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* Posts by ratfox

3415 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Republicans want IT bloke to take fall for Clinton email brouhaha

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Re: Bah!

> Irrespectiveless

You did this on purpose, didn't you?

Trump's lips sealed on surveillance, complains EU privacy chief

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I think EU's bluff has been called

"No, we're not going to respect the privacy of your citizens. So? What are you going to do about it?"

Really, the only thing that the EU can do is to declare it illegal to store EU user data out of the EU. I'm not sure it would be very useful, and I'm not sure the users themselves care a lot; but it's completely silly to pretend that the US are going to respect the privacy of EU citizens, when they basically don't even respect that of US citizens.

That, or they drop the charade, and they admit that they are unable to guarantee the privacy of their citizens.

We're spying on you for your own protection, says NSA, FBI

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Makes sense

It's illegal to gather data about US citizens; so they just hoover up all the data indiscriminately, then do specific queries for US citizens on the whole database, which is legal because they're just querying data by this point, not gathering it. Sounds legit.

Why Firefox? Because not everybody is a web designer, silly

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Happy

I lost it at the Haskell mention.

Naked Androids to rampage across Russia

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Stop

Re: Fixed it for him.

Yandex and Google have roughly comparable market share in Russia. He doesn't need to pretend anything.

Software dev cuffed for 'nicking proprietary financial trading code'

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Trollface

You must be right. I'm sure that it's child play to make millions by placing automated trades on the stock market.

FCC kills plan to allow phone calls on planes – good idea or terrible?

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Re: Yes, this would be bad, but it shows what a hypocrite Pal is

He's not a hypocrite; he's just decided to completely go against everything his predecessor proposed.

Manchester pulls £750 public crucifixion offer

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If they forget to take you down, for the rest of your very short life.

Banking group denied access to iPhones' NFC chips for alt.Apple.Pay

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And this is why we can't have nice things

It's taken decades to create standards allowing all systems to interoperate, and now the biggest limiting factor is that each company wants to create a walled garden.

I envision a future where the world will be divided not into countries, but into customers of different mega-corporations, who won't be able to interact with each other for the obstacles separating them.

Uber wasn't to blame for robo-ride crash – or was it? Witness said car tried to 'beat the lights'

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WTF?

Re: side on impact

How can you drive so fast, while turning left at an intersection, that the freaking Volvo you hit rolls over!? Was the woman driving a tank?

BDSM sex rocks Drupal world: Top dev banished for sci-fi hanky-panky

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Re: Good code is good code

Developers sometimes must interact with other people. In some cases, if their personality is toxic enough, it doesn't matter how good their code is because they can destroy an organization with petty infighting.

How Ford has slammed the door on Silicon Valley's autonomous vehicles drive

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If history is any guide, nobody will want to use the manufacturer system because the UI will be unusable, access to CAN data or not.

Google pulls Hezbollah YouTube channel after we told them about the drone ads

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"Potentially lethal drones."

Really? A potentially lethal 100-grams drone? This article belongs on the Grauniad. Just add that it can be used to spy on children, and they'll buy it.

Uber president quits, says company's values inconsistent with his own leadership style

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What the heck is a president?

It is below CEO? Same height as COO? Kind of like an SVP without portfolio?

Tech titan pals back up Google after 'foreign server data' FBI warrant ruling

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I do have to wonder why the MS case didn't set a precedent for this?

IIRC, the judge said that Google routinely backs up emails and changes the position of backups between data centers, for network balancing and the like. So they just have to "rebalance" the backups so that they are situated in the US, and then it's fair game.

Germany to Facebook, Twitter: We are *this* close to fining you €50m unless you delete fake news within 24 hours

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Re: Start with CNN

It is with "F", just not Fake, It is worse. A different F word - a longer one.

... Facebook?

1.37bn records from somewhere to leak on Monday

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"reducing the number of identities by 30,000."

I think you mean 30 millions.

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Google not in the list?

If Yahoo! has a billion users, surely Google also does?

Uber loses court fight over London drivers' English language tests

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To be fair, Uber drivers do require English knowledge less often than normal Taxicabs, since the app is telling them where to go. Technically, they only need for a normal ride to confirm the name of the passenger. And maybe inform the passenger they've arrived.

