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3346 posts • joined 3 Sep 2007

Mozilla re-negotiates Google multi-million dollar sugar-daddy deal

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Re: What do the rest pay ?

I suspect that the first place is worth gazillions more than all the rest put together… Certainly, there does not seem to be a lot of space between the total reported revenue of $311M for 2012 and the "almost $300M" claimed to be paid by Google.

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Vodafone: For Pete's sake! Apple’s 'soft' SIM's JUST AN EE SIM

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"We don't want it because it is too convenient for the users"

And we want them to pay for convenience.

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Consumer group SLAMS NASA for letting Google rent $1bn 'playground'

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Consumer Watchdog has been accused a couple of times of being paid by Microsoft to attack Google on various fronts. They certainly seem not to like Google:

- Watchdog calls for Google break-up

- Watchdog backs Google antitrust complaint with (more) data

- Consumer Watchdog lambasts Los Angeles over Google Apps

- Google accused of hypocrisy over Glass ban at shareholder shindig

- Consumers pay up to 67% more for products on Google Shopping

And now Moffett Airfield.

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Got an iPhone or iPad? LOOK OUT for MASQUE-D INTRUDERS

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"side loaded" apps?

I thought it was impossible to side-load apps on iDevices? Wasn't that a key reason they were supposed to be safer?

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Obama HURLS FCC under train, GUTPUNCHES ISPs in net neut battle

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Re: Nice

That would be the FiOS that Verizon has decided to stop expanding four years ago? The one that people can't even get in rural towns such as New York?

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Nice

It's not like the broadband providers were investing in better networks anyway…

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Reg mobile man: National roaming plan? Oh UK.gov, you've GOT to be joking

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So maybe…

A large, country-wide infrastructure should be done by the government? I guess the problem is that all telcos are hated, so the government wanted the people to hate someone else.

…Maybe the government could cover rural areas with its own antennas, then let the telcos use it at a reduced, national roaming-like cost?

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Printing Bad: Meth found in laser printer cartridges

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Re: You know you are getting old when...

Oh man. Suddenly I felt I was sitting in second grade again. I'm not sure when they went out of style; by high school Xerox was everywhere.

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

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Trust is the wrong problem

No matter how well-intentioned the various governments are, I don't think that they should have complete access to my data. Because any trust I have in them currently may be misplaced in the future decades.

And there is no reason to frame this problem as a "Us-vs-Them" question. The secret services might believe that they are efficiently fighting ISIS, and that ISIS is worth fighting against. I doubt both points. I have not seen anything to convince me that terrorism is efficiently fought against by anybody, except by people who are actually trying to find peaceful solutions in various hot places in the world. And considering how unimportant ISIS is, I don't think we should be spending a lot of time fighting them.

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Words to put dread in a sysadmin's heart: 'We are moving our cloud from Windows to Linux'

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Stupid question

Going to Linux will reduce the licensing costs, depending on your vendor of choice but the downside comes in those with Windows skills and experience needing to new learn new tools and the Linux infrastructure.

I have no idea at all, but is it really easier to find people with Windows skills than people with Linux skills? I realize most of the corporate world is on Windows, but on the other hand, don't almost all CS schools have a Linux infrastructure nowadays?

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

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Fuck terrorism

Terrorism causes a number of death and injuries that is insignificant compared to, say, the flu. There are more people killed by lightning strikes than by terrorism. It simply is not worthy of attention.

And it most definitely does not justify extraordinary rights for the government to peer into our every thoughts.

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Ericsson boss sticks a pin in Google’s loony Loon bubble

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They're not fighting the wind

The balloons are always moving where the wind pushes them. And a next one takes their place. I think their numbers were that about 20'000 balloons could cover the whole world, and then it does not matter if they are moving about.

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Russia to ban iCloud.. to protect iPhone fiddlers' pics 'n' sh*t

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Re: 'right wing'?

I think the right word is "Totalitarian"... Which can be on the left, or on the right.

I don't think there is a lot of communism left in the current Russia.

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Microsoft's Bing hopes to bag market share with ... search apps

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Re: I fail to understand

Bing has 30% market share in the US. That's not irrelevant.

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New GCHQ spymaster: US tech giants are 'command and control networks for terror'

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Terrorism is the wrong target

Statistically, I have way more chances of being murdered by my wife than by a terrorist.

What is GCHQ doing to protect me from my wife??

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Google's 'Right to be forgotten' roadshow is just a 'distraction' – EU digital rights group

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For once, Europe should be happy that Google exists

It is precisely the so-called "gatekeeper" position of Google, as regulators often complain, which makes it possible for the "right to be forgotten" to be enforced. If the web search business was vibrant with competition with dozens of search engines, it would likely be near impossible to convince every single one of them that your embarrassing results should be forgotten.

