* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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...

Lawsuit seeks to tag WGA nagware as spyware

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@David W

"I've had to deal with hardware dongles, and they're an absolute and utter pain in the ass -"

We have an old system at work that is only used once a month to create some reports, the software uses a USB dongle. Someone thought the system was in the way so they pushed it back, dongle hit the wall and crunch. No longer supported, can't get a new dongle so I spent 3 hours cutting away broken epoxy and soldering on little bits of wire to get it working again. Once they finish pulling all the data and create new reports in crystal the thing is getting trashed.

Apple yanks C64 emulator from App Store

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"Apple's logic was that this tool could allow users to run illegal copies of games, holding it open to a charge of contributory copyright infringement."

More like someone could run software without getting the OK from Apple. Even if that was a crappy C64 program typed in from an old Commodore magazine... they can't have that.

iPhones get sun, leg power

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"output 5.5V at 100mAh"

Milliamp hours? Is it a battery or a charger?

iPhone rescue girl gets head stuck down bog

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She should have called this guy


He would be happy to get it back for her.

Japan's first lady visits Venus

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before the planet became the hellish, sun-scorched wasteland it is now.

See what happens when you use patio heaters!

Men far worse than women on password security

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From the 100 or so people at work...

Women will click on anything. If the cute puppy video didn't work they will then forward it to their friends to see if they can get it to work. Result 5 fake av installs last week.

Men walk away from their computers without locking them. Telling them not to has no effect... setting the background to pink flowers and the home page to a Hello Kitty site is MUCH more effective :)

NY residents sue for $100m over phone masts

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It's the zune brown colour

That is getting them upset.

They should repant them... maybe Green and Orange strips.

Dell and HP sing Microsoft tune on Word injunction

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Dell and HP

Want their kickback from installing trial copies of Office.

Sony takes on the Kindle

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Walled gardens

"unlike the Kindle which still can't be sold outside the USA thanks to its reliance on CDMA."

CDMA is available in Canada, but the Kindle like MP3s are not available from Amazon.ca, so it's more likely a case of can't be bothered + control freak licences.

"The company reckons the two are technically incompatible"

I call BS, I expect that it's more to do with control freak licence incompatibility.

When ISPs hijack your rights to NXDOMAIN

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If the results are relevant ...

"If the results are relevant"

A big IF, from what I've seen.

This is just as bad as people who register misspelled domain names and stick a bunch of ads on the page. They are ads! You only get ads if someone is paying for them, so if the site you are looking for is not running ads (on the right ad network) you will not see what you are looking for.

What if the site is down? Is a bunch of ads going to help you more then an error message? You still can't get to the site.

You know what happens if you type "google.cmo" with openDNS? You get redirected to google.com (same for any other obvious typo). That is making the web work better.

Pressure group aghast at Hillingdon ID card scheme

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If they are like store discount cards

You could do what we do with them... swap them with friends/co-workers every couple of months. Fill the DB with crap! Be a DB troll :)

Judge slaps ban on RealDVD software

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circumvents a technological measure that effectively controls access to or copying

CSS effective? Ha ha ha.

I wonder if real had extra stuff to get by all the extra crap that companies like Fox put on their DVDs (still not effective).

Feds seek $566m from man in online gambling case

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Did they learn math from the RIAA?

"laundering more than $350m"

"almost $566m in proceeds"

I don't see how this can add up...

Finn turns to ECHR after arrest for discussing DRM

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@Ben Boyle

"DRM systems are what music and film companies TRY TO USE to stop people illegally copying CDs and DVDs, or anything legal they don't like."

There... fixed the fix for you ;)

Government claims on immigration ignore IT industry

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Citizens are at a disadvantage

They have not received a booklet of useless trivia to memorize, and would be confused by the fact that correct definition of a "quango" is not one of the choices on the test (but I expect one created the test).

