* Posts by Tom 35

2946 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Windows Phone to overtake iOS in 2015

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"i'm sure they get paid to throw bones in the air and then shake a magic 8 ball."

No they might come up with the wrong answer that way...

It works like creation science. First you have the answer, then you do a "study" to reach that answer. Anything that gets in the way like facts is discarded.

I expect the more you want to stretch reality, the more the study will cost you.

Apple launches three-pronged education assault

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Should be love/hate for text book companies

They hate students reselling their books to the next years students and have to keep creating new versions (mostly moving the pages around) to make using a used book harder. I remember one they tried shrink wrap licence to block resale. Now no one can resell their old books!

But they are just going to love giving Apple 30% off the top.

George Lucas: 'No more Star Wars'

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From NTSC Laser Disc masters

They are from the first remaster but Lucas ordered the film destroyed after they did the SE so the only copy they had was the Laser Disc Masters. Letter box, composite artefacts and all.

I own the Laser Discs and the DVDs actually look a little better, but if they had kept the film they could have done a proper DVD or even a Blu-Ray.

Experts: We're stuck with passwords – and maybe they're best

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Password tests

Then you get something like P@ssw0rd that they say is secure.

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You can change your password

Fingerprint is fine for a closed system like a bank ATM, I already don't trust no-name ATMs and finger print scanner would not help.

But if I use a fingerprint (or other biometric) reader to log onto internet banking then that fingerprint has to be converted into a number, and if that is intercepted by bad guys (the same way a password can be today) then I'm screwed. I can change my password but I can't change my fingerprint.

Sure they are going to transmit the fingerprint encrypted but I'm sure someone is going to crack it when there is lots of money involved. Or we will see fake fingerprint scanners like the fake card readers they have today.

Israel's stock exchange site knackered by hackers

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denial-of-service attack?

How is that hackers? Just need some script kiddies or buy some time on a botnet.

Flash stalks Seagate's hybrid drives

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Meanwhile, back on planet Earth

Have you checked the price of SSDs over 120 MB? A 512MB drive costs more then the budget for a laptop around here. They would be limited to senior exec toys at that price.

Imagination uncloaks 'over 20X faster' smartphone GPU

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shift in the dialog

Could we maybe shift it back? It's really hard to filter out any information form all the marketing shit.

Sony goes inorganic for 'eye popping' OLED TV rival

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@ Michael 43.

Nope, you are full of crap. Just checked Sony.com and don't see "LCD with LED back lit" anywhere. I see stuff like "54.6" (diag) LED NX720 Internet TV". You don't see LCD at all until you get to the cheap sets and then you get "54.6" (diag) LCD BX520 Series TV "

Go to LG.com and they have LED TV on the navigation menu of the site. The LG TV Box have BIG LED with red, green, and blue letters all over the box but you have to look at the small print to find LCD.

Go to Samsug.com and the TVs are divided into LED, LCD, Plasma on the site navigation. Go to ...


And see "Samsung LED TV Series" Page title is LED - TV | SAMSUNG.

So yes it's all my fault :p

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crystal LED

Because they already used the name LED TV in a lie to fool suckers into thinking it was some all new tech.

Satnav mishap misery cure promised at confab

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These powers will help councils make sure that drivers are...

kept off their streets and sent through places where other unimportant people live.

Apple’s Siri gets sweary with British child

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Some one got tired

of changing all the windows screen savers to say "Tesco sucks" with a password I guess.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup easily unlocked by security flaw

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Why check the frist 4?

Write code to have the router always say the first 4 are correct, and do the real check when you have all 8. That should work with all current devices, break attack code that assumes the first guess is correct, and take 1000 times longer to guess all 7+1.

Still not that great but better then nothing I would think.

It's going to be a White (Space) winter after all

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What about the data base?

If your out in a field some place you can get location from GPS but how are you going to access the database? It's fine for a wi-fi like router for internet access since they can access the database over the internet but what if you have a local network with no internet access?

Google's Siri-a-like to be named 'Majel' after Trek actress

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If they are copying Apple

Will they limit it so it will only be available on a new model phone?

AOL sings soothing profit lullaby to nervous investors

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Who said there is no such thing as zombies.

Humans, insects set to OBLITERATE frankincense supply

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I want it NOW

Give someone the choice of $1 now or $10 in ten years most will go for the quick cash. New trees are not quick cash.

