rules from 2013

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Add as much margin as you can get away with

When the company I've used for 15 years jacked up my rate 10% (no claims...) I got a much lower price and switched. When I cancelled the old policy they called me up, and offered me a rate a little better then the new policy (magic) even though they said they could not do anything before I switched. Told then they had had their chance and to piss off. They see a loyal customer as a sucker to be ripped off, not someone who should be getting the best deal.

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But statistics can be bent.

In Canada you pay more premiums for a 2 door car. 2 door covers a lot of the high power cars (toys) that have high costs linked to them. But it also covers cheap, low power commuter cars.

Statistics show that 2 door cars cost them more, true. Is that an indicator of what is actually going on? No, 2 or 4 doors has nothing to do with it.

As a result almost no one buys a cheap 2 door if a similar model is available with 4. because it will cost a lot more in the long run.

And statistics don't tell you much about an individual. I'm male, single, and have never had an accident in 32 years of driving. A close relative of about the same age is female, married, and has written off 3 cars (and a tree, a light pole, and another car) even though their so wonderful statistics say she should be a lower risk.

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passed their test via the accompanied driving scheme

Who said anything about that? If someone passed their test via the accompanied driving scheme they get a discount, male or female. If the female didn't take the extra training, and the male did then the male would pay less. Don't accuse others of using a straw man argument and turn around and do it yourself.

EU cloud data can be secretly accessed by US authorities

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wholly owned subsidiary

Is still US owned. They would have to outsource to a EU owned company.

Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

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Sounds more like someone at Fox just posted their wet dream.

If it had been a hack I expect it would be more like...

Sarah Palin died after choking on a weiner.

The freakonomics of smut: Does it actually cause rape?

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Link means Link

You talk about links, but why are the links there? During prohibition in the US there was a link between gangsters and booze. Booze has it's problems but gangsters are far worse. There is a link between drug gangs and prostitution as I'm sure you would agree. There is no natural link, between any of these things other then money.

If you try and ban something the people who are willing to break the law, or who are already breaking other laws will take over if there is money to be made. As the US found with prohibition it's better to regulate and try and reduce problems then to ban stuff.

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There MUST be a link

Some years ago there was an anti porn group handing out "information" that was saying that violent criminals in jail use more porn then the general population, proof that porn caused violent crime.

Thanks to a story in that days paper I pointed out that smoking in prison (before they banned it) was much higher then the general population, around 2.5 times greater then the difference they were reporting for porn use. So by their logic smoking must be causing all the violent crime...

But that was just silly, no one thinks smoking causes violent crime... but it's obvious that porn is bad.

Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'

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Google owes $2.6bn damages

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