* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

ISPs slam Digital Economy Bill's multi-million pound price tag

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Government pulls big number from ass...

"At the same time the government's assessment found that the DEB could plump up £350m in extra tax for the Treasury, as well as bring in around £1.7bn in sales to content owners."

£1.7bn? The old every download is a lost sale road apple again?

Free loaders will not buy anything other then a vpn service maybe.

People who download stuff that's not available in there area as defined by the content owners, can't buy it.

People who download a TV show, then buy the box set when it's released may not buy the box set if they don't know if it's any good.

I expect they could increase sales more by allowing anyone to buy from any iTunes site no mater where they live. But the control freaks are not going to go for that.

Tiny TV could make billions for FCC

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I was watching a US TV station last night and they are running commercials that alert viewers of special interests intentions to shut down free broadcast television. US TV stations are getting cash from cable companies to rebroadcast their signals, and now the same was just approved in Canada.

At the same time, with the switch to digital in Canada stations will only be required to broadcast in markets with 300,000 viewers (they say only 10% of viewers use antennas) so only cities with 3,000,000 people will get free TV.

If a station gets paid for every viewer on Cable, but gets nothing from over the air, they are going to want to force everyone onto cable/sat.

$35 a month (sure to go up once they have a monopoly) for Basic. Fewer stations then I get now (for free), over compressed, with some filler crap like the shopping channel. Looks like a crap deal to me.

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I hope not!

First I'll lose the 9 US stations I can receive from across the lake.

The talk about this in Canada includes the key words "where numbers warrant". That is if you don't live in a city too bad (they say "only" 5% of people using over the air TV would be cut off).

I think it's really a step towards NO free over the air TV, everyone has to pay for cable or sat. In Canada most of the Cell phone companies are also into cable or sat TV. No surprise that they would love to dump free TV and give them the bandwidth for cell phones.

Software fraudster 'fooled CIA' into terror alert

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When you have a bunch of paranoid nutters

Tell them there worst fears are true, then sell them special tinfoil.

Just like the sites that tell you how bad cell phones are and what they are doing to you. Then offer to sell you copper mesh hats, house paint that blocks RF, magic black boxes that protect you from RF...

Googlephone Nexus One leaks more news

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After a few more years of development...

They will reach Nexus Six and only an expert will be able to tell them from a real phone.

Apple angling to transform TV?

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The cable companies will fight dirty

We had a startup called Look that offered pick what you want TV and the cable company killed them. They offered free service for 6 months to a year for anyone to switch back from Look and before long Look was dead.

Intel's Atomic 'Pine Trail' arrives early

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That should fix anyone

thinking of using a different video chip with our cpu.

Neat two-motor soft-top first victim of GM Saab sale?

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A car for money bags

Who only want to LOOK green.

Blu-ray boys finish 1080p 3D spec

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have you heard of compression

Yes Bluray is already compressed. You can't take a 25+ GB file and compress it to 8 with the same class of codec and not reduce the quality.

Free software lawyers hit Best Buy et al with GPL 'violation' claim

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Why bother?

They might have made improvements to the code, sharing them is what you "pay" for using GPL code.

Maybe no-one is going to download code for a TV, but for some devices there will be interest. Look at internet routers running GPL code, you can download different software for then with more or different features then the software that comes in the box.

Google Chrome bug outs users seeking anonymity

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With Google I think it's a feature.

Durham police demonstrate DNA will stuff you

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A friend spent a couple of hours at the police station because he had bought a bag of yellow m&m candy from a bulk food store. He was standing waiting for a bus, popping them in his mouth when a cop car pulled up. The cop thought they looked like some kind of pill.

Muggers plundering gig bootleggers' booty

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We can't catch you

making your crappy videos of the star falling off the stage or lip-syncing so you can post them on failblog, but if you do gangs of evil people will steal your phone and make calls to ubeckistan and download kiddy porn so you better not!

and you will go blind, and some one will run over your dog.

Webmasters fume as Google profiles signed-out searchers

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There is worse then SEOs

That just shows that marketing people who write meaningless buzzword filled crap that looks like they stole it from the Dilbert mission statement generator are even more useless then SEOs.

Motorola's banana-mutilation ad disses iPhone

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Lots of ads like that.

"Enticing half of one's market with strong imagery is one thing, but insulting an equally broad swath of the check-writing public is dicey at best."

All they need to do is put the same guts in a pink case with more rounded corners, give it a cute name and create an ad that insults the other half of the market. Something like men are so dumb they will buy a phone that looks like a brick wrapped in duck tape...

Germans devise attacks on Windows BitLocker

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I know what his password is...