Shareholders rage over Imation's incredible 88% plunge

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" Trying to invent themselves as a "brand" to sell others products was stupid."

Since I always thought of them as sellers of run-of-the-mill over priced products their name is not something I would want to pay for.

Homeland Sec., RIAA Torrent lists published

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You are on a dynamic IP address that others have been using...


The site uses the same methods as the RIAA... that is pulls stuff out of it's butt.

Don't think the RIAA and the rest would be on dynamic address.

LightSquared screams 'conspiracy' over leaky test results

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They should have stayed "reserved for satellite communications"

That would save all this trouble.

Former ICO deputy head denies blocking press probe

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“We can’t take them on, they...

might have some dirt on me.

Dead at 13: Napster 1998-2011

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www.napster.ca - dead

Will shutdown all of it's services 12/16/2011

The ability to create a Napster account and become a new Napster member has been discontinued as of November 17, 2011.

To our current members, thank you for being a valued Napster customer. After seven years of service, Napster Canada will be shutting down all of its services on December 16, 2011. If you are a subscriber, you may continue to use the service as long as your subscription is active and until December 16th. There is no need to cancel - you will not be charged for any subscription fees after our shutdown (and we won't bill you for any renewal that may occur between now and the shutdown).

Lovefilm dumps Flash, BLINDS Linux fans with Silverlight

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I expect it's just that no one has bothered to try

Why pick the lock on the front door when the back door is hanging open?

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Just like Blu Ray?

What did they say? It will take 30 years to crack or something like that.

If there is ever content of any interest it will be cracked, MS will patch it, and it will be cracked again in two days. It will only remain "secure" as long as there are better/faster ways to get stuff.

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Just like upsampled DVD

They require the use of HDMI (no component allowed) on up sampled DVD players. What moron would copy the analog component out put in real time when they can just rip the DVD in a few minutes? They just don't think about things in the real world. They double lock the front door while the back door is broken and hanging off it's hinges.

They make life difficult for anyone who wants to pay them while making the bootleg copy even more attractive. Bunch of rejects.

Browser plugin brings strong crypto to Google webmail

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If Google can't read your email anymore

Will they see to it that the plugin has a fall down the stairs maybe?

No chance now to save Phobos-Grunt Mars mission

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Just part of it?

It was due to collect samples from Phobos and return to Earth so I assume there is a small part that is built to make it back through the atmosphere. If they could get that to separate from the rest and make a controlled re-entry that bit could be recovered while the rest burns up (they hope).

Amazon's new Kindle Fire stripped naked

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Worst case

I have had battries die that fast (overpriced camera battry for one) and others keep going (2nd gen ipad touch). Adhesive on a battery is a bit of a pain but check what you have to do for an ipod or ipad to get at the battery and get the thing back together!


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Or anything but US...

I expect it will be some time before I see it on amazon.ca

Meanwhile in Japan: Your new best pal is a vending machine

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That reminds me of some of the jokes about translating

"Coke adds life" a few years back.

I know enough Japanese to tell you that the translated captions (beta) are just about 100% wrong/useless.

Google flings Bing into search engine bin

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Bing's market share remained flat over the last two months

They have all the people who will not bother to change the default after installing an IE/OS upgrade. I don't think they will get anyone to actually choose to use bing.

Crooks lured investors with fake watchdog site

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They should know better.

Only real banks and securities companies are allowed to rip people off.

US doctors demand right to advise on gun ownership

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Strangely not on household chemicals, cars, hot tubs etc

But is there a law that tells them they can't advise on household chemicals, cars, hot tubs etc like the one for guns? No? So what's your point?

Apple faces Germany ban after court no-show

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And I think a cat visited that sandbox earlier...

Gallery mulls 'damage' after cleaner scrubs modern art

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Double the price

Call the clean-up the latest thing in modern art. Any one who says otherwise is clearly lacking any knowledge of real art.

Fixing Android mobes costs telcos millions

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But they can't continue as normal...

Ship a phone with version 1.0 software hacked up and locked down so the user can't update it (without hacking the phone) and then ship a different phone in 6 months and never update the software for the old phone.

I've had to hack dumb phones so I could install the factory version of the software because the operator had no interest in providing a working version of the software for a phone they don't sell anymore.

Supersleuthing BOFHs could help crack cybercrimes

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No problem

The bean counter did it.

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...

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