* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Sex abuse fax leak costs council £100k

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speed dial

Like the medical lab that managed to program my phone number into their system and kept faxing me peoples test results (most often at 2-3am) and didn't seem to be able to fix it? Once I said I was going to call the local muck raking news paper in the morning if I got another fax they some how fixed the problem.

MP wants age verification for net smut

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If you want a filtered internet you should be the one to opt-in.

Install your own filter, or sign up for an ISP that offers a filtered feed as a service. If people actually wanted such a service you would think all the ISPs would offer it and compete on who had the most smut free feed? I would think (of the children) such a service would be very popular if this MP is right.

Facebook royal rant bishop suspended

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Big Ears and the Porcelain Doll

If he spoke his views without sounding like a seven year old he might get more support. As a Bishop he should understand the power of choosing the correct words better then most but he comes off with all the class of a Your Momma joke.

China-inspired charity aims to sex-down society

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Some fairly wild claims were put forward

"Woods' figures - which he later described as "just figures""

So, another bunch of idiots pulling numbers out of their asses.

"children frequently and accidentally exposed to wholly inappropriate material, such as bestiality and child abuse"

frequently and accidentally? What a load of crap!

I've been using the internet since day 0 and I've hit bestiality once (a typo landed me on a horse blowjob page) and I've never hit a child abuse site, maybe a few pictures of girls that could have been 17 and lied about their age. What I have been exposed to frequently is sensational "news porn" about such sites.

"gateway to an interest in such material"

The gateway argument... we don't like this but can't even make up a reason why it's bad, so it's a gateway to something bad.

Dell kept buyers in dark over hardware problems, say docs

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Not just caps

Two months ago I had a laptop with the known faulty nvidia chip. It took 3 days of running different (often totally unrelated to the problem) tests, emailing them photos of the screen, doing more tests, refusing to run the full hard drive test for the 3rd time, refusing to reinstall windows for the 2nd time... before they replaced the motherboard.

Putting the internet into neutral, or neutering the net?

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charging punitively for all data above a certain cap

Why should it be punitive? Just charge what it costs them plus a reasonable profit.

Another thing I don't like is the size of the cap being tied to the speed (with no option of buying more).

If you watch streaming video you don't need a super fast service just a high cap, but the ISP makes you pay for the super fast service to get the high cap.

An ISP is often not just an ISP. You may get TV/Phone/internet all from the same company, and they REALLY want that "triple play" so given the choice VoIP or Video might just trip and fall down the stairs.

As for the networks not putting their content on Google TV, that's not the same as the cable TV/ISP blocking it (so you have to pay for cable TV). Two different problems.

Berners-Lee: Facebook 'threatens' web future

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or Alexander Graham Bell

The first time a ran into a 419 scam attempt was a voice call. We get bogus scams faxed to us at work all the time, people call me (dispute the do not call list) with offers protect my credit, I won a free trip/prize, clean my ducts (I always tell them I don't have any ducks), and a long list of other scams. Snail mail too.

Anything useful will be abused by scammers and crooks. Just have to deal with it as we go.

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Internet Lite

I think they call that a feature phone.

New owner slips into unwitting BoJo's domain

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expired in July 2008

And he thinks he should have it back now? Too bad, so sad.

Christians vs metalheads in FB flame war

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Nice how they aren't above bringing gay rights and abortion

Well the other side always brings Satin into the argument about gay rights and abortion so fair is fair...

Brits say 'no, no, no' to 3D TV

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I do wear glasses, so am I supposed to wear two pairs at once? Or do they expect me to get contacts so I can wear glasses to watch TV.

But that's a minor point compared to the fact that most of the 3D content available is crap.

Internet Explorer 9 preview thinks inside box, outside browser

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Now with the features of IE6 on XP!

GSMA opens the way for Apple SIM

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You have it wrong

It's not no sim, it's a software sim.

Now. There is sim card that you can remove from a phone, and put in a different phone with out needing to talk to anyone. Or you can buy a sim (when travelling for example) and plug it in.

Software sim. Now it's a bit of software, you can't just swap it yourself you need the ok from the phone maker and/or the network. You think an iTunes US account will let you install a UK PayG sim?

It's just more lock-in.

Adobe update tackles PDF peril

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The format is at least half the problem.

