* Posts by Tom 35

2958 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Want an Internet of Stuff? Not so 4K-ing fast ... yet – Akamai

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Let me fix that... internet speeds in many countries still lag behind the minimum requirements for streaming 1080P. Even compressed to hell, looks like a VCD 1080P.

'If you see a stylus, they BLEW it' – Steve Jobs. REMEMBER, Apple?

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"They could eat Wacom's entire casual user base"

An iPad pro that is going to cost an arm and a leg will not be eating anything casual.

SFO: 'Insufficient evidence' for conviction over HP-Autonomy deal

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Re: Dear HP

Well it could have been even worse... big bonus for me!

Scientific consensus that 2014 was record hottest year? No

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You can always spot a Lewis story from the headline

And you always know what it's going to say.

Go Canada: Now ILLEGAL to auto-update software without 'consent'

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Re: Not bad

It's true that it didn't do anything about the penis pills and other magic woo sellers, but my spam fillers get 99% of that stuff.

What it did kill off was "legitimate" companies that thought it was OK to use an email address you supplied for one purpose to spam the crap out of you (except they call it an email blast so it was totally not spam).

So now I get a please let us spam you email, and I do nothing.

Silicon Valley WAGE-FIX: Tech firms mull new deal to kill staff lawsuit

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Re: No settlement, EVER....

Giving 10s of millions to CEOs is also ridiculous and they do it all the time.

One Sync to rule them all: How Microsoft plans to fix OneDrive

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Hello there is a problem with my computer

I click on One Drive and it takes me to sharepoint.

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It worked so well for outlook...

CES 2015: The good, the mad and the POINTLESS

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How about

LG's new TV that lets you switch the screen between a flat TV or a Banana TV.

Watch out Seagate: Here comes WD with a hybrid flash/disk drive launch

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Re: Really, El Reg...

Or if they don't have an actual relevant photo they could just use all text. The random clip art they have been using is a waste of space.

Microsoft flings Office apps for Android slabs at world+dog

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Work and excel installing on my Nexus 7 now...

I see they are listed as having In-app purchases.

Word is 115 MB. Excel 125 MB.

Word. Kind of slow. Works with my Work Office 365 account. Can open work onedrive files, but can't save for some reason (normal win8 style non useful error message).

Works with dropbox, and can save in subfolders unlike the phone app.

Excel could see my files in onedrive, but could not open them. Worked fine with dropbox.It's a separate install, but I didn't have to log on with Excel, it used the word logon.

I'll have to play with them more to know if they are better then other android office apps, or just slower.

Verizon wants to sell 'antiquated' copper assets, stick to wireless for voice

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Re: “[F]rankly better” services than “antiquated copper”?

After a big ice store last year the power was off for days. My land line worked fine, cell tower died in less then a day, and the people next door have an IP Phone that didn't work at all without power.

FREE EBOOKS: Apple falls into line with EU refund laws

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Re: Assumptions

I expect anyone that wanted a free book would just download a cracked DRM striped copy.

This one shall pass! Not even a flesh wound from ‘Monty Python’ SPACE ROCK

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Re: 5.17 years?

But what is it's quest?

Facebook privacy policy change leaves Dutch stomping feet

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Re: The zuck has blinked..

The mobile FB app alread has I-want-access-to-everything-on-your-mobile permissions so who cares. Just remove both and use a web browser. Not as easy to post pictures of you food, but works fine when a company tells you to look for info on their facebook page.

End well: this won't. European Copyright Society wants one EU law to rule 'em all

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Re: Harmonization = everyone must accept the worst common denominator

Are they also going to harmonize the "this video is not available in your region" thing?

No didn't think so.

Ladies and trolls: Should we make cyberbullying a crime? – Ireland

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Re: The online world is, in effect, now a public place

And they need to define what is a crime (good luck with that) so that people can know what they are typing is a crime before they click send.

But it will be some wishy washy thing and will just end up being a law important people can use to hit people they don't like.

OnePlus vs Micromax: Dream of Google-less Android now further away

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Re: Sounds like an opportunity for Linux for phones

There are already LOTS of China phones (and tablets) with Google free android. That's not a problem.

But unlike Amazon* they don't have an app store so people google for instructions to install the google apps, or use dodgy app download sites.

Google free is not the problem. Having something else to replace the Google bits is the problem.

As Amazon have shown it's possible to build a Google free android device (more the tablets then the joke of a phone). But is Amazon "less evil" then Google, or Apple...

But don't even think about building a non-Apple IOS device. You could build a WinPhone, but you are going to have one of them there evil secret agreements and good luck with not using the MS app store.

* Nokia's android was still born, only surprise was it lasted as long as it did.

