* Posts by Tom 35

2881 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Hackers breach chocolate recipe on Hershey website

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lard?

No it's chalk and floor wax.

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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).

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Ubisoft revisits Internet-at-all-times DRM

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FAIL

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.

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Canon crossbreeds mouse with adder

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Next?

crossbreed mongoose with adder?

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Note to Apple: Be more like Microsoft

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Maybe

Or it could be like my last job.

Boss: spec some laptops for sales.

Done.

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, ..."

http://www.macnn.com/articles/09/11/25/knockoffs.selling.for.almost.half.of.apples.price

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MacBook batteries susceptible to hack attacks

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When?

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.

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Boxing boomers bounced building in Seoul

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WTF?

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.

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TalkTalk watchdog smackdown after ad complaint

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smackdown?

Hardly. Not even a slap with a wet noodle.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Fox News tweets hacked to show Obama death stories

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Hack?

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.

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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.

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Oracle: 'Google owes $2.6bn in damages'

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Google owes $2.6bn damages

Don't forget the pony while your making wishes.

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Blow to the head makes people feel good about religion

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They were on to something

They also had the line of guys whacking themselves in the head with boards.

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Visa pushes NFC operator bypass on French

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Do not want chip on an SD

"but not using microSD – which is a shame as it is probably the additional case/antenna that put them off, rather than the cards themselves."

Or they bought a phone with an SD slot so they could use it for storage, not a Visa chip.

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Apple, Google, Microsoft seek gargantuan tax break

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BS

"Providing American businesses with incentives to invest at home"

No it will provide MORE incentive to invest outside so you can get more tax free profit.

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The video didn't work...

But it's on youtube... http://youtu.be/7itFRiTk0Y0

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Bloke pissing in reservoir prompts 8m gallon flush

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"Do you want to drink pee?" he asked bluntly.

I'll take a bit of pee over dead bird tea.

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US air passenger cuffed over low-flying pants

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Cowboy?

More like a duck. Watching one try to run to catch a bus is always good for a laugh.

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Apple iOS 5 gets web 3D...for ads only

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They need this

So they can compete with Flash ads on other systems...

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Microsoft warns on support scams

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I'm calling from Microsoft network support...

me- Why are you telling me about your dick?

them- What? Long silence followed by click.

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LTE vs broadcasters: let the spectrum wars begin

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So they took away the Analog TV

Setup new digital TV, then give mobile phones spectrum that will interfere with it.

Is there any one at the wheel?

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European Council: Creating hacking tools should be criminal across EU

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Danger ahead

The term "hacking tools" needs to be well defined (it will not be I expect). You would not want to ban hammers or baseball bats just because they can and have been used as weapons. The same can be said of some computer tools, they can be used by both white and black hats.

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iCloud Communications sues Apple for 'irreparable injury' to trademark

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For a start

The same people Apple thought would be confused by the iPood shovel.

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Apple iCloud: Same old cage, new height

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Except

"Physical goods have the problem of portability and distributability"

If your talking about "content" there is an artificial problem created by the content companies. I can buy a book, CD or DVD from amazon Japan and they will ship it to me in Canada (and I have). But I can't buy an MP3 from Amazon US. I'm sure the icloud is the same, it would only sync stuff that's available from itunes Canada. I'd be SOL for most of the import CDs I own (if I had a newer idevice then my 2G ipod touch).

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Facebook: 'We should've been more clear' on face-scanning tech

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add tags of their friends in photos: something that'sndone more than 100 million times a day

And about 99 million of them are people tagging their "friends" names to "other" things like the back end of a horse for example.

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Canadian Conservative Party website defaced

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Fooled the news

It was reported on the radio Tuesday morning, followed by a retraction a few hours later.

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Sarko to Schmidt & co: 'You can't escape' net regulation

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Do the world a favour and piss off

"governments are the only legitimate representatives"

Governments? I only remember voting for one, and even then they seem to be more interested in representing corporations then me. Are we to remove everything someone dose not like?

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Opera rolls new Mini onto iPhone and iPad

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Ipod too

The zoom and pan is much better then before.

Silly Apple... Opera contains adult content... bla bla bla.

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WTF is... 4G

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Marketing...

http://dilbert.com/fast/2011-05-10/

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Hack on Sony-owned ISP steals $1,220 in virtual cash

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Badgers

cut off the IP address behind about 10,000 attempts to break into the system

So that's sorted then, no way anyone can find another IP address to attack from.

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Apple, Amazon trademark spat turns surreal

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Troll

Body Shop?

Is that the place you go to get a dent removed from you auto fender? or The Body Shop, the store that sells stinky stuff?

The Body Shop has a trademark that applies to stores selling stinky stuff (no bodies), but not to the generic term used by places that fix car bodies (www.arborbodyshop.com for example).

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CA antivirus unit sold: Will become 'Total Defense'

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Badgers

It's been crap for years

The customer (sucker) list is likely worth more then the actual product. They now have a list of 60,000 companies who will buy crap.

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Software pirates should offer up more booty, says BSA

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governments should lobby retailers to sell low-cost software...

How about the BSA members produce some low-cost software that is worth buying, how is this the "govenments" job?

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ASA upholds a brace of ads gripes against Groupon

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Not my fault!

Up next...

The devil made me do it.

The dog ate my rule book, and I think the cat is up to something too.

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Chinese iPad 2 fanboiz in frenzied fight

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Paris Hilton

Suckers

Here in Toronto I could see the suckers lined up across the street from my office. They stood outside the store for hours to buy their new toy. It didn't even sell out, I could have walked over after work and bought one if I wanted. Even if it did sell out, big deal wait a couple of days till they get more.

If you fall for the media hype and line up you ARE a sucker!

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Jaguar hybrid supercar gets green light

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Troll

Parking

No the people who will buy it will just park diagonally across two handicap spots.

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World 3D TV sales to jump in 2011

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Buying 3D

I expect 90% of the people who do buy a 3D TV will only be doing so because it came "free" with the model they wanted. 9% will be gamers. Almost no one is going to go out and buy a new TV just to have 3D TV.

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Google joins California Do-Not-Track opposition lobby

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Badgers

"opt-in" is not viable

No kidding. Who is going to opt-in to be tracked and pillaged?

The only way their model works is to track everyone while pretending to offer some opt-out system that...

a. doesn't work.

b. is stored in a locked filing cabinet in a disused lavatory behind a door that said "Beware of the tiger"

c. if you figure out how to opt-out, will opt you in again the first time you miss a hidden check box

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Barnes & Noble answers Microsoft's anti-Android suit

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Why?

"Also, if Microsoft's "exorbitant licensing fees" have a "highly detrimental anticompetitive effect" on the market, as Barnes & Noble asserts, why are HTC and Amazon – which, as reported in their filing, have licensing agreements with Microsoft – doing so well in their respective smartphone and e-reader markets?"

You already answered your own question.

"These types of disputes tend to be settled in corporate conference rooms, with chunks of change changing hands."

The first few get it cheap, then they use the list of people who paid as proof that their claim must be good so you better pay too.

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Google Linux servers hit with $5m patent infringement verdict

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Texas

The land where no patent is too crap to win.

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