* Posts by Tom 35

2881 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

iPhones secretly track 'scary amount' of your movements

Tom 35

Re: Re: File

It's on the phone... and your iTunes PC,

How do you know it doesn't go anywhere?

Maybe it doesn't go anywhere... yet.

Apple do have their own ad network, I'm sure there are advertisers how would pay extra for ads to people who pass there shop regularly.

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Easy access

"simply removing the hard drive and plugging it into an external USB housing"

That's the hard way... Just boot up a live CD and you can see everything.

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RIPA to be changed to demand full consent to monitoring

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So they add a check box

Like the way Apple force you to check "I Agree" to the 50 pages of crap before you can use the app store.

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US proposes online IDs for Americans

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So they need magic

"The US Government said that it was up to the private sector to develop technologies that make online identities secure and easy to use, safeguard transactions, and protect anonymity"

So they are in effect going to put out a saucer of milk, and check in the morning to see if the elves have put together a system for them.

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Serial hacker admits breaching Federal Reserve computers

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Or

The key was on a pice of tape stuck to the back of his drivers licence.

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Nokia E7 Qwerty slider smartphone

Tom 35

What's with the home screen colours?

It looks like an old CGA monitor.

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OSI fears for Linux if Novell patents land with Apple, Oracle

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Yes...

I don't think anyone expects the same "entity" to perform all roles. If you can't sell a patent outright you could still licence it non-exclusively. Right now an individual inventor has little choice but to sell a patent.

In days gone by you patented a complete product, now you patent little bits of it, how the bits connect, and the method of pushing the on button. You can't build something like a cell phone without licensing patents from others. So you have already removed all of the individual inventors and small startups as the big companies have all bought up big pools of patents and setup cross licence deals (including large numbers of crap patents) so that any innovative / upstart / disruptive new player is excluded.

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Apple Digital AV Adapter

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Badgers

Expensive

It's not just an HDMI cable, it has a special Apple DRM chip so that any other company that wants to make such a cable will have to pay Apple more then the product costs to make.

So it's totaly worth it (if your Steve Jobs).

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Digital player maker 'incited consumers to break the law', says ASA

Tom 35

Acceptable!

"Adverts misleadingly imply that it is acceptable to copy music from discs and tapes on to the machine."

I would say that it is perfectly acceptable to just about everyone except record company execs.

It might break a stupid uninforcable law but that's a different story.

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James Cameron to amp up Avatar frame rate

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non-existent characterisation

My biggest problem was with the bad guys. Giving the good guys something less 1D fight would do wonders to a movie like this. I can't tell you the name of the corporate weasel or army guy, but everyone remembers Darth Vader...

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Nokia: Keep codin' for Symbian and Qt!

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Badgers

Windows phone

Going from .0001 to .01 in one year would make it the fastest growing platform...

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George Lucas 'very happy' with 3D Phantom Menace

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Add to the 3D Jar Jar effect

By spraying water at the audience every time he talks. Call it spittle vision.

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Chilean clock-cooking could cause computer chaos

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I remember when we had double DST

It was before outlook so I don't remember it being that big a deal but I expect it would break lots of stuff if they tried that now.

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Praying for meltdown: The media and the nukes

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OLDS

They want news!

Earth quake? Na, they just had one someplace not long ago, and there have been lots of them anyway, boaring.

Tsunami? Didn't we just beat that one to death? Only 20k dead Zzzzzzz

Reactor melt down? This is only the third problem that people know about, and the last one was a big deal... lets big this up, it's real NEWS. It will sell lots of ads, it could be the best thing since the TEA PARTY!

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Facebook tells privacy advocates not to 'shoot the messenger'

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3rd party

It's one thing to look at the stuff you posted on FB and use if for stuff you don't want.

The real problem is that they take the stuff from your store points card, online tracking cookies, and data from all kinds of other sources and cross reference it.

Data that you provided to allow someone to provide a service is being used for something else without your ok. Your data is treated as a product that is owned by someone else.

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Nanotech nerds assemble überfast-charge battery

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charge current?

Will you have to plug it into a 15amp 220 outlet to charge it? Will the power brick be bigger then the laptop?

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Aussie digital publishers busted

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Putting advertisers at risk

"The ABA has warned media buyers and advertisers to be aware of these issues and look for the ABA green tick"

So it's just an ad for their service. Zzzzzz

Green tick? So they are a bunch of blood sucking insects?

