* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Apple details privacy policies for US Congressmen

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So opt out for aps, but not for ads

"For customers who do not toggle location-based service capabilities to 'Off,' Apple collects information about the devices's location (latitude/longitude coordinates) when an ad request is made."

So you have to turn it completely off or Apple collects your info .

Global warming brings peace and happiness

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effective forest management?

From what I"ve seen that would be clear cut the lot and plant a tree farm all in neat rows, all of the same fast growing species, only useful for making news print and butt wipe.

Hello Chinese Academy of Sciences, this is the government that gives you all your money, we would like a study that says we should burn more coal.

Daily Mail promotes 'the new Betamax'

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digital quality sound

People who say "digital quality" piss me off. VCD is digital quality so no need for DVD or Blu ray right?

Most often used by some one trying to sell some over compressed crap like the local digital cable TV or DAB.

In future anyone who uses the phrase "digital quality" should have a badger stuffed down their pants.

Consumer Reports: 'We were wrong about the iPhone 4'

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that it's really called gaffer tape.

No gaffer tape is different. When you peel it off you don't have sticky bits left behind. Duck tape is designed to stay stuck, gaffer tape is designed to stick for a time (say holding down cables) then come off clean when the job is done. It also costs a lot more then duck tape.

P2P judge trims student's fine by 90 per cent

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Not shoplifting, it's copywrite infringment...

And if you got caught shoplifting $30 (about the value of 30 MP3s) do you think you would get a $67,000 fine? Even $670?

If you are damaged and you sue someone do you think you would get punitive (more then your proven loss) damages?

Why is copyright special, so special that it gets different treatment?

Nokia sets Russian plod on blogger

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return of all unauthorized Nokia property

What is this "unauthorized" property?

They are not saying the phones are stolen... or is it a translation problem?

Did Nokia give the phones to some other person who gave/sold them to the blogger?

Microsoft patches Freetard-by-design bug

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More likely...

No one uses Windows Media Player.

RAC prof: Road charges can end the ripoff of motorists

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Waste of time and money

Fuel tax is already a use tax. The system to collect it is already in place.

But lets build a new road use tax system. Think of all the new jobs (and fat contracts for the usual suspects). In the end it will collect just as much money or more, it will still be pored into general revenue, and less will be spent on the roads because now they have to pay to run the new road use spy system.

Next I expect them to say that this will be self funding... :P

Scroogle's future in doubt

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but more importantly use Google without the compulsory 40-year cookie.

Really? I just set it to be deleted on exit. The cookie is no big deal. But the logs Google keeps I can't do anything about from my end. Scroogle makes the logs mostly useless when it comes to connecting search history to a user, far more important then a cookie that the user can delete.

Microsoft goes AC/DC with Instaload battery tech

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Only works with one battery

If you have two cells and only one is backwards a diode will not help.

For that mater I don't see how the MS tech will work with anything that stacks two or more cells in series. If they are all backwards yes, but if only one is backwards?

Low-priced home digital media connections promised

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100W ?

PoE+ is about 25, some non standard systems that use all wires are 50 but 100 without using dangerous voltage levels?

So when do the special super-duper $200 6' cat6 monster cables come out?

Nokia snaffles user data on the down-low

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People should really check this shit before howling.

But where is the don't want to subscribe, piss off button?

US authorities shutdown websites accused of movie piracy

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Not just try before buy

Some are just cheap. They will watch it for free, but there is no way they are going to pay $10 for a movie ticket (more for the latest 3D fad), $10 for some flat watered down pop and over salted popcorn.

If they had a magic button that would block all movie bootlegs it would not cause sales of theatre tickets and DVDs to jump by millions of dollars (forget billions). Some of the less hyped movies might even go down.

The "each download = the loss of the full SRP" is crap.

The 'everyone is hurt, your going to lose your job, there will be no milk for your baby" stuff is crap. It's not magic money, people have a fixed amount and it will be spent some place else.

The number of downloads claimed is crap. They pull a number out of their ass, then multiply by 10.


I find it hard to feel sorry for them.