I watched as he typed it, it was *******

PayPal mistakes own email for phishing attack

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My Bank

Never sends marketing junk emails, and the rare event that they think they have something important to say the email just says I should log onto my web banking account with no links. They post stuff as privet messages that appear after I have logged on.

But a couple of years back they used to call me and ask for personal info to prove who I was. I pointed out that they called me, and I didn't know who they were so I was not going to give out any info. It took them a while to catch on but they don't do that any more.

I don't have a paypal account and don't plan to any time soon.

MS honeypot research sheds light on brute-force hacks

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A password-checking tool developed by Microsoft

Pa$$w0rd is a strong password?

Taliban attack Brit troops with explosive donkey

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if we built this large wooden badger...

BMW to provide 'low emission' cars for London Olympics

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Big shots getting driven around in a Nissan? You must be joking. They would get laughed at by all there big shot friends.

I'm sure they checked first to make sure the CO2 number was big enough to let them pick a "real" car.

Blu-ray Players

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Disposable Philips

I would not touch anything from Philips (at least in Canada).

I bought a 10" full 480p portable DVD player and it died after 9 months.

Tried to take it in for repair and they refused saying the dealer was no longer an authorized dealer (how is that my fault).

Asked how much it would cost to fix. I was told they don't fix them and they don't have any parts, you get a new one if it's under warranty. Out of warranty? Too bad go buy a new one.

They seemed to think this was a great idea.

They didn't seem to give a sh*t when I said that if I had to buy a new player it would not be a Philips, and I would never buy anything from Philips again. Or that I would tell others not to buy Philips. You might as well buy one of those Chinese brands that you have never heard of before and will likely never see again since it will be cheaper and the support is the same (none).

I bought a Panasonic, the screen is not as nice but it works better, and plays stuff the Philips choked on, and you don't need to use the remote to get to some features (bad enough on a set-top, but a portable? wtf?).

Advertisers say new cookie law met by browser settings

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Cookies blocked by default

That would make it opt-in. Advertisers HATE opt-in. Who is going to say "yes, more ads please".

They want it to be opt-out, and they want to hide the opt-out option.

Apple voids warranties over cigarette smoke, users say

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What are they doing? Licking them?

Second hand smoke? Are they afraid the batter is going to catch fire while they work on it?

FDA takes aim at illegal net pharmacies

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warning letters

Well that's solved then, I'm sure all the sites will be shutdown by the time I finish typing this.

Skinny Acer notebook delivers six-day battery life

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By the same people who did the time estimates for file copying...

I have a screen shot on my wall showing 5 million odd minutes left on a large copy. Only about 10 years left to go. (actual time about 3.5 hours)

Sony wireless e-book Reader priced, dated

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North America only?

Sure that's not USA only, I don't see it at Sony.ca. We just get the Touch for $400.

Google target slips ads into iPhone apps

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So the user gets to pay for the extra data used to deliver ads they don't want to see?

Microsoft defends Hotmail's cookie requirement

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Black Helicopters


Advertise on our sites because we make people except your cookies.

Olympus PEN E-P1 Micro Four-Thirds camera

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If is was a compact SLR

Like the old Pen F I would be all over it. But without even an optical viewfinder I'm not interested.

Amazon uncorks Kindle for PC

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We're sorry. Kindle for PC is not currently available in Canada.

Thanks for nothing.

P2P snafu blows lid on secret Congress probes

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should that be...

held hearings on whether federal laws were needed to protect federal employees from being morons.

Anti-filesharing laws revive crypto fears for spooks

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@Boris the Cockroach

" How about changing the law for other people who persistently infringe other people's rights such as unruly neighbours and teen gangs who make everyone's life on the estate hell. "

No problem, just call up a few lawmakers and invite them round to talk about the new law you would like to see... Of course the invite should be to a villa some place warm and sunny, a wad of cash in a discrete brown envelope may also come in handy.

Western Digital My Passport Essential portable HDD

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No micro here.

"Interestingly, WD's promo shots for the MPE show a mini USB port, suggesting a last-minute change"

I bought a 500 GB (Blue) drive last week (In Canada) and it has a mini USB port. I have not even used the cable that came in the box as I have a mini USB cable sitting on my desk both at home and work. The connector holds fine, I can't see it coming unplugged by mistake.

Complex licensing hamstrings EU music market

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Stupid controle freaks

"an important step" towards the creation of a pan-European online music market.

How about they work on a pan-world market?

I can buy a CD from Amazon.ca, .com, .co.uk, .co.jp but I can't buy an MP3? Why is that?

