* Posts by Tom 35

2848 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Maybe the update

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

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Acer in alleged Chrome OS monitor plot

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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

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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

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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

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Lush's security

Stinks as much as their products.

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Google Chrome extension bars domains from search results

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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

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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?

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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

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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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Google Translate for iPhone: hits and misses

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Having tried google translate on Japanese web sites...

I could see trying to use it with a person ending up like the Monty Python skit with The Hungarian Phrasebook.

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Microsoft finally says adios to Autorun

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Microsoft has yet to see in-the-wild attacks that exploit Autorun on “shiny media.”

Like the Sony root kit?

I guess that falls under "resistance from some partners who rely on the feature to install programs".

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'Suspicious toilet' provokes Maryland bomb scare

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fake bomb

The law is for people who tape a clock and some batteries to a bunch of road flares or leave a box with "this is a bomb" on the side. Not for things that are assumed could be a bomb as that could be anything left behind by accident or as a protest like this case.

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'Tree Octopus' proves journos no smarter than 13-year-old Americans

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The big problem

Exactly, if the "researchers were introduced to the kids as experts / people to be trusted then they would have started out with the assumption that the Tree Octopus exists. There are a lot of strange creatures in the world that are often featured on kids TV shows after all, and if you don't know a lot about Octopus it's not that much stranger then tree frogs.

It would have been more interesting to also give them a strange but true creature and ask them to find out if they exist and show prof for their answer.

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Equinux Tizi iPhone TV tuner

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What if

Apple decide they don't like it and kill off the app?

It's also way too expensive, and the battery life is not very impressive.

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Chrome 9 debuts with WebGL, app store, instant annoyance

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Maybe they want you to wait until

Google Cloud Print is ready to go... :P

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UK police crime map website: Who's the victim here?

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developed by Leicester-based ad agency

An ad agency?

So 90% for Management, project managers, expense accounts, parties... 10% to pay a coder and graphic designer.

Why didn't they hire a plumber, after all the internet is made up of tubes...

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Canada? The computer vendor says no

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Canada's crippling broadband rates.

Where the hell is the site owner getting a gig for $2?

My Canadian cell provider charges $30 for a 1 GB plan, and $.05 / MB if you go over. That's $50 not $2. Roam and it will cost you $.03 / kB!

This is why I don't have a smart phone. It is getting better, a year ago your $30 got you only 500 MB, and $.02 / kB if you went over!

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Official: PhD in 'Essential Oils' or 'Natural Toiletries' = 'a Scientist'

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@ MrCheese

No, there is no problem with AC's statement.

Take Newton for example. In Newton's time any tests they could come up with fit his theory, it was not until much later that people came up with tests that involved very small, very large, very fast that it was found that his ideas didn't describe the universe as a whole. But even today Newton is "right as it needs to be" if you drop a brick on your foot.

This is of no use to "defend the existence of any diety of duboius existential being" as unlike Newton's ideas you can not come up with a test to support your idea. To be a scientific theory it has to be testable, this is where you get into problems with stuff like string theory.

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Content owners lock arms in front of Aus content review

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Gag

“legitimate rights and expectations of providers in the content supply value chain”.

So a bunch of middle men who think it's their right to divert as much "value" as possible into their own pockets and expect to ban anything that might bypass them.

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Cold call scareware scammers aim to bring Mac fans into the fold

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I had one...

Just used the simple...

(knock on desk) just a second, there is someone at the door, I'll be right back. 5 minutes later they hang up.

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Court orders seizure of PS3 hacker's computers

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Joke

title is required, and must contain mail and/or fingers

Console games have cought up with PC games. Now console gamers can buy a game that doesn't work until they download a giant patch.

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Yuppie cellphone-style iPhone case comes to Blighty

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Happy

Interesting to see if it takes battery life back to 1980s levels too

I don't think a hunk of plastic could make the iPhones battery last longer...

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Utah to honour Browning M1911 semi-automatic

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Tragic events happen because of bad people

But I'd be much happier if the bad people were pointing the state cooking pot at me then the state gun...

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Philips 21:9 Cinema 58in LED backlit TV

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Such is the power of the image processing ...

it can easily make content look over-sharp

So it's the usual crap. Works best when you turn it off.

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WikiLeaks accused of tapping P2P for secret docs

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The real question here is...

Why is limeware or it's like on a company computer (and why could the user install it) or why are secret documents on a personal computer?

