* Posts by Tom 35

2939 posts • joined 10 Jun 2009

Let's vote on breaking up Google, say MEPs with NO power to do any such thing

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Re: Precedent has been set...

Microsoft actively tries to get your to use bing. If you don't do anything you get bing.

Most people actively choose Google if they use IE (there are 141 search providers listed in my copy of IE 11), or they download Chrome or Firefox.

With the Microsoft Windows / IE thing they forced Microsoft to offer an easy choice so people could use Firefox if they didn't want IE. Google is not the same thing at all, people chose to use Google, if you make it easier to pick your search provider even more will pick Google.

'Snoopers' Charter IS DEAD', Lib Dems claim as party waves through IP address-matching

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Re: Static addresses

"And why would ISPs care about if people used VoIP more?"

Because a lot of them are also phone companies, or offer their own VoIP.

BOFH: WHERE did this 'fax-enabled' printer UPGRADE come from?

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Re: Purchasing live in a different universe

"Or we couldn't supply you with those parts because of our exclusive supply contact, but we got something vaguely similar."

Where "exclusive supply contact" = I get a big kickback from the other guys.

Be real, Apple: In-app goodie grab games AREN'T FREE – EU

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Re: Huh?

If you get killed in 5 minutes by players who bought upgrades, and you want to play the game then it's not free.

If you get 20 levels in and get to a level where you can't get past it without paying for an upgrade it's not free.

They are pay2win games.

If the game costs nothing to install, and has no option to pay money for add-ons, then it's free.

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Re: So-o-o-o-o-o-o...

Don't forget the ever popular buy two, get one free type thing. Sounds so much better then buy 3 get 33% off.

The best name for most of them is pay-to-win.

Renewable energy 'simply won't work': Top Google engineers

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Re: reducing energy consumption

"it's not "the rich" that are increasing the population at 2-4x their replacement levels."

Just shutting down anything linked to planned parenthood, birth control, education. Got to keep their poor/stupid/low pay workforce growing.

Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked

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Re: Simple Really!

It seems people buy little blue pills from spammers all the time so how surprising is it if they install apps from scummy app stores (it seems the iOS hacks were mostly delivered in spam too).

'Most advanced mobile botnet EVER' is coming for your OFFICE Androids

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"Lookout has thus far actively protected against NotCompatible on hundreds of thousands of devices in the U.S. and around the world."

I expect this is another China phone users with no access to the google app store downloading crap from random app sites.

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a large amount of people

This is a 12-story block combining classical neo-Georgian features with the efficiency of modern techniques. The tenants arrive here and are carried along the corridor on a conveyor belt in extreme comfort, past murals depicting Mediterranean scenes, towards the rotating knives. The last twenty feet of the corridor are heavily soundproofed. The blood pours down these chutes and the mangled flesh slurps into these...

LIFE, JIM? Comet probot lander found 'ORGANICS' on far-off iceball

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Re: Secret mode?

"So how long before the major religions update their spiel to include how complex organic molecules got onto comets?"

They already have an answer. One that works for everything.

God did it.

He also put stars 13 billion light years away and put all the light in place between there and here so we could see it.

Fossils, plate tectonics, carbon dating... god did it. Faked everything, just to test our faith.

God is the biggest troll in the universe.

US carder gets nine years in cooler, must pay back $50 MEELLION

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Re: No disincentive

You talking about the banks too?

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Re: He hit the jackpot?????

I they used cop math. The same math they use for the street value of drugs or the loss caused by downloading a couple Madonna tracks.

They will be lucky to see $50, so it might as well be $50 trillion as $50 million.

That dreaded syncing feeling: Will Microsoft EVER fix OneDrive?

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Different things same name

I wish Microsoft would stop putting the same name on different things. And they don't even do a complete job of it.

Hello, I've just clicked on onedrive in my office 365 and it's saying something about sharepoint... ?

Attack of the drones: ‘Nefarious’ private use rising, says top Blighty copper

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Re: Prison Contraband

But that would cut into the profit margin of US corporate run prisons.

So you want to introduce a BYOD plan. Where do you start?

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Re: Seems to me ...

It's not "It's all about control"

It's all about saving money, and toys for important people.

Now you get the same type that sell you anti-virus software trying to sell you MDM "solutions"

And you want to remote wipe MY device? I'm syncing everything to gmail so you will just piss me off when all my game hi-scores get wiped. If that sales guy is planning on taking all his contacts with him, they will be saved offline some place already.

You know where Apple Pay is getting used a LOT? Yes - McDonalds

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Re: Figures

Wait until you try KFC and Taco Bell.

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Re: So....

No, it will be...