When algorithms ATTACK: Facebook sez soz for tacky 'Year in Review' FAIL

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should only happen when you request one

They just created it automatically so it just popped up. They could have said "we have new "year in review" feature, would you like us to create one for you? You will have the option of editing or deleting it if you don't like it".

Mobe not-spots 'landmark deal'? We ain't thick, Javid

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There is a big plus for customers, you only really need one network in areas with low population.

But a big negative for the current providers. It's now easier for some upstart to move into the market as they don't need to build a full network all at once.

Christmas Eve email asked Oz telcos for metadata retention costs by Jan 9th

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Service providers?

So are they going to get Gmail, yahoo, etc. to save spy data for them? How about mail.ru? Flybynight.com web hosting?

How about that VPN connection? Are they just working from home? Watching US Netflex! or uploading pirated pedoterorist films!!

I'm sure it will be a very cost effective method to fight serious crime. :p

Microsoft promises open plan mobile Office. Who sits by the Windows?

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Support for dropbox

The Android phone version was updated to support dropbox, sort of.

You can open a document from anyplace in your dropbox. But you can only save it in the root.

Kingsoft (WPS) office works better (and is already available for tablets) so MS still have lots of work to do if they want to be of any use.

Sucker for punishment? Join Sony's security team

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They had to make the wall st. raider happy

Even after the example of the playstation hack, they cut security staff to a few plus a bunch of managers. But it's all ok the raider has already cashed out so everything is fine.

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Yes it's very clear

They need more management.

vulnerability management director... that should impress the board.

Apple's DIRTY SECRET isn't that secret, or that dirty

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desperately poor people

So are the "desperately poor people" getting the money from this, or is there some not so poor bastard in the middle skimming off all the money? Like some fence buying stolen goods for pennies on the dollar.

Microsoft, rivals together fight US govt's cloud data snatch

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Re: The basic issue in this case seems to be the judges and prosecutors

No it's 100% assholedom. It's written into US law.

If I fly into a US airport, say New York or Texas and I'm still on the international side of the security gate, I have no rights. They can search me if they fell like it, take my electronics, lock me up. I'm not "in" the US, and not a US citizen so too bad if they decide they don't like me.

Penguin porn? NO! Linux folk in #LCA2015 standoff

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Re: probably little to do with penguins?

Unless your a seal.


Senator: Backdoor for the Feds is a backdoor for hackers

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"These agencies spied on huge numbers of law-abiding Americans, and their dragnet surveillance of Americans' data did not make our country safer."

Substitute People for Americans. Even the people in US who think it is wrong to spy on everyone, seem to think only US citizens have any rights. Every one else is fair game.

The future looks bright: Prepare to be dazzled by HDR telly tech

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Re: Not convinced

I just bought a new 23: IPS monitor and when I first turned it on in the default "showroom mode" my first response was GHAA MY EYES!

Once I had the brightness turned down, and the colour set to something more natural it's very nice.

Give me good black level, better colour space. I don't need a TV that will require me to put on SPF 50 sun screen before turning it on.

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And I don't buy it that ambilight alone will solve this.

They are going to need a spoiler, and fuzzy dice too.

The Pirate Bay SUNK: It vanishes after Swedish data center raid

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"The value is never zero. If they're taking the time to download it, assuming an average salary of $40k and assuming it takes five minutes to navigate the page, start the download, etc. that's $1.50 just in opportunity cost."

More of your magic money. Your not skipping work to download a movie. Do you count how much it costs you to sleep? How about eating? Don't be stupid.

No one is stealing anything. No it's nothing like the same thing.

Outweighs what lost sales? You think every download is a lost sale? Now that Pirate bay is down people are rushing off to HMV to buy DVDs? If they had perfect copy protection media sales would skyrocket? If I decide to skip the movie and go to the pub are you any better/worse off? Magic money again. You have not lost anything, it's a maybe sale at best.

I expect you are thinking I am the type that never buys anything. Well your wrong, checking DVD Profiler shows that I currently have 2819 items in my data base. All DVDs or Blu-Rays, I have a couple hundred CDs too. But it's defiantly a love/hate relationship.

The "you wouldn't steal a car" bullshit mentality of the media companies just pisses me off. Put copy protection crap on a Blu-Ray so it will not play on my 2 year old player (thanks Fox) and think it's perfectly reasonable to tell me to go buy a new player. The BD rip is still available online 2 days before my copy arrives from Amazon.

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Re: Keepin' em honest

"you can't compete with free"

Sorry, that's bullshit. Netflix competes with free just fine. If the price is reasonable, the service is convenient, people will pay. Sure it could be better if the studios would get rid of the "not available in your region" crap, but it works well enough.

