* Posts by Tom 35

2879 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

'Suspicious toilet' provokes Maryland bomb scare

Tom 35

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

Tom 35
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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Mozilla takes on web data miners with privacy icon release

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Not just for spam

It also makes it a bit harder for data sharing outfits to link your different accounts as belonging to the same person.

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World+Dog says 'no thanks' to 3D TV

Tom 35

3D ready

The better sets that have high refresh rates and support film mode can be made 3D ready for almost nothing. A lot of the sets being counted as 3D may never be used for 3D because of the need to buy expensive glasses, and other costs (expensive cable service, new blu ray player) and not much worth watching.

If I buy a new TV it might be 3D ready (and might have other useless features like playing MP3s from a USB stick) but I'll be buying it because it's a good 2D TV.

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'Porn lock' heralds death of WikiLeaks, internet, democracy, universe

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Straw Man...

"That's more or less what the pub industry and others said about the smoking ban. Didn't work then..."

A pub is not like your home, more like a library (where the internet is filtered). You don't have a smoking ban in your home (though some think that would be a good idea) unless you set it your self.

If you want a porn ban in your house you can do that your self now. This is about people who want to ban stuff they don't like (and don't think anyone else should be able to chose different), and people who want to get the infrastructure in place to block stuff so they can easily add more stuff they want to block later.

And there are such products available in some places like the bible belt USA.

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Car immobilisers easily circumvented by crafty carjackers

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Like DVD or Blu Ray?

It took some work to break the first time but now anyone with a copy of AnyDVD (and a load of other software) can do it in real time.

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Bummed-out users give anti-virus bloatware the boot

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VIPs

In some companies (like the last one I worked for) IT don't get much choice, "VIPs" demand and get local admin, and write access to stuff they don't need write access to...

The three outbreaks we had came from the President (2), and the VP, who's full write access to everything caused the loss of that days work for a lot of people when all their data was deleted and I had to restore from the overnight backup.

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Scientologist overlord declares victory over Anonymous

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The same for Canada

They didn't stand a chance after getting caught in "Operation Snow White" that involved burglary of offices, and theft of documents.

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I read Battlefield Earth years ago...

When it first came out in paperback. Mediocre at best (but it sure was big, kind of like puffed rice).

Not long after that I got tossed out of a scientology office for not taking it seriously (and quoting Mary Poppins) . Went in for the free I.Q. / Personality / Stress test, and when it came to the part where they want you to self diagnose your problems (they have a course for that, and another, and another) I said I was practically perfect in every way. They didn't seem to like that :)

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Amazon randomly censoring incest books

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FAIL

clear laws in most countries

Clear?

"Yes, it calls for judgement"

So much for clear. Who gets to be the judge? Oh I see it's someone... very clear, glad that's all straightened up.

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Critical IE update in biggest ever Patch Tuesday

Tom 35

You like IE?

Don't forget to thank Firefox, Chrome, Opera...

Without them you would still be using IE 6 (or maybe 5).

There would be a lot less problem with IE if they hadn't decided to duct tap it onto the OS.

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Zuckerberg beats Assange to claim Person of the Year™

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Tea Party?

Person of the year?

How can a disorganized agglomeration be considered a person? That's one bad case of multiple personality disorder!

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Grey marketing is great - if you're the importer...

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student licenses for Photoshop, or home packs of MS Office

That is a different product sku. It's not charging more for the same product in a different place. Or only selling a product in one place.

And a lot of grey market is because something is not available at all. There is lots of stuff on sale in the US that you can't buy in Canada (for example Sansung Canada don't sell laptops/netbooks) so if you want one you have to get one from the US.

The media companies are a big pain for consumers too, look at iTunes. The US and UK sites have loads of stuff (that they will not sell me) that are not available on the iTunes Canada site.

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Stealing credit card details via NFC is easy/pointless

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What?

"This cryptogram changes each time based on things like amounts, but also transaction counters."

And how is this unpowered chip going to know any of that? The only thing it could do would be a challenge / response using a secret key.

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Default judgement FAIL: ACS:Law muffs up in court

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trying to short-circuit

But that's the whole business model.

They send out blackmail letters to bypass the whole legal process,

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Tom 35

Better

I really big roach motel. Just drop in a few coins as bait.

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Governments stonewall interwebs porn domain

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Jobs?

Wouldn't those who piously wring their hands over /the children/ be out of a job?

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EU telecoms to Apple, Google: 'Pay up!"

Tom 35

Backwards

"I cannot believe most consumers here want to pay for Google et al to make more money."

I can't believe people expect Google et al to pay for me to use their services.

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Tom 35

@RegisterThis

You have things mixed up. The Malls customers are the tenants. The "customers coming in" are customers of the tenants, not the Mall.

To fix your idea...

You and me are the customers coming in.

The telecoms are the tenants.

And the Mall is a backbone provider.

Apple is a tenant in another Mall also connected to a backbone.

Why would you expect Apple to pay you so you can fix up your store, it's not their problem if you want to sell at a loss.

The telecoms are like UPS or the post office. They get paid for shipping packets.

If I mail order something there are two choices.

- I can pay shipping in advance and shop pays the shipper on my behalf and I pay nothing to the post office when it's delivered. Telecoms don't do this*, I pay for every packet.

- I can have it sent with shipping COD. I pay the shipper when it arrives, but I pay by weight/size not the value of the contents, or how much profit the seller is making. A kg of gold costs the same as a kg of organic fertilizer.

If I use 1 GB of data, I should pay for 1 GB of data. If I'm pulling data from my home computer, a work email server, or youtube there is no difference.

* Other then a few walled garden services offered by the telecom where you pay a monthly fee for the service and data is included.

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Tom 35

I see your problem

"is set to compromise the economic sustainability of the current business model for telecom companies,"

If YOUR business model is broken don't expect someone else to prop it up for you. Fix your business model.

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US Air Force studies fruit-flies to build killer insect swarm drones

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This will of course result

In the development of robot Orb and Wolf spiders to counter the robot flies.

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