* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

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?"

Panasonic patches cameras to block rivals' batteries

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So how long before the crap chinese batteries copy the chip

But the good quality 3rd party batteries will be unavailable.

People just not that into Blu-ray

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HD DVD numbers

Are pushed up by the clearance price. At the end they were cheaper then a good DVD player. People might have bought a few $5 HD DVDdisks at the time but they were buying to get a high quality DVD player cheap.

Apple iPhone 3GS

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Rogers? try Fido

Fido is owned by Rogers but have a different idea of what you want.

Also $299 with a 3 year contract. But the monthly cost starts at $60 (£31.79)

250 minutes, Evenings (from 7pm) and weekends, unlimited texts, and ...

500 MB of DATA... such a deal! Add $.03 / MB if you go over.

I like the iphone but I'm not going to buy any mobile internet device with the rip-off data rates in Canada!

WD 2TB Caviar Black appears on promo card

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Missed one...

They fixed the 64GB but missed the other one...

"store up to 750GB of data with a 2-16GB cache. "

Windows 7, Bing and security: Mr Ballmer regrets

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@ Timbo99

"Manufacturers do have an incentive to provide Microsoft Security Essentials"

Yes it's free, but if they include a trial of Norton/Mcfee they get a kickback. So unless MS is going to bribe them to install it there is no incentive.

Microsoft bribes Oz to ditch Firefox

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How long before

Some joker sets up a fake "you won" site :)

Samsung shines a light on first solar cellphone

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a setting that turns the phone into a torch.

So it has Sony batteries then...

Amazon, Apple dish up $300,000 to 'musical crims'

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60 cops?

What was the gang working out of a doughnut shop or something?

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