* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

BT could face criminal case over Phorm trials

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He knows because you knowingly told him right?

He didn't follow you around, watch what brand of coffee you bought and then offer to sell the info to advertisers.

Not the same thing at all.

Google Buzz accused of EPIC FAIL

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or...

Say a bad word before 10pm.

Ex-Army man cracks popular security chip

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lazy, near-incompetent HP

I think you have the wrong angle here. I don't think it because they are lazy, it's more execs who look at the engineers scientists, and labs and say they are not doing anything to help the size of my bonus or the value of my stock options TODAY so kill them off, or outsource them to China. By the time we fall behind my bank account will be nice and fat and I can move on.

Only Apple can get away with App Stores

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most people in the mobile industry don't want to see it that way

Mobile operators want stuff that they can charge a monthly fee for. They thought they would make a killing on TV on the phone, just put a couple of crap channels and charge $15 a month. Add video calling, that was going to make a big bag of money.

They change their cell phone line-up more often then their underwear. Once they move on to the next new thing forget getting any new aps or even an upgrade to the buggy hacked OS.

Apple don't let the carrier hack up the phones software so you can always get the latest upgrade and you can keep your aps when you upgrade to a new apple phone and you don't have to worry about the carrier having any useful aps. You only need the carrier to supply you with airtime and data. So people with an apple phone are more likely to want another apple phone and not whatever free phone the carrier is pushing this month when the contract runs out.

Microsoft seems to be copying Apple, if it works for them will Nokia be next?

Vodafone chief gripes at Google dominance in online ad market

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Let us work ...together to deliver truly competitive, truly open...

Did he have his fingers crossed?

Scots unleash world's strongest beer

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How can they even call it Beer?

There is no way you could brew beer that strong, they have to be adding alcohol or cheating in some other way.

OpenOffice 3.2 - now with less Microsoft envy

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Office 2007

The real reason for Office 2007 was they needed an upgrade. Every one who was going to upgrade to 2003 had, companies that had paid for SA were feeling ripped off. They had to produce an upgrade and it had to be shiny so they could sell it to managers in a few powerpoint slides. Sure they put some work into new features and usability but that was secondary to "we need an upgrade, and we need it now, and it has to look big!". Like Vista (and also like Vista it didn't work until after the first service pack).

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Not everyone needs MS Office

Might even be safe to say most people don't need MS Office to do what they need to do. MS always crippled Works to the point that it didn't work for fear that people would use it in the office. Now they have a "Office Home and Student" licence for people who would not pay the full price for home use but still keep the people at the office paying full price. MS don't want a light version that would cut into sales of the full version better to sell the full version cheap with a limited use licence.

Open Office is good enough for Home use, and most small business use. I know a couple that use Open Office but have one or two MS Office licences for the odd time they need to use it.

IBM super is Met Office's 'chief weapon against British cynicism'

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Forcasts

Global warming is a poor term, climate change is better since the weather seems to be strange just about every place. In Toronto we have had almost no snow, I have not used the snow blower once. It's been warmer then normal too. Washington has had WAY more now then normal, the Vancouver Olympics don't have enough snow...

Too fat to fly: Kevin Smith and OpenOffice

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Keep it small

It's not like you can't install what you want if you have the room. But if you have a small flash drive you don't what a bunch of stuff you don't need taking up all the space.

Bikini atoll residents now get less radiation than Euros, Yanks

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holiday resort

If you filled the place with administration and presidential staff I expect there would soon be lots of women running around with no Bikini Atoll.

Frosty fanbois navigate iPhone with sausage

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Approved?

They have already filed the patent application!

Microsoft genuinely chuffed as judge drops WGA case

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What's in a name

"The "Windows Genuine Advantage" title was most likely derived because..."

No the name came from the same marketing weasels that brought us "fair play" or "open cable".

Labour Party told to stop spam-calls

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product survey

Waste their time.

If I'm killing time I'll play with them... had one about dryer fabric softener sheets the other day, said I didn't use them because they contain dioxin, PCBs, and formaldehyde (the last one is even true for some of them). But most of the time...

Hello

Can I speak to Mr. Smith?

Can I tell him who is calling?

Bla Bla Bla

Just a monent... It's for you (yelling into the phone) then set the phone down and see how long they wait before they give up.

Spooks scour gambling sites in terror finance probe

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Step 2

Now that they are well under way with their plan to deal with evil porn and cartoons (think of the children) the next step is to deal with evil gambling (it funds terrorists). They will tax the sites they can reach, and join the US in trying to ban the "extreme" gambling sites that can't reach.

Maybe set up some new lottos too.

Carbon trade phish scam disrupts exchanges

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Fixed it for you...

Cap and trade is an ingenious scam to pretend to reduce CO2 on a global level at the highest profit.

It's a money for nothing scam right up there with naked short selling.

Feeling a little guilty about your corporate jet? I can sell you a bit of paper that makes it carbon neutral. We paid some dirt farmers in Africa not to fly around so that you can.

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Pirate

The Sting

Reminds me of the movie "The Sting".

Carbon trade scam ripped off by other scam artists.