Mars rover stalks mystery space alien object

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Did you try a quick google? If you had you would know what an alpha particle x ray spectrometer was in about the time it took me to type this...

Boston student fined thousands for Napstering

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Fudged "damages"

"However with civil actions the damages awarded are intended to redress the damage suffered by the plaintiff and as such should be proportionate only to the amount of damage suffered and not the ability of the perp to pay"

The damages should be $1 per track downloaded + $1 per copy uploaded. Not every copy of a copy made by people up the chain. It would be different if he leaked an unreleased track and not something that was available at HMV.

They could sue they person he downloaded from, $22k, sue the person he uploaded to $22k. So they would be getting paid multiple times for the same damage.

No it's not really damage, it's a punitive fine to set an example pretending to be damages.

Microsoft's Windows 7 price gamble - and why it's flawed

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I bet

The few who bought a copy of Vista are not happy with the cost of an upgrade to 7 (Vista that works).

Walmart goes green with solar build-out

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buys offset credits equivalent to 1.3 billion kWh

For a total saving of 0 kWh.

Kingston's thumb drive is tiny Tardis

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@david 63

" You don't need to watch that little blue bar crawl across the screen you know. It will keep going without you willing it along..."

No, 5 seconds after you turn away it will stop.

Do you really want to move that locked file?


There is already a folder named crap...

Revenue not scared of carbon trading fraud

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carousel fraud?

Why bother with carousel fraud when it's easier to scam the whole system. Sell the same tree (if there even is a tree) to 10 people, who will know?

Ballmer gets tough with girly Microsoft partners

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Gates Horns

Same old crap.

Steve Ballmer told partners...

All your profits are belong to us.

"I don't know if they can't make up their mind or what the problem is over there. Last time I checked, you don't need two client operating systems."

So what about windows mobile?

France takes third swing at 'three-strikes' law

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Three Strikes?

Or is it three fouls?

Microsoft knew of nasty IE bug a year before attacks

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"Check whether the problem is fixed. If the problem is fixed, you are finished with this article. If the problem is not fixed, you can contact support "

And just how do check? Visit a nasty site and see if your PC gets hosed with spyware?

Phorm phading phast

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They could rase some cash by...

Selling Phorm Toilet paper and urinal pucks...

Lunar orbiter beams back first Moon snaps

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which will finally reveal whether Aldrin and Armstrong ever really set foot on the Moon

They will still say it's fake (and that they can tell because the shadows are wrong) same as always.

Software firm goes after Google for internet invisibility cloak

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Google unfare to scam artists

"As a result of Google's actions, these customers now see displayed only the advertisements and websites of third parties, including competitors of Ascentive..."

And reviews that say it's scareware crap with links to better free software.

They now use the name FastAtLast for their scam as well.

Ascentive, would you like some cheese to go with your whine?

Europe won't pay more for Windows 7. Really!

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MS could simply provide scripts to download a choice of browsers via ftp.

I expect there will be such a script, and an icon to run it but only for IE. I think the whole reason for for the no-IE version is an attempt to avoid having to ship windows with installers for other browsers. I'm sure it will be very easy to install IE. The first time your run win7 and it downloads patches it might even ask if you want IE.

Mozilla's servers wobble as Firefox 3.5 hits interwebs

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Looks good so far

I installed it on my second computer and no problems so far.

Nice quick install, no reboot required, all my bookmarks are still there too.

Reg hardware reviews now scroll smoothly even with the funky background that slows down 3.0.

Olympus shows off lens-swapping 'Pen' camera

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It even looks like the old Pen f

The original PEN cameras were 35 mm half frame, but the old Pen f that this appears to be modelled after was an SLR. There were also range finder models Pen w and the unfortunately named Pen s.


Microsoft unveils Windows 7 free upgrades and discounts

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Gates Horns

No IE8? For how long...

I expect that the first time you do something that would normally use IE8 (like run windows update first thing after the install) it will pop up with something like "IE8 required, would you like to install it now?"

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