Would you like to supersize that for $100?

Sony SPILLS GUTS on OTT service, so far for PlayStations only

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I'm sure the media arms of sony (record label / movie studio) will be sticking an ore into this, and will find some way to cock it up just like the not-MP3 players (nice hardware made useless by DRM and crap software).

Space Commanders rebel as Elite:Dangerous kills offline mode

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Re: Standard mistake to make

"For their cashflow of course"

Just wait for the next announcement that you can now buy (for real money) gold/fuel/weapons in their new "pay2win" system.

World leaders rubber-stamp tax recoup effort at G20 gabfest

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Re: @AC - FTFY

Maybe the supply of directorships and fat brown envelops have fallen off so they need to add some encouragement.

US Marshals commit DIRTBOX INTRUSION on Americans, says report

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Re: Pity...

If they had a warrant they could get the info from the phone company. So I'm guessing no, they are fishing.

Don't assume public trusts you, MI5. 'Make a case' for surveillance – Former security chief

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Re: I "trust" ISIS the most

IS has been manufactured because...

The latest proof that "the enemy, of my enemy is my friend" will come back to bite you on the ass every time.

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Throwing in the Islamic State is just kind of ridiculous

The standard if you don't do what we say you are for the terrorists.

or the slight variation, if you don't like our censorship you are for the pedophiles.

It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO... or an investor, come to that

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It's a bad day to be Serco's CEO...

Why, it's not like he will get tossed in jail no mater how much they overcharged, under performed. Worse case he has to jump ship with a few million stuffed in his pockets.

'Tech giants who encrypt comms are unwittingly aiding terrorists', claims ex-Home Sec Blunkett

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Re: I fear the Terrists...

foster fear and instability around the world...

Yes you do Blunkett. Please piss off.

Ex-NSA lawyer warns Google, Apple: IMPENETRABLE RIM ruined BlackBerry

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Re: What a lot of bol****

"I always heard blackberry could not be trusted because its servers were located in foreign countries"

Where your local government could not get at them. That was India's problem when the servers were in Canada and they could not get at peoples data so they forced BB to put servers in India so they could.

But if you are a company with your own server, then no one can get in without showing up at the door with a warrant. Blackberry could not give them back door access, and NSA types hated it.

Aussie spooks warn of state-sponsored online attacks during G20

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Aussie spooks should know

Because that's what they will be doing, along with the NSA and other friends.

Tech bubble? No, no way, nope, says Silicon Valley investor

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Bubbles only happen when the public is involved

Ha ha ha, good one.

REVEALED: Apple fanbois are 'MENTALLY UNSTABLE' - iShop staff

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The Apple staff I have dealt with have been polite / friendly

Until the door swings shut behind you then they could be pointing and making vomiting noises behind your back.

Trickle-down economics works: SpaceShipTwo is a prime example

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Things like disc breaks and fuel injection came from auto racing, but moved quite quickly to mid price cars. It was not Race car -> luxury car that cost as much as your house -> cheaper car. The only real exceptions I can think of are the super charger that never reached mid price or cheap cars and power assisted brakes that first appeared in very heavy cars like Rolls and not cheaper cars until US cars started getting big and heavy. Auto racing is hardly the ultimate playground of the rich, there are loads of races that use near stock cars (add a roll bar, take out the extra crap like passenger seats and not much more, you could buy a factory race version of a Neon for under $30k, the Mini won lots of rallies.

Ultimate playground of the rich? Maybe sea going yacht races, something that might develop a new material or two but that's about it.

But non of this has anything to do with trickle down economics.

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Trickle-down economics WORKS:

No. Just no.

It is like saying that if you want to get to the house next door to the east, walking west will get you there.

Net neutrality Thursday PROTESTS: Time to learn your chant

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You can't do both.

the ability to create a tiered service to consumers – while addressing the concerns of large content companies who fear being discriminated against unless they pay fees.

Everyone knew that Wheeler is there to give his old masters what they want. I expect if people put up enough fuss they will decide to study things some more and try again during the super bowl or something like that.

Eye laser surgery campaigner burned by Facebook takedown

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Re: Depends on perspective

Hello, we would like to put a few ads on your service... Now if this one page had an accident...

Microsoft, Dropbox execs go public with their Office hookup

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Now it's only half useless

I tried the Office 365 app. It only works on my android phone, it will not work on my Nexus 7 or any tablet (where the screen is big enough to use). It will not save any place but onedrive, not on the local device.

It was useless compared to other non-crippled apps that can read office files. Uninstalled.

It would take more then dropbox support to make me try it again.