On the other hand crap like "digital copies" or "ultraviolet" would not go anywhere even if they were free.

" This will improve the global economy,"

No, at best it will just shift where the same money ends up, they might spend it locally instead of it going up someone's nose in Hollywood. It's not one download = one lost sale, and the money for that lost sale disappears from the face of the earth.

-The value to the downloader might be zero, more like a time filler you watch on TV just because. They are never going to buy the Blu-Ray of Food Fight!

-They might find something they like, and go out and buy it.

-They might be watching a TV show that they can't watch. They will buy the Blu-Ray box set when it comes out (I know people who do that with Dr. Who for example).

Net neutrality: Cisco, Intel, IBM warn FCC NOT to crack down on ISPs

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And cut into sales of expensive netflex killing kit.

EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

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Unless someone is not important and/or they are going to be thrown under the bus. Then it's truly necessary.

Firms will have to report OWN diverted profits under 'Google Tax' law

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Re: It is only a draft law

"I'm not sure how you'd work around something like that"

justify those actions.

- It's good for the economy.

Job done.

As long as they don't say what counts as justification I'm sure they can come up with something to keep everyone happy.

One-click, net-modelled UK copyright hub comes a step closer

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EU law bods: New eCall crash system WON'T TRACK YOU. Really

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Re: No chance of scope creep here...

No chance of the insurance companies saying that if you give them access to your data they will not double your rates.

Identity thieves slurp Sony Pictures staff info – as CEO sends 'don't sue me, bro' memo

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Not security by obscurity.

Fire all the IT staff, keep a bunch of managers that say "yes sir, everything is a-ok".

The internet is less free than last year. Thanks a bunch, Snowden

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Re: Don't blame it on Snowden

Like the failure with a gun in Ottawa looking for fame in death. Oh no terrorists, must pass this new spy law!

Did they write that law in a day and a half, or have they been sitting on it waiting for an excuse?

'We're having panic attacks' ... Sony staff and families now threatened in emails

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Not just the size of the team...

11 people – mostly managers

Kaspersky: That 2 years we took to warn you about Regin ? We had good reason

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Re: If the Police discover a body they can't identify...

So the high profile targets found out enough about it to detect it.

Now use it for a wide range of lower profile targets, now it starts to show up in AV samples.

Microsoft forks .NET and WHOMP! Here comes .NET Core app dev stack

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"the foundation for all future .NET platforms".

Or until they change their mind again.

Splashdown! Orion lands safely in the Pacific Ocean

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nothing wrong with Russia

Other then being worse at geography then a US beauty pageant contestant.

What a pity: Rollout of hated UK smart meters delayed again

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Re: Pointless and dangerous fads

Once they have enough of them installed they can do what they did in Toronto and charge different rates for different times of the day.

They started out with the peak rate 3 times the overnight / weekend rate. But it seems a lot of people moved stuff to the off peak time so each price change the off peak goes up more then the peak rate and now it's only half the peak rate. And even less with the next change...


Last fall we got a smart water meter, that's worse then the electric one since they don't even have peak use problems. Wonder when we will be getting a smart gas meter...

UK slaps 25 per cent 'Google Tax' on tech multinationals

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Re: Slap an import duty on Trademark Rights being "imported"

Drug companies are just as bad as the tech companies. The drug costs loads to develop, then pennies to produce so they can have fun shifting the money around between different countries.

Speaking in Tech: Android 5.0 Lollipop is a TRAIN WRECK

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Re: Lollipop - Form over function?

My Nexus 4 runs fine. A couple of apps needed to be updated but everything I use now works OK.

Don't like the new calender at all.

Notifications are cluttered with too much info, don't need to read the email in the notification.

While the web stares at cat pics, the glue of the internet is being shifted from US govt control

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Re: Here comes the new boss...

It should reduce the price of bribes by cutting out the government middle men, so should be popular with corporations.

If the COMMISH says block that email account, BLOCK IT!

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there is nothing to stop it demanding to see Larry Page’s email account

There is also nothing to stop it demanding to see a unicorn. If the mail server is not in Europe they may have the same luck.

One year on, Windows 8.1 hits milestone, nudges past XP

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Re: I need a compelling reason...

HyperV? I have an intel core2quad so no HyperV for me.

The latest wintel deal requires that I "upgrade" to an i3 if I want HyperV with Windows 8.

That or install server where my antique CPU still works.

US parking operator: YEP, hackers got your names, credit card numbers, secret codes...

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It sounds like it was intercepted in transit from the terminal in the parking lot, to the central POS system that had been broken (remote access again, crap password I expect).

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