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Pr0n domain approved by ICANN

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Troll

All ready taken care of

You can reserve your trademark.xxx to prevent a porn site from using it. Of course there is a charge for it. So you still have to pay not to have a porn site.

I wonder who will get first dibs on whitehouse.xxx

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Missed one.

"We believe consumers will be more prepared to make purchases on .XXX sites, safe in the knowledge their payments will be secure"

Don't forget that he will be running the only payment system allowed, and will be taking a cut from every sale (just to make sure it's safe or course) and if you have both .com and .xxx you have use his payment system for both.

He must have made a deal with Apple, he gets a cut of all the porn, Apple gets a cut of everything else.

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including the 3rd party payment processor

No they ban 3rd party payment processors, you have to use their payment system, at their rates.

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Microsoft: IE9's web privacy hole? A feature, not a bug

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WTF?

"allow" list?

Why is there an allow list? When I use a block list, I expect it to block stuff.

If there are allow lists they should be separate not bundled into a block list.

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Jon Bon Jovi accuses Steve Jobs of murdering music biz

Tom 35

No, blame Sony

I remember spending hours making my own tapes from LPs and later CDs to play on my first walkman... A few tapes were full albums but most were my own mix and match.

I still buy a few CDs but they get ripped the second they get home, then sit on the shelf as a backup.

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Tom 35
Badgers

More like

Kids today have missed the whole experience of buying an album and finding it has two good tracks and a bunch of fluff.

Or buying The greatest "Hits" volume 1, 2 and 3 to get all 5 of the bands actual hits and 3 copies of all their fluff.

The poor kids don't know what they are missing.

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Intel: 'We ate McAfee to slip security into silicon'

Tom 35
Troll

The real reason they need McAfee?

So that average users will need 4+ core CPUs to write a letter... :P

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Windows 7 customers hit by service pack 1 install 'fatal error' flaws

Tom 35

"boot from the install media"

What about all the lucky people with an HP or equilvent with only burn them your selft restore DVDs. Same problem they had since XP asked them to instert their CD.

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Sixth Japanese nuclear reactor loses cooling

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Badgers

Dreamer?

"the average family sized fridge and freezer uses 240v AC just for the compressor to pump the gas around now and then, replace that as standard on all these with a simple and cheap 12v 2amp compressor"

You think you can get a fridge to run on 24 watts? Are you going to wrap it in 3' of fiberglass and only open it once a week?

Charge an old car battery with an old car alternator? Have you ever tried that? I rigged up an alternator to a bike and I can tell you that just to light up one headlight (55 W) you have to peddle like hell. you can just about forget human power for anything that draws more then a simple radio or flashlight. What next? Run your oven with a hampster wheel?

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IPv6 intro creates spam-filtering nightmare

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@AC

"Good! That's best practice to fight against zombie machines."

You mean the lazy way.

The problem is that a lot of spam filters take one look at the headers and see the relay and block you.

Lucky a lot of hosts setup a different port so you can bypas the block.

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Google insists it couldn't have been British. Excuse me?

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@ Double fail on you

You are comparing apples and oranges.

If you walk in HMV and take a $20 DVD, HMV is out "REAL" money. The money they paid for the DVD (the studio don't really care as they got their money), something like $12, so they will have to sell two more discs to make up that loss. There is also $8 in "maybe" money that they might have got if they were able to sell the DVD, but it's only maybe as they might have had to return it on stock balance or bargain bin it if no one bought it.

If you download the same movie from some torrent site there is no "REAL" money. No one has less money then they had before you downloaded the movie (unlike HMV in the example above). There is only "maybe" money. If you couldn't download it maybe you would buy a copy, or rent it, or watch it on pay TV... But maybe you would not watch it at all, or as others have said maybe you like it so much after downloading it that you will buy a copy where you would not have before seeing it.

HMV know the number of items that walk, and they know number they sell, and what they pay for them in real money. They CAN calculate how much they need to charge, and how much to spend on cameras and sensor tags and such.

You can't calculate maybe money*.

How much extra are you going to charge because maybe someone didn't buy it? Who is going to charge extra? The studio? HMV? Both?

If you charge more will the people who actually buy keep buying the same number of items (pay you more in total) or just spend the same and buy fewer items? Or buy less, or nothing and spend their money on beer? (the amount of money people have is fixed)

*The studios guess. They pull a number out of their ass (a big one) then multiply it by another number they pull out of their ass because the first number was probably too low, then multiply it by the SRP and say they lost $6 bizzillion and it's a loss of 214,341 jobs and funds terrorists, and other bad stuff...