Of course, there's still plenty of potential situations where they would need to communicate with the customer, so I can't sat I disagree. Also, fuck Uber.

US Congress to NSA: How many Americans do you illegally spy on?

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The intelligence community continues to argue it is difficult to tell the nationality of someone making a call or sending an email without a huge amount of effort or without violating their privacy.

To be honest, I believe that. It seems silly to think that the NSA would have at its fingertips the nationality of every freaking email account, greatest intelligence community or not.

So since they don't know, they just listen to whatever they want; problem solved.

Yahoo! dysfunction! meant! security! warnings! were! ignored!

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Re: The entire Yahoo board should be sacked

If you need to hire someone to turn a failing organization around, you hire someone who has done it at least once before.

...And in 2045 died the last human who knew how to turn around a failing organization. There was no one left in the world who had ever done it before, therefore no one who was able to do it.

That said, you could have made quite a bit of cash if you'd bought Yahoo stock when Marissa Meyer was hired!

Google's Project Zero reveals another Microsoft flaw

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Re: Is this the same Google that is still unable to update Android?

@WatAWorld: the essential difference is that it's not Google's OS running on Android phones. Android is open source, and Samsung and others write their own version adapted to their own phones.

In comparison, Windows machines don't have a different OS depending whether it's sold by Dell or Lenovo. And of course only Apple sells iPhones.

Don't worry about Privacy Shield, it's fine. Really. I promise, says US trade watchdog head

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Political theatre

- Can the US government be trusted not to look at user data? No.

- Can US companies guarantee user data is safe from the NSA? No.

- Is Europe going to ban US companies from handling user data? No.

- Are Europeans going to stop using the services of US companies? No.

We want Waymo money from you! Uber sued for 'stealing self-driving car' blueprints from Alphabet

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Oh I see. You only ever read The Register, and they rarely link to videos of moving cars. Let me help you find more information:

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=youtube+google+self+driving+car

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WTF?

If that's all you've ever seen from Google, you must have made a serious effort to look elsewhere...?

Swedish politician wants weekly hour of paid sex. For exercise

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I'm curious to know what the plan is for singles. A random matching system?

Google to annihilate online trolling with ... tra-la-la! Machine! Learning!

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$350m! shaved! off! sale! price! as! Verizon! swallows! Yahoo!

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Re: Is this supposed to be a good deal for Yahoo! stockholders?

>What am I missing here?

That various shareholdings in Asia are not part of the sale and account for most of Yahoo's market cap

In fact, for quite a while, the shareholdings in Asia (Alibaba & Yahoo Japan) were worth more than Yahoo! 's market cap. Verizon is paying over $4bn for something which the market considers to have a negative value.

The only reason this makes sense is that there is a tax issue stopping Yahoo! from selling off all their Asian holdings and giving the cash straight to their shareholders. They wanted to do it, but the IRS warned they might be taxed, so they decided to sell Yahoo! proper instead.

Apple to Europe: It's our job to design Ireland's tax system, not yours

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Fascinating

I suppose we are to believe that Apple generates all of its wealth in the Cayman Islands.

SpaceX blasts back into the rocket trucking business

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Landing again. And making it look easy.

Huge if true: iPhone 8 will feature 3D selfies, rodent defibrillator

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Re: Come along commentards, pay your way!

Biting the hand that feeds IT since 1994!

Mystery deepens over Android spyware targeting Israeli soldiers

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Angel

Or, there's a lone hacker somewhere who is wondering how come just following best practices gets you labeled as an advanced state military organization.

Google claims ‘massive’ Stagefright Android bug had 'sod all effect'

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Another way to read this is that users are so easy to trick, it's not worth coding complicated intrusion techniques...

Totally not-crazy billionaire Elon Musk: All of us – yes, even you – must become cyborgs

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Re: I'm baffled.

Musk can already boast two successful ideas, which does seem to indicate it was not a fluke.

But he's still careful with some of the ideas he has. He gave out this Hyperloop idea, then said somebody else should do it, not him. Which in my opinion was a smart move, as I consider the idea near unworkable.

Oracle settles court spat with fired cloud 'sales inflation whistleblower'

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Re: All of the traditional (some would say legacy) companies...

In the beginning at least, Microsoft counted Office 365 licenses bundled with standard office licenses. Essentially, they told customers they were giving the Office 365 for free with the standard office (and you couldn't refuse), but then counted part of the sale for cloud services.