Taylor Swift dumps Spotify: It’s not me, it’s you

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Re: Consumer or supplier

"I think the answer is that Spotify is too cheap. But maybe that's all the cash consumers are willing to part with for it as a service?"

She said...

"and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is."

Just like the bad old days. Back when you bought an album with 2 good songs, a couple ok tracks if your lucky and a bunch of filler. You paid what they asked for, or you didn't get it. Except they had this thing called radio. Oh and home taping was killing music.

Now you have iTunes where people can just buy the two good songs, and streaming services are the new radio (because radio is crap do to almost all the stations being owned by a couple companies who play the same crap). If you pull your tracks out of hundreds of other tracks people are listening to most people will not even notice.

The old days are not coming back Taylor, no people buying albums to get one or two songs, no buying everything twice, or three times when they switch format.

European astronaut exposes eerie snaps of ISS in Twitter feed

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Re: I'm wondering

And what iTunes store can they access.

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Re: In space no-one can hear you scream

"As the walls are only teflon with cheap china-sourced aluminium support"

At least you will not stick to the walls.

Data protection laws come to the rescue of poor, underpaid UK MPs

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"It will make the public very suspicious of what the motive is."

No it won't. They bloody know what the motive is.

Virgin 'spaceship' pilot 'unlocked tailbooms' going through sound barrier

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I have no idea

"Firstly, the "I have no idea why" is moot, because you're not trained"

No, it's still useful as a first step. They could for example say they had put a slice of Pizza in the toaster and it caught fire, and now it's not working. I have no idea why just tells you it's not obvious (or they are telling a porkies).

Google’s dot-com forget-me-not bomb: EU court still aiming at giant

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Re: Relevance

Relevance is BS code for Stuff you don't like.

No one wants to remove old Good stuff that is just as (not) relevant as the Bad stuff they want to censor.

Big Content outs piracy hotbeds: São Paulo, Beijing ... TORONTO?

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we all know every download is a lost sale

No for their numbers to work it has to be much worse. Movie tickets for a family of 4, $40 for popcorn and sugar water, and a DVD too (at full SRP). Oh and you are going to give copies to all your friends so we can multiply that by 20...

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Damn shame he got hidden in a closet.

Damn shame they let him out.

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If the cops are in the flea markets or china town I hope they are looking for dangerous electrical goods, not the crappy $2 discs in a zip-lock bag being sold there.

It seems the sure fire way to get raided is to sell "out of print" 50 year old Disney cartoons. That copy of Bambi is taking food right out of the original creators mouth!

I don't buy them because the quality is crap, but I did buy a copy of Song of the South just to spite Disney (it's a rip of the Japanese LD) .

NATO declares WAR on Google Glass, mounts attack alongside MPAA

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Re: I actually have a "bootlegged in a cinema" DVD

The real reason they hate cam copies, and the internet in general is that back in the day they could advertize the crap out of a movie, put every good bit in the ad, buy a few good reviews and get at least one good week of sales.

Now by the end of the first day everyone who cares knows it's crap.

FCC boss Wheeler clears way for internet TV and cable unbundling

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Re: for the more popular networks to subsidize the less popular channels

Canadian cable companies are fighting the loss of bundles. They say it will cause some channels to die, but they are just cheap crap used to puff up the bundles like rice crisps in a candy bar. If no one wants to watch your darts channel too bad, don't let the door hit you on the way out.

Lawyers mobilise angry mob against Apple over alleged 2011 Macbook Pro crapness

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Re: eco-friendly lead-free solder, heh?

this was paid for by NVidia who admitted liability.

Not right away, it was at least a year after laptops started dieing in large numbers before Dell, HP... started doing free out of warranty repairs. There was also an update to run the fan at full speed all the time. We had a few die twice as the new mother boards had the same defective part on them.

'GCHQ's surveillance data gulp is BULKY and WARRANTLESS', human rights groups moan

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We will not do that... unles we want to.

Bla, bla, bla... a RIPA interception warrant is not as a matter of law required in all cases in which unanalysed intercepted communications might be sought from a foreign government. bla bla bla.

Verizon bankrolls tech news site, bans tech's biggest stories

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Fewer blonds, no stories about how bad skeletally clad girls are with lots of pictures so you can see how bad they are.

Well for now anyway.

Painfully trendy: Someone just spent $200k on ebola.com

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Re: Natural Ebola remedies

"Natural remedy" is too nice a word for their magic woo pills.

Fake "fat burner" pills are bad enough, but people selling fake cures for serious medical conditions should be shot.


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I can see one probable problem

As soon AI is available some banker(s) will come up with a scheme to run all their high risk trading using the AI in an attempt to transfer all the worlds money to their account, they will set a new record for screwing things up.

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