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3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

BAN the ROBOT WHORES, says robot whore expert: 'These AREN'T BARBIES'

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Luckily it's very easy to separate porn etc. from reality so I can't see it harming views on women

*Cough cough* …I think you'll find this view is controversial.

*Cough*

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Unique astronaut job perk: Create a SHOOTING STAR by having a dump

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Twins and space travel

I know how this ends: The twin who comes back is much younger than the one who stayed on earth, right?

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Should take down mean stay down? EU’s Big Internet quiz leaks

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Google has developed its ContentID music filtering technology to identify songs as they’re uploaded – but it refuses to turn it on.

Huh? Isn't ContentID famous for being not only turned on, but also trigger happy, and even abused by some media companies?

There was the time where it identified NASA footage of curiosity as being "owned" by a small TV company who hadn't bothered to remove it from their automatic uploads.

There was the time where half the let's play videos got flagged despite nobody having complained about it.

And a quick search finds many testimonials of how difficult it is for video creators to fight spurious claims from media outfits that are either by laziness or by dishonesty blindly confirming every single contested claim.

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'Hey Siri, it's Obama, what should we do about Iran?'

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Re: Leave your browser running

"Where do I work?"

Indeed, Google Now answers properly to "Directions to work", but can't answer "Where do I work"…

I'd say the programmers never thought that somebody would ask such a question. There's no good answer for "Who am I" either!

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Apple drinks Putin’s Kool-Vodka, shoves Russians' iCloud data into Russia – report

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Hang on a minute

Does the law say "private data should exclusively be kept in our country", in a funny attempt to keep it safe from prying governments which I'm sure is making the NSA roll on the floor laughing, or does the law say "there should be a copy of the private data in our country" so they can have a look at it themselves?

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Witness Apple's iPhone-iPad extravapalooza here in our no-hate zone

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This bigger screen iPad Pro lets you touch documents, watch movies, play music. CHECKMATE ANDROID

You owe me a new keyboard!

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Drunk Japanese warrior cuffed after NINJA STRIKE on shop robot

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Terrible aggression

We should create new laws to punish this type of hateful behavior towards Basilis^Wour more advanced brothers.

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Lawrence Lessig's White House tilt hits crowdfunding goal

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Kahless

The post is required, and must contain letters.

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Gloves on as Googler deposits foul zero-day on Kaspersky lawn

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Re: A bit shitty though

That I understand, it's just the existence of the vulnerability that was disclosed, not the vulnerability itself. That can be announced before; it even serves as a heads-up that a fix is coming imminently.

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You shouldn't be paying for mobile ads (please buy our software)

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He also said it was down to publishers who rely on advertising for funding to find alternative business models.

…Well, we'll always have Wikipedia I guess.

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Euro telly bods say 'non' to spectrum sharing with mobiles

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DTT and LTE cannot share spectrum?

Well, I wouldn't mind seeing DTT go…

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Apple muscles in on biz world AGAIN – this time with Cisco pact

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Desk phones?

What year is it?

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Google's Chrome to gag noisy tabs until you click on them

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Re: Why not make it optional?

The way I understand it, that will still work. As long as the tab is visible when the sound starts, it will keep going on even if you hide it.

I bet a lot of people start a music video on YouTube and keep surfing in a different tab; I'm sure Google thought of them.

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Now India probes Google, threatens $1bn fine over 'biased' search

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Apparently, Microsoft is one of the biggest backers of the investigation.

You don't say…

Actually, I wonder what product Microsoft claims is unfairly penalized by Google. They have no more map service, and surely they're not asking Google Search to show results provided by Bing? Do they have a social network?

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US to stage F-35-versus-Warthog bake-off in 2018

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It's going to be tough to make it look like the F35 won. The A10 is a specialist without equals.

I wonder what the pilots would choose; I would choose reliability.

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Google: Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am – stuck in the middle of EU

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Re: that’s giving our customers and advertisers what they find most useful.

You jest, but Google only makes money when people click on the damn ads. And since Google makes a lot of money, it must mean that a lot of people find the ads useful!