Motorola advert revels in anti-iPhone schadenfreude

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I don't see a recall

They could just give out a free case if they had to. They sell them in the Apple store for about $30 but they must cost about 50 cents to make in China. Just make it real ugly (maybe Zune brown) so people will still shell out for the over priced ones they sell.

Microsoft's Windows 8 goals revealed

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Facial recognition being the biggest.

What? Sounds more like a gimmick to me. Could be kind of creepy too, if they plan to grab a copy of the face data for other uses.

Yes, software can be patented, US Supremes say

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This patent failed. It was too general.

But they ruled that other patents of this type are fine if they are not too general.

So at best nothing has changed, at worst they can say that this type of crap patent is approved by the supreme court.

Observer columnist in online porn mixup

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I think it should be...


Once you add their "correction".

Spoof beer ad mocks England footie flops

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True but it has no effect on the fact

That they can't even beat the US. I expect Ghana could have beat them just like they did the US.

Privacy watchdogs: Silence isn't cookie consent

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Do you want us to track you?

99.9% will say no.

You can block cookies, but most people will just keep the default (I expect most people don't even know what they are) and allow cookies. This is what they count on. If it becomes opt-in their whole business model is shot.

And don't forget that they use things other then normal cookies, like flash. Flash LSOs can act just like a cookie and there is no built in access to settings, you have to go to a website,


or download 3rd party software like the firefox Better Privacy addon.

Microsoft dubs Windows Phone 7 'ad serving machine'

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So the advertisers will pay for the data they are pushing right?

Neuroscientist: iPhone 4's 'Retina display' not bullsh*t

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Note that it's just a name

Right up until Jobs got up on stage and said why they called it that, then it became a claim that turned out to be an bit of a lie (ie bogus marketing crap).

Jobs tells iPhone users to get a grip

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Antenna protectors

All the companies that sell screen protector stickers, can now start selling antenna protector stickers.

Garage card scammer jailed

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Garages are a favoured target for card scammers - ...

Because the pay and hours are crap and they will take anyone with a heartbeat. You often work alone so no problem setting up your skimmer.

Opera stomps on 'extremely severe' security holes

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And MS always tells you what the bugs are?

Only Opera keeps quiet.

Apple tweaks privacy policy to juice location tracking

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"to prevent third-party ad brokers from harvesting users' location information wholesale without consent."

Yes, only Apples first-party iad broker will be allowed to do that!

iPhone mag-stripe reader stalled

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Trade shows?

I could see it being used at trade shows. The convention centre will charge you an arm and a leg for a phone line, your other arm and leg for a power drop. If you could just use a cell phone that would save a load of money.

The only thing is that they already have cellular based credit card systems that you can rent, but they are a little expensive too.

FCC takes baby step towards net neutrality

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Big numbersx

So they can pull big numbers out of their ass just like the record companies.

HP and Yahoo! team up to print ads in your home

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Do you think that when you buy a newspaper or magazine you're not paying for ink?

No I'm not. There are at least 4 free papers here, they range from half ads to one that's a few pages wrapping a ton of inserts from Wallmart, bestbuy and such. The advertisers pay for the paper and ink. Even if I buy a regular daily I'm only paying a fraction of the cost to print the paper. I expect it would cost about $50 to print one of the big weekend papers with HP ink.

Not that I would touch an HP printer, this is just one more reason to stick with Canon.

Fax spam is outlawed in Canada too, but we get at least 10 spams a day on our fax at the office, most sent from outside of the country. If there is any way to spam them, (not white list by default) then they will be spammed.

Did ID card applications surge after scheme was scrapped?

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approximately fewer than

That could be 14,400 and 14,600. Not much of a surge.

Canadians form adulterers' privacy campaign

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Rogers is an evil, bunch of scumbags, but I don't see how it's Rogers fault that she could not keep her pants on.

Breaking Google's last taboo

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This was a line that Microsoft never really crossed either

What cave are you living in?


And there are lots of other examples of Microsoft selling direct too. Often pissing on a "partner" that created the market.

Microsoft trumps Kinect with 'sleek, silent, sexy' Xbox

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only in North America

Are you sure? So Canada is going to get it too? You don't actually mean US only?