If I want to buy something from iTunes Japan, and I'm willing to pay the Japanese price + exchange I should be able to. Why should I be limited to the pathetic selection at iTunes Canada?

E-Wolf unveils extreme sports e-car

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Sounds for a silly looking car.

"an “acoustic safety module” that will apparently pump out sounds commensurate with the car's looks."

So a PA speaker and a copy of crazy frog should about do it.

UK.gov backs ID scheme with peanuts promo spend

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Why no marketing...

Better to remain silent and be thought a fool...

Tabloid hack scum face jail

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Just the press?

How about companies (HP / IRAA / FAST ) that hire scum to dig up dirt on people? Do they face the same?

UK Border Agency flip-flops on asylum seeker DNA tests

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They can't cancle it now...

I already spent the kickback from my golf buddy who "won" the contract.

Did the FCC bribe US carriers on net neutrality?

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"Qualcomm has been at CTIA telling everyone that net neutrality means lower-end subscribers subsidizing the few who make use of excessive bandwidth, "

Only if they continue with the limited - unlimited crap. Charge a fair price for the bandwidth used and there is no problem.

"not to mention making it impossible for operators to offer priority for, say, VoIP traffic or streaming services."

Priority like now? By banning it?

NASA moon-bomb probe strikes rich seam of fruitcake

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honest fears or beliefs

Have any of them looked at the moon? It's covered in craters, the craters have craters. You can see them from earth without a telescope. It's been hit a million times by stuff WAY bigger then the tin can NASA dropped on it.

But maybe there is a plan here by the PTB... Divert all the morons from noticing that there are real problems (could also explain fox news) that people should be looking at.

Conficker smites Oxford Brookes network

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Last month a couple of our classrooms got infected. Fully patched XP SP3.

A few cleaners like Stinger for conficker didn't even detect it. Some like Sophos detected it, claimed to have cleaned it, but after a reboot it was back. The first thing I found that could remove it was Trend's Housecall 7 beta. Once the classroom server was clean I just re-imaged the student workstations.

I think there must be a new version that attracts a different hole then the first version.

Sony pulls plug on cabled power

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How is this usful?

" reaching around the back of your TV to find that elusive power plug could, one day, become a problem of the past."

Now you have to reach around the back of the TV and the power transmitter to get to the power plug. So you have replaced a cheap 1 metre power cord with an expensive power transmitter and a 1/2 metre power cable.

First USB 3.0 hard drives fall short of SuperSpeed speed

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"Both are some way short of the 640MB/s - 5Gb/s - maximum throughput SuperSpeed was designed to support. "

It can go faster then the drive inside the box. Once kit is available compare the same drive on ESATA and USB 3.0 to see how well it really works.

FCC boss moves for stiffer net neut rules

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Canada needs to get to this too

I was thinking of getting a Palm Pre, it's exclusive to Bell and they limit data to Web browsing and "personal" email. No voice over IP, no streaming, no "corporate" email like exchange sysnc, no vpn...

Rogers is guilty too. If you buy an internet stick for your laptop they block vpn, you have to pay extra on top of the normal outrageous data rate if you want to use vpn.

Both need a good swift kick in the ass. If I pay for xMB of data a month I should be able to use it for what ever I want. And don't give me that Unlimited* crap.

Microsoft purges AutoRun from older Windows

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@ deegee

So no Sony CDs from HMV, or DVDs that might have ripgard on them or MP3 players, LCD Photo frames, GPS that have come pre-infested from the factory? At least you can still plug a mouse into your computer.

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CD and DVD malware

I expect that they kept autorun at the request of macrovision and friends so that they can continue to protect "high value" music and video from being ripped by morons.

Even idiots know to turn off autorun or hold the shift key down.

Mozilla Labs bootstraps on another Jetpack

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RE: More malware?

It still has miles to go to catch up with Active-Hex in the malware vector world...

Japan gets to grips with train-grope websites

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Women gropers

Yes there are women who grope men on Japanese trains. Little old ladies who like to pinch bottoms of young men. And they often travel in groups.

I wonder if it's revenge for all the men that groped them when they were young?

Met shops self to IPCC over terror toddlers

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John, this was NOT an arrest after witnessing a crime as in you example #1.

Try not to compare apples and oranges next time.

Philips waves farewell to point-and-press remote controls

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try creating better menus you prats !!!

If you need the manual to find something in the menu, you fail. Double fail if the manual is no help and you have to poke around for ages to find what you want.

I have a DVD player with two "setup" screens. One right at the root of the menu. But if you want to set it to output 16x9 or set the audio output to bitstream you need the second setup screen, that one is two layers down and only appears if you don't have a disc in the player.

I have a gesture for whoever created that menu layout...

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