Is that Scott Joplin I hear playing in the background?

Dear Adobe: It's time for security rehab

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That's how they got into this mess...

"Yes, fix the security problems, but also move the software forward at the same time."

Stick more duck tape and bubble gum on the security problems and hack some more "features" into the code to keep the knobs in marketing happy? No.

If they rebuild it with security and portable code from the ground up then they will have some useful features to list on the box. Like Smaller, Faster, Secure. Then maybe they can get it onto the assorted iThings.

Sci-fi and fantasy authors wade into Amazon spat

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price fix

"Amazon wouldn't let them have the flexibility all publishers (and other suppliers) have always had: to set the price for their own product."

Suppliers should not have the right to set retail prices (it's illegal in most places) they should only have control over the wholesale price. And like a paper book, once they sell it to Amazon (don't give me that licence crap) they should have no say over who buys it.

And Amazon (or Walmart etc.) should not be able to dictate the wholesale price, or stuff like "you can't sell to anyone else for less".

DoJ objects to (revised) Googlebooks pact

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That's not what they say at all

The "independent fiduciary" would only hold the money that would normally go to known rights holder in trust. Google still keeps the right to digitize them and make money from them the same as a work with known rights holder. And since there system is 'opt-out' there is no one to stop them from doing what they want or object to the rates they apply.

Manchester cops recover from Conficker

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Conficker

The last time I had to deal with Conficker was in December. The version that infected a small network was not like the 2008 version.

It infected fully patched computers.

It was not detected by McAfee at all, Sophos detected it and removed it from memory but it came back on reboot. Trend was able to remove it.

Save DAB! Send FM radios to Africa

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Shiny turd

"I like dab cos of its good quality audio." Next to an AM radio with a few holes poked in the speaker. It can sound ok if they don't use the minimum possible bit rate like most of them do.

"Also it's new and shiny." So is a bronzed turd.

"FM on t'other hand is crap quality and ancient, I'm sure everyone would agree." No I don't think they would.

"Why? Fücked if I know." Because DAB is crap and already obsolete (DAB+ came out in 2007).

Amazon deletes a 6th of its catalogue in book price barney

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One price

I think the one price model is bad. Amazon selling everything for $9.99 and the only fight is over what percentage Amazon gets to keep is backwards. It should be the same everything else is sold and not some special deal for "licensed" crap. The publisher should be free to set the price they sell to amazon (if it's too high it will not sell) and Amazon should be able to sell it for what ever price they want.

Same for iTunes.

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Need double the sales?

If Amazon gets 30% (and I expect it's more like 40-45% on paper books)

They get 70%

The eBook = $7

The paper book = $19.6 - printing cost - shipping - storage - returns

I don't think the difference is all that big in the end.

And the one eBook = one lost Hard cover is silly. The people who buy eBooks are not the same people who buy BIG Hard Cover books. It might cut into paperback sales 6-12 months later.

Britain warns businesses of Chinese 'honey trap'

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Grab the cash and run...

Execs outsource everything to china or some other place with slave labour, make a big wad of cash in bonuses, and then dump their options before the company becomes an unwanted middle man when the Chinese start selling direct and your company and joins the TV manufacturers in the dust bin. Then onto the next company, repeat. Some of this money makes it way to people in government who might be thinking this is a bad idea in the long run.

Adobe heats up iPad Flash bash

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Not quite

"guess what,you tube runs on the iDevices as they re-encoded everything into h264"

It only works on the youtube site, embedded videos (like some of the reviews on this site) don't work, you just get lego blocks.

Sure there are a lot of people who don't like/want flash but there are also people who want it. I use a flash block add-on for firefox, but I can click the box if I want to play a video. I don't have any such choice on my iPod touch. I'm sure there are people that will pass on an iPad once the find out they can't play farm vile on it.

iPad Mini/Nano beta-tester: Of course it's real

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Pint

next

followed by some one finding an image of an iPad on a grilled cheese sandwich or maybe an iPad shaped stain on the floor of a gas station restroom.

BPI rejects scareletter approach to possible pirates

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ACS

"We don't favour the approach taken by ACS:Law to tackling illegal filesharing"

I'm sure ACS don't give a fig about filesharing, they just found a way to make money without doing any real work.

Confirmed: no iPad iBooks for Blighty

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I'm sick of this crap.

So who's fault is that?

I can buy the Book from Amazon.com, but not the eBook? Oh but you live in Canada we can't sell it to you.

What a load of B.S.

Some one needs a kick in the head.

Apple iPad vs netbooks: fight not over yet

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What is it good for?

I have both a netbook (great if I want a real computer that I can take with me), and an iPod touch (music and basic computer functions that fits in my pocket - Jail broken so I have the terminal ).

The iPad is too big for a pocket so I would not want to carry it around all the time, and it's not a full computer so it's not a replacement for the netbook.

What is good for? Watching movies in bed? If your going to make it that big at least add a SC card slot and a mini-usb port. Not the camera adapter dongle crap sticking out the bottom.

Now if they made a bigger iPod touch that would still fit in my pocket maybe 4.5 or 5" screen that would be more useful.