Munich may dump Linux for Windows

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WTF?

Replacing Linux with Windows, based on *cost*?

Microsoft must have really changed.

Dublin court to decide EU's future relationship with Trump's America

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Political theatre

- Can the US government be trusted not to look at user data? No.

- Can US companies guarantee user data is safe from the NSA? No.

- Is Europe going to ban US companies from handling user data? No.

- Are Europeans going to stop using the services of US companies? No.

Why software engineers should ditch Silicon Valley for Austin

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Happy

Maybe the developers in Blighty should consider moving? No need to even learn a new language. Except if you move to Texas, that accent can be tricky.

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Would you rather make slightly less and have Google on your CV, or make a little more and have to explain why that coding job at Denver's...

You can have both; Google has an office in Denver. Also in Seattle. In fact, I think they do have one in Austin!

And by the way, Austin may be in Texas, but it's a blue town.

RAF pilot sent jet into 4,000ft plummet by playing with camera, court martial hears

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Re: 15,000 feet-per-minute

I take it that 15,000 per minute is the top vertical speed reached, and 4,400 feet is the total altitude difference over 33 seconds.

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Re: Left handed?

That is indeed weird. But a quick image search does seem to indicate the pilot and the copilot use a different hand to pilot the plane. They have to learn to fly with either hand.

In fact, Boeing pilots also have the same problem, because the throttle is always in the center between the two seats, and so the pilot has to fly with the left hand.

Brexploitation? Adobe gets creative with price hikes

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Re: "you don't expect them to give it away for free"

@Oh Homer:

It's irrelevant that they already got their money back. As long as the product is useful to you, it makes sense that you need to pay for it.

If you rent a house, there is no magical point in time after which you don't need to pay rent anymore. Once a movie has become profitable, you still need to pay to watch it in a theater.

People get rewarded in proportion to how useful their work is, not how hard they worked. If Adobe's products are useful for many years, they deserve to get paid for many years. This is in fact their incentive to do a good job. And if you think they're not doing a good job, feel free to use a competing product, or write one yourself.

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Re: Does not compute

Yeah well, you don't expect them to give it away for free after they recovered their investment costs, do you?

From their point of view, they set the price once and for all — and that price hasn't really gone up. It's the worth of the pieces of paper in your wallet that has gone down.

Comcast staffers join walkout over Trump's immigration crackdown

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I'm sure it feels great to protest

But I believe Trump followers feel empowered when they see the "liberals" protesting.

EU whacks first nail into mobile roaming charges' coffin

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Re: Shall I get my coat or ask a possibly silly question or two?

Well, it becomes zero, then of course negative; so you'll be paid for surfing the web.

Waymo robo autos way mo' primo at avoiding-o wreck-os (yeah, yeah, we ran out of rhymes)

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What's the difference with now? Carjacking is not exactly unheard of.

Fear not, Europe's Privacy Shield is Trump-proof – ex-FTC bigwig

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Theatre

Sorry, but I can't bring myself to take any of this seriously. It's very well to say you can complain to US courts and whatnot, but I find it quite obvious that the US government is going to demand our private data, and get it, and there's nothing we can do to stop it.

This is just a smokescreen designed by politicians to claim everything is fine.

Trump's visa plan leaks: American techies first

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Re: "SV companies ... weren't willing to offer adequate compensation"

This is very unlike the UK. Compensations in Silicon Valley are way over the $100k limit — you can almost double the amount — so I doubt that the Googles and Facebooks are concerned about this new rule, or their employees.

It's the start-ups that are going to lose under this scheme.

Google: I know we promised not to mix our data silos buuuut...

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Paris Hilton

Oracle?

Oracle is doing advertising? Who knew?

Google hardwires its Android app store into new Chromebooks

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Hard to see why Microsoft wasn't allowed to bundle a browser, and Google would be allowed to bundle an app store... Though now that I think of it, it's hard to claim that Chromebooks represent a monopoly comparable to the grip Microsoft had (and largely still has) on the PC. And Apple has a similar market share of laptops, and they bundle their App Store on MacBooks.

Still, Google is already in multiple parallel trouble with the EU regulators, they'd better be careful. At this point, they practically are guilty until proven innocent.

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