"PDF is an important format everybody needs to exchange printable documents"

Yes, the key word being printable. How are you going to print Flash? Video? Audio? Why is that crap in the format other then to give them something new to put on the box of the latest $299 upgrade?

The latest hole is due to Flash. Something I do not even want in a printable document!

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extravagantly open nature of the PDF specification

Open? I think the word you were looking for is bloated.

Microsoft spooks software customers about dangerous pirates

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Maybe the question was...

Is it safe to buy counterfeit software from spam emails that link to a .ru site?

US may disable all in-car mobile phones

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Not a chance

Between the phone companies, the car companies, and the cell phone addicts it will never fly.

And even if it did I'm sure a lot of the jammers would have a little accident... kind of fall down the stairs and maybe blow a fuse.

Yesterday I saw a cop making a left turn, no signals, just as the light turned red, with a cell phone stuck to his ear. Setting a great example for the rest of us there Mr. Cop.

Na'vi on your sat-navatar

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txìng musìna tsengit (exit roundabout)

They have a word for roundabout?

I can see Jump off the Cliff, or Climb that tree (both handy for your GPS unit).

FBI top-brass ask Google, Facebook to expand wiretaps

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Backdoor everything?

So they want a backdoor built into everything, and give the FBI the key? No doubt they will say they can't tell anyone that there is a backdoor, and they will be able to keep the key secret and no one will be able to find the backdoor...

Are they going to make Cisco backdoor their VPN products? Who outside of the US will use it them?

Open source software might be a bit difficult to backdoor.

If the FBI have a key, everyone is going to want one too.

Exposed: leaked body scans published online

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Is someone watching the watcher?

They could just take a snap of the screen with their cell phone even if the system was locked down.

NY youth makes $130k selling real(-ish) white iPhone 4s

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Find a better price for real-ish white covers

It seems he found over 400 suckers at that price.

They may not be exactly stolen, but they are not legit. Companies in China will often run off more items then were ordered, or take defective items and sell them off into the grey market. They are no different then high quality bootlegs.

Prof to drill camera into own skull

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I expect the students

would moon/flash or hold up rude signs behind his back.

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And it just has to be "new"

The first person to throw shit at a wall and call it art? A master!

The second just gets arrested.

The last time I was at the local art gallery (20 years ago) there was a guy that worked there talking to a couple of people telling them that a very nice painting that was stuck in a corner was no better then a paint by numbers, but a big 10' canvas covered in coloured blotches was a master work. He got pissed off when I said that it was a paint by numbers by a guy that could not stay in the lines (or it might have been the people he was trying to impress laughing that pissed him off).

3D printers, one-dimensional enemies

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fully functioning roller-bearing

How many seconds would it last if you actually tried to use it?

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Hand-crafted copyright infringement is epidemic,

I went through a few pages from the ebay link and the only thing I saw that might have been "hand-crafted" were some pins. The rest appears to be the normal made in China knock-off crap. There is no way a 3D printer will be able to compete with China.

A few people might go to jail for creating 3D Simpsons porn though.

Alleged bad Appler should pay back $1m

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normal consultancy contract.

Just because it's "normal" is not proof that your not bent.

I've had to deal with some real crap, but it's ok because the IT manager got a new plasma TV.

Steve Jobs no longer Eggman as Beatles hits iTunes

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Don't care

I have the CDs already.

The only thing this is good for is anyone that just wants a few of singles that happen to be on different albums.

Gov and telcos in Aussie wiretap death match

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"All they gotta do is give us a letter, and outline some of their plans — it's not burdensome."

And what if they don't like what they see in the letter?

We have a new P2P VOIP service that is outsourced to India. We can't intercept calls or tell you who is calling who except when the call is to an Aussie land line or cell phone.

So letter done, no problem right?

So did Windows Phone 7 'bomb in US'?

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Classes exist so you can be the judge

Classes don't exist.

It's just crap someone made up (marketing BS). Who draws the line? Is it 30k? Is there some magical difference between something that costs 29k and 31k that you don't see between 27k and 29k or 31k and 33k? If I have 32K am I not allowed to look at a car that costs 28k?

And as for the phone, a W7 phone is in the same price range as an Android with similar hardware, and not much less then an iPhone. It's not being compared to a phone that costs 5-10 times as much.

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"Windows Phone 7 is a nice platform, within its limits"

That's as bad as the car companies that say "best in class". It's saying that it's good as long as you don't compare it to anything better.

Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect Launch Games

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It's just a little more direct with Kinnect


US opts out of carbon trading

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shell game

Pay someone to not do something (that they were not going to do anyway) then add a fat markup for the middle men / traders and sell the 'rights' to another to keep doing what they are doing.

The result? Save 0% carbon, and a load of money for the people running the game.

Anything saved is due to people not being able to pay for the credits. It would be better to just charge a straight tax so there is some chance that the money would help pay for services rather then going into the pocket of some scam artist trader.

Hacker unshackles Kinect from Xbox

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Did it cost £500?

No it cost more then that, because it came with a 2 year contract that cost 30 a month so that would be 720. They don't just sell you the phone below cost and hope you will use it on their network.

French go after Google for brand grab

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I don't see a problem

As long as bootlegs are not showing up in the ads, and the ads don't effect the search results I don't care what shows up in the ads.

Not surprised that the French are whining though.

Disguised impostor clears international flight

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Beat the system

They think he went through check in as himself then put on the mask and swapped boarding passes with an accomplice before boarding, (the pass was in the name of a 55 year old American, he could not pass as 55). They should have required photo ID to board, but didn't.

Now the security types here are saying that nothing should have been released about this (as they don't like all the people laughing at them I expect).

Plastic plod used police database to find dates

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She had to resign?

I'm sure she was given the choice of resign or get fired. I looks better on the stats then fired with cause as anyone just looking at the numbers can't tell the people who just left on their own form the ones who were pushed. And it's better for her if she can say she left her last job on her own, then if she has to say she was fired.

'Pervy' private chat case springs back into life

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But if this is about Situation B

There are other laws in place for that.

More likely Situation C. The cops know he is bad (or they don't like him) but could not find anything worth while to charge him with so they just bent a law out of shape to fit what they did find.

This is never good, even if the guy really IS a bad person, because next time they may use it on some one they just don't like.

Daily Mail rails at Street View in women's refuge wrongness

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But what about...

All the schools on street view... and GASP playgrounds!

Adobe Reader browse-and-get-pwned 0day under attack

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Upgrade treadmill

PDF was a Portable Document Format. But Adobe want more money, so they want to sell upgrades, so they need new features that the marketing department can stick on the box.

They ran out of useful new features years ago and now keep sticking more crap that has nothing to do with documents into Acrobat. Who asked for Flash, video, sound in PDF files?

Credit cards get colour screens

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I think the idea of the colour screen is...

So they can run ads on your card. Every time you authorize a payment you have to click past an ad trying to sell you some extra crap.

So forget games... can it run Flash?

Online badness: The kids are not alright

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teenage boys are "more exposed" to sexual images

I'm shocked I tell you! Shocked!

Ten... bedside iPod docks

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Google illegally divulges user searches, suit claims

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Same search on Google


Google puts everything but the kitchen sink into the URL.

Google boss: 'Creeped out by Street View? Just move'

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It will be over a year and a half...

So they will have forgotten that they did it the first time.

Hurd fingered in HP bribe case after probe

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bribes to secure US government contracts

They need to look at the other end too. It's not just HP offering bribes, the government workers taking the bribes (or often DEMANDING them) need to be dealt with. I used to deal with large quotes and I would get a request followed by a phone call. The call was to tell me I could charge what I wanted as long as something else was delivered to some other location off the record. Add 20k to your quote and a 50" plasma to the guys living room and the deal is yours.

Just how special are Power Users?

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Director != power user

The last place I worked was very top heavy with managers. They all had to have the latest laptops available so they could email powerpoint and excel files to each other. When something new came out the "old" laptop would be passed down to the next most important person in their department and there laptop would be passed down... so we had a hodge podge of laptops. Sales and marketing primadonnas demanding toys are almost as bad.

The real power users doing design work had to fight like hell to get better monitors.

I'll take power users over managers with toys any day.

Cinema iPhone pirate escapes jail in test case appeal

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For the same reason downloading is theft

i.e. it's not. But they want to jack up the penalty.

MS to unveil fresh Flash challenge next week?

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And a few big events

Like the Vancouver Olympics streaming video (I'm sure some money was involved in the choice).

Phone 7: Another Vista or another XP?

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Don't you mean Bing?

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and no removable memory either - Microsoft reckons it complicates things

Another Apple walled garden approach. MS seems to be very jealous of Apples garden.

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