Aussies rage at 'strings attached' iPad sales

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Sales quotas

A friend got fired from his sales job even though he was #1 in sales 3 months running. Didn't sell enough extended warranties and over priced cables. Selling a $300 DVD player was nothing, you had to sell a $69 DVD player with a $120 Monster cable set, and a $30 extended warranty for it to be a good sale.

Here is a story that BestBuy/Futureshop in Canada HATE... :)


Want to buy HDMI calbes without getting ripped off? Try www.monoprice.com

Home Office passport fraud sweep flops

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Expect them to say

They didn't catch anyone because they scared off all the bad people before they even applied, they have not found anyone so it must be working...

Palin boob-probe Reg hack dubbed an Ass Clown

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She will outsource the house of representatives to China, and give her self a bonus.

Stephen Fry's truly terrible mistake

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thanks to open internet standards, has global reach.

Just like iPlayer and Hulu then?

Advertisers set iPad pester-standards

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Yes you do need to jailbreak to block ads. There is a free firewall app for jailbroken iThings that can be used to block ads. There is no way Apple would allow it on the app store.

AT&T to ax unlimited data plans on iPhone Monday

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Some bits cost more then other bits...

If your paying per use on a capped service why the hell do they think you should pay extra to use tethered data then other data?

What's next, charge extra for youtube? Voip?

HP to fire 9,000 due to 'productivity gains, automation'

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Don't forget...

The management bonus for saving the company money. Should be about $11 left after that.

Mozilla sidesteps iPhone code ban with Firefox Home

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that's the same in every shop

"Tesco don't sell massive dildos, do they?" No, but I'm sure I could find several down town that would be happy to sell me any size dildo I wanted, I expect there are lots of online stores that would too.

I'm not limited to Tesco, I can shop where I want.

And if I started making massive dildos I would not be limited to selling them at Tesco.

You think Apple is locking up the store just to protect you (because you can't protect your self)?

All they would need to do is give a warning when you install a non approved app. Something like...

'this app has not been approved by Apple, it may rape your mother, and kill your cat. You should only install approved apps if you want to be kept safe and happy by your friends at Apple' Continue?

That way people would not need to jailbreak their phones if they want to install a program that Apple will not approve of (like a wifi scanner for example).

Snails on crystal meth: The facts

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Spiders on drugs...


Blunkett threatens to sue for £30 ID card refund

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small savings

And there are all the contracts that NuLab setup before getting the boot. All with big fat cancellation fees I bet. You can't save money they already spent.

Japanese police cuff Hentai smut scam suspects

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It sounds like

They got one or two people to pay.

I'm surprised they got anyone. Who is going to download a bootleg copy of a game then put their real info into the registration page?

UK.gov issues death warrant for ID cards

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" though Labour claimed this would be self-funding by charges to the public."

It's ok because we are not going to take the money from your right pocket... we are taking it from your left pocket...

Paying for something that only a few use with user fees instead of tax is fine. People who don't use it don't have to pay for it. But as soon as most/all have to pay it's just another tax.

Google TV: Android and Chrome on your boob tube

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More info for Google?

I assume it will phone home with info on everything you watch so google will have even more info about you to sell to advertisers.

Google open sources $124.6m video codec

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Not so sure

"It'll piss off Adobe bigtime, mind."

They can switch Flash from H264 and save some cash.

DARPA witchfinder-ware to SMITE America's IT traitors

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It's easy

Just check to see if they weigh the same as a duck.

Should work as well as what they have planned.

PS3 owners: This cinema is buff!

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A world wide service?

Checks FAQ...

"head to our library to see what’s available in your area..."

So that would be no. But at least it's better then Hulu.

Ofcom creates piracy havens at small ISPs

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If these do not reduce copyright infringement by 70 per cent in a year

So they have found some way to measure this? Or are they just going to use whatever numbers the record companies pull out of their butts.

HTML5 unfit for web TV, says Hulu

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Wrong type of secure

"It must also secure the content - https and a certificate"

No they are control freaks (Hulu and the content providers) they are talking about securing the customers... DRM, and Flash has DRM and the are adding more DRM to the next version to keep the control freaks happy.

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