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Apple watch breathes down Fitbit's neck

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Impressive for Fitbit

It's impressive that they managed to keep their lead on Apple. I'd bet on them keeping that lead. I would say that most of the people who were going to buy an Apple watch bought one already, and the demand for next quarters is going to be lower, until they release a second model. Fitbit, on the other hand, probably is selling the same amount regularly, and did not get a particular bump this quarter.

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EU Commish demands proof of Google's evil from rivals, customers

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The statements of competitors notwithstanding, the only other subject that didn't seem to be solved was the subject of scraping… and that was before the German publishers admitted they preferred Google to scrape and display snippets rather than just display titles.

Then again, maybe they prefer the Spanish solution.

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Microsoft sues InterDigital for 'monopoly power' over mobile patents

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Huh?

Surely, monopoly power is precisely what is granted by the patent system? Isn't it working as intended?

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Samsung goes to US Supreme Court to wriggle out of paying Apple millions of dollars

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Not likely

I think the Supreme Court would be fools to hear the case, and I think Samsung know it. Or they're being taken for a ride by their lawyers who are swearing they can make it if only they receive a little bit more money.

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Another root hole in OS X. We know it, you know it, the bad people know it – and no patch exists

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My first reaction was also "How can it be possible to do something useful out of a NULL pointer?"

Not that I'm knowledgeable about OS programming, but it seems unlikely that dereferencing a NULL pointer would have any legitimate use…

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Verisign sues Google's new love-interest .XYZ for a second time

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I hope Verisign is forced to pay for their opponents' lawyers.

That should really be mandatory when a massive corporation loses a groundless lawsuit against a much smaller business.

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Er, uh ... sorry! Project Ara will not launch this year after all

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I can't see an use for this

I love Lego as much as the next geek, but I can't really see the point of this. The amount of people who want to modify their phone according to the occasion is probably less than 1%, and the result has to be more bulky than a standard model in which components can be put more tightly. The way I see it, it's a solution looking for a problem.

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China laments 'wild guesses and malicious slurs' on state hacking

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Barrack?

Barack, surely.

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ZUCK OFF: Facebook nixes internship after student embarrasses firm

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Re: Guess Zuck really is a boy genius!

Isn't the issue that he made freely available the tool to exploit the problem, rather than informing Facebook privately and letting them fix the bug in advance? That's what security researchers do usually, isn't it?

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Assange™ is 'upset' that he WON'T be prosecuted for rape, giggles lawyer

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So is there a statute of limitations about skipping bail?

I'm unsure if that is the case. IIRC, Roman Polanski would still be put in jail if he is ever caught in the US, almost forty years after sex with a minor. There is no statute of limitations that apply, not due to the nature of the crime, but due to the particulars of how he escaped after pleading guilty.

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Aussies turn to comic cat videos for comfort

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Can't watch the show on the website, as I'm not in Australia.

…Is it on YouTube yet??

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Mozilla-Microsoft spat latest: Firefox yanks Cortana away from Bing

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All because I change my default search engine in Firefox doesn't mean I want it changed in Windows \ Cortana.

…I'm trying to imagine a universe where I want to use a different search engine depending on whether I start my search from the browser or the OS. I think it's the first time I've ever seen somebody claim they want this, but maybe I just lack imagination.

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Re: There does seem to be a problem with Cortana

I guess that very soon the word Cortana will get the meaning of 'That Windows Nag that just won't go away'

a.k.a Clippy 2.0

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IWF shares 'hash list' with web giants to flush out child sex abuse images online

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Indian carriers forced to send TXT for every 10 megabyte download

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My first SMS while visiting India was "You can also surf the web here with roaming". The second was "Entertain yourself! Watch a few videos on www.YouTube.com".

Nice try…

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Perhaps middle-aged blokes SHOULDN'T try 34-hour-long road trips

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as far as I know, the last was Sweden in the 1950s

Sweden changed in 1967, Iceland in 1968. A smattering of African and Asian countries changed since, most recently Samoa, which switched to the English side of the road in 2009.

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Apple, Google should give FBI every last drop of user information, says ex-HP CEO and wannabe US prez Carly Fiorina

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Re: That old chestnut

There are some things you just have to accept as being a risk if you wanna keep a certain level of freedom

<Insert Benjamin Franklin quote>

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EFF's Privacy Badger will block snooping ads and invisible trackers

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Re: Would you stop with...