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Secrets in Seattle: Apple opening base on Microsoft's doorstep

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Re: All those ex MS Staffers have to go somewhere...

This. Google has had an office in Seattle for years, and has been slurping as many Microsoft ex- or current employees as it could. Apple must be trying to get some of that action.

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Yes, Samaritans, the law does apply to you. Even if you mean well

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"about to roll a self-induced seven"

Thanks to Google for clearing that sentence for me… Never heard it before.

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Samsung launches 'perfect pair' of skinny mid-range phones

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Pearl White, Midnight Black, Platinum Silver, Soft Pink, Light Blue and Champagne Gold.

FTFY. What a lack of imagination! It is too easy to know what colors they are. How about "Mango Explosion" or "Zebu Mix"?

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

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Re: If you search within the EU, it *IS* applied to Google.com

Also, free tip: if you want an article censored, post an obviously inappropriate comment to it under your own name, then issue a request to have the article forgotten.

No. If you try to use this technique to censor an article about, say, Tim Cook, the article will not show anymore when searching for your own name; but it will still show up when searching for "Tim Cook".

Do try to pay attention.

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Apple CEO Tim Cook: My well-known gayness is 'a gift from God'

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Re: Great to hear. @Frankee Lionnygog

Funny, just today somebody told me how much nicer the new font was, and that using the old OS now felt painful to them.

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Way to miss the point

This is not about Apple.

Imagine Steve Jackson outing himself as gay, and you answering "I don't care, he shouldn't have left the scouring of the Shire out of the movies"

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Mozilla releases geolocating WiFi sniffer for Android

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Re: Slightly offtopic but

The name in the list of wifi networks can be used by multiple actual hotspots from the same company… I guess that would make the logic of what to display a bit difficult. Maybe using the last date accessed instead?

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Mozilla Foundation doesn't sling ads and is usually more altruistic than Google

…Thanks to the large amounts of funding they receive from a big well-known internet advertising company.

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

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Re: I hate to say it but....

Apple in this case has not acted like a premium product company.

There is absolutely nothing in luxury products that guarantees better quality or durability. You might buy a watch that is 100 times more expensive than a cheap swatch, but that does not mean it will last 100 times longer.

I can't recall any case where people sued Louis Vuitton because the quality of their bag was, actually, not worth the price. I assume the strategy of these lawyers is that Apple will settle soon in order to keep the lawsuit out of the news; I'd be really surprised if their argument that price should mean quality is upheld in court.

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Hey, YouTube lovers! How about you pay us, we start paying for STUFF? - Google

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In other words, he created a global phenomenon - but pocketed what an averagely talented Champions League-level footballer might take home in a year.

I think we can all agree that footballers are overpaid.

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Does the Googler tapped to run the US Patent Office still believe in patent reform?

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If Google is Halliburton, which war will be started to bump up their bottom line? China?

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Wanna hop carriers with your iPad's Apple SIM? AVOID AT&T

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Witness the power of phone operators

We're talking about Apple here, which does have a certain power in the market. Yet even them were not able to get Verizon to accept freaking iPads in their system.

And even Google, with all its "anti-competitive" power, has to bow down to the telcos. Android Lollipop now comes with a default messaging app whose default behavior is to send SMS and MMS messages, which earns the operator money, rather than a hangout message, which does not. Guess why…

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Silicon Valley scrooges paid staff $1.21 an hour in a 122-hour week

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It's always amazing that some employers think they can go about with this kind of cheating,

With these kind of fines, little wonder…

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GET A ROOM, yells Facebook as it stumbles on IRC, slaps it in an app

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you can celebrate the sides of yourself that you don’t always show to your friends.

…But that you are fine showing to Facebook…

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Google Glassholes are undateable – HP exec

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Re: Pretty arrogant

Indeed, the person I most recently saw wearing the Google Goggles was a woman… But in the first place, I wouldn't go to an HP exec for fashion advice.

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Zuckerberg bombshell: Man married to Chinese woman speaks Chinese in China

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Re: How's that gonna work?

Not. Facebook has been blocked there for years.

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Consumers start feeling the love as Chromebook sales surge

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Re: No stats

Nice to have some numbers! The worldwide PC shipments for that quarter was around 75m, 5m of which were Macs. Assuming the growth numbers stay the same, there will be more Chromebooks than Macs sold around 2016. It's not negligible, but it's not that much either.

If we compared to smartphones in terms of current market share, I guess Chromebooks would be Windows phones, Windows would be Android, and Apple would be Apple. The winds seem to be blowing differently, though.