I wonder how many documents ended up in China that never reached Wikileaks?

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Microsoft explains Windows 7 Phone phantom data cockup

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Or

It might be Microsoft installed crap/bloat that they outsourced to a 3rd party.

I notice that they are not saying what is in all that data that's being transferred.

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Carbon trading registry suspends ops following hack attack

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I put this in the same catagory as...

Scammers ripping of sellers of fake penis pills.

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Microsoft sends Windows 7 SP1 to OEMs

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especially for a point-zero release

I don't really count it as a point-zero release. It's more like Vista 1.5 with the name changed. People who bought Vista before the magic date for free upgrades to win7 got stiffed (again) when they had to pay the same price as XP users to upgrade to the working version.

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Will Windows on ARM sink Windows Phone 7?

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Vista was supposed to be a major re-write

They buggered around for years, then gave up, Rushed out something that sort of worked so they could get the upgrade treadmill running again.

The only way I could see them getting anywhere would be to make the core OS of Windows 8 (or more likely 9) all new, with no backward comparability at all. Then stick a copy of windows 7 as a Virtual machine (like XP in Windows 7) to handle existing software. Good chance they would still find a way to screw it up, maybe lock in down like the iPhone/Phone7 and require you to get all native applications from their app store.

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Palin's email snooper sent to prison

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Year and a day

The scumbag could break into your house and would not see jail time (assuming the cops bothered to look for them).

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Kingston prototype relieves iPad storage limits

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All this

Because Apple is too much of a control freak to include an SD card slot on their stuff...

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Cable vendor slapped for unproven claims

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That market is already full

With companies like monster cable and their like.

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Top CEOs agree: US is down the crapper

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Say the poeple who

out sourced everything to China to boost their stock options.

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Indonesia puts RIM on two-week notice

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my guess

"why is the internet access on the BlackBerry routed through RIM's servers?"

I don't know for sure but my guess would be that it works something like the Opera mobile system. The server compresses the html and resizes the images to save on expensive mobile bandwidth costs and speed up webpage load times.

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Enraged wives hand Pakistani polygamist vicious shoeing

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IT Angle

No problem

As long as you use that internet connected toaster that toasts today's weather forecast into the toast.

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Win 7 Mobile app marketplace DRM cracked

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Not a surprise

Just like iThing, DVD, Bluray... it's going to happen.

If there is any surprise it's that some one bothered to work on it with the number of phones being (not) sold. Someone just wanted to give MS a kick I guess.

MS will lock it up again, and someone will break it again... repeat...

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IE 0day accidentally leaked to Chinese hackers

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sitting on a web server

What, they just hoped no one would find it?

MS knew about it for ages, but sat on it. Now they can wait and see if it gets used, then maybe fix it after a few more months.

Must be one of the hard to fix bugs because it's commingled with other Windows features.

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iPad's biggest rival? Microsoft's dead Courier

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no-touch typing

How can you touch type on a picture of a keyboard, where you have to hover over the keys instead of resting your fingers on the home row, and need to keep looking at your fingers to make sure you haven't drifted away from the keys?

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Apple patent endangers unbiased product reviews

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Not just games

"Despite what suspicious readers often claim, most of today's product reviewers are scrupulous about not letting advertising dollars affect their evaluations."

I call BS.

They may be scrupulous about the appearance of not letting advertising dollars affect their evaluations but that's as far as it goes. Give a product a bad review and expect to be looking for work, kiss butt on a review and expect to get assigned to future reviews from "important" clients. Before long you have a bunch of yes men competing to see who can find the most positive things to say about a steaming turd.

I've seen lots of independent magazines get bought out by big companies and their reviews always go to hell. Photography, auto, computer, audio, it's all the same.

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The SMS of DEATH - Can it crash your phone?

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If the phone is more then a month old

"Both researchers called for suppliers to increase the frequency of security updates as well as making updates easier to apply. "

The telcos will not bother to hack up a custom version of the new software since they have already moved to a different phone and everyone is stuck with V1.0.

I wish more phone companies were like Apple and didn't let the phone companies hack up the software.

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Cambridge boffins rebuff banking industry take down request

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They are trying to avoid bad publicity

By sweeping it all under the carpet.

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Standard smartphone charger to dominate in two years

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Apple with Micro-USB

Will it be a crippled charge only port or will it actually be useful as a USB port? Will it be added to iPods/Pads as well?

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