Yeah, I missed that episode too. Hasn't the EFF existed for much longer than Google?

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Copyright troll wants to ban 'copyright troll' from its copyright troll lawsuit

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Re: Never Heard of Them.

I would assume downloading isn't something they have a problem with, it is uploading what you downloaded from them that causes them to lawyer up.

That's not the way I'm reading it. It looks to me like they're attacking people who download their stuff from third-party websites. Because technically, it is illegal to simply download.

You'll remember that the music industry also used to sue random Joes for like $15'000 for every single song they downloaded, as an attempt to scare the public away from randomly downloading from the Internet. The music industry has stopped with the aggressive scare tactics, not because downloading has become legal, but because of the backlash in public opinion.

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Microsoft vacates moral high ground for the data slurpers' cesspit

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Re: Yep.

To be honest, this concept of privacy is almost recent. Only a two hundred years ago, you wouldn't have dreamt of hiding your secrets from your neighbors. People mostly lived in small towns, and had no anonymity, and not much privacy either.

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Cause of Parliamentary downtime on Microsoft Office 364½ revealed

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Nice title

It got a laugh out of me

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Cop shops mock cop for cop stop flop: He'll cop it for copping it up - top cop

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Nice business

1. Stop random cars

2. Ask if they have money

3. Confiscate the money under civil asset forfeiture laws

4. Profit

It would be funnier if some actual cops were not already doing that.

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We made a new Do Not Track thing – not like you'll use it or anything, huffs emo teen EFF

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Chrome is on board. Does that mean that Google will respect it?

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Stop forcing benefits down my throat and give me hard cash, dammit

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Yeah right

taxes upon income are lower over there, as Ed Prescott pointed out, so it makes sense to work more hours

I'll believe this when there is a study comparing US States and finding any kind of correlation between local income tax rates and number of holidays taken.

It is entirely silly to claim the income tax rate is the determinant factor for the different length of holidays between the US and Europe.

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Viagra found in Chinese 'Kung Fu rice wine'

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It's a publicity stunt

What better to get people to buy their alcohol?

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Hacktivists congratulate Daily Show's Jon Stewart via Donald Trump's website

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Crap web team

Looks like he needs to fire them…

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UK.gov wants to stop teenagers looking at tits online. No, really

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Cognitive dissonance

Is it just me, or is David Cameron really, really off base on this? What can possibly the reason he's so obsessed with the subject, when frankly there are so many other more worthy of his attention?

I think this must have been what it felt like in the US during the prohibition.

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Google turns cookie monster on AdSense, DoubleClick clients

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I wonder how many people actually care about the fact that they are tracked with cookies. Certainly, it feels like the we-use-cookies popups are being either ignored or clicked without much attention.

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Let kids delete their online rants, demand campaigners

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Re: ehh.. Can't posts be deleted already?

I think they also want the re-shares, copy-pastes, quotes and downloaded images to be deleted. If possible, people who know about it should forget too.

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SPACESUIT, once FOUND ON MOON: Crowd action saves it for the public

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Re: Its because the US is broke...

No doubt there are people who think that NASA should be funded with Patreon campaigns. These people probably consider this story a proof that we don't need a federal government.

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US State of Georgia sues 'terrorist' for publishing its own laws ... on the internet

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Re: Major change needed

In fact, I did think that any document produced by the government was in the public domain (e.g anything written by the NASA). Or is that only the Federal government?

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Take off, eh, you Uber: Ontario lobs $300m lawsuit at cab app biz

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Re: Taxi laws are a

The law works like duck typing.*

If you look like a taxi company and you quack like a taxi company, you are a taxi company.

*Thanks to an AC for the expression.

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Ad rivals whimper: Hey Commish, we've 'ad it up to here with ad giant Google

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Deja vu?

Wasn't this already one of the topics of the investigation started by Almunia?

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Yahoo! reverses! reversal! FLIPS! profit! into! loss!

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It's a head-scratch how a company can bleed red ink for years and keep going up...

What are you talking about? They have not been bleeding red ink. Were it not for that augmentation in traffic acquisition costs, they would have made a profit, same as every quarter since many years.

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