Compulsory perv scanners upset everyone

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It might be intresting...

To follow the money.

Who is selecting this expensive / unproven hardware in a big rush. I'm sure no one is getting any kickbacks and tax payers are getting the best deal possible right?

Teen attacks father in Fifa 2009 fight

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psychopaths

If you want to create a little psychopath don't smack them and tell them what they are doing is wrong. Not very effective (or there would be a lot more psychopaths my age).

Tell them that they are worthless little shits at least 3 times a day. Remind them that they were a mistake at least 3 times a week. Don't touch them at all (they might call the cops on you). This sure to have Jr. killing small animals by the time he is 10.

Apple: iPhone App and iTunes stores don't make money

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iTunes profit

If Apple made money on iTunes the studios would demand more money until they didn't.

iTunes only works because Apple don't have to make money from it. They make the money on the iPods (and the studios think they should get a cut of that too).

Without the iPod it would just be another Spotify trying to figure out a way to pay the studios what they want and make money. Maybe Spotify want to get bought out like Napster who also could not make money.

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Toast

Will it burn photos onto your toast? Or weather forecasts for the day maybe? If you want dark toast can you download new settings from iTunes?

New music file aims to sink piracy using blogs and Twitter

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Enhanced CD for the net?

Get extra cool (ie crap) stuff, you just have to use our player.

The player will be an ad filled, spyware app that makes windows media player look good.

FOAD indeed.

Brits left cold by mobile internet

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Cost

The lowest cost for iPone data in Canada is $30 for 500MB (I pay $28 for unlimited ADSL at home). So I keep my dumb phone and bought a iPod touch.

'Larry and Sergey' to offload 10m Google shares

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stock option

The sale may drop them to 49% but their stock options will bump them back up to 51% I expect...

Airport scanner staff object to vetting

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So how high does the death toll need to be, before you say it is worth it?

His argument is fine. Air travel has had restrictions almost since day one. Before 9/11 you could not walk onto a plane with a shotgun. They keep adding more restrictions every time something happens or almost happens, or might happen. If it's worth it because it saves one life why not apply the same idea to everything else.

Cut all speed limits by 10%. It would save more then one life. And it's only 10% that's not too bad. Next year we can cut it another 10%. Next time there is a big pileup in a snow storm or fog we better cut the top speed to 50k and force every one to fit speed limiters to there cars.

Banning cars and air travel will save more then one life, is it worth it?

Where do you draw the line?

Ofcom opens debate on Freeview HD DRM to punters

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So it will be like Blu-ray

Say you can copy the film to your approved playback device (managed copy), but they don't actually create any way to do it.

The DRM gets broken and a few people find there own way to copy it to their iPods and the rest just download it from the net.

Only macrovision and friends are happy.

Google betas Flash-free YouTube sans open codec

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Patents

Just because it's open source will not stop some troll in Texas with a crap patent from trying to squeeze money from the first outfit with cash that uses it.

Crusty fireball space mango wrecks US doctor's office

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But

How long did it have to wait to see the Doctor?

PM: UK airports to get perv scanners next week

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Not so bad?

They will not laugh, but they will add you to the sex offenders DB.

Why Bono is wrong about filesharing

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They will not let me pay...

The track I want is on iTunes USA, it's on iTunes UK, it's on Amazon mp3 service.

But the labels will not let them sell it to me.

They say I have to go to iTunes Canada, too bad if they don't have it.

So no money for you. Stupid control freaks.

Berserker Bing bots bring down Perl network

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MS

"their own proprietary bot directive technology"

All your stuff are belong to us.

Apple's 'latest creation' debuts January 27

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iPod Hi-Fi

Well don't buy a new iPod since they didn't follow their own "suggestion" and used 12V charging, it will not charge any of the new iPod/iPhones with 5V only charging. I think quite a few ended up on fleaBay because of that.

Santa Fe man demands half a mill for being near iPhone

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Too late

There are already people selling stuff like RFI blocking paint for $400 / gallon or copper "mosquito nets" to hang over your bed. Even some magic black boxes that run on a 9v battery that can cancel out all RFI in an area (it must be true, it says so on the website).

Spain seeks fast track for pirate site shutdowns

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facilitating piracy

If the definition of "facilitating" is left up to the record companies that will be just about anyone they don't like.

Google to mobile industry: ‘F*ck you very much!’

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Data?

They sell you a bigger data plan then whine that you are using too much data. Tell you that you can't tether your phone, but will sell you a USB stick (with a second data plan) and if you want to use VPN... well that will cost you extra too.

They "give" you a nice new phone, they even customize it for the "best user experience" (cripple the USB port, remove the GPS maps...) and a year later your still stuck with the buggy 1.0 software because they are giving away a different phone now and can't be assed to customize the new version of the software.

Roboplane tech can deal with air-traffic control directly

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It can fly from A-B but...

Can it land a plane in a river with no loss of life after having both engines stuffed with birds?

Apple ejects Dalai Lama from Chinese iTunes

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FAIL

Comparing the Dalai Lama with Al Qaeda might seem insane.

Yes, it is.

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