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Tom 35

The content companies started it

With stupid stuff like the locked "you wouldn't steal a car" things that play on DVDs that people paid for.

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HP uncloaks wristwatch 'aggregation point'

Tom 35
FAIL

Just like HP thought everyone would

love a printer with an email address.

This (what ever it is) should sell as well as this watch... http://direct.msn.com/

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Apple: If you're under 17, you can't use Opera

Tom 35
Troll

Frequent/Intense Mature/Suggestive Themes on Opera

Maybe Apple got confused with those furen musical play things that you have to read the booklet thing to figure out what's going on because they are not in English.

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iPlayer Global iPad app price announced

Tom 35

The same in all countries?

If a program is available in one Country (East Enders and Dr. Who are on CBC in Canada for example) will the BBC block them for users in that Country? If they also include stuff that's only available on cable TV (that I can't even get) then this could end up as a chocolate tea pot.

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Europe confirms raids on ebook publishers

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emailed to it for free

If you have to email it would that not be a gateway that Amazon may deside to filter/toll/block at their whim at some future date?

If you can't just plug it into a USB port and copy files to it then you are just hoping that they will keep playing nice.

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Apple to Microsoft: 'App Store name is not generic'

Tom 35

Apple Lawyers in action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eNiR5ZTb_MA&feature=related

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Apple to launch queue-jumping service for little people

Tom 35

You could call it

Faulty Towers IT services...

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genius

So I expect Apple to claim to own the word genius any time now.

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Self-erasing flash drives destroy court evidence

Tom 35

But

They will not be able to charge people with "making" all the porn images they find in the cache that were never saved just looked at once.

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Bank of America retrofits BlackBerrys with NFC

Tom 35

microSD

And what if I want to use the microSD slot for storage? I think I'd just as soon pay the old way.

I don't realy trust any of that lot. I think the banks are the lesser evil but not by much.

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Windows Phone update wallops Omnia 7

Tom 35

Maybe the update

is to prevent the phone from being bricked during updates...

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Acer in alleged Chrome OS monitor plot

Tom 35

Acer has the right idea

What good is a portable PC that is not much more then a paper weight without internet access? Sure you can stick 3G in it but then you have an expensive data contract to add to the price. The cellular networks are already whining about smart phone users actually using the data they paid for, just wait for a device that is always sucking data, they are going to love that...

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Gov will pay £2.25m compo to ID card suppliers

Tom 35

what they say

"The government justification for not compensating people who bought a card was..."

that anyone who bought one is a stupid fool.

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Samsung readies Android-based iPod Touch killer

Tom 35

Sounds intresting

I have a 2nd gen touch and the biggest problem is Apple control freakery. I was interested in upgrading but I'm getting sick of having to jail break my current iPod ever time I want to install an update or hearing about the latest app to get killed, so I've been waiting for something with similar features or better that is not from Apple. I'll be looking for real reviews to see if this is it.

I just hope Samsung don't fine some way to screw it up, and that it shows up in Canada.

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Luckless Lush hammered in hack

Tom 35

Lush's security

Stinks as much as their products.

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Google Chrome extension bars domains from search results

Tom 35

Something new

for anonymous to play with?

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I’m not a Trojan horse: Nokia’s Elop hits back at neigh sayers

Tom 35

I’m not a Trojan horse

Some time ago at Microsoft headquarters...

"If we built this large wooden badger"

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Microsoft says exec took secret 'trove' to Salesforce

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sensitive documents

Like what? How much they have spent trying to get companies to use Dynamics?

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Intel pushes password-pumping mojo

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Intel, Symantec, Vasco lockin

If it's going to be widely adopted such a system needs to be open and available for all to use.

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Now, Nokia, what about the hardware?

Tom 35

Windows Phony

consumer buzz? What buzz?

As for the hardware, they have to ask Microsoft before they can tell you.

It seems Nokia have just found a very nice Trojen Horse and set it up in the board room.

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Fort Wayne officials refuse to slap Harry Baals on public building

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The current administration

Clearly have no Baals at all.

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Starbucks' iPhone barcode app easily scammed by screengrab

Tom 35

How long until

Someone grabs an image from a "friends" phone at work and posts it online for a joke. Call it a free coffee coupon or some such...

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