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ISPs handbagged: BLOCK knock-off sites, rules beak

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Re: I'm baffled

Take them down? How? Go after the hosting company? It's in China and doesn't care about your yapping. Revoke the domain name? The next day the site exists under a slightly different name. As pirate bay has shown, it's remarkable how difficult it is to get rid of a website you don't like.

Some would argue that this is a feature, rather than a bug, of the Internet.

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YARR! Pirates walk the plank: DMCA magnets sink in Google results

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Blasphemy!

"The right combination of price, convenience, and inventory will do far more to reduce piracy than enforcement can."

No, no, no! Services should be as inconvenient and unavailable as possible! How else can you charge an arm and a leg for basic functionalities?

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Apple's new iPADS have begun the WAR that will OVERTURN the NETWORK WORLD

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Only half of the conditions

In order to have investments, you need profits, but also competition. Take TWC and Comcast: they make profits, but are not competing against each other. They are even proclaiming it: one of the arguments they are advancing for their merger is that anyway, they are already not competing against each other, so nothing would change. No competition means no need to fight for customers means no investments. QED.

On the other hand, I don't think there is anybody who would claim that Apple and Google are not competing against each other. The fight for market share is real, constant, and there is even Microsoft trying to make a viable third horse. For them, banning a network means losing users. They are unlikely to play that game.

Oh, and about Google Fiber: considering it exists in about half a percent of the US, I doubt Google can leverage anything on that front.

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Judge nukes Ulbricht's complaint about WARRANTLESS FBI Silk Road server raid

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It does feel like Catch-22

The FBI can hack into whatever computer in order to prove it is yours. Either you deny the computer is yours, in which case you are not protected by the 4th Amendment, and their evidence stands, or you admit yourself it is your computer, in which case their evidence is dismissed, but you have incriminated yourself; something you should have a right not to do according to the 5th Amendment…

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OMG, we're gonna be invaded by NEXUS 6 replicants – no, wait. It's just a rumored phablet

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WTF?

If Android doesn't have something at that size there will be a hole in their portfolio

They've never heard of the Galaxy Note, have they?

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Google in 'right to be forgotten' snub probe: Ireland tackles moans

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Our remit does not include dealing with complaints from organisations that have had search results to their websites removed from a search engine

Whose job is this then? Is there no one responsible for that?

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Apple, Google mobe encryption good news... for TERRORISTS – EU top cop

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This applies to the offline world and should also apply to the online world.

Die Gedanken sind frei, wer kann sie erraten,

sie fliegen vorbei wie nächtliche Schatten.

Kein Mensch kann sie wissen, kein Jäger erschießen

mit Pulver und Blei: Die Gedanken sind frei!

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Google: Hey kids, dump all your files over here with us!

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Unlimited?

If I had such an unlimited account, I'd feel like testing how "unlimited" it really is… Like, 10PB of white noise coming up!

I suppose Google can count on upload speed limits to keep it reasonable.

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Microsoft outspends world's tech firms with '€5m' EU lobby bill

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Tracing the bribery is exactly what it is all about.

Whoosh!

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US Attorney Gen latest to roast Apple, Google mobe encryption

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I hope he realizes how much advertising he is doing for the new features …

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EU probes Google’s Android omerta again: Talk now, or else

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So Microsoft is complaining that Google is twisting the arm of its competitors and making their life difficult? How very considerate of them <_<

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Wasn't this inquiry started at the request of unhappy phone makers? Don't they already have enough dirt to back up their complaints?

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George Clooney, WikiLeaks' lawyer wife hand out burner phones to wedding guests

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Re: sign of the times

Here you go

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Mine Bitcoins with PENCIL and PAPER

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Finding a way to reverse the hash function would mean an earthquake in theoretical computer science. It would be a discovery on the order of cold fusion. Scientists have tried for 30 years to solve such problems, and while we don't actually have proof, there is little chance that it can be done in a reasonable amount of time.

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Renault Twingo: Small, sporty(ish), safe ... and it's a BACK-ENDER

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WTF?

Re: Nobody will buy the smaller engine

Normally rear wheel drive is better in snow

Say what??

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EU to accuse Ireland of giving Apple an overly peachy tax deal – report

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Is it even relevant?

That I understand, Apple hardly pays anything to Ireland anyway, thanks to its double Irish Dutch sandwich… 2% or 20% of nothing is still nothing.

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Euro chiefs: Hi Google. Here's how to REALLY protect everyone's privacy. Hello? Hello?

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Re: Why can't they just be up front about what they want?

On one hand, the precise description of everything Google does with the data in all possible configurations would probably dwarf the Encyclopedia Britannica.

On the other hand, Google does not want to have to publish new T&Cs every time the data is used in a different way. I imagine there are several more every month.

Finally, Google might want to keep secret some uses of the data, to avoid competitors imitating them.

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